80s/early 90s wrestling holds a special place in my heart. I grew up on it. Even when it became obvious that the outcomes were pre-determined, I still enjoyed it. It was escapism; it was a laugh.
I don’t watch much of the modern day stuff; and I haven’t seen a Wrestlemania/PPV in 9-10 years. A couple of my mates came over for the weekend and one of them handed over their login details for the WWE network. So, why not, we thought, and sat through 4 hours of big blokes play-fighting with one another till the early hours of the morning.
It was a pretty decent event. WWE has changed a lot since the WWF (and WCW) days; and while nothing will compare to the height of the Attitude era, Wrestlemania 31 delivered in terms of entertainment. I quite enjoyed it.
Now I am no wrestling critic, but below are a few observations/thoughts that came to mind. Don’t read on if you don’t want to hear some of the spoilers.
– The opening ladder match: not a bad start to the night. The “head-butt off” at the top of the ladder was the best bit.
– Legends Bret Hart, Ricky Steamboat, Piper and Ron Simmons made cameos. They came on for a segment after Daniel Bryan won the Intercontinental title. Pretty funny.
– Diva matches bore the hell out of me. Of course, WWE has to push the big-tits-small-costume angle to get more views. I ended up skipping this one.
– Sting Vs. Triple H came earlier than I expected and seemed to end pre-maturely. I wanted Sting to win, but he didn’t. Of course he didn’t (the WWE is in the position to emphasize its superiority over WCW duing the “Monday Night Wars” era on any given day). The NWO/Degeneration X interruptions shook things up a bit, but I don’t understand why the NWO would help Sting out, considering the history. The hand-shake at the end was pretty shallow; the Terminator-sponsored HHH was entertaining, if ridiculous. Technically, this was far from anything great; all in all, though, there was enough stuff going on to keep things interesting.
– The music was shit (as is mostly the case with Wrestling PPVs). Skylar Grey and Kid Ink? Come on.
– Technically, Seth Rollins vs Randy Orton was the best match. Lots of RKOs.
– The Rock showed up for a promo with Ronda Rousey. It wasn’t very good; and far too long.
– The title match between Reigns and Lesnar was about as good as it could have been. Both the wrestlers took a fair few whacks and gave it as good as they got. I quite like Lesnar after seeing this.
– There was a lot of Mountain Dew knocking about.
– The atmosphere sounded a lot better than it has done in some Wrestlemanias.
– John Cena is still a cunt.
I might watch Wrestlemania next year, who knows.