Sunday, April 5, 2009

Wrestlemania 25

Well finally, the biggest pay-per-view in sports entertainment history just occured. Once a year, wrestling fans just count down the days until Wrestlemania, which is like a present for all wrestling fans..a very well deserved one anyway. Even though the build-up this year was pretty shitty, I must say I enjoyed it. I thought it was pretty entertaining and cannot wait already for Wrestlemania 26. Just to think how this big event evolved from being broadcasted on closed circuit television into a global phenomenon just amazes me. Anyway, onto my opinion..if some of these matches are out of order then bear with me, I won't miss any..
Wrestlemania 25 kicked off with the traditional Money in the Bank ladder match. At first I was thinking, ehh couldn't they have gotten a couple of better wrestlers. Like Mark Henry for example, I like the guy but I didn't think he fit in the match at all..I mean look at him, the guy looks like he can't climb a ladder for his life. But anyway, the match was better than I expected. It was really entertaining to watch. You have your regular high flying, and your crazy bumps. Shelton Benjamin, my god..when he jumped off the top of that huge ladder onto everyone, wow..what a scary bump. I don't know when they're gonna realize that Shelton has taken a bunch of crazy bumps in his Money in the Bank matches he's been in..have him win one already! But of course, for some stupid reason they had to have CM Punk win it AGAIN! WHYYY?!
Kid Rock performance next..I'm not even gonna get into it..there's no point. All you need to know is that he sucked and it was a huge waste of time.
25 Diva Battle Royal to crown the first ever Miss Wresltemania is next. The only interesting thing about this was seeing old, familiar faces again such as Sunny, Torrie Wilson and Molly Holly. Oh and the returning Gail Kim as well :). Santino - errr I mean Santina wins this one.
Next, Chris Jericho vs "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.not a bad match at all. Snuka and Piper can barely move and run the ropes at all. With all due respect to both, watching Piper and Snuka was kind of humurous. But when Steamboat got in there, my god was I impressed. Steamboat looks phenominal for someone his age. He can move, go off the top rope, etc. This man still has it. I would have been pretty happy if it was just Jericho/Steamboat. Jericho wins this one. Flair and Jericho get into it after. JEricho calls out Mickey Rourke. Rourke knocks Jericho out and he celebrates with Flair. Pretty cool moment I must say.
Matt Hardy vs Jeff Hardy is next. I wasn't sure if I was gonna really dig this match, I guess because of the Extreme Rules stipulation. However, I was proven wrong for sure. First off, the change of Matt Hardy into tights was a real surprise. I actually like the new look for Matt though. This isn't your typical ECW on SCI-FI Extreme Rules match by any means. Come's Wrestlemania, of course they went all out. Good match with Matt getting the win. Interesting to see where things will pick up from here.
JBL vs rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship is next. Very short match..21 seconds I believe they said. Disappointed with Mysterio winning but what can ya do? JBL quits. I thought Mysterio dressing up as the joker was pretty cool though.
Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker is next. WOW! I was absolutely blown away by this match. They must have gone at least 30-35 minutes with this one. There was not a single boring moment in this match. Shawn proved why he truly is "Mr. Wrestlemania" and Undertaker proved why he is worthy of having an undefeated streak at the biggest PPV of the year. There was a scary bump taken by Taker where he landed on his head when doing his signature over-the-top-rope dive. I didn't know if he was gonna be able to make it for real and I'm glad he did. Both men were worn out toward the end of the match but were able to finish strong. Taker keeps his streak alive to 17-0!
Edge/Big Show/John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship is next. I don't know how they going to be able to follow Taker/Michaels. That is a tough task. The match was alright, nothing too special here. Cena wins the belt. Am I surprised? Not at all. Am I pissed off? Definitely! I mean, how long are they gonna keep the belt on him this time?
Hall of Fame intuctees come out. Cool to see the Hall of Famers come out as usual. Stone Cold Steve Austin walks off, comes back out to his music on his four-wheeler rocking an Austin 3:16 shirt..awesomeness. Does some laps around the ring and downs some Steveweisers. Awesome moment.
Main event time..Randy Orton vs Triple H for the WWE Championship. This match didn't deliver as much as I thought it would. I guess they were running out of time or something..who knows. Triple H wins this in a very disappointing finish.

Overall, I thought the 25th Anniversary of Mania was pretty good. Even though the build-up was lacking as I said earlier, they were still able to pull off some good stuff this year. Just watching the PPV on TV in an arena with over 70,000 people from all over the world is amazing. With the exception of Mysterio winning the IC belt, Cena winning the World Heavyweight Title, and the lackluster HHH/Orton match I would rate this Wrestlemania 8 to 8.5 out of 10. The Undertaker/Shawn Michaels match was by far the match of the night..sooo many good spots it's amazing.

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