Well, that I felt was a good show. I don’t think I’d call it amazing but I definitely enjoyed most of it. There were a few stupid decisions and not every match was incredible, but I liked it most of it. However, I don’t know if we’re going to be talking about this Mania in years to come for much outside of the end.
The first preshow match was Neville defending the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Austin Aries in a solid match. I can’t say I watched a ton of it because I was distracted with other things at the moment, but it was definitely solid from what I saw and Neville retained, which was a good decision.
The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was one of the stupid decisions of the night. It was possibly the biggest mess on this show – Braun was eliminated early and Mojo won so fuck that shit.
And apparently they decided that the Intercontinental Championship match between Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin was going to be on the preshow. It was a solid match – I particularly liked Corbin big booting Dean while he did the Rebound Lariat. But Baron lost which made no sense whatsoever.
Moving on to the main show – I should mention that the set was amazing.
The first match was A.J. Styles vs. Shane McMahon, and this was about as good as this match could have been. There was a ref bump so the coast to coast could happen, but then Shane missed the elbow through the table. I don’t know if the missed Shooting Star Press spot was necessary but A.J. won so we got out of this without any damage.
Next was the WWE U.S. Championship match between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho and his light up scarf, and this was a very solid match again. It was what you’d expect out of these two, and Owens won after an Apron Powerbomb.
Next was the Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match for the WWE Women’s Championship between Bayley, Sasha, Charlotte, and Nia, and this went about as we expected. The three of them teamed up to take out Nia first. Sasha was eliminated next because Charlotte had to cheat, proving again she is NOT better than Sasha again. And then Bayley did retain – but it was off of a Diving Elbow Drop, which is kind of weird. I mean, I’ll take it, but it was weird that that’s all it took. Enjoyable match, but nowhere near as good as last year’s.
Next was the ladder match for the WWE World Tag Team Championship between SAWFT, The Club, Sheamus and Cesaro, and the surprise return of the Hardy Boyz who weren’t broken so the fans are probably sad. But this was a pretty good match – the Hardys got all the obvious spots and then they won, so for tonight we’re happy about this because the Hardys are some of the people who got me in to wrestling, and then later we’ll complain about more nostalgia acts.
Next John Cena and Nikki Bella defeated The Miz and Maryse in an average match and the proposal at the end was somehow even more cringeworthy than I thought it would be and NO ONE CARED.
Then, Seth Rollins defeated Triple H in a really good Unsanctioned match. I guess I would call this the match of the night as well. The only weird part of it was the trading off trying to Pedigree each other part. But it was really good and Rollins won. Surprised Joe wasn’t involved.
Next Randy Orton defeated Bray Wyatt to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a solid match, although not as good as it should have been. And that stuff they did with the projections on the ring – the fuck was that?
Next Brock Lesnar defeated Goldberg to win the Universal Championship in the exact match you expected to happen.
Next was sadly Naomi winning Alexa Bliss’s WWE Blue Women’s Championship in about what you’d expected in a five minute six pack challenge. They didn’t get enough time, and when the hell did Naomi get a submission?
And finally, Roman Reigns defeated Undertaker in an alright No Holds Barred Match. What could have been a good setup for a heel turn for Roman was just an average match that we expected because WWE has no balls to turn Roman heel. Because of that, this match was just slow because of Undertaker’s condition. I have no problem that Roman won, but it should have been used for more than just “Hey Roman beat Taker so obviously you love him now!” when in reality we don’t give a damn.
And really, the only thing we’re going to talk about when we remember this show is Undertaker’s retiring, because that much is obvious.
Overall, the only complaints I have are that Naomi won, the main event dragged, that proposal being stupid as fuck, and I really wish Bray had retained. But, while there wasn’t something super memorable, I did enjoy most of it – and the biggest complaint is that we don’t need five hour shows. Best match of the weekend is still the NXT Tag Title match though.
Overall Grade: B-
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