Very disappointing WrestleMania. The women were the match of the night, which is cool except for how not even that was a four-star match. I'm struggling to recall the last time a WrestleMania did not have at least one great match. 15, perhaps?
Kalisto/Ryback was a basic house show match, let down only by the stadium being practically empty when it took place. Neither guy was on Raw the next night, they never mentioned the US title and Kalisto was sent back to jobbing with his jobbing friend in their jobbing tag team for Smackdown, so not sure any of this had any point.
10-women tag match was surprisingly enjoyable, with no flubs from Eva Marie or Lana. Good for them.
Oh, and they are officially "women" now rather than "Divas", so they've got that going for them.
Usos/Dudleys was dull - and the rematch on Raw was somehow duller, with a flubbed-up finish to boot. This began a long streak of the people the crowd favoured losing their matches. The Usos had a hot run back before one of them got hurt but they're just treading water now and in dire need of a heel turn to get some buzz going. The Dudleys should have a fun feud with Enzo & Cass, who instantly looked like major stars in their Raw debut.
The ladder match was exactly what it needed to be, with a surprise finish. I didn't mind that Ryder won it. Even though it was four years too late, why not throw him a bone? Consider it a reward for tolerating Mojo Rawley for the last several months. I didn't even mind that he lost it the next night since it was all about that one moment. But going through all of that just to put the title onto Miz renders all of this, including the title, redundant. They need to give up on the remnants of 2010 on the roster already. Imagine if, say, Corbin had challenged Ryder on Raw, hit his move and won the title in a minute. That could have been further progress into the future.
Jericho and AJ continued their series of acceptable but underwhelming matches. Absolutely no reason for AJ to lose that match, though. The so-called #1 contender to the world title.
New Day peaked with the entrance but had a boring match with boring opponents who beat them. And then even those boring opponents got put in their place by three random old guys. Austin's pop was insane but they could have had him come out to stun the Outcasts or some other geeks without issue. That said, Rusev's sell of the Stunner was legendary.
Brock and Ambrose again under-delivered. No pay-off to the weeks of Ambrose collecting ridiculous weapons. He should have borrowed Rock's flame-thrower. I'm over Brock matches that consist of slowly walking around grinning in between several suplexes. This was the most generic version of that, with Brock winning and Ambrose being left with nowhere to go and nothing to do and not even being on Raw.
Nothing bad to say about the women's match! Well, except for, again, the crowd favourite not winning...
Shane McMahon went 30 minutes in a Hell in the Cell match! Against Undertaker! And escaped the gogoplata by reversing it into a Sharpshooter! And after falling off the cage and being mostly dead and stretchered out he just turns up on Raw the next night with one bruise! Madness! Prolonged, tedious madness!
I have a theory that Ambrose would have been crazy enough to do that big elbow spot too and could have been made in defeat here. Oh, well.
I suppose Undertaker was a crowd favourite winning here, even though people also wanted Shane to win to try to make Raw fresher. Which they wound up with regardless, if only for one night until the apparently still relevant Dr Phil, who all the kids are raving about nowadays, takes charge next week.
Corbin winning the battle royal was a cool surprise. Made him look like a star. Having him cut a goofy promo on Raw and go toe-to-toe with perennial loser Dolph Ziggler on Raw made him look like just another guy. At this point I'm wondering why they are so determined to make writing this stuff seem so difficult.
Rock jumped the shark for me a long time ago but fair play to those who still dig the act. I did think that the only hope left for Bray was a solo run as an anti-authority babyface, only now the Authority are not around, so I've no idea...
And then 27 minutes of plodding along to the inevitable in the so-called main event. Triple H has been in seven WrestleMania main events now and they only decent one is the one we're not allowed to mention anymore. He always goes for epic but never achieves it. Despite clearly being a smart guy he never seems to make his own major stuff work as it should. This match needed to be Roman winning quickly, decisively and violently. Instead it was a dull match to crown a dull champion. Even the boos at Roman are just half-hearted rather than genuinely strong heat.
So, there it is. Two out of twelve matches worth bothering with, although not must-see (ladder and women's title). Six out of twelve matches where the crowd favourite did not win. The only full-time regular to have been put over strong both here and on Raw was Charlotte.
It is all quite frustrating.
But the world does now have Nakamura's awesome new entrance music, so things are looking up