Cena vs Rock – The Wait Is OVER.

*Excerpts from DieHard Pro Wrestling Blog*

The Rock defeated John Cena after the year long build up of the greatest pro wrestling main event of all-time.

“As much criticism as The Rock gets, everyone needs to realize he WAS a pro wrestler long before he became a Hollywood star. And when he was a pro wrestler, he was one of the greatest of all time!….It’s not like Brad Pitt or George Clooney came in and Cena did the job for them. The Rock came back “home”.”

“It’s not like Cena had the entire year off to prep for the match. He worked harder than ever to maintain his status as the face of the company and still stay healthy, strong and focused on the “once in a lifetime” match. Hate Cena all you want, but you better fucking respect him!”

“It was built as the greatest Wrestlemania main event of all time… and I think they’re right. The only other Wrestlemania main event that could challenge for those bragging rights would be Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VI… I think Rock vs. Cena trumped it!”

“The match is everything it was expected to be, and more. Rock and Cena were in full control and they’re eyes were locked only on each other.”

“Based on their history and bad blood, you wondered how much of the match was a shoot and how much was a work. You looked for hard punches that may have “accidentally slipped”…there were also times where The Rock was being a blatant prick. You can tell on the outside of the ring that he was dead weight to Cena every time Cena tried to powerlift him. The Rock wasn’t giving an inch!”

“This match was a clash of passions. It doesn’t matter who won. What mattered was that it got the fans engaged. It wasn’t designed to entertain, it was designed to get your blood pumping and make you fall in love with pro wrestling all over again…..Regardless of the outcome, the only two words that sum up this match for both The Rock and John Cena is… Thank you!”

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It Really Was An End of An Era

*Excerpts from DieHard Pro Wrestling Blog*

In a match that was defined as “The End of An Era”, The Undertaker continued his Wrestelmania winning streak to 20-0 by defeating Triple H in a Hell In The Cell Steel Cage Match featuring Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee.

“As I woke up this morning, I had mixed feelings about this match. Perhaps I expected more. Perhaps I expected a swerve. And perhaps I got lost in creatively booking the match myself in my own mind.”

“I had expected to see some sort of one night only DX reunion. But, that didn’t happen. Instead, we got a slower paced and more dramatic encounter with Shawn Michaels not really playing a major factor in the final decision.”

“This match wasn’t about creative storytelling. This match was about saying farewell to what is arguably the greatest era of pro wrestling history – The Attitude Era…. And this match at Wrestlemania, was the one moment where we literally said goodbye to yesterday.”

“Had Shawn Michaels gotten more involved in determining the outcome of the match, then it would have opened the flood gates of rumors and speculation that he’d be back for at least one more match.”

“The match didn’t need physical involvement. The story was told through expression….It was technically designed so that you would be able to hear audio bytes of conversations between the those involved. The close up shots of Taker and clear audio of him saying, “Don’t end this match Shawn.. No matter what, don’t end the match”, were more effective than any swerve… The story wasn’t in the punches thrown. It was in the facial expressions. And it’s an example of the lost art in this business.”

“One problem that I had with this match was the lack of blood…I understand the “no blood” policy for the PG-13 product, but this is Wrestlemania!”

“The finish was somewhat weak. Basic tombstone into a three count… Taker saw the end in Triple H’s eyes and put the dying dog out of his misery.”

“The final shot of Michaels and Taker carrying Triple H to the back was worth a thousand words. You can’t put a price on that type of perfection. And while I feel the match itself didn’t live up to the expectations, it told the story it needed to tell and ended one of the greatest wrestling books of all time.”

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Did Punk and Jericho Steal The Show?

*Excerpts from DieHard Pro Wrestling Blog*

CM Punk retained his WWE World Title by defeating Chris Jericho.

“I felt this was the match to steal the show. And in my opinion, it did…but barely.”

“I don’t think the WWE Universe understood what they were watching… Jericho and Punk took us to an early time in their career… What we saw was a Japanese exhibition and a technical clinic where these opponents stretched each other in ways the human body isn’t meant to bend.”

“…let me go on the record in saying that I think the build up was piss poor. Social media killed this match in late 2011…”

“I started to wonder if Jericho’s time away had hurt his value. Was his return strong enough to make an impact? Strong enough to change the game? Strong enough to shake the world? The only thing that shook the world was the weight of the ball WWE creative dropped.”

“While watching the match, I was trying to understand the input both men had in the match. I sensed a strong Japanese influence…”

“They were looking for acceptance of a unique style, but those 78,000 fans were only looking for entertainment. 78,000 brainwashed fans who don’t understand the science of the business, the magic of a match, and who all have accepted that wrestling is nothing more than a fake show.”

“Amazingly, Punk and Jericho never let crowd reaction take over. Sure, they were disappointed but they were smart enough and good enough to switch the match around and have the fans eating out of the palm of their hands.”

“I applaud Punk and Jericho for taking that chance, but rather than building up the match based on Punk’s father being an alcoholic and his sister a crack head, perhaps they should have talked about their years prior to the WWE….THAT would lend credence to the term “Best In The World”.”

“This is an example of WWE creative not being in tune with what the business is about, so they rather stuff some senseless sitcom type of formula down your throat. After all, what other option do you have? TNA?”

“On a side note, one thing I did notice about this match was that Punk is better suited to play a heel….Remember, you first started loving CM Punk when he was a heel and cutting down Cena, Triple H, Vince, and the company. Not now, when his only grip is with John Laurinaitis.”

“Overall, neither man was the best in the world that night…. It was still a great match, but it won’t be one that is remember as one of the greatest of all time.”

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Tag Match Ends With Zack’s Sack

*Excerpts from DieHard Pro Wrestling Blog*

Team John Laurinaitis defeated Team Teddy Long to take over control as general manager of the RAW an Smackdown brands.

“This was a typical throw-away match… creative decided to compile 12 roster members into one match as a “thank you for your hard work this year”.”

“From the start, it was obvious Team Johnny was going over…. Team Johnny was stacked with some of the top talents on the roster, some who are former champions such as Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and The Miz. What did Team Teddy bring to the table? An aging Booker T? Kofi “Lost In The Shuffle But Good For Highspots” Kingston? R-“My Promos Sometimes Make Less Sense Than Jimmy Snuka” Truth? And Santino “Glorified Jobber Whose Sock Puppet Is More Over Than He Is” Marella? Seriously, this match was over before it even started.”

“…what really pissed me off is that the match concluded with the love affair between Zack Ryder and Eve Torres.”

“…what has become of Zack Ryder?…. no rematch for the US title. No feud with Kane for almost killing him. But instead, he’s chasing a piece of ass that is way out of his league. Not to mention, Eve had a prominent spot in the divas tag match, so why was she allowed to get double duty by appearing in this match only to attack Zack’s nut sack? Prime example of WWE creative making zero sense and throwing shit against the wall just to see if it sticks.”

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Big Show Gets Big Moment, But Put Focus Back on Rhodes

*Excerpts from DieHard Pro Wrestling Blog*

The Big Show finally got his Wrestlemania moment when he defeated champion Cody Rhodes to win the Intercontinental title.

“…it was one of my favorite original concepts of the year… simplicity at its best! Another prime example of less is in fact more!”

“What made this angle work is that most fans forgot how bad Big Show’s Wrestlemania track record really was. He truly never had a real Wrestlemania moment. Before this angle, if you were to ask a fan about any of Big Show’s matches at previous Wrestlemanias, they’d be stumped to answer you…It’s like anytime Wrestlemania season came around, Big Show got bit by the asshole bug.”

“The problem here is that Big Show doesn’t need the title as much as Rhodes does, and it would be wise for creative to put it back on him as soon as possible. Remember, this was never really about being a championship match. It was simply about Big Show having his moment.”

“Well, the moment happened. Wrestlemania is over. Now we need to get the focus back on bringing value to the title and making Rhodes one of the top stars on the roster… There has been talk of pushing Rhodes to the main event level and having him feud with Randy Orton to set him up for a shot at the heavyweight title. In my opinion, it’s a mistake.”

“…look at Dolph Ziggler…Got his main event match at the Royal Rumble and has been main eventing house shows with CM Punk across the globe. But after doing the jobs, where is he now? …. pushing him to the top only to knock him back down makes no sense at all. And I fear the same fate for Cody Rhodes.”

“In this new WWE creative universe, valid history has no part. They may keep track of how many titles you’ve won, but your win/loss record is meaningless. When you’re wrestling every week and doing jobs for the sake of entertainment or cheap pops, matches become meaningless themselves.”

“It’s like WWE suffers from severe cases of A.D.D. and short term memory loss….The constant flipping of scripts and rebooting of characters doesn’t leave much to build a legacy on. The time line of careers is so botched and flip flopped, you’d think you were watching a Republican GOP race.”

“In the end, Big Show finally won his moment. But now that Wrestlemania is over, it’s time to focus on the future…and it starts with putting the IC strap back on Cody Rhodes.”

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Diva’s Match Didn’t Need “Extra” Hype

*Excerpts from DieHard Pro Wrestling Blog*

Kelly Kelly and host of television’s Hollywood gossip show Extra, Maria Menounos defeated Divas champion Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres.

“Not much to talk about here. It’s the token boobs and booty match of any WWE event.”

‘I’m glad that the WWE didn’t go over the top like they usually do when promoting a celebrity wrestling appearance at Mania…. nothing more than a slap to the face of the talent that works 340 days a year, and I can easily understand John Morrison’s position last year…”

“I don’t know how many additional PPV buys and newly converted fans the WWE gained last year by having Snooki on the show – but I sure as shit know that they didn’t gain anything from having Menounos appear.”

“Overall, the match was treated right and offered the divas a deserved spot on the card…the match proved that the girls can in fact wrestle and don’t have to be resorted to yearly gimmick matches such as Playboy Pillow Fights and Lumberjack matches.”

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The Monster’s Fire Keeps Burning

*Excepts from DieHard Pro Wrestling Blog*

In a surprise to many for a match with minimal build, Kane defeated Randy Orton.

“There was never any real reason for heat between the competitors. It was simply two of the top veteran guys working against each other on the main card.”

“Sometimes, drawn out storylines overkill the concept of having an effective match. It compromises the choreography of the match because you have to hit certain spots to make sure the story is properly told. There are times where outside entertainment factors play too much of a role when the match should simply focus on the wrestling.”

“Kane needed the win a lot more than Orton did…. Had Kane lost this match, his appeal and effect as a “monster heel” would have been killed.”

“The best way to move forward here is to end this feud now. There was no real story or real reason for the program to continue. They are just two guys whose paths crossed at Wrestlemania. One guy lost and the other got his hand raised…now, move on!”

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