Wrestlemania is seen as a time to tie up old storylines and to set the scene for new ones. The annual induction into the Hall of Fame went ahead in the Met Life Stadium, with the inductees being introduced the next night, among them the legendary Mick Foley, who has devoted his whole life to the WWE and is surprisingly still contracted to the business.
Perhaps the best match of the night was the legendery Streak match, where a superstar plucks up the courage to step into the ring with the Undertaker in an attempt to beat his Wrestlemania streak of 21-0. This year saw CM Punk, the self-proclaimed “best in the world”, step into the ring with the deadman after winning a fatal four match to gain the number one contender position for this opportunity. On previous episodes of RAW audiences saw CM Punk get personal with the Undertaker, stealing the urn and mimicking the late Paul Bearer. This made their match all the more personal at Wrestlemania.
In my eyes, CM Punk came closer to beating the Streak than any other superstar in a long time. The last time I feared for the Streak was at Wrestlemania 22 where the Undertaker found himself up against the world’s strongest man, Mark Henry. Punk saw this match as a chance to shine after losing his WWE championship belt, so took it upon himself to copy and take the mick out of the Undertaker, stealing his signature moves, taunts and finishers. But just as audiences thought they were witnessing the death of the deadman, the Undertaker broke through and with a few simple finishers made Punk history. This leaves the question: will the Streak ever be beaten? And will Wrestlemania 30 be the Undertaker’s last Wrestlemania appearence? Either way, what I do know is that there will never be another streak like this while I’m alive.
However, what was advertised as “The best rematch in history” didn’t meet expectations. Cena vs the Rock Part 2 was nearly identical to Part 1 at Wrestlemania 28, barring the outcome. Still, the Rock showed what a great sportsman he is by raising Cena’s hand and declaring him the champion of the whole of the WWE Universe. The same can’t be said for Ryback.
On previous episodes of RAW and SMACKDOWN audiences saw Ryback and Mark Henry make enemies of each other. We saw several boring attempts to prove who was better than the other, until a ban by general manager Booker T was placed upon them, stopping either man having contact with the other. Naturally we were expecting things to get violent quickly in their match, though this isn’t what came. Instead we saw a competition of strentgh with Ryback attempting to pick up the whole 412 lb of Mark Henry, which will surely stay in Ryback’s mind as the worst move he ever made, as it cost him the match. However this loss didn’t stop Ryback whipping his finisher shellshock on Henry and chanting his “feed me more” catchphrase. In my eyes Ryback just showed the WWE universe what a jerk he really is.
After staying up til 3 in the morning watching Wrestlemania and looking back on the match card marking off winners and losers, I noticed they’d missed a match out: the 8 man tag team match between Tons of Funk and Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow and The Bella Twins. This match could have been one of the big ones of the night with the Funkasaurus gimmick that could have got the whole of the Met Life Stadium ready to “Call his Momma”, as well as Sweet T’s new found, shall I say, dance talent? The change was taken with a pinch of salt by the superstars, though, with the promise of competing the next night. Brodus Clay later tweeted “In life we have set backs and disappointments sometimes you need your heart broken to know how much you love it”.
The change was made because artist Diddy took too much time in his performance of the Wrestlemania soundtrack that failed to appeal to the stadium, with most of the spectators not paying much attention to what was going on. This leaves me with a message to the WWE Board: audiences are more interested in wrestling than performances, that is, unless you incorporate the wrestling superstars somehow…I mean, who wouldn’t have loved to see Brodus Clay, Santino, Hornswoggle and The Great Khali being backing dancers for Rhianna back at Wrestlemania 28…?