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1- I don’t understand criticism for including Kane and Mark Henry in the MITB match. As someone on 411 said the other day, you need a big lug to catch the Sheltons and Kofis of the world when they fall 20 feet - or to hold a ladder for them to scale. A fine, fine opener, even with missed spots - see below.
2-”Missed spots” is such a wank term. Take the Christian-CM Punk Unprettier; why is that a “missed spot?” Because it wasn’t a textbook example of the move? Well of course it wasn’t - it was off a ladder; Christian was exhausted; and CM Punk was trying to fend off the move. The result? What you saw. Sometimes “missed spots” are more realistic.
3- The Kid Rock concerta was a disaster. First, it was in the wrong spot; does anyone need a breather one match in? Considered in isolation, 20 minutes of filler isn’t the end of the world, but when you cut a TITLE UNIFICATION match before the show, and when the end of the main event is as obviously rushed as it was, things like this are ridiculous.
4- I don’t understand the point of bringing back Sunny, Molly Holly, Torrie Wilson and the rest if they’re never seen or barely mentioned. If they get an entrance and nostalgia pop, fantastic. Why not just use the current roster of women (and they have more than enough) and have exactly the same story and result? Just seemed a waste of money.
5- Ricky Steamboat. Wow. In a way, he reminds me of Shawn Michaels. Both retired with career-ending injuries, only Michaels came back after five years and may be even better now. I wonder if Steamboat could have come back, say, in 2000? HBK, Steamboat, and to a lesser extent Chris Jericho’s strong performance make a compelling case for having wrestlers take significant time off. Pay attention, Vince: you lost HBK in 1998, but how much money are you making with him now?
6- I absolutely loved the ending of the Matt-Jeff match. The twist of fate in the chair wasn’t as spectacular as Jeff’s missed legdrop off the ladder, or any of at least 10 other moments last night - but it was brutal, devastating, and absolutely perfect.
7- What more can be said about UT-HBK? That was as good as wrestling gets. WrestleMania is developing the unfortunate habit of consistenly misjudging what the main event should be.
8- Cena-Edge-Big Show was decent, but struggled to keep our attention after the previous match. I know Vickie is something of a touchy subject, but I can’t stand her at all, and everything she touches seems diminished. The love triangle aspect added precisely zero interest to the match.
9- Anyone else find it a bit blasphemous for HHH to appropriate the “shattered glass” entrance from Steve Austin (complete with the exact same sound effect) not ten minutes after Austin’s final sendoff? Just seemed a too-obvious middle finger.
10- What an underwhelming main event. I’m nowhere near the first person to say this, but it was painfully reminiscent of WM18, and HHH-Y2J. In both cases, the culrpit was partly a badly-placed match, but it’s also worth mentioning that HHH was the good guy (I’ve always hated the term “babyface”) both times. I think HHH needs to realize who he is; unlike Ric Flair, he’s not just as good either way…he’s vastly superior as a heel. I’m not bashing him, or even saying he’s a terrible good guy - he’s not. He’s actually very good in this role - but he’s sublime as a heel.
I totally agree about steambout he looks in awesome shape and i also agree with you about kid rock he was rubbish.
I realy loved reys joker outfit that was call AND he won the match in21 secs, amazing
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