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I'm pissed.

 

I was so sure I would write some scathing review about tonights PPV.

 

That won't happen, because it delivered to an extent.

 

I'll post my original predictions before writing up my reaction to the show...

 

 

TBS/Kane Vs Carlito/Masters

Winner: Carlito and Masters (DQ)

Time: 5:30

Rating: *1/4

 

Actual result

Winner: Kane and TBS

Time: 6:00

Rating: *1/4

 

Thoughts

-A pretty short squash match. I was expecting them to extend this feud out another month for Backlash but they went ahead and had the champs squash the challengers with ease. I'm not sure if it was the best choice for opener but the crowd was feeling it and Carlito, is bound for a face turn sooner or later.

 

 

Money in the Bank

Winner: Flair

Time: 18:00

Rating:***3/4

 

Actual result

Winner: RVD

Time: 12:00

Rating:***1/4

 

Thoughts

-This was your basic spotfest ladder match. It hardly had anything memorable that'll be spotlighted for years to come, but the crowd was all for RVD and RVD showed up. Shelton avoid the botchy jitters for the big stage and probably was the highlight reel, once again with his springboard onto the ladder being the most memorable. I was expecting Flair to win, only because of the promo he cut last week. RVD, was the only other legitimate choice and probably, the right choice.

 

Batista's brief cameo interupting Orton's promo looked to set up Orton/Batista, where Orton will probably be the champion by the time Batista returns this summer.

 

Chris Benoit Vs JBL

Winner: JBL

Time: 13:50

Rating: ***3/4

 

Actual result

Winner: JBL

Time: 9:00

Rating:**1/2

 

Thoughts

-Incredibly rushed as this match needed another 5-8 minutes. I was expecting this to steal the show and it didn't. It was a passable Smackdown or lower-tier ppv match, but not WM. I was disapointed to see JBL resort to mocking Eddie for cheap heat. The good news is that JBL is carrying the title, he should have held all along.

 

Hard-Core Match: Edge Vs Mick Foley

Winner: Edge

Time: 13:00

Rating:**3/4

 

Actual result

Winner: Edge

Time: 15:00

Rating:***3/4

 

Thoughts

-I was expecting a paint by number effort by Foley and I was wrong to underestimate him again. I still think the build for this match was horrid but they delivered on this match. Foley using the wrap-around barb-wire was a nice touch as they incorporated the usual (tacks, stairs, barbie) but the match was still stiff but not contrived. Lita, looked really good and I enjoyed her efforts tonight as the barbed wire socko was gusty to take and the bleeding from the mouth was a good visual. Foley, did a excellent blade job as he looked like Two-Face Harvey with the crimson mask convering only the left side of his face. Expected finish but it was hardly an unimpressive sight. Foley, delivered his best WM performance and is something to be proud of. Now stay home, Foley and just blog.

 

The T's segment in the hall was gold, I really can't add anything else to that statement. Booker and Sharmell are a very consistant comedy duo and they deserve better then what came after this, we also need more Booker/Goldust reunions. It's also great to see Dibiase getting air time again.

 

Boogeyman Vs The T's

Winner: Boogeyman

Time: 3:45

Rating:*1/4

 

Actual result

Winner: Boogeyman

Time: 5:00

Rating: DUD

 

Thoughts

-Booker T deserved better, although I'm glad he gets a WM paycheck. This was expectedly bad and probably worse then bad. One of the worse Mania matches ever. Thankfully, Boogeyman is injured and likely isn't working matches for a bit of time.

 

Trish Stratus Vs Mickie James

Winner: Mickie James

Time: 8:20

Rating:**1/4

 

Actual result

Winner: Mickie James

Time: 9:00

Rating:***3/4

 

Thoughts

-No, seriously. This was an excellent match that completely went beyond my expecations. Easily, the best woman's match in WWE in years. The heat was incredible for a woman's match and Mickie completely shined in the spotlight. Maybe the high rating was because the woman's stuff is rarely ever that good, but this match was. Maybe it'll drop in a year from now but right now it was the most memorable match. The finish is being talked about alot and people are focusing too much on the botch. Mickie, covered up pretty well and played it off with the skill and intelligence of a seasoned veteran. The most talked about part of the match, was easily the "Camel Toe Clutch", that was something new for a woman's match and it really, really fit with Mickie's character. The pose, after that spot was tremendous as well as Mickie's expression

 

The McMahon family prayer, comical if only for Stephanie's attempts to stifle her laughter.

 

Undertaker Vs Mark Henry

Winner: Undertaker

Time: 10:25

Rating:*3/4

 

Actual result

Winner: Undertaker

Time: 9:00

Rating:*3/4

 

Thoughts

-Essentially, the match I was expecting. It wasn't a total stinker but it wasn't good either. Taker busting out the plancha, is always a good sight to see. Hopefully, Taker gets his first (and final) WM classic, next year.

 

Vince McMahon Vs HBK

Winner: HBK

Time: 20:30

Rating:***

 

Actual results

Winner: HBK

Time: 18:00

Rating: ***1/4

 

Thoughts

-Fairly good SE match, as Shawn completely dominated Vince. The SS run-in was great if only for Doane's bumping. Shane, was useful in his comical selling. The story they told, was excellent (although it was completely ignored by the commentators).

 

 

Rey Mysterio Vs Kurt Angle Vs Randy Orton

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Time: 17:30

Rating:***1/2

 

Actual result

Winner: Mysterio

Time: 9:00

Rating: ***

 

Thoughts

-Criminally short. This match had another 10 minutes in it and the rapid-fire finish didn't help. The crowd completely turned against Rey, and some are angry about that. Look, Rey had been booked as a joke and the constant Eddie exploitation was irritating. A backlash, had to be expected.

 

Torrie Vs Candice

Winner: Candice

Time: Too long

Rating:DUD

 

Actual results

Winner: Torrie

Time: 4:00

Rating: DUD

 

Thoughts

-Who gives a shit

 

Triple H Vs John Cena

Winner: Triple H

Time: 24:45

Rating:**1/4

 

Actual results

Winner: John Cena

Time: 21:00

Rating: **1/2

 

Thoughts

-I've covered the entrances enough in the WM thread. They were both embarassingly bad. At least, It was nice to see CM Punk appear at WM in his home-town. The crowd heat against Cena, was nuclear to say the least. Triple H, had a big grin inside him as the crowd was completely behind him. The match, probably wasn't really that bad and might look better on later viewing but you can't deny the crowd just really sucked you out of the match and forced you to focus on the surreal aspect of a crowd 100% behind Triple H.

 

This was a no-win situation as neither men aren't what they need on top right now.

 

Over-all, the show was very solid but not a classic WM but it gave a couple very good matches, a good comedy segment and nothing atrociously bad aside from what was already expected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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yeah, this was a middle of the road kind of Wrestlemania, not the best and not the worst.

 

The women's title match was on pace to be the MOTN but dropped horribly with that botched up finish...you just can't fuck up in a title match at WM...you just can't.

 

Rey getting booed was nuts, but oddly enough, he got the fans back once he finally won...color me underwhelmed with that short match, but the visual of Rey with Big Goldie is great! He'll job it to Orton shortly, unfortunantly. I loved the double German Suplex spot with Rey almost getting flung out of the ring...too bad Rey also fucked up a WM spot.

 

That heat in the Cena/HHH match was unreal...I'd say Cena's heat rivals Austin's heat at Canadian Stampede...seriously, we were in awe with how bad he was getting it. EVERYTHING he did was booed, every single thing...it was amazing. The match itself wasn't that great, but with that crowd, you couldn't help but be glued to it.

 

It was kind of cool seeing both HBK and HHH do the DX Crotch Chops.

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yeah, this was a middle of the road kind of Wrestlemania, not the best and not the worst.

 

The women's title match was on pace to be the MOTN but dropped horribly with that botched up finish...you just can't fuck up in a title match at WM...you just can't.

 

Rey getting booed was nuts, but oddly enough, he got the fans back once he finally won...color me underwhelmed with that short match, but the visual of Rey with Big Goldie is great! He'll job it to Orton shortly, unfortunantly. I loved the double German Suplex spot with Rey almost getting flung out of the ring...too bad Rey also fucked up a WM spot.

 

That heat in the Cena/HHH match was unreal...I'd say Cena's heat rivals Austin's heat at Canadian Stampede...seriously, we were in awe with how bad he was getting it. EVERYTHING he did was booed, every single thing...it was amazing. The match itself wasn't that great, but with that crowd, you couldn't help but be glued to it.

 

It was kind of cool seeing both HBK and HHH do the DX Crotch Chops.

 

Rey had a easier time to cover up the botch since it was early in the match and he could still leap up and kick Angle, you can just argue that Rey let go of the post because he had too much momentum. Mickie's botch came at the finish and although Mickie did a good job of using her character to lessen the damage it was still a damper. I don't think it hurt the match and I'm glad they didn't try to redo the spot.

 

 

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Money in the bank was a dime a dozen to me. The only neat thing they did was Benjamin's jump to the ladder, which the cameras missed anyway. Otherwise there was no innovation, a minor amount of build and a lot of long, awful pauses with guys on the ladder. I had it at *1/2.

 

I pretty much agree with your take on JBL-Benoit. It was a TV match, not a "biggest PPV of the year" match. Actually started out nicely with some scrappy ground brawling, but it didn't really continue. By the numbers, average and ultimately disappointing. Had it at **1/4.

 

Foley vs. Edge was money. Match was laid out great, with good heat segments on Foley. Foley was bumping around like a freak, as would be expected. Build was great, especially to the finish. Will probably end up as one of the better WWE matches of 2006. Had it at ***1/2.

 

Trish vs. James was decent. Typically sloppy, but it was structured quite well. If either girl could actually physically wrestle (ie. execution, transitioning, etc) at any sort of high level, this might have reached a high level in my eyes. However, Mickie James does play her role brilliantly, and she was the reason the match was as good as it was. It was the best modern WWE women's match I've seen, and would have been better if not for the horribly botched finish. I had it at **1/2.

 

The rest I didn't watch, because people aren't pimping that stuff, and I don't really care to watch it in that case. Truthfully, what I saw was pretty solid, so if the rest of the stuff was decent overall, it would seem like a successful show. No blow-away matches, but eh, expecting MOTYCs from the WWE at this point is just unreasonable.

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