Nikki Bella vs. Naomi – WWE Divas Ttitle:
Absolutely nothing “Extreme” about this match which is disappointing because it was really a chance to get people to take it seriously. The only stipulation I can remember being added to a Divas match in the last decade is a lumberjack match. I don’t know what it is about Naomi because she’s a good wrestler, a really good athlete, very creative and very original, but I just cannot stand watching her and I don’t know why. Nikki Bella continues to improve but Brie is getting more vocal on the outside of the ring every week and she does have a very piercing and distracting voice. I haven’t read much news about Paige whether she’s injured or taking a break but I hope she comes back sooner rather than later so I don’t have to watch Naomi for much longer.
Big Show vs. Roman Reigns – Last Man Standing Match:
Neither of these are the best wrestlers in the world but both are big and strong and have very high impact finishers so a Last Man Standing match was actually quite perfect for them and the match was really good. Before the match started it was obvious that Reigns was going to win just with all the Lesnar stuff that has preceded it. At times it got a bit silly because both of them were down for much longer than a normal 10 count numerous times but it was the most ‘extreme’ match of the night with numerous tables going through, including the spanish announce table to finish the match, and just as many chairs and kendo sticks as the Ambrose and Harper match. There have been a lot of times in the last few years when I thought it was time for Big Show to retire but he looked a lot better than he has done for a long time and his fitness for a man of his size and age is unbelievable. I don’t think there was ever a doubt about the result because of the few months Reigns has had but it will be interesting to see where he goes from here because I’m guessing Orton will still be the main wrestler in the title picture for at least 1 more PPV.
Bo Dallas vs. Ryback:
A bit of a waste of time and probably a last minute job because of Daniel Bryan not being able to compete but a decent reason to get Ryback an appearance and easy win on a PPV. I would have thought a Miz/Sandow segment would have been chosen over this but either way I think it was just a time filler.
Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton – Cage Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title:
There wasn’t really anything special about this match if I’m being honest. I love both of them but a Steel Cage is the wrong setting to produce the best match between them. Considering they haven’t really been in many matches together I found it to be quite predictable. Neither of them produced anything particularly special to make it more entertaining. Considering the title was on the line and it was in a steel cage it wasn’t anywhere near as good as the match the two had at Wrestlemania. Kane and J&J were always going to interfere in some way or another and I do always like a cameo Kane appearance when he Chokeslams everyone. The ending was clever in a way with Seth using the RKO when it was banned. I’m guessing something will happen on RAW regarding them having to have a rematch because Seth broke the rules of the match. Overall quite a forgettable match but still the right feud to carry on.
I actually forgot to watch the pre-show because I was too busy watching the Country Music Awards which I’m a bit disappointed about now because Barrett and Neville are two of my preferred wrestlers at the moment. From the short highlights it showed I can’t really tell if it was a good match or not but i’m glad they gave Neville the win over someone who isn’t Curtis Axel.
Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper – Chicago Street Fight:
I love both of these guys and they always put on a good match. The only thing I would have changed is that it should have been falls count anywhere because them coming back into the stadium for 5 minutes at the end was a bit of an anti-climax. Having said that I thought having them leave and come back was a really good idea, its just when they came back it wasn’t great. Strangely as brilliant as these two are and how much extreme rules suits them I thought it was actually overshadowed by the Last Man Standing match later on. In terms of the result I think Ambrose needed a PPV win after a few losses in big matches over the last 6 months or so.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus – “Kiss Me Arse” Match:
A pretty ridiculous stipulation to count as ‘Extreme’. If it had to happen at all I would have rather they just kept it on RAW because it’s not a PPV quality match by any stretch of the imagination. Ziggler is still underrated by WWE but overrated by a lot of fans. I much prefer Sheamus as a heel and actually like his new character and his new look actually goes well with his new music but there’s just nowhere to really go with that bullying smaller guys storyline, especially with the only ‘small’ champion out of action and Barrett still next in line. I actually would have preferred a Sheamus win at this point and give it another month before he’s handed his first PPV loss since his return. The post match “arse-kissing” segment seemed to go on forever and was just ridiculous like it was always going to be when creative thought of it in the 5 second brainstorm they apparently had for this match.
Tyson Kidd and Cesaro vs. The New Day (Kingston + Big E) for the Tag Team Titles:
This was probably the only really surprising result and also the most disappointing. The New Day gimmick had run its cause after about 2 weeks and face or heel, it just doesn’t work. The only reason I can think of as to why they gave them the titles are because R-Truth has dropped out of the IC Title picture and they haven’t had an African American champion in a while because they must be able to see the reaction is negative because of the gimmick and not because they’re supposed to be heels. The match itself was actually really good and I hope that Cesaro and Kidd stay as a tag team because they work really well together and the division has been much more entertaining since their formation. Kofi is always solid in the ring and Big E had that one good move where he pretty much gored Kidd and himself out of the ring but doesn’t make up for the result for me unfortunately.
John Cena vs. Rusev – Russian Chain Match for the US Title:
I never really see the point in these types of matches where you have to touch all four corners of the ring consecutively. I mean wrestling is unrealistic at the best of times but trying to convince the audience that it’s difficult to walk around the ring while you’re opponent is on the floor is just stupid. The chain was barely used and without headshots being allowed it just seems a bit pointless even having it. I still love Rusev but they need to stop him blaming Lana and complaining so much when he loses, it’s becoming like Christian and his “One More Match” disaster that went on for months, and although I hate Cena as a wrestler and as a champion I am liking the US Title open challenge every week, especially now it should be a bit less obvious he’s going to win every week.
Rusev vs. John Cena for the United States Championship:
Reluctant to even mention this match because of the disappointment it brought to my night. This could have been so good for Rusev but they just had to have John Cena win yet again. I knew he was going to lose eventually and that was fine, but not on this night to Cena of all people. I respect Cena for everything he does and has done in and outside of the company over the last 10 years but he in just intolerable to watch in the ring for me. Rusev and Lana have been so entertaining since their debut. Matches have gotten a little repetitive at times, faced Jack Swagger more times than I’ve had hot dinners but everything about both of them and the gimmick is just perfect. Hopefully this loss won’t derail his progress in WWE and he won’t go back to the midcard but I have a feeling it will just be devastating for his career at the expense of yet another Title for Cena.
The Rock Returns and Michael Cole has an orgasm about it (yet again):
The Internet for some reason went absolutely ape-shit for this segment and I couldn’t have been more disappointed. I get that Ronda Rousey is a big deal at the moment, but I just didn’t see the point in this at all. I don’t like UFC, I don’t like Triple H and Stephanie taking up the time of PPV’s to talk about how they’re still in power, and I don’t like The Rock when he’s not being particularly funny. Stupid segment to follow a stupid match that preceeded it in the most disappointing hour or so of the show.
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt:
Everyone is a massive fan of the Undertaker or at least they should be and they should respect everything he has done in WWE and at Wrestlemania. However the streak breaking should have been his retirement match. Whether people chant, “You’ve still got it” during his matches or not, he is past it. This match still could have been good though, could being the main word there because it wasn’t. The actual wrestling was average, Undertaker did what he still can do, which isn’t bad but isn’t what it was by a long shot. Wyatt didn’t have to carry him as much as I thought but that was irrelevant anyway the match was never going to be outstanding, the ending should have been. This should have been Undertaker passing the torch to the next big thing for me. Wyatt has got the gimmick and the promos nailed down and it doesn’t need any more tweaking to get better, all it needed was this one win. Now I feel like he might just end up on the midcard with Rusev and anyone else amazing that WWE wants to bury.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship:
I thought the build-up to this was poor and no matter how many times the commentary team said it, it certainly didn’t have a “big fight feel” to it. On paper it actually went exactly how I wanted it to and exactly how it should have done after Lesnar’s match with Undertaker and matches with Cena. He dominated Reigns for 90% of the match and it was “Suplex-City” like it was against Cena and as always with Brock it was a beautiful sight to watch. Reigns showed the same signs as Cena did with the always dreadful “Superman” punch that is almost as exaggerated as The Big Show’s ‘knockout’ punch and the Spear that pales in comparison to Edge,’s and Goldberg’s and especially Rhyno’s Gore. I called Rollins cashing in at Wrestlemania a long time ago but I didn’t think it would happen exactly like that. With the risk of Brock not re-signing they had to have him drop the title and those plans weren’t going to change just because he did re-sign days before. Regardless, the ending to the match and the show was simply great. Rollins deserves the title at the moment and I think he showed why in his match earlier on. Rollins, Orton, Lesnar, and Reigns all going for the title over the next few months is actually pretty exciting and Extreme Rules is not far away at all.
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins:
The best singles “wrestling” match of the night by far. For a few years I got really bored of Randy Orton but he seems completely different now. He was turning face to heel and vice versa almost as much as The Big Show and Mark Henry and his only big matches seemed to be endless Championship matches against John Cena. The last year or so he’s still turned more times than I would like but it has been controlled much better and even though his move-set hasn’t gotten noticeably larger his matches are much more entertaining. Seth Rollins is still pretty new to the scene and his promos in The Shield didn’t seem that convincing but in such a short time he has come on so much and both on the mic and in the ring he performs like a veteran. The match itself was brilliant. Good technical wrestling mixed with Orton’s sadistic beatings, some good heel interference from J&J Security and as JBL said, “That could be the best RKO we’ve ever seen”. The air time Rollins managed to get from the attempted Curb Stomp was unbelievable and the speed of Orton as well as his reaction afterwards polished off the match perfectly. Overall it was the right result to hopefully set up a good storyline for the World Title due to what happened later in the show.
Sting vs. Triple H:
Entrances were a bit a weird. I thought Sting’s was really well done but would have been more effective in darkness with artificial light but nevertheless it was very Wrestlemania like. Triple H’s on the other hand just seemed like a promo for the new Terminator film. Using Schwarzenegger was just wrong and the whole thing didn’t work for me. The match however definitely worked for me. Started off surprisingly with some actual good wrestling. I thought it was going to be more like an Undertaker match than anything else but it wasn’t. But that was all forgotten about anyway once DX and the NWO came out. It was a brilliant move on the part of WWE to bring the Monday Night Wars to Wrestlemania. I usually hate it when they wheel out retired people for 10 minutes on RAW but on this occasion at Wrestlemania in Sting’s first match in WWE it was perfect. On the ending, I was expecting Triple H to win but I don’t really know where they’re going to go with it from here. I’m yet to watch Sting’s interview that was on after RAW this week but I’m guessing I’ll probably find out then but overall I thought the match was excellent.
Skylar Grey, Kid Ink and Travis Barker:
Big waste of time really. Skylar Grey is an alright singer but that music really is not my scene so didn’t do anything for me.
AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins:
Solid match. The Bella Twins have improved so much over the last year and I think people are really starting to see and appreciate it. The whole #GiveDivasAChance thing seems to be actually getting noticed and they’re getting longer matches every week. Paige for me is such a rare and exciting person to watch in the ring. She is one of those people that you just can’t help but think they were born to do it. At 22 years old she is the best prospect the Diva’s division has had for a long time and the fact that she is only going to keep getting better makes her so exciting. AJ’s matches are getting a little predictable though, making her a bit boring. Add that to the constant CM Punk chants that were thankfully avoided at Wrestlemania and I can see her being put back on the sidelines. Like I started with the match was solid, not reaching the heights of the likes of Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks on NXT but good to watch and good to see the improvement of all the Divas involved.
I’ll start off with my favourite moment of the night, John Cena defeating Rusev for the United States Championship, said nobody ever. Really I’ll just do this chronologically. Also it’s going in 3 parts because I had more to say than I thought
Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the Tag Team Championships. Los Matadores, A New Day (Kofi and Big E) The Usos, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.
Before it started I was pretty disappointed that this match wasn’t on the main card and when it finished that feeling hadn’t changed. Everyone knew beforehand that Jey Uso was injured and wouldn’t be able to compete so they sorted that problem pretty quickly whilst still having 4 “teams” with Jimmy competing on his own. I think the referee lost control a bit and who was legal got a bit annoyingly confusing but in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Match these things are always going to happen and “chaos ensued” as Michael Cole would say. As with all matches with this many people in, everyone had their mini-moment. The result wasn’t as obvious as some other matches on the card but was definitely the preferred one in my opinion. Tyson Kidd has been underrated and underutilized for years in WWE and Cesaro flopped after the whole Paul Heyman thing last year so they deserve at least a decent run as Tag Team Champions.
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal:
If it wasn’t for Brock Lesnar beating Undertaker, Cesaro winning that Battle Royal at last years Wrestlemania would have been the most surprising result on the card. This year however it had been predictable for weeks. I thought Sheamus may have returned and won but when he wasn’t there there was only one winner from the start and the commentators did nothing but talk about him the whole way through, making it that much more obvious. The match itself wasn’t even really worth talking about. The Big Show deserved the win as like the commentators said he has been compared to Andre The Giant throughout his career and he hasn’t won anything significant in a long time but the build up was just simply bad.
7 Man Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match.
This was a difficult one to call. Going into the match I only wanted either Wade Barrett or R-Truth to win. Barrett is the best champion there for me. Excellent on the microphone and in the ring and one of the best heels in the WWE right now. They have got the Englishman who hates Americans gimmick nailed down and given him a catchphrase people actually like and it works. R-Truth is another one like Tyson Kidd, never been utilized to his full potential. His gimmick has been hilarious for years and he executes it perfectly every week and I think it’s about time that they gave him a run with a title. I knew before the match started that neither of these were actually going to win though. I couldn’t predict it like I could other matches I’ll talk about later but it was always between Bryan, Ziggler, and Ambrose. The Stardust gimmick is beyond ridiculous. It worked for a bit while feuding with Goldust but if they’re not going to go back to that at all then it needs to go. I love Luke Harper and he is an unbelievable talent especially for a man of his size and has an amazing future with WWE but right now isn’t quite his time and there is something about him that doesn’t quite seem ready. Out of the other three it was anyone’s guess who was going to win, I didn’t have a clue. Ambrose seemed to have the biggest push the weeks coming into it so I was half expecting him to win and Ziggler has been waiting for that extra little nudge for a while but in the end it was WWE’s decision to rectify Bryan’s less than pleasing return from injury by giving him the IC Title. Nobody deserves it more than Bryan for all the work he’s put in around the world on the independent circuit and since he has been in WWE but I just didn’t want it to happen. Love all three of them, knew one of them was going to win, just didn’t want any of them to, but Bryan is a bigger name than Barrett and he should actually give it that ‘prestige’ the WWE has been telling us it has still had for the past 10 years when it really hasn’t. The match itself was excellent though. I don’t think it lived up to the expectations of the promos because simply nobody does what the Hardy’s/Dudley’s/Edge & Christian do anymore and I don’t really think it was as good as the Money In The Bank matches ever were, but as usual with matches of that size and extreme nature everyone had their own moment of brilliance and it started the actual show off really well.