WWE Championship: Triple Threat Match – Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena vs. Triple H
The promo initially focuses on Triple H’s injury causing him to miss WrestleMania 23 and the pectoral injury John Cena suffered in late 2007, both of which involved Randy Orton. We return to the ring, with John Cena making his way to the ring first to a standard extravagant WrestleMania entrance. I get they like “big” entrances at WrestleMania but this is weird. Each of the competitors have their moment in the match to shine, but there isn’t really anything to this match which makes it standout or remember it. It is very much a odd combination of competitors which doesn’t particularly “click” in a trio scenario. Anyhow, Orton eventually picks up the win in this average match to retain the championship.
Winner: Randy Orton, to retain the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
No Disqualification Match: The Big Show vs. Floyd Mayweather
We go to the history package for this match, depicted around The Biggest and The Best which came together at No Way Out 2008 when The Big Show returned to the WWE after a 14-month absence. Both competitors make their way to the ring, Floyd’s seemingly taking a lifetime to take place. The match (if you can call it that) gets underway, with Show being dominant over Floyd to the delight of those in attendance but dismay of his entourage at ringside. In a “match” only done for the publicity, that was awful and thoroughly pointless. Even more surprisingly, coming from me…it wasn’t The Big Show’s fault either.
Winner: Floyd Mayweather
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We are briefly joined by Kim Kardashian once again, who looks mighty nice I must say, to announce the new attendance record for the Citrus Bowl has being established that evening.
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs, The Undertaker
The promo for their feud is shown, which to it’s credit was given loads of time to develop (mainly due to injuries) but this allowed it to have more of an impact and have a greater significance. We return to the Citrus Bowl, with Taker making his way to the ring first, in an entrance that does truly give you goosebumps. Edge then gradually makes his way to the ring, and the mind games between him and Taker soon begin. As the match gets underway, it is initially very back and forth between both men including some nice aerial moves from Taker but Edge is able to gain the upper hand. He uses a whole variety of endurance moves to the lower body to keep him grounded. Taker attempts to mount a comeback, but Edge uses his speed and agility to fight back. Edge, is really impressive in this match as he literally uses every counter attack to remain in control which provides an exceptionally compelling and entertaining match. Following attempted interference by Hawkins and Ryder, Taker is able to lock in the Hell’s Gate submission hold to pick up the win and capture the championship in a really good match. This, to this time was probably the best match Taker has had at WrestleMania. Both men were superb and gave us something truly memorable.
Winner: The Undertaker, to capture the World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars
This is a thoroughly enjoyable show from start to finish, it featured something which could probably accommodate most wrestling fans and leaving them feeling satisfied with what they have seen. Both Flair versus HBK and Edge versus Taker were incredible wrestling matches, for Flair and Taker is was probably their best performances in a long time. As I said earlier, it was also nice to see Flair go out on a high. Some of the other matches, like the Belfast Brawl or Money in the Bank match were really also enjoyable, and added a different dimension to the show which was refreshing. I personally wasn’t a fan of the Triple Threat match because I don’t feel they worked well as a trio scenario, and ultimately it felt like the match was missing a vital ingredient. What that is or was, I am not sure but it needed something else to make it sparkle. The Divas match in all honesty was just offensively pointless…and that is all I am going to say on that. This is definitely a WrestleMania that comes with a recommendation to watch…you will have a nice feeling inside after watching this show, really effort and credibility can be taken away from it. If you would like to view it yourself, you can of course do so as part of your 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network…if your not a member, why not signup and give it a go!
Show Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
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