OSR: WWE WrestleMania 30 Review
The 30th Edition of WrestleMania came from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 6 2014. With 75,167 in attendance, Hulk Hogan was the Guest Host, Brock Lesnar battled The Undertaker and Daniel Bryan‘s journey to the main event continued. Take a look back at this monumental event in the WWE WrestleMania 30 Review.
The opening montage looked at the history of WrestleMania, based around very much the spirit of the south. It shown various moments throughout the events history but also the various matches and their feuds leading into the event. After going inside the Superdome, our commentary team for the event was Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL. With no delay, we then quickly went to the ring for the show to begin.
The Host of WrestleMania 30 made his way to the ring first, and quickly welcomed everyone to the show. He quickly made that infamous mistake, referring to the Silverdome instead of the Superdome. There was that awkward moment on his face when he realised his mistake. He talked about 30 Years of WrestleMania moments before he was joined by Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Stone Cold then took to the microphone, and talked trash about Hogan. He then thanked Hogan for his contributions to the WWE. After a few more moments, The Rock then made his own way to the ring. The Rock then cut a promo about returning to WrestleMania, whilst alongside Austin mocked Hogan for the earlier mistake. After The Rock finished, they then drank beer and left the ring. That was a heart-warming segment.
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (w/ Stephanie McMahon)
The history package looked at the rise of Daniel Bryan in the WWE, and really highlighted some of what he’d achieved. It then focused on the rivalry established with Triple H following SummerSlam 2013, and the subsequent battle to regain a championship opportunity.
Triple H made his entrance first, with the typical WrestleMania entrance. Daniel Bryan then made his way to the ring, where he received an incredible reaction. The match got started as a very straight forward wrestling moves, where Bryan used a variety of moves to ground Triple H.
Eventually, Triple H got the control of the match and used a variety of holds which would target the shoulder of Daniel. Daniel is able to later to regain the momentum with his aerial attacks.
In what was a very evenly contested match, with cracking ring psychology from both men Daniel was able to pick up the win with a running knee. The chemistry which was shared in the ring between the participants here was brilliant, and added to the match massively.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) and Kane vs. The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose)
Each of the participants made their way to the ring, and it quickly got underway with The Shield being the dominant force from the outset. In what was a very quick and pointless match, The Shield were victorious after they pinned The Outlaws.
Winners: The Shield
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Yoshi Tatsu vs. Brad Maddox vs. Brodus Clay vs. The Great Khali vs. Zack Ryder vs. Darren Young vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Heath Slater vs. Mark Henry vs. Titus O’Neil vs. The Miz vs. Santino Marella vs. Damien Sandow vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Cesaro vs. David Otunga vs. Big E vs. Fandango vs. R-Truth vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus vs. The Big Show vs. Sin Cara vs. Xavier Woods
Only The Big Show and Sheamus received entrances, with the remainder of the competitors already in the ring. From the outset, the eliminations occurred thick and fast. The sheer number of competitors made it very difficult in the beginning to ascertain what was happening throughout.
The final four competitors came down to The Big Show, Sheamus, Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio. Following an impressive showing from Cesaro, he slammed Big Show over the rope to be the victor. This was a novel concept, but difficult to follow match.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. Bray Wyatt (w/ Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) vs. John Cena
The history package looked at the legacy of John Cena, and how Wyatt was attempting to take it apart. The promo, in honesty shown some of what the character of Bray Wyatt is capable of. Bray made his way to the ring first, in what was a very surreal entrance before Cena made his way out.
From the outset, Bray was taunting Cena in an effort to bring him to the dark side. After several minutes, Cena started going ballistic at Wyatt which continued until Bray regained some momentum.
In some ways, the action in this match was very back and forth between the pair. This wasn’t a traditional wrestling match, as it came across as more of a psychological battle between the pair. Cena eventually won this interesting match following an FU. Really interesting characterization here.
Winner: John Cena
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Next up was the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 roll call. They were introduced to those in attendance by Howard Finkel. The Class of 2014 comprised of Jake Roberts, Mr T, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon, Lita, Razor Ramon and The Ultimate Warrior.
5. The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman)
The promo for the match looked at the lengthy reign of dominance seen by The Undertaker, but it then looked at how this has being overshadowed by Brock Lesnar. This promo, made Brock look like a complete monster. After both men had made their way to the ring, the match was underway.
Brock quickly took to decimating The Undertaker throughout the match. This dramatically hampered the performance of Taker, who was noticeably weary. Taker was able to have moments of control, as he took to nailing Brock with choke slams for near finishes.
The energy in the match itself was heightened massively due to the dominating performance of Brock, whereas Taker looked very out of place. To be brutally honest, this was probably the most abysmal match that had been seen from Taker in years.
Brock continued his domineering style throughout the later part of the match, despite the most unconvincing Last Ride from Taker. Eventually, Brock picked up the truly shocking win following the third F5. Shocking yes, but that was abysmal match.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
6. WWE Divas Championship – Vickie Guerrero Invitational Battle Royal: AJ Lee (c) vs. Aksana vs. Alicia Fox vs. Brie Bella vs. Cameron vs. Emma vs. Layla vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Nikki Bella vs. Rosa Mendes vs. Summer Rae vs. Tamina Snuka
All of divas were already in the ring, with AJ Lee being the only one getting an entrance. Unfortunately, this match is extremely difficult to follow from the outset. It is not 100% clear how this match can be won – elimination or pinfall? In a messy match, AJ Lee eventually picked up the win.
Winner: AJ Lee, to retain the WWE Divas Championship
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
At this point, we were introduced to WWE Hall of Fame Superstars sat at ringside. They were Bruno Sammartino, Harley Race, Bob Backlund, Dusty Rhodes and Bret Hart.
7. WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan
Each of the participants made their way to the ring, with no history package being shown. The only referencing shown was the earlier match between Triple H and Daniel Bryan. The match quickly got underway, with Daniel quickly on the receiving end of punishment.
The match continued at a mediocre pace, which soon prompted an appearance from Triple H and Stephanie. They were quickly taken out by Daniel, after which the pace of the match picked up significantly. Batista and Randy teamed up at this point to eliminate Daniel from the equation.
An impressive spot saw Daniel nailed with a Batista Bomb and an RKO simultaneously through the announce table. Ultimately though, Daniel is able to pick up an impressive win after Batista submitted to the YES lock. This was certainly a match which got better as it continued.
Winner: Daniel Bryan, to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
WWE WrestleMania 30 Conclusions
WWE WrestleMania 30 was all about two thing – Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar. The show highlighted how far Daniel Bryan had come in the WWE. He was featured rightfully so in two high profile matches, where he achieved well deserved and enjoyable victories. The main event would have being a lot better had Batista not being involved, that was a low point of the match. Whilst the show itself achieved massive success for Brock Lesnar, his match with The Undertaker was diabolical. Granted, this can be attributed in part to Taker’s early concussion. But the match was horrendous.
Whilst it may have being the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania, it ultimately didn’t feel very much like a celebration. Whilst having Stone Cold, The Rock and Hulk Hogan there provided a great feel of nostalgic. Ultimately, it felt very much like another event. This was certainly not the great WrestleMania of all time. If anything, it was particularly average.