I liked it. It was action-packed (for the most part) and provided some excellent matches. The RAW women killed it once again; Seth Rollins versus HHH was solid (and once again Triple H had an incredible entrance); Shane/AJ opened up the show well and set the tone for the entire event; and former BFFs Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho did not disappoint. I loved the return from the Hardy Boyz, and despite the fact that I had read that their pending Wrestlemania return was inevitable, I still totally marked out when their music hit. Naomi also had a nice hero’s welcome from her Orlando home crowd and I love the fact that she’s now two-time SD LIVE Women’s Champion.
All in all, a great card and great event.
All in all, I liked the show. Some of the types of matches that usually blow us away, or lift the show into the upper echelon of events. This one did not have that.
I came in expecting very little from several matches, and they basically did as I expected. The majority of the title matches were just OK. I know my colleague, Dorathy, had high praise for both women’s matches, but honestly they both disappointed me. The RAW women’s match was the far bigger disappointment, especially on the heels of what they were able to do last year. Either my standards for them have become way too high, or they were really pedestrian.
Both the RAW and SmackDown title matches were, I felt, uneventful. The outcomes were expected, and nothing we got out of either match was all that impressive-outside of the on-ring projections for Bray, which I honestly thought was a bit too much.
And while the Rollins/Hunter match was very good, I despised Hunter’s entrance. Go figure.
My favorite, as I mentioned in the ‘Shell, was the RAW tag team title match. Absolutely outstanding, made even better by Matt and Jeff’s return.
The biggest positive from a generally satisfying show? They were not overly reliant on special appearances. There were no surprise appearances. Matches pretty much all went clean, no interference. There’s something to be said for that, I believe.
Overall, the card was better than I expected. The best match on the pre-show was easily Austin Aries vs. Neville. The other two bouts belonged where they were placed. AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon was a great way to open the show and it made the rest of the roster work even harder. Props to Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho, Triple H vs. Seth Rollins, and the Ladder Match. All three were WrestleMania worthy matches.
I wasn’t impressed with marquee matches like Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton or the mixed tag tam action. Goldberg and Brock Lesnar worked because it was quick with lots of high impact moves. Undertaker and Roman Reigns showed how “The Deadman” has nothing left in the tank. Nice ending to the show considering nobody wants the final the image to be Reigns standing tall over Undertaker.