I look forward to this weekend each year; and I enjoyed all three of the shows, for different reasons. However, my favorite moment is split into three parts, but points to one thing; the WWE womenâ€™s division. I feel like everything around the unveiling of the re-brand was perfectly unravelled to the audience, and Iâ€™m not sure if the WWE themselves even realized how great the timing would be. Blown away by the 10-Woman Tag match (which had nothing to do with the performances by Lana and Eva, and everything to do with Emma, Nattie, Paige, Naomi, and Brie); WWE Hall of Famer Lita announces the re-brand of the division, and ditching the word â€˜divaâ€™. The unveiling of the WWE Womenâ€™s Championship belt was quite historic, and appropriately done on the â€˜Grandest Stage of Them Allâ€™. Then to have Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch go on and perform the match of the night, was incredible. Not sure whoâ€™s idea it was to lay it all out like that, but to weave the new title into the storyline, as they did, was epic.
Honorable mention goes out to the TakeOver match that pitted Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn; which in my opinion was one of the best matches of the weekend, TakeOver or Wrestlemania, aside. A little obsessed with Nakamura right now, thanks to his NXT debut match.
My favorite of the whole weekend was, hands down, TakeOver. Of that entire show? Shinsuke versus Sami, as it was the best match anyone from WWE put on over the course of the entire weekend. That match exceeded my every expectation. The show in its entirety, in spite of it’s late start time for us East Coast folks, was very enjoyable. No fluff, no over the top polish. Just great wrestling. And, while I wouldn’t say I am a fan of blood, I was pleased to see some, somewhere (since WWE wussed out in both the HIAC match and the street fight, and even in the main event, considering both men made the other bleed on RAW in the weeks leading up to Dallas).
The Hall of Fame was only mildly entertaining to me-I felt this would have been a perfect year to wait for the condensed USA Network special consisting of just the highlights.
From ‘Mania? dug the appearances from the legends/Hall of Famers (HBK, Foley, Austin and of course The Rock). Match-wise, AJ Styles/Jericho and the women’s triple threat.
I liked the Hall of Fame ceremony. It happens once a year and is a time where everyone puts their gimmicks and storylines to the side to honor those who paved the business. The Freebirds and The Godfather were my favorite speeches. Stingâ€™s speech was okay and the announcement of his retirement was somewhat obvious. It was the right time and place for Sting to tell the world his 30 year career was done. Seeing Ric Flair induct Sting was another fun moment. Flair always cries at these events and his intro for Sting was great.
NXTâ€™s Takeover Dallas was a close second as the card delivered from top to bottom. WrestleMania 32 had its moments, but nothing too memorable. The three days were about WrestleMania, which ended up ruining the weekend. Always next year.