Best Match of the night:
I am inclined to give this one to the 6 man tag match, pitting those wrestlers involved in the IC title match against one another. A bit formulaic in the end, with everyone taking a finisher for the most part, but it was still pretty good action and I was entertained. And, for a night where things were light on the matches that went clean, this one was a standout.
Worst match of the night:
Big Show and Kane versus Social Outcasts, if only because it really never happened. It was announced. It started. And it broke down just as quick, turning into a segment to hype the Andre Battle Royal.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Shane O Mac
New Day rocks
Feed me more
And a few more during the final 6 man tag that were crazy, but I couldn’t quite make them out. Sounded like one at the end of “you still suck”?
Star of the Night
For my money? I want to say it was Sami Zayn, who looked really good in the 6 man match. Don’t know if he’s going to win the title, but they gave him the win for his team in the go-home RAW, so that’s a plus.
Spot of the Night:
This one will get mentioned again, but Shane putting himself and ‘Taker through the announce table.
Kofi leaping and doing a double stomp on Del Rio looked pretty nice too.
And, I have to give Roman props for his leap over the top rope onto the crowd outside.
Jobber of the Night:
Konnor. Hands down. For matches that actually happened.
Otherwise, Social Outcasts would be in the running.
Upset of the Night:
Zack Ryder takes down Chris Jericho. And in short order too. A legit upset!
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Shane, with his leap from ring through table. Just like he used to do.
Botch of the night:
Looked like Konnor and/or Kalisto botched a spot during the match…looked like Kalisto should have landed on his feet but he didn’t.
Commentary of the night:
You’re counting the trombone as a competitor…
LOL Moment of the night:
In a twisted, Lunatic kind of way…Ambrose comes down to the ring, interrupting Brock and Paul. He circles the ring with his big red wagon, and then proceeds to fill the wagon up with an assortment of weaponry to be used during Sunday’s match-up to and including half of the ring steps. Never said a word, never even really looked at Brock. Funny, crazy, perhaps a little insane, but it worked.
We have a return of the Coach, Jonathan Coachman, here to announce that ESPN SportsCenter will be live all day from WrestleMania.
Jericho versus Styles is officially on for ‘Mania
The Dudleys are doing Hunter’s dirty work, as they goaded Reigns into a trap so that Hunter could jump him from behind.
With less than a week to go, we have finally learned who the celebrity being inducted this year will be: Snoop Dogg. I would have preferred Lemmy/Motorhead, given his passing and Hunter’s prominent role in ‘Mania…but I guess that’s OK.
Maybe it’s me, but the closing segment felt awfully forced. I compare it to another rivalry, one much more fierce and legit feeling. Look back to how the locker room had to empty in order to keep Undertaker and Lesnar apart last Summer. No one prompted anyone to come out and it was incredibly hot, crowd was into it, and the passion and emotion was palpable.
Then look at tonight. Stephanie ushered the heels out to give Hunter an advantage, and eventually some faces came down to help Reigns, but it felt so….underwhelming. Again, maybe I am being overly harsh, but considering how so much of the WWE Universe is against the idea of another Reigns title run, it just did not feel like it was a good segment. Felt like desperation.
And then there was Eva Marie. The fans were brutally honest. The four Total Divas teammates were pretty open about being ambivalent toward her, to outwardly shoving her away. Not many times can I think of someone joining a tag team and being nearly unanimously unwanted, by the team and by fans. Right, wrong or indifferent, I think a lot of the Universe would be totally fine with her getting lost between Brooklyn and Dallas.
And, for what it’s worth on Eva Marie…here’s the other backwards thing. WWE has her as one of the top heel Divas in NXT. Yet, for WrestleMania, she’s supposed to be seen as a face? Do they think fans don’t watch NXT and see her, behind Nia Jax, going after uber-face Bayley? Kind of a stretch, just sayin’.
And, while the elbow from the top rope through the announce table (and the Undertaker) looked sweet, the rest of the segment? I don’t know. To me, Shane is throwing those punches so fast, they look ineffective. Like, more so than usual.
And, maybe I am just not remembering it well, but it sure felt like the 10 Diva tag match got more attention than the Divas triple threat match. That’s terrible, I don’t care what anyone says. The Charlotte/Becky match should have gone on later in the evening and done more to remind us of that match.
Getting another Y2J/AJ Styles match is a good thing.
Brock/Dean. This may be the best big match on the card, and could arguably be a worthy main event.
After the final bell:
This was, in my opinion, not a fabulous go-home show. Sure, it had some moments, but nothing to tell me, if I was undecided about the show, to go ahead and buy it. I came in thinking that the IC ladder match should be good, that the street fight could be epic, and that there were a couple other intriguing matches on the show. When RAW ended, not much of that had changed, though there was one more match to look forward to, in AJ versus Y2J.
It should be an OK WrestleMania, but I think, unless there are some major surprises that have been kept incredibly close to someone’s vest, WM32 may be a bit of a downer. I hope I am proved wrong, early and often, come Sunday night.
And, to make things worse? I decided to tune in to watch the Daniel Bryan special, and either the Network is slammed, or my network is slammed. Considering every other network task I am doing is behaving…but the Bryan special looks good, so I am sure I will catch it later.