Money Well Spent

Did any of you watch Wrestlemania last night? If so, what did you think? Me, I thought the show was great for the most part, and surprisingly worth the money. I didn’t do worth a shit on the predictions that I was far too lazy to write up and post yesterday, only managing to go 4 for 10. Ouch. But even though I was surprised by some of what went down, most of them were good surprises and in the end that’s all that matters.

When I talk about good surprises though, unfortunately I can’t include the JBL vs. Finlay match. The match itself was fine, but JBL going over? Seriously? Nothing against him, but this father of the midget storyline needs to end like right now, sooner if possible. It’s in no way interesting, and come to think of it, if there’s one thing that’s been even more confusing than
Big Show Mayweather,
this is it.

Speaking of which, Floyd vs. Show was miles ahead of what I expected it would be. It ended up being a No Holds Barred match where you could win by pinfall, knockout or submission. Floyd won by knockout after using a chair and some brass knuckles. I figured he would win, because rarely does a celebrity come in to do the job. I was talking to our old friend Matt during the show, and he was worried about what the loss would do to Big Show. Personally I don’t think it’ll hurt him, because Show has been losing big and not so big matches for years and people still buy the character. He’ll bounce back from this just like he has everything else. The crowd wasn’t happy with the finish either as they were solidly behind Big Show all night, but still, decent match, way better than history has shown boxer vs. wrestler matches to be.

While we’re on the subject of things Matt doesn’t like, the streak lives. Undertaker beat Edge to win the world title in what turned into a hell of a match. I thought things started off kind of slowly, but when I think about it now, that’s exactly how it should have gone. Edge lost nothing by losing this match as he was booked to kick out of or counter everything Taker threw at him, right up to the end when he got caught and tapped out to the gogoplata after nearly having him beaten. I’m sure they’ll do a rematch at next month’s Backlash, and I’ll be looking forward to it. And Matt, I couldn’t disagree with you more about Undertaker needing to go. In the last couple of years he’s had some of the best matches of his career. Christ, he managed to pull more than one fantastic match out of Batista. He should be holding every title in the company just for that.

In other title action, Kane took on Chavo Guerrero for the ECW championship. Ok, not so much took on as completely squashed to win. I think the whole match might have gone 10 seconds. Did Chavo shit in somebody’s bag or something? I have no idea why it was booked that way, and I’m not sure what you do with Chavo at this point. I suppose you could rematch him with Kane once or twice, but what then?

One of the biggest surprises of the night to me was ECW’s CM Punk winning Money In the Bank. Man, am I the master of the segway or what? I expected MVP to win unless Matt Hardy got involved. He did, so hopefully we’ll finally get the United States title match they’ve been building too for months. Anywho, MITB was great as it usually is, and I loved the finish with Punk and Jericho each coming close to getting the win before Punk hung Jericho in a ladder Tree of Woe and got the case. On a side note, I hope Shelton Benjamin is still alive. That was one scary bump.

Can somebody tell me who Kim Kardashian is and why I should care? Based on my research, which consists entirely of watching her appearances on Raw and Mania, all I know is that she is a wooden statue of a robot. Please tell me she’s not an actress, because judging by the way she delivered her lines last night, she’s not qualified to deliver pizza. Jesus fuck she was terrible.

I enjoyed the Triple Threat WWE title match, especially because Randy Orton won. Seriously, as soon as he hit that kick to Triple H and covered Cena, I cackled like a madman. I’m no fan of Orton, but given the choice of him, Cena or the H’s as champ, I take Orton hands down. It’s the only way to keep things at least somewhat interesting. The only question now is who ultimately takes the belt from him? My guess is we’ll see CM Punk jump to Raw and cash in his title shot. Considering who the champions are right now and the possibilities for new title feuds on Raw, it’s the only thing that makes any sense. Now that I’ve said that, we’ll probably get the same damn match again at Backlash and Trips will wind up pinning him. I hope not, because I’d hate to see the show continue to be stuck in that rut. There’s nowhere you can go with Cena or HHH as champ right now that we haven’t already gone a million times before, so please, do something different.

The only talking I’ll do about Bunnymania is this line where I say I’m not going to talk about it. Oh, and yea Santino Marella, just because he’s great.

That brings us to the true main event of the evening. No disrespect to anybody else, but Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels was what everybody came to see. And hell, they put on a show. I’ve read a couple of people saying that the match didn’t live up to expectations, but based on what a lot of people were looking for going in, there’s no way it possibly could have. I really enjoyed what we got. It had drama, mat wrestling, table spots, even a bit of blood, though not as much as you’d probably think. and post match, with Flair walking out to those huge cheers, that’s something I wish I could have been there for. I can’t believe that as of right now the wrestling business exists and Ric Flair isn’t wrestling in it. That’s going to take some getting used to. I’m sure he’s got a job in WWE for as long as he wants it and I’m sure we’ll see him again, but the idea that he’s not a full time wrestler anymore is a hard one to get my head around.

The final word on the show is that it was much better than it looked going in. if you’ve got the money to spend and want to see some history, definitely get a replay.

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