'Wrestlemania 30' review

This was an important night for the WWE. Several storylines were nearing their conclusion and this was the pivotal night for the WWE Network. Big milestone Wrestlemanias historically have been some of the event’s best as they have come to symbolize the passing of the torch to a new era. Wrestlemania 10 saw the full switch to The New Generation with Bret Hart’s title win; Wrestlemania 20 witnessed Chris Benoit and Eddy Guerrero standing triumphant as the two champions and Wrestlemania 30 would see …

wrestlemania 30 - stone cold and hogan

Turns out some very solid matches, one phenomenal surprise and an ending that capped a great storyline and a Wrestlemania moment for the ages. Here’s my take on it all.

Show opening

wrestlemania 30 - rock, stone cold and hoganHulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock kicked off Wrestlemania in legendary fashion. While Hogan got confused about the location, it made for a nice running joke between the three.

You know it had to be killing Triple H to not come out with the three biggest names in WWE history. In his dreams he’s on the same level as that trip, but the only other guy who could legitimately be on that stage is John Cena. Still, it would have been fun to see Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels come out too.

Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

wrestlemania 30 - daniel bryan vs triple hI loved how Triple H made a point to be in the first match following 3/4 of the WWE’s Mount Rushmore and proceed to dominate the promotion’s hottest act for much of their match. Triple H’s Conan-inspired entrance was pretty cool but I was not at all feeling Stephanie McMahon raiding Debra McMichael’s wardrobe for her Wrestlemania attire.

Triple H hasn’t wrestled since last Wrestlemania yet he had no problem keeping up with Bryan and completely having his way with him. In the end, the match had the correct result with Triple H going down. The post-match shenanigans further stacked the odds against Bryan coming up with the win in the three-way match against Randy Orton and Batista later in the night for the world title.

Kane & The New Age Outlaws vs. The Shield

wrestlemania 30 - the shield

The coolest bit of this match was The Shield’s sweet face masks. This match wisely didn’t go too long as The Shield pretty much wiped out the Outlaws and Kane was just there.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Nice of Big Show to rock an Andre-inspired singlet for this one. As usual, Kofi Kingston’s crazy stunt of the night goes unrewarded. He’s one of the few guys I feel would actually benefit from going to TNA. How lame is it for the Intercontinental champion to be wasted in this match? wrestlemania 30 - big show and cesaroSome of the best Mania matches revolved around the IC title: Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage, Roddy Piper vs. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon and now it’s regarded so lightly that it can’t even be defended at Wrestlemania ??

Alberto Del Rio was my MVP as he made smart eliminations and was wrestling a wise battle royal until his silly elimination. Once the other favorites started getting tossed it seemed like it was going to be between Cesaro and Big Show. Thankfully, Cesaro got to have his Wrestlemania moment with an impressive bodyslam to take Show out. And for a change, someone was smart enough to bodyslam an opponent out of the ring.

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  • keith

    Thanks for the recap as I havent watched wrestling in years. I just hope N.O gets put into the rotation for good. How was the presentation? I was able to hear a great interview here with Jim Ross on a local sports station.

  • Solid as always. WWE makes their events feel big time and Wrestlemania definitely comes across as very unique in that sense.

  • What was JR talking about?

  • Ben

    Can’t believe The Streak is over. I’d have been much happier for it to have gone unbeaten and certainly wanted someone better than Lesner to conquer it. Still hoping for Sting/Undertaker at the next Wrestlemania.

  • keith

    he was talking about his time and history in the biz, his one man show at the house of blues? I guess where he was going to tell colorful stories of the “sport”, how painful it was when LSU put his sooners down in N.O for the BCS championship in 2003.. Now what is this streak everyone is talking about?

  • But Ben, that’s what Brock does. 🙂

    I think having Taker lose now makes that possibility much more likely since there was no way Vince would let Sting beat Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

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