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 …
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.
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
I 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
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? Some 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.