Sunday, 16 April 2017

WWE Wrestlemania 33 Review

The biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania, took place on Sunday 3rd April at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. I'm not that excited about some of the matches but I'm interested to see how it goes so let's take a look.

There were 3 matches on the Kick Off Show and the first was for the Cruiserweight Championship as Austin Aries challenges King Neville of the Cruiserweights. Early on, Aries goes for the Last Chancery but Neville rolls out of the ring. He then gets the advantage after stopping a suicide dive. The match goes back and forth and Aries comes close with a 450 splash followed by the Last Chancery. However, Neville gouges the eye to get out of it then hits the Red Arrow to get the win. This was a really good match and I can't wait for them to have a rematch.
Winner: Neville (1 for 1)

Next is the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with the following taking part Mojo Rawley, Apollo Crews, Big Show, Curt Hawkins, Braun Strowman, Goldust, R-Truth, Primo, Epico, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Jinder Mahal, Sami Zayn, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Dolph Ziggler, Rhyno, Heath Slater, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Mark Henry, Tian Bing and Killian Dian. Strowman and Show eliminate a few of the wrestlers before Strowman eliminates Show. The remaining wrestlers team up to eliminate Strowman. The final five end up being: Rawley, Mahal, Zayn, Dian and O'Neill. Zayn eliminates O'Neill but he is eliminated by Dian. Rawley gets beaten up by Mahal before he throws a drink at Rawley's friend Ron Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. Gronk doesn't take that well and should tackles Mahal. Rawley goes on to eliminate Dian and then Mahal to win the match. This was quite fun to watch and I was surprised that Rawley. Even though I'm not a big fan of him, it will be interesting to see how it will go with him. 
Winner: Mojo Rawley (1 for 2)

The final match on the Kick Off Show was for the Intercontinental Championship as Baron Corbni challenges Dean Ambrose. Corbin is dominant very early on, sending Ambrose into the ring post and the barricades. Ambrose gets back into it and gets the win after reversing an End of Days into a Dirty Deeds. This match wasn't great, which was a shame as it had the potential to be quite good.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (1 for 3)

After an introduction by hosts The New Day, we get the first official match of Wrestlemania, which was AJ Styles taking on Shane McMahon. Styles is understandably confident, which Shane takes advantageof.; Styles sends Shane flying over the Smackdown announce table and later on, puts him in the calf killer. Sane puts Styles in a triangle choke but it's reversed into a Styles Clash for 2. Styles accidentally knocks out the ref and Shane comes close after hitting a coast to coast, sending a trash can into Styles. Shane goes to elbow Shane through the Smackdown announce table but he misses. Styles goes on to win after avoiding a shooting star press to hit the Phenomenal Forearm. This match was really enjoyable and better then I thought it would be.
Winner: AJ Styles (2 for 4)

The next match is one that I was really looking forward to: Kevin Owens challenging The Gift of Jericho for the United States Championship. The match starts at a fast pace before Owens gets the advantage. Jericho avoids a pop up powerbomb and hits a lionsault for 2. In the end, Owens hits a powerbomb onto the apron then rolls Jericho in to get the pinfall and the win. This was a really good match and I'm looking foward to their rematch at Payback.
Winner: Kevin Owens (3 for 5)

We now get the fatal 4-way elimination match as Nia Jax, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair challenge Bayley for the RAW Women's Championship. Nia is dominant to start with but she gets ganged up on and after powerbombing her, they pile on her to get the pinfall and get eliminated. Sasha Banks gets eliminated when she gets thrown head first into an exposed turnbuckle and Charlotte pins her. Charlotte focuses on Bayley's left knee but it's not enough as Bayley hits a Macho Man elbow drop to get the win. This was a good match tho I do question the booking decision. Nothing against Bayley winning, but if he was going to win at Wrestlemania, why didn't they keep it on Charlotte til then as it would have made a great moment.
Winner: Bayley (3 for 6)

After we see the Hall of Fame Class of 2017, it is the ladder match for the RAW Tag Team Championship as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson face the challenges of Cesaro and Sheamus and Enzo and Cass. Before the match, The New Day come out and announce an extra participant, which are The Hardy Boyz. Highlights of the match include: The Hardys going Poetry in Motion to Gallows and Anderson; Anderson pulling Enzo off the ladder into an European uppercut by Cesaro; and Jeff Hardy doing a swanton bomb, sending Cesaro through a ladder. In the end, Matt Hardy climbs up the ladder and gets the blets to win the match. This was a good match and it was nice to see The Hardys in WWE again.
Winners: The Hardy Boyz (N/A)

Next is the mixed tag team match as John Cena and Nikki Bella take on Hollywood Miz and Maryse. Pretty much. Miz and Cena do the work for 90% of this match. Miz wears down Cena but Cena eventually gets the hot tag to Nikki and she completely destroys Maryse. In the end, Cena and Nikki hit their finishing moves to get the win. Afterwards, Cena proposes to Nikki. This felt more like a house show match but it was enjoyable and congratulations to Cena and Nikki on their engagement.
Winners: John Cena and Nikki Bella (4 for 7)

Next is Seth Rollins taking on Triple H  in an unsanctioned match. Triple H during the match goes for the repaired knee and he gets the advantage with a DDT onto the German announce table. Rollins does get some offence in but, thanks to Triple H, his knee does hamper it. After some back and forth, Stephanie McMahon tries to help out but she gets accidentally put through a table by Triple H. Rollins then hits a Pedigree to get the win. This was a good match to watch and I'm interested to see where Rollins goes from here.
Winner: Seth Rollins (5 for 8)

After a musical interlude by Pitbull, Lunch Money Lewis and Flo Rida, we get the WWE Championship match as Randy Orton challenges Bray Wyatt. During the match, they were doing this weird thing when they projected things onto the ring, such as worms and cockroaches. Anyway, Orton gets a chance when he hits a RKO on the outside but later on, Wyatt hits a Sister Abigail for 2. In the end, Orton hits a RKO out of nowhere (seriously, there was nothing leading up to that moment that suggested that it was going to happen) to get the win. This match was a massive disappointment. First of all, the projections on the ring was just fucking stupid. Secondly, Orton doesn't need the title and I feel so sorry for Bray Wyatt. His Championship was probably a couple of years too late then he only gets a one month reign. I know that he has a rematch but due to the fact that he's been moved over to RAW (I'll talk about that another time), do you really think that he's going to regain his Championship?
Winner: Randy Orton (5 for 9)

The next match is for the Universal Championship as Brock Lesnar challenges Goldberg. Lesnar immediately hits 3 German suplexes then Goldberg spears him twice then spears him through a barricade. Goldberg then hits the jackhammer for 2. After Lesnar leapfrogs to avoid a spear, he hits 7 German suplexes then a F-5 to win the match. This match was a lot better than I expected it to be.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (6 for 10)

The penultimate match is a six-pack challenge for the Smackdown Women's Championship. Alexa Bliss faced the challenges of Becky Lynch, Naomi, Mickie James, Natalya and Carmella. Natalya puts Carmella and Naomi in a sharpshooter but it's stopped by Mickie. After Naomi takes out most of the field with an over the top rope splash, she goes on to make Alexa submit with the Slay-o-mission to win the match. This match was far too short, which is a shame as it could have been a good match.
Winner: Naomi (7 for 11)

The main event is Roman Reigns versus The Undertaker in a no holds barred match. The match starst with punches and kicks by both guys. Undertaker chokeslams Reigns onto the German announce table and Reigns by spearing Taker through the Spanish announce table. Taker hits a very poor last ride for 2 and later on, he hits a chokeslam onto a chair for 2. Reigns goes on to hit 4 spears to get the win. Afterwards, Undertaker puts his coat and hat in the middle of the ring and leaves.

This match, to be honest, wasn't great. There were some nice spots but they were some painfully obvious botches, such as the last ride. There are some people who feel that Undertaker should have been retired earlier. I'm not too sure about that but this match has showed that it is time for him to retire. I tell one thing, it is going to be weird next year without a Undertaker match.
Winner: Roman Reigns (8 for 12)

I thought that Wrestlemania was a mixed bag. There were some good matches but some were really disappointing. With the Superstar shake up, it will be interesting to see where things go from here.

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