Kane looked SIGNIFICANTLY bigger/muscular in his arms and chest area... similar to his 2001 days
I have to admit by yesterday afternoon I still wasn't sure if I was going to watch it. Outside of UT-Punk and HHH-Lesnar matches nothing really interested me. You knew Cena was going to win but it was just a matter of if Ziggler finally cashing in. Anyways, I finally decided to go to a local movie theatre to watch it.
The line-up about an hour before the event was only about 15-20 people which surprised me as I thought it was busier but by 7 PM it was mostly full with only about 10 seats empty. Since the screen is bigger and the audio louder than seeing it at home you notice a lot of different things. It sounded like the crowd wasn't miked properly. Some of the signs in the crowd were pretty funny with my favorite "If Fandango can actually wrestle we riot". The two boys sitting in the front row on the opposite side of the camera were also pretty funny.
The show itself was solid. Nothing majorly bad but outside of Punk-UT nothing that in 5 years we will be looking back fondly at either. It will be interesting to see where they go now that the part-timers all go back to whatever they were doing. And what card do they put up for next year's Wrestlemania? Rock-Cena 3? Lesnar-UT? Or will everyone just be too drunk to wrestle?
I personally think Cena himself has a big say on if his character stays face, or goes heel.
I found this years Mania as well to be quite lackluster. Though I must admit I enjoyed the 3 main events with Taker vs Punk the best of the 3.
While I don't have a problem with face Cena, I think they just need to loosen the leash on just how kid friendly he is. He can keep the current gimmick, the current angle/personality, just put a little more aggression and attitude with it. Nothing more than playing on the "half of you hate me, half of you love me and I don't honestly care what you think" more would go a long way. Just having Cena take on more of a persona that he's going to do what he does and doesn't care what people think can start to build into a more good bad guy character similar to what Stone Cold built up over the years.
He can be a bit more aggressive while still being the role model for kids. I think a large part of it, though, is Cena and WWE want to be cautious of the persona they present for the guy that does a lot of their charity appearances.
Cena's character might be a bit stale, but I have a lot of respect for how much time he puts into all these events and for the kids outside of WWE screen time.
Just let the man show some attitude, please. There were some flashes of it in the build up to this match and during the match...just let him run with it.
Overall, gotta agree with what most are saying. Undertaker/Punk was the match of the night.
I'm hoping for a retirement legacy of 25-0
"There is good and evil in this world; we must find the black and white in the gray."
I also wanted to add one question was it just me or did Undertaker look health/physical wise better last night then last year's match?
I hate John Cena's character but he has made more make a wishes then anybody else ever (IIRC) so that get's a lot of respect from me. I wish he wasn't Super Cena that is the thing I think that drives people insane. Looking at all the wins from last night it looks like all of Vincents guys won. Y2J might be the best person in the business to carry new guys and put them over even though that match was not great at all. Everybody knew Rock was going to lose he has an insane schedule coming up and it was unrealistic for him to carry the belt anymore I just wish it would have went back to Punk or even Dolph Ziggler.
Honestly, I blame a bad creative department more then Cena for him carrying the company for so long.
It was said YEARS ago Vince LOVES the idea of a big guy as champ. Which is usually true, minus a few special people. Punk wasn't going to be given a real chance until HBK picked up for him/ some other new wrestlers. The WWE put Cena at the top, and just rotates one other in for a for a few weeks, then another, taking the old one out and dumping them down to the bottom.
Example of what I mean.
Cena vs Miz - Feud last a little bit, Cena wins. Does Miz stay in the top ranks of the WWE. No he is dumped to the bottom
Punk vs Daniel Bryan - Short feud, great talent between the two. Punk wins. DB is dumped to the bottom / tag team.
Years ago the top rank was set. HHH, HBK, Stone Cold, The Rock, UT. These people fought for the WWE Championship. Another group fought for the IC title.
IC, Tag, and Diva's titles actually meant something. Now, any title lower then the top 2(again, split titles, another stupid idea) is fodder for any upset heavyweight who needs someone to destroy.
TD;DR: WWE has a TON of wrestlers with talent, including Cena. They just need to rework what they are doing all. Spread them out, get the other titles worth something again.
Loved the New Jersey/New York crowd at Raw tonight. They were hilarious. Rock is hurt and left without telling anyone in the WWE so they had to rewrite Raw at the last minute. Ziggler winning the strap was somewhat unexpected but I'm glad he finally got it. Question now is how long does he last. Is Undertaker sticking around to feud with the Shield?
I honestly thought HHH would have lost to Lesnar so he could retire and go work at the corporate office :P
That crowd last night was the best thing all weekend. From the moment Ziggler came out they were buzzing, we had chants for the announce team, the ring announcer, the guy selling pretzels, cotton candy, Rob Van Dam, Randy Savage and then singing Mark Henry and Fandango's theme tunes.
The latter is this year's "YES" chant, if that happens throughout each of his matches from start to finish, it'll be gold.
I just watched Monday Night Raw and it was amazing. The crowd was so freaking awesome. New Jersey sure made Monday Night Raw a blast to watch again. Something I haven't experienced since the Attitude Era.
Turning on the faces of the company; my mouth fell open hearing the cheers for Ziggler when his music started playing after the match involving Alberto del Rio. I can't get over it. I normally skip through the episode, only looking for the interesting parts, but this time I watched the entire show.
Couldn't help but notice the crowd at Wrestlemania cheering just as much for CM Punk as for The Undertaker. In recent years, even the greats, such as HBK and Triple H got boo'd.
I actually saw hints of John Cena being a heel during his match with The Rock. It would have been so much better if The Rock had won and John Cena would begin a downwards spiral, turning heel in the process. He'd be a perfect heel, especcialy now. Not as a guy that whines about everything and calls the crowd names and stuff. But just as a guy that disses everybody and is just a pain in the ass. Like Edge was.
Edge was such a pain in the ass, but so freaking brilliant in the process, I actually got a lot of respect for him when he had his fued with The Undertaker before all that crap with La Familia started.
Statix will suffice.
Best Raw I have ever seen thanks to the crowd pretty much!
Must see the videos after Raw when they went out of the arena, outside the building and even while waiting for the train including inside the train... Fahn-Dahn-Go theme song is addicting!