WrestleMania 29 is in the books and the show was a four-hour over-the-top extravaganza that hit all the right notes in terms of presentation and spectacle but fell flat in terms of some of the matches on the card.
The best match on the card, not surprisingly, was the undefeated 20-0 Undertaker facing the brash and cocky CM Punk. The match was fast-paced, technical and filled with so much passion and personality that even Undertaker himself might have cracked a smile when he got behind the curtain. CM Punk set the tone for the match by wearing greay, black and purple – The Undertaker’s original colours. He then continued to disrespect, taunt and tease Taker, which boiled the fans up to a frenzy during the best 30 minutes of WrestleMania 29. The Undertaker eventually picked up the victory, making him 21-0 but the match will go down in history as the best match on the card.
The second best match of the night was the brutal and violent fight between Brock Lesnar and Triple H. A traditional wrestling match this was not, the match was stiff and hard-hitting and even saw Triple H’s best friend Shawn Michaels end up with a bloody nose – and he wasn’t even in the match! The match had a good story to it, and was a slow, methodical place which allowed the big hits to resonate throughout the 80,000-strong crowd.
John Cena vs The Rock was the only main event that didn’t deliver. The match was slow, life-sucking and frankly, boring and nothing near the quality of their above-average WrestleMania 28 match. John Cena won and is now the WWE Champion for an 11th time and The Rock left after holding Cena’s hand aloft at the top of the ramp to close the show.
Jack Swagger vs Alberto Del Rio was a solid match that may not have been spectacular but still entertained a crowd that was clamouring for Dolph Ziggler.
The undercard was solid, fun and entertaining. This may have not blown away the crowd in attendance or the TV audience, but it was certainly a solid base to build the main events on. Fandango vs Chris Jericho was a good match to debut Fandango in, despite the botched finish. The tag team match between Dolph Ziggler and Big E vs Team Hell No was a feel-good entertaining match that saw Ziggler still get a big pop despite not being in the main event where he wanted to be. Ryback vs Mark Henry was impressive yet short with Henry picking up the victory after falling on Ryback during an attempted finisher by Ryback. The Shield had an excellent WrestleMania debut despite not being as impressive as usual. They still managed to beat The Big Show, Sheamus and Randy Orton in a match that set the show off right.
In the pre-show match, The Miz won the Intercontinental Championship from Wade Barrett in an average match.
Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay & Tensai) & The Funkadactyls vs Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow) & The Bella Twins was scrapped.
RAW was nothing short of incredible. The matches that were on the show were all solid and delivered some great entertainment and the crowd was outstanding.
The crowd were loud as hell and were having a lot of fun all night long. They chanted whatever they wanted, they were loud in the cheers and they started what I hope becomes the biggest thing since Daniel Bryan’s “YES/NO” chants; humming/singing the Fandango entrance theme and dancing along. Amazing.
In the biggest news from the night, Dolph Ziggler won the World Heavyweight Championship after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. The crowd popped for this and, to paraphrase the man himself: it’s about damn time!
There was controversey at the beginning of the night with The Rock apparently leaving RAW early due to an injury he sustained at WrestleMania but WWE made up for the abscence of The Rock and CM Punk with The Undertaker appearing and having an interaction with The Shield. A fans dream, The Shield came to the ring to attack the immortal phenom, only to be warned off by Kane and Daniel Bryan backing up The Undertaker.
John Cena set out to defend his newly-won WWE Championship against Mark Henry but the match ended abruptly when Henry failed to beat the referee’s count-out. Ryback then came to the ring to beat down on Henry but then he also shocked the crowd by also attacking John Cena and closing the show out by holding the WWE Title high above his head.
Wade Barrett and The Miz had a match that was 10x better than their WrestleMania 29 pre-show match and Barrett won the title back from Miz. Again, the crowd popped massively.
Elsewhere, Big E Langston debuted, Zack Ryder teamed with Santinoand R-Truth to defeat 3MB, the 8-person tag match scrapped from Mania took place and the Randy Orton/Sheamus/Big Show feud continued after a series of arguments between The Viper Orton and The Celtic Warrior Sheamus led to a match between the two that was interrupted by Big Show.