WrestleMania 30 review: The end of The Streak

WrestleMania 30 will go down in history as one of the most shocking of all time thanks to one event: The Undertaker’s legendary streak was ended by Brock Lesnar.

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Undertaker walks to the ring.

The first two hours of the show were pretty much perfect. WrestleMania 30 was kicked off by the host, Hulk Hogan, who cut a promo putting over the importance of the night. It felt special and it felt right. Then Hogan was joined by two more legends; Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. It feltĀ even more special. Three of the biggest stars ever in WWE in one ring at the 30th WrestleMania. A true WrestleMania moment that made the fans laugh, smile and most likely get goosebumps.

Then came the match of the night – Daniel Bryan vs Triple H. The fans were electric for Bryan, and the sigh of 70,000+ people all chanting ‘YES!’ in unison is one I won’t forget in a long time. The match itself was lengthy and told a great story with Triple H working on Bryan’s already-injured shoulder to further stack the deck against Bryan in the main event later in the night.

The Shield dominated the team of the New Age Outlaws and Kane in under 5 minutes. Possibly a waste of potential but at least The Shield won dominantly and furthered their babyface turn.

The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal was a little messy (when is it not with 30 men in the ring at the same time?) but once the field thinned out it provided us with two great moments. The first being Kofi Kingston’s near-elimination spot, a spot he is now famous for in Royal Rumble matches. Kofi flew over the top rope and ringpost and somehow landed with his back on the floor and feet still on the steps. An incredible show of athleticism that may have stuck in the mind longer had it not been for the Swiss Superman Antonio Cesaro providing us with the modern re-enactment of Hogan slamming Andre by hoisting up The Big Show and eliminating him. The comparison was uncanny and hopefully Cesaro is on his way to Hogan-like success in the future.

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Cesaro wins the Andre The Giant trophy.

Cena vs Bray Wyatt was also a good match as it provided us with another dimension to John Cena’s character. Cena was forced to do things he normally wouldn’t and question his morals to beat Wyatt, who put on another stellar performance at PPV level. Wyatt is really a fantastic wrestler and one to take WWE into the future.

Then WrestleMania 30 cemented itself as one of the most shocking ever. The Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar. The Streak, which stood at 21-0 before WrestleMania 30 went to 21-1 as Taker failed to kick out of a third F-5 delivered by Lesnar. Fans in attendance were stunned to silence for a long while as they watched the legendary Phenom lie motionless on the mat as Heyman and Lesnar celebrated. A truly shocking moment that I and everyone at the SuperDome never thought they would see.

The match itself was a slow affair as Undertaker was not in the best of shape and got even worse early on when Taker suffered a concussion. He was taken to the hospital immediately following his match.

At first, shock and disappointment took over as I believed The Streak should never have been broken but since recollecting my thoughts I respect The Undertaker for his decision and for creating such a shocking moment. The Undertaker is a certified Hall of Famer and what he has done in the wrestling business is nothing short of phenomenal. As fans, respecting his decision is a compliment that Undertaker deserves.

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The Undertaker lies motionless after being defeated by Brock Lesnar.

AJ Lee retained her Divas Title in a throaway Divas Invitational which was merely used to let the fans recover from the shock of Undertaker’s match before the main event. AJ Lee retaining was the best decision as there is really no other Diva on her level.

Then came the main event. The moment fans had been waiting for for months was finally here and it did not disappoint. There was a huge announcers table spot which saw Bryan get Batista Bomb/RKO’d through the table and stretchered out, there was The Authority intervening to try and screw Bryan again and there was near-falls for a cocky Batista, who the fans definitely did not want to see win. At the end of the day, Bryan finally prevailed and became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and what a moment it was.

Confetti, fans chanting ‘YES!’ and Bryan standing tall at WrestleMania 30 all made for an epic emotional moment similar to when Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit won the titles at WrestleMania 20 ten years prior.

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Daniel Bryan celebrating after his match.

There really wasn’t anything bad about WrestleMania 30 except for The Undertaker’s match. Partly because it was hard to watch one of the greatest of all time wrestle in bad shape and partly because Undertaker lost. Everything else on the card contributed to making WrestleMania 30 a great show, culminating in Bryan celebrating to close the show. WrestleMania 30 will certainly go down in history.

Behind the scenes videos from WrestleMaina 30 can be found on WWE’s YouTube channel here.

WrestleMania 30 predictions

Here are my WrestleMania 30 predictions, in the order that I think the card will go.

Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs Rybaxel vs The Real Americans vs Los Matadores

The Usos have been on a roll over the last 6 months, a roll which culminated with them winning the Tag Titles. Real Americans have also been hot, with Rybaxel and Los Matadores merely there to make up the numbers. This match could have (and probably should have been) a traditional tag match with The Real Americans facing The Usos. I think Swagger and Cesaro leave New Orleans as new WWE Tag Team Champions.

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

I can see this going one of two ways: either Bryan wins clean and goes into the main event as normal or Triple H gets a cheap win over Bryan, gets himself added to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match later in the night and then Bryan later gets added via Vince McMahon.

The latter is the most likely, with that then giving fans something to cheer for with Bryan finally getting added and then Vince McMahon returning to storylines at WrestleMania 30.

The Shield vs New Age Outlaws & Kane

Expect the newly-turned faces The Shield to win this one. The Shield have had fantastic matches since debuting and despite the age of their opponents at WrestleMania 30 I still expect to see a pretty good match.

After teasing a break up over the last few months, The Shield look to have a new lease of life as a face team.

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

I really have no idea who will win this. With 30 men competing it really is anyone’s pick but the odds-on favourite seems to be Alexander Rusev making an immediate impact by winning. That wouldn’t be the worst outcome as it seems like a trophy that a young up-and-comer could do with winning to kickstart their WWE career.

Interestingly, there are three spaces in the Battle Royal so expect these to be filled up by legends. It may be just coincidence but Roddy Piper is teasing a WrestleMania experience and Stone Cold Steve Austin is confirmed for the event.

John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

While Wyatt beat Bryan at the Rumble to claim another major scalp, I can’t see him beating Cena at WrestleMania considering the build-up this match has been given. However, Cena is not in a position where he is immune to losing at Mania so Wyatt could get the win.

Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational

Again, this is a choice between 14 Divas. I think AJ will retain or Naomi of the Funkadactyls wins this one.

The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar

While Lesnar is a beast and will make this match as physical as possible, the streak will not be ended by Lesnar. Short and sweet; Undertaker makes his streak 22-0.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship match: Randy Orton (c) vs Batista vs ???

As I mentioned earlier, I think this one could go to a Fatal 4-Way match. Even so, the outcome should still be the same with Daniel Bryan triumphing to win the title after months of being screwed. The fans have persisted and Bryan deserves his moment of closing out WrestleMania with 70,000 fans chanting “YES!”

WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6 at 7pm ET, 4pm PT, 12am UK.

Hulk Hogan announces Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal but it is Daniel Bryan who steals the show

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Hulk Hogan’s teased announcement on RAW was that at WrestleMania 30 there will be an Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

30 men will compete in the Battle Royal, which is named after the larger than life legend, and the winner will receive the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.

So far Big E and Ryback have confirmed their entry into the Battle Royal, with John Cena teasing a possible entry if he gets through his match with Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania.

It remains to be seen if the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will become a WrestleMania tradition that can elevate new or young talent, but the inaugural event will certainly be interesting.

The Undertaker’s promised announcement was merely an obligatory “Rest In Peace” promo for Brock Lesnar delivered via Paul Heyman. Heyman discussed how iconic Taker’s streak was and Undertaker followed that with a few words on the fear of death being worse than death itself. Nothing as shocking as speculated yesterday.

Elsewhere on RAW, Daniel Bryan stole the show with not one but two huge moments. Firstly, he began #OccupyRAW, where he entered the ring, along with what looked like hundreds of fans all in their YES Movement gear to occupy the ring and force Triple H into accepting a match against Bryan at WrestleMania. This scene was something special, with all the fans in YES uniform chanting in unison along with their hero Daniel Bryan.

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Triple H eventually caved and accepted a match with Bryan, but Bryan pushed further and added a stipulation to that match; if Bryan beats Triple H, he is added to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania along with Randy Orton and Batista.

Bryan then went on to pin Randy Orton in the tag team main event of RAW when Bryan teamed with Big Show to face Orton and Batista.

Finally, it seemed like everything the fans have been asking and wishing for over the past number of months had come true on RAW. Not only does Bryan get the chance to have a special match with Triple H at WrestleMania 30, he also gets his chance to become the champion again on the same night.

After months of getting screwed, it finally seems like WrestleMania will be Daniel Bryan’s crowning moment.

WrestleMania 30 announcements coming from Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker tonight

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WWE have announced that both Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker will be making announcements regarding WrestleMania 30 tonight on RAW.

Hogan’s announcement was promoted last week on RAW, but The Undertaker’s announcement has been revealed in the new Raw Five-Point Preview on WWE.com.

Undertaker’s announcement could be that he will inducting Paul Bearer into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania 30 but given how little Taker breaks character, this seems unlikely.

What is more likely is that The Undertaker will announce that the match at WrestleMania 30 will be his last. Undertaker (real name Mark Calaway) is 48-years-old and currently has an extremely light schedule due to nagging injuries and pains in his body after such a lengthy wrestling career.

Hogan’s announcement, on the other hand, is anyone’s guess. Since Hulk Hogan is hosting RAW the announcement could be anything from certain guest stars set to appear at the show to a new match being added to the card.

Come back to Pro Wrestling Is Fake tomorrow to find out what the announcements are.

Lita to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

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Attitude Era favourite and one of the greatest WWE Divas of all time, Lita, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014.

The announcement was made on Monday Night RAW with the following induction video:

A blog post was also put up on Lita’s official website which you can read here.

Lita tweeted the following after the announcement was made on RAW:

Lita is one of my all time favourite Divas as her unique arsenal of moves and attitude made her stand out during the Attitude Era. Alongside Matt and Jeff Hardy, she constantly revolutionised WWE and was involved in fantstic storylines during her career, especially the Edge and Matt Hardy love triangle.

Watch current WWE Divas talk about Lita in this episode of Backstage Fallout:

The WWE Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony takes place on Saturday April 5, the day before WrestleMania 30.