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 felt 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.

WrestleMania 29 taking shape

**This post is dedicated to the late Paul Bearer (William Moody) who died at the age of 58 on Tuesday 5th March 2013. **

Monday’s RAW was a defining moment on the Road to WrestleMania; The Phenom, The Deadman, The Undertaker returned, signalling that he would be back and competing at WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey.

The Deadman returned at the top of the show, encased in his shroud of darkness and mystery, and told everyone within the WWE, fans and superstars alike, that he would be at WrestleMania to once again defend his undefeated streak.

The race was then on for four of WWE’s biggest stars today: CM Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus and The Big Show. A fatal-four-way was set up to decide who would face The Phenom, something that struck me as a little odd considering it doesn’t feed into an over-arching story, it’s merely a match set-up out of the blue. But who am I to complain? Taker’s back for another WrestleMania match, and we won’t be able to appreciate that for much longer considering the 47-year-old’s physical shape.

So Punk won, and we now have Undertaker vs CM Punk as another match on the card of WrestleMania 29 alongside The Rock vs John Cena for the WWE Championship and Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship; not bad for the first few matches announced!

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It’s here that WrestleMania begins to take shape. With a WrestleMania mainstay like The Undertaker confirmed to be back for the Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania suddenly has a beacon of power and authority back to support the two title matches already announced.

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The Rock vs John Cena for the WWE Championship is obviously a huge match. They had a fantastic match at WrestleMania 28 which saw The Rock coming out on top, but this year, things are different. The Rock holds the WWE Championship, and with him not being a permanent member of the WWE roster, I expect John Cena to leave WrestleMania as an 11-time WWE Champion.

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On the other side of the coin, the World Heavyweight Championship will be contested between Alberto Del Rio (c) and the newly-reinvigorated Jack Swagger. Swagger’s latest patriot gimmick with Zeb Colter has gone down a storm, with WWE receiving political press from the angle that sees Swagger and Colter making risque comments towards non-Americans much like the champion, Del Rio. I see Swagger walking out of WrestleMania once again the World Heavyweight Champion.

There are also a few matches that should be taking shape over the next few weeks as the Road to WrestleMania heats up. On Monday’s RAW, a Ryback vs Mark Henry match was teased with the two entering a stare down on the entrance ramp. This could be a big match between two powerhouses, and could lead to a WrestleMania moment for Ryback if he could lift Mark Henry up for Shell Shocked.

Another match that could take place is Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler. These two have had a few run-ins over the past few months, with Ziggler eliminating Jericho from the Royal Rumble after Jericho had a fantastic showing upon his return. Maybe WWE will have Ziggler beat Jericho (if the match takes place) and then cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase.

Finally, there should be a Tag Team Championship match somewhere down the line, as well as other matches yet to even be teased. There are still 31 days until WrestleMania, with four RAW shows and five SmackDown shows to take place in that time. Things can change, but know for certain, that things will get very, very interesting.