Big D and Draven are back to talk the high points and many low points of WrestleMania 27. Continue reading
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Randy Orton was made a main player very early in his career. But how has he been at WrestleMania? Continue reading
The big selling point of WrestleMania 27 was that the Rock would return as host of the show. Now, what did host really mean? I figured he’d have several backstage vignettes and be with a lot of the guys, but after the show was over, it really didn’t mean anything. He was just there.
What it led to was coming back to main event WrestleMania 28 as an actual wrestler, but not knowing that beforehand, his promise of WrestleMania 27 being the most electric WrestleMania of all time didn’t come through. Overall, the show was disappointing as a four hour show, but because of two matches, you can’t say it wasn’t great in parts.
The Undertaker’s career as an active wrestler is nearly over. But when put in the ring with the right guy, he is one of the best big match wrestlers of all-time. Coming on the heels of a really good match with Batista at WrestleMania 23, and the best matches at WrestleMania 24 (Edge), 25, and 26 (Shawn Michaels for both matches), the expectation level was huge for his match at WrestleMania 27 with Triple H. The key to every Undertaker match at WrestleMania is simple. He’s undefeated on the WWE’s big show historically. Thus, his WrestleMania matches have predictable outcomes, but the way they get there becomes more and more important. In this match with Triple H, it started out slowly and then picked up after Triple H hit him with a couple of pedigrees. Triple H grew visibly frustrated as the Dead Man kicked out of his signature move. He then decided to use the Undertaker’s move against him, the Tombstone, and the crowd and people at home actually thought the streak was over. It was one of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history. Then, Taker kicked out and after withstanding a hellacious beating, put Triple H in his Hell’s Gate submission move, which is really just a sloppy gogoplata. Triple H struggled before submitting, making Undertaker 19-0 at WrestleMania.
It wasn’t the best match in WrestleMania history, or even in the top 7 or 8 probably, but it was the best moment of the night, and stole the show.
The other great match featured the guy who would become the hottest wrestler in the summer of 2011, CM Punk, against Randy Orton. Their match, had it been at the top of the card, rather than in the middle, really had a chance to be excellent, but it ended around the 15 minute mark. In the 15 minutes though, it was fantastic psychology by both men, with Orton selling his injured leg, and Punk making sure he wasn’t caught in either the RKO, or in punting distance. Punk, as the heel, controlled nearly the entire match, until the end, when Orton pulled up lame, giving Punk confidence that Orton was nearly done. Punk went to the top rop for a cross body and out of nowhere (well, not out of nowhere as we all predicted it was going to happen), Orton hit the RKO for the win.