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WrestleMania Road to Success or Failure?

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Hey Splashers! We are just one week away to WrestleMania! For those of you who like Wallpapers I made my very own HHH vs Undertaker Wallpaper. It's no Kupy, but I'm working on it. Check the bottom of the blog for the thumbnail. Alright, lets get to it!

WrestleMania! Throughout its 3 shy-decade of a legacy it has been called many things: “The Grandeur”, “The Spectacle”, “The Spirit of the Immortals”, “The Super-Bowl of Wrestling” and countless others. It was wrestling's first Pay Per View, and to this day it is Wrestling's BIGGEST pay per view. Through the years, it didn't matter if you were a WCW fan, a ECW fan, a TNA fan, or even a NON-wrestling fan, WrestleMania brings billions to watch, like a moth to the flame.

Like many legacies, WrestleMania has some great years, some good years, and then there are those not so good years. For me, the first 4 were easily some of my favorite moments. I remember sitting in the Boston Garden watching the very first WrestleMania via Closed circuit, because I didn't have cable in my area. We all had to sit on over-packed bleachers, and the sound quality was horrible as it echoed through the Gardens. But I was only 13 at the time, and didn't care. The next year, I finally had cable, and said good-bye to the Gardens.

Some of my favorite years are 1-4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 22 ,23, and 25. I'd have to say 22 is my favorite in most recent years, although the Taker/HBK 1 match at 25 was undoubtedly the best match I've seen. Their rematch at 26 I think was a watered-down replay of their first epic match. I know I am a minority, but that's the way I feel. As for the rest of the Mania's There were a couple of great matches in them sure. But one or two great matches does not make a whole show. I left out 2000, because I honestly didn't see it. So I will won't judge either way on that show.

Which brings us to present day...WrestleMania 27. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been on the fence about this one, as a lot of different aspects are truly bothering me. The biggest one is the removal of the Money in the Bank match. As we all know the WWE has upgraded this match type to it's own PPV, properly named “Money in the Bank”. Many fans had a beef with this, as they felt it was taking away from it's signatory at WrestleMania. I honestly thought it was cool to see MitB twice a year, but now its GONE from WrestleMania! Did they replace it with any other original match type? Not yet and that's a big strike against WWE.

The next issue I have is the Cole/Lawler match, apparently being pushed as one of the main matches for WrestleMania. Lets be serious for a second. Lawler, while he deserves all the credit for what he has done, is a commentator. Micheal Cole I gotta respect the guy, he is finally coming off as a heel, rather than just an annoying little bug, but he is still a commentator. We know that Jack Swagger is in Cole's Corner, and we know Stone Cold Steve Austin is reffing. Do I really need to do the math for you on this match? While seeing Austin come out and Stun and pour beer on a few people will be cool. That's the ONLY thing that this match really has to offer.

Another issue I have is WrestleMania or the better WrestleMania's have been known for having several specialty matches. So far I only count 2: The Undertaker/HHH No Holds Barred. And the Codey Rhodes/Rey Mystero match where if Rey loses he looses his mask. I've heard interviews where Rey swore he would never remove his mask again. However he is getting older, and is on his way out of the WWE (maybe a year or two left). If the WWE cuts him a bonus check for the right price..who knows.

Now the chances of Undertaker loosing is slim to none. Granted I think this match will be one of the top matches nonetheless, but I just don't see him loosing. There were rumors that HBK was going to jump in and cause Taker to loose, then there's others rumors saying he will cause HHH to loose. I really don't think that will happen, and if it does, it will be done where HBK is sitting in the crowd minding his own business, and one of them (probably taker) gets distracted.

The Randy Orton / CM Punk Match looks decent for a mid-card. No real complaints... I also really haven't gotten siked for their match either.

I won't even bother with the mixed tag match. I understand it's WrestleMania, and it's time for celebrities. I just wish they were doing more with John Morrison.

The WWE & World Title matches should be decent, but again I was hoping they spiced it up with some kind of stip, or specialty match. Lets face it SmackDown has had Cage matches and Falls Count Anywhere matches in the past couple of weeks. This is WrestleMania, I was hoping, they would have raised the bar...But we still have 1 week left.

I guess when you look at WrestleMania 27 has the possibility of being another good ppv. I myself am just not ready to say it's gonna be a great one. I'll make that call for myself when it's over.

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Updated 03-28-2011 at 12:28 PM by Frank

Tags: wrestlemania, wwe


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  1. helmsley's Avatar
    BUt this wm has something no other wrestemania has had in seven years...................The Rock!!
  2. Rick Starr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by helmsley
    BUt this wm has something no other wrestemania has had in seven years...................The Rock!!
    Well I have been ribbing "The Rock" for the past few blogs about WrestleMania. I figured I'd give it a rest on this one. But yes I know, and I don't think one person will make or break Mania.
  3. TakerMania's Avatar
    This WrestleMania is Gonna kick ass

    Please Ladies and Gentlemen Wrestling Fans of ALL ages be Positive about it and it will be good

    can you really do it ?! I know it's really hard on you guys to do that I mean seriously Hard to be postive about Wrestling for a change

    but try to do it this time

    trust me it feels nice xD
  4. Automatic's Avatar
    Starrcade was the first wrestling PPV if i'm right. Unless you don't consider the closed circuit like PPV.
  5. jonestown420's Avatar
    "Now the chances of Undertaker loosing is slim to none. Granted I think this match will be one of the top matches nonetheless, but I just don't see him loosing."

    dude, you spelled 'losing' wrong not once but twice lmao
  6. jonestown420's Avatar
    i just had to give you shit man, its part of the business of writing these blogs lol.

    Anyhow i made some stupid comments while i was all stoned before, and i apologize. Just wanted to say i agree with you on almost every point
  7. nosellshogan's Avatar
    The buildup has been rather dull for me this year.Maybe I'll be shocked at how good it turns out .It remains to be seen.I agree with you on all your points really.And I'm perplexed as to way Cole and Lawler is considered one of the important matches.Oh well.
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