The Shield vs Sheamus, Orton and Big Show
This match was good as far as 6 man tag matches go. The Shield showed that they can bring it on the biggest stage available to them. Their entrance coming through the crowd was definitely a Wrestlemania moment for those 3 that will stay with them forever. A pretty awesome sight when they were standing above all the fans. Having them win was the right choice for me, since it keeps them going strong. We've seen in the past at TLC what they can do in an extreme rules environment, so I'm eagerly anticipating what they'll be doing at the Extreme Rules ppv.
As far as the aftermath goes, I was disappointed. I expected an Orton heel turn, and it should have been Big Show that got the pin while Orton would then RKO him. However, I'm not exactly sad that Big Show's fully heel again, since the man sucks balls as a face. At least he's somewhat tolerable and legit as a heel. But Show turning heel again wasn't exactly a big shock.
Mark Henry vs Ryback
This match was never going to be a classic, and we didn't get that. But as far as 2 big guys trying to one up the other goes, this was nothing more than I expected.
However, I'm genuinely surprised that Henry went over Ryback. I expected to see Ryback winning this clean. But I was pleasantly surprised that Henry got the pin. I'm also glad though that they gave Ryback his Wrestlemania moment when he spinebustered and then Shellshocked Henry post match. I'm guessing that things were done this way to keep both guys looking strong, which isn't a bad thing.
Team Hell No vs Dolph Ziggler and Big R. Langston
A rather short and underwhelming match. Nothing really of note happened here, and it was always going to be Hell No retaining. Big did ok for the amount of time he was in the match, Ziggler did some nice things as always, but yeah, it was nothing more than you see in your good televised tag team match. But again, should we have expected anything more here?
Chris Jericho vs Fandango
This was a good match, but it was all thanks to Jericho. Fandango barely got any offense in whatsoever and Jericho controlled the match for the large majority of it. But like I said, that's why this match was a good watch. The only memorable things I recall Fandango doing was a counter kick on the apron and his diving top rope leg drop, both of which he executed nicely. Other than that, it was just a bunch of those silly dance poses and those weird things he does with his arms.
It's a shame that the match ended with a very sloppy small package. Not sure who was to blame for that (perhaps a combination of both). But otherwise, we got a good match thanks to Jericho. It'll be interesting to see if the feud continues given that it ended with a sneaky roll up pin.
Alberto Del Rio vs Jack Swagger
I was initially stunned that Swagger got a jobber entrance. I mean who the hell gets a jobber entrance for a World Title match at Wrestlemania?! But I'm assuming that it was done because of time constraints. I'll hazard a guess that the Zeb Colter promo was thrown in at the last minute, and they had to cut something to allow time for that, so they decided to cut Swaggers entrance. Pus they were pushed for time as we saw with one match being cut altogether.
As for the match itself, I expected a bit more from both. It was a good match, but I just felt that it was lacking something. I think the fact that ADR is constantly looking for that Cross Armbreaker is a flaw of his. He needs to pick up and impact finisher that he can go too also, like Swagger still uses the gutwrench powerbomb as a finisher along with his main finisher; the ankle lock. But it was a decent enough showing I guess, if underwhelming at times.
I was actually a little surprised to see ADR retaining. I know Swagger's had problems with the arrest, but that doesn't seem to have halted his push, so I did kind of expect him to go over. the shot of colter after the match just looking up to the skies shouting "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" was awesome lol! I expect that we haven't seen the end of this feud, and I think we'll see them go at it again at Extreme Rules.
CM Punk vs Undertaker
At this point, I'll give a shout out to Living Color for a great job in actually entertaining, unlike that other guy that rapped earlier in the night. I actually thought Punk might have been trolling us when he said that they'd be there, since they're not a modern band that's mainstream, but low and behold there they were, and they played a blinder.
Taker's entrance was very cool too with him raising up from the ground and the 'arms of the undead' reaching up to him. Really cool effect.
The match itself was very good IMO. It wasnt' HIAC, it wasn't No Hold Barred, so we shouldn't have expected it to be better than those HHH vs Taker and HBK vs Taker matches. But it was definitely a very good match with plenty of cool spots. Punk hitting Old School for example was cool, that elbow drop onto the announce table was awesome, although the fact that the table didn't give made it look like a bad bump. The noise when Punk hit the table sort of knee/pelvis/hip first was not nice, and he looked to be struggling after that one. Good job he's taking time off after Mania. Taker doing his trademark sit-up when he was locked in the Anaconda Vice was a cool moment.
The near finishes were awesome, and the counter-sequence that led to the actual finish was great.
Taker is 21-0, as expected. I'm very glad that Taker was able to actually walk away from this year's Mania without any aid. 2 years ago he was carted out on a stretcher buggy, and last year he was helped by HHH and HBK, but this year he looked much better after the match. Probably because that match wasn't as physically demanding as the matches he's had the past 4 years, but still, it was good to see. I wonder if we'll see Taker working more during the next 12 months as he gears up for what's likely to be his last ever match at Wrestlemania 30. It would be cool to see him work a few programs with people during the next year given that it's going to be his last year. I won't hold my breath for it though.
HHH vs Brock Lesnar
I'm confident in saying that I'm in the minority that actually enjoyed this match. I rather enjoyed seeing Lesnar tossing HHH around like a rag doll, popping him off with suplexes at his own leisure. Seriously though I was astonished with the ease that Lesnar was throwing HHH about. I mean HHH isn't a small guy, he's 6"4, 260lbs, yet Lesnar was popping him off with various suplexes at will without breaking a sweat. Also, the way he tossed the lower, heavier part of the steel steps OVER the top rope was impressive.
I digress, I genuinely thought that they were going to have Lesnar tapping out to the Kimura when HHH was clamping it on over the steel steps there, which would have been a pretty bold thing to do. I always had HHH down as the winner of this match, and wasn't surprised when he got it done. I did however have a suspicion that HBK might have done something to him post match, but that didn't happen. No biggie there though.
All in all, a match that had me entertained at least, although I think I'm in the minority there.
The Rock vs John Cena
First of all, this match was not as good as their match last year for me. I (again in the minority) did enjoy their match last year and though that they put on a great showing. They didn't quite reach that level this time round. That said, this match was still decent. Plenty of near falls, plenty of teases as to who was going to win it. I was definitely kept guessing as to who was winning.
In the end though, the inevitable happened and Cena won, regaining the WWE Championship for the first time in well over a year (yeah, it's been that long, seems like yesterday doesn't it). I was waiting and waiting for Cena to sucker punch Rock during the post match stuff, but it never happened. It was never on the cards though wasn't it, I mean, not really.
All in all, a mixed bag. I enjoyed Wrestlemania, as I always enjoy it. It wasn't amazing, it wasn't the best ever, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.