You know what makes Wrestlemania so exciting each and every year? The buildup and the anticipation. When it finally arrives, after all of the advertisements and planning, all one could hope to spend their hard earned cash on as a fan is great wrestling, excitement and entertainment simply so that they can be entertained. After all, the company didn't change their name to World Wrestling Entertainment from Federation because they had a fear of wildlife and pandas. That would just be absurd.
I don't really know what to say a week later after Wrestlemania 29 except I told you so. If you read my column last time, you would have read all of my predictions and would know that my overall interest level for this year's Wrestlemania just wasn't where it normally should have been.
The build up to it quite frankly was one of the worst I have seen in years. Undertaker and CM Punk was really the only good thing leading up to it and that's only because Paul Bearer passed away. They milked that situation as much as they possibly could to better the storyline. Like it or hate it, it got people talking and was the only real entertaining factor leading up to Wrestlemania 29. What else did we honestly have to look forward to? Two other main events that were rematches that dare I say the majority weren't really that excited to see again?
There was something very disturbing about Wrestlemania 29. Something seemed very different when watching it. I wasn't there live and in person so like most people, I am basing my opinion as someone who viewed it on television, but there was just something so off about it. The presentation of it all was all over the place.
There were random video promos at random times instead of having proper ones before the match. With all of the Rock and Cena promos (and we all know there were way too many to care) did anyone else find it strange that for the last match on the card, they just sort of came out there? Following the Brock Lesnar and Triple H match, which had to also follow the best match on the card in my opinion in reference to Undertaker and CM Punk, all I want to know is who the heck was in charge of organizing the placement of everything on this show? Seriously.
For one, I don't need to see 5-7 minutes of Diddy singing. Give me Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. I could care less about that tag match, but to have to cut the Rhodes Scholars? That just sucks for us fans and for them.
Going back to the card itself, who's idea was it to have CM Punk versus Undertaker followed by Brock Lesnar versus Triple H followed by Cena versus Rock? If it was me, I would have put Punk and Undertaker on last. Call me crazy, but it would have gotten people seriously talking more, questioning it and questioning the streak. Instead, they still had a four star match and by the time the final two main event rematches that we have seen already were to follow, I just didn't care. I know I wasn't the only one thinking that because I can tell by the live crowd that they were just exhausted by that point as well and needed that Tons of Funk / bathroom break / recharge match. But we didn't get that.
Why book Brock Lesnar's and CM Punk's matches back to back in the first place? Did they forget Paul Heyman manages both of them? He was great in the CM Punk versus Undertaker match, but then you could tell he wasn't as in to it in the Lesnar match. Can you blame him?
This show was just such a predicable disappointment just as I predicted it would be. Where was the excitement? The swerves? Anything? For your biggest show of the year to not be overall entertaining as a whole is very disappointing. When I watch Wrestlemania, I want excitement and entertainment. I don't want to look at my predictions after and find out that I only got one of them wrong (Ryback versus Henry - I think many people got that one wrong) and that the show played out exactly like I figured it would, because where is the excitement in that?
As you all know by now, something happened the following night on RAW that I don't think many of us could have predicted. History shows that most post-Wrestlemania editions of RAW have the tendency to be entertaining because most of the time someone either makes a debut or a return. We have sort of been conditioned over the years to expect that whether we realize it or not. I was so disappointed in Wrestlemania 29 that I almost wasn't going to tune in. But I did. And of course now I am glad I did.
I'm not going to give you a full recap of the show at this point. But I am going to say this. The April 8th, 2013 edition of RAW was more entertaining than Wrestlemania 29. There. I said it. I'm not the first and I won't be there last. I honestly can't remember the last time I watched RAW from start to finish and been excited and actually entertained instead of passing out into the third hour. I truly can't. The question is what made this show so great?
When you look back on it, it will always be remembered for two things. It will be remembered for one of the best crowds ever on any edition of RAW. These people were simply fantastic and if you are reading this and you were one of them, thank you for doing something WWE failed to do the night before...entertain me.
The second thing that episode #1037 will be remembered for was the moment that Dolph Ziggler FINALLY cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase. The crowd cheered loudly for him. "We want Ziggler!" We all wanted it to happen. We have now for some time. We know just how deserving he is of being in that main event level and how hard he has worked to get there. When his music hit, he got one of the loudest pops I have ever heard a heel get if not the loudest of the PG era. It was such a great moment and the crowd really got into it. What really made it a moment that people will always talk about was that he won.
Everything about this past Monday's RAW moment was phenomenal and I am truly happy for Dolph Ziggler. He was given one of the worst names a guy could get and he still got over based on his talent and dedication. And he did it as a heel which is even more impressive. How can you not respect that?
In closing, I encourage you all to watch this amazing RAW moment again because once just isn't enough. Quite frankly, I've lost count how many times I've seen it.
Oh and John Cena turned heel too. More on that tomorrow night or you can go to another website.............................Do not turn to another website. (Simpsons reference people.)