CVT Sports Columnist
Sunday night was the 33rd installment of the showcase of the immortals, the biggest night in sports entertainment, WrestleMania. WrestleMania is the place where the unstoppable force meets the immovable object, where the boyhood dream comes true, where underdogs prevail, and where legends are made. Now, I know this article may be out of left field for most of you, but most people, no matter what age, have grown up with wrestling in some form or fashion. Also, on a weekend where Kentucky is not in the final four, there is nothing bigger in the sports world than WrestleMania. I also know that’s a subjective claim when opening day is going on as well, but that spans across a wide range of games, and baseball will be written about all summer long, so why not, WrestleMania?
This year’s WrestleMania was a solid Mania, I’d call it a strong seven out of ten. The undercard may have been better than the main events, with matches like AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho, the women’s fatal 4 way, and Seth Rollins vs Triple H. Every match of the night was actually great, even the fatal 4-way ladder match in which the Hardy Boyz made their return to the WWE which was one of the highlights of the night as the Hardy’s won the tag team gold. It was really cool for the WWE to bring back the high-flying duo. My personal favorite match was the Triple H Seth Rollins match; considering the fact these two wrestlers make up two of my top three favorite wrestlers of all time, I was really excited for this match, and it didn’t disappoint. From the hardcore sports to the interchanging pedigree spot, this match was fun from bell to bell as Seth Rollins picked up the victory over Triple H.
Then came the 3 “main events”, even though there’s only one main event, but WWE likes to sell it as 3-5 every year, but whatever. The first match was Randy Orton vs (c) Bray Wyatt, in the WWE championship match. This match actually had some cool moments, like when Bray Wyatt had the corner spot in which he could transform the ring into which ever graphic he wanted. Unfortunately, Randy Orton won, and the Bray Wyatt ring effect proved to be a moot point which was really disappointing, because WWE could have done so much with that spot, and quite frankly, Wyatt needed to retain. After that was Brock Lesnar vs (c) Goldberg for the Universal Championship. Going into the match, most fans, if not all, resented this main event because it’s just boring, and it gets no new talent over, but, the match actually turned out to be great and it had great story telling. It was a really short match filled with big moves, but it was fine as Brock Lesnar won the Universal Championship.
Now is the most brutal part of the show, which was unfortunately last, The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns. Now before I get this started I want to say I absolutely resent the WWE for the way they book Roman Reigns. The man has good potential if they would book him the right way, but they just don’t; he’s not a good face and he shouldn’t be pushed as one. It is unbelievably frustrating to watch week in and week out, but there’s always the hope WWE creative will get in touch with the fans.
Anyway, from the start of the match to the end, it was just sad. We all had the sense this would be The Undertakers last match, but no one was prepared for how brutally sad it would be. As the Undertaker struggled to pull off moves and Reigns just dominated the Deadman, it was getting worse and worse. Before you knew it, it was 1, 2, 3 and The Undertaker’s career ended by the hands of Roman Reigns. As Undertaker left the ring, the crowd was sad and grateful all at the same time as. The Undertaker descended into the ramp, the show ended and it was easily the saddest thing I’ve ever seen at a WrestleMania, hats off to a great career to The Undertaker.
I’m already looking forward to WrestleMania XXXIV in New Orleans.