WrestleMEHnia thoughts

Seems there was quite a bit of disappointment after the big show, but it wasn’t all “meh”


Wrestlemania is the showcase of the immortals, but there was a lot lacking from the show this year. It didn’t quite feel like the grandest stage of them all in a lot of cases.

I think a lot of focus was put on a couple of matches, and those matches weren’t played out correctly on the card. The undercard matches for the most part were good, but it was a case of “too little, too late” for a few matches.

Bad planning and lack of “big fight” feel to some of the matches hurt the show, but I really don’t think it was as terrible as some may think.

Here are my match-by-match thoughts.

The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

For years now, I think the challenge against The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak has been the favorite of the night. And I think this year was no exception.

The Streak match tends to follow different standards. The storyline is always brought about quickly, but is always played out really well. We expect a great match, and it’s always the best of the night.

Against a storyteller like CM Punk, a wrestler like CM Punk there was never any doubt that this match would be great. Perhaps it wasn’t as great as previous years’, but with the rumors of whether ‘Taker would even be ready by WM time, you have to expect it. And even still, these two guys gave a great match that the crowd loved.

They did their jobs and they did them well. I wouldn’t mind seeing them go again. Their place on the card might have had something to do with it. I’m all for the last match being a title match, but with that, The Undertaker and CM Punk had to have gone on earlier in the night. Let the crowd rest a bit before throwing two other main events at them.

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

It’s tricky to follow The Undertaker’s match with two other huge main events. Maybe they were hoping to piggy back on that momentum, but that just didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the last two matches suffered the consequences.

On any other night, this match would have been a crowd favorite. Wrestlemania isn’t just any other night, and to go on right after The Undertaker’s match – that’s a tough job.

Brock and Triple H had a really good, hard-hitting match, but with a subdued crowd, it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

The Rock vs. John Cena

I was really looking forward to some big Wrestlemania entrances for The Rock and John Cena, and was disappointed.

Not entirely sure how I feel about the ending of the match either. I’m glad Cena won, the WWE title hasn’t meant a thing since The Rock beat CM Punk. But… I wanted more. The match was too long, the crowd wasn’t entirely into it, and the ending was too campy, and we didn’t even get those big, Wrestlemania-worthy entrances.

On the other hand, I completely get it. The fans didn’t get the chance to really tear into Cena because they were busy cheering The Rock. Cena gets the clean win, Rock gets his cheers. I get it, not sure how much I liked it though.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

While I was hoping for the start of Jack Swagger’s America, it wasn’t going to happen.

I’ve been a big fan of Swagger’s since the get-go, so I’m disappointed this match had to be played out with his court day in mind. It could have been a great move for him, but it’ll have to wait until his future is cleared up. I’m assuming this means we’re moving closer to Dolph Ziggler’s cash-in, which I’m looking forward to.

Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield

I’m glad The Shield got the victory. They are a cohesive unit and rightfully should have the edge over a thrown-together team like the Big Celtic Vipers. And I’m glad Big Show has remained a heel during this time.

That said, I’m still really unsure of Orton’s role in this. I was expecting a heel turn, but nope. Orton’s known for not playing well with others, so why is he now buddies with Sheamus? I was expecting something from him.

Good match though. Right team won.

Ryback vs. Mark Henry

I liked the build up for this match much, much more than I liked the actual payoff. I thought from the beginning that this could have been a great gimmick match for Wrestlemania. Something like a bodyslam challenge, I think would have been good. RyBack would have gotten a great reaction from something like that whether he won or not.

Mark Henry got the win, but RyBack got the last word – I guess it worked until next month.

WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston

This was a good match, but I think there was something missing from it. Maybe it needed more crazy AJ?

The right guys won though. Dolph will have his time when he cashes in that Money in the Bank briefcase.

Chris Jericho vs. Fandango

I wasn’t too thrilled when this match was made, but hindsight is 20/20.

Chris Jericho did his job – he made Fandango look good and Fandango got the win.

Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz (Interactive Pre-Show Match)

For being a four-hour show, there should have been room for this match on the main card. The match was decent, nothing too special, but for Miz to win the title on the pre-show was sort of silly.

He’s needed something big to get him out of his slump, winning the IC title could have done it, but on the pre-show it’s almost like it didn’t happen.

Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins

Again, for being a four hour show this advertised match should have been on the card. At the very least, it should have been on the hour-long pre-show.

I think even more than the guys, the Divas in this match were hurt by it being dropped. The Bellas and Naomi and Cameron could have really shined for the Divas division. Especially since the Divas title wasn’t on the card at all.


Wrestlemania 29 – Live Results


Wrestlemania 29 is live tonight from New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. Here is what the card looks like. Check back for results.

WWE Champion The Rock vs. John Cena
John Cena def. The Rock to become the *NEW* WWE Champion
The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
The Undertaker def. CM Punk to maintain his undefeated streak, 21-0
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (No Holds Barred Match; If Lesnar wins, Triple H must retire)
Triple H def. Brock Lesnar, Triple H’s career is still alive
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
Alberto Del Rio def. Jack Swagger to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show vs. The Shield
The Shield def. Show/Sheamus/Orton – Big Show turns on Celtic Vipers after the match
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
Mark Henry def. RyBack – After the match, RyBack comes back to get Henry up again for the Shell Shock
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston
Team Hell No def. Ziggler/Big E. Langston to retain the tag team titles.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Fandango def. Chris Jericho in his first Wrestlemania match.
Tons of Funk & The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars & The Bella Twins
While advertised, this match was cut from the Wrestlemania card
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz (Interactive Pre-Show Match)
The Miz def. Wade Barrett to become the *NEW* Intercontinental Champion

WWE Royal Rumble 2012

Live results from WWE Royal Rumble 2012

World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry

Winner: Daniel Bryan retains the World Heavyweight Championship

8-Diva Tag Team match
Beth Phoenix, Natalya & The Bella Twins vs. Tamina, Eve, Kelly Kelly & Alicia Fox

Winner: Beth Phoenix, Natalya & The Bella Twins

Singles match
John Cena vs. Kane

Double count out

Singles match
Drew McIntyre vs. Brodus Clay

Winner: Brodus Clay

WWE Championship match
CM Punk (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ special guest refee John Laurinitis

Winner: CM Punk retains the WWE Championship

Royal Rumble match

Winner: Sheamus 


Live, updated results for WWE TLC

United States Championship match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Zack Ryder – 

Winner: NEW United States Champion – Zack Ryder

Tag Team Championship match
AirBoom (c) vs. Primo/Epico

Winner: Still Tag Team Champions – AirBoom

Tables match
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett

Winner: Randy Orton

Divas Championship match
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. KellyKelly

Winner: Still Divas Champion – Beth Phoenix

Ladder match
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash

Winner:  Triple H

Singles match
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger

Winner: Sheamus

World Heavyweight Championship Chairs match
Mark Henry (c) vs. The Big Show

Winner: NEW World Heavyweight Champion – The Big Show

Daniel Bryan cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase.

World Heavyweight Championship match
The Big Show (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

Winner: NEW World Heavyweight Champion – Daniel Bryan

Intercontinental Championship match
Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Booker T

Winner: Still Intercontinental Champion – Cody Rhodes

Triple Threat WWE Championship TLC match
CM Punk (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. The Miz

Winner: Still WWE Champion – CM Punk

WWE Survivor Series

Live results from WWE Survivor Series

United States Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. John Morrison

Winner: Dolph Ziggler, retains US Championship

Diva’s Championship, Lumber Jill Match
Beth Phoenix (c)  vs. Eve

Winner: Beth Phoenix, retains Diva’s Championship

Traditional Survivor Series Match
Team Orton vs. The Barrett Barrage

Winner: The Barrett Barrage, Barrett and Rhodes are sole survivors

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Mark Henry (c) vs. Big Show

Winner: Mark Henry, retains World Heavyweight Championship

WWE Heavyweight Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. CM Punk

Winner:  CM Punk, new WWE Champion

Tag Team Match
The Rock/John Cena vs. The Miz/R-Truth

Winner: The Rock and John Cena

WWE Vengeance

Live, updated results from WWE Vengeance.

Tag Team Championship Match
AirBoom (c) vs. Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler

Winner: AirBoom, retain the WWE Tag Team Championship titles.

United States Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Zack Ryder

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Divas Championship Match
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Eve

Winner: Beth Phoenix

Singles Match
Sheamus vs. Christian

Winner: Sheamus

Tag Team Match
CM Punk & Triple H vs. Miz & R-Truth

Winner: The Miz & R-Truth

Singles Match
 Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Winner: Randy Orton

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Mark Henry (c) vs. Big Show

Winner: No contest, as both men were unable to compete after a Superplex from Mark Henry caused the ring to collapse

WWE Heavyweight Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. John Cena

Winner: Alberto Del Rio, retains the WWE Championship

WWE Hell in a Cell

Live, updated results from WWE Hell in a Cell PPV

Singles match
Christian vs. Sheamus

Winner: Sheamus

Singles match
Sin Cara (Azul) vs. Sin Cara (Negro)

Winner: Sin Cara (Azul)

Tag Team Championship match
AirBoom(c) vs.  Jack Swagger/Dolph Ziggler

Winner: AirBoom

World Heavyweight Championship match
Mark Henry(c) vs. Randy Orton

Winner: Mark Henry

Intercontinental championship match
Cody Rhodes(c) vs. John Morrison
Winner: Cody Rhodes

Divas championship match
KellyKelly(c) vs. Beth Phoenix

Winner: Beth Phoenix, New Divas Champion

WWE championship match
John Cena(c) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk

Winner: Alberto Del Rio, New WWE Champion