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King’s Court: Wrestlemania XXX Review

This past Sunday night, World Wrestling Entertainment held its 30th anniversary of Wrestlemania. This is the Super Bowl of professional wrestling. Vince McMahon took a chance back in 1985 when he thought of Wrestlemania I and that turned out to be a genius idea. The show was sure to have great wrestling matches, nostalgia acts, and plenty of intrigue for the fans.

Before I get into the pay-per-view, let’s discuss the tragedy that struck the wrestling world this week. Former WWE star, the Ultimate Warrior, passed away of what looks to be an early heart attack on this Tuesday. If you watched wrestling in the late 80s/early 90s, you likely were a fan of the Warrior or at least know who he is. Here was a guy who painted his face, ran to the ring before proceeding to shake the ring ropes. He was a huge draw for audiences, 1996 was his last stint in the the WWE. Since that time, there were various stories that circulated that involved the Warrior and some sort of controversy. After a lot of he said-she said, Warrior returned to the WWE in 2013 as he was being put into the WWE 2k 14 video game. In 2014, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, headlining the new class. He appeared at Wrestlemania XXX on Sunday night and then again on Monday Night Raw, as he cut a promo similar to how he used to back when he was a mega star. Unfortunately that would be the last time we would ever see him perform. I send my thoughts and prayers to Warrior’s family, his wife and two daughters. Rest in peace, Warrior.

Now back to the wrestling. The four big main events definitely delivered in my eyes. The show started off with Daniel Bryan versus Triple H, with the winner being added to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match involving Randy Orton and Batista. The match was an excellent choice to kick off the PPV. This match featured great wrestling and even better storytelling. It was back-and-forth the entire way. The fans were heavily behind Bryan as he has been screwed out of the title time and time again. When Bryan hit his flying knee finisher and pinned Triple H clean in the middle of the ring, the crowd erupted with joy. Triple H, who was furious with the loss, beat down Bryan after the match was over. Slamming a steel chair against Bryan’s arm, which was in front of the ring post. This left the fans wondering if he would be able to wrestle, which obviously he would be.

The next of the four main events was John Cena taking on up-and-comer Bray Waytt. This match had the storytelling, the excitement of the crowd and WWE’s biggest star today in Cena. Wyatt, who hasn’t been in the main roster for a full year landed himself a match against one of the WWE’s biggest stars in the history of the company. The New Orleans faithful were behind Wyatt from the get go. Cena would end up winning the match after contemplating whether or not to nail Wyatt with a steel chair. Wyatt might have lost the match, but he put on quite the performance that shows the WWE Universe that he is a guy who will be featured frequently in the coming years. The next night on Raw, Waytt and his “family” defeated Cena, Big E, and Sheamus in convincing fashion, showing that the stable is here to stay.

The next of the four main events provided arguably the most shocking twists in wrestling history. The Undertaker is one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of wrestling boots. Other than a couple years of his WWE career, he has been able to be a gimmick or a character. His character is that of a dead man and he is a big brute who likes to hand out beatings. At Wrestlemania, the Undertaker is the top dog. Going into this past Sunday, ‘Taker” had never been defeated at Wrestlemania. He was 21-0. Enter Brock Lesnar, who some of you may know from his time in the UFC. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lesnar, he is a former NCAA National Champion in wrestling and a former UFC heavyweight champion. He is a large man who also likes to hand out beatings. Lesnar kicked out of Undertaker’s patented tomb stone piledriver and then hoisted the Dead Man up on his shoulder for his finishing F5 for a third time. When Lesnar pinned him, ‘Taker was clearly going to kick out and then he didn’t. His shoulders were on the mat for all three counts and the match, more importantly the Streak was over. Now I don’t like the idea that the Streak was broken, but it provided, in my mind, the most shocking twist in professional wrestling history. Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman was at ringside and his facial expressions and reactions really helped the overall presentation of the match. The next night on Raw, Lesnar and Heyman came out to discuss what had happened. Heyman cut a tremendous promo that was a “we told you so” type promo. In my eyes, Heyman is clearly the best manager in the history of wrestling. And for those of you who think this wasn’t supposed to happen or that the match was changed mid-match, stop it. This was the plan all along whether you like it or not.

After a divas match that featured most of the divas on the roster, it was time for the main event triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This was the moment of truth for Daniel Bryan and all his supporters. The match got off to a slow pace, especially for the crowd, who was still in awe that they had just witnessed the Undertaker lose for the first time ever at Wrestlemania. After a while, the match and crowd picked up. Triple H, along with his wife Stephanie McMahon, came out to ringside to try and screw Bryan out of the title yet again. Orton and Batista would work together to try and take out Bryan. After an incredible looking move that sent Bryan through the announcers table, it seemed as if he wasn’t going to get his moment in the sun. However, Bryan got off the stretcher and came back into the match. The ending provided a lot of false finishes, something the crowd was eating up. After Orton was thrown out of the ring, Bryan put Batista in his “Yes! Lock” submission move and Batista tapped out, giving Bryan and what felt like the entire Super Dome the win. At the end of the night, Bryan was able to finally win the big one and 70,000 plus were chanting Bryan’s “YES!” catchphrase as the show went off the air. Finally, Bryan and the fans overcame the Authority and won the title.

Daniel Bryan

The under card wasn’t bad either. Cesaro, another up-and-comer won the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal as he lift the Big Show, who is a 7-foot, 400 plus pound man and threw him over the top rope. This was reminiscent to when Hulk Hogan slammed Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III. The divas match wasn’t bad, just too many divas in a match that saw AJ Lee retain her title. The Shield, a group that has a ton of potential going forward, simply destroyed veterans Kane and the New Age Outlaws in a match that was under three minutes from bell-to-bell.

Wrestlemania XXX is one of the best Wrestlemanias in its 30-year history. This show had a lot of good wrestling and the entertainment was there as well. The WWE delivered a great pay-per-view that also streamed on the recently watched WWE Network with little to no problems. We saw the end of one era with the Undertaker losing and the start of a new era with Daniel Bryan winning the championship. The future of the WWE is looking bright and that is never a bad thing.

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I am a 2013 graduate of Clarion University with a bachelor's degree in communications and a concentration in journalism. I aspire to be great. I love sports and professional wrestling. Follow me on Twitter @KIngEdward15 and engage in sports talk with me.

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