Tons Of WrestleMania 27 Live News & Notes Inside
I just got back to the hotel from WM27. I will say that LIVE, this was an awesome show! Being in an arena the size of the Georgia Dome with the "smartest" of the "smart" fans is definitely an experience.
The crowd was pretty pissed when Sheamus/Bryan came out for the dark match.... which turned into a battle royal... that ended with Sheamus eliminating Bryan and then Khali eliminating Sheamus? ... Not sure about that one, but I will say that Khali is over as the goofy giant gimmick.
The Rock intro LIVE was completely awesome. Loudest pop of the night by far. He had the crowd in the palm of his hands with every word that he said. Great way to start off the show.
The opener of Del Rio/Edge was solid. The crowd was ready for two things that never happened. Everyone was waiting for Christian to turn on Edge... never happened. Then everyone was expecting Del Rio to win the belt.... never happened. The car being destroyed was pretty lame from the section I was in.
The Mysterio/Rhodes match was actually pretty good. Mysterio got a decent pop. Everyone were I was sitting (smart fan central) was expecting Rey Rey to win and when Cody got the victory everyone was pretty shocked but were happy that Rhodes didn't get buried.
The Snoop Dogg/Teddy Long segment was like... eh... whatever. Snoop did get a good pop from the crowd and so did Regal's bit. Hornswoggle got groans from my section of the arena. But I will say that his "rap" was over with the crowd, they popped for it.
The 8-man was my first restroom break. I literately walked to the restrooms and walked back in what was like 5 minutes and the faces were doing the trumpet celebration. The replays of Slater getting KO'd were a little excessive I thought.
Rock/Eve/Mae Young. OK segment. Of course Rock being in it was the only reason anyone was interested. It is what it is.
Orton/Punk was a great match. Great psychology and Punk is just awesome with the facials. Dueling chants through the whole match "Let's Go Punk/RKO" over and over again. Crowd popped for the springboard clothesline countered into the RKO finisher. Great match.
Rock/Mean Gene. Again. The crowd only cared because Rock was in the segment... although Pee Wee got a nice pop. Crowd loved the Cena insults from Rock. The Austin/Rock stare down got a good pop with everyone waiting to see what happens next. Great teaser.
Hall of Fame. Abby and Bob Armstrong got great pops. Sunny and Animal/Ellering got decent pops. Hacksaw got the HOOOOOOOOOOO pop. HBK got standing ovation and a great pop. The crowd was really happy to see him.
Booker got a good pop (most likely from the remains of the old WCW crowd that were there). JR got a good pop too. Everyone was really happy to see him from my section with a lot of comments of "I'm definitely getting the DVD now that JR is calling the second half of the show". Cole is a heat magnet. I hope he is either the GM or is a manager. He is awesome in that role. When Swagger came out, everyone agreed that going from winning Money In The Bank to seconding Michael Cole was just criminal. Lawler got a great pop coming out with the AWA/Memphis cape. Stone Cold got an awesome pop coming out on the ATV (not bigger than the Rock's though). The match itself was okay. The middle of the match dragged. Cole beating down Lawler and using the ankle lock was just so unbelievable. Swagger eating the Stunner got a big pop. EVERYONE where I was sitting wanted to see the piledriver... but we knew it wasn't going to happen. Lawler's win got a good pop. Austin/Lawler celebration was fine for what it was. For the record, live, Lawler never drunk any beer, the cameras would pan off him and he would toss them out of the ring. It was real smooth how he did it. Great production. Booker coming in the ring got a good pop. The crowd wanted the Spinarooni and they got it... and then a Stunner. Big pop. Then the GM chime and the overturn. The crowd was chanting BS the whole time. Josh Matthews eating a Stunner made NO sense but the crowd popped anyway. But I guess it was the only way to get JR and King in the booth. If Cole isn't the GM, this booking made NO sense.