Wrestlemania is in the books, and while it may not have been the greatest show ever, it was at least interesting. Here is the normal breakdown, with match ratings and thoughts.
We will start off with this match and then go into the main event, as they are obviously intertwined. Leading up to this match, fans were nervous about the potential of Triple H burying Bryan and crowning himself champion. Thankfully, we didn't have to sit through that disaster, and WWE followed through and gave the fans something to cheer about.
The build-up to this match was really brilliant now that we see the results of it. Triple H really embraced the role that the educated wrestling fans thrust upon him, and basically spent the last few months trolling those fans. I was worried about this, because if HHH ended up justifying those stereotypes by beating Bryan, than perhaps irreparable damage could be done to the product that would alienate some fans. However, now that it is all said and done and Daniel Bryan is king, things have worked out nicely. Triple H got the most heat possible on himself, and it worked in a way that got Daniel Bryan even more over. I give Triple H a hard time sometimes, but I tip my hat to his work in this feud.
The match itself was merely passable. Triple H's ring work has really taken a big hit over the last several years, and he can no longer be counted on to always have a good match when the bright lights come on. The match was really slow, and followed a very traditional storyline that is no longer that exciting in 2014. Triple H worked Bryan's leg, then he worked the arm, only to have Bryan rally back and win the match. However, the match had some okay dramatic moments, and it did its job by getting Daniel Bryan into a good position for the main event.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton vs Batista-*** (3 stars)
Sometimes the simplest moves are the correct moves, and making Bryan overcome the odds and slay everybody in his path may have been predictable, but it was the smartest move to make for WWE. Bryan's in-ring ability and charisma served him very well tonight, and his victory was met with a tremendous response from the crowd, which was probably still reeling from the previous matches.
Randy Orton, for his part, was as good as he has ever been in arguably the biggest match of his career. Orton was on point and every bit the heel that WWE needed him to be for this match. Batista, for all his faults, was not awful and outside of a botched spear, was fairly dependable. The only thing that could this match into a disaster was Batista blowing his moves, but overall he did an acceptable job.
The match itself was decent. It wasn't as good as it could have been, but it also could have been a lot worse. Bringing in Scott Armstrong, who is supposedly in Triple H's pocket (even though he previously rewarded Bryan the title on a fast count) back was kind of over-booking, and in the end he ended up having zero impact on the match. The Batista Bomb/neckbreaker combo was pretty sick and a unique move, and having the hated Batista submit for the title was nice.
If there was one complaint that I could have with this match was that it probably shouldn't have been the main event. Don't get me wrong, I love that Bryan won the title and everything, but the fans were obviously still in shock for most of the match, and it wasn't until Bryan actually won the title did they come alive. If the WWE had planned to have The Undertaker lose, they should have had him on last and close the show with him looking at the fans. If they did that, I doubt anyone would complain.
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