Wrestlemania 33 was indeed a bittersweet experience. With as many as 13 matches on the card, out of which four happened at the Kickoff, some soared, some bored.
Having said that, it was definitely a better event than Wrestlemania 32. Here are the thrills, the tediums and the tearjerkers of The Biggest Stage Of Them All-
4. RETURN OF THE GOOD OL’ JR
Jim Ross, one of the most popular commentators in WWE, made a surprising return for the main event- The Undertaker v Roman Reigns. It’s hard to say whether he’ll be permanently back in the business or not, it was great to hear his voice at the microphone, after like ages.
3. TWO CHAMPIONSHIP CHANGES
The last time the event saw two championship changes was way back in 2005, at the 21st annual Mania. 12 years later m, history repeated itself. In a rough and tough battle, Randy Orton defeated Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship. By clinching the title once again, it seems the era of the Viper has resurfaced.
Another merciless match was the much anticipated Lesnar v Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship. Humiliated and Embarrassed by the Colossus of California at Survivor Series 2016 and Royal Rumble 2017,
the Beast finally had his revenge on the champion. 10 suplexes, an F-5 and Goldberg was pinned 1,2,3. Even four spears and one thunderous jackhammer couldn’t put Lesnar down. A short yet exciting match that was worth the price of your ticket.
2. KURT ANGLE INDUCTED IN THE HALL OF FAME
It was long due, it was much deserved. Kurt Angle, the most decorated athlete in sports entertainment, was finally induced in the 2017 Hall of Fame. Welcomed by John Cena and amidst the cheers and chants of You Suck, the Olympic Gold Medalist completely owned the night with his speech and sense of humor. With all the possibilities of his return to the WWE, we cannot wait for him to lock someone’s ankle and deliver an Angle Slam one more time.
1. THE RETURN OF THE HARDYZ
My favorite moment from this year’s Mania has to be the return of The Hardy Boyz. It all happened at the Triple Threat Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship, when it was made into a Fatal-Four-Way Battle. As the music of the former tag team champions played, the entire crowd went into a state of euphoria and excitement, and sitting in front of my television set, I was longing to be in the Citrus Bowl. Truly a Wrestlemania moment.
4. SETH ROLLINS V TRIPLE H
This was the one fight I had the highest expectations from. With HHH adding the stipulation of Non-Sanctioned, I thought it would be one helluva brutal battle. Alas, it was a slightly stretched and boring match. A major reason can be the fact that the Chairman of the Board, Mr.Mcmahon, has toned down the quantity of violence and bloodshed in the WWE. However, Rollins and Hunter should’ve taken their match to the next level, just for once.
3. JOHN CENA AND NIKKI BELLA V THE MIZ AND MARYSE
Arguably the most boring and yawn-inducing match of the evening, it had nothing to offer except for some unintentional humor by The Miz. Winning in just 9 minutes and 40 seconds, Cena and Bella celebrated in the ring with the 16 time World Champion proposing to the Diva before the spectators. This moment, and only this moment, redeemed Cena from giving us his most boring Mania match.
2. NO SPECIAL APPEARANCES
Unlike the last three Manias, there was no special appearances by the WWE Legends.
Wrestlemania XXX saw Austin and The Rock, 31 saw The Great One again, accompanied by Ronda Rousey. And last year we had Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The People’s Champ (yes, yet again) and a returning John Cena. This year, that surprise element was missing. Except for The HARDYZ, the event almost had a predictable offering.
1. TOO LONG AN EVENT
Last year’s Mania clocked in at almost 4 hours and 52 minutes, and just when you thought you couldn’t get a longer event, the WWE took up the challenge and gave us The 33rd Annual Wrestlemania. At an excruciating 7 hours, some matches were gratuitous, to say the least. Hope they trim down the length next time.
Ask anyone and they’ll say The Undertaker’s defeat at the hands of Roman Reigns was the biggest tearjerker of the night. Touted to be his last Wrestlemania appearance, The Phenom received a standing ovation for his selfless and historic career of over three decades. As the lights dimmed and The Deadman disappeared beneath the ramp, leaving his gloves, hat and the overlong coat in the ring, the entire attendance of 75,245 at Orlando Florida were left moist-eyed. Even though we may not see Taker in the ring again, the truth is there was no one, there is no one and there will be no one like him.
LIVE IN PEACE UNDERTAKER
Thank you for the memories and making Wrestlemania what it is today. The Grandest Stage of them All will not be as grand as it was with your presence.