(As written by James Curran)
Hey guys, James here. First of all, the only purpose of this article is to remind us all what happened nearly a year ago. One year ago, we saw Sheamus in the main event with Triple H, Jo Mo was in the Tag Division, Batista and Chris Jericho where Champions, Edge was being hyped as the Rumble winner and more.
The first match I want to look at is the 26 Man Battle Royal. I will not name 26 People in the match only the Winner. Yoshi Tatsu. Yoshi defined the odds beating 26 people. This ment a push for Yoshi? Right? Wrong. One year later he is a Pro on NXT and is not on the card to our knowing right now.
Next match, 10 Diva Tag Team Match. The winning team were Laycool, Vickie, Maryse and Alicia Fox. One Year Later, Vickie will be cheerleading for Laycool, Laycool will be in some 6 person match, Maryse and Alicia Fox are no where to be seen. Whats going on with the WWE Divas?
Next up, CM Punk and Rey Mysterio. Stipulations where high and this was booked as one of the four Main events at last year's Mania. One Year later, CM Punk is in a new Gimmick Group named Nexus and is going to face Randy Orton. This year Rey will be facing Cody Rhodes.
Next Match is Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes vs Ted Dibiase. First off all lets look at the Winner, Randy Orton’s One year later. One year later he is facing CM Punk of the Nexus. Cody Rhodes is facing Rey and Ted’s been written of TV by Triple H.
Triple H and Sheamus is next. One year later for Triple H is a defining moment. Triple H will look to end Undertakers streak in an epic No Holds Barred match. Sheamus is now US Champion and King Of The Ring facing Daniel Bryan.
The tag team championships now. One year later for the Big Show, Show isn't on the card as we know so far. One year later for The Miz. The Miz will be defending the WWE Championship against John Cena. One Year later for R-Truth. He is on the line of next to be fired. Jo Mo is stuck in some dead end six-person match with Jersy Shore.
Money In The Bank now. One Year Later for Jack Swagger: he is going to be cheerleading for Michael Cole. One Year Later for Matt Hardy, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, well they're fired. Kane, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston, Drew Mclntyre and Christian aren't on the card and the Money in the Bank match has been written of the card.
Next match is for the World Heavyweight Championship. One Year Later for Edge: he is still in the World Championship scene but this time as champion as he is facing Alberto Del Rio.
Then we come back to one of the biggest grudge matches ever in the history of Mania. Bret Hart finally screws Vince McMahon. One Year Later for Bret Hart: he is fired by the RAW GM. One Year Later for Vince McMahon: well we hardly see him anymore.
WWE Championship now. One Year Later for John Cena, John is still in the same position as he is going into Mania looking for the WWE Title however he is involved in a 3 way feud with the Miz and The Rock. At WrestleMania 27, Cena will try to defeat his former enemy The Miz. One Year Later for Batista: he quit when John Cena broke his back by throwing him through the floor from the top of the car and then Bret Hart forced him to compete agaist Randy Orton. Because of this he quit.
Lastly the biggest match on last year's card, Undertaker vs HBK. One Year Later for The Undertaker: once again he will be defending his streak agaist the other half of DX, Triple H. (Next year he has to defend agaist Horswoggle to make it Undertaker 3 and DX – 0 Lol) One Year Later for Shawn Michaels. He was fired around a year ago because of losing this match however continues to cut promos about this years Mania match.
Last year, WWE gave us a 8.7 Card last year. This year they have given us the same. Mayby less. Theres only one major match on this card. Undertaker vs HHH.
(As written by James Curran)
Hey guys, James Curran here! I have reviewed and previewed SmackDown recently and I am now saying to you good people, that we learned 17 things on SmackDown this week. Here they are:
(As written by Graham "GSM" Matthews)
In the season of WrestleMania, I've begun to see more and more articles being written on the best WrestleManias of all time. The most popular ones I've read include WrestleMania 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.
Personally, those opinions are all true. Each ones of those monumental events included something that made the event note-worthy, However, I've decided to write about something that has yet to be addressed: The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.
If you have written or read any articles on this subject, I apologize and give you credit. But I'm not here to write about how amazing it was. Moreover, I'm here to write about how disappointing is was.
When I hear the word "anniversary," I expect something special and memorable, such as RAW's 15th Anniversary in 2007 for instance. This specific 'Mania event in 2009 was being buzzed as the greatest of all time, and obviously being over-hyped months leading into the event.
After a few straight years of solid WrestleManias, the 25th Anniversary had the potential to be something much bigger than it was. Let's take a trip down memory lane, and you can decide for yourself whether the event lived up to the speculation.
Before the actual event took place, a tag team dark match was held between WWE Tag Team Champions Primo and Carlito Colon, and World Tag Team Champions The Miz and John Morrison to determine who would be crowned the first-ever Unified Tag Team Champions in history. This feud was the hottest thing in the tag division at the time, and keep in mind, this was the first time the titles were combined in history.
The match ended up being a good one (as seen on the WrestleMania 25 DVD), but the talents involved were unhappy they weren't included on the actual card. It's disappointing to drop a historical contest for other less desirable matches that made the live card.
As the biggest show went live for its first match, we were treated to the annual Money in the Bank Ladder Match. The bout itself was a perfect opener for the show, including breakout performances by Kofi Kingston, Christian, and Shelton Benjamin. Kaneand Mark Henry were a little slow, but even they were at their best and fit well into the mix.
The real problem with this match was the outcome of Punk winning the match for the second straight year. Of course no one expected it, and since everyone was anticipating Christian to win the briefcase, the result was a little disappointing.
Don't get me wrong, the win ended up being beneficial to Punk, going on to be a rising heel in the WWE. But at the time, the win didn't feel all that special. Is surprising the fans always better?
Next up was the 25-Divas Battle Royal to determine the first-ever Miss WrestleMania. We all weren't expecting anything special from the Divas like always, but we were expecting some surprise appearance from some past Divas including Sunny, Torrie Wilson, and Victoria.
To much negative criticism, these historical returns were overshadowed by the ten-minute music performance by rock artist Kid Rock, singing one of the themes of 'Mania, "So Hott". The match itself was filled with horrible chaos, where the commentators sometimes even failed to acknowledge who was being eliminated.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the battle royal would go on to be won by Santino Marella disguised as his twin sister, "Santina." Simply pathetic.
Fortunately, Chris Jericho's match that followed saved us from this agony. Y2J would defeat three established legends, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, in a three-on-one handicap match to prove why he is the best in the world at what he does.
His last few minutes of the match with Steamboat were phenomenal, something we would see again a month later at Backlash. It's a shame a talent like Jericho wasn't placed higher on the card which is what ticked me off. The right hand by Mickey Rourke following the match didn't do much for me either.
In a heated rivalry that began two months prior, the Extreme Rules Match between Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy was also very-well wrestled that wasn't given enough hype. The two brothers obviously contain a lot of chemistry and were able to put on a fantastic match. Having Matt Hardy go over here was the best thing to do, even if he wouldn't be able to go on as a bigger heel due to injury.
At this half point in the show, loyal viewers were probably having mixed feelings about what they've seen so far, with some good and bad things happening that hadn't expected.
However, the next match didn't do any justice. Intercontinental Champion JBL, hellbent on returning and leaving Houston, Texas as a champion, was literally put in a last-minute feud with Rey Mysterio in an effort to get both on the show.
The match only lasted a record-breaking 21 seconds, something I, among others, were not too fond of. Short title matches, such as these should, reserved to the main shows, not the biggest pay-per-view of the view. In a surprising turn of events, JBL would quit the WWE thereafter. I can't say I blame him.
As we enter the main matches on the show, the highly anticipated Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker match would follow. Prior to the event, Undertaker had yet to defeat HBK in a one-on-one match, where the Deadman's WrestleMania streak was also at stake.
In what was easily the match of the night, Undertaker would defeat Shawn Michaels in the most suspenseful, memorable, and epic match of all time. The only negative to this match is the fact that it wasn't the main event, which was a huge letdown knowing what we were about to encounter.
Up next was the oddly booked World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match between reigning champion Edge, Big Show, and the favorite John Cena. The match wasn't bad, but it wasn't a five-star classic either.
The build-up was odd, uncomfortable, and not entertaining, including three guys who didn't have much chemistry prior to the event. It basically came out of no where. This had to be the most predictable match of the night, seeing John Cena winning the title with a unique finish and getting the inevitable victory.
After three and a half hours, the WWE Championship main event finally arrived. It was contested between reigning champion Triple H and 2009 Royal Rumble Winner Randy Orton, who were engaged in a massive rivalry following Orton's focus on eliminating every member of the McMahon family.
In the end, the Game retained the championship and earned family pride, but at what cost? The match was no different they've contested in the past, and the finish was a huge letdown where HHH used his signature sledgehammer (which was banned no less) to win the bout.
Critics complied that the main event was nothing special at all, quoting "it didn't click." It was also stated that the lack of interferences and twists in the match left viewers scratching their heads, costing the event any credibility it may have had before the match.
Overall, it was truly a mediocre pay-per-view, even being quoted as possibly being "the worst executed WrestleMania of all time." Normally, a mediocre WrestleMania wouldn't being welcome but at the very least excepted, but being the 25th Anniversary, this show was certainly a letdown.
I may not be familiar with every WrestleMania that has ever taken place, but I can be certain on my opinion that this WrestleMania was the most disappointing of Manias in recent years. Thanks for reading, and make sure to leave your feedback in comments below on whether you agree or disagree with my theory. GSM out.
(As written by James Curran)
Erm guys. Can I have your attention I have recieved an email from the announoumous Raw GM. “And I Quote” SHUT UP MICHAEL COLE. Please can everyone stop thinking that Cole is a heel. He is just simply annoying. The newest fued of WWE! Michael Cole and a Diva. What are the odds?
Next, The Rock. Rock the master of the mike! Or is he? His best insults are Yaba Daba and Fruity Pebble. When it comes to words a 3 year old can whip his candy ass on the microphone.
The biggest name in WWE right now. Not Randy Orton, not John Cena, not Edge, not Triple H, not Undertaker, not Sheamus, but it is The Miz? The Miz? Of all people. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the Miz but not major.
Time for the Cry Baby Rey Mysterio. Rey needs to stop crying to management and quit. The one reason was World champion last year was because he had been crying. Now his jealous of Sin Cara. Sin Cara is the next Rey, Rey Is jealous can someone fire him? I'm sick of seeing him moan.
Money In The Bank. The MITB Match has been thrown out cause WWE thinks Laycool and Jersy Shore can do better. I'm not laughing. Congrats WWE. WrestleMania 27 is ruined. Thanks a lot Jersy Shore. Also, what in the heckin' world is Jo Mo in this match for? GET HIM IN THE WORLD TITLE SCENE NOW!
Also In WWE, The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry has stated his carer is almost over in the WWE. Mark has done a lot. Including facing Undertaker at WrestleMania. Win, lose or draw thats a great achievement, hopefully WWE gives him one more title run to end his career with the WWE.
WWE debuts are one of the most intriguing moments in time. This is a time where you can secretly judge how far they’d make it in the WWE. The big question is who will become WWE’s newest star. WWE has recently tried to sign 3 more people and have succeeded with one, the other 2 are unknown. They Are Sin Cara who has got a penned WWE Contract, Awesome Kong and Seth Rollins.
Christian next. He may be looking at holding the world title by 2011 ends. It has also been said that Christian will have it at WrestleMania 27. I for one would like this. WWE is finally realizing that some of the younger talent need to shine.
WWE Superstars in next on our talk about time. It's going off air but yet NXT is still on it? Do we need WWE Superstars and NXT? I only watch RAW, SmackDown and I will try out Tough Enough.
Thanks for viewing! Anything else you want noted? Comment.