By Graham "GSM" Matthews
AJ Styles def. Heath Slater
Kicking off the show with Styles was a brilliant idea as Brooklyn came unglued for him. That would explain why the crowd reaction for him wasn't as hot on Raw because they already saw him (this was taped prior to Raw). Slater is perfect in the jobber role because he always bumps so smoothly for his opponent and Styles was no exception. Slater scored more offense than he probably should have, but that's merely nitpicking. This was a good match for the opening slot.
D-Von Dudley def. Jey Uso
This might have been the best thing we have seen from the feud so far. The two parties were actually given the right amount of time to produce the fun little match they were capable of instead having their time cut short per usual. As I've said many times in the past, The Usos do nothing for me as singles competitors, but I enjoyed this for what it was. I completely forgot D-Von had a finisher until he hit that spinebuster for the win, and then I remembered that was what he used to finish off his opponents during his singles run in TNA.
By John Napolitano
The 10 Pro-Wrestlers Who Have Captured My Heart and Imagination in the Last 10 Years
The sight of Mick Foley revealing his patented barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat as an equalizer to the onward marching Rated-R Superstar on March 27, 2006, right before their all-time classic match at WrestleMania was the spark to the gasoline that started the blazing inferno that is my lifelong passion for professional wrestling.
Ten years ago, it was this extraordinary exchange on the go-home Monday Night Raw leading up to WrestleMania XXII that got me hooked on the genre. I had never seen anything like it; this large, disheveled, and seemingly crazy plaid clad man so hated this young, slimy, and conniving loudmouth that he would take a lethal object to his skull in order to assert his dominance. Of course, kayfabe was alive and well for the younger version of myself, but pro-wrestling’s ability to remove me from reality and keep me coming back for another fix of adrenaline has persisted over the last decade.
Whether it has been in Mrs. Hoffman’s fourth grade class or my journalism courses at Hofstra University, I have had many favorites as a pro-wrestling fan over the years. My first article in a series that will explore my top 10 favorites over the last 10 years will discuss which WWE Superstars have captured my heart and imagination more so than anyone else. These articles will only include programming that I have witnessed firsthand as it happened. Who are my top 10 favorite WWE Superstars since March 27, 2006?
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Here on WrestleMania Recall, I will be ranking my top 31 favorite matches in WWE WrestleMania history. A new installment will be posted every day in the month of March, culminating with my No. 1 favorite match on Thursday, March 31st, mere days before WrestleMania 32. Each article will offer an in-depth look at each match and an analysis of why it is among my favorites.
So, it all comes down to this. I've had an absolute blast re-watching all 31 of these remarkable WrestleMania matches over the month of March, and hopefully you've had just as much fun reading about them in "WrestleMania Recall." But now, exactly 31 years removed from the inaugural event (I swear I didn't plan that, it was simply an amazing coincidence), we arrive at No. 1 on my illustrious list. I'm sorry this selection won't come as much of a surprise, but I'd be remiss if it was anything else.
Almost one year removed from when I started watching wrestling on the regular, I was ready for my first WrestleMania as a fan: WrestleMania 25. The hype was solid by and large in the weeks preceding the pay-per-view and I was excited for the event. A buddy of mine invited me over to his place to watch with me, but due to being grounded at that time (blame my mother), I was unable to attend, and I was pretty bummed. Thankfully, my mom was out of the house at the time the show aired, so I snuck on the computer and read along with the live chat on WWE.com.
By Thomas Brunt
It's here. WrestleMania week is finally upon us. Unfortunately, WWE has failed to make it feel like it's that time again, in what has been a mostly underwhelming Road to WrestleMania, leaving some fans not so optimistic.
It sure isn't hard to see why, either (I will give a nod to SmackDown, Raw has left much to be desired). Here are a few reasons why some of the fans may have felt this way.