We’ve just about covered it all when it comes to the big show. Might as well get the play by play underway.
1. Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show vs. The Shield
No, Orton didn’t RKO Sheamus right at the start of the match to get payback for Daniel Bryan.
The story of the match was how the Shield were a team and Show, Sheamus, and Orton weren’t. JBL even said that they were successful singles wrestlers and how could they be a good team. Orton got the tag that the Big Show was expecting and cleaned house. He had Dean Ambrose set up for the RKO. Seth Rollins jumped into the ring and got RKO’d instead. Orton took a spear from Roman Reigns and the Big Show watched him get pinned.
Winner: The Shield
After the match, the Big Show knocked out both Sheamus and Orton.
2. Mark Henry vs. Ryback
Ryback looks like a huge ninja turtle. Continue reading
Tonight many people will order their only WWE show of the year — WrestleMania. And the WWE knows it, which is why they pull out all the stops.
No matter how dull a card might look, you know everybody involved with the show is going to give it their all, and more. It’s impossible to give more than 100%, but they will be trying. This is the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, and whatever the NBA Championship is called all rolled into one.
And of course I’m looking forward to it. It’s not just the huge main event matches (Cena/Rock, Hunter/Brock, Punk/Taker, Del Rio/Swagger), but the undercard which interests me more.
Before we get going, make sure you check out the podcast GG and I recorded, previewing WrestleMania 29.
Now lets get it on!
1. Pre-Show Match: Intercontinental Title on the line — Wade “Who is the Intercontinental Champion? Ohh, that’s right!” Barrett and Mike “The Miz” Mizaninininanin
An IC title match on the pre-show for free? Not so surprising considering the history of IC title matches at WrestleMania (in which there have been 19 on 28 shows). The match rarely gets more than 13 minutes, and the greatest IC title match in history is still Savage/Steamboat from WrestleMania 3. Continue reading
It’s Royal Rumble time. We made our predictions earlier in the week. It’s go time.
The World Title match opens the show.
1. Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio – Last Man Standing
Before the match, Bret Hart showed up in the back, called Del Rio the Mexican Bret Hart, and then gave Ricardo some glasses.
It’s a bit odd to watch such a big guy do lucha spots, and while I haven’t been a big fan of Del Rio’s face turn, he does have some fire. The San Jose crowd didn’t seem to buy him.
But they booked him perfectly in this match. Big Show is so good at being a bully. He toss Del Rio from the stage to a table below and Del Rio looked to conk his head. But he got up at the 9 1/2 count.
The finish was unique. Del Rio had Show in the arm bar and Ricardo duct taped Show’s feet to the ropes. Del Rio let go and Show then had to try and get up. He couldn’t. The match was good and while the ending may not have been what gets Del Rio over, it was entertaining. Del Rio looked good in his role.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
2. The Rhodes Scholars vs. Team Hell No
1. There was some good wrestling y’all.
John Cena and Sheamus as a tag team was pretty fun. They are goofy and made for each other and as a team, they worked well together. On the other side, Dolph Ziggler and Big Show were good as well. They wrestled a fun TV match, but the finish left a lot to be desired if you were actually interested in seeing Dolph Ziggler and John Cena wrestle at the PPV.
The four-way between Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Wade Barrett, and Antonio Cesaro was a great look at guys who WWE should be pushing really hard in 2013, especially Barrett and Cesaro. It was my favorite segment on the show and my favorite Raw match in several weeks.
Even the Team Hell No vs. The Prime Time Players was a quality wrestling match.
2. The show felt like it was five hours, not three.
Thankfully, there was fun wrestling because most of the talking segments were extended far too long and we had far too much of Miz talking. He’s supposed to be a babyface. Yet, he’s the world’s worst babyface. Actually, if he was still supposed to be a heel, I’d say it was his most effective run ever. That’s how bad he is as a babyface.