Ranking WrestleMania – Part 6 (Final Part)

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Check out the final part of our series of posts ranking WrestleMania.

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The Aftermath – WrestleMania XXVI

This aftermath post wraps up our WrestleMania XXVI coverage. Duan, Alan, and Big D all watched the show on PPV while I was live in Glendale, so our perspectives might be a slight bit different. All in all, we loved the show and it was one of the better WrestleMania shows in recent memory.

Here’s what we had to say about the show:

Big D
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Best Match: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
Worst Match: Good Divas vs. Bad Divas

Easily one of the top 5 Manias of all time. Cena/Batista, Edge/Jericho, and Punk/Rey were all tremendous matches and matches where I can see the feuds continuing. There is something about Cena and Batista working together that brings the best out of them. Punk and Rey was exactly what I thought it would be and people need to quit bitching about the time. Edge/Jericho was incredible, with awesome reversals and a surprise finish that keeps the feud going.

Bret/Vince was the worst blow off to a major angle in the history of the business and was quite frankly boring. Swagger will be the first man to cash in and job (written before Friday’s Smackdown). How the hell did Orton get so over? It seems overnight.

Undertaker/Shawn knew what they needed to do. Rather than focus on spotty near-falls to repeat last year, there was a lot more psychology and they actually did not use virtually any plunder other than the one table. The finish mirrored the Flair/HBK Mania 24 finish in terms of drama and that final chapter closing, sorta like Rocky when Creed goes “ain’t gon be no rematch” and Rocky goes “dont want one”.

Duan
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Best Match: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
Worst Match: Good Divas vs. Bad Divas

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WrestleMania XXVI Thoughts

Wrestlemania this past Sunday is in the books and while there was a lot to enjoy, it is the epitome of everything WWE, wrestling’s commercialized version of Sesame Street!

The best thing about every Wrestlemania is that when compared to any other major sporting event, it makes the wrestling business big time.  Bound For Glory, Clash of the Champions nor Starrcade ever came close and likely there will never be one that comes close. Ever since Wrestlemania 20, ‘Mania has grown more mainstream and commercial and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This is the night where wrestlers have special entrances, special attires and there are celebrity appearances (not much for this year). The question is will Wrestlemania 26 stand up wrestling quality-wise?

Now onto the show:

Show-Miz defeated Ron Killings and John Morrison

This was definitely too short. It was quite predictable as a way to make the tag champions look strong against the makeshift team.

Randy Orton defeated Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes
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Photos From WrestleMania Weekend

I’m home from Arizona and back at work, but wanted to send out all the photos I took over the weekend.

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Thank You Shawn

As I get older, it becomes harder to excuse myself for being a wrestling fan. The product isn’t necessarily geared toward someone like me. I’m in my early 30s, have two children, work in the Silicon Valley, and am a hardcore sports fan. I’m much more in MMA’s demographic than the wrestling demographic these days. It’s been that way for years now. And yes, if I have the choice, I’ll say I’m a MMA fan first, wrestling fan second, even though it’s not the case. I’m a wrestling fan first, and I guess, I always will be.

Wrestling at times can be so immature, irresponsible, idiotic, and terribly presented that it’s hard for me to even want to identify myself as a pro wrestling fan. But on nights like last night and tonight, I don’t have to run away from being a pro wrestling fan.

Last night, at WrestleMania XXVI, I watched one of the greatest displays of drama and passion I’ve ever seen at a “sporting” event. Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker put together a story that had a beginning, middle, and end that put most matches I’ve seen to shame. The story told was that Shawn Michaels would rather quit wrestling than come back to wrestling as not having beaten the Undertaker. He was against all odds, but it was the risk of finality that pushed him.

The match wasn’t technically better than last year’s match spot for spot. But it told the much better story. And that’s what I’ll remember rather than a bunch of spots and false finishes.

Tonight on Raw, Michaels said that he wasn’t coming back and that it was indeed his final match. He said that he was going to do whatever it took to make sure that he never wrestled again. In athletics, you’re forced out as your skills erode. You usually don’t have the choice to say when you call it quits. Actors can act until they die. For Michaels, I’m not sure why he wants to completely end it, or if he even will, but it’s his choice. That’s powerful.

He may even come back. Very few have quit and not come back for whatever reason. Bret Hart hadn’t wrestled in over 10 years and had his last match just last night. If Shawn needs the money or if he just gets creatively bored, he may come back. But for now, on his own accord he says it’s over.

From last night to tonight, I almost wish I didn’t ever have to watch wrestling again. To see one of the greatest to put on the tights say that he’ll never wrestle again and proving until the very end that he is still one of the best, was poetry in motion.

And the crowd chanted, “Thank you Shawn. Thank you Shawn. Thank you Shawn …”

FGB Radio – WrestleMania XXVI Recap

Last year when I was in Houston for WrestleMania XXV, I was with Eddy Z, Chris, and Low Jones. I wasn’t able to get Low Jones on the show, but I did get Eddy Z and Chris to go over WrestleMania XXVI.

We talked the entire card and had some good perspectives on Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker II being that we were all there last year, and I was there this year.

Check it out.

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