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MARCH TO ‘MANIA: The Silver Anniversary

I keep going back and forth on how I feel about Wrestlemania 25. There were good moments and there were a lot of bad.

So how did this viewing of the silver edition of Wrestlemania do?

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Wrestlemania 25 (Results)

Date: April 5, 2009

Arena: Reliant Stadium (Houston, Texas.)

Attendance: 72,744

SUMMARY: Triple H and Randy Orton were the last two men standing in the 2009 Royal Rumble. Orton got the better of Triple H on this night, winning the match and earning the main event spot at Wrestlemania. Triple H, however, managed to win the WWE title after winning the Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out, setting up a meeting between the two former Evolution members. In the weeks leading up to Wrestlemania, Orton focused his attacks on the McMahon family with the most heinous being when Orton delivered a draping DDT to Triple H’s wife, Stephanie. Given Triple H’s rage toward Orton, Vickie Guerrero ruled that if Triple H got disqualified in the match, he would lose the title. As for the World Heavyweight title, Edge shocked everyone at No Way Out when he took the title by winning the Elimination Chamber match after losing the WWE title earlier in the night. This set up a match against the Big Show, who was handpicked to be the next challenger by Guerrero. But John Cena threw a wrench into the plans by revealing that Vickie, Edge’s on-screen wife, had been in an affair with the Big Show. The result: a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight title.

MY ENJOYMENT RATING: C-plus

FAVORITE MATCH: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker. The Shawn Michaels streak continues with another incredible match, marking his fourth MOTN honors in the last five Wrestlemanias. Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker was an amazing match with false finishes, emotion, crazy spots (tell me that cameraman spot wasn’t creative) and more importantly great camera work that captured the emotion of this match. Other than the match’s quality, we cannot ignore what this match did for the streak. Before, the streak was mentioned in passing. It was a little tidbit for fans to look at it and be amazed. This match set the bar for future “Man vs. Streak” matches, and elevated it from a simple stat into a something much more important to the men involved.

THINGS THAT MADE ME NOD IN APPROVAL: There is always something about the Brother vs. Brother match that I enjoy. It has to be the emotion packed into those matches when it happens for the first time that always excite me. The Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy match was another fine example of this. The two men worked a solid extreme rules match, capturing the story of a brother who began to resent his younger, more successful sibling. I enjoyed the ending, as it played into each man’s story well. Jeff Hardy, known for penance for taking big risk in the big moment, took a massive bump and missed, leading to Matt Hardy, who was only focused on winning the match, took advantage and won the match. While the Money in the Bank ladder match wasn’t as good as the others, mostly due to it being a slower paced spotfest, it was still a quality showing.

THINGS THAT MADE ME LOWER HEAD IN SHAME: Kid Rock’s performance was far too early in the show. I don’t understand why they needed to have Kid Rock perform after the first match. It also doesn’t help that following it was the 25-Diva Battle Royal. The match took place with no entrances and nothing to really give it a sense of identity. I didn’t even know Sunny was in the match until she was eliminated. So we not only get an awful performance, but a awful match won by a cross-dressed male. If that wasn’t enough, the placement of the Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels match made the triple threat World Heavyweight title match pretty dull because the crowd was going to turn on it no matter what happened. Add in the fact that main event featured a healthy dose of McMahon with a stipulation that made little sense, and I was literally shaking my head up until the bell rang to start the main event. I’m going to stop here. If I add more, you’d think that this card was worst than Wrestlemania 9, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

RANDOM THOUGHT: “I always wondered if Triple H felt like a buffoon wearing the spinner belt. It was fitting for John Cena, but everyone else just looked really silly with it.”

MY ULTIMATE WRESTLEMANIA CARD RANKING: This Wrestlemania falls between Wrestlemania 14 and 3. The Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker match is easily top 6 all-time in the annals of Wrestlemania lore. The show had nostalgia with the legends vs. Chris Jericho, and it was nice to see Ricky Steamboat work at a high level despite his age. The Triple H vs. Randy Orton match felt like it was building toward something, but the ending where Triple H hits Orton with the sledgehammer was anti-climatic. On a plus, the match was saved from the crazy stuff that normally comes with a McMahon angle. The triple threat wasn’t bad either. It just unfortunately fell in a bad spot, having to follow ‘Taker vs. Michaels. All in all, it was a solid Wrestlemania, but it just wasn’t better than Wrestlemania 6, which is pretty much the middle ground.

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