|WWE WrestleMania 2013 Results|
NOTE: I was unable to update this during the pay-per-view as I was actually attending WrestleMania. Therefore, the following review will consist of what happened during it and what my perspective was while being in the live audience. There's no move-by-move, but hopefully you'll enjoy the review.
As my girlfriend Ashley and I first got into the Izod Center, I was surprised at the amount of people. It honestly wasn't as many as I was expecting (especially after looking at the line to get in, which we completely bypassed because we had to go buy tickets at another location away from it and that allowed us to get right in afterward). We went by Daniel Bryan's and DDP's sections as they looked packed and decided instead to get a picture with Fandango, who was in a good mood and seemed to be enjoying himself.
Next up was Ted DiBiase Sr, who was equally jovial. A fan ahead of me had the good sense to take a picture of himself holding up $1 bills which Ted laughed at. I gave him my business card (as I planned on marketing Smark Out Moment as much as possible during this trip) and he was receptive. Nice guy.
After that was Howard Finkel who was extremely nice as well, saying it was way too early for anyone to try to Out Think the Fink. He'll be checking with WWE about a possible interview in the future. Really nice guy as well.
We circled around a bit trying to figure out who had a short enough line that we could do something with. I actually ignored a lot of the photo shoots because I figured they wouldn't take my card instead of the signings. Since everyone was pretty packed, I took the opportunity to photograph some of the things inside the arena for you guys to check out.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter had what looked like a short line but eventually packed up. It took absolutely forever since there were a lot of problems with the staff not paying attention and bringing the wrong lines up and such. Their ineptitude resulted in Swagger and Colter leaving before I could get their signings. Swagger looked either annoyed or tired (or both) but Colter was in good spirits.
While we were waiting, we were sitting in the arena itself checking out some of the things they had going on with the ground level. A few matches took place including Sasha Banks vs Audrey Marie, Alex Riley beating Mason Ryan (the crowd popped for Riley and seemed confused that Ryan was still in the company). Michael McGillicutty faced JTG and got a good response when he yelled out "I'm bigger than Corporate". They had a trivia section going on with some of the fans in the crowd. A lot of people were busy doing this Fruity Pebbles ball-pit ring that you could jump into.
They switched out for Brodus Clay, who was a delight. He seems like a really down to Earth, nice, chilled out guy. His response to the business card: "Cool, I'd definitely be down, I love to talk wrestling."
Rikishi was a different story. He didn't seem to be thrilled. Can't win them all.
Damien Sandow was a highlight for sure. He was in character the whole time (down to using a quill pen of some sort and explaining the details behind what it was to the video cameras) but you could tell that he was having fun personally as well. People ate it up when he yelled "silence" naturally. Sandow is another example of someone who was receptive to the business card.
One of the reasons I keep bringing up the reactions to the business cards is because it showcases an aspect of their personality that most fans probably will never get a chance to see. They're always signing autographs for fans and dealing with the ones that want pictures and such, but being propositioned out of the blue with a business opportunity is a different animal. Their positive reactions and total professionalism are things that you guys should keep in mind. They could have easily told me to fuck off or get mad that I was giving them a business card at Axxess, but they didn't.
The positives of Axxess are that you get the opportunity to relax (not as much in my case with business on my mind lol) and meet these guys that we are all fans of, one way or another. The negatives are that you can't possibly do what you want to do with that time limit because of the lines. I tried to maximize my time usage and I still missed out on R-Truth, Cody Rhodes, Kaitlyn, Rosa/Epico/Primo, Wade Barrett, Sika, Daniel Bryan, DDP, X-Pac, the Funkadactyls, Zack Ryder, Sheamus, whomever was in the VIP section, and the little side things to check out. If you get a chance to go and you're a huge wrestling fan, you should check it out, especially if you can go multiple days and really sink your teeth into it.
Let's get into some WrestleMania itself!
Before the Show
While waiting for the doors to open at MetLife Stadium, we tailgated in the parking lot with one of my Smack Talk regulars Mike Paden, so that was a big plus finally meeting up (and getting something to eat, cause at this point I was starving). I tried my best to film some interviews with people out in the parking lot and in line. Lots of great fans out there that were really fun to talk to.
After we sat down, there was essentially nothing happening for a long time. In fact, the 60 minute countdown of the pre-show was pointless. I don't know how it came off on the pay-per-view, but it really felt like they cut stuff from the show because they ran short on time. Why they didn't just use that 45 minute or so during the preshow when nothing happened...I don't know.
Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett vs. The Miz
This was a good match, though it was too short. Right when people were getting into it is when it seemed to end. Lots of pro-Barrett people out there. I was rooting for both.
WINNER (and new Intercontinental Champion): The Miz via submission.
No America the Beautiful. No opening pyro. Everyone was disappointed with that.
The Shield vs. Sheamus, Randy Orton, and Big Show
Crowd was very pro-Shield from what I could hear around me. This was a good match that people were pumped up for as it started the show. The biggest pop had to be when Orton tagged himself in as everyone was expecting something big to happen after that. Lots of confusion when Orton got pinned as everyone thought he had hit the RKO and the spear from Roman Reigns wasn't particularly visible from my area.
WINNERS: The Shield via pinfall.
After the match, Big Show knocks out Sheamus and Randy Orton.
Mark Henry vs. Ryback
This was entertaining but needed more energy. Everyone was waiting for the Shell Shock and when he picked Henry up, people got pumped. It would have meant a lot more if it were later on in the card and it would have actually been successful during the match.
WINNER: Mark Henry via pinfall.
After the match, Ryback picks Mark Henry up and gives him the Shell Shock. Consensus from the crowd was "oh, ok, why didn't they just do that in the match?"
Tag Team Championship: Team Hell No (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
This match picked up the pace and boosted the crowd up. Ziggler and Daniel Bryan were the focal points (as expected). Not many people seemed to be impressed with Big E Langston. Despite Ziggler being perhaps the most over person in the group, people were happy when they lost because they felt that that would help their chances of seeing a cash-in attempt.
WINNERS: Team Hell No via pinfall.
Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
Fandango is so much more over with the crowd that you would have assumed a few months ago. This was one of the most entertaining matches of the night. Both Jericho and Fandango were getting pops from pretty much everyone (rather than a split or something). If I had to give the edge out to anyone, I'd give it to Fandango. Lots of people were excited to see him and wanted him to win so it should be no surprise that when he did win, it was met with a lot of applause. Good match that I was thankful wasn't the squash that I had assumed WWE would do.
WINNER: Fandango via pinfall.
Diddy Musical Performance
I might not have been a fan of it, especially since we didn't get the Tons of Funk match, but I'll admit that it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. They kept it short, which is good. Still...I could have done without it considering the time constraints.
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger
They cut Swagger's entrance. What was the point of driving that...whatever it was...if they weren't going to show it? Everyone in the crowd was confused because they were driving down to the ring and a video package was playing instead. We thought Swagger jumped the gun. Zeb Colter's promo got a good reaction but without a doubt the most over person in this quartet was Ricardo Rodriguez. Yours truly had a lot of fun doing the "Albertooooooooooo" with the rest of the crowd. This was a decent match overall. I didn't expect a Dolph Ziggler cash in but a lot of others were so they were disappointed when the lights went out and it didn't happen.
WINNER: Alberto Del Rio via submission.
Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Once they started setting up for Living Color, everyone was getting antsy. By the way...Undertaker's entrance? FUCKING AWESOME. The crowd was split with CM Punk getting a TON of cheers. In fact, the typical "boo/yeah" section was a mix for both and just sounded like a "buagugh!!" Awesome match and definitely the match of the night.
WINNER: The Undertaker via pinfall.
No Holds Barred: Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
I wasn't the only one that felt as though this was a downgrade. Was it atrocious? No. But the energy dropped down considerably and the people around me chanted "boring". Big pop for HBK, big pop for Lesnar, no real pop for Triple H from the people around me. Everyone wanted to see Triple H lose. "Break his fucking arm again!" was a chant I heard a lot. The botched Pedigree was met with a lot of pessimism as well. They could have done a much better job.
WINNER: Triple H via pinfall.
They brought out the Hall of Fame class. Everyone was cheered except Donald Trump who was met with a chorus of boos.
WWE Championship: The Rock (c) vs. John Cena
Save for the woman next to me and a kid a few rows away, everyone was anti-Cena. The match was ok, not amazing but not awful by any means. It certainly isn't memorable in my mind despite being there. The post celebration with Cena giving Rock the salute? MASSIVE boos. That left a sour taste in a lot of mouths because of how cheesy it was. Everyone was already disappointed that John Cena won the title but that was the cherry on top.
WINNER (and new WWE Champion): John Cena via pinfall.
1. Undertaker vs. CM Punk
2. The spectacle of it all
3. Fandango vs. Chris Jericho
1. No Tons of Funk match
2. No opening pyro; time constraints created problems
3. Ryback's Shell Shock being booked in an underwhelming way (not his fault)
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