WrestleMania 34: Did it live up to the hype?
This year’s WrestleMania was held in New Orleans and featured a Mardi Gras theme. It also left me feeling like what I imagine your average first-time Mardi Gras attendee feels like: kind of happy, but mostly confused.
Let’s start with the happy parts, shall we? The pre-show heralded the return of Bray Wyatt. The Eater of Worlds hadn’t been seen since the Ultimate Deletion match with Matt Hardy. His return (as an ally of Hardy, no less) was welcome and brought new life into a character that wasn’t being utilized as well as he should have. The Intercontinental Title match was a 3-way match between Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and The Miz. As a Raw fan, I’m a bit biased here, but this match set the bar pretty high for the rest of the show. The fast-paced action that ended with Rollins winning the title and becoming a grand-slam champ was beautifully executed. The WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Shinuske Nakamura was a dream match that lived up to the hype. From the amazing technical skills of both Superstars to the heel turn at the end, it was definitely…phenomenal. Also worth mentioning were the return of Daniel Bryan and the debut of MMA fighter Rhonda Rousey. While Dan’s tag match with Shane was, for the most part, predictable, it was still great to see the ultimate underdog back in the ring. I will admit that Rousey surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much, but her debut was impressive, showing off her speed and technical skill. How she’ll fare on a weekly basis remains to be seen though.
Now to the confusing parts. The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman beat the reigning Raw tag champs The Bar. His partner? A 10-year old. Yes, you read that right. Why they would book one of their most dominant and well-loved superstars in a comedy match is beyond me. The biggest confusion for me, however, was the main event of the evening. Brock Lesnar beating Roman Reigns was just plain confusing. I’m really sick and tired of seeing Lesnar show up and prance around a bit while Paul Hayman extolls his virtues. All WWE did with that booking was kill the push that they were trying to give Reigns.
All in all, I’d have to give this ‘Mania a 6/10 at most.