Wrestlemania XX was the first WWE event I have seen for nearly two years.And it feels good to be back!So, from the POV of a casual fan:First of all, regardless of how good the wrestling was, the whole spectacle of Wrestlemania and the WWE in general is just fucking amazing. The fireworks at the start, Jim Ross and The King welcoming us at the top of their voices, the roaring crowd, and then the emotional intro-video and the National Anthem - it just sent shivers down my back. I wished I was there.Whilst I was reminded that the WWE know "how to party", I was also reminded about the reason I haven't been as keen to watch it recently. The Brock/Goldberg match was the worst match I have seen ever. I have never liked Brock, and I sincerely hope his NFL trial is successful. Most of the wrestling was pretty diabolical. The Womens' matches were poor, except for the Playboy Evening Gown Match which was just fine
. Also, I'm not sure if this was a one-off, but it seemed that the trend that caught on, just before I stopped watching, where it took several attempts at a finisher to pin somebody, has now been stopped in its tracks. Excellent! Finally a finisher means something!The Big Show was, and still is, shit. But Cena was quite sweet, I thought. I was particularly impressed when he seemed to carry the Big Slow on his shoulders without so much as a wobble of the leg. The Evolution interview was the first time I had seen those guys together, and I was really pleased with their whole gimmick. I'm a fan of strong gimmicks, and ones where the stars are comsistent and convincing - and that, they were.The Raw Tag Match. What? Did I miss something?What the hell has happened to the Coach?!
I thought the Jericho/Christian match was sloppy, but the psychology was relatively good. I liked watching the video about the story building up to the match. I didn't see too much of that story come into their match though, except in the Trish bit of course. Which I thought was pretty poorly done. But I do think that Jericho and Christian have good chemistry together.Argh! I was, at first, excited to see the Rock and Sock connection. But when we realised they were going to job, I stopped being excited and just cringed. The whole match was sloppy and tacky, and Mick Foley and the Rock just didn't come across as hard-hitting as they usually are. The Rock's promo before was silly, talk about "play it up".I was a little mythed by the Legends ceremony. Is that the first time they've done that? It just seemed like they were pulling everything out of the bag to fill the card.I was pleased to see Rikishi back to the way I remembered him. Although, it was still painful to watch - nothing can compare to when the chubby little fellow first made his debut as Rikishi and was suplexing and kicking everyone to kingdom-come. The Stink-face thing is just shit. (Pardon the pun). The attractive thing about Rikishi when he first arrived was that, here was a fat sumo-nesian who can kick and suplex like the best of them, psychology-it like the best powerhouses...and dance. Now he hobbles around and does a Stink-face. Blah.The Molly/Victoria match was very hot, but very shit. And the hair-cutting thing was poor. Was I the only one who wanted to slap the poor-acting "skills" off of the Barber's face?I was surprised to see Eddie in such a strong position so soon after FWA Revival!! (Hey, I know that was a long time ago, but I've been deprived, ok!). He was red-hot, as was Angle. I loved this match. Some good ol' psychology, although I would liked to have seen a more varied pace in the match.THE UNDERTAKER! This was the reason I watched WM this year - to see his return! I had no idea about the Buried Alive match and the angle with Kane. I wish I hadn't missed it. Undertaker is one of my idols, so I mark for him BIG time. I have to say, on a side-note, that Kane is very convincing without the mask, which is a surprise for me. I thought he played the delusional/retard character well. However, when then lights went out and we heard Paul Bearer speak, I creamed my little pants. I was jumping in the air like the 10 year old I once was. Amazing entrance, but the Taker's costume kinda sucked. Hmm, maybe it is the right way to go - the mix between old school and new school. But imagine how much BETTER that entrance would have been if he'd had the long, wet hair, the gloves and the massive cloak. Good God, I would have creamed myself twice in the space of five minutes. I guess there will be more to see with this new angle. I just hope the Taker keeps most of his old-school gimmick. I liked the match, but it was hardly up to the same standard as the legendary Taker/Kane matches. I'm really glad he used the Tombstone to finish him, that was awesome. How long will it be till he drops the move though
.I'm off to watch the main event (on tape) - really looking forward to it...