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27 minutes ago, Louch said:

Was the undertaker bit definitely Borash, or is he just assumed to have done it? 

A Borash/Prichard joint, I'd wager. But it definitely had the feel of the other Borash stuff.

Obviously we've not seen the other yet, but I went to bed positively salivating about the prospect of a Boneyard/Funhouse crossover match in the future.

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What's not to love about that main event? The entrances, the trash talk, Undertaker wheezing up a storm, magically reappearing behind AJ (accompanied by OTT demonic music), the roof battle, AJ's end and The End. They may have stumbled onto a way of extending The Undertaker's career by 5 years. Had the whiff of an 80s action film and what a film. This should also end any argument against American Bad Ass Taker being the best version of the character - he's a right boring tit without it.

The rest of the show flew in too, which was a genuine surprise because I was expecting to give up an hour in or at least go into skip mode.

The only thing I wasn't into was the Seth Rollins v Kevin Owens match, but even that redeemed itself with that mad dive at the end, which Rollins sold like a champ - even if he will never out-wheeze asthma survivor, The Undertaker.

 

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First wrestlemania in ages. The boneyard match was dreadfully good. I'm curious to see if AJ changes post mania, if not then it ruins it. 

I didn't like the ladder match which many seemed to, seemed flat and a bit off at times. None of the guys came across like they wanted to kick the shit out each other which I feel a ladder match needs. 

The women's tag, Cross almost came across like she was ripping into no fans being there with the clapping and stomping. I think this would have been good with a crowd there. However I don't understand why they didn't retape the finish as it clearly went wrong. 

Baszler vs Lynch started as a hit sprint but the last minute or 2 didn't keep up the pace but still a fine match. 

Zayne vs Brian was just bland, you would expect more from these 2.

I thought Owens vs Rollins was okay but then the last 5 minutes was really good and just felt like a good backstage brawl. 

Title match, well it could have been worse. 

The show wasn't a failure but it didn't click, the effort was there from the wrestlers but I think the show emphasises how much a crowd reaction changes a match just even by reaction of a wrestler walking to the ring. 

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Glad it wasn't just me who loved that main event. I wasn't sure if it was one of those '3am' in the morning feelings where your tired and it was better than it actually was.

Fairplay to Styles, as a character he came across really well too. I just hope the firefly funhouse is just as fun tonight and it wouldn't surprise me if that's the main event tonight to end the show in the same way.

I haven't really watched much build up in the empty arenas so this felt a bit fresh, I did enjoy Bryan/Zayn and Zayn especially talking the whole way through the match made the match for me, still in character and he did it better than most. Owens/Seth not too far behind either. Braun winning was a surprise to me but the match didn't really drag so can let them off on that.

Some very obvious cuts where you knew they had two endings filmed, glad the main event made me forget about that by the end of the show. 

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I want Taker to do a Boneyard match every Mania. Have the crescendo be all his old mania opponents that are still able to make cameos appear to try to take him out. 

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As long as one year it's Taker vs Mil Muertes, I'm surprised Ricky's never stepped foot in the WWE at all before.

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Boneyard match was fantastic, pure spectacle. What I'd love (and obv will never happen) is a release of the alternative deleted scenes from the event since they apparently filmed different outcomes on some matches to protect spoilers leaking. They could even cut an alternative Wrestlemania with the opposite outcomes, just to further cement the bizarro nature of this year's event. Hell, at the end of night two I want Vince to pop up Wayne's World style 'Hahah, can you imagine if that's how things went down? Here's what really happened' wiping to Goldberg and Lesnar both retaining (assuming Drew wins tonight).

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There's a behind the scenes article on WhatCulture noting it was Triple H and Michael Hayes running the show for the Boneyard shoot with a lot of free reign given to Styles and Taker (none of the trash talking was planned originally, was all Styles/Taker).  Either way if was fucking fantastic.  Probably the best thing on a Mania in years. 

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Kind of hoping that after going with western/horror for Undertaker-Styles, they do Cena-Wyatt as full-on slapstick. Ends with Wyatt on roller skates clinging on to the back of a bus and they cut to the front to reveal Cena is driving and it's heading to WrestleMania in Hollywood.

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I just can't get behind the no crowd thing at all. It completely takes me out of the matches to the point that I took very little enjoyment in Rollins/Owens or the Ladder match. The rest of the card was shite anyway. Who opens a Mania with a women's tag? Fucking hell. 
Boneyard Match was ace though, and I was chuffed it was only 3 hours long. Imagine the usual 5 of that.

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I'm in two minds about that being Taker's swan song too.
I'd have been fine with Undertaker having his last arena match v Roman [complete with that ending] and than, as has been said, The Undertaker existing in this kind of parallel universe where people call him out and he wrestles in the Boneyard environment. Agree that he looked fucking bad ass in that though and Sting v Taker in that kind of match would be a great end for both [as has been said]. 

Couldn't buy it as a WrestleMania due to the setting but what really showed was those who have worked the indies extensively in front of different crowds and with different styles [Daniel Bryan, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens etc] and those who haven't [Braun, Goldberg etc]. It's just the little things and the ability to adapt to their surroundings. 

Enjoyed it overall and, as has been said, it didn't drag. WWE take note.

 

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Main event saved Day 1. 


On the plus side it gave me enjoyment before the show as something to look forward to in this Corona mess. I’m also looking forward to tonight. 

However...Overall, it felt like another weekly episode of Smackdown/RAW in an empty arena. It was very underwhelming.

Goldberg looked like my 72 year old dad. Bald with a full grey beard. Not the ‘killer Goldberg’ look they still promote in the posters. Why didn’t he bother to look like his old self somewhat?

I don’t think Becky vs Shayna did them both any favours. Becky is a very awkward wrestler in silence and Shayna’s heat is all gone now. She will never recover from this in my perception. She didn’t win the Rumble when we all believed she would and she didn’t win at Mania when we all believed she would. They completely Samoa Joe’d her now. A dirty win would have elevated Baszler and gave Lynch some sympathy and time to recharge.

I’m expecting a better card for today. I hope Bayley screws Banks and Flair wins the NXT Title. Plus a Drew Edge/win. 

I miss the crowd.

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Matt Hardy on Twitter trying to take credit for the Boneyard Match.  He really is delusional.

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The boneyard match was 100 times better than anything they could have achieved in a traditional mania match. Everything about it helped reinforce that this wasn't a traditional wrestlemania and I loved it; the trash talk, the entrances and the pacing made it better than it had any right to be. Easily the most entertaining Undertaker performance since the Michaels/Triple H matches.

 

I'd be happy to leave that as the ending to his career. No point flogging a dead horse (man) again. 

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