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Weekly Rundown: Special WrestleMania edition

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Pre-PPV predictions (written up prior to the PPV's airing):

Tag Team Titles match: Colonz - no reason for them to drop the titles on a dark match.

Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy for control over both brands: Team Johnny - There would be zero interest moving forward if Teddy is the GM.

Intercontinental Championship match between Big Show and Cody Rhodes: Show - Considering the way this match has been built, there's no way Show loses in any fashion. Maybe he'll win by DQ, but he'll win.

Kane vs. Orton: Kane - Kane is losing momentum fast, and losing here would really be the death of his momentum. I see him winning and the feud continuing until the blow-off at Extreme Rules with Orton going out on top.

World Heavyweight Championship Match between Daniel Bryan and Sheamus: Sheamus - considering how Sheamus has been chasing and gaining momentum, I just do not see him losing here.

WWE Championship Match between CM Punk and Chris Jericho: CM Punk - This was a tough prediction to make, but considering I already predicted two potential title changes, and considering Punk's momentum I'm going with Punk here.

End of an Era match between The Undertaker and Triple H w/ Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels: Undertaker - Pretty obvious pick here.

Once in a lifetime match between John Cena and The Rock: John Cena - I don't see the benefit in putting The Rock over in this match.

Post PPV results:

8-1, not bad. Not bad at all. I appologize for this coming AFTER the PPV, and starting from Extreme Rules I will post my predictions BEFORE the PPV airs. As for my reactions to the PPV, you can read pretty much my immediate reactions below, as I cover this past week's RAW and WrestleMania, seeing how there was no real Smackdown this week.

This blog reflects my subjective views and nothing more - It is by no means objective. If you disagree – which is encouraged – feel free to voice your opinion (in a civil manner) in the comments section. Let's get some healthy debates going. Also, I am always open to constructive criticism of the writing format, phrasing, etc. Feel free to do your own rundown via the comment section in the future (writing little notes as you watch the shows could be very engaging and fun – give it a try and tell us via the comment section what you wound up with)

 Hello everyone and welcome back to the Weekly Rundown. This is your feature where you can read my thoughts of the week that was in professional wrestling – most specifically WWE (as these will be a lot longer, and more negative if I wrote up… or at all watched Impact Wrestling). So without further ado, let's get to the action with the Constants:

+ Daniel Bryan, Drew McIntyre, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and Wade Barrett are the future of WWE – they are all total packages, both in the ring and on the mic.

+ WWE's video packages.

+ AJ, forever and always. This also leads nicely into:

- Matt "The Choice" Andrews. It's a shame, really. I could like Matt… If only he'd leave AJ alone.

- The way announcing currently is in the WWE. In fact, the only announcer I can stand right now is Josh Mathews.

- Aksana's cliché role that doesn't seem to be really going anywhere.

- The way Divas are handled

And with that out of the way, let's get to this week's Posits!


+ *philosophy alert* While it wasn't very apparent on RAW specifically, it dawned on me during RAW how much of a tragic turn Kane's character has taken. He is a person ashamed of his humanity and trying desperately to run away from it, by any means. This fear of weakness is, in a way, exactly what he was preaching Cena to abandon, but from the opposite perspective. Cena is afraid of the dark side of mortality and humanity, while Kane is afraid of the compassionate side of mortality and humanity.

+ Needless to say the End of an Era video package was spectacular.

+ Punk's reaction toJerichowas intense in a very good way. Though, being a legally-defined bastard myself, it's not that big of a deal. I'd assume Punk's reaction was more toJericho's attempts at unveiling dirty laundry that isn't really there more than to the actual reveal.

+ I really liked how they talked up Hawkins in his match against Clay. That way you put both men over, though one relatively more than the other.

+ I LOLed during Khali vs. Henry, wouldn't book it any different.

+ The ending promo was what it needed to be – both men were on equal playing grounds. No one one-upped the other, and that's exactly what it needs to be before WrestleMania.


+ Maria/Kelly vs. Beth/Eve wasn't half bad.

+ JR calling the End of an Era match was a brilliant choice. Not to mention the match itself was the best psychological match I have ever seen. Notice how Cole stopped talking halfway through the match to allow JR and King to call it like it should be called. And what a beautiful scene post-match. One final plus for that match, the video packages andHOFinductees after it was the right choice to allow the crowd a breather after the emotionally exhausting match.

+ The main events were all amazing; Cena vs. Rock told a great story of oneupsmanship, 'Taker vs. HHH was the absolutely best psychological match I have ever witnessed, Punk vs. Jericho was great for purists (though in making an epic match, hitting moves to the best of one's ability is hardly a factor – look at every great 'Taker Mania match from the past 8 years, they all had a ridiculous amount of botches that took nothing away from the match), and Bryan vs. Sheamus…. Well, 3 out of 4. (see first Neg and Richard Reacts to Wrestlemania for more on that)

Now - no more Mr. Nice Guy. It's time fore the Negs!


- Sheamus' timing on deciding to go up top for the flying shoulder tackle on Kane was horrible. The whole move looked bad and contrived without any proper legitimacy in him both going to the top rope as well as hitting the move successfully. It's like John Morrison all over again.


- So Sheamus & Bryan almost got bumped off the card again… This drives home my point of the Rumble winner "main eventing" 'Mania. Not to mention that match was 18 seconds long! WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?! A 'Mania MAIN EVENT lasts 18 seconds?! That's unheard of! This is beyond a travesty and the absolute worst WM moment of all time in my eyes. I can't stress enough how much this ruined my 'Mania experience.

- Boy, was the 'Mania set ugly in comparison to recent years…

- Taker's short Mohawk is too human for the Deadman's hair.

- Funkasaurus at 'Mania was…. Well, um… Time that could've went to Sheamus vs.Bryan, honestly.

- The rap performances took away from Cena vs. Rock, atmosphere-wise.

And all that's left is the Queschies:

? You would have to excuse me, as I was not around all week to read news, but if Christian really is injured again that is a huge Neg. That said, McIntyre taking his spot is about the best scenario I can think of out of this horrible situation.

? "The debate between Brie and Nikki showed exactly what is wrong with the teams match at 'Mania. Khali and Santino as highlights vs. 5 FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS. A different issue is that the only person NOT a former world champion on the team (not taking into account Christian being out of the match) is the team CAPTAIN!" that was originally slated to be a Neg. However, with Drew replacing Christian and Booker being the final member of team Teddy the teams look much more even now. The captains being the captains is still an abomination, though.

? Slater calling Flo RidaFloridahad me rolling. The rest of the segment was awkward at best, although it was necessary following Taker vs. HHH.

Wrestlemania was so close to perfection, if it wasn't for the abysmal booking decision in regards to the opener which took away from the entire undercard for many of us (everyone I have spoken to, in any case). The rest of the card was good to great to amazing, but the opener just sucked the life out of everyone for half the show.

That's it for this week, be sure to tune back next week for another Rundown, and hopefully in two weeks I'll have the latest Landau Landscape ready and up.

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