As wrestling fans, we all have those memories of the show, wrestler, match, or pay-per-view we ever saw in person or on TV. I started watching wrestling some time in 2010. I can recall Bret Hart and Mr. McMahon feuding on Raw prior to WrestleMania 26. I remember The Nexus attacking John Cena and destroying everything in their path. I also remember The Miz cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship. I started watching wrestling more consistently after that, leading to my first Raw in St. Louis on March 14, 2011.
John Cena faced Alberto Del Rio in the televised main event, which ended in disqualification after The Miz, who was dressed as The Rock, attacked Cena. I knew from that moment that I had to watch WrestleMania 27 to see who would win the main event. In the dark match, the hometown hero Randy Orton teamed with Triple H to beat CM Punk and the new United States Champion Sheamus. The Orton/Punk feud was also another reason I wanted to watch WrestleMania.
April 3rd rolls around and I begged my parents to let me watch it, and they finally let me. WrestleMania 27 was set to be the first wrestling PPV I had ever watched. I was just a typical fan, and had no idea about this IWC. The show started off with The Rock cutting a promo. I immediately didn't like The Rock at the time, because he kept picking on John Cena, who of course was my hero.
The first match saw World Heavyweight Champion Edge defending his title against Royal Rumble winner Alberto Del Rio. I had no idea this was going to be Edge's last match! He was so talented and made for a great World Champion. I naturally hated seeing Del Rio because he was a cheating, sneaky bad guy. My favorite part about all of this was Edge and Christian attacking Del Rio's car after the match. Edge's injury turned out to be a beautiful disaster, as Christian was able to win the World Title just a few weeks later at Extreme Rules.
I didn't watch SmackDown all that much at the time, so I was slightly unfamiliar with some of the storylines that came from the blue brand. One of those stories was between Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes. I understood that Rhodes was injured and was seeking revenge against Mysterio, which made sense. I mentioned Edge's injury was a beautiful disaster, well so was Cody's injury. Rhodes picked up the win over Mysterio in a strong midcard match. This would lead to amazing things for Cody. He went on to win the Intercontinental Championship in August and dropped it at WrestleMania 28 to Big Show.
Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella, and Kofi Kingston beat The Corre in a quick squash match. What ever happened to Vladimir Kozlov?
Next up was one of my favorite matches from the PPV. The Viper Randy Orton was set to face CM Punk. Looking back at it now, it seems though as if it was just thrown together to get both on the card because they didn't have anything else. Punk stated later on in his 2012 documentary that he thought it was bogus that The Miz was WWE Champion, main-eventing WrestleMania against John Cena. Punk felt it should've been him as the number one heel vs. the number one face. However, that wasn't the case. The entire Nexus was banned from ringside, as Orton beat all of them week after week on Raw (I thought that was perfect booking). These two worked a good match that ended with an epic RKO from Orton in the end.
One of the lowest of lows from the show saw Michael Cole "beat" Jerry Lawler. Cole was the most annoying person on TV at the time. At the Raw I was at a few weeks before, there was a segment with Cole, Lawler, Jim Ross, and Lawler's son. I don't know how that segment turned out as I was instantly bored and went to the merchandise stand to buy a Cena shirt. Without Stone Cold Steve Austin as the referee, I'm sure fans would've hated this much more than they already did. Looking at how the feud went now, I wish Lawler would've picked up the win and the feud would've ended there.
Finally we got to one of the main events pitting Triple H against The Undertaker. Triple H had an amazing entrance. This was a very physical match that resulted in Undertaker's streak extending to 19-0. There was lots of emphasis on Triple H walking away, while The Dead Man had to be helped out of the arena. This ultimately set up End of an Era at WrestleMania 28.
Another one of my favorite parts of WrestleMania 27 was seeing John Morrison in action. He was one of my favorite wrestlers, second only to Orton. Morrison barely worked the match, but he teamed with Trish Stratus and Snooki to beat Dolph Ziggler and LayCool.
I naturally hated The Miz because he was a heel, and didn't realize how many people legitimately disliked him. The Miz and Cena had a decent main event bout, that first resulted in a draw. The Rock came out, announced a rematch, and then screwed Cena of winning it when he hit Cena with a Rock Bottom.
Over the last few years, as I became a member of the IWC, I was shocked to hear that people thought WrestleMania 27 was one of the worst in history. I loved it, as it was my very first PPV, my very first WrestleMania. I watched it again on the WWE Network this week, and realized that it really wasn't all that incredible. In fact, this WrestleMania really just set up WrestleMania 28, which featured The Rock vs. John Cena, and Triple H vs. Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell.
WrestleMania 27 may not of been very historical, but it still has a special place in my heart. What were your initial thoughts on WrestleMania 27. Feel free to let me know in the comment area below. You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24.