The Five-Count is back after a two-week break for this special WrestleMania review! I was really excited for the big show, despite what other fans thought. In the end, this year's WrestleMania managed to exceed my expectations. So let's get started, shall we?
Star of the Night: Seth Rollins
I don't think there is anyone more deserving of this spot than the one and only Seth Rollins. Seth has proven to us over the last few years during his time in WWE that he is one of the best performers in the company. He once again proved that to be true during his amazing match with Randy Orton. I won't go too much into my thoughts on the match until the next paragraph. Because I'm a Seth Rollins mark, I tend to predict he will go over in most matches, but his match against Orton was one of those exceptions. I thought Orton had to go over, and I honestly would've been disappointed had Rollins went over. Orton won, as most of us had predicted, but the night wasn't over yet. Seth Rollins finally cashed in his Money in the Bank to win his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship! (To read more on my joy from the fantastic ending, click here!)
Match of the Night: Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
There were several good to great matches at WrestleMania; not one really left me feeling very disappointed. Before this particular match was even over, I just kept thinking "this is awesome." The ring work was so excellently executed, and we saw some unique moves we don't see every week from both of them. J&J Security didn't interfere that much at all, so that was a plus. The ending was fantastic, too! I've seen some pretty awesome RKO's since I've been a fan, but I have to say that the big one to finish off Rollins was THE best RKO I've ever seen!
The Highlight: Everyone Looks Strong In The End
Most of the buzz around WrestleMania was about the booking of Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns. Lesnar finally did re-sign, which made the finish just a bit more unpredictable. Roman Reigns had the rocket strapped to him, but a portion of the WWE fans did not want to accept that. It was a lose-lose situation in my eyes. I wanted to see Roman Reigns get the belt, despite what the haters thought. Brock Lesnar isn't my favorite person in the world, and I absolutely did not want to see him walk away with the win. WWE did what a majority of us had hoped for, and that was to pull the trigger on Seth Rollins. Before the match could even end, Rollins interrupted, cashed in, and won the triple threat match to win the World Title. What did this accomplish? Brock Lesnar didn't get pinned, so that "rub" from beating The Undertaker is still there and he still looks like an unstoppable beast. Roman Reigns being pinned after getting back up from everything Lesnar threw at him allows for a feud to develop between the former Shield members. And finally, Seth Rollins winning the WWE Title opens up fresh feuds and matches for the next several pay-per-views. I think that, because of the way WrestleMania ended, a lot of fans were happier with the show than they originally thought.
The Lowlight: Big Show Steals Sandow's Thunder
Let me state this - I have no problem with Big Show, whatsoever. I think he's a guy that has obviously been here for a long time, has paid his dues, has received main event pushes, and can still perform at a top level. Show has been around for about twenty years now. He's never won a battle royal, so WWE chooses to have him go over when other up and coming talents like Ryback or Damien Sandow could. What made it feel worse was Show eliminated the fan-favorite Sandow to win. I haven't read that anyone was happy about Show winning. In my opinion, his win was highly forgettable, and it should've gone to someone else.
Talking Point: The Divas Were Given A Chance
There are times that I really get into wrestling, and I tend to yell at the TV when I want someone to win that bad I surprised myself when I realized I was yelling at the TV during a Divas match! I like women's wrestling, because it's cool to see they can do what the guys can, and sometimes better. With the whole trend that has been going on through social media, I wanted AJ, Paige, and The Bella Twins to show what WWE Divas are made of. After re-watching the match, I realized it really wasn't anything more than something you could see on Raw, but it was a good match. I was so happy to see AJ and Paige receive that special WrestleMania moment with their win. With it being one of AJ's final matches, I was satisfied. AJ retiring truly is a loss for the Divas division.
WrestleMania 31 was absolutely a success in many ways. With that being said, business isn't slow down, as Extreme Rules is on the horizon. I'm excited to see what's next for WWE's stars at the next pay-per-views leading up to SummerSlam. So, what did you think of WrestleMania and my thoughts on the show? Sound off below in the comments section!
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