Death of Wrestling: Wrestlemania

Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

I am a wrestling fan; a fan that likes to mark out to great storylines, booking and matches. So naturally around Wrestlemania time I become like a kid at Christmas. This Wrestlemania was a particularly special one because a group of us who barely even knew each other all got together to watch it in honour of our fallen friend – may he rest in peace…

In fact, it was that fallen friend who organized a trip to NYC to watch Wrestlemania XX that was headlined by he who cannot be named. We spent well over a £1000 of our hard earned money to travel all the way from across the pond to see the showcase of the immortals and… just like Wrestlemania XXIX… I was left with a sour taste in my mouth…

Don’t get me wrong… I don’t regret the trip, and if asked to spend £1000 again knowing what I know now about the way the card would materialise – I’d pay it again in a heartbeat. I mean it’s Wrestlemania, man, it’s worth the money – it’s just I wish it had been a little bit better. I wish it had been Wrestlemania XVII, or XII or X… There are others but they are the ones that sprang to mind!

My problem with XXIX is that it lacked the true Wrestlemania moment. Nobody was screwed out of the title for pushing a referee ala X, none of the matches were forever etched in our minds by being restarted to ensure a victor ala XII and nobody turned heel ala XVII.

Is this blog a long winded attempt by a smark to rag on John Cena for not turning heal? No. I know Cena isn’t turning heel anytime soon – not until the WWE can find a marketing machine to replace his lost revenue. I know that wrestling is a business and the more money it makes, the better it is for everyone – so for that reason I don’t want Cena turning heel to satisfy a few internet bods who take great pleasure in booing him anyway. This blog is a long winded attempt to say that Wrestlemania seemed like a subpar PPV that we were just supposed to like because it’s Mania.

The Rock and Cena had a Raw quality match with no twists, turns or surprises – and just like Cena himself joked about on Raw: this ‘Once in a Lifetime’ match is destined to be a best of three. I just didn’t care enough about the match Brock and HHH had about 6 months ago, so why would I care about this one? Maybe if Steph had been thrown in to the mix it might have at least seemed Mania worthy… I marked out for CM Punk and Undertaker, but that is mostly because I like CM Punk. The outcome of this match was set in stone and this may be against the status quo, but I am growing tired of these streak matches at Mania. The Miz won (in a preshow match) but then just lost it again the next night on Raw (definition of a filler match anyone). Team Hell No and Ziggler/Big E had that pointless match that I was talking about. Neither team care about the tag title, which is such a waste of the division, and they only wrestled so they all had a spot on the card. The mixed tag team was nixed, presumably to give time to Diddy, and as seen on Raw, at least that match would have been a lot of fun. Fandango/Jericho was OK, Jericho carried him well, but it could have been so much better if that feud wasn’t kicked off two weeks ago. Mania should be about the culmination of feuds, not the catalyst. I gotta say that I believe in the Shield. ADR and Swagger was pointless too. The WWE was never going to let a racist win on their biggest PPV of the year and without the cash in, as seen on Raw, who really cared about this match?

You’ll notice that I’ve mentioned Raw a few times and that is because, in my opinion, Raw was the show that Mania should have been – admittedly the hyped crowd help make it that bit more special. Do I think that a bad Wrestlemania will lead to the DOW? Not necessarily, but I do think a free show the day after the most expensive PPV they showcase that was better than said PPV might be. Everyone knows that PPV is the real cash cow for companies like this. The UFC in recent memory has proven this. Hell, Invicta FC is taking it’s time finding a TV deal and surviving on internet only PPV revenue. So if people stop buying PPVs because they know that Raw is better and free… then the WWE will be in trouble.

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…