Please don’t forget to listen to my WrestleMania 31 recap.
Now that 6 days has passed since WrestleMania 31. Although the hype was not the best, it set for low expectations and they super seeded expectations (if that’s even a term).
From top to bottom, WWE proved why WrestleMania is still the premiere event in Sports Entertainment.
A lot has happened this week. We found out that Seth Rollins decision to win title did not occur until Rock/Rousey segment day of WrestleMania.
How did that make Roman Reigns and his family feel? Not good of course but he was a great sport and surprisedly put on a great match with Brock Lesnar.
Many of my friends and relatives were asking me if WrestleMania 31 was the greatest of all time? You ask everyone and they have their own opinions on what is considered the greatest of all time. Although I was there live, I wanted to see it on TV to listen to commentary and also to review anything I missed before ranking any WrestleMania.
In the end, this WrestleMania to me is at least in the top 5 of all time. Here are the manias that it did not beat:
1) WrestleMania 17, 2001:
What can I say? I was there live in the Astrodome and the overall consensus is that this is the greatest of all time. Why? Hype leading into it was excellent. WCW and ECW had just shut down. The WWE had won the Monday Night Wars. On top of that, excellent hype/build between Rock vs Austin 2, Undertaker vs Triple H 2, Father vs Son (McMahon vs McMahon) and one of my greatest matches in WrestleMania history, Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit. How can I also forget TLC 2 between Dudleys vs Hardys vs Edge & Christian. Rhyno, Lita even make an appearance in this matchup. Spear off ladder, Tables, Ladders & Chair oh my! WrestleMania was good. Not this good.
2) WrestleMania 3, 1987
The biggest gamble up to date. Over 93,000 fans filled up the silverdome in Pontiac Michigan to witness the passing of the torch between Andre the Giant vs Hulk Hogan. On top of that, Ricky Steamboat vs Macho Man Randy Savage stole the show for the Intercontinental Championship. It is still in my opinion the greatest match in WrestleMania history. The only match that rivals with it is Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker 1 at WrestleMania 25. Although card was better for WrestleMania 31, for it’s time and what It accomplished in filling Pontiac Silverdome is less than 2 months. Tough to do even today.
3) WrestleMania 19, 2003.
Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship. Brock hits it sloppy but he does it, a SHOOTING STAR PRESS! What a match. Rock vs Austin 3, Hogan vs McMahon 20 years in the making, Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels (show stealer) and Booker T vs Triple H want terrible for World Heavyweight Championship. Card was stacked. Great build leading into it. Sorry WrestleMania 31, it doesn’t rival that.
4) WrestleMania 20, 2004 Where it all begins again. This was the first time that both World Heavyweight Championship and WWE Championship had awesome contests.
Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels for World Heavyweight Championship (one of best Triple Threats ever). Eddie Guerrero vs Kurt Angle was an excellent WWE Championship match. We also had the return of the deadman gimmick for the Undertaker vs Kane. Also, the Rock n Sock Connection squared off versus Evolution. John Cena won the United States Championship for the first time when he defeated the Big Show. 20 years in the making. Too much build and it delivered. The only drawback was we had Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg but the crowd was all over that because the fans knew that it was both of their last matches in WWE.
(At least at the time for Lesnar).
Goldberg has not returned since.
5) WrestleMania 31.
Congratulations on making the top 5.
Congratulations to those involved.
Solid booking from Tag Team title match on pre-show to Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. At first I didn’t like the Skylar Grey and Kid Ink performances. However, like the Super Bowl, the performance during the halftime show breaks up the action and let’s the fans regroup. So I understood it from that standpoint.
It is sad that Ronda Rousey is just a one time deal. She has the “it” factor. Legitimate bad ass, Olympic Medalist, current UFC Bantamweight Champion, Movie Star, Sex Appeal (A promoter’s dream). As they say in wrestling, never say never !
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