The Good, The Bad and The Unsatisfying of Wrestlemania 25

Mark PareCorrespondent IIMarch 26, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 9:  WWE wrestlers (L-R) Ric Flair, Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, Stacy Kiebler & Miss Jackie attend the New York Knicks v Boston Celtics  NBA game March 9, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.   (Photo by Ray Amati/Getty Images)

On April 5th, Reliant Stadium will play host to the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania and the event is coming together smoothly.

The main event of the evening will see the WWE Champion Triple H (Paul Levesque) defending against 2009 Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton and the build up has been spectacular.

It has a real-life approach that a lot of people can relate to. The rivalry is centred around Levesque's rage towards Orton for attacking Stephanie McMahon, the champion's wife. 

McMahon's interaction in the feud has been small, yet effective and has sold everything coming her way. There was also a home invasion, something we haven't seen in a long time. This should be an exciting bout and with talks of making it a no DQ match, we should see tons of blood and violence.

Another great match that has great build up is Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker.  Two ring veterans that have had five-star matches in the past (see Bad Blood 1997—debut of Hell in a Cell).

The obvious story is the undefeated streak of "The Phenom", a streak that is currently at 16-0. However, Michaels doesn't seem phased by it. 

Mr. WrestleMania doesn't have a great record at the event but has notable wins, including last year's historic win over Ric Flair, one that sent the 16-time world champion into retirement as well as the WrestleMania 22 Street Fight against Vince McMahon.

The two will be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday, but for this night, two of the best will duke it out.  Will "The Deadman" add HBK to his long list of WM victims or will "The Showstopper" shine again and solidify his claim to the title of Mr. WrestleMania.

Chris Jericho will face a legend at the event—at least, that is how it was originially planned.  Now, the 2008 Slammy Award winner for "Superstar of the Year" will face three legends in the same match.

The build up was great but the payoff has been sub par. Negotiations with Hulk Hogan broke down and Stone Cold doesn't want to wrestle anymore so the Creative Team scrambled and came up with a handicap match. 

Something that wasn't ideal to them before but we will see what happens at WM and with Ric Flair in the corner of the legends and a possible appearance by "The Wrestler" star Mickey Rourke, this match can become unpredictable.

Another match on the card is the World Heavyweight Title defended.  Edge defends against The Big Show and John Cena. Cena was a candidate for a one-on-one encounter with Hogan but when negotiations broke down, he was thrown into this match. 

Edge and Big Show were originally supposed to have a one-on-one match with the storyline being Edge's (storyline) wife, Vickie Guererro, cheating on him for Big Show.  The scenario feels unrealistic and with two world-class wrestlers involved, this'll hurt them more than save them. We will have to see what happens at WrestleMania and hopefully the payoff is satisfying.

Other matches include JBL defending the Intercontinental Title against Rey Mysterio, a 25-Diva Battle Royal and the always exciting Money in the Bank ladder match.

WrestleMania 25 will be available on Pay-Per-View and your local Famous Players or Galaxy Cinema at 7pm on Sunday, April 5.