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The biggest issue here was the absence of the WWE Champion.
However we already knew that this would be the case, and so instead of giving the Great One any more criticism, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and reserve judgement on his performance until after his eagerly anticipated return next week.
Regarding the World Heavyweight Title picture though, we finally saw an improvement in the storyline.
Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio’s post-match scuffle added some much-needed intensity to the feud, while the “Real American’s” assault on Ricardo Rodriguez has really made this one personal (despite the fact that Swagger’s xenophobia should have already achieved that).
But I think the best development of the night came from the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar rivalry.
While CM Punk and The Undertaker put together a decent segment, I would have expected the pair to receive more airtime and for The Undertaker to have been better utilized; his three-line promo was effective but somewhat insufficient in my eyes.
Triple H however, was much more involved. His verbal and physical exchange with Paul Heyman was perhaps the highlight of the night, although—and pardon my recurrent pessimism—I think the WWE could have done more with the stipulation.
No Holds Barred is hardly the rarest type of match. The uniqueness of 3 Stages of Hell, I Quit and a Last Man Standing match would have really added to the ‘Mania spectacle, and thus in my opinion would have been better options for Creative to pursue.
On the whole though, how do you think the WWE did in terms of building the four biggest clashes on the WrestleMania card?