WrestleMania 29 has come and gone. The Superstars have walked up the ramp back into the locker room, the lights will soon go out at MetLife Stadium and fans are starting to make their way home. As we reset our countdowns for WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans, let's take a moment to reflect on a WrestleMania that didn't exactly live up to the hype.
WrestleMania 29 had a couple solid matches and some good individual performances, but what stood out even more were the poor individual performances, a few in particular.
I'll just group these two together to make this easier. This match was bad. Ryback and Mark Henry did what I imagine two angry, tranquilized bears would do if they decided to put on singlets and fight. They just kind of stumbled around the ring, tossing in a few punches and slams (emphasis on few) until Henry fell on Ryback so hard that he lost.
While Ryback did pull off a Shellshock after the match, that wasn't enough for these two to redeem themselves. They both looked slow and sloppy throughout and produced something that hardly looked like a Smackdown match, let alone a WrestleMania match.
These two were supposed to have an epic, monstrous big man confrontation. Instead, they looked like two big guys who didn't know what to do in the ring.
Fandango should stick to dancing. He managed to look exceptionally green in the ring with one of the best in the business at putting people over, Chris Jericho. Fandango and Jericho hit a few decent spots but really looked out of sync and had quite a few sloppy transitions.
Heck, by the look of things, they couldn't even get the ending right. It looked like Fandango was supposed to catch Jericho with his knees on Y2J's lionsault attempt, but instead Jericho went too far and crawled over Fandango, who then rolled him up for the 1-2-3.
Jericho is one of the best WrestleMania performers of all time. He's had some epic matches on the WWE's biggest stage, but this one won't be remembered for how good he looked. Instead, fans will remember this one for how sloppy Fandango looked in the ring during his WWE debut.
John Cena is great at playing his part and is decent in the ring, but he didn't show it during his match against The Rock at WrestleMania 29. Cena, shockingly, stuck to his usual five or six moves and no-sold a number of The Rock's strikes, including one of the big People's Elbow spots.
Maybe The Rock has a little ring rust, maybe it's nerves, maybe I just don't like Cena. Say what you will, but Cena didn't look like the Cena we've all come to know and love...or hate. Cena spent a lot of the match standing around and waiting for the next Rock Bottom to shake off or counter. Cena usually manages to look pretty good in the ring. We all saw the match he had with Punk a few weeks back on Raw, the dude can roll. He just wasn't on at Mania.
Cena didn't look at the top of his game tonight and, combined with a lackluster overall match with The Rock, it made for a disappointing main event at the WWE's biggest show of the year.