Any wrestling fan knows that major matches at pay-per-views get an unwritten license to feature more heroic and over-the-top sequences.
It is part of what is designed to separate matches on weekly shows from pay-per-view battles.
The Rock and John Cena's WWE championship clash at WrestleMania 29 abused this license. There were too many kick-outs from finishing maneuvers, and a nauseating amount of reversals.
It's not good to make it appear to fans that finishing moves don't matter in a match. After the umpteenth kick-out, the Rock Bottom seemed like a body slam.
The proper way to incorporate epic kickouts or reversals was exhibited in the Undertaker's brawl with CM Punk.
When Punk kicked out of the Tombstone piledriver, it was thrilling, but most importantly, it didn't happen more than once. The sequence that ended Punk and Taker's match was a well-designed and practical stream of reversals.
When Taker finally planted Punk with the decisive Tombstone, I felt satisfied with the ending.
When Cena pinned The Rock, I find myself saying "finally," and not in the electrifying way the Great One genuinely utters the phrase.
I was just happy to see it finally end.
It didn't help that the match followed Taker vs.Punk or Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar—which was also superior in every way. But even without the hard-act-to-follow excuse, this main event was poorly designed.
The only hope this match had was to add a controversial ending.
A scripted controversy that the fans were allowed to be in on would have been ideal.
Instead this was a bland whirlwind of two-counts and reversals that only succeeded in making me yawn.
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