Sunday night, World Wrestling Entertainment presented its best pay-per-view offering since last August's SummerSlam.
It was an event that successfully combined the pomp and circumstance of WrestleMania with two tremendous in-ring efforts from Daniel Bryan, an outstanding story involving John Cena and Bray Wyatt and one of the most shocking moments in professional wrestling history.
Not everything was absolutely perfect, however. As is the case with any event, there were a few booking decisions that caused fans to scratch their heads and contemplate whether or not they were truly in the best interest of the stories, the matches and legacies of those involved.
Here is a look at a few of those decisions.
Ending the Streak
The wrestling world stopped suddenly Sunday night in reaction to the improbable, impossible win by Brock Lesnar over the greatest legend in WWE history, the Undertaker.
An eerie silence fell over the Superdome as Lesnar and Paul Heyman made their way to the locker room. The looks on the faces of the WWE fans told the story. There were tears in the eyes of some and looks of sheer disbelief from others. As Undertaker struggled to his feet, it became clear that, like it or not, the world had witnessed the end of an era.
Whether it was the right decision or not is a difficult question to answer.
On one hand, if Undertaker himself decided it was time to go out and do so by losing to Lesnar, thus ending the fabled streak, one can hardly fault him. After everything he's done for the business and, more importantly, for Vince McMahon's company, he's earned the right to both end the streak and leave the industry the way he sees fit if his bout with Lesnar really was his final match.
On the other hand, the streak was a major draw for WrestleMania. Every year, casual fans return to WWE programming to see who will be the next star to step up and challenge Undertaker on the grand stage. With that creative crutch gone, there will be less security for the company when it comes to booking future 'Mania events. Instead of relying on that one consistent, WWE will have to work to develop and execute its own fresh new storylines if it wants to drive in viewers.
The fact that the most important victory in WrestleMania history was awarded to a part-time performer like Lesnar also makes one wonder whether or not the company could have been better served to have a more reliable, full-time performer knock off the Deadman and have that bragging right for the remainder of that Superstar's career.
While the decision ultimately lied with Mark Calaway, one cannot help but wonder if it was the right time, against the right opponent.
John Cena wins
Bray Wyatt did not need a victory over John Cena to be elevated at WrestleMania. What he needed was a great performance in the biggest match of his career, and for the most part, he delivered just that.
The match did not adhere to the normal formula utilized by most Superstars, instead focusing heavily on story. Wyatt had Cena flustered on several occasions and nearly defeated the Cenation leader a couple of times. He looked strong and, prior to the finish, had made an incredible impression on the audience.
Unfortunately, WWE picked the biggest event of the year and one of the most anticipated matches on the card to remind its fans that Cena is the company's answer to Superman.
Cena fought off both Erick Rowan and Luke Harper by himself, then fell Wyatt with the Attitude Adjustment to secure the win.
Again, there was nothing wrong with Cena winning, as long as it still managed to benefit Wyatt. Instead, WWE paid off one of its more original stories in recent memory with the same tired Cena formula that fans grew tired of eight years ago, leaving many to wonder what kind of threat Wyatt really is when one man fended off the entire Family Sunday night.
A really poor booking decision that did more harm than good.
Divas Title Invitational
The moment Vickie Guerrero announced the Divas Championship match for WrestleMania, most realized that the idea of 14 women competing in a single-fall match was probably a bad idea.
That proved to be the case, as the Divas rushed to get their signature spots in, ruining what should have been an intriguing story centering on AJ Lee attempting to retain her title at all costs.
The fact that the match occurred moments after Undertaker's legendary streak came to an end and the crowd was completely deflated did not help matters at all.
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