The Ultimate Warrior passes
Mere days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, appearing at WrestleMania 30 and returning to Raw for the first time in 18 years, Warrior passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 54. It was a shocking and saddening turn of events, and as a huge fan of him, I was very upset upon hearing the news.
On the bright side, he went out on the highest note possible and left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. I'll always believe.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
I enjoyed the build to this match more than any other on the card (with the exception of Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H) and had high hopes for the in-ring action. While they told a solid story during the bout, it wasn't the one that this feud was built around going into the event. It felt like it came out of nowhere.
I'm not the typical anti-Cena fan who will claim he "buried" Wyatt by beating him, but still, what was the point in Cena going over here? He gained nothing from the victory, whereas Wyatt had everything to gain. They recovered from this nicely on Raw and SmackDown, but the 'Mania bout didn't meet my lofty expectations.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
First, let me say that while I'm among the majority of fans who believe the streak should have never ended, I'm fine with it. I actually think WrestleMania wouldn't have been as memorable as it was as a whole had Undertaker won here, especially after that match. The shock value was tremendous, but that's not why this in the Low Points column.
It's here because the match was slow, plodding and just downright boring. It wasn't terrible by any means, but it certainly wasn't the Undertaker match we're used to getting on The Grandest Stage of Them All each year. I understand he suffered a concussion early on, but the match just didn't click for this viewer. I surely hope that wasn't his last match, as his final in-ring appearance should come in a much more meaningful way.
Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler
The match was decent while it lasted, but these two are capable of much more than just a four-minute match. They work so well together, but this contest just felt rushed. It's strange to see Ziggler lose so decisively after being built up going into WrestleMania. As for Swagger, it was a nice win for his character, but after his feud with Cesaro runs its course, I'm fairly certain he'll be back to being an enhancement talent before long.
Los Matadores vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback
I had my filling of these two joke tandems at WrestleMania, so seeing them again on SmackDown made me cringe a bit. Neither team has any meaning at the moment, thus this was a pointless contest. We have seen them clash countless times in the past, and their matches are never any different. What's worse is that Ryback and Axel recently debuted new mashed-up entrance music, which means they probably won't be splitting up any time soon. Spare me, please.
Fandango vs. Santino Marella
Why is this feud still a thing? The battle of the comic relief does nothing for this viewer and only takes up time on the main shows. The only saving grace of this segment was that Layla debuted as Fandango's new dancing partner. I love this move because it gives Layla more television time and allows Summer Rae to break off and do her own thing. Now, why can't the same be done with Emma?
Bo Dallas vs. Justin Gabriel
I was surprised by just how boring this match ended up being. Gabriel is very fun to watch in the ring, and Dallas has had several great matches as of late, but I guess their varying in-ring styles didn't mesh well. The match well overstayed its welcome and didn't feel like a main event at all. Dallas picking up the win was logical, but what's next for his character? I know he's main roster-bound, so I look forward to seeing how his call-up is handed from a storyline standpoint on NXT.
Kofi Kingston vs. Titus O'Neil
This was another example of two good workers who don't have good chemistry together. Kingston hasn't had any substantial credibility in ages, whereas O'Neil is still trying to establish himself as a singles competitor, so a win for O'Neil here was logical. However, the match itself left a lot to be desired.
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Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.