Another WrestleMania is in the books, and it truly was an historic event.
There were only two championship matches on the card, and they were both world title bouts. The Intercontinental, Tag Team and United States Championships were not defended during the live event. One of those two world title matches started the pay-per-view for the first time in the 27-year history of the event.
Those who say such things always say WrestleMania will go down in history, and they will be right.
WrestleMania XXVII will go down as one of the most underwhelming WrestleManias in recent memory.
There was no trademark match on the card, and the high-profile matches were way too predictable. Nobody was shocked when Undertaker beat Triple H. Nobody was shocked when Randy Orton beat CM Punk.
None of the performances that were supposed to deliver did so. Punk and Orton could have put on a clinic, but time constraints (the same time constraints that pushed the U.S. Title match right off the card) prevented that from happening.
Let's take a look back at the card, and quickly look forward to what will hopefully be a much better WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami next April.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge defeats Alberto Del Rio
Like many others heading into the night, I was expecting Alberto Del Rio to reach his self-professed destiny by becoming the World Heavyweight Champion, thanks in no small part to a heel turn by Christian.
The match was as good as anyone could have expected, and few were expecting this match to steal the evening. It was nice to see Edge finally retain the world title at WrestleMania, as the feud between Edge and Del Rio appears to be anything but over.
It was a feel-good start to the evening, and it was one of the better performances of the entire show.
Cody Rhodes defeats Rey Mysterio
The youth movement continued, albeit under a cloud of controversy.
Protective masks and knee braces were used as weapons, but Cody Rhodes got the last laugh, hitting Mysterio with his very own knee brace, leading to the Crossroads and the victory.
It was a positive step for Rhodes, who may prove to be the former Legacy member to find singles success, even after the Internet Wrestling Community largely believed it would be Ted DiBiase, Jr.
The road ahead is unclear for Rhodes, but it is, at least, heading in the right direction. Time will tell if Rhodes can continue the momentum from his WrestleMania victory on Friday nights.
Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston defeat The Corre
This match may have been the most confusing of the night.
Not only did the faces come out on top, but they also did so in a squash match.
If this was creative killing off The Corre as a stable, they did one hell of a job. Not only did The Corre look weak as a unit, but they also looked weak individually.
Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson were non-existent. The WWE Tag Team Champions were crushed for no obvious reason.
Maybe the end is what is best for The Corre. Barrett, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel have been in a stable together for nearly a year, and this may be when we finally find out if they have what it takes to survive on their own.
Randy Orton defeats CM Punk
As I mentioned earlier, this match was allegedly cut short due to the time given to other matches on the card.
Wrestlezone.com confirmed the report during the live event, reporting that Randy Orton was furious with the time allowed to his match with Punk, as well as the placement on the card.
I, for one, cannot blame Orton for being upset.
This match could have been the best on the card, yet it was a shell of a contest these two could have put on. Punk controlled most of the match before Orton charged and predictably hit the RKO and earned the victory.
Hopefully, this feud isn't over. While, as a massive Punk mark, I would love to see him in the world title picture, I think he and Orton can still tell quite the story, and put on a handful of entertaining matches before they go their separate ways in the story lines.
Michael Cole defeats Jerry Lawler by disqualification
We all expected Jerry Lawler to pummel, beat and maim Michael Cole before finally earning the victory.
Instead, the first half of the match saw Michael Cole dominate the Hall of Famer.
Lawler eventually took control of the match, beating Cole with the An-Cole Lock. (Really? The An-Cole Lock?) We got to see guest referee "Stone Cold" Steve Austin deliver a few Stone Cold Stunners before the Anonymous Raw General Manager made his or her presence known. The decision was reversed due to Austin's physical involvement with Cole during the match, giving Cole the victory.
I was speechless. I can usually understand why WWE does what they do, no matter how far-fetched the idea.
This one, however, is beyond me. There is no logical reason I can think of for Michael Cole (whose job many considered in jeopardy after his idiotic Twitter post last week) to walk out on top.
But he did.
Undertaker defeats Triple H
This match saw Triple H winning without getting the victory.
One of the biggest egomaniacs in professional wrestling history, now booking shows with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, had to be the one to walk out (literally) of the Georgia Dome as the bigger man.
We all knew The Undertaker wasn't physically capable of putting on a match like he has the past two years with Shawn Michaels, but this year's bout was a glorified beating...by Triple H.
The Game controlled much of the bout, pulling out all the stops before succumbing to the Hell's Gate submission hold. The Undertaker was then carted out of the arena, physically unable to leave the ringside area under his own power.
The ending to this match, as much as the match itself, was indefensible. It was a showcase for Triple H and his greatness, all the while throwing piss in the face of The Undertaker and his legendary WWE career.
Furthermore, I can only help but wonder why the announce team spent nearly the entire bout burying The Streak.
For as good as the past two Taker-HBK matches were, this one was that bad.
John Morrison, Trish Stratus, and Snooki defeat Dolph Ziggler and Lay-Cool
This match was little more than a cooler between the Undertaker-Triple H match and the night's main event. There were no surprises, as Snooki ended the contest with the pinfall victory.
It was likely a very nice bathroom break before the big WWE Championship match between John Cena and The Miz. And we all knew The Rock would make his presence felt as well.
WWE Champion The Miz defeats John Cena
Not in a thousand lifetimes did I think The Miz would walk out of Atlanta with the title. But he did.
The match itself was nothing to write home about, but the conclusion was what everyone was waiting for. I guess WWE creative couldn't think of anything better than a double countout to get The Rock down to ringside for the payoff so many WWE fans were looking for.
Nonetheless, The Great One hit the ring to restart the title match, and promptly delivered a Rock Bottom to John Cena. The Miz capitalized, handing Cena his first one-on-one loss at WrestleMania while retaining the WWE Championship.
It appears Cena is headed right back out of the WWE title hunt, because the time for a full-fledged Rock-Cena feud is now. Tomorrow night's Raw will surely be an interesting one, as The Great One and Cena will meet face-to-face for the first time after The Rock cost Cena the WWE Championship.
Overall, the show was wildly lackluster. Triple H flexed his creative muscle, both with his lengthy, theatrical entrance and with the figurative urination on The Undertaker and his career. John Cena was canonized in front of the entire WWE Universe with his pre-match video. Jerry Lawler was thrown under the bus. Both world champions retained their titles. A former two-time WWE Champion was forced off the live event altogether, and wasn't even given the victory in the dark match battle royal.
It truly was a WrestleMania we'll never forget. I don't think the reasons we'll remember this one are the reasons WWE was hoping for.
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