WWE: WrestleMania 27 : Recap and Thoughts of a Lackluster Event

tiffanie jonesContributor IIIApril 4, 2011

The mania of WrestleMania 27 has come to an end, and the results are…underwhelming.  Not even The Rock could save this WrestleMania from being lackluster. This article will highlight major points at the biggest show of them all.

First, it must be noted that a match which was advertised to occur did not take place.

This is not the first time that WWE has falsely advertised a match. At WM 25 the tag team title unification match between John Morrison and The Miz vs. Carlito and Primo did not air.

Likewise, the U.S. title match pitting Daniel Bryan against Sheamus did not air. Rather, it took place before the Pay Per View began and resulted in becoming a lumberjack match.

Perhaps the best match on the card was Undertaker vs. Triple H. Despite my early reservations about this match being likened to ‘Taker’s previous two matches against HBK, this match stood on its own.

I was pleased by the story that this match told: each man was willing to go to any lengths to win. In the end, Undertaker stood tall in victory…well, not exactly.

He was victorious, beating Triple H with the Hell’s Gate submission hold. However, the iconic pose that we are used to seeing after Undertaker adds another notch to his streak was replaced by a defeated Undertaker being carried out by stretcher.

The sight of Triple H walking out of the arena, while Undertaker was incapacitated was extremely awkward and uncomfortable.

There is a three-way tie for worst match of the night. Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler was completely bland, to say the least. It simply was not a wrestling match and served as the night’s bathroom break.

Austin’s role was the most entertaining. However, in typical Austin fashion, several people found themselves at the end of a stunner, including Booker T.

In an act of total randomness, Booker decided to do the Spin-a-Roonie. It was exciting to see him in the ring, but it was pitiful to see him stunned. I don’t understand the purpose of embarrassing a legend.

It is a shame that a match involving John Morrison must be placed in the category of worst match of the night. He was barely involved in the match that placed him alongside Trish Stratus and Snooki against Laycool and Dolph Ziggler.

In the end, Snooki, a non-wrestler, pinned Michelle McCool. This only magnifies the disgrace that is the Divas Division.

The final match in this three-way tie was the main event world title match. The Miz took on John Cena, which at first ended in a draw.

The only interesting part of this match was when The Rock reversed the decision of the referee and restarted the match.

Much to everyone’s delight, he Rock-bottomed John Cena. The only problem with this is that The Miz capitalized on The Rock’s handiwork and picked up the victory to retain the title.

This victory for The Miz poses a monumental contradiction in booking. For the past six years, John Cena has been booked as Superman.

He has simply been undefeatable…even when hit in the head with a sledgehammer at the hands of Triple H, piledriven on the steel steps by Shawn Michaels, being thrown into light fixtures by The Big Show, or being practically hit by a car by JBL.

Despite all of that, tonight Cena was brought to defeat by a wrestling maneuver. Interesting.

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk was not disappointing…if you are an Orton fan.

My only complaint about this match is that Orton won; this booking is making him look like Superman, something that might mirror a John Cena course and inadvertently turn the fans against him.

It also weakens CM Punk. What better way to show that CM Punk is worthy competition to Orton than by having him pin Orton without the help of the New Nexus?

In a surprising turn, Cody Rhodes defeated Rey Mysterio in what ended up being a very decent match.

Ultimately, though several past stars were involved heavily in this year’s WrestleMania, including The Rock, Trish Stratus, Steve Austin, and Booker T, the show still did not measure up to standards of greatness.

Perhaps, not the worst Wrestlemania ever, it was quite a dull showcase of the “immortals.”