Wrestlemania 27: Did It Fall Short or Were Expectations Too High?

Russ GodekContributor IIIApril 4, 2011

Well, Sunday has come and gone, and the internet is ripe with reaction to WWE's premiere event, WrestleMania.

It seems that the general consensus is Wrestlemania 27 failed to meet expectations and was overall underwhelming. Is that really a fair assessment?

The first thing to consider is just what all this is: reaction. Most fans are still too reactionary to give a proper judgement and could use a few days to get away from it to really look back on it objectively.

On top of that, were fans setting their expectations too high? Can WrestleMania, the biggest event of the year, have too high of expectations?

Surely with the likes of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the mix, this WrestleMania had high hopes. Something was missing, however, that failed to put it over the top.

Was it the lack of the Money In The Bank match? Was it the lack of impactful matches? Was it the lack of surprise? Whatever it was, almost everyone felt there was something missing.

But again, did we set ourselves up for this disappointment? The weeks leading up to the event are always exciting and with the knowledge of The Rock's and Stone Cold's involvement, we set the bar high.

The reality was both of the aforementioned stars were minimally involved and rightfully so. Wrestlemania is a time to celebrate this industry and this company's great history, but it's more about launching superstars for the current and next generations into the spotlight.

Sadly, it didn't do that well either. At the end of the night, two of the WWE's biggest stars, Cena and The Miz were on the mat and The Rock was standing tall. Unless the WWE moves forward with this angle involving The Rock, it will be disappointing to have had him come out on top.

Sure, The Miz was the champion at the end of the night, but the real winner was The Rock. When you end the year's biggest event with your back on the mat, it's tough to say you've won.

But again, are we being too hard on the event? I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I enjoyed last night. Watching the event with a small group of friends, per tradition, was a fun time.

In the end this is a form of entertainment and it did that. It entertained. Our group offered its own one-liners, quips and jokes to make fun of some of the more dull moments of the evening, but to me, that's all part of the spectacle.

WrestleMania provides a lot of excitement and a general enjoyable feel, whether or not the show is memorable.

So before we continue to rant and rave about how underwhelming and disappointing WrestleMania 27 was, let's take a step back and ask ourselves, were we annoyed and angry at the end of the night? I know I wasn't.

It was a pleasant experience and even though the matches and the storylines themselves were not executed all that well, it still remains a good time for the mere fact that it's WrestleMania and it's a time to spend with friends.

But is that worth the $55 price tag? Well... that is up for debate.