Pre-Wrestlemania, I wrote an article ranking what the top 10 "must-see" matches were last week.
Let's take a look now at the top 10 "must-see" matches following Wrestlemania.
The criteria I used to rank these matches is the actual quality of the match, the build up to the match and the "re-watchability" factor.
With that being said, let's take a look at the list.
The match that lasted as long as this sentence.
This is what you get when you eliminate the Money in the Bank match.
Most likely, half of the competitors in this match would have been in MITB, but instead were crammed into this sideshow.
As I wrote earlier, most people treated this as their bathroom break, but it didn't even last long enough to get the job done.
This match was so bad that every person in my section, including the eight-year-old kid next to me said, "What the hell was that?"
This match should have been pushed off the card instead of Daniel Bryan-Sheamus, but they wouldn't do that to established stars like the Big Show and Kane.
Pre-WrestleMania ranking: 8
Like I said in my previous article, Michael Cole is not a wrestler and should not be treated as one.
Which is absolutely the opposite way he was handled in this match.
Cole-Lawler lasted about 15 minutes too long and took away from much better matches on the card.
Yes, this match deserved some time, as a lot of promo time was devoted to it each week on Raw.
But why in the hell was it necessary to prolong this as much as possible, especially when it didn't involve Cole getting his ass beat the whole time?
Everyone wanted to see Cole get his ass beat, yet that didn't even really happen, which rendered this match pointless.
The only reason this match wasn't last on the list was because of all the hype associated with it.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 9
You know it is a damn shame when the dark match battle royal is better than two matches that were actually on the card.
This match had some decent spots, with Evan Bourne hitting the Air Bourne and Sheamus hitting the Brogue Kick on Daniel Bryan.
This match was not that enjoyable, though, especially when you consider that the Great Khali won.
Being in the crowd, it was sensed amongst everyone that if this was what we were in store for throughout the night, it would be a forgetful Wrestlemania.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 10
This match started off great. The crowd was really into it at first, and then Teddy Long had to come out.
Nearly everyone thought that Justin Roberts misspoke when he announced that the US Title would be defended pre-Wrestlemania.
It is a damn shame that this was not able to be on the actual card, but I guess that equates to the politics of the business.
It really says something about the show when the seventh best match was a five minute contest pre-WrestleMania.
We all had high hopes for this match, and they weren't fulfilled.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 5
It is damn near a tragedy that two great up-and-coming wrestlers like John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler were relegated to a thrown together mixed-tag match that featured Snooki from the Jersey Shore.
Morrison had a nice spot where he hit Starship Pain, but other than that, this match was subpar.
I will give credit to Snooki for actually working in a creative way to use her cheerleading background at attempting to legitimize her as acceptable in the ring.
The two or three spots in this match made this rank higher than I expected, but it still was nowhere near what it should have been had it been Morrison-Ziggler.
Quick Side Note: On Friday night, I was at the Hyatt in Atlanta where the wrestlers were staying. At the hotel bar, a number of wrestlers were welcome to drinking with the fans, but Dolph Ziggler kept his hood up as if he was trying to hide himself. If Stone Cold, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, John Morrison, Chris Masters, Kevin Nash, etc. can sit freely in a bar, you aren't that big of a star that you need to hide from people.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 7
This was the most disappointing match on the card in my opinion.
This had the potential to be a Bret Hart-Stone Cold-esque battle from Wrestlemania 13, but it was not given enough time.
To have Punk work the entire time on Orton's knee and then to have Orton win off of a countered RKO was ridiculous.
Punk and Orton should have kicked out of each others finishers to add to the excitement and unpredictability of the match.
Yet rumors circulated in the arena after Wrestlemania that this match was cut short to give Undertaker-Triple H more time.
Punk and Orton deserved better but did well with the short time they had.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 1
Interesting approach on WWE's part by making this the first match.
Honestly speaking, I don't know of anyone that thought Edge would win this match.
Most predicted that Christian would turn heel and cost him the match or that Del Rio would win outright since so much time was spent on promoting him.
Edge had a great spot that recalled shades of Rey Mysterio and the WCW Luchadors when he flipped over the ropes to the outside on Del Rio.
It was slightly disappointing to see Del Rio lose after one spear, though.
Nonetheless, this was a good way to start off WrestleMania.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 4
The crowd was so against Cena, it was unreal. To hear in person the anger that people had for Cena was, well, it was Aweeeeeesome.
The Miz's video package prior to their match may have actually been my favorite WrestleMania moment that didn't involve the names "Triple H" or "Undertaker."
With that being said, this match was rushed because of how long WrestleMania was running.
Still, with the shortened amount of time that they had, Miz and Cena did a great job.
I was not a huge fan of the way the match ended with the double count-out and then the Rock interfering within 10 seconds of the restart, but I think that was a product of being pressed for time.
WWE could have very easily not devoted 25 minutes to Cena's freaking entrance that nearly every person in the crowd hated and couldn't understand.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 3
Now we get to the biggest winner of WrestleMania 27: Cody Rhodes.
To be honest, I rarely watch Smackdown live, so I don't get to see a lot of Rhodes.
But I was extremely impressed with him and believe that he should be given a stronger push after the show he put on with Rey Mysterio.
If it wasn't for the match following this, it would have been the most memorable one on the card in my opinion.
The crowd started to get firmly behind Rhodes with the chants we were involved in starting mid-match, and many people were pissed when they thought that Mysterio was going to win with the flying headbutt.
Plus, Rhodes superplex on Mysterio from the top rope, where he held Mysterio up for nearly 20 seconds, was phenomenal.
Cody Rhodes could be the next big star of WWE Smackdown if WrestleMania is any indication.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 6
Five years from now, this will most likely be the first thing people think of when they hear, "Wrestlemania 27."
This was Triple H's career defining Wrestlemania match.
Too many times, he was overshadowed by matches further down the card, but not this time.
The Undertaker and Triple H put on a clinic, one of the greatest matches in WrestleMania history.
There were so many huge spots: Triple H back body dropped off the announce table, Undertaker jumps over the top rope to the outside, Triple H spinebuster through the table, etc.
Going into this match, I thought there was no chance that Triple H would win, but by the end, I was pissed that he lost. And that shows the definition of a great match; the Undertaker and Triple H got me to believe that the outcome could be different than I previously thought, which is a testament to their work.
It was amazing to see how hyped the crowd was when Triple H hit the Tombstone on the Undertaker. I wrote last week that using your opponents finishers should reemerge in matches, and it did in this one. No wonder it was a classic.
Pre-WrestleMania Ranking: 2
Let me know what you think and how you would rank the matches. As always, I appreciate your comments.
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