WrestleMania 27: 5 Major Differences Between Seeing It Live and on DVD
As many of you know, WrestleMania 27 was released on Blu-ray and DVD today.
I was really looking forward to watching it again because I was in attendance in Atlanta and wanted to see the major differences from the original show.
First off, after watching the edits that were made, WrestleMania came across as a much better show than I remember.
This should be quite obvious to most, since they can edit out mistakes and lengthy entrance moments and setups, but it still made a huge difference.
Without further ado, here are the five biggest differences I found while watching WrestleMania 27 tonight, and as always, feel free to let me know any differences you may have found when watching it a second time.
5. The Crowd Was Hot the Entire Time
Let me preface this by saying that this isn't different than I remember, but different than the other WrestleManias.
During the True Story of WrestleMania DVD, many superstars said that their biggest problem with "entertaining" at venues as big as the Georgia Dome is that all of the crowd noise escapes because the stadium is so wide open.
This was not the case with WrestleMania 27, which is exactly how I remembered it.
The crowd stayed hot throughout the entire four plus hours, especially during all of the segments featuring the Rock and chanting "This is awesome!" during the Triple H - Undertaker match.
It was great to see that this came across as well on the DVD as it did in person.
4. Audio Edits Drown out the Crowd's Opinion
Of all the crowd reactions at WrestleMania 27, arguably the loudest boos were for Snooki.
Yet, you would never know that if you only watched the DVD.
The crowd relentlessly booed Snooki when she came out (including myself), but if you pay close attention, the audio on Snooki's entrance music is turned significantly higher to drown out the boos.
When Snooki is tagged into the match later, you can hear the crowd still booing, and it wasn't edited out since there was no music on at the time.
This also happens with John Cena when the choir (I'm still dumbfounded as to why this was a part of his entrance) was singing.
People booed throughout their entire performance, not because they were bad (they were actually really good), but out of hatred for Cena.
At least 70 percent of the crowd was booing Cena when he came out, yet it is drowned out again by the audio.
The "WWE Universe" had spoken, yet from the DVD, you would never know that these two were despised by the fans in Atlanta.
3. The Undertaker's Entrance Music Was Different
This was absolutely amazing to me.
I don't know how it came across on the original broadcast, but the Undertaker did not come out to "Ain't No Grave"; he came out to his normal "Gong" Undertaker music.
My friends and I have speculated that it could be because they didn't secure the rights for the song or would have had to pay royalties, but this was still amazing.
This completely altered the whole set up for the match with the Undertaker being billed as the "Last Outlaw," but five years from now, many of us won't remember that because the song was eliminated from his entrance.
2. Commentary Plays a Significant Role for Better or Worse
The most obvious difference between watching a show on TV and in person is that there is no commentary in the arena.
This played a significant difference when watching it again, for better or worse.
We've all complained numerous times that Michael Cole needs to make up his mind as to if he wants to be a commentator or a wrestler/manager.
Cole's commentary throughout his portion of WrestleMania was atrocious because he clearly was more focused on his match and felt the need to interject his jabs at Jerry Lawler than to call the matches legitimately.
This is part of the reason that I think the first half of WrestleMania 27 was even more subpar than it appeared.
The point of commentary is to set the scene, and the best commentators make you forget that you are actually listening to someone narrate the match to you.
This is exactly what Jim Ross did and has done for the better part of his career.
His calling of the Undertaker - Triple H match was awesome, especially given all of the near falls. The sense of drama in his voice was amazing and really added an extra element to the match.
Speaking of the Undertaker - Triple H...
1. It Was Even More Amazing That the Undertaker Extended 'The Streak'
With the heightened sense of drama the Jim Ross's commentary added, it was even more amazing that the Undertaker came out on top.
There were several times were Ross seemingly was announcing the end of an era, as the Undertaker's streak was over.
But then he kicked out of the Pedigree.
And then another Pedigree.
And 15 chair shots.
And another Pedigree.
And finally, the Tombstone.
Ross' call when the Undertaker kicked out of the Tombstone really set the scene for how unbelievable it was that this man had taken the beating of a lifetime, but still would not die.
The DVD really captured the angst the crowd had when Triple H tombstoned the Undertaker, and he kicked out.
The crowd went into a frenzy and you can hear the "This is awesome!" chant resonate through the arena.
After watching the match again, it is solidified in my mind that this match is right there at the top when it comes to WrestleMania matches.
Please feel free to comment below on the differences you noticed after watching WrestleMania again. I know not all of you were there, but maybe there was something that you didn't pick up on during the initial show and picked up on the DVD.
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