WWE WrestleMania 2014: Breaking Down Best and Worst Moments from PPV
The dust is still settling on the unbelievable WrestleMania XXX, with the history created still ringing in the ears of fans all across the world.
There were outrageously historic moments for fans to relish for the rest of their lives, with matches and segments that will rank highly in all-time WrestleMania legend.
Despite that though, there were also some moments at the show that slightly flattered to deceive. Some spots that were a touch flat and really didn't do much to create the notorious WrestleMania atmosphere.
So, let's break down the best and the worst moments from this historic pay-per-view.
Worst: The Horrific Divas Match
You would imagine the majority of people watching this match were just screaming for it to end.
If you are going to have every single Diva on the roster take part in a match at WrestleMania, at least make it an over-the-top rope Battle Royal.
Where was the benefit in having all the Divas battling in a match that ends in one fall?
It was yet another indicator that the Divas division is in big trouble. It is going nowhere fast, and it looks to be headed for real turmoil.
This was the low point of WrestleMania XXX without a doubt.
Best: Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan
Who would have thought a match involving Triple H would be a contender for match of the night at WrestleMania?
His battle with Daniel Bryan was a really great effort from both men, and it even had a nice twist after the final bell had rung.
You could perhaps have expected it to be so good. After all, the match was months in the making, and it featured the WWE's No. 1 guy.
However, it exceeded expectations with the action that went on inside the ring. A particular highlight has to be Bryan kicking out of The Pedigree. The reactions from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon really helped to sell it.
It helped lay the foundations for the main event superbly.
Worst: The Majority of the Battle Royal
All the bulk of this historic Battle Royal served to do was show just how much dross there is on the WWE roster.
That may seem harsh, but the caliber of people involved with the bout simply proved that. Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal. Just three names that are far from inspiring and far from WrestleMania material.
Sure, there were a couple of good spots in the main part of the match. Kofi Kingston's typical Battle Royal moment arrived when he kept his feet on the stairs, which was a nice spot.
However, as a whole, the match really didn't do much to captivate the imagination.
Best: Antonio Cesaro Winning the Battle Royal
Of course, there was a high point of the Battle Royal: the guy who won it.
He wasn't even scheduled to be in the match and was actually the 31st entrant in what was supposed to be a 30-man Battle Royal. However, Antonio Cesaro overcame the odds and stunned the crowd in attendance at WrestleMania.
It only confirmed that he is heading places—and fast. The moment when he lifted the Big Show up over his shoulders and hurled him over the top rope was a great moment, and it really got the crowd going.
The Real Americans are done and dusted. Cesaro is in line for a huge push and a mega babyface turn. Him winning the inaugural Andre the Giant Battle Royal only served to confirm that.
Worst: The Shield's Match Being Too Short
It was nice to see The Shield's impressive start to life as a babyface team continue at WrestleMania. Their squash job over Kane and The New Age Outlaws was probably the right way to go about things, but it was just a little short.
The fact that there was such a long promo at the start of the show probably impacted the amount of TV time the trio got at WrestleMania.
It hasn't hampered their development as fledgling faces, but it would have just been nice for The Shield to have received a little bit more of a run at the show.
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are all outstanding workers inside the ring. At WrestleMania, we didn't really get to see that.
Best: Daniel Bryan Overcomes the Odds
It was almost a year in the making, and it was worth the wait.
Bryan's big moment in WWE finally arrived at WrestleMania, and you have to stand up and appreciate just how the company played it out.
It waited until the biggest show of the year to put the belts around his shoulders, and it almost feels like it was the right decision, looking back.
He pulled double duty in some style, beating Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista over a pair of grueling matches.
Although the main event wasn't quite as captivating as his first match of the evening, the result was certainly just as satisfying.
Worst: Cena's Meaningless Victory over Bray Wyatt
This could easily rank as the biggest disappointment of the night.
John Cena losing out to Bray Wyatt would not have done Cena any harm whatsoever. In fact, it would have given him a bit of an impetus moving forward to go after Bray once again.
However, Cena winning did nothing for either man, in all fairness. We all know Cena is a huge star; beating Bray didn't confirm or deny that at all.
The big hope is that Bray can bounce back and continue his strong push up the company's roster. Hopefully, this defeat to Cena didn't bury him too much.
Best: Brock Lesnar Ending the Streak
People may think the result was a bad thing, but if you look at things carefully, it was actually the opposite.
WrestleMania is all about drama and excitement. Moments that wouldn't happen anywhere else and segments that simply make you well and truly shocked.
There will never be another moment like the one in which Brock Lesnar successfully pinned The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX.
The crowd were stunned; there was mass silence all-around. Nobody could quite believe what had happened.
It was without a doubt the high point of WrestleMania XXX, at least in terms of the shock factor.