Last night’s grandest stage of them all was not the harbinger of watershed change that I was hoping for, though that’s probably my own fault for having my usual #IrrationalIdealist expectations. We got the distinct impression from Wrestlemania that this is still Vince McMahon’s company and, with minimal exceptions, what he says goes.
Doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enjoyable show to end an enjoyable weekend, though.
Come with me, NAIborhood, as the Pope of Positivity walks you through his personal list of favorite moments from Sunday’s Wrestlemania.
Tonight 100,000 people will file into AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX for a history making WrestleMania. There has been a lot of apathy towards this event due to the lackluster build and some people not being a fan of the main event. Instead of focusing on the negative in this column I am going to give my prediction on who will win each match and give a piece of positivity to each one. So let’s dive right into the WrestleMania card.
In a little over 24 hours, the stars of WWE NXT will converge upon the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in little ol’ Dallas, Texas. In the two short years the WWE developmental system has been airing “special events” (for goodness sake, they’re pay-per-views) on the WWE Network, this weekend’s Dallas production might just be the biggest show NXT has put on since their Brooklyn card. I promised DC I’d pump out a couple articles about WrestleMania weekend before the festivities really got started, so here goes on breaking down the NXT TakeOver Dallas card!
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I’m not exactly known for my positivity, so it surprises me that I’m looking forward to WrestleMania 32 as much as I am. Although the general consensus that I’ve been reading on Twitter tells me that the build to this event has been lackluster, I’m honestly looking forward to the show. In fact, I think I’m looking more forward to this particular WrestleMania than any other in recent history.
Let’s take a look at the card for WrestleMania 32 to figure out why, exactly, I’m looking forward to it. Fair warning, I’m going to start with the two matches I’m less invested in, so try to ignore the negativity that appears in the beginning. Also, I’m not going to talk about the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, nor the Uso’s v. the Dudleys, nor the rumored 6-8 woman tag team match. Based on what I’m hearing none of these matches will be on the actual WrestleMania card, instead likely happening on the pre- or the pre-pre-show.
That said, let’s get into the eight matches lined up for WrestleMania 32.
There was a clever bit of programming on RAW this week, revolving around the defense of Kevin Owens’ intercontinental (IC) title at WrestleMania (WM). On the show, Owens found himself confronted by the three current frontrunners vying for his championship: Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Mike “The Miz” Mizanin. Afterward that interaction, Owens asked Stephanie McMahon for permission to book a triple threat match to determine the number one contender, a request which she granted.
When Owens announced the participants of the triple threat match on RAW, he cleverly swerved the audience by not inviting any of the aforementioned contenders. Instead, Owens created a match between Stardust, Zack Ryder, and Sin Cara. Although this was a clever way of manipulating audience expectations, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the three participants. Here we were, live on RAW in front of millions of viewers, and we’re essentially being told that none of these three guys provide a credible threat to Owens’ championship reign. This is never a desirable position for a wrestler to be in, being viewed as a nonentity in terms of threat.
Twitter is ablaze with comments about the latest development in the Undertaker v. Shane McMahon storyline that is being built for WrestleMania this year. The most vocal portions of the audience are displeased with the overall direction of the angle, and every new development only seems to heap more fuel upon the already blazing IWC (Internet Wrestling Community). I’m just not so sure that this storyline is as bad as everyone wants me to think it is.
The general consensus from last night’s RAW was that the show was a dud.
Well, that’s not entirely true. Most people will admit that the show was decent enough, but it paled in comparison to what many believed the penultimate RAW before Wrestlemania “should be”. I can understand where those people are coming from – the lack of Lesnar, Undertaker and Shane-O-Mac was pretty evident.
However, let’s focus on the show for what it was, not what we wanted it to be. Yes, friends, I’m donning my #PromotingPositivity Pork Pie hat and sharing with you the things I think you should be excited about from last night.
This week’s ROH featured a 7 team tag gauntlet, with the winning team earning a future title shot against champions War Machine. Now, the eventual winners of the gauntlet (Roppongi Vice) or even the matches themselves really don’t matter for today’s column, which will be a single lesson.
Lesson: WWE doesn’t care at all about tag team wrestling.