Hitting the Ropes: Saying Good-bye to WrestleMania, New Orleans, the Streak,…and the Ultimate Warrior
As I was flying home Monday morning from New Orleans, heading to Washington DC, I thought back on a memorable and thrilling WrestleMania weekend. Most of my friends stayed in town to go to Monday Night Raw at the Smoothie Center. The Raw after WrestleMania is always a great show; however I chose to skip it this year. It was time for me to head home. I’m 40 years old now and being away from my 2 young children is hard on the entire family. My wife is nice enough to “let” me go to WrestleMania ever year but I need to be respectful and come home the next day. So my yearly trip is now a few days shorter. But honestly I’m not sure how much more excitement I could have handled.
New Orleans and WrestleMania XXX were collectively magnificent.
The most important action of Tuesday’s WrestleMania 30 news conference at Hard Rock Café in Times Square didn’t take place on the podium.
To the stage’s left, behind the press chairs, Josh Mathews spoke to the Bella Twins live on the WWE Network before the event began. Scribes turned their backs to the stage and took pictures of that broadcast, part of the biggest gamble Vince McMahon has taken since mortgaging everything he had to put WrestleMania I at Madison Square Garden on closed-circuit TV.
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From last week’s column:
“Unless tonight brings Hulk Hogan’s announcement (using the rationale that the host of Wrestlemania XX give him the right) that he’s making a match for Mania with HHH vs. Bryan, I don’t know how they avoid turning fans off once and for all.
To me, the only thing that works is Hogan making the HHH vs. Bryan match for Wrestlamania 30; and making it the opening match as a qualifier for Bryan to join Batista vs. Orton in the main event if he wins. But even if we do get HHH vs. Bryan, how do you make fans believe there’s not going to be one more screwjob finish [in that match], with The Shield, Kane, Stephanie McMahon and the 101st Airborne rushing in to interfere?”
Well….it didn’t quite happen THAT way, but the end result wound up the same. I think.
Daniel Bryan has his match with HHH at Wrestlemania 30. Presumably that results in his insertion in the main event. The way they GOT there was typical WWE, somewhat overthought, with a large helping of that campiness that WWE has been known for over the years.
Before he was one of the top stars in the WWE, Daniel Bryan wrestled across the country as the American Dragon. Here he takes on Chance Beckett in a match that continues the tradition of the Michaels and Hart feud as Daniel Bryan was trained by Shawn Michaels while Chance Beckett was trained by the Harts.
Hello dear wrestling fans, here we go with another addition of Falls Count Anywhere. This week, I thought I cover a little bit on various topics that are on the minds of not only myself, but many wrestling fans. There is a lot of things I’ve liked a lot, and a few that have been perplexing to say the least. Let’s get going!
Regarding Daniel Bryan maintaining his popularity and continuing to grow, Cena said, “Predicting the next WWE Superstar is like predicting the crooked stock market at the turn of the 19th century. You just can’t. That’s what’s beautiful about the WWE audience, that’s why I love it so much. It changes everyday, every arena, every city. I don’t know who will be next but I will keep trying to put people front and center so the WWE Universe gets a good look at people.”
Here we go again, another CM Punk disagreement with management. Hard to believe, I know. About a year ago, while writing for another publisher, I wrote about how Punk was the unrivaled best in the world.