Twenty-five years in the making is something that most special events can’t reach. Twenty-five is a special number to us, not only because it’s the number of our American quarter coin, but were were just a quarter to making it to the 100 number. With that in mind, is this Wrestlemania any good? To be quite frank, this is actually a terrible show and it’s all because the booking decision was at its worst ever and the many of these matches were terrible except for that one match. The Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker match has became the most iconic wrestling matches of all time and that’s all thanks to the build up for all the many years that these two have made to create such credibility over the years from becoming “Mr. Wrestlemania” that captures some of the best moments of the show’s history against the best undefeated streak a Wrestler has ever had with a big show like this. But like many Wrestlemanias before it, a Wrestlemania show can’t be just a one match show, it needs to have a strong card to be a great show and unfortunately this is not one of those good Wrestlemanias because of that one-match-show reputation it has.
The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) vs. John Morrison and The Miz – Before I start this review, I want to say that placing one of the most told tag team feud that we’ve had in years to be placed in a dark match is actually the first nail in the coffin! I could never believe that they’ve placed this well build-up match into a dark match which shows how really stupid the booking decision really is!!
CM Punk vs. Kane vs. Mark Henry (with Tony Atlas) vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Christian vs. Finlay (with Hornswoggle) – Money in the Bank Ladder Match – Out of all the Money in the Bank ladder matches we had since Wrestlemania 21, this one here is the weakest (not the worst). The problem here is that besides Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingstong, Christian, and CM Punk, the other contenders/participants were not risk takers when it comes to ladders. In fact, I’m incredibly underwhelmed with what this match had to offer. This is definitely Shelton Benjamin’s least efforts with all the Money in the Bank Ladder Matches he’s been in because he didn’t offer anything new and it wasn’t at all spectacular to watch in comparison to his last 4 Money in the Bank Ladder Matches. Instead Kofi Kingston put much more effort on this show than Shelton did even despite the fact that they both had similar wrestling-styles. It’s unfortunate that these two never had a feud with each other nor did they went toe-to-toe with each of in this match. I think the stupidest decision that this match could possibly do is to have the same year from last year’s Money in the Bank and that’s what this match has done. It’s already bad enough that CM Punk had to once again appear in another Money in the Bank Ladder Match but to win it twice in a row is the middle of the road for Punk. CM Punk should have been booked in a singles match but no, he had to do the same thing all over again. You can hear some boos coming from the crowd that they didn’t want to see this again. I still can’t believe the crowd boo’ed babyface CM Punk because the WWE did not understand how to make stars and push them ahead. Luckily, WWE adapted and adjust by giving him a heel turn, but unfortunately they had to make that “Straight Edge Society” gimmick that was horrible!
Match Score: 2/5
25-Diva battle royal – I’m deeply offended with this match. This match is INCREDIBLY sexist and you can tell that the WWE did not give a fuck about the women’s… I mean Divas division (Santino’s in here). You did not give a proper introduction to any of these women wrestlers who were both current in the roster at the time and also returning to the WWE for this Wrestlemania show. I was pissed that they had to get Kid Rock to lead them the way while he was performing one of the worst musical performances in Wrestlemania history. Yes! I really mean it when Rock overshadowed the women because apparently he’s so much of a sex symbol that they women coming in this match had to be push aside! Hell, even the commentators couldn’t even fucking tell who where in this battle royal. And what offends me more is that Molly Holly had to swallow her pride to get back in to that classic Molly Holly blonde-gimmick and give her best efforts. She, along with all the women participating in this battle royal, were not even mentioned or noticed until they got eliminated. If it wasn’t for the commentators who were noticing the ones eliminated we would never know who the fuck was in the match. Even Torrie Wilson had to express her frustrations with this match for the lack of support for their women in this match. All of these women were unappreciative and it’s even a bigger crime that some of the legends who build the Divas division where shoved out of the side. Since the WWE, Wikipedia, and other internet sources doesn’t even know who’s in this battle royal allow me to tell you who made it after a much of replay of this awful match. Kelly Kelly, Layla, Jillian Hall, Nikki & Brie Bella, Michelle McCool, Rosa Mendez, Maria, Eve, Katie Lea, Gail Kim, Alicia Fox, WWE Divas Champion Maryse, Mickie James, Natalya Neidhart, Tiffany, Victoria, Sunny, Joy Giovanni, Jackie Gayda, Torrie Wilson, and Molly Holly. And worst of all, the finish of this match. If there’s a good reason why I despise Santino Marella it has to be his participation in this match. He had to cross dress his way to participate and win by last eliminating the last woman just to crown herself… I mean himself as Miss Wrestlemania. This match was poorly structured, nobody knew who was in this match, and the finish of having a male win over the females was offensive. This was supposed to represent women’s wrestling and they made it into a fucking joke. Fuck Santino! Fuck the booking decision made for this match! And Fuck the WWE for allowing this to happen!!! If you ever wonder why the women’s wrestling is at the state that it is, this match has to be one of the big reasons!
Match Score: -1/5 (lowest score I can possibly give since Lesnar-Goldberg match)
Chris Jericho vs. Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka (with Ric Flair) – This match and the build-up to this match was stupid! Basically Jericho’s character had to be so much of asshat that he not only had to face three of the legends of the WWE. But that’s not why this match was made, it’s because Jericho had to interrupt Mickey Rourke’s interview in 60 minutes saying that he didn’t like his movie and has no respect for him. This made Piper, Steamboat, and Snuka’s appearance pointless. However, I will have toe tay Steamboat (a man at his age) was able to wrestle as good as Jericho and that surely surprised the hell out to me! Unfortunatley Jericho had to win but the worst Wrestlemania celebrity involvement just had to happen in this match. Apparently, as soon as Jericho won the match, Mickey had to run in the ring and gave Chris the fakest knockout punch ever seen in Wrestling. This is no doubt the worst celebrity involvement that the WWE has ever had! His purpose in making it into the show was to promote his overrated film “The Wrestler” in this very Wrestlemania show and what does he have to show for it? Just come in the last minute to punch Jericho. This was terrible on so many levels!
Match Score: 0/5
Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy – This was my second favorite match on the card. The Extreme Rules gave them a chance to shine. Since that gimmick isn’t done much anymore, it gave it a “what once was old is now new again” sort of feel. I felt like they worked hard and had the requisite violence. Nothing too new or innovative, but solid. I very much liked the decision to put Matt over decisively. I do wish that they would have had him be a tad bit nastier though. A really vile, brutal assault on Jeff would have elevated him to a whole new level. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes next. I expect the feud to continue, but it’d be exciting if this ultimately leads to Matt’s ascension into the top of the card once and for all. If not, this won’t be worth much. Good showing though and enjoyable match. Absolutely saved the card at this juncture, as it couldn’t have taken one more dud in a row.
Match Score: 3/5
Rey Mysterio vs. John Bradshaw Layfield (c) – Intercontinental Championship – We haven’t had an intercontinental championship match held in a Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 18! At this point in time, the Intercontinental Championship lost all credibility and so is this match. I don’t know what’s worst, JBL wasting our time in making this his last match and actually think that anyone cares, or Rey Mysterio’s stupid mask of Health Ledger’s Joker. Either way, nobody cared if this was JBL’s last match because he lost in a single 619 and left with a bad attitude. What a guy full of himself and what a waste of time. It makes me wonder why they’ve made The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) vs. John Morrison and The Miz a dark match.
Match Score: 0/5
The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
After all the horrible part of Wrestlemania 25 that we all had to endure, this is the match that not only saved the show from becoming the worst of all time, but this is without question, the best Wrestlemania match ever! We’re talking about Undertaker who started to get really good when he started taking on Championship matches with Edge and Batista and trying to beat the streak became more important than any wrestling championship. And we’re also talking about Shawn Michaels who had a fantastic comeback making some of the most memorable Wrestlemania moments and matches since his return like facing guys like Jericho, HHH & Benoit, Kurt Angle, Vince McMahon, and last one was retiring Ric Flair. These two couldn’t face off at a better time because it didn’t get any bigger than that, especially for WrestleMania. These two came from the Hogan-era, the new generation, attitude era, the brand extension, and the PG-era and were still standing strong to show why these legends are as good as it is told. And what we got here is of the greatest and most magical experiences a wrestling fan ever had in their lives. And from their contrasting Heaven and Hell entrances to the climactic ending, everything about HBK/Taker was just magic. As I watched the match progress, my excitement, suspense and disbelief grew as I witnessed two legends wage war in that very ring. It was wonderful to see both of them do their signature moves that was never done better. There were aspects of the match that almost look like a botch but moved incredibly fast to the next move before it becomes a mistake, like Taker dodging down from a Sweat Chin Music and Shawn make it a figure four.
Then the Undertaker took his signature WrestleMania dive at Michaels, only to have one of the nastiest crash-and-burns I had ever seen landing on the cameraman. I had risen out of my seat, in disbelief at what just happened. And soon Michaels and the referee were back in the ring, and the referee began to count. I could not believe what I was seeing, and neither could everyone else. I urged Taker to get up, not wanting this great match to end a count-out, and as the count neared 10, it seemed more and more likely. I was on the edge of my seat, screaming for Taker to get back in. And just before the 10 count, he slid back in! I roared with a great cheer, overjoyed that it did not end that way. With one simple count, these two managed to evoke an emotion that we rarely feel. These two men made you believe that this match was really going to end the way it nearly did, and told a phenomenal story through it. The match continued, and I watched as these two men delivered their signature moves to one another, every single one failing to get a three. Every time a two count was made, I felt more and more suspense fill my being. I was literally holding my breath, goosebumps were all over my arms, and shivers were coming down my spine.
Then Shawn Michaels tries to skin the cat, but Taker catches him and hits him with the Tombstone! At that moment, I thought the match was over, but as soon as Shawn Michaels kicked out before the three-count, I had that feeling like I never felt before. As Jim Ross puts it “I just had an out of the body experience” and immediately I had the exact same feeling. That’s the power of storytelling in professional wrestling this match captures that every essence. The Reliant Astrodome blew the roof off as surprise, shock and disbelief overcame me. I could not believe what I just saw. Michaels kicked out of the Tombstone Piledriver! Undertaker’s face was one of disbelief, and I couldn’t blame him. That was supposed to be impossible. It was at that time that I began to wonder if Michaels could really do it. Could he really do what 17 others before could not? Could he defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania? Is he going to really break the streak?
Moments later, Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music! I can’t believe it! HBK did it! He actually did it! ONE! TWO! THR-KICK OUT!!! I could not believe what I just saw! Taker kicked out of Shawn Michaels best Sweet Chin Music! This is unreal! What the hell was it going to take for either of these men to win? I knew at that moment I was witnessing history, and live no less. I was witnessing a classic that people would talk about for years to come! Not too long after, Taker beautifully caught Michaels as he went for a moonsault and delivered a second Tombstone Piledriver. One! Two! Three! And with that, the greatest match of all time finally came to a close, and Undertaker went 17-0. On one spring night on April 5th, 2009 in the Reliant Astrodome, Michaels and Undertaker created something special: a match that perhaps no one could ever come close to. It was a match that truly defined what modern wrestlers should strive for and it’s a real privilege to see the best that professional wrestling had to offer! I showed even non-wrestling fans this very match and they too were blown away like I was when I first saw this match. These are the two that were the masters of in-ring storytelling, in-ring work, and controlling the audience and because of this match delivered on a very special wrestling match. The Undertaker-Michaels match is not only the best wrestling match of all time, but it’s one of life’s true delights!
Match Score: 7/5 (my highest score)
John Cena vs. Edge (c) vs. Big Show – World Heavyweight Championship – Once again, just like many of highlights in Wrestlemania that didn’t main event, Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker should have been Wrestlemania 25’s main event! And once again, John Cena made another crime against wrestling where his match is ahead of what should have been main event and this match really pissed me off! This triple threat match had subpar build that revolved around SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero inserting Big Show into the match to ensure her boyfriend Edge kept his title. This was not a triple threat, it was clearly a handicap match because Cena being double-teamed throughout. This was not even good storytelling because we can predict that the alliance between Edge and Show was not going to last. The only thing that was the highlight of the match was Cena showed massive strength, hoisting Big Show up for an F-U… I mean the Attitude Adjustment (stupid finisher name change ever). Edge tried to jump on them and break it up but Cena caught Edge as well. Edge rolled off the Big Show and Cena delivered the AA to the big man. Edge got up and was met with another AA by Cena on top of the Big Show. Cena covered Show and left Reliant Stadium as the new World Heavyweight Champion. Is anyone surprise? No! And I’m wasn’t amused with this match because it was so predictable. There were no surprises, no good storytelling, and horrible execution. Even worse, this match was ahead of the Undertaker-Michaels match and to even think that this triple threat could even top that awesome match is foolish!
Match Score: 1/5
Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton – WWE Championship – We’ve had REALLY forgettable Wrestlemania main events with Triple H like Cena-HHH, HHH-Rock-Foley-Big Show, HHH-Booker T, and even HHH-Jericho matches. Certainly Triple H vs Randy Orton is no exception. It’s already a crime to see that this match is ahead of the Undertaker-Michaels match, but to even think that placing two of the three wrestlers from last year’s Wrestlemania WWE Championship match to main event is the stupidest booking decision that I’ve ever seen. Triple H is full of himself thinking that he is main event material when he belongs in backstage politics as a booker. I stated that Triple H has the same basic tactic as he always does and so does Randy Orton. But this match wasn’t even wrestling! It was just a slugfest, throwing in too many finishers, and less wrestling moves than any match that I’ve ever seen that was so dull that it’s PAINFUL to watch. Even despite the fact that the build-up for they used was great to have Randy kiss HHH’s wife Stephanie when she’s knocked out, but this match was so full of itself! I was sick of them just striking each other with fists and using too many finishers from even the beginning of the match that was pure garbage! I came here to see “wrestling” not some dirty brawl that has no good storytelling whatsoever. The whole audience was fed up with this poor main event and nobody even cares for the many time they’ve bashed each other heads. This is Triple H’s ego at it’s worst and it had to be main event to show all of it. Nobody cared if he retained the championship, nobody cared who got hurt, and nobody really cared for this match. I never seen a Wrestlemania main event so poorly work that it ultimately destroy this show.
Match Score: 0/5
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a one-match-show that was surrounded by really horrible matches on this card. Many of these matches were some of the biggest waste of time that a Wrestlemania even has ever had! We have three 0 out of 5 Matches (including the main event mind you), a one 1 out of 5 matches, and a -1 out of 5 matches… this really isn’t a good show. In fact, this has to be one of the worst Wrestlemania’s of all time and the WWE should be ashamed to make what is supposed to be one of the best Wrestlemanias of all time that turned out to be one of the worst. It’s all because of the idiots doing the booking decision that had no idea what they were doing and Vince McMahon should be ashamed of putting up with this show like this. The main event(s) were terrible, Mickey Rourke was the worst celebrity involvement I’ve even seen in the WWE, and the Diva’s Battle Royal was the most sexist and most offensive moment in wrestling! But fortunately it is not the worst Wrestlemania because we had the best wrestlemania match right here in this show. The Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker match wasn’t just the match of the night, it is the best Wrestlemania match of all time. It truly defined proper build-up and creating all the credibility that these two ever had in the wrestling world to make a spectacular wrestling match. I can go far as to say don’t even watch the Wrestlemania 25, just watch the Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker match because it clearly deserved to be main event and it is clearly the only great match of the show! Everyone (both wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike) needs to watch that match because it is some of the BEST things that this world had to offer! But the real question is, is it worth sitting through Wrestlemania 25 just to watch that headline match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels? No.
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