Often in the build up to WrestleMania you get a lot of talking, more so than usual. This week was no exception, with promos being the main focus this week. However, the air time given to these promos were both necessary and in the end, entertaining to watch.
The show kicked off with a very good segment between Shawn Michaels and Triple H. Whats so great about this feud is that there doesn't need to be any wrestling in the buildup. All three of these men have such a big history together and are so good on the mic that they can simply do nothing but talk until WrestleMania, and they will as well.
Shawn Michaels had a real edge about him this week. He really brought off this aura of a heel, and thats something we haven't seen in a long, long time. His various expressions of sarcasm and seriousness blended in so well, and Triple H's honest and genuine comments just added to it as well.
HBK's comments that he will be the special guest referee between Triple H's and Taker's match at WrestleMania was a real bombshell. Its just a shame that the commentators didn't talk about this huge announcement afterwards, instead they just sat there silently and then quickly moved on to what was coming up later in the night.
I was happy to see Santino Marella win the US Championship. He's super over at the moment, and the crowds reaction to him winning is evidence of that. I think it was clear that Swagger as Champ wasn't work (what a surprise) and the title shift was definitely needed.
Some people may argue that WrestleMania opponents shouldn't face off against each other before WrestleMania, but this week I think it was necessary. Bryan and Sheamus needed some sort of confrontation and this match gave them that. They were both hard hitting and both gave off the impression that they are actually in a fued. As for Punk and Jericho, seeing Y2J get the victory was pretty smart. As was him sliding the WWE Title to Punk, it all made it look like Jericho is in his head.
This weeks 'Another Embarrassing Big Show WrestleMania Moment' (that's actually quite a mouth full) wasn't the best, but it served its purpose. I don't know how good the match will be at WrestleMania, but the buildup between Cody and Show has been pretty solid.
On a side note, has Miz done something to upset people backstage? The match was really quick, and made the person who main event WrestleMania last year look incredibly weak.
I loved The Rock 'History lessons' to John Cena this week. Rocky had that swag about him again, as his promos were both energetic and very funny. And as for Cena's empty arena promo, I thought it was a nice change to see a promo done like that. Cena also brought up how important this match is for him which was good to see.
In saying all that though, the biggest disappointed of the night was when both men finally confrontated each other. Cena was in good spirits again, which was fine to see, but once Rock came out he should have brought back that seriousness that he showed in the pre-show promo.
Rock cut a fine promo on Cena when he came out, he brought back the seriousness about him, and showed how much it means for him to win at WrestleMania. All of this was fine apart from one thing, Cena wouldn't get that stupid smirk off his face.
It worked last week because he had a certain cockiness about him, but this week it didn't fit the segment at all. Here we saw The Rock showing the importance of this match in Miami while explaining how he was going to beat him as well, but Cena simply just no-sold all of that. He stood there with a cheeky grin on his face and didn't take in anything that The Rock was saying to him. It was poor form from Cena, and unfortunately took away a lot from the whole segment.
Overall, I thought it was a good show. Not a lot of wrestling, but as I said at the beginning of the review, the talking was very solid and was needed with WrestleMania drawing nearer.
- Santino's tears of joy were simply sublime.
- With Teddy playing such a huge factor in Swagger losing his US Title, don't be surprised if Santino loses it this Friday on Smackdown. You never know where this could go.
- There's a man at home in his 30's or 40's that owns a John Cena garden gnome...and he's a virgin.
- So, not only are WWE referencing everything that trends on Twitter, but are now reading out peoples tweets? I'm actually worried of what they'll think of next.
- Just when I thought that Zack Ryder was finished with Eve, it looks like he's back in love with her again. Poor Zack.
- It's good to see at least one undercard fued in Cody/Show getting attention. I just wish that the attention could be put on more people. Its not good to see people like Dolph Ziggler not in a feud, let a alone a match at WrestleMania.
- Still no explanation as to why Kane attacked Orton last week? Fair enough.