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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lookback: End of an Era

8/28/2014 9:14:25 PM

As much as WrestleMania 31 will be more than half-a-year away from now, I hate to do this, but I’d rather write another lookback on the recent WerstleMania matches as I watch some random videos (besides, WWE Network, which costs $9.99 as advertised, is not even available here in the country yet) around our popular video-streaming sites.

Until I got curious about the so-called “End of An Era,” and realized it was one of the most entertaining wrestling matches I ever seen on the recent history, and more particularly, on the recent years. I’ve been following the sport more frequently since 2012, perhaps during the era where I managed to have a me-time at all, and when I realized that WWE programs are now more visible on the Philippine Free TV (since Jack TV dropped the viewership covenant after their contract expiration then).

End of An Era was part of the nine card-packed WrestleMania XXVIII held April 1, 2012 at the Sun Life Stadium in downtown Miami, Florida; with some WWE superstars tackled their reception for the match. The match, though, had the same level in terms of reactions as Sheamus’ shocking 18-second victory over Daniel Bryan, and the then-billed “Once in a Lifetime” battle between John Cena and the Rock.

If you asked me though, I think this was the match of the night after reviewing this one for numerous times since its airing over Studio 23. I remember that channel actually showed the entirety of WM28 during the Holy Week (to be exact, 10PM of Holy Tuesday to 2AM of Hold Wednesday; and a replay on Holy Thursday by 7:30-ish in the evening).

The match was on a Hell in a Cell stage where Triple H and the Undertaker battled once again after WrestleMania XXVII (and historically, it was their third WrestleMania clash overall), plus Shawn Michaels as the guest/special referee. It was a star-inflicted yet one with some twists of emotional override.

It was a bad, damn, 50 minute segment where the epic Jim Ross seated alongside Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler to do the play-by-play commentary, slam banging action with sledgehammer and chair shots. Much to Hunter's perusal on HBK to end this scuffle—and Taker's refusal.

The huge tussle aimed for one thing: Literally meaning the end for the one who loses the match. Turns out they are actually wrong. Triple H still wrestles after all of this time, and Undertaker went on to dealing with two WM matches, with the recent one resulted in a loss that send everyone’s reactions in some kinda tsunami-like shockwave.

At the end, it’s all about RESPECT from the three men. Just... “wow!”

Images used in this post are screengrabs and courtesy of this video.

Author: slickmaster | ©2014 september twenty-eight productions

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