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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Rundown Slam: WrestleMania 33 (Part 2)

04/09/2017 09:33:10 PM

WrestleMania kicked off with the New Day, and it was really nothing spectacular, just except from the fact that they don a Final Fantasy-inspired get-up; perhaps relating to their theme which is The Ultimate Thrill Ride. And a with potential five-hour thriller? It's not that hard to see why.

Anyway, let's move on to the first match. Shane McMahon may have been defeated at the end, but this showed who is the actual winner here. He is the money-maker here without the aide of formality of putting this one in a no-disqualification sort of match. Plus, he also proved both the legit doubters and plain naysayers about his ability to get in the ring with one of the best performers in the game now. Shane can wrestle thanks to the training background he had and his capability to do the physical and technical abilities has wowed the Mania crowd inside Citrus Bowl.

Of course, the writers had given the victory to AJ Styles, making up for a debut loss in Texas last year. But still, best performer goes to Shane for pulling all the stops he need. Heck, this opening contest could be easily hailed as the match of the year with all the storytelling and technicality.

Verdict: 9.4

The US title match turned out to be more of a ex-friends encounter than a title chase. All the anguish, and aggressiveness of Chris Jericho has somewhat cost him to lose this battle. Of course, it is written to  put a victory to Owens. After all, it is KO-Mania.

However, the powerbomb on the apron seemingly out-of-place in a typical singles match – especially for the championship. Would've been made falls count anywhere, that would make more sense.

But on the consolation prize, the countdown definitely made on the list. And that lighting scarf, though.

Verdict: 7.1

Next in line was the Fatal-4 Way Elimination match for the RAW Women's Championship. Considering its prestige, I'm surprised they did this one during Mania's first hour. Probably due to having the momentum kept on going. 

But anyway, Nia Jax is definitely a promising athlete to takeover the wrestling's women division in the near future. And the three's decision on taking out the Goliath proved that she isn't really on that level yet. But it's fine; at least she has a WrestleMania match – Dana Broke doesn't have one despite going up to the main roster earlier than the former.

I'm surprised that Bayley actually retained the title. Could've thought of Charlotte-Banks as a finale, but turns out that the hugger just have a huge Mania moment – and we don't mean those gigantic huggers. I'm talking about that macho man elbow drop that was really an instant classic snap.

At least she has a new finisher (please) other than Bayley-to-belly. Ugh.

Verdict: 7.3

Author: slickmaster | © 2017 september twenty-eight productions

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