The road to WrestleMania 31 was one littered with potholes, downed wires, and flash flooding. For many fans, the week-to-week trek was about as navigable as the Pacific Ocean is on rollerblades. It wasn't just that Roman Reigns was being gift-wrapped the WWE Championship belt against many fans' wishes; the entire show seemed to lack the WrestleMania polish.
Sting's feud with Triple H over some long-dead WWE/WCW issue seemed to cast "The Game" as the hero, which was news to the crowd. Rusev's rivet-gunned allegiance to Russia was a transparent set-up for All-American John Cena to go all Rambo-in-jorts on him. The participants in the Intercontinental ladder match took turns stealing the belt from each other in the world's lamest game of keep-away. Bray Wyatt had to single-handedly carry his confusing feud with The Undertaker, the point in where his once-brilliant promos veered off into dissonant gibberish.
All of this, before Reigns and Brock Lesnar's half-hearted game of tug-of-war with the belt that ended the go-home Raw.
In spite of all that inanity, WrestleMania 31 delivered. It was a show where no match was terrible, and a handful would've justified giving the show a thumbs up on their own. If ever a wrestling event overachieved, it was this one.