3 More Ups And 3 More Downs From WWE WrestleMania XXXIII

A seven-hour event means there were more pluses and minuses to highlight.

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WrestleMania has become much more than a wrestling extravaganza or the Super Bowl of the WWE. It’s become an all-out marathon, an endurance test for wrestling fans.

Thirteen matches (and a mini-concert) were spread out across nearly seven hours, more than twice as long as the typical PPV, which can try the patience of even the most dedicated fan. Thankfully, between the video packages, extravagant entrances and (usually) good in-ring competition, Mania is typically an enjoyable experience.

But that doesn’t mean that by the main event, fans aren’t somewhat worn down, including writers who are reviewing the PPV as it’s happening. That means that some things might get overlooked and come to light after a night to sleep on it. So after whisking through the event to hit the highs and lows of Mania, there are some things that should be mentioned.

Overall, WrestleMania XXXIII was an enjoyable evening, but it fell well short of being an all-timer, as some have suggested. It certainly was better than last year’s event, but didn’t top XXX, which featured an outstanding opening match and main event, and memorable moments such as the end of Undertaker’s Streak, Cesaro slamming Big Show out of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and of course Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock opening the show.

With that said, let’s take a look at a few more ups and downs from WrestleMania XXXIII.


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.