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.