Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
It’s Saturday so part for the latest instalment of This Week in Wrestling. Today, in part 14, Craig discusses the length of WrestleMania and looks at the results of this week’s blog polls while Brian shares all the best viral content he’s stumbled upon this week.
So, WrestleMania 33 is in the history books and was, in my opinion, very good – according to our blog poll more than half of our readers thought it was either good or excellent. Going into the weekend, I had said it had looked very good on paper and I was looking forward to seeing how it played out.
In the end, there was far more to be positive about the show than there were negatives. However, the biggest negative was the length of the show. From the time of the first bell during the pre-show to when The Undertaker disappeared from sight, it was 15 minutes short of seven hours in length.
It’s like the WWE doesn’t have the ability to edit itself down anymore. In reality, that is a by-product of the post-PPV WWE Network era. With no network (small ‘n’) constraints put on the WWE, there is no need for the company to, figuratively speaking, separate the wheat from the chaff.
And as a result, we get a near seven-hour show. For me, sitting on the couch – and at point slumped/nearly sleeping – it was a slog and a half. God only knows what it feels like for those in attendance. I can only imagine it is a slog and a half.
It’s been a topic that has caused much discussion since the event with Dave Meltzer floating the idea that the event could be split in two and held over consecutive nights. It’s certainly a notion that you would imagine that the WWE would be interested in. After all, since the advent of Axxess etc, fans now spend days, if not a week, in the vicinity of the event’s venue rather than just flying in for the day of the show. With such a captive audience, the WWE would certainly see the value in adding another show to the weekend of action.
I, however, don’t think it would need to be that convoluted. An editor is, in reality, all that is needed. Including the three pre-show matches, a total of thirteen matches took place at WrestleMania – only one more than the third and seventeenth instalment of the annual spectacle. But due to the time constraints – stop laughing at the back! – only three matches actually went over the 20-minute mark, AJ vs Shane, Seth Rollins vs Triple H and the woeful Undertaker vs Reigns clash.
With two brands, and each show having several titles, it means these joint shows are a fight to get all the champions on one show, leaving little space for anything else. The only real solution, if we don’t want a 7-hour show or two separate Manias, is to whittle down what champions do appear. After all, the WWE did this in sorts this year by not having the Smackdown tag champions on the show at all and the Intercontinental belt defended on the pre-show. I don’t see a reason why the WWE can’t continue in that vein and remove several more from being defended at WrestleMania. It’s difficult to think of an other way.
NXT Takeover: Orlando, WrestleMania 33, Raw, Smackdown and NXT poll results
This week on the blog we hosted polls to get readers thoughts and reviews of this week’s episodes of Raw and Smackdown, the go-home shows ahead of WrestleMania. The results were:
NXT Takeover: Orlando
Good – 53.13
Excellent – 34.38
Average – 12.49
Bad & Awful – 0
NXT tag titles match – 41.18
Roode vs Nakamura – 41.18
Asuka vs Moon – 11.76
8-person tag – 5.88
Black vs Almas – 0
Good – 30.86
Average – 28.4
Excellent – 22.22
Bad – 11.11
Awful – 7.41
Tag team ladder match – 33.33
AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon – 22.99
Undertaker vs Reigns – 10.34
Seth Rollins vs Triple H – 9.2
Neville vs Aries – 8.05
Goldberg vs Lesnar – 6.9
Y2J vs Owens – 4.6
Raw Women’s title match – 2.3
Wyatt vs Orton – 1.15
Smackdown women’s match – 11.14
Rest – 0
Excellent – 46.43
Good – 32.14
Average – 21.43
Bad – 0
Poor – 0
Excellent – 38.46
Good – 34.62
Average – 23.08
Awful – 3.84
Bad – 0
Good – 55.56
Excellent – 33.33
Average – 11.11
Bad – 0
Poor – 0
Hey Yo! Say hello to the Tat guy!
Hours after the fans filed out of WrestleMania 33, the Undertaker’s gear was still in the middle of the ring. #ThankyouTaker
So, if you’re wondering what Lilian Garcia has been up to since leaving the WWE, she was a contestant on the ‘Price is Right!’
John Cena getting the old Virgil treatment…
Gorilla Monsoon’s high school yearbook photo. No doubt he lived up to the award bestowed upon him.
A couple of real cool cartoons stemming from the Undertaker/Roman Reigns match at WrestleMania 33.
It’s good to see X-Pac Sean Waltman drug-free and looking like he’s in the best shape of his life!
With the news that Aron Rex aka Damian Sandow is leaving Impact Wrestling and may retire, here is a little something in his honor. Sandow was the one dressed in a Magneto costume…
In case anybody forgot or simply doesn’t know, Ashley, errr I mean Charlotte Flair, appeared a couple of times on WCW Monday Nitro in 2000.
Last Week on the Blog
In last week’s Sunday Sermon we previewed WrestleMania 33; on Monday we had part 13 of ‘Meanwhile, in WCW‘; Tuesday featured part 108 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘; on Wednesday we asked ‘Whatever Happened to‘ Ernest “The Cat” Miller; Thursday’s Top Five looked at superstars deserving a post-WrestleMania push and we rounded off the week with a piece looking at various wrestling costume changes.
Next Week on the Blog
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.