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WrestleMania XXXI: General Thoughts on a Super Night in the Bay Area

I never saw it coming. One of the best WrestleMania events wrestling fans have ever been witness to took place last night. After the worry of a less than stellar showing by some of the participants on the card, this one will go down as not only one of the greatest ever planned, but maybe the most surprising ever to take place.

And for the record, I am glad I was wrong about many of my posts leading up to Sunday evening. This one was better than advertised. Now, the WWE can move forward with three new title holders and the future looking as bright as the west coast sunrise.

The win by Seth Rollins was the perfect foil to what was a solid match by both Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. While I saw the title change coming and hoped Rollins would so how lasso the title away in the main event, the injection of the Money in the Bank winner was still worth its weight in WWE gold. Mike Mooneyham, wrestling guru and columnist for the Charleston Post and Courier wrote on his Twitter account, “As I mentioned in today’s column and on several shows over weekend, Rollins cashing in was going to happen either tonight or Monday on Raw.”

He was dead correct. (https://twitter.com/ByMikeMooneyham). And it was also a case where another Ring of Honor alum became the ring leader of the WWE’s circus.

The swerve by Vince McMahon and the creative team also sets up some interesting scenarios for Extreme Rules in 27 days in Chicago – and no there will not be any CM Punk references in the 26 days leading to the next pay-per-view event.

Rollins’ win also clearly defines the WWE’s plan to move forward with rising stars. Daniel Bryan and John Cena have already reached the apex of the mountain and are in a positon to solidify the mid card with their wins Sunday. I still see Bryan as a potential contender for the WWE World Title, but that is somewhere down the line. Title unification is still a real possibility for SummerSlam and should be pushed as part of the focus of the company moving forward.

Here are some other quick observations…

The Rock and Triple H will happen

The long, drawn out dialogue between the two superstars and the addition of MMA star Ronda Rousey has to mean something. I have thought about Rousey as a WWE target in the past (by the way, she looked really good on camera). The potential match with her and Stephanie McMahon is a joke, but hey, this is professional wrestling.

Sting and Triple H had a match that was pretty good even without the additions of the DX and New World Order clans. Seeing all the former greats in the ring or ringside was worth it, but in the end, all Sting did was job for Triple H. That really sucks.

The Intercontinental Champion Ladder Match was phenomenal despite the predicted outcome

I wonder who now challenges Daniel Bryan. Wade Barrett should get another title shot, but the seven competitors could face each other again in a match perfect for Extreme Rules.

John Cena’s match against Rusev showed all of us that the WWE cannot live without their cash cow

I am pissed the company took a great angle and squashed it. There will be a rematch, and hopefully Rusev will regain his title, sans Lana.

The Bray Wyatt-Undertaker match was more impressive than I thought

Undertaker came to fight and although he still looked 50 years old at times, the Deadman proved he could still spar with the best of them. While Wyatt lost the match, he is certainly over in the minds of the WWE fans as the next face of evil and one hell of a performer.

Overall I give this pay-per-view an 8 out of 10.

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