The last pay per view before WrestleMania happened last night, and honestly, in my opinion, it was pretty damn good. There was a lot to take in, so I feel like writing about my biggest takeaways from last nights pay per view.
The first match of the night was Shane & Miz vs The Usos. It was a pretty solid match, which many came to expect, and the long awaited turn came after the match when Shane attacked Miz and turned on his partner. The big spot in the match came when Shane met one of the Uso’s halfway in the air when they both jumped off the top rope and collided. It was a pretty cool spot, and it was something I have never seen before. Even though the team of Shane and The Miz was short lived, I honestly kind of dug it. And it’s weird to have Shane be the heel going into WrestleMania, when the Miz is usually playing that role. Also, why do they keep bringing the miz’s dad into this storyline? The guy shows zero emotion at all, and is very robotic. I have no clue why they are adding him into the storyline. Shane and Miz are two of my favorites on the roster, so I’m pretty excited about this match up.
The triple threat tag match was great as well. Honestly this was the match I was looking forward to the most on the card, because I have never been a Revival guy, so now that they have the ppv spot, I wanted them to prove why people are fawning over them. This match was pretty electric, and I love the team of Richochet and Aleister Black. One gripe I have is, either call these guys up permentally or keep them in NXT. I really hate this flip flopping of them to Raw and Smackdown every week. Not only does it make zero sense, but it was never really explained why they are on both shows. Whatever happened to the class of EC3 and Lars Sullivan? They kind of got cucked by these two.
Rey Mysterio vs Andrade was set for the preshow, which was changed to a fatal four way for the US title, which I was hyped about. Rey and Andrade tear it up every time they are in the ring together, but add in Joe and R truth, and you got yourself a show. It’s crazy to me that Rey Mysterio is only 44 years old the dude is great shape, and truly can still go at an elite level. This match was fantastic, and really showed off the mid card talent that SmackDown has. Andrade has been taunting Rey lately with Eddie Guerrero taunts, which he did more during this match, which makes me think they have a WrestleMania match, which hopefully isn’t on the preshow. The two spots that stood out to me where Andrade’s move off the top rope onto the outside of the ring towards the end of the match and Rey’s hurricarana directly after. This was an awesome match, but Rey and Andrade stood out to me by far. Joe got the W, which is making people think who he could possibly face at WrestleMania.
The triple threat for WWE championship was my match of the night. Taking out Kofi earlier in the night and replacing him with Mustafa Ali was a weird move, and it looked like early on that it could have ruined the match. Before the match even started, the crowd was chanting for Kofi, like they chant NXT and CM Punk during a Brock Lesnar Roman Riegns main event. I personally thought the crowd would not be interested, but because these guys stole the show, they were easily convinced to cheer. Ali is electric, and his Spanish Fly trap off the top rope drops my jaw every time he does it. I don’t care, I could watch him do that 50 times and it will never get old. Also, I’m kind of torn of torn on Kevin Owens using the stunner now, like I love it, but should that only be Austins’s move? I think the spot of the match was Ali with a off the top rope flip onto Bryan who was on the ring apron. Crazy spot, and perfectly executed. From 205 Live to Smackdown, Ali is proving to people that these smaller guys can go, and honestly deserve more respect. A couple false finishes, that I fell for, this match had everything, and I am interested to see where these superstars go come April.
my last take happened after Elias’s third concert of the night. Why did Randy Orton RKO Elias, when they are on two separate shows? I know they need to set up Orton vs Styles, but this felt so messy and forced. Listen, I’m in for Orton vs Styles, but be original in setting up the storyline, this really made no sense.
the Shield match was great, but I’m not going to get into that. Fastlane was awesome, and an all around solid show. There is still a lot to unravel and a lot of people need matches, so they need to kick this thing into high gear, Mania season is here!