PWP Nation Editor Zack Heydorn breaks down the top 5 happenings from WrestleMania 33 last night in Orlando.
5. AJ Styles truly is the best wrestler in the world today
Alright, there probably wasn’t a debate to be had before WrestleMania 33 last night. But. If there was any doubt at all, AJ Styles silenced it quickly. He truly is the best wrestler on the planet. To get that good of a match out of Shane McMahon given all that was stacked against it is a real accomplishment.
The man needs to be a featured attraction moving forward in the WWE. This means a babyface turn and run as champion. He can draw money and the WWE needs to strike right now while the iron is hot.
4. The Hardy’s back in the WWE was a nice moment, but worry has set in when looking at them long term
The Hardy’s return to the WWE last night was the moment of the night. Typically, we see stars from WWE’s past come back for one off segments or backstage vignettes. Being able to keep the Hardy return a secret and also have them perform on the biggest show of the year makes this return even more special.
Plus, they are the new Raw Tag Team Champions. For as great as the moment was, I’m worried for them long term. The Dudley Boyz had a nice moment when they returned too. We all saw how that played out. The Hardy’s returning to the WWE without the Broken gimmick that got them over is a recipe for disaster. Especially when a watered down version of Team Extreme looks to be what we’re getting instead.
Time will tell, but the worry has set in.
3. Dean Ambrose in the main event … of the kickoff show
This was a shocking turn of events. From the Brock Lesnar WrestleMania match a year ago to the main event of the kickoff show? What has happened to the Lunatic Fringe? Dean Ambrose has been in a tailspin since his much maligned appearance on the Steve Austin Show podcast.
He doesn’t look focused or interested in doing what he’s supposed to be doing. Just going through the motions. Audiences can see through that and they have. Here’s hoping he figures it out before WrestleMania 34.
Too much wasted talent if not.
2. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar = Match of the Night
All you heard on the build to WrestleMania 33 was whining and complaining that Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar was going to be the main event. Not only the main event, but for the Universal Championship as well. It turned out to be the match of the night.
The story, construction, psychology, and execution of the match was near perfect. It wasn’t a mat classic, but it never was supposed to be. It was fast, fun, and worth the build it deserved. Much respect to Goldberg for taking the 10 suplexes and doing business the way it should be done.
1. An iconic end for an iconic star
The Undertaker/Roman Reigns match left little to be desired. The quality was not what we’ve come to expect for an Undertaker match at WrestleMania. That said, the goodbye that Undertaker was able to have was iconic and so incredibly fitting for his character.
Not only did he leave his hat, coat, and gloves in the ring, but he walked up the ramp and in his legendary pose was lowered back into the ground for one final time. It was so fitting to watch not only Undertaker, the man, retire; but Undertaker the character be laid to rest. Undertaker’s retirement needed to be different than Flair and Shawn Michaels.
This was. #ThankYouTaker
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