Wrestlemania 35 Review – Wrestling Phantom

Wrestlemania 35 Review – Wrestling Phantom


(Ghost woooo) – Hello. Tim here from Wrestling Phantom, and today I am talking
about Wrestlemania 35. This is the first time,
in a very, very long time, that I actually watched the
entire Wrestlemania event. Six hours plus of
wrestling. I didn’t watch the pre-show, I just watched the main… The main event, is the wrong word. The main card… Six and a half hours! Is that too long, for a pay-per-view wrestling event these days? It felt like a long time for me. I mean there’s probably
a video in just that, talking about the length of Wrestlemania. But, nevertheless, I
sat through every match and I thought it would be a chance to… Not review from a sort of
clinical point of view, but actually talk about Wrestlemania, give you some of my
thoughts on what happened, and what I predicted was going to happen, and what actually happened in real life. So, starting off, what
I didn’t predict was the universal champion
match going on first. I certainly was a bit
shocked to see Paul Heyman walk out immediately after you know who, who is on the stage with Alexa Bliss, the less we talk about
that the better, everybody. Anyway so… Obviously, Heyman came down and said he wanted to
get the match underway, with Lesnar and Rollins. It was inevitable that
Rollins was going to win, out of Wrestlemania and
can carry it forward. I didn’t think he was going
to win as fast as he did, but actually it was… it
was a nice surprise to see Lesnar go over so quickly in a match. And you can argue Lesnar was
protected by the low blow, but nevertheless, nice to
see Rollins take the win. It’s, I suppose negatively,
it’s just a shame that his Royal Rumble win didn’t… get the gravitas that it should have done, and he was kind of
slotted in at the start. But again, that’s another
video for another time about the value of a Royal
Rumble win these days. So, moving swiftly on, we had
what was a wrestling clinic from Styles and Orton. A lot of people complain
about Randy Orton, I kind of quite like him. I
think it’s partly because of the RKO, but it’s also the fact that on the big stage, he always delivers. Especially in Wrestlemania. And him versus Styles, it was, yeah, it was quite an intense feud anyway, wrestling aside. But they actually put on a really good match, and
I was actually surprised Styles went over. I thought
that Orton was going to win. Needless to say, it was a really good, really entertaining, wrestling match. Next up was the SmackDown
Tag Team Championships, you had the Usos versus
Ricochet and Aleister Black, versus Rusev, Shinsuke
Nakamura versus The Bar. It was nice to see that
every team got a chance to kind of get involved and
showcase what they can do. Usos one, which is great.
It’s the second year they’ve been on the Wrestlemania card, and the second year
they’ve done really well, so that was really good to see. I think that for the rest
of the teams, it was… For me it’s just a case of
the, “This is the unfortunate position that you are in.” So, Ricochet and Aleister
Black obviously are on the up. Well they’ve come up from NXT, and they kind of on the main roster. That’s about all I can say about that. They had a really good
showing the night before, on NXT Takeover… I actually
thought they were going to win this match, just to
kind of cement themselves on the roster, so I was a
little bit surprised that the Usos did go over. Yeah, but
that team did really well, I think The Bar was thrown
together many, many months ago now, and have been doing a really good job as a tag team. So, they’re consistently
doing really well, so that kind of… they
held up their end of the bargain in the match. It’s unfortunate to see where Rusev and Nakamura have fallen. Great characters, great wrestlers,
really like both of them, along with Lana as well, but… It’s a really sad state of
affairs when you consider last year, Nakamura was fighting
for the world championship, he just won the Royal Rumble. To see him… misused, is that the
wrong word, I don’t know. To see him where he is now,
and also the organic over-ness of Rusev kind of being stamped on, and he’s kind of now, sort
of, squashed into this makeshift tag team role. It’s seems to be always the way in WWE, when you’ve got… you’ve got
Singles wrestlers they don’t know what to do with. They
kind of shove them into a makeshift tag team, and
this is really what it was. They were making up the numbers on the card this match, unfortunately. Next up you have Shane
McMahon versus The Miz. Why, oh why, does Shane
McMahon always seem to get a slot on Wrestlemania card. Yes, he’s a novelty act, yes
in the past he’s done some crazy stuff, but I really can’t
understand why they insist on rolling him out, over and over again. They obviously went in the
big spot in this match, and having The Miz dominate
right up to that point, and seeing The Miz lose
was a bit disappointing, especially now, in the future
looking back on the past, in hindsight, seeing that
they’re still insisting on having Shane McMahon…
effectively, he’s one of the major heels in the company, which just says a lot about the program as a whole, and I think
this is going to coin a phrase in this review, that’s
a video for another time. I really like The Miz. I didn’t… to be fair, I
didn’t like him when he first started but I really like him now. And I really liked him as a heel, and he’s got that intensity now as a face. They just need to push him, get
him away from Shane McMahon, and push him into the main event. Next up was the big shock
for me, on the night. It was Women’s Tag Team
Championship Match. So you had Bayley and Sasha Banks, the Boston Hook connection.
You had The Iiconics… Talk about them in a minute. You had Beth Phoenix and
Natalya, Nia Jax and Tamina, I can’t say it. And it was a shocker! I just have really bad things to say, I kind of phased out a
little bit on this… We were halfway through the card, I was getting a bit of fatigue, and I kind of assumed
Bayley and Sasha Banks were going to go over, and it was just going to be one of those things. However, to see the IIconics… To see the IIconics win was
actually a really big surprise to me. One of the biggest
surprises of the night. I wasn’t expecting it, and it
was really nice to see them go over, and get their
Wrestlemania moment. And you can see the
genuine moment after those two ladies won. It was really nice to see. I’ve always liked The IIconics, I’ve liked The Iiconics
since they were in NXT. To see them win the belt
at Wrestlemania was great. It was really nice. I really
hope they can carry this belt for longer. To be fair,
they should have won it in the inaugural match,
and I think giving them to Bayley and Sasha Banks was a mistake. The whole Bayley, Sasha
Banks relationship as been a massive mistake in WWE anyway. And, obviously, the fallout from that, if you know all the
background. Sasha Banks is now on holiday, blah, blah,
blah, was another mistake. So, they’ve been handling them
as a mistake for a long time, and I think just giving them
the best to Wrestlemania, it’s not The IIconics’
fault, it’s obviously the management’s fault,
and it’s just one in a long line of mistakes. But, nevertheless, the
Australian girls won the match, great to see them win It. And actually, they got
a massive reaction from all the Australian fans in the audience. It was really, really great to see. Now, the big surprise
leading up to Wrestlemania was obviously Kofi Kingston. Capitalizing on the
massive, organic fan push, and also Mustafa Ali’s injury. Kofi Kingston was propelled
into this main event spot, at the expense of Kevin
Owens, which was… Different, I liked it. I liked
the build to the match, it’s a shame it couldn’t
have gone on longer, but it was obviously
the organicness of it. So, yeah. Match of the night,
for me. Quality point of view, from a technicality point
of view, yes. Storyline point of view, within the
match, was perfectly done. Daniel Bryan did, has done
an amazing job as a heel. You can not deny the way he’s
turned over all the fan base. The fact that when he came out, there was just consistently loads of boos, and the real negativity towards him. So, kudos to the man for
turning… what, six months to turn himself round? From
the ultimate fan favorite to the ultimate villain.
And also to elevate Kofi Kingston on the way. You’ve got to give him credit for him, Xavier Woods, for Big E. What they’ve done with New Day, considering where
they were when it started. For this longevity, to keep
the team together without the WWE insisting on splitting them up, which they do with a lot
of staples, a lot of teams. To keep them all together,
and to get the World Title win for Kofi has to be
the feelgood story of this Wrestlemania, if not this
generation’s Wrestlemania, probably aside from Daniel Bryan. How long he’s going to hold
the belt for, I don’t know, but you’ve got to, kind
of, live in the moment and like it for what it is. Somoa Joe versus Rey Mysterio, for the United States Championship, bosh! Somoa Joe won in about two
seconds flat..or was it? No, one minute, one minute. We know, looking back,
Mysterio had an ankle injury, and probably wasn’t going to compete. But to come out… basically
put Somoa Joe over. Somoa joe, this is his first Wrestlemania, first Wrestlemania on the main card. This is how they should
be booking Somoa Joe. Just walking over everyone,
bosh, wham bam, thank you ma’am. Walk out as a champion, really
building him as a monster. Nice to see Joe actually in Wrestlemania, considering I followed him
all the way back form TNA. And to get the win over Rey Mysterio, who is a legend in his own right, I suppose is really nice too. Now Roman Reigns versus Drew McIntyre. Feelgood story of the night, volume two. Obviously, Roman Reigns has come back from the luekemia and all that
surrounding him as a person. It’s a difficult one for me… I didn’t want Reigns to win this. Now, it’s not because I don’t like Reigns, stop you right there, before you kind of say, “It’s
because you hate Reigns.” I actually quite like him. He’s been dealt a really
bad hand over the last, what, three, four, five
year? Whatever it’s been. And I think… Am I wrong to
say all this personal stuff as actually done him a
favor in front of the fans? Certainly in the arena,
and things like that. I feel really bad saying
it, but it’s actually true. But, they could have done
something different here. I think Drew McIntyre was being built up as a bit of a monster. He should have gone over Roman Reigns. Well, to be fair, they
shouldn’t have faced each other at Wrestlemania, they
should have waited on this. They should have waited on this, but they hot-shotted it a little bit. McIntyre should have Reigns, and beated him convincingly
because then they could have really built up the fact
that A, McIntyre’s a monster. He could have gone…
championship, that kind of stuff. But they could have really
built a storyline around Reigns being… not as
good as he used to be, not at his best. Is he going to be as good as he ever was? They could have really built him up, even as far as I would have said, going a full year to having
him beating Drew McIntyre for the championship Wrestlemania 36. Because that would have been
a massive redemption story, not only for Reigns from
a personal point of view, but from redemption in the fans. And you could have really,
really built that up. So I think him beating Drew
McIntyre relatively clean wasn’t needed, but I
understand why they did it. Ah, Triple H versus Batista. Oh, Batista… I really like
Batista, always liked Batista. And, hindsight, this was his last match, but this went on… It shouldn’t have go on as long as it did, but it went on so long. Was it the longest match in
the pay-per-view, at about… 24 minutes. And it dragged, it did
drag. It was great to see the storyline build up,
was good. It wasn’t great but it was good. They should
have done career versus career match, that would have been
better, but they didn’t. They went career versus hardcore match… It was a little bit messy. And, once again, Triple
H had the longest match in the Wrestlemania card. It should have been a
showcase match, it should have been, what, 10, 15 minutes
max, but it dragged on, and on. It was the right
result, don’t get me wrong. Batista was never going to
be a main stay on the card, but they could have done more with it. I think, it’s a shame. It
could have been a lot better. Baron Corbin, Kurt Angle… What can I say about this
that hasn’t already said by so many people before,
during and after the match? Angle should not have lost to Baron Corbin in his last match. His last competitive wrestling match. Be all, end all. Not negative
against Baron Corbin… He’s all right, again, another one whose been dealt a bad hand. Angle should have gone out… Win or loss against somebody else. Now, my prediction for this
was Angle was going to come out against Baron Corbin,
beat him one, two, three, in about five seconds. And then John Cena was going to come out, challenge Angle for his last match, and then have a short match. Angle would either win or lose,
it wouldn’t really matter. Everyone would go home
happy, big smiles all round. But the moment John Cena
came out to interrupt Elias, Thuganomics and everything,
not withstanding, I just knew Baron Corbin was
going to beat Angle clean. It was simple as that. It
was just so disappointing, and I just don’t know why they’ve done it. The only thing I’ll say is
now that Corbin has “retired” Kurt Angle, they have to
do something with him, apart from looking like a knock-off bartender from a wedding. They’ve got to do something
to capitalize on having such a big scalp in his win-loss career. They’ve got to do something with it. Such a shame. They could’ve… They could’ve done, look. This
is what they could’ve done. They could’ve done the
Undertaker angle from Roar, with Elias, and then have
John Cena interrupt Angle as Thuganomics John Cena. There
you go, booked it for you. That’s what they should have done. The demon Finn Bálor, at Wrestlemania. Finally, after God knows how many years, we got the demon at Wrestlemania, and it was for a wasted match. Again, Finn Bálor is so underused… in the WWE. It is… so is Lashley, to be fair. If you’ve seen Lashley in
TNA, sorry, Impact Wrestling, you know how good he
could have been as a heel, but a whole year’s been wasted on Lashley. The belt’s bounced around so many times, I’ve lost track on who had
it and who didn’t have it. The demon was wasted on this match. But Finn Bálor got the win,
and he got it convincingly. I can’t really complain about that, it could have been a
wrestling clinic, it wasn’t. It’s the theme of this Wrestlemania. There was so many nearly there’s, and so many not nearly there’s. So, yeah. He won it. It was a demon. It was great. Let’s move on. So, it’s main event time,
first ever historical main event. The first time ever… Women wrestlers have main
evented Wrestlemania, which is absolutely great, and
kudos for them for doing it. And, I think it paid off. I
think it really did pay off. It should have been Ronda
Rousey versus Becky Lynch, one on one. They shoehorned
Charlotte Flair in there for whatever reason. Some
people say it’s because she deserved it, other
people say it’s because they couldn’t trust Ronda
Rousey to carry the match. Other people say it’s because
she’s Charlotte Flair. It was messy, the build was
messy, they lost a lot of heat, and a lot of the… The, kind of, push… The natural backing that Becky
was getting, from the crowd. They lost a little bit of that… And, sort of shoehorned
in Charlotte Flair, and didn’t help. But,
nevertheless, all three ladies did a really, really good job. If you look at… Just take a step back and
look how Ronda Rousey, how she’s progressed since
last year’s Wrestlemania, to where she is now. You’ve
got to give her credit for transitioning from MMA
to WWE, into the main event, in effectively 12 months. So that… you’ve got to give
her some credit for that. Likewise, Becky Lynch for
effectively coming from mid-card, kind of, trudging, treading water, to reinventing herself. And getting that massive
support from the fan base. Was it a good match? Yes, it was. Marred a little bit by the hokey finish. Now we know whether the referee’s fault, whether that was supposed to happen, whether it wasn’t supposed
to happen, who knows? It fell a bit flat, for me. Also, I think, and this
links to the other video I am going to have to do at some point. Is the length of the show, six hours. And fans… yes, they popped. The energy was just sapped a little bit, because they had been
sitting there for, what? Five and a half hours already, before they got to the main event. Suffered a little bit, because of that. But, that aside, it was great. It was great to see them. It was great to see women’s wrestling on top of the mountain.
And it was great to see Becky Lynch holding both belts at the end. So, yeah. Great result, all
round, for the main event. So, there we go, they’re
my views on Wrestlemania. I think there’s definitely a
video here to be made around the length of Wrestlemania,
because six and a bit hours is far too long. And that’s
not including the pre-show, and all the other stuff
you could shoehorn in. You’re talking over 12 hours, if you start throwing in NXT into all of this. So, they’ve got to do something about it. They really got to do something about the length of the show. Also, the build up to some
of the matches was poor. I didn’t care less for
some of the matches. But, positive! Positive, we had some shock results, Iiconics, yes! IIconics, brilliant stuff.
We had the monumental, history-making main event. And I think the WWE kind
of got itself back on track with the Universal Championship, with the World Championship… And reintegrating Roman Reigns in the, like… back into the fold. So, transitional
Wrestlemania, could argue. They’ve certainly removed
some of the part-timers from the Wrestlemania car, but
they’re not quite there yet (coughs) Triple H. Hopefully, Wrestlemania
36 will be a lot better. Let me know what you
thought about Wrestlemania in the comments below. Did
you think it went on too long? What did you think about
all the title changes? And, just in general, the
quality of the matches? Please like, subscribe, and ring the bell. Wrestling Phantom is all about… Me talking about wrestling, not just WWE. I’ve got an NWA Crockett
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Ring of Honor and New Japan. So, I will see you again very soon. Cheerio, for now. Goodbye. (spooky outro music)

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