WrestleMania XXX Recap: Daniel Bryan Becomes Rodimus Prime, Undertaker Falls, And Three Legends Share The Ring

WWE got a lot wrong with its newest champion.

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It’s sad when WrestleMania messes it all up. WrestleMania XXX got a lot right early in the event then dicked it all up in the second half. Unfortunately, the worst-kept secret was that Daniel Bryan was going to win the championship. For some odd reason, the crowd LOVES this nobody.

The angle that WWE went with was that Bryan, a little dude with solid wrestling talent, was being held back by Triple H because Bryan “wasn’t good for business.” And in real life, Triple H is right. Bryan is terrible as champion. He can’t carry the company, doesn’t have that superstar look and he definitely can’t branch out to be the lead in movies. Put it this way, 10 years from now, he won’t be remembered as a great and won’t be busy doing something else.

When WrestleMania XX finished I was disappointed in who the champions were; WWE had established two champions, the world heavyweight champion and the WWE champion. Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit reigned supreme that night. They were great in-ring performers, but didn’t fit the mold as major superstars. Come on, pro wrestling is all about characters who should be larger-than-life action figures. If you want to see technical stuff, go to some high school or college wrestling matches.

Not that there’s anything wrong with being technically sound. Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, these were guys who weren’t the biggest individuals. But they had a hell of a lot of character. When they won the title, you thought, “it makes sense for them to be champ.” Daniel Bryan isn’t there. He’s got the backing of the crowd, I don’t know why. Jumping up and yelling Yes! is just so appealing, I guess.

When I told my cousin Bryan was going to win before the event started, he asked, “Who’s that?” My mom asked me who won the main event and I said Daniel Bryan. “Nobody famous?” she asked. A friend of mine was pissed that Bryan took home the richest prize in pro wrestling. He’s a fan from the beginning of Mania. He only knows who Bryan is because of “Total Divas” on E! And he knows Bryan isn’t the guy.

Most of the foolish fans who go to these events are the same ones who boo John Cena, someone who has proven he can carry the company. Why do they boo? They say he never changes his routine and always does the five moves of doom. Guess what? Pro wrestling is all about routine. The Undertaker also does the same thing, as does Hulk Hogan and now the ridiculous Yes Movement is following suit.

The Mania story line followed the same path as Rodimus Prime in “Transformers: The Movie”: an unlikely youngster rises up and rules the day. Rodimus is no Optimus Prime and Daniel Bryan sure as hell isn’t Hogan, The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, Cena, etc.

It’s not like up-and-coming talent isn’t there for WWE. Roman Reigns’ performance in the Royal Rumble should have earned him a push. Bray Wyatt is an intriguing character. Cesaro has a unique skill set and his picking up and throwing Big Show out of the ring was very Hoganesque.



I’ve been sick of the Yes Movement for months now and Bryan’s title reign has only just begun. I can’t wait for it to end.

Mania provided big surprises when Hogan, Stone Cold and The Rock kicked off the show by addressing the crowd. That would have made for a hell of a triple threat match. Finally, the Undertaker losing to Brock Lesnar was one of the most shocking things I have ever seen in pro wrestling. Why Lesnar? He hasn’t paid his dues in the wrestling world. Oh, well, that streak was fun while it lasted.




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