As is the case every year, I get a pulse of excitement when my WrestleMania Review disc drops through my letterbox, this year it was a little late, but nonetheless, let’s talk about the ‘Grandaddy of Them All’. Wrestlemania is a spectacle on a grand scale and the time of year that non fans and old fans either ignite or rekindle the flame of Wrestling fandom. For the most part, if you want to watch a great wrestling show then maybe pick up a Royal Rumble or Summerslam DVD, because Wrestlemania is all about celebration and excitement and above all else, showmanship.
Every year we are promised the biggest and best ‘Mania of all time, but it really felt that WWE pulled out all the stops for WM 28. Perhaps the biggest story going in was the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ match-up between The Rock and John Cena, but this was by no means the only draw and certainly not the most enjoyable encounter, although it was very exciting indeed. The Rock proved that he did indeed ‘Still Have It’ to the joy of the enormous hometown crowd.
The match everyone will remember most would have to be the fantastic Undertaker vs Triple H encounter. For me, the real star of the match was the special guest referee, Shawn Michaels, the lead up had made you question whether HBK would remain faithful to his best friend or betray him as he attempted to do what Shawn could not do, and end the Undertaker’s 20 year streak.
In my opinion the finest match of the evening goes to WWE Champion CM Punk and Chris Jericho. They had an absolutely blistering fight under the hot Miami sun and the accidental shot of Chris Jericho giving a congratulatory hair scruffle to his victor as they lay, drained on the mat tells you everything you need to know. Punk and Jericho gave you their best, and it was truly special.
The other match that had a lot of storyline going in was the battle of the General Managers as Team John Laurinaitis battled Team Teddy Long for the rights to be permanent GM for both brands. It’s a very exciting and fun match with some of WWE’s great talents. Equally as important through storyline build were the Intercontinental Championship Match, which was very enjoyable, the short but sweet World Heavyweight Championship match, which has since led to the best storyline WWE have done in years.
Randy Orton fought Kane in a match that was a lot better than it really ought to have been. All in all it was a stacked and celebrity filled show that really did do as it promised, it celebrated the great sport of Pro Wrestling to an incredibly hot and appreciative crowd. This is all killer, no filler and one show you will return to for years to come.
The extras are mainly centred around ‘The Great One’ as Disc two rounds out the show and then along with the great pre-show Tag Team Match and a few interviews, is focussed mainly on some of The Rock’s best moments over the years, which is fun.
Disc Three is the Hall of Fame Ceremony, and if you only caught the abbreviated TV play then you may need to get this Disc if for no other reason than to find out what on earth Mike Tyson’s speech was about. I will pre-warn you though, be prepared to fall in love with Mil Mascaras, he is the sweetest man in the world. Edge’s induction is fabulous. Also, Ric Flair has Drinking Stories, so you may need to prepare for that too!
If you can get the Blu-Ray, then opt for the Blu-Ray. If not, it’s not a great loss as the only other Extras are highlights of a number of Raw shows, instead of the full Raw and Smackdown that I am accustomed to. It’s a real shame as the Raw after Wrestlemania was amazing with a red-hot crowd and the returns of Alberto Del Rio (after 4 months of injury) and Brock Lesnar. They would have been perfect accompanying pieces.