The wait is over… FINALLY! WRESTLEMANIA HAS COME BACK (for the first-time) TO ATLANTA, GEORGIA!!!
Welcome back to the final installment of “WrestleMania Countdown” brought to you exclusively by The Wrestling Times. Yes, exclusive. You can’t get these rants anywhere else. This is not some dirt sheet that copies and pastes stories from PWInsider. No, no… this is THE WRESTLING TIMES!! The only place with the unique blend of rants, results, stories, and testimony from a true-blue wrestling fan. So we have about 7-8 hours remaining, depending when you’re reading this, left to WrestleMania, so let’s get right down to it and discuss… you guessed it… Sports Entertainment! (wait… what?)
Did anyone remember that Smackdown was on this past Friday? If you were smart, you were watching ROH’s “Honor Takes Center Stage” still available for purchase from GoFightLive.tv rather than wasting your time with a two-hour WrestleMania hype show. But thanks to the invention of the DVR, I watched the three original scenes of footage and bypassed all the hype. You didn’t miss much if you didn’t watch. Wade Barrett set out to defend his Intercontinental Championship against the former champ Kofi Kingston, without the aid of The Corre. So you would expect a clean-cut match, right? When have heels ever honored the Code of competition? After Kofi struck with the buzzsaw kick to almost get the three, The Corre stormed the ring for an instant disqualification. Which is bull, because Wade Barrett has the wrestling and brawling skills to retain his title on his own.
Then Jerry Lawler and Cody Rhodes cut their final promos on their WrestleMania opponents, with Rhodes cleanly defeating Chris Masters in a three-minute bout. Oh, and Michael Cole talked smack about Jerry Lawler when he wasn’t around.
Let’s start talking about the matches that will take place tonight, first with Sheamus defending the United States Championship against “The American Dragon” Daniel Bryan. (I don’t care if WWE doesn’t call him that.) This, or two others, will probably open WrestleMania, and with what happened this past Monday, things aren’t looking good for Daniel Bryan. On the final Raw before WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan and Sheamus were a part of a tag team match, with Sheamus owning “The American Dragon” and cleanly pinning him in the center of the ring. Will Daniel Bryan regain his US gold and cement his legacy in the WWE, or will Sheamus start a strong reign, hopefully one that doesn’t involve disqualifications?
If you want to read more about it check out – Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus at WrestleMania
The Corre (Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater) have their biggest test to date as a facton when they take on two former championship teams in Kane and The Big Show, and Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov. Originally, I thought Gabriel and Slater would be booked to defend the WWE Tag Team titles against Kane and The Big Show, but WWE are strongly behind Marella and Kozlov (despite The Cobra being their finishing move). I would expect The Corre to continue their dominance, seeing as they started monopolizing the championships on Smackdown.
Two masked warriors will face off at WrestleMania, and no, one of them is not the soon-to-debut Sin Cara (Mistico). It’s been a long time since Cody Rhodes has been Dashing… no more 80’s glam band singing his entrance theme… no more mirror on the back of his ring jacket… and no more Dashing Grooming Tips from Cody Rhodes!!! My teeth have never been cleaner, thanks to Cody Rhodes. Rey Mysterio MUST be stopped!!
One of the matches that I’m most looking forward to is Randy Orton vs. C.M. Punk. So much so that I’ve written about it on three separate occasions. Check out these posts: CM Punk losing faith?; Sick and Twisted: CM Punk or Randy Orton?; and WrestleMania Countdown: Monday Night RAW.
Now this next match I’m not too thrilled about. You can probably guess the match, I’ll give you a hint: it involves a reality star. No, I’m not talking about “The Most Must-See WWE Champion in History,” but Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the 4-foot-9 orange basketball from The Jersey Shore. She teams up with Trish Stratus and John Morrison to take on Dolph Ziggler and LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla). Snooki could probably bite the knee caps off of LayCool, while Morrison and Ziggler face off in the ring. But as long as Trish Stratus is in the match, she is sure to Stratusfy all of us.
Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Cole is surprisingly being built to a main-event caliber match. WWE even called for the services of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to be the special guest referee. Though I want Jerry Lawler to shut Cole once and for all, I don’t want to sit through a one-sided bout either. Much to the chagrin of wrestling fans when seeing Bret Hart enter the squared circle last year, it was a horrible match. Basically, I want a good back and forth between these two announcers. And seeing how beefed up Michael Cole has gotten during the past several months, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in wrestling tights tonight, which would be hilarious if he has written on them “And I Quote!”
Then the final three matches: Edge (with Christian) defends the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio (with Brodus Clay), The Miz defends the WWE Championship against John Cena, and The Undertaker versus Triple-H to close the show.
You can read previous posts about these matches here: WrestleMania: Legacy vs. Destiny vs. Captain Charisma?; The Miz Brings It?; WrestleMania Countdown: Monday Night RAW.
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