While this year’s WrestleMania may have been an even grander spectacle than previous years, not a lot of matches took place due to time constraints. Now that WrestleMania is over, WWE Superstars, who either had his or her matches cut short or even cut completely, have been able to redeem themselves in a week I like to call WrestleMania Redemption.
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown showcased a series of matches that could have, would have, or should have happened at WrestleMania; so let’s get right down to it and discuss–are you ready?–Wrestling!
The major kind of time constraint causality are the matches completely cut from the WrestleMania card, which in this case was the Sheamus–Daniel Bryan match. Daniel Bryan (to many independent wrestling fans) was the most anticipated wrestler to perform at WrestleMania. The cut was considered so unforgivable that purists have stated that XXVII was one of the worst WrestleMania’s. (There were other factors, I’m sure.) I was one of those purists, until I watched their match on Monday.
Sheamus, in recent weeks, proclaimed himself America’s United States Champion, which, irked many Americans (even though a chunk of them are Irish-Americans) because he’s a foreigner. Sheamus took the bit a step further this past Monday by walking out in American Flag themed wrestling gear, no doubt, what he wore to WrestleMania. As awesome as those looked on a classic foreign heel, imagine how you would have reacted to Rey Mysterio’s Captain America gear if you had seen Sheamus utilize a similar gimmick? It always comes down to what fans will remember about WrestleMania, and the fact that WWE opted for the big pop that did come from the Captain America gimmick, was the way to go at the expense on stepping on a few toes.
Another factor to cut the match was the lack of that epic WrestleMania build. Unlike when Bryan challenged The Miz for the belt back in the fall, where it could have gone either way, Sheamus-Bryan was a one-sided build. After watching their match, I’m glad that this match took place on WWE Raw as opposed to WrestleMania. Because what fan of “The American Dragon” wanted to walk away from WrestleMania saying, “He was squashed, but at least he was there.” As a fan, I’d rather wait ’till next year to see a match where time and effort was actually put into it.
This will actually be a two-part post, so I’m going to end it here. The Daniel Bryan cut was one of those things that I couldn’t forgive WWE because I thought it was bull. But now I’ve come to terms with it in the best way, and that’s through venting to you guys–who diligently read The Wrestling Times.
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