WrestleMania. Grander than others? Not a lot of matches? Time constraints? Times likes these, wish we had some WrestleMania Redemption!
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. Last post talked about WWE Raw’s match with Daniel Bryan and Sheamus nixed from ‘Mania. This post will dive into WWE SmackDown’s WrestleMania matches hindered by two types of constraints. So let’s get right down to it and discuss–are you ready?–Wrestling!
While the time constraints (four hours not enough?) played a major role in cutting a match, other casualties were just plain worse. The Corre lost to The Big Show and Kane, Santino Marella, and Kofi Kingston in a ninety-five second squash. Going back to yesterday’s post, what fan wants to remember a squash match? This is by far the worst kind of time constraint because it’s insulting to the wrestlers–in this case a four man stable that WWE was pushing.
The Corre sought redemption on WWE SmackDown through a two-out-of-three Falls Match. (During the WWWF era, The World Champion would always defend the title in this type of match.) Kofi, with a high cross body, pinned Justin Gabriel to score the first fall. Wade Barrett quickly followed, with Wasteland, by pinning Santino Marella to tie the falls one-one. Up to this point, this was turning out to be a great match, until WWE (in cop-out fashion) decided best not to have decisive victors. The Corre stormed the ring and attacked Show, which immediately throws away the match.
Do you think (Insert Iconic Line HERE) that The Corre redeemed themselves by attacking The Big Show, or did they appear weaker by the simple conclusion: They still couldn’t get the job done?
This next type of constraint is the Hollywood-Factor–when celebrities either take up air time that could have been used for a wrestler, or they take a wrestler’s spot in a match. The WWE Divas were seriously hindered when WWE decided to sign The Jersey Shore’s Snooki to a WrestleMania bout. So girls like Eve Torres, Melina, Kelly-Kelly, and Natalya, who were at one-time or another receiving pushes, were cut from ‘Mania due to the Snooki-Factor.
There are reports circulating through the web that has everyone a twitter that Melina and John Morrison have been giving Trish Stratus the cold shoulder. Like Snooki, Trish also took the spot that could have gone to a currently active Diva–but, Trish’s role as Snooki’s trainer in the match was to further promote WWE’s new reality series Tough Enough. So instead of burying themselves against Trish, Melina and Morrison should have done the professional thing and took it up with Vince McMahon.
The Snooki-Factor, as we come to realize on WWE SmackDown, also added to the delay of LayCool’s split. Michelle McCool and Layla were on the verge of splitting since their brief stare down at the Royal Rumble (most likely leading to Lay versus Cool at ‘Mania) until it became apparent that they would be a part of a six-person tag match at WrestleMania. Now that WrestleMania is over, LayCool has once again showed signs of breaking up. During their match against Beth Phoenix and Kelly-Kelly on Friday, Michelle abandoned her flawless partner after getting the impression from Layla that she was attempting the same when she was unavailable to tag-in.
Will Michelle McCool and Layla split? Will Lay versus Cool take place on pay-per-view?
This concludes Part II of “WrestleMania Redemption” two-part post. Loved it? Hated it? Leave a comment down below or hit me up on Twitter.
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