Wrestlemania XXXI


It’s that time of year again for Wrestlemania and as a wrestling fan I will be watching. Despite what people think of it, it’s quite entertaining for me. I wanted to share my review of last year plus what I think of the matches lined up for this year. I won’t be doing a full review of the show so this will due. Be sure to click the links below:

For those that don’t have the network and unless you have a nifty way of watching for free, you’d be paying nearly $60 for the pay per view. I’ve been a subscriber of the network from the beginning and the best perk is definitely the 12 pay per views a year. As for this years Wrestlemania there are quite a few matches I’m looking forward to. Of course there is the pre-show which has the tag-team championship bout which is just like last year. Again the tag team division gets no love. I think all titles should be defended at Wrestlemania in the MAIN EVENT. Also in the pre show is the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Cesaro won that last year, so it’ll be interesting who wins this year.

As for the main show there’s the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match. There’s a lot of competition in that one, but out of everyone I don’t expect R-Truth to win. Undertaker returns to face Bray Wyatt which I find to be quite interesting. Undertaker just turned 50 and it’s about time for him to retire, for good, although he is the epitome of Wrestlemania. Maybe next year he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame in his home state of Texas. It’ll be a great match for Wyatt as he is the new face of fear. Although every time he speaks I hear him yelling, “We Are Sparta.”

The match that I’m really looking most forward to is Triple H versus Sting. Sting has never wrestled in a WWE ring and is Mr. WCW. This match is not Sting versus Triple H, this is WCW vs. WWE. As much as people don’t care for the authority, this match goes deeper than that. Being that Triple H is the “Authority” he’ll probably lose.

Another match I’m looking forward to is¬†Orton versus Rollins. Babyface Orton has been waiting to demolish the arrogant Seth Rollins. Looks like their career paths parallel as far as “push” and attitude. Orton is as cocky and arrogant as they come and Rollins is a match. In ring skills will be great as Randy is still on his game and Rollins is one of the best in the ring right now. It’ll be a great one for sure. Rollins wins either way as I can see him cashing in his briefcase.

Oh yeah The Bella Twins versus AJ Lee & Paige. Too bad the Divas don’t get the respect and credit they deserve. A lot of them have talent, but it’s like WWE doesn’t know how to utilize them. So why not take the “best” 4 and make a tag team match. ¬†Wooptie Doo. It’s really just a filler.

Cena verus Rusev should be interesting. John Cena needs to turn heel or something. He’s back to where he stared in his career, a match for the United States Championship. The FACE of the WWE is in a match at Wrestlemania for the United States Championship. Is it a downgrade if he wins? Could the Rusev streak be beaten. Who knows.

The match that I could care less about is Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns. Realistically, Brock will demolish Roman. If Roman does win, Seth can come out and cash in his Money in the Bank. That would be quite interesting because then it’d be another triple threat for the title because both Reigns and Lesnar would be entitled to rematches.

WWE Network [Review]

UnknownThe WWE Network launched this past Monday, 2.24.14, and along with millions (and Millions) of fans I jumped right on the bandwagon and went on to download the app. It took me over an hour to do so and I ran into a lot of connection issues which was to be expected. First off, I had not signed up on WWE.COM which I should have done initially. Having already signed up would have made the process a lot faster. I had the WWE app on my iPad, but I never really needed to sign up. So, not having been a member of the WWE community slowed down the process. Plus I was in an area where the WiFi wasn’t all that great and I think that added to the connection issues. Upon signing up, I did NOT receive the free trial. Again, I suppose, due to connection issues, my billing went through PayPal and not my debit, which I had preferred. The money was instantly deducted and there went my free trial. After that, I had no problems. I logged in via my iPad and browsed to see what the network had to offer.

So the basic layout of the homepage is the daily schedule, below that shows, PPV, and recommended. When you click on ‘All Shows’ / ‘All PPV’ i’ll take you to the shows menu which is divided into 4 categories: PPV, In-Ring, Originals, and Vault. The PPV section is set-up two ways. You can pick by year which has the recommended PPV or you can click on the PPV by brand (WWE/ECW/WCW) and slide left to see PPV by years. Under In-Ring, you can sleet Raw/Smackdown, Main Event, NXT, or Superstar replays. Not every episode is available for Raw & Smackdown. For Raw the replays go back to 1993, 1998, 2012-2014. Smackdown is 1999 and 2012-2014 and the episodes for both brands are title along with the episodes available of Main Event. The episodes for NXT and and Superstars are not titled, only labeled by episode. The ‘Orginials’ section is divided by WWE Beyond the Ring, WWE Countdown & Wrestlemania Rewind. This is a section that needs work and I’m sure more will be added. The Vault section has ECW Hardcore TV, Legends of Wrestling (my favorite), Old School, and WCCW. Again another section that is build able.

Overall I’m pleased with the Network and see that there are rooms for improvement. It works on 3/4 of my devices: iPad/iPhone/Macbook, but due to connection issues I have yet to set it up on my Xbox 360. With the email sent out by WWE that issue is set to be resolved by Monday, 3.3.14. Only time will tell.

Here’s my 3 main questions regarding the network:

  1. Will the documentaries featured on Netflix be added to the Network?
  2. Will Raw/Smackdown ever be aired live?
  3. Will the Raw/Smackdown replay archives include all episodes or stay as is?

The archive of the WWE is very large and I could not expect for everything to be up at once. That’s just not practical. There is room for growth on the network which is exciting because who knows what other original content is coming. I suppose when Total Divas and WWE Legend’s House begins that they will be added as well. I wonder if Total Divas will be streamed live to coincide with that of E! or if it will be archived. Also I wonder if past episodes of Total Divas will be added as well.

Again only time will tell, but minus the initial connection issues and not getting the free trial, I’m pleased with the setup and programming offered. I’m even more interested to see where this is going to go and anticipating that all connection issues will be solved by Wrestlemania. I’m pretty definite they will.