Kashin In: Special Report – The Press Play for WrestleMania Review Edition

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Hello everyone and welcome to the WrestleMania edition of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. Despite the somewhat disappointing build to the biggest show of the year, the Showcase of the Immortals is here. It’s professional wrestling’s version of the Super Bowl. It’s a spectacle that we can’t resist year and after as fans. Tonight’s show has a lot to offer. We have a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. The Undertaker rises from the ashes one year after Brock Lesnar conquered the streak. Sting makes his WrestleMania debut as he faces Triple H in a moment that will be unforgettable due to the historical significance of his first match in WWE taking place on the grandest stage of all. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the richest prize in the business. With Lesnar re-upping his contract for another three years, it’s safe to expect the unexpected when it comes to how the main event will shake out by the end of the night. Did WrestleMania deliver the goods or did WWE lay an egg by pissing in everyone’s Corn Flakes? The answer to that question can be found throughout this blog. Without further ado, let’s dissect WrestleMania in no particular order.

  • The Fatal Four Way for the Tag Team Championship featuring Jimmy Uso, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, and Los Matadores was good. We had Superkicks, Uppercuts, dives, spills, and thrills from the top rope. The action was fast-paced from start to finish and it was very fun to watch. Even El Torito, Natalya, and Naomi got a chance to shine by representing their teams by kicking a little ass. Jimmy Uso was about to pick up the win by hitting the splash on Big E. However, Cesaro made a blind tag on Jimmy Uso’s leg and rolled Jimmy out of the way to pick up the win. It was sly, but creative. Despite the Los Matadores and New Day gimmicks being so dead on the water, the individual talent is never in dispute. This was a great way to kick off the in-ring action at WrestleMania. Everyone maximized their minutes to perfection. Plus, Jey Uso picked up his Mania paycheck despite his limited role in the match. His injury held him back, but at least he was able to make a brief appearance before leaving to protect himself from further harm. All in all, this was a win.
  • Goodbye, AxelMania. What a travesty!
  • I guess all the participants from the Fatal Four Way match for the Tag Team Titles (minus Jey Uso) are picking up another paycheck by appearing in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
  • Mizdow helped The Miz eliminate Miz’s former assistant Alex Riley. The irony is rich and I appreciate Michael Cole for weaving the whole thing together.
  • Well, Hideo Itami had a brief moment to shine in the battle royal. Let’s hope WWE has big plans for him on the main roster in the very near future.
  • Big Show eliminated the entire New Day crew from outside the squared circle. Very impressive.
  • Big Show cashed his receipt by eliminating Cesaro from the battle royal. Nice nod to history.
  • Mizdow is free at last!
  • It’s Emancipation Day!
  • Mizdow put up a good fight, but he came up just a bit short as Big Show eliminated him to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Trophy. It’s fitting in a lot ways. From one great giant to another. Makes sense. I am already taking bets to see who will smash the trophy tomorrow night on Raw. You know it is bound to happen.
  • Booker T better pimp his autobiography.
  • Seeing Pat Patterson present as the Intercontinental Championship belt is being hung above the ring was a classy gesture by WWE.
  • Cool intro by LL Cool J to set the tone for WrestleMania.
  • Stardust is giving me Harley Quinn vibes with his outfit.

Twin Action.

Twin Action.

  • Stardust has his own bedazzled ladder.
  • Well, he had his own bedazzled ladder until Bad News Barrett destroyed it.
  • That was sick Superplex from the top of the ladder by Barrett to Stardust.
  • Holy shit. That was a nasty bump. Luke Harper Powerbombing Ambrose through the ladder was insane. I knew the ladder bridge claims another victim.
  • It’s a head butt fest between Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan.
  • Bryan got the best of Ziggler and grabbed the IC Title to seal the victory.
  • At first, the action was tame. Then, all hell broke loose as the Ladder Match became a straight up demolition derby. Dean Ambrose took the sickest bump in the match. Barrett hit a couple of Bull Hammers as Ziggler and Stardust took flight from midair. Bryan hitting Barrett dead-on with the Running Knee set up the end of the match perfectly when it came down to him and Ziggler. It might hint at a bit of foreshadowing as both men feud for the title. If that’s the case, I expect the matches we have seen on television so far be surpassed in a series of one-on-one matches with the Intercontinental Championship at stake. The ladder match was very good and I tip my cap to all seven men for putting on quite the show.
  • Holy fucking crap…..That was incredible. Seth Rollins was about to deliver the Curb Stomp and Orton caught him in midair and nailed him with an RKO to pick up the win. Amazing spot. Sensational.
  • Seth Rollins and Randy Orton had a very good match. It was a pure wrestling showcase with some nice high flying spots mixed in between for good measure. Having a straight match without the gimmicks is enough to whet one’s appetite sometimes. That ending was the icing on a badass and delicious cake. Bravo.
  • Sting hired Crow-like ninjas?
  • Triple H hired a fleet of motherfucking Terminators.
  • Triple H is a bad man. I prefer last year’s entrance, though. He looks more like Mr. Freeze from Batman and Robin than a badass cyborg.

Much more accurate representation of Triple H's outfit.

Much more accurate representation of Triple H’s outfit.

  • Whatever miracle water Sting has drunk to look this good I need to take when I turn 50.
  • I guess Triple H called for backup in the form of DX.
  • And Sting has the NWO in his corner!!! Holy shit!! It’s the Monday Night War: Part II. What a moment.
  • Shawn. Fucking. Michaels.
  • It’s raining WrestleMania paychecks…
  • Sting just broke Triple H’s sledgehammer in half with his baseball bat. Hunter treats Mr. Sledgehammer like an honorary son…
  • The top half of the sledgehammer came in handy as Triple H whacked Sting in the head to pick up the dirty win. That was slightly underwhelming. The match was chockfull of interference from DX and the NWO. It provided nice window dressing. However, I thought Sting made it perfectly clear that he was not trying to avenge WCW. Yet, we see Part Deux of the Monday Night Raw and things end with a damn handshake between Triple H and Sting. How odd. The match was good, but the ending was very strange. It almost looked like WWE was setting up some type of rematch between the two warring factions at Extreme Rules if it was 14 years ago. Sting got his WrestleMania moment in the weirdest roundabout way.
  • The Mutual Admiration Legends Society featuring Daniel Bryan was cute. It was a cool way to get everybody on the show.
  • Very nice tag team match featuring AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins. The girls had a relatively clean matchup. AJ was laid out at ringside for a large chunk of the match, but she eventually got involved and made Nikki Bella tap out to her Black Widow submission hold. It was nice to see the ladies get some time. They were rushing a bit to make sure they hit all their spots, but it was fun while it lasted.
  • Lana better wear that mink fur.
  • Rusev rolling in on a tank puts the exclamation point on the Russian pageantry. Very cool entrance.
  • John Cena has become the United States Champion. Rusev accidently bumped Lana off the ring apron when she tried to interfere on his behalf towards the end of the match Cena capitalized by hitting Rusev with an AA to pick up the win. Their match at Fast Lane was a notch better in my opinion. Both men showcased some new moves which included a Flying Head Butt from Rusev and a back springboard reverse Stunner by Cena. It was quite the sight and I thank the WWE production crew for showing an instant replay of the move because I thought my eyes were deceiving me.
  • Lana lost her shoes and possibly Rusev after costing him the U.S. Title. I am sure the duo will patch things up or she will become an American sympathizer to truly stick it to Rusev. Stranger things have happened.
  • With Cena as the U.S. Champ, maybe the belt will be elevated to new heights. One can only hope.
  • I was about to say. Stephanie McMahon was being too damn nice during her promo.
  • Here comes The Rock to possibly setup a match against Triple H at WrestleMania 32 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. We shall see soon enough.
  • Shit just got real…Ronda Rousey might kick Stephanie’s ass.
  • Now, THAT was a WrestleMania moment. Seeing Ronda Rousey punk out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon was amazing. Stephanie was such an awesome bitch during this segment. She was arrogant, but knew when to get the hell out of dodge when Rousey tried to lock her in the armbar. It was the perfect segment to successfully promote the greatness of WrestleMania, UFC, and Furious 7 all in one fell swoop. This segment is SportsCenter bound by the end of the night.
  • Bray Wyatt walking among the scarecrows. Creepy visual.
  • The Undertaker keeps it simple and classic with his standard black trench coat and hat. He looks good.
  • I am shocked that Wyatt kicked out. The alleged New Face of Fear has some fight left in him.
  • That was pretty damn cool. The Crawl vs. The Sit Up.
  • The Undertaker’s Redemption is complete. Nice win for Taker. The match picked up towards the end and created a nice bit of drama with Wyatt possibly squeaking out a win. However, the Undertaker was able to escape Sister Abigail and hit Wyatt with a second Tombstone to take his WrestleMania record to 22-1. I truly hope Wyatt loses nothing from this. He’s too good to be squandered.
  • The Cena-Jericho podcast should be interesting. Stone Cold is more of a tough ass when it comes to asking questions, but the Cena interview might be fun. Hopefully.
  • Roman Reigns has top of the line security escorting him to the ring. His hair looks extra glorious, by the way.
  • Okay, that was pretty bad ass. Nice way to set off the fireworks, Reigns.
  • Paul Heyman better introduce his client.
  • That was abrupt. A German Suplex followed by an F5.
  • “Suplex City, Bitch.” Somebody trademark that, please.
  • Nasty clothesline by Lesnar to Reigns. This match is gnarly.
  • Lesnar is not human. He’s a Beast.
  • Shit just got real. The gloves are off. This could get graphic.
  • Reigns won’t give up. He has guts. He’s literally laughing in the fear of certain doom.
  • Hell of a kick out by Lesnar. This match is turning into a WrestleMania Classic.
  • Cash in alert!
  • Seth Rollins is the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion. What an ending.
  • Before Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, I thought Lesnar vs. Reigns had a hell of a match. It was brutal. The Suplexes were insane. Reigns laughing and dishing it back to Lesnar was equally impressive. He really showed that he belonged on the big stage. Reigns gets to go into chase mode while Lesnar will seek and destroy Rollins for winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar still comes away from the match looking good because he never got pinned. He has a major axe to grind and that’s when The Beast Incarnate is at his most dangerous. In all honesty, this was the perfect way to end the show. It was suspenseful and built great heat for Raw tomorrow night. Let the fallout begin.
  • Overall, I thought WrestleMania XXXI was a very good show. Everybody had their wrestling boots on. It was a spectacle from start to finish. Every match delivered. The only questionable outcome was Sting losing, but I loved seeing DX and the NWO crash the party and wreak a little havoc along the way.
  • The best match of the night goes to Lesnar vs. Reigns from a pure fight standpoint.
  • The best technical wrestling match was Orton vs. Rollins. The RKO in midair while Rollins was climbing an imaginary staircase was the spot of the night.
  • Dean Ambrose wins bump of the night honors for crashing through the ladder courtesy of a Powerbomb by Luke Harper.
  • Best entrance goes to Rusev.
  • Worst entrance goes to Sting and the Japanese Ninjas.
  • Best moment goes to The Rock, Ronda Rousey, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon.
  • There were really no bad moments on the show. Everyone earned a WrestleMania paycheck and the crowd was hot all night long. I can’t complain about a show that delivered the goods for the most part.
  • Despite the iffy build leading up to the biggest show of the year, WWE came through with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter. They handled their business when it counted most. For the second year in a row, Wrestlemania was an all-around good show. Let’s hope the fallout is equally exciting as we head into post-Mania season.

On that note, this wraps up another edition of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. I hope you enjoyed it and I will be back tomorrow night with a brand new blog covering Monday Night Raw. I shall leave you with “A Moment with Daria and Jane.” See you later, boys and girls!

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