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WWE: WrestleMania XXVIII
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Far from being a marginalized arena for cult-status devotees, pro wrestling and the annual WrestleMania events are decidedly mainstream. This is high-gloss, big-budget performance art with lots of sweat, but none of the bloodletting or unrehearsed moves that define the subculture of the amateur or low-rent pro circuit seen in countless YouTube videos and portrayed by Mickey Rourke and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky in The Wrestler. The savagery has an ordered politeness that's more about storytelling and tightly choreographed athleticism than it is about violence and chaos. Indeed, there's a strong message of positivity and tolerance pervading all the bogus grudges and phony beatings. The uplifting message that's built in to WWE's evolved brand of big-money entertainment is especially strong in the package's special features, including mentions of charity work the WWE stars are engaged in and the camaraderie they share when they're not play-acting and swaggering. There's a proudly positive message of equality to it all that's summed up in the massive "Rise Above Hate" T-shirt Cena wears during the pre-show press conference. WrestleMania is alive and well in America as an annual tradition that's proudly red, white, black, and blue. --Ted Fry
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A few notes on the matches:
Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus
Waste of a match, 18 seconds and its over! Bryan is capable of giving his opponents great matches and people were clearly shouting his "YES, YES, YES!" phrase as he entered the ring. Everybody expected a great battle and instead got a "blink, brogue kick, 1, 2, 3, over" match. Overall rating 1/5.
Randy Orton vs Kane
Standard wrestling match, Orton and Kane traded shots until Orton tried a RKO off the second rope, Kane made his move and captured the victory. Overall 3/5
Big Show vs Cody Rhodes
Good match with lots of hype, Cody brings back the classic Intercontinental belt back, awesome, he plays a classic heel by taunting on Big Show's failures and Show finally makes his Wrestlemania moment by knocking out Rhodes with his WMD finisher. Overall 3.Read more ›
The first hour is the weakest of the show, with the WHC none event, a divia/star match and Kane Vs. Orton.
Things pick up when HHH, Undertaker and The Show Stopper. come out for their Hell in a Cell match. This is one of the best matches I've ever seen. I love the story these theree guys tell in the ring. This match had me haning on eveymove, thinking that every near fall was the end. And I knew who was going to win!! This match was a peice of art, and it's sad that the Undertaker will retire soon and we won't get to see matches like this when he dose.
The team Johny/Team Teddy match was pretty good. Then we have the WWE Title match CM Punk Vs. Y2J, not the best match, because the stipulation that if Punk gets DQed gets over played a bit, but in the end this match more then makes up for the WHC "match", and is one of the better matches of the show.
Then Rock Vs. Cena. Everything about this match is epic. The Inrtos, the crowds reaction, the match it's self. The rock winning was the icing on the cake. Good PPV, and worth a buy on DVD/Blu ray.
For the first time I can remember in a LONG time this release is the EXACT Program as the PPV. No Music Edits, No Re-Shots, and Actually in the case of the HITC Match it's even better as they do not try to alter HHH's "Final Stand"!
As Mentioned ALL the Music as seen on the PPV is here, Metallica, Madonna, Flo Rida, etc. is all here. The Mini Concert(s) are here, it is truly a welcome addition!
This is the way it should be done, in the past the PPV was far superior to the DVD / Blu-Ray not this time, in fact the Blu-Ray is better than the PPV. Congrats to WWE for finally getting this right!
Btw, the Extras are cool with the HOF being the best treat. Ron Simmons speech(with JBL Intro) by far was the best of the HOF's, IMHO, even surpassing the 4 Horseman. The HOF is truly worth it's weight as a stand alone, IMHO. The Press Conference is really corny, I'm starting to lose a lot of respect for CM Punk as he really is becoming to "Hollywood", this P.C.(as well as Punks current escapades as of late) really made me miss the days of the Straight Edge Savior, watch it and you'll see what I mean. Other than that it is the Best WM Release in a Long, Long Time (in terms of the non-edit and production value) and for $19.99 (Blu-Ray) it is a Steal!
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This is not your father's wrestling. This stuff is little more wild and dangerous. These people really do get hurt and injured. They have even died for the sport. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mister, I Like Music..