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WrestleMania 27 – Fans Get "Snookied"

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Forget the feeling of WrestleMania 25 where you believed you witnessed the greatest match of all time between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker. The feeling of nostalgia.

Forget the feeling of WrestleMania 26 where you felt the emotion of watching perhaps the greatest performer of all time Shawn Michaels in his final match against the Undertaker (again) which would become an all time classic. The feeling of emotion when Bret “Hitman” Hart returned to the ring.

No, instead WrestleMania 27 gave fans the feeling of being “Snookied”.And there is no pill to take that gets the $60 back fans wasted on this event. Easily one of the worst Mania’s of all time.

Not even the return of the Rock (who was horribly used) could save this Mania from being the abomination it really was.

Not only did fans get gyped out of any solid matches outside of Rhodes vs. Mysterio and the Old School match between Triple H & The Undertaker, they didn’t even get a chance to enjoy these matches.

Not only that but the booking of this event was piss poor. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus which was built up, advertised and marketed to fans every week didn’t even make it to the PPV.

The Opening Contest was the Heavyweight Title match between Edge & Alberto Del Rio. Epic Fail. This match was thrown to the wolves. The fans weren’t built up yet and this match didn’t have as much time as it deserved.

The 4 man tag match between “The Corre” and The Big Show, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston and Kane got a whopping 3 minutes. Yes, 3 minutes!

Jerry Lawler vs Michael Cole had more time than it needed. By far!

But rest assured fans that the time taken away from the matches was put into backstage segments with Pee Wee Herman, Snoop Dogg and of course a match that put over Snooki.

After brilliantly building up an Old School Wrestling feel the past 2 Mania’s the WWE successfully flushed it ALL down the toilet.

This event was a slap in the face to the talent, the fans and WrestleMania itself. WWE owes it’s fans much better than that and they insulted many of them. All the energy that was put forth in breaking back talents like The Rock, Austin and HBK to infuse the older generation fans into this event was lost.

 

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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  1. Angelo J. Orlando

    April 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Seems a little harsh, I thought the Undertaker v HHH match was fantastic. Loved how the Rock started and finished the event, plus his backstage interaction with May Young was pretty funny. I thought the Edge v Del Rio match starting off the event was a great move, getting everyone’s attention right off the bat. Randy Ortons match was solid, I really enjoyed it overall. I will give you Snooki though, that was horrid, rather than subject myself to that bile I took the opportunity to grab something to eat.

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  3. Carrie W

    April 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve been a fan of wrestling for quite some time and as a fan, I can say I am 100% disappointed in the direction the WWE is going. This Wrestlemania was the worst I have ever seen! It’s not that there wasn’t potential for it to be great, the setup and writing has just sucked lately.

    You make a great point in your blog, the talent is not being used. Instead of spending time on matches the WWE has worked months to set up with storylines…The Corre/Big Show, Edge/Del Rio…the majority of the program was wasted on trying to sell The Rock and Snooki, two people who just so happen to be promoting their latest projects.

    To waste the young talent like Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, and The Corre…I just can’t comprehend it. Every single entrance was longer than The Corre’s match. Are you kidding me? I will never understand why you would start a PPV with a world title match. The reaction on twitter when Del Rio was announced was pure confusion. That was supposed to be one of the biggest matches of the night and left a lot of us wondering why we should even keep watching.

    In the end though, I suppose the WWE did exactly what they set out to do. They left people talking about The Rock and Snooki, with the after thought being Taker/HHH.

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WWE Hall of Famer Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch Jailed for Parole Violations

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WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch, known as “Sunny” during her career in professional wrestling, is again in trouble with the law.

According to The Express-Times, Tamara Lynn Sytch, 46, was being held on Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for violating parole terms related to guilty pleas from three drunken driving cases stemming 2016.

According to the report, Sytch was being held as of Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for alleged parole violations related to guilty pleas in 2016 in three drunken driving cases, court records show.

Additionally, court records show that a Carbon County judge on Feb. 15 issued a bench warrant for Sytch’s arrest, at the request of the Carbon County Adult Probation/Parole Department. Sytch allegedly missed a scheduled drug test  for February 11th, failed to report as directed to her parole officer, and failed to maintain a stable residence or report her whereabouts, according to the department.

Sytch was being held as of Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for alleged parole violations related to guilty pleas in 2016 in three drunken driving cases, court records show.

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WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso Arrested, Involved in Alleged Altercation with Police

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WWE superstar and one half of tag team ‘The Usos’, Jimmy Uso, was recently in Detroit, Michigan for disorderly conduct and obstruction, according to TMZ.

Uso, 33, and his wife, fellow WWE Superstar Naomi, who was driving, were pulled over near downtown Detroit for driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street.

According to our police sources, cops say their 2018 Dodge Journey reeked of booze and officers ordered Naomi out of the car.

Jimmy, despite commands to do otherwise, then exited the car took off his shirt and jacket and squared up like he wanted to fight, with one officer saying that he took out his taser “cause he was scared for his safety”.

Jimmy eventually calmed down and complied, was taken to jail and released once he posted bond.

 

 

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Vince McMahon Sells $22 Million Worth of WWE Stock

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WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon continues to sell off shares of WWE as he prepares for the re-launch of his football league, the XFL, in 2020.

According to recent SEC filings, McMahon recently sold 300,000 shares of WWE, valued at $74 a share, for an estimated $22 million, leaving McMahon with a hefty 3 million shares, for an estimated total well of $2 billion.

McMahon is clearly creating more financial cushion for his venture Alpha Entertainment, which owns the XFL, who recently announced the initial cities that will house XFL franchises that include Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, New York, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay.

As WWE has always innovative with their content distribution, highlighted by the success of the WWE Network platform, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will be setup.

With the popularity of Twitch streams and the less popular Mixer streams introducing more forms of entertainment to the potential of online streaming, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will choose to broadcast, and on how many platforms once it launches.

XFL will have it’s fair share of competition, but McMahon seems to be financially arming the league for a more successful run than it had back in the early 2000s.

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