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Wrestlemania 33: A Marathon of Mediocrity

Roman Reigns Wrestlemania 33Wrestlemania is the biggest wrestling event in the world. Every year, tens of thousands of wrestling fans cram into a huge stadium or dome and watch as the WWE trots out what they believe is the best overall wrestling card of the year.

This year’s 33rd installment of Wrestlemania occurred on Sunday in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. Stars like John Cena, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar were put in matches with weeks-long build ups.

It should have been a home run, right?

Well, unfortunately, the 7 1/2 hour show fell flat time and time again.

I thought about writing an in-depth match-by-match review of Wrestlemania 33, but I really doubt it would have been very entertaining. Many matches lacked quality wrestling and focused more on ‘entertainment’. I will instead just mention a few thoughts about each match and give my opinion of the overall state of ‘wrestling’ in the WWE.

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Seth Rollins Re-Injures Knee, Could Miss Wrestlemania

Seth Rollins Samoa Joe WWE RAW knee injurySeth Rollins has been one of the major players in WWE since debuting on the main roster in The Shield faction in 2012. He followed his run in the group with a WWE ‘Money In Bank’ win and then cashed in his briefcase at Wrestlemania 31 in the middle of the Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns main event.

Rollins was the champ for over six months, but he blew out his ACL during a November European tour. He had to forfeit the WWE Championship and was on the shelf for quite awhile. He had to miss Wrestlemania 32 due to the injury and didn’t come back until May 22nd at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.

WWE has been teasing a Rollins vs. Triple H match for nearly six months. The possible Wrestlemania 33 match is now in jeopardy after Rollins legitimately re-injured his surgically-repaired knee on Monday Night Raw.

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Toy Crazy: Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 45

wwe-elite-45-steven-regal-roman-reigns-seth-rollins-dudley-boyz-lex-luger-set-mattel-toysI’m a self-confessed vintage toy nerd. I collect vintage wrestling action figures from the 80’s & 90’s. I started purchasing some vintage toys out of nostalgia. Well, WWE and Mattel sucked me into their new stuff. I now buy a few figures a month. You can view photos of my collection on my Instagram account.

I apologize for not posting a review of Elite 44. It was an above average series with Sasha Banks and Tugboat being the best from the set.

The lineup in Elite 45 is quite solid. The WWE Superstars included in Elite 45 are Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Lex Luger, Lord Steven Regal and The Dudley Boyz

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Shane McMahon Saved Wrestlemania 32

shane mcmahon return 2016 WWE RAW WrestlemaniaWrestlemania 32 is scheduled to take place on April 3rd and it needs to fill AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

Up until now, the outlook on the event was meager at best. Many stars are out with injuries and won’t be back in time for Mania.

Also, the ratings have been in the tank. I guess with the WWE Network, it’s not as important as in the past, but it’s still pretty darn important.

Don’t get me started on WWE’s stock price…it has not exactly been bullish.

Nevermind, forget everything I just wrote.

Wrestlemania 32 may have just been saved by a 46-year-old man.

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Roman Reigns Needs to Evolve

roman reigns wwe 2015 evolve the shieldWWE is in the midst of a youth movement. Their farm system NXT has been seen as a huge success. Young wrestlers (WWE likes to use the term ‘superstars’) are now more prepared than ever to take the next step and be on the main roster.

Roman Reigns is a product of NXT and is a member of the famed Anoa’i family, which includes The Rock, Rikishi, Yokozuna and over a dozen other former and current wrestlers. WWE had every reason to strap a rocket to him and push him to the top.

They added him to a stable called ‘The Shield’ with two other wrestlers that had a lot of experience in the indies, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The group has long since been dismantled, yet Reigns still stuck in the same character.

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Toy Crazy: Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 37

Elite 37 series John Cena Brock lesnar Miz Stephanie McMahon Dean Malenko Seth Rollins MattelI’m a self-confessed vintage toy nerd. I collect vintage wrestling action figures from the 80’s & 90’s. I started purchasing some vintage toys out of nostalgia. Well, WWE and Mattel sucked me into their new stuff. I now buy a few figures a month.

Every Elite series released this year have been great. The last dud was Elite series 32, but they made up for it with all the recent releases. I believe Elite series 36 was the best series this year, which is a huge feat in such a stacked year.

The WWE Superstars included in Elite 37 are Stephanie McMahon, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, Dean Malenko (Flashback) & The Miz.

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WWE Should Stop Making ‘Royal Rumble’ So Predictable

Roman Reigns sucks wwe royal rumble 2015The 2015 ‘Royal Rumble’ pay-per-view happened last night in Philadelphia. Wrestling fans always look forward to this event every year. It’s arguably the second-best wrestling night of the year, just behind ‘Wrestlemania’. Unfortunately, wrestling fans were left disappointed.

The Rumble is the unofficial start to the ‘Road to Wrestlemania’. Not only are fans excited to see which surprise entrants will enter the Rumble, but the other matches help set the table for feuds through Mania. The WWE did a pretty poor job in every facet.

The WWE has been playing it safe since the WWE Network launched. Their storytelling ability has been stuck in the 80’s since they reverted back to a PG rating. What can they do to fix last night’s blunder?

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Toy Crazy: Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 33

WWE Elite 33 series Xpac Bluetista Roman Reigns Junkyard Dog Seth Rollins CesaroI’m a self-confessed vintage toy nerd. I collect vintage wrestling action figures from the 80’s & 90’s. I started purchasing some vintage toys out of nostalgia. Well, WWE and Mattel sucked me into their new stuff. I now buy a few figures a month.

WWE Elite Series 30Elite Series 31 were both home runs (Elite Series 32…not so much). I mostly skipped Elite 32 (only purchased Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio) because I knew Elite 33 would be crazy awesome. They knocked a few of these figures out of the park. The Mattel design team did some great work.

The WWE Superstars included in Elite 33 are X-Pac (Flashback), Junkyard Dog (Flashback), Batista (aka Bluetista), Cesaro, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.

Here are some pictures and a review of which accessories each figure will come with.

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