WWE WrestleMania 33: Match Performance Evaluations

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The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

Let’s get one thing out of the way because I’ve heard some push-back on my feelings towards Reigns.  I think Roman Reigns is a good in-ring worker, potentially very good.  He’s leaps and bounds better than he was just 3 or 4 years ago and in time could be great.  What I have an issue with is the blatant favoritism towards a guy that has been operating as a baby face, yet booed out of most arenas for the better part of the last 3 years.  I’ve screamed over and over again, if you’re going to be treated like a heel, just be a heel.  But for some reason, and it’s most likely a similar reason John Cena has never turned, Reigns is being pushed as a “good guy”, and it’s maddening.

Sunday night was the perfect opportunity for the company to turn Reigns.  Wrestling The Undertaker at Wrestlemania is one of the biggest honors that could be bestowed to any wrestler and Reigns got to not only do it, but win.  But what really could’ve maximized the situation is if Reigns cheated to win.  Sure, that would’ve ruined Taker’s walk-out but does anybody really believe that it was his last match?  If Reigns turned heel while in the most iconic setting, the hatred towards him would instantly turn him into RAW’s top heel.

But instead, we got a match that was pretty straight forward and honestly very good.  Outside of a couple of botches on both ends, Taker and Reigns put on a match that was very worthy of the Wrestlemania main event.  But I just can’t help but think that with some surprises, this match, and a few others on the card could’ve taken this show from being very good to great.  But for what it was, Reigns and Taker did the job well.

Verdict: Achieved Expectations

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What did you think of these WrestleMania 33 matches? Did they meet expectations?