WWE WrestleMania 33: 3 Matches WWE Got Right

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3. AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon

The match that received the most amount of criticism would end the night with the highest praise. This could only be referred to as poetic justice. Moreover, this match would act as proof of the fact AJ Styles just cannot have a bad match. The Phenomenal One would continue this trend well into WrestleMania 33 as well. Moreover, getting the win would help him in the long run as well.

Kudos to Shane for proving he can hang in with the best in WWE. One would have to give much credit to Shane for carrying out his portion of a wrestling-centric match as opposed to what he would normally do. Of course one shouldn’t compare this match to Styles vs. Cena. The match worked well to strengths of both performers. Styles and Shane worked a slower match to ensure Shane could last the entire duration of the bout.

The coast-to-coast spot and referee going down all added to the action. Moreover, a great story was being told in the ring. AJ Styles was the arrogant competitor who was surprised by the competitive spirit his boss had shown. Shane was simply outmatched and outclassed by a better wrestler over time. Simply story telling that got the most done. However, like I suggested in a previous post, the match could have benefited even more by some added stakes. Regardless, this was a match that creative should be praised for, despite the poor buildup to it.