The WWE has been known to make the odd blunder or two on both their shows, Raw and SmackDown Live but with pay per views, you would think that greater care would be applied and when it comes to the grandest stage of them all, the number of mistakes should be zero.
Even John Cena said they do what is best for the show when he was on Edge and Christian’s Pod of Awesomeness, when asked why he never had a feud with the Undertaker at WrestleMania, the sixteen-time world champion had the following to say…
“We have to do the best for WrestleMania period, that event is completely the fiscal future of the company and every single year there are plans to do the right thing for WrestleMania and that match was not in the plans, and that’s the best I can say. So many guy complain about not being in the last match or main event match, or even with the people their comfortable with. Man, if it was only work with people you’re comfortable with, I would’ve had another 10,000 matches with Edge. Like that’s the easy part. The difficult part as a professional is to take what they need you to do and make it creative.”
“In a perfect world, would I want to face the Undertaker at WrestleMania? That’s every pro wrestler’s! that’s any WWE Superstar’s dream, to work with pretty much the maestro of WrestleMania at WrestleMania. That’s it! But if our company’s success depends on me doing something else, then my job is to do that something else. And I think the way all that went, I don’t have any regrets on the way any of that went, I think it was completely put together the right way. Would I have loved to do it? Yes. But I show up to work to do work”
Now we have covered this little Cena speech in our “Dead Man Cometh” post but read the above words again, see not the words about the Undertaker but what he says concerning WrestleMania itself and how they have plans to do right by the show, frankly, we didn’t agree with that as sometimes the WWE has made some complete and utter fuck ups.
Now WrestleMania has been going on now for thirty-three years and the countdown is on for our thirty-fourth instalment but Vince McMahon would never have dreamed of how big his creation would become when the first event was shown.
On March 31st 1985 in Madison Square Garden, in New York City, a dream was born, took hold and grew into one of the greatest events of the year, hundreds of thousands now flock to the greatest stage of WWE to witness the granddaddy of all pay per views.
Well while we can say there were some matches that stole the show, there were others that couldn’t help but let the show down and a lot of foolish decisions have been made that Vince McMahon would love the fans to gloss over or outright forget.
And yet, every year, you can practically put money on someone putting their foot in it and this could be from the wrestlers themselves, to the camera crew, the interviewers, the announcers and even decisions at that years WrestleMania, so we thought we at the Squared Circle, in response to Cena’s words, would bring you our Top Five examples of screw ups, bad matches and/or bad decisions that occurred at WrestleMania.
Number 5: WrestleMania 25: The “Miss WrestleMania” Battle Royal
On the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania that wasn’t the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, a twenty-five diva battle royal was held to crown the first ever “Miss WrestleMania” and I can hear all you people screaming at me, how is that a mistake for a WrestleMania, twenty-five lovely ladies battling it out to be crowned the first ever “Miss WrestleMania”.
Yeah, well, it was a mistake and you only had twenty-four divas competing because the eventual winner was a man…
Now that is a huge ass mistake because it down played the talent of the divas, it made them into a joke, the fact that all their good for in wrestling is being eye-candy and that they shouldn’t wrestle at all.
The fact that Santino Morella who (no offense people) is not really a great superstar, yeah he’s was funny and got a good reaction but that’s about it, this win and match was the joke of the year in what should have been a great match for the woman’s division.
Number 4: WrestleMania 27, A 40-year wait for a “Loss”
At the time WrestleMania 27 rolled around, Jerry “The King” Lawler had a 40-year career to his name and for the first time in that career he was walking into the “show of shows” for a match.
This was a major event and the fault was that the best opponent they could come up with was Michael Cole, now, fault cannot be put on Cole here, the powers at be should have realised the blindingly obvious that Michael Cole was an announcer not a wrestler.
The whole thing was a comical squash match with Lawler pretty much handing Cole a beat down on a silver platter and with the whole anonymous General Manager at the time reversing the decision give Cole the win was just plain BS.
After everything “The King” has done for the company and his long standing career, more thought, care and time should have been given to give Jerry Lawler his first ever win.
Number 3: WrestleMania 29, John Cena vs The Rock II
The year before we had the “Once in a Lifetime” match featuring these two and it was one of the easiest predictable matches on the card, the only thought I had running through my mind was that since it was “Once in a Lifetime” it could only get better if there was a championship on the line…and guess what we got then?
A rematch should never have taken place, both superstars had made history making their first match a year in advance (at least on screen) but the moment the Rock returned and announced his match at the Royal Rumble for the title, I knew we would have The Rock vs John Cena, round two and then Cena wins the Rumble.
So now, the WWE has a problem, we have had a “Once in a Lifetime” match that should have been for the championship, a rematch that shouldn’t have happened for a championship, both superstars have won a match and you know how the WWE does ties in matches.
So you know there’s going to be the rubber match somewhere down the line whether or not they push for this before they push John Cena past Ric Flair’s World Championship record, your guess is as good as mine, all I know is that “Once in a Lifetime” should have remained “Once”
The first go was such a money magnet that I guess the “Powers upon high” couldn’t resist trying to cash in with round two.
Number 2: WrestleMania 2: Location, Location, Location
Out of several we could choose from, our foolish decision is actually a trifecta as WrestleMania 2 was delivered from not one, not two but three locations. The show began in Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum; Uniondale, NY before the middle portion was hailed from The Rosemont Horizon; Rosemont, IL before The Sports Area; Los Angeles, CA took up the remaining air time to give us the finale.
Now, think about this decision, you’re a fan, WrestleMania 1 knocked your socks off, you loved every second of it, you managed to get a ticket for essentially round two of the greatest night of your life, the opening couple of matches was the warm up, you looking forward to the main event, your favourite superstar is taking part, only – you now have to watch it on big screen monitors
This was the mistake of the century as many fans criticized WrestleMania 2 for being the worst in their current thirty-three year run of the pay per view but thankfully this is a mistake the WWE has learned from as such repeats have not taken place
Number 1: WrestleMania 32: 3 for 1 At WrestleMania 32
For our WrestleMania mistake and number one pick for this post, we here at the Squared Circle settled on WrestleMania 32 and had a choice of three and to be honest, there was a bit of an argument in the office, we couldn’t make up our mind, we therefore decided since we couldn’t pick one, we’re including all three…our list….out rules…so roll with it…
1: Our first started before the pay per view got underway, Lita unveiled a new championship claiming the winner of the triple threat divas match would become the first ever Woman’s champion, now I might be getting just as old as WrestleMania is but you know I could swear that title has been applied before…oh yeah, isn’t the woman presenting the championship herself a multi-time Woman’s Champion
I mean I could be wrong but I’m sure Lita and…oh I don’t know, Trish Stratus, Molly Holly, Chyna, Ivory, Jacqueline, Sonner Blaze, where they not woman’s champion or was I asleep when all that took place.
So despite Charlotte winning the match and becoming champion, she is a long way from being the “First Ever” by a considerable margin…
2: Our second mistake was the whole storyline of the hell in a cell match between Undertaker and Shane McMahon, the boy wonder was walking into this match knowing if he walked out with the win he would get control of Raw.
This match was one of the highlights of the card and one that could have stolen the show but despite a loss, Shane would turn up on Raw to say farewell to the fans only for his daddy dearest to give him control of the show anyway, thus rendering the who point why the hell in a cell match was made for WrestleMania in the first place… Thanks Vince!
3: And lastly, during that aforementioned match, when Shane McMahon decided it be a good idea to see if he could fly oh so yet again, when he crashed through the announcers table, Michael Cole is not only heard screaming “for the love of mankind” with Mick Foley not even near the damn match but he is seen…on camera…live for fucking hundreds of thousands of fans to witness, looking down and reading that line from a bloody script…the utter numbskull needs to learn his lines.
While Cena may think the company has plans to do what’s best for the show, that’s not always the case when it comes to WrestleMania,
So that was our top five mistakes at the biggest pay per view of the year or if you want to get technical, our top seven but as short and as long as it was – do you agree with our list, do you think we missed any that should have made the top five, do let us know…