So, another WrestleMania has passed with large fanfare and shocking results. WrestleMania XXX was one event that everyone expected to be horrible due to a number of matches which didn’t seem to be going over with the wrestling audience prior to the big day. Growing up, watching WrestleMania was a must and I would do my best to watch it as soon as I could regardless of how bad I thought it would be. As I once wrote early on, my neighborhood was not equipped to carry cable or closed circuit broadcasting. The only way I found out the results of WrestleMania was on a sports program that Sunday night or in the newspaper he next day. The video store owner around the corner from my house would always have the PPV events the following day and would be watching all day. I would run straight from school, drop my bag off, then run to the video store window glass. Although I couldn’t hear the announcer, I would make up my own play-by-play and watch the matches closely so I could relay what I had seen to family and friends. It got to the point that after a few events, the video store owner invited me in and set up a chair for me to watch through the bulletproof glass where he stood with the entire video library behind him. I was finally able to hear what Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse Ventura, Bobby Heenan, and the WWF roster was saying and hear the roar of the crowd. Although I kind of missed doing my own commentary, I was glad someone understood and appreciated my love of wrestling. This year being the 30 year anniversary, millions of wrestling fans were able to capture the moments of the “Big Daddy” of wrestling events on television, computers, tablets or on their phones. Long gone of are days waiting to borrow the VHS bootlegged by the video store owner a week later. Unfortunately, the video store closed by the time Hogan faced Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania XI but by then, my neighborhood changed with the times and we finally got cable.  So, with that being said, I bring to you…

Faces/Heels of WrestleMania XXX

Faces
Faces of WrestleMania: The Undertaker and Daniel Bryan (WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

I never thought I would see it. In fact, if I didn’t see it for myself I would have thought someone was lying to me just to see a rage monster be born through my inner personality. But yes it is true, The Streak is over. The Undertaker, the man who was undefeated and had the most prestigious undefeated streak and accomplishment in wrestling history, lost. It wasn’t for a championship, it wasn’t for a career, it was streak which the majority of wrestling fans thought would always hold true. But, after the referee’s hand hit the canvas for the third time (and the initial shock) it was all over. It also may possibly have been the end of the career of The Phenom. But with the end of an era begins the era of another.

 

The Little Man Who Couldn’t had to battle through a no-win situation and proved the naysayers wrong by claiming the gold. Daniel Bryan has been a symbol to the WWE and wrestling fandom of hard work, determination, and the ability to accomplish goals with a little help from those who believe in the cause. The Greatest of All Time now is on top with a league of disgruntled gentlemen hunting him down to disappoint the masses. But I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Heels
Heels of WrestleMania: Brock Lesnar and Bray Wyatt

The Beast, The Manchild, or whatever name you want to call him, Brock Lesnar is now only to be recognized by one name and that is “The Streak Ender”. I don’t think many believed he would be the one to do it but with his look of shock and the amazement from his overseer Paul Heyman, they didn’t believe he could do it either. Brock Lesnar has been a man with a destructive direction of force who has been known to break and batter many who have battled him. But he has been beaten before, so it was fair to say that The Undertaker would have been able to go 22-0. But as Paul Heyman promised us all, his guy was going to do the unthinkable. Brock would be the only man not to have a tombstone in The Undertaker’s WrestleMania graveyard.

 

With the death a monstrous streak we saw the birth of a frightening entity at WrestleMania. Bray Wyatt, patriarch of the Wyatt Family, made his presence known to those who didn’t know of him. His battle against the Golden Boy and Boy Scout John Cena even made Cena look towards other means of stopping this dark cloud of terror. Bray Wyatt’s personality along with his ring work makes for great storytelling and draws the viewers into the mind of a psychotic madman. But Wyatt isn’t only looking to defeat his opponent; he also wants the viewers to be drawn into his religion as a wrestling cult leader. After his match at WrestleMania, he may have a couple of thousands believing and wanting to follow the buzzards.