That’s it. The dust has settled. WrestleMania 38 had a lot to offer, this time around. It definitely felt a lot different than previous editions. The rumor mill was out of control heading into Mania, two highly anticipated returns happened, and both world championships were on the line.
Now. No WrestleMania is perfect. Some can’t scratch the surface as memorable. This is not one of those WrestleManias. It delivered on some promises, while at the same time leaving you with mixed feelings.
WrestleMania has always welcomed celebrity guests to participate on The Grandest Stage of them All. World champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End Rob Gronkowski, and Latin hip hop artist Bad Bunny had positive reactions from the crowd, for a combination of showmanship and reasonable time in the spotlight, at previous WrestleManias. The same can’t be said for Pat McAfee.
The former Indianapolis Colts punter had two matches on night two. Both lasted a ridiculously long time, with the second being worse. First, McAfee defeated Austin Theory, in a near ten minute match. Fair enough. Somehow, we are to accept a 76-year old Vince McMahon defeating McAfee is perfectly ok.
One celebrity wasn’t enough. Rey and Dominik Mysterio lost to The Miz and YouTube personality Logan Paul. ‘Jackass’ star Johnny Knoxville defeated Sami Zayn as well.
Attitude Era Over
This one will hurt millennials and those glued to Attitude Era programming. Take a look at this card and the current roster. The remains of the Attitude Era are a mere memory. With The Undertaker inducted into the Hall of Fame, Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestling a final match, and HHH announcing his retirement, that leaves zero stars of the Attitude Era as active competitors. Kane never officially hung up his boots, but with him focusing on a political career, we know his days in the squared circle are long over. The Rock is on the same boat as Kane. An established career elsewhere, with no time for a wrestling return.
Slowly, stars of the Ruthless Aggression Era are reaching that stage.
Royal Rumble Ls
The Road to WrestleMania begins at the Royal Rumble. It’s the story WWE tell the fans, and it’s true. Whether you like how the path pans out is up to you. For the winner of the Royal Rumble match, expectations are sky high. It’s a one way ticket to the top. And this is where legends carved out their path, or extend it further. Some have done better than others, but not in recent years. Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, Edge, Asuka, and Shinsuke Nakamura are recent winners of the match. The next big step was to walk out of the Grandest Stage of Them All as champions. None of them did that actually. That ‘feel good’ moment was capped off with defeat at WrestleMania.
‘Cody Rhodes is WWE’ Reaction
When word of Cody Rhodes parting ways with AEW came out, speculation of a WWE run sprung to life. This is the AEW cult’s worst nightmare, no pun intended. The person who created AEW, a product completely separate from WWE, made the jump back. He’s the first AEW to WWE signing.
Twitter exploded with an outcry of disapproval and intense trolling. The irony of those not onboard of Rhodes’ return is that those same people didn’t like Rhodes in AEW, to begin with. Yet, the fact that Rhodes rejoined the evil empire bothers them.
Altogether, it wasn’t a bad WrestleMania. For those with reasonable expectations, it can pass off as good. Anyways, now we hold our breaths for WrestleMania 39.