Well, somehow, it’s that time again, (western) wrestling’s biggest weekend of the year, capping off a strange ol’ season for the Fed where, while comfortably still the biggest game in town, have undeniably lost a lot of ground to AEW, who have, over the last year especially, properly positioned themselves as genuine competition for the corporate behemoth up in Titan Towers.
As a result, this has to be one of the least hyped Mania weekends in sometime, barring maybe the last one where this was the headliner (though that was for very different reasons). As has been the case since COVID began, Mania continues to be a 2 night affair, which you can catch at 1am Saturday and Sunday night/Sunday & Monday morning, while the Hall of Fame including The Undertaker and The Steiner Brother’s inductions are the same time tonight.
It’s clear that this year, knowing they aren’t the place to go for top quality wrestling instead favouring sports entertainment they are doubling down on the “entertainment” aspect. Really that’s what Mania has always been about but it’s a bit starker now there’s an actual “wrestling” company in direct competition with the fed.
While I’m not at all fussed what Logan Paul is upto I’m quietly quite excited for Johnny Knoxville’s match? He was great at the Rumble and his ongoing “feud” with Sami Zayn has been one of the few genuinely entertaining things they’ve got going now. Let’s just hope whatever crazy stunt they end up doing to finish is safe eh?
Also think Edge Vs AJ Styles could be a banger, the one pure wrestling clinic and the other major intrigue going in of course is, who will turn up to face Seth Rollins? Will it be CODY?! probably not!
As for the rest, it’s all very tantamount to where the product is right now, nothing should be outright awful (well, maybe Lashley Vs Omos) but there’s not a lot to shout out about either. Bianca Vs Becky should be fun, Charlotte Vs Rousey will… happen, and in a strange plot twist, Lesnar Vs Reigns finally has the appropriate level of build befitting their main event status, just took three attempts and a global pandemic to get there eh but better late than never I guess.
- Watching it all live
- Will watch some live
- Will watch later
- Not on WWEbook mate
- Not hyped
- Eh, maybe a little