By Frank Ram
Had WrestleMania 36 taken place at Raymond James Stadium in front of 70,000+ people, it would have easily gone down as one of the greatest WrestleMania's of all-time. Unfortunately, it will be viewed as a disappointment by those who never gave the event a chance because it took place at the Performance Center in front of no crowd.
That's a real shame for a Mania that gave us so much in a truly tough situation.
Edge made is triumphant comeback after 9-years away from the ring> Undertaker defeated AJ Styles in a cinematic-style Boneyard match. The Fiend defeated John Cena in the Firefly Funhose match, one of the most bizarre matches in WWE history. A triple threat ladder match took place that could hold its own against many of the great TLC matches in the past, and many other great WrestleMania moments were made at this year's "Showcase of the Immortals."
The match that stole the event for the two nights was the Firefly Fun House match between John Cena and "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt. The reason being that I had never seen anything like that before. WOW!!! It was amazing. The throwbacks to Saturday Night's Main Event, Monday Nitro, The Ruthless Aggression Era, WrestleMania XXX...it was all great. And that ending where we finally see The Fiend finish off Cena...Amazing.
The Boneyard match was easily my second favorite. They took a page from the Broken Hardy Boyz cinematic style match, and put out an incredible story.
Pro wrestling, when it's at its best is a spectacle and both those matches over delivered in that regard. If I want to see a great fight, I'll tune into boxing and MMA.
If you didn't see the event, do yourself a favor and see at least these two matches just because they're like something you've never seen before.
Seeing Edge, one of my personal top 10 favorite wrestlers of all-time, return after nine years away from the ring, and win at the grandest stage of them all in pro wrestling, was the top moment of the entire weekend. Orton and Edge are masters of their craft and put on a brutal street fight throughout the performance center. They truly beat the hell out of each other.
I'm truly hoping in the future that the WWE continues this trend of having WrestleMania over two days rather than having a seven to eight hour marathon as they have in past years.
Seeing three-hours the first night and three-and-a-half the second night was much easier to watch over sitting through eight hours of anything. It could be the greatest show ever, but after about four hours, I'll start to tune out.
I'll have to re-evaluate in a few day, but this could very well be a top five WrestleMania ever.
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