Now, I'm just as fun-loving as the next software engineer, but I was really irked this April 1st when my syndicated newsreader was flooded with April Fool's jokes from just about every major source of credible news I typically go to:
Perhaps I'm just getting disgruntled in my advanced age, but I find this really annoying. It's one thing to have an April Fool's joke (key: typically jokes say somewhere, "April Fool's!!!!") but it's another thing to mix this stuff in with other, legitimate news items. In an age when so much online content is spam, I've learned to trust certain sites for my news. When they go and do this, it really makes me stop and question.
It's been a while since I purchased a wrestling pay-per-view because they mostly have been disappointments over the past couple years. This year I decided, what the heck, I'm gonna get WrestleMania and invite some friends over to watch. What resulted was a great time with a small bunch of people: Roland (my former boss), Steve (my co-worker), Matt (of YUI fame), Dustin, and my next door neighbor, Abbey. And there you have it, my first party in California.
I have to say, I thought the show was pretty good, probably one of the better ones I've seen recently. I was shocked they started with the ladder match, since I thought that would be pretty good. It definitely had some nice spots, and the crowd over my place was entertained, but I thought the ending was a little anti-climactic. I wonder if Edge really did get hurt and that changed the ending.
The Undertaker winning against Batista was a lot better match than I expected. The crowd in my apartment was definitely marking out (all Undertaker fans) and when he got the pin, there was a loud shout, "yeah!" I'm so glad they didn't ruin Taker's win streak. Batista is good, but I don't think he's worthy of upsetting the legend. One sign said it all: If Batista wins, we riot.
The hair versus hair match was very entertaining, but rather predictable. You knew at some point Austin was gonna get involved and cause some trouble. You knew that there was no way Trump was going to have his head shaved. Really it was still an entertaining match. And McMahon doesn't look bad with his head shaved.
The last match between John Cena and Shawn Michaels was also much better than I had expected. Let's face it, Cena has put up some real stinker matches. This was his first legitimate championship performance, and I don't think it would have been so without the help from Michaels. HBK has had so many great matches, which is why I figured that this would be a legitimizing win for Cena rather than the beginning of a new title reign for Michaels. This match makes Cena look like a good champion, and it was a good win despite the fan reaction.
Overall, I thought the show was good. My main disappointments were that there were no tag team championships on the line and no cruiserweight match. I felt like the young guys should have been more involved, but overall, the night felt satisfying for this long-time wrestling fan.