The Ultimate Thrill Ride of WrestleMania 33 is winding down with only the aftershocks of Raw and SmackDown to follow it still being left, but before we start finishing things up, let’s take a moment to reflect on tonight’s 7-hour event with another 3-Count review and post-show podcast.
Normally, I like to target some of the topics that are a bit on the sidelines, so for this edition, I’d like to talk about three things that I felt were missing from what I considered to be an overall fantastic show (and if you want to hear my opinions on everything we did get that I enjoyed, listen to the podcast at the end of this post).
Missing in Action #1 – Extra Antics
While I’ll never argue that time should be taken away from matches at WrestleMania in order to shove in some superfluous material, something from the past that didn’t happen this year that I was disappointed to see lacking was any backstage segments at all.
Usually, this could be a fun way to break up the onslaught of matches, give us a little down time and joke around. With The New Day as hosts, I assumed we’d be in for at least a few fun things to tie into the set or the promotion for their ice cream bars.
Instead, we had one generic promo from them at the start of the show, a great swerve with The Hardy Boyz for the Raw Tag Team Championship match, and then a bland attendance announcement.
I would have liked to have something at least on the pre-show where they were preparing for the night and bumping into some old timers backstage or maybe even the wrestlers who were on the injured list but could have contributed some laughs.
Speaking of which….
Missing in Action #2 – Legends
Some of the highlights of the past few WrestleMania events have been the appearances by people like Stone Cold Steve Austin, the battle with DX vs. nWo, surprise legends popping up in the battle royal and so forth.
We did get Shawn Michaels and Lita on the kickoff panel, true, but that doesn’t feel the same as having some of the legends getting their hands dirty and popping the audience.
I’m not of the mindset that we needed The Rock or Hulk Hogan just because it took place in Orlando, but I know others expressed that opinion. While I also don’t know how I would have booked them on the card if given the option, I do have to lament that I was disappointed to not see a single one of those men or women get involved in a segment here or there throughout the night.
There’s always next year, right?
Missing in Action #3 – A Few Wrestlers
Noticeably absent from the lineup of performers on this show—at least in my mind—were Kane, Samoa Joe and Finn Balor.
When it comes to Finn Balor, an argument can be made that he had no place here and will make a much bigger impact showing up on Raw tomorrow night. That’s a pill I’m okay with swallowing, as I can’t disagree with it, even though I would have enjoyed seeing him pull out the demon makeup and do that entrance somewhere along the lines at WrestleMania.
With Kane, that’s an odd situation as the reason(s) why he wasn’t there aren’t exactly transparent. Is he dealing with nagging injuries? Is he focused on his insurance company? Is he running for office? Is it a combination of the three and possibly some other factors?
In any scenario, it’s weird to me that Kane hasn’t shown up both at the Royal Rumble and at WrestleMania, particularly considering how this is likely The Undertaker’s final show. I had held out some hope that he would make an appearance in the battle royal, but alas, no Big Red Machine at all.
The least excusable in my mind, though, is Samoa Joe. As an active member of the roster who has been a featured player for the past two months, why was he not utilized in the slightest bit?
No Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal match, no appearance helping out Triple H, no run-ins or anything = maybe you made a mistake putting him on Raw instead of SmackDown? What a disappointment to see that he finally made it up to the main roster in time for WrestleMania, yet he sits it out because WWE didn’t know what to do with him.
Those are just some nitpicks of a few things missing from the card, but this event was chock full of so many great things that a 3-Count can’t break it all down, which means if you’re interested in more opinions on the show as a whole, check out the latest edition of the Smark Out Moment wrestling podcast SMACK TALK as the panel reviews WrestleMania 33 with our immediate reactions following the event!
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