For as great of a wrestler as Triple H has been throughout his career, he’s had a shaky record when it comes to WrestleMania main events. While his match at WrestleMania 20 against Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit is one of the best ever, he’s also had some memorably horrible main event matches. His match against Randy Orton at ‘Mania 25 is an all-time stinker. His match against Jericho at 18 wasn’t bad, but the crowd was dead for it after seeing Hogan and The Rock a few minutes earlier.
Sunday night’s match against Roman Reigns, though, stands up as one of the worst ever — up there with Sid vs. Undertaker, the aforementioned Hunter vs. Orton and Hogan vs. Sid.
Why was the match so bad? Some of it was the wrestlers’ faults. Some of it was beyond their control. One thing we can all agree on: the match sucked.
Things were bad off the bat with the match coming after the crowd had been in their seats (or trying to get to their seats) for more than five hours.
It was just hard to keep fans’ attention for that long. Especially with the psychology of the match being mat-based focus on Roman’s arm. Even a solid match would have had a hard time keeping the crowd captivated.
It was clear going into ‘Mania that the crowd would be booing Roman Reigns. WWE’s brilliant counter to the reaction was to pipe down the audio so the boos wouldn’t be as audible. This backfired because the crowd mostly sounded dead during the whole match. An energetic crowd is better than an apathetic crowd, which WWE should know by now. They gave us boredom instead. People who were at the event made it clear that there was something happening with the audio.
Overall, the match was lackluster. It didn’t have any surprises. It gave us the most predictable ending. It stunk. And the Internet noticed.
Hey, it could have been worse. Roman Reigns could have gone to spear someone and the show would have cut off before you know who he speared. But who would be dumb enough to do that?