Wrestling

Thoughts Upon WrestleMania 31

WrestleMania 31, emanating last night from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, appears to have been widely embraced as a resounding success. The six-hour show – with a full four hours devoted to the show proper; and an additional two making up the pre-show, which featured two matches in its second hour – roundly surpassed the worried expectations many fans…

WrestleMania 31: Preamble and Predictions

WrestleMania 31: Preamble and Predictions

The road to tonight’s WrestleMania has been perhaps the most difficult ever faced by WWE. The rancour caused by the decision to place Roman Reigns in the main event – instead of the wildly popular Daniel Bryan – has barely abated. While Reigns has received some lukewarm receptions recently – hardly ideal, but a significant improvement upon the torrent of abuse which…

Reflections on the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble

I wrote the last wrestling-related piece on Culturedallroundman.com in the middle of last May. Having acclaimed WrestleMania XXX, which took place on 6 April in New Orleans, I followed up with an in-depth look at the stalling characterisation of Bray Wyatt, within the context of the Extreme Rules PPV on 4 May and Wyatt’s ongoing feud with John Cena. I argued that…

WWE Extreme Rules and the Booking of Bray Wyatt

WWE Extreme Rules and the Booking of Bray Wyatt

Many superstars have entered the WWE towards the upper echelons of the roster, promoted via series of vignettes or introduced or interposed into main event feuds, thereby being instantly posited as main event talents. Fewer have managed to stay the course to thoroughly establish themselves as main event stars. Yet even amongst those who have achieved this, Bray Wyatt appears exceptional….

WrestleMania XXX: New Stars Emerge as WrestleMania Triumphs

WrestleMania XXX: New Stars Emerge as WrestleMania Triumphs

WrestleMania XXX, held at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, and drawing an attendance of 75,167 people, took place on Sunday night, 6 April 2014. The WWE’s flagship event continues to expand in scope. Aside from the now well established week-long series of engagements which precede the event proper – autograph signings, fan meets and television appearances culminating on Saturday…