The Thirtieth Showcase of the Immortals took place on April 6th, 2014, at the Mercedez Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It boasted an attendance of 75, 167, and contributed an estimated $142,000,000 to the economy of the city.
That’s how big WrestleMania 30 was – it earned over a hundred million dollars for the city that it took place in.
It all started with Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock. None of them were wrestling, of course – which is lame as hell. Instead, they came down to the ring for what our Nerdopotamus regular Brian J. Skelley coined as –
“A squared circle jerk.”
Pretty dead on, am I right?
Once they cleared out of the ring, it came time for Triple H vs Daniel Bryan – winner gets entered into the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Who would be joining that Triple Threat with Batista and Randy Orton?
Would it be the leader of The Yes Movement, or the King of Kings?
This is one of the best WrestleMania matches ever. The psychology was thick. Bryan and Triple H were on fire, throughout. HHH knew he was in there with a technician, so he brought his a-game.
There’s chain wrestling, there’s high spots, there’s stiff shots – it’s beautiful.
It gets even better when Daniel Bryan wins. The crowd loses their minds, exploding into a co-ordinated, and exuberant, “Yes,” chant!
Daniel Bryan is going to be wrestling Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?
YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
Next up: The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins) faced off with The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) and Kane. This lasted less than three minutes, and was meant to make Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins look like a trio of straight studs.
Good for them. They got to go over another three legends, at another WrestleMania.
After that massacre, it came time for the Andre The Giant 31-Man Memorial Battle Royal. I hate talking about this match. It should’ve been a great moment for Cesaro. Instead, it was a waste of time.
It didn’t do anything for the Swiss Superman. It amounted to an ugly trophy, and this dope picture.
After that, John Cena and Bray Wyatt took the stage. This must’ve been awesome for Bray. It was his first WrestleMania match, and he was working with one of the biggest stars the company has ever seen.
It was a good match, too. Their whole feud was awesome, I thought. It made Wyatt look like a stud.
The stuff that came after – not so much. He beat Dean Ambrose, match after match, and somehow, it still felt like he lost, overall.
NOTE: To be fair, that statement may be colored by my particular bias – I (Joey Finnegan) love Dean Ambrose. That dude rules.
We’re here. The next match of the show was Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar.
At stake – Undertaker’s legendary undefeated streak. It doesn’t get anymore epic than this. It was the true end of an era. The majority of my life was lived with Taker being undefeated at ‘Mania.
That all changed because of The Beast Incarnate. He really did conquer the streak, too. He went in there and dominated The Dead Man.
That’s why he’s the 1 in 21 and 1.
NOTE: These pictures are all too good not to share.
The Divas Division had the unenviable task of following Brock and Taker. They were all thrown out there in a weirdly booked battle royal, and AJ Lee somehow managed to tap somebody out, and retain her Divas Championship.
Oh yeah – the Diva’s Championship was on the line.
Finally, we’ve come to the main event of the evening – Batista vs Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for The Viper’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Daniel Bryan was never supposed to be a part of this. It was his fans – they fought for him, tooth and nail. If it looked like Vince McMahon wasn’t paying attention, then they got louder. They took over segments. They did what they had to, frankly, and it all worked.
They’re called The Yes Movement, and they earned that moniker. It was because of them, that this wonderful sight unfolded before our very eyes.
PS: I wanted to save this for the end. If you’ve gotten here, then you care – so enjoy:
I love that promo. I know the song’s a little cheesy, but the visuals really bring it home. It gives me goosebumps every time I see it.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: courtesy of WWE.com