34 Days of WrestleMania: How does WrestleMania XXX with the conclusion of the Yes! movement hold up?

Don't tell me WWE can't continue to come up with good storylines. They did it in New Orleans 4 years ago in front of more than 75,000 fans at the SUPERdome.

I was super sour on this Wrestlemania because... you guessed. CM Punk left the company roughly 3 months prior, and I was simply over it. WWE pushed him out the door, he could do no wrong, screw WWE and it's Network and the ridiculous storylines they were trying to put in front of me. However, the YES! movement story, while admittedly fell into the lap of WWE, is one of the best told in the past 5 years. Daniel Bryan is already an underdog, but then the machine REALLY is against him, and the fans turn the whole thing around? No... No... YES! YES! YES!

Favorite Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H/Orton vs. Batista vs. Bryan

Okay, I'm putting both Daniel Bryan matches here because damn it, they were both that good. Triple H made Daniel Bryan look amazing, and the bearded goat made The Game come off as a monster heel. He never left off attacking that arm, and really pushed that injury. There was a lot of solid technical wrestling as well which I honestly shouldn't have been shocked about but for some reason was. The knee came out of nowhere too, I loved it.

The triple threat match was just as solid. DB being put on the stretcher only to crawl off and win the match is a bit much. The Batista Bomb/RKO that put him there? Iconic spot for the ages. That should be replayed on so many Wrestlemania promos. The flow and pacing of this match really worked, and the fact they had Batista tap really added to it for me (they had to have known he was gonna go). Now I always look for Connor in the front row too and smile.

Favorite Moments:

  • Hogan, Stone Cold, and the Rock open the show

    • Yes, Hogan called it the Silverdome twice, but he caught himself, and then was made fun of the rest of the night. Absolutely perfect and hilarious.

  • Cesaro winning the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

    • He picked up the freakin' Big Show in dramatic fashion, and tossed him over the top rope! I mean, we all knew Cesaro was strong but damn!

  • John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt was solid albeit lacked a more powerful storyline

    • I really liked how Wyatt tried to play mind games, but I think they could have taken this up a bit more. Just like Jericho/Punk and the DQ mentality, you've got to push that theme throughout, not just once or twice.

  • Lesnar ending the streak was incredibly shocking

    • There was a definite lull in this match where both wrestlers looked gassed, but who saw the streak actually ending here? I feel sorry for the match that had to follow this one. Holy S***.

  • DB holding both championships up at the end was the best finale

Just wow.

Least Favorite Match: Vickie Guerrero Invitational match

What in the blue hell is this? Michael Cole mentions how the Divas championship hasn't been defended in however many years (I don't care. If the WWE can't spotlight the Divas championship to make me care, I won't remember big details like this), and the do this?! AJ Lee deserved more. Natalya deserved more. Layla, Alicia Fox, Tamina, The Bellas, heck even Eva Marie deserved more! And AJ Lee was far from the feature as the champion! She snuck in to get the W as if she was the cowardly heel. I am so thankful the women get the spotlight at Wrestlemania 32 (spoilers?).

Least Favorite Moments:

  • The Shield didn't really get to show off their skills

    • Didn't even get 3 minutes? Simply dominated the New Age Outlaws and Kane and left. Why not give this faction something worthwhile? Not like it matters considering what happened a short time later (Plan B).

  • Daniel Bryan raising BOTH arms at the end of the show

    • Nitpicky here, but how many wrestlers worked over that arm only to have him raise it like it was nothing at the end? Come on.

Final Thoughts: I miss Wrestlemania's like this. There was so much involved throughout the show. Aside from the quick Shield match, and the Vickie Guerrero Invitational, everything gets B's or above for me on my grading scale (completely unbiased by the way). I could watch this show again and again and be okay with everything that happened in retrospect. The Connor the Crusher story that came out of this as well is absolutely fantastic.

Would it Hold Up in 2018?

Absolutely. Drama at every corner. Entertaining throughout. Storylines carried the show! Aside from the incredibly pathetic Divas Battle Royale, I absolutely think this would hold up in 2018. However, I do think this year's Wrestlemania will trump the first New Orleans show.

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This is the thirtieth piece in a Court of Nerds and Geekiverse collaboration that will present “34 Days of WrestleMania” as we look back on each Showcase of the Immortals as we lead you into WrestleMania 34. Keep an eye out for a couple of podcasts in the near future from Austin Brunner and Benjamin Raven as we break down each decade in podcast form.