WWE Wrestlemania 30 Blu-ray Review

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The words that have been filling arenas and stadiums around the world since before Summerslam last year. The words of hope. The words of the everyman rising up against the boss and crawling and scratching his way to the top. The words of Daniel Bryan, taken into the hearts of wrestling fans worldwide, finally reaching the pinnacle of sports entertainment – Wrestlemania. WWE Home Video UK brings us Wrestlemania 30 on DVD and Blu-ray, the biggest ‘Mania in history, with an exciting mix of the top legends in the industry and the new guard coming to steal their crown. Will Daniel Bryan reach the goal he’s been working towards for months? Not if HHH has anything to do with it.

More than anything, Wrestlemania 30 was a celebration of all things WWE. With all the major players on board – The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and more – there was a buzz in the air like no other. A stellar lineup of matches from top to bottom also showed the hunger and determination of the young blood in 2014, and who knows if we’ll be seeing them in 30 years appreciating them as legends in the industry? Other than Bryan’s shot at success, the Undertaker once again put his streak on the line against perhaps his toughest opponent yet – the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar. With Heyman at his side, was this the dastardly duo to finally put the ‘Deadman’ down once and for all?

Extra: Wrestlemania Pre-Show Match

Fatal 4-Way Championship Match – The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. Real Americans vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel

The tag division in WWE is stronger than it has been for many years, and here we see some of the best tag teams in the industry. The Usos have been on fire, getting the crowd behind them, especially in numerous six man tags against The Shield, and here they make the most of their Wrestlemania moment. The Real Americans on the other hand seem to be towards the end of their partnership, as Zeb Colter fails to keep his two men under control. The real story in this match is the emergence of Cesaro as a break out star, ready for his own Wrestlemania moment yet somehow stuck on the pre-show. It’s a great way to kick off the show and hopefully the division will go from strength to strength.

Main Show

Hulk Hogan welcomes the WWE Universe to Wrestlemania

Sometimes you hear fans talking about ‘mark out’ moments and this is truly one of them. Who really thought that in 2014 we would have the opportunity to see The Hulkster, The Rock and Stone Cold share a ring together and celebrate Wrestlemania 30? The crowd absolutely loves it and gives them the respect they deserve. There is no doubting how huge these names are in the history of wrestling and beyond – especially The Rock these days – and it’s a true pleasure to watch from start to finish.Capture

Winner Enters the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match – Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

Triple H in a Wrestlemania opener? No, he hasn’t done anything wrong. It’s simply a necessary placement to give both men ample time to prepare for their championship match, depending on who wins here. It’s much like Wrestlemania X where Bret Hart opened the show against his brother Owen and then went on to defeat Yokozuna in the final match of the evening. Here, we get a far better match than Bret/Yokozuna ever was, which isn’t surprising considering the talent involved. HHH is still at the top of his game and ensures he makes Daniel Bryan look a complete star here, and the crowd get exactly what they were hoping for. After all the negative reaction to the Royal Rumble and other events, this is a perfect way to answer the critics.

The Shield vs. Kane & New Age Outlaws

As far as six man tags go, this hardly registers on the scale of how good The Shield can be. This is almost disappointingly short, but it was never going to be a classic with Kane and the Outlaws as opponents, so perhaps it was best that the ‘Hounds of Justice’ simply steamrolled through their opponents. It feels a little bit of a wasted opportunity for The Shield on the grandest stage of them all, especially when we know how amazing their matches can be, like against The Wyatts. In the end, it is what it is, and yet another notch on the belts of the up and comers.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

If there is any name in the industry that deserves to be remembered at this event, then it’s certainly the ‘Eighth Wonder Of The World’ himself. Andre was larger than life and adored worldwide, and there’ll never be anyone quite like him again. This match is a great way of getting many names onto the PPV that weren’t involved in singles matches, and while I was hoping for lots of older names and legends, the best surprise is that Cesaro is involved. The ‘King of Swing’ certainly deserved a chance to shine on the main stage and this is his breakout moment. Other than that, it’s a standard battle royal as expected, but a nice pay day for those regular performers on the roster.

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

Yet another case of the old guard facing a new up and comer, and after the result in HHH vs Daniel Bryan, anything was possible here. Wyatt has been built up to be a strong force, even getting the crowd behind him, not that that’s too difficult against Cena. It’s an interesting dynamic, especially when Cena likely has many years left in him compared to guys like The Undertaker and HHH. The characters are polar opposites – Cena the hard working good guy, and Wyatt the brainwashing mad man – and it makes for a very intriguing feud. Here we get a hard hitting match that challenges Cena more than ever, both mentally and physically. A very good effort from both men that proves that Wyatt can hang with the best of them. Does he truly have the whole world in his hands?

CaptureUndertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

These days Wrestlemania is as much about the opportunity to get to see a legend wrestle as anything else. The Streak has become Wrestlemania itself, and as the aged Undertaker fights to keep his career alive, it’s a rarity that he performs at all. So to see him here against such a physically intense man as Brock Lesnar is a worrying and scary prospect, but very exciting too as both men are very MMA based and bring the pain. The best opponents for The Undertaker at Wrestlemania are the ones that make you truly believe that The Streak is in danger – legends like HBK and HHH that made you gasp at every near fall. This match has a different feel to it, as the crowd are almost never invested in believing Lesnar could win it, but that’s no bad thing here. This is a truly memorable and once again iconic moment in Wrestlemania history that steals the show.

Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational

Lots of Divas in the ring. There’s not much else to say about it really. Exactly what you would expect from such a match and nothing more. Even the most excited Divas fans out there would struggle to enjoy this one. Plus there’s the horrific placement of having to follow The Undertaker’s match. Bad luck girls.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match – Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan

The main event that EVERYONE wanted. Daniel Bryan finally getting his shot at the gold after months and months of pain and suffering and getting screwed over by HHH. This is an exciting and physical contest with Bryan playing the babyface in peril really well. Both Orton and Batista are against Bryan winning, but of course their egos cannot work together forever as they both want to walk out of Wrestlemania the champion. It has been a strange return for ‘The Animal’ but here he plays his role well, and as always Orton brings the intensity from the get-go. The story told here is classic David versus Goliath WWE style, and the perfect ending to Wrestlemania 30.

All in all, it has to be said that WWE delivered the goods on the night, and gave us arguably the best Wrestlemania in the past decade with a number of memorable moments and matches. The future is looking bright for WWE with Bryan, The Shield, Cesaro and Wyatt all giving great performances as they have been for months now. Let’s hope the momentum continues for years to come. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

Also included:

Hall of Fame 2014

Lita, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Mr. T, Paul Bearer, Razor Ramon, Carlos Colon, Ultimate Warrior.

DVD Extras

Top 30 Greatest WrestleMania Moments

Hulk Hogan Discusses WrestleMania

Triple H & Stephanie McMahon Reveal the WrestleMania Set

Batista Reflects on His Return to WWE

Randy Orton Speaks On Becoming the Face of WWE

The History of Andre the Giant

The Streak vs. The Beast

A Look at Hulk Hogan’s Storied Career

John Cena Confronts His Fears

AJ Lee vs. The World

Blu Ray Exclusives

All That’s Left is The Game

Bruno Sammartino Unveils His Statue

Wrestlemania 30 is out on Blu-ray and DVD now HERE.

 

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