Twice in a Lifetime: The Diva’s thoughts on Mania 29…as of now…

Yes, yes, we all get it…John Cena vs. The Rock was supposed to be “Once in a Lifetime”. We own proof of that in a Cena vs. Rock “Limited Edition” Mosaic poster that sits proudly in TKRS Studio. The Mega Powers pixelated so perfectly in our “Rise Above Hate” shirts smack dab in the middle of….John Cena’s neck. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look up the mosaic poster. 

So last year was the trip of trips. Wrestlemania 28 in Miami Florida…”The Magic City” as we (or STARZ) like to call it. What a culture shock…Miami to New York/New Jersey…uh, my….uh…”hometowns”. As a Jersey native recently converted to New Yorker, I am still thrilled to be going to Wrestlemania and all its festivities. I am thrilled be on vacation for a week…but let’s face it…Houston (which left a lot to be desired for a big city, but was the Silver Anniversary of Mania and home to one of the greatest matches of all time, IMO, Taker vs. Michaels I)… Phoenix (where it’s a dry heat, but the resort was amazing…I could’ve floated down the lazy river for days) to Atlanta (where it took forever to get a drink, but it is Hotlanta after all…and we were hob knobbing among greats like Rick Flair, Ricky Steamboat and Paul Bearer ‘RIP’) to the sunny shores of South Beach where the crowds go out to dinner at 1am and party til the break of dawn…to this year, less than 10 miles away from my office building, NY/NJ…and the city that never sleeps (or so they say, but have you ever been to time square around 2am??) Let’s just hope the product backs the hype!

I’m looking forward to Brock vs. Triple H, but I have to chuckle at the “career is on the line” stipulation and jokes we’ve heard “Coming out of retirement for a retirement match”. I’m sure whatever the stipulation is or would’ve been…that match will deliver. A brutal beat down. Brock is good for it. Trip is good for it. Let’s do this!

The Shield Vs. Sheamus, RKO and Big Show. I’m a Sheamus gal so as long as the match lasts longer than 18 seconds, I’ll be enjoying this. Personally the Shield’s antics and the rivalry between the group is dragging out IMO, but let’s get a nice old fashioned brawl going and I think that will suffice.

Del Rio Vs. Swagger. This one’s getting a lot of heat. Who would’ve thought after Swagger’s lack luster “OMG, he looks horrible” return and arrest antics, he’d be able to create such a character that is working for him – with much credit to Zeb Colter, of course. In this case, I give major props to Del Rio for being able to be whoever he’s asked to be. He’s been the heel, he’s been the face…he’s been sort of in the middle where you aren’t really sure, but has proved to me to be talented in the ring and good at the psychological stuff. He’s got an entertaining side kick as well. This one should be good.

Team Hell No vs. Ziggler/Big E. You’ve got a nice mix of brute force and high flying technicians in the ring. It’s going to be interesting to see what Big E has to offer…we know we’ll get something solid from Bryan and Ziggler and Kane is just the man. He’s been one of the most consistent “deliver-ers” when it comes to the big stage. Wait, now I sound like an analyst (and I’m making up words!!). I might have to go back and edit this or just keep moving from here. I’ve always liked Team Hell No and Ziggler/AJ has that Edge/Lita kinda “if I have to see them make out one more time, I’m going to vomit” appeal. Aside from AJ’s impending Diva title quest (and blatant thievery of the Resident Diva’s Chuck Taylor collection), we’ll see where they are left after the bell has rung.

Jericho vs. Faaaaaaaan-daaaaaan-gooooooo, sorry I think I was getting too caught up on the N. Normally I’d say “WTF?” “SERIOUSLY?” “REALLY?” but I’m looking forward to see how this pans out. We haven’t seen FDG wrestle but he seems to be put together and has some intensity. The dancing gag is kinda lame, but a coupla beers in people at Met Life, and I’m sure they’ll be salsa-ing in the aisles…or at the very least, a poor man’s attempt at Salsa. And we know Jericho can deliver. This should be a very good “wrestling” match. Huh, interesting…I used the word wrestling…

Miz vs. Barrett. At this point, this Diva couldn’t care less and really doesn’t want to waste keystrokes on this match. We’ll see. We have a week to go. We at TKRS…at least 2/3 of us…tend to be anti Miz. (And as it happens this is the pre-show match, which I did not know at the time of this blog’s origination.)

Do I really care about The Funkasaurus, his entourage vs. Road Scholars and the Bella’s? Eh, I’m sure we’ll enjoy the little song and dance but Sandow most likely won’t get time to rip on the “mouth breathers” in the crowd, so on the surface this one will end up being about entertainment and not really wrestling, but we’ll see how that pans out.

Mark “Somebody’s Gonna get their @ss kicked” Henry vs. Ry-FeedMeMore-Back. This is sure to provoke a pop across the stadium. FEED ME MORE because THIS IS WHAT I DO. Welcome to the Hall of Pain!

Oh yeah, then there’s that other big headlining match: Taker vs. Punk. Do we really think it’s going to be 20-1. I think not. 21-0 here we come…we’ll get our lightning bolts, our crashes of thunder and some sort of flames shooting out of somewhere. Taker will pay tribute to Paul Bearer and all will be right with the world. I have softened for Punk a little bit over the past year…although I’ve always thought he was a creep…I guess his rivalry with the Rock actually gave me something to go on here, but I still can’t really get behind the greasy, drug addict looking, although straight edge, Punk. “Hit the gym and take a shower” Kevin Nash said it best. So for taker, I expect him to deliver…this could be a really good match. You got Taker a few years older than Mania 25’s delivery of one of the best matches, IMO, of all time…and you got Punk in his prime. If ‘in ring’ psychology comes through and their skills add up to where they should be. This could be an equation for brilliance in the ring….um, too much?? 21-0.

So the big one, as John Cena somehow managed to say about 100 times 2 RAW’s ago in the long drawn out Q&A session that could’ve been 10 minutes instead of close to 30! Don’t get me wrong, the last 5 minutes or so of Intense Cena got me searching through the t-shirt collection to find the perfect Cena shirt for the occasion, but let’s face it, The Rock not being around much has hampered this year’s juice for Rock/Cena. Did they gain that back in the last 5 minutes of Raw last week and their solo promos this week? I’m not so sure, but it definitely brought me closer to looking forward to this match of matches…or twice in a lifetime bout…I’m not going to go to on and on about my dislike for the Rock…and frankly at this point, I don’t really know where this blog is going…and I’m a little too tired to find out…but I guess all said and done, I don’t feel the last few weeks of RAW and Smackdown have really built the story line hype in the way I usually feel they are built during the Road To Wrestlemania, but on paper, most of the matches seem legit and should be entertaining.

In conclusion (look at me wrapping it up all official...) Wrestlemania is “COMING HOME” and this Diva is looking forward to another weekend to remember. This weekend is more than just a pro-wresting event. It’s a life changing experience…Join me in watching this event unfold before us… as they talented Superstars BRING IT HOME for Wrestlemania 29…and by bring I home, I mean “May Cena win and turn heel” :-) #TEAMCENA

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