WWE's greatest pay-per-view event proved to be more than one big Snickers advertisement, highlighted by a couple of storylines that stood out from the loaded card.
With more people growing indifferent towards professional wrestling in recent memory, the company banked on a foolproof method to win them back: a heavy dose of nostalgia. Wrestlemania 33 took fans back to the show's golden years, and had whipped something up for each age bracket, albeit with varying impacts.
Suprisingly, the biggest headline post-event wasn't the much-ballyhooed Brock Lesnar-Goldberg match, with the Beast Incarnate finally one-upping his nemesis to reclaim the Universal Championship. The following segments during the record-breaking affair (75,245 attendees) held at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida were so much better:
1) Hardy Boyz are back (Attitude Era, 1997–2002)
Matt and Jeff's return couldn't have come at a better time: against defending Raw Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, and Sheamus and Cesaro in a Fatal Four-Way Ladder Match. Team Xtreme went on to Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb its way to the title belts, a fact that you cannot delete, delete, DELETE!
2) John Cena, we can see you (Ruthless Aggression Era, 2002–08)
After defeating The Miz and Maryse with his girlfriend Nikki Bella, Cena went down on one knee and asked his one-time tag team partner to be his forever life partner. In a moment that was too cheesy for PPV, Bella said yes, putting to rest the chatter about The Champ not being too keen on settling down. Congratulations!
3) Thank you, Taker (New Generation Era, 1993–97)
Just when you thought that nothing could be worse than The Undertaker's first-ever loss in Wrestlemania 2014, his second one against Roman Reigns in a No Holds Barred Match had a more painful ending. The sight of the Dead Man leaving his hat, coat, and gloves in the the ring broke the hearts of everyone who grew up watching him since he entered WWE in 1990. Farewell, Taker.
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