Kester's WWE WrestleMania 30 Rundown: The Streak comes to an end, Daniel Bryan overcomes all the odds to capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and John Cena goes over Bray Wyatt
By Ryan Kester
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
First of all, Daniel Bryan and Triple H delivered in a big way. They had a slow start, but they managed to reach the level of drama needed for the long feud the two had heading into the event. Triple H came off as the despicably sadistic jerk attacking a weakened underdog, and Bryan gained plenty of sympathy with his selling. Both aspects were only heightened by the quick post-match assault after Daniel Bryan pulled off his surprise finisher.
The main event was a treat. While there were shades of overbooking with the interference from the Authority and the return of the crooked referee, it all managed to feel relevant to Bryan's overall story rather than being unnecessarily tacked on. The match had its share of crazy spots, most notably the Batista Bomb into RKO through a table that saw Orton land excruciatingly on an obscured TV monitor.
In the end, the moment when Batista tapped to Bryan's Yes Lock was electric. The sea of "Yes!" chants serenading a celebrating Bryan was the stuff of what great babyface chases are all about. The road for that moment was filled with potholes and unnecessary detours, but now that we're at the destination, it was all worth the journey.
Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
The Streak is over. Like many of the fans in attendance, I sat back on my couch stunned and slack-jawed over the result of the showdown between Undertaker and Lesnar, and it took until halfway through the main event before it truly sunk in. WWE managed to pull this result out of left field; no one was predicting that The Streak would come to an end this year.
Time will tell whether or not ending The Streak for Lesnar was a good call. The follow up for his win has to be on par with the drama surrounding the loss for it to work, and Lesnar will have to be around more or his momentum will pitter out quickly.
For my money, my concern is less what Lesnar does with the win and more with what WWE does with the loss. WWE cannot rely on Undertaker's annual appearances to help sell WrestleMania any longer, and there's no question that the big event loses a lot of its luster without The Streak to lean on. WWE has used The Streak as a crutch for many of the past several years, and they will be forced to build up more stars if they hope to keep the show feeling as special without one of its biggest attractions.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
This was a quality match that was undermined by a sudden story of John Cena resisting giving in to a hidden dark side. Had this been remotely hinted at during the buildup to the match, that would have been an interesting angle, but it came out of nowhere so much that it distracted more than it added.
While the ideal finish would have been the up and coming Wyatt getting the win over Cena, decriers that are lamenting Wyatt being buried are over exaggerating. Wyatt managed to kick out of Cena's first finisher and managed to resist the STF; WWE would not allow anyone to withstand as much of Cena's signature offense if they weren't still serious about pushing him. For his part, Wyatt's performance was brilliant, and he remains one of the most interesting and complex characters at WWE's disposal.
Overall, last night was a great WrestleMania. There was a clear push towards new talent and building up some of the younger faces as Undertaker is seemingly on his way out, and there were a host of "WrestleMania Moments" that will be attached to this show for the years to come.
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