Since the beginning of civilization, people have gathered to tell stories. Whether it was around a campfire, in a theater, or on the silver screen, stories of larger-than-life characters have always captivated the (perhaps) overly creative minds of Homo sapiens. The medium in which these stories are presented changes with time, but the themes tend to remain the same (e.g. good vs. evil, David vs. Goliath, coming of age). But whatever your preference of medium or theme, it’s clear that as a species we are suckers for a good story.
Which is why it’s even more impressive that despite wide-spread criticism of lackluster storyline building, and a stadium that contained some empty seats, the superstars of WrestleMania 31 put on a spectacle that truly lived up to the title of “the show of shows.”
Some fans in attendance were casual, others were children, and still others sported neck tattoos of their favorite star’s logo (Yea, I saw you with the Jeff Hardy tat). But no matter their level of devotion, if they came to see the story of WrestleMania 31, they left with a smile. I’m not sure who came up with that “money can’t buy happiness” saying, but if they stood at the gates of Levi’s Stadium on Sunday and saw fans shell out a record-breaking $12.6 million, they might be forced to reconsider some of their beliefs.
was at a variety of wrestling events throughout the weekend. Here are some quick reviews and analysis of each.
WrestleMania 31 High Spots:
Rhonda Rousey and The Rock:
UFC Champion Rhonda Rousey made a surprise appearance, jumping the guardrail (with some encouragement from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to face off against HHH and Stephanie McMahon. After a war of words, she gave HHH a judo throw and Stephanie a standing armlock.