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LaBar: WrestleMania 31 one of the best ever

| Monday, March 30, 2015, 7:12 a.m.
WWE Superstar Seth Rollins celebrates becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, Cal.
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WWE Superstar Seth Rollins celebrates becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, Cal.
WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan celebrates becoming the new Intercontinental Champion at WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium. on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, Cal.
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WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan celebrates becoming the new Intercontinental Champion at WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium. on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, Cal.
Brock Lesnar
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Brock Lesnar
WWE superstar John Cena celebrates winning the US title at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
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WWE superstar John Cena celebrates winning the US title at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
UFC fighter Ronda Rousey makes a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
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UFC fighter Ronda Rousey makes a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
Dwayne the Rock Johnson stares off against WWE superstar Triple H at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
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Dwayne the Rock Johnson stares off against WWE superstar Triple H at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

The annual big show was littered with questions, controversy and concern about the lack of exciting buildup to certain key matches.

The execution negated all of it.

Brock Lesnar didn't walk out as world champion. Roman Reigns didn't walk out as world champion. It was Seth Rollins.

This was a smart decision by WWE to meet in the middle. They've put a lot of time into Reigns, but there is no denying there is vocal resistance from the audience to him being the next top guy.

With Rollins cashing in Money in the Bank, which is essentially a license to steal, the table is set for the better situation of Reigns in a traditional babyface chase.

Now, if Reigns doesn't ultimately beat his former Shield partner for the title, then WWE will have given up on him.

While that ended the show on a high note, I have to address the elephant in the room: The Undertaker.

Folks, I have nothing but respect for the guy. I'm nowhere near brave enough to say it to his face, but The Undertaker needs to stop. Leave them wanting more. Leave a day early versus a day late. The match against Bray Wyatt, at least live with no commentary, was disappointing to watch.

In past years, The Undertaker has showed up each year and performed at a level that stole the show. This performance flat-out didn't meet the standards previously set.

Congratulations to the mid-card titles, which have instantly been elevated by Daniel Bryan winning the Intercontinental title and John Cena winning the United States title.

The same fans who want the IC title to regain the prestige it once had are the same who support Bryan. The United States title being held by Cena brings so much more exposure to it.

Phenomenal opening ladder match for the IC title. Is Dean Ambrose's head all right?

I got goosebumps filming Luke Harper walking down the aisle in front of 70,000 people. I worked shows with him as a performer on the independent scene in front of 150 people. This moment for him felt like a small win for all of us.

Finally, hats off to Sting.

I had doubts on what kind of match we would get with him versus Triple H. The two put together something that showcased their strengths. The entire segment and match was dressed up with surprises that made it a WrestleMania classic despite the quality of the Scorpion Death Lock.

The surprise appearances of DX and the New World Order disguised any shortcomings inside the ring with the most basic ingredients of a “This is awesome” recipe.

All in all, it was a great experience for my seventh WrestleMania experience live. I just hope WWE has a better plan moving forward than the Santa Clara had for cabs leaving the stadium.

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