April Fools’/WrestleMania Weekend Recap

I did a lot this weekend, including spending well over a third of Sunday watching professional wrestling. Literally. I couldn’t catch NXT TakeOver Orlando live, so I watched it Sunday morning followed by over seven hours of WrestleMania later in the day. Because yes, a four hour show with a two hour pre-show needs to go over by more than hour.

That’s not all I did, though. In fact, this might have been my most packed weekend of entertainment so far this year.

New Girl

I haven’t really been enjoying the current season of New Girl, which ends tomorrow night, but there’s just enough good in there to keep me going back to the seasons that made me fall in love with the show, however brief. This was in pretty consistent Netflix rotation over the weekend.

Nothing is going to top this New Girl moment:

[insert Winston deciding to kill Ferguson GIF]

Overcooked

Overcooked has definitely gotten more intense as my wife and I have progressed into its fourth world. There were a couple rough points for three starring levels, but we’re still on track.

Even at its most challenging and frustrating, Overcooked is a blast.

10 Things I Hate About You

This is a gem among teenage romantic comedies. Far from perfect, but still so much fun. A clever script combines with performances from young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles to make an immensely watchable movie. But you already knew that, didn’t you?

Better Off Ted

Better Off Ted season one has left Netflix. I just couldn’t say goodbye without watching a little more.

Yes, I know I can buy the first season in digital HD for $10. But it’s just not the same.

Card Thief

Card Thief, a solitaire-style stealth card game, is excellent. It’s easy to pick up but tough to master, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite iOS games. There are plenty of different elements in play throughout, and the game’s mechanics mesh perfectly to create something that’s almost impossible to put down despite successes or failures.

It’s got the “one more time” thing locked down like few games have managed—especially considering it’s a one-time purchase of just $1.99.

Card Thief screenshot
Card Thief, Tinytouchtales

Netflix Live

Netflix’s April Fools’ Day gag that should totally be a real thing was an insanely good time. For those who missed out, Will Arnett provided commentary on such exciting things as: a copier, an office refrigerator, a pencil sharpener, and so much more. It was magnificent.

Sing

Illumination is no Disney or Pixar. Sing has some feel-good moments and solid build for its ensemble cast, but it lacks depth and really anything of value for people whose ages have hit double digits. It’s better than I expected it to be, but that’s not saying much.

NXT TakeOver Orlando

Five great matches over two and a half hours. There was a lot to enjoy throughout, but the triple threat elimination match for the NXT Tag Team Championship was an easy favorite for me. DIY and The Revival are two of the best tag teams in all of WWE, and they didn’t disappoint here. The Authors of Pain picked up an expected win, but there were so many great spots it’s hard to be upset about DIY not walking out two-time champs.

WWE debuted new titles for all of its championships at the event, and they look really nice. They’re simple and much more professional looking than the previous titles, bringing the developmental championships in line with those of its main brands, at least aesthetically.

WrestleMania

A big, long night for WWE. And a mostly good one, too. This isn’t an official review or anything even close to it, so I’ll try to keep it brief.

The pre-show had three solid matches, though Neville/Aries was the easy highlight of those two hours. Mojo Rawley winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was a surprise, but not a bad one.

Onto the show proper:

The WWE and Universal Championship matches were my least favorite of the night, but I expected that going into it. Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton saw some of the most interesting theatrics I’ve ever seen put on by WWE, but the match itself was so-so. Brock Lesnar beating Goldberg was easily the most obvious finish of the night, and it did absolutely nothing for me.

I thought the rest ranged from good to really good, though. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Bayley, and Seth Rollins picked up well-deserved wins. Naomi became a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion in her hometown in a fast, chaotic match.

There’d been a lot of speculation about Matt and Jeff Hardy returning to WWE since they left TNA earlier this year, and their return did not disappoint. The Hardy Boyz (please, please stop using the Z, WWEthrive in ladder matches, and this one was no exception.

John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse was pretty much what I expected it to be: a solid match that didn’t really stand out. What came after the match was a true WrestleMania moment, though. John Cena proposing to Nikki Bella was a great payoff to years of on-screen teases, and also a really great moment for the two of them.

The main event of Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker was exactly the brutal fight I expected to see from the two. Having Jim Ross back on commentary for the match, Undertaker’s last, was a fitting end to a 25+ year career on top of WWE. Those final few moments, with Undertaker leaving his gear in the ring and ascending the ramp, were breathtaking.

It was a pretty good night overall, but two lackluster title matches and a run-time that was way too long kept it from being great.

 


 

And that was my weekend. What kind of crazy nonsense did you get up to? Anything I should be playing/watching/doing? Let me know in the comments.

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