Under normal circumstances, now would be the time when we would do a review of the match which occurred on the previous night’s PPV offering, pointing out what happened, what we liked, what we didn’t and whether it was a successful contest. However, for WrestleMania XXIX, we won’t be needing to do that, as for the first time since WrestleMania 13 back in 1997 – ostensibly before WWE started calling their women “Divas” – no women competed on a WrestleMania card.
The advertised match was meant to be Brodus Clay, Tensai, Cameron and Naomi against Damian Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Nikki and Brie Bella, but as John Cena and Rock came to the ring for their WWE Championship main event, it became evident that the 8-person mixed tag match had been bumped due to time constraints – which is a pretty shocking thing to do for a company which is militant with time, considering it produces hours of TV every week. I doubt that many people were buying the show solely for that match – but if you had, you would have a legitimate gripe.
It gets a little more disappointing for those involved in that it appears that they were ready to go. The picture on the left is from the Bella Twins’ Twitter account, featuring the caption “Group Hug. Getting ready for our match.” They were all set, prepared and seemingly ready to perform, and had the rug pulled out from underneath them on the biggest wrestling show of the year. Whether you like them or not – or even if the match was no good – they had the rug pulled out from under them, which can’t feel pleasant.
Considering the WrestleMania financial bonuses for people who perform on the show are pretty high – a reason why we usually get Diva matches with loads of competitors rather than a singles contest these days – it may mean that the Bellas and Funkadactyls miss out on a decent chunk of cash. However, it could be that their scheduled match takes place tonight with the same monetary reward being given had it made it onto WrestleMania.
– Lee Burton
– Photo by @nicoleandbri