I wasn't really planning on watching WrestleMania, but I read a post by Royal Card Review about getting a free trial subscription to WWE's streaming service, and I figured I might as well check in and see what it was all about. While I proclaim to be a wrestling fan, I don't think I've ever watched a WrestleMania before. The heyday of my wrestling viewership was in the late 90's, and I didn't have access to any Pay-Per-View stuff back then.
I missed some of the early stuff, but I got logged in during the lead-up to Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho. While there were a few entrances that took about 30 minutes too long (especially HHH), I was pretty entertained by the event as a whole. It was especially cool to see Undertaker's last match, although he certainly showed signs of his age throughout. It was a good time, and I was entertained. I'll probably be tuning in to some more wrestling when time permits.
I was happy to see Bayley retain the RAW Women's belt, but it's too bad that Nia Jax didn't get a little more screen time. It fits the storyline to have the other three wrestlers team up against her because they are afraid of her power, but it also seemed like they were pushing hard to get the big girl out quickly. Maybe that's a good sign. You wouldn't bat an eye if a few male wrestlers ganged up to eliminate someone like Andre the Giant or The Big Show, because being big and powerful is an advantage in wrestling. It could be a signal that women's wrestling in the U.S. has progressed beyond sideshows like bra & panty matches and mud wrestling. I wonder if Jax will get the belt at some point in the future?
I picked up a couple of Nia Jax cards over the last couple of months. The first was this autograph from 2016 Topps WWE Heritage. It's got an aesthetically-pleasing serial number ( # 33 / 99 ) and a clean on-card signature.
I also got this Mat Relic card from 2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution. This one is a Silver parallel, numbered # 46 / 50. The parallels in this product tend to be pretty subdued, and in some cases I've only been able to tell them apart because of the serial number or by setting a parallel next to a base card.
I've posted a couple of other Nia Jax cards here, and I've decided to start a collection of her cards. I probably won't throw a ton of money at it, but I'll pick something up here or there as it catches my eye.