Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 Four Ways Wrestlemania 28 Reminded Us of Poker
Wrestlemania 28 aired this past Sunday and, overall, it failed to live up to the hype surrounding it.
It may have also struck a few chords for poker fans out there.
Yes, we realize wrestling is not real. But neither is most "reality" TV. And how many of you watch Survivor or American Popularity Contest (aka American Idol)?
Regardless, these are a few of the parallels we saw between Wrestlemania 28 and the poker world.
1) Luck Runs Out
World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan is considered extremely lucky to have retained his championship over the last few months.
As the story's been written, he's only been able to survive by hook or by crook against some of the best wrestlers in the industry.
In poker there are some players, and even champions, that come along that clearly should not be in the position they are in.
Usually that position was obtained by either some very good fortune or the run of a lifetime.
At some point, though, that luck runs out - just like Daniel Bryan's did.
Bryan lost in his match against Sheamus in just around 30 seconds, making it the fastest World Championship match in Wrestlemania history.
Luck means very little when you get kicked in the head by a guy more than twice your size.
2) One Mistake Can Ruin Everything
The big "Once in a Lifetime" match between John Cena and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was hyped for over a year with the two exchanging insults live and via satellite.
Cena basically dominated a large chunk of the match and was looking to win it when he made one mistake that ended up costing him dearly.
For whatever reason, he decided to try and imitate the Rock's "People's Elbow" move to add insult to injury. The Rock, however, was playing possum and not only caught Cena with a Rock bottom but secured the pin.
Cena's overconfidence and disregard for the Rock ended up costing him a match that could have solidified him as one of the greatest of all-time.
Sounds a bit like Ben Lamb.
Ben Lamb was second in chips going into the final three of the 2011 WSOP Main Event. He then played horribly early on and discounted Martin Staszko, a mistake that landed him out of the Main Event just four hands into the final day.
3) Women Shaking Their Butts Is Entertaining at Any Age
Prior to the Cena-Rock match, we got a surprise visit from the "Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay.
He "called his mamma" and found out that she and her "bridge club" were actually in Miami. She then came out and danced with Brodus, followed by about 20 old ladies in her "Bridge Club."
These women were all in their 50s or older (or at least were dressed up to look it) with big butts (or the implanted equivalent) and had some impressive moves.
Funny thing is that the most entertaining, non-wrestling moment of Wrestlemania was these dancing grannies.
As the World Poker Tour has also proved, people like to see women shake their booty. They use the Royal Flush girls in revealing, curve-hugging outfits to attract views and the WWE used grannies with big butts.
4) Never Discount Experience
The show-stealing match of the night was the Undertaker-HHH "End of an Era" match-up.
Last year the Undertaker won - barely - and couldn't leave the ring under his own power.
This time, Triple H did all he could to win the match - including having Shawn Michaels help him. But the Undertaker kept coming back and just would not quit.
Eventually, he found something inside that allowed him to put together a performance rivaling those of a decade ago when he was the most dominant force in the industry.
The Undertaker not only came back to win, but won in such a fashion that not only maredk the end of an era but probably the end of the Undertaker's career.
He proved that just because someone is older it doesn't mean theycan't pull out a great performance at least once more.
Poker players do this quite often. Older players, including Doyle Brunson, have the right set of circumstances come together and pull off impressive feats.
Chances are the this is the last match we will see for the Undertaker. He is now 20-0 at Wrestlemania, a record that will never be broken
Doyle's record at the WSOP? That's still an open book.