John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse (Wrestlemania 33-April 2, 2017)

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The hype going into this match was very well done and made people interested in what was going to happen. Having Miz and Maryse dress as Cena and Bella was a stroke of genius. However, just like the video package and Miz’s entrance at Wrestlemania 27, the excitement ended once the bell rang. Cena and Miz apparently cannot have a good match against each other at Wrestlemania. This was wrestled like a house show match or like the mixed tag team match that took place at Wrestlemania 6 instead of something genuinely interesting and engaging. This could have been something, but it just wasn’t. This should have been a back and forth brawl given the hatred and personal nature. Instead, we get stalling. Lots and lots of stalling. This is a fairly formulaic tag, and the women do not get much time. Maryse isn’t a regular wrestler, so it’s understandable why. Nikki hits a dive on the Miz. He actually caught her! That’s a true Wrestlemania moment. Double AA gets a double pin and a win for the babyface couple.

This might be one of Cena’s last Mania matches, and it’s a shame to see it not mean anything from an artistic perspective but certainly a personal perspective. Cena seems incredibly checked out and ready to move on, and I don’t blame him at all.

When it comes to Cena and Nikki Bella’s relationship, it’s not my place to comment. I don’t think other people’s relationships are anyone’s business, and the only thing that matters is their personal happiness. If marriage is what they both want, then I hope they’re happy.

Winner (s)/Rating: John Cena and Nikki Bella/**

Jerry Lawler and JBL’s banter during this match was BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTAL!


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