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11:12 - 17th April 2015, by FSM Staff

WWE WrestleMania XXX (FSM108; Aug2014)

As big and bold as any other WrestleMania in recent memory, the story of Daniel Bryan's title triumph put WrestleMania XXX ahead of most in company history. Just like Bret Hart at WrestleMania X, Bryan has to pull double-duty here, and his battles against Triple-H and then Randy Orton and Batista showcase his ability to mix technical wrestling with wild brawling. It's a truly awe-inspiring display that cements his place in wrestling history.

Elsewhere on the card, Cesaro takes a huge step up the ladder in the Andre The Giant memorial battle royal; John Cena and Bray Wyatt have a match heavy on theatrics, but which is lacking in the ring; plus Brock Lesnar causes one of the greatest upsets of all-time against The Undertaker, in a match that – no doubt due to ‘Taker’s early concussion – is a sloppy and disjointed affair.

The DVD extras start off with the pre-show Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Elimination match, which is solid with some enjoyable high spots from all involved, including El Torito. There's a quick rundown of the 30 greatest WrestleMania moments, but with this topic mined on many occasions in the past, this adds nothing new, despite being a nice idea. Other highlights from include a sit-down interview with Hulk Hogan; two superb interviews with Batista and Randy Orton that really should have aired at some point on Raw; a short look at the history of Andre The Giant; and other promotional videos with Cena, AJ Lee, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker.

WARRIOR SPIRIT

Also available in this package is the 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony. This year’s event is headlined by the induction of The Ultimate Warrior, whose speech is a disjointed affair at times, but he speaks candidly and fascinatingly about the Self Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior DVD; getting started in the Mid-South territory; World Class Championship Wrestling; how the WWE production crew are unsung heroes; and about how much the fans mean to him. It's heartbreaking to hear him discuss his love for his children and wife considering his passing just a few days later.

The event opens with Lita, whose speech goes on for a mammoth 40 minutes. Luckily, her story is captivating, from her beginnings travelling down to Mexico, a quick pit stop in ECW, and her meteoric rise to becoming one of the most popular female wrestlers in WWE. Jake Roberts is frank about the personal demons that have haunted him throughout life, and his is an emotional, powerful speech that could have had a Hall of Fame ceremony all to itself.

Mr T takes it upon himself to thank his mother, a lot – so much so that Kane is sent out to perform a run-in. Kane also offers a heartfelt tribute to Paul Bearer that hit the right spots for emotion and comedy. This is followed by a short speech from Bearer's two sons, Daniel and Michael, followed by an appearance from The Undertaker on stage, which is a great Hall of Fame moment. Scott Hall (as Razor Ramon) is inducted by his best friend, Kevin Nash, who based on his introduction of “The Bad Guy”, will have his own great induction someday. Hall keeps things short, but is sharp, funny, and proves himself to be a captivating personality. Finally, Carlito takes all of 30 seconds to make sure he won't be coming back to WWE, in the midst of inducting his father, Puerto Rico legend Carlos Colon.

While the WWE Network has changed much about such an obligatory annual purchase, WrestleMania XXX, the Hall of Fame, and the additional matches and interviews make this an undeniable collector's package.

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