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Dave Meltzer Rates Mania 31

Four-Way Tag Match: ***1/2
Andre Battle Royal: ***1/4
Intercontinental Ladder Match: ****1/4
Orton vs Rollins: ****
HHH vs Sting: **1/2
AJ&Paige vs Bellas: **1/2
Cena vs Rusev: ***1/2
Undertaker vs Bray: **3/4
Lesnar vs Reigns (vs Rollins): ****1/2

As can be seen, he believes this was a very entertaining four hours.

Discuss here.

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  1. Burt Macklin, FBIApril 2, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    My thoughts are pretty close to his. Would go higher with Sting/HHH and the main event.

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  2. It's like he overrated every match by 1/2 a star. Maybe that's the WM curve.

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  3. He was at the show live, which I think skewed his ratings. Glad I'm not the only one who thought Orton Rollins was fantastic.


    HHH v. Sting was a total DUD though. AndyPG, what were your thoughts?

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  4. "Last year Levesque made $1.1 million in executive pay, including
    incentives, plus another $1.65 million from in-ring performances."


    Hunter wrestled 4 matches last year. That means every time he put on the tights he was paid $412,500.

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  5. I keep going back to this, that the Network allows them to take advantage of talent even further. I don't see a change, either. WM may be good for a few good vibes, but the structure is still unchanged.

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  6. Might have to do with the atmosphere. Honestly, it was a very fun show to watch, and everyone there said the crowd was having a blast. Dave has said in the past that a hot crowd will boost ratings in his mind.

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  7. Buffalo HopscotchApril 2, 2015 at 7:02 AM

    Wasn't all that thrilled with the ladder match or Orton/Rollins. Probably both in the *** range for me, but I'll admit I didnt particulary care about either match and I'm not a huge fan of Orton's in ring work.

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  8. LOL you still got posting privilege ?

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  9. Agreed. He said on the latest show that HHH/Sting was not nearly as good on TV as it was live... But that could also be second viewing deminished returns.

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  10. It's not what you make, it's what you keep.

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  11. Dale Doback: What is your problem, man?
    Derek:
    My problem? I don't know. I don't have a problem, uh, Dale. In fact, I
    have the opposite of a problem. I made over 550K last year. How much
    did you make?
    Dale Doback: It's not about money.
    Derek: It's not about money? Well, for me, it's a little about money, and I made *that* much money last year.

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  12. And if guys have to pay their own travel, expenses, etc, then that money dries up REALLY quick.

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  13. Burt Macklin, FBIApril 2, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Orton has quietly put together a hell of a WrestleMania resume over the years. The Evolution/Rock N Sock tag, the Undertaker match, WM22 Triple Threat, MITB from 23, Triple Threat from 24, Punk match, a good match with Kane of all people, the main event from 30 and against Rollins.

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  14. You had me until Kane

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  15. Biff Kensington Has a PosseApril 2, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Judging by these ratings, WrestleMania XXXI falls somewhere in the WrestleMania XIX range in terms of shows that will be looked back on as a forgotten classic. I don't think the show was as great as these ratings make it out to be, but it was definitely an above-average WrestleMania.

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  16. Huh. I gave a lot of the exact same ratings Meltzer gave them. Only I think UT/Bray and the Divas match was a bit high.

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  17. YankeesHoganTripleHFanApril 2, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    I think I am watching too much wrestling. The other day on ESPN.com there was a headline regarding the Cubs that said "Lester to start opener without Bryant." For a second I swear it said "Lesner to wrestle opening match against Bryan"

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  18. I imagine that's inclusive of the weekly, ahem, entertainment he provides as as an on-air character through in-ring promos, backstage segments, etc.

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  19. Burt Macklin, FBIApril 2, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Dude I'm tellin you that Kane match from 28 was better than it had any right to be. They even had a good rematch the next month. No idea why they feuded but it was solid. Getting something good out of Kane counts double in my book!

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  20. I wouldn't go nearly that high on the Ladder match and Orton/Rollins. i thought it was a solid card but definitely wasn't blown away like a lot of people were.

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