The Main Event of WrestleMania 27 is considered to be the worst main event in the 37 years’ history of WrestleMania. It is not that the wrestlers that were featured in the match were not worthy of being in a WrestleMania main event, but it was the booking.
Miz might have been hated very much back then but there is no denying the fact that he is a very entertaining heel. But WWE could not book this match properly, else could be good.
Jim Ross Comments On WrestleMania 27 Main Event
This was the only year in WrestleMania history that the main event was planned just to hype the main event for next year’s WrestleMania. Yes, indeed, the whole match was booked just to hype The Rock vs. John Cena for next year.
WrestleMania 27 had better matches than its main event, especially, Triple H vs. The Undertaker was a pretty damn good match. But the way everything was booked, The Miz vs. John Cena had to be the main event.
Jim Ross recently spoke about this match during a recent episode of Grilling JR. He said;
“I think even during Miz’s run, he was never truly respected like traditional champions were. I don’t know if that was Vince’s apprehension or Vince waiting for Miz to catch on type of thing or to really get over it and connect with the audience wherever it may be. But I’ll always say that your main title, which this was, should go on last. Period.
To protect that asset of your championship and the image that it projects. The other thing is, if you want to put the pressure on the young Miz, make him follow The Undertaker and Triple H. Now you’ve got to put your working boots on. But I believe the title should go last. Period. That’s my take on it.
Well, it was a different finish. You had to give it a little bit of thought, and on that night, fans didn’t realize that next year’s WrestleMania had already been booked – the main event part of it. So, that was kind of a disconnect with them because they didn’t know where we were headed eventually for that event.
It was a different train of thought and a different presentation. In general, I’m not against that. This was the setup for next year’s WrestleMania in Miami, and Cena was getting booed like crazy. The thing that’s always been funny to me is Cena never turned heel. Why didn’t we do that? Why was that not done? I’ve heard John didn’t want to be a heel, but I don’t really believe that one.
I just think Vince felt like he was such a pristine babyface, but if you listen to the audience, there was a long time there where he wasn’t a pristine babyface…..the audience, more often than not, would tell you what they wanted to buy.
You just listen to the reactions. I was always amazed that Cena got booed so much, and it was a lot like Roman Reigns getting booed when he was just getting rolling. The Cena thing, I never quite understood why we didn’t pull the trigger on that deal.
But nevertheless, what happened at the end was to create buzz and controversy because it was gonna be hard to follow up with Rock and Cena because Rock had all his projects going. He couldn’t be there every week. It just planted that one seed that was gonna take a year to grow, and at the end of the day, it worked out really well.”
WWE never made a similar mistake after that. Of course, they produced some awful matches as WrestleMania main events like Triple H vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 32, but the mistake WWE made in WrestleMania 27 was never repeated.
Credit: Grilling JR. H/T 411Mania.