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Even more WrestleMania XXV post-show thoughts

Before getting into some more discussion on WrestleMania, I first wanted to say thank you to everyone who expressed concern after the hit-and-run car accident I was involved in Friday night in Houston. My back and neck were hurting for a couple days and I'm still a little sore, but I'm OK. I consider myself and my friend fortunate that we were not hurt worse. It's a good thing we had our seat belts on.

I also wanted to say thank you for making my first attempt at live blogging a huge success. It generated the most one-day traffic for Ring Posts since the blog's inception. As much as I enjoy doing this blog, it wouldn't have any value if people weren't reading it. I appreciate everyone who took the time to do so and all of you – well, most of you (there are always a few wise guys out there) – who posted comments.

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Two more quick notes: I'll post my thoughts on Raw later today, and I will also have some video up from Sunday's WrestleMania pre-show news conference with Mickey Rourke, Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat.

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There has been a lot of talk since Sunday about Triple H and his reluctance to put people over. I think it's a fair argument, but I can see both sides of it.

The fact is that Triple H's win over Randy Orton Sunday in Houston was his first victory at WrestleMania since 2003. He dropped the world heavyweight title to Chris Benoit in 2004 and Batista in 2005, and then tapped out to WWE champion John Cena in 2006. After missing 2007's show with an injury, Triple H did not win the triple threat against Orton and Cena last year.

To put it in perspective, while Benoit was never meant to be more than a transitional champion, I think it's legitimate to say that Triple H made Batista and he cemented Cena's superstar status.

The other side of the coin is that Triple H has never really put Orton over. In fact, all three of Orton's title reigns have been ended by Triple H. And there is no question in my mind that Orton should have left WrestleMania XXV with the belt.

The two other guys I think Triple H should have put over in the past but didn't are Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam.

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For the critics out there who think people such as me have gone overboard in our praise of the Undertaker-Shawn Michaels match at WrestleMania, I can only speak for myself when I say that it's not hyperbole and I wasn't just caught up in the moment. Nearly 48 hours later, my opinion of the match hasn't changed.

When people talk about the greatest matches ever at WrestleMania, this one will be near the top or at the top of most lists. There were reporters in the press box at Reliant Stadium sitting near me who were not big wrestling fans, and even they recognized that they were watching something special.

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Steve Austin sure seems to have closed the book on his time in pro wrestling to pursue an acting career. If he were ever going to wrestle again, it would have been Sunday, the day after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. And judging by Austin's induction speech, I wouldn't expect anything more than a rare cameo appearance in WWE from this point forward.

I wonder how Austin's decision sits with Cena.

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I'm surprised at how many people hated Kid Rock's participation at WrestleMania. I admit that I am a bit biased because I am a fan of his and have seen him live before, but, in general, I think having bands perform live at wrestling shows on occasion is fine, especially at an event with all the pomp and circumstance of WrestleMania. A couple years ago, I attended a Smackdown taping in Baltimore in which Ozzy Osbourne performed, and it was the highlight of the night.

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