The spectacle, the memories and the thrilling action were all there, but WWE WrestleMania 32's endings held the marquee event back.
Superstars put on tremendous showings where they sent their bodies crashing through steel and wood, left each other's flesh reddened and drained every drop of their energy for the sake of a great show. As a result, several excellent matches unfolded at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Throughout the night, though, WWE chose to highlight its guest stars rather than the ones it needs to build around moving forward.
AJ Styles fell victim to Chris Jericho in what seemed destined to be the newcomer's launching point. The New Day stepped away from center stage to let a trio of Hall of Famers be the stars. And when Bray Wyatt flashed his fangs at The Rock, he simply tumbled over, becoming the toppled monster once again.
Props aplenty go to Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch for producing the match of the night without a single table or ladder spot at their disposal.
Optimists will remember this WrestleMania for that revolutionary bout, as well as a stirring opening contest and a fun, weapon-heavy Street Fight. Likely, though, the dragging main event will be what fans associate WrestleMania 32 with.
WWE seemed to use up its creativity on the rest of the show. By the time Roman Reigns vs. Triple H faced off, the crowd and the WWE writers both appeared to be spent.