The show between the Rumble and Wrestlemania has not always been as good as it could be - last years No Way Out a prime example - but several things elevated this PPV to above average status this year.
the very first match was a great example. while it was obvious that DiBiase or Kingston weren't going to win, and that Sheamus was unlikely to either, the fact that there were 3 potential winners made it exciting. add to that the implosion of Legacy and the great Cena 2 minute title reign, that was already two major feuds for Wrestlemania lined up to perfection.
admittedly, the plodding IC title match that followed was a major drop in the pacing of the show, it was perhaps made all the worst for being followed by what was supposed to be the Diva's title match - postponed from the Rumble - was again postponed in favour of a Raw versus Smackdown Diva tag between Kim and Maryse and LayCool.
the thrown together US Title match was okay, but MBP is just not believeable as a babyface. the Regal segment to promote the upcoming premiere of NXT was perhaps a bit pointless as it would be heabily publicised on TV programming and wasted 5 minutes of PPV time, and the less said about Edge's interuption, the better.
the final match then needed to be great, and while it wasn't, it was slightly better than the Raw opener. again, nobody would have thought R-Truth or Morrison would walk out with the gold. but unlike the opener, because Jericho didn't start the match, there were 4 potential winners. as with the Raw match, two Mania matches were put fully into motion by the end of the match, three if you count Edge's Rumble win and Jericho's title retention, but this match is worth watching for the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. with what happened to Taker on the way to the ring, he has to be applauded for carrying on with the match rather than getting checked over, and i defy anyone to still pop when Michaels makes his surprise appearence.
unsurprisingly, this PPV is only worth buying for the gimmick matches, which thankfully not just pull off major results and well paced action on a B-show, but also a show situated between two of the WWE's biggest PPV draws.