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Welcome to WrestleMania. In a quick recap, Neville defeated Austin Aries to retain the Cruiserweight title in a really good match. Mojo Rawley won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale in a match I didn’t see because I didn’t care about it (Rob Gronkowski was apart of the match I hear. I still don’t care and I’m a Patriots fan). Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin to retain the Intercontinental title in a flat match.
R&B singer Tinashe sang America The Beautiful perfectly. Introduction video package leading into WrestleMania.
The New Day come out with their ice cream bin. A bit of silly fun with the New Day introducing WrestleMania.
In surprising news, AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon will start the show. This is going to be interesting. A video package plays for the Styles/McMahon fued.
AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon
A lockup between Styles and McMahon with Styles getting the better of it. Styles taunts McMahon a little. Shane gets the better of an exchange this time and taunts AJ as he stands outside of the ring in disbelief. Styles comes back in and plays dirty. He challenges McMahon to exchange fists and I’m pretty sure you can guess who got the better of than duel. After the referee pulls McMahon back, Styles gets the advantage and sends him out of the ring. He nails him with baseball kick that sends him flying past the announcer’s table.
Styles puts him back in the ring and gets a little bit of heat on him. Shane is able to stop Styles using the Phenomenal forearm by knocking him down from the apron. McMahon connects with several moves including his usual punch combination and an angle slam. Shane covers AJ, but only gets a two count. Shane remains on attack briefly, but Styles is able to regain advantage. He goes for a springboard 450, but he falls into a triangle choke. Shane then transitions into several different submission holds. AJ is able to get the calf killer, but Shane counters into a sleeper hold. Moments later Styles is able to escape with the Styles Clash for a two count. Shane and AJ end up at the corner and Styles nails the referee with the enziguri by accident.
Styles is able take advantage of the situation and goes to under the ring to take out a trash can. He puts Shane against the bottom turnbuckle and puts the trash in front of him. Styles goes for the coast to coast, but Shane counters by the throwing the trash can in his face. Shane then puts Styles at the corner of the turnbuckle and puts the trash can in front of him. He nails the coast to coast on AJ (the referee is still out for all of this). The referee finally gets up and Shane covers AJ for a nearfall. Shane then takes him outside and puts him on the announcers table. He attempts to his flying elbow, but Styles moves out of the way and he crashes and burns. Styles puts McMahon back in the ring and goes for the Phenomenal forearm again, but Shane counters with a DDT. He doesn’t go for the cover and pulls him close to the turnbuckle. Shane goes on top of the turnbuckle and goes for a shooting star press, but Styles moves out of the way. Moments later, Styles finally connects with the Phenomenal forearm and gets the three count.
Winner: AJ Styles. Surprise, surprise this turned into your typical Shane McMahon match. I don’t know why they just didn’t add a stipulation from the beginning. Anyways, the match didn’t suck. A fun little opening match, but it will most likely be forgotten by the end of the night. I could piss and moan about Styles not facing a better opponent, but Styles got the win and nobody here looked bad.
Kevin Owens comes out. The video package for his fued with Jericho plays.
WWE United States Championship match: Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (c)
The match starts out with both fight one another. Several minutes of back and forth action until Owens is able to nail a running cannonball inside the ring. He nails another running cannonball on the apron . Owens gets the heat on Jericho and put him and eventually gets him into a sleep hold. Jericho is able to get out of the it, but Owens knocks him down again with a packaged powerbomb. He taunts Jericho. He runs against the ropes, but Jericho counters with a dropkick. After his brief attack, Owens regains the advantage and the two men are outside the ring. Owens attempts a powerbomb onto the apron, but Jericho counters with a back body drop. He then knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. He puts Owens back in the ring.
Jericho connects with a bulldog and goes for the lionsault, but Owens moves out of the way and then superkicks him. Owens goes to the top turnbuckle. He attempts a frog splash, but Jericho puts his knees up. Jericho goes for the lionsault again, Owens counters. Owens goes to the top turnbuckle. He goes for a swanton, but Jericho puts his knees up again. Jericho finally connects with the lionsault. Owens kicks out at two. Jericho goes the code breaker, but Owens counters with a walls of Jericho.
After several minutes, Jericho is able to get out of it. Moments later, Owens is able to connect with his pop up powerbomb. He covers Jericho and gets a nearfall. Owens talks trash and goes for the pop up powerbomb again, but he Jericho counters into the codebreaker. He gets a good nearfall (Owens put his finger on the bottom rope, which was kind of funny). Owens regains the advantage and goes for the cannonball, but Jericho counters with and applies the walls of Jericho. Owens is able to get out of the walls of Jericho and roll of the ring. He superkicks Jericho on the leg then connect with powerbomb onto the apron. He puts him back in the ring and gets the three count.
Winner: Kevin Owens. A good match. A couple of things brought this match down a bit. Crowd heat lacked (it wasn’t Ambrose/Corbin bad, but still lacked). The match was still your typical wwe style match as well, so it didn’t feel like a bad blood fued it was built up. And the ending kind of came out of nowhere. I’m pretty sure some people will debate this as a great match and I wouldn’t argue it much, but to me it was just only good.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship match: Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte vs. Bayley (c)
The match began with everyone going after Jax; however, Jax pretty much dominated each woman. Their was a cool spot where Jax sent Chalotte into Bayley and Banks into a flip senton from the apron. The girls once again stood united against Jax on the apron. They came in and was able to connect a double team move (Bayley and Charlotte hit a back drop after Charlotte nailed a big boot). Jax destroyed the girls once again and put Charlotte in the turnbuckle. She connects with some punches, but Charlotte, with the help or Banks and Bayley connects with a triple powerbomb. They all cover Jax and get the three count.
Charlotte attempts to make peace with the two women, but Bayley and Banks walks towards her. She backs down and goes outside. Bayley and Banks goes after one another, but Charlotte grabs Bayley’s foot from the outside and drags her out the ring. Charlotte moves out of the way as Banks nails Bayley with a flying flip senton. Charlotte goes on top of the rope and nails a corkscrew moonsault on both women. She sends Banks back into the and goes for the natural selection, but Banks counters into the Bank statement.
Charlotte is able to get out of the hold and the two women exchange various moves on one another in decent action. Banks gets Charlotte in a roll up, but Charlotte counters sending Banks into a exposed middle turnbuckle she did earlier. Charlotte gets the three count.
A bit of a stare down between Bayley and Charlotte, who is able to get the advantage. She goes to the top turnbuckle and attempts a moonsault, but Bayley moves out of the way. She covers Charlotte for a two count. Charlotte is able to regain the two count and apply the figure eight. A few minutes of drama, Bayley is able to get out of it. Bayley have a bit of back and forth. Charlotte gets Bayley stuck on the tree of woe. She goes to the apron and the goes on top of the turnbuckle. Bayley is able to fight her off on the tree of woe in a bit of a scary spot. Eventually, the match ends with Bayley connecting with an elbow drop and getting the three count.
Winner: Bayley. Good match. First, I do apologize for rushing through as I’m a bit behind. Second, this match felt very rushed for time and so did each elimination. There was really no drama or suspense to each fall, especially the final one. Honestly, this match could have been on raw. WWE ruined a huge moment by giving away Bayley’s first win on Raw. That match should have been their WrestleMania encounter. Instead we got a cluster of a build that led to a disappointing match. Match never felt special. It just felt like every one was rushing so it could be over.
Recap of the hall of fame and introduction of the nominees on stage.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match: Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows (c) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Matt & Jeff Hardy (yep, you’re reading that right!)
Big pop for the Hardys coming out. Sadly, they’re not in their Broken gimmick. The match starts with a big brawl with everyone. The Hardys show off a bit of their signature offense. Jeff climbed the ladder, but Gallows knocked him off. Anderson climbs up the ladder, but Cesaro springboards to the back of Anderson. Cesaro sends Anderson onto the shoulders of Sheamus, who then hits a fireman roll. Cesaro then, stands on Gallows and nails a double stomp of Anderson.
More fast and chaotic action between the tag teams. Some of the highlights include Cass launching Enzo into Gallows over two ladders, Sheamus and Cesaro uses their respective signatures on Gallows and Anderson, A Brogue kick from Sheamus to Jeff sending him into the other tag teams, Big Cass being powerbombed into a ladder leaned against the turnbuckle. Enzo being launched from the ladder into Cesaro’s uppercut, and a twist of fate from Matt hardy to Karl Anderson from the ladder. The match ended with Jeff doing a swanton bomb off a huge ladder through another ladder with Cesaro and Sheamus being the victims. Matt Hardy was grabbing the titles during this time.
Winner: The Hardy Boys. First, a cool surprise and a nice WrestleMania moment. Hopefully this legal thing with Impact is resolved and the Hardys can use their broken gimmick. A fast paced and a really good match. It won’t beat any of the TLC classic matches, but its the best match so far on the show. The Hardys really brought this match alive. To be honest, I didn’t care for who walked out as champions coming in, so the Hardys winning works for me perfectly. Now we just need credible heel challengers for the Hardys, (maybe the Revival?). Sorry, as much as I’m a big fan of Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, they’re just not a threat to them.
Video package of the Miz/Maryse/Cena/Nikki feud.
Nikki Bella & John Cena vs. Maryse & The Miz
Al Roker announced. I cried for Jojo during this moment. Seemed like Maryse and Nikki were going to start, but Maryse tagged Miz. Miz played to the crowd for a bit. The Miz was able to sucker Cena and stomp on him repeatedly. Miz went on attack again and Maryse slapped him from the apron. The Miz played to the crowd some more.
For several minutes, The Miz attacked Cena and had fun with the fans who heavily cheered him. The Miz nailed his turnbuckle clothesline and then flew off the top turnbuckle with a double ax handle. He connected with two boots to the face. More playing to the crowd with the Miz, with it finally backfiring as he missed his turnbuckle clothesline. Nikki rallied for a tag, but Maryse knocked her off the apron. Miz went back on the attack and hit his snap ddt. He covers Cena, but only gets a two count. He taunts in front of Nikki, but he she slaps him. Miz taunts signaling to use Daniel Bryan’s signature kicks. He hits Cena with multiple kicks (weakly, but whatever).
Miz taunts a bit more, but Cena sends him outside the ring. Her gets the tag and Nikki comes in like a house of fire, taking down Maryse. She knocks Maryse down with her forearm shot and Cena takes Miz down with a back body drop. They both hit stereo five knuckle shuttles. They hoist their respective opponents onto their shoulders and deliver their respective finshers. They get the easy three count.
In a sweet moment, John proposed to Nikki Bella.
Winner: Nikki Bella & John Cena. This match was never expected to be a classic by any means, but this was a bit ridiculous. Maryse is a former divas champion and was a decent wrestler in the ring, so it was silly that they didn’t give her any offense. Simply put, a television match at best. Cena proposing to Nikki was sweet, but I wouldn’t call that a memorable moment in my eyes.
Video package for the Rollins/Triple H feud.
Unsanctioned Match: Triple H vs. Seth Rollins
A cool entrance with Triple H involved a motorcycle and cops. The match started with Rollins attacking Triple H with punches and a dropkick. The two go outside and Rollins remains on the attack. Triple H whips Rollins into the barricade. He runs to Rollins who puts his foot up, which Triple H catches. He connects with a dragon screw. Rollins clotheslines Triple H over the barricade. He jumps onto Triple H from the barricade. He tosses him back over the barricade. He springboards over the barricade onto Triple H. He then goes back into the ring and runs connects with a suicide dive to Triple H. Rollins stares down Stephanie McMahon down a bit. He goes back in the ring and nails another suicide dive.
Rollins remains in control of Triple H and gets to the announcers table. He moves everything off the table and puts Triple on the table. He sets up for the pedigree, but Triple H chops Seth’s leg and hits a DDT onto the table. Triple H grabs a chair and hits Rollins injured leg several times. He continues to work over the leg several more times before finally putting him back into the ring. He applies a submission hold to Seth to get the heat for a bit. Roliins fights out of it, but Triple H puts him on top of the turnbuckle. Rollins fights back and goes for a sunset powerbomb, but sells his leg being really hurt when he drops down.
Triple H laughs and mounts on top of Rollins and punches away. Rollins is able to set him up for the running powerbomb, but his leg buckles. Triple H gets him up, but Rollins is able to counter and finally connect with a running powerbomb.
Rollins isn’t fully able to capitalize due to selling his leg and Triple H is able to regain control soon after. Eventually, Triple H hits the pedigree after a distraction from Stephanie McMahon. He gets a good nearfall. There are teases from Triple H to use the sledge hammer brought into the match earlier when the two were outside, but Seth was able avoid it. Seth grabs the sledgehammer and signals to use it, but Stephanie takes the sledgehammer away from Rollins. Triple H runs to Rollins, but Rollins moves out of the way. Triple H almost hits Stephanie, but stops just in time. Rollins superkicks Triple H who bumps into Stephanie. She falls off the apron through a table that was set up earlier by Rollins. Triple H freaks out a bit, but Rollins connects with a pedigree and gets the three count.
Winner: Seth Rollins. A Good match. The best singles match of the night thus far, but again the match was slower than I thought it would be. It just didn’t feel like a blood feud during this match. I didn’t expect blood or anything like that, but the match felt tame like a normal NO DQ match. Perhaps this was due to Rollins injury, but this was just a disappointing match. It was nice to finally see Stephanie get her comeuppance though.
Video package of the WWE Championship match.
WWE Championship match: Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (c)
Match started out fast with both men trading punches and some moves including an RKO within the first few minutes in the match. Both guys ended up outside the ring and at one point Bray hit an sister Abigail into the barricade and at an another Orton hit any RKO outside the ring after ducking an attack from Wyatt. Out of nowhere, images of maggots moving were played as the wrestlers were in the ring, which is supposedly Bray Wyatt’s head games (trust me, it made no sense). It happened again later on. Long story, Randy Orton won with a simple RKO.
Winner: Randy Orton. I didn’t purposely go through this match fast because I was distracted. I went fast through this match because it was ridiculous and short. The images inside the ring was beyond stupid and whoever thought of that idea should be fired. These guys were trying, but it was clear this match wasn’t important to the people in the back and was presented as such. Shameful match, not for the quality, but because of production. Wyatt and Orton deserve better.
Video package for the WWE Universal title match.
WWE Universal Title match: Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg (c)
Lesnar fired off with three german suplexes, but Goldberg came back fast with a spear. He connected with another spear and Lesnar rolled outside the ring. Goldberg speared Lesnar through the barricade. After a brief moment, Goldberg and Lesnar get in the ring. Lesnar sets Goldberg up for a F5, but Goldberg counters with a spear. Goldberg then nails a jackhammer and gets a nearfall. Goldberg goes for another spear, but Lesnar leaps up and then proceeds to hits 10 german suplexes on him. Lesnar then finally hit the F5 and got the three count.
Winner: Brock Lesnar. This was fun for what it was admittedly. It won’t go down as a classic by any means, but it was fast with some cool spots. Brock winning of course isn’t a surprise, by Heyman was great with his facial expressions.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship match: Mickie James vs. Carmella vs. Naomi vs. Natayla vs.Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (c)
Everyone brawled to start out. Match consisted of everyone having brief moments to shine with the highlights include Naomi hitting a crossbody onto everyone on the floor. Natayla applying the sharpshooter to both Carmella and Naomi at the same time, and the rapid fire finisher trades. In the end, Naomi got the win with a submission finisher over Alexa Bliss.
Winner: Naomi. This was basically a buffer match. It was fine for what it was, but just too short to be remembered by the end of the night (and it wasn’t Goldberg/Lesnar fun). Naomi winning was a nice reward for her. Hopefully the Smackdown women get back on track after this and next year’s WrestleMania for the Smackdown women is better.
The New Day announced the attendance record.
Video package for Reigns vs. The Undertaker.
Jim Ross came out to a nice ovation.
No Holds Barred: Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker
Match starts off with Taker hitting punches on Reigns and then tossing him out of the ring. Taker yells, “Its my yard!” to the pop of the crowd. Reigns goes back in the ring, but Taker sends him back out. Taker says, “Its still my yard!”. Reigns comes back in the ring and gets the better of him clotheslining him to outside the ring. Taker gabs his legs and drags him out the ring. He whips him into the ring post and then puts him back into the ring. Roman is able to regain the advantage with a samoan drop. They get back outside the ring. Taker puts Reigns onto his shoulder, but Reigns gets off and pushes him into the ring post. Reigns then connects with a drive by. Reigns puts Taker back in the ring. Taker is able to regain the advantage and hits snake eyes and then a leg drop. He covers Reigns and gets a two count.
Taker signals for a chokeslam, but Reigns rolls out the ring. Taker follows suit. Reigns attmepts a drive by again, but Taker counters with a clothesline mid air. Taker takes apart the announce table. Reigns is able to nail a drive by on Taker again. He signals for a drive by, but Taker catches him by the throat and gives him a chokeslam onto the announce table that wasn’t taken apart. Taker takes apart another announce table. He gets on top and signals for a tombstone, but Reigns counters with a spear through the table. Reigns gets back in the ring and is met with boos by the fans. The Undertaker pops up. He gets back in the ring, but Reigns goes on attack with clothesline against the turnbuckle.
Reigns gets on top of Taker and punches him. He talks trash, but Taker catches him with a Last Ride. He covers Reigns, but gets a two count. Taker goes for his throat gesture, but Reigns counters with two superman punches. He covers Taker, but he gets a two count. He goes outside and grabs a chair. He gets back in the ring, but Taker nails him with a big boot. Taker destroys him with the chair to the back and eventually hits a chokeslam onto the chair. Reigns kicks out at two. Taker connects with the tombstone, but he kicks out for a good nearfall again.
Taker attempts a tombstone, but Reigns counters. There was a botch at this moment as it seemed like Reigns was suppose to get Taker in a tombstone, but instead he nails another superman punch. He gets a two count for his troubles. Taker was able to get the hell’s gate, but Reigns was able to get out of it. Reigns returns the favor and destroys the Undertaker with chair shots. He signals for the spear and nails it. He only gets the two count. Reigns hits another spear, but Taker kicks out. Reigns nails a third spear and covers Taker, but he kicks out again in a strong nearfall. Reigns looks on in disbelief. Taker struggles to get up as Reigns takes Taker to stay down. Taker refuses. After a bit of a mix up, Reigns finally connects with a fourth spear and gets the three count.
The Undertaker received a nice standing ovation and left his gloves and jacket in the ring.
Winner: Roman Reigns. A good idea to have this match go on last as this was definitely the best match of the show. People will be pissed that Reigns beat Taker. I’ll take the see where it goes approach. Reigns had his heelish moments, but there was no major heel turn here. A Strong match and the Taker moment after the match finally felt like a WrestleMania moment.
Overall, a skippable WrestleMania. Had this been a normal pay-per-view or one of the other big four this would get an solid A. But this is WrestleMania. The story telling and the suspense just wasn’t strong as a lot of the matches were rushed, some felt like the match didn’t fit their fued (Jericho/Owens, Triple H/Rollins), and the unnecessary special effects of the Wyatt/Orton match left a bad taste in my mouth. People won’t be happy with Reigns winning, but his match with the Undertaker was indeed the strongest and Taker’s ride into the sunset was a WrestleMania moment. The Hardys returning was cool as well. Thanks for following along with me tonight.