Well, it’s the biggest show of the year. The most anticipated, biggest, and most iconic wrestling event of the year! Let’s dive right into the first match.
Seth Rollins vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor (WWE Intercontinental Title Match)
The first match on the show is Seth Rollins versus The Miz versus Finn Balor. When the Seth’s entrance music said “burn it down”, there was large fire that shot up. Seth came out in a new outfit and blue contact lenses. The Miz came out alongside The Miztourage. While still on the stage, he sent his helpers back. Miz also came out in a fresh new, red outfit. Balor came out with a posse of maybe 40 people cheering him on. They were wearing the LGBTQ shirts, which is really cool. Michael Cole mentioned that the people who accompanied him were part of a LGBTQ group, but I didn’t catch the name.
In the first couple minutes of this match, Balor did a dive over the top rope onto Miz and Rollins. Rollins hit a Swingblade on Balor after taking a break outside the ring for a few moments. Seth did a Tope Suicide to Finn and Miz outside the ring separately. Miz got a near fall when Finn got DDT’d. Balor was put in a Figure Four from The MIz, but Balor got broken up by a Frogsplash from Rollins. Seth tried to Buckle Bomb Finn outside the ring, repeating the Summerslam spot that injured Finn, but Finn reversed it into a move on the floor. Seth hit Miz with a Buckle Bomb to The Miz in the ring, then Superplex’d Finn. The Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale for a two count.
Finn did a combo of moves that set up The Miz for a Coup De Grace, but The Miz stopped Finn by taking off his balance. On the top rope, The Miz hit a Bulldog onto Seth. The pinfall was broken up by a Coup De Grace by Finn. Finn did a Swingblade onto The Miz then did a Coup De Grace. He tried to pin The Miz, but Seth interrupted it with a Curb Stomp onto Finn. He gave The Miz a Curbstomp too for the win. Seth Rollins is your new Intercontinental Champion. This match was very good. Not much more to say about it than that really.
Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair (Smackdown Women’s Title Match)
The next match is Asuka versus Charlotte Flair. For some odd reason, Charlotte (the champion) entered first. It was a similar situation in the match before when The Miz entered second out of the three competitors. Charlotte had a special entrance where she sat upon a throne. Gladiators stood alongside her on the stage. The amount of pyrotechnics on this show made me miss the pyro that they used to do on a weekly basis. Asuka didn’t get much of a special entrance, except some CGI shown on-screen (it wasn’t good).
Early in the match there was very fast combos by these two. It was very good. Charlotte did a trip spot which I don’t think i’ve seen before. During this match Charlotte did many maneurvers that I had never see her do before. It was obvious that this match was given a ton of attention to detail. Charlotte tried for a Moonsault, but Asuka made Charlotte land right into a submission move. Charlotte reversed it into a Boston Crab, but Asuka escaped.
Charlotte started bleeding on her left elbow at some point during this match. Asuka did a Suplex off the apron onto the floor, which seemed painful. Charlotte did a Spanish Fly off the top rope. After watching the Will Ospreay versus Marty Scurll match last week, this spot had me tense. Although, it was still a pretty cool spot. Charlotte speared Asuka, but Asuka kicked out. Charlotte began to look frustrated. Moments later, Charlotte put Asuka in the Figure Eight. Asuka tapped to this move.
This match was amazing. I thought that the final spot wasn’t the perfect way to end it, but everything else was great. As for the streak ending, I am totally fine with this. I am a huge Asuka fan, but I feel that ending the streak at Wrestlemania is the best way to do it. If they made her win, she would lose her streak at a smaller event, because we know they wouldn’t be able to hold on to the streak until the next Wrestlemania. Asuka is still a big name, and Charlotte winning was the right move.
After the match, Asuka grabbed a mic. She says that Charlotte was ready for Asuka. She also says Congratulations. Afterwards, we see a ref run over to Cena and tell him something. This makes Cena get up out of his seat at ringside and run backstage.
Bobby Roode vs. Rusev w/ Aiden English vs. Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh vs. Randy Orton (United States Title Match)
Yes, finally, the champion entered last. This match was a fatal-four-way for the US title. Early in the match, Randy hit Bobby with a Superplex. Orton gave Rusev his signature DDT on the ropes. There was a spot where Orton gave Rusev, Jinder and Aiden English an RKO. Roode hit the Glorious DDT onto Orton, but Mahal broke it up. Rusev gave Bobby a Matchka Kick, then took down Jinder after a failed pin attempt. Rusev did a look around at the crowd, who was cheering him on, then tried for an Accolade. Sunil Singh distracted, and took a kick from Rusev. Because of this distraction, Jinder gave Bobby Roode a Kolass for the win. Jinder Mahal is the new US Champion.
This match was fast and had some pretty good spots in it. I’m not big on Mahal being the champion. I’m willing to support it, as long as they give him better material to run with. We get a Snickers commercial after this match, including Breezango and Mick Foley.
Triple H & Stephanie McMahon vs. Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey
Very early on the card we have HHH and Stephanie versus Kurt and Ronda Rousey. Triple H and Stephanie had a special entrance that included many people riding three wheel bikes to the ring. Stephanie and Triple H both did the water spit thing when doing their entrance. Kurt and Ronda got separate entrances. Kurt got a warm welcome of “you suck!” chants from the crowd. Ronda Rousey came out wearing an outfit that was inspired by Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Before the bell rings, Stephanie dragged Ronda by her hair. Kurt and Triple H started the match. When Rousey eventually got tagged in, she went crazy on Stephanie. Rousey did strikes, and tossed Stephanie around. Ronda tried to put Stephanie into an Armbar, but Stephanie was blocking it. Rousey was planted from a DDT from Stephanie. Ronda kicked out at an early two. After Stephanie mocked Ronda, Ronda did some sort of slam move. Ronda went for a pin, but Triple H broke it up. Triple H dragged Ronda out of the ring, making her land flat on the mat. Angle put Triple H up on a commentary table, but HHH countered and threw Kurt onto a table.
Rousey challenges Triple H to a fight in the ring. The ref tries to prevent it, but Triple H tells himt to allow it. Rousey strikes Triple H multiple times, then lifted him up, which got a huge pop from the crowd. Stephanie stopped the move from happening. Ronda fought with Stephanie at ringside, with Stephanie throwing her into a ring post. Angle did two Belly-to-belly Suplexes, then did three German Suplexes. Angle and HHH countered move after move, until Angle hit the Angle Slam. Triple H kicked out at two.
Angle pulled his straps down and tried for an Angle Lock. but Stephanie stopped him. Angle put Stephanie in an Angle Lock, but then HHH hit Angle with a Pedigree. Rousey broke up the pinfall. Rousey countered a Powerbomb into a Huricanrana and an Armbar. Stephanie broke up the move. Rousey put Stephanie in an Armbar, while Angle put HHH in an Angle Lock. This looked like the perfect way to end the match, but HHH and Stephanie escaped.
Stephanie and HHH tried for dual Pedigrees, but Rousey and Angle escaped. Stephanie got put in an Armbar, and made her tap. Rousey got her first WWE win at Wrestlemania. Right after her win, we saw Dana white clapping for this match in the crowd. This match was pretty good. Ronda’s offense was very basic, but it’s her first match so why would you expect any different. This match felt like it went a little too long, but stayed within a fair time limit.
New Day vs. The Usos vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title Match)
New Day did an entrance where they called out little people who were dressed as stacks of pancakes. The Bludgeon Brothers did a double team Powerbomb off the tope rope to win the match. They are the new champions. Not too interesting of a match, it was very short. The Bludgeon Brothers seem to not have too much interest on them right now, but maybe they can help her out with this.
John Cena Calls Out The Undertaker
John Cena came out to call out The Undertaker. The lights went out, and everyone was excited, but it was not The Undertaker, it was Elias. Elias claimed that he posses more talent than The Undertaker. When Elias played on the guitar, it sounded like he was seemingly getting better on the strings. Elias came to the ring and sang a song about Cena’s predicament. Cena eventually attacked Elias, and sent him packing. Cena was disappointed and started to walk to the back, but then the lights went out again. When the lights went back on, Undertaker’s hat and jacket were in the ring. CGI lightning struck the ring, then it disappeared. Fog surrounded Cena on the ramp. The lights went out again. We heard an Undertaker GONG. Eventually, The Undertaker appears. We are having a match.
Undertaker did an Old School to Cena in the opening minutes. Undertaker hit a Tombstone Piledriver for the win.
Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Next match is McMahon and Bryan versus Owens and Zayn. Bryan got a special video package before his entrance, showing how the “YES!” chant struck mainstream media during his last wrestling run. Instead of Sami and Owens doing a normal entrance, they attacked Shane and Bryan from behind. Early in the match, Daniel takes a bump and gets checked out by a doctor. Shane decides to take on Kevin and Sami. The crowd is near silent for this, because they are concerned for Daniel. I assume this was kayfabe, but it feels like a shitty thing to do in someone’s first match back.
Shane did a Coast-To-Coast onto Zayn. Bryan eventually got back in the ring to help out Shane. Bryan got the win with the Yes Lock onto Zayn. This match was disappointing. Glad to see Bryan back, but this match got barely anything from the crowd.
Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James vs. Nia Jax (RAW Women’s Title Match)
Our next match is Bliss versus Jax for the RAW Women’s title. Bliss made her entrance being slowly brought down from a pedestal. Before the match formally started, Nia attacked Mickie James. Alexa stood in the ring while this happened, not defending her friend. Nia did a Samoan Drop on the floor onto James. Bliss did a Twisted Bliss off the top rope to the outside onto Nia. Bliss got slammed down by Nia in this match, and it looked like death. Nia did a Samoan Drop off the second rope for the win. Nia is your new champion.
This match wasn’t awful, but the crowd was dead for it. It’s just an issue that WWE has with their long shows, that eventually the crowd gets tired. Honestly, it’s such an issue for shows like these. But anyways, I’m happy for Nia Jax, because she it a complete role model for everyone.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles (WWE Championship Match)
Nakamura versus Styles is next. Nakamura’s entrance was accompanied by guitars, violins, drums. It was all amazing. The crowd was absolutely dead silent for this match. Styles put Nakamura in the Calf Crusher, but Nakamura escaped. Styles his a variant of the Small Package Piledriver, which garnered somewhat of a reaction from the crowd. Styles later on hit a Phenomenal Forearm. Styles reversed a Kinshasa into a Styles Clash to win the match. This match was good, but nothing grand. It didn’t live up to the hype, but was still enjoyable. The crowd definitely took something out of the match.
In an emotional and wholesome moment afterwards, Styles and Nakamura hugged it out. Nakamura handed Styles his belt. But then, out of nowhere, Nakamura gave Styles a low blow. Not so wholesome now, isn’t it? He stomped Styles until he left the ring I loved this. I can’t wait to see what they can do with a heel Nakamura after this.
Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Braun Stroman & ??? (RAW Tag Team Title Match)
Our next is Sheamus and Cesaro versus Stroman and his mystery partner. Sheamus and Cesaro entered with a special New Orleans float. Stroman pushed the float off a ramp when he entered. Braun says that his tag partner will be someone from the crowd. Braun picks a child from the crowd. Nicholas, is Braun’s tag team partner. Nicholas eventually gets tagged in, and has to face Cesaro. He immediately tags Stroman back in. Stroman hits Cesaro with a Running Powerslam to win. Stroman and Nicholas are the new champions.
I don’t know what to say. Do I hate this? Do I love this? I don’t even know. I’m too tired to care.
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Championship Match)
It is finally (I mean finally!) time for the main event. Reigns versus Lesnar part two. Here we go. Early on, big spots were happening left and right. Roman hit two Superman Punches, and before that Brock hit some German Suplexes. Brock did a nasty belly-to-belly on the floor outside the ring. He did a second one, where Roman basically got dropped on his head. Back in the ring, Brock started with the German Suplexes once again. After more fighting outside the ring, Reigns hit a Superman Punch then two Spears. Brock kicked out. Crowd is nearly silent.
Lesnar gave Roman an F5, but Reigns kicked out. Lesnar hit a third F5, but yes, Reigns kicked out again. I heard the crowd chant boring at one point. Outside the ring again, Lesnar F5’d Reigns through a commentary table. Lesnar hit another F5 in the ring. Reigns kicked out. This match is a sinking ship. Reigns started to bleed like crazy. Like honestly a lot. Not sure if that was on purpose or blade or whatever. Lesnar hit another F5 and won the match.
Well, this was a match. Honestly, I was so tired by the end of this show that there was not much hype around this match. The crowd only woke up once the show ended. Overall, this show had it’s ups and downs. The first half of the show was way better than the back end. Even though it got tiring, I still had fun.