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WWE WrestleMania XXX Review

WWE WrestleMania XXX

April 6th 2014

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Attendance: 75,167

Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & John Bradshaw Layfield

 

The opening video package focuses on the 30 years of WrestleMania tagline with a New Orleans twist. I’ve got to be honest guys; I started to tear up at this point. It’s an awesome achievement for them to say that they’ve hosted 30 WrestleManias. They should be proud of that.

 

We get the pyro and a shot of the 75,000 in attendance. It’s an awesome sight. Justin Roberts welcomes everyone to WrestleMania 30 and introduces the guest host, Hulk Hogan. Hogan gets a loud reception and rightfully so. The stage was lit up in red and yellow. When “Real American” stopped playing, the crowd erupted in a Hogan chant.

“SO LET ME TELL YA SOMETHING BROTHERS” Hulkster states as he gets a pop from the crowd. “First off, I let to welcome everyone here at the Silverdome to WrestleMania 30”. The event was taking place at the Superdome, the Silverdome is where Hulk Hogan took on Andre The Giant at WrestleMania 3. The fans pick up on it and Hogan corrects himself. He laughs it off as do the fans. He covers himself by talking about how he was thinking of Andre at WM3. Hogan starts talking about the special moments of WrestleMania past and he is interrupted by the famous “glass shatter” and the fans go wild for Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin, who is making his first WM appearance since WM27, enters the ring and the two legends have a stare out. “If you’re ready for WrestleMania 30, give me a hell yeah!” Austin said that it was good to be at the “Silverdome” in a jokey way. Hogan smiles it off. Austin asked the crowd if they wanted to see him open up a can of whoop ass on Hulk Hogan. They sure do! Austin says that he recalls seeing Hogan doing his thing at WrestleMania 1 (Fans: “What”) WrestleMania 2 (Fans: “What”) WrestleMania 3 (“What”) he continues the routine up to WrestleMania 10 (even though Hogan was at WM10, he wasn’t even in the WWE at that point). Austin goes on to say that they’ve both been very protective about their legacies and that he has nothing but respect for Hulk Hogan. “Some give ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin a hell yeah,” Hogan said. Austin said he would love to stay and flap his gums, but this is the night for the current regime. Austin reminded fans that “Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass.”

All of a sudden, “IF YA SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN”. Out comes The Rock. Fan respond loudly for the great one. Rocky slapped hands and hugged both men before doing his “Finally” routine. He says “Superdome” in a mocking way which provokes laughs from Austin & Hulk. Rock said that when he looks across the ring, he doesn’t just see legends and icons. He said he sees his good buddy Austin and his childhood hero Hogan. Rock said they are the two biggest names in the history of WWE. He said he’s had the honor and privilege of facing them both at WrestleMania. Rock said both men have had an incredible effect on the locker room. He said a man would come out and fight in the name of hustle, loyalty, and respect (cue the boos) and said he wouldn’t have done that if it hadn’t been for Hogan’s “say your prayers” line back in the day. Rock said a man would come out and rise against The Authority. The fans chanted Yes! Rock said that wouldn’t be happening if it hadn’t been for Austin whooping the boss’s candy ass. Rock delivered a fun line about how many WWE fans are born nine months after WrestleMania, then capped it off with a rhyme about “Rock Babies.”

Rock ran through a list of names that ended with Sheamus and said that if they fought the three of them “we’d stick our boots right up their anus.” Rock said it was boots to asses time and concluded with “If you smell what The Rock is cooking.” Austin delivered his “That’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.” Hogan asked “whatcha gonna do” when Rock, Austin, and the Superdome run wild on you. The fans popped for the Superdome line. Austin, Rock, and Hogan drank beer in the ring together. That was a brilliant way of utilising three of the biggest stars in the WrestleMania era.

 

Our opening contest is Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H. A video package begins to play and it focuses on Daniel Bryan’s rise from the joke of NXT, United States Champion and WWE/ World Heavyweight Champion. A very well done package.

 

When the video plays, Stephanie McMahon is introduced to the crowd. I’ve no idea what the hell she is wearing. She introduces Triple H who gets a grand entrance. Shades of WrestleMania 22 with his Connan The Barbarian entrance. Daniel Bryan comes out to a huge attitude era like pop. Tons and tons of YES chants/signs all around the arena folks. Daniel’s shoulder was taped up to sell the injury he received from Raw.

 

Triple H/w/Stephanie McMahon vs. Daniel Bryan

After a staredown across the ring, a smug Triple H offered a handshake. Bryan kicked it away. Bryan threw kicks at Hunter, who rolled to ringside, where Stephanie tried to calm him down. Bryan offers Hunter a handshake this time. Hunter returned to the ring and went after Bryan’s shoulder, but Bryan put him down with a dropkick. Bryan threw kicks to Hunter’s gut, but Hunter caught his leg and wrenched it as he took Bryan to the mat. Hunter tried to bring Bryan came right back and ended up performing a tornado DDT on Hunter at ringside. Bryan went for a flip or something off the top and Triple H propelled him into the barricade. I’ve just noticed that Daniel Bryan is wearing furry boots. Awesome guy.

Triple H took control and went for a Pedigree on the announcers’ table, but Bryan fought back. Hunter grabbed Bryan’s bad arm and rammed it into the table. Triple H brought Bryan back inside the ring and targeted Bryan’s arm. Bryan came back and ran the ropes to tease a suicide dive onto Hunter on the floor, but Triple H reached in and caught Bryan with a shot. With both men on the ring apron, Hunter put Bryan’s arm behind his back and picked him up, then fell to the floor, causing Bryan to land on the ring apron. Cool move. Stephanie applauded and gave Triple H a kiss as Bryan was on the floor and the referee made his count. I love Steph’s heel character. Far better than her 2000 character. Bryan returned to the ring in the nick of time. Triple H locked in a crossface chicken wing. The fans chanted Bryan’s name. Hunter took Bryan down and applied the cross face. Bryan reached the ropes and Hunter held onto it until the referee counted to four. Bryan started to come back and they traded punches, then Bryan caught Hunter with a running forearm to the head. Bryan got to his feet and threw kicks at Hunter, who cut him off with a kick to the gut. Bryan tried to flip off the top rope, but he landed on his feet and ended up performing a pair of German suplexes for two counts. Triple H slid behind Bryan and went for the cross face chicken wing again, but Bryan avoided it. Hunter hooked Bryan’s arms from behind and performed a wicked tiger suplex that the crowd gasped over. Hunter placed Bryan on the top rope and went for a superplex, but Bryan blocked it. Bryan threw punches to the side of HHH and then performed a top rope sunset flip into a powerbomb. Bryan caught Triple H with two running dropkicks in the corner, but Hunter was waiting for him and knocked him with a clothesline when he went for a third. Stephanie cheered loudly from the corner. She sarcastically did a YES chant. Triple H went for a Pedigree, but Bryan performed a double leg takedown. Bryan blasted Hunter with a kick to the head. Bryan went for a top rope move, but Hunter lifted his knee and Bryan took it in the face on the way down. Triple H applied the Crossface once again. Bryan ended up escaping the Crossface and countered into the Yes! Lock. Triple H reached the ropes. Bryan broke the hold and Hunter rolled to ringside. Bryan hit him with back to back suicide dives. Bryan threw two kicks at Hunter and then rolled him back inside the ring. Bryan performed a missile dropkick, but Bryan came up selling the shoulder from the landing.

Bryan kipped up. With Hunter kneeling, Bryan threw repeated kicks to his chest and then one to the head and went for a cover, but Hunter kicked out at two. Bryan backed to the corner and led “Yes!” chants. Bryan charged at Bryan for the running knee, but Hunter turned it into a spinebuster. Triple H hit the Pedigree and covered Bryan for the 1-2… Bryan kicked out for a big pop. Bryan went for a small package, but Hunter escaped the pin. Hunter worked him over. Triple H went for a pedigree, but Bryan backdropped him into a pin for a two count. Excellent counter! Bryan caught Triple H with a kick and then Hunter went for a Pedigree, but Bryan avoided it, kicked Hunter, and then caught him with the running knee for the victory. Daniel Bryan is heading into the main event of WrestleMania!

Winner: Daniel Bryan via pinfall

Rating: **** ½

Amazing opener. The best opener since Bret v Owen from WrestleMania 10! They worked well together and had great chemistry too. I expect the feud to continue. Perhaps a re-match at Extreme Rules. Hunter used great psychology here as he continued to work on the injured shoulder and looked to apply the crossface at any given opportunity. Bryan’s counter work was brilliant. I loved the Pedigree/ backdrop part. The highlight for me was when Bryan kicking out of the Pedigree. You knew it was coming at some point, but it was one of those moments where you weren’t entirely sure whether he would survive it. Stephanie also added to the match. I love her condescending heel gimmick. If Hunter won this one then I dare say that a riot would have broken out. I dare say a mass walkout too! This set the tone for the rest of the show.

 

Daniel is celebrating but Stephanie gets in his face and throws a few slaps at him. Hunter decked him from behind with a clothesline. Hunter wrapped Bryan’s arm around the ring post and then slammed it with a chair. A trainer tended to Bryan, and Hunter and Steph left ringside to boos. They stopped at the top of the stage to mug for the crowd. Meanwhile, Bryan was holding his arm at his side.

 

The New Age Outlaws made their entrance and Road Dogg did a quick bit of mic work, before The Shield’s music played. The Shield members came out wearing skeleton half-masks. Kane made his entrance with the Outlaws.

 

The Shield (Roman Reigns/ Dean Ambrose/ Seth Rollins) vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg)

Reigns worked over The Outlaws to start. He stacked them over the ropes and then went to the floor and performed his running kick on both men. He went for a Superman punch, but Kane had checked in and caught him by the throat. Seth Rollins had already tagged and cut off Kane’s chokeslam attempt. After all six men brawled in the ring, Rollins and Ambrose ended up diving onto the Outlaws on the floor. Reigns performed a spear in the ring on Kane, and then caught the Outlaws with a double spear. The Shield performed a two-man Triple Powerbomb on The Outlaws, and Rollins pinned Mr Ass for the victory.

Winners: The Shield via pinfall

Rating: **1/2

I felt that it should have been given more time. It could have been a decent match but it wasn’t set up in a way to give them a chance to do something. The right team went over but I am disappointed in the Shield’s involvement at WrestleMania 30.

 

We have a backstage segment where Jim Duggan and Sgt Slaughter are playing with the new “WWE Slam City” action figures. “Dangerous” Danny Davis, who is wearing his old school ref uniform, is serving as the referee. Ricky Steamboat gets in on the action. A man took the playset away and informed the guys that it belonged to someone else. That someone else was none other than the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. He reminds the guys that everybody has a price followed with his trademark evil laugh. Ron Simmons appears…….DAMN!

 

30 Man Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Big Show and Sheamus were the only televised entrances. Cesaro, Yoshi Tatsu, Xavier Woods, and David Otunga were the entrants I don’t recall seeing advertised. Yoshi was the first man eliminated. Later, there was a brief Fandango moment after he eliminated Big E and the crowd started humming his song. Been a while since I’ve heard that! Sheamus broke up the Fandango moment with repeated forearms to the chest of Fandango, who was standing on the ring apron. Sheamus stopped and gave a light shove that caused the weary Fandango to fall to the floor.

Later, Kofi was tossed over and it looked like he was supposed to land on the stairs, but he fell to the floor. He ended up lying on the ringside mat and pointed at his feet on the ring steps, and the referee allowed him to continue. Kofi is so creative like that. He took the Cesaro Swing and was eliminated shortly thereafter. The final four was Big Show, Cesaro, Sheamus, and Alberto Del Rio. Sheamus and Del Rio ended up eliminating one another simultaneously, leaving Show and Cesaro in the ring. Cesaro ended up catching Show and body slamming him over the top rope and onto the floor for the win. The crowd reacted positively to that! Afterward, Show reached in and shook Cesaro’s hand. Cesaro then posed with the trophy and then picked it up.

Winner: Cesaro

Rating: **

As much as I enjoyed it, it did feel a bit rushed. Originally, I picked Big E to get the victory but once I saw Cesaro, I just couldn’t overlook him. I thought he was going to give Big Show the giant swing but he never. The big moment was obviously the bodyslam. Shades of WM3 right there. I hope they have something big planned for Cesaro aside from the one with Jack Swagger because he absolutely deserves it.

 

Up next, it’s John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt. After the video package, we are then treated to some sort of Voodoo dance. I was convinced that this would be Cena’s entrance but it wasn’t. The Wyatt Family did their backstage entrance line. The Wyatt Family entered as their theme was played live on the stage by Mark Crozer. The band members are wearing bird masks and Crozer is wearing face paint. John Cena didn’t get a special entrance. Poor Johnny.

 

Bray Wyatt /w/ Luke Harper & Erick Rowan vs. John Cena

Wyatt dropped to his knees and told Cena to be the monster he is and finish him. Cena got the better of Wyatt, who responded with laugher. A bit like that scene from Dark Knight where Batman is throwing Joker around in the interrogation room. Cena threw repeated punches at Wyatt in the corner. Harper stood on the ring apron, but Wyatt told him no. Harper went back to the floor with Rowan. Wyatt kicked Cena and slammed him. Wyatt pounced on Cena and threw punches at him while making aggressive noises. Wyatt threw a clothesline that Cena ducked, and Cena followed with a dropkick. Wyatt came right back with a sleeper hold.

Cena performed some of his signature spots and then smiled at the crowd before setting up for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. When he bounced off the rope, Wyatt was in crab walk position. Cena acted shocked and backed away. I loved the way he sold that! Cena then had to chase Harper off the ring apron, and Wyatt took advantage of the distraction. A group of fans briefly sang “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.” I guess they’ll be signing that tomorrow night on Raw. Cena went for a leg drop off the top, but Wyatt caught him and slammed him down powerbomb style for a two count. Cena came right back and hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle and went for the Attitude Adjustment, but Wyatt avoided it and caught Cena with an awkward gut buster. They fought onto the ring apron and Cena went for the Attitude Adjustment, but Wyatt avoided it and performed a DDT-like move in which he drove Cena’s head into the apron yet Wyatt landed on his feet at ringside. The singing started up again. Wyatt looked to the loudest fans and held his arms out, then swayed briefly as he walked over to Cena and hit him again.

Cena fought back and went to the top rope. Cena dove onto Harper and Rowan at ringside rather than onto Wyatt. Bray regained control at ringside and went to hit Cena with the ring steps, but Cena avoided it. Cena ended up hoisting the ring steps over his head and let out a primal scream. Back in the ring, Wyatt hit his running body splash. Cena came back with an Attitude Adjustment and went for a cover. Wyatt kicked out. Harper caught Cena with a kick that put Wyatt back in control. Wyatt threw Cena to the floor. Harper stood with his arms in the crucifix pose, and Cena stood up and speared him into the timekeeper’s area. Wyatt went to the corner and mugged for the crowd, then leaned over backwards and looked at Cena. Wyatt set up for his finisher. Cena escaped without taking the kiss and applied the STF. Wyatt reached the ropes to break the hold. They got to their feet and Wyatt performed Sister Abigail for a two count. I thought that was it!

Wyatt tore apart the Spanish announce table. The feed froze a few times for a few seconds, but picked up where it left off. Wyatt grabbed a chair and returned to the ring. Wyatt put the chair down and then knelt down with his arms out and challenged Cena to hit him. Cena seethed and wound up. Rowan stood on the apron and Cena ran past Wyatt and struck Rowan with the chair to knock him down. Wyatt rolled up Cena for two. He went for Sister Abigail, but Cena slipped into the Attitude Adjustment and scored the clean pin. The broadcast team said Cena kept his legacy by staying true to himself and not giving in to the dark side. Cena celebrated with his father at ringside.

Winner: John Cena via pinfall

Rating: *** ½

Enjoyed it. Cena made Wyatt look like his equal here. The way he sold Wyatt “crab walk position” was excellent. There were a few things I was confused with. I get the idea that Cena had to fight off the temptation of going too dark with the chair shots and violence, but I don’t feel like that was set up with the story they told leading into the match. Years from now people will watch this match on WWE Network and assume they need to go back and watch Raw to see the setup, and they will be left confused and disappointed if they do.

 

We get our 2014 Hall of Fame segment here. This years class includes Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Lita, Mr T (I bet his momma’s proud huh?), Razor Ramon, Carlos Colon, Paul Bearer (represented by this two sons) and the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior looked emotional as did Jake.

 

Backstage, the trainers are checking on Daniel Bryan’s injured shoulder.

 

Up next, it’s Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker. The video focuses on the legacy of the streak and Brock’s dominance. Undertaker got a special entrance like he always does. There were 22 coffins with the names of the Streak match losers rolled onto the stage as part of Taker’s entrance. The last coffin had Lesnar’s name on it. Brock showed no fear this time around.

 

Brock Lesnar /w/ Paul Heyman vs. The Undertaker

Taker and Brock had a staredown beforehand. The bell rang and they went right after one another. Undertaker won the first exchange with quick punches, but Lesnar clotheslined him in the corner and then caught him with a wicked suplex. Lesnar clotheslined Undertaker to the floor and Taker landed on his feet. Classic spot. Taker came back from the floor by clotheslining Lesnar by pulling his neck over the top rope. The crowd was very quiet early on, but an Undertaker chant broke out. The Deadman took it to Lesnar on the floor and ran his shoulder into the ring post. The crowd was quiet again as they rolled back inside the ring. Taker went for Old School, but Lesnar punched him down and then drove his shoulder into Taker’s gut repeatedly. Undertaker went for a running shoulder block, but Undertaker moved and Brock went through the ropes and into the post. Undertaker performed a legdrop on Lesnar, whose neck was draped over the edge of the ring. Moments later, Taker grabbed Brock by the throat, but Lesnar avoided it and went for an F5, but Taker avoided that. The crowd was quiet again as they went back to fighting on the floor. The crowd remained nearly silent as Lesnar worked over Taker with a flurry. Lesnar shot Taker into the ropes and Taker caught him with a DDT. Brock got back to his feet and went toward Taker in the corner and took a boot to the face. The crowd woke up when Taker caught Lesnar with a big boot. Undertaker followed up with a leg drop for a two count.

Undertaker signaled for the chokeslam and didn’t get much of a reaction until he performed the move, which got him another two count. Lesnar came back and hit the F5 out of nowhere for a two count. Heyman yelled that Lesnar has him where he wants him. Undertaker came back with Hell’s Gate and Lesnar teased tapping. Lesnar powered Taker up and slammed him down to break the hold. JBL talked about Undertaker going out like a true gladiator, then Cole said he was calling that too early. A sign of things to come, maybe? Undertaker once again went for Hell’s Gate and Brock once again teased tapping. Heyman was the loudest person in the building as he yelled, “You’re Brock Lesnar!” Brock once again picked up Taker and slammed him to the mat. “What does Undertaker have to do?” Cole asked. The Deadman caught Lesnar in the Kimura. Lesnar reached the ropes to break the hold.

Undertaker went up for Old School, but Brock pulled him into F5 position and performed the move for a near fall. Very cool spot. Lesnar hit a couple of rough looking German suplexes that didn’t get a reaction from the crowd. Heyman told Lesnar that Taker is going to be 21-1 and that he is the one. “You’re Brock Lesnar, you’re a conquerer,” Heyman yelled as he tried to motivate the beast. Lesnar started throwing punches at Taker while standing on the second rope. Undertaker low blowed him and then performed a very sloppy looking Last Ride. Undertaker performed the Tombstone Piledriver and draped Lesnar’s arms over his chest while pinning him, but Lesnar kicked out. Undertaker did his sit-up, then did the throat slash gesture. Taker set up for another Tombstone, but Lesnar countered into his third F5 and scored the clean pin. Stunned silence all around the arena.

Heyman flipped out in celebration. “You did it! You did it! You did it!” Heyman said. Heyman seems confident but the fans don’t know how to react. You could hear a pin-drop. Did Lesnar cheat? Is someone going to restart the match? We see a ton of shots of fans in utter shock with their hands on their heads and jaws dropped to the floor. Eventually on the titan-tron the inedible appears, 21-1. Yes guys, Brock Lesnar has defeated Undertaker at WrestleMania. Lesnar smiled and Heyman raised Brock’s hand in victory.

It’s so surreal right now. No one knows what to do or how to react. Undertaker gets to his feet and he received a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd. A “Thank you Taker” chant breaks out. Undertaker left the ring to his entrance music and the applause from the crowd.

Winner: Brock Lesnar via pinfall

Rating: ** ½

Unbelievable guys. I honest don’t know what to say. My initial reaction was that the ref screwed up hence the delayed playing of Brock’s music. But once I saw that 21-1 graphic, I knew that we’ve just witnessed history. If the streak was to end (I don’t think it should of) I would rather have seen a young guy like Roman Reigns break it as oppose to Brock. Sure it’s going to give him some momentum going into his next programme but it’s a short term boost for a guy who is unlikely to pay dividends in the long term. So what happens next? I’m guessing either one of three things will happen. A rematch next year at Mania. Imagine the mind-games Undertaker could play on Brock along to way. Two, they could do the rumoured Sting match where it will be a double retirement match for the both of them whiles Brock Lesnar get build as the guy to beat at WrestleMania or simply this is Undertaker’s final match. The match was very average. Lesnar looked knackered early on. Whichever way you look at it guys, the streak has ended and at time of writing (Monday 7th April 2014 at 19:24) the future of Undertaker is uncertain.

 

WWE Divas Championship

Vickie Guerrero Invitational

AJ Lee © vs. Naomi vs. Cameron vs. Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella vs. Natalya vs. Eva Marie vs. Emma vs. Aksana vs. Alicia Fox vs. Summer Rae vs. Rosa Mendes vs. Layla vs. vs. Tamina

Well, I don’t know how you move on after that, but it’s time to. Lilian Garcia is in the ring and she announces that it’s time for the Vickie Guerrero Diva Invitational. First out is the WWE Divas Champion, AJ Lee. Already in the ring are the rest of the Divas for this match. We hear the most annoying voice ever, “excuse me!” She screeches for a bit more and then the bell rings. As soon as the bell rings, by the way, everyone boo’s. I’m pretty sure that’s reaction from the last match with Undertaker losing, not anything to do with this. The fans are chanting something. I can’t make out what it is, but it sounds Undertaker-related. Could be CM Punk chants too, but it didn’t sound like that.

Divas are flying everywhere, with all of them ending up on the floor except for both of The Bella Twins.They both do a huge dive through the ropes onto all of the Divas on the floor. The funniest thing of the night is one single person, loud enough to be heard on the pay-per-view, chanting “holy shit” after that. Epic. The Bella Twins end up in the ring alone again and finally they duke it out. They slap each other and go at it briefly, but then the other Divas start filling the ring again. AJ Lee ends up getting The Black Widow on Naomi. She taps. AJ Lee wins and retains.

Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee via submission

Rating: * ½

It wasn’t as bad as I imagined it was going to be. I said that AJ was going to win and I was right. I reckon her victory here will lead to her dropping the title to Paige on Raw. It seems very likely that they’ll do that.

 

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund is with Hulk Hogan. “Well ya know something, ‘Mean’ Gene…” before he can continue, in walks “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. Piper talks some trash and then Orndorff does. They both complain about losing to Hogan in the first WrestleMania. Piper takes his jacket off and they get ready to attack Hogan, but in walks Hogan’s partner from WrestleMania I, Mr. T. Hogan extends his hand and tells Piper to be a man. Pat Patterson appears in a ref uniform and tells them that it’s been 30 years and to let by gones be by gones. Orndorff shakes it. Piper finally does too. Mr. T extends his hand. It clearly pains Piper to do so, but he shakes Mr. T’s hand too, and hugs him. It was a nice way to pay tribute to the original WrestleMania main event.

 

Justin Roberts introduced Bruno Sammartino, Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Bob Backlund, and Bret Hart, who were seated in the crowd. Rev Theory performed Randy Orton’s entrance theme as he made his entrance. After the theme ends, the crowd appluds Rev Theory for rocking it. Next up, Batista’s theme music hits. You hear what it sounds like when 70,000-plus people boo, as everyone craps all over “The Animal” as soon as the first note hits. That remains as he makes his way out to the top of the stage. He finally starts making his way down the aisle and to the ring as the boo’s continue.

When Batista’s theme song ends, the boo’s become even louder. Next up, Daniel Bryan’s music hits and the place erupts again. Daniel Bryan comes out heavily selling his injured shoulder still. It’s still very heavily taped up, by the way. Bryan finally “Yes!” chants-his-way down the stage, however he does so while only raising one arm, continuing to sell the effects of the shoulder injured he’s suffering from. During his ring walk, we see Triple H’s post-match attack on Bryan in the opening match of the evening earlier tonight. Main event time coming up!

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

No Disqualification Match

Randy Orton © vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan

The bell rings and immediately Batista ends up in control. The Network (once again, at least for me) goes black and silent again. It only lasts for a second, however, and we’re back live. We see Batista continuing his dominance, working over Orton in the corner of the ring while Bryan is out on the floor. Orton finally cuts Batista’s momentum short with a big backbreaker. Bryan goes to re-enter the ring, but he’s knocked out to the floor. Batista knocks Orton over the top and onto the floor as well.

Batista goes out after Orton and attacks him outside of the ring. He slams Orton’s face off of the announce table and then whips him back-first into the barricade. The fight continues on the floor for a while, before Batista and Orton finally end up back in the ring. Orton is in control of the offense now, as he starts doing the “Ronnie Garvin Stomp,” stomping away at a ground “Animal.” Bryan, meanwhile, is still on the floor outside the ring. Out of nowhere, Bryan comes off the top rope with a double-missile dropkick, knocking down both Orton and Batista. He fires up and starts blasting Orton and Batista with “Yes!” kicks repeatedly. Orton eventually cuts him short, dumping Bryan on his injured shoulder. Orton covers Bryan for a pin attempt, but Bryan manages to kick out at two.

Batista ends up in control of the match again, and the fans start boo’ing like mad. Now Bryan is running from one side of the ring to the other, screaming as he runs across, nailing both Orton and Batista in opposite corners with flying kicks. After he finally stops, the crowd cheers as a sign of respect for Bryan’s efforts. Bryan is launched over the top rope and out to the floor, crashing down hard on his injured shoulder.

Back in the ring, Batista goes up to the top rope. Orton cuts him off. Orton goes for a superplex, but Batista blocks it. Orton headbutts Batista over-and-over again and eventually hits the big superplex off the top. Bryan comes in the ring out of nowhere and takes out Orton. Also out of the blue, Bryan locks the “Yes!” lock on Orton. We see Triple H and Stephanie McMahon come out of the crowd and out to ringside. Bryan is distracted by this, as he turns his attention to them. Bryan goes to hit the ropes for a dive onto HHH on the floor, but he runs directly into Batista’s spinebuster.

Scott Armstrong appears in the ring as Michael Cole flips out. Batista hits a Batista-Bomb on Bryan. 1-2….NO! The fans erupt in “Yes!” chants. Batista charges after Bryan in the corner, but Bryan moves and Batista rams himself shoulder-first into the ring post. The heel ref Scott Armstrong leans over and Bryan kicks him in the face. Michael Cole reminds everyone that the match is no disqualification. I must have missed that announcement. Bryan does a big dive onto Armstrong, HHH and Stephanie on the floor. The fans go nuts with “Yes!” chants as we see replays of Bryan’s dive.

Hunter is pissed that Stephanie was knocked down, goes under the ring and grabs a sledgehammer. He goes to enter the ring with it, but Bryan gets it away from him. He knocks HHH out to the floor with it. Bryan rolls up Batista, but Orton breaks up the count. The action ends up outside the ring on the floor, where Orton goes “Viper-mode” on Bryan. Orton and Batista seem to be aligned now as they both stomp away at Bryan on the floor. Batista scoops Bryan up and slams him shoulder-first into the barricade. We see a number of officials helping HHH to the back. Batista takes the ring steps and nails Bryan shoulder-first with them. Now Batista and Orton turn their attention to each other. They get face-to-face, but shake their heads “yes” as if they agree on something. They clear off the announce table.

Batista scoops Bryan up onto the announce table. Orton is on the Spanish announce table next to them. Batista hoists Bryan up and instead of Batista-Bombing him directly down, launches him over to the next table, where Orton catches him coming down with an RKO through that table. An absolutely incredible spot. The crowd goes nuts seeing that. We see a bunch of replays of it. Really cool spot. That’s defanitly going on the highlight video! Ringside doctors check on everyone, mainly Bryan. Orton is having trouble getting back to his feet. Doctors come down to ringside with a stretcher. Batista is just standing there watching it, with the announcers correctly questioning why he doesn’t just grab one of the two, throw them in the ring and pin them. Batista stops the doctors from attending to the two. He throws Orton into the ring post. The doctors now have Bryan in a neck brace and are loading him onto a stretcher. The announcers, still in their serious voices, talk about how Bryan hasn’t even opened up his eyes yet. Meanwhile, Batista continues his vicious attack on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion on the floor. The fans explode in a random “Daniel Bryan” chant.

Bryan is on the stretcher now and they are pushing him up the ramp. At the same time, Orton turns the tide on Batista. Orton hits his trademark draping-DDT on Batista onto the floor. We see the doctors pushing Bryan on a stretcher up the ramp, but Bryan sticks his hands up and pushes them away. He stumbles over and off the stretcher, falling onto the floor. He crawls up to his feet and comes back to ringside to continue fighting. As soon as Bryan makes it to ringside, Orton grabs him and whips him into the ring steps. The fans break out into a huge “Daniel Bryan” chant. Orton poses to the crowd and slams down onto the mat in “Viper” fashion, calling for the RKO. Out of nowhere, Bryan latches onto Orton with the “Yes!” lock. Batista breaks it up. Now Bryan has Batista in the “Yes!” lock. Orton breaks that one up.

The “Daniel Bryan” chants start up again as Orton waits for Batista to get up so he can RKO him. Batista avoids it and knocks Orton down. Batista goes for a spear on Orton, but Orton avoids it and Batista spears Bryan instead. He turns around right into a RKO from Orton. 1-2…NO! Orton sees a grounded Batista, and with his face tells the story that he’s about to hit the punt on Batista. Bryan runs out of nowhere with his Running Knee on Orton. Batista tries capitalizing, throwing Bryan out to the floor and quickly covering Orton. 1-2, NO! “This is awesome” chants break out. Batista hits the Batista Bomb on Orton. Out of nowhere, however, Bryan comes off the top and knocks Batista down. Bryan locks Batista in the “Yes!” lock. Batista taps. Daniel Bryan’s music hits and the crowd goes ape shit.

Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan via submission

Rating: ****

Outstanding! The right man went over and the fans fucking loved it. Imagine if Batista won? With Undertaker losing that would have been a kick in the balls. The RKO through the table was a memorable spot. What I was expecting was to see the ref get knocked out, Hogan clears the ring of Triple H, call for the submission and present the title over to Bryan. That would have been awesome to have seen a legend like Hogan put over the new champion like that. So there you go guys. Through all the screwjobs and twists and turns, Daniel Bryan is on top of the wrestling world at the biggest show of the year.

 

The crowd chanted “Yes!” as Bryan celebrated. He went to ringside and picked up both title belts and stood on the broadcast team’s table and pumped them into the air as confetti was shot off. His shoulder was suddenly better, but we’ll suspend disbelief and credit the adrenaline. Bryan brought his sister and niece into the ring and celebrated with them. He stood on the second rope and held both title belts in the air. A ton of confetti drops from the ceiling and the fans continue chanting and going nuts. You can hardly see anything because of the amount of confetti that’s raining down. I bet the cleaners will be pissed off about that, huh? Bryan gets on the top rope, holding both titles, and leads everyone in yet another enormous “Yes!” chant.

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

  • Daniel Bryan is clearly the star of the show. He worked incredibly hard in his two matches. That’s why he’s the best in the world right now. You could tell that it was real emotion right there at the end when he lead the yes chants. Will he have a long title run? YES. I reckon he’ll hold it up until SummerSlam and regain the title at next year’s WrestleMania. That’s just a guess. But right now, Daniel Bryan is once again our WORLD! HEAVYWEIGHT! CHAMPION!
  • I’m still speechless about Undertaker losing. It seems so odd writing that he is now 21-1 at WrestleMania. We need to get used to saying that. I don’t know what the future holds for him. He’s almost 50 years old, his body is giving up on him and he isn’t interested in working more often in the year. That wasn’t the type of performance I’m used to seeing from Undertaker. Will he retire? Maybe. Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold and Ric Flair have all retired after losing at WrestleMania so why not Undertaker? As far as why The Streak ended, my best guess is that he wanted it to. I don’t think it’s a case of Vince McMahon or Triple H suggesting it should end. I think its Undertaker wanting to put over somebody in his last match. He’s old school in that respect. The Streak means a lot of things to a lot of fans, but if he wanted to call it a career then he has every right to do so. It’s not up to us to tell him what to do. I’ve always had huge respect for the Undertaker and if that was his final match, I just want to thank him for the memories and thank him for the entertainment. A true one off. Legend.
  • The opening segment with Hogan, Austin and Rocky was awesome yet emotional. My childhood and teenage years having a beer right there. I was expecting someone like Bad News Barrett come out to make fun of them before they all hit their finishers on him. That would have been a lot of fun.
  • Speaking about Hogan, I don’t think they used him properly as the guest host. There was a ton of hype and publicity about it but he didn’t do much. I would have liked to have seen him hand the title over to Daniel Bryan at the end or even “Hulk up” on Hunter but nothing. Where does this lead Hogan now? Perhaps the new GM? That would be a great way to use the Hulkster as he is unable to wrestle anymore. 

    Best match: Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan – Set the tone for the rest of the show. Would have liked to have seen him make Hunter tap out but I understand why they reserved it for the main event.

    Worst match: Divas Invitational – Had no flow to it but at least the right person went over in the end.

    WrestleMania moment: Brock Lesnar ends the streak – I could have gone for Daniel winning the title but this made a huge impact. Left everyone truly speechless.

     

    Top 5 Superstars

    1. Daniel Bryan – Is finally back on top of the wrestling world. YES!

    2. Bray Wyatt – Had a great debut. Showed that he can go toe to toe with the WWE elite.

    3. Brock Lesnar – Although he tired out very early on he made history by ending the streak.

    4. Cesaro – A new star is born.

    5. Undertaker – I don’t know if he has retired but he deserves respect. There will never be another guy like the man from the dark side!

     

    Updated rankings chart:

    Shawn Michaels – 50pts

    Undertaker – 35pts

    Hulk Hogan– 30pts

    Macho Man Randy Savage – 29pts

    Bret Hart/ Stone Cold – 25pts

    The Rock – 24pts

    Triple H – 22pts

    Edge – 18pts

    Kurt Angle– 14pts

    Ricky Steamboat – 11pts

    Mick Foley/ Jeff Hardy/ CM Punk– 10pts

    Owen Hart/ Ric Flair/ John Cena/ Brock Lesnar– 8pts

    Ultimate Warrior/ Roddy Piper– 7pts

    Chris Benoit– 6pts

    Dynamite Kid/Rick Rude/ Ted Dibiase/ Daniel Bryan– 5pts

    Terry Funk/ Bam Bam Bigelow/ Diesel/ Eddie Guerrero/ Batista/ Bray Wyatt- 4pts

    Tito Santana/Andre the Giant/ Mr Perfect/ Lawrence Taylor/ X-Pac- 3pts

    Greg Valentine/ Scott Steiner/ Razor Ramon/Shane McMahon/ Christian/Shelton Benjamin/ Chris Jericho/ Cesaro-2pts

    Sgt Slaughter/ Gorilla Monsoon/ Bobby Heenan/ Jim Ross/ Bubba Ray Dudley– 1pt

     

    Overall Show Rating (Out of 10): 9.5

    The best WrestleMania of the best 5 years and overall the 3rd best WrestleMania of all time. Not as deep as 17 & 19 but it was a damn good show. It was a landmark night for the WWE celebrating 30 years of WrestleMania. Did they deliver? OH HELL YEAH!!!!!

     

    WrestleMania Rankings so far:

    WrestleMania 17 – 10

    WrestleMania 19 – 9.5

    WrestleMania 30 – 9.5

    WrestleMania 21 – 9

    WrestleMania 14 – 8.5

    WrestleMania 20 – 8.5

    WrestleMania 24 – 8

    WrestleMania 10 – 8

    WrestleMania 23 – 8

    WrestleMania 22 – 8

    WrestleMania 26 – 7.5

    WrestleMania 28 – 7.5

    WrestleMania 25 – 7

    WrestleMania 8 – 7

    WrestleMania 3 – 7

    WrestleMania 18 – 6.5

    WrestleMania 7 – 6.5

    WrestleMania 29 – 6

    WrestleMania 6 – 6

    WrestleMania16 – 5.5

    WrestleMania 12 – 5.5

    WrestleMania 15 – 5

    WrestleMania 27 – 5

    WrestleMania 1 – 4.5

    WrestleMania 13 – 4

    WrestleMania 5 – 4

    WrestleMania 11 – 4

    WrestleMania 4 – 3.5

    WrestleMania 2 – 3

    WrestleMania 9 – 0.5

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