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WWE WrestleMania XXXI Review

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WWE WrestleMania XXXI

Sunday 29th March 2015

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Attendance: 76,976

Announcers: Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole & John Bradshaw Layfield

The show opened with Aloe Blacc singing ‘America the Beautiful’. Afterwards, there was a two minute video narrated by LL Cool J talking about how entertainment has advanced over time, but what’s still present is all of us. It was basically him talking about WrestleMania history and how they were all things that connected us.

The Levi’s Stadium looks pretty jacked up as the PPV portion of the show began. It always blows my mind that they can manage to fill up huge stadiums like this for wrestling events. It’s crazy! There are Ladders surrounding the ring and up the ramp because up first is the Intercontinental championship match.

WWE Intercontinental Championship

Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett © vs. R-Truth vs. Luke Harper vs. Stardust vs. Dean Ambrose

The first guy that pulls down the IC Title hanging from above the ring is the new IC Champ. Early in the match, Harper took out everybody with a dive when they were outside the ring displaying just how talented of a performer he truly is. Ambrose too advantage of the situation and climbed a ladder with an elbow attack to knock everybody down. Barrett attacked Truth with a ladder and then Bryan nailed a dropkick to knock down Barrett. Bryan hit a dropkick on Stardust, who was against a ladder and then Harper shoved the ladder at Bryan’s face. Ouch! Bryan came back with some kicks to the head of Harper while he was hanging upside down on the ladder. Huge superkick by Ziggler on Bryan. Double clothesline by Ziggler and Ambrose sent Barrett outside the ring. Stardust hit a dropkick while guys were climbing to take them out. Stardust put out a black ladder from under the ring. The others were all silver. Barrett broke a step of it and attacked him with it. Ambrose attacked Barrett with a ladder. Harper nailed Ambrose with a boot to the face. Harper drove Ambrose face first into a ladder. Truth tripped up Harper and then hit an axe kick. Barrett gave Stardust a suplex of the top of a big ladder. Fans chanted “holy shit” for that. Barrett hit pretty darn hard on the fall, but it doesn’t look too serious.

The popular trio of Bryan, Ambrose & Ziggler battled on top of a ladder with Ambrose knocking them both down. Harper just gave Ambrose a Powerbomb over the top onto ladders at ringside that were bridged from the barricade to the ring apron. Such a sick bump but a great spot also. Harper began to climb the ladder but Ziggler got hold of him in a sleeper hold and dropped him with a Zig Zag off the ladder. Ziggler climbed up, but Barret yanked him down and nailed a Bull Hammer elbow on him. Barrett with a Bull Hammer on Stardust. Truth was at the top of the ladder and Barrett nailed a Bull Hammer on him. Those Bull Hammers looked damn impressive! Bryan almost climbed up for the win, but he didn’t make it. Bryan hit the running knee on Barrett. Bryan and Ziggler began to climb the ladder and exchanged punches and headbutts when they reached the top. Bryan won that duel and knocked down Ziggler leaving him free to pull down the title for the victory.

Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Daniel Bryan

Rating: ****

A superb opener which really got the crowd rallied up. Daniel Bryan was the obvious choice to win and the right guy too, He’s going to do lot of great things by winning that title because he has more credibility than anybody else in the match. Give him a long run with the title and put an end to this hot potato treatment. Ambrose had the spot of the match when he took a Powerbomb onto those ladders outside the ring. He didn’t come back after that. I liked how the bigger guys Harper and Barrett looked strong at different points in the match. It made them look dominant although I would have liked Harper to have done more. The ending suggests that we’ll see a Daniel Bryan/ Dolph Ziggler feud somewhere down the line. Hopefully that’s the case because it would be amazing!

A commercial played for WWE’s new deal with Tapout. I never imagine seeing ‘WWE’ and ‘Tapout’ in the same sentence.

A video package played highlighting the rivalry between Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.

Seth Rollins /w/ Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury vs. Randy Orton

Orton, who is making his 12th straight WrestleMania appearance, is wearing a classic 2004 style attire here with his red trunks, elbow pads and taped up fists, kind of reminds me of his “Legend Killer” days. “The Viper” controls the action early on, including his draping-DDT, only this time he did it from the apron to the floor. It isn’t long, however, before Rollins takes over control of the offense back in the ring. Rollins is taunting Orton throughout his beat-down, yelling at him that it is “his time now.” Orton takes over for a bit. As he goes to do the draping-DDT again, this time from the apron back into the ring, Rollins turns the tide by knocking Orton out to the floor. Orton does a big springboard moonsault from the middle rope out to the floor, crashing onto Orton. May I just say that was one sweet moonsault right there! You don’t see Rollins do that too much, but he’s such a great wrestler that he has that move in his arsenal.

The action returns back in the ring where Rollins went to the ropes, but Orton met him there and gave him a back body drop into the ring. Orton hit a cross body block (a move I haven’t seen him do since 2004), however, Rollins rolled through for two. Orton came back with a DDT off the ropes. Rollins with a rollup to counter the RKO, then a kick to the face. Rollins was going for a flipping neckbreaker, but Orton fought out and hit the RKO for a count of two. Everybody thought that was it myself included. J&J Security tried to get involved but they both tasted an RKO which opens the door for Rollins to capitalise on with a Curb Stomp and Orton kicked out at two. They each kicked out of finishers. Rollins goes for a big move off the top, but Orton avoids it. Orton goes for an RKO, but Rollins avoids it. Rollins goes for the Curb Stomp, but as he goes to do it, “out of nowhere,” ( I had to use that phrase) Orton pops up and while Rollins is in mid-air, Orton nails him with an RKO. Holy shit, that was insane. Arguably the best RKO I’ve seen since that one he done on Evan Bourne a few years ago. Orton covers, 1…..2……3.

Winner: Randy Orton via Pinfall

Rating: **** 1/2

That final RKO has to be seen guys. Words just don’t do it justice. The height Seth got was breath-taking, it helps that Rollins is such a gifted athlete because not a lot of guys can do a move like that. They have very good chemistry and it showed. They worked at a fast pace and it was packed with false finishers which is uncommon to see on the second match of any show, but that doesn’t bother me too much when you look at the talent involved. Orton was the obvious choice to win. He was taken out by Rollins and was looking for revenge. This rivalry will continue that I am positive of!

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was at ringside with some friends. She’s a huge wrestling fan, and yes, she adopted the nickname from Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

Up next it’s a match that I’ve been looking forward to for months, Sting vs. Triple H. A long video package plays reminding everyone how everything lead up to this moment.

Sting’s entrance featured some guys on the stage banging on drums and hitting gongs to give it that special feel. There was a really loud ovation when he appeared on the stage. He looked around the set to soak it all in. On a personal note, me and a few friends who were watching this reverted back to our 13 year old selves. For us older fans this is something we wanted to see for donkey years to finally see Sting compete in a WWE ring. It looks and feels so surreal! Christ I’ve got goosebumps!

Triple H had a Terminator entrance complete with a bunch of T-1000s and Arnold Schwarzenegger on the screen talking about how it’s time to play the game. As much as I love the Terminator films (well, the first two) this was right up there with Hunter’s WM22 entrance in terms of silliness, but it’s the Terminator I’ll let them off. It’s here. It’s finally time for Sting’s in-ring debut for the World Wrestling Entertainment. All that’s left for me to say is…..”it’s showtime”.

Sting vs. Triple H

They haven’t touched each other yet and already everyone is chanting “this is awesome”. It fucking is I tell ya! The two lock up. Sting throws Triple H into the ropes and shoulder-blasts him down to the mat. Sting beats his chest like a caveman and does his “Owwwww!!” to the crowd, and the fans in Santa Clara do it right back to him. Sting and Hunter lock up again. This time, Trips gets behind Sting and takes him down to the mat with a headlock. Hunter holds Sting in the headlock as Sting slowly works his way back to his feet. Sting throws Triple H into the ropes again and this time Hunter shoulder-blasts Sting to the mat. Sting, however, dropkicks Triple H down to the mat. Hunter looks up from the mat confused as he can’t figure out how Sting is dominating him with ease.

The fans erupt in “you still got it!” chants directed at Sting as H stares at him, clearly trying to figure out what to do with The Icon. Hunter finally fires off some punches, knocking Sting down to the mat. He hits Sting with an atomic drop, but Sting no-sells it, beats his chest and “Owwww’s” again. Triple H, frustrated, rolls out to the floor.

The action goes out to the floor now, as Sting chases Hunter around the ring. With his back aganist the barricade, Hunter watches on as Sting charges at him. Sting goes for the Stinger Splash, but Hunter moves and Sting crashes and burns. Hunter whips Sting into the ringside steps and then drags him hair-first back into the ring. From there, Hunter dominates the action for a while until out of nowhere, Sting fights back and locks Hunter in the Scorpion Death Lock. As he applies the hold to Triple H, the D-Generation X theme music hits and out to the ring runs Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac. The fans go mental! Sting lets go of Triple H and one-by-one, knocks the D-X members out of the ring. Sting turns right around into a Pedigree attempt from Hunter, but Sting avoids it. With all four D-X members out on the floor, Sting heads to the top rope and flies out to the floor, splashing on all four guys.

The “this is awesome” chant spread throughout Levi’s Stadium as Sting throws Hunter back in the ring. The D-X members hop on the apron for another distraction, resulting in Sting knocking them off and turning around into another Pedigree attempt. This time, Hunter hits Sting with the Pedigree and immediately goes for the pin, however Sting kicks out at two. Triple H, frustrated again, goes out to the floor and under the ring, grabbing his trademark sledgehammer. The New World Order’s music hit as Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan went down to the ring. There was a huge reaction for them.  D-X, on the floor, watches on as the nWo makes their way down the ramp. Hunter, in the ring, looks bewildered.

The nWo and D-X members battle it out on the floor outside the ring, with the nWo quickly getting the better of it. Off the distraction, Sting nails Hunter with the Scorpion Death Drop. He goes for the pin, but Hunter kicks out at two. Sting gets Hunter in the Scorpion Death Lock. Triple H crawls to the sledgehammer, which is still in the ring, however Hulk Hogan grabs it and takes it out of the ring.

As Sting keeps Trips in the Scorpion Death Lock, the nWo and D-X members continue to battle outside the ring. We shoot back into the ring and see Hunter still stuck in the Scorpion Death Lock. The fans chant “tap! tap! tap!” as Hunter screams in pain. Finally, Hunter makes it to the ropes, which prompts the referee to force Sting to break the hold.

Sting goes to put Hunter back in the Scorpion Death Lock after dragging him back into the centre of the ring, however out of nowhere, Shawn Michaels hits the ring and super kicks Sting. Where the hell did he come from? He does the D-X crotch chop, while wearing a D-X shirt, by the way, and leaves the ring. Hunter rolls over and covers but the Stinger kicks out, as the fans inside Levi’s Stadium absolutely explode with excitement.

“This is awesome” chants fill the arena again as Sting and Hunter both slowly try to make their way back to their feet. Hunter was handed the sledgehammer by Gunn while Sting was given the bat by Hall. Sting hit Hunter in the ribs with a bat shot and then Sting used his bat to break the sledgehammer in half. Sting unloaded on Hunter with punches in the corner. Stinger Splash by Sting. He went for another, but Hunter countered with a sledgehammer shot to the head. Hunter covered for the win after 19 minutes.

Winner: Triple H via pinfall

Rating: *** ½

What a load of fun that was, right? A good match but not in terms of the work in the ring, but for nostalgia it was entertaining as hell! The crowd were well into and they made their voices heard. I don’t understand the logic of bringing in Sting just for him to lose so that makes me believe that a re-match will take place somewhere down the line.

Post-match, the DX guys helped Triple H get back up while the NWO guys helped Sting. Hunter extended a hand to Sting. Sting looked him in the eye and shook his hand. The other guys backed off. Hunter patted him on the head as if to say good job. JBL was bragging about how we (WWE) won again.

Commercial played highlighting upcoming new programming debuting soon on the WWE Network for just 9.99 a month. Oh yeah, Diva Search returns. Just keep it on the Network and away from the actually TV programming this time please.

Backstage, Future Hall of Famer Maria Menounos (believe me she will one day) is with the new WWE Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan. Before Bryan can say much, Pat Patterson walks in and congratulates him as did Roddy Piper. Ricky Steamboat appears. He also has some kind words for him saying that the ladder match was on par with his match against Savage from WM3, it wasn’t. Ric Flair is next, and he walks in and gives his “good job” speech to Bryan as well. Flair does his “WOOOO!” which leads to the fans doing it as well. He keeps doing the “WOOO!” so everyone else takes turns doing it too. Bret Hart walks in and also congratulates Bryan. All of them do the “Yes!” chant, hand-gesture and all, together, when in walks Ron Simmons. He does his “Damn!” and walks away, as Bryan, Menounos and the legends finish the segment doing the “Yes!” chant again. Pretty odd watching Bret Hart take part in comedy segments I admit.

There was a musical performance by Travis Barker, Skylar Grey and Kid Ink singing the WrestleMania theme song. Didn’t watch it. I was too busy having a poo.

Paige & AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins

Why isn’t this not a fatal four way for the title? Meh!  Nikki hit an early Alabama Slam on Paige for a two count. Brie hit a missile dropkick to take down Paige. There’s a “Nikki I’ll give you babies” sign in the crowd. Join the line, Brother. AJ Lee was down on the floor because Nikki knocked her down. Brie nailed a running knee on AJ when she was on the apron and then on Paige when she was against the ropes. Double suplex by the Bellas. The domination continued with Nikki hitting the Rack Attack at the four minute mark and Paige kicked out of Nikki’s finisher. Paige fought back with a kick for Nikki and she elbowed Brie down. Paige sent Nikki to the floor. Paige hit a running dive off the apron to take out the Bellas. AJ finally got back to her feet and received the hot tag. AJ hit a Thesz Press on Nikki, then a clothesline and more punches. AJ hit a Tornado DDT variation that stunned Nikki on the top rope. Roll through on a cross body thanks a Paige assist on a dropkick for two. Nikki had AJ on her shoulders, then AJ countered with a DDT that didn’t connect that great, but it was good enough. When she went for a Black Widow Submission, Brie distracted. Nikki hit AJ with a forearm shot after a Brie distraction. That was good enough for two. AJ made Nikki tap out with the Black Widow submission for the submission victory.

Winners: AJ Lee & Paige via submission

Rating: ** ½

A solid tag team match. The heels worked on Paige for much of it, then AJ came in and was able to overcome the cheating for the win. Pretty surprised that AJ was the one to pick up the victory. I felt that Paige should have been the one winning it for the team as they are trying to re-build her up as the face of the Divas division. I still feel that she’ll win the title again. It be either tonight on Raw (30th Match) or the London TV Tapings in two weeks’ time.

They showed a Tale of the Tape for the WWE Title match.

There were highlights shown from the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony from Saturday and all the inductees are presented to the crowd. Huge ovations for Connor The Crusher and Macho Man Randy Savage.

It’s now time for the United States Championship as the undefeated Rusev goes up against John “Captain America” Cena. After the video package, Lana appeared carrying the US Title on her shoulders. There were cannons on the stage along with Russian flags and “Russian soldiers” walked Lana down to the ring. Rusev appeared, in a fucking tank I may add, walked to the ring with the flag in his hand. I want him to win now. He has a fucking tank and is fucking Lana. Don’t mess with Rusev guys!

An elaborate ‘Murica (fuck yeah) video package plays for a solid minute or two, with historical U.S.A. moments and then finally, we shoot back into the stadium where we hear John Cena’s theme song playing. The fans immediately start doing the “John Cena sucks!” singing chant as he makes his way out with a stone-look on his face.

WWE United States Championship

Rusev /w/ Lana © vs. John Cena

Cena hit Rusev with a clothesline right off the bat, but Rusev was able to come back.He controlled the action with a splash in the corner then a rolling attack. Lana gave Rusev the flag so he can wave it while Cena is down in the ring like the evil foreign heel that he is. Cena made his comeback with the spinning suplex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Rusev came back with a back suplex for two. Rusev hit another powerslam variation for two. Cena was able to come back with a Leg Drop to the back of the neck for a two count. Rusev came back with his standing side kick. Cena came back with a big boot as well as a Tornado DDT for a two count. The DDT was a bit sloppy. Rusev: “You can’t beat me John Cena.” Then he kneed him and gave him an Alabama Slam because it’s apparently Alabama Slam night. Cena tripped up Rusev with an STF. Lana threw her shoe in the ring, but it missed. Rusev grabbed the bottom rope.

Rusev caught Cena during a cross body block attempt and gave him a faraway slam. Rusev, for the first time ever according to the announcers, comes off the top rope with a big move on Cena. Rusev goes to lock Cena in The Accolade, but Cena avoids it. Cena runs and hits the middle rope and jumps off backwards, catching Rusev with somewhat of a backwards “Stone Cold Stunner.” That might be the most impressive thing Cena has ever physically done in the ring for a long time. That was pretty awesome. Rusev came back with a hard kick to the face, then he slammed Cena down face first and locked in the Accolade. The crowd reacted to it in a big way. Cena was able to fight out of it by driving Rusev back first into the turnbuckle. Cena applied the STF, but it wasn’t enough. Lana was on the apron yelling. Rusev charged at Cena, he moved and Rusev knocked Lana off the apron. Rusev turns around into an Attitude Adjustment and with that, John Cena brings the title back home to ‘Murica (fuck yeah). Cena celebrated with his title whiles Rusev yelled at Lana for causing him to lose.

Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: John Cena via pinfall

Rating: ** ½

LOL Cena wins! Actually it doesn’t surprise me that he won, I just don’t think he was the right guy to end Rusev’s year long winning streak. I ‘d much prefer it was someone who could gain something from it like Dolph Ziggler, Ryback or even Dean Ambrose., but the kids love this Cena guy. I would have liked to see Rusev kick out of the AA at least to make him look tough to beat. Having him lose just like that didn’t make Rusev strong enough in my eyes. I would have also liked to have seen Cena win without the botched interference from Lana. Speaking about Lana, the end suggests to me that she’ll split from Rusev. Rusev could blame her for accepting the match on his behalf which resulted in his first loss. Don’t know where Rusev goes from here; just don’t give him a happy go lucky, pro-USA, dancing guy babyface gimmick that Vince strangely has a fetish for. He still has the makings of becoming a top level main event heel proving people have the belief in him.

There was a commercial for WrestleMania 32 next year on April 3, 2016 in the Dallas area. Me and my brother have been seriously thinking about going to that one. Still up in the air right now.

Stephanie McMahon was in the ring with Triple H to say that the attendance was over 76,976 people. Hunter bragged about how he won earlier in the show and that he owned Sting while also saying that he owned all of you.

IF YA SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’

What a thunderous reaction for the Great One! The Rock travelled from New York after doing Saturday Night Live last night all the way to California for WrestleMania, as “The Brahma Bull” electrifies 76,976 fans  as he makes his way to the ring.

The “Rocky! Rocky!” chants break out inside Levi’s Stadium as The Rock holds a mic and his music dies down. Triple H looks at him with a confused look on his face.

The Rock said that they don’t own them (the fans) and they damn sure don’t own The Rock. He talked about how he was an East Bay boy. He said he was born in the East Bay. Rock told Hunter that there are two choices: Hunter can go back to dress like Terminator again or they can create a WrestleMania right here and right now. Rock fired off some catchphrases after saying that he had one of the best rivalries ever with Triple H. They had a long staredown. Hunter told him that they had a hell of a rivalry and he remembers kicking his ass for most of it, so he doesn’t have anything to prove to him. The Rock said just like The Rock left his heart in San Francisco, Hunter has clearly left his balls in Stanford, Connecticut. Stephanie told Hunter to calm down. She said Rock he’s there to feed his ego because without The McMahons there would be no Rock. Stephanie brought up Peter Maivia, Rocky Johnson and then said Dwayne Johnson would be nobody without Vince McMahon, Vince McMahon Jr. and Stephanie McMahon. There was also a “Shane O Mac” chant. Remember him? He made a smartass comment to her, so Stephanie slapped Rock. Stephanie said that this is her stadium and her people. She told him to leave now.

Rock goes to leave, but Steph keeps mocking and taunting him and Rocky stops dead in his tracks. He walks around the ring. The fans already realise what’s cookin’, as Rock walks towards Ronda Rousey. The fans begin a chant Ronda Rousey chant/ Rock stops next to her and waives her over the barricade.Rock and Rousey head back into the ring together. The fans are going completely nuts. The fans chant “Ronda’s gonna kill you” and “This is awesome” as Rock and Rousey stand down HHH and Stephanie.

The Rock says he would never hit a woman, but he has a friend who would. Steph tells Rock that he had his little surprise and that’s great, but she tells Rock that she and Rousey are actually friends. She tells Rousey to tell Rock that they’re friends. Steph tries to suck up to Rousey in the same way the school bully acts when a bigger kid steps up to him , calling her the “Queen of the Octagon” and “the most dangerous un-armed woman in the world,” before turning cold again and telling Rousey to get the hell out of her ring.

Rock hands Rousey the mic. Rousey says, “You need to understand something, Steph. Any ring I step in is mine.” She tells Steph, “If you want me to leave, how about you make me?” The fans “ooh” and “ahh” at that. Stephanie told her to get out now. Ronda just stared at her. Rock told Steph that Ronda’s look means she’s going to rip out Steph’s insides and play jump rope with her fallopian tubes. Hunter spoke up to say that’s the last thing Rock will say about his wife. Rock starts firing away at HHH with punches. Rousey arm-drags HHH out of the ring. Mental man! Steph grabs Rousey from behind. Stephanie goes to do her trademark bitch-slap to Rousey, but Rousey catches her arm and yanks on it as the announcers say Rousey might break Steph’s arm. Steph scarpers out the ring as Rock gets back on the mic saying that’s the biggest “WrestleMania moment” of the night, before closing by saying, “If ya smell what The Rock and Rousey is cookin’!” True WrestleMania moment right there people.

Bray Wyatt made his entrance. He had some creepy looking scarecrows that were walking to the ring with him. No video package for this as Undertaker had never appeared on Raw so it would just be highlights of Wyatt’s promos.

The Undertaker’s entrance was as impressive as always. He’s got more hair than he did the last few years, but more importantly, he appeared to be in incredible shape. I’ve got no worries about this one.

Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker

Undertaker opened up with power early on and then did a shoulderblock to knock down Wyatt. Undertaker hit the old school top rope clothesline. Fans chanted “you still got it” for him and rightfully so. Wyatt took him down, but Undertaker yanked him out of the ring and drove him into the side of the ring. Boot to the face by Undertaker. Vintage Undertaker as he nailed Wyatt with a legdrop on Wyatt on the apron. In the ring, corner clothesline by Wyatt, then he dropped Wyatt on the top rope and Wyatt came back with a running cross body block to take him down. Wyatt attacked with some punches in the corner. Wyatt overpowered Undertaker in the corner and hit a splash. The crowd was silent while Wyatt was on offense. I just get the sense that they have no idea what the outcome is going to be now that the streak is over. Wyatt sent Undertaker’s head into the post, but as he did it Wyatt also hit his own knee into the steps. Silly boy.

Back in the ring, Wyatt went for another attack. Undertaker applied Hell’s Gate submission, but Wyatt fought out of it. Wyatt hit a massive one armed slam and a splash for a two count. Wyatt was holding his knee after ramming it into the steel steps. Wyatt went for Sister Abigail, but Undertaker choked him and hit a Chokeslam. Undertaker wanted the Tombstone and he connected with it. Wyatt kicked out at two. Undertaker wanted another Tombstone, but Wyatt slipped out and hit Sister Abigail for a two count. Wyatt did the spider-walk and Undertaker sat up and looked at Bray dead in the eye. Sweet moment.Bray looked as if he shit in his shorts! Wyatt won a brawl between the two. Wyatt mocked Undertaker with the throat slash. Undertaker countered Sister Abigail, shoved him and hit another Tombstone. This time it’s good enough for the three as The Undertaker gets the win and redeems his loss from last year. Undertaker poses in the ring as the fans show him respect.

Winner: The Undertaker via pinfall

Rating: ***

A solid match although it wasn’t a classic like what the announcers were making it out to be. I remember reading some reports before the show that Bray had injured his ankle, I didn’t see that here. He moved around the ring smoothly. As for Undertaker, a much improved performance than last year. It’s expected that he’ll compete at WrestleMania 32 and that it’s likely to be the end for him. I’m okay with Wyatt losing here. He’s still a young guy with plenty of mileage left in him. He got to work with a legendary figure in Undertaker; losing is something that he can overcome.

It was announced that Chris Jericho podcast with special guest John Cena will be on WWE Network on April 6 after Raw. I shall look forward to that!

There was a really long video package for the main event.

Roman Reigns made his entrance by walking in through the crowd like he usually does. He actually shoved someone out the way too. Be a Star, Roman. It was a long walk because it’s a huge stadium. Reigns punched the mat and fireworks went off in the stadium. He got booed, I bet Vince was dying with fright when he heard that reaction for his new favourite. Brock Lesnar’s entrance was met with cheers from the fans as expected. Paul Heyman was with him of course. Lesnar looked to be in great shape like the beast that he is.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar © /w/ Paul Heyman

As soon as the bell rings, Lesnar and Reigns get after it while the fans in Levi’s Stadium go absolutely insane. Within the first minute of the match, Lesnar hits Reigns with his F-5 finisher, however he decides not to try and finish him. Shades of WrestleMania 25 right there. Instead, Lesnar opts to continue delivering punishment. Lesnar rocks Reigns with a German suplex. Reigns starts fighting back and the fans boo like crazy as he does. Lesnar starts smiling like he likes it. Lesnar blasts Reigns with another German suplex, which results in Heyman wearing a big smile on his face as we see on camera.

Lesnar nails Reigns with a couple more German suplexes and then yells “suplex city, bitch!” Get that printed on a T-Shirt! The announcers reference it, but skip repeating the “bitch” part because they follow the PG rules dammit. Reigns tries fighting back with punches, but Lesnar nails him with a fifth German suplex. Reigns tries fighting back again, but Lesnar has found his grove and is now dominating the future Samoan star. Lesnar continues to look at Reigns with a sadistic smile on his face. Reigns tries fighting back from the apron, but Lesnar — viciously and violently — knocks Reigns down to the floor. Lesnar is completely in control now, dominating the offensive action in the match for several minutes until finally, Reigns shoved Lesnar into the ring post and Lesnar is bleeding. It looks like a legit cut because WWE banned blading years ago.

Back in the ring, Reigns blasts Lesnar with the Superman punch. He hits Lesnar with a Superman punch again. The fans are boo’ing like crazy as Reigns takes over control of the offense. Lesnar tries fighting back, however Reigns blasts Lesnar with a third Superman punch. Reigns’ Superman punch count is getting close to Lesnar’s German suplex count. Lesnar again tries fighting back, but Reigns blasts him with a spear out of nowhere. Brock again tries mounting some offense, but again Reigns nails him with a spear. Reigns goes for the pin but the champ kicks out. Reigns went for another Superman Punch. Lesnar caught him. Lesnar hit the F5 on Reigns.

Here comes Seth Rollins! Money in the Bank cash-in. It’s officially been cashed-in and it’s now a triple threat match.

Rollins kicked Reigns out of the ring. Rollins hits the Curb Stomp on Lesnar. With Reigns still outside the ring, Rollins went for another Curb Stomp on Lesnar. Lesnar caught him. Reigns hit a Spear on Lesnar. Rollins hit a Curb Stomp on Reigns and he covered for the one…two…and three! Seth Rollins is the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Rollins via pinfall

Rating: **** ½

Fucking unreal man. I’m calling it as if it were one full match, that ending was absolutely phenomenal. I predict the Rollins cash-in would happen, but I expected it happen after the match with Rollins getting one over his former Shield partner. Give WWE credit for pulling it off perfectly. Rollins looked like a smart guy that was out there taking advantage of two guys who put their bodies on the line and he was able to find a way to get the win. That final ten minute sequence was amazing. Reigns did a fantastic job with his comeback making it look like he was going to win and then Rollins was able to steal it right from under his nose.

It sets up the future perfectly with possible matches against Roman, Orton and a babyface Brock Lesnar. Remember, it was Reigns that got pinned, not Lesnar. They can also put Reigns in the spot as the top contender because he had his opportunity taken from him due to Rollins cashing in there. What a fantastic ending to WrestleMania. Good job WWE!

Rollins posed with the title at the top of the ramp as Brock and Reigns were shown in pain at ringside. The fireworks are going over the new champion as the 31st instalment of WrestleMania goes off the air.

**Random Thoughts**

What more can I say about that ending? As a fan of Rollins, I’m genuinely happy for the guy. I still remember when they were teasing the split of the Shield early last year and everyone was quick to figure out what the laid ahead for Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, but no one really mentioned Rollins. He was cast aside in the background.  He was the best performer in WWE in my eyes last year and now he’s reaping the rewards. They gave us one of those WrestleMania Moments they always talk about with him cashing in the briefcase like that. It’s never happened at a WrestleMania before, so that’s awesome to see.

So have WWE given up on Roman? Nope. It’s on hold for now. He’s a talented guy but he isn’t ready for the main stage just yet. He lacks charisma. I predict that his time will come next year at WrestleMania 32 as part of a triple threat match involving Rollins and Ambrose.

That whole segment involving Triple H, Steph, Rocky and Ronda was a classic WrestleMania moment. Shades of Mike Tyson at WM14 when Ronda hiptossed Hunter. Is it early to pencil in Rock vs. Triple H for next years ‘Mania? Will Ronda compete in a match with Stephanie? I can’t see it being a mixed tag. More like a one on one with Rock & Trips with Ronda and Steph in their respect corners. It all depends on Rock’s movie commitments though.

John Cena holding a mid-card title? This is 2015 not 2004 right? At least having him as United States Champion could restore some much needed value and whoever beats him shall be seen as a big deal. Still trying to get used to seeing Cena in a midcard role after being on top for so long.

Any doubts about Undertaker & Sting’s ability to perform are long gone. I can see Sting appearing a few times throughout the year, can’t say the same for Undertaker though. I still see them wrestling at next year’s ‘Mania. Performing in front of 100,000 people is tempting.

Best match: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins – It was real edge of your seat stuff when Rollins cashed in. No idea where it was going to lead to, thankfully the right person when over in the end.

Worst match: John Cena vs. Rusev – It wasn’t awful, just felt the ending could have been altered slightly.

WrestleMania Moment: Seth Rollins win the title – A very memorable moment which will be etched in WWE history.

Top Five Superstars

  1. Seth Rollins – Made history and should be remembered as a huge night for him. He deserves it.
  2. Brock Lesnar – So glad that he has re-signed. Quality athlete just makes me wish that he was a full timer.
  3. Daniel Bryan – Now a grand-slam champion. Will make a great IC champion.
  4. Roman Reigns – Personal opinions aside he worked hard. His time will come someday.
  5. The Rock – His involvement in that segment was gold.

Updated rankings chart:

Shawn Michaels – 50pts

Undertaker – 35pts

Hulk Hogan– 30pts

Macho Man Randy Savage – 29pts

Bret Hart/ Stone Cold/The Rock – 25pts

Triple H – 22pts

Edge – 18pts

Kurt Angle– 14pts

Brock Lesnar – 12pts

Ricky Steamboat – 11pts

Mick Foley/ Jeff Hardy/ CM Punk– 10pts

Owen Hart/ Ric Flair/ John Cena/ Daniel Bryan– 8pts

Ultimate Warrior/ Roddy Piper– 7pts

Chris Benoit– 6pts

Dynamite Kid/Rick Rude/ Ted Dibiase/Seth Rollins– 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/ Roman Reigns-2pts

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

Overall Show Rating (out of 10): 9.5

The same rating as WrestleMania 30, but this just edges it making it the 3rd greatest WrestleMania of all time. We’re getting close to topping WrestleMania 17 off its birch right? A big reason why WrestleMania was good is because matches had time. Some good promos were a part of it too. If you rush things it hurts. Let your performers wrestle stupid. One of the reasons why the Attitude Era was so successful was because mid-card matches were given time. People got over because of it. I will remember this show as the night Seth Rollins became the first guy to cash in MITB at WrestleMania.

I enjoyed WrestleMania. The future is bright with Rollins as the top guy. My challenge now for WWE to build upon this. Let’s make 2015 a memorable one. There’s so much talent on the roster it’s all about believing in them and producing quality TV programming week in week out.

Be proud of this show WWE. It was a massive success.

WrestleMania Rankings so far:

WrestleMania 17 – 10

WrestleMania 19 – 9.5

WrestleMania 31 – 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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