08th Apr2019

‘Wrestlemania 35’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of Wrestlemania 35, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have one of the biggest wrestling cards in history. Let’s see what kind of history will be made by the WWE on a night with the women’s division main eventing its first Wrestlemania.

Match #1: Tony Nese (New Champion) beat Buddy Murphy – WWE Cruiser-Weight Title Match

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Buddy Murphy may not care for fairytales, but that didn’t stop hometown boy Tony Nese from living one of his own on The Grandest Stage of Them All. The two former friends collided on the WrestleMania Kickoff in a match that saw Murphy shoot out of the gates in his trademark style. Nese, however, showed no intimidation of competing at The Show of Shows, staying in step with Murphy from the onset. The Juggernaut would not be deterred, however, as he ruthlessly pummeled Nese’s ribcage over the top turnbuckle and smothered the challenger. The Premier Athlete refused to stay down for long, combating Murphy’s relentless attack with a dynamic array of strikes, kicks and risky offensive acrobatics. In the clutch, Nese survived a ring-rattling Murphy’s Law by getting his foot on the bottom rope at the last second. It appeared that Nese was all but done for at that point, but, amazingly, The Premier Athlete rocketed up and connected with an unbelievable German Suplex that planted Murphy into the turnbuckles. The challenger then hit the Running Nese for a three-count that gave him the Cruiserweight Championship and his WrestleMania moment.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun, as fierce as it gets and the first major national moment of Tony Nese’s wrestling career.

Match #2: WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal – Winner: Carmella

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The WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal trophy has a new fabulous owner. Carmella outlasted a Superstar-studded field of competitors from SmackDown LIVE, Raw and NXT to win the second installment of The Show of Show’s all-women’s, over-the-top-rope free-for-all, tossing The Riott Squad’s Sarah Logan to claim victory on the WrestleMania Kickoff. The eliminations came fast and furious almost from the opening bell. The returning Ember Moon, who’s been sidelined with an injury since Royal Rumble, was responsible for the first ouster, dispatching of Maria Kanellis, while Asuka dumped NXT’s Candice LeRae and Nikki Cross with back-to-back hip checks in the early going. The Riott Squad had strength in numbers, and they used it to great advantage, targeting the likes of Zelina Vega, Asuka and Dana Brooke at various points in the melee. Brooke put an end to their gang tactics, throwing Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan out of the ring in succession. Despite the impressive showing, Brooke eventually succumbed to a numerical disadvantage of another kind, when Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville joined forces to eject her from the squared circle.

The field continued to thin as bodies flew over the top rope until Logan, Deville and Asuka appeared to be the three final competitors. The Empress of Tomorrow bounced Deville from the ring, but was soon eliminated by Logan. Yet, as The Riott Squad member celebrated what she thought was her first victory on The Grandest Stage of Them All, Carmella slid back into the ring, revealing that Logan had one more Superstar to contend with. After a struggle, Mella pushed Logan over the top rope and then knocked her to the floor with an impeccably timed superkick, earning Carmella a milestone WrestleMania Moment, no dance break required.

My Take: 1.5 out of 5 – This was pretty lousy, but it came and went, so there you go.

Match #3: Ryder and Hawkins (New Champions) beat The Revival – Raw Tag Team Titles Match

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Another WrestleMania, another iconic streak snapped. Yet, unlike The Undertaker and Asuka in years’ past, the ending of Curt Hawkins’ 269-match losing streak elicited nothing but tears of joy — and the Raw Tag Team Titles for the duo of Ryder & Hawkins. From jump street, Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson — who initially thought Ryder & Hawkins were joking when they challenged them to this match on The Show of Shows — looked to psych out the longtime friends. The Revival were relentless, cutting off the ring with smothering offense that wore down both Superstars, leaving Ryder unable to make a tag.

Zack & Curt struck back when Long Island Iced-Z took Dawson down with a back body drop, which allowed him the space to tag in an en fuego Curt Hawkins, who absolutely unloaded on the “Top Guys.” When a revitalized Ryder returned to the contest, he struck The Revival down during an onslaught that including a terrifying tumble to the outside for him and Wilder. A melee ensued from there, which ended with Hawkins taking a nasty brainbuster on the floor from Dawson. It looked like Hawkins was done for, until WrestleMania became WrestleMiracle, and Hawkins caught Dawson with a roll-up out of nowhere that secured the victory. With that, Hawkins’ losing streak was snapped, and the best friends had won the Raw Tag Team Titles on The Grandest Stage of Them All, mere miles from their Long Island hometown.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was standard stuff, but the surprise victory for Hawkins was great. It’s a shame they don’t have just one tag division, so this could have been on the main card.

Match #4: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal – Winner: Braun Strowman

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The road from “Saturday Night Live” fame to WrestleMania infamy is a short one — about 6 feet or so as it turns out. Colin Jost and Michael Che traveled each and every one of them in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, courtesy of a can’t-be-stopped, man-on-a-mission Braun Strowman, who almost singlehandedly ran through the entire field to become the sixth winner of WrestleMania’s signature melee. The Monster Among Men was all-business from the bell, and clearly had no patience for a feel-good story of any kind. Strowman put an end to not just one, but several sentimental favorites. SmackDown LIVE mainstay Ali? Gone. A returning Harper? Adios. Last year’s winner Matt Hardy? Him too, as well as his brother Jeff.

Jost and Che, for their part, saw the writing on the wall early on and hid underneath the ring at the opening bell — though Jost, perhaps, wanted to avoid drawing undue attention to his Odell Beckham Jr. Browns jersey — and while they attempted to steal the win by ganging up on Strowman as he tended to the Hardys, their big play failed and they found themselves with nowhere to run. They tried to get out of it. Jost brought in his therapist to try and talk Strowman down. You can guess what happened to him. Che, wearing wrestling headgear and a WrestleMania hoodie, tried to eliminate himself, only to be stopped on the apron by Strowman and decked to the outside. Jost, inexplicably, found himself with a fighting chance when Braun accidentally got himself tangled in the ropes, but The Monster Among Men overpowered the comedian, hoisted him onto his shoulders, and sent him flying over the ring into a crowd of onlookers to claim the win.

My Take: 1.5 out of 5 – Braun beat the hell out Michael Che and Colin Jost, but it wasn’t enough to make this interesting.

Match #5: Seth Rollins (New Champion) beat Brock Lesnar – WWE Universal Title Match

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The Beast has been slayed. With the WWE Universe firmly in his corner, Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar to claim the Universal Championship, completing his quest to bring the coveted title home to Monday Night Raw. Following Alexa Bliss’ WrestleMania surprise in the form of WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, Paul Heyman had a Show of Shows shocker of his own: Since Lesnar wasn’t in the main event, he arranged to have the Universal Championship Match kick off the night. This rescheduling would not only hasten Lesnar’s departure from MetLife Stadium but throw The Architect off his game. Intent on mauling Rollins as quickly as possible, The Beast lunged at The Architect outside the ring before the match began, delivering an F-5 onto the floor and throwing Rollins around like a rag doll, turning the challenger’s back several shades of purple. Once the match was officially underway, Lesnar continued the barrage, cornering Rollins with knee and shoulder strikes in the corner, then folding him up with a punishing trio of German suplexes. However, when the referee was knocked out of the ring and momentarily incapacitated, the savvy Architect capitalized with a savage low blow that stopped The Beast in his tracks. Repaying Lesnar for each of his German suplexes, Rollins landed three Stomps that slayed The Beast and brought the Universal Championship home to Monday Night Raw.

My Take: 1 out of 5 – The match was just a couple of big moves, but the effect was great, as Seth won the title. This would have been better if it had been a real match, but at least the right guy won.

Match #6: AJ Styles beat Randy Orton

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SmackDown LIVE has become known as “The House that AJ Styles Built.” And at WrestleMania 35, he defended it. With 80,000-plus cheering him on, The Phenomenal One conquered Randy Orton who, for several weeks, has claimed to be the rightful standard-bearer of Team Blue as a 17-year WWE veteran. WWE’s Apex Predator certainly lived up to his moniker as expected, using his size advantage to ground The Phenomenal One in the early goings. Once Styles focused his attacks on Orton’s knee, however, The Viper was vulnerable to the excruciating Calf Crusher. Hobbled yet no less malicious, Orton attempted to counter the Phenomenal Forearm with an RKO, but clever scouting by Styles created an opening for a 450 Splash onto the stunned Orton.

After Orton’s signature backbreaker failed to deter the resilient Styles, The Viper entered desperation mode — something rarely seen from the 13-time World Champion. Not known for his aerial offense, the third-generation Superstar nevertheless took his dazed foe to the top rope with a Superplex, the move made famous by his WWE Hall of Famer father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton. Pressing his advantage, Orton punished Styles with a rope-assisted DDT and hit the RKO, which seemingly sealed the fate of The Phenomenal One. Except it didn’t. Styles kicked out. When Orton tried to take Styles aerial once again — this time for an RKO from the top rope — the two-time WWE Champion countered with a Pelé Kick. The constant chain of reversals continued as Orton nearly trapped a soaring Styles with a mid-air RKO, which AJ answered by dropping The Viper throat-first onto the top rope. Styles then finally connected with the Phenomenal Forearm to pick up a massive win on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This more on the methodical side of things, but it worked as a big match, despite not being as exciting as you’d hope for.

Match #7: The Usos (Still Champions) beat Aleister Black & Ricochet, The Bar and Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev – Fatal 4-Way Match For The SmackDown Tag Team Championship

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The action was fast and furious right from the get-go as Aleister Black and Jey Uso traded holds, but the frantic nature of the Fatal 4-Way Match soon came into play, as members from all four teams tagged into the fray in rapid-fire succession. The NXT upstarts looked like they had the upper hand, as Ricochet dizzied Cesaro with a dazzling headscissors takeover, but an uppercut from The Swiss Superstar stopped The One and Only right in his tracks. The Bar went on a rampage from there, as Cesaro spun Ricochet in the Cesaro Swing for minutes, while Sheamus grabbed anyone within reach and pummeled them with the Beats of the Bodhrán.

Ricochet recovered from Cesaro’s stomach-churning ride, but he was soon caught in the clutches of Rusev, who overpowered the speedy Superstar. Soon, the bout devolved into utter chaos, as a stacked superplex-powerbomb combo from the top rope brought all eight men crashing to the mat in a heap. The relentless pace continued from there, as superkicks, Kinshasas and Black Masses were delivered with extreme precision. After Sheamus clobbered Ricochet with a Brogue Kick, though, The Celtic Warrior was all alone with Jimmy & Jey. The Usos took Sheamus down with a pair of superkicks, then crushed him with a double splash from the top rope to retain their titles.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was fun for what it was, but the athleticism is what stood out the most. Good for The Usos, as they are a great team and they deserve the chance to be the focus of their division.

Match #8: Shane McMahon beat The Miz – Falls Count Any-Where Match

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As much of a Hollywood fairytale as The Miz’s career has been, the end of his Falls Count Anywhere Match with partner-turned-tormentor Shane McMahon was the exact opposite, as The A-Lister’s big attempt to put his foe down for good backfired in tragic fashion. Shane-O-Mac’s early cockiness in the match certainly paid dividends. Not only did he restart his entrance not once but twice before he found Greg Hamilton’s timbre satisfactory, but he took out Miz’s father George Mizanin when he bravely attempted to square up with The Prodigal Son in the ring. That move, however, had the unintended effect of bringing out Miz’s inner punisher. The typically genial former WWE Champion beat Shane from one end of MetLife Stadium to the other, and the chase finally came to its conclusion at the precipice of a 15-foot camera scaffold in the middle of the stadium floor. Cornered, Shane dropped to a knee and begged for mercy. Miz would give him none, trapping his foe in a suplex and plummeting the two of them off the edge of the plank and through a platform below. Neither man was in the position to fight any longer, but Shane, by sheer happenstance, had landed on top of The A-Lister, giving referee Charles Robinson more than enough leeway to count the deciding pinfall.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a boring brawl that felt too awkward to work, as Shane is not a good brawler and The Miz is not very easy to empathize with, due to him always acting like a prick.

Match #9: The IIconics (New Champions) beat Sasha Banks & Bayley, Beth Phoenix & Natalya and Nia Jax & Tamina – Fatal 4-Way Match For The Women’s Tag Team Championship

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Looking to make their mark on The Grandest Stage of Them All, The IIconics shocked the world by beating reigning champions The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection, Nia Jax & Tamina, and Natalya & Beth Phoenix in a frenetic Fatal 4-Way Match to claim the tandem titles. If there was a sentimental favorite going into the bout, it was the returning Phoenix, who joined Natalya in donning the colors of the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame inductees The Hart Foundation. The two were even joined on the ramp by Bret “Hit Man” Hart during their entrance. After a melee on the outside, The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection slugged it out with Natalya and Beth in a scrap that culminated with The Glamazon executing a jaw-dropping Glam Slam from the top rope at Bayley’s expense. With victory within her grasp, Beth saw her pinfall broken up when Royce pulled her away from Bayley and hurled her out of the ring, allowing Billie Kay to capitalize, score the three-count, and capture the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship for The IIconics.

My Take: 1.5 out of 5 – This sucked, mostly. They tried, but these things happen. That being said, there were some nice spots here and there. I’m happy for the new champions and I hope that they get a good run out of this.

Match #10: Kofi Kingston (New Champion) beat Daniel Bryan – WWE World Title Match

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After 11 years of hard work, after clearing every hurdle thrown in his way, after earning every single opportunity, Kofi Kingston seized his moment and defeated Daniel Bryan to become the WWE Champion in one of the most emotional moments in WrestleMania history. With the capacity crowd of 82,265 fans, as well as the SmackDown locker room cheering him on, Kingston managed to persevere through every cruel and unusual maneuver the sadistic Bryan managed to apply. Bryan wrenched Kingston into endless painful positions, but Kofi would not stay down. After Kingston landed an aerial dive successfully, he attempted to take flight once again, but Bryan was able to sidestep him this time. Kingston went crashing sternum-first into the announce desk, the sickening thud reverberating throughout New Jersey’s Meadowlands. The WWE Champion pounced on his challenger, finally finding a body part to target. Bryan trapped Kingston in a waistlock, squeezing the breath from Kingston’s body. Kofi somehow escaped, but it looked like the damage had been done, as Bryan clobbered him with a series of dropkicks, then went back to punishing his opponent with a Boston Crab. Kingston fought off an attack on the ropes from Bryan, and then the battle devolved into a hockey fight, with the two Superstars trading punches and kicks. Kingston escaped one LeBell Lock and connected with the SOS, but was ensnared in a second LeBell Lock by the WWE Champion, who elbowed him in the injured ribs for good measure.

Kingston reached the ropes but found himself on the receiving end of Bryan’s punishing kicks. Despite all the punishment he had been through to this moment, Kingston fought through the pain and dared the WWE Champion to hit him again. Bryan obliged, and Kingston answered with one of his own. When Bryan’s monstrous intellectual peer Rowan tried to get involved, Big E & Xavier Woods came to Kofi’s aid, taking the titan out with UpUpDownDown on the arena floor. Back in the ring, Bryan caught Kingston and stomped him relentlessly into the canvas as Big E & Woods watched helplessly from ringside. But on this night, there was no keeping Kofi down. Kingston fought through everything, eventually giving Bryan a taste of his own medicine, stomping him into the canvas. With his New Day brethren and the entire WWE Universe behind him, Kingston clobbered Bryan with Trouble in Paradise and then pinned him to finally etch his name into the history books.

My Take: 4.5 out of 5 – This was a fabulous match that got made into a classic by the result. Kofi is the first black man to win the title and actually look black doing it. The Rock had won this title many years before, but it could be argued that Vince gave the strap to the Samoan side of The Rock. Kofi has made history and the crowd absolutely loved it. The action was fantastic and everything Wrestlemania is supposed to be. Bryan looked great and seemed to be having a ball doing Kofi the favor he himself received at Wrestlemania 30. This is one of those great occasions that will go into the history books as one of the best things Vince McMahon has ever done in wrestling.

Match #11: Samoa Joe (Still Champion) beat Rey Mysterio – WWE United States Title Match

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The Ultimate Underdog’s attempt to take the United States Title from Samoa Joe in The Samoan Submission Machine’s WrestleMania debut ended almost instantaneously, as Rey’s effort to follow up a very early 619 — perhaps a plan to end the match quickly and put less stress on his recently injured ankle — landed him directly in the (Coquina) clutches of the titleholder, who put him to sleep in a matter of seconds.

My Take: 0.5 out of 5 – Rey was likely still too injured to have a full fight, so this match was a quick snap of your fingers and over.

Match #12: Roman Reigns beat Drew McIntyre

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Intent on obliterating each member of The Shield one-by-one to cement his dominance in WWE, McIntyre defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in back-to-back weeks on Raw, yet sought to finish the extermination of The Hounds of Justice on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Reigns accepted the challenge, but many in the WWE Universe wondered if Reigns — who had just announced his cancer was in remission back in February — was making a rash decision. Based on the punishment Reigns endured for the duration of this intensely physical bout, that criticism seemed valid. However, as McIntyre took pleasure in making The Big Dog suffer, he grew overconfident, disrespectfully slapping Reigns across the face. This brazen act woke something within Reigns, who unleashed on the sadistic Scotsman with an offensive flurry that culminated in a Spear. Following weeks of callous comments about Reigns’ family, Shield brotherhood and personal health, McIntyre was finally silenced.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This got no crowd reaction, but it was good for what it was.

Match #13: Triple H beat Batista – No Holds Barred Match

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There’s an argument to be made that Triple H and Batista are two sides of the same coin. Setting aside their shared time in Evolution, the two are time-proven opportunists who, given the right circumstances, would throw away any shred of decency or respect to achieve their goals. What Batista wanted was to end his career on his terms, and Triple H’s as well. That’s how the two ended up in a fight on The Grandest Stage of Them All with The Game’s in-ring career on the line. But it became readily apparent that what Triple H wanted, more than anything, was to hurt, humiliate and maim The Animal. There’s no other way to explain the torturous opening to the match in which Big Dave was smashed in the face with a toolbox, had his fingers bent back by a wrench and his nose ring ripped from his nostril by a pair of needle-nose pliers.

Despite the respective paths they took to achieve their goals — Batista was impactful but conservative, while Triple H was wild and improvisational — their shared similarities came to the forefront at every turn. Batista kicked out of a Pedigree. The Game fought his way out of a Batista Bomb. And they both even ended up with a sledgehammer in their hands, although Triple H had a bit of an assist in getting his. After The Animal stole his opponent’s signature implement, Ric Flair — who Batista ambushed to set this rivalry off in earnest — emerged to hand The Game a backup, and “The Nature Boy’s” presence took The Animal’s attention off his foe long enough to allow The King of Kings to smash him with the hammer. One Pedigree later, and it was over.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a big match that no one cared about. They both looked a little bit gassed the whole time, but they made it work in a hard-hitting match.

Match #14: Baron Corbin beat Kurt Angle

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After announcing he would compete in his final WrestleMania bout earlier this year, Angle embarked on a farewell tour, eventually choosing his rival Baron Corbin as his final opponent. Prepared to go out on a high note, The Olympic Hero charged after The Lone Wolf as the match got underway. After some successful early offense from Angle, Corbin turned the tide and methodically dismantled the WWE Hall of Famer. However, Corbin’s overconfidence backfired, and Angle executed three consecutive German suplexes to earn a temporary reprieve from Corbin’s assault. Angle nearly lost the match following a perfectly-timed Deep Six from Corbin, but he narrowly kicked out at two. The WWE’s only Olympic Gold Medalist returned the favor with an Angle Slam before locking Corbin in the Ankle Lock in the center of the ring. The Lone Wolf fought through the excruciating pain, driving Angle face-first into the corner before mocking John Cena’s “You Can’t See Me.” A fired-up Angle battled back, driving Corbin into the mat with a series of suplexes before ascending to the top rope for a moonsault. As Angle launched into the air, Corbin moved and immediately dropped his opponent with the End of Days for the 1-2-3, ending Kurt Angle’s in-ring career.

My Take: 1.5 out of 5 – Angle looked great in a match that was a complete waste of his time. This was meant to be the end of his career, but I hope he quits his new position as a mentor of young WWE wrestlers to go have a real last match and on his terms.

Match #15: Finn Balor beat Bobby Lashley – WWE Intercontinental Title Match

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The Demon rose at WrestleMania, and it was a nightmare for Bobby Lashley. Finn Bálor unleashed his otherworldly alter ego on Bobby Lashley and devastated The All-Mighty to become Intercontinental Champion on The Grandest Stage of Them All. When the bell tolled, The Demon rushed right at Lashley, clobbering him with a series of kicks that sent the champion to the arena floor. From there, Bálor crushed Lashley at ringside with a breathtaking dive. Bálor then turned his attention towards Lashley’s hypeman, Lio Rush, who wanted no part of The Demon. However, that temporary distraction gave Lashley the opening to try and end the “myth” of The Demon. The All Mighty slammed Bálor into the canvas, then drove him from the apron into the arena floor with a devastating Spear. However, there was no stopping The Demon at WrestleMania. Bálor summoned power from deep down, lifting Lashley up and planting the champion into the canvas with a big powerbomb, then scaled the ropes to cave Lashley’s chest in with the Coup de Grace to become Intercontinental Champion.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a lame match that had the right winner.

Match #16: (Main Event) Becky Lynch beat Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair – Winner Takes All Women’s Title Match

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Everything Becky Lynch had up to, during and after the main event was earned. She earned her place in the WrestleMania main event by winning the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match. She earned the opportunity to stand across the ring from Charlotte Flair when she’d spent so long standing in her shadow. And she earned the right to be mentioned in the same sentence as Ronda Rousey when she attacked her on Raw five months ago and made herself a star. What Becky earned was her first major main event against women with a long, storied experience on this type of stage. And, for a time, Becky struggled to keep up. But both Flair and Rousey found their respective skills put to the test as well. Charlotte was forced to fight dirty, as she chopped Rousey square across the chest and face early in the match. Rousey was forced to adapt her move set, as she contended with a torqued knee after suffering a Figure-Four Leglock against the turnbuckle, and later, a full-fledged Figure-Eight. Both had to change. Becky Lynch, on the other hand, was who she was since before she started calling herself The Man. And everything that took her to the main event at WrestleMania took her over the finish line as well. She remembered everything. The bad blood with Charlotte Flair that led her to break up that Figure-Eight with a legdrop to The Queen’s sternum — shades of a similar maneuver from WrestleMania 32.

She remembered the brutality that took her to the Match of the Year at WWE Evolution, breaking out a table for a fateful sequence that culminated in Charlotte being thrown through the pine by Lynch and Rousey. And she remembered the showdown she always wanted, the one she chose: The Baddest Woman on the Planet. More importantly, she was ready, and she put Rousey away suddenly. Despite coming out on the short end of a hockey fight and finding herself stranded on The Baddest Woman on the Planet’s shoulders, she countered Piper’s Pit into a crucifix pin, sticking Rousey’s shoulders to the mat, as The Rowdy One was pinned for the first time in her WWE career.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that may have been bested by the WWE World Title Match, but it still felt like a proper main event and had the right winner. Becky can do the most of the three as champion and has the most potential of any woman in the WWE. The action was good, but also a bit disappointing. That being said, Becky won and made the crowd go nuts.

News Of The Night:

  1. Hulk Hogan came out to the crowd and had a great promo.
  2. John Cena did his rapper gimmick again and got the crowd on his side during a promo/brawl with Elias.
  3. Curt Hawkins broke his losing streak.
  4. This card may have featured more squash matches on the main card than ever before.
  5. Kofi Kingston made history as the first black man to be WWE World Champion, despite The Rock being a half-black WWE World Champion. Booker T was also World Champion, but that title is now defunct.

Final Verdict: 4/5

This card had its mistakes, but the sheer entertainment value, combined with a truly great WWE World Title Match and numerous pieces of history being made, turned this into the best Wrestlemania in quite some time.

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