Date: April eight, 2018
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Jonathan Coachman, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton
So right here we’re. After all these months, we’ve lastly arrived at Wrestlemania and as JR has put it, it don’t get no greater than this. The major occasion is Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (THIS TIME FOR SURE!), together with Ronda Rousey making her lengthy awaited in-ring debut. It’s onerous to say what to anticipate, apart from a really lengthy present with plenty of stuff crammed in. Let’s get to it.
I used to be within the stadium for this present. My seat was within the decrease area within the nook, reverse the onerous digital camera. I used to be trying nearly immediately on the higher proper hand ring publish.
Kickoff Show: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Apollo, Shelton Benjamin, Konnor, Mike Kanellis, Primo Colon, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, Matt Hardy, Baron Corbin Scott Dawson, Fandango, Mojo Rawley, Chad Gable, Luke Gallows, Dash Wilder, Aiden English, Heath Slater, Viktor, Curtis Axel, Tyler Breeze, Bo Dallas, Rhyno, Titus O’Neil, Kane, Tye Dillinger, Goldust, Curt Hawkins, Sin Cara, Zack Ryder, Karl Anderson
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Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are in on commentary for this, together with Saxton. I used to be coming into the stadium because the wrestlers got here down the ramp so my timing couldn’t have been significantly better. As ordinary, it’s nearly not possible to inform what’s occurring to start out till Aiden English is eradicated. Anderson removes Viktor and it’s already time for Ziggler to do his final second saves.
There goes Hawkins (who I nonetheless can’t wait to see truly win one thing) R-Truth and Goldust reunite for all of eight seconds earlier than Goldust tosses him. With an incorrect countdown to Wrestlemania clock on the display, Primo is eradicated as properly. Mike Kanellis is out (I forgot he labored right here too) as Byron tries to clarify the Woken Universe to JR. With Jim not precisely sounding , Apollo knees Breeze out.
Viktor is out subsequent and the ring is beginning to clear a bit, not less than to the purpose the place you possibly can not less than see the mat. Matt does his fast fireplace rams into the buckles to rock Goldust, drawing one other DELETE chant. Ryder hundreds up the Broski Boot on Ziggler however Mojo Rawley runs him over for an additional elimination to make the followers hate him much more. Gable eliminates Anderson and Titus removes Gallows and we take a break.
Back (After they confirmed the business within the stadium. You know, the place WHERE WE’RE WATCHING WHAT THEY’RE ADVERTISING!) with Revival eliminating Apollo. Wilder is shipped to the apron however a Dawson save permits them to eradicate Benjamin as an alternative. The Revival is shipped out on the identical time, adopted by Kane eliminating the Miztourage. We minimize to the gang the place John Cena is watching as a fan (due to course he’s) and are available again to see Cara being tossed as properly.
Kane uppercuts Fandango out and Slater makes the error of going to the apron, permitting Corbin to do away with him as properly. Gable joins him on the ground, leaving us with Corbin, Goldust, Rawley, Ziggler, Fandango, Kane, O’Neil and Dillinger. That means a Kane vs. Corbin showdown however everybody else interferes earlier than something occurs. Titus begins cleansing home and throws Ziggler over his shoulders, solely to get superkicked and clotheslined out. Goldust snaps off the powerslam to Ziggler and it’s Shattered Dreams to Tye.
Ziggler is prepared for him although and dumps Goldust however will get punched down by Hardy. That provides us the TEN vs. DELETE showdown, which I didn’t know I wanted to see. A Twist of Fate is sufficient to do away with Dillinger, adopted by Ziggler superkicking Kane’s palms. Kane dumps him with out a lot effort however Corbin dumps his fellow big to get us all the way down to Mojo, Corbin and Hardy. A fireman’s carry faceplant drops Hardy and the double teaming begins. Not that it issues as we’ve obtained Bray Wyatt to save lots of Hardy, permitting him to eradicate Rawley. Wyatt takes End of Days however Matt removes Corbin to win at 16:34 as Wyatt wasn’t entered.
Rating: D-. Yeah this was horrible, operating WAY too lengthy and making me surprise when it was going to be over. So many of those folks simply don’t must be on Wrestlemania (Hawkins, Ascension, R-Truth, Primo, Kanellis, Rawley to call just a few) and so they’re simply extending the present by being on this. Matt successful makes probably the most sense because it’s not like many different folks within the match are doing something in the intervening time.
Matt and Bray pose publish match as Bray is formally good. Now simply don’t get injured and lose your spot once more.
Kickoff Show: Cruiserweight Title: Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali
The title is vacant coming in, Drake Maverick is at ringside and Ali is SubZero for some motive. Cedric shouts so much and so they shake palms for the sake of fine sportsmanship. An trade of shoulders goes to Cedric so Ali snaps off a hurricanrana for our first standoff. Back up and Cedric flips away to seize a headscissors, adopted by a dropkick for 2. Ali will get despatched to the ground and brought down by an enormous flip dive however there’s no business, regardless of the announcers sounding like they have been sending us to 1. Nice change of tempo for as soon as.
Back in and we hit a waistlock to maintain Ali down and a excessive backdrop provides Cedric two. Another waistlock and a knee to the ribs preserve Cedric on track as he actually has a recreation plan. Cedric vegetation him with a Spanish Fly and counters a twister DDT by crotching Ali on high. With Ali surprised, Cedric goes up as properly however will get caught in an excellent Spanish Fly, which even impresses Cena. The 054 is damaged up with a shove to the ground and now we go to the inset advert for Rousey’s debut. At least they didn’t present this within the stadium, which might have nearly been simply as annoying as displaying the entire thing.
Back with Cedric getting caught in a reverse hurricanrana and now the twister DDT connects. The 054 hits this time however Cedric will get his foot on the ropes. Another 054 try misses and Alexander elbows him within the head. Ali will get elbowed down once more and the Lumbar Check provides him the title at 12:18.
Rating: B-. This was so much much less aggressive than I keep in mind it being as Alexander dominated from the start and ran over Ali save for a little bit flurry close to the top. Alexander successful is the correct name and I’m glad neither of them went heel right here. They each appeared good however Ali was a step behind what he normally does right here. I had fun with it and Cedric successful is a really feel good second. That’s all you can ask for right here.
Kickoff Show: Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal
Naomi, Carmella, Mandy Rose, Peyton Royce, Liv Morgan, Kavita Devi, Sarah Logan, Dakota Kai, Sasha Banks, Mickie James, Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Kairi Sane, Taynara Conti, Sonya Deville, Lana, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Natalya, Dana Brooke
Paige and Beth Phoenix are on commentary. Royce, Devi, Kai, Belair, Sane and Conti are from NXT. Lynch, Bayley and Banks are the one ones to get entrances. Carmella poses with the briefcase on the bell and will get gang attacked, which means it’s an early elimination. It’s Dana being circled (Dana: “THAT’S NOT NICE!”) and gang attacked for the elimination.
Everything breaks down and the NXT girls stand tall, which means it’s time for the required NXT chant. Becky yells at Devi for stealing the orange look and will get slammed for her complaints. Mandy will get tossed and Paige is panicking. Deville is slammed down and Belair is allowed to hit a 450 as we take a break.
Back with Sane being tossed after hitting the Insane Elbow on Riott through the business. Devi is tossed and Conti is knocked out just a few seconds later. Belair whips Becky with the hair however will get kicked out briefly order. Kai kicks Naomi within the face to place her below the ropes and out to the ground. Banks removes Kai and Riott punches Mickie out. Now it’s Royce firing off some kicks however the Riott Squad superkick her out to a refrain of boos.
We’re all the way down to the Squad, Natalya, Banks, Bayley and Naomi on the ground. Natalya suplexes Riott and Logan down however Bayley saves Sasha from the identical. Bayley and Sasha do away with Natalya, Morgan, Riott and Logan briefly order. They stare one another down and Bayley will get the short elimination. Cue Naomi although and the Rear View is nice for the win at 9:49.
Rating: D+. I appreciated it higher than the lads’s model (that’s not precisely a excessive bar to clear) however egads what’s the level in giving this to Naomi? She’s been doing a grand whole of nothing in latest weeks (months actually) and there was a narrative between Banks and Bayley. This appears like giving Orton the Royal Rumble final yr in that somebody has to win it, even when
And now, the primary present.
Khloe and Halle sing America the Beautiful. They’re billed as “the future of music” however I’m not satisfied. If that’s the case, I’d count on an authentic music.
The opening video is about having a superb time, similar to it was 4 years in the past. The digital camera walks by way of the streets of New Orleans and goes into a restaurant/membership earlier than somebody goes onto a balcony to throw beads all the way down to a crowd under. The common spotlight package deal, set to Kid Rock’s Celebrate and combined with Wrestlemania XXX highlights (sensible choice actually), takes us into the stadium and my goodness the set appears to be like superb. It’s designed to appear like a Mardi Gras masks, although the underside appears to be like like an enormous mustache over the doorway. Also, a number of of the wrestlers’ eyes will seem within the masks for a really cool contact.
Intercontinental Title: Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor vs. The Miz
Miz is defending after each challengers beat him in a single evening, which is completely the identical factor or one thing. Rollins has blue contacts in, I assume making him the ice to the hearth that burns it down? Still although, appears to be like fairly cool. In one other cool addition, there are some personalised 3D projections for some wrestlers, together with Miz’s identify with quotes round him saying how nice and superior Miz is. These might solely be seen on the screens so I didn’t discover them till the second match.
Miz, trying even goofier than ordinary with what appears to be like like a purple model of Drew Gulak’s outdated gear, sends the Miztourage to the again so he can do that on his personal. Balor has a rainbow shirt on with a gaggle of followers in an identical shirts cheering him on from the stage. The screens say “for everyone” with FOR EVER capitalized.
Balor sends Miz into Rollins to start out and a few rollups get two for all three of them. With Miz being despatched outdoors, Rollins superkicks Balor within the ribs, solely to get despatched outdoors. That means an enormous flip dive onto the 2 of them as Balor will get the primary actual benefit. Everyone heads again inside with Rollins hitting a double Blockbuster for 2 on Balor. Miz takes Rollins down and grabs a chinlock for just a few seconds to gradual issues down. A neckbreaker will get two on Balor and it’s again to the chinlock.
Balor fights up and stomps on Miz’s ribs however will get caught with a Sling Blade from Rollins. Seth isn’t completed and hits a suicide dive on each guys, solely to get caught in a Sling Blade from Balor. Miz’s brief DDT will get two on Seth and he boots Rollins within the face to interrupt up a springboard. A dragon screw legwhip units up the Figure Four on Balor however right here’s Rollins with a frog splash for the break. That appeared significantly better on display as you didn’t see Rollins till he was on the highest and able to bounce.
They all head outdoors once more with Balor escaping the shoulder breaking barricade bomb. Instead it’s a Sling Blade to place Rollins down however he’s again up with an enziguri to rock Balor. That earns him a Pele and the 1916 for 2 as Balor is surprised. Miz catches Balor on high however will get caught in a buckle bomb, leaving Balor to take the superplex right into a Falcon Arrow however Balor reverses right into a small package deal for 2. A Skull Crushing Finale will get two on Rollins to cap off a rocking sequence.
Another Finale is reversed right into a rollup for 2 however Balor will get crotched on high. Rollins goes up high with him however Miz is correct there with an excellent Skull Crushing Finale (appeared higher than it sounds). The cowl is damaged up with a Coup de Grace and a second hits Miz clear. Rollins runs over with a Stomp to drive Balor’s head into Miz’s again, adopted by the common model to pin Miz for the title at 15:30.
Rating: B. This was the form of match you count on from the Intercontinental Title as all three have been working onerous and the match felt very crisp on the identical time. Miz will get the title again sometime and break each data, as he ought to. I’m certain Balor will get the title as properly, which is nothing however good for the Intercontinental Title. If nothing else it’s cool to see the previous World Champions changing into Intercontinental Champions. That wasn’t all the time the case (After Pedro Morales, the subsequent former World Champion to win an Intercontinental Title was HHH in 2001) nevertheless it’s a great way to provide the title some extra on the spot credibility.
Ad for the Andre documentary. I’ve heard good issues.
Cena remains to be a fan. How cool wouldn’t it be to have him subsequent to you at Wrestlemania?
We recap Charlotte vs. Asuka, which is title vs. streak. Charlotte has dominated the Women’s Division for practically three years now however Asuka hasn’t a match since debuting in late 2015. The match right here is Queen vs. Empress with Charlotte saying she’s prepared for Asuka.
Smackdown Women’s Title: Charlotte vs. Asuka
Charlotte is defending and copies HHH’s entrance from Wrestlemania XXX with a throne and three masked males serving to her off. These three: Riddick Moss, Tino Sabbatelli and Dan Matha. I’m assuming this was one thing about she as soon as helped HHH off the throne however now she has her personal, nevertheless it felt like a tribute to HHH greater than the rest. Asuka alternatively has 3D masks superimposed over her entrance. You know, in case it wasn’t scary sufficient already.
They struggle over a wristlock to start out with each of them flipping away, leaving Charlotte to hit the strut. Charlotte journeys her down and goes for the leg however Asuka kicks her away, establishing a knee shot for 2. Back up and Asuka’s hip assault is blocked so it’s time for the chops. The second hip assault sends Charlotte outdoors and you’ll see the cockiness on Asuka’s face.
Charlotte will get again in and it’s time to start out cranking on the arm to arrange the Asuka Lock. It’s manner too early for that although so Charlotte strikes her within the face just a few occasions however has to interrupt one other try. This time it’s a backpack Stunner to get Charlotte out of hassle and a few knees to the pinnacle (assume the Stomp however with a knee) put Asuka down once more. The moonsault misses although as Asuka catches her in a triangle (SWEET!) in the midst of the ring.
That’s reverses right into a Boston crab however Asuka rolls her manner out of it. They head to the apron (changing into manner too widespread) and Asuka suplexes her all the way down to the ground in an enormous crash. Back in and the missile dropkick places Charlotte down for 2 and Asuka is getting annoyed. They go up high and it’s an excellent Spanish Fly (I imagine that’s three on the evening to this point) to provide Charlotte an enormous breather.
Natural Selection is countered into one thing like an Octopus Hold on the mat earlier than switching to the Asuka Lock. Charlotte reverses that with a rollup earlier than slicing Asuka in half with a spear for a VERY close to fall. With Asuka half completed, Charlotte grabs the Figure Eight, balancing on one hand due to the banged up arm. After hanging on so long as she will, Asuka ACTUALLY TAPS to retain Charlotte’s title at 13:05.
Rating: A-. I used to be form of surprised on the period of time this had as I’d have guess on it being not less than 5 minutes longer. This felt like a conflict of titans and Charlotte successful provides her a really sturdy case for being the perfect of all time. Aside from not being round so long as some others, she has the resume, ability and pure ability to make her the perfect WWE has ever seen.
Having Asuka do plenty of her ordinary stuff (albeit cranked up just a few notches) was an effective way to arrange the match as Charlotte was in a position to cling on and use what she had seen alongside together with her pure athleticism to be prepared for what Asuka introduced. It was onerous hitting, advised a narrative and was an on the spot basic. Great stuff right here, which shouldn’t be that shocking.
Post match Asuka says Charlotte was prepared for Asuka and congratulates her.
With Charlotte on the ramp and Asuka within the ring, a referee tells Cena one thing (the phrases “Taker is here” might have been spoken) so Cena jumps the barricade (safety round right here sucks) and sprints up the ramp. That took one thing away from the ladies’s second. Do the business after which transfer on to the Cena angle. It’s not going to make that a lot of a distinction and lets the ladies have their full second.
US Title: Bobby Roode vs. Rusev vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton
Orton is defending after having a 3 manner feud with Roode and Mahal for the previous few weeks. Rusev pinned Orton in a tag match to be added, together with being one of many hottest guys within the firm. Aiden English (who has gotten his hair minimize for the reason that battle royal) introduces Rusev, in rhyme after all. You can see the followers heading for the concourse through the entrances, which is fairly fascinating given how fashionable Rusev was over the weekend. Aside from a Wrestlemania shirt, I noticed extra Rusev Day shirts than the rest. I assume the repelling powers of Mahal and Orton are an excessive amount of even for Rusev Day.
The early menace of an RKO sends Mahal bailing to the ground and Rusev dropkicks Roode to the ground. Rusev cannonballs off the apron to take out Orton and Mahal as Phillips acknowledges the recognition of Rusev Day. Back in and Roode’s Blockbuster will get two, leaving Mahal to get punched backwards and forwards between Roode and Orton. A superplex brings Roode down nevertheless it’s Mahal asking Rusev for an alliance.
Rusev, realizing that he ought to have been Mahal final yr, stomps Mahal down within the nook as an alternative earlier than getting two off a stomach to again suplex. Roode is again with a spinebuster for 2 on Mahal however will get posted by Orton. Now it’s Rusev kicking Orton down till a spinwheel kick misses. The hanging DDT vegetation Rusev and English is beginning to panic. A pair of RKO’s take out English and Rusev, adopted by one to Mahal for a close to fall with Roode making the save. Mahal takes a Machka Kick however can’t get the Accolade. Instead he has to cope with Sunil Singh and walks into the Khallas to make Mahal champion at eight:15.
Rating: D. And that’s the huge center finger to the followers who thought they have been getting someplace with the Rusev Day chants. WWE desires Jinder Mahal to be pushed on this position and the dearth of success and full apathy to his push means nothing. This is what WWE desires and you’ll chant RUSEV DAY and purchase his merchandise all you need. Mahal is WWE’s man proper now and you’ll simply cope with it till they’re bored with him. Rusev taking the autumn right here is all of the proof you want: your voices don’t matter right here and recover from it. The match was as uninteresting as these 4 have been going to be, which was fully anticipated.
The Fashion Police attempt to give Mick Foley a ticket however Breeze likes his fashion, driving Fandango to his knees in terror.
We recap Ronda Rousey/Kurt Angle vs. HHH/Stephanie McMahon. Rousey signed with WWE earlier within the yr however Angle thinks HHH and Stephanie are simply making an attempt to make use of her. This set off a feud between the 2 groups with Rousey beating HHH a lot, solely to have Stephanie put her by way of a desk. The match was arrange as a result of Rousey wants a debut and placing her in a tag match is the absolute best concept. It lets them disguise her negatives and intensify her positives so this has some potential. Of course there’s additionally the potential that it’s actually nearly Stephanie, which actually wouldn’t be outdoors the realm of chance.
Stephanie McMahon/HHH vs. Ronda Rousey/Kurt Angle
In a close to repeat of final yr, HHH and Stephanie come out on matching bikes with a gaggle of bikes accompanying them. I don’t know if HHH is simply that huge a fan of bikes or if he simply wished to see his spouse as a biker chick once more (honest sufficient) however this didn’t do a lot for me. Rousey comes out in a Roddy Piper fashion kilt, in what shouldn’t be a shock to anybody paying consideration in anyway. The followers give Rousey a pleasant response and Stephanie pie faces her earlier than the bell. They’re already milking the heck out of Rousey murdering her and a hair pull makes issues even worse.
The males begin issues off with the followers telling Angle that he nonetheless has it. Angle cranks on the arm as they’re truly treating this like a tag match to start out. Stephanie provides a low bridge although and HHH sends him into the steps to actually take over. A suplex brings Angle again inside and we’re simply ready on this to blow up. Back in and HHH requires and delivers a spinebuster for 2. Angle kicks him away and practically into Stephanie however HHH places the brakes on in time. A suplex drops HHH, solely to have Stephanie pull Rousey off the apron. I’ll give Stephanie this: she is aware of the best way to be an incredible heel.
Another kick to the ground is sufficient for the tag to Rousey and the place goes coconuts. Rousey EXPLODES into the nook (Graves: “CALL THE COPS!”) to drag Stephanie in and scores with a operating clothesline. With Stephanie in huge hassle (Rouse: “COME ON B****!”), Rousey takes her into the nook and unloads with rights and lefts earlier than throwing Stephanie once more. It’s already time for the arm….and Stephanie blocks it by stacking her up.
You can hear the air exit of the stadium, primarily as a result of STEPHANIE MCMAHON JUST BLOCKED THE ARMBAR THAT MMA FIGHTERS (to not point out Olympic stage athletes) COULDN’T BLOCK! I imply, is anybody actually shocked? It’s the dumbest, most Stephanie praising factor that would have been completed so after all they went there. Rousey lets go and will get DDT’d because the announcers attempt to clarify that Stephanie grew up in wrestling so she is aware of how to try this. Ignore that she’s wrestled one match in over fourteen years; she is aware of wrestling.
Back up and Rousey goes into Beast Mode, establishing a spinning Samoan drop for 2 with HHH pulling the referee out. Rousey: “You’re the biggest cheater I’ve ever seen! I’m going to go continue beating up your wife ok?” HHH pulls Rousey outdoors as properly however Angle takes him onto the announcers’ desk. Kurt will get thrown onto the opposite desk so HHH can test on Stephanie. He turns round to see Rousey although and it’s time for some intergender violence.
You can see HHH occupied with it and the followers are WAY into this one. He lastly agrees to it and Rousey UNLOADS on him with rights and lefts to drive HHH into the nook. A fireman’s carry has HHH in hassle however Stephanie makes the save. This was GREAT with HHH promoting the heck out of the beating and making Rousey look that significantly better. Stephanie slaps Rousey for some motive and the chase is on, this time with Stephanie sending him into the barricade.
HHH takes Rousey down although and it’s time for Angle to unleash the suplexes. The rolling German suplexes have HHH in hassle however he tries a fast Pedigree. That’s reversed right into a catapult into the nook (he all the time takes that so properly) and the Angle Slam will get two. There go the straps (that by no means will get outdated) however Stephanie breaks up the ankle lock. Angle doesn’t appear to thoughts and places the ankle lock on her (doesn’t look nice this time round). That’s damaged up with a Pedigree however Rousey makes a save.
A powerbomb try and Rousey is countered right into a hurricanrana (good one too) and there’s the armbar on HHH. The place (together with me) goes much more nuts till Stephanie makes the save with a sleeper (known as a rear bare choke, which after all Stephanie is aware of the best way to do). That’s reversed into one other armbar try however Stephanie blocks AGAIN.
The ankle lock goes on HHH and the villains seize palms till HHH sends Angle into the ladies for the break. Angle and Rousey each get posted and it’s time for the double Pedigree. Kurt sends HHH to the ground and the armbar….is blocked for a 3rd time. Rousey FINALLY will get it on and Stephanie faucets at 20:38. Dana White is proven applauding Rousey from the entrance row.
Rating: A-. I can’t give it something larger than that as a consequence of Stephanie going toe to toe with Rousey (at grappling nonetheless) however this was INCREDIBLY enjoyable and much better than something I used to be anticipating. They pulled each trick they may to make Rousey look higher right here and it labored to close perfection. She appeared like somebody who had been doing this for years and got here off like a star who’s on this for the lengthy haul. Absolutely unimaginable right here and as entertaining because it might have been. I had a blast, Stephanie points apart. The ending was high-quality and a very powerful half, so we’ll name this a significant success.
Smackdown Tag Team Titles: New Day vs. Bludgeon Brothers vs. Usos
The Usos are defending, the New Day has 3D pancakes and, with the decision of the DragonZord, Woods’ trombone summons a military of little folks dressed like pancakes. I do just like the Bludgeon Brothers’ emblem with the arms holding hammers to make a B. Kofi wastes no time hitting Trouble in Paradise on Jimmy however Harper makes the save. The Brothers pulls Big E. to the ground for a beating after which powerbomb Woods into the publish for good measure.
Back in and Kofi’s beating continues however Jimmy tags himself in and begins kicking away. Some superkicks do some good however Harper shoves Jimmy into the nook. Jey tags himself in as properly (should be a household factor) and begins kicking away, solely to have Rowan break up the double Us.
A superkick takes Rowan off the apron…however he catches the double suicide dive. The Usos don’t thoughts and suplex him down on the ground, leaving Harper to flee the Midnight Hour. Back in and Rowan breaks up the Tower of Doom by shoving the champs to the ground. For some motive Kofi costs at Harper on the highest, establishing an assisted tremendous sitout powerbomb to provide Harper and Rowan the titles at 5:55.
Rating: D+. This appears like a sufferer of time nevertheless it’s not the worst factor on the planet. They went out of their approach to make the Brothers appear like killers and that’s precisely what occurred right here. I might have gone for a little bit extra time given to the match, however one thing needs to be minimize on a present this lengthy and this was one of the logical decisions. The Brothers received although and that’s what issues probably the most.
Here’s John Cena for a match, although no opponent has been named but. A second referee runs down although and tells Cena one thing is improper. Cena grabs the referee as he’s shaking his head no. This goes on for a bit….and there go the lights….as a result of Elias is right here. Elias: “Were you expecting somebody else?”
Well that somebody doesn’t have the charisma Elias has, nor does he have the expertise that Elias carries in his soul. Cena bails again to his seat in disgust and leaves Elias alone to sing his music, insulting the followers as he all the time does. As you would possibly guess, Cena will get up and cleans home by initiating his ending sequence.
Cena shouts about that being all there’s and goes up the ramp…because the lights exit. A highlight comes on within the ring and Undertaker’s coat and hat are on the mat. Some VERY dangerous trying CGI lightning hits the gear (appeared much better in individual, probably because of the shock) and panic has set in. And then, a gong strikes. Undertaker seems together with his full entrance, which means it’s time to go! I do know I didn’t need to see the match however that entrance, all 6:02 of it from the gong putting to the opening bell, won’t ever cease being mesmerizing.
Undertaker vs. John Cena
Undertaker goes straight at him within the nook and hammers away, together with the operating clothesline. Old School units up Snake Eyes and the WORST BIG BOOT EVER. When you’re sitting a whole bunch of ft away from the ring and might see the hole between the boot and the palms in entrance of Cena’s face, it’s a extremely dangerous signal. But keep in mind, HE STILL HAS IT. The chokeslam is countered right into a stomach to again suplex however Undertaker sits up earlier than the Shuffle, sending Cena falling off his ft in shock. The chokeslam and Tombstone finish Cena fully clear at 2:42. Undertaker doesn’t even appear to be sweating.
So….that occurred. I undoubtedly prefer it higher than seeing Undertaker stumble by way of a protracted match and it actually must be memorable. Of course it’s not more likely to imply something till subsequent Wrestlemania season, however that is the proper payoff: Cena has been performing like an entire and utter jerk this entire time and Undertaker threw him probably the most decisive beating of his profession. Even the Lesnar squash noticed Cena get in a little bit offense and a close to fall. Here it was a single suplex and that was it. I’m high-quality with Undertaker going out like this, however at this level I’ve no motive to imagine it’s over.
Hall of Fame video. Hillbilly Jim must be completed any minute now.
Here’s the massive presentation to the gang.
Jeff Jarrett. Nice response and the strut nonetheless appears to be like good.
Mark Henry. No salmon jacket, no buys.
Hillbilly Jim. My hero as a younger Kentucky boy.
Ivory. She’s trying higher now than she did when she was lively.
Jarius JJ Robertson. Did you already know he’s cute? Wasn’t certain if that was made clear.
Dudley Boyz. Yep. Next.
Goldberg. I’m hoping these chants aren’t piped in. He does a Green Lantern pose with the ring to wrap issues up.
We recap Daniel Bryan/Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn. Owens and Zayn have been going after the 2 of them for months now and it wasn’t clear the place issues have been going. Then Bryan was cleared to wrestle once more and the whole lot got here collectively directly. The evil Canadians have been attacking each of them, together with giving Shane a hernia. They’ve been fired, however Bryan desires another match with their jobs on the road. The query right here is whether or not or not Shane activates Bryan, which might go both manner.
Daniel Bryan/Shane McMahon vs. Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens
Shane is in a YES jersey, with the YES being fairly clearly taped on. That feels like a manner for a fast swap to YUP (Owens and Sami’s battle cry) for me. Bryan will get his personal entrance, with a Terminator fashion video, displaying the YES chant spreading around the globe, even in mainstream sports activities, earlier than locking in on the house of the YES Movement, which occurs to be proper right here within the Superdome. You can see the emotion on Bryan’s face as he involves the ring and it’s practically transferring to see.
Owens and Zayn’s music hit however they arrive in from behind for the massive beatdown, together with an apron bomb to Bryan. That may be sufficient for him because the medics are available to test. Even the followers don’t appear to purchase this one, as they most likely shouldn’t. Shane is keen to struggle on his personal and YES, we get the lame punches on Owens within the nook. The leaping elbow to the jaw places Owens down however Shane has to beat up Zayn as properly.
Now after all he can try this on the identical time, together with a leaping kick to Owens and a Maivia Hurricane to Sami. The outdated hernia pops up although and brings Shane down as we’ve a stretcher for Bryan. We settle all the way down to Sami taking up on Shane earlier than it’s off to Owens (fortunately in a KO Mania III shirt) to step on the abdomen. Owens: “MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY! MONEY ISN’T GOING TO SAVE YOU NOW!”
A superkick units up the Blue Thunder Bomb for 2 however Owens will get knocked to the ground. The Helluva Kick misses and Sami will get caught within the Tree of Woe. Of course Shane is ok sufficient to hit the Coast to Coast however Owens makes the save with a backsplash onto the dangerous abdomen. The frog splash will get two however Bryan comes again in for the save. That’s not sufficient for a scorching tag so Sami will get out of a chinlock by slamming Sami into the mat.
NOW it’s off to Bryan for the primary time in practically three years. He takes his time coming in (as he ought to) earlier than hammering away on Zayn. There’s the moonsault into the operating clothesline, adopted by a operating knee off the apron to Owens. A missile dropkick places Bryan down however he grabs his head….and nips up as a result of he’s high-quality. That was a scary however nice second. The operating nook dropkicks rock Owens and Zayn and a high rope hurricanrana drops Sami. Kevin breaks up the knee although and the Helluva Kick is barely good for 2. My goodness finishers imply nothing on Wrestlemania evening.
Owens tells him to remain retired and will get two extra off the Pop Up Powerbomb. Since we haven’t seen him in lengthy sufficient, Shane takes Owens down and we’re again to even once more. Back in and Sami hammers away whereas asking how Bryan might do that to them. That’s sufficient for Bryan and he unloads with the strikes and YES Kicks, even hitting the massive one. The operating knee into the YES Lock is nice for the submission at 15:25 to maintain Owens and Zayn fired.
Rating: C+. This was after all ALL about Bryan, to the purpose the place even Shane’s ordinary superhero efforts appear to pale compared. They didn’t go along with the silly swerve end for the sake of the storyline as a result of this wanted to be Bryan’s evening. To go from having no probability to wrestling in an enormous Wrestlemania match is greater than you can ever ask for and he doesn’t appear like he’s misplaced a step. If he’s again full time, WWE simply obtained one heck of a bonus. Not an incredible match, however the ending was what it ought to have been.
Bryan and Shane have fun with Bryan going to the ground to kiss Brie in a pleasant second.
We recap Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax. Bliss had been her good friend for a very long time however was finally caught making enjoyable of Nia’s measurement and weight. This didn’t sit properly with Jax and it was time to SMASH. And take the title. Bliss is abruptly extremely assured regardless of being a foot shorter and about 160lbs lighter.
Raw Women’s Title: Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss
Bliss is difficult and comes down from the set on a mini platform. So that’s what occurred to Bad News Barrett’s stage. Hang on a second although as Nia must destroy Mickie James earlier than the bell, which means that is really one on one. Bliss slaps Nia as a consequence of excessive ranges of silly and Jax’s growl provides us a horror film stage scream in response. Makes sense truly.
There’s a gorilla press to plant Bliss because the dominance isn’t taking time tonight. That’s not the start of the top for some motive as Bliss begins in on the knee to take over, together with a double knee to the knee within the nook. A guillotine choke is shrugged off however Nia goes shoulder first into the publish (WAY too widespread of a spot tonight). Twisted Bliss to the ground drops Nia and the DDT will get two, stunning/scaring the heck out of Bliss over again.
For some motive Bliss calls Nia pathetic and slaps her just a few occasions….till Nia grabs her by the throat. A cost into the nook is minimize off by one other kick to the knee however Bliss’ sundown flip is tossed into the nook. Bliss is correct again with a poke to the attention however Nia is correct again with one of many hardest Alabama Slams you’ll ever see. Since Bliss is generally useless, it’s an excellent Samoan drop to place her away for good and make Nia champion at 9:01.
Rating: D+. I used to be firmly within the camp of this needing to be a few minute lengthy with Bliss getting in nothing past just a few innocent forearms and I’m nonetheless of that frame of mind. Bliss didn’t appear like a joke right here however there’s a time to squash the heck out of somebody and that’s what we had right here. Jax is a monster and will have destroyed Bliss briefly order. Bliss goes to be high-quality with another of these cocky promos and it actually would have been higher to have her get crushed right here. The ending did look nice although and the correct individual received, nevertheless it’s the improper path to get right here.
We recap the Smackdown World Title match. AJ Styles is the ace of the present and has crushed everybody put in entrance of him. Shinsuke Nakamura received the Royal Rumble to earn this shot and we’ve a dream match. Both guys have promised to win and hopefully they don’t collapse below the expectations. The hype video goes all through AJ’s profession, together with clips of him on Thunder and from TNA (!) as a result of WWE can simply do one thing like that.
Smackdown World Title: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles
Nakamura is difficult and will get performed to the ring by a military of violinists plus Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss taking part in the heck out of a guitar. That’s one of many higher Wrestlemania entrances I’ve ever seen with Strauss’ taking part in stealing the present. AJ’s graphic lists him because the Universal Champion. If nothing else he will get a cool trying spinning ring of blue mild round him as soon as he will get inside for a cool visible.
Feeling out course of to start out because the announcers discuss concerning the Japanese match with out speaking concerning the Japanese match. AJ drives him into the nook however will get shoved away as they’re nonetheless in low first gear. They hit the mat with Nakamura kicking him within the face earlier than doing his head on the chest arm waving deal. A knee drop retains AJ in hassle however he breaks up Good Vibrations to supply some thoughts video games of his personal.
Back to the nook we go along with a tough forearm rocking Styles however he grabs a backbreaker for his first main offense. A knee drop will get two on Nakamura and it’s off to the chinlock. The drop down right into a dropkick sends Nakamura outdoors however he kicks the leg out from the apron. A kick to the pinnacle actually places Styles in hassle and a center rope kick to the face makes it even worse. Nakamura tells him to come back on however kicks AJ down. Well dude if you’d like him to COME ON it’s important to give him the possibility to drag it off.
The operating knee within the nook rocks AJ however he’s proper again with a pumphandle gutbuster for 2. It’s Nakamura’s flip to come back again in a rush although and a Landslide (Samoan Driver) will get one other close to fall. Some proper palms within the nook have AJ rocked however he kicks the knee out to take Nakamura down. There’s the Calf Crusher however Nakamura reverses right into a triangle choke (one other very talked-about transfer this weekend).
That’s damaged up with one thing near a Death Valley Driver and so they’re each down once more. Nakamura will get within the kick, solely to come back up holding the broken leg. There’s some logic to Styles’ plan not less than. The operating knee hits the buckle and the Phenomenal Forearm will get two.
AJ must carry out the mega weapons and tries the springboard 450, which hits the dangerous knee and provides Nakamura two off a small package deal. They slug it out till AJ Peles him down, solely to get kneed at the back of the pinnacle. Nakamura has had it and drives knees into the pinnacle earlier than slapping AJ just a few occasions. The Kinshasa is loaded up however AJ rolls by way of, straight into the Styles Clash to retain at 20:20.
Rating: B. Yeah they didn’t actually come near the expectations right here and I can’t say I’m shocked. They didn’t have a lot occurring in the way in which of telling a narrative apart from each guys hitting their huge strikes and countering just a few of the opposite’s. There’s no motive to hate both of them and that makes for a uninteresting match in the event you don’t construct to an enormous end. It’s actually good nevertheless it by no means hit that subsequent stage that individuals have been anticipating. Oh and each Royal Rumble winners lose of their title photographs. What an incredible use of the pay per view.
Post match Nakamura presents AJ with the title….and hits him low (with some Ric Flair stage power) to show heel. Nakamura mocks the fallen champion and kicks him to the ground for Kinshasa. For some motive he flashes a Diamond Cutter signal as he goes up the ramp. Maybe he’s a DDP Yoga person?
Now this was good, however why not do that BEFORE NAKAMURA LOST CLEAN? Do it on the nugatory Fastlane or on any present earlier than this match. Give them one thing extra private to struggle over, as a result of what we obtained for a narrative right here was missing a bit. I don’t get why WWE thinks this has as a lot of an impression after a loss, as a result of it actually doesn’t work. If nothing else have Nakamura hit him low to steal the title after Kinshasa didn’t get the job completed. Just one thing apart from this.
Kickoff Show recap.
Raw Tag Team Titles: The Bar vs. Braun Strowman/???
Strowman received the shot by successful a tag staff battle royal on his personal and his associate has been fairly the subject of debate coming into this present. The Bar comes out on a Mardi Gras float to the tune of When the Saints Go Marching In earlier than switching to their ordinary entrance. I used to be nervous I used to be a bit too drained and imagined all of the costumed folks on the float however not a lot apparently.
Strowman comes out and turns the float over off the stage however has no associate. He is aware of everybody desires to know who it’s, however he wished to attend till he obtained to New Orleans. That’s as a result of his associate….is a member of the WWE Universe. Strowman appears to be like round without end and eventually sees somebody within the crowd. He goes into the gang (that is taking WAY too lengthy) and finds….a ten yr outdated boy. The boy, named Nicholas, is launched as Strowman’s associate as Graves is dropping his thoughts.
Nicholas is terrified (fully comprehensible) as Braun begins (good concept) with Sheamus. Graves isn’t certain about this as Nicholas most likely has algebra tomorrow. Fans: “WE WANT NICHOLAS!” A chokeslam will get two on Cesaro however Braun will get double suplexes. With Sheamus speaking trash to Nicholas, he drops a high rope knee for 2. On Braun, not the child.
Braun crossbodies each of them down and Sheamus will get backdropped over the nook for a NASTY fall, hitting each the publish and the steps on the way in which down. That’s sufficient for the tag to Nicholas….who tags straight out once more. The powerslam on Cesaro is nice for the pin and the titles at three:57.
Rating: F. I laughed when it occurred however the extra I take into consideration this, the more serious and worse it appears to be like. If you need to do that over a comedy staff or one thing then high-quality, however after the whole lot Cesaro and Sheamus have completed over the previous few years, that is the perfect they’ll get? Having Brains Strowman come on the market would have been a greater transfer as this comes off as a silly concept the place they only refused to choose one thing and went with the primary silly concept that got here to their heads. Put Hawkins on the market if that is the perfect factor you possibly can provide you with. I didn’t like this concept because it makes it into a complete joke, which shouldn’t be the case.
Wrestlemania XXXV is in New York. Well New Jersey however no matter. I’m good on that one.
We recap Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns. Lesnar received the Universal Title ultimately yr’s present and Reigns received the Elimination Chamber after doing nothing major occasion stage for months. Reigns went on to name Lesnar out for not being right here on a regular basis and simply doing what’s greatest for himself, which earned Reigns a sequence of beatings. But hey, this time for certain, proper?
Universal Title: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
Reigns is difficult and nope, the plan didn’t work. As you would possibly count on, the followers boo him out of the constructing over again as a result of THIS ISN’T WORKING. After the Big Match Intros, Lesnar hits three German suplexes within the first thirty seconds. Reigns is correct again up with two Superman Punches and a operating clothesline to place Lesnar on the ground. Brock grabs a stomach to stomach on the skin, adopted by a second one with Reigns nearly touchdown on his head.
The followers chant for CM Punk as Brock hundreds up the announcers’ desk. Another stomach to stomach sends Reigns face first into the desk (no elevation in any respect) and Brock hits one other German suplex again inside. A seventh suplex (with a fan offering useful indicators) is sort of fully flat as we’re simply ready on the seashore balls now.
There’s one other stomach to stomach, throughout which period the followers began doing the Wave. A fan in my part began shouting about how the followers ought to simply depart in the event that they’re that bored as a result of they’re ruining it for the remainder of the followers. He was promptly given a DELETE chant as a result of wrestling followers are fairly horrible folks at occasions. It’s time for an additional desk because the followers need Johnny Gargano.
Reigns posts him on the ground because the followers aren’t reacting within the slightest. A spear sends Lesnar over the desk (nonetheless no response) because the Wave is in full swing. The followers loudly boo….as a result of a seashore ball is taken away. Reigns will get two off a Superman Punch and two spears and it’s seashore ball time once more. Brock blocks a spear with a knee for 2, adopted by the F5 for a similar. The followers nonetheless aren’t , as a result of this simply isn’t something they care about.
F5, two, F5, two (Brock: “MOTHERF*****!”), the followers chant BORING (truly acknowledging the match for a change, F5 by way of a desk (to NO response), F5, two. That’s sufficient for Lesnar as he takes the gloves off and simply unloads with the onerous proper palms because the followers declare this terrible. Reigns is GUSHING blood however hits two spears for a close to fall. Not that it issues as a sixth F5 retains the title at 15:49, stunning the heck out of the gang.
Rating: D. Here’s the factor: the match itself is a tough hitting online game match and had some entertaining spots. If you watch it in an entire vacuum, it’s truly good. The downside is, not less than on this case, you possibly can’t simply ignore the whole lot else and watch the match by itself. This was an entire and utter rejection of the whole lot occurring and you’ll’t ignore it. I’m undecided how far more must be completed to make it clear that Reigns isn’t working however this may be it. Either that or we attempt to do that once more NEXT yr, simply because that’s what WWE is obsessive about doing.
I don’t know the place they go from right here as Lesnar won’t be round for much longer and apart from Reigns, there’s nobody that would conceivably take the title from him. Reigns successful right here was the logical name, however I can see why they pulled the plug. If it’s that dangerous although and the followers have rejected him this many occasions in a row, it’s time to confess defeat and transfer on. Hopefully that’s what the loss means, however stranger issues have occurred, simply with Roman alone truly.
After a protracted spotlight package deal, as in about seven minutes lengthy, a cleaned up Reigns walks up the ramp to finish the present.
Overall Rating: B-. You know, there’s a sample to those mega lengthy reveals. For the final three years, they’ve all began off white scorching for about two hours however then they hit a street block and go crusing off a cliff. In Dallas it was the Cell, in Orlando it was the combined tag and right here it was just about the whole lot after Rousey’s match (Bryan and Styles’ matches ranged from good to acceptable).
Maybe it’s having Reigns as the massive end or perhaps it’s simply the size of the reveals, however they merely can’t keep the momentum they arrange in the beginning of those reveals. It’s like they only run out of concepts and throw no matter nonsense they’ve on the display, which can or might not work. I can get that with a small writing workers, however with THIRTY WRITERS put collectively into two teams, there’s by no means an excuse to expire of concepts this shortly.
Overall, the present is extra good than dangerous, due to the primary two matches, the combined tag, Bryan and AJ, however they actually wanted to shed….oh a superb two hours to get this all the way down to manageable. Notice that I preserve saying that yr after yr. Seven hours is simply not one thing that anybody can pull off as a result of finally your buzz goes away. It’s occurred to me three years in a row and I can’t think about I’m within the minority. Just give us a break sooner or later as a result of not everybody must be on the present. If you’re solely ok to be thrown into the battle royal, odds are you don’t belong on the cardboard.
Really, the combined tag major eventing would have made extra sense (such as you would EVER need to ask Stephanie if she wished to major occasion Wrestlemania). If they have been going to drag the plug on Reigns successful the title right here, go along with the texture good, enjoyable match and let Rousey appear like the massive star. It would make extra sense however Reigns gave the impression to be set in stone for that spot, fairly apparent response apart.
All in all, Wrestlemania XXXIV is an effective present that wants a MAJOR edit to make it work. Switch the lineup round, shorten some matches, minimize some matches (in different phrases, GET THE TIME LOWER) and also you might need one thing nice in your palms. As it’s although, it falls into the identical class as the opposite two mega lengthy reveals: a scorching begin, however they run out of fuel as a result of there’s a restrict to how a lot wrestling any massive group of followers can take.
Seth Rollins b. The Miz and Finn Balor – Stomp to Miz
Charlotte b. Asuka – Figure Eight
Jinder Mahal b. Randy Orton, Bobby Roode and Rusev – Khallas to Rusev
Ronda Rousey/Kurt Angle b. HHH/Stephanie McMahon – Armbar to McMahon
Bludgeon Brothers b. New Day and Usos – Double sitout superbomb to Kingston
Undertaker b. John Cena – Tombstone
Shane McMahon/Daniel Bryan b. Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens – YES Lock to Zayn
Nia Jax b. Alexa Bliss – Super Samoan drop
AJ Styles b. Shinsuke Nakamura – Styles Clash
Braun Strowman/Nicholas b. The Bar – Powerslam to Cesaro
Brock Lesnar b. Roman Reigns – F5
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has additionally been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full reveals lined. You can discover his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or try his Amazon creator web page with 26 wrestling books. His newest guide is the WWE Grab Bag.
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