On Sunday was one of the best WrestleMania that took place in San Francisco and it delivered on all levels. I must say going into this PPV I thought that it would be much better than last year’s WrestleMania 30 which in my opinion at the time was picture perfect due to the fact that every match felt very rushed in promoting it but in the long run it delivered.
Fatal Four way tag team match WWE Tag Team Championship
There were two matches in the preshow and I must admit that I expected the fatal four-way tag match was fantastic and to my surprise all the tag teams over delivered which I was not expecting at all and each team provided their own high spots. However in the long run Kidd and Cesaro successfully defended their tag team titles due to the fact that Cesaro was a genius and he capitalized on the opportunity when the Jimmy Uso hit the Samoan Splash on Big E Cesaro covered Langston for the three count.
2nd annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Then there was a twenty-nine man Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal Curtis Axel was the first one eliminated in the match, I thought this was absolutely terrible because he has just lost all his momentum. The final three participants were The Miz, Damien Mizdow and The Big Show which I predicted that it would come down to the Miz and Mizdow and he would officially eliminated The Miz which was no surprise. I was pissed off that Mizdow was eliminated by the Big Show which to me absolutely made no sense whatsoever because Mizdow lost all his momentum.
Ladder Match Intercontinental Championship
The opening contest was a seven men ladder match which was a brilliant idea because this really got the crowd hot. I thought that all of the participants in a ladder match did their job; there were a lot of crazy spots that blew my mind. Bad News Barrett delivered a Suplex to Stardust off the top of the ladder. in addition to Luke Harper giving Dean Ambrose a Power bomb from the ring to the outside onto two ladders. This looked extremely painful because he went down super slow which made it look even worse.
Dolph Ziggler and Luke Harper went up the ladder and Ziggler connected with a Zig Zag off the ladder which looked absolutely amazing in my opinion. Then Ziggler and Bryan went up the ladder to try to get belt but they got numerous Bull Hammer Elbows by Barrett for their trouble instead. The finishing sequence of the match was very unique because I have never seen this before both Ziggler and Bryan were trading vicious head buts back and forth. Eventually Ziggler fell off which led to Daniel Bryan retrying the title and becoming the new Intercontinental Champion.
Randy Orton against Seth Rollins
The second match of the night was between heated rivals Seth Rollins against Randy Orton. This match stole the show and I didn’t expect anything less from two of the best in ring workers in my opinion.
This was a back-and-forth affair they beat the living hell out of each other and hit numerous finishers on each other. Both man kick out of numerous near falls; one cool spot was when Orton hit J and J security with a vicious double stiff DDT’s on the outside. The finishing sequence was one of the coolest I have ever seen in my life Rollins attempted to go for another CurbStomp, Orton countered in mid-air and connected with an RKO out of nowhere for the win. This looked like an RKO out of WWE 2k15 that’s how unbelievable it looked.
Sting against Triple H
Then the dream took place between Sting and Triple H and what can I say it was absolutely amazing. However I was disappointed in Sting’s entrance because, WWE could have made it more memorable with him coming down from the rafters. Now Triple H entrance was unbelievable with the Terminator theme and all the visuals, now I can say that Triple H has surpassed The Undertaker when it comes to WrestleMania entrances in my opinion.
Being completely honest I would be fine with them looking at each other for 20 or 30 minutes and not even doing a wrestling move, because it was Sting first WrestleMania moment so it was legendary. I had flashbacks of The Rock against Hogan at WrestleMania 18 in Toronto because fans were going absolutely insane during the match. Now going into this match I knew that it was not a standout for as a traditional match, but it was okay because the match itself delivered in my opinion. It was quite ironic because the final RAW before WrestleMania Sting indicated that it would not be WCW against WWE but it turned out that way.
To everybody’s surprise DX and NWO made their presence known to try to give both man the upper hand, was it necessary absolutely not but I could care less because I felt like I was 10 years kid old once again. However there were a lot of interactions with the sledgehammer and Sting’s bat.
The finishing sequence had Shawn Michaels hit the Sweet Chin Music on Sting but he kicked out. Then Triple H used the shattered sledgehammer and hit Sting with the top part of the sledgehammer to pick up the win. Now I originally predicted Sting to go over because I thought it was necessary and I didn’t like the fact that he lost. Even though I knew it was going to be a close match, it would have been nice for Sting to win in his first WrestleMania and cement his overall legacy in wrestling.
Then we had a segment which involved Stephanie McMahon and Triple H they came out to brag about how successful WrestleMania has become. They announced the attendance record for this year WrestleMania was 76,976 fans packed Levis Stadium in San Francisco. Then we had a shocking surprise from The Rock as he made his return to the WWE. He stated he was born in the bay and Stephanie McMahon eventually made The Rock leave the ring and gave him a slap that was heard around the world.
The Rock circled around the ring on the outside and the crowd was chanting for Ronda Rousey, she made her way into the ring with the crowd actually went nuts. From here Stephanie McMahon had a confrontation with Rousey she put her hands on Triple H with a hip toss, and then she went after Stephanie McMahon. I envision Rousey against Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 32. Or I can see a tag team match The Rock and Ronda Rousey, against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon regardless of the scenario it will be money.
Divas Tag Team match
The Bellas against Paige and AJ
Nobody really gave this tag team match a chance but it was pretty good to my surprise. I was shocked for the most part, that the Bella’s controlled the majority of the match. However you knew that the frenemies Paige and AJ would do whatever it takes to come out with a victory, AJ made Nikki tapped out via the Black Widow and this is massive. Due to this win this might lead to a future Divas title shot for AJ.
Rusev vs. John Cena
I thought that the US title match between Rusev and John Cena really delivered and shout out to Rusev for an amazing entrance, coming out on an army tank with soldiers carrying with a huge Russian flag. Compared to Cena who had a solid entrance however I thought it could have been much better he could’ve came out with the Rocky theme instead. Nonetheless I like the fact how it showed American history and former American presidents which helped build up the significance of the match.
Compared to Cena who had a solid entrance however I thought it could have been much better he could’ve came out with the Rocky theme instead. Nonetheless I like the fact how it showed American history and former American presidents which helped build up the significance of the match.Heading into this match we know how important it was because Rusev was still undefeated, Rusev took John Cena to the limits he survived two Accolade submission holds. Eventually you knew Lana would get involved and it would cost Rusev his US Title, as he bumped into her which was followed by an AA which crowned John Cena the new US Champion.
WWE Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
Last but not least the main event that everybody was looking forward to the “Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar defended his WWE Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns. Now going into this match I did not know what to expect because I was so disappointed with the final segment on RAW however this match was unbelievable on so many levels. Its amazes me how Brock Lesnar’s move set is so limited and repetitive but very entertaining at the same time. Lesnar left his mark on this match on Reigns by giving him a mind blowing ten German Suplexs four F5.
Lesnar completely dominated the whole match and I got to give credit to Reigns for taking the beating that he took. In addition to doing the little things such as smiling every time he got a German Suplex which I thought was brilliant. The turning point of the match was when Roman Reigns countered and rammed Lesnar head into the ring post which made him bleed a lot.
Roman Reigns connected with numerous Superman punches but it didn’t take Lesnar off his feet amazingly enough. He connected with two spears on Lesnar but that was not enough. Reigns tried to go for another Superman punch on Lesnar but instead Lesnar hit an F5 on Reigns. Both men were laid out on the floor and this was the perfect opportunity for the architect Mr. Money In The Bank to capitalize and cash in his MITB briefcase and he did just that.
I thought this was absolutely brilliant because nobody saw it coming except for me, Rollins made his way to the ring and he gave a Curb stomp to Lesnar then he kicked Reigns to the outside of the ring. Rollins attempted to go for another Curb stomp on Lesnar but he had different plans and countered went t for an F5 by Reigns hit the spear on it to Lesnar.
Then Rollins hit a Curb Stomp on Reigns to get the three count and he was crowned the new WWE Heavyweight Champion. This was foreshadowing because he was the first Shield member to win the WWE Heavyweight Championship and he was the first MITB winner to cash in his briefcase at WrestleMania in history.
Overall originally I rated his pay-per-view an 8 at 10 with the only negatives in the PPV were Sting and Wyatt losing their matches. However re-watching WrestleMania 31 I thought it delivered on all levels, I just wish there was a longer build up for the matches heading into WrestleMania. That being said I have decided to change my mind and rate this WrestleMania a perfect 10 out of 10 for the second straight year in a row. This Wrestlemania was way better than last year in my opinion and this will go down in history as one of the best WrestleMania of all time.
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