WWE WrestleMania 35 Review

Hey, Pyro at WrestleMania! I’ve missed that sight. This night was long as hell, with the total show clocked in at almost seven and a half bloody hours. This was the first WrestleMania in nineteen years that The Undertaker wasn’t involved at WrestleMania in any sort of fashion, and it didn’t feel weird at all. This was a very long, but good Mania full of moments. Here is my review or WWE WrestleMania 35.
Prediction Score: 11-5
Preshow: WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Tony Nese def. Buddy Murphy to become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Murphy tried to hit the knee early, and Nese countered with a flip and hit an uppercut on the outside. Murphy slammed Nese onto the turnbuckle, then came a commercial and Murphy took over and busted his eyebrow open. Murphy hit a dominator onto Nese but it wasn’t enough. Nese hits a suicide dive on the outside and the 450 splash, but Murphy kicked out. Murphy hits Murphy’s Law, but Nese got a foot on the rope. Murphy went for a Running Nese, but Tony countered and hit one of his own and won the Cruiserweight title. I mean if they’re gonna have Murphy lose, might as well it’d be at Mania.
Preshow: Carmella wins the Women’s Battle Royal
Hey, it’s Lillian Garcia! Nikki starts out the match acting like a lunatic, and fights everyone off. Maria was the first person to be eliminated, and Candice LeRae tried to eliminate Nikki Cross, but Asuka eliminated them both. Ember Moon goes on a tear, hitting everyone with an eclipse and even eliminating last year’s winner Naomi before Lana eliminated Ember. It comes down to Sarah Logan and Carmella, then Mella superkicked Sarah, and won the battle royal.
Preshow: RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Hawkins & Ryder def. The Revival (c) to become the new RAW Tag Team Champions
Curt Hawkins and Dawson started out the match, with Dawson playing mind games with the Prince of Queens. Dawson took Hawkins down, and almost got a roll-up win. Ryder tags in, and Dawson chops Ryder down. The Revival continue to dominate the match, then Curt Hawkins cleans house on the hot tag. Hawkins tags Ryder back in, and he hits the Rough Ryder. Ryder botched a suplex where both men went over the top rope. Hawkins then gets the shocking roll-up onto Dawson to snap the losing streak and become the new tag team champions alongside Zack Ryder. Hopefully AEW does a better job with the Revival.
Preshow: Braun Strowman wins the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Colin Jost came out in an Odell Beckham Jr. Browns Jersey to get some heat from the Giants fans that are there. Colin Jost crawls under the ring as all hell broke loose. Braun and Luke Harper have a stare-down before everyone gangs up on Braun. Otis hits the caterpillar then both members of the Ascension got eliminated.Then Braun chucked them both out like it was nothing. Che and Jost finally came out from under the ring, and they’re all alone with Braun. Colin Jost pleads with Braun Strowman, and invites a therapist into the ring. Then Braun murdered the therapist, then Braun eliminates Michael Che. then Jost gets close to eliminating Braun Strowman, then Braun threw him over the top rope.
WWE Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins def. Brock Lesnar (c) to become the new WWE Universal Champion
Paul Heyman came out and cut a promo saying that they’re going to take care of their business now. Out came Seth Rollins, who had a graphic with a sword cutting the Lesnar skull. Brock and Seth start fighting before the bell rings, and Brock hit an F5 on the outside of the ring, and threw Seth Rollins around the ring, and threw him over the table. The bell officially rings, and Brock continues to demolish Seth Rollins, and the suplexes begin. Brock goes for an F5, pushes Brock into the ref then hits Lesnar in the balls, and Rollins hits three stomps in a row to win the Universal Championship.
AJ Styles def. Randy Orton
Jerry Lawler is the guest commentator for this match for some random reason. Orton went for an RKO early. Orton hit AJ with a dropkick, and stomped on AJ’s limbs, and threw AJ into the barricade. AJ comes back, hitting several forearm smashes, and an ushigoroshi. AJ went for the clash, but Orton countered and hit the powerslam. Styles tried to lock in the calf crusher, but Orton countered with a stomp to the chest. AJ countered the draping DDT into the calf crusher, and ORton reached the rope. AJ faked out the phenomenal forearm, then hit the springboard 450 for a nearfall. Orton ducked the forearm, then hit a huge superplex. Orton hit the draping DDT, with the fans getting behind Orton. Randy went for the RKO, but AJ countered with a kick and rolled Randy up, but the Viper hit an RKO from out of nowhere. Randy Orton tried to hit an RKO from the top rope, but Styles countered out of it and hit a Pelé kick. Styles hit a phenomenal forearm to beat Randy Orton.
Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) def. The Bar, Aleister Black & Ricochet, and NakaRusev to retain the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships
Jey Uso starts out the match against Aleister Black, and Sheamus tags himself in before Rusev tags himself in, and Shinsuke Nakamura begins to take control on Nakamura. Jimmy Uso tags himself in before Ricochet tags himself in. Ricochet squares off against Ricochet, who swings him around like a ragdoll and locks in the sharpshooter. Jimmy Uso superkicks Cesaro, then Black and Rusev tag themselves in. Rusev tags in Nakamura, who hits some knees. Rusev takes over Black, who tags in Ricochet, who gets swatted like a fly out of midair. There was a super spot, Ricochet hits a 630 splash, then everyone broke up the pin. Everyone hit their finishers, then The Usos hit Sheamus with double superkicks, then hit a double splash to retain the titles.
Falls Count Anywhere Match: Shane McMahon def. The Miz
Shane McMahon conducting the ring announcer’s entrance was a weird spot, and that just stroked his ego even more. Out came The Miz, whose dad is sitting front row. Miz goes outside the ring, and basically just runs away from The Miz. Shane attacks Miz’s dad, and the action goes outside the ring. It’s just a slugfest, with Shane continually taunting Miz’s dad. Shane clears off an announce table, and hits Miz with a TV monitor. SHene jumps on the top rope, but Miz’s dad stands in front of his son. George Mizanin then tried to square up, then kicks the crap out of him. Miz then kicks the piss out of Shane McMahon, throwing punches like no tomorrow, and chucks Shane into the WWE Universe. Miz consoles his dad, and pleads for help. Then Miz jumps the barricade and continues to pummel Shane O’Mac. Miz shoves Shane into an LED board, and tried to hit a skull crushing finale before Shane countered with a DDT. Miz levels Shane with a chair, and continues to go into the WWE Universe, beating down Shane McMahon. Miz throws Shane off of a barricade, crashing 8 feet down to the concrete. Miz hits a skull crushing finale, but Shane kicks out. Shane climbs up a barricade, but Miz gets up there too. Shane tried to apologizer, and hits a superplex off of the barricade, and the ref counted the Miz’s shoulders down and gave the win to Shane.
Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics def. the Boss N’ Hug Connection (c), The Samoan Slaughterhouse, and The Divas of Doom (Natalya and Beth Phoenix) to become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
Bayley and Tamina start out the match, and Tamina goes on a tear, before everyone teams up on Nia Jax and Tamina. The IIconics take over, with Billie and Peyton dissecting Sasha. Billie Kay goes after Beth Phoenix. Beth hits a double suplex onto the IIconics. The Divas of Doom hit a Hart Attack before Sasha makes the tag. Thanks to some double team shenanigans, Sasha locks in the Bank Statement, but Beth powers her way out and attempts to hit a glam slam, then Natalya locks in a double sharpshooter on the Boss N’ Hug Connection. Also, when did Nia and Tamina tag in? I have no idea. Tamina hit a superkick onto Natty, then the Samoan Slaughterhouse take control, dispatching of the Divas of Doom and the IIconics. Beth throws Nia off o the top rope, and the Divas of Doom take out Natty.Bayley hits the Macho Man Elbow, then Sasha hits the frog splash, but Beth kicked out. Natalya hits a spinning sitout powerbomb, then Beth hit a midrope Glam Slam, but Billie Kay tagged herself in, and covered Bayley to pick up the sneaky win to a huge pop.
WWE Championship Match: Kofi Kingston def. Daniel Bryan (c) to become the new WWE Champion
Kofi Kingston came out to a massive ovation from the WWE Universe, and the champion got booed out of the stadium. As the match started, the crowd continued the Kofi chants as Bryan wrestled him down. The two men exchange pins, and Kofi shows off his agility early. Kofi flies over the top rope, and takes down Bryan. Outside the ring, Bryan has a conversation with Rowan, while he chills on the outside. Bryan takes down Kofi with a shoulder tackle, and locks in a submission. Kofi fights out and kicks Bryan while he’s down. Kofi hits a double stomp, but drove a knee right into the sternum of the champion. Kofi went for a dive to the outside, but ate it on the announce table, and the WWE Champion capitalizes on Kofi, hitting a knee off the top rope, and Bryan continues to dissect Kofi’s midsection, holding him down with a vice grip-like waistlock. Kofi fights his way out with elbows, but Bryan goes right back on the attack, countering a double stomp with a Boston Crab. Bryan kicks Kofi in the corner, and Kofi shakes Bryan off the top turnbuckle to a chorus of ‘Yes’ chants and hits a splash. The combatants exchanged strikes, and Kofi hit the SOS, but it was countered into the LeBell Lock. Kofi escaped, then Bryan kicked Kofi down. Kofi hulked up, and the New Day took out Rowan on the outside. Bryan ducked under the trouble in paradise, and hit the knee and Kofi kicked out. Bryan locked in the LeBelle lock again and kofi fought out of it. Kofi hit the Trouble in Paradise, and won the WWE Championship, eleven years of hard work finally paid off.
WWE United States Championship Match: Samoa Joe (c) def. Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE United States Championship
Why is Booker T a guest announcer? Samoa Joe finally makes his debut at mania, and he put Rey Mysterio to sleep. Rey hit the 619, then Joe locked in the clutch to retain. It was a solid squash, and it was what WWE should’ve done since Rey is hurt.
Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre
DId Roman really get booed? Man, wrestling fans are dicks. Roman went right after McIntyre, throwing right hands to the Scottish Terminator. Drew hits a spinebuster on Reigns, and Roman hit a legdrop while Drew was hung up on the middle rope. Drew hits a glasgow kiss headbutt, and threw Roman across the ring. McIntyre hit a suplex onto the ring floor, and continues to dominate Roman. Drew hits his inverted Alabama Slam, but Roman kicked out. While in the tree of woe, McIntyre chucked Roman off the top turnbuckle. Roman starts to come back, and the crowd continues to boo Roman Reigns while he kicks McIntyre out of the ring and hits a driveby, then a samoan drop on the outside. McIntyre hits a Glasgow Kiss, but Roman retaliates with a Superman Punch. Roman hit the spear to get the win.
Elias Segment
Elias played the drum, the piano, then he was in the ring with the guitar before playing a blues melody. He played the melody to ‘Seven Nation Army,’ then he was interrupted with a video package of the yankees, and out came John Cena with his Thuganomics gimmick. He trashes Elias, and implied that Elias plays with himself. Then Cena laid out Elias with a five knuckle shuffle and an FU.
No Holds Barred Match with Triple H’s in-ring Career at Stake: Triple H def. Batista
HBK is on commentary for this match, and Batista came out with a Hollywood entourage. ANd man, Batista looks yoked for a dude in his fifties. Batista stares down Shawn Michaels, and taunted Triple H’s dad. Speaking of The Game, he came out in a mad max style roadster. Batista and Triple H start slugging it out early, and uses his power early. Triple H threw a toolbox at Batista, and beats him with a chain, and chokes him with the chain. Triple H grabs grip pliers and crushes Batista’s fingers. The Game grabs a chair and some needle nose pliers and rips batista’s nose ring out. Batista slammed the Game onto an announce table, and continues to throw Triple H around. Batista smacks Trips with a chair. Triple H goes for a pedigree, and counters with a slam. Dave grabs the steps and slams Triple H with them, then stares down HBK again. Batista went for a batista bomb, then Triple H countered with a back body drop onto the other table, which didn’t break. Triple H then did the crotch chop, then speared Batista through the announce table. Triple H grabs his sledgehammer, then Batista hits a spear. Batista grabs the sledgehammer, but Triple H counters it. Batista hit the spinebuster and Batista Bomb, but Triple H kicks out. Triple H powerbombs Batista on the steps and hits a pedigree, but Batista kicks out. Triple H tried to hit Batista with the sledgehammer, but Batista hit a low blow and hit a DDT on the steps. Out comes Ric Flair, who gives Triple H a sledgehammer, and he clocks Batista with it. Then Trips hits a pedigree and gets the win. It was good to have you back for like a month Dave, enjoy Hollywood.
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Baron Corbin def. Kurt Angle
JBL is the guest commentator for Angle’s final match. Angle hits a belly to belly suplex, then Corbin goes on control. Angle takes Corbin to Suplex City, then locks in the Ankle lock. Corbin powers out of it then hits a Deep Six. Angle hits an Angle Slam and locks in the ankle lock, but Corbin powers out. Corbin mocks Cena before hitting him with a stiff elbow and hit more germans. Angle whiffed on the moonsault, then Corbin hit the end of days for the win. After the match, Angle cut an emotional promo saying goodbye to the WWE Universe.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: ‘Demon’ Finn Bálor def. Bobby Lashley (c) to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion
Bobby Lashley looks like a complete moron with those contacts. Then the demon completely overwhelms Lashley, then Lashley uses his power to get back in the match. Then Finn scares Lio Rush, and then Lashley speared Finn through the middle rope and hit another spear inside the ring. Finn hit lashley with a powerbomb, hit a coup de grace, and win the IC title.
Triple Threat Match for the WWE RAW and Smackdown Live Women’s Championships: ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch def. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) and Charlotte Flair (c) to become the Undisputed WWE Women’s Champion
Charlotte came out in a helicopter, while Ronda had Joan Jett play her to the ring. Ronda starts to murder Becky, then focuses on Charlotte. She hits the Piper’s pit on both women, then Charlotte threw Ronda into the barricade. Becky and Charlotte start fighting, and Charlotte kicks Becky in the leg, before trying to lock in the Disarm-Her. Ronda locks in a double armbar, then Becky dropkicks Ronda off of the apron. Then Charlotte continues to beat down Becky, and she locks in the Disarm-Her. Ronda tried to lock in the armbar, but got kneed in the head by Charlotte. Charlotte botched a double natural selection, and countered a triangle into the walls. Becky hits a double DDT, and tried to pin both Ronda and Charlotte. Becky hit an exploder suplex from the middle rope, and Ronda hit a double crossbody, and locked in a double armbar again, but Becky and Charlotte hit back to back to back double powerbombs. Charlotte went for the cover but Ronda kicks out. Becky hit a rock bottom, bu Charlotte kicked out. Becky locks in the Disarm-Her, but Ronda powered out and Becky locked in the disarm-her while in the turnbuckle. Charlotte throws Ronda across the ring, then kicks Becky off the apron. Charlotte locked in the figure eight, then Becky hit a legdrop from out of nowhere. Becky grabs a table, then Ronda throws Charlotte off the top, and throws the table. Charlotte hit a double spear, and it looks like Maggle lost his voice. Charlotte slams Ronda into the table, then hits Becky with a spear. Becky and Ronda hiptossed Charlotte into the table, then Ronda hits a Piper’s Pit, then Becky got the shocking pin, and won the Undisputed Women’s Title.
Match of the Night
The Match of the Night for me would be the WWE Championship match. It was a fantastic match, and it was the match where the fans were their most active, making the match even bigger. Kofi winning the WWE Championship gave us the biggest pop of the night, and was credit for eleven years of hard work.
Overall Review
The preshow was the preshow, and there were two title changes. Tony Nese and Murphy wrestled an alright match, and Tony Nese shockingly won the Cruiserweight Title. I didn’t expect Murphy to lose the belt for at least a few more months, but it made or a fine preshow moment I guess. In the women’s battle royal, it was also uneventful. Carmella won, so that’s cool I guess. Then, the shocking upset of the day. Curt Hawkins snapped his 269 match losing streak, and got his first win in more than two and a half years. Not only that, but he’s a tag team champion now.Alexa snapped her fingers and out came Hogan to cut a promo. Out came Paul Heyman, who said if they aren’t on last, then they’re gonna take care of their business now. Brock kicks the crap out of Rollins, then after a punch to the balls, Seth hit three stomps and won the Universal Title. I was hoping that Rollins would’ve gotten a clean victory over Lesnar. Styles and Orton wrestled a good match, and Styles got the clean win over the Viper, proving that Smackdown is his house. Out came Lacey Evans for no random reason, then came the smackdown tag team title match. It was a solid match and the Usos retained, although everyone looked strong in the match. Next was the falls count anywhere match between The Miz and Shane McMahon. I figured it’d kick off the show, but it was still a fun match with some great spots, and Shane winning was unexpected, and I wonder where this feud goes from here. Out came Paige, who was the guest commentator for the women’s tag title match. The women’s tag title match was an alright match, and the IIconics picked up the shock win to a massive pop. WrestleMania 35 has become IIconic. Then, for some reason the WWE Title match was in the middle of the show? That’s stupid. Either way, KofiMania is officially underway. That was a solid WWE Championship match, and Kofi Kingston is FINALLY the WWE Champion. Then it cut backstage, where Alexa talked to the SNL guys, and then was a random cameo from Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Next was the US Title match, and for some reason Booker T was the guest announcer. Joe won in a very quick match and retained his title. Roman beat Drew McIntyre in a meh match, and the fans booed him. C’mon man. The man fought Leukemia. Then out came Elias to do his musical segment, and then out came Thuganomics John Cena, who kicked Elias’ ass. After that came Triple H vs Batista, in a hard hitting match with HBK on commentary. It was a hellacious match, and of course, Triple H retired Batista. Then came Angle’s final match. It was a sad match, and Corbin won. Boo. Then came the worst thing of the night, when R-Truth came out and had a goddamned dance break. The main event didn’t lead up to the massive expectations that the build gave us. There were a few botches throughout the match that kinda brought it down for me. I also expected a more triumphant finish for Becky. Rather than get a shock roll-up, have her tap out Charlotte. The unexpectedness of the finish ruined what should have been one of the biggest roars in recent history. Overall, I would rate WrestleMania at a 7.5 out of 10. The failed expectations of the main event, as well as the massive length of the show brought down what was otherwise a solid WrestleMania. We have a new undisputed champion, and her name is Becky Lynch. Hopefully she holds it for at least a year.

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WWE WrestleMania 35 Predictions

Here we are, it’s finally time for the ‘Showcase of the Immortals.’ This is going to be a long ass show, with 16 freaking matches on the card. This is a historic WrestleMania, both with the first ever women’s main event, and the first WrestleMania since WrestleMania 2000 that the Undertaker isn’t scheduled to appear at all. The estimated runtime of this show is like eight hours or something like that, so get cozy y’all, we’re in for a long night. Here are my predictions for the massively loaded WrestleMania 35.
Preshow: André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Once again, it’s time to get a bunch of midcarders a payday in the sixth annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. This match is gonna have guys like Titus O’Neil, No Way Jose, Tyler Breeze, and a bunch of underutilized talent. There’s also a storyline with Braun Strowman, and SNL actors Colin Jost and Michael Che. That is dumb, and Braun Strowman is being wasted again at WrestleMania.Now, like last year this could be where Bray Wyatt finally makes his return, but I’m going to pick someone to finally make his debut, and that’s Lars Sullivan. It’s about time the ‘Freak’ made his debut, and winning the battle royal would be a good start.
Prediction: Lars Sullivan
Preshow: Women’s Battle Royal
The other piss break battle royal, this time all the women who aren’t champions are getting a payday. Nobody really cares about this match, and that’s a shame considering Asuka is in this match. A year ago, she was the Royal Rumble winner, now she’s in a pointless battle royal. I’m going to pick her to win BECAUSE SHE HAS TO. QUIT WASTING HER WWE!!!!
Prediction: Asuka
Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Tony Nese
Best friends are now rivals in pursuit of the purple strap. Tony Nese beat Kalisto, Drew Gulak, and Cedric Alexander in a tournament to earn a Cruiserweight Championship match at the showcase of the immortals.I’m really disappointed that the Cruiserweights are on the preshow YET AGAIN. I’m sure that these guys will have a great match, because the Cruiserweights have great preshow matches. As of Sunday, Buddy Murphy will have held the Cruiserweight Championship for 183 days, and I don’t think he’s going to be beaten anytime soon.
Prediction: Murphy retains
Falls Count Anywhere Match: Shane McMahon vs The Miz
Let’s all remember that this feud started over the WWE World Cup. In case y’all scrubbed Crown Jewel from your memory (if that’s the case, then I’m truly sorry), The Miz got ‘hurt’ before his WWE World Cup Finals match against Dolph Ziggler and was replaced with Shane McMahon, who went on to win the match. Since then, Miz wanted to form a tag team with Shane and form the ‘best tag team in the world.’ After a very emotional promo on the Christmas Day Smackdown Live, where Miz talked about forming a team with Shane was the only way his dad would be proud of him,The Miz turned face and ‘McMiz’ was born. They beat The Bar for the tag team titles at Royal Rumble, then Miz ate the pin in back to back losses against The Usos. At Fastlane, after hugging Miz’s dad at ringside, Shane McMahon turned heel, assaulting The Miz and locking in a triangle choke. He even attacked Miz’s dad, to put the cherry on top of his heel turn. That following Smackdown Live, Shane claimed he was tired of people using him, that he enjoyed beating up Miz, and he’s gonna do that again at WrestleMania. On the March 26 Smackdown, The Miz named the stipulation, and Shane accepted, saying that he’s gonna quench his thirst of pummelling The MIz. This is going to be a fun, chaotic match with tons of fun spots all over MetLife Stadium. I’m going to pick The Miz to avenge his betrayal, and get a nice WrestleMania win.
Prediction: The Miz
WWE United States Championship Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs Rey Mysterio
I can’t believe that Samoa Joe is FINALLY making his WrestleMania debut. And Rey Mysterio is in his first WrestleMania match since the first André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. We were all expecting Rey to fight Andrade and properly end their feud, but it looks like ‘El Idolo’ will be fighting in the piss break battle royal. The setup to this match was a bit weird though. Joe choked Rey out in a solid fatal 4 way at Fastlane, then Rey got a pinfall win over Samoa Joe in a tag team match, then he just randomly announced that he’s challenging Joe at ‘Mania. Also, Rey’s son Dominic is back on WWE TV for the first time since 2005, and Jebus he looks huge next to his dad. However, this match may be in jeopardy as Rey Mysterio suffered an ankle injury against Baron Corbin on Monday night, and i hope he’ll be able to go on Sunday. If Rey is unable to go, there are rumors that John Cena will challenge Samoa Joe, and if that’s the case then that match would be amazing. Anyway, this is going to be a solid match, and a fine debut for Samoa Joe at Mania with a retention of his title against a legend.
Prediction: Samoa Joe retains
Randy Orton vs AJ Styles
This is a dream match we’ve all been wanting, as the ‘Phenomenal’ AJ Styles takes on ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After a few run ins backstage, Randy eliminating AJ at Elimination Chamber, and Styles hitting a Phenomenal Forearm at Fastlane, Randy Orton came out and told AJ that while he was in TNA, Randy was winning WWE Titles and headlining WrestleMania. Smackdown was actually Randy Orton’s house. Styles responded saying that the only reason Randy got into WWE in the first place is because of his family. And that’s all this feud has been. It doesn’t feel as hot as it should, considering it’s featuring two of the best wrestlers of the past decade or so. The go home angle on Smackdown was one of the best promo segments that Randy Orton’s ever done, talking about how AJ was wrestling in high school gyms, and if Styles was as good as he said he was, he’d have been in WWE sooner. AJ brought up getting suspended for failing drug tests. But one thing that kinda frustrated me was that they gave away the forearm into the RKO spot on Smackdown. That would’ve been an insane WrestleMania moment. I’m going to pick AJ Styles to get the W against Randy Orton, and prove that Smackdown Live is the house that he built.
Prediction: AJ Styles defangs ‘The Viper’
Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
On the February 25 episode of RAW, Roman Reigns announced that he’s back, and his leukemia was in remission. In his first match back, the Shield got one final hurrah at Fastlane. The next night on RAW, Drew McIntyre attacked Reigns before his scheduled match with Baron Corbin, and defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in consecutive weeks, and challenged Roman Reigns to a match at WrestleMania, and pleaded with Joe Anoa’i the man not to accept. On the March 25 episode of RAW, Drew brought up Roman’s family, then Reigns attacked McIntyre and accepted his challenge. Although I would love to see Drew McIntyre get a great WrestleMania win, it’s gonna be Roman. Roman ain’t losing, especially since he came back from leukemia.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Bobby Lashley (c) vs ‘Demon’ Finn Bálor
This feud is stupid. At Elimination Chamber, Finn won the IC Title against Lashley and Lio Rush in a handicap match, then on the March 11 RAW, Lashley beat the former Prince Devitt thanks to some Lio Rush shenanigans and regained the belt. Then Finn beat Lashley and Jinder in a handicap match so he can get a rematch. Like I said, this feud is f*****g stupid. Since Finn is gonna wear the demon makeup, that means that he’s gonna win. End of story, he’s undefeated every time he wears the makeup.
Prediction: ‘Demon’ Finn Bálor wins back his title
Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs The Bar vs NakaRusev vs Aleister Black & Ricochet
Since The Usos forfeited their tag team gauntlet match, they’d get some punishment. This punishment, is defending their tag team titles against The Bar, NakaRusev, and 2019 Dusty Rhodes Classic winners, Aleister Black and Ricochet, who are making their Mania debut. This is going to be a chaotic match, and I’m sure that Ricochet is gonna do some insane flippy stuff on the grandest stage of them all. I’m going to pick The Usos to retain their Smackdown Tag Team Titles, and continue their dominance on the Blue Brand.
Prediction: The Usos retain
RAW Tag Team Championship Match: The Revival (c) vs Hawkins & Ryder
Curt Hawkins has lost 296 consecutive matches, with his last win coming against Apollo Crews, IN NOVEMBER 2016. That’s two and a half years of just looking up at the lights, and he’s getting a Tag Team Title Match with his buddy Zack Ryder. We all know what’s gonna happen. The Revival are going to get super cocky, then Curt Hawkins gets the pin to a massive pop, and finally ending his near 300 match losing streak.
Prediction: Hawkins and Ryder win with a massive hometown pop
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin
On the March 11 Raw, Kurt Angle announced that at WrestleMania 35, he would be wrestling his final match. Throughout that week, there have been many names speculated for Angle’s final match such as John Cena, Shelton Benjamin, The Undertaker, Drew McIntyre, and Samoa Joe. Then the next week on RAW, Kurt Angle announced that his farewell opponent is… Baron. F*****g. Corbin. Seriously WWE? I get that he was a thought of opponent, but that would’ve been alright if Angle and Corbin fought at say Survivor Series or TLC, where the winner controlled RAW. This is his FINAL match, and the fans are just gonna drown it with CM Punk chants because Baron Corbin is in it. Kurt Angle was on a sort of retirement tour, wrestling against Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Chad Gable, and they are much more worthy opponents than Baron Corbin for his final match. but if anyone can pull out a great performance from Corbin, it’s Angle.I’m going to pick Kurt Angle to beat Baron Corbin, and end his in-ring career on a high note.
Prediction: Kurt Angle gets a heroes’ ovation
Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Boss N’ Hug Connection (c) vs the IIconics vs The Samoan Slaughterhouse vs The Divas of Doom (Natalya and Beth Phoenix)
The Boss N’ Hug Connection said they’d take on any challengers, and they meant it. On the March 18 episode of RAW,Beth Phoenix surprisingly came out of retirement for one night only to challenge the Boss N’ Hug Connection for the Women’s Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania. The next night, The IIconics won a non-title match and then Nia and Tamina ruined a match featuring Sasha and Bayley on the March 25 RAW. So, basically this is just a match where every tag team is gonna get a shot at Mania, and honestly this is going to be a fun and chaotic match. Although I would love for this to be an ‘IIconic’ WrestleMania, I’m going to pick the Boss N’ Hug Connection to retain the tag titles, and continue to have a strong inaugural reign as Tag Team Champions.
Prediction: Boss N’ Hug retain
No Holds Barred Match with Triple H’s in-ring Career at Stake: Batista vs Triple H
Batista finally gets a chance to end his career on his terms, and he gets to do it against one of his greatest mentors, Triple H. The seeds for this match were planted at Smackdown 1000 during the Evolution reunion,with Batista saying that Triple H did everything in the pro wrestling industry except beat him. And he has a point. They’ve fought three times, and Batista has won each and every time. Then on the February 25 episode of RAW, Batista made a surprise return, attacking Ric Flair during his birthday celebration, asking Triple H if he has his attention now. The next week, Batista basically whines to Triple H to ‘GIVE ME WHAT I WANT!’ and what he wanted, was one last match against Triple H at WrestleMania. Triple H accepted and made it a No Holds Barred Match. Batista claimed that all Triple H did was use him to be his muscle in Evolution, and that Triple H didn’t believe that Batista would be a star. Then Triple H agreed to put his career on the line, because otherwise Batista wasn’t gonna fight at Mania. This is going to be a match with tons of weapon spots and spinebusters, and could be one of the better matches on a loaded card. I’m going to pick Triple H to retire ‘The Animal,’ and finally get a win on big Dave.
Prediction: Triple H retires Batista
WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kofi Kingston
Man, do i feel bad for Mustafa Ali. After Ali suffered an injury before Elimination Chamber, he was replaced with Kofi Kingston. Then, #KofiMania was born after monster performances in the gauntlet match, and nearly winning the WWE Championship inside the Chamber. After Elimination Chamber, Kofi Kingston was named the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship at Fastlane, but got replaced by Vince in favor of a returning Kevin Owens. At Fastlane, Kofi was told by Vince that he got added to the triple threat match, but instead got his ass kicked by The Bar. Just when it couldn’t get any worse, Vince gave Kofi one last challenge, a monstrous gauntlet match against Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, The Bar, and Rowan. If he were to win that, he’d get a WWE title match. He went through the gauntlet, then Vince came out and was like ‘Hey Kofi, congrats on getting through the gauntlet. Here’s Daniel Bryan, LOL.’ Then Bryan beat an exhausted Kofi Kingston. On the March 26 Smackdown Live, Vince came out and put Big E and Xavier in a tag team gauntlet match to get Kofi to WrestleMania. Seriously? Unfortunately so, as The New Day beat Gallanderson, NakaRusev, The Bar, The Usos, and Bryan & Rowan to finally make it official: Kofi Kingston is fighting for the WWE Championship. #KofiMania will be running wild, and this will be a pretty solid match, and the fans will be unanimously behind Kofi Kingston, and the only way this match should end is with Kofi Kingston winning the WWE Championship, and becoming the first black WWE Champion.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston wins the WWE Championship
WWE Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Seth Rollins
To get the full scope of this feud, we gotta go back to WrestleMania 31, when Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to steal Brock Lesnar’s WWE Championship. They had a match at Battleground 2015, and Lesnar dominated with 13 suplexes, and right as he was about to win back the WWE Championship, a wild Undertaker showed up and kicked Lesnar in the balls, giving him the DQ win. Back then, Seth Rollins was a cowardly heel, and the fans were rooting for Lesnar. Three and a half years later, the roles have been reversed. Lesnar is the uncaring champion, and Seth Rollins is the defiant challenger tne the fans are unanimously behind. When Seth Rollins won the Royal Rumble Match, Paul Heyman tried to warn Seth to not fight Brock at WrestleMania. Rollins then attacked Brock, and the champion responded with with six F5s. Rollins said that with the WWE Universe behind him, he’s going to take Brock’s title, and burn Suplex City to the ground. This is going to be one of the best matches of the year, as Lesnar has had some great matches over the past year and a half or so with AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, and Finn Bálor. I’m going to pick Seth Rollins to slay the beast, and that we can finally have a full time Universal Champion on RAW.
Prediction: Seth Rollins wins the Universal Championship
Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed Women’s Championship:  RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) vs Smackdown Live Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair (c) vs ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch
So, they’re gonna unify the belts. Three of the top women in the company are set to make history as the first women to main event the ‘Showcase of the Immortals.’ The seeds were set for this match all the way back at Survivor Series, when Charlotte Flair replaced Becky Lynch in her match with Ronda, saving the ‘Ronda vs Becky’ match for WrestleMania. Becky won the Rumble, and everything was nice and clear. At least it was, until the McMahons decided to screw it up. For some random reason, Vince replaced Becky with Charlotte, and suspended the Rumble winner for 60 days. Then Ronda begged Steph to put Becky in the match and then left, Steph vacated the belt for some reason, unvacated it and Ronda turned heel. Then Becky won a match at Fastlane by DQ and here we are. Jebus it didn’t have to be this complex. And I just gotta say, I love this Ronda Rousey. That whole thing saying wrestling is fake, I don’t care if it’s a work or not, i’m invested now. This is the Ronda Rousey we should’ve gotten all along. A badass who doesn’t give a damn what people think, and breaks people’s arms. This build got super weird, with a random ass beat the clock challenge where Becky, Charlotte and Ronda each quickly beat the Riott Squad for no reason. Then, on the March 26 Smackdown, Charlotte shockingly defeated Asuka and won the Smackdown Women’s Championship, making this triple threat even bigger. On the go home episode of RAW, Stephanie McMahon came out and announced that this match is going to be for both titles. Later on that night, these three women fought in a six woman tag match. After winning the six woman tag match, all three got arrested in a great brawl, with the three women kicking each other after getting handcuffed. Hell, Ronda crashed a cop car, it was one of the best segments ever. Anyway, back to the triple threat. This match is a shoo in for MOTN, and could even be a MOTY candidate with three of the best women on the roster shining under the brightest lights there are, is something truly worthy of main eventing Mania. I’m going to go with the obvious choice and pick ‘The Man,’ Becky Lynch to win both Women’s Title to a standing ovation.
Prediction: Becky Lynch wins the Undisputed Women’s Championship

A Career Retrospective on The Undertaker

The Undertaker has recently been confirmed to be at the WWE’s next Saudi Arabia show. As much as I want to see him again, I believe that he should stay gone. For 28 years, The Undertaker was this sort of ‘ethereal presence.’ While guys like Bret Hart, “Stone Cold,” The Rock, and more have come and gone, The Undertaker has stayed. He’d disappear for a few months to heal up, but he would always be back. The Undertaker is the last of his kind. He is the last representative of an era of wrestling that has faded away over time. Nobody before or since has had the kind of character work, loyalty, or dedication to kayfabe that The Undertaker has had over the years.  With the rise of social media, kayfabe has been obliterated, and most wrestlers “gimmicks” are that they’re normal people. Look at guys like Cody, Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada, Seth Rollins, or AJ Styles. They’re normal guys, who are just really good at wrestling. But everyone from the indie die hards to WWE fan boys go nuts when The Undertaker shows up, both in respect and adulation. Here is a career retrospective on Mark Calaway, better known as The Undertaker.

From the moment Taker debuted in 1990, he was captivating. Although he was a heel, fans cheered for him because it was so hard to boo him. He was something different from the wacky, over the top characters that were prevalent during his time. Guys like Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese, REPO man, The Goon. Most of those guys fizzled out because they had hokey gimmicks. Don’t get me wrong, an undead western undertaker is a pretty hokey gimmick. It shouldn’t have lasted 28 years. It did, because of Mark Calaway’s unparalleled athleticism and showmanship. I mean, how many 6’10 dudes can you think of that are jumping over the top rope in their mid 40’s? Exactly. He constantly reinvented himself, changing his ring gear, and in-ring style. In his first few years, he was just an immobile zombie, quickly dispatching monsters like Giant Gonzalez, Kama, or jobbers like Damien Demento. It was also during this time that he started his mythic ‘Streak,’ quickly dispatching Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka, Jake Roberts, and Giant Gonzalez.

Over the first few years, he beat Hulk Hogan for the  WWF Championship, but never got a chance to show what he could really do in-ring until the mid 90s. In the mid 90s, he tossed the western garb, and adopted a somewhat modern gothic look, and we got a more human Undertaker, showing his ability to sell offense and convey some emotion. At WrestleMania 13, he would defeat Sycho Sid to win the WWF Championship, and lose it to Bret Hart at SummerSlam thanks to a chair shot from Michaels. That anger would lead to the first ever Hell in a Cell match. In that match, The Undertaker annihilated HBK, but his kayfabe brother Kane would tear the door open, and level his brother with a tombstone piledriver. He would have an on again off again feud with Kane throughout 1998, but then things would get a lot more evil for The Deadman. In 1999, he went full ‘Satanic Priest,’ trying to destroy the WWF because of a ‘higher power,’ (who for some reason was Vince McMahon? Dumb) and ‘sacrificed’ superstars by crucifying them on his symbol. Then they’d merge with the Corporation, and Taker would win the WWF Title thanks to McMahon shenanigans. Later that year, he’d leave to heal up on his injuries, and get a hip replacement.

When he came back in 2000, he ditched the bell tolls and eye rolls for Kid Rock and a harley, but he made that work. The ‘American Badass’ version of The Undertaker was a glimpse into who Mark Calaway really is, a tough biker who likes to beat people up.He implemented deadly strikes, applied triangle chokes into his offense, and wore MMA gloves. It was during this time he had the first of his brutal Mania trilogy against Triple H, and won his fourth WWE Championship against Hulk Hogan. In 2003, Kane would betray The Undertaker, burying him alive and seemingly taking him out for good. In 2004, the bells would toll again, as The Undertaker set his sights on Kane at WrestleMania XX. When he went back to the ‘Deadman’ gimmick,  he kept his brutal strikes, and later on added a new finisher to his repertoire, “Hell’s Gate” which is a modified gogoplata submission. In a way, he combined the two phases of his career. The tough strikes of the American Badass, and the brooding darkness of the Deadman in perfect harmony. Once 2005 hit in his feud against Randy Orton, that was when ‘The Streak’ became a prize to be fought for, where many would try and step up to the Undertaker in a attempt to gain immortality in wrestling lore. In 2007, The Undertaker won his first and only Royal Rumble Match, and defeated Batista to win the World Heavyweight Championship and extend his Streak to 15-0. He would get into a fantastic feud with Edge over the next year and a half or so, including main eventing WrestleMania 24, and a violent Hell in a Cell match.Then from 2009 to 2012 he engaged in one of the best stories in the history of wrestling. Shawn Michaels would step up to challenge The Undertaker, and the two would put on arguably the greatest wrestling match of all time. Later in that year, he would beat CM Punk and win his final World Heavyweight Championship, which he’d lose thanks to HBK at Elimination Chamber. Then at WrestleMania 26, Taker would again defeat Michaels, and end his storied career. Thanks to a beatdown from the Nexus, The Undertaker was no longer a full-time wrestler. Since 2011, The Undertaker has become a sort of a modern day Andre the Giant. Only wrestling a handful of times per year, and those few times a year meant something. A vengeful Triple H would step to the plate at WrestleMania 27. In that match, this is where we got to see a truly human side of The Undertaker, as Triple H dominated the whole match, with clubbing chair shots. Although Taker won, he had to be carted away. Then he would face Triple H again, this time inside Hell in a Cell, and this time it was Triple H who would be the one walking out (for more on how awesome this saga was, check out Bleacher Report’s article on it. The link is right here https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2827831-how-triple-h-undertaker-shawn-michaels-crafted-epic-4-year-wrestlemania-saga). In 2013, The Undertaker would rack up his final win at WrestleMania, beating CM Punk and extending ‘The Streak’ to 21-0.

In 2014, everything changed. At WrestleMania XXX, Brock Lesnar hit a third F5, and ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak.. Once Brock Lesnar broke the streak, people thought it would be the end of Taker, but it wasn’t. After 2014, people have been speculating on an almost yearly basis that the Undertaker has been retired, but he never was. He came back in 2015 for an underwhelming feud with Bray Wyatt, and an amazing and brutal feud with Brock Lesnar. It was in that feud that we got the last two great matches out of The Undertaker’s career, at SummerSlam then a violent Hell in a Cell match. In 2016, he wrestled a poor match against Shane McMahon, then in 2017 he had one last run in the Royal Rumble Match, even having a dream showdown with former Universal Champion Goldberg. WWE had the perfect chance for Taker to go out, and maybe it was the intention, but of course they ruined it. That sendoff after Undertaker lost to Roman Reigns was the perfect way to retire him. The Deadman leaving his hat, coat, and gloves in the ring; breaking character to kiss his wife, then fade into the abyss with his fist in the air was the absolute perfect way to retire The Undertaker. It was also one of the most emotional moments I’ve experienced as a wrestling fan, it almost brought me to tears. But he had to be brought back. They had to ruin the perfect send off just to make some of that Saudi and Australian coin. Was it worth it so see Taker beat Rusev in a casket match, then take part in two of the worst matches of 2018? Hell no. They even dragged Shawn Michaels out of retirement for a tag team dream match 20 years too late. For right now, that’s where things stand. We don’t know what’s going to happen at the Saudi Arabia show, but let’s hope that Taker gets a proper, definitive retirement soon.

The Undertaker’s legacy is something that will never come close to being replicated. No, he didn’t win a bunch of world titles like John Cena, Ric Flair or Triple H, but Taker did help make the WWE what it is today. The biggest example of his legacy is WrestleMania. If it weren’t for The Undertaker and his mythical ‘Streak,’ I honestly don’t think that  WrestleMania would be anywhere close to the spectacle that it is today. Taker’s had many legendary moments at WrestleMania over the years that are pillars of its legacy. His Mania 14 match against Kane, his brutal trilogy against Triple H, and his legendary matches against Shawn Michaels. The Undertaker was the WWE’s top attraction, with fans coming to WrestleMania in droves to see who would be the next person to challenge ‘The Streak,’ ultimately hoping to see them fail. The Undertaker is also responsible for WWE’s signature match stipulation, Hell in a Cell, which became intertwined with his character. In the first Cell match, his kayfabe half-brother Kane debuted. Although Kane gave the win to Shawn Michaels, it was the Heartbreak Kid who left the match in a pool of his own blood.  After that, Taker would have many brutal and violent moments that further carve his legacy as WWE’s omnipotent, ethereal destroyer such as hanging the Big Boss Man, chokeslamming Rikishi off of the Cell, sending Edge to Hell, or his ‘End of an Era’ match against Triple H. But the lasting moment of The Hell in a Cell, and possibly Undertaker’s career took place at King of the Ring 1998. That  was a match that propelled both The Undertaker and Mick Foley into legendary status as Mick Foley flew off the Cell, got put through the roof of the Cell, and had a tooth up his nose. Although it seems that he’s trying to kick his legacy to death, he is still highly regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. The Undertaker is WWE’s Deadman, Lord of Darkness, Biker, and even their own Clint Eastwood. His legacy is woven into the very fabric of professional wrestling, and whenever he does finally decide to hang up the boots, he  will have had one of the greatest careers of all time, and should be regarded as the hero that he was to many wrestlers and fans.

 

10 Greatest WrestleManias of All Time

Here is the best of the best that WWE has had to offer. These WrestleManias are the ones that play in the highlight packages, and where the everlasting moments are. I recommend that you seek these out on the WWE Network, because these are the shows that will keep you entertained throughout. With that said, here are the 10 greatest WrestleManias ever.
Honorable Mentions: WrestleMania III, WrestleMania XX, WrestleMania 22, WrestleMania 34, WrestleMania XXVIII
10. WrestleMania X-8
People often overlook this show, but it was awesome. Triple H got to win the WWE title in the main event, completely neutering Jericho and throughout the build made Jericho look like Stephanie McMahon’s lapdog. But there are some other great moments on this show. The Undertaker and Ric Flair wrestling a very underrated and violent no DQ match, and the Rock fighting Hulk Hogan in an ‘Icon vs Icon’ match. In that match, Hogan got a massive ovation in Toronto although he was supposed to be the heel.
9. WrestleMania 21
When ‘WrestleMania went Hollywood,’ it certainly didn’t disappoint. This night is famous for the ‘coronation of two of WWE’s next top stars: John Cena and Batista. This show also had the grudge match between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, the epic ‘Legend vs Legend Killer’ match between Randy Orton and The Undertaker, and the first ever Money in the Bank Ladder match. There is also the oft forgotten technical masterpiece between Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels. This was the last Mania to take place outside of the US, and I’d love to see WrestleMania in Toronto again.
8. WrestleMania X
This show is still solid in today’s standards, especially the opening match between rival brothers Bret and Owen Hart, which is considered to be the best opening match in WrestleMania history. Speaking of Bret,both he and Lex Luger got to fight Yokozuna for the WWF Championship. Yoko beat Luger by DQ, but would go on to lose to Bret Hart in the main event, and the show got to close out with the true ‘coronation’ of Bret Hart. However, this show’s lasting legacy is the second to last match, the epic ladder match between Shawn Michaels and fellow Kliq member Razor Ramón. That match is widely considered to be the greatest ladder match of all time, and the standard bearer as to what a ladder match should be.
7. WrestleMania 31
While this show’s remembered for ‘the heist of the century,’ it was still a solid show overall. Also, fun fact: This is the last WrestleMania to be referenced numerically. Each match on this show delivered. I’m not going to include the preshow, because nobody cares about the preshow. Daniel Bryan coming back after relinquishing the WWE Championship to win the IC Title was a great opening match, and set the tone for the show. Randy Orton had arguably his best RKO, countering a curb stomp from midair to beat Rollins and the Authority, but at the end Rollins had the last laugh. Sting’s debut match was decent, and the DX-nWo shenanigans were fun and all, but Sting should’ve won that match. Triple H winning made no sense. Getting to see Rusev ride in on a tank was pretty badass, and it’s a shame that moment was the peak of Rusev’s vastly underutilized WWE career. The Undertaker’s match with Bray Wyatt fell short of the bar, because their match was still in the daytime,Bray Wyatt wasn’t worthy to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and the match felt very anticlimactic. But Bray had a cool zombie entrance though. Then came the main event, which was a very solid performance from Lesnar and Reigns. The fans were about to riot when it seemed that Roman Reigns was going to dethrone Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins came from out of nowhere and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, hit everyone with curb stomps, and stole the WWE Championship. This was a solid show overall, and the last one to not be more than 5 hours.
6. WrestleMania 23
This show is not only great, but it also has the current President of the United States shaving the head of Vince McMahon. Aside from the ‘Battle of the Billionaires,’ there were some pretty fun moments. The start of The Undertaker’s show stealing WrestleMania matches against Batista, John Cena’s best WrestleMania match in the main event against fellow tag champ Shawn Michaels. The Money in the Bank Ladder match was also pretty solid, with Mr. Kennedy winning. I wish he would’ve actually done something with the briefcase, but at least we got the Edge-Undertaker feud at Mania next year.
5. WrestleMania XXVI
This was just a fun show to watch. The ‘Belfast Brawl’ was fun carnage to open the show. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather knocking out Big Show with brass knucks, Shawn Michaels retiring his hero, the triple threat between Triple H, Orton, and Cena, and the great main event between Edge and The Undertaker in the second straight ‘Streak vs Title’ match. Not to forget CM Punk’s first of back to back Money in the Bank ladder match wins. Even the piss break to this show had Snoop Dogg punching out Santino. Yes, Kane won the ECW Championship in 11 seconds, but it was an unexpected moment. The only pointless match on this show was Batista vs Umaga. Even with that though, it doesn’t weigh this show down very much at all. Definitely worth a re-watch on the network.
4. WrestleMania 33
This is truly one of the best Manias of all time. It was just a fun show that was full of great matches and moments. AJ and Shane stealing the show in the opening bout, Goldberg and Lesnar having an infinite finisher match, even that weird thing with Randy and Bray Wyatt and the bugs was something memorable. Seth Rollins slaying the king was a great match in the ‘battle of the pedigree.’ Then the two moments that will live on in the hearts of Wrestling fans, and WrestleMania’s legacy. Firstly, the shocking return of The Hardy Boyz and winning the tag team titles. Nobody was expecting it, especially since they wrestled a ladder match against the Young Bucks the night before. You can ask my brother Alex, I almost jumped off of my couch I was so excited to see them back. Then, they had arguably the most emotional way to close a WrestleMania, with The Undertaker’s sendoff. I was on the verge of tears as I saw my favorite wrestler ever fade away into the mist. Although the show was long, it didn’t feel that way.
3. WrestleMania XIX
People often forget this WrestleMania, but this is arguably the most stacked WrestleMania card of all time. This card had Triple H, The Rock, “Stone Cold,” The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan, or Brock Lesnar on it. This is honestly an overlooked WrestleMania, and that’s a shame because it was a pretty solid Mania. The show’s lasting legacy is Lesnar almost breaking his neck, and Kurt Angle wrestling with a messed up neck, but the show had some pretty great matches. Brock Lesnar’s first WrestleMania main event, the Grand Finale of the Rock-Austin Trilogy, Shawn Michaels vs Jericho, and let’s not forget the Hogan-McMahon street fight. Seriously, the Hogan-Vince street fight was an entertaining brawl. And although Lesnar’s main event match against Angle is only remembered for a famous botch, it was a solid match. If you haven’t watched this show, you should do it. Check it out on the Network.
2. WrestleMania XXX
This is one of the most important shows in WWE history because it not only had the cementing of Daniel Bryan as the WWE Champion, but it also had the stunning ending of The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak. The opening promo with The Rock, Stone Cold, and Hulk Hogan was a moment that will live on forever. Then Daniel Bryan had arguably the best opening match in WrestleMania history against Triple H, and would go on to wrestle another fantastic match in the main event. The first André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was solid, and with Cesaro iconically bodyslamming The Big Show over the top rope like Hogan did at ‘Mania III, but unfortunately that was his last hurrah as a singles competitor. Cena-Wyatt was a solid match, although I really wish Bray Wyatt won. Then, the most shocking ending to a match of all time. Brock Lesnar hit a third F5 to The Undertaker, and ended ‘The Streak.’ After ending ‘The Streak,’ the fans got sent home happy after Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to finally overcome The Authority and win the WWE Championship.
1. WrestleMania X-Seven
There are a bunch of articles and YouTube Videos that count down the greatest Manias ever, and WrestleMania X-Seven is almost always at the top, and for good reason. In fact, this is also widely regarded as one of the best Wrestling Pay-Per-Views ever. Every match on the card was great. The fun hardcore title match that almost knocked out power to the show, Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit, and then the last five matches on the show are the most iconic. The gimmick battle royal was a lot of fun, the first of Triple H and The Undertaker’s WrestleMania trilogy, the McMahon family street fight (which was a lot more fun than it should have been). Then there’s TLC 2 and the main event, which are constantly harked back to in WWE. Edge hitting Jeff Hardy with a spear from midair, is a moment that fans will never forget, and is synonymous with the TLC Match. The main event of The Rock vs “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is considered to be the best in their trilogy. It was a brutal war, and although it ended with a very poorly received Austin heel turn, it was still the best match on the best WrestleMania of all time. This show was also considered to be the last hurrah of the Attitude Era, as the WWF won the ‘Monday Night Wars,’ and would soon transition into the ‘Ruthless Aggression’ era. If you want to see The Attitude Era at its very best, then I’d recommend this show. Although this show took place in 2001, it’s still fantastic by today’s standards.

10 Worst WrestleMania Matches of All-Time

Last year, I made a list counting down the best WrestleMania matches (the link is right here, https://breakingitdownwithdkownblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/10-greatest-wrestlemania-matches-of-all-time-2) and now it’s time to look at some of the worst. You won’t be finding any of these on any highlight videos. These are the matches that left a bad taste in the mouths of the fans, and brought down the quality of that year’s Mania as a whole.  Let’s get ready for the worst of the worst with the 10 worst WrestleMania matches ever.

Dishonorable Mentions: The Undertaker vs Big Boss Man (WrestleMania XV), John Morrison, Snooki and Trish Stratus vs Dolph Ziggler, and LayCool (WrestleMania XXVII)

10 Uncle Elmer vs Adrian Adonis (WrestleMania II)

This was a three minute match, and was one of the worst matches of the disaster that was WrestleMania II. Both men were out of shape, Elmer falls over after throwing a punch, and Adonis wins after avoiding a slow leg drop. For a more in depth review, check out Wrestling with Wregret’s Top 8 Worst WrestleMania Matches.

9 The Miss WrestleMania Battle Royal (WrestleMania XXV)

A battle royal that was meant to honor the women of the past and present was won by a dude in drag. Need I say more?

8 Kane vs The Great Khali (WrestleMania 23)

Ah, the Great Khali. This was during his initial monster push before WWE remembered that Khali could barely move. This match was a slow affair, and Khali won. Kane deserved a lot better than this.

7 The Undertaker vs Shane McMahon (WrestleMania 32)

This was one of the worst Hell in a Cell matches of all time, and all there was to it was Shane McMahon jumping to his death. While his match against the Big Boss Man wasn’t great either, that one didn’t go for 30 minutes like this one did. It was a slow affair with a less mobile Undertaker, and untrained wrestler Shane McMahon. The fans were supposed to believe that  Shane O’Mac would be a credible threat to the Undertaker, and that is simply impossible. It’s the Undertaker after all. At least we got to see Shane McMahon jump to his death.

6 Triple H vs Roman Reigns (WrestleMania 32)

I don’t like to crap on WrestleMania 32, it has a special place in my heart because I was there to witness it live. But jebus the main event sucked. We all knew that Roman Reigns would be fighting Triple H, but we expected it to at least be a decent match. But it wasn’t. It was almost 30 minutes of rest holds, and a spear through the barricade. This match is unfit to main event an episode of Superstars, let alone the biggest WrestleMania of all time.

5 The Undertaker vs The Giant Gonzales (WrestleMania IX)

This is the only match in the Undertaker’s WrestleMania resume to end in a DQ. Even with that, the match was terrible. The Giant Gonzales was virtually immobile, and it was an uphill battle for Taker to get even a decent match out of him. But as i mentioned, Taker won by DQ because Harvey Wippleman handed The Giant a chloroform rag, and KO’d the deadman. Then Taker came back out, and knocked the Giant on his ass.

4 Big Show vs Akebono (WrestleMania 21)

Big Show, you tried your damndest to kick your legacy to death. He hasn’t had the best WrestleMania legacy, and this one may be the cherry on top of the turd sundae that is Big Show’s WrestleMania legacy. Now, I’m not intending to disrespect Sumo Wrestling. It is a highly regarded sport in Japan. But for the casual professional wrestling fan, it was just a boring match with lots of pushing. And just like all celebrities, Akebono threw the Big Show out of the ring. WrestleMania is not the place to have a sumo match. Also, Big Show in a diaper. Yeah, not worth a watch.

3 Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon (WrestleMania XXVI)

I know that this was supposed to be the death of the ‘Mr. McMahon’ character, but Bret Hart couldn’t take a bump thanks to a mule kick from Goldberg. He’s been retired for 10 years, and the match boiled down to just every member of the Hart family kicking Vince’s ass, then Bret locked in the sharpshooter for the win.

2 Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania XX)

Y’all knew it’d be up here. The fans knew that both Brock and Goldberg would be leaving after this match, and both combatants decided to not care and barely wrestle for almost 14 minutes, then Austin gave them both a stunner on their way out. At least we got that really fun rematch 13 years later.

1 Jerry Lawler vs Michael Cole (WrestleMania 27)

Yep. A match featuring two announcers is the worst match in WrestleMania history. This match was supposed to be the culmination of the ‘feud’ between Maggle Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. Maggle tormented Lawler for months on commentary, and it was going to lead to a match at WrestleMania, and Maggle would finally get his comeuppance. Stone Cold was named the guest referee to make the fans care, but not even Austin could make the fans care. Now, I’m going to give Cole a pass because, again, he’s an announcer, but this match went too long. Jack Swagger had Jerry in an ankle lock, and it was just an overbooked match that lasted almost 15 minutes, and the segment itself almost 30. Then just when i seemed that Jerry won and made Maggle submit, the Anonymous RAW GM (AKA Hornswoggle) reversed the decision, giving the DQ win to Cole. This was the turd on top of what is considered to be the worst WrestleMania in the past 20 years.

The 10 Most Emotional WrestleMania Moments

Over the 34 years of WrestleManias, there have been a ton of ‘WrestleMania moments.’ These moments made fans feel something, be it joy, anger, or sadness. These are the moments that make fans invested, and that they take away from a particular WrestleMania.  I highly recommend that you watch these moments on YouTube or the WWE Network, because they’re worth the watch.  Here are the 10 most emotional WrestleMania moments of all time.

Honorable Mentions: Austin’s Heel Turn (WrestleMania X-Seven), the Double Turn (WrestleMania 13), The Boyhood Dream (WrestleMania 12), Icon vs Icon (WrestleMania X8)

10 Rey’s Title Win (WrestleMania 22)

Yes, this was fueled by the sudden death of Eddie Guerrero, but it was still a great way to put over Rey Mysterio as a main eventer. He dedicated his Royal Rumble win, and his eventual World Heavyweight Championship to his friend. This was a great way to honor Eddie Guerrero, and give Rey Mysterio some just dues for a legendary career, even if it was for only one night. What would’ve made this moment higher on the list, is if this match went on last, rather than placed in the middle of the show.

9 Shawn’s Finale (WrestleMania 26)

This was a great way to end ‘Mr. Wrestlemania’s’ in ring career. After failing to end The Undertaker’s Undefeated Streak at WrestleMania 25, HBK became obsessed, doing whatever it took to have one more match against the Deadman. After failing to win the Rumble, he cost taker his Heavyweight Championship, getting one last opportunity at ‘The Streak,’ with his career on the line. After throwing everything he had at Taker, he went out as defiant as ever. Slapping The Undertaker in the face, then getting driven into the ground with a leaping tombstone piledriver. After the match, Taker and Shawn shook hands and the crowd rightfully showered the hall of famer with chants of ‘Thank you Shawn.’

8 The Hardy Boyz Return (WrestleMania 33)

Matt & Jeff Hardy’s shock return caught everyone off guard, although the fans have been speculating for months. Heck, the Hardys wrestled a ladder match against The Young Bucks the night before. What made this moment even more shocking is that The New Day were trolling the fans, hinting that they’ll insert themselves in the tag team ladder match. Then the Hardys’ music hit, and the fans exploded. I even jumped up off of my couch I was so excited to see Matt and Jeff back in the WWE, and to see them once again as Tag Team Champions.

7 “I’m sorry. I love you” (WrestleMania 24)

These are four of the most heartbreaking words in WWE history, as Shawn Michaels ended his hero’s storied in-ring career for at least a couple of years. We all knew that Ric’s road was ending at ‘Mania, but nobody was ready for it. Ric Flair asked Shawn to do it, then HBK uttered those famous words and delivered a final Sweet Chin Music.When the ref counted three and the bell rang, fans were crying both out of sadness and respect. The outpouring of love and gratitude from the fans, as the ‘Nature Boy’ received a standing ovation is something that is sadly overlooked because of Flair’s short retirement. It’s still a great tearjerker, and Ric Flair getting a much deserved standing ovation for a career that would span five decades.

6 The Legends’ Embrace (WrestleMania 28)

This was the cherry on top of one of the best stories I’ve ever seen, and what was supposed to be ‘The End of an Era.’ The culmination of a four year storyline of Shawn Michaels coming up short of ending ‘The Streak,’ and Triple H making The Undertaker look mortal, despite losing. The Undertaker was carried out on a stretcher after that match. Taker wanted a rematch, not to prove anything to Triple H, or to the WWE Universe, but to prove something to himself. That he can still be that old gunslinger, and the only way this feud could end was inside Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as the guest referee. After The Undertaker extended his Streak to 20-0, Taker and Shawn helped carry Triple H up the ramp, the three legends embraced and faded into the smoke.

5 Eddie and Benoit’s Celebration (WrestleMania 20)

Seeing two best friends embrace after winning world titles is emotional in itself, but what makes this even more tragic is what would happen to these two over the course of three and a half years.  Say what you want about Chris Benoit, but his storyline going into WrestleMania 20, and winning the World Heavyweight Championship was in a way, a prototype for Bryan’s ascent as champion, as the Triple Threat at Mania 30 had some of the same spots in this match between Trips, HBK, and Benoit. Eddie Guerrero winning the WWE Championship was justification for 18 years of hard work, and taking his rightful place among the legends who have held that title. It’s a shame that this moment won’t ever be brought up again due to the Benoit Tragedy, but it’s still a good moment to watch on the WWE Network or YouTube.

4 ‘The Miracle on Bourbon Street’ (WrestleMania 30)

After getting gut punched with the snapping of ‘The Streak’ (spoiler alert: more on that later), the only way for WrestleMania 30 could possibly end was with the ascendance of Daniel Bryan. This moment was the culmination of eight months of hell brought upon him by Triple H and The Authority, and Bryan finally being able to celebrate as a champion. When Batista tapped out, the entire Superdome erupted in ‘Yes’ chants. Never before or since have I seen a crowd so unanimously behind a wrestler. The fans willed Daniel Bryan into the main event, and this is the moment that shows just how powerful the fan’s voices are.

3 ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth reunite (WrestleMania 7)

This moment has stood the test of time, and is regarded as the paramount emotional moment in WrestleMania history. After losing a career threatening match to The Ultimate Warrior, ‘Sensational Queen’ Sherri took her frustrations out on the humbled ‘Macho King,’ while Miss Elizabeth watched helplessly in the stands. Then Miss Elizabeth couldn’t stands no more, jumped the barricade and kicked the crap out of Sherri, and reunited with her real life husband. The embrace that they shared made many a wrestling fan cry, and it is certainly a tear jerker even today.

2 The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Sendoff (WrestleMania 33)

I don’t care what you say that Taker retiring was inevitable, I can guarantee nobody was ready.This was the perfect way to send off The Undertaker, and honestly it would’ve been #1 if Taker truly stayed retired. This was truly one of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history, with The Undertaker leaving his hat, coat, and gloves in the ring; then going up the ramp and descending into the darkness.  The Undertaker even broke character to kiss his wife, while the fans were chanting ‘Thank you Taker,’ and giving him a standing ovation. This was the one moment where I almost cried while watching, is my personal favorite WrestleMania moment.

1 ‘The Day ‘The Streak Died’’ (WrestleMania 30)

I can’t honestly think of anything that could’ve silenced a stadium full of 75,000+ people more-so than this. Brock Lesnar hit a third F5, and after the count of three, WrestleMania, and professional wrestling in general, was changed forever. Nobody thought ‘The Streak’ was going to end, but when it was broken, It certainly left an impact. 70+ thousand people, left in stunned silence. I thought it was a botch, as the bell didn’t ring. Paul Heyman’s shock as the ref counted the three helped sell it, but what really set it in the minds of fans that ‘The Streak’ was really over was the “21-1” graphic. The stunned silence turned into tears and a standing ovation, because people really thought that Taker was done after this. What this moment represented, was the true end of an era. The main drawing factor for WrestleMania got snapped like a twig, and it just hasn’t felt the same since.

 

2019 NFL Free Agency Recap

This has been the wildest Free Agency in quite a long time, with many ‘big name’ players finding new homes both in free agent signings and insane trades. The NFL landscape is going to look very, very different in 2019, and this was just the first week of the offseason. I’m sure things will get even crazier once the draft rolls around, because there’s usually one or two blockbuster draft trades. Now, let’s look at some of the biggest deals of this year’s NFL Free Agency frenzy.
Antonio Brown traded to the Oakland Raiders
Yes, superstar Wideout Antonio Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders for an unbelievably low price of a third and fifth round pick. I think it’s insane that the Raiders nabbed Antonio Brown, AND somehow managed to keep all five of their first round picks over the next two years. The Steelers were originally going to send Brown to Buffalo, but after AB nixed that, the Steelers sent him to their old arch rivals. Since the Jordy Nelson experiment fell on its ass, Jon Gruden is hoping that AB will help out Derek Carr.
The Arizona Cardinals sign Terrell Suggs
After 16 seasons in Baltimore, their ‘elder statesman’ T Sizzle shockingly signed a 1 year, $7 million contract with the worst team in the league, the Arizona Cardinals. Last year Suggs got 7 sacks, and while that doesn’t sound like much I’m sure that he’s going to give Arizona somewhat of a pass rushing presence, and if the Cards were smart they’d use the #1 overall pick on Nick Bosa.
The Washington Redskins sign Landon Collins
The Redskins seemed to have signed a ‘locker room leader,’ in hard hitting safety Landon Collins. Collins was a star on the Giants’ defense, being one of the only consistent players that they had. Collins may not have nabbed any interceptions last year, but he has gotten triple digit tackles almost every year, and tackling in the secondary was one of the Redskins’ biggest problems over the past couple of years. Collins will make the secondary better, and be a consistent playmaker on a defense severely lacking after DJ Swearinger was cut.
The Los Angeles Rams sign Eric Weddle
The Rams add yet another big name to an underwhelming star studded unit, with underrated safety Eric Weddle. Outside of New England, the Rams are Weddle’s best bet to try and win himself a championship. He signed a 2 year deal worth up to $12.5 Million. Weddle can bring some experience and a defensive locker room leader to a young Rams team. The weakness to the Rams’ defense last year was their secondary, and Weddle can certainly be an improvement.
The San Francisco 49ers trade for Dee Ford
The Niners needed a pass rusher, then they went and got one. The Niners traded for pro bowl outside linebacker Dee Ford, leaving Kansas City without a star pass rusher. Ford is coming off of the best season of his career, with a career high 13 sacks. The Niners also signed Tevin Coleman, helping their run game and he’ll most likely be paired alongside Matt Breida. The Niners have a solid outside linebacker, but they still need to invest the rest of their offseason spending on defense, and and offensive line.
The New York Jets sign CJ Mosley
Mosley signed a 5 year, $85 Million monster deal with the Jets. The Jets needed a defensive leader, and CJ Mosley can be just that alongside pro bowler Jamal Adams. Mosley is a solid linebacker, and he is certainly a start to improving the dumpster fire that is the New York Jets. Mosley will have to be the anchor of that defense, similar to how Luke Kuechly is in Carolina. He can’t make the Jets great all by himself, hopefully he’ll get some help in the coming years.
The Chicago Bears sign Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
The Bears may have lost Adrian Amos, but they were able to nab former all-pro Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for a shockingly low 1 year $3.5 million contract. He’ll be reunited with former Alabama teammate Eddie Jackson. Ha Ha is a great safety and makes the Bears defense even scarier, alongside Eddie Jackson, Danny Trevathan, Kyle Fuller, and transcendent megastar Khalil Mack. Watch out whoever has to play Chicago next year, and good luck throwing it over the top with Ha Ha and Eddie Jackson back there.
The Green Bay Packers sign Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, and Adrian Amos
I’m gonna lump these guys together because it happened on the same day. The biggest reason of the Packers tanking is because of their abhorrent defense, and now they’re actually gonna try to lighten the load off of A-Rod. Preston Smith is a solid outside linebacker, and was a solid compliment alongside Ryan Kerrigan in Washington. Za’Darius Smith was a key part of the Ravens’ #1 defense, and Adrian Amos was a big player in the Bears’ transformed defense. These guys should vastly improve the Packers’ defense, and the Pack should try to improve their offensive line, or get A-Rod some more reliable targets.
The New York Jets sign Le’Veon Bell
Le’Veon Bell signed his death warrant. He went to the Jets for 4 years, and $54.5 million, less than what the Steelers were going to offer him. The Jets needed more than a running back to solve their problems, but it could be a start. The Jets should get an offensive line to protect Sam Darnold, and allow Le’Veon to run through holes. However, Le’Veon will vastly help in terms of getting Sam Darnold a reliable target to dump the ball off to, and be one of the more dangerous playmakers in a city that desperately needs one.
The Philadelphia Eagles trade for DeSean Jackson
That’s right y’all, D-Jax is back in Midnight Green, as the Eagles traded a sixth round pick this year, and a seventh round pick next year for their former wideout. D-Jax may be in his 30s now, but he is still blazing fast, and led the league in yards per catch last season. D-Jax is the big play receiver the Eagles need, and will be a fine complement to the physically dominant Alshon Jeffery.
The Baltimore Ravens sign Earl Thomas
Sorry (not really) Cowboys fans, but Earl Thomas signed with the Baltimore Ravens in a blockbuster 4 year, $55 million deal after their star safety Eric Weddle walked out. After having an injury shortened season, Thomas is sure to make an immediate impact on what was the NFL’s top ranked defense last year. However, several key pieces from that defense, the aforementioned Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, Za’Darius Smith, and CJ Mosley all left. Thomas will be the leader of the defense, and will hopefully get some good years in Baltimore.
The Cleveland Browns trade for Odell Beckham Jr.
After trading for Olivier Vernon, and signing Sheldon Richardson, the Browns made arguably the biggest deal of this offseason. The Browns traded a first round pick, a third round pick, and promising safety Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants in exchange for megastar Odell Beckham Jr. This has many people saying that the browns are playoff bound next year, or even a dark horse super bowl contender now. I honestly can’t blame them for saying that, because their offense is extremely loaded. There’s the second year duo of Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt (once he’s back from suspension), David Njoku, and Antonio Callaway in the slot. Then on the outside, the Browns have two of the best hands in the league in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. The Browns have the offense capable of tearing the league to shreds, and they should spend the rest of their offseason spending of defense, and try to replace Jabrill Peppers and get a linebacker or two.
Who won Free Agency?
It’s pretty obvious to me that the winners of Free Agency are the Cleveland Browns. They stockpiled their roster with some pretty big names, and have arguably the best receiving corps in the AFC, if not the NFL. The Browns are a very dangerous team, and could be a dark horse Super Bowl team