WWE held it’s annual spectacle WrestleMania at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome Stadium in New Orleans, Lousiana. The show had one of the most stacked cards in the history of the sport with multiple matches advertised as main events.
Here are some of the highlights from last night’s WrestleMania 34:
KICK OFF SHOW
- Matt Hardy won the Andre The Giant Battle Royal with an assist from a returning Bray Wyatt. After the match, Hardy and Wyatt hugged in the middle of the ring and celebrated together. It should be noted that this match was received very well by the audience.
- Naomi won the first ever Women’s Battle Royal. The match saw numerous female competitors from NXT make their WrestleMania debut.
- Cedric Alexander def. Mustafa Ali to become the brand new Cruiserweight Champion. After the match, Cedric celebrated with 205 LIVE General Manager Drake Maverick.
WRESTLEMANIA 34 MAIN SHOW
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
- The show opened with the WWE Intercontinental Championship match between Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and The Miz.
- Finn Balor was introduced by the LGBTQ Community of New Orleans who did his signature hand gesture on the stage.
- The Miz refused to take assistance from the Miztourage and looked to face Rollins and Balor on his own.
- Seth Rollins def. The Miz and Finn Balor to become the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- With this title, Rollins has completed the prestigious Grand Slam in the WWE.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match:
- Next was the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match between the champion Charlotte Flair and the undefeated challenger Asuka.
- Charlotte Flair def. Asuka to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship and broke Asuka’s 2 and a half years long winning streak.
- After the match, Asuka took the mic and congratulated Flair and said that she was ready for Asuka.
WWE United States Championship Match:
- Up next was the United States Championship match between the champion Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal and Rusev.
- As usual, the crowd was heavily cheering for Rusev and he was basically the favourite to win the match.
- However, Jinder Mahal def. Rusev, Randy Orton and Bobby Roode to become the NEW WWE United States Champion by pinning Rusev.
Mixed Tag-team Match: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon:
- For this match, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon made their grand entrances on chopper motorbikes with some other bikers.
- Traditional intergender spots took place during this match with Rousey assaulting Triple H, Stephanie attacking Kurt, Kurt putting Stephanie in the ankle lock and Triple H attempting a pedigree on Rousey.
- The match was surprisingly well received by the audience who were pretty involved from the start till the end.
- Ultimately, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle def. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H after Rousey managed to make Stephanie tap out.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match:
- Next in was the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match between the champions, The Usos, The New Day and the Bludgeon Brothers.
- The New Day had a special pancake themed entrance with several small people dressed up in pancake costume.
- This match was comparatively very short and ended quickly.
- The Bludgeon Brothers def. The Usos and The New Day to become the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
John Cena vs ???
- John Cena who was previously seated in the audience watching the show was visited by an official after the Charlotte and Asuka match.
- The official said something to Cena that made him jump off the barricade and run off backstage.
- However, Cena came back to the ring after the SmackDown Tag Team match in his ring gear and said that “something interesting” was about to happen.
- Cena got ready in the ring for what seemed to be a match but an official ran down once again and said something to Cena that left him disappointed.
- However, as Cena walked down the ramp, lights went out and out came…..Elias!
- Elias ended up dissing John Cena and Cena went back to his seat in the audience.
- Suddenly, Cena went back to the ring again and beat up Elias and sent him out of the ring.
- Cena once again made his way backstage but the lights went out again and a bolt of lightning hit the ring.
- A spotlight fell on the ring and we saw Undertaker’s jacket and hat that he left laying in the ring last year.
- However, the spotlights went out again and the ring gear disappeared which then led to a GONG and out came the Undertaker himself.
Singles Match: John Cena vs The Undertaker:
- Undertaker started off things by beating up John Cena with his signature pure strikes and quickly went on to do his traditional moves.
- At one point in the match, Cena was getting ready to hit the Five Knuckles Shuffle on Taker but the latter did his signature “wake up” and scared Cena.
- The Undertaker def. John Cena in a very quick match after hitting him with a chokeslam and a tombstone piledriver.
Tag Team Match: Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon:
- Up next was the welcome back match for SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan who partnered with Shane McMahon to take on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
- Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon def. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
- This means that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are gone from SmackDown Live forever.
- After the match, Bryan and Shane celebrated with their respective families.
WWE RAW Women’s Championship Match:
- Next was the RAW Women’s Championship match between champion Alexa Bliss and challenger Nia Jax.
- Before the match started, Jax took out Mickie James who was at ringside to support Alexa Bliss.
- After a good match, Nia Jax def. Alexa Bliss to become the NEW RAW Women’s Champion.
- Nia Jax went on to celebrate her victory with her family that included The Rock’s mother and daughter.
WWE Championship Match:
- Next up was the WWE Championship Match between champion AJ Styles and challenger Shinsuke Nakamura.
- Nakamura had a grand entrance that left the audience mesmerized.
- AJ Styles def. Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship.
- After the match, the two old friends hugged in the ring and it looked like Nakamura had bent the knee to honour and congratulate Styles on his victory.
- However, Nakamura hit Styles with a low-blow and beat him up before hitting a Kinshasa outside the ring.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Match:
- Up next was the RAW Tag Team Championship match between the champions The Bar and the challengers Braun Strowman and a mystery partner.
- Braun revealed that his partner wasn’t anyone from the locker-room but someone from the audience in attendance.
- He then went on to look for a partner in the audience before stumbling upon a kid named Nicholas whom he chose to be his partner for the match.
- Braun asked Nicholas to just stand on the apron while he took care of things in the ring.
- Braun Strowman and Nicholas def. The Bar to become the NEW RAW Tag Team Champions.
WWE Universal Championship Match:
- It was time for the main event and out came the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and his challenger Roman Reigns.
- The match was brutal and Lesnar dominated Reigns once again by hitting at least 5 F5s.
- However, Reigns kicked out at 2 after every F5.
- This led to Lesnar losing it and therefore the former UFC Champion removed his gloves and started hitting Reigns hard enough to bust his head open.
- Brock Lesnar def. Roman Reigns to retain the Universal Championship after hitting the bloodied Reigns with a 6th F5.