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With a attendance of 78,133 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the 34th edition of WrestleMania was a success in New Orleans along with NXT Takeover New Orleans over the Weekend. Below is Review of WrestleMania but 1st the The Flex Zone Review on Episode 178. Thanks to Wrestling Inc for help in this article.
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Woken Matt Hardy won by last eliminating Baron Corbin in the 30-man battle royal for the André the Giant Memorial Trophy in 15:45
Rating: 5.5 out of 10; Prediction- Right
Analysis– This Battle Royal wasn’t all that as the best thing to me before the ending was Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler on commentary once again. But the right guy in Woken Matt Hardy with help from Bray Wyatt aka Obsolete Mule help Hardy defeat former Andre the Giant Battle Royal winners Baron Corbin & Mojo Rawley. Props to the crowd for being there during the Pre-Show.
Cedric Alexander def Mustafa Ali in Tournament final for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship in 12:20
Rating: 7 out of 10; Prediction- Right
Analysis– Mustafa Ali got his stuff in as they say, but Cedric Alexander has the Cruiserweight Crown & the face of 205 Live. Interesting to see who Alexander 1st program as Champion will be.
Naomi won by last eliminating Bayley in the 20-woman battle royal for the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal Trophy in 9:50
Rating: 6 out of 10; Prediction- Wrong
Analysis– I would say the way this Battle Royal was treated was a disappointed & its main story with Sasha Banks & Bayley was a letdown.Happy for Naomi to make history but even going into Monday Raw on the next night they still haven’t put Banks & Bayley in action yet, Maybe Next Week?
Main Show Matches
Seth Rollins def The Miz (c) and Finn Bálor to win the Triple threat match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship in 15:30
Rating: 8.25 out of 10; Prediction- Wrong
Analysis– A good match to start the Main Show off with as Balor, the Miz & Rollins got the action up as you read this finish- Balor kicks Miz in the head from the apron. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but Miz crotches him. Miz ends up hitting a big bulldog from the top rope. Miz covers but Balor nails a huge Coup de Grace to Miz’s back to break the pin. Balor hits a Slingblade and a corner dropkick on Miz. Balor goes to the top and hits the Coup de Grace but Rollins breaks the pin with a Blackout curb stomp. Rollins waits in the corner and gets hyped up as the crowd goes wild. He hits the Blackout on Miz for the win and the title.
I feel the Miz & Rollins will be together for a while, but its a good thing for the Intercontinental Title.
Charlotte Flair (c) defeated Asuka by submission to retain the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship in 13:05
Rating: 9 out of 10; Prediction- Half Right(Asuka Not Winning)
Analysis– Charlotte Entrance was on fire & then this match between maybe 2 of the top women in Wrestling today took center stage & lived up to the help & sent Charlotte Flair into the record book as Charlotte made Asuka Tap out to a unbelievable Figure 8
Here is the finish-
Asuka goes to the top and nails the missile dropkick for a 2 count. Asuka stomps Flair in the center of her back a few times while holding her arms. Flair ends up nailing a huge Spanish Fly from the top as the fans pop big. Asuka still kicks out at 2. They recover and Flair hits Natural Selection. Flair goes for a pin but Asuka counters into a submission. They tangle on the mat but Asuka pulls back on the neck and shoulder to tighten the hold. Flair counters and goes for the Figure Four but Asuka resists. They get up and Asuka nails a kick to the head. Flair fights back. Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock but can’t get it. More back and forth now. Asuka kicks Flair in the head and screams at her. Asuka charges but Flair nails a Spear for a close 2 count.
Flair shows tears of frustration now. Asuka kicks Flair but Flair keeps going and gets the Figure Four applied. She bridges into the Figure Eight but with one arm as the other is injured while Asuka tries to resist. Asuka tries to fight free but she taps to end the streak. After the match, Flair and Asuka sit up as Flair’s music hits. Flair gets emotional and sits up on her knees, looking up to the sky as the referee hands her the title. We go to replays. Flair stands tall as the crowd pops big. Flair looks at Asuka and nods as Asuka gets to her feet. The music stops. Flair walks back to the center of the ring. Asuka grabs a mic and says, “Charlotte was ready for Asuka.” Asuka congratulates Flair and they hug it out. Asuka raises Flair’s arm and they hug again as fans cheer.
Jinder Mahal (with Sunil Singh) defeated Randy Orton (c), Bobby Roode, and Rusev (with Aiden English) to win the Fatal four-way match for the WWE United States Championship in 8:15
Rating: 7 out of 10; Prediction- Wrong
Analysis– Mahal got the title I think alot of us thought He should have had last year instead of the WWE Championship. All 4 guys looked well, didn’t like that Rusev took the fall. Here is the Finish- Orton stands tall to a mixed reaction and plays to the crowd. Orton drops down to the mat and readies for the RKO. Rusev gets up but English runs in. Orton drops English with the RKO. Rusev also eats the RKO. Jinder comes in for a knee but Orton moves and drops him with another RKO. Orton covers for the win but Roode breaks it up. Roode sends Jinder to the floor. Roode blocks the RKO and hits Orton with a Glorious DDT but Jinder breaks the pin. Rusev with a Machka Kick on Jinder. Jinder ducks another kick and rolls Rusev up for a 2 count. Rusev drops Jinder with a bigger kick this time. Fans chant and go wild for Rusev Day as Rusev stands tall. Rusev stomps Jinder and goes for The Accolade but Singh tries to interfere. He gets knocked off the apron but Jinder takes advantage and hits The Khallas on Rusev for the pin and the title.
Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey defeated Triple H and Stephanie McMahon by submission in a Mixed tag team match in 20:40
Rating: 8 out of 10; Prediction- Right
Analysis– RouseyMania stole the show & s she did in her height in UFC, rose to the stage of the WWE Biggest stage & delivered. Along with Angle, Rousey made WWE Power Couple Triple H & Stephanie McMahon tapout. But lets give Triple H credit, let Rousey manhandle him was what was Best for Business. Here is the Finish- Angle gets sent into the steel ring post by Triple H. Stephanie sends Rousey into another ring post. Triple H and Stephanie are hurting but they stand tall and look ready to finish their opponents. They go for double Pedigrees but Angle drops Triple H over the top rope to the floor. Rousey counters Stephanie and drops her into another arm bar. Stephanie screams and fights it but Rousey re-positions and talks trash back to her. Stephanie continues screaming out and says she’s sorry. Rousey pulls back and drops on the arm as Stephanie screams out in pain while the announcers wonder if Stephanie’s arm is broken. Stephanie immediately taps out for the finish.
The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) def The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) (c) and The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods) to win the Triple threat tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Rating: 6.25 out of 10; Prediction- Wrong
Analysis– Was hoping The Bludgeon Brothers wasn’t going to win, but they did & have move to the top of the SD Live Tag Team Titles. We will see what is next for the New Day & the Usos. Here the finish- Big E scoops Harper on his shoulder again. Kofi comes in and Big E gets sent to the floor. Harper slams Kofi with a big sideslam. More back and forth between the teams now. The Usos have Harper up top for a double team move bu Big E comes over. The Usos get knocked to the floor. Big E also gets sent to the floor. Kofi ends up in the ring alone with Harper, who is on the top. Kofi runs up but goes back down. Rowan powerbombs Kofi to the floor. Harper comes off the top for a big double team powerbomb on Kofi and holds it for the pin and the win.
The Undertaker def John Cena in 2:45
Rating: 6.50 out of 10; Prediction- Right
Analysis– The whole John Cena being in the crowd was overdone at times & didn’t like him cutting off the Charlotte/Asuka Monment at the end of that great match. Cena thought he had Undertaker until this happened-
Elias appears on the stage instead, with his guitar. Elias calls for fans to silence their phones and shut up.
Elias walks to the ring and says we must have been expecting someone else. Elias says that someone else doesn’t have the charisma or talent that he has. Elias says Cena probably thought this was just going to be a walk in the park. Elias is in the ring now. He tells Cena to back off because he’ll take it from here. Cena isn’t thrilled. Elias is going to do what he does best and suggests Cena go do what he does best – watch from the crowd like a spectator. Elias says he’s about to make history. He starts performing a song, taking shots at Cena and the crowd.
Cena has heard enough. He comes in the ring and gets the upperhand on Elias. Cena nails the Five Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment to send Elias out to the floor. Cena stands tall and looks disappointed as fans chant for The Undertaker. Cena’s music hits as he hits the corner to pose. Cena walks up the ramp and his music stops. The lights go out. A spotlight shines n the ring and we see Taker’s hat and gear sitting in the middle of the ring like he left them. Lighting strikes. The spotlight comes back on and the gear is missing. The lights hit again and here come the bells tolling. Taker’s entrance starts up as fans pop. The Dead Man finally appears as fans cheer more. Taker slowly marches to the ring as Cena looks on.
Loved how Undertaker looked & moved in the ring off hip surgery. Here the match(Lol)-
Taker steps up on the apron and the lighting strikes again. Cena watches from the corner as Taker stands in the middle of the ring and stares him down. Taker’s lengthy entrance continues but he finally takes off the hat as the pyro goes off on the stage. Cena looks comically shook up. The bell rings and Taker unloads, backing Cena into the corner. The referee warns Taker and backs him off. Cena sends Taker into the corner but Cena gets the upperhand. They run the ropes and Taker hits the big flying clothesline. Taker focuses on Cena’s arm now and brings him to the corner. Fans pop as Taker hits Old School.
Taker charges with big shots into the corners. Taker hits Snake Eyes, a big boot and the big leg drop. Taker stands tall as fans pop. Taker grabs Cena for the chokeslam but Cena slides out. Cena slams Taker. Fans boo as Cena calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Taker sits up and Cena stops in his tracks. Taker grabs Cena and nails the big chokeslam. Taker cuts his own throat and scoops Cena for the Tombstone piledriver. Taker hits it in the middle of the ring and covers for the easy win.
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon defeated Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn by submission in a Tag team match in 15:25
Had Owens and Zayn won, they would have been rehired to SmackDown.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10; Prediction- Wrong
Analysis– Daniel Bryan looked good as he has made his triumphant return in the WWE Ring, Zayn & Owens tried to stop Shane & Daniel. Here’s is the finish-
Owens yells at Bryan to stay retired but Bryan kicks him and fights back. Owens catches Bryan with the Pop-Up Powerbomb but Bryan kicks out at 2. Sami tags in. Shane comes to the apron but Owens charges at him. Shane pulls the rope down and Owens hits the floor. Shane launches himself out to Owens. Sami stalks Bryan and talks trash as he tries to get up. Sami beats on Bryan and yells at him, asking how could he do this. Bryan eats the strike and stares back at Sami. Bryan wails away on Sami now, unloading with strikes and dropping Sami to his knees. Bryan delivers the “yes!” kicks now.
Bryan waits in the corner as Sami tries to get up. Bryan leads a louder “yes!” chant now. Bryan nails the big running knee and then applies the Yes Lock to Sami in the middle of the ring. Sami taps out for the finish.
Nia Jax def Alexa Bliss (c) (with Mickie James) for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship in 10:15
Rating: 7 out of 10; Prediction- Right
Analysis– Props to Nia Jax for winning the Raw Women’s Championship & it was good job here to honor of standing up against Bullys: Here is the finish- Bliss ends up going off the top but Jax catches her in mid-air. Bliss goes down in the corner but she was just suckering Jax in for another cheap shot to the eyes. Jax keeps fighting but Bliss goes for the eyes again. More back and forth until Jax slams Bliss hard on the mat. Jax yells at Bliss and scoops her on her shoulders. Jax walks up to the second rope and nails a super Samoan Drop for the pin and the title.
AJ Styles (c) def Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship in 20:20
Rating: 7.5 out of 10; Prediction- Right
Analysis–This match build up for afterward but the Strong style was on display. Finish & afterward- AJ and Nakamura trade several shots in the middle of the ring now. Nakamura looks to be dazed but he keeps fighting. AJ unloads and hits a pele kick. Nakamura charges with a knee to the back of AJ’s neck. AJ still kicks out at 2. Nakamura drives hard knees into AJ now. Nakamura smacks or pats AJ now to taunt him. Nakamura with the reverse Exploder. Nakamura readies for the Kinshasa now and gets hyped up. He charges but AJ blocks it. Styles counters and hits the Styles Clash in the middle of the ring for the pin.
AJ and Nakamura trade several shots in the middle of the ring now. Nakamura looks to be dazed but he keeps fighting. AJ unloads and hits a pele kick. Nakamura charges with a knee to the back of AJ’s neck. AJ still kicks out at 2. Nakamura drives hard knees into AJ now. Nakamura smacks or pats AJ now to taunt him. Nakamura with the reverse Exploder. Nakamura readies for the Kinshasa now and gets hyped up. He charges but AJ blocks it. Styles counters and hits the Styles Clash in the middle of the ring for the pin.
recovers and gets to his feet as his music plays. We go to replays and come back to AJ celebrating. AJ stops and embraces Nakamura, then helps him to his feet. They stand tall as fans cheer. Nakamura grabs the WWE Title from the referee and drops to one knee to present it to Styles. Styles grabs the title and raises it but Nakamura turns on him and drops him with a low blow. Nakamura talks trash as AJ sells the injury. Nakamura boots AJ in the head and does some Good Vibrations as fans boo. AJ falls out to the floor and Nakamura boots him a few more times as a referee backs him off. Some fans boo but some cheer. An official checks on AJ. Nakamura looks to leave but he stops and readies for the Kinshasa at ringside. AJ sits up on his knees and Nakamura charges in with the knee. Nakamura backs up the ramp to more boos as we get a replay of the turn. Nakamura taunts AJ again before heading to the back. We see AJ being checked on before going to another break.
Braun Strowman and Nicholas def Cesaro and Sheamus (c) to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship in 4:00
Rating: 5 out of 10; Prediction- Right
Analysis– Well then the bell rang. For Strowman have a 10 year old as his partner. Here the Finish-
The Bar double teams Braun with stomps as Sheamus tags back in. Fans chant for Nicholas but The Bar taunts the crowd. Cesaro tags back in for more double teaming on Braun but he catches both of their legs. Braun misses a double clothesline but takes them both down at the same time with a big crossbody. Braun dumps Sheamus onto the ring post and down to the floor. Sheamus hits hard. Nicholas reaches in the ropes for a tag and the crowd goes wild. Braun tags the kid in and he looks terrified.
The referee also looks scared. Braun tags right back in and catches Cesaro leaping at him. Braun with a powerslam for the win and the titles.
Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) def Roman Reigns retain the WWE Universal Championship
Rating: 6 out of 10; Prediction- Wrong
Analysis– The story for about a year off in to screw this up having this build up Reigns & he leave not the champion was messed up, plus not to mention Reigns kicking out of 5 F’5 including one thru the Announce team, looking like your playing a video game. Here the Finish- It sounds like fans are chanting “this is awful” now. Lesnar mounts Reigns with strikes. The referee puts gloves on as it looks like the elbow strike cut Reigns open and he’s bleeding. Reigns ends up coming back out of nowhere and nailing two Spears in a row but Lesnar kicks out at 2. Reigns’ face is covered in blood now as he gets hyped up. Lesnar comes right back with the F5 for the pin and the win.
Overall Rating of WrestleMania 32– 7 out of 10; Record in Predictions 7-7(.500)
Analysis– A very good WrestleMania which the Opening main show matches stole the show. Even tho the end of Mania was down, overall all it was a great experience.
NXT Takeover in New Orleans Rating- 8 out of 10
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