- Tyson Kidd and Cesar def. New Day, The Usos, and Los Matadores via Pinfall
It was a pretty good way to start the show off. The tag team match delivered in high flying moments and pure adrenaline. And the double suplex off the top ropes was incredible. Definitely the highlight of the match.
- Big Show wins the Andre The Giant Battle Royal
I was definitely expecting Mizdow to win this. Having the Big Show win it will do less for Show than it would have done for Mizdow. It seemed ridiculous for everyone to ignore Big Show this time considering that everyone has teamed up to eliminate him in every battle royal and Royal Rumble for years. If Mizdow would have won, it would have made more sense for him to overcome the odds if Show was the other last man standing. WWE really missed a chance to seriously put over a younger talent.
- Daniel Bryan wins the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
Great match with a brutal spot involving Dean Ambrose. The match was hectic and chaotic at times, but entertaining throughout the entire match. The best moment aside from Ambrose taking a power bomb on to ladders set outside of the ring has to be Dolph Ziggler’s speed when climbing the ladder. It added to the urgency of the match.
- Randy Orton def. Seth Rollins via Pinfall
The match was pretty good, but it didn’t stand out as a huge WrestleMania worthy match at first. But that was before Rollins performed a Phoenix Splash recovery and took the best RKO I’ve seen in years. Definitely one of the highlights of the night.
- Triple H def. Sting via Pinfall
I have no idea why WWE would book Triple H winning against Sting other than Triple H stroking his ego. No one benefits from it at all. Sure, it was nice to see some of the stars from the past make an appearance, but the ending served very little purpose. Sting has made a few comments about this possibly being his last match. If so, then WWE just wasted it on a match no one wanted to see. Triple H vs Sting was sold as a dream match by WWE. But fans know who we really wanted to see face Sting. So if the match wasn’t one designed to build Sting up with a win, then it sort of feels like how WCW brought in Warrior just to lose to Hogan and satisfy his ego.
Triple H shaking hands with Sting and then going out to talk smack about him later seemed off. In fact, the entire match seemed like chaos. The ref ignored obvious in ring interference as well as weapons being used openly in the match. I don’t recall the match being a no DQ match at all. Even The Game’s entrance looked ridiculous and lacked logic. Yeah, it was cool to have the Terminator vision search the crowd for Sting, but he wasn’t hard to find. In fact, he was the only guy in the ring. No wonder the T-800 models have struggled to kill John Conner.
I know I’m being hard on this match, but it was one of the biggest disappointments of the night for it’s finish. However, Sting was in the best shape I’ve seen him in since his early TNA days fresh from WCW. And it was good seeing him in the ring while it lasted. I just hope this really wasn’t his final match.
- AJ Lee and Paige def. The Bella Twins via Submission
The match wasn’t awful, but it lacked any meaning and drive. The Divas title should have been on the line at WrestleMania. Who cares about a pointless tag team match?
- John Cena def. Rusev via Pinfall
Aside from knowing that Cena was obviously going to win this one, it was a great match between the two. Rusev came off as more of a threat than ever. It made the match balanced enough to where it seemed like Cena getting the victory wasn’t as guaranteed as we thought. A few silly moments like Lana throwing her shoes only to set up for her to get knocked off the apron later didn’t add to the match at all. But the match itself was pretty good between the two. By the time Cena scored the win for the belt, it felt like he had worked hard for it. A great way to keep Rusev strong, and bring prestige to the US title.
- The Undertaker def. Bray Wyatt via Pinfall
I was surprised by how in shape Taker was. He looked like the older man from last year was gone, and Bray had to face The Undertaker from the early 2000’s. He looks and moves great for a guy in his fifties. The match was better than I expected despite being shorter than I wanted it to be. The standout moment was when Wyatt performed his spider walk and had a look of fear when Taker sat up and gave him a dead stare like only he could. Although I loved the match, my only complaint is that there should have been an acknowledgement of Wyatt’s place in the WWE by The Undertaker. It was missing a moment like druids carrying off Wyatt like as if Taker decided to show some respect for him. Instead, it came off like Wyatt talked smack and Taker returned just to put him in his place. Some sort of supernatural acknowledgement could have helped Wyatt’s character a lot for his future in WWE.
- Seth Rollins def. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns
There comes a point in which WWE has made Roman look entirely too strong. Reigns is not a good wrestler. Most of his matches contain him taking a beating before he makes a big comeback. So there is no one better to dish out a beating to him for a comeback than Brock Lesnar. But it comes a point in which he’s taken enough F5’s to simply lose like any performer would. The fact that Lesnar gave him such a beating and was still not able to pin him was ridiculous. However, we were saved from a Reigns comeback that would have ended with an unrealistic win by Seth Rollins cashing in for the biggest moment in WrestleMania. And to be honest, there is no one more deserving to start with at the moment if WWE wants to build a new line of top guys.
WrestleMania contained a few questionable finishes, but it delivered a big finish to one of their most controversial main events with an ending we can all love. It was also a reminder that winning the Royal Rumble does not guarantee a WrestleMania victory. Seth Rollins completely stole the show with the RKO he took earlier in the night, and his cash in for the world heavyweight championship. I’m glad WWE has decided to push forward an athlete with actual talent, charisma, and an undeniable ability for in ring innovation. The main event kept Reigns strong, kept Brock from actually being pinned, and gave us a champion we can actually enjoy watching. Despite the show fumbling at times, the moments they got right overshadowed the moments they dropped the ball on. So we can’t dwell on what it could have been, we can only enjoy it for what it was.