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We’re just 24 hours away from WrestleMania 36’s 1st night of the 2-night extravaganza and with that, our WrestleMania Rewind series rolls on with WrestleMania 34!

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WrestleMania 33 Review

Let’s get into WrestleMania 34…

Location – Mercedes-Benz Super-dome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date – April 8th, 2018

Attendance – 78,133

  • Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal – Matt Hardy defeats Aiden English, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Bo Dallas, Chad Gable, Curt Hawkins, Curtis Axel, Dash Wilder, Dolph Ziggler, Fandango, Goldust, Heath Slater, Kane, Karl Anderson, Konnor, Luke Gallows, Mike Kanellis, Mojo Rawley, Primo, R-Truth, Rhyno, Scott Dawson, Shelton Benjamin, Sin Cara, Titus O’Neil, Tye Dillinger, Tyler Breeze, Viktor and Zack Ryder

Headline – Matt Hardy would win the annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal after he was getting attacked by Mojo Rawley and Baron Corbin and he was about to get eliminated but the lights went out and Bray Wyatt returned and helped Hardy to win the match and form the “Deleter of Worlds” tag-team, the pair would go on to win the RAW Tag-Team Championships, later on in the year.

Rating – 2 out of 5

*Skip to the 46-minute mark to watch the match*

  • Cruiserweight Championship – Cedric Alexander defeats Mustafa Ali

Headline – This was the finals of the vacant Cruiserweight Championship tournament as champion, Enzo Amore was released by the company and vacated the title, months prior. Alexander would become the new champion after hitting Ali with the “Lumbar Check” to win the strap.

Rating – 3 out of 5

  • Women’s WrestleMania Battle Royal – Naomi defeats Bayley, Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, Carmella, Dakota Kai, Dana Brooke, Kairi Sane, Kavita Devi, Lana, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Natalya, Peyton Royce, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Sasha Banks, Sonya Deville and Taynara Conti

Headline – Bayley turned on Sasha Banks and eliminated Banks then began to celebrate, thinking she won the match, only for Naomi (who earlier, got tossed to the floor through the middle rope, therefore, wasn’t eliminated) to crawl back into the ring and throw Bayley out and win the match.

Rating – 2 out of 5

*Skip to 1 hour, 35 minutes to watch the match*

  • Triple-Threat Match, Intercontinental Championship – Seth Rollins defeats The Miz (C) and Finn Balor

Headline – A great match to kick off the main card of WrestleMania 34 between the Champion, Miz and his 2 challengers, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. All 3 men are terrific in-ring workers and Rollins would become the 19th Grand Slam Champion (WWE Champion, Tag-Team Champion and United States Champion) in WWE history by hitting Miz with the “Curb Stomp” and pinning him for the 3-count.

Rating – 3.5 out of 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hHNXd5k5cQ
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship – Charlotte Flair (C) defeats Asuka

Headline – Asuka’s undefeated streak in WWE would come to an end after the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte would get her to submit to the figure-eight submission hold in one of the best matches of the night.

Rating – 4 out of 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DiF_KGJkoI
  • Fatal-4-Way, United States Championship – Jinder Mahal defeats Randy Orton (C), Bobby Roode and Rusev

Headline – Mahal’s henchmen, the Singh Brothers would distract Rusev and Mahal would use the distraction to nail Rusev with the “Khallas” for the win and the title.

Rating – 2.5 out of 5

  • Mixed Tag-Team Match – Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey defeat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon

Headline – This was Rousey’s WWE in-ring debut and she looked fantastic for having such little time in the ring. There were some really cool spots, including Rousey piecing up HHH with a combination of punches and then a nice arm-drag. Rousey and Angle would pick up the win after Rousey got Stephanie McMahon to tap-out after locking in an arm-bar.

Rating – 4 out of 5

  • Triple-Threat Tag-Team Match, SmackDown Tag-Team Championships – Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan) defeat The Usos (C) (Jimmy & Jey) and New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E, with Xavier Woods)

Headline – Harper and Rowan would become the new SmackDown Tag-Team Champions after Harper hit a power-bomb on Kofi Kingston from the top rope and get the 3-count on the ensuing pin-fall.

Rating – 2.5 out of 5

  • Singles Match – The Undertaker defeats John Cena

Headline – For weeks, John Cena tried to get The Undertaker to fight him at WrestleMania…Cena would make his way to the ring during the show and call him out, one last time…the lights went out and Elias appeared. Cena would take out Elias and walk back to the stage when the lights would go out again and there he was, The Undertaker appears and we have ourselves a match. Taker would beat Cena after about a minute with the Tombstone Pile-driver for the win.

Rating – 2 out of 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnR0uBnjms0
  • Tag-Team Match – Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon defeat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Headline – This was Daniel Bryan’s return match after taking a few years off from in-ring action after a bad neck injury. Before the match began, Owens and Zayn would take Bryan out and double-team Shane for the balance of the match, but Bryan would recover and force Zayn to tap-out to the “YES! Lock” for the win.

Rating – 3 out of 5

  • RAW Women’s Championship – Nia Jax defeats Alexa Bliss (C) (with Mickie James)

Headline – Nia Jax would win her first major title in WWE after hitting Bliss with a “Samoan Drop” off of the top rope for the 3-count.

Rating – 2.5 out of 5

  • WWE Championship – AJ Styles (C) defeats Shinsuke Nakamura

Headline – A match between 2 of the best pure-wrestlers in the world and for 2 men of that caliber, it wasn’t a great match. However, it was a very good match and Styles would retain his title after countering Nakamura’s “Kinshasa” attempt into the “Styles Clash” for the win. After the match, Nakamura faked a handshake into a “Kinshasa” on Styles and turned heel.

Rating – 3.5 out of 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2eQz6zb1Vg
  • Tag-Team Match, RAW Tag-Team Championships – Braun Strowman and Nicholas defeat The Bar (C) (Sheamus and Cesaro)

Headline – Strowman came into this match without a partner and before the match started, he would go into the audience and take a fan (a planted young boy who is a WWE referee’s son) and Braun would take out both Sheamus and Cesaro and win the tag-team titles for himself and the young man named Nicholas.

Rating – 1.5 out of 5

  • Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar (C) defeats Roman Reigns

Headline – The fans hated this match and I’m not that sure why. I enjoyed it, especially since we all assumed that this was Reigns’ crowning moment to end WrestleMania and I was legitimately shocked when Lesnar would get the win. There was a nice spot where Lesnar elbowed Reigns in the face and gash open Reigns and blood started to pour out of his head (probably a blood packet), but was cool nonetheless. Lesnar retained the title after hitting Reigns with an F-5 to get the 3-count.

Rating – 3 out of 5

WrestleMania 34 Rating – 3.2 out of 5

Summary – This WrestleMania had a few very good matches, most notably Charlotte vs Asuka, Rollins vs Balor vs Miz, Rousey and Angle vs HHH and Stephanie and Bryan and Shane vs Owens and Zayn to carry the load.

Thanks for reading! Follow me on Twitter (@CJ_PSE) for tomorrow’s (April 4th) installment of WrestleMania Rewind, where we will have our finale, WrestleMania 35 where the women would headline “The Show of Shows” for the first-time ever!

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Colby Faria

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