- Show: WWE WrestleMania 35
- Location: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
- Date: Sunday April 7, 2019
- Review by: Amin Ajani
–The host of WrestleMania Alexa Bliss opened the show. Bliss mentioned if she wanted a WrestleMania moment all she had to do was snap her fingers as Hulk Hogan came out to a big reaction. Hogan called MetLife Stadium the Silverdome playing off his WrestleMania 30 gaffe. Bliss and Hogan posed as Paul Heyman marched down the ramp. Heyman mentioned if Brock Lesnar can’t main event the show then he will start the show because he wants to leave New Jersey and head to Vegas where they will be “Ultimately” appreciated. (Awesome way to start WrestleMania with a huge championship match)
Seth Rollins def. Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Universal Title — Lesnar attacked Rollins before the match started. Lesnar delivered an F5 on the floor and then tossed Rollins over the announcers table. The match began as Lesnar delivered a Triple German suplex. Lesnar went for an F5 but Rollins pushed him into the referee. Rollins delivered a low blow, then delivered three straight Curb Stomps, pinned Lesnar and won the title. ⭐️⭐️ 2/4
- Amin’s Analysis: The match was filled with big moves and was nice to see Rollins win. But, I felt underwhelmed because this is WrestleMania and expected to see a much better match especially a championship match.
A.J. Styles def. Randy Orton — The match started with some chain wrestling. Orton went for an RKO but Styles moved. Orton poked Styles and then delivered a dropkick. Styles delivered a dropkick a Slingshot Phenomenal Forearm on the floor. Orton shoved Styles off the ring apron who went crashing into the barricade. Orton backdropped Styles on the barricade for a near fall. Styles delivered the Phenomenal Blitz and a sliding forearm. Styles delivered a running forearm and an Ushigorishi for a near fall. Orton avoided the Styles Clash and delivered a Powerslam for a near fall. Styles applied a a Calf Crusher but Orton grabbed the ropes. Styles went for the Phenomenal Forearm as Orton went for the RKO. Off the RKO attempt, Orton landed on his back as Styles delivered a Springboard 450 Splash for a near fall. (This was well done.) Orton avoided another Phenomenal Forearm and delivered a backbreaker. Orton delivered a Superplex, a draping DDT, taunted the crowd and then called for the RKO. Styles delivered a step-up enzuigiri and then rolled up Orton for a near fall. Orton popped up and delivered an RKO but Styles kicked out. Orton teased a Super RKO but Styles countered by delivering a Pele Kick which sent Orton to the floor. Styles delivered a Slingshot Phenomenal Forearm on the floor. Styles snapped Orton on the top rope and then delivered a Phenomenal Forearm for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a very good professional wrestling match as both Orton and Styles worked really. There were some great spot and I liked the creativity of Styles finding clever ways to avoid the RKO.
The Usos def. The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus), Aleister Black & Ricochet and Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura in a Fatal-4-Way Match to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Titles — Sheamus delivered a DDT to Black. Nakamura delivered a jumping kick to Black as Rusev delivered a spine buster for a near fall. Jimmy delivered a Popup spine buster to Black. Nakamura delivered a wheel kick to Jimmy. Ricochet delivered a Springboard lariat to Nakamura for a near fall. Ricochet delivered a tilt-a-whirl head scissors to Cesaro. Cesaro delivered an uppercut to Ricochet. There was an awesome spot as Cesaro spun Ricochet around (like 30+ times) as Sheamus delivered clubbing blows to everyone else. Cesaro placed Ricochet in a Sharpshooter but Jimmy broke the hold by delivering a Superkick. Black delivered a sliding knee to Rusev. Nakamura delivered a running knee strike to Black and then delivered the Bomb Ye but Ricochet made the save by delivering a standing Shooting Star Press. Rusev delivered a Uranage to Ricochet for a near fall. There was a Rusev delivered a spinning uranage slam to Ricochet for a near fall. There was a Crazy Tower of Doom spot as Nakamura, Rusev, The Bar and Usos went for a Super backdrop/Sunset Flip Bomb combo as everyone feel to the mat but Ricochet somehow landed on his feet which got a big reaction. Ricochet delivered a 630 Splash to Sheamus but everyone broke the count. Jey delivered a Superkick to Cesaro. Ricochet delivered a 630 Splash to Sheamus but everyone broke the count. Jey delivered a Superkick to Cesaro. Rusev delivered a hook kick to Jey. Black delivered the Black Mass to Rusev. Nakamura delivered the Kinshasa to Black. Ricochet delivered a Codebreaker to Nakamura. Sheamus delivered the Brogue Kick to Ricochet. Jimmy and Jey delivered a double Superkick to Sheamus. Jimmy and Jey delivered a double USO Splash to Sheamus for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a great match filled with so many awesome spots as everyone worked really hard.
–WWE Hall of Fame video package aired. WWE Hall of Fame class came out on stage. DX came out last as they’re music played. (This was nice)
Shane McMahon def. The Miz in a Falls Count Anywhere Match — They brawled around the floor as Shane delivered his hideous looking punches and then whacked Miz with a monitor. Shane went for his Leap of Faith elbow drop but Miz’s dad stopped him and entered the ring. Shane showed George how to properly hold up his fist. Shane delivered strikes to George in the corner. Miz was irate as he attacked Shane and then asked someone to check on his dad. Miz delivered chair shots and then delivered a spine buster through a table for a near fall. Miz attacked Shane with a monitor who took a bump over the railing, feel about eight feet down which got a near fall. Miz delivered the Skull Crushing Finale on a platform but Shane kicked out. Shane attacked Miz with a medal case and then climbed the scaffolding. Miz climbed up from the other side. There was a GREAT visual as Miz delivered a Superplex off the scaffolding to Shane as they landed on a cushion. Shane landed on top of Miz and got the win. ⭐️⭐️ 1/4
- Amin’s Analysis: There were lots of rough spots but this was a fine match as both Miz and Shane worked hard. The finish was creative and it’s a clever way for Shane to win. Everything involving Miz’s dad came off as comedy and was not good.
The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) def. Bayley & Sasha Banks, Beth Phoenix & Natalya and Nia Jax & Tamina in a Fatal-4-Way Match to win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles — Beth and Natalya rammed Nia into the ring steps. Royce avoided a sliding double knees and applied a Victory Roll for a near fall. Royce delivered a round kick to Banks for a near fall. Billie and Royce delivered a double team wheelbarrow suplex to Banks for a near fall. Royce delivered a running bulldog to Banks onto the knee of Billie for a near fall. Phoenix delivered a double suplex to Billie and Royce. Natalya and Phoenix delivered the Hart Attack to Billie but Bayley broke the count. Banks delivered a head scissors to Phoenix and then transitioned into the Bank Statement but Natalya broke the hold. There was a cool spot as Natalya applied a double Sharpshoot on Banks and Bayley but Tamina broke the hold by delivering a Superkick. Nia and Tamina delivered a double head butt to Phoenix. Nia and Tamina delivered stereo Samoan drops to Billie and Royce. Nia and Tamina climbed the turnbuckle but were shoved to the floor. Banks delivered a flying double knees to Phoenix on the floor. Bayley delivered a diving elbow drop as Banks followed by delivering a Frog Splash but Phoenix kicked out. Natalya delivered a spinning sit-out Powerbomb to Banks. Phoenix delivered a Super Glamslam off the turnbuckle to Bayley as Billie made the tag. Royce shoved Phoenix to the floor. Billie pinned Bayley and got the win. ⭐️⭐️
- Amin’s Analysis: There were some nice spots but this was pretty average match. Nia and Tamina aren’t great wrestlers. The IIconics are fine. Bayley/Beth/Natalya and Sasha were the workhorses of the match.
Kofi Kingston (w/Big E & Xavier Woods) def. Daniel Bryan (w/Rowan) to win the WWE Championship — Kofi got a huge reaction when he came out. Kofi delivered a plancha on the floor and then delivered a Boom Drop. Bryan applied a surfboard but Kofi broke free. Kofi went for a running double stomp but Bryan countered by applying a Boston Crab but Kofi grabbed the ropes. Kofi delivered a reverse crossbody for a near fall. Kofi leaped off the turnbuckle but Bryan countered by applying the LeBell Lock but Kofi broke free. Kofi went for the S.O.S. but Bryan countered by reapplying the LeBell Lock. Kofi placed his foot on the rope. Bryan delivered NO kicks but Kofi no-sold it and kicked him back. Kofi delivered a reverse face-plant suplex for a near fall. Bryan rolled to the floor as Kofi went after him but was stopped by Rowan. Rowan threw Woods over the announcers table and then attacked Big E. Kofi delivered the Trouble in Paradise to Rowan and then Big E and Woods delivered the UpUp DownDown on the floor. Bryan avoided the Trouble in Paradise and delivered the Buzuki Knee but Kofi kicked out for a great near fall. Bryan applied the LeBell Lock but Kofi broke free and delivered some ground and pound. Kofi delivered the Trouble in Paradise and got the win. (After the match, New Day celebrated inside the ring. Woods unveiled the original WWE Championship. Kofi brought his kids into the ring. Big E and Woods unveiled a new New Day shirt with Kofi as WWE Champion as everyone celebrated) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was fantastic and the best match on the show as both Bryan and Kofi worked really hard. There were some great counters and transitions. The post-match angle with The New Day and Kofi’s kids was so sweet and heartwarming. Just a great WrestleMania moment.
Samoa Joe def. Rey Mysterio via Submission to retain the WWE United States Title — Joe delivered a running boot but Mysterio responded by delivering a tornado DDT. Mysterio delivered a 619, leaped off the turnbuckle but Joe caught him applied the Coquina Clutch and got the submission win. ⭐️
- Amin’s Analysis: I liked this a lot as it was unexpected and positioned Joe as a dominant champion.
Roman Reigns def. Drew McIntyre — Reigns delivered a Samoan drop for a near fall. McIntyre delivered a spine buster for a near fall. Reigns delivered a guillotine leg drop. McIntyre delivered a head butt and an overhead belly-to-belly suplex but Reigns kicked out. McIntyre avoided a Drive By and delivered a suplex on the floor. McIntyre delivered a reverse Alabama Slam for a near fall. They battled on the turnbuckle as McIntyre delivered a monkey flip. McIntyre slapped Reigns. Reigns responded by delivering a running boot and a Drive By. Reigns delivered a Samoan drop on the floor. McIntyre delivered a head butt but Reigns responded by delivering a Superman Punch. Reigns delivered a Spear and got the win. ⭐️ 2/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a pretty basic match that you usually see every week on WWE TV. McIntyre and Reigns worked hard but for a show like WrestleMania this totally underdelivered.
–Elias played the piano on the big screen. A second Elias was shown playing the drums. Elias was shown inside the ring playing the guitar. Elias was about to start his main concert but was interrupted by a video of Babe Ruth calling his shot. John Cena came out as the Doctor of Thugonomics. Cena said “Silence your cell phone/hold your applause/shut your mouth and no string plucks/I feel like I’m watching one of my movies/cause this whole damn thing sucks.” Cena said “I’m a bad man/my style’s like a pitbull bit you/You ain’t even half a dog/You just a little piece of Shih Tzu.” Cena said “They call me the golden shovel/so I’m about to bury your push/Your face looks like my nuts/Except you got a hairier bush.” Cena attacked Elias with a microphone, delivered the Five Knuckle Shuffle, pumped his sneakers and delivered the FU. (This was well done)
Triple H def. Batista in a No Holds Barred Match — Hunter brought out a tool box from underneath the ring as he whipped Batista with a chain. HHH grabbed some pliers and tried to cut off Batista’s FINGERS. HHH delivered chair shots. HHH grabbed pliers and pulled out Batista NOSE ring. Batista slammed HHH on the announcers table and then placed steel steps on the table. Batista teased a Super Batista Bomb but HHH countered by backdropping him on another announcers table. HHH charged and speared Batista through the announcers table. There were two sledgehammers underneath the ring as HHH grabbed one hammer. HHH charged but Batista countered by delivering a spear for a near fall. Batista delivered a spine buster and then delivered a Batista Bomb but HHH kicked out. HHH made a comeback as he Powerbombed Batista on the ring steps. HHH delivered a Pedigreee but Batista kicked out. Batista delivered a DDT on the ring steps. Batista grabbed a sledgehammer. Ric Flair appeared at ringside and handed HHH a sledgehammer. HHH jumped off the steps and attacked Batista with the sledgehammer. HHH delivered a Pedigree to Batista and got the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Amin’s Analysis: This match dragged and went way too long. However, I enjoyed this match because both Batista and HHH worked really hard as there was some unique and innovate spots. I also liked the finish and Ric Flair’s involvement was very well done.
Baron Corbin def. Kurt Angle — Angle delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Corbin delivered strikes in the corner. Angle avoided a flying axe handle and delivered a Triple German suplex to Corbin for a near fall. Corbin avoided an Ankle Lock and delivered the Deep Six for a near fall. Angle applied an Ankle Lock but Corbin rolled through and sent him into the turnbuckle. Angle delivered a Triple German suplex but missed a reverse moonsault as Corbin delivered the End of Days for the win. (After the match, Angle mentioned he had the time of his life over the last 20 years. He thanked the fans and wanted to hear them say You Suck) ⭐️ 2/4
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a pretty basic match as Angle has slowed down and this is probably the best match he can get out of Corbin. Angle is one of my all-time favourites wrestlers and will be remembered for his body of work and not his most recent matches on RAW. Corbin isn’t a great wrestler but is good in his role and this was the right finish.
“Demon” Finn Balor def. Bobby Lashley (w/Lio Rush) to win the WWE Intercontinental Title — The “Demon” entrance looked awesome and is one of my favourites. Balor delivered a wheel kick and scissors kick to Lashley as the match began. Balor delivered a Woo dropkick and then delivered a nice looking flip dive on the floor. Rush caused a distraction as Lashley delivered a spine buster. Balor was on the ring apron as Lashley delivered back-to-back running suplex from the ring apron. Lashley rammed Balor into the barricade. Lashley charged but Balor caught him with a Slingblade and then delivered a Woo dropkick into the barricade. Rush caused another distraction as Lashley speared Balor through the middle rope onto the floor. Lashley delivered a second spear but Balor kicked out. Balor made a comeback by delivering a Powerbomb to Lashley and then delivered the Coup De Grace for the win. ⭐️⭐️ 1/4
- Amin’s Analysis: It was a short but this was good match as both Balor and Lashley worked hard. Lashley works well as the powerhouse. Balor was the star of the match as he’s an awesome wrestler and nice to see him get a big win at WrestleMania.
Becky Lynch def. Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in a Triple-Threat Match to win the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Titles — Joan Jett played Ronda Rousey to the ring. Charlotte Flair got a special entrance as a helicopter was shown flying her to MetLife Stadium. Becky Lynch is The Man didn’t need a special entrance. (WrestleMania main started at 7pm. The main event started at 12am on Monday morning) Becky and Rousey exchanged strikes as the match began. Rousey rammed Becky into the barricade and delivered Piper’s Pit to Charlotte on the floor. Becky shoved Rousey into the ring post as Charlotte delivered an Exploder into the barricade. Charlotte kneed Rousey in the head. Becky and Charlotte lifted and Powerbombed Rousey over the top rope. Rousey held onto both Becky and Charlotte’s arm. Becky broke free by and delivered a running dropkick. Rousey landed on her shoulder and feel to the mat. (This looked rough) Becky placed Charlotte in the Dis-Arm-Her but Rousey retuned to break the hold. Rousey applied an armbar on Becky but Charlotte broke it up. Charlotte delivered chops to Rousey. Rousey responded by saying “you slap like a b*tch“ There was a cool spot as Becky delivered an inverted DDT to Rousey and a regular DDT to Charlotte for near falls. Becky delivered a middle rope Exploder to Charlotte for a near fall. Becky and Charlotte delivered a Triple Powerbomb to Rousey. Becky tossed Charlotte to the floor and then placed Rousey in the Dis-Arm-Her but eventually broke free. Becky placed Rousey in a top rope Dis-Arm-Her in another cool spot. There was another great spot as Charlotte delivered a beautiful looking top rope Spanish Fly to Becky for a near fall. Charlotte applied Figure-4-Leg Lock to Rousey against the ring post but Becky broke it up. Charlotte placed Rousey in a Figure-8-Leg Lock but Becky delivered a diving leg drop to force a break. Becky pulled out a table and placed it inside the ring. Charlotte went to Superplex Becky through a table but Rousey stoped it. Rousey tipped the table over and shouted, “Tables are for b*tches“ Charlotte delivered a double Spear to Becky and Rousey for near falls. Charlotte leaned the table in the corner. Charlotte rammed Rousey’s face into the table. Charlotte charged but Becky and Rousey hip tossed her through a table. Rousey delivered a flying knee to Becky. Rousey delivered the Piper’s Pit to Becky. But, Becky transitioned into a Crucifix, pinned Rousey and won the match. (After the match, Rousey argued with the referee that her shoulder was up and Corey Graves brought attention to this. Becky celebrated with the championship as fireworks blasted as after 5 and a half hours WrestleMania came to a close) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Amin’s Analysis: This was a really good hard hitting match as everyone worked really hard. There were some rough spots but the match was paced well and it felt like everyone really wanted to win the match. The finish was strange and felt anti-climatic for a first-ever Women’s WrestleMania main event. This should lead to a match with Lynch and Rousey. I would have liked to see Lynch get a decisive win. But this was still a very a good match.
–WWE WrestleMania 35 was a very good but not a great show. There were some great matches and moments. But there were also some pretty dull matches as well. Plus the show went way too long and really started to drag.
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