AMIN’S WWE WRESTLEMANIA REVIEW
SUNDAY APRIL 5, 2020
WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER IN ORLANDO, FL
–The show opened with Stephanie McMahon welcoming us to the show. Stephanie noted WWE superstars are performing on a closed set and other locations. Stephanie mentioned WWE is here to put a smile on your face. Stephanie welcomed us to WrestleMania.
–Rob Gronkowski was shown standing on a perch inside the WWE Performance Center as he hyped the show and threw to the opening match.
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair
Charlotte took control early as she delivered big chops in the corner. Ripley responded by delivering the RipTide but Charlotte kicked out. Charlotte took control here as she avoided a running boot and draped Ripley’s leg on the top rope. Ripley made a comeback as she delivered a missile dropkick, went for a running boot but Charlotte ducked and delivered a chop block. Charlotte applied a Boston Crab but Ripley countered into an Inverted Texas Cloverleaf. Charlotte blocked a Superplex, went for a Moonsault but Ripley got her boots up. Ripley charged but Charlotte countered with a spear for a two count. Charlotte went for a Figure-4-Leg Lock but Ripley countered into an inside cradle for a two count. Charlotte took back control as she applied a Figure-4-Leg Lock and then bridged into a Figure-8-Leg Lock as Ripley tapped.
WINNER: CHARLOTTE FLAIR WON THE NXT WOMEN’S TITLE
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a very physical match as there were some great sequences and spots leading to the finish. Ripley looked great here as she held her ground and came out as a star. Not surprised by the finish as Charlotte’s a great wrestler and this will bring more star presence to NXT. I would love to see my favourite Io Shirai be the one to defeat Charlotte and win the NXT Women’s Title.)
ALEISTER BLACK vs. BOBBY LASHLEY (w/Lana)
Lashley avoided a Quebrada as he sent Black flying with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. Lashley delivered a powerslam for a two count. Lashley went for a spear but Black countered with a mid-kick for a two count. Black made a comeback as he delivered a Quebrada to the floor. Lashley took control as he called for the Dominator but Lana climbed the ring steps and told him to go for a spear. Lashley charged but Black nailed him with Black Mass for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: ALEISTER BLACK
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match as both Black and Lashley worked hard. The finish was great showing that Black can get the quick win anytime he hits the Black Mass.)
DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/SONYA DEVILLE) vs. OTIS
Ziggler took control early as he nailed Otis with a Superkick and followed with a leaping elbow for a two count. Otis got giggy as he planted Ziggler with a Popup Powerslam. Otis called for the Caterpillar but Deville caused a distraction as Ziggler delivered a low blow. Mandy Rose came out and slapped Deville across her face. Mandy gave Ziggler a low blow as Otis followed with the Caterpillar for the 1,2,3.
–After the match, Otis lifted up Mandy as they shared a kiss.
(Amin’s Analysis: The match was fine for what it was. This would’ve worked better with a crowd as this whole program fell like a tv soap opera.)
LAST MAN STANDING MATCH: EDGE vs. RANDY ORTON
Orton was dressed up as a cameraman as he planted Edge with an RKO Outta Nowhere. Orton delivered a second RKO but Edge got up. They brawled around the Performance Center as Edge swung off a wall and delivered diving elbow to Orton on an office table. They made their way backstage as Orton rammed Edge into some WWE PPV posters. The camera kept following them as they reached a storage area where Edge climbed up some fencing and delivered a flying elbow as Orton went crashing through a table. The made their way to the NXT Production Truck where Orton connected with a Draping DDT but Edge made it up. Orton went for a Punt Kick but Edge countered with a Spear on the truck. Edge called for a second spear but Orton countered into an RKO. Orton grabbed a pair of chairs, went for a Con-Chair-To but Edge countered by placing him in an head/arm choke. Edge looked conflicted but nailed Orton with a Con-Chair-To for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This would’ve played out better if this was a Falls Count Anywhere as the repeated referee counts in the Last Man Standing Match started to drag and felt a bit long. I still very much enjoyed the match as there were lots of creative spots as both Edge and Orton worked very hard. This was the first match during WrestleMania night that needed a crowd as it would’ve been received and delivered so much better.)
–Next, was a comedy spot as a bunch of people chased 24/7 Champion Mojo Rawley around into Performance Center. Gronk was standing on a perch as he delivered a plancha onto everyone and won the 24/7 Title.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was fine comedy especially coming after the serious tone of the Last Man Standing Match. I also want to say Rob Gronkowski was great on both nights of WrestleMania as he looked to be enjoying himself.)
RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: STREET PROFIT (ANGELO DAWKINS & MONTEZ FORD) vs. ANGEL GARZA & AUSTIN THEORY (w/Zelina Vega)
Garza nailed Dawkins with a Superkick as Theory followed with a rolling dropkick for a two count. Ford tagged in as he delivered a standing Moonsault to Garza for a two count. Ford delivered a Tope Con Hilo onto Dawkins and Theory on the floor. Garza delivered a Moonsault onto Dawkins and Ford on the floor. Theory delivered a TKO to Dawkins but Ford made the save with a Frog Splash. Dawkins pinned Theory as the referee counted 1,2,3.
WINNERS: ANGELO DAWKINS & MONTEZ FORD RETAINED THE RAW TAG TEAM TITLES
–Garza and Theory attacked Ford after the match. Vega entered the ring and nailed Ford with a Superkick. Bianca BeLair ran down and made the save. Street Profit cleaned house as BeLair planted Vega with the K.O.D. Dawkins and Ford lifted BeLair on their shoulders.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match as there were some cool spots as everyone got a chance to shine. A nice moment for BeLair as she a talented wrestler, presents herself as a star and this looks to be her call-up to Raw.)
–Titus O’Neil was standing on a perch as he’s now hosting WrestleMania.
FATAL-5-WAY ELIMINATION MATCH FOR THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S TITLE: BAYLEY vs. SASHA BANKS vs. NAOMI vs. LACEY EVANS vs. TAMINA
There was a nice moment when Banks, Naomi and Tamina fist bumped dating back to their days part of Team B.A.D. Tamina nailed Banks with a Superkick. Everyone teamed up as Bayley delivered a Macho Man Elbow, Banks connected with a Frog Splash, Evans delivered a Moonsault as Naomi followed with a Split-Legged Moonsault to Tamina. Everyone pinned Tamina as she was first eliminated. Naomi looked great as she delivered the Rear View to Banks and then nailed Bayley with a Springboard Disaster Kick. Naomi placed Banks in a modified Anaconda Vice but Bayley made the save by delivering a sliding knee. Banks applied the Bank Statement as Naomi tapped. The big spot of the match came when Evans ducked as Bayley nailed Banks with a running knee. Banks got into an argument with Bayley. Evans eliminated Banks after delivering the Women’s Right. Evans delivered a pair of Slingshot Broncos and followed with a Springboard Moonsault but Bayley kicked out. Banks returned as she delivered the Backcracker to Evans. Bayley delivered a Front DDT to Evans for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: BAYLEY RETAINED THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S TITLE
(Amin’s Analysis: This was solid match as everyone looked good and got a chance to shine. The finish was great as Bayley retained her title but we got a few cracks in her friendship with Bank which could possibly lead to match at SummerSlam.)
FIREFLY FUNHOUSE MATCH: JOHN CENA vs. “THE FIEND” BRAY WYATT
Cena came out and was about to welcome us to WrestleMania but the video transitioned to Wyatt in the Firefly FunHouse. Wyatt mentioned how Cena’s toughest opponent was himself as he transported Cena into the FunHouse.Cena met the puppet version of Vince McMahon who asked if he has ruthless aggression. The joke here was that Cena couldn’t touch Wyatt when he said he had ruthless aggression. Wyatt mocked him by singing Nikki Bella’s theme, “You can see but you can’t touch.” Get the joke? Another highlight was Cena coming out in his Doctor of Thuganomics gimmick. Cena did some rhymes which the puppets booed. The joke here is that Cena couldn’t be a rapper so he used it to get over as a wrestler. They showed flashbacks of Bray in his Wyatt Family gimmick. They tried to explain that Cena is a man of the people but didn’t give the fans what they wanted when he beat Wyatt at WrestleMania 30. They recreated the WrestleMania 30 scene but this time, Cena swung a chair at Wyatt. Wyatt then disguised himself as Eric Bischoff and showed Cena playing the role of Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The story here is what would’ve happened if Cena actually turned heel in WWE. The highlight was when the puppet of Vince yelled, “This is good s*it.” The finish came when The Fiend appeared behind Cena and placed him in the Mandible Claw. They played voice-over of Cena’s promo on SmackDown, calling Wyatt an overhyped Superstar. The Fiend delivered the Sister Abigail and pinned Cena.
WINNER: “THE FIEND“ BRAY WYATT
(Amin’s Analysis: This was just incredible to watch as it actually wasn’t a match but rather telling a story of how flawed Cena’s on-screen character Fans are either going to love or really dislike this match. I enjoyed this as they made this entertaining and gave us a Cena match without him actually wrestling.)
WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: BROCK LESNAR (w/Paul Heyman) vs. DREW MCINTYRE
Lesnar took control early as he delivered shoulder tackles to McIntyre in the corner. McIntyre caught Lesnar coming off the rope and delivered a Claymore Kick for a close two count. Lesnar avoided a second Claymore Kick and planted McIntyre with a Triple German Suplex. Lesnar delivered an F5 but McIntyre kicked out at one. Lesnar delivered a pair of F5s but McIntyre kept kicking out. Lesnar went for another F5 but McIntyre countered by nailing with a pair of Claymore Kicks. McIntyre delivered a sliding Claymore Kick to Lesnar for the 1,2,3.
WINNER: DREW MCINTYRE WON THE WWE TITLE
(Amin’s Analysis: This was short but an all-action packed match as Lesnar was great here as he put McIntyre over as the next big star. A nice moment for McIntyre as he’s a solid wrestler and will make a great WWE Champion.)
OVERALL THOUGHTS: This show didn’t have the same feel of a regular WrestleMania for obvious reasons but I enjoyed the shows as I give all the WWE wrestlers credit as they worked very hard to put on a show for the fans. It’s such a bummer that fans couldn’t attend WrestleMania this year. Hopefully, things return back to normal soon so wrestling fans can events and WWE fans can travel and attend live shows.
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