It’s that time again ladies and gentlemen. Wrestlemania 33 is now over and the road to Wrestlemania 34 begins. But lets not get ahead of ourselves, we have an entire show to go through. Here are not only the results, but our thoughts also on the biggest wrestling event of the year. This is not a review of the PPV, only the results and thoughts.
KICKOFF SHOW: NEVILLE (C) VS. AUSTIN ARIES – CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
The very first match on the Wrestlemania card was a title match. I’m pretty sure this is because, out of the three kick off matches, two of them were for title belts. The Intercontinental Championship was relegated to the pre-show, which I found surprising as I expected it to be on the actual card. We’ll get to that later though.
Overall this puts Neville into his first Wrestlemania match alongside Austin Aries, who was in his first ‘mania match also. Fifteen minutes and forty seconds is definitely enough time to put on a good match. What does this mean for wrestling? Well, for starters it means we’ll be looking at a nice, lengthy reign for Neville as champion, something he definitely deserves. As for Austin Aries, they’ll have a feud for a while and he’ll eventually get the belt. To be honest, I can see him feuding with Kevin Owens over the US Title, he could definitely manage that.
KICKOFF MATCH: ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL
Winner: Mojo Rawley
The Andre the Giant Battle Royal has always been a favourite event of mine. For the past three years, we’ve seen winners who truly deserve their place as a winner of this memorial. Cesaro, Big Show and Baron Corbin are those three winners, with the forth now being Mojo Rawley. I don’t mind him as a performer, just I don’t believe he’s ready to win such a big event.
Yes, I understand it was on the pre-show, but the momentous occasion is a feat that deserves to be won by the very best competitors. Honestly, I thought Sami Zayn or Dolph Ziggler would have won so as to kick start something new and exciting for them. To be fair, Zack Ryder is still injured, so I presume the reason is to give Mojo something to do until he can return to the tag team scene. I’m probably wrong, but I can’t help but feel a lack of prestige for the trophy now, lets hope Rawley can change this.
KICKOFF MATCH: DEAN AMBROSE (C) VS. BARON CORBIN – INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Winner: Dean Ambrose
I genuinely thought Baron Corbin would have won this match. Why? Because he was, up until this match, undefeated at Wrestlemania. They may not want to copy the gimmick of The Undertaker, however an undefeated run with Corbin may have been quite a lot of fun. Still, I understand why they did it, and it’s no problem anyways.
It’s expected that a title will not change hands on the pre-show, unless it’s Wrestlemania 25 and the unification of the championship belts. No matter though, I thought Corbin would have won with a DQ. Honestly I can’t see these two feuding with one another anymore, it seems like a stale feud right now if I’m honest.
MATCH 1: AJ STYLES VS. SHANE MCMAHON
Winner: AJ Styles
To be fair I was expecting this result. The one thing that everyone can and will agree on is that Shane McMahon was not going to win this match. Out of the two matches he’s had in the past few years, he’s lost both of them to some pretty main event characters. The Undertaker being the first at the previous Wrestlemania, and now AJ Styles.
For the first match of the night, I’m surprised it went on for so long. But what does it do for the overall arc of wrestling? Nothing really. To be honest it was a good match that probably wont amount to anything that’s really worthwhile. Anyways, the fact remains that this match happened, and apparently it was quite good, so we can keep that in mind in the future. Maybe Styles will head over to Raw? Who knows.
Match 2: Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (c) – United States Championship
Winner: Kevin Owens
Of course Jericho was going to lose. He’s apparently either retiring or just dropping the title to his former best friend Kevin Owens. The match was shorter than I expected it would be, but to be fair that’s the scenario for every other match on this card. Overall it’s not a surprise that Owens won, it was predictable but that was the favoured outcome for me.
I would have wanted Jericho to stay for as long as possible, but it was not to be I suppose. Jericho dropped the belt to Kevin Owens in a last hurrah of a Wrestlemania moment. But I do hope he comes back eventually, he, much like The Undertaker, deserves one more Wrestlemania in the main event. Perhaps against Dean Ambrose? That’s just a dream match, nevermind.
Match 3: Bayley (c) vs. Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte – RAW Women’s Championship
This was quite a short match considering it was a fatal four way. I mean, think about it, Wrestlemania 2000 had a fatal four way that was roughly forty minutes long. Nevermind though, this was still a match that was booked well in many ways. Primarily because it pitted the four top women’s wrestlers in a match altogether for a championship that felt like it mattered.
As for the impact it’s going to have, well, it means Bayley will be dropping the belt at Payback. What should have been done is that Bayley won the championship at Wrestlemania over Charlotte. This would’ve meant the first PPV loss for Charlotte, and the first title reign for Bayley. It would have created a much more feel good moment overall.
Match 4: The Club (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Enzo and Cass vs. Jeff and Matt Hardy – RAW Tag Team Championships
Winners: Matt and Jeff Hardy
Oh my God they actually came back! Yes, it wasn’t too much of a surprise considering rumours had been circulating ever since they left TNA. Although it wasn’t announced, they did make a surprise return and actually end up winning the match. Surprisingly, this is one of the few matches Jeff and Matt Hardy have won at Wrestlemania.
What does this mean for post-Mania WWE? Well, Matt and Jeff Hardy are the current tag champions. Although the trademarks and so on for the “Broken” Matt Hardy aren’t the WWE’s to use just yet, we can be sure to see some form of eccentric character. It’s a welcome sight to see them back, and I’m quite interested so as to what they’ll do next. I would love to see Matt go for the main event, and I’d love to see Jeff do the same. Right now though, Matt is much better. Enzo and Cass will get their hands on the championship belts sooner or later though.
Match 5: John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse
Winners: John Cena and Nikki Bella
This match was obviously Cena and Bella’s way of either taking some time off or retiring. Cena is going off to Hollywood and Bella is retiring apparently. After the match, Cena proposed, which I found vaguely obvious, mainly because it was very, very obvious.
As for the match, what impact does it really have on the WWE as a whole? Well, nothing of note really. The Miz and Maryse basically got squashed, Cena is off to Hollywood and Nikki Bella is retiring. So that’s that match done and out of the way, one of the most forgettable matches in Wrestlemania history made memorable by that one piece at the end.
Match 6: Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
Winner: Seth Rollins
This was the longest match on the card, beating the main event by just two minutes in length. Seth Rollins has a buggered knee still so it surprises me that he actually managed to make it to Wrestlemania. Still, the match was lengthy and it was a No-Sanctions match, which is basically a fancy way of saying it was No Holds Barred.
What impact will this have? Well, Seth will be able to gloat in this victory on Monday Night Raw and then use this to propel himself back into the main event. What else were you expecting to be fair? Triple H will, at some point, no longer be wrestling at all, so they’re using him while they can, mainly so as to keep getting some great, upper midcard matches. I hope he doesn’t have to face Kevin Owens though, it’ll basically just be a copy paste feud of Seth Rollins. Maybe facing off against someone like AJ Styles or Goldberg isn’t too bad of an idea.
Match 7: Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton – WWE Championship Match
Winner: Randy Orton
For a main title match, ten minutes is not a long time for a match. Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens was six minutes longer. The Women’s Championship was two minutes longer. I could go on, but you get the idea. It was a shame that Bray Wyatt lost also, he’s only been champion for a month or two and a win at Wrestlemania would have worked wonders for him. But, that’s all done and dusted, Randy Orton is now champion.
Personally, I find that the angle has run its course now. Wyatt and Orton’s angle is going stale, all of this Wyatt appearing and so on is getting old and I’m ready for a fresh face in the main event. Maybe Baron Corbin? Now that he’s done with Ambrose there’s ample room for him to join in. Well, I hope so anyway.
Match 8: Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg (c) – Universal Championship
Winner: Brock Lesnar
You remember how I said ten minutes for a main title match wasn’t enough time? Well, this was supposed to be the main event. Not anymore obviously, because it was relegated to before the Smackdown Womens title match. At this point in the show I didn’t know if it was down to Goldberg being old or running out of time for the main event.
As for the impact? Well, Goldberg wont be around for very much longer I can guarantee you that. As for Lesnar, he’ll feud with Roman Reigns because of course he will why wouldn’t he. There isn’t really anything to say about this match, given that it was so short.
Match 9: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Mickie James
Oh boy, another really short match to bridge the gap to the sudden change of main event. Anyways, for six contestants this was a very short match, and on top of that there was a change of championship. Alexa Bliss dropped the belt to Naomi literally out of nowhere. Basically, a five minute match ended up with five Wrestlemania losses and a new champion.
Impact wise, I’ve genuinely got no clue what this will do. Presumably Alexa Bliss will get a title rematch, but there are no feuds set up within the women’s division. Natalya, Mickie James, Becky Lynch and Carmella have literally nothing else to do now, and they’re all very talented.
Main Event: Roman Reigns vs. Undertaker
Winner: Roman Reigns
No. No, no, without a doubt, no. For the love of God. Right, lets get one thing straight. I fully agree with the idea of The Undertaker losing two matches at Wrestlemania, it was his choice to go out on his back, and that’s his prerogative. However, what I have to disagree with, is Roman Reigns ending his career. Yes, The Undertaker has definitely retired, did you not see the cover photo for this bloody article?
So who should have ended the streak? Well, I wrote an article on that, even mentioning Roman Reigns. So what does this mean for the WWE? Well, Roman Reigns will use this as some form of basis for his next feud and get booed out of every arena he steps foot into, like he should.