WrestleMania 31 Cashes in With Excitement
On Sunday, the WWE hosted its 31st WrestleMania, and the event did not disappoint in both entertainment and feats of athleticism. There was also a shocking finish as Seth Rollins cashed in his “Money in the Bank” contract to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The main event originally was a one-on-one match up between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, and the two gladiators went tooth and nail, putting on a show. Lesnar would dominate early with suplexes and would hit 3 F5s, but Reigns would weather the storm with offense of his own using three “Superman” punches and two spears, but neither man could get the three count on the other. With competitors Lesnar and Reigns vulnerable, Rollins who came up short earlier against Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, forcing the match into a Triple Threat. After Reigns delivered a spear to Lesnar, Rollins would hit a curb stomp to his former SHIELD mate to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the first time in his young career.
Before his title win, Rollins would face Randy Orton in a match that didn’t disappoint, with both men kicking out of each other’s finishers; Rollins kicking out of an RKO, and later on Orton kicking out of Rollin’s curb stomp. Rollins would go for a second when from out of nowhere Orton would reverse it for an RKO and had his hand raised on the count of three.
The event also saw the return of the Undertaker, and Sting’s WrestleMania debut facing the upstart Bray Wyatt, whose wrestling character almost mirrors that of the Undertaker. The Undertaker was able to recover from his one WrestleMania loss against Brock Lesnar, as he defeated Wyatt with a “Tombstone” pile driver. As for Sting, his match with Triple H was one for the ages, as the match oozed nostalgia from Triple H’s Terminator entrance, to run ins with DX and the NWO partners, the two stables that helped propel the “Monday Night Wars” between the WWE and WCW in the 1990’s. This meant run ins from such legends as Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash on the NWO side, and Shawn Michaels delivering his “Sweet Chin Music” super kick to Sting, in an attempt to help his friend Triple H. If this was Stings last match as reported by the Associated Press as well as other sources this week, then the legend went out with a bang, looking like the Sting of old against Triple H. In the end, Triple H with Sledgehammer at hand, came out on top, with the two competitors shaking hands at the end of the match in a sign of respect.
The event also saw John Cena defeating the mighty Rusev to capture the United States title, as the mighty Resuv accidentally knocked Lana out of the ring. With Cena capitalizing using the Attitude Adjustment for the win, this was Cena’s first mid card title win since he first captured the same US Title in 2004. Despite the loss, the young Rusev held his own in his first WrestleMania, proving he’s a talent with a bright future ahead. Paige and AJ Lee defeated Nikki and Brie Bella who teamed as the Bella Twins, with AJ Lee having Divas Champion Nikki Bella tap out to the Black Widow to pick up the win for her team, with all four ladies putting on a great match.
Daniel Bryan climbed the ladder to become the Intercontinental Champion, in a match that will be talked about for years. In the ladder match Bryan went up against R-Truth, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose, Star Dust, and then champion “Bad News Barret.” Bryan and Ziggler traded head butts as the two sat atop the ladder, grasping their hands on the title that had been held by the likes of Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bret Hart, and other legends. Bryan hit the decisive head butt, and would become the new Intercontinental Champion.
The Rock and MMA Champion Ronda Rousey teamed up to take down the dreaded authority heads, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, leaving fans to wonder if Rousey may follow former UFC and MMA Champion Brock Lesnar’s footsteps and step to the squared circle. The Big Show captured the Andre the Giant Battle Royal trophy, and Cesaro and Kidd retained the tag titles in a Fatal Four against the Usos, the New Day, and Los Matadors on the WrestleMania Kick off show.
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