WWE ‘Wrestlemania’: Review

After many years, i finally had the opportunity to witness a WWE ‘Wrestlemania’ live event. While i wish i was well rested given that the show was over 6 hours long; ‘Wrestlemania’ 33 at Orlando, FL Camping World Stadium surrounded by over 70,000 WWE fans was truly a memorable experience. The show had much to offer and provided lots of entertaining moments thanks to the WWE performers & rabid wrestling fans in attendance. Most of which traveled from different parts of the world to be there. During WWE Network commercial breaks,  fans would interact with each other in a cosplay type of style similar to what you expect to see at a Comic Con.

Fans would dress up as their favorite superstars & legends and they would have their own impromptu matches with one fan dressed as a WWE referee to ensure a clean victory. It was funny and highly entertaining to kill time. But the show itself was truly wonderful! The show kicked off with Neville vs Austin Aries for the Cruiserweight Championship, with Neville poking Aries in the eyes (Ric Flair style) to retain his championship. Next was the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with Mojo Rawley landing the victory thanks to help by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The final pre-show match was Dean Ambrose vs Baron Corbin, with Dean hitting Baron with his finisher ‘Dirty Deeds’ to also retain his title. 

Now the main show has begun and we are welcomed to our hosts, The New Day. New Day members hyped up the crowd and the show officially began with Aj Styles vs Shane McMahon. Shane goes for a ‘Shooting Star Press’ which Aj counters into a ‘Phenomenal Forearm’ to win the match. Next we get Jericho vs Owens which felt like a throwaway match. The match even had a quick finish with Owens ‘Power Bombing’ Jericho on the apron to win his first US Championship. 

After that, Bayley defended the Raw Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks in a fatal four-way elimination match. In the end, Flair collided with the exposed turnbuckle, allowing Bayley to perform a diving elbow drop on Flair to retain the title. 

In the fourth match, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were originally scheduled to defend the Raw Tag Team Championship against Cesaro and Sheamus and Enzo Amore and Big Cass in a triple threat ladder match. Before the match, hosts The New Day announced that the returning Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) would also be involved in the match. In the end, Matt performed a Twist of Fateoff a ladder on Anderson and Jeff performed a Swanton Bomb off a ladder through a bridged ladder on Cesaro and Sheamus. Matt then retrieved the title belts to win the championship for the first time as a team; individually, the first time for Jeff and the second time for Matt.

Later, John Cena and Nikki Bella faced The Miz and Maryse in a mixed tag team match with Al Roker serving as the special guest ring announcer. In the end, as Bella and Maryse were the legal wrestlers, Cena and Bella performed Five Knuckle Shuffles on Miz and Maryse. Cena performed an Attitude Adjustment on Miz whilst Bella performed a Rack Attack 2.0 on Maryse. Cena and Bella pinned both Miz and Maryse to win the match. After the match, Cena proposed to Nikki, who accepted.

Next, Seth Rollins then faced Triple H in a non-sanctioned match. During the match, Rollins attempted a Pedigree on Triple H, who countered into a DDT on Rollins onto an announce table. Triple H targeted Rollins’ leg, applying an inverted figure-four leglock on Rollins, who rolled out of the ring to escape the hold. Triple H retrieved his signature sledgehammer, only for Rollins to perform an enzuigiri on Triple H. As Rollins retrieved the sledgehammer, Stephanie McMahon snatched the weapon away from Rollins. This allowed Triple H to perform a Pedigree on Rollins for a near-fall. As Triple H attempted a Pedigree on Rollins from the top rope, Rollins countered and performed a Phoenix Splashon Triple H for a near-fall. After trading counters, Rollins performed a superkick on Triple H, who bumped into Stephanie, causing her to crash through a table. Rollins then performed a Pedigree on Triple H to win the match.

Next, Bray Wyatt defended the WWE Championship against Randy Orton. At the beginning of the match, Orton attempted an RKO on Wyatt, who rolled out of the ring. During the match, Wyatt played mind games on Orton by having large images of different insects appear on the ring canvas. Outside of the ring, Wyatt performed Sister Abigail on Orton into the barricade. Orton then performed an RKO on Wyatt and scored a near-fall. Wyatt performed Sister Abigail on Orton for a near-fall. Orton then performed another RKO on Wyatt to win his ninth WWE Championship and his first at WrestleMania.

After that, Goldberg defended the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar. Lesnar performed three German suplexes on Goldberg, who quickly recovered and performed two spears on Lesnar, who then rolled out of the ring. Goldberg then performed a spear on Lesnar through the barricade into the timekeepers area. Goldberg got Lesnar back into the ring and attempted a Jackhammer, but Lesnar countered and attempted an F-5 on Goldberg, who also countered and performed another spear, followed by a Jackhammer on Lesnar, who became the first man to kick-out of the spear-Jackhammer combo. Goldberg attempted a fifth spear, but Lesnar avoided Goldberg and performed seven more German suplexes on him. Lesnar then performed an F-5 on Goldberg to win his first Universal Championship and gave Goldberg his first clean singles loss of his career. This win also made Lesnar the first wrestler to win both the WWE Championship and Universal Championship.

In the penultimate match, Alexa Bliss defended the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch, Naomi, Mickie James, Natalya, and Carmella in a six-pack challenge. The end came when Naomi forced Bliss to submit to the Slay-o-Mission to win her second SmackDown Women’s Championship, tying the record.

In the main event, the match between The Undertaker and Roman Reigns was revealed to be a No Holds Barred match. Jim Ross returned as a guest commentator. During the match, Undertaker performed a chokeslam on Reigns through an announce table, who then performed a spear on Undertaker through another announce table. Undertaker performed a Last Ride for a near-fall. Reigns performed two Superman punches on Undertaker, who performed a chokeslam on Reigns onto a chair for a near-fall. Undertaker performed a Tombstone Piledriver on Reigns for a near-fall. Reigns executed another spear, but Undertaker applied Hell’s Gate, with Reigns managing to escape. Reigns attacked Undertaker with a chair and performed two spears—both scored near-falls. Undertaker attempted his signature sit-up, but suddenly collapsed. After another spear, Reigns pinned Undertaker to win the match and become the second person to defeat Undertaker at WrestleMania after Brock Lesnar ended the Streak at WrestleMania XXX. After the match, The Undertaker symbolically left his gloves, coat and hat in the center of the ring, hinting that this was possibly his last match. In a very rare moment, Undertaker broke character and kissed his wife Michelle McCool, who was seated in the front row. Undertaker walked to the center of the entrance ramp, looked at the crowd and raised his arm as he was lowered below the stage to the sound of his music and his signature gong sounded three times as the show ended.[108] In the arena, the main stage lighting (not the crowd’s lighting) was left off for the remainder of the evening and Undertaker’s clothes were left in the ring as the production crew cleaned up, only taking his clothing articles when it was time to disassemble the ring.

Overall, ‘Wrestlemania’ 33 was an excellent show carrying emotional moments, memorable moments and great matches! 

You can relive WWE ‘Wrestlemania’ 33 on the WWE Network.