Welcome to the 33rd edition of WrestleMania as it took place in Orlando. As you know, WrestleMania weekend is pretty hectic for the fans and wrestlers. They have WrestleMania Access, the Hall of Fame on Friday and the NXTTakeover on Saturday. Coming into WrestleMania 33, we heard so many rumors and potential spoilers leading up to the event. Enough of all the talking and let’s see how things turned out at WrestleMania 33.
We started the main show with Shane McMahon taking on A.J. Styles. Let me say that I have never seen Shane display this much technical wrestling before. This match produced some really good spots, storytelling and wrestling. During the match, Shane attempted his patented flying elbow from the top rope while Styles was on the announce table. He also missed a shooting star press, but he connected with his Drive-By during the match. The crowd was definitely into this match as they went back and forth. In the end, Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Shane to secure the victory. Winner: A.J. Styles
Match Rating: 4.25/5- This was an outstanding match from these two! I’ll be honest; this match is better than a potential match between Styles and Orton or Wyatt.
The second match saw former best friends, turned enemies as Chris Jericho faced Kevin Owens. This match was also for Jericho’s United States championship. Owens stated since Jericho cost him the Universal title he wanted to take the U.S. title from him. This feud started when Jericho was honoring their friendship on Raw from Vegas, but Owens turned on him and beat him down. As far as the match, we saw some great technical wrestling and some brawling throughout the match. The crowd was definitely behind both of these guys and both men kick out of the others finishing maneuvers in the match. We saw a great spot when Owens went for the pop-up powerbomb, but Jericho turned it into a Codebreaker. In the end, Owens hit Jericho with a powerbomb on the apron and rolled him in the ring to pin him for the win. Winner and New United States Champion: Kevin Owens
Match Rating: 3.75/5- This was the right move as Jericho is rumored to take another extended absence. Owens could possibly bring prestige to the title like John Cena did a couple years back.
We had the Raw Women’s championship match as Bayley defended against Charlotte, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks. Nia Jax started the match dominating all three women to start the match. After a few minutes, Bayley, Charlotte and Banks began to help each other and attack Jax. After a couple of failed attempts, they finally got the best of Nia Jax and all three of them got on top of her to pin and eliminate her. After Jax was gone, Charlotte tried to give high-fives to Bayley & Banks, but they attacked her. After some great action and spots, Charlotte partially removed the middle padding on a turnbuckle. She rammed Banks face first into the exposed turnbuckle and pinned her. It was Charlotte and Bayley remaining in the match and Charlotte worked on the knee of Bayley. In the end, Bayley hit Charlotte with a flying elbow from the top rope to pin Charlotte and it felt weird. Winner and Still Raw Women’s Champion: Bayley
Match Rating: 3/5- Coming into this match I knew that Bayley, Banks & Charlotte would work together to eliminate Jax. Honestly I had higher expectations for the remaining three and it didn’t live up to last year’s match.
We had the mixed tag team match between John Cena & Nikki Bella taking on Miz & Maryse. These four have been feuding with each other for the past month or so. Miz & Maryse even went as far as spoof Cena & Nikki from Total Divas. The match started with the Miz getting the best of Cena to the delight of the crowd as they cheered every minute. After a while, Cena took advantage of Miz and finally tagged Nikki in and she went it on Maryse. This continued to happen until Nikki & Cena hit their finishers on them to pick up the win. Winners: John Cena & Nikki Bella
Match Rating: 3.25/5- After the match, Cena grabbed the mic and started talking to Nikki about her WrestleMania. He stated that was his moment and wants to have many more moments with each other as he asked her to marry him.
We had the non-sanctioned match between Triple H and Seth Rollins. This match has been well over a year in the making, but it didn’t happen because Rollins torn his knee. In August, Triple H attacked Rollins, allowing Kevin Owens to win the Universal title. After that tension remain high between the two as Rollins invaded NXTTakeover during Royal Rumble weekend. Seth Rollins injured his knee when Samoa Joe made his Raw debut as he came down to the ring to fight Triple H. Triple H made Rollins sign a form saying if he shows up at WrestleMania to fight that him nor the WWE could be sued. The match went as expected with Triple H focusing on the injured knee of Rollins throughout the match. During the match, both of them kicked out of the Pedigree to each surprise. Towards the end, Stephanie took a bump through a table onto the floor and Triple H looked shocked. As he turned around, Rollins kicked him in the gut and hit the Pedigree for the win. Winner: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: 4/5- If you love storytelling and ring psychology, then this is the match for you. We knew that Triple H would target the knee of Rollins throughout the match and he done just that. I’m a huge fan of Triple H and his storytelling in the ring is the reason why he’s one of the best ever.
We had Bray Wyatt defending his WWE championship against Randy Orton. These two were feuding a few months ago, but Orton joined the Wyatt Family. He helped Bray all the time and they even won the Smackdown tag titles in the process. Wyatt won the title a month after Orton won the Royal Rumble and the right to fight for the WWE title at WrestleMania. Out of respect for Wyatt, he relinquished his championship match only to get it back. He let Bray know that he was never part of the Wyatt Family as he burned down the Wyatt Compound. The match itself was crazy to say the least as we saw the lights go out a few times and Orton was surrounded by worms and dirt. The finish came out of nowhere when Orton hit the RKO for the win and become the 13-time champion. Winner and New WWE Champion: Randy Orton
Match Rating: 3.25/5- This match was weird and it seemed off a bit. This feud should continue for the next few months and hopefully Wyatt gets the title back.
We had the final encounter between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar for the Universal championship. Ever since Goldberg returned to the WWE, he has gotten the best of Lesnar. Coming into this match, we just hoped it would last longer than 90 seconds. As soon as the bell rang, Lesnar took advantage of Goldberg as he hit him with numerous suplexes. Goldberg got up and hit Lesnar with a huge Spear. Brock rolled to the outside and Goldberg went after him then speared him through the barricade. He throws Lesnar in the ring then set him up for the Jackhammer, but Lesnar countered with an attempted F-5, but Goldberg escaped and hit a Spear. He almost scored a pinfall, but Lesnar kicked out and the crowd went NUTS. Goldberg set him up for another Spear, but Lesnar leaped over him and Goldberg slammed into the post. Lesnar took Goldberg to Suplex City with numerous times. After hitting his 10th suplex, Lesnar hit the F-5 to finally pin and beat Goldberg. Winner and New Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
Match Rating: 3/5- This match didn’t last 5 minutes, but it was filled with action. This was definitely better than expected and kudos to Goldberg for taking those suplexes at the age of 50.
After feedback from the fans about the Smackdown Women’s title match being on the Kickoff Show, it was moved to co-main event. Alexa Bliss defended her championship against Naomi, Natalya, Becky Lynch, Mickie James and Carmella. We saw each lady have their time to shine during the match, which was good. In the end, Naomi made Bliss submit and she became the 2-time Women’s champ. Winner and New Smackdown Women’s Champion: Naomi
Match Rating: 2.5/5- Really didn’t feel this match, but it was cool that Naomi got her WrestleMania moment in her hometown.
The final match of the night featured Roman Reigns taking on the Undertaker. This feud started when Reigns eliminated Undertaker in the Royal Rumble. Undertaker appeared on Raw numerous times in preparation for this match. Coming into this match there was concern about the health of Undertaker with people saying he needs hip replacement surgery. This wasn’t the best match, but it definitely served its purpose. It basically signaled the end of the Undertaker and Roman Reigns being passed the torch as the man. After Reigns continued to punish Undertaker he still couldn’t pin him. In the end, Reigns hit a HUGE SPEAR on Undertaker to finally pin him. Winner: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: 3.25/5- If you watched the PPV, then you know that after the match Undertaker basically retired. After finally raising up, he put on his jacket, hat and gloves. Then he removed them all, left them in the ring and left. Great and emotional way to end a pretty spectacular WrestleMania!!
Overall Rating: 7.5/10- For me, this was a really good WrestleMania and definitely had its moments. We started with an amazing match from Shane & Styles and the action just continued throughout the night. We had moments like Undertaker retiring, the return of the Hardy Boyz and Cena proposing to Nikki Bella. Only match I had issue was the Smackdown Women’s match, but it felt rushed. Overall this was a great event and below is my top 5 matches of WrestleMania 33. What did you think about WrestleMania 33? What was the best match of the night? What were your favorite moments of WrestleMania 33? Head to the comments section and give me some feedback.
- Raw Tag Team Championship Match
- A.J. Styles vs. Shane McMahon
- Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
- Chris Jericho© vs. Kevin Owens
- 3-Way Tie