WrestleMania 35 recap
WrestleMania 35 took place this past Sunday, and it was a show to see. The buildup for this has been one of the best in years, creating numerous feuds and storylines for some fan favorite wrestlers. The match card this year was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Here’s my recap of four matches from the main card.
Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
Following Alexa Bliss’s WrestleMania moment with Hulk Hogan, Paul Heyman quickly charged into the ring and announced if Lesnar wasn’t fighting in the main event, there was no point in them staying. Heyman changed the match to be first, which seemed to be an advantage for Brock. Seth came out and before the match had even began, Brock attacked him, hitting him with a few suplexes and an F5 before the bell had even rung. After the bell rings, Rollins gets tossed around a few times before countering Lesnar’s F5 and sending the ref out of the ring. Rollins goes for the low blow and hits Lesnar with three curb stomps before pinning him and securing the title. I am very happy Seth won this match, it’ll be nice having a champion that will show up and defend his title.
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
This match has been hyped up for a few months now and the Phenomenal One and The Viper have finally met in the ring. This match went back and forth with numerous forearms by Styles and RKOs by Orton. Following a superplex and an RKO Styles still somehow managed to kick out which allowed him to hit a phenomenal forearm outside the ring. Styles attempted to do another and Orton tries to counter with the RKO, Styles blocks this and hits him again with the forearm and pinning him, giving Styles another win at WrestleMania. I thought this was one of the best matches on the entire card, however with the buildup to this and the things said between Orton and Styles, it would’ve been much more enjoyable to see Randy Orton walk out victorious.
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos vs. The Bar vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev
After Alexa Bliss’s announcement on SmackDown that the Usos would be defending their titles in a fatal four-way match, there was much to be desired. After losing to the Revival on
Monday and at NXT Takeover on Friday, Aleister Black and Ricochet looked to claim the titles on Sunday. Former tag team champs, the Bar and recently formed team, Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev also looked to defeat the Usos Sunday night. Jimmy and Jey ultimately retained by pinning Sheamus after hitting him with a double diving splash. This was a great debut for Aleister Black and Ricochet and it showed their ability as a tag team. Besides the Usos, Black and Ricochet had the best performance. Nakamura and Rusev and the Bar both left more to be desired.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon: Falls Count Anywhere
After the world cup, The Miz and Shane McMahon teamed up and ended up winning the tag team titles at the Royal Rumble. However, shortly after they lost to the Usos at Elimination Chamber and once again at Fastlane. Following the loss at Fastlane, Shane attacked Miz and his father as well. This feud between Miz and McMahon has had an amazing buildup and the execution to this match was just as good. Shane dominated the beginning of the match leaving Miz knocked to the side of the ring. In an attempt to protect his son, Miz’s father entered the ring and Shane assaulted him too. The Miz quickly got back up and turned the tables on Shane almost instantly. Miz dominated the rest of the match and eventually got Shane on top of a recording tower and had Shane on one knee begging for mercy. Miz gets Shane up and throws him off the tower with a German suplex. Both men lie on the crushed table below and the ref comes over and begins counting. Shane puts his arm over Miz, pins him, and wins. I think the outcome of this match should’ve been different. For Miz to dominate at least 75% of that match and still lose, it’s sad to see. Miz should’ve won that match.