Overcoming all kinds of obstacles to the COVID-19 pandemic to even organize WrestleMania, its biggest event of the year, WWE finished a show it said was “too big for one night”, with eight more matches. Important in all this: it was a closed set, with matches shot in “other places”.
Highlights: Let’s start with Edge, the R-rated superstar, who returned to wrestling earlier this year after being sidelined since 2011 (spinal fusion surgery) – nine long years. Edge Sunday (Adam Copeland, who is from Orangeville, an hour north of Toronto), beat Randy Orton in a brutal Last Man Standing Match between two of the WWE’s old guard gladiators. Then there was the weirdly magical “sketch” of Firefly Fun House – between John Cena and The Fiend Bray Wyatt – in an imagined world “where the gods, demons and angels are neighbors”. To close the show, Drew McIntyre got up from three Brock Lesnar F5s and delivered a series of Claymore kicks to beat “The Beast Incarnate” and win the WWE Championship.
With no fans to provide internal power, WWE rummaged through its bag of stuff over the course of the two nights. Saturday’s Boneyard game, which was shot in a cemetery and had a lot of twists and turns – like a well-made B movie with The Undertaker – in his American character Badass, overcoming styles, his OC buddies Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows a been particularly well done. and a few hooded goons. It was really closer to Saturday’s show.
What WWE didn’t have – it was trying to make its new stars shine – they were the creators of WrestleMania of yore – larger than life superstars like Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels or even D-Generation X. But different times call for different measures. And WWE did a good job under these circumstances.
In a preview game, Liv Morgan won an overwhelming victory over Natalya.
To kick off the show, WrestleMania host Rob Gronkowski, three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots: “I know a thing or two about falling the hammer on a Championship Sunday. “That night, championships were won … and lost. And Gronkowski would win the championship 24/7 by jumping on a stack of wrestlers and pinning Mojo Rawley.
In the opening game of WrestleMania, a formidable physical match that lasted more than half an hour, Charlotte Flair defeated NXT female champion Rhea Ripley, who repelled many punishments, including an “injury” to the left knee, but reached the figure eight leglock. Flair, of course, is the daughter of the legendary Nature Boy Ric Flair.
Bobby Lashley lost to Aleister Black when he first ran into a black mass while trying to throw a spear.
Dolph Ziggler – I think I liked him the most in The Spirit Squad years ago – was blown away by Mandy Rose, allowing Otis of Heavy Machinery to get the pin. When asked if Otis reminded him of WWE superstars, ring commentator JBL replied, “Yeah. Ivan Putski… if Ivan Putski had eaten Bam Bam Bigelow. Otis also grabbed the girl, carrying Mandy in his arms and also getting woodcocks.
The Edge-Orton match delivered everything you could hope for. Orton struck first, masquerading as a cameraman and attacking Edge with an RKO before the opening bell. The loser must have been unable to rise from the referee’s count of 10. A cameraman was thrown to the ground during the shooting of the match. Edge almost closed the deal with a flying elbow on scaffolding, then was RKO in the bed of a truck. There was an Edge lance, then another Orton RKO and a few chairs behind his opponent’s back. It came and went, ending when Edge gave Orton a co-chair.
The Street Profits successfully defended their RAW team titles, defeating Angel Garza and Austin Theory. Bianca Belair of NXT, the real wife of Montez Ford of Street Profits, appeared after the match to introduce Zelina Vega.
A Fatal 5-Way women’s match pitted Smackdown champion Bayley against Sasha Banks, Lacey Evans, Tamina and Naomi. It was Bayley against Evans as finalists, the champion retaining her title through interference from Banks.
Then it was Cena against Wyatt. Well, sort of – it was an interesting sequence, with The Fiend receiving the pin, we think.
To close the show, Drew McIntyre got up from three Brock Lesnar F5s and delivered a series of Claymore kicks to beat “The Beast Incarnate” and win the WWE Championship. ”