Here are the Match Results in the order they happened. Since I didn’t know the start time was 6:00PM EST and not 7:00PM I missed the first two matches on the card.
- Tyson Kidd and Cesaro retain the Tag Team Titles vs. Los Madadores, The Usos Big E and Kofi Kingston of The New Day
- The Big Show Wins the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale
- Daniel Bryan Wins the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match (New Champion): This match was something else. Levi Stadium provided an excellent backdrop for the destruction derby involving seven Superstars. Stardust pulled his own ladder out from under the ring only for it to be destroyed by Bad News Barrett. Dean Ambrose was nearly broken in half when Luke Harper Powerbombed him into a pile of ladders outside the ring. In a last-ditch effort to retain the IC Title, BNB delivered a succession of Bullhammers to R-Truth, Stardust and Luke Harper before being dispatched by Dolph Ziggler. The match’s climax had Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan battling it out at the top of the ladder with the IC Belt just inches above their heads. In the end, Bryan outlasted Ziggler to seize the IC title for the first time.
- Randy Orton Def. Seth Rollins: Seth Rollins may be the future and The Architech but in the end, he fell to The Viper. The promos for this match set the match up perfectly and in the end, the match itself did not disappoint. This match was a reminder Orton can hit someone with the RKO at any time with no warning whatsoever. And he does it like a boss. After both men kicked out of the other’s signature finisher, Rollins set Orton up for one more Curb Stomp but Orton hit the RKO while Rollins was in mid air to pick up the win. The match’s ending reminded of me of Orton’s betrayal two weeks ago on RAW. He reminded the Money in the Bank holder he’s called The Viper for a very good reason.
- Triple H Def. Sting: I can’t believe I almost overlooked the symbolism of this match. It wasn’t until DX and NWO came to ringside I fully understood how important this match was politically for Triple H and the WWE: Sting was the only big WCW Superstar from the Monday Night Wars who never switched over after WCW was bought by WWE. The original DX–Shawn Michaels, X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws rushed to the ring when it looked like The Game was in trouble. Then things got interesting when the NWO–Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash–came down to the ring to the defense of…Sting. No, really. The match reached its climax when Sting symbolically broke The Cerebral Assassin’s Sledgehammer in two with his trademark baseball bat. It would be the broken Sledgehammer that would earn Triple H the final victory. With that, the last soldier of WCW was terminated. After the match, Triple H and Sting shook hands in the middle of the ring. Triple H had some words for Sting during the handshake as well. If I had to guess, this might not be the final time we see Sting in a WWE ring. Both entrances were out of this world to say the least.
- After the match, Daniel Bryan was congratulated by Pat Patterson, Rowdy Rody Piper, Brett Hart, Ricky “The Steamboat” Dragon, Ric Flair and Ron Simmons, all using their signature catchphrase. This was followed by a musical number by Kid Ink and Whiz Khalifa.
- AJ Lee and Paige Def. The Bella Twins: This was an interesting match to say the least and it seemed to add ammo to my theory Brie Bella may either be pregnant or is working on it. Brie was never tagged in but for a large amount of the match AJ was laid out outside the ring. Paige and Nikki did a solid job carrying the match. When AJ finally entered the match, the 3-time Divas Champion opened up shop and matched Divas Champion Nikki Bella move for move. She closed out the match by making Nikki tap out to The Black Widow. I noticed when Brie ran interference, Paige and AJ held back compared to her sister. She didn’t officially participate in the match and this was probably as far as WWE was willing to allow her to partiicipate. Which leads me to wonder: Is Brie Bella currently pregnant?
- After the match, 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Inductees were given public recognition in front of the house crowd.
- John Cena Def. Rusev to become U.S. Champion (New Champion): The entrances for this match set the stage for what was a metaphorical proxy war between Russia and The United States. Rusev came out to the Russian National Anthem, riding a tank to the ring. He was joined by his manager Lana, who he mended the fence with during the pre-show. John Cena’s entrance was highlighted by the now-trademark “John Cena Sucks!” chant that broke out as soon as he came out. The match was a test of endurance for both me. The climax came when Cena powered out of The Accolade and handed Rusev his first loss and at Wrestlemania, at that. Even so, it looks like we’ll have to wait until RAW tomorrow to find out for sure if Cena will indeed turn heel.
- After the match, Stephanie McMahon announced the house crowd of 76,976 set a new all-time record (while also plugging The WWE Network). Triple H also gloated about his victory over Sting (while also plugging The WWE Network).
- Having heard enough of that, The Rock came out (no surprise) to confront The Authority. After doing his thing, The Rock had an exchange with Stephanie and stepped out of the ring for a few moments, recruiting UFC Women’s Champion Rhonda Rousey (sporting a DBZ “Over 9000!” Tank Top) to take on Stephanie (because The Rock doesn’t fight women). After about 15 minutes of dialog, The Rock and Rousey kicked The Authority from the ring to complete this memorable Wrestlemania Moment. Given CM Punk is with UFC now, could Rousey be looking to come to WWE?
- One thing I noticed as the next match was introduced was the sun had set in California…
- The Undertaker Def. Bray Wyatt (22-1): Man, Aurabolt marked out HARD to this one. Once again, major props to Bray Wyatt’s promos. That plus ‘Taker not personally appearing until Wrestlemania set the stage for the showdown in Levi Stadium. Wyatt came out flanked by scarecrows, who followed him to the ring. When ‘Taker came out, he was wearing his pre-WM29 gear. That’s because his hair grew back (and was dyed as well of course). Unlike last year, The Deadman looked great and as the crowd chanted early on, he’s still got it. All questions as to weather or not The Phenom would be able to compete after his loss to Brock Lesnar last year were answered tonight. And know what? I would not be surprised if Taker decides to continue the feud.
- Seth Rollins def. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar (New Champion): Tonight’s “HOLY SHIT!” moment was brought to you today by Seth Rollins, who cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the Main Event’s climax. I won’t bother giving a recap of the destruction Reigns and Lesnar unleashed on each other since it was nullified by Seth Rollins, whose entrance instantly turned the main event into a Triple Threat Match. This also marks the first time The Money in the Bank contract has been cashed in at Wrestlemania. Rollins took a page out of WWE Hall of Famer Edge’s playbook and waited until the critical moment to cash in, pinning Reigns to win the title. As per Triple Threat rules, the Champion doesn’t have to be pinned for the title to change hands. This is also the second year in a row the main event not only became a Triple Threat Match (Last year it was Orton/Batista/Bryan) but the third person won the title and did it without pinning the defending Champion (Bryan pinned Batista, who was also the Royal Rumble winner).
…And there you have it.
Overall, I give Wrestlemania 31 an 8/10. I’d have given it a 10/10 if Rollins waited until the match ended to cash in but either way, this outcome was predictable. Of course, Rollins has one pissed off Beast to deal with tomorrow on RAW and you can be sure Reigns won’t be happy, either. You can be sure Randy Orton will look to get in the title hunt fresh off the heels of his Wrestlemania win as well.