It's that time of the year again. Tonight's the night WWE has been building towards all year long with the thirty-third edition of WrestleMania taking place in Orlando, Florida. This particular event doesn't seem enticing despite a stacked roster full of past, present and future stars. But amidst all the whining about the WrestleMania card, and lackluster builds aside, there is an incredible aura that surrounds the event that keeps us coming back year after year.
If you weren't already amped-up to see the third installment of Brock Lesnar against Goldberg, then a performance by Pitbull and Flo Rida will surely do the trick. The Undertaker defends his yard against Roman Reigns while Randy Orton takes on the WWE Champion Bray Wyatt for the title. The Women's Revolution is alive and well with both Raw and Smackdown Women's Championships on the line.
Former best friends Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens compete for the WWE United States Championship, as Seth Rollins finally gets his hands on Triple H. As previously warned by Big E, hopefully none of your drinking games will involve the mention of "ultimate thrill ride". So without further adieu, here are 20 huge takeaways from WrestleMania 33!
20. Neville And Aries Should Have Been On Main Card
WrestleMania would've been the perfect opportunity to give legitimacy to the Cruiserweights but this match was bumped down to the pre-show. Austin Aries and Neville delivered an impressive opener with the latter retaining his title, following a Red Arrow.
The pair got 15:40 to put on an outstanding match, which is probably more than they would've received on the main card. The feud should strongly benefit from the result of this match, as Aries will likely get his moment at another time.
19. Gronk Gets His WrestleMania Moment
Many big names including Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, Sami Zayn and Braun Strowman competed in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal. However, it was Mojo Rawley who came out on top thanks to an assist from his buddy Rob Gronkowski, who assaulted Jinder Mahal in the ring.
If you weren't previously sure, tonight confirmed that the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy means absolutely nothing. It was pretty clear that Rawley would come out victorious once the camera showed Gronk sitting ringside prior to the match.
18. Ambrose And Corbin Disappoint
It was surprising to see this match bumped down to the pre-show but it was rightfully done as it failed to deliver. Baron Corbin failed to take away the WWE Intercontinental Championship from Dean Ambrose in an underwhelming bout.
We can't blame the crowd for never really getting into it as the two weren't exactly stealing the show. The Miz's Intercontinental Title reign had restored the credibility of the belt, but sadly, this match didn't help matters.
17. The New Day Are Still Over
The hosts of WrestleMania 33 kicked off the show by coming out to a great reception from the Orlando crowd. WWE haven't done much with The New Day ever since they lost their Tag Team titles. Although they have been directionless for a few months now, they couldn't leave them off the WrestleMania card.
There have been rumors of a potential split but that seems unlikely for the time being. The New Day are still over with the crowd and you can bet that WWE will milk every last penny off that merchandise.
16. AJ And Shane Thrill The Crowd
For years, fans dreamed of seeing AJ Styles in WWE and they finally got their wish when he debuted at the 2016 Royal Rumble. He would follow it up with one of the most impressive rookie years in history after winning the WWE Championship.
Fans were disappointed to see him booked against Shane McMahon in a singles match with most labelling the decision as a waste of AJ's talents. Once again, AJ has proven that he could have a good match with anybody. In all fairness to Shane, he put on an impressive display, including a shooting star press attempt that will be remembered for years to come.
The crowd was certainly awake for this one as AJ sealed the win with a Phenomenal Forearm to capture his first WrestleMania victory.
15. Owens Gains Back Momentum
The former best friends turned enemies finally clash at WrestleMania. Fans were hoping to see them compete for the WWE Universal Championship but it wasn't meant to be. The WWE United States Championship was on the line, and it came as no surprise when Owens emerged victorious with the imminent departure of Jericho for his Fozzy tour.
It will be a shame to see Jericho go away during his best run in recent years. The finish could've been better, but it was still an outstanding match that was a few minutes away from being a true classic match.
14. Kurt Back? It's True!
After a long absence, it's great to see Kurt Angle back home. This past Friday, he was inducted in the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame class. The crowd welcomed him back with the legendary "you suck" chants that we've been dying to hear from a live a crowd.
We still don't know if he will be competing in the ring again although he has dropped a few hints about a potential last run in WWE. There have also been rumors about him becoming the new Raw General Manager.
13. Bayley Still Reigns
If the plan was to have Bayley retain the title, it would've made for a greater moment to just have her beat Charlotte at WrestleMania to end the undefeated pay-per-view streak. Nevertheless, all four still put on a very enjoyable match with several great spots.
Nia Jax was first to be eliminated as all three women teamed up to take her out. Charlotte threw Sasha Banks into an exposed turnbuckle to take her out of the equation, but Bayley was able to walk away with the title after hitting an elbow drop on Charlotte.
12. WrestleMania Deletion
It was only a matter of time before The Hardy Boyz returned to WWE and it couldn't have been any better. Before the match kicked off, The New Day came out to introduce them for a huge pop.
Just one day after losing the ROH Tag Titles in a ladder match, Jeff and Matt captured the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship in a fatal four-way ladder match. If they weren't broken before, they certainly are now.
11. Not Tonight For Enzo And Big Cass
With the Raw Tag Team Championship on the line, the returning Hardy Boyz competed against the teams of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Cesaro and Sheamus, as well as Enzo Amore and Big Cass in a ladder match.
The match was certainly fun and had its moments but it was mostly carried by the returning Broken Hardys. Most fans thought that Enzo and Big Cass would finally get their big moment but it seems like they will have to wait a bit longer.
10. The Miz Deserved Better
WWE has done a great job building up this feud in previous weeks but it's a shame that the match failed to deliver. The crowd was very much into this one, as they usually are for any John Cena match, and The Miz took great advantage of their reaction.
The action left much to be desired with John Cena and Nikki Bella getting the win after being dominated for the majority of the bout. The Miz, who has been on a great run since last year, definitely deserved more. A second WrestleMania victory over Cena would have done wonders for him, but even a more hard fought match would have benefitted him.
9. The Time Is Now For A Ring
We all had a feeling that it was time. After defeating The Miz and Maryse in a mixed tag team match, John Cena put an end to all jokes by finally getting down on one knee to propose to Nikki Bella. This wasn't your typical WWE proposal, there was no outside interference as the couple embraced in the ring.
The proposal wasn't as cringeworthy as most would have thought, in fact, it was a nice moment. Of course, WWE will milk this one until the end of times.
8. Seth Rollins Is The Kingslayer
Seth Rollins emerges with one of the biggest victories of his career in arguably the match of the night, as he finally gets redemption against Triple H. They played off the injured knee angle throughout the match to make Rollins' win that much sweeter.
Samoa Joe was a no-show after having injured Rollins on Raw. The match ended with Rollins knocking Triple H into Stephanie, who fell off the apron on an outside table. The Architect followed it up with a pedigree on Triple H to seal the deal.
7. Bathroom Concert For All
From WWE to NBA to the World Cup, Pitbull and Flo Rida have been covering all major events in the past few years. This bathroom break was disguised in the form of a concert.
While the likes of Sami Zayn and Dolph Ziggler were left on the pre-show, Pitbull and Flo Rida shared the spotlight to perform the official WrestleMania theme song. It's safe to say that the SmackDown women and Cruiserweights probably didn't love this one.
6. Orton Becomes A 13 Time World Champion
The creepy ring graphics weren't enough to stop Randy Orton from becoming a 13-time WWE World Champion, as he defeated Bray Wyatt with an RKO (out of nowhere). It's a baffling decision as Orton didn't need this win while Wyatt did.
Sometimes it's possible to lose a match and still benefit as some wrestlers come out looking better. Wyatt's momentum will surely take a hit after this one. Not only was the result disappointing, but the match was a forgettable one.
5. Lesnar Conquers Goldberg
It took Brock Lesnar three matches but he has finally defeated Goldberg, who has had his number since WrestleMania XX. After delivering multiple Spears and a Jackhammer, Goldberg nearly retained the WWE Universal Championship.
Brock Lesnar kicked out and Suplex City was in full swing, as he delivered 10 suplexes. Lesnar topped it off with an F5 to pin Goldberg and win the Universal title. It seems like Brock Lesnar is headed for another long title reign with rumors having Roman Reigns as his next rival (again).
4. Goldberg And Lesnar Finally Deliver
For the sake of our collective sanity, let's pretend like we were looking forward to the third edition of Brock Lesnar and Goldberg. Third time's a charm as the two finally put on a solid match.
After getting booed at WrestleMania XX, and having a shocking 84 second match, they finally delivered at WrestleMania 33. Unlike their previous encounters, they actually took several bumps. It was as good as you could expect from them at this point.
3. Naomi Wins In Her Hometown
This match was scheduled to take place on the pre-show but it was moved up to the main card. Alexa Bliss defended the WWE SmackDown's Women Championship in a six-pack challenge against Becky Lynch, Natalya, Mickie James, Carmella and Naomi.
Sadly, they didn't get much time as the match started late into the pay-per-view. Naomi became a two-time SmackDown Women's Champion, getting her big WrestleMania moment in her hometown of Orlando, Florida.
2. Good Ol' JR Calls The Main Event
If you're a wrestling fan, there's no better feeling than hearing Jim Ross on commentary. It just feels right. JR's voice is still music to our ears after all these years. He made his way to the commentating table to call the main event of WrestleMania 33 between The Undertaker and Roman Reigns with the fans giving him a much deserved standing ovation.
Having JR back on commentary was one of the highlights of WrestleMania as he instantly made it a better experience for the fans at home by bringing authenticity and enthusiasm.
1. Roman Reigns The Yard
The Undertaker's potentially last WrestleMania match came against Roman Reigns. This match had been previously teased at the Royal Rumble as they stood face to face. Roman Reigns claimed the WWE was his yard, which The Undertaker took great offense to.
If you were awaiting a Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair type of match, you're in for a major disappointment. There were a few missed spots throughout the match and the crowd didn't react to the action.
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