Another year, another WrestleMania in the history books. The 33rd annual event ushered in over 75,000 fans to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, but was it any good?
The first few matches of the night were as blistering as the hot Florida sun. But as each hour passed (and there were a lot of hours), the quality of the show dwindled. None of the matches were so so bad, but the execution lacked the type of oomph we come to expect from WWE's biggest event of the year. A few new champions were crowned, a few surprises were had, and Roman Reigns clashed with The Undertaker in the main event and it's what most people are talking about, for better or for worse.
Here are the five best and five worst moments of WrestleMania 33.
Honourable mentions go to the United States and Cruiserweight Championship matches.
Nobody wanted to see Randy Orton win here. We had hoped Bray Wyatt was being given the chance to finally become a mega Superstar in the WWE, but sadly it looks like it was all just another plot to another Randy Orton title reign. And a bad plot at that. Even with such creative trickery as the maggots and worms, Wyatt still couldn't defeat The Viper.
Brock Lesnar defeated Goldberg for the Universal Championship in a much better match than anybody was expecting it to be. Though not a 5-Star classic, it was exactly what it needed to be. Not too long, and most importantly, not too short.
Goldberg started the match off with too many spears to count. Brock would eventually counter with too many suplexes to count, but it was his beautiful reversal of Golberg's last attempt at a spear that helped Lesnar hit the F5 for the win.
All year, WWE has been teasing a possible clash between Sasha Banks and Bayley at WrestleMania. We didn't need Sasha to turn heel on Bayley, but some competition between the two would have been nice. The two barely locked up.
Sasha Banks was eliminated too quick from the match, and it would have made for a much stronger conclusion had Bayley been the one to pin her in the end.
Seth Rollins penciled in another WrestleMania moment for himself when he inadvertently knocked Triple H into his wife Stephane which caused her to crash through a table outside the ring. It wouldn't be long before he would nail Triple H with a Pedigree and score the pin fall in what was one of the most satisfactory moments of the night.
Revenge has never been sweeter.
I originally thought this was going to be a much better match than what we actually got. Instead, it ended up being the first disappointment of the night. The Miz took advantage of John Cena for most of the match up until the final few minutes where in vintage Cena fashion, Cena and Nikki Bella were able to wrap things up fairly quickly with a couple moves, simultaneously pinning both The Miz and Maryse to victory.
At least The Miz got some offense on Cena. Maryse didn't get in one hit on Bella.
As for the proposal we all saw coming? It was cute, I guess.
Well what do ya know. The rumours turned out to be true.
The Hardy Boyz made their triumphant return, turning the Tag Team Triple Threat Ladder match into a Fatal Four Way. Chaos ensued, ladders were broken, and more importantly, climbed. It's official, The Hardy Boyz are your new Raw Tag Team Champions! Hopefully, this gives the division the rejuvenation it needs. It'll be exciting to see what direction WWE takes Matt and Jeff in the upcoming months.
Last year, the women stole the show. This year, the women disappointed a bit, but only because they were barely given enough time to truly capitalize on their moments. A five minute SmackDown Women's Championship match could have been so much more.
Shane McMahon gave AJ Styles all he had in the opening match of the night - including a shooting star press! Focusing too much on trying to hit a big risk move allowed Styles to capitalize and pick up his first victory at WrestleMania. The only problem this match had, was it was so good that everything else following it wasn't as exciting.
This shouldn't have been the main event of the night.
The match had some bright spots, but a few unfortunate botches hurt the average match even more. The fans helped keep this match alive thankfully but we wish we were given more. If Roman Reigns was going to defeat The Undertaker, couldn't they have just made him turn full out heel in the process? WWE played it way too safe, and have probably failed to give casual fans a reason to want to come back and tune into RAW the following night.
The match might not have been the best, but all was forgiven when we realized this match was mostly likely The Undertaker's swan song from WWE. It appears as if this may have been his last match, and the time has come for him to say goodbye to the squared circle. Leaving his gloves, jacket, and hat in the ring, the fans thanked The Phenom as he soaked it in one last time in what truly was a touching moment we won't ever forget.
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