Powered by a slew of small surprises and some fantastic in-ring work, the depleted main roster contributed to one of the best wrestling showcases in Wrestlemania history.
A new Intercontinental Champion in Zack Ryder and appearances from The Rock, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Tatanka, DDP, Shaq and a wonderful match between Shane McMahon and Undertaker ensured that this wasn’t the stinkiest many expected it to be.
It didn’t matter that the fans booed Roman Reigns, from his entrance to the moment he beat Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, this was over five hours of amazing sports entertainment.
United States Champion Kalisto vs. Ryback: Fans chanted “Goldberg” a few times during the match, that wasn’t anything special, but proved Kalisto could have a decent match with Ryback. “Da Big Buy” was in charge for most of the match, beating on the smaller Kalisto both in and out of the ring. Kalisto ultimately got the win with the Salida del Sol on an accidentally exposed turnbuckle for the win.
Team Total Divas: Brie Bella, Natalya Neidhart, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie and Paige, vs. Bad and Blonde: Summer Rae, Emma, Tamina Snuka, Naomi and Lana: A decent match that had a few fun spots and plenty of finishers as nearly every competitor hit a signature maneuver. In a nice tribute, Brie got the win on Naomi with the Yes Lock. After the match, former Divas Champion Nikki Bella (wearing her ring gear- and a brace around her neck) joined her “Total Divas” cast mates in the ring.
Jimmy and Jey Uso vs. Bubba Ray and Devon Dudley: The Usos got the win and then put the exclamation point on the bout by performing a Splash from the tope rope each on the Dudley’s.
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Stardust vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn. vs. Sin Cara. vs. Zack Ryder vs. The Miz vs. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens: This was a war with several fantastic moments from Zack Ryder’s Elbro Drop from the top of a ladder to Zayn’s high-flying maneuvers and Owen’s Frog Splash and an assortment of Powerbombs. Even Sin Cara and Stardust dazzled, making you feel like anyone could win. After it appeared either Zayn and Owens would win, The Miz spoiled the party, but Ryder came out of nowhere to push Miz off the top of the ladder and win the Intercontinental title.
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho: This was a war that saw Jericho latch on the Walls of Jericho early on and Styles escape and hit some strike-based offense. Jericho-latched the move on again later and Styles countered into the Calf Killer in the middle of the ring. Jericho later hit the Code Breaker and Jericho was at a loss. Jericho then went for the Styles Clash, but Styles countered into a Front-face Suplex for near-fall. Styles then hit the Styles Clash and Jericho kicked out to make the match extra memorable. Styles then put up his knees during a Lionsault and hit the 450 and Jericho wasn’t done yet. Styles then went for the Forearm, but Jericho hit another Codebreaker, this time for the win.
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day: Kofi Kingston and Big E. Langston and Xavier Woods vs. The League of Nations: Sheamus and Rusev and Alberto Del Rio w/ Wade Barrett: A lengthy and slow moving match that didn’t live up to the hype. The League of Nations got the win after Barrett hit the Bullhammer Elbow on the outside on Woods, allowing Sheamus to hit the Brogue Kick for the LON to win. After the match, Barrett proclaimed there were no three men that could beat them. Soon enough, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley hit the ring delivered finishers to the LON and later, after dancing, Austin hit the Stunner and Woods. The segment, of course, ended with some beer.
No Holds Barred: Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. Dean Ambrose: Lesnar was on fire early with a ton of Suplexes, but Ambrose continued to take it and play shifty enough to stay in the match. After a Low Blow and some Kendo Stick shots, Ambrose was all of a sudden the aggressor as the match headed to the outside. Overall, it was a fun encounter, but the end was rather anti-climactic. After Lesnar escaped the pinfall after the Dirty Deeds, Lesnar got the win with the F5 on a bevy of chairs.
WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair w/ Ric Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks: This was the match of the night at that point, with a plethora of spots, near-falls and wonderful moments. From Banks’ Frog Splash to Charlotte’s Wonderful Moonsault, the women captivated. Flair ended up retaining after her dad held up Sasha outside while his daughter had Lynch in the Figure-Eight.
The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon: This was a lengthy one that saw McMahon sell a ton. After ten minutes of strikes and pacing, McMahon kicked out of Last Ride and locked in a Triangle Choke, but Taker escaped and hit the Chokeslam on the steps for a near-fall. McMahon fought back with a DDT on the steps, but Taker locked in the Hell’s Gate. After McMahon narrowly escaped, he countered into a Sharpshooter, but Taker escaped as well. A few segments later and McMahon nailed Taker with the Van Terminator, but Taker wasn’t done yet. McMahon then unbolted the side of the Cell and the match was now on the outside. After more striking and pacing, Undertaker, in a Sleeper, threw his body and McMahon through the Spanish announce table. At that point, McMahon fought back and used a toolbox on taker’s head and then climbed to the top of the cell and attempted an over 20-foot Elbow Drop, but Taker moved out of the way. After some wonderful theatrics, Taker took McMahon back into the ring and got the win with the Tombstone Piledriver.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: DDP, Baron Corbin Shaw and Tatiana were some of the surprise entrants, but Shad and Big Show were out early on. After Kane cleaned a lot of the garbage out, Corbin began to establish himself and despite taking a Chokeslam from Kane, he stuck around and ended up eliminating the Big Red Machine for the win.
The Rock vs. Erick Rowan: The Rock won with the Rock Bottom in six seconds. After the match, The Family attempted to take out The Rock, but John Cena hit the ring and they collectively took out The Wyatt Family with their signature maneuvers.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H vs. Roman Reigns: Another lengthy encounter with a ton of back and forth action all over the ring and outside. Reigns got the first real advantage after he Speared Triple H through the barricade. However, once back in the ring, Triple H used the Reverse Armbar to slow things down. Reigns then hit a pair of one-armed Powerbombs to even things up again. Triple H tried to then go for the Pedigree, but Reigns sent him to the outside. Reigns then hit The Spear, but Stephanie pulled out the ref. Once the referee got back in the ring, Triple H kicked out. Stephanie was now in the ring and Reigns accidentally Speared her, allowing Triple H to hit the Pedigree, but Reigns kicked out. Triple H then hit the Chin Breaker, but Reigns hit the Superman Punch and then again, went for the Spear. Triple H hit the Knee Lift however for a near-fall. Stephanie, now on the outside, gave Triple H the sledgehammer, but Reigns hit another two Superman Punches and the Spear to win the WWE World Heavyweight title.