Wrestlemania 30 was a show for the ages. Full of unexpected and history making victories, The biggest WWE pay-per-view of the year had a little bit of everything for every WWE Universe member. Let’s recap the major events of the night:
Wrestlemania 30 kicked off with the night with a Fatal 4-Way WWE Tag Team Championship match. The reigning champions, The Usos would take on Los Matadores, the Real Americans and the team of Ryback & Curtis Axel (Rybaxel).
After Los Matadores and Rybaxel were eliminated, only The Usos and The Real Americans were left standing. It was The Usos that would claim the final elimination, pinning Jack Swagger and eliminating The Real Americans. Following the match Manager Zeb Colter calmed an angry Antonio Cesaro and ordered him to shake his hand with his tag partner, Swagger. However, when Cesaro grabbed Swagger’s hand he pulled him down and performed the Giant Swing on him. An angry Cesaro left the ring, leaving Colter and Swagger stunned in the ring. Winners: The Usos
Wrestlemania 30 Opening:
The Show of Shows kicked off with the entrance of Hulk Hogan, the guest host of Wrestlemania 30. Hogan was soon joined by fellow WWE Legends Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. After the three reflected on past Wrestlemania’s. After dropping their respective catch phrases, the three shared beer as the crowd went crazy.
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (w/ Stephanie McMahon) (Winner Advances to the Main Event):
Let me start by saying that Triple H set a perfect tone for Wrestlemania 30 with his entrance. Triple H entered the arena in a large kings’ throne chair adorned with golden attire and surrounded by women servants. The King of Kings defiantly knows how to make an entrance, and his is my favorite of the night.
On to the match. Both Bryan and Triple H started off strong, going back and fourth. After slamming Bryan on the side of the ring on his already injured arm, the odds shifted in Triple H’s favor. Triple H continued his attack with multiple shots to Bryan’s already injured shoulder. Surprisingly, Bryan was able to counter Triple H’s Crippler Crossface into his signature “Yes” Lock – Triple H reached the ropes in time to break the hold.
The match went to the next level as the two superstars went back and forth executing signature moves against one another. Just when it looked like Triple H was going to win, Bryan -with the aide of the Yes Movement – was able to hit Triple H with the running knee and claim the match.
After the match concluded, Triple H hit Bryan’s already injured shoulder with a chair shot. Bryan will need more than the Yes Movement in order to compete on the needed level for the night’s Main Event.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
The Shield vs. The New Age Outlaws & Kane:
If you blinked, you probably missed this match. The Shield came in strong and dominated their opponents. After Roman Reigns speared Kane, he joined fellow Shield members Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to execute a double power-bomb on Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.
Winners: The Shield
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal:
30 superstars entered the ring, all vying for the chance to win the first annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
One by one the superstars eliminated one another until only two superstars remained: Antonio Cesaro and The Big Show. Cesaro tried to make the first move and clothesline Big Show over the top rope, but Show was able to deflect his clothesline and reverse Cesaro into a chokeslam. Determined to redeem himself after a disappointing loss to The Usos earlier in the evening, Cesaro countered the Show with an uppercut near the ropes. Cesaro then scooped the seven foot giant up and throw him over the top rope to claim the victory.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Post-Wrestlemania Prediction: With the victory in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle, look for Cesaro to continue to rise in the WWE ladder. The only place left to go is up.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
In what I believe was the most disappointing match of the night, John Cena took on Bray Wyatt. The two lacked chemistry and the match lacked a Wrestlemania quality. The crowd was extremely quiet throughout the match and seemed distant – but supposed compared to the Yes Movement all of chants were mild – yet I still was hoping for more crowd involvement. Cena managed to keep his hero image in tack and claim the victory.
Winner: John Cena
The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman):
Perhaps the match of the night, every WWE Universe member was waiting to see if The Streak would live on.
Brock Lesnar started off strong sending The Undertaker to the mat. Lesnar and The Undertaker went back and forth, leaving the WWE Universe wondering who would eventually take over the match momentum.
As the match hit it’s stride the back and forth fight intensified. The Undertaker hit a Tombstone, but Lesnar managed to kick out of the pin. The Phenom tried for a Tombstone once more, but Lesnar reversed it into an F5. What happened next sent waves of shock through the WWE Universe. 1…2…3…Lesnar had successfully got the pin-fall. The Streak was over.
The audience in attendance in the SuperDome was speechless and stunned. Lesnar exited the arena, leaving The Undertaker alone in the ring. The crowd in attendance gave The Undertaker a well deserved standing ovation as he slowly made his way out of the arena. The Streak was no more, is the same true for The Undertaker?
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Vickie Guerrero’s Divas Championship Invitational:
I truly feel sorry for the 14 Divas that participated in this invitational match. The Undertaker’s Streak had just been ended and the WWE Universe, both in the SuperDome and across the World, were still taking in the fact that The Streak was no more. Long story short, AJ Lee retained the Divas Championship after she hit Naomi with the Black Widow.
Winner: AJ Lee
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Title:
Finally the match everyone was waiting for, the Main Event. It was made clear early that this was more of a handicap match than a triple threat match. Orton and Batista instantly teamed up in an effort to take Bryan out of the match.
Add in the interference of The Authority, and it was clear that Bryan would need to channel everything he had within himself to claim a victory. Bryan started his fight back by taking out the McMahons and the ref out with a suicide dive. After deflecting a sledgehammer shot from Triple H, Bryan tried to get the pin on Batista. Orton managed to break up the pin and throws Bryan outside and uppercuts him right into the ring barricade.
Orton and Batista continue their tag team efforts and by Batista setting Bryan up for a Batista Bomb on the announcer tables, and Orton hit Bryan midair with a neckbreaker off the ring steps. Orton and Bryan both crash through the table and both look to be in pretty bad shape. Medics come out to assist an injured Bryan, while Batista turns his attack onto Orton.
Bryan manages to pull himself off the stretcher, so Orton throws him into the ring steps and them into the ring. Orton tries for an RKO, but Bryan manages to counter with a YES Lock, which Batista broke up. Bryan then put the hold on Batista to which Orton broke up. Batista gains his footing and goes for a spear on Orton, but Orton manages to avoid the spear and Bryan takes the hit instead. Orton tries to put the match to an end and hits Batista with an RKO. However, when Orton attempts to go for a punt, but Bryan knees him in the face . Batista throws Bryan outside of the ring and attempts to pin Orton for the win. When Orton kicks out, Batista successfully hits Orton with a Batista Bomb. Bryan surprises Batista with knees to the face. Bryan rolls through and gets Batista into the YES Lock once more. After trying to fight free, Batista taps out, giving Bryan the win.
The crowd ignites in 70,000+ “Yes” chants as Bryan holds the titles high. What a way to end the night.
Winner and New WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan
Wrestlemania 30 will go down in history as one of the most memorable Wrestlemania’s in recent years. Wrestlemania 30 saw Daniel Bryan fight his way to the Main Event where he became the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion; We saw The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak came to an unexpected end; and a new power player has been created in Antonio Cesaro.
What was your favorite Wrestlemania 30 moment? What went through your mind as The Undertaker’s Streak came to an end? Let me know what you thought about Wrestlemania in the comments.