WWE WrestleMania 35: Grading every match from the biggest PPV of the year


All eyes were on WrestleMania on April 7 as WWE hosted their biggest PPV of the year in New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium.

For the first time in the company's history, the women were closing out the show as Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair main evented the 35th edition of 'Mania.

Both Women's Championships were on the line, whilst every other WWE title was also defended on an action-packed night in NJ.

Here, we grade every single match that took place during the event.


Buddy Murphy vs Tony Nese - Cruiserweight Championship

The first match of WrestleMania 35 saw the first title change of the night as Tony Nese defeated Buddy Murphy on the pre-show.

Despite the stadium filling out in the process, the people that were in their seats for the match-up were kept entertained throughout the bout.

A few nice spots from both superstars, including Murphy getting his eye busted open early on, but due to the lack of atmosphere in the stadium, it was a match tough to get truly invested in.

Rating: C+

WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal

It looked like Sarah Logan had won the Battle Royal, but Carmella came back into the ring and eliminated the member of the Riott Squad.

It's always hard to make a Battle Royal exciting and/or good to watch due to the amount of superstars in the ring at the same time, but the surprising twist at the end - with Logan eliminating Asuka, and Carmella coming back in to win - it was a pleasant surprise in the pre-show.

However, as far as matches go, it's hard to give it anything higher than a C-.

Rating: C-

The Revival vs Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins - RAW Tag Team Championship

Curt Hawkins finally ended his long losing streak in WWE as he and Zack Ryder won the RAW Tag Team Championship after defeating The Revival on the WrestleMania pre-show.

Such a moment wouldn't have been out of place on the main show, given it's feel-good factor, so it's a shame such an event was only on the pre-show, but as far as matches go, it was a solid showing from both teams.

However, with the streak ending, the match should have probably been on the main show.


Rating: C

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

One of the worst segments/matches in WrestleMania history - even if it was just on the pre-show.

Braun Strowman eventually won the Battle Royal, which was the right decision, but the whole thing was a complete farce.

Rating: F

Main Show

Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins - Universal Championship

In a major surprise, it was Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins who kicked off the main card at WrestleMania.

What wasn't a surprise was seeing Lesnar dominate from the get-go, delivering an F-5 to Rollins outside the ring before the bell had even rung.


However, after the referee was knocked down briefly, the match swung as Rollins went low before delivering not one, not two, but three Curb Stomps to the Universal Champion.

One, two, three. A new Universal Champion was crowned!

Rating: B

AJ Styles vs Randy Orton

The two wrestling veterans had the spot of going after Seth Rollins becoming the new Universal Champion, and they delivered a very solid match. However, it was sadly distracted by the WWE fans in attendance being blinded by bright lights coming from the set-up inside the stadium.

Once the lights were turned off, attentions were back on the match, and as expected, both of the SmackDown Live superstars delivered a solid match, with the former picking up the win after hitting The Phenomenal Forearm.


Rating: B-

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Fatal-Four-Way

With some very impressive individual talents in the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship match, it should come as no surprise that there were some highlight reel spots.

Ricochet was at his athletic best, Cesaro was producing unbelievable feats of strength, and The Usos once again proved they are the best tag team in the business.

Some fantastic spots and a fast-paced match made for good viewing.

Rating: B-

The Miz vs Shane McMahon

Every year Shane McMahon seems to deliver at WrestleMania, and he did it yet again against The Miz.

Although he took most of the beating during their Falls Count Anywhere match, he ended up winning thanks to falling on top of his opponent after a humungous suplex.

The Miz showed his aggressive side, and some of the spots that came out of the match were huge - mainly because Shane-o clearly doesn't care about his own body and wellbeing.

Just watch the crazy spot that finished the match below.

Rating: A-

Women's Tag Team Championship Fatal-Four-Way

The match itself may have not been a classic, but the end result is what a lot of WWE fans were wanting.

The IIconics proved that they can walk the walk as well as talk the talk as they picked up the victory and became the new Women's Tag Team Champions, but in terms of in-ring action, the match itself fell a little flat.

Rating: C-

Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston - WWE Championship

What. A. Match.

Not a lot more can be said about the WWE Championship match as both Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan put on an absolute clinic in New Jersey.

It may have been a slow start, but the action picked up dramatically and by the end of it, every single WWE fan was on the edge of their seat.


Kofi Mania is truly upon us!

Rating: A

Samoa Joe vs Rey Mysterio - US Championship

There's not much to say about this match either, but for very different reasons.

It was only a few minutes old when Samoa Joe put Rey Mysterio to sleep to retain his title. Squash match which could be down to the latter injuring himself on RAW last week.

Rating: E

Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre

It was an emotional night for Roman Reigns after what has been a tough year for The Big Dog.

After having to relinquish the Universal Championship due to leukaemia, Reigns returned to WWE to announce he was in remission.

This then led to the feud with Drew McIntyre, and the match at 'Mania was a feel-good moment for Reigns, but in truth, it wasn't a very good match.

Rating: D

Triple H vs Batista

As WrestleMania entered it's sixth hour - yes, it's sixth hour - Triple H defeated Batista in a No Holds Barred match.

Sadly, the fans in attendance were not truly engrossed in the match, meaning the atmosphere and the feeling around the bout was not as high as expected, however, there were still some decent and brutal spots throughout.

Triple H finally defeated Batista, and also kept his in-ring career in tact. It wasn't the best match of the night, nor was it the worst.

Rating: B-

Baron Corbin vs Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle's farewell to WWE ended in a surprise defeat to Baron Corbin in a match that really failed to live up to what the legend deserves.

It was the send-off no WWE fan wanted, and it was made even worse when Corbin picked up the win.


But still, it was a feel-good feeling on the night as Angle waved goodbye to the WWE Universe - it's just a shame it ended so poorly.

Rating: D-

Finn Balor vs Bobby Lashley - Intercontinental Championship

A very tough spot for these two to be in - the night was coming to an end and in reality, all people were waiting for was the main event.

Balor and Lashley did their best to keep up the entertainment, but the match, very much like the atmosphere, fell flat.

It probably took Balor longer to put his make-up on than it did him to defeat Lashley. Unfair on the two to be honest.

Rating: D-

Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch - Women's Championship

History. The first ever women's match main eventing WrestleMania, and it was a memorable night for 'The Man' Becky Lynch as she became the Raw and SD Live Women's Champion after pinning Ronda Rousey.

Ending what was a chaotic and long night in New Jersey, Lynch, Rousey and Charlotte put on a great match to main event, and although a lot of fans were left feeling tired by the end of it, they were treated to a fantastic close.

The ending may have been dubious, with Lynch rolling up Rousey seemingly out of nowhere, but there were some good spots throughout.

We haven't heard the last of this feud, that's for sure!

Rating: B+

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