It was the biggest night of the year for wrestling fans and so often WrestleMania has failed to capitalize on the potential it has, but Sunday night well and truly delivered.
On a night that broke the attendance record in Levi's Stadium with more than 76,000 fans packing it to the rafters, almost every WCW/WWE legend made a cameo and the three singles titles that were on the line all changed hands. All of this meant there really was no way WrestleMania 31 could disappoint.
First of all, WWE has a new World Champion. Seth Rollins picked his spot perfectly and after Roman Reigns had endured a significant amount of abuse at the hands of Brock Lesnar, the World Champion was thrown head first into the ring post and blood went everywhere.
It seemed like Lesnar was unaware of where he was and Rollins music hit, the ultimate opportunist hit Brock with a Curb Stomp before measuring him for a second and Lesnar went for an F5 but instead was hit with a spear. Seth then jumped up and delivered a Curb Stomp to former team mate Reigns to hold him down for the three count and lift his first ever singles title in WWE.
Not only did the World Championship change hands, but the United States Championship was also on the line as Rusev put his streak up against John Cena. It wasn't the match of the night, but it was a back and forth affair and the ending came when Lana was knocked off the apron and the distraction allowed Cena to hit the AA and end Rusev's streak and lift the US title.
The Intercontinental Championship ladder match had the potential to steal the show, given the pedigree of talent in the match, but aside from a fantastic Dean Ambrose/Luke Harper ladder spot, the match wasn't all it was hoped to be and as a show opener, it wasn't fantastic. Daniel Bryan predictably took the title after an exchange with Ziggler, which kept the Yes Movement happy.
The animosity between Seth Rollins and Randy Orton was finally laid to rest as the two met inside the squared circle. One of the matches of the night saw Orton hit RKO after RKO, Seth hit a Curb Stomp and even got for Phoenix Splash, but it was when Seth set up for a final Curb Stomp that Randy flipped him up in the air and delivered an incredible RKO to take the win over his former ally.
The Tag Team Championships were on the line on the kick off show, and it was the best way to kick off Wrestlemania 31, bodies were everywhere, the divas were involved, there were high risk moves, moves that showed feats of strength and it looked like The Usos were about to regain their championships until Cesaro got the pin on Big E.
Neither Curtis Axel nor Damien Mizdow won the Andre the Giant battle royal, which didn't impress the fans as Mizdow finally turned on The Miz but was eliminated by Big Show before he could capilatize.
AJ Lee and Paige also managed to stay on the same page as they took on The Bella Twins and AJ walked out with her second consecutive Mania win after she made The Divas Champion tap out to the Black Widow.
Two of the biggest matches of the night saw Sting up against Triple H and Bray Up against The Undertaker. The Deadman looked like he was in the shape of his life and was pulling out Old School, Snake Eyes and Tombstone Piledrivers, but Bray still managed to create some offense and when he went for his spider walk, Undertaker sat up and psyched out the Eater of Worlds before delivering a final Piledriver to get back to winning ways on the Grandest Stage of them All.
Triple H and Sting was one match every member of the IWC thought they had planned out, but no one could have predicted what happened. The nWo and DX both getting involved on behalf of their friends before Shawn Michaels ran down and super-kicked Sting, the two had a good back and forth before Sting was then hit in the head with a sledgehammer and lost his first ever WWE match. Could this be setting up nWo vs DX in the future?
That wasn't all either as The Rock came out to address Triple H and Stephanie after they gloated about the win and Steph slapped The Rock. Being the gentleman that he is, Rock refused to hit a woman, but he knew one woman that would. Rhonda Rousey, the Bantamweight UFC Champion stepped in the ring and took out both Stephanie and Triple H in what can only be described as a Wrestlemania moment for the ages.
It is physically impossible for WWE to deliver any more than they did last night, but they are expected to as Raw After Mania has become the traditionally best Raw episode of the year and the fall out is about to be one of epic proportions.
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