Wrestlemania: Thrills and heartbreaks

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The World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) version of the “Super Bowl” provided many thrills for its motto “The Ultimate Thrill Ride.”

There were  tables, ladders, steel chairs, sledge hammers and lots of pin attempts during the five-hour show, plus a two hour pre-show consisting of three matches.

Cruiserweight Championship: Neville (c) defeats Austin Aries via pinfall – 3.7/5 rating

This was the first match of the day during the first hour of the pre-show. With cruiserweight matches come highflying action all over the ring.

Neither wrestler was on the ground for much of this match. They were either flying from the top turnbuckle or diving over the top ropes.

Aries seemed to have the latest WWE Cruiserweight champion, Neville, cornered with a submission attempt in the middle of the ring, but Neville poked at Aries’ pre-existing injured eye, which led Neville to finish Aries off with a move off the top turnbuckle to remain champion.

Mojo Rawley won the Andre The Giant Battle Royal – rating 3.5/5

The goal was simple: Be the last wrestler standing in the ring. In order to make this happen, the goal should focus on having the determination  to throw competitors over the top rope with both  feet touching the floor to eliminate them immediately.

There were two heavily favored men to win the event due to  their extraordinary size. The first was Big Show, who stands at 7 feet  tall and weighs 383 pounds. The second was Braun Strowman, who stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs 385 pounds.

A few minutes into the Battle Royal, Strowman put Big Show over the top rope followed by everyone inside the ring ganging  up on Strowman, eventually putting him over as well.

With four wrestlers remaining, Mojo Rawley got help from his friend Rob Gronkowski (Patriots tight end) to eliminate the last three opponents.

Intercontinental Championship: Dean Ambrose (c) defeats Baron Corbin via pinfall – rating 3/5

There wasn’t much action in this match.

There was lots of punching and painful moments. It was a short match, only lasting 10 minutes. Dean Ambrose hit his finishing move to retain his title as champion.

AJ Styles defeats Shane McMahon via pinfall 4.4/5

Being known as the brawler of the sport, Shane McMahon showed  great improvement for  getting on the mat and wrestling.

As AJ Styles goes for a head kick in the corner, he misses McMahon and hits the referee in the face. This allowed  both competitors to do whatever they wanted with no disqualification.

Styles grabbed a trash can from underneath the ring and put the trash can in McMahon’s face. Styles jumped from the top turnbuckle. McMahon hit Styles with the trashcan in midair, then McMahon did the same move on Styles but kicked the trash can into Styles’ face this time.

McMahon laid Styles onto the announcers table and climbed up to the top turnbuckle. As McMahon jumped, Styles moved out of the way, putting McMahon  through the table.

Styles finished off McMahon with a jumping forearm to obtain  the win.

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United States Championship: Kevin Owens defeats Chris Jericho (c) via pinfall –  rating 4.2/5

The former best friends settled their differences in the ring.

The match was back-and-forth for most of the match. The match consisted of competitors hitting their finishers and kicking out. With both wrestlers outside of the ring, Kevin Owens picked up Chris Jericho and threw him to  the corner of the ring. Owens picked up Jericho and got the victory.

Raw Women’s Championship: Bayley defeats Nia Jax, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair via pinfall – rating 3.9/5

Bayley, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair ganged up on the powerful Nia Jax. The three wrestlers threw Jax from the top turnbuckle. They stacked themselves on top of Jax to pin and eliminate her.

Banks tried to pin Flair, but  threw Banks into the middle turnbuckle, eliminating her.

Bayley and Flair were the remaining two  in the match. Bayley was hung backwards on the top turnbuckle, but fought off Flair. Bayley knocked Flair down and hit an elbow from the top turnbuckle for the win.

Raw Tag Team Championship: Jeff & Matt Hardy defeats Enzo & Big Cass, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, Cesaro & Sheamus – rating 4.6/5

The Hardy brothers surprised everyone by becoming the  tag team in the ladder match.

Each team had its chance to grab the tag-team titles but were stopped by another team.

Two ladders laid from the ring to the outside barricade of the ring with Cesaro and Sheamus laying on top of  them. Jeff Hardy jumped off a 20-foot ladder bending the ladders. Matt Hardy climbed up to grab the titles.

John Cena & Nikki Bella defeats Miz & Maryse via double pinfall – rating 3.7/5

The battle for the best Smackdown Live power couple was not one of the most exciting matches.

The Miz was in firm control for the first half of the match. When John Cena finally made the tag to girlfriend Nikki Bella, she dominated Miz’s wife Maryse. After Cena and Bella hit their finishers they both got the pin.

The best part was Cena proposing to his three-year girlfriend Bella after the match.

Unsanctioned Match: Seth Rollins defeats Triple H via pinfall – rating 4.8/5

This was the best match of the day. Triple H’s strategy was to attack Seth Rollins’ injured knee, after tearing it two months ago.

Many  times, Rollins’ knee gave in from picking up Triple H. This did not stop Rollins from risking it all. Many times he jumped from the top turnbuckle, hurting Triple H, while hurting his knee in the process.

As a sledgehammer came into play from under the ring, Triple H tried to finish Rollins off  with it, but never could land a strike. Rollins took control of the sledgehammer, but Triple H’s wife Stephanie McMahon tried grabbing it. Triple H tried to take advantage of the distraction, but ran into his wife. McMahon crashed through a table placed earlier. Rollins hit his finisher to win the match.

WWE Championship: Randy Orton defeats Bray Wyatt (c) via pinfall – rating 3.9/5

Bray Wyatt was dominating this match until Randy Orton hit his signature RKO outside of the ring to turn the tide in his favor.

Orton hit Wyatt a DDT from the second rope and caught him with another RKO to seal the victory.

Universal Championship: Brock Lesner defeats Goldberg (c) via pinfall –  rating 3.6/5

A match lasting less than five minutes consisted of Brock Lesner, hitting 10 suplexes and his signature F5 to get the victory.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Naomi submits Alexa Bliss (c) against entire Smackdown women’s roster – rating 3.4/5

An extremely short match with a variety  of back-and-forth action of one woman taking out the other. Naomi eventually submits Alexa Bliss to regain the title.

Roman Reigns defeats The Undertaker via pinfall – rating 4.6/5

The longtime career of The Undertaker more than likely came to an end.

This was a brutal match, with The Undertaker getting speared through a table and being hit with a steel chair numerous times. Even after each painful hit, The Undertaker managed to kick out of the pin attempts. It took Reigns bouncing off the ropes three times for the spear to get Reigns the victory.

After The Undertaker stood up, he took off his jacket, hat and gloves and laid them in the center of the ring, kissed his wife sitting ringside, and left to a standing ovation.

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