With the largest card to date, fans were treated to seven hours of wrestling. The card had the potential to make Wrestlemania 34 one of the best ever, due to the depth of talent across both Raw and Smackdown. I guarantee that you’ll love some of Wrestlemania 34, and you’ll hate some of it. There’s certainly talking points. So here are the Wrestlemania 34 results with my personal views as well.
Cruiserweight Championship | Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali (Kickoff Show)
After Enzo Amore got fired from the WWE, the Cruiserweight title was up for grabs. A 205 tournament had Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali as the final two. The match was always going to be main card worthy, but settled on the pre-show. A match full of pace, high flying moves and counters was a great start to the pre-show, which saw Cedric Alexander come out on top, and crowned the new Cruiserweight Champion. There was a huge show of respect and the end of the match which was great to see, and we saw was a common theme throughout the night. Winner = Cedric Alexander.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)
I had my reservations about the Battle Royal (mainly Baron Corbin winning again). As far as matches go there were a couple of decent spots, but nothing truly memortable. The swerve for the finish was brilliant. Mojo Rawley, Baron Corbin and Matt Hardy were the final three. The lights went off and the eater of worlds, Bray Wyatt appeared in the ring. It turns out that Wyatt assisted his previous nemesis Matt Hardy in getting rid of Rawley and Corbin, resulting in Matt Hardy winning the 2018 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. I’ll be interested to see how this new partnership pans out. Winner = Matt Hardy.
WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal (Kickoff Show)
I thought this would make the main card, especially as WWE have been pushing the women’s evolution for the past 12 months. The Battle Royal was decent, with the introduction of 7 NXT women’s superstars, who teamed up vs the women on the main roster. Another superb ending saw Bailey and Sasha Banks as the final two, with Bailey eliminating Sasha Banks after a shake of hands. However, Naomi had not been eliminated, who then proceeded to throw Bailey over the top rope. The pop for Bailey was huge, but the swerve at the end was great. Winner = Naomi.
Intercontinental Championship | The Miz (c) vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor
The match was as good as it looks on paper. The Miz is holding out for his IC record, and Seth and Finn are both over with the crowd. Plenty of great spots in this match, with all three wrestlers playing their part very well. After a few 2.5 counts, and some incredible manouvers, Seth Rollins managed to get the final count to become the new Intercontinental Champion, and join his brothers Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in becoming a grand slam champion. Disappointed Finn Balor didn’t get his Wrestlemania moment, but I hope that comes next year. Winner = Seth Rollins.
United States Championship | Randy Orton (c) vs Bobby Roode vs Jinder Mahal vs Rusev
This was the first match on the card I was disappointed with. Rusev and Roode are incredibly over with fans and I fully expected either of those to win, with Randy doing the favours. The match didn’t provide an awful lot of entertainment, there were some standard RKO’s and interference from Sunil Singh and Aiden English. Jinder Mahal had the last laugh by securing the 3 count and becoming the new United States Champion. Winner = Jinder Mahal
Raw Women’s Championship | Alexa Bliss (c) vs Nia Jax
Surely this was Nia Jax’s time? After an emotional storyline based around bullying leading up to the event, a lot of fans wanted to see Alexa drop the title to Nia Jax. That’s exactly what happened, in a match where Nia dominated throughout. Alexa played her heel character well, eye gouging at every opportunity and running from Nia in the early stages. Nia finished with a Samoan drop from the second rope which gave Nia her Wrestlemania moment, and crowned her the new Raw Women’s Champion. Winner = Nia Jax
SmackDown Tag Team Championship | The Usos (c) vs The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers
This was another match I was disappointed with. Not because of the booking or the tag teams, but the choreography just didn’t work for me. The New Day and The Uso’s (who will be regarded as the greatest tag team of all time by the way), have put on some classics in the past. Particularly the tag match at Hell in a Cell comes to mind. The Bludgeon Brothers have been squashing tag teams on Smackdown and asserted their dominance again here. The Bludgeon Brothers were victorious and are the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Winners = The Bludgeon Brothers
Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
The return of Daniel Bryan after being medically cleared was highly anticipated, and the match didn’t disappoint. Bryan spent the early part of the match “injured” while Shane was being beaten by Owens and Zayn on his stomach (kayfabe injury). A few spots on the match will be remembered, and a clearly emotional Daniel Bryan had the crowd over on every moment. Shane did a coast to coast on Zayn which was executed brilliantly, and Daniel Bryan had the arena on their feet during his YES kicks. They came out victorious and Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are still fired, and I assume will be returning to the RAW roster. Winners = Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon.
John Cena vs The Undertaker
I was pleasantly surprised on how WWE handled this one. I would also like to say that my estimations of John Cena have risen even higher than they were before. Elias was the most hated man on the planet for five minutes when an Undertaker entrance was teased, and he came down to fight Cena. When that was over, Cena thought the deadman wasn’t returning, but the lights once again turned off and the famous “DONG” hit. Undertaker had a great entrance and John Cena worked the match from start to end perfectly. It took a total of six minutes for Taker to chokeslam and tombstone Cena to end up victorious. Cena put all the work into the promo and really worked to give fans what they wanted. Maximum respect. Winner = The Undertaker
Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs Stephanie McMahon & Triple H
Another match which really surprised me. Friends at the arena have told me Ronda had the biggest pop of the night. Her in-ring debut was fantastic, and she clearly amazed fans with a range of moves which we didn’t expect. There were plenty of spots, including Ronda punching the hell out of Triple H, and almost delivering a back body drop to him. Lots of swerves made this exceed my expectations. Ronda and Kurt of course got the win, and I’m interested to see what the storyline will be post-Wrestlemania. Winners = Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle.
SmackDown Women’s Championship | Charlotte Flair (c) vs Asuka
I’m going on record to say this was the best women’s match I’ve ever seen. Both wrestlers were aggressive, technical, and pulled moves out of the bag I’ve not seen either of them perform. Asuka and Charlotte really worked this to give fans a classic, and ultimately a shock moment where Asuka tapped out to a figure eight. Charlotte has broken the streak, and (in my eyes) has cemented herself as the greatest women’s champion of all time. Winner = Charlotte Flair.
Raw Tag Team Championship | The Bar (c) vs Braun Strowman & Nicholas
To say I was outraged was an understatement. RAW have been neglecting the tag team division for the past 12 months, and although some will find this match entertaining, I was furious. Braun Strowman announced he would pick a member of the audience to be his tag partner. He chose a ten-year old “Nicholas” while he took on The Bar 2-on-1. Nicholas got tagged in, and then tagged Braun back in to finish the job. Braun and Nicholas are the new RAW Tag Team Champions. No idea where this is going and I feel sorry for the talent on the roster who didn’t get their moment due to this terrible booking. Winners = Braun Strowman and Nicholas.
WWE Championship | AJ Styles (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Billed as “The Dream Match” I was actually underwhelmed by the WWE Championship fight. I’m not a fan of Nakamura (unpopular opinion) and even AJ Styles couldn’t get me over on this one. I was pleased to see AJ Styles retain, and a very heelish move from Nakamura after the match, saw him present AJ Styles with the title, then delivering a low blow. The act was met with a mixed crowd reaction (mainly negative), which will surely see Nakamura turn heel. Winner = AJ Styles.
Universal Championship | Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns
A bad booking in the first place saw Wrestlemania end with Lesnar vs Reigns. It was always going to be full of F5’s, spears and superman punches. The match was very physical and at the end Roman was completely cut open (his entire face was full of blood). The crowd started “this is awful” chants and “boring” which I fully agreed with. Brock Lesnar retained and really needs to leave the WWE because his gimmick and work with Heyman is dead. Winner = Brock Lesnar
Those are the Wrestlemania 34 results. What did you think of the event? Drop a comment below and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook (HHKMag).
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