WWE WrestleMania 34 Review

WWE WrestleMania 34 Review

Last night, it was the time of the year all the stars of the WWE came out on the Grandest Stage of Them All. The setting was once again the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the second (maybe third) year in a row, WrestleMania was once again a seven hour spectacular. Here is the brutal but honest WWE WrestleMania 34 Review. Enjoy!

1. Pre-Show – Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

The majority of the match, you were questioning who was who because of the number of competitors. The elimination as usual were fast and frequent, with Bray Wyatt appearing at the end of the match. This lead to him aiding Matt Hardy to a victory, before the pair embraced. This match was typically average with nothing of particular interest occurring.

Winner: Matt Hardy

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

2. Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali

Both men made their way to the ring, and it was very back and forth between them with several near finishes. There were several impressive spots throughout the match, which saw Mustafa start to gain the momentum. Ali was able to nail an 054, followed by another which missed. Eventually, Alexander nailed his finisher to become the new champion. That wasn’t a bad match in the slightest, even if the cut-away shots to John Cena were annoying. To get more matches like that, the WWE definitely need to focus more on the 205 Live division. 

Winner: Cedric Alexander, to capture the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. Kickoff Show – Women’s Battle Royal

Lilian Garcia was back to introduce the match, with special guest commentators Beth Phoenix and Paige (who looked amazing). Each of the competitors then made their collective entrance, aside from Becky Lynch, Bayley and Sasha Banks who got their own entrance. Given what they had achieved in the previous year, Natalya and Naomi deserved individual entrances.  This was another very typical battle royal. After various eliminations and combination, Bayley swerved Sasha Banks to eliminate her. However, she was then quickly eliminated by Naomi. The only memorable spot in the match was between Sasha and Bayley. Quite a disappointing match really. 

Winner: Naomi

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

The show initially opened with Chloe X Halle singing “America the Beautiful”. The opening montage looked at the moments throughout history of WrestleMania, along with the vibrance of New Orleans. This was nothing like previous opening montages, and was actually quite poor by WWE standards.

4. WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) (w/ The Miztourage) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor

Each of the competitors made their way to the ring, with The Miz sending The Miztourage backstage. Finn had a very strange entrance, with a group of groupees stood on the stage cheering him on. This was very strange as it really doesn’t suit his character. Another missing feature for this match was the history package, which would have added a level of depth to the match. The match was soon underway. The Miz was noticeably impressive throughout the early part of the match, taking down both men. 

The match was superbly contested between all of the participants. There were several cracking highspots and near finishes which heightened the electricity for the match. The winner of the match was Seth Rollins, following a series of Curb Stomps. That was an incredible opening match, but kudos to The Miz for his stellar performance. 

Winner: Seth Rollins, to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

5. WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka

Surprisingly, this match was relatively early on the card. The history package looked at the rise of both women on their respective brands, and how they came together to face one-another at WrestleMania. In terms of story, there was very little contributing towards this match. This match was solely reliant on wrestling quality. Charlotte’s entrance was very good, as she was introduced like a Queen to the sounds of a traditional “Also Sprach Zarathustra”. The match unsurprisingly took a very methodical wrestling approach. An impressive spot saw Asuka counter a mounsault into a triangle choke, which was countered into a Boston Crab.

The match featured several very impressive wrestling holds and spots throughout. Both competitors were impressive with the move set and counters used. Exceptionally surprisingly, Asuka tapped out to the Figure-Eight in a moment you genuinely didn’t expect. Absolutely stunning women’s match. After the match, both women embraced.

Winner: Charlotte Flair, to retain the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

After the match, a referee passed on some information to John Cena in the crowd. This caused Cena to literally bolt from the arena, as both Charlotte Flair and Asuka looked on dumbfounded. The annoying thing about this moment was it took the shine completely off both Charlotte and Asuka.

6. WWE United States Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal (w/ Surnil Singh) vs. Rusev (w/ Aiden English)

Each of the competitors made their way to the ring. In what was similar to the opening match, there was no history montage for the match. The match was quickly underway, as the competitors soon descended into one-on-one contests. Rusev was the one with surprising momentum with a good amount of ring time. Randy was able to take out Jinder and Rusev with RKO’s, before he was nailed with a Glorious DDT by Roode. The crowd reactions for Rusev in this match were incredible. Eventually, Jinder nailed Risev with the Khallas for the victory and to become the new champion. That match was okay but the length was pathetic that no momentum could be built up.

Winner: Jinder Mahal, to capture the WWE United States Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon vs. Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey

The history package for this match looked at the rise of Ronda within UFC, followed by her debut in the WWE. This was followed by looking at how Kurt and Triple H’s rivalry became entwined within the match. Each of the competitors made their way to the ring, with Steph and Triple H entering on motorbikes. Ronda on the other hand, looked insanely hot. The match was soon underway with Triple H and Kurt Angle going at it, after Steph had taunted and mocked Ronda from behind. Steph and Triple H worked together well, in order to continually double team Kurt. 

Eventually, Steph and Ronda ended up in the ring together. Ronda literally threw her around the ring in an impressive style. Steph had some momentum after going for the eyes, but Ronda soon regained control. It then came down to Ronda and Triple H, which was done brilliantly by both. A great spot saw Kurt lock the Ankle Lock on Steph, which she sold brilliantly. Eventually, Ronda made Steph tap out to her devastating arm bar. That match was absolutely incredible and well told.

Winner: Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey

Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

8. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods) vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)

Each of the competitors made their way to the ring, with The New Day accompanied by midgets dressed as pancakes. The match itself was pretty short, but The Bludgeon Brothers were very dominant throughout. Eventually, in a short, solid but forgettable match, The Brothers became the new champions. 

Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers, to capture the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

9. John Cena vs. The Undertaker

With Cena in the ring, it was Elias who appeared first. After he was swiftly dealt with, The Undertaker then appeared. He made exceptionally short work of Cena, who had minimal offence throughout the match. Taker won a short, but powerful match following a Tombstone. 

Winner: The Undertaker

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

10. Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

The history package shown looked at the tension which had built between not only Shane and Kevin/Sami but also Shane and Daniel. This was heightened by the announcement Daniel Bryan had being cleared to return to the ring.  The introduction of Daniel Bryan lead to an incredible reaction, until he was taken out in the early moments. The match was contested as a handicap match until Daniel recovered. The match itself was good, but nothing spectacular. It was great to see Daniel back where he belonged but Shane was in obvious discomfort. Sadly, a heel turn from Daniel Bryan never occurred at any point. Eventually, Daniel made Sami tap out to the YES Lock.

Winners: Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

11. WWE RAW Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) (w/ Mickie James) vs. Nia Jax

The history package was shown which highlighted the coming together but then the parting. This promo was supposed to highlight how much a monster Nia was. With both competitors in the ring, Nia quickly took out Mickie James to even the odds. The match was surprisingly back and forth, but ultimately disappointing. Eventually, Nia was able to pick up the win in a poor match to become the new champion. 

Winner: Nia Jax, to capture the WWE RAW Women’s Championship

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

12. WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

The opening montage for this match highlighted that there was very little emotional and story investment in the match. This match was purely reliant on wrestling ability. With both men in the ring and the match underway, they were able to have a very technically sound match. It was very much a slow build throughout the match, which made the finish more effective. AJ Styles was able to retain after nailing the Styles Clash. After the match, the pair embraced until Shinsuke nailed AJ with a low blow. Now, that gave it some momentum. 

Winner: AJ Styles, to retain the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

13. WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (c) vs. Braun Strowman and TBC

Both teams made their way to the ring, as the wait for Braun’s partner was eagerly anticipated. It was then revealed to be a random member of the audience called Nicholas. Braun was fairly dominant in the opening moments, despite some brief offence from The Bar. Eventually, Braun picked up the win after he nailed Cesaro with a powerslam in an entertaining match.

Winners: Braun Strowman and Nicholas, to capture the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

14. WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns

The promo for the match highlighted how uninteresting this match was going to be. The match itself was awful, and went on far too long. It got to the point of unconvincing and uninteresting. Eventually, after nailing 5 F5’s and busting Roman open, Brock was able to retain the championship. One of the worst main events in the history of WrestleMania.

Winner: Brock Lesnar, to retain the WWE Universal Championship

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

Editorial Thoughts

WrestleMania 34 is now officially in the books, and whilst it won’t go down as the greatest WrestleMania in history. It certainly had its high spots which made it incredibly unique to watch. The show was clearly divided into two halves, because the show began with so much steam and momentum. It was very enjoyable. The only disappointment at the beginning was the United States Championship match. The Intercontinental and RAW Women’s Championship matches began the show in a stellar fashion. The performance from The Miz was completely unexpected, but captivating. The mixed tag team match delivered far more than anticipated. It was genuinely a must-see match. The exchanges between Triple H and Ronda Rousey were the highlight of that match. 

Going into the later part of the card, the way in which John Cena versus The Undertaker was booked worked in a very credible way. It was the best performance from The Undertaker in years. The combination of Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan versus Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn worked as a match, but creatively from an editorial perspective was totally wrong. Daniel Bryan desperately needed to turn heel in this match. The end of the match was almost an anti-climax. From this point, the card went very much downhill. The WWE Championship match was very solid but uninteresting. The RAW Women’s Championship match went far too long, and was structured in a much too complex style. It needed to be simple at its best. The main event for the WWE Universal Championship was completely pants. Worst main event in a long time. 

Overall, the card was definitely worth watching. The first half is something to enjoy and relax too. The remaining second half is something which can be skimmed through. That way, it may make for decent viewing. There you go. The 2018 WWE WrestleMania 34 Review. 

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