Confession time, I used to be a wrestling fan back in the Attitude-era. That was a period approximately from 1997 until 2002. Perhaps nostalgia rules for me, but it felt like a great time with many outstanding Wrestlemania events and storylines. I like real boxing and fights where people beat the crap out of each other. That said, I still watch wrestling from time to time, mostly for a good laugh and to see how talented a wrestler truly is at following his pre-fight instructions.
Yes, I said it, pre-fight instructions.
If you didn’t know from watching a WWE wrestling match, I am letting the cat out of the bag, (no idea who put it in there).
WWE wrestling is pre-scripted.
The outcome of a match isn’t because of the fighter’s skill but because of what the organizers want.
Ever seen a fight where the referee is intermittently talking to the wrestlers and you can’t pick up what he is saying? Well, he is usually reminding them what to do so they will stick to the script.
Don’t get me wrong though, just because the loser is chosen beforehand, the WWE is not fake fighting. You have to be very talented to throw a good fight (with the exception of Curt Hawkins who sucks) plus wrestlers get blows about their body and could get seriously injured if they don’t do their stunts correctly.
This is why I was so disappointed that Wrestlemania 35 was largely underwhelming with merely a few highlights. Though I was happy with several outcomes I have this feeling that none (very few) of these stars will be crossover superstars in Hollywood or elsewhere. You aren’t here for all this diatribe you want to know my thoughts on the matches.
The card was chocked full of matches and there was pretty balanced action, here is a look at the matchups:
Wrestlemania 35 match card:
- Buddy Murphy © vs. Tony Nese (Cruiserweight Championship) [KICKOFF SHOW]
- Andre The Giant Battle Royal
- Women’s Battle Royal
- The Revival vs. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder (Raw Tag Team Championship)
- Bobby Lashley © vs. Finn Balor (Intercontinental Championship)
- Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
- The Usos © vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black vs. The Bar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
- AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
- Bayley & Sasha Banks © vs. Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs. The IIconics vs. Nia Jax & Tamina (Women’s Tag Team Championship)
- Shane McMahon vs. The Miz
- Samoa Joe © vs. Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
- Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
- Triple H vs. Batista (No Holds Barred Match)
- Daniel Bryan © vs. Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship)
- Brock Lesnar © vs. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship)
- Ronda Rousey © vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Winner Takes All)
© Denotes Champion
Out of the 14 fights for the night, I will only speak about the three that to me, are worth my time. I don’t believe I want to spend too much of my real-time reviewing fake fighting, neither do I want to waste your time with uninteresting fights.
WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal
Call me a ladies man but the best match of the night was the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal in my opinion. There was constant action and the match was won by trickery and cunning, paving the way for victory by Carmella over Sarah Logan. Carmella did the old sneak into the ring after the dust settled. To cut to the chase, she laid in wait and capitalized on Sarah Logan’s unawareness of her eligibility and very presence. It was a good showcase of ladies.This was the second ever Women’s Battle Royal at Wrestlemania and it was action all over the place
Take a watch of the fight below.
Triple H vs Batista
My second pick was the fight between Batista and Triple H. Why do I choose this one? Simple, I hate Triple H; remnants of the Attitude Era abound. This did not go as planned. Both athletes remain in great shape even though breaching 50, which is a testament to their discipline and dedication. It is the end of an era as Batista exits for the brighter lights of Hollywood.
Take a look at the skill of veterans in the video below.
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan
My last highlight was the WWE Championship. Kofi Kingston claimed victory over Daniel Bryan. This was an awesome, high flying rubber match. Kingston is the second African American WWE Champion. He was also an unlikely champion, playing to mid-card matches for more than a decade. Check out the fight below.
What do you think of Wrestlemania 35? Did it live up to the hype and your expectations? Let me know in the comments.