We’ve already discussed how WrestleMania 34 was one of the best Mania cards of all time on paper, but with the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ in the rear view now, did WrestleMania live up to the hype? In short, yes! We got a bit of everything on the night of April 8th, 2018. Twists, turns, and great matches are all ingredients to a fun WrestleMania, and this year had all three!
Let’s not talk about how poor my predictions article was (I only got 4 right), and instead talk about how many times WWE swerved us during this pay-per-view. For the record, I am not using swerved as a negative term. Wrestling fans, with myself included, are always clamoring for less predictable outcomes, and boy oh boy did WWE deliver us some nice surprise on the grandest stage of them all!
First off, one of the biggest surprises of the night was Asuka losing to Charlotte in the second match of the night (not including pre-show). Not only did she lose, SHE TAPPED OUT! New Orleans is obviously the place that streaks go to die, because first we had The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, and now Asuka with her 900+ day undefeated streak. Just an incredible match put on by both women, with Charlotte once again pulling out some incredibly athletic maneuvers. At the end of the day, this match will go down as easily one of the greatest women’s matches of all time.
I would say the second biggest swerve of the night was Shinsuke Nakamura turning heel against AJ Styles. The quote on quote “dream match” didn’t necessarily live up to the hype, but the low blow after the fact made that whole moment so much sweeter. To all the smarks whining and complaining that the match wasn’t perfect, my best guess would be that the rematch between these two will be the “dream match” everyone was expecting. This time around it will actually be heel vs. baby face with built up storylines and animosity.
Nakamura has already shown that he is a great heel worker and I am so excited to see how this plays out moving forward.
What can be said about Ronda Rousey? She absolutely killed it out there in her debut match in WWE. If anyone had doubts about her abilities, they certainly don’t anymore. Rousey showed she is here to stay with one of the best debut performances in history. This match goes down as my personal match of the night, and I am so pumped to see full time Rousey shake the WWE women’s division to its core.
Where one streak ended at WrestleMania 34, a new streak began. After all the speculation about who Braun Strowman’s partner was going to be, we got just a plain, simple, fun WrestleMania moment!
Strowman chose a 10-year-old boy from the crowd named Nicholas, who instantly became one of the most over superstars on the roster. Nothing too complicated, and although fans were probably hoping to see an awesome return, this moment, for me, was wholesome enough to put a smile on my face. That should be what sports entertainment is all about! Nicholas is undefeated at WrestleMania!
I could talk about this WrestleMania all day long, but I have to end this article at some point. I would be remise, however, if I did not touch on the biggest shock of the night in Brock Lesnar defeating Roman Reigns and retaining the Universal Championship. This match goes to show that fans should never ever be super confident in an outcome, because Vince McMahon is a professional prankster.
I damn near collapsed after Lesnar won, but in hindsight, this will go down as one of the biggest shocks in WrestleMania history. And now with Lesnar signing a new contract, I expect we won’t be seeing the Universal Championship on a regular basis for a long, long time.
I loved WrestleMania 34! I thought it was fantastic! There is so much that I didn’t talk about in this article, but from top to bottom, for me at least, this card delivered. It was the comeback Mania everyone needed from last year, and whenever I have pure, unadulterated fun watching wrestling, that makes the event a memorably special one! I hope you enjoyed WrestleMania as much as I did! Don’t listen to the haters; cause there’s always going to be at least one! Someone told me they didn’t like Gargano vs. Ciampa… I know…
By: Patrick Gallagher