Peter Fogel ’19
Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
WrestleMania has been WWE’s biggest event of the year since the inaugural show in 1985; providing fans with some of the best wrestlers, matches, and moments in wrestling history.
WrestleMania 35 took place recently in New Jersey inside of Metlife Stadium with 80,000 plus fans in attendance. The event was seven and a half hours long; and in my opinion, it was one of the best WrestleMania’s in recent years.
Although a lot of people felt the show was too long–with a 5 and a half hour runtime and a 2 hour Kickoff Show–I still felt they kept it very entertaining and fresh. There were no dull moments the entire show and that the match card placements were done well so that fans at home and in attendance didn’t get worn out.
There were tons of great WrestleMania moments, including: The Miz super-plexing Shane McMahon who then plummeted 15 feet; Kofi Kingston defeating Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship; John Cena bringing back his Doctor of Thuganomics gimmick from the early 2000’s; Batista vs. Triple H in a No Holds Barred Match; and Joan Jett performing Ronda Rousey’s entrance live.
I think that this was the most feel-good WrestleMania of all time because it featured 3 of the biggest heroes in WWE all winning their own Championship matches.
In the first match of the night, Seth Rollins defeated Universal Champion Brock Lesnar after a pre-match beatdown from the champ, in which Rollins won in under 3 minutes.
Next, in the middle of the show, Kofi Kingston defeated WWE Champion Daniel Bryan which was, in my opinion, the match of the night and a historic moment because Kofi Kingston is both the first African-American WWE Champion and Grand Slam Champion in the companies history.
Lastly, Becky Lynch defeated both Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair for both Championships in a Winner Takes All match, sending all the fans home happy.
In my opinion, out of all the great moments that night, I would say the best moment was Kofi Kingston finally winning the WWE Championship. I feel this was the biggest moment of the night because Kingston became the 51st WWE Champion in history, but the first ever African-American Champion.
The WWE Championship, in my opinion, is the most prestigious championship in not just WWE, but in all of wrestling and maybe even in all of sports. Kingston’s victory opens the door to so many young wrestlers who dream about one day becoming a WWE Champion.
The only negatives about WrestleMania were the matches between Samoa Joe and Rey Mysterio for the United States Championship; Baron Corbin vs. Kurt Angle in Angle’s Farewell match; and Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush vs. Finn Bálor for the Intercontinental Championship.
Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio was probably the most disappointing match because Samoa Joe defeated Mysterio via submission in a minute flat after making the challenger pass out. The other two matches fell flat as well and didn’t quite live up to the excitement that was created beforehand. I think that they were mainly used to give the fans a chance to catch a break in between all the big matches.
But, I feel that the positives of the championship immensely outweigh the negatives. I believe that the show had a great mixture of work rate, promos, in-ring wrestling, and most importantly, story-telling. I think that each match did it’s job well even the matches on the Kickoff and the ones that weren’t as good as the others.
I give WrestleMania 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to any wrestling fan looking for a genuine, fun filled show.