It’s the greatest night in wrestling! Wrestlemania 33 was last Sunday, and I wanted to do a quick review of each match and the event as a whole. I should note that I didn’t follow Raw or Smackdown too much for the past month. I had some family illnesses that needed to be taken care of….and the product didn’t really entice me. Here are my thoughts on each match!
Neville defeated Austin Aries (Cruiserweight Championship)
I admit that I didn’t watch this match. I thought that Wrestlemania 33 started at a different time, so I missed this match. However, I did hear that it was really good and both guys really worked hard. I’m glad that Neville won because he’s brought credibility to the Cruiserweights and he deserved his Wrestlemania moment.
Mojo Rowley wins Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale
I picked BRAUN to win the battle royale because he was built up as an unstoppable force for the past few months. It was surprising to see him eliminated so early, but it did take the entire roster to eliminate him. Some people are mad because Mojo won, but Wrestlemania is the one time WWE is mainstream, so it didn’t surprise me once Gronk got involved.
Dean Ambrose defeated Baron Corbin (Intercontinental Championship)
This match was incredibly disappointing. I like Baron Corbin and wanted to see him get the win. He was getting a pretty good push leading up to the match. Ambrose seemed to just phone it in. It seems like ever since the Stone Cold podcast, Ambrose hasn’t been himself. His matches are sloppy, and his performances haven’t been great. I hope that Corbin wins the championship soon because he’s a good heel, and has really improved as a wrestler.
AJ Styles defeated Shane McMahon
I thought this match was going to suck because of Shane, but it was one of my favorite matches of the night! AJ can have a match with a broom and put on a five star match. AJ and Shane had some great spots, and the match got the crowd hyped. It did what it was supposed to do. It was a great match.
Kevin Owens defeated Chris Jericho (United States Championship)
This match was okay. I knew Kevin Owens was probably going to win because Jericho is going away soon to tour with his band. Nothing really stood out to me during the match. It was a little disappointing because the build up to this match was really well done. I think it may be because Jericho can’t physically hang with the guys anymore. On the mic, no one touches Jericho (except The Miz). In the ring, he’s lost his touch just a bit.
Bayley defeated Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Nia Jax (Raw Women’s Championship)
I still don’t know why the WWE brings out the champion first. The champion should always come out last! Anyway, the match was pretty solid, but I wish it had another five minutes. I liked how all three women teamed together to take out Nia Jax. It made her seem strong and didn’t hurt her. I was really surprised that Sasha Banks was eliminated after a head bump to the exposed turnbuckle. It seemed a little rushed and out of nowhere. I wish that Charlotte was champion heading into the match because it would have made Bayley’s victory seem much more important. That was a missed opportunity, but overall solid match that could have benefited from some more time.
The Hardy Boys defeated The Club, Enzo and Cass, and Sheamus and Cesaro (Raw Tag Team Championship)
This match had the biggest surprise of the night when Broken Matt Hardy and Brother Nero returned to the WWE. Even after a long hiatus from the WWE, the Hardy Boys seem to be on another level compared to the other tag teams. I thought that Enzo and Cass were going to win the championship going into the match, but once the Hardys came out I knew they were going over. These guys are super over, and deserve the titles.
John Cena and Nikki Bella defeated The Miz and Maryse
The rumor that John Cena was going to purpose to Nikki Bella was true! Everyone was denying it before the match, but come on…this is wrestling. The match seemed a little short, but it was great to see The Miz work the crowd so well. I was a little disappointed that Maryse didn’t get a lot of ring time, but the match was about John and Nikki. Some may call it corny, but this was a Wrestlemania moment that people will remember for years. It did its job. It also made my fiancee’ want to start watching Total Bellas and Total Divas, so it did its job to convert her to the reality shows.
Seth Rollins defeated HHH
Here is where Wrestlemania 33 took a turn down. The ultimate thrill ride peaked with John Cena, and started its downfall with this match. HHH matches seem to suck the air out of the building. I don’t know if it’s HHH himself or what, but it was a chore to watch. Others have praised the match, even calling it the match of the night. I just don’t see it. It was pretty obvious that Seth Rollins was going over here because there would be no point for a HHH win. Hopefully the Authority goes away for awhile.
Randy Orton defeated Bray Wyatt (WWE Championship)
This was probably the most disappointing match of the night. I really liked the story between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt, but the match seemed like a total buzzkill. Bray Wyatt used some gimmick graphics on the wrestling ring to try to mess with Randy Orton, but Orton hit the RKO and it was all over. I felt like Bray Wyatt needed this win to cement himself as the WWE Champion, but for some reason the WWE wanted Orton to get the victory.
Brock Lesnar defeated Goldberg (WWE Universal Championship)
The match lasted a lot longer than I thought it was. I felt that the match did its job with the limited cardio that Goldberg had. Two guys went out and hit their big spots and no sold everything. Even though it was only five minutes, it was better than their previous Wrestlemania match. The match also got the crowd back into the event.
Naomi defeated Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Mickie James, and Natayla (Smackdown Women’s Championship)
I felt bad for the Smackdown women because I could tell that this match was rushed from the very beginning. The women didn’t even make it to the ring before the next theme played. I wasn’t surprised that Naomi won because her introduction was really over the top, and Wrestlemania was in her hometown. It was a decent match, but it needed more time.
Roman Reigns defeated Undertaker
The match that everyone was waiting for! I think it was common knowledge that Roman Reigns was going to win this match because it’s Roman Reigns. Although the Undertaker is one of the best wrestlers of all time, he looked way too old to be in this match. I think the Undertaker should have retired after doing the job to Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 31 because the characters are so similar.
Instead we got an old Undertaker trying to hold his own against Reigns. I was really hoping for a Roman Reigns heel turn. What a better way to turn heel than to absolutely destroy the Undertaker at Wrestlemania? Instead, it looks like Reigns is still a babyface? It’s hard to describe what his character is because he’s pushed like a face, but gets heel reactions.
After Roman won, it felt like a dud. I knew it was coming, but it was just weird to see the fireworks and explosions after Roman winning. I mean the Undertaker just lost. Undertaker did get a nice sendoff after the match, but I think the damage had already been done.
Wrestlemania 33 Overall Grade
Wrestlemania 33 was the ultimate thrill ride. The event slowly went up and up to the peak (Hardys), and then it quickly fell into the ground (Roman wins LOL). The ride was fun, though. However, it did last way too long for my liking. I just told my fiancee’ how I remember how the old big four pay-per-views were four hours. Now every event seems to be a minimum of four hours.
Wrestlemania 33 did its job for me, which was to get me back into wrestling. As of now I watched both Raw and Smackdown post-Mania, and I will continue to watch and see what happens next.