The WWE’s biggest pay-per-view event of the year just took place this month in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The women of the WWE headlined the event for the first time in the history of the business and nearly every important title changed hands. MetLife Stadium brought in some 82,000 wrestling fans and grossed over $16.9 million at the event, the most the stadium has ever pulled in (and the third-highest amount in the history of Wrestlemania). Here are the highlights of what went down at the seven-and-a-half-hour Wrestlemania 35 event this year and where you can buy cheap tickets to get in on some live WWE action!
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Becky Lynch Captures the Championship(s)!
Uh, finally! This is what fans have been waiting for since The Man started her climb to the top. Lynch finally took on Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair for both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships… and won! It was a dream of Lynch’s to main event Wrestlemania and the fans clearly wanted it to happen too. This history-making Winner Take All match was a display of epic athleticism by all three women, even if it did end in a quick, surprise roll-up of Rousey instead of a dominant ending by the Irish Lass Kicker that many had hoped for. En route to the finish, we saw a Spanish Fly and a Figure 8 Leg Lock attempt by Flair (broken up by a leg drop off the top rope by Lynch) as well. Both Flair and Rousey ended up bloody, and Lynch can now call herself Becky “Two Belts.”
Seth Rollins Takes the Universal Title from Brock Lesnar
Again, finally! It was about time that Brock Lesnar – the non-fighting, dual-purpose UFC champ – gave up the title to a fan favorite like Rollins. At the behest of manager Paul Heyman, these guys opened up the event in violent fashion. It was a quick match for the magnitude of the title it entailed, but it looks like this event will finally be what sends Lesnar away from the WWE… for a while at least. The Beast jumped Rollins early, hitting an F5 and a beating him down at ringside, but the Architect rallied to hit three Stomps and get the pin. He headed up the ramp swinging his new belt to celebrate his clean, cut-and-dry victory.
Kofi Kingston Defeats Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship
The WWE looks like it’s finally giving the people what they want! This pancake-loving member of The New Day is only the second African American champ in franchise history. The crowd always backs Kofi and he finally got his time to shine solo in a match against Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. Kingston fought out of a LeBell Lock, returned some of Bryan’s kicks to the face in epic fashion, and finished it up with Trouble in Paradise to the delight of the crowd. His celebration was a tearjerker as his family joined him in the ring, along with Xavier Woods and Big E. And nobody feels bad for Daniel Bryan…
Finn Balor defeated Bobby Lashley for the Intercontinental Title
This match was action-packed if a little rushed. It’s clear that the WWE has been setting Balor up for a title win over these past few months and this one seemed like the easiest to deliver on. Lashley hit two spears and achieved a mere two-count before Balor hit him with a powerbomb and a Coup de Grace for the pin. In case you missed it, Leo Rush was there scrambling to get out of the way and Balor came out dressed as “The Demon” again. Yeah, it’s a little weird, but it’s nice to see Balor going places.
What else happened?
Baron Corbin defeated Kurt Angle in a Farewell Match
It looked like Angle had this match wrapped up until he missed a moonsault and got caught with an End of Days. Too bad. Guess that’s the last we’re seeing from ol’ Kurt Angle.
Triple H defeated Bautista in a No Holds Barred Match
It was a long, grueling, and violent match for a pair of 50-something wrestlers. The deal was that if Triple H lost, he’d have to retire. That did not happen. There were weapons involved and Ric Flair ran out to save the day by bringing The Game a sledgehammer. Triple H put Bautista through the announcer’s table and pulled out his nose ring with pliers. Woof. Hey, he’s still got it.
Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre
After returning from his battle with leukemia last month, Reigns got a win over McIntyre with a Superman punch and a spear. The only thing odd is that it seemed the Scotsman was poised to go on to bigger and better titles in the WWE and now it feels like Reigns might take that spotlight off of him.
Samoa Joe defeated Rey Mysterio to Retain the US Championship
So not every title changed hands. Mysterio hit a 619 but Joe caught him in a splash attempt and put on the Coquina Clutch for the win.
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The IIconics defeated Sasha Banks & Bayley, Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka, and Natalya & Beth Phoenix for the Raw Women’s Tag Team Title
After Peyton Royce broke up a pin attempt by Phoenix on Bayley, Billie Kay swooped in to steal the pin and with it the titles! The crowd dug it.
Shane McMahon defeated The Miz
Ugh, this storyline is still just so weird. In a Falls-Count-Anywhere match, these two used the whole stadium as their playground. The best thing that came out of this was the finale move as Miz hit McMahon with a superplex off of some pretty high scaffolding. It was impressive and dramatic. But somehow Miz ended up on the bottom and McMahon got the pinfall victory.
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