Childhood Complete: My Day at Wrestlemania 31
April 28, 2015No Comments
By Robert Haney
SANTA CLARA, California: A record setting crowd watched Sunday as championships changed hands, legends returned, and icons fell at what is dubbed the “Biggest Spectacle in Sports Entertainment,” Wrestlemania 31.
World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Wrestlemania took over Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for the 31st annual Pay Per View and gave fans that traveled from all 50 states and 40 countries a show that is being hailed as one of the greatest in its history.
The long time face of the WWE John Cena found himself in more than one unfamiliar place, for the first time in a long time he was not a headliner of the event, and when he entered the ring he was not met with the cheers that he was accustomed to, but rather a sea of boos. The match was a classic USA vs Russia match as Cena took on the Russian Rusev for the United States title. While Cena was booed for a majority of the match cheers and chants of USA filled the stadium as Cena pinned Rusev and brought the title back home.
In a match that fans felt they would never see, finally took place as the legendary Sting appeared in his first match in the WWE to take on WWE front man and COO Triple H. The match was taken to an even more epic level with the surprise appearance of WWE’s Degeneration X that led to the icon Hulk Hogan along with World Championship Wrestling’s New World Order coming to the ring. The match concluded when “Mr. Wrestlemania” Shawn Michaels appeared from the crowd interfering with the match and landing a super kick on Sting that allowed Triple H score the victory. This led to a site that long time wrestling fans had dreamed of, nine of the biggest names in wrestling history standing in the center of the ring.
With all the star power involved with that match it wasn’t the main event or even the co-main event. The co-main event saw the return of fan favorite Undertaker after not being seen since last years ‘Mania. The match was billed as a meeting of evils as the Taker took on the rising star Bray Wyatt. Taker looked to be in amazing shape as he topped Wyatt and left fans hopeful to see him in the ring again soon.
The main event pitted WWE World Champion Brock Lesnar against the Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns for the championship belt. Many fans felt that this match could be what ruined the card. Before the match KHHM’s morning personality JayMarZZ said, “I just don’t see a way that they can make the fans happy with this matchup. One outcome has the fans pissed the other is way too obvious.” Then the WWE is does what it does best, entertains. As both superstars gave everything they had to the match, a wrench was thrown in as Seth Rollin’s cashed in his Money in the Bank contract that allowed him to challenge for the WWE title anywhere at any time. The result saw Rollins turning the match into a triple threat match where the winner need to pin either opponent to claim the title. A fresh Rolling was able to capitalize on the beatings that Reigns and Lesnar had given each other and quickly pinned Reigns to claim the title witch left longtime fans wide eyed and jaw dropped trying to figure out what they had just witnessed.
Other matches saw crowd favorite Daniel Bryan win the Intercontinental Championship in a seven man lader match, Paige and AJ Lee defeat the Bella Twins in a Divas tag match, and Randy Orton pulling off a sensational RKO to defeat Seth Rollins. But a true surprise and possible match set up for next years ‘Mania saw the reappearance of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who brought the UFC’s Woman’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey in to the ring to confront The Authority to the fans delight.
The event’s card was so stacked that WWE had to move two of the original matches off the Pay Per View and add them to the pre-show coverage. Tyson Kidd and Cezaro manged to be the only title holder to retain their belts winning a four way tag match and longtime Superstar The Big Show was the last man standing after the 25 man Andre the Giant memorial battle royal.
According to WWE owner Stephanie McMahon, the event broke the attendance record at Levi’s Stadium with 76,976 fans experiencing ‘Mania in person. The event also became the highest grossing event in WWE history topping $12.6 million according to Adam Hopkins the director of public relations for the WWE.
As the crowd began to disperse, fans like 10 year old Romaine who celebrated his birthday at the event could only say “That was awesome” through a huge smile. When asked about his feelings on the event JayMarZZ summed it up by saying, “This was the most epic event I have ever been part of, hands down, and not even close.”