WrestleMania Review: Let the Good Times (and the Unexpected Finishes) Roll

WrestleMania 34 took place Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. On paper, this card is one of the stronger WrestleMania cards the company has put together, with a fan dream (re)match for the WWE championship, the presumed Swan Song for Brock Lesnar and the WWE debut of Ronda Rousey. Add in the in-ring return of Daniel Bryan and the Undertaker, you have a spectacle laden show that, while a few lulls were a given, the show was by no means a dud.

The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bālor  

This was arguably the best choice for an opening contest with three of the best and sturdiest performers in the company. Between Rollins flying at least 10 feet in the air on a frog splash and Bālor issuing a Coup de Gras to break up a pin fall, this match was back-and-forth and one of the highest energy matches on the card. Giving Seth the belt validates him as one of the best performers in the company today, let alone of all-time, as the 11th grand slam champion in company history.

Winner: Seth Rollins   Time: 15:30     Rating: 3.5 Stars

Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka

I would put this match side-by-side with the triple threat from 32 as one of the more important women’s matches in recent WrestleMania history. You have Charlotte Flair, the crown jewel of the women’s division and one of the best all-around performers in the company has alongside the likes of AJ Styles, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. On the opposite side of the ring you have Asuka, an unpredictable firecracker who has been booked to be an unstoppable force in both NXT and the main roster. Together, these two put on a match-of-the-night candidate with breathtaking top-rope maneuvers and fantastic counters of each other’s moves. In the end, seemingly with a few more minutes of match time to go, Charlotte became the first woman to defeat Asuka in WWE. While there is probably no more likely woman on the roster to stop the Empress of Tomorrow, the shocked faces on many in the crowd showed that it seemed Asuka was heavily favored to win. Nonetheless, the classy gesture by Asuka after the match signals that maybe, down the line in a few months, these two have another classic in them where Asuka can even the score.

Winner: Charlotte Flair           Time: 13:05     Rating: 3.5 Stars