WrestleMania 31 took place on March 29th, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It boasted an attendance of 76, 976, and drew a revenue of 12 million dollars, making it the highest grossing WWE event ever. It also received highly positive reviews, with some people calling it one of the best ever in the history of the Showcase of the Immortals.
NOTE: That picture is only there because I love it.
Moving on – we’re going to skip The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal (Big Show won), and for the pre-show, we shall stay focused on the Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Championship Match – The Uso Brothers (Jimmy and Jey) vs. Los Matadores vs. The New Day (Big E and Kofi) vs. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c). I enjoyed this way more than I expected to.
It’s fun, quick, and hard-hitting.
Plus, Kidd and Cesaro got to start the match as Champions, and end it the same way. Not everyone gets that privilege.
The first match of the actual show was Luke Harper, Stardust, Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, and Dolph Ziggler in an overstuffed Ladder Match for Barrett’s Intercontinental Championship.
All of the men involved did the best they could. Highlights include Ambrose dropping an elbow off a huge ladder, Luke Harper devastating Ambrose with a Powerbomb through a different ladder, and Daniel Bryan going head-butt for head-butt with Dolph Ziggler on the top of yet another ladder.
That was actually the finish. D-Bry won, eventually, and sent Ziggler careening to the mat. That gave him enough time to reach up and pull down his first IC Championship.
Next up – Randy Orton took on Seth Rollins in a very solid match. From beginning to end, this is enjoyable.
Speaking of the end – Seth tried to hit a Curb Stomp on Randy, but The Viper countered it with this jaw-dropping moment.
Obviously, Randy Orton picked up the win from there.
Once they cleared out, Sting and Triple H took the stage (click HERE for our thoughts on that bout).
All I’ll say here is that I loved it (even though I agree with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Ric Flair).
When they finished up, it came time for AJ Lee and Paige to take on Nikki and Brie Bella. This was one of the best women’s matches in recent WrestleMania history. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much, considering some of the names that have wrestled on The Grandest Stage of Them All in the last few years (Kelly Kelly, Snooki, Eve Torres, and Maria Menounos, among others).
AJ Lee got the win for her team here, after tapping Nikki out with her submission finisher, The Black Widow.
The next match was John Cena vs. Rusev for the United States Championship.
Rusev made his entrance on a tank! I’m not going to say that made the rest of the match irrelevant, but I’m also not, not going to say it. I mean, come on, look at that glorious Bulgarian bastard.
The match itself was okay. The end result, however, was absolutely incredible. After he won the title here, John Cena defended it week in and week out on Monday Night Raw, leading to some of the best segments that show has seen in years.
Only two matches remain. First, it was The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt in a match that probably should have never happened.
I was really down with the buildup for this. Bray killed it on the mic throughout the entirety. He had to. He was completely alone.
Then the match hit, and it underwhelmed all around.
I don’t know what else to say about it. Taker got the win with a Tombstone – I think.
He went 22-1 – I know that much.
We’ve finally reached the main event. This was a classic. It’s brutal. Roman Reigns takes it right to Brock, as soon as the bell rings, and The Beast Incarnate makes him pay for it.
He tossed the former Shield member around like a sack of potatoes.
Then, deep into the match, as the outcome started to be called into question – Seth Rollins’ music hit. He bolted down the ramp, cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, and made the match a Triple Threat.
It was intense AF.
I remember being on the edge of my seat, throughout. I was convinced that Roman Reigns was somehow going to pull out the victory. Then he sent Brock to the outside, hit Roman with another Curb Stomp, and pinned him for the one, two, three…
It’s one of the most exciting moments in WrestleMania history. I hope the company knows that they have something to top now. They’re going to AT&T Stadium next year in Dallas, Texas. That place seats over 100,000 people.
They better bring their A game. Seth’s title win triggered some ridiculous reactions out of the fans in attendance.
Hold on – 3 pictures up – that’s Rick Rubin! Awesome.
PS: I purposely left out the segment with The Rock, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Ronda Rousey. Honestly, I’ve always thought it was boring, and ran far too long.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of WWE.com.