Professional wrestling followers did not know what to anticipate as Wrestlemania 31 happened on Sunday, March 29 from Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
What they noticed was a greater than anticipated present, highlighted by one of the stunning issues in Wrestlemania historical past, as Seth Rollins cashed in his Cash within the Financial institution briefcase in the primary occasion bout between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to seize the WWE world heavyweight championship
Additionally on the present, Sting competed in a WWE ring for the primary time towards Triple H, John Cena confronted Rusev for the US title and Daniel Bryan kicked the showcase in a seven-person ladder match for the Intercontinental championship.
With WWE presenting WrestleMania 36, on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, Sporting Information will likely be recapping and handing out match grades on the anniversaries of professional wrestling’s premier occasion.
Listed below are match grades and recaps, courtesy of SN’s Steven Muehlhausen.
Wrestlemania 31 match grades
Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Dangerous Information Barrett vs. Stardust vs. R-Reality in a ladder match for the Intercontinental title
Muehlhausen: What a solution to begin Wrestlemania. All seven contributors put all of it on the road. We noticed strikes off the ladder, folks thrown into the ladder, and it used as a weapon. It appeared that Bryan was on his solution to securing the belt when Ziggler appeared from out of nowhere to cease Bryan. After an trade of vicious headbutts, Bryan landed the ultimate blow to ship Ziggler off the ladder and win the Intercontinental title for the primary time. You couldn’t ask for a greater solution to kick issues off.
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
Muehlhausen: We’re two-for-two in high quality matches. Rollins confirmed he belonged in his first singles bout at Wrestlemania. He saved up with Orton, and his athleticism helped make it higher. Rollins seemed to have issues effectively in hand after connecting on the Curb Stomp, however Orton kicked out at two. Rollins’ safety staff of Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury tried to intervene, however Orton hit RKO’s on them. Rollins hit a spinning again kick to arrange one other Curb Stomp, however Orton lifted his head as much as ship Rollins flying into the air and related on an unbelievable RKO for the win.
HHH vs. Sting
Muehlhausen: The commentary did Sting no favors right here. Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield made Sting out to be an afterthought regardless of his time as a six-time WCW champion and one of the well-liked acts in wrestling for the final 30 years.
The in-ring work was nothing to write down dwelling about. The central theme was it being Sting’s first time competing inside a WWE ring.
When Sting had all the things beneath management and able to put away HHH, DeGeneration X members Billy Gunn, Street Dogg, and X-Pac got here out to intervene, however Sting thwarted the trio off. Then HHH regained management when the NWO threesome of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Corridor attacked them. Sting made a comeback, however Shawn Michaels got here out and superkicked the WCW icon. Sting had HHH ripe for the taking when he seemed to land yet another Stinger Splash. HHH hit him with a sledgehammer for the victory.
A horrible closing ten minutes. Manner an excessive amount of interference, which took away from what was seeking to be a good bout. And why couldn’t Sting win? To show WWE was superior to WCW? Pure nonsense. The fallacious man received.