4/6 Shore's WWE WrestleMania 30 results and review: Will Daniel Bryan finally win and keep the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Can the Shield stay intact? Is John Cena's legacy in trouble?
Apr 6, 2014 - 5:00 PM
By Chris Shore
WWE WrestleMania 30
Aired live on pay-per-view and WWE Network
New Orleans, Louisiana at the Superdome
WrestleMania 30 pre-show
Jimmy Hart joined Shawn Michaels, Booker T, and Josh Matthews on the pre-show panel. The broke down the fourway for the WWE Tag Team Championships and tossed it back to Renee Young who had a…uh…very interesting dress on. She put over the XWrestleMania tag and Hugh Jackman as the social media ambassador.
A video profiled Andre the Giant. The Andre the Giant Memorial trophy was shown arriving at the arena. The panel made their picks for the battle royal… A commercial for Mania played featuring Triple H and Daniel Bryan. My audio went absolutely nuts at that point and everything sounded like it was playing through an AM radio station.
Alex Riley replaced Shawn Michaels on the panel. Lilian Garcia made her ring entrance to a good pop. This crowd is ready… A long video recapped the Wyatt and Cena feud with Cena's interview with Michael Cole serving as the basis… Jerry Lawler was making his entrance after the video as the panel broke down the Wyatt vs. Cena match.
A commercial for the new Ultimate Warrior DVD aired… Trish Stratus replaced Jimmy Hart and talked about Lita's induction into the Hall of Fame last night and the Vickie Guerrero Invitational… Michael Cole checked in on commentary. Zeb Coulter was in the ring and had the crowd do the "We the people" gimmick. The tag tea,s for the pre-show match made their entrances as JBL and Lawler checked in on commentary as well…
1. The Usos vs. The Real Americans (w/ Zeb Colter) vs. Rybaxel vs. Los Matadores (w/El Torito) in an elimination match for the WWE Tag Team Championships. Curtis Axel and Jimmy (I think) started. Axel got in trouble and tried to tag a Real American but they dropped down to avoid the tag. Ryback tagged in and just shoved Jimmy around. Jay tagged in and took out Ryback. Los Matadores tagged in, followed by Cesaro. The match broke down and everybody ended on the floor except the Matadores and then they dove on the pile. El Toritio ended up getting involved too and hit a crossbody on Axel to the floor. Swagger thankfully recovered to hook the Partior Lock on to eliminate El Torito's crew.
Los Matadores was eliminated at 5:39.
Ryback worked over the Usos while the Real Americans watched from the floor. Axel tagged in, but Jay did too and took out all the heels, including the Real Americans on the apron. He hit the Rikishi ass splash, but Swagger slid in the ring and hit a slam. Ryback slid in and hit spinebusters on everyone. Cesaro got a blind tag and hit the pop-up uppercut and the neutralizer to pin Ryback.
Rybaxel was eliminated at 11:42.
The two teams squared off with their catchphrases and brawled. The Usos dumped the Real Americans and hit tandem dives. The match continued to break down with bodies all over the place and rapid fire moves from both teams. The Usos shoved Cesaro into Swagger and then hit a double superkick. They hit the double top rope splash for the win…
The Usos retained the WWE Tag Team Championships at 16:12.
Post-match, Swagger screamed at Cesaro that he cost them the match. Colter tried to calm him down, but Swagger locked on the Patriot Lock. Colter stopped him and demanded Swagger shake Cesaro's hand. Swagger reluctantly offered his hand to Cesaro, who shook it and then hit the Cesaro swing while Colter freaked out. Cesaro said "We the people" and left…
Shore's Slant: The second half of that math was better than the first. It was a good hot finish too. Right match to kick off the show. I'm not sure what Cesaro doing the gimmick means going forward, but I guess we will find out tomorrow.
My first serious Network problems started as the panel took back over. I skipped backwards three times pretty close together. Keep that in mind if my reports are behind… A video showed Vickie Guerrero announcing the Divas match for tonight. The panel wrapped it up and the lights went out…
The opening video as jazz themed and recapped highlights from the previous 29 years and hyped some of the matches tonight. The pyro popped on the stage and Michael Cole officially welcomed everyone to WrestleMania. Hulk Hogan made his entrance, complete with the feather boa. Cole announced attendance as 75,166.
Hulk Hogan welcomed everyone to the Silverdome, which Cole pointed out was were Mania 3 was. He said it again and then finally corrected himself. He said they were there for the WrestleMania moments of the past and tonight. No sooner had he said that then the glass broke and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin made his ring entrance.
Austin did his four corner salute and then stood in Hogan's face. He did a "Hell yeah" moment and then said it was good to be back at the Silverdome and laughed at Hogan. He asked if the fans wanted to see him open a can of whoop ass on Hogan and the crowd said "Hell yeah." Austin put over Hogan being at a ton of Manias and said he respected Hogan and appreciated all he had done. They shook hands. Austin put over the show and the current roster and did the Austin 3:16 line.
Rock's music hit and the crowd went nuts again. Rock greeted the crowd from the stage and made his ring entrance. Rock hugged Hogan and Austin and he and Austin had some fun with high fives. A "This is awesome" chant broke out. Rock did his "finally" gimmick and even threw in a "Finally come back to the Superdome" to rib Hogan.
Rock put over both men and tied current storylines to what Hogan and Austin had done in the past. He said so many wrestling fans had birthdays nine months after Mania because their parents had to make Rock babies. He said it was boots to asses time and did his "Smell what the Rock is cooking" line. Autin followed with his "bottom line," and Hogan closed with his "whatcha gonna do" gimmick and included the Superdome on the list. They all did a beer salute to close the segment…
Shore's Slant: Fun way to start the show and the Silverdome mistake turned out to be once of the best parts. If the crowd wasn't hot before, they are now by god.
A video hyped the Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H match. Stephanie McMahon stood in the ring afterward wearing a semi-slutty suit thing. Weird look. Hot, but weird. She introduced Triple H. He sat on a throne on the stage in his crazy ass king gimmick and three hot blondes in masks beside him. They helped him take off his gear and then his "Time to Play the Game" music hit for his official ring entrance. Daniel Bryan's music hit and they place went insane. He did his normal "Yes" chant to the ring s Stephanie looked on in disgust. He climbed the buckle and 75,000 people chanted with him…
1. Triple H (w/Stephanie McMahon) vs. Daniel Bryan. The winner becomes the third man in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Bryan had the left shoulder taped up. Hunter let the fans cheer for a minute and then offered a hand shake. Bryan kicked it away and rolled him up quickly. Bryan laid in kicks and went for a roundhouse. Hunter rolled to the floor and Bryan offered his hand for a shake. Nice psychology.
Triple H kept trying to establish his offense, but Bryan consistently fought back and hit big moves, including a tornado DDT on the floor from the apron. Bryan followed up with a dive from the top rope and both men sold. Bryan rolled Hunter in for a near fall and climbed the ropes. Hunter hit the ropes to crotch Bryan and then knocked him to the floor.
Hunter cleared the announce table and setup for the Pedigree on top. Bryan fought back, but Hunter dropped the arm down on the table instead. Bryan made it back to the ring at seven and Hunter went after the arm. Stephanie yelled "You mess with the bull you get the horns," after Hunter hit a hammerlock slam on the apron.
Hunter locked in a crossface chicken wing at 11:07 and then transitioned it into a crippler crossface. Bryan made the ropes and Hunter held on as long as possible. Bryan started fighting back and they traded blows. Bryan hit a forearm off the ropes and started with the kicks. He reversed a waist lock into a German with bridge for two. He did it a second time, but Hunter escaped and tried to hook on the chicken wing. Bryan fought back so Hunter hit a double underhook suplex for two.
Hunter setup for a superplex, but Bryan fought back and hit a sunset bomb instead. Hunter stood in the corner and took two corner drop kicks. Hunter exploded out before the third and turned Bryan inside out with a clothesline that Stephanie sold like hell. Hunter hooked for the Pedigree, but Bryan escaped and hit the knockout kick with Hunter on his knees.
Bryan went for the top rope headbutt. Hunter got a leg up and then hooked on the crossface again. Bryan tried to roll him backwards, but Hunter rolled through. Bryan started fading and then rolled him back for two. He spun the kickout into the Yes Lock in the middle of the ring. Hunter sold it for a while and then made the ropes. Hunter rolled to the floor and Bryan hit back-to-back dives.
Bryan hit a missile dropkick in the ring and then kipped up. He hit the kicks from the knees for a good near fall. Bryan setup in the corner for the running knee. Hunter reversed it into the spinebuster and followed with a Pedigree for a great nearfall. Stephanie encouraged Hunter, who almost got pinned right after with a small package.
Hunter dragged Bryan to the corner and punched him in the face. Hunter went for the Pedigree again and Bryan reversed into a jackknife pin attempt. Hunter powered out and hooked again. The reversed several moves and Bryan hit the running knee out of nowhere for the win…
Daniel Bryan defeated Triple H in 26:11
Post-match, Stephanie got in the ring and slapped Bryan over and over while he laughed. Hunter attacked him from behind and dragged him to the corer where he hit a chair on the injured arm against the ring post.
Shore's Slant: The place came unglued when Bryan hit the running knee, and even more so when he won. The post-match beat down makes sense and will only serve to make Bryan the bigger underdog in the main event. Great match. I don't know that it stands out as a match of the year candidate type match, but wildly entertaining and well planned.
The Outlaws started to make their entrance doing their shtick. The Shield music cut them off and they made their entrance. Kane's music hit before they were done. A video recapped how this match came to be…
2. The Shield vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws.Ambrose and Kane started, but the match immediately broke down. The crowd was not impressed. The Shield swarmed all over the heels. Reigns hit a spear on Kane and then they hit a double/triple powerbomb on the Outlaws for the win…
The Shield defeated The Outlaws and Kane at 2:55.
Backstage, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Ricky Steamboat, Ted DiBiase, and Rom Simmons all did a silly gimmick to sell the Slam City playset. It was cute and short… Big Show and Sheamus joined the other 28 men in the ring for the battle royal…
3. Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Yoshi Tatsu and Brad Maddox were the first two out. Rusev is not in the match. People were thrown out quickly. Mark Henry tossed all three members of 3MB but Big Show took advantage to toss him right after. Santino put the Cobra sock on but was blocked by Miz temporarily.
Big E powerbomb eliminated Justin Gabriel. Fandango eliminated Big E and danced on the apron. Sheamus hit him with 400 forearms and Fandango fell off the apron. Show tossed R-Truth and went after Rey, but Rey begged off. Rey tried to hit 619 on Cesaro, but Cesaro blocked it and hit the popup uppercut to eliminate him.
Cesaro tossed Kofi, but Kofi's feet stayed on the stairs so he climbed back in. That's a bit of a stretch. Cesaro did a long Cesaro swing on Kofi when he cam back in and Sheamus eliminated Kofi. Del Rio tossed Ziggler who tried to skin the cat. Del Rio kick his face to eliminate him. Del Rio tried to lock on the crossarm breaker on Sheamus. Sheamus powered him up and tried to toss him, but Del Rio held on and eliminated them both.
Cesaro and Big Show were the final two. Show swatted Cesaro around and put him on his shoulder to eliminate him. Cesaro slipped out, hit an uppercut, and then body slammed Show over the top rope for the surprise win…
Antonio Cesaro won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at 13:24.
The John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt video aired. Some woman danced on the stage with swords around some voodoo shit. Bray did his lantern lighting gimmick. The band that does the Wyatt's music played live dressed in Mardi Gras gimmicks as the family made their entrance. John Cena made his ring entrance to little reaction, but mostly boos…
4. Bray Wyatt (w/Harper and Rowan) vs. John Cena.Bray dropped to his knees and begged Cena to finish him by showing everyone the monster he is. Cena refused to attack and Bray finally made his feet and shot in. He hit the flying back elbow and Cena looked pissed. Cena exploded with a clothesline and started wailing on Bray as Bray laughed. Harper and Rowan climbed on the apron and Bray told them to get down.
Cena choked Bray on the ropes and the ref admonished him. Cena worked aggressively as Harper yelled for him to "Let it out." Cena sold being conflicted and Bray took advantage to hit a suplex throw. Cena came right back with a dropkick. Bray hooked a sleeper. Cena powered out and setup for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena hit the ropes and Bray popped up into the spider position. Cena froze in fear and fell down.
Wyatt hit a rock Bottom type move and got the crowd singing "He's got the Whole World in His Hands." He hit a corner splash and set Cena on the top rope. Cena reversed into a DDT and went to the top for his leg drop. Wyatt reversed into a powerbomb for two at 11:43.
Cena came back with a Five Knuckle Shuffle, but they battled to the apron next and Wyatt hit a DDT on the apron. He set Cena on the top rope, but Cena fought back and knocked Bray down. Cena stood on the top and dove on Harper and Rowan instead of Bray. Bray came to the floor and threw Cean into the stairs. Wyatt yelled at the ref that he figured out what to do.
Wyatt teased hitting Cena with the top part of the stairs. Cena knocked him away and grabbed the stairs. He teased hitting Bray and then threw the stairs away. Back in the ring, Bray hit the flying back elbow again and cradled Cena's head in his lap while singing his hymn. Cena rolled away from a senton attempt and hit the AA for two.
Rowan distracted the ref and Haroer hit a kci on Cena. Bray hit the senton for two. Cena rolled to the floor and speared Harper through the barricade into the timekeeper's area. Bray rolled him in the ring and setup for Sister Abigail. Cena reversed into the worst STF in history, even for him. Bray made the ropes and reversed the next move into a fast Sister Abigail for a good near fall.
Bray went to ringside pissed and brought a chair into the ring. Harper distracted the ref for a moment and Wyatt slid the chair to him and got on his knees. Bray yelled for Cena to finish him. Cena teased it and then hit Rowan, who was on the apron, with it. Bray grabbed him and tried to setup Sister Abigail but they botched it big time. Cena escaped and hit the AA for the win…
John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt at 22:26.
Shore's Slant: F-- this company. Seriously. That was a decent match, not what I had hoped for, but pretty good. And then after some terrible acting by Cena they just put him over clean. For what purpose? What does Cena gain from this? Nothing, that's what. What does Wyatt lose from this? A lot. They just definitively said he isn’t anywhere near the main event. Way to piss away a great opportunity WWE.
Clips from the Hall of Fame were shown. No, they didn’t show Mr. T thanking his mother. Howard Finkle introduced the 2014 Hall of Fame class… A video setup the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman made their entrance. A video put over the streak and showed a casket for Brock Lesnar. Undertaker walked out onto the stage and looked at the casket with Lesnar's name on it. It opened on its own. He took a few more step toward the ring and pointed at the casket and it burst into flames…
5. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Undertaker. Lesnar hit a quick belly-to-belly and clotheslined Taker over the top. Taker landed on his feet and look at Brock. He got back in the ring and slammed Lesnar's shoulder into the post, then went to the floor and did it again. Back in the ring, Lesnar reversed a whip and charged and hit the post a third time. Taker hit Snake Eyes and grabbed for a chokeslam. Brock escaped and went for the F5. Taker escaped and shoved Lesnar into the corner, but Lesnar ducked the kick in the corner.
Lesnar went to work on the leg, slamming it into the ring post and scoring a leg take down. Lesnar continued to work the leg and a ground and pound offense. Lesnar laid in strikes to the midsection that Taker couldn’t defend and the announce team sold with soft voices. Taker hit a surprise DDT to create some room.
Taker hit Snake Eyes again, followed by the big boot. He hit a leg drop for two and setup for the chokeslam again. Taker hit it for two and the crowd finally came alive. Taker lifted for a tombstone. Lesnar slipped out and hit the F5 for two. Lesnar staggered around Taker forever and Taker grabbed his arm and hooked on the Hell's Gate choke. Lesnar sold it, and then reversed into a powerbomb type move.
Brock dragged Taker out into the middle of the ring and Taker grabbed the Hell's Gate again. Lesnar broke it with the powerbomb again. Lesnar locked on the kimura lock and Taker reversed it into a kimura of his own. Lesnar got to the corner for the break and pounded Taker there. Taker hit a big boot and staggered out of the corner. He went for Old School, but Lesnar caught him instead and hit an F5 for a good near fall.
Lesnar hit a weak German and both men sold. Heyman talked Lesnar up and Lesnar went back on the assault. He mounted Taker in the corner, but Taker grabbed him and hit a weak version of the Last Ride. Taker waited for Lesnar to stand and hit a tombstone piledriver, complete with tongue pin for two. Taker sat up and slit his throat. He lifted for another tombstone, but Lesnar reversed and hit a third F5 for the win. Yes, you read that right.
Brock Lesnar defeated Undertaker in 25:30.
Shore's Slant: I don't have any words right now. I really don't. I never thought this would happen here. I….. I have no words.
Post-match, the crowd sat in stunned near silence as Taker struggled to get to his feet. He sold for a while and then made the long walk to the back as everyone stood and applauded for him, including the announce teams… A video hyped WrestleMania 31 by asking "What are the elements of entertainment?"
Shore's Slant: Um, the opposite of what we just saw comes to mind.
The Divas were in the ring. AJ made her entrance. Vickie got on the mic and did her gimmick. She wished everyone good luck, especially AJ and then cackled…
6. Vickie Guerrero Invitational for the WWE Divas Championship. A melee broke out and every woman got in a move. The all ended up on the floor and Nikki and Brie dove on them. They got back in the ring and shoved each other. Nikki hit her finisher on Brie but several Divas broke it up. Natty, Aksana, and Naomi had a tower of doom spot. AJ locked the Black Widow on Naomi for the win. Vickie was not pleased…
AJ Lee retained the Divas Championship at 6:48.
Shore's Slant: Divas spotfest. Everybody got on the card I guess.
Backstage there was a weird moment with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T arguing with Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. They ended up shaking hands… I turned my feed off and back on because I saw the handshake three times and when it came back on, Batista was making his entrance. Bryan was out last…
7. Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bryan hit Orton with a corner dropkick at the bell. Batista tried to hit a powerbomb on Bryan, but Bryan reversed into a head scissor that tossed Batista from the ring. The match moved to the floor with Orton getting the best of everyone. Orton rolled Batista in the ring and worked him over with the Garvin stomp. Bryan flew in for a missile dropkick on both men.
Bryan kicked both guys on their knees and hot the knockout kick on Batista. He went for it on Orton, but Orton reversed into an exploder suplex. Batista attacked Orton from behind and Bryan recovered to hit corner dropkicks, going back and forth between both men. He hit a top rope Frankensteiner for two on Orton.
Batista tossed Bryan over the top rope, but he came right back with a double missile dropkick. He locked the Yes Lock on Orton and then Triple H and Stephanie ran through the crowd. Hunter pulled the ref from the ring before Orton could tap. He waved over, and Scott Armstrong ran in the ring and took over.
Batista hit the Batista bomb for two. Hunter and Steph looked at Armstrong and he begged off. Bryan kicked him and Armstrong fell to the floor. They helped him up and Bryan dove on them all. Steph grabbed her ankle and Hunter went nuts. He grabbed the sledgehammer from under the ring, but Bryan took it away and hit Hunter with it to a huge pop. He grabbed Batista and rolled him up. Orton broke the count and my wife nearly died. Funny.
Batista and Orton teamed up to destroy Bryan at ringside as officials helped Hunter and Steph to the back. Orton and Batista cleared the announce tables and hit a combo Batista Bomb/reverse RKO on the announce table. They missed a monitor and Orton landed on it with his back and had a small cut. Batista walked around for a moment to let Orton breathe and then attacked him as EMTs put Bryan on a backboard and stretchered him out.
Batista tossed Orton around the floor and then rolled him in the ring. Orton recovered and tried for the hung DDT but Batista tossed him to the floor. Orton landed on his feet and hit the hung DDT from the apron to the floor. Bryan had made it as far as the ramp and got off the stretcher. Orton rolled him in the ring and setup for the RKO.
Bryan reversed the RKO into the Yes Lock. Batista broke it up but he got the Yes Lock too. Orton broke that up and dodged a spear from Batista that sent Batista into Bryan. Bryan fell to the floor and Orton hit the RKO on Batista for a great near fall. Orton setup for the punt, but Bryan hit the running knee. Batista tossed him to the floor and covered Orton for two.
Batista hit the Batista bomb on Orton and Bryan flew in for another knee. He hooked on the Yes Lock and Batista tapped to thunderous applause…
Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 23:10.
Shore's Slant: Great match. A little bit overbooked in the middle, but I'm glad they got that out of their system before the finish. This was the moment we all waited for, and the live crowd was hot for it. I'm happy they made the right call, but I'm left slightly flat after the inexplicable Taker loss. Everything Daniel bryan in this show worked. Everything else left me confused or pissed off. This will be the moment everyone remembers and that will leave most happy, but I think if you take this show as a whole, it wasn't very good.
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