WrestleMania 36: The best of both nights
We didn’t know what to expect when the weekend of April 4 came. Many people expected the whole event to be canceled. I think we were all excited to see how WWE would handle the show. I thought the show was a wonderful distraction.
Let’s look at the best moments from both nights of WrestleMania 36:
Kevin Owens gets his moment
When I look back at the past two days of wrestling, there is one match in particular that stands out. The Firefly Funhouse and Boneyard matches were fantastic, but I think this was the best match.
Seth Rollins had made a lot before this match of the fact Owens had never had a WrestleMania moment. I expected Owens to win here, but he went one step above. Owens placed Rollins on the announce table and dove off the WrestleMania sign. Owens got his win and his ‘Mania moment. This one stood out early on the first night.
Get this championship
I want to be very clear, this match is not on here for the match quality. This was a very Brock Lesnar type of match. Finishers after finishers. I put this match on here due to the result.
Shockingly Braun Strowman pinned Goldberg clean, we have a new Universal champion. This list is about the best moments of the show, and this is certainly one of them. Strowman has cooled off over the past year or so, but he deserved a championship run. This also makes you wonder where we go from here. If it is a re-hash of the Strowman vs. Roman Reigns feud, sign me up!
AJ Styles… gets buried?
Then in the main event of night one, we had the Boneyard match between AJ Styles and The Undertaker. We knew going into this that it was going to be “cinematic” but this was something special. This looked like a season finale of Sons of Anarchy. It ended up essentially being a Buried Alive match.
Perhaps the best part of the match was the return of “Biker Taker”. No Limp Bizkit though. If you did not watch WrestleMania, I urge you to watch this cinematic masterpiece. If you liked this match, thank Matt Hardy.
The Queen reigns
I mentioned earlier that Strowman vs. Goldberg was on this list due to a shocking result. This match is on here for that and the fact that it was a very good match. Rhea Ripley’s stock rose tremendously in this match even in defeat.
Charlotte, especially as a heel, has an unmatched talent to elevate her opponent. As I mentioned, Charlotte did get the win over a valiant Ripley. I wasn’t sure how to feel about this when it happened. However, I like the idea of Charlotte being the NXT champion. It opens up a lot of dream matches and does a lot for NXT. I also think this is only the beginning of these two fighting over this championship.
Otis gets his girl
Genuinely one of my favorite moments out of both days was when Otis took on Dolph Ziggler. Side note, this was Ziggler’s first singles match at WrestleMania, which is wild.
Onto the match, this was perfect. Otis dominated a lot of the match. When he went for the caterpillar, Sonya Deville distracted him and Ziggler hit a low blow. Then Mandy Rose came out and attacked her former best friend then hit a low blow on Ziggler. Otis hit the caterpillar, got the win, and the girl.
Otis picked up Mandy, they kissed, and we got a rare feel-good moment. This legitimately was on par with “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. This is one of the most ‘Mania worthy storylines in recent memory and the happy ending was beautiful.
Edge: Viper Killer
This match divided a lot of opinions. Edge in his return to singles competition took on Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing match.
The two battled all over the performance center and the intensity was turned up. Great spots here throughout including the two battling on top of a trailer, WWE 2K style. The match ended when a visibly emotional Edge hit a conchairto for the win.
A lot of people thought this was too long. I thought this was a masterful performance by two of the best to ever do it. I never got bored and it was so intense that I could not look away. I loved this. Edge got his big moment. Fantastic stuff.
John Cena enters the Firefly Funhouse
Where do I even start? Nothing I say in the next paragraph will do this justice. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt took John Cena through all of his career downfalls. Going from his “Prototype” debut, to his Dr. of Thugonomics rapping gimmick, to never turning heel, to not finishing Wyatt off at ‘Mania 30. I am not going to try and do this match justice. Go watch it. Now.
WWE’s first British world champion
Now let’s be honest, this was not the best main event in WrestleMania history. Much like Strowman vs. Goldberg on night one, this was a finisher match.
Drew McIntyre withstood a few F-5’s, and won with his Claymore Kick. The match was not amazing but it did not need to be. It didn’t need to be a classic because the story here was Drew McIntyre finally winning a world title. It would’ve been better in front of a crowd, obviously, but seeing McIntyre finally get his moment by beating Brock Lesnar, was absolutely amazing.