Wrestlemania 39 Review 


KC Medico, Staff 

pwmania.com, Vince McMahon, head of WWE

Wrestlemania season has officially come to an end and what a success it was. From some of the best female wrestling the sport has seen to possibly the best tag-team match of all time this Wrestlemania will definitely go down as one of the best WWE has put on. Here are some thoughts and my ratings of the matches. 

Night 1 

Austin Theory defeats John Cena to retain United States Championship 

Starting the whole weekend event we got to see one of the best wrestlers of all time, John Cena, back on the grandest stage of them all square off against Austin Theory, a guy the WWE is clearly trying to push to a main eventer. While it was awesome seeing John Cena back, this match was such a let down. The match took a while to get going and once it did it was just filled with cheap shots coming from Theory which ultimately lead to him retaining the United States Championship. Best part of this fight was Cena’s five knuckle shuffle, where he thanked the fans before pulling it off. Makes you wonder if this is our last time seeing him in the ring? 

Rating: 6.1/10 

Men’s Fatal Four-Way Showcase: The Street Profits vs. Alpha Academy vs. Viking Raiders vs. Ricochet & Braun Strowman. Winners: The Street Profits 

This match had to be the shock of night one for how awesome this was. For no buildup going in, it ended up being one of the most powerful, high flying and energetic matches of the night. For someone who has never seen wrestling before or does not care, I would show them this match. The Street Profits end up winning this match in an awesome ending. Rumor has it that Triple H is making big changes on Monday Night Raw and if there are two sets of tag team titles I would love to see this team carry them. Rating: 8.9/10 

Seth Freakin’ Rollins Defeats Logan Paul

Ah yes, Logan Paul. Internet Star-turned-Boxer turned Entrepreneur turned WWE Superstar continues to prove he can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the WWE. Even die hard fans can not deny Paul has great in-ring talent. For how great Paul looked for his fourth match in the WWE, Seth Freakin’ Rollins outshined him. Rollins is currently the biggest babyface in the company. Whenever someone tries to cut a promo against Rollins the entire crowd just chants his theme song. I think it is time for Rollins to be back in the main event picture and fight against Roman Reigns. All in all this fight was great from the KSI appearance to the chants this fight had it all. I would have liked to have seen more buildup but not much you can do with Paul’s busy schedule. Rating: 8.6/10 

Becky Lynch & Lita & Trish Stratus Defeat Damage CTRL 

While it was great seeing Trish Stratus back and how she proved she definitely can still wrestle, I felt this match was a little dull. As much as I loved watching Lita back in the day, I think it may be time for her to hang up the boots. She botched a few of her moves and clearly could not move as well as the others. Other than Lita, Becky Lynch looked amazing and proved why she is one of the best Female Wrestlers in the business and Damage CTRL did a lot of fun moves and pops for the crowd. It is unfortunate this match came after two amazing matches or else I could have seen myself liking it more. Rating: 6.4/10 

Rey Mysterio defeats Dominik Mysterio 

Besides the bloodline storyline this had one of my favorite buildups this Wrestlemania. Dominik Mysterio, while it was not believable at first, has cut some amazing promos leading up to this event and has truly embraced being the villain. How could you not enjoy this fight? From Rey Mysterio riding in a convertible with Snoop Dogg to honor the late great Eddie Guerrero, Rey beating Dominik with a belt, to Dominik throwing water in his sister’s face, this match had it all for a great storyline ending. This match could very well be Mysterio’s last fight as well and if it is he left on a high note. Rating: 9.1/10 

Rhea Ripley defeats Charlotte Flair for Smackdown Women’s Championship

To be completely honest, I was not invested in this match leading up. This was one of the worst builds for a World Championship going into Wrestlemania and it was pretty clear Ripley was going to win. After the fight was over I had to say it out loud, this was the greatest Women’s wrestling match I have ever seen in my life. It was a slow burn to start and I was nervous we would have to sit through a boring match until one of the most highly anticipated matches in recent history. Once it gained momentum the two superstars absolutely shined and showed why they are the two best in the ring. As predicted by most people, Ripley became the new Smackdown Women’s champion but was still an incredible match. Ripley hitting her finishing move, the Rhiptide, off the top rope for the win made me jump out of my seat. Ripley is going to hold this belt for a very long time and she deserves it. Rating: 9.5/10 

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens defeat The Usos for the Tag-Team Championship

I will say it, this was the greatest tag-team match of all time. When was the last time anyone cared about a tag match? The bloodline storyline is the best storyline I have ever seen in WWE since the CM Punk John Cena storyline in 2011. This storyline is the reason why I started watching wrestling again. Everything about this match was perfect. I do not know what else to say besides this was done so well. Rating: 10/10 

Night 2 

Brock Lesnar defeats Omos

This matches’ buildup was just two big boys going at it to kickoff Wrestlemania. It was cool seeing Lesnar hit Omos with an F5 but besides that this match was just fine. Rating: 5.8/10

Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez vs. Natalya & Shotzi vs. Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler vs. Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville. Winners: Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler 

I was really hoping this would shock me like the men’s showcase on night one. In the beginning it was certainly trending that way as all the superstars really had moments to shine. The ending however was so lackluster with former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey just walking into the ring and putting Shotzi in an armbar and winning. The ending definitely knocked a few points off of my rating for this one. Rating: 6.0/10 

Gunther defeats Sheamus and Drew McIntyre in Triple Threat Match 

Looking at this match on the card I asked myself, how could this be bad? Three massive men just beating the heck out of each other for over twenty minutes was awesome and there was decent buildup leading up with Sheamus vs McIntyre. I have never seen so many chest slaps in a match ever. Everyone thought Sheamus should have won to complete his career grand slam but Gunther is a young rising star and needed this win for his resume to be propelled to the top. 

Rating: 8.2/10

Bianca Belair defeats Asuka for Raw Women’s Championship 

While watching this, I really wanted Rhea Ripley to somehow interfere to set up Rhea becoming a universal champion like Roman Reigns. Yes it was wishful thinking but she is just such a great wrestler that I want to see more of. This fight was still good even though I felt Asuka should have won. Overall a very decent fight and a reminder of how far Women superstars have come in this industry and how great these fights have been. Rating: 7.9/10 

Edge defeats Finn Balor in a Hell in a Cell

The Hell in Cell returns to Wrestlemania as well as Balor’s “The Demon” gimmick which looked awesome. This match is as close to the attitude era we could get in this PG era. Chairs, ladders, tables, and kendo sticks were all on display. What turned the vibe around however was Balor getting injured about ten minutes into the match. Edge threw a ladder at Balor and instead of his head going in between the stairs of the ladder, it hit him square on the temple resulting in a major cut on his head and blood dripping on the mat. They had to let doctors into the ring to check in on Balor delaying the match by a few minutes. When they began to wrestle again doctors had to stay in the cell to make sure he was ok which was odd but luckily Balor continued to perform at a high level, even taking a chair shot to the head to end the match. Great match but I am nervous about Balor’s health. Rating: 8.6/10 *bonus points for how sick Edge’s entrance was 

Miz’s matches 

Before I get to the main event I figured I would quickly talk about the Miz and the two random matches he had. The first match was against Pat McAfee and kind of George Kittle? It really just made me want to see McAfee on commentary as I dislike Corey Greaves there. Next was the awesome return of Shane McMahon but only lasted thirty seconds as he tore his quad. Snoop Dogg with the improv of the year as he hit the Miz with the peoples elbow. I think Wrestlemania could have done without either of these matches. Rating: 2.4/10

Roman Reigns defeats Cody Rhodes for Universal Championship 

Wow. Just wow. You can not tell me watching both entrances you did not get goosebumps. Going into this fight I felt it was time for a new era with Rhodes as champion. When Reigns won I was upset along with the rest of the WWE Universe. I keep going back and forth on how I feel about this ending. Because a Rhodes win at Summerslam is not going to hit as hard as it would’ve last night, but then again are WWE fans ready for Reigns not to be champion anymore? He is the best wrestler on the roster, he is the best heel on the roster, everyone loves to hate him, but he is the Tribal Chief and we need to acknowledge him. Rating: 9.2/10 

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