Welcome to the latest WWE DVD review, it has been a while since anything has been posted but this now changes now I have got some personal issues out of the way which have prohibited regular posts. Today it is the turn of WWE’s latest release and their biggest event of the year in the form of WrestleMania 34.
After today, a review of Randy Savage: Unreleased will be posted over the weekend which was released before this at the end of May. As well as that before the next release on the 25th June, any titles that have not been reviewed that I possess will be reviewed so expect a lot more alongside the return of regular interviews in the coming weeks.
As usual, I will give my thoughts on every match as well as the overall rating as well as whether I think you should purchase this title and why to end it all off.
To start off with it was the Intercontinental Championship three way between The Miz, Finn Balor & Seth Rollins. This was an excellent opener to the main card with a lot of fast paced action and in the end it was Rollins that claimed the title becoming the new champion. Rollins hit the Stomp on Balor and then on the Miz in quick succession with the Miz taking multiple finishers in losing showing how high stakes that it is that it takes a lot for the wrestlers involved to lose. Rollins as a result of winning the IC title has now won the Grand Slam (every title in the WWE). It is a shame for the Miz that he lost but it will bring him hopefully a new feud now he has lost the title.
Next up we had one of my favourite matches on the card. Charlotte vs Asuka. I am a big fan of both and both played their part in a brilliant match that saw Charlotte finally break the streak. Some of the best parts were the Spanish Fly by Charlotte off the apron and of course her Figure Eight submission at the end to claim the win. Charlotte and Asuka have both come a long way especially Charlotte who has created her own career for herself after being accused of not being a great wrestler initially and of course having her dad involved but I myself think she is one of if not the best in the world Women’s wise and as is Asuka so it was no surprise this match was class.
Randy Orton vs Bobby Roode vs Jinder Mahal vs Rusev was next up for the US title and it was an alright match. The crowd was hot for Rusev which was no surprise really with the whole Rusev Day angle which I have loved personally and am pretty annoyed that they seem to be ending it prematurely. Barring that though, all wrestlers had their opportunities to have their chance to shine on the WrestleMania stage but putting it on straight after the Charlotte vs Asuka spectacular kind of killed the momentum of it. Saying that though I am glad that Jinder has claimed another title, I was a huge fan of him in the early days and so I am glad he is getting a push again.
Next up was my favourite match on the card. Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs Stephanie McMahon & Triple H. I have been a big Ronda Rousey fan for years so was overjoyed when she joined the WWE and her debut lived up massively to expectations. It didn’t look like a debut and looked like she had been there years, Stephanie played her part in the match as the vindictive boss of the WWE and she also sold very well for Rousey considering Steph isn’t a frequent in ring performer. It was also good to see Kurt Angle once again back in a WWE ring, one of my favourite wrestlers of all time so definitely popped for the entrance as usual.
The next match was The Usos vs The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers. This was a dominant performance from the repackaged Harper and Rowan with them laying to waste two teams that are two of the best of the past two years showing how much they want to push them. Winning claimed them the SmackDown tag team titles and they did so by hitting two powerbombs in quick succession from either member to get a win in just under ten minutes.
The Undertaker vs John Cena was a quick win for the Deadman against a legend of the game which was surprising and not what I want. I have always been more of a fan of Cena throughout my time watching WWE so this left a sour taste in my mouth. It vindicates Taker’s loss last year but it sucks that we didn’t get an extended match between the duo.
Following that it was Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn which was a great match and it was great to see Bryan back in the ring after a very long absence. Bryan did what he has done in his whole career in this match he was seemingly down and out and came back to win the match. At the end of the match he hit the running knee to Zayn and then slapped on the Yes Lock to win after just under 20 minutes. It was exactly the feel good story that was needed in the return of a wrestler that has suffered so many knock backs but didn’t look like he has lost a step.
In addition following that it was Nia Jax vs Alexa Bliss with Jax claiming the RAW Women’s title for the first time. It was a quick win with her hitting the Samoan drop to claim the title and her having most of the offense despite Bliss keeping her hand in with some offence on the knee. This will probably mark different paths for the both of them with Jax looking to defend her title and Bliss potentially going to SmackDown to go after that title. Not as long as I expected it to be but it shows Jax’s dominance as a new champion.
WWE Championship time next in the form of AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura which was billed as a massive dream match. It wasn’t five star by any means but was very watchable. Styles worked on the left knee of Nakamura for the most part and quick exchanges at the end including an exploder Suplex followed by a set up for the Kinshasa knee was halted with the Phenomenal One hitting the Styles Clash to claim the victory. This probably suffered due to it’s position on the card, swap this with the Intercontinental title and it would have been brilliant but still a good clash.
Following that it was a moment that will live in the memory from this WrestleMania and that was Braun Strowman ‘picking’ a kid from the crowd to team with. Strowman dominated with Nicholas of course not getting any offence. This shows how dominant he is as he claimed his first title in the WWE. It makes a bit of a mockery of the tag team division especially for an established team like The Bar but if they were trying to create a WrestleMania moment they certainly did so.
The main event between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar followed a similar script to most matches involving the latter which was a shame. It was a dominant performance from the Beast Incarnate but one that showed Reigns to have a lot of fight despite him being up against it. He took six F5’s on the way to losing kicking out of everyone until he couldn’t take another and despite him getting two spears in he did not win the match. As usual due to his status as one of the leading lights in the company, Lesnar did not lose his title despite rumours at the time that he was going to go to the UFC after Mania. He didn’t and then he faced Reigns at the Greatest Royal Rumble in a god awful cage match. It’s just a shame it had to end the show like this and the crowd thought so to.
Rating – 7/10 – A good show overall but not as good as some of WWE’s efforts as of late which was a shame. Some matches suffered but only due to their positioning on the card, the start was better than the end with Charlotte vs Asuka and Rousey/Angle vs Steph/Hunter being the highlights of the show. The title matches barring the Intercontinental title left a lot to be desired including two squash tag team title matches, it shows dominance for certain teams/wrestlers but it does leave a sour taste on those who have become invested in certain stories.
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