Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) (No Holds Barred Street Fight)
Reactions: Lesnar took us all to Suplex City once again. He dominated Ambrose during much of the match’s opening moments with German Suplexes and Belly to Belly versions. But Ambrose’s fighting spirit came into play as he used everything but the kitchen sink to down “The Beast.” Ambrose used steel chairs, a barbed wire bat, Kendo Sticks etc. He almost used Terry Funk’s “gift.” This was merely a fight that increased in brutality as it continued. Ambrose’s unique usage of the steel chair was amazing to see, which is a feeling we also have to apply to Lesnar’s top-rope Belly to Belly Suplex. This Street Fight was fun, but we felt it ended just as it was nearing another intense section of action. Ambrose lost (again, sadly…), but he put on a great performance with Brock Lesnar. A great match that needed 5 extra minutes to be even better.
Rating: 3 & a Half out of 5 Stars
Charlotte (c) (with Ric Flair) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Triple Threat Match for the WWE Divas Championship)
Reactions: All three Women marked the revival of the WWE Women’s Division in a big way. First off, let’s give them kudos on their flashy entrances. Secondly, let’s also give them all a round of applause cause their ring gear was phenomenal (especially Banks’ “Latino Heat” tights and Charlotte’s light blue robe). And finally, we have to give these three incredible talents all the credit in the world for putting on an amazing contest. This one never seemed to enter a dull period. From the opening bell, all three women pulled out their best moves and doled out their smartest counters. Charlotte worked extra hard as the defending champion, Banks use her wits to pick hr best spots and Becky landed a nice series of suplexes on her two opponents. We legit laughed for a good while Ric got put on his back via a Becky Lynch plancha. The finish had us biting out nails since we thought Banks was gonna win via submission. But Charlotte used her Figure Eight Leglock (plus her father’s assistance) to grab the sneaky victory. This awesome match will be remembered for a long time as the rebirth of the Women’s division.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell Match; if Shane wins, he will get control of Raw. If The Undertaker loses, he will be barred from competing at WrestleMania ever again)
Reactions: This Hell in a Cell match told a story worth retelling. Shane did his damnedest to bring “The Deadman” to his knees. The Undertaker fought with everything in his body as he used strikes and submissions to stay in the fight. Shane responded with the very same game plan, plus he threw some weapons into the equation. This match started out slow, but the action eventually picked up and reached a fever pitch. When Shane got driven through one of the cell’s walls, this bout became all the more emotional and intense. Two moments stick out to us – Taker sacrificing himself by throwing him and Shane through an announce table. And of course, the moment when Shane came off the top of the Hell in a Cell and crashed & burned through another announce table. The closing moments where both men showed each other some respect with their respective taunts brought a tear to our eye. Shane paid the ultimate price, but it didn’t pay off. Taker won the war and Shane was unable to take control of RAW. But Shane looked great, even in defeat.
Rating: 3 & a Half out of 5 Stars
The Rock vs. Erick Rowan
Reactions: Two records were broken during this unexpected occasion – the WrestleMania crowd attendance record and the record for the shortest match in ‘Mania history. The Rock not only played his part as the expected show host, he also got into the ring. His back and forth banter with The Wyatt Family was cool to see, as was his eventual Rock Bottom victory over Erick Rowan. When John Cena arrived, things truly got hectic as both men cleared the ring of Bray and his “brothers.” This segment provided an excuse to get The Rock, John Cena and The Wyatt Family onto the show. This was fine for what it was.
Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars, 3 Stars for the post-match segment