WWE WrestleMania XXXI Review and Results Part 1

Jeet / 30 March 2015

Here is the full review along with the results of 31st Annual WWE WrestleMania;

Courtesy – WWE.com

Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and def. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion

With the formerly spotless Undertaker and iconic John Cena in his rearview, The Beast Incarnate stepped face-to-face with the rampaging Roman Reigns delivered a beating to him that, at times, made his SummerSlam match with John Cena look like a pillow fight. And then Seth Rollins made his move, cashing in his Money in the Bank contract in historical fashion and stealing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship away from both the champion who expected to keep it forever and the challenger who swore he could, and would, beat The Beast to claim it himself. Believe that.

Well, believe this: He didn’t. When all was said and done and the dust cleared, Reigns, who clawed his way through a Royal Rumble, a grudge match with Daniel Bryan and the animosity of the WWE Universe itself to become No. 1 contender, was left to watch the man he once called a brother walk away unscathed with his family’s birthright. Before that, however, the defining bout of WrestleMania 31 unfolded exactly as the WWE Universe initially expected it to: A pound-for-pound slugfest between two of the ring’s heaviest hitters. The hostile crowd acted almost as a third competitor of sorts, raining boos upon the embattled 2014 Superstar of the Year and throwing themselves wholeheartedly behind The Beast, who days earlier revealed his intentions to remain a WWE Superstar over a rumored return to the UFC.

The Undertaker def. Bray Wyatt

One should never raise the dead.

That much was clear in the final moments of Bray Wyatt’s encounter with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. Wyatt had rattled The Deadman’s casket, beckoned him to The Grandest Stage of Them All to make an example of The Phenom and prove to the world that Bray was WWE’s New Face of Fear.

Instead, he learned that WrestleMania is still The Undertaker’s yard.

After weeks of antagonizing The Deadman from afar, Bray Wyatt skulked to the ring to meet his enemy with an army of lurching scarecrows following his every step. If the creatures were meant to ward off evil, they failed, because minutes later an unmistakable bell tolled and The Undertaker made his return.

The California sun may not have provided the perfect setting for The Deadman’s entrance, but it was impossible to deny the image of WrestleMania’s most storied gladiator slowly making his way through an ominous fog, his signature black cowboy hat and long leather duster immediately recognizable in the thick clouds.

The crowd of 76,976 didn’t exactly applaud. Instead, they stared on with awe, giving all due reverence to a mythic figure.

Of course, there were questions. Was The Undertaker still the warrior he once was? Could this be his last stand? Or was it the beginning of something else? It’s impossible to know when it comes to someone as enigmatic as The Undertaker. But he was here, and he looked every bit as menacing as The Phenom of days past.

Was Wyatt intimidated? Hell no. Even when The Deadman shot a look at him after first stepping in the ring — as if to say, “You shouldn’t have raised hell, boy.” — Bray barely blinked. He had come here on a mission, and he would not waver until The Undertaker was in the ground and The New Face of Fear had taken his place.

The Rock and Ronda Rousey make surprise appearance at WrestleMania, ‘own’ Triple H and Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie McMahon and Triple H came to the ring to celebrate a record 76,976 attendees in Levi’s® Stadium at WrestleMania 31. They didn’t count on two very special, yet unexpected guests: The Rock and “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

And The Authority definitely didn’t expect to have their moment end with “getting owned” by the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

Triple H and his bride sought to turn a proud moment for WWE and the WWE Universe into an opportunity to boast, gloat and berate fans everywhere. The Game and Stephanie stood in the middle of a record-breaking audience inside the sun-filled stadium and took sole credit for the success of the spectacle.

Cue The Rock’s electrifying music. Follow it up with the stadium-ungluing arrival of The Great One and The Brahma Bull’s rapid, quick-witted barbs. Things then got physical when a boiling, meltdown-nearing Stephanie slapped The Great One in “[her] ring.” She challenged Rock to respond and dared him to put his hand on a woman, which he wouldn’t, prompting Stephanie to subsequently demand The Rock to leave “[her] stadium.”

He did as asked … only to find audience member Ronda Rousey, the most dangerous unarmed woman on the planet, at ringside.

Along with Rousey, Rock re-entered the squared circle for a face-to-face encounter with The Authority.

“I would never hit a woman,” The Great One declared, “but I have a very good friend who would be more than happy to.”

The audacity of Rock and Rousey — a presumed friend of McMahon herself — drove Stephanie deeper over the edge than Lady Macbeth. Without filter, Stephanie instructed the “Queen of the Octagon” to “get the hell out of [her] ring.”

Standing beside The Rock, Rousey wouldn’t budge.

“You need to understand something, Steph,” Rousey warned on the microphone. “Any ring I step into is mine. If you want me to leave, how ’bout you make me?”

Even The People’s Champion cautioned The Game’s wife and the daughter of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, as he explained Rousey would “reach down your throat, pull your insides out and play jump rope with your fallopian tubes.”

At this, Stephanie’s proud husband Triple H had heard enough, leading to a furious skirmish between two longtime rivals. Rock blasted The Game in the corner with fists, then stepped aside as a waiting Rousey snared the WWE COO and judo threw The King of Kings.

As Rousey turned around, she was met by a furious Stephanie McMahon, who confronted the undefeated fighter and even went to strike the infamous mixed martial artist. The UFC Women’s Champion quickly countered, blocking the blow and controlling Stephanie, a former WWE Women’s Champion herself, with a fierce armbar.

With commanding leverage over the WWE demigoddess, Rousey then forced Stephanie out of the ring beside her reeling husband. The Authority cowered back into the depths with their parade thoroughly doused while Rock and Rousey stood dominant — the octagon queen in the squared circle with The Most Electrifying Man in Entertainment, etching a new quintessential WrestleMania moment in Levi’s® Stadium.

John Cena def. United States Champion Rusev

Under the bright lights of WWE’s Showcase of the Immortals, John Cena gave America the win it was longing for.

The decorated Cenation leader pinned United States Champion Rusev in an incredible fight, capturing the stars-and-stripes title and dealing The Hero of the Russian Federation his first decisive loss since arriving in WWE. Prior to WrestleMania 31, The Bulgarian Brute-turned-Russian sympathizer — who, along with Lana, spent a year denouncing America and its proud citizens — had yet to be pinned or made to submit, accumulating an almost-unfathomable winning streak. Among his many victims was Cena himself, who was left unconscious after their match at WWE Fastlane.

Before the action got under way inside Levi’s® Stadium, Rusev made clear that he viewed the contest as nothing short of a war. As Lana, newly reunited with her charge, led a fleet of Russian soldiers to the ring, Rusev emerged for his WrestleMania debut riding atop a tank and waving the Russian flag. Once inside the ring, Rusev demonstrated his dominance again, halting Eden’s introduction and demanding to be announced first.

Fueled by American pride and seemingly unshaken by The Super Athlete’s larger-than-life presence, Cena wasted no time once the bell rang, exploding out of the corner with a vicious clothesline, only to be leveled moments later by a leg lariat. The Hero of the Russian Federation immediately exploited the opening, raining down headbutts, crushing blows and enormous throws on Cena, before smothering him with a splash in the corner.

Looking to silence a burgeoning “USA” chant, Rusev quickly asserted himself, grabbing the Russian flag from Lana and waving it high above his head. The hubris cost the super-heavyweight, as Cena surged back, connecting with shoulder blocks and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Rusev scrambled out of an attempted Attitude Adjustment and then regained control, snapping off a belly-to-back suplex.

AJ Lee & Paige def. The Bella Twins

To say the relationship between AJ Lee and Paige has been a “little strained” is like calling Justin Bieber a “tad overexposed.” When not wrapped in a series of increasingly awkward embraces, the two Divas spent much of 2014 at each other’s throats. That bi-polar dynamic, however, worked to their advantage as AJ managed to capture a Divas Tag Team victory over The Bellas for herself and her “English muffin,” Paige – at WrestleMania 31. 

The icy relationship between AJ and Paige began to thaw on March 2 when The Black Widow returned unannounced to rescue Paige from a two-on-one Bella beatdown. With their focus on common adversaries in Divas Champion Nikki Bella and twin sister Brie, the former “frenemies” unique bond appeared to reluctantly solidify over the course of the next several weeks. Yet when a ring mishap cost Paige a chance to take Nikki’s title on Raw one week before The Show of Shows, the duo’s frosty friendship seemed just about over.

During The Show of Shows, Paige and Nikki kicked off the action. The Divas Champion took control of the match when her sister Brie joined in with a flying dropkick into Paige’s midsection. As for AJ, she was thwarted from tagging in after being knocked off the ring apron three times, twice by Nikki and once by Brie.

Although she certainly had her hands full, Paige managed to kick out several times, including once after enduring Nikki’s back-breaking Rack Attack. When the fracas spilled outside the ring, Paige was finally able to crawl back in to make the critical tag. The former longest-reigning Divas Champion mounted a flurry of offense before being able to lock on her Black Widow submission hold, forcing “fearless” champion Nikki to tap out.

And although The Bellas were dealt a humiliating blow at The Show of Shows, the fact remains, the Divas Championship is still tucked firmly under the Bella umbrella. How long it remains there, though, is another question. And will it be AJ Lee or Paige who does the asking?

Triple H def. Sting

As leader of The Authority and COO of WWE, Triple H is constantly looking forward to the future. When Sting made his WWE debut at Survivor Series – nearly 14 years after WCW closed its doors – The Game saw the past rearing its head and decided it was time to bury WCW’s legacy once and for all. Ironically, The Cerebral Assassin used the past, in the form of D-Generation X, to assist him in victory against WCW’s franchise player.

During his tenure in WCW, Sting was always known for his showmanship , especially when he descended from the rafters of arenas all over the world. Though he didn’t descend from any rafters in Santa Clara, the sound of pounding drums echoed through Levi’s® Stadium heralding Sting’s first entrance on The Grandest a Stage of Them All. Displaying the charisma that garnered him legions of fans throughout his career, The Vigilante cupped his hands over his mouth and let out a passionate “WOO!” to the delight of the WWE Universe.

However, if there’s one thing that’s a given at WrestleMania, it’s that Triple H is guaranteed to have an entrance that can only be defined by one word: epic. The King of Kings did not disappoint. Terminator robots from the upcoming blockbuster “Terminator: Genisys” lined the entrance stage, and The Cerebral Assassin’s mind games were in full effect. As Skynet targeted Sting, The Game rose from the ground donning a cybernetic headpiece. But it wasn’t just the Terminator theme that captivated the capacity crowd of 76,976; it was also the unexpected appearance of the very individual Triple H ushered into the WWE Hall of Fame 24 hours earlier – The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger – letting everyone know it was time to play The Game.

Following the jaw-dropping entrances of both icons, the WWE Universe was finally ready to witness the showdown they thought would never happen. Two of the most prominent stars of their respective organizations during the Monday Night War were finally colliding at WrestleMania. As the opening bell sounded, Triple H and Sting sized each other up to the WWE Universe’s ecstatic chants of “this is awesome.” Taking a moment to let the adrenaline pulse through their veins, they finally locked up and Sting gained  the early advantage.

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