Wins, losses and what went down on the Grandest Stage of Them All
Santa Clara, California is the home of the amazing outdoor Levi’s® Stadium, which provided a stunning open air set-up for WrestleMania 31. Aloe Blacc opened proceedings with a performance of America the Beautiful. Later on in the night Skylar Grey performed WM31 theme song Rise (by David Guetta), backed by Travis Barker on drums. Kid Ink then joined them on stage to perform another WM31 theme song, Money and the Power.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship – Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
It was the architect, Seth Rollins, who ‘stole’ the main event victory for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Many believed we were likely to see Reigns become the new champion but that level of certainty was thrown into question when shortly before WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar revealed he had resigned his contract with the WWE and wouldn’t be returning to MMA. Both superstars took part in what can only be described as a slugfest. Within the first 30 seconds Lesnar unleashed a German Suplex on Reigns and delivered and F-5, just to prove a point because he didn’t even attempt to cover Roman.
Reigns was only able to land one solid blow, as Lesnar took Reigns on a trip through his self-coined “Suplex City bitch” but an undeterred, bloody Roman smiled through the beating, beckoning Lesnar to bring it. Reigns showed heart when he kicked out of Brock’s second F-5, at which point Lesnar removed his gloves and floored the former Shield member with a series of bare-fisted punches, before two more German Suplexes and a third F-5 of the night. It was a sight to see frustration set in on the part of The Beast, when Reigns still would not stay down.
Roman, with little fan support, was able to swing the momentum of the match into his favour as he reversed Lesnar’s attack – slamming The Beast’s head into the steel post. Reigns realised how important this opening was and set about delivering three Superman Punches and two Spears to Brock Lesnar, before almost scoring a pinfall over The Beast. Paul Heyman, who had been keeping Suplex count, was in fits at ringside. About to deliver a fourth Superman Punch, Lesnar caught Roman mid-air, delivered a fourth F-5 to Reigns but both men were damaged and Brock couldn’t capitalise and score the pinfall.
Then Seth Rollins music hit, he frantically ran down to the ring and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract – making the main event a triple-threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It was the first ever WrestleMania cash-in and luckily for Rollins, Dean Ambrose who had promised to interfere when Seth cashed in, had been seriously hurt earlier in the night. So the path was clear, Rollins disposed of Reigns remnants and attempted to deliver a Curb Stomp to Brock Lesnar. Rollins was caught and snatched up for an F-5 but just then Reigns, who received a total of 10 Suplexes and four F-5s, Speared Brock clean out of the ring. The ever ninja-like Rollins sprang to his feet and viciously, definitively Curb Stomped Reigns’ face into the mat – followed by the pinfall that saw him walk out of Wrestlemania 31 the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Some fans may have been unhappy with how things went down but it was exciting to see Rollins dash down the ramp to cash in the contract. Plus this turn of events has opened up a whole host of new storylines for the year ahead.