WWE WrestleMania 31: The Main Event No One Will Forget


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Remember just this past week when it seemed like WrestleMania was going to be a bust? Romans Reigns was going to be crowned the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the new John Cena and the WWE Universe was just going to have to live with it.

Then last night, something magical happened.  The main event changed WrestleMania.

Up until that point, WrestleMania was good. Daniel Bryan won the Intercontinental Championship. We saw the Monday Night Wars exploded in Levi’s Stadium. The Undertaker made his return and defeated Bray Wyatt (although some, including myself, would argue that it was the wrong result). Ronda Rousey entered a WWE ring and made it her own.

But one match was going to determine the night. The result of the main event was either going to send the crowd home happy or see trash pile up in the center of the ring.

And it delivered. Two guys entered the match and three guys left it looking strong. For the first time in a long time, the WWE booked a WrestleMania main event to remember.

I’ve now watched the main event twice. The first time I spent it marking out like my 12-year-old self, lost in the magic that was being put in the ring. It’s hard today with dirt sheets and rumors and the internet in general to avoid knowing the booking process and what the thinking is going into a match. The second time through I watched with the trained eye I have developed over the years, seeing the creative genius at work.

For around 15 minutes last night, all of that went away. We saw Roman Reigns play his part, not quitting and taking a beating from Brock Lesnar. Speaking of the Beast Incarnate, he showed that he is still dominate and was able to withstand three superman punches and two spears.

And then there was Seth Rollins. Everybody knew it could happen. It was the perfect time for it to happen. Still, when it happened, it felt like a complete shock. He came in, pinned Reigns to protect Lesnar for a rematch down the road and ran away like the heel he was.

Everybody left happy and the WWE left with two superstars cementing themselves in the future in Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. They have put themselves in a position to be super successful with these guys and put on some great, high quality matches.

The build may have been horrible. The rumors may have made us want to break our televisions. At the end of the day though, the WWE put on a classic event (maybe the best WrestleMania yet) and gave us one of the greatest WrestleMania, or wrestling in general, moments of all time.

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