Well Wrestlemania 35 is finally in the books and I know this is a day or so late so bare with me. I can say for a fact that this was one of the funnest Wrestlemanias to watch as a wrestling fan. Crazy enough I was introduced to the scorecard method and ended up scoring third place out of like eight or nine people. Not a bad day as 11 of the 16 matches on the card were predicted to go in my favor. Now we get to the hard part of ranking all of the 16 matches. How well did you think they did? Guess what? Your opinion is invalid when it comes to the Rank King. Let’s get started as it took me a couple of days to figure out in my head which matches were better than others.
#16 Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
(Kurt’s Farewell Match)
This was such a huge disappointment. Now I knew that Kurt was probably losing this match as most veterans who are about to leave give the superstar they are facing the chance to go over and have Angle go out on his back. A style of grace and elegance from Angle couldn’t save this heaping pile of garbage though as we as fans all thought Corbin was being replaced by someone. When that didn’t happen I immediately lost interest in the match. Corbin in my opinion does not deserve to be Angle’s last opponent especially since he beat him with the End of Days. It was a weird and almost sour direction that WWE took and it still doesn’t sit with me.
#15 Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio
(United States Championship)
Nothing much to talk about here. This was our squash match of the night with the match ending in less than a minute. Fans should understand the reasoning though as Rey hurt his knee on RAW the week prior. Doing this was a smart move by WWE to not put excessive strain on Mysterio’s injury while still putting over Joe as a dominant force.
#14 Women’s Battle Royal
If you read my predictions than you would know I am not much of a fan of the battle royals at Wrestlemania. I see why they do it, but I am not a fan. Anyway the one thing that gives this props for is the huge Sarah Logan pop in which I am pretty sure she eliminated the most competitors in the match and got down to the final two between her and Carmella. Plus the trophy looks like ovaries. Not sure if they planned on that or not, but I figured it was worth a mention.
#13 Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
This match was such a disappoint to the point where somehow I got a flashback of the Ambrose vs. Lesnar hardcore match. It was there, you had all the pieces to make something good, but instead it turned out to be a real piece of crap. The match was a very short one in my opinion and I expected much more creativity then what we got here. They hardly put any effort in this match and for that it drops very low on my rankings. Plus, finish was very bland and quick.
#12 The Revival vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
(RAW Tag Team Championship)
This match was what I expected it to be. Hawkins had been on a 267 match losing streak and if he is in a match at Wrestlemania for a title it means he is winning that title. He did just that along with his tag team partner Zack Ryder. Doing this basically buries the Revival permanently and that is such a shame. They were one of my favorite tag teams in NXT and it is so heartbreaking to see such a good pair of wrestlers treated this way. Still, the finish was predictable which means it’s low on the list.
#11 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
The Battle Royal for the men was good, but not good enough to make it to the top ten. It was very predictable as to who was winning the match. Strowman had been cutting promos about it since he was announced as the first participant. This would be lower had Colin Jost and Michael Che not been involved. These guys were hilarious in their gimmick and attire as they were the last two standing with Strowman and honestly I give them bonus points for the Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. That was pure comedy at its finest.
#10 Buddy Murphy vs. Tony Nese
I unfortunately did not get to see this match live for Wrestlemania two days ago as I was in route to my destination to watch it. I did watch it again the following day and I have to say I was very impressed. These men did fantastic as they always do with Tony Nese coming out as the new champion. Hopefully this puts the cruiserweight closer to the main show instead of the preshow.
#9 AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
This match had a lot of potential and it just did not deliver for me. This was definitely supposed to be the starting match which thank god it was not and saved everyone. It wasn’t a bad match beyond any shadow of a doubt. It was just boring and over too quickly with Styles picking up the pinfall off of a Phenomenal Forearm. Just wish this had a little more “pizzazz” to it you know?
#8 IIconics vs. Bayley/Sasha vs. Nia Jax/Tamina vs. Natayla/Beth Pheonix
(Women’s Tag Team Title Fatal Four Way Match)
I am so happy I called this match’s ending perfectly. The IIconics stole the match and stole my heart as they accomplished the impossible winning the Women’s Tag Team Championships. This match was full of good spots and moves that made them gasp in anticipation. I am so excited to see what the future of the Women’s Tag Team Division with these two entertaining ladies at the helm.
#7 “The Demon” Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley
This match was good for one thing and one thing only. It was the Demon’s first entrance at a Wrestlemania. There wasn’t much action to go by in this match. It wasn’t a squash match, but you knew right away that Balor was winning this match. It was high offense and fast paced for Balor as he took it to Lashley and made sure he stayed undefeated in his Demon form in the WWE.
#6 Usos vs Aleister Black/Ricochet vs. The Bar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura/Rusev
(Smackdown Tag Team Championships)
This is everything I have wanted in a fatal four way tag team championship. The only thing I maybe could have asked for was it to have four competitors allowed in the ring. Basically, this means one from each team. Granted that does take out a little bit of the surprise factor to it, but to me it just made more sense. The prediction I had came true with the Usos picking up the victory. This was the better of the two fatal four way matches because of the heightened drama and dangerous spots.
#5 Triple H vs Batista
(No Holds Barred Match)
Give WWE credit here. For how long and destructive it was for the bodies of Batista and Triple H, they had some very creative spots in this match. For instance the tool box coming into play was genius as it led to spots such as the chain around the mouth, neck and head of Batista. There were also the pliers used to rip the nose ring out of Batista’s nose. However, it was a very slow paced match for a crowd that already had the energy taken from them. This match should have ended a couple of minutes after Triple H speared Batista through the announce table.
#4 Shane McMahon vs The Miz
(Falls Count Anywhere Match)
By far this one of the most passionate and enjoyable matches of the evening, especially when you consider The Miz and Shane are by far the worst strikers in WWE. However, the spots were so enjoyable and fulfilling as a WWE fan. The action picked up when Miz’s dad got in the ring and Shane attacked him prompting The Miz to unleash complete hell on Shane. The match ended with an incredible superplex off a camera tower. Miz executed the suplex only for Shane to fall on top of him for the three count. Such an incredible match.
#3 Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar
This was such a crazy experience watching this match. One of the main events of the night, this match actually was supposed to occur later in the evening, but instead an amazing promo cut by Paul Heyman led this to be the first match of the night. Lesnar went and attacked Rollins before the match started and began dominating Rollins until he eventually hit a low blow on the beast and issued not one, not two, but three curb stomps putting away the beast for the three count and becoming the new Universal Champion.
#2 Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch
(Winner Takes All Match)
The main event did not disappoint in any way shape or form. These ladies put on an amazing show despite maybe a sloppy finish. The amount of emotion that was being placed on the fans was downright amazing to see. The action was incredible and the story telling they had been building for months was finally coming into place. It also helps that my girl Becky Lynch who came in with nothing left with everything. Both belts are now hers and it was such an incredible moment to witness “The Man” main event Wrestlemania with Rousey and Flair. I would call it an absolute delight.
#1 Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan
Well, he finally did it. Kofi Kingston became the WWE champion after 11 years in the WWE. The “so called” B+ player reached new heights hitting Daniel Bryan with the Trouble in Paradise and pinning him with the three count. This match was very calm and paced and well spotted. Each technical matchup was amazing and honestly after he won the title, it was pure bliss to watch what happened next. A new title was presented to him and his kids came in the ring and shared the moment with him. There was nothing wrong that could happen here which is why it is our number one!