WWE WrestleMania 39 Review

WrestleMania 39 took place at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood California. The show saw 160,000 people attend over the course of 2 nights.

Austin Theory defeated John Cena to retain the United States Championship

Cena came out to the stage with Make A Wish kids, which provided a very wholesome moment early on in the show. The match itself was relatively straightforward, with Cena getting in a couple of signature spots and a visual win when the referee was down. Theory used a low blow and A Town Down to win the match. **1/2

The Street Profits defeated The Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman and Ricochet and Alpha Academy

Despite looking like a match just designed to get more Superstars on the card, this was anything but. Multiple high spots and gravity defying manoeuvres woke the crowd up and arguably should have been the opener. Ricochet especially got moments to shine with his dive to the outside being the highlight of the match. All 4 teams looked better at the end of the match than the start. ****

Seth Rollins defeated Logan Paul

Logan Paul got a birthday present in the form of a special entrance, descending to the ring on a zipline and walking to the ring accompanied by a Prime mascot. Paul lent into being unlikeable by the WWE fanbase, with the crowd being very receptive to Seth Rollins. Despite Paul not being popular, the athleticism from the rookie has to be admired. The Prime bottle turned out to be KSI, who tried to interfere in the match, but would be taken out by Paul. Rollins won the match with a Stomp. ***1/2

Trish Stratus, Lita and Becky Lynch defeated Damage CTRL

This was the legends and nostalgia spot of the weekend. Lita and Stratus played the hits to make the crowd cheer, with Damage CTRL also showed impressive athleticism. While there was nothing wrong with the match, it’s not one that will be remembered when looking back at the event. **1/2

Rey Mysterio defeated Dominik Mysterio

From the entrance to the finish, this was soap opera drama at its finest. Dominik arrived in a prison van, with Rey arriving in a Lowrider driven by Snoop Dogg. Dominik got great heat by throwing a drink in his sisters’ face and disrespecting his mother. Judgment Day provided interference, then neutralised by the LWO. Dominik tried to utilise a chain, but this was removed by Bad Bunny, allowing Rey to be victorious. ****

Rhea Ripley defeated Charlotte Flair to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion

As this match was not the main event, both women put on a show to prove why it should have been. The match was hard hitting and one of the best women’s matches in the history of WrestleMania. The match looked over on a number of occasions, with each competitor kicking out of the other’s finisher. A slam on the ring post and an Avalanche Riptide gave Ripley the win. ****1/2

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn defeated The Usos to become the new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions

With the result and the build, this match felt like the right choice to close out night one. The Usos showed their tag team chemistry early on, systematically picking apart the team of Zayn and Owens to remain on offence. Zayn and Owens would make comebacks, but The Usos would take control again. The match looked done on multiple occasions, but Zayn and Owens would survive. The match arguably had too many nearfalls with a lot of Superkicks and Splashes that would usually finish any other title match. Zayn hit 3 Helluva Kicks onto Jey to a rapturous applause and sent the crowd home happy on night 1. ****

Brock Lesnar defeated Omos

Brock Lesnar showcased his selling and strength in a fun opening match. Lesnar made Omos looked great by bumping and selling for the giant’s big moves. The crowd came alive when Omos was the recipient of German Suplexes and even more for the F-5 finish. ***

Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler defeated Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez, Natalya and Shotzi and Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville

Unlike the men’s match on the previous night, this felt more formulaic and was designed to get more women on the card. While there were no notable errors, Rousey and Baszler were barely in the match and only won the match when everyone else did all of the heavy lifting. **

Gunther defeated Sheamus and Drew McIntyre to retain the Intercontinental Championship

This was even better than the critically acclaimed match at Clash at the Castle. The match was hard hitting, with all 3 men having red chests from the multiple chops. The match looked over multiple times, but the third man would break up the pin attempts. The closing moments saw big move after big move, with Gunther diving from the top rope to break up a pin being a highlight of the match. Gunther would powerbomb Sheamus onto McIntyre followed up by another Powerbomb onto McIntyre to win the match. *****

Bianca Belair defeated Asuka to retain the Raw Women’s Championship

This match was in the unfortunate spot of having to follow the IC Title match, which wore out the crowd. Asuka utilised multiple submission holds, but Belair was able to counter the attempts. Asuka would also try to use the mist, but Belair would duck it and eventually hit a KOD to retain the championship. ***

Edge defeated Finn Balor inside Hell in a Cell

Balor brought out The Demon to give this match a big fight feel. Weapons were used early, which were painted red and purple. Balor was tied up with kendo sticks in the corner as Edge dove off the top rope. The match unfortunately had to be paused as Balor was busted open from a ladder shot to the head. The match should have been paused for this, and Edge used the time well to gather weapons and distract the crowd. Balor missed a jump off the cell through the table and was the victim of a con-chair-to by Edge to win the match for the Rated R Superstar. ****

Roman Reigns defeated Cody Rhodes to retain the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship

Everything about this match looked like it was Cody Rhodes’ time. The Rhodes family was in attendance and the crowd were behind The American Nightmare from the outset. Solo Sikoa interfered multiple times, but was eventually ejected. Following a referee bump, The Usos provided interference, but were fought off by Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Rhodes looked like he had the match won, but a returning Solo Sikoa hit a spike and Reigns hit a Spear to win the match. The crowd fell flat for the finish, leaving the show ending on a sour note. ***1/2


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