Learn more about me
Clocking in at two hours long, the kickoff for WrestleMania had plenty of ups and downs from the matches to the supplemental material, video packages and more.
Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of those segments that aired before the main card started.
The feud was lackluster heading into this event, but Tony Nese's cruiserweight title win is a big thumbs-up for any of his fans.
Ember Moon is back in action, and both Candice LeRae and Kairi Sane having spots in the women's Battle Royal was a positive.
It was nice to see Dana Brooke get a small amount of time to shine, even in a loss.
Curt Hawkins' losing streak has officially ended, and both he and Zack Ryder are the new Raw tag team champions, which is great, even at the unfortunate expense of The Revival.
Braun Strowman absolutely had to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and it's good to see him get another WrestleMania moment.
The women's Battle Royal was largely underwhelming in both quality and the lack of star power with only two NXT wrestlers and no returning legends.
The same applied to the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal being a missed opportunity for surprise entrants and utilizing more talent.
All in all, this was a good kickoff that had the right amount of action balanced with the video packages and panel analysis instead of bogging everything down with needless recap footage.
Highlight: Seth Rollins Wins the Universal Championship
3 of 11
The match itself won't go down in history as anything must-see, but Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar managed to do one major positive thing at this event, which was to end Lesnar's title reign.
The Beast Incarnate has held that championship for the better part of two years and has virtually nothing memorable or of any value to attribute to those two reigns, so seeing that come to an end is one of the best things to happen out of this event.
Whether Rollins will be an amazing champion or have a lackluster title reign remains to be seen, but there's no reason to believe it will be anything worse than what we've had, so that's still an upgrade.
Rollins managed to win the title in a believable fashion, too, so that negates any complaints that Lesnar was "buried" or was made to look too weak. His credibility is more than protected after having suffered a low-blow and several stomps.
The important thing here wasn't how it was executed, but simply that it happened.
Highlight: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
4 of 11
On a stacked card where each match could have easily been trimmed down to the point of not having room to breathe, AJ Styles and Randy Orton managed to capitalize on their 15 minutes or so and have a rock-solid match.
This wasn't surprising, as they are two of the most trustworthy in-ring performers on the roster. While they didn't have any of the biggest spots of the night or any wild hardcore brawling, they didn't need it.
Instead, they kept things simple and clean, putting on one of the less gimmicky segments.
It's doubtful this is the last we've seen of these two veteran Superstars against each other, and if their future matches are equal or better than this, we're in for some treats.
Low Point: Shane McMahon vs. The Miz
5 of 11
Whenever Shane McMahon performs, the one and only thing everyone is looking forward to is whatever big spot he has planned, as jumping off something high is his main gimmick.
This Falls Count Anywhere match set that up well in advance, meaning it was only a matter of time before he and Miz reached that big stunt.
Then it happened, and it was a vertical suplex onto a giant crash pad.
Naturally, the company can't put these two Superstars in severe danger by having them not use safety equipment like that, but it still cheapens the effect. Instead of looking vicious, it seemed on par with two kids messing around at a playground or as dangerous as jumping into a pool.
This wasn't some horrible travesty, but everything leading up to it was mediocre at best, and the big selling point just didn't do it.