Welcome to our coverage of the always-eventful Raw After ‘Mania!
WrestleMania 34 is in the books and it continued WWE’s current streak of great and memorable ‘Mania’s. Of course, there are many who weren’t happy with some of the choices made and the outcomes, but nobody can say they weren’t fully entertained for the majority of the seven hours. Hell, even Vince Russo said it was a great show.
Brock Lesnar is still the WWE Universal Champion. There’s a sentence I don’t think anyone expected to hear, say, or read today. The main event to last night’s show was probably the most controversial and disliked of all the matches. Brock Lesnar threw Roman Reigns around the ring like a ragdoll and hit him with F5 after F5, literally five F5’s and Roman kicked out of all of them. It was astoundingly bad booking in so many ways; not the least of which showed that WWE truly doesn’t understand why fans don’t like Roman. Regardless, just when we thought Reigns was going to pull off a cringe-worthy comeback and pin Brock, he didn’t. Even though we all know Brock shouldn’t be Champion because he’s a part-timer, the fans still couldn’t stomach a Reigns win. So, in the end Brock walked away with the title and everyone was left wondering why? Why was that the main event? Why have the match if Reigns wasn’t going to win? Why book such a one-sided match that pissed on Brock’s finisher? Well we’re unlikely to ever get the answers to those questions but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see a swerve tonight, perhaps even a rematch.
One of the biggest talking points going into WrestleMania was the mixed tag match that served as Ronda Rousey’s debut. Everyone was curious to see if Ronda would succeed or fail in her newfound career and some even wished to see the latter. However Ronda proved everybody wrong, including the most optimistic of folk, by having, probably, the match of the night. Sure the match was probably planned out to the nth degree in the back but it still came off without a hitch and was an entertaining thrill-ride throughout. Ronda looked amazing, her moved were slick and believable, Triple H was his usual fantastic self, and Stephanie is incredibly talented for someone who has only ever had a handful of matches. The only mark on the match, for me, was Kurt Angle. I love the Olympic Gold Medallist as much as anyone but I find it very difficult to watch him these days; he’s lost a step or two, and I cringe for his health. Hell, he even looks like an old man when he’s trying to go toe-to-toe. It’s a a sad sight to behold but I for one don’t want to see him wrestle again. However, the story of the night was, most certainly the incredible debut of Ronda Rousey.
Also on last night’s show, John Cena got squashed by The Undertaker, Matt Hardy won the Andre The Giant Battle Royal with help from Bray Wyatt, Nia Jax defeated Alexa Bliss, and Braun Strowman won the Tag Team Championship’s with a 10-year old fan. Yep, those are all things that really did happen. Lots more happened, but they were SmackDown-related, so I won’t get into them here. Tonight’s show is likely to be a wild one, with rematches from last night, NXT call-up’s, new feuds, and lots more. Remember to join the conversation on the Ringside Talk app and enjoy the show!