WrestleMania 31 has come and gone, and there was a lot that took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. New champions were crowned, stars of the past showed up, and surprises shocked the crowd. Now, it’s time to wonder where WWE goes from here, but let’s look at what we learned from WrestleMania 31.
1.) The Undertaker was still able to go after a full year away from the ring. He didn’t look bad at all out there, even though the match with Bray Wyatt was incredibly slow. With WrestleMania 32 being held in Texas next year, expect him back for his retirement match.
This would make sense since he was really the only one focused on in the promo for next year’s show as WrestleZoneqaw2 reported.
2.) Sting can’t go for very long, but he’s still able to put on an entertaining match, and that was what he did with Triple H. It is obvious that the match was for historical purposes more than anything, and it was quite shocking to see Triple H get the win.
Some think that Sting and Undertaker will face off at WrestleMania 32 next year, but that may not happen. It would be hard to see Taker lose his retirement match and also hard to see Sting go 0-2 in WWE.
3.) Scott Hall can still take a bump, and it was impressive. Seeing the nWo and DX battle it out at WrestleMania may have happened about 15-20 years too late, but it was still awesome.
4.) WWE is trying to return prominence to the mid-card titles and they did it in a big way. Daniel Bryan now holding the Intercontinental Title and John Cena with the United States Title means those belts will be pushed much more.
Speaking of Daniel Bryan, WWE should be thrilled with the mid-card right now. Every single person in the Ladder Match absolutely killed it.
5.) It’s obvious that WWE does not have the faith in Roman Reigns that they did just a couple of months ago. Not only was the trigger not pulled on giving him the WWE World Title and a big WrestleMania main event win, but he was demolished by Brock Lesnar.
Take out about two minutes worth of offense and Reigns was just destroyed by Lesnar.
6.) With Brock Lesnar signing a new three-year deal with WWE, he was not going to be made to look weak. He wasn’t even going to be shown to lose, and he didn’t. Now, Lesnar is still just as strong and dominating, but he simply doesn’t have the title over his shoulder.
7.) Damien Mizdow (Sandow) could easily be an even bigger fan-favorite babyface than he already is. His turn on The Miz was pulled at the right time and in front of a huge audience. Now, don’t lose his popularity the way Fandango lost his last year.
8.) Something is going to happen between WWE and Ronda Rousey. It may not happen immediately, but having her in a ring at WrestleMania with The Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon is huge.
9.) Speaking of The Rock, this may have actually set up a match for WrestleMania 32. Instead of Rock vs. Brock, why not have Rock and Triple H revisit their fantastic feuds of the past and do it all one last time.
10.) Even if a card doesn’t look good on paper all the way through, WWE does know how to deliver a great show. WrestleMania 31 was a lot better than many expected it to be. Sure, there were a few duds along the way, but it was an entertaining evening with some surprises, big victories, and blasts from the past.
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