WrestleMania is what all wrestling fans look forward to for an entire year, and WrestleMania 31 was no different. After Brock Lesnar re-signed with WWE this past week, there was no sure thing for the main event anymore, and no one knew what may happen. There was also the in-ring debut of Sting, the return of The Undertaker, and much more, so let’s check out the full recap and results for WrestleMania 31.
Brock Lesnar came out and absolutely decimated Roman Reigns for the first 10 minutes of the match. Lesnar actually hit an F-5 about a minute in, but let Reigns come back around. From there, Lesnar just destroyed Reigns with multiple German suplexes, forearms, knees, and a clothesline that sent Reigns crashing to the floor outside.
Every single time Reigns got the upper-hand, for a very short period of time, the crowd just booed him to no end. Meanwhile, Paul Heyman was outside counting the suplexes of Lesnar to Reigns. Lesnar hit another F-5, which Reigns shockingly kicked out.
Lesnar took off his gloves and just bare-knuckle punched Reigns, suplexed him more, and delivered another F-5, which Reigns kicked out of again. Outside the ring, Reigns shoved his opponent into the ring post and Lesnar got cut open and was bleeding heavily.
Reigns then hit three Superman punches and two consecutive spears, but Lesnar kicked out at a close two. Lesnar hit an F-5 and they were both out as Seth Rollins ran down with the Money in the Bank briefcase to cash it in to make it a three-way match.
Rollins gave a Curb Stomp to Lesnar and went for another but Lesnar caught him for an F-5. Reigns speared Lesnar and Rollins delivered a Curb Stomp to Reigns to pin him for the title.
Winner and New Champion: Seth Rollins
Bray Wyatt started out saying, “All of this now belongs to me,” but The Undertaker took him down quickly after that, and Wyatt’s injury didn’t seem too noticeable. What was noticeable was the age of Undertaker, as this was a very slow, methodical, and crawling match.
Taker was able to hit all his big moves such as Old School, the big boot, snake eyes, and the Tombstone. Wyatt carried a big part of the match and that was obvious as Undertaker would come about for spurts.
Wyatt kicked out of the Tombstone. Taker kicked out of Sister Abigail. The crab walk met the zombie sit-up, and Undertaker hit a second tombstone to pick up the much-needed and awesome win.
Winner: The Undertaker
A new Levi’s Stadium attendance record was made with 76,976 people, and that was announced by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. As The Authority built themselves up, it was then time to smell-la-la-la-a as The Rock came out to a huge ovation and gave a little more credibility to the possibility of that huge angle rumor happening.
It’s then that Stephanie rips on Rock and slaps him across the face. Rock retreats to the outside to get Ronda Rousey, who is sitting in the front row, and bring her into the ring. After Rousey lets Steph know that she “owns every ring she is in,” Rock takes out Triple H and then Rousey takes out Stephanie.
Rusev dominated the match. Just completely dominated the entire match and overpowered John Cena throughout the duration, but Cena was able to make a comeback. Lana hopped up on the apron and was knocked off by Rusev, who was then hit with an Attitude Adjustment for Cena’s pin and the title.
Winner and New Champion: John Cena
The 2015 Hall of Fame class was introduced, and out walked the Bushwhackers, Larry Zbysko, Alundra Blayze, Tatsumi Fujinami, Rikishi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Kevin Nash to celebrate with the crowd.
Connor “The Crusher” Michalek was awarded the first-ever Warrior Award as well.
Daniel Bryan is in the back being interviewed by Maria Menuos about his big Intercontinental Title victory. Then, the legends start coming in to congratulate Bryan and they include Pat Patterson, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Ric Flair, and Bret “Hit Man” Hart, and they all do a “YES” chant together.
For a while, it appeared as if the recent tension between Paige and AJ Lee was going to be a deciding factor. AJ was knocked off the apron early and left Paige all alone, but that didn’t really cause much of a problem. Paige held her own and eventually got the hot tag to AJ, who locked in the Black Widow for the submission win.
Winners: AJ Lee & Paige
For nostalgic purposes and sheer mark-out value, this match was fantastic. Sure, it wasn’t the greatest match, as it is obvious both men are aging, but it was fun. Halfway through the match, Sting got the upper-hand and D-Generation X came out to take him out. A moment later, the nWo came out to even the sides up for the WCW warrior.
Eventually, Shawn Michaels hopped into the ring out of nowhere and gave Sting some Sweet Chin Music. Sting was able to get the upper-hand again and even broke the sledgehammer with his bat. Sting then delivered a couple big Stinger splashes, but Trips grabbed a piece of the sledgehammer and hit Sting in the face to knock him out for the pin.
Winner: Triple H
This was yet another good match and one that could have gone either way. J&J Security got involved, but it was very little, so it didn’t have much of an effect on the match. At times, Seth Rollins looked as if he would take it, but Orton wouldn’t give up.
Orton actually kicked out of a Curb Stomp, which almost the entire crowd thought would be the finish of the match. Rollins went for another Curb Stomp out of mid-air and off the ropes, but Orton popped for an RKO (outta nowhere) and got the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
This was a great way to kickoff the official start of WrestleMania 31, and a fantastic performance from everyone involved. Great spots from everyone, and it was just a fantastic match with a great finish.
The ending came when Dolph Ziggler ran up a ladder but BNB nailed him with a Bullhammer on him, R-Truth, and Stardust. Daniel Bryan then ran up the ladder, but was knocked down, and came back with a Knee Plus on BNB. Ziggler ran back up and exchanged headbutts with Bryan until he fell backward. Bryan reached up and snagged the Intercontinental Title to a huge ovation.
Winner and New Champion: Daniel Bryan
Pretty fun for a battle royal, and one that was actually booked very well. The final five were Big Show, Ryback, Cesaro, The Miz, and Damien Mizdow. Ryback and Cesaro went first, and then finally Mizdow turned on The Miz and the crowd went nuts. Mizdow eliminated Miz, but he couldn’t get out Big Show, who took the victory.
Winner: Big Show
Even though this was on the Kickoff Show, it was a great way to start WrestleMania 31 with all four teams hot and ready to make a name for themselves. Big spots all around, and it honestly could have gone in any direction. Jey Uso’s injury played into the match a bit, as he was knocked out of the match early on.
Near the end, it turned into a huge spot-fest, and Cesaro and Tyson Kidd were able to “steal” the win and retain their titles.
Winners and Still Champions: Brass Ring Club
WrestleMania 31 was a night to be remembered for so many reasons, and it was an event that delivered in huge ways. Nostalgia filled Levi’s Stadium while the next generation of superstars also showed in the recap and results that they are ready to take WWE to another level.
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