There are 38 books in WrestleMania. Let’s take a look at the highlights of the two-night visit to the AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Cody Rhodes is back
The prodigal son is back.
Cody Rhodes, who returned to the WWE after a six-year hiatus, is moving away from the mainstream while with AEW now becoming the mainstay of sports entertainment in the WWE.
Rhodes received star treatment at his entrance (including the music he used in AW and the independent scene) and then the audience gave him star treatment with a very positive response.
The match against Seth Rollins was a powerful way to reintroduce Rhodes to WWE audiences who have not been familiar with his work for the past six years. Now the question to Rhodes, what next?
Rhodes told Variety that he considers himself “the best wrestler in the world. And to go further with it, I don’t really think there’s a second around.”
With that in mind, the road to the WWE Championship should not be too far away.
The rocks are cold! The rocks are cold! The rocks are cold!
For the first time in 19 years, Stone Cold Steve Austin competed in a wrestling match. Before that, his last match was at WrestleMania 19, in an attempt to lose to The Rock. He was in and around WWE at the time, knocking out a stunner at every moment, but there was nothing that could not bring him back to the competition within hours.
Until April 2, 2022 … Stone Cold came out of retirement to fight Marieville, Que., Native Kevin Owens.
Owens has become a huge fan of Stone Cold, so getting a match with Steve Austin is definitely a lifelong thrill for him and not to mention it was at the main WrestleMania event on Saturday. The moment may have ended in the peripheral description of the match, but it was much more than that. The hour-to-hour match was spectacularly entertaining. Stone Cold has taken a few notable bumps, such as a suplex on concrete. The response from the crowd when Austin made his music a hit was as good as ever and probably even better.
Meanwhile, Owens was tasked with taking part in a major WrestleMania event match with the biggest star in WWE history that is coming out of his 19-year retirement. Owens is one of WWE’s biggest stars, and that won’t change year after year.
Tribal chief reigns
Roman Reigns has dominated anyone and everyone and is now the new, unified WWE and Universal Champion after defeating Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 38.
The match had the feeling of a big fight with two behemoth wrestlers with personalities to match and thanks for being involved. Was this match completely different from their previous matches, including their previous WrestleMania? I would probably say no but, again, because of the bets and wrestlers involved, it still felt fresh.
As Michael Cole noted in the lead of the match, in terms of the long title reigns, Raines is now in the same breath as Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales. A wrestler like Rains has not dominated since the late 1980’s.
Lesnar felt like a legitimate rival to Raines and even fell for the tribal chief, so who else could challenge him now? Can you honestly say that someone else on the WWE roster would serve as a champion?
I think it reigns and then a big gap in the rest of the competition. However, as mentioned above, the roster features a brand new, white-hot babyface, whose father portrayed one of the biggest underdog stories in wrestling.
Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes. It doesn’t matter when or if it happens.
Bianca Bellaire vs. Becky Lynch was the best match of ‘Mania Weekend’
Bianca Bellayer and Becky Lynch have delivered an instant classic.
It was a nice bit of long-term storytelling on the part of WWE. Either it was drawn by WWE all the time – an insult to Bellaire at SummerSlam in 2021 after losing to Lynch in just a few seconds – or it was correcting that mistake from SummerSlam.
Either way, this match has given big time.
Lynch was spectacular again. Although Bellaire has now beaten Becky, Charlotte and Sasha Banks to win three-quarters of the four horsewomen. All that’s left now is Bailey, who could be his opponent depending on his health.
Thanks to their incredible work with this match, Bellaire and Lynch have secured their seats at the head table of Pro Wrestling.
Sami Zain is a Jacques
Before the match with Johnny Knoxville, Sami Zine told SportsNet that he had been fired.
“Our characters have played each other very well. He fools people and you want to see my character fooled so there is a natural connection. I think the chemistry was good, and the reactions were good enough for us to face at WrestleMania. “
Obeying her, Jane was fooled because the characters played each other so well.
The match was absolutely ridiculous, from start to finish, in which Sammy hit a table flush with a mouse trap, Sammy was taking a bowling ball to the Netherlands-Region, Sammy … well, you got the idea.
At the end of the match, Sami was crushed under a huge mouse trap, which did not work properly. But it doesn’t matter. The match felt very naturally entertaining, and it was well known that both Jane and Knoxville probably said a lot about making it feel equally natural and entertaining.
Pat McAfee is fascinated again
Never say that Pat McAfee pushes for an opportunity.
The former NFL punter has shown that he is more than capable of handling himself in a wrestling ring, especially when he participated in a War Games against Adam Cole and the rest of the undisputed era. McAfee has captivated every stop of his pro wrestling escape so far, and WrestleMania 38 is another stamp of the passport.
Along with some incredibly impressive athleticism, McAfee has proven to be even more so with the crowd than perhaps even some of the full-time wrestlers on the WWE list. It started with his entrance when he joined The Seven Nation Army of The White Stripes, which proves that WWE should license more real music because the audience liked that tune. McAfee finally wins over up-and-coming star Austin Theory, before things go wild …
Vince McMahon got into the ring, the bell rang, and suddenly, 76-year-old WWE chairman McAfee was playing a match. McMahon will win after some (naturally) covert tactics but things have gone wild.
The glass broke and came out cold. The crowd, who already loved every second of every moment, lost their collective minds when Austin stepped out of the corridor before delivering a couple of best stunners (or worse, depending on how you look at it) to McMahon before a couple enjoyed a Broken Skull Laser. . .
It was sheer madness, and it was fantastic.