YES! YES! YES! WrestleMania XXX was an incredible night

Shaquill Stewart, TSV Staff Writer

If your heart was pounding throughout every match or your emotions were running from happy, angry, sad or even pissed off, then it must’ve been WrestleMania Sunday.

April 6, in the
Silverdo…err, Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, World Wrestling Entertainment held its annual extravaganza. This was the historic 30th WrestleMania event, and the WWE pulled out every stop to make this event the best it ever had.

WrestleMania XXX host Hulk Hogan erroneously called the SuperDome the SilverDome during his opening.

The show opened up with Hulk Hogan, who was the host of the event. Yet, while he was talking, he was interrupted by none other than “the Texas Rattlesnake,” Stone Cold Steve Austin, himself. Then The Rock’s music hit and the fans went crazy, as the three most popular WWE superstars of all time shared the ring in the event they have previously headlined. WrestleMania XXX had just barely started.

The three legends shared a beer, Stone Cold style.

The first match featured Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H in a classic match, with Bryan winning with the running Busaiku knee. Bryan kicked out of a couple Pedigree attempts and sold a bad shoulder throughout the match.

The COO of the WWE channels his inner “Game of Thrones” in his entrance.

After the match, Stephanie McMahon came into the ring and slapped Bryan, allowing Triple H to attack Bryan from behind. He then rammed his bad arm into the ring post and hit it with a chair, making Bryan a huge underdog heading into the WWE World Championship match against Randy Orton and Batista.

Humiliated, Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon attacked a celebrating Daniel Bryan after the match.

That was followed by another great match: the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial 30-Man Battle Royal. It ultimately came down to Cesaro and The Big Show. It looks like the start of a huge Cesaro push after winning the match by picking up Show and throwing him over the top rope. It was an unbelivable show of strength, truly highlighting that Cesaro is pound-for-pound one of the strongest wrestlers in WWE.

Cesaro showed an awesome feat of strength by tossing the Big Show over the top rope!

The crowd was raucous the whole night. The match featuring John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt was testament to this. Wyatt taunted Cena throughout, serenading him with “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” and the crowd joined in, waving and singing along. Wyatt played Joker to Cena’s Batman, begging to Cena several times during the match to finish him off, to prove that Cena has a dark side and isn’t the hero everyone says he is.Think back to that time when Kane tried to do the same thing. He even handed Cena a chair so he can hit him with. Ultimately, Cena won with an A.A., but Wyatt was arguably the star of the match. He played the crowd throughout, and the crowd can elevate a match to exceptional heights.

Wyatt eerily begged John Cena to finish him off. He even handed him a steel chair. How nice!

All the jubilation came to a screeching halt though. After a third F-5 from Brock Lesnar, he pinned the Undertaker 1-2-3; ‘Taker’s legendary WrestleMania streak came to an end. A silence blanketed the Superdome; Stunned faces filled the seats. Some were crying, and even left.

The Undertaker losing reaction face seen ’round the World.

It was a slow match, but the action picked up around the end. The last few sequences had The Undertaker hit a Tombstone, but Lesnar kicked out. ‘Taker went for second Tombstone, but that’s what led to his undoing. Lesnar reversed it into an F5 and got the pin.

“You did it, you did it. Brock, you did it!”

No one thought this would happen, not to Lesnar. In fact, many fans have complained about the outcome, because most figured there was no way Lesnar would be the one chosen to end the streak. The lack of a serious buildup and the reservation that the chosen one shoud’ve been a young up and comer like Roman Reigns or Bray Wyatt were most of the gripes that fans have. As The Undertaker slowly got up and limped back up the ramp, the fans got up and gave a deserved standing ovation. It begs the question: is this it? Is this the end of the Dead Man?

Could we have seen the last of The Undertaker?

In an effort to cool things down and let the fans recollect themselves, the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship invitational took place after. It was a quick, throwaway Divas battle royale where Diva’s Champion A.J. Lee retained her title.

A.J. Lee retained her Diva’s Championship in Vickie Guerrero’s last appearance with the WWE.

That then brought the main event: Champion Randy Orton set to defend his title against Royal Rumble winner Batista and the newly inserted Daniel Bryan. Will Orton retain his championship and continue to be the Apex Predator? Or is Batista going to maul his way to a seventh World Championship? Or will Daniel Bryan, after months of attacks and setbacks, finally win that elusive, prestigious WWE World Championship?

Positioned as the classic underdog, the bearded pop culture phenomenon, Daniel Bryan, who’s storyline “physically dinged up” with a bad shoulder, exacerbated by an earlier attack by the COO, Triple H. He was facing almost insurmountable odds to reach the top of his profession. In the end Daniel Bryan, long called a “B+ player” who can never reach the highest of heights in the WWE due to his physical limitations, won that championship that has been so close yet so far to him.
All it took was Batista tapping the mat. He overcame all forms of adversity, even a boss who hates him, in the 30th anniversary of the Grandest Stage of them All.

From indie darling to fired and rehired again, after months of misery, Daniel Bryan finally reached the pinnacle of the WWE.



This year’s WrestleMania is arguably one the best ones. There were several strong performances, all which helped establish the younger guys like Cesaro, Bray Wyatt and of course Daniel Bryan as the new stars of the upcoming years. Here’s to another thirty years of WrestleMania.