Keep up with all the latest from New Orleans with live results and highlights from WrestleMania 34.
It always seems to take forever to get here, but WrestleMania 34 has finally arrived. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans has opened its arms to more than 70,000 fans from around the world, ready to settle in for what should be nearly five hours of wrestling — not including the three matches on the Kickoff Show.
There’s not even complete clarity on what match will go on last. It could be the Universal Championship match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, or the WWE Championship dream bout pitting AJ Styles against Shinsuke Nakamura. There’s some school of thought that it could be Ronda Rousey making her in-ring WWE debut, teaming with Kurt Angle to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
On top of those bouts and the others announced for NOLA, there’s the not so small deal that could be John Cena vs. The Undertaker. When Cena couldn’t get a match for WrestleMania 34, he did everything he could to call out the Dead Man, who never answered his challenge. Cena promised he would watch the card as a fan, and sure enough, he was shown in the crowd during the Kickoff Show. Something tells us he may not get to stay there the whole night …
WWE also allowed people to watch the Kickoff Show right on Twitter.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
After more than 30 minutes of discussion of the main card, the men’s battle royal offered the first actual in-ring action from New Orleans.
The final three men left turned out to be Mojo Rawley, previous winner Baron Corbin and Woken Matt Hardy. The two SmackDown heels appeared to join forces, but just as they were about to toss Hardy out, Bray Wyatt appeared in the ring — to help Hardy.
Winner: Matt Hardy
Cruiserweight Championship Match – Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali
Winner … and new WWE Cruiserweight Champion … Cedric Alexander
Women’s Battle Royal
Both Paige and Beth Phoenix joined the announce team for the first ever WrestleMania women’s battle royal. The top story to watch was Sasha Banks and Bayley, a storyline that continued with Bayley eliminating her perhaps former friend.
Bayley also thought she won the whole thing, but …
With that, the show moved onto the main card, with one of the title matches going on first.
Intercontinental Championship Match – Seth Rollins (challenger) vs. The Miz (champion) vs. Seth Rollins (challenger)
Winner … and new Intercontinental Champion … Seth Rollins
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match – Charlotte Flair (champion) vs. Asuka (challenger)
Surprisingly, Flair didn’t only beat Asuka and end her crazy long undefeated streak, she actually got the Empress of Tomorrow to tap out.
Winner … and still SmackDown Women’s Champion … Charlotte Flair
United States Championship Match – Randy Orton (champion) vs. Rusev (challenger) vs. Bobby Roode (challenger) vs. Jinder Mahal (challenger)
Winner … and new United States Champion … Jinder Mahal
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H vs. Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle
Most of the early drama during the in-ring debut of Ronday Rousey was whether she would ever get tagged in. She ended up getting plenty of ring time, acquitting herself much better than you might expect. As you might expect, she did figure in the finish, getting McMahon to tap out to the armbar.
Winners: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match – The New Day (challengers) vs. Bludgeon Brothers (challengers) vs. The Usos (champions)
Winners … and new SmackDown Tag Team Champions … Bludgeon Brothers
After the tag team match, John Cena ran to the ring, saying it was about to get interesting. The lights went out and Cena got not the Undertaker, but Elias. A verse later, Cena was beating up on Elias, but after he finished with the Drifter, the lights went out again. This time, Cena got exactly what he wanted … but would soon learn to regret it.
John Cena vs. The Undertaker
Winner: The Undertaker
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Owens and Zayn attack from behind instead of coming down the ramp, powerbombing Bryan on the apron and forcing medical personnel to come out and check on him. Would Bryan be taken off on a stretcher or actually get into the match?
Uh, the latter, of course.
Winners: Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan
Raw Women’s Championship: Nia Jax (challenger) vs. Alexa Bliss (champion)
Winner … and new Raw Women’s Champion … Nia Jax
WWE Championship Match – Shinsuke Nakamura (challenger) vs. AJ Styles (champion)
Winner … and still WWE Champion … AJ Styles
While the match was excellent, as you’d expect from these two, it was what happened after the final bell that was a surprise.
Yep, a heel turn by Nakamura, possibly the most interesting development of the night with regard to what happens after WrestleMania.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match – Braun Strowman and mystery partner (challengers) vs. The Bar (champions)
Strowman announced to Sheamus and Cesaro that he wanted to keep his mystery partner … well, a mystery until WrestleMania just because he knew it would frustrate them even more. His big reveal was that his partner would be a member of the WWE Universe, and he scoured the floor of the arena until he found a kid that the announcers estimated was 10 years old named Nicholas.
During the actual match, a scared looking Nicholas actually did need to tag in briefly, but he tagged right back to Strowman, who won the tag belts with a running powerslam.
Winners … and new Raw Tag Team Champions … Braun Strowman and Nicholas
Universal Championship Match – Roman Reigns (challenger) vs. Brock Lesnar (champion)
The crowd didn’t seem to be into this one. Despite some cool spots, including an F-5 into an announce table, and the unusual by modern standards sight of Reigns with blood pretty much streaming down his face, it was mostly a bunch of power moves followed by guys kicking out of them.
The ending may have surprised some people who assumed Lesnar would drop the title here, though.
Winner … and still Universal Champion … Brock Lesnar