Powell's WrestleMania 31 results and review: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Sting vs. Triple H, Rusev vs. John Cena for the U.S. Championship, Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt, Intercontinental Title ladder match
By Jason Powell
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WWE WrestleMania 31
Aired live on WWE Network and pay-per-view
Santa Clara, California at Levi's Stadium
WrestleMania 31 Pre Show Results
1. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defeated The Uso Brothers, Los Matadores, and Kofi Kingston & Big E to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship in 10:05.
2. Big Show won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in 18:10.
WrestleMania 31 Pay-Per-View
Aloe Blacc performed "America the Beautiful" from the stage. A little pyro shot off behind him... A pre-taped video package featured LL Cool J narrating as classic Mania footage was shown...
Powell's POV: I can't blame WWE for not going crazy with the pyro after "America the Beautiful" since the sun is shining. The LL Cool J thing was nice, but it's not as effective if you remember Don Cheadle doing something very similar for the NFL Playoffs in the past.
Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL checked in on commentary. Cole said viewers were looking live at a sold out Levi's Stadium. Eden stood in the ring and introduced the Intercontinental Title match participants. Daniel Bryan was out first to a huge pop and loud Yes! chants. Cole said they were starting WrestleMania this year the way it ended last year.
Bad News Barrett was out next. Cole pointed out the foreign language broadcast teams. Ziggler came out with his hair braided up or something. Ambrose was eventually the last wrestler introduced...
1. Bad News Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Luke Harper vs. R-Truth in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. There were spots with most of the wrestlers at ringside and one wrestler diving onto them. Stardust did a trust fall type of move and Cole said it was a falling star. Harper dove and JBL said it was a flying walker. Funny.
There was an early spot where Harper threw a ladder into Bryan's face and it looked vicious. Truth is doing the bit where he's afraid of heights. Ugh. Stardust had a flurry where he looked really vicious while working over some of his opponents. At 8:35, Stardust climbed a ladder that was set up with the title belt out of his reach. Barrett climbed the other side of the ladder and superplexed him. Both guys will be feeling that one in the morning given the awkward landing.
Harper powerbombed Ambrose through a ladder that were set up at ringside. Ambrose came up holding the back of his head. Nasty spot. Harper climbed the ladder while Ziggler was on his back with a sleeper locked in. Ziggler performed the Zig Zag on Harper off the ladder. Barrett stopped Ziggler from grabbing the title belt with a Bull Hammer. He hit Stardust with the move, then stopped Truth from climbing the ladder with it.
Daniel Bryan knocked Barrett off the ladder, but he was stopped by Ziggler and Truth. Bryan hit the running knee on Barrett and set up the ladder while the crowd came unglued with Yes! chants. Bryan climbed the ladder, but Ziggler ran up the other side and traded punches with him. Bryan and Ziggler head-butted one another and eventually Ziggler fell to the mat. Bryan pulled the belt down to win the match and the IC Title...
Daniel Bryan defeated Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, Luke Harper, and R-Truth in a ladder match to win the Intercontinental Title in 13:40.
Powell's POV: Someone on the creative team is really proud of the line about starting off WrestleMania with the way it ended last year because Cole was all over it for Bryan's entrance and again when he won. The big question coming out of the match is the health of Ambrose. I'd be shocked if he wasn't concussed. It looked like the ladder was gimmicked because it broke easily, and he ended up driving his head onto a run of the ladder and then the ringside area when he landed. The live crowd seemed very satisfied with Bryan's consolation prize.
A Tapout commercial featuring Roman Reigns was shown. It said "Coming In 2016"... A Seth Rollins and Randy Orton video package was shown...
2. Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins (w/Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury). Orton hit an early dropkick and then then went for an RKO, but Rollins fled to ringside. Rollins came back by clotheslining Orton via the top rope. At 2:15, Rollins performed a buckle bomb, but Orton no-sold it and clotheslined him.
J&J Security got involved, but Orton ended up performing a double hanging DDT on them off the ring apron. Rollins followed up with a suicide dive. Later, Rollins performed an Asai moonsault that didn't look as good on impact as it could have.
Orton came back with a hanging DDT at 9:30. There was a spot where Rollins had Orton in RKO-like position and flipped over him perhaps for a neckbreaker(?), but Orton held his ground and hit the RKO for a good near fall. The announcers put over Orton kicking out of the RKO big.
Orton backed up for the punt kick, but Noble ran in. Orton hit the RKO on Noble, then on Mercury. Rollins recovered and caught Orton with a kick and then a Curb Stomp that Orton kicked out of. Rollins regained control and went for the Phoenix Splash, but Orton moved. Rollins went for the Curb Stomp, but Orton launched him into the air and hit the RKO on the way down for the 1-2-3...
Randy Orton defeated Seth Rollins in 13:45.
Powell's POV: The finish was great, as Orton just held his ground when Rollins went to stomp him, which launched him into the air. A good match with a really cool finish, but this didn't strike me as a WrestleMania show stealer.
Ronda Rousey and the Four Horsewomen were shown getting rowdy at ringside... A video package set up Triple H vs. Sting (yes, already)...
White Man Group played Sting in. Okay, so they didn't say their name, but imagine Blue Man Group wearing Sting facepaint and banging on drums. Sting howled a couple times once he entered the ring. He wore a jacket and did not have a t-shirt on underneath.
The new Terminator movie footage played. Terminators appeared on the stage on rising platforms. Triple H rose on a platform wearing Terminator gear. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on the screen and said it was time to play the game. Hunter was handed a bunch of Terminator heads on a string. He removed his Terminator mask and dropped the heads and head to the ring...
Powell's POV: And you guys thought my idea of a lighting bolt followed by naked Triple H beating up a biker wrestler and taking his gear was bad? Where's Robocop when Sting needs him most? Congratulations to Sting for somehow managing to keep a straight face.
3. Sting vs Triple H. The bell rang and Hunter and Sting circled the ring while staring at one another. The fans chanted "this is awesome" before they ever locked up. Sting looked better physically than he had in years. They locked up and Sting struck first with a shoulder block.
Hunter came back with a shoulder tackle and followed up with a DX chop. Sting arm dragged Hunter and then dropkicked him. There was a loud "You've still got it" chant. They locked up again and Hunter took advantage with a punch while the referee was between them.
Sting came back with a double reversal whip that sent Hunter over the top rope. Sting followed him to ringside and went for a splash, but Hunter moved and Sting crashed into the barricade. Hunter ran Sting into the ring steps. JBL said this is where you find out how good Sting is and whether he was every any good. "Point well taken," Lawler replied. Gee, great comeback, King.
As Triple H was on the offensive in the ring, you could see a huge bruise on the back of his left thigh. It seemed to be invisible to the broadcast team at this point. Sting caught Hunter in the Scorpion Leg Lock. The DX music played. Bill Gunn, Road Dogg, and X-Pac ran out. Following a network glitch on my end, Sting dove onto all of them at ringside. The fans chanted "this is awesome."
As Sting got back in the ring, Triple H caught him with a Pedigree for a two count. Triple H pulled out a sledgehammer. The NWO music played and then Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash walked to ringside. Triple H stopped and watched even though he had time to hit roughly eight sledgehammer shots and four Pedigrees.
The NWO members roughed up the DX members on the floor. Sting hit the Scorpion Death Drop on Triple H and covered him for a two count. Sting applied the Scorpion Leg Lock. Hunter struggled to reach for the sledgehammer, but Hogan grabbed it just as he got there. Waltman ran Hogan into the ring post. Nash hit Waltman. Gunn hit Nash.
In the ring, Sting applied the Scorpion Leg Lock (it didn't look good). Eventually, Shawn Michaels appeared wearing a DX t-shirt and superkicked Sting. HBK gave him a crotch chop and went to ringside. Hunter covered Sting for a two count. The fans chanted "this is awesome."
Billy Gunn handed Hunter the sledgehammer. Hall handed Sting the baseball bat. Hunter charged, Sting ducked, and Sting hit Hunter in the gut with the bat. Hunter held up the handle to block the bat. Sting swung the bat and it broke the sledgehammer in two. Sting hit Hunter with a bunch of punches. Sting hit Hunter with a Stinger Splash. Sting went for another Stinger Splash, but Hunter hit him with the sledgehammer and then pinned him...
Triple H defeated Sting in 18:35.
After the match, the DX and NWO sides stood on opposite sides of the ring. Hunter walked toward Sting, as his stablemates pulled him back. He shrugged them off and put his hand out. Sting shook Hunter's hand. Hunter spoke to Sting off-mic and then left the ring. Cole asked if it's finally been put to bed after all these years. I have no f'n clue what he's talking about...
Powell's POV: The live crowd ate it up. There's no denying the star power involved and if that's what you were looking for then you probably loved this. I was just getting into the Sting vs. Triple H singles match when it suddenly became pretty absurd when you really think about it. I get DX helping Hunter. I don't get the NWO helping Sting given that they were enemies of both Sting and WCW. I also don't get why we saw Hunter with his buddies at the Hall of Fame last night, and then two of them were helping Sting tonight. Furthermore, why in the world would Sting take a sledgehammer shot to the head and then shake Hunter's hand seconds later? Again, some of you will look at the star power and get caught up in the fun of NWO vs. DX, but it just didn't work for me. I'm all for shortcuts, but I think they took way more than they needed to and overbooked the hell out of this. All that interference and Sting couldn't just pin Hunter? Wow.
Backstage, Maria Menounos interviewed Daniel Bryan. Pat Patterson showed up and congratulated him. Roddy Piper showed up and glared at Bryan. "Every time I think I got all the answers, you're changing the questions," Piper said. Ricky Steamboat showed up dressed in his gear for some reason. Steamboat said the match ranked right up there with the match had with Randy Savage, and then he impersonated Savage. Ugh. Ric Flair entered the picture and congratulated Bryan. Bret Hart joined the fun. Ron Simmons showed up and said damn. Bryan led the legends in a Yes chant. Ugh...
Skylar Grey and Kid Ink performed the WrestleMania theme songs with Travis Barker on drums... Military members were shown watching the show and having a lot of fun. Cole thanked them as if they could hear him...
4. Nikki Bell and Brie Bella vs. Paige and A.J. Lee. Lee was knocked off the ring apron a couple times early and sold at ringside, leaving Paige to work against both Bella Twins. Lee eventually recovered and Paige tagged her in. After a flurry, Lee ended up on the shoulders of Nikki, and she hit a DDT on the way down. A short time later, Brie's interference nearly led to a win for her sister. Paige ran Brie into the ring steps. In the ring, Lee locked Nikki in the Black Widow and won via submission...
Paige and A.J. Lee defeated The Bella Twins in 6:50.
Powell's POV: The crowd was still coming down from the previous match. They seemed fairly engaged by the end, but they were quiet early and flatter for this match than any other match on the show.
A WWE "for the hero in all of us" video aired... A tale of the tape style graphic was shown for Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns... A WWE Hall of Fame recap video aired...
Howard Finkel(!!!) introduced the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015. They misspelled Poffo "Pofo" in the graphic... An ad for the video game was shown... The John Cena and Rusev video package aired...
Rusev had one of the greatest entrances in the history of entrances. There were marching soldiers, cannons, Lana dressed in white carrying the title, and Rusev entering in a tank. It was freaking glorious. Cena's entrance video started with an eagle and featured several U.S. Presidents delivering famous lines. His music played and some fans chanted "Cena sucks" along with his music...
Eden delivered the in-ring introductions for the championship match. She started to introduce Cena, but Rusev protested and said the champion should be introduced first. She complied. Good heat for Rusev, plenty of boos along with cheers for Cena...
5. Rusev (w/Lana) vs. John Cena. Rusev caught Cena with a cool suplex to start. Jake Barnett notes that it was once Rusev's finishing sequence in NXT. Cena battle back, but Rusev put him down with a uranage. Came took control and performed his top rope leg drop. Rusev came back with a kick to the head.
At 7:45, they traded punches in the middle of the ring. Rusev kneed Cena to the mat, then jawed at him and performed a knee lift to the head. Rusev performed an Alabama Slam (Alabama, Bulgaria?). Seconds later, Cena caught Rusev in the STF. Lana threw her high-heel shoe in the ring. Rusev struggled and reached the ropes. The referee kicked Lana's shoe to ringside.
Rusev performed a top rope headbutt on Cena and covered him for two. Rusev showed great frustration when he failed to put Cena away. At 11:35, Cena springboarded off the middle rope and caught Rusev with a Stunner on the way down. A cool and unexpected spot that led to a two count.
Cena went for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rusev elbowed out of it. He eventually put Cena down with a boot to the face. Rusev applied The Accolade at 12:45. Cena powered to his feet and then backed Rusev into the corner. Rusev charged at Cena, who took him down and applied the STF. Rusev reached the ropes to break it.
Lana stood on the ring apron and Cena walked over and jawed at her and the referee. Rusev charged Cena from behind. Cena moved and Rusev crashed into Lana and knocked her off the apron. Rusev stumbled into the Attitude Adjustment and was pinned. Afterward, Cena celbrated with family and friends at ringside, then raised that little title belt he won early in his career over his head...
John Cena defeated Rusev in 14:30 to win the U.S. Championship.
Powell's POV: A strong match. It's not the outcome I would have gone with, but I look forward to hearing Lana and Rusev accuse Cena of being a coward for continuing the match after a woman was injured or whatever the line will be. It was cool to see Cena break out something new via the springboard Stunner. Both guys worked hard, the crowd was into it, and the entrances gave it a big time feel.
The pre-show panel checked in and spoke about the Kickoff show matches...
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were introduced as they stood in the ring. Stephanie announced the attendance of 76,976 and said it was a new record for Levi's Stadium. She gave her usual line about "my friend" Andre the Giant bodyslamming Big John Studd. Stephanie boasted that the network available on pay-per-view and in 177 countries via the network.
Stephanie questioned whether it would all be possible "without...me." She credited her and Hunter's leadership. Triple H said the truth hurts. He said not only did he beat Sting, he feels like he has beat everyone who has ever beat against "us." He said it's as if he "beat 76,976 of you and millions more watching around the world on WWE Network." Triple H said he owned Sting just like he owns all the superstars and "all of you." Hunter said The Authority always wins. Thanks, John Cougar Mellencamp.
The Rock's music hit and he made his entrance. Once he made it to the ring, he stared at Hunter and Steph. He let the fans chant Rocky. Steph mocked them. Rock said they don't own the fans and they damn sure don't own The Rock. Rock told Hunter he could go backstage and dress up like The Terminator again or they could make a WrestleMania moment.
Hunter stepped forward and they went nose to nose. Hunter said they had a hell of a rivalry. "I remember kicking your ass for most of it," Hunter said. "I ain't got nothing to prove to you." Hunter smiled and walked over toward Stephanie. Rock said just like he left his heart in San Francisco, Hunter clearly left his balls in Stamford, Connecticut.
Stephanie said that Rock knows that without the McMahons there would be no Rock. She ran through list of McMahons that were responsible. She didn't mention Shane McMahon, but the fans chanted his hame for her. Rock said she wouldn't be in power if it wasn't for Vince McMahon's johnson.
Stephanie slapped Rock. She asked what he was going to do about it and whether he was going to hit Stephanie McMahon. She said it's her ring and told him to get out of it. Rock left the ring. She mocked him as he got the ringside. Rock walked toward the Four Horsewomen and walked just past them, then stopped and turned back.
The fans chanted Ronda Rousey's name. Rock had her join him and they bumped fists. Rousey followed Rock onto the ring apron and he held the ropes open for her. The fans chanted "Ronda's gonna kill you." Rock said he would never hit a woman, but he has a very good friend who would be happy to. The fans were popping big.
Stephanie said it's a nice little surprise and all, but she and Ronda are friends. Stephanie said she's a big fan of Ronda Rousey, and she knows that Ronda and the rest of the Four Horsewomen are fans of hers. Steph recalled that they were there for her match at SummerSlam. Stephanie told Rousey to tell Rock. Then she said she hopes that Rock didn't fill her head with dreams of having a WrestleMania moment.
Stephanie said Ronda is the Queen of the Octagon, but this is the squared circle. "This is my ring," Stephanie said. "Tonight you're going to sit over there like a nice little fan. Why don't you get the hell out of my ring." Ronda took the mic and said: "Any ring I step into is mine. If you want me to leave, why don't you make me?"
"Ronda, I said get the hell out of my ring...now," Stephanie barked. Rock took the mic and told Stephanie he had to tell her what "that look means" (on Rousey's face). He said Rousey would reach down Steph's throat, pull her insides out, and play jumprope with her Fallopian tubes.
Triple H said that was the last thing Rock would say about his wife. Rock said he couldn't agree more, that was the last thing he would say. Rock threw punches at Hunter. Rousey punched Hunter and knocked him out of the ring. Stephanie tried to slap Rousey, who caught her arm and held onto it as Stephanie screamed and eventually rolled out of the ring. Rock said that's what's called being owned and the biggest WrestleMania moment. Stephanie held her arm like it was broken and headed backstage with Hunter. Rock raised Rousey's arm and then held the ropes open for her to leave the ring...
Powell's POV: A cool segment that the live crowd ate up. Stephanie did a great job of heeling it up and the crowd was totally into everything Rock and the UFC women's champion did. That was a really cool surprise. I was just starting to wonder how they were going to fill 90 minutes with two matches. I thought the Taker entrance might go 20 minutes there for a second. I'd love to see them follow up with an actual mixed tag, as that would be big box office for WWE.
Bray Wyatt made his entrance. He was accompanied by scarecrows that walked like zombies. He wore a lamb t-shirt that read "Find Me." No darkness for Undertaker's entrance. "Where are you?" Wyatt yelled from the ring. Cole noted that Taker hasn't been seen since last year's WrestleMania. The gong sounded and the fans popped. Taker's music played and fog/smoke filled the stage. A production guy walked right into the shot. Taker came out wearing his usual gear and made the slow walk to the ring...
Powell's POV: A cool entrance for Taker as the sun was starting to set. Darkness is certainly ideal for him, but that was still cool. Taker looks really good physically.
6. Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt. Taker removed his hat to reveal short dark hair. Lawler let out a squeal. The color commentators agreed that Taker looked better than the last time he appeared. "Wow," JBL said. Taker and Wyatt had a staredown as the fans chanted Taker's name. Wyatt yelled that this is all his now. He charged at Taker, who caught him with a big boot. Moments later, the referee called for the bell to start the match.
Taker went Old School at 1:05. The fans chanted "you've still got it." Taker ran the ropes and Wyatt caught him with a clothesline. He sent Taker over the top to the floor, but Taker landed on his feet. Taker grabbed Wyatt's legs and worked him over, then dropped his leg on Wyatt as Wyatt's head was draped over the ring apron.
Taker performed Snake Eyes on Wyatt, who came right back with a body block that knocked Taker down. Wyatt threw punches at Taker in the corner at 4:00. Wyatt backed off and soaked up the boos before throwing another punch. Wyatt remained the aggressor for the next two minutes with punches, including some light shots to the back of Taker.
Wyatt sat in the corner and smiled. Taker looked up at him and struggled to crawl toward him. Wyatt reached out and pulled him to the corner and put his head near the ring post and punched him. Wyatt ran at Taker and the idea was that he used his knee to run Taker's head into the post (though it looked like Wyatt didn't make much, if any contact with Taker).
Back inside the ring, Taker caught Wyatt in Hell's Gate, but Wyatt reached the ropes. Taker used the ropes to get to his feet. Wyatt grabbed him and slammed him down with a uranage, then performed a running senton for a two count around 9:10. Wyatt held the ropes and leaned over backward in the corner.
Wyatt went for Sister Abigail and did the throat slash gesture. Taker grabbed Wyatt by the throat and the crowd cheered. Taker chokeslammed Wyatt. Taker got back to his feet and did his own throat slash gesture to more cheers. Taker performed the Tombstone piledriver and placed Wyatt's hands over his chest while pinning him, but Wyatt kicked out at 11:10. Taker sold it by showing disbelief.
Taker got back to his feet and made the throat slash gesture again. Taker picked up Wyatt for the Tombstone, but Wyatt slipped out and hit Sister Abigail for as close of a near fall as you can get. The referee started counting both men down. Once the referee got to seven, Wyatt started crab walking. However, Taker sat right up and stared him down, and Wyatt rolled over.
Both men got to their feet. Taker was staggering as he motioned for Wyatt to trade punches. They did the "yay/boo" punches. Wyatt got the better of the exchange and then mocked Taker with another throat slash gesture. Wyatt put Taker in position for Sister Abigail and kissed him, but Taker fought out and Tombstoned him and pinned him. As Taker was on one knee, pyro shot off over the stage side of the stadium...
Undertaker defeated Bray Wyatt in 15:15.
Powell's POV: It was so much fun to see Taker looking good physically and having a good bounce back match. He did more in the match than I expected him to, but he didn't do anything crazy either. Wyatt seemed to be working very light early with some of those punches, but it actually made his uranage sequence feel that much more vicious. This won't be remembered as one of Taker's classic matches, but that doesn't mean it wasn't special. Enjoy it while you can, folks.
An ad aired for Chris Jericho hosting a podcast with John Cena as his guest on April 6 on WWE Network... A video package for the main event was shown...
Roman Reigns made his entrance through the lower level. He immediately shoved some fan who was wearing shades. He had a mean face the entire time he headed to the ring. Once he was in the ring, he slammed his fist on the mat and pyro went off. Cole hyped that the WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be on NBC's "Today" on Monday morning at 8:30 CT (I hate life, er, I mean, cool).
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman made their entrance. He glared at Lesnar as he circled the ring. Once Lesnar entered the ring, pyro shot off on top of the stadium. Lilian Garcia stood in the ring and delivered introductions for the championship match. Reigns was booed loudly. He stared at Lesnar and his stubbly (bearded heel?) face never changed expressions. Paul Heyman handled the introduction for Lesnar, which the fans said along with him and cheered...
Powell's POV: I don't know how I will feel at the end of this match, but I love the big match feel and the uncertainty regarding the outcome. It didn't feel main event worthy throughout the build, but it sure does at this moment.
7. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The referee was Mike Chioda. Lesnar hit a German suplex right out of the gate. He followed up with an F5. Lesnar was already bleeding from a small cut and scratch around his left eye. Lesnar performed an overhead release suplex. Reigns came back with punches, only to have Lesnar suplex him again.
The destruction continued with another suplex. "Suplex city, bitch," Lesnar said. Lesnar looked down at Reigns and smiled. Lesnar danced around as he dodged a Reigns punch from his knees. Lesnar got back to his feet and connected with a punch, but Lesnar performed yet another German suplex. Reigns looked up and smiled as he struggled to get back to his feet.
At 4:05, Lesnar executed another German suplex. He charged at Reigns, who apparently caught him with a knee, then lifted him with a knee to the head. Lesnar came right back with a vicious clothesline that knocked Reigns to the floor. Lesnar followed Reigns to the floor. JBL spoke about how Reigns earned the right to be in the main event and is "the best we have to offer and he's being dominated by the beast."
Lesnar brought Reigns into the ring and suplexed him and sent him back to ringside in the process. Lesnar pulled Reigns by the hair onto the ring apron and performed another overhead suplex at 8:25. Heyman and the crowd kept track and noted he was up to eight suplexes. Lesnar performed and F5, but Reigns kicked out. Lesnar smiled.
At 9:30, Lesnar took the MMA gloves off his hands while Heyman put both hands over his face to express concern over what Lesnar was going to do. Lesnar slapped Reigns across the face. Reigns sat up and basically asked for another, and Lesnar obliged. Rinse and repeat. Reigns laughed. Lesnar picked him up and performed anther German suplex. He picked him up and performed another German. Lesnar picked him up again and performed a third F5 and covered Reigns, who kicked out at the last moment.
For the first time, Lesnar showed real shock and frustration over not being able to put Reigns away. Heyman started barking encouragement to Lesnar, who threw Reigns to ringside at 11:45. Cole noted that Lesnar had dominated the entire match. Lesnar picked up Reigns, but Reigns ran Lesnar into the turnbuckle. Lesnar bled heavily. He rolled back inside the ring at nine.
Reigns tagged Lesnar with a big Superman Punch. Reigns knocked Lesnar down with a second Superman Punch. Lesnar stumbled as he got back to his feet. Reigns with for another Superman Punch, but Lesnar avoided it and went behind him for a suplex, but Reigns fought out of it and hit another Superman Punch. Reigns speared Lesnar.
Brock got back to his feet and Lesnar speared him for the second time and went for the pin, but Lesnar kicked out at the last moment at 14:40. Reigns got back to his feet and cocked the gun. He went for a Superman Punch, but Lesnar caught him and F5'd him.
Seth Rollins' music played and he ran to the ring with the Money in the Bank briefcase in hand. Rollins told the referee that he was cashing in. Garica announced that he was cashing in, and the match is now a Triple Threat match. The bell rang to start the match. Rollins kicked Reigns to the floor.
Rollins performed a Curb Stomp on Lesnar. Rollins checked to make sure Reigns was still down, then he set up for another Curb Stomp, but Lesnar caught him and set up for an F5. However, Reigns ran in and speared Lesnar. Rollins recovered and Curb Stomped Reigns and then pinned him to win the title...
Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar in 16:50 to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
After the match, Rollins grabbed the title and headed to the stage where he swung it around and celebrated his win. "The future is now," JBL said. Heyman was shown checking on Lesnar as one of the announcers said they don't even know if Lesnar realizes he lost the title. Fireworks went off as Rollins held up the title belt, and Reigns was still lying in the middle of the ring...
Powell's POV: Wow! And I'm not just talking about the Rollins cash-in. Lesnar vs. Reigns was fantastic. Reigns took a hell of a beating and his comeback on the woozy Lesnar was totally believable and those near falls were as good as it gets. I love the decision to put the title on Rollins without having Lesnar lose. Brock loses nothing, Reigns looked so strong in defeat, and Rollins is the wormy champion. Overall, WrestleMania 31 overachieved. The only match that felt like a letdown to me was Sting vs. Triple H, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who dug it. WWE delivered in a huge way. Thanks for spending your WrestleMania Sunday with me. Be sure to check out Will Pruett's in-person perspective blog on the main page, and join us for the Dot Net Members' audio review later tonight.
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