By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Dot Net reader Brian Oglesby attended WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans, Louisiana at New Orleans, Louisiana at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday and sent the following report.
-The crowd was into the opening match and Seth Rollins got a good pop for the Stomps and getting the pin.
-Fans seemed evenly split during the Charlotte vs. Asuka match. There was some shock in the crowd when Asuka tapped but Charlotte received a huge ovation after the match. Seems that the city of New Orleans is where streaks come to an end.
-The crowd cheered and thought it was funny when they showed John Cena in the crowd but then popped when he ran backstage figuring he was going to get ready to face Undertaker.
-Fans enjoyed Bobby Roode’s entrance and Rusev was over big with the crowd but the match fell completely flat. The crowd didn’t seem to be invested in the match at all.
-The mixed tag team match it was easily the highlight of the night. The crowd loved Ronda Rousey and was constantly cheering her for the entire duration of the match. There were loud “We Want Ronda” chants early and the crowd loved the exchanges between her and Stephanie as well as the the Rousey and Triple H exchange. Huge pop for Stephanie tapping out. Great old school mixed tag match.
-The crowd was coming down during the Smackdown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat match. No reactions really other than when the New Day arrived. The crowd was quiet for the duration of the match.
-After Cena came out, the crowd popped for the light going out when booed big time when it was Elias on stage. When the lights went out the second time as Cena was heading up the ramp the crowd popped huge and was happy to see Undertaker. The match was too quick to get invested and the crowd didn’t seem upset that it lasted less than minutes. Lot of build up for a weak payoff, but maybe there is more to this story coming later.
-The crowd came unglued for the moment we thought we would never see again and that was Daniel Bryan wrestling again. Seeing so many thousands of people chanting YES in unison is a great visual. Big pop for all of Bryan’s offense and victory.
-Fans were very quiet for Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. The only pop came for the finish and Nia did receive a good ovation afterwards.
-The crowd was tame for AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship. There were several dueling chants early on, but the crowd was never as invested as one would have assumed they would be. Fans did pop for the Styles Clash and finish. However, the crowd came to life the most with the low blow by Nakamura after the match. Some were booing and others were cheering.
-The Raw tag team title match was fun. The crowd was cheering for Nicholas to get in the ring and popped huge when Braun Strowman tagged him in. Fun moment.
-Now for the main event. Where to begin. Huge boos for Roman Reigns on his entrance and total indifference when Brock Lesnar entered. Presuming what was thought to be a forgone conclusion of Reigns winning, the crowd was more interested in entertaining themselves and could not have cared less what was happening in the ring.
-There were multiple beachballs being hit around. Every time security would confiscate one another one would come out. There may have been as many as 20 beachballs confiscated.
-Some of the crowd chants during the main event went as follows: You Both Suck; Beachball Mania; Bring Back Nicholas; Rusev Day; Boring; This Is Awful, CM Punk, and others that I couldn’t quite make out. Every time Reigns kicked out of an F5 the boos got louder as if the crowd was ready for the match to end. There was a small pop for the finish, but it seemed due to genuine surprise more than anything.
-Also, there was a guy that got kicked out and he was serenaded with Na Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye chant, a Delete chant, and a You Deserve It chant.
-A pretty decent WrestleMania, but it’s just too long of a show.
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