Wrestlemania 2021 Night One Reaction

So, Wrestlemania 2021 Night One has officially come and gone. While Mania season started with Raw earlier in the week, highlighted by NXT’s amazing Stand & Deliver PPV, followed by a “Special Wrestlemania Smackdown”, the moment we’ve all been waiting for since the pandemic hit happened on Night One of Wrestlemania 37; fans back in the arena.

Wrestlemania 2021 Quick Results

  • Bebe Rexha performs America the Beautiful
  • Rain delays the start of the first match (Cole with the WrestleRainia call)
  • Bobby Lashley Def. Drew McIntyre by technical submission to retain the WWE Championship
  • Natalya and Tamina wins the women’s Tag Team Turmoil Match by last eliminating The Riott Squad to become the new number 1 contender for the Women’s Tag Team Championships for Wrestlemania 2021 Night Two
  • Cesaro Def. Seth Rollins in a Singles Match
  • AJ Styles and Omos Def. The New Day to become the new WWE Raw Tag Team Champions
  • Braun Strowman Def. Shane McMahon via pinfall in a Steel Cage Match
  • Bad Bunny and Damien Priest Def. The Miz and John Morrison in a Tag Team Match
  • Bianca Belair Def. Sasha Banks to become the new WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion

My Wrestlemania 2021 Reactions

First and foremost, it was a great moment when Vince McMahon opened the show to welcome the fans back into the arena. He mentioned how important the fans are and are the reason why all of this is happening. You can see how emotional a lot of the performers are to have things back. This is why they do what they do, to entertain the crowd.

On to the matches!

Bobby Lashley VS Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship

After a delay due to rain, the first match is Lashley defending the WWE Championship against McIntyre!

The company’s most prestigious championship is defended first. As they say, if you’re not on last, the next best spot is the first match. And, after carrying the company through the “Pandemic Era” or “Thunderdome Era”, Drew’s reward was to be the first to experience the crowd back. Which is highly understandable and a great moment.

The match itself was hard-hitting as expected. Both superstars have been built over the past months as destroyers and unstoppable forces in the ring. Straight up fighters. And that’s what we got.

The ending saw Drew readying to hit the Claymore Kick when MVP distracted him. The momentary lapse allowed Lashley to grab the Hurt Lock.

Despite what a lot of people expected, McIntyre wasn’t the first one to break the hold and he succumbed to it. While he never submitted, he was put out cold.

The only thing though was MVP’s distraction. He simply shouted to Lashley that Drew was lining up the kick. This was enough for him to turn his head and miss the kick. I think the original plan was for MVP to hold onto Drew’s boot but somehow it was botched?

Regardless, it was a great story and Lashley deserves the win. Drew McIntyre is already a made main eventer. Him losing the match does not take away from that and he has many opportunities to have more moments. Lashley winning made him a bonafide main eventer as well.

Women’s Tag Team Turmoil Match

I’m sorry but this was a bit of a throwback to the Diva’s era. It was short and filled with botches. The announcer even botched saying which team was eliminated one time.

Then, of course, Mandy Rose had her Wrestlemania (or Botchmania) moment when she slipped during their entrance due to the ramp probably still being wet from the rain.

I liked the way Carmella and Billie Kay cheated to win the first fall though.

The ending was also a bit weird. Natalya prepared to hook in the Sharpshooter on Ruby Riott. She then changed her mind, tagged Tamina, and she hit the splash for the win. Not really sure what happened there.

Overall, not a pretty match but it was a good way to set up the Women’s Tag Team Championship for Night Two.

Antonio Cesaro VS Seth Rollins

You can never really predict how the fire would work out, can you? Seth Rollin’s entrance featured a few twirling columns of fire lining up the ramp as he walked down but a bunch of them didn’t seem to work.

Anyway, as you’d expect, these two had an amazing match. The story, pace, and ending were all great. I wish they had a bit more time but overall, it was a Wrestlemania-worthy match.

And that no-handed airplane spin at the end? That’s just looked amazing. Cesaro deserved the win and Seth will always be freakin Rollins anyway. Again, they elevated a star while keeping, or even strengthening another star. That’s a good match.

AJ Styles and Omos vs The New Day for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

The story here is The New Day cuts off the ring in half (which Woods hilariously points out to the commentators at one point) so that Omos doesn’t get into the match. But once AJ made that tag to Omos? That’s all she wrote for The New Day’s 11th Tag Team Championship reign.

Simple. Straightforward. Good performance by everyone all around. Omos did well with his opportunity. Oh and that Phenomenal Forearm by AJ from Omos’ shoulders? That was awesome!

Only downside is that Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander began their downfall from The Hurt Business when they lost the tag team championships to The New Day so they can drop it to AJ and Omos. So maybe HHH not wrestling really does bring more harm?

Context: AJ Styles was rumored to wrestle HHH at this year’s Show of the Immortals but HHH declined since he had a lot on his plate with NXT and all. So he ended up in a tag match with Omos to get the championships. Which affected The Hurt Business.

Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage Match

One of the most out of the blue storylines in recent memory. And a lot of whys. Why would Shane McMahon try to bully someone who could physically rip him apart?

Well, it’s important to note that these stories aren’t supposed to be deep dives into people’s psyches. It’s just a simple story of an entitled brat who wants to feel better by demeaning someone else. And he probably said to himself, maybe I challenge myself and demeans someone dangerous. Like how we sometimes want to stick our hands into a tiger cage for some reason.

Well, that’s kinda what happened in the ending. Shane was on his way out of the cage and he sticks his hand in to taunt Braun a bit more. Braun grabs the arm, RIPS APART THE CAGE FENCE to pull Shane back in. He then biels him from the top of the cage all the way to the ring canvas.

So yeah, I think the real story here is Shane just needed someone big and strong to do an awesome spot once again at Wrestlemania. And that spot looked absolutely brutal.

Good spots here and there in an otherwise forgettable story.

Bad Bunny and Damien Priest VS The Miz and John Morrison

Really didn’t have any expectation for this match. The Miz and Morrison are The Miz and Morrison. They will try their best to get the most of what they are given. And I think they did their part. I think Miz is unjustly criticized and overlooked in that regard. He may not be the most gifted athlete, but he gets things done.

I have no idea who Bad Bunny is. But I respect that he makes music and he is a Grammy Award Winner so I am in no position to judge his music. With all that, he exceeded expectations. He did really well and is no doubt among the best celebrity performances in a WWE ring ever.

You could tell that he’s a big fan and that he respected what these performers sacrifice to do what they do in the ring. He looked like he trained hard and overall, he did well. He even performed a Canadian Destroyer (Bunny Destroyer) on John Morrison on the outside! Even if they say that the person taking it does most of the work (I wouldn’t know, I have no athletic ability to get close to do that), it should still take proper training on Bunny’s part. So, yeah, kudos.

The one downside is that I think the storyline was supposed to be a vehicle for Priest to be highlighted. But with everything considered, I think he stood out the least. Here’s hoping I’m wrong on that one!

Bianca Belair VS Sasha Banks for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship

I’m not really a fan of either superstar but I do think both deliver really well in the ring. And overall, the match was great. They did what they do best and that is to have an amazing match.

But I was tuned out since the in-ring introductions. Bianca, understandably, was very emotional. First Wrestlemania match, for the championship, on the main event, first-time people came back. You could visibly see her tearing up before they’ve locked up. I can’t even start to imagine how amazing that should have felt.

The reason I got tuned out was that it became so obvious that she’d win. It’s like with Chris Benoit back when he had a championship. You could visibly see in his entrance if he’s going to win the match or lose the strap. It’s not like I didn’t care anymore, it’s was more of watching them go through the motion of switching the title now.

Nevertheless, it was still a great match and an amazing moment for someone who worked really hard. Sasha is still and would always be a star despite the losing.

And, they can probably make a storyline out of her trying to get her first win at a Wrestlemania.

 

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