There were five title changes, an expected (but still very warmly-welcomed) surprise match, a completely unexpected surprise tag team partner and a jaw-dropping swerve from the predicted outcome in the main event.
Add in an excellent debut for Ronda Rousey, the end of Asuka’s 916-day unbeaten streak and the feel good WrestleMania Moment for Daniel Bryan and you’ve got an event which provided plenty of excitement.
The Undertaker “the Dead Man” showing up to fight John Cena was perhaps not a huge surprise, although it did get the loudest reaction of the night in the Superdome. What delighted the fans more than simply seeing Undertaker was seeing him looking in such good physical shape. The shorter match length helped, but the Phenom was a lot better – and seemed way healthier – than he did in his Mania match against Roman Reigns last year.
Ever since Asuka’s streak started to become a significant storyline it was increasingly the case that whoever ended it would be elevated to a new level of importance in WWE. Flair is already a main-event star but beating Asuka takes her to an elite level beyond that, at which it is clear she is now being presented as the number one woman in the company.
What that means going forward is unknown. But it cannot be ignored that another female star was made at WrestleMania this week. With the women’s division gaining in popularity and relevance by the week, a WrestleMania main event between two women is surely now closer than ever.
So next year could we see a mouth-watering match between Charlotte Flair v Ronda Rousey go on last at WrestleMania 35?