WWE WrestleMania 33 live results, news & recapBy Dave Meltzer | @davemeltzerWON | Apr 2, 2017 10:43 pm
Preview by Joseph Currier
WWE presents its biggest show of the year tonight as WrestleMania 33 takes place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
After weeks of build, The Undertaker and Roman Reigns will finally face off. The match should provide some type of indication about where Undertaker stands at this point in his career.
Things between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar will also come to a head tonight as Goldberg puts his Universal title on the line against Lesnar. Goldberg scored a dominant win over Lesnar at last year's Survivor Series, with Lesnar looking for retribution ever since.
Elsewhere on the show, Seth Rollins returns from his MCL injury to take on Triple H in a non-sanctioned match, AJ Styles battles Shane McMahon, John Cena teams with Nikki Bella against The Miz & Maryse, Randy Orton challenges Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship, Bayley defends her title in a fatal four-way elimination match, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho square off for the US title, and much more.
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The pre-show kicks off at 5 p.m. ET on the WWE Network (with the USA Network also carrying the second hour of it) before the main card begins at 7 p.m. ET.
As we noted, they will announce an attendance of more than 70,000.
NEVILLE VS. AUSTIN ARIES FOR THE CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE
Neville retained the title using the Red Arrow after raking the eyes to get out of the last chancery and then whipping the ropes into Aries' bad eye. They gave them time and worked what would have been a great match almost anywhere else, but this was very much like the old days of the junior heavyweights early at the Tokyo Dome where the crowd was subdued. Neville kicked out of a 450 and rolled out of the ring after the fivearm, Aries also did a Super Frankensteiner.
ANDRE THE GIANT BATTLE ROYAL
Mojo Rawley won the Battle Royal largely for the mainstream coverage of Rob Gronkowski. Jinder Mahal threw a drink in Gronkowski's face so Gronkowski got in the ring and did a running tackle on Mahal. The last three were Rawley, Mahal and Killian Dain. Rawley first eliminated Dain and then Mahal. It started with Braun Strowman throwing one person after another out and Big Show throwing some people out. Strowman threw out Show and then a ton of people threw out Strowman just past the 2:00 mark. They let Tian Bing throw out Tyler Breeze and Fandango and Ziggler threw out Bing. It was mostly undercard guys. Luke Harper was the biggest name not mentioned before and Mark Henry was in as well.
DEAN AMBROSE VS. BARON CORBIN FOR IC TITLE
This match was okay. Certainly a lot less than you'd think for a WrestleMania match. Ambrose retained the title with the Dirty Deeds after getting out of the End of Days. Most of the match was Corbin working on Ambrose's ribs which they were selling were hurt from the forklift angle. Ambrose did a tope early. The match ended kind of suddenly and it appeared most expected Corbin to kick out.
There was some smart money that came in very late as odds for Rawley and Ambrose winning lowered right before the match started. Rawley was actually the favorite which meant a lot of money came in on him late. Ambrose had a lot of late money, but not enough to make him the favorite. Nobody else has had major late money backing.
The New Day is out. The New Day was dressed up as characters from Final Fantasy.
A.J. STYLES VS. SHANE MCMAHON
The match had its moments that were spectacular. The highlights included Shane missed the elbow off the top onto the table and crashing through the table. Shane kicked out of the Styles clash. AJ survived the coast to coast dropkick. The finish saw Shane miss a shooting star press and get pinned after a phenomenal forearm. The story was that Shane was the real striker and got the better of that. He also did some MMA moves like a triangle off a springboard 450, an armbar and an uma plata as well as Muay Thai knees. Some of Shane's selling looked like a super green guy but he did a lot of crazy stunts. The crowd didn't boo either guy and were far more into this than anything so far.
CHRIS JERICHO VS. KEVIN OWENS
Owens won the title as expected with a power bomb on the apron and got the pin. Jericho had kicked out of the pop up power bomb and Jericho used the codebreaker but Owens got one finger on the ropes to stop the count. They had a hard time following the prior match early but they got the crowd with some Walls of Jericho spots that each used. They got some "both these guys" and "this is awesome" chants. The match was worked with the idea they knew each others' spots and would be able to reverse each other.
They aired a Payback commercial and Brock Lesnar was in the commercial.
BAYLEY VS. CHARLOTTE VS. NIA JAX VS. SASHA BANKS FOR THE WOMEN'S TITLE
Bayley retained in a match that was too short for an elimination match. Nia Jax played monster early but they gave her a triple team power bomb like The Shield and all piled on her for the pin. Charlotte kicked Sasha Banks off an O'Connor roll and she went into an exposed turnbuckle and pinned her. Bayley used a Randy Savage elbow to pin Charlotte. Nobody thought it was the finish. The match was good, but not as good as the match last year. Charlotte did a tremendous corkscrew moonsault off the top rope to the floor in the highlight spot.
Greg Hamilton announced the Hall of Fame class instead of Howard Finkel. Kurt Angle got a huge reaction. He was put on a different stage than everyone else.
LUKE GALLOWS & KARL ANDERSON VS. SHEAMUS & CESARO VS. ENZO AMORE & BIG CASS VS. MATT & JEFF HARDY IN A LADDER MATCH FOR RAW TAG TITLES
The crowd went nuts when the Hadys showed up. The New Day came out and teased they were entering the match but fans were chanting delete even before they came out.
The Hardys won the titles, which they really had to if they were going to be in this match when Matt climbed up the grabbed the belts after Jeff did a swanton off a big ladder to the floor onto Sheaemus & Cesaro who were on two ladders on the floor. He actually missed on Sheamus but put Cesaro through a ladder on the floor. Sheamus nearly got hurt on a spot when he took a bump off a ladder and his lower back hit a ladder on the floor that he wasn't planning on hitting. The match wasn't as good as what most WrestleMania ladder matches but the crowd went completely nuts for the Hardys.
JOHN CENA & NIKKI BELLA VS. THE MIZ & MARYSE
Basic match. The crowd cheered Miz a lot. The finish was a double five knuckle shuffle and John used the Attitude Adjustment on Miz while Nikki did the TKO on Maryse for the double pin. This wasn't about the match, obviously, more about the proposal.
Cena talked about how she broke her neck and did everything she could to come back because she wanted a WrestleMania moment. He claimed he asked her to marry her going into surgery but she didn't remember and he'd tell her when the time is right. He claimed the last thing he said to her was, "Can you hear me," she said "Yes," and he said, "I have one question, do you know that one day I'm going to marry you?" She said "Yes" at that time. "I just need you to say yes one more time." He got on his knees, he said he's been waiting so long to ask her this. Grils were screaming. There were cheers and boos from guys. They may have turned down the crowd noise. They were kissing for a long time. The two moms were sitting together and hugging them. It was really great.
HHH VS. SETH ROLLINS IN AN UNSANCTIONED MATCH
The match was really long and didn't have a lot of heat most of the way, although it did later in the match. It was psychologically sound and well executed. Rollins kicked out of a pedigree and HHH kicked out of a Phoenix splash. Stephanie interfered once early. The finish had Stephanie holding him and HHH went to hit Rollins but Rollins moved. HHH held up but Rollins superkicked HHH into Stephanie who fell off the apron through a table. Rollins hit the pedgiree for the pin.
Now it's time for the concert. If nothing else, with four matches left, with a concert starting at 10:15 p.m. this will be the longest Mania show of all-time.
BRAY WYATT VS. RANDY ORTON FOR THE WWE TITLE
The crowd is exhausted at this point. Orton won the title in a short match with an RKO. He had done an RKO on the floor earlier and kicked out of Sister Abigail. Match wasn't much. The big thing was the introduction of a new gimmick where they do graphics on the ring mat during Wyatt's matches showing maggots, bugs and snakes and such. It was cool special effects but probably would have gotten a better reaction had it happened earlier in the show.
BILL GOLDBERG VS. BROCK LESNAR FOR UNIVERSAL TITLE
The match was pretty much perfect considering how late it was. Brock started with three German suplexes but Goldberg came back with two spears in the ring and another through the barricade. Goldberg used the jackhammer but Lesnar kicked out, hit seven more German suplexes and an F-5 and got the pin. It was what was expected. The crowd was tired but they were going nuts through all of this. The crowd was definitely pro-Lesnar and did boo Goldberg early on, but were just going nuts as the guys just hit their big moves.
ALEXA BLISS VS. NAOMI VS. CARMELLA VS. NATALYA VS. BECKY LYNCH VS. MICKIE JAMES FOR THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S TITLE
Fast paced match with Naomi doing a lucha stretch submission on Bliss to regain the title. Because they were in Orlando, Naomi was the most popular. Short but well timed with nothing but big moves. The biggest spots were Lynch using the exploder on Ellsworth and Natalya doing a sharpshooter on Noami and Carmella at the same time.
The New Day came back to claim an attendance 75,245 which is a total worked number even more than usual.
UNDERTAKER VS. ROMAN REIGNS
Reigns pinned him after a spear after Undertaker during the long match had kicked out of three spears and Reigns did about a million Superman punches. There were a lot of chair shots. Undertaker choke slammed him on a table, and got near falls with a power bomb, a choke slam on a table and a tombstone. Jim Ross when it was over said the deed to the yard has changed hands. It didn't sound like people booed the finish that much but they did clearly turn down the sound and people were tired and then they hit the pyro. The match didn't have a ton of heat, but when Taker kicked out of the third spear they went nuts. Taker was laid out for a long time after until sitting up. There was one pretty botched spot when Reigns was supposed to tombstone him and couldn't get him up a few times. The match was as good as could be expected as they went long. Undertaker was clearly limited and they just kept doing their big spots but it worked as well as it was going to.
The show ended with Undertaker in the ring in his full garb and everyone was standing. He teased leaving, came back in, took his gloves off and put them in the ring. He took his coat off and folded it and put it in the ring as fans chanted "Thank you Taker." Then he took the hat off which got a standing ovation. It was clearly the retirement cermony capping off a long but extremely newsworthy show with a lot of memorable moments.