The Biggest Weekend in Sports Entertainment rocked New York and New Jersey for 3 huge nights
WrestleMania is not just the biggest event of the year for WWE, it's the biggest event of the year for wrestling and sports entertainment in general. The Showcase of the Immortals has become a grand spectacle across all entertainment featuring, of course, the WWE superstars, celebrities and musical performances from legendary artists.
When you include Axxess, it's really a week-long celebration of the most important event in wrestling. It all started with NXT Takeover: New York on Friday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn continued with the Hall of Fame ceremony in the same arena on Saturday and finished off with WrestleMania 35 Sunday night at Metlife Stadium. There is really just too much to talk about, but I'm gonna attempt to cover as much as I can in this article. Be sure to look for my new episode of The Fans Perspective this week where I will get more in depth of each event.
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Let's start with NXT Takeover: New York. Once again NXT proves to be the more entertaining brand as this event was full of incredible matches from start to finish. NXT just does it right. Good build-ups to matches and payoffs that feel like they mean something. Case in point is Johnny Gargano finally becoming the NXT champion as he defeated Adam Cole in an amazing 2 out of 3 falls match. Gargano has been the franchise player for NXT for a long time now and if anyone deserves to be the number superstar for that brand, it's him. I admit I was rooting for Adam Cole but was also very happy to see Johnny Wrestling get his due.
Aleister Black and Ricochet lost a great match against War Raiders in what was their final NXT match as they will now be featured permanently on the main rosters. I just hope they don't get lost in the shuffle and just fade away like so many other NXT stars have.
Shayna Baszler retained the NXT Women's title in a great 4-way match against Kairi Sane, Io Shirai, and Bianca Belair. This was surprising to me as I expected Baszler to go to the main roster after this weekend. With the rumors of Ronda Rousey leaving WWE for a while, Baszler would be a welcomed piece to fill the void left. Shayna, in my opinion, is better than Rousey anyway.
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Saturday featured the Hall of Fame ceremony which saw many worthy legends being inducted. The Hart Foundation, Harlem Heat, Brutus Beefcake, Torrie Wilson, The Honky Tonk Man, and D-Generation X all got honored as the newest inductees. Harlem Heat was my favorite WCW tag team and it was nice to see them get the recognition they deserve. D-X absolutely deserves their spot in the hall, but the bigger story was Chyna being included as well. Even though she is not alive to see it, no woman is more deserving than her to have a place in the Hall of Fame. Let's not forget the legacy inductees which featured Bruiser Brody and Luna Vachon. Congratulations to all those who are now shrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.
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Now let's talk about WrestleMania 35. The event that everything all year long is built for. Fans from all over the world came to Metlife to be a part of the historic event and had to sit there for a seven and a half hour show. That's the first point I want to make. Isn't that just way too long for any show? I know we sit through movies that are three hours long and I always say "As long as it's good then who cares". But even I have a line and that line is seven and a half hours. The pre-show started and 5 pm and ran until 1230 am. Now, unfortunately, I can't say that I was there, but part of me is glad I wasn't because I don't know if I could've have survived that. There are some reports that fans were burnt out after the WWE title match and there were six matches left after that. The last remaining matches are bound to suffer from fan fatigue as they grow tired and just stop caring. I did read that fans left during the main event which if that is true is a real shame considering what the main event was.
So let's start there. The main event of WrestleMania saw Women be the last match for the first time in history. Becky Lynch defeated Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to become the new Women's champion. This was the match that the event was built around and Becky winning was what most fans wanted to see. However, some fans on social media have displayed some disappointment with the match mainly because of the awkward finish. Watching from my home, even I was confused about what happened at the end and what was supposed to feel like a triumphant moment felt anything but. It's rumored that Ronda will leave for a while probably after Raw, and Becky now holds both brands Women's titles. I hope they unify them as the brand split comes to an end and I look forward to a great title run for Lynch. As for Ronda...we'll see.
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The biggest moment of the night came when Kofi Kingston defeated Daniel Bryan to become the WWE champion. History was made again as Kofi is the first African-American man to become WWE champion. An epic moment that is long overdue for the WWE and the fans were more than ecstatic for Kofi winning. Emotions ran high as Kingston celebrated with his New Day partners and family.
WrestleMania 35 I thought was a good one as each match was entertaining and told great stories with the exception of the confusing finish of the main event. So much went on that it's tough for me to write about all of it so I want you to join me this week on The Fans Perspective as I dive deeper in the historic event.
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