Even more history has been made! Title matches and changes are among some of the most important and remembered moments in all of WrestleMania. The show has been around for the better part of forty years now and there have been dozens of title changes throughout its history. This year’s edition was another two night event, featuring even more title matches where titles changed hands.
There were five title matches during the second night of WrestleMania 37 with three title changes. First up, Sheamus defeated Riddle to win the United States Title by hitting the Brogue Kick as Riddle was springboarding through the air. This marks Sheamus’ third reign as champion and his first reign since 2012. The win also ends Riddle’s first reign, which lasted 49 days.
It was a repeat. Check out Sheamus regaining the title:
Second, Apollo Crews defeated Big E. to win the Intercontinental Title for the first time in his career. Crews’ victory ended Big E.’s second reign with the title at 110 days. The win came after an unnamed man interfered and cost Big E. the title by attacking him and giving Crews the pin. The match was the first ever Nigerian Drum Fight, which featured weapons at ringside.
The new champ. Check out Crews’ first title win:
Finally, Rhea Ripley defeated Asuka in her main roster singles debut to become the new Raw Women’s Champion, winning the title for the first time in her career. Ripley made her full time Monday Night Raw in March and challenged Asuka to a title match at WrestleMania, ultimately defeating her with the Riptide. The loss ends Asuka’s second title reign at 231 days, the second longest of all time.
What a debut. Check out how Ripley got started:
There were two other title matches on the card with the champions retaining. Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax successfully defended against Tamina and Natalya, who won a Tag Team Turmoil match the previous night. Then in the main event, Universal Champion Roman Reigns defeated Edge and Daniel Bryan to retain his title by pinning both at the same time.
They held on. Check out the retaining champions:
Opinion: You certainly can’t say that WrestleMania was uneventful this year with five title changes over the course of two nights. That is a busy WrestleMania no matter how it is set up and the fact that it went this week is a great sign for the future. Things are still getting back to normal after the Coronavirus pandemic and it is nice to see that we had a pair of great shows to make it a little bit easier, especially with some pretty important title changes.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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