1. Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns to successfully defend the Universal Championship.

Lesnar put Reigns away after eight F5’s (though not in a row) and nearly ten suplexes. As of now, it is unknown if Lesnar will be wrestling for WWE any more as he has been rumored to be returning to UFC after tonight’s show. The loss was Reigns’ first in a singles match at Wrestlemania.

Brock Lesnar brutalizes Roman Reigns in a shocking display of force: WrestleMania 34 (WWE Network)

2. Braun Strowman teamed with a kid named Nicholas to become Raw Tag Team Champions.

Before the match, Strowman went into the crowd and picked out a kid “at random”, though according to 411mania.com, it was the son of referee John Cone. The two went on to defeat the Bar with Nicholas even getting into the ring at one point. There is no word on how this will be handled going forward.

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3. Shinsuke Nakamura failed to defeat AJ Styles and turned heel after the match ended.

The match was billed as a dream match and saw Styles roll through a Kinshasa attempt to hit the Styles Clash and retain. After the match, Nakamura knelt before Styles and then hit him low, becoming a heel for the first time in his WWE career. Nakamura then hit a Kinshasa to Styles on the floor.

Styles and Nakamara pull out all the stops in dream match: WrestleMania 34 (WWE Network Exclusive)

4. The Undertaker vs. John Cena did take place.

Cena started the show sitting in the stands like a fan. However, after the second match on the main show, a referee came out with a message for him, sending Cena running tot he back. Later, Undertaker did in fact show up and proceeded to squash Cena in less than three minutes, finishing him clean with the Tombstone. Cena’s lone offense was a single suplex.

5. Asuka’s undefeated streak was broken as Charlotte defeated her with the Figure Eight.

This was billed as Queen vs. Empress. Charlotte hit a very hard spear earlier in the match and had Asuka on defense for a long time. Eventually she went after the knee and bridged up into the Figure Eight to retain the title. After the match, Asuka said Charlotte was ready for her and congratulated Charlotte on her victory.

6. Cedric Alexander is the new Cruiserweight Champion.

Alexander defeated Mustafa Ali in the second match of the Kickoff Show, defeating him with a Lumbar Check. Ali managed to hit his 054 splash earlier in the match and had Alexander pinned but a boot over the bottom rope broke up the count. Alexander was very emotional after the match and hugged Ali.

Cedric Alexander's WrestleMania moment leaves him in tears: Exclusive, April 8, 2018

7. Jinder Mahal won the fatal four way to become United States Champion.

The match also included Randy Orton defending his title, along with Bobby Roode and Rusev challenging. Rusev was one of the most popular performers of the night but Mahal pinned him after the Khallas. This is Mahal’s first reign as United States Champion and his second title reign in the company.

8. Seth Rollins defeated The Miz and Finn Balor to become Intercontinental Champion.

Rollins pinned The Miz after a Stomp to both opponents to win the title in the opening match. The match received a good deal of time and saw Miz give Rollins a super Skull Crushing Finale. This is one of the only WWE Titles that Rollins has never won, leaving him with only the Universal Title left to win.

9. Matt Hardy and Naomi won their respective battle royals.

The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal opened the Kickoff Show with Hardy eliminating Baron Corbin for the win. Late in the match, Bray Wyatt returned and helped Hardy win before hugging him after the match. Likewise, Naomi won the Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal by eliminating Bayley, though Naomi had spent considering time on the floor after being thrown out but not eliminated.

Naomi believes "it's a good time to be a woman" in WWE: Exclusive, April 8, 2018

10. Daniel Bryan is back and Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are off “Smackdown Live”.

In his first match in nearly three years. Bryan returned and wrestled like his old self, including the string of kicks and strikes. The finish saw Bryan hit the running knee to set up the YES Lock for the submission on Zayn. Bryan and Shane McMahon’s victory means the Owens and Zayn stay fired from “Smackdown Live”.

11. The Raw Women’s Title changed hands.

Nia Jax finally got the chip off of her shoulder as she defeated Alexa Bliss to become the new Raw Women’s Champion. Bliss got in a strong bit of offense by mainly focusing on Jax’s knee, but in the end a super Samoan drop was enough to put Bliss away and give Jax her first title.

12. The Bludgeon Brothers won the triple threat match to become Smackdown Tag Team Champions.

In one of the shortest matches on the show, Harper and Rowan defeated the Usos and the New Day to become the Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Harper pinned Kofi Kingston off an assisted super sitout powerbomb. The match ran just shy of six minutes, making it the third shortest of the night.


Really, I thought the show was pretty good for the most part. Sure the main event might not have been the best thing in the world but the rest of the show worked more than it failed. The next two nights of television should be VERY interesting and I’m curious to see where things go from here.

What did you think of tonight’s show? Which results surprised you the least? Let us know in the comments below.

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 26 wrestling books. His latest book is the WWE Grab Bag.

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