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WrestleMania XXX Results and Recap

WrestleMania XXX

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WrestleMania XXX took place on April 6, 2014 and was held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler were the commentators for this show.  Please note that next to every wrestler's name is their record at WrestleMania heading into this show.

Fatal Four Way Elimination Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: Champions Jimmy & Jey Uso (0-0) vs. The Real Americans [Jack Swagger (2-1) & Cesaro (0-0)] vs. Ryback (0-1) & Curtis Axel (0-0) vs. Los Matadores [Diego (0-0) & Fernando (0-0)] - This match took place during the Pre-show for the event.  Zeb Coulter was in the corner of The Real Americans while El Torito was in the corner of Los Matadores. Los Matadores were the the first team eliminated when one of the masked men tapped out to Jack Swagger's Patriot Lock.  Antonio Cesaro then eliminated Rybaxel when he hit Ryback with the Neutralizer.  The Usos retained the titles when they pinned Antonio Cesaro after hitting him with a double-splash off the ropes.  Following the match, Jack Swagger attacked his partner and put him in the Patriot Lock.  Zeb Coulter forced him to break the hold and then shake Cesaro's hand.  Cesaro shook his partners hand then gave him several rotations of the Swing before leaving Zeb and Jack in the ring by themselves.  Winners: The Usos

- The pay-per-view began with the introduction of the host of WrestleMania XXX, Hulk Hogan who had a WrestleMania III flashback and thought he was in the Silverdome.  As he was talking to the crowd, he was interrupted by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.  Before Austin had a chance to finish what he was saying, he was interrupted by The Rock.  This marks the first time in WrestleMania history that these three icons shared the ring together at this show.  Of course, Rock and Austin took a jab at Hulk's earlier flub of the stadium's name.  The mutual love-fest of each other ended with each man giving their catchphrase to the crowd and sharing a Steveweiser with one another.

Daniel Bryan (1-1) vs. Triple H (8-9) - The winner of this match will be added to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match later in the show.  Triple H was introduced to the ring by his wife, Stephanie McMahon, and came out to the ring in a Skeletor-ish looking chair and mask.  Daniel Bryan entered the ring with his shoulder taped up due to the beating Triple H gave him a few weeks ago.  The Cerebral Assassin targeted that injury and worked over Daniel Bryan's shoulder for a good chunk of the match.  Things looked very bleak for Daniel Bryan when he missed the head-butt off the top rope and his shoulder landed on the knee of Triple H.  Triple H then trapped Daniel Bryan in the Crossface.  After being in the move for a long time, Daniel Bryan was able to reverse the move into the Yes Lock which Triple H escaped by reaching the ropes.  Daniel Bryan then hit back-to-back suicide dives and a missile drop kick before leveling Triple H with a flurry of kicks to the face.  Daniel Bryan telegraphed the knee to the head which allowed Triple H to give him a spine buster and the Pedigree which Daniel Bryan was able to kick out of at two.  After several failed attempts by Triple H to hit the Pedigree, Daniel Bryan hit the flying knee to get the win.  Stephanie McMahon entered the ring and slapped Daniel Bryan in the face.  Triple H then smashed Daniel Bryan's shoulder into the ring post and hit him in the shoulder with a steel chair.  Medics then came out to look at Daniel Bryan who will have a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a few hours.  Winner: Daniel Bryan

The Shield [Dean Ambrose (1-0), Seth Rollins (1-0) and Roman Reigns (1-0)] vs. Kane (7-8) & The New Age Outlaws [The Road Dogg (1-2) & Billy Gunn (1-3)] - After Roman Reigns speared Kane out of the ring, The Shield gave both of The New Age Outlaws a simultaneous Triple Power Bomb to get the win.  Winners: The Shield

- Danny Davis was the referee for a match with WWE toys between Jim Duggan and Sgt. SLaughter.  Before Rick Steamboat could face the winner, someone grabbed the toy set and said that they no longer owned it.  Ted DiBiase was the man that bought the toys and that resulted in Ron Simmons going Damn!

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal - The 27 men previously announced for this match were Alberto Del Rio (1-1), Big E (0-1), Big Show (4-9), Brad Maddox (0-0), Brodus Clay (0-0), Christian (4-5), Cody Rhodes (1-2), Damien Sandow (0-0), Darren Young (0-0), Dolph Ziggler (1-3), Drew McIntyre (1-1), Fandango (1-0), Goldust (0-5), Heath Slater (0-1), Jinder Mahal (0-0), Justin Gabriel (0-1), Kofi Kingston (1-3), Mark Henry (2-3), R-Truth (0-2), Rey Mysterio (4-3), Santino Marella (2-1), Sheamus (1-2), Sin Cara (0-0), The Great Khali (1-1), The Miz (3-0), Titus O'Neil (0-0) and Zack Ryder (0-1).  Only Big Show and Sheamus got music and introductions for this match.  Christian wasn't in the match due to a concussion,  As far as the four unannounced men go, they were Yoshi Tatsu, David Otunga, Cesaro and Xavier Woods.  One of the early highlights of this match was Fandango getting hit with 27 forearms by Sheamus.  The final six were Big Show, Sheamus, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, and Alberto Del Rio.  Kofi Kingston was tossed out of the ring but his feet landed on the bottom of the ring steps.  Kofi was eliminated by Sheamus after being given almost two dozen rotations of the Swing.  Del Rio then eliminated Dolph Ziggler.  Del Rio and Sheamus eliminated each other leaving it down to Cesaro and Big Show.  Cesaro was able to slam Big Show out of the ring to win the match.  After the match, Big Show shook Cesaro's hand after that impressive display of strength. For winning the match, he was presented with a huge trophy in the likeness of Andre the Giant.  It has to be noted that neither Jack Swagger nor Zeb Coulter made an appearance during this match despite The Real Americans theme song blaring through the stadium.  Winner: Cesaro

John Cena (7-3) vs. Bray Wyatt (0-0) - Mark Crozer and The Rels performed Bray Wyatt's theme song live as he was escorted to the ring by Wyatt Family members Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.  Cena was having difficulty dealing with his emotions as whenever he would get angry, Wyatt would laugh as if the anger was making Cena more like his family members (think of Return of the Jedi when the Emperor was laughing as Luke Skywalker was getting angry at Darth Vader).  When Cena went for the You Can't See Me, he got freaked out and shocked when Bray did his creepy upside down possessed crawl.   Once Cena regained the advantage and went to the top rope, Cena chose to dive on the men outside of the ring rather than Bray Wyatt.  That allowed Bray the opportunity to attack Cena outside of the ring where both men brawled with one another.  Cena picked up the ring steps and was about to hit Bray with them when he chose to not use them.  Cena was able to hit the Attitude Adjustment a few moments later but could only get a 2 count.  When the referee was distracted, Luke Harper hit Cena which almost led to Bray getting the win.  Cena got his revenge on Harper when he speared him through the ring barricade.  Bray went for the Sister Abigail but Cena reversed the move into the STF.  Bray escaped and hit Sister Abigail but only got a 2-count.  Bray then gave Cena a chair and challenged him to unleash his inner monster and hit him with it.  Cena looked like he was going to use it on Bray but used it on Erick Rowan instead.  Bray then tried to hit the Sister Abigail but Cena reversed it into the Attitude Adjustment to get the win.  Winner: John Cena

- The 2014 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame was introduced to the crowd.  The seven people inducted into the Hall of Fame last night were Jake Roberts, Mr. T, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon, Lita, Razor Ramon, and The Ultimate Warrior.

- Daniel Bryan was shown in the locker room being attended to by a medic.  He could hardly lift his arm.

Undertaker (21-0) vs. Brock Lesnar (1-2) - Paul Heyman was in the corner of Brock Lesnar.  Undertaker's entrance included 22 caskets representing every victim of the streak and Brock Lesnar.  Undertaker used his zombie-like powers to open and set Brock's casket on fire just by staring at it.  Brock Lesnar, the former UFC Champion, worked over the right leg of Undertaker which in theory should neutralize Undertaker's power game.  Despite the hurt leg, Undertaker was able to kick out at two after being hit by the F-5.  Undertaker responded with the Hell's Gate but Brock was able to power out of the submission hold.  Undertaker reapplied the hold and got the same results.  Brock then used his arm-breaking move which Undertaker reversed and almost made Lesnar tap out to.  Undertaker went for the Old School which Brock turned into another F-5 which Undertaker kicked out of again.  Lesnar also was able to make a shocking kick-out of his own when he kicked out of the Tombstone Piledriver.  Undertaker went for another Tombstone and Brock reversed it into another F-5.  In a moment which silenced the crowd, Brock Lesnar pinned Undertaker and ended the streak.  Winner: Brock Lesnar

Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational: WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee (0-0), Tamina Snuka (0-0), Natalya (0-1), Alicia Fox (1-1), Layla (1-2), Nikki Bella (0-1), Brie Bella (0-1), Naomi (0-0), Cameron (0-0), Eva Marie (0-0), Emma (0-0), Summer Rae (0-0), Aksana (0-0) and Rosa Mendes (0-1) - All 14 Divas were in the ring at the same time and the first to score a pin fall would walk out of this match as the Divas Champion.  Despite the odds being against her, AJ Lee made Naomi tap out to the Black Widow.  Winner: AJ Lee

- In the back, Mean Gene Okerlund interviewed Hulk Hogan.  He was interrupted by Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.  Orndorff brought up the fact that for the last 30 years he has heard about being the man that was pinned in the main event of the first WrestleMania.  Mr. T then came out to even things up.  All four men then shook hands and out the past behind them.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Randy Orton (4-6) vs. Batista (3-2) vs. Daniel Bryan (1-1) - Rev Theory performed Randy Orton's theme song live as he walked to the ring.  Daniel Bryan's arm was heavily bandaged and almost useless due to the post-match beat down Daniel Bryan received at the start of the show.  This led to a majority of the beginning of the match being between Randy Orton and Batista with Daniel Bryan making occasional appearances.  Daniel Bryan had Randy Orton trapped in the Yes Lock when Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out and tossed the referee out of the ring .  They then brought out their crooked referee, Scott Armstrong, who came very close to making a slightly quick three count on Daniel Bryan after he was hit with a Batista Bomb. Daniel Bryan then kicked Scott Armstrong and performed a suicide dive on Scott Armstrong, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.  Triple H then brought a sledge hammer to the ring which Daniel Bryan grabbed and used on Triple H.  At this point, both Orton and Batista set their sites on Daniel Bryan and double-teamed him. They worked together and Batista gave Daniel Bryan a Batista Bomb on the English announcer's table which led to Orton catching Daniel Bryan in mid-air with an RKO through the Spanish announcer's table.  Medics put Orton on a stretcher after putiing him on a board and in a neck brace.  As they were carting him out of the arena, Daniel Bryan got up and reentered the match.  Daniel Bryan put Orton in the Yes Lock but the move was broken up by Batista who was then put in the move himself.  Orton broke that move up and then missed an RKO on Batista.  Batista went for a spear on Orton but Orton jumped out of the way and Batista delivered the move to Daniel Bryan instead.  Orton then hit Batista with the RKO but Batista kicked out at 2.  Orton went for a punt but was hit by Daniel Bryan's knee instead.  Batista tossed Daniel Bryan out of the ring and got a 2 count on Orton.  Batista then hot Orton with a Batista Bomb but before he could pin Orton, Daniel Bryan hot Batista with the flying knee.  He then applied the Yes Lock which Batista tapped out to.  Winner and New WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Bryan 

What does this event mean for the future?

Two huge stories came out of this show.  The most shocking one is that the Streak came to an end.  That leads to the question of whether we have seen the last of The Undertaker.  If this was his swan song, then we know who will be the headliner of next year's Hall of Fame class will be.

The other big story is that Daniel Bryan has won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship despite the best efforts of The Authority to keep him from being the face of the company.  Despite his victory, I'm sure The Authority will still try to make his life as difficult as possible.

Overall Thoughts

This was a great show featuring two entertaining Daniel Bryan matches as well as a site wrestling fans never thought they would see.  I almost feel as if I stole from WWE tonight because of the WWE Network.  Last year I paid $65 for this show on pay-per-view.  This year, that same $65 gets me access to the WWE Network for 6-months and includes not only tonight's show but every pay-per-view the company will have during that time frame.  If you are a wrestling fan that can order the Network, I can't recommend ordering it highly enough.  If you are a fan that can't get order the channel yet and paid for this show, I think you got your money's worth.

Match Results

  • Daniel Bryan beat Triple H
  • The Shield beat Kane and The New Age Outlaws
  • Cesaro won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal by last eliminating Big Show
  • John Cena beat Bray Wyatt
  • Brock Lesnar beat Undertaker
  • WWE Divas Championship: Divas Champion AJ Lee won the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan beat Champion Randy Orton and Batista to win the title

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