Kalisto vs. Ryback for the UnitedStatesChampionship
The Finish: Kalisto capitalized on an exposed turnbuckle to pick up the win.
Pass or Fail? Pass
Why did it pass/fail? This match opened the show so it had to set the tone and it did a good job. It wasn't the best match but the babyface one and Kalisto retained. Kalisto will do a good job as a singles wrestler and it seems like the push is on for him. As for Ryback, he'll be fine. He's sitting where he belongs for right now in the midcard. Ryback is a talented big guy but he needs to cut his teeth more before he gets any higher in the card.
The Total Divas vs. B.A.D. & Blonde
The finish: Brie Bella locked in the Yes Lock and made Naomi tap out.
Why did it pass/fail? The match was given a fairly decent amount of time and no one looked bad. Even Eva Marie looked good. Lana also looked pretty decent, I'm excited to see more from Lana from here out. I'm glad they let Brie pick up the win tonight because she'll be retiring tomorrow night. All in all, even this throwaway match was better performed than most Diva's matches of the past. A round of applause to all these women for a great match.
The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz
The finish: Jey hit the Superkick for the pinfall. After the match, the Usos put the Dudley Boyz through a pair of tables.
Why did it pass/fail? This match was the final pre-show match and it did what it needed to, got the crowd energized. Maybe people didn't care much about the match going in, but it was entertaining. Between the general WrestleMania buzz and the post-match tables spot, the crowd was hyped and happy so for me that's a pass.
Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
The Finish: Zack Ryder grabbed the Intercontinental Championship for the win after throwing Miz off the ladder.
Why did it pass/fail: First off, I am so excited for Zack Ryder, he has earned being Intercontinental Champion and no one can convince me otherwise. Congratulations to him. This match was absolutely an overwhelming pass. Everyone put on a clinic in this match. Huge spots from Sin Cara, Sami Zayn, Stardust. It was a stellar match and these guys set the tone for the rest of the night. It's hard to believe that this was the first WrestleMania for some of these guys. Sami Zayn not only put on a clinic tonight, but he put on possibly the Match of the Year 2 short days ago against Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Dallas. Certainly a feel good moment to start the night off.
AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho
The Finish: Chris Jericho countered the Phenomenal Forearm into a Code Breaker for the win.
Why did it Pass/Fail: I had my doubts going into this match since it's the 4th in several short weeks. I was proved wrong, though. AJ and Chris went out and put on a helluva a match. Their match told a great story. The story they had to tell wasn't a complicated one to tell, but it was still great. They had Jericho over, and while I was hoping for a Styles victory personally, I wasn't upset with Chris picking up the victory. An unexpected outcome proved that WWE can do the unpredictable and there needs to be more of that.
New Day vs. The League of Nations
The Finish: Barrett hit the Bull Hammer as the ref was distracted allowing League of Nations to pick up the victory. After the match, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold, and Mick Foley came out and beat down the League of Nations. For the record, Shawn is still in incredible shape.
Why did it pass/fail? This match was really solid. Both teams seemed to push each other and that's always a good thing. I was happy to see Xavier Woods get so much ring time in this match because I think he's very underutilized throughout the year, and he's a great storyteller in and out of the ring. Big E did that spear through the ropes and I can't tell if he legitimately hurt himself but it seemed nasty. He needs to stop doing that move. I'm not thrilled New Day didn't get their WrestleMania win, but they had their WrestleMania moment. Is that as good? Only they can decide if that's good enough for them.
Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred Street Fight
The Finish: Lesnar hit the F5 on a pile of chairs for the win.
Why did it pass/fail? This match was barely good enough to be the main event Raw. It didn't last very long, it wasn't very hardcore, and worst of all, it didn't do anything for Dean Ambrose. They could have had Lesnar win but still made Ambrose look really strong. They could have made Ambrose take Lesnar to the limits, getting Ambrose over in the process. They didn't do any of that. What is the point of having Brock Lesnar go through anyone that matters? This is the kind of booking that puts WWE in a terrible spot. They give all the wins to their part-time talents and/or their veterans and then when they disappear again, we're left with talent that has been constantly booked as weak.
Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch for the WOMEN'SChampionship
The Finish: Ric held Sasha Banks on the outside while Charlotte locked in the Figure 8 and made Becky tap out.
Why did it pass/fail? A tremendous match between 3 tremendous wrestlers. It's a shame the ending saw interference from Ric because it should have been left alone. Regardless of the outcome, these three wrestlers absolutely killed it. Women's wrestling is forever changed for the better because of the 4 horsewomen. I want to say more but I can't. I'm speechless by the tremendous talent, phenomenal performance, and history we witnessed tonight. I can say that this was match of the night or it was tied for it with Shane vs. Undertaker.
Shane McMahon vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell
The Finish: Shane jumped off the top of the Hell in a Cell cage and went through an announce table. Taker dragged him into the ring and hit a Tombstone for the win.
Why did it pass/fail? Shane and Undertaker went to war with each other and delivered. This was the kind of battle Ambrose and Lesnar should have had. The big spot from off the top of the cage from Shane certainly put the exclamation point on the match. A terrifying spot, but jaw-dropping, to say the least. It would seem we'll see Undertaker for at least one more WrestleMania. As for what happens with Shane and control of Raw, we'll just have to wait until Monday. Regardless, as for tonight, these two guys tore down the house. I would tie this match with the Women's Triple Threat for Match of the Night.
Andre the Giant Battle Royal
The finish: It came down to Baron Corbin threw out Kane in the final elimination.
Why did it pass/fail? While this match is fairly pointless, it found it's purpose tonight. It was a great way to introduce Baron to the main roster. It was good to see DDP. It was fun to see Shaq, he seems like he can legitimately hold his own against Big Show. Sadly Damien Sandow was thrown out quickly. While this match may have been a cool down for the crowd, it kept the fun vibes going.
Triple H vs. Roman Reigns for the WWEWorld Heavyweight Champion
The finish: Roman avoided Triple H's sledgehammer shot and connected with a spear for a pinfall victory.
Why did it pass/fail? I'm honestly split right down the middle for this one passing or failing. If I'm looking strictly at the match without any of build up and crowd reaction, it earns a pass. However, without all the negative reactions Roman has been getting, all the tools WWE could have used to help the match, the stubbornness from Vince. If I take all of that into consideration, this match was very boring. It was a clear cut case of Vince wanting something to happen, so he was going to make it happen his way. The biggest pop during this match was Stephanie taking the spear and that says too much. Stephanie certainly was more of the villain than Triple H. It will be interesting to see where WWE goes from here with The Authority, Roman Reigns, Shane and everything else.