WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida, was one of the biggest events in WWE history. Forbes reports that the record-setting 75,245 members of the WWE Universe broke both the attendance and the revenue records for Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. It was also the first time that the WWE held a five-day event, with consecutive programs starting on Friday night with the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, followed by NXT Takeover, WrestleMania, Monday Night RAW, and SmackDown LIVE on Tuesday.
Notable Matches and Moments
The massive six-plus-hour long event kept fans on their toes as they witnessed incredible moments, such as the return of the Hardy Boys, who entered the tag team championship match at the last possible moment. There was love in the air when John Cena proposed to Nikki Bella on the grandest stage of them all, after defeating The Miz and Maryse in a mixed tag team match. And the underdogs AJ Styles and Seth Rollins were both victorious as they took on the top dogs in their respective rosters. Styles defeated Shane McMahon and Rollins took down Triple H.
Perhaps one of the most dramatic story lines coming into WrestleMania was the fallout between best friends Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. Vowing revenge for Jericho’s part in the loss of his title, Owens showed no mercy as the former best friends took out all of their pent-up emotions in the ring. In the end, KO delivered a powerbomb to Jericho that led to the victory and stripped his ex-best friend of the United States Championship.
Brother vs. Brother
In a match that had the WWE Universe shuddering, Randy Orton claimed victory over Bray Wyatt, walking away with his 9th WWE Championship. Special effects created visuals of maggots, worms, and roaches crawling across the mat as Wyatt attempted to get in Orton’s head, but the Viper hit an RKO that was just enough to claim the victory (and the title) over his former Wyatt brother.
The Beast Incarnate
Brock Lesnar defeated Goldberg for the Universal Championship after months of build up between these two iconic superstars. Lesnar endured multiple spears and a jackhammer that might have finished the match, but in the end, it was a trip to Suplex City that resulted in six German suplexes for Goldberg and the reclaiming of his championship title for the Beast.
The Main Event
The highly anticipated main event was a No Holds Barred match between The Undertaker, who holds a 23-1 record, and Roman Reigns. After a grueling match, Reigns delivered the final spear that would take the Dead Man down for what may be the last time. After his defeat, The Undertaker left his hat, jacket, and gloves in the center of the ring, walking off into retirement.
The night was one to remember, setting up rivalries that’ll take us throughout the year, until the WWE comes back to the grandest stage of them all once again for WrestleMania 34.