It was an auspicious WWE wrestling debut for Rowdy Ronda Rousey as she made Stephanie McMahon tap out during WWE WrestleMania 34 on Sunday, April 8 before a soldout crowd (75,000 plus) from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Rousey teamed with the Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle to defeat husband and wife power couple Paul Triple H Levesque and Stephanie McMahon. The crowd was hot for this one.
Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman defeated a bloody Roman Reigns to retain the WWE Universal Title in the main event.
To open the main show, Seth Rollins pinned The Miz (in a three-way battle with Finn Bálor, too) to win the WWE Intercontinental Title.
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The Queen of Today Charlotte Flair retained the WWE SmackDown Women’s Title by handing The Empress of Tomorrow Asuka her first defeat.
Jinder Mahal won the U.S. title in a fourway with Randy Orton, Bobby Roode and Rusev.
The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) won the WWE SmackDown tag titles over the The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) and The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and/or Xavier Woods).
The Undertaker surprised by returning and beating John Cena, using the Tombstone piledriver. After Cena, who was seated front row, destroyed Elias, who was dissing him and the fans via song, Undertaker made his entrance.
Time for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018 -- featuring Bill Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von), Jeff Jarrett, Mark Henry, Ivory, Hillbilly Jim, Kid Rock (Celebrity) and Jarrius JJ Robertson (Warrior Award). They stood atop the rampway in front of the TitanTron.
Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon defeated Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Bryan made Zayn tap. If Owens and Zayn won, they would have been rehired to SmackDown.
Nia Jax won the WWE Raw Women’s Title beating Alexa Bliss with Mickie James.
AJ Styles successfully defended the WWE Title, pinning Shinsuke Nakamura.
Braun Strowman with kid fan Nicholas from the crowd beat Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Titles.
In the second hour of the pre-show, Naomi won the inaugural WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal. Bayley was the runner-up.
In an action packed battle, Cedric Alexander beat Mustafa Ali for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Title during the second hour of the pre-show.
In the first hour of the pre-show, Woken Matt Hardy (with a surprise assist to Bray Wyatt) won the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The 2016 winner Baron Corbin was the runner-up.
WrestleMania Record Setting Again
WWE announced that WrestleMania 34 on Sunday, April 8 broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event.
WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed $14.1 million, surpassing the venue’s previous record of $10.9 million set by WrestleMania 30 in 2014, as a sold-out crowd of 78,133 fans from all 50 states and 67 countries converged on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
As part of the week-long WrestleMania celebration, WWE will host five consecutive nights of events at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center.
“New Orleans was extremely proud to make WrestleMania Week part of our Tricentennial celebration,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a release. “It was so exciting to host WWE fans from around the world who traveled to experience the grandeur of WrestleMania, and all that our beautiful city has to offer. Thank you to everyone who makes it possible to stage such an epic event.”
WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events John Saboor added: “WrestleMania’s return to New Orleans once again delivered record results. This would not have been possible without the tireless support of Mayor Landrieu and our Local Organizing Committee partners throughout New Orleans. We now look forward to a historic WrestleMania 35 celebration next year in New York and New Jersey.”
WrestleMania 35 occurs Sunday, April 7, 2019 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Ticket information will be announced later this year.
Top Ten All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania:
- 101,763: WrestleMania 32, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016
- 93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, March 29, 1987
- 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2013
- 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, April 1, 2007
- 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, April 1, 2012
- 78,133: WrestleMania 34, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 8, 2018
- 76,976: WrestleMania 31, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015
- 75,245: WrestleMania 33, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, April 2, 2017
- 75,167: WrestleMania 30, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 6, 2014
- 74,635: WrestleMania 24, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, March 30, 2008
WrestleMania is a week-long celebration, which includes the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; NXT TakeOver; Monday Night Raw (Monday); and SmackDown Live (Tuesday) all at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
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