To think... this could (potentially) be the last event where WWE is an independently-owned company. That puts WrestleMania even under more of a microscope. And given how big Night One was, this could be a tough night for them to up the ante.
Brock Lesnar vs. Omos was an interesting choice to open the show... but in hindsight, it was a brilliant move. This was short, but way better than it had any right to be. Omos was truly amazing here, simply by staying strong the entire match. And Lesnar sold like he never has before, which made the final moments that much more impressive. What a fun encounter - I didn't see that coming.
Racquel Rodriguez & Liv Morgan vs. Natalya & Shotzi vs. Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville vs. Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler was.. kind of clunky. I mean, it had its moments but definitely didn't match the fun of the previous evening's WrestleMania Showcase match. And truly, the only team that was actually a team won, which makes good logical sense.
Was the conductor in this Gunther-Sheamus-Drew McIntyre vignette the same dude who conducted Seth Rollins' fans last night? In any event.... their Triple Threat Match was one of the most hard-hitting affairs I've ever seen. It was full of drama and retaliations and the ending was truly a surprising one.
The entrances for both Asuka and Bianca Belair were incredible, and hyped up what has otherwise been a kind of lackluster build to this moment. This match started off a tad slow, but really got better as it got going. Some great counters here, and seriously hard-hitting. Bianca Belair has finally reached superhero status, and I'm here for it.
Um... what the actual fuck was that Snoop Dogg-Shane McMahon-Miz segment? Wouldn't it have been more entertaining for Shane sign the Endeavour contract before his dad could? Good on Snoop for rolling with the punches, I guess....
The Edge-Finn Balor Hell In A Cell match had a unique vibe to it from the get go. But I don't understand: was The Demon character always impervious to pain? And if so... why doesn't Finn dress as The Demon every match? Still, that was a phenomenal HIAC; maybe one of the best I've ever seen. Tons of innovative spots there without relying on flying off the cage or excessive bleeding. I legit thought Balor was concussed at one point (thank goodness he wasn't) and it just added to the overall drama. The finish was a bit of a letdown, but not enough to take away from what was an all-timer.
What can I say about that main event? The ultimate emotional roller coaster, with so many amazing twists and turns throughout the bout. This is WHY I watch professional wrestling, to be captivated for moments like these. Cody Rhodes put on the performance of a lifetime, and I'm absolutely shocked that it didn't result in a win. I think everyone was. But hey, a finish I didn't expect doesn't take away from what was one of the best WrestleMania matches we've ever seen. So great from beginning to end.
A shocking end to an incredibly-packed WrestleMania and this has to be considered a massive success. Let's see what happens next in the story of both Cody Rhodes and WWE.