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WrestleMania Rewind: WrestleMania 31 Review

Written by Colby Faria

Now just 4 days away from WrestleMania 36 and my WrestleMania Rewind series rolls on with WrestleMania 31!

If you’ve missed any of the previous reviews to WrestleMania 20 through 30, click on the one you’d like to checkout, below!

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WrestleMania 28

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WrestleMania 30

Let’s get into WrestleMania 31…

Location – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Date – March 29th, 2015

Attendance – 76,976

  • Fatal 4-Way Tag-Team Match, WWE Tag-Team Championships – Cesaro and Tyson Kidd (with Natalya) (C) defeats Los Matadores (Primo and Epico, with El Torito), New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston, with Xavier Woods) and The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso with Naomi)

Headline – A very good pre-show match to give the fans some live-action while they rest of the audience began to tune in and the fans in attendance are settling into their seats.

Rating – 3.4 out of 5

  • Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal – Big Show defeats Adam Rose, Alex Riley, Big E, Bo Dallas, Cesaro, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Diego, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Fernando, Goldust, Heath Slater, Hideo Itami, Jack Swagger, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Konnor, Mark Henry, Ryback, Sin Cara, The Miz, Titus O’Neil, Tyson Kidd, Viktor, Xavier Woods and Zack Ryder

Headline – The 2nd annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal culimated with The Big Show (the modern day Andre The Giant, according to most) winning after elimination Damien Sandow who turned on his tag-team partner, The Miz, just seconds prior.

Rating – 2.5 out of 5

  • 7-Way Ladder Match, Intercontinental Championship – Daniel Bryan defeats Wade Barrett (C), Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, R-Truth and Stardust

Headline – Bryan would win his first Intercontinental Championship after trading headbutts with Ziggler while atop the ladder and Bryan would send Ziggler crashing to the mat after hitting several of them and would grab the title, hanging above.

Rating – 4 out of 5

  • Singles Match – Randy Orton defeats Seth Rollins

Headline – This was a terrific match and would end once Rollins went for his finishing move, the “Curb Stomp” but Orton would propel Rollins up into the air and plant him with an RKO for the win.

Rating – 4 out of 5

  • No-Disqualification Match – Triple H defeats Sting

Headline – This would be Sting’s WWE debut match and would include run-ins from Triple H’s former “D-Generation-X” friends, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, X-PAC and Shawn Michaels, along with Sting’s former “nWo” stablemates, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. The match would end with HHH hitting Sting with a sledgehammer and pickup the win.

Rating – 3 out of 5

  • Tag-Team Match – AJ Lee and Paige defeat The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie)

Headline – This was a decent match with AJ and Paige picking up the win when AJ locked in the “Black Widow” on Nikki, who would quickly tap-out.

Rating – 2.5 out of 5

  • United States Championship – John Cena defeats Rusev (with Lana) (C)

Headline – Cena would hand Rusev his first main roster loss when Lana would try and distract Cena but would get accidentally knocked off of the apron by Rusev and Cena would use the distraction to hit Rusev with the Attitude Adjustment and get the 3-count.

Rating – 3.2 out of 5

  • Singles Match – The Undertaker defeats Bray Wyatt

Headline – Bray Wyatt would once again lose a match at WrestleMania that he had absolutely no business losing. It was the perfect time to have the torch passed from Taker to Wyatt when it comes to the characters who bring the darkness to the company, but for some reason, WWE just didn’t see it that way. Wyatt would kick out of a Tombstone Pile-driver and hit Taker with a “Sister Abigail”, which Taker kicked out of and then Taker would hit a second Tombstone for the win over Wyatt.

Rating – 3.2 out of 5
  • WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar (C) vs Roman Reigns Ends with Seth Rollins Cashing In His Money in The Bank Contract and Winning The WWE Championship

Headline – Reigns hit Lesnar with 3 “Superman” punches and would follow it up with 2 consecutive spears but Lesnar would kick out of the ensuing pin-fall attempt by Reigns. As both men were down, Rollins came running down to the ring and the match officially became a triple-threat match. Rollins pushed Reigns out of the ring and hit Lesnar with a “Curb Stomp”, then went for a second stomp but Lesnar caught him and was about to attempt and F-5 but Reigns came back in the ring and hit him with a spear, Lesnar rolled out of the ring and Rollins would hit Reigns with a “Curb Stomp” to win the WWE Championship and would celebrate with the title on the stage as the show ended.

Rating – 4.3 out of 5

WrestleMania 31 Rating – 4 out of 5

Summary – This was one of the best WrestleMania’s of all-time and nearly every match was absolute must-see television. There’s not much left to say, other then suggesting that after you’re done reading this, to use the videos provided in this piece and watch every match, in it’s entirety.

Thanks for reading! Follow me on my new Twitter (@CJ_PSE) for tomorrow’s (April 1st) installment of WrestleMania Rewind, where I will be going in-depth on the most attended WWE event of all-time, WrestleMania 32.

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Colby Faria

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