WWE WrestleMania 31 PPV Results
March 29, 2015
Santa Clara, California (Levi’s Stadium)
Report by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
Coverage by Wrestleview’s Jason Namako of the pre-show.
Notable notes from the pre-show:
* Lana is back and will be in Rusev’s corner for his United States Title match tonight against John Cena.
* Backstage skit took place with J&J Security and the Stooges (Pat Patterson & Gerald Brisco) over coffee.
Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships: “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro & Tyson Kidd w/”The Queen of Harts” Natalya vs. The Usos (Jey & Jimmy) w/Naomi vs. Los Matadores (Fernando & Diego) w/El Torito vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E.) w/Xavier Woods
All 4 teams rocking new entrance attire. Tag rules apply. Cesaro & Kofi start. Uppercut early by Cesaro. Cesaro misses 2 clotheslines, dropkick by Kofi. Diego in, Cesaro sends Jey Uso off the apron and into the barricade, re-injuring his previously injured shoulder. Back in the ring, monkey flip by Kofi to Diego for 2. Medical attendants tend to Jey Uso on the outside as Diego with a slingshot senton bomb to Kofi. Cesaro in, chinlock to Kofi. Trainer takes Jey to the back as it looks like he cannot continue. Kidd in, Cesaro Swing/Basement Dropkick to Kofi, Matadores break up the pin. Chinlock by Kidd. Kofi slips out of a back suplex, but Kidd with a back kick. Jimmy in, savate kick, throat thrust, alley-oop Samoan Drop to Kidd. Superkick to Cesaro, Superkick to Big E, Superkick to Fernando. Jimmy leads an “USO” chant, Samoan Bulldozer Butt Smashes to Kidd, Cesaro, Fernando and Big E! Kofi avoids a Jimmy superkick, plancha wipes out Diego! Another superkick by Jimmy to Cesaro for a close 2. Jimmy runs into Kidd, Cesaro tags in, Jimmy knocks Kidd off the apron. Jimmy with a head of steam, but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut. Big E in, big splash to Cesaro. Big E aley-oops Kofi onto Cesaro for a close 2. Fernando in, Kofi meets him up top. Cesaro grabs Big E from the apron, DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!! Jimmy with a big splash to Cesaro. Matadores hit Kofi with a double team, Kidd breaks up the pin. Kidd uses Natalya as a shield on the outside, PK to one of the Matadores. Kofi catches Torito off a dive, but he ranas Kofi into the barricade! Sharpshooter by Natalya to Torito! Naomi & Jimmy with a head of steam in the ring, EVERYONE WIPED OUT WITH DIVES!!! Rear View by Naomi to Natalya on the outside. In the ring, New Day with the Midnight Hour to Diego, Cesaro breaks up the pin. Diego rolls up Big E, but the ref waves off the pin as Big E isn’t legal. Belly-to-Belly by Big E to Diego. Big E lifts up Kidd & Diego, superkick by Jimmy. Superkick by Kidd to Jimmy. 3D-Style Uppercut by Cesaro & Kidd to Diego. Double Knees by Kofi to Cesaro. Cesaro catapults Fernando into Kofi on the turnbuckles. Cesaro sent outside, Matadores head up top with Kofi. Cesaro & Big E have the Matadores in Electric Chairs, DOUBLE TOWER OF DOOM SUPERPLEXES!!!! Jimmy heads up top, USO SPLASH TO BIG E!!
Cesaro throws Jimmy outside, covers Big E to retain the titles.
Winners and still WWE Tag Team Champions: Cesaro & Tyson Kidd by pinfall
Kidd & Cesaro celebrate their title retention afterwards.
20-Man Second Annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal: “The A-Lister” The Miz vs. #AxelMania Curtis Axel vs. “The Big Guy” Ryback vs. Fandango w/Rosa Mendes vs. Adam Rose vs. “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder vs. “The All-American American” Jack Swagger vs. “The Big Deal” Titus O’Neil vs. “Mr. No Days Off” Darren Young vs. “The World Largest’s Athlete” The Big Show vs. “The Big Red Machine” Kane vs. “Big Red” Erick Rowan vs. Damien Mizdow vs. Sin Cara vs. Goldust vs. Heath Slater vs. “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry vs. Konnor vs. Viktor vs. NXT’s Hideo Itami vs. Cesaro vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Jimmy Uso vs. Diego vs. Fernando vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Big E vs. Xavier Woods vs. Alex Riley vs. Bo Dallas
Everyone already in the ring, no entrances. Axel rips off his Axelmania t-shirt, EVERYONE ELIMINATES AXEL!!! Adam Rose & Fandango eliminate each other. Big Show with huge overhand chops to Itami. Riley tries to reason with Mizdow about Miz, but Mizdow goes after Riley. Mizdow eliminates Riley. Bo Dallas eliminates Zack Ryder. Itami eliminates Dallas. Itami works over a few guys, then goes after Show. KO punch by Show eliminates Itami. Los Matadores eliminated by Kane. Sin Cara eliminated by Cesaro. Kidd eliminated by Henry. Ascension eliminates Mark Henry. Ryback eliminates Darren Young and Heath Slater. Rowan & Goldust eliminated. Double chokeslam by Kane to Mizdow & Miz. Kane eliminated by Cesaro. Cesaro teases eliminating Show, but Show eliminates him. Ryback eliminated by Big Show. Down to Miz, Mizdow & Show. Miz barks orders at Mizdow. Crowd chants for Mizdow. Miz walks up to Show, but Mizdow doesn’t and shakes his head “no” at Miz. Miz talks down to Mizdow, but Mizdow still refuses to help him. Miz throws a fit at Mizdow, Mizdow eliminates Miz! Referees have to hold Miz back, getting him to the back. Down to Mizdow & Show. Show smiles at Mizdow, tells him to bring it. Mizdow obliges, Show throws him over, Mizdow skins the cat. Mizdow with more shots, Show runs him over. Show charges, Mizdow pulls down the top rope. Show is tettering, goes onto the apron. Mizdow tries to get him outside, but Show knocks him back. Show goozles Mizdow, gets back in. Show goes for a chokeslam, but Mizdow with a front gulliotine. Show puts Mizdow on the apron, but Mizdow still has the front facelock. Show then lifts up Mizdow and eliminates him to win the battle royal.
Winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: The Big Show
Show celebrates with the trophy afterwards.
Thanks to Jason Namako for his coverage of the pre-show!
We go live to Levi’s Stadium where Aloe Blacc sings “America the Beautiful.”
A video package runs featuring LL Cool J hyping the history of WrestleMania.
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Ladder Match
Bad News Barrett (c) vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Bryan
Luke Harper and Daniel Bryan get tossed out early. Ambrose with a suicide dive to Harper. Stardust with a big dive backwards. Harper tosses Ziggler out and Ziggler nearly lands on the top of his head. Harper with a big suicide dive. Ambrose climbs up a tall ladder at ringside and takes everyone out with a flying elbow. R-Truth starts setting up a smaller ladder inside the ring. Barrett cuts him off. Ambrose with a top rope dropkick taking out Barrett who was holding the ladder. Bryan with a dropkick to Stardust in the corner. Bryan eats a shot from the ladder when Harper tosses it at him. Bryan gets Harper down in a tree of woe in the ladder and gets in some big chest kicks. Ziggler with a big superkick on Bryan. Ziggler has his hands on the title when Stardust dropkicks the ladder over. Stardust goes under the ring and pulls out a bedazzled ladder laughing. Barrett gets tossed down with the ladder over him and Ambrose drops a small ladder over it. Ambrose and Harper exchange shots back inside the ring. Truth gets a tall ladder setup in the ring. Stardust climbs up it and Barrett cuts him off. Barrett with a HUGE superplex on Stardust off the tall ladder! Bryan and Ziggler are exchanging shots at the top of the ladder when Ambrose pushes it over to knock them off. Harper with a HUGE powerbomb on Ambrose through a ladder! Harper climbs up the tall ladder and Ziggler jumps on his back applying a sleeper. Ziggler with a Zig Zag on Harper off the ladder! Doctors are attending to Ambrose at ringside after taking that big powerbomb. Ziggler has his hands on the title. Barrett pulls Ziggler down and hits a big Bull Hammer. Bull Hammer to Stardust. Truth is up and Barrett nails him with a Bull Hammer knocking him off the ladder. Bryan is up and nearly gets it. Barrett pushes that ladder over to clear things up in the ring. Bryan with a running knee to Barrett! Bryan is climbing back up the ladder when Ziggler cuts him off. They exchange headbutts at the top of the ladder. More headbutts! Bryan gets the best of Ziggler knocking him off the top of the ladder. Bryan has the title.
Winner and new WWE Intercontinental Champion: Daniel Bryan
A video package runs hyping Orton vs. Rollins tonight.
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins w/ J & J Security
Orton with a big dropkick on Rollins early and goes for a quick RKO that Rollins quickly avoids bailing out of the ring. Rollins with kicks to Orton in the corner. Orton fires back with some uppercuts. Rollins with a powerbomb to Orton in the corner and Orton quickly follows it up with a clothesline. Orton with a double DDT on J & J Security from the ring apron. Rollins follows with a big suicide dive taking out Orton. Rollins with a quick snap suplex into a headlock to keep Orton grounded. Rollins drives Orton face first into the turnbuckle. Rollins with a big jumping splash to Orton in the corner as well. Orton with clotheslines. Orton counters a Curb Stomp into a snap powerslam. Orton with a modified t-bone suplex. Rollins counters a DDT through the ropes with a kick to the head. Rollins with a big moonsault catching Orton at ringside. Both brawl to the top turnbuckle. Orton back drops Rollins back inside the ring. Orton with a cross body that Rollins rolls through. Orton with his DDT through the ropes on Rollins. RKO counter by Rollins with a superkick. Orton with a second attempt and connects with an RKO. Rollins kicks out! RKO on Noble and Mercury who both jump in the ring. Rollins is able to pull off a Curb Stomp. Orton kicks out. Orton avoids Rollins’ twisting splash from the top rope with Rollins landing on his feet. Rollins sets up Orton for another Curb Stomp and Orton pops up with an RKO out of no where! Orton hooks the leg of Rollins to get the pinfall.
Winner: Randy Orton
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is shown at ringside.
A video package runs hyping Sting vs. Triple H.
Sting vs. Triple H
Sting had a Japanese themed entrance with live instruments. Triple H’s entrance was all based around the new Terminator film coming out this year.
The bell rings and here we go. Sting strikes first with a quick shoulder block. Triple H with a quick headlock takedown and a shoulder block of his own to drop Sting. Sting with a hip toss and dropkick that drops Triple H back. Triple H comes back with some big rights. Sting eats a knee to the face and stays up trying to lock Triple H in the Scorpion Deathlock. Triple H quickly bails to the outside. Back in the ring, Sting launches Triple H to the corner and Triple H falls out fast. Back in the ring, Triple H connects with a big vertical suplex. Sting is starting to slow down as Triple H plays around with him with a few shots and a headlock. Triple H with a big spinebuster. Sting has Triple H down and locks in the Scorpion Deathlock!
DX’s music hits. Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac hit the ring. Sting fights them all off. Triple H with a kick, attempts a Pedigree, Sting counters and tosses Triple H over the top rope. Sting goes up to the top turnbuckle, jumps off and takes out DX! Michael Cole quickly reminds us that this match is under No DQ rules. Sting tosses Triple H back inside the ring. Sting with another shot on Billy Gunn. Sting turns around and eats a Pedigree. Sting kicks out! Triple H leaves the ring and grabs a sledgehammer.
The nWo music hits! Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall walk out. Hogan, Hall and Nash go after DX taking them out. Triple H can’t believe it. Sting grabs Triple H and drops him with the Scorpion Deathdrop! Triple H kicks out. Sting applies the Scorpion Deathlock again. Triple H is reaching out and trying to grab his sledgehammer. Hogan takes it away and throws it down at ringside. X-Pac pushes Hogan over. Nash clotheslines X-Pac. Gunn takes out Nash. Road Dogg and Scott Hall brawl at ringside. Triple H is still in the Scorpion Deathlock. Triple H gets to the bottom rope to break it up.
Shawn Michaels is now in the ring and drops Sting with Sweet Chin Music! Triple H covers Sting and Sting gets a shoulder up after two. The crowd starts a “THIS IS AWESOME” chant. DX hands Triple H the sledgehammer at ringside. Scott Hall hands Sting his bat. Triple H and Sting have a stare down holding their respective weapons. Sting with a bat shot to the gut of Triple H. Sting cracks the bat over the sledgehammer cracking it in half. Sting with big shots to Triple H in the corner. Stinger Splash! Sting backs up and goes for another, but Triple H catches Sting on the head with the top of the sledgehammer. Triple H covers Sting and gets the pinfall. The crowd in attendance seems surprised.
Winner: Triple H
After the match, DX helps up Triple H and the nWo helps up Sting. Triple H walks forward and extends his hand to Sting. Sting shakes his hand.
Backstage, Maria Menounos is with the new WWE Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan. Pat Patterson walks up congratulating Bryan. Roddy Piper walks up and does the same. Ricky Steamboat is next to congratulate Bryan. Ric Flair walks up and lets out a WOOOOO. Bret Hart is in the house and shakes Bryan’s hand. Ron Simmons walks up with a DAMN.
Skylar Grey, Kid Ink and Travis Barker perform the WrestleMania theme live.
Paige & AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins
We start with Paige and Nikki Bella. Paige tackles Nikki quick. Nikki sends Paige to the corner and tags in Brie Bella. Brie comes off the top rope with a big missile dropkick. Brie pulls back on the neck of Paige. We see a shot of AJ Lee down who was knocked off the ring apron by Nikki earlier in the match. Brie with a big knee to AJ just recovering and then a big knee to Paige. Tag to Nikki as The Bella’s hit a double suplex on Paige. Nikki dropkicks AJ off the ring apron as Paige gets a close roll up. Nikki with a spinebuster on Paige. Nikki with her Rack Attack on Paige for a two count. Paige with a superkick to Nikki when Nikki accidentally caught Brie in the corner. Paige flips off the ring apron and takes out both of The Bella’s at ringside. The referee starts the count. He gets to 7 when Nikki rolls in. Hot tag to AJ. AJ with elbows to Nikki. AJ follows with a clothesline and tackle. AJ with a kick to the face and then a cross body catching Nikki. Paige is in to drop Nikki. Brie jumps in and goes after Paige. AJ with a DDT countering off the shoulders of Nikki. Black Widow on Nikki that gets broken up. Brie grabs the leg of AJ and Nikki drops AJ. AJ kicks out. Paige kicks Brie away and sends her into the steel ring steps. AJ with the Black Widow on Nikki. Nikki taps.
Winners: Paige & AJ Lee
A video package runs hyping Rusev vs. John Cena.
WWE United States Championship
Rusev (c) w/ Lana vs. John Cena
Rusev’s entrance featured Russian soldiers, Lana walking down the ramp with soldiers holding the WWE United States Championship and Rusev arriving in a tank. Cena had an American history themed entrance to counter Rusev.
Cena with a huge clothesline on Rusev early. Rusev responds with a big spinning heel kick. Rusev with a big side hip toss on Cena and splash in the corner. Rusev grabs his Russian flag and Cena kicks him in the face. Cena with his two shoulder blocks and twisting powerbomb setup on Rusev. Five Knuckle Shuffle on Rusev. Rusev misses a big kick, Cena with a drop toe hold and Rusev fights off an STF attempt. Rusev plants Cena with a spinning side slam for a two count. Cena with a leg drop to the back of Rusev’s neck off the top turnbuckle. Rusev catches Cena with a big kick to the face. Cena with a tornado DDT on Rusev. Rusev and Cena exchange right hands. Rusev with a big jumping knee to the head of Cena. Cena drops Rusev down and locks in the STF. Lana throws one of her shoes at Cena. Rusev reaches the ropes and Cena is forced to break the hold. Rusev with a fallaway slam on Cena. Rusev goes up to the top turnbuckle and connects with a flying headbutt! Rusev stomps on the lower back of Cena and applies the Accolade. Cena springboards off the second rope and hits Rusev with a Stunner! Rusev with a huge kick to the chest of Cena. Rusev picks up Cena and drops him down face first. Rusev stomps the lower back of Cena again and locks on the Accolade. Cena tries to fight out, Rusev hangs on and pulls back even more with the Accolade. Cena starts standing up and drops Rusev in the corner. Cena with a drop toe hold and gets the STF locked on. Cena breaks it up and Rusev accidentally knocks Lana off the ring apron when she jumped up. Cena with an AA on Rusev for the win.
Winner and new WWE United States Champion: John Cena
After the match, WWE officials help Lana to the back as Rusev storms off. We then see a shot of John Cena celebrating in the ring with the WWE United States Championship.
We see footage earlier tonight of the WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal Four Way with Cesaro and Tyson Kidd retaining. Footage is also shown of the second annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal with Big Show getting the win.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are in the ring and announce a new attendance record at Levi’s Stadium with 76,976 fans in attendance tonight. Stephanie talks about how they should take the credit for the success of WrestleMania. The crowd boo’s this. Triple H says they must not have liked that very much huh – just like how they didn’t like how he beat Sting tonight and how it feels like he defeated anyone in attendance or watching tonight.
The Rock’s music hits to interrupt. Big reaction inside Levi’s Stadium. “You see, you don’t own them…and you damn sure don’t own The Rock.” The Rock says he is an east bay boy and talks about being born in the east bay. He tells Triple H he can dress up like Terminator again or they can create a WrestleMania moment right here, right now. Triple H gets in The Rock’s face. Triple H says they had a hell of a ride and he remembers “kissing his ass for most of it.” Triple H adds he has nothing left to prove to The Rock. The Rock said he may have left his heart in San Francisco, but it appears Triple H left his balls in Stamford. Stephanie says without the McMahon’s, The Rock wouldn’t exist. The Rock said she jokes about The Johnson’s and The McMahon’s, but said she wouldn’t be in power without Vince’s Johnson. Stephanie slaps The Rock and asks what he will do about it. Stephanie said this is her house, her stadium and her people. Stephanie tells him to leave. The Rock exits the ring and starts circling around it. The Rock stands near Ronda Rousey at ringside who hops the guard railing. She fists bumps with The Rock and gets in the ring with him.
Stephanie tells Ronda that this isn’t the Octagon, this is the Squared Circle. Ronda is staring down Stephanie when The Rock tries to warn Stephanie. The Rock with some shots on Triple H in the corner. Ronda with a judo throw on Triple H! Ronda grabs Stephanie by the arm and Stephanie starts screaming. Ronda throws Stephanie down and rolls out. The Rock tells Stephanie and Triple H that they just got owned.
The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt’s entrance featured people dressed up as scarecrows.
The Undertaker with a big boot to Bray Wyatt dropping him immediately. Taker with shots to Wyatt in the corner. Taker with shoulder shots to Wyatt. Taker with Old School on Wyatt. A loud “YOU STILL GOT IT” chant starts up. Wyatt responds with a big clothesline that drops Taker. Taker drapes Wyatt over the ring apron and drops a leg over his throat. Wyatt falls to the outside. Back in the ring, Wyatt counters Taker and starts working in shots in the corner. Wyatt with a big uppercut and more rights. Wyatt with knees to Taker. Wyatt with a quick splash in the corner and keeps Taker grounded with a head lock. Wyatt breaks the lock and throws big elbows to the back of Taker’s head. Wyatt pulls Taker out to the steel ring post and splashes against Taker’s head. Wyatt with a big kick to the face. Taker reaches up and locks Wyatt in Hell’s Gate. Wyatt with rights to break it up. Taker pulls himself back up and Wyatt quickly plants him. Wyatt with a big body splash over Taker. Wyatt grabs Taker looking to hit Sister Abigail. Taker counters with a chokeslam. Taker signals for the Tombstone. Taker has Wyatt up and connects with the Tombstone Piledriver! Taker covers Wyatt and Wyatt kicks out! Taker is back up signaling for another Tombstone. Wyatt counters and connects with Sister Abigail. Taker kicks out! Both men are down and the referee starts the count. Wyatt crawls backwards. Taker sits up and stares him down. Wyatt and Taker exchange rights. Taker counters another Sister Abigail attempt. Taker with another Tombstone Piledriver. Taker crosses the arms of Wyatt and gets the pinfall.
Winner: The Undertaker
After the match, The Undertaker takes a knee as pyro goes off.
Chris Jericho brings his podcast to the WWE Network live on 4/6 following RAW with special guest John Cena.
A promo for Extreme Rules on 4/26 airs.
A video package runs hyping Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns tonight.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) w/ Paul Heyman vs. Roman Reigns
WWE setup huge fireworks for both entrances.
Paul Heyman grabs the microphone and does the introduction for Brock Lesnar.
The bell rings and Roman Reigns goes after Brock Lesnar right away. Lesnar grabs Reigns in a bear hug and then quickly tosses Reigns with a release german suplex. Reigns with an F5 immediately to Reigns! Lesnar is busted open under his left eye. Lesnar with big knees and a release northern lights suplex. Reigns fights back with rights, attempts a clothesline, Lesnar stays up, another, Lesnar remains up, Lesnar ducks and connects with another huge release german suplex! We see a shot of Reigns smiling in the corner. Lesnar with another release german suplex on Reigns yelling, “Suplex City bitch!” Reigns with elbows. Lesnar cuts it off with a knee to the gut and another german suplex. Lesnar with more big knees to the gut of Reigns. Lesnar with another release german on Reigns. Lesnar drops Reigns over the top rope and then connects with more high knees. Lesnar knocks Reigns off the ring apron and Reigns hits the ring barricade with force. Reigns with knees including one that nails Lesnar clean in the face. Lesnar fires back with a huge clothesline that drops Reigns out of the ring to the outside. Lesnar is now busted open on his lip. Lesnar with a big snap suplex on Reigns that sends Reigns flying out of the ring. Lesnar with an overhead release belly-to-belly suplex on Reigns over the top rope from the ring apron. Lesnar with another F5. Lesnar hooks the leg and Reigns kicks out! Lesnar removes his gloves and slaps Reigns across the face. Reigns is laughing. Lesnar with another release german. Lesnar picks up Reigns and does this again. Lesnar connects with a third F5. Lesnar hooks the leg and Reigns once again kicks out. Lesnar can’t believe it. On the outside, Reigns sends Lesnar face first into the steel ring post. Lesnar is busted open. The referee starts the count as Reigns rolls in. Lensar barely rolls in at 9. Superman Punch on Lesnar. Reigns with a second Superman Punch! Reigns misses a third punch attempt. Reigns with headbutts to Lesnar. Reigns lands with a third Superman Punch. Reigns connects with a spear. Lesnar is already getting back up on his feet. Lesnar eats another spear from Reigns. Reigns hooks the leg and Lesnar kicks out! Lesnar counters Reigns and connects with an F5.
Seth Rollins runs out. He is cashing in his briefcase. Lilian Garcia announces that this will now be a triple threat match. Rollins kicks Reigns out of the ring. Rollins with a Curb Stomp on Lesnar. Rollins attempts a second Curb Stomp. Lesnar has Rollins up. Reigns with a spear on Lesnar. Rollins with a Curb Stomp on Reigns. Rollins gets the cover!
Winner and new WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Rollins
After the match, Seth Rollins runs up the ramp and holds up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as a huge display of fireworks goes off.
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