Memorable WrestleMania Moments 30 - 34
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, April 5, 2019
The past four WrestleMania events has seen WWE change the way fans consume their content. Since WrestleMania 30, WWE has streamed all their pay-per-view events live on the WWE Network, which is free for new subscribers and costs $9.99 a month as opposed to fans having to purchase the event through their TV provider for $64.99. This was a significant shift for WWE because now fans can watch all the pay-per-views for a more affordable price and watch past events since WWE’s video library is included.
Since WWE began airing WrestleMania on the network, they’ve provided many memorable moments that’ve garnered the attention of fans from multiple generations including: Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin opening WrestleMania 30 and the confrontation between the nWo and DX the following year.
Here are some memorable moments from WrestleMania 30 to 34:
WrestleMania 30: Lesnar Conquers The Streak, YES Movement to Gold
WrestleMania XXX marked the first event to be broadcast live on the WWE Network and it didn’t disappoint. WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan kicked off the show by talking about hosting the event and reminiscing about past WrestleMania moments before being interrupted by Stone Cold Steve Austin and later The Rock. This was a special moment for fans because all three men are considered the three biggest pro wrestling stars of all-time and have been the face of WWE during their careers.
This event is also remembered as being the night The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak came to an end after he was defeated by former WWE and UFC Champion Brock Lesnar. This was a shocking moment that WWE booked well because after Lesnar won the match, his entrance music didn’t immediately start playing so the moment and shock of Undertaker losing can be captured.
Lastly, WrestleMania XXX was where the leader of the YES movement Daniel Bryan, captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after he had to defeat Triple H in the opening match before be added to the main event, where he defeated former Evolution members Batista and then-WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton.
WrestleMania 31: Rollins Cashes In, Monday Night Wars Relived
WrestleMania 31 took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California and is in the discussion of being one of the most entertaining WreslteMania events of all-time. This event marked the WrestleMania debut of Sting, who for years had been the biggest WCW star to not sign with WWE and one of stars that helped legitimize TNA as a viable alternative to WWE, and Roman Reigns’ first of four straight WrestleMania main events.
Sting’s first WrestleMania match was against none other than Triple H, who had been one of WWE’s main stars during the Monday Night Wars. This was an entertaining match that featured run-ins from The New Age Outlaws and X-Pac, who came out to assist DX member Triple H and then nWo members Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall, who came out to assist Sting, who they had a long history with in WCW. This was memorable because it had been a dream scenario during the Monday Night Wars and was a reality during this match. Fellow DX member Shawn Michaels would later appear and hit Sting with a Sweet Chin Music but Sting kicked out and received a loud ovation. Moments later, Triple H would hit Sting with a sledgehammer to win the match and then shake hands with Sting after the match to signify a fitting end to the Monday Night Wars and provide fans with plenty of nostalgia.
The main event was the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between champion Brock Lesnar, who had announced earlier in the week on ESPN that he had signed a new contract with WWE, and Roman Reigns, who had won the 2015 Royal Rumble match. The match ended when Seth Rollins entered and cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, making the match a triple threat match, and pinned Reigns after a Curb Stomp to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This was memorable because Rollins became the first Money in the Bank winner to cash in his briefcase during the main event of WrestleMania.
WrestleMania 32: Shane Jumps Off the Cell
WrestleMania 32 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas was a massive success for WWE because it’s announced attendance of 101,763 had broken the previous WrestleMania III attendance record of 93,730, The event featured many legends returning including Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock, and also marked the WrestleMania debut for AJ Styles, who for many years had been the face of TNA wrestling and made a name for himself wrestling around the world for ROH and NJPW.
The highlight of this WrestleMania was easily the Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Shane McMahon, who had returned to the company in February of that year. The match exceeded expectations and saw Shane jump off the top of the Hell in a Cell structure through the table, after Undertaker moved out of the way. Undertaker would later win the match after hitting Shane with a tombstone.
WrestleMania 33: Hardy Boyz Return, Undertaker Retires?
WrestleMania 33 was billed as “The Ultimate Thrill Ride” by WWE and the company provided just that by putting fans on a rollercoaster of emotions. After many years away from WWE, the Hardy Boyz, Matt and Jeff Hardy, made a surprise return as the fourth team in the Fatal-Four-Way tag team Ladder match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships. The Hardy Boyz received a huge pop from the crowd at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and would go on to capture the titles once again.
The main event was also memorable because after Roman Reigns had defeated The Undertaker in a grueling No Holds Barred match, Undertaker left his hat, gloves, and jacket in the ring as fans chanted “thank you Taker”, which looked as though The Undertaker was retiring from WWE. That was believed to be the case up until the following year’s WrestleMania.
WrestleMania 34: Charlotte Ends Asuka’s Streak, Daniel Bryan Returns, Ronda Debuts
Although WrestleMania 34’s main event was considered a let down by many, the show did have many positive moments and great matches. The event saw Charlotte Flair retain her Smackdown Women’s championship by making Asuka tap out and ending her undefeated streak in WWE. This was a surprise because it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Asuka would capture the Smackdown Women’s championship after winning the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match.
This event also marked the in-ring return of Daniel Bryan, who had been forced to retire due to concussion issues three-years prior. Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon defeating Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn was a great moment because it showed that Bryan was still capable of preforming most of his signature moves safely and putting on a great match in the process.
Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey also made her in-ring debut after she had signed with WWE in January. Ronda showcased her athleticism and proved that she could successfully make the transition from MMA to pro wrestling; she looked comfortable in the ring and didn’t look out of place with Kurt Angle, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon in the match. Ronda picked up the win for her team by making Stephanie tap out to her signature armbar.
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