The stars of WWE can kick back after a successful return to form in the second-ever two-night WrestleMania extravaganza. For the first time since March of 2020, live audiences returned to witness a pirate-themed spectacle, featuring the very best of RAW, SmackDown Live and Logan Paul.
Overall, I’d say it was one of the most consistently entertaining and well-paced events of the last few years, providing fans with a range of decent matches and performances, with a few shocks and twists that kept us all on our toes throughout.
Over the course of the two nights and the 14 matches featured, here are the best 5 matches from WrestleMania 37, where new stars shined bright and laid the foundations of their legacies, while others stunned the worldwide audience with some truly historic performances.
5. Asuka vs Rhea Ripley – Night 2
In one of the most hard-hitting women’s matches we’ve ever seen, Rhea Ripley stood tall over ‘The Empress’ and claimed her first RAW Women’s Championship on the Grandest Stage. This was a tremendous start to the main roster career of ‘The Nightmare’, not only with an incredible entrance but also going over the formidable Asuka, bringing her impressive reign to an end.
The match itself suffered from being at the tail end of the second night, having to entertain a fatigued crowd who were saving the last scraps of their energy for the triple threat main event. Regardless, Ripley/Asuka delivered on the rough and tough style everyone predicted they’d bring, putting together some innovative spots and showing a great chemistry that allowed them to both come away looking like stars.
I’m hoping a rematch is set for Backlash, or maybe even bringing in fellow Joshi star Io Shirai to add yet another layer to this budding rivalry.
4. Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs The Miz & John Morrison – Night 1
Celebrity matches at WrestleMania are often met with groans and apathy, but this year’s appearance from hip-hop star Bad Bunny changed the game. The Hispanic star started the match off strong and held his own for the majority of the match, before calling on Damian Priest for the hot tag. Bad Bunny had obviously been putting in the time at the WWE PC, pulling off some impressive spots and even a Destroyer on the outside.
It was a great moment for ‘The Archer of Infamy’ as well. Priest looked like a star in the making alongside Bad Bunny, scoring his first WrestleMania victory over former champs, Miz and Morrison. Credit where it’s due to the two vets for bumping like crazy for the celebrity guest, and giving Priest a huge rub in the process.
Bad Bunny takes his place among the likes of Lawrence Taylor and Stephen Amell as one of the few celebrities to out-perform even some of the most experienced wrestlers on the card. Congrats goes out to Bunny.
3. Cesaro vs Seth Rollins – Night 1
One of the most heart-warming moments this year was seeing ‘The Swiss Superman’ finally earn his first WrestleMania singles win after almost a decade long career.
Cesaro’s match with Rollins delivered on so many levels, once again positioning him for a singles push on SmackDown Live if WWE finally give in and pull the trigger. Cesaro’s fanbase was loud and proud as he swung ‘The Messiah’ a grand total of 23 times around the squared circle, and even nailed a blast from the past with the UFO.
Props to Seth Rollins as well, in what was probably his best performance since turning heel last year. Rollins is still more than capable of stringing together the most exciting match on any card, given the time and freedom to execute some innovative offense like he did in the match against Cesaro. I for one look forward to seeing where both superstars go from here on, so let’s hope that they’re provided with opportunities to perform on the same level as they did in Florida.
2. Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn – Night 2
This likely isn’t everyone’s choice to have so far up the list of best WrestleMania 37 matches, but I for one believe that the Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn match will go down as one of the most underrated gems in ‘Mania history. There’s no need to document the history that both men have inside and outside of WWE, but their WrestleMania match felt like the culmination of all the hard work both wrestlers have put in throughout their careers, coming together on one of the most special nights in WWE history.
It might not have been their most technical or explosive encounter, but the call-backs to previous matches from their feud and small nods to their work outside of WWE was a real treat for any fan to sit back and enjoy. I was genuinely invested in this match from start to finish, the role reversal worked perfectly with a heel Zayn and babyface Owens, not to mention the pleasure we all got from KO delivering a huge Stunner to Logan Paul after the bell.
Here’s hoping that both men enjoyed that match as much as we did.
1. Roman Reigns vs Edge vs Daniel Bryan – Night 2
Naturally, the main event of Night 2 was one of the most rewarding and entertaining experiences of the entire show. Coming into this match, I had no idea who I wanted to walk out with the Universal Championship, and that changed about three or four times throughout. All three men looked incredible, with each getting their own chance to have a WrestleMania moment and sustain their star power for what happens going forward after WrestleMania.
With this potentially being the last main event for both Edge and Daniel Bryan, it’s safe to say that they went out with a classic. I personally think that the right person won the triple threat, with Roman Reigns in the middle of his most impressive run to date. Either challenger could stand up to pose a rematch for Backlash, but ultimately, this is Reigns’ time to excel.
This was a testament to how great WWE can be when it’s at its best, when fans are so emotionally invested in the superstars involved and when they’re given free rein over the matches they put together. Hopefully this match will stand the test of time as one of the best triple threats in WrestleMania history.
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