5. Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker

Rich: Uhhh… Wow. That’s a one of a kind reaction. I’ve never heard or seen a reaction like that. I never wanted to see the streak end but I especially didn’t want to see it end this way, with this person in this match. I’m shocked and pretty much lost for words. The match wasn’t great at all, it was boring and didn’t reach the peak were used to with Undertaker matches. That’s about all I can say, I’m stunned. This was the biggest torch WWE could pass, this is the prototypical jetpack they can attach to a heel or the next big star, should they ever break it. Instead, they waste it on a part-timer and a build that didn’t catch anyone’s attention. There were some rumors that Undertaker may have called an audible during the match, which would make more sense than how it was booked. **

Joe: That was totally the wrong kind of post match reaction in the dome. It’s not that Taker lost, it’s that he lost after a terrible build in what ended up being a terribly boring match. I believe the fans would have accepted a loss at some point had he lost in his usual standard of match, but you couldn’t have concocted a worse scenario for the streak to end than what they ended up with. Most of that was the fault of the booking & the build, but the shitty match didn’t do the situation any favors, as the match itself was a total bore. Just a complete mess all around, capped off by Taker standing in the ring after it was over to soak up a standing ovation that never came which was a fitting end to a flat ending of an iconic streak. Surreal. **

Bryan: The match just never got going. Taker getting worked on was pretty boring. Things started to pick up towards the end with all the finishers and it ended up being solid, but nowhere near the levels of previous Undertaker Wrestlemania matches. Undertaker getting pinned was…amazing. This was one of those moments where the reaction shots were worth getting because EVERYONE in that building was stunned. There hasn’t been a reaction like that in years, and it was genuinely amazing to witness. No one bought that the Undertaker would lose, but when he did everyone at home and in the building were stunned. The post match stuff was captivating, but the match itself was nothing memorable. **3/4

Jason: Silent crowd early.  At the 12 minute mark in the match, I look around the room.  I’m in a room with nine guys…five are playing with their mobile phones.  Two more are sharing an one phone watching an old episode of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The announcers spent the entire Cena-Wyatt match talking in a somber tone.  It just got to be overkill when they did the same thing for this match.  Of course, they may have just been bored.  It didn’t make sense to have Lesnar locked in Taker submission holds three different times…people already don’t believe Brock could win.  Trying to build the drama by having the heel fighting valiantly to survive? Weird.  Unfortunately, we’ve seen all these same spots with interchangeable opponents over the past few years.  There just isn’t as much drama when people kick out of the Tombstone any more (to a lesser degree, Triple H with the Pedigree, too) because it happens every year. And then………………….OH MY GOSH!! BROCK JUST WON!!!  Seemed just out of nowhere with the F5 (off a Tombstone reversal) at around the 25 minute mark…Okay…now I have to change my review.  Here’s the problem with Brock Lesnar winning.  BROCK LESNAR needed to beat John Cena.  BROCK LESNAR needed to beat Triple H last year at Mania.  NO ONE bought that BROCK LESNAR had a chance of winning this match.  None.  That’s because Brock was a loser just like everyone else.  However, that….helped….the shock of Brock actually beating Taker…but it hurt the match so much.  The match was painfully bad.  No one cared until their mouth’s were left hanging open… 

Cullen: I had almost no interest in this match coming into the show. Heyman tried his best to make me care, but aside from the entrances, I just don’t. I’m not alone either, the Superdome barely cared after the entrances. I don’t know how long this match has been going on, but I’m guessing about 45 minutes. It’s nice of them to let Taker live out his MMA dreams. Taker tombstones Brock for a nearfall and I’m about to fall asleep. He hits a third F5. HOLY WHAT. The crowd is stunned. No one knows what to do. Only the schadenfreude from the crowd’s reaction keeps this from being a DUD. Now I know how people felt when Bruno lost. *

Blake: This all seems to have been built for the shock. Lesnar’s poor record, the lackluster build…there’s no way this was done intentionally for extra shock value, right? I doubt it, in all seriousness, but man, is a cloud ever going to hang over the streak’s history now. I don’t care that Undertaker lost, but there are a few problems: the build sucked, the match was sub-par, and Lesnar stands to benefit zero percent from the win. Had this been a great story and four-star match, I think people would be reacting much differently. Instead, a dud match sucked the energy out of the crowd, with the only obvious positive being the endless amount of fan reaction GIFs we’ll be blessed with. ** (Paul Heyman gets *****)

6. AJ Lee won the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational to retain the WWE Divas Championship

Rich: There’s death spots THEN there’s death spots. Nobody and nothing could have followed the shock of Undertaker losing. As far as the match, it was an absolute mess. Wasn’t nearly as bad as I was secretly hoping for, I expected fun bad… this was just dull bad. Nothing redeeming here. -* 

Joe: This was a match that happened. Nobody cared, and you can’t blame them. Felt bad for the women involved. *

Bryan: Whatever. WWE does nothing with this division and the match illustrated this when 10 of them somehow disappeared for the finish. Who cares? Certainly not WWE, who does zero effort to get any of these women over other than “oh look they’re here for a tag team match”. *

Cullen: Mess of a match in there, but that’s what happens when you have 15 wrestlers hanging around. It never improved, though people at least got a chance to work once the ring cleared out. Typical “buffer match.” ½*

Blake: Like this had a chance following Lesnar’s win. Not only that, but the concept was ridiculous (we can’t decide on a feud, so let’s shoehorn them all in), the match included several botched moves, and Vickie Guerrero was bad-Vickie instead of good-heat-magnet-Vickie. At least AJ Lee won, right? Sigh. I couldn’t care less. I want to, but I can’t. #FreePaige? DUD

7. Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship 

Rich: This was the ultimate “overcome the odds” WWE main event. Bryan had all the decks stacked against him from The Authority, Orton/Batista working together, his injured shoulder yet still emerged victorious. I enjoyed it, it was a bit too much of a “storytelling” match for me which I don’t think does Bryan enough justice. He can carry a match and tell a story in-the-ring better than anyone. This felt somewhat overbooked but it all came together in the end with the big moment which was Daniel Bryan tapping someone out and winning the title. There was some discussion about him not tapping out Orton but instead Batista. I didn’t mind that, I think the story wasn’t beating Orton, the story was finally showing The Authority up and finally holding that title with 70,000+ chanting Yes. They did just that so mission accomplished. ***3/4

Joe: Bryan had everything working against him here. It was his second time out, the crowd was depressed from the Taker debacle, and he had to work “injured” due to Vince McMahon’s obsession with babyfaces overcoming insurmountable odds. Predictably the crowd was cold, until the overbooked wackiness which sort of got them back (but never all the way). This was a mess. Hard to even call it a match. It reminded me of one of those crazy Attitude Era brawls, but devoid of the heat. Bryan not beating Orton for the title to finish off the story and tie everything up in a neat bow makes absolutely no sense to me. They never got all the way past the Undertaker debacle, and even though the crowd really wanted to be happy about this, the reaction was not nearly as good as you would have expected. Pretty flat finish to the long Bryan chase. *

Bryan: I felt this was a very strong match with lots of drama. Bryan added tons to this match with some great, fiery comebacks and did a great job selling the injury from earlier. It kind of became a mess during the middle after the Authority interference, but they kept it small and they did a good job continuing the match with some great high spots, including that RKO/Batista bomb combo through the table. That was a great spot. The finish as well booked as well with some great near falls. Quite enjoyed this. ****1/4

Jason: Given that Taker lost, I feel even more strongly that Bryan needed to go back to back in his matches.  I hate Triple Threat matches, so it’ll be interesting to see if this one is able to draw me in.  They do the brilliant move of taking Bryan out of the match right away, leading to Batista vs. Orton…this poor crowd.  Triple H coming out and Bryan kicking out of the Batista Bomb brought the crowd back into it.   Missed a section where Bryan was being stretchered out to seeing Bryan hooking Orton is the Yes Lock because someone hit the Circle button on the PS4.  That table spot looked really bad for Orton.  This match hasn’t done anything to make me like Triple Threat matches.  They all hit finishers and break up pinfalls and eventually Bryan wins with the Yes Lock.  Nice ceremony afterwards.  They really need to make it just one title belt.  Nice moment, but Taker totally overshadowed everything that followed…too bad. **3/4

Cullen: Looks like they’re trying to go all out early on to get the crowd back into it. They’re still silent after the Taker-Lesnar fiasco. Bryan’s swimming against the current to get them into it, but him kicking Batista and Orton in the chest finally get them into this. That lasts for all of a minute. The crowd doesn’t care when Orton or Batista work. Shame too, it’s actually pretty good so far. It took a while but the crowd finally got into this. No one knows how to react to Bryan’s injury after the Batista bomb/RKO combo. Orton took a nasty bump there too. All three are busting their asses to get the crowd up. The place roars when Bryan hits the knee. And he taps Batista out! Bryan gets his WrestleMania moment that we’ve all been waiting for. The match was a bit overbooked, but it had to be to liven the crowd up. I absolutely bought the nearfall when Orton RKO’d Batista. Seeing Bryan with both belts while confetti pours down makes up for that. ***¾

Blake: No skinny jeans, 0/10 would not watch again. When Triple H and Stephanie came out, I feared this one might get overbooked. They removed them quickly, but then had Bryan do the stretcher job, but by the end it was more or less booked well. With the crowd starting out fairly dead thanks to Bork Laser-fatigue, and Batista’s being blown up from Minute No. 1, the match lacked something overall. Bryan was solid, Orton was good in his role, and Batista is the best unintentional heel of all time (googly eyes, yo), but it just didn’t click, and the transparent finish kind of hurt the suspense. Now…having said all of that, the crowd exploded for Bryan’s knee on Batista and the tap-out finish, and Bryan’s Wrestlemania/Yestlemania moment was exactly what everyone had hoped for. The win, the confetti, the Yeses. It felt really good and was a nice bow on a Wrestlemania that, for the most part, was excellent. This match didn’t blow us away, but it was absolutely what it needed to be and capped a really strong, well drawn-out storyline. Zero complaints here, with this match or this show. ***

Thanks again to all of our six reviewers and to anyone who followed our coverage of WrestleMania weekend!