WrestleMania: Lesnar keeps Universal strap, Rousey wins in WWE debut | Inquirer Sports

WrestleMania: Lesnar keeps Universal strap, Rousey wins in WWE debut

/ 01:46 PM April 09, 2018

Brock Lesnar needed to be at his best to keep his Universal Championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Photo from WWE.com

Brock Lesnar needed six F5s, including one through the announce table, as he got the better of Roman Reigns to retain his WWE Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania Monday (Manila time) in New Orleans.

Amid reports of his potential departure, the Beast Incarnate showed why he remains the company’s top dog as he bloodied his challenger and extended his reign.


AJ Styles bested Shinsuke Nakamura to keep his WWE Championship, but the dream match ended in a shocker as the King of Strong Style brutally attacked the Phenomenal One.

Styles reversed the Kinshasa into a Styles Clash to get the three-count, but just when he was showing respect to his Japanese foe, Nakamura low-blowed him and unleashed a hellacious beatdown to stun the fans in attendance.


Ronda Rousey also impressed in her WWE debut as she and Kurt Angle topped Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in a mixed tag match after the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion made the Raw commissioner tap out with an armbar.

The Undertaker finally answered the challenge of John Cena and delivered a squash, winning the match with his patented Tombstone Piledriver.

The 16-time world champion thought that the legend would not respond to his call, with Elias coming out and mocking him in front of the New Orleans crowd.

Cena heard enough and attacked Elias, but as he made his way to the back, the Undertaker’s gong sounded and the two faced off for the first time at the grandest stage of them all.

Daniel Bryan also made his triumphant return as he and Shane McMahon fended off an early attack from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and win the match, keeping the two out of SmackDown Live.

The SmackDown general manager looked in peak form in his first match in three years, displaying his full arsenal and hitting a running knee-Yes lock combo on Zayn to get the win.

Charlotte ended Asuka’s undefeated streak and retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship with the Figure Eight.


Nia Jax also won her first Raw Women’s Championship, waylaying Alexa Bliss and finishing her off with a Samoan Drop from the second rope.

Seth Rollins became a Grand Slam Champion as he won the Intercontinental title in a triple threat match to open the show.

Finn Balor was about to win the belt after a Coup de Grace on The Miz before The Architect nailed the Curb Stomp on the pinning Balor and gave the defending champion one for his own to get the three-count.

Jinder Mahal also captured the United States Championship after winning the fatal-four-way.

The Modern Day Maharaja took advantage of the distraction from Sunil Singh, hitting Rusev with the Khallas. He also bested defending champ Randy Orton and Bobby Roode in the bout.

Braun Strowman picked his tag team partner, a 10-year-old kid named Nicholas, from the crowd and beat The Bar to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions as the Monster Among Men put Cesaro through a Running Powerslam to get the victory.

The Bludgeon Brothers are the new rulers of the SmackDown tag team division as they emerged triumphant in the triple threat match over the Usos and the New Day.

Harper and Rowan connected with the assisted powerbomb from the top turnbuckle to Kofi Kingston to claim the belts.

Cedric Alexander became the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion after beating Mustafa Ali in the kickoff show.

Ali missed his second 0-5-4 on Alexander, leading to three elbows and a Lumbar Check for the pinfall finish in the tournament finals.

Naomi also was the winner of the first WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, capitalizing on the confusion and eliminated Bayley after she took out her best friend Sasha Banks.

Woken Matt Hardy won the fifth Andre the Giant Battle Royal after the returning Bray Wyatt helped him eliminate former winners Mojo Rawley and Baron Corbin.

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