WrestleMania 37 will historically go down as the first WWE show with a live crowd since the pandemic began.
This was so wholesome to see. Hearing fans physically pop again at their favorites destroying each other got us rather emotional at all the live wrestling we have missed over the year.
WrestleMania 37 had a lackluster build but once it reached its destination, it stood and delivered. Clearly, ‘Mania is the reason we continue watching through the really bad episodes of Raw or constant burials of our favorite talents.
We see WrestleMania as the time for change. The future on full display. Furthermore, with Undertaker, Triple H, Brock Lesnar and John Cena all absent from the Showcase of the Immortals, this was a showcase of new immortals.
8. Bobby Lashley Retains WWE Championship
Florida had its usual wild weather on Saturday evening, and as a result, we all had to wait a little bit longer to see the atmosphere of a live crowd once again. During this unprecedented 40 minutes, we got unscripted promos, Michael Cole and Samoa Joe in ponchos, and more.
It was rather amusing to bear witness to this unpredictable piece of wrestling history.
Then the show kickstarted with the WWE Championship defended in front of 25,000+ fans for the first time all year. Bobby Lashley vs Drew McIntyre in their rematch from Backlash 2020. This was surely going to be a feat of strength and power.
Lashley worked full heel here, working the crowd and displaying his extreme aggression all over McIntyre. As with most of McIntyre’s matches, there was an old-school structure to the match, brawling and technical wrestling moves being very apparent throughout.
McIntyre also hit his huge over-the-top dive onto Lashley and his only Hurt Business partner MVP. It was an insane way to welcome back the fans. We truly were ‘Back In Business’.
After three Future Shock DDTs, McIntyre was completely in focus mode. It was his destiny to win this. He had been waiting since last year to win the WWE Championship in front of a sold-out crowd. Emotionally, the pandemic ripped that achievement away from him when he destroyed Lesnar at last year’s ‘Mania.
However, the match simply ended with Lashley locking in a ruthless Hurt lock and McIntyre passing out for one of this show’s biggest upsets. Alexa, play ‘Broken Dreams’.
Lashley totally deserves to have a full run with the WWE Championship and it is a bittersweet moment to see him remain with the top title. Firstly, it is sweet because Lashley hasn’t really had the time to showcase his full force as the top guy.
Hopefully, the Hurt Business reunite and Lashley can have a dominant run as champ before losing it to someone like Drew McIntyre or Keith Lee further into the calendar.
7. AJ Styles & Omos Wins Raw Tag Team Championship
As I said earlier, WrestleMania 37 conveyed the future of the company. Omos is a great example of this.
Unusually, this match saw the babyfaces, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods fight in the heel format against Styles and Omos.
Styles was beaten and bruised for several minutes before he could reach the hot tag on Omos.
Once Omos eventually got into the match – his main roster in-ring debut no less – he thrilled us with what to expect from him in the future. He is a mighty dominant dude. The New Day didn’t stand a chance.
The finale saw Styles hit a Phenomenal Forearm from Omos’ shoulders. Omos also unveiled that his finisher is the double handed chokeslam, which is nothing new for tall guys. The Great Khali was profound for defeating his opponents that way.
Nevertheless, Omos is indeed in for a successful time on the main roster. Vince loves larger-than-life height and Omos towers over everyone. It was hilarious seeing the new Grand Slam Champion Styles cockily celebrate with the Raw Tag Team Title even after Omos destructed the New Day.
It will be interesting to see who challenges for them next as the main roster is lacking in tag team talent, especially on Raw. WWE must learn from its addiction to splitting up tag teams. Regardless, AJ Styles’ presence with this title is already elevating the division.