WrestleMania 35 is in the books, and it was not for the faint of heart. The show started before dinnertime Sunday evening (Eastern Time) and finished early Monday morning (literally, as it was after midnight).
Along the way, we saw 16 matches, including seven title changes (eight, if you count the main event as being two title changes). It was a marathon viewing experience, one that you can only do once a year. The long show led to a burned-out crowd, despite WWE giving fans largely what they wanted: fan-favorites won major matches and there were only a few legit “WTF” booking moments.
But the quality of wrestling definitely took a hit Sunday night. WrestleMania 35 will not be remembered for it’s solid in-ring action. Only the WWE Championship, Cruiserweight Championship and women’s title matches qualified as really good bouts. Some of the matches felt extraneous and could have been moved to another PPV to get more attention, including Roman Reigns’ big comeback match.
When it’s all said and done, WM 35 will probably fall in the lower third of all Mania PPVs. You can’t do a seven-hour show and not deliver good wrestling throughout and/or iconic moments. And Colin Jost competing in a battle royal, the Outsiders posing as doctors or Hulk Hogan rambling for two minutes don’t count.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.