The 34th installment of WWE's premier event, WrestleMania, is in the books. There were some memorable moments. Charlotte ended Asuka's undefeated streak. The Undertaker returned for a quick match against John Cena. Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey starred in her in-ring debut.
Later in the night, Brock Lesnar retained the WWE Universal Championship with a win over Roman Reigns. AJ Styles retained the WWE Championship by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura. And Braun Strowman, with his young teammate Nicholas, won the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships.
Here are the WrestleMania 34 Winners and Losers:
Brock Lesnar. Who saw this coming? The belief was that Reigns was a lock to win the title. After what happened at WrestleMania 31, it seemed like it was Reigns' title to lose Sunday night. But clearly Vince McMahon had other plans. It took a lot of effort, which actually makes Lesnar look weaker, but the WWE Universal Championship remains in The Beast's possession. Lesnar's reign, which began at WrestleMania 33, will continue.
AJ Styles. Low blow aside, it was a good night for Styles. He had a good match with Shinsuke Nakamura and was the victor. After losing his WrestleMania debut two years ago, he has now won matches in back-to-back years. He also retains the WWE Championship, which could mean more matches against Nakamura or a possible showdown with Daniel Bryan.
Ronda Rousey. Who knew what to expect? There is always room for improvement, but Rousey looked great in the ring. She pulled off some nice moves, especially in the closing sequence with Stephanie McMahon and in her brief exchange with Triple H, which was one of the highlights of the night. It will be interesting to see how she develops and handles singles matches, but she has potential. Her hard work has paid off.
Charlotte. The ending could've been better, but the match pitting Charlotte against Asuka was a good one. They delivered, and Charlotte got the win. She looked strong against Asuka, who has been built up as this unbeatable monster. Charlotte is a superstar in her own right.
Seth Rollins. Rollins' win makes him a grand slam champion, which is a big deal for WWE these days. They like highlighting this stuff. But Rollins' win also came in one of the best matches of the night. Rollins, The Miz and Finn Balor put on a show. All three deserve credit for their work in the ring. Triple threat matches can be tough, but they executed their plan to perfection. It was a great match that had the crowd involved from the start. And Rollins goes home the winner.
Nia Jax. Building up Nia Jax as the monster of the women's division should commence immediately. The way she handled Alexa Bliss was impressive. Jax doesn't have the technical skills others have (Becky Lynch, Charlotte, etc.) but her dominant presence can't be topped. She should have a long title run.
Daniel Bryan. Four years ago was the pinnacle of Bryan's career. After that, his health began to falter and he wasn't much of a presence. The injuries had a major impact and his career came to a halt. The thinking was that he wouldn't return to the ring again. On Sunday, he made his in-ring return with a win. He teamed with Shane McMahon to defeat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. It wasn't a great match, but it didn't need to be. It was all about welcoming Bryan back into the fold. It was good to have him back in a WWE ring, especially at WrestleMania.
Roman Reigns. WrestleMania 34 was a lot like WrestleMania 31 for Reigns. He will go home empty-handed. His dream of winning the WWE title will have to wait. Lesnar made him look good in defeat. It took six F5s to end the match. Reigns was left a bloody mess. He gets an "A" for effort, but that's not enough to win a championship.
Asuka. The streak is over. Look, Asuka is bigger than the streak. She is easily the top women's wrestler in the company. But the streak received so much attention recently that it was enough to wonder if WWE would go in a different direction at WrestleMania and actually end it. It made sense to end the streak against Charlotte. That makes Charlotte look strong and it gives the title more legitimacy. It's still a blow to Asuka, who won the first Women's Royal Rumble to earn this title shot.
Alexa Bliss. Bliss has improved over time and is easily one of the best trash talkers in WWE. She has a lot of talent. She can survive without the championship. But it's easy to wonder what will happen now that the title belongs to Nia Jax. Sure, they can have a program between these two over the next few months. But there's no way Nia Jax is losing the title back to Alexa Bliss. Bliss will need a new rival. Maybe it's Mickie James? There are a lot of questions for Alexa going forward.
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Whether it was WrestleMania 31 or 34, Ronda Rousey has had their number. It will be interesting to see how the artists formerly known as The Authority rebound and make life miserable for "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey. There will be a response. There's no doubt about it. But they certainly didn't look good after WrestleMania 34.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Owens and Zayn needed to beat Bryan and Shane McMahon to get their jobs back. They didn't win. So now what? What is the fate of these two superstars? The fact they no longer have jobs is nothing more than a storyline. But it will be interesting to see where it goes from here for these two. What's the endgame?
John Cena. Cena spent weeks taunting The Undertaker. He was relegated to sitting with the fans for the start of WrestleMania 34. Once he was tipped off that The Undertaker was in the building, he sprinted to the back to suit up. Later in the night, he made his way to the ring only to be trolled by Elias. Once that was over, The Undertaker actually emerged for a match! But it was quick. The Undertaker made quick work of Cena. So after all that trash talk, Cena lost in what amounted to a five-minute match. Was it worth it?
The Royal Rumble. The Royal Rumble winner shouldn't be a lock to win every year, but this year it's worth noting that the two Royal Rumble winners (Asuka and Shinsuke Nakamura) lost their title matches at WrestleMania. Maybe WWE didn't think about that when they were planning for WrestleMania. In their first year of having two Royal Rumble matches — one for men and one for women — neither of the winners went on to win the title at WrestleMania. So much for that opportunity.