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Matt Hardy climbs the ladder and grabs the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 33. 

It was a memorable, but long night. WrestleMania 33 had some great moments and a few bad ones. The biggest event of the night came at the end of the 7-hour broadcast when The Undertaker, in his own way, announced his retirement. 

Here are the WrestleMania 33 winners and losers: 


The Undertaker. A co-worker asked me Sunday who go on my Mount Rushmore of WWE superstars. You could debate this for a long, long time. But I believe The Undertaker belongs on that list. 

Look, his match Sunday night wasn't his best work. His best days were already behind him. The rumors hinted that this would be his final WrestleMania. By leaving his gloves, coat and hat in the ring Sunday, he confirmed what most people suspected: He's retiring from pro wrestling. 

The Undertaker is a legend. He's a lock for the WWE Hall of Fame. Don't be surprised if Vince McMahon makes him the headliner for the class of 2018. 

Thank you for the memories, Undertaker. Your entrance was one of the best. Your dominance in the ring was tough to match. And your character was one of a kind. 

John Cena and Nikki Bella. Not only did the real-life couple get the win over The Miz and Maryse Sunday night, but they became engaged. John Cena proposed to Nikki Bella after their victory and Nikki said yes. 

If you watch "Total Divas," you know the story and why this is significant. (Unless, of course, the whole thing was a ruse and just a "made-for-TV" plot.) Cena, who has been married before, didn't seem interested in getting hitched again. And he doesn't seem all that interested in having children. (Again, could be a ruse.) 

On Sunday, that all went out the window. He got down on one knee and asked Nikki to marry him. A marriage proposal? I'd say that's a WrestleMania moment. 

The Hardy Boyz. The surprise return was one thing. Winning the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 33? How cool is that? 

That's exactly what Jeff and Matt Hardy did Sunday night. And they did it with their usual brand of teamwork. 

Jeff Hardy hit a massive Swanton bomb off a really tall ladder. Before that, Matt Hardy hit a Twist of Fate off the top of a ladder. After Jeff hit his Swanton, Matt climbed a ladder and grabbed the tag team belts. 

You can't ask for a better return than that. 

Naomi. It's easy to forget the Smackdown Women's Championship match. It was squeezed in between three of the most hyped matches of the night. That doesn't mean it wasn't a good one. 

It was short and sweet. The outcome: Naomi reclaiming the championship she forfeited due to injury. Winning the title at WrestleMania will be something she never forgets. And winning the title in her hometown means a lot, too. 

Seth Rollins. Seth Rollins got his redemption by beating Triple H at WrestleMania. It was one of the better matches of the night. One of the best moves of the night came when Rollins hit a superplex and then used his momentum to hit the Falcon Arrow. He didn't get the pin, but it was still a phenomenal move. 

Rollins and Triple H deserve credit for the ring psychology in this match. The storyline coming into this contest was Rollins' knee injury. Rollins sold his injury and Triple H targeted that knee on numerous occasions. Rollins got the last laugh, though. He finished off Triple H with a Pedigree. 

Bayley. The match was good and it was great to see Bayley get the win in that spot. A lot of fans probably expected more out of the match, but Fatal 4-Way matches are tough to book. You can't please everybody and you can't get everything you want. Working with a limited time schedule was a challenge, too. 

Bayley and her fellow competitors — Charlotte, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks — got the job done. And Bayley came out on top. 

AJ Styles. The match between AJ Styles and Shane McMahon was one of the top matches of the night. These two really delivered. As crazy as Shane can be, he did some good things in this match, even if some of it was overkill. (The mixed martial arts moves were interesting.) 

Styles picked up the victory with a good closing stretch between the competitors. It certainly makes up for Styles losing his WrestleMania debut last year. 


WWE. I know I said this last year. I'm sure of it. I get that WrestleMania is WWE's biggest show of the year. But the time management has to be better and it can't run this long. The kickoff show began at 5 p.m. The main card didn't wrap up until after midnight. That's more than seven hours! That's too much. 

Part of it could be blamed on WWE not knowing how to handle the card now that the company has split the brands again. You have to strike the right balance between Raw and Smackdown. On one hand, they did that. But it came at the expense of quality. 

You could tell the fans in the stadium were losing gas, especially in the final hour. That was a rough stretch. WrestleMania was held on the East Coast this year, which means the show wrapped up after midnight local time. That's brutal. And it shouldn't happen. The goal should be to end by 11 p.m. If that means starting by 4 p.m., then so be it. But this business of running late on a Sunday night is ridiculous. It must stop. 

The New Day. Relegated to WrestleMania hosts who weren't seen much throughout the night, you wonder how much longer The New Day will be a team. Maybe WWE will keep them as a trio. But there's plenty of talent that can be spread around. 

Big E has the skills to be a singles wrestler. Xavier Woods, too. Kofi Kingston has already proven he can be a solid, dependable worker. 

The New Day had a good run as a team. They have been together for nearly three years. It's time to consider a split. 

Goldberg. Goldberg came back so that he could wrestle in front of his son and create some memories. Hopefully one of them isn't WrestleMania 33. 

Brock Lesnar threw Goldberg around to win the WWE Universal Championship. It was the result everyone saw coming. Reports indicate Goldberg is done after WrestleMania. He really wasn't supposed to stay this long, but WWE liked him so much they wanted to keep him on board through WrestleMania. 

Goldberg served his purpose. His few months with the company were rewarding. On this night, however, Brock Lesnar got his revenge and sent Goldberg home. 

Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. This match could've been really good. Time management on WWE's part could be to blame. But what a stinker this was. Sure, Orton got the win, which technically makes him a winner. It certainly wasn't his best work. 

For Bray Wyatt, the loss means he still hasn't won at WrestleMania. Wyatt has lost to John Cena, The Undertaker and Randy Orton. WWE may spin it and say, "Look at these opponents he's facing! They're future hall of famers." But winning is the only thing matters. So far, Wyatt doesn't have one. 

Big Show and Braun Strowman. WWE's decision to have Mojo Rawley win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal — with an assist from his real-life best friend, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — was ridiculous. They had an opportunity to celebrate the giants. Even if Mark Henry won, it would be a cool moment. Instead, they settled for the cheap public relations win. 

How Big Show and Strowman were eliminated also hurt them. Sure, it took a lot of guys to eliminate both of them. But they're giants! They were treated like they didn't matter. And Strowman is a guy who has a lot of potential. 

Sasha Banks. One of the things missing from the Raw Women's Championship match was any link to the story that's been told. We didn't see anything related to Sasha and Bayley's friendship. They really weren't in much of a position to turn on each other. Maybe WWE is saving that for another day. 

For Sasha, the match didn't have much for her. She had a sweet ride to the ring. She had a few cool spots. But ultimately she was eliminated by Charlotte because of an exposed turnbuckle spot. Ouch. 

Champions. It wasn't a good night to be a champion. Of the eight championships defended Sunday night, five changed hands. The only champions who retained their titles: Neville, Dean Ambrose and Bayley. Bayley was the lone main card champion who kept their belt. Everyone else lost their title. 

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