WrestleMania 35 took place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on April 7, 2019, in front of 82,265 fans, a totally legitimate number that should not be questioned at all. It was a history-making ‘Mania, featuring the first women’s main event and plenty of other shocks and surprises. No, there was and is nothing shocking about Shane McMahon.
What do you remember from WrestleMania 35? For all its shortcomings (the only time the word ‘short’ will be used with regards to this gargantuan show), the 35th instalment of WrestleMania provided fans with heaps of legitimately joyful moments, from Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship win to, erm, Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship. Come to think of it, WrestleMania 35 was actually pretty poor. Does anyone remember Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre? No, nobody does.
That doesn’t matter, because making history is more important than making good television. WM35 was full of record-breaking stuff, largely because that is seemingly the entire focus of the company at this point. WrestleMania 35 will be remembered for the notes it claimed more than the ones it hit, and maybe that’s okay. What does that have to do with JBL, ECW, The League of Nations and Survivor Series 2003?
Ever since WWE decided that WrestleMania was more about ‘moments’ than logical storytelling and pro wrestling booking, the Grandest Stage of Them All has been a terrible place to be a defending champion. Never was this more true than at WrestleMania 35, when eight different championships changed hands across the evening, the most in WrestleMania history.
Yes, the Hardcore Championship changed hands multiple times at a couple of Attitude Era ‘Manias, but that was the same belt. At WM35, eight different championships changed hands. That’s 80% of the championships on the show, a quite preposterous amount.
In the opening match of the night (the pre-show, for the record), Tony Nese defeated Buddy Murphy to become the WWE Cruiserweight Champion, and the dominos began to fall. The Revival, Brock Lesnar, The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (still the worst tag team name ever, including ‘The Dicks’), Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey all lost their championships on that fateful night in New Jersey, giving WrestleMania ‘moments’ to Hawkins & Ryder, Seth Rollins, The IIconics, Kofi Kingston, Finn Bálor and Becky Lynch in the process.
Only Samoa Joe and The Usos survived. Samoans gonna Samoa.