5 Matches to Watch at Tonight’s FREE Wrestlemania 33
With the arrival of spring, we have plenty of big events giving us another excuse to gather together to enjoy some cold beverages: The Final Four, the Masters, opening day baseball, and tonight, Wrestlemania. The best part: it’s completely free. Unlike in year’s past, when you had to shell out $70 for a PPV, the WWE has launched its own network for $10 per month, and is currently offering a 30-day free trial, which includes Wrestlemania.
Whether you’re an avid fan or haven’t watched since The Rock retired, this guide will bring you up to speed on every match heading into WWE’s biggest night of the year. So, grab yourself a case of Steveweisers, give me “Hell Yeah”, and let’s break down the biggest matches on tonight’s card.
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg For The Universal Title
‘Member Goldberg? Depending on your age, you might not. Goldberg rocketed to stardom in the late ‘90s in WCW with the longest winning streak ever seen in pro wrestling. Now 50, he’s returned to the squared circle to take on former UFC champion, Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title. The pair’s first match since Goldberg’s return took place back in November at Survivor Series, with Goldberg demolishing Lesnar in a 90-second beat down.
Goldberg then went on to beat Kevin Owens at last month’s Fastlane, capturing the Universal Title. WWE knows that returning superstars sell Wrestlemania, so the next night on Raw, Brock Lesnar hit Goldberg with an F-5, setting the stage for tonight’s title match.
The F-5 on Raw was significant in that it was the first real bump Goldberg has taken since his return. He’s had two matches during this run, neither lasting longer than two minutes. The big question for the night will be how long these two aging superstars will last. Neither will stick around full-time after Wrestlemania, so it will be interesting to see who walks out with the title, and for how long.
Triple H vs. Seth Rollins In An Unsanctioned Match
Seth Rollins has been one of the WWE’s biggest stars since he won the 2014 Money in the Bank ladder match, allowing him to “cash in” on a title shot at a time of his choosing. Rollins ultimately chose Wrestlemania 31, interrupting Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar’s title match. Reigns had been taken to Suplex City roughly 38 times already. Rollins hit Reigns with a Pedigree for the pin, and walked out the Heavyweight Champion.
Rollins missed nearly 8 months due to tearing his ACL and MCL, causing him to fall out of favor with Triple H and The Authority. Triple H ultimately turned on Rollins in August of last year, hitting him with a Pedigree and allowing Kevin Owens to steal the Universal title, thus kicking off the feud to set up tonight’s match. The now babyface, and still hobbled, Rollins will take on his former mentor Triple H, which will likely decide who gets to keep the signature Pedigree move.
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
This is likely the last ride for the Dead Man. With an unprecedented 23-1 record at Wrestlemania, The Undertaker will take on one of the least popular babyfaces since John Cena in Roman Reigns. If you’re not familiar with Reigns, he’s a former Georgia Tech defensive tackle, and a distant cousin of The Rock. Reigns clearly did not inherit any of his cousin’s mic skills, and is one of the least electrifying performers in sports entertainment.
Despite his poor mic skills, Reigns is still a strong wrestler, and more importantly for Vince McMahon, he looks the part. Because of this, he’s constantly being pushed into main event scenarios, despite the rain of boos you’ll hear upon his entrance. The guy draws more heat than any babyface I’ve seen, and when he (likely) pins ‘Taker tonight, you might see Camping World Stadium burned to the ground. This is the match I’m most excited about, mainly to see the crowd reaction.
Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens For The United States Championship
Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens became “best friends” back in August 2016, and teased fans with their inevitable breakup for six months. The falling out eventually happened during Jericho’s “Festival of Friendship” on a February episode of Raw. Unimpressed by Jericho’s gifts, Owens revealed that they were never actually friends and attacked Jericho.
A few weeks later at Fastlane, Jericho interrupted Owens’s Universal Title match with Goldberg. The distraction allowed Goldberg to hit Owens with a Jackhammer and Spear, securing the title. The following night, the now babyface Jericho was challenged by his former best friend to defend Jericho’s US Championship at Wrestlemania. Tonight’s match will be the culmination of one of the best runs in Jericho’s long career with WWE.
AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon returned to the WWE last year after a long absence from the wrestling world. He’s now the commissioner of Smackdown, and is the only non-heel McMahon. Despite being 47, Shane O’Mac is not afraid of big matches, and has been involved in some of the craziest stunts seen in WWE. Last year, he leapt 20 feet off a steel cage in an attempt to put Undertaker through a table.
You’re likely not familiar with AJ Styles, but he is one of the most accomplished wrestlers to ever enter a ring. After spending the past decade in the independent circuit and Japan, he made his WWE debut at least year’s Royal Rumble. Styles has quickly become a fan favorite by putting on instant classic matches with John Cena during their feud last year. While it’s disappointing that WWE could not set up a better feud for him going into Wrestlemania, this will definitely be one of the highlights for tonight’s Wrestlemania.
So, if you smell what I’m cookin’, fire up your Apple TV or Xbox, sign up for the WWE Network, and Have a Nice (Sun)Day watching Wrestlemania 33.