Talk about a roller coaster of emotions.
Not long after The Undertaker's first WrestleMania loss shocked the New Orleans crowd into an eerie silence, Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy.
The most over Superstar in the business got his anticipated WrestleMania moment(s), and stars from around the company were quick to congratulate him:
YES! Finally! What a night for Daniel Bryan! Congratulations! #WRESTLEMANIA— Kofi Kingston (@TrueKofi) April 7, 2014
Much deserved! Congrats @WWEDanielBryan!!— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) April 7, 2014
Bryan started off the night with a clean win over Triple H to set up a Triple Threat match with Randy Orton and Batista. In the main event of "The Showcase of the Immortals," Bryan overcame a trip onto a stretcher and forced Batista to tap out via the Yes! Lock.
He was then given his rightful celebration in front of a deafening crowd, which WrestleMania and WWE's Twitter feeds documented:
Joey Styles and Bret Hart summed up the show as a whole:
BEST #WRESTLEMANIA EVER.— Joey Styles (@JoeyStyles) April 7, 2014
While the celebration was absolutely unforgettable, the match wasn't so bad either.
After some good back-and-forth action to start the match, things really picked up when Bryan put the Yes! Lock on Orton. He appeared to have the win, ahem, locked up, but Triple H and Stephanie McMahon interfered and replaced the referee with Scott Armstrong.
Ring announcer Justin Roberts provided a snapshot of the scene:
Bryan quickly neutralized that threat, though, when he threw Armstrong outside the ring and hit a suicide dive on Triple H, Armstrong and Steph.
How would you grade the triple-threat match?
The Game responded by bringing out a sledgehammer, but Bryan stole that and took out Hunter.
Moments later, Batista and Orton teamed up and took the soon-to-be champion over to the Spanish announcers' table. Batista then powerbombed Bryan into an RKO through the table in what was arguably the spot of the night.
Bryan was put onto a stretcher, but he broke away while halfway up the ramp, returned to the ring, gave a couple of flying knees and put Batista away with the Yes! Lock.
After the in-ring celebration, he embraced his bride-to-be:
Jim Ross then put it simply:
Nothing beats a happy ending when it makes sense and Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Title makes sense. #WrestleMania— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 7, 2014
It's hard to argue.
Bryan has been the most electrifying, popular Superstar in the business for a long time, and while he hadn't yet received his title reign, many believed that his moment was coming at WrestleMania.
Well, he got it in an absolutely major way. Bryan, who has worked his way up from the bottom, has cemented himself into WWE history with one of the most memorable performances of all time.
That's what WrestleMania is all about.