WWE WrestleMania 30: Most Memorable Moments from Massive PPV
Memorable is probably the most fitting word to describe WrestleMania XXX. When all was said and done, it was an event that was memorable for reasons beyond its landmark 30th offering.
Headed into the pay-per-view, Daniel Bryan's journey had been the focal point. And although Bryan was finally able to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, that will not be the takeaway from WrestleMania XXX through the test of time.
This show featured not only one of the most memorable WrestleMania moments of all time, but a shocking finish that better illustrates the “never say never” mantra of sports entertainment than any other.
From Bryan's coronation to Undertaker's shocking WrestleMania loss, this will be a very hard show to top in Levi's Stadium next year.
Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and the Rock Kick off WrestleMania XXX
WrestleMania XXX featured the most memorable opening segment in event history, with three of its all-time greats sharing a ring together.
As Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock kicked off the opening ceremonies, subscribers to the WWE Network couldn't help but feel spoiled to see such a moment for only $9.99.
JBL aptly described the festivities, saying “the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling has come to life,” which put the surreal occasion into perspective.
Even an early pair of Hogan gaffes, where the legend mistakenly referred to the Superdome as the Silverdome, were worked into promos in entertaining fashion.
With Hogan, Rock and Austin, the promotion finally outdid the timeless WrestleMania III introduction by a young(ish) Vince McMahon.
Triple H, Bray Wyatt and Spectacular Entrances
This pay-per-view excelled in the “pageantry” department, which is a crucial category at WrestleMania. Stephanie McMahon's heat-seeking outfit was just one of many aspects that made this show feel like a special occasion.
Triple H's monarchical entrance was the type of stuff spectacles were made of, with a larger-than-life throne, mask and servants. If the dramatic removal of the Game's mask didn't send chills down your spine, pro wrestling might not be your thing.
The live performances of Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton's theme music were flawless, making each star feel special. It was surprising, however, that John Cena was not afforded a grand entrance as is usually the case at WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan and Triple H Deliver Outstanding Opening Match
Daniel Bryan and Triple H rivaled Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart as the greatest opening match in WrestleMania history. Time will tell whether or not it supplanted Bret-Owen, but the output was nearly flawless.
The story of wily veteran Triple H staying one step ahead of a banged-up Bryan helped the match build to a crescendo.
Triple H cut off Bryan's offense several times throughout by using innovative counters, most of which targeted his (storyline) injured shoulder.
Stephanie McMahon's obnoxious cheerleading of her husband was also very well done, which fed into Bryan's post-match assault.
It made sense to put this match on first, with the hottest angle being afforded the advantage of a hot crowd at its peak. Moving forward, the WrestleMania curtain-jerker will be considered more prestigious because of matches like this.
Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Batista Put on Strong Main Event
Daniel Bryan's match against Randy Orton and Batista was in the dangerous position of following Undertaker's unfathomable loss to Brock Lesnar.
Even with the buffer of the Divas match, fans were still buzzing about Undertaker's loss on social media, with many trying to come to terms of what they just saw.
The three delivered, with a match that peaked when Batista powerbombed Bryan through a table with Orton catching him in an RKO.
Outside interference from the Authority delivered a much-needed shot in the arm to the crowd, who could no longer feel so certain about Bryan winning after witnessing the streak come to an end.
Bryan's dramatic refusal to be stretchered out had a similar effect on the Superdome, and when he finally forced Batista to tap out, the reaction was better than any official could have hoped for.
Undertaker's WrestleMania Streak Finally Comes to an End
The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak ending will be discussed for years to come as possibly the most shocking moment in professional wrestling history.
Shock doesn't even begin to describe what commenced upon the referee hitting the mat for the third count. As the building filled up with hysteria, and no music playing, I thought the referee may have made a mistake.
Even after Justin Roberts made the unprecedented announcement, I refused to believe what I had just seen. Judging by the sea of delusional looks on fans in attendance, so did the Superdome.
Undertaker is old school through and through, and he wouldn't have wanted to go out any other way than on his back at WrestleMania.
The fact that the streak, and the subsequent reaction, puts into perspective just how important and meaningful the 21-0 statistic really was.
In hindsight, it had to end for fans to truly appreciate it.
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