WrestleMania 35 match grades – every match ranked

The biggest WWE show of the year had a very loaded line-up with a number of mouth-watering match-ups.

The event faced very stiff competition for show of the weekend honours with NXT TakeOver: New York and the NJPW/ROH G1 Supercard both serving up many tremendous contests.

But millions of people all over the world still tuned in for the mammoth seven-and-a-half hour long show, which was headlined by the first-ever women's WrestleMania main event.

Here, Mo Chatra runs through each of the sixteen bouts and assesses the quality of the whole event.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match

Buddy Murphy vs. Tony Nese

The opening match of the WrestleMania pre-show was a fine start to the event. Murphy and Nese have taken part in some cracking contests on 205 Live in recent months, and though this bout didn't hit the heights of their best TV efforts, the match was still a good start to ‘Mania.

Match Rating: ***1/4

Women's Battle Royal

Sixteen women participated in the second WrestleMania women's battle royal. Surprisingly, only current women superstars were involved. Asuka, Sarah Logan and Sonya Deville were the final three competitors left but Carmella snuck into the ring at the end of the bout to pick up a victory. This was fine for what it was.

Match Rating: **

Raw Tag Team Championship Match

The Revival vs. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins

The champions were in control for much of this thirteen minute encounter, with Dawson and Wilder dominating their foes. The contest built well to a big surprise finish when Hawkins snared Dawson in an inside cradle for the winning pin. A sound outing though the result did little to elevate the standing of the Raw tag team straps.

Match Rating: ***

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Braun Strowman, to little surprise, won the sixth annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. As these types of matches go, it had its moments but it felt like a waste of one of the biggest stars in the company- and I'm not referring to Bo Dallas.

Match Rating: **1/4

Universal Championship Match

Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins

An absolute whirlwind of a contest. Before it even began, ‘The Beast' pulverised Seth all around the ringside area, including an F5 on the outside. When the match eventually commenced, Lesnar looked to end the bout early but the challenger rallied and defeated the champ with three kerb stomps to reclaim the Universal title. Officially short (lasting only 2:30) but still a great way to start the show.

Match Rating: **3/4

AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton

Two of the WWE's most experienced and accomplished veterans constructed a fine outing. As would be expected, the work was polished and a highlight came when Styles kicked out of an RKO. A Phenomenal Forearm won it for Styles.

Match Rating: ***1/2

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match

The Usos vs. The Bar vs. Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black

High-octane action throughout, this was really good. The star of this bout was Ricochet who was a human dynamo, landing one impressive move after another- despite being the recipient of a giant swing that seemed to last for minutes! The Usos ultimately retained their titles, however, when they landed the double splash on Sheamus.

Match Rating: ***3/4

Falls Count Anywhere Match

Shane McMahon vs. The Miz

One of the most heated rivalries leading into ‘Mania, McMahon vs. The Miz was an all-out brawl. The Miz's dad was even dragged into proceedings and attacked in the ring by Shane. Following this, Miz then brutalised Shane into the stands and production area. As is customary in a Wrestlemania match involving Shane, the match climaxed with an insane highspot. Miz hit a fifteen foot superplex from the top of a camera stand onto a platform, but McMahon landed on The Miz and ended up securing a pin. This was another enjoyable effort.

Match Rating: ***1/4

WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Match

Boss & Hug Connection vs. The IIconics vs. Natalya & Beth Phoenix vs. Nia Jax & Tamina

Following the thrills and spills of the previous two bouts, and ahead of the WWE title match, this match was nicely placed to help give the crowd a breather. The match was passable and never threatened to be great- but that was its purpose. The Iiconics won when Billie Kay pinned Bayley after a Phoenix Glam Slam (Peyton Royce shoved Phoenix away before she could pin Bayley).

Match Rating: **1/4

WWE Championship Match

Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston

The most emotional match of the night was easily the night's best to this point in the show. Lasting nearly 24 minutes, it was a Daniel Bryan masterclass with him building the bout to an exhilarating crescendo. To his credit, Kofi stayed with Bryan every step of the way and their closing stretch had every fan in attendance on their feet. A Trouble in Paradise eventually brought proceedings to an end. The post-match celebrations were almost as great as the match itself.

Match Rating: ****1/2

United States Championship Match

Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio

One of the best matches on paper never got a chance to deliver. This match lasted only a minute before Joe submitted Mysterio with a Coquina Clutch.

Match Rating: *

Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre

A super-heavyweight battle, Reigns and McIntyre went at it in a match that saw a noticeable lack of crowd heat. McIntyre had the upper hand for much of the bout but it was Reigns who emerged victorious after a Superman punch. A reasonable effort by both but by Reigns' high standards on big shows, this was mildly disappointing.

Match Rating: **1/2

No Holds Barred Match

Triple H vs. Batista

Fourteen years on from their first WrestleMania match, the former Evolution stablemates collided in a brutal battle. Triple H punished Batista with pliers and wrenches whilst the Hollywood superstar countered by using ringside commentary tables and steel steps to control ‘The Game'. The match eventually ended when Triple H levelled Batista with a Superman sledgehammer blow before securing a winning pin. This was another contest which suffered from a lack of crowd heat, likely because the match was now past the six hour mark. Despite this, the effort and work could not be faulted.

Match Rating: ***1/2

Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin

Most fans hoped to see Kurt Angle wrestle his final ever match against someone other than Baron Corbin. Nonetheless, Angle did the time-honoured thing and put the opponent over in his last in-ring outing with Corbin winning it with the End of Days.

Match Rating: **1/4

Intercontinental Championship Match

Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor

‘The Demon' put in a rare appearance- but we didn't see much of him. The match lasted just over four minutes with Balor regaining the IC title following a double foot stomp from the top rope. Fine while it lasted but this match seemed to be a victim of other matches going long.

Match Rating: **1/2

Raw and Smackdown Women Championships Winner-Takes-All Match

Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch

Arguably the most historic match in the history of women's wrestling suffered from a completely burned out crowd. Rousey, Charlotte and Lynch worked really hard throughout this 21-minute contest but it really suffered from a lack of crowd reaction. This was hardly surprising given the match started after midnight local time and the show itself was past SEVEN HOURS long. To the joy of most in attendance, Becky won both belts after she reversed a Piper's Pit into a roll-up for the win. A good match that could have been great with a livelier crowd.

Match Rating: ***1/2

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