WWE WrestleMania 35 Review and Repercussions - Triple Threat POV | Smark Out Moment

WWE WrestleMania 35 Review and Repercussions - Triple Threat POV

Posted by Robert DeFelice Friday, April 12, 2019
Welcome to another edition of Triple Threat from Smark Out Moment, where three of us get together to discuss three questions based on one big topic going down in the week of professional wrestling.

This week, Dallas Allsopp, Greg Coleman, and Ben Guest will be giving their thoughts on what went down at WrestleMania 35!

WrestleMania 35 has come and gone. We saw some really feel-good moments and that is the topic of this week's Triple Threat, the three amazing, feel-good moments of WrestleMania 35. Let's discuss...

Question 1: How did Kofi Kingston’s victory make you feel, what's next for him and New Day?

GUEST: This was the real feel-good moment from WrestleMania. Kofi was the only person who got a real celebration and it was a really nice part of the show. I don’t see him holding the title for very long and I think The New Day either turn on each other or get separated in the brand split. I just hope he’s able to use this momentum to have a good run, and maybe hold a mid-card title for a significant amount of time.

ALLSOPP: In a word, amazed. Kofi finally capturing a World Championship after 11 years of being a talented yet underappreciated wrestler in WWE is a feel-good moment that will resonate with me for many months to come. It has also restored my faith that WWE actually listens to what the fans want and this was clear by the natural and organic cheers Kofi received for every kick out and the deafening boom that signaled he had finally won the big one. Kofi has worked hard for this moment and I’m proud to say that I shared this moment with the rest of the fan base. Wrestling is an amazing sport at times and this was storytelling at its best.

Kofi now needs a long reign to underline his win wasn’t a fluke and hopefully, this can be achieved by turning heel with The New Day as admittedly before his recent push, they were starting to feel tired and in need of a change. A heel New Day with a chip on their shoulders could be money.

COLEMAN: If not for Gargano finally winning the NXT title in that classic, it would’ve been the best moment of the weekend. WWE could’ve botched this situation in many different ways from letting Bryan win clean to have a controversial finish but to their credit, they didn’t. Kofi got his clean win and the moment with his wife and sons will go down in WrestleMania history as one of the best moments. I felt great and hopeful that a black wrestler outside of The Rock could breakthrough and hold the main title. What’s next for The New Day? They should stay together! I know a lot of people feel it’s time for them to break up but they should honestly never break up. The group should evolve to where they are all increasing their profile but no breaking up or no turning heel against each other. The New Day should go after the tag titles and the New Day have all the titles.

Question 2: How did Becky Lynch's victory make you feel, what's next for her and her champ-champ reign?

COLEMAN: The finish was underwhelming but the right person won so I’ll take it. Becky’s moment should’ve been similar to Chris Benoit’s moment or Daniel Bryan’s moment when they overcame all odds and finally won the title via submission. I loved the fact that she beat Rousey and gave her her first loss and WWE should highlight this to add to Becky’s mystique and resume. Becky needs to go on a lengthy title run which would include her dropping one of the titles but remaining the champ of the other brand. With Sasha Banks and Bayley no longer the tag champs, let’s get a fresh program between these women as well as Ember Moon on the Raw side.

GUEST: The main event was somewhat hampered by the botched, rushed finish (or whatever happened there), but based on how they seem to have just ignored it, it seems like Becky was always walking away with the belts. I think most people wanted Becky to get the win and on reflection, it really is a great moment, it’s just a shame that the moment itself will never be an easy one to relive and it will always be a little bit tarnished by how it went down. As for what’s next? I hope she holds both until around SummerSlam, and I’m still going with my idea of women on SmackDown and men on Raw. For now at least.

ALLSOPP: The Man delivered on her promise and came away with both Championships, underlining she is perhaps the strongest and most significant woman in the division and as a Becky Lynch fan I was nothing but ecstatic as she has now been given the proverbial ball to carry, hopefully, to elevate to women’s division to new heights.

As it appears Becky will be facing off with Lacey Evans for one of the Championships I hope she has a more distinguished opponent for the second Championship to keep the intrigue in the division. A rematch with Charlotte would produce a great match but any opponent is great if it means we get a double dose of The Man during PPV’s. I fully expect her to keep both Championships for a while to reinforce the idea that she is the pinnacle of the women’s division whilst elevating star such as Nicky Cross and Lacey Evans to her level.

Question 3: Were you surprised to see Seth Rollins defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, and what’s next for Monday Night Raw?

ALLSOPP: Shellshocked! I was surprised it was the opening match and even more surprised Seth won as it had felt like WWE had cooled on him since Roman Reigns returned. Not only did Seth win but he won rather convincingly which surprised me further.

Now the Universal Championship has been freed from the death clutch of the Suplex City Mayor I expect a bigger focus on creating new stars and champions having short reigns to create unpredictability within the upper midcard talent. Finn Balor, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns are due for short Championship reigns in order to freshen up the main event scene. All we need now is consistent and compelling storylines to make Raw worth tuning into.

COLEMAN: I was surprised especially given how the match started. When the referee’s hand reached 3 after 3 Stomps I said “Wow!” I’m glad the title has a full-time champion and Rollins is one of the best in the business. He’s more than deserving of being the one to end Brock Lesnar’s reign. Now the Universal Title should get a real lineage which it hasn’t had. The current lineage of the title is that is basically the title given to part-time talent or short term champions. Rollins should keep the belt for a long time and only lose it to a hot heel possibly a Roman Reigns who turns on him. Rollins should also defend the title on Raw in surprise situations. I don’t believe a Universal title challenge is a good idea.

GUEST: I fully expected Rollins to beat Lesnar, but it was very much in the forefront of my mind that I fully expected Reigns to beat Lesnar at last years show. I think Seth is one of the best performers, both in-ring and on the mic, in the world right now and is always going to be a reliable champion. I can see Roman Reigns being back in the title picture soon and even Braun Strowman could be (although I doubt all three of them will be on the same brand this time next week), so I’m not sure how long Rollins will hold the title, but as long as he is in good feuds, I don’t mind how long he holds it.

Those are our thoughts on the issue, but where do you stand?
Let us know your answers to these questions in the comments below!

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Robert DeFelice is a journalist and marketing student. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram as well as his apparel website Time Killer Apparel and his pro wrestling blog PandemoniuMania.


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