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COMPLETE WRESTLEMANIA 35 COVERAGE: NEW CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED, TRIPLE H PUTS HIS CAREER ON THE LINE, DOES KOFI GET HIS MOMENT, THE WOMEN MAKE HISTORY WITH ALL THE GOLD ON THE LINE, AND MORE

By Stuart Carapola on 2019-04-07 00:20:00

Speaking of the APA, JBL joins the broadcast team for the next match...

Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin

Angle unloads on Corbin with right hands and pops him over with a release belly to belly suplex.  Corbin goes for the runaround clothesline, Angle stops it, but Corbin bounces him off the top rope and shows Angle some faux respect and applause before going back to punching him.  Corbin chokes Angle on the top rope, points to his family, and tells them to cheer for daddy.  Angle dodges a leap off the top rope, hits a series of rolling German suplexes, and covers for 2.  Corbin escapes the Angle slam and hits a Yakuza kick square in the jaw.  Angle gets an anklelock, but Corbin kicks him off.  Corbin hits Deep Six for 2.  Angle dodges a charge and hits the Angle slam for 2, and THE STRAPS COME DOWN!  Angle gets the anklelock, he has Corbin right in the middle of the ring, Corbin crawls for the ropes, Angle drags him back, Corbin still fights, and he rolls forward to drive Angle into the middle turnbuckle.  Corbin does you can't see me and eats a right hand from Angle, who proceeds to dish out a few more German suplexes, stops to soak in the reaction of the fans, points to the sky, and goes up for the moonsault.  He does it...and Corbin misses.  Corbin hits End of Days and covers for 3.

Winner: Baron Corbin

People are going to complain about the finish, but Angle followed tradition and went out on his back.  Angle gets a standing ovation as he says it's been a great 20 years, and it didn't end the way he wanted, but he wants to hear those magic words that epitomize his career.  His music hits, and the fans give him a respectful "you suck" chant as he goes to the floor to give his family a hug.

Intercontinental Title Match: Bobby Lashley vs Finn Balor

The match starts fast, almost as if they were up against some kind of invisible time considerations.  Balor dumps Lashley to the floor and hits a dive, but Lashley nails him, then gets a HUGE vertical suplex back into the ring, and Balor tries going to the apron for a breather, but Lashley just hauls him right back in with another suplex.  Balor rolls back to the apron, and Lashley turns him inside out with a clothesline, then drives him into the barricade on the floor.  Lashley tries a charge, but Balor hits a slingblade, chases Lio off with some growling, then drives Lashley into the barricade again with a shotgun dropkick.  Balor gets on the apron, Rush distracts him, and Lashley comes through the ropes with so much velocity he nearly goes through Balor on their way to the floor.  Another spear in the ring only gets 2, then he fires a few kicks into Lashley's ribs before powerbombing him.  Balor goes to the top rope, he hits the double stomp, and covers for 3.

Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Finn Balor

Really short, but maybe that's to be expected on a show with 47 matches.

Alexa Bliss comes out to announce a new attendance record at Metlife Stadium of 82, 265.  Come on, guys, it's been over 30 years, surely you can top the Silverdome by now, right?  (We won't talk about that 78,000 estimate...)  Alexa says it's time for a break, and she repeates it two more times until R Truth realizes that's his cue, and out he comes with Carmella.  They do a dance break.

We're informed that next year's Wrestlemania is coming to the Tampa Bay area, and then...IT'S MAIN EVENT TIME!

Winner Take All: Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey vs Smackdown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch

In true Flair fashion, Charlotte arrives by helicopter, with a red carpet rolled out for her and everything.  She has attendees put her robe on for her, and here she comes.  Good thing it's nice out tonight.  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform Bad Reputation for Ronda Rousey's entrance.  It's four minutes to midnight as I write this, and if New York does still have that 12 AM curfew, I can see one big reason they don't run Wrestlemania in the city anymore.  Corey tells a story about how Ric Flair says Charlotte isn't his daughter anymore, he's Charlotte's dad.  That's nice.  Becky is the last one out, and if there was a roof on this place, the fans would have just blown it off.

Finally the pageantry is over, and the match begins.  Ronda tears right into both opponents with strikes as soon as the bell rings, and continues doing so as they go to the floor.  Charlotte rams Ronda into the steps, and then goes face-to-face with Becky in the ring.  They trade forearms and...my stream locks up.  I get bounced out of the stream entirely, and when I come back, Ronda is hanging upside down in the ropes with Charlotte in a triangle choke, and Becky baseball slides her in the back and knocks her to the floor.  Charlotte gives Becky a flatliner into the corner and covers for 2.  Charlotte tries a moonsault, Becky gets the knees up, and gets Charlotte in the disarmer.  Ronda goes for her armbar on Becky, but Charlotte breaks that up with a knee to the face.  Charlotte hits a double Natural Selection, covers Becky for 2, then covers Ronda for 2.  Charlotte dumps Becky to the floor and then stalks Ronda, whose body shots are met with a flurry of chops.  Ronda tells her to bring it, so Charlotte chops her in the face, and Ronda responds with a kneestrike to the face and a climbing rolling armbar.  YIPES!  Charlotte is too long and too strong, and counters to a Boston crab on Ronda.  Becky breaks it up with a bulldog, then hits a DDT/flatliner combo on both opponents, covering each for 2.  Becky hits a spinkick to Charlotte's ribs, a flurry of European uppercuts (or to her, uppercuts) but Charlotte responds with a truly American European uppercut.  Charlotte does the Flair Flip, boots Becky in the chest, then climbs to the top, and you know what happens to Flairs when they try that.  Becky covers Charlotte for 2, and neither see Ronda climb the corner to hit a crossbody on both opponents for 2.  Ronda with judo throws on both ladies, then gets them both in a double armbar, but they cooperate by picking Ronda up and powerbombing her.  Ronda hangs on, so they pick her up again and hit another powerbomb.  Ronda still has her grip, and yet a third powerbomb finally breaks.  Charlotte tosses Becky to the floor and covers Ronda for a VERY close 2.

Becky plants Charlotte with a belly-to-belly suplex for 2, then kicks her to the floor and stares down Ronda before rolling her through into the Disarmer.  Ronda tries to roll away to the ropes, but Becky hangs onto it.  Ronda tries to make it to the ropes, but this is no DQ, so no rope break.  Ronda climbs the rope with Becky still on her arm and dumps her into the corner.  Ronda charges Becky in the corner, Becky elevates over her, and gets the Disarmer in the ropes.  Charlotte comes from nowhere with a big boot to Becky's face, and Charlotte hits a Spanish Fly on Becky for 2.  Charlotte appears to have cracked her knee on the landing, and Ronda rolls in and goes after Charlotte, wh suplexes her across the ring.  Becky goes for the Disarmer on Charlotte, who plows her into the corner.  Becky rolls to the apron as Charlotte starts stomping on Ronda's knee, dragging her to the corner to ram Ronda's leg into the post before doing the ringpost figure four.  Becky runs in with a kick to Charlotte's ribs, but Charlotte takes her to the floor and rams her into the barricade before coming back into the ring to go for the figure four.  Ronda counters to a small package for 2, but a second attempt completes, then Charlotte bridges into the figure eight.  Becky comes off the top rope and lands on Charlotte, whose arm appears to have suffered a cut and is starting to bleed.  Charlotte rolls to the floor to get that checked off camera as Becky drags a table out from under the ring and sets it up on the inside.  Charlotte sneaks in and nails Becky from behind, rams her face into the table, and lays her on top.  Charlotte goes to the top for a moonsault, but Becky is up and goes for a powerbomb.  Ronda runs in and breaks that up, knocking Charlotte to the floor, declares that "tables are for b*****s" and flips it over before opening up on Becky with a flurry of strikes.  Becky slips out of Piper's Pit, and Charlotte spears both of them, and covers each for 2.

Charlotte stands the tabl up in the corner, repeatedly rams Ronda's face into it, then spears Becky for 2.  Becky moves and Charlotte spears herself through the table, and we're down to Becky and Ronda, and THEY GO AT IT!  Ronda kills her with a leaping kneestrike, does the roll-through into Piper's Pit, and Becky rolls through it into a crucifix for the win.

Winner and NEW Raw AND Smackdown Women's Champion: Becky Lynch

Well, they kind of blew the finish, but the match was amazing.  Basically, Ronda's shoulders came off the mat between 1 and 2, so it looks like a screw finish and I'm not sure if it was intentional or not to set a rematch.  In any event, Becky gets her moment as fireworks go off and she stands tall to close the show.

Thanks for reading PWInsider.com's live coverage of Wrestlemania 35!  Dave Scherer and Mike Epsenhart will be back in a bit with the Wrestlemania Postgame Show in the Elite section!


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