WWE WrestleMania 37 - Best and worst - Secret ingredient in Bianca Belair's win revealed, 3 major botches  (2023)

WrestleMania 37 wasn't just a win for WWE but for humanity. After a year of being confined under lockdown, wrestling fans thronged to Raymond James Stadium with masks and sanitizers to witness history in the making.

There was very little to complain about from the first night. Not even rain could stop this horde of wrestling enthusiasts from enjoying WWE WrestleMania 37 to the fullest. Thankfully, everyone in the locker room wanted to go out and deliver too!

Everything came together in a grand way and every match delivered, so to speak. It's unfair to tear apart WrestleMania after such a performance from the participants involved, but Best and Worst dishes out criticism where it is due.

But let's begin with the good news first!

#1 Best: Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair were the real stars at WWE WrestleMania 37

I am who they couldn’t even dare to be.I did it!!!!!!!! #WrestleMania #MainEvent #VivaLaSasha Thank you @VinceMcMahon 😭🙏🏾💙😍🌍 pic.twitter.com/8DEA336OoX

— Mercedes Varnado (@SashaBanksWWE) April 10, 2021

Sasha Banks made Bianca Belair at WrestleMania. It was almost like how Ric Flair broke Sting into the business, making him look like a million bucks, increasing his value manifold overnight. Comparisons are being made between Sasha Banks and Ric Flair, and as much of a stretch as that seems, she deserves all of the praise. She was not selfish at WrestleMania 37, where she did everything in her power to establish Bianca Belair as the next top-tier performer!

Also yeah @SashaBanksWWE is the best wrestler, male or female in the roster #WrestleMania

— Riju Dasgupta (@rdore2000) April 11, 2021

She was the secret ingredient in Bianca Belair's win, who, to her credit, lived up to all the hype. Despite the lackluster build for the WrestleMania 37 main event match on WWE SmackDown, the two women knew that they had to tear the house down. Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, and others are being dubbed as successors to the Four Horsewomen in WWE. And the Horsewomen are now seemingly paving the road for them to succeed.

#1 Worst: The biggest heel at WWE WrestleMania 37 is the rainstorm

Truly Epic. God Bless Vince McMahon. #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/JmIQLtj1YC

— TheElitist (@TheElitistonYT2) April 11, 2021

There was no better way for WWE WrestleMania 37 to get underway this year than with Vince McMahon kick-starting the proceedings. Unfortunately, there was a delay between the initial ceremony and the eventual show because of the rains.

(Video) Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks react to WrestleMania 37 main event match: WWE Playback

Mandy Rose took a small spill on the way to the ring #Wrestlemania pic.twitter.com/3hrkgzvTHL

— Wrestle Critic (@WrestleCritic) April 11, 2021

Had the event started right away, WrestleMania 37 would have felt a lot more special than it did with the delayed start. Once it got going, everything was fine, but some of the initial magic was lost instantly.

Sadly, Mandy Rose had to take a spill in the very first botch of the night, although she did recover and perform at the highest level in the match that followed. This was obviously not something that WWE could control, but it sucked the life and joy out of the proceedings.

There would be two more botches through the course of WrestleMania 37 and thankfully, this was perhaps the least embarrassing of all. Kudos to the crowd that literally weathered a storm to support their favorite WWE Superstars.

#2 Best: The right WWE Superstars won at WrestleMania 37 (especially Bobby Lashley)

Congratulations on the #WrestleMania win! The next match should be with Brock Lesnar for the #WWE Title at SummerSlam

— Amin (@MrFloomy) April 11, 2021

At WrestleMania 37, it was heartening to see that WWE did not take the safe, the easy, the tried-and-tested road. It would have been far too easy for Drew McIntyre to regain the WWE Championship in front of the crowd, for Bobby Lashley to slide down the card. But no, Vince McMahon took a chance with Bobby Lashley as the WWE Champion and he's running with the experiment!

Cesaro deserve pic.twitter.com/C1hC7jVUig

— Darshan Thakkar (@Darshan60018133) April 11, 2021

Similarly, Seth Rollins has been the star of the company for a very long time, and for him to be unselfish and to help Cesaro get his moment under the spotlight was a very big deal. To Cesaro's credit, he and Seth Rollins wrestled the perfect match at WrestleMania 37. It's up to WWE to help Cesaro reach the next level, carrying this momentum forward.

And what a relief it was to see Braun Strowman defeat Shane McMahon at WWE WrestleMania 37. We go into the new (wrestling) year with new stars and a whole truckload of momentum.

#2 Worst: WWE's Michael Cole sucked the excitement out of WrestleMania 37 with his robotic delivery

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— Sad Dog of Shimano (@xThundersn0w) April 11, 2021
(Video) 12 Moments That Were NOT Supposed To Happen At WWE Wrestlemania 38

The worst aspect of WrestleMania 37 was definitely the commentary. And the worst announcer by a mile at WrestleMania 37 was the WWE legend himself, Michael Cole. He called the historic win by Bianca Belair with as much enthusiasm as a Snickers ad. And this is not even counting the major main event botch!

Loved the wrestling and HATEEEEEEEEED the commentary at #WrestleMania. Michael Cole sucked all the life out of what should have been a historic moment with his flat, rehearsed lines.

— Riju Dasgupta (@rdore2000) April 11, 2021

Michael Cole has an iconic voice, has been a WWE mainstay forever, and he does what is expected of him, but somehow it didn't seem like WrestleMania 37 was his best performance, by far.

The third and final botch of the night happened during the Tag Team Turmoil match when the ring announcer said that the wrong team had been eliminated! It's only human for such a botch and Michael Cole's main event botch to occur, but the monotonous delivery could have been avoided.

Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone may not be in their prime anymore, but at least their delivery seems genuine and heartfelt even now.

#3 Best: Two incredible WWE debuts take place at WrestleMania 37 Night 1

4 meses comiéndose el Performance Center día y noche sin tener que hacerlo. Por amor a la industria lo hizo. Y esta noche puso la bandera de Puerto Rico en alto. Damas y caballeros, @sanbenito con la mejor lucha de la noche en #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/VVP70rEc4F

— Lucha Libre Online (@luchalibreonlin) April 11, 2021

At WrestleMania 37 Night 1, Bad Bunny showed the WWE Universe that he wasn't in the company to just collect his paycheck and ride off into the sunset. No, he proved to the entire wrestling world, and beyond, that as a lifelong WWE fan, he wanted to steal the show at WrestleMania 37. He put in the effort, had a great match with 3 seasoned sports entertainers, and probably brought many, many new eyes to the product.

Omos wrestled a very different kind of match against The New Day, but he did the job WWE expected him to. He's certain to be a major force to be reckoned with, going forward.


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— Sportskeeda Wrestling (@SKWrestling_) April 11, 2021

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Who won between Sasha and Bianca at WrestleMania? ›

WWE WrestleMania 37 Results: Bianca Belair Beats Sasha Banks In Awesome Main Event. Is It Better To Lease Or Buy A Car In Summer 2022?

How many views did WrestleMania 37 get? ›

WWE announced Wednesday that last weekend's WrestleMania 37 was a huge success in terms of video views and social media engagement. According to Joe Otterson of Variety, WWE said it experienced a record 1.1 billion video views across multiple platforms and 115 million engagements on social media.

Who won the women's title at WrestleMania 37? ›

WrestleMania 37 results: Roman Reigns retains; Rhea Ripley wins RAW Women's title.

What was the first match at WrestleMania 37? ›

In the first match, Bobby Lashley (accompanied by MVP) defended the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre. In the closing moments, McIntyre performed three Future Shock DDTs on Lashley for a nearfall.

Who has beaten Sasha Banks? ›

Bianca Belair Beats Sasha Banks, Wins SmackDown Women's Title at WrestleMania 37. Photo credit: WWE.com. Bianca Belair defeated Sasha Banks on Night 1 of WrestleMania 37 on Saturday to win the SmackDown Women's Championship, marking her first singles title in WWE.

Who won Sasha or Bianca? ›

Becky Lynch Beats Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair; Retains Women's Title at Crown Jewel. Becky Lynch defeated Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair in a Triple Threat match at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia Thursday to retain the SmackDown Women's Championship.

Who is the king of WrestleMania? ›

1. Shawn Michaels. Shawn Michaels is the greatest Superstar in WrestleMania history.

What is the most viewed WrestleMania? ›

During a call detailing their first quarter ratings, WWE confirmed that WrestleMania 38 was the most viewed event in company history.

Who has more viewers WrestleMania or Super Bowl? ›

1.8 billion impressions for the NFL. WWE won in video views with WrestleMania at 1.1 billion vs. Super Bowl at 618 million.

Who won the Universal title at WrestleMania? ›

Reigns unified his Universal title and Brock Lesnar's WWE championship with a pinfall victory in the main event of the two-night WrestleMania 38 on Sunday night in Dallas. Reigns hasn't lost a match since December 2019.

Did Bianca Belair win her match at WrestleMania? ›

Two months after their 'WrestleMania' classic, the reigning SmackDown women's champion faces Becky Lynch in a triple-threat match. Bianca Belair defeated Sasha Banks at WrestleMania 37.

Who did Roman Reigns face at WrestleMania 37? ›

On Sunday night, WrestleMania 37 will conclude its two-night extravaganza with a main event featuring Roman Reigns defending the universal championship against Edge and Daniel Bryan. The match is one of the most unlikely in the decades-long history of the biggest event WWE has to offer.

What is the card for WrestleMania 37? ›

Sunday's WrestleMania card is highlighted for the triple threat match for the universal championship where Roman Reigns will put his title on the line against Royal Rumble winner Edge and Daniel Bryan. In addition, the Raw women's intercontinental, United States and women's tag titles will also be up for grabs.

Who won the first match of WrestleMania? ›

The first match was between Tito Santana and The Executioner (Buddy Rose). Santana won the match after applying a figure four leglock on The Executioner, which was a shot at current Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine, as the figure four was his finishing move.

How much does WrestleMania cost to produce? ›

WWE reported production and talent costs of $21.5 million, and business operating profits of just $200,000 in the quarter due to the high costs to produce WrestleMania.

Are the four horsewomen friends? ›

In a recent interview with Metro UK, the Smackdown Women's Champion spoke about her career and relationship with fellow Four Horsewomen. “It's an unspoken bond. Our careers have all taken different turns and ended up in different spots in different times. The level of respect is always there, no matter what.

Who won the match between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch? ›

The four-way match ended with Lynch suffering a rare pinfall defeat at the hands of Sasha Banks after the show went off-air and sent the crowd back home on a happy note.

Who won the Triple Threat match at Crown Jewel? ›

Lashley was declared the winner after the referee called off the match due to Goldberg injuring his knee and rendering him unable to continue. Following the match, as Lashley continued to attack Goldberg, his 15-year-old son Gage came out and jumped on Lashley's back.

Are Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair friends? ›

"That's what it's all about" - Bianca Belair on her friendship with current champions in WWE. Bianca Belair has opened up about her real-life friendship with Sasha Banks and Naomi. The EST of WWE and The Legit Boss have a storied history with each other as they collided in the main event of WrestleMania 36 Night One.

Who is SmackDown women's champion now 2022? ›

Liv Morgan

When did Becky beat Bianca? ›

Night One of WrestleMania 38 saw Bianca Belair defeat Becky Lynch after an incredible match to become the new RAW Women's Champion. The two stars had a highly heated rivalry on the Road to WrestleMania and delivered with their bout at The Show of Shows.

Who is the greatest performer in WrestleMania history? ›

1. The Undertaker. The greatest performer in WrestleMania history is The Undertaker.

Who is the best fighter in WrestleMania? ›

Here are the 10 greatest WrestleMania performers in WWE history.
  • The Rock. 8 of 10.
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. 7 of 10. ...
  • Hulk Hogan. 6 of 10. ...
  • Bret Hart. 5 of 10. ...
  • Randy "Macho Man" Savage. 4 of 10. ...
  • Kurt Angle. 3 of 10. ...
  • Triple H. 2 of 10. ...
  • Edge. 1 of 10. ...

Who is the greatest entertainer in WWE? ›

Pro Wrestling Countdown: The 10 Greatest Performers Of All Time
  • Mick Foley: He is one of the smartest men to even step in the ring because he knows exactly what the fans want. ...
  • The Undertaker: What made The Undertaker great was the man behind the character. ...
  • Triple H: ...
  • Hulk Hogan: ...
  • Kurt Angle: ...
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  • The Rock: ...
  • Ric Flair:

Is WrestleMania real or acting? ›

Also, while the events in wrestling are staged, the physicality is real. Like stunt performers, wrestlers execute feats of athleticism, fly, collide with each other and the floor — all while staying in character. Unlike stunt performers, wrestlers perform these staged contests in one take, before a live audience.

What was the best WWE PPV ever? ›

Top 100 Wrestling PPVs Of All Time: 20-1
  • Survivor Series 2002 (354 points)
  • Heatwave 1998 (350 points) ...
  • WrestleMania 23 (329 points) ...
  • Wrestle Kingdom 11 (326 points) ...
  • Royal Rumble 2000 (316 points) ...
  • WrestleMania XXIV (315 points) ...
  • SummerSlam 2000 (302 points) ...
  • Royal Rumble 1992 (291 points) ...
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Why is WrestleMania so popular? ›

WrestleMania is a special event. It is truly one of a kind. WWE has crafted its legacy as the defining professional wrestling brand, and no show highlights this more than The Showcase of the Immortals. Each year, the company brings together its best wrestlers and legends to compete in front a massive audience.

Does WrestleMania make more money than the Super Bowl? ›

The Super Bowl remains the leader in sports business, but WrestleMania is no economic slouch. WWE's top show lays the smackdown on many a sporting event.
Economic Impact.
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What is bigger than a Super Bowl? ›

The Champions League final is bigger than the Super Bowl in terms of viewers around the globe, by several million. Finding concrete numbers for both events is difficult, but any way you slice it, the Champions League final is still the winner.

Whats bigger Super Bowl or World Cup? ›

Although the NFL and the Super Bowl continue to hold the top ratings spot in the U.S., overall World Cup viewership dwarfs that of American football. During the 2018 World Cup final in Russia, more than one billion people tuned in to see France knock off Croatia.

How much does Roman Reigns earn per month? ›

His total net worth is around $ 18 million, while his salary from WWE is $1.2 million annually. Roman not only earns through WWE but also attends the various event, for which he charges a large amount in a million, and his monthly income is $1,70,000.

Has Undertaker ever lost a match in WrestleMania? ›

For years, debate had revolved around who, if anybody, should break The Streak, with prominent wrestlers giving comment. At WrestleMania XXX in 2014, The Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar, thus ending The Streak.

Who is universal champion now? ›

Roman Reigns

Did Bianca beat Becky at WrestleMania? ›

Bianca Belair Defeats Becky Lynch, Wins Raw Women's Title at WWE WrestleMania 38. Bianca Belair defeated Becky Lynch on Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 on Saturday to win her first Raw Women's Championship.

Who beat Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania? ›

Charlotte Flair beat Ronda Rousey to keep the Smackdown title after a ref bump.

Who is raw women's champion now? ›

Bianca Belair is the current champion in her first reign. She won the title by defeating Becky Lynch during Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 on April 2, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Who won Reigns vs Edge? ›

Roman Reigns defeated Edge in a fantastic main event at WWE Money in the Bank 2021. Edge scored a visual pinfall on Reigns following a ref bump, but was thwarted by outside interference from Seth Rollins amid weeks of teases for a Rollins-Edge feud.

How much do WrestleMania tickets cost? ›

Seat Geek mentions that, typically, Wrestlemania 38 tickets can be found for as low as $89.00, with an average price of $308.00. Over on Vivid Seats, a two-day pass ranges from $200 to $14014.

Who won WrestleMania Edge or Roman Reigns? ›

Roman Reigns beat Edge and Daniel Bryan in the main event of WrestleMania 37, scoring a rare double pinfall as he stacked Edge on top of Daniel Bryan for the win.

How long will WrestleMania last? ›

WrestleMania 38 begins with the kickoff show starting each night at 7 p.m. ET and the main show getting underway at 8 p.m. ET. The main card each night is expected to last around four hours.

How many hours is WrestleMania 37? ›

With WWE WrestleMania 37 taking place over two nights, we now have an idea how long both shows could run for per current plans. As reported by PWInsider, the current plan is for both nights to be three-hour broadcasts each, from 7-10pm ET.

Who won the Women's Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 38? ›

Carmella & Queen Zelina, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan and Shayna Bazler & Natalya to become the WWE Women's Tag Team Champions (Fatal 4-Way Match) The WWE Women's Tag Team Title underwent a glow-up at WrestleMania, courtesy of Naomi & Sasha Banks. Watch WrestleMania 38 On Demand on Peacock in the United States.

Who won Sasha Banks vs Bianca Belair WrestleMania 37? ›

Bianca Belair pinned Sasha Banks in the main event of Night 1 of WrestleMania 37 on Saturday, winning the SmackDown women's championship in an instant classic. Both women put on career-defining performances, with Belair putting herself definitively in the top echelon of WWE superstars.

How long was Sasha vs Bianca? ›

Such emotional moments are actually WrestleMania moments for the fans. Sasha Banks was booked more like a heel in this match, and Bianca was more of a stronger force. In a seventeen minutes booking, Bianca Belair was built way stronger than Sasha. In the end, Bianca pinned Sasha to pick up the victory.

Are Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair friends? ›

"That's what it's all about" - Bianca Belair on her friendship with current champions in WWE. Bianca Belair has opened up about her real-life friendship with Sasha Banks and Naomi. The EST of WWE and The Legit Boss have a storied history with each other as they collided in the main event of WrestleMania 36 Night One.

Who won between Sasha? ›

Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks and Bayley in a Triple Threat match Sunday at WWE Clash of Champions to retain the Raw Women's Championship. The match saw a series of near-falls, with one wrestler coming in to break up the pin. Charlotte solved the problem by taking Sasha out of the equation and pinning Bayley.

Who won Bianca Belair vs Becky Lynch? ›

She beat Becky Lynch a year later at WrestleMania 38. What could she possibly have in store next? “I feel like I'm on my way to becoming Mrs. WrestleMania,” Belair says.


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