With NXT Takeover: New Orleans and Wrestlemania 34 behind us, the WWE Universe is left reflecting on the two biggest show’s winners and losers. Who gained and lost the most from this weekend? Who’s careers were revived, killed, or pushed further? Did WWE make the right booking decisions? Here are the biggest winners and losers from last weekend’s wrestling extravaganza!
Winner- Adam Cole
Saturday’s NXT Takeover event, as predicted, outshined Wrestlemania as Adam Cole had a career defining night. Cole pulled double duty last Saturday competing in two matches, one of them, the grueling NXT North American Championship ladder match. Adam Cole would go on to win the brutal bout, becoming the inaugural NXT North American Champion.
With only one match in between to rest, Cole defended the Undisputed Era’s Tag Team titles in a triple threat match where Roderick Strong would turn heel and join Cole and co. Now technically a double champion, Adam Cole won both his matches on Saturday, sending a message to the wrestling world that he is one of the best of today.
First of all, in my opinion, that match deserves five stars. Second of all, I wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about the best parts of this match without giving a huge shoutout to Ricochet who stunned the NXT Universe with his acrobatics and innovation throughout the match.
Loser- Ember Moon
Ember Moon lost her Title to Shayna Bayzler on Saturday, but that isn’t the only reason she is being labeled as a loser. Moon has been booked solidly during her first year of competition in NXT, but after beating Bayzler twice already, I don’t understand why the third time would be any different. Bayzler is threatening and qualified indeed, but in my opinion, she is too new to hold the title. The fans haven’t yet had time to fully process her character, or believe she is good enough to be champion.
Secondly, Ember Moon, besides her rematch clause, has no creative direction now. Unless she is being called up to the main roster or being used for something that WWE creative hasn’t announced yet, Ember is directionless.
Winner- Johnny Gargano
Gargano and Ciampa fought in a violent main event match where the storytelling hit even harder than the strikes. The symbolism, selling, innovation, and emotion took this match to the next level. Gargano is a machine, turning out some of WWE’s best matches every time he steps in the ring. Besides being the victor of an incredible main event match, Gargano won back his job while simultaneously getting revenge on his former best friend. There is no better combo than that.
Loser- John Cena
Now let me be clear, John Cena’s loss was NOT a burial. Many people are claiming that Cena is now the one who got “buried” but this is not the case. Yes, Cena lost very quickly to a dominant Undertaker after weeks of antagonizing him on the mic (which is why Cena is a big loser of the weekend), but there is a huge difference between a quick loss and a burial. Cena plain lost quickly and it is quite embarrassing because of the remarks he made about The Undertaker on RAW, however Cena will recover. Despite his evident recovery, Cena still lost a lot of credibility here.
Winner- Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins won big time at Wrestlemania 34 and it’s as simple as that. Rollins def. Finn Balor and The Miz in a terrific triple threat match that arguably stole the show. Not only did this win give him his first Intercontinental Title, but separated him into an elite group of GrandSlam champions!
Asuka’s shocking tap out at Wrestlemania marked the first loss of her entire WWE career. Charlotte was “ready for Asuka” and proved to the world that she is beatable and mortal. Despite this fantastic streak, a Wrestlemania tap out to Charlotte made little sense in my mind. In my opinion, the biggest part of many fan’s attraction to Asuka was her streak and it will be interesting to see if she can stay relevant without her streak. Unless WWE is planning on Charlotte Flair having an Undertaker-like Wrestlemania win streak, this booking made little sense to me and could hurt Asuka badly.
Winner- Ronda Rousey
In my opinion, Ronda Rousey was the biggest winner to emerge from last night’s show. Ronda did not disappoint in her in-ring debut. Although the match was no wrestling clinic or five star match, it was easily the most fun match of the night. Ronda is over with the crowd despite botching a few promos, and seeing her unload on Stephanie McMahon and even Triple H as well was exciting, surreal, and entertaining as hell. I can not wait to see what the future holds for Rousey as she will only improve her craft in this industry. Her potential is boundless.
- AJ Styles
- Aliestar Black
- Brock Lesnar
- Nia Jax
- Braun Strowman… and Nicholas
- Roderick Strong
- Cedric Alexander
- Bludgeon Brothers
- Daniel Bryan
- Jinder Mahal
- Stephanie McMahon
- Roman Reigns
- Alexa Bliss
- The Miz