WrestleMania 35 Review From A Guy Who Was There Live

WrestleMania 35 Review From A Guy Who Was There Live

It was a whirlwind of positivity, returns, and a quick squash match from Samoa Joe.

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The Grandest Stage of Them All, presented by WWE, brought the biggest action of the year and mainstream celebrities all in one place as it usually does. I, along with two friends, were super excited to buy our tickets and head to MetLife stadium and witness the big show. We saw the return of the Immortal Hulk Hogan, John Cena roast Elias with his throwback 'Doctor of Thuganomics' gimmick, Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che get brutalized on the pre-show, and some of the best matches put on by people we would never expect to have that kind of performances in such a crammed show. That's right: WrestleMania had sixteen matches throughout the event, so you'd think everything would be quick and not spot-on. However, the company's top stars delivered in the best possible way on the main show, which is what I'll be focusing on (not taking away any of the credits to those who performed on the pre-show). This is all personal opinion, so take this with a grain of salt.

1. Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) for the WWE Universal Championship

Possibly the best way to start a show 'hot', as wrestling terms go. The "REIGNING, DEFENDING, UNDISPUTED, HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD" Brock Lesnar defended his title against the 'Beastslayer' after months of holding onto the Universal championship without showing up to Raw every night. It was a short match, but it made sense: Lesnar brutalized Rollins before the bell and continued to do so until Rollins found a way to subdue the Beast Incarnate and curb stomp him three times and win his first Universal championship. A great match!

2. AJ Styles vs Randy Orton

Two industry vets who know their way around the ring on the grandest stage of them all. Classic match with plenty of hard-hitting action, high-flying moves, and two personalities clashing in a WrestleMania-worthy performance. Styles got the win here, but Orton showed the world that he was still capable of being a main event guy and not a wasted veteran.

3. The Usos vs Ricochet/Aleister Black vs Rusev/Shinsuke Nakamura vs The Bar for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships

Although not as prolific as previous tag team matches at 'Mania, these eight superstars dished out a ton of offense on each other in their own style that had the audience cheering throughout it. Cesaro and Sheamus proved that they're still a dominant force in the tag team division, while new sensations Aleister Black and Ricochet showcased their abilities as a team here. Another good match where The Usos retained.

4. Shane McMahon vs The Miz (Falls Count Anywhere)

Miz and Shane have been embroiled in a heated rivalry stemming from Shane's ignorance and mistreatment of Miz's dad. We saw them go at it all over the arena that included some extreme moments reminiscent of Shane's Attitude Era spots, who pinned Miz after Miz superplexed Shane off a platform and on a table. A great match that even saw Miz's dad get into the ring and try to box the 'Best in the World' Shane McMahon.

5. The IIconics vs Sasha Banks/Bayley vs Tamina/Nia Jax vs Beth Phoenix/Natalya for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships

Though most of the women's division focal point was the triple threat main event that night, these eight women went all out to show that their division is red hot and ready to show the world that women tag teams are the next big thing. A good match with plenty of action that had us cheering, but The IIconics' winning had me upset since I'm a huge Sasha/Bayley fan.

6. Kofi Kingston (w/ The New Day) vs Daniel Bryan (w/ Rowan) for the WWE Championship

Personally, I was stoked for this match. I've always been a Kofi fan since his days as the Jamaican Sensation from ECW, so to see him get his actual first title shot opportunity after all the ups and downs he's been through was amazing. The crowd was supercharged for the New Day's high-flier, who went toe-to-toe with a rounded ring general such as Daniel Bryan. We were standing throughout (at least that's what I think) to see Kofi win his first world championship in an arena lobbying for the first African-American WWE Champion ever.

7. Samoa Joe vs Rey Mysterio for the United States Championship

Talk about quick. Mysterio's ankle injury seemed to be the case of speeding up this match, as Joe defeated Rey in less than a minute. My friend Ethan wore his Mysterio mask for that match...easy to say he was disappointed when it was all said and done in a minute.

8. Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre

Reigns, who was returning from leukemia remission, wrestled his first 'Mania outside the main event in four years (having gone 2-2 in the previous Manias). Both fought tooth and nail in a classic 'big man' match, but it wasn't prolific or anything. In fact, much of the crowd was doing the wave during it, a sign that we still don't accept Reigns as 'the guy' after constantly having him shoved down our throats. Reigns picked up the win but it was forgettable, to be honest.

9. Triple H vs Batista (No Holds Barred)

Two former Evolution members went 'hard' in this match to show who was the better man. Batista, returning to the ring after five years, was trying to show that he could beat Triple H one more time and go 4-0 against The Game...by attacking 'a seventy year old' Ric Flair during his birthday. Both men had their times to shine and bring some nostalgia back, but the video above was grueling to watch (even though the nose ring was obviously planted there and not actually ripped).

10. Baron Corbin vs Kurt Angle (Angle's Farewell Match)

We were all hoping Corbin would be replaced and sent back to Applebee's since that what he's dressed like before this match. Angle, a well-rounded veteran, was having his final match on the big stage and lost to...Baron Corbin. A bad taste was left in all our mouths even after Angle got on the mic and thanked us for the years of support.

11. "Demon" Finn Balor vs Bobby Lashley (w/ Lio Rush) for the Intercontinental Championship

The penultimate match saw 'Demon' Finn Balor capture his second Intercontinental title from Bobby Lashley in a so-so match. Balor's entrance was more entertaining then the action in the ring, but to see him win the title at 'Mania was great to see. That powerbomb surprised a good amount of us, too.

12. Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair vs Ronda Rousey (Winner Take All Triple Threat Match for the Raw and Smackdown Women's Championships)

The main event saw "THE MAN" Becky Lynch do the impossible and face two of the biggest names in the company with untarnished legacies and win both titles. It was a great back and forth match of unpredictability since there were three of them in there, and the controversial ending still leaves me wondering what happened. Either way, the crowd was ecstatic to see their favorite 'Lass Kicker' win both titles and prove that hard work pays off no matter where you come from or whose daughter you are.

The entire show had it's ups and downs, but I can say there were more ups than downs. It was possibly one of the best all around WrestleManias in a few years. 8/10 final rating from me.

Credit: Hunter M.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.
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Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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What The 2019 'Season Of The Crab' Means For Your Zodiac Sign

It could be a super emotional month for everyone.

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It's officially summer, and that means it's time to dive into the watery depths of Cancer season on June 21. There is a different energy in the air; different from the vibe in Gemini season. Each sign can expect to notice its effects, whether they are obvious or more subtle.

Cancer season means you're probably going to feel more moody than usual. Maybe you're crying more often. Maybe you'll feel more dreamy and intuitive. Maybe you'll be more irritable. Whatever the case, it never hurts to know what you're about to get yourself into.

So what does Cancer season mean for you, based on your zodiac sign?

1. Cancer - 21 Jun to 22 Jul

@rebeccahmac_

Happy solar return, cutie crustacean!

This is one of the dreamiest times of the entire year for you, but lacking structure and planning could prove stressful. You're in an imaginative zone and you may not feel like settling down before chasing the stars, but you must think ahead so things will work out.

2. Leo - 23 Jul to 22 Aug

@lolasuxs

Cancer season will find you exploring who you want to become, and what you want to leave behind. With your season just around the corner, this is also a magical time for healing and exploring yourself. Journaling, creative pursuits, or talking things through are wonderful ways to nourish your soul.

3. Virgo - 23 Aug to 22 Sep

@nahomi.17

This Cancer season, you'll find that the stars and the moon are asking you to rest. You will be faced with many choices and decisions this month. Enjoy your time fostering whatever creativity comes to mind. Do not force yourself to go out if you're not feeling up to it. It's okay to be you and be alone sometimes.

4. Libra - 23 Sep to 22 Oct

@tiiffahh

Cancer season and Neptune retrograde begin on June 21, causing you to need to pause and reflect on your goals. Change can be uncomfortable, but every small shift brings us closer to our goals. Be willing to take a risk, and let the universe push you in the direction of happiness and adventure.

5. Scorpio - 23 Oct to 21 Nov

@jordansavannah_r

Cancer season finds you traveling and opening new doors of opportunity. Are you really gaining anything by holding onto the past so tightly, Scorpio? Set your sights on new dreams, and leave all those people and situations that are holding you back in your rearview mirror.

6. Sagittarius - 22 Nov to 21 Dec

@zelzhcabbage

The question Cancer season asks you now, Sag, is whether you'll run away from your past, cling on to it, or do the emotional work necessary to process it and let it go. Appreciate the memories you are making and try not to get too wrapped up in the little things that annoy you. This is a time for experimentation.

7. Capricorn - 22 Dec to 19 Jan

@xxadriiana

You love your deadlines and goals, but remember that taking care of your emotional health will ultimately help you be more efficient! Trust your intuition, take it slow, and use the energy for play and creativity rather than detailed planning.

8. Aquarius - 20 Jan to 19 Feb

@yeeshibee

Cancer season this year is all about being comfortable and doing what you know, so go ahead and stick to that. This is also a great time for you to check in with yourself when it comes to wellness and your habits.

9. Pisces - 20 Feb to 20 Mar

@stephdangle

This Cancer season, the heightened emotion that is in the air will bring you natural happiness. Go out, have a wonderful night under the summer stars, and use your experiences for inspiration. It will reinvigorate your soul to be more creative and more adventurous.

10. Aries - 21 Mar to 19 Apr

@marilang_

Cancer season finds you focused squarely on your personal life. It's a wonderful time for an adventure. Go on that hike. Wake up early and drive to the beach. You'll feel an inclination to do it all-- and you can! Remind yourself that you are capable.

It will be hard to stay focused because the vibe just feels so good, but Neptune's retrograde brings intriguing messages to your dreams, so pay close attention to your inner voice at this time.

11. Taurus - 20 Apr to 20 May

@belendenike

Cancer season causes emotions to be even more extreme so you'll probably reach your breaking point this month, Taurus, but you are never alone in the problems that you face. Remember to control your temper long enough to cool off and take some relaxation for yourself.

Take a day off and drive around with the windows down. Take five days off and drive to the beach to hang out and reflect. Whatever it is that you need to feel better, it is time to do it this month.

12. Gemini - 21 May to 20 Jun

@nicolenaone

Cancer is a sign that's all about security and protection, and you're really feeling those vibes right now. Your confidence is running high, as you are feeling more in control of your life. Get rid of the elements in your life that won't propel you forward.

Just as the moon and ocean cycle, so do we. Cancer is that strong energy that gets you up in your feels; it's sure to be a ride.

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