2019 WWE WrestleMania 35 results, grades, review, matches: Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston steal the show

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — History was made in the main event of WWE WrestleMania 35 when a trio of women headlined the show of shows for the first time in company history. Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair squared off in a triple threat for both women’s championships, which fan favorite Lynch took home to cap a tremendous seven months in her career. Elsewhere on the card, Kofi Kingston became just the second African American to capture the WWE championship when he beat Daniel Bryan, and Seth Rollins slayed the beast by taking down Brock Lesnar for the universal championship.

In fact, seven of the nine titles defended at WrestleMania 35 changed hands, and fan favorites overwhelmingly went over the heels on Sunday night. A MetLife Stadium-record $16.9 million was grossed from the event — the highest figure the stadium has ever pulled. WWE announced 82,265 fans for the show, the third-most in WrestleMania history. CBS Sports was with you the entire way Sunday, updating this story with the latest results and highlights from the biggest show of the year. Overall WrestleMania grade: B+

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WWE WrestleMania 35 results, grades

Cruiserweight Championship — Tony Nese def. Buddy Murphy (c) via pinfall to win the title (Kickoff Show): Talk about a perfect way to get things started on the kickoff show with this high-energy opener. Nese scored the surprising upset with a win that could mean a call-up is in Murphy’s future following a memorable six-month title reign. The match perfectly melded the aerial artistry of 205 Live and the cruiserweight division with the stiff striking often seen in Japan. Murphy suffered a cut above his left eye early and Nese nearly scored an early pinfall following an impressive springboard moonsault from the apron. Nese continued to impress corkscrew moonsaults and a 450 splash, each of which could only draw a two count. The finish came after Nese was able to extend his foot to the rope to avoid losing following be hit by Murphy’s Law. Nese came right back with a German suplex of Murphy into the second turnbuckle and a running knee in the corner for the 1-2-3. If it’s time for WWE to give Murphy more to do, the Australian appears ready. Grade: B+

Carmella wins the Women’s Battle Royal (Kickoff Show): For as little fanfare or expectations this match had coming in, the good news is that the match wasn’t a train wreck. Ember Moon successfully returned from a six-month injury break and connected with an Eclipse off the top rope on Mandy Rose along with a couple other cutters. The Riott Squad received strong booking throughout and teamed up for a series of eliminations until Dana Brooke rallied to eliminate Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott. Logan appeared to have the match won after eliminating Sonia Deville and Asuka in succession, but Carmella dove back into the ring from where she was hiding and eliminated Logan with a super kick. Grade: C


Raw Tag Team Championship — Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins def. The Revival via pinfall to win the titles (Kickoff Show): This may not have been Brock Lesnar upsetting The Undertaker five years ago, but Hawkins’ epic streak of a different kind came to a dramatic end in his backyard. Hawkins, whose gimmick losing streak had extended to 0-269, joined his fellow New Yorker in Ryder to create quite the WrestleMania moment. Wrestling from underneath throughout as Revival relied on old school tactics to double team and distract the referee, the underdog duo was able to rally following a series of big moves that led up to the finish. A suplex attempt from Ryder on Wilder sent both tumbling over the top rope with Ryder hitting his head on the apron. Dawson then hit Hawkins with a brainbuster onto the floor. But after a series of near falls late, Hawins rolled up Dawson for the pin as the duo formerly known as the Major Brothers recaptured tag team for the first time in over a decade. Grade: C+

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