Heading into WrestleMania 34, a lot of history was possible at the event. Obviously, due to the uncertainty of how matches would go until the event happened, it was never going to be easy to determine everything. However, despite the uncertain nature, WrestleMania clearly delivered a lot of memorable moments. The event had several shockers, but likely none more than Charlotte vs Asuka and Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar. Both shocked with their result.
However, there were other surprises that WWE did not go with. Despite it all, this week was huge for WWE and the fans managed to see a great weekend full of shows. WrestleMania had it all, but the real question is…what history did they make at the event? Considering this will be both WWE and WrestleMania history, we recommend you pay close attention. For WWE may use these facts one day.
We’ll be going over the history of the show of shows, but considering history was made for the company itself….this may turn out to be a shocking list for you. Things like telling you Ronda Rousey is the first MMA Champion since Ken Shamrock to work a WWE match, especially one at WrestleMania is what we’re looking to show you here today. Not things like Lana being the first Russian to do so, when she’s not even close to one. This list will give real, interesting facts all stemming from the results of WrestleMania 34. We hope you enjoy.
15. NXT Female Superstars Make History
During the Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania, the women of NXT managed to make history in a big way. Not only was this the first battle royal for women in history, but this happened to be a time when WWE would use the girls in a major way. They would all have a big role, but none would win sadly. However, NXT did make history with this being the first time that all women’s matches on the card involved NXT women. On top of this, this was the most from NXT history in one PPV. If that isn’t enough, this is the biggest use of NXT women in a battle royal, as the number surpasses that made at The Royal Rumble in January.
14. More On The NXT Women Making History
WWE has never had more of an impressive female roster from top to bottom than today. Like the men, however, WWE is searching the globe to find the perfect amount of amazing women from all around the planet. This led them to two major nations where they would hire a few women. One of these happened to be India, where they would hire the first Indian female in WWE history. Her name is Kavita Dalal. She would become the first women in WWE history to perform at WrestleMania. And only the second true Indian to do so. Jinder Mahal is Canadian by the way. Another place they would go to is Brazil, where they hired a young woman by the name of Taynara Conti. She would be the first true Brazilian woman WWE ever brought to the company. She too would make history as the first true Brazilian EVER to compete at WrestleMania, and the first woman to do so.
13. Japanese And WrestleMania History Was Made
While going into the event, many people assumed that Shinsuke Nakamura could become the first Japanese WWE Champion…this would have been false. Antonio Inoki would win the title in 1979 and hold it for a few days before vacating it. The real thing Nakamura was going to be doing was making history by merely showing up. The moment he stepped foot in the ring with WWE Champion AJ Styles, Nakamura became the first Japanese man in WWE history to compete for a World Title of any king on the grandest stage of them all. If that was not enough for you, Asuka becomes the first Japanese woman to compete for the WWE Women’s Title. She would have been the first Japanese woman to ever compete at WrestleMania, but funny as it might seem, Kairi Sane actually beat her to this. As she competed in the Women’s Battle Royal at the beginning of WrestleMania 34. When Asuka competed later in the night.
12. Charlotte Flair And Massive WrestleMania History
Charlotte Flair would, of course, retain her WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship as she beat The Empress of Tomorrow at WrestleMania on Sunday. However, her beating Asuka was not the first piece of history that people will need to discuss for her when it comes to WrestleMania. She becomes the first woman since Trish Stratus to defend and retain a woman’s title at WrestleMania. Yet she is the only woman to compete for or win every single Women’s Title available in WWE history. She would enter WrestleMania 32 to defend the WWE Diva’s Title, the title would be vacated for the new WWE Women’s Title that she would win. She fought for the WWE RAW Women’s Title at WrestleMania 33, and she retained the SmackDown Live Women’s Title at WrestleMania 34. She is also the first to retain two different women’s titles as well.
11. Seth Rollins Grandslam History
Seth Rollins would win the WWE Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday. With this, he would now become the last of The Shield members to become the grand slam winner. On top of this, however, he joins an elite company in winning both the WWE Championship at WWE Intercontinental Championship at two different WrestleMania events. If he were to win the tag titles at the show of shows, he would join an even more elite list of men. Though he has won tag team matches at the show when part of The Shield.
10. Triple H Extends His History At WrestleMania
Heading into WrestleMania 34, Triple H had already made history by having the most losses in WrestleMania history. His wife Stephanie McMahon would actually be handed her first and only loss, as it was her first match on the card. Triple H has had a storied career, but the last ten years has not been kind to him at the show of shows. Since WrestleMania 24, Triple H has won but 3 matches. This is the worst for any who have competed in the same amount. He is also officially the second all-time in WrestleMania matches, only behind The Undertaker for most all-time.
9. History Making Title Matches For Japan
While the former fact is still quite massive and one we should not forget, there is also a bigger case of history made with both Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka. While WrestleMania 34 is the first WrestleMania event to feature two Japanese people in a title match on the same card, something bigger happened. This is the first WrestleMania where we saw people get both a WWE and Women’s Title in their first ever WrestleMania on the same card in the modern-era. This was a big deal, as Asians in WWE have never had more success than in today’s era of WWE.
8. Jinder Mahal Becomes The First Indian To Win A Title At WrestleMania
Before we get this started, it is common knowledge by now that while WWE books Jinder Mahal as being from India…he’s actually Canadian. He was born and raised in Canada but by Indian parents. Technically, that would make him a dual citizen in both countries. Yet due to WWE booking him as an Indian, and due to the fact that he technically is one, we must count him as such too. That said, no Indian has ever won a championship at WrestleMania…until last night. Mahal captured his first WWE United States Championship, allowing him to make history for the people of India twice in one night. Mahal has had a banner year thus far, but time will tell if his push will continue. At least this title run could not be worse than his last.
7. Nia Jax Becomes The First Samoan WWE Women’s Champion
While Nia Jax was born and raised as an American, people forget that American Samoa is part of the United States as an annexed land. That makes the people of this area also American at the end of the day. The name gives it away. While The Rock is the first Samoan outside of High Chief Peter Maivia to really be a big star in WWE, Rock was the first true Samoan WWE Champ. Yokozuna really was, but they billed him as Japanese for a while. However, despite the success of the men in WWE, the Samoan Dynasty in wrestling has never produced a top female in their history. Nia Jax changed that. As she becomes the first Samoan woman to have a Women’s Title match at WrestleMania, as well as the first Samoan Women’s Champion in WWE history.
6. Nicholas Is The Youngest Title Holder In WWE History
WWE has had several stars win titles at an early age. Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar won the World Heavyweight and WWE Championships in their early 20’s respectively. Meanwhile, Hornswoggle had the record for the youngest champion at around 19 when he won the WWE Cruiserweight Title years ago. Along with Paige who won the WWE Diva’s Title at 21, the youngest champions were at least adults in WWE. When Braun Strowman picked young WWE fan Nicholas, now known to be referee John Cone’s son, he made WWE history. Not only was the youngest person to have a match in WWE history, but due to Braun’s team winning, he also becomes the youngest to win a title of any kind in WWE history. Both are also WrestleMania records.
5. Cedric Alexander Becomes The First Black Man To Win A Title At Mania, Sort Of
Maven would win the first WWE title of any kind when he won the WWE Hardcore Championship at WrestleMania 18. However, he entered the show as champion. Basically, due to the 24/7 rule, he could get away with a lot. This is why he both entered and left the event with it. Other than Maven, a black man had not won a title in the history of WWE at WrestleMania. Most either came in defending their title and retained or defended and lost. People like New Day, Jazz, The Rock, etc. would be in that area. Cedric by winning the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, won the first organized title in WWE history to be won by a black man at the show of shows. While we cannot ignore Maven, the Hardcore title was a lot of crazy stuff. Being the Cruiserweight Title winner as a black man with this title gives a lot of history to the event.
4. AJ Styles Brought Down The WWE Title Loser Percentage
Heading into WrestleMania this year, there was an interesting record that plagued WWE Champions each year. Out of every event, the WWE Title was seen as the most likely to change hands. Nearly 75% of all champions lost this title. This does not affect all World Titles, but only the WWE Title itself. Due to AJ retaining, he becomes the first man since The Miz at WrestleMania 27 to walk in and out as the title holder. This is not the most elite of company to speak of, but the fact that AJ Styles can add himself to being better than the best like The Rock, Triple H, and many more…that is some amazing company to be in for sure.
3. Shinsuke Nakamura Certainly Did Not Help The Rumble Winner Record
Shinsuke Nakamura did not help the Royal Rumble winner record with his loss against Styles at WrestleMania. Heading into the event, Royal Rumble winners had an issue when it came to going after a World Champion of their choosing. Not only did Asuka lose being the first ever woman to win the Rumble, but with adding Nakamura to the list, the Rumble winner’s odds heading into WrestleMania are against them by nearly 70%. While Randy Orton did help the numbers by winning the WWE Title last year from Bray Wyatt, before Randy you have to go all the way back to 2013 to find John Cena, who beat The Rock for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 29. Nakamura joins an elite list of WWE Superstars in his loss on Sunday. It includes Randy Orton, Triple H, Alberto Del Rio, Edge, Batista, and even Vince McMahon.
2. Brock Lesnar Is The Only Man To Win And Retain The Universal Title
Brock Lesnar has a lot of history making appearances at WrestleMania over the years. He did end The Undertaker’s winning streak after all. While the WWE Universal Title is in its infancy, unlike the other World Titles WWE has made use of…history is still important. At WrestleMania 33, Brock beat Goldberg to actually win the title itself. With his victory over Roman Reigns, he is the first man to retain this same title at the show of shows too. So win and retain, he has been the first and only to do both! On top of this, Brock Lesnar is the first man in modern day to win a title at WrestleMania and hold the very same title in reign to the next WrestleMania event. He’s also the first since the likes of Hulk Hogan to be a World Champion by two WrestleMania events where he ends up the victor.
1. Roman Reigns Sort Of Ties Hulk Hogan’s Main Event Record
Hulk Hogan obviously main evented the first 3 WrestleMania events. However, he would not main event WrestleMania 4. He would come back and main event every WrestleMania from the fifth installment to the eighth. While controversial, Huk Hogan did, however, manage to become WWE Champion at WrestleMania 9 in the main event too. This event was originally headlined by Bret Hart and Yokozuna. The big man would win the match due to the help of Mr. Fuji. Due to this, Bret Hart lost and Hogan would come out to check on “his friend.” While Hogan would wrestle, and lose, in a tag match earlier in the card, Fuji and Yokozuna would challenge the Hulkster to a match right that minute for the newly won WWE Title the big man had. Hogan would win the title in less than a minute. This allowed him to have his fifth in a row.
Roman Reigns has main evented every single year since WrestleMania 31. Though he has now lost two of those main events, both somehow during Brock Lesnar matches, he has main evented 4 years running. This ties the record that people usually tend to give Hulk Hogan most in a row. However, the official record would have to be bettered bt WrestleMania 36 for Roman Reigns to actually break it. As he literally would have to main event 6 years in a row. This is something WWE did not even do with John Cena, so we’re sure this would go over well….
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