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WrestleMania 34
Wrestlemania 34 Promotional Poster.jpeg
Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers
Promotion WWE
Brand(s) Raw
Sponsor(s) Snickers[1]
Rocket League[2]
Date April 8, 2018
Venue Mercedes-Benz Superdome
City New Orleans, Louisiana
WWE Network event chronology
NXT TakeOver: New Orleans WrestleMania 34 Greatest Royal Rumble
WrestleMania chronology
WrestleMania 33 WrestleMania 34 WrestleMania 35

WrestleMania 34 will be the thirty-fourth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It will take place on April 8, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.



WrestleMania is considered WWE's flagship event,[3] having been described as the Super Bowl of sports entertainment.[4] The event will be the second WrestleMania to be held in the state of Louisiana and the second held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which previously hosted WrestleMania XXX in 2014.[5] Tickets went on sale on November 17, 2017, with individual tickets costing $35 to $2,000,[6] on October 30, 2017, traveling packages with accommodation ranging from $1,150 to $8,525 per person were sold.[6][7]

American duo Chloe x Halle will perform "America the Beautiful" to kick off the main show of WrestleMania.[8]

Since 2014, WWE has attempted to establish Roman Reigns as their top babyface and the next "face of the company", but a significant portion of fans rejected Reigns in this role,[9] resulting in Reigns being booed while he wrestled in the main events of WrestleMania 31, WrestleMania 32, and WrestleMania 33.[10][11][12] Reigns was even voted as 2016's "Most Hated Wrestler of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers, a first for a heroic character since the award was devised in 1972.[13][14] In March 2017 before WrestleMania 33, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer reported that WWE's long term plans ("which obviously could change") for WrestleMania 34 was to "once again build for a year and have the big coronation" for Reigns, who would still be a heroic character "between now and then" and beat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship "to fully replace John Cena as the lead babyface of the company",[15] while the "idea" for Lesnar's role "for years now" was "to become a monster, be unbeatable, run through everybody, and then lose to Roman Reigns".[16]


The card will include matches resulting from scripted storylines and have results predetermined by WWE on the Raw and SmackDown brands.[17][18][19] Storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live,[20] and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.[21]

At WrestleMania 33, Brock Lesnar won the Universal Championship and Roman Reigns became the second person to defeat The Undertaker at the event.[22] Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman then teased a match between both men since they were the only two to have defeated Undertaker at WrestleMania,[23] over the following year, Lesnar retained the title in various title defenses. As men's Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura chose to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34, Lesnar's WrestleMania opponent was determined at Elimination Chamber, in which Reigns won the seven-man Elimination Chamber match;[24] Lesnar and Reigns had previously fought at WrestleMania 31 over Lesnar's WWE World Heavyweight Championship (now WWE Championship), but without a decisive winner as Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract during the match and pinned Reigns.[25] Lesnar was advertised for the February 26 episode of Raw, but did not appear. Reigns criticized Lesnar for hiding behind his contract and said that Lesnar did not respect the WWE and that he had no respect for Lesnar,[26] the following week, Heyman said that Lesnar would retain, and come SummerSlam, he would be both Universal Champion and UFC Heavyweight Champion, insinuating that Lesnar would make another return to the UFC. He said that Lesnar would be there next week; Reigns warned Lesnar to be ready for a fight.[27] Lesnar, however, was again absent. Reigns expressed his frustrations and demanded answers from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, who temporarily suspended Reigns for disrespecting him and guaranteed that Lesnar would appear the following week,[28] that episode, Reigns appeared, despite his suspension, to confront Lesnar, so Angle had him handcuffed by U.S. Marshals. Reigns assaulted the Marshals, after which, Lesnar brutally attacked the handcuffed Reigns, who was taken out on a stretcher.[29]

At the Royal Rumble, SmackDown's Shinsuke Nakamura won the men's Royal Rumble match by last eliminating Roman Reigns, earning himself a world championship match of his choosing at WrestleMania 34, after the match, when questioned on which champion he would challenge, Nakamura called out SmackDown's WWE Champion AJ Styles.[30] At Fastlane, Styles succcessfully defended the championship in a six-pack challenge against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, and free agent John Cena, confirming the Styles-Nakamura match at WrestleMania.[31] On the post-Fastlane episode of SmackDown, Styles and Nakamura expressed their respect for each other, but Nakamura promised to deliver a Kinshasa to Styles at WrestleMania and become WWE Champion.[32]

After failing to earn a WrestleMania Universal Championship match at Elimination Chamber, Intercontinental Champion The Miz said he should main event WrestleMania 34 anyways as he had made his title more important than the Universal Championship. He demanded a challenger for WrestleMania, to which Seth Rollins came out and defeated him, after that, Finn Bálor also came out and defeated Miz. The following week, both Rollins and Bálor confronted The Miz, leading to a 2-on-3 handicap match between Rollins and Bálor and The Miz and his Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel), in which Rollins pinned Miz. Afterwards, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle scheduled The Miz to defend the Intercontinental Championship against Bálor and Rollins in a triple threat match at WrestleMania,[27] on the March 12 episode, The Miz interviewed his WrestleMania opponents on Miz TV, which ended in Rollins and Bálor jointly taking out Miz and Rollins attacked Bálor, who later defeated Rollins.[28]

Also at the Royal Rumble, Asuka won the inaugural women's Royal Rumble match, last eliminating Nikki Bella, as a result, Asuka earned the right to challenge for either the Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania 34.[30] On the advice of Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, Asuka postponed her decision[33][34] until both Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair had successfully defended their titles at Elimination Chamber[24] and Fastlane, respectively. Asuka appeared at Fastlane and indicated that she would challenge Flair for the SmackDown Women's Championship,[31] on the March 12 episode of Raw, Asuka explained that she had chosen Flair as she wanted to challenge the best women's champion in WWE.[28] On SmackDown the next night, Asuka confronted Flair, who vowed to end Asuka's undefeated streak.[32]

After Alexa Bliss won her second Raw Women's Championship in 2017, she formed a friendship with Nia Jax, who also had championship aspirations. Jax failed to earn a title shot at the Royal Rumble and also lost to the women's Royal Rumble match winner, Asuka, at Elimination Chamber in a match that would have added her to Asuka's championship match at WrestleMania 34.[24] Bliss consoled Jax and said she deserved a championship match.[27] When Asuka explained her reasons to challenge Charlotte Flair, Bliss and Mickie James confronted Asuka and called out Jax to wrestle Asuka; when Jax did not appear, James stepped in and lost the match. Later, during Jax's match, a conversation between Bliss and James, who were unaware, could be heard and seen on the TitanTron. Bliss said that she was just using Jax and made fun of her, which greatly upset Jax,[28] the following week, Bliss issued a fake apology and continued to insult Jax, who eventually came out and chased Bliss to the backstage area. When Bliss complained to Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, he scheduled her to defend the Raw Women's Championship against Jax at WrestleMania.[29]

After defeating The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson), Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus claimed to have defeated every tag team on Raw. They then issued an open challenge to any tag team to face them for the titles at WrestleMania 34,[27] on the March 12 episode, after a brawl broke out between all of the tag teams, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle scheduled a tag team battle royal with the winning team receiving a championship match at WrestleMania. As the match was about to begin, Braun Strowman appeared and was declared as a competitor in the match and won by last eliminating Karl Anderson,[28] the following week, Angle decided that Strowman would receive a Raw Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania as long as he found a tag team partner. Strowman said that he did not need a partner, but would have one.[29]

On January 23, 2018, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore was released from WWE, vacating the title.[35][36] A separate general manager was then appointed for 205 Live to address the situation; 205 Live was previously controlled by the Raw General Manager.[37] On the January 30 episode of 205 Live, new general manager Drake Maverick (formerly Rockstar Spud in Impact Wrestling) scheduled a 16-man single elimination tournament to crown a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, culminating with the finals at WrestleMania 34.[38] Over the next couple of weeks, Cedric Alexander, TJP, Kalisto, Roderick Strong, Mark Andrews, Drew Gulak, Buddy Murphy, and Mustafa Ali advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Gran Metalik, Tyler Bate, Lince Dorado, Hideo Itami, Akira Tozawa, Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari, and Gentleman Jack Gallagher, respectively.[38][39][40][41] Over the next two episodes, Alexander, Strong, Gulak, and Ali advanced to the semifinals by defeating TJP, Kalisto, Andrews, and Murphy, respectively,[42][43] on the following two episodes, both Alexander and Ali secured their spot in the tournament final by defeating Strong[44] and Gulak, respectively, to compete for the vacant Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania.[45]

Ronda Rousey and The Rock after embarrassing Stephanie McMahon and Triple H at WrestleMania 31, the genesis of their WrestleMania 34 feud; Kurt Angle, whose involvement was set up at Survivor Series 2017, replaced The Rock in the feud.

At WrestleMania 31, then-UFC star Ronda Rousey made an appearance alongside The Rock and embarrassed The Authority (WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H and his wife, Stephanie McMahon).[25] She made some appearances over the next couple of years and was rumored to compete at 2018's Royal Rumble match, but denied she would be at the event.[46] However, following Asuka's victory in that match, the now former UFC star made an appearance, confirming that she had signed full-time with WWE,[30] during the official contract signing at Elimination Chamber, it was confirmed that Rousey would not receive special treatment, but would have her debut match at WrestleMania 34. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, whom Stephanie (now Raw Commissioner) previously had threatened to fire and whom Triple H had turned on at Survivor Series, then brought up the incident from WrestleMania 31 and warned Rousey that Triple H and Stephanie wanted revenge. Rousey threw Triple H through a table and was slapped by Stephanie before eventually signing her contract,[24] the following night on Raw, Rousey demanded an apology from Stephanie, who complied. As Stephanie was leaving the ring, Triple H attacked Angle,[26] the following week, Stephanie said Rousey could choose any Raw wrestler as her opponent at WrestleMania except the champion; she chose Stephanie. When Triple H objected, Angle reminded Triple H of his warning from Survivor Series and pointed out that both of them had contracts as wrestlers and scheduled a mixed tag team match pitting Stephanie and Triple H against Rousey and himself.[27]

On the March 12 episode of Raw, a Battle Royal open to any female performer of any brand was scheduled for WrestleMania 34, the match, originally named in honor of WWE Hall of Famer The Fabulous Moolah, was introduced to serve as a female counterpart to its male version, the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.[28] However, a few days later, the match was renamed "WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal" due to the backlash from fans and critics regarding Moolah's treatment of other women.[47] On the March 19 episode of Raw, the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was confirmed to again happen at WrestleMania 34.[29]

Throughout the summer of 2017, Kevin Owens feuded with SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon; at Hell in a Cell, Kevin Owens defeated Shane in a Hell in a Cell match thanks to the help of his friend-turned-rival, Sami Zayn.[48] Zayn explained that he acted out of disappointment about not getting the expected opportunities at SmackDown and realized that Owens was right all along for his actions.[49] Owens and Zayn continued their feud with Shane, including attacking him at Survivor Series[50] and Shane threatened to fire them if they lost their match at Clash of Champions,[51] while SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan seemingly favored the two by giving them several championship opportunities against AJ Styles.[30] The feud escalated at Fastlane, when both Owens and Zayn were among the six challengers for Styles' WWE Championship. Shane broke up pinfalls by either Owens or Zayn, allowing Styles to retain his title.[31] Shane then took an indefinite leave of absence, but as one last decision, he scheduled Owens and Zayn to fight each other at WrestleMania 34. Owens and Zayn reacted by brutally attacking Shane,[32] the following week, Bryan, who was forced to retire due to injury in 2016, revealed that he was medically cleared to compete again, and later, he received a beat down from Owens and Zayn after he had fired them for their attack on Shane.[52][53]

At Fastlane, Randy Orton captured the United States Championship from Bobby Roode. Following the match, Jinder Mahal, who felt that he should have been in the match, attacked both men, but he and Orton received a Glorious DDT from Roode,[31] on the following episode of SmackDown, Roode confronted Orton and invoked his rematch clause for WrestleMania 34. Mahal interrupted and defeated Roode in a match, but suffered an RKO from Orton,[32] the following week, Orton was scheduled to defend the United States Championship in a triple threat match against Roode and Mahal at WrestleMania.[54]


No. Matches Stipulations
1 Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship[55]
2 AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Singles match for the WWE Championship[56]
3 The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor Triple threat match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship[57]
4 Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal Triple threat match for the WWE United States Championship[58]
5 Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[59]
6 Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship[60]
7 Cesaro and Sheamus (c) vs. Braun Strowman and TBD Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship[61]
8 Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali Tournament final for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship[62]
9 Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon Mixed tag team match[63]
10 WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal TBD-number-woman battle royal[64]
11 André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal TBD-number-man battle royal for the André the Giant Memorial Trophy[65]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Announced participants in the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal

As of March 22, 2018.[64]

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
     – NXT
Entrant Date Announced
Sasha Banks March 19, 2018
Becky Lynch March 20, 2018
Liv Morgan
Ruby Riott
Sarah Logan

Announced participants in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

As of March 22, 2018.[65]

     – Raw
     – SmackDown
Entrant Date Announced
Dash Wilder March 19, 2018
Scott Dawson
Baron Corbin March 20, 2018
Mojo Rawley
Tye Dillinger

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament

First Round
205 Live
(1/30/18,[38] 2/6/18,[39] 2/13/18,[40] 2/20/18[41])
205 Live
(2/27/18,[42] 3/6/18[43])
205 Live
(3/13/18,[44] 3/20/18[45])
WrestleMania 34
Cedric Alexander Pin[38]
Gran Metalik 9:27
Cedric Alexander Pin[42]
TJP 17:21
TJP Pin[38]
Tyler Bate 14:31
Cedric Alexander Pin[44]
Roderick Strong 14:54
Kalisto Pin[39]
Lince Dorado 11:37
Kalisto 11:39
Roderick Strong Pin[42]
Roderick Strong Pin[39]
Hideo Itami 17:04
Cedric Alexander
Mustafa Ali
Akira Tozawa 12:28
Mark Andrews Pin[40]
Mark Andrews 12:10
Drew Gulak Sub[43]
Drew Gulak Sub[40]
Tony Nese 16:10
Drew Gulak 15:13
Mustafa Ali Pin[45]
Buddy Murphy Pin[41]
Ariya Daivari 7:46
Buddy Murphy 11:05
Mustafa Ali Pin[43]
Mustafa Ali Pin[41]
Gentleman Jack Gallagher 17:08

Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal controversy

The WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal was originally named The Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal, the reference to The Fabulous Moolah drew significant backlash from fans and commentators alike. Due to allegations by numerous former female wrestlers that Moolah financially exploited and drugged the trainees she managed, and even pimped them out to male promoters, who sexually exploited or even raped them, Moolah was considered by many to be an ill fit for a memorial battle.[66] David Bixenspan of Deadspin noted that the WWE calling Moolah a trailblazer for other female wrestlers and gender equality was ludicrous and discrediting towards other female wrestlers, considering the heavy allegations against her and her role in marginalizing women's wrestling, he concluded that "history is written by the victors" and pointed out that WWE could have picked a multitude of better suited women.[66] A petition to change the battle's name at gathered almost 10,000 signatures within its first two days.[67] Initially, WWE reacted by disabling the comments section of their YouTube video.[68][69]

On March 15, the match was renamed "WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal" and the Moolah Memorial Trophy was nixed.[47] According to a report by Deadspin, fans on Reddit had started writing e-mails to WrestleMania's main sponsor, Mars, Incorporated, urging them to push WWE to change the match's name, as requested by Deadspin and other media outlets, Mars had called the choice of Moolah "unacceptable" and had expressed their disappointment.[70]


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