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GFW's Jeff Jarrett WrestleMania 31 MVPs and complete event analysis

Global Force Wrestling's Jeff Jarrett is live with SB Nation all WrestleMania long. Come join "The King of the Mountain" for live wrasslin' analysis.

Happy WrestleMania! Global Force Wrestling founder and 12-time world champion Jeff Jarrett has a complete match-by-match analysis of the entire five hour event. And be sure to catch Jarrett's brand new GFW promotion for the first time this summer at the Orleans in Las Vegas.

Jeff Jarrett's 5 WrestleMania MVPs

No. 5 Cesaro and Big Show -- Cesaro has been on-again, off-again but very much "on" in back-to-back matches on the WrestleMania stage. I’d say he once again justified himself. And Big Show, to go back over 20 years and Sunday to be his first major battle royal win is nothing short of insanity. But big props to him for winning The Andre The Giant Battle Royal, and it felt very appropriate for him to be holding that trophy after the match.

No. 4 DX -- The Sting / HHH match alone had a lot of emotional attachment for many long-time wrestling fans, especially anyone who remembers. the Attitude Era. But when the heart of DX; Road Dogg, Billy and Xpac, hit the ring, it took that emotional investment to a completely different level. At the end of the night we saw those nine legends all working in the ring with sweat on their brow. It was def a Wrestlemania moment.

No. 3 John Cena -- The man who has been the lead Clydesdale for so many years in WWE. For him to just have the opportunity to simply perform, to tear the house down with a very formidable -- yet fresh -- opponent yet once again proves why Cena is THE man of the WWE Universe.

No. 2 Undertaker -- I commented on this earlier: for a wrestler to be in 23 consecutive main level events, over two-thirds of all WrestleManias, that speaks for itself. For him to still walk the top rope and finish with a tombstone after all these years just proves once again that 20 or 30 years from now we possibly can look back at him as the greatest WrestleMania performer of all time.

No. 1 Brock Lesnar -- Coming off the heels of his ESPN announcement and the Dana White Tweets and the pressure of the WrestleMania event on his shoulders, Brock delivered, in a very Brock fashion. Brutality. Recklessness. Sheer, unparalleled, ability. Brock has stamped professional wrestling's "main event status" as it should be in 2015.

WWE Championship - Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

The match begins as a callback to Lesnar's dominant main event run, and if it's somehow possible this one seems even more uncomfortably, violently lopsided. Lesnar declares that a battered Reigns has entered "Suplex City, Bitch," tossing months and months of a main event babyface push around like a squash match. Reigns works the beating well, giving out sadistic smiles that Brock plays off of well.

Reigns then mounts a classic Hogan comeback, albeit a truncated one. The pair trade suplexes, spears and F5s before ... Seth Rollins cashes in his Money In The Bank briefcase! After quick finishers are exchanged, Rollins pins his former Shield mate and becomes the next champion. It's a WrestleMania first in many ways.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Jeff Jarrett: At the five hour-plus mark, to have that reaction for Brock walking out was nothing short of spectacular. You could feel the energy and the reaction to the ESPN announcement through the screen. The match itself was brutal; the swollen left eye of Brock, the bloody lips, the bruises ... it was very evident to see we were watching a prize fight. It took me back to the feeling of a real professional wrestling prize fight.

The recklessness of Brock is unparalleled no matter what generation you compare him to. And with Paul Heyman that awareness is never unnoticed. The reaction to Roman was to be expected. But as that sheer physicality continued to wear on both opponents you could feel the audience's electricity going to another level, like any great prize fight.

The traditional outcome of a true winner and loser was denied -- WrestleMania ends and Brock Lesnar didn't win or lose. But I really believe Seth and Roman both won tonight.

Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker

After a substantial Rock and Ronda Rousey assisted break in the action (maybe to usher along the sunset?), the once and future superstars of the macabre entered in relatively subdued (by Mania standards) entrances. Ever the physical enigma, 'Taker looked to be in as good or better shape than last year's event in New Orleans. Maybe we shouldn't be surprised after all this time, but in his third decade of WrestleMania an Undertaker match featured lots and lots of physicality for the veteran against a man who seems his heir apparent -- and the spider-walk meeting the Deadman's rise was a fantastic moment. Wyatt slipped trying to attempt another Sister Abagail and a dead-center-ring tombstone got the Phenom back in the win column.

Winner: The Undertaker

Jeff Jarrett: Not that he needed another win at WrestleMania, but this match continued to cement Undertaker's reputation as quite possibly the greatest box office draw in 23 consecutive years as a main-eventer at WrestleMania. It really is unparalleled. I did think there was an outside chance that there would be a passing of the torch from one phenom to quite possibly the next one, but it didn't.

Bray Wyatt has the pedigree, he's got the aura and he's got the athletic ability to have a long, illustrious main event career in WWE. If I have any words of advice to him it's that I don't believe opponents need to push himself to the next level, I believe he needs to push himself to the next level. Michael Jordan or Tom Brady or any great athlete ultimately needs to push themselves to the higher standard. Wyatt has the skillset to push himself, but he's going to need the mental focus to make himself not good but great. He's good walking into a wrestling right now. He can be truly great.

And as for the Rock's interview, If he's on a pro wrestling event even in 2015 he's the main attraction. We talk about WrestleMania moments, well the SportsCenter moment is Ronda Rousey appearing at Levi's . Brilliant marketing move by Vince McMahon.

John Cena vs. Rusev

The United State Championship has never been writ so large: The Russian monster Rusev rolled in on a tank and the American superhero Cena entered to the words of six U.S. Presidents. It was a standard but technically solid match with a strong narrative that -- stop us if you've heard this before -- Cena finished with a superhuman comeback, a foiling of the heel manager Lana and a big STF finisher. And what's a John Cena match without smart-mark fans refusing to play along? Apparently there's always something to hate.

Winner: John Cena

Jeff Jarrett: I really thought that as the sun began to set in California and Cena hit the stage, you could feel the electricity in the air beginning to rise. There was a change -- this is that point in the night when the big-money matches start.

Rusev is well on his way to working his way into a long term main event status. This match was definitely a step in the right direction. But obviously he has many, many more to come. The polarizing personality of John Cena was very, very evident in this match. No matter what the effort or energy or action in this match, it seems like some fans refuse to participate. Ultimately the good guy won in a very Cena fashion. I thought it was great to see Cena greet the wife of the great Arnold "Arnie" Skaaland.

The Bella Twins vs. Paige & AJ

After teasing friction between Paige and AJ for weeks -- including a brawl at the end of their last RAW match -- the duo didn't carry the storyline into WrestleMania. AJ scored a clean win when AJ created a Bella tap-out in the middle of the ring, and both Paige and AJ left as babyfaces, with no turn.

Winner: Paige & AJ

Jeff Jarrett: The interview before the match was great. It's always enjoyable seeing Pat Patterson. How can a backstage interview go bad with Roddy Piper, Bret Hart and Ron Simmons? Damn. And I'm all for incorporating a musical act into an entertainment event, but I believe it takes the audience from a certain wrestling vibe to well, a musical vibe. So the Divas had to overcome that, and by the finish I thought they did. The outcome sets up a nice a Divas title feud from here on out. I thought it was a success.

Triple H vs. Sting

Both superstars enjoyed big, gaudy "WrestleMania" entrances -- "The Icon" entering to a cadre of live taiko drums while the company's CEO fittingly secured a massive licensing tie-in with a "Terminator"-themed intro. While fans debate if talents like Cena and Orton are past their prime, 56-year-old Steve Borden made his WWE debut in a true homage to the 1990's "Monday Night Wars." Degeneration X members X-Pac, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn ran in to a huge pop and bailed out Triple H, and moments later Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash walked in as NWO, helping Sting even the odds.

Both superstars kicked out of each other's finishers and both used their signature weapons. Shawn Michaels' superkick of Sting helped set up a sledgehammer shot from Triple H to end a match best described as the most 1990s wrestling thing possible.

Winner: Triple H

Jeff Jarrett: Well, the Monday Night Wars are probably still not over. When you see the DX and NWO involvement and the fact the roof came off when those guys made their entrances, fans are still responding so I guess the Monday Night Wars are still going. I really think they'll carry this story to Dallas [next year's WrestleMania location] next year. The entrances were spectacular and I expected nothing less. I thought the Levi's crowd showed Sting the appropriate respect early int he match, and I felt great for my longtime friend. You ended up with nine different personalities in the ring, all legends, and they all had something to give. And really, 10 guys if you count referee Charles Robinson. He hasn't aged a day since I met him.

That was certainly a true "WrestleMania moment," to have the two hottest factions of the Attitude Era front and center. Triple H and Sting had a great, fun match, but I don't think it was the final piece of that puzzle. And I thought every one of those guys looked great.

Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton

The night's first singles match is also the first of a series of storylines that dabble with the concept of WWE changing its main event guard. Orton and Rollins worked a match marked by alternating reversals, pushing the concept of the tactician in his prime meeting his potential successor.

Among the highlights -- Rollins kicking out of an RKO and Orton kicking out of a curb stomp. Rollins' security provided appropriate interference but didn't discredit Rollins' ability. Orton scored the win by lying in wait to trick Rollins into another curb stomp, but snuck in the RKO to a huge babyface pop.

Winner: Randy Orton

Jeff Jarrett: It's very important to note that this was the first singles match of the night. You had 20 guys in the battle royal, an 8-man car crash in the tag and then a 7-man ladder. So hat's off to Orton for continuing the energy. A year ago his opponent was part of a stable. The last three minutes of the match were very dramatic and the final sequence ... wow, the athleticism was just off the charts.

With all the pageantry of a WrestleMania, you have a guy like Orton who walks to the ring in boots and trunks, very simply. He doesn't need anything else. The Viper's presence is strong walking to the ring, but so much stronger walking out. I think he's still well above the rest of the roster. He's a pro's pro, a second generation superstar and his experience showed through tonight. His big money match experience paid off in spades. He's been to this dance; he knows when to not do things as much as when to do them.

I thought Rollins was very good. Of the three Shield members he was the one that could've been lost in the shuffle as a singles wrestler, but his athleticism alone will carry him throughout his career.

Intercontinental Championship 7-Man Ladder Match

It's the format that made legends out of names like Scott Hall, Jeff Hardy, Shawn Michaels and others, the official "WrestleMania" opener has potential to be the darkhorse match of the night. Last year's "Mani" darling Daniel Bryan will face defending champion Bad News Barrett, Stardust, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose and R-Truth The announcers and b-roll packages have offered heavy-handed tips for the booking of each match so far. This one's no different: It's been over 15 years since an IC champion has defended the belt successfully at 'Mania.

The show officially kicks off as Bryan enters, and the announcers note he was the last man seen at the previous WrestleMania (not necessarily a great career trajectory).

Note: There's multiple live announce teams for the 20 languages Mania is broadcast in. The Spanish announce table is looking both sturdy and painful, just in case that's foreboding later in the night.

The ring clears early and Ambrose goes through the ropes on Harper, then Truth and Stardust hit successive splashes. Harper dives into the crowd, then Stardust drops an elbow Savage-style from the top of a ladder. Lots of the traditional big spots early clear the deck for something (possibly) creative. Harper slams Bryan with a ladder on a running spot, and the Wyatt family member gets a big reaction. There's a succession of climbing attempts for the belt; Ambrose, Ziggler and Barrett trade blows. Stardust dropkicks the ladder for a big spot, and then clears the ring. The former Cody Rhodes pulls his own bedazzled ladder from under the ring and is then pummeled by Barrett, who wields a piece of a random ladder.

The match moves into the middle of the ring, with Truth, Barrett and Bryan in various high spots. Harper suplexes Stardust off a ladder and powerbombs Ambrose into a pile of ladders outside the ring. Luke climbs a ladder with Ziggler on his back attempting a sleeper. They spill to the ring surface and every man is down. Ziggler climbs the ladder alone and Barrett hits a bullhammer. Stardust jumps Barrett while Truth climbs the ladder. Barrett hits him with a bull hammer, then chaos.

Barrett knocks the ladder out, allowing Bryan to hit a flying knee. All alone in the ring, Bryan straightens the ladder as the crowd pops. Ziggler scrambles up and the two trade blows, then headbutts. The pair headbutt multiple times before Ziggler drops. Bryan grabs the belt.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Jeff Jarrett: First off, I think that was one of the best cold opens in a very long time, with the historical perspective of WrestleMania. As for the match, the bar has been set for this show. That was a fantastic opening match. I thought it was kind of surreal to see Big Show in a pre-show match but it was more surreal to see Bryan as the first man to walk out. I thought the shot of Pat Patterson in the intro was a great ode to the history of the Intercontinental belt.

Ambrose will be feeling this match for weeks to come. I said going in that there were seven unique personalities and the match lived up to that. Although I thought Dolph might have had more to gain in the victory, everyone in Levi's gave a resounding "Yes" to Bryan's win. and at the end of the day that's what it's all about at a WrestleMania.

The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

A traditional 20-man battle royal featuring pretty much everyone on the RAW and Smackdown rosters not on the night's card. The announce team notes that Big Show has actually never won a battle royale format of any kind, including "Royal Rumble" matches, possibly an early indicator of the finish. Show, Henry and Ryback all make dominat eliminations early. The group thins to Cesaro (last year's winner), Ryback, Kane, Show, Jay Uso, Miz and Mizdow. Cesaro dumps Kane before Show gets revenge for last year's elimination, and then tosses Ryback. It's down to Show, Miz and Mizdow. The crowd pops heavily for the "personal assistant," who finally blows off his boss after an extended verbal interaction. It's the first stadium-wide pop of this (very) early evening. Mizdow dumps Miz, who has to be restrained by refs outside the ring.

The crowd is now split between Mizdow and Show, who stare down. Show raises his arms and laughs, taunting Mizdow. Mizdow hits an offensive flurry and avoids an elimination toss by sliding under the ropes. Show charges an ailing Mizdow, who pulls the ropes down to trap Show. Show recovers and trades spots, putting Mizdow on the ring apron. Mizdown clamps down to try and flip show, but Show regains his strength to drop Mizdow. Big Show wins his first battle royal in the WWE, and the announcers sell his legacy as a successor to Andre.

Winner: Big Show

Jeff Jarrett: A very entertaining battle royal with the appropriate winner. I said in my earlier prediction that Show was the not-so-obvious obvious pick. And I thought it was a fitting final shot of him by the statue as the announce team talked about this being his first battle royal win. I've been in battle royals with Big Show going all the way back to 1996 in WCW. And I thought having Jon Gruden set this up with analysis really helped sell this and captivate the audience. The Zach Ryder spot was a surprise, how he was finished off by Bo. That's right about when Show picked up the momentum. I thought midway through the match the dynamic of the big talents -- Cesaro, Show, Ryback and Kane -- really set up the finale very well. On the more "episodic" level, we saw Mizdow turn on Miz, give the storyline a hard left and set up the coming weeks.

4-Way WWE Tag Team Championship

The tag belts open the second hour of the "WrestleMania Kickoff." New champions Tyson Kidd and Cesaro will face The New Day's Big E & Kofi Kingston, Los Matadores and San Francisco natives The Usos, who entered first in 49ers-appropriate red and gold.

The announce team makes a note of the still-sparse crowd inside Levi's Stadium, joking about "the California traffic." From personal experience, Levi's employs substantial security for all patrons, and slow-arriving crowds are typical. Jay Uso sold a shoulder injury early (except it was actually Jimmy, even the announce team was confused) and the action quickly devolved to a series of multi-team spots and Natayla hitting a sharpshooter. "This is chaos, I have no idea who's legal," Jerry "The King" Lawler gleefully sold it. The spot-after-spot rhythm was sold by the booking. Cesaro tagged a frog-splashing Uso after a waterfall suplex to become the eligible man.

Winners: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

Jeff Jarrett: It went the route of uncontrolled chaos to ensure as much action as possible. It was a great showing by all eight guys. The size of a crowd for a pre-show match is drastically different than the crowd for the main event -- people are still wandering around buying merchandise, taking it all in and talking to one another. It's a less than desirable situation for a performer. And at a "WrestleMania," you're talking about a match that's the start of a six-hour journey. The performers have to fight to get the attention of the crowd before they can engage them. I liked what I saw, and even with the match result, I think the Usos would agree it was a memorable WrestleMania weekend after inducting their pop into the Hall of Fame last night. The Cesaro win might be considered controversial by some.

On a personal note, it's great to see Daniel Engler, a great personal friend, refereeing a WrestleMania match.

Wrestlemania Kickoff: We're about 20 minutes (we think) from actual in-ring action. In case you're not on board for a two-hour preshow hyping a four (plus) hour event, we learned that Lana's back, the Undertaker's streak is -- BREAKING -- still over, Booker T has a book for sale and it's just $9.99, $9.99, and just $9.99 for a monthly subscription to the WWE's anti-PPV Network.


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