The biggest weekend of the year in all of wrestling has come and gone, but what a weekend it was. Starting with possibly the greatest NXT Takeover event of all time, the fun only continued. The Hall of Fame, with a new look, was a ton of fun, but it was WrestleMania that wowed everybody. There were so many great moments on the show and it was largely enjoyable, despite its unbelievable length.
Seven new champions were crowned at the MetLife Center, as Hulk Hogan erroneously called it, with most of them being the absolutely right decision. All three big championship matches ended with the babyface standing tall with their titles, making WrestleMania 35 one of the most feel-good Manias in history. They were all spaced from each other as well, so none of them took anything away from the others.
We also saw a surprising title switch on the Smackdown after WrestleMania, meaning pretty much the entire landscape of WWE has been changed over the course of this weekend. This set of champions looks incredible, especially the top line. Maybe this could be the year that WWE snaps out of its post-WrestleMania lull. The next few months could be really great.
We may never get a stronger set of champions on the main roster. Here is every one of them ranked, from worst to best.
#8 Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder (RAW Tag Team Champions)
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder defeated the Revival on the WrestleMania Kickoff Show, ending a 269-match losing streak for Hawkins. The booking of the feud may have been abrupt but the match was a solid one. The victory did feel like a fluke though. The former Edgeheads got another opportunistic victory on the Raw after Mania and are still the Raw Tag Team Champions after that whirlwind weekend.
Another one-day reign for Zack Ryder looked to be on the cards, but these two will have a proper tag title reign, lasting for a month at least. The state of the Raw tag team division is not ideal at all, but Hawkins and Ryder could have a fun mini-run before handing it over to one of the big boys after next week's Superstar Shakeup. These two are merely a notch above the B-Team and their run last year.
#7 The Hardy Boyz (Smackdown Tag Team Champions)
In the final title change of the weekend, Jeff and Matt Hardy defeated the Usos to win the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. This was their eighth tag title victory, after a pretty great match. The decision reeks of the likelihood that the Usos might move over to Raw to save the tag division over there. This Hardy Boyz victory is similar to the last time they won the Tag Team titles in WWE. It may be a great moment but the run might not be so thrilling.
In terms of current teams on Smackdown, the Bar could stick out as potential challengers for the Hardys' titles. Jeff and Matt do not need to hold these belts for a long time, and they could put an up and coming team over huge.
What if SAnitY comes out from the cave they have resided in after losing a 3-on-1 match to the Miz? After all, post-Mania season is the time to build new stars and give new pushes. The Hardy Boyz do not need that rub any more.
#6 The IIconics (WWE Women's Tag Team Champions)
In one of the more surprising title changes on the WrestleMania card, the IIconics beat three other teams to win the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. We all knew that sooner or later, the Australian duo would capture these titles.
It seemed like WWE created the Women's Tag Titles specifically for them. While seeing Sasha Banks and Bayley continue their reign and going over to NXT would be cool, you cannot be mad at seeing Peyton Royce and Billie Kay win the titles.
Their promo on Smackdown was good, proclaiming that they are fighting champions and picked the toughest challengers they could find, two Brooklyn locals. It was textbook chicken heel stuff and a great way to kick off this run with the belts.
The IIconics should hold these titles for a while, until at least SummerSlam. But that could all change depending on what tag team does Paige bring with her next week on Smackdown.
#5 Finn Balor (Intercontinental Champion)
Finn Balor's first Intercontinental Championship reign was a massive disappointment. This time around, it has gone on to a pretty hot start. He won the title in the penultimate match at WrestleMania, summoning his face paint to vanquish a scary contact-wearing Bobby Lashley.
Balor defended the title in a nice little match against the returning Sami Zayn. Now, it remains to be seen just what is in store for the former NXT Champion. Will his reign be reminiscent of other mid-card title reigns starting at previous WrestleManias?
Seth Rollins had a magnificent IC title reign after winning it at last year's Show of Shows, defending the belt left, right and centre. If Balor can follow suit, on either Raw or Smackdown, he could have a similarly eventful reign. He might not even have the Lashley-shaped boulder in front of him anymore, as well. After this start, the next few months are crucial for Finn Balor and his Intercontinental Championship.
#4 Kofi Kingston (WWE Champion)
It finally happened. Kofi Kingston is the WWE Champion. His match with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania was the best one on the show and one of the best in recent Mania history. Now, we can kick off a reign that was long overdue.
With his New Day brothers by his side, Kofi will take on all comers. But first, he will need to finish his feud with Daniel Bryan. Let us not forget about the unbelievable heel work Bryan has done in the past few months.
When the thought first came to mind, Kofi seemed to be getting a loyalty run with the belt. But now, he has all the steam in the world and is ready to light Smackdown Live on fire. His reign might not last very long, but it should still showcase the incredible talent Kofi Kingston has possessed for a very long time.
There are bigger stars who might have better runs with championships on the main roster. But as far as moments and emotions go, it is hard to top Kofi Kingston.
#3 Samoa Joe (United States Champion)
Samoa Joe is the only main roster superstar who has kept his championship for the entirety of WrestleMania week. He is now the longest reigning champion out of all eight. Why is that so? Just look at the dominant tear he has been on.
After two consecutive Fatal-4-way victories for the title, Joe marched into WrestleMania to face Rey Mysterio for his US title. He won the match in less than a minute. A WrestleMania championship match against a legend.
It may be because of Mysterio's apparent ankle injury suffered on the Raw before WrestleMania, but it succeeded in making Samoa Joe looking like an absolute killer. After a tough few months of losing WWE Championship matches to AJ Styles, WWE has booked Joe to perfection.
He is great at pretty much every aspect in pro wrestling and should continue to reign as the dominant heel champion for a long time. It's crazy how the fortunes of a championship could change after only one match.
#2 Seth Rollins (WWE Universal Champion)
For the first time in more than two years, aside from Roman Reigns' two months as champion, the Universal Championship will be on Raw every week. It is now time to showcase a belt that has been missing for so long.
WWE could book more Universal title matches from now till SummerSlam than they did in the previous two years. Seth Rollins was the perfect choice to beat Brock Lesnar for the title and he did it in stunning fashion. The opening to this year's WrestleMania was one of the best in history.
Seth Rollins was the Intercontinental Champion at this time last year, beginning an excellent reign littered with title matches throughout. If he does the same with the big red belt, it's going to be a great few months.
It remains to be seen just who will be Rollins's top challengers, with the Superstar Shakeup next week, but it sure is nice to see a full-time Universal Champion. This could be the reign that defines this belt, after all the injuries, bad booking and part-time laziness.
Hopefully, this beats his first WWE Championship reign, which also began at the expense of Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
#1 Becky Lynch (RAW and Smackdown Women's Champion)
After all the title changes that happened at WrestleMania, the one that closed the show might have the most meaning heading out of this crazy week. The Raw and Smackdown Women's Championships were both up or grabs in this titanic main event. It was a good match but several factors prevented it from being a classic.
The fans were exhausted after an extremely long night of wrestling and a botched finish put a tiny dampener on things at MetLife Stadium. Not to take away from the moment though, the Man stood victorious at the end of the biggest show of the year.
It looks like the Raw and Smackdown Women's Championships will be defended separately so Becky Lynch will have to pull double duty. That is exactly indicative of the star she is. She is the head of two different divisions.
Her first challenger will be Lacey Evans, although it remains to be seen which belt will be defended there. Becky could make history and accumulate as many title defences as possible. It could not have been put better, she has two targets on her back.
This is a good temporary idea, until both women's divisions are rebuilt in terms of star power. Becky Lynch also looks magnificent as the double champion.
We don't know how long she will hold both titles, but it should be a memorable reign. Or couple of reigns. Now is the time for the Man to show just how right WWE was to give her the ball to run with.