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Wrestlemania in 2024 Recap: Two Nights of Blood, Sweat, and New Champions

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WWE's grandest spectacle, WrestleMania, returned to the passionate city of Philadelphia for a historic two-night event on April 6th and 7th, 2024. Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, played host to thousands of WWE fans eager to witness unforgettable moments in the squared circle. WrestleMania XL delivered on that promise with championship clashes, returning legends, and the rise of a new era.


Wrestlemania in 2024​

Wrestlemania in 2024 marked the second time Philadelphia hosted WrestleMania, the first being WrestleMania XV in 1999. The city was excited as WWE Superstars prepared to deliver a WrestleMania for the ages. With a two-night format, WrestleMania XL promised even more action and high-stakes matches, ensuring a weekend filled with drama, athleticism, and enough entertainment to satisfy the most discerning wrestling fan.

Night One: A Night of Family Feuds and Legacy Clashes​

The Rock Returns! The Bloodline vs. The American Dream and The Architect​

All eyes were on the main event of Night One, a colossal tag team showdown featuring a legendary return. After an 11-year hiatus from major matches, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson donned his wrestling boots once again, teaming up with his cousin, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, against the formidable duo of Cody Rhodes and Seth "Freakin" Rollins.

The stakes were high. It was a clash of titans, and a victory for Rhodes & Rollins secured a crucial advantage for Night Two. A stipulation hung heavy in the air: if Rhodes and Rollins emerged victorious, The Bloodline, including Roman Reigns, would be barred from ringside during Rhodes' championship challenge against Reigns the following night.

The atmosphere crackled with anticipation as the bell rang. A picture of charisma, The Rock energized the crowd with his signature moves, while Reigns displayed his dominance.

Across the ring, Rhodes and Rollins, fueled by their championship aspirations, countered with a strategic offense. The match was a whirlwind of high-flying maneuvers, powerful strikes, and near falls, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.
Ultimately, The Rock delivered the decisive blow. The Rock and Roman Reigns won with a signature Rock Bottom on Cody Rhodes, followed by his iconic People's Elbow.



Other Showdowns on Night One​

The stakes were high for Becky Lynch and Rhea Ripley as they collided in a fierce battle for the Women's Championship. Both competitors displayed immense power and resilience, showcasing their technical prowess throughout the match. In the end, it was Rhea Ripley who took home the victory. However, Rhea Ripley had to vacate the Women’s World Championship title last April 16, 2024, due to an injury.

Family drama spilled into the ring when Jey Uso faced his brother Jimmy Uso in a highly anticipated personal rivalry. Emotions ran high as these former tag team partners battled it out, determined to settle their differences. Jey Uso emerged victorious, proving his dominance over his brother in just 11 minutes of the match.

The Wrestlemania in 2024 wasn't complete without a heart-stopping display of athleticism. The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship hung above the ring in a chaotic Six-Pack Ladder Match. Several tag teams, hungry for gold, battled it out with a ferocity that left the crowd breathless. A-Town Down Under emerged victorious, scaling the ladders and claiming the coveted championship belts.



Night Two: New Champions Crowned and Legends Made​

Cody Rhodes Claims WrestleMania Glory​

Rhodes' return to WWE had been a story of resilience. After leaving the company years ago, he carved his path in wrestling, only to return with a burning desire to reclaim his rightful place at the top.

The Bloodline Rules stipulation loomed large, adding significant difficulty for Rhodes. This stipulation allowed Roman Reigns' domineering family, The Bloodline, to interfere in the match, potentially tipping the scales in favor of the champion.

The tension was palpable as the bell rang. The crowd erupted in a cacophony of cheers for Rhodes, their "American Dream" chants echoing throughout the stadium. The match itself was a testament to both wrestlers' incredible skills. Reigns, the dominant champion, displayed his raw power and ruthlessness. Yet, Rhodes countered with a strategic offense fueled by his unwavering determination.

Despite the looming threat of The Bloodline's interference, Rhodes fought with a focused aggression. Rhodes countered a trademark Reigns spear, executing a series of devastating maneuvers of his own. Finally, with a perfectly timed Cross Rhodes, Cody Rhodes silenced the stadium before delivering a thunderous pin, securing a three-count victory.


Other Showdowns on Night Two​

One such clash saw Seth "Freakin" Rollins defend his World Heavyweight Championship against the ferocious Drew McIntyre. Their rivalry had simmered for weeks, fueled by McIntyre's frustrations after losing a title shot at the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. McIntyre emerged victorious, reclaiming the World Heavyweight Championship by performing Claymore Kick against Rollins.

No WrestleMania is complete without a good old-fashioned brawl, and Night Two delivered with a thrilling Six-Man Tag Team Philadelphia Street Fight. Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits vs. Final Testament amplified by the "anything goes" environment of a Philadelphia Street Fight. Weapons were aplenty, the action was relentless, and the crowd approved every high-risk maneuver. In the end, Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits stood tall, battered but triumphant, after a chaotic and exhilarating battle.

Event Highlights​

The night of Wrestlemania in 2024 wasn't just about in-ring action. Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne kicked off Night One with a high-energy performance that set the tone for the event as he performed A Milli during Jay Uso’s entrance.

The spirit of nostalgia filled the air when legendary wrestler Rey Mysterio made a surprise return, teaming up with his masked nephew Dragon Lee for a thrilling tag team match against Santos Escobar and Dominik Mysterio. The sight of Mysterio, still showcasing his incredible agility, alongside Dragon Lee's rising star was a treat for fans of all generations.



Though not part of the two-night Wrestlemania event, the 2024 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony was a memorable night of celebration and reflection. Kicking off the ceremony in true "advocate" fashion, Paul Heyman was the first inductee. His legendary career as a manager and promoter spanned decades, leaving an undeniable mark on the industry.

Thunderbolt Patterson, a true innovator in the early days of professional wrestling, received a long overdue induction. Scott Spears and The New Day, known for their appreciation of wrestling history, had the honor of inducting Patterson, highlighting his influence on the sport.

Frequently Asked Questions​

When and where did WrestleMania in 2024 take place?

WrestleMania XL was a two-night event held on April 6th and 7th, 2024, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

What were the main events in Wrestlemania in 2024?

Night One's main event featured The Rock & Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins. Night Two's main event saw Cody Rhodes challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

Were there any surprise returns of legendary wrestlers?

Yes, Rey Mysterio teamed up with Dragon Lee for a tag team match.
 

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