The first bout of WrestleMania to begin the festivities has always been considered among the most significant because it sets the tone for the rest of the evening for the biggest event of the year. The opening match of WrestleMania 35 inside MetLife Stadium on Sunday set quite the tone we won’t forget for years to come as Seth Rollins stunned Brock Lesnar to make good on his promise of slaying the beast and capturing the universal championship.
Prior to the bout kicking off WrestleMania on Sunday, Paul Heyman — Lesnar’s on-screen advocate — came to the ring and proclaimed that if his client couldn’t be in the actual main event to close the show, then they may as well get business over with early so Lesnar can head back to Las Vegas where “he is ultimately appreciated.” Lesnar pounced on Rollins before the challenger could even enter the ring, obliterating him continuously on the outside.
The bell did eventually ring to officially start the universal title match, and Lesnar was able to inflict some more damage by taking Rollins to Suplex City. With the referee incapacitated, though, Rollins gained the advantage with a low blow to the champion. Following up with three devastating Curb Stomps, Rollins did what many deemed as the impossible by earning the 1-2-3 to claim the universal championship — again, as he promised.