- Triple Threat Tag: The Dawgs VS The Kingdom w/ Matt Taven VS TEam Coast to Coast; The Kingdom wins.
- ROH World Heavyweight Championship: Cody VS ???; Cody wins and retains the ROH WHC.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: Motor City Machine Guns VS War Machine; MCMG wins and retains the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
PLAY BY PLAY
War Machine say it’s been bones, blood, guts and gold all over the world!
“Everyone knows what War Machine is capable of.” Except, it seems, ROH. The good behavior is over, the nice guy acts are gone, War Machine is after world domination!
Triple Threat Tag: The Dawgs VS The Kingdom w/ Matt Taven VS Team Coast to Coast!
Big Dawg Rhett & Lil’ Willie, the Sassy Wild Horse & Mr. Inksanity, as well as Shaheem Ali & “Human Rocket” Leon St. Giovanni all want at the ROH World Tag Team Championships, this match will go a long way to determining who is deserving. The Kingdom’s leader joins commentary to enjoy this match and also make fun of Ian Riccaboni, “The Mayor of Melvinville.” Triple threat tag rules, only two men start, so The Dawgs both sit out while The Kingdom’s T.K. O’Ryan and C2C’s LSG start. The bell rings, they tie up, O’Ryan backs LSG to ropes. Ropebreak honored, but O’Ryan gets in LSG’s face about being “TKO!” And a slap! LSG slaps back! O’Ryan backs off, Will Ferrara tags in. But he gets a dropkick from LSG, then tag to Ali. C2C whips Ferrara, into the Tu Lo Sabes! Cover, TWO, Ali gets Ferrara up for forearms. Ali whips Ferrara, O’Ryan tags in, turns Ali around but Ali is ready, he blocks, punches and whips O’Ryan, Ferrara dumps him out. Ferrara gets dumped, and C2C coordinates to build speed, Ali FLIES! Ali gets O’Ryan and Ferrara, LSG wants to run but Titus clobbers him with a dropkick. The Dawgs regroup in the ring, Ferrara is used as a projectile weapon to topple O’Ryan and Ali down! Vinnie Marseglia gets in and catches Titus with a bicycle boot! Titus is sent out, Vinnie goes to the apron, springboard senton onto C2C & The Dawgs! The Kingdom regroups and high fives, but they don’t see LSG preparing for lift-off, LAUNCH! Everyone down, C2C and the fans are fired up! They get Vinnie in the ring, Ali hits a big forearm smash as we go to break. We return, The Kingdom has taken control of Ali, Vinnie runs adjacent for a forearm smash into him. Then he blasts LSG off the apron with a forearm smash, then back to Ali. Ali is bounced off buckles, double back suplex is escaped, Ali dropkicks both Kingdom members down and out! The Dawgs are the only ones there, they both want a tag. The problem is, The Kingdom trips up both Dawgs to deny tags! O’Ryan in with Ali, European Uppercut sends him to the Kingdom’s corner. Assisted whip gets a boot, Vinne gets a back elbow, The Kingdom both run in but Ali ducks them to tag LSG! LSG rallies, uses Vinnie against O’Ryan, roll and handspring for a double lariat! The fans fire up as LSG is reversed in a whip, but he turns that into a springboard forearm! O’Ryan comes in, gets a cradling gutbuster, LSG keeps moving to then give a big dropkick. LSG runs at Vinnie but gets a knee, Vinnie runs but is tripped up by Titus, who rebounds to lariat and then feed Vinnie to Ferrara’s tornado DDT to the floor! Ferrara is sicked on LSG, then Titus gives him one helluva kick! LSG fed into the BLL, hammerlock lariat, then double Dawg kicks. Big Dawg whips Lil’ Dawg for a shoulder tackle into LSG at the corner, then Titus picks up Ferrara to use his feet as a battering ram. Ferrara tells Titus to put him down, Titus drops Ferrara. Ferrara gets up and the two Dawgs shove each other, Dawg catapult splash! Titus covers, Ali breaks the pin. Ferrara goes after Ali but he’s sent out. Titus swings but is spun for a bicycle boot and lifting complete shot. Back elbow and uppercut for Ferrara, hoisted to the top rope and put in a Tree of Woe. Fans rally as LSG and Ali get in position. They take aim, take flight, Double Coast2Coast! That impact took a lot of out of C2C, too, they pry Ferrara out of the Tree but The Kingdom pounces. Stiff left takes out Ali, Vinnie puts LSG in a fireman’s carry, O’Ryan comes over to fireman carry Vinnie, Death Valley plus rolling senton! Or as Taven puts it, Sassy Murder! The Kingdom win! Matt Taven really was telling commentary all along, is it only a matter of time before the inaugural ROH Six Man Tag Champions become the next two man Tag Team Champions?
But they’re not done yet. Matt Taven joins them in the ring and they take to the mic. “Everybody knows that there’s a Kingdom Conspiracy here in Ring of Honor Wrestling,” but there’s also an undeniable fact: The Kingdom pinned and beat Search & Destroy, the current ROH Tag Team Champions. Not only that, but O’Ryan broke his leg, came back, and have yet to get a Six Man Tag title rematch! That sounds like the conspiracy in a nutshell. Luckily for The Kingdom, the three of them are top talent, and fear no conspiracy. They demand that “T.K. and Brother Vince the Horror King” get a real shot at the World Tag Team Championships. Will The Kingdom get their way? Or are they right about ROH being against them?
The American Nightmare and The Peacock have issue with each other.
ROH World Heavyweight Champion, Cody, has been offering open challenges left and right but has denied Dalton Castle at every turn, then escalating to injuring Castle to keep him away. So when he was healthy enough to return, Castle managed to get close to the champion by posing as a fan at Global Wars, then unleashing his rage! How much longer can Cody duck Castle’s ambitions for gold?
Flip Gordon has had enough of The Bullet Club.
“Welcome to ROH. Where do you think you’re going? Harmless ribs.” The Young Bucks and their club are going to meet #FlipArmy. Gordon is going to recruit guys who have nothing to lose and everything to gain, just like Flip. Can Flip’s army finally get the bullying Bullet Club to back off?
ROH World Heavyweight Championship: Cody VS ???
Belt and ring in hand, the champion promises another great title opportunity. “If you tell one lie, all your truths become questionable.” Cody told us that we were going to get a world championship match “because there’s a certain guy, a colorful individual, a ROH faithful”, that fans want to see face Cody. Fans cheer for “Dalton Castle!” because that’s the guy they expect. Cody wants Ian Riccaboni to come into the ring for a second. Is he the guy? No, he’s not. But perhaps Ian is interested in seeing Cody face. Go ahead and say it. “Dalton Castle.” Is that who the fans want? Yes! And right now? Yes! Well he’s not here tonight. But someone who is here is… Philadelphia’s own, Ryan Nova! No one legitimately believes the young wrestler normally featured on Future of Honor to be the #1 Contender, but it’s still happening. Big opportunity for Nova to make his ROH TV debut in a title match like this, in his hometown, will we see a miracle upset? Firstly, Cody wants Nova to #KisstheRing! Nova takes Cody’s hand, to slip the ring off Cody’s finger and into his mouth! A ballsy move from the newbie, but Cody makes him pay for it by kicking him in the stomach to spit the ring out. Cody picks it back up, roll up from Nova, TWO! Cody makes Nova pay for that with a knee and being put in a corner. Cody runs in corner to corner, Nova goes up and over to school boy kick! Nova runs in but gets caught, Cross Rhodes! TWO, only because Cody let Nova up. Cody moves Nova around, and puts on the American Deathlock! Nova endures, reaches for ropes, Cody keeps him away, Nova taps and Cody wins. Cody retains, but Nova is far from the Peacock’s level. But wait, what’s this? Dalton Castle IS here! Seems Cody lied, we go to break as Castle grabs his custom microphone.
Dalton Castle speaks.
“Is that it?” That match? Is that what ROH’s “most expensive contract in history is paying for?” Cody, Castle speaks for everyone that “we’re not mad. We’re just disappointed.” Because to Castle, Cody is a good- no, great- no, just a good wrestler. But as ROH WHC, Cody has been lackluster. Why keep doing whatever that was when you could give everyone here “the match they really want to see”? Cody finally responds, saying “Is this wrestling 101? I have my match, you walk out here, apparently you’re the next contender?” They’re in Philadelphia, this is a smarter crowd. They don’t need to do “this”. And Cody will explain why. With Cody’s lineage and connections, he can help Castle. He can guarantee Castle won’t win. Castle has built this reputation so why waste time? Cody can make some calls to “Paul”, and get him “one of those developmental contracts”. Think about it, Castle. “One call to Paul and you can go ‘develop your skills’, then come back when you’re ready.” All his friends left to do the same thing, taking that “little bitty guaranteed developmental contract”. Cody is going to walk away, because he can see it’s what Castle wants. Just do Cody a favor, and think about it. Cody gives Castle a pat on the shoulder before heading up the ramp, but Castle pounces from behind! He throws Cody around the ramp and then into the ring, BANGARANG! Castle takes down Cody, and the fans are fired up for him! Castle finishes speaking by saying “I thought about it. Nah, I love it here and I’m gonna take your title away.” Offer rejected but challenge accepted, can Castle end The American Nightmare’s reign?
Bully Ray Dudley is still unsure about his future in wrestling.
Bully Ray always knew that he wanted to be in ROH, that ROH and Bully were a perfect fit. But most of the fans know, “it’s about that time.” Bully thanked God that he got to even be in ROH. The fans said “Thank you, Bubba!” as part of a heartfelt good-bye. Is this truly good-bye for the living legend?
Jay Lethal speaks.
Lately, The Franchise Player has been asked the same question: “What is next for him in ROH?” He’s already done so much, what’s left to do? There are some things even Lethal hasn’t done yet. He hasn’t been ROH Tag Team nor Six Man Tag Team champion, but the real answer for that question is “being the greatest wrestler in the world.” And there’s only one thing that says you’re the best in the world: having the ROH WHC. “The wrestling world looks to you when you have the most prestigious title in all of professional sports.” Lethal wants that title once again, will he make it back? Who will be holding the title when he does?
ROH shows us the night Mark Briscoe injured his elbow.
Global Wars night two, in Pittsburgh, in a match against Hiromu Takahashi. Mark simply went up and over to cartwheel, nothing over the top, but that elbow just gave out. Match over, Mark was taken to the back, frustrated with himself. Briscoe speaks to us, arm in a cast. “Now damn it, I know y’all done heard the news.” The ROH World Television Championship match was cancelled due to Mark’s injury. But he’s telling us he earned that shot! He demands he still get his shot, next week, ROH episode 321, because he is owed what he earned! But Jay Briscoe asks what he’s talking about. Mark demands his title shot. A singles title? Going singles? Damn right! He’ll be TV champ, like how Jay was two time WHC. But with that bad arm? Yeah! You damn right! How many times has Mark tried and failed? What is Jay’s problem? They’re a tag team, that’s his problem.
ROH World Tag Team Championships: Motor City Machine Guns VS War Machine!
Two tested teams with bonds that are long and strong, but the champions will be the ones who are tougher and more determined! The bell rings, Rowe runs right at Chris Sabin for a Superman Punch! Hanson kicks Alex Shelley off the apron and then climbs up, Rowe has Sabin in position, FALLOUT! Rowe hurries to a cover, Shelley hurries up top, Shelley breaks the pin with a missile dropkick! Hanson puts Shelley in a corner and boxes away with body shots. Hanson is backed down by the ref, Hanson runs in but Shelley dodges, Hanson hits buckles. Shelley tags in, Sabin boots Hanson back, Shelley goes up but jumps over, Rowe puts Shelley in a corner with double shotgun knees. Hanson becomes a human weapon, running hip attack toss! War Machine is fired up and so are the fans, Shelley slumps down from the impact. He sparks back to life as fans rally but War Machine isolate him. Forearm, tag to Hanson, Shelley is fed to one knee strike then another, down he goes. He puts up his guard but Hanson is upon him with half-nelson knee strikes. Shelley reaches for Sabin but can’t get away as Hanson uses his #WarBeard to scrub and rake the face of Shelley. Hanson brings Shelley up and into the corner, tag to Rowe. Hanson whips Rowe in for a corner splash, Hanson bumps Sabin off the apron, Hanson hits a big splash on Shelley. They’re not done there, Hanson becomes a weapon again for a scoop slam senton! Rowe covers, Sabin breaks that up. Sabin gives forearms but Rowe responds with knees and a discus elbow. Rowe has Sabin, whips him at Shelley but Shelley puts him to the apron. Rowe rushes in, back elbow keeps him back, Shelley hops up and jumps, only to be caught. Sabin hops up and uses a missile dropkick to give Shelley the edge and take Rowe down. Sabin goes after Hanson, is punched away. Shelley tries, he’s also punched away, but then becomes a step stool for Sabin’s dropkick, Hanson is knocked off the apron to the ground. The fans fire up for MCMG, they go after Rowe with a kick vice from the apron. They goad Hanson into running in and dump him out. Sabin builds speed, Shelley opens up the ropes, Sabin DIVES onto War Machine! Both Rowe and Hanson go down, the fans cheer for “Motor City!” Rowe is put in the ring, fans start dueling now as Shelley lines up the shot. Rowe fights back but Shelley keeps him down with a knee. Sabin is perched while Shelley drags Rowe up, Rowe tries to fight back again, but is caught into the missile dropkick complete shot. Cover, TWO, Shelley is frustrated. He keeps focus as fans rally again, he fishhooks Rowe’s jaw. He lets go at 4, then brings Rowe over for two boots to Rowe’s head. Tag to Sabin, double arm wrench elbows and crisscross to back elbows and synchronized knee drop and back senton. Cover, Hanson breaks it, then haymaker for Shelley. Hanson runs, Shelley tries a drop toehold but Hanson’s pretty big, so Sabin comes in to add on a bulldog! The champions are in control as we go to break. Back again and it’s still MCMG. They take Rowe to a corner, double whip corner to corner, whip but Rowe dodges Sabin to go after Shelley. Shelley dodges Rowe, do-si-do with Sabin, back elbow then step stool for Sabin, but Rowe catches Sabin to slam him onto Shelley! Both MCMG and Rowe are down and a ten count starts. Rowe crawls his way over, tag to Hanson, Hanson rallies on MCMG with big hands and big boots. MCMG are in opposite corners, Hanson gets going on that endless clothesline train! TEN big corner clotheslines and the fans are loving it. Hanson feeds off the chants as he whips Sabin corner to corner into Shelley, Hanson runs in, Shelley gets Sabin clear so that only he takes Number 11! Sabin enziguri rocks Hanson, Rowe back for Ace Ten Mao! Shelley gives Rowe a complete shot into buckles, Hanson runs and Shelley dodges, Hanson hits a springboard back elbow! The fans give a standing ovation just for the insane athleticism because “This is awesome!” Shelley is punch drunk but up on his feet, Hanson fireman’s carry but Sabin mule kicks Hanson. Shelley is safely on his feet, and adds a SUPERKICK, then enziguri SUPERKICK combo! Hanson falls down, Rowe is up and he headbutts forearms away. Rowe spins but gets caught into the Dream Sequence: atomic drop, low dropkick, neck bridge, low dropkick! The MCMG target Hanson, kick vice in the corner. Hanson gets Sabin away and rocks Shelley off the top rope. Hanson cartwheels to dodge, Sabin mule kicks in, Rowe returns to feed Sabin to Thor’s Hammer! Then Hanson DIVES on Shelley! Hanson returns while Rowe gets Sabin up, Hanson climbs… “Great match guys!” The Addiction appears to ruin the fun, again! Christopher Daniels sprays silly string into Hanson’s face! But Daniels pays for it as Rowe yanks him into the ring with him! Hanson and Rowe take more silly string but clearly no effect, Rowe decks Daniels with a stiff right. Hanson clotheslines Daniels out, but while Rowe chases The Addiction off, Sabin rolls up Hanson! Jackknife cover, the MCMG win and retain! Shelley & Sabin aren’t complaining, but War Machine is furious with The Addiction. Daniels & Kazarian have a chance to become #1 contenders to the tag team titles, will Hanson & Rowe work to ruin their fun back?
Another great episode here. Great opening triple threat tag, all three teams are indeed very promising in ROH, but The Kingdom goes over as they are the strongest team and some very strong Heels. They’re also Heels that make good points, they should eventually get an ROH Six Man Tag rematch, but that might be a bit much too soon if they also want ROH Tag Team titles, putting five belts on three guys is too much for The Kingdom and even for The Bullet Club, since the Young Bucks had to give up their tag titles to MCMG in order to have the Six Man titles with Adam Page. Mark hurt his elbow back in mid-October, but he still wants his ROH WTV shot, he’s definitely got heart. Glad to see that even this injury feeds into the Briscoe VS Briscoe story, their program can still happen even if it is delayed, and I look forward to a match between them.
Cody did amazing work in his segment. Not the match with Nova, Nova was all feeding for Cody’s ego. His promo on Castle and NXT was the incredible part, shooting on Triple H and the former ROH stars over there now. Castle gets to lay him out to show his loyalty to ROH as well as his own pride, and Castle also did well to poke at Cody’s pure wrestling talent not being that high. Their coming match is going to be incredible for just story elements alone. The main event was great, even if The Addiction ruined it for War Machine, but the heat they got for it was exactly the point. The Addiction kept Hanson & Rowe winning, probably because The Addiction feels they can’t defeat those two super hosses but can definitely defeat The Best Friends — Chuckie T and Trent Barretta — to then defeat familiar foes in the MCMG. As I’m guessing, War Machine might return the favor to screw over Daniels & Kaz, and we’ll get a grudge match of War Machine VS The Addiction at Final Battle to go alongside Best Friends VS MCMG, two great tag team match-ups right there. A bit surprised The Addiction is getting a part in the contenders match as they’ve only been either losing matches or ruining them for others, perhaps that can even feed into the Kingdom Conspiracy story that’s building for The Kingdom.
My Score: 8/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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