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- Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (kickoff show): WOKEN Matt Hardy wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship (kickoff show): Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal (kickoff show): Naomi wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: The Miz VS Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Charlotte wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Randy Orton VS Bobby Roode VS Jinder Mahal VS Rusev; Mahal wins and becomes the new WWE US Champion.
- Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey VS Triple H & Stephanie McMahon; Angle & Rousey win.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Usos VS The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers; Bludgeon Brothers win and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
- John Cena VS ???; The Undertaker wins.
- Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Bryan & Shane win, Kevin & Sami are still fired.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Nia Jax; Nia wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Styles wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- Raw Tag Team Championship: The Bar VS Braun Strowman & ???; Strowman & Nicholas win and become new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns; Lesnar wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
John Cena promised he’d be at Wrestelmania as a fan, and he is!
The Face that Runs the Place may not be wrestling on the Grandest Stage of Them All, but he’s here to enjoy it for himself, and even take pictures with fans.
Carmella joins the Kickoff Panel.
The FABULOUS Ms. Money in the Bank doesn’t want to hear about Asuka’s Streak or Charlotte’s championship, she wants to hear about herself. Carmella is more than ready, #MellaisMoney, but she hasn’t succeeded in chasing in yet. But that’s part of the master plan. Is she cashing in tonight? She won’t confirm or deny, but she first wants to win the inaugural Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal. If she had to choose who she’d challenge, would it be Asuka or Charlotte? Who needs to choose a winner when you’ve got one right here in her? Carmella keeps her plans close to the vest, and goes off to prepare. Can/will Carmella win some history tonight?
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal!
The Humongous Wonder #8 was the first great titan of the World Wrestling Entertainment, and is honored by this fifth annual edition of the 30 man over-the-top-rope match. With supreme stars the likes of the Devil’s Favorite Demon, the WOKEN Wisdom, and the two-time winning Lone Wolf all competing for this great honor, who will be the last one standing to add their name to the statue’s plaque?
Everyone is in the ring at the start, and the moment the bell rings, it all breaks loose! It is a chaotic brawl as the 30 men work to find someone to go after. Aiden English is thrown out by Zack Ryder, he is ELIMINATED! Tye Dillinger goes after Dolph Ziggler, Heath Slater keeps surviving, and Karl Anderson throws out Konnor! Ziggler survives, WOKEN Hardy survives, and Fandango shovels Curt Hawkins out, Hawkins is ELIMINATED! R-Truth and Goldust make up as pals, and get their groove on, but then Goldust throws Truth out, R-Truth is ELIMINATED! Oh and Goldust dabs on ’em.
Primo Colon survives once, but not twice, he is ELIMINATED by Mike Kanellis. Sin Cara goes after Kanellis, the Revival go after Goldust together. Kanellis is ELIMINATED while the #TopGuys keep each other in. Hardy survives even as the Miztourage goes after them. The Fashion Police work on Corbin but he’s too big and strong for them. The Miztourage go after the Good Brothers, Benjamin knees Tyler Breeze, Breeze is ELIMINATED! Ziggler again survives while Rhyno brawls with Viktor. Viktor backs Rhyno down but Rhyno picks Viktor up. Goldust throws Sin Cara but Sin Cara stays in, Viktor gets thrown out and is ELIMINATED! Ziggler somehow keeps surviving while the Revival beat down Ryder. Sin Cara hits Tye but Tye blocks and clubs him back.
Kane works over Bo but Curt Axel saves him. Hardy takes Goldust and “DELETE DELETE” buckle bumps him over and over. Ziggler goes after Ryder but misses, Ryder is right on him with a “WOO WOO WOO!” Broski- POUNCE from Mojo, Ryder is ELIMINATED! Gable goes after Anderson but the Machine Gun fights him off, only for a rolling kick to knock him down! Anderson is ELIMINATED, and Titus O’Neil works on Luke Gallows. Gallows kicks Titus but Titus boots Gallows, Gallows is ELIMINATED! Titus barks while we go to break.
WWE returns and the Revival throw Apollo out, Apollo is ELIMINATED! Benjamin goes after the Revival, and teeters on the apron, but grabs hold of Dash Wilder! Scott Dawson holds onto Dash to save his tag partner, then hits Benjamin away, Benjamin is ELIMINATED! Rhyno charges in but he is dumped out and is ELIMINATED, then Miztourage throw out the #TopGuys, Dash & Dawson are ELIMINATED! Kane grabs Miztourage and shoves them out, they’re ELIMINATED! John Cena watches from the crowd while Corbin throws Sin Cara! Sin Cara hits the Miztourage and Revival, but he’s still ELIMINATED!
The field has thinned, and Fandango decides to swivel his hips at Kane. Kane uppercuts Fandango right out of the ring, Fandango is ELIMINATED! Slater brawls with Corbin but he’s on the outside, Corbin bumps him off a post, Corbin is ELIMINATED! Kane throws Gable, Gable is ELIMINATED! Corbin and Kane lock eyes, and the fans fire up. But the two big men are surrounded and the others go right at them! Titus, Goldust and Tye keep Corbin down while Mojo, Ziggler and Hardy go after Kane. Titus lashes out on Goldust and Tye, then runs Mojo over, but Ziggler flies in! He’s caught and thrown, but lands on hsi feet to SUPERKICK and clothesline Titus out! Titus is ELIMINATED! But then Ziggler runs into Goldust’s powerslam, and so does Tye.
Goldust puts Tye in a corner and prepaers him, but Ziggler pounces on Goldust. Goldust knocks him down for it, then sets him up just like he did Tye. The fans cheer for it, Goldust takes a deep breath, and gives Shattered Dreams to Tye. Goldust runs at Ziggler, Ziggler throws Goldust out, GOldust is ELIMINATED! But Hardy says ‘DELETE! DELETE!” and rocks Ziggler with a haymakers. But then he bump sinto Tye and asks, “Who are you?” Ten! Delete! Ten! Delete! Twist of Fate! Tye is thrown and ELIMINATED! But then Kane runs Hardy over!
Kane grabs Ziggler, Ziggler slips out of the choke slam, SUPERKICK! ZIggler leaps for the sleeper, but is thrown out and ELIMINATED! But then Corbin throws Kane out, Kane is ELIMINATED! The Lone Wolf, Mojo Rawley and Hardy are the final three. Mojo pounces while Hardy is busy fighting Corbin. He gives Hardy a huge fireman’s carry slam! Mojo and Corbin stand over Hardy, but the fans are on Hardy’s side. Corbin and Mojo stomp away, and pick Hardy up together, but Bray Wyatt appears?! The Eater of Worlds has returned from the Lake of Reincarnation, and he feeds Mojo to Hardy, Mojo is ELIMINATED! Bray then goes after COrbin, but into End of Days! Corbin goes back to Hardy, fans boo and jeer, but Hardy fights back and dumps Corbin out! Corbin is ELIMINATED! Hardy wins!
Winner: WOKEN Matt Hardy
And it’s thanks to Bray Wyatt! To which, Hardy has the fans applaud the WONDERFUL return of Wyatt. Hardy thanks Wyatt, as do the fans, and they hug! Does this mean there’s some kind of Woken & Wyatt alliance forming?!
Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali!
205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, is here with the title belt to watch as the Heart and the Soul of the Cruiserweight Division battle it out for that very prize!
The bell rings and we begin. The fans are thunderous for them as they high-five and circle. Ali gets the waistlock but Alexander the standing switch and slam. The fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” while Ali gets up and puts on a headlock. Alexander lifts but Ali holds on. Alexander powers out, they collide, Alexander shoulders Ali down on the rebound. He wants Ali to show that heart, and they speed up. Ali headscissors Alexander and then dares Alexander to show the soul. They tie up and go against the ropes and into a corner. Neither man backs down until the referee separates them, then Ali shoves Alexander. Alexander shoves back and dares Ali to hit him. Ali does with a chop, so Alexander responds with a kick. Alexander whips but Ali kicks him back, so Alexander rolls under and headscissors and dropkicks Ali down. Cover, TWO!
Alexander puts Ali right in an armlock, but Ali works his way up and out. Ali whips but Alexander reverses, flapjack dropkick! Alexander staggers, Ali runs in but Alexander puts him on the apron to block a kick and hit a kick. Ali goes down, Alexander builds speed and FLIES!
Down they both go, but Alexander is up first. He puts Ali in the ring, covers, TWO! Alexander keeps on Ali with a rear bearhug. Fans rally while Ali endures the squeeze. Ali gets up and fights out of the hold, rocking Alexander with a forearm. Alexander responds with a running European Uppercut! He whips Ali corner to corner then throws him with a big back body drop. Cover, TWO, but Alexander keeps his cool as he puts Ali back in the bearhug. Ali endures the squeeze while fans rally again. Ali gets up and fights back but Alexander knees low. Alexander chops Ali, then brings him up for a suplex, but Ali slips out. Alexander knees low again, then runs, but into Ali’s lariat.
Ali starts to rally and chop, but Alexander reverses the whip. Ali slides to a stop, and intercepts Alexander with a roundhouse. Alexander staggers, Ali rolls in for the facebuster! Cover, TWO! Ali brings Alexander up, but Alexander blocks and counters with a EuroUpper. Ali yanks his waistband and counters a kick with a kick! He runs, but into Alexander’s Spanish Fly! Both men are down and fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up while Ali gets to a corner. Alexander runs in, but into Ali’s boot. Ali hops up, tornado DDT blocked! Alexander hangs Ali up on the ropes, then catches his breath before climbing up to join him.
Fans anticipate something, and Ali resists. They brawl on the top rope, but Alexander gets the better of Ali, only for Ali to almost send Alexander tumbling down with his counter. They brawl more while trying to stand up, Ali hits Alexander with a SUPER Spanish Fly!
Even Cena is stunned seeing that. Cover, TWO, and Ali can’t believe it. He shakes his head as he watches Alexander flounder about. Ali brings Alexander over to a corner but Alexander knows what that means an dresists. Ali kicks Alexander, then climbs, but Alexander gets up to throw him off! Maverick and the referee check on Ali after his crash landing, but Ali is still good to go.
Alexander waits as the count begins, but Ali dares Alexander to finish him. Alexander takes the bait, he puts Ali in the ring and covers, TWO! He gets frustrated, but tells Ali it’s already over. Ali shakes his head, it’s not over. Alexander kicks Ali and then stomps away in a rage! He yanks Ali up, back suplex lift but Ali slips out! Ali hits the Reverse-Rana! Alexander is dazed, and Ali gets going. Ali hops up, flying tornado DDT! ALexander lands in a drop zone! Ali goes up, and hits the 0-5-4!
ROPEBREAK! Alexander survives with a foot on the ropes! Ali shouts for Alexander to stay down before he stomps him back. Ali climbs up again, 0-5-4 but Alexander moves! Alexander scrambles up to his feet while Ali drags himself back up. They run at each other, Alexander’s big back elbow rocks Ali, but he still gives another. Alexander tells Ali “This is enough!” But clearly, it isn’t, and the third back elbow flips ALi over! Alexander lifts Ali up, for the Lumbar Check!
Cover, Alexander wins!
Winner: Alexander, by pinfall, NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Carolina Kid didn’t want to go that far, but he had no choice but to break the Heart of 205 Live. More importantly, Alexander finally proves he can win the big one! Drake Maverick personally presents the belt to Alexander, and the true celebration begins! Now that he finally has what he wanted for so long, will the Age of Alexander have no end?
Interview with John Cena.
Cena doesn’t see it as unfortunate that he’s not on the card, he’s having a great time with the other fans. He’s in a #Cenasection, we’re live! Here’s to Wrestlemania!
Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal!
With the Women’s (R)Evolution stronger than ever, it was only right that the combined Women’s Division of Raw, SmackDown and even NXT have their own 30 woman over-the-top-rope match. Who will be the first woman to put her name on the plaque for this prestigious and historical moment?
The bell rings and Carmella brags she already has a claim to a title with her Ms. MITB briefcase. But that only gets her jumped by all 29 other women! Well, 28, Lana stays back to “coordinate”. The ladies pick Carmella up and throw her out! She somehow stays up on the apron, but Sonya’s roundhouse ELIMINATES her! Now with 29, Natty singles out Dana Brooke. Dana points out, “That’s not nice!” She and Natty fight, but then the mob takes over and they go after Dana. Mandy throws Dana, and ELIMINATES her! But then Absolution gets too big an ego, and the NXT women stick together to fight the main roster!
Sonya goes after Kairi Sane while Taynara Conti goes after Mandy. Women spill out under the bottom ropes, and the NXT women take charge! Fans join in, chanting “NXT! NXT!” Becky comes back and gets mad at Kavita Devi for wearing orange! Orange is Becky’s color! That aside, the brawl starts all over again, and Devi swings Becky around for a slam. Becky bails out, but Mandy is actually ELIMINATED! Natty turns on Bayley, no more WWE VS NXT. Bianca Belair climbs up, Taynara slams Sonya down, and Dakota and Peyton hold Sonya for Bianca’s EST 450! Then they throw Sonya out, for the ELIMINATION! Ruby Riott goes after the NXT women but that’s a tall order, we go to break.
WWE returns to find more women have spilled out of the ring, and someone ELIMINATES Kairi Sane! Sasha Banks fights her way back in, but NXT continues to work together. They lift Lana up but Lana fights back, only for Bianca to blast her off for the ELIMIANTION! Sarah Logan ELIMINATES Devi, then fights with Bianca. The Riott Squad works together on Taynara, big dropkick from Liv Morgan! Becky brawls with Bianca, Dakota stomps on Bayley. Natty has Mickie James while Sasha survives. Bianca whips Becky with her hair! Becky dodges the second try, and throws Bianca to the apron. She bumps Bianca on a buckle and jump kicks, she ELIMINATES Bianca.
But then Dakota rocks Becky with the corner boot! Dakota throws Naomi in a corner, and boots her, too! She aims at Sasha, but Sasha dodges and ELIMINATES Dakota. Ruby goes after Sasha while Mickie throws out Naomi and Becky, for two ELIMINATIONS! Ruby goes after Mickie but ends up on the outside. Sarah goes to help, countering the Mickie-rana. Mickie is on the apron but she fights the Squad off, until Ruby knocks her off for the ELIMINATION! Peyton deals out heel kicks, but Sarah lifts her up for a powerbomb! Ruby and Liv mule kick Peyton, Peyton is ELIMINATED!
Now it’s just Natty and the Riott Squad beating up Bayley and Sasha, but that’s short lived as the Squad go after Natty. Bayley goes after Liv, and Natty blocks the double suplex, to suplex both Sarah and Ruby! Sasha gets up but Natty is on her with a suplex. Bayley helps Sasha, and the “friends” go after Natty. They throw Natty out, for the ELIMINATION! They do the same to Liv, and then club Ruby, Liv and Ruby are ELIMINATED! Sarah goes at them, but Sasha dumps her out. Sarah goes after Sasha, fireman’s carry but Sasha slips out, Bayley hits Sarah for the ELIMINATION! The final two are Bayley and Sasha!
The fans are thunderous for the Legit Boss and Huggable One. Sasha asks for a handshake, Bayley gives it, to then throw and ELIMINATE Sasha!! But Bayley didn’t realize there’s one last woman, who didn’t go over the top rope. Naomi returns, and Bayley’s upset. They go at each other, REAR VIEW! Naomi throws Bayley for the ELIMINATION!
Bayley and Sasha are both frustrated, furious even, but it doesn’t matter, because it’s #GlowTime!
WWE lets the good times roll in the Big Easy, again.
Wrestlemania has many names, from the Grandest Stage of Them All to the Showcase of the Immortals, to the biggest night in sports entertainment. But in the end, one thing is for certain: it is where history is made, where stars are born, and moments live forever. Who will make moments of their own on this grand stage? Who will become immortalized? Most importantly, who will win?!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: The Miz VS Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins!
The good times begin with fire and intensity as both The Architect and The Extraordinary Man look to take the title off of the Hollywood A-Lister before he can set the record as longest reigning IC Champion in history! Will Rollins #BurnItDown? Will Finn make the title #TooSweet? Or will The Miz shock them both and hold on to history? Miz makes one surprising decision already: he sends the Miztourage to the back, because he believes he has this well in-hand by himself.
The bell rings and we begin. Fans are thunderous already while Miz, Rollins and Finn approach each other. Miz goes for Finn, Finn gets around for the waistlock but Rollins goes after Finn from behind. Finn lets go of Miz and powers out of Rollins’ headbutt, Rollins knocks miss down. Rollins goes back after Finn but Finn arm-drags him away. Miz grabs Finn but Finn arm-drags him, too. Rollins rolls up Miz but Finn rolls up Rollins then Miz rolls up Finn! TWO, Rollins clotheslines Miz out but Finn rolls Rollins, TWO. Rollins goes after Finn, but Finn avoids the stomp to roll, only for Rollins to roll through and mule kick Finn. Rollins runs but Finn clotheslines him out to join Miz, then Finn FLIES!
Finn wipes Rollins and Miz out, then gets up to flex. The fans cheer, “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for Finn as he puts Miz in the ring. Miz kicks back, then whips but Finn reverses. Miz sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick, cover, TWO. Finn goes at Miz in a corner with chops, then whips corner to corner but Miz reverses. Finn goes up and over, Rollins flies in for the flying lariat! Miz throws Rollins to a corner then boots Finn down. Cover, TWO!
Miz whips Finn at Rollins but Rollins elbows Finn away then boots Miz. Rollins hops up and hits them both with the blockbuster! Cover on Miz, TWO! Rollins keeps on Miz with a corner forearm smash, then brings him up for the suplex. Miz slips out and goes for the Finale but Rollins elbows out to run, but into Miz’s kitchen sink knee. Miz runs and hits his signature corner clothesline on Finn, then he climbs up to bring Rollins down with the double ax handle. Cover, TWO, but Miz gets Rollins right in a chinlock.
Fans rally while Rollins endures. Finn gets up, Miz throws Rollins at him, but Finn gets aside. Miz catches Finn into the A-List combination of backbreaker and–after booting Rollins away–neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Miz puts Finn in a seated cobra clutch, but Finn endures. Fans rally and Finn fights his way up, only for Miz to wrangle him back down. Finn gets up again, pries his way out, but Miz knees low. Miz whips Finn to a corner, but Finn boots him back. Finn runs out to rally with forearms, then catches Miz into the takedown and double stomps. Finn flexes again, then chops Miz. Corner to corner whip, but Miz boots Finn. Miz hops up, Finn swing kicks and sends Miz down! Rollins returns, he blocks the slingblade and runs to hit his slingblade! Finn bails out of the ring, Rollins builds speed, and DIVES!
He keeps going, hitting Miz with a DIVE! Rollins won’t stop, he sees Finn return into the ring, but runs into Finn’s slingblade! Finn takes aim, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Miz returns, low DDT to Rollins! Cover, TWO, and a close one! All three men are down but stirring. Miz is up first, followed by Rollins. Rollins goes to boot but Miz deflects that leg to kick it. Miz wants the Figure Four but Rollins shoves him away. Rollins runs in but Miz puts him on the apron, so he hits back. Rollins springboards but Miz boots him down to the floor! Miz runs at Finn, blocks that swing kick and dragon screws it! Miz spins, Figure Four! Finn endures, reaches for ropes, but has to sit up to avoid a cover. Finn reaches back, drags himself over, Rollins Frog Splash outta nowhere!
Cover, TWO! All three men down again, and fans already declare “This is Awesome!” Rollins looks at Miz and Finn on the outside, and slips out to join them. He hobbles over to Miz, then tells crew to move out of the way. Rollins brings Miz up, powerbomb position, but Finn runs on the apron! Rollins blocks the Penalty Kick, then grabs Finn and heads for barriers! Finn slips out the back, and slingblades Rollins to the ground. Finn then runs at both Rollins and Miz, 2-for-1 dropkick blasts them into the timekeeper’s area! He picks Rollins up and into the ring, drags him up in the sleeper hold, but Rollins knees out of the lift.
Finn fires off strikes, Rollins hits back, Finn returns, but Rollins grabs him in the wristlock, only for Finn to counter the Revolution Knee with a forearm. Rollins PELE, Finn PELE! Finn drags Rollins up, for 1916! Cover, TWO! And Finn can’t believe it! He keeps going, putting Rollins in a drop zone before climbing up. Miz returns and attacks Finn, then climbs up to join him. Miz prepares but Finn resists the superplex, and Rollins gets up. Rollins grabs Miz, for a corner to corner buckle bomb! Then he goes back to Finn, SUPERPLEX roll through to Falcon– Small package, TWO! Miz hurries, FINALE on Rollins! Cover, TWO!?
Fans are again thunderous as some hope these three “Fight Forever!” Miz sits up, as does Finn. MIz grabs Finn but Finn arm-drags, takedown but Miz avoids the stomps. Full-nelson but Finn victory rolls, TWO! Finn staggers to his feet, then avoids Miz in the corner for the swing kick. Miz goes down, Finn climbs up, but Miz trips him up. Miz throws hands while climbing up to join Finn. Finn fights back, hitting those battered ribs. Finn gets Miz in the dragon sleeper, but Rollins runs in to kick Finn! Rollins then goes to the outside before climbing up. Rollins jumps up but Miz catches him into a SUPER Finale!!
Miz crawls to a cover, but Finn uses his Coup De Grace to break it!! Rollins rolls out of the ring, and Finn fires up. Finn limps as he walks it off, but takes aim at Miz. Miz slowly stands up, Finn runs in, slingblade! Blasting dropkick! Finn climbs up again, COUP DE GRACE!
Cover, but Rollins is back, Curb Stomp!! Rollins stomps the mat, wanting someone to get up. Miz does, CURB STOMP! Cover, ROllins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; NEW Intercontinental Champion
Not only that, but Rollins is also a WWE Grand Slam Champion as he finally tags off the IC title! The Architect joins his Shield brothers, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, among others. With this victory, is Rollins back to being The Man?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!
“To be the Woman, you’ve got to beat the Woman.” The Empress of Tomorrow knows that much, and pits her undefeated streak against the Queen of Flair’s title! Which woman will make the other bow to them as THE Woman of SmackDown?
The bell rings, the fans are thunderous, and the two circle. They tie up, Asuka goes for the arm, but Charlotte reverses the hold. Asuka uses the ropes to flip through the reversal but Charlotte rolls to do the same, but Asuka kicks out a leg. Charlotte gets up and cartwheels to break free and shove Asuka. Charlotte styles and profiles, then they tie up again. Asuka kicks then puts Charlotte in a headlock. Charlotte powers out and things speed up, Charlotte trips Asuka but Asuka rolls her, TWO. Asuka hits Charlotte with a sliding knee, cover, TWO. Charotte and Asuka back off but the fans applaud.
Asuka taunts Charlotte as she sits in the corner. Charlotte comes out, but Asuka gets her in a takedown and double stomps. Asuka runs, but Charlotte catches her, only for Asuka to victory roll, TWO. Charlotte chops Asuka with the Flair family chops, backing Asuka into a corner. Charlotte whips Asuka corner to corner but Asuka reverses, so Charlotte tumbles to the apron. Asuka runs over, avoids the shoulder and gives kicks back. Asuka runs again, and hip attacks Charlotte to the barriers! The referee checks on Charlotte while Asuka dances in the ring. Asuka looks down at Charlotte and points to the shoulder, taunting Charlotte with the fact she now has a target. Charlotte gets up and back into the ring, but Asuka is on that shoulder with kicks. Asuka wrangles Charlotte down with an arm-wringer, then an armlock.
Fans duel between the two while Asuka grinds Charlotte’s arm. Charlotte rolls and forearms out of the hold, but Asuka hits back with a knee. Asuka runs in, but into the backbreaker and STO from Charlotte! Charlotte grabs Asuka, Asuka turns things around, but Charlotte resists the hold. Asuka hops up onto Charlotte, but Charlotte runs for the backback stunner! Charlotte runs in and turns Asuka around to forearm away on the back. Asuka elbows back, but Charlotte yanks Asuka in to drop the knee on her head! Charlotte keeps going, another Flair knee drop. Asuka is down, so Charlotte climbs up. MOONSAULT!
But Asuka catches her into a triangle hold!! Asuka has her, but Charlotte hammers away with fists. Charlotte gets free, and puts Asuka in a Boston Crab! Asuka endures the hold, crawls and pops out, cover, TWO, Charlotte covers, TWO! The fans are loving this, even as Charlotte and Asuka glare at each other. Asuka hits first and fast, then yanks Charlotte’s bad arm into the ropes. She keeps going, kicking Charlotte back into the ring. Cover, TWO, and Asuka grows frustrated. She stalks Charlotte, going after that bad arm and kicking Charlotte right in the face. Charlotte ends up in a corner but Asuka keeps kicking. Charlotte blocks one to shove Asuka down, but that bad arm slows her down. Asuka trips Charlotte up, then runs, hip attack misses, Charlotte’s boot hits!
They’re both on the apron, and Charlotte brings Asuka up, but Asuka resists the suplex. Asuka shoves Charlotte, then kicks her into the post. Asuka grabs Charlotte now, for a suplex to the floor!
Both Queen and Empress crash land! The referee checks on them, but they’re somehow okay to continue. He starts a ten count, but neither stirs before 7. Asuka gets up into the ring, Charlotte follows at 9! Charlotte crawls towards Asuka, Asuka grabs her hair, and then unloads a strike fest! Asuka fires up, climbs up, and hits Charlotte with a missile dropkick. Cover, TWO, but close. Asuka stands on Charlotte for stomps as she holds the arms back. She drags Charlotte over to a corner and kicks her while climbing up. Charlotte fights back and chops away on Asuka! Charlotte then climbs up, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!
Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Charlotte can’t believe it. Fans know “This is Awesome!” Asuka stands up, Charlotte hits Natural Selection– No, Asuka uses that to put on a grounded Octopus stretch! Asuka bends Charlotte all sorts of ways, Charlotte tries to escape, but Asuka rolls through to keep it! Charlotte suddenly pops and goes for Figure Four but Asuka kicks here away! Charlotte blocks the roundhouse and unloads chops, but Asuka uses that to flip her over, Asuka Lock attempted! Asuka has the top, but Charlotte stands up. Asuka jumps for bodyscissors and brings Charlotte down, but Charlotte rolls through to make it a cover! TWO! Buzzsaw kick from Asuka! Asuka won’t let her Streak end, but she runs into a SPEAR! Cover, TWO!
Charlotte knows she’s close, but she’s growing frustrated and desperate. The fans fire up as she goes for the Figure Four, and gets it! Charlotte bridges, it’s the Figure Eight!
But Charlotte can’t keep her bad arm extended, she has to use just one arm. Even so, she holds on, and Asuka taps!! Charlotte wins and ends The Streak!!
Winner: Charlotte, by submission; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
It finally happened! After 914 days, someone defeats The Empress! And it’s none other than The Queen! Will this propel Charlotte’s legacy into a new level of prestige?
Asuka, no longer undefeated, stands up and calls Charlotte over. The Empress tells New Orleans, “Charlotte was ready for Asuka! Congratulations.” Then the two warriors hug! Though she is no longer undefeated, there is still so much for Asuka. Will she find a way back to a WWE Women’s Championship?
A referee rushes over to John Cena.
He’s telling Cena something. A match? John Cena thinks he’s joking, but the ref swears it’s true. Cena jumps the rails and hurries backstage! Is it to meet who Cena hopes it is?!
WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Randy Orton VS Bobby Roode VS Jinder Mahal VS Rusev!
The Viper has a tall order holding onto the title when he’s going up against The GLORIOUS One, the Modern Day Maharaja and the Bulgarian Lion! Will he retain? Or will one of the top level contenders take the title away on this GLORIOUS Rusev Day~~~?
The bell rings and all four men circle each other. Mahal swings on Orton but avoids an RKO, Roode clotheslines him out. Rusev throws Orton out then goes after Roode, hitting him with a dropkick. Fans chant “RUSEV DAY! RUSEV DAY!” and Rusev builds speed, but runs into Mahal’s forearm. Rusev hits back with a clobbering haymaker, then takes aim from the apron, Bulgarian bowling ball! He wipes out Mahal and Orton, then goes back into the ring to embrace all the cheers. Rusev puts Roode back in, Roode rolls him up, TWO. Rusev whips Roode but Roode boots back. Roode hops up, GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, TWO, and Mahal returns. Roode is ready, and he punches on Mahal. Orton adds on, and they both throw Mahal out.
Roode chops Orton, then whips, but Orton ducks to hit Roode with the powerslam! TWO, and Roode gets away to the apron. Orton stalks him, but Roode shoulders back in. Roode climbs up but Orton punches him down. Orton climbs up, and hits Roode with a SUPERPLEX! The landing is hard, but Orton covers, only for Rusev and Mahal to break it.
Mahal and Rusev stare down, but Mahal grins. He says they should work together to work over Orton. Rusev doesn’t trust Mahal, he clubs and stomps Mahal in a corner! It’s a Rusev Day Mudhole! Rusev brings Mahal up, swinging side slam! Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps his cool while Mahal bails out of the ring. Rusev leaves him be and goes after Orton, but Orton fights him off, back suplex on the barriers! Mahal boots Orton, then enters the ring, into a GLORIOUS Spinebuster! TWO, but Roode keeps his cool.
Roode stalks Mahal, winds it up, and gives the GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks, Mahal back drops but Roode sunset flip, Orton just breaks it! Orton puts Roode right into a post! Orton sees Rusev crawling up and drags him between the ropes. Rusev knows that too well, he shoves Orton away and roundhouses him down. Then a barreling shoulder in the corner before he gets running, only for Orton to drop under his windmill kick! Rusev hits mat and rolls out of the ring, but Orton is upon him again, for the draping DDT!
Orton hears the fans, but also hears the voices in his own head. He stalks Rusev, but English silps in! English takes the RKO! Rusev MACHKA Kick, but Orton dodges to RKO Rusev! Mahal runs in with a knee, but he misses, and ends up in an RKO! Cover, but Roode breaks it. Roode throws Rusev out, and blocks an RKO, for the GLORIOUS DDT!
Cover, but Mahal breaks it. Rusev returns, MACHKA Kick to Roode! Mahal dodges the roundhouse, rolls up, TWO, the roundhouse hits this time. The fans are thunderous for “RUSEV DAY! RUSEV DAY!” And Rusev hears them as he prepares to MACHKA! He stomps Mahal, brings him up, but Sunil Singh gets on the apron. Rusev lets Mahal go, Mahal dodges and the MACHKA Kick hits Sunil! Mahal goes for the KALLAS!
Cover, Mahal wins!
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall; NEW United States Champion
The Modern Day Maharaja uses the chaos, as well as Sunil, as a means to an end once again, and is WWE US Champion for the first time in his career. Mahal ruins RusevMania along with Orton’s Grand Slam reign, will he reign as he did when he was WWE Champion?
Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey VS Triple H & Stephanie McMahon!
The roots of this feud were planted way back at Wrestlemania 31 when Rousey and Stephanie had a physical encounter alongside The Rock and Triple H. But now, three years later, Rousey signs with the WWE, but not to be The Authority’s property. Can the Baddest Woman in the Planet win her WWE debut alongside the Olympic Gold Medalist?
HHH gets in Angle’s face while Rousey is ready to get at Steph. HHH then says somethign to Rousey, and while Rousey is distracted, Steph pie-faces her! Angle keeps Rousey back, but then Steph yanks Rousey down by her hair! The bell rings and Rousey really wants at Steph, but Steph gets to her corner for safety. Angle keeps Rousey back, but then sees HHH’s sucker punch coming. Angle punches back, then whips but HHH reverses, only for Angle to come out and clothesline HHH down. The fans cheer for Angle as he punches on HHH more, then stomp him in a corner. HHH staggers while the fans let Angle know, “You Still Got It!”
Angle whips HHH to a corner, then back body drops him on the rebound. ANgle brings HHH up for the arm wrench, then wrenches again. HHH endures the hammerlock, but fans say, “We Want Ronda!” Angle keeps on HHH, but Steph fakes getting in to bait Rousey. The ref is busy with Rousey while HHH whips Angle, and Steph holds down ropes to send Angle tumbling out of the ring!
Stephanie plays innocent while HHH goes after Angle, whipping the Raw GM into steel steps! HHH taunts Rousey, which gives Stephanie time to bump Angle off the steps! Rousey wants after Steph but the ref keeps her in her corner. HHH suplexes Angle back into the ring, then rains right hands down on him. He stalks Angle to the ropes then puts him into the corner to choke him more. Stephanie stays back, until the ref pulls HHH off, then she chokes Angle deeper. HHH throws hands but Angle blocks and counters. The two legends brawl, HHH whips and spinebuster for Angle! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Angle, and he reaches for Rousey, but HHH is on him with a sleeper hold. HHH powers Angle back, but Angle powers HHH back! ANgle reaches but HHH whips him away to his corner. Angle boots HHH down, and crawls for his corner, but Stephanie grabs him! She holds him for HHH, HHH swings but Angle ducks, and HHH almost hits Stephanie! The Authority freezes, deja vu from last year, so Stephanie decides to hop down off the apron. HHH brings Angle up, but gets a saido suplex!
Both men are down, and Rousey reaches for Angle. Angle fires himself up and heads for his corner, but Stephanie yanks Rousey off the apron! Stephanie is proud of herself that Angle can’t tag out. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Angle reverses and whips him all the way out! Rousey returns, and Stephanie shouts for HHH! Angle crawls, and tags in Rousey!
Rousey goes right at Stephanie and brings her into the ring! Rousey rallies on Stephanie, judo slam! She’s not done there, she unloads strikes all over Stephanie in a corner! Then she throws Stephanie by her hair! Stephanie begs for mercy, but gets none as Rousey throws her with an exploder! Rousey stalks Stephanie, even as she begs. Stephanie looks for HHH, but Rousey grabs those arms and monkey flips Stephanie to a mount. Rousey toys with Stephanie a bit before going to the armbar, but Stephanie desperately blocks it! They struggle with each other, Stephanie goes after Rousey’s eyes! Rousey lets go of the hold, and Stephanie goes to her corner, but there’s still no one to tag.
Stephanie looks back at Rousey and kicks her right in the face, DDT! Cover, TWO! Rousey is dazed and Stephanie keeps on her with a half surfboard. Stephanie digs her foot into Rousey’s back, but Rousey powers up, only to be thrown down by her hair again. Stephanie kicks and toys with Rousey, even mocking Rousey. Rousey grabs her by the throat! Rousey glares death at Stephanie before lifting her up in the fireman’s carry, and hitting a side-winding Samoan Drop! Cover, but HHH drags the referee out of the ring! Rousey protests, but then says she’s gonna continue beating up HHH’s wife. But then HHH yanks Rousey out of the ring?!
Angle comes back and goes after HHH! He bounces HHH off the announce desk, then climbs up on it with him. Angle wants a German Suplex, but HHH blocks! HHH turns around and tosses Angle down onto the Spanish announce desk. Angle tumbles to the floor, and HHH returns to the ring. He walks over to Stephanie, checking if she’s okay. But Rousey’s up! And she’s ready to fight HHH!
Fans are fired up, they want to see this! The referee says this isn’t how mixed tags work, but HHH doesn’t care, he’s in charge. He tells the ref it’ll be okay, and then circles with Rousey. Rousey throws fast and furious hands on HHH and backs him into a corner! She runs, catches his boot, and jackknife rolls to the fireman’s carry! Rousey has HHH up, but Stephanie returns to save him, and she SLAPS Rousey! That was bad. Stephanie runs away but Rousey chases her! Rousey grabs Stephanie and throws her into barriers! Rousey drags Stephanie up, but Stephanie slips down to bounce Rousey off the post! HHH is up, but so is Angle!
Angle gets HHH in a belly2belly! Then another, and the whip. HHH smashes Angle on his knee, but runs into a German Suplex! Angle holds on and hits another German, then another for the hat trick. The fans fire up, Angle goes for his slam but HHH slips out, take down to the lock, but HHH shoves out. HHH kicks low but Angle blocks the Pedigree into a catapult! Angle Slam!
Cover, TWO! So Angle brings the straps down. He grabs the leg, and the Ankle Lock, but Stephanie comes in and pulls Angle off. She blames Angle for all of this mess, and kicks at Angle, but he grabs her foot. The referee reminds Angle of the mixed tag rules, but the fans want to see this. Angle does, too, Ankle Lock on Stephanie!
But HHH returns, and he gets Angle with the Pedigree! Cover, Rousey barrels in to break it! HHH can’t believe it, but the fans know “This is Awesome!” HHH grabs Rousey, and pepares another Pedigree, but then decides for a powerbomb, which Rousey reverses into a huricanrana! And then the armbar!! HHH flails around and the fans are going wild! Stephanie comes in and grabs Rousey in a sleeper! She thrashes Rousey around, but Rousey stands up to throw Stephanie off, for the armbar!! Angle intercepts HHH with the Ankle lock!
HHH crawls and holds Stephanie’s hand to prevent any tapping, then he slings Angle into Rousey! Everyone is down but the fans are thunderous. Angle is first to get up, followed by HHH. HHH shoves Angle into the post, then Stephanie gets up to do the same to Rousey. The Authority regroups and decides to finish this. He kicks ANgle, she drags Rousey up, they want double Pedigrees. But Angle dumps HHH out, and Rousey dumps Stephanie for another armbar! Stephanie holds on for dear life, but Rousey just positions herself on top of Stephanie. Rousey asks Stephanie what she should’ve said from the start. Stephanie cries, “SORRY!”, but Rousey says it’s too late, and puts on the armbar! Stephanie taps, Rousey & Angle win!
Winners: Angle & Rousey, Rousey by submission
Rowdy Ronda Rousey has her first WWE victory, and on the Grandest Stage of Them All! With such a major win on such a major PPV, is there no limit to what she can do?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Usos VS The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers!
Awwwwww NOLA! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for this incredible tag title match, and feel, the POWER! Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E had an amazing tag feud with Jimmy & Jey in the past, but now add the destruction Harper & Rowan are capable of, who will come out of the Uso Penitentiary with the gold?
But before the bell, or even before the Bludgeon Brothers enter the ring, Kofi and Jey dropkick them away. Then Trouble in Paradise! Cover, but Harper & Rowan drag Kofi out of the ring. They shove Kofi away, then boot him down. Jimmy flies in, but Rowan catches him to snake eyes him off the apron. Harper & Rowan back off to then double boot Jimmy into the steel steps. They take aim at Big E at the barriers, Harper whips Rowan to whip Harper full steam ahead into Big E! Harper feeds Big E to Rowan’s body check!
The referee tries to get order, but the Bludgeon Brothers target Woods. Woods isn’t part of the match, but he’s still here… Woods throws a kick but that’s all he gets before Harper hammers him down. Harper gives Woods to Rowan, and Rowan lifts Woods, to powerbomb him into the post! That spine is still healing from the bomb on the steps at Fastlane.
Harper & Rowan get Kofi in the ring and Rowan gives both Kofi and Jey a big splash. Rowan lifts Jey and actually tags Harper in, before dumping Jey right out. The Bludgeon Brothers stalk Kofi, bring him up, but see Big E coming. They knock Big E away, then see Jimmy. Rowan runs but Jimmy dumps him out, apron kick! Jimmy hits Harper, runs and SUPERKICKS, then mule kicks and uppercuts. He wants another kick but Harper blocks it, to shove Jimmy at his corner. Jey tags in, and they both get clear of Harper. Double swing kicks in the corner, then another! Harper staggers, Jimmy tags back in. Jey SUPERKICKS Harper while Jimmy climbs up, then Jimmy leaps for the Uso Splash!
Cover, TWO! Jimmy can’t believe it, but he tags Jey back in. They go to opposite corners, but Rowan yanks Jimmy off. Jey jumps but into Harper’s hands. Jey breaks free and dragon whip kicks Harper, then Big E outta nowhere lifts Harper. Rowan saves Harper and clubs Big E down. Jey SUPERKICKS Rowan, Jimmy returns and together, the Usos DIVE on Rowan!
But he catches them both in each hand! The Usos break free, and double suplex Rowan to the floor! Big E has Harper, scooping him right up, and then tags Kofi. Harper slips out and throws Big E out of the ring. He gets under Kofi’s jump, and catches Kofi into the scrapbuster! Kofi writhes but Harper isn’t done with that. He drags Kofi back up, and climbs to the top rope with him. Big E returns and saves Kofi. Harper boots Big E away but the Usos return, double SUPERKICKS!
The Usos climb up to go after Harper, Big E adds on, but then Rowan runs in and blasts them all! The Usos fly to the floor while Rowan throws Big E out, but Kofi dropkicks Rowan out. Kofi goes back to Harper, leaping up, but being knocked away. Rowan has Kofi, powerbomb! Harper wants his, and Rowan full nelson lifts Kofi to Harper, for the SUPER Killer Bomb!!
Cover, Bludgeon Brothers win!
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan, Harper pinning); NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The destroyers of tag teams finally have the titles and SmackDown’s Tag Team Division will never be the same.
John Cena heads to the ring?!
And dressed to compete?!
John Cena VS ???
But wait, another referee jogs down to the ring and tells Cena something new. And Cena gets mad! Fans are chanting “Undertaker!” because that’s what we expect, but from the way Cena’s acting, it’s not happening? Cena leaves the ring, but then the lights go out!! Because it’s Elias…
The Drifter is NOT who anyone expected or wanted, but he still asks New Orleans to silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths. Elias plays his guitar while he walks the ramp, but fans boo and jeer. Sorry, were they expecting someone else? Elias says that that somebody else isn’t as athletic as Elias, isn’t as charismatic as Elias, and isn’t doesn’t have the talent Elias does. And if Cena thought this was going to be another walk in the park, think again. Elias enters the ring, and wants Cena to give him the ring. The Drifter looks at the 75k people who paid to see Elias, go ahead and sit down, Cena. Cena returns to his seat while Elias plays his Wrestlemania song.
“It’s Wrestlemania, and John wants a fight. I’m not what he expected, but guess what? It’s Elias’ night.” Elias has traveled the world, “and found this truth: John Cena Sucks, because he’s like all of you!”
Cena’s had enough, he goes after Elias! He hits the shoulder tackles and the spin-out bomb. Then “You Can’t See Me”, and Five Knuckle Shuffle! Cena gets Elias up, AA! Elias gets out of the ring, and Cena kicks his guitar. Cena cleans up the ring, fed up with this. Fans chant for “Undertaker!” again, and Cena almost expects something. But no, nothing from the Deadman. Cena decides to still stand on the post and give a point to the fans, but he goes back up the ramp, mood deflated. The music stops, and Cena thinks. And the lights go out again! Cena looks around in the dark, and smoke starts to billow up. Undertaker’s hat, jacket and boots are in the ring!
Cena sees this ominous message, and the lightning that strikes the ring! The hat, jacket and boots are gone? And the bell tolls!! The flames, and the lights! Can it be?! IT IS!
The Undertaker is in New Orleans! He walks down the ramp to meet Cena in the ring, and Cena has no idea what to make of it. Wait, this is happening?! The bell rings and it begins!
Taker goes right at Cena, throwing hands in the corner like he never lost a step! He backs the referee down, then goes back to Cena to whip him corner to corner. Cena reverses but runs into a boot. Taker runs, leaping lariat! He grabs Cena while fans chant “You Still Got It!” Taker rams Cena down with a shoulder, then brings him over, for Old School!
Cena gets to a corner, Taker runs in, corner clothesline! Taker goes back and runs in again for another, then scoops Cena. Snake Eyes, with the boot and the leg drop! Taker prepares the choke slam, grabs Cena around the throat, but Cena pops out. Cena lifts Taker for the spin-out powerbomb! Cena stands over Taker, “You Can’t See Me”– Taker sits up! And grabs Cena, for the Choke Slam! Taker brings the straps down, and slashes the throat. He scoops Cena, for the Tombstone!!
Cover, Taker wins!!
Winner: The Undertaker, by pinfall
The Deadman wins, like back in his prime! He might even be better than ever. Is this a new era for the Phenom?
WWE again honors the Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
From the Dudley Boyz to Ivory to Hillbilly Jim, Jeff Jarrett, “JJ” Jarius and Goldberg, New Orleans cheers for the living legends and heroes that inspire us all.
Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
The SmackDown GM fight for his dream, and he has it back! He can again compete in a WWE ring! But he must use his return to settle the grudge that formed between him, Shane O’Mac and two men he once called friends. If the Prizefighter and The Underdog win this match, they’ll have their jobs back! Can Bryan & Shane prevent that, even if it risks their bodies to do it? But if you expected Kevin & Sami to play fair, think again! They blindside Team YE$ from behind!
Shane goes down out of the ring and Sami pursues while Kevin stomps on Bryan. Sami throws Shane out into the crowd, right by Shane’s family! Kevin throws Bryan into barriers, then brings Bryan up to feed to Sami’s HELLUVA Kick! Sami brings Bryan up, saying, “This is your fault.” He gives Bryan to Kevin, and they give Bryan an apron powerbomb!
Bryan crumples to the floor and the referee backs them off. This match hasn’t even officially started, not that Kevin & Sami care. Sami & Kevin go into the ring while Shane returns from the crowd. Shane checks on Bryan, and orders they bring medics down. Another ref comes and brings the medic, but Kevin & Sami say, “He made us do that!” “This is on you, Shane!”
Shane sees the situation he’s in, but still wants to fight. The main ref backs Sami & Kevin up, and Shane orders for the bell. The bell rings, and he starts against Kevin. He gets a shot in on Sami then unloads on Kevin in a corner! Shane punches and punches and punches, but backs off at the ref’s request. He keeps Kevin off balance, whips him, and runs him over with a big back elbow. But Shane’s stomach is bothering him. Shane still gets shots in on Sami, body shots and elbows, then a bicycle kick to Kevin. Sami runs at Shane but into a DDT. Shane’s stomach slows him down again, and Kevin pounces with kicks and stomps. A stretcher is brought for Bryan while Kevin stomps on Shane more. Kevin mocks the healing hernia, then tags in Sami.
Sami stomps Shane while fans cheer for Bryan. Sami keeps Shane down, then whips him for a big body check. Cover, ONE, another cover, TWO. Sami brings Shane over for elbow drops, covers, TWO. Sami drags Shane up and over, then tags in Kevin. Kevin kicks Shane while Sami holds him, and the attacks to the stomach aggravate the injuries from before. Kevi mocks Bryan’s “return” while clubbing Shane. Cover, TWO.
Shane grabs ropes but that doesn’t stop Kevin from throwing crossface punches. Kevin says Shane doesn’t know when to stop, and “money ain’t gonna save you now!” Kevin embraces the heat, then tags in Sami. Sami mocks Shane’s boxing style while they mug him. He grinds boots into Shane’s gut, torturing that healing stomach. Sami throws Shane with an exploder, cover, TWO.
Fans keeping cheering for Bryan but Sami keeps bullying Shane. Shane finds the energy to fight back! He gets Kevin and Sami in turn, mule kicks Sami then clubs Kevin, but Sami pounces on Shane. Sami backs up, for Kevin to SUPERKICK Shane, and then Sami hits the Blue Thunder Bomb! Cover, TWO, and Shane frustrates Sami & Kevin. Shane has no partner to tag, though, so Sami & Kevin take it easy. Sami wants Shane to get up, runs in, but Shane dodges the kick to elbow away on Sami’s back. Shane hoists Sami up for kidney punches, then a Tree of Woe stomp. Kevin runs in but Shane side steps and sends him out. Shane sees Sami hanging upside down, and sees his opening. He climbs up to the top rope, and Sami scrambles to get free, but Shane still leaps for the Coast2Coast!
Shane’s stomach keeps him from making the cover, but the fans applaud his effort. Shane crawls but Kevin uses a back senton to break the cover! Kevin drags Sami to their corner, and tags in to then hurry up and FROG SPLASH on Shane! Cover, but Bryan returns to break it?! Fans are ecstatic with “YES! YES!” Bryan gets himself to his corner, but Kevin just runs at Shane. Shane avoids the cannonball, and Bryan reaches for a tag! Kevin and Shane crawl, hot tag to Sami to stop Shane just short. Sami drags Shane back in a chinlock, but Bryan rallies the fans for Shane. Shane uses whatever he has left to lift Sami with him, and reaches for Bryan! They’re inches away but Sami pulls Shane away. Shane back suplexes Sami!
Sami and Shane are down, but Shane is heading for Bryan. Shane gets to the ropes and uses them to pull him along, tag to Bryan! Bryan slowly enters the ring while the fans are thunderous, and he throws hands on Sami and Kevin! Bryan whips but Sami reverses, Bryan goes up and over to keep moving, running lariat runs Sami over! The fans are at a fever pitch as Bryan baseball slides Kevin down, and adds a flying knee. Bryan climbs up, to hit Sami with a missile dropkick. The landing stuns Bryan, but he kip-ups! Kevin goes after Bryan but Bryan gets him with a saido suplex. Bryan sees Kevin and Sami in opposite corners, and he begins the dropkick train! First Sami, then Kevin, then back to Sami, and back to Kevin.
Kevin slumps out of the ring while Sami pleads with Bryan. No dice, shotgun kick in the corner! Bryan climbs up with Sami, SUPER STEINER! The fans and Bryan fire up together, and Bryan takes aim, only for Kevin to anchor his foot. Helluva Kick! TWO! Kevin gets back to his corner and Sami tags him in. SUPERKICK blasts Shane off the apron, then Kevin shouts at Bryan, “You should’ve stayed retired!” He throws Bryan to ropes, but Bryan holds on and boots Kevin away. Kevin runs into another boot, then Bryan speeds up, but runs into the Pop-Up Bomb! TWO!! And Kevin can’t believe it! But Sami’s back, so Kevin tags him in.
Kevin runs at Shane again but Shane dumps him out, to then wipe Kevin out with a leaping lariat! Sami has Bryan to himself, fans building to a rally. Sami gives Bryan haymakers for forcing them into this situation. “How could you do this?!” But each punch just makes Bryan stronger. Bryan slaps and punches Sami back and from both sides! Then he starts giving those YES Kicks! “YES! YES!” echoes out with each kick, then Bryan prepares and hits the buzzsaw. But that isn’t all, as Bryan takes aim from the corner. Fans again echo “YES! YES!” Bryan runs out, and hits the Knee+!!
Then the Yes Lock!
Sami endures the hold, and taps! Bryan & Shane win!
Winners: Bryan & Shane, Bryan by submission
Bryan’s return to the ring is victorious! And best of all, he ends this grudge between SmackDown and the #YEPMovement. Will this usher in a new era for SmackDown now that the administration is on the same page? And what will happen now that Sami & Kevin are truly without jobs in the WWE?
Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Nia Jax!
The Irresistible Force thought the Goddess was on her side, was her best friend. But in reality, she was only ever being used by the WWE’s resident mean girl. The title is on the line in this grudge match, can Nia get revenge on Alexa for herself and everyone who has ever been bullied? Though, surprise surprise, Alexa brings Mickie James with her as back-up.
The belt is raised, but Nia doesn’t wait for the bell before running Mickie James over! She goes after Mickie, pushing her into the announce desk then the apron, then across the floor! Nia swings Mickie back and forth into the barrier, and Alexa panics. Alexa goes after Nia from behind, but that doesn’t do anything, so Alexa runs away. Nia finishes Mickie with a Samoan Drop to the floor! No more back-up for Alexa, she is truly alone against Nia.
Now the bell rings, and the match begins. Alexa evades Nia, but Nia grabs her hair. Alexa SLAPS Nia, Nia shrieks which makes Alexa scream before Nia knocks her down. Nia kicks Alexa into a corner then throws her out of it! And again! Alexa is a ragdoll as she throws Nia around the ring, then squashes her in a corner. Nia holds Alexa by her hair, fireman’s carry, and trophy press! Nia throws Alexa hard, but Alexa bails out of the ring to save herself. Alexa cowers to the announce desk, and decides to take her title and run. But Nia won’t let her get away, and runs her over the second she turns around!
Nia drags Alexa back up and puts her in the ring. She stalks Alexa but Alexa shields herself with the ropes. That doesn’t stop Nia, but then Alexa rakes Nia’s eye! Alexa goes after Nia with kicks to the leg and forearms to the face. Nia shoves Alexa away but Alexa comes back for more stomps. Nia puts Alexa in the corner, but Alexa dodges her kick, and then drops knees on the leg! Alexa stalks Nia while she writhes on the mat, and drops knees on Nia’s head. Alexa dropkicks Nia, then springboards for double stomps. She stands on Nia for the skateboard stomps, then works over the leg. Alexa keeps going, dropping elbows on the knee and wrenching the joint. Nia clubs Alexa, but Alexa dropkicks her back. Alexa hops on for a guillotine hold, but Nia powers out for a suplex!
Alexa crawls to a corner while Nia stands up. Nia runs in but misses, hitting the post! Nia falls to the floor, and Alexa sees an opening. Alexa climbs up top, for a SUPER Twisted Bliss!
Down go Nia and Alexa! The referee counts them both now. Alexa gets in at 4, but Nia gets in at 8. Alexa dropkicks Nia’s face into buckles! But that won’t be enough, so Alexa says, “I’m so sorry.” Not! DDT! TWO! And Alexa doesn’t understand, so she throws a tantrum. She argues with the referee, then glares at Nia. Alexa slaps the “loser”, and says “You’re nothing without me!” But then Nia grabs Alexa, and tells her to “Shut the hell up!” Scoop slam, and Nia rallies as she throws Alexa around. Big corner splash then another toss, and another corner splash. Nia whips and clubs Alexa down, and Alexa crawls to a corner.
Nia runs in but Alexa kicks out the leg before rocking Nia with a right hand. Alexa climbs up to the top again, and jumps, but her seated senton is countered into a powerbomb lift. Alexa tries the sunset flip powerbomb, but that won’t work, either! Nia walks to a corner and flips Alexa all the way around to smack her against buckles!
Alexa goes limp, but Nia drags her out from under the ropes. The referee fixes the skirt but Alexa rakes the eyes again! Nia still lifts Alexa, but Alexa rakes eyes a third time. Alexa wants her DDT, but Nia picks her up. Nia bumps Alexa off buckles, then gives her the Alabama Slam! Nia drags Alexa up, fireman’s carry, and then she climbs up the corner, SUPER SAMOAN DROP!!
Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall; NEW Raw Women’s Champion
All the torment, all the manipulation, all the ridicule, it was all worth it because now, the Irresistible Force is champion! For anyone and everyone who has ever been mistreated, Nia’s win is for you!
WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The King of Strong Style won the 2018 Royal Rumble, and chose to challenge the Phenomenal One! This is a Dream (Re)Match and it’s happening where moments are made! Will Nakamura give Styles a #Knee2Face to take the world title from him? Or will Styles prove why he IS the Phenomenal One?
The fans are already dueling and thunderous at the bell. Styles and Nakamura circle, wary of each other. Nakamura gets the arm but Styles gets away. They circle again, tie up, and push each other to the ropes. The ref tries to separate them but they keep moving around into a corner. Nakamura shoves Styles, then they circle again. Nakamura tests kicks but Styles avoids them. Styles catches a kick and then gets the waistlock to slam Nakamura down. They sit up, Nakamura breaks free and kicks Styles away! Nakamura is up and on Styles right away, but the ref calls for a ropebreak. Nakamura does his signature ab rest, but Styles slaps him! Now it’s a brawl, and Nakamura throws forearms.
Nakamura whips, Styles ducks under but gets the enziguri, cover, TWO! Nakamura drops knees, then grinds it into Styles’ head. He backs off at the ref’s count, but puts Styles in a corner for knees to the stomach. Nakamura gives Styles Good Vibrations but Styles grabs that foot. Styles shoves Nakamura but Nakamura gets around behind Styles for a waistlock. Styles bucks Nakamura off, and then Nakamura runs into Styles’ knee!
Nakamura checks his jaw, Styles asks him how he likes a #Knee2Face. Styles puts Nakamura in a corner, then throws a forearm. He brings Nakamura out, snap suplex and cover, ONE. Styles keeps cool as he drags Nakamura up. He goes for another suplex but Nakamura blocks. Nakamura backs Styles to a corner with body shots, then throws forearms of his own. Styles staggers, Nakamura runs, but into the pendulum backbreaker! Styles kicks Nakamura while he’s down, stiff across the back. He brings Nakamura up, snapmare to more kicks, then a running knee drop. Cover, TWO. Styles goes after Nakamura in a chinlock, fans build to a rally while Nakamura endures.
Nakamura works to stand up but Styles brings him back down. Nakamura gets back up to his feet, and fights out with elbows. He knees Styles, then runs, but Styles speeds things up to dropkick Nakamura down! Nakamura rolls out of the ring, but Styles takes aim, slingshot but Nakamura moves. Styles goes for his sliding knee but Nakamura avoids that, too, to then sweep Styles’ legs out! Styles hits the apron, but he gets back inside the ring while Nakamura takes time to recover on the outside.
Nakamura returns, Styles blocks the left kick but not the right! Styles holds onto the left leg, though, so Nakamura kicks him again. Nakamura gets space while Styles is dazed. Styles runs over but into a boot. Nakamura hops up, flying dynamic dropkick is a direct hit! Both men are down but stirring. Nakamura gets up first, and dares Styles to “C’MON!!” Styles runs in but into the strike fest from Nakamura! Nakamura drags Styles up, whips him to a corner, and hits a knee to the stomach. Nakamura sets Styles on the top rope, then runs in for the top shelf knee! Cover, TWO, but Nakamura keeps his cool.
Nakamura drags Styles up, prepares the suplex, and drops Styles with a gordbuster. He keeps on Styles with a facelock, and brings him back up, but Styles gets to the ropes. Nakamura pries him off, but Styles hits Nakamura with a wheelbarrow facebuster! Styles can’t make a cover from exhaustion, but fans build to a rally for both men. Nakamura and Styles get space, Styles runs in for a corner clothesline! Snapmare and sliding forearm! Cover, TWO! Styles seems to be running out of ideas on how to defeat Nakamura. He gets up and drags Nakamura into the fireman’s carry. Nakamura slips out but Styles ducks the attack to get Nakamura in a pumphandle. Styles lifts, pumphandle gutbuster! Cover, TWO!
Styles drags Nakamura up again, and wants the Clash. Nakamura resists, getting to ropes, and puts Styles on the apron. Styles duck the kick, hits Nakamura, then springboards, but Nakamura catches him into a Landslide driver! Cover, TWO! Now Nakamura feels the frustration, not sure what it’ll take to defeat Styles. He stalks Styles to a corner, brings him up and lifts him to the top rope. The fans continue to duel as Nakamura roundhouses Styles. Nakamura climbs up to fireman’s carry but Styles resists. Nakamura keeps trying something, but Styles slips out! Styles wants the powerbomb but Nakamura fights him off.
Nakamura kicks but Styles blocks to kick out the left leg! They both go down, but fans are rallying. Nakamura gets up, Styles comes over, and Styles goes for that bad knee. Nakamura fights, tries to suplex but that leg gives out, Styles rolls him for a Calf Crusher!
Styles wrenches and Nakamura endures! Nakamura pulls at his own hair but Styles pulls on the leg harder. He rolls Nakamura way from ropes and puts the hold back on! Nakamura continues to endure, and rolls Styles into the triangle hold! Nakamura throws punches on Styles’ head. The fans duel while Styles fades, but Styles tries a second wind, only for Nakamura to grab his leg and bring him back down! Styles keeps trying, and with a third wind, he deadlifts Nakamura up and into a brainbuster!
Both men are down again from exhaustion and the damage done. Styles crawls over to Nakamura while fans rally again. He doesn’t cover, he brings Nakamura up for the Clash, but his back gives out. Nakamura revives, swings a kick but hits the left! That’s the bad leg, though, and the pain slows him down. Nakamura doesn’t care, he goes over to Styles and hoists him back up onto the top rope. Nakamura backs off and runs in, but Styles avoids the top shelf knee. Styles springboards, and hits the Phenomenal Forearm!!
Cover, TWO?! Nakamura survives Styles’ best strike?! Styles really is running out of ideas. He gets himself to the apron again, and springboards, 450, but into knees! Cover, TWO! Both men are down again, but the fans are still cheering. Styles and Nakamura stir, face each other, and start throwing headbutts! Then they throw forearms and elbows, with fans dueling with every hit. Nakamura gets the edge but then Styles comes back again. Styles rocks Nakamura but then Nakamura fires off more strikes. Nakamura’s strike fest is interrupted by the Phenomenal Blitz, but Nakamura’s last hit interrupts that! PELE from Styles! Nakamura wobbles, but then rams a knee into Styles’ back! Cover, TWO!
The Rockstar grows frustrated, so he takes it out on Styles with knees to his head and shoulders. Nakamura toys with Styles, slapping him before suddenly yanking him up for the inverted exploder! Then Nakamura gets to a corner, and fires up. He takes aim at the dazed Styles, KIN- NO, STYLES CLASH!!
Roll to the cover, Styles wins!
Winner: Styles, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The match: a dream come true. The hype: completely accurate. The champion: truly Phenomenal! Styles gets the better of Nakamura, will we get a Dream (Re)Rematch?
Styles goes over to Nakamura, the respect strong between these two. Fans applaud as Styles helps Nakamura up and they hug it out. Nakamura then hands Styles the belt, on bended knee. Styles accepts, and raises the belt up high, only for Nakamura to uppercut his balls!!
Why, Shinsuke, why!? Nakamura trash talks Styles in Japanese, then kicks Styles while he’s down, and stomps away on the apron. Fans boo and jeer as Nakamura kicks Styles to the floor. Nakamura keeps kicking Styles while he’s down, but the referee gets him to back off. Except Nakamura doesn’t leave, he hits Styles with the KINSHASA!!
Styles goes down, and Nakamura finally leaves. No more respect between these two, it seems. Will Nakamura be a different kind of Rockstar the next time he challenges the champion?
Raw Tag Team Championship: The Bar VS Braun Strowman & ???
The Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator once said they’d beaten all the teams there were to beat on Raw, but they never expected The Monster Among Men to win a Tag Team Battle Royal all alone. Strowman promises he has a partner, but who is it?!
But before introducing the mystery partner, Strowman shoves The Bar’s party float off the stage!
When no partner comes out, The Bar protests, wanting to see who Strowman has. The formal introductions are made, and Strowman takes care of introducing his partner personally.
“I know everyone of you wants to know who my partner is, especially you two,” Sheamus & Cesaro. That’s why Strowman waited until they were on the Grandest Stage of Them All. It’s not one of the superstars in the back, it’s one of the fans! “Who wants to be my Wrestlemania tag partner!?” The Bar again protests, that’s not a valid choice! Is it? Strowman peers out into the crowd, then exits the ring to look up close and personal. There are a lot of volunteers, but Strowman doesn’t seem to like any of his choices. He points here and he points there, but he still doesn’t have a partner. Strowman looks high and low, but no matter how many people volunteer, he isn’t choosing them. Until he picks out a child?!
Strowman escorts his new little buddy to the ring, and The Bar is really upset over this. The fans cheer as Strowman helps him up and into the ring, and we are formally introduced to… “Nicholas!” Strowman tells Nicholas just to stand on the apron and let Strowman take care of things. The Bar is about to #GetTheseHands!
Nicholas takes his position, the bell rings, and Strowman throws Sheamus to a corner, then out of it! Sheamus bounces, Strowman whips him, but Cesaro tags in while fans chant, “We Want Nicholas!” Strowman clotheslines Sheamus out but Cesaro is on him with EuroUppers. Cesaro doesn’t want Nicholas, but he might change his mind after Strowman runs him over and deadlift CHOKE SLAMS him! Cover, Sheamus breaks it. But then immediately regrets it. Sheamus runs out of the ring, Strowman pursues and grabs the ‘hawk! But Cesaro dropkicks Strowman’s legs out and gives more EuroUppers and ax handles. Tag to Sheamus, The Bar double suplex Strowman up and over!
Sheamus gets to a corner and climbs up, then jumps for a big knee drop! Tag to Cesaro, Cesaro climbs up and trash talks Nicholas, before Sheamus helps him for a senton bomb! Cover, TWO! The Bar grows frustrated, Cesaro tags in Sheamus, and they both stomp Strowman. The fans cheer for Nicholas all the same, but The Bar don’t care. They tag, and then go Super Saiyan Kick! But Strowman blocks both kicks! He runs, and double crossbodies The Bar?!
He flattens Sheamus & Cesaro, then gets back up. Sheamus runs in but Strowman bounces him off the post! Sheamus falls to the floor in a heap, and Strowman reaches for Nicholas? Nicholas reaches back, and tags in! Nicholas enters the ring with Cesaro, but he isn’t sure what to do. He tags back out, and Strowman catches Cesaro’s springboard, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman & Nicholas win!
Winners: Strowman & Nicholas, Strowman pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
Nicholas makes a Wrestlemania debut and becomes the youngest WWE tag team champion ever! With Strowman by his side, will he reign over the Raw Tag Team Division all the way to adulthood?
WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns!
A rematch three years in the making, and this time it is much, much more personal. Will the Big Dog get revenge for the beatings and the disrespect The “reigning, defending, undisputed” Beast has given him? Or will Suplex City continue to dominate The Yard?
The bell rings and they go right at each other! Lesnar puts Roman in a corner and rams his shoulder in again and again and again. Roman shoves Lesnar away and throws uppercut after uppercut, but gets thrown with a German Suplex! Lesnar throws Roman with another, and another! Roman is back up, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Reload, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Lesnar gets out of the ring, Roman slips out and comes around the bend for a flying SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman puts Lesnar in the ring, and hurries to go after him with a clothesline that sends Lesnar out of the ring! Lesnar crawls around, but Roman slips out of the ring again.
Roman comes around the corner again, flies in, but into a belly2belly suplex! Lesnar goes into the ring but then slips right out to attack Roman, another belly2belly and Roman lands on his head! Roman slowly gets up, and Lesnar clears off an announce desk. Lesnar brings Roman over, and belly2belly suplexes Roman’s face into the table! Lesnar drags Roman into the ring, stalks him for another waistlock, and another German Suplex! The Beast walks around and reminds Roman it’s “Suplex City, bitch!” A fifth German Suplex! Lesnar stands over Roman and drags him up. He throws Roman with another belly2belly, and takes his time walking over to Roman.
Roman slowly stands, but Lesnar throws him with another belly2belly! Roman bounces and slumps out of the ring. Lesnar slips out of the ring and throws the announce lid at the German team. The Beast shows no respect to anyone, and that includes staff. He drags Roman up and over, and slings him into the timekeeper barriers. The referee tries to get this match back in the ring, but Lesnar doesn’t care. He drags Roman up again, fireman’s carry, but Roman slips out to shove Lesnar into a post! Roman recovers while Lesnar crawls. Roman runs at Lesnar, and Spears him onto the English announce table!
They both tumble all over the table, spilling into the gap. Roman stands up and drags Lesnar into the ring. Roman takes aim at Lesnar, locks and loads, then runs, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Lesnar gets back up, SPEAR! But that’s not all, another Spear! Cover, TWO! And Roman can’t believe it. The fans duel, but Roman gets back to a corner. He lets out his howl while Heyman shouts for Lesnar, Lesnar knees the Spear down! Cover, TWO! Lesnar is surprised, but he drags Roman up again. Fireman’s carry, F5!
Cover, TWO!! Lesnar is further surprised, but he won’t let up. He drags Roman back up, another fireman’s carry, and another F5! Cover, TWO!? Lesnar is furious, how is Roman surviving? Heyman shouts to “Put Him Down!” Lesnar roars, drags Roman up, a THIRD F5!! Cover, TWO!? And Lesnar curses Roman’s resilience. Lesnar searches for ideas, so he tosses Roman out of the ring. He goes back to the announce desk, and drags Roman up for another fireman’s carry. A fourth F5 sends Roman through the table!
Lesnar leaves Roman in the wreckage while he rests, then drags Roman back into the ring. But Lesnar doesn’t cover, he stands over Roman and gets another waistlock. Lesnar gives Roman his sixth German Suplex. He waits for Roman to get up again, then brings him up for another fireman’s carry, and a FIFTH F5! Cover, TWO, and Lesnar is furious! He takes off the gloves now, and throws brutal elbows. Flashbacks to Lesnar busting open Orton, as Roman also bleeds profusely.
Lesnar embraces the heat while he dares Roman to stand up. He drags Roman to his feet, another fireman’s carry, and– Roman shoves off and SPEARS! SPEAR AGAIN! Cover, TWO!! Roman’s shock is clear through his red mask of blood, but his blood only boils now. He runs again, getting an extra lap, but into his SIXTH F5!! Lesnar wins!!
Winner: Lesnar, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The Beast bests The Big Dog in a bloody battle! Both men pushed each other past their limits, but it was Lesnar who again conquers. What will it take to stop Lesnar’s reign of disrespect and ruthless aggression?
Roman is attended to by medics, but he tries to resist their help. Will Roman ever get the better of The Beast? Or is there just too much of a gap between them?
Wow. And I mean that in a mostly positive way. Just about everything in this was great, even the kickoff matches. Crazy to see Wyatt helping WOKEN Hardy, but perhaps there is going to be something to them being on the same side. Great for Naomi to be the Women’s Battle Royal winner, while also plugging the story of Bayley & Sasha. The Cruiserweights were amazing again, and great to see Alexander get the nod to finally get that title.
The Intercontinental Championship match was great, hooray for Seth Rollins becoming a Grand Slam. I didn’t expect Charlotte to break The Streak but if it was gonna happen, this was the show to do it on. The US Fatal 4 Way was great, and I’m only slightly upset Mahal won instead of Rusev, but maybe Mahal VS Rusev can lead us into Backlash. Angle-Rousey VS The Authority was really good, and hooray for Rousey, she looked great. The SmackDown Triple Threat was great, hooray for Harper & Rowan.
Holy crap I didn’t think they’d do it but they did, Undertaker came back and just about squashed John Cena. That in itself is crazy, that Taker got to do that to Cena. Bryan & Shane VS Kevin & Sami had such great story, Shane really sold his stomach, and ofc Bryan wins. Kevin & Sami might go to Raw with this, just because what’s the story otherwise? Hooray for Nia and hooray for Nicholas, the random kid Strowman just made into a star. I’m sure Raw will address how to handle this, my guess is stripping Strowman & Nicholas of the titles and we start over. Perhaps this is where the WOKEN & Wyatt alliance finds their way in. Styles VS Nakamura was also great, and I did not see a Nakamura Heel turn coming.
The one and only real disappointment was Roman VS Lesnar, but a lot of people expected that. Overall, and in a vacuum where no one cares that it’s Roman or Lesnar, it was a pretty good match, and it’s rare to see blood as part of the story. But in reality, I’m not sure if the result was what anyone wanted. There are still fans who hate Roman, but a lot of fans oddly agreed with his message of being anti-part-timer. Lesnar winning was a surprise, but probably not a good one. This really brings into question Lesnar’s deals with WWE and UFC, but Raw will surely solve this, too.
My Score: 9/10
Dragon Gate Fantastic Gate 2018 Results & Review (12/4/2018)
Mathew brings us more coverage with…Dragon Gate? Well I suppose something big did happen, even though King of Gate was still horrid. But hey, let’s see if PAC’s involvement helps things out.
We now return to Dragon Gate to take a small break from the AJPW Real World Tag League, which you should check out if you haven’t just yet since it’s been a great tournament.
As of right now, this will be my last Dragon Gate coverage for the year due to scheduling with the holidays and work, plus I need to get ready for matches of the year at the end of the month. We got a big show today since we got Open the Dream Gate Championship defended against PAC.
So let us see how things will turn out as we…dive right in.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa
Review: Our opening contest is an eight-man tag match with Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito, and Super Shisa taking on three members of Tribe Vanguard, Kagetora and the Open the Twin Gate Champions, BxB Hulk and YAMATO along with Dragon Dia. Dragon Dia is a new wrestler in Dragon Gate as he is also considered to be Dragon Kid’s new apprentice whenever he decides to hang it up. Let’s see how Dragon Dia does and will he help Tribe Vanguard get the victory or will it be the other team?
The match was short and incredibly basic with nothing really too much to make the crowd seem overly invested in it in my opinion. Half of the match is pretty much Dia paying his dues in the ring while also getting a bit of offense into the match, so how did he do? From what I saw out of him, I thought he does have potential to be how Dragon Kid was but he has a long way to go if he wants to reach that level eventually. Dia did take a beating from the other team and even had Gamma kinda waterboard him while he was taking a Mexican Stretch. Tribe Vanguard would do stuff for a little bit into the match and they worked well with each other and not with Dia since he’s not really apart of their unit. Dia would get to have Fujii for a pinfall but he kicked out and hits Dia with a Lariat to end his momentum. Fujii would hit a Chokeslam onto Dia as Ryo would do his SaiRyo Rocket to get the pinfall victory.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, Masaaki Mochizuki & Yuki Yoshioka vs. Hiroshi Yamato & MaxiMuM (Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida & Naruki Doi)
Review: We get another eight-man tag match to continue this show as Masaaki Mochizuki is in action with Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, and Yuki Yoshioka as the four take on Hiroshi Yamato and three MaxiMuM members, Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida, and Naruki Doi. While the opening match wasn’t really something that was memorable, I’m sure we’ll get some action in this one to pick stuff up. Which one of these four will win?
I’m still new to Hiroshi Yamato, but I’m still digging his singing type of gimmick and think it’s pretty funny. This one was a much better match than the opening contest since all of the competitors were more involved in this We had another small encounter with Mochizuki and Lee, and I still wanna see that match happen but I know we probably won’t get a singles match with them any time soon. Yuki is someone that keeps growing on me whenever I see him involved in these tag matches as he does show signs of progress and I hope to see big things from him in 2019. Jason Lee would try to do his taunt in the ring when he’s in his meditative state and rolled up Mochizuki for a two count and when Mochizuki would try to do the same taunt, Jason would just kick his head. Yuki would block Naruki’s Bakatare Sliding Kick but takes a German from Yamato, a Facebuster from Naruki, and a kick along with a German from Lee as they break the hold. Yuki would attempt a flash pin onto Kaito but Kaito would quickly maneuver out of it until Yuki pinned him back down as he gets the surprise victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Shun Skywalker vs. U-T
Review: We only have two singles matches in this show and it’s time to get our first one underway as we have Shun Skywalker taking on U-T. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Shun in a singles match since the King of Gate Tournament and this might be the first time I’ve seen U-T in a singles match, so this is definitely a nice surprise since both men can go. Which one of these two will get the win?
If you were expecting a highflying type of match between these two, you don’t get that type of match here and while it did throw me off, I was honestly okay with it since they still did give us a technical match. For my first time seeing U-T in one on one action, I gotta say that seeing him more ground-based in this match was very surprising in a good way too since he’s very crisp in his ability. Shun Skywalker still continues to impress me every time I see him in the ring, so seeing both of these men deliver in this match made me feel very satisfied.
The match was also very even here and it looked like Shun was going to get him, but U-T would catch him with the Skayde to try and make him tap out to the hold until Shun would roll out of the hold and hits the Moonsault Press for a two count. Shun would hit a Reverse Suplex and goes to the top rope to go for another Moonsault as U-T puts his knees up before Shun could land. U-T would apply the Skayde once again but Shun would refuse to tap out of the hold once again and the bell rings to show that there’s a time limit draw. Huge ovation for these two in this match and I hope this isn’t the end for them.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Six Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Kid, Bandido, & Flamita vs. DAGA & R.E.D. (Eita & Ben-K)
Review: Our next match is a six-man tag team match with Dragon Kid teaming up with Flamita and Bandido is they take on R.E.D. We found out that Dragon Kid and Eita are going to have one final match at Final Gate in a hair vs mask match, but I’m not sure if the Open the Brave Gate Championship is on the line yet. But this is sure to be an exciting tag bout and let’s see if R.E.D wins or the luchadors take it.
R.E.D starting the attack on their opponents before the match started in their typical heel fashion. The face team would start to make a comeback with Bandido and Flamita diving to the outside onto their opponents. Seeing Kid, Flamita, and Bandido team up worked out very well here with their Luchador agility with Bandido once again being on fire in this match and if he’s someone you follow, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that shit right away if you like Lucha Libre. It’s a shame Ben didn’t win the belt but I know he’ll bounce back into something soon, maybe going back to the Open the Twin Gate picture with Big R. Eita and Dragon Kid going back at it develops more fuel into their story and I actually can’t wait for it to end and not because it felt like it went on for too long, but with the new stipulation they added to their match, it just adds a lot more involved for their eventual conclusion. After Flamita and Bandido did their tag team combo with Bandido hitting a Phoenix Splash after being flipped over, Eita and Kid are alone in the ring again. Dragon jumped off the ropes and got caught for a Super Kick and would go to finish off Kid but he hits the Bible onto Eita to get the surprise victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka & YASSHI) vs. R.E.D. (Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida & Yasushi Kanda)
Review: Our next match is another eight-man tag team match with R.E.D members, Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida, and Yasushi Kanda taking on Natural Vibes members, Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka, and Brother YASSHI. Recently, Natural Vibes broke the record for most title defenses with the Open the Triangle Gate Championships and they still look to hold onto the titles for a long time to keep the record around more. Will Natural Vibes get the win or will it be R.E.D?
R.E.D once again attacking Natural Vibes before the bell would ring and both teams would start fighting to the outside of the ring and into the crowd near the bleachers until they got back into the ring as we get the match started now. The match felt a little too short for this type of match but I thought it was still solid enough for a quick little exhibition type of match. We had a little encounter with Takashi and Kzy during the middle of it where they would go back and forth and it did seem like Takashi was gonna win this little back and forth until Kzy hits his running Elbow Smash onto him. Natural Vibes started to get the shine in the match when Susumu hits an Exploder Suplex onto Kanda off the middle rope and Kzy tops it off with an Elbow Drop while YASSHI hits a Diving Headbutt for a two count. Members were taking each other out left and right until it was Genki and Takashi in the match now as he does his Backslide From Heaven to go for the pin but Big R picked him up in a Wheel Barrel position for a German Suplex. Big R would quickly pick him up for him and Takashi to hit a Doomsday Device and KAZMA topped it off with a Package Piledriver to give R.E.D the win.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Open the Dream Gate Championship
Masato Yoshino (c) vs. PAC
Review: We now have our main event of the evening as Masato Yoshino defends his Open the Dream Gate Championship against PAC. This will be PAC’s second singles match in Dragon Gate ever since he made his return to the company and while his match was disappointing, he still wanted to make the challenge to prove himself. Only one gaijin won the Open the Dream Gate Championship and that man was Ricochet, so if PAC wins then he will be the second one to win it. Masato though won’t go down without a fight here as he defends Dragon Gate against this man. Will Masato retain once again or will we have a new champion?
While both R.E.D and MaxiMuM are surrounding the ring, none of them interfere in the match and I’m glad too because it would’ve been a little bit too much in this match, plus PAC needs to prove himself that he can defeat Masato on his own without any help. I thought this match was a great title defense and definitely PAC’s better match compared to his one with Flamita since this one had a nicer pace that didn’t make it drag out a bit at all and he played the heel persona well like how he did in WWE when he was considered the King of the Cruiserweights, but he’s now known as the Bastard Child in Dragon Gate. I think I liked Masato’s match against Ben-K a little bit better, this one was almost as good in my opinion. One spot I really did like was when Masato went for the Slingblade off the top rope and PAC just flipped out of it and it just looked more smooth. Also, the Corkscrew PAC did to the outside looks great despite him shooting himself a little bit too far since most of the people were a bit too close.
PAC pulled off a lot of power moves like the Pop-up Powerbomb and it looked like he had Masato right where he wanted him as he went to the top rope to go for the Black Arrow but he was able to catch himself once Masato moved out of the way and hits the Another Space and then would hit the first Torbellino as he calls for the submission finish to apply the Sol Naciente, but he wouldn’t hold it for long this time as PAC picked him up for the Powerbomb for a two count. PAC seems to be getting back control now as he would try to go for the Black Arrow once more time but Masato picked his knees up to make PAC land on it and rolled him up for a two count. Masato wouldn’t give PAC time to rest as he hits a second Torbellino and applies the Sol Naciente once again but PAC was unable to power out of it this time around as he falls onto the mat unable to move for a bit until his foot landed on the rope to break the hold. Both men would have bursts of energy in the last stand as Masato lands another Torbellino and PAC gets up quickly to hit Masato with a German Suplex and gets him up for a Powerbomb but Masato would Sunset Flip over him for a two count. PAC would hit a Lariat onto Masato to knock him down before hitting the German Suplex Hold for a two count, and it appears PAC has him right where he wants him as he went to the top rope to the Black Arrow and he connects this time for a three count and we have a new champion!
You heard right, PAC is the new Open the Dream Gate Champion. Part of me feels like it’s a bit too soon to win the belt since he just came back a couple of months ago but at the same time, they wanna capitalize on this while he’s still red hot since leaving WWE and it could potentially open new eyes to the product since most fans knew him as Neville. So in a business aspect, it’s a good idea and hopefully, it can lead to what the company is looking for. Let’s see how things turn out.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
Overall: Aside from the two singles matches being the highlight of the show, nothing else really stood out with the multi-man tag matches throughout the night. U-T and Shun did great work together and PAC had a much better match than he did with Flamita and we got a new champion out of it to bring in a new era for Dragon Gate.
Favorite Match: Masato Yoshino vs. PAC
Least Favorite Match: Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa
Mitchell’s WWE Mixed Match Challenge 2 Results & Report! (12/11/18)
The Mixed Match Challenge is almost done, but there’s been a last-minute substitution! Apollo Crews replaces Finn Balor, can he help Bayley make it to TLC?
- Jinder Mahal & Alicia w/ The Singh Brothers VS Apollo Crews & Bayley; Mahal & Alicia win and advance to the Finals at TLC.
- The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth & Carmella win and advance to the Finals at TLC.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s time for the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals!
The final four teams will be cut down to just two tonight! The Season One champions are still in the running, but they’ve had a rough go of it this year. The Miz and Asuka lost to the #ExtremeFlair after Jeff Hardy stepped in for AJ Styles. However, not even the top seed still stands as the #FABULOUSTruth pulled off the biggest upset to date! Can Truth & Carmella pull off another upset against a tense and dysfunctional Team AWESKA?
As for the Raw Block, #Mahalicia is the only team standing with its original members! Of course, Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox have yet to truly see eye to eye despite making it back from the bottom of the block. That said, Finn Balor must step down from the Mixed Match Challenge because of the beating Drew McIntyre gave him on Raw a week ago. In his place now stands Apollo Crews, who wants to finally make his mark on the main roster! Can this new Team A’n’B go all the way to TLC?
Backstage with Bayley & Apollo Crews.
New partners start big with a semifinals match, but the dynamic doesn’t change for Bayley. These two are more prepared than ever, and they’ll be so close to being the #30 spots in their respective Royal Rumbles! But the Singh Brothers come in to get them to slow down. No one cares about where they “think” they’re going, because they’re going home! The Maharrrrraja and Foxy will be Too Sweet. No, better: they can hug it out! Bayley boots the Bollywood Boys out, and says she and Apollo will worry about vacation destinations after the match.
Backstage interview with R-Truth & Carmella!
The FABULOUS Truth is ecstatic for tonight. They had a rough start but are on a roll. They’ll be up against the MMC Champions. Miz & Asuka were worried about every team but Truth & Carmella. Well Miz has run his mouth a long time, and Truth knows that from teaming with Miz back in the day. Truth knows for a fact Asuka carries that team. As for tonight, Mella & Truth will carry SmackDown’s flag all the way to TLC. They vow to win, and that’s the truth. Also, Miz said something about shoes? Check these! Carmella’s kicks are F A B U L O U A S! That’s not how you spell fabulous. That aside, let’s move on to choosing a vacation site. Truth likes the idea of Athens. Greece? Georgia? No, Ohio. Well on to match preparations!
Jinder Mahal & Alicia w/ The Singh Brothers VS Apollo Crews & Bayley!
Team A’n’B already meshed well together when they and The Boss, Sasha Banks, took it to #Mahalicia on Raw. However, Sasha Banks won’t be present to help cancel out Samir & Sunil, will #HugNation be able to overcome Shanti and head to TLC?
Bayley and Apollo talk on the way out, and it’s decided: once they win that vacation, they’ll go to Jamaica. “This one’s for Finn!” The teams then sort out, and the men begin. Apollo circles with Mahal and they tie up. Mahal gets a headlock and the Singhs already celebrate. Apollo powers out but Mahal runs him over with a shoulder. Mahal runs but Apollo gets up, only for Mahal to whip him. Apollo leaps over for the sunset flip, TWO! Backslide, TWO! Apollo rolls Mahal up, TWO! Mahal scrambles away and Alicia tags in. Mahal claims he had this, but Alicia doesn’t care. Vegas fires up for Bayley as she circles with Alicia. Bayley rolls Alicia, TWO! She tries again, ONE! A third time, TWO!
Alicia wants a breather and she bails out of the ring. She reprimands the Singhs and Mahal for not helping out. Alicia wants that 30th spot and vacation, but the Singhs and Mahal remind her she needs to win first. Alicia gets back in the ring, but Bayley gets her with a drop toehold! Bayley wants to put on an abdominal stretch, but Alicia resists. They go around and Bayley gets a facelock. The Singhs say that’s cheating, but Alicia drives Bayley into a corner. Alicia throws forearms then wrenches the arm. She kicks Bayley around then reels her in. Bayley reverses to a cradle, TWO! Bayley gets to a corner and flapjacks Alicia on the buckles! The Singhs coach Alicia up and she tags to Mahal!
Apollo comes in, but Mahal wants him to take it easy. Mahal kicks but Apollo blocks to counter punch. Apollo whips but Mahal hits a body shot. Mahal stomps a mudhole into Apollo, then whips him corner to corner. Apollo goes up and over and handsprings, then leaps over Mahal to hip toss him down. Fans fire up with Apollo and Apollo back flips. He lansd on his feet but walks into a hotshot and big knee! Cover, TWO! Mahal keeps his cool as he drives an elbow into Apollo’s head. He whips Apollo corner to corner hard and Apollo hits the mat. Mahal stomps away but Bayley keeps the Singhs back. Mahal drops knees then grinds Apollo down. The ref counts and Mahal stops at 4. Mahal brings Apollo up in a half nelson chinbar.
Apollo endures as fans rally up, and Apollo fights out. Mahal shoves Apollo and runs him over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Mahal puts Apollo back in the half nelson, but Apollo endures. Fans rally up and Apollo fights back. Mahal shoves but Apollo kicks back. Apollo runs but into a clobbering clothesline! Mahal pulls back with a camel clutch. Fans rally again but Mahal wrangles Apollo back down. Mahal wrenches back on the chinlock, but Apollo endures. Fans rally up and Apollo gets moving. Apollo arm-drags out and enziguris Mahal down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Bayley!
Alicia comes in but Bayley rallies! Bayley puts Alicia in a corner for the back elbow, and corner punches! She gets 8, but Alicia slips out. Bayley jumps over to hit a big back suplex! Bayley runs in for the big knee, but Alicia gets to the apron. Alicia bumps Bayley off buckles, but Bayley hotshots her back! Bayley2Belly! Cover, but the Singhs drag Alicia out! The referee reprimands them but Apollo wipes them out with flying clotheslines! Apollo then leaps up again, asai moonsault takes them out again! He feeds Samir to Bayley2Belly! Then the same for Sunil! Bayley fires up but Mahal boots Apollo down! Bayley DIVES on Mahal! She puts Alicia back in, but walks into a boot!! Cover, Mahalicia wins!!
Winners: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox, Alicia pinning; advance to the MMC Finals at TLC
The dysfunctional duo makes it work! Granted, they succeeded against teams that had substitute members, such as how Curt Hakwins stepped in for Braun Strowman last week. But a win is a win, and now Mahalicia will represent Raw in the Finals! Who will they face in their shot at the 30th spots and the all-expenses-paid vacation?
Backstage interview with Mahalicia.
Did they ever think this day would come? Of course they did! Mahal meditated and visualized, and he sees himself, Alicia, and the Singhs on the beach. Alicia agrees with winning, but NOT with letting the Singhs joining them. They’re successful because SHE is the Captain! She’s driving this ship into Port Victory, without them! But Asuka comes over, laughing at how Mahalicia thinks they’re gonna win. It doesn’t matter what happened on tonight’s SmackDown, Asuka says she’s gonna win, because her match is next!
The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella!
The Season One champions are on the rocks right now as The Empress doesn’t appreciate The A-Lister trying to take credit for her work. Meanwhile, the fourth seed FABULOUS Truth have put in the work to make it back up from the bottom. Will we see another historic upset from Truth and the Princess of Staten Island?
“Las Vegas, make some noise! What’s up!?” The Miz and Asuka aren’t impressed, and aren’t in the mood for that Dance Break the fans are cheering for. The teams sort out and both Miz and Asuka say “I’ve got this.” Fans are on Asuka’s side. Miz concedes, and Asuka starts with Carmella. But then Miz calls over to tag in. Asuka refuses, because she’s got it. But then she chops him, which counts for a tag! Truth comes in and Asuka is annoyed. Truth rolls Miz up! TWO, but Truth stays on Miz. Miz powers out but Truth runs him over. Truth does his bunny hop dance, then things speed up. Truth holds ropes to do the rest of his dance. Miz runs in but Truth dodges to tilt-o-whirl Miz to a corner. Truth runs in to haymaker Miz. The ref backs Truth up and Miz kicks low.
Miz bumps Truth off buckles, then stomps him. Miz whips corner to corner but Truth goes up and over to dab on ’em! This annoys Miz and he runs back in, but Truth does the splits to dodge, then hip tosses Miz down! Truth clotheslines Miz out, and Carmella comes in, for the DANCE BREAK~! Asuka is furious at Miz while Truth and Carmella floss and twerk. Carmella calls out Asuka, so Asuka shows off her moves on the apron. Miz is annoyed but Truth hip tosses Miz back in! Truth throws hands then climbs up for corner punches. He gets 8 before Miz pushes him away and boots Truth down. Miz chokes Truth on the ropes, then hits his straddle attack. Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps on Truth with a camel clutch but Carmella rallies the fans. Truth gets up and fights back. Miz pulls hair to throw Truth down and deny the tag. Miz stalks Truth, to boot him down! Cover, TWO! Truth survives and Miz argues with the ref. Miz hears the fans rally and say “We Want Asuka!” Miz ignores that but gets rocked by haymakers from Truth! Truth back suplexes but Miz lands out to kick low and hit the basement DDT! Cover, but Carmella breaks it! Carmella goes back to her corner, but then Miz mocks the moonwalk. It wasn’t very good, but Miz stomps Truth down. Miz brings Truth up and uses his It Kicks. Miz winds up but misses, Truth rolls him up! TWO, and Miz clobbers Truth with a clothesline!
Fans rally but Miz grins as he runs corner to corner at Truth. He hits the dropkick, then keeps going to hit another. Miz soaks up the heat before running back in, but Truth clobbers him! Both men are down but fans are fired up. Truth and Miz crawl, hot tag brings in the ladies! Carmella rallies with lariats and a kick. She brings Asuka over for a bump off her boot. Asuka’s down but she dodges the bronco buster to then lift Carmella in a waistlock. Carmella screams and shouts to be let down, so Asuka gently sets Carmella back on her feet. To then lift her back up! Carmella fights out but gets the pop-up knee! Asuka runs, sliding wizard! Cover, TWO!
Carmella survives and Asuka grows frustrated. Miz is also frustrated but Asuka stays on Carmella with knees. Carmella jawbreakers and shoves Asuka away, Miz tags in! Miz goes after Truth but Truth punches him away. Truth rallies with the Lie Detector elbow! Cover, but Asuka breaks it! Carmella throws Asuka into buckles, and tunes up the band. She aims at Miz, but Miz uses Asuka as a shield?! The FABULOUS Kick hits Asuka, then Miz shoves Truth into Carmella before rolling Truth up! TWO!! FABULOUS KICK, to Scissor Kick! Cover, TWO!? Miz lives?! Fans are stunned but loving this!
Asuka throws Carmella out, then Miz dumps Truth out. Miz and Asuka catch their breath, but Asuka locks eyes with Miz. She knows what Miz just did, and he tries to say it wasn’t him. Asuka doesn’t believe Miz, she knows what she saw. Miz is afraid of what she’ll do, and says that they’re still a team. They can still win this together! Okay? No! Asuka fires off on Miz!! Buzzsaw! Miz is rocked, and Asuka ditches him! Truth gives Miz an Unprettier! Cover, Fabulous Truth win!!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Truth pinning; advance to the MMC Finals at TLC
The Season One Champions are no longer in the tournament! The A-Lister made a major mistake thinking he could manipulate the Empress of Tomorrow, and now the FABULOUS Truth capitalize! It will be Truth & Carmella VS Mahal & Alicia at TLC, who wins to become the new Mixed Match Challenge Champions?
Last episode, last time for one of these. Admittedly, we all should’ve known, me especially, that this was not going to end with an amazing match up of top stars in the Finals. The big names like Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, etc were only in this second MMC to hook fans. WWE needs people to use Facebook Watch because of the deal they made, so that’s why we got great combinations to start. But naturally, it was all bait and switch, considering how those same big names would inevitably end up in more important stories like the titles and grudges we’re getting at TLC. Rest in peace, my dream of Bullet Club leaders and NXT Four Horsewomen members all in one match.
As for the bracket we did get, I knew it was going to end up this way. I thought Apollo was going to be Bayley’s second chance at that 30th spot after Finn had to step down for the sake of his match against Drew McIntyre. Then San Jose could cheer on their hometown girl as she goes against SmackDown’s finalist. However, Mahalicia still wins so that they are the Heels of the Finals. And while I knew Truth & Carmella were going to go in once Asuka ended up in the TLC Triple Threat, I really enjoy how they wrote it for the match. It was only a matter of time before Asuka got fed up with Miz’s ego, and this was the breaking point. Truth and Carmella will certainly benefit the most from being the 30th entrants, even if they aren’t destined to win the Rumbles.