WWE shines the spotlight on the Grandest Stage of Them All! Wrestlemania WILL see one woman take home BOTH Women’s Championships in Winner Takes All!
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese; Nese wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- Kickoff Show – Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal: Carmella wins.
- Kickoff Show – Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins; Ryder & Hawkins win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Kickoff Show – Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Braun Strowman wins.
- WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
- AJ Styles VS Randy Orton; Styles wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Usos VS The Bar VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; The Usos win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Shane McMahon VS The Miz; Shane wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Natalya & Beth Phoenix VS Nia Jax & Tamina VS The IIconics; The IIconics win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day; Kingston wins and becomes the new WWE Champion.
- WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio; Joe wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre; Reigns wins.
- No Holds Barred: Triple H VS Batista; HHH wins and does NOT have to retire from in-ring competition.
- Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle VS Baron Corbon; Corbin wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Demon Finn Balor; Balor wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw & SmackDown Women’s Championships, Winner Takes All Triple Threat: Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Lynch wins and becomes dual Raw & Women’s Champion.
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Welcome to the Wrestlemania 35 Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathon Coachman, Sam Roberts, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Paige as they review what went down on the Road to Wrestlemania!
It’s the host of Wrestlemania 35: Alexa Bliss!
The Goddess welcomes us to the show she has prepared tonight. She’ll make the entire of Wrestlemania a Moment of Bliss.
Backstage interview with The New Day.
Specifically it’s Xavier Woods & Big E. They promise that Kofi Kingston is just fine going into the WWE Championship match. His tank is full to the brim, full of his motivation and memories about FINALLY becoming world champion! Kofi is motivated by having his family and friends behind him, on top of the 80 THOUSAND in attendance and millions around the world to become the NEW W, W, E, World, Heavyweight, CHAMPION~! “We ready, Kayla! Kayla, we ready!” The New Day is pumped for their brother, just how much more pumped is Kofi himself for this match tonight? Will #Kofimania run wild?!
Edge & Christian join the panel!
These two men know what it’s like to be tag team champions together, and they know what it’s like to be a world champion on their own. This is Kofi’s first chance at the title and the biggest chance ever, but that won’t matter in Edge’s eyes. Kofi will headbutt the glass ceiling and finally get it done. Christian knows that Kofi had to wait 11 years for this. Kofi was happy to be on this ride but then the opportunity fell in his lap. Vince McMahon called Kofi a B+ Player, but he also told Daniel Bryan that. Bryan overcame his packaging, but Christian is unsure about Kofi. Edge brings up how Christian had to wait 15 years. But Christian was scratching and clawing. Then so has Kofi. E&C may have a minor disagreement, but they both do hope Kofi does it.
As for Bryan himself, Bryan’s lived the dream and is now on the other side. The Planet’s Champion is performing at a higher level because of his lifestyle. Christian understands how Bryan feels, as Captain Charisma is now 21% Vegan. But while Bryan is the planet’s champion, Kofi is a People’s Champion, and Edge is sure that will win. Will this prediction that reeks of awesomeness come true?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese!
The Juggernaut has proven himself against some of the best in the Cruiserweight Division today, from Cedric Alexander to Mustafa Ali to three opponents at the same time. But now he faces the Premier Athlete, a man who is a parallel to him in physique, and a man who used to be his friend. Will Nese make Murphy regret ever betraying him? Or will the unstoppable still be unstoppable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of Body Guys!
Murphy runs right at Nese but Nese dodges the knee trigger! Nese fires off furious hands then counter punches. Murphy boots then goes up and over, but Nese keeps up to trip him up! New York fires up with their hometown kid, but Murphy dodges the triangle moonsault. Nese lands on his feet to slingshot and somersault to rock Murphy with a left! Nese puts Murphy in but has to push Murphy away on the top rope. Murphy comes right back but Nese resists the fireman’s carry. Nese fights back but still gets a gut buster drop on the buckles! Murphy checks his teeth while we go picture in picture.
Murphy stomps a mudhole into Nese but backs off at 4. Nese staggers up but Murphy is on him with a snapmare. Murphy swiftly kicks then covers, TWO! Murphy wraps Nese up in a chinlock but Nese endures. New York rallies behind Nese as Murphy shifts to a stretch. Murphy drives his elbow in again and again then wraps the chinlock back on. Nese fights his way up, we return to single picture as Murphy wrangles him back down. Murphy cranks Nese’s neck and leans his weight on him. Murphy’s eye is bloody but he ignores it while holding Nese down. Nese powers up and bumps Murphy off buckles. Murphy holds on but Nese bumps him again. Murphy is still caught so Nese tries again, but Murphy uses that to throw Nese into buckles. Nese staggers into Murphy’s grip, tornado DDT denied with a snap suplex into the buckles!
Murphy is down and Nese crawls to the opposite corner. Both men stand slowly, but Murphy walks into Nese’s elbow. Murphy comes back again but gets a haymaker! Nese rocks Murphy again, then again! Nese counter punches and snapmares to a facebuster. He runs, hits a knee lift and a heel kick! Murphy flounders to a corner while Nese nips up and fires up! New York fires up with him as he runs in for a big back elbow. Nese keeps moving but Murphy throws him to the apron. Murphy turns around to counter and rock Nese, then climbs up for a suplex chance. Nese sweeps the legs and rocks him with a roundhouse, DRAPING triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives, but Nese keeps his cool.
Nese drags Murphy up for a whip but Murphy holds the ropes. Nese tries again but Murphy holds on. So Nese mule kicks Murphy into a whip. Murphy reverses but Nese slips under, pump handle but Murphy slips out. Murphy boots Nese away! He hops up but Nese SHORYUKEN! Nese climbs up to join a dazed Murphy, but Murphy resists a superplex. Murphy bumps Nese on a buckle, then sunset flips over. Nese denies the powerbomb but gets the SUPERKICK! Murphy brings Nese out, AK-DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Murphy keeps his focus. Murphy drags Nese up by his hair and prepares the pumphandle. Nese victory rolls through, TWO! Murphy fireman’s carry to the TKO knee to knee trigger! Murphy suplexes but Nese slips out and shoves. Nese hits a REVERSE-RANA! Both men are down and New York cheers for this kickoff to the kickoff!
Nese and Murphy get to opposite corners. Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Nese and Murphy bob ‘n’ weave but Murphy gets his strike fest. Nese dodges the knee and goes Matrix to mule kick! Knee lift and roundhouse but Murphy jumps the sweep for buzzsaw, mule kick, but runs into Nese’s left forearm! Nese runs but fakes Murphy out for an elbow. Murphy rebounds to LARIAT Nese off his feet! Murphy keeps going, but Nese back drops, to a Vertabreaker! Cover, TWO!! Nese cannot believe Murphy survives! Murphy crawls to a corner but Nese pursues. Nese runs side to side but Murphy bails out, so Nese FLIES! The flop takes Murphy out and New York fires up as Nese puts Murphy in. Nese climbs up high, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Nese is beside himself.
Murphy gets back to a corner and Nese brings down the knee pad. But Murphy grabs Nese’s leg, so Nese stomps a mudhole into him. Nese runs but into a knee trigger! Murphy pump handles, Murphy’s Law!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Nese still lives! Murphy is shocked but then he gets an idea. Nese is in the corner, and Murphy brings down his knee pad. Murphy runs side to side, but Nese SUPERKICKS him! German Suplex into buckles! PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, NESE WINS!!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall; NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The unstoppable HAS been stopped! The Premier Athlete was the Juggernaut’s kryptonite, and now he is the new champion! With no automatic rematches, will Murphy find a way back to the title? Or will Nese move on to new competition?
The Impractical Jokers’ Sal & Q join the panel!
Being such big fans, Sal & Q are feeling like stars being here. They’re all in for The Miz and The Man. So much so, Q is wearing Miz themed undies. Q would also choose a winner for the Women’s Winner Takes All, but he’s afraid of any or all of them beating him up. Will Sal & Q get to see Miz up close during that Falls Count Anywhere match?
Jerry “The King” Lawler joins the panel!
The WWE Hall of Famer also comments on Miz VS Shane. The reality of this, Shane is a McMahon while Miz doesn’t even use his own family name. Just on their family lineages, The King chooses Shane O’Mac. Will family trees really matter when Shane and Miz can fight all over the arena?
Kickoff Show – Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal!
The newest tradition continues as 20 superstars will battle to throw each other over the top rope. Naomi as the inaugural winner has the best chances of repeating, but will it be someone new who throws her and all the others out?
The bell rings and the chaos begins! Mostly because Nikki Cross makes her presence known throwing around her jacket. Sarah Logan tries but gets punched away, and now things really get wild! Mandy survives but Nikki chases Maria around! Ember Moon slows Maria down and then throws Maria out, Ember ELIMINATES Maria! Candice LeRae goes after Nikki Cross but gets hung up on the top rope. Candice survives while Asuka and Nikki face off! Asuka rocks Nikki with a roundhouse but Nikki survives elimination. Asuka hits Candice with a hip attack then hits Nikki with one, Asuka ELIMINATES Candice and Nikki! Mandy goes after Asuka as well as Lana. Ember and Naomi show down, Glow VS War Goddess! They go move for move with their athletics and agility!
Naomi hits the springboard enziguri! Lana goes after Naomi but Naomi rocks her with a right. Naomi throws Ember but Ember springboards to ECLIPSE Lana! Ember whips Naomi but Naomi holds on to kick back. But Dana runs in, only to get kicked back. Ember ECLIPSES and ELIMINATES Naomi! Mandy throws Ember but Ember holds on! Ember climbs high and aims, ECLIPSE for Mandy! The War Goddess roars, but Mandy’s pal Sonya throws her over! Ember fights Sonya off and shoulders back in. The Riott Squad go after Mickie James while Ember climbs. Lana shoves Ember and ELIMINATES her! The Ravishing Russian brags like she won already, but the Pirate Princess CHOPS her! Kairi Sane rocks Lana with chop after chop but Lana SLAPS and roundhouses her!
Lana lifts Kairi but Kairi lifts her! Alabama Slam and Kairi climbs up! But the Riott Squad makes her hesitate! Sarah shoves but Kairi survives. Sarah stares down at Lana, and Lana thinks she’s a friend. They hug, but Sarah makes it a bearhug! The Riott Squad feed Lana to a headbutt! Then they ELIMINATE Lana! Fans rally for Dana Brooke as she fights off Fire & Desire. Kairi rocks Sarah down and says anchors aweigh! InSane Elbow! But Liv goes after Kairi for her friend, only to get thrown over! Kairi and Liv fight, Ruby throws Kairi over. The Squad works together, SUPERKICK ELIMINATES Kairi! But then Carmella FABULOUS Kicks Ruby, then Liv! Sarah comes over and throws Carmella around, shotgun knees to the corner!
Zelina ax and smash on Sarah, but she runs into Ruby’s scoop! Zelina escapes but gets rocked. Liv and Sarah work together for a Diamond Dust! The Riott Squad goes after Zelina but has to fight Asuka first. They work together to knee Asuka down! Asuka survives and Dana goes after the Squad. The Squad beats down Dana while New York rallies up. Dana fires up and fights them all! Thesz Press on Liv! But Ruby drags Dana off, only for Dana to throw her out! Dana ELIMINATES Ruby! Then she ELIMINATES Liv! But Zelina hops on to be a backpack, only to get thrown off. Fans fire up as Dana handsprings corner to corner, into knees! Zelina puts Dana in a corner for a jump kick and CIEN KNEES! Zelina runs at Sonya but Mandy knees her down first. Fire & Desire ELIMINATES Zelina! But then Dana fights them!
Dana scoops Mandy but Sonya saves her. Sonya baits Dana in and Mandy kicks her, Sonya ELIMINATES Dana with a sliding knee! The Final Five are Mandy, Sonya, Mickie, Sarah and Asuka. Fire & Desire gang up on Mickie but she fights them off. Mickie gets Mandy with headscissors and drags her over. Mickie hits the MICK KICK and ELIMINATES Mandy! But Sonya ELIMINATES Mickie with a spear! The final three are Asuka, Sarah and Sonya. The Empress stares down with the Viking and Gladiator. Sonya puts her hair up, time to square up. Asuka kicks Sarah then kicks Sonya! Asuka baits Sonya in and dropkicks her down! Sonya gets to a corner but gets a hip attack. Asuka gets a bulldog and clothesline combo! She throws Sonya over but Sarah goes after her.
Asuka kicks Sarah but Sonya kicks Asuka. Asuka sweeps the legs and ELIMINATES Sonya! But Sarah throws Asuka and ELIMINATES her! But wait, she hasn’t won, because in all the madness, no one noticed Carmella wasn’t thrown over! The Princess of Staten Island is all smiles as she taunts Sarah. Sarah swings, Carmella ducks but Sarah clobbers her the other way. Sarah scoops Carmella but Carmella holds on for dear life. They rebound and Carmella throws Sarah! Sarah holds on but Carmella trips her up! Carmella goes at the hands but Sarah punches back. Sarah suplexes but Carmella resists. Sarah tries again, FABULOUS KICK! Carmella WINS!
The FABULOUS Carmella adds her name to the Wrestlemania trophy! Will this victory lead Carmella back to a women’s championship?
The second hour of the Kickoff is joined by David Otunga and Shawn Michaels!
WWE’s Harvard lawyer and Hall of Fame Heartbreak Kid now give their own opinions of everything that’s led to tonight’s Wrestlemania match card!
Kickoff Show – Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins!
Scott Dawkins & Dash Wilder have established themselves as #TopGuys in the red brand’s tag division, by hook or by crook. But they couldn’t help but be egged on by the Major Brothers via social media and backstage taunting into this match. Will Dash & Dawson keep their titles on the biggest Sunday of the WWE year? Or will Hawkins break his streak with the help from his Broski?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin!
New York is on the side of both Hawkins & Ryder as Dawson starts against the Prince of Queens and Mr. Losing Streak, Hawkins. Hawkins and Dawson tie up and Dawson quickly arm-drags Hawkins. Dawson trash talks the “loser” before he ties up with him again. Dawson puts Hawkins in a corner but backs up at 4. He pats Hawkins on the cheek but Hawkins shrugs it off. Hawkins and Dawson circle again and fans rally for their hometown boys. But Dawson gets a headlock takeover and grinds Hawkins down. Hawkins gets up but Dawson arm wrenches to another headlock. Hawkins powers out but Dawson runs over. Things speed up and Dawson rolls Hawkins, TWO!
Hawkins gets away and Dawson taunts Ryder for teaming with Hawkins. Hawkins tags to Ryder, and now the Long Island Iced Z has the fans behind him. The Revival talk strategy and then Dawson ties up with Ryder. Dawson puts Ryder in a corner and sucker punches. Dawson CHOPS Ryder then clubs him down. He stomps Ryder then drags him over to tag Dash. The Revival double headbutt and Dash chops Ryder off his feet. Dash throws uppercuts then whips Ryder corner to corner. Ryder knees back then hops up for a missile dropkick. Ryder rocks Dawson then dodges Dash. Dawson saves Dash and Ryder crashes and burns! Hawkins checks on Ryder but the ref orders him to his corner.
Dawson tags in and fetches Ryder into the ring. Dawson drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt before dragging Ryder over. Tag to Dash and The Revival combine for the backbreaker elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Dash tells Hawkins to stay in his “loser” corner to lose again. Ryder crawls but Dash toys with him. Dash brings Ryder into a keylock but Ryder endures. Dash cranks on the arm but Hawkins rallies New York behind Ryder. Ryder gets up but Dash shifts to a facelock then shoves. Dawson tags in as Ryder sunset flips. Dawson dropkicks then covers, TWO! Ryder reaches for Hawkins but Dawson stomps the hands. Dawson clamps a claw on Ryder’s face then wraps on a chinlock. He stomps Ryder then puts him in a keylock. Ryder endures and powers up to fight out with body shots. Dawson suplexes but Ryder resists. Ryder suplexes Dawson down!
Tag to Dash and Dash clobbers Ryder down. Cover, TWO! The Revival grows annoyed but Dash puts Ryder back in the keylock. Ryder endures and fights up again, but Dash brings him around. Ryder uses that momentum to throw Dash into buckles! Dawson tags in and intercepts Ryder, and The Revival double suplex! But Ryder turns that into a double neckbreaker! Ryder crawls and fans rally, but Dawson sucker punches Hawkins! Dawson drags Ryder back and tags in Dash. The Revival mugs Ryder in the corner then clobber him with a clothesline. Hawkins returns and the ref deals with him while Dash covers. The Revival shouts, the ref counts, TWO! Ryder slowly sits up but Dash tags to Dawson. The Revival whip and drop toehold Ryder for a running elbow drop!
Dawson chokes Ryder on the ropes but backs up at 4. The ref keeps Dash from getting a cheap shot. Dawson chokes Ryder again, but stops at 4. Tag to Dash and human weapon: leg drop! Cover, TWO! Hawkins and New York rally for Ryder but Dash drags Ryder up. Ryder fights back but Dash knees low. Dash snapmares and kicks Ryder, then takes time to soak up the heat from the fans. Dash wraps Ryder in a chinlock, but Ryder endures. Fans rally again and Ryder fights his way up. Ryder reaches but Dash whips him away. Dash sleeper holds but Ryder back suplexes! Dawson tags in but he intercepts Ryder again, only to get a back drop! Hot tag to Hawkins! Hawkins fires off on The Revival! Hawkins whips, Dawson reverses but Hawkins hits back! Dropkick for Dawson, dropkick for Dash! Hawkins spins Dawson for a backslide, TWO!
Dawson scoops but Hawkins slips out to roll up! TWO but Hawkins hits Dash first. Hawkins haymakers Dawson and PELES Dash! Dawson throws Hawkins but Hawkins rolls up, TWO! Dawson shoves and rocks Hawkins, but runs into Hawkins for double clotheslines! Both men are down and New York is fired up! Hot tag to Ryder, and Ryder aims at Dawson. Dawson stands but denies the Rough Ryder. Ryder elbows Dawson away then leap sup for a FLYING Rough Ryder! Dash returns but gets an elbow. Ryder suplexes Dash and himself out of the ring! Fans lose their minds but Hawkins helps Ryder in. Hawkins tags in and covers Dawson! But Dash drags him off! Dash gives Ryder a tornado DDT! Hawkins SPEARS Dash! But Dawson shoves Hawkins into the apron! Dawson suplexes Hawkins for a brain buster to the floor! All four men are down and the ring count begins!
The count passes 5 before Dawson stands. Dawson drags Hawkins up and in, but fans are strongly behind Hawkins. Dawson can’t believe that, and he drags Hawkins up. But Hawkins is dead weight, so the referee checks on him. Dawson taunts Hawkins, then drags him back up, CRADLE!! Hawkins & Ryder win!!
Winners: Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, Hawkins pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
They did it! Hawkins now only breaks his 296 losing streak, but he and his broski are back on top as tag team champions! Will these hometown heroes be able to create a new streak from here on?
Booker T joins the panel!
The two-time two-time Hall of Famer is excited to see the 2019 Royal Rumble winner, Seth Rollins, look to #SlayTheBeast Brock Lesnar.
Kickoff Show – Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal!
The big story going into this Wrestlemania tradition is that The Monster Among Men took offense to Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost questioning pro-wrestling’s legitimacy. Jost only made things worse with his materialistic apology that Braun Strowman then wrecked with his bare hands. Will Strowman make sure Jost, Michael Che and every other man in that ring #GetTheseHands?!
The bell rings the fight is on! Strowman fights through the pack but Jost and Che slide out under the bottom rope! They’re going to hide under the ring! Strowman quickly ELIMINATES Curt Axel, then he ELIMINATES Lince Dorado! Strowman slams Gran Metalik then throws Kalisto aside before he ELIMINATES Tyler Breeze! Apollo Crews ELIMINATES EC3 while Luke Harper ELIMINATES Shelton Benjamin. Strowman ELIMINATES Bo Dallas, but then he locks eyes with former Wyatt Brother in Harper. Fans want to see this one! But then everyone else attacks them! Harper and Strowman each get attacked by about half the remaining field. But then things break back down to separate fights as Matt Hardy survives elimination.
Titus throws Heath Slater over and BLASTS him off to ELIMINATE Slater! Titus then goes after Mustafa Ali but Ali escapes. Ali dumps and ELIMINATES Titus! No Way Jose scoops Ali but Ali escapes. Ali hops up and tornado DDT’s Jose! Ali throws and ELIMINATES Jose! Heavy Machinery double suplex Strowman! Then the Good Brothers and The Ascension work together to throw Strowman into a post! Strowman falls out but is not eliminated because he went through the middle rope. Everyone brawls again as Karl Anderson hops up. Apollo enziguris Anderson down and ELIMINATES Anderson! Andrade Almas and Kalisto trade echoing CHOPS then Metalik helps Kalisto. Lucha House Party works together while Matt Hardy gives Rhyno a Twist of Fate! The Hardy Boys throw Rhyno out and ELIMINATE him!
The GLORIOUS Duo goes after the Hardys, and even copy Poetry in Motion. But Matt denies the monkey flip and we get REAL Poetry in Motion! Matt throws Bobby Roode out and ELIMINATES him! Mahal throws and ELIMINATES Metalik! Almas elbows but Kailsto Salidas, only to get an elbow back. Almas monkey flips and ELIMINATES Kalisto! But Gable hits Almas with German Suplexes! Almas grabs the ropes to body scissors and ELIMINATE Gable! The Ascension fight together but they run into Tucker Knight! Heavy Machinery pump it up, Dozer gives us DOUBLE Caterpillar elbows! Heavy Machinery both ELIMINATE The Ascension!
Strowman returns to ELIMINATE Luke Gallows! He double shotgun dropkicks and ELIMINATES Heavy Machinery! The Monster clobbers Crews while Ali and Harper fight with suplexes. Ali holds on as best he can and gets back in. Almas goes after Ali while Strowman ELIMINATES Mahal. Harper suplexes again, Strowman boots and ELIMINATES Harper AND Ali! Strowman is among the Final Five along with The Hardys, Apollo and Almas. The Hardys stick together to go after Strowman while Apollo and Almas fight. Fans echo “DELETE! DELETE!” while Almas and Apollo fight on the apron. Strowman chases Matt but Jeff backs his brother up.
Almas headscissors to ELIMINATE Apollo, but he ELIMINATES himself! Jeff survives but Strowman puts Matt on the apron to join him. Both Hardy Boys pull on Strowman! But here come Che and Jost!! They go after Strowman from behind! But Strowman explodes out and ELIMINATES the Hardys! Now Strowman finally has who he wants. Jost and Che realize the danger they’re both in, but New York wants it. Jost calls for a mic and speaks to Strowman. Fans boo as Jost tries to reason with Strowman. “There are other solutions. Not everything has to end in violence, right?” Jost invites his personal therapist into the ring, so they can all work this out.
The therapist walks up to Strowman but fans know what Strowman should really do. Strowman throws the therapist into a corner, then clubs him down! He’s making an example for Jost as he CHOKE SLAMS the therapist! Strowman throws Jost’s therapist into him, and Jost tells Che to “get him”!? Che is too scared to move. Che says bye, but Strowman won’t let him eliminate himself. Strowman punches and ELIMINATES Che. Jost is all alone, but avoids a boot! Strowman is stuck, Jost starts pushing! Strowman holds on, shoves Jost away, then scoops him up for a MONSTER ELIMINATION!! Braun Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Monster dominated the field, and gets his revenge at the same time! Strowman holds up the Andre the Giant trophy high above his head as he now gets to add his name to the plaque. With this momentum, will Strowman finally #GetTheseHands on a championship?
The Showcase of the Immortals comes to Broadway!
All the world’s a stage, and the men and women, merely players. But tonight, the players hit the ring to tell their stories on the Grandest Stage of Them All. History has been made time and again, but now the stage will see the players take the chance “to live forever.” The spotlight shines and makes the gold sparkle, but whose names will be up in lights at the end of the show?
The host of Wrestlemania, Alexa Bliss, appears!
The Goddess gladly welcomes everyone to Wrestlemania 35! “Now on a night like this, you don’t just need a host,” you need her. Alexa has the fans and the entire show in the palm of her hand, so if she wants a Wrestlemania moment, she just has to snap her fingers. Don’t believe her? Snap. It’s HULK HOGAN! The Immortal Hulkamania is back on the Showcase of the Immortals and New York is amazed! Hogan hears out his Hulkamaniacs before saying, “Let me tell you something, brother!” It’s great to be back at Mania! Especially in the Silver Dome! Er, okay, the MetLife Stadium, brother!
There are 80 thousand Hulkamaniacs, and all the WWE Superstars dream of having a Mania Moment just like this. Which leads Hogan to ask, “Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania, Alexa Bliss, and Wrestlemania run wild on you?!” Mic drop and Alexa joins Hulk in showing off the pythons! If this is just the opening moment, what is going to happen next? Wait is that Paul Heyman? He storms right past both Hulkster and The Goddess to go to the ring. “Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!” Heyman says that if Brock Lesnar is not on last, then they’re not gonna spend any time waiting. The Advocate says they get business done so they can get on a jet to Vegas where Lesnar is “ultimately” appreciated! They’re gonna do it right here, right now! Does that mean what it sounds like?!
WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Seth Rollins!
IT DOES! “Ladies and gentlemen”, The Advocate demands that the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, The Beast, BROCK! LESNAR! Gets to his “Rollins Stomping” now or not at all! Will Lesnar’s impatience come back to bite him in the butt against The Architect?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised by Heyman first, and Lesnar attacks Rollins the second he gets in the ring! Lesnar pursues Rollins and the brawl is on! He knees Rollins the clubs him hard on the back. Rollins hits back but Lesnar hits harder. Lesnar tackles Rollins into the barriers but fans are fired up for the Architect. But Lesnar lifts and F5’s Rollins to the floor! The Beast sneers and scowls at Rollins as Rollins crawls away. Lesnar throws Rollins into the apron head first! The ref wants to check on Rollins but Lesnar throws him into barriers. This still isn’t even a match because Lesnar keeps clubbing Rollins on the outside of the ring. Rollins staggers up but Lesnar throws him over the German announce table! New York is riled up as Lesnar drags Rollins up to throw him back over!
Rollins still forces himself to get up but Lesnar is waiting. Lesnar drags Rollins back up and finally puts him in the ring. New York still supports Rollins as Lesnar gets in. Heyman taunts Rollins while Lesnar demands for the bell. The referee checks on Rollins first but Rollins refuses to stay down. So Lesnar throws Rollins all the way out! Fans boo and jeer while Lesnar simply grins and laughs. The referee checks on Rollins but Lesnar is upon him again, throwing him back over the desk! Lesnar clears off the announce desk and brings Rollins over. He throws Rollins through the desk hood! Rollins writhes while Lesnar laughs more. Lesnar puts Rollins back in the ring and paces while the ref checks on Rollins. Rollins refuses to stay down so the ref has no choice. The bell rings and this match is finally real!
Lesnar runs in and knees Rollins! Lesnar rams his shoulder in then German Suplexes Rollins! “Suplex City, ya sons a b*tches!” He German Suplexes Rollins again! Rollins refuses to stay down but Heyman taunts the “Beastslayer”. Lesnar drags Rollins up and German Suplexes Rollins again! Rollins’ back tells the story of Lesnar’s brutal scheme, but he won’t stay down on his back. Lesnar lifts Rollins, but Rollins revives! Rollins shoves Lesnar into the ref! AND LOW BLOW UPPERCUT! Rollins gets away with that, then hits a mule kick! Heyman protests but there’s no stopping Rollins now! CURB STOMP!! But Rollins can’t cover, and Lesnar flounders away. Rollins drags himself back up, CURB STOMP AGAIN! Rollins still can’t cover but New York gives him the power for a THIRD CURB STOMP! Cover finally, ROLLINS WINS!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion
Rollins hath SLAIN the Beast! Heyman cannot believe it, Lesnar cannot believe it, even New York can’t believe it! But everyone in the WWE Universe LOVES it! Rollins does as he said he would, and he finally brings the Universal Championship home!
AJ Styles VS Randy Orton!
The Phenomenal One vows to keep SmackDown the House that AJ Styles Built, but The Viper took offense. Styles wasn’t there in the formative days of the Blue Brand, but Orton was. Will Orton prove to Styles who really owns the House of SmackDown? Or will Styles finally get Orton to see why he is Phenomenal?
The bell rings and these two icons tie up. Styles headlocks but Orton powers him to a corner. Orton doesn’t let up until the ref gets in there. Styles dodges the sucker punch to CHOP away! Styles whips Orton corner to corner but Orton ducks. Orton goes for but Styles narrowly avoids the RKO. Styles keeps his eyes on Orton as they go again. Styles wrenches the arm but Orton reels him into the corner to then thumb the eye! Orton dropkicks Styles down! Orton kicks and scrapes Styles then stomps away on the limbs. Styles writhes with each one while fans duel. Orton brings Styles up for a European Uppercut but then he runs into Styles’ dropkick! Orton bails out but Styles slingshots to forearm Orton down! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Styles drags Orton up and into the ring, but Orton kicks him between the ropes! Orton blasts Styles off the apron and to the barriers! Orton drags Styles up for a back suplex onto the apron! The referee counts so Orton gets Styles in the ring. Orton covers, ONE, but Orton keeps on Styles with a chinlock. Styles endures as Orton squeezes tight. Fans duel while Orton leans on Styles. Styles fights his way up again and throws body shots. Orton holds tighter but Styles pries his way out for haymakers! Styles counter punches Orton, too, then fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Sliding forearm! Orton staggers to a corner while Styles fires up. Styles hits a corner clothesline, then fireman’s carry to Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO!
Styles keeps his cool while checking his knee. He stands up and drags Orton up. Styles wants the Clash, but Orton resists. Orton pushes out but Styles denies the RKO again. Styles runs but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while fans sing and duel. Styles rolls to a corner while Orton stalks him. Styles kicks Orton’s leg and thigh, but Orton resists the takedown. Orton punches Styles off him but Styles still rolls him. Orton rolls through to stomp Styles out! The Viper drags Styles up to put him through the ropes. Fans know what this means, and Orton drags Styles out, but Styles avoids the DDT to get the Calf Crusher! Orton endures as Styles cranks back! Fans duel as Styles really pulls deep! Orton crawls and reaches and gets the ropebreak!
Styles lets go to stomp on Orton’s leg now. Orton kicks Styles away with the good leg, but Styles runs in at the corner. Orton puts Styles on the apron but Styles springboards back in. Styles fakes Orton’s RKO out with that one! Styles springboards for real, 450 splash! Cover, TWO! Styles is surprised but Orton does survive. Styles hurries to the other side and springboards again, but Orton gets under. They come back, Orton gives Styles the back2backbreaker! Orton grimaces as he walks on the bad leg. Styles crawls to a corner but Orton is on him. Orton puts him on the top rope and climbs up to join him. Styles fights Orton off with haymakers but Orton headbutts back. Orton punches Styles sideways then climbs back up. Orton stands on the very top, SUPERPLEX!
Both men writhe in pain from the impact but Orton crawls to a cover. TWO, and Orton grows frustrated. Styles crawls but Orton is on him. Orton EuroUppers Styles right to the apron! Orton drags Styles up and through the ropes again, draping DDT hits! But Orton won’t cover, and fans know what he wants now. Orton hears the voices in his head and calls for it. But Styles denies the RKO again to PELE instead! Orton staggers and Styles rolls him up, TWO! RKO!! Cover, TWO!? Styles survives the RKO!? Orton cannot believe it, but it happened! Fans duel again as Styles flounders away. Orton pursues at a hobble and drags Styles up on the apron. Orton brings Styles to a corner and back up to the top rope. He turns around, because he wants THAT! Orton has Styles, but Styles slips out! Styles PELES Orton off the top!
Orton tumbles out of the ring, sore and dazed. The ring count begins and reaches 5 before Orton stands. Styles hobbles over and aims again, springboard, Phenomenal Forearm! But both men are down on the outside, so the ring count restarts. The count reaches 4 when Styles stands, then passes 5 as he hobbles over to Orton. Styles puts Orton in and then aims again. Styles springboards, but Orton catches him! Only to get a hot shot! PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
And The Phenomenal One proves his 15 year journey was all worth it! Does this prove to Orton that SmackDown really is AJ Styles’ House?
Lacey Evans is here!
The Sassy Southern Belle classes up the Showcase of the Immortals as she struts her stuff. But, um, will she ever actually do anything? Seems not, as she leaves again.
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Usos VS The Bar VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!
Jimmy & Jey showed respect to the New Day during the Tag Team Gauntlet that won Kofi Kingston his shot at the world title. However, no good deed goes unpunished, and now they must face three teams at once! Will they keep the SmackDown Tag Division #OnLock when they have the Swiss Cyborg, Celtic Gladiator, King of Japanese Strong Style, Bulgarian Brute, Dutch Destroyer and The One & Only against them?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and per Fatal 4 Way Tag rules, we start with only two men, Jey and Aleister. Aleister and Jey circle and tie up. Aleister headlock takeovers but Jey headscissors. Roles reverse as Jey headlocks and Aleister headscissors. Jey gets the headlock again, but Aleister powers out. Sheamus tags in off Jey to then dump him out, but Aleister is already on Sheamus! Sheamus powers out to a rolling senton, then wrenches and yanks Aleister’s arm. Aleister powers out but Rusev tags in off Sheamus. Rusev ducks Sheamus and Aleister boots Sheamus out, only for Rusev to run in and run Aleister over! Lana cheers Rusev on as he drags Aleister up to the corner. Tag to Nakamura and Rusev whips to lift Aleister. Nakamura enziguris and Rusev spinebusters Aleister! Nakamura covers, TWO!
The other teams are relieved, but Nakamura whips Aleister to ropes. Aleister holds on and Jimmy tags in off him. Nakamura runs over but Jimmy dumps Nakamura out! Aleister runs but Jimmy pops him up for a Samoan Drop! Nakamura returns but gets a SUPERKICK and uppercut! Then the dragon whp kick! Nakamura staggers but Jimmy whips him to the Uso corner. Nakamura uses that to hit Jey down, but Nakamura misses his roundhouse at Jimmy, to still get him with the heel kick. Ricochet tags in and springboard clotheslines Nakamura down! Cover, TWO! Ricochet drags Nakamura up and avoids the strike fest. Ricochet powers Nakamura to ropes but Cesaro tags in off Nakamura. Sheamus drags Nakamura out while Cesaro goes after Ricochet. Ricochet dodges to tilt-o-whirl, and tilt-o-whirl, and tilt-o-whirl for headscissors! But Cesaro still EuroUppers Ricochet down!
Cesaro boots Rusev away then brings Ricochet in. Sheamus intercepts Rusev and sets him up on the ropes. Cesaro gives Ricochet a Swiss Swing while Sheamus gives Rusev Beats of the Bodhrain! They both get about 10, but the NNakamura runs in. Nakamura gets 10 beats while Cesaro keeps moving. Jey returns but HE gets 10! And so does Aleister! Cesaro hasn’t stopped swinging Ricochet! Sheamus and Cesaro give Aleister and Ricochet way past 10, and then it’s time for the Sharpshooter! Cesaro shouts out Tyson Kidd and the Hart Foundation but Ricochet shows he has strength, too! Ricochet crawls for ropes, but Cesaro drags him away and seats in deep! Jimmy returns to SUPERKICK Cesaro down! Sheamus throws Jimmy out but Jey clotheslines Sheamus and himself out. Rusev tags off Cesaro but Aleister tags Ricochet.
Aleister rallies on Rusev, strike fest and sweep to sliding knee! Springboard, quebrada! Cover, but Nakamura breaks it! Nakamura stomps Aleister out then goes to his corner. Rusev is dazed as he crawls for his corner. Rusev brings Aleister over and tags Nakamura. The King and Brute combine for draping knee and suplex, then sliding knee! Cover, Shooting Star from Ricochet breaks it! Rusev returns and tags in, but he keeps between Aleister and Ricochet. Rusev stomps Aleister as he shouts, but Aleister slips out of the scoop. Ricochet tags in and mule kicks Rusev. Ricochet springboards but is caught for a swinging slam! Cover, TWO! Rusev argues with the ref but that was a two.
Rusev hauls Ricochet up into a corner and then to the top rope. He clubs away on Ricochet’s back but The Bar returns. Cesaro tags in off Rusev and throws him out. Then he tags to Sheamus. Nakamura runs in but gets double mule kicks for it. The Bar climbs up behind Ricochet, but the Usos join in! Things get scary as Rusev and Nakamura add on! DOUBLE Powerbomb Leg Sweep Back SUPERPLEX!! But Ricochet rolls through to survive?! Even Ricochet is shocked he pulled that off. Ricochet hurries up top but Nakamura hurries over. Aleister intercepts Nakamura and knees Rusev down. Ricochet aims at Sheamus, 630!! Cover, but everyone else breaks it! All eight men are down and Lana grows frustrated for her duo.
The teams regroup and Jey tags in off Ricochet. He aims at Sheamus, but frog splashes into a EuroUpper! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Cesaro but Rusev roundhouses Jimmy! Aleister gives Rusev BLACK MASS, but Nakamura gives Aleister KINSHASA! Ricochet gives Nakamura a code breaker! Sheamus hits a BROGUE! But he turns around, and blocks a superkick! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sheamus! Sheamus staggers, and gets a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Jey tags back in and the Usos go to opposite ends! They both take aim and fans know what’s coming, DOUBLE UCE!! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jey Uso pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Will Jimmy & Jey ever be anything other than the best team on the blue brand?
The WWE Hall of Fame Class stands on stage!
Fans show their love for The Honky-Tonk Man, Harlem Heat, Torrie Wilson, Brutus Beefcake, The Hart Foundation, Warrior Award winner Sue Aitchison, John Cena’s 600TH Wishmaker, Maysun Laporte, and of course, Degeneration X!
Falls Count Anywhere: Shane McMahon VS The Miz!
They were once the Best Tag Team in the World, #CoBesties, but in the end, Shane O’Mac bitterly took it as the Hollywood A-Lister using him to get his own selfish desires. Shane turned on The Miz the moment they were no longer champions, and then he assaulted Miz’s father in front of him. Now this will be settled in the ring, out of the ring, and anywhere around the arena! Will Miz walk out of New York having exacted revenge? Or will he be lucky to be walking at all?
Shane O’Mac makes sure that the ring announcement is fitting of the “BEST in the Woooorld~” before he actually hits the ring. Then he threatens the ring announcer to give an even better one before he lets Miz make his own entrance. Shane also makes sure Miz’s dad keeps his eyes on him. Miz finally appears, and this Best Grudge Match in the World finally begins!
Miz chases Shane out of the ring then around it and back into it. Shane gets Miz with an elbow and fast hands but then Shane runs away again. Miz dares Shane to get in the ring to fight like a man, but Shane grabs Miz’s dad! The chase is back on and Shane leaps the barrier, only to sucker Miz in for a punch! Shane then throws Miz back in the ring for fast hands. Miz swings but runs into more punches. Shane rope-a-dopes but Miz does hit back. Shane still hits Miz down and throws more hands. Fans boo as Shane kicks Miz down. Shane taunts Miz then throws an elbow. He drags Miz up and makes Papa Miz look at his boy. Miz powers Shane at a corner but Shane throws Miz into the post!
Shane goes out to mule kick Miz down then clear off an announce desk. Shane puts Miz on the table with fast hands, then picks up a spare monitor to SMACK Miz in the head! Miz is down and out but Shane’s not done with him. Shane goes to the ring, to the corner, and to the top rope. Shane loves doing crazy things, but Papa Miz jumps the rails?! Papa Miz defends his son while daring Shane to fight him instead?! Shane can’t believe this, but he accepts! He dares George Mizanin to get in the ring. So George does! George vows to fight for his son, Mike, and New York is on his side! He even puts his dukes up! Shane helps George have proper form. Shane shows his foot work but he doesn’t take George serious. Then he sucker punches and stomps George down!
Miz runs in and clobbers Shane! Miz fires off on behalf of his father! Shane bails out but Miz throws him into barriers! Miz throws haymaker after haymaker then throws Shane into other barriers! And then other barriers! He dumps Shane over into the front row! But Miz goes back to his father and asks medics to check on him. Papa George says he’s fine, but Miz still insists someone check on him. Miz then goes back to Shane with a furious LEAPING crossbody! He rains down lefts on Shane right in front of the WWE Universe! Miz drags Shane up and bumps him off platforming. Miz stalks Shane and rams him into an LED pillar!
Shane stumbles to the other corner of the brace, but Miz is on him with a full nelson. Shane denies the Finale to ram Miz into the LED pillar now! He keeps Miz up against the LEDs as he throws kidney shots! Shane wants Miz to suffer as he DDT’s him onto the platform leg! Cover, TWO!! Miz won’t be beat so easily, and he kicks Shane in the leg. Shane staggers back, but Miz uses the support cables to dropkick Shane to railing! Miz is seething as he stalks Shane. Shane stands up but Miz kicks his legs out. Miz stomps the leg over and over then stomps Shane in the face. Miz won’t let up but he does fetch a steel chair! Fans love how this is going as Miz SMACKS Shane’s leg against railing! And then SMACKS him on the back!
Fans are truly face to face with the action as Miz SMACKS Shane up the steps. Miz stalks and jabs Shane with the chair more as they reach the row of international correspondents. Miz throws Shane over their desk and then throws their desk onto Shane! Fans are loving this as Miz stalks Shane all the way from the Japanese desk to the Chinese! Miz throws over arm chairs just to get at Shane! Shane flounders to his feet only to get vicious haymakers from Miz! Miz then CHOKE SLAMS Shane through a table!! Cover, TWO!? Shane survives, but Miz might actually like that! The international commentary are all in shock as Miz looms over Shane. Miz picks up a monitor, to SMASH Shane OVER railing! New York loses their minds as Shane also bounces off a golf cart! Cover, TWO!?
Shane is proving tougher than expected but Miz is also more sadistic than anyone knew. Miz drags Shane around by his nose, to then ram Shane into railing. Shane limps and drags a leg as Miz beats him up into the Kickoff Show area! Miz shows no mercy as he forces Shane to go into the scaffolding. Miz full nelsons Shane for the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO?!? But again, Miz is actually amused Shane survives. Miz pushes Shane OFF the scaffolding! Thankfully, there’s another platform. Miz stomps Shane as he joins him on that platform. Shane hits back with a camera case! Shane staggers up and retreats by climbing even higher!? Miz goes after him but Shane kicks him away. Shane, with one good leg, makes it to the very top platform. Miz finds a way up from the other side, and Shane finds himself cornered.
With nothing else left to him, Shane apologizes?! Shane begs for mercy on one good knee, but Miz doesn’t give it to him! Miz fires off more haymakers then brings Shane to the literal edge! SUPERPLEX!! They crash land through some spare platform and New York loses their minds! But it’s a cover!? Shane wins?!?
Winner: Shane McMahon, by pinfall
By a technicality of the fall, Shane was on top of Miz’s shoulders! Shane literally survives the Miz’s wrath, but will there be a sequel to this match that surpasses the original?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Natalya & Beth Phoenix VS Nia Jax & Tamina VS The IIconics!
The Glampire joins commentary for this historic first Wrestlmania defense of these brand-new Women’s Tag Titles! Paige isn’t sure who wins, just that this will be great! Can the Boss & Hug Connection keep those titles to stay the champs? Or will three teams be one too many to keep the inaugural reign going?
The Divas of Doom shout out the Hart Foundation not just in colors, but in theme songs! Uncle Bret is there to give them his support as they go to the ring.
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and while Tamina wants right at Beth, we begin with her and Bayley. Tamina and Bayley circle and tie up, but Tamina shoves her down. Bayley comes back but gets run over, and Tamina trash talks Beth. Tamina then sucker punches Beth and SUPERKICKS Natty! She also hits Sasha and the IIconics, but Beth storms in to get back at her! Nia runs in to throw Beth but Natty and Sasha go after Nia. They dropkick and shove the Irresistible Force out, then the Divas of Doom double whip Nia into steps! Meanwhile, Bayley throws Tamina into a post! Peyton Royce tags in but Bayley drop toeholds her. Bayley tags Sasha and the champs crisscross Peyton. Sasha meteora but Peyton rolls her up! TWO, but Peyton heel kicks Sasha down! Cover again, TWO!
Peyton drags Sasha over and tags in Billie. The IIconics double kick and hook Sasha before striking their pose. But Sasha rolls Billie, TWO! Billie throws Sasha down then tags Peyton. Billie blasts Bayley and then the IIconics double wheelbarrow suplex Sasha down! Peyton covers now, TWO! The IIconics grow frustrated but Sasha back slides Peyton. TWO, but Sasha blocks a kick to give a kick. Tag to Bayley and the champs double whip. Assisted Dropkick, but Beth tags in! Beth gets one of those dropkicks, and Bayley keeps on her with a sliding lariat! Bayley runs but Billie tags in to rain rights on Beth! Cover, TWO! Billie tags Peyton and the IIconics hit Beth with the bulldog knee! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious but both Natty and the champs are relieved. Billie tags back in but fans rally for Beth.
The IIconics try to suplex but Beth suplexes them! Beth crawls for Natty and tags in. Beth lifts Billie, Natty rounds, Hart Attack! Cover, but Bayley breaks it! Bayley bails out and Sasha tags off Billie. Natty sees Sasha coming for a waistlock slam. Tag to Beth and the Divas of Doom combine, but Bayley saves Sasha. Bayley hits Natty but Beth hits Bayley. Beth whips Bayley to a corner then whips Sasha in. Bayley helps Sasha go up and Sasha boots Beth. Then Bayley uses Sasha as a weapon, tilt-o-whirl into the crossface! Bayley hits Natty away while Beth endures the Bank Statement! Beth powers her way to a cover, but Sasha rolls through! But Beth pops out for chicken wings! Sasha victory rolls the Glam Slam away, but Natty tags in.
Natty trips Sasha but Bayley runs in. Natty clotheslines Bayley but then Sasha wheelbarrows, only for Natty to throw Sasha on Bayley! She puts the Boss & Hug Connection in a DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTER! Natty does the Hart Foundation proud as both champs endure this hold! Bayley keeps Sasha from tapping, but Tamina SUPERKICKS Natty down! Beth runs in and fights with Tamina. Nia helps Tamina by throwing Beth down by her hair. The Samoan Dynasty drags Beth up for double headbutts! Nia drags Beth up and out but The IIconics come back! Only for double Samoan Drops! Nia runs in and squashes Sasha while Tamina hits Bayley! The Boss & Hug Connection are both in drop zones, and the Samoan Dynasty gets an idea. Nia and Tamina both climb up, but Beth shoves Nia down!
Tamina hurries over to go after the Divas of Doom, but they run her over with a double lariat! Sasha double meteoras the Divas of Doom! Sasha puts Beth in and brings her around. Tag to Bayley who climbs up. Sasha tags back in as Bayley hits the Macho Elbow! Sasha climbs and hits the frog splash! Cover, TWO!! The champs are shocked they didn’t end this, but Sasha bumps Beth in the corner. Sasha fires off and tags in Bayley. The Hug & Boss haul Beth up top then climb up with her. Natty returns to help Beth by giving Sasha a spinning sit-out bomb! Bayley and Beth are still up top, and Beth brings Bayley around into chicken wings! Billie tags in before the SUPER GLAM SLAM! Peyton throws Beth out, Billie covers!! The IIconics win!!
Winners: The IIconics, Billie Kay pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
Peyton & Billie take advantage of this golden opportunity, and now they’re the second-ever champions! Wrestlemania and the titles are now truly IIconic!
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day!
There are quite a few parallels, but plenty of differences between these two superstars. Both were called “B+ Players”, and both were held down by the McMahon Family’s authority. But like the “New” Daniel Bryan before him, Kofi has broken through those obstacles to finally challenge for the world title 1v1! Will #KOFIMANIA truly follow in the footsteps of the #YesMovement? Or will the Planet’s Champion find a way to sustain his sustainable title reign?
Awwwww~ Wrestlemania! Don’t you dare be sour! Big E & New Day have some surprises planned if and when Kofi wins. We can only guess what those are as Daniel Bryan makes his own entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we feel~ the power~ as this match begins!
New York is thunderous behind Kofi but Bryan tunes it out. Kofi and Bryan circle and tie up. Bryan headlocks and takeover but Kofi headscissors. Bryan pops out and fans chant “Kofimania!” Kofi and Bryan circle again and tie up. Bryan gets the armlock and wrenches through, but Kofi reverses to his own. Kofi gets the headlock takeover but Bryan gets the headscissors. Kofi pops out to a jackknife but they bridge to a backslide. Both men battle and Kofi flips Bryan over. Bryan comes back with a monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet to dropkick Bryan out! Kofi builds speed and FLIES for a Trust Fall! He wipes Bryan out and The New Day is fired up. There’s another viewing party backstage as the many superstars from the battle royals and previous matches support Kofimania.
Back at ringside, Kofi puts Bryan in but Bryan bails right back out. Bryan wants to catch his breath and talk with Rowan. The referee counts as Bryan takes his time returning. Kofi corners Bryan but Bryan turns it around to throw body shots. Bryan throws EuroUppers, then puts on another headlock. Fans continue to cheer Kofi as Kofi powers out. Bryan runs Kofi over but things speed up and Kofi hurdles. Kofi back elbows but Bryan blocks to a takedown! Bryan has the legs hooked and goes for the arms. Bryan pulls Kofi into the Mexican Surfboard! Kofi endures and pries free to kick Bryan’s legs. Kofi puts Bryan in a corner for stomps, then uppercuts of his own. He whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over.
Things speed up again, but Kofi catches Bryan with double stomps! Cover, TWO! Bryan gasps for air while Kofi keeps his cool. Kofi stalks Bryan to another corner but Bryan trips him up. Bryan rolls the leg then gets a rear mount. He grinds Kofi’s face into the mat! Bryan lets up at 4 to rain down rights to Kofi’s back. Bryan drags Kofi up by his dreads to then back suplex. Kofi lands out of it for a leaping lariat! Kofi and fans fire up as he hits the “NEW~ DAY~” Boom Drop! Fans fire up but Bryan bails out to the apron. Kofi dropkicks Bryan down then climbs up. Kofi springboards for a crossbody, that Bryan sends into the desk! The referee and New Day check on Kofi after that crash landing, but he’s somehow okay to continue.
A ring count begins and Bryan is up first. Bryan drags Kofi up and in at 6, then takes aim from a corner. Bryan drives knees into Kofi’s back and ribs all the way to ropes. He drags Kofi up and suplexes Kofi to hang him out to dry. Bryan then kicks the draped Kofi over and over! Bryan leaves Kofi there as he goes to the top rope, for a guillotine knee drop! Cover, TWO! Kofi crawls to a corner but Bryan stalks behind him. Bryan rams knees into Kofi’s ribs then squeezes with a rear bearhug. Kofi endures and fans rally up. Kofi stands but Bryan wrangles him back down. Bryan leans his weight on Kofi then rolls him to a bridging cover, TWO!
The watch party continues to rally for Kofi as he endures the squeeze again. Kofi feeds off the energy but Bryan throws him back down. Another bridging cover, TWO! Another, ONE! Bryan keeps on Kofi but Kofi gets back up. Kofi elbows and backs Bryan into a corner and keeps elbowing until he’s free of the bearhug. Kofi catches his breath but walks into a drop toehold int buckles. Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! Bryan keeps going and hits another! He wants the hat trick, but gets Kofi’s stomps, only to catch it into a Boston Crab! Kofi endures as Bryan sits down deep! The New Day and the fans give Kofi the energy for a ropebreak! Bryan lets go but the damage is done.
Kofi crawls to a corner but Bryan is on him with No Kicks. Bryan kicks Kofi then turns him around to put him on the top rope. Bryan climbs up behind Kofi, but Kofi resists. Kofi elbows Bryan away, but Bryan leaps up to club Kofi on the back. But Kofi elbows Bryan away again, only for Bryan to come back again. Bryan climbs up but Kofi fights with more elbows! They become Yes Elbows with the crowd’s cheers. Kofi turns around and aims, Bryan stands and gets a crossbody to the back! Cover, TWO!! The watch party can’t believe it, but they’re not giving up on Kofi. Kofi doesn’t give up either as he drags Bryan up for forearms. Bryan flounders but gives forearms back. They go back and forth, and fans cheer Kofi while booing Bryan.
The brawl picks up pace and goes fast and furious! Bryan throws body shots, but Kofi spins, only to get caught! But Kofi rolls the crab into a cradle, TWO! Bryan makes it his cradle, TWO! Bryan swings but denies SOS. He runs into an elbow and Kofi hops up, crossbody! Cover, TWO and to a cover, TWO! Bryan gets the arm, LeBell Lock!! But Kofi rolls and kicks Bryan down! The watch party feels Kofi is growing closer, and the fans are giving Kofi everything they have. But Kofi runs into Bryan’s stomps! Bryan goes to the opposite corner and takes aim at Kofi. He mockingly brings back his “YES! YES!” movement as Kofi stands. Bryan runs out, but his knee misses! High stack cover, TWO! SOS!! Cover, TWO, into LeBell Lock!
Kofi holds it off so Bryan elbows Kofi in the ribs. Bryan puts the hold back on, but Kofi crawls. Kofi reaches with a leg and gets the ropebreak! Bryan is frustrated, but then he grins? Is Bryan actually enjoying this? The New Day coaches Kofi up but Bryan fires off more No Kicks. But Kofi stands up with each one! Kofi feeds off the kicks! Bryan is shocked but Kofi eggs him on! The fans are thunderous as Kofi returns kick for kick. But Bryan mule kicks, only to kick into a dragon sleeper?! Kofi hits an inverted suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and slumps out of the ring right to Rowan’s feet. Kofi pursues but Rowan is in his way. The Big Red Bodyguard won’t let Kofi through, so Xavier Woods jumps in! Rowan catches and tosses Woods, then clobbers Big E on the other side!
Kofi gives Rowan Trouble in Paradise! Big E scoops and Woods jumps in, Midnight Hour on the floor! The New Day takes Rowan out, but Bryan’s building speed! Kofi intercepts with a big right hand! Kofi hurries into the ring and the fans are thunderous again. Bryan slowly stands, Trouble in Paradise misses, but not the Knee Plus!! Cover, TWO!?! Even the watch party is shocked by that! Bryan is beside himself on what he has to do to end Kofimania. Bryan grabs Kofi’s hands and gives him Danielson stomps! He makes The New Day watch each vicious one. Bryan then reels Kofi back into the LeBell Lock! Kofi endures all over again, but comes back to life!
Bryan clubs away on Kofi’s head but Kofi still holds on. Kofi pries his way out and rolls Bryan so that he can throw hands. But Bryan makes it a double wristlock! Kofi still fights through and rains rights! Kofi gives some serious ground ‘n’ pound now! Bryan holds on but Kofi just uses that to give those Danielson stomps back! The old stomping stampede returns for Kofi as he fires up! Kofi aims from a corner as he dares Bryan to stand back up. Bryan does, Trouble in Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; NEW WWE Champion
Kofimania has a happy ending!! The 11 year wait is over, Kofi is a Grand Slam Champion, and most of all, he is THE world champion! The New Day celebrates, the watch party celebrates, the WWE Universe celebrates! But best of all, that sustainable belt is replaced, with THE WWE World Championship belt! Kofi finally gets to hold the gold everyone wants! How much higher will Kofimania ascend now that he’s finally champion?!
Alexa Bliss visits the Trainer’s Room.
Or as someone has renamed it, the Wrestlemania mortuary. Michael Che is icing his mouth and Colin Jost is icing a shoulder while both guys are icing knees. Alexa apologizes for Strowman’s treatment of them, he’s really nice deep down. She did try to settle things, but Jost blames Che. Che says Jost’s mouth is to blame. They argue but Alexa says they’ll be in excellent hands. Doctors Nash and Hall are here to give a… prostate exam…? Are they licensed?
WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio!
Booker T joins commentary to celebrate Kofi’s win, but also to call this SmackDown based championship match! While the King of Lucha Libre was questionable for competing tonight, he is still game ready mentally against The Destroyer! But will Samoa Joe put Rey’s Grand Slam Dreams to sleep with a Coquina Clutch?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the bell rings! Joe immediately boots Mysterio right down then gives headbutt after headbutt! He scoops Mysterio but Mysterio tilt-o-whirls to a DDT! Mysterio gets to the apron and springboard huricanranas Joe onto ropes. Dial it up, 619 already! Mysterio climbs up fast and wheelbarrows, but Joe sits him down! Into the Coquina Clutch already! Mysterio fades, the referee calls it! Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission; still WWE United States Champion
And it’s over already!? Joe puts Mysterio to bed faster than just about anyone, but will Mysterio make a comeback and finally get his Grand Slam?
Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre!
The Big Dog has beaten champions and legends, and he’s even beaten Leukemia for a second time in his life. But the Scottish Terminator promises to be deadlier than that in this grudge match. Will McIntyre truly break The Shield with this match tonight? Or will Roman rise up and prove this is always his Yard?
The bell rings, and Roman stares down with McIntyre. Then they throw hands! Roman uppercuts McIntyre over and over to a corner, then whips him to ropes. McIntyre kicks back but runs into a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Roman keeps his eyes on McIntyre as he stalks him to a corner. Roman climbs up to rain down rights, but McIntyre shoves him away before 10. McIntyre runs but into another uppercut! Roman whips McIntyre but McIntyre reverses, only to run into a boot. Roman runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre drags Roman up and CHOPS him, then headbutts him. McIntyre scoops but Roman slips out, only to get an elbow. Roman dodges the shoulder to kick McIntyre back, then drop a guillotine leg drop! McIntyre tumbles out and Roman is on him again.
Roman runs but into a Glasgow Kiss! Roman drops but McIntyre drags him back up. McIntyre puts Roman in a corner only to throw him across the way! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps his cool as he keeps on Roman with an armlock and chinbar. Roman endures being bent and twisted back, and powers his way up. Roman fights against the hold but McIntyre pulls his hair to bring him back in. McIntyre grinds his forearm into Roman’s face then puts the chinbar back on. Roman powers up again and body shots out. McIntyre knees low then whips, but Roman holds ropes to throw McIntyre out. Roman clobbers McIntyre to the floor! Roman sees McIntyre on the apron and goes outside, for the Drive-By Drop- No, McIntyre dodges and Roman hits the apron.
McIntyre clubs away, then drags Roman up for a suplex to the floor! Roman writhes but so does McIntyre as that landing was double-edged. A ring count starts and reaches 5 before McIntyre puts Roman back in. McIntyre takes his time stalking Roman to the corner. He runs in but into an elbow. Roman goes to boot but McIntyre elbows back. McIntyre drags Roman out into the inverted Alabama slam! Cover, TWO!! Roman narrowly escapes but McIntyre rains down rights. McIntyre makes sure Roman sees the last punch coming. McIntyre soaks up the heat before dragging Roman up. He puts Roman on the top rope, and CHOPS him. McIntyre climbs up and tells Roman, “You should’ve said no!” But Roman hits McIntyre back! Roman headbutts McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits back up to suplex Roman off!
McIntyre glares at Roman as he watches The Big Dog crawl. He tells Roman “I broke the Shield!” McIntyre hauls Roman up for double underhooks, “This one’s for Ambrose!” That gets Roman to fight back! Roman throws uppercuts, but McIntyre SLAPS Roman! Now Roman’s angry! Roman clobbers and whips but McIntyre reverses, only to get a boot! McIntyre tumbles out and Roman takes aim again, Drive-By Dropkick hits! Roman puts McIntyre back in but McIntyre bails out. McIntyre drags Roman out but Roman shoves him into barriers! And then hits a Samoan Drop! Roman puts McIntyre in again, but McIntyre whips, only to get a leaping lariat!
Fans fire up with Roman as he locks ‘n’ loads! Roman runs to SUPERMAN- McIntyre dodges for another Glasgow Kiss! But Roman comes back with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Fans know what’s coming next as Roman fires up in the corner. Roman lets out the battle cry, and SPEARS McIntyre! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The Big Dog’s in-ring return is victorious! Roman shuts McIntyre up and stops the sweep of The Shield! Will Roman’s inspirational story spark something big in the coming future?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter finally takes the stage, but he’s behind a drum set? Elias is a man of more than one instrument, and he gives a nice drum intro. Then he’s on piano and plays another good intro. And then he’s in the ring with his true love: guitar. Elias speaks to New York and asks if they’ve ever seen a more handsome band. Tonight is going to be very special, because he’ll do what no one has ever done before. Elias will play alongside himself! Drum Elias counts them in and Piano Elias joins in for a very jazzy Blues number. And it is actually really good. Elias compliments his alter egos and has them take a bow. But now Prime Elias will take it from here.
“Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” New York seems okay with that, and start singing for Elias. Elias plays along with Seven Nation Army. Well if you liked that, just wait for the triangle, bass and harpsichord. But in all seriousness, Elias promises the greatest performance in professional music history! The fans will receive the greatest blessing, because WWE truly stands for Walk With Elias! New York knows that, and Elias smiles. But for the first song, Elias has something especially for Wrestlemania, and it will surely be the Mania theme song for the rest of history. So please silence phones, hold applause, and most importantly, SHUT YOUR MOUTHS! Elias begins, but a strange video package starts to play…
It is a special bulletin breaking news of the World Series. Chicago Cubs VS New York Yankees, Babe Ruth calling his shot. Elias has no idea what this has to do with him, but as Babe Ruth hits that homer, JOHN CENA appears?! And not just any Cena, THUGANOMICS! Word Life returns and Cena hits the ring! “Kill the beat, kill the beat.” Fans are excited to see Cena back and especially as the Doctor of Thuganomics. Poor Elias just got the worst deal, because he’s in the ring with Cena ’bout to turn Heel. Silence phones, hold applause, shut mouth and no string plucks. Cena feels like he’s watching one of his own movies, cuz this just sucks. WWE is Walk With Elias? Not really feeling it. Because without a guitar, Elias is just a wasted wrestling experiment.
Cena’s a bad man, his style’s like a pitbull that bit you. Elias isn’t even a whole dog, just a little piece of Shitzu. And a graphic to illustrate. Fans are loving this but Cena’s not done. He’d ask for a duet, but Elias would just put it on the shelf. We did all just see, Elias prefers to play with himself. And Cena may be the Golden Shovel, so it’s time to bury the Push. Elias is like Cena’s (pistachio) nuts but with a harrier bush. Did Cena wear out his welcome? Guess he’ll just leave you. No AA today, so Elias will just get an F U. Sucker punch takes Elias down! And “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle throwback! Pump ’em up! AA FU! Peace out. Is this John Cena going to be the one that’s back full time?
No Holds Barred: Triple H VS Batista!
Did The Game hold The Animal down in WWE? Did The Animal simply quit out of his own frustration and selfishness? It doesn’t really matter now, because the rules are out the window and HHH’s wrestling career is on the line. Will HHH avenge Ric Flair for Batista’s betrayal? Or will Batista be the one to finally end The Game?
The bell rings and HHH gets face to face with Batista. They then rush each other and Batista tackles HHH to a corner! Batista rams his shoulder in but HHH knees him back. HHH throws hands back but Batista clobbers him down! Batista stalks HHH and whips him but HHH reverses to elbow Batista out of the ring. HHH catches his breath before pursuing Batista. Batista throws HHH over the desk! But HHH jumps up and over the desk to tackle Batista! Both men hit the apron but HHH rains down rights. HHH goes to throw Batista but Batista throws HHH over barriers! Batista goes back but HHH hits him with a toolbox! Batista staggers and falls but HHH goes back to the toolbox to empty it out. HHH has a chain! And he uses it to LASH Batista on the back!
HHH looms over Batista to LASH him again! Then HHH takes the chain and wraps it around Batista’s neck and choke him! The chain also gets in Batista’s eyes and mouth as HHH pulls back hard. HHH then lets go of the chain to sling Batista to the floor. HHH drags Batista up to whip Batista into steel steps. Batista is down and HHH tosses the chain aside. HHH picks up a pair of pliers from the toolbox! HHH drags Batista onto the steel steps and uses those pliers to crush Batista’s fingers! Batista writhes and shouts in pain but HHH uses the pliers to put on a keylock. HHH traps that arm and dares Batista to give up. HHH stomps the arm!
Batista writhes and goes to the ring, but HHH grabs a chair! HHH brings it to the ring, but he also brings needle nose pliers now. HHH grins with the sadism of old before he SMACKS Batista with a chair! Batista is on the mat and HHH sits on Batista with the chair! HHH uses the chair to choke Batista, and then he brings the needle nose pliers to go after the nose ring!! Batista can only scream and shout as HHH RIPS the ring from his nostril! The referee checks on Batista but Batista stumbles and crawls away. HHH kisses the nose ring! HHH goes back to the chain while Batista retreats to the announce desk. Batista stands as HHH wraps his hand in that chain. HHH leaps, but Batista sends him onto the desk!
Batista goes after HHH at the other announce desk, and back suplexes him on top of it! The table doesn’t give, but Batista takes a seat in an arm chair just a moment. Batista drags HHH up and whips him into barriers! HHH crawls but Batista lifts him up, for an Angle Slam onto the announce desk! The table still doesn’t give for another solid landing. Batista drags HHH off the desk to club him down. Batista whips HHH into barriers on the other side! HHH’s family is there booing Batista as Batista goes for the chair. Batista SMACKS HHH in return! Batista stalks HHH and puts him back in the ring. Finally a cover, TWO!
Batista stalks HHH to a corner and rams his shoulder back in. He whips HHH back into that corner for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Batista keeps his cool, but HHH throws body shots. Batista clubs HHH then whips, but HHH counters with his signature knee smash. HHH gets to a corner but Batista runs in, only to miss and get post! The H Family cheers as HHH kicks low! He underhooks but Batista powers out to an Air Raid Crash! Cover, TWO!! HHH survives but Batista keeps focus. Batista throws HHH out of the ring and takes his time following after. Batista drags HHH over to bump him off the announce desk. HHH flounders while Batista picks up the top of the steel steps. Batista RAMS HHH in the head!
Batista catches his breath a moment and leaves the steel steps on one desk while clearing off the other. He scoops HHH and snake eyes him onto the steps. Batista makes sure HBK sees this as he climbs up onto the desk. Batista gives the thumbs up, and the thumbs down! He lifts HHH, but HHH back drops Batista onto the other desk! This desk doesn’t give way, either! HHH shoves the steel steps away while he catches his breath and Batista writhes in pain. HHH drags himself up while Batista stirs on the other desk. Both men slowly stand on the desks and head for each other. HHH says “SUCK IT” as he SPEARS Batista through the third desk!! Both men are down but this needs to end with a cover or submission!
HHH and Batista slowly stir, and Batista crawls away from HHH. HHH still pursues, and the two fight each other as they crawl into the ring. Batista drags HHH back down to throw haymakers and ax handles. Batista goes back into the ring but HHH slumps back down. HHH takes a moment to catch his breath, but he also finds an old friend under the ring: the sledgehammer! And not just one, but two! HHH brings one hammer with him into the ring, but Batista SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! HHH still lives and Batista starts to grow frustrated. Batista staggers to his feet and grabs the sledgehammer for his own! Batista runs at HHH but gets a boot. HHH grabs sledgehammer but runs into Batista’s boot. HHH roars with anger but runs into a SPINEBUSTER!
Batista fires himself up like it’s 2005. He drags HHH up for the bomb, BATISTA BOMB!! Cover, TWO!? HHH survives and Batista is shocked! Batista goes out and brings in the base steps! He shoves it towards HHH and then hobbles over to bring HHH up. Batista brings HHH to a corner, then to the top rope. Fans can tell what Batista wants as he lines it up. HHH fights for his life but Batista hits back. Batista climbs but HHH slips under! HHH POWERBOMBS Batista on the steel steps!! Batista somehow stands, but HHH is on him with a PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO?!? How does Batista survive that?! HHH doesn’t have time question it, he just crawls to his sledgehammer.
Batista crawls back to the steel steps, but HHH aims with his hammer. HHH runs in but Batista hits low! Batista DDT’s HHH on the steps! HHH goes up and over with the power of that spike! HHH somehow drags himself to ropes while Batista flounders away. Fans see something though: It’s Ric Flair! The Nature Boy gives HHH the second hammer! And as for Batista, he tells him off for what he did. Batista gets up, but HHH uses the steps for a FLYING hammer shot! And then, one more Pedigree!! Cover, HHH wins!
Winner: HHH, by pinfall; does NOT have to retire from in-ring competition
The Nature Boy chose a side, and The Game wins! This is the first time but the most important time HHH has ever beaten Batista, but will Batista simply quit and go back to Hollywood like before?
Alexa Bliss has The B-Team model new Daniel Bryan T-Shirts.
Of course, the statement on the shirt, “And STILL… The Planet’s Champion”, was made out of over confidence that he would win. These now defunct collectors items can be yours on the WWE’s official shirt. The B-Team do a modeling dance, but Ron Simmons comes by to say… “DAMN!” Classic Ron.
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle VS Baron Corbon!
The Olympic Gold Medalist will retire, whether he wins or loses. As such, he wants to make sure he settles the grudge with the Lone Wolf before he hangs it up for good. Will Angle show the WWE Universe and most importantly Corbin himself, that he’s still got it? Or will Corbin be the last and most embarrassing loss in Angle’s Hall of Fame level career?
The bell rings and Angle starts swinging on Corbin! Corbin staggers but boots Angle back. Corbin runs but into a belly2belly! Angle stalks Corbin to a corner but Corbin rakes his eyes. Corbin runs, slides then slides in, but into a waistlock. He elbows out and throws hands to then throw Angle into ropes. Corbin mocks the gold medalist but fans boo and jeer Corbin. Corbin drags Angle up for haymakers, then taunts Angle about this being his last chance to be a hero. He puts Angle in a corner and throws more hands, but fans boo and jeer more. Corbin knees Angle low then tells the fans to shush while he elbows Angle down. Corbin chokes Angle on the ropes while taunting Angle’s family. The ref counts and Corbin lets up at 4. Corbin hops up but misses his ax handle!
Angle gets Corbin with a German Suplex! And a second! And a third! Cover, TWO! Angle doesn’t slow down, he stalks Corbin for the Angle Slam. But Corbin slips out and boots Angle down! Corbin sneers as he drags Angle up. He prepares a bomb but Angle back drops! Corbin sunset flips but Angle rolls through to the ankle lock! Corbin endures and pushes Angle off, but Angle dodges to run, into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Angle narrowly escapes and Corbin is furious! Corbin runs in at Angle in a corner, but misses! He staggers back into the Angle Slam! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Angle brings down the straps! Angle grabs the leg for the ankle lock!
Corbin endures as Angle twists, and Angle drags him away from ropes. Corbin grits his teeth as he rolls through to send Angle into buckles! Angle spits and sputters while Corbin limps to his feet. Corbin mocks the fans who wanted Cena in this match with the “You Can’t See Me” hands. Corbin then whips but Angle rocks Corbin with a right! And gets another German! And another! Angle gets a sixth German total, but he’s not done there! This is his last match, and fans fire up as Angle wants one last go at the top rope. Ange MOONSAULTS, but flops! Well it was never his best move… Corbin reels Angle in for End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins?!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf ruins everyone’s fun as he ruins the finale to Angle’s in-ring career. No one in the WWE Universe can believe it, nor does Angle. Will Corbin use this deafening silence to make his way to a championship?
Angle grabs a mic and fans still cheer and chant “Thank You, Kurt!” But Angle tells them that for the past 20 years, he’s had the time of his life. Even here tonight. Angle thanks each and every one of the fans, but he wants this to end his way. Play his music and say those classic two words. “You Suck! You Suck!” Of course, everyone means it with love. Angle says his final good-byes as far as the ring goes, but will Angle find a new way to be part of the WWE?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Demon Finn Balor!
The Almighty Rocky Mountain Machine has always seen as Finn the man too small and weak to measure up. But now, he must face Balor the Demon! Will Lashley still feel mighty against such a mysterious force? Or will he end the mystique of Balor while staying golden?
The introductions are made as darkness and the Demon himself descends upon the arena! The belt is raised and the bell rings to begin this supernatural meets superhuman match!
Lashley runs at Balor but Balor heel kicks and ax kicks Lashley back! Balor shotgun dropkicks Lashley then rallies with lariats. Balor throws Lashley out to then build speed and FLY! Direct hit! Lio approaches but backs off right away from Balor. Balor puts Lashley in and goes corner to corner, but into a BIG urenage! Balor gets to the apron but Lashley knocks him down. Lashley drags Balor up and suplexes him across the ring! Balor gets to the other apron but Lashley clubs him again. Lashley suplexes Balor back the other way! Balor returns to the apron but Lashley CLOBBERS him right back down! Lio trash talks Balor while Lashley picks him up and rams him into barriers! Lashley roars as he goes side to side to run back in, but into a Slingblade!
Balor scares Lio again, then runs to shotgun Lashley into barriers! The ring count climbs but Balor puts Lashley in. Balor climbs up but Lio distracts. Balor runs him off but Lashley SPEARS Balor off the apron! Both men crash on the ground, but Lashley puts Balor back in. Lashley aims again, for another SPEAR! Cover, TWO!? Balor survives?! Lashley and Lio are shocked, but Lashley glares as he drags Balor back up. Lashley lifts Balor but Balor fights out of the bomb. Balor goes to lift but Lashley’s too big. Balor knees Lashley in the ribs but he still can’t get Lashley up. He kicks and knees Lashley more, and manages a powerbomb!! The fans fire up as Balor climbs high. COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Demon conquers the Machine, and now Finn Balor is a Too Sweet two-time Intercontinental Champion! Whether man or demon, will Finn Balor reign fOreVER?
Alexa Bliss returns to the stage!
The Goddess and Wrestlemania host recaps the new champions crowned, the many surprises witnessed, and even the Demon reigning. But now we’ve broken history with 82,265 people in attendance at MetLife! Fireworks celebrate this attendance record, but the real fireworks are about to fly with the historic main event! Alexa feels like it’s time for intermission. What? No, that’s a cue for… The Fabulous Truth! Carmella won the Women’s Battle Royal, but now she and R-Truth get the fans back into things with a record-setting Seven Second DANCE BREAK~! Floss like you’ve never flossed before! Or whatever moves you prefer. And is this longer than seven seconds? Well who cares, it’s Wrestlemania.
Raw & SmackDown Women’s Championships, Winner Takes All Triple Threat: Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!
The history of this history-making match really begins with Survivor Series 2018. Everyone wanted Ronda VS Becky, Raw Women’s Champion VS SmackDown Women’s Champion. But The Man chose to take the fight to the Baddest Woman’s brand, only to get a broken nose from Nia Jax. The dream match was changed to Ronda VS Charlotte, and that’s when things grew complicated. There was fighting between Ronda and Charlotte, Becky and Ronda, and Charlotte and Becky. Becky lost her SmackDown Women’s Championship but jumped into the Women’s Royal Rumble to win it. She called out the Raw Women’s Champion, but then Vince McMahon made an executive decision. Becky rebelled, Charlotte taunted and Ronda turned. Now we’re at a match that will settle everything between three of the baddest in the business today. When it’s Winner Takes All in a Wrestlemania first, who becomes the first UNDISPUTED Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion!?
The Queen arrives in a helicopter! And of course, with a red carpet. But of course, Ronda Rousey has Joan Jett & The Blackhearts perform their iconic song live! As for Becky, she only needs herself and the WWE Universe. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we make history!
Ronda, Charlotte and Becky stare down from their corners. They all slowly circle, with fans strongly behind Becky. Becky and Charlotte stare, but then realize Ronda is literally between them. So they both go after her! Ronda and Becky grapple while Charlotte hangs back. Ronda throws body shots to back Becky up, but Becky hits back. Only for Ronda to fire off more! Ronda kicks Becky out but Charlotte runs in, only to get a knee! Ronda kicks Charlotte out, too, then goes after Becky. She picks Becky up to drive her into barriers. Ronda scoops Charlotte for Piper’s Pit to the floor! Ronda goes back to Becky but Becky shoves her into a post! Becky boots Ronda then Charlotte scoops Ronda for an exploder into barriers! The Man and The Queen have Ronda down for now, and they go back to the ring.
Charlotte says she told us so, but Becky doesn’t care. The frenemy Horsewomen throw hands back and forth! Becky hits but Charlotte kicks the bad leg. Charlotte yanks on an arm as well, and goes to bring Becky down! She wants to steal the Disarm-Her?! Becky powers out and rocks Charlotte, to steal the Figure Four! Charlotte shoves Becky back but the two throw forearms again. Ronda returns to kicks them both down! Ronda judo throws Becky around but Charlotte knees Ronda low. Chalrotte boots Ronda into Becky, but Ronda won’t let go of Becky! Charlotte powerbomb lifts Ronda with Becky trapped, but Ronda drags them both into hanging armbars! Triple Threat means no disqualifications so Ronda doesn’t need to let go!
Becky breaks free but Charlotte’s still trapped. Becky dropkicks Ronda from under Charlotte, and Ronda hits the ground hard! The referee checks on Ronda but Charlotte knocks Becky down. Charlotte goes after Becky but Becky fights her off. Becky runs in at Charlotte in a corner, but into a backbreaker and buckle bump! Charlotte kicks Becky in the face then covers, TWO! Charlotte stomps Becky out then brings down the knee pad. She shouts out to the Nature Boy with that knee drop. Fans rally for Becky even as Charlotte bounces her off the mat. Charlotte climbs up top, MOONSAULT! But into knees! And the Disarm-Her! But Ronda returns to drag Becky into knee strikes. And then takedown to an armbar! Becky rolls around to resist, Charlotte knees Ronda down!
Charlotte catches her breath while Becky and Ronda are both down. Double Natural Selection! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Ronda, TWO! Charlotte grows annoyed but she throws Becky out of the ring. Charlotte stalks Ronda now, but Ronda throws body shots. Ronda backs Charlotte down but Charlotte gives Flair CHOPS! Charlotte lights Ronda up but Ronda still says Charlotte “chops like a b*tch”! So Charlotte b*tch SLAPS Ronda! Ronda hits the leaping elbow! Then a takedown! Charlotte resists and shifts Ronda to a Boston Crab! Ronda endures, but Becky returns to bulldog Charlotte! Flashbacks to Summerslam and other Triple Threats, but Becky doesn’t stop there. She drags Ronda up into a dragon sleeper, then kicks Charlotte as she stands up. Becky grabs Charlotte in a facelock for double DDT combo! Cover on Ronda, TWO! Cover on Charlotte, TWO!
Becky is beside herself but she focuses on Charlotte while Ronda goes to the apron. Becky forearms and mule kicks Charlotte to ropes, but runs into a boot. Charlotte runs into uppercuts from Becky, then headbutts. Becky runs into an elbow from Charlotte, and Charlotte drags Becky up to whip. Becky reverses but Charlotte tumbles to the apron. Charlotte boots Becky then climbs, but Becky joins her. They fight for control and Ronda crawls over. SUPER Becksploder! Cover, TWO!! Becky gets up and goes after Ronda but Ronda hits her away. Ronda climbs up and leaps for a double crossbody! Double cover, TWO! Ronda grabs Becky for another judo throw, then she throws Charlotte down beside her. Double Armbar!
Ronda promised to do this to them, but Charlotte and Becky lift her up for a DOUBLE BOMB! But not just one, a SECOND Double Bomb! Ronda holds on so Charlotte and Becky give her a THIRD! Becky and Charlotte then brawl with each other! Charlotte throws Becky out and covers Ronda, TWO!! Ronda survives by the narrowest of margins, but Charlotte already formulates a plan in her mind. Charlotte sees Becky get up and falls for the bait! Becky kicks Charlotte then dodges the boot for a urenage! Cover, TWO! Becky keeps her cool again as she scrapes Charlotte out. Fans rally up as Becky goes after Ronda. Ronda kicks but Becky rolls her, DISARM-HER! Ronda flails and turns but Becky stays on!
They roll again and Becky keeps the arm, but Ronda keeps pushing to ropes. Ropebreaks don’t end this, but Ronda uses the ropes to climb up and lift Becky for a buckle bomb! Ronda runs back in but gets buckles herself! Becky gives Ronda a Disarm-Her through the ropes! Charlotte BOOTS Becky outta nowhere! Ronda flops to the floor while Becky and Charlotte brawl. Charlotte rocks Becky then climbs up to join her. They stand up on the very top, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Becky lives and Charlotte clutches her own leg from that landing. Ronda drags herself back in, and goes after Charlotte. But Charlotte exploder suplexes Ronda! Becky prevents any covers to drag Charlotte in, but Charlotte throws Becky into buckles. Becky gets to the apron but Charlotte boots her down! Ronda grabs Charlotte but Charlotte kicks Ronda’s leg out.
Charlotte stomps the leg, leaving nasty bruises on it. She drags Ronda over and takes that leg to sling it against the post. Charlotte gives Ronda a post-assisted Figure Four! Ronda screams but Becky breaks the hold with a kick. Ronda rolls away while Becky whips Charlotte, only to get thrown instead. Charlotte goes back to Ronda and that leg, for a Figure Four, only for Ronda to cradle counter! TWO and Charlotte’s back on that leg! Figure Four is on, but Ronda crawls. Charlotte still gets the Figure Eight, but Becky leg drops in outta nowhere! All three women are down but New York is fired up! Fans build to a rally while Becky and Charlotte go to the apron. Becky takes this No Disqualification stipulation to the extreme with a table! New York loves where she’s going with this as she puts the table in the ring.
Becky sets the table up near a corner but Charlotte returns. Charlotte clobbers Becky into the table then bounces her off the wood. Charlotte puts Becky on the table then goes to the corner. She climbs up but Becky stops her with clubbing forearms. Becky turns around but Ronda attacks! Ronda dumps Charlotte down and decides that “Tables are for b*tches!” Ronda throws hands and throws Becky around. She scoops Becky but Becky slips out. They go around but Charlotte SPEARS them both! Cover on Becky, TWO!! Cover on Ronda, TWO!! Charlotte is frustrated but she hobbles to the table. She insists “This is MY main event!” as she puts the table up in a corner. Charlotte drags Ronda up and bounces her off the wood. And again, and again! Becky grabs Charlotte but Charlotte whips Becky off. Becky dodges but Charlotte SPEARS on the return! Cover, TWO!!
Charlotte grows further frustrated, but sees Ronda stirring. Fans rally for Becky but Charlotte is up first. Charlotte aims at Becky and Ronda, and runs in, only to get double hip tossed into the table!! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Charlotte flops out of the ring. Becky and Ronda grit their teeth and face off again! Survivor Series finally happens as they throw furious hands! Ronda throws body shots and the Shining Wizard! Ronda jackknifes through to a fireman’s carry, but that bad leg slows her down. Becky uses the Piper’s Pit for a Crucifix Pin! Becky WINS!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall; Winner Takes All, NEW Raw & SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Man shocks the Baddest Woman with her first defeat in WWE! But more than that, she keeps her promise to the fans and herself by becoming DUAL champion! Ronda protests that her shoulders weren’t on the mat the whole time, and only instant replay catches it. But referee decisions are always final, will the McMahon Family take this into consideration? And if not, what happens next? What happens to Ronda and Charlotte now that they’re without titles? What’s next for Becky now that she’s reached the top of the WWE?
A lot of people doubted the quality of this Wrestlemania before it ever started, but I honestly feel like this did better than anyone expected. In fact, this Wrestlemania was great! The Kickoff Show had more matches than I expected, but they were all pretty solid. The Cruiserweight Championship opening was a bit of a surprise, and I thought it was gonna go a touch longer, but it actually felt just right to me. Mostly that Nese won and now we can have all sorts of fresh match-ups for the title. I wonder if Murphy goes to Raw to join Alexa… The Raw Tag Team Championships got a rather sudden match, but the stars aligned for Hawkins to break his streak. He and Ryder were in their home state, and it was the Kickoff, so the streak is over and now it’s all about defending those belts.
Both battle royals were fun, as battle royals should be. I was really rooting for Asuka, and really felt this Women’s Battle Royal would’ve revitalized her on SmackDown, and also expected Lacey Evans to be in it at all, but not even that happened. But I suppose Carmella winning it all was fine, WWE seems to really like her. The Andre the Giant Battle Royal went exactly as it should have: Strowman dominates, settles things with Jost & Che, then wins it all. Hopefully this revitalizes Strowman’s run on Raw now that titles have changed. Which was the first great thing: there were all the right title changes! Lesnar VS Rollins as a main-event opener and Rollins, though with a (very deserved) low blow, WINS! Crossfit Jesus is Raw’s savior! Demon Balor put Lashely away rather quickly, so I wonder if we get that original Universal Championship match rematch after all…
Styles rightfully wins his match with Orton, but I wonder if this ends the story at all. The same for Miz losing like that. Either of those matches could have a rematch, but it’d be hard for Miz VS Shane II to outdo this one. I was surprised The Usos retained, but they really are a top level team. A dedicated program between them and Aleister-Ricochet would be cool. The Women’s Tag Titles going to the IIconics was great, because now those titles really can be on SmackDown, and perhaps the IIconics go to Raw more often. Beth looked great, maybe The Divas of Doom can keep this return going a little longer. And I really hope Thuganomics Cena is the Cena that returns full-time, if even only for a few months. His moment with Elias was great, probably my favorite of the whole night.
The only let down tonight was Mysterio VS Joe. Not that Joe won but that Mysterio couldn’t give Joe or us a real match. Mysterio was concerned about his condition and clearly WWE knew now to push it, so Joe gets a quick win to move on. Reigns VS McIntyre was pretty great, and naturally Reigns wins. But Vince has to really be careful not to bring back bad memories of Super Roman from here on out. It’s a shame Ambrose didn’t come out to celebrate as his own moment, but it’s still yet to be seen just how serious his leaving is. The No Holds Barred was definitely brutal, and I was surprised Ric Flair showed up at all. I wonder if this kind of finish really finishes this story, but again, Batista is in Hollywood so we might have to wait for a sequel to this one.
Angle’s Farewell wasn’t want any fan wanted, but I suppose it had to be the true low point of the night for all the great things we got. Rollins winning actually made me think we weren’t getting it, but finally, finally, FINALLY Kofi Kingston is world champion! And he even brings back the classic belt! A class act for this long-awaited Grand Slam world champion, but with Money in the Bank up next, we’ll all have to worry about the cash-in for the whole year now. But just as we got Rollins and Kofi, dreading we wouldn’t get THE moment, our doubts were dispelled! Becky wins it all!! The triple threat was incredible, all the story was there, and even with a tease of controversy, we get the trifecta! That tease plants seeds of Ronda VS Becky in the future, the rest is up to Ronda and the WWE.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)
And you thought last week was big!
205 Live doubles down on historic matches!
Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.
It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.
The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!
How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?
The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!
Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!
Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!
Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!
Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!
The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?
The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!
Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.
Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.
Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!
Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!
Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?
A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.
Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!
SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!
- Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay; Charlotte & Asuka win.
- Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler; Cesaro wins.
- Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella; Sasha wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Crews wins by disqualification, Big E retains the title.
- Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table, with Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, is back to open SmackDown, but no Jey Uso? Roman and Heyman are not in a good mood after the bait ‘n’ switch Adam Pearce pulled over on them with Kevin Owens. Heyman hands Roman a mic as fans boo and give thumbs down on their screens. “So KO said he was going to deliver a message today, huh?” Or is he not? No, we’re not going to see Kevin Owens tonight because Roman said so. Now let’s talk about last week and “card subject to change.” Real clever. A lot of people made comments about Pearce getting one past them, outsmarted them.
But let’s make this clear: “That way of thinking is beneath me.” Card subject to change is how losers think. It’s how people who are scared to come to work think. Roman doesn’t miss appearances, he puts in work! Legitimately! It took Roman’ sown health being at risk during a pandemic to keep him away. So he never wants to hear anyone say anything about him missing appearances. But what if Roma started thinking like “a puss” like Pearce, talking about his elbow and shoulder hurting. No one would doubt it because of the work Roman puts in! Roman’s knees hurt, and so does his neck. But what else? His ankles have been bad since college. And his back… Heyman says just the weight of it all is making Roman’s back hurt, because Roman’s been carrying the WWE for YEARS!
But what if Roman’s back continues to hurt until the Royal Rumble? What if he can’t make it because of that? Pearce walks out and says this is going too far. Heyman says Pearce is being rude not even addressing Roman. Pearce says this is spiraling out of control, and Roman can’t believe he wants to talk about control. We know who is in control. But what’s out of control is that Pearce is going against Roman. That Pearce is doing a favor and putting Kevin back into the Universal title picture. And the fact that Pearce is favoring Kevin! This isn’t even really a favor. Pearce is Kevin’s BITCH! And he’s also Roman’s bitch.
But what Roman really can’t stand right now, is Pearce having the audacity coming out here and complaining about how his body feels. Pearce hasn’t been in a match for six YEARS, but he’s talking about how his body hurts. Pearce is next to the thoroughbred of the WWE, a man who does 52 weeks a year, multiple days a week! Roman never complained, never stopped and busts his ass for this place, and that is why Roman is who Roman is! And Pearce is going to complain, whine, MOAN about stuff? “No wonder you never made it to the WWE.” Heyman chuckles at that one.
Pearce asks if this is funny to Heyman. It is. Pearce can take it from Roman but he won’t take it from Heyman. Oh? Well that’s disrespectful. Disrespecting Heyman is disrespecting Roman. Heyman, straighten Pearce out. Heyman is given the mic to speak. Pearce disrespected the Tribal Chief and his family. Heyman’s known his family 15 years. Roman’s family would not be friends with someone who isn’t tough! Do you know what it is like to be a friend of the Anoa’i family? Everyone buys into Heyman’s persona, that he’s “impotent as a man.” Heyman’s from New York, he whoop yo’ ASS for disrespecting the chief. Wanna stare Heyman down?
Heyman may not be a lawyer but he’s from a synagogue full of them. In Florida, a verbal contract is BINDING. So if you want something big for the main event, how about this? Pearce VS PAUL HEYMAN! What?! Heyman offers a handshake, and Pearce TAKES IT! The challenge is accepted!! Pearce will have his first match in six years, against Paul E. Dangerously! Roman says at the end of the night, Pearce gets his ass kicked. #BelieveThat.
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
He has a sign with #JusticeForSami on it, and he brings out cuffs?! Sami is going to cuff himself to the ringside barriers as a form of protest because he is not part of tonight’s Intercontinental Championship! How will WWE officials respond to Sami’s sudden SmackDown sit-in?
SmackDown returns and Sami claims he is being victimized, but he will enter the Royal Rumble to counter it! Sami says he had Apollo Crews beat, though with hands somehow on Apollo’s tights. But then Apollo does the same thing back to him and Apollo wins?! That is not fair! But then the Empress of Tomorrow interrupts Sami with her entrance, followed by The Queen’s! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here!
Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay!
The Queens of Tomorrow have a lot going on as individuals on Raw, but they return to SmackDown to focus on their teamwork! Meanwhile, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott haven’t been able to focus with the Femme Fatale frantically interfering. Will Billie be a burden as the Squad has a chance at earning a championship opportunity?
As the teams sort out, Natalya and Tamina are watching from backstage. The bell rings as Charlotte and Ruby start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Charlotte pushes Ruby to ropes. Ruby pushes back but Charlotte headlocks and throws Ruby down. Ruby keeps her shoulders up, fights to her feet, but Asuka tags in. Charlotte snapmares Ruby, Asuka runs Ruby over with a shoulder! Asuka headlocks Ruby, Ruby fights up but Charlotte tags back in. The Queens of Tomorrow hand Ruby off and Charlotte bumps Ruby off buckles! Charlotte digs her boot into Ruby’s head but lets off at 4. Ruby flounders, Charlotte taunts her to reach for Liv, then CLUBS her down.
Charlotte looms over Ruby, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Ruby falls over, Billie protests on the apron but Charlotte runs her off. Ruby rushes at Charlotte but into an elbow! Liv tags in as Billie shouts at Charlotte! Ruby rushes Charlotte but is thrown out, and Charlotte grabs at Billie! Liv apron dropkicks Charlotte back in! Liv hurries up top and leaps to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie can’t believe she’s being helpful as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Charlotte blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Charlotte stomps away on Liv, backs off as the ref counts, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap on their screens, Charlotte scoops Liv but Liv slips out. Liv runs, Ruby tags in, Liv huricanranas and Ruby runs in to tilt-o-whirl! Charlotte blocks the headscissors but Ruby fires off forearms! Ruby goes up and gives Charlotte DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, Sami is still filming his protest, and the Squad double SLAMS Charlotte down! Cover, ONE! Liv tags Ruby back in, they stomp away on Charlotte in a corner, and then tag again.
Ruby and Liv bring Charlotte out, double whip but charlotte stops herself to kick and forearm and CHOP! Charlotte CHOPS away, throws Ruby into buckles then kicks Liv low! EXPLODER! And kip up! Charlotte fires up but misses Liv in the corner. Liv runs into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Asuka, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Ruby runs but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Liv dropkicks Charlotte and enziguris Asuka! But Asuka has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv tries to roll through but gets caught to a trapped-leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka kicks but misses, Liv rolls her to swing. Asuka blocks, reels Liv in, but Ruby tags!
Asuka lets Liv go to get Ruby, but Billie distracts! The O’Conner roll is rolled over but Billie argues too long! That costs Ruby, she has to kick Asuka! Liv saves Ruby from the hip attack but falls on Billie! Ruby SUPERKICKS but Asuka counters the Riott Kick to the pop-up KNEE! Asuka runs, tags Charlotte, CODE BREAKER to NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall
Billie went from helping to hindering the Squad again! Will this partnership fall apart before Billie’s very eyes?
Billie finds the Squad backstage.
She apologizes for, for… For what, Billie? Stopping Ruby from pinning Asuka? Messing this opportunity up for them?! Yeah… Well for someone who doesn’t mean to, she’s pretty good at it. Maybe that should be put on the resume. Well, all the great teams have overcome obstacles! Billie has good news, though. She talked to Sonya Deville and the Squad is in the Women’s Rumble match! They can practice throwing Billie out over the ropes! Billie can pretend to be Bianca or Mella! No, there is no “us” anymore. The Squad works better when it’s just Ruby and Liv. Sorry. Will Billie ever catch a break?
Daniel Bryan is here!
And he goes past Sami’s new sign, where SAMI is an acronym: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Clever. Bryan goes to the ring and fans join in the “YES!” fingers on their screens. Bryan says a week from this Sunday is one of the most unique and historic traditions in the WWE, the Royal Rumble match. And even saying that, this time of year, a chill goes down Bryan’s spine. It’s a little hard to explain why but Bryan will give it his best shot. “It’s the uncertainty of what number you’re going to. It’s watching the countdown for every superstar that comes out. It’s waiting for that buzzer to hit, for that music to play, for you to run down, nobody knows that you’re coming, and you don’t know who’s coming out next!
“It’s the exhilaration of competing against 29 other superstars that could go over an hour, and it’s every man for themselves.” One of the most challenging, grueling things you can do in the WWE, and that makes Bryan feel alive. Despite all the pain, all the uncertainty, it is absolutely worth it because the winner gets to face the champion of their choosing in the main event of WrestleMania! Bryan is very proud of his career, he’s accomplished a lot. But the one thing he has never done is win a Royal Rumble! Experts, commentary, Michael Cole even, will say- Cesaro interrupts!
Cesaro thought he beat some sense into Bryan last week, but here Bryan is again talking about how he’ll win the Rumble. Cesaro appreciates Bryan explaining the rules, but Cesaro could’ve done it better and in five languages. But that’s besides the point. Bryan is NOT winning this year’s Rumble, Cesaro is. As the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Cesaro is an expert on this. Bryan didn’t forget about the loss, but instead of talking, how about putting the mics down, and they can fight it out again? Cesaro says no. Cesaro is sick and tired of proving himself week after week doing the same thing over and over! He beat Bryan, and Bryan isn’t dressed for the occasion, Cesaro issues an open challenge! Anyone who has already declared for the Rumble, come on down!
The one to answer the open challenge is… Dolph Ziggler! One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions is here asking about the conversation. Ziggler has been in the second most Rumbles ever. Ziggler can go all night long, ask anyone. And aside from himself and his colleague, Robert Roode, there is no one that can go toe-to-toe with Ziggler except maybe Cesaro. No offense to Bryan but it ain’t 2014 anymore. But if we’re talking about a Rumble challenge, Ziggler wants to win to go to Mania and get paid! So Bryan, scoot over, and Cesaro, consider your challenge accepted. Will the Show-Off show up the Swiss Cyborg?
Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!
SmackDown returns and Bryan has joined commentary for this great match-up already underway. Ziggler has Cesaro down and has a leg, gets a cover, TWO! Cesaro gets a lateral press but Ziggler keeps his shoulder up. Cesaro pushes him around, gut wrenches and lifts but Ziggler resists by grabbing Cesaro’s leg again. Ziggler shifts, rolls, has a cover, ONE! Cesaro tries a cover, ONE! Cesaro waistlocks but Ziggler gets the ropes. Ziggler elbows Cesaro away then jumps on for a sleeper hold! Cesaro stays up, RAMS Ziggler into buckles and is free. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Ziggler with that EuroUpper! Ziggler flounders into a trip and then a SWISS SWING!
Cesaro brings Ziggler around and around for a count of 10, then maybe 15 even, or 20! Cesaro throws Ziggler, covers, TWO! Ziggler survives the swing, Cesaro stalks him to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST! Ziggler rolls Cesaro up, TWO! Cesaro back drops, Ziggler sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro sits on the cover, TWO! Ziggler sunsets, TWO! Cesaro, TWO! Ziggler, TOW! Cesaro high stacks, TWO! Ziggler pops him to a cover, TWO! SUPER- No, Cesaro blocks but uppercuts into a backslide,. Cesaro slips out, but into a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! And yes, Sami is still protesting. He’s even memeing! “Sami was robbed, change my mind.”
Cesaro and Ziggler slowly rise and Ziggler sleeper holds again! Cesaro gets up, shifts Ziggler from backpack to a front facelock, for a suplex! Ziggler knees free, kicks low then runs, into a pop-up! Ziggler tries to huricanrana, but Cesaro makes it a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Michael Cole points out this is two times in a row that Cesaro has beaten a former world champion! Will Cesaro take the Rumble and be a WrestleMania contender?
Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella!
It is very rare for WWE to do co-ed matches like this, and certain against a champion like The Boss against the sommelier in employment of The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island. Will Reginald ruin Sasha’s momentum towards the rematch with Mella?
SmackDown returns and Mella makes her entrance to accompany Reginald to the ring, two other assistants bringing the champagne and drinking glasses to the ring for them. Mella and the champagne join commentary as the bell rings. Sasha tells Reggie it’s time to put up or shut up, but Reggie presents her with an orange rose. Sasha accepts the rose but goes to slap Reggie! He blocks, only for Sasha to SLAP him with the other hand! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and uses the ropes to arm-drag, but Reggie handsprings through! Mella says that’s her Reggie! Reggie waistlocks but Sasha resists the lift and slips out the back to switch. Reggie does the same and rolls right out of the ring!
Reggie plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and does a back flip off the apron! But Sasha wrecks him with a baseball slide dropkick! Sasha whips Reggie at the steel steps but Reggie leaps up and over! Mella applauds the bit of flair, Sasha gives chase, they go in the ring and speed things up with hurdle for hurdle. Reggie shows off with that flip, Sasha goes up and springboards, but Reggie blocks the sunset flip! Reggie wheelbarrows Sasha but she turns that into a BULLDOG! Sasha wants Mella to see why she’s the boss, but Sasha misses the meteora to hit buckles! Sasha avoids Reggie’s elbow drop, Oklahoma roll but Reggie slips out!
Reggie avoids Sasha’s dropkick to bomb lift, but Sasha arm-drags free! Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she knees Reggie away! Sasha goes up, leaps, crossbody but Reggie holds her up! Reggie pops Sasha up but into another arm-drag! Reggie is sent out, Sasha hurries to the apron, METEORA! Sasha slaps the champagne out of Mella’s hand! Sasha goes back into the ring with Reggie, brings him in for a backstabber but he rolls through! Sasha kicks him, and knuckle locks to flip up and into another METEORA! Mella sneers but Sasha tilt-o-whirls and drags Reggie down by his arm! BANK STATEMENT!! Reggie taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
Sasha got her revenge on Reggie, and throws him out to Mella! Will Sasha do the same to the Princess at the Royal Rumble?
Roman Reigns sits in his private room.
Heyman says Roman was brilliant. They got Pearce! “We? What’re you talking about?” Heyman knew what Roman was up to, he fed right into it. Roman simply passed Heyman the mic to do what he does better than anyone, and that is verbally rip someone to shreds. Roman didn’t say Heyman should challenge Pearce to a match. But Heyman has stepped into it, so he has to do this. Roman didn’t hire some punk to be Special Counsel, he hired a man. So Heyman needs to go out there and represent Roman as a man and handle business. “Paul, be a man. Handle your business.” The Special Counsel has no words, will he have no defense against Pearce?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
Sami Zayn is irate as Big E taunts him with the belt. But Sami is not the champion’s concern, he’s taking on the man in the ring! Big E and Apollo have been in friendly competition, but after what Heyman told both of them over these last few weeks on Talking Smack, will all of that go out the window?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to #ThinkBig or go home!
Apollo rushes Big E but right into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Apollo goes to the apron, Big E follows and stomps him, to then run and APRON SPLASH! Big E is fired up and gets back in to run at Apollo. Apollo elbows back, BOOTS back, then runs, into a scoop! Apollo slips off, and ENZIGURIS! Big E wobbles into a BOOT! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps focus as he stalks Big E. Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES Big E! Apollo holds on to GERMAN again! Big E elbows over and over until he’s free, and he gets Apollo with the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he goes out after Apollo.
Big E and Apollo end up by the announce desk. Big E tells Apollo he’ll never make the mistake of disrespecting him again. Apollo pushes Big E away, then dodges him to go up the apron and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! Apollo gets Big E back in at the ring count of 8 then climbs up top! Big E hits Apollo first then climbs up to join him. Big E throws forearms, stands Apollo up, but Apollo resists the superplex! Apollo throws headbutts as fans clap on their screens! Big E falls back, Apollo adjusts, but Sami uncuffs himself! Sami’s strike is over as Apollo leaps to missile dropkick Big E!
Apollo resets but Sami HELLUVA KICKS him!! SAMI SCREWS APOLLO!
Winner: Apollo Crews by disqualification (Big E is still WWE Intercontinental Championship)
And then Sami HELLUVA KICKS Big E! And Sami has the nerve to talk about injustice! Sami says HE is the champion, but that this is what Big E and Apollo deserve! Will Sami get what he deserves soon enough?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“I showed up to work today, and I was told I couldn’t get into the building because Roman Reigns pulled some strings to make sure I wouldn’t be there. Roman, dude… It’s fine. But just know this: at the Royal Rumble, there’s no more strings for you to pull.” At the Rumble, they will settle this once and for all. And Roman calls Kevin “a cockroach that won’t die,” and tells him to just stop fighting, but Kevin can’t do that. Roman has yet to beat Kevin like the champion he claims to be. Roman did not earn those victories. The family did that for him.
And the other reason Kevin keeps fighting is this. Kevin has a lot of tattoos, and they all have a story behind them. He has his wife’s name on his wrist, his kids’ names on the other side, then one to remind him of his parents. Kevin fights for all of them, but he has tattoos on his knuckles. These are his grandfathers’ initials: M for Melvin, his dad’s dad, and P is for Pierre, his mom’s dad. Those men had Kevin’s back all the way. They were his biggest fans, and nothing made them happier than seeing Kevin in the ring. The biggest regret Kevin will have is that he didn’t make it to the WWE in time for them to see, because they both passed away just before.
But they will always be with Kevin. The mark they left on Kevin will always be there, because both men battled illnesses that should’ve made their lives a lot shorter. Those two men refused to quit, and because of that, Kevin was lucky to have many, many great years with them. So how can Kevin stop fighting? That is why Kevin will not stay away and why he will #JustKeepFighting. That is why come Royal Rumble, Kevin will be the Last Man Standing.
The Street Profits have a basket.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins see Ziggler talking with Sonya, and have a quick question: Are you ready~, ready~? This is a celebratory basket for congratulating Sonya on her new job and office! But don’t jump the gun! They’re not just congratulating her on the new gig. She sits next to Pearce, looking pretty, but they have business. It has been two, two weeks, since the Profits lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Ziggler & Roode, Entertainment Dysfunction. Put that on a t-shirt, it’ll make millions! But that aside, the Profits- Sonya knows they want their rematch. She’s so smart!
Sonya knows they were champions for 312 days, won two Slammy Awards, so yes they deserve a rematch. But Ford is still recovering from the leg injury. If he gets in that ring too soon, gets hurt and is out of action, that hurts SmackDown as a whole. So hear her out: For now, hang out, keep doing your segments to hype the show, and let another team get the opportunity. Then when Ford is 100%, he and Dawkins get back in the game and back in the title picture. Cool with t hat, fam? yeah, that’s cool. Golly, Sonya, thanks for your concern. Enjoy the basket! It’s expensive. But will the long wait really work out in the Profits’ favor?
Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
The Role Model wants The EST to prove she’s still got it when it comes to being the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, etc. Therefore, SmackDown is setting up a truly challenging obstacle course for them both to run! Who backs up their words, after the break?
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole presides over this special competition, and gives the introductions for Bianca, then for Bayley. Bayley takes over and says DING DONG, BYE Cole. This is her show now! And look, Bianca, this is what Bayley has for her. America Ninja Warrior ain’t got nothing on UAOCC! This is of course timed, starting right here with the “big ol’ 400 pound tractor tire,” which you only need to flip once. Go down the ramp, take on the short hurdles, climb the trio of military walls. And then Bayley even got advice from Chad Gable and Alpha Academy, he will put you through the full body test, the fireman’s carry!
But that’s not all! The very last challenge is grab the basketball, put it through the net, and time stops at the exact moment the ball exits the bottom of the net! The competitor with the shortest time is of course the winner! Let’s get the clock going, and Bayley wants to go first. Bianca says that’s fine, and we begin… NOW! Bayley flips the tire, hurries down the ramp, though not quite that quickly, and takes on the hop hurdles to go right at the military walls. The short one seems to throw her off, and she just weaves around them?! Is that allowed?
Bayley fireman’s carries Gable, and he seems to be heavier than he looks. Bianca “cheers” Bayley on as she goes from one end to another, then she gets the ball to DUNK- no, wait, there! Bayley finishes at 1:12. But she says she did Bianca a favor. “Let’s EST up this course,” all for Bianca. Oh, the hurdles are now full hurdles, and Bianca wraps her braid. GO! Bianca easily flips the tire, runs down the ramp., leaps the hurdles, leaps the walls, but she isn’t carrying Gable, but OTIS! Bianca has 40 seconds, she carries the 330 pound Otis with ease, then gets the ball and even dares Bayley to play D! She breaks ankles and DUNKS! She had 17 seconds to spare!
Winner: Bianca Belair
Sorry, Bayley, but that’s the power of the EST! Bayley is a sore loser and throws the ball at Bianca! And then hammers away with forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands but Bayley doesn’t care, as she POSTS Bianca and knocks down the basketball hoop! Bayley storms off, perhaps having proven she’s the meanest on the roster.
Rey Mysterio coaches Dominik backstage.
Rey reviews with Dom that Baron Corbin is a former boxer, so he has to watch out for the hands. Dom says Rey can trust him to have this. Dom is comfortable with his skills and has prepared. Okay, then we’ll do it his way. But if something goes wrong, they do it Rey’s way. That’s fair. Dom heads out, will he be able to trump the Wolf King?
Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
SmackDown returns as Corbin is already in the ring. Dominik makes his entrance, leaving Rey backstage so he can handle things. The bell rings and Dom circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Dom to a corner but Dom dodges the hands to throw hands of his own! Dom rams his shoulder in but Corbin shoves him away. Dom dropkicks but Corbin stays up. Dom whips, Corbin reverses but Dom wheelbarrows and throws Corbin out of the ring! The ring count climbs but Dom slingshots, only for Corbin to get clear and CLOBBER him! Corbin drags Dom up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Corbin already glares at the ref as he grows annoyed.
Corbin stalks Dom, drags him to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Corbin hops off at 4, then drags Dom up to throw body shots! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4 again, then stands Dom up. Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard! Dom bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Corbin takes his time bringing Dom back up. Corbin brings Dom around, reel shim in but Dom slips out to dropkick a leg! Corbin ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up but the call is blocked! Corbin drags Dom from ropes, yanks but Dom lands on his feet, only for Corbin to DECK him! Corbin reels Dom in and hits END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King wins because he did this his way! Will the Mysterios regroup and draw up a winning game plan?
Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns!
Scrap Daddy’s switcheroo not only got the better of the Special Counsel last week, it might be why he stuck his foot in his mouth this week! Will Pearce’s return to the ring also get the better of Paul E. Dangerously? Has the Head of the Table truly left Heyman hanging?
Heyman is taping his hands on his way to the ring, but stumbles off the steps? The ref checks on Heyman but he says he’s fine. Give him a minute to walk it off. Heyman fumbles on the steps again and Pearce smells a plot. After all, he let his “bum leg” be why Kevin Owens is back in the title match. And just as he knew, Heyman cites “card subject to change.” This was the trump card Heyman had up his sleeve! Roman did NOT leave the building, he’s heading to the ring! Now that the bait ‘n’ switch is on the other foot, will Scrap Daddy be scrap metal?
Adam Pearce VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Pearce the second he’s in the ring! This isn’t even a match because the bell hasn’t rung! Heyman says he has obviously found a suitable replacement, and Roman is pulling steps apart. Pearce throws a haymaker! Roman glares at Pearce, and LOW BLOW KICKS him! And then throws Pearce OVER the barriers! Roman is snarling as he goes around the way to drag Pearce up and throw him INTO ThunderDome screens! And then he drags Pearce up to throw heavy forearms! And then throws him into stage wall! Fans give thumbs down but that’s not going to save Pearce from Roman’s wrath!
Roman fireman’s carries Pearce and puts him on the upper level, the same place he threw Kevin off of. But speaking of, Kevin runs in and attacks Roman! Kevin saves Pearce as he throws haymakers and bumps Roman off barriers! Roman throws Kevin into screens, throws haymakers of his own, then they brawl to ringside! It’s Royal Rumble come early! Roman puts Kevin in the ring, storms in but into a USUPERKICK! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCH- NO! STUNNER from Kevin!! Kevin dares Roman to get back up! Roman sputters as he gets out of the ring but Kevin whips him into barriers! And clubs away on his back!
Referees rush out to try and stop this, and Kevin backs off to cool off. But then Kevin comes back to STOMP Roman into barriers! Roman flounders back up, referees try to talk Kevin down, and even Pat Buck, Pearce’s coworker. But Kevin gets past them to give Roman another STUNNER! Kevin wants Heyman to say something but Heyman has nothing to say! So Kevin brings Roman over, pops him up, POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Kevin is pulling steel steps apart! The refs keep him from bringing that over to Roman! Kevin says Roman’s lucky the officials are here to stop him, but it won’t happen at the Royal Rumble! Will Kevin truly #StunTheWorld when he is THE Last Man Standing?
A great SmackDown that honestly could’ve been a go-home to the Royal Rumble in some cases. Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad was good, but naturally the champions win, mostly because Billie was too involved. She has been kicked out of the Riott Squad, though she wasn’t really a member to begin with, but I feel like they could’ve gone another week, though. Natty & Tamina were watching backstage, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get a match with Charlotte & Asuka, even if they were to lose. The match of Sasha Banks VS Reginald was pretty good, mostly because Reggie is insanely athletic. Depending on how the story goes of him being Mella’s sommelier, maybe he can split off and get into like 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division to freshen things up a bit.
But of course Sasha wins, she’s the champion. I have a feeling this means the go-home sees Mella standing tall so that Sasha is still the favored to win. The “Ultimate” obstacle course challenge was very clearly going to be won by Bianca, but I commend Bayley for trying to rig it in her favor. Though, shouldn’t she have been penalized or even disqualified for outright skipping those military style walls? Pretty sure we’re getting a match between the two, and Bianca can sell the bad arm to “overcome” it and win, for big momentum going into the Women’s Rumble.
The Profits had a good segment with Sonya, and I like that, at least on the surface, Sonya is being a responsible official and having the Profits wait so they can be healed up. But I wonder if there will even be defenses in that time, as there aren’t many tag teams on SmackDown. It’s mostly the champs, the Profits, Cesaro-Nakamura, and maybe Alpha Academy, aka Gable & Otis. Dom VS Corbin felt like filler just to get things to what Rey was talking about last week, which should’ve just been what we got this week. Unless it was because the person they have in mind (Cain Velasquez) isn’t available right now because of some COVID concerns. That I’d understand.
Sami Zayn “protesting” this episode just so he’d be ringside for the Intercontinental Championship was a pretty good long game for the episode. Sami’s signs were clever, but it does seem a shame for what should’ve been a huge match. Maybe we get another Triple Threat for this title, and that is the way Big E loses. Though, I think it’d work well if Big E won, making his reign feel even bigger from having dealt with two contenders. After that, Big E can face just about anyone else on the roster, such as Nakamura, Cesaro or even Otis. And speaking of, Cesaro had a good promo with Bryan and a really good match with Ziggler, but I feel like all these wins are setting Cesaro up to not win the Rumble. But I said the same thing about Bryan making it his mission to win the reason he won’t, so maybe as far as SmackDown goes, it’s between the two of them as Rumble finalists.
And again, we got a lot of great stuff out of the Roman Reigns story. The opening promo segment was really good, it helped set up the main event, and gave a great tease of Pearce VS Heyman. But Heyman using the fake injury and “card subject to change” back on Pearce was also very clever, and naturally it was Roman who would beat Pearce up to get back at him for everything so far. Kevin had a really good promo, made a great save, and got to stand tall tonight with the table bomb. I’m curious as to Kevin’s part in the go-home next week. I can’t see him standing tall two weeks in a row just to keep the math in Roman’s favor, so maybe Roman turns this around to then defy the math and still retain the title. I’m pretty sure Roman does retain, and we leave it up to the Rumble to decide the rest.
My Score: 8.5/10
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