The Undisputed NXT Champion returns to Full Sail!
Adam Cole now reigns over all of NXT! But will his celebration alongside his pals go smoothly? Or will someone crash the party looking for their own shot?
- Damien Priest VS Raul Mendoza; Priest wins.
- Taynara Conti VS Xia Li; Li wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Velveteen Dream, Tyler Breeze & Matt Riddle; The Undisputed Era wins.
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The Undisputed Era is back!
And not only are they sporting new gear, Adam Cole has THE NXT Championship around his waist! TakeOver: XXV was when he finally took over and defeated Johnny Wrestling decisively in one fall! The Undisputed Era form up in the ring, BAYBAY, and are in a great mood. Roderick Strong gets the mic for Cole and Full Sail is thunderous for their new champion. Cole says, “I told you so.” Cole said that 2019 would be the year the Undisputed Era is draped in gold. This is just the start of finally fulfilling that prophecy.
The Era does not start at the bottom and hope their work pays off. They start by attacking the top. They start by doing and taking whatever they want. And for anyone who stands in their way, they will regret it. Starting with THE title, the Era will remake NXT into an #UndisputedImage. Fans chant “Undisputed!” to echo that sentiment. As a matter of fact, Cole says the show should start like this: a highlight reel of JUST the Undisputed Era! Fans love that as much as the Era. The Era has a group hug. Kyle takes credit for throwing that together in one night. Cole says that is why they run NXT. They have all the power. It is #UndisputedPower.
So a message to the NXT North American and NXT Tag Team Champions: shine those belts up so they’re nice and pretty for Roddy, Bobby & Kyle. 2019 isn’t over and the Era will surely have all the gold, all the power and they won’t stop until they do. No one will be able to touch them. Not even Triple H himself! “The Undisputed Era will have every once of power that NXT has to offer.” But wait! Here comes NXT North American Champion, Velveteen Dream! Fans cheer for Dream as he responds to the Era. “Adam, no one can touch you? I’d like to touch you.” It’s adorable that the Era thinks they’re why NXT has risen to new heights. The NXT Experience growing is thanks to #DreamOver.
Cole does look good with the gold but Dream looks better. That top title would look amazing alongside the North American title. Seriously, Dream? Strong says when it comes to the title, what is that saying? It’s so clever but it escapes Strong. Oh yeah, “dream on.” In fact, Dream doesn’t deserve the title he has! Bro… Here comes Matt Riddle! And Riddle asks Strong how hard he got hit at TakeOver. Because let’s be honest: Riddle beat Strong, and he beat Cole, too, baybay. Cole tells Riddle that what he is, is someone who just runs his mouth. He knows, he knows. He’s amazingly good looking and a total stallion.
Fans chant “Bro! Bro!” for Riddle but Cole says he should shut up. What he is, is jealous! Because Cole is the Undisputed Triple Crown, and the others have been champions, all before Riddle! And Riddle is jealous because he’s constantly dropped the ball. So maybe Riddle can go back to writing online reviews for the Attitude Era. Because news flash: that era is over, and Riddle’s era will never come. Because everyone else is living in the Undisputed Era! But wait, here comes Tyler Breeze! Prince Pretty joins Riddle and Dream on stage to say his piece. “Now I was in the back listening to all this while I was talking to Mr. Regal.” Breeze doesn’t care what is Undisputed, or who is better looking, even though it’s him.
What Breeze does care about is the Era trying to take credit for a brand that Breeze helped build before they were even here! Fans chant “OG! WOOP WOOP!” Therefore, Regal is using Breeze’s suggestion tonight: Breeze, Dream & Riddle VS any three Undisputed Era members, in the main event! Dream isn’t so sure about that but Riddle is all up for this #GorgeousDreamBros alliance. Will the Era be able to hold their ground against three top contenders?
Damien Priest VS Raul Mendoza!
Punishment has transformed, and now NXT meets a dark and brooding monster of the night. Will Raul stay above the Mendoza Line? Or will Damien #LiveForever?
The bell rings and Damien smirks as he BOOTS Mendoza down! Damien throws big hands in the corner then whips Mendoza corner to corner. Mendoza staggers out into Damien’s big forearm shot! Damien looms over Mendoza, still smirking. Mendoza hits back but it barely makes Damien flinch. Damien ear claps then clobbers Mendoza down. Damien puts Mendoza in a corner but runs into a roundhouse! But he stays up! Mendoza rolls and fires back shots, then dodges to springboard enziguri! Mendoza whips but Damien reverses. Damien misses in the corner but ducks the springboard. Mendoza escapes the tilt-o-whirl and back kicks to enziguri!
Damien stays up but he grows angry. He puts Mendoza on the apron but Mendoza climbs up and walks the ropes to dropkick Damien out! Damien is angrier still, and catches Mendoza’s DIVE to choke slam him on the apron!! Damien takes aim with his long bow, for a discus boot! Then dragon sleeper to rolling cutter! Cover, Damien wins!
Winner: Damien Martinez, by pinfall
Priest hits his target and gets his first win in NXT! Is it only the beginning of his immortality?
NXT General Manager, William Regal, has an announcement.
“Ladies and gentlemen, at this moment, we have more talent in the Performance Center than ever before.” Therefore, Regal will give eight members of that large talent pool an opportunity in a single elimination tournament, known as the NXT Breakout Tournament. The winner will get to challenge for a title of their choosing!
The eight participants of this incredible opportunity are: Jordan Myles, fka ACH; Boa; Cameron Grimes, fka Trevor Lee; Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, fka Shane Strickland; Dexter Lumis, fka Sam Shaw; Bronson Reed, fka Jonah Rock; Angel Garza, fka Humberto Garza; and Joaquin Wilde, fka DJZ. Regal wishes the best of luck to all eight men, and we have our bracket! Lumis VS Reed, Swerve VS Grimes, Garza VS Wilde and Myles VS Boa! Who makes it all the way to the end to a golden breakout opportunity?
NXT takes a closer look at the HBIC.
The Head Baddie in Charge, Mia Yim, grew up in Southern California, during the ’90s when it was a street war between Black and Korean gangs. But as one of both heritages, she was rejected by both sides. She stood on her own two feet and fought to survive. From Shimmer to the Mae Young Classic, Mia gained a strong following. The fans compelled HHH to sign her, and she owes them so much. She’ll never let the fans down. Mia has already racked up a strong record in NXT, but she’s only just getting started. The rose that grew from concrete is not going to let Shayna Baszler bully the others again. The Blasian Baddie is ready to show “The B*tch of Spades” that she is both the hell and high water that’s coming for her.
Taynara Conti VS Xia Li!
With competition in all divisions gearing up, the Brazilian judoka and “spicy” Chinese martial artist are not going to be left behind. They have a score to settle with each other, so who rises to the challenge and takes a step up the ladder?
The bell rings and Taynara offers a handshake. Li shakes it and this is a respectful match-up. They tie up and go shoulder to shoulder in the knuckle lock. Taynara slips through to roll Li, TWO! Li gets Tanyara to a jackknife, TWO! Taynara rushes back in but Li standing switches with her. Taynara pries out to judo throw Li down. She rolls and pulls Li up but LI dodges the boot to roll Taynara! TWO, and the two go again. Taynara blocks, throws again but Li lands a bit better. Li swings furious kicks and that backs Taynara down. Li bows to Taynara, then dodges and runs to springboard and wheelbarrow to throw Taynara!
Taynara gets to a corner but Li is right on her. Li whips corner to corner but Taynara reverses. Li hops up and pushes Taynara back, to then dropkick her down! Taynara is dizzy but she still dodges Li. Taynara kicks the leg then throws Li down hard by her hair! Fans fire up as Taynara toys with Li. Taynara says “Latinas do it better!” before booting Li down. Cover, TWO! She tries again, TWO! Taynara loses her cool and kicks Li hard! Cover, TWO! Taynara grows frustrated but she keeps on Li with clubbing forearms. “I know what I’m doing!” Taynara whips Li to a corner and runs in for big double knees! Then she monkey flips Li and rolls to a cover, TWO! Taynara hammers away on Li then covers again, TWO! Taynara pulls on Li’s arms and digs her knees in. Li endures and fans rally up.
Taynara pulls harder, thrashing Li around. Fans rally up again and Li powers up. Li gets to a corner but Taynara pushes her into buckles. Taynara eggs Li on, but misses double knees! Li waits for Taynara to sweep her legs! Then Li dodges and boots her down! Li fires up and rallies with more kicks! Li whips but Tayanra reverses. But Li jumps up and over! Roundhouse misses but not the heel kick! Cover, Li wins!
Winner: Xia Li, by pinfall
The kick combo got the better of the Brazilian here! Xia Li stays spicy, but can she get a hot streak going towards the title?
It’s an NXT Tag Team Championship edition of #StreetTalk!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins sport those tag team titles as they walk the Full Sail campus. The Street Profits are about to party, but first, they’ll be taking on the Forgotten Sons. The grind don’t stop! Ford loves it, right up until he drops his crown. Full Sail is there for the Street Profits championship parade. “This right here? This don’t happen without the fans!” Never stop doing what you do, Full Sail! Because if they never stop, the Profits will never stop! But will it all stop when they take on the savage Blake & Cutler?
Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Velveteen Dream, Tyler Breeze & Matt Riddle!
When it comes to NXT, all roads lead to titles! Strong, O’Reilly & Fish want at the North American and Tag Team Championships. As for the #GorgeousDreamBros, they’d each love to be competing for THE NXT Championship. Which trio makes the better case for their golden ambitions with a win here tonight?
The teams sort out, and to everyone’s surprise, Cole is in the match instead of Kyle. The belts are put aside and Riddle convinces his teammates that he’ll start against Cole. Fans are divided all over the place even before the bell. The bell rings and Riddle circles with Cole. Riddle gets Cole in a waistlock and slams him fast! Cole scrambles but gets thrown down again! Riddle drags Cole up, rolls him, and has the kneebar! Strong jumps in but backs off as Riddle lets Cole go to go after Strong! Cole kicks Riddle and puts him in the Undisputed corner for stomps! Tag to Fish and he throws forearms and body shots.
Tag to Strong and Strong CHOPS Riddle in an open corner. But Riddle gut wrenches and suplexes Strong! And again! Strong rolls but Riddle covers, ONE! Riddle has Strong in a facelock and Dream tags in. Dream drops ax handles on Strong! Dream swivels the hips but Strong whips him. Strong misses the clothesline and gets Dream’s dropkick! Dream baits Strong into a haymaker, then climbs up fast. But Dream jumps into a body shot! Tag to Fish and Fish throws knees into Dream’s stomach. Fish trash talks but Dream comes back with haymakers. Fish kicks and boots Dream but Dream elbows Fish. Dream jumps up to ax handle Fish down. Dream runs at the Undisputed corner but they all get clear.
Fish runs at Dream but Dream dodges to give him a bulldog! Dream keeps moving, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fish’s face got the worst of all that, but Dream is on him with haymakers. Tag to Breeze and Breeze has a facelock. Fish powers Breeze to the Undisputed corner and Cole tags in. Cole throws haymakers on Breeze and knocks him down. “You don’t belong here, Tyler!” Cole runs into Breeze’s gorgeous dropkick! Breeze drags Cole up and tags in Riddle. Riddle kicks Cole hard, then fisherman suplexes him! Bridging cover, TWO! Riddle keeps on Cole with knees to the ribs, then spins him around for a waistlock. Cole fights out of the lift, but Riddle reels him in. Cole breaks out again but misses his Pele. Riddle waistlocks then wristlock ripcords to a Bro Trigger!
Strong runs in but Dream tosses him out. Fish runs in but gets Breeze’s SUPER MODEL KICK! Dream leaps out onto Strong with ax handles while Breeze pushes Fish out. Riddle goes side to side to give Cole forearm shots, then an exploder suplex! Riddle misses the Penalty Kick and the moonsault, but not the Bro-ton! But on the outside, Strong whips Dream into steps! Kyle distracts and that allows Fish to blast Riddle with an elbow! Cole tags Strong and Strong gives Riddle a backbreaker! Then a CHOP! Strong drags Riddle around to CHOP in the corner again, and give another backbreaker! Tag to Fish and Fish drags Riddle up for fast hands. Riddle hits back but Fish kicks the legs out. Fish kicks Riddle down then tags in Cole.
Cole drags Riddle up to a snapmare and drives his knee in over and over to the back. Cole wraps on a chinlock and cranks hard. Fans rally up for Riddle and Riddle fights back. Riddle fireman’s carries but Cole fights out, only to get a roundhouse! Riddle suplexes, but Cole counters with a backstabber! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Cole is furious. Cole drags Riddle over and Strong tags in. Strong stomps Riddle out then drags Riddle up. Strong gives Riddle a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Strong clubs away on Riddle all over, then tags in Fish. Fish slingshots for a senton! Cover but they’re too close to ropes. Fish drags Riddle up for a snap suplex then covers, TWO! Fish drags Riddle around into a body scissors. He grinds a forearm into Riddle’s face but fans rally up.
Riddle pries his way out and throws elbows, but Fish rakes the eyes. Fish stomps Riddle down then tags Cole. Cole gives Riddle stomps then taunts him. Cole hits Dream hard just because! Riddle CHOPS Cole and throws big hands from all sides! But Cole stomps the bare feet. Cole fakes Riddle out with the muel kick, but leaps into a Bro Trigger! Hot tags to Fish and Breeze! Breeze rallies on the Undisputed Era! Forearm, forearm and SUPER MODEL KICK! Fish mule kicks and runs but into an enziguri! Fish flounders and Breeze hits another forearm. Breeze reels Fish in but Fish counters to a fireman’s carry. But Breeze slips out to give Fish a Beauty Shot! Cover, but Strong drags Fish to safety! Or so they think, as Breeze builds speed. But Dream tags in!?
Dream and Breeze argue and they don’t see Strong tag in. Cole SUPERKICKS Riddle down! Breeze and Dream double SUPERKICK Cole! But Strong’s super knee hits Breeze into Dream! Then Strong drags Dream up for End of Heartache!! Cover, the Era wins!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Roderick Strong pinning
Strong not only takes this for his team, he gets a pin on the North American Champion! Is the takeover of NXT truly on its way for the Undisputed Era?
Another great episode here! The opening segment was so great, with the Undisputed Era giving their promos, then the back and forth of them and the Faces. It definitely seems like we’ll be getting a later match of Dream, Breeze and Riddle to determine Cole’s challenger at TakeOver: Toronto. The Six Man Tag tonight was incredible, especially with the swerve of Cole being in for Kyle, who really does need some rest after that TakeOver ladder match. Seeing the dysfunction in the Face team felt right this time, since Dream was teaming with former challengers of his own. Strong getting the cover also makes sense, he’s the guy for the midcard title while reDRagon will focus on the tag team titles.
The Street Profits VS Forgotten Sons next week will be really good, but given Jaxson Ryker costing the Era against Lorcan & Burch before, expect them to return the favor and cost the Sons. Tayanra VS Li was a great match, and I recall Taynara winning before, so Li winning here is to keep them even. However, it is clear Mia Yim is moving into contention next with that solid video package giving us more about herself. Next week’s Steel Cage match will be great, but now it feels like Shayna will still find a way to win and have Mia challenge her in Toronto. Damien Priest, formerly known as Punishment Martinez, had a good debut against Raul Mendoza. It was very reminiscent of his early days in ROH, so expect him to move up fast towards the North American title, assuming Dream retains.
Speaking of “formerly known as,” so many of those Breakout Tournament competitors had name changes. But either way, it’s great to see ACH, Trevor Lee, Shane Strickland, Garza and the others debuting via this tournament. For that matter, this tournament is a great idea and already makes for a great tradition. Just wondering where Shogun Brennan Williams is, though… At this point, I can’t say one way or another who wins, but I would think the winner goes right for THE NXT Championship. With eight participants, that’s seven matches, and with this tournament starting next week, they could do a match a week and still put the finals at TakeOver: Toronto. Pretty sure the schedule will be different from that, but either way, the winner will have a great moment Summerslam weekend to launch their NXT career.
My Score: 8.5/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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