Will the Road to WrestleMania be changed?
The reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, BROCK, LESNAR! Defends his title against The One and Only Ricochet! Can Ricochet pull off a miracle and change the course of history?
- Kickoff Show – The OC VS The Viking Raiders; The OC wins.
- Tuwaiq Mountain Gauntlet Match: The Undertaker wins the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS John Morrison & The Miz; Morrison & The Miz win and become new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
- Angel Garza VS Humberto Carrillo; Garza wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Murphy VS The Street Profits; Rollins & Murphy win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- Mansoor VS Dolph Ziggler; Mansoor wins.
- WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar VS Ricochet; Lesnar wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- Steel Cage Match: Baron Corbin VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- WWE Universal Championship: The Fiend VS Goldberg; Goldberg wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
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It’s the Super Showdown Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Scott Standford in the WWE Command Center as they recap, discuss and predict all the action for today’s return to Saudi Arabia!
The Street Profits speak.
“Here we go! Here we go!” Yeeeeeah, fam! Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins are excited because it is TIME! The Raw Tag Team Championships are gonna be how the Profits get their come up, and how the “Monday Night Pariah” and “Murph the Smurf” get their comeuppance. #WeWantTheSmoke. But can they keep Rollins and Murphy from burning it down instead?
Kickoff Show – The OC VS The Viking Raiders!
A fitting start to the action in Riyadh. The last time the Good Brothers took on Erik & Ivar, it was part of the Tag Team Gauntlet to prove who is the Best Tag Team in the World! Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson took that glory, and glorious trophy, home with them, but they haven’t quite stayed at the top of their game. Can they reignite that fire? Or will the raid rage on?
The teams sort out and Anderson starts against Erik. The two tie up, go around, and Erik puts Anderson in a corner. Erik lets up as the ref counts, but he keeps Anderson cornered. Anderson kicks back and headlocks. Erik powers out and things speed up, Erik gets a takedown to a dead lift waistlock SLAM! Fans rally for the Raiders as Erik brings Anderson to the Raider corner. Tag to Ivar, and Anderson is fed to knees! Fans cheer as Ivar drags Anderson up to put back in the corner. Ivar RAMS Anderson with a shoulder then tags to Erik. Erik RAMS his shoulder in, then tags back to Ivar. Ivar RAMS Anderson then snapmares him down. Ivar prepares the beard and uses it to smear Anderson’s face! Fans rally with “WAR! WAR!” as Ivar rams shoulders into Anderson.
Anderson throws forearms but can’t whip Ivar. Ivar reels Anderson in to scoop, and Erik tags. Slam for Anderson, and then SLAM SENTON for Ivar onto Anderson! Cover, Gallows distracts just a moment, TWO! Anderson survives and then clobbers Erik from behind! Tag to Gallows, and Big LG Fall Away Slams Erik! Gallows runs in to back elbow in a corner then throws big hands. He rocks Erik with an uppercut then throws up the Too Sweet. Fans cheer as Gallows headbutts and YAKUZA KICKS! Cover, ONE! Erik is tough but Gallows drives elbow after elbow into Erik’s shoulder. Gallows wraps on a chinlock but fans rally up. Erik pushes against Gallows and throws body shot. Gallows shoves him away and hits a back elbow in the corner! Erik is dazed and Anderson tags in.
Anderson kicks low and has Erik in a corner. Anderson grinds forearms and fingers in but fans rally up. Erik fights back but Anderson knees low. Anderson puts Erik in the OC corner and tags in Gallows. Gallows clubs Erik down then drags him back up. Gallows snap suplexes Erik then drops a big elbow! And then a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Gallows sits Erik up for a chinlock, bending Erik back. Fans rally up again and Erik fights to his feet. Gallows shoves Erik back and rocks him with another uppercut. Tag to Anderson but Erik fights back! Erik knees and elbows but Anderson rakes the eyes! Anderson snapmares Erik and puts on another chinlock. Fans still rally, and Erik fights his way up. Erik throws haymakers but Anderson knees low. Anderson whips Erik, Erik goes up and over and hot tags to Ivar!
The War Beard rallies and fans are fired up as he hits a sidewalk slam to SPLASH! Gallows gets in, Ivar throws haymakers and back hands! Gallows reverses the whip but Ivar tumbles out to the apron! Ivar hits Gallows back, goes up top, and leaps over Anderson to then give him the SEATED SENTON! Cartwheel clothesline for Gallows! Fans fire up with Ivar as he runs corner to corner at Anderson, Gallows gets Anderson clear of the bronco buster! Both men are down but crawling to their corners. Tags to Gallows and Erik and they start brawling! Erik rocks Gallows then catches him for an EXPLODER! Erik tags Ivar back in and Ivar runs to corner clothesline Gallows. Ivar becomes a human weapon for the hip attack! Cover but Anderson breaks it in time!
Ivar knees Anderson low and sends him out. Tag to Erik but Gallows throws uppercuts and boots! GALLOW’S POLE BOMB! Gallows crawls and tags Anderson back in. Anderson runs at Erik, but gets Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar breaks through Gallows’ clothesline! Handspring back elbows! Ivar takes out both Good Brothers, then focuses on Anderson. Riyadh says “This is Awesome!” as Ivar goes up top. Gallows goes after him but Ivar swats him away. Ivar aims at Anderson for a top rope VIKING MOONSAULT! IT FLOPS!! Tag to Gallows and Anderson hits Erik down. The OC hit MAGIC KILLER! Cover, The OC win!!
Winners: The OC, by pinfall
The Best Tag Team in the World stays the best in Riyadh! Will the OC all have trophies to show off with AJ Styles in tonight’s Tuwaiq Mountain Gauntlet Match?
For WWE superstars “to make a mark on the world stage, to leave a legacy.”
In order to truly change the game, you only have to do one thing: win. This Super Showdown will see if a miracle can conquer a Beast, if a king can finally conquer a big dog, if history will glow in the dark, and if an icon can stop a living nightmare! Who walks out of the cage? Who walks out with gold? Who will win the Super Showdown?
Tuwaiq Mountain Gauntlet Match!
A prestigious honor opens this year’s Super Showdown! Six men are in this gauntlet, but only one will last until the end to raise the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy high! First out is… R-Truth! Fans cheer for Truth as he says, “Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, make some noise! What’s up!?” But his opponent is the man he just faced on Monday, BOBBY LASHLEY! Will things go like they did on Raw? Or can Truth change things with the trophy on the line?
R-Truth VS Bobby Lashley!
The bell rings and Truth circles with Lashley. Fans are on Truth’s side as he ties up with Lashley. Lashley wristlocks and wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Truth endures and throws body shots to get free, but Lashley runs him over. Fans boo as Lashley flexes and runs. Truth hurdles over then comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Truth corner splashes then climbs up to rain down right hands. Lashley stops him at 6 then rocks him with a right, to BLAST him off the apron! Fans boo and jeer as Lashley lets the ring count begin. The count reaches 5 before Truth gets up, so Lashley goes out to RAM him into barriers! Fans chant “We Want Lana!” as Lashley paces.
Lashley puts Truth in and stalks him to a corner. Lashley bumps Truth off the buckles and throws big haymakers. The ref counts, Lashley lets up to run and RAM his shoulder into Truth! Truth falls and Lashley applauds himself but fans boo. Lashley drags Truth up to club him down, then reels him in for a suplex. Lashley holds Truth up for a count of 10 before slamming him down! Cover, TWO! Truth still lives but Lashley wraps on a chinlock. Fans troll Lashley with “Lashley Sucks!” as Truth endures. Fans rally up for Truth and he fights his way to his feet. Truth slips around, powers out and puts a sleeper on Lashley! Lashley flails and fights out but Truth counter punches! Truth ducks and uses the Cena shoulders! But then Lashley TANKS Truth! Truth isn’t as strong as John Cena, after all.
Lashley gut wrenches Truth but Truth slips out to waistlock, and get the Spin-Out Bomb! Fans fire up as Truth says “You Can’t See Me!” A little bit of Tarzan before the Five Knuckle Shuffle! Lashley staggers up but Truth can’t fireman’s carry. Truth fights off Lashley’s urenage to calf kick! Lashley ends up in a corner but he elbows Truth away. Lashley gets Truth for the Complete Shot! Fans boo as Lashley aims from the corner. Truth stirs and stands, and Lashley runs in, but Truth ducks! Lashley spears buckles and gets table topped! Truth stacks Lashley, TRUTH ELIMINATES LASHLEY!
But then Lashley attacks from behind! The Rocky Mountain Sore Loser throws Truth out of the ring then into a post! The ref tells Lashley to leave but he throws Truth into the apron, then the steel steps! Fans boo as Lashley puts Truth back in the ring. Lashley aims again, to SPEAR Truth down! Lashley finally leaves, having made things much easier for Truth’s next opponent, ANDRADE! El Idolo makes his WWE in-ring return and now he might be adding a trophy to his collection. Will the WWE United States Champion’s return be historic?
R-Truth VS Andrade Almas!
The ref checks on Truth, and cleans up a scrape on his face. Truth’s real concern is his arm and ribs after what Lashley did to him with that spear. Almas rushes in to go right at Truth with stomps! The ref backs him off, this part hasn’t officially begun. Truth wants to continue so we begin! Almas knees Truth, hits a shoulder breaker, then rings Truth to the ropes for a hanging armbar! The ref counts but Almas lets up at 4. Almas stomps Truth down and all around, but fans boo and jeer. Almas drags Truth around by his arm but Truth resists. El Idolo kicks Truth and cranks on the arm. Fans rally for Truth as he endures, but Almas digs a knee into Truth’s head. Truth fights up but Almas throws him down by his hair! Fans boo more as Almas paces about.
Almas drags Truth around to put in a corner to stomp and throw in knees. The ref backs Almas off but Almas sweeps Truth’s legs to stomp away! Fans boo as Almas fires himself up. Almas goes corner to corner to hit CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Truth still lives! Almas is frustrated already that he didn’t just put Truth away. Fans rally up but Almas says the trophy will be his. Truth throws big haymakers on Almas! Almas knees back and brings Truth around for the hammerlock. Truth resists and powers Almas to a corner! Almas elbows back but the ref breaks it up. Almas goes after the bad arm for a shoulder breaker! He CHOPS Truth against the buckles, then backs off to hush the crowd. Fans boo instead.
Almas brings his knee pad down, to run in, but only get buckle! Almas tumbles out to the floor and Truth has time to recover! The ref counts and Almas checks his leg. Almas is up at 5 and in the ring at 7, but Truth throws more haymakers! Truth rocks Almas and kicks low, to suplex. Almas resists, wrenches the arm for another shoulder breaker, then whips. Truth hits the Lie Detector elbow! Truth rallies with lariats! He kicks low then runs, but into the boot feint, but they hit head to head! Cover, Truth ELIMINATES Almas?! What incredible luck! But again, there’s no time to rest, and up next for Truth is… ERICK ROWAN! If the Rocky Mountain Machine and El Idolo weren’t enough, surely the Big Red Behemoth will end Truth’s run.
R-Truth VS Erick Rowan!
Truth gives the okay, and Rowan corner splashes! Rowan scoops and slams Truth down then takes off his vest. Rowan drops elbows on Truth’s ribs, but Truth pushes him away. Truth tries to get out but Rowan clubs away on Truth at the ropes! Rowan looms over Truth then runs at the corner, but Truth boots back! And again! Truth hobbles, and dumps Rowan out! Fans fire up as Truth manages to PESCADO! Both men wipe out on the floor and a ring count begins. Truth is up and in at 3 but goes back out! Truth staggers over to Rowan but Rowan headbutts the arm! Truth staggers into the steel steps, and topples over the cage! Rowan’s pet!
Rowan checks on his pet and then puts it on the apron. He takes his anger out on Truth and the steel steps! Rowan refreshes the count to bring Truth up again for big headbutts! The ref reprimands Rowan as he grabs part of the steps! Rowan shouts for Truth to stand, and RAMS him with the steel steps! Rowan ELIMINATES himself!! The disqualification means Truth continues on! Rowan drags Truth up and into the ring, not satisfied! He stalks Truth and clamps on the claw! IRON CLAW SLAM!! “Don’t touch my stuff!” Rowan takes his cage and leaves, but again Truth is in bad shape. And now he must face… AJ STYLES! Will the Phenomenal One finish what is left of Truth?
R-Truth VS AJ Styles!
The ref keeps Styles back while Truth gets to his feet. Fans cheer for Styles and he soaks it up. Styles laughs at Truth, but Truth tries to throw hands. Styles dodges it, mocks Truth’s dance moves, then stomps Truth down! Fans boo as Style flosses, then stomps Truth down. Styles shows off his own dance moves and then kicks Truth down again. Truth crawls and Styles mocks him to get up. Styles dares Truth to dance now, and does the running man. Truth gets up but Styles just STOMPS him back down! Styles goes after Truth’s legs then circles Truth like a vulture. “This is MINE!”
Fans rally and duel as Styles shows off the cabbage patch and a spin. Styles is having fun mocking and kicking Truth. Styles drags Truth up and rolls him for the Calf Crusher! He’s just adding insult to injury at this point! Truth taps, Styles ELIMINATES Truth! Truth did all he could against four impressive superstars, but now it is Styles taking on the final entrant… REY MYSTERIO! The King of Lucha Libre or the Phenomenal One, who comes away with the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy? Wait, why is Styles smiling? Where is Mysterio? The music plays again, but Mysterio still doesn’t come out. Styles’ grin is even bigger than a moment ago, because the OC are mugging Mysterio!
The Good Brothers beat down and BOOT Mysteerio just behind gorilla! Fans boo as Styles wants a mic. Styles says “Well, it doesn’t look like little Rey is going to be getting up from that.” Which must mean, by forfeit, Styles is the gauntlet champion! Raise his hand, ref! Mysterio isn’t making it. The ref refuses and Styles says he’s the worst. Styles goes to the timekeeper and tells him to ring the bell and then fetch the trophy. But the ring announcer talks with the ref because we must first have a 10 count. If no opponent appears, Styles wins the trophy. Styles counts along, and we reach 5, when someone has taken out the OC?! Gallows and Anderson just met… the DEAD MAN!?
Styles says the ref needs to finish the count now!! Fans lose their minds as the bell tolls! And it tolls, for AJ Styles! Because returning to Riyadh is… THE UNDERTAKER!! Will he make the Phenomenal Rest In Peace?!
AJ Styles VS The Undertaker!
Styles says Taker wasn’t supposed to be here! He jabs his finger at Taker, then tries to punch him! Taker grabs Styles for the CHOKE SLAM! Fans are in awe as Taker covers, and WINS!!
Winner: The Undertaker, by pinfall (WINNER of the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy)
That is the power of the PHENOM. But will the Phenomenal want some WrestleMania revenge?
The New Day react!
“Dead Man in the house!” But it’s almost time for ya bois to do what they do. Kofi Kingston thinks on The Miz’s theme song. “I came to play?” But this ain’t no bounce house! This ain’t no mahjong, double dutch, hop scotch, patty cake! No, this is the time where the New Day shows who the better tag team is. This is when the New Day show Miz & Morrison why they’re the SEVEN time WWE tag team champions! Becaaause, NEW! DAY ROCKS!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS John Morrison & The Miz!
The Guru of Greatness returned to the WWE with the start of the new decade, and now he and the A-Lister look to remind everyone why they were and are THE best tag team of the 21st century! But will they do that against the longest reigning W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS in history?!
The introductions are made, Big E licks his title belt before handing it over, and the belts are raised. Teams sort out and we start with Big E and Miz.
Miz and Big E circle as fans rally with “New! Day Rocks!” Big E and Miz tie up and Big E puts Miz in a corner. The ref counts and Big E lets up. Big E waits on Miz and they tie up again. Big E wrenches and elbows Miz, and again, and again. Miz ducks the elbow to waistlock but Big E powers him right off! Big E swivels at Miz but Morrison coaches Miz up. Miz baits Big E into a corner and then hits a sucker punch! Miz clubs away on Big E then runs, into Big E’s cobra twist! Big E puts some stank on the spanks! Fans chant along as Big E shoves and elbows Miz down. Tag to Kofi and Morrison, Morrison runs into Big E’s belly2belly! Kofi leap frogs to senton onto Morrison! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Big E and Big E runs in to RAM Morrison. Kofi uses Big E for a step stool, flying ax handle! Big E clotheslines Morrison down, but Miz slides in. Big E makes Miz slide out, and Morrison baits Big E into buckles! Miz BOOTS Big E down on the outside! Morrison runs to FLY! The tornillo takes Big E out! Morrison drags Big E up and into the ring as fans actually use the “Miz ‘n’ Morrison! Hey hey! Ho ho!” chant! Morrison grounds ‘n’ pounds Big E then brings him up for big forearms. Miz tags and the two double gutbuster Big E! Miz runs to BOOT Big E down again! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps on Big E with a chinlock but fans rally. Fans cheer “Miz is Awesome!” as he cranks on Big E’s neck.
Big E fights his way up but Miz hops on. Miz is a backpack as Big E heads for Kofi, but Miz brings him away. Big E throws Miz off but Miz dropkicks the leg out! Miz mocks the New Day claps as he drags Big E up and over to the corner. Tag to Morrison but Big E fights back! Big E misses Morrison, Miz picks him up, FLYING CHUCK SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Morrison drags Big E around to stomp the leg and throw forearms. Cover, ONE, but Morrison drags Big E up. Morrison clubs and knees Big E then tags in Miz. Miz and Morrison double whip Big E corner to corner, but Big E sends Morrison out! Miz runs into the Urenag-E! Both men are down and Kofi is ready as fans rally. Big E crawls but so does Miz, hot tags to Morrison and Kofi!
Kofi springboards to ax handle and rally on Morrison! Dropkick! Kofi runs but Morrison dodges to mule kick. Morrison whips but Kofi goes up and around to flying huricanrana! Kofi runs in to DOUBLE STOMP Morrison down! Cover, TWO! Kofi Penalty Kicks then fires up, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Fans fire up with Kofi as he aims from a corner. Miz runs in but Kofi kicks him first and throws him out! Morrison swings, ducks Trouble in Paradise, to Alabama Slam and roll through to the SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Morrison’s creativity wasn’t enough to stop Kofi, but he gets fans to join in on the chant again. “Hey hey! Ho ho! Miz ‘n’ Morrison!” Kofi stands, Morrison kicks low, but no Moonlight as Kofi turns it into SOS! Cover, TWO!!
Kofi gets back up and runs corner to corner. Morrison puts him out, Big E tags in but Morrison DECK him! Kofi grabs Morrison and Big E gets back in, enziguri to powerbomb DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Morrison survives and Miz throws Kofi into barriers! Big E glares at Miz but gets a calf kick from Morrison! Miz tags in, he hits the basement DDT on E! Cover, TWO! Big E survives but Miz feeds off the power of the fans chanting. Miz gives Big E the It Kicks! He powers up but Big E gets up and under! Miz slips out, boots Big E and Morrison tags in! Miz hits the A-List Combination with Morrison’s STOMPS added on! Morrison goes up, for STARSHIP PAIN to FLOP! Morrison and Big E crawl, and Kofi tags in!
Kofi uses Morrison as a step stool to leap and hit Miz down! Morrison hits Kofi and back suplexes, but Kofi lands on his feet. Big E tags in as Kofi boots Morrison. Kofi inverted suplexes Morrison onto Big E’s shoulder then goes to the corner, MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover but Miz breaks it up!! Kofi runs in to clothesline Miz out! Kofi builds speed to FLY, but the Trust Fall FLOPS as Miz moves! Miz tags in, dodges Big E and tilt-o-whirls, into the FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?! Big E still lives!! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as Miz tries to understand how Big E survived.
Miz glares at Big E as Big E crawls to a corner. Miz throws It Kicks in the corner, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! And again for another knee! One more time, for the A-List Lariat to MISS! Big E and Miz are down but so are their tag partners! Kofi somehow returns to his corner and tags in! Kofi goes up top, Miz stands, Kofi leaps, into the full nelson! Victory roll, TWO!! Kofi O’Conner rolls, TWO, Morrison with a chair shot! The ref missed that, Miz rolls Kofi up with tights, Miz and Morrison WIN!
Winners: The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
The best tag team in the 21st century are back on top! Will the entire WWE Tag Division #BeJealous?
Backstage interview with the Raw Tag Team Champions, Seth Rollins & Murphy.
The Monday Night Messiah and his disciple face the Street Profits. What is their plan to stay champions? Why the negativity? Everyone knows how Rollins knows about that. Rollins has a lot of respect for the Profits as athletes. The problem is their moral compass is “off kilter.” Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins stand against Rollins’ vision for Raw, they stand in the way of progress, and for that they must be dealt with! But to answer the question, they don’t need a plan. It is a matter of destiny that Rollins and Murphy walk out still the Raw Tag Team Champions. And it is a matter of destiny that the threat of the Profits will be “eradicated along the way.”
Angel Garza VS Humberto Carrillo!
El Latino es en Riyadh, baby! But so is his cousin, Ultimo Ninja! Their first match in the WWE this past Monday was not enough to settle this family feud. Will a Super Showdown do the trick?
The bell rings and Carrillo circles with Garza. They tie up, break, and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Garza and Carrillo tie up again and Carrillo puts Garza in a corner. Garza pulls on Carrillo’s ear to back him up! Carrillo ducks Garza’s punches but Garza ducks Carrillo’s punches. Carrillo and Garza each dodge kicks, and fans cheer. Garza swings Carrillo around to whip him to the corner. Carrillo goes up and over and handsprings back to show off, and fans love it! Garza runs into a kick! And another kick! Carrillo springboards and hits a flying headbutt! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he brings Garza back up. Carrillo wristlocks and kicks Garza to then springboard flying arm-drag!
Garza bails out and Carrillo builds speed, but Garza gets under the baseball slide. Garza throws Carrillo up at the ropes but Carrillo comes back with headscissors! Carrillo goes back into the ring to then build speed and DIVE! Direct hit almost sends Garza into the front row! Carrillo climbs up onto the barriers as fans cheer, and he drops an elbow onto Garza. Carrillo puts Garza in the ring for a cover, ONE! Garza gets up but Carrillo whips him to a corner. Carrillo hits a corner clothesline, then snapmares for a basement dropkick! Cover, ONE again, but Carrillo keeps his cool. Carrillo drags Garza up and runs in, but Garza dodges to send Carrillo into buckles.
Garza runs back in as Carrillo hops up and trips him up! Garza dropkicks the legs out! Off come the pants! Garza throws them at Carrillo to PENALTY KICK him down! Garza snapmares Carrillo and brings him around to clamp on a Camel Clutch! Carrillo endures and fans rally but Garza shouts at them to “Shut up!” Garza cranks back but Carrillo powers up! Carrillo carries Garza but Garza throws him down by his hair! Garza gets Carrillo back in the clutch and cranks harder. Carrillo still endures and fans rally up again. Carrillo rolls and throws Garza out. Garza gets in to clobber Carrillo back down! Garza brings Carrillo up, back suplex but Carrillo lands on his feet to jawbreaker back! Carrillo ducks, kicks and enziguris Garza down!
Both men are down but Carrillo crawls to a corner. Garza runs in but Carrillo puts him up top. Carrillo SLAPS Garza, then runs to triangle ENZIGURI Garza down! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he somersault moonsaults! Cover, but they’re too close to the ropes. Carrillo adjusts, TWO! Garza survives thanks to the miscalculation, but Carrillo heads up top. Garza crawls after him so Carrillo stops him down. Carrillo reaches the top but Garza trips him up! Garza enziguris Carrillo in return then climbs up top. Carrillo fights back, shoves Garza but Garza rolls through. Carrillo leaps into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as both cousins are down again.
Garza gets up first and drags Carrillo around. “He’s done!” Garza underhooks but Carrillo resists, so Garza clubs him over and over. Carrillo slips out of the lift to SUPERKICK Garza in the back! Garza is on the ropes, Carrillo flounders over, but Garza SUPERKICKS back! Carrillo wobbles and Garza hobbles, but Carrillo DECKS Garza! Fans rally as Garza kangaroo kicks Carrillo! Carrillo staggers into hitting a SUNSET BOMB! Both men are down and fans rally up! Garza wipes his bloody nose as he heads for ropes. Carrillo follows after and drags Garza from the ropes. Garza holds onto the ropes so Carrillo KICKS him down! Carrillo gets caught in a cradle, TWO! SUPERKICK! Both men are down again and fans build to a rally.
Carrillo is up first and gritting his teeth. Carrillo brings Garza to a drop zone and heads up top. Fans cheer as he MOONSAULTS, and blocks the boots! Carrillo covers but Garza reverses, TWO! Carrillo has it, TWO! Garza wheelbarrows but Carrillo sits, TWO! Carrillo sunset flips but Garza sits, Garza wins!!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall
That’s 2-0 for El Latino over his cousin already! Carrillo is furious, but will he ever be able to outdo Garza?
Backstage interview with SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley!
History is being made tonight as Bayley and Naomi are the first women to fight for a championship in Saudi Arabia. Bayley says she’s always been making history! Or has everyone just caught up? But tonight isn’t just about history. It is about beating Naomi and proving to the WWE Universe again that Bayley is SmackDown’s most dominant women’s champion ever!
Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Murphy VS The Street Profits!
The Monday Night Messiah and his disciple want to #BurnItDown, but Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins #WantTheSmoke. But who leaves with the gold here at Super Showdown?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin with Dawkins and Murphy. Murphy throws his shirt at Dawkins, but Dawkins throws it back! Dawkins SPEARS Murphy and throws fast hands! Dawkins keeps on Murphy, Ford tags in, and Dawkins whips Murphy for Ford’s dropkick! Rollins shouts at Dawkins so Dawkins drags him into the ring! The Profits both dropkick Murphy and Rollins down! Dawkins clotheslines Rollins out and Ford has Murphy with a wrench and whip. Murphy reverses but Ford goes up and over and shows off his agility. Ford dropkicks Murphy hard! Cover, ONE!
Ford keeps on Murphy but Murphy shoves him away. Murphy puts Ford on the apron but Ford ROCKS him with a right! Ford jumps Rollins’ sweep to Penalty KICK! But Murphy BLASTS Ford off the apron and Ford hits the announce desk! Rollins gets back to the corner and tags in. Rollins goes right at Ford for an apron snake eyes and then shoves him into the ring. He rains down angry rights and stomps as fans chant, “Burn It Down!” Rollins drags Ford up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Murphy and they mug Ford. Rollins snapmares and kicks Ford, Murphy adds a kick of his own! Murphy covers, TWO, but Murphy clamps on with a chinlock. Fans chant, “We Want the Smoke!” as Ford endures.
Ford works his way up and throws elbows to get free. Murphy clubs Ford and shoves him back, but Ford boots back! Ford elbows Rollins but runs into Murphy’s arms! Ford sunset flips but Murphy slips out to meteora! Cover, TWO! Murphy drags Ford up and throws him out of the ring. Murphy taunts Dawkins and Rollins gets cheap shots in. The ref backs Murphy off and Murphy tags to Rollins. Rollins fetches Ford again to throw into barriers! Rollins puts Ford in the ring and stomps him down before he reaches Dawkins. He cranks Ford’s neck and grinds his forearm in as fans rally up. Ford fights his way up, throws body shots, but Rollins knees and throws Ford out.
Rollins distracts the ref so Murphy can whip Ford, but Ford whips Murphy into barriers instead! Rollins leaps out but misses! Ford gets away as Rollins hits barriers! Fans rally up again as Ford heads for Dawkins, only for Murphy to trip Dawkins up! Murphy throws Dawkins into barriers, and Rollins ROCKS Ford from behind! Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Ford still lives and Rollins is furious. Rollins drags Ford up and over and tags in Murphy. Rollins brings Ford up, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI! Cover, Dawkins breaks it in time! Murphy glares at Dawkins as he drags Ford up. Rollins tags in, but Ford escapes the double back suplex! Ford goes up and over and even lands on his feet out of the back drop! Hot tag to Dawkins!
The Curse of Greatness rallies on Rollins and Murphy! Back elbow for Rollins, dropkick for Murphy, dropkick for Rollins! Cyclone splash for Murphy! Cyclone splash for Rollins! Dawkins hits Rollins with a bulldog, and then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Rollins over and tags Ford. Fans rally as Dawkins whips Rollins in and Ford hits a cyclone forearm. Dawkins helps Ford hit Sliced Bread! Cover, but Murphy breaks it! Dawkins gets Murphy but Murphy throws him out first. Ford kicks but Murphy blocks it to flip him. Ford lands on his feet to enziguri! Murphy goes out but Rollins rolls Ford, TWO! Ford spins Rollins around and around to enziguri!
Ford hurries up top with Rollins in the drop zone. Fans fire up for Ford’s WORLD STAR SPLASH! Cover, but Murphy drags Ford off it! Ford chases Murphy into Dawkins’ POUNCE! Murphy flies over the announce desk!! The Profits hurry to regroup and tag to Dawkins. Dawkins brings Rollins up in an Electric Chair, but Rollins slips out! Ford leaps over and Dawkins gets posted! Rollins mule kicks and throws Ford out. Murphy hurries back over to tag in. Rollins and Murphy have Dawkins but Ford LEAPS in! Rollins kicks Ford low! Both Rollins and Murphy underhook Ford and Dawkins, but no double Pedigree as the Profits slip out to DDT in stereo!
Murphy and Rollins roll out but the fans rally up. Ford builds speed to FLY! But he’s caught, and BARRIER BOMBED! Dawkins is on the apron, he LEAPS to topple them both over! Dawkins throws Murphy into barriers then SLAMS Rollins down! “This is Awesome!” as Dawkins puts Murphy back in. Rollins grabs Dawkins’ feet but Dawkins kicks him away. KNEE TRIGGER from Murphy rocks Dawkins! The ref backs Murphy off as Dawkins is in the rope, APRON STOMP from Rollins! Cover, Murphy and Rollins win!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Murphy, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
The Architect said they didn’t need a plan, but Rollins sure had the one in his back pocket! Is it truly inevitable that Raw and all of the WWE will follow the Monday Night Messiah’s vision?
Mansoor VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode!
The Show-Off returns to Riyadh, having had partial success before. Ziggler didn’t win the WWE World Cup when Shane McMahon subbed in for The Miz, and he didn’t win the Greatest Royal Rumble or the biggest battle royal, either. But will he squash the streak Saudi Arabia’s hero has been on?
As they hit the ring, Roode gets in Mansoor’s face. “Show some respect!” Roode shoves Mansoor, so Mansoor shoves back! Ziggler gets upset, but Mansoor dodges the sucker punch and dropkicks Roode out! The ref tells Roode to stay out, and when Roode refuses, the ref EJECTS him! Fans say “Hey hey hey! Good-bye~!” to Roode as the bell rings.
Ziggler and Mansoor circle and tie up. They go around, Mansoor puts Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler turns it around. The ref calls for the break, but Ziggler gets a cheap shot in. Ziggler headlocks and grinds Mansoor down. Ziggler shouts “This is wrestling!” but Mansoor powers out, only for Ziggler to run him over! The Show-Off dares Mansoor to do something about it, and they tie upa gain. Ziggler wrenches and then rakes Mansoor’s face! The ref reprimands Ziggler but Mansoor wrenches back! Mansoor wrenches Ziggler around and spins him to a hammerlock then cravat and snapmare. Fans cheer the technical prowess but Ziggler fights his way up out of the chinlock.
Ziggler powers out of the headlock but Mansoor runs Ziggler over! Mansoor dares Ziggler to get up and fans fire up with him. Ziggler gets angry, and swings into Mansoor’s waistlock. Ziggler bucks him off but Mansoor wheelbarrows to moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ziggler barely gets away but gets to ropes. Ziggler elbows Mansoor away then dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Mansoor to scrape his boot on Mansoor’s face. Mansoor gets to the corner and Ziggler grinds his face on the ropes! The ref reprimands Ziggler but Ziggler just flexes. Ziggler brings Mansoor out to snapmare and drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Ziggler clamps on with a sleeper hold and body scissors and he squeezes tight.
Mansoor endures as fans rally up. Mansoor gets up, Ziggler pulls his hair and throws him down. Ziggler stalks Mansoor to the ropes and rakes the eyes! Fans boo as the ref reprimands, and Mansoor blindly swings. Ziggler scrapes his boot on Mansoor’s face again then clamps on another chinlock. Ziggler has an arm and puts Mansoor in a crossface, raking the eyes again! The ref reprimands Ziggler but Ziggler keeps Mansoor down with armlocks. “I’ll break it! Ask him!” Mansoor refuses to give up and fans keep cheering him on. Mansoor fights his way up and throws body shots! Ziggler kicks back then turns Mansoor for a neckbreaker! Cocky cover, ONE!
Ziggler stalks Mansoor to a corner and brings him corner to corner to put him into the post! Then an inverted powerslam! Cover, TWO! Mansoor survives and grits his teeth as fans rally up. Ziggler soaks up the heat as he insults Mansoor, “He’s nothing compared to me!” Ziggler brings Mansoor up and throws him at the corner, but Mansoor stops himself! Mansoor elbows and boots back! Then waistlocks, only for Ziggler to buck him off. Mansoor dodges the Famouser, Ziggler puts him on the apron, but Mansoor kicks back! Slingshot neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Mansoor as he watches Ziggler rise. Mansoor scoops, for a spinning slam! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor’s modified powerslam wasn’t enough yet, but fans are still behind him.
Mansoor goes to a corner and heads up top. Ziggler trips him up! Mansoor ends up in the Tree of Woe for just a moment, before he gets a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor still lives! Ziggler is shocked and fans are fired up! Ziggler goes to a corner and tunes up the band, which fans boo. Mansoor rises, Ziggler comes in, but Mansoor ducks the kick to spin Ziggler around! Inverted suplex but Ziggler escapes to cradle, TWO! Mansoor dodges the splash in the corner, then uses the ropes for a Sliced Bread DDT!! Fans are fired up again as Mansoor heads up top. Mansoor MOONSAULTS! Cover, Mansoor wins!
Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall
Saudi Arabia celebrates with their hero! Mansoor stands tall over a WWE Grand Slam Champion! Byron Saxton interviews Mansoor in the ring to congratulate him on the victory. Mansoor takes the mic and fans cheer as he says to Riyadh, “Thank you! Your voices carried me tonight. When I had nothing left, you picked me up and you gave me hope.”
When Mansoor stepped into the ring, Saudi Arabia showed the world they were ready for their first WWE superstar! And tonight, the WWE saw that Saudi Arabia’s superstar is here to stay! Fans tell Mansoor, “You Deserve It!” Mansoor speaks in Arabic to say that together, they’re going to the top! Will Mansoor be able to rise up the ranks in the WWE? Will he inspire many more Saudi Arabia superstars for years to come?
WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar VS Ricochet!
When doubters ask the One and Only, “Why do you think you’re the one to beat The Beast?” Ricochet counters with, “Why not me?” Who is to say a miracle can’t happen on the Road to WrestleMania? He knows this is the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World. He knows many laugh at him for thinking he has a chance. But people have underestimated Ricochet his entire life. He was too small, he wouldn’t make it to the WWE, he would never be a champion. Yet he wasn’t, he did, and he has. Will Ricochet be champion again against The Beast, BRRROCK, LESNARRR?
Ricochet rushes Lesnar with a dropkick but Lesnar swats it down! Lesnar clubs away on Ricochet and then hauls him up for a suplex SLAM! Ricochet crawls but gets a GERMAN SUPLEX! That’s the first. Lesnar stalks Ricochet to a corner, yanks him right up and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans chant for “Suplex City!” as that’s the second. Lesnar stalks Ricochet again as Ricochet wobbles. A THIRD German Suplex! Lesnar kicks at Ricochet as he looms over him. Lesnar drags Ricochet right up, for an F5!! Cover, Lesnar wins!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)
The Beast made sure Ricochet never stood a chance of even standing up in this match. But now, Lesnar moves on to face Drew McIntyre. Will Suplex City still be standing when it arrives in Claymore Country?
Steel Cage Match: Baron Corbin VS Roman Reigns!
The Lone Wolf and the Big Dog had issues with each other long before Corbin was crowned King of the Ring. But it only escalated when Corbin was emboldened by his “regal” authority. The war between the King’s Court and the Samoan Bloodline defined much of this Winter. But all things must come to an end, and one side will stand tall. Will Corbin or Roman leave the other down and out inside the steel cage?
The cage lowers as Corbin makes his entrance on his royal sedan. Corbin has a ref remove his robe to reveal he has chain mail on! Roman makes his entrance, and he has a chain! The Big Dog stares the Wolf King down as the door opens. Corbin backs off so Roman can enter, and Roman uses that chain and a lock to keep the door shut! That’s one option out the window already! Corbin blindsides Roman just as the lock is put in place! The ref backs Corbin off and the bell rings, and Corbin corner clotheslines Roman! Corbin throws big body shots and then grabs for the key in Roman’s pocket! Roman resists so Corbin clubs and throws Roman into steel! Corbin grinds Roman’s face into the steel, then throws him across the way.
Corbin ditches the door to climb up the wall. It seems Corbin doesn’t want to end Roman as badly as we thought. Roman hurries after Corbin and clubs him back down. Roman then hops up to be on top but Corbin grabs at him. Corbin headbutts Roman but Roman elbows back. Roman keeps clubbing Corbin and Corbin tumbles down. Roman adjusts but Corbin climbs back up after him! Corbin gets Roman in position but Roman fights off the bomb! Roman punches Corbin until he lets go and flops down. Roman drops down and turns around to leap for a big ax handle! Cover, TWO! Corbin staggers to the corner but Roman is on him as fans rally up.
Roman gives Corbin point-blank clotheslines! Roman gets 5 before Corbin shoves him away, but Roman BOOTS him back! And finishes up by giving him another 10! Roman locks and loads, but Corbin blocks the punch! Corbin lifts but Roman slips out of the choke slam, to run into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated but fans are fired up for Roman. Corbin searches Roman’s pants for the key! Roman keeps Corbin from grabbing it and throws forearms on Corbin! Corbin shoves and catches Roman’s boot for the CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! A close call and both men are down from exhaustion. Corbin goes searching again, and finds the key! Corbin heads for the door, fumbles around with the lock, and gets it unlocked! But Roman RAMS into Corbin!
Corbin elbows Roman over and over and over, then staggers back to the door. Corbin takes the chain off, pulls out the lock pin, but Roman is on him again! Roman drags Corbin from the door, so Corbin throws body shots. Corbin rains down rights and then shouts for the refs to open the door. The ref obliges as Corbin punches Roman more. Fans rally for Roman as Corbin punches him more. Roman anchors Corbin’s foot as he tries to leave! Corbin grabs the ropes and gets free of Roman’s grip! But Roman hurries to SLAM the door shut on Corbin! Roman SUPERMAN- NO! CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Corbin grows frustrated.
Corbin grabs the chain Roman brought, and wraps it around his fist. Roman stirs as Corbin completes his steel knuckles. Corbin shouts for Roman to “Get up!” as he takes aim. Roman slowly stands, Corbin locks ‘n’ loads, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down and fans cheer, “This is Awesome!” Corbin gasps and sputters while he and Roman slowly sit up. Corbin goes to the steel wall and starts climbing. Roman hurries over and grabs at Corbin. Corbin elbows Roman right down! Corbin climbs up higher but Roman hurries to pursue. Roman catches up and pulls on Corbin. The two are up top and brawling!
Corbin bumps Roman off the steel but Roman throws haymakers back. They punch back and forth while also holding onto the top. Corbin then Roman then back again. Roman gets the edge and he forces Corbin to go back inside. Roman goes outside! Corbin grabs onto Roman’s vest to pull him back up and in! Corbin keeps Roman from escaping but Roman punches back. Now they brawl while on the top rope! Corbin bounces Roman off the steel! Roman flounders down, but trips Corbin up! The royal jewels hit the rope! SUPERMAN PUNCH! And another SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman has the chain for himself now, and he wraps it around his fist! Fans fire up as Roman reloads to hit a FULL METAL SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The Big Dog defeats the Wolf King once more, and once and for all! Will Roman move on to bigger and better as the Road to WrestleMania reaches the home stretch?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!
History is being made thanks to the WWE! For the first time ever, a women’s championship is being defended in Saudi Arabia! But will it be a historic defense for Bad Bayley? Or will it be a historic title change as we all #FeelTheGlow?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the Women’s (R)Evolution’s newest chapter begins!
Naomi stares Bayley down and fans rally for Naomi. Bayley says she’s the champion, they should be cheering her! Naomi and Bayley circle and tie up, and they go around until Naomi gets a headlock. Bayley powers out but Naomi runs her over! Naomi stares Bayley down but Bayley trips her up to get the headlock! Bayley mocks the fans cheering for Naomi, but Naomi gets up to power out. Naomi runs Bayley over again! Things speed up, Bayley boots but Naomi ducks to come back with an uppercut! Naomi whips but Bayley reverses, only for Naomi to go up and kick Bayley away! Naomi keeps moving, split leg drop! Cover, TWO!
Bayley gets away to a corner as fans sing. Naomi waits and Bayley comes back to tie up. Bayley kicks low, wrenches and elbows Naomi’s arm, and cranks on the armlock. Fans rally but Bayley jams Naomi’s arm to then wrench it again. Naomi fights up to handspring and spin to trip Bayley and BOOT her down! The a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Naomi looms over Bayley and fans chant “Feel The Glow!” Bayley tries to run but Naomi grabs an arm. Bayley gets in the ropes, then laces Naomi’s arm in the ropes. The ref counts as Bayley pulls. Bayley lets up at 4, Naomi mule kicks and runs to huricanrana! Naomi eggs the champ on as Bayley bails out. So Naomi FLIES! The tornillo takes Bayley out and fans fire up!
Naomi drags Bayley up and fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Bayley blocks the roundhouse and chokes Naomi against the ropes. The ref counts, Bayley lets up and she elbows Naomi down! Bayley goes out to grab Naomi and throw her into barriers! The ref reprimands Bayley then starts a ring count, but Bayley drags Naomi up and in. Cover, TWO! Bayley seethes as she circles Naomi. Bayley bumps Naomi off buckles and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Bayley stops at 4 to then grind her boot into Naomi. Bayley drags Naomi around into a chinlock and grinds Naomi down. Fans rally up and Naomi fights her way up. Naomi elbows back and throws body shots to back Bayley down. Bayley pushes Naomi away and denies the flip to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Bayley grows frustrated as she stalks Naomi to a corner. Bayley drags Naomi up to snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Bayley clamps back on with a chinlock but Naomi endures. Naomi fights her way up but Bayley knees her in the back. Bayley puts the lock back on and keeps Naomi from ropes. Fans keep signing and cheering as Naomi fights her way up. Naomi throws elbows but Bayley puts her in the corner. Bayley rams her shoulder into Naomi and again. Bayley somersaults back, wacky waving, but she runs into Naomi’s elbow! Naomi’s boots are blocked but she enziguris back! Naomi sends Bayley into buckles then rallies with a clothesline and dropkick! Running jawbreaker and a sliding SLAP!
Bayley swings but Naomi dodges, to springboard enziguri! Naomi runs in but is put on the apron. She roundhouses Bayley, and springboard crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Bayley gets up but Naomi rolls and rolls her up, TWO! Butterfly chicken wing! Bayley gets the ropebreak with a foot! Naomi lets go but Naomi kicks the legs. Bayley ducks the enziguri, drags Naomi up, but Naomi scorpion kicks! And kangaroo boots! But Naomi runs into BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, TWO!! Bayley couldn’t end it with her old finish, but fans again say, “This is Awesome!”
Bayley drags Naomi up and throws forearms. Naomi hits back, then ducks to full nelson. Bayley spins out to chop block! Cover, TWO! Bayley stalks Naomi to kick the leg! Then she stomps away on it! Bayley drags Naomi up, for a SAIDO suplex! Bayley grins as fans boo and jeer. She drags Naomi up again for another Saido, but Naomi lands on her feet! Naomi fights Bayley off but Bayley KNEES her in the corner! Bayley puts Naomi in the drop zone and climbs up top. Naomi gets up to enziguri! Bayley tumbles down, Naomi goes up, SPLIT LEG FLOPS! Bayley drags Naomi into the Queen Angelito, using the shirt to tuck her leg in! Then, ROSE PLANT! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Bayley uses the wardrobe code to her advantage and she keeps her title! Who will move up next to challenge the “role model” at WrestleMania?
WWE Universal Championship: The Fiend VS Goldberg!
Bray Wyatt tried getting the icon to succumb to his mind games and intimidation, but none of it worked. If anything, it backfired as he left himself open to a Spear! Will Goldberg get to give The Fiend another one of those to take this title? Or will the nightmare reign continue all the way to WrestleMania?
The introductions are made, the Fiend’s custom belt is raised, and this showdown of generational talents begins!
Fans duel between “YOWIE WOWIE!” and “GOLD~BERG!” as the two stare down. Goldberg doesn’t look away but The Fiend seems to wonder who will make the first move. The Fiend takes his jacket off, and Goldberg SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! The point blank impact wasn’t enough and Goldberg is shocked! The Fiend sits up and clamps on the MANDIBLE CLAW! Goldberg fights against the killer grip of The Fiend and backs him into a corner. The Fiend shoves Goldberg away, but gets another SPEAR! Goldberg watches Fiend flounder up, to SPEAR AGAIN! Three spears but Goldberg isn’t done! Goldberg waits for The Fiend to rise again, and hits A FOURTH! Cover, TWO!?! The Fiend survives FOUR Goldberg Spears!! Goldberg is growing frustrated, not even Brock Lesnar survived one!
The Fiend sits up again! And clamps the Mandible Claw on again! Goldberg fights against the grasp but The Fiend keeps him on his knees! Goldberg is gagging but he refuses to be defeated! He powers up and headbutts The Fiend! And throws knees! Goldberg brings The Fiend in, for the JACKHAMMER! Cover, Goldberg wins!?!
Winner: Goldberg, by pinfall (NEW WWE Universal Champion)
And magically, the blue strap appears! Goldberg is back on top as a two-time Universal Champion! But the Fiend is back up!? The Fiend hasn’t been truly defeated, and Goldberg seems to sense that. The lights go down while The Fiend is furious, and then when the lights come up, The Fiend is gone. Goldberg reigns now, but will the nightmare return to end his dreams?
Everyone always dreads these WWE Saudi Arabia events for one reason or another, but this one was actually pretty good. Obviously, the one big surprise of the night closed the night, and that was Goldberg winning the Universal Championship. I did NOT expect that particular trigger to be pulled given how many fans still love The Fiend and the WWE seemed so strongly behind him. At the same time, the shock factor alone gets a lot of buzz, and maybe some heat, but there are plenty of fans that still love Goldberg. With no rematch clauses, it doesn’t seem like Bray is getting back to the title by Mania. Perhaps we are getting a tale of two Spears now. Roman obviously was going to beat Corbin, and that match was alright for another cliche WWE style cage match, but this clearly signals that Roman is back in the title scene.
The only other surprise was the UNDERTAKER becoming a part of the Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet match and WINNING it! R-Truth got a lot of great shine in that match, even if one win was a fluke and the other was Rowan disqualifying himself. But everyone loves Truth, except for those without joy in their hearts, so it was great he got to do as much as he did. Taker showing up clearly sets up Taker VS Styles, so I hope we also get to see the trophy at Mania for Styles to claim he’ll be winning it back in their match. He probably won’t but it makes for good story.
But as I said, no real surprises tonight. Really good matches and Riyadh was really into it all, but we all could guess the outcomes easily. The title change was expected, Miz & Morrison are going to have a great championship run after having such a great match with The New Day. Rollins & Murphy retain because, if Samoa Joe could stop being suspended and injured, I feel like Kevin and Joe would take the titles at Mania. At the same time, The OC and the Viking Raiders are still strong in the Raw Tag Division, so maybe there can be one huge tag title match for Mania. Bayley retains to likely set up Lacey Evans as an almost as obvious challenger as Shayna Baszler is to Becky Lynch, with a Women’s Chamber match just to disguise it.
Garza VS Carrillo felt like filler but in a way, so was Lesnar VS Ricochet. I honesty thought Ricochet would last longer than that, but it was inevitable with Lesnar VS McIntyre such a huge match for WrestleMania. Mansoor had a really good match with Ziggler. While he is becoming the de facto poster boy of this WWE Saudi Arabia deal, he is at least showing actual talent in the ring and on the mic. I really do hope they give Mansoor more to do in the ring on things like NXT or 205 Live, or else this will be all he is in the WWE.
My Score: 8.3/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night Two Results & Review 4/11/21
AJ finishes his trek through the WWE Mania week content with Night 2 of WrestleMania! How did it match up to night 1? Is Roman still your Tribal Chief?
Well everybody… We did it. Fans are at Mania, this is the last day for me to type things out, my hand can be put on ice and we get some star-studded matches on the horizon. United States, Intercontinental, Women’s Tag, Raw Women’s Championship and the Universal Championship all coming together and let’s start the show and see if the Chief stands tall at the end, the Movement returns with the gold or if we see opportunity rise up again where Edge left off ten years ago in the end.
- The Fiend (w/ Alexa Bliss) vs Randy Orton – Randy Orton wins via RKO – **
- Natalya & Tamina vs Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax (c) for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships – Shayna Bazler wins via Kirafuda Clutch – ** ¾ – TITLE DEFENSE!!
- Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn (Logan Paul invited Ringside) – Kevin Owens wins via Stunner – *** ¼
- Sheamus vs Matt Riddle(c) for the WWE United States Championship- Sheamus wins via Brogue Kick – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Nigerian War Drum Match: Apollo Crews vs Big E(c) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship – Apollo Crews win via Pinfall – ** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Rhea Ripley vs Asuka(c) for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley wins via Riptide – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Daniel Bryan vs Edge Vs Roman Reigns (w/ Paul Heyman & Jey Uso) for the WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns wins via Con-Chair-To – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!
The Fiend vs Randy Orton-
For the intro, Alexa Quinn… Wait. Harley Bliss… No, no. Alexa with face paint skips down and plays a giant jack in the box for the Fiend to appear and attacks Randy right away with a Lariat and brutally attacks Randy with his murderous attacks. Randy gets some separation slightly but Randy actually attacks but to no effect when he attacked The Fiend. Randy tries to get some fight in with the Hangman DDT as he rolls out of a Mandible but again, to no effect. He goes for a second after a failed RKO attempt as The Fiend is still somewhat down. Garvin Stomps did nothing to The Fiend as The Fiend gets some of his own offense going before Randy gets more separation, tossing The Fiend to the outside and goes for a third Hangman DDT when The Fiend pops back up. The Fiend is actually somewhat reeled as Orton coils for the RKO, only to get it countered into a Mandible and Sister Abigail attempt. Alexa pops up with the black tar showing on her face, pouring and distracting The Fiend only to get caught with an RKO and… RANDY WON?! Yowwy—Ah you get it.
Natalya & Tamina vs Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax-
Nattie and Bazler start the match up with a good amount of technical wrestling and holds to gain the upper hand. As Natalya gets the quick upper hand and almost gets the Sharpshooter in on Bazler before tagging Nia. Nia tells Natalya to get Tamina in and now we powerhouses into the match as they go back and forth with strikes to chop each other down. Natalya gets a tag in to take Nia Jax down but Bazler tags in quickly to distract the challengers until she gets caught in a double team. Nattie goes for another Sharpshooter attempt, gets it countered to a cradle but after the kick out, the challengers have been taking Shayna Bazler out. Shayna gets a burst of adrenaline and takes it to Natalya with a knee strike and Nia takes down Tamina on the outside to cut off the possible tag. Shayna now bends and twists Natalya’s ankle to disarm the Sharpshooter. Nia now gets the tag in and goes after Natalya’s legs too.
As Nia and Shayna take it to the lower body of Natalya they get the frequent tags in, making sure that Natalya is dismantled as Nia gets cocky and goes shoulder first into the turnbuckle and Natalya gets a quick burst of strikes while Tamina is still down. The attempt is in vain though as Nia gets the upper hand and goes for a spinebuster and a pinfall after before Tamina goes in to break it up and gets the hot tag after as Nia tags in Bazler. Tamina begins to beat down the champions, mainly Shayna, getting out of the Kirafuda Clutch with a Samoan Drop. Tamina gets the crowd doing but Shayna cuts off the Superfly Splash attempt and tags in Nia to go for a Superplex. Natalya pulls Tamina off the top of Nia’s shoulders and takes down Shayna. Nia hits a double splash and gets into Tamina’s face after the fact which comes back to bite her as Tamina slams her in the middle of the ring. She goes for a pin, only to get a two and maybe get a win again with the Superfly Splash but Nia rolls out of the way. The two get the tag made so Natalya and Shayna are the legal members. Natalya is so focused on Nia that she puts the Sharpshooter on Nia Jax that Shayna slides in and gets the Kirafuda on to get the win against Natalya.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn-
Sami Zayn goes to run up to Kevin Owens to fight and gets a Pop-Up Powerbomb for his troubles before rolling out and almost getting an apron bomb until Sami scrambles back into the ring. Kevin Owens doing everything to keep Sami down and just end this quickly before Sami keeps rolling away and catches Owens this time with a Suplex on the apron to take KO out. The Ref starts counting all the way to eight before Owens rolls back into the ring and Sami Zayn starts getting some offense in, even landing a Mishinoku Driver onto KO for a near fall and props KO up on the top rope for a Superplex attempt as the two starts doing their native Hockey fighting on the top rope this time before Kevin gets the advantage, Sami falling and Owens getting a Splash down for another near fall. Kevin keeps his offense going for a heavy neckbreaker against KO’s knee and attempt for a Package Piledriver until Zayn catches it and gets the Exploder in the corner and a trifecta of Brainbusters to get a nearfall.
As Kevin Owens gets in the corner, the two start trading hits to the face over and over again as both men try to get a new advantage. Sami gets Kevin in another superplex attempt but KO reverses it into his own as he gets steam going with two running lariats in the corner before Sami counters it into a Helluva Kick. Sami attempts another, gets caught with two Superkicks and then finally a Stunner to stun the conspiracy theories.
Aftermath: Logan comes in to console Sami, looks over at KO and says that was awesome until Sami Zayn gets shoved and gets a hissy fit. Logan Paul raises KO’s hand as Kevin… channels his inner Stone Cold and stuns Logan Paul. That added a quarter point. Thank you, Kevin.
Sheamus vs Matt Riddle-
Sheamus takes it to Riddle early with the strength advantage early, even after Riddle getting a rapid strikes to the body. Riddle tries to get a form of offense going with a Sleeper but still getting overpowered, getting hit with the Irish Curse Backbreaker and other strikes. Riddle tries to get another form of separation and offense but after a hanging armbar in the ropes, Sheamus does the Ten Beats of the Bohdran and get a near fall. Sheamus goes to the top rope to maybe finished it quick but Riddle catches the Irishman and gets the momentum in his favor after a Spanish Fly, not letting the momentum go to waste with the quick strikes to the body and head of Sheamus, even doing a Jackhammer for a two. Riddle and Sheamus go with a back and forth for who can get ahead before Riddle gets stopped by a Brogue Kick for a nearfall and not letting up with an Alabama Slam for another two count.
They now go to the apron of the ring where Riddle gets the momentum this time, hitting an apron German Suplex and even taking Sheamus down, once of the outside of the ring and inside with a Floating Bro and getting holds onto Sheamus to keep the big man down but to no avail as he gets beaten down. Sheamus goes to the top and lands a White Noise onto Riddle and a double knee drop to get another two. Sheamus now goes to the corner and calls for the Brogue Kick, Riddle senses it and moves, going for a Final Flash Knee, tossed into the ropes to get something going with another springboard moonsault and gets a boot to the head from Sheamus to get the victory.
Apollo Crews vs Big E-
Both men rush outside of the ring to grab Kendo Sticks and beat each other with them as Big E gets the advantage with the striking match over and over as they take it to the outside. Big E tries to use a gong on the outside before Apollo gets a counter in, grabbing another Kendo and striking Big E more before getting thrown into the apron and speared through the ropes, going for a pin as he pushes Apollo back in and getting the steps. Big E taking too much time, meets the apron from Apollo hitting a Death valley Driver and getting a near fall in his efforts, getting the steps in the process. Apollo uses the steps again to drop on Big E from their first encounter to squish Big E’s head in and Big E rolls out of the way and hits a Urinagi from the apron after he moves to the steps. Big E gets angry and gets a table in the ring to set up and getting Apollo back in. Again, taking too much time as Apollo gets a Kendo stick again and beats down Big E quickly to putting him on the table. Crews goes to do a splash but gets nothing but wood as Big E rolls out and hits the Big Ending. As it looks like Big E will get the win until Apollo Crews gets a little help from his new colossus to help him out, hitting a spike and a chokeslam to end Big E’s big reign.
We get a small break before our next two matches with the 2021 Hallo of Fame this time with RVD, Molly Holly, The Great Khali, Eric Bischoff, Ozzy Osoburne, Warrior Recipient Rich Hering and “The Big Red Machine”, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane.
Rhea Ripley vs Asuka-
Asuka tries to get an early advantage with her agility but it’s back and forth for a good amount of time until Asuka takes it to Rhea in the corner and to the outside but Rhea gets the power advantage shortly and begins to take it to Asuka surprisingly, making sure she says down and even smacks her to incite her. Beginning to do some short arm Lariats and Asuka gets a leg clutch attempt but Rhea is just too strong and powers out of the hold and into a pinfall attempt as she actually is… slowing Asuka and making her look tired in the match. Ripley starts to do shoulder thrusts to Asuka’s back, weakening before setting her to the top rope. Asuka actually starts to fight back and get a split from Rhea’s attacks and knocks her down with some flight and after a near fall, continues the typical Asuka offense, taking it to the challenger and gets Rhea reeled as Asuka goes to the ropes again. Rhea catches it this time as she kicks her off the ropes, going to the outside and apron as Rhea gets the advantage back with a facebreaker on the apron to Asuka. Asuka tries anything to get a break away from Rhea Ripley, even going as far as doing a DDT to the outside from the apron. Rhea gets back in from an eight by the ref and Asuka actually gets a lot of strikes in before Rhea takes control again momentarily and both ladies attempt their submissions, only for each to break them. Asuka gets more of her submissions and attempts to finish it with her kicking combination but Rhea catches the last kick and lands the Riptide to get the shocking win.
Daniel Bryan vs Edge vs Roman Reigns-
Roman sucker punches Bryan early and Edge and roman trade for a bit. Daniel get in the middle of the fight and gets dumped to the outside as Jey Uso superkicks Daniel Bryan as Roman does the same thing to Edge and gets a superkick too. As the numbers for Roman are too much for the other two, they have to try to get a form of a split and Edge does it, taking out Jey Uso momentarily and takes it to Roman now, going back and forth from the apron and barricade before Edge turns to Jey Uso, grabbing the steel steps and delivers and DDT on the steps as medical staff help Jey out of the match. Daniel Bryan and Edge get into the ring now as they go back and forth in the ring. After Edge takes Daniel out for a moment, Roman comes back to fight Edge from the apron. Daniel Bryan slides through and takes down Roman from the apron to face off against Edge. Daniel gets a good amount of offense in and even tries to do a dive onto Roman but gets caught and takes Bryan out. Roman now gets a beat down on Edge for a good amount of time when a Superman Punch attempt gets caught in an Edgecution. Edge goes to set up the Spear but gets rocked by a Superman Punch. Roman now goes for a Spear but Edge gets out of it with a Sunset Flip pin for a two. Both men go to the ropes and hit each other with Spears before Daniel Bryan returns a minute after for diving headbutts but to no avail on a victory.
Daniel now setting up for his Yes Kicks and as always misses his kick as Roman pushes Daniel away as all men go to a corner. Edge gets hit by a Running Knee from DB and Roman wants to capitalize with a Superman Punch but Bryan catches him and finishes the Yes Kick combo and even puts Roman in the Labell Lock but Edge breaks the submission to save the match. Edge now is going to get locked in with the Labell Lock but Roman breaks that shortly after and just mollywhops Daniel Bryan before doing a powerbomb to Daniel Bryan, onto Edge. Roman kicks Daniel Bryan out of the ring, plotting his next move on the outside, the crowd pissing Roman off with a “Roman sucks” chant as he powerbombs Daniel Bryan through the announce table, praising his work and gets leveled by Edge’s Spear.
Edge rolls Roman back in and grabs two chair, going to play a song for the Chief before Roman catches Edge’s chair and they two fight. Edge pulls Roman into the rope and hit him in the neck as Edge puts the Crossface on Roman. Roman looks like he will tap but Daniel Bryan returns and grabs the hand before putting the Labell Lock on the other side as both men yell to let their holds go to go into headbutts after. (Kind of… fucking dumb if two guys with neck problems are just headbutting each other)
Daniel Bryan starts to taking it to Edge but Edge gets a counter and takes Daniel Bryan out with a spear and hitting one to Roman too. Edge goes for the pin and Bryan pulsl the ref out to stop the count and Edge is pissed off. He grabs the chairs again and puts them in the ring as Edge beats the hell out of them with the chairs before setting up Con-Chair-Tos for both men. Edge lands one of Daniel Bryan before Jey Uso comes back in and stops Edge. Edge gets angry to Uso and beats him down until Roman hits Edge with a spear and grabs the chairs under Edge and hits the Con-Chair-To onto Edge, stacks them together and pins both for a defense.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
And like that I retire…
…I kid. There are still final thoughts. The main event delivered to close the show, the matches for tonight were… good. It build up to it but the main thing of the night was the Main Event. It’s actually showing that Roman is beginning to slip here. A lot of help is needed for him to retain but it still played out beautifully. Owens and Sami was great, the US Championship match was good. Apollo finally getting a reward for his actions is a great thing to see. The matches that fell flat for me were the opening two. I miracled into guessing Randy won but, we knew it was more of an OMG thing and not a “this is a wrestling match” kind of moment. We shall see how everything plays out later on in the week because we all know that the biggest shows for WWE are the Raw, SmackDown and I guess now NXT shows after WrestleMania.
And now I will retire…
Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/11/21)
Who wins THE WrestleMania main event?
WrestleMania 37’s two night adventure reaches its conclusion!
After an epic first night, how can WrestleMania 37 possibly get any greater? Perhaps with Daniel Bryan VS Edge VS Roman Reigns for the Universal title! Will the Head of the Table still be at the helm of the WWE?
- Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss; Orton wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Kevin wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Apollo wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan; Reigns wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania 37 Night Two Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler, JBL and Peter Rosenberg for yet another round of discussing, analyzing and predicting the action tonight!
Sonya Deville joins the panel again!
Does anyone really understand the implications of the Nigerian Drum Fight? It might just be Apollo Crews who understands. His power and his culture are going to define what happens tonight. Booker asks, “What do I look like? Chopped liver?” Well okay, he would know, yes. Booker says this goes back a long time ago, the Zulu nation and the Mandingo. This will play out in front of the world so the world needs to understand, and Booker says Apollo will make you understand. Sonya wishes she’d heard more about this. But Jerry wants to know why it’s drums. Booker asks, “What do you do to a drum?” You beat it. Exactly!
Rosenberg says the bottom line is, Apollo is in control. Big E may be on the kick of being in his hometown- JBL asks why Rosenberg’s hands are everywhere. But the point is, Apollo knows what this is about because this is his match. Booker says this will be a great night for everyone back home. JBL and Jerry can’t say anything without getting canceled, so they will agree with him.
Ashland Craft sings America the Beautiful!
We’ve waited patiently for this moment.
“Finally…!” The biggest event in LIVE entertainment is BACK! Back with the spectacle, the excitement and the pageantry! WrestleMania is #BackInBusiness! And tonight, WWE sets sail on the high seas with epic epicness bigger than the history of history! Wait, what? Did he just say all that? That’s what was written. Okay, mate, let’s get this cold open done right. We pick up where we left off just last year. Our heroes are obnoxiously heroic as they battle for the ultimate prize: immortality. But no more tall tales, let’s get real, as the kids say. Tonight, we witness the global event that spans decades, created unforgettable moments, and has the memories we will remember forever.
But let us tip our caps to you, the fans, who made this possible. You over there, and them up there, and even those at home who “can’t not watch.” We raise the sails as fate still awaits. The course was corrected, the wind cannot be stopped, and the quest continues! Now how’s that? Impressive. But where’s the big finish? That’s cold open 101. Good point. Pyro montage! “Welcome back… to WrestleMania!”
The WrestleMania cohosts are back!
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan return to kick off Night Two of WrestleMania 37, but this time they’re Captain Titus and the Hollywood Privateer! “I dunno about you, Hulk, but I think we look damn good tonight.” Well, T-man, it’s a little hot, too. But either way, AHOY MATIES! Yo ho, brothers, and welcome to Mania Sunday! Last night was incredible, but tonight will be no different! Seven matches, and FIVE are for gold! That means they need to batten down the hatches. No room for scurvy dogs or scallywags! Whoa, don’t be calling the people that. Hogan’s not gonna walk the plank, is he? No, Titus will take care of that. The first match is a tale of terror, dark than the depths of Davey Jones’ Locker! YARRGH!
Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss!
The Viper thought he’d finished this at TLC, but some evil never dies. And now, this horror movie in real-life opens the Showcase of the Immortals! Lil’ Miss Twisted Bliss is still by his side, but will Orton finally #LetHimIn?
As he makes is entrance through a mysterious tunnel, The Fiend… has been restored! Alexa makes her way out first, with spooky face paint on to clash with her Punky Brewster outfit. She frolics along, and has a GIANT jack-in-the-box?! Alexa winds the handle and Orton already has an idea what’s coming. All around the mulberry bush, the Fiend chased the Viper~. And out rises The Fiend’s new form! Orton isn’t sure what to make of this, and The Fiend suddenly LEAPS into the ring to CLOTHESLINE Orton down! The bell rings, Fiend SPLASHES in the corner, reels Orton in and hits an URENAGE! Fiend sits Orton up for a NECK SNAP! “YOWIEEEE WOWIEEE~!”
Orton writhes as he clutches his neck and Fiend goes to a corner. Fans fire up as The Fiend spider-walks! Orton gets up, Fiend copies him as he takes aim! Orton flounders up, but he avoids a punt kick! Fiend pursues, Orton kicks low and gives him a back suplex to the desk! But Fiend clamps on with the CLAW! Orton grabs at the ring, gets in, and the ring count is still climbing! Orton gets free but Fiend gets in, only for Orton to kick low. Orton gets Fiend through ropes, for a DRAPING DDT! But Fiend springs right back up! Fiend blocks the RKO, but Orton throws him into his own jack-in-the-box! Fiend flounders, Orton gets Fiend through ropes again and KICKS him!
Orton wrenches the arm, KICKS again, and drags Fiend into ANOTHER DRAPING DDT! Orton looms over Fiend and stomps a hand! Fiend barely flinches, so Orton stomps the other hand! Orton throws hands and clubbing forearms but Fiend just gets up! Orton kicks low, runs, but into a LARIAT! Fiend and fans fire up, things speed up, Fiend BODY CHECKS Orton! Fiend rains down forearms over and over! Fiend gets up to run and drop a back senton, but Orton dodges it! Orton throws Fiend out but Fiend gets right back on the apron. Orton kicks him between ropes, gives away more kicks, then drags Fiend back in, for a THIRD DRAPING DDT!
Orton paces as Fiend slowly stirs. Orton hears the voices and wants Fiend to get up now. Fiend rises, but still no RKO, because Fiend has the MANDIBLE CLAW! Fiend smothers Orton, Orton starts to fade but he grabs at Fiend. Fiend brings Orton up, gives him a kiss good night, and the FLAMES erupt as Alexa is now in a new form! She has a tiara of barbed wire and there’s black ink pouring out. Wait, this distracts the Fiend?! ORTON HITS AN RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
What is going on with Alexa?! Did she mean to ruin tonight for The Fiend?! Either way, the Viper slithers away before he has to worry about this any longer. Is Orton finally done being haunted by these ghouls? Fiend looks up at Alexa, but the lights start to go out again. And when the lights return, Fiend and Alexa are gone. Just what is happening inside the Firefly Fun House?
DING DONG~! Hello!
Bayley asks Titus and Hogan what happened to them texting her back. She says hello to Eric Bischoff, she’s a big fan of his podcast, and says if he ever feels like being on a real show, he can be on hers. Well he’s more of a book guy, not into TV. But that match of Sasha VS Bianca, the SmackDown Women’s Champion on his podcast would be awesome! Yeah, yeah, flavor of the month. But they’re not a role model like Bayley! Bayley is the longest reigning women’s champion, has her own talk show, and is on both nights of Mania! Bischoff brings up Hogan’s new boat, and they decide to go see the boat. Titus wants to ride a boat… Sorry, Bayley, Hall of Famer stuff.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina!
The Tag Team Turmoil is over, but now the real battle begins! Will the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades still be standing after battling the Daughter of Superfly & Queen of Harts?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the battle of alpha females begins!
The teams sort out and Shayna and Natty start. They circle, tie up, Natty headlocks and hits a takeover, but Shayna headscissors. Natty kips free but Shayna smirks as the two reset. They tie up again, Shayna headlocks to hit the takeover, but Natty gets up to power out. Shayna runs Natty over, dusts off her hands, then runs. Natty drops, hurdles, but Shayna blocks a hip toss to get a headlock, only for Natty to trip her up! Shayna scrambles to avoid the Sharpshooter, and tags to Nia. Nia and Natty stare down, fans duel, and they tie up. Nia shoves Natty down and says, “I don’t want you.” She’s calling out Tamina! Tamina reaches out, and Natty tags her in!
Fans fire up as Tamina and Nia stare down. Nia pie faces, headbutts and talks trash but Tamina HEADBUTTS back! It’s a battle of headbutts! Tamina fires off haymakers but Nia denies the scoop! Nia runs but Tamina fires off forearms! Tag to Natty, Nia ROCKS her and Tamina! Nia runs, Shayna tags in, Natty & Tamina DOUBLE BACK DROP Nia! Shayna BOOTS Natty, Tamina ROCKS Shayna back! Natty is up, she and Tamina DOUBLE GOURD BUSTER Shayna onto Nia! Fans fire up as Natty gets the legs again and steps through, but Shayna cradle counters, TWO! Natty waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Natty drags Shayna up to stomp her down, then tags Tamina.
Natty keeps Shayna from her corner and feeds her to Tamina’s clothesline! Tag back to Natty, Natty gets the hand-off to trip Shayna, and catapult her into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Shayna with forearms, then scoops Shayna, only for Shayna to slip out and fire off a strike fest, topping it off with a KNEE! Natty and Shayna are both down, Nia YANKS Tamina off the apron! Tamina fires off on Nia, but Nia scoops her to SLAM her! Natty is shocked, Shayna KNEES her down in a corner! Shayna snapmares to a cover, TWO! Shayna goes after a leg and bends it! Natty endures, kicks with her free leg but Shayna throws a forearm. Shayna pulls on the leg and twists the ankle!
Natty kicks at Shayna more, Shayna turns Natty over and has the foot stuck, to STOMP IT!! Tag to Nia, and Nia looms over Natty as she clutches the foot. Nia soaks up the heat, and drags Natty to drop a leg on the leg! Nia has a standing toehold and Natty endures. Natty fires off haymakers, but Nia stomps the leg! Cover, TWO! Nia is annoyed but she drags Natty up. Natty fights back, Nia CLOBBERS her! Tag to Shayna, Nia has Natty in a STRETCH MUFFLER! Shayna KNEES Natty while she’s upside-down! Cover, TWO! Shayna taunts Natty as Tamina is still down. Shayna SMASHES Natty’s knee into the mat, then pushes Natty around.
Shayna drags Natty up, Nia tags in, and Shayna feeds Natty to a scoop and SLAM! Natty gets to her corner, Nia soaks up heat and runs in, but Natty POSTS her! Natty catches her breath, runs at Nia and throws clothesline after clothesline, then the DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Nia still has a lot of power but Natty rallies the fans! Natty drags Nia up but Nia headbutts her! Nia reels Natty in, gets her up, and hits the ONE HAND SLAM! Cover, Tamina breaks it?! Tamina is back in this and Shayna is furious! Nia crawls over to tag Shayna in, but fans fire up for Natty as she tags Tamina in! Tamina rallies on Shayna with elbows, then dodges to CLOBBER Shayna!
Shayna blocks a punch to fire off kicks, but she kicks into a DRAGON SCREW! Tamina runs but gets buckles. Shayna blocks Tamina’s boot, twists the ankle, but Tamina BOOTS her down! Nia storms over but Tamina DECKS her! Shayna gets around, wants the Kirafuda but Tamina blocks it to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Tamina grows frustrated but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Fans rally as Tamina goes to a corner! Tamina climbs up, but Shayna KICKS her first! Tag to Nia, and Nia storms over to get up top! Nia fireman’s carries but Natty saves Tamina! Shayna gets in but Natty CLOBBERS her! But Nia adjusts, DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Double cover, TWO!!
Natty and Tamina survive but now Nia clutches a leg. That was a rough landing for everyone but Nia manages to get up. Nia sees Tamina is still down, fans rally for Tamina and Nia gets annoyed. Nia brings Tamina up, but Tamina scoops Nia!! Tamina SLAMS NIA!! Cover, TWO!!! Tamina drags herself to a corner, and fans fire up again as Tamina climbs! Tamina aims, SUPERFLY!! BUT SHE FLOPS! Nia moves and Tamina is down again! Nia and Tamina both crawl for their corners as fans rally again. Hot tag to Natty! Natty runs and swipes at Shayna, but Nia gets Natty for a fireman’s carry! Shayna tags in, Natty slips off and DECKS Shayna!
Natty basement dropkicks Nia, and she’s after Nia’s legs! But Shayna’s the legal one! Natty doesn’t know that as she works to get the turn! SHARPSHOOTER, but Nia isn’t legal!! Shayna gets in to get the KIRAFUDA!!! Shayna drags Natty down, Natty endures but she’s OUT! The champs win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
So close and yet so far for Tamina & Natty! Does this mean no team can stop the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades?
Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!
Two men who have known each other for two DECADES, ranging everywhere from friends to rivals to bitter enemies, finally have their moment together on the Grandest Stage of Them All! But given the Great Liberator’s ludicrous behavior as of late, the Prizefighter promises to beat some sense into him! Will Kevin snap Sami out of it? Or is Sami too far gone?
WWE Hall of Fame inductee JBL joins commentary for this one to bring back a classic combination of him and #MAGGLE. Sami gets a mic to say, “Please, ladies and gentlemen. I know you’re all just as excited as I am.” Please give a warm WrestleMania welcome for Sami’s special guest of honor, and show some respect to the only ally Sami has had in fighting the conspiracy against Sami! This is… LOGAN PAUL! Logan Paul does walk out to the ring and Sami breaks it down to the theme music again. Sami hugs Logan, and fans are of course divided. Sami apologizes to Logan for the booing. But here comes Kevin! The bell rings and Sami runs, right into a POP-UP POWERBOMB!
Sami flounders out of the ring before Kevin can get him, but Kevin just goes out after him! Kevin brings Sami in and there’s NXT flashbacks as Sami fights the apron bomb! Kevin gets in after Sami, drags him up and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Kevin hangs Sami out to dry on ropes and Sami springs right off to hit the mat! Kevin runs in to clothesline Sami down! Kevin goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Sami is in a drop zone, Kevin goes up top, but Sami gets out to the apron. Kevin climbs down but walks into a BOOT! Sami reels Kevin in, Kevin elbows free of the half nelson, but Sami kicks low! Sami reels Kevin in, for an APRON BRAINBUSTER!!
Everyone is shocked, even Logan Paul! Sami drags himself back into the ring, Kevin stirs but the ring count is already 5 of 10! Sami wants it to be faster but it’s already at 7 as Kevin stands. Kevin is in at 8 and Sami is on him with furious fists! Sami seethes, kicks Kevin while he’s down, then throws crossface forearms! Logan nods as Sami looks to him, but Kevin throws haymakers! Sami kicks low, scoops Kevin and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Sami is furious! Sami goes back to Kevin in a corner, hauls him up to the top rope, and then climbs up to go after him. Kevin resists the superplex, throws heavy body shots, then haymakers.
Sami gives those back, they brawl up top, fans cheer Kevin but boo Sami, until it’s all the same from the pace quickening! Kevin HEADBUTTS Sami down! Kevin adjusts, FROG SPLASHES, and covers, TWO!! Kevin drags Sami up, throws hands, then whips him, to pop-up, but Sami leap frogs and kicks low! Kevin wrenches, ducks a kick, tucks Sami in, PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Kevin grows frustrated. Fans fire up with Kevin as he drags Sami back up. Kevin reels Sami in, tucks the arms, but Sami slips out of the package driver to EXPLODER Kevin into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner and HELL-
NO! Kevin dodges the kick, but Sami denies the stunner to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is losing his cool, but he CORNER EXPLODERS to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! To a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin lives and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as Kevin gets to a corner. Sami SLAPS Kevin, Kevin SLAPS Sami, it’s a FAST & FURIOUS SLAP FIGHT!! Sami gets the edge, throws body shots and uppercuts, but the ref has Sami back off. Sami gets Kevin up, hauls him up top but Kevin fights. Sami still gets Kevin to the top and he headbutts from below!
Sami climbs, brings Kevin back up, but Kevin counters to a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Even Logan is reeling from that one! Both men are down, Sami slowly sits up and drags himself to a corner. Kevin sits up and is in the opposite corner. Kevin grits his teeth, runs corner to corner at Sami to clothesline! Kevin keeps going, and clotheslines again. Kevin goes, Sami follows, HELLUVA KICK!! Sami keeps Kevin from falling over, and tells him this is because of Kevin. Sami goes corner to corner, into a SUPERKICK!! Sami staggers, into another SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up for Kevin as he looks Sami in the eye. “You did this.” STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Logan seems to be the only one shocked, but he still applauds this victory! Whether Kevin has knocked some sense into Sami is yet to be seen, but he did get a big win at #KOMania5! Logan checks on Sami, tries to talk with him, but Sami says someone screwed him! The ref, the managers, someone! Logan tells Kevin that this was awesome stuff. Sami won’t let Logan shake Kevin’s hand! Sami says Kevin conspired against him! Sami wants Logan to listen to him, but Logan shoves Sami! Sami says to hell with Logan! Sami storms off, Logan raises Kevin’s hand in victory. Logan sure is a bandwagoner, huh?
Kevin doesn’t like that, either, and he gives Logan a STUNNER!! “This is MY ring!” Will this win lead Kevin back to another prizefight?
Matt Riddle encounters Great Khali!
What’s up, bro! Riddle wants to congrat Khali on being inducted into the HOF. Can he check the ring? Yep. WHOA, look how big his hand is! It’s as big as Riddle’s head. Khali must have a hard time finding gloves and socks. Khali should open a store that sells giant stuff! Giant shoes, giant socks, giant toilets, and giant scooters! What does he think? No? Nothing? Translator? Wait, RVD is here!! RVD translates for Khali and says that in order to corner the market, we’ll need creative branding. RVD has that right here with RVD rolling papers.
Sweet! Hey, what about a #KhaliTrolley? Khali and RVD say Riddle should focus on Sheamus. Good luck from Khali and R! V! D! Riddle rides off towards gorilla, but will he be ready to smoke the Fella?
WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus!
Bro… The Fella has had beef with Riddle since day one, but perhaps it’s just Riddle’s personality being so nonchalant, it’s like he doesn’t care. Will Riddle show Sheamus how serious he can get with the gold on the line?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and bro, this one’s going to be lit!
Sheamus and Riddle tie up, and Sheamus headlocks to throw Riddle down. Sheamus grinds Riddle, Riddle fights up and powers out, but Sheamus runs Riddle right over! Sheamus is on Riddle with an armlock and he digs a knee in. Sheamus pulls the fingers, but Riddle fights up. Riddle throws body shots, ROCKS and CHOPS Sheamus, then CHOPS him more! Riddle has Sheamus in a corner, fires off but lets off as the ref counts. Sheamus ROCKS Riddle back with a body shot! Sheamus stomps Riddle, drags him up and scoops him, but Riddle slips out to get a sleeper! Riddle’s a backpack with the body scissors, but Sheamus RAMS him into buckles.
Sheamus throws back elbows, lets off but Riddle elbows back. Riddle leaps, into Sheamus’ swinging SLAM! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes, kicks Riddle while he’s down, and kicks him against the ropes. The ref reprimands, Sheamus drags Riddle up by his face to then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus clamps onto Riddle, Riddle fights up and throws forearms and fast hands! Riddle backs Sheamus down to a corner, but Sheamus kicks back! Sheamus whips, blocks Riddle’s boot but Riddle keeps kicking! Riddle gets a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets off at 4, but Sheamus CLUBS him back! Sheamus stands Riddle up for Beats of the Bodhrain!
The ref counts but so do fans, and Sheamus gets 8 before the ref gets 4! Sheamus drags Riddle up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes again as he paces. Sheamus goes to a corner, goes up top, but Riddle intercepts with a leap, for a SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!?! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Riddle fires himself up as he and Sheamus slowly rise. Sheamus throws hands but Riddle counter punches then fires off palm strikes! Riddle boots, spins Sheamus and PELES! Riddle handsprings and runs to forearm smash! Side to side, forearm smash! BROSPLODER, to the BROTON!
Fans fire up as Riddle reels Sheamus in and suplexes, but he has to try again… JACKHAMMER?!? Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survive Riddle’s #Broberg attempt, but Riddle won’t lose focus just yet. Riddle gut wrenches, but Sheamus turns it around! Riddle wriggles free and kicks from below! Sheamus staggers, but he puts Riddle on the apron. Riddle ROUNDHOUSES, then slingshots, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus Alabama lifts for the ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives again and Sheamus grits his teeth. Sheamus looms over Sheamus, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Riddle fights free, shoves Sheamus to an apron, but Sheamus hits back!
Sheamus fireman’s carries then shifts, but Riddle escapes to POST and then APRON GERMAN Sheamus down! Riddle then aims for a PENALTY KICK, and SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Direct hit and fans fire up! Riddle gets Sheamus up and in, goes to the top rope, and hits another FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sheamus shocks Riddle, but Riddle drags Sheamus in for the REVERSE ARMBAR! Riddle throws hands as Sheamus endures, and Sheamus powers up to dead lift Riddle, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! And into the SLEEPER! Sheamus reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Riddle lets go fast, and Sheamus hammers away on him!
Sheamus drags Riddle up, smirks as he fireman’s carries, and then carries Riddle up the corner! Riddle shifts, escapes, but Sheamus denies the sunset bomb. Sheamus adjusts up top, but Riddle springs up to ROCK him! Riddle gets Sheamus up but Sheamus counters to the fireman’s carry! Sheamus hops down to hit WHITE NOISE!! Sheamus goes up top for a KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Riddle lives and Sheamus is stunned! Fans rally, Sheamus hobbles back to a corner and fires himself up as he calls his shot! Riddle rises, but he dodges the Brogue to roll Sheamus, FINAL-
NO! No knee, but Riddle dodges to QUE-BRO-DA, INTO A BROGUE?!!? Cover, Sheamus wins!!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
The Bro tried but couldn’t keep the high, and the Celtic Warrior brought him crashing down! Will Sheamus be the one with his head in the clouds now that he has the gold?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
These two used to be good friends, but the frustration of losing and the desire to reign drove Apollo to despise Big E. Apollo calls upon his ancestors to finally make him a champion, but will Big E finally turn away his most stubborn of challengers?
As Big E makes his entrance, Wale performs it life for Tampa! “Ey, Tampa! You wanna go big? Then say that!” The introductions are made, there are drums, tables, kendo sticks and a gong ringside as the title is raised and this BIG grudge match begins!
Apollo and Big E go right out to get weapons! They each have a kendo stick, both men say to the other, “This is what you wanted!” And they start giving each other SMACKS! Smack for smack but Big E gets the edge! Apollo bails out, Big E pursues to SMACK him again! And another SMACK! “This is what he wanted, Graves!” But Apollo kicks low, only for Big E to bowl Apollo into drums! Big E gets the gong! Apollo boots it away, clubs Big E then SMACKS Big E with a kendo stick! Big E goes into the ring, Apollo dares him to stand. Big E dodges, throws Apollo to the apron and runs to SPEAR him off!! That might’ve been a distance record! Big E puts Apollo in to cover, TWO!
Big E keeps his cool as fans rally up behind him. Big E fetches the steel steps, one of Apollo’s favorites from the months past. But he isn’t settling for the smaller top half. Big E goes big by bringing the base over! Big E goes to the apron, brings Apollo up but Apollo fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Apollo drags Big E in to cover, TWO!! Big E survives but Apollo won’t let off! Apollo throws down angry fists, then goes out to fetch the top half of the steps. Apollo brings those around, sets them on their end, and then he stomps Big E to the apron. Apollo has Big E on the base, he picks up the top half of the steps, and he lines up the shot!
“I’m about to show you the steel!” Big E moves before the steps SMASH down!! Apollo hurries to get to the apron, and he runs at Big E to BOOT him! Big E flounders, Apollo wants him to stand up again, but Big E gives him an Urenag-E to the STEPS!! The ref checks on Apollo but somehow he’s okay to continue. “This is what you wanted!” Big E says Apollo is going to get what he asked for! Fans fire up as Big E fetches a TABLE! Big E puts the table in the ring, sets it up, and then fetches Apollo. Apollo staggers up to his feet, Big E puts him in the ring, but Apollo ENZIGURIS Big E down!
Apollo gets a kendo stick to SMACK and SMACK and SMACK, rapid fire! So fast and so hard, the stick breaks apart! Apollo gets Big E on the table, then heads for a corner. Apollo climbs, leaps, FROG SPLASH but Big E moves! Apollo only gets table! Big E scoops, for the BIG ENDING!! But who is that?!? DABBA KATO!?!? What’s he doing here?!? GRENADE THUMB ATTACK!! And then, a CHOKE SLAM!! He’s helping Apollo to the cover! Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)
When did Apollo make Kato one of his generals?! The timing doesn’t matter, the results do! And now, Apollo has the title! What will this mean for the future of SmackDown?
WWE honors the 2021 Hall of Fame class!
The 2021 Warrior Award winner, Rich Hering stands with the Great Khali, Rob Van Damn, Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff on stage, and are joined by KAAAAAAANE~! And for old times’ sake, the HELLFIRE & BRIMSTONE erupt!
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!
The Empress of Tomorrow wanted someone to step up to challenge her, and the Nightmare did just that! Will we see that even now, no one is ready for Asuka? Or will she be washed away by the Riptide?
Rhea has New Year’s Day perform her theme live for her! The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is ready for what!
Asuka and Rhea stare down as fans rally up. They circle, talk some trash back and forth, and Asuka mocks Rhea. Rhea rushes, Asuka dodges and dropkicks! Rhea stays up, but storms into Asuka’s strike fest! Asuka kicks, runs, Rhea follows but Asuka victory rolls! ONE, but Asuka backslides! Rhea rolls through but Asuka dropkicks her to a corner! Asuka runs in, misses the hip attack, but boots back! Rhea snarls, ducks a kick and ROCKS Asuka! Rhea runs but Asuka drop toeholds her into buckles, then KICKS the buck to jam Rhea! Rhea bails out and Asuka grins as fans duel. Asuka eggs Rhea on, Rhea slides in but then right back out.
Asuka goes after Rhea, keeps Rhea from going into the ring to then pop-up KNEE! Rhea gets in the ring now, Asuka follows and has Rhea on ropes. Asuka KICKS Rhea in the back, KICKS again, and again, and again! The ref reprimands, Asuka runs but Rhea dodges the hip attack to HOOK KICK! Rhea drags Asuka right back up to back suplex to a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed already as she drags Asuka and rains down fists! “You wanted this! You! Wanted! This!” Fans rally and duel as Rhea keeps on Asuka. Rhea drags Asuka into a body scissors and squeezes tight! Rhea shouts in Asuka’s face but Asuka elbows Rhea’s legs.
Rhea clamps tighter, digs Asuka into the mat and slaps her around! Rhea dares the champ to do something now, then brings her back into the squeeze! Asuka tells Rhea to shut up and she throws elbows. Asuka pushes back to a cover, ONE, and Rhea dropkicks Asuka! Rhea tells Asuka to get that weak sauce out of here. Rhea kicks Asuka around, Asuka hits back and the two brawl. Rhea KNEES low, SLAPS her, then CLOBBERS her! And again! Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka ducks, only for Rhea to ripcord! Asuka blocks the Hook Kick to a KNEEBAR! Rhea endures, fights up, but Asuka pulls tighter! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, but Rhea dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka survives and Rhea grits her teeth while clutching her foot. Rhea slaps Asuka around, then CLUBS her in the corner! Rhea drags Asuka up, bumps her off buckles, then kicks her while she’s down. Rhea RAMS into Asuka’s back over and over and digs her shoulder in. Rhea lets off as the ref counts, then puts Asuka up top. Rhea CLUBS Asuka, climbs up behind her, and stands her up, but Asuka blocks! Asuka throws elbows and then knocks Rhea down! Asuka fires up as she adjusts, then leaps for a missile dropkick! Direct hit and both women are down! Fans fire up as Asuka rises and aims at Rhea from a corner. Rhea gets up, Asuka runs in, ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX!
Rhea flounders to a corner, Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK! Rhea fights the German but Asuka BACK HANDS, CHOPS and HEEL KICKS! Rhea falls to her knees, Asuka hits another HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is in a daze but she is still in this! Asuka goes to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rhea dropkicks her down to the floor!! Rhea wobbles, Asuka gets back in, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs to go out after Asuka. Rhea blocks Asuka’s boots but Asuka elbows Rhea away! Rhea blocks the Penalty Kick, to SLAM Asuka on the apron! The ring count is climbing, Rhea gets Asuka in at 5 of 10! Rhea hurries to get up but Asuka hip attacks her down!
Asuka goes out after Rhea again, brings her around, but Rhea fights. Rhea can’t get free, Asuka DDT’s her OFF the apron and to the FLOOR! Both women are down and another ring count begins! Asuka gets in at 5, Rhea sits up at 6. Rhea gets in at 7, but Asuka is there, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Asuka grows frustrated but she drags Rhea up for Kowata Kicks! Over and over and over, then Asuka smiles as she runs, but Rhea blocks the sliding kick! Rhea stomps away on Asuka! Rhea puts Asuka’s legs in the PRISM TRAP!! Asuka endures the hanging cloverleaf, reaches for ropes, but rolls Rhea to an ARMBAR!! Rhea flails and kicks, fights up to dead lift again!
Rhea SWINGS Asuka into buckles! Both women are down but Asuka goes to the apron. Rhea storms over, climbs up and drags Asuka up for a headbutt! Rhea brings Asuka up higher, for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives and Rhea is furious! Rhea drags Asuka up and clubs her. Asuka shoves free, Rhea waistlocks but Asuka elbows her again. Asuka wrenches to get a takedown! Rhea rolls, but into an ARMBAR! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, and ASUKA LOCK!! Rhea rolls back to make it a cover, TWO!! Asuka unleashes KICKS! Rhea manages to stay up and even eggs Asuka on. BUZZSAW, but then Rhea ducks the sliding wizard! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Rhea wins!!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
All it takes is one! And now, the Nightmare becomes the first woman to be NXT UK, NXT and Raw Women’s Champion in her career! Are Mondays about to become a nightmare for every other woman on Raw?
Hogan and Titus are back!
Hogan is totally blown away, brother! Titus says on behalf of them both, they send a hert-felt thank you, the fans at home watching on the Peacock and the WWE Network, and those who made it special for everyoen involved: the fans here live at Raymond James Stadium! Bayley storms out because she has just had enough! You kidding me?! Thanking the world and the audience?! But not one mention about BAYLEY. In fact, where is HER pyro?! Hit the pyro!! Oh, there is pyro ready for Bayley.
HAHAHA, YES! Bayley has been carrying the hosting duties on her back this weekend, from the legends to the hall-of-famers to stupid Michael Cole! This is HER time to shine, okay? But wait, here come the Bella Twins! Nikki & Brie don’t even get to start because Bayley said this is HER time! It doesn’t matter what these two twin idiots lookin’ like Elmo want, Cena ain’t here! Nikki SLAPS Bayley, and Brie says Ding Dong, GOOD-BYE! Nikki ROCKS Bayley, Brie hits a KNEE SMASH! The Bellas bowl Bayley down the ramp! Titus repeats, “Ding dong, good-bye!” Will Bayley make sure she isn’t outnumbered before she runs her mouth?
WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Jey Uso & Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan!
The Tribal Chief wants the world to #AcknowledgeHim. The Rated R Superstar wants to take back what was taken from him so long ago. And the GOAT wants to bring back #YEStleMania before he’s reached the end! What happens when all these forces collide in THE main event of WrestleMania 37?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and 10 years ago to the day, we see if Edge is finally, truly back!
Roman DECKS Bryan! Edge hits Roman but Roman puts Edge in a corner and RAMS him! Roman throws clotheslines, Bryan gets Roman with EuroUppers! Bryan whips, Roman reverses and sends Bryan out, for Jey to SUPERKICK! No DQ in a Triple Threat! Jey RAMS Bryan into steel steps, Roman ROCKS Edge with an uppercut! Roman throws Edge out, Jey SUPERKICKS him down! GOTTEE! Roman backs the commentary off to clear off the desk. Jey brings Edge over, but Bryan DIVES into Roman! Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan, keeps after Edge, but Edge whips Jey into steel steps! Jey is down, Edge storms after Roman and clubs him on the back.
Edge bumps Roman off apron, off barriers, and repeat! Roman is a pinball for Edge! Edge POSTS Roman, then storms over to see Bryan still down. Edge gets steel steps and takes the top half off. Fans fire up as Edge sees Jey still down, too, and brings him over to the steps! Edge gets Jey up for an IMPALER to the steps!! But it was double-edged as Edge had to land on the steel, too! Bryan gets up while refs and medics check on Jey. They get Jey up while everyone else is still down, but Bryan gets into the ring. Edge scares Heyman away and gets in the ring. Edge and Bryan stare down while Roman only stirs. Fans fire up as Edge and Bryan start throwing hands!
Edge gets the edge, he whips but Bryan drop toeholds Edge into buckles! Bryan gives Edge YES Kicks in the corner! Bryan hoists Edge up top, climbs up to join him, and SUPER STEINERS, but Edge sunset flips it! TWO!! Edge gets around to EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Bryan is down, Roman is back and he ROCKS Edge! Edge and Roman brawl with the ropes between them but Roman drags Edge up to suplex! Edge resists, suplexes but Roman resists. They fight for suplex control, Bryan slides under to trip up Roman and hotshot Edge! Bryan climbs up and missile dropkicks Edge down! Bryan kips up, fires up and fans are with him!
Bryan drags Edge up, throws EuroUppers, and Edge ends up on ropes. Bryan whips Edge but Edge reverses. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, dodges to DIVE into Roman, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Roman stands, Edge WRECKS him with a dropkick! Roman bumps into desk and Edge follows him. Edge CLUBS Roman, puts him in, but Roman runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Roman seethes, fans duel as they cheer and jeer, but Roman locks ‘n’ loads! SUPER- NO! Edge gets him for an IMPALER!! Edge aims at Roman from a corner now, and fans are fired up for something we haven’t seen in quite some time!
Edge dares Roman to get up, and then he runs in, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Roman fires up and wants Edge to stand now! “OOOAH~!” Edge dodges the Spear to sunset flip! TWO!! Roman staggers, Edge and Roman dodge, DOUBLE SPEARS!! Shoulders and heads collide and both men are down as fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” already and far from over! Bryan returns! DIVING HEADBUTT to Edge! DIVING HEADBUTT to Roman! Cover on Roman, TWO!! Bryan is surprised but he doesn’t lose his cool. Bryan sees Edge sit up, and gives him a YES Kick! YES Kick for Roman! KICK for Edge! KICK for Roman! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE!
Bryan aims at Roman, BUZZ- NO! Roman sends Bryan at Edge, RUNNING KNEE! Roman reloads but runs into a KICK! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives but Bryan just fires up! Bryan gets the arms, and gives Roman a flurry of Danielson Stomps! Then the YES LOCK!!! Roman flails, Heyman panics, and Bryan cranks back as hard as he can! Edge CLOBBERS Bryan off the hold! Heyman is relieved but now Edge drags Bryan up. Bryan drags Edge down to a YES LOCK!! Now Edge and his bad neck endure!! Edge claws at the hold, but Roman CLOBBERS Bryan now! Roman rains down furious forearms over and over from all sides! Roman lets off just to throw headbutts!
Roman dead lifts Bryan to POWERBOMB him onto Edge! Roman scrapes Bryan out of the ring, goes out after him, and sees the announce desk. Fans jeer, “Roman Sucks!” but Roman just soaks up the heat. Roman puts the base steps closer to the desk, then drags Bryan up. Bryan is dead weight, the fans taunt Roman even harder, but Roman hauls Bryan up to POWERBOMB him through the desk!! But Edge SPEARS Roman outta nowhere!! Fans lose their minds as all three men are down and out! Edge gets up first, and he drags Roman into the ring. Edge looks around, and fetches not just one but a PAIR of chairs! Edge sets one down, Roman steps on it! They tug o’ war, the chair goes flying!
Roman wants the guillotine, but Edge gets Roman down to a CROSSFACE! Bryan puts on the YES LOCK!! They headbutt each other!! Roman is down, Bryan headbutts Edge into the mat! Bryan fires off his rage into those forearms on Edge!! Fans again say, “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Bryan has Edge’s arms. Bryan gives Edge DANIELSON STOMPS!! Bryan lets off, aims from a corner, and powers up with the Yes Fingers! The fans join in, though there are some “NO” dissenters. Edge gets up, Bryan runs in, into a SPEAR!!! Edge staggers, dodges Roman to SPEAR!!! Cover, BRYAN YANKS THE REF OUT!! Edge can’t believe it, but wouldn’t he have done the same in return?
Edge goes out after Bryan, gets MORE chairs, and brings those to the ring. Edge SMACKS Bryan down with one! Edge puts Bryan in the ring, and has as wild look as he gets the chair again to SMACK Roman! And SMACK Bryan! ROMAN! BRYAN! SMACK, SMACK, SMACK!! Fans are thunderous as Edge puts Bryan onto one chair. And then Edge puts Roman on another chair. Edge has it all lined up and fans go nuts knowing it! Heyman is begging Edge not to, but CONCHAIRTO TO BRYAN!!! But Jey returns, and attacks Edge!! Jey beats Edge down, gets a chair, but Edge SPEARS him down!! Edge SMACKS Jey! And again! And again!
Roman SPEARS Edge!! Roman sets Edge up on a chair now!? Roman gives EDGE a CONCHAIRTO!! Roman drags Edge onto Bryan to double cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinall (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief is still the Reigns-ing, Defending and Undisputed, but also the ALWAYS controverted Universal Heavyweight Champion of the world because he still has his Right Hand Man watching his back! Will the Head of the Table ever be removed from the throne upon which he sits? Was this really the last chance Bryan had to bring back #YEStleMania? Was this really the end of the Rated R Superstar’s comeback?
I don’t think I have to say it, but I will: Night Two did not live up to Night One. As far as I’m concerned, titles that should’ve changed didn’t and titles that shouldn’t have changed did. Or at least, not in the way they should have. One of the only non-title matches tonight, Orton VS Fiend, was good but not at all what I expected. I thought we were going to get one full match with “mangled” Fiend, but I guess that’s what Fastlane was for. Fiend 2.0 looks pretty good, and goes even further into referencing DC Comics’ Joker. I was hoping that as the first match of the night, we would’ve gotten cinematic fighting so we could get a pseudo Firefly Fun House.
Also, I like whatever that new form Alexa takes, too, but I did not like that she distracted Fiend. Fiend didn’t have to win here, but he didn’t have to lose like that. I don’t like the idea that they’re trying to make it seem like whatever is possessing Alexa is now turning on Fiend just to push this forward in a new direction. And with Backlash sadly being made into WrestleMania Backlash, like a weird third night or something, we are revisiting this to figure out the what and why of tonight. Sigh…
The other non-title match, Kevin VS Sami, was just one degree off what it could’ve been but it was still great. I almost thought that segment at the end with Logan bandwagon’ing to Kevin was going to unite Sami and Kevin against Logan Paul. Instead, they both dislike him, just separate from each other. Maybe one day, Sami and Kevin will patch things up in kayfabe and go after tag titles. And speaking of tag titles, the Women’s Tag Team title match was great stuff, but I really wish Tamina & Natty won that. I do appreciate that Reggie wasn’t ringside to be used for various things, because in the end, Shayna & Nia sticking together does help the division. I just feel that the RawDown Women’s Tag titles need to spend more time on SmackDown than they do Raw right now, out of fairness.
Bayley was pretty entertaining tonight, but the Bellas getting the better of her was clearly a WWE management decision because fans were not for it. And I was surprised Titus and Hogan saved their pirate costumes for night two, those should’ve been night one. Riddle VS Sheamus was another great slug fest, and I like that Riddle referenced Goldberg with a Jackhammer. Seems The Bro hasn’t given up on getting a match with him. But it was an even split to me who could’ve gotten this, so giving Sheamus some vindication was alright.
The Nigerian Drum Fight was pretty good, but I expected the drums to play into it more. And same for the gong as soon as I saw it there. But it was still a very good themed No Hold Barred, just not sure why we needed Dabba-Kato to get involved. Do all Heels in WWE need to have henchmen helping them now? Except for Lashley, at least, since he’s The All Mighty. But Apollo getting the title was the part that was right, as this was his fourth attempt, and losing again would’ve been rough for him. Maybe Big E gets a match with Kato at WrestleMania Backlash, wins that and then starts chasing Apollo going into Money in the Bank or Extreme Rules.
Asuka VS Rhea was an awesome match, definitely worthy of the title and of Mania. But maybe this was just a bit soon for Rhea? Asuka hasn’t really gotten big wins lately, given she didn’t get to have her match with Lacey Evans at Elimination Chamber and didn’t have anything at Fastlane. I mean, obviously what is bad for one is good for the other, and Rhea is rising up fast and keeping pace with Bianca Belair. I wonder if WWE is already thinking that Survivor Series 2021, wherever it will be, will see Rhea VS Bianca as the champions. Hopefully they throw NXT in so Raquel Gonzalez can be part of it.
The Triple Threat Universal Championship match was awesome stuff, and I do like that they took advantage of the No Disqualification stipulation. Jey interfering early was fine, because he gets taken out for it. But him returning and helping Roman again just hurt everything they’d built up. If Roman found a way to use Bryan and Edge against each other to then get the win, that would’ve felt less disappointing. And if not for “WrestleMania Backlash” being next, I would’ve thought Roman was moving right on to Cesaro given Cesaro won on Night One. Instead, there might be that tag match “meant” to happen at Fastlane and WWE going back to the status quo of phoning it in on the minor PPV’s.
My Score: 8.3/10
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