The Jordan Devlin Cruiserweight Championship Tour comes to NXT UK!
The Irish Ace didn’t pin the Kiwi Buzzsaw at Worlds Collide, but he has beaten him in the past. Which way does the NXT Cruiserweight Championship go?
- Imperium VS Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith; Imperium wins.
- Aoife Valkyrie VS Nina Samuels; Valkyrie wins.
- A-Kid VS Noam Dar; Dar wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Devlin wins and retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
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Imperium VS Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith!
The Ring General may be the Prince’s target, but the soldiers look to keep the NXT UK Tag Division under their thumb. Will Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel continue to win against the Predator Killer and the Prestige?
The teams sort out as fans “WOOP!” for Smith and Carter. Carter starts with Barthel at the bell, but Barthel doesn’t seem to take Carter serious. They tie up, Carter grabs the arm but Barthel clamps onto a shoulder. Barthel chinbars Carter off his arm to then go after Carter’s arm. Barthel tortures the arm and then hooks a leg to bring Carter to the mat. They go around, Barthel hooks a leg again to tie Carter up. Carter endures the modified death lock and reaches back to pry Barthel off. But Barthel rolls to get the hold again. Fans rally up as Carter keeps fighting, but Barthel floats to a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch. Carter pops out and covers, TWO! Carter snapmares but Barthel kips up to snapmare and KICK!
Barthel talks trash in German but Carter swings a kick. Barthel gets under it, only to get the heel hook return! Carter runs in but Barthel whips him away and Aichner tags in. Barthel drops and Carter jumps over, into Aichner’s arm-drag! Aichner goes after Carter’s arm while fans boo and jeer Imperium. Aichner cranks on the shoulder and shifts to a hammerlock to keep Carter down. Carter powers up as fans rally and cheer. Carter reaches back and snapmares Aichner off! Hot tag to Smith! Smith and Aichner ram shoulders but neither falls. Aichner rushes Smith but Smith jumps over. Smith jumps up again but Aichner catches him in a fireman’s carry! Smith fights out and swings, but Aichner catches the arm. But Smith scoops Aichner for a sidewalk slam!
Tag to Carter and the two coordinate. Carter slingshots up and over for Smith to send back in, Silly String Splash! Cover, TWO! Carter drags Aichner up but Aichner knees low. Aichner whips but Carter uses that to hit Barthel! Carter dodges Aichner in the corner then dodges Barthel. Barthel eats buckles then eats a windmill kick! Carter tilt-o-whirl for a headscissors! Carter sends Barthel out and trips up Aichner, to then rewind wizard! Fans fire up as Carter jumps to the ropes, but Barthel trips him up! Fans boo but Barthel tags in. Barthel drags Carter up and throws him into buckles. Barthel talks trash and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS and clubs and clubs and stomps Carter down! The ref backs Barthel off and the fans boo, but Barthel just shouts “NEIN!”
Barthel digs his boots into Carter at the ropes then drags him up. He uppercuts Carter hard to the Imperium corner then tags in Aichner. Aichner CHOPS Carter on his back! Aichner clubs and stomps away on Carter now, but the ref backs him off. Fans rally up for Carter as Barthel tags in. Imperium meets at the corner with dropkicks! Carter barely stays on the apron as Imperium poses on the ropes. Tag to Aichner and he drags Carter up. Aichner brings Carter around to club him on the back, and then combines a high wristlock with a chinlock. Fans rally up again and Carter fights his way up to throw body shots. Aichner and Carter start throwing forearms but Aichner then kicks low. Aichner tries to sucker punch Smith but Smith hits him first!
Carter forearms Aichner but Aichner kicks low. Aichner suplexes but Carter slips out! Hot tag to Smith! Smith rallies, dropkicks Barthel and throws hands on Aichner. Aichner shoves but Smith runs to LARIAT! Barthel gets in but Smith back drops him! Smith fireman’s carries Aichner for a Samoan Driver! Cover, TWO!! Smith keeps on Aichner with a scoop and pop, but Aichner slips out. Aichner shoves and elbows Smith, but Carter tags in. Smith BOOTS Aichner down! Carter gets a boost for a back drop 450! Cover, Barthel barely breaks it! Barthel throws Smith out but Carter ROCKS Barthel. Aichner LARIATS Carter and drags him up. Barthel hops up top but Smith shoves him down! Carter huricanranas and covers, TWO!! Aichner survives but fans are fired up!
Carter brings Aichner up but Aichner pushes him away to CHOP, kick and EuroUpper. Carter SUPERKICKS Aichner but Barthel tags in. Aichner SPINE BUSTERS Carter, then Barthel adds the PENALTY KICK! Smith returns but gets an uppercut! Barthel is up, Aichner lifts Carter, EUROPEAN BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winner: Imperium, by pinfall
Barthel and Aichner are victorious again and climbing up the ranks. Will they find themselves competing for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships in the near future?
Gallus discusses contenders.
“The Hunt, Imperium, Grizzled Young Vets, Flash and Mark, we’ve beat them all.” Since day one, they’ve been saying NXT UK is their kingdom, and now they’re proving it. And in the 20-Man Battle Royal, Joe Coffey vows that 19 others are getting hucked and he goes after the big score again. They pay their belt boy for a job well done, and Joe shows three Kings. Will Gallus be the three kings of NXT UK this Spring?
Backstage interview with Carter & Smith.
A great match against Imperium but a hard loss. They’re working together well as a team, so how do they keep building on that? Smith says that the moment these two decided to be a team, they knew it wouldn’t be smooth sailing. But they’re serious about NXT UK having the best tag team division. But speaking of, Pretty Deadly walks over to mockingly applaud Carter & Smith. Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley get on Carter’s nerves, but Smith keeps him back. Pretty Deadly say they’re just joking around. Smith says not to worry about them, the 20-Man Battle Royal is coming. #AlwaysForward! But will Smith and Carter gain much ground in a stacked field?
Aoife Valkyrie VS Nina Samuels!
The force of nature has a lot of “buzz,” but the Rose Pink Devil doesn’t believe the hype. Will the spotlight still be on The Nina Samuels Show after her encounter with the decider of fate?
The bell rings and Nina circles with Aoife. They tie up, Aoife headlocks but Nina uses a handstand and handspring to slip out. Nina poses but she and Aoife tie up again. Aoife headlocks, Nina powers out but Aoife runs her over with a shoulder. Aoife headlocks and throws Nina with a takedown. Nina pushes back and headscissors free, but Aoife bridges back. Aoife handsprings and pops out, then poses in return. Nina headlocks and throws Aoife, but Aoife handsprings right out! Aoife wheelbarrows and victory rolls, cover, TWO! Nina trips Aoife and jackknifes, TWO as Aoife bridges up. The two spin around and Nina reaches out a foot. Nina gets the ropebreak and also blocks the backslide. But before Aoife can stand, Nina reaches back to claw her face!
Nina spins Aoife and drop toeholds her throat into ropes! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Aoife by her hair and slams her on the apron. Nina laces the legs and pulls on the death lock. Aoife endures as Nina also digs an elbow into her shoulders. Fans rally up but Nina goes for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow. She bends Aoife back, but Aoife pops out to cover, TWO! Aoife dodges a punch to fire off strikes then whip. Nina reverses, but Aoife goes up and onto Nina’s shoulders. Aoife spins to arm-drag and enziguri Nina! Fans fire up as Aoife runs, for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nina survives but Aoife heads up top. Fans rally but then boo as Nina bails out. Aoife jumps down to run and WRECK Nina with a dropkick!
Aoife sits on the ropes as she strikes her valkyrie pose. She then goes out to fetch Nina and put her in the ring. Nina flounders her way to the apron and she roundhouses Aoife down! Nina slingshots for a corkscrew splash! Cover, TWO! Nina is shocked and upset, but she refocuses and drags Aoife up. Nina fireman’s carries but Aoife sunset flips! She can’t bring Nina down and Nina brings Aoife up to SLAP! Nina mocks the valkyrie stance and whips, but Aoife blocks and elbows back! Aoife wheelbarrows but Nina pushes her up and over. Aoife HEEL KICKS Nina down! Fans rally as Aoife ascends. Nina stands and Aoife leaps, FLYING AX KICK! Cover, Aoife wins!
Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall
The Valkyrie has slain the leading lady with Peripeteia, the reversal of fortune! Will Aoife change the fortunes of the entire NXT UK Women’s Division, especially the champion?
Backstage interview with Piper Niven.
Last week, the Scottish Viper came to the rescue of Dani Luna, mostly because of what Kay Lee Ray was doing. Piper has vouched for Dani as being “big enough and strong enough” to not need anyone looking out for her. But what Dani doesn’t realize is how dangerous KLR can be. Piper has watched KLR destroy one friend already, so she won’t let KLR do that to anyone else. Next week, Piper teams with Dani against KLR and Jenny. When Piper finally gets after KLR, KLR will pay.
NXT UK hears from Flash Morgan Webster.
The Modfather has an update on Mark Andrews after the attack backstage last week. No one really knows the extent of the damage yet and Andrews is undergoing further testing. We all hope it isn’t as bad as it looks. But FMW vows to find the person who did this and make them pay! Andrews wants FMW to focus on the 20-Man Battle Royal, and that is what he will do for both Andrews and the Southwest Subculture. Is the culprit among the other 19 entrants?
A-Kid VS Noam Dar!
The Spanish Ace was minding his own business, and didn’t appreciate the Scottish Supernova butting in. Will AK make Mr. 11 butt out and back off for once in his life?
The bell rings and AK circles with Dar. They tie up as fans duel, and AK grabs at the kick. Dar gets away and respects the speed. They go again, Dar gets a waistlock and takedown but AK gets free. Dar and AK tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder. Dar rolls back and wrenches AK to the mat. Fans sing for Darth Dar but AK kips up and bridges around to headscissor! Fans cheer that but Dar bridges back. AK keeps on and cranks Dar’s head in the hold. Dar moves up and around to pop free and then tackle AK for a headlock. Dar adds a noogie! The ref reprimands but AK fights his way up. AK powers Dar to ropes and the ref calls for a break. AK lets up but Dar shoves. Dar avoids the kick and brushes off his shoulder.
Dar and AK circle and tie up again. AK rolls and then gets a leg to then get a headlock. Dar fights to keep his shoulders off the mat and then works his way around. They stand, AK wrenches and hooks Dar up for an Octopus! AK pulls an arm but Dar pops free. AK sunset flips but Dar stays up. Dar stomps but misses and AK kicks him in the back! AK trips Dar up, runs but Dar trips him up. Dar tries a rear mount but AK slips out the back to trip Dar up and float to a ghost pin! TWO and Dar baits AK into a backslide. TWO and Dar shoves. AK leaps over for a sunset flip, TWO! Another ghost pin, ONE! Dar has the half nelson cover, ONE! AK has the ghost, ONE!
Dar again, ONE! AK again, ONE! ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE, TWO!! AK almost had Dar but he cartwheels to avoid the Penalty Kick! Fans cheer this great exchange and even AK smiles. But Dar growls and scowls as he and AK circle. They tie up again, and Dar puts AK on the ropes. Dar lets off but cheap shot elbows AK to the apron! Dar drags AK up and has him on the ropes a la Orton, but just lets him go. AK catches himself with his hands! But Dar kicks him in the face! The ref reprimands Dar but Dar flexes. Dar walks over and AK kicks him in the leg! Dar is furious and he stomps AK over and over! The ref backs Dar off, and AK throws himself at Dar’s legs. Dar drops an elbow and then drags AK up for a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer but Dar circles AK like a shark. Dar drags AK around with an armlock and digs his knuckles into wherever he can. Fans rally up and AK fights up to throw body shots and forearms. Dar kicks a leg out but AK runs, goes up and over and arm-drags! AK kips up to dropkick Dar out! Fans fire up as AK builds speed to the corner, but Dar gets in. AK adjusts to leap! Into a FUJIWARA! AK endures being bent around, rolls through, and catches Dar’s punch into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Dar powers up but AK holds on. Dar pops the legs apart to get a kneebar! AK stands up and spins out to get the armbar! Dar reaches and rolls to get a cover, TWO! AK ROUNDHOUSES Dar!
Dar wobbles, AK fires up and grabs Dar’s shoulders, but Dar mule kick LOW BLOWS!! The ref completely misses that! Dar runs for the NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Dar wins!!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
The Scottish Supernova is controversial as ever! The referee’s angle may have been what screwed A-Kid over but Dar still wants to brag on the mic. “Well then. An over the top rope 20-Man Battle Royal. Ooooh~! More like 19 Dafties, 1 Supernova 11 and YOUR next NXT UK Champion! No pinkie, no party. Thank you, b-b-b-b-b!” Dar heads out, ready to turn it up to 11 and tear the knob off. But will he be able to win that match without cheating?
More superstars talk about the NXT UK Battle Royal.
Dave Mastiff IS “the most powerful superstar in the Battle Royal.” There is no one who can throw a proper British heavyweight like him over the top rope. The Wrestling Genius, Kassius Ohno, in a ring with 19 “mongrels and heathens,” and you will see technique, skill and acumen propel Ohno to victory. Ilja Dragunov doesn’t just train hard, he prepares for war. His plan for the battle royal? “Just go in.” 19 other superstars will just go out, because Ilja will hit the ring like a lightning strike! Those other 19 are great superstars, but he is the only one who is UNBESIEGBAR!!
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!
For the first time ever, this brand will have this title defended between two of its superstars! However, champion and challenger each other well. Will the Irish Ace Cruiserweight Championship Tour continue past Coventry? Or will it be cut short by the Kiwi Buzzsaw?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this rivalry is renewed with gold!
Banks and Devlin circle and tie up. They break then tie up again. Banks wrangles Devlin to the mat but Devlin gets up. Devlin arm-drags but Banks headscissors, only for Devlin to pop out. Fans rally and duel as the two go again. Banks gets the arm but Devlin chinbars. Banks wrenches and gets a headlock takeover. Devlin headscissors out but Banks pops out and the two stand off. Fans cheer again as the two go again. Devlin wrenches and brings Banks down to stand on his head. Banks sits up but Devlin shifts to a hammerlock. Banks gets up, spins and arm-drags Devlin away, and Devlin backs off as his bad elbow jams. Devlin comes back from the corner but Banks blocks his kick. Banks trips Devlin and traps one leg to crank the other.
Devlin endures, gets free and headlocks Banks back. Banks spins and arm-drags Devlin off to get the armlock. Devlin fights up but Banks snapmares him down for the crucifix cover, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Devlin headlocks but Banks powers out. Banks table tops Devlin to then rolling clutch, TWO! Devlin avoids a stomp and a roundhouse and bails out. Fans cheer as Banks waits patiently. Devlin catches his breath as he paces the ring, but Banks drags him up to the apron! Devlin hotshots Banks back then rolls in to URENA- Banks reverses with an arm-drag! Banks clotheslines Devlin out of the ring then builds speed to DIVE! But Devlin sends Banks’s tope into the barriers! The ref checks on Banks but somehow he’s okay to continue.
Devlin leaves Banks behind and dusts his hands off. Fans are divided as Devlin swaggers about the ring. Devlin even does push-ups while he waits. Banks stands and Devlin fetches him into the ring. Devlin wrenches to an elevator backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Devlin keeps his cool and blows a kiss to the lovely ladies before he drives elbows into Banks’ head. Devlin drags Banks up and whips to kitchen sink knee Banks down! Fans still rally for Banks but Devlin drags him into a seated cobra twist. Banks endures and fans rally up again. Devlin digs his knuckles in but Banks fights his way up. Banks throws body shots but Devlin uppercuts. Devlin whips but runs into Banks’ boot. Devlin runs back in but Banks goes up and over to trip Devlin up. Banks runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!!
Devlin catches his breath and stands on Banks’ head. The ref reprimands and Devlin lets up to bring down the knee pads. Devlin brings Banks up for a double knee smash! Devlin brings his knee pads back up and he drives elbows into Banks’ shoulders. Banks gets to a corner but Devlin digs his boots into Banks’ head. Devlin lets off at 4 and shouts, “I know the rules!” Banks CHOPS Devlin, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Devlin turns it around but Banks dodges the chop to CHOP again! Banks brings Devlin out but Devlin jawbreakers back! Devlin grabs Banks’ arm and gives toying kicks. The ref reprimands Devlin but Banks eggs Devlin on! Devlin kicks and kicks but Banks just takes them all!
Banks gets up to throw forearm after forearm! But Devlin hits the URENAGE! And standing moonsault, onto knees! Devlin goes to a corner and fans rally up. Banks runs side to side for a big forearm smash! Then the other way for another! Then corner to corner, but he knows Devlin follows! Banks sweeps the legs and Devlin crashes into buckles! Banks goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! He drags Devlin up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Devlin still lives but Banks has more to give. Fans rally up and Banks gives Devlin kicks of his own. Devlin manages to sit up but Banks keeps kicking. Devlin blocks a kick and throws Banks down by the leg. But Banks trips Devlin to then run and SHINING WIZARD! Banks spins to ROLLING ELBOW!
Devlin fires up but Banks BOOTS him out of the ring! Banks runs and DIVES, direct hit with the tope! Fans fire up with Banks while Devlin is wiped out at the ramp. Coventry chants for “NXT! NXT!” as Banks drags Devlin back into the ring. Banks goes up top and leaps, DUMDUM STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and Banks can’t believe it! Both men stir and fans rally up again. Banks runs to the corner, but Devlin gets under. Devlin bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS Banks! He yanks Banks in but Banks sunset flips, TWO! Devlin sits on the cover, TWO! Banks has the sunset again but Devlin rolls through to jackknife! TWO as Banks bridges up! Banks spins but Devlin resists the backslide. Devlin HEEL KICKS Banks! Banks HEADBUTTS back! Devlin falling HEADBUTTS Banks!!
Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Devlin sits up first and grits his teeth. He drags Banks to a corner drop zone and heads up top. Banks gets up to trip Devlin up! Devlin is in the Tree of Woe and Banks heads up top! Banks digs his knuckles into the knees, then leaps for WOE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Devlin still lives and Coventry hopes they “Fight Forever!” Banks heads to a corner again and goes back up top. But Devlin enziguris Banks down! Devlin JABS Banks for good measure before climbing up. But Banks fights Devlin off. Devlin hops down to the apron and sweeps the legs! Banks is stuck as Devlin slingshots for a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Now Banks shocks Devlin by surviving!
Devlin heads back up top and MOONSAULTS, but has to roll through as Banks moves. Banks leaps and LARIATS! Then goes to the corner, SLICE OF HEAVEN! Banks reels Devlin in, but Devlin escapes the Kiwi Krusher to O’Conner Roll, EuroClutch, WITH ROPES!! Devlin wins!!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Irish Ace had something up his sleeve and he cheats Banks! Devlin’s Cruiserweight Championship Tour continues, but is his luck going to run out?
A really good episode for NXT UK, but sadly the word is that even TakeOver: Dublin has to be postponed. That news only came out today, but I’m sure there will be an adjustment in next week’s episode to account for that. But since the 20-Man Battle Royal was already recorded, I’m sure we’ll still get that match aired next week. That match is really more about who isn’t in it, as the NXT UK Roster still isn’t that big. And as far as who comes out of it to (eventually) challenge Walter, I can’t be sure. Finn Balor has made it seem like he didn’t stick around in the UK but he might be a surprise entrant and win it all. Surely the plan was for Dublin to have more than just Jordan Devlin to cheer for as a “hometown” hero.
Speaking of Irish superstars, Aoife VS Nina was a good match, and naturally Aoife wins. She still needs time to build up as a character, and perhaps there will be promo opportunities so we can understand more of that character and the personality. Piper had a good promo, and her match alongside Dani Luna against KLR and Jinny will be an interesting one. Jinny wants a new sidekick after Jazzy Gabert left, I wonder if Dani turns on Piper to fill that role. Dar VS A-Kid was really good, but Dar wins with controversy to keep AK strong. I don’t know if Dar lasts that long in the battle royal but I would love to see Devlin VS Dar for the Cruiserweight Championship just for great Obnoxious Heel VS Obnoxious Heel segments.
Imperium VS Carter & Smith was a good tag match but Imperium was definitely winning as the more experienced team. Pretty Deadly mocking Carter & Smith surely means that will be a tag feud going on, but I don’t see either team becoming contenders so soon. Gallus’ card looks pretty open unless Moustache Mountain reunites while neither is doing much else. FMW says he wants after the superstar who attacked Andrews, but I still think it might be The Hunt turning Heel. However, I would also hope it’s Eddie Dennis coming back around to his original promos about being bitter towards old friends, Andrews and Pete Dunne. Dennis might even become the leader of The Hunt, being he’s nicknamed the Welsh Dragon now.
Devlin VS Banks was great again but I’m a bit surprised they had Devlin win with controversy. I can see them wanting to keep Banks strong if they want him to eventually get some kind of title somewhere, but it doesn’t really help Devlin’s power rankings back. Devlin is apparently going to be in the 20-Man Battle Royal, but I don’t know if he’d win. If there was originally the plan for Balor VS Walter at TakeOver: Tampa, which is canceled to be used as material for NXT TV instead, I wonder… Was Balor going to beat Walter and take the NXT UK Championship to then have Irish Prince VS Irish Ace, title for title? Not likely, as that would be a lot even for a great wrestler like Balor. But maybe one day, we get proper crossover between the Cruiserweight Division and other titles.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/10/21)
The two night extravaganza begins!
WrestleMania sets sail once again!
The first of two epic nights begins, and Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair will be its main event! Will Boss Time end as this becomes WrESTleMania?
- WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre; wins and
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil: wins and will challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles on night two.
- Seth Rollins VS Cesaro; wins.
- Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon; wins.
- Damian Priest & Bad Bunny VS The Miz & John Morrison; win.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS AJ Styles & Omos; win(s) and
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania 37 kickoff show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, JBL, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting, finally back in front of a LIVE CROWD!!
The Night Panther is here!
But R-Truth keeps interrupting his commercials! Truth wants to be Old Spice Guy tho! Good thing he didn’t have his 24/7 Championship on him, Truth might’ve lost his baby tonight.
Sonya Deville joins the panel!
Fans are excited as the new assistant WWE official discusses the Women’s Tag Team Turmoil. She loves having fans back, and she has history with women’s tag team wrestling. She is ready to see what we get out of Billie Kay & Carmella. Finally, Billie has a spot! She has been selling herself, as it were, Mella finally accepted, and Billie’s just so entertaining so Sonya is ready to see that. And what of her former partner, Mandy Rose…? Well, they were a stronger team back in the day, but that was on Sonya. But she still wishes every team luck. JBL is so happy to have Sonya over Peter. Sonya doesn’t mind that.
And of course, today’s main event, Banks VS Belair. Sonya is a boss in her own right, so what does she make of Boss VS EST? Both very talented, but sometimes people get a nickname and it’s just that. The words better back up the names. Being a “boss” is more than just what’s on the surface. Like the suit? Yeah. You walk the walk, talk the talk, wear the suits. But Sonya will definitely be watching closely.
Vince McMahon is here!
He stands on stage with the superstars featured tonight as he speaks! “Throughout this pass year, our superstars performed tirelessly for all of you.” But there was something missing. And that was the fans of the WWE! As we now emerge from the pandemic, and on behalf of the entire WWE Family, Vince would like to say thank you, and welcome you back to WRESTLEMANIA!
Bebe Rexha performs 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!”
There’s a rain delay!?
It seems Tampa wants to tease us by keeping things stalled a little longer.
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.
How is he feeling after that moment on stage? Goosebumps, of course! Being back with LIVE fans, Shane is pumped! He’s going for the knockout on Braun. But what is his problem with Braun? Shane’s just poking fun is all. But he’s been more or less bullying him. What? How? What did he say? He said he was stupid. Well, Braun turned out not so stupid because a steel cage is a great choice. Shane is using is noodle to figure out what to do to Braun while he’s in there. Shane does have experience in that match. And the Monster Among Men is big, but shouldn’t Shane pick on someone more Shane’s size? Sure, maybe, but when the opportunity is there, he has to do it.
Bobby Lashley & MVP interrupt but Shane doesn’t mind, He lets them have their time. MVP says the time for talk is over. This is the crowning moment for Lashley and the All Might Era! No words can convey what is going on. The only language Lashley can speak right now and that Drew McIntyre can understand right now is VIOLENCE. MVP has said it before, the WWE World Championship changes you! McIntyre will agree with that because he has had that title and wants it back, but that isn’t happening! MVP told McIntyre that it’s over at Mania, and that McIntyre would lose his dignity, lose consciousness and lose the match. But McIntyre storms over to get in their face!
You want to go now, McIntyre?! MVP keeps the peace because this match will happen soon enough. McIntyre says Mother Nature can’t save Lashley. If they have to fight backstage, they will! McIntyre will not be stopped! MVP tells Lashley to stay calm, referees hurry over to keep this from getting any more heated, but that’s hard to do. McIntyre wants Lashley to keep that energy up. Sarah now asks McIntyre how he’s feeling. McIntyre is at a 10, he is just trying to keep his emotions in check. But last year, in the Performance Center, his first shot at the world title, he won it. McIntyre lost it for a few weeks, go it back.
But now to fight in the first match with live fans, if it’ll happen now, McIntyre is just fired up with MVP’s crap. WrestleMania or not, McIntyre just wants to drop Lashley’s ass! This WILL happen tonight!!
Kevin Patrick interviews the New Day.
They’re ready BABYYY~! People in the building has them excited! This feeling is hard to understand until you feel it! Even before Kevin was here! Kevin is happy to see these two against AJ Styles and Omos. But why? Because they’re fighting champions! Kevin had to be watching! The New Day fights the best. Omos & Styles might still not be registered, this might not happen. Oh they did? Then let’s go! Woods has felt Omos’ force but he is not afraid! Woods and Kofi have always been this size, so there are guys bigger, but they signed up for the titles! It doesn’t how big Omos is, how great Styles is, but the New Day has beaten every single other team! They cannot hang!!
OMG Big E!? Big E is THE Intercontinental Champion and he’s gonna do work on Night 2! Big E says we’ll see what makes these two one of the greatest tag teams ever!! You will see two men at their very best, so consider yourself BLESSED! Woods feels delivered! Kevin gets it, right? Yes, he does.
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
He has his steel cage match with Shane, but what’s he feeling? he’s just ready to do this. He isn’t doing this just for himself but for every person who has been bullied and called worthless! Braun is ready! Shane’s made the bed, he’s gonna lay it in, Braun will beat Shane within an inch of his life so let’s GO! Braun is in the best shape of his life, Shane has made a mistake getting into this. You can only poke a bear so much before it bites you. Braun is proving that bullies don’t win! You will see Braun stand over a corpse tonight, and we will be praying Shane can still breathe after tonight!
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST’s first title match is at WrestleMania, in the main event! Where is she emotionally? Nervous, but that means she cares, just like she said on SmackDown. Yes, she’s against The Boss, she is all that, but Bianca doesn’t run from competition but runs to it. She is going to put the EST in The BEST, and will put it all on the line. And the best part? The fans are here! Bianca is going to do this not just for her, but for the world! Making #Herstory!
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
Mike- Er, Kevin, welcome! Your first Mania! Rollins is fired up as it’s just a wild night already. But given what’s happened since his return, with disrespect from Cesaro and the swing- MIKE. KEVIN. LISTEN. We don’t have to go over all that. You just had to bring up Cesazzlo. But that’s fine, and Rollins has wanted to address it. Since coming back, week after week, Zassoro has disrespected Rollins. Why? Maybe to use Rollins as a springboard into the potential that he’s been wasting. When the storm clears, the moon and stars will all shine on SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS, because he IS the NEW Mr. WrestleMania! And he’ll prove it again with the match of a lifetime when he trounces that joke Sazzaro in Raymond James Stadium! Have a great night Mike-Kevin. My Kevin? Hyphen it to Mi-Kevin.
Backstage interview with The Miz & Morrison.
They say they don’t need luck, because they have skill. You can tell a lot about a man from the company you keep. And Bad Bunny hanging out with Damian Priest means they’re scum. The fun and games are over. This isn’t the Super Bowl, the Grammy’s or SNL. This is WRESTLEMANIA! And you are up against the ONLY TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion, and the Mayor of Slam Town, the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century! *Stare off into distance* #BeJealous!!
WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre!
The Chief Hurt Officer tried but failed to remove the Scottish Warrior from the equation, and now he will pay for it! Will McIntyre become a three-time world champion in the span of just one year?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and this All Might WrestleMania Weekend opening contest FINALLY begins!
Andrew’s Impact Hardcore Justice Results & Match Ratings: 4.10.2021
Tommy Dreamer is the Executive in Charge of Wrestling! E-C-Dub! Hardcore Justice kicks off! Does Deonna Purrazzo end Jazz’s career?
Tommy Dreamer is the Executive in Charge of Wrestling! E-C-Dub! Hardcore Justice kicks off! Does Deonna Purrazzo end Jazz’s career?
We have the major story of Jazz putting her career up, but the rest of the card is a bunch of ECW style throwbacks. Charily Legal is one of my favorite dumb names for a Chairs match. Blind Games had an amusing set up, and the whole X Division mystery tag could be fun.
I’m curious if we’ll get any old school ECW performers on this PPV aside from Dreamer and Jazz. So let’s see where Impact’s WrestleMania week show goes!
- Mystery Partner Triple Threat Tag Match: Ace Austin & Madman Fulton vs TJP & Fallah Bahh vs Josh Alexander & Petey Williams: Alexander wins via Ankle Lock w/Grapevine – *** ¾
- Chairly Legal: Shera vs Hernandez: Shera wins via Rohit Chairshot – **
- Doc Gallows w/Karl Anderson vs Black Taurus w/Rosemary & Crazzy Steve: Gallows wins via Double Hand Sitout Chokeslam – ***
- Crate American Bash: Johnny Swinger vs Matt Cardona: Cardona wins via Radio Silence – ***
- Open Challenge: Sami Callihan vs Sam Beale: Callihan via Package Piledriver – N/A
- Blind Games Match: Brian Myers vs Jake Something: Jakes wins via Blackhole Slam – ** ½
- Number 1 Contender: Knockouts Hardcore Gauntlet: Rosemary vs Tenille Dashwood vs Jordynne Grace vs Alisha Edwards vs Havok vs Su-Yung: Tenille wins – ***
- Title vs Career: Knockouts Championship: Jazz vs Deonna Purrazzo (c): Purrazzo retains via Cosa Nostra – *** ¼
- Hardcore Wars: Team Dreamer (Tommy Dreamer, Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann & Willie Mack) vs Team VBD (Eric Young, Rhino, Joe Doering & Deaner): EY wins via Piledriver – *** ½
Mystery Partner Triple Threat Tag Match: Ace Austin & Madman Fulton vs TJP & Fallah Bahh vs Josh Alexander & Petey Williams
This was a crazy fun match where TJP and Fallah faced the Canadians for a good bit of the match, which is perfect strategy from the heel team to let the others try to gas themselves out. Fulton gets to put on a little bit of a show, as he does more athletic set ups for charges and corner attacks than we’ve really seen from the big man.
TJP and Petey had some fun interactions, as did most of the X Division sized wrestlers. Fallah and Fulton took turns taking each other out, and allowing the X Division guys to shine against one another. Fulton had some fun displays of power where TJP was on his back and he still Chokeslammed TJP and Alexander at the same time. Just a lot of fun crazy action that rarely stopped moving.
TJP went for the Mamba Splash on Josh Alexander, but Alexander got the knees up. Petey hits a Canadian Destroyer on TJP. Attempts one on Fallah, but that’s not really smart. Petey moves before the big man drops down on him, which allows to Alexander to take advantage and lock in the Ankle Lock for the win over Fallah.
Chairly Legal: Shera vs Hernandez
This was the usual power guys with weapons kind of match. Chairshots, chairs in the corners, suplexes on piles of chairs. Just the usual fun things in a hardcore match, but it wasn’t exactly captivating. The rub came in when Rohit slides into the ring, lays out Hernandez with a chairshot and then tells Shera to pin him.
Shera and Rohit seems to have an understanding now.
Doc Gallows w/Karl Anderson vs Black Taurus w/Rosemary & Crazzy Steve
Taurus is reeling for a lot of this match. Gallows tosses him around, hits a few Big Boots and Anderson makes his presence felt a bit through the match. Black Taurus manages to comeback a little bit using his agility mixed with the fact he’s not a small guy.
A 619 and Crossbody give Taurus an opening, but due to Karl’s general interference, Crazzy Steve not being overly effective; Gallows catches Taurus after a distraction, Double Handed Choke Bomb and Taurus is done!
The Good Brothers try to gain some traction before the FinJuice rematch.
Crate American Bash: Johnny Swinger vs Matt Cardona
A mystery crate match with a fun reference of name! Given that Swinger is involved there’s a solid bit of gimmick. Swinger goes to some of the crates to find toys. A Scott Hall picture gets pulled out, a Rat Trap is in the second crate (which yeah, that’s funny as hell given that he uses older lingo and has talked about rats before), the third one Cardona opens and doesn’t reveal, while Swinger finds knuckles in the last crate. When Swinger tries to use them, Cardona hits Radio Silence and we’re done!
The match was entertaining just a lot of gimmicks and references. After winning the Swinger-ellas look shocked and Cardona walks away with the third crate, just smiling and never revealing what’s in it. IF it’s the damn wad of money again…sheesh they need to end that.
ImpactPlus Flashback Moment: Hardcore Justice 2010: Sabu vs RVD w/Bill Alfonzo
Good use of acknowledgment since nWo and RVD got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this week. Impact tends to use their old footage fairly well.
Open Challenge: Sami Callihan vs Sam Beale
Let’s be aware, this whole match was to enhance the story between Sami and Trey. Beale was abused, bitten and had joints stretched. He nearly pulled off the upset with a flash Small Package, but we knew where this was all going.
He fought hard, but this match wasn’t about him. Sami eats his lunch and the match is over. Nice to see Sami got a workout in.
Blind Games Match: Brian Myers vs Jake Something
The match was amusing watching them stumble about trying to find each other. Some random stuff and few weapon strikes make things odd. Myers bumps the referee, lifts the blindfold, beats on Jake a bit and then drops the blindfold to make it seem like he didn’t cheat.
Before Myers can finish things, Cardona’s music hits, and he walks out with the crate. Cardona distracts Myers a little, slides the crate to Something, Something cracks the crate over Myers’ head and action figures spill out. Blackhole Slam, and then Jake wins.
While the match was awkward, the finish was great. This should kick off Myers finally accepting Cardona’s challenge.
Number 1 Contender: Knockouts Hardcore: Rosemary vs Tenille Dashwood vs Jordynne Grace vs Alisha Edwards vs Havok vs Su-Yung
Okay so let’s work with the abridged version since this was a cluster. Susan comes out first, and then gets demon attacked and become Su Yung. Tenille NOPES out of the entire ring early as Havok and Rosemary look elated to get Su back.
Alisha tried at multiple different times in this match and wasn’t terrible, she even pulled out her own Kendo Stick, Kendra, Kenny’s wife. As she goes off with stick, Su Yung grabs her and takes her to the back. So maybe Alisha will succumb to darkness or something.
Havok and Jordynne go back and forth in a solid exchange, then as Havok goes to the top rope, Nevaeh appears, throws some pocket sand at Havok and Havok crashes to the mat. Kaleb pulls out Jordynne Grace, hits a Superkick and Tenille pins Havok for the win! Pocket Sand and Superkicks!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 10, 2021
Title vs Career: Knockouts Championship: Jazz vs Deonna Purrazzo (c)
Jazz opens up quickly with a Spinning Back Kick, drops Deonna but only for an early 2 count. Deonna retreats to the ropes, manages to grab Jazz’s arm and starts working in the technical heel shortcuts. Arm Wringers, Stun Guns, Launchers into the ropes, and just staying on top of working Jazz over on the mat.
Jazz eventually fights out of the corner, and puts a few moves together. An X Factor gets Jazz a near fall, and Deonna finally starts getting frustrated. Some timely strikes open up Deonna’s defenses, but Deonna stems the tide. Paradise Lock in the ropes gave Deonna an edge guarding advantage. She caught Jazz with a few shots, forcing Jazz to come back in through a flurry of kicks and stomps.
Jazz fights through one last time, hits a few strikes, a Samoan Drop and looks to finish things, but Deonna catches her, floats through and attempts the Fujiwara. Jazz fights out to the ropes and Deonna gets mad and says she’s ending this, Deonna sets up her Gotch Style Piledriver known as Cosa Nostra, lands the move and ends Jazz’s career!
Hardcore Wars: Team Dreamer (Tommy Dreamer, Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann & Willie Mack) vs Team VBD (Eric Young, Rhino, Joe Doering & Deaner)
So with Dreamer getting jumped in the back and the doctor says he’s not cleared, we all get to go into the tank and think of fun replacements. Deaner and Eddie start off, and we continue where the IMPACT! match left off, since Deaner has done a great job reinventing himself.
Rhino is next in typical team fashion where the heels keep the early advantage. Willie Mack evens things up, Doering dominates a few people, Rich makes a big push actually equalizing Doering even though he’s smaller to help get across his ability leading towards the Omega match. Then we get to the end, where EY gets the troops together to take over, and the final for Dream Team is…Trey Miguel…vomits in my mouth, of all the things, it could’ve been Sabu or anything else…ugh.
Trey does some things that looks stupid, then we get to a Tower of Doom variation. I don’t like Tower of Dooms, but the fact we have Willie, Rich and Eddie trying to suplex EY, then Doering Triple Powerbombs them, taking EY over as well. So it makes Doering look great. Doering puts Eddie on a table, looks to drop an Elbow from the apron, but Trey hits a Meteora into Doering, as they crash through Eddie and the table.
VBD triple team Willie, Willie fights the good fight for a moment, but then the numbers catch up EY Piledrivers Willie and VBD win.
So Trey continues to underwhelm, which is nice for the Sami story. Maybe Sami can make him stop sucking. It’s a tall task…but who knows.
Overall Score: 6.75/10
Well we knew the only really big aspect to this was if it was going to be Jazz’s career or the crowning of a new Knockouts Champion, but the rest of the show was definitely entertaining. Though some of the in-ring action was lacking at times, finishes were fun, the way the stories fed into each other worked well and I was generally amused by how the show went off.
Jazz’s career coming to an end is a little bittersweet, but the fact she was going to retire a little unceremoniously a few months ago, lends a little importance to this run since she got a tad bit more exposure than just peacing out in obscurity after dropping the NWA World Women’s title.
So there we go, fun show, people that needed to be protected were, a new number 1 contender for the Knockouts title and VBD got a much needed win.
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