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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 36 Night 1 Results!

The first night of WrestleMania Weekend!

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WWE WrestleMania 36

WWE truly gives us a WrestleMania Weekend!

The WWE isn’t afraid, they’re giving us a WrestleMania “too big for one night!” What history will be made during such unprecedented days?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preshow Match – Drew Gulak VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Bliss-Cross; Bliss-Cross win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • Elias VS Baron Corbin; Elias wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Shayna Baszler; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn w/ The Artist Collective VS Daniel Bryan w/ Drew Gulak; Zayn wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Ladder Match: John Morrison VS Kofi Kingston VS Jimmy Uso; Morrison wins and retains the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins, by disqualification.
  • No Disqualifications: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Host-ile Takeover: R-Truth VS Mojo Rawley VS Rob Gronkowski; Rawley wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Goldberg VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
  • Boneyard Match: AJ Styles VS The Undertaker; Taker wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the WrestleMania Preshow!

Corey Graves and Peter Rosenberg are in the WWE Headquarters! Join them as they discuss, analyze and predict everything that’s going on this WrestleMania that’s “too big for one night.”

 

Preshow Match – Drew Gulak VS Cesaro!

Before The Great Liberator defends his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Daniel Bryan, his Swiss Cyborg goes after Coach Gulak! Will the Philly Stretcher hold his own against the pound-for-pound strongest member of the Artist Collective?

The bell rings and Cesaro goes right at Gulak. Gulak gets Cesaro with the armlock first and drags him down. Cesaro fights up and powers out, but runs into a boot. Gulak runs into a scoop and backbraeker! Cover, TWO! Cesaro drags Gulak in and wants the Gotch but Gulak powers out! Gulak has the arm again and brings Cesaro down! He almost has a Fujiwara, but Cesaro powers up. Gulak drags Cesaro back down to the mat. Cesaro makes it a cover, TWO and Cesaro dead lifts to POWERBOMB Gulak down! Cesaro shakes out his arm before dragging Gulak up. He reels Gulak back in but Gulak rolls to a takedown! He has a YES LOCK! But Cesaro gets the ROPEBREAK! Gulak lets Cesaro go but then dumps Cesaro out of the ring!

Gulak goes to the apron and leaps for a flying lariat! Direct hit but Gulak keeps on Cesaro. Cesaro blocks being thrown into steel steps and hits Gulak back. Cesaro puts Gulak in, but Gulak hotshots Cesaro’s bad arm! Gulak clotheslines Cesaro back out! Gulak fires up, goes out to the apron again, and LEAPS! But Cesaro catches him! Gulak reverses Cesaro’s scoop into an arm-drag! Gulak throws Cesaro into steel steps, shoulder first! Cesaro gets up but gets thrown into more steel steps! Gulak puts Cesaro in and then climbs up top. Gulak leaps but into a EUROPEAN UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! And to Gulak’s cover, ONE! Into the FUJIWARA! Cesaro endures as Gulak cranks back!

Cesaro powers up and knees Gulak low. He knees more and then whips Gulak to ropes. Gulak rolls under to sunset flip, TWO! Gulak leaps to get the dragon sleeper! Cesaro powers up to a SLAM! And a BOOT! Cesaro drags Gulak up and in, but the bad arm keeps him from completing the lift! Gulak slips out but Cesaro sends him at the ref! Gulak stops himself, but turns around into a EuroUpper! Cesaro changes plans to a torture rack and an airplane spin! WITH NO HANDS! Cesaro then SLAMS Gulak down and covers, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

Incredible! As tough as Gulak was, and as much as he damaged Cesaro’s arm, Cesaro had a back-up plan! Will Cesaro be part of Sami’s plan in the Intercontinental Championship match?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

The King of the Ring may not have to face Elias after that brutal attack two weeks ago. Corbin shows no remorse for what he did. He does regret he didn’t pile on with road cases. But as a man of tradition, the man who ended Kurt Angle’s career, he’ll accept doing the same to Elias. Corbin even has a song! Corbin plays a harmonica as he basically just brags in rhythm. Well, rhythmic but tone deaf. Will Corbin be able to sing his praises at the end of tonight?

 

The WWE Backstage hosts join the preshow!

Renee Young, Booker T and Mark Henry are here to discuss Becky Lynch VS Shayna Baszler! It is certainly one of the most anticipated matches on this card. The Raw Women’s Championship is on the line, but in very different circumstances. A crowd of 70 thousand could rattle you, though Shayna is not easily rattled. However, no fans at all, that might affect Becky more. Becky will need to use some “tricks of the trade” to survive, or she’ll lose. Booker and Henry are split on who wins, who will be shocked by what goes down?

 

Stephanie McMahon addresses the WWE Universe.

“Every year, about this time, WWE presents its premier event, WrestleMania.” Each event has its own personality and has been different from before. This year’s will be the most different of all. The current circumstances prevent there being an audience, but there will be the same commitment to provide us all with the diversion, a sense of hope, determination, and of course, entertainment. With that said, the WWE thanks its fans, and welcomes them to WrestleMania!

 

WrestleMania has always had the best of the best be part of the celebration.

But with no live crowd allowed, that also means no live performance of the National Anthem. So instead, WWE presents a montage-medley of all 35 previous performances. Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Ray Charles, Michelle Williams, Boys II Men, Little Richard and so many more amazing voices blend together to sing the anthem of the great United States of America.

 

“A battle for the ages” is on the horizon.

Rise as one, or fall as… CUT! That’s starting at the end. You can’t start at the end. Where is the drama? The rising action? Story-telling 101. Back-up to… There! The raging ocean. “The darkest hour… is just before the dawn.” Movie narration, go! No, wait, that’s very cliche. Okay, yes, this is all cliche because it’s pirate theme with a pedestrian knockoff Jack Sparrow. But it’s also so much more. It’s a story of adventure, bravery, maybe even madness. Wait why are there horses and aliens? Give us the heroic montage! The epic effects! Mythical juxtapositions!

Our heroes, our icons, our legends are all here after hundreds of days and nights around the world. This is their quest for gold, glory and immortality! You may think you’ve heard this story before, but forget what you have learned. For fate has a funny way of surprising you. “Tonight, adventure awaits.” But history waits for no one! Both those things collide in one epic weekend! Who conquers the conquerors? Who raises the greatest treasures imaginable? And who stands tall on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Rob Gronkowski welcomes us to WrestleMania 36!

The NFL Super Bowl winner is here as “the host with the most” of this epic weekend! The party is too big for one night, so now we need the entire weekend! Well Gronk is the right man for the job! So sit back, grab a drink, and forget your world to be entertained in this world. Gronk brings out Mojo Rawley and we get hyped! High stakes, no brakes, and it starts NOW!

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Bliss-Cross!

Who better to open a pirate themed WrestleMania than the Pirate Princess? Kairi Sane and the Empress of Tomorrow look to keep hold of their treasure! But will the Goddess and loony lass be take their booty and kick some ass?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. Alexa and Asuka start, ready for a rematch from SmackDown. The two approach, Asuka dodges Alexa, and the Kabuki Warriors have a good laugh. Kairi tags in and she now steps to Alexa. Kairi pushes Alexa around but then starts making them harder palm strikes. Alexa falls down and Kairi mocks the ribbons in Alexa’s hair. They’re cute, but then Alexa SLAPS back! Alexa catches Kairi’s retaliation and mocks Kairi’s hair. Alexa then hits the standing STO and then mocks Asuka. The ref keeps Asuka back as Alexa drops knees. Tag to Nikki and Nikki dropkicks Kairi! Cover, ONE, but Nikki waistlocks to hop on for a thrashing sleeper! Kairi puts Nikki on ropes and in the Kabuki corner. Tag to Asuka and Asuka attacks Nikki.

The Kabuki Warriors stomp Nikki down but the ref backs Asuka off. Asuka says she knows the rules. Asuka snapmares Nikki to then buzzsaw kick! She toys with Nikki and pushes her around. She talks trash in Japanese but Nikki hits back with forearms. Nikki gets an edge but Asuka pushes back. Alexa tags in and Nikki throws Asuka out! Nikki trips up Kairi and clubs away with forearms! The ref reprimands Nikki but Alexa wrecks Kairi with a dropkick! Alexa is on the apron, and she CANNONBALLS onto Asuka! The ref starts a ring count but Nikki crossbodies Kairi down! Bliss-Cross are fired up and hug it out as the Kabuki Warriors regroup. Alexa gets Asuka in the ring at 5 and covers, TWO! Alexa drags Asuka up and wrenches. Tag to Nikki and Nikki climbs up. Nikki leaps for double ax handles!

Nikki wrenches but Asuka DECKS her! Tag to Kairi and Kairi ax kicks Nikki down! Kairi whips but Nikki reverses to send Kairi back out. Kairi hurries up but Nikki swings. But Kairi catches the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Asuka comes over to help but Alexa wrecks her with a dropkick! The women are brawling and Asuka throws Alexa into the post! Nikki throws Kairi at barriers but Kairi goes up to headscissor back! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Nikki down! The Kabuki Warriors talk trash and praise themselves as the ring count climbs. Asuka puts Nikki in at 8 and follows. Asuka stomps Nikki down short of getting to Alexa. She says “Mudi mudi!” aka it’s impossible to beat the Kabuki Warriors! Asuka tags Kairi and they mug Nikki.

The Kabuki whip and kick Nikki! Then ax kick to bulldog to dropkick! Asuka and Kairi are having fun now as Kairi sits for a cover. ONE so Kairi clubs away on Nikki. Kairi drags Nikki up in a facelock and cranks on her neck. Kairi ALabama lifts but Nikki sunset flips! TWO, and Nikki hurries. Kairi grabs at Nikki but Nikki kicks her away, hot tag to Alexa! Alexa rallies with lariats and counter punches to ROCK and DROPKICK! Asuka shouts for Kairi to get up but Alexa runs in. Kairi dodges but Alexa still punches her first. Alexa climbs up but Asuka hurries over. The ref reprimands them but the Kabuki Warriors trip Alexa up! Kairi climbs to WOE STOMP Alexa down!! Cover, TWO!! Alexa survives and Kairi argues the count.

Kairi drags Alexa up to grind her boots in. The ref counts but Kairi lets up to kick. Alexa kicks back but Kairi kicks her down! SLIDING D! Cover, TWO! Kairi drags Alexa up and wrenches her hair. Tag to Asuka and the Kabuki mug Alexa on the ropes. Asuka stands on Alexa’s neck at the apron. Kairi thrashes Alexa around while the ref pulls Asuka off. Asuka says she knows the rules, because that’s how they’re getting away with all this. Asuka clamps onto Alexa with an armlock. Alexa endures and fights her way up. Alexa throws hands but Asuka throws Alexa by her hair! Nikki protests but Asuka chokes Alexa on the ropes. Asuka lets up at 4 but Kairi hotshots Alexa down!

Asuka goes after Alexa with forearms, then runs corner to corner for a hip attack! Alexa denies the bulldog but not the pop-up KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Alexa toughs it out but Asuka is still on her. Asuka bumps Alexa off buckles as Nikki rallies for Alexa. Asuka runs in and Alexa knees her away! Alexa runs, ducks the back hand to ROCK Asuka! But Asuka ROUNDHOUSES back! Both women are down and crawling for their corners! Hot tags to Kairi and Nikki! Nikki rallies with big forearms! She runs in at the corner to splash and bulldog! Nikki unzips her vest and climbs up top! FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Nikki drags Kairi up but Kairi rakes the eyes! Tag to Asuka and Kairi runs in at Nikki. Nikki puts Kairi outside but Kairi shoulders in. But into a facelock! Nikki wants her neckbreaker but Asuka clubs her on the back!

Asuka fires off palm strikes but Nikki blocks the back hand! Nikki hits THE PURGE!! But Kairi hits the InSANE Elbow to break the cover!! Everyone is down but Nikki heads for Asuka. Nikki and Asuka are up, Nikki waistlocks but Asuka flails! O’Conner roll but Asuka pops out! ASUKA LOCK!! Nikki flails and rolls but Asuka stays clamped on! Alexa uses TWISTED BLISS to return the favor! But Kairi SPEARS Alexa! Everyone is down again! Asuka returns to her corner but Alexa is nowhere to be found. Kairi tags in and Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER! Kairi is up top again, but Nikki goes after her! The two fight up top and Kairi clubs away. Nikki clubs back but Asuka tags back in.

Asuka adds on and the Kabuki have Nikki 2v1! Asuka sunset flips and Kairi adjusts, KABUKI DOOMSDAY!! Cover, TWO!?! Nikki survives and the Kabuki Warriors cannot believe it! Kairi tags back in and Asuka drags Nikki up. Kairi DECKS ALexa and then runs. But Nikki dodges! The Kabuki avoid colliding, but then Nikki POSTS Asuka! Kairi clubs Nikki but Nikki ducks the back hand. THE PURGE hits again! Tag to Alexa, for another TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Bliss-Cross wins!!

Winners: Bliss-Cross, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Amazing! The best friends are back on top! Will they reach new heights together?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Sami and his Artist Collective are feeling good, but now Sami must defend his title against Daniel Bryan. Is it inevitable, though? The “inevitable” was Braun Strowman beating these three to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Yet it is Sami, “The Great Liberator,” holding the title! Everyone wants to see Bryan shut Sami’s mouth, but that’s not inevitable. Having this match doesn’t mean Bryan gets at Sami. The Artist Collective always has a plan. But one thing that is inevitable is that Sami will do what very few have ever done. He will walk in as Intercontinental Champion, and then walk out still Intercontinental Champion. Which inevitability will become reality?

 

Elias VS Baron Corbin!

The Drifter has said the Lone Wolf King is delusional, but Corbin’s attack was very real. Has Elias recovered enough to exact revenge on Corbin? Or is he the one who will #DriftAway?

Corbin grabs a mic to say, “The King has arrived at WrestleMania!” But Elias is nowhere to be found. Corbin replays the footage of his attack to make sure we all remember how it happened. “That felt good to send Elias flying off that balcony. And what’s going to feel even better is getting my second win at WrestleMania in a row.” So Elias should be counted out and Corbin’s hand should be raised in victory! But wait! The guitar strum signals that Elias IS here! Corbin rushes Elias but Elias kicks and guitar SMASHES Corbin back! This match isn’t official because Corbin didn’t wait for the bell! Elias throws Corbin into barriers and into the post! He CHOPS Corbin down then bumps him off the apron!

Elias puts Corbin in the ring but the ref keeps Elias back. Corbin flounders to a corner and drags himself to his feet. The bell rings and Elias goes after Corbin on the record! Elias CHOPS and clubs Corbin then whips him to ropes. Elias runs Corbin over with an elbow and covers, TWO! Corbin can’t get away before Elias is on him with another CHOP! Elias throws big forearms and springboard stomps Corbin down. The ref backs Elias off but Elias drags Corbin up. Elias reels Corbin in for a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Elias drags Corbin back up to CHOP again! But Corbin flapjacks Elias up and out of the ring! Corbin demands the ref count Elias out, and the count begins. Elias is up at 3 and in at 4, but Corbin throws him into a POST. Corbin covers, TWO!

Corbin stomps Elias down then puts him in a corner. He throws big body shots and haymakers then whips Elias corner to corner. Elias hits buckles hard, but dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out then in then LARIATS Elias down! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he goes after Elias again. “How’s your arm, huh?!” Corbin drags Elias up with a chinbar to drive elbows into the bad shoulder! Then Corbin shouts at commentary to praise him. Elias body shots Corbin back! Corbin knees low then POSTS Elias again! Corbin grins as Elias falls back and clutches his arms. Cover, TWO! The Wolf King is frustrated again, and he argues with the ref. Corbin goes after Elias on the ropes and drives more elbows into the bad shoulder. Elias flops against the ropes but Corbin brings him back up.

Corbin whips Elias corner to corner, but Elias reverses and POSTS Corbin! Now Corbin clutches a bad shoulder. Elias goes to the opposite corner and runs in to LARIAT Corbin down! Elias whips but Corbin reverses. Corbin catches Elias as he goes up, but Elias still mule kicks Corbin away. Elias stomps Corbin and throws fast hands! The ref backs Elias off but Elias is furious! Elias stomps Corbin more and more but backs off again. Just to come back for more! Elias drags Corbin up, dragon sleepers, swinging facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Elias keeps his cool and drags Corbin to a drop zone. Elias climbs up top, leaps, but has to bail out as Corbin moves. Corbin gets Elias for DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Elias survives and both men back off to opposite corners.

Corbin sits up first but Elias slowly follows. Elias flounders on ropes but he gets to another corner. Corbin runs in but Elias dodges again. Corbin slides out then in but Elias dodges the lariat this time! Elias KNEES Corbin down! Cover, TWO! Elias drags Corbin around to stomp away on. He puts Corbin back in a drop zone but Corbin rolls away. Elias pursues but Corbin grabs the ropes. Elias tries to get Corbin up but Corbin throat chops! Corbin covers, using the ropes! The ref spots that and stops the count. Corbin argues but Elias rolls Corbin up! WITH TIGHTS! Elias wins!!

Winner: Elias, by pinfall

The King tried to cheat but he gets cheated right back! Will Elias have a song to tell the tale of this victory?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Shayna Baszler!

The Man has been on a roll for a year now, but she may have run into an obstacle she can’t overcome. The Queen of Spades eliminated every other woman in the Elimination Chamber, and looks to destroy one more target. Will Shayna extinguish the Straight Fire once and for all? Or has she bitten off more than she can chew?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this grudge match finally happens!

Becky circles with Shayna and then they start throwing hands! It is fast and furious to say the least! Shayna kicks Becky’s leg, then gets around her for the Kirafuda! But Becky escapes before Shayna can clamp on tighter. Shayna pursues and kicks away on Bekcy’s leg. Becky hits back but Shayna CLUBS her down! Shayna bumps Becky off the apron then refreshes the count. Shayna stalks Becky, then dead lifts her! But Becky huricanranas free! Becky staggers over to bring Shayna up. She throws Shayna into the desk! Becky refreshes the count now to then throw Shayna into steel steps! Shayna writhes but Becky drags her back up. Becky puts Shayna in at 4 then climbs up top. Becky leaps to missile dropkick Shayna down!

Shayna flounders to the far corner but Becky runs in. Becky hits the forearm then stomps away! The ref counts but Becky won’t let up. The ref backs Becky off but she goes after SHayna with an uppercut and a back kick! Becky brings Shayna up but Shayna fights off the suplex. Becky elbows Shayna then jumps, but her kick is blocked! Shayna KNEES Becky down! Shayna stalks up behind Becky to bring her up in a butterfly. She gut wrenches but Becky slips out! Becky wants the arm, but Shayna clamps onto a shoulder. Becky sits down out of the clutch to victory roll, TWO! Shayna SPINE BUSTERS Becky down! Shayna drags Becky back up, butterfly to CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Shayna isn’t done with her. Shayna waits for Becky to rise, and then runs in.

Becky dodges to clamp onto the arm! Shayna whips Becky to the apron. Becky KICKS Shayna back then drags her out to join her. The two start brawling on the apron’s edge! Becky says this is HER title, no one else’s! Shayna fires off hands and knees! Becky wobbles, but she catches Shayna for a SLAM onto the apron!! Becky pushes Shayna in to cover, TWO!! Shayna survives and Becky is at a loss for words. Becky thinks on what to do next, and she drags Shayna over to a corner. Becky climbs up top, but SHayna springs up to enziguri! Shayna THROWS Becky off the top! Shayna clamps on, butterfly to an ARMBAR! Becky flails, endures, and manages a grip. Becky moves to make it a cover, TWO! Shayna STEALS the Disarm-Her!!

Becky endures her own move, and rolls around to get up. But Shayna trips Becky to KNEE her point-blank! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Shayna grows frustrated. Becky goes to the apron but Shayna pursues. Shayna brings Becky up but Becky hotshots her away. Becky climbs up, DISARM-HER on the ropes! But Shayna shoves Becky up, KIRAFUDA in the ropes!! The ref counts, Shayna lets go at 4 and Becky flops to the floor! Becky crawls but Shayna is in pursuit again. Shayna kicks Becky down then grabs the legs. Shayna dead lifts and SWINGS Becky into the desk! She drops Becky to refresh the count, and now grins. Shayna drags Becky up and says, “Some hero.” She puts Becky in the ring but takes her time returning.

Shayna looms over Becky, but Becky grabs the arm! Becky tries to bring Shayna down but Shayna back suplexes her off. Becky lands on her feet, but Shayna spins her around, for the KIRAFUDA! Shayna keeps Becky from ropes and leans on her. Becky rolls back to a cover, and WINS!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

Becky finds a way to survive Shayna! The savage Queen of Spades was perhaps outsmarted at the last moment. Will Shayna survive being shocked by Straight Fire?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn w/ The Artist Collective VS Daniel Bryan w/ Drew Gulak!

Gulak helped the Yes Movement get this match, but he lost his own against Cesaro. Will Bryan make good on Gulak’s help by taking this title off “The Great Liberator?”

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this showdown begins!

Well, it would begin but Sami takes his time talking things over with Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. Sami finally leaves his corner to circle with Bryan. Sami backs away into the corner again, then hops out of the ring. He says Bryan is crowding him but Bryan gives Sami plenty of space. Sami gets in and the two circle. But then Sami bails back out, just to annoy Bryan. Bryan keeps his cool but Sami lets the ring count climb. Sami slowly gets in at 8, but then jumps right back out! Bryan pursues and chases Sami, but Cesaro stands in the way. Sami gets back in the ring and Bryan heads that way, but again Sami bails out. Now Shinsuke stands in Bryan’s way. Sami slides back in with a cocky grin, but Bryan slides in. Bryan slowly approaches, Sami stumbles and Bryan almost gets him!

But now both Cesaro and Shinsuke stand in the way. So Gulak LEAPS Onto them both! Gulak and Cesaro brawl, and Gulak throws Cesaro over barriers! Gulak dodges Nakamura to clothesline him over, too! Sami sneaks up on Gulak but Gulak sees him coming. Bryan says Gulak can stand down, and let Sami go. Sami wants a count out, so just let him. So are they coming to their senses? Sami says this is Bryan’s best decision. But then Bryan goes out and TACKLES Sami at the ramp! Bryan punches Sami then puts him in the ring! Bryan has Sami all alone but Sami begs for forgiveness. No go as Bryan gets the legs! Sami keeps pleading but Bryan punches and clubs Sami over and over. Bryan keeps Sami down with knee after knee!

Sami flounders up but Bryan drags him from the ropes. Bryan has the leg and just toys with Sami now. Bryan kicks Sami hard in the leg, and the back, and then grounds ‘n’ pounds more. Sami gets away again but Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends both men into barriers! Bryan is up to kick Sami over and over! Bryan puts Sami in then climbs up top. Sami stands but Bryan leaps to missile dropkick him down! Bryan kips up and he has Sami’s legs again. Bryan laces the legs and pulls on Sami’s nose! The ref reprimands but Bryan crossface forearms Sami over and over and over! Bryan bumps Sami off buckles then SLAPS him! That’s for thinking Gulak’s a nobody! The kicks are because Sami hasn’t earned the title! Bryan hits a corner to corner dropkick!

Sami flounders about but Bryan brings him back up. Bryan knees Sami over and over! Sami tries to run away again but Bryan is after him. Sami elbows Bryan back and unloads haymakers of his own! He whips and LARIATS Bryan down! Sami is still stinging from everything Bryan did, but now he laughs because he’s in control. Sami SLAPS Bryan now! But Bryan just gets stronger! Sami CHOPS Bryan, and CHOPS! Bryan fires up as Sami whips, and he comes back with a LEAPING LARIAT! Bryan gives Sami YES and NO Kicks! Kicks from all sides hit Sami over and over! And the BUZZSAW! Sami is in a daze but Bryan isn’t done with him. Bryan has the arms and DANIELSON STOMPS! He stomps and stomps and stomps!

Gulak says Bryan can finish Sami now by going up top. But Cesaro and Nakamura go after Gulak and throw him into steps! Bryan DIVES and takes them both out! Bryan hurries to do as Gulak said, and goes up top. Sami BOOTS Bryan out of the air! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

The Artist Collective saves their Great Liberator! Sami wasn’t untouchable, but he did deny the inevitable. Is it undeniable that this trio will keep this title no matter who they’re up against?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Ladder Match: John Morrison VS Kofi Kingston VS Jimmy Uso!

This was meant to be a tag team triple threat, but The Miz is not able to compete tonight. But as the show must go one, the WWE felt it was fairer to the champions to bring this down to a normal Triple Threat. Will #JohnnyDripDrip still hold onto the belts for him and the A-Lister? Or will a new reign begin for another great tag team of the 21st century?

The bell rings and each man watches the other two closely. Jimmy aims at Morrison but Morrison dodges the superkick. Morrison kicks but Jimmy dodges that. Jimmy waistlocks but both men avoid Kofi’s double stomps. Jimmy flips Kofi but he lands on his feet. Kofi flips Morrison but he lands on his feet. The three stand off and start again. Jimmy bails out but Kofi and Morrison follow. They each get a ladder and bring it into the ring. All three men stand up ladders, with Morrison having drawn the short straw. Jimmy and Kofi go up their much taller ladders and go after Morrison. Kofi reaches for the belts but Jimmy CHOPS him Jimmy CHOPS Morrison but Kofi and Morrison hit back. Morrison kicks Jimmy’s ladder over! Jimmy falls down hard and Morrison goes after Kofi.

Kofi fights Morrison off and Jimmy returns. Jimmy drags Morrison off his ladder, but then Kofi LEAPS onto Jimmy! Morrison gets up and goes up the taller ladder, only for Kofi to pursue. Kofi drags Morrison down and the two brawl. Morrison snapmares Kofi and runs to Shining Wizard! Jimmy adjusts a ladder but Morrison pushes it over. Morrison mule kicks and clubs Jimmy down. Morrison positions ladders around but Kofi goes after him with clubbing forearms. The two brawl and Morrison cranks the neck. Kofi sips out but no SOS or Trouble in Paradise. Kofi ducks the Flying Chuck but Jimmy climbs! Jimmy is up top but Kofi gets up to stop him!

Kofi clubs and headbutts Jimmy down! But Morrison hurries to stop Kofi! Morrison has an arm and ROCKS Kofi with a right. Morrison punches Kofi down, then pogo-sticks the ladder over. He reaches for the belts but Jimmy grabs at Morrison. Jimmy forces Morrison to come down, and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Jimmy gets the ladder in position but Morrison ROCKS Jimmy back. Question mark kick to mule kick! Jimmy CHOPS, and Kofi springboards! Kofi uses the ladder like a swing, but his huricanrana is blocked! Morrison and Jimmy both throw Kofi out! Jimmy kicks Morrison low then CHOPS him again. Jimmy goes back to the ladder but Morrison clubs him back. Morrison whips, Jimmy reverses, but Morrison slides under the bars!

Jimmy pushes the ladder over, but Morrison is safe in the gap! Morrison pokes Jimmy in the eyes! Morrison pushes the ladder and it SMASHES into Jimmy! With both opponents down, Morrison takes some time to prepare. Morrison puts one ladder in a corner, then grabs another to SMASH Jimmy’s legs! Jimmy writhes while Morrison moves ladders aside. Jimmy gets up to CHOP again! He ROCKS Morrison with an uppercut, then puts Morrison on the ropes. Jimmy bounces Morrison’s head off the ladder Morrison himself set up. Jimmy climbs up to join Morrison, but has to be careful on the ladder. Morrison hits him back and trips him up! Jimmy is stuck on the ladder, and Morrison stands on the post, for a PARKOUR CORKSCREW! Morrison wrecks Jimmy with that ladder!

Morrison stomps Jimmy out of the ring then goes to a ladder. The Guru of Greatness stands the ladder up right under the belts. Morrison climbs up, careful of the wobbling. Kofi SPRINGBOARDS and SUPER STEINERS Morrison down!! Morrison falls out of the ring but Jimmy slowly gets up. Kofi hobbles to the ladder and stands it up again. Kofi climbs but Jimmy hurries in. Jimmy gets a mule kick but gives an uppercut. Kofi whips Jimmy out and throws a big haymaker! Kofi sees Morrison and FLIES! They wipe out with the ladders! All three men are down but Kofi is up first. Kofi gets a ladder but Jimmy walks on the barriers. Kofi THROWS the ladder at Jimmy!! Jimmy goes down in a heap with the ladder but Kofi keeps on him.

Kofi kicks Jimmy down then drags a ladder up. Kofi makes a ladder bridge between barrier and ring. “I know you got fight, Uce.” He clubs Jimmy then brings him up. He bounces Jimmy off the ladder, then hoists him onto it. Kofi clubs away on Jimmy until Jimmy stays put. But Morrison is up top! Kofi hurries to trip Morrison up and club him down. Kofi gets space, climbs up top, but Morrison is also up again. Morrison tightrope walks all the way to Kofi! And then uses a SUPER SPANISH FLY to wreck Kofi in the ring! But Jimmy USO SPLASHES down on Morrison!! All three men are down but those titles are still above their heads! Jimmy forces himself to bring a ladder up. He positions it under the belts and wills himself up the rungs.

Kofi crawls over and anchors Jimmy, but Jimmy kicks him away. Jimmy climbs but Kofi pursues. Kofi climbs over Jimmy and grabs at his hair. Jimmy punches Kofi back and Kofi flops to the floor. Jimmy climbs back up, but Kofi comes up from under! Kofi kicks and punches from the inside of the ladder, and then smashes Jimmy’s head on a rung! Jimmy falls down and Kofi moves around to the outside of the ladder. Kofi grabs at the belts but Morrison is there! Morrison punches Kofi but Kofi hits back. Kofi headbutts Morrison down and heads back up! But Morrison comes back around to grab his feet. Kofi leaps for DOUBLE STOMPS!! Everyone is down again, and the ladder tips over!

Kofi hurries to get the ladder back up, but Jimmy is bringing another ladder in. Kofi kicks Morrison out but Jimmy pushes the ladder in! It ends up another bridge as Kofi fights with Morrison. Kofi knocks Jimmy off the apron and then climbs. Kofi jumps off the bridge but into Jimmy’s kick! Jimmy SMASHES Kofi into ladder! Jimmy talks trash but Morrison is lurking. Morrison goes over and Jimmy goes under! Morrison goes up again but Jimmy SUPERKICKS! Jimmy has Morrison on the ladder bridge, and then brings a third ladder into play. Jimmy stands the ladder up in a corner as he climbs. He is at the very top, but Morrison gets up! Morrison pushes this ladder over and Jimmy FALLS TO THE FLOOR!!

Morrison has an opening and he tosses ladders out of the way. He heads up the rungs and grabs at the belts, but Kofi is back! Kofi climbs up as Morrison fiddles with the hook. Kofi CLUBS Morrison and then headbutts him. Morrison kicks and ROCKS Kofi, but Jimmy returns?! Jimmy has another ladder side by side with the main one. He climbs as the other two brawl. Jimmy CHOPS and headbutts! Kofi gives them back! Morrison uses both ladders for balance, and all three men are grabbing at the belts! They all unhook it, but now it’s about who keeps hold! They keep brawling, and a DOUBLE HEADBUTT sends Morrison down! BUT WITH THE BELTS!!! The belts came off the hanger, Morrison wins!!!

Winner: John Morrison (Miz & Morrison are still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

A unique 1v1v1 match for tag titles, and an incredibly unique way of winning! If Morrison can win even in this situation, will he and The Miz ever stop being THE Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century?

 

Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!

The Monday Night Messiah vows to bring Raw and all of the WWE into the future, but under his leadership and vision. But the Prizefighter will not let Rollins mistake his obnoxious tirades as greatness. Will Rollins end Kevin and the Resistance? Or will Kevin finally have a WrestleMania Moment to be proud of?

The bell rings and Rollins gives Kevin a chance to end this peacefully. Kevin refuses and rushes Rollins, but Rollins goes to the ropes for defense. The ref brings Kevin back and Rollins sucker punches! Rollins throws more hands but Kevin hits back. Rollins runs away, but Kevin pursues. They brawl outside the ring and Kevin backs Rollins down. Kevin throws Rollins into barriers but Rollins uses Kevin’s shirt to bring him into a knee. Rollins goes to the ring but Kevin avoids getting a Curb Stomp! Kevin knocks Rollins down then CHOPS him to a corner. Kevin throws more hands but the ref backs Kevin off. Rollins gets up but Kevin whips him. Rollins kicks Kevin but Kevin LARIATS back! And drops a senton! Kevin taunts Rollins, “How did that feel?” Then he gives Rollins another senton!

Rollins is in a corner but bails out before the cannonball. Kevin pursues again and CHOPS Rollins more! Kevin brings Rollins over to throw into barriers! He drags Rollins up to throw into more barriers around the way! Kevin refreshes the count to go after Rollins again. Kevin stomps Rollins then puts him in the ring. Rollins rolls out but Kevin meets him around the way. Kevin drags Rollins up and around, but Rollins resists the lift. Rollins back drops Kevin onto the apron! Kevin writhes but Rollins seethes. Rollins drags Kevin up, for an APRON FALCON ARROW! Kevin falls to the floor and sputters for air. Rollins taunts Kevin now as Kevin slowly stands. Rollins builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends Kevin into barriers! Rollins asks if Kevin sees the mistake he made. “I become a GOD!”

Kevin stands again, but Rollins DIVES again! Another direct hit! Rollins is laughing now because “You’re making this too easy, Kevin.” Rollins goes back into the ring, taunting Kevin that he’s a disappointment to his kids. Kevin stands, Rollins runs, but Kevin ROCKS Rollins first! But Rollins returns with a SLINGBLADE! Rollins rains down fists from all sides then kicks Kevin all around. Rollins taunts Kevin with his own words about being the one to #BurnItDown. Kevin stands, Rollins back kicks and runs. But no stomp as Kevin dodges! Kevin rolls Rollins, dodges another stomp, and hits a SPIKING DDT! Both men are down now but going to opposite corners. Rollins spots Kevin and runs in, but Kevin dodges! And SUPERKICKS back! Kevin hits the CANNONBALL! Kevin heads up top fast, for the SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Rollins survives but is still in bad shape. Kevin stands and keeps Rollins from leaving. Kevin throws haymakers and whips, but Rollins slips out of the pop-up! Rollins kicks, Kevin duck sand rolls him. Rollins slips out and tries again, but Kevin kicks back! No Stunner, Rollins hits a PELE! But Kevin rebounds to LARIAT! Both men are down again but stirring. Kevin is up first but Rollins goes to the apron. Kevin grabs Rollins and brings him up at the corner. They go up to the top rope, but Rollins fights back Kevin clubs Rollins but Rollins resists the superplex. Rollins claws Kevin’s eyes! And then sunset flips! For the BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins SUPERKICKS, and SUPERKICKS! Rollins runs, into a POP-UP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Rollins survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin drags himself up on the ropes while Rollins crawls to the apron. Kevin heads over but Rollins runs! Rollins makes it to the timekeeper’s area but Kevin catches him! Rollins elbows Kevin away and then uses the RING BELL!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification

The irony is that the bell couldn’t ring until Rollins gave it back. Kevin wins the battle because Rollins is focused on the war. “That’s your WrestleMania Moment, huh?” It isn’t a failure, but it isn’t what Kevin wants. Kevin grabs a mic to shout at Rollins before he leaves. “You don’t get to end this this way.” Kevin thought Rollins said he was a wrestling god. But that was the act of a wrestling BI*CH! If Rollins is a man, then prove it! They need to finish this! NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Rollins accepts the challenge! Will Kevin redeem himself in this instant rematch?

No Disqualifications: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!

The bell rings again and Rollins KNEES Kevin down! Rollins slaps Kevin around as he shouts, “When are you going to figure it out?!” Rollins drags Kevin up to throw him out of the ring. He goes out to throw Kevin into barriers! He keeps on Kevin with furious fists and kicks against the barriers! Rollins throws Kevin into barriers at the timekeeper’s area! “I can do whatever I want!” So Rollins grabs steel steps. Rollins aims at Kevin, and RAMS him down! Rollins taunts Kevin and kicks him all around. He takes the timekeeper’s chair and stalks Kevin. Kevin rises but Rollins SMACKS him on the back! And then on the arm! And on the back again! Rollins tells this is why Kevin should just shut his mouth.

The ref tells Rollins to finish this in the ring but Rollins says he can do whatever he wants. Rollins clears off the announce desk and brings Kevin up. But now Kevin uses the ring bell!! And AGAIN! Kevin has Rollins on the announce desk and hurries around… Behind the set? Kevin climbs the WrestleMania sign!! Kevin aims at Rollins on the desk, for a SUPER SENTON THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Both men writhe and referees hurry out to check. Rollins moans and gasps in pain but somehow Kevin stands up! Kevin won’t let it end here, he drags Rollins up out of the wreckage. He puts Rollins in the ring, then drags him up by his hair. Rollins begs for mercy, but he gets a STUNNER instead! Cover, Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Now THAT is a WrestleMania Moment to be proud of! Kevin risked his own body to take down the ego-maniacal Rollins! Will this end the war for Raw’s soul?

 

R-Truth joins Gronk and Mojo on the balcony.

The “WWE 24/7 48-7 7/11 I-95 South North European Television Champion” introduces himself. This title is bittersweet. He can’t go to picnics, church or cook outs. He got the baby back but he doesn’t want to lose it. Can Gronk and Mojo help? Gronk DECKS and covers Truth but Mojo drags him off it! Mojo covers Truth, and wins!!

Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Get hype again as The One True Champion is back on top! Mojo heads out and dares his buddy, Gronk, to come for it.

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Well, Heyman introduces himself and it spooks Charly Caruso. But the one that should be afraid is Drew McIntyre. We are 24 hours away from seeing that McIntyre is just a poser. Heyman said it on Raw, and knows that with all the marketing exaggerations, it seems he has failed to tell the world how unique Lesnar is. Lesnar isn’t just one amongst us, he is a unique being. McIntyre learns in 24 hours that there is nothing he can do other than dream, and crawl out of the ring a victim. Conquered not by a man, a mere mortal, but by a being unlike any other. The reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World… Brock. Lesnar.

 

WWE Universal Championship: Goldberg VS Braun Strowman!

The Big Dog could not compete so now The Monster Among Men steps to the living legend! Will Strowman finally #GetTheseHands on a world championship? Or is he just #WhosNext to lose to GOLD~BERG~?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this new yet equally epic encounter begins!

Goldberg and Strowman circle, then stare down. Strowman says Goldberg doesn’t have what it takes to stop him. Goldberg kicks low and whips Strowman to a corner. Strowman dodges and Goldberg avoids buckles. Strowman scoops but Goldberg slips out to SPEAR!! But Strowman is right up! So Goldberg SPEARS him again! Strowman is up again, but gets a THIRD SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!? Strowman survives three, but will he survive more? Goldberg takes aim and runs in, for a FOURTH SPEAR!! Goldberg is fired up but he needs to keep on Strowman. He wants to suplex but Strowman counters with a MONSTER SLAM! And another MONSTER SLAM! And then a THIRD MONSTER SLAM!! Now the tables have turned, and Strowman dares Goldberg to get up. Strowman brings Goldberg up, scoops, and hits the FOURTH MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, STROWMAN WINS!!!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall (NEW WWE Universal Champion)

The Triple Crown Monster is born!! Strowman is finally a world champion after surviving and conquering the Hall of Famer! What does this mean for the WWE now?

 

Boneyard Match: AJ Styles VS The Undertaker!

The Phenomenal One couldn’t stand that the Phenom made sure he didn’t win accolades unfairly. But then he made it personal by badmouthing Taker’s legacy, and Taker’s wife, Michelle McCool. Styles wants the Dead Man of old so that he can be the one to finally end him. Will this first-ever Boneyard Match be what does it?

Cameras take us to a cemetery in an undisclosed location. A hearse pulls up as Taker’s theme plays. Hooded figures bring a casket out of the back. The casket opens, but it isn’t Taker, but AJ Styles! Styles laughs as he hops out and looks around. “This don’t look scary at all!” Styles dares Taker to show himself. “I’m ready!” And pulling up on a motorcycle with Metallica blaring, it’s Big Evil! The American Badass drives into the Boneyard! Styles is surprised Taker came. Does Michelle know he’s up this late? A grave has been dug for Taker, but he says that’s for Styles. Taker steps to Styles, but Styles grabs a brick! Taker DECKS Styles first and dares Styles to get back up. Styles wanted this, now he’s going to get it! Taker decks Styles again then brings him to the grave.

Styles gets away but Taker pursues. Taker turns “Allen” around to DECK him again! Taker throws Styles into the casket lid! “It’s all fun, right?” He bounces Styles off the lid! And again! Styles crawls but Taker grabs a big spike! Taker goes after Styles but Styles moves! The hearse’s window smashes and cuts Taker’s arm. Taker isn’t scared, he’s just upset. Taker keeps Styles from crawling away but Styles kicks back! The two brawl and Taker throws Styles over the hood ONTO the windshield! The glass cracks and Taker wonders if Styles still wants some. Styles crawls up and over the top so Taker pursues. Taker brings Styles up but Styles punches back! Taker DECKS Styles again! He grounds ‘n’ pounds Styles over and over on the roof of the car. Taker tells Styles to never talk bad about his wife again!

Styles flops off the side of the car and Taker asks if he wants more. Taker stalks Styles but Styles hits back! Styles has Taker wobbling and he LOW BLOWS him! No Disqualifications in the Boneyard! Styles drags Taker over to the grave. Styles punches Taker over and over but Taker stays up. “Just fall already.” But Taker ROCKS Styles back! Taker hauls Styles up to punch him into the grave! “How does that feel down there?” But here come the Good Brothers! The OC says this is just getting started. Taker heads over, but then lights turn on. And from the light, hooded figures emerge and surround Taker! Taker watches them closely, and a huge brawl breaks out!

Taker fights off the mysterious minions but then Gallows and Anderson attack! They beat Taker down on the ground and stomp him around. Gallows drags Taker up and Anderson has a shovel stick. Taker fights free and boots Anderson down! He decks Gallows, then Anderson. Taker takes the shovel stick to CLOBBER Anderson! And then CLUB Gallows! But Styles returns and SMASHES Taker with a cinder block! “You ain’t got what it takes, old man!” Styles clubs Taker back down and talks more trash about Michelle. He rains down hands but ends up jamming his own fingers. Styles fixes his hand and blames Taker for that. Taker gasps and sputters as Styles tells him to stay down. Taker refuses and sits up. Styles tells him to quit and retire already, or he’s going to bury him. Taker stands and Styles RAMS him THROUGH THE FENCE!

Styles crawls from the wreckage while Taker continues to gasp. “You just don’t have it anymore, old man.” Taker slowly gets up but Styles is standing. Taker flips Styles off and eggs him on! So Styles throws down more fists! Styles says the “American Badass” just looks like some “broken down old bi*ch.” Styles grabs a shovel with a head on it, and says he is doing the WWE Universe a favor. Taker crawls and Styles BREAKS the shovel across his back! Taker falls into the grave! Styles sprinkles dirt as he says, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Styles goes to the tractor and starts it up. But wait! Is that…?! Taker magically appears behind him!! Taker punches Styles again and again! Styles flounders off the tractor and Taker kicks him around.

Styles heads for a ladder. Taker pursues Styles as he’s on the roof. Styles backs away, but PILLARS OF FIRE keep him from running! Taker BOOTS Styles down! Then he punches the OC away! Taker throws Gallows off the roof! And he scoops Anderson for a TOMBSTONE! That’s a tin roof, too! Now it’s just Taker and Styles. Styles doesn’t understand how Taker is doing this. Styles throws hands but Taker just eggs him on. Taker then choke grips Styles, for a CHOKE SLAM OFF THE ROOF!! Taker climbs down the ladder and stalks over to Styles. Styles stirs in the wreckage of the fence. Taker asks if Styles remembers his wife’s name. Taker wants Styles to stay awake, because they’ve still got plenty to do. He drags Styles from the wood wreckage and scoops him.

Taker carries Styles over to the grave and drops him just outside. Styles apologizes but Taker wants him to be specific. Taker drags Styles up and says he put up a hell of a fight. Styles doesn’t want to be buried, but Taker says he isn’t going to do that. They hug it out and Taker commends Styles for bringing the fight. Taker pats Styles on the head, then BOOTS him into the grave! Taker goes to the tractor, starts it up again, and DUMPS DIRT INTO THE GRAVE! And in the end, the head stone reads… AJ STYLES! Styles is left behind in a shallow grave as Taker gets back on his motorcycle. And with a raise of his fist, fire shoots from the barn! Taker’s symbol glows in the sky as he heads out into the night, for this is not his last ride.

Winner: The Undertaker

 


 

My Thoughts:

Wow, I must say, I really liked a lot of what WWE did tonight. I wasn’t really sure the point of a kickoff match but Cesaro and Gulak gave us really good stuff. And WWE actually changed the way the math usually works. I thought Cesaro winning meant Gulak would help Bryan win, but nope. The Artist Collective worked together and Sami Zayn is still champion. If anything, that’s the better outcome so the trio can be taken seriously. There’s concern of Daniel Bryan’s contract, but I hope this loss doesn’t mean he’s leaving. Likewise, I hope the Kabuki Warriors losing does NOT mean Kairi Sane is leaving. It felt like the Kabuki Warriors finally got going before this pandemic. Hopefully Kairi is given reason to stay so that she and Asuka can be even greater once the pandemic is over.

Elias VS Corbin was alright, but barely better than what you’d expect from a TV match. It might just be the limitations of both guys as exciting performers. But at least Elias won. I was surprised by the Raw Women’s Championship in how Becky one with the roll up counter. Shayna going through crisis of confidence might be an interesting move, as she’s always been succeeding. I’m sure she’ll get a second shot because who else is there for Becky to face? The SmackDown Tag Team Championship Ladder Match was still amazing, even with having to cut the numbers in half. That ending was brilliant, too. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a ladder match won by a miraculous move like that. I’m really intrigued to see where those titles go next.

The complete Rollins VS Kevin segment was great stuff. Rollins ending the first match with a DQ was a very TV move in the moment, but I am so glad we got that No DQ match right after. And I’m not sure if we would’ve gotten that super senton spot the same way if this was in the Tampa Bay arena. Maybe it would’ve been off the pirate ship stage set we all expected, but it was still amazing this way. And Kevin technically beat Rollins twice in one night, so that could add to the story. And then, what’s not to love about the last three matches? Getting the 24/7 Championship in on this was great, and I hope we get the rematch tomorrow. I am SO pumped that they gave Strowman the win, he finally gets a world title like he deserved a year or more ago.

And then, the Boneyard match. That was perfectly done with such great cinematic presentation. Taker being more American Badass was pretty good, even though he still has his powers to teleport and summon fire. I almost thought Styles was going to win, with Taker buried but with the shovel head so he could dig himself out. But in the end, it’s very fitting that Taker wins. Taker’s own WWE Network special airs tomorrow after Night 2, and they titled it “The Last Ride,” but if he were to do more cinematic matches, maybe he could last another couple years. I’m sure there will also be some kind of video where The OC dig Styles out so that he isn’t buried alive or anything, but this should do something to affect Styles’ confidence for a little bit.

My Score: 8.5/10


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AJ’s NXT Stand and Deliver Night Two Results & Review 4/9/21

AJ moves on to reviewing night 2! How does it STAND up to Night 1? Did it Deliver? …see what I did there?

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Here we go with the second day of Stand & Deliver with Poppy kicks it off and we get more championship matches. Actually… we get nothing but championship matches along with an Undisputed co-Main Event between O’ Reilly and Cole. Will Day Two live up to the hype of Day One?

Let’s find out before we jump over to my championship football teams house for WrestleMania!

Results:

  • Ladder Match: Santos Escobar(c) vs Jordan Devlin(c) for the NXT Crusierweight Championship: Santos Escobar wins – ***TITLE UNIFIED!!
  • The Way vs Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart(c) for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship- Ember and Shotzi win via Eclipse/Senton – ** ¾  – TITLE DEFENSE!!
  • Bronson Reed vs Johnny Gargano(c) for the NXT North American Championship- Gargano wins via One Final Beat –*** ¼  –TITLE DEFENSE!!
  • Karrion Kross vs Finn Balor(c) for the NXT Championship- Kross wins via Forearm Smash – ****TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Unsantioned Match: Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly-  Kyle O’Reilly wins via Knee Drop – **** ½

 

Review:

Santos Escobar vs Jordan Devlin-

Both men start with punches back and forth as Jordan Devlin gets the upper hand in the beginning. Quick pacing between both men trading hits and arm drags before they head to the outside where Devlin hits a beautifully done Asai Moonsault to Escobar. Devlin is the first to put the ladder into play and hits Escobar with but not hard enough as Escobar catches Jordan on the Ladder. Santos goes to place the ladder in the corner and the two start to play a little game of seesaw to put the other in the ladder until Jordan Devlin goes for the ride. A good amount of fighting goes on to the outside as Santos hits Jordan with the ladder again from a dropkick, standing and in the corner to incapacitate Devlin. Santos goes for a second ladder as Devlin begins to stir. Santos goes to try to stop him and goes up after stomping on Devlin but the defiant Irishman stops him and swings the momentum into his favor from all the trash talking. Santos gets back to his feet and dropkicks Devlin down again, going to slingshot him into the standing ladder but Jordan goes to climb up after and get pulled down. Santos putting it all on the line and take down Devlin with a Suicide Dive and even then, Devlin ever resilient comes back in and starts to make some offense started, getting a burst of adrenaline and takes Escobar down.

We get our first high ladder spot as both men ascend the ladder, away from the titles as Devlin knocks down Escobar and goes for a sky high Moonsault onto Escobar before setting the ladder back in the center of the ring to go for the titles. Legado Del Phantasma rush in as he climbs and takes down Devlin and mollywops him (I need to use that word more). Devlin still… STILL defiant… and tosses a ladder at Escobar and sets it up right next to Escobar’s. They begin to fight and jocky for position until Devlin hits a Spanish Fly from the ladders. Devlin goes to slowly climb up the ladder now until Escobar also makes his climb to stop Jordan. They start fighting at the top until Santos Escobar headbutts Jordan Devlin off the ladder, onto a propped ladder in the corner to pull both titles off the rung.

The Way vs Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon-

The Way start the fight early as Candice and Shotzi start the match up and get frequent tags to fight off Shotzi. Ruthless, destructive and consistent with the tags and pinfall attempts as Shotzi gets a full beat down but constantly fighting back. As The Way gets Shotzi somewhat separated, Shotzi hits an enziguiri and gets the tag into Ember Moon where she takes it to The Way like a House of…. F… Fire. Ember goes for an Eclipse attempt but things go to chaos as they do the Tower of Doom. We finally get some balance as Shotzi and Ember get the advantage and take them out with some high flying offense, a (very over shot) Suicide Dive from Shotzi and a Cannonball from Ember as they get a near fall on Candice. The Way get a cheap momentum swing until Ember cuts them off. Two frequent tags from the champions and after an Eclipse from Ember into a Senton from Shotzi and the champs retain.

Bronson Reed vs Johnny Gargano

While Johnny gets his ring announcement and mouthing over his own part, Bronson stares over him and scares him into a corner (always fun comedy) before the bell rings.

Bronson takes Johnny to the corner and ragdolls him to the center and knocks him down quickly. Gargano tries to pick some of the pace up but gets out-powered and… out finessed Johnny in all honesty with a cartwheel as Reed takes firm control of the match. Gargano has to get out of the corner against Bronson and strikes him enough to daze the big man but not bring him down. Each strike is trying to bring the big man down and finally does after chop blocking Bronson and hitting lariat so the big man rolls out of the ring. Gargano tries to go to the sky but, Bronson catches Johnny but gets pushed into the announce table, hitting Bronson in the midsection over and over with his new offense to the ribs. As Johnny gets his stream rolling, he thinks going to the sky is a good idea and gets caught into a slam down, hurting Bronson in the process and gets a tiny bit of momentum going for him and hits a Suplex Death Valley Driver for a near fall.

Reed now goes to attempt a sky high suplex but Johnny catches him into the corner and hits a Backstabber in the corner to weaken the big man further. Gargano now building some momentum of his own now, hitting the superkick and attempting a Shiranui but Bronson gets a counter and does a suplex to go back to even. Gargano gets his speed going in the match now as he hits the Poison Rana and into a Tilt-A-Whir into a Garga-No Escape. Bronson tries to block it but gets a strike to his ribs again, applying the hold until there is a forced break. Bronson rolls onto the ramp and catches Gargano’s attempt at a One Final Beat and Razor Edge’s the champion back into the ring. Reed goes to the top and goes for the Tsunami Splash but found nothing in the pool as Gargano rolls away and hits a kneeling superkick. He goes for another kick but gets caught by Reed, Bronson Reed goes back to the top until Austin Theory catches the big man’s attention so Gargano can halt Reed’s second attempt at the Tsunami. After a reversal of a Super Frankensteiner, Austin helps Gargano get to the ropes for a break in the pinfall. Bronson not happy about it starts taking on both members of The Way and even goes air born himself with a dive onto Theory. Gargano goes for an advantage for a One Final Beat but gets caught into a Reverse Tombstone and another near fall.

Bronson Reed goes for another powerbomb but Gargano escapes and hits two more superkicks before getting hit by one of Reed’s own. Reed out of desperation goes for a moonsault to try to finish this but again, nobody home as Gargano hits a pair of Final Beats and scores the victory.

Karrion Kross vs Finn Balor-

(Just because I feel like being a smart ass, my money is the guy that had to vacate their title because of a separated shoulder)

Balor goes to do a little size up with Kross and gets knocked down from a Collar and Elbow, Balor goes again for an arm wringer but Kross not having any of it until we get the third time being the charm where they have a proper exchange between the two and neither men can get the advantage again. Balor seems to have a little fun with it by smiling but Kross had enough after a knife edge chop, tossing Balor around and… Balor laughs… again. Even smacks Kross across the face and gets rocked by Kross now, not expecting it seemingly until Balor sidesteps in the corner and goes for the shoulder of Kross, straight jacketing and wearing the arm down before Karrion breaks the hold, going to more strikes and suplexes from his anger. Finn is put into a Tree of Woe and knocked down, hitting the midsection but with Kross’ hubris, Balor gets an opening and puts on an armbar. Kross gets out of it for a second until Balor reverses into an Arm DDT and applying more to the shoulder of Karrion Kross with the ropes in the corner. Kross attempts to get out of his predicament and counter Balor, only to get a spin kick to the midsection and double over to the ground to get a soccerball kick to the ribs and stomps against the ropes. Balor goes to hit the ribs and do more damage to the midsection of Kross but, Karrion gets the quick offense, knocking Balor down until both men are in the center of the ring after a swinging elbow from Finn.

There looks to be no momentum for anyone until Karrion grabs Finn’s foot and starts getting pissed off, Balor tries to escape but gets hit by a Northern Lights Bridge into a stiff lariat, keeping this momentum going as he lands a powerbomb but due to the midsection getting hit, it wasn’t all of it and gets a nearfall. As Kross shouts “Doomsday”, Balor gets some form of separation with kicks and even making sure he puts the monster down with a Slingblade, sizing up for the John Woo Dropkick but gets met with a Lariat. Kross lands a Doomsday Saito Suplex and sizes up for a Forearm Smash after but Balor senses it and hits the Bicycle Kick to stagger Karrion and hitting a couple of John Woo Dropkicks to knock Kross down. Balor lands the Coup de Grace but gets it countered into the Kross Jacket but Balor gets out quickly and stomps on Kross again to put him in a grounded abdominal stretch. Scarlett chants something to Kross to incite him and break the hold, beating down Finn and lands a second Doomsday Saito and a pair of Forearm Smashes to the back of Balor’s head to regain what he never lost.

Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly

Before this match starts, I want to actually congratulate the crowd for actually realizing that Adam Cole is a heel and not shout “Bay Bay!” when Cole says it. I will be a little bit of an ass and start it with a quarter of a point before the bell rings.

They two stare each other down before they do the hockey fighting started until Kyle gets the early advantage with boots in the corner of the ring and taking it to Adam Cole in and outside of the ring. Adam Cole gets the advantage once they go outside but Kyle O’Reilly letting his anger fuel him and go to a full mount to fight off Cole and introduces our first weapon by seating Cole into a chair. O’Reilly goes to do Shin Kicks to Adam Cole until the third kick. Cole goes for a Piledriver attempt onto the chair but Kyle flips him out of it. Both men go to the ring again and Kyle goes to the top to apply a choke to Adam but, pushes Kyle off to the outside as Adam Cole gets the advantage now, introducing more chairs in the ring and one to use on Kyle. After a couple of shots to the back and a throw into the post, Cole rolls Kyle into the ring and applies the chair against Kyle’s neck, whipping him into the corner. The chair with the Undisputed Era logo under them now, Adam Cole repeating “You Ruined It” before hitting a neckbreaker onto it.

Adam Cole tries to bring more offense after but, O’Reilly actually gets some strikes in, trying to apply holds but Adam Cole actually hits an Ushiguroshi and more strikes to Kyle’s neck. Kyle getting his anger built up and goes for a combination of offense to break down Adam Cole. Kyle striking and gets momentum going, back suplex into the chair, a knee bar that Adam Cole had to get out of the ring physically to break the hold and dropkicked from the apron from Kyle. Adam Cole gets into the ring again and wants to use the chair again but O’Reilly actually stops Cole’s attempt to use it and gest a near fall. Out of more anger, Kyle O’Reilly goes to grab something else from under the ring and find a long piece of chain and slides it in before getting caught by Adam Cole, into a Hangman’s Neckbreaker onto the chain for nearfall of his own this time. Adam Cole now looks at the chain and ties the chain to the rope. Kyle wraps the chain after getting separation from Adam and kicks him with it, trying anything until Adam catches a kick and applies a Figure Four. They go to blows this time, punching each other and actually knock each other out a little bit. After Kyle gets some steam going, he goes to the ropes and gets decapitated with the chain and a backstabber for yet another near fall.

Adam Cole goes now to set up two chairs in the corner and picks up Kyle. They go to set up each other for the chair spot but they get further from it as Adam Cole lands a German, Kyle backsteps into the chairs for a Shining Wizard and yet another near fall as Adam goes to the outside to dislodge the steps and go for the Brainbuster to the steel steps. Kyle reverses and goes for a guillotine hold to weaken Adam and goes to do the Brainbuster himself. Kyle second guesses himself, doesn’t want to do it but they go to the announce table instead, trading blows, going for a big move as Adam Cole doesn’t get his Brainbuster and Kyle does it instead, hitting Adam’s head on the table. As Cole stumbles away, Kyle tries to regather himself and get some energy back before pursuing Cole to the crowd, only to get hit by a TV Monitor.

Adam Cole goes under the ring again to grab a toolbox and pours the contents out, grabbing a pair of pliers to pluck O’Reilly’s eyes but gets caught, then going for a tire iron but both men get stunned before being able to use it. After the two knock each other out again, Kyle looks around and grabs the chain again, wrapping it around Adam Cole’s arm and applying an Armbar then a Triangle Choke until the tire iron is in reach and Adam Cole uses it to break Kyle off of him. Both men crawl to a side and set up chairs to prop themselves up to do strikes from a seated position. As Kyle gets a little bit of an advantage, Adam Cole gets a low blow and gets the advantage, going for a superkick as well but only for a two. (I will also say, the quarter point that we had originally went away because people started chanting “Twist His Dick.” You gave me a modicum of hope. A modicum of maybe the fans won’t go into business for themselves… and then they failed.)

Adam Cole now wraps the chair around Kyle’s neck and even the referee is saying, “Dude stop. Come on. It’s Kyle!” to which Adam punches him after saying shut up constantly and going to the corner for the Panama Sunrise and goes for the pin… which isn’t being counted because of Adam Cole hitting him. Kyle rolls onto the ramp as Cole shouts at the ref and chases with a chair, tossing it like he was from the Sabu School of Chair Tossing and taking it further on the outside, bashing Kyle’s head into the Plexiglas barricade. Kyle pulls Adam’s head into the barricade now and goes for another guillotine choke but Adam drives Kyle back into the barricade and back to the ramp way until Kyle goes for another guillotine on the ramp. Adam Cole uses his momentum to drive Kyle through the steel ramp way. Cole kicks a hole through the ramp to drag Kyle back out and Kyle out of instinct, crawls into the ring and falls back out as Adam Cole chases him out to deliver and Brainbuster into the steel steps. Adam drags Kyle back into the ring for a pinfall and O’Reilly KICKS OUT BARELY. O’Reilly looks dead as Adam Cole sits him up for the Last Shot. Kyle falls over with no strength as Adam props him back up to hit the Last Shot but Kyle ducks this time and does a leg lock with a heel hook to Adam Cole. Adam reaches out to the previous chain to break it up and daze Kyle as he perches himself up for another Panama Sunrise. Kyle grabs Adam into an Ushiguroshi of his own, a heavy hitting PK and to add a little exclamation point, hits his own Last Shot, only for that to get a near fall as well.

O’Reilly grabs the chain and puts it in the corner and wraps the chair around Adam Cole’s leg as Kyle slowly claws his way to the top rope, only to get caught from the chair by Adam Cole. Adam sets up a chair and Kyle in the corner as the smack talk continues on Adam’s side only to get a low blow from Kyle. O’Reilly wraps the chain around his leg, and drops it on Adam Cole’s neck, perched on the chair to end the fight.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

It wasn’t as strong as night one in my opinion but it was still a damn good show. I felt that the Unsanctioned Match was a little too… long.

I liked that it was don’t get me wrong but, it felt it went on five or ten minutes more than it should have to me. Everything else was fine. A good amount of things fell flat to me like the tag match and the main word throughout these two nights was “Stay Defiant” but, all in all, it was pretty good. Santos goes on to continue his Cruiserweight warpath, Karrion Kross returned to look like a monster again even when it looked like Finn wanted to play with him more than dismantle him. Kyle O’Reilly looked money in that match and Adam Cole… well I would say it’s call up time but I am kind of… hoping not if they had him get stretchered out. I want him to get called up along with maybe Finn. AJ has a falling out with Omos and we get a Bullet Club Reunion like we have never se—Oh wait. Ahem…

Who knows. We might get the leaders in a stable or something down the line or even tag together but there is one thing I know for sure. WrestleMania has something to prove after all of that.


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Now this is the go home before Hardcore Justice on Saturday! The show airs at 3pm, so it will be over before night 1 of Mania starts! Does Tommy Dreamer have any more fun ideas for the show?

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Now this is the go home before Hardcore Justice on Saturday! The show airs at 3pm, so it will be over before night 1 of Mania starts! Does Tommy Dreamer have any more fun ideas for the show?

So the opening teaser does the trick for today right? I mean…we’re setting up an ImpactPlus App special. So let’s just get to things!

Oh first up, Impact’s special brand of off beat quirky humour still rings through nicely even during a lot of IWC blow back with the AEW partnership. Don’t believe me? Check out the Trust Me, I’m Susan Tik Tok dance.

Ratings:

  • Alisha Edwards, Nevaeh & Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Rosemary, Jordynne Grace & Havok: Rosemary wins via Red Wedding – ** ½
  • Matt Cardona vs Jake Something: No Contest – ***
  • XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) vs Sami Callihan & Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Hourglass – ** ¾
  • Chris Sabin w/James Storm vs Deaner: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – **
  • Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack & Rich Swann vs Good Brothers & Kenny Omega w/Don Callis: Swann wins via Phoenix Splash – *** ¾

 

Results:

Alisha Edwards, Nevaeh & Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb vs Rosemary, Jordynne Grace & Havok

Alisha made it a point on Twitter to state she’s sick of being seen as weak or the worst in the Knockouts Division. Alisha started things off with Jordynne, she gave Alisha a little bit, and Lish got a chance to pull off a couple decent combinations. Rosemary and Jordynne brought intensity in the ring, Havok had a quick moment with Nevaeh that ended with them both going through a table, all while Tenille…well she wanted nothing to do with any of this.

Knockouts personalities were obvious, and it was pretty cool to see each woman get moments to shine and push their stories. Nevaeh could end up with a great push if she and Havok turn this split into something special. Nevaeh has a great look, decent enough ability, I just feel like some of the chemistry is off at times.

Matt Cardona is interviewed by Gia Miller in the back to get his reaction to Brian Myers denying the challenge. Cardona is happy, he doesn’t want to fight his friend, and then he plugs his match later with Jake Something!

TAYLOR WILDE IS COMING BACK!

Matt Cardona vs Jake Something

This was actually a solid back and forth. Both Cardona and Jake took short cuts and telegraphed moves, which allowed the other to take advantage of moments. The beauty of this match, is that Cardona and Jake were about the same size. Jake has that farm boy build, so he’s obviously stronger, but given the Zack Ryder past; it’s occasionally lost on people that Cardona isn’t a small chump.

Jake was able to bowl over Cardona at times. Cardona attempted Radio Silence a few times, but Jake caught him and countered with a Powerbomb. Cardona however learned from mistakes and rotated while in the second Powerbomb, and hit a Frankensteiner to the outside.

This allowed for Brian Myers to come down the ramp, shove both men into the apron, lay out Cardona and then drive Jake’s face into the steel steps. Afterward, Myers hits the Raven pose, and maybe he’s just trying to start a faction of Scotty Riggs clones. Eye patches everywhere!

XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) vs Sami Callihan & Trey Miguel

It takes Trey a moment to come out, but he finally does; but doesn’t face Sami and comes out purely to fight XXXL. Trey starts off hot, and gets Acey down for a moment, a few quick strikes to Larry put the match in 4th gear in 3 seconds. Larry however blocks a Codebreaker attempt, then uses Trey’s aerial attack against him as he pushes him back and hits a Pop Up Knee Lift.

Acey gets tagged in, Trey counters the tandem move. Low bridge on Acey, drives Larry out next, then looks to dive, but Sami tags himself in. Sami hits a Yakuza Kick as Acey climbs to the apron, and then a Triangle Lariat. You see Sami turn to Trey and say something to the effect of “See, that’s how you use your head” – and now it’s a commercial.

Sami continues the pressure on Acey, Trey tags himself in and gets quick, but again bites off a little too much. Sami tags himself in, and we see malfunction time. Trey swings on Sami, Sami ducks, lifts Trey and throws him at Larry, so Larry has him in Powerbomb position. Sami grins, walks forward, and as Trey tries to take Larry over with the Frakensteiner, Sami kicks Larry’s foot out from under him, to help out the move.

Trey and Sami continue to bicker and try to show up the other, they have a brief moment of understanding, Dual Dives, Sami throws in Larry, tells Trey to finish it, and he does. Sami lifts Trey’s hand after the victory, Trey wrenches away and Sami just smiles.

Trey might end up being tolerable if they pair him with Sami.

Chris Sabin w/James Storm vs Deaner

Deaner actually kept up with Sabin for the most part. Deaner has shown a lot more wrestling ability since dropping the dumb redneck gimmick. Sabin was almost screwed by his lack of ring awareness when he went for a Mouse Trap Roll-Up, but his right foot was under the rope so the referee stopped the count.

Deaner almost pulled off the win with feet on the ropes, but Storm pointed it out and the referee stopped the count. Looking about ready to kill the referee, Deaner gives Sabin too much time to recover, Cradle Shock gets hit and we all hail Sabin.

EY is on the tron, EY and Doering have Chris Harris laid out, Rhino sneaks in behind people in the ring, Gores James Storm and Deaner hits the DDT on Sabin after the match. VBD get the last laugh with the set up!

So TJP, Josh Alexander, Ace Austin and Fulton are exchanging words, Dreamer breaks things up and creates a mystery partner match at Hardcore Justice.

Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack & Rich Swann vs Good Brothers & Kenny Omega w/Don Callis

Team Impact starts hot, sending Kenny to the outside, diving into each member of the Bootleg Club. Each member of the Impact squad keeps momentum after the first commercial as we see Sentons, Drop Toe Holds/Elbow Drops, and just really fun locomotion team moves, very Japanese. BC combats that with more western tactics of pushing Eddie into the corner and mauling him with outside restraints and going through the legality of who gets in a few attacks. This starts a few nice back and forth moments, where as soon as the BC side gets arrogant, the Impact squad takes advantage.

After commercial break two, it seems like Willie lost the advantage and he’s getting beat on by everyone. Willie almost gets some space after crotching Karl into the corner, but Kenny gets in and BC stays in control.

Eventually Eddie comes in, evens the playing field, then we see signature spam like in all Japanese multi-man tags. After a big crash and burn style spot, we get Rich in, while Kenny is still legal. So Rich wipes out the Brother Brothers and goes after Kenny. Kenny hits the Croos Legged Fisherman Neckbreaker and then goes for One Winged Angel, but Rich slips it. Rich then sets up, hits the 450 Splash, and nearly picks up the pin on Omega, but Callis pulls Swann’s foot.

Omega tags in Karl, Karl hits the Shotgun Kick and TKO for a near fall. He calls in Big Hoots for the Magic Killer, but Eddie breaks up the Killer, Willie takes Gallows to the outside and the double team on Karl happens. Karl eats a Lethal Injection, Boston Knee Party and then Phoenix Splash for the Swann to grab some momentum for a champion vs champion match that seems extremely lop sided.

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

Now let’s hit the note again, that Impact is back on Thursdays which moving forward means AJ will be covering these, but it’s nice since I’ve been a fan for like 15ish years; the day just feels right. A lot of fun story building for Hardcore Justice happened in this show. Everything from the Knockouts showcasing their personalities, Dreamer making his goofy digs with a Millennium of the Blind match or whatever it was called and a few references to things spread throughout were also cool (Beer Money reference that Chris Harris got offended by).

Given this had the unfortunate timing of going against the second day of an NXT Takeover, I think the quality of the show was really well done. Also personally, I took a little bit off the main event, because it was a damn good match with a solid 20ish minutes; but I called the finish last week. It was all executed well, but fill in the blank matches are always a little eye roll inducing to me.


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