Raw doubles down on contract signings!
Ahead of their Extreme Rules defenses, the WWE World and Raw Women’s Champions have to sign on the dotted line! Will there be two brawls in one night?
- The Viking Raiders VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Garza & Almas win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Return of the Truth: Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo VS Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy; Rollins & Murphy win.
- Ruby Riott VS ???; Peyton Royce wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS The Big Show; Big Show win.
- Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley; MVP wins.
- Ricochet w/ Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
- Champions VS Challengers Mixed Tag: Drew McIntyre & Asuka VS Dolph Ziggler & Sasha Banks w/ Bayley; Ziggler & Banks win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens to CHAOS in the ring!
Samoa Joe was presiding over the Raw Women’s Championship contract signing, but it seems Bayley and Sasha Banks got the jump on Asuka before cameras were rolling! Asuka fights back as Joe shouts for security, and referees rush in before Asuka tears into the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions more. Joe calms down and welcomes the fans to the show. Our humble host is guiding us through this “very unique experience.” We were going to have both title match contracts signed at the same time, but Bayley and Banks won’t stop! They go after Asuka again! The refs hurry to pull the three apart from each other and Joe shouts they have three weeks left. This is combustible to say the least, but here comes the Show-Off!
Dolph Ziggler acts surprised by what’s happening as he makes his way to the ring. He swaggers in and picks up a mic as Joe starts an intro. Ziggler say she’s got this, and welcomes the “man with the audacity to not give me what i was owed. The most ungrateful man in the world,” the WWE World Champion for now, “the Colossus himself! The ferocious, monstrous, abominable Drew McIntyre!” McIntyre does make his entrance now and storms up to the ring. Bayley and Sasha return and shout at Asuka but Asuka shouts back. The brawling is forgone this time as McIntyre joins everyone at the table. Joe has Ziggler start.
“Drew, we all know you’re WWE Champion because of me. But let’s dive a little deeper.” Where would McIntyre be without Ziggler? Scratching and clawing his way out of obscurity. Telling anyone who would listen, “I had the world in the palm of my hands and I blew it.” So sad, really. But while McIntyre was shuffling around finding himself, Ziggler was here for 15 years, carrying monsters just like McIntyre on his back. Ziggler knows what McIntyre is willing to go through and to sacrifice for the title. But in the back of McIntyre’s head, he isn’t so sure. At Extreme Rules, McIntyre will hit Ziggler, Ziggler will get back up. McIntyre will give it everything he’s got but Ziggler will do what he does best: survive. And then, the 19 year redemption story disappears, just like that. Ziggler created McIntyre, and he will destroy him.
McIntyre’s response? He stands as Ziggler signs his part of the contract. McIntyre takes it, signs his part, and hands it to Joe. Then he sits back down and says it’s official. Passionate words there, Dolph. There was a time when they were like brothers. Yes, McIntyre was fired and went through hell to become the man and the champion he is today. What he learned is that this is more a mental game than a physical one. And he has figured out why Ziggler needs the title. Not just the ego boost, but because he hasn’t been the center of attention. Ziggler always drops the ball. Always a bridesmaid, never the bride. But at Extreme Rules, McIntyre will hurt Ziggler. Slaughter him. Ziggler will lose because of McIntyre.
But the only person who thinks he has a chance is Ziggler, so as “brothers,” McIntyre will do Ziggler a favor. Ziggler gets to choose a stipulation! Oh really? McIntyre wants to leave this in Ziggler’s hands? There’s no third chance for you, Drew. Asuka speaks up, shouting in Japanese about Ziggler shutting up and choosing already. And as for Sasha, there’s no way she’s getting Asuka’s belt! Bayley and Sasha tell Joe to tell Asuka to stop. Asuka doesn’t care about all that and she signs her part of the women’s title contract. Sasha says Asuka isn’t facing the person she faced before. Sasha is the Blueprint, the leader, and the conversation. At Extreme Rules, Sasha becomes #TwoBeltsBanks when she wins. Then the double double champions are not only taking over both locker room,s they are taking over the whole damn company! Sasha STAMPS her part of the contract, and Bayley says that will be the horror show!
Asuka BOOTS Sasha and the brawl is back on! Ziggler SUPERKICKS but McIntyre blocks and dumps him down! Ziggler avoids the Claymore and runs for the hills! McIntyre says that was close. Ziggler, Bayley and Banks retreat for now while the champions are more than ready. Will both the Empress of Tomorrow and Scottish Stud stand tall after Extreme Rules? What will Ziggler choose as a stipulation to change that?
Angel Garza flirts with referee Jessika Carr.
Knowing she’s the official for his match alongside Andrade Almas, he offers her a night off instead. She refuses and says she’ll see them out there. Charly Caruso comes over and asks what that’s about, but Vega mocks her. Vega just wants fair officiating. What’s Charly’s actually question? Well considering they attacked the Street Profits, does facing the Viking Raiders mean they are hoping to become #1 contenders? Yes, it does. But then Big Show comes in and asks “Smurfette” that he’s pulling rank. His segment is next instead of theirs, because he has beef to settle with Randy Orton. Vega and her stable are obviously upset with “the Jolly Big Blue Giant,” but will they dare do anything to this angry giant?
Raw returns to The Big Show in the ring!
“Randy Orton! Come on down!” The Giant eggs the Legend Killer on to try and kill this legend. But instead of The Viper, it’s Vega’s stable. Smurfette, sorry for interrupting the interview but this is important business. You try him and that’s a mistake. DO you understand? Well Orton says Show is a legend, but… Don’t laugh or his fist will be down your throat. “I’ve got boots older than you.” But there’s still just one of you. You two should stand on each other’s shoulders to talk trash to Show. Garza still laughs. It doesn’t matter if Show is a giant or a legend. He will learn what the Profits will soon realize. BLAH BLAH BLAH! Does he want to fight or what?!
Vega says they will do Orton a favor and show them what happens when you disrespect Andrade and Garza. Show’s days are numbered. But say hi to Edge and Christian for them, in the retirement home. But then Ric Flair appears! The Nature Boy struts out onto the stage. “Zelina, you know how much respect I have for you.” But Flair needs a word with his old friend, a legend. No one is going to run Show’s career, focus it on the future, except for “the guy that has three great letters,” the Legend Killer, the Greatest Wrestler Alive Today, and the man that will take Show out whenever he feels. Show wants to know where Orton is but Flair says Orton will show up when he feels like it. Flair is doing the light work.
Flair knows Show has been making cartoons and Netflix shows. That’s great, everyone wants that spot. Show had his run, he’ll be in the Hall of Fame. But if he plays around with Orton, Orton will become an even bigger legend killer, and Show will be outside looking in, again. As for Zelina, go have fun at Show’s expense. Show eggs Almas and Garza on, they toy with him, but here come the Viking Raiders! Erik and Ivar brawl with Garza and Almas on the ramp! Raw goes to break as things get wild again!
The Viking Raiders VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Raw returns as Garza has Erik in a headlock. Garza taunts Ivar but Erik powers out and runs Garza over! Erik runs, Garza drops down, hurdles over, then spins Erik for a whip. Erik goes up and over, rolls and trips Garza for a dead lift waistlock slam! Vega is on commentary to speak to Show’s interruptions. She’s a business woman but she can give you the business. But in the ring, Erik puts Garza in the corner and tags in Ivar. Garza is fed to knee after knee! The crowd roars with the Raiders as Ivar covers, TWO! Ivar drags Garza up, snapmares and uses the Warbeard to scrub his face! The ref counts, Ivar lets up, and tags Erik in.
Ivar rams into Garza, then Erik RAMS into Garza. Erik lets up to tag in Ivar again, and then Erik rams into Garza again. Ivar RAMS Garza, covers, ONE! Ivar looms over Garza as Vega says the tag titles will look better on her team, not the Profits. Ivar throws Garza, drops an ax handle, covers, ONE! Ivar drags Garza up to an armlock, grinding a forearm into the shoulder. Garza fights his way up, but Ivar knees low and tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Garza, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Garza! Cover, TWO! Erik drags Garza up but Garza escapes the suplex. Tag to Almas but Erik hits him first. Erik grabs Garza, off come the pants! Almas sucker punches Erik, Garza SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Almas basement dropkicks Erik away from the Viking corner then soaks up the heat.
Almas stomps Erik while the crowd boos. Almas tags Garza, they mug Erik and Garza stomps a leg. Garza uses a toehold in a cover, ONE, so he KICKS Erik while he’s down. Garza drags Erik from the ropes, covers, TWO! The crowd rallies up and Garza brings Erik up. Almas wants in but Garza clubs away on Erik first. Erik ROCKS Garza with a right! Almas tags in, and intercepts Erik with a shotgun boot! Tag to Garza and now they’re arguing again. Almas tells Vega to do something about Garza, and then he bails?! Vega hurries to work this out again, but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Garza is throwing hands on Erik in an open corner. The ref counts, Garza lets up and turns Erik sideways for a KNEE! Garza brings Erik up to club him towards the corner. Vega says she’s the best manager because she got this team to stay together. Almas tags in and throws hands on Erik. Erik fights back and rocks Garza with elbows and shoves Almas away. Almas runs into Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar! Ivar runs in but Garza tags, only to get run over! Almas scoops Garza for a sidewalk slam! Basement splash! Ivar fire sup and the crowd does, too. Almas runs in, Ivar cartwheels and clotheslines! Garza dodges once, but gets the seated senton! Vega is furious as Ivar drags Garza up and scoops him. Garza fights free, shoves but Ivar breaks the line! Handspring but into the dropkick!
Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Vega says her team is just fine as Garza and Ivar crawl. Hot tags to Erik and Almas! Erik blocks Almas, Garza gets caught, the double stack for the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM! Almas is fed to THOR’S- NO! Almas escapes and feeds Ivar to a dropkick from Garza! Erik shotgun knees Garza, Alms gives Ivar CIEN SHADOWS! Erik grabs Almas, Almas has ropes! The ref counts, Erik lets go and Almas throws Erik out. Garza POSTS Erik! Garza puts Erik in, boot feint to ELBOW! Garza tags in, WING CLIPPER!! Almas intercepts Ivar, Vega’s team wins!!
Winners: Angel Garza & Andrade Almas, by pinfall
Vega is happy her team won, but she isn’t seeing the dysfunction for what it is. Will winning the tag titles save this team from self-destructing?
Ruby Riott tries to make a call.
Chances are, she’s trying to reach out to Liv Morgan after last week’s loss to Natalya and Lana. But as Ruby redials, the IIconics bad mouth the “little weirdo.” Some people don’t change, do they? After all these years, Ruby has no friends. Is this deja vu or something? Liv isn’t picking up her phone? Like not picking up a win. So she’s a loser, just like Ruby. Ruby zoned out because she was trying to remember who blew their tag title opportunity last week. Who was it? Peyton Royce? Billie Kay? Or both? Well they have each other! Yeah, sure. How about this? ne of you go to the ring and meet Ruby for a match, and then the other can pick up the friend Ruby beats the crap out of. Who’s up for it? Sounds IIc- Don’t. IIIII- NO! Right, okay. IIconic! HAH! Billie and Peyton are annoyed now, but will they be really upset when Ruby backs up her words?
Vega tries to stop her team from arguing.
It’s not easy. So in comes Ric Flair. He really liked the team out there, and what Vega was doing. He would like to talk with them, and they go off to who knows where. What kind of deal can The Nature Boy and La Muneca cook up?
WWE 24/7 Championship: Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas VS R-Truth!
The Stamina Monster came away with this title not so much thanks to his shinobi students, but because Bobby Lashley bulldozed his way after Truth. Will Truth be able to get a fair fight in this rematch? Or will he be without his baby tonight?
The bell rings and Tozawa circles with Truth. They tie up, Tozawa rolls Truth, TWO! Tozawa backs down and Truth nods. They tie up again, Truth headlocks, but Tozawa powers out. Truth holds the ropes to break it down with his dance moves. Tozawa shows off some moves of his own as he powers up the chakra. But then Truth throws him out, and shows off more moves! Tozawa gets in, things speed up, and Tozawa holds ropes. Truth jammed his knee, but it’s a trick! HE rolls Tozawa, and WINS!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
THIRTY SEVEN TIME CHAMPION!! The 24/7, 48-7, 7-11, I-95 SOUTH, European Television Champion- GETS ROLLED UP BY NINJA #1!! TWO!! Ninja #2 runs in. Truth dodges, but has to worry about the third! They go around the timekeeper’s area and to the backstage area! Will Truth survive this chase through the Performance Center?
MVP and Bobby Lashley talk backstage.
The Rocky Mountain Machine wants his manager to understand, Apollo Crews disrespected MVP and thereby disrespected Lashley. There better not be another offer to Apollo. No, no, that offer is dead. As dead as Apollo staying United States Champion. Apollo disrespected and OG, MVP respects that. SO before taking everything from Apollo, they’re going to drop some gems so Apollo can learn from his mistakes. Will MVP and Lashley teach Apollo a lesson he won’t forget?
Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy are also backstage.
The Monday Night Messiah tells his disciple that this is Rollins’ most important message to date. He has to deliver it now, before we all lose that chance. Rollins heads to the ring, and we’ll hear that message after the break.
Raw returns to Seth Rollins heading to the ring.
With the Mysterio mask in hand, Rollins and his disciple appear before the booing crowd. Things have gotten very personal and very dicey as of late, and Rollins has a mic. The crowd chants “You Suck!” but he doesn’t let it bother him. “Last week, Rey Mysterio, along with his son Dominik, made a very heartwarming return to Monday Night Raw.” Rey stood right in this ring and said nothing was going to stop him from exacting revenge on Rollins. He believes that with all his heart. But so does Rollins. Because Rey has “a duty to uphold.” The problem is, to put it delicately, Rey hasn’t been seeing things clearly. Rey thinks his duty is to the family, to protect them. But Rey’s duty is to be a sacrifice for the sake of Raw! Rollins has given Rey every chance to do this on his own terms, walk away into the sunset, and he has defied Rollins at ever turn!
What Rollins must do now is so important. Rollins tells Rey through the camera, “I need to ask you to forgive me.” He is begging for Rey’s forgiveness. Not for what he has done in the past, but what he is forced to do in the future. We are BOUND by fate! As fate would have it, Rollins is the Monday Night Messiah! As fate would have it, Rey is meant to be the sacrifice for the greater good! And so YES, Rey will step foot in this ring again. And every single time he does, Rollins will be forced to take a piece of Rey. Little by little, he will tear Rey apart, until there is nothing left but a memory. But then Rey speaks on the titantron. Rollins wants Rey’s forgiveness? Rey asks for forgiveness, but not from Rollins. From Dominik.
Rey hopes his son will forgive him for what he’ll do to Rollins. Rey was angry when Dominik tried to fight his battle, but he understands and loves him for it. But now, Rey must do something to Rollins that is just as awful. So Rollins, remember. An eye for an eye. Believe Rey when he says what he does to Rollins isn’t by fate. It is by design. Dominik forgives his father, but will never forgive Rollins. Because what his father does will never be forgotten, and that will be ordained by fate. Bravo, bravo! Strong words! Clearly Rey has taught Dominik well. But there’s one lesson left: Be careful what you wish for. If they continue to stand in the way of the greater good, Rollins will be forced to end Dominik’s career before it even begins. But first, Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo appear! The allies of Mysterio are here to confront Rollins and Murphy! Will they pave the way for Rey’s revenge?
Raw returns with Rollins and Murphy still on the outside.
“Ah, yes!” Just the two he was hoping to see. But before he and Murphy put Aleister and Carrillo out of their miseries, he asks why. Why do they keep standing up for Mysterio? Why do they keep fighting his battles when he won’t fight for them? Why is Mysterio Carrillo’s hero? Why does he look up to him like a GOD when he’s a coward? NO! Mysterio is no coward. Rollins is a coward! Rollins is half the man Mysterio is. Aleister says he knows a thing or two about evil. He recognizes evil when he is looking at it. So know there will be no forgiveness, but only atonement for what he has done. Rollins says they think they know evil. They ain’t seen nothing yet! This ends NOW!
Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo VS Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy!
The bell rings and Aleister dodges Murphy’s knee to throw hands! Aleister kicks away then whips, to kitchen sink knee! Rollins gets away from Aleister, so Aleister Penalty KICKS Murphy down! Rollins runs in but gets a ROUNDHOUSE! Murphy tackles Aleister to the corner and rams his shoulder in! Aleister BOOTS back! Then hops up, only for Rollins to trip him up! SUPERKICK from Murphy and Aleister tumbles out of the ring. Rollins tags in and goes after Aleister with stomps and kicks at the barrier! The ref counts, Rollins puts Aleister in and brings him up for haymakers. Aleister staggers to a corner and Rollins throws forearms and body shots.
Rollins whips corner to corner hard and Aleister hits buckles to then hit the mat. Rollins slaps Aleister around then digs his knee into Aleister’s head! The ref counts, Rollins stops at 4, then tags in Murphy. Murphy mugs Aleister with Rollins, but the ref counts. Rollins goes to the corner and Murphy drops knees on Aleister’s back. The crowd rallies up as Aleister endures the half camel clutch. Aleister fights his way up but Murphy pulls hair. Aleister back elbows out hard! Both men fall, Carrillo tags in! Ultimo Ninja rallies on Murphy and bumps him off buckles. Carrillo stomps away on Murphy but Rollins rushes in. Carrillo runs him off but Murphy sucker punches Carrillo! Carrillo comes back, Murphy ducks one kick but not the enziguri!
Carrillo whips, Murphy reverses, but Carrillo springboard crossbodies! Cover, ONE! Rollins runs in but is thrown right out! Murphy puts Carrillo on the apron but Carrillo enziguris again! Carrillo climbs, missile dropkick! Murphy ends up on ropes, but Rollins saves him from a 619! Rollins gets up but gets a BOOT! Carrillo runs and triangle FLIES! BIG plancha and Carrillo wipes Rollins and Murphy both out! The crowd is thunderous as we go to break!
Raw returns and Murphy blocks a kick to trip Carrillo. Carrillo boots Murphy away, Rollins tags in and he brings Carrillo up. Back suplex but Carrillo escapes. Rollins blocks a kick but gets the dragon whip kick! Both men are down and the crowd fires up again. Carrillo reaches but Rollins keeps him from Aleister. Murphy tag sin, but so does Aleister! Aleister BOOTS Rollins, dodges Murphy then rallies with big forearms. Aleister sweeps the legs and hits the knee thrust! Kip up! Rollins runs in, Aleister counter strikes, then DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Aleister slashes the throat and lifts Murphy, but Murphy rolls him! TWO, but Carrillo tags in. Aleister boots then KNEES Murphy! Carrillo gives him a 619!! Cover, Rollins breaks it at the last second!
Aleister throws Rollins but Rollins throws him out. Rollins DIVES and sends Aleister into barriers! Carrillo wrecks Rollins, but Murphy KNEES outta nowhere!! Cover, Aleister breaks it! Aleister drags Murphy out but Murphy boots him away. Murphy goes up top, Carrillo intercepts and the two brawl. Murphy clubs Carrillo, sunset flips but Carrillo stays up. So Murphy tucks him in, SUPERKICK! Rollins tags in as Murphy brings Carrillo out, KNEE STRIKE DOOMSDAY! Cover, TWO!?! Carrillo survives “the greater good” and Rollins can’t believe it! But he’s also rather delighted as he gets to keep hurting Carrillo. Aleister goes after Murphy, Carrillo rolls Rollins! TOW, CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Rollins & Murphy win!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
But the brawling continues! Aleister goes after Rollins but Murphy goes after Aleister! Rollins helps throw Aleister out, then Murphy brings Aleister up. They dump Aleister into the timekeeper’s area! Then they go after Carrillo. “You wanna stick up for Rey Mysterio?” Then bad things will happen! But Carrillo fights back! He boots Rollins, pushes Murphy into barriers, then fires off hands. But Murphy takes the steps and RAMS Carrillo down! Rollins has a sinister smile, and he grabs the stolen Mysterio mask. “You wanna be a hero?!” Rollins makes Carrillo wear the mask, “You look just like your idol!”
Murphy drags Carrillo to the base steps, and Rollins says this isn’t just for Carrillo’s own good, but the GREATER good! Carrillo fights the step gouging, and Aleister makes the save! Aleister goes after Murphy and BOOTS him away. But Rollins CURB STOMPS Carrillo to the steel steps! It wasn’t the eye gouging he wanted, but Rollins has crushed one of Mysterio’s allies. Will this day of reckoning be the end of the Lucha King or the Monday Night Messiah?
Asuka and McIntyre talk backstage.
The Raw Women’s Champion tries to get the world champion to understand how badly she wants after Sasha and Bayley, and he understands. But Sarah asks about the double contract signing turning into a mixed tag match. What do they hope to gain ahead of the PPV? Asuka rants in Japanese, but McIntyre says it in English that the honorary Empress of Claymore Country is going to have some fun ahead of the title match. And Ziggler claims to know McIntyre, thinks he’ll get an advantage. And as for why McIntyre is allowing Ziggler to decide a stipulation, it’s so that when McIntyre wins, Ziggler will have no one left to blame but himself. And as for Sasha, she is not ready for Asuka. Asuka says Ziggler is not ready for Drew! The champions are on the same page already, will they be able to gain a huge advantage this far removed from Extreme Rules?
Raw recaps SmackDown’s Tribute to The Undertaker!
Truly one of the best, a true constant of the WWE that also evolved and adapted to keep going. “You can’t do what he did and not love this.” He put it above all else, and we are all fortunate to have witnessed such a career. For a legendary 30 year run that will never be rivaled and never be forgotten, #ThankYouTaker!
Ruby Riott prepares for her match.
And Lana comes by. She saw how the IIconics treated her, and Lana couldn’t believe it. How rude! It must be hard not having any friends. Lana, whatever you’re selling, Ruby ain’t buying it. Shouldn’t Lana be off “ruining another promising career?” Just leave her alone. Ouch~. Lana is just trying to help. She was so depressed, couldn’t even get off her couch, eating popcorn and couldn’t even motivate herself to make a new Tiktok video, and someone reminded her who she is and what this Women’s Division is about.
Does Ruby know that “this woman” has more wins than any other woman in WWE history? Yes, more than Trish Stratus, Lita, Charlotte Flair or Becky Lynch. Incredible. We need a leader like her! This woman has even more wins than the current Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka! This woman is someone we can believe it. It’s Natalya. Ruby still shrugs off the sales pitch, but will she be able to focus on whichever IIconic opponent she’s up against?
Injury update on Charlotte Flair.
After the incredible battle against Asuka last week, followed by the brutal attack from Nia Jax, The Queen has a fractured collar bone and will be out for some time. When and where will Charlotte return for revenge on the Irresistible Force?
Ruby Riott VS ???
No friends but plenty of enemies, and we’re about to find out which one steps up to the plate. It is the Venus Flytrap, Peyton Royce! But will Billie Kay still be a factor being in Peyton’s corner?
The bell rings, Ruby and Peyton circle and Peyton talks some smack. Billie distracts Ruby and Peyton blindsides Ruby with a heel kick! Peyton clubs Ruby and kicks her to a corner while Billie cheers. Peyton wrenches the arm and yanks Ruby down to the mat. Peyton drops knees on the arm and then again. Cover, ONE, and the IIconics are annoyed already. Peyton kicks the bad arm at the ropes, then puts Ruby in a corner. Peyton wraps the arm on the ropes and digs a boot in! The ref counts, Peyton lets up but Ruby hits back. Peyton kicks Ruby down and digs her knee into the ropes! The ref reprimands but Billie mocks Ruby as Peyton wrings her out. Peyton hammerlocks and sits on Ruby to wrench the shoulder.
The crowd rallies as Ruby endures and fights her way up. Ruby reaches back, elbows Peyton over and over, but Peyton stays camped on, for a back suplex onto the bad arm! Cover, TWO! Billie is annoyed for Peyton but Peyton is pretty upset as it is. Peyton stalks Ruby to a corner, but Ruby dodges her attack! Ruby dodges, mule kicks and front kicks! Peyton swings but Ruby catches the arm to fire off forearms! STO! Cover, TWO! Ruby clutches the bad arm but Billie tells Peyton to walk it off. Ruby brings Peyton up with the good arm, wrenches, but Billie distracts again. Ruby runs her off but Peyton O’Conner rolls! TWO, GHOST PIN! TWO! Peyton gamanguris Ruby, then brings her up for an ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, Peyton wins!
Winner: Peyton Royce, by pinfall
Bilie celebrates with her bestie, and mocks Ruby’s pain at the same time. With enemies like these, can Ruby find a friend?
Backstage interview with Big Show.
After the confrontation earlier tonight, The Giant now has a handicap match on his hands. Because of the new association with Flair, is this a trap to set him up for Orton? Well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Flair has always been the Dirtiest Player in the Game. Show grew up in South Carolina, so Show saw Flair as a hero. A 13 year old boy at that time saw Flair as the man! He was the “jet plane flyin’, limousine ridin’,” man, the myth, the legend! But Show got in this business, and learned Flair really was the dirtiest player in the game.
And once again, Flair’s mentoring the Apex Predator, making Orton the most dangerous man the WWE’s ever seen. Orton has taken out legends, he has Show in his cross hairs, but Show welcomes that challenge. “Come try me, Randy Orton!” Step into the ring and find out why he is The Big Show. As for Almas and Garza, Show isn’t giving them the big happy Show, but the angry Giant! And Show is bringing that side to the ring, after the break!
2v1 Handicap Match: Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS The Big Show!
El Idolo y El Latino have big mouths but also some big issues. The World’s Largest Athlete looks to make them big examples to The Viper, but will this all turn into a big mistake with Orton lurking in the shadows?
The bell rings and the duo sorts itself out. Almas wants a timeout to decide but Garza bails out first. Almas follows and they argue about who is first. Vega says one of them has to, and Almas says they’ll go in together. Garza agrees, but Almas fakes him out! Show corners Garza but Garza uses the corner as defense. Show tears the shirt off and CHOPS Garza down! Garza sputters as he flounders to another side of the ring, and then Show headbutts him down! Almas finally gets to the corner and looks to make a move, but chooses not to when Show stares him down. Show CHOPS Garza again, then tosses him out. Garza regroups with Vega and Almas, and Almas coaches Garza up. Or jsut wants him to still take the hits…
Garza does get in as the crowd chants for Show. Garza tentatively gets in, then tags Almas in! Show waits for Almas to step up, and the two circle. Almas gets a waistlock but there’s no lifting the Giant. Show powers out and bumps Almas away! Show puts Almas in a corner and CHOPS him! Almas feels that same sting and even Vega needs to take deep breaths. Show brings Almas up and in to TOSS him! Vega says the team needs to work together but Show keeps Almas from Garza. Show scoops and slams Almas down, then looms over him as he writhes. Almas crawls but Show steps on him! Almas tries to fight back with forearms and kicks but Show headbutts him down, too! Vega panics as Show brings Almas up for another headbutt! Almas flounders into Garza and tags him in!
Garza sheepishly steps back into the ring and Show gives him plenty of space. Garza is still very wary, and then leaps, into a hand! Show CHOPS Garza again! Vega is about to fall over from that one. Show whips Garza corner to corner, but runs into a basement dropkick that takes out a leg! Garza kicks away on the leg, then SUPERKICKS Show down! Show sits up but Garza hammers and stomps away! Garza doesn’t let off, except to brag. Almas tags in and Garza is upset again. Vega just wants them both to focus on Show but Garza tries to keep Almas from adding on. They argue, push, and Almas says this is HIS moment. Garza lets him have the moment, because Show gets up. Vega tries to reason with Garza, but Show CHOKE SLAMS Almas down!! Cover, Show wins!
Winner: Big Show, by pinfall
The Giant stands tall, having taught two youngins to respect the veterans. He adds on with the KO PUNCH! Almas is down and the crowd is thunderous, but Show’s wrath is not satisfied. Will Show get his hands on Orton soon enough? Or will he not see the three most dangerous letters coming?
Ricochet and Cedric Alexander check in with Apollo Crews backstage.
They know he’s ready for MVP, but Truth comes along with the 24/7 title. Is he okay? He look shook. Truth finally got away from Tozawa and his ninjas. Or did he? Truth is wary of Alexander and Ricochet, but they’re not shinobi. Sorry, Cedric the Entertainer. He’s just paranoid. This title comes with problems. But hey, it’s his favorite real-life superhero! Richard O’Shea! Apollo tells them it’s alright, you just gotta go along with it. Truth knows what it’s like to be a fighting champion, after all. “Y’all have no idea.” Well Truth runs off to keep his baby with him, but will Apollo be able to keep on his own run going?
Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley!
The invitation to join Montel Vontavius Porter’s team has been rescinded, but that doesn’t matter to the man who is finally champion. All that matters to Apollo is that he keeps putting up a fight, keeps winning those fights, and keeps the WWE United States Championship around his waist. Will he win this fight when MVP has the Rocky Mountain Machine in his corner? Or is MVP comin’ for that gold?
Before the match, Lashley grabs a mic to say something to MVP. “Before you teach Apollo Crews a lesson in humility, why don’y you illuminate us all on the reasons why you intend to do this?” MVP has a mic to respond. “It’s very simple. When I go home to Miami, the 305,” his whole block comes up to him and says, “MVP, you an OG, man! You made it out the hood! How can I be like you?” MVP says those are lofty aspirations to be just like him. But he can inspire them to do what he has done. What does all this success matter if you don’t give back? Which is why it has been an honor and joy for MVP to help Lashley bring out that potential!
Now, sometimes someone takes a heartfelt gesture and ignorantly rejects it. This is what Apollo has done. MVP is just trying to do that for Apollo. MVP understands this is Apollo’s first title, he’s riding high, MVP has been there. “But when one of the longest reigning United States Champions of all time offers to mentor you, don’t say no.” MVP will NOT be disrespected. Except he will be interrupted! Apollo comes out and even Lashley has to laugh at that one. Apollo asks MVP what he’s talking about. Apollo never disrespected anyone, and certainly not MVP. MVP is a self-made man, but so is Apollo. Don’t sit and give us a speech about giving back. If MVP cared about anyone but himself, he would’ve listened to Apollo the first time. But he didn’t. He kept pushing and pushing. Apollo gets right up to MVP and says that the only person MVP cares about is himself.
Lashley gets heated but MVP keeps him back. MVP admires this fire. But Apollo will find that while he didn’t want MVP as a mentor, he really doesn’t want MVP as an enemy. “Ring that bell, ref.” Lashley steps out, the US Championship is put aside, and this battle of veteran and young star begins!
MVP and Apollo circle, tie up, and MVP headlocks. Apollo powers out but MVP runs him over. MVP dances on Apollo, speeds things up, and fakes Apollo out. Apollo ducks the kick, pops up and huricanranas MVP for a dropkick! Apollo fireman’s carries MVP but MVP grabs the ropes. The ref counts so Apollo dumps MVP down. Lashley drags MVP out to help him up, but Apollo FLIES! MVP gets clear so only Lashley takes the hit, and then MVP rams Apollo into steps! The fighting champion is in trouble as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and MVP has Apollo in a high keylock. Apollo endures as MVP leans on the hold. The crowd rallies, Apollo fights up and fights back, then runs, into a BOOT! MVP covers, TWO! He tries again, TWO! MVP drags Apollo around to trap the arms and add a dragon sleeper. MVP cranks Apollo’s head but the crowds rally up. Apollo fights but MVP clubs him down and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! MVP grows frustrated but brings Apollo up for forearms. Apollo CHOPS back, and the two brawl in the corner. MVP gets the edge with clubbing elbows. MVP whips Apollo corner to corner, runs in, but Apollo dodges! The boot gets hung up on the rope! MVP staggers but into Apollo’s haymakers! Apollo clubs away from all sides and the crowd fires up with him!
Apollo runs corner to corner to clothesline, then whips corner to corner to go again, BIG SPLASH! SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lashley looks worried for MVP as Apollo goes to a corner. Apollo climbs up but Lashley gets on the apron! MVP runs the ropes to trip Apollo up! The ref warns Lashley but MVP BOOTS Apollo! Then PERFECT PLEX! Cover, MVP wins!!
Winner: MVP, by pinfall
The longest reigning WWE United States Champion just pinned the newest one! MVP is comin’, but Apollo goes after him! Apollo takes his frustrations out but Lashley stops him with the All Mighty Full Nelson!! Lashley thrashes Apollo as referees try to stop him! Cedric Alexander and Ricochet rush out to save their friend! Lashley won’t let go, and he even shakes them off! But the enziguri and springboard dropkick finally topple Lashley! Apollo’s allies dare MVP and Lashley to do something! Will something happen after Raw goes to break?
Ricochet w/ Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
Raw returns and something is happening! The One and Only is brawling with the All Mighty in a match to defend Apollo’s honor! Ricochet rocks Lashley but Lashley shoves him away. Ricochet goes up and over and CHOPS back! Ricochet throws hands but Lashley pushes him again. Lashley catches Ricochet but Ricochet elbows back. Lashley sweeps the legs and MVP talks smack. Lashley brings Ricochet up and suplexes him. Ricochet sips out, goes up and around to enziguri, only to be caught! Lashley elbows Ricochet back then drags him up for a TOSS! The crowd boos but Lashley takes aim. Ricochet staggers up, and Lashley RAMS him into the corner!
Lashley looms over Ricochet and brings him up for that suplex. Lashley holds Ricochet up for 10 before slamming him down! Cover, TWO! Lashley grows annoyed with Ricochet, but he brings him up to throw him out. Lashley keeps the ref busy as MVP flapjacks Ricochet to the announce desk! Alexander protests but there’s nothing the ref can do about it now. The ref starts a ring count and it climbs to 5 before Ricochet sits up. Lashley goes out to fetch Ricochet, and throws him into barriers! The ring count starts again but Lashley puts Ricochet in the ring. Lashley stalks Ricochet, brings him up, but Ricochet throws body shots! Lashley shoves, scoops Ricochet, and pops him around for the DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!?!
Lashley is furious as Ricochet gets to a corner. Lashley brings Ricochet up to TOSS him again! Ricochet flops to the apron and MVP tells Lashley to finish him! Alexander checks on Ricochet but has to back off as Lashley storms over. Lashley brings Ricochet up to TOSS him across the way! MVP says, “Show him!” Lashley scoops Ricochet, and POSTS him!! Ricochet flies off and hits the floor, Lashley gets back in the ring, just to refresh the count! Lashley drags Ricochet up and into the ring, then takes aim again. Ricochet manages to stand, Lashley runs in, but Ricochet flops back down. Lashley decides the Spear isn’t needed, he stalks Ricochet, to put on the FULL- NO! Ricochet is fighting it off! It’s only a half, and then Ricochet escapes! Ricochet dumps Lashley out!
The crowd cheers as this former United States Champion gets up and leaps! But into Lashley’s arms! And then into another fireman’s carry, only for Ricochet to slip out! Lashley posts himself! Ricochet gets in the ring, Lashley follows at the count of 7. Ricochet runs, springboards, LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives but Ricochet fires himself up! Ricochet puts Lashley in a drop zone, goes up top, but MVP distracts now. Alexander trips MVP up! Ricochet leaps over Lashley, comes back, dropkick-flip and enziguri! Lashley wobbles into a SUPERKICK! Ricochet aims again, BUZZ- NO! The kick is blocked, Lashley reels Ricochet in, ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPINE BUSTER! Lashley is furious and demands Ricochet stand. Ricochet sits up, ALL MIGHTY FULL NELSON!! Ricochet taps, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
But Lashley won’t let go until he’s satisfied! Lashley has his own blood pouring from cuts on his face, but he wants more! He puts Alexander in the full nelson!! Lashley thrashes Alexander until he’s down, and stands tall with MVP in the ring. Will MVP take Apollo’s title for his own? Will Lashley destroy all in his path to get back to the world title?
Dolph Ziggler talks with Sasha and Bayley backstage.
The Show-Off says this is going to work. This is a great team here. He’s a big fan of theirs, by the way. Going into Extreme Rules, they’re going to get into McIntyre’s head. He’ll take over, be a player coach of sorts. That’s so funny, Ziggler. Because the last time they saw him, he was on their show, SmackDown. And if they remember correctly, some mystery hacker exposed Ziggler trying to sabotage Otis x Mandy. In that same time, Bayley and Sasha have been dominating the WWE Women’s Division. Good point. The point being, don’t screw this up for Sasha! Ziggler understands, and is confident they’ll all be champion soon enough. The golden mixed tag main is after the break!
Champions VS Challengers Mixed Tag: Drew McIntyre & Asuka VS Dolph Ziggler & Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!
The Scottish Stud of Claymore Country teams up with the Empress of Tomorrow to give everyone a preview of “the horror show” of Extreme Rules. But the Show-Off still has a major decision to make, and The Boss has a golden insurance policy in #BayleyDosStraps. Chaos opened the show, but will it end the night in this championship crossover?
The teams sort out, and Bayley joins commentary to show she can do better than the Raw table just like she does SmackDown’s. McIntyre and Ziggler start and they circle. They tie up, Ziggler goes after a leg but McIntyre throws him right off! The crowd is fired up as McIntyre grins at Ziggler, but Ziggler gets up to go again. They tie up, Ziggler tries the other leg, but McIntyre still throws him off! Ziggler lands on his feet this time and says he knows McIntyre better than he knows himself. But McIntyre CHOPS him down! Guess Ziggler didn’t know that was coming. McIntyre bumps Ziggler off buckles then CHOPS him again! Ziggler flops down but McIntyre is still on him. McIntyre puts Ziggler through ropes but Ziggler elbows back! FAMOUSER! Cover, ONE!!
Ziggler keeps focus as Bayley brags for Ziggler, but McIntyre powers Ziggler away again. McIntyre eggs Ziggler on, but Sasha tags in. Asuka comes in automatically and Bayley says this is the real main event now. Sasha and Asuka egg each other on and start shoving. Asuka swings but misses, Sasha shoves and ducks, and things speed up. Asuka runs and runs Sasha over! Bayley is upset by that but Asuka keeps moving. Sasha dodges the corner hip attack and has things cool off. Asuka swings on Sasha again, but Sasha spins her for the chinlock! Asuka spins out before a Backstabber, and wants the Asuka Lock! Sasha reaches out to Ziggler, but Ziggler gets in, only for McIntyre to scoop him! Ziggler slips out, only to get a GLASGOW KISS!
Sasha gets free of Asuka but Asuka mule kicks and BACK HANDS! The challengers bail out and the champions stand tall! Bayley asks if Sasha is okay, and to a lesser degree if Ziggler is. The challengers regroup while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once more, and Ziggler has McIntyre in a sleeper hold! McIntyre throws Ziggler off hard, but Ziggler is back again! Bayley is enjoying this, but McIntyre throws Ziggler off again. McIntyre runs in and elbows through Ziggler’s boot! McIntyre drags Ziggler up to CHOP him down! And then he lifts Ziggler, for the INVERTED ALABAMA SL- Into a victory roll! TWO, and Ziggler kicks. McIntyre blocks, Ziggler ducks the punch, and jumps to hit the satellite DDT! Bayley is pumped for her partner’s partner! Ziggler crawls towards his corner, hot tag to Sasha! Asuka gets in and dropkick Sasha first! And then pop-up KNEES! Asuka runs corner to corner, hip attack! Mule kick! SNAP GERMAN!
Asuka keeps moving, Sliding Wizard! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is relieved but Asuka won’t let up. Asuka fires up, the crowd fires up with her, and Asuka runs again. Hip attack sends Sasha down from the apron! Bayley distracts Asuka with neener-neener, and Sasha trips Asuka up! “Who falls for this?” Sasha hits APRON METEORA! She puts Asuka in, covers, TWO!! Asuka lives and Sasha is furious! Bayley is still confident as Sasha rains down right hands on Asuka. Sasha cools off but Asuka kicks back. Sasha stomps Asuka down, drags her up, and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO! Sasha drags Asuka back up into a chinlock but the crowd rallies up. Asuka endures, fights up and fights out. Asuka whips Sasha, Sasha reverses but runs into boots. Sasha turns Asuka sideways, STOCK DROP KNEES! Cover, TWO!!
Bayley isn’t losing confidence as Sasha still has this. Sasha paces about before bringing Asuka up. Sasha has a sleeper, then chicken wings. Sasha brings Asuka down for a motorcycle stretch! Asuka endures, but she fights her way back up. Asuka hip bumps out then kicks, only for Sasha to block and KNEE! But Asuka CODE BREAKERS back! Both women are down and the crowd rallies hard. Asuka and Sasha crawl, hot tag to Ziggler! McIntyre gets in and runs Ziggler over! McIntyre whips, and THROWS Ziggler overhead! Ziggler flounders into ANOTHER! McIntyre goes to the corner, goes up top, and aims for the falling ax handles! And the kip up! The crowd is thunderous again as McIntyre glares at Ziggler. Ziggler stands, McIntyre reels him in, but no Future Shock. McIntyre shoves, Ziggler tilt-o-whirls, but no DDT! McIntyre powers out, Sasha tags in!
McIntyre throws Ziggler out but Sasha gets in McIntyre’s face. “I run this place, I’m the Legit Boss!” McIntyre can’t touch Sasha, so he JABS Ziggler off the apron! Asuka slides in as Sasha is furiously shouting at McIntyre. Asuka stalks right up to Sasha, to ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is relieved but denies she’s nervous. McIntyre scoops Ziggler, but Ziggler slips out to POST McIntyre! Asuka drags Sasha up into the chicken wing, but Sasha drops down to victory roll! TWO, Sasha ducks the kick, TWO! CROSSFACE! The Bank Statement is on deep and Bayley is confident. Asuka turns, pries free, and hits a flying armbar takedown, into the ASUKA LOCK! But Sasha slips out before it’s on, has a cover, Sasha and Ziggler win!!
Winners: Sasha Banks & Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall
The Blueprint pins the Raw Women’s Champion!! It’s a tag team victory, but can Sasha do it all again when it’s just 1v1? And as for Ziggler, he survives the Scottish Stud, what stipulation will he cook up to ruin McIntyre’s redemption story?
A really good episode of Raw. They hyped up both the world title and Raw Women’s title contract signings, but I didn’t realize they were going to have them both at once. It turned out great, in my opinion. They probably didn’t need the chaos right at the very start but it was definitely a great surprise to open with. The promos were really good, the extra brawling was good, and the mixed tag main event that resulted was great! Bayley was hilarious and on point as a Heel on commentary, and it makes sense for the Heels/challengers to win now. The Faces/champions need to feel the pressure a bit. In McIntyre’s case, he’s still certain to win, even with Ziggler still poised to choose something crazy for their title match. Asuka might actually be the one in danger because the plan for SummerSlam could still be a huge Women’s Championship match involving all three brands.
It was good to have a replay of the Taker tribute video, and I was surprised they didn’t go for longer. Big Show getting involved with Zelina and her stable, which in turn means they’re getting involved with the Randy Orton story, is quite intriguing. Garza and Almas win the tag match with the Viking Raiders but their dysfunction costs them against Show, so the stable still hasn’t really gotten their footing. Though it feels like the stable is already over, and someone is turning Face. While Vega left with Garza as Almas was left high and dry, I feel like Almas and Vega should stick together as the original combination, and Garza finds a way to be the #LethalLothario as a Face.
Ruby has good story development with The IIconics and Lana, but I sense this all turns towards Liv coming to Ruby’s rescue at some point. The IIconics, Lana & Natty, and then a somewhat reunited Riott Squad become a Triple Threat Tag to determine WWE Women’s Tag title contenders, but not necessarily for SummerSlam or even Survivor Series. Truth wins again, but a part of me was hoping they’d stretch things out until the Swamp Fight match Strowman and Wyatt are having. Truth showing up randomly in that swamp would be an odd but hilarious cameo for something that is clearly meant to become “the horror show” part of Extreme Rules this year.
Truth’s bit with Apollo, Ricochet and Alexander was great, and their segment with MVP and Lashley was really good. MVP and Lashley both get really good wins tonight, and while MVP looks poised to get the US title, I wonder if Lashley starts to feel cheated that he doesn’t have a title when MVP promised him one time and again. Seth Rollins has a good promo, Mysterio and Dominik have a good counter promo, and then the tag team match with Aleister and Carrillo was really good. Carrillo getting stomped out, perhaps the Six Man Tag I predicted actually does have Dominik join in for his first match. That’d be pretty great, as it ties back to Dominik wanting to wrestle alongside his father at some point.
My score: 8.4/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night Two Results & Review 4/11/21
AJ finishes his trek through the WWE Mania week content with Night 2 of WrestleMania! How did it match up to night 1? Is Roman still your Tribal Chief?
Well everybody… We did it. Fans are at Mania, this is the last day for me to type things out, my hand can be put on ice and we get some star-studded matches on the horizon. United States, Intercontinental, Women’s Tag, Raw Women’s Championship and the Universal Championship all coming together and let’s start the show and see if the Chief stands tall at the end, the Movement returns with the gold or if we see opportunity rise up again where Edge left off ten years ago in the end.
- The Fiend (w/ Alexa Bliss) vs Randy Orton – Randy Orton wins via RKO – **
- Natalya & Tamina vs Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax (c) for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships – Shayna Bazler wins via Kirafuda Clutch – ** ¾ – TITLE DEFENSE!!
- Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn (Logan Paul invited Ringside) – Kevin Owens wins via Stunner – *** ¼
- Sheamus vs Matt Riddle(c) for the WWE United States Championship- Sheamus wins via Brogue Kick – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Nigerian War Drum Match: Apollo Crews vs Big E(c) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship – Apollo Crews win via Pinfall – ** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Rhea Ripley vs Asuka(c) for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley wins via Riptide – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Daniel Bryan vs Edge Vs Roman Reigns (w/ Paul Heyman & Jey Uso) for the WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns wins via Con-Chair-To – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!
The Fiend vs Randy Orton-
For the intro, Alexa Quinn… Wait. Harley Bliss… No, no. Alexa with face paint skips down and plays a giant jack in the box for the Fiend to appear and attacks Randy right away with a Lariat and brutally attacks Randy with his murderous attacks. Randy gets some separation slightly but Randy actually attacks but to no effect when he attacked The Fiend. Randy tries to get some fight in with the Hangman DDT as he rolls out of a Mandible but again, to no effect. He goes for a second after a failed RKO attempt as The Fiend is still somewhat down. Garvin Stomps did nothing to The Fiend as The Fiend gets some of his own offense going before Randy gets more separation, tossing The Fiend to the outside and goes for a third Hangman DDT when The Fiend pops back up. The Fiend is actually somewhat reeled as Orton coils for the RKO, only to get it countered into a Mandible and Sister Abigail attempt. Alexa pops up with the black tar showing on her face, pouring and distracting The Fiend only to get caught with an RKO and… RANDY WON?! Yowwy—Ah you get it.
Natalya & Tamina vs Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax-
Nattie and Bazler start the match up with a good amount of technical wrestling and holds to gain the upper hand. As Natalya gets the quick upper hand and almost gets the Sharpshooter in on Bazler before tagging Nia. Nia tells Natalya to get Tamina in and now we powerhouses into the match as they go back and forth with strikes to chop each other down. Natalya gets a tag in to take Nia Jax down but Bazler tags in quickly to distract the challengers until she gets caught in a double team. Nattie goes for another Sharpshooter attempt, gets it countered to a cradle but after the kick out, the challengers have been taking Shayna Bazler out. Shayna gets a burst of adrenaline and takes it to Natalya with a knee strike and Nia takes down Tamina on the outside to cut off the possible tag. Shayna now bends and twists Natalya’s ankle to disarm the Sharpshooter. Nia now gets the tag in and goes after Natalya’s legs too.
As Nia and Shayna take it to the lower body of Natalya they get the frequent tags in, making sure that Natalya is dismantled as Nia gets cocky and goes shoulder first into the turnbuckle and Natalya gets a quick burst of strikes while Tamina is still down. The attempt is in vain though as Nia gets the upper hand and goes for a spinebuster and a pinfall after before Tamina goes in to break it up and gets the hot tag after as Nia tags in Bazler. Tamina begins to beat down the champions, mainly Shayna, getting out of the Kirafuda Clutch with a Samoan Drop. Tamina gets the crowd doing but Shayna cuts off the Superfly Splash attempt and tags in Nia to go for a Superplex. Natalya pulls Tamina off the top of Nia’s shoulders and takes down Shayna. Nia hits a double splash and gets into Tamina’s face after the fact which comes back to bite her as Tamina slams her in the middle of the ring. She goes for a pin, only to get a two and maybe get a win again with the Superfly Splash but Nia rolls out of the way. The two get the tag made so Natalya and Shayna are the legal members. Natalya is so focused on Nia that she puts the Sharpshooter on Nia Jax that Shayna slides in and gets the Kirafuda on to get the win against Natalya.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn-
Sami Zayn goes to run up to Kevin Owens to fight and gets a Pop-Up Powerbomb for his troubles before rolling out and almost getting an apron bomb until Sami scrambles back into the ring. Kevin Owens doing everything to keep Sami down and just end this quickly before Sami keeps rolling away and catches Owens this time with a Suplex on the apron to take KO out. The Ref starts counting all the way to eight before Owens rolls back into the ring and Sami Zayn starts getting some offense in, even landing a Mishinoku Driver onto KO for a near fall and props KO up on the top rope for a Superplex attempt as the two starts doing their native Hockey fighting on the top rope this time before Kevin gets the advantage, Sami falling and Owens getting a Splash down for another near fall. Kevin keeps his offense going for a heavy neckbreaker against KO’s knee and attempt for a Package Piledriver until Zayn catches it and gets the Exploder in the corner and a trifecta of Brainbusters to get a nearfall.
As Kevin Owens gets in the corner, the two start trading hits to the face over and over again as both men try to get a new advantage. Sami gets Kevin in another superplex attempt but KO reverses it into his own as he gets steam going with two running lariats in the corner before Sami counters it into a Helluva Kick. Sami attempts another, gets caught with two Superkicks and then finally a Stunner to stun the conspiracy theories.
Aftermath: Logan comes in to console Sami, looks over at KO and says that was awesome until Sami Zayn gets shoved and gets a hissy fit. Logan Paul raises KO’s hand as Kevin… channels his inner Stone Cold and stuns Logan Paul. That added a quarter point. Thank you, Kevin.
Sheamus vs Matt Riddle-
Sheamus takes it to Riddle early with the strength advantage early, even after Riddle getting a rapid strikes to the body. Riddle tries to get a form of offense going with a Sleeper but still getting overpowered, getting hit with the Irish Curse Backbreaker and other strikes. Riddle tries to get another form of separation and offense but after a hanging armbar in the ropes, Sheamus does the Ten Beats of the Bohdran and get a near fall. Sheamus goes to the top rope to maybe finished it quick but Riddle catches the Irishman and gets the momentum in his favor after a Spanish Fly, not letting the momentum go to waste with the quick strikes to the body and head of Sheamus, even doing a Jackhammer for a two. Riddle and Sheamus go with a back and forth for who can get ahead before Riddle gets stopped by a Brogue Kick for a nearfall and not letting up with an Alabama Slam for another two count.
They now go to the apron of the ring where Riddle gets the momentum this time, hitting an apron German Suplex and even taking Sheamus down, once of the outside of the ring and inside with a Floating Bro and getting holds onto Sheamus to keep the big man down but to no avail as he gets beaten down. Sheamus goes to the top and lands a White Noise onto Riddle and a double knee drop to get another two. Sheamus now goes to the corner and calls for the Brogue Kick, Riddle senses it and moves, going for a Final Flash Knee, tossed into the ropes to get something going with another springboard moonsault and gets a boot to the head from Sheamus to get the victory.
Apollo Crews vs Big E-
Both men rush outside of the ring to grab Kendo Sticks and beat each other with them as Big E gets the advantage with the striking match over and over as they take it to the outside. Big E tries to use a gong on the outside before Apollo gets a counter in, grabbing another Kendo and striking Big E more before getting thrown into the apron and speared through the ropes, going for a pin as he pushes Apollo back in and getting the steps. Big E taking too much time, meets the apron from Apollo hitting a Death valley Driver and getting a near fall in his efforts, getting the steps in the process. Apollo uses the steps again to drop on Big E from their first encounter to squish Big E’s head in and Big E rolls out of the way and hits a Urinagi from the apron after he moves to the steps. Big E gets angry and gets a table in the ring to set up and getting Apollo back in. Again, taking too much time as Apollo gets a Kendo stick again and beats down Big E quickly to putting him on the table. Crews goes to do a splash but gets nothing but wood as Big E rolls out and hits the Big Ending. As it looks like Big E will get the win until Apollo Crews gets a little help from his new colossus to help him out, hitting a spike and a chokeslam to end Big E’s big reign.
We get a small break before our next two matches with the 2021 Hallo of Fame this time with RVD, Molly Holly, The Great Khali, Eric Bischoff, Ozzy Osoburne, Warrior Recipient Rich Hering and “The Big Red Machine”, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane.
Rhea Ripley vs Asuka-
Asuka tries to get an early advantage with her agility but it’s back and forth for a good amount of time until Asuka takes it to Rhea in the corner and to the outside but Rhea gets the power advantage shortly and begins to take it to Asuka surprisingly, making sure she says down and even smacks her to incite her. Beginning to do some short arm Lariats and Asuka gets a leg clutch attempt but Rhea is just too strong and powers out of the hold and into a pinfall attempt as she actually is… slowing Asuka and making her look tired in the match. Ripley starts to do shoulder thrusts to Asuka’s back, weakening before setting her to the top rope. Asuka actually starts to fight back and get a split from Rhea’s attacks and knocks her down with some flight and after a near fall, continues the typical Asuka offense, taking it to the challenger and gets Rhea reeled as Asuka goes to the ropes again. Rhea catches it this time as she kicks her off the ropes, going to the outside and apron as Rhea gets the advantage back with a facebreaker on the apron to Asuka. Asuka tries anything to get a break away from Rhea Ripley, even going as far as doing a DDT to the outside from the apron. Rhea gets back in from an eight by the ref and Asuka actually gets a lot of strikes in before Rhea takes control again momentarily and both ladies attempt their submissions, only for each to break them. Asuka gets more of her submissions and attempts to finish it with her kicking combination but Rhea catches the last kick and lands the Riptide to get the shocking win.
Daniel Bryan vs Edge vs Roman Reigns-
Roman sucker punches Bryan early and Edge and roman trade for a bit. Daniel get in the middle of the fight and gets dumped to the outside as Jey Uso superkicks Daniel Bryan as Roman does the same thing to Edge and gets a superkick too. As the numbers for Roman are too much for the other two, they have to try to get a form of a split and Edge does it, taking out Jey Uso momentarily and takes it to Roman now, going back and forth from the apron and barricade before Edge turns to Jey Uso, grabbing the steel steps and delivers and DDT on the steps as medical staff help Jey out of the match. Daniel Bryan and Edge get into the ring now as they go back and forth in the ring. After Edge takes Daniel out for a moment, Roman comes back to fight Edge from the apron. Daniel Bryan slides through and takes down Roman from the apron to face off against Edge. Daniel gets a good amount of offense in and even tries to do a dive onto Roman but gets caught and takes Bryan out. Roman now gets a beat down on Edge for a good amount of time when a Superman Punch attempt gets caught in an Edgecution. Edge goes to set up the Spear but gets rocked by a Superman Punch. Roman now goes for a Spear but Edge gets out of it with a Sunset Flip pin for a two. Both men go to the ropes and hit each other with Spears before Daniel Bryan returns a minute after for diving headbutts but to no avail on a victory.
Daniel now setting up for his Yes Kicks and as always misses his kick as Roman pushes Daniel away as all men go to a corner. Edge gets hit by a Running Knee from DB and Roman wants to capitalize with a Superman Punch but Bryan catches him and finishes the Yes Kick combo and even puts Roman in the Labell Lock but Edge breaks the submission to save the match. Edge now is going to get locked in with the Labell Lock but Roman breaks that shortly after and just mollywhops Daniel Bryan before doing a powerbomb to Daniel Bryan, onto Edge. Roman kicks Daniel Bryan out of the ring, plotting his next move on the outside, the crowd pissing Roman off with a “Roman sucks” chant as he powerbombs Daniel Bryan through the announce table, praising his work and gets leveled by Edge’s Spear.
Edge rolls Roman back in and grabs two chair, going to play a song for the Chief before Roman catches Edge’s chair and they two fight. Edge pulls Roman into the rope and hit him in the neck as Edge puts the Crossface on Roman. Roman looks like he will tap but Daniel Bryan returns and grabs the hand before putting the Labell Lock on the other side as both men yell to let their holds go to go into headbutts after. (Kind of… fucking dumb if two guys with neck problems are just headbutting each other)
Daniel Bryan starts to taking it to Edge but Edge gets a counter and takes Daniel Bryan out with a spear and hitting one to Roman too. Edge goes for the pin and Bryan pulsl the ref out to stop the count and Edge is pissed off. He grabs the chairs again and puts them in the ring as Edge beats the hell out of them with the chairs before setting up Con-Chair-Tos for both men. Edge lands one of Daniel Bryan before Jey Uso comes back in and stops Edge. Edge gets angry to Uso and beats him down until Roman hits Edge with a spear and grabs the chairs under Edge and hits the Con-Chair-To onto Edge, stacks them together and pins both for a defense.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
And like that I retire…
…I kid. There are still final thoughts. The main event delivered to close the show, the matches for tonight were… good. It build up to it but the main thing of the night was the Main Event. It’s actually showing that Roman is beginning to slip here. A lot of help is needed for him to retain but it still played out beautifully. Owens and Sami was great, the US Championship match was good. Apollo finally getting a reward for his actions is a great thing to see. The matches that fell flat for me were the opening two. I miracled into guessing Randy won but, we knew it was more of an OMG thing and not a “this is a wrestling match” kind of moment. We shall see how everything plays out later on in the week because we all know that the biggest shows for WWE are the Raw, SmackDown and I guess now NXT shows after WrestleMania.
And now I will retire…
Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/11/21)
Who wins THE WrestleMania main event?
WrestleMania 37’s two night adventure reaches its conclusion!
After an epic first night, how can WrestleMania 37 possibly get any greater? Perhaps with Daniel Bryan VS Edge VS Roman Reigns for the Universal title! Will the Head of the Table still be at the helm of the WWE?
- Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss; Orton wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Kevin wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Apollo wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan; Reigns wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania 37 Night Two Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler, JBL and Peter Rosenberg for yet another round of discussing, analyzing and predicting the action tonight!
Sonya Deville joins the panel again!
Does anyone really understand the implications of the Nigerian Drum Fight? It might just be Apollo Crews who understands. His power and his culture are going to define what happens tonight. Booker asks, “What do I look like? Chopped liver?” Well okay, he would know, yes. Booker says this goes back a long time ago, the Zulu nation and the Mandingo. This will play out in front of the world so the world needs to understand, and Booker says Apollo will make you understand. Sonya wishes she’d heard more about this. But Jerry wants to know why it’s drums. Booker asks, “What do you do to a drum?” You beat it. Exactly!
Rosenberg says the bottom line is, Apollo is in control. Big E may be on the kick of being in his hometown- JBL asks why Rosenberg’s hands are everywhere. But the point is, Apollo knows what this is about because this is his match. Booker says this will be a great night for everyone back home. JBL and Jerry can’t say anything without getting canceled, so they will agree with him.
Ashland Craft sings America the Beautiful!
We’ve waited patiently for this moment.
“Finally…!” The biggest event in LIVE entertainment is BACK! Back with the spectacle, the excitement and the pageantry! WrestleMania is #BackInBusiness! And tonight, WWE sets sail on the high seas with epic epicness bigger than the history of history! Wait, what? Did he just say all that? That’s what was written. Okay, mate, let’s get this cold open done right. We pick up where we left off just last year. Our heroes are obnoxiously heroic as they battle for the ultimate prize: immortality. But no more tall tales, let’s get real, as the kids say. Tonight, we witness the global event that spans decades, created unforgettable moments, and has the memories we will remember forever.
But let us tip our caps to you, the fans, who made this possible. You over there, and them up there, and even those at home who “can’t not watch.” We raise the sails as fate still awaits. The course was corrected, the wind cannot be stopped, and the quest continues! Now how’s that? Impressive. But where’s the big finish? That’s cold open 101. Good point. Pyro montage! “Welcome back… to WrestleMania!”
The WrestleMania cohosts are back!
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan return to kick off Night Two of WrestleMania 37, but this time they’re Captain Titus and the Hollywood Privateer! “I dunno about you, Hulk, but I think we look damn good tonight.” Well, T-man, it’s a little hot, too. But either way, AHOY MATIES! Yo ho, brothers, and welcome to Mania Sunday! Last night was incredible, but tonight will be no different! Seven matches, and FIVE are for gold! That means they need to batten down the hatches. No room for scurvy dogs or scallywags! Whoa, don’t be calling the people that. Hogan’s not gonna walk the plank, is he? No, Titus will take care of that. The first match is a tale of terror, dark than the depths of Davey Jones’ Locker! YARRGH!
Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss!
The Viper thought he’d finished this at TLC, but some evil never dies. And now, this horror movie in real-life opens the Showcase of the Immortals! Lil’ Miss Twisted Bliss is still by his side, but will Orton finally #LetHimIn?
As he makes is entrance through a mysterious tunnel, The Fiend… has been restored! Alexa makes her way out first, with spooky face paint on to clash with her Punky Brewster outfit. She frolics along, and has a GIANT jack-in-the-box?! Alexa winds the handle and Orton already has an idea what’s coming. All around the mulberry bush, the Fiend chased the Viper~. And out rises The Fiend’s new form! Orton isn’t sure what to make of this, and The Fiend suddenly LEAPS into the ring to CLOTHESLINE Orton down! The bell rings, Fiend SPLASHES in the corner, reels Orton in and hits an URENAGE! Fiend sits Orton up for a NECK SNAP! “YOWIEEEE WOWIEEE~!”
Orton writhes as he clutches his neck and Fiend goes to a corner. Fans fire up as The Fiend spider-walks! Orton gets up, Fiend copies him as he takes aim! Orton flounders up, but he avoids a punt kick! Fiend pursues, Orton kicks low and gives him a back suplex to the desk! But Fiend clamps on with the CLAW! Orton grabs at the ring, gets in, and the ring count is still climbing! Orton gets free but Fiend gets in, only for Orton to kick low. Orton gets Fiend through ropes, for a DRAPING DDT! But Fiend springs right back up! Fiend blocks the RKO, but Orton throws him into his own jack-in-the-box! Fiend flounders, Orton gets Fiend through ropes again and KICKS him!
Orton wrenches the arm, KICKS again, and drags Fiend into ANOTHER DRAPING DDT! Orton looms over Fiend and stomps a hand! Fiend barely flinches, so Orton stomps the other hand! Orton throws hands and clubbing forearms but Fiend just gets up! Orton kicks low, runs, but into a LARIAT! Fiend and fans fire up, things speed up, Fiend BODY CHECKS Orton! Fiend rains down forearms over and over! Fiend gets up to run and drop a back senton, but Orton dodges it! Orton throws Fiend out but Fiend gets right back on the apron. Orton kicks him between ropes, gives away more kicks, then drags Fiend back in, for a THIRD DRAPING DDT!
Orton paces as Fiend slowly stirs. Orton hears the voices and wants Fiend to get up now. Fiend rises, but still no RKO, because Fiend has the MANDIBLE CLAW! Fiend smothers Orton, Orton starts to fade but he grabs at Fiend. Fiend brings Orton up, gives him a kiss good night, and the FLAMES erupt as Alexa is now in a new form! She has a tiara of barbed wire and there’s black ink pouring out. Wait, this distracts the Fiend?! ORTON HITS AN RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
What is going on with Alexa?! Did she mean to ruin tonight for The Fiend?! Either way, the Viper slithers away before he has to worry about this any longer. Is Orton finally done being haunted by these ghouls? Fiend looks up at Alexa, but the lights start to go out again. And when the lights return, Fiend and Alexa are gone. Just what is happening inside the Firefly Fun House?
DING DONG~! Hello!
Bayley asks Titus and Hogan what happened to them texting her back. She says hello to Eric Bischoff, she’s a big fan of his podcast, and says if he ever feels like being on a real show, he can be on hers. Well he’s more of a book guy, not into TV. But that match of Sasha VS Bianca, the SmackDown Women’s Champion on his podcast would be awesome! Yeah, yeah, flavor of the month. But they’re not a role model like Bayley! Bayley is the longest reigning women’s champion, has her own talk show, and is on both nights of Mania! Bischoff brings up Hogan’s new boat, and they decide to go see the boat. Titus wants to ride a boat… Sorry, Bayley, Hall of Famer stuff.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina!
The Tag Team Turmoil is over, but now the real battle begins! Will the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades still be standing after battling the Daughter of Superfly & Queen of Harts?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the battle of alpha females begins!
The teams sort out and Shayna and Natty start. They circle, tie up, Natty headlocks and hits a takeover, but Shayna headscissors. Natty kips free but Shayna smirks as the two reset. They tie up again, Shayna headlocks to hit the takeover, but Natty gets up to power out. Shayna runs Natty over, dusts off her hands, then runs. Natty drops, hurdles, but Shayna blocks a hip toss to get a headlock, only for Natty to trip her up! Shayna scrambles to avoid the Sharpshooter, and tags to Nia. Nia and Natty stare down, fans duel, and they tie up. Nia shoves Natty down and says, “I don’t want you.” She’s calling out Tamina! Tamina reaches out, and Natty tags her in!
Fans fire up as Tamina and Nia stare down. Nia pie faces, headbutts and talks trash but Tamina HEADBUTTS back! It’s a battle of headbutts! Tamina fires off haymakers but Nia denies the scoop! Nia runs but Tamina fires off forearms! Tag to Natty, Nia ROCKS her and Tamina! Nia runs, Shayna tags in, Natty & Tamina DOUBLE BACK DROP Nia! Shayna BOOTS Natty, Tamina ROCKS Shayna back! Natty is up, she and Tamina DOUBLE GOURD BUSTER Shayna onto Nia! Fans fire up as Natty gets the legs again and steps through, but Shayna cradle counters, TWO! Natty waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Natty drags Shayna up to stomp her down, then tags Tamina.
Natty keeps Shayna from her corner and feeds her to Tamina’s clothesline! Tag back to Natty, Natty gets the hand-off to trip Shayna, and catapult her into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Shayna with forearms, then scoops Shayna, only for Shayna to slip out and fire off a strike fest, topping it off with a KNEE! Natty and Shayna are both down, Nia YANKS Tamina off the apron! Tamina fires off on Nia, but Nia scoops her to SLAM her! Natty is shocked, Shayna KNEES her down in a corner! Shayna snapmares to a cover, TWO! Shayna goes after a leg and bends it! Natty endures, kicks with her free leg but Shayna throws a forearm. Shayna pulls on the leg and twists the ankle!
Natty kicks at Shayna more, Shayna turns Natty over and has the foot stuck, to STOMP IT!! Tag to Nia, and Nia looms over Natty as she clutches the foot. Nia soaks up the heat, and drags Natty to drop a leg on the leg! Nia has a standing toehold and Natty endures. Natty fires off haymakers, but Nia stomps the leg! Cover, TWO! Nia is annoyed but she drags Natty up. Natty fights back, Nia CLOBBERS her! Tag to Shayna, Nia has Natty in a STRETCH MUFFLER! Shayna KNEES Natty while she’s upside-down! Cover, TWO! Shayna taunts Natty as Tamina is still down. Shayna SMASHES Natty’s knee into the mat, then pushes Natty around.
Shayna drags Natty up, Nia tags in, and Shayna feeds Natty to a scoop and SLAM! Natty gets to her corner, Nia soaks up heat and runs in, but Natty POSTS her! Natty catches her breath, runs at Nia and throws clothesline after clothesline, then the DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Nia still has a lot of power but Natty rallies the fans! Natty drags Nia up but Nia headbutts her! Nia reels Natty in, gets her up, and hits the ONE HAND SLAM! Cover, Tamina breaks it?! Tamina is back in this and Shayna is furious! Nia crawls over to tag Shayna in, but fans fire up for Natty as she tags Tamina in! Tamina rallies on Shayna with elbows, then dodges to CLOBBER Shayna!
Shayna blocks a punch to fire off kicks, but she kicks into a DRAGON SCREW! Tamina runs but gets buckles. Shayna blocks Tamina’s boot, twists the ankle, but Tamina BOOTS her down! Nia storms over but Tamina DECKS her! Shayna gets around, wants the Kirafuda but Tamina blocks it to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Tamina grows frustrated but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Fans rally as Tamina goes to a corner! Tamina climbs up, but Shayna KICKS her first! Tag to Nia, and Nia storms over to get up top! Nia fireman’s carries but Natty saves Tamina! Shayna gets in but Natty CLOBBERS her! But Nia adjusts, DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Double cover, TWO!!
Natty and Tamina survive but now Nia clutches a leg. That was a rough landing for everyone but Nia manages to get up. Nia sees Tamina is still down, fans rally for Tamina and Nia gets annoyed. Nia brings Tamina up, but Tamina scoops Nia!! Tamina SLAMS NIA!! Cover, TWO!!! Tamina drags herself to a corner, and fans fire up again as Tamina climbs! Tamina aims, SUPERFLY!! BUT SHE FLOPS! Nia moves and Tamina is down again! Nia and Tamina both crawl for their corners as fans rally again. Hot tag to Natty! Natty runs and swipes at Shayna, but Nia gets Natty for a fireman’s carry! Shayna tags in, Natty slips off and DECKS Shayna!
Natty basement dropkicks Nia, and she’s after Nia’s legs! But Shayna’s the legal one! Natty doesn’t know that as she works to get the turn! SHARPSHOOTER, but Nia isn’t legal!! Shayna gets in to get the KIRAFUDA!!! Shayna drags Natty down, Natty endures but she’s OUT! The champs win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
So close and yet so far for Tamina & Natty! Does this mean no team can stop the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades?
Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!
Two men who have known each other for two DECADES, ranging everywhere from friends to rivals to bitter enemies, finally have their moment together on the Grandest Stage of Them All! But given the Great Liberator’s ludicrous behavior as of late, the Prizefighter promises to beat some sense into him! Will Kevin snap Sami out of it? Or is Sami too far gone?
WWE Hall of Fame inductee JBL joins commentary for this one to bring back a classic combination of him and #MAGGLE. Sami gets a mic to say, “Please, ladies and gentlemen. I know you’re all just as excited as I am.” Please give a warm WrestleMania welcome for Sami’s special guest of honor, and show some respect to the only ally Sami has had in fighting the conspiracy against Sami! This is… LOGAN PAUL! Logan Paul does walk out to the ring and Sami breaks it down to the theme music again. Sami hugs Logan, and fans are of course divided. Sami apologizes to Logan for the booing. But here comes Kevin! The bell rings and Sami runs, right into a POP-UP POWERBOMB!
Sami flounders out of the ring before Kevin can get him, but Kevin just goes out after him! Kevin brings Sami in and there’s NXT flashbacks as Sami fights the apron bomb! Kevin gets in after Sami, drags him up and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Kevin hangs Sami out to dry on ropes and Sami springs right off to hit the mat! Kevin runs in to clothesline Sami down! Kevin goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Sami is in a drop zone, Kevin goes up top, but Sami gets out to the apron. Kevin climbs down but walks into a BOOT! Sami reels Kevin in, Kevin elbows free of the half nelson, but Sami kicks low! Sami reels Kevin in, for an APRON BRAINBUSTER!!
Everyone is shocked, even Logan Paul! Sami drags himself back into the ring, Kevin stirs but the ring count is already 5 of 10! Sami wants it to be faster but it’s already at 7 as Kevin stands. Kevin is in at 8 and Sami is on him with furious fists! Sami seethes, kicks Kevin while he’s down, then throws crossface forearms! Logan nods as Sami looks to him, but Kevin throws haymakers! Sami kicks low, scoops Kevin and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Sami is furious! Sami goes back to Kevin in a corner, hauls him up to the top rope, and then climbs up to go after him. Kevin resists the superplex, throws heavy body shots, then haymakers.
Sami gives those back, they brawl up top, fans cheer Kevin but boo Sami, until it’s all the same from the pace quickening! Kevin HEADBUTTS Sami down! Kevin adjusts, FROG SPLASHES, and covers, TWO!! Kevin drags Sami up, throws hands, then whips him, to pop-up, but Sami leap frogs and kicks low! Kevin wrenches, ducks a kick, tucks Sami in, PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Kevin grows frustrated. Fans fire up with Kevin as he drags Sami back up. Kevin reels Sami in, tucks the arms, but Sami slips out of the package driver to EXPLODER Kevin into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner and HELL-
NO! Kevin dodges the kick, but Sami denies the stunner to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is losing his cool, but he CORNER EXPLODERS to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! To a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin lives and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as Kevin gets to a corner. Sami SLAPS Kevin, Kevin SLAPS Sami, it’s a FAST & FURIOUS SLAP FIGHT!! Sami gets the edge, throws body shots and uppercuts, but the ref has Sami back off. Sami gets Kevin up, hauls him up top but Kevin fights. Sami still gets Kevin to the top and he headbutts from below!
Sami climbs, brings Kevin back up, but Kevin counters to a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Even Logan is reeling from that one! Both men are down, Sami slowly sits up and drags himself to a corner. Kevin sits up and is in the opposite corner. Kevin grits his teeth, runs corner to corner at Sami to clothesline! Kevin keeps going, and clotheslines again. Kevin goes, Sami follows, HELLUVA KICK!! Sami keeps Kevin from falling over, and tells him this is because of Kevin. Sami goes corner to corner, into a SUPERKICK!! Sami staggers, into another SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up for Kevin as he looks Sami in the eye. “You did this.” STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Logan seems to be the only one shocked, but he still applauds this victory! Whether Kevin has knocked some sense into Sami is yet to be seen, but he did get a big win at #KOMania5! Logan checks on Sami, tries to talk with him, but Sami says someone screwed him! The ref, the managers, someone! Logan tells Kevin that this was awesome stuff. Sami won’t let Logan shake Kevin’s hand! Sami says Kevin conspired against him! Sami wants Logan to listen to him, but Logan shoves Sami! Sami says to hell with Logan! Sami storms off, Logan raises Kevin’s hand in victory. Logan sure is a bandwagoner, huh?
Kevin doesn’t like that, either, and he gives Logan a STUNNER!! “This is MY ring!” Will this win lead Kevin back to another prizefight?
Matt Riddle encounters Great Khali!
What’s up, bro! Riddle wants to congrat Khali on being inducted into the HOF. Can he check the ring? Yep. WHOA, look how big his hand is! It’s as big as Riddle’s head. Khali must have a hard time finding gloves and socks. Khali should open a store that sells giant stuff! Giant shoes, giant socks, giant toilets, and giant scooters! What does he think? No? Nothing? Translator? Wait, RVD is here!! RVD translates for Khali and says that in order to corner the market, we’ll need creative branding. RVD has that right here with RVD rolling papers.
Sweet! Hey, what about a #KhaliTrolley? Khali and RVD say Riddle should focus on Sheamus. Good luck from Khali and R! V! D! Riddle rides off towards gorilla, but will he be ready to smoke the Fella?
WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus!
Bro… The Fella has had beef with Riddle since day one, but perhaps it’s just Riddle’s personality being so nonchalant, it’s like he doesn’t care. Will Riddle show Sheamus how serious he can get with the gold on the line?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and bro, this one’s going to be lit!
Sheamus and Riddle tie up, and Sheamus headlocks to throw Riddle down. Sheamus grinds Riddle, Riddle fights up and powers out, but Sheamus runs Riddle right over! Sheamus is on Riddle with an armlock and he digs a knee in. Sheamus pulls the fingers, but Riddle fights up. Riddle throws body shots, ROCKS and CHOPS Sheamus, then CHOPS him more! Riddle has Sheamus in a corner, fires off but lets off as the ref counts. Sheamus ROCKS Riddle back with a body shot! Sheamus stomps Riddle, drags him up and scoops him, but Riddle slips out to get a sleeper! Riddle’s a backpack with the body scissors, but Sheamus RAMS him into buckles.
Sheamus throws back elbows, lets off but Riddle elbows back. Riddle leaps, into Sheamus’ swinging SLAM! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes, kicks Riddle while he’s down, and kicks him against the ropes. The ref reprimands, Sheamus drags Riddle up by his face to then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus clamps onto Riddle, Riddle fights up and throws forearms and fast hands! Riddle backs Sheamus down to a corner, but Sheamus kicks back! Sheamus whips, blocks Riddle’s boot but Riddle keeps kicking! Riddle gets a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets off at 4, but Sheamus CLUBS him back! Sheamus stands Riddle up for Beats of the Bodhrain!
The ref counts but so do fans, and Sheamus gets 8 before the ref gets 4! Sheamus drags Riddle up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes again as he paces. Sheamus goes to a corner, goes up top, but Riddle intercepts with a leap, for a SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!?! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Riddle fires himself up as he and Sheamus slowly rise. Sheamus throws hands but Riddle counter punches then fires off palm strikes! Riddle boots, spins Sheamus and PELES! Riddle handsprings and runs to forearm smash! Side to side, forearm smash! BROSPLODER, to the BROTON!
Fans fire up as Riddle reels Sheamus in and suplexes, but he has to try again… JACKHAMMER?!? Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survive Riddle’s #Broberg attempt, but Riddle won’t lose focus just yet. Riddle gut wrenches, but Sheamus turns it around! Riddle wriggles free and kicks from below! Sheamus staggers, but he puts Riddle on the apron. Riddle ROUNDHOUSES, then slingshots, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus Alabama lifts for the ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives again and Sheamus grits his teeth. Sheamus looms over Sheamus, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Riddle fights free, shoves Sheamus to an apron, but Sheamus hits back!
Sheamus fireman’s carries then shifts, but Riddle escapes to POST and then APRON GERMAN Sheamus down! Riddle then aims for a PENALTY KICK, and SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Direct hit and fans fire up! Riddle gets Sheamus up and in, goes to the top rope, and hits another FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sheamus shocks Riddle, but Riddle drags Sheamus in for the REVERSE ARMBAR! Riddle throws hands as Sheamus endures, and Sheamus powers up to dead lift Riddle, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! And into the SLEEPER! Sheamus reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Riddle lets go fast, and Sheamus hammers away on him!
Sheamus drags Riddle up, smirks as he fireman’s carries, and then carries Riddle up the corner! Riddle shifts, escapes, but Sheamus denies the sunset bomb. Sheamus adjusts up top, but Riddle springs up to ROCK him! Riddle gets Sheamus up but Sheamus counters to the fireman’s carry! Sheamus hops down to hit WHITE NOISE!! Sheamus goes up top for a KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Riddle lives and Sheamus is stunned! Fans rally, Sheamus hobbles back to a corner and fires himself up as he calls his shot! Riddle rises, but he dodges the Brogue to roll Sheamus, FINAL-
NO! No knee, but Riddle dodges to QUE-BRO-DA, INTO A BROGUE?!!? Cover, Sheamus wins!!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
The Bro tried but couldn’t keep the high, and the Celtic Warrior brought him crashing down! Will Sheamus be the one with his head in the clouds now that he has the gold?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
These two used to be good friends, but the frustration of losing and the desire to reign drove Apollo to despise Big E. Apollo calls upon his ancestors to finally make him a champion, but will Big E finally turn away his most stubborn of challengers?
As Big E makes his entrance, Wale performs it life for Tampa! “Ey, Tampa! You wanna go big? Then say that!” The introductions are made, there are drums, tables, kendo sticks and a gong ringside as the title is raised and this BIG grudge match begins!
Apollo and Big E go right out to get weapons! They each have a kendo stick, both men say to the other, “This is what you wanted!” And they start giving each other SMACKS! Smack for smack but Big E gets the edge! Apollo bails out, Big E pursues to SMACK him again! And another SMACK! “This is what he wanted, Graves!” But Apollo kicks low, only for Big E to bowl Apollo into drums! Big E gets the gong! Apollo boots it away, clubs Big E then SMACKS Big E with a kendo stick! Big E goes into the ring, Apollo dares him to stand. Big E dodges, throws Apollo to the apron and runs to SPEAR him off!! That might’ve been a distance record! Big E puts Apollo in to cover, TWO!
Big E keeps his cool as fans rally up behind him. Big E fetches the steel steps, one of Apollo’s favorites from the months past. But he isn’t settling for the smaller top half. Big E goes big by bringing the base over! Big E goes to the apron, brings Apollo up but Apollo fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Apollo drags Big E in to cover, TWO!! Big E survives but Apollo won’t let off! Apollo throws down angry fists, then goes out to fetch the top half of the steps. Apollo brings those around, sets them on their end, and then he stomps Big E to the apron. Apollo has Big E on the base, he picks up the top half of the steps, and he lines up the shot!
“I’m about to show you the steel!” Big E moves before the steps SMASH down!! Apollo hurries to get to the apron, and he runs at Big E to BOOT him! Big E flounders, Apollo wants him to stand up again, but Big E gives him an Urenag-E to the STEPS!! The ref checks on Apollo but somehow he’s okay to continue. “This is what you wanted!” Big E says Apollo is going to get what he asked for! Fans fire up as Big E fetches a TABLE! Big E puts the table in the ring, sets it up, and then fetches Apollo. Apollo staggers up to his feet, Big E puts him in the ring, but Apollo ENZIGURIS Big E down!
Apollo gets a kendo stick to SMACK and SMACK and SMACK, rapid fire! So fast and so hard, the stick breaks apart! Apollo gets Big E on the table, then heads for a corner. Apollo climbs, leaps, FROG SPLASH but Big E moves! Apollo only gets table! Big E scoops, for the BIG ENDING!! But who is that?!? DABBA KATO!?!? What’s he doing here?!? GRENADE THUMB ATTACK!! And then, a CHOKE SLAM!! He’s helping Apollo to the cover! Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)
When did Apollo make Kato one of his generals?! The timing doesn’t matter, the results do! And now, Apollo has the title! What will this mean for the future of SmackDown?
WWE honors the 2021 Hall of Fame class!
The 2021 Warrior Award winner, Rich Hering stands with the Great Khali, Rob Van Damn, Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff on stage, and are joined by KAAAAAAANE~! And for old times’ sake, the HELLFIRE & BRIMSTONE erupt!
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!
The Empress of Tomorrow wanted someone to step up to challenge her, and the Nightmare did just that! Will we see that even now, no one is ready for Asuka? Or will she be washed away by the Riptide?
Rhea has New Year’s Day perform her theme live for her! The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is ready for what!
Asuka and Rhea stare down as fans rally up. They circle, talk some trash back and forth, and Asuka mocks Rhea. Rhea rushes, Asuka dodges and dropkicks! Rhea stays up, but storms into Asuka’s strike fest! Asuka kicks, runs, Rhea follows but Asuka victory rolls! ONE, but Asuka backslides! Rhea rolls through but Asuka dropkicks her to a corner! Asuka runs in, misses the hip attack, but boots back! Rhea snarls, ducks a kick and ROCKS Asuka! Rhea runs but Asuka drop toeholds her into buckles, then KICKS the buck to jam Rhea! Rhea bails out and Asuka grins as fans duel. Asuka eggs Rhea on, Rhea slides in but then right back out.
Asuka goes after Rhea, keeps Rhea from going into the ring to then pop-up KNEE! Rhea gets in the ring now, Asuka follows and has Rhea on ropes. Asuka KICKS Rhea in the back, KICKS again, and again, and again! The ref reprimands, Asuka runs but Rhea dodges the hip attack to HOOK KICK! Rhea drags Asuka right back up to back suplex to a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed already as she drags Asuka and rains down fists! “You wanted this! You! Wanted! This!” Fans rally and duel as Rhea keeps on Asuka. Rhea drags Asuka into a body scissors and squeezes tight! Rhea shouts in Asuka’s face but Asuka elbows Rhea’s legs.
Rhea clamps tighter, digs Asuka into the mat and slaps her around! Rhea dares the champ to do something now, then brings her back into the squeeze! Asuka tells Rhea to shut up and she throws elbows. Asuka pushes back to a cover, ONE, and Rhea dropkicks Asuka! Rhea tells Asuka to get that weak sauce out of here. Rhea kicks Asuka around, Asuka hits back and the two brawl. Rhea KNEES low, SLAPS her, then CLOBBERS her! And again! Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka ducks, only for Rhea to ripcord! Asuka blocks the Hook Kick to a KNEEBAR! Rhea endures, fights up, but Asuka pulls tighter! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, but Rhea dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka survives and Rhea grits her teeth while clutching her foot. Rhea slaps Asuka around, then CLUBS her in the corner! Rhea drags Asuka up, bumps her off buckles, then kicks her while she’s down. Rhea RAMS into Asuka’s back over and over and digs her shoulder in. Rhea lets off as the ref counts, then puts Asuka up top. Rhea CLUBS Asuka, climbs up behind her, and stands her up, but Asuka blocks! Asuka throws elbows and then knocks Rhea down! Asuka fires up as she adjusts, then leaps for a missile dropkick! Direct hit and both women are down! Fans fire up as Asuka rises and aims at Rhea from a corner. Rhea gets up, Asuka runs in, ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX!
Rhea flounders to a corner, Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK! Rhea fights the German but Asuka BACK HANDS, CHOPS and HEEL KICKS! Rhea falls to her knees, Asuka hits another HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is in a daze but she is still in this! Asuka goes to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rhea dropkicks her down to the floor!! Rhea wobbles, Asuka gets back in, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs to go out after Asuka. Rhea blocks Asuka’s boots but Asuka elbows Rhea away! Rhea blocks the Penalty Kick, to SLAM Asuka on the apron! The ring count is climbing, Rhea gets Asuka in at 5 of 10! Rhea hurries to get up but Asuka hip attacks her down!
Asuka goes out after Rhea again, brings her around, but Rhea fights. Rhea can’t get free, Asuka DDT’s her OFF the apron and to the FLOOR! Both women are down and another ring count begins! Asuka gets in at 5, Rhea sits up at 6. Rhea gets in at 7, but Asuka is there, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Asuka grows frustrated but she drags Rhea up for Kowata Kicks! Over and over and over, then Asuka smiles as she runs, but Rhea blocks the sliding kick! Rhea stomps away on Asuka! Rhea puts Asuka’s legs in the PRISM TRAP!! Asuka endures the hanging cloverleaf, reaches for ropes, but rolls Rhea to an ARMBAR!! Rhea flails and kicks, fights up to dead lift again!
Rhea SWINGS Asuka into buckles! Both women are down but Asuka goes to the apron. Rhea storms over, climbs up and drags Asuka up for a headbutt! Rhea brings Asuka up higher, for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives and Rhea is furious! Rhea drags Asuka up and clubs her. Asuka shoves free, Rhea waistlocks but Asuka elbows her again. Asuka wrenches to get a takedown! Rhea rolls, but into an ARMBAR! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, and ASUKA LOCK!! Rhea rolls back to make it a cover, TWO!! Asuka unleashes KICKS! Rhea manages to stay up and even eggs Asuka on. BUZZSAW, but then Rhea ducks the sliding wizard! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Rhea wins!!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
All it takes is one! And now, the Nightmare becomes the first woman to be NXT UK, NXT and Raw Women’s Champion in her career! Are Mondays about to become a nightmare for every other woman on Raw?
Hogan and Titus are back!
Hogan is totally blown away, brother! Titus says on behalf of them both, they send a hert-felt thank you, the fans at home watching on the Peacock and the WWE Network, and those who made it special for everyoen involved: the fans here live at Raymond James Stadium! Bayley storms out because she has just had enough! You kidding me?! Thanking the world and the audience?! But not one mention about BAYLEY. In fact, where is HER pyro?! Hit the pyro!! Oh, there is pyro ready for Bayley.
HAHAHA, YES! Bayley has been carrying the hosting duties on her back this weekend, from the legends to the hall-of-famers to stupid Michael Cole! This is HER time to shine, okay? But wait, here come the Bella Twins! Nikki & Brie don’t even get to start because Bayley said this is HER time! It doesn’t matter what these two twin idiots lookin’ like Elmo want, Cena ain’t here! Nikki SLAPS Bayley, and Brie says Ding Dong, GOOD-BYE! Nikki ROCKS Bayley, Brie hits a KNEE SMASH! The Bellas bowl Bayley down the ramp! Titus repeats, “Ding dong, good-bye!” Will Bayley make sure she isn’t outnumbered before she runs her mouth?
WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Jey Uso & Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan!
The Tribal Chief wants the world to #AcknowledgeHim. The Rated R Superstar wants to take back what was taken from him so long ago. And the GOAT wants to bring back #YEStleMania before he’s reached the end! What happens when all these forces collide in THE main event of WrestleMania 37?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and 10 years ago to the day, we see if Edge is finally, truly back!
Roman DECKS Bryan! Edge hits Roman but Roman puts Edge in a corner and RAMS him! Roman throws clotheslines, Bryan gets Roman with EuroUppers! Bryan whips, Roman reverses and sends Bryan out, for Jey to SUPERKICK! No DQ in a Triple Threat! Jey RAMS Bryan into steel steps, Roman ROCKS Edge with an uppercut! Roman throws Edge out, Jey SUPERKICKS him down! GOTTEE! Roman backs the commentary off to clear off the desk. Jey brings Edge over, but Bryan DIVES into Roman! Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan, keeps after Edge, but Edge whips Jey into steel steps! Jey is down, Edge storms after Roman and clubs him on the back.
Edge bumps Roman off apron, off barriers, and repeat! Roman is a pinball for Edge! Edge POSTS Roman, then storms over to see Bryan still down. Edge gets steel steps and takes the top half off. Fans fire up as Edge sees Jey still down, too, and brings him over to the steps! Edge gets Jey up for an IMPALER to the steps!! But it was double-edged as Edge had to land on the steel, too! Bryan gets up while refs and medics check on Jey. They get Jey up while everyone else is still down, but Bryan gets into the ring. Edge scares Heyman away and gets in the ring. Edge and Bryan stare down while Roman only stirs. Fans fire up as Edge and Bryan start throwing hands!
Edge gets the edge, he whips but Bryan drop toeholds Edge into buckles! Bryan gives Edge YES Kicks in the corner! Bryan hoists Edge up top, climbs up to join him, and SUPER STEINERS, but Edge sunset flips it! TWO!! Edge gets around to EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Bryan is down, Roman is back and he ROCKS Edge! Edge and Roman brawl with the ropes between them but Roman drags Edge up to suplex! Edge resists, suplexes but Roman resists. They fight for suplex control, Bryan slides under to trip up Roman and hotshot Edge! Bryan climbs up and missile dropkicks Edge down! Bryan kips up, fires up and fans are with him!
Bryan drags Edge up, throws EuroUppers, and Edge ends up on ropes. Bryan whips Edge but Edge reverses. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, dodges to DIVE into Roman, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Roman stands, Edge WRECKS him with a dropkick! Roman bumps into desk and Edge follows him. Edge CLUBS Roman, puts him in, but Roman runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Roman seethes, fans duel as they cheer and jeer, but Roman locks ‘n’ loads! SUPER- NO! Edge gets him for an IMPALER!! Edge aims at Roman from a corner now, and fans are fired up for something we haven’t seen in quite some time!
Edge dares Roman to get up, and then he runs in, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Roman fires up and wants Edge to stand now! “OOOAH~!” Edge dodges the Spear to sunset flip! TWO!! Roman staggers, Edge and Roman dodge, DOUBLE SPEARS!! Shoulders and heads collide and both men are down as fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” already and far from over! Bryan returns! DIVING HEADBUTT to Edge! DIVING HEADBUTT to Roman! Cover on Roman, TWO!! Bryan is surprised but he doesn’t lose his cool. Bryan sees Edge sit up, and gives him a YES Kick! YES Kick for Roman! KICK for Edge! KICK for Roman! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE!
Bryan aims at Roman, BUZZ- NO! Roman sends Bryan at Edge, RUNNING KNEE! Roman reloads but runs into a KICK! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives but Bryan just fires up! Bryan gets the arms, and gives Roman a flurry of Danielson Stomps! Then the YES LOCK!!! Roman flails, Heyman panics, and Bryan cranks back as hard as he can! Edge CLOBBERS Bryan off the hold! Heyman is relieved but now Edge drags Bryan up. Bryan drags Edge down to a YES LOCK!! Now Edge and his bad neck endure!! Edge claws at the hold, but Roman CLOBBERS Bryan now! Roman rains down furious forearms over and over from all sides! Roman lets off just to throw headbutts!
Roman dead lifts Bryan to POWERBOMB him onto Edge! Roman scrapes Bryan out of the ring, goes out after him, and sees the announce desk. Fans jeer, “Roman Sucks!” but Roman just soaks up the heat. Roman puts the base steps closer to the desk, then drags Bryan up. Bryan is dead weight, the fans taunt Roman even harder, but Roman hauls Bryan up to POWERBOMB him through the desk!! But Edge SPEARS Roman outta nowhere!! Fans lose their minds as all three men are down and out! Edge gets up first, and he drags Roman into the ring. Edge looks around, and fetches not just one but a PAIR of chairs! Edge sets one down, Roman steps on it! They tug o’ war, the chair goes flying!
Roman wants the guillotine, but Edge gets Roman down to a CROSSFACE! Bryan puts on the YES LOCK!! They headbutt each other!! Roman is down, Bryan headbutts Edge into the mat! Bryan fires off his rage into those forearms on Edge!! Fans again say, “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Bryan has Edge’s arms. Bryan gives Edge DANIELSON STOMPS!! Bryan lets off, aims from a corner, and powers up with the Yes Fingers! The fans join in, though there are some “NO” dissenters. Edge gets up, Bryan runs in, into a SPEAR!!! Edge staggers, dodges Roman to SPEAR!!! Cover, BRYAN YANKS THE REF OUT!! Edge can’t believe it, but wouldn’t he have done the same in return?
Edge goes out after Bryan, gets MORE chairs, and brings those to the ring. Edge SMACKS Bryan down with one! Edge puts Bryan in the ring, and has as wild look as he gets the chair again to SMACK Roman! And SMACK Bryan! ROMAN! BRYAN! SMACK, SMACK, SMACK!! Fans are thunderous as Edge puts Bryan onto one chair. And then Edge puts Roman on another chair. Edge has it all lined up and fans go nuts knowing it! Heyman is begging Edge not to, but CONCHAIRTO TO BRYAN!!! But Jey returns, and attacks Edge!! Jey beats Edge down, gets a chair, but Edge SPEARS him down!! Edge SMACKS Jey! And again! And again!
Roman SPEARS Edge!! Roman sets Edge up on a chair now!? Roman gives EDGE a CONCHAIRTO!! Roman drags Edge onto Bryan to double cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinall (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief is still the Reigns-ing, Defending and Undisputed, but also the ALWAYS controverted Universal Heavyweight Champion of the world because he still has his Right Hand Man watching his back! Will the Head of the Table ever be removed from the throne upon which he sits? Was this really the last chance Bryan had to bring back #YEStleMania? Was this really the end of the Rated R Superstar’s comeback?
I don’t think I have to say it, but I will: Night Two did not live up to Night One. As far as I’m concerned, titles that should’ve changed didn’t and titles that shouldn’t have changed did. Or at least, not in the way they should have. One of the only non-title matches tonight, Orton VS Fiend, was good but not at all what I expected. I thought we were going to get one full match with “mangled” Fiend, but I guess that’s what Fastlane was for. Fiend 2.0 looks pretty good, and goes even further into referencing DC Comics’ Joker. I was hoping that as the first match of the night, we would’ve gotten cinematic fighting so we could get a pseudo Firefly Fun House.
Also, I like whatever that new form Alexa takes, too, but I did not like that she distracted Fiend. Fiend didn’t have to win here, but he didn’t have to lose like that. I don’t like the idea that they’re trying to make it seem like whatever is possessing Alexa is now turning on Fiend just to push this forward in a new direction. And with Backlash sadly being made into WrestleMania Backlash, like a weird third night or something, we are revisiting this to figure out the what and why of tonight. Sigh…
The other non-title match, Kevin VS Sami, was just one degree off what it could’ve been but it was still great. I almost thought that segment at the end with Logan bandwagon’ing to Kevin was going to unite Sami and Kevin against Logan Paul. Instead, they both dislike him, just separate from each other. Maybe one day, Sami and Kevin will patch things up in kayfabe and go after tag titles. And speaking of tag titles, the Women’s Tag Team title match was great stuff, but I really wish Tamina & Natty won that. I do appreciate that Reggie wasn’t ringside to be used for various things, because in the end, Shayna & Nia sticking together does help the division. I just feel that the RawDown Women’s Tag titles need to spend more time on SmackDown than they do Raw right now, out of fairness.
Bayley was pretty entertaining tonight, but the Bellas getting the better of her was clearly a WWE management decision because fans were not for it. And I was surprised Titus and Hogan saved their pirate costumes for night two, those should’ve been night one. Riddle VS Sheamus was another great slug fest, and I like that Riddle referenced Goldberg with a Jackhammer. Seems The Bro hasn’t given up on getting a match with him. But it was an even split to me who could’ve gotten this, so giving Sheamus some vindication was alright.
The Nigerian Drum Fight was pretty good, but I expected the drums to play into it more. And same for the gong as soon as I saw it there. But it was still a very good themed No Hold Barred, just not sure why we needed Dabba-Kato to get involved. Do all Heels in WWE need to have henchmen helping them now? Except for Lashley, at least, since he’s The All Mighty. But Apollo getting the title was the part that was right, as this was his fourth attempt, and losing again would’ve been rough for him. Maybe Big E gets a match with Kato at WrestleMania Backlash, wins that and then starts chasing Apollo going into Money in the Bank or Extreme Rules.
Asuka VS Rhea was an awesome match, definitely worthy of the title and of Mania. But maybe this was just a bit soon for Rhea? Asuka hasn’t really gotten big wins lately, given she didn’t get to have her match with Lacey Evans at Elimination Chamber and didn’t have anything at Fastlane. I mean, obviously what is bad for one is good for the other, and Rhea is rising up fast and keeping pace with Bianca Belair. I wonder if WWE is already thinking that Survivor Series 2021, wherever it will be, will see Rhea VS Bianca as the champions. Hopefully they throw NXT in so Raquel Gonzalez can be part of it.
The Triple Threat Universal Championship match was awesome stuff, and I do like that they took advantage of the No Disqualification stipulation. Jey interfering early was fine, because he gets taken out for it. But him returning and helping Roman again just hurt everything they’d built up. If Roman found a way to use Bryan and Edge against each other to then get the win, that would’ve felt less disappointing. And if not for “WrestleMania Backlash” being next, I would’ve thought Roman was moving right on to Cesaro given Cesaro won on Night One. Instead, there might be that tag match “meant” to happen at Fastlane and WWE going back to the status quo of phoning it in on the minor PPV’s.
My Score: 8.3/10
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