We will FINALLY have a NEW NXT Champion!
It seems the SIXTY MINUTE Ironman Fatal 4 Way wasn’t enough! Finn Balor and Adam Cole now face off for the NXT Championship in SUDDEN DEATH!
- Vacant NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole; Balor wins and is the new NXT Champion.
- The Velveteen Dream VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis; Dream wins.
- Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory; Reed wins.
- Roderick Strong w/ Bobby Fish VS Killian Dain; Strong wins.
- Steel Cage Match: Rhea Ripley VS Mercedes Martinez; Ripley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Vacant NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole!
A last second Last Shot is what kept NXT from crowning a new champion last week, and that has brought us to this! Two of the greatest NXT Champions in this brand’s history are finally going to see who is THE greatest! Will the Prince take the throne? Or is Cole’s place in the NXT pantheon undisputed?
The introductions are made, William Regal presents the belt, and we finally settle the score!
The crowd duels already as the two circle. They tie up, Balor powers Cole to a corner but Cole turns things around. Balor turns it back, backs off at the ref’s count, and they circle again. Cole and Balor feel out the test of strength but Balor shoots in to get a leg to a takedonw. Blaor facelocks, holds on as Cole rolls, and shifts to a chinlock. Balor squeezes tight, Cole gets up and gets around to ahmmerlock, but Balor trips him! Balor has the headlock back, Cole keeps his shoulders up then rolls Balor, TWO! Cole tries again, TWO! Cole and Balor stand up, Cole tries but can’t power out as Balor grinds Cole down.
Cole gets back up, powers up on the second attempt but Balor runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Balor gets the chinlock back. The crowd rallies, both men fight up but Cole rolls to get the hammerlock. Balor reaches back, sits up, and the crowd rallies again. Balor snapmares Cole down to another headlock and grinds down hard. Cole endures, works up and around to get the hammerlock back. Balor reaches back again, Cole shifts him to a cover, TWO! The two back off and the crowd is thunderous again! The two circle, approach, tie up with knuckle locks but Cole wrenches to the hammerlock. Cole grinds Balor down with that hold but Balor endures.
The crowd rallies as Balor fights back up to his feet. Cole wrenches, Balor rolls and wrenches back to arm-drag Cole down! Balor has Cole’s arm and digs a knee into his head. Cole endures, works on an escape, but Balor twists the arm harder. Cole gets up, arm-drags back, but Balor headscissors! Balor holds tight as Cole kicks. Balor even goes after the arm, bending the fingers! Cole moves around, pops out and dropkicks Balor down! Cole shakes out his arm and throws forearms on Balor. Balor staggers, Cole ROCKS him again! Cole CHOPS Balor at the ropes then wrenches to a whip. Balor reverses, Cole whips Balor again, fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! The crowd is thunderous as we go picture in picture.
Balor clutches his neck while Cole shakes out the bad arm. Cole drags Balor up, turns him around and hits a neckbreaker! Cole knees Balor in the back, and again, then again! Cole wraps on a chinlock and grinds Balor down, talking trash as he cranks back. Balor endures, fights up to his feet, but Cole knees low then hits another neckbreaker! Cole stalks Balor to ropes, clubs him on the back, then brings him around to bump off buckles. Cole stomps away on Balor, lets up at the ref’s count, then drags Balor up for big forearms! Balor is in a corner, Cole BOOTS him down!
Cole wrenches Balor, whips him corner to corner hard and Balor hits the mat! Cole talks more trash as he watches Balor slowly get up. Cole throws forearms on Balor, wrenches and whips, but Balor reverses. Cole sunset flips, Balor slips out and STOMPS Cole down! Both men are down, shaking out their heads and arms. Balor is up first, he drags Cole up to elbow him down! Balor drives more elbows into Cole’s shoulders then wraps on a chinlock. Balor grinds Cole down, Cole endures but fights his way back up. Cole throws elbows and is free, buy he runs into Balor’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his focus as he drags Cole back up to CHOP him against the ropes! Cole falls over as NXT returns to single picture.
Balor snapmares, KICKS and covers Cole, TWO! The crowd rallies as Balor drives in more elbows and wraps on another chinlock. Cole endures as Balor grinds him down. The crowd keeps on rallying as Cole fights back up. Balor shifts to a clinch but Cole jawbreakers free! Cole runs again, but into another back elbow! Balor scoop slams Cole down, runs and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his cool as the fans fire up again. Balor drags Cole up, bumps him off buckles then stomps away on him. The ref counts, tells Balor to stop and Balor lets off. Balor brings Cole up, CHOPS him against buckles, and stalks him as he stumbles and crawls. Balor runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Balor grows annoyed but the fans are still rallying. Balor drags Cole up, rams his shoulder in over and over in the corner! And then CHOPS again! Cole staggers away to another corner, Balor is on him with more shoulders! The ref counts, Balor stops at 4 to CHOP! The crowd duels, Balor whips Cole corner to corner and CHOPS! Then back the other way for another CHOP! Balor whips a third time, for a third CHOP! Cole forearms back but Balor gives another forearm. They brawl with forearms back and forth, Cole gets the edge. Cole whips, Balor kicks back, but Cole clotheslines! And back elbows! Cole aims and BOOTS Balor down! The crowd is thunderous as Cole catches his breath.
Cole watches Balor slowly rise, grabs him in a waistlock, but Balor elbows out. Balor gets around, Cole breaks the waistlock to PELE! And BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Cole grows frustrated but he takes aim. Cole runs but Balor trips him up. Cole avoids the stomps, Balor avoids the superkick to SLING BLADE! Balor runs, into a SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!! Balor barely survives and the crowd agrees, “This is Awesome!” Cole tells Balor that Cole will be the new champion, and then he pulls down the knee pad. Cole runs, but Balor trips him up again, to DOUBLE STOMP! The crowd is thunderous all over again and Balor stomps away on Cole at the ropes! The ref counts, Balor stops at 4 and Cole bails out, to get wrecked by a dropkick!
Balor kicks away on Cole at the railing, the ref counts and Balor stops at 4 again. Balor goes in the ring, goes back out, and then whips Cole into the timekeeper’s area! Cole ends up taking a seat, Balor takes aim and runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down on the outside as NXT goes picture in picture again!
Balor and Cole stir as the ring count surely begins. A double count-out would mean having to start from square one! Balor and Cole rise as we see the ref is at 7! And 8! Both men are in at 9! Balor and Cole keep this going as they slowly sit up at opposite ends of the ring. Cole glares at Balor, Balor sputters for air, but they both get forehead to forehead. Balor throws a forearm, Cole throws one back! Balor ROCKS Cole, Cole ROCKS Balor! They keep hitting each other back and forth, even as they rise to their feet. Balor rebounds to ROCK Cole, Cole comes back to ROCK Balor! They’re picking up speed and hitting even harder!
Balor CHOPS, Cole BOOTS, but Balor PELES! Balor reels Cole in, Cole suplexes first for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives and Cole can’t believe it! Cole hurries to a corner as NXT returns to single picture. Cole aims, but Balor trips him up on the ropes! Balor has Cole in the drop zone, he heads up top now, and COUP- NO! Cole moved, and he mule kicks the legs out! Cole gets a leg, steps through, for a FIGURE FOUR! Balor endures, his shoulders are down but he sits back up! Balor flails, sits up, drags himself and reaches. Cole tells him to quit but Balor gets the ropebreak! Cole lets go at 4, but both men slowly rise.
Cole aims from a corner again, Balor stands up, but Balor SLING BLADES Cole first! Cole comes back, into the elbow drop DDT! Balor hobbles but takes aim from a corner now, to SHOTGUN dropkick Cole to a corner! Cole bounces off buckles and is in the drop zone! Balor goes up top as fast as he can, takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE!! But the bad leg slows Balor to the cover! TWO!?! Cole survives because of that delay!! Balor refuses to be frustrated, he just drags Cole back up. Cole trips Balor up, wraps up the legs for another FIGURE FOUR! Balor endures, his shoulders are down, TWO! Balor refuses to quit, and he works to turn this over. Cole turns it back over, but Balor reaches for the ropes again! Cole lets go, drags Balor away, and goes to reapply, but Balor cradle counters, TWO!
SUPERKICK!! Cole takes Balor down outta nowhere but he isn’t done there. He sits Balor up, runs, LAST SHOT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Now Balor shocks Cole! The crowd is loving “NXT! NXT!” as the atmosphere is electric! Cole goes to a corner, climbs up the ropes again, but Balor catches the jump to a fireman’s carry! And pops Cole to a half hatch, but Cole rams Balor into buckles! Balor holds on, turns Cole around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! But Balor can’t cover because of the bad leg! Balor grits his teeth and powers through the pain to climb back up! Cole SUPERKICKS a leg out! Cole hurries up from the outside, but Balor grabs him first! Balor throws elbows, shifts position, for a SUPER 1916!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)
The Prince joins the Two-Time Club alongside rivals, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura! Truly a crowning achievement as he overcomes Cole in the biggest fight of either man’s careers! Will Balor go on to redefine what it means to hold gold in the black ‘n’ gold?
Rhea Ripley speaks.
“Mercedes. You’ve spent months trying to make a name for yourself at my expense. You’re not the first, and you’re not going to be the last.” But inside of a STEEL CAGE, Rhea will show Mercedes why Rhea is the Nightmare. Will the Robert Stone Brand regret ever targeting the only woman to be Women’s Champion in both NXT and NXT UK in her career?
NXT returns as Balor is congratulated.
Bronson Reed, Triple H, William Regal, and even Cole give Balor congrats on winning tonight. NXT Media says Balor must be on top of the world. Balor says that everyone for the last 10 months has been asking why Balor is back. The reason is around his waist. What is next now that The Prince is reigning once again?
Robert Stone insists on an interview.
Stone asks Kenzie if she wants to know why he is “the greatest manager in the world.” IT’s because he knows things no one else does. Like where stuff is! He found Shotzi Blackheart’s tank! Beautiful, dangerous and under Shotzi’s protection. She DECKS Stone, so Aliyah goes after Shotzi! These two brawl and bump into Io Shirai! Aliyah apologizes, but the Evil Genius chases after her! They end up at ringside, in the ring, and Shotzi flanks Aliyah. Aliyah is trapped! She gets a forearm, forearm and BOOT! Then Shirai tops it off with a TIGER BACKBREAKER!
Stone hurries up top, leaps but Shotzi saves Shirai to hit Stone in the pebbles! Shirai likes that. She and Shotzi coordinate, go to the corners, and MOONSAULT AND SENTON!! High ten between Shotzi and Shirai, but then Shotzi plays keep away with the title. Shirai isn’t as happy about that. “Don’t make me hurt you.” Will the wild child get a shot at the champion soon enough?
Candice LeRae prepares for Tegan Nox’s visit.
She wants Johnny to understand and trust her. He does, so he will be on his best behavior. Ding dong, someone’s here. He gets the door, puts on a smile, and welcomes Tegan in. No pizza? Oh, c’mon, that was just a joke with Keith and Mia. Gargano says he’s just joking with her. Up top. Down low. Too slow! see? Just having fun. They all go to the table and Candice hugs Tegan. They let Tegan sit at the head of the table and Candice wants to talk. Tegan feels a bit uncomfortable, but will this stay peaceful? We’ll see, after the break.
NXT returns to Timothy Thatcher teaching class.
Another night of Thatch As Thatch Can. Tonight is a film study lesson, “Know Your Enemy.” Firstly, Damian Priest. A strong striker, but there are openings. He takes time to pose on bombing and you can get his leg. Springboarding around is “Just stupid.” Feet on the ground, you’re in control. The North American Champion thinks life is a party. Life isn’t a party, it grinds you down until you quit. Like a match with Thatcher. Class, we’ve got work to do. Will Thatcher come up with the perfect game plan to bring the pain to Priest?
The Velveteen Dream VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis!
The Experience may not be North American Champion, but he is focused on getting back up into that spotlight. Will he do so against the wrestler formerly known as Tehuti Miles?
Tehuti/Adonis doesn’t seem to take Dream serious, but Dream seems to think he’s just copying Dream. Dream checks the overalls but Adonis shoves him away. Dream likes that, and he calls for a test of strength, to then drop down. Oh he’s gettin cute, huh? Adonis crouches and says he can be cuter than Dream. Dream SLAPS him for that! Dream puts Adonis in the corner, grinds him in but lets off to pose in the ref’s face. But then Adonis clobbers Dream with clotheslines and a whip for a BIG back drop! Dream gets up, Adonis dropkicks him then rolls him up! Cover, TWO!! Dream escapes the biggest upset in his career, whips Adonis but Adonis reverses and DDT’s! Adonis kips up and the crowd fires up!
Dream flounders around, the ref checks on him, but Adonis aims. Adonis almost supkericks the ref as Dream moves! Dream pokes Adonis in the eyes then hits DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Dream wins!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall
One quick trick and Dream turned it all around! Will Dream send Adonis back to being Tehuti on 205 Live? And will Dream find his way to a title scene soon enough?
Dream takes the mic as the crowd boos. And then KUSHIDA attacks him! The Time Splitter is back after that North American Championship Series defeat and beat down! The refs get Kushida back, Dream goes after him but Kushida ROCKS him! Dream grabs at Kushida’s hair and drags Kushida up, but Kushida YANKS Dream into the post!! The Super Junior has newfound aggression and he POSTS Dream again! Dream flounders to the apron, the refs tell Kushida to stop, but Dream drags Kushida back up. Kushida gets a HANGING ARMBAR through the ropes!! Dream is tapping but it doesn’t matter, Kushida doesn’t stop until he’s satisfied!
Kushida watches Dream flop to the floor as he makes his leave. Will Dream wish he could go back in time and undo what he did?
NXT hears from Breezango and Imperium.
The title belts smell like “gold, baby oil and success.” Oops, Fandango dropped his. But yeah, success. The NEW NXT Tag Team Champions beat “Emporium” and finally have titles. Five years, it took them to get something. But now, they are the top of the heap. Which is why Imperium and El Legado del Fantasma attacked them together.
Imperium says Breezango are jokes. Every day those two hold the titles, it is a disgrace to this sport and everything Imperium stands for. They don’t like Breezango, Breezango doesn’t like them! There’s no sizzle on that steak! But they lost the best accessories to Fandango and Breeze. Imperium says they can enjoy their celebration for now, because they will wipe the floor with them. The world will soon witness the shortest tag title reign ever. But Breezango says that if they’re jokes, then Imperium will be the punchlines. The rematch is coming when NXT returns to Wednesdays!
NXT returns with the Gargano house.
Tegan, Candice and Johnny eat in awkward silence, and even Doggo Gargano joins in on the meal. Johnny points out how awkward this is. Is it him? He will finish his meal in the other room, he’ll read doggo a story for bedtime. Candice asks if she should start. She wants Tegan to fess up to the mistakes she made. And what mistakes are those? Tegan is pretty sure Candice betrayed her first. Well Candice didn’t dress up as a pizza delivery person to visit a “fake friend’s” house for laughs. Well Tegan didn’t try to put a friend through a table. The big issue is that Tegan doesn’t understand #TheGarganoWay. There is a better way of handling things, and there is a new Candice. Is Tegan upset she isn’t part of it?
Tegan says she understands, she just doesn’t agree with it. It’s like Gargano is changing her. Okay, okay, no. This is Candice, the real Candice. But the real Candice helped others. Yes, Candice has had Tegan’s back. Has she led Tegan down the wrong path before? No. Why would this be any different, then? What has Tegan got to lose? Tegan takes a long drink of water. Is she considering Candice’s offer?
Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory!
The Colossal was close to crushing Timothy Thatcher, but it was only because of #TheRealSuperstar getting in the way that he didn’t! Will Theory be reminded that gravity isn’t a theory but a reality?
The bell rings, Theory and Reed circle, and Theory offers a handshake. Reed rushes in, Theory gets a headlock, but Reed powers out and Theory bounces off his shoulder. Theory pretends like it didn’t hurt, but Reed headlocks and grinds him down. That definitely hurts as Theory tries to power out. Reed grinds harder and mocks the #AllDay catchphrase. Theory powers up but can’t power out as Reed holds on tight! Reed brings Theory to the mat, grinds harder, and Theory is turning red! Reed brings Theory up, Theory throws body shots and stomps feet! Theory gets free this time, but Reed runs him over! Theory flounders to a corner, Reed brings him up and whips to ropes, then avoid the counter kick!
Reed goes to ropes for a springboard elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Theory survives but is gasping for air all over again. Theory gets to the apron, Reed follows and drags Theory up by his ear. Reed hip tosses Theory into the ring, then wraps on a chinlock. Theory is still very red in the face as Reed leans on him. Theory fights up, fights out and runs, into a back elbow! Theory bails out to the apron again but Reed is after him again. Reed stands Theory up but Theory throws a forearm and then a shoulder. Theory slingshots but Reed stays up out of the sunset flip, to SIT DOWN on Theory!! Cover, TWO!! Theory manages to get away again but Reed keeps after him.
Reed is on the apron, he FLYING TACKLES Theory to the ramp!! Theory tries to remember where he is while NXT goes picture in picture.
Reed brings Theory up, clubs him down and stalks him back to the ring. Theory gets up but Reed clubs him on the back. Reed puts Theory in the ring, takes his time following after, and brings Theory up to ROCK him with a right hand. Theory ends up in a corner, Reed RAMS his shoulder in. Reed whips corner to corner. Theory hits hard and tumbles to the mat! Reed drags Theory up but Theory throws body shots. Reed knees Theory into the corner, then brings him back up. Reed whips corner to corner again, and Theory hits hard again! Cover, TWO! Reed clamps onto Theory with a rear bearhug! Reed squeezes tight as Theory endures.
Theory fights up to his feet, Reed squeezes tighter but Theory throws elbows. Theory is free, and he baits Reed into a corner to dropkick the legs out! Reed hits buckles face first! Reed slowly sits up but Theory aims and KICKS him in the side! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Reed with a cobra clutch! Reed endures as Theory tries to squeeze the air out of him now. Reed fights up, pries free, but Theory dropkicks him down! Cover, ONE!! Theory is furious as he stomps and clubs Reed over and over! Theory pulls back on the chinlock but Reed fights to his feet. NXT returns to single picture as the crowd rallies up.
Reed has Theory as a backpack, and drops the SENTON! Both men are down, the crowd is fired up, and both men crawl to opposite ends. A standing count begins, Reed and Theory rise at 3, and Reed counter punches Theory! And again! Reed fires off and whips Theory to DECK him! Theory staggers into an atomic drop, and a Bionic Elbow! Theory wants a timeout but Reed runs in to CORNER SPLASH! Fireman’s carry and JAGGED EDGE! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives but is not in good shape after that modified Death Valley. Theory escapes the suplex, and somehow manages a back suplex before his back gives out! Cover, TWO!!
Reed is seething as he runs at Theory, blocks the boot but not the forearm! Theory somersaults for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Reed still has something left and Theory grits his teeth. Theory fights through his pain and says he’s still #AllDay. Theory brings Reed up, fireman’s carries, but his legs wobble! He falls over with Reed on top of him! Reed sentons then heads up top! Reed aims, TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
Theory could not last #AllDay against Auszilla and now pays for messing with the big man! Will the Colossal find his way back to a title in the coming weeks?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
After that incredible match with Finn Balor, he came up short. What is he feeling right now? Well he’s obviously disappointed. But truth be told, the better man won. Kenzie asks about the Too Sweet and handshake with Balor afterward. Cole says he does respect Balor. They both went through the same 60 Minute Iron Man Fatal 4 last week, and another big match tonight, so Cole admits Balor is good. But Balor better hope Cole doesn’t come back for more, because it’ll be different. And that is undisputed. Will Cole get himself a second chance at becoming a two-time NXT Champion?
NXT returns to hear from Mercedes Martinez.
“When a lion wants to be king, they don’t go after the weaklings. They challenge the strongest, fiercest animal they can find, and take them out.” Rhea is a bad woman, but not as bad as Mercedes. When the cage door shuts, Mercedes won’t stop until there is NOTHING left of Rhea. Will Mercedes become the new alpha female of NXT?
Roderick Strong w/ Bobby Fish VS Killian Dain!
Adam Cole may have fallen down tonight, but the rest of the Undisputed Era is cleaning things up. Kyle O’Reilly won as he settled scores with Drake Maverick, can the Savior of the Backbreaker do the same with the Belfast Beast?
Fish talks trash to Dain but the bell rings and Strong circles with the big man. Strong gets around and pushes Big Damo away to smirk at him. Dain comes back, Strong gets around and slaps Dain in the back of the head. Dain corners Strong, scoops him, but Strong slips off to CHOP! Dain didn’t even flinch! Strong bails out fast, baits Dain around the way and Fish is there as a decoy! Strong clobbers Dain, throws him into the ring and Fish talks more trash. Strong stomps Dain in the corner, throws haymakers, but he lets off at the ref’s count. Dain just seethes and grabs Strong to put him in the corner! Dain fires off body shots, whips him corner to corner and Strong hits chest first! Then Dain LARIATS Strong down!
Dain circles Strong as he gets up, and whips him corner to corner again. Strong goes up but can’t get over, so he sleeper holds. Dain breaks free but Strong dropkicks Dain out! Dain gets back to the apron, Strong runs in but into an URENAGE! Fish kicks the legs out while the ref is checking on Strong! The Belfast Beast staggers back up as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Strong has Dain in a facelock. Dain powers up, lifts Strong but Strong slips off to go for a cobra twist. Dain hip tosses Strong off and then clobbers him! Dain is rallying as the crowd fires up. Strong is in a corner, Dain runs in to corner splash! Dain whips to splash again, then he throws Strong down. Strong gets up, Dain gives him the DIVIDE! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives but Dain glares. Fish talks trash to Dain but Dain tunes him out to go after Strong. Strong holds the ropes, Dain lets off, but then Dain brings Strong up to fireman’s carry. Strong fights off but Dain punches him first. Dain runs at Strong but into a boot! And enziguri!
Strong leaps but his knee misses, Dain fireman’s carry for a wasteland slam and SENTON! Dain goes up top, Fish drags Strong to safety! Dain hops down, the ref reprimands, but Dain DECKS Fish! Strong KNEES Dain down! Cover, Strong wins!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall
Big assist to the Infamous One for helping out there! And now he helps Strong stomp away on Dain! But here comes Maverick with a pipe! He JAMS and SMACKS the UE over and over, but Fish elbows him down! Fish stomps Maverick, Strong rains down rights, they both knee and stomp, but Dain gets that pipe! The UE runs away as Dain starts swinging! Dain is seething, but he glares at Maverick! Dain didn’t show Maverick much mercy when roles were reversed, but this time, Dain spares Rockstar Spud. Maverick hurries after to again offer a handshake. Will Dain take it this time? NOPE! He DECKS Maverick again! Dain doesn’t want friends, he wants vengeance! Will he get that on the UE all on is own?
NXT again checks in on Tegan and Candice.
Cheers to a friendship, sisterhood and “the next NXT Women’s Champion…” Candice LeRae. Tegan is glad they did this, but why did Candice have to put herself ahead of Tegan? Well, they’re doing things #TheGarganoWay now, right? And Tegan had her shot and lost, so obviously if anyone beats Shirai, it’s Candice. But Candice has yet to beat Shirai, so… Candice takes a sip, and then throws the salad in Tegan’s face!! Tegan says it needs a little something. And she splashes Candice with her drink! Candice can’t believe Tegan is doing this to her in her own house! Well Candice started it! Gargano returns and is upset with Tegan. “You’re a horrible person, you’re a bad friend, you’re a piece of garbage.”
Candice complains that the drink is in her eye. Tegan takes the bowl of spaghetti and tells Johnny, “F*** you!” And she dumps it on his head! That shirt is ruined… Candice is upset, throws something at Tegan, but misses and hits the television! Tegan gets out, Candice chases after, and Gargano is just upset about the TV screen. Will Tegan and Candice have no choice but to settle this friendship turned bitter grudge in the ring?
NXT returns to an interview with Damian Priest.
It’s breaking news: next week, Priest defends his title against Thatcher! Thatcher was watching film to prepare, how does Priest respond? Priest’s response is, “Man, that guy’s ugly.” Thatcher didn’t need to watch anything. If Thatcher wants to know Priest’s game plan, it’s this: he’s going to kick and punch “that stupid face” until he rearranges it. Because to be honest, Thatcher can’t look any worse. But in seriousness, all Thatcher should expect is a Reckoning. Priest will not lose in his first defense. And he invites Kenzie to join the #PartyForever afterward. Will the Archer of Infamy be able to thwart the Professor of Pain with power?
NXT announces a big match for next week!
After the confrontation with the Robert Stone Brand and the tension that followed, Shotzi and Shirai go 1v1 in a non-title match! Will the wild child #TCB, Take Care o’ Business, against THE NXT Women’s Champion? Or is Shotzi still 100 years too early to defeat the Evil Genius?
Steel Cage Match: Rhea Ripley VS Mercedes Martinez!
These two have gone back and forth ever since the Mosh Pit Kid rejected the Robert Stone Brand and the Latina Lioness joined up. The #BattleoftheBadasses enters the cage, and Mercedes is even armed with a kendo stick! And she even fetches chairs as she arrives! Will Mercedes break bamboo, bones and more in order to end Rhea?
But wait! Mercedes isn’t done there, she wants to bring in a TABLE! But Rhea runs down and blindsides her before that can come into play! Rhea bounces Mercedes off the cage all, then bounces the cage door off of Mercedes! Stone protests but Rhea still BOOTS the door into Mercedes for a steel sandwich! The refs reprimand Rhea, this match hasn’t even begun, but Rhea puts Mercedes in. Rhea throws her vest at Stone to chase him off, and she brings the table into the ring! Rhea will play Mercedes’ game to prove she can beat her at it! Rhea gets in the cage and now the match begins!
Mercedes gets up and attacks Rhea at the ropes! Mercedes whips Rhea into the steel! She stands on Rhea’s head, then clubs her on the back. Rhea hits back but Mercedes clubs her down. Mercedes drags Rhea into a camel clutch just to club away with crossface forearms! Mercedes gets a chair but Rhea ducks the shot to kick low and lariat hard! Rhea drags Mercedes up and whips her into the steel now! Mercedes crashes down, Rhea drags her up, and then pulls her arms against the ropes in a motorcycle stretch, to BOOT her into the wall! Mercedes flops down, Rhea wedges a chair in the corner, but Mercedes reverses the whip! Rhea stops herself, elbows back and BOOTS Mercedes down!
The crowd is thunderous as Rhea looms over Mercedes. Rhea drags Mercedes back up, stands her up and ROCKS Her with a right! Mercedes flounders around, Rhea drags her back up and clubs her over and over and over! Mercedes sits up, Rhea KICKS her in the side. Stone calls Rhea a lunatic but Rhea still scares him with a glare. Rhea stands on Mercedes’ back, and slaps her around. Rhea ax kicks Mercedes down, then drags her back up to pump handle. Mercedes escapes the Riptide for the FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Both women are down, Stone is pumped up and the crowd is fired up! Mercedes and Rhea slowly stir, Stone talks trash and smirks that he’s the one safe from her with the cage up.
Mercedes gets a chair, aims at Rhea but Rhea boots the chair away! Rhea hops up but Mercedes rocks her with a right! Mercedes brings Rhea out onto the shoulder, to POWERSLAM onto a chair!! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and NXT goes picture in picture.
Mercedes grabs another chair and SMACKS Rhea on the back! Rhea spasms and flails from that chair shot, but Mercedes stomps her down and grinds the chair in! Mercedes lets up to get the kendo stick and SMACK Rhea! Rhea hits back with body shots and ROCKS Mercedes with a right. Rhea has the kendo stick, Mercedes ducks the swing, and throws big forearms on Rhea. Mercedes EuroUppers Rhea HARD, and Rhea goes down! Mercedes drags her back up to fireman’s carry, but Rhea fights out. Rhea mule kicks then whips Mercedes into the corner chair!! Stone freaks out, but he coaches Mercedes. Rhea drags Mercedes up for cravat knee attacks and a snapmare!
Rhea taunts Stone before she basement dropkicks Mercedes! Rhea drags Mercedes back up, back suplexes and throws Mercedes into a corner. She pulls Mercedes into a Tree of Woe to springboard stomp her over and over! Rhea then climbs up onto Mercedes’ legs, but Mercedes sits up to club Rhea back! SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Mercedes glares even as she’s still stuck in the Tree! Mercedes pulls herself back up again to get the legs free. The crowd is thunderous as Rhea rises and Mercedes shifts. Rhea THROWS the chair at Mercedes!! Mercedes is dazed in the corner, Stone coaches her but Rhea hurries over to DROPKICK her into the steel!! Mercedes’ head is stuck in the frame!!
Rhea brings Mercedes out of the frame to throw forearms on her head! Rhea climbs up higher, drags Mercedes up to join her, and hits a SUPERPLEX!! The crowd is loving “NXT! NXT!” Rhea crawls to a cover, TWO!! Rhea is beside herself as Mercedes survives! Stone is worried, Rhea stands and hurries over to Mercedes. Rhea demands Mercedes get up, brings her up, but Mercedes fires forearms back! Mercedes shoves, pops Rhea up and SPINE BUSTERS! Both women are down again and the crowd rallies. Mercedes stands, but Rhea Electric Chair lifts her, for a FACEBUSTER! The crowd is fired up again as Rhea has the legs, for the PRISM TRAP!! Mercedes endures the reverse cloverleaf, Rhea thrashes her about, but Mercedes grabs the kendo stick to SMACK Rhea! Mercedes is free but Rhea just grimaces.
Rhea grabs the stick but Stone is climbing the cage. Rhea SMACKS Mercedes, spots Stone, and then SMACKS at him! She then climbs up to pull his hair, pull him up, and headbutt! But Mercedes SMACKS Rhea with the kendo stick! And again! Rhea stays on the top rope, Mercedes climbs up to join her and smack Rhea’s head off the steel! SUPER NECKBREAKER!! Both women crash down, “This is Awesome!” The ref checks on both Rhea and Mercedes but they’re okay to continue. Mercedes drags herself to cover Rhea, TWO!! Rhea still has something left and Mercedes isn’t sure what to do to end it.
Mercedes roars as she clears out some space and fetches the table Rhea brought in for her! Mercedes sets it up, drags Rhea up and over to the corner and CHOPS her! Mercedes hoists Rhea up, ROCKS her, then climbs up to join her. Rhea resists as Mercedes fisherman hooks the leg. Mercedes clubs Rhea, Rhea clubs Mercedes, and Rhea headbutts back! Mercedes holds on, Rhea headbutts again and pump handles! SUPER RIPTIDE THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
This was one of the most destructive matches in quite some time, and it is the Nightmare that stands tall above the wreckage! Will Robert Stone and his brand finally leave her alone?
The second #NXTuesday was another great one! But as of now, special Tuesday airings are just that: special airings. Next week’s return to Wednesday nights is already being made into a big one with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. The promo video was great, Breezango VS Imperium in a rematch is going to be a lot of fun, but I feel like Breezango retains so that Imperium can go back to NXT UK in a week, and Breezango can move on to face El Legado. Robert Stone Brand trying to go after Shotzi’s tank was great, it’s a logical step in that story. I do like that the segment was used to bridge things into Shirai VS Shotzi next week. I don’t know if that becomes the title program since they’re having the 1v1 already.
Maybe Candice and/or Tegan get involved after those honestly really good “dinner” segments. A Fatal 4 Way would be a great way to A) boost Shirai’s power level, or B) give the others an easier way of taking the title while preserving Shirai’s power level. There’s a lot of time before whatever TakeOver goes with Survivor Series, so there’s any number of things they could do with the title until then. I just hope that if Survivor Series is another triple brand battle, Shirai is the one that goes in with the title, because I would love to see Shirai VS Asuka VS Bayley. That is a Triple Threat I could not call for the life of me.
I wonder if we get Dream VS Kushida next week after tonight. Dream gets a quick Heel win and Kushida has a great return beating Dream up, but I have a gripe with them RENAMING Tehuti Miles to an obvious parody of Megan Thee Stallion. He’s been Tehuti for months, don’t just act like what he’s done on 205 Live means nothing!! I really hope he’s just Tehuti again the next time he’s on NXT and was “trying something” this week. This may not be the worst thing NXT has done, but it is one of the most confusing. Reed VS Theory is great and Reed wins, I bet he’s next up after Priest VS Thatcher next week in what will be a great first defense for Priest.
Strong VS Dain was good but of course Fish gets involved. It seems odd that half of the UE is staying Heel while the other half is almost on their way to Face. Maverick helping Dain is good character work from him, and Dain rejecting Maverick with a punch is still good character work, too. I’m sure Dain will at some point accept Maverick as an ally against the UE. I’m just wondering how the UE works out what side of the spectrum they’re on. Will Cole and O’Reilly convince Fish and Strong or the other way around? That sounds like an interesting story for them going forward. Balor VS Cole to open the show was great, and the match itself was incredible. We all knew Balor was winning, and that’s not even with spoilers or anything, it just seemed very clear.
It was great for Cole to give congrats to Balor, as it continues the slow Face turn started with the Pat McAfee rivalry. The Prince joins Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura, who came in after but had great feuds with Balor and each other. It seems fitting that they’re the three two-time NXT Champions. And sky’s the limit for who is next with Balor, to be honest. Ending the show with the “Battle of the Badasses” (interesting last minute subtitle) was great. Usually cage matches feel cliche but they did a great job with this one. Stone still tried to interfere, but Rhea got the better of him and it didn’t cost her the match. This has to be it for Rhea’s part with the Robert Stone Brand because she won very definitively. Rhea can also wait in the wings for another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship. In fact, Rhea could be a great part of the Survivor Series Women’s Champion Triple Threat since she dominated that entire weekend last year.
My Score: 9.3/10
Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.10.2021
Day 2 of my fill in stint covering the AJPW Champion Carnival! Can Suwama get in the winner’s column? Can the Ace Kento get on the board? Does anyone pull away so early?
Day 2 of my fill in stint covering the AJPW Champion Carnival! Can Suwama get in the winner’s column? Can the Ace Kento get on the board? Does anyone pull away so early?
Given the fact the incumbent champion lost his first round, the ace lost and there were a few main event players that picked up hard fought wins but don’t have an easy day today, this should be interesting. What kind of tournament are we looking at?
Since the tournament is 1 block, each person gets 9 matches, similar to the G1. So using G1 logic, 2 losses puts you on the bubble of being out, and 3 losses is basically death with the exception of weird breakers or fun rock/paper/scissors situations.
So for everyone’s sake, let’s hope we end up at mostly parity to continue to keep everyone alive for most of this single block tournament!
- Yuma Aoyagi vs Shotaro Ashino: Aoyagi wins via End Game @9:22 – ** ¾
- Kohei Sato vs Koji Doi: Doi wins via Murder Lariat @4:52 – * ½
- Shuj Ishikawa vs Zeus: Zeus wins via Arm Trap Facelock @10:41 – *** ½
- Shinjiro Otani vs Kento Miyahara: Kento wins via Blackout @13:23 – *** ¾
- Jake Lee vs Suwama: Suwama wins via Last Ride Powerbomb @18:23 – ****
Yuma Aoyagi vs Shotaro Ashino
So very similarly to the match against Otani, Aoyagi starts slow. The match begins with a handshake, then he gets driven to the ropes, Ashino slides under his legs during the break to trip him up and starts working over the leg. An early Stretch Muffler indicates that Ashino is most likely aiming to win with the Ankle Lock.
Aoyagi was on the move and constantly clawing for an opening. A few strikes and early knockdown give Aoyagi hope as he goes for End Game, but Ashino powers up and slams him into the corner. Ashino controls most of the tempo until we get a German Suplex trade off spot. Aoyagi ends up taking the worst of it, and Ashino goes for the Ankle Lock.
While in the Ankle Lock, Aoyagi tries to roll through 3 times, but Ashino moves with the roll and holds the move in place. Right before Aoyagi looks like he’s going to tap, he adjusts, grabs Ashino’s head for the Small Package; Ashino manages to kick out. But before Ashino can really re-orient himself, Aoyagi slaps on the full version of End Game. Ashino tries to fight through, but succumbs.
Ashino with two big losses almost writes him out already. Hopefully he makes a small run to suspend disbelief for a little bit and this isn’t his swan song from AJPW.
Kohei Sato vs Koji Doi
Doi comes out of a loss to a major player, Shuji Ishikawa, of current AJPW and Sato avenged his loss to the current Triple Crown Champion Suwama. So at face value, one should think this is a perfect time for Sato to gather some momentum to make sure he gets another shot at the title.
Contrary to logic, this match was interesting. Doi starts off with a quick flurry and picks Sato up into a Torture Rack. Sato eventually fights out and then we get a chop battle, which Sato is notoriously bad at and throws some of the lamest looking chops. Granted, even though he was losing the chops, apparently a well-placed Forearm rocked Doi enough to have Doi selling the forearm for nearly the rest of the match.
Referee Nikkan Lee gets up to seven before Doi starts responding enough to be on the receiving end of a Soccer Ball Kick from Sato. Sato senses the match is over, picks Doi up real cocky for a Brainbuster, but it gets countered into a Brainbuster of Doi’s own! A short range lariat rocks Sato afterward and then off the ropes for Murder Lariat! Sato is stacked up, Doi covers and Doi gets the win!
Well we look to be in an interesting starting spot so far. Who would’ve figured Koji Doi would have more points than Shotaro Ashino…ever. Also for clarity, the low rating is because the match was so abrupt. It wasn’t inherently bad, just not really anything to sink teeth into beyond an upset win.
Shuj Ishikawa vs Zeus
There is history with these two, most notable in my head is during Zeus’ only Triple Crown championship reign, Shuji was his first and only defense. So Zeus looks to continue momentum this year, possibly running back the undefeated record of last year; while Shuji is trying to protect his position and title as Gaora TV champion.
This goes the way most of their previous meetings have, where Shuji tries to overpower Zeus. Because even though Zeus is a bodybuilder, he’s a bit on the short side (5’10”). So with Shuji standing about 6 inches taller and not being of a slight build, Shuji loves to buckle Zeus and play the power struggle. Tests of Strength, Shoulder Tackles, Lariat battles, it’s all great power wrestler spots.
Shuji does however start to catch Zeus. So after a chagrining Lariat into the corner, the middle rope Mushroom Stomp and a few Tsunamis; it looks like Shuji is setting up to win with a Fire/Thunder Driver – but Zeus slips out the back! Zeus locks in the Arm Trap Facelock, and Shuji is dead to rights. Stuck in the middle, twisted about in the move, it only takes a few moments before Shuji is forced to tap and Zeus moves on with 4 points!
Shinjiro Otani vs Kento Miyahara
Dueling boots start the match, which Kento bails after being on the losing end of the exchange. Otani decides to remind him that recovering on the apron isn’t safe, so he charges and lands the Bootwash through the bottom rope sending Kento flying. As the match plays out on the outside, Kento regains his swagger, talks smack to referee Wada and does his “headbutts around the ring” spot.
After rocking Otani, Kento gets cocky, poses back in the ring and the smug Kento from his previous Triple Crown champion days starts making a return. He gives Otani too much space though, charges the corner, and takes a Drop Toe Hold into the bottom turnbuckle, and then Otani revs up the old kicking boot across Kento’s face for a few Bootwashes.
From this point, both men’s stubbornness comes out in spades. Kento gets a little cocky, Otani catches him on the corner, they fight back and Otani refuses to fall before hitting Kento with a Superplex. Then we go into a strike exchange where both are just wailing on one another. Otani manages to rock Kento and then catch him with a Dragon Suplex for a near fall.
Moving quickly, Otani hits Spiral Bomb, but again only two. So he tries a Dragon Suplex again, but Kento fights out. Kento hits a Blackout to the back of Otani’s head, and now they are throwing haymakers. Kento catches Otani with another Blackout, but Otani returns the favor with one of those Hashimoto Overhand Chops that put down Aoyagi yesterday! Otani goes for another, but Kento Blackouts the chop. The clash leaves Otani in more pain, another Blackout and Otani powers out of the pinfall at 1, but is scrambling and stumbling around, unable to find his feet. Kento hits one more point blank Blackout, and picks up his first points of the 2021 Carnival!
Jake Lee vs Suwama
So watching this second tournament match for Jake, I’ve come to realize what I’m referring to him as during this Total Eclipse gimmick. He is very much “Light Yagami” Jake Lee. He’s cackling when he accomplishes something, unbridled frustration and nearly schizophrenic reactions do really scream Death Note crazy Light.
This match was interesting since early on Suwama didn’t really know what to make of Jake, and Jake tried the same stuff he pulled on Ashino, where he was a little awkward, took advantage of situations and tried to bait Suwama into bad spots. The difference is, Suwama is a veteran and Triple Crown champion; so even though Jake got a few early shots, Suwama eventually forced him back into old habits.
Jake was forced to wrestle, hitting interesting flying kick and knee variations, pulled out the old Kitchen Sink and put in a lot more effort than the first match. Suwama managed to stay resilient and push our new Total Eclipse Death Note wielder. This match was built more around Jake coming into his new persona, and yet still not being able to get passed certain old hurdles.
Suwama absorbed a lot, hit some short range lariats, his Double Chop comeback, and the spinning chop. Jake hits the back of the head Giant Killing, attempts D4C, but Suwama blocks. Jake keeps the pressure up, attempts and old Giant Killing/Knee Lift, but Suwama catches the leg, lifts him into a Last Ride, and puts him away!
Suwama finally gets on the bored, and Jake is left stunned and seething. Which plays perfect for Jake to win the Carnival and earn his Suwama shot, and prove his evolution then.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
So this ended a little stronger over all than day 1, but both days so far have been a fun start. The mixture of upsets and oddly abrupt matches are perfect for a tournament even if they don’t rank high. In the larger picture of things it’s nice to see that a competitive match can end in less than 5 minutes without comedy tactics.
Seeing how Jake took the loss to Suwama gives me hope for this anime antagonist character. I’m honestly a little surprised that the whole tournament is knotted up except for Zeus at the 2-0 and Ashino at 0-2. I really did not think Ashino would be the slow kid in the pool right now. But I suppose since he was just betrayed he’s still finding his footing. Like I alluded to before, it would be nice if he’s just getting broken down to be built back up and not just putting people over on his way out.
Now since the only unique records are first and last, the rest of the tournament isn’t hard to figure out, but here are the standings! Solid first 2 days so far!
- Zeus: 2-0 – (4 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Kohei Sato: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Jake Lee: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Suwama: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: 0-2 – (0 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/10/21)
The two night extravaganza begins!
WrestleMania sets sail once again!
The first of two epic nights begins, and Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair will be its main event! Will Boss Time end as this becomes WrESTleMania?
- WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil: Natalya & Tamina win and will challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles on night two.
- Seth Rollins VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS AJ Styles & Omos; Styles & Omos win and are the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon; wins.
- Damian Priest & Bad Bunny VS The Miz & John Morrison; win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania 37 kickoff show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, JBL, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting, finally back in front of a LIVE CROWD!!
The Night Panther is here!
But R-Truth keeps interrupting his commercials! Truth wants to be Old Spice Guy tho! Good thing he didn’t have his 24/7 Championship on him, Truth might’ve lost his baby tonight.
Sonya Deville joins the panel!
Fans are excited as the new assistant WWE official discusses the Women’s Tag Team Turmoil. She loves having fans back, and she has history with women’s tag team wrestling. She is ready to see what we get out of Billie Kay & Carmella. Finally, Billie has a spot! She has been selling herself, as it were, Mella finally accepted, and Billie’s just so entertaining so Sonya is ready to see that. And what of her former partner, Mandy Rose…? Well, they were a stronger team back in the day, but that was on Sonya. But she still wishes every team luck. JBL is so happy to have Sonya over Peter. Sonya doesn’t mind that.
And of course, today’s main event, Banks VS Belair. Sonya is a boss in her own right, so what does she make of Boss VS EST? Both very talented, but sometimes people get a nickname and it’s just that. The words better back up the names. Being a “boss” is more than just what’s on the surface. Like the suit? Yeah. You walk the walk, talk the talk, wear the suits. But Sonya will definitely be watching closely.
Vince McMahon is here!
He stands on stage with the superstars featured tonight as he speaks! “Throughout this pass year, our superstars performed tirelessly for all of you.” But there was something missing. And that was the fans of the WWE! As we now emerge from the pandemic, and on behalf of the entire WWE Family, Vince would like to say thank you, and welcome you back to WRESTLEMANIA!
Bebe Rexha performs America the Beautiful!
We’ve waited patiently for this moment.
“Finally…!” The biggest event in LIVE entertainment is BACK! Back with the spectacle, the excitement and the pageantry! WrestleMania is #BackInBusiness! And tonight, WWE sets sail on the high seas with epic epicness bigger than the history of history! Wait, what? Did he just say all that? That’s what was written. Okay, mate, let’s get this cold open done right. We pick up where we left off just last year. Our heroes are obnoxiously heroic as they battle for the ultimate prize: immortality. But no more tall tales, let’s get real, as the kids say. Tonight, we witness the global event that spans decades, created unforgettable moments, and has the memories we will remember forever.
But let us tip our caps to you, the fans, who made this possible. You over there, and them up there, and even those at home who “can’t not watch.” We raise the sails as fate still awaits. The course was corrected, the wind cannot be stopped, and the quest continues! Now how’s that? Impressive. But where’s the big finish? That’s cold open 101. Good point. Pyro montage! “Welcome back… to WrestleMania!”
There’s a rain delay!?
It seems Tampa wants to tease us by keeping things stalled a little longer.
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.
How is he feeling after that moment on stage? Goosebumps, of course! Being back with LIVE fans, Shane is pumped! He’s going for the knockout on Braun. But what is his problem with Braun? Shane’s just poking fun is all. But he’s been more or less bullying him. What? How? What did he say? He said he was stupid. Well, Braun turned out not so stupid because a steel cage is a great choice. Shane is using is noodle to figure out what to do to Braun while he’s in there. Shane does have experience in that match. And the Monster Among Men is big, but shouldn’t Shane pick on someone more Shane’s size? Sure, maybe, but when the opportunity is there, he has to do it.
Bobby Lashley & MVP interrupt but Shane doesn’t mind, He lets them have their time. MVP says the time for talk is over. This is the crowning moment for Lashley and the All Might Era! No words can convey what is going on. The only language Lashley can speak right now and that Drew McIntyre can understand right now is VIOLENCE. MVP has said it before, the WWE World Championship changes you! McIntyre will agree with that because he has had that title and wants it back, but that isn’t happening! MVP told McIntyre that it’s over at Mania, and that McIntyre would lose his dignity, lose consciousness and lose the match. But McIntyre storms over to get in their face!
You want to go now, McIntyre?! MVP keeps the peace because this match will happen soon enough. McIntyre says Mother Nature can’t save Lashley. If they have to fight backstage, they will! McIntyre will not be stopped! MVP tells Lashley to stay calm, referees hurry over to keep this from getting any more heated, but that’s hard to do. McIntyre wants Lashley to keep that energy up. Sarah now asks McIntyre how he’s feeling. McIntyre is at a 10, he is just trying to keep his emotions in check. But last year, in the Performance Center, his first shot at the world title, he won it. McIntyre lost it for a few weeks, go it back.
But now to fight in the first match with live fans, if it’ll happen now, McIntyre is just fired up with MVP’s crap. WrestleMania or not, McIntyre just wants to drop Lashley’s ass! This WILL happen tonight!!
Kevin Patrick interviews the New Day.
They’re ready BABYYY~! People in the building has them excited! This feeling is hard to understand until you feel it! Even before Kevin was here! Kevin is happy to see these two against AJ Styles and Omos. But why? Because they’re fighting champions! Kevin had to be watching! The New Day fights the best. Omos & Styles might still not be registered, this might not happen. Oh they did? Then let’s go! Woods has felt Omos’ force but he is not afraid! Woods and Kofi have always been this size, so there are guys bigger, but they signed up for the titles! It doesn’t how big Omos is, how great Styles is, but the New Day has beaten every single other team! They cannot hang!!
OMG Big E!? Big E is THE Intercontinental Champion and he’s gonna do work on Night 2! Big E says we’ll see what makes these two one of the greatest tag teams ever!! You will see two men at their very best, so consider yourself BLESSED! Woods feels delivered! Kevin gets it, right? Yes, he does.
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
He has his steel cage match with Shane, but what’s he feeling? he’s just ready to do this. He isn’t doing this just for himself but for every person who has been bullied and called worthless! Braun is ready! Shane’s made the bed, he’s gonna lay it in, Braun will beat Shane within an inch of his life so let’s GO! Braun is in the best shape of his life, Shane has made a mistake getting into this. You can only poke a bear so much before it bites you. Braun is proving that bullies don’t win! You will see Braun stand over a corpse tonight, and we will be praying Shane can still breathe after tonight!
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST’s first title match is at WrestleMania, in the main event! Where is she emotionally? Nervous, but that means she cares, just like she said on SmackDown. Yes, she’s against The Boss, she is all that, but Bianca doesn’t run from competition but runs to it. She is going to put the EST in The BEST, and will put it all on the line. And the best part? The fans are here! Bianca is going to do this not just for her, but for the world! Making #Herstory!
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
Mike- Er, Kevin, welcome! Your first Mania! Rollins is fired up as it’s just a wild night already. But given what’s happened since his return, with disrespect from Cesaro and the swing- MIKE. KEVIN. LISTEN. We don’t have to go over all that. You just had to bring up Cesazzlo. But that’s fine, and Rollins has wanted to address it. Since coming back, week after week, Zassoro has disrespected Rollins. Why? Maybe to use Rollins as a springboard into the potential that he’s been wasting. When the storm clears, the moon and stars will all shine on SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS, because he IS the NEW Mr. WrestleMania! And he’ll prove it again with the match of a lifetime when he trounces that joke Sazzaro in Raymond James Stadium! Have a great night Mike-Kevin. My Kevin? Hyphen it to Mi-Kevin.
Backstage interview with The Miz & Morrison.
They say they don’t need luck, because they have skill. You can tell a lot about a man from the company you keep. And Bad Bunny hanging out with Damian Priest means they’re scum. The fun and games are over. This isn’t the Super Bowl, the Grammy’s or SNL. This is WRESTLEMANIA! And you are up against the ONLY TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion, and the Mayor of Slam Town, the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century! *Stare off into distance* #BeJealous!!
The hosts of WrestleMania are here!
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan walk out on stage! Titus starts by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Raymond James Stadium!” Welcome to Titus’ city of Tampa Bay! Rain, sleet, snow, it doesn’t matter! The WWE Universe has the energy we’ve been wanting for a whole YEAR! For one year, one month and a day, for the first time, we’re #BackInBusiness live! Not just that, Brother Titus! They need to hear ya! Titus says alright. Let’s try this again. For the first time in one year, one month and a day, WE ARE BACK IN BUSINESS, LIIIIIVE!!
Tampa gets loud to join in and Hogan says, “Let me tell you something, Titus!” We’re making history tonight, tomorrow night and even right now, with their very first match in front of the WWE audience, brother! But not just any match! They are kicking off with aggression, violence and the WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! And it’s the All Mighty Lashley and his dangerous Hurt Lock! If he gets the neck of a 747, he could break it! But McIntyre’s Claymore could kick the faces off of Rushmore in just one go! Then there’s one question to ask, Titus! Whatcha gonna do when Titus WORLDWIDE~ and ALL the Hulkamaniacs-
Whoa whoa whoa, and what about the two nights!? We’ve got TWO NIGHTS! And then ALL the Hulkamaniacs, run wild on you!?
WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre!
The Chief Hurt Officer tried but failed to remove the Scottish Warrior from the equation, and now he will pay for it! Will McIntyre become a three-time world champion in the span of just one year?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and this All Might WrestleMania Weekend opening contest FINALLY begins!
McIntyre and Lashley tie right up as fans fire up! They go around, McIntyre puts Lashley on ropes but Lashley pushes back. They end up in a corner, go around more ropes, but break. Fans rally and duel as the two go again. Lashley waistlocks, McIntyre resists the lift and pries free to wrench and headlock. Lashley powers out, follows then runs McIntyre over! McIntyre stands right up and the two reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock and McIntyre reels Lashley into another headlock. Lashley powers out again, hurdles but McIntyre shoves to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre even says “UP YOURS” with his fist.
Lashley is furious and he gets in McIntyre’s face to pie-face him! McIntyre throws a forearm, Lashley returns it and it’s a brawl! Lashley knees low, fires off more hands in a corner, then pushes McIntyre. McIntyre turns things around to stomp and windmill some haymakers! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off but Lashley throat chops! Lashley fires off hands, forearms, and then whips. McIntyre reverses, Lashley holds ropes but McIntyre clotheslines him out! Fans fire up as McIntyre pursues. MVP checks on Lashley, and Lashley RAMS McIntyre into barriers! Lashley fires off more hands, brings McIntyre around and whips him into barriers!
MVP is fired up, Lashley drags McIntyre up and whips him into more barriers! Lashley refreshes the count, goes back out after McIntyre, and puts him in the ring. McIntyre goes to a corner, Lashley runs in and RAMS into him! Lashley turns McIntyre for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Lashley is right on McIntyre with a rain of fists! McIntyre goes to ropes but Lashley chokes him and throws clubbing forearms! The ref backs Lashley off, but Lashley returns with more hands! McIntyre tries to hit back but Lashley chokes him on ropes again! Lashley stands on McIntyre, lets off as the ref counts, and fans boo as Lashley looms over McIntyre.
McIntyre hits back with body shots and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” but Lashley RAMS McIntyre into a corner. Lashley roars, goes corner to corner, but McIntyre POSTS him! McIntyre hits an ARM CODE BREAKER, to an ARMBAR! Lashley endures, clasps hands, and fights up. Lashley hammers away, gets free and fires of more hands! McIntyre is dazed as Lashley lets off. Lashley brings McIntyre up, SLAPS him, and taunts him in a corner. McIntyre gets up but Lashley RAMS into him again! And again and again! Lashley fires off haymakers and elbows, and fans are divided as Lashley paces around.
Lashley whips corner to corner but McIntyre comes back with a LARIAT! And another! McIntyre whips, Lashley reverses but McIntyre ducks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Lashley staggers up, into the clinch and ANOTHER OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre gets around Lashley to hit a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre watches Lashley get up, kicks and underhooks, but Lashley powers McIntyre into a corner! Lashley rams in again and again, but lets off to go corner to corner, but into a back elbow! McIntyre waistlocks but ducks the counter elbow to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
MVP coaches Lashley up but McIntyre is after the arm! Lashley resists the wristlock with knees to the stomach and forearms to the back. Lashley shoves but McIntyre KICKS! Lashley comes back to LARIAT! Lashley reels McIntyre in, gut wrench to the DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Lashley is already seething! MVP says Lashley has McIntyre where he wants him, he just has to stay on him. Lashley waits for McIntyre to get up, then reels him back in for a suplex, only for McIntyre to wrench out and GLASGOW KISS! But McIntyre runs into an ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lashley is getting mad but he still has his ace card to play!
McIntyre staggers up, Lashley full nelsons! McIntyre resists the Hurt Lock but Lashley throws more low knees! Lashley fireman’s carries but McIntyre elbows free, shoves and runs in. Lashley elbows McIntyre, but McIntyre gets through the boot to elbow and CHOP and ROLLING ELBOW! McIntyre gets the legs, drags Lashley up, INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley is still in this but McIntyre keeps his focus. McIntyre brings Lashley up, fans fire up again and McIntyre puts Lashley on the top rope. McIntyre CHOPS, climbs up and throws clubbing forearms! Lashley resists and trips McIntyre up! Lashley throws haymakers, but McIntyre gets a KIMURA!
Lashley endures, throws body shots and forearms, and he puts McIntyre in the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to SUPER Belly2Belly! And then CLAY- NO! SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley is fired up and fans are thunderous as he paces around. McIntyre kips back up!? Lashley is shocked, but McIntyre says, “Bring it, bitch!” They brawl, Lashley gets the edge and has McIntyre on the ropes. Lashley roars, whips, but McIntyre reverses to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! McIntyre then gets Lashley into the FUTURE SHOCK! But he’s not done there, ANOTHER FUTURE SHOCK! But that’s still not enough?! A THIRD FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!??! Lashley still lives and McIntyre is beside himself!
“This is Awesome!” and we’re just starting WrestleMania! McIntyre wants the countdown, and fans count along! But Lashley drops to get away from the Claymore! Fans boo as MVP helps Lashley get away, but McIntyre FLIES!! All three men go down in a heap and Raymond James Stadium is thunderous as they lose their minds! McIntyre gets up, drags Lashley into the ring, and then climbs a corner. McIntyre leaps but into a clinch! Lashley spins McIntyre around, throws some knees, and HALF NELSON SUPLEXES! Then a clinch for the COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley dares McIntyre to get back up! McIntyre rises, Lashley is stalking up behind him, but McIntyre blocks the Hurt Lock!
McIntyre is prying it open! And then he RAMS Lashley into buckles! McIntyre gets up and runs in, into another SPINEB- NO! KIMURA! McIntyre has Lashley down on the mat and stuck in the center of the ring! Lashley endures as fans rally and duel so hard! Lashley reaches out, McIntyre cranks as hard as he can, but Lashley gets the ROPEBREAK! McIntyre holds on until the ref counts and lets Lashley go in frustration. McIntyre gets up and fans build back to a rally. Lashley rises, both men glare at the other, and the brawl is on again! They go haymaker for haymaker, kick for kick, elbow for elbow, but Lashley clinches to throw McIntyre into buckles.
Lashley runs, into a BOOT! McIntyre gives another GLASGOW KISS! McIntyre goes corner to corner, but MVP distracts! Lashley drops to avoid the Claymore again! McIntyre staggers, Lashley CLOBBERS him in a corner! HURT LOCK!! McIntyre is caught, endures, powers up, but fades! The ref checks on McIntyre, Lashley leans on the hold as much as he can, but McIntyre gets that second wind! McIntyre stands, uses the corner to push, it’s a cover, but Lashley rolls right back to stand! Lashley still has the Hurt Lock clamped on tight! McIntyre fades again!! The ref calls it, Lashley wins!!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE World Champion)
INCREDIBLE! This clash of titans ends with the Rocky Mountain Machine still on top of that mountain! If McIntyre couldn’t stop him, then who in the WWE possibly can?
DING DONG! Bayley is backstage!
And she’s found Titus and Hogan, and the nWo. She hosts a big show, the biggest who, the Ding Dong Hello show. Heard of it? Titus doesn’t have cable. Well if anyone needs help, she’s Too Sweet. Kevin Nash leaves Bayley hanging! Titus is hungry. Wanna go get something, guys? X-Pac gives Bayley the Too Sweet, at least, but then the legends head out with Titus. Well, just call her, brother!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil!
The Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades have gotten every time between Raw and SmackDown all riled up, and now they’ll have to be ready for whatever team survives tonight! Will it be the Riott Squad, the Ravishing Glow, the Sexy Muscle Friends, the second generation superstars or the last minute but still FABULOUS Carmella and Billie Kay?
The first teams out are…
Naomi & Lana VS Carmella & Billie Kay!
The teams sort out, Naomi starts with Mella and Mella SLAPS Naomi! Naomi KICKS and KICKS and then lights Mella up! The dropkick sends Mella into the corner, Naomi tags Lana and they whip to ax kick and BULLDOG! LANA-ROONI! Lana runs and KNEES Mella against ropes, but Mella hits back and throws Lana by her hair! Mella takes a bow before she bumps Lana off her boot. Billie tags in, Mella feeds Lana to Billie’s boot, and Billie swaggers before she CLUBS Lana down then ROCKS her!
Fans rally for Lana as Billie whips but Lana tilt-o-whirls and Russian Leg Sweeps! Hot tag to Naomi and she rallies on Billie! Naomi DECKS Mella, and gives Billie the Twerk Attack! Naomi mule kicks, dodges, Lana tags in before the FLYING CHUCK! ROUNDHOUSE for Lana, ROUNDHOUSE for Billie! Tag back to Naomi, DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Lana gets in as Nia & Shayna are watching backstage. Mella dodges a kick to FABULOUS KICK! Naomi throws Mella out but Billie rolls Naomi up! Mella helps from behind, they ELIMINATE Naomi & Lana!!
Carmella & Billie Kay VS The Riott Squad!
No time to rest, Liv & Ruby head right out! Billie stays legal as she gets a chance to settle things with the team that snubbed her. Billie runs in, Liv dodges her to DECK Mella! Liv SHOTGUNS Billie down, then tags in Ruby. The Riott Squad double whip and drop toehold Billie onto ropes for a dropkick to O’Conner Roll! ONE, but Ruby clamps onto Billie’s head. Tag to Liv, she whips Ruby in but Billie tosses Ruby out! Billie elbows then DECKS Liv! Tag to Mella, Mella puts Liv in a corner to stomp away! The ref counts, Mella moonwalks and Billie kinda tries to, before the FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER hits!
Tag to Billie, she and Mella get Liv up to NORTHERN LIGHTS! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Mella throws Ruby out but Ruby knees back! Billie BOOTS Ruby down! Liv gets Billie but BIllie switches to sunset, Mella tries the same trick, but the ref sees it! Billie and Mella are furious, but Liv ROCKS Billie bakc! Ruby tags in, Liv hits the CODE BREAKER! Ruby goes up, SENTON KNEE SANDWICH! The Squad ELIMINATES Billie & Mella! But then Mella shoves Ruby down and FABULOUS KICKS Liv!
The Riott Squad VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!
Liv is down while the Sexy Muscle Friends head out! Mandy slips on a puddle someone forgot to dry up, but she recovers just fine. Ruby goes right after them, DECKS Dana but Mandy ROCKS Ruby! KNEE FROM A ROSE! Tag to Dana, she climbs up, Ruby staggers over into a SUPER BLOCKBUSTER! High stack, but Liv breaks it in time! Dana is furious, but Liv gets away. Dana rains rights down on Ruby then drags her up. Ruby stomps a foot, ROCKS Dana with a right of her own, then ROCKS her again! Ruby reaches but Dana keeps her away to kick low. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy tags in, she stomps a mudhole into Ruby, then forearms her down. Fans fire up but Ruby boots Mandy away. Ruby DECKS Dana, but runs into Mandy’s scoop! Ruby sunset flips through, TWO!! Ruby dodges, hot tag to Liv! Liv rallies, ENZIGURIS, and then runs into the corner for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Liv keeps on Mandy with forearms, then tags Ruby in. The Squad coordinates, wrench and CODE BREAKER to RIOTT KICK! Cover but Dana breaks it! Dana brings Ruby up, Ruby throws her out hard, and Ruby tags to Liv. Liv kicks Mandy, whips but Mandy reverses to ROCK and whip Liv! Mandy runs in to RAM Liv into the corner!
Mandy forearms, sees Ruby coming and EXPLODERS her out of the ring! Mandy runs into a BOOT from Liv! Liv hops up, DECKS Dana, but Mandy gets up fast! Dana tags in while Mandy and Liv brawl! Dana climbs the other corner, SUPERPLEX to SWANTON! Cover, Mandy keeps Ruby out, but Liv turns things around! The Squad ELIMINATE the Sexy Muscle Friends!! And that was a shocker to Dana & Mandy!
The Riott Squad VS Natalya & Tamina!
The Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly are the last step in this match! Will the Squad survive or be stopped right at the finish line?
Natty gets in, gets the legs and steps in, but Liv cradle counters! TWO!! Natty brings Liv up but Liv JABS and wheelbarrows, but into a SNAKE EYES! Tag to Tamina, she and Natty drag Liv up to mug her in the corner! Tag back to Natty, they suplex Liv into Natty’s POWERBOMB! Cover, but Ruby breaks it!! Tamina CLOBBERS Ruby, tells the ref to back off, and Natty drags Liv back up. Natty hauls Liv into the corner, tags Tamina, and they mug Liv more! Tamina lets off as the ref counts, and she hauls Liv back up to a fireman’s carry. Liv fights for her life, gets on the top rope and clubs Tamina away! Tamina staggers, Natty runs in but Liv ROCKS her!
Tag to Ruby, Liv dodges Tamina to dropkick Natty! Ruby ROCKS Tamina, combines with Liv, Wheelbarrow SPEAR! Ruby goes side to side to YAKUZA KICK! Tag back to Liv, she hits another CODE BREAKER! SENTON KNEE SANDWICH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Liv and Ruby can’t believe Tamina survived! Ruby hurries back, tags in, and they coordinate for their other combo. Wrench and- No, Tamina whips Ruby at Liv! Liv goes up and over into a SUPERKICK! Ruby staggers, Natty tags as Tamina BOOTS Ruby down! Tamina hauls Ruby up, Natty runs, HART ATTACK! Natty grins as she has Ruby all to herself, for the-
NO! No Sharpshooter! She tells Tamina to finish this and tags her in. Tamina goes up top, for the SUPERFLY!! Cover, Tamina & Natty win!!
Winners: Tamina & Natalya, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Nia & Shayna aren’t worried, even though they have 24 hours to prepare. Will the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades lose to their equals tomorrow night?
The 24/7 Championship has a storied legacy.
It has changed hands many time. But none more accidental than when Joe “Night Panther” Average got it. Or was it fate? Akira Tozawa has Average train in an epic 80’s montage to see if he can truly become a champion. Hilarity ensues. Ninjas, birds, Drew Gulak, and the spirit puppet of a panther! Plus, hot dogs, The Hurricane, and deodorant! Watch the finale on WWE’s YouTube!
Seth Rollins VS Cesaro!
The Savior of SmackDown did not get the respect he wanted, but that was because he wasn’t showing respect first. The Swiss Cyborg became the focus of Rollins’ wrath, and now has his first-ever singles match on WrestleMania! Will Cesaro get into the swing of things and take Rollins down? Or will he be made to #EmbraceTheVision?
The bell rings and Cesaro BLASTS Rollisn with a EuroUpper! He wants the legs but Rollins kicks free and kicks low. Rollins runs, the boot is blocked and Cesaro DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Rollins scramble and gets a ropebreak to avoid the swing. Rollins then shoulders into Cesaro, slingshots up and over but Cesaro dodges to springboard and FLYING EuroUpper! Fans fire up with Cesaro, but Rollins gets away. Cesaro KNEES Rollins in the ropes, but Rollins hotshots an arm! Rollins climbs but Cesaro dropkicks him first! Rollins is stuck up top, Cesaro climbs up to get him with a gut wrench! SUPER GUT-
NO! Rollins slips through to bring Cesaro up for a BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins covers, TWO! Cesaro gets his arms moving and fans rally but Rollins seethes. Rollins drags Cesaro up, rams shoulders into the bad arm, then CLUBS the arm! Rollins talks trash but Cesaro hits low! Cesaro EuroUppers, body shots, EuroUppers but Rollins CLUBS the arm! Cesaro whips, Rollins puts Cesaro on the apron but Cesaro ROCKS Rollins! Cesaro climbs, but Rollins springs right up to SUPERPLEX! And roll through, to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Rollins is annoyed, but he keeps his focus.
Rollins gets up, gets Cesaro up, and turns him, but Cesaro backslides! TWO, Cesaro EuroUppers again! Cesaro throws body shots, EuroUppers, then more EuroUppers! Rollins is in a corner and Cesaro fires off fast hands! Cesaro unloads EuroUpper after EuroUpper and fans are fired up again! Cesaro whips Rollins corner to corner, runs in and EuroUppers again! Cesaro whips him the other way, EuroUppers Rollins again, then runs to DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as fans rally behind him. Cesaro wants the swing and the fans want to see it, too! Even that guy in the banana costume! Cesaro trips Rollins, has the legs, but Rollins twists to victory roll, TWO!
Cesaro tries again, Rollins scrambles to another ropebreak! Cesaro yanks Rollins up, Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Rollins runs, but no Curb Stomp! Sunset flip, to the SWISS SWING!! Rollins goes around and around and the fans count it out! Cesaro settles for 10 because of the bad arm, and he turns it to the SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Cesaro lets go in frustration but he got a little bit of payback on Rollins. Fans want the swing “One More Time!” but Cesaro brings Rollins in. Gotch hold but Rollins back drops free! Cesaro lands on his feet but misses in the corner! The arm hits buckles, Rollins springboards to FLYING KNEE!
Rollins comes back to SLINGBLADE! Rollins hurries up top as Cesaro is down, TWISTING SPLASH!? Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Rollins is shocked! Rollins talks to himself that he won’t let Cesaro disrespect him. Rollins grits his teeth, fans fire up and Rollins stalks up behind Cesaro. Rollins waistlocks, ripcords but Cesaro gut wrenches, to the NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, TWO?!! Rollins survives and now Cesaro is shocked! Fans rally behind Cesaro as he works on an idea. Cesaro grabs at Rollins to rain down furious forearms! Rollins gets back to ropes, Cesaro gets the legs, Rollins lands on his feet, into the Gotch! Rollins slips free of that to PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?!
Cesaro survives The Game’s best, but that’s because Rollins isn’t The Game! Rollins talks to himself again, gets back to his feet, and tells Cesaro that there are levels! Rollins survived the swing, the Neutralizer, he is a wrestling god! Rollins drags Cesaro up, turns him, and hits a DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! That’s a shot at Cesaro’s old tag partner! Cesaro ducks the stomp but gets the BOOMERANG! Rollins aims from a corner, Cesaro sits back up and Rollins runs in, but the stomp is turned into a EUROUPPER! And then a torture rack, for an AIRPLANE SPIN!! The “UFO” goes NO HANDS, then a TOSS!!
Fans are thunderous as Cesaro fires up, and calls for the swing! Cesaro gets the legs, and he starts up the rotations! The fans count along again, and Cesaro blows past 10 to go to 20, then 23! Gotch lift, NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
FINALLY! No more talk of “untapped potential,” of just missing the mark, and of just being a good-hand! Cesaro wins and has HIS WrestleMania moment! But will this just lead to even bigger things in the Swiss Cyborg’s career?
Backstage interview with the Dirty Dawgs, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode!
They are still SmackDown Tag Team Champions after a big WrestleMania edition of SmackDown. They’re excited to be here because there’s nothing like this in the world. The aces have arrived, and it is truly WrestleMania. For a couple dirty dogs, they clean up real nice. We’ve seen great tag action, but what about the Raw Tag Team Championships? New Day are one of the greatest, Ziggler had KofiMania. But rainbows and unicorns only get you so far. Omos looks great standing with Styles, but they’d look even better with tag gold. Roode’s known Styles a long time, and you never, ever bet against the Phenomenal One. Now, excuse them while they take pictures with the 2020 Hall of Fame class.
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS AJ Styles & Omos!
AWWWWW Tampa Baaay~! Big E says don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous ELEVEN time champs, and FEEL~ the POWER~! That’s right! The now ELEVEN time W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ thought they were out of opponents to face, until the Phenomenal One and his ENORMOUS associate stepped up. Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods doubt the tag team chemistry, but will Styles & Omos win big on the biggest show of the WWE calendar?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and quite possibly the biggest match in the New Day’s career is here!
The teams sort out, and Omos starts his first match with Kofi. Kofi and Woods cheer for Styles so Styles tags in! Styles and Kofi circle, tie up, Styles waistlocks but Kofi trips him. Styles reaches up to headscissor then whip. Kofi rolls over Styles’ back but Styles denies the SOS! Kofi avoids the Calf Crusher, rolls Styles, TWO! Body scissor clutch, TWO! Styles kicks but Kofi blocks to get Styles down, but Styles headlocks back! Kofi back suplexes and Styles lands hard on his stomach! Kofi claps at Omos and Woods plays Francesca Turbo as Kofi twerks at Styles. Styles gets mad, but runs into Kofi’s dropkick! Kofi drags Styles up, brings him over but Styles throat chops!
Woods tags in, trips Styles up, and Kofi SPLASHES down! Woods slingshots to elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Woods clamps onto Styles and taunts him with explaining the strategy. Kofi tags in, the New Day mugs Styles and Kofi fires off haymakers! Kofi stomps Styles, lets off as the ref counts, and it’s time to turn up! The New Day Stampede begins! Woods tags in, he stomps away, then Kofi tags in to stomp! Tag back to Woods, Kofi whips him in to basement dropkick Styles! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps cool and keeps Styles from Omos. Woods headlocks, grinds Styles, but Styles reaches. Woods hits a headlock takeover, grinds harder, but Styles fights up.
Styles reaches, Woods hits another takeover, but Styles gets up again. Styles powers up but Woods keeps his hand from Omos! Woods hits yet another takeover! Cover, ONE as Styles gets up again. Woods wrenches, tags Kofi, and the New Day double wrench to double CHOP, double KICK and double BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Kofi is after Styles but Styles gets a ropebreak. Kofi stays between Styles and Omos because that’s all he really has to do. Styles bails out and runs around! Tag to Woods, Woods watches Styles slide in and CLOBBERS him out! Woods runs, Kofi tags in, Woods WRECKS Styles with a dropkick! Woods puts Styles in, Kofi hits a FLYING STOMP! Cover, TWO!
Styles is still in this, Kofi drags him over and Woods hopes fans are alright. Tag, the New Day get Styles in a fireman’s carry but Styles fights free! Styles dodges Woods, reaches but Woods keeps Styles away! Styles lands out of a back suplex but Woods grabs a foot! Woods ducks the enziguri but Styles kicks him away! Tag to Kofi and he springboards to PANCAKE SPLASH Styles down! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Woods, Kofi drags Styles up while Woods climbs, backbreaker, but Styles fights free! Woods is perched, Styles sees he has an opening, hot tag to Omos!! Woods realizes he’s in trouble now and the fans are fired up!
Omos storms up to Woods but Woods gets his dukes up. Woods kicks a leg, but Omos doesn’ flinch. Woods keeps trying but that hurts him more than it does Omos! The shotgun dropkick bounces off! Styles tells Omos to get Woods, but Woods dodges, Kofi tags, Woods boucnes off Omos again, and Kofi leaps, into Omos’ grip! Omos THROWS Kofi with one hand! Omos grins and styles tells him, “NOW!” Omos BOOTS Woods, TOSSES Kofi to a corner, then has two targets! Omos runs to BACK ELBOW Woods, then runs to BACK ELBOW Kofi! Omos drags Woods up for a COLOSSAL BACKBREAKER!
Omos clamps onto Woods’ face as he bends him in the backbreaker rack! Woods endures but Omos pushes him away. Omos sees Kofi get up, scoops him with one hand and carries him around! COLOSSAL BACKBREAKER! The New Day writhe but fans rally and duel! Styles uses Omos as a launching pad for a PHENOMENAL FOREARM to Woods! Kofi flounders, Omos drags him up! Omos says he’s going to have fun doing this! POP-UP SPINEBUSTER!! Styles says use one foot to cover, and Omos does! Omos & Styles win!!
Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)
Omos’ first match and he’s not just a champion, but he DOMINATED one of the best tag team champions EVER! And Styles is now the PHENOMENAL Grand Slam Champion! Is this just the beginning for this dominant duo?
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Jerry Lawler joins commentary as the cage is locked and loaded!
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