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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2020

Does the AEW/Impact “crossover” get off on the right foot? Impact is building towards Final Resolution; though that probably got overshadowed.

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Well this is the biggest IMPACT! in roughly a decade. Long since the days of a weird inescapable dome, Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles (in TNA) and tangible buzz, AEW could hopefully breathe new life into the product.

Does Impact make use of their spike in interest or will we just get some AEW pandering and call it a day?

Let’s find out!

Ratings:

  • Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Jackknife Cradle – *** ¼
  • Brian Myers vs TJP: Myers wins via Charging Lariat – ** ¾
  • Cody Deaner w/Cousin Jake vs Eric Young w/Joe Doering: EY wins via Piledriver – **
  • Rosemary & Taya Valkyrie vs Deonna Purrazzo & Kimber Lee: Rosemary wins via Double Underhook Sitout Slam – **
  • Moose & Chris Bey vs Willie Mack & Rich Swann: Bey wins via Lights Out – ***

 

Results:

Josh Alexander w/Ethan Page vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley

Sabin starts the match off fast, and it takes Josh a little time to stabilize and slow things down. Ethan Page has been a little all over the place, and even cost them a title shot, so Josh has been a little frustrated in multiple ways. This continues to bleed into the match, where Ethan is barking, and Josh meticulously goes after Sabin.

Ethan calls for Josh to drop him on his head, no more elbows, Josh yells back that he knows how to wrestle and Sabin counters the Jay Driller into a Jackknife Cradle. The North are imploding.

There is a terrible worked “paid commercial” for AEW. I hate everything about Tony Khan. Schiavone saves the ad a little, but it’s cringy.

Brian Myers vs TJP

TJP takes an Arm Wringer and spins Myers in circles, much to Myers’ chagrin. TJP continues to keep Myers on the backfoot, even momentarily getting the Muta Lock sunk in, but Myers gets to the ropes. Then a small shortcut buys him some time, an Irish Whip into a headstand on the turnbuckle frustrates Myers again, with TJP hitting the Headscissors.

TJP hits 3 Amigos of Butterfly Suplex variety, misses the Mamba Splash, and Myers gets a near fall with the Jumping Flatliner. Myers goes for the Charging Lariat, TJP wheelbarrow counters into the Knee Bar submission. Myers crawls to the ropes, and uses the ropes to his advantage. But TJP counters a bit boot, Mamba Splash, but knees up gives Myers another near fall.

Sunset Flip into another Knee Bar almost has Myers, but Myers throws the ref into TJP to break the submission. Spinebuster and the Charging Lariat from Myers picks up the win!

Cody Deaner w/Cousin Jake vs Eric Young w/Joe Doering

As expecting, since Cody is trying to prove himself he comes out hot. Eric Young manages to pick his spots to not eat too much offense, but Cody isn’t looking like a push over early on. Cody finds an opening with the Elbow through the ropes from the apron, Sunset Flip for a pin attempt, but not even that close.

Eric Young tries to big brother Cody, and it fires him up that he’s asking for EY to hit him. Cody takes the fire and hits a few nice strikes, a Scoop Slam, but gets distracted by Doering as he goes to the top for the Diving Headbutt. Piledriver from EY and it’s over.

Doering’s presence and Cody’s insistence to Jake to not get involved, slowed things down enough for EY to take the advantage. Jake saves Cody from a beat down, but Doering and EY go for stereo Piledrivers, and out comes the War Machine Rhino with a lead pipe!

The fourth wall break with Larry D is amazing.

I also really like the implication from Dreamer that this smells like the ECW/WWF invasion angle from 1997. It’s not subtle and it’s nice for IWC fans who pay attention to those kind of things. D’Amore being amused with the buzz is perfect for the way he likes to portray himself between Impact and TalknShop shows. Fun segment.

Rosemary & Taya Valkyrie vs Deonna Purrazzo & Kimber Lee

Deonna and Rosemary start off, with Deonna going after the arm quick and trying to control things down to more mat/chain wrestling. Rosemary bites her way out of an attempted headlock causing Deonna to retreat and complain, as the other team members get tagged in.

Kim and Deonna actually have quite a few quick tags and keep Taya reeling. Kim has a Lotus Lock that looks to weaken the powerhouse of Ragnarok, Taya fights back eventually to bring Rosemary in to stabilize things. Rosemary eats a few double team moves, but she does the Resurrection spot which startles Kim and Deonna enough for Taya to clean house. Dual splits turns into a duel between Taya and Kim.

Deonna tries to kick Taya’s head off, misses and takes out Kim. The miscommunication gives Ragnarok the advantage, Rosemary wins with that Double Underhook sitout slam thing. That needs a damn name.

Callihan hits the ring with a slightly rambling promo putting himself over, but Alisha comes out at some point looking cute and pissed off. Sami tells Lish he’ll break her neck if she comes into the ring, Eddie hits the ring behind him and it looks like we’re keeping this Sami/Eddie revival going. It’s not a great situation because it feels a little forced, but they’re both quite good at what they do. So maybe they’ll salvage at least a good match.

Moose & Chris Bey vs Willie Mack & Rich Swann

There’s some fast paced action between Swann and Bey to begin with. Lots of Junior style counters and flips until Moose and Willie get in for the power. Willie tries to knock down Moose, but Moose gets up and takes it to Willie. Moose drops Willie, tags in Bey and then Powerbomb’s Bey onto Willie for a near fall. Moose imposed his will on his smaller partner, so it should be interesting if the lack of real cohesion will bite the heel squad.

Moose and Bey have been beating the hell out of Willie, even with Moose dictating and hard chopping Bey as a tag. Willie hits a Stunner on Moose to tag in Rich, but Moose does fend off the Impact Champion long enough to tag in Bey, more normally. Rich fights back, Frankensteiner’s Bey into Moose and keeps the momentum moving like an escalator for his team.

Tags in Willie, 6 Star – Miss Splash. Bey Headscissors Rich into the turnbuckle to stop any interference. Willie Stunners Bey, Moose Lights Out Spears Willie. Rich goes after Moose and they roll to the outside, where Bey crawls into the pin, and the Lights Out kept Willie down for the count.

Right before the interview segment, apparently there is a bouncer with a list and Rich Swann isn’t on the list. “The Champion” has the area, so Impact is putting the AEW Champion over as the real champion and Impact’s Champion is a jabroni apparently. Is this leading to Rich Swann trying to prove that Impact and their champion aren’t a joke? Because making them look like a joke on their own show…ain’t the right look.

No one calls that a Golden Screw Job or the biggest screw job since Montreal (I mean I referred to it as Jakylsonville Screw Job, but maybe that’s just me). I mean…I get the heel aspect of putting your stuff over as the best ever. But this is a bit much. Especially since we have 2 EVPs just giving one another a hand job. Kenny Omega also cuts an awful promo, it’s like a combination of Dennis from Always Sunny and Stan from South Park during the bullying episode.

Kenny refers to Impact and their belts basically as cute after thoughts to add to his collection. Callis also plays up the AEW title as the major pay off and the only real championship, on Impact television, as an Impact executive…I think even Susie knows that’s bad.

 

Overall Score: 4/10

Ironically if we separate the Impact product from the AEW cameo, this wasn’t bad. Hell it was all good Impact Wrestling work, but with Kenny and Don burying the company and focusing purely on themselves it doesn’t serve a correct purpose. Perspective is something you drive in storytelling, this is part of the reason why the WCW Invasion angle didn’t work and something Sting cites as why he didn’t go over initially when WCW folded. When The Rock looks at Booker T and says “who are you” that immediately makes WCW look weak and less than. So it’s old heel 101 that you’re supposed to build up the opponent to make it credible, not make it seem like you’re doing the world a favor by existing on the same plane.

So with that, the interview eviscerated this episode because when you make the champion and the accomplishments seem like nothing more than cute accessories; what was the point of having a show? You could try to argue that Callis and Kenny are narcissist heels who believe they are the straw that stirs the drink, which is all well and good. But you don’t go about it with a bad 80s bad guy monologue, laughable mannerisms, scoffing/stuttering to the point of sounding like you’re having a stroke and just generally missing the point. Kenny brought up comics in his promo, but in the comic world you never see Batman show up in Green Lantern’s comics, say the ring is only a toy and without Batman he’s nothing. It was well executed to save it for last to keep AEW viewers around, but God damn was it embarrassing.

With a more eyes on the product than they’ve had in years, the best parts of the show were the Impact aspects, the stories that were built and the in-ring content was solid. Cody trying to prove himself, Sami cutting a great if not pigeon holed promo, Dreamer and Larry D doing good comedy work, Josh Alexander and Chris Sabin opening with a solid match that also furthered the story being told. Just to reiterate, when you are telling the AEW audience that Impact ain’t worth shit (which most of them probably think anyway), you’re not cultivating anything, and for Impact to air that and think it was quality content, is…questionable at best.

And no, it’s not a tool for Impact to rise up and prove themselves in “Invasion or Crossover” style matches. When you reinforce things people already think, no one wants to see the underneath person, or in this case company, rise up to prove something. This is already a botched abortion of a partnership. Say Good Night Gracie.


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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/11/21)

Who wins THE WrestleMania main event?

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WrestleMania 37 Coverage

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss; wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina; win and
  • Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus; wins and
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews; wins and
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley; wins and
  • WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan; wins and

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.

 

Ashlyn 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?

 


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AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21

AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James  and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.

Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!

Results:

  • Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship:  Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – ****  – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
  • Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
  • Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
  • AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships:  Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – ***TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
  • Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
  • Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – ****TITLE CHANGE!!!

 

Review:

Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley

Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.

Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.

Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.

Tag Team Turmoil

Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…

Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…

Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.

Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.

Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-

Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.

Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.

(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)

New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-

We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.

Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”

Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.

Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-

As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.

Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.

We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.

Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-

Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.

Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.

Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.

(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)

Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-

Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.

Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.

Overall Score: 8/10

Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.

Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.


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