The SmackDown Women’s Championship match is set!
Tonight, Sasha Banks and Carmella are going to sign on the dotted line! TLC will see a LEGIT, FABULOUS SmackDown Women’s Championship!
- Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins; Ziggler wins.
- Sami Zayn VS Big E; Sami wins.
- The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???; The Riott Squad wins.
- Chad Gable & Otis VS Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura; Cesaro & Nakamura win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella; Carmella wins by disqualification, Sasha retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Sasha Banks heads to the ring!
The Boss, the standard, the blueprint and THE SmackDown Women’s Champion is here to handle her business. Before facing the #UNTOUCHABLE at TLC for the title, the contract needs to be signed! Adam Pearce is here to preside over the signing, and notes Sasha was the one who boldly made the challenge. This contract will make that match official. But then Sasha gets upset. Where IS the contract? Is this some kind of set up? Is Mella doing this? Is Pearce working with her? Where is the paperwork?!
Mella laughs from the titantron as she dangles the contract. Doesn’t Sasha know Mella makes the rules? But Mella signed her part. She will have her “messenger boy” take this to her. Sasha should’ve known Mella would’ve pulled this. Isn’t Mella embarrassed to be herself? Nope. She’s proud of herself. That’s why she doesn’t pander to those “internet mouth-breathers” like Sasha does. Did Sasha think Mella was going to get into the ring with her after that ambush like a wild animal? This isn’t the Tiger King, it’s the Queen’s Gambit. And Mella is the “hot chick playing chess with your life,” and is always four moves ahead.
Oh that many moves? If Mella wants to play games, how about this? How far back can Sasha bend Mella’s spine? Or better yet, how fast can she make Mella cry? This is why Mella didn’t go to the ring! Sasha is making threats! Someone stop her before she hurts someone. But Mella gets why Sasha is acting like this. As soon as Sasha signs the contract, her day as champion are numbered. Sasha stamps her signature down on the contract, and Sasha flips the script. If Sasha wants the title, come and get it TONIGHT! “What do you say, blondie?!” Mella doesn’t make rules, Sasha is the boss! Pearce likes that, and makes it the main event tonight!
And before this signing is truly over, Sasha says she’ll give Mella a preview of how wild tonight is. She attacks the assistant! And hits a BACKSTABBER! Then dumps the table over on him! Sasha holds her title up, but will she still be holding onto it by the end of the night?
Backstage interview with The Street Profits!
Kayla Braxton has the SmackDown Tag Team Champions here, and they’re hyped up! Kayla brings up how the self-proclaimed aces of SmackDown, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler, were saying the Profits are “too funny to make money.” Do the Profits think this will affect their reputation as competitors?
Funny? Do they look funny? Ford goes up against a former World Heavyweight Champion in Ziggler! Is it funny to do how Ford does in the ring, then make it rain Solo cups? Would it be funny if Roode got involved and Dawkins slapped him so hard, space and time opened up to let a million Roode doppelgangers out and they all say, “Robert! You’re embarrassing us!” NO! Too much cheesy facial hair! One Roode is enough. But bad enough why? Because the Street Profits are up! And #WeWantTheSmoke! That simple. The showdown of Show-Off and #KingTez is next!
Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins!
The #DirtyDawgs got a non-title win on the Profits but are working their way up to THE title match-up they’ve wanted since both teams were on Raw! Will Ziggler score another win as TLC approaches?
SmackDown returns as Ziggler and Roode make their entrance. Ziggler has a mic now and he says he used to LOVE the word, “Profits.” But we just saw the Profits talking about crazy things, like Solo cups raining from the sky, which reminds Ziggler of college. But Ziggler also remembers the Profits saying he is just “a poor man’s HBK.” No, Ziggler is rich as hell. But if they wanna use that bit the right way, then you do it right. The Profits are the poor man’s Desus & Mero. Not an opening hit but it works. Now, the only thing less funny than Ziggler’s comedy is the Profits. And the only thing less funny than them is the fact they’re SmackDown Tag Team Champions!
Roode says the Profits can get one last laugh about the nerdy things they find funny. Because when the “aces” get their shot at the titles, the title reign goes up in smoke. Ford and Dawkins admit that’s a decent line, but now this match begins!
Ziggler and Ford circle, show off the knee steps, then tie up. Ziggler gets a leg, Ford gets ropes, and the ref counts. Ziggler lets off clean, but then he kicks low! That’s not clean! Ziggler scrapes Ford’s face with the laces, then he digs Ford’s face into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Ziggler lets off and then dropkicks Ford down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grins as he keeps close. Ziggler wraps on a chinlock to then get an arm and pulls it back. Ziggler traps the arm, but Ford fights up, powers up, only for Ziggler to knee low! Ziggler turns Ford to a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps his focus and he talks trash. He scrapes laces on Ford’s face again, then swivels his hips at him.
Ford gets up, Ziggler runs at him, but Ford catches the drop kick to a catapult! Ziggler hits buckles hard, and then Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Ford runs, dodges and BLOCKBUSTERS Ziggler down! Ziggler flounders out, Roode slithers in but Dawkins is there to stop him! Roode gets Ziggler out, Ford and Dawkins break it down, and the SOLO CUPS RAIN!! One “prophecy” came true, will we see GLORIOUS doppelgangers after the break?!
SmackDown returns, no doppelgangers but Ziggler does have Ford down in a sleeper hold and body scissor combo! Ford endures, fights, and pries free. Dawkins coaches Ford up but Ziggler throws him by his hair! Ziggler drops an elbow, then another, then another, and another, and another! And even more! Ziggler just doesn’t stop, but then he spins around, to drop one more! Cover, TWO! Roode is frustrated for Ziggler but Ziggler wraps Ford back up in a sleeper and body scissors. Ford endures all over again and fans rally up on their screens. Ford fights back up, even as Ziggler cranks back on the hold, and Ford throws body shots! Ford is free, but Ziggler kicks the leg out! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Ziggler wraps Ford up again, Dawkins and Roode talk trash to each other, and Ford endures. Ziggler rakes Ford’s eyes but the ref reprimands. Ford fights out of the body scissors but Ziggler shifts on the sleeper. Ford still fights up, pries the hold, but Ziggler turns him again. Ford shoves Ziggler away and rallies with clotheslines! Ford whips, Ziggler reverses but Ford leaps over and comes back for a LEAPING LARIAT! Ford fires up as Ziggler rises, mule kick and front kick to an enziguri, but Ziggler ducks! Ziggler back suplexes but Ford slips out to back supelx Ziggler! Ford kips up and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Ford is all fired up as he shakes the ropes!
Ziggler slowly rises, Ford blocks their kick, spins them but Ziggler kicks the legs out! Ziggler leaps but the Famouser is turned into a lift, but Ziggler sunset flips! TWO, Ford bucks the Zigzag off, to ENZIGURI! Ford goes up top, but Roode attacks Dawkins! Roode throws Dawkins into steps, Ford is distracted and Ziggler trips him up! Ford tumbles down, Ziggler SUPERKICKS! Cover, Ziggler wins!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall
Give a GLORIOUS assist to Roode! Are the aces going to ride high into a title match?
Next week, SmackDown will be on FS1! While Fox has the NCAA Football Pac-12 championship, Fox Sports 1 will be ready for a good time!
Sami Zayn is complaining backstage!
The WWE Intercontinental Champion wants to understand why he doesn’t have merchandise! But Big E comes by with his new shirt, and there are more where that came from. But merchandise should be the last thing on Sami’s mind right now. Worry about the meat inside the shirt. And Big E has Sami! Apollo helps show off the new Sami Zayn shirt! It’s a stick figure man! Sami tries to rip the shirt, but his hand isn’t strong enough. He’ll show them all! Big E is pretty sure he won’t. But Big E will show Sami all the things, in their match! That match is after the break!
Sami Zayn VS Big E!
The “Champion of the People” does not feel respected by anyone on SmackDown, but respect is a two-way street. Sami is in the ring as he rants and raves! What champion doesn’t have even one piece of merchandise? Not that Sami wants to support toxic consumerism, but he just wants fans to be able to show their support and respect for him! And all that time last week honoring Pat Patterson, the original Intercontinental Champion, they don’t even do anything for this Intercontinental Champion? Big E’s entrance interrupts and this match begins!
Sami takes a moment to tell commentary to tell us that this is non-title, because Big E hasn’t earned his opportunity. But the ring count is past 5! Sami complains that the ref wasn’t being understanding. Sami gets in, ties up with Big E, and Big E shoves Sami down! Sami scrambles out of the ring and Big E lounges while doing splits in the corner. Sami gets back in, Big E is ready. They circle, tie up, and Big E headlocks. Big E grinds Sami down but Sami throws body shots. Sami slips out to headlock back, but Big E powers out. Sami kicks Big E, Sami runs but Big E drops, hurdles then catches Sami for the cobra twist!
Big E puts some stank on the spank, but Sami gets free! Sami kicks and punches, but his bad hand hurts! Sami runs, and gets run over! Big E says that’s the meat he meant, Sami! Big E digs his boot into Sami’s head on the apron, then drags Sami out. Big E clubs away on Sami’s chest, then lets off to go to the apron. Big E aims and runs, to APRON SPLASH! Sami flops down after being flattened, and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Sami chokes Big E on ropes with both knees! The ref counts but Sami bounces to add pressure. Sami lets off at 4, Big E gets to a corner, and Sami throws elbows into Big E’s head. Sami climbs up to rain down furious fists and then he goes to snapmare. Big E blocks it, only for Sami to KNEE Big E down! Cover, ONE!! Sami is right on Big E with a chinlock, but Big E fights up. Sami shifts to a facelock but Big E throws him off! Sami runs in but Big E puts him on the apron, only for Sami to hotshot him away! Sami hops up the corner and leaps, to elbow Big E down! Big E stirs but Sami swivels his hips to mock him! Sami runs and runs to run into the OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Big E gets Sami for ANOTHER! And then the Belly2Belly!
Big E stands over Sami and he swivels his hips! Big E runs, runs and SPLASHES! Now Big E claps it up, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Sami bails out but Big E dares him to get back in. Sami dares Big E to go out, and Big E fakes Sami out! Sami is in and Big E LARIATS him! Big E runs but Sami rolls him up! TWO! Sami elbows Big E away, hops back up and kicks, then leaps! Big E catches the crossbody! Big E pops Sami up to the- No, Sami rakes eyes! Sami runs at the corner, HELLUVA- URENAGE!! Sami claims his hand is broken! The ref checks the brace but keeps Big E back. Big E says this is Sami’s trickery, but the ref keeps him back. Sami SLAPS Big E! Big mistake.
Sami runs away and Big E gives chase! Sami goes around commentary but Big E keeps trying! The ring count climbs, Sami goes under the ring?! Big E follows, the count continues, and then Sami emerges at 6! Big E has him, tries to drag him back down, but the count is 9! Sami gets free and gets in, Sami wins by count-out!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by count out
The “master strategist” managed to outsmart Big E! Big E is furious, but losing is losing! Has Big E just lost his chance at the Intercontinental Championship?
Bayley speaks backstage.
“Now I hear we’ve got a huge championship match tonight, so I want to send my well-wishes to… Carmella!” Because Sasha might still be champion, but Bayley still runs the division! And if no one else will say it, Bayley will. “Ding dong, hello? Sasha is the most overpaid, overrated superstar in SmackDown history!” That is, if you’re not counting Bianca Belair. Bayley doesn’t! Who does Bianca think she is coming up on Bayley’s show and- Coming up behind her… Captain Bayley says EST needs to be G O N E!
Girl, uh-uh. Bayley talking about Bianca again? Bayley needs to worry about herself. She’s not that cute, her hair looks dumb and her outfit is dusty. So let’s check the “receipts.” The one who beat #BOAT Natalya? Bianca. Who beat SmackDown to the end of Survivor Series? Bianca. Who is the strongest, roughest, toughest, etc? Bianca! Bayley storms off, and Bianca says she can email her the rest.
Backstage interview with Carmella.
Mella is impatient as she finishes suiting up, and says she’s been itching for this match forever. Sasha thinks she’s the boss, but Mella made her relevant again. Tonight will be like Mariah Carey to J. Lo. “I don’t know her.” This is what the champion looks like. And Mella will beat the disrespect out of Sasha while looking sexy. She has her assistant get the champagne ready so she can toast watching Sasha’s tears fall to the crown.
Roman Reigns watches a replay of last week.
But as it finishes, Jey Uso walks over and asks if they’re good. Roman’s good. Hell, he’s great. Is Jey alright? Yeah. He should be. Because he’s with Roman. But before they can go to the ring, someone else beat him to it! Kevin Owens heads to the ring! Now Roman and Jey watch this, and Jey asks to go after Kevin. Well he knows where he is, so go get him. Kevin is setting a table up in the ring, then chairs, then a ladder, to signify the coming TLC match at TLC the PPV! Kevin sets the chairs up, then the table, and lastly the ladder. Roman still watches as Kevin gets a mic to say, “Roman, I know you’re watching, but I need you to listen to me carefully.”
Roman wants people to fear him? Bad news. Even after what Roman did last week, even knowing that right now, Roman is better than he has ever been, Kevin does NOT fear him. Because Roman says he fights for his family. If there’s something Kevin can relate to, it’s that. But the problem is, as good as Roman is, regardless of what Roman says, the reality of what’s happening is that Roman’s family is doing the fighting for him! Roman is using Jey to fight his battles! And TLC is the most important match in Kevin’s career. Kevin knows that the Roman we see today, with all this momentum, could probably beat anyone in WWE. Kevin is going to need all the help he can get.
Kevin fights for his family, too. But his family is not part of the industry. His family supports his dream by watching at home. So Kevin doesn’t have his family, but he has some friends! Kevin introduces Roman to his chairs! Chairs are cold, unforgiving, and at TLC, chairs are going to pay Roman back for all those chair shots last week. Chairs will bruise Roman up or break a bone or two! But they will make sure Roman has a hard time sitting at the head of the table. And speaking of, Kevin’s other friend IS a table! Table here is hard, tough to break, but once you do, “she’s so welcoming.” Table is looking forward to receiving him at TLC.
And lastly is Ladder. This is the most difficult friend. It is rough, unpredictable, but also Kevin’s favorite. Not only will Ladder help hurt Roman, but help Kevin get back up to where he belongs. Kevin says Roman can keep the head of the table, because Kevin will give everything to get back to the top of the ladder and again be Universal Champion! And if Roman wants to talk about Kevin’s family- Jey SMACKS Kevin with a chair! And the leg! And the arm! Jey rains down fists as Roman smiles. Jey gives Kevin another chair shot to the leg! Jey then drags Kevin up, throws haymakers and puts Kevin on the table! “It’s over!”
Jey goes up top, but Kevin gets up to SMACK Jey with the chair! And SMACKS him on the back! And again! Kevin rains down rights, then throws Jey into the ladder! And then Kevin brings Jey around to pop-up POWERBOMB Jey through the table!! But now Roman goes to the ring! Kevin has the chair and dares Roman to get in the ring with all the wreckage! But Paul Heyman advises Roman not to do things on Kevin’s time. Roman calls the shots as the Tribal Chief. It is still Roman’s call, but as the shot caller, “this is your island. That’s your ring. We do things on your time.” Roman accepts that, and reconsiders storming down after Kevin.
Kevin wants Roman to show his family who he is, but Roman leaves. Perhaps that is who Roman is. Kevin still has his chair and he hobbles after Roman! “You’re done running!” SmackDown goes to break, will Kevin look to break Roman even before TLC?
SmackDown returns and Kevin is still hunting Roman!
“Where are ya, tough guy!?” Kevin thought Roman was head of the table! Kayla asks for an interview but Kevin asks where Roman is! Kevin didn’t want to do that to Jey but that’s what you get for talking about Kevin’s family that way! Roman AMBUSHES Kevin with a chair shot! And then throws Kevin into spare cage fencing! And road cases! Roman rains down rights and then talks trash! “Who do you think supports your family?!” Roman rains down more rights and talks more trash!
Roman looks at the camera and “formally introduces” himself to Kevin’s family watching at home. “I’m your Tribal Chief. I’m the guy who put that roof over your head. I’m the guy who put the food on your table.” And if you don’t talk some sense into “Daddy” Kevin, Roman will be the guy that takes all of that away. Kevin gets up but Roman BOOTS him back down!! Roman says good-night to the Owens family, then leaves. Will this be the scene at the end of TLC’s TLC match?
The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???
Ruby and Liv bring back some classic ring gear for this special showdown! Billie tried to barge in on their Talking Smack segment, but was challenged to a tag match to see if Billie could actually give them “pointers” on tag team wrestling. Who did Billie manage to recruit as her tag partner? It’s the #BOAT, Best of All Time, Natalya! Will Natty and Billie be able to get an iconic win?
The teams sort out, Billie and Ruby tie up and Billie headlocks. Ruby powers out, Billie handsprings over but Ruby tags Liv, and then a chop block to a basement dropkick drops Billie! Liv whips Billie to the corner, runs in and back body blocks! Tag to Ruby, and they work together to wheelbarrow victory roll TACKLE! Cover, TWO! Tag back to liv and she drags Billie back up. Liv whips., Billie reverses and Natty is there! Liv stops herself but SHADES OF KAY hits! Natty tags in, rains down rights, and she drags Liv up to put her in the corner. Tag to Billie, they stomp away on Liv together, and then let up to tag Natty back in.
Billie and Natty mug Liv, SLAP her, and then Natty snapmares Liv to a chinlock. Liv endures, Natty holds a hand out to Ruby mockingly, but Liv fights up and arm-drags free! Liv runs but into Natty’s arms! Natty runs Liv all the way to the corner! Natty rains down rights, the ref counts, and Billie mocks Liv’s pain. Natty drags Liv back up and whips, to then send Liv in, but Liv tries to elbow back! Natty hits the rebound sit-down and Billie tags in! Natty wasn’t ready for that and Billie drags Liv around, but Liv shoves Billie into Natty! Hot tag to Ruby! Ruby wrenches Billie, LIV BREAKER to RIOTT KICK!! Natty is out of the way, Ruby covers Billie, Riott Squad wins!
Winners: The Riott Squad, by pinfall
Well, Billie did do one thing: she taught the Squad what not to do when tagging with someone. Will Billie learn that she should stay out of other people’s business?
Otis Dozovic attends Chad Gable’s Alpha Academy!
“We’ve gotta work on your blindside.” Otis wears a blindfold, and Gable has Otis be ready with his other senses. The dodgeballs fly in and keep hitting him. Then a SMACK with a pad! After several hours of this, Otis is like Daredevil Dozer! Except when it comes to high-fives. But Gable says Otis is an alpha now.
And now in the present, Kayla interviews Gable and Otis. They have their first match as a team against former tag team champions, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro. What was it that brought these two together? Gable says life has knocked Otis down time and time again, but he always gets up. Otis has grit and tenacity! Exactly someone Gable wants as a student and teammate. And thanks to the Alpha Academy teachings, as cultivated through Gable’s experiences as an Olympian, Gable will mold the “raw lump of clay, no offense” to that of Michelangelo’s David. If Gable got into Olympic games in his “smaller stature, no offense,” imagine what’s possible with the Grade A prime beef!
But now Cesaro and Nakamura walk by. Gable got into the Olympics for what? Building toys in Santa’s Workshop? Or maybe the limbo! More short jokes, huh? Otis is riled up but Gable tells him a true alpha never gets rattled. Just breathe, and save it for the match. That comes up, after the break!
Chad Gable & Otis VS Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Alpha Academy steps into the ring for the first time, but they’re up against the Swiss Cyborg and the King of Strong Style! Will Gable and Otis pass the test that is the former SmackDown Tag Team Champions?
The teams sort out and Gable tie right up with Cesaro. Cesaro throws Gable down and taunts Gable to use his game plan. Gable and Otis talk strategy before the tag, and Otis ties up with Cesaro now. Otis throws Cesaro down, and then tags back to Gable. Cesaro rushes Gable but Gable gets a takedown! Gable floats to a waistlock, holds on as Cesaro moves around, and he dead lift GERMANS! Then an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Otis tags back in and he gets Cesaro for a mat slam! Otis fires up and tags Gable back in, keeipng Cesaro off balance. But then Cesaro DECKS Gable with a EuroUpper!
Nakamura tags in and he kicks Gable around. Nakamura kicks and kicks and kicks, and then gives Gable some Bad Vibrations! The ref counts, Nakamura stomps more, and Cesaro even gets a shot in. Nakamura back suplexes but Gable lands on his feet, ducks both kicks and ROLLING LIGER KICKS Nakamura down! Both men crawl, hot tags to Otis and Cesaro! The Dozer rallies on Cesaro and Nakamura! FLAPJACK for Cesaro, and then Otis whips to DISCUS! Gable is fired up for Otis as Otis runs in and corner SPLASHES Cesaro!
Cesaro wobbles and flops over, and Otis pumps up! But Gable wants in because it’s part of the plan! Otis tags, Gable goes up, and he leaps, into the SWISS SWING!! This wasn’t part of the plan! The swing goes to 20 and Cesaro lets go! Tag to Nakamura and Gable flounders, into a KINSHASA!! Cover, Cesaro and Nakamura win!
Winners: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
The Alpha Academy didn’t expect to lose like that, but they were up against a very experienced duo. Will Gable and Otis go back to square one and start from scratch?
Gable and Otis talk backstage.
Gable says that loss was a great learning lesson for them. He asked Otis to tag in, but he didn’t want Otis to. Otis had the match won! He should’ve just finished the job. Tonight was a test. Otis failed, but that’s okay! This is just part of the Alpha Mentality. Gable is teaching Otis what to do by showing him what not to do. Does he get it? Don’t worry, he will. Just rehydrate and they’ll talk later. Otis is confused, but perhaps there’s a method to the madness?
Backstage interview with King Corbin and his new pages.
The Wolf King got a win over Buddy Murphy and payback on the Mysterio family by introducing us to his new associates. What can we expect from them? The Night King had his Daywalkers, Darth Vader had Stormtroopers, so Corbin is bringing back some old school attitude. Cutler and Blake are the Knights of the Lone Wolf. There is no family drama or love story going on, these two have pledged “ruthless, cold-blooded loyalty to this king.” If Rey wants to step up, fine! He can bring his dopey son and red-headed stepchild, but the consequences will be much more severe than even losing an eye!
When SmackDown goes to FS1, there will be a championship showdown there, too! The Street Profits will defend their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Roode & Ziggler! Plus, Bianca Belair and Bayley battle to prove who is the best on the brand today! Will Dawkins, Ford and Belair sweep the night to keep the Profits up?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella!
Who needs TLC when any given Friday is good enough! The Boss wants to prove no one, not even the Princess of Staten Island, is #UNTOUCHABLE. Will the champion still be #LEGIT after tonight? Or will the champagne ringside be used to toast to the new SmackDown Women’s Champion?
SmackDown returns once more and the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and TLC come early happens now!
Mella and Sasha tie up, go around and Sasha puts Mella in the corner. The ref calls for the break but Sasha lets off at 4. Mella pushes, then dodges Sasha’s punch to throw her down by her hair! Mella feeds Sasha to her boot in the corner, and then talks trash, “I’m the best, not you!” Mella puts Sasha through ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Mella stops and then SLAPS Sasha down! Mella tosses her hair to soak up the heat from the ThunderDome thumbs-downs. Mella whips, Sasha reveres, but the Mella-Go-Round throws Sasha, then Mella dropkicks and drop toeholds! Mella wants the necklock but Sasha slips out! Mella resists the backstabber and they end up in a corner. Mella climbs up to choke Sasha again!
Mella stops choking, but throws back elbows! Mella lets off but then throws more and more! The ref counts, Mella stops at 4, and then brings Sasha up to throw into another corner. Mella talks trash, runs in, but is put on the apron! Sasha KNEES Mella back, and then swings in to METEORA Mella into the post! Mella gets up, kicks but Sasha blocks. Mella blocks the knee to FACEBUSTER Sasha off the apron!! Mella gets Sasha back in as the ring count is at 7, but SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once again, and now Sasha has Mella down on the apron. Sasha goes to one side of the corner, drags Mella up the other side, but the only direct that suplex goes is out! Mella resists for that reason, throws body shots, and then SMACKS Sasha off the post! And RAMS her into the post! Sasha tumbles down, Mella goes after her and throws her into barriers! The ref counts but Mella puts Sasha in at 5 of 10, covers, TWO! Mella grows annoyed and she talks more trash. “I’m untouchable!” Mella rains down fists and then covers, TWO! Mella drags Sasha up and bumps her off her boot again. Mella stomps Sasha, snapmares her down and wraps on a chinlock.
Sasha endures, fights up and backs Mella into buckles. Sasha returns those elbows from earlier, then rolls to come back, METEORA! Sasha goes up, swinging METEORA! Cover, TWO! Mella survives and gets up but Sasha is on her. Mella fights off the backstabber, Sasha runs but into a BOOT! Sasha flounders, Mella reels her in and goes up top, to put on a DRAPING NECKLOCK! The ref counts, Mella lets go at 4! Sasha staggers and sputters, Mella goes up, crossbody! Cover, TWO! Mella mule kicks then reels Sasha in, but Sasha trips Mella to a jackknife! TWO, CODE OF SILENCE! Sasha endures, moves around, but Mella sweeps the arms out!
Mella reaches back but Sasha pops out to get the BANK STATEMENT! The assistant puts a bottle of champagne in the ring?! The ref gets that out, but then the assistant drags Sasha out! Sasha glares at him, he is very afraid and he runs into the ring! Sasha chases him, Mella whips Sasha but Sasha reverses and fires off in the corner! The ref counts, Sasha doesn’t get, she gets disqualified!!
Winner: Carmella, by disqualification; Sasha retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship
The assistant comes back but Sasha DECKS him! And hits a BACKSTABBER! To the BANK STATEMENT!! Mella lets the assistant suffer before hitting the FABULOUS KICK! Mella fires off on Sasha now, and shouts, “What is wrong with you?!” FABULOUS KICK! Sasha tumbles out and Mella says Sasha threw the match! Mella grabs her champagne bucket and shoves Sasha’s face into it! Mella is the one furious now and asks if everyone thinks this is enough. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But the CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE to Sasha’s back is more than enough!!
Mella pours herself a drink from one of the other bottles and has a toast to herself. Mella sprays champagne everywhere and stands over Sasha. “Who’s on whose level now?!” Mella won the match, but not the title. Will Mella prove Sasha can’t stop her from taking the title?
A pretty good SmackDown, but I feel like they’re doing the same thing with the SmackDown Women’s Championship a little too much. I feel like there have been multiple occasions in the year Fox has had SmackDown put the women’s title on the line, the match has a wonky finish, and then we get the rematch at the PPV. To be fair, this week’s iteration was pretty good because it was a surprise, but with the champagne ringside, as well as the assistant, something was going to happen. I would’ve preferred if Mella wasn’t again bailed out by a sidekick, and there was just a mishap with the champagne and Sasha losing her cool. But maybe Sasha will use this against Mella next week, saying something like “You may have changed how you look but not how you do things,” and then the rematch at TLC, maybe with a special stipulation, happens.
The Profits had a good prematch promo, and Ford had a good match with Ziggler, with Roode of course finding a way to assist Ziggler. Their tag title match will be good, but since they’re also not saving things for TLC, I have a bad feeling they’ll just do the same thing here: screwy finish, big rematch at the PPV. The Alpha Academy losing to Cesaro and Nakamura was given. I feel like Gable is being a bit two-faced with Otis here. Gable wants Otis to get better, just so it’ll hurt more when Gable keeps being the reason he loses, adding onto his woes from 2020.
We got great stuff from Sami and Big E, and their match was pretty good. Sami again finds a way to win without having to finish off his opponent, and maybe we get a match at TLC, maybe we don’t. I feel like whatever title match Sami has, it needs to be something he can’t use Champion’s Advantage in, and is hard to sneak out of. I want a Tables Match for the Women’s Tag Team Championships since that is the story of Lana the last three months, but Big E and Sami could try a Chairs match, or even just a Falls Count Anywhere given Sami’s story of count outs and using the ring itself.
Bayley and Bianca had a decent promo segment together, but I’m glad to see their match is happening next week. I’d still expect Natty on commentary to return the favor from the last two times, but I’m surprised we saw her team with Billie Kay. I thought it was going to be Tamina but Tamina was basically being a Face in the segment with Sami and Big E backstage. Obviously Billie’s team loses because it wasn’t a true team like Riott Squad. I hope some team from SmackDown finally gets involved with the women’s tag titles, regardless of what happens at TLC. Corbin had a good promo to basically name his new sidekicks his “knights,” and maybe next week things start up again with him and the Mysterios-plus-Murphy.
But again, the star attraction is the story of Roman Reigns. Kevin had a pretty good promo detailing the three elements of a TLC match, Jey and Kevin had a good brawl with the items, and then Roman talking trash while beating Kevin’s ass backstage was a good way to top that off. Roman talking to the “Owens family” through the camera was great, too. That TLC match was already going to be something but now it’s personal! The story adds to the action, that being the last PPV match for WWE’s 2020 is going to be great stuff.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/11/21)
Who wins THE WrestleMania main event?
WrestleMania 37’s two night adventure reaches its conclusion!
After an epic first night, how can WrestleMania 37 possibly get any greater? Perhaps with Daniel Bryan VS Edge VS Roman Reigns for the Universal title! Will the Head of the Table still be at the helm of the WWE?
- Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss; Orton wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Kevin wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Apollo wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan; Reigns wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania 37 Night Two Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler, JBL and Peter Rosenberg for yet another round of discussing, analyzing and predicting the action tonight!
Sonya Deville joins the panel again!
Does anyone really understand the implications of the Nigerian Drum Fight? It might just be Apollo Crews who understands. His power and his culture are going to define what happens tonight. Booker asks, “What do I look like? Chopped liver?” Well okay, he would know, yes. Booker says this goes back a long time ago, the Zulu nation and the Mandingo. This will play out in front of the world so the world needs to understand, and Booker says Apollo will make you understand. Sonya wishes she’d heard more about this. But Jerry wants to know why it’s drums. Booker asks, “What do you do to a drum?” You beat it. Exactly!
Rosenberg says the bottom line is, Apollo is in control. Big E may be on the kick of being in his hometown- JBL asks why Rosenberg’s hands are everywhere. But the point is, Apollo knows what this is about because this is his match. Booker says this will be a great night for everyone back home. JBL and Jerry can’t say anything without getting canceled, so they will agree with him.
Ashland Craft sings America the Beautiful!
We’ve waited patiently for this moment.
“Finally…!” The biggest event in LIVE entertainment is BACK! Back with the spectacle, the excitement and the pageantry! WrestleMania is #BackInBusiness! And tonight, WWE sets sail on the high seas with epic epicness bigger than the history of history! Wait, what? Did he just say all that? That’s what was written. Okay, mate, let’s get this cold open done right. We pick up where we left off just last year. Our heroes are obnoxiously heroic as they battle for the ultimate prize: immortality. But no more tall tales, let’s get real, as the kids say. Tonight, we witness the global event that spans decades, created unforgettable moments, and has the memories we will remember forever.
But let us tip our caps to you, the fans, who made this possible. You over there, and them up there, and even those at home who “can’t not watch.” We raise the sails as fate still awaits. The course was corrected, the wind cannot be stopped, and the quest continues! Now how’s that? Impressive. But where’s the big finish? That’s cold open 101. Good point. Pyro montage! “Welcome back… to WrestleMania!”
The WrestleMania cohosts are back!
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan return to kick off Night Two of WrestleMania 37, but this time they’re Captain Titus and the Hollywood Privateer! “I dunno about you, Hulk, but I think we look damn good tonight.” Well, T-man, it’s a little hot, too. But either way, AHOY MATIES! Yo ho, brothers, and welcome to Mania Sunday! Last night was incredible, but tonight will be no different! Seven matches, and FIVE are for gold! That means they need to batten down the hatches. No room for scurvy dogs or scallywags! Whoa, don’t be calling the people that. Hogan’s not gonna walk the plank, is he? No, Titus will take care of that. The first match is a tale of terror, dark than the depths of Davey Jones’ Locker! YARRGH!
Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss!
The Viper thought he’d finished this at TLC, but some evil never dies. And now, this horror movie in real-life opens the Showcase of the Immortals! Lil’ Miss Twisted Bliss is still by his side, but will Orton finally #LetHimIn?
As he makes is entrance through a mysterious tunnel, The Fiend… has been restored! Alexa makes her way out first, with spooky face paint on to clash with her Punky Brewster outfit. She frolics along, and has a GIANT jack-in-the-box?! Alexa winds the handle and Orton already has an idea what’s coming. All around the mulberry bush, the Fiend chased the Viper~. And out rises The Fiend’s new form! Orton isn’t sure what to make of this, and The Fiend suddenly LEAPS into the ring to CLOTHESLINE Orton down! The bell rings, Fiend SPLASHES in the corner, reels Orton in and hits an URENAGE! Fiend sits Orton up for a NECK SNAP! “YOWIEEEE WOWIEEE~!”
Orton writhes as he clutches his neck and Fiend goes to a corner. Fans fire up as The Fiend spider-walks! Orton gets up, Fiend copies him as he takes aim! Orton flounders up, but he avoids a punt kick! Fiend pursues, Orton kicks low and gives him a back suplex to the desk! But Fiend clamps on with the CLAW! Orton grabs at the ring, gets in, and the ring count is still climbing! Orton gets free but Fiend gets in, only for Orton to kick low. Orton gets Fiend through ropes, for a DRAPING DDT! But Fiend springs right back up! Fiend blocks the RKO, but Orton throws him into his own jack-in-the-box! Fiend flounders, Orton gets Fiend through ropes again and KICKS him!
Orton wrenches the arm, KICKS again, and drags Fiend into ANOTHER DRAPING DDT! Orton looms over Fiend and stomps a hand! Fiend barely flinches, so Orton stomps the other hand! Orton throws hands and clubbing forearms but Fiend just gets up! Orton kicks low, runs, but into a LARIAT! Fiend and fans fire up, things speed up, Fiend BODY CHECKS Orton! Fiend rains down forearms over and over! Fiend gets up to run and drop a back senton, but Orton dodges it! Orton throws Fiend out but Fiend gets right back on the apron. Orton kicks him between ropes, gives away more kicks, then drags Fiend back in, for a THIRD DRAPING DDT!
Orton paces as Fiend slowly stirs. Orton hears the voices and wants Fiend to get up now. Fiend rises, but still no RKO, because Fiend has the MANDIBLE CLAW! Fiend smothers Orton, Orton starts to fade but he grabs at Fiend. Fiend brings Orton up, gives him a kiss good night, and the FLAMES erupt as Alexa is now in a new form! She has a tiara of barbed wire and there’s black ink pouring out. Wait, this distracts the Fiend?! ORTON HITS AN RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
What is going on with Alexa?! Did she mean to ruin tonight for The Fiend?! Either way, the Viper slithers away before he has to worry about this any longer. Is Orton finally done being haunted by these ghouls? Fiend looks up at Alexa, but the lights start to go out again. And when the lights return, Fiend and Alexa are gone. Just what is happening inside the Firefly Fun House?
DING DONG~! Hello!
Bayley asks Titus and Hogan what happened to them texting her back. She says hello to Eric Bischoff, she’s a big fan of his podcast, and says if he ever feels like being on a real show, he can be on hers. Well he’s more of a book guy, not into TV. But that match of Sasha VS Bianca, the SmackDown Women’s Champion on his podcast would be awesome! Yeah, yeah, flavor of the month. But they’re not a role model like Bayley! Bayley is the longest reigning women’s champion, has her own talk show, and is on both nights of Mania! Bischoff brings up Hogan’s new boat, and they decide to go see the boat. Titus wants to ride a boat… Sorry, Bayley, Hall of Famer stuff.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina!
The Tag Team Turmoil is over, but now the real battle begins! Will the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades still be standing after battling the Daughter of Superfly & Queen of Harts?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the battle of alpha females begins!
The teams sort out and Shayna and Natty start. They circle, tie up, Natty headlocks and hits a takeover, but Shayna headscissors. Natty kips free but Shayna smirks as the two reset. They tie up again, Shayna headlocks to hit the takeover, but Natty gets up to power out. Shayna runs Natty over, dusts off her hands, then runs. Natty drops, hurdles, but Shayna blocks a hip toss to get a headlock, only for Natty to trip her up! Shayna scrambles to avoid the Sharpshooter, and tags to Nia. Nia and Natty stare down, fans duel, and they tie up. Nia shoves Natty down and says, “I don’t want you.” She’s calling out Tamina! Tamina reaches out, and Natty tags her in!
Fans fire up as Tamina and Nia stare down. Nia pie faces, headbutts and talks trash but Tamina HEADBUTTS back! It’s a battle of headbutts! Tamina fires off haymakers but Nia denies the scoop! Nia runs but Tamina fires off forearms! Tag to Natty, Nia ROCKS her and Tamina! Nia runs, Shayna tags in, Natty & Tamina DOUBLE BACK DROP Nia! Shayna BOOTS Natty, Tamina ROCKS Shayna back! Natty is up, she and Tamina DOUBLE GOURD BUSTER Shayna onto Nia! Fans fire up as Natty gets the legs again and steps through, but Shayna cradle counters, TWO! Natty waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Natty drags Shayna up to stomp her down, then tags Tamina.
Natty keeps Shayna from her corner and feeds her to Tamina’s clothesline! Tag back to Natty, Natty gets the hand-off to trip Shayna, and catapult her into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Shayna with forearms, then scoops Shayna, only for Shayna to slip out and fire off a strike fest, topping it off with a KNEE! Natty and Shayna are both down, Nia YANKS Tamina off the apron! Tamina fires off on Nia, but Nia scoops her to SLAM her! Natty is shocked, Shayna KNEES her down in a corner! Shayna snapmares to a cover, TWO! Shayna goes after a leg and bends it! Natty endures, kicks with her free leg but Shayna throws a forearm. Shayna pulls on the leg and twists the ankle!
Natty kicks at Shayna more, Shayna turns Natty over and has the foot stuck, to STOMP IT!! Tag to Nia, and Nia looms over Natty as she clutches the foot. Nia soaks up the heat, and drags Natty to drop a leg on the leg! Nia has a standing toehold and Natty endures. Natty fires off haymakers, but Nia stomps the leg! Cover, TWO! Nia is annoyed but she drags Natty up. Natty fights back, Nia CLOBBERS her! Tag to Shayna, Nia has Natty in a STRETCH MUFFLER! Shayna KNEES Natty while she’s upside-down! Cover, TWO! Shayna taunts Natty as Tamina is still down. Shayna SMASHES Natty’s knee into the mat, then pushes Natty around.
Shayna drags Natty up, Nia tags in, and Shayna feeds Natty to a scoop and SLAM! Natty gets to her corner, Nia soaks up heat and runs in, but Natty POSTS her! Natty catches her breath, runs at Nia and throws clothesline after clothesline, then the DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Nia still has a lot of power but Natty rallies the fans! Natty drags Nia up but Nia headbutts her! Nia reels Natty in, gets her up, and hits the ONE HAND SLAM! Cover, Tamina breaks it?! Tamina is back in this and Shayna is furious! Nia crawls over to tag Shayna in, but fans fire up for Natty as she tags Tamina in! Tamina rallies on Shayna with elbows, then dodges to CLOBBER Shayna!
Shayna blocks a punch to fire off kicks, but she kicks into a DRAGON SCREW! Tamina runs but gets buckles. Shayna blocks Tamina’s boot, twists the ankle, but Tamina BOOTS her down! Nia storms over but Tamina DECKS her! Shayna gets around, wants the Kirafuda but Tamina blocks it to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Tamina grows frustrated but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Fans rally as Tamina goes to a corner! Tamina climbs up, but Shayna KICKS her first! Tag to Nia, and Nia storms over to get up top! Nia fireman’s carries but Natty saves Tamina! Shayna gets in but Natty CLOBBERS her! But Nia adjusts, DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Double cover, TWO!!
Natty and Tamina survive but now Nia clutches a leg. That was a rough landing for everyone but Nia manages to get up. Nia sees Tamina is still down, fans rally for Tamina and Nia gets annoyed. Nia brings Tamina up, but Tamina scoops Nia!! Tamina SLAMS NIA!! Cover, TWO!!! Tamina drags herself to a corner, and fans fire up again as Tamina climbs! Tamina aims, SUPERFLY!! BUT SHE FLOPS! Nia moves and Tamina is down again! Nia and Tamina both crawl for their corners as fans rally again. Hot tag to Natty! Natty runs and swipes at Shayna, but Nia gets Natty for a fireman’s carry! Shayna tags in, Natty slips off and DECKS Shayna!
Natty basement dropkicks Nia, and she’s after Nia’s legs! But Shayna’s the legal one! Natty doesn’t know that as she works to get the turn! SHARPSHOOTER, but Nia isn’t legal!! Shayna gets in to get the KIRAFUDA!!! Shayna drags Natty down, Natty endures but she’s OUT! The champs win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
So close and yet so far for Tamina & Natty! Does this mean no team can stop the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades?
Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!
Two men who have known each other for two DECADES, ranging everywhere from friends to rivals to bitter enemies, finally have their moment together on the Grandest Stage of Them All! But given the Great Liberator’s ludicrous behavior as of late, the Prizefighter promises to beat some sense into him! Will Kevin snap Sami out of it? Or is Sami too far gone?
WWE Hall of Fame inductee JBL joins commentary for this one to bring back a classic combination of him and #MAGGLE. Sami gets a mic to say, “Please, ladies and gentlemen. I know you’re all just as excited as I am.” Please give a warm WrestleMania welcome for Sami’s special guest of honor, and show some respect to the only ally Sami has had in fighting the conspiracy against Sami! This is… LOGAN PAUL! Logan Paul does walk out to the ring and Sami breaks it down to the theme music again. Sami hugs Logan, and fans are of course divided. Sami apologizes to Logan for the booing. But here comes Kevin! The bell rings and Sami runs, right into a POP-UP POWERBOMB!
Sami flounders out of the ring before Kevin can get him, but Kevin just goes out after him! Kevin brings Sami in and there’s NXT flashbacks as Sami fights the apron bomb! Kevin gets in after Sami, drags him up and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Kevin hangs Sami out to dry on ropes and Sami springs right off to hit the mat! Kevin runs in to clothesline Sami down! Kevin goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Sami is in a drop zone, Kevin goes up top, but Sami gets out to the apron. Kevin climbs down but walks into a BOOT! Sami reels Kevin in, Kevin elbows free of the half nelson, but Sami kicks low! Sami reels Kevin in, for an APRON BRAINBUSTER!!
Everyone is shocked, even Logan Paul! Sami drags himself back into the ring, Kevin stirs but the ring count is already 5 of 10! Sami wants it to be faster but it’s already at 7 as Kevin stands. Kevin is in at 8 and Sami is on him with furious fists! Sami seethes, kicks Kevin while he’s down, then throws crossface forearms! Logan nods as Sami looks to him, but Kevin throws haymakers! Sami kicks low, scoops Kevin and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Sami is furious! Sami goes back to Kevin in a corner, hauls him up to the top rope, and then climbs up to go after him. Kevin resists the superplex, throws heavy body shots, then haymakers.
Sami gives those back, they brawl up top, fans cheer Kevin but boo Sami, until it’s all the same from the pace quickening! Kevin HEADBUTTS Sami down! Kevin adjusts, FROG SPLASHES, and covers, TWO!! Kevin drags Sami up, throws hands, then whips him, to pop-up, but Sami leap frogs and kicks low! Kevin wrenches, ducks a kick, tucks Sami in, PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Kevin grows frustrated. Fans fire up with Kevin as he drags Sami back up. Kevin reels Sami in, tucks the arms, but Sami slips out of the package driver to EXPLODER Kevin into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner and HELL-
NO! Kevin dodges the kick, but Sami denies the stunner to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is losing his cool, but he CORNER EXPLODERS to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! To a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin lives and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as Kevin gets to a corner. Sami SLAPS Kevin, Kevin SLAPS Sami, it’s a FAST & FURIOUS SLAP FIGHT!! Sami gets the edge, throws body shots and uppercuts, but the ref has Sami back off. Sami gets Kevin up, hauls him up top but Kevin fights. Sami still gets Kevin to the top and he headbutts from below!
Sami climbs, brings Kevin back up, but Kevin counters to a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Even Logan is reeling from that one! Both men are down, Sami slowly sits up and drags himself to a corner. Kevin sits up and is in the opposite corner. Kevin grits his teeth, runs corner to corner at Sami to clothesline! Kevin keeps going, and clotheslines again. Kevin goes, Sami follows, HELLUVA KICK!! Sami keeps Kevin from falling over, and tells him this is because of Kevin. Sami goes corner to corner, into a SUPERKICK!! Sami staggers, into another SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up for Kevin as he looks Sami in the eye. “You did this.” STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Logan seems to be the only one shocked, but he still applauds this victory! Whether Kevin has knocked some sense into Sami is yet to be seen, but he did get a big win at #KOMania5! Logan checks on Sami, tries to talk with him, but Sami says someone screwed him! The ref, the managers, someone! Logan tells Kevin that this was awesome stuff. Sami won’t let Logan shake Kevin’s hand! Sami says Kevin conspired against him! Sami wants Logan to listen to him, but Logan shoves Sami! Sami says to hell with Logan! Sami storms off, Logan raises Kevin’s hand in victory. Logan sure is a bandwagoner, huh?
Kevin doesn’t like that, either, and he gives Logan a STUNNER!! “This is MY ring!” Will this win lead Kevin back to another prizefight?
Matt Riddle encounters Great Khali!
What’s up, bro! Riddle wants to congrat Khali on being inducted into the HOF. Can he check the ring? Yep. WHOA, look how big his hand is! It’s as big as Riddle’s head. Khali must have a hard time finding gloves and socks. Khali should open a store that sells giant stuff! Giant shoes, giant socks, giant toilets, and giant scooters! What does he think? No? Nothing? Translator? Wait, RVD is here!! RVD translates for Khali and says that in order to corner the market, we’ll need creative branding. RVD has that right here with RVD rolling papers.
Sweet! Hey, what about a #KhaliTrolley? Khali and RVD say Riddle should focus on Sheamus. Good luck from Khali and R! V! D! Riddle rides off towards gorilla, but will he be ready to smoke the Fella?
WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus!
Bro… The Fella has had beef with Riddle since day one, but perhaps it’s just Riddle’s personality being so nonchalant, it’s like he doesn’t care. Will Riddle show Sheamus how serious he can get with the gold on the line?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and bro, this one’s going to be lit!
Sheamus and Riddle tie up, and Sheamus headlocks to throw Riddle down. Sheamus grinds Riddle, Riddle fights up and powers out, but Sheamus runs Riddle right over! Sheamus is on Riddle with an armlock and he digs a knee in. Sheamus pulls the fingers, but Riddle fights up. Riddle throws body shots, ROCKS and CHOPS Sheamus, then CHOPS him more! Riddle has Sheamus in a corner, fires off but lets off as the ref counts. Sheamus ROCKS Riddle back with a body shot! Sheamus stomps Riddle, drags him up and scoops him, but Riddle slips out to get a sleeper! Riddle’s a backpack with the body scissors, but Sheamus RAMS him into buckles.
Sheamus throws back elbows, lets off but Riddle elbows back. Riddle leaps, into Sheamus’ swinging SLAM! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes, kicks Riddle while he’s down, and kicks him against the ropes. The ref reprimands, Sheamus drags Riddle up by his face to then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus clamps onto Riddle, Riddle fights up and throws forearms and fast hands! Riddle backs Sheamus down to a corner, but Sheamus kicks back! Sheamus whips, blocks Riddle’s boot but Riddle keeps kicking! Riddle gets a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets off at 4, but Sheamus CLUBS him back! Sheamus stands Riddle up for Beats of the Bodhrain!
The ref counts but so do fans, and Sheamus gets 8 before the ref gets 4! Sheamus drags Riddle up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes again as he paces. Sheamus goes to a corner, goes up top, but Riddle intercepts with a leap, for a SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!?! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Riddle fires himself up as he and Sheamus slowly rise. Sheamus throws hands but Riddle counter punches then fires off palm strikes! Riddle boots, spins Sheamus and PELES! Riddle handsprings and runs to forearm smash! Side to side, forearm smash! BROSPLODER, to the BROTON!
Fans fire up as Riddle reels Sheamus in and suplexes, but he has to try again… JACKHAMMER?!? Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survive Riddle’s #Broberg attempt, but Riddle won’t lose focus just yet. Riddle gut wrenches, but Sheamus turns it around! Riddle wriggles free and kicks from below! Sheamus staggers, but he puts Riddle on the apron. Riddle ROUNDHOUSES, then slingshots, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus Alabama lifts for the ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives again and Sheamus grits his teeth. Sheamus looms over Sheamus, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Riddle fights free, shoves Sheamus to an apron, but Sheamus hits back!
Sheamus fireman’s carries then shifts, but Riddle escapes to POST and then APRON GERMAN Sheamus down! Riddle then aims for a PENALTY KICK, and SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Direct hit and fans fire up! Riddle gets Sheamus up and in, goes to the top rope, and hits another FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sheamus shocks Riddle, but Riddle drags Sheamus in for the REVERSE ARMBAR! Riddle throws hands as Sheamus endures, and Sheamus powers up to dead lift Riddle, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! And into the SLEEPER! Sheamus reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Riddle lets go fast, and Sheamus hammers away on him!
Sheamus drags Riddle up, smirks as he fireman’s carries, and then carries Riddle up the corner! Riddle shifts, escapes, but Sheamus denies the sunset bomb. Sheamus adjusts up top, but Riddle springs up to ROCK him! Riddle gets Sheamus up but Sheamus counters to the fireman’s carry! Sheamus hops down to hit WHITE NOISE!! Sheamus goes up top for a KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Riddle lives and Sheamus is stunned! Fans rally, Sheamus hobbles back to a corner and fires himself up as he calls his shot! Riddle rises, but he dodges the Brogue to roll Sheamus, FINAL-
NO! No knee, but Riddle dodges to QUE-BRO-DA, INTO A BROGUE?!!? Cover, Sheamus wins!!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
The Bro tried but couldn’t keep the high, and the Celtic Warrior brought him crashing down! Will Sheamus be the one with his head in the clouds now that he has the gold?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
These two used to be good friends, but the frustration of losing and the desire to reign drove Apollo to despise Big E. Apollo calls upon his ancestors to finally make him a champion, but will Big E finally turn away his most stubborn of challengers?
As Big E makes his entrance, Wale performs it life for Tampa! “Ey, Tampa! You wanna go big? Then say that!” The introductions are made, there are drums, tables, kendo sticks and a gong ringside as the title is raised and this BIG grudge match begins!
Apollo and Big E go right out to get weapons! They each have a kendo stick, both men say to the other, “This is what you wanted!” And they start giving each other SMACKS! Smack for smack but Big E gets the edge! Apollo bails out, Big E pursues to SMACK him again! And another SMACK! “This is what he wanted, Graves!” But Apollo kicks low, only for Big E to bowl Apollo into drums! Big E gets the gong! Apollo boots it away, clubs Big E then SMACKS Big E with a kendo stick! Big E goes into the ring, Apollo dares him to stand. Big E dodges, throws Apollo to the apron and runs to SPEAR him off!! That might’ve been a distance record! Big E puts Apollo in to cover, TWO!
Big E keeps his cool as fans rally up behind him. Big E fetches the steel steps, one of Apollo’s favorites from the months past. But he isn’t settling for the smaller top half. Big E goes big by bringing the base over! Big E goes to the apron, brings Apollo up but Apollo fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Apollo drags Big E in to cover, TWO!! Big E survives but Apollo won’t let off! Apollo throws down angry fists, then goes out to fetch the top half of the steps. Apollo brings those around, sets them on their end, and then he stomps Big E to the apron. Apollo has Big E on the base, he picks up the top half of the steps, and he lines up the shot!
“I’m about to show you the steel!” Big E moves before the steps SMASH down!! Apollo hurries to get to the apron, and he runs at Big E to BOOT him! Big E flounders, Apollo wants him to stand up again, but Big E gives him an Urenag-E to the STEPS!! The ref checks on Apollo but somehow he’s okay to continue. “This is what you wanted!” Big E says Apollo is going to get what he asked for! Fans fire up as Big E fetches a TABLE! Big E puts the table in the ring, sets it up, and then fetches Apollo. Apollo staggers up to his feet, Big E puts him in the ring, but Apollo ENZIGURIS Big E down!
Apollo gets a kendo stick to SMACK and SMACK and SMACK, rapid fire! So fast and so hard, the stick breaks apart! Apollo gets Big E on the table, then heads for a corner. Apollo climbs, leaps, FROG SPLASH but Big E moves! Apollo only gets table! Big E scoops, for the BIG ENDING!! But who is that?!? DABBA KATO!?!? What’s he doing here?!? GRENADE THUMB ATTACK!! And then, a CHOKE SLAM!! He’s helping Apollo to the cover! Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)
When did Apollo make Kato one of his generals?! The timing doesn’t matter, the results do! And now, Apollo has the title! What will this mean for the future of SmackDown?
WWE honors the 2021 Hall of Fame class!
The 2021 Warrior Award winner, Rich Hering stands with the Great Khali, Rob Van Damn, Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff on stage, and are joined by KAAAAAAANE~! And for old times’ sake, the HELLFIRE & BRIMSTONE erupt!
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!
The Empress of Tomorrow wanted someone to step up to challenge her, and the Nightmare did just that! Will we see that even now, no one is ready for Asuka? Or will she be washed away by the Riptide?
Rhea has New Year’s Day perform her theme live for her! The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is ready for what!
Asuka and Rhea stare down as fans rally up. They circle, talk some trash back and forth, and Asuka mocks Rhea. Rhea rushes, Asuka dodges and dropkicks! Rhea stays up, but storms into Asuka’s strike fest! Asuka kicks, runs, Rhea follows but Asuka victory rolls! ONE, but Asuka backslides! Rhea rolls through but Asuka dropkicks her to a corner! Asuka runs in, misses the hip attack, but boots back! Rhea snarls, ducks a kick and ROCKS Asuka! Rhea runs but Asuka drop toeholds her into buckles, then KICKS the buck to jam Rhea! Rhea bails out and Asuka grins as fans duel. Asuka eggs Rhea on, Rhea slides in but then right back out.
Asuka goes after Rhea, keeps Rhea from going into the ring to then pop-up KNEE! Rhea gets in the ring now, Asuka follows and has Rhea on ropes. Asuka KICKS Rhea in the back, KICKS again, and again, and again! The ref reprimands, Asuka runs but Rhea dodges the hip attack to HOOK KICK! Rhea drags Asuka right back up to back suplex to a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed already as she drags Asuka and rains down fists! “You wanted this! You! Wanted! This!” Fans rally and duel as Rhea keeps on Asuka. Rhea drags Asuka into a body scissors and squeezes tight! Rhea shouts in Asuka’s face but Asuka elbows Rhea’s legs.
Rhea clamps tighter, digs Asuka into the mat and slaps her around! Rhea dares the champ to do something now, then brings her back into the squeeze! Asuka tells Rhea to shut up and she throws elbows. Asuka pushes back to a cover, ONE, and Rhea dropkicks Asuka! Rhea tells Asuka to get that weak sauce out of here. Rhea kicks Asuka around, Asuka hits back and the two brawl. Rhea KNEES low, SLAPS her, then CLOBBERS her! And again! Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka ducks, only for Rhea to ripcord! Asuka blocks the Hook Kick to a KNEEBAR! Rhea endures, fights up, but Asuka pulls tighter! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, but Rhea dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka survives and Rhea grits her teeth while clutching her foot. Rhea slaps Asuka around, then CLUBS her in the corner! Rhea drags Asuka up, bumps her off buckles, then kicks her while she’s down. Rhea RAMS into Asuka’s back over and over and digs her shoulder in. Rhea lets off as the ref counts, then puts Asuka up top. Rhea CLUBS Asuka, climbs up behind her, and stands her up, but Asuka blocks! Asuka throws elbows and then knocks Rhea down! Asuka fires up as she adjusts, then leaps for a missile dropkick! Direct hit and both women are down! Fans fire up as Asuka rises and aims at Rhea from a corner. Rhea gets up, Asuka runs in, ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX!
Rhea flounders to a corner, Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK! Rhea fights the German but Asuka BACK HANDS, CHOPS and HEEL KICKS! Rhea falls to her knees, Asuka hits another HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is in a daze but she is still in this! Asuka goes to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rhea dropkicks her down to the floor!! Rhea wobbles, Asuka gets back in, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs to go out after Asuka. Rhea blocks Asuka’s boots but Asuka elbows Rhea away! Rhea blocks the Penalty Kick, to SLAM Asuka on the apron! The ring count is climbing, Rhea gets Asuka in at 5 of 10! Rhea hurries to get up but Asuka hip attacks her down!
Asuka goes out after Rhea again, brings her around, but Rhea fights. Rhea can’t get free, Asuka DDT’s her OFF the apron and to the FLOOR! Both women are down and another ring count begins! Asuka gets in at 5, Rhea sits up at 6. Rhea gets in at 7, but Asuka is there, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Asuka grows frustrated but she drags Rhea up for Kowata Kicks! Over and over and over, then Asuka smiles as she runs, but Rhea blocks the sliding kick! Rhea stomps away on Asuka! Rhea puts Asuka’s legs in the PRISM TRAP!! Asuka endures the hanging cloverleaf, reaches for ropes, but rolls Rhea to an ARMBAR!! Rhea flails and kicks, fights up to dead lift again!
Rhea SWINGS Asuka into buckles! Both women are down but Asuka goes to the apron. Rhea storms over, climbs up and drags Asuka up for a headbutt! Rhea brings Asuka up higher, for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives and Rhea is furious! Rhea drags Asuka up and clubs her. Asuka shoves free, Rhea waistlocks but Asuka elbows her again. Asuka wrenches to get a takedown! Rhea rolls, but into an ARMBAR! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, and ASUKA LOCK!! Rhea rolls back to make it a cover, TWO!! Asuka unleashes KICKS! Rhea manages to stay up and even eggs Asuka on. BUZZSAW, but then Rhea ducks the sliding wizard! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Rhea wins!!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
All it takes is one! And now, the Nightmare becomes the first woman to be NXT UK, NXT and Raw Women’s Champion in her career! Are Mondays about to become a nightmare for every other woman on Raw?
Hogan and Titus are back!
Hogan is totally blown away, brother! Titus says on behalf of them both, they send a hert-felt thank you, the fans at home watching on the Peacock and the WWE Network, and those who made it special for everyoen involved: the fans here live at Raymond James Stadium! Bayley storms out because she has just had enough! You kidding me?! Thanking the world and the audience?! But not one mention about BAYLEY. In fact, where is HER pyro?! Hit the pyro!! Oh, there is pyro ready for Bayley.
HAHAHA, YES! Bayley has been carrying the hosting duties on her back this weekend, from the legends to the hall-of-famers to stupid Michael Cole! This is HER time to shine, okay? But wait, here come the Bella Twins! Nikki & Brie don’t even get to start because Bayley said this is HER time! It doesn’t matter what these two twin idiots lookin’ like Elmo want, Cena ain’t here! Nikki SLAPS Bayley, and Brie says Ding Dong, GOOD-BYE! Nikki ROCKS Bayley, Brie hits a KNEE SMASH! The Bellas bowl Bayley down the ramp! Titus repeats, “Ding dong, good-bye!” Will Bayley make sure she isn’t outnumbered before she runs her mouth?
WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Jey Uso & Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan!
The Tribal Chief wants the world to #AcknowledgeHim. The Rated R Superstar wants to take back what was taken from him so long ago. And the GOAT wants to bring back #YEStleMania before he’s reached the end! What happens when all these forces collide in THE main event of WrestleMania 37?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and 10 years ago to the day, we see if Edge is finally, truly back!
Roman DECKS Bryan! Edge hits Roman but Roman puts Edge in a corner and RAMS him! Roman throws clotheslines, Bryan gets Roman with EuroUppers! Bryan whips, Roman reverses and sends Bryan out, for Jey to SUPERKICK! No DQ in a Triple Threat! Jey RAMS Bryan into steel steps, Roman ROCKS Edge with an uppercut! Roman throws Edge out, Jey SUPERKICKS him down! GOTTEE! Roman backs the commentary off to clear off the desk. Jey brings Edge over, but Bryan DIVES into Roman! Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan, keeps after Edge, but Edge whips Jey into steel steps! Jey is down, Edge storms after Roman and clubs him on the back.
Edge bumps Roman off apron, off barriers, and repeat! Roman is a pinball for Edge! Edge POSTS Roman, then storms over to see Bryan still down. Edge gets steel steps and takes the top half off. Fans fire up as Edge sees Jey still down, too, and brings him over to the steps! Edge gets Jey up for an IMPALER to the steps!! But it was double-edged as Edge had to land on the steel, too! Bryan gets up while refs and medics check on Jey. They get Jey up while everyone else is still down, but Bryan gets into the ring. Edge scares Heyman away and gets in the ring. Edge and Bryan stare down while Roman only stirs. Fans fire up as Edge and Bryan start throwing hands!
Edge gets the edge, he whips but Bryan drop toeholds Edge into buckles! Bryan gives Edge YES Kicks in the corner! Bryan hoists Edge up top, climbs up to join him, and SUPER STEINERS, but Edge sunset flips it! TWO!! Edge gets around to EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Bryan is down, Roman is back and he ROCKS Edge! Edge and Roman brawl with the ropes between them but Roman drags Edge up to suplex! Edge resists, suplexes but Roman resists. They fight for suplex control, Bryan slides under to trip up Roman and hotshot Edge! Bryan climbs up and missile dropkicks Edge down! Bryan kips up, fires up and fans are with him!
Bryan drags Edge up, throws EuroUppers, and Edge ends up on ropes. Bryan whips Edge but Edge reverses. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, dodges to DIVE into Roman, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Roman stands, Edge WRECKS him with a dropkick! Roman bumps into desk and Edge follows him. Edge CLUBS Roman, puts him in, but Roman runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Roman seethes, fans duel as they cheer and jeer, but Roman locks ‘n’ loads! SUPER- NO! Edge gets him for an IMPALER!! Edge aims at Roman from a corner now, and fans are fired up for something we haven’t seen in quite some time!
Edge dares Roman to get up, and then he runs in, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Roman fires up and wants Edge to stand now! “OOOAH~!” Edge dodges the Spear to sunset flip! TWO!! Roman staggers, Edge and Roman dodge, DOUBLE SPEARS!! Shoulders and heads collide and both men are down as fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” already and far from over! Bryan returns! DIVING HEADBUTT to Edge! DIVING HEADBUTT to Roman! Cover on Roman, TWO!! Bryan is surprised but he doesn’t lose his cool. Bryan sees Edge sit up, and gives him a YES Kick! YES Kick for Roman! KICK for Edge! KICK for Roman! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE!
Bryan aims at Roman, BUZZ- NO! Roman sends Bryan at Edge, RUNNING KNEE! Roman reloads but runs into a KICK! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives but Bryan just fires up! Bryan gets the arms, and gives Roman a flurry of Danielson Stomps! Then the YES LOCK!!! Roman flails, Heyman panics, and Bryan cranks back as hard as he can! Edge CLOBBERS Bryan off the hold! Heyman is relieved but now Edge drags Bryan up. Bryan drags Edge down to a YES LOCK!! Now Edge and his bad neck endure!! Edge claws at the hold, but Roman CLOBBERS Bryan now! Roman rains down furious forearms over and over from all sides! Roman lets off just to throw headbutts!
Roman dead lifts Bryan to POWERBOMB him onto Edge! Roman scrapes Bryan out of the ring, goes out after him, and sees the announce desk. Fans jeer, “Roman Sucks!” but Roman just soaks up the heat. Roman puts the base steps closer to the desk, then drags Bryan up. Bryan is dead weight, the fans taunt Roman even harder, but Roman hauls Bryan up to POWERBOMB him through the desk!! But Edge SPEARS Roman outta nowhere!! Fans lose their minds as all three men are down and out! Edge gets up first, and he drags Roman into the ring. Edge looks around, and fetches not just one but a PAIR of chairs! Edge sets one down, Roman steps on it! They tug o’ war, the chair goes flying!
Roman wants the guillotine, but Edge gets Roman down to a CROSSFACE! Bryan puts on the YES LOCK!! They headbutt each other!! Roman is down, Bryan headbutts Edge into the mat! Bryan fires off his rage into those forearms on Edge!! Fans again say, “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Bryan has Edge’s arms. Bryan gives Edge DANIELSON STOMPS!! Bryan lets off, aims from a corner, and powers up with the Yes Fingers! The fans join in, though there are some “NO” dissenters. Edge gets up, Bryan runs in, into a SPEAR!!! Edge staggers, dodges Roman to SPEAR!!! Cover, BRYAN YANKS THE REF OUT!! Edge can’t believe it, but wouldn’t he have done the same in return?
Edge goes out after Bryan, gets MORE chairs, and brings those to the ring. Edge SMACKS Bryan down with one! Edge puts Bryan in the ring, and has as wild look as he gets the chair again to SMACK Roman! And SMACK Bryan! ROMAN! BRYAN! SMACK, SMACK, SMACK!! Fans are thunderous as Edge puts Bryan onto one chair. And then Edge puts Roman on another chair. Edge has it all lined up and fans go nuts knowing it! Heyman is begging Edge not to, but CONCHAIRTO TO BRYAN!!! But Jey returns, and attacks Edge!! Jey beats Edge down, gets a chair, but Edge SPEARS him down!! Edge SMACKS Jey! And again! And again!
Roman SPEARS Edge!! Roman sets Edge up on a chair now!? Roman gives EDGE a CONCHAIRTO!! Roman drags Edge onto Bryan to double cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinall (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief is still the Reigns-ing, Defending and Undisputed, but also the ALWAYS controverted Universal Heavyweight Champion of the world because he still has his Right Hand Man watching his back! Will the Head of the Table ever be removed from the throne upon which he sits? Was this really the last chance Bryan had to bring back #YEStleMania? Was this really the end of the Rated R Superstar’s comeback?
I don’t think I have to say it, but I will: Night Two did not live up to Night One. As far as I’m concerned, titles that should’ve changed didn’t and titles that shouldn’t have changed did. Or at least, not in the way they should have. One of the only non-title matches tonight, Orton VS Fiend, was good but not at all what I expected. I thought we were going to get one full match with “mangled” Fiend, but I guess that’s what Fastlane was for. Fiend 2.0 looks pretty good, and goes even further into referencing DC Comics’ Joker. I was hoping that as the first match of the night, we would’ve gotten cinematic fighting so we could get a pseudo Firefly Fun House.
Also, I like whatever that new form Alexa takes, too, but I did not like that she distracted Fiend. Fiend didn’t have to win here, but he didn’t have to lose like that. I don’t like the idea that they’re trying to make it seem like whatever is possessing Alexa is now turning on Fiend just to push this forward in a new direction. And with Backlash sadly being made into WrestleMania Backlash, like a weird third night or something, we are revisiting this to figure out the what and why of tonight. Sigh…
The other non-title match, Kevin VS Sami, was just one degree off what it could’ve been but it was still great. I almost thought that segment at the end with Logan bandwagon’ing to Kevin was going to unite Sami and Kevin against Logan Paul. Instead, they both dislike him, just separate from each other. Maybe one day, Sami and Kevin will patch things up in kayfabe and go after tag titles. And speaking of tag titles, the Women’s Tag Team title match was great stuff, but I really wish Tamina & Natty won that. I do appreciate that Reggie wasn’t ringside to be used for various things, because in the end, Shayna & Nia sticking together does help the division. I just feel that the RawDown Women’s Tag titles need to spend more time on SmackDown than they do Raw right now, out of fairness.
Bayley was pretty entertaining tonight, but the Bellas getting the better of her was clearly a WWE management decision because fans were not for it. And I was surprised Titus and Hogan saved their pirate costumes for night two, those should’ve been night one. Riddle VS Sheamus was another great slug fest, and I like that Riddle referenced Goldberg with a Jackhammer. Seems The Bro hasn’t given up on getting a match with him. But it was an even split to me who could’ve gotten this, so giving Sheamus some vindication was alright.
The Nigerian Drum Fight was pretty good, but I expected the drums to play into it more. And same for the gong as soon as I saw it there. But it was still a very good themed No Hold Barred, just not sure why we needed Dabba-Kato to get involved. Do all Heels in WWE need to have henchmen helping them now? Except for Lashley, at least, since he’s The All Mighty. But Apollo getting the title was the part that was right, as this was his fourth attempt, and losing again would’ve been rough for him. Maybe Big E gets a match with Kato at WrestleMania Backlash, wins that and then starts chasing Apollo going into Money in the Bank or Extreme Rules.
Asuka VS Rhea was an awesome match, definitely worthy of the title and of Mania. But maybe this was just a bit soon for Rhea? Asuka hasn’t really gotten big wins lately, given she didn’t get to have her match with Lacey Evans at Elimination Chamber and didn’t have anything at Fastlane. I mean, obviously what is bad for one is good for the other, and Rhea is rising up fast and keeping pace with Bianca Belair. I wonder if WWE is already thinking that Survivor Series 2021, wherever it will be, will see Rhea VS Bianca as the champions. Hopefully they throw NXT in so Raquel Gonzalez can be part of it.
The Triple Threat Universal Championship match was awesome stuff, and I do like that they took advantage of the No Disqualification stipulation. Jey interfering early was fine, because he gets taken out for it. But him returning and helping Roman again just hurt everything they’d built up. If Roman found a way to use Bryan and Edge against each other to then get the win, that would’ve felt less disappointing. And if not for “WrestleMania Backlash” being next, I would’ve thought Roman was moving right on to Cesaro given Cesaro won on Night One. Instead, there might be that tag match “meant” to happen at Fastlane and WWE going back to the status quo of phoning it in on the minor PPV’s.
My Score: 8.3/10
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?
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!!!!!!!!
- 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!!!
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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