Who wins gold this SmackDown Christmas?
It’s a CHAMPIONSHIP Christmas as Sami Zayn defends the Intercontinental title against Big E, Charlotte Flair and Asuka defend against two teams, and the Universal Championship is inside a STEEL CAGE!
- WWE Universal Championship Cage Match: Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens; Reigns wins and retains the title.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair VS #BAYMELLA; Charlotte & Asuka win and retain the titles.
- Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Lumberjack Match: Sami Zayn VS Big E; Big E wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE Universal Championship Cage Match: Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens!
Worthy of a main event on any given night, the Tribal Chief and the Prizefighter could not wait to settle things! Jey Uso helped Roman retain at TLC, but hopefully the steel can keep this to a fair fight! Will Kevin finally #StunTheWorld as he dethrones the Head of the Table?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the door is closed as this prizefight for the holiday begins!
The two start throwing hands, Kevin gets the edge but Roman ROCKS him with an uppercut! Kevin resists in the corner but Roman headbutts. Kevin kicks, Roman headbutts again, and then Roman bumps Kevin off buckles. Roman throws big uppercuts again, then whips Kevin to ropes for a BOOT! Cover, ONE!! Roman is furious and he stomps Kevin down. Roman stalks Kevin to a corner, brings him up and throws him into steel fence! Kevin staggers up, and Roman throws him into steel again! Then fireman’s carries for the SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is again frustrated with Kevin, who is somehow still fighting after everything that happened at TLC.
Roman locks ‘n’ loads, but jumps into a DDT! Both men are down and that’s big for Kevin! Kevin gets up first, gets to the side but doesn’t climb. Kevin throws forearms, Roman throws them back! Kevin kicks, throws haymakers and forearms, then throws Roman into steel! And then he whips, only for Roman to reverse. Kevin kicks back, but Roman uppercuts! Kevin comes back with a LARIAT! And a back senton! Kevin takes a moment to catch his breath, and he runs at Roman in a corner. Kevin blocks the boot to throw haymakers! And stomps! Kevin then runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and Kevin covers, TWO! Heyman is relieved but Kevin keeps his focus.
Kevin drags Roman up, throws haymakers then whips, but Roman counters the pop-up with a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is mad now and he shoves and rolls Kevin to a corner. Roman hoists Kevin up top, throws big haymakers, then climbs up. Kevin hits back with elbows and Roman falls down! Kevin adjusts, leaps, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but is sputtering as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Kevin is throwing haymakers on Roman. Roman ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut but then blocks a superkick! Roman SIT-OUT BOMBS Kevin! Cover, TWO!! Kevin rolls to a corner while Roman seethes. Roman throws point-blank clotheslines over and over, and gives Kevin 9 before letting him flounder. Roman runs but Kevin hits first! Kevin runs into a forearm, but Roman runs into a POP-UP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Heyman is able to breathe! Kevin keeps his cool somehow and gets back to his feet. Kevin drags Roman up but Roman RAMS him into a corner! And rams in more! And ROCKS him with an uppercut!
Roman brings Kevin up to put him back on the top rope. Roman throws a headbutt before climbing up. Kevin hits back again but Roman throws haymakers. Roman SHOVES Kevin’s head into the steel, then drags him up. Kevin grabs the steel to resist, then shifts things for a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Both men are down but Kevin gets Roman turned over for a cover! TWO!!! Roman survives again and now Kevin is starting to feel frustrated. Kevin stands up again, aims at Roman from a corner, and Roman slowly rises. Kevin kicks but Roman denies the stunner to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!
Roman is growing frustrated, too, but he grits his teeth as he gets back up. Roman starts to talk to himself again, and he rains down furious elbows, then throws Kevin hard into the steel! And again! And then he rains down fists in the ropes until Kevin falls through! Kevin staggers back up and Roman tells him this is it. GUILLOTINE THROUGH THE ROPES! Kevin fades but the ropes alone are keeping him up! Wait, Kevin gets a second wind and uses the ropes to choke Roman back! Roman lets go and both men sputter on the mat! Heyman is worried again as Roman and Kevin slowly rise.
Kevin staggers over and Roman runs in, but into a kick! STUNNER!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives a stunner and Kevin is beside himself as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Kevin climbs the cage! Roman hurries after him but Kevin elbows him away! Kevin climbs more but Roman clubs him on the back! Roman climbs up but Kevin hits back! They brawl, Kevin headbutts, but Roman still throws hands. Kevin throws another elbow, attacks Roman’s hands, and sends him down! Kevin climbs up and reaches the very top! But Roman LEAPS to catch up and anchor a foot! Roman drags Kevin down while climbing back up after him. They’re both on the top rope again as Roman throws more haymakers! Kevin kicks back, Roman throws body shots but Kevin headbutts again!
Kevin goes to a corner to shift and SUPERKICK! Roman falls back down, Kevin SWANTON BOMBS onto knees! And he staggers into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!?! Kevin survives and shocks Roman now! Roman is in disbelief as Kevin, blood coming from his forehead, survives the best move in Roman’s arsenal! Roman wonders what to do next, and he decides to use the door! Heyman moves to greet The Tribal Chief, but Kevin anchors Roman’s foot! Roman drags Kevin along, and grins as he says he admits Kevin is tough. But Roman’s always been better. Kevin grabs the door and SLAMS it on Roman! Kevin shouts Roman is NOT better than Kevin, and he dribbles Roman’s head off steel!!
Roman flops down, Kevin hurries over to the door, but JEY USO slams it shut! Kevin SHOVES it back into Jey! Kevin gets halfway out the door but Roman drags him back in!! Kevin throws a haymaker and a SUPERKICK! Then he whips Roman, for a POP-UP- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Roman clears out the cobwebs as he runs at Kevin, but Kevin dodges to send the spear into steel! STUNNER!! Kevin crawls back towards the door but Jey reaches through the steel to grab Kevin’s hand! Jey is handcuffing Kevin to chain link! Kevin is trapped!! So much for a fair fight! Kevin kicks at the cuffs, reaches at the door, but he can’t touch the floor like this!
Roman gets up, smirks as he sees what happened, and takes his time stalking over to Kevin. Kevin is furious as he works against the cuff, but Roman steps over him with a smile. Kevin is vindicated in what he’s said about Roman, and says the family should be ashamed! Roman say sit doesn’t matter, so long as he’s the Head of the Table. Roman walks down the steel steps and wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by escape (still WWE Universal Champion)
Heyman bows as he presents Roman with the title, and Roman holds the belt high over head. Roman taunts Kevin with the fact there’s nothing Kevin can do about this. Is there anything anyone can do to stop Roman’s tyrannical reign?
Asuka and Charlotte Flair head to the ring!
For the first time, the Queen and the Empress reign together, and now they’re starting their tour around the WWE! But they’re going to be up against strong competition, all of familiar foes! Will of the SmackDown Women’s Champion and SmackDown’s rising star be the #LEGITEST ever? Or will the Role Model and her other best friend be singing “reunited and it feels so good” for the holidays?
Before the other teams enter, Charlotte gets a mic to say “Well it looks like Christmas came early! The Empress and The Queen have returned to Friday Night SmackDown!” Asuka says that they’re still going to be champions, but DING DONG, hello, Bayley interrupts already! She goes right to the ring, gets herself a mic and says this is impressive. But do you want to know what’s really impressive? Bayley! 2020 may have been a downer for everyone else, it wasn’t for her! She became the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion EVER, holding it for 380 days! But here comes the current SmackDown Women’s Champion!
Sasha Banks struts her stuff to the ring, holding her belt up as she joins the others in the ring. And she has a mic to say, “Oh, Bayley, do you want to talk about who’s the SmackDown Women’s Champion now? Because that’s impressive.” And speaking of impressive, Bianca Belair makes her entrance! The EST joins these great champions past and present and says if we’re talking impressive, just look at her! She is the strongEST, fastEST, roughEST, et cetera, and Bayley’s never seen nothing like it. But here comes the UNTOUCHABLE, and her sommelier, Reginald. Mella gets a mic and Bayley helps her with the ropes.
“Look at all of these witches!” Actually, no, she meant bitches. Everyone just wants to look at Mella, and look at her! Charlotte covers Asuka’s “innocent” eyes. Mella says the impressive one is both naughty and nice, and nice and naughty. Get it? Sasha shoves Mella to shut her up! This is about to blow so let’s have that title match after the break!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair VS #BAYMELLA!
SmackDown returns and per this style of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active so it is The Queen and the Role Model starting off while the #LEGITEST hang back. Bayley and Charlotte approach, tie up, are in a deadlock but Charlotte throws Bayley down! Bayley comes back to stomp a foot then throws haymakers! Bayley talks trash, but Charlotte blocks the buckle bump to give the buckle bump! And a CHOP! Charlotte pushes Bayley around, drags her over and tags Asuka in. The wrestling royals KICK, CHOP, and repeat on Bayley! Bayley falls over, Asuka KICKS her down again! Cover, TWO!
Asuka argues the count but she keeps on Bayley with a whip. Bayley holds ropes and ROCKS Asuka! Bayley clubs Asuka, throws a CHOP, then drags Asuka over to tag in Mella. BayMella mug Asuka in the corner with CHOPS, but Asuka shoves Mella away. Mella wants a timeout to fix her gear, Charlotte takes a swipe but Mella avoids that, and she dodges Asuka just to hit Sasha! But Asuka KICKS Mella, throws forearms then whips. Mella slows down but Asuka still hip attacks her down! Asuka says she’s just as sexy, but she runs into a boot! Mella drags Asuka into the corner for a HANGING NECKLOCK! Asuka endures, the ref counts and Mella stops at 4.
Mella gets in but Asuka back kicks! Sasha tags in off Asuka to go after Mella! Seated senton and fast hands! Cover, TWO! Sasha brings Mella over, bumps off buckles then hits double knees! Tag to Bianca and Bianca RAMS into Mella! The ref counts, Bianca brings Mella out to suplex but Mella slips out, and tags out to Charlotte! Charlotte and Bianca finally meet again, and we see the Riott Squad is watching this backstage. Bianca is a friend, so maybe they’re cheering her on while studying all these teams. Charlotte and Bianca tie up, Bianca waistlocks but Charlotte headlocks to counter. Bianca powers out, things speed up and Bianca rams Charlotte! Neither falls and they try again!
Charlotte headlocks, Bianca powers out and Charlotte handsprings over and tells Bianca to kiss this! Bianca shrugs that off but runs into a whip. Bianca goes up and over and shows her a better handspring. Bianca does her own dance and tells Charlotte to kiss it. Bianca dodges the boot, the double dropkicks cancel out, and they both kip up! Charlotte kicks low to scoop but Bianca slips out to shove Charlotte into buckles! Bianca runs in but Charlotte sends her into buckles in return! Both women crawl, Charlotte tags in Asuka! Bayley tags in off Bianca, but she and Mella attack from the outside! They and the champs brawl, Charlotte CHOPS away on Mella!
Charlotte stalks Mella around the way, throws more CHOPS, but Sasha hits Charlotte with a METEORA! Mella RAMS Sasha into barriers! Asuka runs in and the hip attack hits Bianca! Asuka and Bayley brawl into the ring, Asuka DECKS Mella to shut her up! Bayley hits BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Bayley clubs away on Asuka to then choke her at the ropes! Bayley stops at 4, whips Asuka but Asuka goes up to come back with a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Bayley clobbers Asuka, drags her away and Mella tags in. Mella stomps Asuka, drags her up and feeds her to her boot! Mella stomps a fabulous mudhole, struts her stuff, then runs in to BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella drags Asuka up by her hair, snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Mella drags Asuka by hair again and tags in Bayley. BayMella mugs Asuka in the corner and stomps away. Mella tags back in to add stomps of her own.
Tag back to Bayley, BayMella dig their boots in, then Bayley gets a cheap shot on Charlotte! The ref keeps Charlotte in but that means BayMella gets away with even more mugging! Bayley taunts Charlotte, Sasha and Bianca as she mocks Asuka with using a hip attack. Asuka hits back, but Bayley puts her in the corner and tags Mella. Asuka hits Mella back but Mella throws her down by her hair! Mella drags Asuka over, tags Bayley, and they mug Asuka more. Mella shoves Charlotte off the apron while Bayley wraps on a chinlock. Asuka endures, fights up and bumps out of the hold to shove, and pop-up KNEE Bayley down!
Bayley flounders, Asuka tags out to Bianca! Bianca rallies on Bayley, then DECKS Mella! Bianca dodges Bayley to dropkick her down! Bianca kips up, claps at Bayley, then rams into the corner! Bianca fires off stomps, talks some trash then drags Bayley up for a suplex! Bianca holds Bayley up, does some squats, then SLAMS Bayley down! Cover but Mella breaks it! Sasha KNEES Mella, Charlotte is in and swings on Sasha! Sasha dodges and jumps, but into Charlotte’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up, into Bianca’s chicken wing, GLAMEST SLAM! Bayley rolls Bianca up, TWO!! Bianca SPINEBUSTERS Bayley and high stacks, TWO!
Sasha tags in, climbs up and aims to FROG SPLASH onto Bayley! Cover, Sasha ELIMINATES BayMella! A two-for-one special on sticking it to old foes! Sasha and Charlotte are now against each other and they circle. Sasha dodges, tilt-o-whirls and drags Charlotte down into the CROSSFACE! Charlotte endures, fights up, pries free, but Sasha blocks the kick! Charlotte blocks the knee but Sasha counters the Figure Four to a roll-up! TWO! Sasha BUZZSAWS right away, but Charlotte comes back to BOOT Sasha down! Charlotte gets a leg, Figure Four! Bridge, but Bianca reaches out!
Sasha moves around to deny Figure Eight, but Bianca uses her long hair as a lifeline! Sasha gets to the ropes that way, and gets the ropebreak! Bianca tags in, and handspring SPLASHES onto Charlotte! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives but Bianca hurries up top! Charlotte BOOTS Bianca and trips her up! Charlotte gets the leg but Bianca inside cradles, TWO! Bianca is up but Charlotte trips her, Figure Four! Sasha METEORAS to break the hold! Asuka calls to Charlotte, hot tag to the Empress! Asuka runs and HIP ATTACKS Sasha off the apron, onto Reginald! They go down in a heap, Asuka stalks Bianca, but Bayley is still lurking! Bianca swipes at the wrong enemy, Asuka rolls her up! TWO!
Asuka KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Bianca! Bianca blocks the buzzsaw to lift her up and POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bianca hurries but Sasha is down! Bayley taunts Bianca with that but Bianca drags Asuka up. Bianca suplexes, Asuka fights free and Charlotte tags in! Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER, to the NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
BayMella is the happiest of all, mostly because it meant Bianca and Banks failed! But will the EST and the Boss get payback on the Role Model and the Untouchable in the new year? As for Charlotte and Asuka, will we expect to see them many more times here on Friday nights as well as Mondays?
The Street Profits are feeling festive.
There’s only one question? Are you ready~, ready~, ready~? Charlotte is backing, doing it with flair, but this Christmas SmackDown is far from over! Dawkins tells us why: this is #Smokemas! Daniel Bryan is going after Jey Uso, Big E is going after Sami Zayn’s Intercontinental title, in a LUMBERJACK MATCH! Speaking of Sami Zayn, he is having another backstage tirade as he runs down one of the WWE SmackDown social media team members. He isn’t accusing her of being the leak, but surely she knows who is behind making tonight’s match a Lumberjack match. Sami wants to know who authorized that, but she has nothing to say. She leaves, and Sami sees the Profits.
Before they start, they need to understand the stress Sami is under. There are going to be sharks around the ring, he has no time for nonsense. Relax, Sami, they just wanted to give him a Christmas present. Whoa, whoa, whoa. A gift? Yeah, it’s the holidays! They got him a gift? Yes, the Profits are great at giving. They felt he could use this tonight. The gift is… a new shirt! “I Was Intercontinental Champion.” Get how it’s “was,” as in past-tense. As in no more! Say good-bye to the title! Hasta la vista! Sami “laughs” with them but then shouts, “YOU’RE NOT FUNNY!” Sami, you mad? Don’t forget your shirt, it was “custom made” for him! Will Sami have to admit the Profits predicted the future later tonight?
Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!
Even before seeing what Jey Uso did at TLC and just earlier tonight, this match was made for the YES Movement to get back at Jey for what he’s done to Bryan! Will Bryan have vengance for Christmas?
But oh no! Just as Bryan goes on stage, Jey attacks from behind! Jey is raining down fists, then he drags Bryan up to throw him into Christmas trees and presents! Jey rains down more fists, drags Bryan by a leg and referees hurry to stop him! They get Jey to leave Bryan alone, but Jey comes back to PUNT Bryan down the ramp! Jey shows no mercy as he drags Bryan up, scoops and SLAMS him on the ramp! Has Jey just made this a blue Christmas for Bryan? Will this match even happen now?
SmackDown returns and Bryan is getting up. Pat Buck suggests this be called off, but Bryan refuses! Jey is in the ring waiting, Bryan drags himself up and in, and we have this grudge match for the holidays after all! The bell rings, Jey DECKS Bryan and rains down more fists and even feet! Jey stomps away, lets off and watches Bryan writhe. Jey throws Bryan out, then runs to DIVE! Direct hit sends Bryan into barriers! Jey drags Bryan up, and whips him into steel steps! Jey refreshes the ring count to then bring Bryan up, and throw him into the other steps! The ref reprimands and counts again but Jey just shouts at Bryan, “Why’d you come back?”
Jey puts Bryan in, looms over him, but Bryan sits up in a daze. Jey drags Bryan back up, CHOPS him, and throws his shirt aside as Bryan gets to a corner. Jey stands Bryan up to CHOP him again! Bryan CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Bryan KICKS, whips, but Jey reverses! Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, dodges and runs, into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Bryan survives and Jey seethes. Jey watches Bryan crawl, stalks him to ropes, and throws haymakers down on Bryan. Bryan gets up but Jey scoops and SLAMS him down! Jey then runs to leap, but Bryan avoids the falling headbutt!
Both men are down but Bryan gets up first! Jey is in a corner, Bryan runs in but Jey dodges! Bryan’s dropkick only gets buckles and he tumbles down! Jey runs in, HIP ATTACK! Jey still seethes and shakes his head because it isn’t enough. Bryan drags himself up, Jey whips Bryan to ropes, but Bryan reverses, only for Jey to kick him! Jey runs in but is tossed out! Jey clutches his ankle, Bryan builds speed and DIVES! But Jey deflects him into the announce desk! Both men are down from different damage, and a ring count begins! Bryan gets up to put Jey in. Bryan climbs up, Jey trips Bryan up! Jey climbs up now, brings Bryan back up, but Bryan slips under to trip Jey in return!
Bryan climbs up behind Jey now, clubs away on the shoulders, then brings Jey up for a SUPER BACK SUPELX! Both men are down again as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again, Bryan runs at Jey and KICKS the legs out! Jey crawls to a corner, Bryan goes corner to corner, and he hits the dropkick! Bryan puts Jey’s bad leg around ropes and pulls, then fires off KICKS in the corner! Bryan runs side to side to dropkick the bad leg! Jey goes down but Bryan brings him up to hoist him up top! Bryan climbs, and hits a SUPER STEINER! Jey tumbles, Bryan hurries to cover, TWO! Bryan fires up and he gives Jey YES Kicks to all sides! Bryan BUZZSAWS Jey back down! But Bryan still fires up because he wants more! Bryan aims from a corner, powers up with the “YES!” chants, and runs, into a SUPERKICK! Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan again!
Jey goes up top, leaps, USO SPLASH!! But the bad leg keeps him from making a cover! Jey crawls back, covers, TWO!! Bryan survives but Jey is too tired to be upset! Jey goes to the apron, gets his bad leg moving, and gets himself back to a corner. Jey climbs up, aims again, USO SPLASH! But Bryan gets KNEES up! Jey lands on them, Bryan turns Jey over, YES LOCK! Jey endures, pries at the bad hand, but Bryan shifts to get the bad leg! HALF CRAB! And it is deep! Jey endures, powers up, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go out of frustration, but he keeps hold of Jey’s legs. Jey kicks Bryan with the good leg and gets free!
Jey rains down ax handles and forearms but Bryan turns him over for fists of his own! They scrap, Jey gets back on top and he rains down hammering headbutts! But Jey can’t cover from his own exhaustion! Bryan is dazed again but works to shake out the stars. Jey aims from a corner, but Bryan dodges the Superkick, to RUNNING KNEE!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall
And the GOAT has a semblance of revenge! But after such a brutal battle, will Bryan be able to move on? Or will things only escalate with The Bloodline?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan!
Bryan is fired up after that win and Kayla Braxton says that with Jey Uso seemingly behind him, what’s next? Bryan tries to practice a “growth mindset” of finding new things to achieve and new goals to pursue. There is one thing Bryan has never done ever that he is dying to do: “I have never, in my life, won a Royal Rumble.” So here it is, the next thing Bryan is after, the new mountain Bryan is going to put his all into climbing! Bryan hereby announces his entry into the 2021 Royal Rumble match!
But Sami comes along to sarcastically say, “This is perfect.” First, Sami gets ambushed with a jokey gift from the Profits, and now Bryan is here. Mr. “The Intercontinental Championship needs to be defended more often” has had it out for Sami ever since he won the title, just like everyone else. Bryan constantly says the title needs to be defended more, and here we are! Sami defends against Big E, in a Lumberjack match! Sami thinks this is all because of Bryan! Bryan “stooged to management.” If that’s true, Sami isn’t going to do anything, karma will take care of this. Sami will defend successfully, go home and polish his two Sami Awards all night long.
But at the Royal Rumble, karma will make Bryan FAIL! And when Bryan does, Sami will be there to laugh in Bryan’s face! Sami storms off to get ready for his match, and Bryan figures that reaction is because Santa Claus didn’t get Sami a PS5. That is what the kids are into, right? But trends aside, will Bryan be the next Royal Rumble winner and punch his golden ticket to WrestleMania?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Lumberjack Match: Sami Zayn VS Big E!
The Great Liberator has a great ego and a great temper, and both have gotten him into this mess! Will Sami find himself without a foolproof strategy to escape this scenario with his title? After all, he has friends among the Lumberjacks at ringside!
SmackDown returns as Sami makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the Lumberjacks are ready as this golden finale to Christmas begins!
Sami and Big E tie up, go around, and Big E puts Sami in a corner. Sami fights his way out but Big E puts him in another corner. The ref counts, Big E lets off and Sami comes back. Sami waistlocks, Big E goes around to pry free, and he throws Sami over with a hip toss! Cover, TWO! Big E stalks Sami to ropes but Sami kicks back. Sami headlocks, Big E powers out, then things speed up as Big E hurdles and elbows Sami down! Big E runs in at the corner but Sami drop toeholds him into buckles! Baron Corbin applauds as Sami stomps Big E. Sami digs his boots in, lets off at 4, and Big E falls out, for the Dirty Dawgs and Knights of the Lone Wolf to attack!
The ref reprimands but Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode put Big E back in for Sami. Sami rains down rights, and shows Big E the shirt that reads “I AM The Intercontinental Champion!” Sami throws Big E back out and the Knights pounce again! Cutler and Blake put Big E back in, Sami covers, ONE!! Big E shakes out the cobwebs but Sami drags Big E up. Sami suplexes but Big E rolls him up, TWO, so Big E gets the leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Sami endures as Big E cranks the leg but Sami gets the ropebreak! Big E lets off fast and Sami gets out, but now Sami finds himself in enemy waters! Big E drags Sami back in by his hair but Sami hotshots!
Sami bumps Big E off buckles! Sami goes around and brings Big E to another corner but Big E blocks the buckle bump! Big E elbows Sami away then CLOBBERS him! Sami lands on the apron, Big E goes out and stomps him! Big E has Sami down and runs, but Sami moves and the splash becomes a CRASH off the apron! The ref warns the Lumberjacks this time but they still go after Big E! Big E fights the Dawgs and Wolves but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and he takes out Big E! Sami has his challenger down as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once again and Sami has Big E on the ropes literally as he chokes him! Sami lets off as the ref counts, but he talks trash as he throws the shirt at him! Sami JABS Big E, and JABS him again! “That’s why I’m the champion and not you!” Sami runs, into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And another! And then the side, but Sami fights it off with elbows! Big E runs in but Sami boots him! Sami goes corner to corner, but into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Big E keeps his cool. Big E stalks Sami, claps it up, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and he scoops Sami.
Sami slips out and bails out, but the Lumberjacks keep him from running away! They put Sami back in but Sami also grabs the apron skirt! The ref is counting, Sami lets go at 4, the ref is busy with the skirt and Sami pokes Big E in the eyes! Sami found his opening! Roll up, TWO!! Sami BOOTS Big E, and Big E staggers about! Sami runs, but Big E sends him to the apron! Big E runs but into a KNEE! Sami hurries to a corner, climbs up with a smirk, but Big E intercepts with haymakers! Big E climbs up but Sami hits back! They brawl up top, the Lumberjacks cheer as Sami hammers away! SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Big E still lives and shocks Sami!
Sami gets up, runs corner to corner, but Big E dodges the Helluva Kick! Sami tumbles out, Big E runs and SPEARS Sami off the apron!! The Lumberjacks swarm, fight each other, but they get Big E back in the ring! Some go for Sami but Sami fights back! Gulak ROCKS Cesaro with a right, but Nakamura BOOTS Gulak! Now the Lumberjacks are brawling with each other! The ref reprimands them all but there’s nothing he can do about that! Sami is sneaking away in the chaos! Apollo Crews realizes it and he CLOBBERS Sami at the ring! Gable, Otis, the Profits and Apollo haul Sami back to the ring!
Big E is waiting as Sami is tossed in with a “Merry Christmas!” Sami swings, but into the BELLY2BELLY! Big E runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big scoop, BIG ENDING!! Cover, Big E WINS!!
Winner: Big E, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)
“I told you! The prophecy is fulfilled!” Corey Graves admits Big E was right all along, and they shake hands. Sami Zayn really will need that shirt from The Profits now, but maybe Big E will be wearing a new one of his own! The celebration begins as confetti flies! Will Big E make all of SmackDown #ThinkBig in 2021?
What a fun episode for SmackDown on Christmas! The steel cage match opening was a pretty big giveaway on how a lot of the night was going to go, but mostly that Roman Reigns was retaining. I chuckle every time WWE puts up a cage match, and certainly for main roster. They sell it to us with, “This way, the Heel’s sidekick(s) can’t interfere at all~!” But obviously, the reality is they will interview, and it will most certainly help the Heel win. That is what happened, and that is why Roman is still champion. But it was at least unique, not having the door be the reason why, but a pair of handcuffs through the fence. This cage match was clearly meant as a ratings catcher, and just doubles down on Kevin not being the one to dethrone Roman.
Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso was an incredible match, and honestly meant a bit more to the overall Roman Reigns story than the cage match. Bryan wins, declares for the Rumble, and is surely a candidate from SmackDown for winning. Bryan could challenge Roman, but things could still follow other rumored plans, and only time will tell. There’s also a lot going on with Profits poking fun at Sami, Sami getting in Bryan’s face, and then Sami losing to Big E. The Intercontinental Championship Lumberjack match was really good, as far as Lumberjack matches go. It was a great moment for Big E to win the title to close the last SmackDown of 2020, and that’s just a logical move. Big E can freshen things up in the Intercontinental title scene and maybe Sami has a non-title rivalry with Bryan.
One thing I would think SmackDown could do to keep all this story blending going is circle back to Kevin wanting to team with Bryan. Profits are Kevin’s friends, Kevin wants to be teammates and friends with Bryan, but maybe Sami gets in the mix somehow. I am certainly still hoping Kevin and Sami become a team again and actually get those tag titles together. It’s another “time will tell” situation but honestly, what more is there in the SmackDown Tag Division when WWE isn’t treating either main roster tag division that well?
Speaking of, the Women’s Tag Division still seems to confuse Vince McMahon. I really liked the match we got in the Elimination Triple Threat Tag, as I was hoping Bayley and Carmella would reunite now that they’re both Heels. Sasha and Bianca was a good combination, too, but a lot of that Triple Threat was another ratings grabber. I honestly thought tonight’s match was going to be 2v2, Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad, as Riott Squad was the team that was actually a team and actually winning this whole time. Maybe that’s for the new year, on the way to the Royal Rumble. I just wish there wasn’t the awkwardly arranged promo segment before. Use that time having the challengers alternate entrances and Mella putting all her chips on the “look at how hot I am” angle into having actions speak for all six truly exceptional women.
My Score: 8.3/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night Two Results & Review 4/11/21
AJ finishes his trek through the WWE Mania week content with Night 2 of WrestleMania! How did it match up to night 1? Is Roman still your Tribal Chief?
Well everybody… We did it. Fans are at Mania, this is the last day for me to type things out, my hand can be put on ice and we get some star-studded matches on the horizon. United States, Intercontinental, Women’s Tag, Raw Women’s Championship and the Universal Championship all coming together and let’s start the show and see if the Chief stands tall at the end, the Movement returns with the gold or if we see opportunity rise up again where Edge left off ten years ago in the end.
- The Fiend (w/ Alexa Bliss) vs Randy Orton – Randy Orton wins via RKO – **
- Natalya & Tamina vs Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax (c) for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships – Shayna Bazler wins via Kirafuda Clutch – ** ¾ – TITLE DEFENSE!!
- Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn (Logan Paul invited Ringside) – Kevin Owens wins via Stunner – *** ¼
- Sheamus vs Matt Riddle(c) for the WWE United States Championship- Sheamus wins via Brogue Kick – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Nigerian War Drum Match: Apollo Crews vs Big E(c) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship – Apollo Crews win via Pinfall – ** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Rhea Ripley vs Asuka(c) for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley wins via Riptide – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Daniel Bryan vs Edge Vs Roman Reigns (w/ Paul Heyman & Jey Uso) for the WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns wins via Con-Chair-To – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!
The Fiend vs Randy Orton-
For the intro, Alexa Quinn… Wait. Harley Bliss… No, no. Alexa with face paint skips down and plays a giant jack in the box for the Fiend to appear and attacks Randy right away with a Lariat and brutally attacks Randy with his murderous attacks. Randy gets some separation slightly but Randy actually attacks but to no effect when he attacked The Fiend. Randy tries to get some fight in with the Hangman DDT as he rolls out of a Mandible but again, to no effect. He goes for a second after a failed RKO attempt as The Fiend is still somewhat down. Garvin Stomps did nothing to The Fiend as The Fiend gets some of his own offense going before Randy gets more separation, tossing The Fiend to the outside and goes for a third Hangman DDT when The Fiend pops back up. The Fiend is actually somewhat reeled as Orton coils for the RKO, only to get it countered into a Mandible and Sister Abigail attempt. Alexa pops up with the black tar showing on her face, pouring and distracting The Fiend only to get caught with an RKO and… RANDY WON?! Yowwy—Ah you get it.
Natalya & Tamina vs Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax-
Nattie and Bazler start the match up with a good amount of technical wrestling and holds to gain the upper hand. As Natalya gets the quick upper hand and almost gets the Sharpshooter in on Bazler before tagging Nia. Nia tells Natalya to get Tamina in and now we powerhouses into the match as they go back and forth with strikes to chop each other down. Natalya gets a tag in to take Nia Jax down but Bazler tags in quickly to distract the challengers until she gets caught in a double team. Nattie goes for another Sharpshooter attempt, gets it countered to a cradle but after the kick out, the challengers have been taking Shayna Bazler out. Shayna gets a burst of adrenaline and takes it to Natalya with a knee strike and Nia takes down Tamina on the outside to cut off the possible tag. Shayna now bends and twists Natalya’s ankle to disarm the Sharpshooter. Nia now gets the tag in and goes after Natalya’s legs too.
As Nia and Shayna take it to the lower body of Natalya they get the frequent tags in, making sure that Natalya is dismantled as Nia gets cocky and goes shoulder first into the turnbuckle and Natalya gets a quick burst of strikes while Tamina is still down. The attempt is in vain though as Nia gets the upper hand and goes for a spinebuster and a pinfall after before Tamina goes in to break it up and gets the hot tag after as Nia tags in Bazler. Tamina begins to beat down the champions, mainly Shayna, getting out of the Kirafuda Clutch with a Samoan Drop. Tamina gets the crowd doing but Shayna cuts off the Superfly Splash attempt and tags in Nia to go for a Superplex. Natalya pulls Tamina off the top of Nia’s shoulders and takes down Shayna. Nia hits a double splash and gets into Tamina’s face after the fact which comes back to bite her as Tamina slams her in the middle of the ring. She goes for a pin, only to get a two and maybe get a win again with the Superfly Splash but Nia rolls out of the way. The two get the tag made so Natalya and Shayna are the legal members. Natalya is so focused on Nia that she puts the Sharpshooter on Nia Jax that Shayna slides in and gets the Kirafuda on to get the win against Natalya.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn-
Sami Zayn goes to run up to Kevin Owens to fight and gets a Pop-Up Powerbomb for his troubles before rolling out and almost getting an apron bomb until Sami scrambles back into the ring. Kevin Owens doing everything to keep Sami down and just end this quickly before Sami keeps rolling away and catches Owens this time with a Suplex on the apron to take KO out. The Ref starts counting all the way to eight before Owens rolls back into the ring and Sami Zayn starts getting some offense in, even landing a Mishinoku Driver onto KO for a near fall and props KO up on the top rope for a Superplex attempt as the two starts doing their native Hockey fighting on the top rope this time before Kevin gets the advantage, Sami falling and Owens getting a Splash down for another near fall. Kevin keeps his offense going for a heavy neckbreaker against KO’s knee and attempt for a Package Piledriver until Zayn catches it and gets the Exploder in the corner and a trifecta of Brainbusters to get a nearfall.
As Kevin Owens gets in the corner, the two start trading hits to the face over and over again as both men try to get a new advantage. Sami gets Kevin in another superplex attempt but KO reverses it into his own as he gets steam going with two running lariats in the corner before Sami counters it into a Helluva Kick. Sami attempts another, gets caught with two Superkicks and then finally a Stunner to stun the conspiracy theories.
Aftermath: Logan comes in to console Sami, looks over at KO and says that was awesome until Sami Zayn gets shoved and gets a hissy fit. Logan Paul raises KO’s hand as Kevin… channels his inner Stone Cold and stuns Logan Paul. That added a quarter point. Thank you, Kevin.
Sheamus vs Matt Riddle-
Sheamus takes it to Riddle early with the strength advantage early, even after Riddle getting a rapid strikes to the body. Riddle tries to get a form of offense going with a Sleeper but still getting overpowered, getting hit with the Irish Curse Backbreaker and other strikes. Riddle tries to get another form of separation and offense but after a hanging armbar in the ropes, Sheamus does the Ten Beats of the Bohdran and get a near fall. Sheamus goes to the top rope to maybe finished it quick but Riddle catches the Irishman and gets the momentum in his favor after a Spanish Fly, not letting the momentum go to waste with the quick strikes to the body and head of Sheamus, even doing a Jackhammer for a two. Riddle and Sheamus go with a back and forth for who can get ahead before Riddle gets stopped by a Brogue Kick for a nearfall and not letting up with an Alabama Slam for another two count.
They now go to the apron of the ring where Riddle gets the momentum this time, hitting an apron German Suplex and even taking Sheamus down, once of the outside of the ring and inside with a Floating Bro and getting holds onto Sheamus to keep the big man down but to no avail as he gets beaten down. Sheamus goes to the top and lands a White Noise onto Riddle and a double knee drop to get another two. Sheamus now goes to the corner and calls for the Brogue Kick, Riddle senses it and moves, going for a Final Flash Knee, tossed into the ropes to get something going with another springboard moonsault and gets a boot to the head from Sheamus to get the victory.
Apollo Crews vs Big E-
Both men rush outside of the ring to grab Kendo Sticks and beat each other with them as Big E gets the advantage with the striking match over and over as they take it to the outside. Big E tries to use a gong on the outside before Apollo gets a counter in, grabbing another Kendo and striking Big E more before getting thrown into the apron and speared through the ropes, going for a pin as he pushes Apollo back in and getting the steps. Big E taking too much time, meets the apron from Apollo hitting a Death valley Driver and getting a near fall in his efforts, getting the steps in the process. Apollo uses the steps again to drop on Big E from their first encounter to squish Big E’s head in and Big E rolls out of the way and hits a Urinagi from the apron after he moves to the steps. Big E gets angry and gets a table in the ring to set up and getting Apollo back in. Again, taking too much time as Apollo gets a Kendo stick again and beats down Big E quickly to putting him on the table. Crews goes to do a splash but gets nothing but wood as Big E rolls out and hits the Big Ending. As it looks like Big E will get the win until Apollo Crews gets a little help from his new colossus to help him out, hitting a spike and a chokeslam to end Big E’s big reign.
We get a small break before our next two matches with the 2021 Hallo of Fame this time with RVD, Molly Holly, The Great Khali, Eric Bischoff, Ozzy Osoburne, Warrior Recipient Rich Hering and “The Big Red Machine”, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane.
Rhea Ripley vs Asuka-
Asuka tries to get an early advantage with her agility but it’s back and forth for a good amount of time until Asuka takes it to Rhea in the corner and to the outside but Rhea gets the power advantage shortly and begins to take it to Asuka surprisingly, making sure she says down and even smacks her to incite her. Beginning to do some short arm Lariats and Asuka gets a leg clutch attempt but Rhea is just too strong and powers out of the hold and into a pinfall attempt as she actually is… slowing Asuka and making her look tired in the match. Ripley starts to do shoulder thrusts to Asuka’s back, weakening before setting her to the top rope. Asuka actually starts to fight back and get a split from Rhea’s attacks and knocks her down with some flight and after a near fall, continues the typical Asuka offense, taking it to the challenger and gets Rhea reeled as Asuka goes to the ropes again. Rhea catches it this time as she kicks her off the ropes, going to the outside and apron as Rhea gets the advantage back with a facebreaker on the apron to Asuka. Asuka tries anything to get a break away from Rhea Ripley, even going as far as doing a DDT to the outside from the apron. Rhea gets back in from an eight by the ref and Asuka actually gets a lot of strikes in before Rhea takes control again momentarily and both ladies attempt their submissions, only for each to break them. Asuka gets more of her submissions and attempts to finish it with her kicking combination but Rhea catches the last kick and lands the Riptide to get the shocking win.
Daniel Bryan vs Edge vs Roman Reigns-
Roman sucker punches Bryan early and Edge and roman trade for a bit. Daniel get in the middle of the fight and gets dumped to the outside as Jey Uso superkicks Daniel Bryan as Roman does the same thing to Edge and gets a superkick too. As the numbers for Roman are too much for the other two, they have to try to get a form of a split and Edge does it, taking out Jey Uso momentarily and takes it to Roman now, going back and forth from the apron and barricade before Edge turns to Jey Uso, grabbing the steel steps and delivers and DDT on the steps as medical staff help Jey out of the match. Daniel Bryan and Edge get into the ring now as they go back and forth in the ring. After Edge takes Daniel out for a moment, Roman comes back to fight Edge from the apron. Daniel Bryan slides through and takes down Roman from the apron to face off against Edge. Daniel gets a good amount of offense in and even tries to do a dive onto Roman but gets caught and takes Bryan out. Roman now gets a beat down on Edge for a good amount of time when a Superman Punch attempt gets caught in an Edgecution. Edge goes to set up the Spear but gets rocked by a Superman Punch. Roman now goes for a Spear but Edge gets out of it with a Sunset Flip pin for a two. Both men go to the ropes and hit each other with Spears before Daniel Bryan returns a minute after for diving headbutts but to no avail on a victory.
Daniel now setting up for his Yes Kicks and as always misses his kick as Roman pushes Daniel away as all men go to a corner. Edge gets hit by a Running Knee from DB and Roman wants to capitalize with a Superman Punch but Bryan catches him and finishes the Yes Kick combo and even puts Roman in the Labell Lock but Edge breaks the submission to save the match. Edge now is going to get locked in with the Labell Lock but Roman breaks that shortly after and just mollywhops Daniel Bryan before doing a powerbomb to Daniel Bryan, onto Edge. Roman kicks Daniel Bryan out of the ring, plotting his next move on the outside, the crowd pissing Roman off with a “Roman sucks” chant as he powerbombs Daniel Bryan through the announce table, praising his work and gets leveled by Edge’s Spear.
Edge rolls Roman back in and grabs two chair, going to play a song for the Chief before Roman catches Edge’s chair and they two fight. Edge pulls Roman into the rope and hit him in the neck as Edge puts the Crossface on Roman. Roman looks like he will tap but Daniel Bryan returns and grabs the hand before putting the Labell Lock on the other side as both men yell to let their holds go to go into headbutts after. (Kind of… fucking dumb if two guys with neck problems are just headbutting each other)
Daniel Bryan starts to taking it to Edge but Edge gets a counter and takes Daniel Bryan out with a spear and hitting one to Roman too. Edge goes for the pin and Bryan pulsl the ref out to stop the count and Edge is pissed off. He grabs the chairs again and puts them in the ring as Edge beats the hell out of them with the chairs before setting up Con-Chair-Tos for both men. Edge lands one of Daniel Bryan before Jey Uso comes back in and stops Edge. Edge gets angry to Uso and beats him down until Roman hits Edge with a spear and grabs the chairs under Edge and hits the Con-Chair-To onto Edge, stacks them together and pins both for a defense.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
And like that I retire…
…I kid. There are still final thoughts. The main event delivered to close the show, the matches for tonight were… good. It build up to it but the main thing of the night was the Main Event. It’s actually showing that Roman is beginning to slip here. A lot of help is needed for him to retain but it still played out beautifully. Owens and Sami was great, the US Championship match was good. Apollo finally getting a reward for his actions is a great thing to see. The matches that fell flat for me were the opening two. I miracled into guessing Randy won but, we knew it was more of an OMG thing and not a “this is a wrestling match” kind of moment. We shall see how everything plays out later on in the week because we all know that the biggest shows for WWE are the Raw, SmackDown and I guess now NXT shows after WrestleMania.
And now I will retire…
Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/11/21)
Who wins THE WrestleMania main event?
WrestleMania 37’s two night adventure reaches its conclusion!
After an epic first night, how can WrestleMania 37 possibly get any greater? Perhaps with Daniel Bryan VS Edge VS Roman Reigns for the Universal title! Will the Head of the Table still be at the helm of the WWE?
- Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss; Orton wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Kevin wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Apollo wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan; Reigns wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania 37 Night Two Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler, JBL and Peter Rosenberg for yet another round of discussing, analyzing and predicting the action tonight!
Sonya Deville joins the panel again!
Does anyone really understand the implications of the Nigerian Drum Fight? It might just be Apollo Crews who understands. His power and his culture are going to define what happens tonight. Booker asks, “What do I look like? Chopped liver?” Well okay, he would know, yes. Booker says this goes back a long time ago, the Zulu nation and the Mandingo. This will play out in front of the world so the world needs to understand, and Booker says Apollo will make you understand. Sonya wishes she’d heard more about this. But Jerry wants to know why it’s drums. Booker asks, “What do you do to a drum?” You beat it. Exactly!
Rosenberg says the bottom line is, Apollo is in control. Big E may be on the kick of being in his hometown- JBL asks why Rosenberg’s hands are everywhere. But the point is, Apollo knows what this is about because this is his match. Booker says this will be a great night for everyone back home. JBL and Jerry can’t say anything without getting canceled, so they will agree with him.
Ashland Craft sings America the Beautiful!
We’ve waited patiently for this moment.
“Finally…!” The biggest event in LIVE entertainment is BACK! Back with the spectacle, the excitement and the pageantry! WrestleMania is #BackInBusiness! And tonight, WWE sets sail on the high seas with epic epicness bigger than the history of history! Wait, what? Did he just say all that? That’s what was written. Okay, mate, let’s get this cold open done right. We pick up where we left off just last year. Our heroes are obnoxiously heroic as they battle for the ultimate prize: immortality. But no more tall tales, let’s get real, as the kids say. Tonight, we witness the global event that spans decades, created unforgettable moments, and has the memories we will remember forever.
But let us tip our caps to you, the fans, who made this possible. You over there, and them up there, and even those at home who “can’t not watch.” We raise the sails as fate still awaits. The course was corrected, the wind cannot be stopped, and the quest continues! Now how’s that? Impressive. But where’s the big finish? That’s cold open 101. Good point. Pyro montage! “Welcome back… to WrestleMania!”
The WrestleMania cohosts are back!
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan return to kick off Night Two of WrestleMania 37, but this time they’re Captain Titus and the Hollywood Privateer! “I dunno about you, Hulk, but I think we look damn good tonight.” Well, T-man, it’s a little hot, too. But either way, AHOY MATIES! Yo ho, brothers, and welcome to Mania Sunday! Last night was incredible, but tonight will be no different! Seven matches, and FIVE are for gold! That means they need to batten down the hatches. No room for scurvy dogs or scallywags! Whoa, don’t be calling the people that. Hogan’s not gonna walk the plank, is he? No, Titus will take care of that. The first match is a tale of terror, dark than the depths of Davey Jones’ Locker! YARRGH!
Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss!
The Viper thought he’d finished this at TLC, but some evil never dies. And now, this horror movie in real-life opens the Showcase of the Immortals! Lil’ Miss Twisted Bliss is still by his side, but will Orton finally #LetHimIn?
As he makes is entrance through a mysterious tunnel, The Fiend… has been restored! Alexa makes her way out first, with spooky face paint on to clash with her Punky Brewster outfit. She frolics along, and has a GIANT jack-in-the-box?! Alexa winds the handle and Orton already has an idea what’s coming. All around the mulberry bush, the Fiend chased the Viper~. And out rises The Fiend’s new form! Orton isn’t sure what to make of this, and The Fiend suddenly LEAPS into the ring to CLOTHESLINE Orton down! The bell rings, Fiend SPLASHES in the corner, reels Orton in and hits an URENAGE! Fiend sits Orton up for a NECK SNAP! “YOWIEEEE WOWIEEE~!”
Orton writhes as he clutches his neck and Fiend goes to a corner. Fans fire up as The Fiend spider-walks! Orton gets up, Fiend copies him as he takes aim! Orton flounders up, but he avoids a punt kick! Fiend pursues, Orton kicks low and gives him a back suplex to the desk! But Fiend clamps on with the CLAW! Orton grabs at the ring, gets in, and the ring count is still climbing! Orton gets free but Fiend gets in, only for Orton to kick low. Orton gets Fiend through ropes, for a DRAPING DDT! But Fiend springs right back up! Fiend blocks the RKO, but Orton throws him into his own jack-in-the-box! Fiend flounders, Orton gets Fiend through ropes again and KICKS him!
Orton wrenches the arm, KICKS again, and drags Fiend into ANOTHER DRAPING DDT! Orton looms over Fiend and stomps a hand! Fiend barely flinches, so Orton stomps the other hand! Orton throws hands and clubbing forearms but Fiend just gets up! Orton kicks low, runs, but into a LARIAT! Fiend and fans fire up, things speed up, Fiend BODY CHECKS Orton! Fiend rains down forearms over and over! Fiend gets up to run and drop a back senton, but Orton dodges it! Orton throws Fiend out but Fiend gets right back on the apron. Orton kicks him between ropes, gives away more kicks, then drags Fiend back in, for a THIRD DRAPING DDT!
Orton paces as Fiend slowly stirs. Orton hears the voices and wants Fiend to get up now. Fiend rises, but still no RKO, because Fiend has the MANDIBLE CLAW! Fiend smothers Orton, Orton starts to fade but he grabs at Fiend. Fiend brings Orton up, gives him a kiss good night, and the FLAMES erupt as Alexa is now in a new form! She has a tiara of barbed wire and there’s black ink pouring out. Wait, this distracts the Fiend?! ORTON HITS AN RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
What is going on with Alexa?! Did she mean to ruin tonight for The Fiend?! Either way, the Viper slithers away before he has to worry about this any longer. Is Orton finally done being haunted by these ghouls? Fiend looks up at Alexa, but the lights start to go out again. And when the lights return, Fiend and Alexa are gone. Just what is happening inside the Firefly Fun House?
DING DONG~! Hello!
Bayley asks Titus and Hogan what happened to them texting her back. She says hello to Eric Bischoff, she’s a big fan of his podcast, and says if he ever feels like being on a real show, he can be on hers. Well he’s more of a book guy, not into TV. But that match of Sasha VS Bianca, the SmackDown Women’s Champion on his podcast would be awesome! Yeah, yeah, flavor of the month. But they’re not a role model like Bayley! Bayley is the longest reigning women’s champion, has her own talk show, and is on both nights of Mania! Bischoff brings up Hogan’s new boat, and they decide to go see the boat. Titus wants to ride a boat… Sorry, Bayley, Hall of Famer stuff.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina!
The Tag Team Turmoil is over, but now the real battle begins! Will the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades still be standing after battling the Daughter of Superfly & Queen of Harts?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the battle of alpha females begins!
The teams sort out and Shayna and Natty start. They circle, tie up, Natty headlocks and hits a takeover, but Shayna headscissors. Natty kips free but Shayna smirks as the two reset. They tie up again, Shayna headlocks to hit the takeover, but Natty gets up to power out. Shayna runs Natty over, dusts off her hands, then runs. Natty drops, hurdles, but Shayna blocks a hip toss to get a headlock, only for Natty to trip her up! Shayna scrambles to avoid the Sharpshooter, and tags to Nia. Nia and Natty stare down, fans duel, and they tie up. Nia shoves Natty down and says, “I don’t want you.” She’s calling out Tamina! Tamina reaches out, and Natty tags her in!
Fans fire up as Tamina and Nia stare down. Nia pie faces, headbutts and talks trash but Tamina HEADBUTTS back! It’s a battle of headbutts! Tamina fires off haymakers but Nia denies the scoop! Nia runs but Tamina fires off forearms! Tag to Natty, Nia ROCKS her and Tamina! Nia runs, Shayna tags in, Natty & Tamina DOUBLE BACK DROP Nia! Shayna BOOTS Natty, Tamina ROCKS Shayna back! Natty is up, she and Tamina DOUBLE GOURD BUSTER Shayna onto Nia! Fans fire up as Natty gets the legs again and steps through, but Shayna cradle counters, TWO! Natty waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Natty drags Shayna up to stomp her down, then tags Tamina.
Natty keeps Shayna from her corner and feeds her to Tamina’s clothesline! Tag back to Natty, Natty gets the hand-off to trip Shayna, and catapult her into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Shayna with forearms, then scoops Shayna, only for Shayna to slip out and fire off a strike fest, topping it off with a KNEE! Natty and Shayna are both down, Nia YANKS Tamina off the apron! Tamina fires off on Nia, but Nia scoops her to SLAM her! Natty is shocked, Shayna KNEES her down in a corner! Shayna snapmares to a cover, TWO! Shayna goes after a leg and bends it! Natty endures, kicks with her free leg but Shayna throws a forearm. Shayna pulls on the leg and twists the ankle!
Natty kicks at Shayna more, Shayna turns Natty over and has the foot stuck, to STOMP IT!! Tag to Nia, and Nia looms over Natty as she clutches the foot. Nia soaks up the heat, and drags Natty to drop a leg on the leg! Nia has a standing toehold and Natty endures. Natty fires off haymakers, but Nia stomps the leg! Cover, TWO! Nia is annoyed but she drags Natty up. Natty fights back, Nia CLOBBERS her! Tag to Shayna, Nia has Natty in a STRETCH MUFFLER! Shayna KNEES Natty while she’s upside-down! Cover, TWO! Shayna taunts Natty as Tamina is still down. Shayna SMASHES Natty’s knee into the mat, then pushes Natty around.
Shayna drags Natty up, Nia tags in, and Shayna feeds Natty to a scoop and SLAM! Natty gets to her corner, Nia soaks up heat and runs in, but Natty POSTS her! Natty catches her breath, runs at Nia and throws clothesline after clothesline, then the DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Nia still has a lot of power but Natty rallies the fans! Natty drags Nia up but Nia headbutts her! Nia reels Natty in, gets her up, and hits the ONE HAND SLAM! Cover, Tamina breaks it?! Tamina is back in this and Shayna is furious! Nia crawls over to tag Shayna in, but fans fire up for Natty as she tags Tamina in! Tamina rallies on Shayna with elbows, then dodges to CLOBBER Shayna!
Shayna blocks a punch to fire off kicks, but she kicks into a DRAGON SCREW! Tamina runs but gets buckles. Shayna blocks Tamina’s boot, twists the ankle, but Tamina BOOTS her down! Nia storms over but Tamina DECKS her! Shayna gets around, wants the Kirafuda but Tamina blocks it to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Tamina grows frustrated but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Fans rally as Tamina goes to a corner! Tamina climbs up, but Shayna KICKS her first! Tag to Nia, and Nia storms over to get up top! Nia fireman’s carries but Natty saves Tamina! Shayna gets in but Natty CLOBBERS her! But Nia adjusts, DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Double cover, TWO!!
Natty and Tamina survive but now Nia clutches a leg. That was a rough landing for everyone but Nia manages to get up. Nia sees Tamina is still down, fans rally for Tamina and Nia gets annoyed. Nia brings Tamina up, but Tamina scoops Nia!! Tamina SLAMS NIA!! Cover, TWO!!! Tamina drags herself to a corner, and fans fire up again as Tamina climbs! Tamina aims, SUPERFLY!! BUT SHE FLOPS! Nia moves and Tamina is down again! Nia and Tamina both crawl for their corners as fans rally again. Hot tag to Natty! Natty runs and swipes at Shayna, but Nia gets Natty for a fireman’s carry! Shayna tags in, Natty slips off and DECKS Shayna!
Natty basement dropkicks Nia, and she’s after Nia’s legs! But Shayna’s the legal one! Natty doesn’t know that as she works to get the turn! SHARPSHOOTER, but Nia isn’t legal!! Shayna gets in to get the KIRAFUDA!!! Shayna drags Natty down, Natty endures but she’s OUT! The champs win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
So close and yet so far for Tamina & Natty! Does this mean no team can stop the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades?
Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!
Two men who have known each other for two DECADES, ranging everywhere from friends to rivals to bitter enemies, finally have their moment together on the Grandest Stage of Them All! But given the Great Liberator’s ludicrous behavior as of late, the Prizefighter promises to beat some sense into him! Will Kevin snap Sami out of it? Or is Sami too far gone?
WWE Hall of Fame inductee JBL joins commentary for this one to bring back a classic combination of him and #MAGGLE. Sami gets a mic to say, “Please, ladies and gentlemen. I know you’re all just as excited as I am.” Please give a warm WrestleMania welcome for Sami’s special guest of honor, and show some respect to the only ally Sami has had in fighting the conspiracy against Sami! This is… LOGAN PAUL! Logan Paul does walk out to the ring and Sami breaks it down to the theme music again. Sami hugs Logan, and fans are of course divided. Sami apologizes to Logan for the booing. But here comes Kevin! The bell rings and Sami runs, right into a POP-UP POWERBOMB!
Sami flounders out of the ring before Kevin can get him, but Kevin just goes out after him! Kevin brings Sami in and there’s NXT flashbacks as Sami fights the apron bomb! Kevin gets in after Sami, drags him up and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Kevin hangs Sami out to dry on ropes and Sami springs right off to hit the mat! Kevin runs in to clothesline Sami down! Kevin goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Sami is in a drop zone, Kevin goes up top, but Sami gets out to the apron. Kevin climbs down but walks into a BOOT! Sami reels Kevin in, Kevin elbows free of the half nelson, but Sami kicks low! Sami reels Kevin in, for an APRON BRAINBUSTER!!
Everyone is shocked, even Logan Paul! Sami drags himself back into the ring, Kevin stirs but the ring count is already 5 of 10! Sami wants it to be faster but it’s already at 7 as Kevin stands. Kevin is in at 8 and Sami is on him with furious fists! Sami seethes, kicks Kevin while he’s down, then throws crossface forearms! Logan nods as Sami looks to him, but Kevin throws haymakers! Sami kicks low, scoops Kevin and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Sami is furious! Sami goes back to Kevin in a corner, hauls him up to the top rope, and then climbs up to go after him. Kevin resists the superplex, throws heavy body shots, then haymakers.
Sami gives those back, they brawl up top, fans cheer Kevin but boo Sami, until it’s all the same from the pace quickening! Kevin HEADBUTTS Sami down! Kevin adjusts, FROG SPLASHES, and covers, TWO!! Kevin drags Sami up, throws hands, then whips him, to pop-up, but Sami leap frogs and kicks low! Kevin wrenches, ducks a kick, tucks Sami in, PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Kevin grows frustrated. Fans fire up with Kevin as he drags Sami back up. Kevin reels Sami in, tucks the arms, but Sami slips out of the package driver to EXPLODER Kevin into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner and HELL-
NO! Kevin dodges the kick, but Sami denies the stunner to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is losing his cool, but he CORNER EXPLODERS to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! To a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin lives and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as Kevin gets to a corner. Sami SLAPS Kevin, Kevin SLAPS Sami, it’s a FAST & FURIOUS SLAP FIGHT!! Sami gets the edge, throws body shots and uppercuts, but the ref has Sami back off. Sami gets Kevin up, hauls him up top but Kevin fights. Sami still gets Kevin to the top and he headbutts from below!
Sami climbs, brings Kevin back up, but Kevin counters to a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Even Logan is reeling from that one! Both men are down, Sami slowly sits up and drags himself to a corner. Kevin sits up and is in the opposite corner. Kevin grits his teeth, runs corner to corner at Sami to clothesline! Kevin keeps going, and clotheslines again. Kevin goes, Sami follows, HELLUVA KICK!! Sami keeps Kevin from falling over, and tells him this is because of Kevin. Sami goes corner to corner, into a SUPERKICK!! Sami staggers, into another SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up for Kevin as he looks Sami in the eye. “You did this.” STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Logan seems to be the only one shocked, but he still applauds this victory! Whether Kevin has knocked some sense into Sami is yet to be seen, but he did get a big win at #KOMania5! Logan checks on Sami, tries to talk with him, but Sami says someone screwed him! The ref, the managers, someone! Logan tells Kevin that this was awesome stuff. Sami won’t let Logan shake Kevin’s hand! Sami says Kevin conspired against him! Sami wants Logan to listen to him, but Logan shoves Sami! Sami says to hell with Logan! Sami storms off, Logan raises Kevin’s hand in victory. Logan sure is a bandwagoner, huh?
Kevin doesn’t like that, either, and he gives Logan a STUNNER!! “This is MY ring!” Will this win lead Kevin back to another prizefight?
Matt Riddle encounters Great Khali!
What’s up, bro! Riddle wants to congrat Khali on being inducted into the HOF. Can he check the ring? Yep. WHOA, look how big his hand is! It’s as big as Riddle’s head. Khali must have a hard time finding gloves and socks. Khali should open a store that sells giant stuff! Giant shoes, giant socks, giant toilets, and giant scooters! What does he think? No? Nothing? Translator? Wait, RVD is here!! RVD translates for Khali and says that in order to corner the market, we’ll need creative branding. RVD has that right here with RVD rolling papers.
Sweet! Hey, what about a #KhaliTrolley? Khali and RVD say Riddle should focus on Sheamus. Good luck from Khali and R! V! D! Riddle rides off towards gorilla, but will he be ready to smoke the Fella?
WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus!
Bro… The Fella has had beef with Riddle since day one, but perhaps it’s just Riddle’s personality being so nonchalant, it’s like he doesn’t care. Will Riddle show Sheamus how serious he can get with the gold on the line?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and bro, this one’s going to be lit!
Sheamus and Riddle tie up, and Sheamus headlocks to throw Riddle down. Sheamus grinds Riddle, Riddle fights up and powers out, but Sheamus runs Riddle right over! Sheamus is on Riddle with an armlock and he digs a knee in. Sheamus pulls the fingers, but Riddle fights up. Riddle throws body shots, ROCKS and CHOPS Sheamus, then CHOPS him more! Riddle has Sheamus in a corner, fires off but lets off as the ref counts. Sheamus ROCKS Riddle back with a body shot! Sheamus stomps Riddle, drags him up and scoops him, but Riddle slips out to get a sleeper! Riddle’s a backpack with the body scissors, but Sheamus RAMS him into buckles.
Sheamus throws back elbows, lets off but Riddle elbows back. Riddle leaps, into Sheamus’ swinging SLAM! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes, kicks Riddle while he’s down, and kicks him against the ropes. The ref reprimands, Sheamus drags Riddle up by his face to then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus clamps onto Riddle, Riddle fights up and throws forearms and fast hands! Riddle backs Sheamus down to a corner, but Sheamus kicks back! Sheamus whips, blocks Riddle’s boot but Riddle keeps kicking! Riddle gets a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets off at 4, but Sheamus CLUBS him back! Sheamus stands Riddle up for Beats of the Bodhrain!
The ref counts but so do fans, and Sheamus gets 8 before the ref gets 4! Sheamus drags Riddle up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes again as he paces. Sheamus goes to a corner, goes up top, but Riddle intercepts with a leap, for a SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!?! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Riddle fires himself up as he and Sheamus slowly rise. Sheamus throws hands but Riddle counter punches then fires off palm strikes! Riddle boots, spins Sheamus and PELES! Riddle handsprings and runs to forearm smash! Side to side, forearm smash! BROSPLODER, to the BROTON!
Fans fire up as Riddle reels Sheamus in and suplexes, but he has to try again… JACKHAMMER?!? Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survive Riddle’s #Broberg attempt, but Riddle won’t lose focus just yet. Riddle gut wrenches, but Sheamus turns it around! Riddle wriggles free and kicks from below! Sheamus staggers, but he puts Riddle on the apron. Riddle ROUNDHOUSES, then slingshots, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus Alabama lifts for the ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives again and Sheamus grits his teeth. Sheamus looms over Sheamus, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Riddle fights free, shoves Sheamus to an apron, but Sheamus hits back!
Sheamus fireman’s carries then shifts, but Riddle escapes to POST and then APRON GERMAN Sheamus down! Riddle then aims for a PENALTY KICK, and SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Direct hit and fans fire up! Riddle gets Sheamus up and in, goes to the top rope, and hits another FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sheamus shocks Riddle, but Riddle drags Sheamus in for the REVERSE ARMBAR! Riddle throws hands as Sheamus endures, and Sheamus powers up to dead lift Riddle, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! And into the SLEEPER! Sheamus reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Riddle lets go fast, and Sheamus hammers away on him!
Sheamus drags Riddle up, smirks as he fireman’s carries, and then carries Riddle up the corner! Riddle shifts, escapes, but Sheamus denies the sunset bomb. Sheamus adjusts up top, but Riddle springs up to ROCK him! Riddle gets Sheamus up but Sheamus counters to the fireman’s carry! Sheamus hops down to hit WHITE NOISE!! Sheamus goes up top for a KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Riddle lives and Sheamus is stunned! Fans rally, Sheamus hobbles back to a corner and fires himself up as he calls his shot! Riddle rises, but he dodges the Brogue to roll Sheamus, FINAL-
NO! No knee, but Riddle dodges to QUE-BRO-DA, INTO A BROGUE?!!? Cover, Sheamus wins!!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
The Bro tried but couldn’t keep the high, and the Celtic Warrior brought him crashing down! Will Sheamus be the one with his head in the clouds now that he has the gold?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
These two used to be good friends, but the frustration of losing and the desire to reign drove Apollo to despise Big E. Apollo calls upon his ancestors to finally make him a champion, but will Big E finally turn away his most stubborn of challengers?
As Big E makes his entrance, Wale performs it life for Tampa! “Ey, Tampa! You wanna go big? Then say that!” The introductions are made, there are drums, tables, kendo sticks and a gong ringside as the title is raised and this BIG grudge match begins!
Apollo and Big E go right out to get weapons! They each have a kendo stick, both men say to the other, “This is what you wanted!” And they start giving each other SMACKS! Smack for smack but Big E gets the edge! Apollo bails out, Big E pursues to SMACK him again! And another SMACK! “This is what he wanted, Graves!” But Apollo kicks low, only for Big E to bowl Apollo into drums! Big E gets the gong! Apollo boots it away, clubs Big E then SMACKS Big E with a kendo stick! Big E goes into the ring, Apollo dares him to stand. Big E dodges, throws Apollo to the apron and runs to SPEAR him off!! That might’ve been a distance record! Big E puts Apollo in to cover, TWO!
Big E keeps his cool as fans rally up behind him. Big E fetches the steel steps, one of Apollo’s favorites from the months past. But he isn’t settling for the smaller top half. Big E goes big by bringing the base over! Big E goes to the apron, brings Apollo up but Apollo fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Apollo drags Big E in to cover, TWO!! Big E survives but Apollo won’t let off! Apollo throws down angry fists, then goes out to fetch the top half of the steps. Apollo brings those around, sets them on their end, and then he stomps Big E to the apron. Apollo has Big E on the base, he picks up the top half of the steps, and he lines up the shot!
“I’m about to show you the steel!” Big E moves before the steps SMASH down!! Apollo hurries to get to the apron, and he runs at Big E to BOOT him! Big E flounders, Apollo wants him to stand up again, but Big E gives him an Urenag-E to the STEPS!! The ref checks on Apollo but somehow he’s okay to continue. “This is what you wanted!” Big E says Apollo is going to get what he asked for! Fans fire up as Big E fetches a TABLE! Big E puts the table in the ring, sets it up, and then fetches Apollo. Apollo staggers up to his feet, Big E puts him in the ring, but Apollo ENZIGURIS Big E down!
Apollo gets a kendo stick to SMACK and SMACK and SMACK, rapid fire! So fast and so hard, the stick breaks apart! Apollo gets Big E on the table, then heads for a corner. Apollo climbs, leaps, FROG SPLASH but Big E moves! Apollo only gets table! Big E scoops, for the BIG ENDING!! But who is that?!? DABBA KATO!?!? What’s he doing here?!? GRENADE THUMB ATTACK!! And then, a CHOKE SLAM!! He’s helping Apollo to the cover! Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)
When did Apollo make Kato one of his generals?! The timing doesn’t matter, the results do! And now, Apollo has the title! What will this mean for the future of SmackDown?
WWE honors the 2021 Hall of Fame class!
The 2021 Warrior Award winner, Rich Hering stands with the Great Khali, Rob Van Damn, Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff on stage, and are joined by KAAAAAAANE~! And for old times’ sake, the HELLFIRE & BRIMSTONE erupt!
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!
The Empress of Tomorrow wanted someone to step up to challenge her, and the Nightmare did just that! Will we see that even now, no one is ready for Asuka? Or will she be washed away by the Riptide?
Rhea has New Year’s Day perform her theme live for her! The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is ready for what!
Asuka and Rhea stare down as fans rally up. They circle, talk some trash back and forth, and Asuka mocks Rhea. Rhea rushes, Asuka dodges and dropkicks! Rhea stays up, but storms into Asuka’s strike fest! Asuka kicks, runs, Rhea follows but Asuka victory rolls! ONE, but Asuka backslides! Rhea rolls through but Asuka dropkicks her to a corner! Asuka runs in, misses the hip attack, but boots back! Rhea snarls, ducks a kick and ROCKS Asuka! Rhea runs but Asuka drop toeholds her into buckles, then KICKS the buck to jam Rhea! Rhea bails out and Asuka grins as fans duel. Asuka eggs Rhea on, Rhea slides in but then right back out.
Asuka goes after Rhea, keeps Rhea from going into the ring to then pop-up KNEE! Rhea gets in the ring now, Asuka follows and has Rhea on ropes. Asuka KICKS Rhea in the back, KICKS again, and again, and again! The ref reprimands, Asuka runs but Rhea dodges the hip attack to HOOK KICK! Rhea drags Asuka right back up to back suplex to a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed already as she drags Asuka and rains down fists! “You wanted this! You! Wanted! This!” Fans rally and duel as Rhea keeps on Asuka. Rhea drags Asuka into a body scissors and squeezes tight! Rhea shouts in Asuka’s face but Asuka elbows Rhea’s legs.
Rhea clamps tighter, digs Asuka into the mat and slaps her around! Rhea dares the champ to do something now, then brings her back into the squeeze! Asuka tells Rhea to shut up and she throws elbows. Asuka pushes back to a cover, ONE, and Rhea dropkicks Asuka! Rhea tells Asuka to get that weak sauce out of here. Rhea kicks Asuka around, Asuka hits back and the two brawl. Rhea KNEES low, SLAPS her, then CLOBBERS her! And again! Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka ducks, only for Rhea to ripcord! Asuka blocks the Hook Kick to a KNEEBAR! Rhea endures, fights up, but Asuka pulls tighter! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, but Rhea dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka survives and Rhea grits her teeth while clutching her foot. Rhea slaps Asuka around, then CLUBS her in the corner! Rhea drags Asuka up, bumps her off buckles, then kicks her while she’s down. Rhea RAMS into Asuka’s back over and over and digs her shoulder in. Rhea lets off as the ref counts, then puts Asuka up top. Rhea CLUBS Asuka, climbs up behind her, and stands her up, but Asuka blocks! Asuka throws elbows and then knocks Rhea down! Asuka fires up as she adjusts, then leaps for a missile dropkick! Direct hit and both women are down! Fans fire up as Asuka rises and aims at Rhea from a corner. Rhea gets up, Asuka runs in, ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX!
Rhea flounders to a corner, Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK! Rhea fights the German but Asuka BACK HANDS, CHOPS and HEEL KICKS! Rhea falls to her knees, Asuka hits another HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is in a daze but she is still in this! Asuka goes to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rhea dropkicks her down to the floor!! Rhea wobbles, Asuka gets back in, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs to go out after Asuka. Rhea blocks Asuka’s boots but Asuka elbows Rhea away! Rhea blocks the Penalty Kick, to SLAM Asuka on the apron! The ring count is climbing, Rhea gets Asuka in at 5 of 10! Rhea hurries to get up but Asuka hip attacks her down!
Asuka goes out after Rhea again, brings her around, but Rhea fights. Rhea can’t get free, Asuka DDT’s her OFF the apron and to the FLOOR! Both women are down and another ring count begins! Asuka gets in at 5, Rhea sits up at 6. Rhea gets in at 7, but Asuka is there, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Asuka grows frustrated but she drags Rhea up for Kowata Kicks! Over and over and over, then Asuka smiles as she runs, but Rhea blocks the sliding kick! Rhea stomps away on Asuka! Rhea puts Asuka’s legs in the PRISM TRAP!! Asuka endures the hanging cloverleaf, reaches for ropes, but rolls Rhea to an ARMBAR!! Rhea flails and kicks, fights up to dead lift again!
Rhea SWINGS Asuka into buckles! Both women are down but Asuka goes to the apron. Rhea storms over, climbs up and drags Asuka up for a headbutt! Rhea brings Asuka up higher, for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives and Rhea is furious! Rhea drags Asuka up and clubs her. Asuka shoves free, Rhea waistlocks but Asuka elbows her again. Asuka wrenches to get a takedown! Rhea rolls, but into an ARMBAR! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, and ASUKA LOCK!! Rhea rolls back to make it a cover, TWO!! Asuka unleashes KICKS! Rhea manages to stay up and even eggs Asuka on. BUZZSAW, but then Rhea ducks the sliding wizard! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Rhea wins!!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
All it takes is one! And now, the Nightmare becomes the first woman to be NXT UK, NXT and Raw Women’s Champion in her career! Are Mondays about to become a nightmare for every other woman on Raw?
Hogan and Titus are back!
Hogan is totally blown away, brother! Titus says on behalf of them both, they send a hert-felt thank you, the fans at home watching on the Peacock and the WWE Network, and those who made it special for everyoen involved: the fans here live at Raymond James Stadium! Bayley storms out because she has just had enough! You kidding me?! Thanking the world and the audience?! But not one mention about BAYLEY. In fact, where is HER pyro?! Hit the pyro!! Oh, there is pyro ready for Bayley.
HAHAHA, YES! Bayley has been carrying the hosting duties on her back this weekend, from the legends to the hall-of-famers to stupid Michael Cole! This is HER time to shine, okay? But wait, here come the Bella Twins! Nikki & Brie don’t even get to start because Bayley said this is HER time! It doesn’t matter what these two twin idiots lookin’ like Elmo want, Cena ain’t here! Nikki SLAPS Bayley, and Brie says Ding Dong, GOOD-BYE! Nikki ROCKS Bayley, Brie hits a KNEE SMASH! The Bellas bowl Bayley down the ramp! Titus repeats, “Ding dong, good-bye!” Will Bayley make sure she isn’t outnumbered before she runs her mouth?
WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Jey Uso & Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan!
The Tribal Chief wants the world to #AcknowledgeHim. The Rated R Superstar wants to take back what was taken from him so long ago. And the GOAT wants to bring back #YEStleMania before he’s reached the end! What happens when all these forces collide in THE main event of WrestleMania 37?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and 10 years ago to the day, we see if Edge is finally, truly back!
Roman DECKS Bryan! Edge hits Roman but Roman puts Edge in a corner and RAMS him! Roman throws clotheslines, Bryan gets Roman with EuroUppers! Bryan whips, Roman reverses and sends Bryan out, for Jey to SUPERKICK! No DQ in a Triple Threat! Jey RAMS Bryan into steel steps, Roman ROCKS Edge with an uppercut! Roman throws Edge out, Jey SUPERKICKS him down! GOTTEE! Roman backs the commentary off to clear off the desk. Jey brings Edge over, but Bryan DIVES into Roman! Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan, keeps after Edge, but Edge whips Jey into steel steps! Jey is down, Edge storms after Roman and clubs him on the back.
Edge bumps Roman off apron, off barriers, and repeat! Roman is a pinball for Edge! Edge POSTS Roman, then storms over to see Bryan still down. Edge gets steel steps and takes the top half off. Fans fire up as Edge sees Jey still down, too, and brings him over to the steps! Edge gets Jey up for an IMPALER to the steps!! But it was double-edged as Edge had to land on the steel, too! Bryan gets up while refs and medics check on Jey. They get Jey up while everyone else is still down, but Bryan gets into the ring. Edge scares Heyman away and gets in the ring. Edge and Bryan stare down while Roman only stirs. Fans fire up as Edge and Bryan start throwing hands!
Edge gets the edge, he whips but Bryan drop toeholds Edge into buckles! Bryan gives Edge YES Kicks in the corner! Bryan hoists Edge up top, climbs up to join him, and SUPER STEINERS, but Edge sunset flips it! TWO!! Edge gets around to EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Bryan is down, Roman is back and he ROCKS Edge! Edge and Roman brawl with the ropes between them but Roman drags Edge up to suplex! Edge resists, suplexes but Roman resists. They fight for suplex control, Bryan slides under to trip up Roman and hotshot Edge! Bryan climbs up and missile dropkicks Edge down! Bryan kips up, fires up and fans are with him!
Bryan drags Edge up, throws EuroUppers, and Edge ends up on ropes. Bryan whips Edge but Edge reverses. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, dodges to DIVE into Roman, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Roman stands, Edge WRECKS him with a dropkick! Roman bumps into desk and Edge follows him. Edge CLUBS Roman, puts him in, but Roman runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Roman seethes, fans duel as they cheer and jeer, but Roman locks ‘n’ loads! SUPER- NO! Edge gets him for an IMPALER!! Edge aims at Roman from a corner now, and fans are fired up for something we haven’t seen in quite some time!
Edge dares Roman to get up, and then he runs in, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Roman fires up and wants Edge to stand now! “OOOAH~!” Edge dodges the Spear to sunset flip! TWO!! Roman staggers, Edge and Roman dodge, DOUBLE SPEARS!! Shoulders and heads collide and both men are down as fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” already and far from over! Bryan returns! DIVING HEADBUTT to Edge! DIVING HEADBUTT to Roman! Cover on Roman, TWO!! Bryan is surprised but he doesn’t lose his cool. Bryan sees Edge sit up, and gives him a YES Kick! YES Kick for Roman! KICK for Edge! KICK for Roman! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE!
Bryan aims at Roman, BUZZ- NO! Roman sends Bryan at Edge, RUNNING KNEE! Roman reloads but runs into a KICK! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives but Bryan just fires up! Bryan gets the arms, and gives Roman a flurry of Danielson Stomps! Then the YES LOCK!!! Roman flails, Heyman panics, and Bryan cranks back as hard as he can! Edge CLOBBERS Bryan off the hold! Heyman is relieved but now Edge drags Bryan up. Bryan drags Edge down to a YES LOCK!! Now Edge and his bad neck endure!! Edge claws at the hold, but Roman CLOBBERS Bryan now! Roman rains down furious forearms over and over from all sides! Roman lets off just to throw headbutts!
Roman dead lifts Bryan to POWERBOMB him onto Edge! Roman scrapes Bryan out of the ring, goes out after him, and sees the announce desk. Fans jeer, “Roman Sucks!” but Roman just soaks up the heat. Roman puts the base steps closer to the desk, then drags Bryan up. Bryan is dead weight, the fans taunt Roman even harder, but Roman hauls Bryan up to POWERBOMB him through the desk!! But Edge SPEARS Roman outta nowhere!! Fans lose their minds as all three men are down and out! Edge gets up first, and he drags Roman into the ring. Edge looks around, and fetches not just one but a PAIR of chairs! Edge sets one down, Roman steps on it! They tug o’ war, the chair goes flying!
Roman wants the guillotine, but Edge gets Roman down to a CROSSFACE! Bryan puts on the YES LOCK!! They headbutt each other!! Roman is down, Bryan headbutts Edge into the mat! Bryan fires off his rage into those forearms on Edge!! Fans again say, “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Bryan has Edge’s arms. Bryan gives Edge DANIELSON STOMPS!! Bryan lets off, aims from a corner, and powers up with the Yes Fingers! The fans join in, though there are some “NO” dissenters. Edge gets up, Bryan runs in, into a SPEAR!!! Edge staggers, dodges Roman to SPEAR!!! Cover, BRYAN YANKS THE REF OUT!! Edge can’t believe it, but wouldn’t he have done the same in return?
Edge goes out after Bryan, gets MORE chairs, and brings those to the ring. Edge SMACKS Bryan down with one! Edge puts Bryan in the ring, and has as wild look as he gets the chair again to SMACK Roman! And SMACK Bryan! ROMAN! BRYAN! SMACK, SMACK, SMACK!! Fans are thunderous as Edge puts Bryan onto one chair. And then Edge puts Roman on another chair. Edge has it all lined up and fans go nuts knowing it! Heyman is begging Edge not to, but CONCHAIRTO TO BRYAN!!! But Jey returns, and attacks Edge!! Jey beats Edge down, gets a chair, but Edge SPEARS him down!! Edge SMACKS Jey! And again! And again!
Roman SPEARS Edge!! Roman sets Edge up on a chair now!? Roman gives EDGE a CONCHAIRTO!! Roman drags Edge onto Bryan to double cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinall (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief is still the Reigns-ing, Defending and Undisputed, but also the ALWAYS controverted Universal Heavyweight Champion of the world because he still has his Right Hand Man watching his back! Will the Head of the Table ever be removed from the throne upon which he sits? Was this really the last chance Bryan had to bring back #YEStleMania? Was this really the end of the Rated R Superstar’s comeback?
I don’t think I have to say it, but I will: Night Two did not live up to Night One. As far as I’m concerned, titles that should’ve changed didn’t and titles that shouldn’t have changed did. Or at least, not in the way they should have. One of the only non-title matches tonight, Orton VS Fiend, was good but not at all what I expected. I thought we were going to get one full match with “mangled” Fiend, but I guess that’s what Fastlane was for. Fiend 2.0 looks pretty good, and goes even further into referencing DC Comics’ Joker. I was hoping that as the first match of the night, we would’ve gotten cinematic fighting so we could get a pseudo Firefly Fun House.
Also, I like whatever that new form Alexa takes, too, but I did not like that she distracted Fiend. Fiend didn’t have to win here, but he didn’t have to lose like that. I don’t like the idea that they’re trying to make it seem like whatever is possessing Alexa is now turning on Fiend just to push this forward in a new direction. And with Backlash sadly being made into WrestleMania Backlash, like a weird third night or something, we are revisiting this to figure out the what and why of tonight. Sigh…
The other non-title match, Kevin VS Sami, was just one degree off what it could’ve been but it was still great. I almost thought that segment at the end with Logan bandwagon’ing to Kevin was going to unite Sami and Kevin against Logan Paul. Instead, they both dislike him, just separate from each other. Maybe one day, Sami and Kevin will patch things up in kayfabe and go after tag titles. And speaking of tag titles, the Women’s Tag Team title match was great stuff, but I really wish Tamina & Natty won that. I do appreciate that Reggie wasn’t ringside to be used for various things, because in the end, Shayna & Nia sticking together does help the division. I just feel that the RawDown Women’s Tag titles need to spend more time on SmackDown than they do Raw right now, out of fairness.
Bayley was pretty entertaining tonight, but the Bellas getting the better of her was clearly a WWE management decision because fans were not for it. And I was surprised Titus and Hogan saved their pirate costumes for night two, those should’ve been night one. Riddle VS Sheamus was another great slug fest, and I like that Riddle referenced Goldberg with a Jackhammer. Seems The Bro hasn’t given up on getting a match with him. But it was an even split to me who could’ve gotten this, so giving Sheamus some vindication was alright.
The Nigerian Drum Fight was pretty good, but I expected the drums to play into it more. And same for the gong as soon as I saw it there. But it was still a very good themed No Hold Barred, just not sure why we needed Dabba-Kato to get involved. Do all Heels in WWE need to have henchmen helping them now? Except for Lashley, at least, since he’s The All Mighty. But Apollo getting the title was the part that was right, as this was his fourth attempt, and losing again would’ve been rough for him. Maybe Big E gets a match with Kato at WrestleMania Backlash, wins that and then starts chasing Apollo going into Money in the Bank or Extreme Rules.
Asuka VS Rhea was an awesome match, definitely worthy of the title and of Mania. But maybe this was just a bit soon for Rhea? Asuka hasn’t really gotten big wins lately, given she didn’t get to have her match with Lacey Evans at Elimination Chamber and didn’t have anything at Fastlane. I mean, obviously what is bad for one is good for the other, and Rhea is rising up fast and keeping pace with Bianca Belair. I wonder if WWE is already thinking that Survivor Series 2021, wherever it will be, will see Rhea VS Bianca as the champions. Hopefully they throw NXT in so Raquel Gonzalez can be part of it.
The Triple Threat Universal Championship match was awesome stuff, and I do like that they took advantage of the No Disqualification stipulation. Jey interfering early was fine, because he gets taken out for it. But him returning and helping Roman again just hurt everything they’d built up. If Roman found a way to use Bryan and Edge against each other to then get the win, that would’ve felt less disappointing. And if not for “WrestleMania Backlash” being next, I would’ve thought Roman was moving right on to Cesaro given Cesaro won on Night One. Instead, there might be that tag match “meant” to happen at Fastlane and WWE going back to the status quo of phoning it in on the minor PPV’s.
My Score: 8.3/10
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