WWE brings out the Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and CHAMPIONSHIPS!
2020 is almost over, but it’s about to get more painful! Will Roman Reigns still be WWE Universal Champion after tonight? Or can Kevin Owens #StunTheWorld and dethrone the Tribal Chief?
- Kickoff – 8 Man Tag: Daniel Bryan, Big E, Otis Dozovic & Chad Gable VS Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro & King Corbin; Bryan, Big E, Otis & Gable win.
- WWE World Championship TLC Match: Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin; changed to…
- WWE World Championship TLC Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Omogbehin VS The Miz w/ John Morrison; McIntyre wins and retains the title.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella; Sasha wins and retains the title.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business; The Hurt Business wins and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Asuka & ???; Asuka & Charlotte Flair win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Universal Championship TLC Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Kevin Owens; Reigns wins and retains the title.
- Firefly Inferno Match: The Fiend VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
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It’s the WWE TLC Kickoff Show!
The last kickoff show for the last WWE PPV for 2020! Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, Jeff Jarrett and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all of tonight’s action!
MVP joins the kickoff show by video.
“Bring ’em out, bring ’em out!” Charly asks MVP what it would mean for The Hurt Business to add the Raw Tag Team Championships. It would be destiny fulfilled. Shelton Benjamin is one of the most decorated superstars, Cedric Alexander is a former Cruiserweight Champion, and MVP just reminded them of their past glory and got them back to their winning ways. So as the de facto leader, what advice does MVP give to his guys? Well Benjamin was a former tag team champion, so he knows what he’s doing. MVP just directs traffic. The New Day are clowns, it’s hard for MVP to respect them, but you have to acknowledge they are one of the greatest tag teams in this industry. But every day must end in night. And the only “new” we’ll be talking about is the new tag team champions.
Booker knows he and MVP both come “from the neighborhood,” and Alexander was the guy who needed that “dirt” on him. Has MVP had that talk with Alexander? Oh they’ve talked a lot lately, and in this re-emergence, Alexander now has that attack dog in him. We’ve seen a new Alexander. “They dropped, if you will.” Charly thanks MVP for his time and wishes his team luck in that title match up. Will the Hurt Business acquire new assets tonight at the expense of the 10-time tag team champions?
The Miz and John Morrison join the panel!
Hey, hey! Ho ho! They’re on the kickoff show, and Miz is feeling great as Mr. Money in the Bank. Is he cashing in? Well he doesn’t know. If the opportunity presents itself, then that opportunity will be taken. But if not, then no. What does that look like then> Morrison says this is about chaos and carnage, and a lot of people have a lot to lose. Morrison says even Roman and Kevin could be a target. So these two are working together? Why wouldn’t they? But who takes the case home? Miz is Mr. MITB so it is his. Morrison gets the first shot after, though. To cash in for a championship, they both understand how valuable the MITB is.
Then what about Omos, Jordan Omogbehin? Well we haven’t seen or heard much from him, but his presence alone, “you can’t teach tall.” Miz considers Omos as a factor. But McIntyre has been unstoppable! People keep asking why Miz hasn’t cashed in, but that’s because McIntyre is hard to pin! AJ Styles is also to be reckoned with. Miz felt the wrath of AJ Styles when Styles first came to WWE. Miz knows the talent on display is TLC, pain and torment!
But to cash in, the window has to be cracked, the back door has to be opened, but Miz doesn’t seem that confident. Morrison defends Miz’s confidence but Booker says he’s calling it like he sees it. Miz IS confidence! The most confidence in the WWE! And he is going to cash in, at the right time. Could it be tonight? Yes! Could it be tomorrow on Raw? Yes! Could it be months from now? Yes! But it isn’t if, it is when, and Miz will be champion! The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century head off, will the opportunity present itself tonight?
R-Truth joins the kickoff show!
Asuka needs a tag partner, right? Truth had a #WWJCD moment. What Would John Cena Do? Truth officially declares, or rather offers, to be Asuka’s tag team partner! They can win and become champions! There are many reasons she should choose him! He knows Japanese, and has held more titles, title reigns combined, in WWE history! Well 45 of them are as 24/7 Champion. Please don’t say “45-time” 45 times… Truth hurries of, but will someone please remind him it’s the Women’s Tag Team Championships, not a mixed tag title match?
8 Man Tag: Daniel Bryan, Big E, Otis Dozovic & Chad Gable VS Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro & King Corbin!
Quite a star-studded 4v4 match courtesy of SmackDown! Will the YES Movement, Mr. Five Count, the Blue Collar Brawler and the Alpha Academy Coach be able to best the group formerly known as the Artist Collective?
Naturally, the Wolf King has the Knights of the Lone Wolf, Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake, with him. Perhaps they’ll be factors in this match. The teams sort out, and Sami starts with Gable. But Sami wants Big E, so Gable obliges! Big E tags in, rushes Sami, but Sami tags out! So much for wanting after him. Corbin is in and he circles with Big E. They tie up, go around, and Corbin pushes Big E to a corner. Big E turns it around, but lets off at the ref’s count. Big E comes back for more but Corbin stays in the corner. Sami taunts Big E, Corbin knees Big E low! Corbin runs, Big E drops to then hurdle and elbow Corbin, but Corbin comes back to CLOBBER Big E!
Sami talks trash but Big E dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out, slides in but into the belly2belly! Tag to Gable but Cesaro tags in. The Swiss Cyborg headlocks, Gable powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cover, ONE, Gable has the waistlock! Cesaro elbows out, headlocks but Gable powers out. Things speed up, Gable leaps but into Cesaro’s arms! Gable slips out and runs to arm-drag! And then he goes up to headscissor Cesaro! Gable wrenches, tags in Bryan, and Bryan hops up to drop ax handles on Cesaro’s arm! Bryan wrenches an arm to an elbow breaker, then he throws EuroUppers and KICKS in the corner! Bryan wrenches, whips Cesaro but Cesaro reverses.
Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, ducks a clothesline to leap and lariat! Cesaro sits up, blocks the Yes Kick and trips Bryan, but Bryan denies the swing with a victory roll! TOW, and Bryan kicks, but Cesaro powers him to ropes! The ref counts, Cesaro lets off and Nakamura gets a cheap shot roundhouse! Tag to Nakamura, they combine for a KNEE and SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Bryan around, cravats and grinds, but Bryan endures. Sami tags in, they mug Bryan and Sami fires off haymakers! Nakamura gets a cheap shot as the ref pulls Sami back. Sami taunts Big E, drags Bryan up to throw more hands, then he drags Bryan to the corner.
Corbin tags in, the mugging continues, then Corbin puts Bryan on ropes to throw forearms into his back! Corbin taunts Otis, throws more clubbing forearms to Bryan’s back, then argues with the ref. Corbin laces Bryan in the ropes to stomps him! Tag to Sami and he gets in Big E’s face! The ref has to keep Big E back before Sami goes over to bump Bryan off the boots of Cesaro and Nakamura! Tag back to Corbin, Corbin throws haymakers then hoists Bryan up top. Corbin climbs, brings Bryan up, but Bryan resists the superplex! Bryan throws body shots, then headbutts Corbin! Corbin holds on but Bryan headbutts until Corbin falls! Bryan leaps and missile dropkicks!
Both men are down, the teams fire up, but Sami grabs at Big E! Big E chases Sami but Sami goes to the barriers! Cesaro EUROUPPERS Big E, Gable CANNONBALLS onto Cesaro! Bryan hot tags Otis! Nakamura is in, Otis rallies with big elbows! Otis whips Nakamura and FLAPJACKS him! Gable coaches Otis on and Otis hits a corner splash! Nakamura is down, but it’s time for the test! What will Otis do? He chooses CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Tag to Gable, they coordinate, but Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Otis first! Gable ducks one kick but not the windmill! Tag to Cesaro, they combine for FLYING KNEE GUT WRENCH BOMB!! Cover, but Otis breaks it!
Otis throws Nakamura out, but Corbin SPINEBUSTERS Otis! Bryan dodges Corbin to hit the FLYING KNEE! Cesaro pop-up UPPERCUTS Bryan! Gable waistlocks Cesaro for CHAOS THEORY! Both men are down but Sami is lurking! Sami returns to the corner and tags in! Sami drags Gable up, but Gable slips out of Blue Thunder to tag in Big E! And Sami is alone!! Big scoop, but Sami slips out to BOOT! Sami runs corner to corner, into a Urenag-E! Big E scoops for the BIG ENDING! Cover, Big E and team win!
Winners: Big E, Daniel Bryan, Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic, by pinfall
Sami is a clever strategist but he didn’t #ThinkBig E-nough! Will this lead Big E back to the Intercontinental Championship that Sami clings to?
A storm is coming.
It isn’t raining cats ‘n’ dogs, but wood and steel! And with gold sprinkled in between! Will the Boss still be in charge against the #UNTOUCHABLE? Will the Empress of Tomorrow have a surprise for the sadistic Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force? Will a Viper be burned to ash by a Fiend? Will the tables, ladders and chairs raining down change the landscape of the WWE forever?
WWE World Championship TLC Match: Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin!
The Scottish Warrior and the Phenomenal One have their first-ever 1v1 encounter and it’s with the highest stakes possible! But between tables, ladders, chairs, Omos ringside and Mr. MITB lurking in the shadows, what will take the title away from McIntyre? CAN anything take the title away from him?
The introductions are made, the belt is already high above the ring, and the first high stakes battle of the night begins!
McIntyre takes time to take off the kilt and gauntlets but Styles fires off on him! Styles CHOPS away in a corner, gets a leg but McIntyre kicks him away. McIntyre runs in but Styles dodges to fire off haymakers and kicks and a CHOP! Styles brings McIntyre out but McIntyre suplexes and TOSSES Styles away! McIntyre glares as he stands Styles up to CHOP him! And then McIntyre TOSSES Styles again! Styles gets to a corner, McIntyre throws hands! McIntyre dares Styles to get up but McIntyre CHOPS Styles back down! Styles crawls, McIntyre stalks him, whips him corner to corner HARD and Styles bounces off buckles chest first!
McIntyre drags Styles up, whips him back the other way and Styles bounces off into haymakers! McIntyre stomps Styles’ leg then glare at Omos. Omos stays put but McIntyre drags Styles up to kick low. Styles throat chops! Styles runs, but McIntyre back drops him high and hard! McIntyre watches Styles flounder to a corner. McIntyre runs in but into Styles’ boot! Styles hops up, McIntyre CHOPS him off and to the floor! McIntyre goes out after Styles, and he brings Styles up to bump him off the announce desk! Styles slumps down and McIntyre clears off a table with ease. McIntyre brings the table closer and then drags Styles up.
McIntyre bounces Styles’ head off the table, climbs up and over, then brings Styles up to suplex. Styles fights free but McIntyre ROCKS him with a right! Styles flounders into furniture but McIntyre scoops him to SNAKE EYES those ribs off the barriers! McIntyre wants Omos to move out of the way, and he obliges, and McIntyre uses Styles to bowl chairs off another table! Strike! Styles reaches around but McIntyre brings him up again, to again SNAKE EYES off barriers! That was head first this time. McIntyre gets a ladder and puts it in the ring! McIntyre stands the ladder up right under the belt and begins his climb! Styles hurries back in and he SMACKS McIntyre’s leg with a chair!
McIntyre falls off the ladder and Styles takes it for his own! Styles climbs, but McIntyre hobbles up. Styles gets the chair again and sees McIntyre clutching that leg. Styles SMACKS McIntyre on the back! Styles slows down because of his own hurting body but he wedges the chair in a corner. McIntyre hobbles, uses ropes for support, but Styles stops him from climbing the ladder. Styles goes to bump McIntyre off the chair but McIntyre blocks, trips Styles up, and catapults him! But Styles uses that to get UP the ladder! McIntyre stops Styles with clubbing forearms, pries him off and then aims at the ladder, but Styles sunset flips! McIntyre rolls through to catapult Styles into the CHAIR! Styles’ plan backfires on him!
McIntyre clutches his leg but goes to the ladder. McIntyre climbs but Omos fetches more chairs for Styles! Styles THROWS the ladder into McIntyre’s back! McIntyre stops his climb and even comes down a rung, for Styles to chop block! McIntyre writhes, clutching his leg, and Styles steadies himself. Styles drags McIntyre up and RAMS his head into rungs! McIntyre is down, the ladder tips over, but Styles brings it around to push down onto McIntyre! McIntyre is even more dazed and Styles walks over to bring him up. Basement enziguri! Styles looms over McIntyre as McIntyre crawls to the ladder.
Styles drags McIntyre up, reels him in and wants the Clash, but McIntyre resists the lift! McIntyre spins out, FUTURE SHOCK! Styles flounders, McIntyre gets up and has the ladder back. McIntyre sees Styles in a corner, and decides to wield the ladder LIKE A SWORD! Styles manages to avoid a direct hit, and he CHOP BLOCKS McIntyre again! Styles yanks on the leg, slams it on the ladder, then puts it inside the ladder for a FULL METAL CALF CRUSHER! McIntyre can only endure as there is no tapping out in this kind of match! Styles lets go when he tires out, and he frees McIntyre’s leg of the ladder. Or rather he frees the ladder of McIntyre’s leg, so that he can stand the ladder up.
McIntyre anchors Styles’ foot but Styles stomps him down. Styles tells McIntyre if he doesn’t stay down, he’ll be put down! CHAIR SHOT to the back! And another! And then to the leg! McIntyre flails and writhes but now Styles puts the leg through the chair! Another FULL METAL CALF CRUSHER! McIntyre endures, moves around, but Styles just pulls on the leg more! McIntyre crawls onto the ladder, to SLAM Styles’ head off it! Styles lets go of McIntyre to clutch his own head! McIntyre frees his leg but both men are both still down. Styles crawls back to the ladder, works to stand it up, but McIntyre grabs the other end of the ladder! McIntyre RAMS the ladder into the corner, Styles trips McIntyre to drag him to a corner. Styles KICKS the leg, then SLAMS the leg against the post!
Styles drags McIntyre out to throw a haymaker, then to RAM him down with another ladder! McIntyre is down and dazed, but Styles clears off a table and clears some space. McIntyre flounders over but Styles kicks him again. Styles takes a seat while McIntyre crawls, and then Styles throws more haymakers. Styles puts McIntyre on the table, rains down fists, and then goes back in the ring. Styles walks up the ladder wedged in the corner, but McIntyre gets up and THROWS a chair back at him! Direct hit and down goes Styles! McIntyre gets the table while Styles sputters and staggers about. McIntyre tosses the table in without even folding it up!
McIntyre gets his bad leg moving, stands the table back up, but Styles is after him. McIntyre elbows Styles, but runs into a drop toehold, into the corner ladder! McIntyre is down and dazed all over again! Styles drags McIntyre back up, whips him but McIntyre reverses. Styles slides under the table, then shoves it into McIntyre’s legs! Styles uses the table to leap, but McIntyre catches him! McIntyre OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Styles onto the ladder! Styles slides down the rungs while McIntyre gets to a corner. McIntyre works to get his bad leg moving again, and he heads over. Styles forearms McIntyre away, springboards, and hits a PHENOMENAL FOREARM!
Both men are down but they both roll to corners. Styles has Omos fetch him a new ladder, and he sets this one up under the belt. Styles climbs up, but McIntyre returns to grab at him! Styles kicks McIntyre but McIntyre still comes back! McIntyre gets Styles in a trophy lift, to TOSS out of the ring and through a table!! Referees check on Styles in the wreckage but McIntyre hurries to the ladder! McIntyre begins his climb, but here comes THE MIZ!! The Miz attacks McIntyre and Morrison has the briefcase! Miz POWERBOMBS McIntyre THROUGH THE TABLE!! Morrison gives the ref the briefcase because Miz is cashing in! THIS CHANGES THE MATCH TYPE!!
WWE World Championship TLC Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Omogbehin VS The Miz w/ John Morrison!
And as such, Miz is now climbing the ladder! Miz is grinning because he sees the title right above him! But OMOS gets involved! Omos yanks Miz off the ladder, cradles him like a child, and DROPS him through a TABLE! The cash-in is in jeopardy! Morrison SMACKS Omos with a chair, but the CHAIR breaks?! Omos barely felt that! Morrison sees he’s in trouble, and ditches the chair to bail out! Omos glares at Morrison, Morrison gets another chair as protection, but he falls over spare ladders! Morrison is up the ramp, Omos storms up that way, but the match is still going on! Miz, McIntyre and Styles are all in wreckage of tables, but McIntyre is the one in the ring!
McIntyre drags himself up, but Styles is back in now. Styles positions the ladder, McIntyre staggers but that leg is not cooperating. McIntyre hobbles over to get on the ladder, and the two are climbing! McIntyre has the lead based on his own natural height, but Styles manages to hit him in his leg! McIntyre keeps going and he hits back! McIntyre reaches at the belt but Styles punches him in the gut! Styles bounces McIntyre off the ladder but so does McIntyre! Miz is setting up another ladder next to theirs! McIntyre and Styles brawl but Miz climbs clear to the top! Mcintyre punches Miz, punches Styles, Styles falls down! GLASGOW KISS!
But Miz stays up and throws more hands! They go back and forth, they bounce each other off their ladders! McIntyre shoves Miz away! Styles springboards up to the top! Styles throws forearms, McIntyre throws hands, they brawl again! Styles sends McIntyre down into the ropes! But Miz is back! Miz hits Styles with haymakers! Miz reaches, Styles hits him! McIntyre uses Miz’s ladder to tip the other, and both men hit ropes! Styles tumbles out hard and Miz flounders, into a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre stands a ladder back up, climbs as fast as he can with his bad leg, he’s all alone up top! McIntyre WINS!
Winner: Drew McIntyre (still WWE World Champion)
The Scottish Warrior slays all of his adversaries! The Phenomenal One could not get it done, Mr. Money in the Bank went bankrupt, and the gold stays with McIntyre! If even these odds were not enough to knock McIntyre off the top, what in the world can?
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
The Tribal Chief’s Special Counsel is here, and Kayla brings up Kevin Owens’ ultimatum of winning the title, or die trying. “Aesthetics over competency again, I see.” But Heyman will give everyone the real question, “Is Heyman a sports fan?” Yes. And outside of the WWE, he likes NASCAR. Not for who wins, but for the crashes. Heyman is a sick individual, yes, but he likes that part of him.
Pro-wrestling is dangerous enough as it is, but tonight is carnage. People fall of ladders and through tables because they were hit by a chair. “Someone is going to get hurt bad tonight, and that someone’s name is Kevin Owens.” And Kevin will be hurt on purpose by your Tribal Chief, the undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns. And that is not just a prediction. That is a spoiler! Will Heyman again be proven right? Or will Kevin prove him oh so wrong?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella!
The Boss, the blueprint, the standard of the Women’s Division has been the target of the #UNTOUCHABLE Princess of Staten Island ever since Carmella made her return. But while Mella has been successfully ambushing Sasha, and thought she had Sasha right where she wanted her, Sasha turned the tables on her! A disqualification ended the match these two had on television, but will things end very differently here on PPV?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the battle to see who is truly the baddest bitch on the blue brand begins again!
Sasha rushes Mella but Mella bails out right way! Mella claims she needs to make sure her ring gear is fitting just right, and she’s using the ring count. Mella returns at 5 but Sasha is right on her with fast hands! Mella knocks Sasha down and talks trash as she knocks her down. Mella drags Sasha up, whips, but Sasha reverses and trips her up to drag her out! Sasha bumps Mella off the apron, then uses the apron for an arm-drag! Sasha CLUBS Mella, puts her back in the ring, and covers, TWO! Sasha looms over Mella, drags her up but Mella SLAPS her! Mella drags Sasha back up, whips but Sasha reverses to throw Mella out! Luckily, Mella’s sommelier, Reginald, is there to catch her!
Sasha goes to the apron and leaps, but Reginald gets under the Meteora! Reginald then helps Mella give Sasha a huricanrana! Sasha gets up but Mella shoves Sasha into the steel steps! Mella puts Sasha in the ring, covers, TWO! Mella takes her time to adjust her gear and then she drags Sasha back up. Mella puts Sasha in a corner and stomps her down! The ref counts, Mella lets off at 3, but then runs in to BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella drags Sasha back into a chinlock and talks trash while grinding her down. Sasha endures even as Mella bends her back, and Sasha fights up to hip bump. Mella ends up a backpack as Sasha rams her into a corner!
Sasha snapmares out, runs and BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Mella goes to a corner, Sasha runs in but is put on the apron. Sasha KNEES Mella back, drags her out, and turns her around, but Mella switches out of the Backstabber to hit an apron EDGE O’MATIC! Or maybe a Mella Matic? Mella puts Sasha in, covers, TWO! Mella keeps on Sasha with a motorcycle stretch and she digs a knee into Sasha’s back. Mella shouts, “You’re not the Boss!” Sasha fights up as fans clap on their ThunderDome screens. Sasha elbows out then scoops Mella for a BACKBREAKER! Mella hobbles over but Sasha blocks the kick to KNEE Mella back!
Sasha runs at Mella in the corner, METEORA! Sasha snap suplexes, una amiga! Dos amigas! And then THREE AMIGAS! Sasha smiles as she gives her tribute to Latino Heat, and then she drags Mella to a drop zone. The tribute isn’t over as Sasha climbs up, for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Mella survives and shocks Sasha! Sasha works to keep her cool, but she says Mella messed up. Sasha reels her in but Mlela backs Sasha into buckles! Mella throws elbow after elbow but the ref counts, so she stops at 3. Mella runs back in but into a BOOT! Sasha hosp up and leaps, but Mella gets under! Mella runs, into a tilt-o-whirl, into a MELLA BUSTER! Cover, TWO!?!
Mella tries again, TWO!! Mella is furious, she high stacks, TWO!! Sasha is still in this and Mella is in disbelief! Mella drags Sasha back up, then feeds Sasha to Mella’s boot! Mella goes up, for the HANGING NECKLOCK! The ref counts, Mella lets go at 4, and then adjusts her gear again. Mella drags Sasha by her hair to pull against the ropes! Sasha SLAPS Mella and that angers Mella! Mella clubs away with furious fists on Sasha’s back! The ring count begins but Mella says to be patient. FABULOUS KICK to Sasha! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Mella is furious! Sasha flounders away but Mella stalks over. Sasha throws Mella into buckles! Sunset flip, TWO!
Sasha gets Mella for Deadly Nightshade! Sasha drags Mella up to the top now, but Mella throws body shots back! Mella clubs Sasha, adjusts position, and FABULOUS STEINERS! But Sasha sunset flips through, TWO!! Sasha runs into a roll up, TWO! Sasha spins Mella for a backslide, TWO! They roll over, fight up, and Mella reels Sasha back in. Sasha trips to the jackknife, TWO! Mella has the CODE OF SILENCE!! Sasha endures the necklock, rolls to pop out but Mella fights off the crossface! RINGS OF SATURN, WITH A NECKLOCK!! Mella stomps away on Sasha’s head!! Sasha manages a cover, TWO!! Mella let Sasha go and Sasha is gasping in a corner.
Mella runs in but her Bronco Buster misses! Sasha rolls Mella to a takedown and a BANK STATEMENT CROSSFACE!! Mella crawls around, reaches with her legs and arms, Reginald gets her out of the hold! The ref reprimands Reginald but Sasha LEAPS to METEORA Reginald down! But another FABULOUS KICK! And another FABULOUS KICK! Mella puts Sasha in, covers, TWO!?!? Mella is beside herself as Sasha survives again! Mella refuses to believe this, and she shouts, “You are NOT better than me, Sasha!” Mella slaps Sasha over and over and keeps shouting at her! Mella drags Sasha up, but Sasha pops out of the facebuster to get the CROSSFACE!! Mella flails, but she taps! Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
And it is STILL #BossTime for SmackDown! Mella had her assistant helping her and she still couldn’t put Sasha away! Will Sasha be popping bottles to celebrate this victory tonight?
Billie Kay talks with Asuka backstage.
Billie asks Asuka if she just saw that match. Billie just knew Sasha would retain. Maybe Billie’s clairvoyant? She’ll add that to her resume real quick. And speaking of, Billie presents her headshot and resume to Asuka. We all know Asuka needs a tag team partner, Billie is a former tag team champion, so she’d be a great partner against Nia and Shayna. And in the skills section, Billie is proficient in Japanese! Really? Asuka fires off Japanese and Billie says “Right back at you.” Billie even made her own mask to match Asuka’s! Asuka says enough! Clearly Billie did not understand. But thank you, but no thank you. The position has been filled. Billie is NOT ready for Asuka! Thanks, bye. But then if Asuka has a tag partner all set up, who is it?!
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business!
The title matches do not stop! The 10-time W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ are hoping to hold onto the gold against the very hungry Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander! But will Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods have to kiss their assets good-bye tonight?
Backstage, Charly Caruso asks if the New Day is ready. How is this match going to be different from the last time? Well Kofi puts it like this: it won’t be. But the longer answer: it definitely won’t be. The Hurt Business have gone against the New Day before, but this is #BigMatch New Day! The Butt Hurt Business will be even more butt hurt because 2020 ends as it began: with the New Day as tag team champions. Why? BECAAAUSE- It’s still not quite right without Big E. But the point is, NEW! DAY ROCKS!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out, with Kofi starting against Alexander!
Alexander rushes Kofi but gets a SUPERKICK for it!! Cover, TWO! Kofi drags Alexander up, hits a Russian Leg Sweep, then tags Woods. Kofi twerks on Alexander as Woods drops the SUPER LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Woods drags Alexander up as MVP shouts for him to tag out! Kofi tags in, rams into Alexander, Woods rolls Alexander for Kofi’s crossbody! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps Alexander away from Benjamin with a snapmare. Tag to Woods, penalty kick to sliding lariat, and Kofi’s rebound splash! Woods dragon sleepers for a SAVING GRACE! Cover, Benjamin breaks it up!
Benjamin and MVP coach Alexander and Alexander kicks Woods away. Benjamin tags in to clobber Woods! Benjamin snap suplexes Woods, covers, TWO! MVP helps Alexander hydrate while Benjamin whips Woods for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Benjamin drags Woods back up and whips, but Woods ducks and dodges to slide and ROLLING ELBOW! Woods whips, wrenches and puts Benjamin on ropes! Kofi tags in as Woods builds speed, sliding attack onto Benjamin and he wrecks Alexander with a dropkick! The Hurt Business is reeling from that 2-for-1 special, Kofi springboards and STOMPS Benjamin down! Cover, TWO!
Woods keeps on Alexander with elbows and Kofi kicks Benjamin. Kofi mule kicks, tags Woods, PLANCHA for Alexander and GET OVER HERE for Benjamin! Cover, TWO! The New Day is fired up and Woods brings Benjamin up. Woods CHOPS Benjamin, and CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips. Benjamin puts Woods on the apron but Woods hits him away, Benjamin KNEES Woods back! Benjamin throws Woods hard into the buckles! Tag to Alexander, and Alexander aims at Woods, to PENALTY KICK him in the back! MVP says the kick was good! Alexander puts Woods in, covers, TWO!
Alexander rains down elbows, digs knuckles into ribs, and then pulls Woods back in a chinlock. Alexander drags Woods over, tags Benjamin in, and Benjamin stomps Woods down. Benjamin drags Woods up and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Benjamin keeps on the arm but MVP wants to hear it snap. Benjamin stomps Woods, tags Alexander back in, and Alexander throws elbows. Alexander clamps on claws into Woods’ shoulder and he taunts, “How’s that nerve feeling!?” Woods endures, fights up and fights back but Alexander DECKS him with a right! Alexander runs, handsprings, but into Woods’ enziguri! He neutralizes the Neuralizer!
Woods and Alexander crawl, hot tags to Kofi and Benjamin! Kofi springboard ax handles Benjamin first! And he hits Alexander, then rallies with CHOPS on Benjamin! Dropkick! Benjamin gets up, Kofi LEAPING LARIATS! MVP shouts at Benjamin but Kofi BOOTS Alexander down! Kofi runs for the Boom Drop, but gets caught! Alexander tags in, climbs up, Benjamin moves Kofi around, but no Doomsday! Kofi victory rolls and STOMPS Benjamin! Kofi catches Alexander for SOS! Cover, TWO!! MVP is panicking as Kofi watches Alexander. Kofi claps it up, spins, but Alexander ducks Trouble to back suplex! Kofi lands out, whips Alexander but Alexander reveres! Kofi goes up, up and over, but Alexander gets under to come back with a KNEE! BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, but Woods breaks it!
Benjamin brawls with Woods, KNEE, to Alexander’s NEURALIZER! Benjamin hits PAYDIRT on Woods! Kofi is down, Alexander tags back to Benjamin, and Benjamin drags Woods up. OLYMIPC- NO! Kofi slips out to dropkick Benjamin down! Alexander is there, Kofi KICKS him, too! Kofi slips out to swing kick Benjamin! Kofi goes up, but Benjamin ROCKS him first! Benjamin climbs, drags Kofi up but Kofi fights back! Kofi headbutts Benjamin away, adjusts, but Benjamin ROCKS him again! Benjamin goes up, brings Kofi right up, for a HALF HATCH SUPERPLEX! Benjamin fires up and wants to hit Kofi with something more, but Alexander tags in!? Alexander drags Kofi up, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, The Hurt Business wins!!
Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)
MVP doesn’t mind Alexander improvising, because they just took the titles! The Hurt Business’ treasury is growing larger, and Bobby Lashley is there to celebrate with them! Will they soon take over all of Raw together?
Sami Zayn confronts Kayla Braxton.
“Oh, there she is! Little Ms. Journalist!” She must be proud of leaking that audio that breached his privacy! Does she have no shame? But Sami stops himself and apologizes. He just wants to know who gave her the audio. Was it Big E? Sami will deal with it himself. Kayla apologizes, but a journalist doesn’t reveal their sources. Oh is she lecturing him on ethics?! He is the ONLY ONE who knows about ethics in the WWE! Will Sami rant and rave until this mystery is solved?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Asuka & ???
Nia and Shayna have bullied the Ravishing Russian for months, but while her spirit did not break, they finally broke her physically. Lana is not able to compete tonight for the opportunity she and the Empress of Tomorrow won together, but WWE is allowing for a substitution! Who is it that Asuka has chosen for her new teammate? It’s… THE QUEEN, CHARLOTTE FLAIR!! She finally returns and wants her own revenge on Nia! They’ve been rivals before, but will Charlotte and Asuka now reign together?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Asuka starts against Shayna to start this wrestling royal showdown!
Asuka and Shayna circle, feel the grapple out, and Asuka gets a leg. Shayna waistlocks, Asuka switches, but Shayna rolls to get free and KICK Asuka back! Asuka shakes her head but Shayna KICKS her again! Asuka ducks the next kick to give KICKS! Shayna blocks a kick but Asuka gets an arm! They roll, Asuka wants the armbar but Shayna moves around to trap an arm! Hair down, but Asuka dodges the stomp! Asuka and Shayna stand off, but Charlotte wants in! Asuka gives her the tag! The Queen of Spades and Queen of Flair stare down, but then Charlotte blasts past Shayna to hit Nia! Charlotte elbows Shayna down and gets the leg but Shayna kicks her away!
Shayna and Charlotte circle, but Shayna grins as she tags to Nia. That’s what Charlotte wanted anyway! Charlotte and Nia tie up, Charlotte waistlocks but Nia rams her into the corner! Nia keeps hitting, then runs in, but Charlotte dodges! Charlotte headlocks, Nia powers out and the two collide. Neither falls, Nia dares Charlotte to bring it, so Charlotte kicks and headlocks. Asuka tags in, fire off kicks, then fast hands! Asuka back kicks then whips, but Nia reverses. Asuka holds ropes and she elbows back then ROUNDHOUSES and CODE BREAKERS! Nia stays up so Asuka kicks her in the corner! Asuka goes up but Nia ROCKS her!
Nia fireman’s carries, Asuka flails to a sunset but Nia drags her up to headbutt! Nia POSTS Asuka in the corner, tags Shayna, and they throw Asuka down. Nia sets the arm up for Shayna’s STOMP! Shayna keeps stomping the arm, then covers, TWO! Charlotte coaches Asuka but Shayna has the cording hold. Shayna tortures the elbow then the wrist and fingers! Asuka endures, Shayna twists it around to a double wristlock, but Asuka fights up to roll her! ONE, Shayna CLOBBERS Asuka! Shayna drags Asuka up, throws her into buckles, then tags in Nia. Nia drags Asuka down then YANKS her into the post! Nia drags Asuka up to whip her hard into barriers!
The ring count climbs but Nia takes her time. Nia puts Asuka in at 6, tags Shayna, and they wrap the arm around ropes to throw body shots! The ref reprimands, Shayna brings Asuka out to twist the arm around into another double wristlock. Asuka endures as Shayna goes after the elbow more, then Shayna shifts. Asuka goes after Shayna’s arm now! Shayna pulls hair, whips, but Asuka wrenches back to kick away! Shayna blocks a kick, trips Asuka up, and covers, TWO! Charlotte was ready just in case but Asuka survives. Shayna throws Asuka out, tags to Nia, and Nia goes around to go after Asuka. Nia scoops Asuka but Asuka slips off to shove Nia! Nia avoids post but not BACK HAND!
Asuka hurries back in, Nia gives chase, and Shayna lurks around the way, Asuka kicks Nia away, ROUNDHOUSE! But Shayna yanks Charlotte down! Charlotte DECKS Shayna for it, and tags in! Charlotte CHOPS away on Nia! Charlotte’s father, Ric Flair, is watching backstage! Charlotte whips, Nia reverses but Charlotte kicks back! Charlotte runs to BOOT Nia down! Shayna returns but gets a kick! And an EXPLDOER! Shayna flops out while Charlotte kips up! Charlotte runs, blocks a boot to give a forearm! Charlotte puts the leg on a rope to drop a knee! Nia staggers, Charlotte BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!
Charlotte keeps her cool but Shayna gets Nia out. Asuka SLIDING KICKS Shayna! Charlotte goes up and aims, MOONSAULT takes the champions down! Charlotte fires up as she gets back up and she puts Nia back in at 6 of 10! Charlotte is in at 7, gets Nia’s legs, and ties them up, but Nia kicks her away! Nia reels Charlotte in but Charlotte fights the fireman’s carry! Asuka tags in, Nia gets Charlotte for the SAMOAN DROP! Asuka is up top and leaps to missile dropkick Nia all the way to her corner! Shayna tags in, Asuka dodges, but Shayna ducks a kick to wrench the arm! Kirafuda, but Asuka slips out! Asuka wants her lock but Shayna wrenches the arm! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!
But Charlotte tags in! Asuka gets away and Charlotte gives Shayna a backbreaker to buckle shot! BOOT for Nia! Charlotte smirks but Shayna creeps up behind! Charlotte fights the Kirafuda off but Shayna cradles, TWO! Charlotte has the legs, FIGURE FOUR! Bridge, FIGURE EIGHT!! Nia drags Charlotte off her own hold! FLYING HIP ATTCK from Asuka to Nia! Charlotte holds ropes to avoid the Kirafuda, but Shayna brings her away! Charlotte rolls to a cover, TOW! NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, Charlotte and Asuka win!!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Asuka is a double champion, and the Queen is a GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! Will this combination of Empress and Queen be even more unstoppable than Nia and Shayna?
Big E and R-Truth are laughing about something backstage.
Sami confronts them! It WAS Big E who gave Kayla the audio! No, Sami, don’t worry about that leak. But go on somewhere else with that conspiracy theory. Truth has a conspiracy thesis. “Your lips don’t touch when you say the word ‘touch,’ but they do when you say the word, ‘separate.'” Sami says Big E is not as clever as Sami, because Sami is still Intercontinental Champion while Big E has been a joke ever since going water! Alright, Sami, keep playing these games. Big E will see him soon. Big E’s scary seriousness gets both Truth and Sami to leave, but will Sami find himself being chased by a powerful contender?
WWE Universal Championship TLC Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Kevin Owens!
The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, this Samoan sociopath, has been instilling fear and pain into not only those who oppose him, but his own flesh and blood. Jey Uso has fallen in line, and others shy away. But not the Prizefighter! Kevin has defiantly fought back and claims that he will be champion, or die trying. Will Roman make it so that Kevin never fights again? Or will Kevin #StunTheWorld and take away the title?
Roman Reigns enters first for the title to be hoisted high above the ring. But Kevin shows up out of nowhere and attacks! He fires off fists on Roman, the bell rings to start the match, and Kevin stomps a mudhole into Roman! Roman shoves Kevin but Kevin fires off on Roman! Kevin runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Roman is down, Heyman is stressed out, and Kevin goes out after Roman! Kevin whips Roman into barriers, then CANNONBALLS again! Kevin drags Roman back up, and whips him into steel steps! Roman is down and writhing, so Kevin goes up to the apron, for an APRON FROG SPLASH! Direct hit and now Roman is gasping!
Kevin finally leaves Roman behind for a moment, and he’s fetching a ladder! Kevin puts the ladder in, but here comes Jey Uso! Kevin SUPERKICKS Jey down! Kevin goes back out, gets a chair and he JAMS it into Jey’s ribs! And SMACKS Jey on the back! Kevin SMACKS Roman on the back with the chair, too! Kevin storms after Jey but Jey ROCKS Kevin with the uppercut! Jey kicks but into the CHAIR! Kevin SMACKS away on Jey’s leg! Kevin puts the chair around the leg, then STOMPS the chair! Jey writhes and clutches his foot and Kevin says him he should’ve stayed in the back!
Kevin clears off the announce desk and he drags Jey over! The refs and medics want Kevin to spare Jey, so Kevin does. And Roman returns with a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Kevin falls off the apron and Roman grits his teeth. Roman throws the desk hood down on Kevin, then finds something more while Jey is helped to the back. Roman has the steel steps and he RAMS Kevin down! And RAMS him again! And then hammers away with the steps! Then Roman tosses the steps aside in anger! Roman sees the ladder in the ring, but he wants something to end Kevin first. Roman drags Kevin up and into the ring, and then fetches another ladder.
Roman puts this shorter ladder in while Kevin gets up, and Roman SMASHES Kevin with that ladder! And then swings and SMACKS Kevin, and again! And then Roman hammers Kevin with this ladder! Roman digs the ladder into Kevin’s ribs! Kevin keeps trying to fight but Roman stomps him down. Roman puts the ladder on ropes, stomps Kevin more, then fetches chairs. Roman mumbles to himself as he puts the chairs in, then he stomps Kevin’s hand! And SMACKS Kevin on the back! Kevin gets the other chair and tries to swing back, but Roman hits chair with chair into Kevin! Roman just hammers away with the chair on Kevin’s ribs! And another chair shot to the back!
Roman smiles a bit as he sets up the chairs together, side by side. Kevin gets up, hits back with haymakers and body shots, but Roman ROCKS him with a right! Roman fireman’s carries but Kevin slips out! Kevin wants to bomb but Roman back drops him onto the chairs! Roman takes a moment to talk to himself again, “I’m gonna torture this fool,” then he brings Kevin up. Roman throws Kevin out, moves things around in the ring, and stands the tall ladder up. The ladder is under the belt, Roman climbs up, but Kevin SMACKS Roman with a chair! And again! Roman is down and Kevin SMACKS him again! Heyman is feeling that one!
Kevin sits a chair up, brings Roman over, and fisherman BUSTERS Roman onto the chair!! Roman writhes, Heyman is shocked, and Kevin tells Roman, “You’re making me do this!” Kevin goes to the ladder, climbs up now, and grabs the belt! But Jey is back!? Jey is on one good leg as he drags Kevin down, and the two of them brawl! Kevin kicks and punches and kicks! Kevin rains down rights on Jey, but a SUPERMAN PUNCH takes Kevin down! Roman and Jey move the ladder aside for now, and Jey fetches a table for the Head of the Table! And not just one, but another table! Roman makes sure the ladder is out of the way enough for these tables to be set up.
Roman stomps Kevin to keep him down, and the tables are set up. Roman has one propped up in a corner, Jey stands his up on its own. Again, Roman talks to himself. Roman stands on Kevin’s head and grinds him into the mat! “This is because you pissed me off!” Roman drags Kevin up but Kevin keeps fighting him. Roman feeds Kevin to Jey but Kevin kicks back! SUPERKICK even! STUNNER for Roman!! Kevin clears the ring of the Bloodline and hurries to get the ladder back up! Kevin heads up, but Jey anchors a foot and drags him down! Jey and Kevin brawl again, Kevin kicks Jey’s bad leg! Kevin has Jey by the announce desk, and uses a POP-UP POWERBOMB to put Jey through it!
Kevin hobbles over to flip pieces of the desk onto Jey! The Bloodline tried to bury him, he’s burying one of them! With armchairs, too! Kevin goes back to the ring, climbs up the ladder, is at the top, but Roman returns! Roman keeps Kevin from touching the belt, throws hands, but Kevin throws hands back! Kevin punches Roman but Roman rakes eyes! Kevin falters, Roman goes around to his side, and drags him down to throw haymakers. Kevin stays standing against ropes, and he hits back! Kevin SUPER- No, Roman blocks the kick to POWERBOMB Kevin onto the short ladder!
Kevin is down, Roman brings the short ladder around, and then brings Kevin over. The ladder is on its edge, Roman back suplexes Kevin onto the ladder! Roman follows Kevin out of the ring, moves things aside, and drags Kevin back up. Roman CHOKE SLAMS Kevin through a table! Roman checks on Jey under all the wreckage then throws the armchair onto Kevin! Roman drags Kevin up by his shirt, throws more haymakers but Kevin falls right over. Roman drags Kevin up again, and SAMOAN DROPS him through a table! Kevin coughs and sputters as Roman goes back to the ring. Roman is all alone with the ladder, and he takes his time climbing up.
Roman is at the top, but Kevin is back?! Roman chuckles in disbelief. Roman goes back down the ladder, kicks at Kevin, but Kevin keeps clawing at him. Roman can’t believe Kevin is doing this. “You’re embarrassing your family now.” Roman toys with Kevin, but Kevin SLAPS him! Roman SPEARS Kevin through a table! The table in the corner! But that was risky, as Roman is clutching his own neck and shoulder. Kevin flops out of the ring, and is still moving?! Kevin is crawling to another ladder, and says, “You’re gonna have to kill me!” Roman goes out as Kevin leans against the ladder to stand. Roman runs in and SPEARS, but Kevin moves! Roman blasts though barriers!!
Kevin drags himself back into the ring, climbs the ladder, and gets to the top! Kevin reaches at the belt but Roman is back in! Roman drags Kevin down, grabs him by the head and digs him into the ladder, to then throw him into it! The ladder tips over and Kevin falls again, and Roman is seething as he moves things aside. Roman walks into a SUPERKICK! And ANOTHER SUPERKICK! Kevin whips Roman for a POP-UP- SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman hits back, runs, but into a POP-UP BOMB THROUGH A TABLE!! Roman flops out of the ring and Kevin gets the ladder! Roman stands the ladder up, climbs up, and grabs at the belt!
But JEY is back!! Jey climbs up, keeps Kevin from bringing the belt down, but Kevin headbutts Jey over and over! Kevin gives Jey a STUNNER! Kevin goes back up, reaches the top again, and grabs for the belt! Roman is back?! Roman LOW BLOWS Kevin through the rungs! Roman chokes Kevin out with the GUILLOTINE! Kevin fades, falls off the ladder, and Roman stands up to grab the belt off the holder!
Winner: Roman Reigns (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief still reigns! But it took so much out of Roman, Kevin, and even Jey, the Head of the Table’s insurance policy! Will anyone ever overthrow the Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!
Big E’s pin on Sami Zayn tonight has earned him a title match for Christmas! Will Big E give us the best present of all when he dethrones the Great Liberator?
Firefly Inferno Match: The Fiend VS Randy Orton!
Bray Wyatt and The Viper seem to be fated to battle again and again. But a rivalry has never been more heated than this! One will burn for the sins of the past, will this be a completely different kind of nightmare before Christmas?
Orton is wary as he gets in the ring with The Fiend, because The Fiend keeps watching him. The bell rings, the two slowly, slowly circle, and then Orton throws a haymaker! But The Fiend just laughs it off! Orton is put off by that as he still circles around. Orton kicks low but again The Fiend just laughs, and even sticks out his tongue. Orton throws another hand, then tries an RKO but is denied! The Fiend fires off haymakers, uppercuts, and a flurry of headbutts! Then The Fiend stomps Orton down, paces, and brings Orton up to uppercut him back down! Orton flounders, Fiend whips him and headbutts him down! Orton flounders even more and gets to a corner.
The Fiend storms over to drag Orton back up, reels him in, but Orton gets out of Sister Abigail to dropkick! The Fiend stays up and throat chops back! The Fiend rams into Orton in the corner, digs Orton’s face into ropes, then whips Orton to swing. Orton dodges but Fiend BODY CHECKS him! Orton fights off Sister Abigail to hit the back2backbreaker! The Fiend is finally down, but he’s up fast! Fiend denies an RKO to hit SISTER ABIGAIL! And NOW there’s fire! The Fiend summons it all around ringside, but Orton gets back in the ring. The Fiend fires off uppercuts, throws Orton back out, and they’re closer to the fire.
Orton hurries back in but Fiend drags him back out to ROCK him with an uppercut! Fiend bumps Orton off steel steps, and digs his thumbs into Orton’s eyes! Orton screams in pain but Fiend laughs! Fiend drags Orton over but Orton pushes away to avoid flames! Orton punches back, but runs into a clothesline! The fire spouts stronger with that impact, as if responding to The Fiend’s mood. The Fiend finds a leather strap and he LASHES Orton with it! And LASHLES him again! Fiend laughs as he LASHES Orton even more! Fiend has an even bigger, heavier strap of leather, and he LIGHTS IT ON FIRE! Fiend swings the burning leather but Orton moves! Strap meets flames and they erupt again!
Fiend reels back to keep himself from catching on fire. Orton throws hands and pushes Fiend close to flames but Fiend hits back. Fiend POSTS Orton, then brings out a PICKAXE!? Orton avoids getting chopped down! The Fiend finds the pickaxe is stuck, but Orton attacks! Wait is that a rocking chair? Fiend POSTS Orton again, and again, then rams him into barriers! The fires are getting hungrier but The Fiend sees the rocking chair. The Fiend brings the chair, and a gas can, and sets it up, to soak the chair in the gasoline! The Fiend draws a line with the gasoline, goes after Orton, but Orton avoids the flames! The Fiend whips Orton into steel steps!
The Fiend drags Orton over, makes him take a seat in the gas soaked chair, and then has a LIGHTER! Fiend lights the line of gas and it goes right for the chair! Orton moves before the chair is burned to ash! The Fiend laughs as he stalks after Orton, and has part of the steel steps! But Orton uses an AX HANDLE! Orton SMACKS and CLUBS Fiend with it, then RAMS Fiend with the steps! And RAMS him again! The flames are only getting hotter but Orton fetches a chain from under the ring! FULL METAL KNUCKLE! Orton keeps hitting The Fiend with the chain fist, and then uses the chains to choke the Fiend! The Fiend is inches from fire but he fights free!
Orton hurries back up, wraps his fist back up, and stalks Fiend into the ring. The Fiend catches Orton for an URENAGE! NECK SNAP! Fiend drags Orton up, brings him around and throws him back out. Fiend looms over Orton, and STOMPS his hand before he could grab the ax handle! Fiend takes the handle for his own, and ignites it! Orton kicks Fiend first! Orton drags Fiend onto the apron for a DRAPING DDT! And the fires are erupting again! Orton hears the voices in his head as he lurks close to The Fiend. The Fiend slowly stirs and stands, but he catches Orton into the MANDIBLE CLAW! Fiend is pushing Orton towards the fire! But Orton turns it around! Now Fiend is pushing Orton, but Fiend IGNITES!! Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton
But The Fiend is still after Orton! Orton hits an RKO!! Orton looks at The Fiend as he is out cold but on fire! Is the Viper feeling remorse for what he’s done? Orton checks on Bray, kicks at him, but Bray isn’t moving… Orton leaves the ring, because he wants to be sure he’s gotten rid of The Fiend. He has the gas can, and there’s plenty still inside! Orton told the world before that he’s “the most evil son of a bitch” ever, and he is pouring the gasoline all over The Fiend’s body! Is he really going to…!? Orton fetches matches!
Orton stands over the gas soaked Fiend, lights a match, watches it burn… and throws it down on The Fiend!! THE FIEND ERUPTS IN FLAMES, and the flames around the ring react in kind! Is Orton going to have a circle of hell all to himself?!
This was a great TLC PPV, but obviously with some glaring flaws. First, I don’t like that they didn’t include a separate Tables match and separate Chairs match for the matches that it could’ve worked for. If they had kept Lana in the match with Asuka, it could’ve been a Tables Tag match. That is a match that Lana and Asuka honestly still could’ve won because it’s just about getting someone through a table. Plus, that’s just using the story telling Vince was giving us in a logical way: Lana puts Nia through a table somehow, and wins the titles off her as the cherry on top. But I suppose two TLC matches and an Inferno Match makes up for that in WWE’s mind.
We got a good 8 Man Tag of what is basically the WWE Intercontinental Championship field, and Corbin. Big E gets a big win and a title match for Christmas SmackDown! I feel like that’s as good as having a match here tonight on the PPV, and I really think if Big E’s winning the title, he’s winning it then. And R-Truth was present tonight, yet no WWE 24/7 Championship moments so that was a tiny letdown. They could’ve gotten some SmackDown stars involved since PPV’s seem to be the best opportunity for that, but nope. It sounds like Truth is doing stuff on WWE Main Event, which is more of a reason I wish it was on the Network, not on Hulu.
Opening the main card with the WWE World Championship TLC was a clear sign there would be an MITB cash-in, and then we got it! Even before Miz and Morrison got involved, it was a great match of McIntyre VS Styles. And then with Miz and Morrison getting involved, OMOS got involved, and I love that they made a completely gimmicked chair that falls apart, just to sell that Omos is a tank in his own right. Sucks that Miz’s cash-in failed but this was the best opening for him. But McIntyre’s power is off the charts retaining in this situation, so whatever plans they have for him at Royal Rumble must be huge!
Sasha VS Mella was also very good, but of course “Reginald the sommelier” gets involved somehow. But it didn’t cost Sasha so I’m not really sure it helped anything. Honestly, I thought Mella’s new submission hold was going to win, but that thing got buried out the gate. Y’know, maybe Sasha VS Mella could’ve been a Champagne match to “redefine the C” for one night. It was being set up by Mella smashing bottles on Sasha this whole time, but much like Lana being removed from the Women’s Tag title match, WWE misses another opportunity they themselves set up.
And then, in said Women’s Tag title match, they could’ve given us Asuka & Mandy or Asuka & Dana, but they went with the answer that oddly enough, quite a few people predicted. It was great for Charlotte to return now, and the tag match was great because it was Charlotte, and now Charlotte is a Grand Slam Champion, but I feel like there was an opportunity missed again. I suppose they can still circle around for Dana and Mandy to get involved with the story, but Charlotte getting a tag title reign with Asuka must be because WWE is very concerned about Raw’s ratings.
New Day VS Hurt Business was a great tag title match, even without extra stipulations added on. Alexander and Benjamin worked well together, and just as I thought Alexander tagging in without warning would backfire, he instead takes the win for his own. The Hurt Business has three champions, and I really hope there’s a way for MVP to be 24/7 Champion with the others defending him so he can have a long reign. Of course, now the problem is, WWE has downsized the tag team divisions on Raw and SmackDown, so who is there on Raw to challenge Hurt Business other than the New Day? I suppose because of what’s been building, it’ll be Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle, but then is Riddle also going to challenge Lashley for the US Championship to tease being a double champion? Vince has really written himself into a corner with how he’s booked things.
Roman VS Kevin was a great TLC match. Better than McIntyre VS Styles VS Miz, and perhaps the best one in a long time because of the story going into it. Kevin had a great sneak attack and just wouldn’t stop moving despite what happened to him. Of course Jey gets in, and he gets thrown around quite a bit himself. They did a great job teasing us into thinking Kevin was going to win, because he was so close to getting the belt with both hands at one point. But in the end, Roman finds a way to win, mostly because he remembers he can just low blow his opponent, then choke them out. Much like with McIntyre, I have no solid idea what is happening next, but I am so ready for it.
The Firefly Inferno Match wasn’t all that “Firefly,” I was expecting the puppets to get involved and for Ramblin’ Rabbit to perhaps get set on fire as part of his immortality gag where he just keeps coming back from the dead. But it was a decent Inferno Match, with Orton and Bray brawling, and the reference to original Bray using the rocking chair. This match was clearly partially edited because Orton would not have had time to get out of the chair before the fire got to him if it were live. But the editing just made things work out better, because obviously that was a dummy Fiend “unconscious” in the ring for Orton to set on fire. Been a long time since Orton’s tried burning someone alive *cough* Taker */cough* but this really escalates things between him and Bray. Bray could take this any which way, and he and Orton could still have a proper Firefly match come Rumble or Mania.
My Score: 8.6/10
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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