The Raw Tag Team and United States Championships are on the line!
Though Fastlane is just a week away, titles are on the line tonight! Will Matt Riddle still be WWE United States Champion? Or will Mustafa Ali shut him down?
- The Miz w/ John Morrison VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
- Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Naomi & Lana; Rose & Brooke win.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Hurt Business VS The New Day; The New Day wins and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- WWE 24/7 Championship All Due Respect: Truth becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Damian Priest w/ Bad Bunny VS Jaxson Ryker w/ Elias; Priest wins.
- Shane McMahon VS Braun Strowman; No Contest.
- Asuka VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Asuka wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali w/ Retribution; Riddle wins and retains the title.
- Sheamus VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
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BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
Drew McIntyre WILL challenge Bobby Lashley for the WWE World Championship! But speaking of…
Bobby Lashley and MVP head to the ring!
The CEO of the Hurt Business, the current WWE Champion, and the All Mighty Rocky Mountain Machine is accompanied by Montel Vontavius Porter as he walks out with belt and crisp, new suit. They get mics to address the WWE Universe, “This is an official announcement from the Hurt Business.” Last week, a statement was made but not everyone got it so MVP will repeat it for you. “We have entered the All Mighty Era! After 16 YEARS of dedication and decimation, the CHO of the Hurt Business finally had an opportunity to take the WWE Championship.” And Lashley did!
Lashley has proven the haters, the naysayers and the doubters wrong by doing what he said he’d do. Lashley wasn’t given anything, he had to fight his way to this title. Lashley did that by destroying McIntyre at Elimination Chamber, and vows to do it again in the main event of WrestleMania! Then after McIntyre, Lashley will destroy everyone else on Raw and reign supreme! Right now, this is THE All Might Era! But here comes The Miz! He and John Morrison are here and Miz says, “Wow, Bobby. I should be preparing for my match with Drew McIntyre, but I had to come out here and say that speech was truly remarkable.”
Morrison says Lashley has a way with words. But they’re not here to steal the spotlight or the title, but to congratulates. They’re all in on the All Mighty Era! The branding and name are so powerful! Just like Lashley. These past two weeks, Miz was so proud to share the ring with him. It was an honor, really. But Miz would be lying if he were to think this budding rivalry was over. All the great rivalries had great final showdowns at WrestleMania! Hogan VS Andre! Bret VS Shawn! Rock VS Stone Cold! And it’s 3:16 Week and we’re all celebrating Steve Austin! If you wanna see The Miz and Bobby Lashley go 1v1 for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, give Miz a hell yeah! AWW HELL YEAH! Only Morrison said that…
Miz is sure Lashley is thinking Miz has had his chance. But Lashley is a fair guy, and Miz isn’t going to diminish anything Lashley has done. But Miz defended his title twice in one night. And was suffering from gastrointestinal distress! Miz wasn’t 100%! Doesn’t Lashley want to face Miz at full strength? But here comes McIntyre! McIntyre storms right past Miz and Morrison as he glares right at Lashley. Lashley doesn’t move as McIntyre gets in the ring with him. McIntyre says “I’ve not had the chance to formally congratulate you.” A long time coming, with 16 years. But McIntyre had the same with 17 years waiting.
McIntyre knows about traveling those roads, “being the hardest workers in the room, and yet opportunities just kept passing us by.” When everyone else is going to bed, these two work in the gym. Then neither of them i sin the WWE, they came back and scratched their ways up from the bottom to the top. And it feels so good to get hands on that title. But the only difference here, is McIntyre beat 30 other men, won the Royal Rumble, and BEAT BROCK LESNAR! MVP wants to talk but McIntyre cuts him off to say Lashley made a deal, screwed McIntyre over, and now he’s champion. Whatever it takes, right?
MVP says McIntyre needs to worry more about Sheamus. McIntyre says they’ve already beaten the hell out of each other. But wait why is MVP here? It used to make sense: MVP was the puppet master and Lashley was “Frankenstein’s monster,” with MVP talking for him. But Lashley proved he can talk for himself, he’s a champion now! Is MVP living vicariously through Lashley? Lashley says worry less about MVP and more about Lashley! Miz adds himself to that list, but no one takes that seriously. McIntyre forgot Miz was still here. McIntyre does owe Miz, though.
McIntyre gives Miz two options: McIntyre will turn around, finish talking to Lashley and A) Miz can attack, though not recommended, or B) run for his life. Because in their match, McIntyre will hurt Miz, make an example of him, then go to Fastlane to go to war with Sheamus, and then at Mania, McIntyre VS Lashley, no one over those two days will match this heavyweight clash! They will beat the hell out of each other, but McIntyre will end this era to regain his title from the “big bald bitch!” MVP keeps Lashley from fighting things out here and now, and the Hurt Business heads out. Miz says McIntyre should calm down. Lashley BLINDSIDES McIntyre off that minor distraction!
Lashley rains down fists, claws McIntyre’s face, then rains down more fists! Miz has a big smile on his face because his match with McIntyre… is NEXT! Miz rains down fists on McIntyre now that he’s been tenderized! But then SHEAMUS jumps Lashley!? The Celtic Warrior still feels he should’ve been in the title fight, will he and Lashley have something to settle here tonight?!
Raw returns with a backstage interview with Sheamus.
Why is it he attacked Bobby Lashley earlier? Sheamus wants to beat Drew McIntyre this Sunday, but not at 90% but at 100! Sheamus doesn’t want McIntyre to have excuses! He’s sick and tired of excuses! Lashley is messing in Sheamus’ business, so Sheamus wants a match with Lashley. Because after Sheamus beats McIntyre, he’ll even show us all now what McIntyre won’t be able to do at WrestleMania! Tonight, Sheamus shows us all who he really is as the Fella who beat Bobby Lashley!
The Miz w/ John Morrison VS Drew McIntyre!
The Hollywood A-Lister pounced on the damage done by Lashley, but will he only come to regret it now that McIntyre is even angrier?
The bell rings, Miz runs in and fires off on McIntyre in a corner! The ref counts, Miz lets off and McIntyre picks him up to RAM him into the opposite corner! McIntyre CHOPS and Miz falls to his knees! McIntyre bumps Miz off buckles, throws haymakers, then lets off as the ref counts. McIntyre stands Miz up to CHOP him, then suplexes to TOSS him across the way! McIntyre snarls as Miz goes to the other corner. McIntyre runs in but into an elbow! Miz throws haymakers back then kicks, but McIntyre shoves him away. Miz kicks McIntyre but McIntyre just glares at him. Miz runs into a GLASGOW KISS!
McIntyre drags Miz around to stomp him, then hauls him up into a corner for heavy hands! The ref counts, McIntyre reels Miz into a LARIAT! Miz bails out, Morrison protests but McIntyre drags Miz up into the ropes for an assisted camel clutch! “I WARNED YOU!” McIntyre lets off at the ref’s count and Miz crawls away. McIntyre drags Miz up at the ramp to throw into barriers! And CHOPS him again! McIntyre puts Miz in the ring at 5 of 10, but Morrison lurks. Morrison grabs at McIntyre’s foot but McIntyre glares at him. McIntyre goes back to Miz but Morrison throws his sunglasses at him? McIntyre just STOMPS the glasses!
Miz attacks from behind! Miz chokes McIntyre against ropes and digs his fingers into McIntyre’s face! The ref counts, Miz stops at 4 to RAM into McIntyre in the corner! And again, and again! Miz runs corner to corner, but McIntyre CLOBBERS him! McIntyre hauls Miz up to toss into a corner, and powers through the boot to elbow Miz! INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! Miz staggers up, but Morrison drags him out of the ring to escape the Claymore! The ref tells McIntyre to stay back and he reprimands Morrison. Morrison argues so the ref EJECTS Morrison! The Guru of Greatness is furious but Miz is all alone as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and McIntyre fires off hands in the corner! McIntyre whips Miz corner to corner, then scoops him on the rebound. Miz slips off, shoves McIntyre to a corner, but McIntyre stops from hitting buckles., Miz kicks a leg out, and basement DDT’s! Cover, ONE!! Miz keeps on McIntyre but no Finale just yet! McIntyre arm-drags free to rally with clotheslines! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Miz! Then gets him in a corner for another OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Fans are fired up on their ThunderDome screens as McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, throws Miz out, and then follows him.
McIntyre RAMS Miz into barriers, RAMS him into the apron, and repeat! McIntyre SLAPS Miz, refreshes the ring count, and then has Miz by the steps. McIntyre dribbles Miz’s head off those steps! McIntyre says Miz should’ve taken option B of running away. McIntyre puts Miz in the ring, stalks him, spins him around and hits FUTURE SHOCK!! But McIntyre won’t cover, because he’s not done hurting Miz! McIntyre aims from a corner again, skips the countdown and hits the CLAYMORE!! Cover, or not? McIntyre must not feel Miz has had enough yet. McIntyre sits Miz up and points to the camera then the WrestleMania sign. HE USES THE HURT LOCK!!! Miz taps, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by submission
The Scottish Warrior sends a direct message to the Rocky Mountain Machine! But he’s on to Fastlane and the Fella, will it end up a roadblock on the Road to WrestleMania?
Damian Priest and Bad Bunny walk backstage.
They talk about Bunny’s Grammy performance and Grammy win, and look ready for the Archer of Infamy’s match later tonight. Will Priest make sure Jaxson Ryker and Elias are singing the blues tonight?
Raw returns with Braun Strowman already in the ring.
The Monster Among Men DEMANDS Shane McMahon show himself after the antics from last week. Shane O’Mac does appear, and he says being on stage is close enough. he senses hostility coming from Braun, and has no idea why. But Braun keeps demanding things. Braun says he’s been bullied by smartasses like Shane just for not going to a fancy Ivy League school. But none of that makes Shane smarter than Braun! Shane says he would never make fun of another man, he means that. Not another human being, never. Well Shane apologized to Braun but we all know that McMahons don’t apologize for anything.
Braun knows Shane wanted to confront Braun but got scared and mumbled around because his mouth was going to write a check his ass couldn’t cash. Well Shane wants to know what’s going on in Braun’s mind. Actually, Shane knows inside, Braun’s brain is flatlining. Braun says Shane doesn’t have the guts to say what he wants! He’s afraid of what Braun can do! Shane doesn’t have the balls to challenge Braun to a match so Braun challenges Shane instead! Shane says Braun couldn’t handle Shane! Now he knows Braun is stupid! He looks stupid, acts stupid, definitely sounds stupid. And the sayings are true: stupid is as stupid does. Braun IS stupid! The T-Rex is extinct because it was too dumb!
IS SHANE GOING TO ANSWER THE CHALLENGE OR NOT!? Well then if you want brains VS Braun, you’re one! Is Shane actually facing the Monster Among Men in a straight-up match?! Braun says Shane’s dad can’t save him from this! Or is Shane going to have a trick up his sleeve?
Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Naomi & Lana talk backstage.
But then in barges R-Truth! Or is it Stone Cold Truth? Can I get a hell yeah? It’s 3:16. Austin 3:16, that is. But today is the 15th. What? Nevermind all that. Y’all want a drink? No, they have a match next. Your loss! Truth CHUGS the Steveweiser! That’s the bottom line, cuz R-Truth said so! All that aside, will the #SexyMuscleFriends be the ones to #FeeltheRavishingGlow?
Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax head to the ring!
The Queen of Spades may have a match with the Empress of Tomorrow later tonight, but she and the Irresistible Force want to keep on eye on WWE Women’s Tag Division contenders! Will they have a part to play in the match we’re about to see?
Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Naomi & Lana!
Raw returns and the WWE Women’s Tag Champions join commentary as Team Flex Appeal make their entrance. Then the Ravishing Glow makes their entrance, adding glow sticks to the routine! The teams sort out, Naomi starts with Dana and they tie up. Dana headlocks, Naomi powers out but Dana runs her over. Dana speeds things up, Naomi dodges and slides to elbow Dana! Mandy tags in as Naomi spins Dana to ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi mule kicks Mandy, runs but Mandy catches her for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Mandy stomps Naomi, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Mandy stomps a mudhole, tags Dana, and Dana runs to handspring and back elbow!
Tag to Mandy, and they snapmare Naomi for Mandy’s RUNNING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Mandy drags Naomi away, puts her in the corner and fires off forearms! The ref counts, Mandy tags Dana then scoop slams Naomi! Dana runs in to handspring SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dana keeps Naomi down with a chinlock but Lana rallies for her. Naomi endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Naomi reaches, Dana pulls her in and back suplexes, But Naomi lands on her feet to JAWBREAKER! Mandy tags in but so does Lana! Lana dodges Mandy, comes back to tilt-o-whirl and Russian Leg Sweep! Lana DECKS Dana to run in and hits a takedown! Another takedown!
Mandy reverses the whip, runs in but into an ax kick! Lana runs and BULLDOGS! Lana fires up and Nia is confused where this is coming from as Lana runs to KNEE Mandy against ropes! Lana reels Mandy in for a RAVISHING AWAKENING! Cover, Dana breaks it! Naomi gets in but Dana whips her away, and the Sexy Muscle Friends DOUBLE FLAPJACK Naomi! Lana KICKS Dana down but Mandy ROCKS Lana! Mandy snap suplexes, but here comes Asuka?! The Raw Women’s Champion might want after Shayna early! Shayna figures to return the favor and let Nia hold both belts. The Queen of Spades rushes the Empress, but the Empress is ready to HEEL KICK Shayna!
Asuka fires off on Shayna on the ramp, WWE officials rush out to stop this! Pat Buck, Adam Pearce and Jamie Noble have their hands full, but Nia only halfheartedly thinks about helping Shayna. Mandy rolls Lana, TWO!! Lana waistlocks, Mandy fights it, Dana tags in! O’Conner roll turns into a BOOT! Mandy underhooks but Lana fights it to hit the FACEBUSTER! Dana runs in to ROLLING NECKBREAKER!! Cover, the Sexy Muscle Friends win!!
Winners: Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose, by pinfall
Dana stares Nia down but Nia is just confused. Will the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions have a busier Road to WrestleMania than they thought?
The New Day talk backstage when Matt Riddle rolls up!
The Bro says they just missed his sweet 360 he did! He dropped in off a ramp, but anyway, he raced here to wish them luck in the Raw Tag Team Championship match against the Hurt Business! They thank Riddle, and compliment the great steed that is the scooter. But it is about ya bois the NEW~ DAY~ once again claiming their spot atop the mountain, babyyyy~! And then they can all ride off into the sunset after Riddle deals with Mustafa Ali! Ugh, he’s the worst.
Riddle says that’s a great point. But hey, that could be the beginning! There are endless possibilities, like matching tattoos and all you can eat pancakes. Pancakes, sure, but tattoos are a bit match. Right, sorry, that was more a jumping off point. Then what about matching scooters to ride off into said sunset? Now that is an idea! Riddle gives the New Day their secret handshakes for luck, will it work out for the currently 10-time tag team champions?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Hurt Business VS The New Day!
Raw returns as the Hurt Business make their entrance. With MVP surely keeping Bobby Lashley cool for his match with Sheamus later, Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin go to the ring alone. The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and this battle so close to Fastlane begins!
Xavier Woods and Cedric Alexander start and circle. They tie up, Alexander gets a foot for a takedown and a toehold. Woods counters with a chinlock, but Alexander fights up so it becomes a headlock. Alexander wrenches out to keylock the arm and he talks trash. Woods slips around, headlocks again, but Alexander brings Woods down to a knee. Alexander steps over to headlock but Woods powers out, only for Alexander to run him over. Things speed up, Woods hurdles and rolls back to hurdle again. Alexander shoves Woods, switches roles to hurdle, but Woods waistlocks! Alexander fights to a switch, but Woods victory rolls! TWO, and Woods arm-drags Alexander to an armlock!
Alexander endures, fights up, but Woods wrenches to whip him to the corner. Woods forearms, Kofi tags in and says, “GET OVER HERE!” UPPERCUT! But Alexander mule kicks back hard! Kofi catches Alexander with a leg clutch cradle, TWO! Alexander CLOBBERS Kofi, Benjamin tags in. Hurt Business whips Kofi to a corner, Alexander monkey flips Kofi into a SPINEBUSTER from Benjamin! Cover, TWO! Benjamin drags Kofi up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Benjamin KNEES Woods down for good measure! Benjamin drags Kofi up, scoop slams then scoops again for another slam! Benjamin drags Kofi up to knee low, then whip Kofi into the corner.
Benjamin tags Alexander, Alexander digs his knee in but the ref counts. Benjamin gets away with throwing Woods into steel steps! Alexander drags Kofi up, CHOPS him, then tags Benjamin. The Hurt Business double whip Kofi to ropes, elbow him down then basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Woods crawls his way to his corner but Benjamin tags Alexander in. Benjamin bumps Kofi off buckles, Alexander RAMS his shoulder in and RAMS again! Alexander puts Kofi up top, throws forearms, but Kofi hits back! Kofi ROCKS Alexander, leaps up and STOMPS him down! Both men are down, crawl for their corners, hot tag to Woods!
Woods rallies on Alexander, hits Benjamin, then whips Alexander. Alexander reverses but Woods dodges to shove and LEG LARIAT! Benjamin gets in but gets thrown to ropes, for a ROLLING ELBOW! Woods puts Alexander on ropes with a drop toehold, runs to dropkick him in the back! Woods suplexes but Alexander fights that to suplex. Woods fights that, wrench and ELBOW! Alexander bails out but Kofi gets in. The New Day run to DIVE, but the Hurt Business was ready! Alexander THROWS Woods over the desk, Benjamin RAMS Kofi into steel steps! The New Day is down as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Alexander fires off hands on Woods! Alexander eggs Woods on but Woods throws forearms back! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and Woods ROCKS Alexander! Alexander ROCKS Woods back! Alexander runs but into a forearm from Woods! Woods runs but into a clothesline from Alexander! Alexander runs again but Woods forearms even harder! Woods runs but Alexander CLOBBERS him! Alexander fakes Woods to knee him low. “You are not ready!” Alexander whips, scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives and Alexander is shocked! Benjamin shouts to Alexander about Kofi and Alexander BOOTS Kofi down!
Alexander turns to Woods but Woods SUPERKICKS him! Both men are down, Kofi returns to his corner, Woods and Alexander crawl. Hot tags to Benjamin and Kofi! Kofi leaps in and over, blocks a kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Cover, TWO! Benjamin puts Kofi in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Kofi goes up and up and FLYING RANAS! Then STOMPS Benjamin down! Cover, TWO!! Kofi keeps on Benjamin but Benjamin shoves him away to pop him up for a FREE FALL! Then swings, into the SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Benjamin survives again but Kofi steadies himself. Kofi goes to a corner, powers up with the “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” clap. Kofi spins, but Benjamin ducks!
Benjamin runs in but into a boot! Kofi goes to the apron, ROCKS Benjamin, then goes up top. Benjamin springs right up for a SUPER ARM-DRAG! Cover, Woods breaks it! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron! GAMANGIRI! Woods steps in, FLYING TORNADO DDT!! Kofi sees that, Benjamin rolls him up! Kofi slips free, and hits TROUBL EIN PARADISE! Tag to Woods, he goes up and tightropes, while Kofi FLIES to take Alexander out! LIMIT BREAKER!! Woods isn’t done there, he tags Kofi back in! They combine for DAYBREAK!! Cover, the New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)
They are back on top of the tag team division for the ELEVENTH TIME!! Are they going to take these titles all the way to WrestleMania?
But wait! AJ Styles appears? Him, and Omos. The New Day remember Omos giving Woods perhaps the biggest choke slam ever, and now Omos and Styles are going to the ring. Styles congratulates them but says that’s all they’re here for. Congratulations on another tag team title victory! How many times has it been? Who cares. But just in time for WrestleMania is great! Styles and Omos are currently without plans for Mania. Crazy, huh? Now, Styles has been WWE Champion, Intercontinental, United States Champion, and even faced The Undertaker! But his bucket list is getting short. Omos had a great idea! Omos says he and Styles should be Raw Tag Team Champions!
But they’re not a tag team! They are now! And this man has been like a little brother to Styles. Omos will shine and jaws will drop! Do you have any idea what is in store when Omos gets in the ring? Omos says Woods already knows. But then, if the New Day haven’t put it together, these two are officially challenging them for the W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONSHIPS~… at WrestleMania! Kofi gets a mic to say, “First and foremost, are y’all to even registered?” Yes. “Secondly, do you even know how to work as a team? And third…” Woods says if the big man wants his match, he’s got it! This is phenomenal news! Kofi says Omos needs to get him some gear, but this is going to happen! Is Omos’ first match going to be for gold?!
Miz and Morrison are backstage.
Morrison complains about the ref that ejected him, but they run across Priest & Bad Bunny. Priest says Miz looks a little… What is that word? Awful? Yeah that’s it. And Miz has been looking worse and worse since losing the WWE Championship. Wait Miz was champion? Way to kick a man when he’s down. Miz may not be WWE Champion or Mr. MITB, but he’s still The Miz! What have Bunny ever done? Grammys? Platinum records? The WWE 24/7 Championship? That’s nothing compared to what Miz has done! NADA! Miz beat John Cena, is the star of the Marine Franchise, and the ONLY TWO TIME GRAND SLAM CHAMPION!!
And Priest is off to a great start, sure. But what has he won? What awards does he have? True, Priest will need time to do what Miz has done. But how about starting right now? Miz and Morrison say it’s started, but they still head out. And then Truth sneaks up with a lunchbox! Priest sees him and Truth stops. It isn’t what it looks like. Well it looks like you were sneaking up on them. Right, and it’s not that. Truth has gifts! It’s 3:16 day! Here’s a limited edition Stone Cold doll, and a limited edition Stone Cold title belt! Here hold this. This is the Austin 3:16 lunch box! Put your Grammy in there! Truth gives those to Bunny, and Bunny asks what Truth wants. Well uh… The 24/7 title?
Oh, right, of course. Bunny and Priest talk about it in Spanish, and the decision is… As much as they respect Truth and the business, Truth does deserve to have “his baby” back. They can trade. Bunny keeps the Stone Cold title and he hands the 24/7 title over to Truth! But remember, what’s his name? Bad Bunny.
Truth is the NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
But then the chase is on!! Gulak, Carrillo and others chase Truth backstage! Will Truth be able to keep his baby through the night?
Damian Priest w/ Bad Bunny VS Jaxson Ryker w/ Elias!
Raw returns as The Drifter and his follower are already in the ring. While Elias couldn’t make Priest #DriftAway, will Ryker make Priest accept that WWE will #WalkWithElias?
The bell rings and Ryker rushes Priest with heavy hands! Ryker gets Priest in a corner, lets off to bring him out, but Priest blocks the suplex. Priest suplexes for the BROKEN ARROW! Priest fires up, drags Ryker up, HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
But Elias attacks! Elias stomps Priest, then goes out to grab his guitar! Bunny gets in to grab the guitar from him! Elias grabs Bunny, scoops him, but Bunny slips out to ROCK Elias! Priest gets back up and snarls, dodges a haymaker to BELL CLAP, and HIT THE LIGHTS!! Bunny got his shot in and Priest is impressed. Will these two party hard on the Road to WrestleMania?
Wait, John Morrison returns to try and join in on the celebration. “You guys are good!” He says they’re a real team! But then Miz gets Elias’ guitar and SMASHES Bunny!! Miz and Morrison run away and Priest is shocked! Priest wants to tear into Miz and Morrison, but will he get that opportunity tonight?
Backstage interview with the Hurt Business.
MVP shouts that the All Mighty Era has begun! And he will be DAMNED if Sheamus thinks he can blindside the WWE Champion and try to embarrass him. Sheamus wants McIntyre at 100 for Fastlane? After tonight, Sheamus won’t be 100% for Fastlane! The exact same thing that happens to Sheamus tonight will happen to McIntyre at WrestleMania. They leave it at that, but will it be far from that easy against the Celtic Warrior?
Shane McMahon VS Braun Strowman!
Well, well, well. Shane O’Mac is actually battling the Monster Among Men! Shane waits in the ring as “BRAAAUN!” makes his entrance. Braun is all but salivating to get at Shane but then Shane gets out of the ring to get a mic and speak. “Oh it’s happening, Braun, you just gotta give me a second.” Shane doesn’t perform every week, he needs a warm up. Shane does some steps, some push-ups, then some jumping jacks. Braun says he’s just delaying the ass whooping. Shane says this is for Braun, because talking about going back to the schoolyard. Shane has a hopscotch set up? He hops and tells Braun this can help him count.
Braun rushes out after Shane, but it’s a cat ‘n’ mouse game as Shane scurries all around, in and out of the ring. But Braun catches him!! And he drags Shane out hard! Braun RAMS Shane into barriers, then ROCKS him with a right hand! And BOOTS him into more barriers! “Who’s stupid now, Shane?!” Braun told Shane he’d regret running his mouth, and then speaking of running, Braun builds up speed! The Strowman Express come sin, but Shane USES A CAMERA TO CLOBBER him! Shane SMACKS Braun on the back with the camera! Now Shane’s fire up because he has Braun on the ground! Shane kicks Braun around, throws body shots, then SMASHES Him with the camera to the head!!
Shane clears off the announce desk, keeps the camera close, and SMASHES Braun again! Braun falls back onto the desk, Shane goes to the corner, and in true Shane O’Mac fashion, he climbs up top! COAST2COAST THROUGH THE TABLE!! Both men are down but Shane is laughing at Braun! Shane gets in Braun’s face as he calls him stupid, but Shane has more in store! Shane has buckets of something under the ring? He brings one over and sits Shane up, so he can dump GREEN SLIME on him! Is this Nickelodeon or something? Or some kind of Shrek joke? “Stupid is as stupid does, Braun!”
Shane gets the other bucket of green slime and he DUMPS it out Braun! Shane says Braun is to NEVER challenge him to a match again! Braun sputters as Shane walks away, leaving him behind in the goopy mess. Has Shane humiliated Braun into being humble? Or is the Monster Among Men only going to be like the Incredible Hulk from all that green slime? “I’M GONNA RIP YOU IN HALF!” That answers that… Will Braun smash puny Shane the next time they meet?
Raw returns to Alexa’s Playground.
Alexa Bliss says it’s time for her favorite game! Truth or Inflicting Pain! Is that like Truth or Dare…? Alexa says if Randy Orton wanted her out of her life, he has to take her out. Sunday at Fastlane is his chance. Is he going to take it? Alexa laughs and swings, but will the Viper attempt to strike?
Asuka VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
The Empress finally returns after getting kicked so hard, she lost a tooth and a tag match. But with the Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force trying to take over more of the Women’s Division, will Asuka kick them to the curb this close to Fastlane?
Raw returns as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions enter. Shayna gets in the ring and Asuka is right after her! Nia get sin but gets a CODE BREKER! ROUNDHOUSE for Shayna, SLIDING WIZARD for Nia! Asuka is all fired up and Shayna wants the match! The bell rings and Asuka hip attacks Shayna into the corner! Asuka fires off, snap suplexes Shayna, then hip attacks Nia off the apron! Asuka elbows Shayna away, boots her, then runs, only to miss! Shayna KNEES Asuka in the mouth! Asuka clutches her jaw but no tooth went flying this time. Shayna KICKS Asuka down, but Asuka eggs her on. Shayna rains down fists, Asuka turns it around to hit back!
Asuka gets an arm but Shayna holds off the armbar. Nia gets on the apron again but Asuka baseball slides her, then BOOTS her into the post! Asuka talks trash to Nia but Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA!! Asuka slips out to ASUKA LOCK!! Shayna switches back, KIRAFUDA, but Asuka rolls it back to a cover! ASUKA WINS!!
Winner: Asuka, by pinfall
Shayna holds on until Asuka fades out! Shayna takes aim, kicks but Asuka BLOCKS! Asuka has the leg, reels Shayna in, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Asuka fires up, gives Shayna Kowata Kicks and a BUZZSAW! Asuka drags Shayna back up, gets her arms and SURFBOARD STMOPS Shayna into buckles!! Asuka undoes a buckle pad, she wants this one to hurt! Asuka drags Shayna back with a neck wrench, takes the mouth guard away, and drags Shayna back up, to JAM HER JAW into the steel!! Asuka stands on Shayna’s head, the ref tells her to let off but what does it matter when the match is over? Asuka sits Shayna up, surfboards the arms, but the ref gets in between Shayna and buckle!
The ref asks Asuka what’s going on with her, but Asuka asks, “What’s the problem?!” For Asuka, it is eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, but hasn’t gotten her satisfaction yet. Will the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions reconsider going after the Empress?
Mustafa Ali shouts at Retribution backstage.
He is growing tired of failure after failure! Tonight, Ali will right their wrongs by becoming- Is that Riddle zipping by on his scooter? Will Ali not only make Riddle pay for the sins of WWE, but for interrupting his less than encouraging rally cry?
After Shane used mind games and green slime to mess with Braun, he’ll have to step up and face the Monster Among Men in a match at Fastlane! Will Sunday be when Braun #GetsTheseHands on Shane and makes him pay?
WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali w/ Retribution!
It took The Bro many tries to finally get this title off the Rocky Mountain Machine, so he won’t let it go so easily. But the Beacon says the Retribution is done failing, so will he succeed in shutting down Riddle’s reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and golden redemption could be at hand!
Riddle and Ali circle, Ali shows knuckle lock but kicks low and throws uppercuts! Ali tells Retribution that’s how it’s done but Riddle CHOPS back! Ali throws a forearm but Riddle blocks the whip. Ali kicks low, throws more haymakers, then whips. Riddle reverses, gut wrench suplexes Ali, and glares as Ali scrambles away. Riddle runs in to PENALTY KICK Ali out of the ring! Riddle goes out to fetch Ali but Ali throws Riddle into the corner of the announce desk! Riddle sputters and coughs, Ali gets in the ring but Riddle gets in, only for Ali to KICK him down! Retribution enjoys seeing that as Ali snarls.
Ali runs but into Riddle’s headscissors! They go to the apron, Riddle kicks Ali then stands up. But Ali throat chops and hits a FLYING NECKBREAKER to the floor! Both men writhe as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Ali throws hands with Riddle! Ali knees low, uppercuts hard, then chokes Riddle on ropes with his boot! The ref counts, Ali stops but then digs his boot back in! The ref counts again, Ali backs off and hauls Riddle up. Ali whips corner to corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER again! Cover, TWO! Riddle is still in this, but Ali taunts him. Ali drags Riddle up to elbow him down, then again. Riddle goes to a corner and CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Ali ROCKS Riddle, whips him corner to corner again, but Riddle reverses! Ali slides to a stop, slips out and Riddle hits buckles! Ali drags Riddle out, spins him around and tuck shim under the apron skirt to fire off forearms!
Ali lets Riddle out, somersaults and NECKBREAKERS again! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives again but Ali clamps on with a chinlock. Riddle endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Fans rally on their screens, Riddle powers up and back drops, but Ali sunset flips! Riddle rolls through to PENALTY KICK Ali down again! ALi gets up but Riddle fires off slapping palm strikes! Riddle boots, spins Ali and PELES! Riddle kips up, runs in and forearm smashes! Riddle hits a BROSPLODER! Then the BROTON! Riddle dead lifts to the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cradle, TWO!! Riddle grits his teeth as he fires back up.
Ali crawls, Riddle reels him in with a waistlock, ripcords but Ali blocks the knee to WHEEL KICK! Ali brings Riddle up but Riddle ROUNDHOUSES! Riddle O’Conner rolls but T-Bar distracts! Ali turns it around, Retribution tells the ref to look, TWO!! Riddle gets Ali in a sleeper, then shifts to dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, and the BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
Retribution tried to help their leader but that might’ve cost him! Riddle says maybe the others can get their turn next. Ali is furious, but is he going to go from shutting it down to melting down?
Backstage interview with Randy Orton.
What is his reaction to Alexa’s challenge for Fastlane? His reaction to a match challenge for Fastlane? Correct him if he’s wrong, but Orton is pretty sure Alexa dared him to kick her out of his life. That is EXACTLY what Orton will do! Is the Viper going to be very, very literal this Sunday?
Drew McIntyre heads back to ringside!
The Scottish Warrior wants to watch this main event very closely, because both men are on his hit list! McIntyre smiles because either way, he’ll be watching Sheamus and Lashley beat the hell out of each other, after the break!
The Raw Tag Team Championship match for WrestleMania will be phenomenal! AJ Styles & Omos ARE getting their shot at the titles against the New Day, but will it be as colossal as Omos?
Raw returns, and Drew McIntyre speaks.
“Now I know what you’re thinking. ‘Damn, it’s good to see that handsome Scottish devil again.’ But also, ‘Drew, it’s been over two hours. Why haven’t you showered and changed?'” McIntyre says this is what he wears all the time now. He saves tons on shirts and underwear. But also, he’s been watching the show. McIntyre was paying attention to some little details, and he heard those guarantees MVP was making. Guaranteeing something is so dangerous in this business, because if you make one and you don’t deliver, fans get upset and sparks fly.
But McIntyre makes a guarantee right now: At Fastlane, McIntyre and Sheamus will bring a level of physicality like we’ve never seen before! These two have been doing it 20 years as friends, but NO DQ took it to the next level. And Fastlane being the last stop before Mania, Sheamus wants to take him out. Ain’t happening. McIntyre promises to beat the hell out of Sheamus, stand tall and go to Mania to take back the title. But McIntyre’s out here because he wants to see this main event close up. McIntyre is going to have a first-hand view of what’s happening. “So get yer asses out here, lads.”
Sheamus VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
First out is the real-life Titan, the All Mighty WWE World Champion, as well as MVP. McIntyre doesn’t even leave the ring yet, so he and Lashley get another stare down. Then the Celtic Warrior makes his entrance and McIntyre gets himself a chair. Raw takes another break, but will we return to see one man break the other?
Raw returns again, the bell rings, and McIntyre is actually sitting on the ramp side. Sheamus runs in, Lashley picks Sheamus up to RAM him into the corner and fire off hands! The ref tries to get Lashley away but MVP says there’s a five count to use. Lashley backs off but Sheamus goes on the attack now! Sheamus puts Lashley in buckles, fires off, and the ref has to stop him now! Sheamus lets off, Lashley picks him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Lashley and Sheamus scrap, Lashley goes after Sheamus with elbows and then grinding forearms! Sheamus sits up but into a chinlock. MVP shouts this is what Sheamus wanted as Lashley puts him in a corner.
The ref tries to back Lashley off again as he and Sheamus trade forearms. Lashley stomps, whips and runs in, but Sheamus elbows Lashley from the corner. Sheamus runs, Lashley hurdles and CLOBBERS Sheamus! Lashley is seething as he chokes Sheamus on the ropes. The ref counts, Lashley lets off at 4, then he hauls Sheamus up. Lashley stares McIntyre down as he suplexes Sheamus. Sheamus slips out to CHOP BLOCK, then CLUB and drop knees on Lashley over and over! Sheamus clamps on, wanting after arms. Lashley resists but Sheamus claws Lashley’s face! The ref reprimands and counts but Sheamus stops at 4 to drive elbows in over and over!
Sheamus knees and CLUBS Lashley more, MVP coaches Lashley up to get mad, and Lashley elbows away the clinch. Lashley blocks a kick to spin and elbow, then kick low! Lashley again glares at McIntyre as he suplexes Sheamus up, holds him for a few seconds, then SLAMS him down! Lashley clotheslines Sheamus out of the ring! MVP taunts Sheamus while Lashley stares down McIntyre. McIntyre is stoic as Sheamus gets on the apron. Lashley knees Sheamus down, goes out to bring Sheamus around the way, and has him right in front of Sheamus as he fireman’s’ carries. But Sheamus slips off to shove Lashley, only for Lashley to stop from hitting post!
Lashley elbows Sheamus, POSTS him, and pushes him into the ring at 8 of 10! Sheamus KICKS Lashley in the ropes, stomps him and clubs him! Sheamus lets off for a moment before he stands Lashley up for forearms to the back! Then Sheamus stands Lashley up for Beats of the Bodhrain! Lashley blocks and elbows back! Sheamus CLOBBERS Lashley off the apron! Lashley stands up but Sheamus pursues. MVP warns Lashley and he catches the flying lariat for an EXPLODER! Lashley stares McIntyre down but MVP keeps things from breaking down. The ring count is climbing, Lashley fetches Sheamus and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once more and Lashley leans on Sheamus with a neck wrench. Sheamus endures, Lashley puts more pressure as he digs a knuckle into Sheamus’ head! Sheamus pries a hand away but Lashley knocks Sheamus down! Lashley drags Sheamus up to throw him out, then drags Sheamus up to RAM him into barriers! And then RAM him into the barriers again! The ring count passes 5, Lashley bumps Sheamus off the apron and gets in at 8. Lashley throws elbows into Sheamus in the corner over and over, but the ref has him back off. Lashley again glares at McIntyre, runs corner to corner at Sheamus and RAMS into him again!
Lashley throws more elbows, then tells McIntyre this one is for him. Lashley runs corner to corner, but Sheamus moves and Lashley POSTS himself!! Sheamus goes out after Lashley, drags him up, and gets the arm for an ARMBAR DDT! The ring count is 5 of 10 already, Sheamus puts Lashley in at 7 and climbs up at 8! FLYING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!?! Sheamus is on the arm and Lashley endures the hold. Sheamus adds a chinbar, drives his elbow in over and over, but MVP coaches Lashley up. Lashley fights to his feet, throws forearms, then kicks low. Lashley whips, Sheamus holds ropes then baits Lashley in to toss him out!
Sheamus catches his breath while Lashley climbs up onto the apron. Sheamus hotshots Lashley down! Lashley slowly stands up again but Sheamus throws body shots! Sheamus turns Lashley around for Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus gets all 10, then brings Lashley in for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE?!? Lashley is superhuman but Sheamus hits another IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus gets the legs, ties them up, and it isn’t just a Cloverleaf but a twisted Sharpshooter! Lashley powers up, fights with kicks, and manages to SPINNING POWERSLAM Sheamus down!! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives but Lashley keeps on him.
Lashley reels Sheamus in for a LARIAT! McIntyre’s focus is unwavering as Lashley drags Sheamus back up. Lashley whips, Sheamus kicks him back! Sheamus runs but the Brogue misses! Lashley wants the full nelson but Sheamus elbows free! Sheamus swings, into a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! MVP says this is almost over, and Lashley drags Sheamus up. Lashley puts Sheamus on the top rope, climbs up to join him, and MVP wants Lashley to end Sheamus! SUPERPLEX! Both men crash down and McIntyre likes what he sees. Lashley aims from a corner as Sheamus rises, and Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Sheamus hauls Lashley up for WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!!
Sheamus and Lashley go to opposite corners. Sheamus rises up and calls his shot, but Lashley SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
In the blink of an eye, the All Mighty turned things around on Sheamus! And now he puts Sheamus in the HURT LOCK! McIntyre gets on the apron, gets in the ring as Lashley throws Sheamus aside, and now Lashley dares McIntyre to do something. Sheamus stumbles into MVP and that distracts Lashley, McIntyre CLAYMORES Lashley down!! That’s for punking McIntyre out at Elimination Chamber! McIntyre promises that is just a taste of WrestleMania! But McIntyre promises Sheamus that the two of them will give the fans a match we’ll never forget! If so, who will be the one we always remember winning at Fastlane 2021?
A great Raw and a great go-home! There was great build for what we’re getting at Fastlane but also a lot more for WrestleMania. Officially establishing that McIntyre is challenging Lashley for the title seems a bit easy, but it at least means WWE is going to commit for the next month. The world title story was pretty strong tonight, with Miz having one last bit part before he and Morrison solidly move back towards the feud with Priest and Bad Bunny. McIntyre gets a strong win to go into his match with Sheamus, and we just saw Sheamus VS Lashley tear it up in the ring. McIntyre VS Sheamus in another match for Fastlane is going to be great, but I can only see McIntyre winning that.
Speaking of that transition for Miz and Morrison back to Priest and Bunny, Priest gets a very fast win over Ryker, but then Miz gets the drop on Bunny with that guitar hit. Bunny did a good job selling that shot, the build to the tag match for Mania looks pretty good already. And it was interesting timing with Bunny handing over the WWE 24/7 Championship back to Truth. I guess that was just the easiest way to get the title off Bunny, and Truth was very clever with his Austin 3:16 shtick. Maybe Truth confronts Miz about that on Raw Talk tonight.
Braun VS Shane not happening here at all was actually a very clever way to keep things going. Shane kinda recycled his promo material, but him smashing Braun with a camera, hitting his favorite elbow table spot and then bringing out slime was all very good stuff for this. Their match happening “for real” at Fastlane is an interesting move, but maybe it’s so Braun can have a bigger (and younger) opponent for WrestleMania. I still hope Shane is going to give the nod to Dabba-Kato/Babatunde since Raw Underground was ended so abruptly and we never got all that much to Braun VS Kato at the time.
The New Day VS Hurt Business was a great tag team title match, and it’s pretty big for New Day to get those titles back. I’m surprised Styles and Omos are calling New Day out for Mania, but again the problem with Raw is the shallow tag division. Styles is just missing tag titles in order to be a Grand Slam Champion, but I don’t know if Omos in his debut, and at WrestleMania, is going to take the titles off the 11-time, record-setting New Day. Riddle was great with that scooter, especially interrupting Ali backstage. The match for the US Championship was pretty good, and we got glimpses of Ali from when he was on 205 Live. But of course Retribution is why Ali loses, and we’re getting ever closer to some sort of break-up.
We got good stuff out of the Women’s Division, especially with Asuka’s return. Asuka getting at Shayna during the tag match was good stuff, and it was quite the surprise that Mandy & Dana won. Naomi & Lana were kinda wasted in their tag title shot and it feels like Raw is going to put up the #SexyMuscleFriends for what I am still hoping is a Triple Threat for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Asuka beating up Shayna and Nia in her return match was great stuff, this is the Asuka that we needed to come back. She must again be the wild terror that tears into opponents. There are almost too many choices on Raw to face Asuka, but let her go on a new streak against them all, even working twice on Mania weekend.
My Score: 8.7/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night Two Results & Review 4/11/21
AJ finishes his trek through the WWE Mania week content with Night 2 of WrestleMania! How did it match up to night 1? Is Roman still your Tribal Chief?
Well everybody… We did it. Fans are at Mania, this is the last day for me to type things out, my hand can be put on ice and we get some star-studded matches on the horizon. United States, Intercontinental, Women’s Tag, Raw Women’s Championship and the Universal Championship all coming together and let’s start the show and see if the Chief stands tall at the end, the Movement returns with the gold or if we see opportunity rise up again where Edge left off ten years ago in the end.
- The Fiend (w/ Alexa Bliss) vs Randy Orton – Randy Orton wins via RKO – **
- Natalya & Tamina vs Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax (c) for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships – Shayna Bazler wins via Kirafuda Clutch – ** ¾ – TITLE DEFENSE!!
- Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn (Logan Paul invited Ringside) – Kevin Owens wins via Stunner – *** ¼
- Sheamus vs Matt Riddle(c) for the WWE United States Championship- Sheamus wins via Brogue Kick – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Nigerian War Drum Match: Apollo Crews vs Big E(c) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship – Apollo Crews win via Pinfall – ** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Rhea Ripley vs Asuka(c) for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley wins via Riptide – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Daniel Bryan vs Edge Vs Roman Reigns (w/ Paul Heyman & Jey Uso) for the WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns wins via Con-Chair-To – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!
The Fiend vs Randy Orton-
For the intro, Alexa Quinn… Wait. Harley Bliss… No, no. Alexa with face paint skips down and plays a giant jack in the box for the Fiend to appear and attacks Randy right away with a Lariat and brutally attacks Randy with his murderous attacks. Randy gets some separation slightly but Randy actually attacks but to no effect when he attacked The Fiend. Randy tries to get some fight in with the Hangman DDT as he rolls out of a Mandible but again, to no effect. He goes for a second after a failed RKO attempt as The Fiend is still somewhat down. Garvin Stomps did nothing to The Fiend as The Fiend gets some of his own offense going before Randy gets more separation, tossing The Fiend to the outside and goes for a third Hangman DDT when The Fiend pops back up. The Fiend is actually somewhat reeled as Orton coils for the RKO, only to get it countered into a Mandible and Sister Abigail attempt. Alexa pops up with the black tar showing on her face, pouring and distracting The Fiend only to get caught with an RKO and… RANDY WON?! Yowwy—Ah you get it.
Natalya & Tamina vs Shayna Bazler & Nia Jax-
Nattie and Bazler start the match up with a good amount of technical wrestling and holds to gain the upper hand. As Natalya gets the quick upper hand and almost gets the Sharpshooter in on Bazler before tagging Nia. Nia tells Natalya to get Tamina in and now we powerhouses into the match as they go back and forth with strikes to chop each other down. Natalya gets a tag in to take Nia Jax down but Bazler tags in quickly to distract the challengers until she gets caught in a double team. Nattie goes for another Sharpshooter attempt, gets it countered to a cradle but after the kick out, the challengers have been taking Shayna Bazler out. Shayna gets a burst of adrenaline and takes it to Natalya with a knee strike and Nia takes down Tamina on the outside to cut off the possible tag. Shayna now bends and twists Natalya’s ankle to disarm the Sharpshooter. Nia now gets the tag in and goes after Natalya’s legs too.
As Nia and Shayna take it to the lower body of Natalya they get the frequent tags in, making sure that Natalya is dismantled as Nia gets cocky and goes shoulder first into the turnbuckle and Natalya gets a quick burst of strikes while Tamina is still down. The attempt is in vain though as Nia gets the upper hand and goes for a spinebuster and a pinfall after before Tamina goes in to break it up and gets the hot tag after as Nia tags in Bazler. Tamina begins to beat down the champions, mainly Shayna, getting out of the Kirafuda Clutch with a Samoan Drop. Tamina gets the crowd doing but Shayna cuts off the Superfly Splash attempt and tags in Nia to go for a Superplex. Natalya pulls Tamina off the top of Nia’s shoulders and takes down Shayna. Nia hits a double splash and gets into Tamina’s face after the fact which comes back to bite her as Tamina slams her in the middle of the ring. She goes for a pin, only to get a two and maybe get a win again with the Superfly Splash but Nia rolls out of the way. The two get the tag made so Natalya and Shayna are the legal members. Natalya is so focused on Nia that she puts the Sharpshooter on Nia Jax that Shayna slides in and gets the Kirafuda on to get the win against Natalya.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn-
Sami Zayn goes to run up to Kevin Owens to fight and gets a Pop-Up Powerbomb for his troubles before rolling out and almost getting an apron bomb until Sami scrambles back into the ring. Kevin Owens doing everything to keep Sami down and just end this quickly before Sami keeps rolling away and catches Owens this time with a Suplex on the apron to take KO out. The Ref starts counting all the way to eight before Owens rolls back into the ring and Sami Zayn starts getting some offense in, even landing a Mishinoku Driver onto KO for a near fall and props KO up on the top rope for a Superplex attempt as the two starts doing their native Hockey fighting on the top rope this time before Kevin gets the advantage, Sami falling and Owens getting a Splash down for another near fall. Kevin keeps his offense going for a heavy neckbreaker against KO’s knee and attempt for a Package Piledriver until Zayn catches it and gets the Exploder in the corner and a trifecta of Brainbusters to get a nearfall.
As Kevin Owens gets in the corner, the two start trading hits to the face over and over again as both men try to get a new advantage. Sami gets Kevin in another superplex attempt but KO reverses it into his own as he gets steam going with two running lariats in the corner before Sami counters it into a Helluva Kick. Sami attempts another, gets caught with two Superkicks and then finally a Stunner to stun the conspiracy theories.
Aftermath: Logan comes in to console Sami, looks over at KO and says that was awesome until Sami Zayn gets shoved and gets a hissy fit. Logan Paul raises KO’s hand as Kevin… channels his inner Stone Cold and stuns Logan Paul. That added a quarter point. Thank you, Kevin.
Sheamus vs Matt Riddle-
Sheamus takes it to Riddle early with the strength advantage early, even after Riddle getting a rapid strikes to the body. Riddle tries to get a form of offense going with a Sleeper but still getting overpowered, getting hit with the Irish Curse Backbreaker and other strikes. Riddle tries to get another form of separation and offense but after a hanging armbar in the ropes, Sheamus does the Ten Beats of the Bohdran and get a near fall. Sheamus goes to the top rope to maybe finished it quick but Riddle catches the Irishman and gets the momentum in his favor after a Spanish Fly, not letting the momentum go to waste with the quick strikes to the body and head of Sheamus, even doing a Jackhammer for a two. Riddle and Sheamus go with a back and forth for who can get ahead before Riddle gets stopped by a Brogue Kick for a nearfall and not letting up with an Alabama Slam for another two count.
They now go to the apron of the ring where Riddle gets the momentum this time, hitting an apron German Suplex and even taking Sheamus down, once of the outside of the ring and inside with a Floating Bro and getting holds onto Sheamus to keep the big man down but to no avail as he gets beaten down. Sheamus goes to the top and lands a White Noise onto Riddle and a double knee drop to get another two. Sheamus now goes to the corner and calls for the Brogue Kick, Riddle senses it and moves, going for a Final Flash Knee, tossed into the ropes to get something going with another springboard moonsault and gets a boot to the head from Sheamus to get the victory.
Apollo Crews vs Big E-
Both men rush outside of the ring to grab Kendo Sticks and beat each other with them as Big E gets the advantage with the striking match over and over as they take it to the outside. Big E tries to use a gong on the outside before Apollo gets a counter in, grabbing another Kendo and striking Big E more before getting thrown into the apron and speared through the ropes, going for a pin as he pushes Apollo back in and getting the steps. Big E taking too much time, meets the apron from Apollo hitting a Death valley Driver and getting a near fall in his efforts, getting the steps in the process. Apollo uses the steps again to drop on Big E from their first encounter to squish Big E’s head in and Big E rolls out of the way and hits a Urinagi from the apron after he moves to the steps. Big E gets angry and gets a table in the ring to set up and getting Apollo back in. Again, taking too much time as Apollo gets a Kendo stick again and beats down Big E quickly to putting him on the table. Crews goes to do a splash but gets nothing but wood as Big E rolls out and hits the Big Ending. As it looks like Big E will get the win until Apollo Crews gets a little help from his new colossus to help him out, hitting a spike and a chokeslam to end Big E’s big reign.
We get a small break before our next two matches with the 2021 Hallo of Fame this time with RVD, Molly Holly, The Great Khali, Eric Bischoff, Ozzy Osoburne, Warrior Recipient Rich Hering and “The Big Red Machine”, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane.
Rhea Ripley vs Asuka-
Asuka tries to get an early advantage with her agility but it’s back and forth for a good amount of time until Asuka takes it to Rhea in the corner and to the outside but Rhea gets the power advantage shortly and begins to take it to Asuka surprisingly, making sure she says down and even smacks her to incite her. Beginning to do some short arm Lariats and Asuka gets a leg clutch attempt but Rhea is just too strong and powers out of the hold and into a pinfall attempt as she actually is… slowing Asuka and making her look tired in the match. Ripley starts to do shoulder thrusts to Asuka’s back, weakening before setting her to the top rope. Asuka actually starts to fight back and get a split from Rhea’s attacks and knocks her down with some flight and after a near fall, continues the typical Asuka offense, taking it to the challenger and gets Rhea reeled as Asuka goes to the ropes again. Rhea catches it this time as she kicks her off the ropes, going to the outside and apron as Rhea gets the advantage back with a facebreaker on the apron to Asuka. Asuka tries anything to get a break away from Rhea Ripley, even going as far as doing a DDT to the outside from the apron. Rhea gets back in from an eight by the ref and Asuka actually gets a lot of strikes in before Rhea takes control again momentarily and both ladies attempt their submissions, only for each to break them. Asuka gets more of her submissions and attempts to finish it with her kicking combination but Rhea catches the last kick and lands the Riptide to get the shocking win.
Daniel Bryan vs Edge vs Roman Reigns-
Roman sucker punches Bryan early and Edge and roman trade for a bit. Daniel get in the middle of the fight and gets dumped to the outside as Jey Uso superkicks Daniel Bryan as Roman does the same thing to Edge and gets a superkick too. As the numbers for Roman are too much for the other two, they have to try to get a form of a split and Edge does it, taking out Jey Uso momentarily and takes it to Roman now, going back and forth from the apron and barricade before Edge turns to Jey Uso, grabbing the steel steps and delivers and DDT on the steps as medical staff help Jey out of the match. Daniel Bryan and Edge get into the ring now as they go back and forth in the ring. After Edge takes Daniel out for a moment, Roman comes back to fight Edge from the apron. Daniel Bryan slides through and takes down Roman from the apron to face off against Edge. Daniel gets a good amount of offense in and even tries to do a dive onto Roman but gets caught and takes Bryan out. Roman now gets a beat down on Edge for a good amount of time when a Superman Punch attempt gets caught in an Edgecution. Edge goes to set up the Spear but gets rocked by a Superman Punch. Roman now goes for a Spear but Edge gets out of it with a Sunset Flip pin for a two. Both men go to the ropes and hit each other with Spears before Daniel Bryan returns a minute after for diving headbutts but to no avail on a victory.
Daniel now setting up for his Yes Kicks and as always misses his kick as Roman pushes Daniel away as all men go to a corner. Edge gets hit by a Running Knee from DB and Roman wants to capitalize with a Superman Punch but Bryan catches him and finishes the Yes Kick combo and even puts Roman in the Labell Lock but Edge breaks the submission to save the match. Edge now is going to get locked in with the Labell Lock but Roman breaks that shortly after and just mollywhops Daniel Bryan before doing a powerbomb to Daniel Bryan, onto Edge. Roman kicks Daniel Bryan out of the ring, plotting his next move on the outside, the crowd pissing Roman off with a “Roman sucks” chant as he powerbombs Daniel Bryan through the announce table, praising his work and gets leveled by Edge’s Spear.
Edge rolls Roman back in and grabs two chair, going to play a song for the Chief before Roman catches Edge’s chair and they two fight. Edge pulls Roman into the rope and hit him in the neck as Edge puts the Crossface on Roman. Roman looks like he will tap but Daniel Bryan returns and grabs the hand before putting the Labell Lock on the other side as both men yell to let their holds go to go into headbutts after. (Kind of… fucking dumb if two guys with neck problems are just headbutting each other)
Daniel Bryan starts to taking it to Edge but Edge gets a counter and takes Daniel Bryan out with a spear and hitting one to Roman too. Edge goes for the pin and Bryan pulsl the ref out to stop the count and Edge is pissed off. He grabs the chairs again and puts them in the ring as Edge beats the hell out of them with the chairs before setting up Con-Chair-Tos for both men. Edge lands one of Daniel Bryan before Jey Uso comes back in and stops Edge. Edge gets angry to Uso and beats him down until Roman hits Edge with a spear and grabs the chairs under Edge and hits the Con-Chair-To onto Edge, stacks them together and pins both for a defense.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
And like that I retire…
…I kid. There are still final thoughts. The main event delivered to close the show, the matches for tonight were… good. It build up to it but the main thing of the night was the Main Event. It’s actually showing that Roman is beginning to slip here. A lot of help is needed for him to retain but it still played out beautifully. Owens and Sami was great, the US Championship match was good. Apollo finally getting a reward for his actions is a great thing to see. The matches that fell flat for me were the opening two. I miracled into guessing Randy won but, we knew it was more of an OMG thing and not a “this is a wrestling match” kind of moment. We shall see how everything plays out later on in the week because we all know that the biggest shows for WWE are the Raw, SmackDown and I guess now NXT shows after WrestleMania.
And now I will retire…
Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/11/21)
Who wins THE WrestleMania main event?
WrestleMania 37’s two night adventure reaches its conclusion!
After an epic first night, how can WrestleMania 37 possibly get any greater? Perhaps with Daniel Bryan VS Edge VS Roman Reigns for the Universal title! Will the Head of the Table still be at the helm of the WWE?
- Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss; Orton wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Kevin wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus; Sheamus wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Apollo wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan; Reigns wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania 37 Night Two Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler, JBL and Peter Rosenberg for yet another round of discussing, analyzing and predicting the action tonight!
Sonya Deville joins the panel again!
Does anyone really understand the implications of the Nigerian Drum Fight? It might just be Apollo Crews who understands. His power and his culture are going to define what happens tonight. Booker asks, “What do I look like? Chopped liver?” Well okay, he would know, yes. Booker says this goes back a long time ago, the Zulu nation and the Mandingo. This will play out in front of the world so the world needs to understand, and Booker says Apollo will make you understand. Sonya wishes she’d heard more about this. But Jerry wants to know why it’s drums. Booker asks, “What do you do to a drum?” You beat it. Exactly!
Rosenberg says the bottom line is, Apollo is in control. Big E may be on the kick of being in his hometown- JBL asks why Rosenberg’s hands are everywhere. But the point is, Apollo knows what this is about because this is his match. Booker says this will be a great night for everyone back home. JBL and Jerry can’t say anything without getting canceled, so they will agree with him.
Ashland Craft sings America the Beautiful!
We’ve waited patiently for this moment.
“Finally…!” The biggest event in LIVE entertainment is BACK! Back with the spectacle, the excitement and the pageantry! WrestleMania is #BackInBusiness! And tonight, WWE sets sail on the high seas with epic epicness bigger than the history of history! Wait, what? Did he just say all that? That’s what was written. Okay, mate, let’s get this cold open done right. We pick up where we left off just last year. Our heroes are obnoxiously heroic as they battle for the ultimate prize: immortality. But no more tall tales, let’s get real, as the kids say. Tonight, we witness the global event that spans decades, created unforgettable moments, and has the memories we will remember forever.
But let us tip our caps to you, the fans, who made this possible. You over there, and them up there, and even those at home who “can’t not watch.” We raise the sails as fate still awaits. The course was corrected, the wind cannot be stopped, and the quest continues! Now how’s that? Impressive. But where’s the big finish? That’s cold open 101. Good point. Pyro montage! “Welcome back… to WrestleMania!”
The WrestleMania cohosts are back!
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan return to kick off Night Two of WrestleMania 37, but this time they’re Captain Titus and the Hollywood Privateer! “I dunno about you, Hulk, but I think we look damn good tonight.” Well, T-man, it’s a little hot, too. But either way, AHOY MATIES! Yo ho, brothers, and welcome to Mania Sunday! Last night was incredible, but tonight will be no different! Seven matches, and FIVE are for gold! That means they need to batten down the hatches. No room for scurvy dogs or scallywags! Whoa, don’t be calling the people that. Hogan’s not gonna walk the plank, is he? No, Titus will take care of that. The first match is a tale of terror, dark than the depths of Davey Jones’ Locker! YARRGH!
Randy Orton VS The Fiend w/ Alexa Bliss!
The Viper thought he’d finished this at TLC, but some evil never dies. And now, this horror movie in real-life opens the Showcase of the Immortals! Lil’ Miss Twisted Bliss is still by his side, but will Orton finally #LetHimIn?
As he makes is entrance through a mysterious tunnel, The Fiend… has been restored! Alexa makes her way out first, with spooky face paint on to clash with her Punky Brewster outfit. She frolics along, and has a GIANT jack-in-the-box?! Alexa winds the handle and Orton already has an idea what’s coming. All around the mulberry bush, the Fiend chased the Viper~. And out rises The Fiend’s new form! Orton isn’t sure what to make of this, and The Fiend suddenly LEAPS into the ring to CLOTHESLINE Orton down! The bell rings, Fiend SPLASHES in the corner, reels Orton in and hits an URENAGE! Fiend sits Orton up for a NECK SNAP! “YOWIEEEE WOWIEEE~!”
Orton writhes as he clutches his neck and Fiend goes to a corner. Fans fire up as The Fiend spider-walks! Orton gets up, Fiend copies him as he takes aim! Orton flounders up, but he avoids a punt kick! Fiend pursues, Orton kicks low and gives him a back suplex to the desk! But Fiend clamps on with the CLAW! Orton grabs at the ring, gets in, and the ring count is still climbing! Orton gets free but Fiend gets in, only for Orton to kick low. Orton gets Fiend through ropes, for a DRAPING DDT! But Fiend springs right back up! Fiend blocks the RKO, but Orton throws him into his own jack-in-the-box! Fiend flounders, Orton gets Fiend through ropes again and KICKS him!
Orton wrenches the arm, KICKS again, and drags Fiend into ANOTHER DRAPING DDT! Orton looms over Fiend and stomps a hand! Fiend barely flinches, so Orton stomps the other hand! Orton throws hands and clubbing forearms but Fiend just gets up! Orton kicks low, runs, but into a LARIAT! Fiend and fans fire up, things speed up, Fiend BODY CHECKS Orton! Fiend rains down forearms over and over! Fiend gets up to run and drop a back senton, but Orton dodges it! Orton throws Fiend out but Fiend gets right back on the apron. Orton kicks him between ropes, gives away more kicks, then drags Fiend back in, for a THIRD DRAPING DDT!
Orton paces as Fiend slowly stirs. Orton hears the voices and wants Fiend to get up now. Fiend rises, but still no RKO, because Fiend has the MANDIBLE CLAW! Fiend smothers Orton, Orton starts to fade but he grabs at Fiend. Fiend brings Orton up, gives him a kiss good night, and the FLAMES erupt as Alexa is now in a new form! She has a tiara of barbed wire and there’s black ink pouring out. Wait, this distracts the Fiend?! ORTON HITS AN RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
What is going on with Alexa?! Did she mean to ruin tonight for The Fiend?! Either way, the Viper slithers away before he has to worry about this any longer. Is Orton finally done being haunted by these ghouls? Fiend looks up at Alexa, but the lights start to go out again. And when the lights return, Fiend and Alexa are gone. Just what is happening inside the Firefly Fun House?
DING DONG~! Hello!
Bayley asks Titus and Hogan what happened to them texting her back. She says hello to Eric Bischoff, she’s a big fan of his podcast, and says if he ever feels like being on a real show, he can be on hers. Well he’s more of a book guy, not into TV. But that match of Sasha VS Bianca, the SmackDown Women’s Champion on his podcast would be awesome! Yeah, yeah, flavor of the month. But they’re not a role model like Bayley! Bayley is the longest reigning women’s champion, has her own talk show, and is on both nights of Mania! Bischoff brings up Hogan’s new boat, and they decide to go see the boat. Titus wants to ride a boat… Sorry, Bayley, Hall of Famer stuff.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina!
The Tag Team Turmoil is over, but now the real battle begins! Will the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades still be standing after battling the Daughter of Superfly & Queen of Harts?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the battle of alpha females begins!
The teams sort out and Shayna and Natty start. They circle, tie up, Natty headlocks and hits a takeover, but Shayna headscissors. Natty kips free but Shayna smirks as the two reset. They tie up again, Shayna headlocks to hit the takeover, but Natty gets up to power out. Shayna runs Natty over, dusts off her hands, then runs. Natty drops, hurdles, but Shayna blocks a hip toss to get a headlock, only for Natty to trip her up! Shayna scrambles to avoid the Sharpshooter, and tags to Nia. Nia and Natty stare down, fans duel, and they tie up. Nia shoves Natty down and says, “I don’t want you.” She’s calling out Tamina! Tamina reaches out, and Natty tags her in!
Fans fire up as Tamina and Nia stare down. Nia pie faces, headbutts and talks trash but Tamina HEADBUTTS back! It’s a battle of headbutts! Tamina fires off haymakers but Nia denies the scoop! Nia runs but Tamina fires off forearms! Tag to Natty, Nia ROCKS her and Tamina! Nia runs, Shayna tags in, Natty & Tamina DOUBLE BACK DROP Nia! Shayna BOOTS Natty, Tamina ROCKS Shayna back! Natty is up, she and Tamina DOUBLE GOURD BUSTER Shayna onto Nia! Fans fire up as Natty gets the legs again and steps through, but Shayna cradle counters, TWO! Natty waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Natty drags Shayna up to stomp her down, then tags Tamina.
Natty keeps Shayna from her corner and feeds her to Tamina’s clothesline! Tag back to Natty, Natty gets the hand-off to trip Shayna, and catapult her into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Shayna with forearms, then scoops Shayna, only for Shayna to slip out and fire off a strike fest, topping it off with a KNEE! Natty and Shayna are both down, Nia YANKS Tamina off the apron! Tamina fires off on Nia, but Nia scoops her to SLAM her! Natty is shocked, Shayna KNEES her down in a corner! Shayna snapmares to a cover, TWO! Shayna goes after a leg and bends it! Natty endures, kicks with her free leg but Shayna throws a forearm. Shayna pulls on the leg and twists the ankle!
Natty kicks at Shayna more, Shayna turns Natty over and has the foot stuck, to STOMP IT!! Tag to Nia, and Nia looms over Natty as she clutches the foot. Nia soaks up the heat, and drags Natty to drop a leg on the leg! Nia has a standing toehold and Natty endures. Natty fires off haymakers, but Nia stomps the leg! Cover, TWO! Nia is annoyed but she drags Natty up. Natty fights back, Nia CLOBBERS her! Tag to Shayna, Nia has Natty in a STRETCH MUFFLER! Shayna KNEES Natty while she’s upside-down! Cover, TWO! Shayna taunts Natty as Tamina is still down. Shayna SMASHES Natty’s knee into the mat, then pushes Natty around.
Shayna drags Natty up, Nia tags in, and Shayna feeds Natty to a scoop and SLAM! Natty gets to her corner, Nia soaks up heat and runs in, but Natty POSTS her! Natty catches her breath, runs at Nia and throws clothesline after clothesline, then the DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Nia still has a lot of power but Natty rallies the fans! Natty drags Nia up but Nia headbutts her! Nia reels Natty in, gets her up, and hits the ONE HAND SLAM! Cover, Tamina breaks it?! Tamina is back in this and Shayna is furious! Nia crawls over to tag Shayna in, but fans fire up for Natty as she tags Tamina in! Tamina rallies on Shayna with elbows, then dodges to CLOBBER Shayna!
Shayna blocks a punch to fire off kicks, but she kicks into a DRAGON SCREW! Tamina runs but gets buckles. Shayna blocks Tamina’s boot, twists the ankle, but Tamina BOOTS her down! Nia storms over but Tamina DECKS her! Shayna gets around, wants the Kirafuda but Tamina blocks it to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Tamina grows frustrated but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Fans rally as Tamina goes to a corner! Tamina climbs up, but Shayna KICKS her first! Tag to Nia, and Nia storms over to get up top! Nia fireman’s carries but Natty saves Tamina! Shayna gets in but Natty CLOBBERS her! But Nia adjusts, DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Double cover, TWO!!
Natty and Tamina survive but now Nia clutches a leg. That was a rough landing for everyone but Nia manages to get up. Nia sees Tamina is still down, fans rally for Tamina and Nia gets annoyed. Nia brings Tamina up, but Tamina scoops Nia!! Tamina SLAMS NIA!! Cover, TWO!!! Tamina drags herself to a corner, and fans fire up again as Tamina climbs! Tamina aims, SUPERFLY!! BUT SHE FLOPS! Nia moves and Tamina is down again! Nia and Tamina both crawl for their corners as fans rally again. Hot tag to Natty! Natty runs and swipes at Shayna, but Nia gets Natty for a fireman’s carry! Shayna tags in, Natty slips off and DECKS Shayna!
Natty basement dropkicks Nia, and she’s after Nia’s legs! But Shayna’s the legal one! Natty doesn’t know that as she works to get the turn! SHARPSHOOTER, but Nia isn’t legal!! Shayna gets in to get the KIRAFUDA!!! Shayna drags Natty down, Natty endures but she’s OUT! The champs win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
So close and yet so far for Tamina & Natty! Does this mean no team can stop the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades?
Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!
Two men who have known each other for two DECADES, ranging everywhere from friends to rivals to bitter enemies, finally have their moment together on the Grandest Stage of Them All! But given the Great Liberator’s ludicrous behavior as of late, the Prizefighter promises to beat some sense into him! Will Kevin snap Sami out of it? Or is Sami too far gone?
WWE Hall of Fame inductee JBL joins commentary for this one to bring back a classic combination of him and #MAGGLE. Sami gets a mic to say, “Please, ladies and gentlemen. I know you’re all just as excited as I am.” Please give a warm WrestleMania welcome for Sami’s special guest of honor, and show some respect to the only ally Sami has had in fighting the conspiracy against Sami! This is… LOGAN PAUL! Logan Paul does walk out to the ring and Sami breaks it down to the theme music again. Sami hugs Logan, and fans are of course divided. Sami apologizes to Logan for the booing. But here comes Kevin! The bell rings and Sami runs, right into a POP-UP POWERBOMB!
Sami flounders out of the ring before Kevin can get him, but Kevin just goes out after him! Kevin brings Sami in and there’s NXT flashbacks as Sami fights the apron bomb! Kevin gets in after Sami, drags him up and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Kevin hangs Sami out to dry on ropes and Sami springs right off to hit the mat! Kevin runs in to clothesline Sami down! Kevin goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Sami is in a drop zone, Kevin goes up top, but Sami gets out to the apron. Kevin climbs down but walks into a BOOT! Sami reels Kevin in, Kevin elbows free of the half nelson, but Sami kicks low! Sami reels Kevin in, for an APRON BRAINBUSTER!!
Everyone is shocked, even Logan Paul! Sami drags himself back into the ring, Kevin stirs but the ring count is already 5 of 10! Sami wants it to be faster but it’s already at 7 as Kevin stands. Kevin is in at 8 and Sami is on him with furious fists! Sami seethes, kicks Kevin while he’s down, then throws crossface forearms! Logan nods as Sami looks to him, but Kevin throws haymakers! Sami kicks low, scoops Kevin and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Sami is furious! Sami goes back to Kevin in a corner, hauls him up to the top rope, and then climbs up to go after him. Kevin resists the superplex, throws heavy body shots, then haymakers.
Sami gives those back, they brawl up top, fans cheer Kevin but boo Sami, until it’s all the same from the pace quickening! Kevin HEADBUTTS Sami down! Kevin adjusts, FROG SPLASHES, and covers, TWO!! Kevin drags Sami up, throws hands, then whips him, to pop-up, but Sami leap frogs and kicks low! Kevin wrenches, ducks a kick, tucks Sami in, PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Kevin grows frustrated. Fans fire up with Kevin as he drags Sami back up. Kevin reels Sami in, tucks the arms, but Sami slips out of the package driver to EXPLODER Kevin into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner and HELL-
NO! Kevin dodges the kick, but Sami denies the stunner to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is losing his cool, but he CORNER EXPLODERS to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! To a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin lives and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as Kevin gets to a corner. Sami SLAPS Kevin, Kevin SLAPS Sami, it’s a FAST & FURIOUS SLAP FIGHT!! Sami gets the edge, throws body shots and uppercuts, but the ref has Sami back off. Sami gets Kevin up, hauls him up top but Kevin fights. Sami still gets Kevin to the top and he headbutts from below!
Sami climbs, brings Kevin back up, but Kevin counters to a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Even Logan is reeling from that one! Both men are down, Sami slowly sits up and drags himself to a corner. Kevin sits up and is in the opposite corner. Kevin grits his teeth, runs corner to corner at Sami to clothesline! Kevin keeps going, and clotheslines again. Kevin goes, Sami follows, HELLUVA KICK!! Sami keeps Kevin from falling over, and tells him this is because of Kevin. Sami goes corner to corner, into a SUPERKICK!! Sami staggers, into another SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up for Kevin as he looks Sami in the eye. “You did this.” STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Logan seems to be the only one shocked, but he still applauds this victory! Whether Kevin has knocked some sense into Sami is yet to be seen, but he did get a big win at #KOMania5! Logan checks on Sami, tries to talk with him, but Sami says someone screwed him! The ref, the managers, someone! Logan tells Kevin that this was awesome stuff. Sami won’t let Logan shake Kevin’s hand! Sami says Kevin conspired against him! Sami wants Logan to listen to him, but Logan shoves Sami! Sami says to hell with Logan! Sami storms off, Logan raises Kevin’s hand in victory. Logan sure is a bandwagoner, huh?
Kevin doesn’t like that, either, and he gives Logan a STUNNER!! “This is MY ring!” Will this win lead Kevin back to another prizefight?
Matt Riddle encounters Great Khali!
What’s up, bro! Riddle wants to congrat Khali on being inducted into the HOF. Can he check the ring? Yep. WHOA, look how big his hand is! It’s as big as Riddle’s head. Khali must have a hard time finding gloves and socks. Khali should open a store that sells giant stuff! Giant shoes, giant socks, giant toilets, and giant scooters! What does he think? No? Nothing? Translator? Wait, RVD is here!! RVD translates for Khali and says that in order to corner the market, we’ll need creative branding. RVD has that right here with RVD rolling papers.
Sweet! Hey, what about a #KhaliTrolley? Khali and RVD say Riddle should focus on Sheamus. Good luck from Khali and R! V! D! Riddle rides off towards gorilla, but will he be ready to smoke the Fella?
WWE United States Championship: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus!
Bro… The Fella has had beef with Riddle since day one, but perhaps it’s just Riddle’s personality being so nonchalant, it’s like he doesn’t care. Will Riddle show Sheamus how serious he can get with the gold on the line?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and bro, this one’s going to be lit!
Sheamus and Riddle tie up, and Sheamus headlocks to throw Riddle down. Sheamus grinds Riddle, Riddle fights up and powers out, but Sheamus runs Riddle right over! Sheamus is on Riddle with an armlock and he digs a knee in. Sheamus pulls the fingers, but Riddle fights up. Riddle throws body shots, ROCKS and CHOPS Sheamus, then CHOPS him more! Riddle has Sheamus in a corner, fires off but lets off as the ref counts. Sheamus ROCKS Riddle back with a body shot! Sheamus stomps Riddle, drags him up and scoops him, but Riddle slips out to get a sleeper! Riddle’s a backpack with the body scissors, but Sheamus RAMS him into buckles.
Sheamus throws back elbows, lets off but Riddle elbows back. Riddle leaps, into Sheamus’ swinging SLAM! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes, kicks Riddle while he’s down, and kicks him against the ropes. The ref reprimands, Sheamus drags Riddle up by his face to then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus clamps onto Riddle, Riddle fights up and throws forearms and fast hands! Riddle backs Sheamus down to a corner, but Sheamus kicks back! Sheamus whips, blocks Riddle’s boot but Riddle keeps kicking! Riddle gets a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets off at 4, but Sheamus CLUBS him back! Sheamus stands Riddle up for Beats of the Bodhrain!
The ref counts but so do fans, and Sheamus gets 8 before the ref gets 4! Sheamus drags Riddle up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Sheamus seethes again as he paces. Sheamus goes to a corner, goes up top, but Riddle intercepts with a leap, for a SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!?! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Riddle fires himself up as he and Sheamus slowly rise. Sheamus throws hands but Riddle counter punches then fires off palm strikes! Riddle boots, spins Sheamus and PELES! Riddle handsprings and runs to forearm smash! Side to side, forearm smash! BROSPLODER, to the BROTON!
Fans fire up as Riddle reels Sheamus in and suplexes, but he has to try again… JACKHAMMER?!? Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survive Riddle’s #Broberg attempt, but Riddle won’t lose focus just yet. Riddle gut wrenches, but Sheamus turns it around! Riddle wriggles free and kicks from below! Sheamus staggers, but he puts Riddle on the apron. Riddle ROUNDHOUSES, then slingshots, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus Alabama lifts for the ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives again and Sheamus grits his teeth. Sheamus looms over Sheamus, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Riddle fights free, shoves Sheamus to an apron, but Sheamus hits back!
Sheamus fireman’s carries then shifts, but Riddle escapes to POST and then APRON GERMAN Sheamus down! Riddle then aims for a PENALTY KICK, and SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Direct hit and fans fire up! Riddle gets Sheamus up and in, goes to the top rope, and hits another FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sheamus shocks Riddle, but Riddle drags Sheamus in for the REVERSE ARMBAR! Riddle throws hands as Sheamus endures, and Sheamus powers up to dead lift Riddle, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! And into the SLEEPER! Sheamus reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Riddle lets go fast, and Sheamus hammers away on him!
Sheamus drags Riddle up, smirks as he fireman’s carries, and then carries Riddle up the corner! Riddle shifts, escapes, but Sheamus denies the sunset bomb. Sheamus adjusts up top, but Riddle springs up to ROCK him! Riddle gets Sheamus up but Sheamus counters to the fireman’s carry! Sheamus hops down to hit WHITE NOISE!! Sheamus goes up top for a KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Riddle lives and Sheamus is stunned! Fans rally, Sheamus hobbles back to a corner and fires himself up as he calls his shot! Riddle rises, but he dodges the Brogue to roll Sheamus, FINAL-
NO! No knee, but Riddle dodges to QUE-BRO-DA, INTO A BROGUE?!!? Cover, Sheamus wins!!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
The Bro tried but couldn’t keep the high, and the Celtic Warrior brought him crashing down! Will Sheamus be the one with his head in the clouds now that he has the gold?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
These two used to be good friends, but the frustration of losing and the desire to reign drove Apollo to despise Big E. Apollo calls upon his ancestors to finally make him a champion, but will Big E finally turn away his most stubborn of challengers?
As Big E makes his entrance, Wale performs it life for Tampa! “Ey, Tampa! You wanna go big? Then say that!” The introductions are made, there are drums, tables, kendo sticks and a gong ringside as the title is raised and this BIG grudge match begins!
Apollo and Big E go right out to get weapons! They each have a kendo stick, both men say to the other, “This is what you wanted!” And they start giving each other SMACKS! Smack for smack but Big E gets the edge! Apollo bails out, Big E pursues to SMACK him again! And another SMACK! “This is what he wanted, Graves!” But Apollo kicks low, only for Big E to bowl Apollo into drums! Big E gets the gong! Apollo boots it away, clubs Big E then SMACKS Big E with a kendo stick! Big E goes into the ring, Apollo dares him to stand. Big E dodges, throws Apollo to the apron and runs to SPEAR him off!! That might’ve been a distance record! Big E puts Apollo in to cover, TWO!
Big E keeps his cool as fans rally up behind him. Big E fetches the steel steps, one of Apollo’s favorites from the months past. But he isn’t settling for the smaller top half. Big E goes big by bringing the base over! Big E goes to the apron, brings Apollo up but Apollo fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Apollo drags Big E in to cover, TWO!! Big E survives but Apollo won’t let off! Apollo throws down angry fists, then goes out to fetch the top half of the steps. Apollo brings those around, sets them on their end, and then he stomps Big E to the apron. Apollo has Big E on the base, he picks up the top half of the steps, and he lines up the shot!
“I’m about to show you the steel!” Big E moves before the steps SMASH down!! Apollo hurries to get to the apron, and he runs at Big E to BOOT him! Big E flounders, Apollo wants him to stand up again, but Big E gives him an Urenag-E to the STEPS!! The ref checks on Apollo but somehow he’s okay to continue. “This is what you wanted!” Big E says Apollo is going to get what he asked for! Fans fire up as Big E fetches a TABLE! Big E puts the table in the ring, sets it up, and then fetches Apollo. Apollo staggers up to his feet, Big E puts him in the ring, but Apollo ENZIGURIS Big E down!
Apollo gets a kendo stick to SMACK and SMACK and SMACK, rapid fire! So fast and so hard, the stick breaks apart! Apollo gets Big E on the table, then heads for a corner. Apollo climbs, leaps, FROG SPLASH but Big E moves! Apollo only gets table! Big E scoops, for the BIG ENDING!! But who is that?!? DABBA KATO!?!? What’s he doing here?!? GRENADE THUMB ATTACK!! And then, a CHOKE SLAM!! He’s helping Apollo to the cover! Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)
When did Apollo make Kato one of his generals?! The timing doesn’t matter, the results do! And now, Apollo has the title! What will this mean for the future of SmackDown?
WWE honors the 2021 Hall of Fame class!
The 2021 Warrior Award winner, Rich Hering stands with the Great Khali, Rob Van Damn, Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff on stage, and are joined by KAAAAAAANE~! And for old times’ sake, the HELLFIRE & BRIMSTONE erupt!
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!
The Empress of Tomorrow wanted someone to step up to challenge her, and the Nightmare did just that! Will we see that even now, no one is ready for Asuka? Or will she be washed away by the Riptide?
Rhea has New Year’s Day perform her theme live for her! The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is ready for what!
Asuka and Rhea stare down as fans rally up. They circle, talk some trash back and forth, and Asuka mocks Rhea. Rhea rushes, Asuka dodges and dropkicks! Rhea stays up, but storms into Asuka’s strike fest! Asuka kicks, runs, Rhea follows but Asuka victory rolls! ONE, but Asuka backslides! Rhea rolls through but Asuka dropkicks her to a corner! Asuka runs in, misses the hip attack, but boots back! Rhea snarls, ducks a kick and ROCKS Asuka! Rhea runs but Asuka drop toeholds her into buckles, then KICKS the buck to jam Rhea! Rhea bails out and Asuka grins as fans duel. Asuka eggs Rhea on, Rhea slides in but then right back out.
Asuka goes after Rhea, keeps Rhea from going into the ring to then pop-up KNEE! Rhea gets in the ring now, Asuka follows and has Rhea on ropes. Asuka KICKS Rhea in the back, KICKS again, and again, and again! The ref reprimands, Asuka runs but Rhea dodges the hip attack to HOOK KICK! Rhea drags Asuka right back up to back suplex to a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed already as she drags Asuka and rains down fists! “You wanted this! You! Wanted! This!” Fans rally and duel as Rhea keeps on Asuka. Rhea drags Asuka into a body scissors and squeezes tight! Rhea shouts in Asuka’s face but Asuka elbows Rhea’s legs.
Rhea clamps tighter, digs Asuka into the mat and slaps her around! Rhea dares the champ to do something now, then brings her back into the squeeze! Asuka tells Rhea to shut up and she throws elbows. Asuka pushes back to a cover, ONE, and Rhea dropkicks Asuka! Rhea tells Asuka to get that weak sauce out of here. Rhea kicks Asuka around, Asuka hits back and the two brawl. Rhea KNEES low, SLAPS her, then CLOBBERS her! And again! Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka ducks, only for Rhea to ripcord! Asuka blocks the Hook Kick to a KNEEBAR! Rhea endures, fights up, but Asuka pulls tighter! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, but Rhea dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka survives and Rhea grits her teeth while clutching her foot. Rhea slaps Asuka around, then CLUBS her in the corner! Rhea drags Asuka up, bumps her off buckles, then kicks her while she’s down. Rhea RAMS into Asuka’s back over and over and digs her shoulder in. Rhea lets off as the ref counts, then puts Asuka up top. Rhea CLUBS Asuka, climbs up behind her, and stands her up, but Asuka blocks! Asuka throws elbows and then knocks Rhea down! Asuka fires up as she adjusts, then leaps for a missile dropkick! Direct hit and both women are down! Fans fire up as Asuka rises and aims at Rhea from a corner. Rhea gets up, Asuka runs in, ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX!
Rhea flounders to a corner, Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK! Rhea fights the German but Asuka BACK HANDS, CHOPS and HEEL KICKS! Rhea falls to her knees, Asuka hits another HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is in a daze but she is still in this! Asuka goes to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rhea dropkicks her down to the floor!! Rhea wobbles, Asuka gets back in, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs to go out after Asuka. Rhea blocks Asuka’s boots but Asuka elbows Rhea away! Rhea blocks the Penalty Kick, to SLAM Asuka on the apron! The ring count is climbing, Rhea gets Asuka in at 5 of 10! Rhea hurries to get up but Asuka hip attacks her down!
Asuka goes out after Rhea again, brings her around, but Rhea fights. Rhea can’t get free, Asuka DDT’s her OFF the apron and to the FLOOR! Both women are down and another ring count begins! Asuka gets in at 5, Rhea sits up at 6. Rhea gets in at 7, but Asuka is there, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Asuka grows frustrated but she drags Rhea up for Kowata Kicks! Over and over and over, then Asuka smiles as she runs, but Rhea blocks the sliding kick! Rhea stomps away on Asuka! Rhea puts Asuka’s legs in the PRISM TRAP!! Asuka endures the hanging cloverleaf, reaches for ropes, but rolls Rhea to an ARMBAR!! Rhea flails and kicks, fights up to dead lift again!
Rhea SWINGS Asuka into buckles! Both women are down but Asuka goes to the apron. Rhea storms over, climbs up and drags Asuka up for a headbutt! Rhea brings Asuka up higher, for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives and Rhea is furious! Rhea drags Asuka up and clubs her. Asuka shoves free, Rhea waistlocks but Asuka elbows her again. Asuka wrenches to get a takedown! Rhea rolls, but into an ARMBAR! Rhea makes it a cover, TWO, and ASUKA LOCK!! Rhea rolls back to make it a cover, TWO!! Asuka unleashes KICKS! Rhea manages to stay up and even eggs Asuka on. BUZZSAW, but then Rhea ducks the sliding wizard! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Rhea wins!!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
All it takes is one! And now, the Nightmare becomes the first woman to be NXT UK, NXT and Raw Women’s Champion in her career! Are Mondays about to become a nightmare for every other woman on Raw?
Hogan and Titus are back!
Hogan is totally blown away, brother! Titus says on behalf of them both, they send a hert-felt thank you, the fans at home watching on the Peacock and the WWE Network, and those who made it special for everyoen involved: the fans here live at Raymond James Stadium! Bayley storms out because she has just had enough! You kidding me?! Thanking the world and the audience?! But not one mention about BAYLEY. In fact, where is HER pyro?! Hit the pyro!! Oh, there is pyro ready for Bayley.
HAHAHA, YES! Bayley has been carrying the hosting duties on her back this weekend, from the legends to the hall-of-famers to stupid Michael Cole! This is HER time to shine, okay? But wait, here come the Bella Twins! Nikki & Brie don’t even get to start because Bayley said this is HER time! It doesn’t matter what these two twin idiots lookin’ like Elmo want, Cena ain’t here! Nikki SLAPS Bayley, and Brie says Ding Dong, GOOD-BYE! Nikki ROCKS Bayley, Brie hits a KNEE SMASH! The Bellas bowl Bayley down the ramp! Titus repeats, “Ding dong, good-bye!” Will Bayley make sure she isn’t outnumbered before she runs her mouth?
WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat: Roman Reigns w/ Jey Uso & Paul Heyman VS Edge VS Daniel Bryan!
The Tribal Chief wants the world to #AcknowledgeHim. The Rated R Superstar wants to take back what was taken from him so long ago. And the GOAT wants to bring back #YEStleMania before he’s reached the end! What happens when all these forces collide in THE main event of WrestleMania 37?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and 10 years ago to the day, we see if Edge is finally, truly back!
Roman DECKS Bryan! Edge hits Roman but Roman puts Edge in a corner and RAMS him! Roman throws clotheslines, Bryan gets Roman with EuroUppers! Bryan whips, Roman reverses and sends Bryan out, for Jey to SUPERKICK! No DQ in a Triple Threat! Jey RAMS Bryan into steel steps, Roman ROCKS Edge with an uppercut! Roman throws Edge out, Jey SUPERKICKS him down! GOTTEE! Roman backs the commentary off to clear off the desk. Jey brings Edge over, but Bryan DIVES into Roman! Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan, keeps after Edge, but Edge whips Jey into steel steps! Jey is down, Edge storms after Roman and clubs him on the back.
Edge bumps Roman off apron, off barriers, and repeat! Roman is a pinball for Edge! Edge POSTS Roman, then storms over to see Bryan still down. Edge gets steel steps and takes the top half off. Fans fire up as Edge sees Jey still down, too, and brings him over to the steps! Edge gets Jey up for an IMPALER to the steps!! But it was double-edged as Edge had to land on the steel, too! Bryan gets up while refs and medics check on Jey. They get Jey up while everyone else is still down, but Bryan gets into the ring. Edge scares Heyman away and gets in the ring. Edge and Bryan stare down while Roman only stirs. Fans fire up as Edge and Bryan start throwing hands!
Edge gets the edge, he whips but Bryan drop toeholds Edge into buckles! Bryan gives Edge YES Kicks in the corner! Bryan hoists Edge up top, climbs up to join him, and SUPER STEINERS, but Edge sunset flips it! TWO!! Edge gets around to EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Bryan is down, Roman is back and he ROCKS Edge! Edge and Roman brawl with the ropes between them but Roman drags Edge up to suplex! Edge resists, suplexes but Roman resists. They fight for suplex control, Bryan slides under to trip up Roman and hotshot Edge! Bryan climbs up and missile dropkicks Edge down! Bryan kips up, fires up and fans are with him!
Bryan drags Edge up, throws EuroUppers, and Edge ends up on ropes. Bryan whips Edge but Edge reverses. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, dodges to DIVE into Roman, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Roman stands, Edge WRECKS him with a dropkick! Roman bumps into desk and Edge follows him. Edge CLUBS Roman, puts him in, but Roman runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Roman seethes, fans duel as they cheer and jeer, but Roman locks ‘n’ loads! SUPER- NO! Edge gets him for an IMPALER!! Edge aims at Roman from a corner now, and fans are fired up for something we haven’t seen in quite some time!
Edge dares Roman to get up, and then he runs in, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Roman fires up and wants Edge to stand now! “OOOAH~!” Edge dodges the Spear to sunset flip! TWO!! Roman staggers, Edge and Roman dodge, DOUBLE SPEARS!! Shoulders and heads collide and both men are down as fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” already and far from over! Bryan returns! DIVING HEADBUTT to Edge! DIVING HEADBUTT to Roman! Cover on Roman, TWO!! Bryan is surprised but he doesn’t lose his cool. Bryan sees Edge sit up, and gives him a YES Kick! YES Kick for Roman! KICK for Edge! KICK for Roman! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE! ROMAN! EDGE!
Bryan aims at Roman, BUZZ- NO! Roman sends Bryan at Edge, RUNNING KNEE! Roman reloads but runs into a KICK! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives but Bryan just fires up! Bryan gets the arms, and gives Roman a flurry of Danielson Stomps! Then the YES LOCK!!! Roman flails, Heyman panics, and Bryan cranks back as hard as he can! Edge CLOBBERS Bryan off the hold! Heyman is relieved but now Edge drags Bryan up. Bryan drags Edge down to a YES LOCK!! Now Edge and his bad neck endure!! Edge claws at the hold, but Roman CLOBBERS Bryan now! Roman rains down furious forearms over and over from all sides! Roman lets off just to throw headbutts!
Roman dead lifts Bryan to POWERBOMB him onto Edge! Roman scrapes Bryan out of the ring, goes out after him, and sees the announce desk. Fans jeer, “Roman Sucks!” but Roman just soaks up the heat. Roman puts the base steps closer to the desk, then drags Bryan up. Bryan is dead weight, the fans taunt Roman even harder, but Roman hauls Bryan up to POWERBOMB him through the desk!! But Edge SPEARS Roman outta nowhere!! Fans lose their minds as all three men are down and out! Edge gets up first, and he drags Roman into the ring. Edge looks around, and fetches not just one but a PAIR of chairs! Edge sets one down, Roman steps on it! They tug o’ war, the chair goes flying!
Roman wants the guillotine, but Edge gets Roman down to a CROSSFACE! Bryan puts on the YES LOCK!! They headbutt each other!! Roman is down, Bryan headbutts Edge into the mat! Bryan fires off his rage into those forearms on Edge!! Fans again say, “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Bryan has Edge’s arms. Bryan gives Edge DANIELSON STOMPS!! Bryan lets off, aims from a corner, and powers up with the Yes Fingers! The fans join in, though there are some “NO” dissenters. Edge gets up, Bryan runs in, into a SPEAR!!! Edge staggers, dodges Roman to SPEAR!!! Cover, BRYAN YANKS THE REF OUT!! Edge can’t believe it, but wouldn’t he have done the same in return?
Edge goes out after Bryan, gets MORE chairs, and brings those to the ring. Edge SMACKS Bryan down with one! Edge puts Bryan in the ring, and has as wild look as he gets the chair again to SMACK Roman! And SMACK Bryan! ROMAN! BRYAN! SMACK, SMACK, SMACK!! Fans are thunderous as Edge puts Bryan onto one chair. And then Edge puts Roman on another chair. Edge has it all lined up and fans go nuts knowing it! Heyman is begging Edge not to, but CONCHAIRTO TO BRYAN!!! But Jey returns, and attacks Edge!! Jey beats Edge down, gets a chair, but Edge SPEARS him down!! Edge SMACKS Jey! And again! And again!
Roman SPEARS Edge!! Roman sets Edge up on a chair now!? Roman gives EDGE a CONCHAIRTO!! Roman drags Edge onto Bryan to double cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinall (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief is still the Reigns-ing, Defending and Undisputed, but also the ALWAYS controverted Universal Heavyweight Champion of the world because he still has his Right Hand Man watching his back! Will the Head of the Table ever be removed from the throne upon which he sits? Was this really the last chance Bryan had to bring back #YEStleMania? Was this really the end of the Rated R Superstar’s comeback?
I don’t think I have to say it, but I will: Night Two did not live up to Night One. As far as I’m concerned, titles that should’ve changed didn’t and titles that shouldn’t have changed did. Or at least, not in the way they should have. One of the only non-title matches tonight, Orton VS Fiend, was good but not at all what I expected. I thought we were going to get one full match with “mangled” Fiend, but I guess that’s what Fastlane was for. Fiend 2.0 looks pretty good, and goes even further into referencing DC Comics’ Joker. I was hoping that as the first match of the night, we would’ve gotten cinematic fighting so we could get a pseudo Firefly Fun House.
Also, I like whatever that new form Alexa takes, too, but I did not like that she distracted Fiend. Fiend didn’t have to win here, but he didn’t have to lose like that. I don’t like the idea that they’re trying to make it seem like whatever is possessing Alexa is now turning on Fiend just to push this forward in a new direction. And with Backlash sadly being made into WrestleMania Backlash, like a weird third night or something, we are revisiting this to figure out the what and why of tonight. Sigh…
The other non-title match, Kevin VS Sami, was just one degree off what it could’ve been but it was still great. I almost thought that segment at the end with Logan bandwagon’ing to Kevin was going to unite Sami and Kevin against Logan Paul. Instead, they both dislike him, just separate from each other. Maybe one day, Sami and Kevin will patch things up in kayfabe and go after tag titles. And speaking of tag titles, the Women’s Tag Team title match was great stuff, but I really wish Tamina & Natty won that. I do appreciate that Reggie wasn’t ringside to be used for various things, because in the end, Shayna & Nia sticking together does help the division. I just feel that the RawDown Women’s Tag titles need to spend more time on SmackDown than they do Raw right now, out of fairness.
Bayley was pretty entertaining tonight, but the Bellas getting the better of her was clearly a WWE management decision because fans were not for it. And I was surprised Titus and Hogan saved their pirate costumes for night two, those should’ve been night one. Riddle VS Sheamus was another great slug fest, and I like that Riddle referenced Goldberg with a Jackhammer. Seems The Bro hasn’t given up on getting a match with him. But it was an even split to me who could’ve gotten this, so giving Sheamus some vindication was alright.
The Nigerian Drum Fight was pretty good, but I expected the drums to play into it more. And same for the gong as soon as I saw it there. But it was still a very good themed No Hold Barred, just not sure why we needed Dabba-Kato to get involved. Do all Heels in WWE need to have henchmen helping them now? Except for Lashley, at least, since he’s The All Mighty. But Apollo getting the title was the part that was right, as this was his fourth attempt, and losing again would’ve been rough for him. Maybe Big E gets a match with Kato at WrestleMania Backlash, wins that and then starts chasing Apollo going into Money in the Bank or Extreme Rules.
Asuka VS Rhea was an awesome match, definitely worthy of the title and of Mania. But maybe this was just a bit soon for Rhea? Asuka hasn’t really gotten big wins lately, given she didn’t get to have her match with Lacey Evans at Elimination Chamber and didn’t have anything at Fastlane. I mean, obviously what is bad for one is good for the other, and Rhea is rising up fast and keeping pace with Bianca Belair. I wonder if WWE is already thinking that Survivor Series 2021, wherever it will be, will see Rhea VS Bianca as the champions. Hopefully they throw NXT in so Raquel Gonzalez can be part of it.
The Triple Threat Universal Championship match was awesome stuff, and I do like that they took advantage of the No Disqualification stipulation. Jey interfering early was fine, because he gets taken out for it. But him returning and helping Roman again just hurt everything they’d built up. If Roman found a way to use Bryan and Edge against each other to then get the win, that would’ve felt less disappointing. And if not for “WrestleMania Backlash” being next, I would’ve thought Roman was moving right on to Cesaro given Cesaro won on Night One. Instead, there might be that tag match “meant” to happen at Fastlane and WWE going back to the status quo of phoning it in on the minor PPV’s.
My Score: 8.3/10
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