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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WrestleMania Night One

Much like you, Bodeen watched WrestleMania Saturday. What did he consider the Top 5 Moments? The answers are right inside!

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Much like you, Bodeen watched WrestleMania Saturday. What did he consider the Top 5 Moments? The answers are right inside!

After a long wait and a small scare after a rain delay, it was finally time for the crowds to return to WWE, as we saw the first night of WrestleMania 37 in front of a live crowd. However, in front of a live crowd, what superstars stood out on the first night of the showcase in the immortals. Let us find out, as we take a look at the top 5 moments that stood out on night one of WrestleMania.

5. Omos makes his WrestleMania debut against The New Day 

When Omos made his first RAW appearance outside of RAW underground, many wondered when Omos would make his in-ring debut. These questions would be answered as AJ Styles and Omos challenged Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston for the Raw Tag Team Titles.

During the match, AJ would take the majority of the punishment from Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston with the Phenomenal One getting little offense in. However, after AJ tagged in Omos the tide of the match would quickly change as Omos dominated The New Day.

Omos would have no reaction from the dropkicks and dives from The New Day, with Omos then throwing around both men. With Omos pinning The New Day, making AJ Styles and Omos the new Raw Tag Team Champions.

4. Bad Bunny surprises The Miz and John Morrison on his WrestleMania debut

When Bad Bunny helped Damian Priest eliminate John Morrison and The Miz at the Royal Rumble, it was the start of a feud that fans would have divided interests in as many fans hated the idea of Bad Bunny having a match against The Miz at WrestleMania. However Bad Bunny would shock fans and silence critics as he put on an amazing WrestleMania performance and without a doubt, had the best celebrity match in history.

Despite being the inexperienced one, Bad Bunny would tag himself in early in the match and would surprise The Miz with a series of moves. The Miz would then come back, grounding Bad Bunny and separating him from Damian Priest. Despite The Miz’s and John Morrison’s best effort, Bad Bunny would get the hot tag into Damian Priest, with Priest changing the match.

Late in the match, Bad Bunny would hit a crossbody on both men and would then hit a Canadian Destroyer outside the ring for a huge reaction from the crowd. This would leave The Miz by himself against Priest and Bad Bunny, with Bad Bunny pinning The Miz after hitting a crossbody from the top rope while Priest held Miz an electric chair position.

3. Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre open the delayed show

After more than a year of wrestling without a live crowd. Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley had a huge job in delivering a good performance in the first match in front of a live crowd as they opened WrestleMania. Both men would deliver a great hard-hitting match, despite the ring and outside area in the match with Bobby Lashley retaining his WWE Championship to the surprise of many.

Both men would trade punches and slams early in the match, with Lashley getting the upper hand, throwing him around the outside of the ring, into the barricades, however after Lashley smashed his shoulder on the ring post, McIntyre would target Lashley’s arm throughout the match and even locked countered a spinebuster into a kimura lock, with Lashley just getting to the ropes.

Late in the match, Drew McIntyre would attempt to hit the Claymore, only for MVP to distract him. This would make Drew miss the Claymore, allowing Bobby Lashley to put McIntyre in the Hurt Lock. Despite fighting for more than a minute, McIntyre did not have enough to escape the Hurt Lock as he eventually passed out in the hold, making Bobby retain his WWE Championship.

 2. Cesaro hunts for his WrestleMania moment against Seth Rollins 

It almost seems impossible that Cesaro had never had a singles match at WrestleMania. Despite being one of the most reliable competitors in WWE, the Swiss Superman has found himself in the tag division during WrestleMania season most of the time. So after more than 5 years of waiting, Cesaro would finally get his chance to get his big WrestleMania against Seth Rollins as both men stole the show in a match that was incredible to watch from start to finish

Cesaro would waste no time in getting an advantage early in the match, upper-cutting Seth Rollins the second the bell rang. However, Rollins would quickly turn the tide, hitting Cesaro with a buckle bomb to turn the tide in the match and give himself the momentum Rollins would then dominate Cesaro throughout the match, as Cesaro attempted the Swing throughout the match, only for Rollins to counter the swing multiple times.

Rollins would continue to push Cesaro, only for Cesaro to come back and hit the Neutralizer for a near-fall. Cesaro would then attempt another Neutralizer, only for Rollins to reverse, eventually kicking Cesaro in the back of the neck. Rollins would then attempt a stomp, only for Cesaro to watch Rollins with an uppercut, Cesaro would then swing Rollins 23 times and hit a Neutralizer to pin Rollins for his WrestleMania moment.

1. Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks main event WrestleMania for the SmackDown Women’s Championship    

Despite the build for the SmackDown Women’s Championship feeling boring and meaningless, everyone knew the second the bell rung, both women would make everyone forget about the slow build with their incredible talent. Sasha and Bianca did a great job in main eventing the first night of WrestleMania as they told a story about’s Sasha’s experience facing Bianca’s raw talent.

Both women would start off the match evenly, with either woman able to grab a true advantage. Eventually, Binaca got the upper hand after catching a suicide dive attempt from Banks. However, Banks would use her experience to get back into the match, using Binaca’s hair to control her throughout the match.

This would later backfire on Banks, as Belair hit Banks with a brutal hair whip, allowing her to hit the KOD for a huge pop and a special moment in what was a great way to close off night one of WrestleMania 37.

These were my top 5 moments from night one of WrestleMania 37. What were your top 5 moments and what did you think of Bobby Lashley retaining his WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre? Let us know in the comments down below. 


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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DeMarco’s Things I Learned From WWE Smackdown On FOX (June 17, 2022)

Greg DeMarco presents what he learned watching WWE Smackdown On FOX for June 17, 2022, featuring Matt Riddle, Vince McMahon, Pat McAfee, and more!

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Greg DeMarco presents what he learned watching WWE Smackdown On FOX for June 17, 2022, featuring Matt Riddle, Vince McMahon, Pat McAfee, and more!

WWE presented Smackdown on Friday night, June 17, 2022, from “Moneyapolis” featuring the “big fight feel” main event between Roman Reigns and Matt Riddle, with The Tribal Chief’s Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on the line. We also continued down the road to Money In The Bank in Vegas.

RK-Bro Is Effectively Done

The video package and all of Matt Riddle’s tributes to Randy Orton are just a little bit too much. Riddle does “too much” very well–in fact, it’s his character. But the amount of tribute being played to Randy Orton seems to be a set-up for Orton’s eventual return (whenever that might be) OPPOSITE Riddle. Maybe it’s in the Royal Rumble, maybe after.

Regardless of how it happens (and much of that has to do with his surgery and rehabilitation process), I think we are closer than ever to a heel Randy Orton opposing the babyface Matt Riddle.

Madcap Moss Is Undeniably Over

“Madcap just might be a guy.” – Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee knows what he’s talking about on this one–Madcap is indeed a guy. Riddick Moss always had the tools, just had injury issues. Since making his return to competition as Baron “Happy” Corbin’s sidekick, all Moss has done is prove his worth to WWE. He’s got a good look. He can cut a good promo. He’s vastly a underrated in-ring storyteller. And above all else, he has “it.”

WWE is always looking to add to the main event rotation, but it seems harder to crack that right now. But Madcap Moss has what it takes to do just that.

Montez Ford Is Gonna Be A (Solo) Star

The Street Profits are a fantastic act, and are insanely over. But Montez is a guy–a guy who the company can build around. While I feel bad for Angelo Dawkins, I (along with so many others) see Ford being a solo star.

We’re Getting Baron Corbin vs. Pat McAfee At SummerSlam

It’s the perfect set-up:

  • Baron Corbin is highly regarded within the organization as one of the safest workers around, a point that has been made by Randy Orton himself.
  • Pat McAfee is a big-moment superstar, and SummerSlam is the moment for him.

And for the record, I love it. While I an a big time purveyor of “Baron Corbin Sucks,” I know what he can do in the ring. And him vs. Pat McAfee would have Nashville rocking–and that is what McAfee in the ring is all about.

Vince McMahon Is Literally A Man Of Steel

If you have listened to any of Bruce Prichard’s podcasts, you know Vince McMahon believes you “don’t sell.” Not in the ring, but whenever the world has turned against you in any way–including lawsuits and investigations–you don’t sell it. You hold your head high, and live above it all.

That’s exactly what the boss did when opening up WWE Smackdown On FOX. It’s entirely possible that the plan changed along the way, and we were going to get “Mr. McMahon” at some point–but what happened is trademark Vince. Not the character, but the man. And if we expected anything else, we haven’t been paying attention.

Matt Riddle Is Now A Made Man

Matt Riddle and Roman Reigns delivered a pay per view (or premium live event…pick your poison) quality main event on WWE Smackdown on FOX, on a night where the world was likely watching. Tonight was his moment, and even in a loss, he delivered.

With a singular world champion–and one who likely isn’t losing anytime soon–it’s hard to say when Riddle could become a world champ. But the stipulation added to tonight’s match (which wasn’t discussed enough on air) means that Matt Riddle now cannot challenge Roman Reigns again (that’s how the graphic showed it). That screams a Money In The Bank or Royal Rumble win to me.

It’s also highly possible that a Seth Rollins wins the Money In The Bank briefcase, and his cash in splits the titles back up, opening the door for Riddle come next spring.

Either way–one fact remains true: Matt Riddle is now a made man, and doing it on his own.


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