The last Raw before WrestleMania is red hot!
WWE begins WrestleMania WEEK with a Raw packed to the brim! Will Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley be rolling into their world title clash of titans?
- Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Woods wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Elias & Jaxson Ryker VS Braun Strowman; Braun wins.
- Asuka & Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin; Lashley wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali; Riddle wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS King Corbin; McIntyre wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
Though he faces the Rocky Mountain Machine at WrestleMania, the Scottish Warrior must make it to WrestleMania, and that’ll be hard with Bobby Lashley throwing others at him. SmackDown’s King Corbin thinks he can cash in on Lashley’s golden offer, but that confrontation will be for later tonight. McIntyre has a mic and says this is the final Raw before Mania. Just five days until WrestleMania night one, and he can’t help but think back to last year and how unique it was. Then fast-forward to now, we’re “back in business” and once again McIntyre is fighting to become WWE Champion.
So much is going through his head. Where to begin? With Corbin? Nah. The All Mighty Lashley, this match is happening. Lashley’s tried to take McIntyre out but it is happening! They’re in for the biggest FIGHT of their lives, and McIntyre can hardly wait. Such similar journeys, really, the two of them. Almost 20 years each, so many ups and downs. What is it that makes them different? “Sacrifice.” How much McIntyre is willing to give up. Lashley’s sacrificed a lot, too, traveling up and down the roads, around the world, missing special moments with the family. But when Lashley goes home, he makes up for lost time. McIntyre never had that luxury.
McIntyre left home at age 22 with one purpose in mind: becoming WWE Champion. Times were hard. There were times he wish he could go home. He remembers sitting ringside when his mother was going through chemo therapy. She told him on Skype that this is Drew’s dream, and if he comes home, she’d kick his ass herself. “Keep pushing forward. Keep sacrificing.” McIntyre did, he kept going, he gave everything to this industry! He got fired, kept going, came back, rose up and became WWE Champion! He fell off Cells, ladders, through Extreme Rules, kept sacrificing! How can Lashley beat a man who is willing to sacrifice everything?! He can’t.
McIntyre promises to run through Corbin tonight, then put a boot through Lashley’s eyes, take the title and END the All Mighty Era! But speaking of, here come Bobby Lashley and MVP! “Are you done yet, Drew?” McIntyre just goes on and on about last year. It took Drew 17 years to get here, but it took Lashley 16. There can only be one man on top. McIntyre’s time is over, and now it’s All Mighty Time. And what’s worse is that everyone is so scared of the Scottish Warrior, but Lashley saw something in McIntyre’s eyes. McIntyre is the one afraid! Lashley got McIntyre in the Hurt Lock and felt him shake, shiver, then fade out. And that’ll happen again at Mania!
Such big words! McIntyre wasn’t afraid, he just went out. But if Lashley wants to talk tough, he sent everyone after him, needed help- Lashley doesn’t need help! Did you see what he did to Shelton Benjamin? Now watch what happens to Cedric Alexander. McIntyre says who cares about waiting, let’s just do this now! MVP says that’s not how this works! WrestleMania Saturday is when this happens, and we all know right where McIntyre will be: the center of the ring, with the All Mighty, where McIntyre will lose his dignity, lose consciousness, and ultimately lose the match.
Well putting it that way, then okay, nevermind. McIntyre’s speech was nothing. Maybe he’ll be an Uber driver, an Amazon driver, or just say “Screw that” and run Lashley down! Lashley and McIntyre shout at each other, but MVP shouts over them both. This is a lot of tough talk, considering McIntyre might not even make it to Mania. Because here comes Corbin! The Wolf King tells McIntyre that he agrees with MVP. McIntyre won’t even make it to Mania so why worry about it? Corbin started something last week, and looks to finish it now! There is NO WrestleMania for McIntyre! There is NO WWE World Championship for him! Tonight, Corbin whoops McIntyre’s “punk ass!” The tough talk continues from all over, but who will be standing when it’s all over?
Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
Don’t worry, this isn’t a replay, it’s a rematch! The Phenomenal One’s colossal tag partner interfered and disqualified the match last week, so now Woods and Styles go another round! Will Styles take care of this himself this week? Or will Woods get that singles series sweep before the Raw Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania?
Before making their entrance, New Day come across Matt Riddle on his scooter. Riddle wants to say that it was messed up what Omos did last week. His power level must be WAY over 9000. And Riddle is pretty sure he’s never seen someone get as high as Kofi. But bro, Omos’ first match ever is this weekend, but do you think he can get both of them that high? Let’s hope no one gets that high this weekend. But in fact, ya bois the NEW~ DAY~ will get down when they retain their W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Championships~! But Riddle has his own match with Sheamus, after getting through Mustafa Ali tonight. How’s Riddle feeling?
Well, Sheamus is a little more diesel and stinky, so he’ll be good, but Ali is more sticky, so Riddle will have to grind him down before he can break him down, know what he’s saying? But Riddle’s off to get ready. Good luck, Woods! Woods and Kofi both wonder if Riddle was talking about what they think he was talking about. Kofi is pretty sure he’s got a craving for some milk ‘n’ cookies right now… But enough about that, the New Day makes their entrance! Will they and Riddle all smoke the competition tonight?
The bell rings, Woods and Styles circle and tie up, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off haymakers in a corner, whips Woods to ropes then hits a big hip toss! Omos and Styles are both fired up, and Styles brings Woods up. Woods fires off hands in return, but Styles shoves him then rolls him for the CALF CRUSHER! Woods is caught already, Omos likes what he sees, but Woods reaches! Kofi talks trash on Omos and then throws the mic at him! IT just bounces off!! Omos storms after Kofi into the ring, and Styles lets off of Woods! Styles chases Kofi out, Omos gets on the apron and the ref is distracted. Woods rolls Styles up with a cradle, Woods wins!!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
GOTTEE! Turnabout is fair play, and the New Day are fired up! Will they use Omos’ inexperience against him and Styles to stay golden?
A Bugatti rolls up.
It’s Bad Bunny and Damian Priest! They’re rolling into Raw in style, but will they be all business this close to the Most Must-See Showdown at WrestleMania?
BRAAAUN~ is here!
Ahead of his Steel Cage match with the mocking and arrogant Shane McMahon, the Monster Among Men has a cage set up with the ring. Shane miscalculated when he let Braun choose the stipulation, and Braun paces about inside. “My whole life, I’ve had to deal with guys like Shane McMahon.” People would bully Braun for his size when they don’t know who he is, what he’s about. Shane tries to make stupid jokes to get under Braun’s skin, but Shane doesn’t get it. Shane doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into. Shane can run his mouth all he wants, but when the cage door closes, “the running ends.” He’ll be locked inside with Braun.
And Braun won’t just whoop Shane’s ass for himself, but for everyone who has ever been made fun of for being stupid, and told that they would never make something of themselves! Braun is fighting for himself and for every one of them! There’s no goods, no running, no hiding, and no games! Shane will be inside a steel cage with the Monster Among Men! “At WrestleMania, Shane, at the end of our match on Saturday, while your corpse lays in the middle of this ring after I’ve ping-ponged it around this entire cage, and I rub your face into this metal and give you a taste of the agony that it puts on people’s souls being called ‘stupid,'” the last thing Shane hears won’t be “here comes the money.” It’ll be “here comes the body bag!” At WrestleMania, Shane will #GetTheseHands!
But speaking of, here comes Shane O’Mac, not at all afraid of Braun. So much anger, Braun. What did Shane ever do to him? And when Shane gave Braun the chance to choose the match, it was a test to see how far Braun’s intellect has come since grade school. But honestly, a steel cage at WrestleMania? That choice was not that stupid. On paper, people think this favors Braun. And it would, if Shane was any other man. But he is a McMahon, and he will outwit, outmaneuver and defeat Braun. And then the next morning, when Braun wakes up and look sin the mirror, he’ll say to himself, “Boy, I am stupid…”
2v1 Handicap Match: Elias & Jaxson Ryker w/ Shane McMahon VS Braun Strowman!
The Drifter and his follower appear to fight on Shane’s behalf days before WrestleMania! And perhaps thanks to Shane’s authority, there will be NO tags needed! Will Elias & Ryker soften up Strowman so Shane will have a fighting chance?
Raw returns and the bell rings, Shane watching from a very safe distance. Braun grabs Ryker but Elias attacks, only for Braun to throw him off. Braun ROCKS Elias with an uppercut, then ROCKS Ryker with a haymaker, to then SHOVE Ryker out of the ring! Braun powers Elias to a corner, clubs away on him, then stalks him as he scrambles. Braun scoops but Ryker saves Elias to RAM into him! Elias KNEES Braun in the head! Braun is against the ropes, Ryker CLOBBERS him with double ax handles! Ryker & Elias hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Ryker drops ax handles, then he and Elias stomp him together!
Elias gets the legs, drags Braun around, rains down rights, and Ryker climbs up. Ryker leaps for a DIVING HEADBUTT! Elias hurries up top while Ryker holds Braun down! Elias hits the MACHO ELBOW! Double cover, TWO!! Braun launches the two but Shane creeps closer. Ryker and Elias stomp away, hammer Braun down, and Shane takes his jacket off. Elias and Ryker throw hands, but Braun explodes out! Shane hurries away as fast as he can! Braun glares at Shane, then kicks Ryker. Braun sends Elias into Ryker and then SPLASHES them both! Braun CLUBS Elias in the chest, scoops Ryker, and hits the MONSTER SLAM!
Elias staggers into a scoop, and he gets a MONSTER SLAM! Braun covers both men, and wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster just mangled two men at once! Shane thinks he still has the upper hand, but will he be broken at the hands of Braun Strowman?
Backstage interview with The Miz & John Morrison.
Kevin Patrick says he wants to ask about their match this Saturday with Bad Bunny, but then notices they have paint cans. Oh, these? Kevin acts like this is odd, but no. They’re artists! You heard of Hey Hey, Hop Hop, but they’re more than just musical artists. Painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and now Miz ‘n’ Morrison. They have a masterpiece to create, using Bunny’s Bugatti!?! Morrison feels bad, this is a $3.6 MILLION car! But there’s a scratch! This is matching paint! In that case, let’s paint! Wait, that’ snot matching, it’s RED on a WHITE car! They write, “Hey Hey, Hop Hop” and then doodle bunnies and then write their names, too!
Miz does finger-painting like his daughters love! This is so good, right? $3.6 MILLION. Imagine what it’s worth now, right? PRICELESS! But will Bunny & Priest make the Hollywood A-Lister and Guru of Greatness pay for this?
Bad Bunny is furious backstage.
He storms his way back to see the vandalism with his own eyes! Now he’s even angrier! But then Miz BLINDSIDES him! Morrison gets Bunny up and the two mug Bunny, before they throw him into the hood of another car! “This is what happens when you disrespect us! This is what happens when you play with us!” Miz drags Bunny by his hair and says he doesn’t respect Bunny! He’ll run Bunny at Mania just like he ruined the car! WWE officials chase Miz & Morrison off, Priest hurries over and asks what happened. Priest realizes just who it was, Pearce shouts for a medic. They check Bunny, but will Priest make sure Miz & Morrison are the ones who’ll need a hospital?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
After the chaotic brawl on last Friday Night SmackDown, there will be two major matches in regards to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! First, on Saturday, it will be a Tag Team Turmoil, Naomi & Lana VS Dana Brooke & Mandy VS The Riott Squad VS Natalya & Tamina! The winner goes on to Sunday to face Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles!
Asuka & Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Aussie Nightmare are going to clash at WrestleMania, but it was the challenger who chose to accept the challenge from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Is Rhea going to use the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades to soften the Raw Women’s Champion up? Or is she planning on using Nia & Shayna to show Asuka what she’s in for?
Raw shares backstage interview footage from earlier tonight. How does Rhea plan on coexisting with Asuka tonight after flipping a table onto her last week? Rhea says she won’t share a thing about her strategies. But the question is, what about Asuka? And coexisting is a given since they’re up against Nia & Shayna. Asuka will just have to wait to rip into Rhea this Sunday at Mania. With that, Rhea makes her entrance to join Asuka. Will there be coexistence or mutually assured destruction when Raw returns from the break?
Raw returns and the tag team champions make their entrances, Reggie still following Nia. But Shayna tells him to stay way behind them. The teams sort out, Shayna starts against Asuka and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna gets an arm and wrenches but Asuka wrenches through to wristlock then headlock. Shayna endures the grind, powers out, but Asuka rams her with a shoulder! They both stay up so they start shoving. Shayna mocks Asuka for losing a tooth, then runs. Shayna gets around Asuka to shove but Asuka runs Shayna over! Asuka stands on Shayna’s head to pull on the arm, then wrenches the arm to yank!
Asuka reaches over, but Rhea doesn’t want to tag! Shayna ROCKS Asuka, now Rhea tags in. Rhea circles with Shayna, they tie up, and Shayna waistlocks. Rhea switches, Shayna blocks the lift, and then wrenches free. Rhea scoops and TOSSES Shayna away! Nia tags in, and Rhea smiles as she welcomes the challenge. Nia shoves, Rhea fires off haymakers! Rhea goes to scoop but Nia fights that off to scoop instead! Rhea slips off, and tags Asuka in with a pat on the head! Asuka is upset more about the way she tagged, but goes in after Nia! Nia shoves her away, fireman’s carries, but Asuka slips off to back kick! Asuka tilt-o-whirls to the IRON OCTOPUS!
Nia endures, stays up and powers out to run Asuka over! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives but Nia drags her up. Nia shoves Asuka to a corner, runs in and splashes! Asuka flops down, crawls, but Nia looms over her. Nia pushes Asuka, Asuka hits back, but Nia drags Asuka up to whip her to a corner. Asuka dodges and Nia hits buckles, then turns around into the CODE BREAKER! Hot tags to Rhea and Shayna! Rhea dodges Shayna and BOOTS her down! Rhea DECKS Nia, Reggie distracts but gets caught! Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Rhea’s leg out! Shayna tags Nia, and Nia brings Rhea to the announce desk, just to RAM Rhea into apron! Rhea writhes as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Shayna keeps Rhea down by standing on a leg, then she STOMPS the ankle! Rhea writhes and even Asuka feels that pain. Shayna kicks Rhea’s leg, then drags her to a cover, ONE! Nia is annoyed, tags in, and the champions work together to whip, scoop and SLAM Rhea down! Nia runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Rhea but Nia drags Rhea over to tag Shayna. They mug Rhea in the corner, Shayna snapmares Rhea to KICK her in the back! Cover, TWO! Shayna drags Rhea by her leg to HEEL HOOK! Rhea endures as Shayna twists the foot around! Rhea fights and kicks with her free leg! Shayna drops an elbow on the bad leg over and over!
Shayna stands on the leg again, drags Rhea away, and tags in Nia. Nia stands on Rhea’s leg now and has a standing toehold! Rhea endures her leg being bent and she swats at Nia, only for Nia to drop a leg on the leg! Nia looms over Rhea as she crawls, then drags her up into a seated cobra clutch! Rhea fights up, fights free with her free arm, and kicks Nia’s legs out to then basement dropkick! Both women crawl, hot tags to Asuka and Shayna! Asuka dropkicks Shayna, dodges Nia and ROUNDHOUSES her! Asuka hits a hip attack on Shayna, then one on Nia! ROUNDHOUSE for Shayna! And a SNAP GERMAN! Asuka runs to SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka stays fired up and she heads up top! But Rhea SHOVES Asuka down?! Rhea doesn’t care about this tag match anymore, she’s just going to destroy her Mania opponent with an atomic FACEBUSTER! Rhea feeds Asuka to Shayna and Shayna hits a KNEE! Cover, the tag champs win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall
The Nightmare shouts, “I’m not ready for what?!” Asuka fell for Rhea’s trap, but will she get even at WrestleMania? Or will the Riptide dethrone the Empress on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Cedric Alexander finds MVP backstage.
MVP asks what he’s doing, and it better not be to beg to get back in. Alexander grabs MVP by his collar, and Benjamin walks over to say he better listen. Alexander tells MVP that his greed will cost him. Last week, MVP had the audacity to tell these two they were an embarrassment! That they’re incompetent! MVP is a parasite who needed the Hurt Business to hold him up now that he’s a “crippled, past-up has-been.” Alexander may not win tonight, but he’ll give Lashley a scar he’ll remember him by. And Alexander will be watching as McIntyre defeats Lashley and exposes MVP for the fraud he is. Alexander lets MVP go, and Benjamin straightens his suit for him. Benjamin looks at the THB necklace they got MVP, and tells him to keep his “crippled ass” out of the ring.
Sarah comes by to ask if MVP is at all concerned about Lashley’s match coming up tonight. No, MVP is never concerned for Lashley. MVP is disappointed in “the arrogant, ungrateful attitude” that Alexander & Benjamin are showing. Let’s not forget that it’s because of MVP that they became tag team champions, have the fancy suits and are even relevant again! Before MVP, Alexander had never been to a five-star steakhouse. Lashley walks over and asks what happened, but MVP say sit’s fine. Lashley vows to break Alexander in half! Will there be anything left of #PRIMED after tonight?
Backstage interview with Nia, Shayna & Reggie.
Congrats on tonight’s win, but are they confident about their title defense at WrestleMania against the Tag Team Turmoil winner? Does Sarah need a drink of water after the longest question ever? Of COURSE these two are confident! So dumb! But The Ravishing Glow, Lana & Naomi walk over and say they can think of a few reasons why the champs should be worried. Oh, right, because these two are really scary. But then Dana & Mandy walk over and ask, “What about us?” What about you? But then SmackDown’s Tamina & Natty storm in! They don’t even go here! Why- But now the Riott Squad gets in on this! Wait, wait, Billie Kay wants in. Does she even have a partner? Carmella is reviewing her resumé so…
NO! All of you have a match on Saturday. The winner faces the champs on Sunday. They don’t have time for this. They head out to let their contenders argue. Who rises up to challenge the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin!
We just saw Alexander get in the face of Montel Vontavius Porter and Lashley not take that lightly. Will the Rocky Mountain Machine pulverize PRIMED as an example to McIntyre?
Raw returns again and the former Hurt Business members are already ringside. MVP is on commentary, Benjamin is in Alexander’s corner, but then he sneaks in to attack Lashley! Benjamin and Alexander mug Lashley 2v1 and the match isn’t even underway! MVP doesn’t mind, he just talks old times with Samoa Joe. Lashley fights back but the 2v1 continues! Lashley shoves Benjamin away, DECKS Alexander and then throws knees on Benjamin! Lashley throws the Gold Standard out and MVP says that’s why he wasn’t worried. The bell rings and now Alexander is 1v1 with Lashley. Alexander throws hands but Lashley DECKS him, then scoop SLAMS him!
Lashley talks trash, bumps Alexander off buckles and RAMS into him over an dover! The ref counts, Lashley brings Alexander out for a NECKBREAKER! Lashley glares at Benjamin on the outside before he drags Alexander up to TOSS him! Lashley paces, drags Alexander up and TOSSES him the other way! Lashley drags Alexander up throws him out and Benjamin checks on him. The ref starts a ring count, Lashley paces but Benjamin gets Alexander up. The count is 6 of 10, Alexander hobbles but Lashley pursues. Alexander gets in and jumps on Lashley as he returns, only for Lashley to TOSS him again! Alexander sputters to a corner, Lashley runs in and RAMS into him!
Lashley drags Alexander around, suplexes and holds him up to SLAM him down! Lashley still glares at Benjamin, then tells MVP this is it. Alexander gets to the apron but Lashley hauls him up to ROCK him! Lashley drags Alexander in just to throw him back out! Then Lashley goes out and grins as he drags Alexander back up. Lashley fireman’s carries Alexander to POST him!! Alexander is down again and Lashley roars as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again, and Lashley leans on Alexander in a neck wrench. Alexander throws hands from below but Lashley just digs his knuckles into Alexander’s head! Alexander fights up but Lashley ROCKS him with a right! Alexander back kicks then front kicks then dropkicks! Lashley stays up and gets Alexander for a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley grows annoyed with Alexander and drags him up to throw him out again! Lashley goes back out, glares at Benjamin, then drags Alexander up to fireman’s carry again. But Benjamin saves Alexander from another post shot! Lashley storms after Benjamin but Alexander sends Lashley into the steps!
Alexander gets in the ring, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lashley hits barriers! Alexander keeps going to DIVE again! Another hit and another collision with barriers! Lashley shoves Alexander into the ring but Alexander handsprings for the NEURALIZER! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron, but he ENZIGURIS back! Alexander climbs, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, ONE?!! Alexander is shocked but MVP says he’s still confident in Lashley. Alexander clubs away on Lashley’s back, but Lashley shoves him away. Alexander ends up on the apron, he BOOTS back then steps in, but into a ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!
Lashley roars again, drags Alexander back up, and gut wrenches to the DOMINATOR!! Lashley isn’t done there, he stalks Alexander as he stirs. Benjamin wants Lashley to stop but MVP mocks Benjamin with the begging and pleading. Lashley says it’ll stop, with this! A whip and another ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!! And then the HURT LOCK!! Alexander is out, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
Benjamin attacks Lashley to get him off Alexander! Lashley catches Benjamin for a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley stands tall as MVP says emotions cloud judgment. Lashley puts Benjamin in the HURT LOCK! MVP says this is all business, not personal, but Lashley sure seems to have a lot of rage. Will that same rage wreck McIntyre at WrestleMania?
Priest talks with Bunny backstage.
Priest and Bunny are going to address what Miz and Morrison did to the Bugatti, but will they be able to keep their cool this close to WrestleMania?
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest go to the ring!
Priest says Miz & Morrison crossed a line! It’s just because Bunny is a Grammy award winning, record smashing entertainment icon while they’re just yesterday’s news. Miz is so obsessed with Bunny that he couldn’t hold the WWE Championship for more than one week. If Miz & Morrison thought Priest & Bunny clowning them before was bad, they haven’t seen anything yet! It’s easy to beat someone down 2v1, so at WrestleMania, Priest wants to even the odds! Let’s make this a full tag team match, 2v2, Miz & Morrison VS Bunny & Priest! Bunny adds that, “I just came here, following my dreams, believing in my dreams, because i love this business. I love and respect every superstar.”
But Bunny remembers when he used to watch Raw, SmackDown and all the PPV’s with his dad and brothers and friends, the whole family. Bunny has a lot of good memories with the WWE, but now… Now Bunny isn’t sure how to feel. He isn’t what to think with this experience. Bunny came here to perform, to do a job, and is happy to have performed his song for Booker T! He loves and respects Booker, just like he does HHH, Stone Cold, the Undertaker, Ric Flair, ALL the legends! He even used to respect The Miz. But Miz doesn’t respect Bunny back, and didn’t from day one. And for no reason! Yes, Bunny did what he did, he isn’t a pro-wrestler, but he’s still man.
Miz broke Bunny’s TV set, he disrespected his DJ who is like a brother, and disrespected Bunny’s career, music and fans! For no reason! Bunny did jump from the top rope at the Royal Rumble, but c’mon! If even fans get that wouldn’t they do what Bunny did given a chance? Bunny translates all this to Spanish, and then says that’s no reason to attack someone with a guitar, paint his car. Who does the Miz think he is? Miz is a legend, Bunny respects that, but Miz doesn’t respect Bunny. “You crossed the line, bro.” Bunny doesn’t know why, and now he doesn’t care. This Saturday, WrestleMania, Bunny will show Miz to respect him as he shuts Miz’s mouth and whips his ass! You know where these two are from!? Bunny says that he will make Miz his bitch!!
Miz and Morrison mockingly applaud the “performance,” but it’s no Hey Hey, Hop Hop. Miz will make this clear: Bunny doesn’t belong here! WWE is THEIR world, Bunny’s overstayed his welcome. Miz promises to embarrass and hurt Bunny so that he’ll go crawling home. They accept the tag team challenge! Now, forget about the Bugatti, this stretch limousine is priceless. Miz and Morrison drive off, but they’ll have no choice but to face a furious Bunny and Archer of Infamy! Will Bunny & Priest #LiveForever when they defeat two of the best at the Showcase of the Immortals?
Sheamus talks with Mustafa Ali backstage.
The Fella knows he’s on his way to his match with The Bro, but there’s something he needs to know. Ali says there’s no need. “That space cadet represents everything that I want to change about Monday Night Raw.” Riddle killed Retribution and Ali isn’t US Champion! Sheamus has his match at Mania, but tonight, Ali owns Riddle! Sheamus tells Ali to relax. Sheamus and Ali don’t have much in common but there is one thing: their complete and utter dislike of the burnout holding onto the US Championship. Sheamus will be ringside rooting for Ali from commentary! But then Riddle flies through with the scooter! Will Ali bring Riddle back down from his high going into Mania?
Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali!
Raw returns as Ali makes his entrance. Sheamus also makes his entrance to go to commentary, and get in Riddle’s head. The bell rings, Ali and Riddle circle, and Riddle goes for a leg. Ali holds him off to get a headlock, but Riddle powers out. They tie up with a test of strength, Ali stands on a hand and wrenches the other. Riddle rolls, drags Ali into a Triangle Hold! ALi makes it a cover, TWO! Ali shoots in to waistlock but Riddle switches. Ali switches, Riddle gets an arm but Ali pulls hair. The ref counts, Ali lets off but ROCKS Riddle in the corner. Riddle tackles Ali, Ali kick shim away but runs into a GUT WRENCH! Riddle drags Ali up but ALi rolls Riddle up, TWO!
Sheamus gets annoyed already but Ali headlocks. Riddle powers out, but Ali dropkicks back! Cover, TWO! Ali clamps right on with a chinlock, but Riddle fights up. Riddle powers up but Ali throws a hand! Ali runs but Riddle tosses him up and out! Riddle then goes to the apron for a PENALTY KICK! Ali is down, Riddle drags him up and puts him in. Riddle takes Sheamus’ hat to put it on and mock Sheamus. But Ali returns to Russian Leg Sweep Riddle to the floor! Sheamus says that’s what Riddle gets, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ali fires off on Riddle in a corner! The ref counts, Ali lets off but digs his boots into Riddle. Ali lets off again, then comes back to do it again. But Riddle fights up as he holds onto the boot, and he sweeps the leg! Riddle fires off fast hands, Ali shoves and ducks a kick to shove Riddle to ropes. Riddle sunset flips, Ali rolls through to stomp Riddle’s foot! Ali aims from a corner and runs to KICK Riddle in the side! Cover, TWO! Riddle still gasps and sputters but Ali drags him up into a body scissor squeeze! Riddle endures, Ali says Riddle doesn’t deserve the US title, but Riddle fights to get up. Ali is a backpack as Riddle RAMS him into buckles! And more buckles!
Riddle runs to BACKPACK BROTON! Both men are down, but Riddle gets to a corner. Riddle runs at Ali to rally with kicks and forearms, then spins Ali for a PELE! Riddle kips up and forearm smashes! Riddle goes side to side to forearm again! BROSPLODER! Kip up and Ali ducks the kick, dodges the moonsault, but the BROTON hits! Sheamus gets frustrated with Ali, but ALi catches Riddle to a KOJI KLUTCH! Ali calls it #LightsOut, but Riddle moves around and slips out to DEADLIFT FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! TRIANGLE! Riddle has Ali now, but Ali scrambles to the ropebreak! Riddle lets off and Sheamus is annoyed.
Sheamus admits, Riddle is great in the ring, but Sheamus is better. Ali throws Riddle into ropes! ALi spins Riddle around to suplex and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Ali is furious! Ali shouts that Riddle is still unworthy, and he SLAPS Riddle around! Riddle boots, runs in but Ali elbows! Ali goes up and leaps, but the tornado is blocked! Riddle glares at Sheamus scoops Ali for the BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Sheamus is furious but Riddle stares him down! WrestleMania, The Bro VS The Fella, only ONE leaves United States Champion!
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Is he threatened by Corbin’s desire to still take Lashley up on the offer and take McIntyre’s place at WrestleMania? “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” You’d think someone with a giant melon head like Corbin’s would have a bigger brain so that he’d realize it’s foolish to go after McIntyre right before Mania and the world championship match. But McIntyre gets it. These are huge stakes. Corbin can take McIntyre out to take his spot in a Mania main event. McIntyre could say all sorts of horrible things about Corbin, but the truth is, Corbin’s big, dangerous and even in a normal match, will do whatever it takes to get the job done. With these stakes, he’d step on his own grandma to win.
But McIntyre says he’ll do the same as every time: Claymore to the eyes, straight through to Mania, him and Lashley, a date with destiny and McIntyre takes the title back! Will the Scottish Warrior slay the Wolf King before doing even worse to the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Drew McIntyre VS King Corbin!
In the main event of the last Raw before WrestleMania 37’s epic weekend event, this could be what makes or breaks the coming clash between McIntyre and Lashley! Will Corbin remove and replace McIntyre from the Showcase of the Immortals? Or will he just help sharpen the Claymore for when it aims at the All Mighty?
Sarah interviews Lashley backstage if a change in the main event changes how he’ll feel about the match? Well, there’s a huge “if” on whether McIntyre survives. McIntyre said he’d give Lashley an all mighty ass whooping, but that won’t be possible once he puts McIntyre in the Hurt Lock and puts him to sleep! Lashley is watching this main event closely, but Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and MVP has joined commentary on behalf of Lashley. The bell rings and the two tie up. Corbin powers McIntyre to ropes but McIntyre turns it around, only for the two of them to go all around the ring. They separate, and both men acknowledge the other’s strength. They tie up again, are in a deadlock now, but Corbin gests around to waistlock. McIntyre pries at the hold but Corbin headlocks him. McIntyre powers out, Corbin runs him over, but McIntyre gets right up. Corbin talks a little smack, MVP mockingly asks if McIntyre is alright, and McIntyre ties up to get a waistlock. McIntyre gets a half nelson, then shifts through to a cravat, then a headlock.
Corbin endures the grind, but can’t power out as McIntyre holds tight! Lashley is still watching as Corbin powers McIntyre to ropes. McIntyre lets go but Corbin throws a cheap shot! Corbin runs but McIntyre follows to run Corbin over! Corbin bails out and McIntyre grins. McIntyre wants MVP to be taking notes for Lashley while Corbin paces. Corbin gets back in, ties up with McIntyre and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws haymakers and body shots, then argues with the ref. McIntyre ROCKS Corbin with haymakers in return! McIntyre whips, runs Corbin over with an elbow then covers, ONE!! Corbin surprises McIntyre just a bit but McIntyre stomps Corbin’s hand!
McIntyre hauls Corbin up, snap suplexes him, then covers, TWO! Corbin took a little longer that time but McIntyre is focused. McIntyre drags Corbin up, CHOPS him, then throws hands in a corner. McIntyre whips corner to corner, Corbin reverses and runs in, but has to slide out. Corbin slides in to LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Now McIntyre surprises Corbin, but Corbin puts McIntyre on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and Corbin looms over McIntyre in a corner. Corbin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Corbin lets off. Corbin rains down rights, then stomps, but the ref counts. Corbin stops and stalks McIntyre around the ring.
Corbin whips McIntyre corner to corner hard and McIntyre bounces off buckles! Corbin smirks and MVP likes what he sees. Corbin looms over McIntyre and MVP tells Corbin to finish it! Corbin talks some trash, drags McIntyre up and back suplexes for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grits his teeth, Corbin brings him up and whips him corner to corner, but McIntyre comes back to rally with clotheslines! McIntyre whips, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Corbin! Then clinches for another OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Corbin swings but into McIntyre’s NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fires up, and glares at MVP. MVP mockingly asks how it’s going.
McIntyre aims as Corbin rises, and kicks low to underhook the arms! Corbin scrambles to deny Future Shock, then bails out. McIntyre pursues but Corbin trips him on the apron! Corbin whips but McIntyre reverses to POST Corbin! McIntyre then whips Corbin into steel steps! McIntyre has a wild look in his eyes as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again as McIntyre fires off on Corbin in a corner! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off to drag Corbin up, for a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Corbin survives as McIntyre shows more of his arsenal. McIntyre SLAPS Corbin, Corbin throws a haymaker and now it’s a brawl! McIntyre windmills haymakers on Corbin, then lets off as they’re on the ropes. Lashley is still watching as McIntyre shoves Corbin. Corbin holds ropes, puts McIntyre on the apron, and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Corbin POSTS McIntyre and McIntyre hits the floor! MVP claps but tells Corbin to stay on McIntyre!
Corbin drags McIntyre up, brings him around and bumps him off the desk! MVP likes this “table service” as Corbin puts McIntyre back in. Corbin drives elbows into McIntyre’s neck and shoulders, but the ref reprimands the hair pulling. Corbin talks trash, McIntyre ROCKS Corbin! Corbin hits back, drags McIntyre up, but McIntyre throws more hands! McIntyre CHOPS then reels Corbin in. Corbin denies the suplex to suplex McIntyre back! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and MVP grows frustrated. Corbin drags McIntyre up, roll shim, and has a Pluma Blanca while throwing down furious elbows!! Corbin lets off and McIntyre clutches his jaw.
MVP says this is Corbin’s chance, and Corbin drags McIntyre back up. McIntyre hits back with haymakers and CHOPS! McIntyre runs but into a choke grip! For a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Corbin seethes as McIntyre survives. McIntyre gets to a corner, Corbin runs in, but McIntyre dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! Corbin survives and McIntyre is just a bit surprised. McIntyre keeps on Corbin with a facelock, and shifts to underhooks, but Corbin RAMS McIntyre into a corner. McIntyre elbows back hard, then runs, but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious but McIntyre still lives!
MVP shouts, “Corbin, do you want to go to WrestleMania?” Corbin reels McIntyre in but gets a GLASGOW KISS! then a FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!?! Corbin survives and McIntyre is beside himself. McIntyre goes to the corner, goes out and climbs up, but Corbin ROCKS him first! Corbin throws more hands, climbs up after him, rains down some rights, and stands McIntyre up. SUPERPLEX! Corbin crawls to a cover, TWO!! McIntyre isn’t done yet and now MVP is speechless. McIntyre rolls away to a corner, Corbin goes to the other. McIntyre grits his teeth, clutches his back, but he glares at Corbin. McIntyre crawls that way, stands up, but Corbin ROCKS him!
McIntyre hits back! Corbin hits again, but McIntyre kicks low! Corbin throws another haymaker but McIntyre kicks, haymakers, CHOPS, and runs into DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! MVP excuses himself from commentary to talk to Corbin. “IT’s not about beating McIntyre! It’s about taking him out! Take him OUT!” MVP hands his cane over, and Corbin nods. Corbin aims at McIntyre, but McIntyre dodges to CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
MVP clearing things up only cost Corbin! The Scottish Warrior slays the Wolf King, and now only has one match to go! Will the next five days be the All Mighty Era’s last? But wait, here comes Lashley! MVP meets Lashley at the stage, and Lashley stares McIntyre down. Who will give more of themselves in order to have the WWE World Championship?
Not a great go-home but not an awful one. This did suffer from the usual go-home problems of just too many recaps and commercial breaks. Just, so much, even for what happened in this episode. We didn’t need to recap what happened to Bunny’s car right before he and Priest talked about it. But now, the info that leaked months ago is finally verified, we’re getting a tag match of Bunny & Priest VS Miz & Morrison, so that it isn’t all on Bunny going against Miz to win. The promos were good, though, and it seems like Miz is being hypocritical. He wasn’t respected for coming in as a reality show guy, but says Bunny doesn’t belong as just a celebrity fan. This should be used as material but it isn’t because Vince doesn’t know what “continuity” means.
The promo before the Woods VS Styles rematch was fun because of Riddle using weed references, but I feel like that all took longer than the match. Woods getting the quick win on Styles thanks to Kofi and Omos distracting Styles surely means that somehow, someway, Omos and Styles win the titles. That’s going to be big for Omos, and means WWE/Vince sees a lot of potential in him, let’s just hope Vince doesn’t get bored and leaves Omos wallowing in the midcard one day. Speaking of Riddle, I like that his other gag is interrupting other people with his scooter fly-by. Sheamus and Ali had a good segment, Ali VS Riddle was a really good match, and Riddle VS Sheamus is going to be great and could go either way.
Braun had a good promo about how he’s doing this for those bullied mentally and emotionally, though he might’ve missed a few things here and there. I still don’t think a steel cage was the best stipulation, but maybe it’s just a way to literally keep the fight contained to the ring rather than having a Last Man Standing type spill out towards fans when we’re supposed to keep social distance and whatnot. No idea who wins this but it’d be a shame if Shane did through his cheating. Braun’s had a decent Mania run, winning the Raw Tag Team Championships and looking strong, so I would hope he wins to stand tall for those he’s representing.
I had a feeling Rhea would make sure Asuka lost the tag match tonight as she’s going Heel for this story, but I didn’t think she’d attack Asuka herself. That was a good twist, as Rhea isn’t the kind to run away and avoid things, so that much still carries over from Face Rhea. Asuka will definitely want revenge and that will add to the intensity of their match, and I personally hope Asuka retains. The tag champions get momentum but the Tag Turmoil to determine their challengers is only slightly what I was expecting. I hope this one time, WWE throws away their Face VS Heel requirement and let Natty & Tamina win so we can get a really great match, each team having a technical type and a powerhouse. Then Natty & Tamina should win when Nia & Shayna fall apart, because neither Natty or Tamina has had anything in quite some time.
The world title story was pretty good tonight, with Lashley settling things with Benjamin & Alexander. It is sad to know that the Hurt Business split was all Vince, but who else’s idea would it have been? Lashley is dominant again, but McIntyre VS Corbin was a great match to be the main event here. They started a bit late on this whole thing of a bounty on McIntyre’s head, it didn’t really feel like McIntyre was ever going to miss Mania, but I suppose they get an A for effort. Lashley VS McIntyre will be really good if it even just matches tonight’s match. It’d be pretty wild for McIntyre if he becomes a 3-time champion in the span of just one year, but it’s hard to say he won’t get this win. You might as well flip a coin because both Lashley and McIntyre have been putting in work, either one is worthy.
My Score: 8/10
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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