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AJ’s WWE WrestleMania 38 Night 1 Results & Review

The greatest spectacle known to professional wrestling has returned… AJ’s back to reviewing shows and what better show to write about than WrestleMania!!!

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The greatest spectacle known to professional wrestling has returned for two nights… AJ’s back to reviewing shows and what better show to write about than WrestleMania!!!

We have the first night with some surprises in Seth Rollins’ opponent tonight, some championship matches obviously going on and a whole lot more to kick off the first night of Mania so let’s get started to see everything that will go on for Saturday.

Results:

  • Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs vs The Usos (c) for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos win via 1D – ** ½  – TITLE DEFENSE!!
  • Drew McIntyre vs Happy Corbin (w/ Madcap Moss): Drew McIntyre wins via Claymore Kick – ** ¾
  • Los Mysterios vs The Miz and Logan Paul: Miz and Logan Paul win with Skull Crushing Finale – *** ¼
  • Bianca Belair vs Becky Lynch (c) for the RAW Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via Kiss of Death – *** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!!!!
  • Seth Rollins vs ???:  ??? wins with “The Queen’s Crossbow” – ****
  • Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair (c) for the Smackdown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair wins via Big Boot – ** – TITLE DEFENSE!!
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Kevin Owens- Stone Cold wins via Stunner – *** 1/6

Review:

 Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs vs The Usos-

Shinsuke starts off hot with some Enziuris and some Good Vibrations but the Usos get the first tag and change the pace to take apart Shinsuke’s momentum after his quick burst. Nakamura gets put in a grounded sleeper and after breaking out of it, Boogs gets a hot tag and takes it to a newly tagged Jey Uso and Boogs shows his strength against Jey and almost gets a pinfall from a hesitation Suplex.

Rick has Jey in a Fireman’s Carry and Jimmy tries to stop Boogs from doing anything as Boog’s knee buckles and it’s a 2 on 1. Shinsuke gets another fire in him and looks to win with a Kinshasa but gets caught to a Superkick and Splash. Shinsuke gets a small attack again but the numbers are too much and the Usos win with a 1D and the retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships.

Drew McIntyre vs Happy Corbin:

McIntyre starts off hot but Corbin tries to go blow for blow with Drew but Drew gets the upperhand, getting him out of the ring even as he takes over. After some damage to the outside, Corbin comes back a little and takes him back into the ring to take Drew McIntyre down and has been taking over, taking it to McIntyre’s neck and knee.

Madcap accidentally gets in the way of Corbin’s assault as he goes for a third strike when Drew was down and McInytre gets the momentum back, taking it to Happy and hitting some hard hits until a Claymore attempt gets countered into a Deep Six and a nearfall. Corbin goes to chokeslam Drew but to no avail as the Scotsman gets back and readies another Claymore until Moss pulls Corbin out of the ring. We have to remember though, he’s a Scottish Psychopath and he does a Tope to take both Corbin and Moss down. As Corbin goes back into the ring, Drew goes for another move from the top and with a quick exchange and lands the End Of Days. Good night. One… Two… Thr—Drew kicked out of the End of Days… DREW KICKED OUT OF THE END OF DAYS?!

Corbin is beside himself and rages. This is the first person to EVER kick out of the End of Days… and the Lucky Streak of Corbin and hits a Claymore to get the win.”

Los Mysterios vs The Miz and Logan Paul:

As a Pokemon fan, I respect the necklace and the drip but… It’s still Logan Paul so mehhhhhh.

MIz and Paul actually taking it to the Mysterios very effectively, taking down Dominic often as the frequent tags to knock down Dominick and they look good. Hell, Logan actually hit one of my favorite flying moves in wrestling with a Blockbuster. After too much wasted time, Dom gets the tag into his dad after some separation and is a house of fire, taking out The Miz and hits everything in his bag of tricks and after a Splash and nearfall, Logan Paul comes in to break it up and even with the possible two on one, Dom comes back in to stop the duo and takes them down. Miz gets a separation and tags Logan Paul in.

Logan Paul pulls off the Three Amigos onto Rey and even a Frog Splash to him for a nearfall as Dom breaks it up. Dom gets mad and wants to take it to Logan Paul but Miz tags himself to confuse the Mysterios and as Logan Paul gets the Double 619 and back to back Frog Splashes, Miz comes in to take out Dom and lands the Skull Crushing Finale on Rey to steal the win.

Aftermath: Sadly for Logan though, there is only one spotlight and it’s Miz’s Spotlight and Skull Crushing Finale to end the match.

Bianca Belair vs Becky Lynch-

And for the first different/special entrances, Bianca gets… a marching band? I mean… okay. There have been worse but, they played well. It kind of works. I don’t hate it persay, plus they are playing Bianca’s theme song so… 6/10.

Bianca tried to be cute and use the SummerSlam way Becky won before and landing the Manhandle Slam for a two count and snapping as Becky lands a bunch of strikes and pins to try to win fast and failing as Bianca comes into the match and starts some offence as Becky keeps going for early wins. Becky tries big move after big move, and Bianca has a response after that, even attempting her own Dis-Arm-Her, neither getting a massive advantage until they go outside and Becky gets it with a whip into the steps and proceeds to take it to the challenger in and out of the ring. Becky has the match all to herself until Bianca overpowers Becky in a Dis-Arm-Her and they go outside after and the match changes tides, Bianca showing the quickness and power of her and takes it to the champion. Getting a few nearfalls of her own with the Handspring Moonsault and more feats of strength but she tries to keep going with another big move to the top but Becky comes in, to stop her but Bianca gets a counter into stop her and goes back to the ropes to land a 450 from the Middle Rope for yet another nearfall.

Bianca tries too much in the ropes as Becky rolls away and hits a top rope Cannonball for a nearfall of her own but we are back to Square One as each women go back and forth between them. As Bianca gets the advantage, she hits a KOD, launching Becky out and after being roll back in, she rolls out and baits Bianca, using the hair as a weapon against Bianca and hitting a Manhandle Slam to the steps, getting a 9 count. Once Belair comes in, she baits Becky herself this time, back flipping out of the Manhandle Slam and landing the Kiss of Death to win the RAW Women’s Championship from the one that ruined her first Women’s Championship Reign.

Seth Rollins vs ???

Some pyro goes off. Lights darken and we are reminded… Wrestling has more than one Royal Family. CODY RHODES IS BACK!!!

They stare each other down in the middle of the ring and start it up with a traditional Collar and Elbow tie up and the ball gets rolling as they figure each other out and Cody just shows his ring IQ and proves he can still go and he’s not just a load of Dynamite.  Seth gets a cheap shot in as Cody then rushes him, gets caught together and they suplex each other. We go back into the ring after some form of balance, Cody shows his technical skills again but Seth gets the comeback for a bit, targeting the ribs of Cody but to no avail for a bit, taking over again and taking Rollins out to the ringside and hits the Suicide Dive.

Cody brings the match back into the ring, hitting a… very awkward Moonsault to take Rollins down but gets two after that as Seth powders out and catches Cody Rhodes with a Buckle Bomb into the Barricade and goes back in to take the control back to damage Cody, beating him down to ready the Stomp but dodges it twice and hits a Cross Rhodes to Rollins but for another nearfall as he ascends to the top again and gets caught by Rollins as Rhodes fights off Rollins at first but Rollins comes in to hit a Reverse Superplex and lifted inverted DDT but to a nearfall of his own. Rollins goes for a Phoenix Splash but misses as they go to play the counter game for a Pedigree and Cody gets the advantage in it for a Butterfly Bomb and lands a Springboard Corner Cutter for yet another near fall. Rollins kicks Rhodes in the stomach from the nearfall and lands a Pedigree, also a nearfall and we are back to zero.

Cody gets the fight back into him and starts a comeback but Rollins catches him with kicks over and over but as Seth gets cocky, possibly going for a V Trigger knowing Rollins but, gets hit by two Cross Rhodes before he stands Rollins up, Flip, Flop and Fly and lands the Third Cross Rhodes to take down Rollins.

Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair-

Ronda uses her MMA background to get an advantage and the ref separates them the ropes and Ronda gets annoyed and sucker punches Ronda over and over but Rousey actually tries to hold her own with the grapples and targeting the arm constantly for the armbar but Charlotte gets the control back each time, taking down Rousey’s attempts to holds as the fight is continued outside of the ring and Flair picks apart her opponent in the ring again, holding her down and quells any attempt of a comeback the Ronda has. Ronda gets a quick burst of offense in, even getting a nearfall but the cunning of Charlotte is too much until we see Ronda hit a Tornado Flatliner and takes the control of the match back as she takes down to pull the arm out of Flair and after some trash talking, Charlotte spears Ronda to break that offense of Flair’s.

Charlotte sizes up for a Natural Selection, getting caught into more arm drags but Charlotte comes back to the offense and lights Rousey up, getting a moonsault out as Flair takes over for a bit but, Ronda showing that she has more wrestling knowledge and even starts taking Charlotte for a fight while in a tree of woe and does a super Arm Drag to Charlotte to maybe damage the arm more, hitting her Swinging Samoan Drop and a possible Armbar but Charlotte grab the ropes, boots Ronda away and we are even yet again.

As more fighting back and forth, each woman setting for an Ankle Lock, Ronda catches Charlotte into the bottom corner, catching a second wind now as she tries to get the Flying Armbar started but Flair is too strong and powerbombs her down to get another nearfall. Ronda catches Charlotte and goes for an armbar but Charlotte counters to a Figure Four, that gets countered into a Grapevined Ankle Lock and Charlotte breaks it up with her long legs. Charlotte gets the Figure 8 in after countering an Armbar and somehow breaks out of the Figure 8 into an Inverted Deathlock as Ronda goes to the outside and Charlotte follows, attempting a moonsault but Ronda catches her with an armdrag to the outside. Ronda gets her bearings and gets caught to get an Exploder into the barricade.

The fight gets back into the ring and Ronda catches Charlotte in another Piper’s Pit and gets a three count but the referee sees the foot on the ropes and calls it off. The match goes on and there is a struggle for power, Charlotte hits a Natural Selection and goes for another Figure 4 but Ronda kicks her off into the referee and Ronda lands the Flying Armbar and notices the ref is down once Charlotte taps out. She goes to wake up the referee and gets a massive cheap shot with a boot and Flair retains.

The KO Show kicks off with a “We Want Austin” and KO starts to trash talk Texas a little bit until he introduces Stone Cold to the ring, insulting him prior to it thinking he won’t show up and thinks Stone Cold will just take the beating as we hear the glass shatter. 3:16 shirt on, jorts and the knee pa—knee pads… short wrestling boots? He walks back to gorilla and… here comes the ATV! He makes his normal salute to the fans, kicking down to KO Show posters and easels out of the way his entrance before KO cuts him off, saying it’s his show before Stone Cold decides to walk over and Owens starts to tell him what to do which the world knows… Stone Cold doesn’t take orders. He does sit shortly and starts to say that he is not here for a conversation as he runs down that he isn’t here just for talks. Kevin Owens starts to shit talk Texas again saying that everything is stupid and they should just move. Austin tells him that the world will call him an asshole and Kevin again makes another thing about why Canada is better and Owens says he lied to Austin and said he only did this because he is looking for a fight and CHALLENGES AUSTIN FOR A MATCH AND NOT JUST ANY TYPE OF MATCH, A NO HOLD BARRED MATCH!

Austin looks out, mean mugging the camera as Owens starts more shit talking saying Austin knows he is scared to fight KO and tells him to get out of the ring and go back to his ranch but Austin stares Owens down, the crowd on his back as Stone Cold speaks saying his first match was in Dallas and his possible last match could be in Dallas so he shouts, “If you want Stone Cold in a match give him a hell yeah!”

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Kevin Owens-

They eye each other up and shit talk each other before they tee off and trade punches into the corner for Kevin Owens and getting a Mudhole Stomping down and flipping him off after, whipping him into the ropes, even asking for a beer to pour on KO and stomps yet another Mudhole in the sum-a-bitch and goes to the outside of the ring, getting another beer and lighting Owens up again with a Lariat and off the barricade. Stone Cold thinks things are coming up but he reverse a whip attempt into the post and starts to get the momentum and beating down Stone Cold with punches, the easel from the show and bringing out a table on the outside as Kevin tries to whip him into it and Austin goes through table but Austin reverses, putting Owens through the table and then over the barricade.

Watch close if you see @TheRealCPlatt because they are in the crowd and Kevin Owens reverses a Suplex on concrete to get something going for him in this pit of snakes with the crowd but Austin still fights back, shot after shot though, KO gets the better of him until Austin catches Owens on the barricade and tosses him on the table and grabs two more beers, chugs them down and begins a nice ground and pound beat down on the announce table. Grabs another beer, drinks yet another beer, spits some in KO’s face and gets him back into the ring. Owens tried to powder out and bait Austin into an attack on the ropes and gets it, trying to escape on the ATV. Austin gets out and starts beating up KO, driving the ATV to the top of the stage and suplexes KO on the stage, bounces his head off the ATV, goes to the other side for yet another Suplex.

Stone Cold tosses KO down the stage ramp, beating him down and taking him back to the ring, grabs two more beers, drinks both down as KO sees the amount of time taken and hits a Stunner on SCSA and only getting a two count. KO gets frustrated and grabs a steel chair, swings it and it bounces off the ropes, hits him in the head and Stone Cold goes up and flips him off and stuns him for one more Mania victory.

Aftermath: What do you think the aftermath is from a Stone Codl Steve Austin moment? Chug down them Steveweisers, Stone Cold IPAs, get that sum-a-bitch out of Stone Cold’s ring and that’s the Bottom Line cause Stone Cold said so. Oh and Bryon Saxton gets a stunner too.

Final Thoughts:

Okay… I was thoroughly impressed with Night One.

I noticed that something might have gone on too long and we lost New Day, Sheamus and Ridge but eh… its fine. Bianca gets her title off of Becky, Seth got his moment turned into a Nightmare, Charlotte proved why she is the Queen of all WWE and I never thought I would ever review a Stone Cold match but here I am. Day One of WrestleMania, WrestleMania Saturday, whatever they want to call it was damn good with some duds here and there but we have another day folks. I can’t just over shadow the next day. With that being said, you WILL see a Day Two out of the Trickster of Chairshot and I can guarantee that.


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

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

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

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

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

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

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

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

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

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

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

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

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

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

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

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

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

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

RK-Bro Is Effectively Done

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

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

Madcap Moss Is Undeniably Over

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

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

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

Montez Ford Is Gonna Be A (Solo) Star

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

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

It’s the perfect set-up:

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

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

Vince McMahon Is Literally A Man Of Steel

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

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

Matt Riddle Is Now A Made Man

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

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

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

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


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