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Mathew’s Wrestling Quickies #2 Feat LAX VS Cage & Cobb



Welcome back to my Wrestling Quickies.

The first time I did this about two weeks has been fairly positive since I got to talk about matches from other promotions that don’t really get covered on here and that’s what these quickies are all about. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good quickie from time to time? I found some matches from different promotions like the last time and maybe one of them making a comeback, but you will see some familiar faces.

So let’s just get right to it.


Three Way Match
Bandido vs. Flamita vs. Rey Fenix

Review: The match happened around August 2nd and AAA uploaded it a few days ago, so I figured it’ll be a good time to upload it. Both Flamita and Bandido were in my first quickie article when they fought each other in PROGRESS and that was an entertaining match, so why not bring them back but with an added person into this? So yes, we got a three-way match between these two and another big Luchador star and current AAA Mega Champion, Rey Fenix. Which of these of these three famous Luchadors will come out on top?

You do have wrestlers like Fenix, Bandido, Flamita, Pentagon, Drago, and Horus traveling all over the world to spread the word of Lucha Libre making a comeback and it’s been a while since they’ve been given that much spotlight everywhere since Rey Mysterio, but I’m glad that these five are helping to keep the spirit of the style alive wherever they go together. The match had a couple of slip-up’s but it’s expected due to the fast pacing of their nature and it doesn’t take away from the match at all. This is the type of match you would see in a Lucha Libre match and it’s the type you want to see as well when you look for these matches. It has energy, it has action, they’re quick, and they can carry the crowd over to make it fun. Fenix is one of the best in the indy scene right now next to Pentagon, especially together when they’re a tag team but both great individually as well and the same could be said for Flamita and Bandido. Flamita had Bandido on the turnbuckle and it looked like he was going to go for a Rana, but Fenix jumped off the ropes to hit a Super Hurricanrana on Flamita and he went over to Bandido to hit his Valagueza Con Desnucadora for the win. Very entertaining match and recommended if you love these guys or the Lucha style.

Rating: Bruce Prichard


Singles Match
Go Shiozaki vs. Nanae Takahashi

Review: We go to Japan now with a Joshi promotion called SEAdLINNNG and we have an intergender match here as Nanae Takashi will be taking on NOAH star, Go Shiozaki. For intergender matches, I’m sometimes on the fence with them depending on how they play out since some of them are a hit and miss, but can be really special if done right like how when Tessa Blanchard fought Brian Cage earlier in the year at Wrestle Circus and if you haven’t seen that match, I recommend it. This match took place on their show called Endless Summer which took place on September 5th but aired September 28th, Japan and their long air dates for big shows. I haven’t seen too much of Nanae but from what I’ve seen, she’s someone worth watching and has 22 years of experience in the wrestling industry, and I don’t have to explain that about Go Shiozaki. Which one of them will take it?

This one was better than how I anticipated it to go and glad that it was the case here because this one is probably one of my favorite intergender matches. If I had to pick a complaint or two, I’ll address it now and get it out of the way and it was the same with Ice Ribbon where you have a corner of the screen covered by a couple of people on commentary or just two people watching with comments and it hurt the match a little since stuff couldn’t have happened there or the expression on their faces or certain moves would just be blocked because having that side screen is important for some reason. Another big complaint that really pissed me off was the cameraman who kept moving around and zooming in/out when he really didn’t need to, especially in the Suplex part when he aimed way too high and barely got them, someone fires him for the love of Christ.

Anyway, now that I got the bad stuff out of the way and I can now talk about the match. Nanae did exactly what she needed to do in this match and that used her technical ability and to try and outmaneuver him since she’s not stronger than Go and it’s the smart approach about it. Go would mostly just chop her around the arena and throw her around just to show that he was stronger than her and a better wrestler than her. Nanae would get some offense when she reversed a Suplex with one of her own and would even get a Sunset Flip in to try and to get the surprise victory but Go kicked out at two. Go would hit the Gowan Lariat and instead of covering her right then and there, he just hits one more stiff chop to pin her for the win. The ending confused me a bit because I would’ve just ended it with the Lariat instead of just another chop, but okay then. Still a great match with a good story and did what they needed to do it right.

Rating: Bruce Prichard


Singles Match
Azusa Takigawa vs. Miyu Yamashita

Review: Our next match is from another Joshi company called TJP or Tokyo Joshi Pro and is apart of the DDT Universe streaming service, so if you don’t like DDT that much, you got other promotions there that you can check out like this one. The match happened on the September 22nd show and it was titled ‘How do you like Shin-Kiba?’ I love their event names, but our Princess of Princess Champion, Miyu Yamashita is set to take on Azusa in a non-title match in our main event. I’m very new to TJP and only watched one match involving Miyu and was very impressed with her and felt like she could be one of the top Joshi wrestlers in the upcoming years. Can the champion win or will Azusa win and become the next contender?

Match started off basic with trying to shoulder tackle each other down and Azusa would roll out of the ring and grabbed the microphone to give her a timeout and she also said some other stuff which I have no translation to since it’s not subtitled. She would go into the ring though and began to…sing a little song and even had Miyu chime in on it as her face accidentally hits the microphone but they laugh it off and Azusa swept her off her feet and tried to pin her for a two count. Once the little comedy spot happened in the match, it just turned into a regular wrestling match with was pretty solid with Miyu taking most of the control in the match and can see why she’s considered their ace of the company, she has a good look, balanced moveset, and can work a good match with more potential ready to be released into the wrestling scene. Azusa also managed herself pretty well in the match and can also see her being a bigger star and not bad for only wrestling for three years. Miyu would hit an Attitude Adjustment onto Azusa to try and put her away but Azusa would barely kick out of it and she wasted no time by hitting a running knee that I believe she calls the Crash Rabbit Heat, but I could be wrong and she gets the victory over Azusa.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

Tag Team Match
LAX vs. Brian Cage & Jeff Cobb

Review: Our next match is a tag team match that took place at Bar Wrestling. Bar Wrestling is a fairly new promotion that is founded by Joey Ryan and takes place in California. This took place on the September 12th show called Bar Wrestling 18: Victims, Aren’t We All! Our tag match for this one is between LAX members, Santana, and Ortiz as they take on the team of two of the biggest stars right now, Brian Cage and Jeff Cobb. This is sure to be a good one, but which one of them will win?

My God, both Cage and Cobb are incredibly strong, aren’t they? They would mostly throw around Santana like a rag doll for the majority of the match and one time, Cage had him up for a Stalling Suplex and both him and Cobb would tag each other in back and forth just holding him in the air for a good minute until Cobb was the one to deliver the Suplex on Santana. I would love to write about LAX more and how great they are as a tag team but they hardly showcased a whole lot into this match as it was mostly about Cobb and Brian, which is fine since they’re both strong individuals in this match that should overpower their opponents. Ortiz would be the hot tag of the match as they would hit their own variation of the Magic Killer, and it wouldn’t fully last long as Santana got tagged in and both Cage and Cobb would clean house with them once again. Cobb would slam Santana down which lead to Cage picking him up in a wheel barrel position to hit a Neckbreaker, then Cobb does a Sitout Powerbomb as it’s another two count. Cobb would have Santana on the top rope going for a Superplex, but Ortiz kicked Cage down and snuck up behind Cobb to have him in a Powerbomb position as Santana hits the Blockbuster on the way down and LAX gets the pinfall victory. This was a short and solid tag team match.

Rating: Eric Bischoff


ROH World Title Match
Jay Lethal (c) vs. Will Ospreay

Review: You heard it right, I will be covering Ring of Honor in this article and the match I’ve chosen is the ROH World Championship match where Jay Lethal defends the title against Will Ospreay. The match took place over the weekend at Death Before Dishonor show and Will made his challenge to Lethal about a month ago and is considered the first time ever as well, so he wants to prove himself all over the world, including ROH. Jay Lethal is known to being a fighting champion and will gladly accept the challenge. Will Jay Lethal retain or will Ospreay win the title?

I know a lot of people know Will Ospreay for his flips and flashy moves, but I think some people do forget that he actually can wrestle a match without the need of those, like his match against Drew McIntyre last year where we saw a different style of Will and we had that exact same thing here in this match with Jay Lethal. I’m not the biggest fan of ROH after feeling like poor booking and declining quality just hurt the product over the years, but I will admit that they will sometimes give us something enjoyable like this match right here between Jay and Ospreay. Jay Lethal is still showing that he’s still one of the best ROH has to offer and better established that’s not a Bullet Club member.

The match was technical, it told a great story between the two, both of these men had equal chances to shine to make it fair and balanced with their styles and again, props to Will Ospreay for adapting his style a bit to give us this different type of match and show he can work with anyone with any different style, plus I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much if Will wrestled as he does with the other juniors and I think people expected that but glad it wasn’t the case here. I really enjoyed the last five minutes of the match since you can almost believe Will could’ve had a chance to win it all here. Will-powered out of the Lethal Injection and he went for the Oscutter as Lethal caught him with a Cutter of his own and Will kicked out at two. Will went to hit Jay with the title and he drops it to psyche him out with a kick to the leg as he hits the Oscutter for a two count as Will can’t believe it! Will would then have Jay up on the turnbuckle and as he went for a Super Rana, Lethal caught him in mid-air for the Sitout Powerbomb and he capitalizes with the Lethal Injection and pins Will to retain the title!

Rating: Bruce Prichard


WRESTLE-1 Title Match
Manabu Soya (c) vs. Shotaro Ashino

Review: My ending surprise for this article will be from Wrestle-1. I would cover the show, but since I missed the past couple shows due to tournaments and it’s already October, I figured I would at least write about this match. This took place at Wrestle-1’s Pro-Wrestling LOVE in Yokohama, which was their big show that happened on September 2nd and last year on this show, Ashino and Jiro made it to my Top 25 matches of 2017 list. This year, Manabu Soya will defend his championship against former champion and winner of this year’s Grand Prix, Shotaro Ashino. These two fought in March for the championship where Manabu would defeat Ashino to win the title and less than six months later, Ashino won the Grand Prix and now gets his rematch for the title. Can Manabu retain once again or will Ashino reclaim what’s his?

I think the story of this math made the bout much better than their previous encounter in March, but both matches are great along with the rivalry. What I loved about the match more is Ashino and the intensity he brought into the match with his aggressive behavior and taking it out on Manabu for taking that title away from him and defeating Manabu and AKIRA for the Tag Team Titles a few months ago wasn’t enough as he wanted to take back what was his also. The build-up for the feud has been great and will probably be in one of my top feuds of the year just for the build-up and how their matches together went. Manabu did a great job taking Ashino to his limit as well since he’s also a great wrestler with a ton of passion and energy that again made the chemistry between the two great. Manabu would have Ashino right where he wants him to hit the Package Piledriver as Ashino kicked out of it, but Manabu would quickly get him back up to have him dazed enough to hits his Wild Bomber, the same move that made him win the title but Ashino still kicked out at two! Manabu would try to go for another one as Ashino caught him into a T-Bone Suplex for a two count, but he quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock and he has it locked in tight. Manabu was struggling out to get to the ropes and fight off the pain, but Ashino had him down locked and tight to make him not move as he refuses to tap out of the move until he just passed out and the referee called for the bell to crown a new champion!

That’s right, Shotaro Ashino has regained the Wrestle-1 Championship that he lost back in March. Manabu has had a fairly decent run with the championship, but Ashino being the champion is the right call for the company right now. Ashino is great in the ring and my favorite part of the shows next to Jiro and STRONG HEARTS. Wrestle-1 has been on a roll these past few shows and I hope they could keep the momentum going. Now the question is, who will step up to take the title away from Ashino?

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter


Overall: It looks like we had another successful set of quickies for this article with some different and familiar promotions on here, and I gave you six this time instead of five. I hope you all enjoyed the next set of quickies and I hope to do a part 3 within the next week or so. Right now, I’m enjoying the ride and hope you all feel the same.

Favorite Match: Manabu Soya vs. Shotaro Ashino

Least Favorite Match: LAX vs. Brian Cage & Jeff Cobb

Score: 8/10

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Greg DeMarco’s Top 5: The Final Opponent For John Cena In WWE

It’s obvious that John Cena is nearing the end of his legendary career, and he’s suggested ending it at WrestleMania 41. Who should be his final opponent?



John Cena Last Match Randy Orton WWE WrestleMania 41

It’s obvious that John Cena is nearing the end of his legendary career, and he’s suggested ending it at WrestleMania 41. Who should be his final opponent?

John Cena recently appeared on the Pat McAfee Show, the Monday after his surprise (but mostly expected) WrestleMania 40 appearance during Cody Rhodes’ win over Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Championship. During that appearance, he confirmed what many expect, that he is nearly done with his in-ring career. But Cena even tossed out the idea of a time-frame, detailing that his acting schedule will likely take him through Christmas, and maybe Hollywood could “pump the brakes” to allow for one final run.

That run could easily begin at the Royal Rumble with a surprise entrance (or entering himself via TV appearances as part of the build), with a tease for his 17th world title win before finally settling in on his final match.

Fantasy booking and storytelling aside, the goal here is the final match–more specifically the final opponent. With a John Cena, you’ve got a ton of options. As such, it’s hard to narrow it down to 5, and one of your favorites is likely missing–be warned!

Greg DeMarco’s Top 5: The Final Opponent For John Cena In WWE

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Miz – A feud with John Cena gave The Mix a WrestleMania 27 main event–and a WrestleMania  main event victory on top of it. Miz has been receiving more love than ever lately, and a match with John Cena would not be misplaced. Maybe he can use their WrestleMania 33 contest (and Cena’s personal aftermath) as fodder for it, too.
  • AJ Styles – The man who once made it popular to “BEAT UP JOHN CENA” is also nearing the end of his run, and could be the one candidate on this list that could realistically give us a double-retirement match. He would also be the guy who retired both The Undertaker and John Cena (and would probably end up being the guy who lost in both).
  • The Rock or Cody Rhodes – Both great options, but you have to figure their dance card for WrestleMania 41 is already full, potentially standing across the ring from one another. Either is an amazing option (including “Thrice In A Lifetime”), but I just don’t think it’s in the cards.
  • Trick Williams – Potentially a surprising addition to the Honorable Mentions, but the comparisons are there in terms of in-ring style/ability, promo skills, and the interplay they had in NXT (remember, it was Cena who is credited with encouraging Trick to not be afraid to go for it himself despite his relationship with Carmelo Hayes).

5. CM Punk

The fifth spot on this list was nearly interchangeable between several of the honorable mention names, but it really came down to Punk and Seth Rollins for me (with a hint of AJ Styles). The 2011 feud between CM Punk and John Cena was legendary, and is a moment that will forever be seen by me as the one that truly cemented CM Punk as a member of the growing list of all-time greats in WWE.

Punk is uniquely qualified for this match as he would make it mean more than a showboat for John Cena’s career and final match. It’s entirely believable that CM Punk would want to put John Cena’s career into the ground, and WWE has the video archive to support it.

Despite being #5, this could actually be a dark-horse for the match we get, and I can’t see anyone reasonably being upset about that.

4. Roman Reigns

John Cena and Roman Reigns have had two separate legendary programs. the first saw Cena, at times, embarrass Roman in promo exchanges in a feud that took place in the “pre-Tribal Chief” era. The second is more fresh and likely more memorable, as John Cena put Roman Reigns over in a football stadium in Las Vegas at SummerSlam (although it might be more remembered for the return of Brock Lesnar).

Reigns, a legend himself at his point (he’s featured alongside Steve Austin at the top of the “Forever” portion of the Then/Now/Forever/Together video that recently debuted) would provide a pairing akin to The Undertaker serving as Shawn Michaels’ retirement opponent at WrestleMania 26 9notice I didn’t say “final opponent). The end of Roman’s 1316 day world title reign has brought about a new appreciation for Reigns, which would further enhance this pairing at WrestleMania 41.

3. Bron Breakker

Bron Breakker is the picture-perfect definition of a juggernaut in WWE, a fast rising star who almost seems like a lock to main event WrestleMania one day (you never know–Seth Rollins JUST got his first WrestleMania main event last weekend). Breakker recently said farewell NXT as the natural in-ring competitor makes a transition to full-time main roster competition.

Breakker also fits the category of who “needs it.” Bring the man to retire John Cena would be quite the feather in the cap of Breakker’s early career, and would give him a moment that would be relived for generations to come. The only question mark is WWE “trusting” Breakker with this moment, as a sudden change of character could mean that Cena’s final match wouldn’t be seen or discussed as much. Breakker, to me, has given no reason for anyone to suspect that might happen, regardless of any controversies his father and uncle have been linked to.

2. R-Truth

Despite being 5-years older than John Cena, and making his in-ring debut in the same year (1999), R-Truth’s childhood hero hanging up the boots will undoubtedly be a hard-hitting moment for the  man who has basically become the WWE Mascot. Truth emulating Cena in his matches, and of course the RawAfterMania moment with Cena, Truth, and The Miz hitting a Fifteen Knuckle Shuffle (thank you, Michael Cole) on The Judgment Day makes this a near can’t miss final match for both John Cena and the WWE Universe.

R-Truth himself is equally deserving of this match, as it would be a reward for all of his years in the ring as part of a career that seems age defying while proving that age is not only a number, but also a number that can be ignored (see Child Hero, John Cena).

While a rematch of their 2011 WWE Capital Punishment main event is an unlikely WrestleMania 41 match-up, it’s one I believe everyone would love to see.

1. Randy Orton

I mean, is there anyone more perfect? John Cena and Randy were inseparably linked for a good portion of their careers, and have shared the ring more times than Big Show has turned babyface/heel. Both are far into legendary status at this point, and Orton specifically is obviously focused on enjoying this stage of his career.

But Orton is still delivering great performances inside the ring, too.

Randy Orton vs John Cena was an exciting proposition many years ago, became a punchline for WWE booking a few years ago, but is now coming full circle as the perfect match-up to end the amazing career of John Cena. It has my vote, and should have yours, too.

Even if R-Truth would be the most fun option.

What say you? Who is the best candidate to stand across the ring from John Cena in his final WWE match, potentially at WrestleMania 41? Who did I leave out?

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Greg DeMarco’s WrestleMania 40 Saturday Results & Review

It’s the Granddaddy Of ‘Em All, WrestleMania! Night 1 of WrestleMania XL and Greg DeMarco has your results and review!



Sami Zayn WrestleMania 40

It’s the Granddaddy Of ‘Em All, WrestleMania! Night 1 of WrestleMania XL and Greg DeMarco has your results and review!

It all comes down to this–at least for the first night! A loaded card in front of a packed house, and I’d expect everyone to deliver one hell of a performance.

Women’s World Championship – Becky Lynch vs. Rhea Ripley (champion)

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Rhea Ripley retains

In my opinion, this match should be the main event of Night 1, but The Rock is back and that was going to take precedence (even if I disagree). Becky won this title shot at the Elimination Chamber, even though they were already building the feud before that event in Perth. Ripley herself main evented that event in a stadium, defeating Nia Jax.

  • It was revealed during her entrance that this is Becky Lynch’s “Flu Game,” as she has temperatures as high as 102 degrees throughout the week.
  • Rhea Ripley enters to a life performance of her entrance theme, which you can tell she dug.
  • Prime logo is center ring, just the black outline with “Prime” in the middle, and it is not at all bothersome. I can’t believe people made such a big deal out of bitching about that.
  • The stage looks dope, not at all “too small” as some had said. The whole environment looks great, honestly.
  • Rhea Ripley has been dealing with a wrist injury. She said on the Pat McAfee Show she didn’t expect to work with the wrist brace on tonight, but there it is.
  • Corey Graves points out that Becky’s training was likely impacted by her illness, and Pat McAfee scoffs at him for stating the obvious. I hope that isn’t what we get all night.
  • Commentary notes that is is 52 degrees and windy in the stadium, and I am reminded of Nick Khan’s comments about moving an outdoor WrestleMania to late April in the future, if they don’t get an indoor building (he did say “2026” when talking about that, which likely means the 2025 venue is indeed set).
  • Rhea’s Prism Trap is a fell of a submission finisher. Add in the body lock the way she did, and it’s even more impressive.
  • I just noticed the “Prime” turnbuckle pads and it’s…weird. I just didn’t expect it and can’t think of the last time we didn’t have the WWE/WWF logo on the buckles outside of Black and Gold NXT. WrestleMania 2?
  • I am also noticing that Dude Wipes seems to have sponsored the ring posts. Kudos to WWE (and the wrestling industry behind them) for being so damn desirable to sponsors!
  • That combo to get into the Riptide was fantastic–and the kickout was even better.
  • During the DisarmHer you can clearly see the commentary position, and Michael Cole is legit reclined all the way back. Love it–Cole is living his best life.
  • Rhea’s Riptide into the buckle before the proper Riptide was pretty sweet as well. Made Becky look insanely strong in defeat.

Winner via pinfall AND STILL your Women’s World Champion: Rhea Ripley

Hell of an opener, and if you didn’t know Becky was sick, you wouldn’t have known. Props to them both. That would have satisfied as a main event, but can now go down as one of the best openers in WrestleMania history.

Ladder Match for the Raw Tag Team Championships and Smackdown Tag Team Championships – DIY (Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano) vs. Awesome Truth (The Miz & R-Truth) vs. New Catch Republic (Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate) vs. A Town Down Under (Austin Theory & Grayson Waller) vs. The New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) vs. The Judgment Day (Finn Balor & Damian Priest, Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Awesome Truth (Raw titles) and A-Town Down Under (SmackDown)

As many expected, the belts are hanging separately, meaning we are most likely splitting the tag titles here. Triple H and company have put some serious work into building up the tag team divisions of both brands, and even though I expect the two winners to not be actual “teams,” but either way I actually like the way they didn’t make a big deal out of splitting the titles up, they’re just doing it. They have been defended separately since being unified, albeit rarely.

  • R-Truth makes a joke about DIY being DX and that’s now taken off. I love it.
  • The Miz is very under appreciated. Can literally do anything.
  • Someone is struggling with the “Titan Tron” videos tonight.
  • Not gonna lie, I am the biggest Pat McAfee fan, but he’s actually quite annoying right now.
  • Sign of the night: SANTA DESERVED IT.
  • Lots of green in this match, half of the teams wearing their “WrestleMania Green” gear.
  • Also, loving the Consequences Creed gear for Woods.
  • God Bless Finn Balor for taking that Airplane Spin into the ladder.
  • 205 combined years of experience in this match. That’s an average of 17 years (Waller has the least with 7, Balor and Miz are tied for the most with 23).
  • “Dunne Mountain?!?!” Thank you Michael Cole for fixing that.
  • Poor Finn Balor, not he takes the AA to the ladder after John Cena’s Five Moves Of Doom
  • Hilarious.
  • A-Town Down Under gets the SmackDown tag titles!
  • And Grayson gets tossed through a ladder, still holding a title!
  • The match does continue until the Raw tag titles are also retrieved.
  • If Theory also got the Raw tag titles down, I will laugh my ass off.
  • Birminghammer is a fantastic name for a tandem (somewhat) Burning Hammer.
  • Tornado DDT through a table!
  • Air Raid Crash from the ladder!
  • And we still have more tables set-up.
  • JD McDonagh trying to get Finn–who has taken a beating–to get the Raw tag titles.
  • McDonagh through the tables!
  • PERFECTLY placed Razor’s Edge onto that chair.
  • Dude, that ladder is trashed. (And very unsafe.)
  • AA sends Damian outside!
  • I think everyone wants R-Truth to get this. EVERYONE.
  • YES!

Winners via belt retrieval, AND NEW:

  • SmackDown Tag Team Champions – Grayson Waller & Austin Theory
  • Raw Tag Team Champions – R-Truth & The Miz

Really good Ladder Match, but it’s hard to have a bad one. The tag team titles are split and it was really well done. It made perfect sense to do it that way, not make a big deal out of it and just let it happen. I am excited to see both teams win–not because I picked both, but because I think one team (Waller/Theory) have amazing futures and the other (Miz/Truth) will be a lot of fun, even if their run will probably be short lived.

Santos Escobar (with Legado Del Fantasma members Angel, Humberto, & Elektra Lopez) & Dominik Mysterio vs. Rey Mysterio & Andrade (with The LWO members Carlito, Joaquin Wilde, Cruz Del Toro, & Zelina Vega

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Dominik and Santos win, giving Dominik “revenge” for his loss at WrestleMania 39.

Look, this match doesn’t make a lick of sense–Dominik shows up two weeks ago and finds his way into another WrestleMania match with Rey? Definitely shoehorned. But Dominik is outstanding, so if this gets him on the card, I’ll take it.

  • More green in this match, and I am here for it.
  • Innovative Double Cross Body by Rey & Andrade.
  • Dominik showing experience beyond his years, making sure the ref sees his tag with Santos.
  • At this moment, I am wondering who turns–Carlito or Andrade. Gotta assume it’s one of them.
  • Three matches in and I don’t even notice the Primo logo in the center of the ring or on the turnbuckle pads.
  • Santos Escobar trying to unmask Rey Mysterio, as if we don’t all have Google.
  • Corey Graves making a great point about Rey taking some responsibility for the issues in his life, and Michael Cole immediately dismissing it.
  • It’s so hard to do a really good Dragon Screw Leg Whip, and Andrade (along with Dominik and Santos) just pulled off two to perfection.
  • Camera shot of Rey’s cross body shows the heaters above the ring. Good–keep ’em warm!
  • This could have easily been an 8-man tag team match. Maybe we get that Monday on Raw (which can also be where the turn happens, making my prediction here likely wrong).
  • Joaquin Wilde gets to do his NXT spot at WrestleMania, and that’s probably more important than officially being in the match.
  • Two masked men–definitely the Kelce Brothers–are here.
  • My bad, it was Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson. Good call, honestly. Great pop for them, too.
  • Looking at the reply, Dominik sold that ringpost spot like a champ.

Winners via pinfall (Rey on Santos): Rey Mysterio & Andrade

Fun tag team match that served its purpose. Needed? Maybe not, as I really wanted to get Liv Morgan vs. Nia Jax onto this card. But when you can get Rey & Dominik on the card, everyone will be happy. and of course the Jason Kelce & Lane Johnson appearances.

Brother vs Brother: Jey Uso vs. Jimmy Uso

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Jimmy Uso follows in the footsteps of Owen Hart and Matt Hardy and beats the “more talented brother.”

They’ve wanted this match all their lives–and the preview video was insane. Very well done.

  • Jey in the WrestleMania whites tonight.
  • And we get a hot start to the match!
  • “Big Brother Jimmy” is always a fun thing to hear.
  • More Dude Wipes sponsorship on this one–you have to wonder if having Dude Wipes on the posts for the opener was in error.
  • Superkicks. Lots of Superkicks.
  • Very enjoyable YEET/NO chants from the crowd.
  • Jey just kicking the hell out of Jimmy, including a Jumping Super Kick.
  • This has “Fight Without Honor” feels from old school ROH, where the winners have respect after. We will definitely see these guys together again.
  • Jimmy apologizing to Jey. Crowd is not buying it.
  • Of course it was BS, and Jimmy gains the advantage.

Winner, via pinfall: Jey Uso

Jey breaks the babyface curse by beating his heel brother. Thought we might get an embrace between them, instead we faded out. A good match that was more about the story than the in-ring action. I can see some feeling like this hasn’t “lived up to expectations” because of the high expectations you’d have for an Usos match. Their best work will always be as a team, but I know this is a lifelong dream come true for both.

As for all the Superkicks, I mean….it’s an Usos match.

Six-Woman Tag Team Match – Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai, Asuka, & Kairi Sane) vs. Naomi, Bianca Belair, & Jade Cargill

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Bianca, Naomi, & Jade win when Jade scores the pin (probably on Kairi, who always seems to eat the fall)

This match is all about getting Bianca Belair on the card (she had to be), and Jade Cargill’s debut. It also got Damage CTRL on the card, which they truly deserve–even if it is to lose.

  • Respectfully, Dakota Kai. (Good thing the ring and surrounding area is heated)
  • Not gonna lie, Jade looks nervous. But this is a six-woman tag, and her portion is likely highly choreographed. Gonna be all good.
  • As I watch and enjoy the match (but am not typing much lol), this seems like a match where we’re all just waiting for Jade to come in and win.
  • No one has told Jade about the tag ropes yet, apparently.
  • And now Jade is in, and Damage CTRL makes her look like a million bucks.
  • Dakota Kai nicely gets herself into position for the finish, and Jade gets her WrestleMania win.

Winners via pinfall (Jade on Dakota): Jade Cargill, Naomi, & Bianca Belair

We knew what this one was about going into it, and that’s what it should have been. Jade still ain’t ready. I know it might be an “ego hit” for her to go to NXT, but she needs it. If Giulia can go to NXT, so can Jade.

Intercontinental Championship – Sami Zayn vs. GUNTHER (champion)

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Sami Zayn pulls off the major upset and is the one to dethrone Gunther

Gunther has had a stranglehold on the Intercontinental Championship, defending it like crazy in 2023 but slowing that down here in 2024. It’s not fair to say he’s outgrown the title, but that might actually be the case. It’ll be really interesting to see what happens with Imperium leading up to the draft, and at the WWE Draft itself.

  • Sami Zayn was the perfect wrestler to have their journey form backstage to the ring followed by the cameras. From his family to Chad Gable to Kevin Owens, it was all so perfect–maybe too perfect? (Not in that someone will screw him, but in that it might be too heavily foreshadowing his win?)
  • Gunther looked oddly nervous standing on that stage.
  • You know, the Intercontinental Championship is basically a third world title at this point. And we could see the end of a legendary reign. I think this deserved the Samantha Irvin In-Ring Introductions (aka “Japan Style”) treatment.
  • Gunther is smiling confidently now, we’re good.
  • Crowd is ON FIRE for these guys (and evenly split with their chants for each guy).
  • This is the 21st time the Intercontinental championship is defended at WrestleMania, and it makes you wonder what in the hell they were thinking for the other 11.
  • Looks like Dude Wipes is back on the ringpost!
  • Hell of a nearfall, followed up by a Helluva Kick from Gunthcr, and one from Sami!
  • That finish….AMAZING.

Winner via pinfall, AND NEW Intercontinental Champion: Sami Zayn

The athletes… the moments… the storytelling… professional wrestling is such a beautiful business. Sami Zayn’s win over Gunther was everything I had hoped it would be when I picked Sami to win. Absolutely beautiful.

Cody Rhodes & World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. The Rock & Undisputed WWE Champion Roman Reigns

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Seth & Cody get the win after tons of interference and surprise appearances, making Roman vs Cody on Sunday a match where The Bloodline is banned from ringside.

So much involved in this one. As you know, If Rock & Roman win, Sunday’s WWE Championship match will be held under Bloodline Roles. If Seth & Cody win, then that mach will see ZERO Bloodline involvement. Personally, if Cody is winning the title, I’d rather it be straight up. But I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I am wrong.

  • Honestly, after the introductions, I realized I was just watching!
  • This was very much Steve Austin vs The Rock inspired, with them fighting all over the stadium, and pushing the envelope.
  • I loved The Rock basically neutering the referee–normally I hate that, but here it works.
  • That finish and the condition of Rollins both lay perfectly into night 2, I would imagine.

Winners via Rock pinfall on Rhodes: The Rock & Roman Reigns

Per rule, Sunday’s main event will now be Bloodline Rules. And given that, my prediction of Roman retaining might be harder to pull off. This was a good return for The Rock, and perfectly played into the whole story. Job well done.

Greg DeMarco’s Overall Thoughts for WWE WrestleMania XL, Saturday (Night 1)

in a vacuum, this was  highly enjoyable show. Night 2 might end up being legendary if both Bayley and Rhodes win, and it could overshadow Night 1. But the scene was fantastic, production was top notch as always, and the fans went home having enjoyed one for the ages. The Triple H Era s well underway, and will likely kick into a higher gear with Night 2.

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