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#RAWisDVR: Greg DeMarco’s Accelerated WWE Raw Review for 2/4/19

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WWE Raw is DVR

Greg DeMarco presents a very special review of WWE Raw, on DVR! What will Greg watch, what will he FAST FORWARD, and how long will it take to watch a 3-hour Raw?

Daddy’s back with a special look at WWE Raw! As many of you know, I live on the west coast, and my version of YouTube TV gives me Raw on the west coast feed, so I watch it later. I also record it, so this is the DVR version. Enjoy the bullet points! I am keeping time on a stopwatch (on my phone), so you will get timestamps throughout the show, and I will try to throw in a real time comparison as well so you can see how much time I am saving when I FAST FORWARD!

This is an experiment, I hope you like it!

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 0:00

Stephanie McMahon kicks the show off with Becky Lynch!

  • No surprise here, Becky Lynch interrupts Stephanie. Becky’s entrance is one I won’t fast forward. Becky’s too hot for that.
  • Even the crowd doesn’t buy Stephanie doing a big-time intro for Becky. We all know where this story is going.
  • Stephanie McMahon is horrible at “fake sympathy.”
  • Becky refusing medical treatment is so logical, I love it. She already lost one opportunity thanks to injury. And in her face you can see it—she’s hurt and could lose it. DO YOU NOT SEE HOW GREAT THIS STORY IS???
  • Steph hasn’t had to struggle? Listen to a Bruce Prichard podcast, you’ll see how hard Vince McMahon was on his kids. Hell, it drove Shane out!
  • Someone forgot to tell Portland that the YES chants are over now. Over as in done, not over in wrestling terms.
  • Becky attacking Steph wasn’t as involved as Twitter made it seem, but it worked. We still have two months to go!

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 11:55


#RAWisDVR timestamp: 12:15

Becky Lynch is shown the door, but just so happens to see Ronda Rousey

  • I have no idea why Becky didn’t punch Ronda is in the face.
  • I actually LOVE Ronda talking about selling a PPV. That was a huge deal in UFC, and this makes their match feel like a real fight.
  • “Ice and Advil, bitch!” is a great line.

RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Liv Morgan

  • FAST FORWARD Ronda’s entrance.
  • Liv Morgan is vastly underrated, in so many ways.
  • The stomach punch was fantastic.
  • Short but effective.

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 15:47

RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Logan

  • Ronda acknowledges the boos, and I am here for it. There are no faces and heels.
  • Liv Morgan still selling the arm!
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials!
  • Ronda has done a hell of a job adapting the UFC style to a WWE ring. She truly gets better with each outing.
  • Does Ruby want some?
  • Smart move…save that match. Elimination Chamber, maybe?
  • Ruby Riott is a terrible Gorilla Position promo.
  • And Dasha Fuentes is no Charly Caruso. Seriously.

Here comes Heavy Machinery and it’s time to FAST FORWARD!

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 21:59 (show time, 33:39)

There’s Charly!

  • Miranda Morales will be much happier about Sasha Banks’ hair tonight. Oh, and about Bayley, too.
  • No one can believe Nikki Cross & Alicia Fox will win this match. NO ONE.

Fatal 4-Way: The Revival vs. Lucha House Party vs. B-Team vs. Heavy Machinery

  • Curtis Axel, still NEVER ELIMINATED!
  • I give Michael Cole credit for acknowledging that this idea was stolen from Smackdown.
  • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, much like The Miz and Shane McMahon, watch on a TV backstage.
  • Heavy Machinery is the Bayley of the tag team division. Great for the kids, always has a place on the roster, occasionally in the mix.
  • OTIS looks so lost! At least Heavy Machinery understands their place on the roster.
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials!
  • At least we didn’t miss any eliminations.
  • The Revival are so damn good.
  • Oh, there’s Roode and Gable again!
  • Lince Dorado is crazy underrated.
  • Why does Otis “call this the Caterpillar?” Caterpillars don’t do that! Is it because Caterpillar is a machinery company?
  • Oh, so it wasn’t elimination? Raw, the three-hour show, gets a one-fall match, but Smackdown, the two-hour show, gets an elimination match?
  • At least The Revival won!

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder are backstage!

  • Curt Hawkins apparently forgot how long Zack Ryder has been off of television.
  • These two losers are making six-figure salaries, and Ryder is hooked up with Chelsea Green.
  • Could Hawkins & Ryder be a WrestleMania story?

Kurt Angle has a conversation with Apollo Crews!

  • I really hope we see Apollo again tonight. That pose down was fantastic.

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 34:49

Kurt Angle is here!

  • I didn’t FAST FORWARD the entrance, mainly because I was catching this report up.
  • But I will FAST FORWARD Kurt’s promo until someone interrupts!
  • Oh, it’s Baron Corbin. He sucks.
  • Blah blah blah blah? That’s what we say to YOUR promos, Baron Corbin Sucks?
  • Wrap this up? That’s ALSO what we say to you!
  • FAST FORWARD to Drew McIntyre
  • I feel like Drew deserves better, but if he’s the guy to retire Kurt Angle? I am okay with that.
  • Telling a crowd to “shut your mouths” is so effective.
  • Oh yay, Braun The Novelty Act is here!
  • I imagine we’re seeing this tag team match later?

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 40:21

FAST FORWARD commercials, highlights, and more!

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 41:11 (real time 1:12)

Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross & Alicia Fox

  • Pre-match attack, eh? DIdn’t see that one coming. (Seriously)
  • Michael Cole tells us that Sasha hasn’t moved while Sasha is moving.

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 43:38

FAST FORWARD commercials

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 43:51

Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross & Alicia Fox (for reals this time)

  • And we come back from commercial with Bayley in full control of the match, because of course we do.
  • How long before Vince McMahon realizes Nikki Cross & OTIS are comedy gold together?
  • Renee Young totally fangirling for Sasha & Bayley is funny.
  • “They have to earn it, just like everyone else.” Except anyone on the Smackdown roster! They just declare for the match.
  • “We know how Sasha’s ego is fragile.”
  • Alicia Fox just chopped Bayley’s um…pelvic…area.
  • BTW, we have Sasha—heel—teaming with Bayley—face—against Nikki—face—and Alicia—heel. Don’t tell me the alignment isn’t dead.
  • And Bayley wins. SHOCKED.

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 49:49

FAST FORWARD through the commercials!

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 50:18 (real time 1:30)

Apollo Crews promo

  • Why do we have Apollo, Drake Maverick and Razar promoing about Kurt Angle’s match in 2019?

The Road Dogg does NOT make me FAST FORWARD!

  • Excuse me while I mark out like an Attitude Era mark again. “PORTLAND, OREGON…WELCOME TO THE DAWG HOUSE!”
  • Lol James didn’t even bother to day “former.”
  • Now I will FAST FORWARD Jeff Jarrett’s entrance, but I am happy we finally got With My Baby Tonight!
  • “HELLO I AM ELIATH!” he had to say it a few times, but finally got everyone’s attention.
  • “Shouldn’t you be on Smackdown tanking their ratings? You gotta come to Raw and ruin that, too?”
  • So the fans chant with Elias, he’s a babyface, right? NO! Those don’t exist anymore.

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 58:12

FAST FORWARD the commercials!

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 59:25

Jeff Jarrett vs. Elias

  • Really tempted to FAST FORWARD this match, but I expect it to be short.
  • I did indeed FAST FORWARD and came back just in time to Drift Away.
  • Road Dogg attacks Elias? WHAT?!?!
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the guitar doesn’t break. Did they forget to remove the reinforcement?
  • One thing I love is that Road Dogg is the true star here, way more than Jeff Jarrett. The winners get to write history, folks!


Dana Brooke apologizes to Natalya

  • I’m sure this is leading to something, but it sucks.
  • Did Nattie get some injections in her face or something?

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 1:03:28

FAST FORWARD commercials, earlier tonight, commentators, etc.

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 1:04:01

Finn Balor is with Charly Caruso!

  • He’s tough, just like Becky Lynch. Watch out, you might get suspended!

Finn Balor vs. Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley

  • #FinnBalorsDick is NOT SHOWN because we need to see Royal Rumble stills. Sorry Miranda. Missed opportunity for me to FAST FORWARD.
  • Oh god more hightlights? FAST FORWARD.
  • Lio Rush looks like he’s ready to join New Day with those tights.
  • Unpopular take: Lio Rush should voiceover the opening video for WrestleMania 35. Fight me!
  • Bobby is talking??? Isn’t that why he has Lio? I guess today was our reminder as to WHY Lio Rush is with Bobby Lashley.
  • Ok let’s just get to Finn vs. Lio.
  • And Lashley still attacks Balor. Why not, eh?
  • The ref should have just rang the damn bell and given Finn his shot anyway.

Finn Balor vs. Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley Lio Rush

  • I wonder how many people are wondering why the Man Of The Hour has the word Moth on his tights?
  • And Lashley is kicked out as we FAST FORWARD the commercials!
  • Looks like we got back just in time for the finish—NO! Lio is too quick.
  • I can’t remember the last time a crowd popped for an Abdominal Stretch. Thank you, Portland.
  • Lio Rush is honestly fantastic.
  • Balor wins, and this match was probably better than Balor vs. Lashley would have been.
  • Renee has become the WWE’s most annoying announcer.
  • Why is Finn laughing at his opponent after a win? That’s right—BECAUSE FACES AND HEELS DON’T EXIST ANYMORE!
  • Balor is hurt, but can still do the Balor Arms and flex!
  • Oh, back to selling.

And here’s Paige!

  • Paige is gorgeous.
  • But I am going to FAST FORWARD the trailer, and commercials.

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 1:17:51 (real time 2:20:19)

Moment of Bliss with Alexa Bliss and EC3

  • We’ve officially saved over an hour of time!
  • Isn’t EC3 already in WWE if he’s appearing on Raw and Smackdown? Hell, NXT is part of WWE!
  • Remember when Alexa was topless in the lockerroom, and I praised her for not using her sexuality? Well that’s over now, and I am here for ECBLISS. (It’s okay, she really likes him. Totally really.)
  • “He loves a good talk show!”
  • Alexa Bliss’s reaction to be interrupted is priceless.
  • “How dare you interrupt my interrupt.”
  • “I don’t want to be out here any more than you want me to be out here.”
  • THIS Dean Ambrose is the best, especially since his wife is on commentary.
  • “Where are EC 1 and 2?”
  • EC3 throws a hell of a worked punch!

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 1:25:32

FAST FORWARD the commercials!

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 1:25:51

EC3 vs. Dean Ambrose

  • So EC3 can talk!
  • Have a mentioned how glad I am that they let him keep the EC3 name? Maybe we’ll get Dixie Carter some day!
  • Why is the McMahon family still trying to “determine which brand they’ll be on?” I feel like there’s a better story there and they’re simply not telling it.
  • Jackknife cover gets three! Ambrose didn’t even try to kick out. I really wish Alexa Bliss had interfered on EC3’s behalf.


#RAWisDVR timestamp: 1:29:59

You do not FAST FORWARD Mojo Rawley!

  • I don’t care what any of you think, I love Mojo talking to the mirror. Don’t @ me.
  • Seriously, this man has talent.

FAST FORWARD the entrances!

Kurt Angle & Braun The Novelty Act vs. Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin Sucks

  • FAST FORWARD the commercials!
  • I think I need to start calling Kurt Angle Kurt The Ram, because that’s how he makes me feel.
  • FAST FORWARD the restholds
  • How is this the main event?
  • Kurt Angle was dead weight for that Angle Slam by Drew McIntyre.
  • Nostalgia & Novelty is a great working name for this Braun & Angle tag team.
  • Maybe they can beat The Revival next week!
  • Baron Corbin is like an invitation to FAST FORWARD.
  • I love Drew McIntyre, but he’s the only reason I am don’t FAST FORWARD even more here.
  • That’s the dumbest disqualification ever. But it ended this match, which makes me happy.
  • I am pretty sure Angle hit his fucking head on the stairs. Seriously, RETIRE!
  • I can only hope that Kurt’s WrestleMania match is limited to a six-man tag of some kind involving Strowman, Corbin (yeesh), McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, and maybe Jinder?
  • Raw ends with Kurt Angle—this is a real story now.

#RAWisDVR timestamp: 1:40:01 (real time 3:00:00)

Time saved: 1 hour and 20 minutes!

What did you think? Should #RAWisDVR be a thing moving forward? Do you want to see #SmackdownTaped tomorrow night?

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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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