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Mitchell’s WWE Wrestlemania 35 Results & Report! (4/7/19)

Wrestlemania makes history with a Women’s Main Event Triple Threat!

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WWE Wrestlemania 35

WWE shines the spotlight on the Grandest Stage of Them All! Wrestlemania WILL see one woman take home BOTH Women’s Championships in Winner Takes All!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese; Nese wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
  • Kickoff Show – Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal: Carmella wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins; Ryder & Hawkins win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
  • Kickoff Show – Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Braun Strowman wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
  • AJ Styles VS Randy Orton; Styles wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Usos VS The Bar VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; The Usos win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • Falls Count Anywhere: Shane McMahon VS The Miz; Shane wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Natalya & Beth Phoenix VS Nia Jax & Tamina VS The IIconics; The IIconics win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day; Kingston wins and becomes the new WWE Champion.
  • WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio; Joe wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre; Reigns wins.
  • No Holds Barred: Triple H VS Batista; HHH wins and does NOT have to retire from in-ring competition.
  • Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle VS Baron Corbon; Corbin wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Demon Finn Balor; Balor wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • Raw & SmackDown Women’s Championships, Winner Takes All Triple Threat: Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Lynch wins and becomes dual Raw & Women’s Champion.

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Welcome to the Wrestlemania 35 Kickoff Show!

Join Jonathon Coachman, Sam Roberts, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Paige as they review what went down on the Road to Wrestlemania!

 

It’s the host of Wrestlemania 35: Alexa Bliss!

The Goddess welcomes us to the show she has prepared tonight. She’ll make the entire of Wrestlemania a Moment of Bliss.

 

Backstage interview with The New Day.

Specifically it’s Xavier Woods & Big E. They promise that Kofi Kingston is just fine going into the WWE Championship match. His tank is full to the brim, full of his motivation and memories about FINALLY becoming world champion! Kofi is motivated by having his family and friends behind him, on top of the 80 THOUSAND in attendance and millions around the world to become the NEW W, W, E, World, Heavyweight, CHAMPION~! “We ready, Kayla! Kayla, we ready!” The New Day is pumped for their brother, just how much more pumped is Kofi himself for this match tonight? Will #Kofimania run wild?!

 

Edge & Christian join the panel!

These two men know what it’s like to be tag team champions together, and they know what it’s like to be a world champion on their own. This is Kofi’s first chance at the title and the biggest chance ever, but that won’t matter in Edge’s eyes. Kofi will headbutt the glass ceiling and finally get it done. Christian knows that Kofi had to wait 11 years for this. Kofi was happy to be on this ride but then the opportunity fell in his lap. Vince McMahon called Kofi a B+ Player, but he also told Daniel Bryan that. Bryan overcame his packaging, but Christian is unsure about Kofi. Edge brings up how Christian had to wait 15 years. But Christian was scratching and clawing. Then so has Kofi. E&C may have a minor disagreement, but they both do hope Kofi does it.

As for Bryan himself, Bryan’s lived the dream and is now on the other side. The Planet’s Champion is performing at a higher level because of his lifestyle. Christian understands how Bryan feels, as Captain Charisma is now 21% Vegan. But while Bryan is the planet’s champion, Kofi is a People’s Champion, and Edge is sure that will win. Will this prediction that reeks of awesomeness come true?

 

Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese!

The Juggernaut has proven himself against some of the best in the Cruiserweight Division today, from Cedric Alexander to Mustafa Ali to three opponents at the same time. But now he faces the Premier Athlete, a man who is a parallel to him in physique, and a man who used to be his friend. Will Nese make Murphy regret ever betraying him? Or will the unstoppable still be unstoppable?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of Body Guys!

Murphy runs right at Nese but Nese dodges the knee trigger! Nese fires off furious hands then counter punches. Murphy boots then goes up and over, but Nese keeps up to trip him up! New York fires up with their hometown kid, but Murphy dodges the triangle moonsault. Nese lands on his feet to slingshot and somersault to rock Murphy with a left! Nese puts Murphy in but has to push Murphy away on the top rope. Murphy comes right back but Nese resists the fireman’s carry. Nese fights back but still gets a gut buster drop on the buckles! Murphy checks his teeth while we go picture in picture.

Murphy stomps a mudhole into Nese but backs off at 4. Nese staggers up but Murphy is on him with a snapmare. Murphy swiftly kicks then covers, TWO! Murphy wraps Nese up in a chinlock but Nese endures. New York rallies behind Nese as Murphy shifts to a stretch. Murphy drives his elbow in again and again then wraps the chinlock back on. Nese fights his way up, we return to single picture as Murphy wrangles him back down. Murphy cranks Nese’s neck and leans his weight on him. Murphy’s eye is bloody but he ignores it while holding Nese down. Nese powers up and bumps Murphy off buckles. Murphy holds on but Nese bumps him again. Murphy is still caught so Nese tries again, but Murphy uses that to throw Nese into buckles. Nese staggers into Murphy’s grip, tornado DDT denied with a snap suplex into the buckles!

Murphy is down and Nese crawls to the opposite corner. Both men stand slowly, but Murphy walks into Nese’s elbow. Murphy comes back again but gets a haymaker! Nese rocks Murphy again, then again! Nese counter punches and snapmares to a facebuster. He runs, hits a knee lift and a heel kick! Murphy flounders to a corner while Nese nips up and fires up! New York fires up with him as he runs in for a big back elbow. Nese keeps moving but Murphy throws him to the apron. Murphy turns around to counter and rock Nese, then climbs up for a suplex chance. Nese sweeps the legs and rocks him with a roundhouse, DRAPING triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives, but Nese keeps his cool.

Nese drags Murphy up for a whip but Murphy holds the ropes. Nese tries again but Murphy holds on. So Nese mule kicks Murphy into a whip. Murphy reverses but Nese slips under, pump handle but Murphy slips out. Murphy boots Nese away! He hops up but Nese SHORYUKEN! Nese climbs up to join a dazed Murphy, but Murphy resists a superplex. Murphy bumps Nese on a buckle, then sunset flips over. Nese denies the powerbomb but gets the SUPERKICK! Murphy brings Nese out, AK-DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Murphy keeps his focus. Murphy drags Nese up by his hair and prepares the pumphandle. Nese victory rolls through, TWO! Murphy fireman’s carry to the TKO knee to knee trigger! Murphy suplexes but Nese slips out and shoves. Nese hits a REVERSE-RANA! Both men are down and New York cheers for this kickoff to the kickoff!

Nese and Murphy get to opposite corners. Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Nese and Murphy bob ‘n’ weave but Murphy gets his strike fest. Nese dodges the knee and goes Matrix to mule kick! Knee lift and roundhouse but Murphy jumps the sweep for buzzsaw, mule kick, but runs into Nese’s left forearm! Nese runs but fakes Murphy out for an elbow. Murphy rebounds to LARIAT Nese off his feet! Murphy keeps going, but Nese back drops, to a Vertabreaker! Cover, TWO!! Nese cannot believe Murphy survives! Murphy crawls to a corner but Nese pursues. Nese runs side to side but Murphy bails out, so Nese FLIES! The flop takes Murphy out and New York fires up as Nese puts Murphy in. Nese climbs up high, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Nese is beside himself.

Murphy gets back to a corner and Nese brings down the knee pad. But Murphy grabs Nese’s leg, so Nese stomps a mudhole into him. Nese runs but into a knee trigger! Murphy pump handles, Murphy’s Law!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Nese still lives! Murphy is shocked but then he gets an idea. Nese is in the corner, and Murphy brings down his knee pad. Murphy runs side to side, but Nese SUPERKICKS him! German Suplex into buckles! PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, NESE WINS!!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall; NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion

The unstoppable HAS been stopped! The Premier Athlete was the Juggernaut’s kryptonite, and now he is the new champion! With no automatic rematches, will Murphy find a way back to the title? Or will Nese move on to new competition?

 

The Impractical Jokers’ Sal & Q join the panel!

Being such big fans, Sal & Q are feeling like stars being here. They’re all in for The Miz and The Man. So much so, Q is wearing Miz themed undies. Q would also choose a winner for the Women’s Winner Takes All, but he’s afraid of any or all of them beating him up. Will Sal & Q get to see Miz up close during that Falls Count Anywhere match?

 

Jerry “The King” Lawler joins the panel!

The WWE Hall of Famer also comments on Miz VS Shane. The reality of this, Shane is a McMahon while Miz doesn’t even use his own family name. Just on their family lineages, The King chooses Shane O’Mac. Will family trees really matter when Shane and Miz can fight all over the arena?

 

Kickoff Show – Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal!

The newest tradition continues as 20 superstars will battle to throw each other over the top rope. Naomi as the inaugural winner has the best chances of repeating, but will it be someone new who throws her and all the others out?

The bell rings and the chaos begins! Mostly because Nikki Cross makes her presence known throwing around her jacket. Sarah Logan tries but gets punched away, and now things really get wild! Mandy survives but Nikki chases Maria around! Ember Moon slows Maria down and then throws Maria out, Ember ELIMINATES Maria! Candice LeRae goes after Nikki Cross but gets hung up on the top rope. Candice survives while Asuka and Nikki face off! Asuka rocks Nikki with a roundhouse but Nikki survives elimination. Asuka hits Candice with a hip attack then hits Nikki with one, Asuka ELIMINATES Candice and Nikki! Mandy goes after Asuka as well as Lana. Ember and Naomi show down, Glow VS War Goddess! They go move for move with their athletics and agility!

Naomi hits the springboard enziguri! Lana goes after Naomi but Naomi rocks her with a right. Naomi throws Ember but Ember springboards to ECLIPSE Lana! Ember whips Naomi but Naomi holds on to kick back. But Dana runs in, only to get kicked back. Ember ECLIPSES and ELIMINATES Naomi! Mandy throws Ember but Ember holds on! Ember climbs high and aims, ECLIPSE for Mandy! The War Goddess roars, but Mandy’s pal Sonya throws her over! Ember fights Sonya off and shoulders back in. The Riott Squad go after Mickie James while Ember climbs. Lana shoves Ember and ELIMINATES her! The Ravishing Russian brags like she won already, but the Pirate Princess CHOPS her! Kairi Sane rocks Lana with chop after chop but Lana SLAPS and roundhouses her!

Lana lifts Kairi but Kairi lifts her! Alabama Slam and Kairi climbs up! But the Riott Squad makes her hesitate! Sarah shoves but Kairi survives. Sarah stares down at Lana, and Lana thinks she’s a friend. They hug, but Sarah makes it a bearhug! The Riott Squad feed Lana to a headbutt! Then they ELIMINATE Lana! Fans rally for Dana Brooke as she fights off Fire & Desire. Kairi rocks Sarah down and says anchors aweigh! InSane Elbow! But Liv goes after Kairi for her friend, only to get thrown over! Kairi and Liv fight, Ruby throws Kairi over. The Squad works together, SUPERKICK ELIMINATES Kairi! But then Carmella FABULOUS Kicks Ruby, then Liv! Sarah comes over and throws Carmella around, shotgun knees to the corner!

Zelina ax and smash on Sarah, but she runs into Ruby’s scoop! Zelina escapes but gets rocked. Liv and Sarah work together for a Diamond Dust! The Riott Squad goes after Zelina but has to fight Asuka first. They work together to knee Asuka down! Asuka survives and Dana goes after the Squad. The Squad beats down Dana while New York rallies up. Dana fires up and fights them all! Thesz Press on Liv! But Ruby drags Dana off, only for Dana to throw her out! Dana ELIMINATES Ruby! Then she ELIMINATES Liv! But Zelina hops on to be a backpack, only to get thrown off. Fans fire up as Dana handsprings corner to corner, into knees! Zelina puts Dana in a corner for a jump kick and CIEN KNEES! Zelina runs at Sonya but Mandy knees her down first. Fire & Desire ELIMINATES Zelina! But then Dana fights them!

Dana scoops Mandy but Sonya saves her. Sonya baits Dana in and Mandy kicks her, Sonya ELIMINATES Dana with a sliding knee! The Final Five are Mandy, Sonya, Mickie, Sarah and Asuka. Fire & Desire gang up on Mickie but she fights them off. Mickie gets Mandy with headscissors and drags her over. Mickie hits the MICK KICK and ELIMINATES Mandy! But Sonya ELIMINATES Mickie with a spear! The final three are Asuka, Sarah and Sonya. The Empress stares down with the Viking and Gladiator. Sonya puts her hair up, time to square up. Asuka kicks Sarah then kicks Sonya! Asuka baits Sonya in and dropkicks her down! Sonya gets to a corner but gets a hip attack. Asuka gets a bulldog and clothesline combo! She throws Sonya over but Sarah goes after her.

Asuka kicks Sarah but Sonya kicks Asuka. Asuka sweeps the legs and ELIMINATES Sonya! But Sarah throws Asuka and ELIMINATES her! But wait, she hasn’t won, because in all the madness, no one noticed Carmella wasn’t thrown over! The Princess of Staten Island is all smiles as she taunts Sarah. Sarah swings, Carmella ducks but Sarah clobbers her the other way. Sarah scoops Carmella but Carmella holds on for dear life. They rebound and Carmella throws Sarah! Sarah holds on but Carmella trips her up! Carmella goes at the hands but Sarah punches back. Sarah suplexes but Carmella resists. Sarah tries again, FABULOUS KICK! Carmella WINS!

Winner: Carmella

The FABULOUS Carmella adds her name to the Wrestlemania trophy! Will this victory lead Carmella back to a women’s championship?

 

The second hour of the Kickoff is joined by David Otunga and Shawn Michaels!

WWE’s Harvard lawyer and Hall of Fame Heartbreak Kid now give their own opinions of everything that’s led to tonight’s Wrestlemania match card!

 

Kickoff Show – Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins!

Scott Dawkins & Dash Wilder have established themselves as #TopGuys in the red brand’s tag division, by hook or by crook. But they couldn’t help but be egged on by the Major Brothers via social media and backstage taunting into this match. Will Dash & Dawson keep their titles on the biggest Sunday of the WWE year? Or will Hawkins break his streak with the help from his Broski?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin!

New York is on the side of both Hawkins & Ryder as Dawson starts against the Prince of Queens and Mr. Losing Streak, Hawkins. Hawkins and Dawson tie up and Dawson quickly arm-drags Hawkins. Dawson trash talks the “loser” before he ties up with him again. Dawson puts Hawkins in a corner but backs up at 4. He pats Hawkins on the cheek but Hawkins shrugs it off. Hawkins and Dawson circle again and fans rally for their hometown boys. But Dawson gets a headlock takeover and grinds Hawkins down. Hawkins gets up but Dawson arm wrenches to another headlock. Hawkins powers out but Dawson runs over. Things speed up and Dawson rolls Hawkins, TWO!

Hawkins gets away and Dawson taunts Ryder for teaming with Hawkins. Hawkins tags to Ryder, and now the Long Island Iced Z has the fans behind him. The Revival talk strategy and then Dawson ties up with Ryder. Dawson puts Ryder in a corner and sucker punches. Dawson CHOPS Ryder then clubs him down. He stomps Ryder then drags him over to tag Dash. The Revival double headbutt and Dash chops Ryder off his feet. Dash throws uppercuts then whips Ryder corner to corner. Ryder knees back then hops up for a missile dropkick. Ryder rocks Dawson then dodges Dash. Dawson saves Dash and Ryder crashes and burns! Hawkins checks on Ryder but the ref orders him to his corner.

Dawson tags in and fetches Ryder into the ring. Dawson drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt before dragging Ryder over. Tag to Dash and The Revival combine for the backbreaker elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Dash tells Hawkins to stay in his “loser” corner to lose again. Ryder crawls but Dash toys with him. Dash brings Ryder into a keylock but Ryder endures. Dash cranks on the arm but Hawkins rallies New York behind Ryder. Ryder gets up but Dash shifts to a facelock then shoves. Dawson tags in as Ryder sunset flips. Dawson dropkicks then covers, TWO! Ryder reaches for Hawkins but Dawson stomps the hands. Dawson clamps a claw on Ryder’s face then wraps on a chinlock. He stomps Ryder then puts him in a keylock. Ryder endures and powers up to fight out with body shots. Dawson suplexes but Ryder resists. Ryder suplexes Dawson down!

Tag to Dash and Dash clobbers Ryder down. Cover, TWO! The Revival grows annoyed but Dash puts Ryder back in the keylock. Ryder endures and fights up again, but Dash brings him around. Ryder uses that momentum to throw Dash into buckles! Dawson tags in and intercepts Ryder, and The Revival double suplex! But Ryder turns that into a double neckbreaker! Ryder crawls and fans rally, but Dawson sucker punches Hawkins! Dawson drags Ryder back and tags in Dash. The Revival mugs Ryder in the corner then clobber him with a clothesline. Hawkins returns and the ref deals with him while Dash covers. The Revival shouts, the ref counts, TWO! Ryder slowly sits up but Dash tags to Dawson. The Revival whip and drop toehold Ryder for a running elbow drop!

Dawson chokes Ryder on the ropes but backs up at 4. The ref keeps Dash from getting a cheap shot. Dawson chokes Ryder again, but stops at 4. Tag to Dash and human weapon: leg drop! Cover, TWO! Hawkins and New York rally for Ryder but Dash drags Ryder up. Ryder fights back but Dash knees low. Dash snapmares and kicks Ryder, then takes time to soak up the heat from the fans. Dash wraps Ryder in a chinlock, but Ryder endures. Fans rally again and Ryder fights his way up. Ryder reaches but Dash whips him away. Dash sleeper holds but Ryder back suplexes! Dawson tags in but he intercepts Ryder again, only to get a back drop! Hot tag to Hawkins! Hawkins fires off on The Revival! Hawkins whips, Dawson reverses but Hawkins hits back! Dropkick for Dawson, dropkick for Dash! Hawkins spins Dawson for a backslide, TWO!

Dawson scoops but Hawkins slips out to roll up! TWO but Hawkins hits Dash first. Hawkins haymakers Dawson and PELES Dash! Dawson throws Hawkins but Hawkins rolls up, TWO! Dawson shoves and rocks Hawkins, but runs into Hawkins for double clotheslines! Both men are down and New York is fired up! Hot tag to Ryder, and Ryder aims at Dawson. Dawson stands but denies the Rough Ryder. Ryder elbows Dawson away then leap sup for a FLYING Rough Ryder! Dash returns but gets an elbow. Ryder suplexes Dash and himself out of the ring! Fans lose their minds but Hawkins helps Ryder in. Hawkins tags in and covers Dawson! But Dash drags him off! Dash gives Ryder a tornado DDT! Hawkins SPEARS Dash! But Dawson shoves Hawkins into the apron! Dawson suplexes Hawkins for a brain buster to the floor! All four men are down and the ring count begins!

The count passes 5 before Dawson stands. Dawson drags Hawkins up and in, but fans are strongly behind Hawkins. Dawson can’t believe that, and he drags Hawkins up. But Hawkins is dead weight, so the referee checks on him. Dawson taunts Hawkins, then drags him back up, CRADLE!! Hawkins & Ryder win!!

Winners: Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, Hawkins pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions

They did it! Hawkins now only breaks his 296 losing streak, but he and his broski are back on top as tag team champions! Will these hometown heroes be able to create a new streak from here on?

 

Booker T joins the panel!

The two-time two-time Hall of Famer is excited to see the 2019 Royal Rumble winner, Seth Rollins, look to #SlayTheBeast Brock Lesnar.

 

Kickoff Show – Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal!

The big story going into this Wrestlemania tradition is that The Monster Among Men took offense to Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost questioning pro-wrestling’s legitimacy. Jost only made things worse with his materialistic apology that Braun Strowman then wrecked with his bare hands. Will Strowman make sure Jost, Michael Che and every other man in that ring #GetTheseHands?!

The bell rings the fight is on! Strowman fights through the pack but Jost and Che slide out under the bottom rope! They’re going to hide under the ring! Strowman quickly ELIMINATES Curt Axel, then he ELIMINATES Lince Dorado! Strowman slams Gran Metalik then throws Kalisto aside before he ELIMINATES Tyler Breeze! Apollo Crews ELIMINATES EC3 while Luke Harper ELIMINATES Shelton Benjamin. Strowman ELIMINATES Bo Dallas, but then he locks eyes with former Wyatt Brother in Harper. Fans want to see this one! But then everyone else attacks them! Harper and Strowman each get attacked by about half the remaining field. But then things break back down to separate fights as Matt Hardy survives elimination.

Titus throws Heath Slater over and BLASTS him off to ELIMINATE Slater! Titus then goes after Mustafa Ali but Ali escapes. Ali dumps and ELIMINATES Titus! No Way Jose scoops Ali but Ali escapes. Ali hops up and tornado DDT’s Jose! Ali throws and ELIMINATES Jose! Heavy Machinery double suplex Strowman! Then the Good Brothers and The Ascension work together to throw Strowman into a post! Strowman falls out but is not eliminated because he went through the middle rope. Everyone brawls again as Karl Anderson hops up. Apollo enziguris Anderson down and ELIMINATES Anderson! Andrade Almas and Kalisto trade echoing CHOPS then Metalik helps Kalisto. Lucha House Party works together while Matt Hardy gives Rhyno a Twist of Fate! The Hardy Boys throw Rhyno out and ELIMINATE him!

The GLORIOUS Duo goes after the Hardys, and even copy Poetry in Motion. But Matt denies the monkey flip and we get REAL Poetry in Motion! Matt throws Bobby Roode out and ELIMINATES him! Mahal throws and ELIMINATES Metalik! Almas elbows but Kailsto Salidas, only to get an elbow back. Almas monkey flips and ELIMINATES Kalisto! But Gable hits Almas with German Suplexes! Almas grabs the ropes to body scissors and ELIMINATE Gable! The Ascension fight together but they run into Tucker Knight! Heavy Machinery pump it up, Dozer gives us DOUBLE Caterpillar elbows! Heavy Machinery both ELIMINATE The Ascension!

Strowman returns to ELIMINATE Luke Gallows! He double shotgun dropkicks and ELIMINATES Heavy Machinery! The Monster clobbers Crews while Ali and Harper fight with suplexes. Ali holds on as best he can and gets back in. Almas goes after Ali while Strowman ELIMINATES Mahal. Harper suplexes again, Strowman boots and ELIMINATES Harper AND Ali! Strowman is among the Final Five along with The Hardys, Apollo and Almas. The Hardys stick together to go after Strowman while Apollo and Almas fight. Fans echo “DELETE! DELETE!” while Almas and Apollo fight on the apron. Strowman chases Matt but Jeff backs his brother up.

Almas headscissors to ELIMINATE Apollo, but he ELIMINATES himself! Jeff survives but Strowman puts Matt on the apron to join him. Both Hardy Boys pull on Strowman! But here come Che and Jost!! They go after Strowman from behind! But Strowman explodes out and ELIMINATES the Hardys! Now Strowman finally has who he wants. Jost and Che realize the danger they’re both in, but New York wants it. Jost calls for a mic and speaks to Strowman. Fans boo as Jost tries to reason with Strowman. “There are other solutions. Not everything has to end in violence, right?” Jost invites his personal therapist into the ring, so they can all work this out.

The therapist walks up to Strowman but fans know what Strowman should really do. Strowman throws the therapist into a corner, then clubs him down! He’s making an example for Jost as he CHOKE SLAMS the therapist! Strowman throws Jost’s therapist into him, and Jost tells Che to “get him”!? Che is too scared to move. Che says bye, but Strowman won’t let him eliminate himself. Strowman punches and ELIMINATES Che. Jost is all alone, but avoids a boot! Strowman is stuck, Jost starts pushing! Strowman holds on, shoves Jost away, then scoops him up for a MONSTER ELIMINATION!! Braun Strowman wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman

The Monster dominated the field, and gets his revenge at the same time! Strowman holds up the Andre the Giant trophy high above his head as he now gets to add his name to the plaque. With this momentum, will Strowman finally #GetTheseHands on a championship?

 

The Showcase of the Immortals comes to Broadway!

All the world’s a stage, and the men and women, merely players. But tonight, the players hit the ring to tell their stories on the Grandest Stage of Them All. History has been made time and again, but now the stage will see the players take the chance “to live forever.” The spotlight shines and makes the gold sparkle, but whose names will be up in lights at the end of the show?

 

The host of Wrestlemania, Alexa Bliss, appears!

The Goddess gladly welcomes everyone to Wrestlemania 35! “Now on a night like this, you don’t just need a host,” you need her. Alexa has the fans and the entire show in the palm of her hand, so if she wants a Wrestlemania moment, she just has to snap her fingers. Don’t believe her? Snap. It’s HULK HOGAN! The Immortal Hulkamania is back on the Showcase of the Immortals and New York is amazed! Hogan hears out his Hulkamaniacs before saying, “Let me tell you something, brother!” It’s great to be back at Mania! Especially in the Silver Dome! Er, okay, the MetLife Stadium, brother!

There are 80 thousand Hulkamaniacs, and all the WWE Superstars dream of having a Mania Moment just like this. Which leads Hogan to ask, “Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania, Alexa Bliss, and Wrestlemania run wild on you?!” Mic drop and Alexa joins Hulk in showing off the pythons! If this is just the opening moment, what is going to happen next? Wait is that Paul Heyman? He storms right past both Hulkster and The Goddess to go to the ring. “Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!” Heyman says that if Brock Lesnar is not on last, then they’re not gonna spend any time waiting. The Advocate says they get business done so they can get on a jet to Vegas where Lesnar is “ultimately” appreciated! They’re gonna do it right here, right now! Does that mean what it sounds like?!

WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Seth Rollins!

IT DOES! “Ladies and gentlemen”, The Advocate demands that the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, The Beast, BROCK! LESNAR! Gets to his “Rollins Stomping” now or not at all! Will Lesnar’s impatience come back to bite him in the butt against The Architect?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised by Heyman first, and Lesnar attacks Rollins the second he gets in the ring! Lesnar pursues Rollins and the brawl is on! He knees Rollins the clubs him hard on the back. Rollins hits back but Lesnar hits harder. Lesnar tackles Rollins into the barriers but fans are fired up for the Architect. But Lesnar lifts and F5’s Rollins to the floor! The Beast sneers and scowls at Rollins as Rollins crawls away. Lesnar throws Rollins into the apron head first! The ref wants to check on Rollins but Lesnar throws him into barriers. This still isn’t even a match because Lesnar keeps clubbing Rollins on the outside of the ring. Rollins staggers up but Lesnar throws him over the German announce table! New York is riled up as Lesnar drags Rollins up to throw him back over!

Rollins still forces himself to get up but Lesnar is waiting. Lesnar drags Rollins back up and finally puts him in the ring. New York still supports Rollins as Lesnar gets in. Heyman taunts Rollins while Lesnar demands for the bell. The referee checks on Rollins first but Rollins refuses to stay down. So Lesnar throws Rollins all the way out! Fans boo and jeer while Lesnar simply grins and laughs. The referee checks on Rollins but Lesnar is upon him again, throwing him back over the desk! Lesnar clears off the announce desk and brings Rollins over. He throws Rollins through the desk hood! Rollins writhes while Lesnar laughs more. Lesnar puts Rollins back in the ring and paces while the ref checks on Rollins. Rollins refuses to stay down so the ref has no choice. The bell rings and this match is finally real!

Lesnar runs in and knees Rollins! Lesnar rams his shoulder in then German Suplexes Rollins! “Suplex City, ya sons a b*tches!” He German Suplexes Rollins again! Rollins refuses to stay down but Heyman taunts the “Beastslayer”. Lesnar drags Rollins up and German Suplexes Rollins again! Rollins’ back tells the story of Lesnar’s brutal scheme, but he won’t stay down on his back. Lesnar lifts Rollins, but Rollins revives! Rollins shoves Lesnar into the ref! AND LOW BLOW UPPERCUT! Rollins gets away with that, then hits a mule kick! Heyman protests but there’s no stopping Rollins now! CURB STOMP!! But Rollins can’t cover, and Lesnar flounders away. Rollins drags himself back up, CURB STOMP AGAIN! Rollins still can’t cover but New York gives him the power for a THIRD CURB STOMP! Cover finally, ROLLINS WINS!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion

Rollins hath SLAIN the Beast! Heyman cannot believe it, Lesnar cannot believe it, even New York can’t believe it! But everyone in the WWE Universe LOVES it! Rollins does as he said he would, and he finally brings the Universal Championship home!

 

AJ Styles VS Randy Orton!

The Phenomenal One vows to keep SmackDown the House that AJ Styles Built, but The Viper took offense. Styles wasn’t there in the formative days of the Blue Brand, but Orton was. Will Orton prove to Styles who really owns the House of SmackDown? Or will Styles finally get Orton to see why he is Phenomenal?

The bell rings and these two icons tie up. Styles headlocks but Orton powers him to a corner. Orton doesn’t let up until the ref gets in there. Styles dodges the sucker punch to CHOP away! Styles whips Orton corner to corner but Orton ducks. Orton goes for but Styles narrowly avoids the RKO. Styles keeps his eyes on Orton as they go again. Styles wrenches the arm but Orton reels him into the corner to then thumb the eye! Orton dropkicks Styles down! Orton kicks and scrapes Styles then stomps away on the limbs. Styles writhes with each one while fans duel. Orton brings Styles up for a European Uppercut but then he runs into Styles’ dropkick! Orton bails out but Styles slingshots to forearm Orton down! Both men are down but fans rally up.

Styles drags Orton up and into the ring, but Orton kicks him between the ropes! Orton blasts Styles off the apron and to the barriers! Orton drags Styles up for a back suplex onto the apron! The referee counts so Orton gets Styles in the ring. Orton covers, ONE, but Orton keeps on Styles with a chinlock. Styles endures as Orton squeezes tight. Fans duel while Orton leans on Styles. Styles fights his way up again and throws body shots. Orton holds tighter but Styles pries his way out for haymakers! Styles counter punches Orton, too, then fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Sliding forearm! Orton staggers to a corner while Styles fires up. Styles hits a corner clothesline, then fireman’s carry to Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO!

Styles keeps his cool while checking his knee. He stands up and drags Orton up. Styles wants the Clash, but Orton resists. Orton pushes out but Styles denies the RKO again. Styles runs but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while fans sing and duel. Styles rolls to a corner while Orton stalks him. Styles kicks Orton’s leg and thigh, but Orton resists the takedown. Orton punches Styles off him but Styles still rolls him. Orton rolls through to stomp Styles out! The Viper drags Styles up to put him through the ropes. Fans know what this means, and Orton drags Styles out, but Styles avoids the DDT to get the Calf Crusher! Orton endures as Styles cranks back! Fans duel as Styles really pulls deep! Orton crawls and reaches and gets the ropebreak!

Styles lets go to stomp on Orton’s leg now. Orton kicks Styles away with the good leg, but Styles runs in at the corner. Orton puts Styles on the apron but Styles springboards back in. Styles fakes Orton’s RKO out with that one! Styles springboards for real, 450 splash! Cover, TWO! Styles is surprised but Orton does survive. Styles hurries to the other side and springboards again, but Orton gets under. They come back, Orton gives Styles the back2backbreaker! Orton grimaces as he walks on the bad leg. Styles crawls to a corner but Orton is on him. Orton puts him on the top rope and climbs up to join him. Styles fights Orton off with haymakers but Orton headbutts back. Orton punches Styles sideways then climbs back up. Orton stands on the very top, SUPERPLEX!

Both men writhe in pain from the impact but Orton crawls to a cover. TWO, and Orton grows frustrated. Styles crawls but Orton is on him. Orton EuroUppers Styles right to the apron! Orton drags Styles up and through the ropes again, draping DDT hits! But Orton won’t cover, and fans know what he wants now. Orton hears the voices in his head and calls for it. But Styles denies the RKO again to PELE instead! Orton staggers and Styles rolls him up, TWO! RKO!! Cover, TWO!? Styles survives the RKO!? Orton cannot believe it, but it happened! Fans duel again as Styles flounders away. Orton pursues at a hobble and drags Styles up on the apron. Orton brings Styles to a corner and back up to the top rope. He turns around, because he wants THAT! Orton has Styles, but Styles slips out! Styles PELES Orton off the top!

Orton tumbles out of the ring, sore and dazed. The ring count begins and reaches 5 before Orton stands. Styles hobbles over and aims again, springboard, Phenomenal Forearm! But both men are down on the outside, so the ring count restarts. The count reaches 4 when Styles stands, then passes 5 as he hobbles over to Orton. Styles puts Orton in and then aims again. Styles springboards, but Orton catches him! Only to get a hot shot! PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

And The Phenomenal One proves his 15 year journey was all worth it! Does this prove to Orton that SmackDown really is AJ Styles’ House?

 

Lacey Evans is here!

The Sassy Southern Belle classes up the Showcase of the Immortals as she struts her stuff. But, um, will she ever actually do anything? Seems not, as she leaves again.

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Usos VS The Bar VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!

Jimmy & Jey showed respect to the New Day during the Tag Team Gauntlet that won Kofi Kingston his shot at the world title. However, no good deed goes unpunished, and now they must face three teams at once! Will they keep the SmackDown Tag Division #OnLock when they have the Swiss Cyborg, Celtic Gladiator, King of Japanese Strong Style, Bulgarian Brute, Dutch Destroyer and The One & Only against them?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and per Fatal 4 Way Tag rules, we start with only two men, Jey and Aleister. Aleister and Jey circle and tie up. Aleister headlock takeovers but Jey headscissors. Roles reverse as Jey headlocks and Aleister headscissors. Jey gets the headlock again, but Aleister powers out. Sheamus tags in off Jey to then dump him out, but Aleister is already on Sheamus! Sheamus powers out to a rolling senton, then wrenches and yanks Aleister’s arm. Aleister powers out but Rusev tags in off Sheamus. Rusev ducks Sheamus and Aleister boots Sheamus out, only for Rusev to run in and run Aleister over! Lana cheers Rusev on as he drags Aleister up to the corner. Tag to Nakamura and Rusev whips to lift Aleister. Nakamura enziguris and Rusev spinebusters Aleister! Nakamura covers, TWO!

The other teams are relieved, but Nakamura whips Aleister to ropes. Aleister holds on and Jimmy tags in off him. Nakamura runs over but Jimmy dumps Nakamura out! Aleister runs but Jimmy pops him up for a Samoan Drop! Nakamura returns but gets a SUPERKICK and uppercut! Then the dragon whp kick! Nakamura staggers but Jimmy whips him to the Uso corner. Nakamura uses that to hit Jey down, but Nakamura misses his roundhouse at Jimmy, to still get him with the heel kick. Ricochet tags in and springboard clotheslines Nakamura down! Cover, TWO! Ricochet drags Nakamura up and avoids the strike fest. Ricochet powers Nakamura to ropes but Cesaro tags in off Nakamura. Sheamus drags Nakamura out while Cesaro goes after Ricochet. Ricochet dodges to tilt-o-whirl, and tilt-o-whirl, and tilt-o-whirl for headscissors! But Cesaro still EuroUppers Ricochet down!

Cesaro boots Rusev away then brings Ricochet in. Sheamus intercepts Rusev and sets him up on the ropes. Cesaro gives Ricochet a Swiss Swing while Sheamus gives Rusev Beats of the Bodhrain! They both get about 10, but the NNakamura runs in. Nakamura gets 10 beats while Cesaro keeps moving. Jey returns but HE gets 10! And so does Aleister! Cesaro hasn’t stopped swinging Ricochet! Sheamus and Cesaro give Aleister and Ricochet way past 10, and then it’s time for the Sharpshooter! Cesaro shouts out Tyson Kidd and the Hart Foundation but Ricochet shows he has strength, too! Ricochet crawls for ropes, but Cesaro drags him away and seats in deep! Jimmy returns to SUPERKICK Cesaro down! Sheamus throws Jimmy out but Jey clotheslines Sheamus and himself out. Rusev tags off Cesaro but Aleister tags Ricochet.

Aleister rallies on Rusev, strike fest and sweep to sliding knee! Springboard, quebrada! Cover, but Nakamura breaks it! Nakamura stomps Aleister out then goes to his corner. Rusev is dazed as he crawls for his corner. Rusev brings Aleister over and tags Nakamura. The King and Brute combine for draping knee and suplex, then sliding knee! Cover, Shooting Star from Ricochet breaks it! Rusev returns and tags in, but he keeps between Aleister and Ricochet. Rusev stomps Aleister as he shouts, but Aleister slips out of the scoop. Ricochet tags in and mule kicks Rusev. Ricochet springboards but is caught for a swinging slam! Cover, TWO! Rusev argues with the ref but that was a two.

Rusev hauls Ricochet up into a corner and then to the top rope. He clubs away on Ricochet’s back but The Bar returns. Cesaro tags in off Rusev and throws him out. Then he tags to Sheamus. Nakamura runs in but gets double mule kicks for it. The Bar climbs up behind Ricochet, but the Usos join in! Things get scary as Rusev and Nakamura add on! DOUBLE Powerbomb Leg Sweep Back SUPERPLEX!! But Ricochet rolls through to survive?! Even Ricochet is shocked he pulled that off. Ricochet hurries up top but Nakamura hurries over. Aleister intercepts Nakamura and knees Rusev down. Ricochet aims at Sheamus, 630!! Cover, but everyone else breaks it! All eight men are down and Lana grows frustrated for her duo.

The teams regroup and Jey tags in off Ricochet. He aims at Sheamus, but frog splashes into a EuroUpper! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Cesaro but Rusev roundhouses Jimmy! Aleister gives Rusev BLACK MASS, but Nakamura gives Aleister KINSHASA! Ricochet gives Nakamura a code breaker! Sheamus hits a BROGUE! But he turns around, and blocks a superkick! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sheamus! Sheamus staggers, and gets a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Jey tags back in and the Usos go to opposite ends! They both take aim and fans know what’s coming, DOUBLE UCE!! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The Usos, Jey Uso pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Will Jimmy & Jey ever be anything other than the best team on the blue brand?

 

The WWE Hall of Fame Class stands on stage!

Fans show their love for The Honky-Tonk Man, Harlem Heat, Torrie Wilson, Brutus Beefcake, The Hart Foundation, Warrior Award winner Sue Aitchison, John Cena’s 600TH Wishmaker, Maysun Laporte, and of course, Degeneration X!

 

Falls Count Anywhere: Shane McMahon VS The Miz!

They were once the Best Tag Team in the World, #CoBesties, but in the end, Shane O’Mac bitterly took it as the Hollywood A-Lister using him to get his own selfish desires. Shane turned on The Miz the moment they were no longer champions, and then he assaulted Miz’s father in front of him. Now this will be settled in the ring, out of the ring, and anywhere around the arena! Will Miz walk out of New York having exacted revenge? Or will he be lucky to be walking at all?

Shane O’Mac makes sure that the ring announcement is fitting of the “BEST in the Woooorld~” before he actually hits the ring. Then he threatens the ring announcer to give an even better one before he lets Miz make his own entrance. Shane also makes sure Miz’s dad keeps his eyes on him. Miz finally appears, and this Best Grudge Match in the World finally begins!

Miz chases Shane out of the ring then around it and back into it. Shane gets Miz with an elbow and fast hands but then Shane runs away again. Miz dares Shane to get in the ring to fight like a man, but Shane grabs Miz’s dad! The chase is back on and Shane leaps the barrier, only to sucker Miz in for a punch! Shane then throws Miz back in the ring for fast hands. Miz swings but runs into more punches. Shane rope-a-dopes but Miz does hit back. Shane still hits Miz down and throws more hands. Fans boo as Shane kicks Miz down. Shane taunts Miz then throws an elbow. He drags Miz up and makes Papa Miz look at his boy. Miz powers Shane at a corner but Shane throws Miz into the post!

Shane goes out to mule kick Miz down then clear off an announce desk. Shane puts Miz on the table with fast hands, then picks up a spare monitor to SMACK Miz in the head! Miz is down and out but Shane’s not done with him. Shane goes to the ring, to the corner, and to the top rope. Shane loves doing crazy things, but Papa Miz jumps the rails?! Papa Miz defends his son while daring Shane to fight him instead?! Shane can’t believe this, but he accepts! He dares George Mizanin to get in the ring. So George does! George vows to fight for his son, Mike, and New York is on his side! He even puts his dukes up! Shane helps George have proper form. Shane shows his foot work but he doesn’t take George serious. Then he sucker punches and stomps George down!

Miz runs in and clobbers Shane! Miz fires off on behalf of his father! Shane bails out but Miz throws him into barriers! Miz throws haymaker after haymaker then throws Shane into other barriers! And then other barriers! He dumps Shane over into the front row! But Miz goes back to his father and asks medics to check on him. Papa George says he’s fine, but Miz still insists someone check on him. Miz then goes back to Shane with a furious LEAPING crossbody! He rains down lefts on Shane right in front of the WWE Universe! Miz drags Shane up and bumps him off platforming. Miz stalks Shane and rams him into an LED pillar!

Shane stumbles to the other corner of the brace, but Miz is on him with a full nelson. Shane denies the Finale to ram Miz into the LED pillar now! He keeps Miz up against the LEDs as he throws kidney shots! Shane wants Miz to suffer as he DDT’s him onto the platform leg! Cover, TWO!! Miz won’t be beat so easily, and he kicks Shane in the leg. Shane staggers back, but Miz uses the support cables to dropkick Shane to railing! Miz is seething as he stalks Shane. Shane stands up but Miz kicks his legs out. Miz stomps the leg over and over then stomps Shane in the face. Miz won’t let up but he does fetch a steel chair! Fans love how this is going as Miz SMACKS Shane’s leg against railing! And then SMACKS him on the back!

Fans are truly face to face with the action as Miz SMACKS Shane up the steps. Miz stalks and jabs Shane with the chair more as they reach the row of international correspondents. Miz throws Shane over their desk and then throws their desk onto Shane! Fans are loving this as Miz stalks Shane all the way from the Japanese desk to the Chinese! Miz throws over arm chairs just to get at Shane! Shane flounders to his feet only to get vicious haymakers from Miz! Miz then CHOKE SLAMS Shane through a table!! Cover, TWO!? Shane survives, but Miz might actually like that! The international commentary are all in shock as Miz looms over Shane. Miz picks up a monitor, to SMASH Shane OVER railing! New York loses their minds as Shane also bounces off a golf cart! Cover, TWO!?

Shane is proving tougher than expected but Miz is also more sadistic than anyone knew. Miz drags Shane around by his nose, to then ram Shane into railing. Shane limps and drags a leg as Miz beats him up into the Kickoff Show area! Miz shows no mercy as he forces Shane to go into the scaffolding. Miz full nelsons Shane for the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO?!? But again, Miz is actually amused Shane survives. Miz pushes Shane OFF the scaffolding! Thankfully, there’s another platform. Miz stomps Shane as he joins him on that platform. Shane hits back with a camera case! Shane staggers up and retreats by climbing even higher!? Miz goes after him but Shane kicks him away. Shane, with one good leg, makes it to the very top platform. Miz finds a way up from the other side, and Shane finds himself cornered.

With nothing else left to him, Shane apologizes?! Shane begs for mercy on one good knee, but Miz doesn’t give it to him! Miz fires off more haymakers then brings Shane to the literal edge! SUPERPLEX!! They crash land through some spare platform and New York loses their minds! But it’s a cover!? Shane wins?!?

Winner: Shane McMahon, by pinfall

By a technicality of the fall, Shane was on top of Miz’s shoulders! Shane literally survives the Miz’s wrath, but will there be a sequel to this match that surpasses the original?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Natalya & Beth Phoenix VS Nia Jax & Tamina VS The IIconics!

The Glampire joins commentary for this historic first Wrestlmania defense of these brand-new Women’s Tag Titles! Paige isn’t sure who wins, just that this will be great! Can the Boss & Hug Connection keep those titles to stay the champs? Or will three teams be one too many to keep the inaugural reign going?

The Divas of Doom shout out the Hart Foundation not just in colors, but in theme songs! Uncle Bret is there to give them his support as they go to the ring.

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and while Tamina wants right at Beth, we begin with her and Bayley. Tamina and Bayley circle and tie up, but Tamina shoves her down. Bayley comes back but gets run over, and Tamina trash talks Beth. Tamina then sucker punches Beth and SUPERKICKS Natty! She also hits Sasha and the IIconics, but Beth storms in to get back at her! Nia runs in to throw Beth but Natty and Sasha go after Nia. They dropkick and shove the Irresistible Force out, then the Divas of Doom double whip Nia into steps! Meanwhile, Bayley throws Tamina into a post! Peyton Royce tags in but Bayley drop toeholds her. Bayley tags Sasha and the champs crisscross Peyton. Sasha meteora but Peyton rolls her up! TWO, but Peyton heel kicks Sasha down! Cover again, TWO!

Peyton drags Sasha over and tags in Billie. The IIconics double kick and hook Sasha before striking their pose. But Sasha rolls Billie, TWO! Billie throws Sasha down then tags Peyton. Billie blasts Bayley and then the IIconics double wheelbarrow suplex Sasha down! Peyton covers now, TWO! The IIconics grow frustrated but Sasha back slides Peyton. TWO, but Sasha blocks a kick to give a kick. Tag to Bayley and the champs double whip. Assisted Dropkick, but Beth tags in! Beth gets one of those dropkicks, and Bayley keeps on her with a sliding lariat! Bayley runs but Billie tags in to rain rights on Beth! Cover, TWO! Billie tags Peyton and the IIconics hit Beth with the bulldog knee! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious but both Natty and the champs are relieved. Billie tags back in but fans rally for Beth.

The IIconics try to suplex but Beth suplexes them! Beth crawls for Natty and tags in. Beth lifts Billie, Natty rounds, Hart Attack! Cover, but Bayley breaks it! Bayley bails out and Sasha tags off Billie. Natty sees Sasha coming for a waistlock slam. Tag to Beth and the Divas of Doom combine, but Bayley saves Sasha. Bayley hits Natty but Beth hits Bayley. Beth whips Bayley to a corner then whips Sasha in. Bayley helps Sasha go up and Sasha boots Beth. Then Bayley uses Sasha as a weapon, tilt-o-whirl into the crossface! Bayley hits Natty away while Beth endures the Bank Statement! Beth powers her way to a cover, but Sasha rolls through! But Beth pops out for chicken wings! Sasha victory rolls the Glam Slam away, but Natty tags in.

Natty trips Sasha but Bayley runs in. Natty clotheslines Bayley but then Sasha wheelbarrows, only for Natty to throw Sasha on Bayley! She puts the Boss & Hug Connection in a DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTER! Natty does the Hart Foundation proud as both champs endure this hold! Bayley keeps Sasha from tapping, but Tamina SUPERKICKS Natty down! Beth runs in and fights with Tamina. Nia helps Tamina by throwing Beth down by her hair. The Samoan Dynasty drags Beth up for double headbutts! Nia drags Beth up and out but The IIconics come back! Only for double Samoan Drops! Nia runs in and squashes Sasha while Tamina hits Bayley! The Boss & Hug Connection are both in drop zones, and the Samoan Dynasty gets an idea. Nia and Tamina both climb up, but Beth shoves Nia down!

Tamina hurries over to go after the Divas of Doom, but they run her over with a double lariat! Sasha double meteoras the Divas of Doom! Sasha puts Beth in and brings her around. Tag to Bayley who climbs up. Sasha tags back in as Bayley hits the Macho Elbow! Sasha climbs and hits the frog splash! Cover, TWO!! The champs are shocked they didn’t end this, but Sasha bumps Beth in the corner. Sasha fires off and tags in Bayley. The Hug & Boss haul Beth up top then climb up with her. Natty returns to help Beth by giving Sasha a spinning sit-out bomb! Bayley and Beth are still up top, and Beth brings Bayley around into chicken wings! Billie tags in before the SUPER GLAM SLAM! Peyton throws Beth out, Billie covers!! The IIconics win!!

Winners: The IIconics, Billie Kay pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

Peyton & Billie take advantage of this golden opportunity, and now they’re the second-ever champions! Wrestlemania and the titles are now truly IIconic!

 

WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day!

There are quite a few parallels, but plenty of differences between these two superstars. Both were called “B+ Players”, and both were held down by the McMahon Family’s authority. But like the “New” Daniel Bryan before him, Kofi has broken through those obstacles to finally challenge for the world title 1v1! Will #KOFIMANIA truly follow in the footsteps of the #YesMovement? Or will the Planet’s Champion find a way to sustain his sustainable title reign?

Awwwww~ Wrestlemania! Don’t you dare be sour! Big E & New Day have some surprises planned if and when Kofi wins. We can only guess what those are as Daniel Bryan makes his own entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we feel~ the power~ as this match begins!

New York is thunderous behind Kofi but Bryan tunes it out. Kofi and Bryan circle and tie up. Bryan headlocks and takeover but Kofi headscissors. Bryan pops out and fans chant “Kofimania!” Kofi and Bryan circle again and tie up. Bryan gets the armlock and wrenches through, but Kofi reverses to his own. Kofi gets the headlock takeover but Bryan gets the headscissors. Kofi pops out to a jackknife but they bridge to a backslide. Both men battle and Kofi flips Bryan over. Bryan comes back with a monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet to dropkick Bryan out! Kofi builds speed and FLIES for a Trust Fall! He wipes Bryan out and The New Day is fired up. There’s another viewing party backstage as the many superstars from the battle royals and previous matches support Kofimania.

Back at ringside, Kofi puts Bryan in but Bryan bails right back out. Bryan wants to catch his breath and talk with Rowan. The referee counts as Bryan takes his time returning. Kofi corners Bryan but Bryan turns it around to throw body shots. Bryan throws EuroUppers, then puts on another headlock. Fans continue to cheer Kofi as Kofi powers out. Bryan runs Kofi over but things speed up and Kofi hurdles. Kofi back elbows but Bryan blocks to a takedown! Bryan has the legs hooked and goes for the arms. Bryan pulls Kofi into the Mexican Surfboard! Kofi endures and pries free to kick Bryan’s legs. Kofi puts Bryan in a corner for stomps, then uppercuts of his own. He whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over.

Things speed up again, but Kofi catches Bryan with double stomps! Cover, TWO! Bryan gasps for air while Kofi keeps his cool. Kofi stalks Bryan to another corner but Bryan trips him up. Bryan rolls the leg then gets a rear mount. He grinds Kofi’s face into the mat! Bryan lets up at 4 to rain down rights to Kofi’s back. Bryan drags Kofi up by his dreads to then back suplex. Kofi lands out of it for a leaping lariat! Kofi and fans fire up as he hits the “NEW~ DAY~” Boom Drop! Fans fire up but Bryan bails out to the apron. Kofi dropkicks Bryan down then climbs up. Kofi springboards for a crossbody, that Bryan sends into the desk! The referee and New Day check on Kofi after that crash landing, but he’s somehow okay to continue.

A ring count begins and Bryan is up first. Bryan drags Kofi up and in at 6, then takes aim from a corner. Bryan drives knees into Kofi’s back and ribs all the way to ropes. He drags Kofi up and suplexes Kofi to hang him out to dry. Bryan then kicks the draped Kofi over and over! Bryan leaves Kofi there as he goes to the top rope, for a guillotine knee drop! Cover, TWO! Kofi crawls to a corner but Bryan stalks behind him. Bryan rams knees into Kofi’s ribs then squeezes with a rear bearhug. Kofi endures and fans rally up. Kofi stands but Bryan wrangles him back down. Bryan leans his weight on Kofi then rolls him to a bridging cover, TWO!

The watch party continues to rally for Kofi as he endures the squeeze again. Kofi feeds off the energy but Bryan throws him back down. Another bridging cover, TWO! Another, ONE! Bryan keeps on Kofi but Kofi gets back up. Kofi elbows and backs Bryan into a corner and keeps elbowing until he’s free of the bearhug. Kofi catches his breath but walks into a drop toehold int buckles. Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! Bryan keeps going and hits another! He wants the hat trick, but gets Kofi’s stomps, only to catch it into a Boston Crab! Kofi endures as Bryan sits down deep! The New Day and the fans give Kofi the energy for a ropebreak! Bryan lets go but the damage is done.

Kofi crawls to a corner but Bryan is on him with No Kicks. Bryan kicks Kofi then turns him around to put him on the top rope. Bryan climbs up behind Kofi, but Kofi resists. Kofi elbows Bryan away, but Bryan leaps up to club Kofi on the back. But Kofi elbows Bryan away again, only for Bryan to come back again. Bryan climbs up but Kofi fights with more elbows! They become Yes Elbows with the crowd’s cheers. Kofi turns around and aims, Bryan stands and gets a crossbody to the back! Cover, TWO!! The watch party can’t believe it, but they’re not giving up on Kofi. Kofi doesn’t give up either as he drags Bryan up for forearms. Bryan flounders but gives forearms back. They go back and forth, and fans cheer Kofi while booing Bryan.

The brawl picks up pace and goes fast and furious! Bryan throws body shots, but Kofi spins, only to get caught! But Kofi rolls the crab into a cradle, TWO! Bryan makes it his cradle, TWO! Bryan swings but denies SOS. He runs into an elbow and Kofi hops up, crossbody! Cover, TWO and to a cover, TWO! Bryan gets the arm, LeBell Lock!! But Kofi rolls and kicks Bryan down! The watch party feels Kofi is growing closer, and the fans are giving Kofi everything they have. But Kofi runs into Bryan’s stomps! Bryan goes to the opposite corner and takes aim at Kofi. He mockingly brings back his “YES! YES!” movement as Kofi stands. Bryan runs out, but his knee misses! High stack cover, TWO! SOS!! Cover, TWO, into LeBell Lock!

Kofi holds it off so Bryan elbows Kofi in the ribs. Bryan puts the hold back on, but Kofi crawls. Kofi reaches with a leg and gets the ropebreak! Bryan is frustrated, but then he grins? Is Bryan actually enjoying this? The New Day coaches Kofi up but Bryan fires off more No Kicks. But Kofi stands up with each one! Kofi feeds off the kicks! Bryan is shocked but Kofi eggs him on! The fans are thunderous as Kofi returns kick for kick. But Bryan mule kicks, only to kick into a dragon sleeper?! Kofi hits an inverted suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and slumps out of the ring right to Rowan’s feet. Kofi pursues but Rowan is in his way. The Big Red Bodyguard won’t let Kofi through, so Xavier Woods jumps in! Rowan catches and tosses Woods, then clobbers Big E on the other side!

Kofi gives Rowan Trouble in Paradise! Big E scoops and Woods jumps in, Midnight Hour on the floor! The New Day takes Rowan out, but Bryan’s building speed! Kofi intercepts with a big right hand! Kofi hurries into the ring and the fans are thunderous again. Bryan slowly stands, Trouble in Paradise misses, but not the Knee Plus!! Cover, TWO!?! Even the watch party is shocked by that! Bryan is beside himself on what he has to do to end Kofimania. Bryan grabs Kofi’s hands and gives him Danielson stomps! He makes The New Day watch each vicious one. Bryan then reels Kofi back into the LeBell Lock! Kofi endures all over again, but comes back to life!

Bryan clubs away on Kofi’s head but Kofi still holds on. Kofi pries his way out and rolls Bryan so that he can throw hands. But Bryan makes it a double wristlock! Kofi still fights through and rains rights! Kofi gives some serious ground ‘n’ pound now! Bryan holds on but Kofi just uses that to give those Danielson stomps back! The old stomping stampede returns for Kofi as he fires up! Kofi aims from a corner as he dares Bryan to stand back up. Bryan does, Trouble in Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; NEW WWE Champion

Kofimania has a happy ending!! The 11 year wait is over, Kofi is a Grand Slam Champion, and most of all, he is THE world champion! The New Day celebrates, the watch party celebrates, the WWE Universe celebrates! But best of all, that sustainable belt is replaced, with THE WWE World Championship belt! Kofi finally gets to hold the gold everyone wants! How much higher will Kofimania ascend now that he’s finally champion?!

 

Alexa Bliss visits the Trainer’s Room.

Or as someone has renamed it, the Wrestlemania mortuary. Michael Che is icing his mouth and Colin Jost is icing a shoulder while both guys are icing knees. Alexa apologizes for Strowman’s treatment of them, he’s really nice deep down. She did try to settle things, but Jost blames Che. Che says Jost’s mouth is to blame. They argue but Alexa says they’ll be in excellent hands. Doctors Nash and Hall are here to give a… prostate exam…? Are they licensed?

 

WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio!

Booker T joins commentary to celebrate Kofi’s win, but also to call this SmackDown based championship match! While the King of Lucha Libre was questionable for competing tonight, he is still game ready mentally against The Destroyer! But will Samoa Joe put Rey’s Grand Slam Dreams to sleep with a Coquina Clutch?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the bell rings! Joe immediately boots Mysterio right down then gives headbutt after headbutt! He scoops Mysterio but Mysterio tilt-o-whirls to a DDT! Mysterio gets to the apron and springboard huricanranas Joe onto ropes. Dial it up, 619 already! Mysterio climbs up fast and wheelbarrows, but Joe sits him down! Into the Coquina Clutch already! Mysterio fades, the referee calls it! Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission; still WWE United States Champion

And it’s over already!? Joe puts Mysterio to bed faster than just about anyone, but will Mysterio make a comeback and finally get his Grand Slam?

 

Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre!

The Big Dog has beaten champions and legends, and he’s even beaten Leukemia for a second time in his life. But the Scottish Terminator promises to be deadlier than that in this grudge match. Will McIntyre truly break The Shield with this match tonight? Or will Roman rise up and prove this is always his Yard?

The bell rings, and Roman stares down with McIntyre. Then they throw hands! Roman uppercuts McIntyre over and over to a corner, then whips him to ropes. McIntyre kicks back but runs into a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Roman keeps his eyes on McIntyre as he stalks him to a corner. Roman climbs up to rain down rights, but McIntyre shoves him away before 10. McIntyre runs but into another uppercut! Roman whips McIntyre but McIntyre reverses, only to run into a boot. Roman runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre drags Roman up and CHOPS him, then headbutts him. McIntyre scoops but Roman slips out, only to get an elbow. Roman dodges the shoulder to kick McIntyre back, then drop a guillotine leg drop! McIntyre tumbles out and Roman is on him again.

Roman runs but into a Glasgow Kiss! Roman drops but McIntyre drags him back up. McIntyre puts Roman in a corner only to throw him across the way! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps his cool as he keeps on Roman with an armlock and chinbar. Roman endures being bent and twisted back, and powers his way up. Roman fights against the hold but McIntyre pulls his hair to bring him back in. McIntyre grinds his forearm into Roman’s face then puts the chinbar back on. Roman powers up again and body shots out. McIntyre knees low then whips, but Roman holds ropes to throw McIntyre out. Roman clobbers McIntyre to the floor! Roman sees McIntyre on the apron and goes outside, for the Drive-By Drop- No, McIntyre dodges and Roman hits the apron.

McIntyre clubs away, then drags Roman up for a suplex to the floor! Roman writhes but so does McIntyre as that landing was double-edged. A ring count starts and reaches 5 before McIntyre puts Roman back in. McIntyre takes his time stalking Roman to the corner. He runs in but into an elbow. Roman goes to boot but McIntyre elbows back. McIntyre drags Roman out into the inverted Alabama slam! Cover, TWO!! Roman narrowly escapes but McIntyre rains down rights. McIntyre makes sure Roman sees the last punch coming. McIntyre soaks up the heat before dragging Roman up. He puts Roman on the top rope, and CHOPS him. McIntyre climbs up and tells Roman, “You should’ve said no!” But Roman hits McIntyre back! Roman headbutts McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits back up to suplex Roman off!

McIntyre glares at Roman as he watches The Big Dog crawl. He tells Roman “I broke the Shield!” McIntyre hauls Roman up for double underhooks, “This one’s for Ambrose!” That gets Roman to fight back! Roman throws uppercuts, but McIntyre SLAPS Roman! Now Roman’s angry! Roman clobbers and whips but McIntyre reverses, only to get a boot! McIntyre tumbles out and Roman takes aim again, Drive-By Dropkick hits! Roman puts McIntyre back in but McIntyre bails out. McIntyre drags Roman out but Roman shoves him into barriers! And then hits a Samoan Drop! Roman puts McIntyre in again, but McIntyre whips, only to get a leaping lariat!

Fans fire up with Roman as he locks ‘n’ loads! Roman runs to SUPERMAN- McIntyre dodges for another Glasgow Kiss! But Roman comes back with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Fans know what’s coming next as Roman fires up in the corner. Roman lets out the battle cry, and SPEARS McIntyre! Cover, Roman wins!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall

The Big Dog’s in-ring return is victorious! Roman shuts McIntyre up and stops the sweep of The Shield! Will Roman’s inspirational story spark something big in the coming future?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter finally takes the stage, but he’s behind a drum set? Elias is a man of more than one instrument, and he gives a nice drum intro. Then he’s on piano and plays another good intro. And then he’s in the ring with his true love: guitar. Elias speaks to New York and asks if they’ve ever seen a more handsome band. Tonight is going to be very special, because he’ll do what no one has ever done before. Elias will play alongside himself! Drum Elias counts them in and Piano Elias joins in for a very jazzy Blues number. And it is actually really good. Elias compliments his alter egos and has them take a bow. But now Prime Elias will take it from here.

“Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” New York seems okay with that, and start singing for Elias. Elias plays along with Seven Nation Army. Well if you liked that, just wait for the triangle, bass and harpsichord. But in all seriousness, Elias promises the greatest performance in professional music history! The fans will receive the greatest blessing, because WWE truly stands for Walk With Elias! New York knows that, and Elias smiles. But for the first song, Elias has something especially for Wrestlemania, and it will surely be the Mania theme song for the rest of history. So please silence phones, hold applause, and most importantly, SHUT YOUR MOUTHS! Elias begins, but a strange video package starts to play…

It is a special bulletin breaking news of the World Series. Chicago Cubs VS New York Yankees, Babe Ruth calling his shot. Elias has no idea what this has to do with him, but as Babe Ruth hits that homer, JOHN CENA appears?! And not just any Cena, THUGANOMICS! Word Life returns and Cena hits the ring! “Kill the beat, kill the beat.” Fans are excited to see Cena back and especially as the Doctor of Thuganomics. Poor Elias just got the worst deal, because he’s in the ring with Cena ’bout to turn Heel. Silence phones, hold applause, shut mouth and no string plucks. Cena feels like he’s watching one of his own movies, cuz this just sucks. WWE is Walk With Elias? Not really feeling it. Because without a guitar, Elias is just a wasted wrestling experiment.

Cena’s a bad man, his style’s like a pitbull that bit you. Elias isn’t even a whole dog, just a little piece of Shitzu. And a graphic to illustrate. Fans are loving this but Cena’s not done. He’d ask for a duet, but Elias would just put it on the shelf. We did all just see, Elias prefers to play with himself. And Cena may be the Golden Shovel, so it’s time to bury the Push. Elias is like Cena’s (pistachio) nuts but with a harrier bush. Did Cena wear out his welcome? Guess he’ll just leave you. No AA today, so Elias will just get an F U. Sucker punch takes Elias down! And “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle throwback! Pump ’em up! AA FU! Peace out. Is this John Cena going to be the one that’s back full time?

 

No Holds Barred: Triple H VS Batista!

Did The Game hold The Animal down in WWE? Did The Animal simply quit out of his own frustration and selfishness? It doesn’t really matter now, because the rules are out the window and HHH’s wrestling career is on the line. Will HHH avenge Ric Flair for Batista’s betrayal? Or will Batista be the one to finally end The Game?

The bell rings and HHH gets face to face with Batista. They then rush each other and Batista tackles HHH to a corner! Batista rams his shoulder in but HHH knees him back. HHH throws hands back but Batista clobbers him down! Batista stalks HHH and whips him but HHH reverses to elbow Batista out of the ring. HHH catches his breath before pursuing Batista. Batista throws HHH over the desk! But HHH jumps up and over the desk to tackle Batista! Both men hit the apron but HHH rains down rights. HHH goes to throw Batista but Batista throws HHH over barriers! Batista goes back but HHH hits him with a toolbox! Batista staggers and falls but HHH goes back to the toolbox to empty it out. HHH has a chain! And he uses it to LASH Batista on the back!

HHH looms over Batista to LASH him again! Then HHH takes the chain and wraps it around Batista’s neck and choke him! The chain also gets in Batista’s eyes and mouth as HHH pulls back hard. HHH then lets go of the chain to sling Batista to the floor. HHH drags Batista up to whip Batista into steel steps. Batista is down and HHH tosses the chain aside. HHH picks up a pair of pliers from the toolbox! HHH drags Batista onto the steel steps and uses those pliers to crush Batista’s fingers! Batista writhes and shouts in pain but HHH uses the pliers to put on a keylock. HHH traps that arm and dares Batista to give up. HHH stomps the arm!

Batista writhes and goes to the ring, but HHH grabs a chair! HHH brings it to the ring, but he also brings needle nose pliers now. HHH grins with the sadism of old before he SMACKS Batista with a chair! Batista is on the mat and HHH sits on Batista with the chair! HHH uses the chair to choke Batista, and then he brings the needle nose pliers to go after the nose ring!! Batista can only scream and shout as HHH RIPS the ring from his nostril! The referee checks on Batista but Batista stumbles and crawls away. HHH kisses the nose ring! HHH goes back to the chain while Batista retreats to the announce desk. Batista stands as HHH wraps his hand in that chain. HHH leaps, but Batista sends him onto the desk!

Batista goes after HHH at the other announce desk, and back suplexes him on top of it! The table doesn’t give, but Batista takes a seat in an arm chair just a moment. Batista drags HHH up and whips him into barriers! HHH crawls but Batista lifts him up, for an Angle Slam onto the announce desk! The table still doesn’t give for another solid landing. Batista drags HHH off the desk to club him down. Batista whips HHH into barriers on the other side! HHH’s family is there booing Batista as Batista goes for the chair. Batista SMACKS HHH in return! Batista stalks HHH and puts him back in the ring. Finally a cover, TWO!

Batista stalks HHH to a corner and rams his shoulder back in. He whips HHH back into that corner for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Batista keeps his cool, but HHH throws body shots. Batista clubs HHH then whips, but HHH counters with his signature knee smash. HHH gets to a corner but Batista runs in, only to miss and get post! The H Family cheers as HHH kicks low! He underhooks but Batista powers out to an Air Raid Crash! Cover, TWO!! HHH survives but Batista keeps focus. Batista throws HHH out of the ring and takes his time following after. Batista drags HHH over to bump him off the announce desk. HHH flounders while Batista picks up the top of the steel steps. Batista RAMS HHH in the head!

Batista catches his breath a moment and leaves the steel steps on one desk while clearing off the other. He scoops HHH and snake eyes him onto the steps. Batista makes sure HBK sees this as he climbs up onto the desk. Batista gives the thumbs up, and the thumbs down! He lifts HHH, but HHH back drops Batista onto the other desk! This desk doesn’t give way, either! HHH shoves the steel steps away while he catches his breath and Batista writhes in pain. HHH drags himself up while Batista stirs on the other desk. Both men slowly stand on the desks and head for each other. HHH says “SUCK IT” as he SPEARS Batista through the third desk!! Both men are down but this needs to end with a cover or submission!

HHH and Batista slowly stir, and Batista crawls away from HHH. HHH still pursues, and the two fight each other as they crawl into the ring. Batista drags HHH back down to throw haymakers and ax handles. Batista goes back into the ring but HHH slumps back down. HHH takes a moment to catch his breath, but he also finds an old friend under the ring: the sledgehammer! And not just one, but two! HHH brings one hammer with him into the ring, but Batista SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! HHH still lives and Batista starts to grow frustrated. Batista staggers to his feet and grabs the sledgehammer for his own! Batista runs at HHH but gets a boot. HHH grabs sledgehammer but runs into Batista’s boot. HHH roars with anger but runs into a SPINEBUSTER!

Batista fires himself up like it’s 2005. He drags HHH up for the bomb, BATISTA BOMB!! Cover, TWO!? HHH survives and Batista is shocked! Batista goes out and brings in the base steps! He shoves it towards HHH and then hobbles over to bring HHH up. Batista brings HHH to a corner, then to the top rope. Fans can tell what Batista wants as he lines it up. HHH fights for his life but Batista hits back. Batista climbs but HHH slips under! HHH POWERBOMBS Batista on the steel steps!! Batista somehow stands, but HHH is on him with a PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO?!? How does Batista survive that?! HHH doesn’t have time question it, he just crawls to his sledgehammer.

Batista crawls back to the steel steps, but HHH aims with his hammer. HHH runs in but Batista hits low! Batista DDT’s HHH on the steps! HHH goes up and over with the power of that spike! HHH somehow drags himself to ropes while Batista flounders away. Fans see something though: It’s Ric Flair! The Nature Boy gives HHH the second hammer! And as for Batista, he tells him off for what he did. Batista gets up, but HHH uses the steps for a FLYING hammer shot! And then, one more Pedigree!! Cover, HHH wins!

Winner: HHH, by pinfall; does NOT have to retire from in-ring competition

The Nature Boy chose a side, and The Game wins! This is the first time but the most important time HHH has ever beaten Batista, but will Batista simply quit and go back to Hollywood like before?

 

Alexa Bliss has The B-Team model new Daniel Bryan T-Shirts.

Of course, the statement on the shirt, “And STILL… The Planet’s Champion”, was made out of over confidence that he would win. These now defunct collectors items can be yours on the WWE’s official shirt. The B-Team do a modeling dance, but Ron Simmons comes by to say… “DAMN!” Classic Ron.

 

Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle VS Baron Corbon!

The Olympic Gold Medalist will retire, whether he wins or loses. As such, he wants to make sure he settles the grudge with the Lone Wolf before he hangs it up for good. Will Angle show the WWE Universe and most importantly Corbin himself, that he’s still got it? Or will Corbin be the last and most embarrassing loss in Angle’s Hall of Fame level career?

The bell rings and Angle starts swinging on Corbin! Corbin staggers but boots Angle back. Corbin runs but into a belly2belly! Angle stalks Corbin to a corner but Corbin rakes his eyes. Corbin runs, slides then slides in, but into a waistlock. He elbows out and throws hands to then throw Angle into ropes. Corbin mocks the gold medalist but fans boo and jeer Corbin. Corbin drags Angle up for haymakers, then taunts Angle about this being his last chance to be a hero. He puts Angle in a corner and throws more hands, but fans boo and jeer more. Corbin knees Angle low then tells the fans to shush while he elbows Angle down. Corbin chokes Angle on the ropes while taunting Angle’s family. The ref counts and Corbin lets up at 4. Corbin hops up but misses his ax handle!

Angle gets Corbin with a German Suplex! And a second! And a third! Cover, TWO! Angle doesn’t slow down, he stalks Corbin for the Angle Slam. But Corbin slips out and boots Angle down! Corbin sneers as he drags Angle up. He prepares a bomb but Angle back drops! Corbin sunset flips but Angle rolls through to the ankle lock! Corbin endures and pushes Angle off, but Angle dodges to run, into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Angle narrowly escapes and Corbin is furious! Corbin runs in at Angle in a corner, but misses! He staggers back into the Angle Slam! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Angle brings down the straps! Angle grabs the leg for the ankle lock!

Corbin endures as Angle twists, and Angle drags him away from ropes. Corbin grits his teeth as he rolls through to send Angle into buckles! Angle spits and sputters while Corbin limps to his feet. Corbin mocks the fans who wanted Cena in this match with the “You Can’t See Me” hands. Corbin then whips but Angle rocks Corbin with a right! And gets another German! And another! Angle gets a sixth German total, but he’s not done there! This is his last match, and fans fire up as Angle wants one last go at the top rope. Ange MOONSAULTS, but flops! Well it was never his best move… Corbin reels Angle in for End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins?!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

The Lone Wolf ruins everyone’s fun as he ruins the finale to Angle’s in-ring career. No one in the WWE Universe can believe it, nor does Angle. Will Corbin use this deafening silence to make his way to a championship?

Angle grabs a mic and fans still cheer and chant “Thank You, Kurt!” But Angle tells them that for the past 20 years, he’s had the time of his life. Even here tonight. Angle thanks each and every one of the fans, but he wants this to end his way. Play his music and say those classic two words. “You Suck! You Suck!” Of course, everyone means it with love. Angle says his final good-byes as far as the ring goes, but will Angle find a new way to be part of the WWE?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Demon Finn Balor!

The Almighty Rocky Mountain Machine has always seen as Finn the man too small and weak to measure up. But now, he must face Balor the Demon! Will Lashley still feel mighty against such a mysterious force? Or will he end the mystique of Balor while staying golden?

The introductions are made as darkness and the Demon himself descends upon the arena! The belt is raised and the bell rings to begin this supernatural meets superhuman match!

Lashley runs at Balor but Balor heel kicks and ax kicks Lashley back! Balor shotgun dropkicks Lashley then rallies with lariats. Balor throws Lashley out to then build speed and FLY! Direct hit! Lio approaches but backs off right away from Balor. Balor puts Lashley in and goes corner to corner, but into a BIG urenage! Balor gets to the apron but Lashley knocks him down. Lashley drags Balor up and suplexes him across the ring! Balor gets to the other apron but Lashley clubs him again. Lashley suplexes Balor back the other way! Balor returns to the apron but Lashley CLOBBERS him right back down! Lio trash talks Balor while Lashley picks him up and rams him into barriers! Lashley roars as he goes side to side to run back in, but into a Slingblade!

Balor scares Lio again, then runs to shotgun Lashley into barriers! The ring count climbs but Balor puts Lashley in. Balor climbs up but Lio distracts. Balor runs him off but Lashley SPEARS Balor off the apron! Both men crash on the ground, but Lashley puts Balor back in. Lashley aims again, for another SPEAR! Cover, TWO!? Balor survives?! Lashley and Lio are shocked, but Lashley glares as he drags Balor back up. Lashley lifts Balor but Balor fights out of the bomb. Balor goes to lift but Lashley’s too big. Balor knees Lashley in the ribs but he still can’t get Lashley up. He kicks and knees Lashley more, and manages a powerbomb!! The fans fire up as Balor climbs high. COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Demon conquers the Machine, and now Finn Balor is a Too Sweet two-time Intercontinental Champion! Whether man or demon, will Finn Balor reign fOreVER?

 

Alexa Bliss returns to the stage!

The Goddess and Wrestlemania host recaps the new champions crowned, the many surprises witnessed, and even the Demon reigning. But now we’ve broken history with 82,265 people in attendance at MetLife! Fireworks celebrate this attendance record, but the real fireworks are about to fly with the historic main event! Alexa feels like it’s time for intermission. What? No, that’s a cue for… The Fabulous Truth! Carmella won the Women’s Battle Royal, but now she and R-Truth get the fans back into things with a record-setting Seven Second DANCE BREAK~! Floss like you’ve never flossed before! Or whatever moves you prefer. And is this longer than seven seconds? Well who cares, it’s Wrestlemania.

 

Raw & SmackDown Women’s Championships, Winner Takes All Triple Threat: Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!

The history of this history-making match really begins with Survivor Series 2018. Everyone wanted Ronda VS Becky, Raw Women’s Champion VS SmackDown Women’s Champion. But The Man chose to take the fight to the Baddest Woman’s brand, only to get a broken nose from Nia Jax. The dream match was changed to Ronda VS Charlotte, and that’s when things grew complicated. There was fighting between Ronda and Charlotte, Becky and Ronda, and Charlotte and Becky. Becky lost her SmackDown Women’s Championship but jumped into the Women’s Royal Rumble to win it. She called out the Raw Women’s Champion, but then Vince McMahon made an executive decision. Becky rebelled, Charlotte taunted and Ronda turned. Now we’re at a match that will settle everything between three of the baddest in the business today. When it’s Winner Takes All in a Wrestlemania first, who becomes the first UNDISPUTED Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion!?

The Queen arrives in a helicopter! And of course, with a red carpet. But of course, Ronda Rousey has Joan Jett & The Blackhearts perform their iconic song live! As for Becky, she only needs herself and the WWE Universe. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we make history!

Ronda, Charlotte and Becky stare down from their corners. They all slowly circle, with fans strongly behind Becky. Becky and Charlotte stare, but then realize Ronda is literally between them. So they both go after her! Ronda and Becky grapple while Charlotte hangs back. Ronda throws body shots to back Becky up, but Becky hits back. Only for Ronda to fire off more! Ronda kicks Becky out but Charlotte runs in, only to get a knee! Ronda kicks Charlotte out, too, then goes after Becky. She picks Becky up to drive her into barriers. Ronda scoops Charlotte for Piper’s Pit to the floor! Ronda goes back to Becky but Becky shoves her into a post! Becky boots Ronda then Charlotte scoops Ronda for an exploder into barriers! The Man and The Queen have Ronda down for now, and they go back to the ring.

Charlotte says she told us so, but Becky doesn’t care. The frenemy Horsewomen throw hands back and forth! Becky hits but Charlotte kicks the bad leg. Charlotte yanks on an arm as well, and goes to bring Becky down! She wants to steal the Disarm-Her?! Becky powers out and rocks Charlotte, to steal the Figure Four! Charlotte shoves Becky back but the two throw forearms again. Ronda returns to kicks them both down! Ronda judo throws Becky around but Charlotte knees Ronda low. Chalrotte boots Ronda into Becky, but Ronda won’t let go of Becky! Charlotte powerbomb lifts Ronda with Becky trapped, but Ronda drags them both into hanging armbars! Triple Threat means no disqualifications so Ronda doesn’t need to let go!

Becky breaks free but Charlotte’s still trapped. Becky dropkicks Ronda from under Charlotte, and Ronda hits the ground hard! The referee checks on Ronda but Charlotte knocks Becky down. Charlotte goes after Becky but Becky fights her off. Becky runs in at Charlotte in a corner, but into a backbreaker and buckle bump! Charlotte kicks Becky in the face then covers, TWO! Charlotte stomps Becky out then brings down the knee pad. She shouts out to the Nature Boy with that knee drop. Fans rally for Becky even as Charlotte bounces her off the mat. Charlotte climbs up top, MOONSAULT! But into knees! And the Disarm-Her! But Ronda returns to drag Becky into knee strikes. And then takedown to an armbar! Becky rolls around to resist, Charlotte knees Ronda down!

Charlotte catches her breath while Becky and Ronda are both down. Double Natural Selection! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Ronda, TWO! Charlotte grows annoyed but she throws Becky out of the ring. Charlotte stalks Ronda now, but Ronda throws body shots. Ronda backs Charlotte down but Charlotte gives Flair CHOPS! Charlotte lights Ronda up but Ronda still says Charlotte “chops like a b*tch”! So Charlotte b*tch SLAPS Ronda! Ronda hits the leaping elbow! Then a takedown! Charlotte resists and shifts Ronda to a Boston Crab! Ronda endures, but Becky returns to bulldog Charlotte! Flashbacks to Summerslam and other Triple Threats, but Becky doesn’t stop there. She drags Ronda up into a dragon sleeper, then kicks Charlotte as she stands up. Becky grabs Charlotte in a facelock for double DDT combo! Cover on Ronda, TWO! Cover on Charlotte, TWO!

Becky is beside herself but she focuses on Charlotte while Ronda goes to the apron. Becky forearms and mule kicks Charlotte to ropes, but runs into a boot. Charlotte runs into uppercuts from Becky, then headbutts. Becky runs into an elbow from Charlotte, and Charlotte drags Becky up to whip. Becky reverses but Charlotte tumbles to the apron. Charlotte boots Becky then climbs, but Becky joins her. They fight for control and Ronda crawls over. SUPER Becksploder! Cover, TWO!! Becky gets up and goes after Ronda but Ronda hits her away. Ronda climbs up and leaps for a double crossbody! Double cover, TWO! Ronda grabs Becky for another judo throw, then she throws Charlotte down beside her. Double Armbar!

Ronda promised to do this to them, but Charlotte and Becky lift her up for a DOUBLE BOMB! But not just one, a SECOND Double Bomb! Ronda holds on so Charlotte and Becky give her a THIRD! Becky and Charlotte then brawl with each other! Charlotte throws Becky out and covers Ronda, TWO!! Ronda survives by the narrowest of margins, but Charlotte already formulates a plan in her mind. Charlotte sees Becky get up and falls for the bait! Becky kicks Charlotte then dodges the boot for a urenage! Cover, TWO! Becky keeps her cool again as she scrapes Charlotte out. Fans rally up as Becky goes after Ronda. Ronda kicks but Becky rolls her, DISARM-HER! Ronda flails and turns but Becky stays on!

They roll again and Becky keeps the arm, but Ronda keeps pushing to ropes. Ropebreaks don’t end this, but Ronda uses the ropes to climb up and lift Becky for a buckle bomb! Ronda runs back in but gets buckles herself! Becky gives Ronda a Disarm-Her through the ropes! Charlotte BOOTS Becky outta nowhere! Ronda flops to the floor while Becky and Charlotte brawl. Charlotte rocks Becky then climbs up to join her. They stand up on the very top, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Becky lives and Charlotte clutches her own leg from that landing. Ronda drags herself back in, and goes after Charlotte. But Charlotte exploder suplexes Ronda! Becky prevents any covers to drag Charlotte in, but Charlotte throws Becky into buckles. Becky gets to the apron but Charlotte boots her down! Ronda grabs Charlotte but Charlotte kicks Ronda’s leg out.

Charlotte stomps the leg, leaving nasty bruises on it. She drags Ronda over and takes that leg to sling it against the post. Charlotte gives Ronda a post-assisted Figure Four! Ronda screams but Becky breaks the hold with a kick. Ronda rolls away while Becky whips Charlotte, only to get thrown instead. Charlotte goes back to Ronda and that leg, for a Figure Four, only for Ronda to cradle counter! TWO and Charlotte’s back on that leg! Figure Four is on, but Ronda crawls. Charlotte still gets the Figure Eight, but Becky leg drops in outta nowhere! All three women are down but New York is fired up! Fans build to a rally while Becky and Charlotte go to the apron. Becky takes this No Disqualification stipulation to the extreme with a table! New York loves where she’s going with this as she puts the table in the ring.

Becky sets the table up near a corner but Charlotte returns. Charlotte clobbers Becky into the table then bounces her off the wood. Charlotte puts Becky on the table then goes to the corner. She climbs up but Becky stops her with clubbing forearms. Becky turns around but Ronda attacks! Ronda dumps Charlotte down and decides that “Tables are for b*tches!” Ronda throws hands and throws Becky around. She scoops Becky but Becky slips out. They go around but Charlotte SPEARS them both! Cover on Becky, TWO!! Cover on Ronda, TWO!! Charlotte is frustrated but she hobbles to the table. She insists “This is MY main event!” as she puts the table up in a corner. Charlotte drags Ronda up and bounces her off the wood. And again, and again! Becky grabs Charlotte but Charlotte whips Becky off. Becky dodges but Charlotte SPEARS on the return! Cover, TWO!!

Charlotte grows further frustrated, but sees Ronda stirring. Fans rally for Becky but Charlotte is up first. Charlotte aims at Becky and Ronda, and runs in, only to get double hip tossed into the table!! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Charlotte flops out of the ring. Becky and Ronda grit their teeth and face off again! Survivor Series finally happens as they throw furious hands! Ronda throws body shots and the Shining Wizard! Ronda jackknifes through to a fireman’s carry, but that bad leg slows her down. Becky uses the Piper’s Pit for a Crucifix Pin! Becky WINS!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall; Winner Takes All, NEW Raw & SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Man shocks the Baddest Woman with her first defeat in WWE! But more than that, she keeps her promise to the fans and herself by becoming DUAL champion! Ronda protests that her shoulders weren’t on the mat the whole time, and only instant replay catches it. But referee decisions are always final, will the McMahon Family take this into consideration? And if not, what happens next? What happens to Ronda and Charlotte now that they’re without titles? What’s next for Becky now that she’s reached the top of the WWE?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A lot of people doubted the quality of this Wrestlemania before it ever started, but I honestly feel like this did better than anyone expected. In fact, this Wrestlemania was great! The Kickoff Show had more matches than I expected, but they were all pretty solid. The Cruiserweight Championship opening was a bit of a surprise, and I thought it was gonna go a touch longer, but it actually felt just right to me. Mostly that Nese won and now we can have all sorts of fresh match-ups for the title. I wonder if Murphy goes to Raw to join Alexa… The Raw Tag Team Championships got a rather sudden match, but the stars aligned for Hawkins to break his streak. He and Ryder were in their home state, and it was the Kickoff, so the streak is over and now it’s all about defending those belts.

Both battle royals were fun, as battle royals should be. I was really rooting for Asuka, and really felt this Women’s Battle Royal would’ve revitalized her on SmackDown, and also expected Lacey Evans to be in it at all, but not even that happened. But I suppose Carmella winning it all was fine, WWE seems to really like her. The Andre the Giant Battle Royal went exactly as it should have: Strowman dominates, settles things with Jost & Che, then wins it all. Hopefully this revitalizes Strowman’s run on Raw now that titles have changed. Which was the first great thing: there were all the right title changes! Lesnar VS Rollins as a main-event opener and Rollins, though with a (very deserved) low blow, WINS! Crossfit Jesus is Raw’s savior! Demon Balor put Lashely away rather quickly, so I wonder if we get that original Universal Championship match rematch after all…

Styles rightfully wins his match with Orton, but I wonder if this ends the story at all. The same for Miz losing like that. Either of those matches could have a rematch, but it’d be hard for Miz VS Shane II to outdo this one. I was surprised The Usos retained, but they really are a top level team. A dedicated program between them and Aleister-Ricochet would be cool. The Women’s Tag Titles going to the IIconics was great, because now those titles really can be on SmackDown, and perhaps the IIconics go to Raw more often. Beth looked great, maybe The Divas of Doom can keep this return going a little longer. And I really hope Thuganomics Cena is the Cena that returns full-time, if even only for a few months. His moment with Elias was great, probably my favorite of the whole night.

The only let down tonight was Mysterio VS Joe. Not that Joe won but that Mysterio couldn’t give Joe or us a real match. Mysterio was concerned about his condition and clearly WWE knew now to push it, so Joe gets a quick win to move on. Reigns VS McIntyre was pretty great, and naturally Reigns wins. But Vince has to really be careful not to bring back bad memories of Super Roman from here on out. It’s a shame Ambrose didn’t come out to celebrate as his own moment, but it’s still yet to be seen just how serious his leaving is. The No Holds Barred was definitely brutal, and I was surprised Ric Flair showed up at all. I wonder if this kind of finish really finishes this story, but again, Batista is in Hollywood so we might have to wait for a sequel to this one.

Angle’s Farewell wasn’t want any fan wanted, but I suppose it had to be the true low point of the night for all the great things we got. Rollins winning actually made me think we weren’t getting it, but finally, finally, FINALLY Kofi Kingston is world champion! And he even brings back the classic belt! A class act for this long-awaited Grand Slam world champion, but with Money in the Bank up next, we’ll all have to worry about the cash-in for the whole year now. But just as we got Rollins and Kofi, dreading we wouldn’t get THE moment, our doubts were dispelled! Becky wins it all!! The triple threat was incredible, all the story was there, and even with a tease of controversy, we get the trifecta! That tease plants seeds of Ronda VS Becky in the future, the rest is up to Ronda and the WWE.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/26/24)

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The Road to WrestleMania gets intense!

Raw has grudge matches on tap as Sami Zayn faces Shinsuke Nakamura, and The New Day faces Imperium in a Tag Team Street Fight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins.
  • Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan; Nia wins, by disqualification.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dominik Mysterio is in the ring.

San Jose is booing but Dom has the mic to say, “Everyone, please welcome the greatest Women’s World Champion of all time! RHEA RIPLEY!” The fans fire up as Mami makes her way to the ring, and she feels great after retaining her title at Elimination Chamber. Rhea gets the mic to welcome us to “Monday Night Mami!” The fans cheer Mami on and she smiles. Rhea says this weekend, she walked into her home country our Women’s World Champion, and she walked out of it still our Women’s World Champion. Nia Jax might’ve been the biggest threat to her reign, but it doesn’t matter how big you are. Rhea may be from Down Under, but Mami’s always on top! Because she’s Rhea BLOODY Ripley!

Wait! Here comes Becky Lynch! The Man started the Elimination Chamber match, won the Elimination Chamber match, and now she’s here to step to the champion she’ll be facing at WrestleMania! The fans cheer Becky on and she gets a mic now. “The Man has come around to San Jose!” The fans cheer that! Becky says The Man is also coming back around to WrestleMania… to fight Rhea. “But The Man came out here to say congratulations. What a night that you had on Saturday. Hell, what a night we both had on Saturday, hey?” Becky won the Chamber, Rhea successfully defended her title against Nia in her home country, stadium filled and in the main event!

Rhea had her family and friends there, what a moment. And even better, because now they won’t have to fly all the way to WrestleMania to watch her lose. Dom tells Becky “Nobody talks to Mami like that.” Fans boo Dom and Becky tells him to listen to them, “ya dirty kumquat!” Becky was talking to Mami, and if Mami won’t put Dom in his place, The Man will. The fans cheer that! Becky says Rhea is on a hell of a run, one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen. And even though the last year, Rhea has been the face of this company, she’s spent most of the time being fed grapes by this loser.

Meanwhile, Becky has been the backbone, the heart and soul of this company! She became a Grand Slam Champion, all while writing a best-selling book! The Man can do it all, including beating “Rhea Bloody Ripley.” Becky throws down her mic but Rhea asks if she’s done. Yeah? Cool. First off, never disrespect her Latino Heat like that again. Secondly, “congrats” on winning the Chamber. It’s about time Becky stopped disappointing Rhea and actually won something to get even this close to Rhea’s level. Becky says she’s the backbone, but The Man always thinks they’re the backbone of everything.

The funny thing is, that behind every great Man is an even greater woman. But Rhea isn’t behind Becky, because Mami is ALWAYS on top. Rhea drops her mic now but the two still talk some trash. Rhea & Dom leave, title in Mami’s hand. Will Becky leave Philadelphia with that title in hers? WAIT! Nia Jax runs up from the crowd to CLOBBER Becky! Fans boo as Nia HEADBUTTS Becky then dribbles her off the mat! The sore loser drops a leg on Becky! Rhea dares Nia to try her then, but Dom says Nia’s not worth Rhea’s time. Nia drops another leg on Becky! And then she drags Becky to a corner, but refs rush out here!

Fans boo Nia while Adam Pearce tells her to stop this. The producers also get Becky to safety. Pearce says Nia’s getting a fine if she keeps going rogue. Nia backs down, but will she make sure everyone feels her wrath on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Jackie Redmond has caught up with the “heated” Irresistible Force, and asks why Nia attacked Becky. Nia says, “Why? Are you kidding me?” Becky won Chamber but she should NOT be going to WrestleMania over Nia! Nia beat Becky clean, so there’s no way Nia is letting Becky make it to WrestleMania. Then with Mania still weeks away, and Nia having a match with Liv Morgan tonight, will- Nia says whatever just happened to Becky, expect ten times that for Liv. Nia storms off, will she look to end Liv’s revenge tour cold here tonight?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Speaking of WrestleMania, The Great Liberator still wants a spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, even if the path isn’t quite clear. However, the King of Strong Style says Sami just plays it up so people will pity him. Will there be no sympathy from Nakamura as he looks to take that spotlight for his own? Or will Sami get even with Nakamura for their previous match’s controversial finish?

Raw returns and Nakamura makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sami wrenches to wristlock, but Nakamura pulls hair to put Sami on ropes. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off slowly, but then he KICKS Sami in the side. Sami goes to a corner, comes back, and they tie up. Nakamura headlocks, Sami powers up and out, things speed up and Sami hurdles to arm-drag! Sami has the armlock and the fans rally up. Nakamura fights to his feet, puts Sami in a corner and throws body shots and knees! The ref reprimands, Nakamura lets off and Sami bails out. Nakamura goes out to kick Sami low!

Nakamura whips Sami, but Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Direct hit but perhaps still double-edged for Sami, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura has Sami in a seated cobra twist! The fans rally, Sami endures and fights with elbows! Sami gets free, he stands up, but Nakamura KICKS him in the side again! Nakamura storms up in a corner, whips corner to corner hard and Sami falls in a heap! Nakamura drags Sami up, fireman’s carries to put him on the top rope, then TOP SHELF KNEES! Nakamura keeps Sami up there, to run and TOP SHELF KNEE again! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but Nakamura kicks him around. Nakamura drags Sami up while fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Nakamura whips, Sami goes up and over and LARIATS!

The fans fire up and Sami grits his teeth to stand. Sami storms up to fire hands on Nakamura! Sami whips, Nakamura reverses to KNEE low! Sami drops, but then he scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives and Sami is stunned! Sami grits his teeth from the pain in his side, and he hauls Nakamura up. Nakamura RAMS Sami into a corner! And again! And again! Nakamura puts Sami up top but Sami CLUBS Nakamura! Sami reels Nakamura in, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while Nakamura flounders out of the ring. Sami builds speed but runs into a kitchen sink knee!

Fans boo as Nakamura stalks Sami to the outside. They’re both on the apron, and Nakamura stands Sami up. Nakamura hits an APRON GOURD BUSTER! Sami flops to the floor while Nakamura soaks up the heat, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns yet again, Sami blocks a kick but Nakamura fires forearms! Sami fires those back, the two brawl and the fans fire up! Sami gets the edge but Nakamura fires a strike fest! Sami ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura goes to a corner and takes aim, KIN- NO, Sami gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Sami can’t believe it! Sami watches Nakamura crawl to a corner and then goes to the other side. The fans fire up as Sami runs in, but Nakamura JUMP KNEES! Nakamura then goes up the corner to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and shocks Nakamura!

The fans fire up as Sami flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as Sami bails out and Nakamura pursues. Nakamura stalks Sami, KICKS him in the side again, and then drapes him along the barriers. Nakamura CLUBS Sami, goes up the steel steps, and FLYING GUILLOTINE KNEES! The fans boo Nakamura while he leaves Sami behind. Sami sputters on the floor as the ring count climbs! We’re past 5 of 10, and then 8! Sami springs up at 9 to slide in at 9.9! KINSHASA!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Sami saves himself by a literal foot, but Nakamura stomps away on him for it! The ref counts, Nakamura argues with him, then goes back to a corner.

Nakamura aims again, “YAO~” but Sami sends Nakamura into buckles! BLINDSIDE HELLUVA KICK!! The fans are thunderous as Sami goes to the far corner! Sami roars, wants Nakamura to get back up, and he runs in again, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Sami gets even with Nakamura and gets back on the winning track! Is this just what Sami needs to find his way to WrestleMania?

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The Hot Mess is always complaining and bringing up issues, and she’s got an issue with the woman who eliminated her from the Last Chance Battle Royal. But will she only end up complaining more when she loses to Raquel 1v1? Or will Chelsea somehow, someway, bring down Big Mami Cool?

Raw returns and Chelsea has the mic to say, “San Joseee~! I’m speaking! Let it be known that tonight, after issuing a formal complaint to WWE Management, I will be competing in protest. That’s right. Last week, I would have won the Last Chance Battle Royal, and I would have gone on to become the most illustrious winner in Elimination Chamber history, had Pea Head Pearce not added that secret, stupid last entrant, Raquel Rodriguez!” Fans cheer Raquel but Chelsea says that was wrong! The people want HER! She’s the star! Raquel flew all that way to Perth, and for what? To lose? HAHA! To be a big dumb loser like the San Jose Sharks!

Fans boo but Chelsea laughs, and then she says after tonight, everyone will SHH when Chelsea proves Raquel is a loser, by kicking her- Oh, wait, here comes Raquel! The bell rings and Chelsea draws a line int he sand, daring Raquel to cross it. Raquel steps right over it! Chelsea draws another line and dares Raquel to cross that. Raquel does! Chelsea SLAPS Raquel out of panic! Then Chelsea apologizes, only to turn and run! But Raquel reels her in, whips her, and Chelsea ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! The fans fire up as Raquel drags Chelsea up, scoops her, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans fire up as Chelsea staggers back up.

Chelsea bumps into Raquel, and Raquel scoops for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Chelsea flounders, Raquel drags her up and tells her to shush. Raquel hits the TEXANA BOMB! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

What was that about kicking someone’s butt? Chelsea might still need to figure out how to think before she speaks, but will Raquel let her actions do the talking for her on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie congratulates him on the big win over Shinsuke. They’ve been talking for weeks now about adversity, and Mania is 40 days away. How much did Sami need tonight’s win? “Need” is an understatement to Sami. He’s been bottling stuff up for weeks now, trying to keep his cool, but this has been in his mind all week. A loss tonight, he couldn’t even tell you what it would’ve done not just to his path to WrestleMania, but to him emotionally. It would’ve perhaps disproved his claims of being a contender. But he doesn’t need to worry about that, because this win reaffirms what he’s been saying!

The belief in himself, the fire inside, he IS a contender and will be a champion, and that his path to Mania will come to him. And if it doesn’t, then he will go out and he will find it himself. Because this isn’t the first time nor the last that- Imperium walks over. Ludwig Kaiser looks Sami up and down, then scoffs and moves on. Giovanni Vinci smirks as he walks right past Sami, and then Gunther walks by. Gunther looks Sami in the eyes, then looks him over. Gunther laughs then leaves. Does Der Ring General not think Sami is a contender? Will Sami prove him wrong?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Cathy Kelley is with the American Nightmare and says he made big news at Elimination Chamber by calling The Rock out for a 1v1 match. A lot of people question if that was smart given Cody’s match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Cody isn’t sure it was smart, either, but it’s simple: The Rock slapped Cody, Cody challenged him to a match for anywhere, anytime, and we await the rebuttal this Friday Night SmackDown. Then for tonight, Cody has a match with Grayson Waller, how does he see that going? Cody asks back, “Do you like Grayson Waller? Right? No. You don’t have to answer that right now.”

But Cody has been watching Waller. Waller won the Iron Survivor Challenge, has tons of skills, and not just on the mic. But if anything, Waller should certainly like Cody. The first time Cody was on the Grayson Waller Effect, he brought Jey Uso back to the WWE. And this past time, in front of over 50 THOUSAND people in Waller’s home country, Cody called out The Rock. And tonight, Waller gets his very first Monday Night Raw main event against Cody, and finds out first hand. Cody thanks Cathy for the time then heads out. Will the American Nightmare completely neutralize the Grayson Waller Effect tonight?

 

Imperium goes to the ring.

Ahead of their Street Fight match, Imperium is here so Der Ring General can speak. However, the fans boo so he waits it out. Gunther smiles and says, “After successfully defeating Jey Uso last week, I am standing here still your greatest and longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time!” Fans are torn on that, but Gunther continues by saying that he has to be honest, it was very, very close. Jey almost had Gunther beat, and Gunther actually felt it slipping away from him for the first time. But let’s be honest, he got lucky. Nobody’s perfect! But Gunther is still very, very close to it.

And before Kaiser & Vinci “outclass” The New Day, Gunther wants to address his future! Understand that over 600 days, Gunther has worked hard, putting his heart, soul and body into making this title into the most prestigious in this company! Fans do cheer that. “And I’ve beaten everybody along the way to achieve this.” Which leaves one question: Who will be Gunther’s opponent for WrestleMania? Fans have different ideas, but Gunther says he has seen all the ridiculous claims! Sami Zayn? Fans cheer that name! Chad Gable? “A THANK YEW~!” The Miz?! Fans cheer again. Gunther says it gets worse! He even sees people want R-Truth!

Fans really cheer for Truth, but wait! The Judgment Day makes their way out here? Finn Balor & Damian Priest are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions after defeating “New Catch Republic,” Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, and they’re leading the way, JD McDonagh & Dirty Dom right behind. These four step into the ring to stand across from Imperium, and the fans are torn seeing these seven stare down. Priest says, “Big Bad Gunther. We don’t sweat you, man. Although you’ve have quite the dominant run, second only to the run The Judgment Day is on.” Priest hopes Gunther was watching Chamber as Judgment Day ran the table.

And Judgment Day plans to do it again at WrestleMania. Except, they plan on adding even more gold! Priest tells Gunther in Spanish, and then in English, that they mean the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther says since they’re not cashing in the MITB briefcase, who is it gonna be then? Finn Balor? Big headed JD? Who? DOM steps up!? Fans boo and Gunther almost laughs again. Dom tells Gunther, even as fans boo louder, that when Dirty Dom and the Judgment Day say they’re gonna do something, they mean it. And that means that the Intercontinental Championship now belongs to them.

Gunther still grins at Dom, and then pushes him back. Judgment Day keeps Priest back, and Gunther dares someone to do something then. Priest says they’ll be taking that title one way or another, and Gunther doesn’t stand a chance. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Senor MITB throws off his vest, but Finn and the boys keep him back. Gunther holds up the belt, will nothing stop him from continuing his historic reign? Or will WrestleMania be his judgment day?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Priest has cooled off, and Mami asks what Dom is doing stepping to Gunther of all people! Dom says he’s got this! Well, he better. Rhea heads out again, and Finn tells Dom that he really should smooth things over. Dom agrees, but encounters Andrade on the way. Dom says long time no see, and Andrade says hey, kid. Dom says he has to smooth things over first, but good seeing him. Wait, wait, wait. Andrade has a meeting with Pearce to discuss his first opponent. See you soon, huh? Yeah, maybe. Dom wishes Andrade luck, but will the Prodigal Son have to face El Idolo before getting to Der Ring General?

 

Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium!

After almost two years of fighting back and forth, these two top level teams are putting things to rest! No disqualifications, no count outs, and no limitations on what they’re allowed to do, who will prove they are the superior team once and for all?

The New Day make their entrance, and Imperium rushes out of the ring to attack! They brawl on the ramp and the bell sounds while fans fire up! The New Day are dressed in San Jose Sharks uniforms, which the fans appreciate, and the brawl goes up to the stage. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Vinci kicks Woods, but New Day hits back with haymakers. Vinci sends Woods into the LED  screen! Kaiser UPPERCUTS Kofi! Then Vinci DECKS Kofi! Kaiser rains down fists on Kofi, Vinci stomps him, but the fans rally for New Day. Kaiser drags Kofi up, feeds him to Vinci, but Woods has Francesca MK II Turbo! And he CRACKS Ludwig with her!

Woods uses the slide to SMASH Vinci, and then Kofi uses the horn piece to SMASH Kaiser! Woods uses the broken pieces to beat up on Kaiser! The brawl goes back to ringside, Kofi throws headbutts! Woods ROCKS Vinci, then helps Kofi go looking under the ring. San Jose fires up as New Day brings out a TABLE! But Imperium CLOBBERS The New Day! The fans boo as there’s no furniture yet, Imperium puts New Day in the ring. New Day DECKS Imperium off the apron! The fans fire up as New Day builds speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! Kofi wipes out Kaiser, Woods wrecks Vinci with a dropkick, and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and the brawl is now in the crowd! Kofi ROCKS Kaiser, Vinci ROCKS Kofi, but Woods SMASHES a beer can on Vinci! The fans fire up as this keeps on moving, and Woods headlocks Vinci to bring him away. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Woods dumps Vinci back to ringside, but Kaiser sends Kofi into barriers! Woods CHOPS Vinci, Kaiser ELBOWS Kofi in the forehead! Vinci hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX on Woods! Kaiser GAMANGIRIS Kofi down! Fans want tables, but Imperium doesn’t care as they put Woods in the ring. Kaiser goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table after all! Only to put it right back!

Fans boo but Kaiser gets himself a chair. Vinci drags Woods up, Kaiser aims and JAMS Woods in the ribs! Then SMACKS him on the back! Kaiser talks trash while fans boo, but Kaiser and Vinci sit Woods up. PENALTY KICK! Kaiser drags Woods, puts him in the ropes, and Vinci adds a chair to the mix. Vinci & Kaiser go side to side and back again, FULL METAL DOUBLE DROPKICK in the corner! Woods sputters as he falls from corner to floor! Kofi returns and he HOTSHOTS Kaiser, GAMANGIRIS Vinci, and he goes up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Kofi keeps going, and he RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Vinci!

Kaiser runs up, but Kofi scoops and SLAMS him onto Vinci! The fans fire up as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kaiser gets away but Kofi clinches him! Kofi and Kaiser throw elbows, then Kofi drags Kaiser down. Kofi DECKS Kaiser, then hurries to get that table! The fans are thunderous as Kofi sets it up and brings Kaiser around. But Vinci makes the save! Imperium DOUBLE SUPLEX Kofi into the ring! But Woods is back to SHOTGUN Kaiser, and mule kick Vinci! Woods fires off, Vinci kicks and CHOPS! Woods falls, Vinci stomps him out of the ring. Vinci & Kaiser regroup, Kaiser has kendo sticks!

Kaiser SMACKS Woods, then hands one to Vinci. Vinci and Kaiser DOUBLE SMACK Woods again and again and again! They stretch Woods across steel steps, and Kaiser gets space! Fans boo as Kaiser runs in, but Kofi JUMP KNEES first! Vinci LARIATS Kofi! But Woods waits on Vinci in the ring! Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Vinci gets the kendo stick to SMACK away on Woods again and again and again! Kaiser has the chair and he SMACKS Woods, too! Fans boo as Imperium stands tall, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns again and Imperium RAMS Woods into barriers! Kaiser smirks, turns around, ARMCHAIR ATTACK! Kofi takes Kaiser down with that, then BOOTS Vinci! Kofi whips Vinci into steel steps! Fans fire up as Kofi puts Kaiser in the ring, stalks him, and Woods is there, too! Now New Day has the kendo sticks! The fans fire up again as Kaiser realizes the trouble he’s in! The New Day SMACKS away on Kaiser again and again and again! The kendo sticks are coming apart! The fans are thunderous as Woods tells Kofi, “GET THE TABLES~!” Kofi & Woods go out, stomp Imperium down, then find a table under the ring!

New Day sets the table up at ringside, then Woods CLUBS Vinci. Woods brings Vinci over, Kofi throws some hands, then they put Vinci on the table. The fans rally up as Woods climbs up a corner! Woods aims, the fans are on their feet, and Woods SUPER MACHO ELBOWS through the table!! Vinci writhes while Kofi & Woods roar! They haul Vinci out of the wreckage, put him in the ring, and Woods climbs again. Kofi hits a BACKBREAKER, Woods adds a KNEE DROP! Cover, Kaiser yanks the ref away!! The fans boo but Kaiser gets away with that one, but Kofi KENDO STICK DIVES! Down goes Kaiser!

Vinci flounders out of the ring, a red line of blood on his back from where the table got him. Kofi puts Kaiser in so he and Woods can kick him around! The fans know “This is Awesome!” as New Day drags Kaiser to his feet. Woods scoops Kaiser, Kofi climbs up, but Vinci rises! Vinci SHOVES Kofi down through a table!! The one from earlier! Woods ELBOWS Kaiser away, grabs at Vinci, Vinci SMACKS Woods with a cookie sheet! Kaiser RAMS Woods into a chair wedged in a corner!! Roll up, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The New Day brought the fight but they lost the fight! Will Kofi & Woods be able to rebound from this crushing defeat? Will Kaiser & Vinci look to confront Judgment Day over the titles Finn & Priest have?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He talks with Bronson Reed, and says this isn’t the first phone call he’s had just like this. But yes, “it” is on the front of everyone’s mind, Pearce will address it soon enough. But congratulations on the newborn baby, see you soon. Pearce finishes the call, Chad Gable walks in and they shake hands. Gable over Ivar was a hell of a win, congratulations. Oh, well A THANK YEW~ then. But Gable just wants momentum going to WrestleMania. And speaking of, we all know Gunther wants an opponent going into the big show. Everyone will be coming to Pearce with their reasons why they’re the guy.

Gable has reasons of his own. He comes here as not just a competitor but as a father. Last time Gable faced Gunther, he was this close to taking the title. But that’s not what haunts him. What haunts Gable is that Gunther reduced Gable’s daughter to tears, and laughed at her misery! Gable needs to make this right. Gable’s reasons are honest. To anyone else, this match would be about the title. But for Gable, this means more. Pearce sees that. He has a lot to think about. Who will be in the running for a shot at Der Ring General?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

Speaking of title chases, The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hot on the trail of Damage CTRL! Will Shayna & Stark be primed for their shot at Asuka & Kairi Sane? Or will the Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling find the way to a rematch from Elimination Chamber?

Raw returns as Indi & Candice make their entrance. The teams sort out and Candice starts against Shayna. Shayna runs up, Candice dodges to kick a leg out and ENZIGIRI! Then STEP-UP SENTON! Candice hurries to BLAST Zoey, then she dodges Shayna to back body block! Candice goes out to CANNONBALL Zoey! The fans fire up as Candice then avoids Shayna’s shoulder to KNEE her away! Step-in TORNADO- NO, Shayna SLAMS Candice outta the DDT and KNEES her down! Candice is dazed but Shayna stands on her arm! Shayna lets her hair down and STOMPS Candice’s elbow! Tag to Zoey and Zoey storms right up.

Zoey wrenches and YANKS the bad arm, then YANKS it again. Zoey steps over to HIP DROP the elbow, then she stalks Candice to ropes. Zoey wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! Zoey grinds forearms into Candice’s face while saying she’s a nobody! Zoey whips Candice into buckles hard, then grinds her forearms in again! The ref counts, Zoey lets off, and she brings Candice up for an INVERTED EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in there but Zoey pushes her around. Zoey stands Candice up but into a CODE BREAKER! Hot tag to Indi and the fans rally up! Indi dodges Zoey in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT her away!

Indi hurries in, LARIATS Zoey, BLASTS Shayna, and LARIATS Zoey again! Indi CLUBS, DECKS and then stalks Zoey. Zoey swings, Indi dodges, but Shayna tags in before the SPINEBUSTER! Indi roars, but Shayna grabs her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Indi taps, Shayna & Zoey win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by submission

The Queen of Spades & The Hunter put away Candice & Indi faster than Asuka & Kairi did, will this be more than enough to name them the next contenders? Or will not even Shayna & Zoey be ready for DMG CTRL?

 

R-Truth is in the Judgment Day clubhouse?

And then he’s joined by The Miz and “DX,” aka DIY. They all sit down and Miz asks what Truth is even doing here. Well, Judgment Day’s gone for the night. He doesn’t want them to see him like this, but he was reminiscing about all the good times. Johnny Gargano says Truth’s always cheering them up, so they’ll return the favor. They’ll get revenge on The Judgment Day. And speaking of, Ciampa has a plan. Are you ready? What? He said… Are…! You…! Ready!? Oh, Truth gets it now! They’re gonna regenerate, right? What? Y’know, Regeneration X. Now that’s what’s up! No, no, it was Degeneration- Never mind. That is what’s up, and it’s AWESOME~!

Truth says let’s do it then! Hold on, he’s taking the TV back. Don’t worry about unplugging it, ain’t no cords on it. So it’s wireless? Nope. Truth, Miz and DIY head out, just what will they do to finally get one over on Judgment Day?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

The Scottish Terminator and the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber match is in San Jose, primed to face Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship! McIntyre gets the mic to say, “We did it.” He wants to thank the fans. You don’t achieve success alone, so everyone here and around the world, thank you for praying harder than ever before. Because of them, it is happening! McIntyre VS Rollins for the WHC at Mania! McIntyre feels like hell, though. He is more jetlag than man right now, especially after being the first man in the Chamber and the last man standing. He got hurt in there, an eardrum blown out. It was a bit of an incident after the show.

McIntyre was talking with the doctor afterward, and he told McIntyre that he is hurt, he might not make WrestleMania. Fans boo, but McIntyre told the doc, “Who do you think I am? CM Punk? Nothing’s gonna stop me from making Mania!” Fans are torn, they should’ve known McIntyre was going there with this. And then McIntyre sits down cross-legged a la Punk! “Don’t look up my kilt, ya pervs.” McIntyre tells Punk that he knows it hurts not to be part of Chamber or WrestleMania, and it probably kills Punk to see McIntyre in the world title match instead. But he wants Punk to know he thought about him after the match.

McIntyre wants to do something special just for Punk. We know Punk is straightedge, doesn’t drink alcohol, so McIntyre drank twice as much for both of them to celebrate. McIntyre grins and says okay, to more serious business. He has to talk to the champ, so if he’ll indulge McIntyre, “Mr. Rollins, c’mon down.” And here he comes! The fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins makes his way out in a baggy, wine red suit. Rollins joins McIntyre in the ring, and McIntyre points to the sign. Rollins says yeah, we’ll get to that, but if McIntyre will indulge Rollins a moment… “SAN JOSE! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!”

And a congratulations to Drew McIntyre! Fans boo but Rollins says no, no, McIntyre did it. Rollins is proud of McIntyre for clawing his way back to a title match with him again. And this time, McIntyre has an opportunity to do what he’s been wanting since 2020: win the world title, but not in an empty warehouse! This time, it’ll be in front of a capacity crowd at the BIGGEST WrestleMania of all time! But… there is just one thing standing in the way. He is the Visionary, he is the Revolutionary, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The fans sing again and Rollins revels in it. McIntyre says yeah, Rollins is standing in the way.

McIntyre says beating Rollins is no easy job, but beating McIntyre is no easy job, either. So why is Rollins making it so hard on himself? We’ve seen what’s going on with Roman and Cody and The Rock, Rollins should just stop. Rollins doesn’t need that in his life. McIntyre’s talked with Rollins about this, from the bad knee to the bad back. Rollins should take time off, rest up, and be at 100% for WrestleMania. But Rollins won’t listen, doesn’t have to, he’s a grown man. But it just doesn’t make sense to McIntyre why Rollins is going to SmackDown this Friday to fight Cody’s battle when Raw needs Rollins here!

That stuff is their business, screw them! When McIntyre is champion, he won’t care if SmackDown is on fire and begging for help, McIntyre wouldn’t piss on ’em to put it out! McIntyre’s responsibility will be Raw and the World Heavyweight Championship only. But here is something for Rollins to think about: The Bloodline situation. We know where this is going, Rollins doesn’t need to go down that path. We know the outcome, it has happened time and time again, and to McIntyre personally. You push Bloodline too far, you know what happens! Their match at Mania will be a killer match, the fans going wild, Bloodline will hit the ring and cost Rollins the title!

So please, for Rollins’ sake and McIntyre’s, just back off. Fans boo and Rollins takes off the sunglasses. Rollins tells McIntyre, “I respect everything you just said. But respectfully, some risks are worth taking.” Fans cheer that, and Rollins says that he’ll be straight here. McIntyre’s known Rollins a long time, he knows what Rollins is about, so he knows that everything McIntyre just said, Rollins has already thought about. Rollins has replayed it over and over, all the negative outcomes. It’s why Rollins is the Architect, the Visionary, and the truth is… McIntyre might be right. Rollins’ knee may not be ready, the back may give out, and Bloodline might leave him broken in their wake, just like they have everyone else.

WrestleMania might be an easy night for McIntyre. McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? Like Rollins said, some risks are worth taking. He’s been selfish in his career and in his life, and Rollins thought that the goal at the end of the road would fill the void. But every single time, when Rollins got to the top, he felt empty inside. It wasn’t until he had his daughter that Rollins realized not everything is about him. There are some things in life bigger than all of us! The World Heavyweight Championship is bigger than us! Taking down the Bloodline is bigger than us! Fans cheer that!

Rollins asks McIntyre back: If they don’t take care of Bloodline before Mania, then what? Let’s say McIntyre does take the title from Rollins. It doesn’t matter if McIntyre is champion or Rollins is champion, The Bloodline wants power, and it’s only a matter of time before they come for the World Heavyweight Championship. So McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? What if Rollins’ knee is 100%? What if his back is ready to go? What if they can rip The Bloodline apart once and for all to secure the future of this industry!? Because if they can do all of that, then at WrestleMania, it is just Rollins, McIntyre and the World Heavyweight Championship.

Rollins said this before Crown Jewel, and he’ll say it again here: May the best man win. And some risks are worth taking. Rollins drops the mic and takes his leave, will this gamble go his way? Or will McIntyre find his own way to win it all?

 

Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan!

The Irresistible Force is a sore loser, determined to prove she’s far more worthy of a WrestleMania moment than every single woman that was in the Elimination Chamber match. To her point, she did get the better of them all just last week. Will she do it again tonight? Or will Liv make Nia #CryAboutIt some more?

Raw returns as Liv makes her entrance. The bell rings and Liv SHOTGUNS Nia! Liv fires off forearms but Nia shoves her away. Liv runs up to back body block! Liv runs up again, SHINING WIZARD! Liv keeps moving, but Nia stops the rana! Nia swings Liv up and around, SAMOAN DROP! Nia soaks up the heat while she paces around Liv. Nia drags Liv around to pull on the arms! The fans boo and Liv endures, but Nia STOMPS her down! Liv sputters but Nia drags her up and puts her in a corner. Nia runs in to SPLASH Liv, and Liv flops down. Nia runs back in, HIP ATTACK! Nia rubs it in quite literally, then drags Liv up.

Liv fires body shots, runs, but Nia ELBOWS her down! Nia drags Liv around, and has a leg for the STRETCH MUFFLER! Liv endures as she dangles off the mat! Nia then swings Liv into buckles! Nia drops Liv, kicks her around, and then goes to the apron. Nia lines up a shot, but Liv dodges the leg drop! Fans taunt Nia with “MY HOLE! MY HOLE!” while Nia hobbles away. Liv aims, builds speed, and DVIES! Down goes Nia and the fans fire up while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Nia has Liv in a BEARHUG! Liv endures as Nia squeezes and thrashes her around! Pat uses the telestrator to show us just how much Liv was suffering in the Stretch Muffler. Back to present, Liv fights out of the bearhug and ENZIGIRIS! Nia wobbles, and then CLOBBERS Liv! Nia runs to SENTON but misses as Liv moves! Liv goes to a corner, Nia runs up, but Liv slips to the apron! Nia hits buckles, Liv KNEES her back! Then HOTSHOTS her away! Nia staggers, Liv goes up the corner, and fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Nia staggers to the corner but Liv runs in! Nia blocks the Code Breaker!

Nia puts Liv in the corner but Liv ROCKS her! Liv leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nia is still in this and Liv grows frustrated. The fans rally up as Liv rushes Nia, but into a fireman’s carry! Liv sunset flips through, but Nia stays up! Nia drags Liv to her feet for a HEADBUTT! Liv ends up in a corner, Nia runs in, but Liv dodges, Nia POSTS herself! Nia falls out of the ring and Liv hurries to the apron! Liv runs but Nia catches her! SAMOAN DROP into the post! The fans boo but wait! BECKY LYNCH FLIES IN!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

The Man fires off on Nia and SMACKS her off the desk! And again and again and again! The fans fire up as Becky dribbles Nia! Becky then SMACKS Nia off the apron, puts her in the ring, and storms up on her to CLUB her right back out of the ring! Nia hurries up the ramp while the ref keeps Becky back! Becky wants Big Time revenge, will she tear Nia down before going after Rhea? And how will Liv feel about this when Becky’s revenge just cost her a win?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller & Austin Theory.

Cathy Kelley is now with A-Town Down Under and brings up Elimination Chamber’s “massive scoop.” Does Waller feel Cody being the guest on the Grayson Waller Effect backfired on him? Waller says once again, Waller gets the biggest scoop via his show, not surprised! Big for Waller, big for Australia, but that doesn’t change the fact Cody disrespected Waller in his home. He beat up Waller’s boy, Theory, and Waller did everything he could to protect him (not), but now they flip the script. Waller will disrespect The American Nightmare in his house, and then The Rock & Roman can pick the bones. This lad ain’t ever gonna finish his story!

Cathy thanks them for their time, will the Grayson Waller Effect be super effective? Or will nothing stop Cody from making it to Mania?

 

WWE mourns the loss of Ole Anderson.

The OG Four Horseman passed away today at the age of 81. A great tag team wrestler and one half of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, he will be missed.

 

Adam Pearce finds Becky backstage.

She says after what Nia did to her, Becky was not gonna be able to move on until she ends this. Becky wants her shot at Nia. Oh, really? Then how does next week sound? Sounds perfect to Becky. Then it’s official. Becky thanks Pearce, but then Liv storms in! Liv says she was in the middle of something out there, but guess Becky doesn’t care about anyone else. Not everything is about The Man! Liv storms off, is Becky only going to settle one score to have to worry about another?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Jackie Redmond is with Main Event Jey and says despite a hell of an effort against Gunther, not an outcome Jey wanted. How does Jey plan on getting back in the title scene? Jey says he’ll keep on being him, doing what he does, keep on showing up to Raw and being Main Event Jey Uso. Last week, he was this close to having his first singles title. Feels like when he tries to get close to something, he falls short. When he tries to complete the mission, he falls short. When he tries to do something positive for himself, he falls short. When he tries to pull himself up, he falls short. Whether it is his past enemies on Raw, or his own flesh ‘n’ blood.

Jey then spots said enemy in McIntyre. McIntyre says he knows Jey is having a tough time. McIntyre is in a good place, riding high, but he felt this was a good time to have this talk. McIntyre knows how Jey is feeling, and McIntyre wants Jey to know that from the bottom of his heart, Jey deserves it. Jey fires off on McIntyre and it’s a brawl! Refs and security rush in to pull these two apart! The Scottish Terminator can’t help himself when it comes to pushing buttons, but will he regret getting on Jey’s bad side?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

The American Nightmare wants after The Rock, but it seems the Aussie Icon has just ended up a pawn in the Bloodline’s game. Will Cody get past this obstacle to have a clear path to WrestleMania? Or will Waller be drinking a shoey in The Tribal Chief’s honor?

Raw returns as Cody makes his entrance, the fans singing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Cody. Waller is annoyed by that as he circles with Cody. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks for the takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free and hits another takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free again and waistlocks. Waller elbows free, runs up and bumps Cody off buckle! Waller taunts the fans but they rally behind Cody. Waller JABS Cody, CLUBS him, but Cody turns things around to CHOP! Cody stalks Waller to a corner, whips him corner to corner but Waller reverses hard!

Waller storms up to cravat Cody and fires off knees! Fans boo but Theory soaks it up for Waller. Waller throws body shots on Cody, has him against ropes and CLUBS him. Waller ROCKS Cody with a forearm, throws body shots, and he keeps Cody on the ropes. Waller wrenches and whips Cody but Cody reverses to kick, drop and RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then reels Waller in to suplex, and he holds Waller up! Fans cheer as Cody waits until ten for the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then clotheslines Waller up and out! Fans fire up as Cody stands tall and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Cody throws body shots to get free of a chinlock. But then Waller LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Waller keeps on Cody with a cravat and he cranks the neck wrench. Waller says he won’t let Cody disrespect him! The fans rally, Cody fights up, and commentary says Paul Heyman is somewhere in the building. Did he bring The Bloodline with him? Cody throws more body shots to get free, then he CHOPS! Waller kicks low, reels Cody in to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody CLOBBERS Waller, goes to a corner then goes up and over, to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up with Cody as he rises!

Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Waller stays in this but then Theory distracts Cody! Cody glares at Theory, runs him off, but Waller is up, to JAB! Cody drops to his knees, and Theory says that’s teamwork! Fans boo but Waller whips. Cody ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE! Theory is sent tumbling up and over the desk!! The fans fire up but Waller goes out to LARIAT Cody down! Waller puts Cody in, says this is the real deal, and he somersaults, but Cody dodges the flatliner! CODY CUTTER! The fans fire up again and Cody dragon sleepers for the CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under probably wishes they’d stayed home on this one! Cody is rolling down the Road to WrestleMania, but “Ladies and gentlemen,” The Wise Man confirms he is here by stepping on stage. Heyman has private security but Cody still gets a chair! Cody also gets a mic while Heyman says it’d figure “San Josie” would boo ladies. They’re ruining his shtick! Heyman continues his introduction, but Cody doesn’t give a damn! If this is a set-up, then come get him! Heyman has everyone calm down. This is not a Bloodline set-up. The only member of The Bloodline here tonight is Heyman. Does anyone see a drop of Polynesian blood anywhere in the security?

That’s rhetorical, because the answer is no. These gentlemen are Heyman’s “friends” from the NYPD. They are off-duty, technically, because they’re suspended, but that’s a whole different story. Heyman came here to California to let us know no one wants an apology. Heyman understands how insulting it must be to get Will Smith’d across the face. But Heyman wants Cody needs to take The Rock’s name out of his freakin’ mouth. Because The Tribal Chief, Roman…! Reigns…! has authorized Heyman to let Cody know, that if Cody does not back away from this… Like, you can’t just say you want a match with The Rock and then it magically happens.

Well, it magically happens if you ARE The Rock, but Cody screwed that all up, didn’t he? See, a year ago, they were crying in the ring with each other, Heyman forgives Cody. But The Rock doesn’t. And understanding that Cody is in the WrestleMania main event with Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Championship, Heyman is begging and pleading, “Please, Cody. Please. Pretty please, with a cherry on top… Withdraw this challenge from The Rock… or else.” Cody takes a seat and asks, “Or else what, Mr. Heyman?” Does Heyman wanna know why Cody hasn’t rained holy terror on this mic about Heyman’s new boy, Dwayne? Why Cody hasn’t trashed The Rock in media?

It’s simple! Like everyone here, Cody was a fan of The Rock! How could he not be? Put yourself in Cody’s shoes! He comes from a family where every meal was determined by ticket sales, and nobody sold more than The Rock! But Cody is done, fed up with being nice! If this is a set-up, then like Cody said, “Come and get me.” Heyman says he has a better idea. Heyman and his “friends” go to the apron and Heyman asks if he may step inside. Heyman may not. Heyman says that’s just rude. But the “friends” step in and Cody says okay, then he’ll make this clear. If one more person steps towards Cody, he is dropping every single person in this ring.

The fans fire up and Heyman says okay, he respects that. As Cody will surely respect that his threat doesn’t apply if Heyman is that one person, right? WRONG! Cody gets his chair and he JAMS everyone up! Then SMACKS them all down! And then CHUCKS the chair into the one guys’ face! CROSS RHODES!! The fans fire up as Cody stands his ground! He dares Heyman to send The Bloodline, but Heyman has his phone to call Roman Reigns. And another phone to call The Rock! Cody says go ahead, call whoever he’s got! Because the Bloodline isn’t hunting Cody, Cody is hunting The Bloodline!

Heyman looks a little worried as Cody has another round to JAM and SMACK the “friends!” Cody TOSSES one, TOSSES another, then TOSSES the third! Did this little stunt backfire in the worst way possible for The Bloodline?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, with great build upon the WrestleMania stories. I really like this intertwining of stories between Judgment Day and other groups. Great opening promo from Dom, Rhea and Becky, which then turned into Nia attacking Becky, which then in turn became Becky attacking Nia during her match with Liv. Now, while we’re getting Nia VS Becky 2, it feels like Liv is adding Becky to the revenge tour. There’s talk of Triple Threats for world titles at every 10th WrestleMania, what if it was for the Women’s World Championship? Granted, it’d be a shame since Becky fought her way to earn the shot, but it would hearken back to Mania 35 where Becky won a Triple Threat.

Judgment Day confronting Imperium over the Intercontinental Championship was some good stuff. And I do appreciate that even Rhea felt Dom was biting off more than he could chew stepping to Gunther. Now, it sure feels like they want Sami to get his shot after that encounter with Gunther, but I like that Andrade is also in the mix after his talk with Dom. Sami VS Nakamura was an awesome opening match, it probably should be Sami given he mentioned “doing something historic” last week. But Sami having to get through Andrade, Bronson, Gable and maybe even Dom would really make it a great road to Mania.

Awesome Street Fight tag match, too, and I was rather surprised Imperium won. But I have a feeling Kaiser & Vinci will be getting in on the Undisputed Tag Team Championship story, same as The Awesome Truth. Good but short promo from Truth, Miz & DIY to keep up the “DIY is DX” gag and establish that the feud is continuing. Awesome Truth still feels like they’re set for their shot at Mania, but maybe Imperium and a team from SmackDown get involved to make it easier for Finn & Priest to lose the belts.

Raquel all but squashing Chelsea was entertaining, though Shayna & Zoey all but squashing Candice & Indi was a little disappointing. I suppose Shayna & Zoey are still being established as challengers for DMG CTRL, we might get a Fatal 4 tag title match for the women. As I said at Chamber, maybe Bianca gets in on the tag title story since the top titles are spoken for. Meanwhile, great promo from McIntyre with Rollins, though it maybe took a little too long to get where it was going. It is good character stuff from McIntyre to be hypocritically worried The Bloodline is going to screw Rollins over when McIntyre just wants the title regardless.

Great bit with McIntyre and Jey, too, though it felt like Jey was just going on and on to stall for time as McIntyre was heading over there. McIntyre VS Jey one more time will be really good stuff to give McIntyre momentum going towards Mania. And really good stuff from Cody Rhodes tonight. Good promo before his match, good promo from Waller as well, and really good main event from Cody VS Waller. Heyman showing up was a nice surprise, though it was a weird move for him to bring fake cops that were supposedly suspended. We all knew they were getting beat up by Cody anyway, maybe this was some kind of adlib to keep from Cody beating down Jimmy and/or Solo. There’s a very good chance that happens on SmackDown anyway, so they probably didn’t wanna be redundant.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


My Thoughts:

A great finale to the New Beginning series here, though it’s a shame Tanahashi is hurt and could not take Nemeth up on his invitation to have a tag match, nor could he be part of the 10 Man Tag with Okada and Chaos. It’s an ankle injury, hopefully he’ll be alright. But at the same time, he doesn’t really have to wrestle, he’s President of NJPW now and should be taking it easy. Anyhow, great tag match from the Guerillas of Destiny to be Tama’s sendoff. As such, Leo & ELP naturally won, and they take the banner up for GOD, certainly as a tag team. I don’t think Loa’s leaving NJPW, so maybe Loa becomes a singles guy within the faction?

Bushi beating Taka, Douki beating Hiromu, Taichi beating Takagi, Just5Guys win that best of three, but LIJ wins out the night because both Yota and Naito win the last two matches. A really good, really cerebral match from Yota and Yuya, the storytelling of wanting to win with Young Lion moves continues between them, and I really liked how many times Yuya countered the Gene Blast, only for one to still hit. The New Japan Cup is up next, I’m sure Yota is going to have a strong showing as he tries for the world title.

Naito VS Sanada was really good, though I’m not sure it was quite like their WrestleKingdom match. But I suppose part of that was that of course Naito won. I appreciated the parallel to Yota VS Yuya with Sanada failing to hit Deadfall again and again. Naito then snatches the win with a cradle, not a finisher, technically keeping Sanada strong. I’m just not sure how Sanada does in the New Japan Cup. English commentary was pointing out getting Naito VS Sanada Part 3 through the New Japan Cup would be too much.

Sanada could obviously go for a different title in the meantime, though I have no idea what one. Just5Guys already feuded with House of Torture, they can’t default to that and the NEVER Openweight title. Nemeth just got the Global title and Riddle just got the NJPW World TV title, so I don’t think they’d lose to Sanada, but those would make for some interesting feuds. And I don’t even think Sanada would care about the KOPW Championship, though it would  be interesting to see what matches he’d come up with.

My Score: 8.8/10


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