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Sarah: 8 WWE Superstars Who Could Benefit From Joining AEW

With all the discussion of creative differences, and a seemingly greener pasture available; Sarah brings us her Top 8 WWE names that might benefit from some new scenery!



With all the discussion of creative differences, and a seemingly greener pasture available; Sarah brings us her Top 8 WWE names that might benefit from some new scenery!

AEW’s Double or Nothing PPV is in the books, and what a statement the flourishing company has made in pro wrestling.  From stellar matches to shocking debuts, AEW has the hype that will take the company through 2019 and beyond.

AEW’s success looms to be a legitimate threat to WWE, who has seen declining rating and unhappy Superstars in addition to that.  Fans crave an alternative that reminds them of why they love pro wrestling in the first place.  While WWE has been complacent at best, AEW delivered on that promise to bring something new to the table.

Following Double or Nothing, many fans are speculating as to what could happen next with the company.  The Emancipation of Jox Moxley episode from Talk is Jericho undoubtedly raises more speculation among fans.  The former Dean Ambrose was one of WWE’s top stars whose unhappiness led to depression and a dying love for the sport that initially saved him.

One of the quotes that stands out from Double or Nothing speaks so many volumes, “Prepare Yourself For a New Standard”.  What was once thought impossible has been realized, and with the talent, masterminds, and legit financial backing that makes up AEW, this movement revitalizes hope and new life into pro wrestling.

With those realizations on top of Moxley’s epiphanies comes the idea that other WWE Superstars will perhaps follow his footsteps in due time.  More and more Superstars have been reported to be unhappy.  Backstage reports of “hush money” add to the stress of those whose dreams of performing in the ring are unassumingly dashed.

While us analysts could more than likely write a book on who should leave the company for new opportunities in AEW is an understatement.  Mapping out who could use the opportunities the most, while debatable, fans know these talents deserve better.  If Moxley’s podcast was anything to go by, then it poses a much bigger problem with those who barely get TV time at all.

Veterans such as Dolph Ziggler would be a great addition to the AEW roster.  After his feud concludes with WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, what is next for the former WWE Champion?  Ziggler is considered one of WWE’s most underrated Superstars.  Ziggler’s contract reports and his time off of TV alludes to doing different things once his WWE career is over.

Asuka has been the victim of WWE’s poor booking since joining the main roster.  The once-unstoppable Empress of Tomorrow has suffered meaningless losses and fell victim in the cusp of Charlotte Flair favoritism.  Her SmackDown Women’s Championship loss to Flair has many fans giving up hope on the Japanese powerhouse, she has yet to invoke her rematch clause.  However being paired with Kairi Sane isn’t a bad idea, but Asuka has yet to recover from the booking mishap of the Championship.

The team of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson really goes without saying.  The former Bullet Club members saw bits and pieces of success, but nothing long-term.  The former WWE Raw Tag Team Champions are popular among fans, thanks to their huge success in NJPW.

EC3 has come a long way from his initial NXT days as Derrick Bateman.  He went on to perfect his skills and character in TNA, being able to transform himself into a bigger name like Drew McIntyre did.  However his main roster transition has been tragic.  His WWE career is on the edge of dying just as fast as he started back.

Again, while debatable, these 8 WWE Superstars could use some revitalization.  This is no fault of their own, but victims of careless booking and being lost in the shuffle has proven detrimental for them.


1.  Luke Harper

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Back in April, Harper announced via Twitter that he would be requesting his release from WWE.  However, it was reported that his release was denied in addition to his contract being extended due to time off from injury.

Harper saw moderate success as being 1/3 of The Wyatt Family.  As Bray Wyatt’s right hand man, Harper stood out due to his size and his ring skills.  Harper’s character fit right in with the Wyatt Family, looking as if he came straight out of the swamp lands.

Harper also enjoyed solo success, gaining the Intercontinental Championship for a short time in 2014.  After The Wyatt Family disbanded, Harper and third member Erick Rowan struggled to stay a force in the Tag Team Division.  There was hope with the team when they were rebranded as the Bludgeon Brothers.  Harper and Rowan’s new attitude escalated them to be top contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championships.

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Their Championship reign was cut short due to Rowan suffering a bicep injury.  The Bludgeon Brothers faded out with Harper lost in the shuffle.  Harper could be considered underrated due to unfortunate incidences, however he rose to the occasion when called upon.  Now that Rowan has a new role with Daniel Bryan, Harper finds himself at a crossroads.  Perhaps AEW is in his future.


2.  Shelton Benjamin

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This super-talented WWE veteran is one of the most underrated Superstars in WWE history.  A true craftsman in pro wrestling, Benjamin has had his share of history-making moments from his time in the Tag Team Division as a part of Team Angle to the first Money in the Bank matches.

His return to the company received hype-filled vignettes, only for him to enjoy little success.  His teaming up with Chad Gable brought them several opportunities to win the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.  The team was never able to capture the Championships.

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Benjamin has made sporadic appearances on SmackDown and Raw since then, however nothing has materialized into a sufficient storyline.  Benjamin’s experience from WWE and NJPW would be beneficial should he ever make the jump to AEW.  This fan will take Benjamin vs. Kenny Omega.


3.  Rusev

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Rusev and Lana both have expressed their frustration and unhappiness with the company for quite some time now.  One could speculate that the power couple will soon be the latest to head out of WWE for better opportunities.

Rusev started off strong, just like others before him in the past.  His ruthless style was feared, deeming him unstoppable.  His feud with John Cena back in 2015 was a sign that big things were ahead from the Bulgarian Brute.  After a failed stint with the League of Nations, Rusev found a light at the end of the tunnel with his “Rusev Day” catchphrase in 2017.

As soon as it started, the Rusev Day phenomenon ended.  Since then, Rusev has struggled to get the TV time that he used to get.  Of course, Rusev has been utilized more than others that will be mentioned in this blog.  However, nothing has seemed to click for the promising Superstar.  He has recently been teaming with Shinsuke Nakamura, though the team hasn’t found any kind of success.

Photo: WWE

Rusev has shown different sides to his character over time, and that means that he can adapt and is versatile.  AEW could benefit from a powerhouse such as Rusev, who has proven he can get over as both a good guy and a bad guy.  The talent is there, but the real scenario is keeping the focus on him once something clicks.  It seems that WWE gives up on Rusev before it really gets started.


4.  Dana Brooke

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Dana Brooke may have found herself in a more prominent role recently thanks to the Sasha Banks sabbatical.  However, Brooke has been one of the Superstars in the Women’s Division who has expressed to have more opportunities.

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Brooke’s gymnastics background certainly helps her stand out among the other Superstars in the Women’s Division.  And while she has taken part in the Women’s Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank matches, Brooke hasn’t tasted success.

Brooke certainly has room for improvement.  Working with AEW’s Women’s Division could help her grow into a better-rounded wrestler.  A change of scenery could help Brooke out as well, helping her find a better fit for her character and reinventing herself along the way.


5.  Tyler Breeze

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Prince Pretty was a mainstay on NXT before coming onto the main roster.  Breeze did enjoy some success as one-half of Breezango.  However, Breeze has been lost in the shuffle on SmackDown, which would lead fans to forget how great this talent is.

Breeze has recently made his return to NXT, where he took part in NXT Takeover: XXV.  He took on NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream in what was a great showing.  Breeze has also altered his look, which can help him in this transition.

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An arrogant male model who loved taking selfies, Breeze was over in NXT and was the one who could be depended on to carry out a strong match.  A highlight for Breeze was being the opponent for the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger.  Unfortunately having a gimmick such as the model would set up for some comedic relief backstage.  Breeze is entertaining for sure, but he can also put on a performance in the ring.

His connection with the former Tye Dillinger would be a key to AEW.  The two have opened a wrestling school together recently, which will more than likely open some doors in the future.  His growing experience will certainly help post-WWE should Breeze decide to take his talents elsewhere.


6.  Shinsuke Nakamura

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After listening to the Emancipation of Jon Moxley, Nakamura was the first Superstar I thought of afterwards.  It has been reported that Nakamura has been unhappy with the company.  Considering his success in NJPW and worldwide reputation, it is no surprise that Nakamura would be in that predicament.

WWE fans got a tease of what Nakamura could do with his feud against AJ Styles.  Their feud in NJPW was something many fans caught onto prior to Styles’ shocking move to WWE.  Nakamura’s wrestling style doesn’t compare to what WWE likes to do and it shows.  Nakamura is extremely versatile in the ring in addition to his larger than life character.

Nakamura is a rock star, and it is anything but in WWE.  More than likely Nakamura will return to NJPW in the future, but it doesn’t rule out an AEW appearance as well.  AEW would be breaking new ground for him whereas NJPW will be what Nakamura is used to.  Moxley’s impending NJPW dates opens way for Nakamura to explore those options post-WWE.


7.  Mickie James

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If the AEW Women’s Division could benefit from a veteran wrestler, look no further than Mickie James.

James’ career highlights include being a six-time WWE Women’s Champion in addition to being one of the trailblazers for the Women’s Evolution.  James’ characters are nothing short of crossing the lines, and AEW fits that bill.  With James’ insatiable charisma and talent, seeing her lock up with those such as Britt Baker and Kylie Rae would be highlights.

James’ time in WWE this go-round has established Alexa Bliss as one of the roster’s top Superstars.  James was a prominent factor for both Bliss and Becky Lynch with the first SmackDown Women’s Main event and establishing the SmackDown Women’s Championship.  Meaning, her run with WWE has not been a waste.

James has proven her worth in WWE, and perhaps she isn’t finished in the square circle just yet.


8.  Apollo Crews

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Apollo Crews is insanely talented, but most fans wouldn’t know that thanks to his sparingly use on WWE TV.  A promising talent, Crews didn’t spend much time in NXT.  His quick transition to the main roster has proven almost fatal with nothing to back up the hype of this up and comer.

Crews would be one of the top candidates that possibly could reinvent himself in AEW.  As the former Uhaa Nation, Crews carried a reputation that wowed audiences with his agile move set.  His time in WWE has done him no favors, but his jumping ship elsewhere would mean everything to a growing AEW.

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Crews doesn’t lack in the talent department at all, however he could be better utilized.  A potential powerhouse, Crews’ talent knows no limits when used properly.  Becoming an afterthought is what he doesn’t need, because Crews deserves much better than what he’s getting in WWE.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Honorable Mentions:

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

5. CM Punk

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

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

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

4. Roman Reigns

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

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

3. Bron Breakker

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

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

2. R-Truth

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

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

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

1. Randy Orton

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

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

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

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

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

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Greg DeMarco’s WrestleMania 40 Saturday Results & Review

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



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

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

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

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Rhea Ripley retains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners via belt retrieval, AND NEW:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brother vs Brother: Jey Uso vs. Jimmy Uso

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

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

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

Winner, via pinfall: Jey Uso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intercontinental Championship – Sami Zayn vs. GUNTHER (champion)

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

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

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

Winner via pinfall, AND NEW Intercontinental Champion: Sami Zayn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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