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The First Ever Year End Mitchell Medal Mania!

Let’s remember what was GOOD about 2020!



Mitchell Medal Mania Special

I’m practically GIVING these away! (Okay not really)

It’s as obvious as the sun in the sky that 2020 has been an awful year for many different reasons. But as the year is ending, I want us all to look back and remember the things that were actually GOOD! Specific to wrestling, of course.

As with when I gave the first ever “Mitchell Medal” to AEW for winning the first year of the Wednesday Night War, these medals aren’t outright for “The Best [category]” winner or even “The Worst [category]” winner here. These will be for the people, moments and more that were worth honoring. And speaking of, the first medal of Mitchell Medal Mania goes to the Wednesday Night War itself!

Mitchell Medal for Year-Defining Achievement:
The Wednesday Night War

Wednesday Night War Mitchell Medal

Yes, I’m just reusing the same image. The Wednesday Night War started in 2019 but the obvious majority of it was in 2020, and both NXT and AEW were doing incredible work the entire time because of it. AEW was mostly just trying to establish themselves in the world of wrestling, but they were also trying to stick it to WWE. There was counter programming from both sides in those attempts to outdo the other, and the real winners were all of us, the fans. The second year of the “war” is already through its first quarter, but both companies are definitely keeping their momentum going. I already can’t wait to give out another medal to year two’s winner.


Mitchell Medal for Innovation and Improvisation:
WWE Money in the Bank 2020

Mitchell Medal MITBOTR

Something that was also year-defining but in a horrible way was, of course, COVID-19. And many, many, many people were worried about our American wrestling companies continuing on to entertain us, or at least attempt to in some cases. But one thing that WWE definitely does well is pull off improvising.

Now, WrestleMania 36 did great in following the philosophy of, “The show must go on,” and had two nights capped off with great moments, including two different yet equally amazing cinematic matches. The Boneyard Match and the Firefly Fun House Match definitely deserve awards, but I’m giving one to MITB 2020 because how both the Men’s and Women’s MITB matches went to new levels by becoming a cinematic crossover extravaganza. There were gags, special guest appearances, and even a massive food fight. Things may have worked out very differently for each winner, such as Asuka immediately becoming Raw Women’s Champion from Becky Lynch’s maternity leave while Otis was slowly robbed of everything he had in WWE, but the event itself was good stuff, as I rated it 8.5 out of 10.


Mitchell Medal for Brutally Raising the Bar:
NXT UK Championship – WALTER VS Ilja Dragunov

Mitchell Medal NXT UK

The Moscow Madman promised us his match with the Ring General would “redefine violence,” and did it ever! It was certainly the best match Walter has had since joining NXT UK, the best match Dragunov had since joining NXT UK, probably the best match that title has seen in its short life. It was NXT UK’s perfect follow-up to NXT USA’s Halloween Havoc, because there was blood and bruising rarely seen, but not in such a way that it was outright horrifying or unsettling. It was good, old fashioned fighting, in the way that only pro-wrestling can do. Dragunov sold it like he actually needed medical attention afterwards, elevating both himself and Walter together in that match.

I still question if Walter retaining was the right move, but maybe it was to set Dragunov up for a heroic journey back up from the bottom to become the man that truly and definitively dethrones Walter from the top of the brand. He hadn’t been seen for over a month on the brand because to be honest, he believably could’ve been recovering that entire time. Then, his promo from December 17th was quite the surprise. A reinvented Dragunov? I can’t even fathom it.


Mitchell Medal for Historic Achievement:
Kota Ibushi

Mitchell Medal Kota Ibushi G1

As you can tell from the image, this is specifically for The Golden Star’s win at G1 Climax 30. He achieved two different accomplishments this year in regards to NJPW’s premier singles tournament: first, he went three in a row for G1 Climax finals appearances with 28, 29 and 30; second, he went back-to-back in winning the G1 Climax 30 Finals, as pictured on the medal. That is astounding, because it shows NJPW has acknowledged Ibushi’s incredible athletic talent.

Of course, Ibushi also made history this year at Power Struggle by being the first G1 Climax winner ever to lose his Right to Challenge contract. This was probably so that Ibushi wasn’t an invincible juggernaut going into WrestleKingdom 15, since World Tag League x Best of the Super Juniors was a long period of downtime for him. But at the same time, Tetsuya Naito used the fact that WK15 was another two-day event to give Ibushi his shot at the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships anyway. We’re just days away from that, so who knows if Ibushi wins the titles so that he gets his revenge on Jay White on January 5th. If he does, he might end up winning another Mitchell Medal for just general badass awesomeness.


Mitchell Medal for Unique Facial Expression:
Kenny Omega

Mitchell Medal Omega Face

Smug, vindicated, and perhaps a bit bored. These were perhaps just a few of the emotions on the face pictured there, from the night Kenny Omega CRUSHED Sonny Kiss in the opening round of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament. It is such a great expression, it needed to be celebrated and remembered. It and that first long winded introduction for Omega also signaled the beginning of The Cleaner returning to his true form, and how he would win the entire tournament to be Jon Moxley’s challenger, and the battle they had for AEW “Winter is Coming” that turned into a shocking title change and crossover project with Impact Wrestling! And the start of all that, in my mind, will be signified by that face right there.


Mitchell Medal for Perfect Pacing:
Hangman Adam Page

Mitchell Medal Hangman Page

No, “pacing” is not for how Hangman drinks. Though I’m sure real-life Adam Page drinks at a much more moderate and responsible rate than kayfabe Hangman does. I’m talking about the pacing of Hangman’s story ever since AEW started as a company. Honestly, this could even apply to Hangman’s entire career from the moment I first saw him in ROH as BJ Whitmer’s sidekick. Hangman has fought his way up from that, to establishing himself through NJPW and the Bullet Club, to joining The Elite and helping create AEW.

Then there’s basically everything he’s done in AEW. He battled Chris Jericho but lost in that inaugural championship match. He teamed with Omega out of neither of them having much, and turning it all into an AEW World Tag Team Championship reign, that then became a heart wrenching loss and break-up. That break-up then became a stellar 1v1 at Full Gear, which again, Omega won. And having it framed around how he drinks, without it being too real or depressing, has worked perfectly for him in drawing us fans in.

While Cody Rhodes was first to do a story of, “If I don’t win this world title now, I’ll never challenge for it!” far too early, and while the Young Bucks did their own as year two of AEW got started, Hangman Page is on the right track to do that story right. If he were to do go past AEW Revolution in February, and perhaps the third round of summer events in 2021, and then, for the third-ever AEW All Out, he says “If I don’t win this title now, I’m never challenging again,” THAT would be the perfect way to do it. His struggles have been THE perfectly executed, perfectly paced story telling I have seen perhaps ever.


Mitchell Medal for Breakout Badass:
Shotzi Blackheart

Mitchell Medal Shotzi is Badass

Shotzi Blackheart first showed up in NXT on January 15th in the Women’s Championship Contender Battle Royal, and immediately made an impression as she took it to established veterans and was the one to eliminate two-time NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler. Shotzi would then build momentum slowly but surely, got to have a very unique entrance riding in on the toy tank she’s pictured there with, and would get high profile rival after high profile rival. Also RIP Shotzi’s original tank, 1/29/2011/4/20. Her new tank from WarGames 2020 is awesome, though.

Shotzi also got another unique and impressive distinction by being the host of the first ever NXT Halloween Havoc! Shotzi killed it right down to her costumes, though I still wish she got to do more then. And it was the part she played in Candice LeRae’s story that night that then propelled them both into this year’s TakeOver: WarGames, which had a tank on the logo because it was all about Shotzi! Shotzi being the team captain of a team that had Ember Moon, Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai, that itself is huge!

The match was great stuff, but sadly Team Shotzi didn’t win. Perhaps Shotzi would have become too powerful if her team won in Shotzi’s first WarGames, even though Rhea and Candice won their match when it was just two of them. But with 2021 literally just a day away, Shotzi is going to make it her year.


Mitchell Medal for Masterful Storytelling:
The “Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns story

Mitchell Medal Tribal Chief

I for one definitely acknowledged Roman Reigns as the Tribal Chief, the head of the table, etc. for what he’s been doing since he returned at SummerSlam this year. He did as his first new shirt said, “Wreck Everyone & Leave” in a very Stone Cold way, but then immediately started morphing his character by revealing he had Paul Heyman as his “Special Counsel.” Then adding in Jey Uso, who became singles wrestler because Jimmy was injured, things took on amazing new depth we hadn’t yet seen from either of them. Clash of Champions, Hell in a Cell, and even Survivor Series all had outstanding builds and incredible matches because of both Roman, Jey, and Drew McIntyre.

Jey increased his own character development after Survivor Series, that brutality against Otis and Kevin Owens, great stuff. And then we got Roman VS Kevin at TLC in a TLC match, and they did a great job teasing us into thinking Kevin was going to win, because he was so close to getting the belt with both hands at one point. Honestly, how much better could they have done? Everything about this story has been superb, and you’d have to be a complete anti-WWE type to not like this.


Another Mitchell Medal for Masterful Storytelling:
Bayley and Sasha Banks

Mitchell Medal Bayley and Banks

This one should be as obvious, maybe even more so, than the Reigns story. Bayley and Sasha were always on again, off again frenemies, and as you can see in the picture, they reunited shortly after WrestleMania 36 with the mission to win all of the gold in WWE. They succeeded short of one of them having the NXT Women’s Championship (and technically NXT UK’s title would be on the table, too), and then they found a way to steer things back to them being enemies, but with Bayley going Heel instead of Sasha and having a great Hell in a Cell match in which Sasha became the third-ever Women’s Grand Slam Champion. Whether fighting against each other or together, Bayley and Sasha are definitely going down as two of the greatest women in this generation, and they’re still in their primes.


Mitchell Medal for Incredible Musical Promo:
Chris Jericho & MJF, “Me and My Shadow”

Mitchell Medal Y2J MJF

The Dinner Debonair did not disappoint! In fact, it blew all expectations out of the water and is the most unique segment this year and from the last several years. And “musical” isn’t just for the fact they were singing. It was like something out of a musical, as in a play or film with singing and dancing. Chris Jericho and Maxwell Jacob Friedman are both charismatic and entertaining, it was only natural that they’d interact in AEW, but their entire story together has continued to go above and beyond. But specifically, this segment was like the catalyst that really got things going, and there’s just not enough I can really say about it.


Mitchell Medal for Legacy and Longevity:
Chris Jericho

Mitchell Medal: Chris Jericho

And of course, Jericho himself gets a medal all his own for what he’s done in AEW. That picture right there is of course from the hilarious moment during his feud with Orange Cassidy where actual orange juice is dropped on him, The Inner Circle, and Jericho’s supposed $7000 white suit jacket. While Jericho continued to transform his character by becoming a team leader, while he continued to be hilariously obnoxious, and while he reveled in fans singing along with his theme song, Judas, Jericho also made sure to do the best thing any 30 year veteran of pro-wrestling could do, and that is put the new generation over.

He and Jungle Boy went to the end of a 15 minute time limit. He of course founded the Inner Circle, the avenue upon which newer stars like Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz could shine, and of course he put Cassidy over in their eventual blow-off, the first-ever Mimosa Mayhem match. And of course, Jericho’s work with MJF has been incredible, as the previous medal indicates. Jericho is perhaps the actual GOAT of his generation because he’s stuck with pro-wrestling, he’s never gotten stale, and he’s apparently modest enough behind the scenes to know who the gems of this generation are and shines them up even more. Jericho wanted fans to say it all along, and fans have been saying it more lately, so I’ll say it, too: #ThankYouJericho, here’s a PNG file I made, hope you like it. Actually, he kinda looks like the MGM lion, doesn’t he?


Another Mitchell Medal for Legacy and Longevity:
The Undertaker

Mitchell Medal Thank You Taker

While The Undertaker didn’t do a lot this year, I did mention the Boneyard Match being a great cinematic match for WWE, and a great farewell for him as far as “in-ring” action. This year was also his 30th anniversary, as the WWE made sure we understood with Survivor Series 2020. If that tagline of #TheBestoftheBest was for nothing else, it was for him, as we all bid him a #FinalFarewell on the exact night that was his 30th anniversary. Taker’s legacy, 11/22/1990 to 11/22/2020, is filled with memorable moment after memorable moment, and I think those fans who have only been aware of Taker for the last 5 years can understand how momentous that final night was. Though it was said so much leading up to that night, let’s say it again truly one last time: #ThankYouTaker.


Mitchell Medal for Someone We All Miss:
Jon Huber, aka Brodie Lee, aka Luke Harper

Mitchell Medal Brodie

There has already been a great outpouring from fans, wrestlers and promotions for a man we lost over the holidays and far, far too soon. It only made sense to honor him further with the last but far from least Mitchell Medal. A great wrestler, a great presence backstage and a great man up and down, with AEW even changing their year-end plans to give him a proper tribute show where kayfabe was put aside for just a lot of fun matches best featuring those who knew him, worked with him, and loved him. On behalf of the fans, including us fans here at The Chairshot, #ThankYouBrodie.


So there you have it. A baker’s dozen of medals for 2020, a great start to what might become a tradition, though maybe not yearly. It might become even more frequent that that if more awesome things happen and I just can’t wait to talk about them for the whole year. Only time will tell. I hope you guys like the ones given out here, and feel free to comment about wrestlers, moments, etc. that happened in 2020 that you felt should’ve been recognized.

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

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



John Cena Last Match Randy Orton WWE WrestleMania 41

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable Mentions:

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

5. CM Punk

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

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

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

4. Roman Reigns

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

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

3. Bron Breakker

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

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

2. R-Truth

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

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

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

1. Randy Orton

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

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

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

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

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

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Greg DeMarco’s WrestleMania 40 Saturday Results & Review

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



Sami Zayn WrestleMania 40

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

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

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

Greg’s pre-show prediction: Rhea Ripley retains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners via belt retrieval, AND NEW:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brother vs Brother: Jey Uso vs. Jimmy Uso

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

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

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

Winner, via pinfall: Jey Uso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intercontinental Championship – Sami Zayn vs. GUNTHER (champion)

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

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

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

Winner via pinfall, AND NEW Intercontinental Champion: Sami Zayn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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