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Cook’s AEW Revolution 2022 Gambling Picks

Much like The Acclaimed, AEW Revolution has arrived! And Steve Cook is back with your gambling picks for the evening!



Much like The Acclaimed, AEW Revolution has arrived! And Steve Cook is back with your gambling picks for the evening!

It’s been a minute since I did one of these! This is our first pro wrestling gambling column of 2022, largely because I forgot to do one for the Royal Rumble. These things happen, but now we’re back for AEW’s first PPV event of the year. Revolution looks like it should be a fun night of wrestling, but wouldn’t it be even more fun if you made some money in the process?

I think so! That’s why I’m taking a look at the BetOnline  odds & seeing where you can make some money. Every match except one has a line. Good times! Let’s start a betting revolution…

Buy-In Match:
House of Black (Malikai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews) vs. Death Triangle (Pac, Penta Oscuro, Erick Redbeard)

This was added during Friday’s Rampage show, and I’m not really sure why. Does the Buy-In really need three matches? I would have saved this for Dynamite, as that show will probably be light on the wrestling like most post-PPV shows are. Maybe Redbeard’s not allowed to leave the state of Florida, I don’t know.

If a line gets added to this prior to the show, expect the House of Black to be favored. Buddy Matthews losing his first AEW match would be enough to get a lot of online folks to riot.

Buy-In Match:
Hook (-1000) vs. QT Marshall (+500)

There’s no reason to even put this match on the board, as we all know that Hook is killing QT for his sins. Some have complained about this whole thing, and I have no idea why. The perfect way to use QT Marshall is have him work with a rookie and make them look like a million bucks, and I have no doubt he’ll do that here. As awesome as Hook is, it’s too early to book him in the “dream matches” that people think they want to see. Having him go through QT and people on that level first is the right way to go.

Buy-In Match:
Kris Statlander (-170) vs. “Legit” Leyla Hirsch (+130)

This feud’s been somewhat under the radar for awhile now, and really hasn’t done much for either wrestler. Perhaps actually having a singles match will help?

Hirsch is the heel, but Statlander’s interview where she said she understood why Hirsch’s parents put her up for adoption didn’t exactly get the face reaction people were hoping for. Leyla had beat Kris up a few times, so some dislike is understandable…but it felt like a little too much to many viewers. In Statlander’s defense, it’s not like aliens are known for having human feelings like compassion or understanding. It also didn’t help that nothing was done until the booking of this match three weeks later. The whole thing just seems awkward, you know?

It should be a decent wrestling match, but it also has less heat behind it than anything on the show. I guess Kris Statlander wins since she’s got slightly more buzz behind her right now, but I remember when she had a lot more.

Face of the Revolution Ladder Match:
Keith Lee (+100) vs. Orange Cassidy (+800) vs. Powerhouse Hobbs (+1000) vs. Ricky Starks (+650) vs. Wardlow (+100) vs. Christian Cage (+1000)

Winner gets a TNT Championship match against either Sammy Guevara or Scorpio Sky, who’s getting a shot this Wednesday. It’ll probably be Sammy, so I wouldn’t read too much into that part of the situation. Some interesting names here, but the most interesting name is that of Wardlow, who seems to be on the verge of telling MJF & Shawn Spears where to go. Having him win here would be a big move in that direction, and that’s what I think will happen.

If you’re looking for an underdog to make some money on, which is what we try to do here…Ricky Starks winning is always a good thing in my book.

Six-Man Tornado Tag Team Match:
Andrade El Idolo, Isiah Kassidy & Matt Hardy (+250) vs. Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara & Sting (-400)

Sammy, Darby & Andrade put on quite the show on Friday night, resulting in Sammy retaining the TNT Championship. Which is fine, but it seems like there may be some dissension in the ranks, as Darby did not adhere to the Code of Honor after the match. Will Darby be able to get over his defeat by Sunday night?

There also seems to be dissension in the AHFO ranks, as Matt Hardy’s behavior has become more & more erratic lately. It was bound to happen at some point. Kassidy has been very impressive taking beatings lately, so expect some more of that. I’m expecting a win for Darby, Sammy & Sting, mostly due to Sting being more able to hold a team together than pretty much anybody else in AEW. You just don’t want to disappoint Sting.

TBS Championship Match:
Jade Cargill (c) (-1500) vs. Tay Conti (+600)

On one hand, Jade Cargill is in a weird spot. She has a championship belt without really being ready for it on the wrestling side of things. Jade’s had a couple of good matches, but you can tell she’s quite green (her hair tells you this too, I know) and has a long way to go before becoming the type of wrestler that can have a good match with anybody. On the other hand, she has a star presence the likes of which very few people in AEW else have, and it’d be insane to have somebody beat her right now. Jade might be green, but green is also another term for money.

So, while Tay Conti is a very improved wrestler and would be a fine TBS Champion any other time, it’s hard for me to tell you she’s going to beat Jade Cargill. She isn’t.

AEW World Tag Team Championship Match:
Jurassic Express (c) (-115) vs. reDRagon (+175) vs. The Young Bucks (+225)

The Jurassic Express seem like the smart pick here, as a win over two of the top tag teams of the past decade on PPV would bump Jungle Boy up yet another notch. Both reDRagon & the Bucks losing, presumably due to some type of miscommunication, is the type of drama that the Bucks are all about and could make multiple episodes of BTE about. If I was to pick one of the underdogs I would go with the Bucks because you can’t really count them out of winning anything ever, but it seems like Jungle Boy’s time.

And Luchasaurus too.

Jon Moxley (-115) vs. Bryan Danielson (-125)

You have to watch out sometimes when you tease wrestling fans. When I heard Bryan Danielson pitch Jon Moxley the idea of them joining forces to teach the next generation, I immediately assumed it wouldn’t happen. Moxley’s character is more about creating violence than grooming the future, and Danielson as he currently operates can’t be trusted as a partner in such a venture. So I didn’t think much about it, even though Danielson did do a heck of a sales job. He did such a good job that now many AEW fans actually want to see this thing happen, and will be disappointed if it doesn’t.

Unless, of course, Danielson finds a different partner. Which I think happens, and leads to Bryan Danielson getting the win here.

Chris Jericho (+250) vs. Eddie Kingston (-400)

Eddie Kingston hasn’t won the big one in AEW yet. He’s lost every match he’s challenged for a championship in. He’s lost every PPV match he’s had. Looking at Eddie’s AEW win-loss record, the most accomplished wrestler Eddie holds a victory over is Lance Archer, who has his own difficulties in big matches. If pro wrestling didn’t have pre-determined outcomes, there’s no way in hell Eddie Kingston would be the favorite in this match.

He is favored, largely because this seems like the type of match Chris Jericho loses. Jericho is at the stage of his career where it’s more productive to have him lose matches like this one. A win over Eddie Kingston does nothing to affect Jericho’s status one way or another. Looking at Eddie’s previous PPV matches, it always made more sense for his opponent to win. CM Punk’s first loss was being reserved for MJF. The rest were championship matches where other people made more sense to take the strap from the champion. This one, Eddie should win.

That all being said, picking Chris Jericho could make more sense from a financial perspective. AEW seems to have already decided that wins & losses don’t matter with Kingston, and Jericho emerging victorious somehow would be an interesting way to continue this story. I might throw a few bucks on it.

AEW Women’s World Championship Match
Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. (c) (+225) vs. Thunder Rosa (-350)

This one seemed pretty open and shut to me earlier this week, even as an unapologetic fan of the Good Doctor. As much as I love Dr. Baker and everything she’s done to represent AEW in the best light possible, it feels like Thunder Rosa’s time. After all, who else is there for Britt to beat after she beats Rosa? Even I would have to admit that Thunder Rosa would be a deserving champion and would have a good number of challengers ready to face.

Then Thunder Rosa pinned Britt Baker on Dynamite, and my thoughts & opinions on this match turned upside down. We all know how it goes. If you’re standing tall on the go-home show, you’re losing at the PPV. It’s a law of averages kind of thing, along with basic psychology. One would have expected Britt & the criminally underrated Jamie Hayter to win the match, or for Thunder to pin Jamie while Britt looked on like “naw you ain’t doing that to me!” Nah, we just had the challenger pin the champion heading into the PPV. Which doesn’t bode well for the challenger. Neither do reports that Rosa was injured during this match, so expect the odds to get more even leading into the show.

If we follow Wrestling Logic 101, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. sure seems like the smart bet here. (This is where Greg tells us that Tony Khan has no idea what Wrestling Logic is, so there’s no reason to worry about that. I would never say such a thing since I’m a nice guy.)

Dog Collar Match
CM Punk (-270) vs. MJF (+180)

Given that MJF won the first encounter between these two, one would expect Punk to win here to even the score, right? Not so fast, my friend. I’ve seen CM Punk have a couple of dog collar matches in my day. Granted, they took place many years ago, back in the early days of Ring of Honor, but they serve as examples for what I expect to follow.

Punk’s first dog collar match in ROH was with Raven as part of a violent feud pitting a brash young man against a wily veteran. Punk & Raven bled buckets in the feud that established CM Punk as one of ROH’s brightest stars. The dog collar match was Raven & Punk’s second singles match in ROH, and observers thought that Raven would even things up after Punk won their first match. That didn’t happen.

Punk’s second dog collar match in ROH was with Jimmy Rave as part of a violent feud pitting a brash young man against…well, Punk wasn’t as wily a veteran as Raven, but he was definitely the more established name in comparison to Jimmy Rave. Rave established himself as one of ROH’s top heels through his battles with Punk. Rave had won their first match in Chicago, and people thought that Punk would even things up in their second match with help from the dog collar. That didn’t happen.

See the trend? Veteran loses the first match, thinks they’ll get the win in the re-match by bringing out the dog collar, gets burned. Punk bleeding buckets this week on Dynamite makes me wonder for a minute, but I still think MJF is a decent bet if you’re looking for an underdog to make some coin on.

AEW World Championship Match
“Hangman” Adam Page (c) (-600) vs. Adam Cole (+350)

The Hangman title reign so far has delivered some pretty amazing matches. His matches with Bryan Danielson tore the roof off, and his hardcore battle with Lance Archer gave him that bloodbath every AEW Champion needs to be successful. If there’s a complaint one could have, it’s that he’s not having enough matches on television and isn’t dominating the airwaves like World Champions people of my age were used to seeing back in the day. Personally, I think Page’s Twitter takedown of Glenn Jacobs more than cancels out any gripe one could have with his personality on television.

Adam Cole has been something of a polarizing figure since entering AEW. Live crowds react well to Cole, playing along with his entrance gimmick and popping for his big moves. People watching from home have been more critical of the Bay Bay. Even those that were fans during his time in NXT & prior don’t seem to have been impressed by Cole’s AEW work thus far. They’re disappointed in his physique, his size, his personality, pretty much everything that they thought he could overcome on the WWE main roster. Now that he’s in AEW, all these things are problematic. It’s not like anything’s changed, which is my main beef with the Adam Cole Experience in AEW. The only thing he’s missing is Roderick Strong.

We’ve got two Adams. One is the chosen one of AEW, the man who inherited the torch from Kenny Omega. The other was the face of WWE NXT for most of its run against AEW Dynamite. It seems to me that the smart thing to do would involve having the guy you’ve built up since day one of your company get the win over the guy that represented your competition for so long. At least the first time they meet. We can talk about what happens down the road. It seems too soon to take the title off of Hangman Page to me.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy AEW Revolution! Or not. I get paid the same either way.

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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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