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Greg DeMarco’s WWE WrestleMania 38 Night 2 Results & Reaction

WrestleMania is BACK for Sunday, and Greg DeMarco is back with his reactions and results! Follow along!



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WrestleMania is BACK for Sunday, and Greg DeMarco is back with his reactions and results!

We kick things off with Triple H! Wearing a suit, but carrying a water bottle. Now that he’s done in the ring, and we haven’t seen any of Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville this weekend, I do wonder if we are getting The Authority back in some form.

Let’s give this the same treatment…

  • Nice embrace with the Daughters Helmsley before he gets in the ring.
  • The man truly deserved one last WrestleMania match, in which he knows it’s his last match.
  • Props to the guy in the crowd with the old school WCW Monday Nitro shirt on.
  • I love this, but in the back of my head I really really really hope New Day vs. Sheamus & Ridge Holland w/Butch doesn’t get bumped again.
  • No mic yet, I wonder if he’s gonna even talk.
  • Ok -he has his boots, and a mic.
  • He simply wants to say thank you, and welcomes everyone to WrestleMania.
  • Leaves the boots–because THAT is how you retire.

Winner: I don’t know about you, but I feel good.

One of the greatest of all time, in front of the camera, and behind the scenes.

And we get another Gable Steveson intro, not sure why. He seems to use the same beard guy as Drew McIntyre.

WWE RAW Tag Team Championships
RK Bro (Randy Orton & Matt Riddle, champions) vs. The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) vs. Alpha Academy (Otis & Chad Gable)

Jimmy Smith said it best: The team who wasn’t supposed to last is defending their titles at WrestleMania.  Really happy for Chad Gable, too.

  • We kicked off both nights with a tag team title match. This one, however, is bigger.
  • I really hope it rains solo cups for The Street Profits.
  • And it (briefly) rains solo cups!
  • Tonight’s first ref…was last night’s last ref.
  • Sadly, no walking promo for Chad Gable tonight.
  • ‘Tez with a Will Smith slap to Gable!
  • So we toss everyone out, and then we all fight? OKAY!
  • Montez Ford dives over the ring post–and lands ON HIS FEET.
  • Also a big moonsault from Chad Gable.
  • Montez took that monkey flip HARD on the knees
  • Love Tez’s gold shoes–Dawkins needs a matching pair.
  • “No friends in there.” Well, except your tag team partner.
  • I am a big Bro 2 Sleep fan.
  • Stereo draping DDTs, and and Orton is still the man.
  • We really need to finish this with a Doomsday RKO.
  • Springboard RKO by Riddle to Ford, from the top!
  • Gable dives–RKO–and we’re outta here.
  • Post match toast, including Gable Steveson, interrupted by Chad Gable.
  • Gable gets the overhead Belly-To-Belly for his efforts, and now we know why Gable Steveson was intro’d.

Winners, and STILL Raw Tag Team Champions: RK Bro (Orton pin on Gable)

Fantastic opener, hit all the high spots, fans were totally into it. Great way to kick off WrestleMania Sunday.

OMOS vs. Bobby “Bob” Lashley

In a match just set up last week, The Almighty is back, as a babyface, against the undefeated giant. Can Bobby slay this dragon?

  • LOVE the babyface entrance for Bob. Just a few changes, but it’s perfect.
  • T-BAR mention on commentary, and I really hope he can catch on this year.
  • Omos keeps knocking Lashley down, but he keeps getting up.
  • I wonder who is working with Omos, he is progressing so well as a giant.
  • Lashley’s head HAMMERED that ring post.
  • That’s a WrestleMania suplex right there, a great part of the story of the match.
  • Spear, spear, and LASHLEY WINS?!?!?

Winner: Bobby Lashley (pinfall)

Bob won??? Shocked, but very happy. Lashley always worries me, in that WWE could stop his push at any time. Maybe this is the opening for Omos to join up with MVP? I guess we’ll find out tomorrow…on RAWAfterMania! (Cheap pop!)

Anything Goes: Sami Zayn vs. Johnny Knoxville

Starting with the build to the Royal Rumble, Johnny Knoxville vs. Sami Zayn continues to WrestleMania with a great spot going to Sami.

  • So Greg ran downstairs to get some food, and missed the entrances and who knows what else.
  • Love Sami’s gear for this match.
  • Pat McAfee is the perfect commentator for this match, given his reactions to Knoxville.
  • Side note: I typically use “Anything Goes” over “No Disqualification”
  • “That rat bastard Austin Theory better be watching this.”
  • Actually, kinda surprised Pat is on commentary still.
  • “You’re in my world, Jackass!”
  • The crowd is NOT into this. Probably because they’ve seen a mousetrap table, and it hasn’t been used.
  • I don’t know who Party Boy is, but I hate him.
  • WEE MAN! Now the crowd is into it.
  • After Sami basically Tornado DDTs himself, the crowd bites it on the near fall.
  • Sami just kicked the holy hell out of Wee Man and Dallas hates him for it.
  • Bowling Ball to the Balls!
  • Fake Leg Groin Kick!
  • (I can’t believe I just typed that.)
  • And now we have a tazer.
  • This has overstayed it’s welcome, time to go home.
  • Sami goes through the Mousetrap Table, and now we have a GIANT mousetrap in the ring.
  • Sami gets trapped, and we get the 1-2-3/

Winner : Johnny Knoxville (pinfall)

That match was way too long, but the fans did get into it in the end. It did what it was supposed to do, and I can’t complain about that. Now we can get on with the rest of the show.

Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships
Naomi & Sasha Banks vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler vs. Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan vs. Queen Zelina Vega & Carmella (champions)

  • Great tandem entrance for Sasha and Naomi.
  • Liv and Rhea would win on matching gear alone.
  • If the titles change hands here, it’ll be the only tag titles to change hands tonight.
  • I appreciate that we can get Shayna Baszler on the card, but she needs a 1 on 1 match here.
  • Double Tower of Doom spots!
  • Corey Graves is brilliant.
  • Sasha and Naomi win, and the finish was the most over part of the match.

Winners, and NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Sasha Banks & Naomi (Sasha pinfall on Carmella)

Went long, but I can’t complain when the women get time. You could see on her face how much it meant for Sasha Banks to get a WrestleMania win.

AJ Styles vs. Edge

A dream match, only elevated by the reinvention of Edge. Can’t wait for this one.

  • WrestleMania white gear for AJ Styles.
  • What an AMAZING entrance for Edge, combining the Mountain Of Omnipotence and The Brood.
  • Thank GOD Edge came back from retirement.
  • Just like I told you last night, Jessika Carr gets assigned to this match.
  • AJ Styles’ shoulder LOOKS messed up
  •  Poor AJ, he enters the match already bleeding, and messes up his shoulder.
  • I am not typing a lot in this match–I know. It’s fantastic, and I am watching for enjoyment. I hope you are too.
  • I am not alone–the crowd is as well, you can tell as they are engrossed in everything, then reacting. They are being taken on a great ride.
  • Amazing near fall after the Styles Clash.
  • I mean, I kinda told you so.
  • Springboard into a Spear, and we’re home.

Winner: Edge (pinfall)

Classic match, classic storytelling, definitely in the conversation for my favorite match of the weekend.

Sheamus & Ridge Holland (w/Pete “Butch” Dunne) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston & “King” Xavier Woods)

This should have been a six man tag team match, and this should have been last night. But here we finally are, and I have a feeling this will deliver.

  • Kofi & Woods wearing Big E gear? I’m not crying, you’re crying!
  • Woods should stick with the singlet.
  • Well, that wasn’t much of anything!
  • Butch is hilarious, though.

Winners: Sheamus & Ridge Holland (Ridge pin on Woods)

Reportedly, this was never gong to be a long match. Tonight has seemed a little bit rushed, but I am glad they got to work.

Austin Theory vs. Pat McAfee

  • Austin Theory gets the whole Vince McMahon Rub.
  • How much you wanna bet Pat McAfee paid for the rights to this song himself?
  • If Pat McAfee wins this, especially with Vince out there, then that tells me this program isn’t nearly over.
  • Also, good for Austin Theory. Gave up on growing a beard, got hair plugs, and it’s paying off.
  • McAfee’s sparkly but casual gear is spot on.
  • Theory, to his credit, LOOKS like a star. Is he one? Time will tell.
  • Pat McAfee loves the European soccer environment, and you can tell why he would want that song. Fans are still singing it during the match.
  • Michael Cole’s relationship with Pat McAfee is well chronicled. Him being so impartial is perfect.
  • Imagine if Adam Cole was still with the company, but hadn’t been called up to the main roster yet? Would be the perfect place to have him debut.
  • McAfee with the same Superplex spot from NXT!
  • Bryon Saxton is delivering in this match–and I fully expected Corey Graves.
  • Crowd, by the way, is VERY into this match.
  • A-Town Down–reversed into a rollup.

Winner: Pat McAfee (pinfall)

So, Vince McMahon isn’t happy as McAfee is celebrating, and apparently the result is… A MATCH?

Pat McAfee vs. Mr. (Vince) McMahon

I have no words.

  • Vince starts off hot since Theory attacked McAfee from behind.
  • McAfee won’t stay down, and is about to go one-on-one with the boss one, but Theory crotches him on the post.
  • Vince threatens to punt a football, and eventually punts it into McAfee’s midsection

Winner: Mr. McMahon (pinfall)

Theory and McMahon celebrate, until GLASS SHATTERS and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is out. Theory attacks, but eats a Stunner. Vince and Austin share beers, and McMahon of course eats a Stunner.

Pat McAfee enters to celebrate with Austin, but I have a bad feeling for him, too.

Beers shared, and STUNNER TO MCAFEE!

And I am sure Pat McAfee is in heaven. That was also one of the best Stunner sells ever.

Winner Takes All Unification Match
Roman Reigns (Universal Champion, w/Paul Heyman & The Usos) vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE Champion)

In a rivalry that dates back to 2015, seven years comes to a cross roads with the two most important prizes in the world of wrestling at stake. It’s go time!

  • Roman Reigns enters for his sixth WrestleMania finale, and Michael Cole gives you the same list DWI Podcast tried to give you this weekend, Roman is the fifth longest reigning world champion in WWE/WWF/WWWF history.
  • And Roman has a mic.
  • Roman Reigns truly has grown into the company carrying superstar they believed he could be.
  • The pop for Brock is monstrous, might be bigger than Austin’s. No question as to why these two are in this position, on this night.
  • No flannel for Cowboy Brock, but a Hero’s Welcome.
  • Roman and Brock stand across the ring for the opening bell, and they could easily pull off the Japanese stare at each other for 30 minutes spot.
  • Thankfully, they do not.
  • HUGE Spear through the barricade (I expected one through one of those barricade screens).
  • Another one in ring, but we ain’t done yet (I mean, we haven’t seen an F5, silly).
  • Crowd is going GONZO for everything Brock does. This is definitely a crowd that is majority casual (aka, typical WWE) fans.
  • Spear into an F5, but Roman kicks out.
  • Guy in the crowd has Drew McIntyre’s beard guy.
  • (Roman, btw, has a good beard guy. As does Brock.)
  • (Also, it could be a beard woman. I have one of those.)
  • Ref bump, belt shot (callback to the Royal Rumble), kickout.
  • Roman’s Spear to the back is….odd.
  • Corey Graves on commentary was a good choice.
  • It’s odd that they’d do a shoulder separation gimmick twice in one night, no?
  • F5 reversed into a Spear, and we’re done.
  • Given how they’re talking to each other, I think the separation was legit. We’ll see…
  • Anyone else catch 2 seconds of Shield theme right  there?

Winner and STILL Universal Champion, and NEW WWE Champion: Roman Reigns 

One hell of a main event, and one hell of a WrestleMania. Hats off to everyone involved. The business is good. The talent is good.

And I don’t know about you, but I feel good.

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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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