New Orleans, Louisiana
April 8, 2018
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
Chloe and Halle are introduced by JoJo. They sing, “America The Beautiful.” The crowd gives them a loud ovation at the conclusion.
A video plays hyping up WrestleMania. We then go live into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to see a huge pyrotechnics display. The crowd is on their feet and roaring.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance wearing bright blue contacts that match the stage lights for him. It’s a play on “Game of Thrones.” The Miz comes out with The Miztourage, but Miz sends them to the back. Finn Balor makes his entrance surrounded by “Balor Club” fans on the ramp. Balor is not in Demon makeup.
The bell rings, and the crowd is buzzing over the first match on the WrestleMania main card. They take their time approaching. Balor waistlocks Miz, but Rollins hooks a side headlock. Balor gets out and arm drags both men. Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Rollins rolls him up. They trade roll-ups before Rollins clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Balor rolls up Rollins, but Rollins gets out and goes for a Curb Stomp. Balor moves and clotheslines him over the top rope. Balor then takes out Miz and Rollins with a summersault plancha. Balor gets Miz in the ring. Miz goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him for a two count. Balor slingshots over Miz, but Rollins quickly takes him out with a springboard clothesline. Miz attacks Rollins and covers Balor for a two count. John Cena is seated at ringside watching with the fans. Rollins boots them back and hits them with a double blockbuster. Rollins covers Miz for a two count. Rollins hits Miz with a running forearm and hits the ropes, but Miz turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Miz then hits Balor with his patented corner clothesline. Miz comes off the top rope with a double axe handle to Rollins for a two count. Miz then applies a modified chin lock. Rollins fights up, so Miz sends him into Balor. Miz hits the Reality Check on Balor while big booting Rollins down. Miz picks up a two count on Balor. Miz goes to the modified chin lock on Balor. Balor fights up, but Miz quickly grounds him. Balor fights up a second time, but Miz knees him before sending him to the corner. Miz charges, but Balor boots him back. Balor floors him with a pair of running forearms before taking him down and hitting a double stomp. Balor gets fired up and chops Miz in the corner. Balor sends him to the opposite corner, but Miz boots him back. Miz goes to the top rope, but Balor kicks him to the floor.
Balor goes for a Sling Blade on Rollins, who just got back in the ring, but he gets out. Rollins then hits Balor with a Sling Blade. Rollins hits Balor with a suicide dive, quickly gets back in the ring, and hits Miz with a suicide dive. Rollins gets in the ring, and Balor hits him with a Sling Blade. Balor waits for him to get up and charges, but Rollins superkicks him. Miz then hits Rollins with a kneeling DDT for a near fall. Miz soon gets to his feet and blocks a kick from Rollins before kicking him in the knee. Miz goes for a Figure Four Leglock, but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins goes for a springboard, but Miz big boots him to the floor. Miz then blocks a kick from Balor and hits a dragon screw on the ropes. Miz then applies the Figure Four Leglock. Balor screams in agony. Balor reaches for the ropes, but the move is broken by Rollins connecting with a massive Frog Splash on Miz for a near fall! A “This is awesome” chant picks up. Rollins rolls out of the ring, and he’s limping. Rollins then grabs Miz and goes for a turnbuckle powerbomb into the barricade. Rollins drops him and blocks a running kick from Balor. Rollins goes for a turnbuckle powerbomb into the barricade, but Balor gets out and hits a Sling Blade on the floor. Balor then dropkicks Rollins into Miz. Balor puts Rollins in the ring and goes for the 1916, but Rollins gets out. They trade forearms in the center of the ring before trading overhead kicks. Balor then hits the 1916 for a near fall. Balor is stunned. Balor sets Rollins up and goes to the top rope, but Miz cuts him off. Miz goes for a superplex, but Balor blocks it. Rollins comes from behind and grabs Miz for a turnbuckle powerbomb. Rollins then hits Balor with a superplex and goes for a falcon arrow, but Balor counters into an inside cradle for a near fall. Miz then hits Rollins with a Skull Crushing Finale for a near fall!
A louder “This is awesome” chant picks up. Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale on Balor, but Balor gets out. Miz avoids a double stomp and tries again for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Balor counters into a roll-up for a near fall. Balor jumps over the top rope and floors Miz with a kick. Balor goes to the top rope, and Miz crotches him up there. Balor yells in pain. Miz goes for a superplex, but Balor punches him and goes for a super 1916, but Rollins dropkicks Balor. Miz and Balor are in a daze on the top rope. Rollins goes to the top rope, and Miz hits a Super Skull Crushing Finale! Miz covers, but Balor breaks it up with the Coup de Grace. Balor gets the crowd going. Miz slowly gets to his feet. A “Let’s go Balor” chant picks up. Balor hits a Sling Blade and a dropkick into the corner on Miz. Balor goes to the top rope and hits the Coup de Grace. Balor tries to roll him over, but Rollins hits him with a Curb Stomp onto Miz’ back! Rollins gets the crowd fired up and hits Miz with a Curb Stomp to win the Intercontinental Championship.
This makes Seth Rollins a WWE Grand Slam winner. Rollins swings the title around wildly and celebrates.
A preview of HBO’s André the Giant documentary is shown.
John Cena is shown at ringside posing with fans and taking photos.
Video Package: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka — Smackdown Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair comes out to her father’s theme song of “Also sprach Zarathusta” while sitting on a throne. Royal guards escort her down the stairs. She’s wearing a robe and spins around like her father did. Asuka’s mask is bedazzled. They do the announcements in the ring to give this a big fight feel.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before locking up. Flair wrenches the arm, but Asuka gets out and takes her down. Flair kips up and does a cartwheel before shoving her and letting out a “WOO.” Flair struts, so Asuka kicks her in the midsection. Asuka hooks a side headlock, but Flair whips her off. Flair takes her down and goes for the Figure Four, but Asuka gets out and hits a sliding kick for a two count. Flair checks her lip to make sure it’s not bleeding. John Cena is once again shown at ringside watching the match. Asuka takes Flair down and hits a double stomp to the back. Asuka kicks her and goes for a running hip attack, but Flair catches her. Asuka quickly rolls her up for a two count. Flair chops her to the corner and knees her. Asuka reverses a whip, and Flair rolls up the turnbuckle and lands on the apron. Asuka kicks her in the midsection and connects with a shot to the head. Asuka then hits a running hip attack that sends Flair to the barricade. Asuka acknowledges that Flair’s shoulder appears to be injured. Asuka attacks her coming in the ring and slams her down on the shoulder. Asuka then applies an arm bar. Flair rolls through, but Asuka quickly comes back with a knee. Flair just as quickly hits a backbreaker and slams her down. Flair pulls her up, but Asuka goes for her Asuka Lock. Flair blocks it and gets out with a backpack stunner. Flair blocks a boot and clubs the back. Flair lays her out on the bottom rope and drops a knee on the back of her neck. Flair drops another knee. Flair goes to the top rope and goes for a moonsault, but Asuka somehow counters into a triangle choke! Flair fights with all that she’s got and manages to counter into the Boston crab. Asuka powers out and covers for a two count. Flair then rolls her up for a two count. Flair looks fired up.
Asuka hits a strike combo and kicks Flair for a two count. Asuka grabs the left arm of Flair and kicks away at the injured left shoulder. Flair manages to shove her down. Flair holds her shoulder in the corner. Asuka knocks Flair to the apron and goes for a hip attack, but Flair moves. Flair then kicks her down. Flair’s left elbow is bleeding. Flair pulls her to the apron and goes for a suplex, but Asuka blocks it. Asuka knocks her back and hits a suplex off the apron to the floor! The referee begins to count them out, but Asuka rolls in at eight. Flair rolls in at nine. Flair yells that she’s the queen. Asuka wildly strikes away at her before taking her down. Asuka lets out a primal scream and goes to the top rope. Asuka then floors her with a missile dropkick. Asuka gets her in a surfboard and stomps away at the left shoulder. Asuka pulls her to the corner, but Flair chops away at her. Flair then climbs the ropes and nearly slips, but she recovers and hits a Super Spanish Fly for a near fall! Flair cannot believe that didn’t put Asuka away. Flair goes for Natural Selection, but Asuka counters into a massive arm bar! Flair manages to get out and goes for the Figure Four, but Asuka kicks her away. Flair blocks a kick and chops her, but Asuka hits a snapmare and sets up for an Asuka Lock. Flair manages to roll her up for a two count. Asuka hits the ropes, but Flair cuts her in half with a spear. Asuka kicks out at two and a half. Flair looks like she’s about to cry in frustration.
Flair has had enough, and she hooks the legs and applies the Figure Eight. Asuka screams in agony AND SUBMITS! ASUKA’S STREAK IS OVER!
Charlotte Flair holds up her Smackdown Women’s Championship and celebrates while replays are shown. After the replays, Asuka gets to her feet and grabs a microphone. Asuka says, “Charlotte was ready for Asuka!” Asuka looks emotional and congratulates her. They hug, and the emotions are flowing. Both women are crying.
A referee comes to ringside and says something like “Undertaker is here.” John Cena jumps over the rail and runs up the ramp.
Aiden English says the Lion of Bulgaria has been fighting for this stage for far too long. The crowd is going wild for “Rusev Day.” English sings, “Rusev Day,” and Rusev comes out to a reception. Sunil Singh then introduces Jinder Mahal to the ring.
The bell rings, and a loud “Rusev Day” chant fires up. Orton goes for an RKO on Mahal, but he gets out of it. Orton and Mahal are sent to ringside. Rusev then dropkicks Roode down. Rusev goes for a suicide dive, but Mahal forearms him. Rusev quickly knocks him back out of the ring and hits Orton and Mahal with a cannonball senton off the apron. Rusev gets in the ring and listens to the chants. Rusev gets Roode in the ring, and Roode rolls him up for a two count. Rusev knees him in the midsection, but Roode boots him back. Roode comes back and hits a blockbuster for a two count. Mahal gets in the ring and gets punched by Roode and Orton. Roode then chops Orton and hits the ropes, but Orton powerslams him down for a two count. Roode soon is on his feet and punches Orton back before going to the top rope. Orton cuts him off and hits a top rope superplex. Orton covers, but Rusev breaks it up. Mahal wants an alliance with Rusev, but Rusev instead attacks him and wildly stomps away at him in the corner. Aiden English is enjoying this. Rusev picks him up like a child and hits a back suplex for a two count. Orton pulls Rusev out of the ring and hits a back suplex on the barricade. Mahal attacks and gets in the ring, but Roode takes him down for a near fall. Roode gets geared up and does the “GLORIOUS” taunt. Orton gets in the ring and sends Roode shoulder-first into the ring post. Orton pulls Rusev to the apron and kicks him before trying for a draping DDT. Rusev pushes him back and kicks him down before hitting a thrust kick. Rusev hits Orton with a running shoulder. Rusev goes for a running wheel kick, but Orton ducks. Orton then drops him with a hanging DDT. Orton starts stalking Rusev, but Aiden English runs in. Orton hits him with an RKO. Orton avoids a kick from Rusev and hits him with an RKO. Mahal then runs in and takes an RKO. Orton covers, but Roode breaks it up. Roode throws Rusev out of the ring and shoves off an RKO. Roode hits a Glorious DDT on Orton, but Mahal breaks it up. Rusev gets in the ring and hits Roode with a Machka Kick. Mahal then rolls Rusev up for a two count. Rusev then immediately kicks him down.
A loud “Rusev Day” chant fires up. Rusev stomps Mahal’s back and goes for the Accolade, but Sunil Singh gets on the apron. Rusev knocks Singh off the apron and hits Rusev with the Khallas for the win!
A Snickers commercial plays with Breezango and Mick Foley.
Video Package: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon make their entrances on motorcycles with a gang of women riding in front of them. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon stand on the apron and do the water mist in stereo. Kurt Angle’s entrance is his traditional entrance. No frills. Ronda Rousey comes out in a leather jacket and a mini kilt in tribute to her idol “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. The leather jacket actually belonged to Piper.
A loud “Ronda Rousey” chant fires up. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon get in the ring and go face-to-face with Rousey and Angle. McMahon then pie faces Rousey. Angle holds Rousey back. McMahon then runs in again and pulls her down by her hair. Angle keeps Rousey back. Rousey is furious. The bell rings, and Angle starts against Triple H. They exchange punches before Angle clotheslines him down. Angle punches him down in the corner before sending him to the corner for a back body drop. Angle wrenches the arm and grounds Triple H. Angle then applies a hammerlock. A “We want Ronda” chant picks up. Angle points at Rousey, and the crowd cheers. McMahon steps into the ring, so Rousey steps in as well. The referee backs her up, distracting Angle. Triple H then throws him over the top rope. Triple H goes outside and sends Angle into the steel steps. Triple H then taunts Rousey. McMahon runs over to Angle and slams his head off the steel steps. Rousey runs over, but the referee admonishes her. Triple H brings Angle back into the ring with a suplex and punches away at him. Triple H bounces Angle off the turnbuckle and chokes him on the middle rope. Triple H distracts the referee, so McMahon chokes Angle on the ropes. Angle punches him back, but he has a whip into the ropes reversed. Triple H floors him with a spinebuster for a near fall. Triple H has Angle in a front facelock. Angle tries to make the tag to Rousey, but Triple H knees him and sends him to the corner. Triple H charges, but Angle boots him down. McMahon applies a chin lock to Angle. Triple H goes for a punch, but Angle moves and nearly hits his wife. McMahon steps off the apron to regroup. Angle then takes Triple H down with a back suplex. Angle crawls to his corner and goes for a tag, but McMahon pulls Rousey off the apron before the tag is made. Triple H goes for a Pedigree, but Angle whips him hard to the corner. Triple H goes up and over to the floor. Rousey gets on the apron, and Angle tags her in.
McMahon looks frightened. Rousey immediately pulls McMahon in by her hair, hits the ropes, and kills her with a clothesline. They move a little quick and nearly botch a back suplex, but Rousey comes through. Rousey unloads on Stephanie in the corner with punches in the corner before punching her in the midsection. Rousey takes the hair and throws her across the ring. Rousey lifts her up and hits a modified t-bone suplex. McMahon begs her off. Rousey monkey flips her and grabs the arm. Rousey looks at the crowd, and they are happily chanting on. Rousey goes for an arm bar, but McMahon blocks it. Rousey tries to take her down, but McMahon fights it and thumbs the eyes. McMahon goes for a tag, but Triple H is still down. McMahon turns and kicks her before hitting a DDT for a near fall. McMahon stalks Rousey and kicks her in the spine. McMahon applies a surfboard stretch, but Rousey soon powers up. McMahon quickly knocks her in the back of the head to take her down. McMahon taunts Rousey and charges, but Rousey grabs her by the throat, lifts her up, and hits a death valley driver. Rousey covers, but Triple H pulls the referee out. Rousey yells at him, so he pulls her out of the ring hard!
Angle cuts Triple H off and punches away at him before bouncing him off the table. Angle clears the table and pulls him up for a German Suplex, but Triple H blocks it. Triple H then throws him onto another table. Triple H gets in the ring and checks on his wife. Rousey gets in the ring and is bouncing around. She’s ready to fight Triple H! The crowd is going wild! Triple H cannot believe her audacity. The referee informs him of the rules that he cannot fight Rousey. Triple H backs him to the corner and turns to Rousey. Triple H is going to oblige her. They square off, and Rousey wildly punches him back to the corner. Rousey unloads on him, blocks a kick, and rolls him down. Rousey lifts him up, but McMahon pulls her husband off and slaps Rousey! McMahon then runs away. Rousey chases her around the ring and catches her before she goes into the crowd. Rousey then scoops McMahon up, but McMahon slides off and sends her face-first into the ring post. In the ring, Angle is up, and he hits Triple H with a pair of belly-to-belly suplexes. Angle sends him into the ropes, but Triple H hits a face-buster. Angle then hits a trio of rolling German Suplexes. Angle goes for an Angle Slam, but Triple H counters into a Pedigree attempt. Angle counters into an Angle Lock attempt, but Triple H kicks him away. Angle comes back with a catapult into the corner and hits an Angle Slam for a near fall. Angle goes for an Angle Lock, but McMahon gets in his face and yells at him. Angle blocks a kick and looks at her. The crowd is loudly chanting, “YES.” Angle looks at the crowd and applies an Angle Lock to Stephanie McMahon! Triple H runs in and hits Angle with a Pedigree, but Rousey breaks up the pin!
The crowd is loudly chanting, “This is awesome.” Triple H goes for a Pedigree on Rousey, but she rolls up and hits a hurricanrana! Rousey then applies an arm bar to Triple H! Triple H screams in pain, but McMahon comes in and applies a rear naked choke! Rousey with her face and knees scraped up, fights up and slings her off. Rousey goes for an arm bar, but McMahon blocks it. Triple H runs in, but Angle takes him down with an Angle Lock! Triple H screams in pain while holding his wife’s hand to prevent her from tapping out. Triple H then rolls Angle into Rousey, who hits her with a big thud! The crowd is going wild for this. Triple H sends Angle shoulder-first into the ring post. McMahon then sends Rousey shoulder-first into the ring post. Triple H and McMahon look at each other. Triple H sets Angle up for a Pedigree, and McMahon does the same to Rousey. Angle hits a back body drop to get Triple H out of the ring. Rousey then gets out and goes for an arm bar on McMahon! McMahon holds her arm to prevent it from being cinched in. McMahon begs her off and screams that she’s sorry. Rousey says, “It’s too late” before hooking the arm bar on! Stephanie McMahon immediately taps out!
Ronda Rousey celebrates big time. Dana White of the UFC is shown smiling and applauding his former fighter. Rousey and Angle celebrate while medical professionals check on Stephanie McMahon, who may have her arm broken.
This is Mike Tedesco checking out here and making the hot tag to Adam Martin. What a pleasure to recap this WrestleMania show. Enjoy!
Adam Martin getting the hot tag from Mike. Big thanks to Mike for his coverage tonight!
New Day with an entertaining entrance tonight.
Xavier Woods is in the corner of New Day tonight.
The match starts with Harper and Rowan taking out Jimmy Uso at ringside. Harper is sent into Big E and he tosses Big E into Rowan at ringside still. We see a shot of Woods watching. He goes after Harper and Rowan, but they overwhelm him. Rowan powerbombs Woods spine first into the steel ring post! Harper and Rowan toss Kofi inside. Rowan splash Kofi, picks up Jey and tags Harper. Rowan dumps Jey over the top rope. Jimmy tags himself in and superkicks Harper. Jimmy with more shots to Harper, but Harper dumps him to the corner. Jey gets the tag. The Usos double team Harper in the corner with big kicks to the head. Jimmy is now legal and splashes Harper off the top rope for a two count.
Jey gets the tag. Both Usos are up top. Rowan pulls Jimmy down. Jey with a kick to Harper. Usos dive out and take out Rowan at ringside, but Rowan catches both! The Usos then suplex Rowan over the floor at ringside. Big E has Harper up on his shoulder and tags in Kofi. Big E is dumped out. Harper drops Kofi with a swinging side slam. Usos with a double superkick to Harper who’s sitting on the top turnbuckle. Tower of Doom attempt is broken up by Harper with Big E trying to toss the Usos and Harper off the corner. Harper is still sitting up top. Rowan with a nasty powerbomb to Kofi. Rowan puts Kofi on the shoulders of Harper. Harper comes off the corner powerbombing Kofi for the pinfall.
A promo for new content coming to the WWE Network this year airs.
Here comes John Cena to a big reaction.
A referee is inside the ring with Cena. A second referee runs down and starts talking with Cena. Cena doesn’t seem happy to hear what he’s saying. An upset Cena seems to say “fine” and starts waving at the crowd. Cena has started to exit the ring.
Cena is at the end of the ramp. The lights go out. Elias is on stage with a guitar.
Elias wants the crowd to silence cell phones and shut up. He is smiling as he plays the opening riff to “In Time” used in previous Undertaker video packages. Elias wonders if the crowd was expecting somebody else? He says that “somebody else” can’t match his charisma and or the the unlimited talent he carries in his soul.
Elias gets inside the ring and tells Cena to back off, adding he has it from here. Cena exits the ring to return to his seat in the audience. Elias tells Cena to take his seat as he is about to make history tonight. Elias starts to sing a song about it being his night. He continues to sing adding, “John Cena sucks…because he’s like all of you.”
Cena hits the ring and starts attacking Elias. Cena plants Elias with his twisting powerbomb. He drops the Five Knuckle Shuffle over Elias and hits an AA. Elias rolls out of the ring crawling around. Commentary is talking about how Cena is frustrated tonight. Cena is yelling out loud asking if that is all we are going to get tonight.
New Orleans is starting a loud “UNDERTAKER” chant. Cena’s music hits. He gets up on the corner and poses with an upset look on his face. Cena exits the ring and starts heading up the ramp. His music stops. Cena stops on the ramp. The lights go out inside the Superdome. Huge reaction from the crowd in attendance tonight.
When the lights return, a spotlight is focused on Undertaker’s hat and jacket in the middle of the ring. Smoke is starting to fill the ramp. A lightning strike hits the hat and jacket. The lights go out. When they return, the hat and jacket are gone.
The gong hits. The lights go out. When they return, Undertaker’s music plays. We see flames shooting up on the stage. The Undertaker walks out on stage.
Undertaker walks slowly to the ring. Cena is back inside the ring staring at Undertaker. Undertaker gets inside the ring and Cena is backed up staring at him in the corner.
Undertaker removes his jacket and finally his hat to a huge reaction. A referee is standing inside the ring. Undertaker is ready to go. The bell rings!
Undertaker runs at Cena and starts throwing body shots in the corner. Taker with a boot and jumping clothesline to Cena. Taker is working the left arm of Cena. Taker is walking across the ropes and connects with the Old School elbow shot! Taker splashes Cena in the corner. Taker backs up and connects with a second corner splash. Taker drops Cena with snake eyes in the corner, throws a big boot (which misses by a mile) and then drops a leg. Cena avoids a chokeslam attempt and drops Taker with a back suplex. Cena is going for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Taker sits up. Cena stops in his tracks. Taker with a big chokeslam on Cena. Taker is signaling for the end with the slash across the throat. Taker has Cena up and connects with the Tombstone Piledriver! Taker covers Cena to get the pinfall.
After the match, The Undertaker celebrates his victory as flames shoot up in the entrance area. He exits the ring and heads up the ramp. Undertaker raises an arm.
The Class of 2018 WWE Hall of Fame inductees Jeff Jarrett, Mark Henry, Hillbilly Jim, Ivory, Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, The Dudley Boyz and Goldberg are introduced.
A video package runs highlighting Daniel Bryan being medically cleared for a return to the ring and tagging with Shane McMahon tonight against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
Per the stipulation, if Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn win they are reinstated to Smackdown Live. If Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon win, Owens and Zayn are fired.
Huge reaction for the return of Daniel Bryan tonight.
No entrance for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn tonight. They show up and attack both Shane and Bryan from behind inside the ring. They brawl to the outside. Owens sends Shane into the barricade. Zayn with a Helluva Kick to Bryan. Owens with a Pop Up Powerbomb to Bryan over the ring apron! The match has yet to officially begin.
The referee checks on Bryan. Shane walks up and checks on Bryan. He’s asking for medical staff to check on Bryan. Owens and Zayn are yelling this is all Shane’s fault. Shane gets up on the ring apron yelling at Owens and Zayn. Shane gets inside the ring and asks for the referee to ring the bell. The referee calls for the bell. Here we go.
Shane with a shot to Zayn sending him flying off the ring apron. Shane with body shots to Owens in the corner. Shane with jabs to Owens. Shane drops Owens with jumping elbow. Shane with jabs to Zayn when he jumps in. Shane with body shots and a back elbow to Zayn. Shane with a quick pump kick that catches Owens flush. Shane with a DDT to Zayn. Owens kicks Shane to the corner and throws more kicks. Medical staff has brought a stretcher out to check on Bryan at ringside. Shane is holding his stomach/ribs. Zayn gets the tag and kicks Shane in the face. Zayn with a shoulder block and throws elbows to the stomach of Shane. Zayn with repeated pinfall attempts and Shane kicks out.
Owens gets the tag and stands on Shane’s stomach. He mocks Bryan who’s still down on the outside. Owens holds his knee over the head of Shane. Zayn gets the tag and kicks Shane in the corner. Zayn with rights to Shane as he fights to his feet. Shane with elbows to Owens in the corner and shots to Zayn. Flush kick to the face of Shane by Owens. Zayn connects with the Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count on Shane. Zayn misses a Helluva Kick attempt in the corner. Shane gets Zayn in the tree of woe. Shane tosses Owens out of the ring when he jumps in. Shane is going up to the top turnbuckle. Shane connects with Coast to Coast to the face of Zayn! Shane covers Zayn and Owens splashes over him.
Owens has the tag and connects with a frog splash. Bryan is back in to break up the pinfall! Bryan rolls to the corner trying to pull himself up. Owens misses a somersault to Shane in the corner. Owens is grabbing the foot of Shane. Zayn gets the tag and he cuts off Shane from tagging out to Bryan. Zayn jumps on the back of Shane. Shane with a back suplex on Zayn. Shane is crawling over with the ropes. Hot tag to Bryan! Bryan slowly gets inside the ring staring down Zayn. Loud “YES” chants in the Superdome. Bryan with shots to Zayn and then Owens in the corner. Bryan flips off the top rope and connects with a running clothesline to Zayn. Bryan with a baseball slide to Owens.
Bryan with a jumping knee off the ring apron that catches Owens. Bryan is up top, jumps and connects with a missile dropkick to Zayn. Bryan dumps Owens with an overhead suplex when he jumps back in. Bryan with his jumping dropkicks to Zayn and Owens in opposite corners. Bryan with a big dropkick to Zayn in the corner. Bryan pops Zayn up top and connects with a snap huricanrana off the top rope! Zayn catches Bryan with a Helluva Kick when Owens distracts Bryan. Zayn gets a close two count. Owens gets the tag and superkicks Shane off the ring apron. Bryan with big boots to Owens. Owens catches Bryan with a Pop Up Powerbomb. Bryan kicks out. Owens can’t believe it.
Tag to Zayn. Shane dumps Owens over the top rope. Shane jumps off the ring apron and takes out Owens on the outside. Zayn with right hands to Bryan. Bryan with big slap chops to the face of Zayn. Bryan with repeated slap chops and a big kick. Zayn falls to his knees. Bryan with the Yes Kicks to the chest of Zayn. Bryan finishes it off with a big kick to the head of Zayn. Bryan is firing up the crowd. Loud “YES” chants. Bryan with his running knee to the face. Bryan gets the Yes Lock applied on Zayn. Zayn taps!
After the match, Daniel Bryan kisses his wife Brie Bella at ringside.
Attendance tonight in the Superdome: 78,133.
Tonight is the highest grossing entertainment event inside the Superdome.
A video packages runs hyping Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax tonight.
We get ring introductions for the challenger Nia Jax and champion Alexa Bliss.
Before the match officially begins, Nia Jax levels Mickie James and tosses her into the announce table at ringside. Jax tosses James back first into the barricade. Bliss jumps out and attacks Jax from behind. Jax turns around and Bliss runs away. Jax picks up James and drops her with a samoan drop at ringside. WWE officials attend to James.
Jax gets back inside the ring and the referee officially calls for the bell. Bliss with a big right hand slap to Jax. Jax yells in the face of Bliss and tosses her around the ring with ease. Jax splashes Bliss in the corner, puts her on her shoulders and press slams her down to the mat. Bliss lands partially on her feet and rolls out of the ring. Bliss is asking for her title at ringside and starts to leave when Jax levels her at ringside with a big charge. Jax tosses Bliss back inside the ring. Bliss with a thumb to the eye when the referee doesn’t see it. Bliss with kicks to the leg of Jax. Bliss with elbows and kicks to Jax in the corner. Bliss drops a knee over the back of Jax’s leg in the corner.
Jax is struggling to get back to her feet when Bliss stomps over her back. Jax with a big forearm chop to the chest of Bliss. Bliss attempts a guillotine choke, but Jax with an overhead toss to break it up. Jax connects in the corner with the steel ring post. Bliss with Twisted Bliss off the top turnbuckle taking out Jax at ringside. Back inside, Bliss drives Jax face first into the turnbuckle. Bliss with a spike DDT and Jax kicks out. Bliss with slaps to Jax. Jax plants Bliss with a big scoop slam. Jax splashes Bliss and then tosses her across the ring. Jax splashes Bliss again in the corner. Jax with a clothesline to Bliss. Bliss attempts a counter over the back of Jax. Jax flips Bliss into the corner.
Bliss rakes the eye of Jax. Jax fights off and plants Bliss with a big Alabama Slam. Jax has Bliss on her shoulders and is climbing the ropes in the corner. Jax with a samoan drop off the second rope. Jax gets the pinfall. She immediately gets emotional.
A video package runs highlighting tonight’s Styles vs. Nakamura dream match.
We get introductions for the challenger Shinsuke Nakamura and champion AJ Styles.
The bell rings and here we go. Lock up. Series of counter attempts while locked up. Nakamura throwing kicks. Styles with a takedown. Nakamura with a big kick to the face of Styles. Styles slaps Nakamura. Nakamura fires back with elbows. Nakamura catches Styles with a kick to the face and drops a quick knee to the face. Nakamura with knees. Styles catches Nakamura with a big knee to the face. Styles with a snap suplex for a two count. Nakamura with elbows, but Styles cuts him off with a backbreaker. Styles with kicks to the back of Nakamura. Styles with a snapmare and more kicks to the back. Styles drops a quick knee over Nakamura and goes for a cover that results in a two count.
Styles catches Nakamura with a big dropkick. Nakamura rolls to the outside. Nakamura trips up Styles on the ring apron sending him shoulder and face first into the apron. Back inside, Nakamura catches Styles with a kick to the face jumping off the corner. Both men are down. Nakamura with his “COME ON” taunt at Styles. Nakamura with body shots. Nakamura props Styles up on the top turnbuckle and connects with his high knee. Nakamura drops Styles down face first on the mat and attempts a reverse exploder. Styles counters out. Styles with a jumping forearm that catches Nakamura flush. Styles with a gutbuster on Nakamura. Styles goes for a cover and Nakamura kicks out.
Nakamura drops Styles with a Landslide Driver for a close two count. Nakamura breaks up a powerbomb attempt by Styles. Styles chops the knee of Nakamura with a swift kick. Styles rolls through and gets the Calf Crusher locked in. Nakamura is trying to get to the ropes. Styles rolls through and gets it locked back in. Nakamura counters into a triangle choke. Styles fights to his feet and out of the submission. Styles with plants Nakamura over the mat to break it up. Styles is favoring his back. Nakamura catches Styles with a kick to the head. Nakamura with a charge. Styles moves and Nakamura hits his knee on the turnbuckle. Styles connects with a springboard Phenomenal Forearm.
Styles covers Nakamura. Nakamura kicks out. Styles with a springboard 450 splash attempt, but Nakamura gets his knees up. Nakamura rolls up Styles and Styles barely kicks out after the two count. Nakamura and Styles exchange big shots. Styles catches Nakamura with a Pele Kick. Nakamura with a knee to the back of Styles’ head. Styles kicks out. Nakamura with an overhead exploder on Styles. Nakamura is firing up in the corner. Nakamura charges, Styles counters with a roll through and hits the Styles Clash. Styles rolls Nakamura over on his shoulders. Styles gets the pinfall victory.
After the match, AJ Styles hugs a very tired Shinsuke Nakamura on the mat. Nakamura grabs the WWE Championship, gets on his knee and hands it to Styles. Nakamura then gives Styles a low blow! Huge reaction in the Superdome to see. Nakamura then starts to choke Styles with his boot and kicks him out of the ring. Styles is up on his knees on the floor. Nakamura with a Kinshasa right to the face of Styles at ringside.
Highlights from the WrestleMania 34 Kickoff Show are shown.
RAW Tag Team Champions are out next on a Mardi Gras float.
The Bar arrived on a Mardi Gras float.
During Braun Strowman’s entrance, he tossed the float off the stage.
We get introductions for the champions, Sheamus and Cesaro. Strowman is introduced as the challenger. He takes the mic when his tag team partner is referenced. Strowman is aware everyone wants to know who his partner is tonight. He wanted to wait until getting to New Orleans to reveal who that person is. “It is not one person in the back in the locker room. It is one of you.” Strowman begins pointing at the audience. He asks who wants to be his WrestleMania tag team partner. Huge reaction in the Superdome to this. Strowman exits the ring and starts walking around ringside. He walks inside the crowd. Strowman finds a child in the crowd. Sheamus and Cesaro are very confused seeing this. Nicholas introduces himself. Strowman tells him to stand on the apron and he will take care of it.
The bell rings and Strowman tosses Sheamus immediately. Cesaro tags himself in. Strowman sends Sheamus over the top rope. Cesaro with uppercuts to Strowman. Strowman grabs Cesaro by his throat, lifts him up and slams him down hard. Sheamus breaks up a pinfall attempt by Strowman. Strowman chases Sheamus around the ring and then to the ring apron. Cesaro chops the leg of Strowman. The Bar with a double suplex on Strowman. We see a shot of the scared fan in the corner. Sheamus drops a knee over the chest of Strowman off the top rope. Cesaro gets the tag, jumps off the shoulders of Sheamus and connects with a diving senton splash. Strowman kicks out. Tag to Sheamus as he stomps over Strowman. Strowman with a double cross body to Sheamus and Cesaro running off the ropes. Strowman dumps Sheamus over the top rope. Nicholas gets the tag in the corner. He quickly tags Strowman back in. Strowman with a running powerslam to Cesaro. Strowman gets the pinfall. We have new champions.
A promo for WrestleMania 35 next year in New York/New Jersey airs.
A video package runs hyping Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for tonight’s main event.
We get introductions for the challenger Roman Reigns and the champion…Paul Heyman quickly cuts that off and does the proper introduction for Brock Lesnar.
The bell rings and Lesnar quickly lifts up Reigns and drives him into the corner. Reigns pushes Lesnar away and throws big right hands. Lesnar with a german suplex. Lesnar with a second and third german suplex. Reigns catches Lesnar with a Superman. Reigns with a second Superman. Lesnar quickly rolls out of the ring. Reigns jumps off the steel steps and catches Lesnar with a third Superman. Reigns tosses Lesnar back inside. Reigns clotheslines Lesnar over the top rope. Lesnar with a belly-to-belly suplex countering another Superman attempt by Reigns jumping off the steel steps. Lesnar with an overhead suplex and Reigns lands with a thud on the floor at the ringside area.
Lesnar clears off an announce table nearby and then tosses Reigns on the second announce table. Lesnar tosses Reigns back inside. Lesnar with a fourth and fifth german suplex. Lesnar lets out a loud, “Suplex City bitch!” Lesnar with another belly-to-belly to Reigns. Lesnar with a huge overhead belly-to-belly and Reigns rolls to the outside as a result. On the outside, Lesnar tosses Reigns into the barricade at ringside. Reigns sends Lesnar face first into the steel ring post. Reigns charges and spears Lesnar over the top of an announce table at ringside. Reigns tosses Lesnar back inside the ring. Reigns connects with a Superman. Lesnar is back up and Reigns levels him with a big spear.
Reigns with a second spear. Lesnar kicks out. Reigns is back up and in the corner. Reigns charges. Lesnar gets a big knee up that levels Reigns. Lesnar with an F5. Reigns kicks out. Lesnar connects with another F5, hooks the leg and Reigns again kicks out. Lesnar lets out a frustrated scream. A third F5 by Lesnar. Reigns continues to kick out. A frustrated Lesnar tosses Reigns out of the ring. Lesnar with a fourth F5 to Reigns sending him crashing through an announce table at ringside. Back inside, Lesnar connects with another release german suplex to Reigns. Lesnar with a fifth F5. Reigns again kicks out. Lesnar removes his mixed martial arts gloves. Paul Heyman is yelling at Lesnar to finish this.
Lesnar drops a flush elbow over the forehead of Reigns. Reigns is busted open. Reigns fires up. Reigns connects with two more spears! Reigns for the cover. Lesnar kicks out. Reigns is fired up. Lesnar with another F5. Lesnar gets the pinfall to retain the title!