Wrestlemania 34 as it happened…

It’s that time of year again, where the Wrestle meets the mania! So here are the results from the 34th showcase of the immortals with WWE Wrestlemania 34 as it happened…

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Wrestlemania 34 Kick off Pre Show

So proceedings kick off for us in the UK at 22:00. It’s going to be a long night, with around seven hours of wrestling planned, all of it coming from the WWE network in which the kick off is just an advert for.  Did you know Wrestlemania is free when you sign up to the network and get some days free… that’s what we keep getting told anyway.

After some talking about various matches we see Miss Money the Bank Carmella talking some trash about cashing in her brief case and then she leaves.

We see that John Cena is in the crowd.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale

The ring is full of superstars and we are introduced to hall of fame announcing duo of Jerry the King Lawler and Jim Ross. Most superstars are without a match later on in the night, familar faces include Kane, Goldust, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbyn, Rhyno, Matt Hardy and R Truth.

Highlights include a brief return of the Golden Truth, where Goldust then turned on his partner and throws him out, an impressive running knee from Shelton Benjamin to Tyler Breeze for an elimination, Ziggler doing the Shawn Michaels hanging on over the ropes multiple times, Zack Ryder getting eliminated from former parnter Mojo Rawley and a poorly timed commercial break right in the middle of proceedings.

Kane and Corbyn face off in the middle of now emptying ring who are then mobbed by remaining superstars. A super kick from Dolph Ziggler to Titus O’Neil. Audience chant DELETE as Matt Hardy rises to prominence followed by Kane who is eliminated.

The Last three are Mojo, Corbyn and Hardy, the other two ganging up on the latter. A video package interrupts and Bray Wyatt appears in the ring. He helps Hardy and eliminates Mojo, Hardy then eliminates Corbyn to claim the win.

Winner: Matt Hardy

That’s hour 1 over and the clock strikes 23:00. The Mercedes Benz superdome in New Orleans is filling up. We see John Cena in the audience again.

WWE Cruiser weight Championship Match

Cedric Alexander v Mustafa Ali 

The match begins with a back and forth between the two competitors with some impressive ground to air maneuvers. They exchange strikes and kicks in what is the typical warm up match for what will be a long night of ups and downs.

Alexander executes an daring dive outside to the floor and connects with Ali. They move back into the ring and things slow down with Alexander on the front foot. Ali is slowly coming back with an effective face buster for a near fall. The ‘spanish fly’ comes unexpectedly from Alexander and both of them stay down.

The both of them head up to a top corner and it looks as if its gonna go high risk. Mustafa hits Alexander with a spanish fly for a near fall.  We see another commercial type break with the action slowing down. Again it picks up Ali hitting a tornado DDT followed by his finisher the 5’4 only for Alexander to raise a foot onto the bottom rope.

Cedric Alexander hits an impressive move the Lumbar Check and manages to get the cover and the Cruiser Weight Championship.

Winner and new Cruiser weight Champion: Cedric Alexander

John Cena is interviewed in the audience and looks to be an audience member tonight.

Women’s Battle Royale

Lilian Garcia introduces the announce team which includes Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix and the injured Paige. Becky Lynch gets her own entrance and then the rest of the women make their way to the ring. Bayley gets her own entrance also.

Just before the match appears to start we see a preview trailer for a movie about Paige’s life story which just seems to be about the Rock. We come back to see the legit Boss Sasha Banks come down the ramp.

The bell finally rings for everyone to jump Carmella in which they then proceed to eliminate. Now they all gang up on Dana Brooke and do the same to her. Eventually a mass brawl ensues and everybody spreads out. The ladies of NXT take control of the ring and then another ad break comes.

Eliminations continue with Lana, Becky Lynch and Mickey James going out. NXT women seem to be dominating yet again and they gang up on Natalya who fights back but is eliminated by Sasha Banks and Bayley.

We’re down to the last two of Banks and Bayley. Banks offers a hand to shake and Bayley converts into an elimination to look like the winner but now Naomi appears and takes the win!

Winner: Naomi

Wrestlemania 34

The stage is set and we are ready for the 34th Wrestlemania…

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Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match

Seth Rollins V The Miz (C) V Finn Balor 

The opening bout begins with a scramble between the three competitors with Finn Balor going high risk early. He dives out to the floor onto the Miz and Rollins. Action quickly moves back into the ring with the continuation of back and fourths.

Seth Rollins takes his turn to execute two dives out of opposites sides of the ring and we then see a near fall for the Miz who then gets the figure 4 locked in with Balor. From out of nowhere Rollins hits an impressive top rope frog splash getting a near fall.

Action moves outside and then back into the ring with Rollins and Balor going against eachother. Balor hits Rollins with a slam for another near fall, he then heads up to the corner for the Miz to prepare for a superplex. Rollins converts into a buckle bomb and the Miz goes down.

Skull crushing finale from the Miz to Rollins for a two and a half count. Still no definitive looking winner with what seems like a three way game of tennis.

Finn Balor connects with coup de grace to the Miz followed by Rollins running in with a kerb stomp to pin the Miz.

 Winner: New Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins.

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Verdict: A good action packed opening match which really got the crowd going. Seth Rollins is now a grand slam champion in WWE. 

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match

Charlotte Flair (c) V Asuka 

A great start with some serious lock holds and chain wrestling from either competitor. Asuka shows some superior strength against Charlotte. We pan to John Cena in the audience yet again.

Charlotte begins to show dominance with a moonsault that Asuka converts into an arm lock hold which Flair then reverses into a Boston crab. They break away with Asuka targeting Flair’s shoulder. They head out onto the apron with Asuka suplexing Charlotte onto the floor! This is by far a brutal and well put together match reflecting how far the women’s division has come in recent times.

Action moves back in between the ropes with Asuka continually targeting Charlotte’s left shoulder. They head up to the top rope and Charlotte hits a spanish fly! A near fall which almost broke Asuka’s undefeated streak. More ground based lock holds with Asuka placing pressure on the champion. Charlotte hits a spear and Asuka answers to a near fall. Charlotte hits the figure 4 followed by figure 8 one armed and impressively makes Asuka tap.

 Winner: Charlotte Flair Retains

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Verdict: Fantastic somewhat physical match. A token to women’s wrestling. 

A referee is seen running in and heads towards the audience and John Cena. He proceeds to run back up the ramp and go to the back. 

Fatal Four Way Match for the United States Championship.

Bobby Roode V Rusev V Jinder Mahal V Randy Orton (c)

Proceedings start with Rusev taking a dive into Orton and Mahal from the outside apron. He then moves back into the ring to go one on one with Bobby Roode. Mahal back in along with Orton who exchanges chops with Roode. A busy start to the match.

Jinder and Rusev face off with the Bulgarian dominating with an onslaught of boots.

Note: Aiden English is the incorrect way to spell Aidan. 

It’s Bobby Roode’s turn to assault Jinder who reverses the offence for Orton to run in. He gets a hold of Rusev for the rope DDT but fights his way out of it. Orton attempts it again an hits the DDT off the ropes. Randy is readying for an RKO but hits it on a running in Aiden English he then hits the RKO to Jinder. Next he tries to RKO Roode who converts into a glorious DDT.

Mahal manages to blind side Rusev and picks up a three count.

Winner: Jinder Mahal wins and becomes the new US Champion.

Match verdict: A great back and fourth fatal 4 way. Kind of a deflating ending but still good to watch, the crowd were in loud form.

Mixed Tag Team Match

Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle V Triple H and Stephanie McMahon

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Triple H’s entrance music hits and there are a bunch of bikes/trikes revving on the ramp. Both Steph and H appear on trikes and head down to the ring. Typical entrance for them with a lot of leather and green lighting.

Next comes the only Olympic Gold medalist in pro wrestling, Kurt Angle followed by Ronda Rousey.

The match begins with Stephanie getting a few cheap shots in before the bell. Rousey is pulled away and so HHH and Angle begin. The gold medalist takes his opponent down to the mat with an arm lock, showing dominance early on. There’s more foul play as Stephanie works the ropes for Kurt to fall out. Again Rousey is frustrated in what will be a slow burn all the way to a hot tag.

Kurt finally gets the tag and Rousey is in, the crowd pop big time as she lays into Stephanie. Into the corner they go with several strikes from the former UFC champ. She then throws Steph across the ring and then goes for an arm bar which McMahon somehow blocks. They wrestle on the mat with Steph managing to break away but Triple H is down outside the ring so she cant tag.

Stephanie hits a DDT on Rousey for a one and half kickout. Its all McMahon now as she puts in a submission move, then throwing her to the floor via a hair pull. Rousey fights back and lifts Stephanie up into a shoulder height slam. A certain victory is taken away as HHH pulls the referee out of the ring.

HHH then pulls Rousey out and faces Kurt Angle. HHH throws Angle across the announcers table and heads into the ring to check on his wife whilst Rousey is going to face off with Hunter.  Rousey shows some superior strength here and literally man handles the Game! Steph is back in the ring for Rousey to intercept and they head out.

Back in the ring HHH and Kurt go into it with belly to belly suplexes followed by German suplexes. The crowd are on fire as HHH goes for a pedigree which is reversed into an ankle lock which HHH wriggles out of. Angle slam to the game which he kicks out of. Entertaining and quick paced with a potential match of the night quality.

Stephanie and Angle face off as she goes for a kick which he catches. Ankle lock as HHH puts in the pedigree, Rousey breaks the pin. Now its HHH and Rousey and she reverses the pedigree into an arm bar. Its locked in as Steph breaks the hold with a rear naked choke. Rousey gets to her feet and flips her over into an arm bar. Kurt Angle gets HHH in the ankle lock at the same time. HHH thows Angle into Rousey and the holds are broken.

The power couple look to go for double pedigrees but Kurt throws HHH out and Rousey converts into arm bar on Stephanie. She is yelling ‘no’ and eventually taps!

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Winner: Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle

Verdict: Most likely to be match of the night. Great action. 

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match

The New Day V The Usos (c) V The Bludgeon Brothers

Before the Bludgeons can even get in the ring they are drop kicked back and Kofi Kingston hits an early trouble in paradise to no pin fall. The action moves outside as the Bludgeons target all of the new day. They hit the ring and continue to dominate.

Big E blasted off the apron as he tries to get in the ring and the match properly begins with the USO’s targeting Luke Harper. A big splash with Harper kicking out at 2. The tag champs efforts head towards the outside with a double suplex to Eric Rowan on the floor.

In the ring Kofi is facing Harper who dominates and heads into the corner. Kingston is powerbombed and then handed to Harper who powerbombs him off the top rope for the pin.

Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers, new tag champs

Verdict: A quick match putting over the new champs who mostly dominated. 

Next up is John Cena who heads down the ramp and into the ring. The referee heads down and talks to Cena who then gets out of the ring. The lights go out and Elias appears on the ramp. He walks down to ring with a guitar and sings. Cena heads out of the ring as Elias gets between the ropes and continues his song. Eventually Cena heads into the ring and puts the beat down on Elias and hits him with an attitude adjustment.

Cena heads back up the ramp with his music playing and then the lights go out. In the ring we see a hat and folded jacket whilst Cena watches on. Again the lights go down and the gong sounds.

He’s here, the Undertaker is here. Shrouded in purple and blue light he walks to the ring and faces John Cena.

The Undertaker V John Cena

The bell rings and they collide. Into the corners and against the ropes, Taker flies and claims early dominance. He then takes Cena old skool and the crowd are electric. Snake eyes followed by a big boot and leg drop combo. He reaches the sky for a chokeslam which Cena suplexes out of.

Taker sits up as Cena goes go for a five knuckle shuffle and recieves a chokeslam followed by tombstone. One, two, three. It was a squash, WTF?

Winner: The Undertaker

Verdict: Taker hasn’t looked this good in at least 5 years and essentially this was a squash match. 

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And now we see the WWE Hall of Fame 2018 class!

Tag team Match

Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan V Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

The capacity audience are on fine form with the mass of ‘Yes’ chants as he comes down to the ring. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn hit the ring with a surprise move from behind and the brawl begins. The dastardly pair power bomb Bryan onto the apron before the bell even rings.

Bryan is down and stays there with Shane left to fight alone. McMahon calls for the bell to ring and the match begins. He dominates with quick paced punches and high risk moves. Soon enough Zayn and Owens get the upper hand. They take it in turns to dominate but Shane fights back and manages to hit a coast to coast to Zayn.

Owens turns the tables and hits a frog splash and as he goes for a cover Daniel Bryan enters the match and puts in the save. Shane desperately struggles to reach for a tag to no avail. Daniel Bryan is beginning to stir and Shane eventually makes the tag.  Bryan hits the ropes and hits a thunderous clothesline to Sami Zayn. He then throws out a big missile drop kick from above. Bryan takes it turns to hit either of his opponents in their respective corners and targets Zayn for a hurricanrana which he executes successfully.

Owens faces off with Bryan and puts in a powerbomb which Bryan kicks out of. Shane is kicked off the apron twice. Now Zayn and Bryan are about to face off. Several kicks come from Bryan to Zayn and he converts the running knee into the yes lock. Zayn taps.

Winner: Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon

Verdict: A decent return for Daniel Bryan and of course physical from Shane, Owens and Zayn. 

Raw Women’s Championship

Alexa Bliss (c) V Nia Jax

The match begins with Nia going after Mickey James who joined Alexa down to the ring. The bell finally rings in what will probably be some level of a squash match considering the size difference between competitors.

nia.PNG  Nia Jax throws Alexa across the ring with a huge slam. They head outside with Alexa trying to walk off with her belt only for Jax to plough into her. Back in the ring they face off with back and fourth action but Jax finds dominance as expected. Bliss does all she can to stop her being dominated by eye poking but again Nia slams her down to the mat.

She picks Bliss up onto her shoulders and climbs the second rope. She falls back and and slams Alexa in the middle of the ring. One, two, three.

Winner: Nia Jax , new Raw Women’s champion.

Verdict: Essentially a crowd cool down squash match. 

WWE Championship Match

AJ Styles (c) V Shinsuke Nakamura

For the first time ever AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura lock up with the crowd captivated and electric. Styles takes the offensive lead and looks to be in control during the early stages of this match. Nakamura fights back and they move into the corner. Forearms are exchanged between the two competitors.

The match slows down and the audience seems partially dead for now, its been a long night as we hit 04:00AM and hopefully the last hour of wrestling. Things continue to crawl along with the pace of this back and fourth flow affair. I’m not sure where its going.

Styles throws out a devastating kick taking Nakamura’s leg away. They move to mat based submission holds. The injured leg is focused on as Nakamura hits the turnbuckle with his knee, Styles hits the springboard forearm and goes for a pin. Kick out at 2.

A spingboard 450 from Styles but Nakamura throws up his knees to block. The pace slows again. Styles clash to Nakamura and thats it, one, two, three!

Winner: AJ Styles retains WWE Championship

Verdict: A slow paced match, the crowd died down near the end, its been a long night, this match could have been a lot better. 

After the match Nakamura presents the belt with the champ and then proceeds to low blow Styles. A possible heel turn perhaps after he puts a beat down on Styles.

And now its time for yet another mid card match…

Raw Tag Team Championship Match

Cesaro and Sheamus (c) V Braun Strowman and mystery partner??

Ok so Braun heads out into the audience in search of a partner and brings back a kid called Nicholas. The match begins and Nicholas stands on the apron as Braun goes against the champs. He lays in a chokeslam to Cesaro but Sheamus intervenes.

The tag champs begin to gang up on Braun who easily kicks out of a pin attempt. Nicholas is tagged in but Strowman comes back in the ring. Strowman hits the powerslam and takes the pin.

Winner: Braun Strowman and Nicholas, new champs, WTF???

Verdict: Okay??? 

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The main Event…

WWE Universal Championship Match

Brock Lesnar (c) V Roman Reigns

The match quickly gets going with Brock taking Roman into suplex city times three followed by Reigns hitting two superman punches. Brock hits the third outside of the ring. He throws Brock outside opposite.

Belly to belly by Brock to Roman on the outside, they are both back up quickly. They head over to the announcers tables with Roman being thrown onto one. Back into the ring they go with more suplexes, the pace begins to dwindle with the crowd chanting ‘cm punk’.

Again they focus on the tables with Lesnar leading Reigns into the barricade. Roman battles back and spears Brock onto an announcers table. Again they get up and into the ring, a super man punch followed by two spears from the number one contender and still the champion kicks out.

An F5 from Brock but Reigns kicks out! ‘Put him down!’ Paul Heyman yells after a third F5 and again Roman kicks out.  It’s approaching 5am in the UK and the match is showing no signs of ending although anything could and will happen with Brock and Reigns.

F5 through the announcers table to Roman on the outside, that’s number 4 as Brock drags him back in the ring. The Beast incarnate is priming for the finish with another german suplex, Roman is dwindling here.  F5 number 5 and Reigns kicks out somehow, again.

Brock takes his gloves off and drives his fists into Reigns head, blood everywhere but somehow Reigns fights back with his face covered in red! F5 number 6 and that’s it, one, two, three!

Winner: Brock Lesnar retains WWE Universal Championship

 

Wrestlemania Verdict: Better than most from recent years. Many of the matches were good value and action packed. Some titles changed whilst others were retained. Great to see Kurt Angle back in a Wrestlemania Ring. Ronda was more than impressive. The whole Cena Taker deal seemed strange and of course ‘Nicholas’ was particularly odd. Paige looks as if she’s shot to pieces and been replaced by a drag queen, yep she looks that bad. 

The main event became a little excessive with the amount of finishers, and the blood was probably a step too far. That’s it for another year. Be sure to check out my next book The Teleporter which drops this month! 

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Wrestlemania 32 Results: A stange long night

It’s that time of year again. The showcase of the immortals is here with WWE Wrestlemania 32! Right here is where you can find all the results from the pre-show and actual show.

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Kick off show (Duration 2 hours, actual wrestling time, at least 45 mins, so not bad)

In the age of social media WWE like to think they can give away as much as possible for free. So here we were watching mainly talking, to big up the already pretty lame built up matches. A short interview with Kevin Owens basically saying he didn’t ask for a ladder match at wrestlemania but hey ho, isn’t that the vow you take when stepping between the ropes?

Paul Heyman joins some guy and a woman showing off way too much leg in an interview Q and A session from twitter. These questions are clearly scripted in the social media lounge.

1st WM Kickoff Match – Kalisto (ch) v Ryback : United States Championship

So for the six audience members arrived in the AT and T arena we were treated to the first match of the night. A true underdog seen it before story. This match as predicted started off rather one sided with Ryback dominating easily and taking advantage of his size. Saying that Kalisto showed promise with his impressive lucha style and highflying ability. They seemed to always use Rybacks dominance as a reference point. Then oddly we were shown a VT promo during the match, presumably for the actual network tv adverts.

Result: Kalisto retains and makes use of an exposed turnbuckle to impressively claim the win.

 

2nd WM kick off Match – Team Total Divas vs Bad and Blonde (10 diva tag match)

After the hour turned it was time for the next match. That being 10 divas in one ring. Slowly the divas division is slowly becoming fight relevant. The breast implants have slowly gone along with the very suggestive outfits and you can see the WWE trying to class them up quite a bit and deep down I think it’s working. Again we were faced with a oddly placed ad break. We come back to a now filling AT and T stadium booing a red haired Eva Marie. The UK’s very own Paige impressed with a shining wizard kick and Emma ensured some dominance until Lana was tagged and made her official in ring debut. Paige makes a daring cross body from the top rope and out of the ring, knocking down most of her opponents. An impressive and somewhat violent exchange from both sides.

Result: Brie Bella puts in the yes lock giving Team total divas the win.

WWE hall of famer Lita unveils a new Divas championship belt. A positive step towards bridging the gender gap.

3rd WM kick of Match – The Usos v The Dudley Boyz

The tag team division has had a somewhat rebirth with the introduction of traditional style teams and of course the return of the Dudley’s. Match begins aggressively with the record 9 time WWE tag team champions the Dudley’s taking charge. The Uso’s slowly come back but are snubbed everytime by the veterans. High octane tag team action early on and throughout the match with back and forth stuff.

Result: Uso’s clinch the win even thought they were under attack most of the time. Dudley’s remain stood up after and get the tables. But the USOs turn it around and top rope attack both of D-von and Bubba putting them through a table each.

 

Kick off Verdict: Of course this was a VT haven, building up the lesser matches and bigger ones. But the matches, all three of them were wrestlemania worthy!

 

Wrestlemania 32

 

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship : Kevin Owens (CH) V Stardust V Zack Ryder V Sami Zayn V The Miz V Sin Cara V Dolph Ziggler

 

Chaotic beginning of the match with the ladder used as a weapon. Zack Ryder gets the nearest first and receives a barrage of boos for his efforts. Zayn goes high risk early by jumping through mid rope and taking out a handful of opponents followed by a DDT to the outside to Owens. He is so over with the crowd its unbelievable.

Sin Cara pushed off the ladder and out of the ring onto four superstars. The crowd chant ‘holy shit’ but money in the bank ladder matches have been more hardcore. Ziggler and Owens take each other out with simultaneous super kicks and Stardust gets out his own custom ladder. A huge frog splash from Owens onto Zayn who is laid out on a ladder. An impressive elbow drop from Ryder off of the ladder. He then proceeds to climb but Ziggler jumps up and they both hit the mat.

Sin Cara from Scooby doo wrestlemania fame goes througha ladder and Stardust, leaving Zayn and Owens to battle it out. Zayn capitalises and he climbs. The Miz ruins his efforts and climbs. Takes his time and Ryder pushes him away.

Result : Ryder makes a shock win and grabs the belt. Not a bad opener.

Chris Jericho V AJ Styles

Yes AJ Styles makes his mania debut against one of the most decorated WWE stars ever. If you told me a year ago we would see this match I would take it any damn day. Starting off we saw a back and forth with Styles putting in some quick action packed moves, making Jericho the perfect advocate for this match and feud. Quickly the heel Jericho gets on top and works the crowd with a series of sleepers and lock holds. Styles eventually powers out and impressively kicks up to his feet. More to and fro action as Jericho locks in the walls of Jericho.

Rope break by Styles followed by some more impressive aerial action via way of a springboard back flip. They go high risk together on the top rope with Jericho landing face first and AJ going down also. Quickly they are both back up for Styles to kick which is then impressively converted into the walls again. It’s all Jericho now as Styles goes for another aerial offensive which is converted into a code breaker.  Styles barely kicks out and Jericho tries to go for a Styles clash to no avail.

AJ hits the clash with Y2J kicking out. The crowd are now awake. Lionsault comes out of Jericho’s arsenal there isn’t much left for either competitor now. The next finisher will claim victory.

Result: Jericho pulls off a botched codebreaker and claims the win. Unimpressive win and its questionable whether or not that was the right thing for AJ’s progression with in WWE.

The New Day Vs The League of Nations – Six man Tag Team Match

Quick in and out action from the new day as they plough into Sheamus in their corner. It doesn’t take long for the league to get the upper hand as Alberto Del Rio punishes Xavier Woods. Sheamus is tagged in and continues the assault followed by Rusev. The hot tag builds with Woods as he tries to claw his way to a tag but the Celtic Warrior makes sure there is no tag.

Finally the tag is made and Kofi makes an impressive high flying display. He makes his mark and then Sheamus capitalises with an assist from Rusev. Woods breaks up the pin but is still recovering. Big E enters the ring and dives between the ropes taking out 3 members of the league.

Result: Brogue kick to Xavier by Sheamus gets the win here. Not a great match, maybe it would have been better to be in the kick off show.

King Barret after the match got on the microphone and then we are treated to he return of Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Stone Cold. Michaels and Foley both look match ready and better than they ever have.

In the ring they go and the brawl begins, Mr Socko appears followed by a sweet chin music and off course the stunner. A decent end to a shitty match.

The new day return to the ring and begin a dance off. Stunner to Xavier woods, oh helllllll yeah.

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Brock Lesnar V Dean Ambrose

One of the main events of the night for me. Interesting choice to put it this early on the match card. Brock comes out first to a big pop from the crowd. I’m not sure who’s supposed to be the heel here but its mixed from the audience as Brock arrives with Heyman. We are treated to him on the mic introducing himself as usual and Brock. Dean Ambrose comes out and things are about to start.

Suplex city begins and within seconds Ambrose is suplexed twice. Out of the ring he rolls to regroup whilst Brock stands tall. The weaponry use begins with a Lesnar taking a kendo stick, but Brock over powers for German number five.

Brock snaps tow kendo sticks in half and pulls off suplex number six, Dean shows no signs of giving up with a thumbs up to the referee. After a considerable beat down Ambrose hits a low blow and gets on top. He strikes with the kendo stick and forces the beast out of the ring. Ambrose takes a dive through the ropes and makes contact.

Ambrose reaches under the ring to pull out a fricking chainsaw. Brock recovers whilst he’s trying to start it and delivers a belly to belly outside. They go back in and Ambrose climbs to the top rope, Lesnar intercepts and jumps up. He throws Ambrose over himself with deadly effect.

More weapons come out here as Ambrose sprays the beast with a fire extinguisher followed by several chair shots. This culminates to a drop kick onto a placed chair. Ambrose is doing all he can to get the advantage and make Brock pay. He gathers more chairs (more than 5) from under the ring and piles them up. Lesnar breaks into a suplex but as he lands, he goes onto the chairs.  An F5 attempt reversed by Ambrose into a DDT onto chair. Near fall.

We see the emergence of the barbed wire baseball bat but Lesnar intercepts and delivers a powerful F5 onto chairs.

Result: Brock Lesnar wins via F5 . A short but brutal match especially for the PG era standards.

WWE Women’s Championship Match – Charlotte V Becky Lynch V Sasha Banks

So a new belt introduced by Lita, new direction for the Divas. One of classiness and so HHH’s three daughters haven’t got to get boob jobs if they decide to enter the business.

Quick three way action to begin with resulting in Charlotte and Sasha being one on one. Becky reappears and Charlotte disappears this time. The others head outside as Ric Flair stands there looking awkward.

All three back in the ring exchanging various moves. Good action at the beginning. Continual exchanges and impressive moves as Sasha dives out onto Charlotte. Ric Flair begins to woo and is then taken out Lynch. This is followed by a high risk moonsault by Charlotte onto the other two divas. Awesome action here so far.

All three divas are going high octane and risk from the top rope. Becky tries to make Charlotte tap but Sasha locks in the bank statement.

Charlotte then gets Sasha in the figure 4 leg lock which is then reversed. Becky looks on from outside and breaks the hold. Saving it.  The match gets to the point where any move from anyone will be enough.

Charlotte makes Becky tap whilst Ric Flair holds Sasha bank out of the ring.

Result : Charlotte wins

 

Shane McMahon V The Undertaker – Hell in a Cell

I’m not sure what the WWE are going for here. In a sense they have cornered themselves. If Shane wins we lose taker at mania and if he loses the Authority continue to reign ( no pun intended).

Shane comes out and brings his three kids with him. A bold move and a statement nodding to the future of WWE. I’m expecting some level of interference in this match to say the least. Then of course the bell tolls, the lights kill and the Deadman arrives, maybe for the last ever time!

A boxing style start, with Taker and Shane quick on their feet and standing off each other. Taker finally grabs hold of McMahon and the onslaught begins. A last ride early on but Shane kicks out. He’s circling the drain early but manages a triangle choke. The steel steps are in the ring and Shane is choke slammed onto them. He kicks out at 2.

McMahon bates out taker and goes for a DDT onto the steel steps. Taker kicks out. Things are slow for now. Hells gate comes and Shane survives and converts into a sharpshooter. This all seems to be about survival for Shane, the longer he lasts the more chance he has got.

He goes under the ring to fetch a foil trash can and sets it up for coast to coast which is successful. A big impact on what has been quite an extreme night so far. Taker kicks out at 2. A weird atmosphere coming from the audience. Is someone coming out? Will this just be it?

Shane goes outside and from under the ring he gets a set of bolt cutters. He proceeds to cut away at one of the cage fence panels as the undertaker comes out. They slowly exchange blows and lifts him into the cage wall and out they both go and into the German announce table. The fight spills out to the announcer’s tables and both of them go through a table. Shane seems to be better for it and grabs a tool chest. He drives it over takers head and lays him out on the table. Shane is heading up. He climbs the side of the cell and goes to the top.

Crowd chanting ‘please don’t die’. He stands and is ready to jump on a laid out taker. As he lands Taker rolls out of the way. Shane is down, taker is somewhat out of it also. What a moment.

Shane begs for more, seriously? They get back into the ring as Taker toys with him and hits the tombstone.

Result: Taker Wins

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Shane takes a dive!

 

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale

 Diamond Dallas Page returns to the ring and is about the only good thing so far about the placement so late on in the night of this battle Royale which is just jobber city. Big Show comes out followed by Shaq O Neil? WTF.

Shaq and Show face off. It doesn’t last. DDP impresses, the outcasts get outcast and Kane gets screwed.

Winner Baron Corbin from NXT

The Rock’s entrance music hits and out he comes to be a part of what has been a rather weird night. Seeing how late it is in the night I’m not sure what this is all about. Having rather just see the main event we are watching the Rock use a flame thrower to ignite a sign of his name instead.

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So he jees up the crowd a little by throwing out a few catchphrases. Then he announces the attendance numbers and that’s it. I could have done that via skype.

Then the arena goes dark and out comes Bray Wyatt with two other mask wearing folk. Bray threatens to ruin the Rock’s moment. The Rock talks well and this then turns into an actual match!

The Rock V Eric Rowan

Rock Bottom, 1 ,2 ,3. He wins in 6 seconds!

Good times. Now the Wyatts circle the ring.

John Cena’s music hits. He’s back. Fruity pebbles. Together Cena and the Rock put the beat down on the Wyatt’s and we see an Attitude Adjustment and Peoples elbow. From what started out weird actually was pretty good.

HHH V Roman Reigns – WWE World Heavyweight Championship- Main Event

So we made it. Just after 4am UK time the promo hit for the main event. Late nights aren’t a problem for me considering I work nights a lot. But saying that I did want to see the final pyro hit for this thing to end.

Okay so for HHH’s entrance we see Stephanie McMahon without trousers on, being a supreme being or something like that. A typical master race entrance for the game.

Roman enters from the stage to a mass of boos, there was even a moment you could tell it had been muted.

More boos throughout the arena for Roman. Maybe they should have booked the main event differently because the audience prefer to see HHH a known and loved wrestler as champion. What are they thinking?

Back and forth action from the two, in and out of the ring. Soon enough things get slow as they exchange rights and lefts. HHH low blows Roman whilst Stephanie is distracting the referee.

They head out and go after the only remaining announcer table. Things continue slowly as HHH performs a neck breaker to Reigns who is laying on the table. They hit the floor and then soon after head back into the ring. HHH remains in the driving seat.

Its been six hours or so since the kick off started and this match is extremely low energy along with the sleepy audience. Both competitors aren’t exactly big show calibre so why so slow.

Finally a big impact move as Reigns spears HHH through the audience dividing wall.

Other than that this main event has been terrible so far. People are all over it on twitter.

Stephanie comes into the ring to order the Referee about. She is speared by Reigns, things have taken off. Pedigree by HHH and Roman kicks out at 2 and a half.

A superman punch to HHH but her kicks out. Stephanie hands HHH a sledgehammer but Reigns continues to barrage him with superman punches. A final spear ends the match.

Although the ending was ok, the premise and final product was terrible.

Result : Roman Reigns is the new champ! But not a person in the arena cheered him.

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So that’s it. Strange night, but there were some gems there. Especially from the arsenal of legends on good terms with the company they can use and roll out. Not the worst wrestlemania but saying that it was weird.

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Rumble: As it happens review

It’s one versus all and by way of the WWE network myself, Matt Streuli and Aidan Parr tuned in at the wee hours of Monday morning. For the first time in history the stipulation of the thirty man battle royal changed and Roman Reigns puts his WWE world heavyweight championship belt on the line .

Seeing as my last wrestling related blog post gets at least a handful of views weekly, I decided to report the action from Orlando FL as it happened.

 

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The Royal Rumble Kick off show

To begin with were presented with a panel that consisted of both Jerry the King Lawler and Booker T, I couldn’t remember the name of the blonde lady and guy with a tattooed throat but for some time they talked about the statistics of the rumble. Then we saw a video clip probably for the first of five times in the evening as predicted by Mr Parr. Next up we were promised a fatal four way elimination tag match where the winners go into the rumble.

The League of Nations cut a promo pledging their allegiance to their team even though it’s clearly all against all. I quite like the premise of this stable, with both Wade Barret and Sheamus taking this group a little bit tongue in cheek and simply humouring Rusev. I think Alberto Del Rio has a little better poker face but the League of Nations is simply the Rusev humouring society.

Next up Kevin Owens was interviewed and talked about beating John Cena on his WWE debut and then going on to make history tonight with his last man standing match with Dean Ambrose for the IC title.

Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match – Winning team goes into the Rumble

Dudley Boyz vs Mark Henry & Jack Swagger vs Damien Sandow & Darren Young vs The Ascension

It didn’t take long until the referee was overrun and everyone was in the ring after some quick tags and no action from the Dudleys. Then it cut to commercial break? Strange move by the WWE in my honest opinion. Are we showing wrestling or selling the shit that can be found around the network. Advertising to people about the network to an audience who are mainly on the network seems a bit baffling to me.

So we come back and D-von Dudley in being worked over by both of the Ascension. There’s clearly a build up here to Bubba Ray’s hot tag. He comes in and takes out pretty much everyone including a big boot to Mark Henry which is followed up by a ‘wassup’ and then 3-D to one of the Ascension. Out of nowhere Mark Henry gets back in and takes advantage of the downed 3D’d Ascension member and picks up the pin fall.

Result- Mark Henry and Jack Swagger to enter the royal rumble match.

Verdict- We weren’t quite sure the actual rules of this match and Mr Parr did state that Mark Henry may not have been legal. Guess the WWE make their own rules up as they go along. In all honesty the match was too short to really judge it as any good.

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The Royal Rumble

Before the promo hits a limo turns up at the arena and its Vince McMahon and his daughter. After a rather pointless and incoherent interview with JoJo they continue into the arena, although we know they have been there all afternoon.

First Match – Intercontinental Championship – Last man standing

Dean Ambrose (C) vs Kevin Owens

It didn’t take long for this fight to boil over and plough through the announcer team. To my pleasure Owens was thrown into Michael Cole. This then eventually resulted in Ambrose crashing into the timekeepers area collapsing the well-padded wall. The kendo stick made an appearance as both competitors made it back into the ring. Owens then proceeded to take out at least 5 steel chairs and put his feet up in the ring. An arrogant move for the fighter but a show of who was in the driver’s seat early on. Seeing as it’s PG the weapon usage was minimal and impacts were controlled early on.

Both competitors teeter over two set out chairs which eventual results in Ambrose back body dropping Owens onto them. Yet another 4 or five count that both answer to. Crowd chanting ‘this is awesome’ but compared to the Shawn Michaels and Triple H last man standing matches this is pretty tame so far. That is until Owens brings out a table from under the ring or as JBL calls it, home depot. Another table comes out and they are stacked on one another in one corner outside the ring. This is looking like a series of weapon placed spots setting up and eventual win.

Dirty deeds by Ambrose after an impressive back and forth. Owens get up at an eight count but is looking pretty out of it.  Another dirty deeds onto the steel chair but the table set up outside suggests this isn’t over. This time Owens rolls out of the ring at nine and stands on his feet. Ambrose follows and yet another table comes out. Not sure where this is going. Ambrose hits elbow drop through a downed Owens who is on the table. Both are up at eight.

Back in the ring where Ambrose yells his hatred for Owens who replies with the same. Another table set up in the ring and Owens reverses a superplex into a hybrid type slam and sends Ambrose through the wood. Several chairs are set up and Owens lays Ambrose onto them. This happens in the corner where the double stack table is situated. He goes for the top rope and Ambrose rises and pushes him off and through both tables.

Result – Dean Ambrose retains after Owens couldn’t answer a ten count after going through a double stack of tables.

One word verdict – Tabley (if that’s a word)

Second Match -WWE Tag Team Championship

The New Day (c) vs The Uso’s

The New Day emerge with microphones and are in mourning of the loss of their trombone. Then the trumpeting begins, gets the crowd going anyway. Two of the many teams responsible for bringing the tag division back to relevancy do their thing and bring us a traditional back and forth affair. There were high risk out of the ring diving manoeuvres from all involved. Xavier Woods kept the crowd warmed up with Francesca 2.0 making this match a crowd pleaser. All of the tag team boxes were quickly ticked by the six minute mark . Big E picks up the win with the big ending which Aidan enjoyed very much.

A time defying match where you never really felt its length as there was always something going on.

Result- The New Day retain

One word verdict – Fun

Third Match – The United States Championship

Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Kalisto

As a casual part time viewer this seems to be some level of grudge match between the two Mexicans. This also appears to be an underdog story. A very much one sided battle early on with Kalisto breaking out every now and then. This feels somewhat like squash match to me.

As expected a lot of lucha libre stuff. Kalisto taking advantage of his size and high flying ability and started to build some forward momentum. It feels like a matter of time until del rio hits the right move but captivating on his momentum Kalisto pulls off a shock win!

Result- Kalisto new US champ

One word verdict – Lucha!

Fourth Match – The Divas Championship

Charlotte (c) vs Becky Lynch

Personally I think Ric Flair is selling himself short for trying to beef up this exposure to this storyline. Not much has changed in the last twenty years in terms of women’s matches. It’s sad to say that most fans probably are indifferent to how this will go. Saying that Becky Lynch seems to have more get up and go than Charlotte, let’s hope the Dubliner wins.

An energetic start with Becky leading the charge. They head out of the ring where Ric Flair gets involved funnily and kisses Lynch then proceeds to woooo!. Having seen Charlotte perform a few times I’m still not convinced by her in any way. Saying that her athleticism cant be faulted and neither can Becky’s. A longer match for a divas contest and there were a few good high risk moves

Result – Charlotte retains after a spear

One word verdict – Wooooo!

After the match Charlotte continues a beat down and is then interrupted by the emergence of Sasha Banks. She then knocks the already downed Lynch from the ring and looks to be siding with Charlotte. Then she attacks her and gets her into some kind of submission hold setting up a next possible feud.

Fifth Match – The Rumble 

Roman Reigns music hits and the big dog makes his way through the crowd. It’s one versus all and has been 18 years since a back to back winner of the rumble. The odds are truly against the champ. Let’s hope they make him look strong.

The number 2 entrant is Rusev with the lovely Lana alongside him. Before entrant three emerges the champ makes easy work of him. Then OMFG AJ Styles makes his WWE debut.

 

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Shock moment of the night to see AJ Styles head into a WWE ring

Early on AJ and Reigns are looking like they will need to band together in order to survive. They work together in eliminating Curtis Axel. The ring slowly fills up with Y2J, Kane and Goldust.

R-Truth comes down to the ring and oddly pulls out a ladder. He climbs to the top thinking it’s a ladder match and is then quickly eliminated by Kane.

The league of nations appear from the crowd with Vince McMahon and snatch Reigns out of the ring. They take it in turns to beat down on him and eventually results in Rusev splashing him through a table. Looking like they are really showing that the odds are stacked against him. Reigns is carried away by officials and taken to the back.

Kevin Owens limps to the ring after two of the Wyatts are in the ring. AJ styles eliminated by Owens (disappointing). AJ started impressively and took some punishment, impressed with his perfomance overall.

Sami Zayn returns to eliminate Kevin Owens.

At number 21 comes Erik Rowan, so the Wyatts are filling the ring, I can sense they will be involved in the finish. Harper eliminates Neville with a powerful apron clothes line. Stardust quickly follows and hits the outside.

Number 22 is Mark Henry in his eight royal rumble match. He goes after the Wyatts but is slammed to the ground and then in a group effort they dispose of him in less than a minute. Its only a matter of time until they complelty clear the ring, that is just Dean Ambrose and Jericho.

Brock Lesnar the neat incarnate comes out at 23. He eliminate Erick Rowan and hence suplex city beings.

Jack Swagger comes in at 24 and is subject to an F5 and then eliminated by Lesnar. So much for the tag match he won with Henry.

Awesome! The Miz is here at 25. He goes to the commentary table and puts on a headset. He’s clearly stalling his eventual journey to suplex city.

Luke Harper eliminated by Lesnar.

Alberto Del Rio is at 26 and goes straight for the dominant Brock. Ambrose soon locks into them both.

The other Wyatt is eliminated by Lesnar taking out my prediction of them being involved in the finish. Although Bray is yet to arrive and he comes in at 27.

The Wyatts return and enter the ring quickly ganging up on Lesnar. He quickly fights back and faces Bray. Suplex city! Harper and the others come back in breaking up the chance of an F5 to Bray who then delivers sister Abigail. The Wyatts then proceed to eliminate him.

Dolph Ziggler is at 28

The Miz enters and no sign of Reigns. 42 minites have passed. He deliveres the skull crushing finale toe Ziggler.

Sheamus comes in at 29 and during his walk down to the ring the big dog returns and gives a superman punch to the celtic warrior. He runs into the ring.

The last entrant is HHH for his 9th rumble.

Him and Reigns exchange blows and the threat of a pedigree is imminent. Sheamus finally enters and chaos now enuses. Y2j throws in the lion-saults and Ziggler with the Zig Zag.

Dolph is elimated for his efforts and we are down to 5. Trips and Bray face off.  Bray hits the uppercut. Attempts sister Abigail but is brogue kicked and then eliminated.

Jericho with an aerial assualt followed by the code breaker to HHH. He’s then eliminated by Ambrose. Down to 4.

It’s Sheamus, Ambrose, Reigns and Ambrose.

A superman punch to the celtic Warrior and he’s gone. Then Triple H capitalises on Reigns and he is eliminated. The big dog is out of the Royal Rumble

There will be a new champion!

HHH or Ambrose!

They face off. I get a feeling that Ambrose is just a small time rookie compared to the chief operating officer of WWE. Saying that I would take Ambrose as a champion any day,  but nope the Game does it. Over the rope Ambrose goes, although a commendable effort HHH is the new champion. Authority rules the day.

Result – Triple H is the new champ!

One word Verdict – Authority (with Styles coming in at a close second)

Full Rumble Verdict – Not a bad PPV considering its one the big 4. The actual rumble itself felt watchable throughout and didnt seemed to be filled with needless spots. Although they did focus on Reigns quite a lot, after all it will be him at Mania. Some other feuds were set up tonight and AJ Styles is finally in WWE. This will probably be the final chapter of the saga that is the authority, I feel after mania it will be stale.

 

That’s all for this edition of Lee’s Hall of information.

 

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The Authority Reign supreme