The Night 2 Kick-Off Show is hosted by Kayla Braxton along with JBL, Peter Rosenberg, Jerry Lawler, and Booker T. They joke around and run down the card for tonight’s show.
We see a video package for the feud between Randy Orton and The Fiend and Alexa Bliss. Kayla Braxton says she doesn’t like this story because it creeps her out. They debate whether or not this will be a regular match and if Randy has any chance of winning.
The panel talk a little about the Tag Team Turmoil match last night. They talk about the team of Tamina and Natalya and if they can beat the Tag Champion. Almost the whole panel think they can because of their grit and their experience. They move on and talk about Riddle Vs. Sheamus and Lawler ridicules Riddle for not wearing shoes but Rosenberg points us people in the past who didn’t wear any. Booker T says Riddle rubs a lot of people the wrong and he hopes Sheamus takes him out in prime fashion. Rosenber is the only one who thinks Riddle might win.
We see highlights from last night’s WrestleMania. The panel talk about how great a night it was and give props to Bad Bunny for his performance. We see a video package about Rhea Ripley and Asuka and the panel debate if Rhea will be able to perform on the big stage in front of fans. Booker T says his will be the shucky ducky quack quack moment of the night.
Sonya Deville joins the panel to discuss Big E Vs. Apollo Crews. Sonya says only one man knows what a Nigerian Drum Fight is and that’s Apollo. Booker takes umbridge with that and says he’s from the motherland and he knows how brutal that can be. The panel joke around with Booker and JBL tells him he’s going to get himself in trouble on Twitter.
We get a video for the Sami Zayn Vs. Kevin Owens match with a heavy focus on Sami’s character arc. Booker says he thinks Sami needs some help because he used to be just a good kid. JBL says Sami has exposed the deep state within WWE and people need to listen to him. Rosenberg calls Sami an artiste and says Logan Paul could be a factor.
The final match, the main event, is Edge Vs. Daniel Bryan Vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. With only a minute left, the panel talk about how exciting this match is and make their predictions for who might win. And that’s it for the WrestleMania Kick-Off Show. Night 2 of WrestleMania starts right now!
Country music star Ashland Craft is in the ring to sing America The Beautiful. WrestleMania 37 opens with the same video package as last night.
The hosts of WrestleMania, Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan, come out wearing pirate outfits. Titus says they look damn good and Hogan says it’s a little hot inside the suit. Titus says there’s seven matches tonight, five of which are Championship ones, so they’d better batten down the hatches. They joke around and the fans boo Hogan quite a bit.
It’s time for the first match of the night and out comes the Apex Predator, Randy Orton clad in all-white. On his way to the ring Randy mocks Mandy Rose, pretending to slip. For The Fiend’s entrance, he’s shown walking through a fiery corridor and it looks like he burns all over, then he’s back as the original Fiend with no burns. Alexa comes out first and there’s a giant jack-in-the-box outside the ring. Alexa turns the handle until the lid pops up, then The Fiend rises up out.
RANDY ORTON VS. THE FIEND W/ALEXA BLISS
The Fiend runs and jumps off the jack-in-the-box with a clothesline to Orton to start the match. The Fiend slams Orton, then laughs before snapping his neck. Orton gets on all fours and The Fiend runs for a Punt but Orton rolls from the ring. The Fiend goes after him but Randy lifts and back suplexes him on the announce desk… only for The Fiend to instantly pop-up and grab Orton with the Mandible Claw!
Orton struggles his way onto the ring to break free. The Fiend gets on the apron and Randy hits the draping DDT but again The Fiend pops-up. Orton throws Wyatt into the big box, then hits another draping DDT. The Fiend slowly rises and Orton unleashes some right hands but he doesn’t sell them. Wyatt hits a clothesline, then a body attack to put Randy down. Orton sidesteps The Fiend and sends him out of the ring. Wyatt gets on the apron but Orton kicks him a few times and hits a third draping DDT.
Orton wants an RKO but The Fiend grabs him with the Mandible Claw again. The Fiend grabs Orton for Sister Abigail but suddenly fire erupts from the ring posts and he stops. The camera turns and Alexa Bliss is sitting atop the jack-in-the-box in a new outfit, all-black, with black goo dripping all over head head. The Fiend stares at her and the fans chant “holy $hit”. Orton spins The Fiend around and hits an RKO for the win!
WINNER: RANDY ORTON
After the match, after Orton is gone, The Fiend gets to his feet and stares at Alexa. The lights begin going out until it’s all dark, then they come back up and Bray and Alexa are gone. The fans boo.
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan are standing backstage, discussing last night’s main event. when up walks Eric Bishoff. Before they can say anything, Bayley pops-in and says she loves his podcast but he can be on her show and get a real audience. Bischoff says he’d really love to get Bianca Belair on his show. Bayley says she would be a far better guest because she’s a role model, and she’s been on both nights of WrestleMania. Bischoff and Hogan pretend they’ve somewhere to be and walk away, then Titus puts the pirate hat on Bayley and leaves.
WOMEN’S TAG TEAM TITLES
(C) NIA JAX & SHAYNA BASZLER VS. NATALYA & TAMINA
We start the match with Baszler and Natalya and they lock-up with Nattie taking a side headlock. Baszler breaks free and they lock-up again and Shayna slams her down, then taunts her. Natalya leapfrogs Shayna and attempts a hip-toss but Baszler prevents it. Nattie looks for the Sharpshooter but Baszler grabs the ropes, then tags Nia Jax. Nia comes in and shoes Nattie down, then points to Tamina.
Natalya gives in and tags Tamina, who comes in to stand with Nia. They headbutt each other but neither women fall. Tamina ducks a lariat and forearms Nia against the ropes and tags Natalya. They double-team Nia and hit a back body drop! Baszler tags in but they lift and suplex her as well, then isolate her in the corner and make frequent tags. Natalya catapults Baszler into a superkick from Tamina for a near-fall. Baszler unloads a flurry of offence on Natalya and absolutely blasts her with a knee to the face.
On the outside, Tamina and Nia come to blows and Nia counters a body slam to land one of her own. Shayna bends Natalya’s knee and tries to make her submit, then stomps on the ankle. Jax tags in and she continues working on the leg. Natalya tries to get an armbar on Jax but Nia just stands up with her and tags Baszler for a knee to the face. Jax tags in again and looks for a shoulder tackle but Natalya sidesteps her and she hits the post. Natalya hits a discus clothesline but Jax comes back with a Samoan drop for a near-fall.
Tags made to Tamina and Baszler, and Snuka comes in with a full head of steam and hits some lariats, a crossbody and a dragon screw. Tamina kicks Shayna back and knocks Jax off the apron. Baszler grabs her for the Kirifuda Clutch but Tamina powers out and hits a Samoan drop for a near-fall. Tamina goes up top for the splash but Shayna hits her, then tags Nia. Jax goes up top and grabs Tamina but Nattie runs in and helps her down but Nia then jumps onto both of them with a crossbody for a near-fall.
We’re down to Nia and Tamina and Jax talks a lot of trash to Tamina, including swearing. Tamina punches her and body slams her for a near-fall. Tamina goes to the top rope, looking for a Superfly Splash but nobody’s home. Natalya tags in and so does Shayna but Nattie knocks her off the apron. Natalya drops Nia and locks-in the Sharpshooter but Baszler grabs her from behind with the Kirifuda Clutch and Natalya taps.
WINNERS: NIA JAX & SHAYNA BASZLER
Sami Zayn comes to the ring and he introduces his special guest, Logan Paul. The fans boo but Sami says Logan is the only ally he has had in the making of his massive exposé.
SAMI ZAYN W/LOGAN PAUL VS. KEVIN OWENS
The match begins and Sami runs across the ring and right into a pop-up powerbomb! Zayn rolls from the ring but Owens goes after him and looks to powerbomb him into the apron but Sami grabs the ropes and stumbles into the ring. Owens goes in and chops the chest of of Zayn before suplexing him into the top rope. Logan Paul looks on with concern.
Owens runs and clotheslines Zayn in the corner, then hits a cannonball. Owens goes up top and wants a Swanton but Sami rolls to the apron. Owens climbs down beside him but Zayn kicks him and hits a brainbuster! Sami gets back inside and wants the count-out win but Owens gets back inside at 8. Sami unloads some right hands on KO, then clobbers him with forearms. Sami lifts Owens and hits a Michonoku driver for a near-fall.
Sami puts KO on the top rope and climbs up alongside him. Owens starts fighting back and they trade hands until Owens headbutts him off. Owens hits a frog splash for a near-fall. Owens attemps another pop-up powerbomb but Sami lands on his feet and grabs him, only for Owens to counter with an Ushigoroshi. Owens wants a package piledriver but Zayn breaks free and hits an exploder suplex into the turnbuckles. Zayn runs for the Helluva Kick but Owens moves out of the way.
Owens looks for a Stunner but Sami spins him around and hits the Blue Thunder Bomb for a near-fall. Zayn hits a second exploder into the corner, then hits another, followed by a brainbuster for a near-fall. Sami and KO pummel each other in the corner and Sami lifts him onto the top rope. Owens counters Zayn with a fisherman superplex! Owens drags himself up on the ropes and clotheslines Sami in the corner, then again, but Zayn hits a quick Helluva Kick out of nowhere.
Owens collapses into Sami’s arms in a callback to NXT TakeOver: Battleground in 2016. Sami puts him in the corner and lines-up a second Helluva Kick but Owens catches him with a superkick. Owens hits a second superkick, then tells Sami he did this to himself before hitting a Stunner for the win.
WINNER: KEVIN OWENS
After the match Logan Paul gives them a standing ovation. He comes into the ring to check on Sami. Logan then congratulates Owens on his win and Sami gets angry and shoves him. Zayn shouts that Owens conspired with the referee’s to get his win. Logan shoves him down and Zayn rolls from the ring and leaves. Paul grabs KO’s arm and raises it in the air but Owens doesn’t like it. Owens starts laughing and the fans want a Stunner, so Owens gives them what they want!
Riddle is wheeling around backstage on his scooter when he sees The Great Khali and stops. Riddle is amazed by the size of Khali and asks how he finds clothes to fit Riddle says he should open a shop that sells giant clothes, giant jewllery and giant scooters. Khali just stares at him and Riddle says they need a translator. RVD appears and says he’s got this. He says in order for them to corner the market they need some branding, and he hands Riddle his RVD-branded weed rollers.
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
(C) RIDDLE VS. SHEAMUS
The bell rings and Sheamus takes a headlock. Riddle shoots him off but eats a shoulder tackle. Sheamus claws at Riddle’s face and clubs him but Riddle fires back with rights, kicks and chops. Sheamus fires back with a chop and looks for a body slam but Riddle slides off and jumps onto his back with a sleeper. Sheamus backs him into the corner to get free, then lands a backbreaker. Riddle backs Sheamus into the corner and forearms him.
Sheamus turns the tables and Riddle attempts a kick but Sheamus catches the foot and holds him in the air, only for Riddle to bend over the ropes with an armbar until the ref’s count of four. Sheamus grabs Riddle on the apron and hits the Beats of the Bodhran, then suplexes him inside for a two-count. Sheamus goes to the top rope and Riddle leaps onto the top rope with him for a flipping overhead belly-to-belly! Both men are down.
They slowly get up and trade shots but Riddle gets the better and hits a bicycle kick, then a running forearm in te corner. Riddle hits an exploder and a senton, then lifts him for a Brohammer for two. Riddle wants BroDerek but Sheamus counters and throws him to the apron. Riddle kicks Sheamus back and flips into the ring but gets caught with a huge knee for a near-fall. Sheamus lifts Riddle for an Alabama slam and scores another near-fall.
Riddle knocks Sheamus to the apron and goes after him. Riddle shoves Sheamus into the ring post and suplexes him on the apron! Riddle hits a springboard corkscrew to Sheamus on the floor, then puts him back in the ring for a Broton for a near-fall. Riddle applies a reverse armbar. Sheamus escapes and clobbers Riddle, then puts him on his shoulders and takes him to the ropes. Riddle escapes and climbs up with Sheamus but gets grabbed.
Sheamus attempts an Irish curse backbreaker from the top rope but they fall off and he hits a regular one. Sheamus goes up top and hits a flying knee for a near-fall. Sheamus goes to the corne and beats his chest, looks for the Brogue Kick but Riddle rolls him up for two. Riddle attempts a springboard moonsault but Sheamus catches him with a Brogue Kick in mid-air for the win!
WINNER AND NEW UNITED STATES CHAMPION: SHEAMUS
We get a video of Triple H on the side of a road holding a yellow case. Bad Bunny walks up and Triple H says he did an amazing job last night, but now it’s his time and hands him the case. Bunny takes it and climbs atop the truck he rode in on last night. He opens the case and a Triple H-themed microphone is inside. Bunny will be going on a world tour next year.
We have ourselves a Nigerian Drum Fight up next and Wale performs live as Big E makes his way to the ring.
NIGERIAN DRUM FIGHT
(C) BIG E VS. APOLLO CREWS
The bell rings and both guys bail and bring Kendo sticks into the ring. They hit each other back and forth until Apollo jumps out of the ring. Big E chases after and crackes Apollo in the chest a few times. Big E throws Apollo into some drums at ringside, then lifts a gong but Apollo kicks it out of his hands. Crews batters Big E with the Kendo stick. They get back inside and Apollo swings with the Kendo stick but Big E ducks and tosses him to the apron. Big E spears Apollo through the ropes to the floor!
Big E gets Crews back inside, then takes the top off the steel steps and drags the bottom half over to the side of the ring. Big E gets on the apron but Apollo lifts him and hits a Death Valle driver on the apron! Apollo covers Big E in the ring for a two-count. Apollo grabs the bottom half of the steps and drags them to the apron. He places Big E on the steps and stands on the apron with the other half and tries to throw them into him but Big E rolls out of the way. Both men get on the apron and Apollo runs at Big E but gets caught with a urinage onto the steps on the floor!
Big E sits on the steps and shouts at Apollo that he’s going to get everything he asked for. Big E lifts a table and erects it in the ring but Apollo combes back and smashes him with a Kendo stick until it breaks. Apollo lays Big E on the table and goes up top for a frog splash but Big E’s not home and Crews crashes and burns. Big E lifts Apollo and hits a Big Ending but before he can make the pin he’s attacked by Dabbo Kato! Kato, who was in RAW Underground for a while, beats on Big E and hits the Umaga’s Samoan Spike, then a Chokeslam and Apollo covers for the win!
WINNER AND NEW INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: APOLLO CREWS
We see highlights from the 2021 Hall of Fame ceremony. Molly Holly, Rob Van Dam, The Great Khali, Eric Bischoff, Rich Hering, and Kane stand on the stage. Kane makes fire erupt from the pirate ship.
Ash Costello of New Year’s Day plays with a band to sing Rhea Ripley to the ring. The RAW Women’s Champion.
RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
(C) ASUKA VS. RHEA RIPLEY
The match gets underway and they trade back and forth but Asuka trips Ripley into the turnbuckles and kicks the rope into her face. Rhea rolls outside and Asuka tsuns her from the ring. Asuka goes outside and catches Ripley with a pop-up knee, then rolls her back inside. Asuka kicks the back of Ripley a few times, then runs at her for a hip attack but Ripley dodges it and kicks her in the back. Ripley lifts and slams Asuka, then punches her on the mat with right hands and shouts at her.
Ripley applies a body scissors and slaps the back of Asuka’s head a few times as the fans boo. Asuka fights up but Rupley dropkicks her. Rhea slaps Asuka in the face before lifting her and hitting some short-arm lariats. Ripley looks for a side kick but Asuka catches her foot and gets her in an ankle lock. Ripley rolls over and manages to deadlift German suplex Asuka for a two-count. Rhea beats Asuka into the corner and lifts her onto the buckles but Asuka elbows her back off.
Asuka hits a missile dropkick and both women are down. Asuka hits a German suplex and Ripley rolls into the corner. Asuka hits a hip attack, then a few big kicks and another hip attack for a two-count. Asuka goes up top but Asuka dropkicks her off and she collapses to the floor. Rhea goes outside and Asuka kicks her from the apron, then Ripley grabs her in an electric chair and slams her onto the apron. Ripley and Asuka get on the apron and Asuka hits a DDT onto the floor!
Back inside the ring, Asuka kicks Ripley and looks for a sliding knee but Rhea catches the leg. Ripley stomps Asuka over and over again before applying the hanging Sharpshooter but Asuka counters with an armbar. Ripley lifts her off the mat and throws her into the buckles to break free. Asuka rolls to the apron and Ripley suplexes her back inside for a near-fall. They trade reversals back and forth with Asuka applying some submissions. Asuka kicks Ripley who holds her hands aup and asks for more. Ripley dodges a kick and hits the Riptide for the win!
WINNER AND NEW RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPION: RHEA RIPLEY
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan return to the stage and thank everyone for coming, and watching around the world. Bayley interrupts them and mocks them for thanking everyone. She says they didn’t thank her and she asks for pyro and they provide it. Bayley says she has been carrying Titus and Hogan on her back for two nights, as well as a bunch of has-been Hall of Famers. The Bella Twins come out and interrupt Bayley but she calls them twin idiots. Bayley says John Cena isn’t here tonight and Nikki slaps the microphone out of her hand. Nikki and and Brie beat on Bayley and throw her down the ramp to the boos of the crowd. They pose with Hogan and Titus.
It’s main event time and out comes Daniel Bryan first. Edge is out second to a massive pop. Roman Reigns comes out last, wearing a Samoan ulafala, and takes his sweet time getting to the ring.
WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP
(C) ROMAN REIGNS W/PAUL HEYMAN & JEY USO VS. EDGE VS. DANIEL BRYAN
The main event gets underway and Roman runs over and smashes Bryan with a forearm. Edge hits Roman from behind but the Champion beats him into the corner and clubs him with lariats. Bryan comes back and hits Roman but gets thrown out of the ring and Jey Uso superkicks him – which is legal in a Triple Threat – and tosses him into the steel steps. Roman throws Edge outside and Jey superkicks him as well.
Roman takes the top off the announce desk and Jey looks to drag Edge over but Bryan comes flying through the ropes with a suicide dive to Roman. Edge then whips Jey into the steps and goes after Roman. Edge slams Reigns into the barricade, then the apron, several times and shoves him into the ring post. Edge goes around the ring and takes the top off the steel steps and drags Jey on top for an Edgecution!
Everyone is down around the ring except for Paul Heyman. Medical officials come out to check on Jey Uso as Bryan rolls into the ring and Edge gets back to his feet. Edge gets inside with Bryan and they trade shots back and forth. Edge whips Bryan to the corner and runs but Bryan hits a drop toe-hold into the buckles. Bryan unloads the Yes Kicks to the chest, then lifts Edge up top for a hurricanrana but Edge rolls through into a pin for two. Edge hits an Edge-O-Matic for a two-count.
Roman gets on the apron and punches Edge, then tries to suplex him out of the ring but Bryan slides through their legs and pulls Roman down to the floor. Bryan jumps to the top rope and drops Edge with a missile dropkick. Bryan flips over Edge, then dives out of the ring at Reigns but gets caught and hit with a belly-to-belly on the floor. Edge hits Roman with a baseball slide and goes out after him.
Roman and Edge go back inside and Roman hits a Samoan drop, then goes to the corner for the Spear. Edge reverses the Spear with a Edgecution, then he goes to the corner and readies himself. Edge runs for a Spear but Roman catches him with a Superman punch, then Reigns runs for a Spear but Edge hits a sunset flip for a near-fall. Edge and Roman both hit the ropes and jump for Spears but collide in mid-air!
Daniel Bryan comes off the top rope with a diving headbutt to Edge, then climbs back up and hits Roman with one. Bryan covers Reigns for a near-fall, then both guys start to get up and Bryan kicks them both over and over. Roman shoves Bryan but he ducks Edge and hits a flying knee. Roman attempts a Superman punch but Bryan kicks him in the gut, then lands a head-kick for a near-fall. Brayn grabs Roman’s arms and stomps his face over and over.
Bryan gets Roman in the Yes Lock and The Big Dog is about to tap when Edge breaks the submission. Bryan grabs Edge in the Yes Lock and the Rated-R Superstar screams in pain. Roman breaks it up and pummels Bryan with rights and lefts over and over. Reigns lifts Bryan and powerbombs him onto Edge, then kicks Bryan out of the ring. Roman leaves the ring as well, the fans chant “Roman sucks” and he holds his arms out at them.
Roman drags the steel steps over to the announce table, carries Daniel onto them, and powerbombs Bryan through it! Roman holds his arms out, taunting the fans, but Edge Spears him off the steps! Edge slowly gets up and gets Roman back in the ring. Edge grabs a couple of steel chairs from the timekeeper’s area and takes them into the ring but Roman stands on the chair. Roman takes the chair and throws it out of the ring, then looks for the guillotine but Edge flings him into the ropes. Edge applies a crossface and screams at Roman to tap.
A leg of the steel chair had broken off and Edge grabs it and sticks it in Roman’s mouth in the crossface! Roman looks like he’s about to tap but Bryan jumps in and grabs his hand. Bryan then applies the Yes Lock to Roman’s right arm while Edge still has him in the crossface with the left arm! Bryan and Edge try to submit Roman but start headbutting each other. Bryan grabs Edge’s arms and stomps his face over and over, then heads to the corner and does the slow Yes chant.
Bryan runs for the flying knee but Edge hits a Spear! Roman looks for a Superman but Edge ducks it, hits the ropes, and connects with a big Spear! Edge covers but Bryan pulls the referee out of the ring. Edge is furious. He goes outside and gets a chair and hits Bryan in the back, then puts Bryan in the ring and brings chairs with him. Edge beats Reigns and Bryan with a chair over and over. Edge puts Bryan’s head on a steel chair and grabs the other chair, then puts it under Roman’s head.
Edge grabs a third chair and hits Bryan with a Con-Chair-To, then looks to hit Roman but Jey Uso re-appears and beats on Edge. Jey looks to grab a chair but Edge Spears him. Edge lifts the chair and beats Jey with it over and over until Roman hits him with a Spear. Roman puts Edge’s head on a chair, then smashes him with a Con-Chair-To. Roman drags Edge’s limp body and puts him on top of Daniel Bryan, then pins both men for the win!
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS
— WWE (@WWE) April 12, 2021
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