March 26, 2015
Los Angeles, California
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First Match: Jimmy Uso vs. Big E vs. Fernando vs. Cesaro
Jimmy goes after Fernando while Cesaro deals with Big E. Jimmy with a running butt splash to Cesaro when he ducks a Big E clothesline. Big E with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Fernando. Then he gives one to Jimmy. Cesaro with a European uppercut. Big E with a running shoulder to all three men. Big E presses Cesaro onto Jimmy. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex to Fernando. Big E with a Warriror Splash to Fernando for a near fall. Big E sends Cesaro to the floor. Jimmy with an enzuigiri to Big E. Fernando with a drop kick to Jimmy. Fernando with a suicide dive onto Cesaro and Big E. Jimmy with a plancha onto his three opponents. Jimmy rolls Cesaro back in and he goes up top but Big E grabs his leg. Cesaro with a running European uppercut to Jimmy and he falls to the floor.
Cesaro with a drop kick to knock Big E off the apron. Cesaro goes for the gorilla superplex to Fernando but Jimmy joins in and then Big E turns it into a Tower of Doom spot with a German suplex. Big E gets a near fall on Cesaro and then on Fernando. Fernando with a kick to Big E and then he hits a DDT on Big E while taking Jimmy down and he gets a near fall. Cesaro kicks Fernando but he runs into a boot in the corner. Fernando has a drop kick blocked and Cesaro with a giant swing and then he catapults Fernando into Jimmy. He catapults Fernando into Big E. Cesaro sets for the Gotch Style Neutralizer but Fernando with a lungblower. Big E tries for the Big Ending but Jimmy with a super kick to Big E. Jimmy sends Fernando over the top rope to the floor and then he goes up top for the superfly splash on Cesaro for the three count.
Winner: Jimmy Uso
Josh’s Reaction: Thought this was a pretty solid four way match. Fernando, Cesaro, Big E and Jimmy are all good wrestlers and it was a good match. The tower of doom spot was pretty sweet surprised they went that far especially with WrestleMania right around the corner.
Josh’s Grade for this Match/Storyline: 85/100 B
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns Preview:
Renee and Byron mention Brock Lesnar’s contract situation and we take a look at what happened on Tuesday when he announced that he re-signed with WWE. We take a look at a video package for Roman Reigns. He says that he has a responsibility to live up to his potential and rise above it. Roman says his family has raised the standard and he is trying to lift it as much as possible. We see highlights from the last two Royal Rumbles and the winning of the Superstar of the Year Slammy. Roman wants people to see through his eyes where he comes from. Brock says that he does not respect that because he respects no one. He does not need to talk about what he has accomplished.
Brock says his job is to get in the ring and hurt everyone. This is his world. This is his Wrestlemania. We see Paul telling Roman that he is the right guy in the right place at the wrong time. Roman says that Brock feels pain and he can bleed. Paul says that Roman is not fighting a man, he is fighting a beast. He says that he has been told that he cannot slay the beast. We go to Paul asking Roman about the disappointment when he faces his family after losing. Roman says that he will show everyone that he can. You have to have something to fight for. Brock says that he is not done yet. This is not a fairy tale. Roman says he can and he will.
Intercontinental Championship Preview:
Byron takes the JBL route and explains how much you can save by subscribing to the WWE Network instead of getting it through your cable provider in the United States. Renee mentions the Intercontinental Title Match and we will see who wins the ladder match to become the champion. We have a video package about the Intercontinental Title and how many Hall of Famers have held the title. They mention the matches involving the Intercontinental Champion including Wrestlemania 3 and Wrestlemania X when a ladder was involved. We also see a look at some of the ten ladder matches previously at Wrestlemania, including the Money in the Bank Ladder Matches. We are reminded that Wade Barrett lost the Intercontinental Title last year at Wrestlemania.
John Cena vs. Rusev Preview:
Renee mentions the United States Title Match between John Cena and Rusev. She wonders if Cena can win on Sunday. Byron brings up Cena passing out twice to the Accolade. He says Cena will have 75,000 to cheer him on and it will be a place to show that America can accomplish anything.We have a video package. We take a look at the Elimination Chamber on display at AXXESS. We also see the lines waiting for autographs. We go to commercial. We also see a video package on the Randy Orton/Seth Rollins match.
AJ Lee, Paige and The Bella Twins Promo:
AJ says that you have known her for a long time. You have seen her as a Diva, a General Manager, and everyone’s girlfriend. She was also the longest reigning Divas Champion. She loves the title and so does Paige. The Bellas used that against them. At Wrestlemania she is going to stand up to those pampered prissy mannequins and beat them. Will she be doing this alone? She tells Paige if she wants to join her in the ring at Wrestlemania, it is up to her. Paige’s music plays and she makes her way to the ring. She says AJ loves to want to skip past what happened on Raw. She says it is almost a year since she beat her for the Divas title and she knows that AJ does not want her to have the title back. AJ says she wants the title and she gets what she wants. If they are threatening each other, they are not going to win.
Paige says they need to be on the same page, but she wants to know if this is another plan for AJ to screw her over. AJ says she hates losing and she says that she is just like her. They are both weird and out of their minds. They both hate losing. She says they cannot let the Kardashians win. Paige says that AJ is right. She suggests they become tag team partners. Nikki and Brie Bella make their way onto the stage. Nikki says the compulsive liar and backstabber are in the ring. You can call yourselves whatever you want. You can mainipulate everyone AJ and that won’t help you win. Brie says they have a bond that you cannot break. Nikki has done hurtful things and she has forgiven her and she will always forgive her because they are sisters.
Nikki says that AJ will never defend the title if she wins it. She suggests Brock has worked more days than AJ. She has been running this division while AJ has been drinking virgin margaritas. You are like all of the Divas who want to be like them. Brie says everyone wants to be a Bella. AJ says you are right. They want to be D-List failed actresses like you. Paige says she doesn’t want to be like you. They prefer to be the freaks, the geeks, the weirdoes and the oddballs. They are not afraid to be themselves. AJ says that they are what real women look like and they are going to kick your ass. Nikki tells them to do something about it. Nikki tells the bitches they will see them at Wrestlemania.
Josh’s Reaction: Really good promo from all four ladies. My only problem is that with this current verison of the AJ character there’s way to much resmblence of CM Punk. Punk’s my favorite wrestler I love the guy, but AJ should be herself! I’ve thought the Bella Twins have extremely improved over the years and this tag team match should be interesting.
Josh’s Grade for this Segment/Storyline: 96/100 A
More WrestleMania 31 Preview at Axxess:
We are back at AXXESS and we see the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Trophy, and what better time to mention that the Battle Royal will be during the second hour of the Kickoff Show. It is time to take a look at the Triple H versus Sting match. We have a video package. Renee mentions that this is Sting’s first Wrestlemania. Byron says that the kid in him wants to see Sting win, but the reality is that the WWE is Triple H’s life. Triple H will do whatever it takes to end this. Renee wonders what will Sting have in his trench coat to counter Triple H. We go to commercial. We are back and it is time to take a look at the match between Undertaker and Bray Wyatt. Byron says when the lightning bolt struck the rocking chair, there was joy and happiness in Bray’s face, not fear.
Second Match: John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry and Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins, Kane, Big Show and Bray Wyatt
Reigns and Rollins start things off for their respective teams. Rollins avoids Reigns and he has some fun. Rollins with a side head lock and Reigns with a shoulder tackle. Rollins with a punch and he kicks Reigns in the corner. The referee warns Rollins and Reigns with a clothesline and he sends Rollins into the corner for the Neverending Story. Reigns misses a short arm clothesline but Reigns with a tilt-a-whirl power slam. Rollins with a jawbreaker and he tags in Wyatt. Wyatt kicks Reigns and punches him. Wyatt with a head butt. Reigns with an elbow to Wyatt and then he sends Wyatt into the turnbuckles. Reigns kicks and punches Wyatt. Wyatt sends Reigns to the apron but Reigns drops Wyatt on the top rope and Reigns with the Juggernaut Broad Jump drop kick. Kane tags in and Kane with a side head lock. Kane with a shoulder tackle and uppercut. Reigns with a flying clothesline to Kane and punch. Reigns with another punch in the corner but Kane with an Irish whip. Reigns with a boot and clothesline off the turnbuckles for a near fall. Show tags in and Henry wants to be tagged in.
Henry enters the ring and Show with a kick. They go back and forth with punches. Show with a shoulder tackle. Show with a punch to the midsection and he sends Henry into the turnbuckles and he hits a running back splash into the corner. Wyatt tags in and he hits a series of elbow drops and he punches and kicks Henry. Rollins tags back in and he kicks Henry along with Wyatt. Rollins is pushed to the mat by Henry and Kane tags in and he stops Henry from making the tag. Kane kicks Henry. Kane punches Henry in the corner and he kicks him. Kane with an uppercut and Show tags in. Show with a chop to Henry and Henry goes down. Henry with punches but Show with a thrust kick and Henry goes down. Show walks across Henry’s chest and then he chokes Henry in the ropes.
Cena with a Blue Thunder Bomb to Wyatt and he hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He tries to get Wyatt up but Kane interferes. Wyatt with a cross body to Cena and Show tags in and Show with a slam to Cena. Kane tags in and he punches Cena and Cena goes down. Kane kicks Cena and he stops Cena from getting to his corner with a front face lock. Rollins tags in and he punches Cena and kicks him in the corner. The referee pulls Rollins out of the corner and Wyatt with a punch to Cena while the referee was out of position. Rollins taunts Cena but Cena with a punch. They go back and forth but Cena gets Rollins on his shoulders but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins with a back heel kick followed by an Asai DDT. Wyatt tags in and he kicks and chokes Cena in the corner. Wyatt with a back senton and he gets a near fall. Wyatt with a stomp on Cena’s hand and then he tries for a second back senton but Cena moves and Wyatt misses. Rollins tags in and he applies a sleeper and he pulls Cena into their half of the ring. Cena gets back to his feet and Rollins gets on his back to add more pressure to the sleeper. Cena wills his way towards the corner but then he backs Rollins into the turnbuckles. Rollins with a modified Blockbuster off the turnbuckles for a near fall. Rollins kicks Cena and he tags in Show. Show looks at Cena down in the corner and he knocks Henry off the apron. Show goes to the turnbuckles and he sets for the elbow drop but Cena moves because Show takes too long. Rollins tags in and he stops Cena.
Rollins punches Cena and Cena with a back drop that sends Rollins over the top rope to the floor. Cena tries to crawl to his corner while Rollins gets back into the ring but Bryan tags in and hits a drop kick to knock Kane and Wyatt off the apron. Bryan with punches and then he flips out of the corner and hits a flying clothesline. Bryan with a running drop kick into the corner and then he puts Rollins on the turnbuckles and he hits a super rana. Bryan with kicks to the chest and then he knocks Mercury and Noble off the apron. Rollins with an enzuigiri. Show tags in and he knocks Reigns off the apron. Show grabs Bryan by the throat but Reigns with a Superman punch. Wyatt tries for Sister Abigail, but Reigns with a spear. Kane grabs Reigns and Reigns with a spear to Kane. Reigns with a splash to Show followed by one from Henry. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment to Show and Bryan with the flying knee to Show for the three count.
Winner: Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Mark Henry and Roman Reigns
Josh’s Grade for this Match/Storyline: 91/100 A-
Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 90/100 A-
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