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The Main Event Podcast #96 – WWE WrestleMania Night 1

Delayed a week thanks to that pesky coronavirus, The Main Event Podcast finally gets stuck in to the show of shows, the granddaddy of them all, Night One of WrestleMania 38. It’s also the beginning of the end of our first quarter prediction competition. Can Dan hold on to his lead and win back the Main Event Championship? Will Jez go on a run and take the Ten Pounds of Gold? Well, it’s actually around 6lbs… but who’s counting? All this and more on a busy episode of The Main Event Podcast!

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WrestleMania SmackDown: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

SmackDown kicked off with the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Very quickly, a frantic brawl took place and the 24/7 Title crew were the first to be targeted. Akira Tozawa was first eliminated followed closely by Reggie and R-Truth. The Viking Raiders maintained their team dynamic, pairing to eliminate Jinder Mahal, as did The Hurt Business who together took out T-Bar but the team of Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez got the better of them, eliminating them. Azeez would lose his partner at the hands of the Viking Raiders but he would instead team with Shanky to eliminate both Norsemen. They would become distracted by each other and eliminated by the horde, though. Elsewhere, after being mocked by the commentary team, Drew Gulak was eliminated by Madcap Moss and Finn Balor eliminated his rival, Damien Priest. The Dirty Dawgs eliminated their NXT rival Tommaso Ciampa and turned their attention to the United States Champion but this would cost them as they were snuck up on my Madcap Moss and eliminated. Balor survived for a moment but was soon dispatched by Moss, who was declared the winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.

Jez’s Pick: Commander Azeez
Dan’s Pick: Damien Priest
Winner: Madcap Moss
Jez 0 – Dan 0

WrestleMania SmackDown: Intercontinental Championship – Ricochet (c) vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Angel Garza

The next match on WrestleMania SmackDown saw Los Lotharios, Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo challenge Ricochet for the Intercontinental Championship. Los Lotharios started the match jumping the champion and double teaming him mercilessly. Ricochet fought back the best he could but the numbers game was against him for the majority of the match. The team started to break down a little after Humberto went for the pin on Ricochet. The champion took advantage of this infighting and made his way back into the match, able to take his challengers one at a time. After hitting the 630 on Garza, Ricochet hit the Recoil on Carrillo and pinned him to remain Intercontinental Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Ricochet
Dan’s Pick: Ricochet
Winner: Ricochet
Jez 1 – Dan 1

Night one got underway with Bradley Gilbert singing America the Beautiful and Mark Wahlberg presenting the opening sequence. Inside AT&T Stadium we were treated to a performance from the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs

The opening contest was for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship when Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs (sponsored by Mike’s Half and Half) took on the champions, The Ones, The Usos. Shinsuke started the match strong against Jimmy Uso but quickly fell victim to the superior teamwork of The Usos. When Rick Boogs was finally able to make the tag, he went to work demonstrating his strength on the biggest stage. However, when Boogs tried to pick up both Usos on his shoulders, he’s knee buckled and he was forced to leave the match and his partner isolated. The champions did what they needed to do in what became a Handicap Match and defeated the lone Nakamura with the 1D.

Jez’s Pick: Nak & Boogs
Dan’s Pick: The Usos
Winner: The Usos
Jez 1 – Dan 2

Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin (with Madcap Moss)

Up next on WrestleMania Saturday was the long awaited grudge match between Drew McIntyre and the undefeated (since being happy) Happy Corbin. The match started off strongly with big right hands and chops from both men before the action spilled to ringside. Corbin bounced Drew off the ringpost and started to wear down the Scottish Warrior. Momentum shifted back McIntyre’s way when Madcap Moss distracted Corbin by jumping on to the apron to celebrate. Corbin hit End of Days but Drew kicked out. McIntyre retaliated with the Futureshock DDT and followed it up with the Claymore to finally put the Happy Folks in his rear view and pick up another win at WrestleMania. After the match, Madcap Moss tried to approach the winner but Drew held him off with his sword and cut the top and middle rope with Angela.

Jez’s Pick: Drew McIntyre
Dan’s Pick: Drew McIntyre
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Jez 2 – Dan 3

Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio vs. The Miz and Logan Paul

The next match was the tag team match between Rey/Dominik Mysterio and The Miz/Logan Paul. The match began with quick tags on both sides. Dominick tried to capitalise quickly with a Springboard move to the outside of the ring but this would allow Miz and Paul to isolate the younger Mysterio. Paul showed off the repertoire of moves that he’d learned since last year including a Three Amigos to Rey – spitting the face of the legacy of Eddie Guererro. He hit a Frogsplash but Dominick broke up the pinfall attempt. The Mysterios chased Miz away and hit a double 619 on Paul but the A-Lister snuck back in and delivered Skull Crushing Finale to Rey and pick up a shock win. After the match, Miz betrayed his partner, Logan Paul, and hit him with a Skull Crushing Finale while they celebrated their victory.

Jez’s Pick: The Miz and Logan Paul
Dan’s Pick: The Mysterios
Winner: The Miz and Logan Paul
Jez 3 – Dan 3

Before the next match, Stephanie McMahon came out to the stage to introduce Gable Steveson, for some reason.

RAW Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair

With grand entrances for each woman, the next contest saw the RAW Women’s Champion “Big Time” Becky Lynch defend against Bianca Belair. Lynch tried to repeat her fortune from her SummerSlam return, quickly hitting the Manhandle Slam and going for the pin but Belair kicked out at two. Lynch urgently tried to pin her challenger repeatedly but Bianca would not stay down for 3. After launching Belair into the ringsteps, Becks went on the offensive with a succession of Bexploder Suplexes. The champ continued to wear down her challenger but eventually Belair fought back into it. Tangled on the top rope, Belair dropped Lynch face first on the top turnbuckle and delivered a 450 Splash but was only able to get a two count on Lynch. Outside the ring, Lynch hit a Manhandle Slam on the ring steps and Belair was nearly counted out but Bianca made her way back into the ring at the last second, surprised Lynch was a K.O.D. and pinned her to become the NEW RAW Women’s Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Bianca Belair
Dan’s Pick: Becky Lynch
Winner: Bianca Belair
Jez 4 – Dan 3

Seth “Freakin” Rollins vs. An Opponent of Mr. McMahon’s Choosing

Next up at WrestleMania was perhaps the most anticipated match of the whole weekend as we would discover once and for all who Seth Rollins’ mystery opponent was. As Seth waited in the ring, the opponent was finally revealed… Cody Rhodes. The two men felt each other out in the early going until Rhodes took Rollins down with an arm drag before delivering a Stardust style cartwheel and gesture. As the fight progressed, the two came crashing hard to the floor outside the ring. Rollins began to target the ribs of the returning Rhodes but the American Nightmare retaliated with a dive to the outside that sent Rollins flying over the announce table. Rhodes went for the Disaster Kick from the ring steps but Seth caught him and powerbombed him into the ring barricade. Back in the ring, Rollins got a nearfall with a Falcon Arrow. Seth went for the Stomp but Cody avoided it and hit Cross Rhodes for a nearfall of his own. The pair could not get the best of each other no matter what they pulled and Cody got another nearfall after a huge Cody Cutter. Rollins followed this with a Pedigree but couldn’t get three either. Rhodes hot two Cross Rhodes, paused for Daddy’s Bionic Elbow, and hit a third Cross Rhodes to pick up a huge victory in his WWE return.

Jez’s Prediction: The Fiend
Dan’s Prediction: Cody Rhodes
Jez’s Pick: Mystery Opponent
Dan’s Pick: Mystery Opponent
Winner: Mystery Opponent – Cody Rhodes
Jez 5 – Dan 5

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

After a decent break to come down from the last match, the SmackDown Women’s Championship was on line line next as the champion, Charlotte Flair, defended against Ronda Rousey. The match started fast with each woman exchanging holds and going for their submission finishes.  The match remained a closely fought mat based affair for the majority until Charlotte went to the top rope and delivered a bizzare non-Moonsault and went for a pin having not hit Rousey with anything at all. Rousey, her chest now a beaten red, started to take control and went for an Armbar after Piper’s Pit but the champion escaped. Ronda locked in the Anklelock but Charlotte rolled through into one of her own. Rousey locked it in again but Charlotte kicked her way out. Charlotte retaliated with the Figure 8 Leg Lock but the challenger dragged herself out of the ring to escape. After a brawl at ringside, Rousey hit Piper’s Pit again and would have picked up the win were it not for Charlotte’s foot on the rope. She would also be cost victory by the referee being down when Charlotte tapped to the Armbar and Charlotte hit a big boot to pull off the surprise win.

Jez’s Pick: Ronda Rousey
Dan’s Pick: Ronda Rousey
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Jez 5 – Dan 5

KO Show

In the main event slot of WrestleMania Saturday, Kevin Owens hosted The Kevin Owens Show with advertised guest Stone Cold Steve Austin. Owens stalled for as long as possible before Austin’s music hit and he came to the ring whether KO was ready or not. Stone Cold circled the ring on an ATV before hitting the ropes to take in the cheers of the crowd. Owens cut him short and had him sit down and begin the interview. KO talked down the state of Texas and Stone Cold before challenging the Rattlesnake to a No Holds Barred match. Austin asked the crowd for approval and after a “Hell Yeah” the match was made official. After the two faced off, Austin opened up a mudhole and walked it dry. Austin bounced Owens off the barricade but KO retaliated, bouncing Stone Cold’s head off the ringpost. Owens tried to follow this by throwing Austin through a table but the tables were turned and Owens crashed through instead. The fight spilled into the crowd where Owens Suplexed Austin onto the concrete floor. After they brawled back to ringside, Austin surprised KO, dragging him off the top of the barricade and slamming him on the announce table. Back in the ring, KO tried to beg off and attempted to escape WrestleMania on Austin’s ATV. Stone Cold somewhat gave him his wish and drove the two of them to them to the top of the ramp. On the stage, Austin delivered repeated Suplexes to Owens before dragging him down the ramp and back into the ring. As Austin took a beer break, KO surprised him with the Stunner but Austin kicked out at two. Owens tried to attack Stone Cold with a chair but Owens hit the ropes and the chair bounced back into his own face. Austin nailed a Stone Cold Stunner and pinned Owens to add another victory to his storied WWE career. Austin celebrated with some Broken Skull Lagers before delivering another Stunner to KO and taking to the mic to deliver the bottom line, cos Stone Cold said so. 

Jez’s Pick: Stone Cold
Dan’s Pick: Stone Cold
Winner: Stone Cold
Jez 6 – Dan 6

Final Rating

Dan awards 4 out of 5 Broken Skull Lagers
Jez awards 4.25 out of 5 Broken Skull Lagers

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