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The Main Event Podcast #102 – AEW Double or Nothing 2022

All Elite Wrestling presented their flagship pay-per-view event, Double or Nothing from the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. In the main event, CM Punk challenged “Hangman” Adam Page for the AEW Championship. Elsewhere on the card, men’s and women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament winners were crowned and Wardlow finally was able to get his hands on MJF. Was the event worth going all in for? Place your bets as we break it all down for you in our latest episode.

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Pre-Show: Hookhausen (Hook and Danhausen) vs. Tony Nese and “Smart” Mark Sterling

The night’s action got underway with the team of Hookhausen taking on Tony Nese and Mark Sterling. Hook started the match in his nonchalant style, causing Nese to exit the ring and take a breather. Danhausen tagged himself in and with a distraction from Mark Sterling, the Premier Athlete took control. Mark Sterling had a good showing against Danhausen too but things took a turn for the worse for Smart Mark when Hook tagged in. Hook made easy work of Sterling before Danhausen tagged in and picked up the pin. 

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

MJF vs. Wardlow 

The next contest saw Maxwell Jacob Friedman take on Wardlow with the stipulation that if Wardlow lost, he would never be allowed to sign a contract with AEW. As the match began, MJF continued his mind games and stayed as far away from Wardlow as possible. When Wardlow did get a hold of Friedman, he went right for the Powerbomb but MJF escaped it by biting the head of his aggressor. MJF got the Dynamite Diamond Ring from his trunks to try and gain an advantage but he was caught by the referee and it was confiscated. This was the beginning of the end for MJF as Wardlow delighted in delivering a Symphony of Powerbombs (at least I believe that’s the collective noun) before mercifully pinning his former employer to finally free himself from his clutches. After the match, Tony Schiavone caught Wardlow on the ramp to declare that we was now, finally, #AllElite.

Jez’s Pick: Wardlow
Dan’s Pick: Wardlow
Winner: Wardlow
Jez 2 – Dan 2

The Hardys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)

The match that followed was Elite vs. Delete with the Young Bucks taking on The Hardys. In the early portion of the match, the pairs exchanged opening holds and began to mock each other by mimicking the other team’s poses. After taking care of Matt Hardy, the Bucks began to isolate Jeff from his brother but after Nick Jackson got cocky and went for Whisper in the Wind, Jeff was able to tag out. The match spilled to ringside where the Bucks once again took control but this changed when Nick accidentally took down his brother with a knee to the face. Jeff Hardy went for the Swanton Bomb but missed and the Bucks’ Hardy tribute show continued with a mock Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb of their own. The Superkick Party began but the Hardys refused to die and began their comeback with a Swanton Bomb from the top turnbuckle to a prone Nick Jackson on the ring steps. Matt Hardy took over inside the ring and after delivering two Twists of Fate, tagged in Jeff who nailed another Swanton and picked up a statement victory.

Jez’s Pick: Young Bucks
Dan’s Pick: Hardys
Winner: Hardys
Jez 2 – Dan 3

AEW TBS Championship – Jade Cargill (c) vs. Anna Jay

The first championship match of the pay-per-view saw Anna Jay take on Jade Cargill for the TBS Championship. Cargill used her aggression to rattle her opponent early in the match but Jay found creative ways to fight back and even fought off the Baddies at ringside. This brought Mark Sterling to ringside but his attempt to help Jade with the crutch backfired. The distractions kept coming, though, and the arrival of Stokely Hathaway, formerly known as Malcolm Bivens, allowed Cargill to deliver an Avalanche Jaded and picked up the win. After the match, as the Baddies looked to continue the attack so Kris Statlander came to back up Anna Jay, followed by the debuting Athena, formerly known as Ember Moon. The Baddies retreated and Athena celebrated with her ladies in the ring.

Jez’s Pick: Jade Cargill
Dan’s Pick: Jade Cargill
Winner: Jade Cargill
Jez 3 – Dan 4

The House of Black (Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews, and Brody King) vs. Death Triangle (Pac, Penta Oscuro, and Rey Fénix)

The trios tag team match was up next with House of Black taking on Death Triangle. The match began with Malakai Black and Rey Fenix exchanging holds but quickly became a stalemate with both men sitting in the ring. Quick tags were made between the teams before things completely broke down and a brawl ensued between all six men. The referee did nothing to prevent illegal men getting involved in the match but eventually the two legal men, Pac and Brody King, got back together. It wasn’t long before the referee lost control again and the Lucha Bros launched from the ring to take down House of Black at ringside. More dives from the ring left all the competitors outside the ring. When things calmed down, Pac and Malakai Black were left the legal men but when Pac went for the kill from the top rope, the lights went out, and when they came back Julia Hart was stood in the ring and delivered a Black Mist to Pac, allowing Malakai to hit Black Mass and pick up the win for his team.

Jez’s Pick: House of Black
Dan’s Pick: Death Triangle
Winner: House of Black
Jez 4 – Dan 4

Men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Final – Samoa Joe vs. Adam Cole

The men were the first to declare a winner in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament when Adam Cole took on Samoa Joe in the final. The pair took their time feeling each other out in the early going before Joe opened up with strikes and pinned Cole in the corner with stiff punches. Cole fought back into the match, though, and took control by targeting the shoulder that was attacked by Satnam Singh with a lead pipe earlier in the month. Joe fought back well but was consistently unable to capitalise because of the pain in his shoulder. Joe locked in an STF to try and provide some shoulder weakness of his own but Cole reached the ropes. A series of four Superkicks to the shoulder allowed Adam Cole to lower the boom with the Running Knee and Adam Cole was able to pick up the crown.

Jez’s Pick: Adam Cole
Dan’s Pick: Adam Cole
Winner: Adam Cole
Jez 5 – Dan 5

Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Final – Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. vs. Ruby Soho

The women took over where the men left off with their Owen Hart Tournament Final when Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. took on Ruby Soho. Baker was played to the ring by Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward while Ruby Soho’s entrance theme was played by Rancid. When the match began, Baker held control with traditional wrestling until Soho surprised her with a dropkick outside of the ring. This could have hurt Soho as much as Baker though and the Doctor was able to aggressively take back control once back in the ring. Ruby Soho once again put her own body on the line to get back into the match and delivered a Superplex to Baker. Soho soon followed this up with a top rope Senton but was only able to get a two count. Ruby took to the top again but Baker pushed her off and delivered a Kerb Stomp but she also only achieved a two count. Baker went for the Lockjaw but Soho countered into a Hart Family Sharpshooter. Soho rolled Baker up in a Victory Roll but Britt countered into her own pin and was able to surprise Soho with the 1-2-3. After the match, the presentation took place for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament winners: Adam Cole and Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.

Jez’s Pick: Britt Baker
Dan’s Pick: Britt Baker
Winner: Britt Baker
Jez 6 – Dan 6

American Top Team (Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, and Paige VanZant) (with Dan Lambert) vs. Sammy Guevara, Frankie Kazarian, and Tay Conti)

In the next match, Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, and Paige VanZant (representing American Top Team) took on the team of Sammy Guevara, Frankie Kazarian, and Tay Conti. The men of the match tagged in and out frequently as the match developed but when Guevara and Conti were putting on a display at ringside, Kaz was unable to tag out. When Sammy did tag in, he interrupted the Chicken Wing submission Kazarian had locked in and the partners got into it. This brought the women into the match. VanZant went for the TKO but Sammy intervened. Paige delivered a stiff gut punch before dropping Conti head first into the crotch of Guevara, temporarily eliminating him from the action. Conti fought back but just when she had the advantage, Sammy came back into the match and destroyed her momentum with a makeout session. After Kaz refused to help, Conti got in his face and as Guevara tried to Superkick Kaz, he nailed his girlfriend instead which allowed Scorpio Sky to hit the TKO and pick up the win for American Top Team.

Jez’s Pick: American Top Team
Dan’s Pick: American Top Team
Winner: American Top Team
Jez 7 – Dan 7

Kyle O’Reilly vs. Darby Allin

Darby Allin looked for revenge on Kyle O’Reilly next as the pair went one-on-one. O’Reilly began the match with a succession of kicks, knees and strikes to Allin that very quickly drew blood from Darby’s mouth. Darby fought back with similar and sent O’Reilly to the outside. Allin delivered, or at least attempted, a dive to one side of the ring before delivering another to the other side of the ring that Kyle countered into a Sleeper Hold. Darby Allin stayed alive in the match and tried to deliver a Coffin Drop but O’Reilly countered into a Cross Arm Breaker. Kyle delivered a trio of Penalty Kicks before dropping a knee from the top rope and pinning Allin to pick up the win.

Jez’s Pick: Darby Allin
Dan’s Pick: Darby Allin
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly
Jez 7 – Dan 7

AEW Women’s World Championship – Thunder Rosa (c) vs. Serena Deeb

The AEW Women’s World Championship was on the line next as Serena Deeb challenged the reigning champion, Thunder Rosa. The match began extremely scientifically with both women showing off their technical ability. Deeb took control after a time and started to target the neck and back of the champion. Rosa shifted momentum her way using her speed and went submission for submission with the challenger, Deeb. After both women went crashing out of the ring following a Figure Four Leg Lock, Deeb delivered Deebtox but Rosa reached the ropes. The champion survived another onslaught from Deeb and was able to deliver the Fire Thunder Driver and pick up the victory.

Jez’s Pick: Serena Deeb
Dan’s Pick: Thunder Rosa
Winner: Thunder Rosa
Jez 7 – Dan 8

Anarchy in the Arena Match – The Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Matt Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, and Jake Hager) vs. Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz, and The Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley)

As Justin Roberts announced that sh*t was about to hit the fan, it was time for the Anarchy in the Arena Match with the Jericho Appreciation Society taking on Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz, and The Blackpool Combat Club. As the latter team made their entrance through the crowd, the J.A.S. took the fight to them amongst the people. The fight spread to every corner of the arena but the match had to be won in the ring. This was made more difficult by the fact Jon Moxley dismantled a part of it and used the turnbuckle to ensure Chris Jericho would have no further offspring. Santana and Ortiz delivered splashes through tables from a ladder while Jon Moxley was hit in the eyes with an extinguisher. That extinguisher might have come in handy as Eddie Kingston returned to the arena with a can of gasoline. He poured it on Jericho, who was locked in the Labell Lock, and was about to toss a lighter on him when Danielson intervened, causing a brawl between the supposed partners. There was no love lost between Jericho and Danielson, though, as Jericho brought a chair to attack Bryan but the American Dragon kneed it into the face of The Wizard. Aided by Jake Hager though, Jericho locked in a Single Leg Crab while Hager choked Danielson with the ring rope. Bryan did not tap but he did pass out and the referee called the match in favour of the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Jez’s Pick: Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz, and The Blackpool Combat Club
Dan’s Pick: Eddie Kingston, Santana, Ortiz, and The Blackpool Combat Club
Winner: Jericho Appreciation Society
Jez 7 – Dan 8

AEW World Tag Team Championships – Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) (c) vs. Team Taz (Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs) vs. Swerve in our Glory (Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland)

After the ring had been repaired, it was time for the Three Corner Tag Team Match for the AEW World Tag Team Championships with Team Taz and Swerve in our Glory taking on Jurassic Express. The match started in chaos but finally began with Luchasaurus and Ricky Starks in the ring. As anybody could tag anybody, we saw some mixed combinations of competitors in the ring. Later in the match, the big men Hobbs, Lee and Luchasaurus duked it out, Ricky Starks got several nearfalls on Jungle Boy but was not able to complete the deal. Swerve and Lee victimised Jungle Boy too but Powerhouse Hobbs broke up that pinfall attempt. Jungle Boy stayed in the match, though, and with the help of Luchasaurus delivered the Jurassic Express to retain their World Tag Team Championships.

Jez’s Pick: Swerve in our Glory
Dan’s Pick: Jurassic Express
Winner: Jurassic Express
Jez 7 – Dan 9

AEW World Championship – “Hangman” Adam Page (c) vs. CM Punk

In the main event, CM Punk sought to complete his AEW journey by winning the AEW World Championship from the defending champion, “Hangman” Adam Page. The pair locked up early and Page started to show the animosity that he had towards Punk, scrubbing his face while pinned against the turnbuckle. Punk returned the favour before starting to wear down the champ with corner kicks and submissions. As the match progressed, the crowd mostly favoured Page as he tried to wear down his challenger but Punk stayed in the match and picked up several nearfalls on the way. Page delivered a Moonsault to the outside of the ring but hurt his knee in the process. This prevented him from hitting the Buckshot Lariat and instead Punk locked in a Sharpshooter. Page reached the ropes but soon fell victim to his own Buckshot Lariat after Punk delivered one of his own. Page retaliated with the Deadeye and collected the closest nearfall in recent memory. Hangman gestured for Punk’s Go To Sleep and hit it but again Punk kicked out after two and seven eights. Page set up for the Buckshot again but Punk avoided it and, in the melee, the referee was knocked down. Hangman collected the title belt but became conflicted as to whether or not to use it. He decided not to, Punk hit GTS and the referee stirred enough to deliver a slow, championship count to award CM Punk the victory and the AEW World Heavyweight Championship.

Jez’s Pick: CM Punk
Dan’s Pick: “Hangman” Adam Page
Winner: CM Punk
Jez 8 – Dan 9

Final Rating

Dan awards 3.5 out of 5 Owen Hart Title Belts
Jez awards 3.5 out of 5 Owen Hart Title Belts

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The Main Event Podcast #97 – WWE WrestleMania Night 2

Singing America the Beautiful for night two of WrestleMania was Jessie James Decker, accompanied by some guy who thought he was better on the piano than he was…On the other side of another opening montage narrated by Mark Wahlberg, WrestleMania Sunday kicked off with a surprise appearance from Triple H. On the mic, Triple H said he came to say thank you, welcome us to WrestleMania and leave his boots in the ring.

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RAW Tag Team Championship – RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) (c) vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) vs. Alpha Academy (Chad Gable and Otis)

The opening contest was the RAW Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Match with RK-Bro defending against Alpha Academy and the Street Profits. As the bell rang, Chad Gable shooshed Riddle and Montez Ford and received a stiff chop for his trouble. The match then broke down very quickly and all six competitors fought in and around the ring. Once the match got back in the ring, Alpha Academy isolated Riddle from tagging out of the match. They then decided that this would actually be a triple threat match and Angelo Dawkins joined the match and Gable tagged Otis, completely confusing who was legal and what the rules of this match were. The Street Profits took control of the match and got a nearfall but as Ford got ready to deliver a big splash, Riddle shocked him with an RKO from the top rope. Gable tried to shock Orton but he himself was caught in mid-air by an RKO from Orton. Randy made the cover to get the 1-2-3 and pick up the win for his team. After the match, RK-Bro and the Street Profits brought Gable Steveson into the ring to join them. Chad Gable tried to interrupt and received a Belly to Belly Suplex from Steveson for his interruption.

Jez’s Pick: RK-Bro
Dan’s Pick: RK-Bro
Winner: RK-Bro
Jez 7 – Dan 7

Bobby Lashley vs. Omos

The next match was quite literally the biggest match on the card, with the giant Omos taking on the All Mighty Bobby Lashley. After the bell, Omos very quickly took Lashley down to the mat with clubbing strikes but the All Mighty tried to get back into the contest with his strength. This worked to a point but Omos continued to overwhelm the former WWE Champion. Lashley refused to quit, though, and eventually fought his way back delivering a huge suplex to the colossus, delivered a Spear to the back of Omos and punctuated it with one to the front that allowed him to pick up the win.

Jez’s Pick: Lashley
Dan’s Pick: Lashley
Winner: Lashley
Jez 8 – Dan 8

Anything Goes Match – Johnny Knoxville vs. Sami Zayn

Up next on WrestleMania Sunday was the Anything Goes Match between Jackass star, Johnny Knoxville, and former Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn. Zayn started the match with a quick Helluva Kick but he was not content to collect a quick win and continued the attack around the ring. After Zayn became distracted by the Jackass crew at ringside, Knoxville got back into the match with a fire extinguisher and weapons were introduced to the match. After clapping the head of Zayn with trash can lids, Knoxville found himself on the wrong end of a Belly to Belly Suplex through a table. As Knoxville recovered, some dude from Jackass entered the ring and got his jackass out in a thong but Zayn soon dispatched him. From one Jackass to another, though, Wee Man entered the match and delivered the smallest body slam in the history of WrestleMania. Knoxville surprised Zayn by setting off the pyro from the turnbuckle and followed it up with a bowling ball and punt machine to the groin. Zayn’s special place received more punishment in the form of a tazer before Sami was thrown through a table covered in mouse traps. Knoxville then trapped Zayn in a giant mouse trap and picked himself up the win.

Jez’s Pick: Johnny Knoxville
Dan’s Pick: Johnny Knoxville
Winner: Johnny Knoxville
Jez 9 – Dan 9

Women’s Tag Team Championship – Queen Zelina and Carmella (c) vs. Sasha Banks and Naomi vs. Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan vs. Natalya and Shayna Baszler

In the next match, the Women’s Tag Team Champions, Queen Zelina and Carmella defended against Sasha Banks/Naomi, Rhea Ripley/Liv Morgan and Natalya/Shayna Baszler. The rules were more clearly defined in this match but it still was not a Fatal Four Way tag team match with only two women in the ring at a time. This said, the referee did very little to prevent illegal women from entering the ring and the match quickly descended into a finishing move showcase and spotfest. With no team able to maintain their momentum for too long, the match came to an end when Naomi and Sasha Banks worked together to take down Carmella and become the Women’s Tag Team Champions.

Jez’s Pick: Carmella/Vega
Dan’s Pick: Carmella/Vega
Winner: Banks/Naomi
Jez 9 – Dan 9

Edge vs. AJ Styles

The next contest was the very personal affair between the Phenomenal AJ Styles and WWE Hall of Famer Edge. Edge played mind games in the early going and tried to frustrate Styles. Edge went for the Spear early but Styles avoided it and the match reset. Styles went for a Phoenix Splash but Edge got his knees up and control of the match shifted his way as he targeted the ribs of his opponent methodically. Despite this injury, as well as a potentially separated shoulder, Styles fought his way back and the two men wore each other down. Styles delivered a Suplex on the ring apron and both men were nearly counted out but just about beat the count. Styles hit the Phoenix Splash on his second attempt but only got a two count. Styles ducked a Spear and delivered the Styles Clash but once again could only get two. Styles set up for the Phenomenal Forearm but was distracted by Damien Priest who simply appeared at ringside. As Styles leaped towards Edge, he was taken down with a cutting Spear and Edge pinned AJ to pick up a huge WrestleMania victory.

Jez’s Pick: AJ Styles
Dan’s Pick: AJ Styles
Winner: Edge
Jez 9 – Dan 9

The New Day (King Woods and Kofi Kingston) vs. Sheamus and Ridge Holland (with Butch)

The next match saw The New Day team of King Woods and Kofi Kingston take on the Fight Night crew of Sheamus and Ridge Holland. The fighting started before the bell but eventually began. With Butch flying around all over the place, Sheamus was able to Brogue Kick Woods behind the referee’s back and Holland was able to deliver Northern Grit and pick up the win.

Jez’s Pick: New Day
Dan’s Pick: New Day
Winner: Sheamus and Ridge Holland
Jez 9 – Dan 9

Pat McAfee vs. Austin Theory

After two spectacular entrances, the next contest was between Mr. McMahon’s new chosen one, Austin Theory, and SmackDown commentator  Pat McAfee. McAfee started hot showing off his wrestling ability but took a little too long to capitalise and A-Town took over for a time. With the crowd fully behind McAfee, he beat down Austin Theory off the announce table and went for a Swanton Bomb but once again he took too long and Theory regained control. McAfee continued to show off his athleticism and was eventually able to surprise Theory with a roll-up to pick up a shock win.

Jez’s Pick: Austin Theory
Dan’s Pick: Pat McAfee
Winner: Pat McAfee
Jez 9 – Dan 10

After the match, McAfee celebrated and Mr. McMahon took off his suit jacket and a second match got underway between the Chairman and McAfee. McMahon took Pat down with repeated Clotheslines and bounced him off the top turnbuckle. Austin Theory dragged McAfee crotch first into the ringpost and McMahon followed it up by kicking a football into the head of the former punter before pinning him to pick up a win. The moment still wasn’t over here, as McMahon and Theory celebrated, Stone Cold Steve Austin came to the ring. Austin verbally dressed down McMahon before stunnering Theory. He offered Vince a beer but, obviously, Stunnered him as payment. Stone Cold invited McAfee in for a beer too but, of course, he caught a Stunner as well. Stone Cold hit the ropes and continued the celebration before strolling out of WrestleMania for the second night in a row.

Winner Takes All match to unify the WWE Championship and WWE Universal Championship – WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Universal Champion Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman)

After all the excitement of a two night WrestleMania, it was finally time for the main event. In a winner take all match, the WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar, took on Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Brock took off his gloves as the bell rang and immediately went to work on the Universal Champ and took him to Suplex City. Brock took the fight outside and was immediately distracted by Paul Heyman. Roman capitalised on this opportunity and Speared Lesnar through the barricade before hitting another Spear inside the ring and achieving a very close near fall. Reigns delivered a pair of Superman Punches and went for a third but Reigns was taken the German quarter of Suplex City. The Tribal Chief did rally back and hit the third Superman Punch but when he went for another Spear, Lesnar sidestepped and hit the F5, getting a nearfall of his own. Reigns speared Lesnar into the official, hit Lesnar with a low blow and nailed him between the eyes with the Universal Title. The referee stirred and Lesnar kicked out of the cover. Reigns went for another Spear but Lesnar countered into the Kimura but Roman reached the ropes. Brock went for the F5 but Reigns wriggled out and delivered yet another Spear and pinned Lesnar to finally get the win over the Beast Incarnate.

Jez’s Pick: Brock Lesnar
Dan’s Pick: Roman Reigns
Winner: Roman Reigns
Jez 9 – Dan 11

Final Rating

Dan awards 2.5 out of 5 Undisputed WWE Universal Championships
Jez awards 3 out of 5 Undisputed WWE Universal Championships

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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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The Main Event Podcast #95 – WWE WrestleMania 38 Preview

That wonderful time of year has rolled around once again and we’re finally ready for WrestleMania! Sit back, relax and enjoy as Jez and Dan get you ready for the Granddaddy of them all and predict their way through the entire weekend.

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Two Minute Warning #76 – NFL Free Agency Flash and IFL Week 2 Preview

In an episode in which we planned to get some pre-draft conversation in, there’s a whole lotta news from free agency in the NFL. Join Jez and Matt for everything going on with signings, trades, releases and more, as well as a preview of week 2 in the Indoor Football League. 

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