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WrestleMania 38 Night 1: Live Results and Analysis

Pro wrestling’s biggest event is set to land at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. WrestleMania 38, a two-night affair at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, will spotlight WWE Superstars with all of the promotion’s titles on the line. Saturday’s festivities include three title matches, the return of an icon and the first game of a social media star.

WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair will face off in a rematch after Belair surprisingly dropped her title to Lynch in just 26 seconds at SummerSlam last August. Other notable matches include The Miz teaming up with social media star Logan Paul to take on the father-son duo of Rey and Dominik Mysterio, Edge taking on AJ Styles and Seth Rollins taking on an opponent Mr McMahon will feature once. that Rollins will be in the ring.

The other two title fights on the Saturday card: The Usos will be looking to retain their SmackDown Tag Team Titles against Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs, and Ronda Rousey will be targeting the SmackDown Women’s Championship, as she picked a match with Charlotte Flair after winning the Women’s Royal Rumble in January.

Additionally, in what is expected to be the main event of Night 1, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will walk down the ramp for an appearance on the “KO Show”, hosted by Kevin Owens. The assumption is that hands will be thrown, beer will be blown, and someone will be on the wrong side of a stunner.

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Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair def. Becky Lynch (c)

Between the paparazzi-ready VIP-style pull-up and the performance entries by Texas Southern’s “Ocean of Soul” band, it looked like a superstar fight disguised as a Raw Women’s Championship match between Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair.

The drama began early, as Lynch’s handshake of fate that derailed Belair’s championship reign four months prior, was offered by the EST to Big Game Becks. Lynch, stunned by the offer, countered with a punch to the face. The action didn’t stop there.

Lynch remained on offense for much of the game, being the aggressor and quickly crushing any momentum Belair tried to build at various points. But Belair wouldn’t stay on the ground, as his ability to get out of various holds helped keep the match pretty much level.

That power still stands out, but his athletic feats were taken to another level as his 450-degree splash on Lynch left jaw-dropping. Lynch wouldn’t be outdone, as his Thunderkick roll from Belair’s top rope was equally impressive.

Belair looked doomed late in the match, as Lynch hit her with a Manhandle Slam on the steel steps, leaving her outside the ring and nearly scored. Belair returned to the ring at the count of 9, with Lynch ready to finish off the challenger. However, Belair gathered his last strength, hoisted Lynch onto his shoulders and landed the KOD to dethrone the champion.

The standard has been officially set, as Belair and Lynch put on arguably the best match of 2022 so far, leaving the rest of the weekend’s Wrestlemania cards a high bar to break.

And after: There’s still a lot of meat on the bone between these two, and if they wanted to put more between the two, let them. Belair is a worthy heir to the throne, but could we see Rhea Ripley challenge in a show of strength for the belt? For Lynch, she got status similar to Nate Diaz in WWE, where she can earn top billing with or without a belt in play. She’s so good.

The Miz and Logan Paul won. Dominik Mysterio & Rey Mysterio

There was a big question in the tag team match between The Mysterios vs. The Miz and Logan Paul: We know Logan Paul can fight, but can he fight?

Paul portrayed himself well, showing athleticism and strength, as well as underhanded tactics worthy of someone performing in front of a crowd that isn’t on his side. In fact, the Cleveland duo displayed immediate team chemistry while controlling the game for an extended period.

However, the father-son duo would rally as senior Mysterio would eventually step into the ring to save a damaged Dominik and set up a heavy attack against The Miz. Rey’s flying Hurricanrana along with an impressive 619 paired with a DDT tornado helped restore control of the Mysterios. And then, an overmatch game broke out.

First, Rey’s failed attempt to hit the Three Amigos was bolstered by Logan Paul hitting the combo shot with the Frog Splash and a shimmy. Then Dominik countered with his own Frog Splash to set up double 619s by The Mysterios.

Through all the madness, The Miz tagged in and landed a Skull Crushing Finale on Rey to cash in on the win.

Then, to outdo himself, The Miz decided to remember the beef he had with Logan last August and delivered a Skull Crushing Finale to his teammate.

And after: For a brief moment, the idea of ​​Miz and Paul being a legit team seemed like a real possibility. And then Miz sent her partner’s face to the canvas. A likely split and future solo success seems to be the move here. Especially for Paul, who not only held his own for a long time, but showed the charisma needed for true success in WWE.

As for The Mysterios, their place among the best tag teams in the business is assured, and they should be fighting for the straps again in the near future.

Drew McIntyre beats. Happy Corbin

Drew McIntyre has been seeking revenge since being attacked by Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss on Day One of WWE. On Saturday night, McIntyre finally got his revenge, although it took a dive from Swanton over the top rope and a late kick. to do it.

It’s a bit of a shame that McIntyre and Corbin faced off so early in the card, with the stakes being nothing more than their personal feud, as both men were nimble and clinical in the ring while putting on a show. Moss, usually interjecting with witty jokes, instead interfered with his teammate, taking heavy damage from the distraction.

McIntyre, who just returned to action after recovering from a neck injury, finally connected with the Claymore on Corbin for the win. During his celebration, Moss tried to intervene, but was thwarted by McIntyre who wielded his massive “Angela” sword and cut two of the ring strings in half while missing Moss in the process.

And after: McIntyre’s feud with Corbin and Moss should be over by now, and he could be in line for a title shot depending on how things play out between Reigns and Lesnar on Sunday night. For Corbin and Moss, how about a legitimate run at a tag team title? They are tall, they can move and everyone can stand at the microphone. Maybe they’re next for The Usos?

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) def. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs

Fewer tandems might have been better picks to open WrestleMania 38 than the rock and roll duo of Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs, as well as seven-time high-flying and swaggering tag team champions, The Usos.

Boogs showed off his versatility inside and outside the ring with his impressive guitar skills and strength lifting Jey Uso into a vertical suplex position. Unfortunately, Boogs succumbed to an injury as his right knee buckled – the same knee he had faked an injury with a few weeks prior – as he tried to take charge of the two Uso brothers in the middle of the ring.

The Usos finally finished a now solo Nakamura with a 1D and took the overall victory.

For Jimmy and Jey, retaining the titles heading into the weekend means they can stay focused on all things The Bloodline and help their cousin Roman Reigns in Sunday’s main event against Brock Lesnar. For Boogs, a rising star who momentarily shone brightest to start the show, hopefully has a speedy recovery ahead of him.

And after: The Usos’ victory helps reset the bar for SmackDown’s post-WrestleMania tag team roster. According to The New Day’s performance on Saturday night with Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston without Big E, another battle between the two future Hall of Fame teams seems like a real possibility. For Nakamura and Boogs, a split and a singles run for the two seems likely in their future.

Still to come:

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

Edge Styles vs. AJ

The “KO Show”: Kevin Owens welcomes “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

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


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