WrestleMania 37 – Night One
April 10, 2021
Tampa, Florida (Raymond James Stadium)
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) defeated Drew McIntyre via the Hurt Lock (18:20)
- #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil Match: Natalya & Tamina defeated Naomi & Lana, Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose, The Riott Squad, Carmella & Billie Kay, last eliminating The Riott Squad via Superfly Splash by Tamina on Ruby Riott (14:15)
- Cesaro defeated Seth Rollins via 23 Cesaro Swings and a Neutralizer (11:35)
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: AJ Styles & Omos defeated The New Day (c) via double arm slam by Omos on Kingston to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions (9:45)
- Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman defeated Shane McMahon via running powerslam after throwing Shane off the top of the cage to the ring (11:25)
- Bad Bunny & Damian Priest defeated The Miz & John Morrison via Doomsday Device crossbody block by Bad Bunny on Miz (15:05)
- WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair defeated Sasha Banks (c) via KOD to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion (17:13)
Intro: Vince McMahon
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon is on the stage, flanked by WWE Superstars. “Throughout this past year, our WWE Superstars performed tirelessly for you.” Week after week, month after month they worked hard, but something was missing: the WWE fans. As we emerge from this terrible pandemic, on behalf of the WWE family, we welcome you to WRESTLEMANIA! The live crowd erupts.
America the Beautiful
Bebe Rexha sings “America the Beautiful” with a guitarist in the ring. Vince McMahon and the WWE performers remain on the stage. Some of them are visibly emotional as the song continues.
The WrestleMania 37 video plays with the Johnny Depp impersonator coming back to do his Captain Jack Sparrow.
— WWE (@WWE) April 11, 2021
We go live into Raymond James Stadium with a live crowd, the first time in one year, one month, and one day. Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe are at ringside. The show is going to be delayed due to a thunderstorm! We have to wait a little longer for WrestleMania 37 to begin!
We will continue with exclusive interviews with WWE Superstars until the show restarts.
Sarah Schreiber is backstage with Shane McMahon. McMahon says he has goosebumps from the start of the show. It’s great to have the crowd back. She asks why he has a problem with Braun Strowman. McMahon says he just likes having fun with Strowman. Even though he’s called him stupid, it wasn’t stupid for Strowman to pick a Steel Cage Match. Still, McMahon will take him out.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and MVP interrupt McMahon and take over the interview. MVP says Lashley is out for violence. Drew McIntyre will lose his dignity, consciousness, and the match. Drew McIntyre walks up and gets in Lashley’s face. McIntyre tells MVP to keep talking. MVP stands in between them. MVP tries to keep the situation under control. McIntyre says Mother Nature doesn’t matter. They can have this match back here. McIntyre dares him to come at him. Referees and producers step in to keep them apart.
Sarah Schreiber runs up and asks McIntyre where his head is at. McIntyre says it was emotional seeing fans, but he won’t lose it right now. McIntyre says last year at the Performance Center, he won the WWE Championship on his first chance. He lost it for three weeks, but got it back at the ThunderDome. Now he’ll be the first one out in front of the fans and the damn weather is trying to stop it from happening. No matter what, this match is happening. McIntyre was extremely fired up throughout that promo.
The Kickoff Show panel talks about what we just saw.
Kevin Patrick is backstage with Raw Tag Team Champions the New Day. Xavier Woods says it’s been over a year since they’ve had fans. Patrick wasn’t even here yet. Patrick says he was here to see them get the Tag Titles back before accepting a challenge from AJ Styles and Omos. Kofi Kingston isn’t even sure Styles and Omos are a registered tag team, but Patrick says they did register. They’re ready. Woods doesn’t care how big Omos is or how phenomenal Styles is. They accepted this challenge because they’ve already beaten every tag team in the company. WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E walks up and says we’ll see why New Day are the best tag team on God’s green earth. We’ll see two men at their very best and their peak. We are blessed to watch them do work!
Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe talk about the rain delay and call this “Wrestle-Rain-ia.” Oof.
Sarah Schreiber is backstage with Braun Strowman. Strowman says he’s fighting for everyone that has ever been called stupid or been bullied. He’ll beat Shane McMahon within an inch of his career. Schreiber says it seems like McMahon is making a huge mistake getting in the cage with Strowman. Strowman says that’s true. He’ll be standing over a corpse tonight.
Kevin Patrick is backstage with Kevin Owens. Owens takes the microphone and talks about his friendship with Sami Zayn through the years. They’ve wrestled all over the world. They’ve done this hundreds of times. Through those 20 years, no two people were looked down and talked down to by industry experts more than them. They were told they’d never make it to the show. Tomorrow night, they’ll do it at WrestleMania. A super weird audio glitch kicks up. This is not the Zayn he’s known for two decades. That’s ok because in the end, no matter what people say or what obstacles they’ve run through, it’s WrestleMania. Tomorrow night, he’ll stun sense into Sami Zayn. If Logan Paul wants to try something, he’ll be in the ring.
Michael Cole and Samoa Joe are wearing ponchos. It’s raining hard in Tampa. Cole says WrestleMania can start in 5 minutes.
Bianca Belair is backstage with Sarah Schreiber. Belair is putting it all on the line, but they’re doing it for the fans tonight. She’s thrilled to have the fans back and will give it her all.
Kevin Patrick is backstage with Seth Rollins. Rollins loves the chaos of the weather. Patrick asks about Cesaro. Rollins thinks Patrick’s name is “Mike.” Rollins says he’s wanted to address the disrespect from “Zazaro.” Rollins thinks he’s trying to use Rollins’ superstardom to go into the potential he’s been meandering in for years. Rollins is the new Mr. WrestleMania and will have the performance of a lifetime. What a night!
Sarah Schreiber is backstage with The Miz and John Morrison. They’re ready for the challenge of Damian Priest and Bad Bunny.
Hosts: Hulk Hogan and Titus O’Neil
Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe announce we will begin WrestleMania 37 now!
The 2020 Warrior Award recipient and Tampa’s own Titus O’Neil makes his way to the stage. Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan soon joins him. O’Neil is FIRED up as he welcomes the fans to his city of Tampa Bay. They have the energy they’ve been wanting for one year. For one year, one month, and one day, we are back in business LIVE! Hogan says he doesn’t think the crowd heard him. O’Neil says they can try this again. For the first time in one year, one month, and one day, we are back in business, LIVE!
“Well let me tell you something, Titus!” We are going to make history tonight and tomorrow night. They’ll do it right now in front of the WWE Universe audience, brother. O’Neil says we have to kick it off big and with some violence: the WWE Championship. Hogan says we’ve got the All Mighty WWE Champion with his crippling Hurt Lock that can crack a 747 in half going against Drew McIntyre with a Claymore Kick that can take you out with one time.
Hogan says he’s got a question. O’Neil says we’ve got two nights of WrestleMania. What’cha gonna do when Titus Worldwide and Hulkamania run wild on you?!
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
The bell rings, and they immediately lock up before letting go when neither can get the advantage. Lashley soon shoulder blocks him down, but McIntyre is right back on his feet. They go into the ropes, and McIntyre gives him a belly-to-belly overhead suplex before telling Lashley to stick it. They start shoving, and Lashley powers him to the corner and punches him. McIntyre turns him around and clubs away at him. Lashley hits a throat thrust and punches him back to the ropes. McIntyre reverses a whip to the ropes, but Lashley holds on. McIntyre clotheslines Lashley over the top rope. McIntyre follows him outside, and Lashley drives him into the barricade. Lashley throws him into the barricade again and looks fired up. Lashley gets McIntyre up and goes to drive him into the barricade. The ring mats are wet from the rain and it appears McIntyre slips a bit before going into the barricade.
Lashley gets McIntyre in the ring and hits a shoulder thrust in the corner before hitting a spinning neckbreaker for a two count. Lashley punches away at McIntyre before choking him on the ropes. Lashley peppers McIntyre with punches, so McIntyre chops back at him. The crowd lets out the “WOO” chant with each chop. Lashley powers McIntyre to the corner and charges, but he hits the ring post shoulder-first when McIntyre moves. McIntyre hits an arm breaker and goes to apply an arm bar. Lashley quickly blocks it and turns over before punching McIntyre to release the grip. Lashley slaps McIntyre in the face, but that just pisses off the Scottish Warrior. Lashley uses his good shoulder to shoulder thrust McIntyre in the corner before posing. Lashley whips him to the opposite corner, but McIntyre pops out with a clothesline. McIntyre hits a second clothesline before having a whip reversed. McIntyre comes back with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. McIntyre hits another one, ducks a punch, and hits a neckbreaker. McIntyre kips up, and the crowd gets fired up. McIntyre waits for Lashley to get up and goes for a Future Shock DDT, but Lashley powers him to the corner. Lashley goes to the opposite corner and charges, but McIntyre elbows him back. McIntyre applies a waistlock before turning him around for a northern lights suplex for a near fall.
MVP shouts at Lashley to focus. McIntyre grabs the arm for a hammerlock. This is the arm that hit the ring post. Lashley fights out and shoulder blocks McIntyre down. Lashley powers McIntyre up in a torture rack and slams him down for a near fall. Lashley talks a little trash to McIntyre and gets him to his feet. McIntyre comes back with a Claymore Kick and charges, but Lashley crushes him with a one-armed spinebuster for a near fall. Lashley sets up for the Hurt Lock, but McIntyre fights it. Lashley knees him in the ribs and lifts him up, but McIntyre elbows out of it. McIntyre viciously elbows Lashley in the face a few times before setting him up for an inverted Alabama Slam… but Lashley kicks out at two!
McIntyre puts Lashley on the top rope and chops the chest before clubbing the back. McIntyre stands on the top rope. This is scary as the ring canvas is wet from the rain. Lashley sweeps the feet, but McIntyre quickly comes back with a hammerlock on the top rope. Lashley fights out and punches him into the tree of woe. McIntyre then sits up and hits an overhead belly-to-belly superplex on the All Mighty WWE Champion! McIntyre sets up for a Claymore Kick and charges, but Lashley floors him with a second one-armed spinebuster!
Lashley is fired up, but McIntyre kips up and angrily stares at him. Lashley is in disbelief. Lashley punches away at McIntyre and beats him against the ropes. McIntyre reverses a whip and hits another overhead belly-to-belly suplex. McIntyre quickly follows up with a the Future Shock DDT. McIntyre gets him to his feet and hits a second Future Shock DDT. McIntyre pulls him up to his feet again and hits a third Future Shock DDT… but Lashley kicks out! Lashley looks like he’s out. McIntyre looks frustrated.
A live, non-piped in chant of “This is awesome” fires up in Raymond James Stadium. McIntyre counts down for a Claymore Kick, and the live crowd happily counts along with him. Lashley drops down and gets out of the ring before the Claymore Kick connects. McIntyre then hits the ropes and takes out Lashley and MVP with a somersault senton!
McIntyre gets Lashley in the ring and goes to the top rope. McIntyre jumps, but Lashley counters into a Hurt Lock attempt. McIntyre fights it, so Lashley suplexes him. Lashley quickly follows up with a flatliner. Lashley sizes McIntyre up and goes for a Hurt Lock. McIntyre tries to block it. Lashley tries to lock his hands, but McIntyre is fighting it. McIntyre then runs forward and drives Lashley into the turnbuckle. Lashley charges, but McIntyre takes him down and applies a Kimura Lock! Lashley’s arm was injured on the ring post earlier! Lashley yells in pain and his hand is shaking. Lashley reaches for the bottom rope and gets a break of the hold.
Both men get to their feet and exchange punches in the center of the ring. Lashley knees him, but McIntyre powers him back. Lashley pulls his face into the top turnbuckle. Lashley charges into a big boot. McIntyre follows up with a Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre tries for a Claymore Kick, but MVP distracts him. Lashley avoids the Claymore Kick and applies the Hurt Lock! Lashley has locked his fingers and the full force of the dreaded Hurt Lock has been applied! McIntyre starts to fade, but he fights to his feet, goes to the corner, and kicks off. Lashley rolls through and keeps the Hurt Lock applied! Lashley cinches it in… and McIntyre is out! The referee calls for the bell!
Winner by Referee’s Decision and still WWE Champion: Bobby Lashley (18:20)
Backstage: Bayley, Titus O’Neil, The nWo
The nWo is backstage with Titus O’Neil when Bayley walks up. Bayley tries to be cool with them, but they walk off on her.
#1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil Match
Naomi & Lana vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. The Riott Squad vs. Natalya & Tamina vs. Carmella & Billie Kay
Naomi & Lana vs. Billie Kay & Carmella
Naomi and Carmella start the match. Naomi kicks away at Carmella and dropkicks her down. Lana tags in and she kicks Carmella back before hitting a bulldog. Lana splashes her against the ropes, but Carmella fights back and whips her down by the hair. Carmella knocks her into the corner and tags Billie Kay in. Kay talks trash and punches Lana before sending her into the ropes. Lana hits a head-scissor into a leg sweep. Naomi tags in and hits a flying clothesline. Naomi punches Carmella and knocks Kay back. Lana tags in. Naomi kicks Kay and Carmella down. Lana hits a sloppy kick. Naomi tags in, and they hit a double-team facebuster, but Carmella breaks up the pin.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler are watching backstage. Naomi knocks Carmella out of the ring, but Kay rolls Naomi up. Carmella assists in the pin to pick up the win.
Billie Kay & Carmella vs. The Riott Squad
Morgan knocks Carmella down and dropkicks Kay. Ruby Riott tags in and knocks Kay onto the ropes for a two count. Morgan tags back in. Kay knocks Riott out of the ring and elbows Morgan down. Carmella tags in and stomps Morgan down before doing a moonwalk and a bronco buster. Kay tags back in and hits a northern lights suplex. Carmella dropkicks Morgan, and Kay kicks her. Riott breaks up the pin, so Kay knocks her out of the ring. Kay rolls Morgan up, but this time the referee catches Carmella helping on the pin and stops counting. Morgan punches Kay and hits a double knee lung blower. Riott hits a senton off the top rope to eliminate Kay and Carmella.
Carmella shoves Riott into Morgan and superkicks Morgan down.
The Riott Squad vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke
Riott attacks them making their entrance, but Rose quickly takes her down. Brooke goes to the top rope and hits a blockbuster. Morgan breaks up the pin. Brooke punches away at Riott, but Riott punches her away. Brooke fights back with a flipping neckbreaker. The screen blanks out for a moment indicating a wardrobe malfunction. Riott rolls Rose up for a two count. Morgan tags in and clotheslines Rose down. Morgan hits a step-up enzuigiri followed by a double knee in the corner for a near fall. The Riott Squad double-team Rose with a Riott Kick. Brooke breaks it up, so she’s thrown out of the ring. Rose shoulders Morgan in the corner and hits Riott with an inverted suplex. Morgan fights back and goes to the top rope. Rose hits a superplex. Brooke hits a senton bomb, but Morgan rolls through and picks up the win.
The ring announcer incorrectly states that Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke won the match.
The Riott Squad vs. Natalya & Tamina
Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter on Morgan, but Morgan rolls her up for a two count. Natalya slams Morgan in the corner and tags Tamina in. Tamina punches Morgan and suplexes her into Natalya, who hits a powerbomb for a two count. Riott broke it up. Tamina knocks Riott down. Natalya lifts Morgan up and slams her into the corner. The Riott Squad mounts a comeback on Tamina, who tagged in. Morgan covers for a two count. Riott tags back in. Morgan takes a superkick from Tamina. Tamina kicks Riott down and tags Natalya in. Natalya and Tamina hit Riott with a Hart Attack. Natalya teases a Sharpshooter, but tags Tamina in instead. Tamina goes to the top rope and hits a Superfly Splash on Riott for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Natalya and Tamina (14:15)
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler will defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship against Natalya and Tamina tomorrow night on WrestleMania 37 Night Two.
Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins
Cesaro uppercuts him at the sound of the bell and goes for a Cesaro Swing, but Rollins fights it. Rollins kicks him and charges, but Cesaro blocks it and again goes for a Cesaro Swing. Rollins gets out of it and hits the ropes, but Cesaro hits a springboard uppercut. Rollins quickly snaps the arm off the top rope and goes to the top rope. Cesaro quickly cuts him off with a dropkick. Cesaro deadlifts him and goes for a gutwrench superplex, but Rollins counters into a Buckle Bomb for a near fall! Rollins attacks the injured shoulder, but Cesaro punches him back and hits an uppercut. Cesaro reverses a whip and charges, but Rollins drops him on the apron. Cesaro knocks him back and goes to the top rope, but Rollins scales the ropes. Rollins hits a superplex and floats through into the falcon arrow for a near fall.
Cesaro catches him with a pin for a two count. Cesaro uppercuts him back to the corner and punches away at him. Cesaro uppercuts him in the corner, sends him to the opposite corner, hits a second uppercut, hits the ropes, and connects with a clothesline for a near fall. Cesaro signals for a Cesaro Swing. Cesaro takes him down, but Rollins counters into a roll-up for a two count. Cesaro quickly pops up and goes for a Cesaro Swing again, but Rollins fights up and hits a step-up enzuigiri. Rollins goes for a Stomp, but Cesaro counters into the Cesaro Swing! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9… Cesaro’s arm gives out. Cesaro then applies the Sharpshooter in tribute to his former partner Tyson Kidd, but Rollins gets to the bottom rope to break it up.
The crowd chants, “One more time.” Cesaro sets up for the Neutralizer, but Rollins counters with a back body drop. Cesaro lands on his feet and charges, but he hits the top turnbuckle with his injured shoulder. Rollins hits a nasty springboard knee to the head followed by a Sling Blade. Rollins goes to the top rope and hits a corkscrew splash for a near fall!
Rollins sets up for a Ripcord Knee, but Cesaro counters into the Neutralizer… but Rollins kicks out! Cesaro goes for a Neutralizer, but Rollins counters into a Pedigree! Rollins is going deep into the arsenal tonight. Rollins covers, but Cesaro kicks out. Rollins shouts that he survived the Neutralizer and the Cesaro Swing. Rollins says he is a god! Rollins forearms him in the back of the head and goes for a Stomp, but Cesaro isn’t in position. Rollins dropkicks him in the back of the head again.
Rollins sets up in the corner and tries for a Stomp, but Cesaro pops up and crushes him with an uppercut! Cesaro puts Rollins on his shoulders in an inverted torture rack and spins him around with no hands! This is called the UFO. Cesaro signals for a Cesaro Swing and starts it up! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23! Cesaro follows up with a Neutralizer for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Cesaro (11:35)
Backstage: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler
Footage is shown of Jey Uso winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal last night on SmackDown. We also see footage of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode retaining the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode talk about how great AJ Styles is and how good Omos would look draped in gold.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
The New Day (c) vs. AJ Styles & Omos
WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E comes out to the stage and does his big hype introduction for The New Day! Raw Tag
Kofi Kingston will start the match against Omos. The New Day goads AJ Styles into starting the match instead. Kofi Kingston and AJ Styles circle the ring. Styles applies a waistlock, but Styles drops down and hits a head-scissor. Kingston flips over Styles and goes for an SOS. Styles gets out and rolls him up for a two count. Kingston rolls him up with a scissor hold for another two count. Styles applies a side headlock, but Kingston counters out with an inverted suplex! Kingston taunts Omos, who looks infuriated. Kingston twerks in the ring while Woods plays the trombone. Styles angrily charges, but Kingston dropkicks him down. Woods sweeps Styles down and tags in. Kingston splashes Styles before Woods hits a splash for a two count. Woods applies a rear chin lock and says they have effectively cut the ring in half. Kingston tags in and punches Styles in the ribs. The New Day then start the Unicorn Stampede up on Styles. Kingston whips Woods into Styles for a near fall. Woods puts the side headlock back on and hits a takeover. Styles fights up and goes for a tag on Omos, but Woods doesn’t let it happen. Woods hits another takeover for a two count. Wood wrenches the arm and tags Kingston in. The New Day hits a double-team chop, kick, and bulldog for a one count. Styles gets to his feet, but Kingston is standing between him and Omos. Woods knocks Styles out of the ring and hits a baseball slide. Kingston tags in and hits a flying double stomp for a near fall. Woods lifts Styles up, but Styles slides off and goes for Omos. Woods stops him, so Styles crawls through the legs. Woods avoids an enzuigiri and tags Kingston in. Kingston hits Styles with a splash as Styles gets up for a near fall. Wow! Woods goes to the top rope. The New Day goes for a double-team, but Styles knees Kingston in the head. Woods is terrified as Styles tags in Omos!
Omos enters the ring to a big ovation. This is the first action Omos will see in a WWE ring. Woods peppers Omos with kicks that have no effect on him. Woods hits a dropkick that does nothing. Kingston tags in. Woods goes for a shoulder block, but he bounces off Omos. Omos grabs Kingston coming off the top rope and slings him down. Omos laughs as he stands over the New Day. Omos tosses Kingston to the corner and avalanches Woods. Omos follows up with an avalanche on Kingston. Kingston scoops Woods up and hits a vicious spinebuster. Omos then stretches Woods out over his knee. Omos then grabs Kingston and hits a backbreaker on him. Omos lifts Woods up, and Styles hits him with a Phenomenal Forearm. Omos grabs Kingston and crushes him with a double arm slam! Omos puts a foot on Kingston’s chest and picks up the win!
Winners and new Raw Tag Team Champions: AJ Styles and Omos (9:45)
Video: WWE 2K22
WWE 2K22 is coming.
Steel Cage Match
Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon
WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler joins commentary for the next match. Michael Cole brings up this is the ten year anniversary of their WrestleMania match.
This is the first Steel Cage Match at WrestleMania since Hulk Hogan defended the WWF Championship against King Kong Bundy at WrestleMania 2.
Shane McMahon holds the door closed so Braun Strowman can’t get into the Steel Cage. All of a sudden, Elias and Jaxson Ryker attack Strowman with a steel chair! They beat his back and legs with the chair. McMahon pulls Strowman into the ring and takes a chair.
The match begins, and McMahon beats him mercilessly with the steel chair. McMahon goes for a chairshot to the head, but Strowman blocks it and throws him aside. Strowman slowly gets up, so McMahon hits him again with the chair. McMahon goes to leave through the door, but Strowman cuts him off. The chair is knocked out of the ring. Strowman shouts that McMahon is going to get these hands. Strowman is limping. McMahon uses his quickness to stay away from Strowman. McMahon lights him up with jabs, but Strowman shoves him away. McMahon starts to climb the cage, but Strowman grabs him. McMahon rips a piece of sheet metal off the top of the cage and starts beating Strowman with it. McMahon goes to leave through the door, but Strowman pulls him back in and slams him down. Strowman sends McMahon into the cage wall twice before kneeing him in the midsection. Strowman punches him in the face and avalanches him against the steel cage. Strowman shakes some feeling into his injured leg and hits a hammer blow to the chest. Strowman lifts McMahon up for a Running Powerslam, but his knee gives out. McMahon powers him into the cage wall and attacks the knee. McMahon then floors him with a DDT! McMahon goes to the top rope and hits Strowman with Coast-to-Coast… but Strowman kicks out!
McMahon starts to climb the cage. Elias and Jaxson Ryker climb the outer wall to help him, but Strowman splashes the wall to knock them off. McMahon collapses off the top and crashes to the mat.
McMahon climbs to the top rope and tries to climb to the top of the cage, but Strowman comes up the rear and cuts him off. Strowman stands on the top rope as McMahon puts a leg over the top. There is a bag mounted at the top of the cage. McMahon takes out at toolbox and crushes Strowman’s skull with it. Strowman falls off to the mat. McMahon starts to climb over to the floor, but stops to put his hand through the cage to wave bye-bye to Braun. Strowman grabs the hand, rips of fencing off the steel cage, and pulls McMahon back into the ring! Strowman punches away at McMahon on the top rope.
Strowman throws McMahon onto the top of the cage. Strowman pulls himself up to the trellis of the cage. Strowman pulls McMahon to his feet on the trellis and shouts, “Who’s stupid now?!” Strowman then flips McMahon off the top of the cage to the canvas! Wow! Strowman poses and gets down to the mat.
Strowman says this is for every person that has ever been called stupid. Strowman scoops McMahon up and hits a Running Powerslam for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Braun Strowman (11:25)
Hall of Fame Inductees & Bayley
Bayley pops up and interrupts the commentators. She says she can do Michael Cole’s job better than him and calls him an idiot. Byron Saxton says they’re going to honor the WWE Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2020. Bayley throws it to the video package.
Video Package: WWE Hall of Fame – Class of 2020
The WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2020 is (mostly) on the stage. John “Bradshaw” Layfield, William Shatner (Celebrity, not there), Nikki and Brie Bella, Jushin “Thunder” Liger (not there), Titus O’Neil (Warrior Award), and The British Bulldog (his family represents him). The nWo get their own entrance. Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman pose for the crowd.
WrestleMania 38 Promo
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin does a hype promo for WrestleMania 38 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas next year on April 2022.
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison
WWE Hall of Famer Booker T will be the guest commentator for the next match.
A parade of people dressed in Bunny costumes make their way to the stage. The Miz and John Morrison come out doing a bad lip sync to their “Hey hey, hop hop” song.
Bad Bunny gets a cool, elaborate WrestleMania entrance.
The Miz will start against Damian Priest, but he goads Bad Bunny into starting the match instead. They stall and Miz mocks him. Bad Bunny then punches him in the face to take him down. Miz gets to his feet, and Bad Bunny applies a waistlock. Miz looks surprised and breaks out, but Bunny punches him in the face a second time. Miz ducks a right hand from Bad Bunny and punches him in the corner. Miz backs up, so Bad Bunny tackles him and punches away at him. Miz quickly kicks Bunny down and stomps him. Miz knocks him to the corner and rakes Bunny’s face on the ropes. Miz sends Bunny into the ropes and goes for a hip toss, but Bunny lands on his feet and hip tosses Miz out of the ring! Miz looks embarrassed!
Miz angrily gets in the ring, and Bunny catches him with la magistral cradle for a near fall! Bunny then mocks Miz’ “AWESOME” line as Miz strategizes with John Morrison. Miz signals for a test of strength before kicking Bunny and sending him hard into the ropes. Bunny gets on the apron and shoulders Miz back. Bunny hits the ropes and hits Miz with a wild head-scissor takeover!
John Morrison tags in and charges, but Bunny attacks and kicks him in the head. Bunny charges with a running back elbow in the corner. Morrison quickly elbows Bunny back, and Miz punches him down. Morrison kicks Bunny in the midsection and hits a sloppy snapmare. Miz tags in and kicks Bunny in the head. Morrison knees him in the face. Miz mocks him with a bunny hop. Miz applies a chin lock and throws him to the corner. Bunny punches out and punches Morrison down for good measure. Bunny goes for a tag, but Miz stops him. Bunny rolls him up for a near fall. Miz quickly big boots him down. Miz hits a side leg sweep and knocks him out of the ring. Miz distracts the referee as Morrison bounces Bunny off the commentary table. Bunny is put back in the ring. Morrison tags in and stomps Bunny. Morrison mocks Booker T’s spinaroonie. Bad Bunny wrote a song called “Booker T” in tribute to the Hall of Famer. Miz tags in and talks trash before punching him in the solar plexus. Miz hits Damian Priest. Priest tries to get in, but the referee stops him. Miz and Morrison use the distraction to double-team Bad Bunny. Miz puts Bad Bunny in the corner and goes for his patented corner clothesline, but Bunny boots him back. Bunny then hits Miz with a tornado DDT.
Damian Priest tags in and takes Miz down. Priest bring Morrison in the ring the hard way and hits a spin kick on Miz. Priest punches Morrison down and connects with a clothesline. Priest gets fired up and hits a pair of running back elbows. Priest then hits Miz with a release suplex into Morrison. Priest connects with a chokeslam on Miz, but Morrison breaks it up. Bunny angrily runs in, but Morrison punches him. Priest and Bad Bunny then cut them off and hit stereo Broken Arrows for a near fall!
Bad Bunny sends Priest into the ropes, and Priest hits Miz and Morrison with a somersault senton. Bad Bunny then goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block to the floor on Miz and Morrison. Priest gets Miz in the ring, but Miz hits him with a Skull Crushing Finale… but Bunny breaks up the pin! Priest goes for a tag, but Morrison pulls Bunny off the apron. Bad Bunny then hits Morrison with Panama Sunrise on the floor! What?!
Priest puts Miz on his shoulders, and Bad Bunny tags in. Bunny hits a cross-body block on Miz while Priest falls back! Bunny covers Miz for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Damian Priest and Bad Bunny (15:05)
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair
They do the ring introductions when both women are in the ring. They both look emotional as the match begins. Belair is clearly emotional. The crowd is buzzing.
The bell rings, and the first WrestleMania main event featuring two African American women begins. They lock up, and Banks powers Belair to the corner. Belair shoves her away. Dueling chants for both women pick up. They lock up, and Banks takes her down. Belair kips up and talks a little trash before shoving her. Banks shoves her back, so they get into a shoving match. Belair hits the ropes and catches Banks goes for a leapfrog. Belair takes her down and goes for a standing moonsault, but she does a handspring and lands on her feet again. Belair grabs Banks, but Banks fights away and looks angry. Banks hits the ropes and goes for a wheelbarrow bulldog, but Belair counters into a double underhook. Banks quickly counters out and knocks Belair out of the ring.
Banks goes for a baseball slide, but misses. Belair grabs Banks and puts her on her shoulders on the apron, but Banks slides off and drives her into the ring post! Banks hits a nice suicide dive, but Belair rolls through and lifts Banks! Belair presses her up, walks up the stairs with her, and throws Banks into the ring! Banks quickly gets to her feet and dropkicks her down for a two count.
Belair follows her into the ropes and shoulder blocks her down. Belair scoops her up and does some squats while saying she’s the EST. Belair goes for a handspring moonsault, but Banks grabs the long ponytail, viciously knees her in the face a few times, and hits a running knee for a near fall. Banks attacks her in the corner and chokes her with her boot. Banks hits a snapmare and goes for a chin lock, but Belair powers out. Banks then pulls the arms back for a surfboard stretch. They go to a big crowd shot to remind us this main event is brought to us by Snickers. Belair fights up, so Banks sends her to the corner. Banks charges, but Belair drops her on the apron. Banks powers her down and goes for a slingshot dropkick, but Belair catches her and VICOUSLY slams her down!
Banks slides out of the ring grabbing the long ponytail of Belair. Belair yanks her head back and pulls her into the ring steps. Banks tries for a desperation double knee against the barricade, but Belair moves. They get into the ring at the count of eight. Belair lifts her up for a delayed vertical suplex. Belair bounces her off the top rope a few times. Banks tries to knee out, but Belair powers her back up twice. Banks’ feet never touched the mat. Belair then suplexes her down.
After taking a few moments to get up, Banks punches her. Banks goes for a springboard arm drag while holding the ponytail. Belair pulls her down and hits some shoulder tackles followed by a dropkick. Belair kips up and hits a shooting star press. Belair shouts that she is the EST before shouldering her in the corner. Belair backs up, but Banks knocks her back. Banks comes out of the corner, but Belair takes her down. Belair goes to the top rope for a 450 splash, but Banks gets the knees up!
Banks grabs Belair, but Belair surprises her with a roll-up for a two count. Banks backslides her for a two count. Banks goes for a hurricanrana, but Belair counters into a powerbomb. Belair powers her up and hits a second powerbomb. Belair stacks her up and covers, but Banks kicks out. Belair powers her up for a third powerbomb, but Banks counters into a big facebuster. Banks angrily stomps her down in the corner and hits a running boot. Banks hits a springboard tornado DDT for a near fall. Banks is getting frustrated. Banks goes to the top rope for a frog splash for a near fall.
Banks kicks her in the back and snaps the arm off the bottom rope. Banks drags her out of the ring and sends her into the steps. Banks puts her in the ring and shouts at the commentators. Banks hits a head-scissor before pulling the hair and taking her down. Banks ties Belair’s ponytail around her arms before applying a Bank Statement! Belair desperately claws for the bottom rope, so Banks rolls her to the center of the ring. Belair uses her impressive power to roll through and to the ropes quickly. Banks angrily clubs her a few times before getting up with a snarl on her face. Banks grits her teeth and grabs Belair by the hair. Banks says she is not the EST. Belair powers Banks to the corner and shoulders her. Belair puts her on the top rope, but Banks fights back and pushes her off. Belair rolls through and goes for a handspring kick, but Banks puts her in the tree of woe and stomps the knee. Banks goes for a double stomp, but Belair avoids it. Belair then sits up before Banks hits double knees in the corner. Belair sets up on the top rope and connects with a 450 splash… but Banks kicks out! Belair cannot believe it!
Belair lifts Banks up for a KOD, but Banks slides off and grabs the hair. Belair rips her hair back and whips Banks in the midsection with the ponytail! That sounded like a whip! Banks jumps on her back, but Belair counters into the KOD for the win!
Winner by Pinfall and new SmackDown Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair (17:13)
Sasha Banks had a big welt on her side from Belair’s hair whip. Bianca Belair celebrates wildly with the SmackDown Women’s Championship as fireworks erupt around Raymond James Stadium.
— WWE (@WWE) April 11, 2021