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WrestleMania Backlash 2021


Tampa, Florida

WWE ThunderDome (Yuengling Center)

Announcers: Michael Cole (Smackdown), Pat McAfee (Smackdown), Corey Graves (Raw), Adnan Virk (Raw), Byron Saxton (Raw)

Ring Announcers: Greg Hamilton (Smackdown), Mike Rome (Raw)

Kayla Braxton welcomes us to the kickoff show! She's joined by Booker T, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and Peter Rosenberg. They run tonight's card. Sheamus will have an open challenge for the WWE United States Championship on the kickoff show!

The first video package we get is for Reigns/Cesaro. JBL says it's not Cesaro's time but Booker says tonight could be Cesaro's moment. Rosenberg says Reigns is unstoppable and unbeatable right now. JBL and Rosenberg say Reigns and Booker is going with Cesaro. The panel transitions to discuss the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship match. We get the build up video for Belair/Bayley. Sonya Deville joins the panel to also talk about this match. Rosenberg asks Deville her thoughts on the match. Deville says Belair will win if she can stay focused. JBL likes Belair. Kayla Braxton mentions Bayley is the only person to defeat Belair since she came to Smackdown. Our next match to discuss is Priest/Miz in a lumberjack match. Booker and JBL like Miz. Rosenberg likes Priest and brings up the fact that Miz lost the WWE Championship in his last lumberjack match. The triple threat for the WWE Raw Women's Championship is next to discuss. Deville is back to discuss this one as Kayla says it's Deville's fault that this is a triple threat. Deville defends her decision by saying she made the match better. Rosenberg suggest Deville was pressured by Charlotte to put her in the match. Deville says she's just doing her job. Deville hates the notion that Charlotte gets all the opportunities. Kayla brings up Charlotte attacking the referee attack to which Deville says we all make mistakes including Kayla. Back to the match, they all agree it'll be a great match and Deville says it's a great challenge for Rhea Ripley. We see highlights of Rey Mysterio defeating Dolph Ziggler which brings us to talk about the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship match. Dominik Mysterio runs into Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode backstage and they attack him!! They flip a couch onto him before officials come to break it up.

It's time for some action! Sheamus makes his way to the ring for his open challenge for the WWE United States Championship. Sheamus says over the past couple weeks, he's issued numerous open challenges to see who wants to fight the champ. Sheamus claims it won't be for the gold because a title opportunity should be earned. Not given. He is still giving someone a chance to step up.

Non-Title Match (Kickoff Show)

Sheamus (WWE United States Champion) vs. Ricochet

Ricochet with a running drop kick out of the gate. Ricochet takes the fight to Sheamus early on. Sheamus catches a Ricochet kick and levels him with a clothesline. Sheamus with right hands to the back of Ricochet now before tossing him across the ring. Ricochet tries to fight back with right hands but runs into a back elbow. Ricochet with a couple strikes but comes off the ropes only for Sheamus to catch him and hit a back breaker. Stomps by Sheamus now. Sheamus sends Ricochet to the apron. TEN BEATS TO THE BOWERY NOW!! Sheamus wipes the sweat of his brow haha. Sheamus continues to work on the back on Ricochet and there's a Dublin Smile! Ricochet tries to fight back but Sheamus keeps control. Elbows by Ricochet now. Ricochet staggers Sheamus with a kick. Another boot by Ricochet. Sheamus catches the next kick and tries an Alabama Slam but Ricochet escapes and hangs Sheamus across the top rope. SPRING BOARD CLOTHESLINE BY RICOCHET!! Standing shooting star by Ricochet followed by a spring board moonsault!! 1...2...NO!! Ricochet with a forearm to the back and tries to lift Sheamus but can't. Ricochet goes for a pin but Sheamus rolls through and hits a knee to the face! Ricochet turns it around and HITS A BACK STABBER!! Ricochet goes to the apron. SPRING BOARD 450!! 1...2...NO!! Ricochet goes up to the top turnbuckle. This time he misses the 450 but rolls through. Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick and Ricochet rolls him up for a near fall. SHEAMUS HITS RICOCHET WITH A KNEE STRIKE TO THE FACE AND GETS THE WIN!! Solid outing with Ricochet getting some time to shine before Sheamus picking up the win. What hurt this is I didn't buy anyone coming out to answer the challenge and beat Sheamus since it was on the kickoff show.

W: Sheamus via pin @ 7:11 (**1/2)

Post match, Sheamus gets on the mic and talks about all the challenges the past couple weeks. RICOCHET ATTACKS AND STEALS SHEAMUS' HAT AND JACKET! Maybe this feud will continue? I'm all for that!

Back to the panel as they break down the WWE Championship triple threat match. Video package is shown. Booker likes Lashley to win as he says Lashley is hungrier than both McIntyre and Strowman. JBL says Lashley is a different guy since winning the title and also picks Lashley. Rosenberg says Lashley has MVP and that's the difference. That ends the kickoff show. The main card will start with the triple threat for the WWE Raw Women's Championship!

We open with a video package narrated by Batista talking about the moments that happened at WrestleMania. The championships won then are coveted but now you're the target. Now the Backlash is coming! Videos packages for all matches are intertwined with the trailer of Batista's new movie Army of the Dead. Batista teases a return of some kind.

We get that video package for the WWE Raw Women's Championship match.

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship

Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley (champ)

Charlotte is rocking some Cruella gear tonight. All three ladies have a stare down. Charlotte bails out of the ring and Asuka goes out after her and Rhea goes out on the other side. Back in the ring, Charlotte clothesline Rhea and Asuka with a back hand to Charlotte. Charlotte rolls out. Rhea and Asuka go at it. Charlotte gets on the apron but Asuka sends Rhea into her. The pace picks up and Asuka builds momentum. Hip attack to Rhea in the corner. Charlotte pulls Asuka out of the ring and suplexes her on the floor. Charlotte on the apron now and trades right with Rhea who's in the ring. In the ring, Rhea goes for a shoulder tackle but neither lady budges. Trash talk and another shoulder tackle with neither lady moving. Rhea goes for a third and Charlotte with a knee to the but followed by a suplex. Charlotte stomps Rhea in the corner. Rhea is back up and sends Charlotte to the corner and Charlotte flips over to the apron. Asuka pulls Charlotte off. Asuka gets on the apron and Rhea kicks her off. Charlotte takes Rhea down off the apron with a chop block. Back in the ring, Charlotte with boots to Asuka in the corner before tying her up in the second rope with a chin lock. Charlotte with a cartwheel and kicks Asuka in the ear. A couple near falls for Charlotte. Asuka fights back with rights and a nice take down by Asuka. Asuka locks in an arm bar but Charlotte is able to escape. Asuka rolls the other direction to lock it in again but Rhea is here to stomp Asuka. Charlotte with chops to Rhea. Rhea ducks one but Charlotte his Rhea with a back breaker and sends her face first into the middle turnbuckle. Asuka avoids a scoop slam from Charlotte but eats an elbow. Chops to Asuka. Rhea is back with a clothesline and drop kick to Charlotte. Knee strikes by Rhea to the face of Charlotte followed by a basement drop kick. Northern Lights Suplex by Rhea to Charlotte! 1...2...Asuka breaks it up. Asuka with a strike to Rhea but Rhea answers with a kick. All the ladies are down. Asuka fires up and hits Charlotte with elbows. German to Charlotte! Another one! Hip attack to Rhea! A boot to Charlotte. Asuka with a series of kicks to both ladies now. Sliding knee by Asuka to the face of Charlotte for a near fall. Asuka goes up to the top turnbuckle. Missile drop kick to Rhea! Asuka charges Charlotte in the corner but gets back dropped to the apron. Asuka with a sliding knee from the apron to take out Rhea on the outside. CHARLOTTE GOES TO THE TOP AND HITS BOTH RHEA AND ASUKA WITH A MOONSAULT TO THE FLOOR!! Charlotte throws Asuka back in the ring. Charlotte goes up top again but Rhea stops whatever she had planned. Rhea goes up with her. Charlotte blocks but Asuka comes over and climbs up with them. All three ladies are on the top turnbuckle. RHEA AND ASUKA SUPERPLEX CHARLOTTE!! Everyone is down! Asuka and Rhea trade punches from their knees. Charlotte joins in on that now. They get to their feet and Rhea head butts both of the challengers. They all miss kicks. Rhea and Asuka try to suplex Charlotte but she lands on her feet. Double chop block by Charlotte. CHARLOTTE HITS RHEA AND ASUKA WITH DOUBLE NATURAL SELECTION!!! She covers them both! 1...2...NO!! Charlotte goes to the top turnbuckle and goes for a moonsault. Rhea and Asuka move. Charlotte lands on her feet but Asuka hits a Codebreaker!! Rhea attacks Charlotte now and tries Riptide but Asuka blocks. Charlotte takes out Rhea with a boot. Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock on Charlotte! Rhea stops that. Asuka back drops Charlotte to the apron. Asuka and Charlotte trade blows. Asuka charges into a boot by Charlotte but Charlotte falls to the outside. RHEA HITS A STAGGERING ASUKA WITH RIPIDE FOR THE WIN!! Great action by all the ladies and a hell of a match to start the event.

W: Rhea Ripley via pin @ 15:22 (****)

Post match, Rhea celebrates and taunts Charlotte with the title as Charlotte watches on.

We see WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and MVP arriving earlier today. Commentary hypes the WWE Championship triple threat match.

The Miz and John Morrison are backstage. Miz complains about being in a lumberjack match. Miz says they wouldn't be in this position if Morrison didn't lose Monday. Morrison says he's going to go talk to the lumberjacks to make sure everything goes there way. They talk about thirst traps and Miz says Morrison doesn't understand what one is.

The WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship match is next. We see highlights of Dominik being attacked on the kickoff show. Trainers check on Dominik. He can't compete so it looks as though Rey is going to have to go it alone tonight!

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match

Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (champs) vs. Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio

It's starting as a handicap match. Rey attacks right away! Rey head scissors Roode sending him into Ziggler and Ziggler falls out of the ring. Near fall for Rey. Rey with a baseball slide to Ziggler on the outside. Rey keeps control and slides under Roode's legs to splash Ziggler on the floor!! Roode comes to the outside to attack Rey and take over. Roode sends Rey into the apron. Roode breaks the count and goes back outside. Roode lifts Rey but Rey counters and sends Roode into the ring post. Rey leaps from the apron to hit a seated senton to Roode on the outside. Rey gets back in the ring as the champs regroup. Roode gets back in and drop toe hold by Rey. Roode stops the momentum with a kick to the midsection. Rey gets a roll for a near fall but then Roode hits him with a clothesline. Ziggler tags in and makes a cover for a near fall. The pace has slowed as Ziggler beats on Rey in the corner. Roode tags in and continues the beat down in the corner. Rey is sent hard into the opposite corner. Taunting by Roode and Ziggler. Roode charges towards the corner but Rey drop toe holds him into the middle turnbuckle. Rey sends Ziggler to the outside. Rey climbs up to the top turnbuckle but Ziggler is back to trip him and Rey is hung in the tree of woe. Roode puts the boots to Rey and Rey falls to the outside. Ziggler gets a tag. Rey is holding his left knee and Ziggler targets it on the outside. Ziggler puts Rey back in the ring and gets a near fall. Roode comes back in and works on the left knee some more. Rey tries to fight out of the champs corner but it doesn't last. ROODE HOLDS UP REY AND ZIGGLER HITS A FAMEASSER!! 1...2...NO!! Roode gets a tag and then he tags Ziggler. Roode throws Rey to the outside where he slides on his belly to the outside RIGHT INTO A SUPER KICK BY ZIGGLER!! The champs get in the ring hoping for a count out but REY IS IN AT 9!! The champs can't believe it! Roode tags in and head butts Rey. Ziggler comes back in and the champs try a double suplex but REY COUNTERS WITH A DOUBLE DDT!! Rey sends Roode shoulder first into the ring post. Roode falls to the outside. Ziggler gets posted on the other side! Rey is down. HERE COMES DOMINIK!! Dominik wants a tag and Rey asks what he's doing? Ziggler tries to attack but Rey sends him to the middle rope with a rana! Roode gets on the apron and Rey knocks him off. ZIGGLER HITS THE ZIG ZAG TO REY!! 1...2...NO!!! Roode tags in and lifts Rey on his shoulders. Roode talks trash to Dominik and hits Rey with a gut buster. 1...2...NO!! Roode takes Rey to the corner and climbs up to the second rope with Rey on his shoulders. Rey grabs the rope and shifts the balance. REY WITH A BULLDOG FROM THE TOP!! Both men are down. Rey with elbows to Roode. DOMINIK TAGS HIMSELF IN!! Dominik knocks Ziggler off the apron and takes it to Roode. Dominik runs into a SPINE BUSTER BY ROODE!! Roode tags Ziggler. The champs hit Dominik with an assisted neck breaker! 1...2...NO!! Dominik tries to fight back but Ziggler sends him shoulder first into the champs ring post. Roode talks trash to Dominik as Ziggler sets up for a super kick. DOMINIK WITH A SUPER KICK OF HIS OWN! Both men down. Dominik climbs over Ziggler to tag Rey. Tag to Roode as well. Rey takes down Roode and knocks Ziggler off the apron. Rey runs into a tilt-a-whirl back breaker by Roode!! 1...2...NO!! Roode sets up Rey for a power bomb but Rey escapes and a head scissors sends Roode to the corner. 619 BY REY!! Rey tags Dominik. REY WITH SUNSET BOMB TO ZIGGLER OUTSIDE SENDING HIM INTO THE BARRICADE!! DOMINIK HITS ROODE WITH A FROG SPLASH FROM THE TOP TO WIN IT!! Another good match although I'd question why they had to have the handicap part in the beginning. Hopefully it's not because they lack faith in Dominik.

W: Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio via pin @ 17:00 (***3/4)

Kayla gets in the ring to interview the Mysterios. They say they made history tonight. Time to celebrate!

Backstage, John Morrison goes into the lumberjacks locker room. It's a bunch of zombies literally. Morrison immediately leaves.

Jimmy Uso is outside Roman Reigns locker room and decides to go in. Only Jey Uso is in there. Jimmy asks where the champ is? Jimmy asks Jey why he's in here if only Reigns name is on the door. Jimmy says they need to be going for the tag titles. Jey doesn't want to hear it. Reigns is here now. Jimmy tells Reigns good luck because he'll need it.

Morrison has caught up to Miz and tells him the lumberjacks are zombies. Miz doesn't believe him. Miz tells Morrison to snap out of it. They walk off and we cut over to the walking zombies. Batista tweeting out that sorry he couldn't make it but some of friends will (assuming the zombies from his movie).

Lumberjack Match

The Miz w/ John Morrison vs. Damian Priest

We got zombie lumberjacks for sure. Miz and Morrison are freaked out and try to bail. The bell rings and we're officially started. The zombies try to grab at both competitors. Miz sends Priest to the apron. Graves says we're not relaunching ECW. Priest sends Miz to the outside and Miz is spooked. Miz gets back in and Priest drives him face first into the mat. Miz sends Priest outside and Priest takes out a couple zombies. Priest gets back in and Miz hits a boot to the face. Miz in control now. Miz sends Priest into the corner and hits a running clothesline. A zombie pulls him outside and Miz goes under the ring to escape. Miz comes out the other side and gets in the ring only for Priest to hit a big clothesline. Both men are down. Priest with a series of kicks now and hits a nice spinning heel kick for a near fall. Priest with the back elbow in the corner. Priest goes to the top and hits a spinning heel kick from the top! Not great looking. 1...2...NO!! Miz is up and double leg take down. MIZ LOCKS IN THE FIGURE FOUR! Priest gets close to the ropes and zombies pull both men out! PRIEST AND MIZ BOTH FIGHT OFF ZOMBIES!! They're working together. They both eventually get back in the ring. Miz wants a high five but PRIEST HITS A BROKEN ARROW!! 1...2...NO!! Priest wants a choke slam and Morrison is back. Priest is distracted and MIZ WITH A RUNNING KNEE!! 1...2...NO!! Morrison starts taking out zombies now!! This is bad man! The zombies pull Morrison into the crowd. PRIEST HITS MIZ WITH HIT THE LIGHTS FOR THE WIN!! This was trash and a waste of time. I feel bad for Priest and Miz for having to go through this.

W: Damian Priest via pin @ 6:55 (NR)

Post match, all the zombies crawl into the ring to get Miz.

Hell in a Cell is the next pay-per-view on June 20th!

Braun Strowman is warming up backstage.

Jey Uso is walking backstage and finds Jimmy Uso. Jey says Reigns doesn't need distractions. Jimmy says it doesn't matter with Jey helping him. Jimmy says the name on Reigns locker room door should read "Roman Reigns and his bitch".

"Tiny Riot" by Sam Ryder if the official theme song for WrestleMania Backlash.

We get the video package for the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship match. It's next!

WWE Smackdown Women's Championship Match

Bayley vs. Bianca Belair (champ)

Bayley has "Bel-Loser" shaved into the back of her head. "EST" chants from the crowd to begin. Bayley tells Cole to start a "Bayley" chant. They lock up and go behind by Belair. Standing switch by Bayley. Belair counters and sends Bayley to the outside. Bayley gets back in and they lock up again. Take down by Belair and she controls the arm of Bayley. Bayley gets to her feet and goes for the hair of Belair. Belair breaks the hold and teases hitting Bayley with the braid. Bayley backs off. They both runs the ropes. Leap frog by Belair and Bayley stacks her for a near fall. Belair gets a near fall of her own. Belair hits Bayley with a drop kick and kips up. Belair sends Bayley hard into the opposite corner and then into another corner. Now into a third corner but Bayley escapes to the apron. Belair hip tosses Bayley back in the ring and Bayley bails to the outside for a break. Belair goes out to chase. Bayley charges and Belair hits a shoulder tackle. Back in the ring, Belair hits a moonsault for a near fall. Bayley begs off now and then grabs an earring of Belair. Bayley goes on the attack now! Bayley Irish whips Belair into the corner and then chokes Belair across the middle rope. Near fall for Bayley. Bayley with knees to the back of Belair followed by a rear chin lock. Belair fights to her feet but back suplex by Bayley for a near fall. Bayley goes up to the top turnbuckle but Belair cuts her off with a right. Bayley hangs Belair up across the middle rope. Bayley tries to suplex from the apron but Belair blocks and suplexes Bayley back into the ring. Cradle by Bayley gets a near fall. They rolls over to and under the bottom rope to the outside. BAYLEY FRONT FACE SUPLEXES BELAIR ONTO THE STEPS!! Bayley suplexes Belair on the floor now. Bayley puts Belair back in the ring and gets a near fall. Belair fights back with punches and a shoulder tackle. Bayley goes to the ropes. Bayley tries a running cross body but Belair catches her. Bayley counters and slams Belair but it looked botched. Belair goes to the corner. Bayley with a knee strike! Bayley goes for a cover but Belair powers out sending Bayley outside! A camera man gets taken out. A pissed Bayley comes right back in and goes on the attack. Trash talk by Bayley and Belair misses a wild swing. Belair smacks Bayley. An aggressive Belair attacks now! Belair throws Bayley across the ring twice and hits a drop kick. Belair misses a charge in the corner and Bayley goes after her back. Belair counters the Rose Plant and hits Bayley with a spine buster! 1...2...NO!! Belair tries for the KOD but Bayley blocks and hits Belair with a clothesline. Bayley goes up to the top rope and HITS THE FLYING ELBOW!! 1...2...NO!! Bayley kicks Belair out of the ring. Bayley tries her slide kick under the turnbuckle but Belair catches her. Bayley sends Belair face first into the ring post! Bayley gets back in the ring and then tries a suicide dive but Belair side steps and Bayley crashes and burns. Belair chicken wing slams Bayley into the apron. Back in the ring, cover by Belair for a near fall. Belair charges in the corner but Bayley counters with a back slide using the ropes! 1...2...NO!! Bayley tries another cover using the ropes but the ref sees it and stops the count. Belair with punches as they brawl. Bayley rakes the eyes to regain the advantage! Bayley grabs the braid of Belair. BAYLEY RIPCORDS BELAIR BY THE HAIR INTO A BAYLEY TO BELLY!!! 1...2...NO!! BAYLEY GRABS THE BRAID AGAIN AND TRIES A ROSE PLANT BUT BELAIR COUNTERS AND USES THE BRAID TO WRAP BAYLEY'S LEGS AND PIN HER FOR THE WIN!!

W: Bianca Belair via pin @ 16:05 (***1/2)

A vignette hypes WWE Icons: Rob Van Dam. It looks good!

Kevin Patrick is backstage with MVP. Patrick asks MVP about his business proposition to Braun Strowman last week. MVP says Strowman lacks intellect. Patrick asks MVP if he is concerned about Lashley losing without being pinned and MVP isn't.

Drew McIntyre is warming up. The triple threat WWE Championship match is next! The video package is shown for it.

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship

Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley (champ) w/ MVP

The bell rings and Lashley tries to make an alliance with McIntyre. Strowman takes out both McIntyre and Lashley squashing them in opposite corners. Lashley hits Strowman with a flatliner. McIntyre goes after Strowman now and the big man is down. Lashley and McIntyre briefly work together and double suplex Strowman. Now Lashley and McIntyre slug it out. Belly to belly throw by McIntyre. Glasgow Kiss to Strowman. Lashley pulls McIntyre to the outside and rams him back first into the barricade. Lashley lifts McIntyre but McIntyre slides off his back. Strowman goes airborne off the apron to take out both Lashley and McIntyre. Back in the ring, Strowman plants Lashley with a choke slam for a near fall. Strowman lifts Lashley for the running power slam but Lashley counters and goes for the Hurt Lock. McIntyre flies off the top to break it up. McIntyre with a belly to belly to Lashley and he sends Strowman into the corner. McIntyre comes off the top to take out Lashley and then he hits Strowman with what looks like a Zig Zag! McIntyre pins Strowman for a near fall. It's broken up by Lashley. McIntyre gets knocked off the apron by Lashley and then Lashley plants Strowman with a spine buster!! 1...2...NO!! Lashley goes outside to get McIntyre and throws him into the barricade. Lashley lifts and sends McIntyre into the ring post this time. STROWMAN DECKS LASHLEY WITH THE STEPS!! ANOTHER SHOT!! Strowman goes to pick up Lashley and MCINTYRE HITS STROWMAN WITH A CLAYMORE SENDING STROWMAN OVER THE BARRICADE!! McIntyre and Lashley battle up the ramp. Lashley blocks a suplex and suplexes McIntyre on the ramp! Lashley with an elbow to the neck of McIntyre and then sends him into the LED board. Lashley wants a suplex but McIntyre with a Glasgow Kiss! MCINTYRE SENDS LASHLEY THROUGH THE LED BOARD!!! McIntyre can't find Lashley and Strowman is back to take down McIntyre. Strowman beats McIntyre back towards the ring. Back in the ring, Strowman clubs the chest of McIntyre and then hits McIntyre with a SENTON!! 1...2...NO!! McIntyre avoids a suplex but right hand by Strowman. MCINTYRE PLANTS STROWMAN WITH A MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Holy shit! 1...2...NO!! Strowman back drops McIntyre to the outside. Strowman wants the Strowman Express but McIntyre belly to belly throws Strowman on the floor!! McIntyre goes for a Claymore but STROWMAN CATCHES HIM AND POWER BOMBS HIM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!! "This is awesome" chants by the crowd. Strowman rips his shirt off and picks up McIntyre to put him in the ring. Strowman gets in the ring with McIntyre. McIntyre avoids the running power slam and HITS A CLAYMORE!! LASHLEY IS BACK AND THROWS MCINTYRE OUT OF THE RING!! LASHLEY SPEARS STROWMAN FOR THE WIN!!! Just three big men beating the hell out of each other and it didn't over stay it's welcome.

W: Bobby Lashley via pin @ 14:17 (***1/2)

Post match, McIntyre stares down Lashley as he celebrates in the ring with MVP.

Another Hell in a Cell pay-preview promo. Michael Cole says Hell in a Cell is in the summer this year with some hot as hell reference.

Up next is the main event! We get the video package for it.

Jey Uso hypes up Roman Reigns in guerilla before the match. Reigns takes offense to Jey and tells him he's sounding like Jimmy. Reigns tells Jey to go find Jimmy instead of coming to the ring with him.

WWE Universal Championship Match

Cesaro vs. Roman Reigns (champ) w/ Paul Heyman

Feel out process to begin and Cesaro tries to back Reigns into the corner. Reigns turns it around to back Cesaro into the corner and we get a clean break. Lock up again and side head lock by Reigns as he takes down Cesaro. Cesaro back to his and sends Reigns into the ropes but Reigns with a shoulder tackle. Off the ropes they go and leap frog by Cesaro and he hits Reigns with a shoulder tackle. Cesaro tries a series of pins and Reigns rolls out of the ring to talk things over with Heyman. Reigns takes his time getting back in. Reigns charges and Cesaro with a go behind. Reigns catches him with an elbow and delivers shoulders to the gut in the corner. Reigns sends Cesaro to the ropes and Cesaro hits a spring board uppercut!! Cesaro wants the swing but Reigns gets to the ropes and kicks Cesaro away. Cesaro is sent out of the ring and he may have landed funny on the right shoulder. He shakes it off. Cesaro is back in and hits uppercuts. Reigns catches Cesaro coming off the ropes with an elbow. Reigns sends Cesaro right shoulder first into the ring post and Cesaro falls to the outside. On the outside, Reigns bounces Cesaro off the announce table twice. Back in the ring, Reigns covers Cesaro for a one count. Chin lock by Reigns. Cesaro is up and tries a suplex but can't quite do it. Reigns suplexes Cesaro and covers but Cesaro kicks out at one. Reigns with forearms to Cesaro in the corner. Cesaro fights back but Reigns catches him with a big right. Reigns brings Cesaro back down to the mat but Cesaro fights to his feet again. Cesaro sends Reigns into the ropes but Reigns hits a flying clothesline for another one count. Cesaro pushes Reigns away but Reigns continues the attack. Cesaro fights back with an uppercut but Samoan drop by Reigns for a near fall. Reigns wants a Superman punch but Cesaro ducks it and hits a pop up uppercut!! Both men are down. Cesaro with a running uppercut in the corner and another one in the opposite corner. A third one and a kick gets a near fall for Cesaro. Cesaro targets the left knee of Reigns now. Sharpshooter by Cesaro!! Reigns quickly gets to the ropes. Reigns rolls to the outside. Cesaro with a corkscrew plancha over the top rope to take out Reigns!! Cesaro throws Reigns back in the ring and Reigns rolls out the other side. CESARO WITH A RUNNING UPPERCUT SENDING THE CHAMP INTO THE BARRICADE!! Back in the ring, Cesaro goes to the top rope and flying cross body by Cesaro for a near fall. Reigns rolls to the apron but Cesaro pulls Reigns up in the corner. They trade shots and Cesaro bounces Reigns off the ring post. Cesaro grabs Reigns but Reigns counters and boots Cesaro in the face. Reigns targets the bad arm and bends it over the top rope. Reigns sends Cesaro's bad arm first into the ring post. Reigns with a cover and a near fall back in the ring. Cesaro tries to fight back but the arm is hurting. Reigns cranks the arm of Cesaro and talks trash into the camera to Daniel Bryan. Cesaro with a head butt and uppercut but Reigns takes him back down with a clothesline for a near fall. Reigns talks trash and he pounds Cesaro with rights. Reigns with knees to Cesaro in the corner now. The ref forces a break. A big boot by Reigns floors Cesaro. The ref checks on Cesaro and Reigns trash talks some more. Head butt by Reigns and more stomps in the corner. Reigns intimidates the ref and Cesaro hits an elbow followed by an uppercut. Reigns keeps coming though but Cesaro hits a discus clothesline to take down Reigns! Both men trade punches from their knees. Cesaro with a big uppercut and now he stomps Reigns in the corner. CESARO DEAD LIFT SUPLEXES REIGNS FROM THE APRON!! 1...2...NO!! Cesaro head butts the quad of Reigns and targets the leg. Reigns fights it so Cesaro double stomps Reigns' chest! Cesaro wants the Neutralizer but Cesaro's arm gives out. Reigns locks in an arm bar!! Cesaro rolls through for a near fall. CESARO TRIES A SPRING BOARD BUT REIGNS WITH A SUPERMAN PUNCH!! 1...2...NO!! Both men are slow to get up. Reigns wants a spear but Cesaro with an uppercut. Cesaro tries the pop up but REIGNS LOCKS IN THE GUILLOTINE!!! REIGNS WRAPS THE LEGS AROUND!! CESARO POWERS UP AND SLAMS REIGNS!! Cesaro pounds Reigns! SHARPSHOOTER BY CESARO!! Reigns reaches for the ropes and CESARO TRANSITIONS TO A CROSSFACE!! Cesaro rolls to the middle of the ring!! Reigns breaks the grip of Cesaro. Reigns escapes, mounts Cesaro and punches away! Reigns lifts and power bombs Cesaro! 1...2...NO!! Reigns mounts Cesaro again and more punches by Reigns. Cesaro blocks one and sends Reigns across the ring. Reigns goes right back on the attack. REIGNS LOCKS IN THE GUILLOTINE AGAIN!! Cesaro gets to his feet and lifts Reigns to slam him but REIGNS STILL HAS IT IN!! Punches by Reigns and HE LOCKS IT BACK IN!!! CESARO BREAKS THE GRIP!! REIGNS GETS IT BACK ON!! CESARO IS OUT!!! Wow!! This was amazing!! This what exactly what anyone hoped for.

W: Roman Reigns via submission @ 27:30 (****1/2)

Post match, Jey Uso comes to the ring to put a lei around the neck of Reigns. JEY USO SUPER KICKS AND ATTACKS CESARO!!! Reigns and Heyman watch. Jey goes to the top and wants a splash but HERE COMES SETH ROLLINS!!! ROLLINS STARES DOWN REIGNS!! Rollins smiles and ROLLINS ATTACKS CESARO!!! Rollins sends Cesaro into the steps on the outside and then throws him across the announce table. ROLLINS USES A CHAIR TO BEAT DOWN CESARO. ROLLINS PUTS CESARO'S ARM IN THE CHAIR PILLMAN STYLE AND SENDS IT INTO THE RING POST!!! ROLLINS WITH A STOMP TO CESARO ON THE FLOOR!!! End Show.

Overall Rating: 8/10

I think it's fair to say that this event exceeded mine and probably most people's expectations. The kickoff show match as solid as far as those go. I don't mind seeing a Ricochet/Sheamus feud. The women's triple threat delivered and the right person one. We avoided Charlotte getting the title right away but Asuka takes the loss as expected. We get the feel good moment of the Mysterios winning tag gold. This was a really good match but I don't care for the booking for the handicap portion of it. The less said about Priest/Miz the better. It was garbage and was the only thing on the show that was unwatchable. Belair/Bayley didn't reach Belair/Banks levels but was still very good. The feud will probably continue. Can we get a triple threat of Belair/Bayley/Banks? The WWE Championship triple threat was good but I don't care for the formula of take one guy out until the very end which is what we got here. However, I think the right man won. Now, the main event! This was awesome! Cesaro proved be belonged on the level and Reigns delivers another banger. Go out of your way to see this. The show ends with Seth Rollins attacking Cesaro. If we're heading towards Rollins/Cesaro inside the cell, I'm curious to see who's next for Reigns. Time will tell. I'm intrigued.

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