Friday, March 31, 2017

Return Set WrestleMania

PWInsider reports that Jim Ross has signed a new deal that will see him return at WrestleMania 33 to call the Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar match for the WWE Universal Championship. The site reports that the deal will see Ross appear occasionally on WWE television but will mostly be used for material on the WWE Network, documentaries and the like.
The new deal will preclude Ross being involved with the new World of Sports series in the UK, for which he called the pilot, but will not change his status with New Japan on AXS TV. The deal was done five weeks ago, before the passing of his wife Jan.

Opinionated View- Before I say anything else let me make it clear I do not hate JR and if this weekend gives him a little solace during an awful time than great. But I hope it's a 1 time thing. JR has been awful at announcing for well over a decade. He's not going to help what will be an awful match better.

3/30 Impact Wrestling Report

We open in the background with Josh Matthews complaining to Dirty Dutch and Bruce Pritchard. Dutch asks everyone at the table if they’re all in agreement, and then a bunch of Matthews being a creeper. Karen Jarrett comes in and says she needs one of them to find Sienna for her. She leaves, and Matthews and Borash start fighting. Pritchard says they’ll make changes to the announce booth. Borash says they should replace him with his wife; he’s not even the best announcer in his family.
We see a recap of last week’s return of Karen Jarrett.
There is entirely too much owl in the opening of the show.
In the Impact Zone, Karen Jarrett is making her way to the ring, forcing a bunch of poor kids at ringside to shake her hand. She thanks the Impact Zone, who is chanting “fire Josh!”, and says that she put it on her list “last night,” but says there’s something more pressing. She’s embarrassed and ashamed to even have to talk about this. She says that Maria Kanellis leaving has caused a lot of unprofessional and ugly behavior in the Knockouts locker room. She says that one Knockout in particular has been a bully, and she won’t tolerate that. She tells Sienna to bring her “little finger” down to “her” ring.
Sienna takes her time coming down to the ring. Sienna asks if they have a problem. Karen says she’s been here a short period of time, and doesn’t think she’s heard even one positive thing about her from anybody. Sienna’s behavior, actions, words, won’t be tolerated. So do they have a problem? Sienna wants to know who told her this. Karen says she doesn’t need to give names and doesn’t owe her an explanation. Sienna says she knows who did it; that homewrecker Allie. Karen tells Sienna to step back. Sienna says she got here on her own, not because of who she married. Karen gets in her face and says she doesn’t have a single clue what she did to get there. Karen says she remembers being in Sienna’s position, saying things and doing things she regrets. But she’s going to give Sienna a chance to avoid those same mistakes. She’s going to give Sienna fifteen seconds to apologize. Sienna asks, “Or what?” Karen counts down, gets to 9, but unfamiliar music hits and a big dude in nice clothes comes to the ring.
He grabs Sienna’s mic. He tells Karen to wipe that stupid look off her face, cuz she knows who he is. He says his name is “KM” And that Sienna is his cousin. He demands Karen pay Sienna the respect they deserve. Karen says Sienna doesn’t deserve respect, but KM tells her to shut up. He says Karen has fifteen seconds to apologize to his entire family. Karen backs out of the ring, but Braxton and Allie hit the ring and Braxton attacks KM from behind and lays him out! Sienna bails, Allie rolls in, and they stand tall. Karen says if KM wants to come in her and talk to her like that, it seems Sienna’s behavior runs in the family tree. She says that KM will face Braxton Sutter tonight.
Tonight’s main event will crown new Tag Team Champions. I guess I was wrong last week, and that those tag matches were just exhibition matches. The Championship match will be a fatal four-way. The Impact Grand Championship will also be defended. Up next, DJZ faces Andrew Everett.
— Commercial break —
We get another #MakeImpactGreat vingette highlighting the X-Division. They basically all say they’re all suicidal maniacs that are gonna kill themselves in the ring (or flying to the outside of it.)
DJZ is hitting the ring as we return to the Impact Zone. Everett heads to the ring and the crowd is solidly cheering for him.

DJZ vs. Andrew Everett

They circle and tie-up, DJZ with an arm bark, transitions to a headlock, Everett shoves him off and DJZ with a shoulder tackle. Leap frogs, Everett with an unorthodoz hurricanrana sends DJZ out. DJZ back in and they do a flippy stand-off. Tie-in but DJZ kicks Everett in the gut, tosses him to the apron, and Everett springboards in, whiffs, and DJZ with a springboard headscissors but Everett lands on his feet. DJZ tosses Everett out, hits the farside ropes, takes to the sky, and connects with the seated senton!
DJZ rolls Everett into the ring, up on the apron and then the top rope, crossbody from DJZ, covers; one, two—kickout!
Armwrench from DJZ and he attacks Everett. Front facelock, up for a vertical suplex, Everett slides off, schoolboy; one, two—kickout.
Kick to the guy from Everett, they trade blows, Everett getting the better of Z, hits the ropes, DJZ lays Everett out with a lariat. Everett in the corner and DJZ stomps, tosses Everett to the corner, Everett up the ropes and dropkicks DJZ into the corner. DJZ ut of the corner and elbowed down by Everett. Everett with an enzuigiri, but DJZ gets him in the corner. Overhead kick from Everett! Everett hits the top turnbuckle, moonsault, DJZ gets the boots up! DJZ charges for the ZDT—Everett rolls DJZ up! One, two, three!

Winner by pinfall: Andrew Everett (Small Package)

Gregory Shane Helms and X-Division Champion Trevor Lee hit the Imapct Zone. Shane says that was a big win. And we all know that winning just isn’t something he isn’t used to. It’s his big streak; one win in a row. But it takes more than one win to get a shot at the X-Division Championship. But, because he’s the generous man that he is, he’s going to give Everett a shot. Opportunity will be knocking. Josh Matthews complains about Millennials, as if he wasn’t born in the 80’s.
Up next, Rosemary will have a “Knockouts Burial Ceremony”.

— Commercial break —
Borash is in the ring, and welcomes Knockouts Champion Rosemary to the ring. Matthews would like Da Pope to leave, too. Matthews continues to complain, and Matthews says that somehow, the United States Constitution will ensure he stays at the booth. Borash says that Rosemary’s has been one of the most dominant Knockouts Championship reigns in history. Rosemary says some cryptic Bray Wyatt stuff and says they’ve retired Gail Kim, ruined Sienna, destroyed Brandi’s life and Jade’s soul, so everyone else better just stay in the back. ODB comes to the ring! Rosemary is seething.
ODB introduces herself as a “four-time knocked-up champ,” and an original Knockout. ROsemary wouldn’t be standing in this ring if it wasn’t for girls like ODB. She toasts Rosemary as Champion. But soon, she’ll be cheersing to herself when she becomes a five-time knocked-up champ. Rosemary says she may consider herself worthy, but the hive disagrees. Brandi, Rebel, Madison Rayne, Diamanté, and more are coming to the ring. Rosemary gets backed up into the ring. Madison Rayne grabs Borash’s mic and says she doesn’t know who most of the others are, and says that she deserves the shot after saying that Borash talks too much. Brandi says she’s still here, despite Rosemary’s mind games. Diamanté says she came her to fight. Rosemary shoves her into Madison Rayne and bails as the ring explodes into chaos! ODB is in pursuit outside the ring, though, and throws her up the ramp as we see fighting in the ring.

— Commercial break —
At the booth, Mathews talks about the chaos with the Knockouts as Borash is taking a picture of a fan with a “Fire Josh Matthews” sign. Mathews calls Borash a mark and a slapnuts. They keep talking about three minutes too long. Da Pope looks about as interested in this as I do, but they keep talking.
EC3 is making his way to the ring. Mathews keeps talking. Carter grabs a mic and thanks the Impact Zone. Carter says he’s here for one thing; to say he’s sorry. He wants to apologize to Karen Jarrett for losing his cool and saying some things he didn’t mean. He looks forward to making Impact great with her. Impact is changing, and he must change along with it. He needs to refocus, rebrand, come back, and do what he does best; beat everybody. He needs to be the guy that is unbreakable, undefeated. He needs to be the real EC3. Twice upon a time he was the World Heavyweight Champion, like someone that might be phenomenal, “It”, or like their current Champion. He will become an EC3-time World Heavyweight Champion.
James Storm makes his way to the Impact Zone, wearing the DCC suit and a ball cap. He says his ears must not be working the way they used to. Did EC3 say his name? No? Oh. Huh. He was back there and didn’t hear his name, and wants to know why. Carter says there was no disrespect; he was just referring to multi-time World Champions. Storm says he respects EC3, that nobody has done what he’s done, that he’s held it down. But his hands built this son of a bitch. He was on the first pay-per-view fifteen years ago. EC3 was in high school. When they came to Orlando, he was on that show. Where was Carter? Probably fratting it up. Storm says he saw Elix Skipper walk across a fifteen foot tall steel cage. He was part of a tag team, drinking a lot of beer and making a lot of money. Where was he? Carter says he was drinking a lot of beer and spending a lot of money. Storm laughs and says that was a good answer. Storm says they both want to be Impact World Champion. If anyone deserves a last go-around, a last ride, a last call, it’s James Storm. Carter says he couldn’t agree more, but, this decision is beyond them. He says the decision shouldn’t be made by Dutch or Pritchard, the guys in the back, but the Impact Zone. They both exit the ring and play to the crowd. They both get back in, and Carter says it might be his last call, but he knows that the Zone will make the right call. They shake hands.
We get a video package for Laredo Kid and Garza Jr. They’ll challenge for the Tag Team Championships tonight.

— Commercial break —
We get a package of Reno Scum. They said they’ve made big statements, beating the DCC and Decay. They’ll be in tonight’s main event for the World Tag Team Championships.
We then get a video package going over the feud between Cody and Moose.
Cody will make his way to the ring with Brandi Rhodes, who doesn’t look the happiest to be there. She’s not wearing her ring gear, though. Guess she made a quick change. Moose heads straight to the ring with little fanfare. Cody bothers the judges at ringside.

Impact Wrestling Grand Championship Match
Moose (c) vs. Cody

Round One

Moose charges and drives Cody into the corner. Cody kicks and hops up on the top, but Moose chops him down and headbutts him into the corner. Moose charges, Cody gets a foot up, p on the middle rope again, tornado DDT! Cody “twoo sweets”, hits the ropes, Moose with a pop-up powerbomb! Senton! Second-rope moonsault! Moosesault? One, two—kickout!
Cody bails, Moose rolls out after him. Uppercut to Cody, headbutt, :90 left in the round. Moose chops and headbutts at Cody. Moose posts Cody against the steel post, chops, Cody ducks and Moose hits the steel post! Cody kicks, but Moose ducks and Cody takes out a Judge! Moose chops, chases and rolls Cody into the ring. Moose follows, Cody catches him with a kick, “vintage” hangman’s DDT! Cody crawls over for the cover, but the round ends before he can!
End of Round One.
They say they’ll be back with the score from Round One, if they can even get a score from the Judge that got taken out!
— Commercial break —
We see Bruce Pritchard ringside, and he’ll be taking the place of the fallen Judge.
Round 1 ScorecardJudge 1Judge 2Judge 3Total
Moose- W1091029

Round Two

Cody kicks Moose, but Moose starts chopping at Cody. Moose takes to the ropes, but Cody with a low dropkick. Cody pulls Moose up and lariats Moose down. Cody stomps at Moose, pins; one, tw—kickout.
Cody grabs Moose and whips him to the ropes, knee to the gut. Cody strikes Moose, goes for a kick, but Moose ducks, schoolboy, picks Cody up for a powerbomb, but Moose
Cody caught, Moose tosses Cody up and powerbombs him on the apron! Moose grabs a chair and goes after Cody, but Cody shoves Brandi in the way! Cody kicks the chair into Moose’s face, gets Moose in the ring, and locks in the Figure Four Leglock as he yells at Bruce Pritchard! Ten seconds left, but Moose isn’t going to tap!
End of Round Two.
Round 2 ScorecardJudge 1Judge 2Judge 3Total
Cody- W9101029
Cody goes for a kiss from Brandi, but Brandi stops him with her hand up. Brandi says they’re acting like children, and they can kill each other.

Round Three

They charge and start going at each other with blows. Moose starts to get the upperhand, but Cody drops down and throat punches Moose. Cody hits the ropes, Moose with a big boot. Cody with a kick, Moose with a dropkick! Moose with the Moo-choo punches! Bionic Elbow from Moose, but not before a “suck it!” Cody whipped to the ropes, Moose goes for a Game Changer, Cody ducks, Beautiful Disaster! Both men are down, 1:36 left in the round! The two are back up, punching as they get to their feet. Moose back up and slaps Cody. They start trading blows again, Moose takes Cody down, and they’re brawling. They’re both back up, and they lariat each other down! :28 left in the round, both men down! Both men back to their feet, Moose and Cody trading blows, and the bell rings!
End of Round Three.
They keep brawling until the referee is able to separate them!
Borash back in and the crowd is chanting for one more round. Matthews isn’t shutting up about nothing.
Round 3 ScorecardJudge 1Judge 2Judge 3Total
Moose- W1091029

Winner by split decision and STILL Impact Wrestling Grand Champion: Moose

Matthews complains about the Judges having made the wrong decision and that Cody should be a double Champion.
We get a vignette for Davey Richards, highlighting he and Angelina Love’s turn against Eddie Edwards. Next week, Eddie Edwards will face Richards in a last man standing match.

— Commercial break —
Another #MakeImpactGreat promo with Eli Drake.
Back in the Impact Zone, Matthews is still complaining about Cody not winning the match. Karen comes to the announce booth and hands Borash a note. Matthews whines and keeps saying that Borash has a face for radio. Next week, there will be a Knockouts #1 Contender Gauntlet.
KM is heading to the ring with Sienna. Karen and Sienna get into a slight altercation on the ramp. Braxton Sutter is heading down with Allie. Matthews continues to call Allie a homewrecker.

KM (w/ Sienna) vs. Braxton Sutter (w/ Allie)

Bell rings and KM kicks Braxton as he tries to tie-up. KM tosses Braxton into the corner and yells at him, goes for a punch, but Braxton ducks and chops the bigger man in the corner. Irish whip, reversed, Braxton explodes out of the corner and kicks KM in the face. Chops from Sutter, mounts KM in the corner, punches, KM tries to powerbomb Sutter but Sutter with a sunset flip; one, tw—kickout!
Sutter with chops, but KM with a big dropkick takes Sutter down! KM steps on Sutter’s face, kicks Sutter, and puts him in a rear chinlock. Sutter staggers to his feet, elbows to the gut, takes to the ropes, and a double clothesline! Both men are down! Allie is rallying the crowd behind Sutter. Sienna chases her around the ring! Allie in the ring, ducks under KM as he tries to attack her, but Sutter catches him! KM kicks Sutter, hits the ropes, Sutter with a powerslam! Sutter with a kick, then dives off the middle rope with a neckbreaker! Sutter goes to set KM up for the finish, but Sienna attacks Allie, KM with a powerbomb into a lung blower! KM covers; one, two, three!

Winner by pinfall: KM (Powerbomb Backstabber)

Sienna grabs Allie by the hair and goes to attack her, but Allie forearms Sienna! Sutter clobbers KM as he tries to attack Allie, sending him out of the ring! Allie takes Sienna out, and Laurel van Ness appears at the entrance ramp, looking even crazier and more drunk than last week!
LAX vignette, lots of Konnan saying they need to leave with the tag team titles. Diamanté says she has Rosemary on lock. He tells Santana and Ortiz to do what they do.
— Commercial break —
We get a video of a woman walking down stairs, saying that “they” thought they could be happy. We see a picture of Braxton and Allie. “Fury will be Unleashed. 4.13.17”
Garza Jr and Laredo Kid are first out for tonight’s main event. Decay follows. LAX enters through the crowd again.

Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championships
Fatal Four-Way
Garza Jr and Laredo Kid vs. Decay (Abyss and Crazzy Steve) w/ Knockouts Champion Rosemary vs. Reno Scum (Adam Thornestowe and Luster the Legend) vs. Latin-American Xchange (Santana and Ortiz) w/ Konnan, Homicide and Diamanté

Bell rings. Thornestowe and Laredo Kid are starting. Thornestowe stops Kid from doing som eflippy stuff, and sends him into Luster’s head. Tag out to Luster and a double-team slam into the corner before another tag. Adam charges Kid, Kid gets boots up, up on the middle rope, big hurricanrana! Ortiz tags himself in, tagging Thornestowe out!
Ortiz takes down Kid, but flips back! Santana takes Kid out! Abyss takes out Ortiz and Santana! Luster in, and they stare down before Garza Jr appears! He charges both men, ducks a double lariat, and stops the two big men in their tracks to taunt them by taking his pants off! Suddenly, everyone starts pouring into the ring! The fight starts flooding to the outside, and I can’t keep track of anything! It’s chaos! Laredo Kid off the top to the outside takes out almost the entire field! Ortiz attacks Abyss, but as the cluster builds back up, it’s Garza Jr with a spinning body splash takes out everybody!! They’re gonna go to break and try to figure this out!
— Commercial break —
Back in the ring, Garza Jr kicks Santana in the face! Laredo Kid with a 450 Splash! Garza Jr with a second-rope oonsault! Santana kicks Kid in the face, Ortiz sends Kid into Santana and they double team Kid off the middle rope leg drop! Laredo Kid charges Santana into Decay’s corner and Abyss tags himself in!
Abyss destroys Santana and Kid, hooking Kid in the corner and splashing him! Tag to Steve.
Steve covers; one, two, th—kickout!
Steve attacks Kid on the ground and lariats Kid down! He covers; one, two—kickout!
Steve tosses Kid into the Decay corner, charges, flying elbow! Adam Thornestowe tags himself in!
Thornestowe tags out to Luster and Luster chops at Kid. He headbutts Kid down, then drops a headbutt on Laredo Kid. Pins; one, two—kickout.
Thornestowe tags himself back in and elbows Kid down. Laredo Kid fights out, goes for a spinning backbreaker, Ortiz and Santana double team Thornestowe and Luster! Abyss in, and LAX takes him to the corner before taking him out with the Street Sweeper; a Whisper-in-the-wind style cannonball! Crazzy Steve is in, but Ortiz gets him hangman on the top rope and Santana dives off the top with a double stomp to his back! Rosemary is in and Diamanté takes her down! They tumble out of the ring! Laredo Kid back in, goes for a frankensteiner, but Ortiz catches him and pulls him up for Santana to hit the blockbuster as Ortiz powerbombs him! Ortiz with the pin; one, two, three!

Winners and NEW Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions via pinfall: LAX (Powerbomb Blockbuster)

LAX celebrates in the ring as the other teams look on in anger.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nikki Bella Visited Hospital Last Week For Severe Neck Sprain

– Nikki Bella’s team-up with John Cena against The Miz and Maryse got a bit of a cloud over it today, as Nikki has revealed that she visited the hospital last week for a severe neck sprain. Bella posted a video to the Bella Twins’ YouTube account noting that she went to the hospital over the sprain, saying, “That’s why Virginia didn’t see me on the live events this past weekend. But I’m here to get some more X-rays. I had some done last Wednesday and now I’m going to get some done this Wednesday. So let’s pray for some good news.”
Nikki is expected to take time away following WrestleMania due to her longtime neck issues.

Impact Wrestling Preview

The following is set for tonight’s 3/30 Impact Wrestling on Pop TV:
* LAX vs. Decay vs. Reno Scum vs. Garza Jr. and Laredo Kid to crown new Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions.
* Sienna confronts Karen Jarrett.
* Rosemary holds a celebration burial of the Knockouts Division.
* Mosse defends the Impact Grand Championship against Cody Rhodes.

ROH Threatens WWE Over Tampering Charges

According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, ROH got WWE to back off of several deals/contract offers by threatening them with tampering charges. The deals in play were for Donovan Dijak, Ray Rowe, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WWE Buying ROH? Impacting the World of Sports and how Shane vs. AJ has a...

WWE NXT Preview

The following is set for tonight’s 3/28 TakeOver: Orlando go-home edition of WWE NXT:
* Loser Leaves NXT: Kassius Ohno vs. Elias Samson
* Contract signing for the Asuka vs. Ember Moon NXT Women’s Title match at TakeOver: Orlando
* Johnny Gargano vs. Dash Wilder vs. NXT Tag Team Champion Akam
* Andrade Cien Almas in action

3.28 WWE 205 Live Report

- We kick off the show by taking a look at the Neville and Aries interaction from last night at RAW.
- Neville interviewed backstage. He says Aries made a crucial mistake by making fun the Cruiserweight Championship. He says he is going to show why there isn't a 205 Live without Neville.
- Phillips and Graves on the call again tonight. They hype tonight's card including the aforementioned Kendrick vs. Tozawa.
Rich Swann vs. Ariya Daivari
It is announced that the other half of Dar-vari, Noam Dar, was injured in his match with Austin Aries last night, so Daivari is the replacement for tonight's match. Slow play out of the gate, trading holds. Pace picks up with an elongated whip exchange. Swann with the flip over Daivari and a drop kick. Ariya ducks a baseball slide and sends Swann into the announce table head first. Adding insult to injury, Swann gets sent face first into the LED ring post. Daivari continues to work Swann over until a big clothesline. Near fall. Chin lock applied to the former champ. Crowd helps him fight out but promptly gets sent into two different turnbuckles with some solid force. Daivari can fly, and tries to do so with a frog splash. The pool is empty and Swann regains momentum. Swann with kicks and a modified driver for a near fall. Almost a ref bump as Daivari sends Swann to the corner. Daivari applies the Cobra Clutch and transitions into a jumping neck breaker. Near a 3 count, but no dice. Frog splash hits its mark this time, but Swann kicks out. Daivari heads up top, but Swann takes him down with his trademark jumping rana. Phoenix Splash finishes the job for the win. Fun match.
Winner via Pinfall: Rich Swann
- Backstage with Alicia Fox. She says Dar is hurt and will be back soon. Swann interrupts and says he personally hopes Dar gets well soon. Another delivery man finds Foxy, and inside the box is some nice perfume. Fox sprays it all over and freshens her breath for good measure.
- Senator Drew Gulak talking with Mustafa Ali. Gulak says Ali's ability has put him on the map, but is it the right map? Ali says his move set makes the crowd react and it feels good. Gulak goes on his rant as Ali heads to the ring and is done listening.
Mustafa Ali vs. Brandon Scott

Let the showcase commence. Ali hits all the high notes as soon as the bell rings. The referee backs Ali up. Upon return, Scott trips him up into the ropes. Scott issues a huge clothesline for a two count. Scott with a diving punch that comes up empty. Ali creates some space and goes high risk once again. A bevy of kicks find their mark. Roll-thru neck breaker takes Scott down. Inverted 450 gets the win.
Winner via Pinfall: Mustafa Ali
Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick
Tozawa out with a bang. Kick sends Kendrick outside, followed by the headbutt dive. Back inside and a lofty senton gets a near fall. Tozawa fakes a shot, waits for Kendrick to uncover, and hits a straight right. Tozawa slips out of the Captain's Hook and adds another dive to the repertoire. Tozawa's mouthpiece comes into play as Kendrick uses a drop toe hold to send the student face first into the steel ramp. The momentum has official shifted to the veteran. Suplex from the apron to Tozawa as the crowd gets behind the Japanese star. Kendrick tries a myriad of submissions, unable to lock in the Captain's Hook. Tozawa makes the ropes. Another shot leads to a cover and two count. Kendrick playing dirty pool now as he goes for the nostrils and other odd body parts. Tozawa finally fights out, whip, elbow from Kendrick. Tozawa reverses with a Shining Wizard, but doesn't get all of it. Covers anyway for a two. Pump kick from Tozawa. Sliced Bread #2 out of nowhere from Kendrick, long two count. Captain's Hook locked in once again. Kendrick drapes Tozawa up top and joins him looking for his finisher amplified. Kendrick removes the turnbuckle pad even though Tozawa gets the best of the exchange. Tozawa tries to fire himself up, goes for a corner attack, and is met with a bare top turnbuckle. Kendrick rolls him up for the win.
Winner via Pinfall: Brian Kendrick
- After the match, Kendrick delivers lesson #9: "anything and everything can be used as a weapon."

- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville comes to the ring. He says he's at a crossroads and at a time of reflection of his life and career. He says he hasn't had it easy. He goes over his injury last year and his comeback to 205 Live and says he's carried the brand. He calls Aries a commentary clown and says the universe would rather cheer Aries than himself. He throws it to footage of 205 Live without Neville. It's a black screen. Well played. Enter Austin Aries.
Aries says there's a difference between he and Neville. He says Neville makes excuses to make himself feel good. Aries goes on to put Neville over, but says he's that much better. He says he adds humor and wit to make things fun so he's not miserable like Neville. Aries says he and Neville are alike as well. They both had to work hard to get where they are and prove people wrong, which gives them both egos. Aries says it doesn't matter where they are on the card, they can both tear the house down, and that's what they'll do at WrestleMania. Aries says Neville knows exactly who he is and will take the championship. The feel good story ends there. Neville decks Aries and leaves him laying. Neville thinks about leaving, but has another idea. Aries hits Neville with a mic and locks in the Last Chancery. Neville slips out and hightails it up the ramp as we head off the air.

3/28 WWE Smackdown Report

The final WWE SmackDown before WrestleMania 33 kicks off with SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan coming to the ring to a pop.
- We're live from Richmond, Virginia with Tom Phillips, David Otunga and JBL. Mauro Ranallo is off for the third straight week. They did not mention him this time.
- Bryan enters the ring for the WrestleMania 33 contract signing between AJ Styles and Shane McMahon but fans chant Bryan's name. Bryan asks if we're ready for WrestleMania and a "yes!" chant starts. Bryan introduces Shane and out comes the SmackDown Commissioner.
Fans chant for AJ Styles next. Bryan makes the introduction and out comes AJ as Shane looks on. Shane is still sporting a shiner from earlier this month. They take their seats at the table. Shane talks about the vision he and Bryan had for SmackDown when they started leading the brand. He says AJ has been a part of that vision and will still be a part, no matter what happens at WrestleMania. Shane praises AJ's in-ring skills and says he truly is phenomenal. AJ agrees and says yeah, he is pretty phenomenal. Shane goes on about how AJ got himself to the WWE Title but something was happening to AJ and not in a good way - his ego was getting too big and he became arrogant. Shane says it was AJ's arrogance that caused him to lose the WWE Title.
Shane says AJ's ego couldn't handle the fact that he wasn't scheduled for WrestleMania, so he made his own opportunity at Shane's expense. Shane says no matter who he's been in the ring with, he makes the other person reach deep down. Shane says if AJ doesn't give him his best, he won't feel real phenomenal when Shane's hand is raised on Sunday. Shane drops the mic and signs the contract. AJ also signs the contract. AJ asks Shane if he's ready for this match. It won't be Hell In a Cell or Falls Count Anywhere. It's a match where you lose if you're out of the ring for 10 seconds. No weapons and if you use them you'll be disqualified. AJ says this is a traditional match and he's not sure if Shane has ever been in one but when he enters the ring with AJ, he enters the world of AJ Styles. AJ says this is his home and this is what he does. He is untouchable between these ropes. AJ says they will wrestle, throw hands and take it to the air if Shane wants to but AJ will embarrass Shane on every level.
AJ goes over some of Shane's biggest opponents but says he's never been in the ring with someone like AJ Styles. AJ says he is the all-around best performer to ever step foot in a WWE ring and at WrestleMania, Shane is going to find out how phenomenal AJ really is. AJ signs again or finishes his first signing. They face off and AJ pushes the table out of the way. Bryan gets in between them. Bryan tells them to calm down and wants to seal the deal with a handshake. Fans boo and a "no!" chant starts. Shane offers his hand. AJ refuses and walks out of the ring to more boos. AJ talks some trash as his music hits and he backs up the ramp while Shane approves the contract and looks on.
- Still to come, Harper vs. Wyatt and the "lost finale" of Total Bellas from The Miz and Maryse. We see Carmella and Becky Lynch walking backstage. We go to commercial.
Becky Lynch vs. Carmella
Back from the break and out comes Becky Lynch. SmackDown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James are on commentary. James Ellsworth is out next with a mic. He yells about how great he is and demands respect as he introduces The Princess of Staten Island. Out comes Carmella.
Back and forth to start. Carmella takes control. Mickie and Bliss get into it several minutes into the match at ringside. Their fight makes it into the ring as Mickie mounts Bliss with rights. Carmella and Becky get involved as the referee calls for the bell. Becky suplexes Carmella. Mickie hits a Mick Kick on Bliss. Becky and Mickie face off. Mickie points to the WrestleMania 33 sign as we go to commercial.

Mickie James and Becky Lynch vs. Carmella and Alexa Bliss
Back from the break and we've got a tag match. Mickie goes at it with Bliss for a 2 count. Becky tags in and keeps up the attack on Bliss for another pin attempt. Mickie tags in and goes to the top but Bliss retreats and tags in Carmella. Carmella and Bliss get into it. Mickie comes in and goes to work on Carmella. Mickie ends up kicking Bliss off the apron but Carmella takes advantage and drops Mickie.
It comes down to Bliss keeping Mickie in control now. Bliss fights off Mickie until Natalya's music interrupts and out she comes. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Natalya is on commentary. The finish sees Ellsworth trip Becky, allowing Carmella to get the pin.
Winners: Carmella and Alexa Bliss
- After the match, Natalya hits the ring and attacks Becky. Carmella and Bliss double team Mickie, sending her out of the ring. The music hits and out comes Naomi for her big return. Natalya meets her on the ramp but Naomi nails a big hurricanrana. Naomi hits the ring and unloads on Carmella, then Bliss. Naomi takes the mic and announces that she is ready to go for WrestleMania 33 on Sunday. She officially enters the SmackDown Women's Title match. Naomi says this Sunday in her hometown, everyone is going to... feel the glow. The crowd finished the sentence with her. Naomi's music hits and she dances as the others look on.

- Daniel Bryan is backstage on the phone with Brie Bella. He hangs up because her "sister" just walked in but it's Tyler Breeze dressed as Nikki Bella again. Breezy Bella makes himself available for WrestleMania. Fandango comes in for some bad comedy. Bryan is having a 10-man tag match tonight to determine more Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal participants. He lets them have the last two spots.
- Still to come, MizTV. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and the announcers hype WrestleMania Week.

- We go to the ring and out comes The Miz and Maryse for another special edition of MizTV. They lead us to the "lost finale" of Total Bellas, which is another parody like last week, poking at John Cena, Nikki Bella, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella.
The parody ended with Nikki proposing to Cena. We go back to the ring and Miz wonders if Cena will accept the proposal. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Miz leads us to the rest of the parody. The fake Cena turns down the fake Nikki because getting married would hurt his brand. Miz and Maryse break from their characters and get serious about WrestleMania. Miz says they're going to make sure WrestleMania if the curtain call for Nikki and Cena. Miz says they will make Cena and Nikki realize they have nothing left for them after WWE. Miz calls Cena a circus act and says he's just a big dumb animal wandering the streets without WWE. Miz says Cena is done. Maryse blasts Nikki and Miz says Cena will no longer be able to call himself a man after Sunday. Miz says the whole world will see that Cena's entire world is bulls--t. Maryse and Miz kiss to end the segment.
We go back to the ring with Miz and Maryse. The music hits before Miz can speak and out comes John Cena with Nikki Bella. They kiss on the stage before Cena rushes to the ringside area. Nikki joins him and they enter the ring. Miz is shocked it took them this long to interrupt. Cena says he was laughing with everyone else. He says the segment was pretty funny. Cena says Miz nailed it making fun of Cena's house rules and some of the other stuff. Cena says Miz really nailed home how they're not married, because they're... not married. Cena says this was some of the best stuff Miz has done in WWE. But then the jokes ended and Miz started acting like Miz. Cena says they don't have a problem with the Total Bellas spoof but they do have a problem with Miz and Maryse because they believe the stuff they're saying. Cena rips on Maryse for thinking Nikki stopped her from coming back. Cena says Maryse did nothing when she was in WWE before and if you don't believe him, look on the WWE Network and you'll see nothing for the Best of Maryse.

Cena goes on about Miz's claims of Cena using WWE to get to Hollywood. Cena says he's more brand-loyal than Vince McMahon. Cena says he's going to make a movie but he's coming back. Others have done this, like Sheamus, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton and others, including The Miz. Cena goes on about The Miz and says at least he's done something, what about Maryse? Cena reminds her that there is a women's revolution going on right now. Cena says she shows up every week and steals a paycheck. He calls her a waste of space. Cena says the only reason Maryse is back is because Miz begged WWE to re-hire her so he could be on Total Divas. Cena says Miz is using Maryse to get on Total Divas. Cena points out how long they've been married with no kids. Cena wonders if Miz is firing blanks. Fans pop.

Cena goes on before taking off his shirt for a fight. Cena stands in front of Miz as the man Miz knows will crush him at WrestleMania. Cena says he and Nikki are not in for the fight of their lives, they are going to destroy Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania. Cena says Miz has been in WWE for 10 years but still doesn't understand you have to walk tough if you're going to talk tough. Cena calls Miz a "p---y" and goes on about how he and Maryse are cowards. Cena says they aren't the "It Couple," they're the "Shhh... it Couple" now. Cena rallies for a fight and dares Miz to prove him wrong and swing. Cena goes on and says Maryse is frozen in her tracks because she knows Nikki will knock the Botox out of her cheeks. Cena asks the fans if they want to see this. The two couples face off in the middle of the ring. Miz and Maryse back down to leave the ring as fans boo. They head up the ramp but turn back around. Miz looks to enter the ring but Maryse stops him. Miz hesitates but leaves with Maryse as the boos pick back up. Cena makes another joke about firing blanks. Nikki calls them fake ass see-through jealous haters. Nikki says come this Sunday, there's no more running because they're coming to kick ass. Nikki drops the mic as Cena's music hits. They celebrate and pose.
- Still to come, Wyatt vs. Harper.

American Alpha, Heath Slater, Rhyno and Mojo Rawley vs. The Usos, Dolph Ziggler, Tyler Breeze and Fandango
Back from the break and all 10 men are in the ring, including SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos. These are participants for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal on Sunday. The babyfaces take control early on. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable take turns on Ziggler. Ziggler looks to turn it around on Gable but Gable counters. They keep Ziggler down as Rhyno comes in and tosses him around.
Rhyno goes for a Gore but Ziggler avoids it and goes to the floor. The heels regroup on the floor as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and The Usos have taken control. Fandango comes in and takes Gable to the corner. Jimmy comes back in and keeps Gable on the ropes. Breeze with a cheap shot to Gable. The heels continue to prevent tags by Gable. He finally gets the hot tag to Mojo and in he comes. Mojo unloads on Breeze. Ziggler comes in but Mojo sends him to the floor. Mojo splashes Breeze and drops him on his face for a close 2 count as Uso breaks it up. Jordan gets sent to the floor. Gable sends Uso over the floor. The other Uso superkicks Gable to the floor. Ziggler sends Slater off the apron. Rhyno hits a Gore on Ziggler. The chaos continues until Mojo gets the pin on Breeze.
Winners: Heath Slater, Rhyno, Chad Gable, Jason Jordan and Mojo Rawley
- After the match, the babyfaces celebrate as we see the Andre Battle Royal trophy at ringside.
- We go backstage to Luke Harper. He cuts a promo on Bray Wyatt and says he has seen the truth, and the truth is Harper doesn't need Wyatt. Harper is free and if he was Wyatt, he would... run. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and the announcers go over the WrestleMania 33 card.

Bray Wyatt vs. Luke Harper
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Champion Bray Wyatt for this non-title match. We get a replay of Wyatt's message to WrestleMania 33 opponent Randy Orton from last week. We go to commercial after Wyatt's entrance.
Back from the break and Wyatt looks on as Luke Harper makes his way out. They go at it and Harper takes control early on. Wyatt drops him coming off the ropes. Harper comes back with a dropkick that sends Wyatt to the floor. Harper follows and beats Wyatt around the ringside area. Harper puts Wyatt against the barrier and charges into it. Harper sends Wyatt over the timekeeper's barrier and stands on top of the announce table for a pop. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Wyatt is in control of Harper in the ring. Harper counters a move and catches Wyatt in a big sideslam for a 2 count. Wyatt counters and slams Harper with the Uranage before hitting the senton. Wyatt with another splash. Wyatt goes to the corner and turns upside down. Harper grabs Wyatt for Sister Abigail but Wyatt rolls to the floor. Harper follows and sends him into the announce table. Harper runs the ropes and nails a dive, sending Wyatt over the table.
Harper brings it back into the ring and nails a senton from the apron. Harper drops Wyatt with a boot for a close 2 count. More back and forth. Harper nails a superkick and a big clothesline for another 2 count. Wyatt ends up staring at Harper and locking eyes, causing Harper to hesitate. Harper goes for the discus clothesline but Wyatt springs into Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner: Bray Wyatt

- After the match, Wyatt takes the title as we get replays. Wyatt sits on his knees in the middle of the ring as his music plays. Wyatt raises the WWE Title until a creepy music hits and Randy Orton appears on the big screen. Orton is at the same place where he burned down Wyatt's compound a few weeks ago, destroying Sister Abigail. Orton sends a warning to Wyatt and has a crucifix stake to drive into the remains of Sister Abigail. Orton says this will end her and seal Wyatt's fate. Orton says he's coming for Wyatt and the WWE Title at WrestleMania, and nothing will stand in his way. There's an explosion from the crucifix as SmackDown goes off the air.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Updated WrestleMania Card

WWE Championship Match
Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Randy Orton
WWE Universal Championship Match
Goldberg (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns
John Cena and Nikki Bella vs. The Miz and Maryse
Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles
Non-sanctioned Match
Triple H vs. Seth Rollins
WWE United States Championship Match
Chris Jericho (c) vs. Kevin Owens
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Baron Corbin
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships – Triple Threat Match
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (c’s) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
WWE RAW Women’s Championship – Fatal Four Way Elimination Match
Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship Match
Alexa Bliss (c) defends against Mickie James, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Carmella and all other Smackdown Live women eligible for the match
Kickoff Show Matches:
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Neville (c) vs. Austin Aries
2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Names confirmed so far: Sami Zayn, Braun Strowman, Goldust, R-Truth, Curtis Axel, Primo, Epico, Bo Dallas, Jinder Mahal, Apollo Crews, Mojo Rawley Big Show and Curt Hawkins

205 Live Preview

WWE 205 Live takes place tonight from Richmond on the WWE Network.
Advertised for tonight is a grudge match between Akira Tozawa against Brian Kendrick. Plus, more on the WrestleMania 33 go-home edition of the broadcast.

WWE Smackdown Preview

WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight from Richmond, Virginia.
Tonight is the go-home show for this Sunday’s Wrestlemania 33 PPV. Advertised for the show is WWE Champion Bray Wyatt vs. Luke Harper.

Paige issues statement late on Monday: “I made a huge mistake”

WWE star Paige issued the following statement on Twitter addressing private video and photographs of her leaking on Twitter last week.
As reported earlier, current Impact Wrestling and former WWE star Alberto El Patron (Alberto Del Rio) announced he was pulling out of a scheduled appearance in Orlando this week for WrestleCon to be with Paige and support her at this time.
In her statement, Paige talks about making a huge mistake and putting trust into the hands of someone who “took advantage of a young girl years ago.” She noted the support she received from her soon to be husband Alberto El Patron and her family.
“Not only was I victim of a viral humiliation but a victim of cyber bullying. My mistake could help people’s future. Think. Before you act.”
You can check out her full statement below.

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3/27 WWE Raw Report

We're live from Philadelphia with Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. They hype tonight's WrestleMania 33 go-home edition of RAW.
- We go right to the ring and out comes RAW Women's Champion Bayley. She's hype for WrestleMania and talks about her title defense now being an Elimination Match. The music interrupts and out comes Charlotte Flair with a mic.
Charlotte talks about how Sasha Banks used Bayley to get back into the title picture. Charlotte blames Sasha for her not having the title right now. Charlotte rants on how Bayley will leave WrestleMania with nothing - no title, no friends and no future. Charlotte goes on until Sasha interrupts next. She works the mic before a minute before Nia Jax interrupts next. She mocks them for their high school drama and how they trade the title back and forth. She calls them pathetic. Nia says the title will have a permanent home after Sunday when she eliminates everyone. Charlotte talks more trash until Sasha decks her and a brawl breaks out. We go to commercial.

Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax
Back from the break and we've got a match. Charlotte and Sasha tumble through the ropes and go at it on the floor. Sasha brings it back in the ring but Charlotte kicks her. More back and forth now. Bayley and Nia go at it but Nia won't go down. Bayley tries to fight back but Charlotte assists Nia. Charlotte works over Bayley in the corner now.
Bayley takes Charlotte to the mat for a 2 count. Bayley misses a crossbody from the second rope and Charlotte turns it back around. Charlotte unloads with strikes and covers for a 2 count. Charlotte wastes some time and goes for the Figure Four but Bayley kicks her out of the ring. Charlotte comes back in but can't stop the tag. Sasha unloads on Charlotte and catches a kick. Sasha keeps control and goes to the top for a crossbody and a 2 count. Nia ends up coming back in and blasting Sasha from the apron to the floor. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Charlotte is in control of Sasha. Nia tags in and drops elbows to keep Sasha down. Nia keeps Sasha grounded on the mat now. Charlotte comes back in to keep up the punishment to Sasha. Charlotte with a backbreaker now. Sasha finally fights them off and gets Bayley the hot tag. Bayley unloads on Charlotte and gets riled up. Bayley with corner moves until she runs into a big knee. Charlotte misses but Bayley suplexes her for a 2 count.
Charlotte ends up getting the Figure Eight going but Sasha makes the save. Sasha sends Nia to the floor and leaps off but Nia catches her. Sasha counters and Nia goes face first into the ring post. Charlotte stops Sasha from coming back in but ends up getting hit with a Bayley-to-Belly for the win.
Winners: Bayley and Sasha Banks
- After the match, Sasha and Bayley stand tall with the WrestleMania 33 banner hanging high. Nia comes from behind and lays them both out. Nia drops a leg drop on Sasha and hits Bayley with the Samoan Drop. Nia waits as Charlotte gets up now. Nia runs her over and stands tall. Nia grabs the RAW Women's Title and raises it after taking a look at the WrestleMania banner. She leaves as her music hits and we go to replays.
- We get a quick look at the Seth Rollins - Triple H feud for WrestleMania 33. Will Rollins be here tonight and is he willing to sign the "Hold Harmless Agreement" in order to fight on Sunday? Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and the announcers plug the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame red carpet pre-show and induction ceremony for this weekend. The one-hour encore presentation will air on the USA Network next week.
- We get a look at Stephanie McMahon firing Mick Foley from his job as RAW General Manager last week. Charly Caruso is backstage with Sami Zayn. She asks him how it feels with his mentor Foley gone. It's been a rough week and feels different without Foley's presence but Sami believes they need to keep pushing on in his honor. Sami announces that he will be in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33. He knows Foley will be watching at home, so he dedicates the match to Foley. Stephanie appears and agrees with Sami - things are different now. Sami says you have to earn your way under her rule now. She says she wants the Andre trophy on RAW so she needs the best of the best. She makes Sami vs. Kevin Owens in a No DQ match for tonight. If Sami wins, he gets the battle royal spot but if he can't get the job done, he will join Foley in the unemployment line and be fired.

Austin Aries vs. Noam Dar
Back to the ring and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville is out for commentary. His WrestleMania 33 opponent Austin Aries is out first to the ring. Noam Dar is out next with Alicia Fox.
Fans chant for Aries as the bell starts. The bell rings and Aries immediately nails a corner dropkick. Dar rolls right to the floor to regroup as Aries points up at Neville. We go to commercial with Aries fired up.
Back from the break and Dar is now in control as Alicia cheers him on. Aries fights out of the corner but Dar whips him hard into the turnbuckles. Dar with an uppercut for a 2 count. Aries makes a comeback but drops Dar on his face, which may have been a botch. Aries keeps up the offense and drops an elbow. Aries counters and kicks Dar to the floor. Aries runs the ropes and launches himself into Dar on the floor. Aries brings it back into the ring and hits a neckbreaker over the top rope.
Alicia distracts Aries from the floor. Dar comes from behind with a roll-up for a 2 count. Aries catches Dar with the big elbow and the discus elbow. Aries then sends a message to Neville before applying the Last Chancery. Dar taps out.
Winner: Austin Aries
- After the match, Aries stands tall and stares up at Neville.
- We get a look back at Michael Cole's interview with Triple H from last week. Rollins is here as we see him walking backstage with a crutch. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get another shot of The Undertaker walking through the cemetery. Cole wonders if he's digging a new grave for Roman Reigns.

- We go to the ring and out comes Seth Rollins with a crutch. The ring is set up for a contract signing. Rollins looks up at the WrestleMania 33 banner and fans pop. Rollins calls Triple H to the ring to get this done.
The music hits and out comes Triple H. Triple H warns Rollins before entering the ring - if Rollins attacks, he will defend himself and it won't end well for Rollins. Also, if Rollins attacks before the contract is signed, the match is off. Triple H says Rollins will sit and listen, and get his match. Rollins says he's listened to Triple H for long enough, get in the ring with the contract. Triple H enters and tells Rollins to sit down. Rollins won't sit. Triple H says fine, the match is off. He leaves the ring and Rollins takes a seat. Triple H calls him a good boy.
Triple H talks about how Rollins gives up all his rights with this contract - he can't sue Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, the company or anyone else. Rollins gets it, he just wants Triple H to sign. Triple H runs Rollins down and says the "Ultimate Thrill Ride" may just take him back to Birmingham. Maybe Rollins can get cleared enough to go back to wrestling in front of a few fans at armories. Triple H goes on and guarantees that Rollins won't walk out of WrestleMania. Rollins looks over the contract. He says what Triple H just said is the same line of crap he bought into three years ago but this isn't three years ago.
Rollins has had a lot of time to think while doing rehab and he realized he really liked himself before joining up with Triple H. Rollins wasn't bothered by working armories for a handshake and a hot dog because he loves the business. It's not about fame, money or power, not even about one match at WrestleMania. This is about redemption, not revenge - redemption. Rollins gave up everything he ever had to stand next to Triple H and for what? Rollins goes on and says nothing will stop him from getting back what Triple H took from him on Sunday, nothing will stop him from getting back to Seth friggin' Rollins. Triple H signs the contract and kicks the table into Rollins' bad knee. Rollins goes down in pain. Triple H clears some space and grabs the crutch. Rollins gets up and drops Triple H with the enziguri before he can swing the crutch. Rollins looks to go for a Pedigree but Triple H takes the bad knee out. Triple H goes for a Pedigree but Rollins backdrops him over the top rope. Rollins goes down and clutches his knee. Triple H runs back in but Rollins hits him with the crutch, sending The Game back to the floor. Rollins' music hits as Triple H stands up on the ramp and stares back at him.
- Still to come, Goldberg and Lesnar are here. Back to commercial.
Over The Top Rope Challenge: Big Show, Jinder Mahal, Bo Dallas, Primo, Epico, Goldust, R-Truth, Curtis Axel
We see the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy on the stage as JoJo introduces Big Show first. Jinder Mahal is out next. Jinder puts up a fight but Show quickly eliminates him. Bo Dallas is out next but he doesn't last too long. The Shining Stars are out next but Show takes them both out. Show ends up getting knocked over the top rope after Curtis Axel, Goldust and R-Truth join the group and tip him over the top.

Show's music hits and it looks like he's leaving when Braun Strowman makes his entrance. Strowman speaks from the stage and says if he wanted to, he'd come kick Show's ass right now but that's what everyone wants to see him do. Strowman does what he wants and that's why we will have to wait until WrestleMania. Show yells at him to come take an ass-kicking but Braun just smirks and stares at him. Braun points at the WrestleMania banner and makes his exit.
- We get a look at the tag team match from last week. RAW Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are backstage with Mike Rome. They mock Enzo Amore and Big Cass going into their match tonight.
- We get another look at The Undertaker in a cemetery and this time we see him digging a grave. Back to commercial.
- We come back and Graves plugs the WrestleMania 33 musical performance headlined by Pitbull and Flo Rida.
- Charly is backstage with Roman Reigns. She asks about The Undertaker's mind games and Reigns says he's grown, he doesn't have time for that. He's going to go out to the ring and does what he does to send a message to The Deadman.

- Cole leads us to video of WrestleMania 33 hosts The New Day ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange earlier today. We also see video of the three out and about in Philly this afternoon.

- Sheamus and Cesaro are backstage with Mike Rome. They talk about not letting Mick Foley down when Gallows and Anderson attack. They leave Cesaro and Sheamus laying and use a ladder before walking off.

Neville vs. Jack Gallagher
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville for a non-title match. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Jack Gallagher. Neville refuses the pre-match hand shake and they go at it. Back and forth to start. Neville laughs at Gallagher's antics. Gallagher gets a close 2 count and keeps control. Gallagher with uppercuts. Gallagher catapults Neville across the ring but Neville catches him in a quick German suplex. We go to commercial with Neville in control.
Back from the break and Neville continues to work Gallagher around the ring. Gallagher jumps up with a headbutt and they collide, both going to the mat. Neville goes to the floor to regroup. Gallagher ends up pulling out the umbrella and taking Aries down on the floor. Gallagher brings it back in but Neville sends him into the corner. Neville is angry as he takes back control. Neville takes Gallagher to the top for a big superplex into the Rings of Saturn for the win.
Winner: Neville
- After the match, Neville celebrates with the title. We cut backstage to journalist Austin Aries with a special report. He has WrestleMania 33 hosts The New Day with them. Aries asks who they think will win the Cruiserweight Title at WrestleMania 33. They want Aries to show off his hips but Aries is trying to do a serious report here. Aries asks them again who's going to leave their... WWE... Cruiserweight... Champion. Aries dances a bit this time, which gets the endorsement from The New Day. Aries signs off and tells Neville he will see him on Sunday. Neville doesn't look impressed.
- Roman Reigns is shown walking backstage. Back to commercial.
- Still to come, Goldberg and Lesnar are here.
- We go to the ring and out comes Roman Reigns to a loud, mixed reaction.
Fans boo as Reigns mention wining the Royal Rumble in Philly a few years back, then going on to main event WrestleMania twice. He thought that was the biggest moment of his career but he was wrong because this year he's facing The Undertaker and that's the biggest. Reigns says he's going to do what no man has done before him - put Taker down. Reigns says this with all due respect - he doesn't care if you're Bill Goldberg, Brock Lesnar or John Cena. Fans chant for Taker. Reigns says he definitely doesn't give a damn about what Taker thinks because this is his house now, his arena now and this is his yard. The gong hits as fans pop.

We cut to Taker at the cemetery with the shovel. He says Reigns has made a mistake because that ring is Taker's yard and this grave will be Reigns' yard. Taker says the Roman Empire will fall at WrestleMania and the "Ultimate Thrill Ride" will be Reigns' last ride. We see a custom tombstone with Reigns' name and April 2nd, 2017 on it. Taker advises Reigns to live each day as if it's last because soon it will be. Taker tosses dirt as he talks. At WrestleMania, Reigns will... the gong hits in the arena again.
The lights come on in the arena and Reigns turns around to Taker standing in the ring, staring him down. Reigns stares back. As Taker was saying, at WrestleMania... Reigns will Rest. In. Peace. The crowd finishes it with Taker. Taker raises his arms and we get more thunder & lightning. The lights go back out as the gong hits and we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and the announcers go over the WrestleMania 33 Week schedule.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
We go to the ring and out comes Enzo Amore and Big Cass. They do mic work and comment on winning gold at WrestleMania on Sunday. The music interrupts and out come RAW Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for this non-title match.
Gallows and Anderson pose on the stage when Sheamus and Cesaro attack from behind with a ladder. They end up in the ring with the ladder but Cass turns it around on them. The segment ends with Gallows and Anderson sending the ladder into Cass, Cesaro and then Enzo. The Club stands tall in the ring as everyone else is out around the ring.
- Saxton leads us to a Women's History Month video package on Maya Angelou.

- Charly is backstage with Kevin Owens. She mentions tonight's No DQ match against Sami Zayn and Sunday's match against WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho. Owens yells at her and starts in on Jericho. Owens ripped up The List of Jericho last week and will tear Sami apart the same way tonight. Owens says he will take Sami's career away from him tonight, just like Jericho took the Universal Title from Owens. He says that's alright because at KO-Mania 2 on Sunday, he's not just getting even with Jericho and taking the title, he's turning the "Ultimate Thrill Ride" into Jericho's ultimate demise.
- Graves hypes Triple H vs. Rollins as we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and Graves plugs his WWE Network interview with 2017 WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle.
- We get another look at Triple H and Rollins from earlier tonight. Cole leads us to a video package on the match and bills it as years in the making.
- The announcers go over the entire WrestleMania 33 card.

No DQ Match: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
We go to the ring and out first comes Kevin Owens. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Sami Zayn is out. If he loses, he's fired from RAW but if he wins, he goes to WrestleMania for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle royal. The bell rings and Owens strikes first. They go at it and unload on each other. Sami with lots of shots in the corner. Owens goes to the floor and turns it around. Owens drives Sami into the barrier. Sami counters another attempt and jumps on the barrier but Owens shoves him off. They fight into the crowd now. Sami sends Owens into part of the production area. Owens sends Sami face first into the front of the announce table. They brawl across the stage area and Sami ends up turning it around. We go to commercial with Sami in control.
Back from the break and Owens ends up dropping Sami with a DDT on the steel steps. Owens brings it back in with more offense. He hits corner cannonballs but Sami catches the next attempt and sends Owens into the corner with an exploder suplex. They go to the floor and Sami hits the big tornado DDT through the turnbuckle, launching Owens into the barrier. Sami goes for a Helluva Kick in the ring but Owens superkicks him for a close 2 count. Owens goes up top for the Frogsplash but Sami kicks out at 2.
Owens yells and goes for the pop-up powerbomb but it's countered. Sami with a Blue Thunderbomb for a close 2 count. Samoa Joe comes to the ring now. He grabs a steel chair from ringside but the music hits and out comes WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho. Jericho comes up from behind and nails Joe, using the chair on him. Owens decks Jericho from the apron. Sami takes advantage and rolls Owens up for the win. Sami is going to WrestleMania for the Battle Royal.
Winner: Sami Zayn
- After the bell, Sami celebrates until Owens drops him. Jericho comes in and unloads on Owens with the steel chair. Fans chant for Jericho as Owens and Joe regroup on the ramp. Jericho takes the mic and adds Owens to The List. Jericho's music hits as Joe and Owens look on.
- We see the locker room doors of Goldberg and Lesnar. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get plugs for tonight's WWE 24 special and this week's 205 Live with Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa.
- We go to the ring and out comes Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman.
Lesnar hops up on the apron and the pyro goes off. Heyman does the introduction and stars talking about WrestleMania when the chants for Goldberg's name start. A "Suplex City" chant starts next. Heyman goes on and talks about Lesnar and the WWE Universal Title - he wants it, he needs it, he lusts after it. He continues and says Goldberg is the man but this is The Beast and he's going to chew Goldberg up and spit him out on Sunday. Bad things happen to legit badasses when they get into the ring with Lesnar. Heyman says Goldberg is going to Suplex City on Sunday and he won't be checking out.

The Goldberg chants try to start again. Heyman says we've just heard the last Goldberg chant on a Monday Night RAW. He says WrestleMania should be renamed "WrestleMania 33: Death of a Superhero"... and his client does not fear the Spear but Goldberg cannot survive the F5. The music hits and we see WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg walking to the ring from the back. He's alone, no escort around him. Lesnar bounces around in the ring and waits for a fight. Goldberg makes his way out as the pyro goes off.
Goldberg takes the mic on the stage. He says people did not come here to hear them talk, they came to see a fight. Goldberg says since he can't take everyone from Philly to WrestleMania, why don't they bring a little WrestleMania to Philly? The crowd pops as Goldberg walks to the ring. Lesnar meets him at ringside but Goldberg takes him down with a spear on the floor. Heyman checks on Lesnar as Goldberg raises the title in the ring. Goldberg's music hits as Lesnar recovers on the floor. We get replays while Goldberg poses int he corner. We come back to Lesnar and Heyman retreating up the ramp as Goldberg looks on.