First Match: Finn Balor & Damian Priest (c) vs. Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso For The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship
Damian Priest will start the match against “Main Event” Jey Uso. Priest and Jey circle the ring and talk trash to each other. The crowd is buzzing before they even make contact. They lock up, and Priest backs Jey to the corner. Jey hooks a side headlock and pulls Priest to the center of the ring. Priest backs him into the ropes and whips him off before absorbing a shoulder tackle. Priest responds with a shoulder block that floors Jey. Jey gets to his feet and nods at Priest. They circle the ring again before locking up. Señor Money in the Bank backs him to the corner, but Jey comes out swinging. Priest sends him to the opposite corner, but Jey comes out with a right hand that stuns him. Jey gets Priest in the corner and tags Cody Rhodes in.
Rhodes comes in to a big reception. The crowd chants, “Cody.” Rhodes drops down and hits an uppercut a la his older brother Dustin Rhodes. Jey tags back in and head-butts Priest. Jey hits the ropes, but Priest crushes him with a lariat. Jey holds his jaw in pain. Priest puts Jey in the corner and punches away at him. Finn Bálor tags in and punches Jey down before posing on the turnbuckle. Bálor jumps off the second rope with a stomp to the midsection. Bálor puts Jey in the corner and shoulders away at the midsection. Jey blocks a right hand and head-butts Bálor back. Rhodes tags in, and two former Bullet Club members are in the ring. Rhodes hits the ropes and puts Bálor on his shoulders as a counter to the leapfrog. Rhodes jumps onto his knees to hit a modified gutbuster. Rhodes hits a delayed front suplex before wrenching the arm. Jey tags in and head-butts Bálor. Jey hits another head-butt. Priest blind tags in. Jey uppercuts Bálor back, and Priest floors an unsuspecting Jey with a kick to the back of the head.
Priest hangs Jey over the apron and clubs the chest. Priest mocks Rhodes and smiles at him. Bálor tags in. Priest sends Jey into the ropes and kicks him in the midsection. Bálor connects with a low dropkick to the side of the head for a two-count. Bálor applies a rear chin lock. Jey fights up, so Bálor puts him in the corner and attacks him. Bálor hits a snapmare and a basement dropkick for another two-count. Bálor stomps him and tags Priest in. Bálor holds Jey up, and Priest punches him in the injured midsection. Priest applies a surfboard stretch with a knee to the back. Jey fights up, but Priest takes him down hard. Priest rocks him with a strike and goes after Rhodes. The referee holds Rhodes back, and the Judgment Day gets some cheap shots in on Jey. Bálor tags in and picks up a two-count. Bálor applies another rear chin lock. After a few moments, Jey fights up. Bálor holds him back, but Jey is so close to making a tag. Bálor pulls him back. They are a fingertip away. Jey punches Priest off the apron and sidesteps an avalanche from Bálor.
The crowd is absolutely on their feet and explodes as Rhodes is tagged in. Rhodes jabs Bálor and hits a running forearm. Rhodes leaps over Bálor and hits a snap powerslam. Rhodes connects with a Disaster Kick, but The Prince kicks out at two. Rhodes slaps the mat and waits for Bálor to get up. Bálor slowly gets up. Rhodes goes after Priest, who was trying to get into the ring, and hits a dragon screw on the ropes. Rhodes and Bálor counter out of each other’s signature moves, and Bálor takes him down with a falling elbow drop. Bálor hits a Woo Dropkick to the corner and heads to the top rope. Rhodes crotches him up there and hits an incredible delayed superplex. Rhodes holds his neck in pain.
Jey and Priest tag in. Jey punches away at Priest. Priest reverses a whip, but Jey ducks a clothesline and kicks him. Jey takes off his shirt, pleasing some folks in the crowd, and uppercuts him. Jey goes for a Samoan Drop, but Priest slides off and claps the ears. Jey responds with a step-up enzuigiri that knocks Priest to the corner in the seated position. Jey gets the crowd going and charges, but Priest drops him on the apron. Jey knocks him back, heads to the top rope, and hits a flying cross-body block for a near fall. Priest quickly rolls to the apron to recover. Priest kicks Jey in the head. Priest blocks a kick from Jey and hits a big flatliner for a near fall. Priest looks frustrated that he couldn’t put Jey away. Priest mocks the “Us-O” chant. Priest charges, but Jey elbows him back. Jey goes to the second rope, but Priest attacks him. Priest goes for the Razor’s Edge, but Jey gets out. Jey knocks Bálor off the apron and sends Priest out of the ring. Jey hits Bálor and Priest with a suicide dive, knocking them into the commentary table. Jey gets Priest in the ring and hits him with an Uso Splash. 1… 2… Bálor breaks it up! Rhodes runs in and hits Bálor with a Cody Cutter! Rhodes again grabs his neck, which he injured delivering that superplex moments ago.
Jey sizes Priest up in the corner and charges, but Priest kicks him. Priest goes for South of Heaven, but Jey gets out and hits a Spear a la Roman Reigns! Jey goes to the top rope, but NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley run down. Jey punches Mysterio down and gets in Ripley’s face. She coyly smiles and waves at him. Jey looks a little smitten. Jey goes back to the top rope and kicks Bálor away. Priest attacks Jey on the top rope and climbs. Priest hits a super hurricanrana, which he took horribly and immediately holds his knee in pain. Bálor blind tagged in and hits the Coup de Grâce. 1… 2… Rhodes breaks up the pin!
Priest is still down in the corner. Mysterio shouts encouragement to Priest. Bálor and Priest get up and stand across the ring from Rhodes and Jey. They get into a brawl. Priest springboards off the ropes, but Rhodes superkicks him out of midair. Bálor hits Rhodes with a Sling Blade, and Jey superkicks Bálor. Jey superkicks JD McDonagh off the apron. Jey rolls Bálor up, but he kicks out and sends him into a briefcase shot from Ripley. Bálor rolls Jey up for a near fall. Priest slams Rhodes on the apron and clears off the commentary table. Priest holds up Rhodes. McDonagh goes to hit Rhodes with the briefcase, but he moves, and McDonagh accidentally hits Priest in the knee with the briefcase. Rhodes knocks McDonagh away and hits Priest with Cross Rhodes on the commentary table. Jey hits Bálor and McDonagh with a somersault senton and gets Bálor in the ring!
Rhodes tags in. Jey superkicks Bálor. Jey hits a flatliner as Rhodes hits the Cody Cutter! Rhodes connects with a Cross Rhodes on Bálor for the win!
Winners by Pinfall and new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions: “Main Event” Jey Uso and “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso celebrate big time with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles. The Judgment Day does not look happy.
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WWE World Heavyweight Title Match: Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins (c)
The Peacock feed is having technical difficulties now as we come back to this match already in progress. Finn Balor and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins are trading strikes. An aggressive Balor beats Rollins down and has words with the referee.
Rollins fights out of the corner and beats Balor down with a flurry of offense. Balor kicks out at 2. Balor blocks a Pedigree. Balor goes for a big move but Rollins turns it into a Falcon Arrow for 2. Balor goes to the floor but Rollins nails three straight suicide dives, knocking Balor into the announce table each time.AD
Fans sing for Rollins as he brings it back in. Rollins goes up top. Balor cuts him off and uses his own arm to send him into the ring post, then the floor. Rollins blocks a Barrier Bomb and slams Balor on the apron. They come back out and Balor nails the Barrier Bomb.
Balor brings it back in and hits Slingblade. Balor runs into a superkick, but Balor drops him for 2. Balor with the armbar now. The feed goes back out and comes back to Rollins nailing two Buckle Bombs. Rollins goes up for a Frogsplash but Balor kicks out at 2. The feed comes back to Balor kicking out of a Pedigree.
Damian Priest ends up coming down with his Money In the Bank briefcase. Balor rolls a distracted Rollins up for 2. They tangle and Rollins cradles Balor for 2, but Balor kicks out and sends Rollins into a big right by Priest at the ropes. Balor hits a Pedigree but Rollins kicks out, shocking Balor and Priest.
Priest is seen waving at someone. WWE NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio and WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley come through the crowd now, hitting the apron to have words with the referee. Priest offers his briefcase to Balor… for a cash in or for a weapon? He says come on we can do this but Balor is not interested. They argue and Rollins ends up dropping Balor and hitting a Stomp for 2. Rollins is shocked at the kick out.
Rollins goes up top and leaps to the floor to take out Priest. Dominik comes over but Rollins superkicks him. Rollins comes back in but Balor hits a Slingblade, then the corner dropkick. Balor goes up top and hits Coup de Grace but Rollins kicks out at 2 and everyone is shocked as the crowd goes wild.AD
Balor is upset now as Priest, Mysterio and Ripley regroup at ringside. Priest slides his briefcase into the ring, then runs to the other side to argue with the referee on the apron. Balor crawls to the briefcase but Rollins jumps up and nails a big Stomp into the briefcase for the pin to win and retain.
Winner: Seth Rollins
After the match, Priest and Rollins stare each other down as the music hits. Rollins grabs the title and begins celebrating as we go to replays. Rollins makes his exit now as Balor looks over at Priest.
Now the trio runs down the advertised lineup for tonight’s highly-anticipated event. From there, they send things over to McKenzie Mitchell who is looking to get a live interview in the locker room of NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio.
Instead of “Dirty” Dom, out comes “Mami” Rhea Ripley. The WWE Women’s World Champion tells Mitchell she can talk to her. She tells her they always have a plan and tonight is no different.
She is super confident Dom-Dom is going to win and retain his title. She mentions him getting his mullet ready and closes by saying “Oh and before I forget, Mami’s always on top.”
After a quick backstage segment, which sees Jacy Jane attack Lyra Valkyria as Rhea Ripley appears and mentions how she’s loving what she’s seeing from them, we head to the pre-match video package for our next bout of the evening.
Triple Threat for the NXT North American Title: Dominik Mysterio (C) vs. Wes Lee vs. Mustafa Ali
After a quick backstage segment, which sees Jacy Jane attack Lyra Valkyria as Rhea Ripley appears and mentions how she’s loving what she’s seeing from them, we head to the pre-match video package for our next bout of the evening.
With that said, the events leading up to tonight’s triple-threat title tilt for the NXT North American Championship between reigning and defending title-holder Dominik Mysterio, former champion Wes Lee and Mustafa Ali are shown. After it wraps up, we shoot back inside the arena.
Wes Lee’s theme hits and out he comes to the ring to a good reception from the Texas crowd. Out next is Mustafa Ali, to a decent reaction as well. Both guys wait in the ring and glare as Dominik Mysterio makes his way out for this scheduled defense of his newly won NXT North American Championship.
The bell sounds and we’re officially off-and-running with this one. “Dirty” Dom immediately scoots under the bottom rope to avoid the early fight with Lee and Ali. They head out after him but Rhea Ripley comes over and stands in front of him to protect him. He runs into the ring and sprints across, trying to slide under the bottom rope again.
This time, however, Lee and Ali each grab his feet and drag him back into the ring, where they proceed to pummel him with a two-on-one beat down as the crowd goes absolutely bonkers seeing Dom-Dom get what he has had coming to him.
With Dom-Dom down and out of the picture, Lee and Ali turn their attention to each other. They start duking it out and they head to the corner, where we see them head to the top rope together for a big high spot. Before they can execute it, however, Mysterio recovers and knocks them both off and they each crash and burn in violent fashion on the unforgiving floor at ringside.
Back in the ring, we see “Dirty” Dom taking it to Lee, hitting him with the Three Amigos suplex sequence. Lee comes in and Dom hooks him for a fourth double one to finish things off, but they end up countering on him.
Ali fires up on offense and gets Lee in a Boston Crab at the same time he has Dom-Dom in a Camel Clutch. Dom ends up biting his way out of that unfortunate spot. He has Ali and Lee both set up for a 6-1-9. The fans boo as he goes for it, but they end up countering and stopping him before he can. Ali has Dom and Lee each laying back-first hanging over the bottom rope.
He leaps off the top-rope with a 450 splash on both guys, but they each move and he crashes and burns with a nasty landing on the hard part of the ring apron. Lee goes for a splash from the ring to the floor on Dom and Ali, but Rhea Ripley hops on the ring apron to stop him. He ends up building up a head of steam and leaping over her for an insane splash. Ripley loses her cool and power bombs Lee through the commentary table at ringside.
The fans explode and react with a loud “Holy sh*t!” chant. She rolls a lifeless Lee back into the ring and Dom covers him. Lee kicks out. Ripley screams like a crazy person at ringside. She throws him the title belt, which he blasts Lee with. He goes for the cover again and again Lee kicks out and Ripley screams like a psycho.
Ali hits his 450 splash and goes for the cover, but Ripley yanks him out to the floor. Dom heads up to the top-rope and hits a follow-up frog splash and steals the pin for the win to retain. The crowd gives the finish a ton of heat.
Winner and STILL NXT North American Champion: Dominik Mysterio
After the match, Mysterio stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. Mysterio and Ripley celebrate and back up the ramp while talking trash. Dominik says The Judgment Day is taking over WWE. Ali and Lee look on from the ring, seething and trying to recover while still down.
We see how NXT Heritage Cup Champion Nathan Frazer, Dragon Lee, Valentina Feroz and Yulisa Leon defeated Meta-Four on the Kickoff pre-show. The winners are backstage now talking about the win. Dragon walks off and runs into NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio and WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Ripley calls Dragon a wanna-be version of 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio. Lee says Rey is a hero and a legend, but he has his own story, and you know who Dragon is. Dominik says, as he said on Tuesday, he made the Mysterio name relevant, and his dad is just a hypocrite who only likes to help people that look like him, not an original like his son. Dominik walks off with Ripley as Dragon looks on, saying something about Dominik disrespecting his father.
Winner and STILL NXT North American Champion: Dominik Mysterio
Cody Rhodes vs. Dominik MysterioAD
Back from a break and out comes Dominik Mysterio with WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Cody Rhodes is out next to a big pop and pyro.
The bell rings and Dominik stalls early on, playing mind games with Cody. Cody chases Dominik out, then back into the ring. Dominik slaps Cody as Ripley laughs.
Cody is angry now as he rips his cast off. Dominik runs away but Cody goes up the ramp to bring him back. Cody with the drop-down right hand now. Cody with a powerslam. Dominik slides out to the floor to boos. Cody works Dominik over at ringside now but Rhea gets in Cody’s face.
Dominik exposes a turnbuckle while the referee is distracted. Rhea knocks Cody off the apron and Dominik nails a suicide dive. Dominik brings it back in with punches. He sends Cody back out and slams his face into the announce table. Cody makes it back in before the 10 count. They go at it and Dominik nails a corkscrew elbow for 2. Dominik grounds Cody now as fans continue singing their songs. Cole says he can’t hear Barrett.
Dominik goes for the Three Amigos suplexes but Cody blocks the third and nails one of his own. Cody mounts offense and hits a powerslam as Ripley looks concerned. Cody is fired up as fans pop for him. Cody hits a Disaster Kick but Dominik kicks out. Rhea stops Cody on the apron, allowing Dominik to land offense.AD
Cody blocks 619, then spins Dominik around and hits the Alabama Slam for a pop. Cody nails the Cody Cutter and he’s fired up. Cody hits a Cross Rhodes to get the pin in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Rhodes stands tall and celebrates as the music hits and we go to replays. Cody makes his exit as fans cheer him on.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Natalya vs. Rhea Ripley
We go back to the ring and out comes Natalya on her 41st birthday. SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley is out next with Dominik Mysterio. We get formal ring introductions from Mike Rome.
Dominik distracts Natalya from the apron as the bell hits, allowing Ripley to deck her from behind. Ripley unloads on Natalya at ringside now, smashing her into the Arabic announce table. Ripley sends Natalya into the ring post, then the steel steps now.
Ripley brings it back in and drops Natalya again, then hits Riptide in the middle of the ring for the quick squash win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley stands tall as the music hits. Dominik joins her for the celebration as they taunt Natalya, who is being checked on in the corner by the referee. We go to replays. Ripley and Mysterio are all smiles and laughs up the ramp while Natalya is helped from the ring. We get another replay of the finish. Ripley raises the title on the stage now.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Zelina Vega vs. Rhea Ripley
Back from a break and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley by herself. Ripley was drafted to RAW in the WWE Draft, while her opponent was selected by SmackDown. The LWO music hits next and out comes Zelina Vega in Puerto Rican flag attire. An emotional Vega receives a big pop and greets family members at ringside. We get formal ring introductions from Irvin. Fans cheer loudly for Vega as she holds the flag open while crying.
Cole says Vega has dedicated this match to her father, who passed away in the 9/11 attacks. The bell rings and Ripley taunts Vega to boos. Vega ducks a quick attack and the “ole!” chants start up. Vega gets slammed into the corner but she side-steps and kicks Ripley.
Vega grabs a flip-flip from her mom to a huge pop, then throws it at Ripley, angering her. Vega fights in and flies off the middle rope for a hurricanrana but Ripley catches her for a big powerbomb in the middle of the ring. Vega kicks out at 2. Ripley man-handles Vega now, working her over and taunting the crowd. Ripley with shoulder thrusts in the corner.
Ripley launches Vega into the turnbuckles and she goes down. Ripley mocks The LWO by using the taunt made famous by WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero. Ripley continues to dominate and talk trash to Vega. Ripley with a rib breaker now. Ripley scoops Vega to her back for a Gory Special. Vega gets out and side-steps, forcing Ripley to hit the ring post shoulder-first. Vega fights Ripley off with forearms. Vega is sent back to the corner but she fights back out as fans rally. Vega with clotheslines but Ripley headbutts her.
Vega blocks Riptide and turns it into a big DDT. Vega rallies the crowd and hits 619 for a pop. Vega goes to the middle rope, does the Eddie taunt, then hits the Meteora for a close 2 count. An emotional Vega can’t believe it.
Vega unloads while Ripley is dazed on her knees. Vega charges but Ripley intercepts her with a roundhouse kick to lay her out. Ripley then follows up with Riptide for the pin to win and retain in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, the music hits as Ripley stands tall. We go to replays. Ripley makes her exit with the title draped over her shoulder. Fans begin chanting and cheering for Vega as she gets back to her feet. An emotional Vega now stands tall and waves to the crowd as they chant to her. She blows them a kiss and exits the ring as we go back to a break.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair
We go back to the ring and out first comes Rhea Ripley. SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is out next. Flair marches down the ramp and poses to the pyro. Flair continues her long entrance as Ripley stares her down from the corner. We get formal ring introductions from Samantha Irvin now.
The bell rings and they stare each other down. They stall some for a minute or two, then finally lock up and aggressively tangle. Flair with a headlock. Flair keeps control but Ripley shoulders her to the mat. Ripley blocks a hip toss, then nails a shoulder.
Flair sends Ripley out to the floor but the referee counts as she slowly comes back in. Ripley and Flair have words. Flair with a big chop, then more strikes between the two. Flair ends up hitting a top rope crossbody but Rhea elbows her and they keep trading offense. Ripley has Flair on her shoulders now, then she launches her face-first into the top turnbuckle.
Ripley stomps away to keep Flair down. More back and forth. Ripley starts dominating and launches Flair face-first into the ring post. Ripley keeps control and slams Flair face-first. Ripley with a body scissors now. Ripley mounts Flair’s back and clubs her with strikes. They get back up and Ripley takes down Flair for more stiff strikes to keep her down. Ripley takes her time and drops Flair on her neck for another 2 count.
Flair mounts some offense now, sending Ripley face-first into the top turnbuckle. Flair smirks and unloads with clotheslines now. Flair unloads with big chops and more offense in the corner. Flair works the leg over now. Flair gets dumped to the apron but she runs Ripley face-first into the ring post. Flair goes to the top as fans do dueling chants. Flair flies but Ripley rolls through and stands up with her. Flair blocks Riptide and turns it into a tornado DDT for another DDT.
Flair is a bit frustrated now. Ripley blocks the Figure Four and cradles Flair for 2. They both collide and go down in the middle of the ring as fans cheer them on. They get to their feet and trade big strikes now. Ripley stomps the foot and nails a jawbreaker. Flair counters and launches Ripley over her head. Flair finally kips-up to show that she is still in it. Flair keeps control and insults Ripley, then goes to the top for a moonsault. Ripley jumps up but gets sent back to the mat. Ripley rushes back up and hits a huge super German suplex, dropping Flair face-first into the mat. Flair still kicks out and people are shocked.
Flair with a chop block to the knee, then Natural Selection. Ripley kicks out just in time, rolling to the floor under the bottom rope. They go to the floor and Flair tries for a Spear but Ripley side-steps and Flair hits the steel ring steps. Ripley brings it back in and drops Flair on her face for a close 2 count. Ripley talks trash and goes for Riptide but Flair counters with a German suplex. Ripley still gets up first. Flair with another German. They trade strikes and counters as they tangle, and Ripley nails a massive German now, smashing Flair face-first into the mat again.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. They trade punches, then Flair nails a big boot for 2. Ripley blocks the Figure Four and nails a forearm. Flair runs and knocks Ripley off the apron with another big boot. Flair goes up top for the moonsault to the floor, nailing it to take Ripley back down at ringside. Flair brings Ripley back in but Ripley blocks the Figure Four again. Ripley side-steps the Spear and Flair puts on the brakes to avoid hitting the referee. Ripley headbutts Flair and then nails Riptide for a close 2 count. Ripley can’t believe it, the crowd is shocked.
Flair counters Ripley and cradles her for 2. Ripley with the Prism Lock now in the middle of the ring. Flair goes for the bottom rope and finally breaks the hold. Ripley is sent into the referee but she turns around to a Spear by Flair. Ripley kicks out and everyone is shocked. They unload on each other with back & forth strikes now as fans count along. Ripley with a kick. Flair with a kick to drop Ripley. Flair with the Figure Four now. Ripley grabs the bottom rope before she can bridge.
Flair sits up on her knees and talks to herself. Flair rocks Ripley into the ring post. Flair brings Ripley up for a superplex but stops to chop her instead. Ripley sends Flair face-first into the top of the ring post and her body goes limp. Ripley climbs up for a super Riptide for the pin to win the title.
Winner and New SmackDown Women’s Champion: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. Ripley raises the title in the air as the pyro explodes. Flair looks on and mouths to Ripley that she deserved it. Cole shows us a WrestleMania Watch Party in Australia, where it’s around 1am on Sunday, and how they reacted to Ripley’s win. Ripley continues her big celebration with the title in the air.
Edge & Beth Phoenix vs. Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley
We go back to the ring for mixed tag team action and out first comes The Judgment Day – Finn Balor and Rhea Ripley with Dominik Mysterio. Damian Priest is staying in the back to prepare for his match. WWE Hall of Famers Edge and Beth Phoenix are out next to a big pop. Edge runs around the stage as Phoenix looks on. They then pose together as the pyro goes off.
The men start things off and they lock up. Balor with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Edge with boots to Balor and he punches Finn on the turnbuckles. Beth tags in and she hits a shoulder in the corner on Finn and Edge with a splash off Beth’s back. Rhea enters the match and they have words for each other. Beth pushes Rhea and Rhea with a punch. They lock up and Rhea with a side head lock. Beth with an elbow and clothesline but Rhea stays on her feet. Rhea calls Beth pathetic and tries to clothesline Beth but Beth stays on her feet. THey both go for clotheslines and both stay on their feet. Rhea with a puncch and kick. Dom gets on the apron and he says something to Rhea.
Rhea wants a test of strength. Neither gains the advantage at first but Rhea with a kick and she goes for RipTide but Beth escapes and goes for a Glam Slam. Rhea wtih an elbow and Beth with a clothesline. Rhea goes to the floor and Dom distracts Beth and Beth goes to the floor and Rhea misses a clothesline as Dom runs past. Beth with chops and she sends Rhea into the ring steps. They return to the ring and Beth stomps on Rhea and she punches Finn. Finn gets in the ring and Dom crotches Beth on the turnbuckles. Edge chases Dom to the back. Rhea puts Beth in the tree of woe and she kicks Beth. Rhea gives Edge a crotch chop. Rhea sends Beth face first into the mat and Dom comes back.
Rhea with a forearm to the back. Rhea with a second forearm to the back. Rhea goes for a third one but Beth with a forearm. They go back and forth with forearms. Beth knocks Finn off the apron. Rhea keeps Beth from making the tag but Beth with a DDT. Finn goes under the ring to pull Edge off the apron and then he connects with an elbow Edge on the floor. Rhea with a clothesline in the corner. Rhea escapes a Glam Slam and runs Beth into the turnbuckles. Rhea goes to the turnbuckles and Beth wtih elbows and she gets to the mat. Beth blocks a kick and she chops Rhea a few times. Rhea with punches and forearms on the turnbuckles. Beth sets for a superplex and hits it.
Beth kicks Rhea into Finn and Edge tags in and hits shoulder tackles and clotheslines. Edge with a flapjack. Edge goes for a DDT but Balor escapes and goes for a double stomp. Edge with a cloverleaf and Beth with a spear to Rhea and she locks in the hold. Dom gets on the apron and Rhea with a head butt to Beth and Rhea hits Edge with brass knuckles but Beth breaks up the cover. Beth kicks Rhea to the floor and they are both down. Finn with punches to Edge. Balor goes up top and Dominik is sent into the ropes and it crotches Balor. Edge with forearms and they are on the turnbuckles but Beth and Rhea come under for power bombs.
Everyone is down and Dom goes under the ring to get chairs. Rhea goes to the floor and so does Beth. Dom moves the ring steps. Rhea sends Beth’s head into the ring steps and Dom hands Rhea a chair. Finn holds Edge and Rhea misses with the chair. Rhea is sent into the steps and Beth with a Glam Slam on the floor. Edge with Edgecution and a suicide dive onto Dom. Edge returns to the ring and he sets for a spear but Balor with a sling blade. Balor sets for the drop kick but Edge with a spear. Edge and Beth hit Shatter Machine for the three count.
Winners: Edge and Beth Phoenix
After the match, the music hits as Edge and Beth recover to stand together. We go to replays. Dominik regroups with Balor and Ripley at ringside as they try to recover. Edge taunts them from the ring. Balor is seething as he threatens Edge. The Grit Couple goes back to the corner to pose and continue their celebration.
Out at number 25 is Austin Theory. Edge, meanwhile, chases The Judgment Day to the back. He ends up brawling with Balor and Priest in the aisle. Rhea Ripley comes out and starts beating on Edge but then from behind, Beth Phoenix appears and the crowd goes wild. She blasts Ripley with a Spear to pop the crowd again.
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
We shoot to ring announcer Samantha Irvin, who informs us that it is now time for the 30-woman Royal Rumble match. With that said, she begins the brief explanation of the rules and when she wraps up, Rhea Ripley’s theme hits and out comes The Judgment Day member as entrant number one.
“It looks like mami is in for a long night,” says Corey Graves on commentary as she emerges from the back and heads down to the ring. She settles inside the squared circle and her music dies down.
Now in as the second entrant is former SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan. Michael Cole reminds us that Morgan claimed she wanted to enter this match in the number one spot. He says this is just as good.
Morgan and Ripley start the women’s Royal Rumble match off as the bell sounds to get this one underway. Ripley pounds the crap out of Morgan for the first minute or so and just as Morgan starts to take over on offense, Dana Brooke comes out as the third entrant.
Dana Brooke comes in with a Barbie inspired Margot Robbie look, as Corey Graves points out on commentary. She hits a big super-plex on Morgan off the top-rope and when the countdown clock expires, Emma comes out as the number four entrant.
As the four women in the match thus far duke it out in the ring, the countdown clock appears again and out comes Shayna Baszler as the fifth participant to enter the match. She dominates for a while as the commentators sing her praises for her past work in Rumble matches.
The countdown clock appears again and when it expires this time, out comes Damage CTRL’s Bayley as the latest entrant. She mixes it up with the other competitors in the bout and then the seventh entrant comes out, none other than B-Fab from Hit Row. Within 36 seconds, Rhea Ripley eliminates her.
Out at number eight is NXT Women’s Champion Roxanne Perez. The Texas native who is from Laredo makes her way to the ring as the commentators sing her praises and remind everyone she is a Booker T standout student from Reality of Wrestling.
Perez hits some nice spots and lets out a nice war scream to get the fans to pop. The countdown clock appears and when it expires, out at number nine is another Damage CTRL member, Dakota Kai.
Dana Brooke and Liv Morgan start to beat down Damage CTRL members Dakota Kai and Bayley. When the countdown clock hits and runs out again, the third Damage CTRL member Iyo Sky hits the ring and makes the save for Bayley and Dakota Kai, stopping them from being eliminated by Brooke and Morgan.
Emma avoids elimination but moments later, Dana Brooke isn’t as lucky, as she gets eliminated. Emma is eliminated by Dakota Kai a few seconds later. Roxanne Perez nearly eliminates Dakota Kai but she avoids being dumped out.
Perez ends up getting eliminated and then the countdown clock expires and out comes Natalya. Michael Cole reminds everyone that Shayna Baszler broke her nose the last time we saw her and immediately the camera shows Baszler doing the Vince McMahon “gulp” facial that he’d make when the glass would shatter for “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s entrance.
Nattie goes straight after “The Queen of Spades,” taking it to “The Submission Magician” with a vengeance as the commentators sing the praises of the women’s wrestling legend. Out at number 12 in the women’s Royal Rumble for her third Rumble appearance is Candice LeRae. She goes right after Dakota Kai upon entering the ring.
We see Natalya avoid being eliminated by Baszler. She nearly throws Baszler out but the refs claim only one of her feet hit the floor. Baszler slaps her choke finisher on Nattie and then Damage CTRL comes over and eliminates them both.
Zoey Stark from NXT comes out as the 13th entrant in the match. She battles with the women in the ring and then Xia Li comes out as the fourteenth entrant in the match. LeRae is eliminated by Damage CTRL and then the countdown clock appears again. When it expires, the familiar sounds of Becky Lynch’s theme hits and out comes “The Man” as entrant number 15.
A bunch of the members in the match go under the bottom rope and they all gang up and beat down “Big Time Becks” outside of the ring. The Damage CTRL trio continue to work her over, throwing her into the barricade and leaving her laying before taunting the commentators.
Now the theme hits to bring out entrant number 16 — Tegan Nox. She comes off the top and splashes onto a bunch of the women in the match. At number 17, out comes Asuka to an enormous pop from the San Antonio fans.
She plays the crowd like a fiddle, getting one of the more impressive reactions from the crowd of the night. She eliminates Tegan Nox and then Piper Niven comes out at number 18. You heard that right. Piper Niven. Not Doudrop, although the commentators immediately start with the puns.
The 19th entrant hits and out comes Tamina. She and Niven go at it and then Lynch finally recovers and gets in the ring. The countdown clock strikes down and out at number 20 is Chelsea Green. As soon as Green gets in the ring, Ripley throws her right back out. Michael Cole speculates that she has broken the record at 5 seconds for the fastest elimination ever.
Becky Lynch eliminates Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky but is then eliminated herself by Bayley. Bayley is then eliminated by Liv Morgan. Lynch and Damage CTRL start brawling at ringside as the action continues inside the ring with the participants still in the match.
Zelina Vega comes out dressed as one of the characters in Street Fighter 6, the video game. Michael Cole informs us that she is one of the voices in the new video game. She settles inside the ring as the latest entrant. Vega takes out Rhea Ripley and then she eliminates Xia Li.
The countdown clock appears again and when it expires this time, Raquel Rodriguez’s theme hits and the hometown favorite of the San Antonio crowd comes out to a big pop and makes her way to the ring. She dukes it out with Vega in the ring and then the clock appears again. It expires and out at number 23 is Mia Yim “Michin.”
We see the countdown clock appear again and when it expires out at number 24 is Lacey Evans. Evans dominates some of the participants and then tells the fans to stand and salute her.
The countdown clock appears again and after being shown as a cameo in the front row earlier, Michelle McCool’s theme hits and we see her stand up from her seat in the front row, take her jacket off, tell her kids she loves them and then hops up on the barricade to pose before heading into the ring and immediately duking it out with Piper Niven. The fans break out in loud “You still got it!” chants. McCool then eliminates Tamina.
After another clock appears and expires, out comes another NXT talent as Indi Hartwell runs down to the ring as the next participant in the match. The countdown clock appears again and when it expires this time, the number 27 entrant, Sonya Deville, comes out. Zoey Stark is quickly eliminated by Deville.
Lacey Evans locks Zelina Vega up in a standing camel clutch while on the middle ropes. She ends up dropping her out on the floor from all the way up there for the latest elimination. Out at number 28 next is Shotzi in the T.C.B. Tank.
Deville makes another elimination, tossing Indi Hartwell out and ending her night early. Out at number 29 comes Nikki Cross. She sprints to the ring as Corey Graves calls her Usain Bolt. She hits the ring and doesn’t bother taking her ring jacket off, instead immediately mixing it up with everyone in reaching distance.
Out of nowhere without a countdown clock, the theme for Nia Jax hits. We see the countdown clock at number seven appear on the screen as she makes her way out. Odd. Anyways after the production glitch, we hear the crowd react and the commentators over-react to Nia Jax making her way to the ring for her return WWE appearance as the surprise entrant in the 30th and final spot.
Every single woman in the match all gang up together and go at Nia Jax. She ends up fighting them all off. Then Raquel Rodriguez and Nia Jax go face-to-face and we’re supposed to look at this as competitive moments after Rodriguez and the rest of the women in the match couldn’t collectively.
Nia Jax fights everyone off and continues to beat down anyone in sight, stopping to shriek out about how she is the best. Rhea Ripley nearly scooped Jax up from behind, but Jax avoids it. Ripley hits on her some more and then does, in fact, hoist her up (sort of) for a Rip-Cord. The women all gang up again and then throw Nia Jax over the top-rope to eliminate her.
We’re down to the final ten in the match, as all 30 have entered, and Raquel Rodriguez eliminates Lacey Evans. We see Rodriguez fighting it out with Asuka now, while Liv Morgan looks to make an elimination in the background. Rodriguez throws Asuka and Deville over the top, but they each land on the ring apron and start kicking Rodriguez.
Moments later, Deville is eliminated by Asuka. Ripley eliminates McCool.
Shotzi is eliminated, as is “another human,” as Pat McAfee points out on commentary after Piper Niven launches someone over the top for another elimination.
Piper Niven hits a big cannonball spot on Rodriguez in the corner of the ring and then she heads to the middle rope looking for a Vader bomb. Instead, Rodriguez gets under her and lifts her over the top. She then kicks her off the ring apron for the elimination. Ripley and Rodriguez lock up and both go flying over the top, but Ripley hangs on and Rodriguez ends up eliminated.
Ripley runs over and dumps Nikki Cross over the top rope, and Asuka. They both start fighting back at Ripley from outside the ring ropes on the apron while Ripley is in the ring. Liv Morgan runs over and eliminates Cross. We’re down to Ripley, Morgan and Asuka as the final three and the fans give them a standing ovation as they look around at each other.
We see Ripley and Morgan nearly eliminate each other. All three end up on the ring apron outside the ropes, Asuka sprays Morgan with the green mist and then Ripley kicks her to eliminate her. Morgan is blinded by the mist but still in it, and Ripley is still active as well. Ripley picks up a blinded Morgan, who hits a Code-breaker that nearly eliminates her. Ripley holds onto the ropes as her feet dangle, but Ripley gets a headscissors on her and uses her legs to eliminate her. Ripley wins. One hour, one minute and three seconds. Entered number one and won.
Winner of the 2023 Women’s Royal Rumble match: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley sits up and bites the ropes as the music hits. She is all smiles as Asuka and Liv look on from the floor. Ripley hits the corner to pose, and she points up at the WrestleMania 39 sign s the pyro goes off. We see more pyro going off outside of The Alamodome. We go to replays. Ripley continues her celebration while sitting on the top turnbuckle.
Royal Rumble Exclusive 2023 Royal Rumble Post-Show Press Conference
2023 Rumble Post Show Press Conference
5-on-5 Women’s War Games Match: Team Bianca (RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim, Becky Lynch) vs. Team Damage CTRL (Bayley, Nikki Cross, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Dakota Kai and IYO SKY, Rhea Ripley)
We go right to the ring for tonight’s opener as Becky Lynch comes out to a big pop while Samantha Irvin does the introductions. Lynch poses on the stage to wait for her Team Belair partners to come out. The two smaller cages are on the stage with referees standing by. Alexa Bliss is out next to a pop. She joins Lynch in the smaller cage. Out next comes Asuka to a pop. She joins Belair and Lynch. “Michin” Mia Yim is out next and she joins her teammates in the cage. RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair is out last to a pop. She heads to the War Games cage to start the match. Rhea Ripley is out first for Team Damage CTRL. She taunts the others and stares down at Belair, then enters the smaller cage. Nikki Cross is out next. She climbs the smaller cage to wait up top instead of joining Ripley inside. Ripley does pull-ups inside the cage and Cross changes her mind, coming down off the cage to join Ripley inside. Bayley and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Dakota Kai and IYO SKY are out next, representing Damage CTRL. Kai heads down the ramp to meet Belair inside the cage.
The cage door is closed and the bell hits as Kai and Belair star each other down. The 5 minute timer begins. They lock up and tangle to the corner. Belair tosses Kai across the ring, then kicks her. Belair goes for a powerbomb but Kai slides out. Belair dropkicks her and kips-up for a pop. Kai drops Belair over the top rope.
Belair quickly turns it back around. Kai tries to roll Belair up from the corner but it’s blocked. Belair drops Kai with a shoulder. Kai fights off Belair’s shoulders, and tries to use her hair but it’s blocked. Belair sends Kai into the steel cage wall but Kai blocks it. They run the ropes and Belair nails a backbreaker. Kai goes for a running kick against thee cage but Belair moves her face. Kai puts a boot to Belair’s face in the corner now. Kai mocks Belair and plays to the crowd for boos. Kai works Belair around the ring now. Belair goes between the two rings and Kai kicks her into the main ring.
Kai follows but runs into a back elbow, then a boot. Belair with a vertical suplex in the middle of the ring but they’re both down. They start trading strikes as the timer hits 1:00. Belair uses her hair as a whip but Kai dodges it. Kai with a Scorpion Kick. They both go down and Belair kips-up for a pop. Belair sends Kai into the cage steel a few times now.Belair powerbombs Kai into the cage wall now. The timer goes off and SKY runs down to enter the cage.
SKY charges and dropkicks Belair for a pop as we count down from 3:00 now. Belair and SKY tangle. SKY with a flying scissors from the top to send Belair flying. Belair is cornered in the middle now. She fights Kai off but SKY hits a flying crossbody to send Belair into Kai’s ring. The champs take turns on Belair in the corner now. They double team Belair now. SKY goes for the handstand into the double knees in the corner but she botches the handstand and some fans boo. She hits the knees anyway. Belair counters a double suplex and hits one of her own.
SKY with a missile dropkick from the top rope. SKY stomps away on Belair to keep her down now. The champs launch Belair into the cage wall and she goes back down. The timer counts down and Asuka rushes the ring to join Belair now. The 3:00 timer starts up as Asuka unloads on Kai, hitting a German suplex.
Asuka and SKY face off now. They start brawling now. SKY with a knee to the gut. Asuka with a Hip Attack. sky ducks a clothesline but Asuka hits the GTS, then a series of kicks, an overhead chop and a leg sweep, then the running knee for a big pop. Asuka goes to the top but Kai meets her there from the other ring. Asuka kicks Kai but falls to the apron. Belair and Asuka double team Kai now as Belair joins the action. Belair presses Kai into the steel cage. Asuka with a missile dropkick to SKY.
Asuka and Belair celebrate to a pop. Belair with another suplex to Kai as SKY and Asuka trade strikes. The timer counts down and Cross rushes the ring next. She grabs a kendo stick to a pop. Cross slides the stick in, and more kendo sticks, and a trash can lid, and another lid. Asuka comes over but Cross slams the door into her head. Cross throws more trash can lids and kendo sticks in as fans chant for a table. Cross finally enters and jabs Belair with a lid, then smashes her with it. Cross decks Belair in the corner, then nails a big tornado DDT from the top. Cross with a Michinoku Driver to Asuka. Cross slaps Asuka and Belair with her jacket over and over.
Cross runs wild and shakes the cage as we count down from 1:00 now. Cross goes back to smashes Belair with a trash can lid. Cross rakes at Belair’s face now, then chokes her with a kendo stick from behind. The timer counts down and the next Superstar in is Bliss. She rushes down and dropkicks Kai while she was holding a trash can lid. Bliss unloads on Cross now and dropkicks her. Bliss and Asuka double team SKY. Asuka with a bulldog to a trash can lid on SKY. Bliss sends Cross into the trash can lid with a hurricanrana.
Cross climbs up while SKY and Kai beat Belair with kendo sticks. Bliss and Asuka now beat the champs with kendo sticks. Cross laughs while sitting on top of the cage. Belair uses her hair as a weapon now. Cross leaps from the top with a big crossbody to take out everyone else down below. Cross sits up and laughs. The timer counts own and here comes Bayley to mostly boos. Bayley grabs a ladder from under the ring and fans cheer. Bayley brings the ladder in and Kai helps her. Asuka and Bliss double team Cross. Bayley grabs a second ladder and slides it in with Kai’s help. Fans chant for tables and Bayley gives them what they want to a big pop.
Bayley slides the table in and the door is finally shut at 1:30. Bayley launches Belair back into the corner on a trash can lid. Kai and Bayley bring a table in in between the two rings, using it to pin Belair against the cage. They work her over while she’s trapped. All of Damage CTRL are on their feet now while the babyfaces are down. SKY with a big assisted moonsault to Bliss. Bayley with a suplex to Asuka. Bayley and SKY launch Kai’s double stomp to Asuka while she’s down. Belair is still trapped and they work her over. The timer counts down and here comes Yim. Yim goes under the ring for a trash can. She grabs another and tosses it in but it falls back out. She throws it in and grabs another trash can while Bayley stomps on Asuka.
Yim comes in swinging trash cans at her opponents. Yim slams Cross face-first, then fights off SKY with a trash can lid in the throat. Yim with kicks to Kai’s face. Yim plants Kai face-first into a trash can lid. Cross jumps on Yim’s back now. Yim can’t get her off to break the Sleeper. She finally slams Cross. Yim with a Spear from one ring to the other to take Bayley down. Blair is standing a table up but Bayley decks her from behind. Belair and Bayley go at it. Kai and Yim go at it. Bliss and Cross trade shots up top in the corner. SKY and Asuka also fight up top. Belair with a superplex to Bayley, Yim with a superplex to Kai on a trash can lid, Asuka with a big German suplex to SKY. Everyone is down as the timer counts now. Ripley rushes down and decks Bliss with a big right.
Ripley with headbutts and strikes to the other opponents. Ripley with a German suplex to Belair. She takes Bliss out of the air and drops her. Ripley calmly works over her opponents while her partners regroup. Ripley keeps Asuka down as Cross goes to the top rope and bounces around while laughing. Ripley with the Prism to Asuka while SKY runs the ropes several times to gain momentum, then basement dropkicks Asuka while she’s still in the hold. Cross is still up top laughing. We see Lynch pacing in her cage. Yim drops Ripley in the corner with a trash can, then smashes it into her with a cannonball. Yim goes for a Spear from ring to ring but Bayley catches her, allowing SKY to unload with trash can lid shots.
The timer goes off and here comes Lynch to a big pop. The bell rings and War Games has officially started, according to Samantha Irvin. Lynch starts decking her opponents. Lynch kicks Kai away as she charges with a trash can lid, then kicks a trash can lid into the face of Cross. Lynch with kicks to SKY. Cross hits SKY with a trash can when Lynch side-steps. Lynch places a trash can over SKY’s head, then slams Cross into it. Lynch with a top rope leg drop onto thee trash can over SKY’s head.
Lynch keeps calling Bayley a bitch, telling her to bring it. They start brawling in the middle of the second ring now as some of the others watch. Lynch kicks Bayley down, then stomps away. Ripley and Lynch face off now to a pop. Ripley blocks a punch, taunts Lynch, then blocks another. Ripley with a big headbutt. Lynch is scooped for Riptide but she’s saved. Bayley decks Lynch and Ripley hits Riptide but Asuka breaks the pin up at 2. Bliss and Cross brawl in between the rings now. Asuka and Lynch double team Ripley. Asuka sprays her with the mist and Lynch follows up with a DDT. Bayley decks Asuka. Bayley slams Asuka into the top turnbuckle. Lynch rolls Bayley for 2.
Bayley turns Lynch upside down in the corner, and yells at her. Bayley stomps on Lynch while she’s upside down. Bayley man-handles Lynch in between the rings now, and drives her face-first into the steel plate with a Rose Plant. Asuka breaks the pin up at 2. SKY fights Asuka off. SKY and Cross double team her now. SKY escapes Belair and goes to the top but Asuka climbs up from behind. Asuka tries for a super German but Bayley and Kai save her with trash can lid shots. Yim and Bliss come save Asuka now.Everyone is up in this corner now. Cross brings Belair down with a kendo stick. They all start falling from the top with different moves. SKY climbs to the very top of the cage. She stands tall and poses for a pop, then hits a huge moonsault to Yim and Belair down below. Fans chant “holy shit!” now.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” now while everyone is down. Cross grabs handcuffs and screams in Bliss’ face about how she didn’t forget. Cross cuffs one of Bliss’ arms, then climbs to the top turnbuckle. Cross tries to cuff her to the cage but Bliss is resisting. Bliss ends up cuffing herself to Cross and Cross isn’t happy. Bliss gets Cross on her shoulders, then falls back to the mat but Bliss lands on a trash can. Ripley gets up but Asuka hits her with double knees, mist still on their faces. Ripley catches Asuka in mid-air, then launches her into the cage wall.
Yim and Ripley go at it now. Ripley goes for Riptide but Yim turns it into a Sleeper. Ripley drives Yim back into a ladder in the corner, smashing it. They both land hard. Damage CTRL faces off with Lynch and Belair now in the second ring. They start brawling. Belair slams Bayley on a trash can. Belair fights Kai off, then goes for a KOD but Kai lands on her feet. Lynch with the Man-Handle Slam to Kai. Belair with a KOD to SKY after she avoided the Man-Handle.
Lynch and Belair stand a table up now. Belair places SKY on the table as Lynch climbs to the top of the cage. Belair puts Kai on the table now. Bayley climbs up but Belair pulls her off. Blair with a KOD into the cage wall on Bayley. Lynch is standing tall on top of the cage now. She flies with her leg drop, putting Kai and SKY through the table for the pin to win, making the cover on Kai.
Winners: Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Mia Yim
After the match, Lynch’s music hits as she recovers to stand tall. We go to replays. Lynch, Belair, Yim, Asuka and Bliss all celebrate now as fans cheer them on.
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