Editor’s Note: The full summaries of Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 can be found here.
After the return of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, a remarkable win for Bianca Bellaire and a memorable WrestleMania victory for Charlotte Flair, WrestleMania 38 continues Sunday night with plenty of big matches.
Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will take center stage in the main event in a match to determine the undisputed WWE Champion. Both the WWE Championship and the Universal Championship will be at stake in a “Winner Take All” match, and after months of intense reinforcement with Paul Heyman at the center of it, the two will finally have their match on Sunday night.
Tag team titles will be on the line as Tag Team Raw champions RK-Bro aims to hold it against Street Profits and Alpha Academy, while Carmella, Queen Zelena Naomi, Sasha Banks, Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley, Natalya and Shayna Baszler will battle it out in a fatal four-way match for the women’s gold.
There are also a number of unique participants on Sunday night, with Pat McAfee walking away from the broadcast booth to face Austin Theory, Johnny Knoxville trying to get the best of Sami Zayn in the “Anything Goes” match and taking on Bobby Lashley Omos in what could be the first big test for the tallest man in WWE.
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Match in Progress: Anything Goes Match – Sami Zayn vs Johnny Knoxville
Bobby Lashley defeated. Omos
This match was the weakest build of anything on a two nights card and it delivered like that, perhaps in a more confusing way than expected.
Lashley played the underdog in the match, with Omos being positioned as the superior physical contender. This, again, would make for a compelling story were it not for the fact that the conscious biceps standing opposite him nicknamed “Almighty” is nothing but a physically frail person.
After a few minutes of plodding, Lashley recovered from a bear hug to deliver a no-fault suplex on the 7-foot-3 omos, then a spear and eventually the pin.
What then: Bobby Lashley leaves the match looking really strong and powerful, which is what we already knew about Bobby Lashley. Omos never takes advantage of this loss, which makes the result all the more intriguing. Why not let Lashley have some strength to keep his reputation intact but beat Omos to build his momentum? Unless there is momentum to build, right?
Raw tag team Championships: RK-Bro (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (c) def. Street Profits and Alpha Academy
The opening game on the second night drew the Dallas crowd to “That’s cool!” The cheering frenzy, as a wild, wits, no counting match reached an incredible escalation.
With Orton down and clearing the loop, Montez Ford prepared to set an overhead rope. Riddle returned from the outside, jumped over the turnbuckle and handed RKO off the top of the rope onto the Ford, who bounced off the ring after the collision. With Riddle falling after the maneuver, Alpha Academy’s Chad Gable climbed the ropes to finish Riddle only to be caught by Orton mid-flight for the RKO. Orton Gable proved to end the match and keep titles with RK-Bro.
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This was just a fun, wild, festival between three teams with a unique harmony. Riddle and Orton pulled the DDT with the help of synchronized ropes. Earnings are a hit soaring sky high on Gabel. But my favorite “wrestling logic” point of the match was when Dawkins pinned Riddell and Otis broke the pin by spraying the flesh on Dawkins’ back. Angelo, my friend: You just added 330 pounds to your pin! Just stay there!
After the match, The Profits returned to the ring to celebrate a red solo trophy with RK-Bro, inviting 21-year-old WWE rookie Gable Steveson to the ring to join them. However …
What then: Chad Gable returned to the ring and slapped the trophy from Steveson’s hand. Chad also told him, “Shuh!” Steveson sympathized with him. And now we have the first feud between former Olympians. As for RK-Bro, they can use a new runner after this triple dance.
Triple H opens offer
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Former WWE Superstar Triple H opened the show with a traditional song “Welcome… to WrestleMania!” He roared, but his sudden appearance of Night 2’s opening was more exciting than that. After indulging in the cheers of the appreciative crowd – chanting “Thank you Hunter” – the man known as “The Game” put his shoes in the middle of the ring, signifying the end of his in-ring career.
Triple H first announced Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take. The 52-year-old, who made 14 appearances earlier at WrestleMania this weekend at NXT Stand & Deliver on Saturday, joined Tommaso Ciampa on stage after losing to Tony D’Angelo, which is expected to be Ciampa’s last NXT match. .
will come later:
Winner Take All Match Consolidation: Roman Reigns World Champion vs WWE Champion Brock Lesnar
Women’s Tag Team Championship: Carmella and Queen Zelena (c) vs. Naomi and Sasha Banks vs. Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley vs. Natalya and Shayna Pazler
Austin Theory vs. Pat McAfee
New Day (King Woods & Kofi Kingston) vs Sheamus & Ridge Holland
Edge vs. AJ Styles