By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE WrestleMania 37 Night Two
Aired April 11, 2021 live on Peacock and pay-per-view
Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium
Ashland Craft was introduced as the new voice of country music. She stood in the ring and performed “America The Beautiful.” Two jets flew over the stadium… The WrestleMania video package aired with the two narrators. It was the same video package that aired during night one…
Pyro shot off on the stage and around the stadium. Hulk Hogan and Titus O’Neil were introduced as the WrestleMania co-hosts. They both walked out dressed as pirates. There were some boos whenever Hogan spoke and cheers when Titus spoke…
Randy Orton made his entrance in new white gear. Fireworks shot off when Orton posed on the ropes. A video package aired on the Orton vs. Fiend feud. The Fiend was shown walking backstage. “Let Me In” appeared in lights over the stage.
Alexa Bliss came out to the Firefly Funhouse theme song. There was a big Jack In The Box at ringside. Bliss wound it up while “Pop Goes The Weasel” played. The Fiend rose out of the box in his regular gear (non-melted) to cheers and played to the crowd….
1. Randy Orton vs. The Fiend (w/Alexa Bliss). Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe called the match. The Fiend leapt off the box and clotheslined Orton to start the match. The red lighting was used. Fiend struck his upside down pose in the corner. Orton rolled to ringside. The Fiend followed and put him in the Mandible Claw briefly.
When they returned to the ring, Orton put The Fiend down with the draping DDT. Fiend ended up getting up and no-selling it. Orton ran Fiend into the giant Jack in the Box and then gave him another draping DDT. Orton followed up a short time later with a third draping DDT.
Orton struck the Viper’s Pose. Orton went for the RKO, but The Fiend applied the Mandible Claw again. The Fiend kissed Orton’s head and then Kane style pyro shot out of the ring posts. Bliss was seated on the jack in the box and had black goo pouring out all over her face. The Fiend was distracted by Bliss, which led to Orton hitting him with an RKO and then pinning him.
Randy Orton defeated The Fiend in 5:50.
Orton headed to the back. The Fiend got up and looked at Bliss, who was still seated on the jack in the box. The lights went out while Fiend and Bliss were staring at one another. They were both gone when the lights turned on and the fans booed…
Powell’s POV: The ol’ Rudy Giuliani distraction finish. I didn’t expect the Orton win, nor did I expect The Fiend to somehow be distracted by Bliss. Strange. At least that’s over with. If nothing else, it wasn’t nearly as painful as the Orton vs. Bray Wyatt slideshow debacle at WrestleMania 33.
Eric Bischoff was talking with Hogan and O’Neil when Bayley showed up. She said she’s a fan of his podcast and offered him a spot on her talkshow. Bischoff raved about the night one main event. Bayley said Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks are flavors of the month, not consistent role models like she is. Bayley said they don’t have their own show and are not on both nights of WrestleMania like she is. Hogan and Bischoff plugged 83 Weeks while sneaking away. Titus was less subtle and placed his pirate hat on Bayley’s head…
Daniel Bryan was shown warming up somewhere in the building…
2. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya and Tamina for the WWE Women’s Tag Titles. Cole and Corey Graves called the match. Reginald did not accompany Jax and Baszler to ringside. Jax’s face was bedazzled. Jax and Tamina traded headbutts. Natalya tagged in and they gave Jax a double back body drop. Baszler made a blind tag and kicked Natalya, but Natalya and Tamina slammed Baszler onto Jax.
Natalya catapulted Baszler into a superkick from Tamina, which led to a near fall. Baszler came back with a knee to the face of Natalya. At ringside, Jax slammed Tamina to the mat. In the ring, Baszler threw another knee to the head of Natalya and covered her for a two count.
Natalya was isolated by the champions. Jax put Natalya in the stretch muffler and then Baszler threw a knee at her head. Natalya eventually came back with multiple clotheslines on Jax that led to a two count. Jax headbutted Natalya and then powerbombed her and had her pinned, but Tamina broke it up.
Tamina tagged in. Baszler went for her finisher, but Tamina blocked it and gave her a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Tamina went up top. Baszler cut her off and then tagged in Jax, who went up with her, but Natalya pulled Tamina down. The camera focused on Natalya and Tamina standing and waiting for Jax, who eventually performed a cross body block onto them.
Jax jawed at Tamina and was censored while telling her that she’s not shit. Tamina backhanded her, then bodyslammed her and got a very close near fall. Tamina went up top and performed a top rope splash, but Jax rolled out of the way.
Natalya tagged in and went or a Sharpshooter on Jax while Cole said he believed Baszler was the legal woman for her team. Natalya applied the hold. Baszler returned to the ring and put her in the Kirifuda Clutch…
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defeated Natalya and Tamina in 14:20 to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Titles.
Powell’s POV: The live crowd seemed to enjoy this more than I did. Tamina was over with the Tampa crowd. I appreciated the effort and that it was straight forward without any weird Reginald moments, but it simply went longer than it needed to.
After some advertising, a video package recapped the Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Logan Paul saga…
Sami Zayn made his entrance. Once in the ring, Zayn asked the crowd to give a warm WrestleMania welcome and show some respect to Logan Paul, who then made his entrance. Once in the ring, Zayn and Paul hugged. Paul seemed to get a mixed reaction. Kevin Owens made his entrance and wore his KOMania VI t-shirt…
3. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (w/Logan Paul). Cole and Graves called the match along with JBL. Zayn charged Owens, who put him down with a powerbomb. Zayn rolled to ringside. Owens followed and went for another powerbomb, but Zayn grabbed the ropes and pulled himself back inside the ring, Paul watched the match while sitting in an office chair next to the broadcast table.
Owens performed a cannonball on Zayn. Owens went up top, but Zayn rolled under the ropes. Owens went to the apron and charged Zayn, who hit him with a weak looking boot to the head. Zayn gave Owens a brainbuster on the ring apron. Graves said they should stop the match because there was no getting up from that.
Back inside the ring, Zayn performed a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Cole mistakenly called it a Blue Thunder Bomb and was corrected. He said thanks and said he did enough of that the night before. Owens and Zayn fought on the ropes. Owens got the better of it and headbutted Zayn off the ropes, then hit him with a top rope frogsplash for a near fall.
Owens hoisted up Zayn in cradle position and slammed Zayn onto his knee, which led to another near fall. Zayn avoided another move and then performed an exploder suplex. Zayn went for a Helluva Kick, but Owens moved. Zayn put him down with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall, then followed up with another exploder suplex followed by a wicked suplex. Zayn hit another brainbuster and got a near fall. A “this is awesome” chant broke out briefly.
They went to the ropes again. Owens won the battle on the ropes and performed a fisherman’s suplex. Owens performed a couple of running clotheslines. Zayn followed him to the opposite corner and hit him with the Helluva Kick. Zayn jawed at Owens and went for another Helluva Kick, but Owens hit him with a superkick. Owens followed up with another superkick, then kicked him, Stunned him, and pinned him.
Kevin Owens beat Sami Zayn in 9:20.
After the match, Logan Paul entered the ring and spoke with Zayn. Paul approached Owens and told him that he was fantastic. Paul offered him a handshake. Zayn got up and barked at Paul, who ended up shoving him to the mat. Fans booed. Zayn rolled out of the ring.
Paul mocked Zayn, then held up the arm of a reluctant Owens and applauded him. Fans cheered as they anticipated Owens going after Paul. Owens gave them what they wanted by teasing a handshake only to kick Paul and put him down with a Stunner. Owens went to ringside and appeared to have a moment with what I assume was his family. Paul was helped out of the ring by referees. “Ow, why did he do that?” Paul asked…
Powell’s POV: The best match of the night so far, which isn’t saying anything given how dull the first hour of the show was. But it really was a fun match. Ideally, they would have trimmed a few minutes from the tag team match and given it to this match. In case you missed it last night. Tom Phillips is reportedly out for the weekend due to COVID protocols.
Riddle drove his scooter up to Great Khali and Ranjin Singh. Riddle marveled over the size of Khali’s hand after Singh left. Riddle made a pitch for giant clothes and scooters. Khali didn’t seem interested and just stared at him. Rob Van Dam showed up and translated. He said that in order to corner the market, they would need some creative marketing. RVD handed Riddle some RVD rolling papers. RVD told Riddle to focus on his match and then they did the RVD bit together…
4. Riddle vs. Sheamus for the U.S. Championship. Cole, Saxton, and Joe called the match. Riddle took the risk of riding his scooter down the wet ramp and the production team blew the shot. Riddle kicked off his flip flops once he was inside the ring and the awful CGI birds flew. Sadly, Sheamus did not destroy one of the birds with a Brogue Kick.
Sheamus was in offensive control early when he went up top. Riddle ran up and performed an overhead belly to belly suplex from the top rope. Nice. Riddle performed a Broton. He tried to hoist up Sheamus for a Jackhammer and failed, then powered him up and performed the move for a near fall.
Riddle set up for Bro Derek, but Sheamus avoided it. Sheamus backdropped Riddle onto the apron. Riddle flipped his way back into the ring in Adam Page style, but Sheamus blasted him with a knee to the head for a good near fall. Sheamus followed up with and Alabama Slam for another two count.
Sheamus and Riddle fought on the apron. Riddle shoved Sheamus into the ring post and then suplexed him onto the apron, causing Sheamus to fall to the floor. Riddle blasted Sheamus with a kick and then performed a springboard dive onto Sheamus. Back in the ring, Riddle performed a similar dive onto Sheamus and got a two count.
Sheamus came back by slamming Riddle to the mat and went for a pin, but Riddle caught him in a rear naked choke. Sheamus reached the ropes to break it, then fired away with punches to Riddle’s head. Sheamus put Riddle over his shoulder and climbed onto the middle rope, but Riddle slipped away.
Riddle went back to the ropes and set up for a move, but Sheamus reversed it and set up for White Noise, but he gave it up and went to the mat where he performed a standard White Noise. Sheamus followed up with a top rope knee drop for a near fall. Sheamus set up for his finisher, but Riddle avoided it. Riddle went for a springboard moonsault, but Sheamus hit him with the Brogue Kick and then pinned him. Riddle’s mouth was a bloody mess afterward…
Sheamus defeated Riddle in 10:50 to win the U.S. Championship.
Powell’s POV: A strong match despite the clunkiness on the ropes. Sheamus played it right. It was a high risk move that wasn’t clicking, so he made the right call to bring Riddle back to the mat and perform White Noise there instead. Unfortunately, it looks like Riddle took that last kick to the face based on the blood. I enjoyed the match and I’m happy to see Sheamus rewarded for his hard work over the last few months. It’s just a shame that Riddle’s character is so obnoxiously dumb.
During the ads, Triple H was shown handing Bad Bunny a box. He told him that he did amazing at WrestleMania and now it’s time for him to do what he does. Bad Bunny thanked him and then climbed onto the same truck he made his entrance in on Saturday. He opened the box and it was a pimped out microphone. Graphics hyped his upcoming tour…
Graves thanked Fitz for the “Head Up High” theme song… Cole set up a video package on the Intercontinental Championship match and noted that it was Big E’s 105th day as champion…
Ring announcer Greg Hamilton introduced Wale, who performed while Big E made his entrance and received pyro. Apollo Crews made his entrance. There were drums, a gong, and other objects at ringside…
5. Big E vs. Apollo Crews in a Nigerian Drum Fight for the Intercontinental Championship. Cole and Graves called the match. The bell rang and both men rolled to ringside and brought back kendo sticks. Big E got the better of the kendo stick battle and they went to ringside. Big E took the cymbal and tried to hit Crews with it, but he avoided it and ended up working over Big E with the kendo stick.
Both men returned to the ring for a moment, then Big E performed his spear through the ropes and both men went to the floor. Big E rolled Crews back inside the ring and covered him for a two count. Big E took the ring steps apart and placed the bottom piece next to the ring. Crews hoisted up Big E on the apron and gave him a Death Valley Driver on the apron, then rolled him inside the ring and got a two count.
Crews grabbed the top half of the ring steps and had Big E lying over the bottom piece. Crews went to the apron and dropped the steps, but Big E rolled out of the way. Big E gave Crews a uranage from the apron onto the bottom piece of the ring steps. Big E barked that Crews was going to get everything he asked for.
Big E grabbed a table and slid it inside the ring while Graves played up that E was fighting in front of his hometown crowd. Big E set up the table and then went back to ringside and rolled Crews back inside the ring. Crews threw a kick that knocked Big E down, then worked him over with the kendo stick while the production team went nuts with camera cuts.
Crews placed Big E on the table and went up top. Crews performed a frogsplash, but Big E rolled out of the way, causing Crews to crash through the table. Big E hit the Big Ending. Dabba-Kato entered the ring out of nowhere dressed in a military jacket and attacked Big E. Dabba-Kato chokeslammed Big E and then Crews pinned him.
Apollo Crews defeated Big E in 6:50 to win the Intercontinental Championship.
Fireworks shot off for the title change while Crews celebrated with Dabba-Kato…
Powell’s POV: Dabba-Kato previously worked as Babatunde. He became Dabba-Kato while working on Raw Underground, but Cole and Graves acted like they’d never seen him before. In case you’re wondering, Dabba-Kato is Nigerian, so I guess that’s the connection with the Crews character. The match theme was nothing special and they went with the tired ass kendo stick as a weapon, but both men worked hard. I like the title change because Crews needs the title more than Big E does.
A WrestleMania Night One video package aired… The broadcast team spoke while mainstream media headlines were shown regarding the first night of WrestleMania… The vaccination PSA aired… The WrestleMania 38 video aired with Steve Austin as the video host…
Cole and Graves spoke about WrestleMania being a global event while a CGI WrestleMania ghost pirate ship was shown… A video package recapped the Hall of Fame 2021 ceremony… The WWE Hall of Fame 2021 was introduced and they had their moment on the stage…
A video package spotlighted the Raw Women’s Championship match. Ash Costello yelled a lot, er, played Rhea Ripley to the ring. Asuka made her entrance…
6. Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship. Mike Rome delivered in-ring introductions for the title match. Cole, Saxton, and Joe called the match. Ripley ended up down on her knees in the corner with her face against the turnbuckle pad. Asuka kicked the pad and then Ripley rolled to ringside. Asuka followed. Ripley tried to scramble back inside the ring, but Asuka stopped her and ended up delivering a knee to the face before they both returned to the ring.
Ripley avoided a hip attack and then threw a kick. Ripley picked up Asuka and slammed her to the mat, then covered her for a near fall that no one in the building bought. Ripley mounted the back of Asuka and taunted her with slaps to the back of her head, which drew some boos. Asuka caught Ripley in a heel hook, but Ripley rolled out of it and powered up Asuka for a suplex, which led to a two count.
Asuka came back with some kicks and a hip attack, which resulted in a two count. A short time later, Ripley caught Asuka on her shoulders on the floor and dropped her face first onto the apron. Asuka came back with a DDT off the apron to the floor. Damn. Asuka returned to the ring. Ripley returned when the ref’s count reached seven. Asuka greeted her with a kick and covered her for a two count.
Ripley rallied and threw a bunch of kicks at Asuka, who was lying on the mat. Ripley applied a standing leg lock. Asuka rolled out of it and applied an armbar that Ripley broke by rolling on to her. Ripley pulled Asuka up and whipped her into the corner. Ripley suplexed Asuka over the ropes and then covered her for a two count. Asuka rolled Ripley into an armbar.
Ripley rolled Asuka into a pin, then Asuka briefly put her in the Asuka lock, which Ripley broke by rolling her into another pin. Asuka threw kicks at a kneeling Ripley, who called for more. Ripley ended up ducking a kick and then performed the Riptide before scoring the pin…
Rhea Ripley defeated Asuka in 13:30 to win the Raw Women’s Championship.
Powell’s POV: This match felt a little cold as far as the live crowd’s reaction was concerned, though they did come to life for the title change. Asuka and Ripley deserve no blame. This one is totally on the creative forces, as they failed to establish Ripley let alone a strong issue between her and Asuka. They wasted weeks by showing videos touting that she would be coming soon to Raw, and then they didn’t even do much with her once she finally arrived. I really hope they get it right with Ripley. She became the female face of NXT, then had her push derailed when she lost to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36. Hopefully winning the title here will be the start of bigger and better things for her.
Bob “Saul Goodman” Odenkirk did a quick intro for WWE fans before his Nobody movie trailer aired… An ad aired for NXT moving to Tuesday nights…
Powell’s POV: Why are they recapping that match? I’d like to forget the entire first hour of night two. By the way, they cut out the boos from the post match scene when Fiend and Bliss disappeared.
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan stood on the stage and thanked everyone for watching on Peacock and worldwide, as well as the fans in the stadium. Bayley interrupted the WrestleMania hosts and complained that they forgot to thank her. “Where’s my pyro?” Bayley asked. Pyro shot off and then she laughed. Bayley said this is her time to shine.
Brie Bella and Nikki Bella made their entrance. Bayley complained that they were interrupting her time. “I don’t know if you heard, but John Cena is not here tonight,” Bayley said. Nikki slapped the mic out of her hand. The Bellas said “Ding Dong” and “Goodbye.” The Bellas roughed up Bayley to some boos. The Bellas danced with Titus and Hogan on the stage…
The broadcast team hyped “WrestleMania Backlash” as their next pay-per-view for Sunday, May 16…
Powell’s POV: I believe that’s a change in the pay-per-view order. I could be mistaken, but I think they were originally going with Money in the Bank next month and then Backlash in June.
A video package set up the WWE Universal Championship match… Daniel Bryan made his entrance and received a strong dose of “Yes” chants. Edge was out next and was heavily cheered when he first walked onto the stage. Roman Reigns was out last. Reigns, Paul Heyman, and Jey Uso all walked out wearing leis…
Powell’s POV: Reigns was booed so loudly that you would have thought that Vince McMahon was still trying to get him over as a babyface. It’s so nice that they finally got this right.
7. Roman Reigns (w/Paul Heyman, Jey Uso) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat for the WWE Universal Championship. Greg Hamilton delivered in-ring introductions. Cole and Graves called the match. Charles Robinson was the referee. Reigns hit Bryan to start the match and then sent him to ringside. Uso superkicked Bryan. Reigns sent Edge to ringside where Uso superkicked him as well. The broadcast team pointed out that it was all legal in a Triple Threat.
Reigns cleared the broadcast table, but Bryan hit him with a suicide dive. Uso took out Bryan again, then tried to run Edge into the ring steps, but Edge reversed it. A short time later, Edge gave Uso a DDT onto a portion of the ring steps. All three men were down while trainers and referees tended to Uso and eventually escorted him to the back.
Bryan and Edge fought inside the ring while the broadcast team played it up as being Reigns’ worst nightmare, as he could lose the title without factoring into the finish. After a brief battle between Bryan and Edge, Reigns returned to the apron and hit Edge several times. They jockeyed for suplex position. Bryan slid between their legs and pulled Reigns down so that his face hit the apron.
Bryan returned to the ring and put Edge down with a missile dropkick. Moments later, Reigns suplexed Bryan at ringside. Edge hit Reigns with a baseball slide dropkick. Reigns and Edge returned to the ring where Reigns clotheslined him. The fans booed and Reigns responded by jawing at them. Reigns set up for a Superman Punch, but Edge avoided it and put him down with a DDT.
Reigns ended up hitting a charging Edge with a Superman Punch. Moments later, both men went for simultaneous spears and stayed down while Heyman made a Home Alone face at ringside. Production cut to a wide stadium shot and missed Bryan returning with a diving headbutt on Edge. He repeated the move on Reigns and covered him for a two count.
Bryan threw kicks at both men. Reigns avoided the big finale and shoved Bryan toward Edge. Bryan ended up knocking Edge down with a kick. Reigns charged Bryan, who put him down with a kick and picked up a near fall moments later. Bryan stood over Reigns, grabbed him by the arms, and threw kicks to his face. Bryan applied the Yes Lock on Reigns. Reigns raised his hand and appeared to be on the verge of tapping when Edge broke it up.
Bryan put Edge in the Yes Lock. Reigns broke it up, then fired forearms to the head of Bryan. Reigns picked up Bryan and slammed him onto Edge. Reigns brought Bryan to ringside and set up for a move on a piece of the ring steps, but he became distracted by the fans chanting “Roman sucks.” Reigns eventually picked up Bryan and powerbombed him through the broadcast table. Edge appeared out of nowhere and speared Reigns, which left all three men down.
A short time later, Edge caught Reigns in a crossface. Bryan returned and stopped Reigns from tapping, then applied a simultaneous Yes Lock. Bryan and Edge ended up headbutting one another and released the holds on Reigns. Bryan got the better o the fight with Edge, then grabbed his arms and then stomped his neck several times.
Bryan went for a flying knee, but Edge speared him. Reigns returned to the ring and Edge speared him. Edge covered Reigns and had him beat, but Bryan pulled the referee out of the ring. Edge expressed rage. He went to ringside and grabbed chairs that he placed in the ring. Edge hit Bryan with a chair and then rolled him inside the ring.
Edge wrapped the heads of Reigns and Bryan inside separate chairs and set up for Conchairtos. Edge hit Bryan with a Conchairto. Edge turned his attention to Reigns, but Uso returned and attacked him. Edge speared Uso, then beat him with the chair. When Edge turned, Reigns speared him. Reigns gave Edge a Conchairto. Reigns stacked Edge over Bryan and then pinned them to win the match…
Roman Reigns defeated Edge and Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat in 21:40 to retain the WWE Universal Championship.
Reigns, Heyman, and Uso stood in the middle of the ring and then a ton of pyro shot off. Reigns was barking while holding up his title belt as the show went off the air…
Powell’s POV: A hell of a match. I didn’t mind the early interference of Uso, particularly when he was escorted to the back so quickly. But I’m not a fan of his late match interference playing such a big part in the finish. It’s one thing if that takes place at Backlash, but this is WrestleMania. Yet while that was really disappointing, all three men worked really hard and produced a strong main event.
Overall, the show started with perhaps the worst first hour in WrestleMania history, but it picked up from there and turned out to be another strong night of the two-night event. This wasn’t the last Triple Threat of the night. Dot Net Members will hear an exclusive Dot Net Triple Threat audio review hosted by me, Jake Barnett and Will Pruett coming up later this evening. Let me know what you thought of the show by voting for the best match grading the overall show below. Thanks for joining me during WrestleMania weekend.