Things are going to be a bit different this week. Due to some time constraints this is going to be a slightly shorter version of WWEekly. This week will purely be dedicated to results and talking points without the essay length or comment. Quite a lot has happened so let’s dig into the results.
– The Shield delivered their farewell promo. Dean and Roman leave with Seth staying behind and getting into a promo war with Paul Heyman. He is then attacked by Shelton Benjamin and the two have a match. Seth wins via Stomp.
– Finn Balor loses the IC Title to Bobby Lashley via Spear following a distraction from Lio Rush. Bobby and Lio appear to be friends again now.
– Alexa Bliss revealed she will be hosting WrestleMania this year on her Moment of Bliss segment.
– Aleister Black & Ricochet defeat Roode & Gable via Black Mass to Roode.
– Braun Strowman destroys a car gifted to him by Michael Che and Colin Jost following last week’s incident.
– Dana Brooke tries to stand up to an angry Ronda Rousey and gets destroyed. Good promo from Dana, shame she wasn’t given a match.
– Elias attacks No Way Jose and his conga line after being interrupted as usual. No Way Jose debuts a new look with green hair.
– Natalya and Nia Jax have a match. She brings out Beth Phoenix to watch her back at ringside. The match ends in a DQ when Beth attacks Nia.
– Kurt Angle announces he will retire at WrestleMania and will have one last match in Pittsburgh. That match is against Apollo Crews. Good quality match where Angle wins with the Angle Slam. The two hug it out and Angle soaks in the crowd’s response one last time.
– Drew McIntyre attacks Roman Reigns as Roman is ready for a match with Corbin. Next is a falls count anywhere match between Dean and Drew. The fight goes everywhere and they attack each other with anything not nailed down. Drew even stabs Dean with a pencil at one point. The match ends when Drew puts away Dean with a railing assisted Claymore Kick.
– Triple H calls out Batista and the two have a war of words. Batista demands what he wants and HHH grants him a match at WrestleMania. Dave looks pleased until HHH reveals it will be a no holds barred match.
– Shane McMahon taunts the crowd over his attack on the Miz and declares he will only be doing things for himself. He says he will be making a match against Miz at WrestleMania so he can beat him down again. The best in the world trophy is also present, just to remind you that Shane won that sham of a tournament on that sham of a PPV.
– The Usos drop a promo package wondering who their WrestleMania opponents will be for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles. Next is an eight man tag match where Aleister Black, Ricochet and the Hardy Boyz take on the Bar and Rusev & Nakamura. The match descends into chaos when the New Day decide to join the fray, taking everyone out. It seems the Smackdown tag team division will be in disarray on the road to WrestleMania.
– Asuka takes on Sonya Deville in a one on one match. Mandy Rose is Deville’s corner but ends up costing her the match by pulling on the ring apron following a Baseball Slide. Sonya trips on the ring apron, much like Rose did at Fastlane. Asuka capitalises, kicks her in the head and taps her out with the Asuka Lock. The two argue after the match and Rose struts off on her own.
– Randy Orton and AJ Styles lay into each other verbally, making fun of each other’s journey to WWE. The two decide to have a match at WrestleMania.
– Rey Mysterio and R Truth team up to take on the heels of the US Title scene, Andrade and Samoa Joe. Joe appears to have the match won but Mysterio reverses the Uranage into a roll up and pins Joe. Following the loss Joe is livid and vows revenge.
– Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali do battle with Daniel Bryan and his intellectual peer Rowan (who was donned in a Powerwolf shirt this week.) Ali and Owens work together but Ali is beaten by Rowan who puts him down with the Face Grip Slam. The heels stand tall despite Owens and Ali’s efforts.
– Becky and Charlotte have a war of words over the outcome of their Fastlane match. Becky Lynch gloats about getting in Ronda’s head so she’d get her back into the match. Charlotte takes exception and tries to assert her dominance.
– The New Day demands an opportunity for Kofi Kingston from Vince McMahon following his shady actions at Fastlane. Vince relents and says Kofi can prove himself if he completes one simple task. All he has to do is beat Randy Orton… and Samoa Joe… and The Bar… and Rowan… in a gauntlet match next week. Easy right?
-Forgotten Sons were able to defeat Moustache Mountain to progress to the Finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic tournament. Ryker gets involved saving his team and allowing them to put Moustache Mountain away with the Reverse DDT/Double stomp combo.
– The number one contenders match between Bianca Belair and Io Shirai is ruined by Shayna Baszler. She chokes out Bianca, chokes out Kairi Sane when she tries to assist and finishes by choking out Io Shirai after withstanding a flurry of her offense. The Takeover match is revealed to be a Fatal Four Way in an interview with Baszler after the match. Baszler is not pleased.
– Ricochet & Aleister Black defeat DIY to progress to the Finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic Tournament. A Black Mass Kick and 630 Splash put Ciampa away after a valiant solo effort. Gargano suffered a knee injury part way through, taking him out of the match. Must watch match. That means Forgotten Sons will take on Ricochet and Black in the finals. Post-match Gargano reveals it was all a ruse and blocks an attack from Ciampa. Instead he stands tall alongside Candice and revels in the crowd chanting “Johnny Wrestling.”
So, even though the detail may be lacking, it’s still clear to see that WWE had a busy week. All three shows delivered top class matches and started moving the pieces ahead of WrestleMania. Shelton Benjamin actually had a match, Rey may have just secured himself a one on one US Title match and the Dusty Classic tag finals have been set. There is still plenty of pieces to be set up and plenty more excitement to be had. Be sure to tune in next week when we return to our regularly scheduled format.