After a historic Night 1, WrestleMania 37 concludes with a highly anticipated WWE Universal Championship Triple Threat Match between defending champion Roman Reigns, 2021 Royal Rumble winner Edge, and Daniel Bryan on Sunday night.
Reigns has been in control of the title since returning to WWE last summer, but he is finding new resistance in Edge, who made his comeback from injury to win the 30-man King and get his shot at WWE last January Gold. Bryan also found his way into the match after giving Hell to Reigns last month, much to Edge’s chagrin.
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This fantastic rivalry will culminate in a showdown in WWE’s annual Showcase of the Immortals between three competitors who have something in common.
Edge and Bryan have made notable comebacks after retiring from career-threatening injuries, while Reigns has gotten over leukemia to return to the square circle. Nobody in this trio will take anything for granted, but only one can come out on top.
Other games include Big E defending his Intercontinental Championship against Apollo Crews in a Nigerian drum fight, Riddle getting his US Championship on the line against Sheamus, The Fiend seeking revenge on Randy Orton, and many other actions.
Stay tuned as Sporting News provides live updates with a round-up and scores after each game.
MORE: Full match scores from night 1 of WrestleMania 37
WrestleMania 37 Night 2 match scores
Randy Orton def. The fiend
Is there any reason the WWE continues to hold onto this feud? The last time these two met at WrestleMania 33, we had a historically bad title match with worms on the mat.
Could they redeem here?
A nonsensical feud seems to continue with a baffling ending in which Alexa Bliss turned on The Fiend and her distraction cost him the win.
The entrances were extraordinarily long. Actually longer than the match. Bliss was spinning a large jack-n-the-box for The Fiend to come out of. The dreaded red light is back. The fiend is back so as not to sell. Anything you didn’t ask for, you got in this match. They argued in a fool game that fans quickly got tired of.
The goal came when an RKO attempt was converted into a mandibular claw. The fiend chose a sister to Abigail, but Alexa Bliss appeared with a crown of thorns to distract the fiend and allow Orton to meet the RKO and claim victory.
After the game the lights go out and the crowd refuses with boos.
That was really, really bad.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) def. Natalya and Tamina keep the Women’s Tag Team Championship
Just like the women’s day match the night before, this match was doomed from the start.
Without investing in Natalya and Tamina’s makeshift team, it was difficult to get involved in becoming a master. But you can’t deny that the four women involved didn’t work hard. It just wasn’t a very good game.
They had their moments when a nice sling from Natalya into a Tamina superkick was impressive, but that had nothing to do with Shayna lying in a stiff knee in Natalya’s which apparently did real damage. That being said, this match dragged on, trying to get everyone into the idea that Natalya and Tamina could dethrone the champions. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be. The ladies cursed a lot when Natalya tried to direct the traffic frantically.
Trying to emulate WrestleMania 3 with Tamina bodyslamming Nia Jax for a near miss was … something. Tamina would then miss a Superfly splash.
Natalya then locked the sniper on Nia Jax, but Shayna Baszler had been substituted on and was the legal wrestler. She ran in, sank into the bare choke behind, and kept the titles when Natalya passed out.
This is not a good start for WrestleMania.
Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn
With the storied story between these two, there was no doubt they would deliver.
This match was essentially the biggest hit of their ROH matches, which were summed up in minutes. And that was absolutely great because they had to do it at WrestleMania.
It was an absolute sprint with all of her big moves ending up in a rush. Owens set fire to a pop-up power bomb and was on the attack. Zayn followed with a brainbuster on the edge of the apron. Owens with a formidable frog splash for an approaching fall. The action never slowed down. Exploder suplexes, a wicked Fischer-Buster superplex, and a packet pile river tease were stuffed into the match
A Helluva kick from Zayn signaled home stretch as he held Owens up for another kick, but was countered with two super kicks. Owens stared at Zayn, hit the stunner and it’s over.
Oh why was Logan Paul there? To eat a stunner from Owens, of course. And that’s likely to get some mainstream press.
This match was just great fun between two of the best talent in the WWE.
Grade: B +
Sheamus def. United States Championship puzzles
Riddle and Sheamus didn’t have much heat in the match but made up for it with a tough match.
Sheamus had a hell of a good year in the ring and was rewarded with the United States Championship.
As for Riddle, it felt like we were possibly moving from his aloof “bro” persona to something more serious as he made a relentless insult. Everything from a Spanish fly on the top rope and a German suplex on the edge of the apron was cut loose by Riddle. Unfortunately, Sheamus was up for the challenge and shot back with some of his signature movesets.
The end came when Sheamus landed a brogue kick when Riddle bounced off the second rope. It was impressive that Riddle’s mouth had broken open when Sheamus picked up the pinfall. After that, Riddle stared down a hole in Sheamus and maybe this is a sign that the days of the stupid man who can wrestle are over.
Apollo crews def. Big E for the Intercontinental Championship
If you want to know what a Nigerian drum fight is, it has drums, a gong and kendo sticks. I didn’t know gongs and kendo sticks were Nigerian, but whatever.
At least they didn’t use the drums in the match. But the gong? The gong got some action.
These two worked with what they had when they beat each other with guns and worked on an offensive worthy of a heated feud. The problem with booking this game was that Crews hadn’t beaten Big E in a single game and it was difficult to justify a reason to play at WrestleMania.
The destination was stupid, but the only way to make sense of it. And luckily, they gave Apollo Crews the win he needed at WrestleMania.
Big E hit its spots which included a terrifying spear through the ropes and a brutal uranage on the ring steps. But Apollo continued to struggle and put E on the table for a frog splash. E escaped and crews rushed through the table. It felt like the end was near as Big E hit the Big Ending, but Dabba-Kato – from Raw Underground – made his WrestleMania debut, attacked Big E and Crews took the win.
The loss doesn’t hurt Big E at all as it remains a fan favorite, while Apollo Crews had to win in order not to be forgotten. It was a relatively short but solid game that didn’t exhaust its reception.
Rhea Ripley def. Asuka for the “Raw” women’s championship
Asuka was arguably the worst-treated champ on the entire roster. She hasn’t had a notable feud since winning the title, often losing to less talent for no reason, despite being one of the most talented women on the roster.
For the past few months it has felt like a race to see who would get the title from Asuka. Charlotte dropped out of what appears to be a WrestleMania rematch and was replaced on relatively short notice by NXT’s Rhea Ripley, who gets another shot on the main list after her fumble last year. Ripley is obviously a star in development and it was a foregone conclusion that she would get her WrestleMania moment after falling short of Charlotte last year.
Ripley sank her teeth into the role of heel and with her power movements she had control of the early part of the game. Asuka would jump back with a missile dropkick and take a major insult on her larger opponent. In all fairness, this was possibly Ripley’s best match since her showdown with Charlotte last year. Always one of the best in the world, Asuka had the opportunity to make Ripley look like a million dollars even in defeat.
The action started to accelerate when Asuka hit Ripley off the apron with nasty DDT. As soon as they made it back to the ring, a nice counter-wrestling followed and Ripley had her arm bar turned into an Asuka lock. But Ripley turned it into a riptide to get the pin and win the title.
Where does Asuka go from here? Who knows. She is too good to be abused like her. But it’s clear that Rhea Ripley will be a major force on Raw in the near future.
How to watch WrestleMania 37
One of the newest streaming services out there, Peacock is an NBC vehicle. In January, the WWE Network and its library were sold to Peacock, which now stores streamed WWE content.
Peacock has three separate pricing tiers: the free tier, the premium tier, and the premium plus tier. To watch WWE Network and WrestleMania 37, you must subscribe to the Premium tier for $ 4.99 per month. This will also give you full access to the WWE network library available on Peacock as more content will be uploaded to Peacock in the coming months.
Peacock is available on game consoles, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, and Apple TV. After logging in, there is a WWE category in the top bar. Navigate to that category and off you go.
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WrestleMania 37 matches Night 2
- Roman Reigns (c) against Edge against Daniel Bryan for the WWE Universal Championship
- Rhea Ripley def. Asuka for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
- Randy Orton def. The fiend
- Apollo crews def. Big E for the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a Nigerian drum fight
- Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn (with Logan Paul)
- Sheamus def. WWE United States Championship puzzle
- Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) def. Natalya and Tamina for the Women’s Tag Team Championship