14th Apr2021

‘WWE Wrestlemania 37: Night Two’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania 37: Night 2, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Night 2 of WrestleMania 37. I’m currently in the Fortress Of Solitude with my good friend Superman. Superman: Where’s the coke?! Where’s the coke?! Where’s the f—king coke?! Me: Superman! Calm the f—k down! Superman: Shut your mouth man! Shut your mouth man! Shut your f—king mouth! Me: What’s up your ass? Superman: Batman! (wall explodes) Vince McMahon: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! F—k you assholes! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Me: What do you want, you butt-munch?! VM: Ted Turner’s dick in a vice! (corpse of Ted Turner erupts from the floor) Dead Turner: TBS! VM: No! Dead Turner: TNT! VM: No! DT: TCM! VM: No! DT: Jane Fonda’s ass! VM: Damn it! DT: Captain Planet! VM: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! (Vince explodes) Me: Thanks Dead Turner! Superman: Thanks corpsy! Dead Turner: Brains! Me: Okay! Let’s get started on WrestleMania 37 Night 2! Superman: Seriously. Where’s my f—king coke?! DT: Brains? Superman: God damn it! That’s Pepsi! Me: Okay. Really. We’re gonna start now.

Match #1: Randy Orton def. The Fiend

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The Fiend sought to finally get payback against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 37 once and for all after a tumultuous five-year saga. But in one of the most bizarre encounters in WWE history, Alexa Bliss stunningly cost The Fiend his opportunity for retribution. Transforming back into the previous visage of The Fiend — the one recognizable to the WWE Universe before Orton set him ablaze at WWE TLC — The Legend Killer’s rival emerged from a sinister, gigantic Jack-in-the-Box wound by Bliss. The Fiend overwhelmed an aghast Orton from the get-go, while even three hanging DDTs by The Viper seemingly had no effect on The Fiend, who refused to stay down in Michael Myers-esque fashion. The Fiend planted Orton with Sister Abigail, only for Bliss to remerge atop the bizarre box in a completely different form, with a disgusting black ooze running down her face. With The Fiend’s attention occupied, Orton recovered to drop him with an RKO for the pin. Orton made a quick exit, leaving a seemingly confused Fiend to stare at Bliss. But in the span of a few moments, the lights went out at Raymond James Stadium, and both disappeared, leaving the WWE Universe in disbelief at what they had just witnessed.

The score: 3 out of 10

Match #2: Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax def. Natalya and Tamina – WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match

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Despite facing a challenge from Natalya and Tamina, two of WWE’s toughest and most battle-tested Superstars, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax remain the team to beat following a highly physical title defense at WrestleMania. Natalya and Tamina, who earned the title opportunity by winning a Tag Team Turmoil Match less than 24 hours earlier at WrestleMania Saturday, entered the bout primed to negate the champions’ defining traits of expert technique and brute force. The challengers used frequent tags and slick tandem offense, including backdropping The Irresistible Force, to get off to a hot start, but their momentum was halted after Baszler kneed Natalya in the face and Jax slammed Tamina on the floor. As Tamina slowly recovered from the impact, the champions unleashed a targeted attack on Natalya’s left leg. Tamina returned in the nick of time to break up a near-fall and later repaid Jax by backhanding her and slamming her to the mat, to the thunderous approval of the WWE Universe. Her subsequent attempt at the Superfly Splash came up empty, leading Natalya to tag in and, amazingly, cinch in the Sharpshooter on Jax. Unbeknownst to The Queen of Harts, however, Baszler had also tagged into the match moments prior, rendering Jax the illegal competitor. As Natalya sat back on the Sharpshooter, Baszler snuck in from behind and sank in the Kirifuda Clutch, putting Natalya to sleep and earning the W for her team. With each successful title defense that Baszler and Jax make, it becomes increasingly apparent that one might have better luck stealing gold from Fort Knox than removing the titles from around the waists of The Queen of Spades and The Irresistible Force.

The score: 7 out of 10

Match #3: Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn (with Logan Paul)

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With one Stunner on The Grandest Stage of Them All, Kevin Owens may have silenced Sami Zayn’s conspiracy theories — at least for one night. Zayn wasn’t the only one to eat a Stunner, either, as global YouTube sensation Logan Paul also felt Owens’ wrath afterward. Owens appeared hell-bent on ushering in “KO-Mania V” at Zayn’s expense, sprinting out of the gates with a Pop-up Powerbomb. But with so much history between the two combatants, neither Owens nor Zayn could maintain an advantage for long, as both clearly knew every facet of each other’s repertoires. KO’s resiliency was the deciding factor, as he sustained Zayn’s best shots, including repeated Exploder suplexes, a Blue Thunder Bomb, a huge brainbuster and even a Helluva Kick, and fired back with a Stunner for the victory. Paul, Zayn’s “Guest of Honor” for the evening, shocked Zayn by seemingly turning his back on WWE’s Great Liberator, instead offering Owens his congratulations afterward. KO had other ideas, however, dropping the influencer with a huge Stunner as well, securing another iconic WrestleMania moment.

The score: 8 out of 10

Match #4: Sheamus def. Riddle – WWE United States Title Match

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The self-proclaimed MVP of the ThunderDome Era now has hardware to back up his claims. After a more than two-year title drought, Sheamus captured his third United States Championship at WrestleMania, overpowering the red-hot Riddle in a grueling slugfest that will leave both Superstars feeling the effects for weeks. The big hits came early and didn’t let up, and more often than not, they left the WWE Universe picking their jaws up off the floor. No matter what The Original Bro threw The Celtic Warrior’s way — strikes, suplexes, a Jackhammer and even attacks from the air — Sheamus refused to stay down. One of the most spectacular moments saw Riddle deliver a belly-to-belly superplex off the top that sent both Superstars flying head over heels yet failed to yield a three-count. Sheamus similarly had trouble putting The Original Bro down. Riddle courageously stayed in the fight even after enduring White Noise and a ferocious flying knee drop. Perhaps it can be chalked up to WrestleMania jitters, but Riddle exhibited an over eagerness that wound up biting him against an opponent as seasoned as The Celtic Warrior. During a fast-moving exchange, The Original Bro backflipped off the middle rope, seemingly with another high-flying attack in mind, only to be wiped out by a brutal Brogue Kick that sealed the deal and returned Sheamus to championship glory.

The score: 7 out of 10

Match #5: Apollo Crews def. Big E – Nigerian Drum Fight For The WWE Intercontinental Title

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Big E may have sealed his own fate the moment he agreed to a Nigerian Drum Fight against Apollo Crews, as the challenger capitalized on the stipulation in a major way to become the new Intercontinental Champion at WrestleMania 37. The usually boisterous Big E was especially revved-up in front of his hometown crowd for his first WrestleMania singles match, delivering an epic entrance with Grammy-nominated rapper Wale playing the champion to the ring. The unique match rules stipulated no count-outs or disqualifications, with a win only achievable through pinfall or submission. Drums and other various implements surrounded the ring, paying homage to the same duel created by Crews’ ancestors ages ago. Big E used the rules to his advantage immediately, including a nasty Uranage to his foe on the steel steps. Crews battled back with a step-up enziguiri once back inside the ring but miscalculated by attempting to drive Big E through a table with a frogsplash, as the champion rolled out of harm’s way. Victory appeared academic for Big E after he followed with the Big Ending, but an unknown giant appeared, breaking up the ensuing pin attempt and decimating Big E with a vicious chokeslam. The hulking man dragged the nearly lifeless Crews atop Big E for the pin. With the count of three, a lineage rooted in Nigerian royalty led to a path paved in gold in Crews’ WrestleMania debut.

The score: 4 out of 10

Match #6: Rhea Ripley def. Asuka – WWE Raw Women’s Title Match

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On The Grandest Stage of Them All, with one of sports-entertainment’s top prizes at stake, Rhea Ripley was ready for Asuka. Succeeding where a long list of Superstars before her had failed, the 24-year-old Australian powerhouse, in only her second match as an official member of the Raw roster, ended The Empress of Tomorrow’s incredible 230-day tenure as Raw Women’s Champion at WrestleMania. The historic feat was anything but easy. Asuka was the aggressor at the outset, frustrating Ripley as she stayed one step ahead of her challenger and unleashed her signature offense. Whenever Ripley got hold of the champion, however, she made it count, not only grinding down Asuka with her brand of brutality, but even daring to trash-talk and slap her — an unthinkable act in the face of a world-beater like The Empress. Ripley’s boldness teetered on overconfidence and nearly cost her on several occasions. Asuka scored with a potent DDT off the ring apron onto the floor and repeatedly trapped The Nightmare in submission holds. Even then, Ripley proved to be too powerful to contain, forcing the champion to switch up her game plan and wallop The Nightmare with precision strikes. Shockingly, Ripley absorbed the hits and waved on Asuka, as if to ask for more. Happy to oblige, if not bewildered by Ripley’s brashness, The Empress uncorked a lightning-fast head kick, but Ripley dodged it and quickly splattered Asuka on the mat with the Riptide to score the three-count and win the Raw Women’s Title, adding to a resume that already includes past reigns as the NXT and NXT UK Women’s Champion. If WrestleMania truly is the place that heroes are created and legends are born, then April 11, 2021, will go down in the record books as the day that The Nightmare made the jump from can’t-miss prodigy to veritable legend-in the-making.

The score: 8 out of 10

Match #7: Roman Reigns def. Edge and Daniel Bryan – Triple Threat Match For The WWE Universal Title

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The Head of the Table was hell-bent on leaving no leftovers for the competition in the biggest match of the year, as Universal Champion Roman Reigns shattered the storybook dreams of Edge and Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 37. The match that was not even thought possible a few short years ago electrified the WWE Universe with a frenetic pace from the opening bell. Jey Uso took advantage of the No Disqualification setting, getting involved early on his cousin’s behalf by blasting both challengers with superkicks. Edge, however, removed Uso from the equation with a thunderous DDT on the steel steps, and the ringside area already resembled a car crash a few short minutes into the bout. The chaos continued, as Reigns and Edge countered each other’s Spear attempts before second simultaneous tries, resulting in a destructive mid-air collision that left both men down. Bryan, who knew from experience what would be required for victory after doing the impossible under similar circumstances at WrestleMania 30, wisely picked the bones, delivering flying headbutts and “Yes!” kicks to both opponents and taking over the match until Edge broke up his “Yes!” Lock on the champion. The Big Dog began enforcing his will, seemingly eliminating Bryan from contention by driving him through a table with a devastating powerbomb from atop the steps and standing defiantly before a WWE Universe full of his detractors. Reigns’ moment of dominance was short-lived, though, as The Rated-R Superstar floored him with a spectacular Spear off the steps. Back in the ring, Edge applied a crossface to Reigns, only to be joined miraculously by Bryan, who applied a “Yes!” Lock in stereo. The Ultimate Opportunist later dodged Bryan’s Running Knee, unleashing on a Spear on him before evading Reigns’ Superman Punch before Spearing Reigns as well. Covering the champion, Edge appeared poised to recapture gold 10 years to the day after he was forced to retire and relinquish the World Championship — only for Bryan to pull the referee out of the ring just before the count of three. Incensed by having his WrestleMania moment plucked away, Edge uncorked sadistic chair strikes on Bryan and Reigns before going off the reservation completely with a sickening Con-Chair-To on Bryan. Uso made his presence felt once more, but he soon ate a Spear and chair blasts from Edge as well. But with Reigns having time to recover, The Head of the Table hit one final, emphatic Spear on Edge before cracking The Rated-R Superstar with a Con-Chair-To of his own. Not fit with merely winning, Reigns dragged Edge atop Bryan to pin both Superstars and ensure that his rule over SmackDown was unassailable.

The score: 9 out of 10

Final Verdict: 7/10

This felt a little deflated when compared to the full balloon that was Night 1, but this was still a quality show. What was lacking here, if anything, was that you didn’t get enough time to savor a lot of what was happening. By the time we got to the main event, a lot of this show just felt like it disappeared, rather than came to a triumphant conclusion. Another issue was that we had several of these matches going abysmally short. At least the main event got the time to be a hit. Roman pinning both and Edge and Daniel Bryan at the same time was a great visual, but also felt like a B show finish. Having two of the best be pinned in so ridiculous a fashion may have made the champion look formidable, but it made the challengers look feeble. We got two new champions, like Apollo Crews and Rhea Ripley. The Fiend was betrayed by Alexa Bliss, who looked like John Travolta after the hair dye melted mid-boogie. The Women’s Tag Title was a welcome surprise in that Nia and Tamina managed to squeeze out just enough skill to help make the match better. All in all, this was not a bad show at all. I had fun and the main event was one of the best in a while. Okay, WrestleMania 37 is over and was a hit, by and large. Thank you for reading. I’ll see you next time.

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