WrestleMania 39 Night Two Reaction

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Welcome to the WrestleMania 39 Reaction, where I offer up my thoughts on Night Two’s action.

You can see my reaction to Night One here and John’s full in-depth report here.

America The Beautiful was performed this time by Jimmie Allen, who I have never heard of. He did a good job. We then get another cold open narrated by Kevin Hart, similar to what he did on Night One.

The Miz and Snoop Dog are in the ring to hype tonight’s card and recap Night One. They did something similar on Night One.

Our opening contest has Omos taking on Brock Lesnar. Brock’s got a plane to catch, so this didn’t go long, thankfully. It wasn’t a mat classic by any means but it gave us the visuals of Brock german suplexing Omos and hitting the F5 for the win.

The Women’s Fatal Four Way Tag Team Showcase is up next. The teams are; Raquel Rodriguez/Liv Morgan, Shotzi/Natalya, Chelsea Green/Sonya Deville, and Ronda Rousey/Shayna Baszler. Like the men’s match, there was no real story going into it. Unlike the men’s match, it was just a decent match. They were given roughly the same amount of time but they just couldn’t really get into second gear. There was some decent talent in the ring, but no really established tag teams. The outcome was obvious with Shotzi tapping out to a Ronda Rousey armbar. They did put in a decent effort though.

We get highlights from the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal before Bobby Lashley came out to pose with the trophy. Really? That’s it?

Titus O’Neil is back on commentary for the Intercontinental Championship triple threat match between GUNTHER, Sheamus, and Drew McIntyre. Well, Fella, this is going to be a banger. This was Chop Fest City. There were so many chops in this match that Ric Flair was asking them to dial it down a tad. This was just ridiculously hard hitting match. I think they were trying to outdo each other. This could have gone any way. GUNTHER wound up surviving and retaining the title. The match was excellent and GUNTHER retaining is an acceptable outcome.

Bianca Belair defends her Raw Women’s Championship against Asuka next. Belair had a really nice entrance with some young girls dancing to her music. The dance troupe was announced as the Divas of Compton. They did a really good job. As for the match, it was very good and competitive from start to finish. Belair’s power is crazy impressive with some of the things she is able to do move wise. Asuka is settling into the new character but hasn’t changed the moveset that much yet. The ending was surprising with Belair retaining the title here. I was expecting Asuka to win but perhaps this would bring out more of her Kana character to challenge Belair again down the road.

The Miz and Snoop Dogg are back out to announce the attendance for tonight, 81,395, for a two night total 161,892. Snoop offers up another match for Miz and it’s Shane McMahon. The match starts and Shane immediately blows a quad. Snoop finishes Miz off with the slowest People’s Elbow ever seen. It was just not a deal all around. Why couldn’t we have slotted Bobby Lashley and LA Knight here instead?

The classic Hell in a Cell structure is lowered and it is time for Edge and “The Demon” Finn Balor. Edge came out in his old Brood gear and Balor’s Demon entrance was kinda cool. The match was the war we expected it to be. The red and purple colored weapons was a nice touch. Balor ate a ladder and it split his head open. We have to pause the match while Balor gets his head put back together. Once the match resumes, they keep pulling out all of the stops. Edge vanquishes his Judgment Day demons by finishing The Demon off with a conchairto. I’m okay with Edge winning here. Judgment Day was booked too strong against him and he needed to get his redemption.

A recap from the Hall of Fame runs before introducing the inductees, Stacy Keibler, Andy Kaufman, The Great Muta, Tim White, and Rey Mysterio to the live crowd. Mysterio’s speech with Konnan’s induction speech is worth the watch if you missed it.

It’s now main event time with Roman Reigns defending the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against the 2023 Royal Rumble winner, Cody Rhodes. Rhodes gets a rockstar entrance and this has a big fight feel to it. The match was really good. It was a hard fought battle. We had all of the elements that one would have expected; a ref bump, Uso interference countered by KO and Sami, and same old tired finish Solo spiking Cody so Roman could spear him for the win. I think it was a mistake not putting the title on Rhodes here. The WWE has a tendency to throw cold water on a white hot iron instead of striking it. There isn’t another Sami Zayn like character that can save this for another year, so I think they have to do something by SummerSlam or they’ll totally destroy not only Cody Rhodes, but the entire roster.

John rated Night Two at an 8. The second night was definitely not as good as the first night. I think I’d go with a 7.5 just with the lesser quality of the night.

Let’s take a look at tonight’s highs and lows.

The Highs

The Intercontinental Championship triple threat match was just unreal. I knew it was going to be hard hitting but good grief. Red chests for everyone.

I also really liked the Hell in a Cell match. The medical timeout to tend to Balor’s head injury didn’t really hurt the match that much. They might have just upped the intensity a little bit to make up for the brief pause in the action.

The Lows

The second night just didn’t feel all that special. None of the titles on Night 2 changed hands. Night 1 had all titles change hands. Several of the matches just didn’t have that special feel that the first night did.


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