Who would have thought that the "Showcase of the Immortals" (is that still what the WWE call it?) would be so different?
Lowlights and highlights as follows:
Cesaro def. Drew Gulak (Kickoff Match)
No surprise. Justice for Cesaro! But in a kickoff match?!
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. The Kabuki Warriors to become the new WWE Women's Tag Team Champions
Elias def. King Corbin
Corbin buried? Nah, he's a big lad. Vincent will bring him back.
Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch def. Shayna Baszler
Play it safe. Bit of a shock, but safe. And a short match. Evolution, anyone?
Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn def. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan losing? Good, Zayn FINALLY gets some continuity.
SmackDown Tag Team Champion John Morrison def. Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso in a Triple Threat Ladder Match
Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins in a No Disqualification Match
Don't understand why there was even this feud/match. Fair enough, though, KO is decent, and a solid result.
Braun Strowman def. Goldberg to become the new Universal Champion
Well, Goldberg was never going to defend, was he? It won't be long before Strowman drops the title, but at least now he can add this to his CV. WWE should have put a title on Strowman 2 years+ ago. He has lost so much momentum he is virtually going backwards.
The Undertaker def. AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match
I want to cry. However good the match, this is not a long-term solution, it's a WrestleMania sop. The one positive is the American Badass came back, and it broke the 4th wall in the build... let's hope it lets 'Taker go out for good with some dignity. Please let him Rest In Peace.
PREVIEWS OF PT2
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre
Silas: McIntyre. I'm a fan, and I didn't back him for the Rumble so... "Cheers, Drew!"
The Baron: Lesnar. End of.
John Cena vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (Firefly Fun House Match)
Silas: The Fiend, he's not going to lose 2 on the bounce, with help from his FFH friends
The Baron: Cena. I think Vince has gone cool on this one, and this is mainstream
Edge vs. Randy Orton (Last Man Standing Match)
The Baron: Who cares? Seriously? Let's say.... EDGE, just because
NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair
Silas: Kind of expected it to be Charlotte, but... I think WWE are high on Ripley, so I'm going to say Ripley, as it also means Charlotte won't go to NXT
The Baron: Please let it be Ripley!
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina vs. Naomi (WrestleMania Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match)
Silas: Naomi... too early for Evans
The Baron: Lacey Evans to surprise and pick up the pieces after a scarppy match that doesn't last half as long as it should
Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler
The Baron: Otis. Ziggler there to make him look good
Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley
Silas: If this isn't given to Black, Creative need sacking. Lashley should be buried here
The Baron: Please, Aleister Black
Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits vs. Austin Theory & Angel Garza
Silas: Street Profits
The Baron: Theory and Garza, for the Hispanic viewers
Natalya battles Liv Morgan
Silas: Natalya... a Mania moment for her
The Baron: Morgan, why not? Could be a damp squid for Natalya