The Road to Wrestlemania, Episode Twenty-Seven

This is the twenty-seventh episode in a series, retelling the Road to Wrestlemania 2016. This episode covers part four of Wrestlemania 32, originally televised April 3, 2016.

Match #1: Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match

Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks work together in the early stages of the match, looking to remove Charlotte from contention. The champion is forced to retreat outside the ring, giving Banks and Lynch an opportunity to fight one on one. Banks dominates initially, until a returning Charlotte breaks her momentum, allowing Lynch to hit Bexplexes on both opponents.

Ric Flair surveys the action at ringside, hoping to gain a chance to distract the referee or interfere to ensure his daughter is victorious. He almost costs her the match though, reaching out to trip up Banks only to catch the referee instead; who bans him from ringside.

With Flair gone, Banks drives home the advantage, knocking Becky Lynch from the ring and taking the fight straight to Charlotte. She avoids an attempted suplex, but her rollup attempt only gets a two count. She locks in an armbar, but Charlotte reaches the ropes.

Banks tries to pull her back in, but Lynch is there with a boot to Banks’ face, and a running elbow to a recovering Charlotte. The Lasskicker climbs back into the ring, and leaps high, taking out both opponents with a splash.

Only to be rolled up into a Banks Statement.

But Charlotte breaks it.

As the match momentum continues to swing back and forth, Charlotte takes control, going after Becky Lynch’s knee, until she can only limp. She tries to lock in the Figure Eight, but as she taunts her opponent, Banks hits a Back Stabber.

But she can’t roll her up into a Banks Statement, as her legs are tangled with Becky’s.

Rolling free, she rushes Lynch, but is caught out of nowhere by a Superkick.

With Banks knocked out of the ring, Becky Lynch grabs Charlotte, hitting a Bexplex, followed by a Dis-Arm-Her, forcing the champion, after a desperate stretch for the ropes, to tap out.

Match #2: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

This match is an exact replica of their televised match at WWE Roadblock, with one slight difference. Triple H and Dean Ambrose throw everything they have at each other, as the match starts off with one disrespectful act following another, as neither wrestler cares to treat the other seriously. Ambrose mocks the Game at every turn, taking breaks and slapping the top of his head, before targeting the Game’s leg over and over.

As the match progresses, Ambrose becomes more and more defiant, despite Triple H controlling long stretches of it, until suddenly, Ambrose sees an opening and hits Dirty Deeds. The referee counts three, and the crowd goes wild.

But the referee calls off the pin, as Ambrose’s foot is under the ropes.

The fight spills outside the ring. Ambrose drops a devastating elbow from the turnbuckle to the arena floor, mocking Triple H further with DX chops.

But he pushes his luck too far, trying to put Triple H through the announce table, and the Game rolls out of the way, leaving Ambrose to crash and burn.

Triple H rolls back into the ring, and the referee starts the count.

Ambrose stirs at three, pulling himself back towards the ring.

He rolls under the bottom rope as the referee counts nine.

Triple H attacks immediately, dragging him up into position for a Pedigree.

But Ambrose reverses it into Dirty Deeds, and three long seconds later, the referee calls it.

Match #3: Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker

The cell is lowered, and secured in place. It’s time for the main event.

Shane McMahon comes to the ring, waiting patiently for the Deadman to make his entrance. Vince and Stephanie McMahon comes to ringside, and take seats at commentary.

The Undertaker comes to the ring through a company of druids lining the ramp. The druids slowly shuffle back up the ramp once he reaches the cell, and once they are gone, he steps inside and pulls it shut behind him.

Once the bell sounds, Shane McMahon takes the fight straight to the Undertaker, hoping to use his speed to offset the Deadman’s power advantage. But Undertaker quickly tires of him, throwing Shane back into the turnbuckle and hitting him again and again. He whips Shane into a clothesline, before pulling him back to his feet, and hitting Old School.

He hits the Last Ride. Throws Shane into the cell wall; once, twice, three times and again. Tosses Shane under the bottom rope, climbs the apron and drops a leg across Shane’s chest.

But Shane kicks out of the following pin.

Undertaker throws the steel steps into the ring. Grabs Shane and attempts a Chokeslam. But Shane reverses it into a triangle submission. He tries to hold on, but the Deadman reverses it again, slamming him down on the the steps.

The match continues, as Shane builds a little momentum, but at every turn the Undertaker counters it into another devastating attack, or simply throwing him into the cell wall.

The Deadman locks in Hells Gate, and the referee looks ready to call the match…

But Shane reverses it into a Sharpshooter, and the Undertaker barely breaks the hold. Vince paces at ringside frantic, as Shane grabs a trashcan from underneath the ring, and pins the Undertaker in the corner with it. Climbing the turnbuckle, he waves at his dad, before leaping across the ring and connecting with a Coast to Coast.

The Undertaker kicks out.

Shane finds bolt cutters, and cuts his way free of the cell, but Undertaker recovers, tackling Shane through the cell wall and into the commentary table. He pulls the desks apart, and uses one of the monitors to crack Shane over the head. Picking him up, Undertaker attempts a Tombstone on top of the announce table, only for Shane to reverse it into a sleeper hold, which Undertaker breaks by falling backwards onto the table.

Shane recovers faster, using a steel chair to attack the Undertaker’s arm and shoulder. Then he climbs the cell.

He reaches the top. Stephanie and Vince are on their feet in panic.

Shane stares at the crowd. Then at the Undertaker. Takes a breath. And leaps.

Undertaker rolls out of the way, and Shane crashes and burns.

And for a moment, no one moves.

And then the Game’s music hits.

Pissed off from losing his title, Triple H stalks to the ring, sledgehammer in hand, determined to ensure that his power remains in place. He drags Shane out of the pieces of the announce table, throwing him into the cell wall. He swings the sledgehammer.

Only for Damien Sandow to tackle him to the ground. Sandow strikes the Game over and again. Vince McMahon drags Damien Sandow back, as the Dudley Boyz rush out, attacking Sandow and throwing him over the barricade.

Shane drags himself back into the ring, as the Undertaker gets to his feet. He shoves past Triple H, who follows him into the cell, and the three wrestlers pause for a moment. Undertaker, Triple H, and Shane McMahon. Damien Sandow fighting both Dudley Boyz in the crowd. Vince and Stephanie McMahon baying for blood outside the cell.

And just at that moment, music hits.

Roman Reigns is back.

The Big Dog walks calmly down the steps. He surveys the chaos. Then he takes a running leap and spears D-Von Dudley into the seats. Gets to his feet and hits Bubba Ray with a chair shot to the head.

Then he climbs the barricade.

Triple H can’t believe what he is seeing. Vince and Stephanie are speechless.

Triple H charges out of the cell to confront Reigns. The Big Dog hits him with a Spear. Then picks him up and throws him over the second commentary table. He grabs Vince by the throat and shoves him back against the cell. The camera is close enough to hear him speak.

“You took it all from me. Now it’s time for justice.”

He throws the old man to the ground, and steps into the cell, coming face to face with the Undertaker.

Shane McMahon pulls himself to his feet. He stumbles back into the corner.

There is a moment of quiet.

And then Roman Reigns and the Undertaker go to war. Blow after blow rains down on each wrestler, as they trade powerful strikes and attempted holds. But Reigns is fresh, and the Undertaker is worn down.

Triple H tries to get back into the ring, but Shane dives through the ropes, taking out his brother in law.

Reigns hits a Superman Punch. The Undertaker sits up. The Undertaker reverses another Superman Punch into an attempted Chokeslam, but Reigns slips free, and connects with a bone-crushing spear.

He gets a chair from under the ring. He hits the Deadman. Once. Twice. Three times. The Undertaker sits up and Reigns hits him again. The Undertaker sits up again, dragging himself to his feet. Reigns is waiting, and hits him with another Spear, straight into the ring steps.

Reigns throws them clear of the ring, as Shane returns and climbs high, dropping an elbow on the Undertaker and attempting the pin.

1.

Triple H scrambles into the ring, but Reigns is there, catching him in the ropes and holding him in place.

2.

Vince and Stephanie try to get to the referee.

3.

The referee calls for the bell. Shane McMahon is victorious. He can barely stand.

Triple H gets free, and tries to attack someone. Anyone. But Reigns is there and now he has the sledgehammer. He cracks it over the Game’s skull.

And as the show comes to a close, the last image is Roman Reigns, sledgehammer in hand, standing over the broken bodies of The Undertaker and Triple H.

Summary

And so ends Wrestlemania. Let me know what you think in the comments down below. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing and developing it.

The next post will be a summary of the overall storyline choices, Wrestlemania as a whole, and where the program could be taken from here.

Episode Card
Original Schedule Revised Schedule
Baron Corbin wins the Andre the Giant Battle Royal Becky Lynch def. Charlotte and Sasha Banks
The Rock def. Erick Rowan Dean Ambrose def. Triple H
Roman Reigns def. Triple H Shane McMahon def. The Undertaker

The Road to Wrestlemania, Episode Twenty-Six

*This is the twenty-sixth episode in a series, retelling the Road to Wrestlemania 2016. This episode covers part three of Wrestlemania 32, originally televised April 3, 2016.

Match #1: Tag Team Championship Match

Enzo and Cass lead a raucous crowd as they prepare for their championship match, ripping a cutting promo about the stagnant state of the division, declaring that it would be revitalised, starting tonight.

The match kicks off with Big E and Cass trading blows, attempting to knock the other off their feet, while Enzo stirs up the crowd from the apron. But the presence of Kofi Kingston at ringside makes things difficult for the Realest Guys in the Room, as they constantly have to keep an eye on him, distracting them at key moments.

The pace picks up, and Enzo and Cass remove Kingston as a distraction, hitting him with a Rocket Launcher off the apron. Big E tries a running spear, but Cass jumps out of the way, leaving Big E to crash into the barricade outside the ring. With Woods all alone, Cass takes him out with a Big Boot, and tags in Enzo for the Rocket Launcher.

But Kingston slides back into the ring, hitting Trouble in Paradise on the falling Enzo, and picking up the disqualification.

Big Cass is enraged, connecting with Big Boots to both Woods and Kingston. Disappointed, Enzo exits the ring, and Cass follows him up the ramp.

The New Day celebrate in the centre of the ring; a loss, yes, but they retain their titles.

As they stand there, two hooded figures slide into the ring, and quickly take out Woods and Big E. Kingston turns straight into a Running Boot, and his limp body is lifted up onto their shoulders before being slammed down onto the mat. A Magic Killer.

The hoods are revealed, and Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows stand tall over the champions.

Match #2: Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Most of the wrestlers taking part in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal make their way to the ring as one group. Those that get entrances include Zack Ryder, Big Show, Kane, Sheamus, and finally…

Wade. Barrett.

Sheamus, eyes wide with shock, barely has time to recover before the Bad News hits him, driving him back as the brawl erupts around them. The Ascension go to work, targetting some of their larger opponents, working together to topple Mark Henry and Kane, though neither is eliminated yet.

Baron Corbin goes on a tear through the ranks, eliminating three wrestlers in quick succession, before walking into a KO Punch from Big Show.

With Sheamus collapsed in a corner, Damien Sandow and Barrett work together to eliminate Mark Henry and Johnny Gargano, before Sheamus returns with a vengeance.

Only to run straight into a Big Boot from Adam Rose, as the Social Outcasts work with Barrett to eliminate the leader of the League of Nations, before Curtis Axel and Rose are eliminated by Kane and Big Show.

Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, and Samoa Joe work together briefly to eliminate the former tag team champions, and soon the six men left are Crews, Corbin, Joe, Ryder, Sandow, and Barrett.

The NXT wrestlers work together, eliminating Sandow, Ryder, and finally Barrett, but when it is down to three, neither Crews nor Corbin can put aside their differences long enough to focus on Samoa Joe, who runs over both of them, eliminating them both in one fell swoop, to claim the 3rd Annual Battle Royal as his own.

Match #3: Brock Lesnar vs Jack Swagger

Jack Swagger comes to the ring, accompanied by Bo Dallas. Dallas paces nervously at ringside, hoping that the work they have put in is enough.

Because here comes the pain.

Lesnar doesn’t bother waiting for the bell. He charges Swagger as soon as his feet clear the ropes, carrying him back into the turnbuckle and pinning him in place, hitting him with shoulder after shoulder, before dragging him out into a clothesline.

Swagger crumples in the centre of the ring, and the Beast paces around the ring, a look of disappointment in his eyes. Lesnar dead lifts him up into the air and hits a German Suplex, before attempting a pin.

But Swagger kicks out.

Lesnar picks him back up, ready to suplex him again. But Swagger slips out of the hold, and takes Lesnar’s feet out from under him, using his amateur wrestling background to gain a brief moment of leverage.

Before Lesnar shoves him off. Lesnar glares, cracks his neck, and takes Swagger down, using all of his MMA ground and pound techniques to break through Swagger’s guard. He grabs Swagger by the throat, lifting him into the air, and hits another Suplex.

Swagger drags himself towards the ropes.

Lesnar pulls him back in and goes for the pin.

But Swagger kicks out.

On one side of the ring, Paul Heyman stands proudly, hand raised to keep the suplex count for the crowd. On the other though, Bo Dallas slams his hands on the apron, cheering Swagger on, willing him to respond. Lesnar taunts the Social Outcast, gesturing for him to get in the ring too. Dallas looks almost tempted, but grins as Swagger gets back to his feet, and Lesnar turns straight into a Spinning Clothesline.

Lesnar kicks out at 1, with Swagger barely able to start the pin.

Swagger tries an Ankle Lock, but Lesnar rolls out of it. Swagger manages to duck the following Clothesline though, and for a brief moment drives Lesnar into the turnbuckle.

Before Lesnar all but throws him across the ring, leaving him collapsed in a heap.

Dallas looks despondent, as Lesnar dead lifts Swagger once again, lifting him onto his shoulders and hitting a resounding F5.

But Swagger kicks out.

Lesnar shakes his head, picking Swagger up again, hitting a German Suplex. Another German Suplex. Another German Suplex. Swagger’s body is shaking. Lesnar picks him up to hit him with an F5, but pauses. And frowns.

He lets Swagger fall back to the floor.

Swagger keeps shaking.

He’s laughing

Paul Heyman yells for the Beast to finish it. Lesnar stares at Swagger in confusion as Swagger drags his bloodied body up onto his knees, and stares across the ring at the Beast; stretching his arms out as if to welcome more. His eyes darken. His smile gets wider.

“I BELIEVE.”

The lights go out.

We’re here.

When they return, Braun Strowman and Erick Rowan stand on either side of Paul Heyman, and Bray Wyatt stands before a kneeling Jack Swagger. Lesnar rushes Wyatt, but he steps out of the way, as Swagger rises to his feet and connects with another Spinning Clothesline. Rowan and Strowman rush the ring, pummelling the Beast and preventing him from rising.

Wyatt and Swagger stand face to face, and Swagger smiles, and bows his head, ever so slightly. Wyatt gestures to the Beast, and Swagger picks Lesnar up, hitting him with a Gutwrench Powerbomb.

Bo Dallas stands at ringside aghast. Bray Wyatt smiles upon him, mock bowing slightly, before lifting Lesnar back to his feet, kissing his forehead, and hitting Sister Abigail.

He then kneels in the centre of the ring, arms outstretched, as the Wyatts, and their newest member, gather around him, staring down at the crestfallen Bo Dallas.

Summary

Let me know what you think in the comments down below.

In the next episode, the championships will be decided, and Hell will come to Wrestlemania…

Episode Card
Original Schedule Revised Schedule
Brock Lesnar def. Dean Ambrose Enzo and Cass def. The New Day by DQ
Charlotte def. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks Samoa Joe wins the Andre the Giant Battle Royal
The Undertaker def. Shane McMahon Brock Lesnar def. Jack Swagger by DQ

The Road to Wrestlemania, Episode Twenty-Five

*This is the twenty-fifth episode in a series, retelling the Road to Wrestlemania 2016. This episode covers part two of Wrestlemania 32, originally televised April 3, 2016.

Match #1: United States Championship Ladder Match

With no obvious favourite heading into the ladder match, Jey and Jimmy Uso, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Stardust, Kalisto, and Sin Cara throw themselves into the frey, scrambling for a ladder and the space to climb it. The Usos work in tandem, taking down their opponents before throwing themselves over the ropes into a crowd of wrestlers. Kalisto flies high, crashing down onto the fallen wrestlers.

The Usos slide a ladder into the ring, setting it up and starting to climb either side.

But they argue over who will claim the belt, allowing Stardust and Sin Cara to pull them down.

The wrestlers trade signature moves, as more ladders are added to the mix, resulting in a beautiful spot where Kalisto hits a Salida Del Sol on Fandango off the top of a collapsed ladder, held up by the rest of the competitors.

Before he can recover, Sin Cara throws Kalisto from the ring, taking the opportunity to attack his former tag team partner, throwing him into the barricade and briefly trying to rip his mask off, before choosing instead to throw the ring steps at him, crushing him against the barricade.

In the ring, Jimmy Uso pulls Jey Uso off a ladder, causing the brothers to get in each other’s faces, ensuring they miss Stardust leaping high, taking them both out with a Beautiful Disaster, leaving Stardust and Tyler Breeze in the ring. The two reverse move after move, before an attempted Beautiful Disaster is reversed into a Beauty Shot, sending Stardust crashing to the arena floor.

Tyler Breeze sets up a ladder. But the Usos rush him…

Only for Fandango to return to the ring, climbing a ladder outside the ring and hitting an enormous Leg Drop over the ropes onto Jey Uso. Breeze hits a Beauty Shot on the stunned Jimmy Uso, and Fandango and Breeze are left standing face to face in the centre of the ring.

At which moment, they smile, nod, and set up the ladder. Breeze gestures to Fandango, who climbs the ladder. Sin Cara slides back into the ring, but Breeze Superkicks him, providing Fandango the time needed to take the belt, and the victory.

Match #2: Emma vs Paige

As they have done since their time in NXT, Emma and Paige set about putting on a technical masterclass. Far more a grounded counter match than one filled with high energy spots, the two wrestlers trade holds and attempted submissions, each hoping to finish the other off. Paige attacks Emma’s neck and arms, while Emma focuses on Paige’s lower back, hoping to set up the Emma Lock.

The action moves around the ring, rarely leaving it; Emma does tangle Paige in the bottom rope and leave the ring in order to attack her further, but for the most part this match is entirely within the ropes.

As Paige starts to take control, she shifts gears, hitting suplex after suplex, and setting Emma up for a Rampaige. But Emma uses leverage to kick out Paige’s knee, causing her to scramble away in pain. Emma hits a running dropkick on Paige, and drags her into the centre of the ring to lock in the Emma Lock.

But Paige breaks the hold, reverseing it into a Boston Crab; she can’t lock it in though, and Emma makes it to the ropes.

Clearly limping, Paige tries to go after Emma to keep the pressure on, but Emma kicks at Paige’s good leg, forcing her weight onto the bad knee until she collapses.

Stuck in the middle of the ring, Emma locks in a Kneebar, twisting Paige into a defenseless position and hitting her again and again until she is forced to submit to the pain.

Match #3: Intercontinental Championship Fatal Four Way Match

Kevin Owens. Dolph Ziggler. AJ Styles. Sami Zayn.

A war breaks out in the centre of the ring, as all four wrestlers attempt signature moves in the opening moments. Sami Zayn rushes Dolph Ziggler, attempting a Helluva Kick, only to be hit by Superkicks from both Ziggler and Owens, who then turns into a Phenomenal Forearm from AJ Styles, leaving Ziggler as the only wrestler standing less than a minute in.

Momentum shifts back and forth as Styles and Ziggler look to outwrestle each other, while Zayn and Owens attempt at times to bloody each others faces until no longer conscious. Brief alliances last no more than a move or two. Zayn connects with a Helluva Kick on Dolph Ziggler, throwing him back into a Phenomenal Forearm from Styles, only for Zayn to break up the pin. Owens relaxes patiently in the corner as he watches all three opponents trade blows, only for all three to rush him at the same moment, leaving him crumpled in the corner as punches and kicks rain down.

As the match reaches its climax, Ziggler finds himself locked into a Koji Clutch from Zayn and a Calf Crusher from Styles, only for Owens to hit a running Senton to break both holds. Ziggler squirms in pain, reaching for the ring ropes. Zayn catches Owens with an Exploder Suplex, and sets him up for a Helluva Kick.

But Styles flies high, hitting a Phenomenal Forearm on the charging Zayn.

Only to be hit by a Superkick from Owens when he gets to his feet. Owens throws Styles from the ring, pinning Zayn. Ziggler attempts to break the pin, but his leg collapses, leaving him just out of reach as the referee counts three.

Summary

While Kevin Owens retained his Intercontinental Championship, a new United States Champion was crowned, and a new tag team may well have emerged. Meanwhile, Emma rose to the occasion, forcing Paige to submit, and perhaps throwing herself into the championship discussion post Wrestlemania.

In the next episode, the tag team champions The New Day will take on Enzo and Cass, the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will offer a few surprises, and the Beast will take on the All-American American.

Let me know what you think in the comments down below.

Episode Card
Original Schedule Revised Schedule
Zack Ryder wins Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match Fandango wins United States Championship Ladder Match
Chris Jericho def. AJ Styles Emma def. Paige
The League of Nations def. The New Day Kevin Owens wins the Intercontinental Championship Fatal Four Way Match

The Road to Wrestlemania, Episode Twenty-Four

*This is the twenty-fourth episode in a series, retelling the Road to Wrestlemania 2016. This episode covers part one of Wrestlemania 32, originally televised April 3, 2016.

Unlike the televised version of Wrestlemania, this rebooking does not have a Pre-Show. The best way to undermine a rivalry is to prioritise advertisement and promotion over a match.

Match #1: Chris Jericho vs The Miz

In the opening match of Wrestlemania 32, Chris Jericho faces off against The Miz. While no stipulations are set on the match, an unspoken understanding is clear: the winner of this match is truly the voice of the WWE.

The early goings of the match are fairly even, as more time is spent taunting their opponent than wrestling, with a few rough shots thrown in. Miz uses Jericho’s show boating to loosen the straps of the turnbuckle pads, but the referee catches him doing it; though while the referee is fixing them, Miz hits Jericho with a microphone.

Miz uses the ropes to tie Jericho up, slapping him repeatedly and locking in the Figure Four Leg Lock, despite having to break it quickly because of the ropes. He retreats to the other side of the ring, taunting the crowd while Jericho throws a minor tantrum out of frustration as he stalks around the ring.

As the pace picks up, Jericho starts to reach into his bag of tricks, but an attempted Lionsault is reversed, and Jericho finds himself tied up in another Figure Four Leg Lock. He makes it to the ropes, barely, but Miz stays on him, dragging him back into the centre of the ring and dropping a knee across his chest.

Miz paces around the ring, as if already victorious; he waits almost expectantly for Jericho to rise, before grabbing him for the Skull Crushing Finale.

But Jericho reverses it into an Armbar (No. 4), and with nowhere to go, Miz is forced to tap out.

Match #2: Brie Bella and Natalya vs Naomi and Tamina

Brie Bella starts the match all guns blazing, making it clear that, despite rumours that she may be retiring after this match, she has a lot left to give the WWE Universe. But she is facing the dominant stable of the Women’s Division, and Naomi and Tamina have far more experience working as a tag team.

They pick apart Natalya and Brie, limiting their tag opportunities and keeping the pace of the match slow and methodical. Naomi in particular shows a particularly aggressive and grounded mentality, targeting the ankles and knees of both opponents, to remove their strongest moves from the match.

A missed Big Boot from Tamina offers a little respite, but Brie is unable to take advantage, as Naomi pulls Natalya from the ring apron in order to prevent the tag.

Tamina looks to put Brie away, but she reverses a Superkick, drawing on the fans and going into Brie Mode. Tamina scrambles to make a tag, and Naomi is left on the receiving end of a series of vicious kicks. Natalya spears Tamina into the barricade, and Brie hits a Bella Buster.

But Naomi kicks out, and Tamina recovers in time to take Natalya out before she can climb back into the ring, driving her into the ring post.

Naomi connects with a suplex, and as Brie Bella scrambles to the bottom rope, Tamina Superkicks her in the head. After that, Naomi drags her back into the centre of the ring, locking in a Bully Choke submission for the victory.

Match #3: Bo Dallas and Heath Slater vs Alberto Del Rio and Rusev

The League of Nations and the Social Outcasts stand across from each other in the ring, and for the barest of moments, it appears as if any semblance of a match will break down into a brawl. But Sheamus shakes his head dismissively, and steps out of the ring, followed cautiously by Curtis Axel and Adam Rose.

Once the match starts, Heath Slater and Bo Dallas trade opportunities to go one on one with Alberto Del Rio, doing everything they can to keep Rusev out of the match.

It lasts about three minutes.

When the Bulgarian Brute tags himself in, he bull rushes his opponents, driving both Outcasts from the ring to the floor. Taking the fight outside, Rusev forces the referee to threaten disqualification, as the two sides all but clash at ringside, with Sheamus prevented from attacking Bo Dallas only by a blindside attack from Curtis Axel, who eats a Brogue Kick as a result.

Rusev grabs Adam Rose from behind, throwing him over the announce table, but turns straight into a Big Boot from Heath Slater.

Which rocks the Bulgarian, but doesn’t knock him down.

Instead, the two trade blows, before Rusev grabs Slater and hoists him up on his shoulders.

Bo Dallas kicks out Rusev’s knee, pulling Slater away and retreating back into the ring.

The League circles the ring, with Bo Dallas and Heath Slater standing back to back in the centre of the ring. The referee threatens to count out the League, who all step up onto the ring apron at the same time.

The referee’s attention moves to the ineligible Sheamus, distracting him from the legal competitors. Curtis Axel takes advantage, pulling Alberto Del Rio from the ring, falling to the floor to avoid clothesline, and allowing Del Rio to walk straight into a Big Boot from a now recovered Adam Rose.

Dallas and Slater glance at each other, and charge Rusev together, beating him back into his corner and overpowering him with sheer numbers advantage. A double suplex gives them a brief moment to celebrate, but Rusev gets back to his feet, and another Big Boot from Heath Slater does little but rattle him.

Alberto Del Rio recovers from the sneak attack, climbing back up onto the ring, frustration and anger in his face. Sheamus chases down Curtis Axel, and the three wrestlers at ringside brawl into the crowd. Del Rio tags himself in, intent on causing some serious damage for the cheap shot. Rusev, however, doesn’t realise he has been tagged out, crushing Heath Slater with a clothesline and locking in the Accolade.

But the referee won’t count, as he is no longer legal. Rusev yells at Del Rio, who shoves past him, and walks straight into a Exploder Suplex from Bo Dallas.

Slater uses the referee to pull himself up, distracting him long enough to allow Curtis Axel and Adam Rose to pull Rusev from the ring. Sheamus, chasing after them from where they left him in the crowd, rushes Rose, going for another Brogue Kick, only for Axel to shove Rose out of the way. He takes a Superkick from Rusev as a result, but causes Sheamus’ Brogue Kick to hit Rusev instead.

With Rusev taken out, Slater pulls Rusev to his feet, and with Bo Dallas hit a Double Dragon Sleeper DDT. A three count later, and the Social Outcasts are victorious.

Summary

Three solid matches to start the show, building feuds and ending others. The League of Nations has collapsed, Naomi and Tamina continue to dominate the Women’s Division, and Chris Jericho is the self appointed Voice of the WWE.

In the next episode. Emma and Paige will see who is willing to tap out, the tag team titles will be defended, and seven wrestlers will look to climb a ladder and take the United States Championship for themselves.

Let me know what you think in the comments down below.

Episode Card
Original Schedule Revised Schedule
Kalisto def. Ryback Chris Jericho def. The Miz
Total Divas def. BAD and Blonde Naomi and Tamina def. Brie Bella and Natalya
The Usos def. The Dudley Boyz Bo Dallas and Heath Slater def. Alberto Del Rio and Rusev

The Road to Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania Preview

It has come to this.

After four months of development and writing, we are finally at the end of the road. Wrestlemania. The culmination of more than twenty storylines, countless twists and turns, and more than a few “WHY?!” moments.

But before we get to the episodes themselves, a challenge is necessary. A prediction challenge, to be precise.

Below is the Road to Wrestlemania Rebooked’s final card. The final product of all of the stories that have come before. But how do you think it is going to end? Have you worked it out yet?

The final four episodes (yes, Wrestlemania is FOUR episodes), will be posted on Sunday August 21st, in the hours before WWE Summerslam is televised (4pm US Pacific). Until the first of those episodes is posted, I will be accepting prediction submissions for the Wrestlemania Card. They can be submitted here or by email, or via Twitter (or Facebook if you prefer). Submissions will close at 12pm Pacific on August 21st.

Each prediction can be in 1-3 parts: the winner of the match, the type of victory, and an additional prediction for how the match will end. All three parts are not necessary, but in the event of a tie, the person with the most accurate predictions will win.

For the victor? A signed copy of my world building guide The Realm Apparent, and a 500 word flash fiction story written just for them.

The Wrestlemania Card
  • Chris Jericho vs The Miz
  • Brie Bella and Natayla vs Naomi and Tamina
  • The League of Nations (Alberto Del Rio and Rusev) vs The Social Outcasts (Bo Dallas and Heath Slater)
  • United States Championship Ladder Match (Tyler Breeze vs Sin Cara vs Fandango vs Kalisto vs Stardust vs Jey Uso vs Jimmy Uso)
  • Submission Match (Emma vs Paige)
  • Tag Team Championship Match (Enzo and Cass vs The New Day)
  • Intercontinental Championship Fatal Four Way (Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn vs Dolph Ziggler)
  • Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
  • Brock Lesnar vs Jack Swagger
  • Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match (Sasha Banks vs Charlotte vs Becky Lynch)
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match (Dean Ambrose vs Triple H)
  • Hell in a Cell (Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker)