Johnny Knoxville defeats Sami Zayn

Editor’s Note: Full summary of Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 can be found here.

Following the return of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, a signature win for Bianca Belair and another memorable WrestleMania victory for Charlotte Flair, WrestleMania 38 continues Sunday night with plenty of big fights.

Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will occupy the main stage of the main event in a battle to decide the undisputed WWE champion. Both the WWE Championship and the Universal Championship are at stake in the “Winner Take All” match, and after months of intense building with Paul Heyman at the center, the two will finally get their match on Sunday night.

Two tag team titles will be up for grabs as Raw’s tag team champions RK-Bro aim to retain Street Profits and Alpha Academy, while Carmella and Queen Zelina will battle Naomi and Sasha Banks, Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley and Natalya and Shayna Baszler in a Fatal 4-way battle for women’s gold.

There are also a number of unique contestants on Sunday night, with Pat McAfee stepping away from the broadcast booth to face Austin Theory, Johnny Knoxville trying to get the best out of Sami Zayn in an “Anything Goes” match, and Bobby Lashley meeting Omos in what could be a first major test for the tallest man in the WWE.

Learn more about how we got here with our Lapsed Fan’s guide, and stay tuned as we summarize each match as it happens.


Match started: Women’s team championship: Carmella & Queen Zelina (c) vs. Naomi & Sasha Banks vs. Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler


Results:

Anything Goes Match – Johnny Knoxville def. Sami Zayn

In a battle filled with traps, tricks and weapons, Johnny Knoxville scored the victory over Sami Zayn. Full summary coming.


Bobby Lashley def. About us

This match had the weakest build of anything on the two-night card and was delivered as such, perhaps in an even more confusing way than expected.

Lashley played underdog in the fight when Omos was put over as the physically superior competitor. Which in turn would give a compelling story if it were not for the fact that the sentient bicep facing him nicknamed “The Almighty” is anything but a physical underdog.

After a few minutes, Lashley came across a bear hug to deliver a suplex with no margin for error on the 7-foot-3 Omos, then delivered a spear and finally the needle.

What’s next: Bobby Lashley leaves the fight and looks really strong and powerful, which we already knew about Bobby Lashley. Omos gets absolutely no benefit from this loss, making the result even more curious. Why not let Lashley get some powerspots to keep his reputation intact, but get Omos victory to build his momentum? Unless there is no momentum to build, then?


Raw roof-team championships: RK-Bro (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (c) def. Street Profits and Alpha Academy

The opening match on night 2 whipped the Dallas crowd to a “This is Great!” chanting madness, like a wild no-DQ, no-countout match reached an incredible crescendo.

With Orton down and the ring cleared, Montez Ford prepared for a top-rope finisher. Riddle returned from outside, jumped up in the clamping screw and delivered a top-rope RKO on Ford, which jumped out of the ring after the collision. With Riddle down after the maneuver, Chad Gable of Alpha Academy climbed up the ropes to finish Riddle only to be caught in the middle of the flight by Orton to an RKO. Orton set Gable up to end the match and retain the titles with RK-Bro.

This was just a really fun, wild spot party between three teams with unique chemistry. Riddle and Orton pulled a synchronized rope-assisted DDT. The Profits unleashed a soaring Blockbuster on Gable. But my favorite “wrestling logic” spot in the fight was when Dawkins got the Riddle pin and Otis broke the pin up by splashing the body on Dawkins’ back. Angelo, my dude: You just got 330 pounds added to your pin! Just stay there!

After the match, The Profits returned to the ring for a red solo cup celebration with RK-Bro, inviting 21-year-old WWE rookie Gable Steveson to the ring to join them. However…

What’s next: … Chad Gable returned to the ring and knocked the cup out of Steveson’s hand. Chad told him to “Shoosh!” Steveson confused him. And now we have a first feud between two former Olympians. As for RK-Bro, they could well use a fresh feud after this three-way dance.


Triple H opens the show

Former WWE star Triple H opened the show with the traditional “Welcome … to WrestleMania!” growling shouts, but his surprising performance to open Night 2 was more poignant than that. After sucking in the cheers of an appreciative crowd – shouting “Thank you, Hunter” – the man known as “The Game” placed his boots in the middle of the ring, signifying the end of his career in the ring.

Triple H first announced the announcement to Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take. The 52-year-old, 14-time world champion appeared earlier in the WrestleMania weekend at NXT Stand & Deliver last Saturday, joining Tommaso Ciampa on stage following his loss to Tony D’Angelo, who is expected to be Ciampa’s last NXT match .


Still coming:

The winner takes all collection matches: World Champion Roman Reigns vs. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar

Austin Theory Vs. Pat McAfee

New Day (King Woods and Kofi Kingston) vs. Sheamus and Ridge Holland

Edge Vs. AJ Styles

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