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Sports WrestleMania 36 night one recap & reactions: BONEYARD!

10:10  05 april  2020
10:10  05 april  2020 Source:   msn.com

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WRESTLEMANIA 36 night 1 ended with The Undertaker BURYING AJ Styles in a crazy, and cinematic Boneyard match. Elsewhere Braun Strowman downed Goldberg to win the Universal Title - but we're only halfway in! Night 2 takes place tonight with Drew McIntyre vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE title.

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The first few hours of WrestleMania were depressingly lackluster. And I realize that’s unfair, but I’m sorry, okay? I hear WrestleMania and I expect a certain thing. I thought I had lowered my expectations enough to make this show enjoyable, but apparently I didn’t.

(Actually, scratch that. I refuse to apologize for thinking Elias vs. Corbin in an empty arena singles match with no gimmicks or curveballs at WRESTLEMANIA is anything other than a travesty and colossal waste of time.)

But just as that disappointment and frustration was about to set in for good, we got a glimmer of hope from Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins. Their match rocked - more on that in a minute - and the momentum from that one match set the stage for literally the match that made this entire no-crowd WrestleMania worth it.

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WE FIGHTIN’ IN THE BONEYARD, BABY!

Undertaker vs. AJ Styles was the main event on night one and it was literally the best thing WWE’s done in months. It was incredible. I can’t say enough positive things about it. From the first frame where the druids were opening up the back of a hearse only for Styles’ cocky smile to pop out from the casket, you could tell that WWE had put so much time and effort into this. For the first time all night, I was genuinely smiling.

After Styles got his little introduction, they cut to a motorbike screaming through the empty streets with Metallica blaring which was yet another reason for me to grin like an idiot. So stupidly, wonderfully over the top. Taker parked his bike and traded some words with Styles before they got to throwing punches.

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The camera work and the atmosphere were brilliant. The choreography of the entire fight was impeccable. And if there was one thing that I think really made this special, it was the Undertaker’s trash talk. He got the early advantage and just berated Styles like hell. It was special work, man.

When the OC showed up and turned the tides in Styles’ favor, we got this sad, cello music that sounded so much like it was ripped from Game of Thrones. It was hilarious. All through it, Taker was prone, wheezing, and Styles knocked him into the open grave and got ready to bury him.

Ol’ Allen took a moment to lean back and smile, and the Undertaker apparently teleported from the grave to standing right behind him. Styles was absolutely shocked, and started begging Taker off. He climbed up onto an old rusted shack, and Taker annihilated the OC before Chokeslamming Styles off of the roof of the building. Taker climbed down, and started asking Styles a few questions: “What’s my wife’s name again? Hey AJ, how old am I?”

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Y’all, they capped this off with a betrayal. Styles begged for mercy and Taker acted like he’d give it to him. He helped Styles up and told him he gave a great fight before wheeling back around an punting him into the grave. THEY BURIED STYLES WITH A FREAKING HAND REACHING OUT OF THE DIRT AND THE UNDERTAKER RODE OFF TO FIERY EXPLOSIONS AND HIS LOGO LIGHTING UP ON THE DINGY SHACK IN THE BACKGROUND!

This was wonderful. This was EASILY worth this whole damn mess. In fact, WWE needs to use matches like this more. This was the creativity that I’ve been begging for over the past few weeks. It was concise, creative, and gave the wrestlers so much more freedom to be characters than we usually see in WWE.

So much more of this please. This one match made WrestleMania this year worth it.

Even Messiahs sin

The other match on night one that I felt really stood out was the Owens vs. Rollins match, and it started right from the get go as Rollins walked out during his entrance. He had all white on and was really laying on the Chosen One gimmick thick. He was all smiles, all pride, and really living that “I’m a God when the lights are bright” statement to the fullest.

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He and Owens scrapped for a while, and they got into the trash talk game as well. Rollins called Owens a “fat piece of shit” at one point, and derided Owens for his failures and daring to challenge the Messiah at WrestleMania.

But Owens wouldn’t go away. He eventually got the upper hand, and Rollins rolled out of the ring to buy time. Owens pursued, and Rollins took the easy way out by reaching for the ring bell and smashing it into Owens’ face. He was quickly disqualified, but Rollins didn’t seem to care, he grinned and was all too happy to walk away from the fight.

Owens, however, wasn’t happy with a DQ win. He grabbed a mic and screamed at Rollins to get back to the ring and finish this mess. Owens insulted Rollins for calling himself a god and acting like that, saying that those were the actions of a “little bitch.” Owens then demanded a no DQ match, and Rollins was all too happy to oblige.

From there, it really got good. Rollins used every weapon he could and Owens kept talking trash. Owens finally got his shot after knocking Rollins onto a table and jumped off the WrestleMania sign to end this damn thing.

There we go! Our first real WrestleMania moment of the weekend right there, baby! That’s what we were looking for!

I liked the conclusion here. It felt really good to see Owens finally get Rollins one on one and deliver. Told ya those friends of yours were holding you back, Kev.

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An underrated ladder match

The Boneyard match is justifiably going to get all the attention, but I want to give some kudos to John Morrison, Kofi Kingston, and Jimmy Uso. At the time that it happened, this match was the clear match of the night, and they were literally the first thing on the show that I’d call WrestleMania worthy.

In short, they had a viciously violent ladder match that I quite honestly didn’t expect. There’s no crowd, right? Why go all out with high risk stuff for no crowd?

These three clearly didn’t care about any of that and went all out for this, which I greatly appreciate. We got a rope run into a Spanish Fly from Morrison, Kingston swinging a ladder like a baseball bat…

We also got a creative little finish to this, too. All three men were up near the tag team titles and had their hands on the belts when they got unhooked. That meant that the match hadn’t ended, so they were using strikes to try to get the others to let go. And do you remember the Usos/New Day beef from SmackDown? It turns out that their cooperation was their downfall, not their rivalry. They ganged up on Morrison with headbutts, and Morrison fell backwards onto a bridged ladder - taking the titles with him.

The Miz and Morrison retained, which might or might not be your cup of tea, but the match and finish were actually quite nice. I just really want to recognize these guys for having so much professionalism when they could have taken it easy. 

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The Rest

Braun Strowman def. Goldberg for the Universal Championship - Alright, let’s get to the not so great stuff. Y’all, this match was lame. We’ve had finisher spam matches in the past, and they really rely on a crowd to work, or at least a lot of things being broken.

Instead, this was all in the middle of the ring and was finished in two minutes. It just felt lackluster. The one thing I do like is it sets up the potential for a Braun/Fiend feud for the title, but we’ll see after the Firefly Fun House match. I have no real positive thoughts about a Strowman title reign otherwise.

Becky Lynch def. Shayna Baszler - What I learned from this match is that Baszler is Samoa Joe. She talked a big game...and lost with a reverse roll up on her sleeper hold. The match itself was fine, but had no moments that really stood out. It could have been on Raw and felt perfectly at home, which is probably as big of an indictment as I can give on its booking.

Sami Zayn def. Daniel Bryan - I really enjoyed this match, but I’m not sure how I felt about the ending. Zayn doing his best to avoid Bryan? Awesome, totally get it and love it. Bryan finally getting his hands on Zayn and slapping him silly? Brilliant! Totally what the goober deserves!

...Bryan losing by a simple distraction when he’s got a guy who’s literally coaching him in his corner? That feels too easy, right? I guess the scouting report didn’t cover Zayn actually being able to do something on his own.

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross def. Kabuki Warriors - This was another match that just felt...okay. I think it’s because we’ve seen these two teams so much during the quarantine. It was solid enough, but nothing that you wouldn’t expect to see on Raw or SmackDown any week of the year. 

Cesaro def. Drew Gulak - This was a pre-show match and featured Gulak having a really obvious game plan to attack Cesaro with. Makes sense for a coach, right? Cesaro was able to overcome the game plan, however, with some crafty ingenuity and a no-hands airplane spin.

Elias def. Baron Corbin - This was the most SmackDown match of all time with absolutely no hype to it. Elias won via a roll up, further cementing how little I cared for it.

I’m grading this on a curve because have you seen the world recently? Up until the final four matches of the night, I was supremely disappointed and feeling like I’d wasted an entire night.

But then that damn BONEYARD match happened and I bumped the grade up by two letters.

Grade: B

And in case you’d forgotten...we have a Firefly Fun House match presumably capping off night two. I am actually really excited for that.

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