WrestleMania 40: Saturday, April 6 from Philadelphia (Night 1 Results)

WrestleMania 40: Saturday, April 6 from Philadelphia! 

Picture credit: WWE.com, Rock and Reigns steal a win from Rhodes and Rollins to force Bloodline Rules 

WrestleMania 40 got off to a strong start with SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley defeating a strep-throat stricken Becky Lynch.  This match was full of near falls, but ultimately Lynch succumbed to a riptide for Rhea to retain. 

A Town Downunder (Austin Theory and Grayson Waller) won the SmackDown Tag Team Titles and The Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth) captured the Raw Tag Team Titles.  This insane ladder match featured a flurry of bodies going through tables, breathtaking top rope leaps, and an absolutely terrifying suplex from the top of a ladder in the ring, sending Tyler Bates over the ladder and plummeting to the ring below. 

Rey Mysterio and Andrade defeated Santos Escobar and Dominick Mysterio, in a match that featured a surprise assist from two masked men who attacked Dominick.  The luchador-masked men were revealed to be Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson from the Philadephia Eagles. 

In a much-anticipated brother versus brother match, Main Event Jey Uso defeated his twin brother Jimmy Uso. The superkick heavy bout was a long time coming, with Jey’s departure from The Bloodline causing a rift between the two siblings.  Surprisingly, fellow Uce Solo Sikoa did not interfere, as was heavily anticipated. 

Bianca Belair, Jade Cargill, and Naomi defeated The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kari Sane) and Dakota Kai in an incredible debut for Cargill.  After breathtaking ring entrances for both teams, the ladies gave us an incredible fast-paced match with Cargil pinning Dakota Kai for a clean win.

Gunther’s record-breaking Intercontinental Championship run has come to an end at 666 days.  Sami Zayn, in front of his wife and a supportive Philly crowd, hit a spine-tingling brain buster to secure the win and get the pin over Gunther. 

The main event for the evening did not disappoint.  The Rock and Roman Reigns defeated Seth Rolins and Cody Rhodes, setting up for Bloodline Rules for Roman and Cody’s Night 2 match.  The pacing and intensity of this match were incredible, with an absolutely ripped Roman, and 51-year-old Rock moving and looking better than men half his age.  Rollins and Rhodes quickly lost their footing and grew overwhelmed, ultimately with Rock getting the pin over Cody Rhodes. This brutal match was noticeably devoid of outside interference, absent Jimmy and/or Solo, truly showcasing the true threat of teamwork and formidable strength The Bloodline imposes. 

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