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WWE WrestleMania 39 Night 1: An Emotional Main Event, New Champs, Family Drama, and the ‘Hollywood’ Theme Comes Alive

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Saturday’s first night of WrestleMania 39 or shall we say “WrestleMania Goes Hollywood”, was just that!  It featured: a magnificent stage and entrance ramp, storylines that could topple many of the major storylines currently on any of your favorite soap operas, and in-ring performances that showed that the WWE Superstars have the power to transcend and connect to a live crowd, like no other. You could look no further than to the ecstatic fans, the booing fans, and those who shed tears of joy or sorrow when matches came to its conclusion.

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Since we’re in the City of Angels, the stars came out to perform, interfere, or make a key save in one of the marquis match-ups including: Snoop Dog, Lil Uzi Vert, Pat McAfee, San Francisco 49ers player George Kiddle, plus the incredible athleticism of viral superstar, Logan Paul, and Grammy award-winner, and quite the wrestler himself, Bad Bunny! More on these guys later.

Let’s take a look at the highlights of some of the top matches on the card:

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In the main event, the WWE took a solid year to build this story, and play out all of its twists and turns, betrayals, reunifications, and familial drama all leading in part to this. Would Jimmy and Jey Uso retain the Universal Tag Team Championship which they have held for a record 622-days, or would they lose to best friends duo, Sami Zayn (who going into Wrestlemania weekend had all the heat in the world on him) and Kevin Owens?

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This was the match that had the potential to move you to tears in its conclusion, and the WWE did not disappoint. After battling back and forth with high-flying moves, and selling their spots while keeping the deep animosity between both teams alive, it finally came to its end when Zayn tagged in and nailed his former ‘Bloodline’ brother, Jey Uso with three Helluva Kicks and scored the pin fall.

Not only were the fans overcome, but you could see both Owens and Zayn with tears in their eyes.  They finally achieved this kind of success, after all their years of hard work in the industry – even starting their wrestling careers in Los Angeles with the PWG promotion made this extra special and let’s not forget they main-evented WrestleMania and won the belts.

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In one of the best matches of the night, Rhea Ripley challenged 14-time champ Charlotte Flair for the WWE Women’s Smackdown Championship – and it was clear that even though Rhea is the ‘heel’, she had most of the crowd in her pocket rooting her on to defeat Flair. This was also the first match in WrestleMania history to feature all women in key positions: wrestlers (Flair and Ripley), referee (Jessika Carr) and ring announcer (Samantha Irvin).

While the match went back and forth for quite awhile and both women had frustration mounting, eventually Ripley hit the Riptide from the second rope to finally put Charlotte to bed and walk away as the new women’s champ!

You had to give this to Ripley, her momentum has been building for three years and now she becomes the first women in the WWE division to hold all the championships at one time or another. In what looked like some very real and honest emotion, you could see Charlotte in tears later in the match, and at ringside on the floor after the match, sitting by and watching Ripley enjoy her WrestleMania moment.

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In some show-stopping entrances and then in-ring prowess, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins and Logan Paul turned WrestleMania 39 out! Paul entered by zip-lining halfway down the ramp where he was met by his PRIME drink mascot (and now everyone knew that mascot would somehow figure into helping Paul in the match, but who was in the costume?) This was followed by a Los Angeles orchestra conductor delivering Rollins theme-music big time, before Seth came to the stage, draped in an oversized red robe with pryo going off to the left and to the right of him.

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Once in the ring, all hell broke lose as Paul and Rollins put on high-flying performances.  As the match wore on, it turned out that KSI, Paul’s friend and business partner, ended up being the PRIME suspect, err shall we say mascot. He pulled Paul out of the ring to save him from a finishing maneuver from Rollins.

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Then in an attempt at another viral moment attempt (as only he could), Paul set Rollins up on the announce table to fly off the top rope and turnbuckle post and land on Seth. However, The crafty Rollins threw KSI on the table instead; leaving Paul in mid-air splashing on his friend instead. Major BACKFIRE! In the end, Rollins delivered a Superkick followed by one of his noted stomps and pulled out the victory.

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Everyone was on the edge of their seats to see how newly inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame, Rey Mysterio Jr., would face-off with his son, Dominik Mysterio in what has now turned out to be another epic soap opera family battle within the company.  In a very clever video opening, Dominik is seen being put into a ‘correction’ facility van and being driven to SoFi Stadium. Once in front of the live crowd, he reveals he is wearing a luchador mask just like his father.  After the mask comes off, the ‘correction’ officers unlock his handcuffs as he heads to the ring.

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Not to be outdone, Rey is driven in by Snoop Dogg in a low-rider car, and odes to his late best friend, Eddie Guerrero.  Meanwhile, Bad Bunny was revealed to be chatting with the Spanish commentators.

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When the match got underway: Rey beat his son with the belt from his ring tights for a few lashes, Dominik threw a drink in his sister’s face at ringside, then got slapped by his mother!  Disguised as ring help, it was revealed that Dominik’s Judgement Day partners, Finn Balor and Damian Priest were at ringside and waisted no time interfering in the match before they were taken out by the appearance of Legado del Fantasma.

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As the match came to its conclusion, Dominik distracted the referee by taking the turnbuckle cover off and attempted to grab a chain Damian Priest left under his jacket in the ring. However, Bad Bunny ran over and grabbed the chain from Dominik!  That move allowed Rey to deliver the 619 followed by a Frog Splash to come out victorious.  It also sets up Bunny to appear at WWE’s first PPV ever in Puerto Rico ‘Backlash” which happens in May. Stay tuned.

In the opener of night one, 16-time champ, John Cena challenged current U.S. champ, Austin Theory.  For the last several years, Theory has been hailed as the new Cena, and on this night, it would be the ultimate passing of the torch for Theory defeated Cena in what was not much of a match.

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The contest opened with a nice touch giving a nod to Cena’s incredible work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he has granted more wishes than anyone to children with critical illnesses. In fact, several of the kids appeared with John before he made his way to the stage.

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If you watched WrestleMania 39 night one on Peacock or were in attendance, what bouts or spots do you think delivered big time? Comment below and make sure to tune-in to Peacock tonight for night two starting at 8PMEST/5PM PST.


WWE Night of Champions 2023: The ‘Bloodline’ Breaks Down as Roman Reigns is Left Shocked, Seth Rollins & Asuka Win Title Belts

The demise of the ‘Bloodline’ is now truly underway, after the closing bout at WWE Night of Champions streaming Saturday on Peacock.

The WWE returned to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for this event which featured numerous titles on the lines and the crowning of the winner for the new WWE championship.

Let’s recap what went down for the triple main event.

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa 

The crowd was firmly behind Zayn and Owens, in particular because Sami is a wrestler of Syrian descent and he has never taken part in any of the WWE’s Saudi Arabian shows, due to the relationship between Syria and Saudi Arabia. With the tensions died down between the two countries, Zayn got the opportunity to wrestle in front of family and in the Middle East.  When his entrance music played, Sami entered dressed for the culture he was performing for in all white.

While the crowd was red hot for Zayn and Owens, they also jeered Roman Reigns who has now held the WWE Universal Championship for 1000 days. The uber-villain played right along with the fans, egging them on, as only he can.


As the teams went back and forth, the referee got knocked out, when Reigns speared him by mistake. With no official, the Usos appeared and went on the attack of Owens at ringside.  Later in the ring, the brothers and former tag champs, set Zayn up for a double superkick, but the kicks landed on their younger brother, Solo Sikoa, by mistake.  Not seeing what had fully transpired, The Tribal Chief was losing his temper and started pushing Jey and Jimmy around.

Fed up, Jimmy landed a superkick on Reigns which knocked him down to the mat. Jey was conflicted by the actions of his brother, but Jimmy landed a second superkick on Reigns.  That left Owens open to deliver a stunner to Sikoa. Then, Zayn followed it up with a Helluva kick.  A new referee showed up in time and counted 1, 2, 3 as Zayn pinned Sikoa.  As the Usos walked back up the ramp and backstage, Jimmy was trying to assure Jey, that they did the right thing, while Roman Reigns was left stunned as Sami and Kevin celebrated retaining their belts.  The storytelling in this match was brilliantly executed by all involved.

Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins vs. AJ Styles


The finals of the new World Heavyweight Championship Tournament were on tap for the opener of Night of Champions featuring two of the best wrestlers in the world, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins and AJ Styles.  Who would win the new belt?

As Seth and AJ battled back and forth, ultimately it was the Visionary who was battling his ‘injured knee’ sustained in who hit Styles with a Pedigree before ultimately delivering a Stomp for the pin and the win. Triple H came to the ring and presented Rollins with the belt as the newest of champs for the organization.  If anyone deserves a belt around their waist it’s Rollins, who has not held a title for over four years. Just how this title will remain relevant is yet to be seen.

Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar


The third piece of the triple main event included the question of just how would Rhodes wrestle the ‘beast incarnate’ with one arm having supposedly been broken during a beatdown by Lesnar on RAW?

Throughout the match, Rhodes had his arm wrapped with a brace, which he eventually used to hit Lesnar with. However, in the end, as many predicted, the WWE creative team had to find a way in the storytelling to even up the series between Cody and Brook to 1 win each.  How did they do it?

Late in the match, Lesnar put Rhodes in a Kimura Lock. However, in the first attempt, Cody was able to escape it. The second time Brock applied it, Rhodes eventually passed out and the referee called for the bell and named Brock the winner. Look for the rubber match in this feud to be forthcoming.

Bianca Belair vs. Asuka


In their match at Wrestlemania 39, it was clear that Asuka was the crowd favorite, even though she was the heel going up against Belair. Now, in a rematch at Night of Champions, Asuka has become even more heinous with her ‘mist’ than ever before. Going into the match, Belair held the RAW Women’s Championship for a record 420 days, but her title reign was about to come to an end.

At first, Asuka tried to mist Belair in the face, but she missed her target. Avoiding that calamity, Belair continued to fight back, while Asuka played dirty.  Then in a clever move, Asuka blew the mist from her mouth on to her fingers, while the ref’s back was turned and she was on the ropes. When Bianca hoisted Asuka over her head, the challenger rubbed her misted-fingers in the champ’s eyes and down she went.  After kicking the EST in the head, Asuka was able to secure the pin, ending Belair’s incredible reign. While Asuka celebrated, Belair was left outside the ring with ‘stinging’ eyes, and no medical attention to help her.  Will we see a heel turn by Bianca Belair, coming out of Night of Champions? Stay tuned.

In other bouts …

Rhea Ripley defeated Natalya (on her birthday no less) which amounted to nothing more than a squash match.  Ripley showed her strength and easily won over the birthday girl in a few minutes to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship.

Gunther retained his Intercontinental Championship defeating Mustafa Ali, as the crowd rooted for Ali who is of Pakistani and Indian descent.

Trish Stratus, with the help of Zoey Stark, got the victory over Becky Lynch.  Stratus reminded us of her in-ring skills, while this story has been hard to swallow. Adding Stark to the mix, gives Stratus a pal, so we can only assume she will tag team with Trish … or Stark will be the next to feud with “The Man” Becky Lynch.


Overall, nothing topped the final match of the night featuring Reigns, Zayn, and the Bloodline, for the pure theater of it all.

So, what did you think of WWE Night of Champions 2023? Share your thoughts and favorite matches via the comment section. But first, take a look at what went down when Jimmy Uso kicked Roman Reigns.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Liam Confronts Hope About Her Feelings for Thomas

On Thursday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Liam (Scott Clifton), after getting an earful from his ex-wife, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), now has his eyes wide open to the fact that Hope (Annika Noelle) is the one harboring feelings for Thomas (Matthew Atkinson).

For weeks, Hope has been trying to quell her attraction to Thomas, but she is losing that battle as she finds herself defending her design partner to almost everyone and assuring them that nothing is going on between her and Thomas.

Steffy elaborated on the close encounter she witnessed between his wife and her brother.  She shares to Liam, “Hope was gazing into Thomas’ eyes … Caressing his hands.”

Armed with this revelation, Liam goes home and drinks.  Meanwhile, Thomas is sketching and flashing back, and realizing Hope has feelings for him. He smiles.

When Hope arrives home and wants to address her last conversation with Liam. She is not happy that he clearly has trust issues with her working with Thomas. Hope goes on to project how she is a successful business woman, a mother, and doesn’t appreciate that he doesn’t faith in her.

Liam finally lets Hope in on the intel he just received, “Well, I heard something, this evening, that I wasn’t expecting to hear.”

That’s when Hope is in for a shocker, when Liam reveals Steffy told him Thomas isn’t the problem, Hope is.  That the feelings are not coming from Thomas, they are hers! She is into Thomas.

Watch the final moments of today’s B&B below.

Now let us know, do you want Liam to become a vindictive husband and set in motion a plan to derail Hope and Thomas’ burgeoning relationship? Do you want Hope to walk out on Liam and head straight to Thomas?  Clearly, Steffy vs. Hope round 87 is coming your way soon, too! Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

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AMERICAN IDOL: The Season 21 Winner is Crowned In Emotional Season Finale

Sunday’s season 21 finale of American Idol brought with it many tears, and several outstanding guest and competitor performances.

The Top 3: Colin Stough, Iam Tongi and Megan Danielle took to the stage for the last time trying to win America’s vote and be named the new ‘American Idol’.

The entire Top 12 returned for their last performances of the season as well, including the eliminated: Nutsa, Haven Madison, Lucy Love, Marybeth Byrd, Oliver Steele, Tyson Venegas, Warren Peay, Wé Ani and Zachariah Smith.

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Keith Urban was back on ‘Idol’ for the first time in seven years, mentoring the 3 finalists and then later taking to the stage to perform his tune, “Wild Hearts”.  The Idol judges: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan also took turns performing and viewers were reminded why each are pop and country star icons in their own right.

In addition, the all-star season finale line-up also included: Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt, Jazmine Sullivan, Jelly Roll,  Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon, Kylie Minogue, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Daigle, Pitbull and Lil Jon, and TLC.

During the last night of competition, after each contestant sang twice, one was eliminated.  Mississippi’s Colin Stough was sent home.  Leaving Danielle and Tongi.

Throughout the night, Tongi’s set list included:  Urban’s “Making Memories of Us,” “Cool Down,” and his new single, “I’ll Be Seeing You”.  Danielle performed Urban’s “God Whispered Your Name,” Journey’s “Faithfully” and  her new single “Dream Girl.”  When the confetti flew, America went. as predicted, with Hawaii’s Tongi.

The night was filled with tearjerking moments. Mostly from the judges as Katy Perry and Luke Bryan were overcome numerous times being the proud ‘parents’, if you will, of the three finalists and noting how far they have come and grown through the competition.

To really make you reach for the hankies, the producers teamed Tongi with singer/songwriter James Blunt to perform Blunt’s song, “Monsters”, which started Iam’s journey on ‘Idol’ during the judges audition process.  At that time, Iam related he was dedicating the song to his father, Rodney, who had passed way.  For the finale, Tongi struggled to get through the duet, but it was still powerfully effective.

So, were you happy Ian Tongi took home the top prize … or were you rooting for Megan Danielle? Share your thoughts on the finale in the comment section below.

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