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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.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase Confronts Finn On His Drinking After Gregory’s Death

The saga of the aftermath of Gregory Chase’s (Gregory Harrison) death continuesdon the Thursday May 23rd episode of General Hospital. At Finn’s (Michael Easton), Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) who knows he has lost his sobriety and has been drinking, attempts to tell the good doctor that she cares about him too much to let him throw away seven years sober.

Finn lashes out at Liz and tells her she doesn’t get to tell him when he is allowed to drink. Liz says she’s looking out for Violet (Jophielle Love) as he in turns looks out for her boys. Finn announces that Liz can stay here and make bracelets with Violet or leave. Next, he opens the door, and she walks out.

Immediately, Liz calls Chase (Josh Swickard) telling him to get over to Finn’s as his brother really needs him.  Meanwhile at the Q’s, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) gives a tender hug to her dad, Ned (Wally Kurth) because she can’t bear the thought of losing him.

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Now back at Finn’s, he takes another drink and Violet emerges with the friendship bracelet and inquires where did Aunt Elizabeth go? Finn covers for the situation and says Liz got called back to the hospital, but she can show the bracelet she made to her later.

Just then, Chase and Brook Lynn finally show up. Surveying the situation, Brook Lynn can see that Finn has been drinking. She takes Violet for a walk so the two brothers can be alone.

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Chase wants to know what happened, “step by step.” He shoots a look at the bottle of booze and says to Finn, “I mean everything that happened.” Finn tells him that Violet was at school and he came upon their father, dead in his bed.  At the point, Finn also admits he had a drink, maybe more than one, although it’s been such an emotional day he is not sure how many he has had. In addition, Finn did not cop to taking a sip of champagne at his brother’s wedding reception, which started this downfall.

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Now the question becomes, what will Finn ask Chase to do? Cover for him? Help him to a meeting? Will he get rid of his brother quickly so he can continue his downward spiral? Weigh-in and share your theory via the comment section below.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Cole is Fraught After Seeing Jordan Alive; Ashley Collapses After Her Plans for Tucker Go South

On Wednesday’s May 22nd episode of The Young and the Restless, Cole (J. Eddie Peck) is reeling from finding a secret passage way to the basement where Victor (Eric Braeden) is holding a very much alive, Jordan (Colleen Zenk).

Behind the bars that hold her captive, she pleads with him to get her out of there. Jordan’s convinced Cole will help her because her sister, Eve, was his mother.

A stunned Cole asks, “How did you get in here? We heard that you drowned in that river!” Jordan reveals Victor took her and has been torturing her. Jordan pleads with Cole that she’s reformed. She then says, if he gets her freed she will leave town and never return.

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Cole pushed back,“Do you think that I would actually believe you after everything you’ve done?!” Jordan tells him to please call the police on Victor because being in a real jail would be better for her than this. She says, “I can’t take this anymore.” Jordan panics when Cole leaves her there.

Later, a stunned Cole is trying to decide what to do. He has lunch with Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Claire (Hayley Erin). Next, C9le excuses himself and makes a phone call to Michael and says, “How soon can you meet me?”

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Meanwhile, Ms. Abbott has Tucker (Trevor St. John) alone at the jazz club and is doing everything she can to seduce him, all the while with her intent to kill him. He is on to her, and knows he is not talking to the real Ashley (Eileen Davidson).

Meanwhile at the Abbotts, Alan Laurent (Christopher Cousins) talks with Jack (Peter Bergman) and Traci (Beth Maitland), revealing he believes Ashley’s different behaviors seems unlikely to have been caused by a break-up in Paris with Tucker, He feels something else more traumatic happened in Paris after Tucker left.

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At the end of the episode, Ms. Abbott loses her cool with Tucker as he tells her her to stop running away, “You are not safe,” he says. Next, holding her head as her different alters fight for control, Ashley falls to the floor and passes out.

For more on Ashley’s alters and this storyline, make sure to check out the latest interview with Eileen Davidson on the subject matter via her visit to the Michael Fairman Channel below.

Now let us know, what do you think Cole will do about Jordan? Has everyone finally gotten knocked over the head enough that Ashley has multiple personalities? What happened to her in Paris after she left Tucker that caused the split? Share your theories in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Finn Tells Violet That Gregory Passed, While Elizabeth Sees He Has Been Drinking

The raw emotions continued on the Wednesday, May 22nd episode of General Hospital as Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase (Josh Swickard) try to come to grips with the death of their father, Gregory (Gregory Harrison).

In story, Gregory passed away in his sleep and his battle with ALS came to its conclusion. In the pick-up, Finn now has to tell his daughter, Violet (Jophielle Love) that her grandfather had passed when she returned home from school.

Gingerly, Finn does his best to explain to Violet what happened. Finn tells her that her grandfather’s heart stopped beating, and he wasn’t in pain. Violet bursts into tears saying that she wants Grandpa to still be here and runs into his room calling out for him. Then, in very touching scenes, Finn follows Violet. She asks her dad where her Grandpa is. Finn explains the paramedics took him away. She cries that she didn’t get the chance to even say goodbye.

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Next, Finn hugs Violet and tells his little girl that life is so beautiful, but sometimes it’s unfair. He carries Violet back to the living room, but passes by the bottle of booze. He sits her down on the couch and tells her there will be a funeral in a few days so they will get to say goodbye to Grandpa together. When Violet asks where her Grandpa is now, Finn says he is in heaven.

Later, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) shows up and hugs Violet and Finn. She can see right away that Finn has been drinking, especially after eyeing the glass, and the bottle on the counter. Getting Violet out of the room for a moment, Liz tells Finn she can’t even imagine the pain he must be in right now. So, he should go to a meeting and Violet will come home with her for the night.

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Finn puts his foot down that Violet will stay with him. He just watched two total stranger, the paramedics, take his dad away. He says he took one drink to ease his pain. Finn stands up to Liz and says he thinks given the circumstances he has a right to do whatever it takes to get through the day. Next, Liz says she can’t stop him, but she will not have him get drunk with his daughter in the apartment, and so, she is taking Violet with her.

Elsewhere, Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) decide at the airport to head back to the Quartermaines, and not take off for their honeymoon, since Gregory died. When they show up at the Q’s, Chase says he wants to be with his brother, but he is giving him time to tell Violet. Next, the newlyweds are greeted by Ned (Wally Kurth) and Lois (Rena Sofer). They tell the two the truth, leaving everyone stunned or in tears. Chase heads out to find Tracy.

Meanwhile, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is holding on to her good luck charm from Gregory as her reinstatement hearing begins. Little does she know, he has passed away. Alexis finds out she is in a court battle with Fergus Byrne (Lane Davies), the brother of the late Neil Byrne.

So, what did you think of the performances of Jophielle Love and Michael Easton in the touching scenes between Violet and Finn? Will Finn end up on a complete bender? Will his brother Chase show up in time to help him? Comment below.

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