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WWE WrestleMania 39 Night 2: Roman Reigns Retains Title Over Cody Rhodes, Bianca Belair’s Entrance Hits Emotional Note, Injuries Dictate the Show Must Go On

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WrestleMania 39 continued for its second night on Sunday in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium, and the question on everyone’s mind was … could Roman Reigns continue his ‘reign’ as the undisputed WWE Universal Champion, or would this be the night, and would his opponent be the guy, to knock the Tribal Chief off of his Island of Relevancy.  The ringside entrances set up the excitement with Reigns’ dramatic theme, first played by a piano concerto before launching into the version where many in the crowd stand and ‘acknowledge’ him.

The “American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes had the comeback story to give him the momentum going in to the WrestleMania headline match.  Cody suffered a torn pec, then months of rehab that followed. With his beautiful family and young baby girl at ringside, and being the son of one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, all of this did not prove to be enough to take the belts off of Reigns.  For on this night, Reigns with the typical familial interference, remained supreme.

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The match was everything you would want: emotions that built and built, close counts, major finishing moves and submission holds, the crowd roaring, but many in the audience and those watching at home thought the ending was a disappointment, after the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink performances in the ring.  But it should be noted, while many were rooting for Cody, many in the stands were rooting for Roman. He is, after all, the best of the best.  Reigns never breaks character, and he has the wrestling skills to back up being the champ.

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Throughout the match, the creatives came up with a few big spots that could have taken the ending in a different direction, namely when the Usos showed up and pounced on Rhodes.  But lo and behold, new Tag Champs, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, came to save the day and even Zayn delivered a Helluva Kick on Reigns, which could have been sweet justice and then have Cody finish it with a punctuation mark to score the win over Reigns.

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However, it was a big tease! Rhodes went for the victory with father Dusty’s Flip, Flop and Fly and then launching into his Triple Cross Rhodes finisher.  However, Reign’s special counsel, Paul Heyman, distracted the referee and that allowed Solo Sikoa, who had been tossed out earlier in the match for his interference, to re-enter the ring, cloaked in a hoodie.  Solo delivered a Samoan Spike, which set up Reigns to deliver his signature spear for the win.

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But you got to give it up to the WWE! They kept the belts on Reigns making him a further unstoppable force maybe for another year or two, with more story to come between ‘The Bloodline’, and who the WWE ultimately believes is the next guy in line to take down Roman and establish themselves as the next big star.

Let’s get into the other night two highlights and in-ring injuries!

First, the award for the best ring entrance of WrestleMania 39 weekend goes to … Bianca Belair and the Divas of Compton dance troupe!  These little girls were mini-EST’s dancing up a storm that warmed the hearts of everyone in attendance. We later learned from an overcome Paul “Triple H” Levesque (in the press conference that followed the night) that the little girl contortionist in the dance troupe lost her mother earlier in the day, and how everyone in the production rallied around her, because she wanted to go out and perform even in the face of a heartbreaking death.

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In the RAW Women’s Championship match, many felt it was Asuka and her ‘mists’ time to hold the belt, but Belair proved otherwise winning her third straight WrestleMania.  Belair is an elite athlete almost in a class by herself, but we have not seen the last Asuka, who may finally go full heel-mode after taking to social media following her match stating that she is going to turn the women’s division into complete chaos.

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Gunther is here to stay, and the Intercontinental Championship that he has held for over 290-days, makes him an imposing threat to make his way to the top of the WWE talent chain. This seismic victory in the banger of the night vs frenemies Sheamus and Drew McIntyre cemented his future.

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Throughout the match, there were amazing spots, audible chest slaps, power bombs and ring rope athletics that featured three WWE big men.  In the end, Gunther was victorious in a clean win, making it all the more satisfying.

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In the culmination of a 10-month rivalry, the “Hell in a Cell” matchup between Edge and Finn Balor was going to be a spectacle; especially with Finn decked out in his ‘Demon’ persona and make-up.  As the match progressed, the two went at it a violent exchange using chairs, sticks and ladders.  It was a thrown ladder being used as a weapon that literally split open the head of Balor, when the metal struck him and gave him a nasty gash. Immediately, this unplanned moment had the ringside medical attendants stapling his wound so they could stop bleeding, and Finn could continue the match.  In the end, Edge (the babyface this time out) defeated Balor.  We can only hope that this is the final ‘staple’ in their feud.

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In the ‘Hollywood’ moment on night 2, The Miz and Snoop Dogg were back in the middle of the ring.  Snoop set ‘Miz’ up for another impromptu match following Saturday’s impromptu bout with Pat McAfee. This time, enter Shane McMahon, one of the surprises of the night.  Shane has not been seen in a WWE ring or programming since the 2022 Royal Rumble.

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While Shane got a big ‘pop’ from the audience, the match didn’t get very far.  McMahon leaped frogged over The Miz and landed wrong and it was later revealed he tore his quadricep. With the whole bit going down in flames, leave it to Snoop to save the day!  Snoop laid the smacketh down on The Miz with his version of the Rock’s “People’s Elbow” and covered Miz for the victory.  Shane was seen on social media needing help from the entrance ramp to backstage following his untimely injury.

Check out some of the big moments from WrestleMania 39’s second night in the videos and posts below.

Now let us know, were you shocked that the WWE decided to keep the Universal Championship on Roman Reigns instead of Cody Rhodes coming up with the victory? Who’s entrance did you like the most .. Roman’s, Bianca Belair’s or someone else? What did you think of Finn Balor and Shane McMahon’s real-life injuries during the super bowl of pro Wrestling? Comment below.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Elizabeth and Jason Have a Heart-to-Heart; Is a Liason Reunion Possible?

Have Finn (Michael Easton) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) 2.0 finally gone kaput? It would seem so. On Monday’s June 10th episode of General Hospital, it looks like the two now have what could be an insurmountable rift. Finn is drinking and can’t stop. Liz finds him with another woman drunk in his apartment, and can’t put herself in another relationship with someone who has an addiction (Remember, Lucky?).

Who should save Liz from an uncomfortable situation with Finn, but none other than Jason (Steve Burton). He comes upon on the scene where Finn is grabbing Liz’s hand to not leave him, but she insists it’s over between them.

Finn has hit his lowest point.  He has continued to spiral downward since the death of his father, Gregory.  Jason brings Liz to the Metro Court pool, which is closed at this time.

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She admits to Jason, she wasn’t ready to go home and answer questions from her kids. A somber Jason says that she deserves better than what Finn is giving to her right now, and Liz feels so do her kids. They dip their feet in the pool. Liz jokes she can’t believe she got thee Jason Morgan to take off his shoes. He coyly asks her not to tell anyone.

Liz says she wants to support Finn through his grief, but Jason says Finn is pushing her away. She asks Jason how he knew to find her at Finn’s. That’s when he reveals, their son, Jake was worried about her, so it was Jake who reached out to him.

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Next, Liz thanks Jason for being here for him, listening to her and extolling some advice.  Jason says he knows he is no place to be giving advice because he left her and Sam to raise his sons all on their own.

However, Liz points out it’s not because he didn’t want to be there. On that note, she’s pretty sure he wasn’t on vacation all the years he was away from his children. Jason says he’s here now and he will do whatever he can to make things up to Jake. Liz says just showing up to help her will go a long way with Jake, as it also goes along way with her.

You can watch the heartfelt scenes between Rebecca Herbst and Steve Burton below. Liason has been trending this evening on X.  Should GH consider putting Elizabeth and Jason back together? Weigh-in via the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Gregory’s Loved Ones Gather to Say Goodbye

On the Wednesday, June 7th episode of General Hospital, it was time for Gregory Chase’s (Gregory Harrison) memorial, which as Gregory wanted would be having his ashes spread with his loved ones in attendance.

The memorial service was held at the park bench in which he used to sit and read to Violet (Jophielle Love), which now has a plaque with his name imprinted on it.

Chase (Josh Swickard) was put in charge of the gathering, by his late father. In very well-written scenes, each of the man’s loved ones and friends extolled words of wisdom they learned from him that will forever remain with them and in their hearts.

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Finn (Michael Easton) shares how much his dad, who was suffering from ALS, loved this spot and that when the climb up the hill became too much, he insisted he could make it on his own. Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) speaks to what a good man that Gregory was. Violet reads a poem.

Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) opens up about how ALS is a devastating disease that takes resolve to handle, and Gregory had a lot of resolve. He made her aware of the limitations she put on her own life. She admits Gregory got her to jump out of a plane with him and that the two passionately kissed, which surprised everyone in attendance.

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Tracy (Jane Elliot) talks with sadness about Gregory being a missed opportunity, and if she had known him sooner, longer and better, who knows what might have been. In the moral to her time with Gregory, Tracy expressed, “If an opportunity doesn’t present itself, make one. Contrary to conventional wisdom, you can miss what you didn’t have.”

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Chase spoke last and says his dad taught him to find something remarkable in every person you meet. Next, Chase begins to scatter Gregory’s ashes around the tree, and then hands the container to Finn, so he can spread the last part of the ashes.

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Afterwards, Tracy hosts a reception at the Metro Court. She and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) share a shot for Gregory. Alexis tells Finn, she is heading to an AA meeting, but first they discuss the kiss with his dad. Elizabeth and her boys make their exit, and then Chase goes looking for Finn and finds him at the bar. What he sees upsets him, as Finn is knocking back shots one after the other.

What did you think about Gregory’s memorial service? Did you reach for the hankies? What do you think will happen next to Finn now that he is continuing to drink? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Nicole Has Long-Awaited Showdown With Sloan as Carlivati Writing Regime Episodes Begin Again

On the Friday, May 31st episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati promised a nod to the audience that the script they are watching came from his writing team, their first, since the writers strike.

At the beginning of today’s show, one of Carlivati’s favorite muses, Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), is sitting with his laptop saying how bad The Spectator’s writing has gotten, expressing, “No offense Everett, but the quality of the writing has really gone down hill the last couple of months. But that is about to change starting today.”

With that, the viewers finally get the long-awaited confrontation between Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sloan (Jessica Serfaty), which seemed, at first, a bit odd that Sloan snuck into the DiMera mansion to confront Nicole in the first place, when she should be on the run.

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Sloan tells Nicole there’s something she has to hear. Nicole starts to call Rafe (Galen Gering) to lock her up, but Sloan stops her. She swears to Nicole she didn’t plan to kidnap Jude. Dimitri showed up with him just as she was running out of options after her adoption fell through with Eric.  “It felt like fate,” Sloan says. “I’ll show you fate,” Nicole shouts and punches Sloan’s lights out.

Nicole is mortified of what Sloan put her through and the lengths of her lies and deceit. That’s when Sloan reminds Nicole she did the exact same thing to Sami (Alison Sweeney) years ago. So, she goes on to say, because of how she stole a baby from its birth mother, maybe she can show her some grace. Nicole shouts, “Never!”

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Sloan starts to make her exit as Nicole is calling the cops, and just as Sloan makes it to the doorway, Eric (Greg Vaughan) shows up. Will she tell Eric he is the biological father of baby Jude before EJ (Dan Feuerriegel)​​ returns home?

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Meanwhile, outside the Brady Pub, EJ runs into Leo and Leo is on to him. He realizes something is up with Sloan and baby Jude and EJ’s part in any cover-up just as Rafe arrests Melinda  (Tina Huang) for seemingly her part of hatching the baby switch plot.

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Elsewhere, Bobby (Blake Berris) has control of Everett right in front of Jada (Elia Cantu), Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), who shows up to help him. It’s now defined to everyone that Bobby is an alter that is protecting Everett from finding out something terrible that happened to him, which caused his split personality.

So, what did you think of the Nicole/Sloan baby switch showdown? Underwhelming? Great? What did you think of the first show back from the regular DAYS writing regime? Do you like how things moved? Do you not like the direction? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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