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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.


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.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Marcus Learns He’s Not Trina’s Biological Father

On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Trina (Tabyana Ali) opened the DNA test results that would conclude who is her actual bio-dad. Would it be the man who raised her, Taggert (Réal Andrews) or, the man she more recently has come to know, Curtis (Donnell Turner)?

At GH, Marcus, Curtis and Portia (Brook Kerr) gather to learn the results.  It turns out that Curtis is Trina’s biological father, not Marcus.

However, are these results, correct? Are DNA results ever correct on soaps? Did Selina Wu (Lydia Look) have something to do with switching these in favor of Curtis? Are we digging into this too much?

After the revelation, Trina tells Curtis. they will need to take some time need to figure out their relationship.  Trina makes it clear she’s not looking for a replacement father, and hopes he can understand and accept that.  Curtis promises he will let Trina take the lead on things.

Meanwhile, Taggert, who promised Trina no matter what happens that nothing will change between them, decides to take off and breaks down in the elevator.  Marcus is devastated and in tears, and is left using the elevator as a punching bag for his fists.

You can watch the final moments of the scene, featuring a heart-tugging performance by Réal Andrews below.

Now let us know, are you glad Trina’s bio-dad turned out to be Curtis and not Marcus … or were you hoping it would turn out the other way around? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Hope is Drowning in a River of Denial Over Thomas: “Is it so Wrong to Admit I’m Human?”

Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, brought Hope (Annika Noelle) more confrontations on the matter of her feelings for Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson).

First, after telling Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) off for going to her husband, Liam (Scott Clifton), about her suspicions that she has feelings for her brother, Hope then had to contend with her mother, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang).

When Brooke comes to Hope’s design office, after receiving a text from her daughter, Hope launches into how Steffy is back at interfering in her marriage. Hope goes on and on about how Steffy is planting seeds of doubt with her husband, who was blindsided to hear she has feelings for his arch-enemy, Thomas.  When Brooke learns what prompted Steffy to say such things to Liam, Brooke asks, “Is there any validity to this? Have you developed feelings for Thomas?”  From that point on, Hope is talking herself, and to her mother, in circles.


Hope claims she doesn’t want anything more from Thomas than to be co-parents, designing co-workers, and friends.  However, she then takes a pause, and tells her mom, “Is it so wrong to admit that I’m human?” Brooke wonders, “What does that mean?”  It is then, that Hope admits that she thinks Thomas is good-looking and funny, and that after all, they do spend 14 hours a day working together.

When Brooke pushes her on this, Hope tries to underplay it by admitting, “I felt a little something.” A shocked Brooke says, “For Thomas?! It’s not nothing!” Then, Hope, who is drowning in the river of denial, claims she wouldn’t cross the line with Thomas … that she is happily married, and she’s in control.  She just wished Steffy would have kept her big mouth shut.

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However, the more Hope says to Brooke, the more her mother realizes that Hope is struggling with her true feelings for Thomas.  Hope in tears says, “Liam is the love of my life.”  Hmm. We think, the lady doth protest too much.

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No matter how Hope tries to fool herself, or say the words out loud, that is clearly not how she feels.  Hope wants Thomas, and now the question is … just when and how will her affair with Thomas begin?  Throughout the scenes, Annika Noelle played them to perfection, even though many viewers are quite annoyed with Hope at this point.

So, what do think should happen next? Clearly, Hope wants to think she can keep her feelings for Thomas under wraps when she can’t.  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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AEW ‘Double or Nothing’ 2023: MJF Retains, Takeshita Turns Heel, Kris Statlander and Toni Storm New Title Holders

Sunday’s AEW Double or Nothing live on pay-per-view emanating, once again, from Las Vegas, had a stacked double main event, which saved the show after a lackluster beginning.

There were some title changes, major spots, a heel turn, blood and guts and tables, that kept it entertaining for AEW wrestling fans.

Let’s break down some of the key matches:

MJF vs. Darby Allin vs Jack Perry vs, Sammy Guevera – The Four Pillars four-way for the AEW Championship

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AEW has developed these four wrestlers and more into stars in their own right. When the bell rang, all four delivered high-flying maneuvers with clever storytelling along the way. Selling their in-ring personas, mixed with real-life emotion.

Guevera is still, to us, the one with the most exciting moves, while MJF stands as the complete package, getting the fans riled up, while showing his in-ring prowess. Allin is one of the hardest working wrestlers out there and ‘Jungle Boy’ Jack Perry has come so far.

In a key moment in the bout, when Perry had the championship belt in hand and could have ‘legally’ used it on Allin to secure the victory, in a moment of conflicted emotion, tossed it out of the ring.

That allowed MJF to eventually plant the world championship belt on Perry’s chest while Allin went for his signature ‘coffin drop’ off the top rope ring corner. However, Allin landed on the belt in pain. That opened the door for MJF to seize the opportunity to secure the win with a head-lock takeover to retain the title.

Tay Conti and Sammy Guevera Expecting a Baby


Before the match, Tay Conti and Guevera emerged on the entrance ramp.  Sammy brought along his old gimmick of poster boards with messages on them.  The surprise message was for all of AEW and the fans in attendance.  Conti and Guevera, who are married in real life, revealed that Conti is pregnant with their fist child!

The Blackpool Combat Club vs. The Elite – Anarchy in the Arena

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Imagine a wrestling match all over the T-Mobile Arena going down while a band plays The Troggs, “Wild Thing” the entire time! That’s what happened during the capper to Double or Nothing.  AEW fans know that Jon Moxley’s entrance theme song is that track.  So, this year, why not play it live? The lead singer wore a disturbing black mask, where he eventually received a boot to the head from The Elite for his troubles of aligning himself with the BCC.

This match (if you can call it that) was literally all over the arena and in the parking lot.  Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta, Bryan Danielson and Claudio Castagnoli vs. Kenny Omega, ‘Hangman’ Adam Page, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson brought out the barbed wire, forks, screwdrivers, tables, thumbtacks, and anything else you could find lying around the arena or under the ring, as weapons.

It finally came to a conclusion when Omega’s trader-of-a-former manager, Don Callis, distracted Kenny Omega and his new protégé Konosuke Takeshita emerged disguised as a camera man and kicked and attacked Omega.  Next, Yuta hit Omega with the actual screwdriver (the latest favorite weapon of the BCC) and pinned Kenny.

Now, questions remain. Are Callis and Takeshita aligned with the BCC? Why did Takeshita who was a fan favorite turn heel? With the Forbidden Door pay-per-view coming up shortly, it would seem this turn was to infuse a main event featuring Omega and a few of his friends! After the show went off the air Kenny previewed he may have one or two buddies on the way to help him out.

Jade Cargill vs. Taya Valkyrie – Jade Cargill vs. Kris Statlander

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The best ring entrance of the night belonged to Cargill. The Women’s TBS Champion came down to the ring accompanied by a performance by Big Boss Vette of her track ‘Pretty Girls Walk’.  Along with her A.K.A. sorority sisters, Cargill also busted out some dance moves.

Putting her amazing 60-0 streak on the line, many thought Taya Valkyrie who has the size and the moves to give Cargill a run for her money, would win the title on her second attempt against Jade. That was not meant to be.  Cargill pinned Valkyrie. Then, getting too big for their britches, Jade’s manager, Mark Sterling took to the mic and offered up an open challenge.  Shocking everyone, Kris Statlander came out from the back and ran in the ring and quickly defeated Cargill to win the belt.  It should be noted, Statlander was out of commission from her ACL surgery, following a previous surgery on her other knee.  The crowd went nuts. Cargill was an outstanding champion though, by her own design.  What a great story to have Statlander comeback and win a title! She shared her emotions and emotional story during the AEW post show media scrum.

Toni Storm vs. Jamie Hayter

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We kind of saw this one coming, did you? AEW Women’s champion, Jamie Hayter, was obviously hurt, so taking the belt off of her to heal up was the move … but, this also seem to be the move to have Hayter win back the belt in front of her hometown crowd in August when AEW has its first live show in London, England at Wembley Stadium.

In the storyline, Toni Storm, who previously held the belt as ‘interim champ” when she was a babyface, defeated Hayter. Her win comes with the help of her bff’s The Outcasts (Saraya and Ruby Soho).  During the post-show media scrum, Storm stayed in character, defiant, and related how this title reign will be much different than when she was more innocent and let people walk all over her.

Chris Jericho vs. Adam Cole


The worst match of the night, unfortunately, belonged to Chris Jericho and Adam Cole in their unsanctioned duel. The crowd was dead during it, the action just felt forced, Sabu’s appearance was useless, and all of it led to a fireball in the face to some guy in the back post-match, setting up a mixed tag match for Jericho and Saraya vs. Cole and Britt Baker D.M.D, this week on Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.

In Other Bouts … 


Orange Cassidy finished off Swerve Stickland to retain his AEW International Championship in a 21-man battle royale,

FTR defeated Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal to retain the AEW Tag Team belts after special referee Mark Briscoe had enough of Double J’s antics.

The House of Black retained their Trios championship titles against the The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn.

Wardlow defeated Christian Cage to retain the TNT championship.

So, what did you think about the double main event at Double or Nothing 2023? What are your thoughts on who kept their titles and who was crowned new champs? What was the best and worst part of the PPV? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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