– The WWE WrestleMania 39 Night 2 Kickoff pre-show opens live from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California as Kayla Braxton welcomes us. She’s joined by Kevin Patrick, Wade Barrett and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. They hype tonight’s show and we get a video for the WWE Intercontinental Title match. Barrett and Booker predict GUNTHER will retain, while Patrick goes with Sheamus. Kayla thinks Drew McIntyre will win. We go backstage to Peter Rosenberg, who takes us to the Gorilla Position for a tour. He runs into Liv Morgan, Bronson Reed and The Street Profits. We get more discussion from the panel and a WrestleMania “By The Numbers” video.
Back from a break and Byron Saxton is down in the Cricket Fan Zone with a bunch of rabid fans. We see the latest build to the Women’s WrestleMania Showcase Fatal 4 Way now as Rosenberg joins the panel. Barrett and Booker go with Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey, while Patrick goes with Sonya Deville and Chelsea Green, and Rosenberg picks Liv and Raquel Rodriguez. Cathy Kelley is backstage with Paul Heyman now. She asks if last night’s loss for The Usos means a loss for Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns tonight. Heyman recalls a WCW Starrcade promo he did years ago, and after WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes said it was a good promo but where’s the money? Heyman says that sticks with him when he goes out these days, and he finally figured out where’s the money – it’s Reigns, not Cody Rhodes, who came to lose to Roman tonight. We get a promo for Hell In a Cell tonight. Barrett and Patrick go with WWE Hall of Famer Edge, while Booker and Rosenberg predict Finn Balor will win. Back from a break and we see highlights from Night 1. “This Is Awesome” host Greg Miller joins the panel to discuss Night 1 and to give some thoughts for Night 2. He believes Edge will win Hell In a Cell. The panel plays around with a new WWE Snapchat filter that makes you look like various Superstars. We see Cody Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes and their daughter step off the bus in the back, then walk into the stadium. We go to another break.
Back from a break and we get a look at a bunch of Mattel WWE figures. Booker reminds us he has 30 figures of himself. We get a video for Brock Lesnar vs. Omos. Patrick is the only one who thinks Lesnar will win. We get a video of WWE Hall of Fame highlights from Friday night. We also get a video on Bobby Lashley’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal win. Kayla then shows us a promo for WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia next year. NFL star George Kittle joins the panel and talks about helping Pat McAfee deal with The Miz on Night 1. He’s most looking forward to Hell In a Cell tonight. The panel looks over tonight’s card one more time. We get a promo for the RAW Women’s Title match now.
We see footage of the RAW Women’s Champion arriving earlier today. Barrett believes Asuka will win, while the rest of the panel goes with Bianca Belair to retain. We get more commercials and promos, then come back to a discussion on tonight’s main event. Barrett and Rosenberg predict Roman Reigns will retain the Undisputed WWE Universal Title, while Booker and Patrick go with Cody Rhodes. Braxton wraps up and that’s it for the Kickoff pre-show.
– WWE WrestleMania 39 Night 2 opens up with singer Jimmie Allin performing “America The Beautiful” on the stage. We cut to the WrestleMania cold open video with actor/comedian Kevin Hart. We’re now live from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California as Mike Rome introduces our hosts, The Miz and Celebrity WWE Hall of Famer Snoop Dogg. Miz hypes the show and talks about Night 1. Miz tells Snoop to get it started. Snoop asks if we can “fire it up!” and that’s it for the opening segment.
Brock Lesnar vs. Omos
We go right to the ring and out comes Omos with MVP as Mike Rome does the introductions. Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves. Cole shows us the Spanish announce team at ringside – Marcelo Rodriguez and Jerry Soto. The announcers go over a Tale of The Tape for tonight’s opener. Omos steps into the ring and removes his hood, then yells out and pounds on his chest. MVP hypes Omos up but the music interrupts and out comes Brock Lesnar to a big pop. Lesnar is all smiles as he kicks off and the pyro explodes. Lesnar marches down the long ramp as Omos looks on.
Lesnar and Omos face off, then the bell hits. Lesnar smiles. Lesnar goes for a takedown but Omos slams him with ease. Lesnar laughs, then rams Omos, then again with another shoulder. Lesnar ducks a clothesline and goes for a German suplex but Omos elbows him, then headbutts him to stun him.
Omos scoop slams Lesnar in the middle of the ring to boos. Lesnar rams Omos but gets pounded on, then slammed again. Omos beats Lesnar around now as MVP barks from ringside. Omos with a big bear-hug now.
Omos rams Lesnar into the corner, then clubs him in the lower back, then poses to boos. Omos with another scoop slam and pose to more boos. Omos with another bear-hug in the middle of the ring. Fans rally and Lesnar fights out but Omos chokeslams him for a close 2 count. MVP is riled up at ringside.
Omos launches Lesnar into the turnbuckles but he hits the ring post when Lesnar side-steps. Omos is dazed as Lesnar hits the first German for a big pop. Lesnar with another big German suplex.
Lesnar with a third German suplex despite his lower back. Lesnar yells out for a big pop. Lesnar goes for the F5 but his back goes out and he collapses. Omos goes for his chokebomb but Lesnar slides out and nails the F5 for a big pop and the pin to win.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
– After the match, Lesnar tries to stand up but he’s selling the lower back. Omos stumbles to the floor with MVP as Lesnar’s music starts up. We go to replays. Lesnar stands tall for the crowd as we see Omos telling MVP he wants more. Lesnar exits the ring and pounds a fan at ringside, then heads up the ramp.
Women’s WrestleMania Showcase Fatal 4 Way: Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez vs. Natalya and Shotzi vs. Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler vs. Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville
Back from a break and out first comes Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez for the Women’s WrestleMania Showcase. Natalya and Shotzi are out next, followed by Sonya Deville and Chelsea Green as Samantha Irvin does the introductions. The next teams is being introduced before the other team makes it to the ring. Out last comes Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler, both wearing their gis.
Liv and Deville go at it to start. Liv with a Backstabber. Deville with a big kick to knock her away. Natalya comes in as Liv drops Deville again. Natalya with signature offense including a basement dropkick. Liv drops Natalya into the ropes. Raquel tags in and they double team Natalya in the corner.
Natalya counters the Texana Bomb with a hurricanrana. Natalya tags in Green but she’s not interested. Green with a missile dropkick to Raquel but it does nothing. Raquel scoops Green but she slides out and Deville assists but gets slammed. Raquel with a fall-away slam there. Shotzi kicks Green from the apron, then nails a senton to the back for 2 as Baszler breaks it up. Baszler sends Shotzi to the floor, where Rousey is. Natalya, Liv and Raquel triple team Baszler with a powerbomb. They taunt Rousey to get her to come in but Green and Deville drop the trio from behind. Deville and Green clear the ring and show off but Shotzi flies off the top with a crossbody.
Shotzi knocks Baszler off the apron, then sends Deville out. Natalya helps Shotzi nail suicide div to the floor, but then Green drops Natalya with a right. Green poses for photos up top, then flies out to take down others at ringside to avoid Raquel in the ring. Liv comes in and Raquel launches her to the floor to take everyone else down. Shotzi and Raquel are legal now. Raquel blocks a DDT into a fall-away slam, then hits the corkscrew elbow from the corner.
Green and Deville chop Raquel down as she goes for a Texana Bomb to Shotzi. They double team Raquel some more with running knees and boots to the face to send Raquel to the floor. Shotzi and Natalya attack Green and Deville from behind, then hit a Hart Attack to Deville but Green breaks it up. Green sends Shotzi to the floor. Natalya slams Green on top of Deville. Natalya with a double Sharpshooter to Green and Deville to a big pop. Liv with a big knee to break it up to boos.
Liv tags in and goes at it with Shotzi. They trade big offense and Liv hits the Codebreaker, then Ob-Livion but Baszler tags in and breaks it up, then takes Liv out. Ronda is legal now as she stands over Shotzi, who is laid out. Rousey, with a brace on her elbow, takes her time and talks trash before dropping down into the arm bar on Shotzi. Shotzi taps out for the finish.
Winners: Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler
– After the match, Rousey and Baszler stand tall as the music starts up.
– Back from the break and we see highlights from Bobby Lashley’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal win on SmackDown. Lashley comes out to pose with the trophy on the stage now.
– Xavier Woods is backstage with his UpUpDownDown crew. They simulate tonight’s WWE Intercontinental Title match in WWE 2K23 and Drew McIntyre is the winner.
Triple Threat for the WWE Intercontinental Title: Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre vs. GUNTHER
We go back to the ring for the next match and WWE Ambassador Titus O’Neil is introduced for special guest commentary on this bout. We cut to the new Mike’s Hard Lemonade commercial with Sheamus and Drew McIntyre, then come back to McIntyre making his entrance. McIntyre marches to the ring with his sword. Out next come The Brawling Brutes – Sheamus with Ridge Holland and Butch. Sheamus marches to the ring while Holland and Ridge head to the back. Sheamus enters the ring to face off with McIntyre. Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci of Imperium appear on the stage next. Kaiser gives the introduction for The Ring General, then WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER marches down the long ramp while Vinci and Kaiser watch from a platform on the stage. GUNTHER enters the ring and raises the title in the air as his challengers look on. No formal ring introductions.
The bell rings as they all size each other up. GUNTHER tells them to go at it but Drew drops GUNTHER with a big kick instead. Sheamus and Drew go at it now. Sheamus drops Drew and unloads in the corner with uppercuts. Drew turns it around in the opposite corner.
Drew with a clothesline, then a chop. Sheamus with the Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus goes for 10 Beats of the Bodhrán but GUNTHER cuts him off, then chops them both down. Drew is sent to the floor on the chop. Sheamus and GUNTHER go at it now. GUNTHER with a big chop and a stomp. Drew comes to the apron but GUNTHER runs him into the ring post.
GUNTHER with a big boot to the face of Sheamus, then a huge chop to the chest. GUNTHER grabs Sheamus’ face and yells, then delivers more chops. Sheamus fights back but GUNTHER nails a big boot. GUNTHER yells out for a big pop now but Sheamus attacks with lefts and rights. GUNTHER with a big backbreaker, then the Boston Crab in the middle of the ring. GUNTHER yells at the referee to ask Sheamus. Drew runs in with a big boot and a slap but GUNTHER won’t break the hold.
Drew and GUNTHER trade big strikes now. GUNTHER with a massive chop. Drew with one of his own. They continue trading huge chops. Drew unloads into the corner with chops to GUNTHER as fans go wild. Sheamus decks Drew, then GUNTHER, then Drew, then GUNTHER. Sheamus unloads on GUNTHER in the corner with uppercuts. GUNTHER with jabs to the throat of both men to take it back over. GUNTHER levels Drew and boots Sheamus down to a big ovation from the crowd. Sheamus and Drew both deliver 10 Beats of the Bodhrán now with Drew chopping and Sheamus hitting forearms. The crowd counts along and GUNTHER goes down, rolling to the floor.
All three have their chests all cut up and bloody looking. Sheamus with 10 Beats of the Bodhrán to Drew but he makes it to 29, and a half, and fans give him a standing ovation. Sheamus with the Celtic Cross but GUNTHER rushes in and breaks t up with a boot to Sheamus’ face. GUNTHER with a German suplex to Sheamus, then a lariat for a close 2 count. GUNTHER yells at Sheamus to get back up as he waits in the corner.
GUNTHER charges with a big lariat as Sheamus stumbles up. Sheamus still kicks out at 2. Drew runs in and levels GUNTHER, then rocks him and nails a neckbreaker. Drew launches Sheamus into GUNTHER in the corner with a big overhead throw. Drew with the Futureshock DDT to GUNTHER, then a 2 count. GUNTHER dodges the Claymore, then hits a big dropkick. GUNTHER with the powerbomb in the middle of the ring but Drew kicks out at 2. GUNTHER goes to the top but Sheamus cuts him off with chops, then climbs up. Sheamus gets a huge pop as he hits a super White Noise. He then goes for the Celtic Cross but GUNTHER kicks out just in time.
Sheamus with the Cloverleaf submission to GUNTHER now. GUNTHER grabs the bottom rope but it does nothing in a Triple Threat. Sheamus re-positions and tightens the hold but Drew applies a Sleeper to Sheamus to break the hold. Sheamus fights Drew off. Drew misses the Futureshock DDT. Sheamus with a big knee to Drew, then to GUNTHER as fans pop. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick now as fans cheer him on. Sheamus drops GUNTHER with it but Drew pulls him to the floor to break the hold. Sheamus is furious as he and Drew start brawling at ringside now.
Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Drew knocks Sheamus back to the floor off the apron, then runs the ropes and hits a big dive over the top to the floor. Drew brings Sheamus back in to a “holy shit!” chant. Drew calls for the Claymore Kick now but Sheamus cuts him off with the Brogue. Drew kicks out just in time and the crowd goes wild, as does Titus. Fans rally as Sheamus and Drew slowly recover while GUNTHER is still down on the floor. Drew with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Sheamus with a big knee. Drew nails the Claymore out of nowhere but Sheamus kicks out.
Drew and Sheamus trade shots from their knees now as fans go long. They fight to their feet and unload with big punches now, then big forearms. Sheamus with a Brogue out of nowhere but they both go down. Sheamus slowly rolls over to cover but GUNTHER flies off the top rope with a splash to break it up. GUNTHER powerbombs Sheamus on top of Drew, then powerbombs Drew for the pin to win and retain.
– After the match, the music hits as GUNTHER stands tall with the title. The announcers and many in the crowd give him a standing ovation. We go to replays. GUNTHER raises the title in the air now as we see Drew and Sheamus down and trying to recover.
RAW Women’s Title Match: Asuka vs. Bianca Belair
Back from a break and out comes Asuka to a big pop. The music hits next and out come a bunch of young dancers for RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. They dance for a minute or so and then Belair comes out to join them as they swing their hair with her. Mike Rome says the dancers are from the Divas of Compton group. Belair then heads to the ring as Asuka looks on. We get formal ring introductions from Rome.
The bell rings and Belair nails a dropkick immediately. Asuka gets right back up but Belair nails another dropkick. Thy tangle some and Asuka gets dropkicked into the corner. Belair mounts Asuka in the corner with right hands as fans count along now.
Belair with a suplex, then she holds it for another but Asuka slides out. Asuka kicks Belair down. Asuka with kicks to drop Belair, then a Bulldog and a sliding knee for 2. Asuka with kicks. Belair ducks the roundhouse but then runs into a boot. Belair has Asuka up for a superplex as fans do dueling chants now. Asuka slides down for a powerbomb attempts but can’t hit it.
Belair jumps and lands on her feet, then slams Asuka with a Spinebuster and stacks her for 2. Belair goes for the handspring back flip but Asuka catches her into a submission after getting her knees up. They tangle on the mat and Belair pounds on Asuka. Asuka goes into the Asuka Lock but not all the way, and Belair rolls to the floor to regroup. Asuka smiles at her and fans pop.
More back and forth at ringside now. Belair with a big sitdown powerbomb on the floor. Belair brings Asuka back in but she kicks out at 2. Belair charges into the corner but Asuka moves and she hits the ring post shoulder-first. Asuka covers for 2. They go on and Belair fights out of an ankle lock attempts, then slams Asuka to break free. Asuka goes for another moonsault but Asuka catches her in the ankle lock. Belair rolls through but Asuka keeps it locked. Asuka with a missile dropkick from the second rope for 2.
Asuka continues to smile as she kicks Belair in the face over and over. Asuka drops Belair on the apron and she hits hard. Asuka with kicks on the apron now. Belair fights back but Asuka dropkicks her into the ring post. Belair is in the ring now as Asuka tries to suplex her over the top rope to the floor but Belair sends her into the ring post instead. Belair goes on and nails a big superplex to bring Asuka back to the middle of the ring. Asuka kicks out at 2.
Belair and Asuka crawl to face off now. They fight up to their feet. Asuka drops Belair to one knee but Belair cuts her off. Belair counters a move with a roll-up for 2. They trade more counters and pin attempts. Asuka drops Belair with a kick for 2. More back and forth now as fans do dueling chants. Belair blocks a modified Codebreaker and hits a modified Blockbuster. Belair now hits the handstand moonsault but Asuka kicks out. Belair is frustrated now. Asuka ends up hitting a GTS but Belair comes right back with a tackle. They’re both down now. Belair positions Asuka near the corner, then stops. She’s frustrated as she climbs to the top but Asuka jumps up and rocks her.
Asuka climbs up now as fans cheer. Belair counters and puts her on her shoulders but Asuka escapes. They continue fighting up top but Asuka grabs Belair’s braid, brings them to the mat with the braid, and hits Codebreaker for a close 2 count. Asuka is all smiles now. She hits the corner Hip Attack but Blair catches her and aggrssivly slams her face-first into the top turnbuckle pad. Belair is fired up now, talking trash to the challenger. Belair scoops Asuka for the KOD but Asuka grabs the top rope. They go on and there’s a moment where Belair almost runs into the referee. Belair puts on the brakes as the referee turns to shield herself. Asuka spits her mist as Belair turns back around but she ducks it. The referee turned back around too quick and sees the mist but ignores it.
Asuka blocks the KOD mid-move and comes back up, taking Belair down into the Asuka Lock in the middle of the ring as fans go wild. Belair finally turns it over but Asuka rocks her. Belair powers Asuka up and nails the KOD for the pin to win and retain.
Winner: Bianca Belair
– After the match, Belair stands tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Belair continues her celebration as Asuka looks on.
– Back from the break and we see NFL player George Kittle at ringside. Sportscaster Al Michaels is also in attendance.
– Hosts The Miz and Celebrity WWE Hall of Famer Snoop Dogg are in the ring now. Miz announces 81,395 for tonight’s attendance, for a combined weekend attendance of 161,892. Miz addresses what happened with Pat McAfee and George Kittle on Night 1
Miz isn’t happy about being embarrassed. Snoop says his bad. Miz gets angrier now. Miz says he doesn’t go to Snoop’s studio and treat him like that. Miz says this is his WrestleMania… Snoop cuts him off and says wrong, homeboy, this is our WrestleMania, it belongs to the city. Snoop goes on and introduces Shane McMahon, who comes out to a big pop. Snoop says Miz is in trouble.
Shane gets emotional and thanks the fans, saying they don’t know how much that reactions meant to him. Shane shouts-out LA. Snoop says from one O.G. to another… can you take care of this guy? Miz tries to run away but Snoop won’t let him. There’s a referee in the ring now.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
The bell rings as Shane McMahon rocks The Miz with a right hand to start. Shane with corner punches now. Shane ducks Miz and jumps over him but suddenly goes out when his knee/leg buckles. The referee checks on Shane as Miz paces around. Shane is hurt. They keep the camera on Miz while Shane is tended to.
Snoop finally enters the ring and drops Miz with a punch. Snoop asks Shane if he’s alright. Shane can’t believe Miz did that to his homeboy. Miz stumbles back up but Snoop nails another punch. Snoop then hits The People’s Elbow to Miz for the pin to win.
Winner Snoop Dogg
– After the match, Snoop celebrates as “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” plays. Shane was already taken away before the finish. Snoop poses in the corner and makes his exit.
Hell In a Cell: “The Demon” Finn Balor vs. WWE Hall of Famer Edge
We get a nice video for tonight’s Hell In a Cell match, then we come to see some fiery graphics in the stadium. We cut to another video for the next match and the Hell In a Cell structure is lowered. The entrance video included narration by Russel Crowe to promote The Exorcist. Slayer’s “South of Haven” then starts up as WWE Hall of Famer Edge comes out in a metallic skull helmet. He brings up large wings as fire continues in the background. The music and flames suddenly stop as we get an overhead shot of the stadium. Edge is now in his normal look as “You Think You Know Me?” blares and he heads to the ring to a pop. The music hits now and out comes “The Demon” Finn Balor with his unique entrance. Balor has two streamers putting out purple smoke as he struts to the ring.
The cage is locked as we get the bell. They meet in the middle of the ring and trade single strikes, taking their time. Edge goes out for a steel chair as fans pop. Balor has a kendo stick. They meet in the ring but Edge nails chair shots. It does nothing as Balor unloads with the kendo stick now.
Balor beats Edge out and back in, but Edge tackles him and pounds away. Edge knocks Balor off the apron into the Cell. Edge with kendo stick shots at ringside, then he launches Balor face-first into the steel. Edge traps Balor against the steel with kendo sticks over his chest as fans chant for tables. Balor runs and nails a big dropkick while Balor is trapped. Edge leans a table against the corner of the steel and has to yell at the referee to watch out. Balor rushes him to attack and unload with strikes.
Balor sends Edge into the steel ring steps, then brings him back in. Edge slams Balor but he gets right back up. Balor with the Impaler DDT. Edge charges but Balor hits a Slingblade, then a dropkick to send Edge into the steel.
Balor charges and dropkicks Edge through the leaning table against the Cell corner. Balor starts throwing chairs at Edge while he’s down. Edge comes out of the corner with a boot to the chin, then brings it back in the ring. Edge with the Edge-O-Matic for a close 2 count. Edge runs into a kick and Balor cradles him for 2. Edge with a Michinoku Driver for a 1 count. Fans pop as Edge brings a ladder into the ring.
Edge then launches the ladder at Balor and he goes down. Balor is checked out now by the referee as we see blood on the mat. They stall some now as doctors work on Balor. Edge grabs another ladder and a tool box. Edge stands a ladder in the corner. Balor is finally let go by medics after several minutes. Balor attacks and they go at it. Balor drops Edge but misses the Coup de Grace as Edge moves. Edge goes for a Spear but hits the ladder when Balor moves. They fight some more and both go down now.
Balor with a Slingblade. Balor then goes up top and nails Coup de Grace for a close 2 count. Balor climbs the corner ladder but Edge hits him with a kendo stick shot and both are stunned. Edge with a huge Impaler DDT from up high on the ladder. Balor kicks out at 2. Edge brings more chairs and a table from under the ring.
Edge stands the table up now but Balor beats him down with kendo sticks. Balor with chair shots to beat Edge onto the table now. Balor goes to the top but then crawls to the top of the cage. Balor delivers a massive Coup de Grace from the top of the Cell but Edge moves and Balor goes through the table with his feet.
Edge immediately hits a Spear after getting back up. The Demon kicks out at 2 and Edge can’t believe it. Edge snaps and unloads with chair shots. Edge yells at Balor and then nails a Con-Chair-To. Edge collapses on top of Balor for the pin to win.
– After the match, the music starts up but Balor and Edge are flat on their backs as the referee checks on them. We go to replays. Edge is now up and standing tall to a pop. The referee raises Edge’s arm in victory.
– Back from the break and Kayla Braxton is with RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. She talks about how much this means and says she’s had the chance to face some amazing women but Asuka took her to the limit. She says mist aside, Asuka is an incredible fighter and at times she felt like she couldn’t keep fighting tonight but she had to remember this is her dream. Belair says tonight she became a 3-peat winner, and she will keep riding for those who ride for her because she is The EST of WWE. Braxton then introduces the Divas of Compton dancers from her entrance and they chant “EST of WWE!” while dancing around.
– Michael Cole shows us highlights from the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Mike Rome now introduces the Hall of Fame 2023 Class on the stage. Stacy Keibler is first, Andy Kaufman is next represented by his family, The Great Muta is next, Warrior Award recipient Tim White is next represented by his brothers, and finally Rey Mysterio comes out to a huge pop. Rome gets SoFi Stadium to give it up one more time for the 2023 Class.
– Back from another break and we get a promo for WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia. Cole shows us fans chanting “Mania!” at a WrestleMania 39 Watch Party in the City of Brotherly Love.
– After many more commercials and what feels like stalling, we finally get a video package for tonight’s main event.
Undisputed WWE Universal Title Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns
We go back to the ring and out comes Cody Rhodes to a big pop. Cody stops and poses with his arms open as the pyro explodes behind him. Cody marches to the ring and takes his time taking it all in. He stops at ringside and hands his weight belt to a kid named Brodie, the oldest son of former WWE and AEW star Jonathan Huber (Luke Harper, Brodie Lee). Brodie is known as -1 to fans of AEW’s The Dark Order. Cody then walks up the steps of the ring to pose for more pyro. Cody then enters the ring as fans cheer him on. The music stops but then a group of piano players start performing. Their music stops and then The Bloodline’s music starts up. Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns then comes out to the stage with Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman to a big pop. No sign of The Usos. The Bloodline stops on the stage, then they raise their fingers in the sky as the pyro explodes. Reigns, Sikoa and Heyman make the long march to the ring now. Sikoa stops at ringside as Reigns and Heyman approach the steps. Reigns, wearing his red lei and with the WWE Title belt around his waist, stops and reaches over to caress the WWE Universal Title belt on Heyman’s shoulder. Heyman clutches it tighter as Reigns makes a motion with his face. Reigns then marches into the ring and stands in the middle. Reigns raises both belts in the air as more pyro explodes in the stadium as Cody looks on. We get formal ring introductions from Samantha Irvin now.
Solo stands on the apron to stare Cody down as the formal intros continue. The crowd is fired up for the WrestleMania 39 main event. Heyman is saying something to Reigns, then they look at Cody. Heyman has a mic in his hand. The crowd is riled up but Reigns motions for them to quiet down. Solo is standing behind Reigns now as Rhodes looks on. Reigns then calls on WrestleMania to acknowledge him. The crowd pops and Reigns tosses the mic. The bell hits and everyone cheers as they get ready to go at it. They meet in the middle of the ring for a face-off. Reigns smiles first, then backs away and stalls some, circling Cody and checking the ropes.
Rhodes and Cody lock up and Cody applies a headlock. Reigns goes into the ropes to break it. They lock up again and Cody counters to take Reigns down in a headlock. Rhodes does the drop-down right hands after they run the ropes. Reigns rolls out for a pep talk from Heyman.
Reigns comes back in and stalls again. Reigns grabs Cody from behind but it’s countered. Reigns with an elbow to the jaw to put Cody on one knee. Reigns charges with another big elbow to put Cody down. Reigns with big forearms in the corner as fans count along. Rhodes nails a dropkick for a quick 1 count. Rhodes grounds Reigns by his arm now. Cody continues working on the arm. Reigns catches Cody going for the Disaster Kick, then nails a powerbomb for a 2 count.
Reigns beats Cody around the ring now, then on the ropes but the referee warns him. Reigns with a suplex in the middle of the ring for a quick 1 count as Reigns covered nonchalantly. Reigns with another suplex. Reigns tosses Cody over the top but he hangs on and pulls himself back in. Fans pop as Cody sends Reigns to the floor now. Reigns kicks Cody from the apron, then launches him up onto the ramp. Reigns follows and scoop slams Cody on the ramp.
Reigns goes back down to break the count. Reigns calls for Sikoa to come over to this side of the ring. Reigns brings Cody back down to the bottom of the ramp but Cody counters and slams Reigns on the ramp. Fans chant for Cody as Reigns crawls away. Cody beats Reigns around the ringside area. Reigns fights back but Cody counters and slams him face-first into the edge of the apron as Solo looks on. Cody keeps control and looks over at Solo. Cody rolls Reigns back in, then follows but we see Solo grabbing a steel chair from under the ring right next to Cody. Solo jabs Cody in the ribs with the chair while the referee is tending to Reigns. Fans boo. Reigns comes out and nails a Drive By for a 2 count.
Reigns grounds Cody with a chinlock now. Cody fights up and out. Cody runs the ropes but Solo grabs his foot. Cody yells at Solo, then runs back around to Reigns nailing a lariat for a 2 count. Reigns stalks Cody now, then launches him into the turnbuckles. Reigns tosses Cody out to the floor and follows. Reigns clears the announce tables off now. Reigns slams Cody face-first onto the Spanish announce table. He returns to the ring but goes right back out. Reigns climbs on top of the Spanish announce table and holds his finger up to boos. Reigns goes for a powerbomb through the main table but Cody counters. Reigns tries again but Cody counters with a huge back-drop to put Reigns through the main announce table.
The crowd goes wild while Cody is slow to continue and Reigns is laid out in the table debris. Cody breaks the count and brings Reigns back in. Reigns rocks Cody with a forearm. Cody fights back with some of his signature offense, then the scoop slam in the middle of the ring for a big pop. Rhodes with the Cody Cutter but Reigns kicks out just in time. Cody can’t believe it. Cody attacks and knocks Reigns back to the floor. Cody then nails a suicide dive to send Reigns into the barrier. Cody brings Reigns back in but Solo smacks Rhodes in the back with his own weight belt. The referee heard it. Solo is now ejected to the back. The crowd explodes but Solo is furious.
Reigns brings Cody’s weight belt in the ring but the referee takes it from him. Cody takes advantage of the distraction and stuns Reigns with a superkick. Cody then delivers Cross Rhodes for a huge pop but Reigns kicks out just in time. The crowd can’t believe it.
Reigns with a jawbreaker to stunt Cody. Reigns with a headbutt to bring Cody down, then a shot to the back of the neck as Heyman looks on. Reigns tosses Cody over the top rope but he hangs on and pulls himself back in, but Reigns catches him on his shoulder for a powerslam. Cody slides out for the counter but Reigns nails a Rock Bottom/Uranage in the middle of the ring for a close 2 count. Reigns can’t believe it.
Reigns is up by himself as fans boo and he stares out at them. Cody slowly gets up also while Reigns prepares to pounce. Cody side-steps the Superman Punch and nails a Pedigree for a close 2 count. Cody is shocked and frustrated as he punches himself to hype himself back up. Cody is standing and fired up now as fans cheer him on. Reigns shoves Cody and mises a clothesline. Cody goes for the Disaster Kick but Reigns jumps over him with a big Superman Punch. Cody kicks out at 2 and Heyman is shocked. Reigns is frustrated.
Heyman yells – this is all yours, my Tribal Chief. Reigns hypes himself up in the corner as Heyman continues to bark from ringside. Reigns calls for the Spear but Cody jumps over him and rolls him for 2. Cody then takes Reigns down for the Figure Four and he locks it in. Reigns is trapped in the middle of the ring as the referee checks on him. Reigns is trying to reverse the submission and he finally turns it over. Cody gets the bottom rope to break the hold but they’re both exhausted now. Cody is on the apron now as they trade big punches. Cody stuns Reigns with a body shot. Reigns charges but Cody gets up. Cody goes to the top and leaps but lands on his feet as Reigns ducks him. Reigns comes right back with a Spear but Cody kicks out. Reigns can’t believe it.
Reigns mounts Cody with big right hands out of frustration. Cody slowly gets up while Reigns has his back turned. Reigns calls for the finish. He grabs Cody for the Guillotine choke and Cody quickly starts fading. Cody fights back but Reigns powers up, brings them to the mat and tightens the Guillotine with his legs around Cody’s body.
The referee checks on Cody but he’s breaking free. Cody breaks free in a big shocker and fans pop big. Cody with rights and lefts while mounting Reigns. Cody kicks the referee and he goes down when Reigns ducks the pump kick. Reigns immediately nails a Superman Punch. Cody is knocked back into the ropes, then he drops Reigns and they both go down. Cody is up first but the referee is still down. Cody yells at Reigns to get up. Cody prepares for the Cross Rhodes but The Usos rush in from out of nowhere and drop Cody with a double superkick. The Usos then hit Cody with the 1D to boos.
The Usos drag Reigns on top of Cody but new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Fans go wild as they rush the ring to attack The Usos. They take out The Usos, then Owens hits a Stunner on Reigns, and Sami hits a Helluva Kick to Reigns. The Usos attack Zayn and Owens again, then the two teams brawl to the back. Cody crawls for the pin as the referee wakes back up and makes the slow count. Reigns kicks out and everyone explodes and Heyman is beside himself.
Reigns and Rhodes trade big strikes from their knees now, fighting to their feet as fans go along with each blow. The huge strikes continue for a minute or so. Cody blocks a Superman Punch and unloads with left jabs of his own as fans go wild. Cody with the Bionic Elbow and the right hand in a tribute to his father. Cody nails the Cross Rhodes, but holds Reigns and nails it again. Heyman is on the apron arguing with the referee. Solo comes back down, wearing a hoodie, and drops Cody with a Samoan Spike from the apron. Solo drops back down. Reigns gets up and runs the ropes to level Rhodes with a big Spear for the pin to win and retain.
Winner: Roman Reigns
– After the match, the music hits while Reigns is still down. Solo is on the apron and he’s fired up. Heyman and Solo enter the ring as Reigns recovers. Solo helps Reigns out of the ring and up the ramp as Heyman clutches the belts. We go to replays. Cody is still in the ring. Reigns now poses on the ramp with the titles in the air as pyro explodes around SoFi Stadium. Solo raises his finger in the air while Heyman looks on. Heyman takes the titles back and starts praising The Tribal Chief, saying he is WrestleMania. Reigns, Sikoa and Heyman head up the ramp while Reigns plays to the crowd with one finger. Night 2 of WrestleMania 39 goes off the air.