It’s here, it’s here! WrestleMania Sunday. Time to run through the card and get you ready for the Showcase of the Immortals! In addition to this preview, be sure to listen to Big Shooter, Thomasso, & Goat give their thoughts on WrestleMania from this week’s show.
Don’t forget! WrestleMania starts at 7PM with the Kickoff Show starting up in an hour at 5PM on the WWE Network with THREE matches.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (C) vs. Roman Reigns
On the heels of a broken nose, parking lot, and ringside brawls, Roman Reigns finally gets Triple H in the ring, presumably, one-on-one for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship much to the chagrin of the “smark” portion of the WWE Universe in your main event of the evening in Dallas.
For months he Authority had being trying to keep Reigns from the championship, be it when Seth Rollins was champion or when the title was declared vacant. However, Reigns finally captured the gold, for longer than 5 minutes that is, on the December 14th Raw. Unfortunately for Reigns, The Authority and Mr. McMahon weren’t done messing with the Samoan Superstar. Reigns was then forced to defend his WWE Championship in the Royal Rumble Match where Triple H made his return to capture Reigns’ title. Triple H would go on to break the former champion’s nose and sideline him for several weeks. Now that Reigns has returned he’s set his sights on stalking the Game all over the arena in several intense brawls leading to tonight’s match.
Dukes – Reigns
Thom- Triple H
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ROH 14th Anniversary PPV Changes – ROH Wrestling
Several big changes have been made to Friday’s 14th Anniversary PPV show from Las Vegas. First, Tomohiro Ishii will defend his newly gained ROH Television Championship against former champion Roderick Strong and his scheduled opponent Bobby Fish in a triple threat match; the Bullet Club Elite will now be defending their newly won Never Openweight Six-man Tag Team Championship in their scheduled match against ACH, Matt Sydal, Kushida; and finally Hirooki Goto’s opponent has been announced and it’s the one and only Dalton Castle.
The Undertaker Returns to Raw Next Week – WWE
The next turn in the Shane McMahon returns to Raw saga will take place this Monday when The Undertaker returns to Raw to address Vince McMahon using him as a tool against his son.
Lucha Underground Live – Cageside Seats
Lucha Underground will be holding a free live show on Tuesday March 15th at Austin, TX’s SxSW music festival in their first venture outside of the Temple.
Big Shooter is in the OBX but the show rolls on!
Goat, Thom, and Louis Tully are in for the vacationing Chad Dukes. They discuss WWE Battleground, The Undertaker’s return and they preview Ring of Honor’s “Death Before Dishonor XIII.”
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It’s here, it’s here! WrestleMania Sunday. Time to run through the card and get the Chad Dukes Wrestling show & staff picks, including Dukes’ & Thommy’s picks from Wednesday Night’s WrestleMania Preview Show.
Don’t forget! WrestleMania starts at 5PM on the WWE Network with the Kickoff show & with TWO matches on this year’s kickoff I’d expect matches to start around 6PM, so you’re looking at 5 hours of WrestleMania!
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
In one corner, the reigning, defending, newly re-signed WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the past 223 days: Brock Lesnar. In the other, the 2015 Royal Rumble winner, public enemy #1 of the bitter (sigh) “internet wrestling community”, and the Samoan Dreamboat, Roman Reigns.
The complexion of this match changed greatly just this past Tuesday with the announcement of Brock Lesnar’s re-signing to a multi-year deal with WWE. Prior to that, those critical of Reigns’ readiness bemoaned the “obvious” coronation of Reigns, but now… all bets are off.
A number of finishes are now on the table. Does the mainstream coverage of Brock Lesnar on Sports Center turn him face? Does Reigns turn heel and join up with Heyman? Does Lesnar retain straight up and continue his “prize-fighter” reign? Does Reigns still prevail as the Chosen One? Does Seth Rollins cash-in?
Whatever the eventual outcome, I think this match, and did before the re-signing, will surprise a lot of people as being a really good, big man, HOSS fight.
- Dukes- Brock Lesnar, Rollins attempts to cash-in, but Lesnar leaves Santa Clara as Champion.
- Thom- Roman Reigns, Rollins cashes in Money In The Bank.
- Goat- Brock Lesnar then Rollins cashes in with an outside shot that Reigns interferes with the cash-in after it’s official, giving Reigns and Rollins beef over the Summer over who gets the shot at Lesnar at SummerSlam.
- Frogman- Brock Lesnar
- Louis Tully – Reigns takes Lesnar to the limit but ultimately Brock Lesnar retains, no Rollins shenanigans.
- Alex Wright- Brock Lesnar
- Richard Martel- Brock Lesnar
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From the Instagram of former WWE Diva and wife, Michelle McCool, a new photo of the Undertaker preparing for his WrestleMania match against Bray Wyatt has surfaced.
Two takeaways: big man is slinging a lot of weight on that bar & it appears he’s grown his hair out a bit under his beanie.
What do we think? Does the Undertaker look ready for the new Face of Fear?