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For the second straight night in WWE, in-ring action took center stage for most of the show on SmackDown. It was a jam-packed two hours with four great matches, starting with Finn Balor and Andrade squaring off in a non-title rematch, with Balor gaining a measure of revenge by evening the series 1-1. Charlotte Flair defeated Bayley in a No. 1 contender's match, while Kofi Kingston won by disqualification against Shinsuke Nakamura in the night's main event when Rusev interfered. Kairi Sane picked up her first singles victory on SmackDown by beating half of the women's tag team champions, Peyton Royce Everything lived up to the hype and then some, but a few short non-match segments in particular will go a long way in shaping the next few weeks of SmackDown and beyond.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com1d ago

Anybody who's watched more than a few minutes of Kevin Owens' WWE career had to assume that his friendship with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods wouldn't last long, but his post-main event attack on The New Day was abrupt and jarring after two weeks of feel-good moments inside the ring. With a superkick to Kingston and an apron powerbomb to Woods, Owens comfortably returned to his role as villain and set himself up as the logical challenger for Kingston's WWE championship. Expect that match to be added to Money in the Bank soon, alongside two other matches announced Tuesday night. Becky Lynch will pull double duty, facing Lacey Evans for the Raw women's title and Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown women's belt. Roman Reigns will take on Elias, after the latter helped Shane McMahon gain a measure of revenge on Reigns following the former's attack on Vince McMahon last week.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com1d ago

Monday Night Raw

From an in-ring perspective, Raw was a breath of fresh air on Monday night with seven matches, all-told -- none more creative or exciting than the triple threat between AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Rey Mysterio that got the ball rolling. But almost every other match overachieved compared to expectations, including the other triple threat between Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and The Miz, as well as eye-opening one-on-one matches featuring Cesaro vs. Cedric Alexander and Robert (don't call him Bobby) Roode vs. Ricochet. Naomi continued her success against the women's tag team champions by rolling up Billie Kay, and Alicia Fox returned to action in an inconsistent match against Raw and SmackDown women's champion Becky Lynch. Styles and Corbin rounded out the night with a solid one-on-one match, as Styles emerged victorious and became No. 1 contender.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com2d ago

From a storyline perspective, however, WWE still seems to be getting their legs underneath them moving forward. With the exception of establishing AJ Styles as the first challenger for Seth Rollins' Universal championship, the Becky Lynch/Lacey Evans story is dragging. Evans has a lot of potential that she's shown in brief glimpses on the mic and in the ring, but she seems as though she's still finding her way on the main roster and may not be ready for the bright spotlight opposite Lynch, considering how brightly it's shining on the double champ after WrestleMania 35. Time will tell. It was a good night for Sami Zayn, who continued to draw tremendous heat during a lengthy promo, as well as the tag team division. The Viking Raiders (f.k.a War Raiders and The Viking Experience) laid waste to the Lucha House Party and there was a solid tease between The Usos and The Revival.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com2d ago

Rounding out the night was perhaps one of the nuttiest moments of WWE TV in 2019 so far. Bray Wyatt, whose last televised match was in August 2018, returned to Monday Night Raw as the answer to the source of all those creepy puppets and dolls. In his newest iteration, Wyatt is the host of a warped children's program called the Firefly Fun House, which features the buzzard hand puppet and ventriloquist dummy we've seen in recent weeks as characters. To further hammer home the change, the new Bray Wyatt took a mini chainsaw to a cardboard cutout of his old persona. The promo certainly piqued a lot of interest, but with the abrupt creative changes around Raw and SmackDown of late, there's no telling where we'll go from here.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com2d ago

WWE

In the lead-up to Monday Night Raw, several additional changes to the Raw and SmackDown rosters were made following last week's Superstar Shakeup. Andrade and Zelina Vega have returned to SmackDown, with Aleister Black also joining that show (officially breaking up his short-lived but effective tag team with Ricochet). To balance out the two brands, reigning United States champion Samoa Joe and Cesaro have moved to Raw.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com3d ago

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WWE's continued push to stockpile talent from the world of independent wrestling has led to three more top-tier prospects reporting to their Performance Center in Orlando. In addition to KUSHIDA (center), who appeared in the crowd at NXT TakeOver: New York and will make his NXT debut in the weeks to come, Shane Strickland (left) and Garza Jr. (right) have signed with the company.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com8d ago

WrestleMania 35

WWE fans got what they wanted at WrestleMania 35

WWE fan favorites Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins all won at WrestleMania 35, securing all of WWE's top titles in one exciting, emotional night. So what comes next?

The best of WrestleMania 35

Extended cuts of post-match interviews with Kofi Kingston, Seth Rollins and The IIconics, plus all of the best of what we captured throughout WrestleMania week.

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Two title matches occurred on this week's episode of NXT TV. The Velveteen Dream defeated Buddy Murphy to retain the North American championship and Shayna Baszler beat Kairi Sane to hold onto her NXT women's championship. Baszler won via disqualification when Io Shirai came to the aide of Sane who was dealing with an injured arm. As a result of Sane's loss, she is out of the NXT women's championship picture. Luckily for her, and Buddy Murphy for that matter, a bright future lies ahead on SmackDown Live. Also on the show, as new NXT champion Johnny Gargano was delivering a celebration promo to fans in Full Sail, Adam Cole interrupted. While Gargano and Cole were jawing back and forth, Roderick Strong attacked Gargano from behind and the Undisputed Era jumped in and continued the assault. As a result, Gargano and Strong will battle next week. Finally, Dominik Dijakovic picked up a win over Aaron Frye in mere seconds and declare his desire to become North American champion.

Sean Coyle, ESPN7d ago

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In what looked to be his farewell to 205 Live, Cedric Alexander lost in the main event to Oney Lorcan in a match that first struggled to hold the Montreal crowd's attention, but won them over as the match went on and got more physical. Cedric's career went from chanting "Please sign Cedric" after a Cruiserweight Classic loss to Kota Ibushi, to "Thank you Cedric" after his loss Tuesday. Alexander is on his way to Raw after the Superstar Shakeup. Also on Tuesday, Ariya Daivari won a fatal four-way match, sneaking to get the pin on Akira Tozawa after Mike Kanellis hit his finisher and Gran Metallik hit a springboard elbow. He could be put in position to be Tony Nese's first challenger.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer8d ago

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After a three-day span from WrestleMania to SmackDown Live, nine of the 10 main roster titles changed hands. Samoa Joe is now the longest-reigning champion on the red or blue brands. That doesn't even include Johnny Gargano winning the NXT Championship or WALTER defeating Pete Dunne for the U.K. title.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer14d ago

Cheap Heat

WrestleMania

WrestleMania Re-Cap

The boys break down an exciting and long Wrestlemania weekend, salute Kofi Kingston, and discuss an "interesting" way to close Raw.

Post-Match Interviews

Peter Rosenberg catches up with the huge title winners at Wrestlemania 35 including Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, The IIconics (3:32), Kofi Kingston (6:55) and Seth Rollins (16:00).

WWE

WrestleMania weekend was a costly stretch for WWE with at least two superstars down with serious leg injuries coming out of the biggest show of the year. Nia Jax is set to undergo surgery to repair damage to both of her ACLs, while Big E suffered a torn meniscus that will also put him on the shelf. AJ Styles also walked out of WrestleMania worse for the wear, spraining his SI joint while executing a superplex during his match with Randy Orton. On live streaming platform Mixer, Styles talked about his injury while playing PUBG. "It kind of knocked my hips out of place and then everything else -- all those muscles in your butt and your back -- swell up, and then those muscles press on your nerve endings, and next thing you know you can't walk the next day." Styles also said that nothing was broken and that he hoped to be back in action soon.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com11d ago

WrestleMania

WrestleMania 35 results: Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins become new champions

Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston had their WrestleMania moments with championship victories, while Kurt Angle lost his final match and retired from in-ring action.

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Kofi after winning WWE Title: 'I was overcome with emotion'

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Rollins wants 'to headline Wrestlemania next year'

After defeating Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins says next year he wants to headline Wrestlemania.

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SmackDown Recap

While WWE champion Kofi Kingston didn’t have a blockbuster matchup lined up Tuesday, he and his New Day teammates took care of The Bar and Drew McIntyre in relatively swift fashion. That was one of a handful of tag-team matches on a chaotic night in which no one’s back was safe. Ali (who along with Ricochet and Aleister Black had just beaten Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev and Andrade) was RKO’d by Randy Orton. Moments later, Kevin Owens delivered a stunner to Rusev. United States champion Samoa Joe, who dominated Rey Mysterio in under a minute two nights earlier at WrestleMania, caught R-Truth in an Coquina Clutch, before Joe himself came to blows with Braun Strowman. And for the second night in a row, Lacey Evans sucker-punched Raw and SmackDown champion Becky Lynch, setting up what will surely be a fun showdown in the coming weeks.

Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com15d ago

Recaps

Three matches, which were taped before last week’s TakeOver: New York event, aired on NXT TV this week. The Street Profits defeated the duo of Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner, Jaxson Ryker of the Forgotten Sons beat Danny Burch and Candice LeRae picked up a win against Aliyah. Following a backstage confrontation between Velveteen Dream and former Cruiserweight champion Buddy Murphy at WrestleMania on Sunday, Dream will battle Murphy on next week's show with the North American championship on the line. Another title will be on the line next week when Shayna Baszler defends the NXT women's championship against Kairi Sane. If Sane loses, she will not receive another opportunity at the title.

Sean Coyle, ESPN15d ago

WrestleMania week culminated with a 205 Live main event that saw Tony Nese retain his title over Buddy Murphy in a match that one-upped what they did at WrestleMania. With the crowd hot, it was a great way to end the festivities. It also makes you wonder what's next for Murphy, who could be starting a feud with NXT's Velveteen Dream. Also on 205 Live, Humberto Carrillo picked up a DQ victory over Gentleman Jack Gallagher when Drew Gulak pushed Carrillo off the top rope. Gulak continued the assault of Carrillo until Gallagher intervened with a headbutt, seemingly ending the relationship between those two as well.

Matt Willis, ESPN Staff Writer15d ago

Monday Night Raw

One night after giving fans everything they wanted at WrestleMania 35, WWE made a wild miscalculation and ended up with a main event match on Raw that was soundly booed despite containing new WWE champion Kofi Kingston and new Universal champion Seth Rollins. The night started with Rollins’ and Kingston’s celebration turning into a one-on-one, winner take all, title vs. title challenge. Despite Becky Lynch winning just such a match one night prior, it seemed likely that the match wouldn’t end with a pin or submission, but it seemed to be an opportunity to make a strong villain in the meantime. The match was ultimately interrupted just as it was starting to pick up, but not at the end of the show; instead, Sheamus and Cesaro were the perpetrators and thus became the catalyst for a hard to swallow tag team main event. The crowd went thermonuclear, chanting everything from “AEW” to “CM Punk” in the show’s final moments. Though the bait and switch was telegraphed, instead using it to give the rub to a debuting person or team, or a returning superstar, could have made a world of difference; instead, WWE started out the post-WrestleMania season on the wrong foot.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com16d ago

On the plus side, there were plenty of moments to be happy about over the rest of Raw. The Undertaker made a surprise appearance and decimated Elias, garnering the loudest reaction of the night after not showing up to WrestleMania. Sami Zayn returned to action after nine months off as well, and after an unsuccessful Intercontinental championship challenge laid into fans and made it clear which side of the aisle his character resides in. Lars Sullivan made his long-awaited debut by destroying Kurt Angle as he was saying goodbye to the WWE audience. Lacey Evans finally did something more than walk up and down a ramp, although some might chafe at the punch she threw at Becky Lynch which sparked a brawl and a likely first rivalry for the new double champion. Alexa Bliss had her first televised match since January, and defeated Bayley in short order.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com16d ago

Rounding out the rest of the night’s news: the Superstar Shakeup will rebalance the Raw and SmackDown rosters over two nights next week. Aleister Black and Ricochet defeated Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, while Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder successfully defended their new tag team titles against The Revival, pushing Hawkins’ win streak to two. With his last match scheduled, Dean Ambrose instead had it out with Bobby Lashley, after Lashley and Lio Rush mentioned Ambrose’s wife -- but Lashley ultimately got the best of it in the end. Finally, there were a pair of backstage promos -- one for Mojo Rawley, who stood in front of a cracked mirror, and a mysterious puppet popping out of a cardboard box that may indicate the impending return of Bray Wyatt.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com16d ago

WWE

Ronda Rousey broke her right hand during her match at WWE's WrestleMania 35 show Sunday night, sources close to Rousey confirmed (first reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer).

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com17d ago

WWE

Dave Bautista, best known in WWE for his character Batista, officially announced his retirement from wrestling Monday after returning to action Sunday night at WrestleMania 35 against Triple H. "Thank you for letting me entertain you. I love this business and whether you cheered me or jeered me, I’m grateful for being a small part of your life," Bautista tweeted. "I am officially retired from sports entertainment and I am grateful for every second of my amazing journey." Bautista signed with WWE in 2000 and debuted on WWE TV in 2002. He retires a six-time world champion and a two-time Royal Rumble winner. After previoulsy leaving WWE, Bautista established himself as a serious player in Hollywood, most notably for his role as Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy films and other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tim Fiorvanti, ESPN.com17d ago

Becky Lynch

How Becky Lynch became The Man

At age 15, Rebecca Quin, known today as Becky Lynch, wanted to be the best wrestler in the world. After a 17-year journey, filled with more lows than highs, she has finally accomplished her dream.

Wrestlemania 35

Hawkins: It's 'pretty special' to win title in hometown

Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder reflect on the feeling of winning the Raw tag team titles at WrestleMania 35.

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How WrestleMania became a mainstream cultural phenomenon

5:56

Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston's fight to become the fourth black WWE heavyweight champion

Over a decade with the company, Kingston is finally getting a title shot.

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Kofi Kingston: Xavier Woods and Big E are my brothers

2:02

NXT TakeOver: New York

NXT TakeOver: New York results -- Johnny Gargano wins NXT championship

Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole to win the vacant NXT championship, while WALTER defeated Pete Dunne to win the NXT UK championship. The War Raiders, Shayna Baszler and Velveteen Dream successfully defended their titles.

Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole to win the NXT championship in thrilling main event featuring many near finishes.

Andrew Feldman, ESPN.com19d ago

The War Raiders successfully defended the NXT tag team titles in the opening match of TakeOver. After the match, the four men shared a moment before the War Raiders left the ring and let the Brooklyn crowd cheer for Ricochet and Aleister Black who most likely had their final NXT match tonight.

Andrew Feldman, ESPN.com20d ago

Roman Reigns

Reigns hoping to inspire others at WrestleMania

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There's a little more of Joe Anoa'i in Roman Reigns these days

Coming back after a battle with leukemia, Roman Reigns isn't the same WWE superstar he was at last year's WrestleMania. And that's a perfect outcome.

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Lynch slams Rousey for 'disrespectful' comments about wrestling

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WWE

Lynch: Headlining WrestleMania is a dream come true

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WWE

Flair: 'I am that good and I'm not apologizing'

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Rousey: I've learned to stop doubting my ability to be great

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NXT TakeOver: New York

Adam Cole is far more than an NXT backup plan

Adam Cole was called upon to main-event NXT TakeOver: New York in a pinch after Tommaso Ciampa went down with a serious injury, but his WrestleMania weekend match against Johnny Gargano will be anything but a consolation prize.

Adam Cole relives the match that made him a wrestling star

Ring of Honor world champion Adam Cole is one of the most popular wrestlers outside WWE - largely because of a rivalry with his former tag-team partner, Kyle O'Reilly. Cole looks back at a 2012 bout with O'Reilly, one of the most important in his career.

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