March 12, 2018
Little Caesars Arena
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Kurt Angle, Roman Reigns and Vince McMahon Segment:
Angle is honored to compete at WrestleMania with his tag team partner, Ronda Rousey. They will be competing against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. With Rousey athletic pedigree, Angle feels sorry for what she’s going to do to Stephanie. However, Angle will have no sympathy for Triple H. As far as tonight is concerned, Brock Lesnar will not be here tonight. It might be transportation issues, he might not be feeling good, or he just didn’t want to show up.
Roman Reigns comes out to interrupt Angle. Reigns is not surprised. Brock does not respect anyone. Everyone can relate to this. Brock did not show up for work today, or last week. What are the repercussions? What penalty will he get for what he did? There will be no repercussions because he’s Vince boy.
Angle is trying to calm down Reigns. Best case scenario for a WWE Superstar who doesn’t show up for work, they get fined. Angle is a middle man, not Vince McMahon. Reigns bust his ass for this company. Reigns makes his way to the Gorilla Position. Vince tells Reigns that they’ll have a discussion in his office.
Vince McMahon Backstage Interview:
First Match: Sasha Banks w/Bayley vs. Sonya Deville w/Absolution
Sasha starts things off with forearm smashes. Sasha with a Sunset Flip Cover for a two count. Sasha applies front face lock. Sasha goes for the backslide, but Deville blocks it. Sasha talks smack to Deville. Sasha leapfrogs over Deville. Sasha delivers two dropkicks for a two count. Sasha is distracted by Mandy Rose. Sasha and Deville are trading back and forth shots. Sasha throws Deville out of the ring. Deville applies a Body Scissors Hold.
Deville connects with a waist lock takedown for a two count. Deville bounces Sasha head on the top turnbuckle pad. Deville rams her shoulders into the midsection of Sasha. Deville decks Sasha with a Buzzsaw Kick. Deville goes back to the body scissors hold. Sasha sends Deville back first to the turnbuckles. Deville with a Running Knee Strike for a two count. Deville is mauling Sasha in the corner.
Sasha side steps Deville into the middle turnbuckle pad. Sasha lands a Flying Double Knee Strike for a two count. Bayley knocks Rose off the ring apron. Sasha connects with a Back Stabber. Sasha follows that with The Bank Statement which forces Deville to tap out. After the match, Absolution is beating up Sasha in the center of the ring. Deville drops Sasha with a Jumping RoundHouse Kick.
Winner: Sasha Banks via Submission
Miz TV With Special Guests: Seth Rollins and Finn Balor
The MizTourage are getting ready to punch their tickets to WrestleMania. His little boys are all grown up. Miz elevates careers. His guests tonight have been given opportunity after opportunity. WrestleMania will the be last hurdle to becoming the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion Of All Time. Miz introduces Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. Rollins seems have to a calm demeanor tonight. Miz and Rollins are the workhorses in the WWE. They could’ve burn down The Mercedes Benz Superdome. Balor always seems to get in Rollins way. Are we idiots?
Rollins says that Miz has to deal with the stipulation of this match. Miz calls Balor the man, in bingo halls. Balor’s WWE resume is lacking, but he has one thing going for him. Balor defeated Rollins to become the first ever WWE Universal Champion. That’s a huge accomplishment. Maybe Balor deserves the one-on-one spotlight at WrestleMania? Balor is not playing Miz’s games. Is Miz the bad guy here? How can Balor trust Rollins? When you put your guard down, Rollins will stab you in the back. Just ask the Shield.
Rollins tells Miz to shut up. Rollins and Balor are already fired up because it’s WrestleMania Season. Rollins will leave New Orleans with the Intercontinental Time. Rollins says that Balor doesn’t stand a chance. With all due respect, Balor defeated Rollins with one arm. Balor can talk about the past, but Rollins is about the future. In four weeks, he will stomp on Balor’s head on this canvas. Balor says that they can fight here in Detroit.
Second Match: The Bar vs. The MizTourage
The MizTourage attacks The Bar before the bell rings. Axel kicks Cesaro out of the ring. The Bar are trying to regain their composure on the outside. The Bar and MizTourage engages in rockers punches. Sheamus repeatedly stomps on Dallas chest. The Revival joins the fray. Sheamus bounces Wilder head on the top turnbuckle pad. The Club makes their way to the ringside area. The entire Raw Tag Team Division engage in a pier six brawl.
Match Result: No-Contest
John Cena In-Ring Segment:
Cena has finally found his path to WrestleMania. It’s different, but after all he has done, Cena is brave enough to face the truth. He’s had opportunity after opportunity on both brands and didn’t get the job done. Cena has no one to blame but himself. It’s everyone’s dream to step in this ring and contribute to WrestleMania. Cena hops the folks in the back are listening to The Undertaker chants. Cena will not be contributing to WrestleMania this year. Cena is not going quitting, he’ll be there as a fan. Cena wants to be part of the energy. The WWE Universe is the most important thing. Without you there is no excitement.
Cena is fired up, just like you. Hell he may even sit next to you. Cena samples a fan’s beer. Cena conducts a series of chants. Did Cena do something he wasn’t supposed to do? What’s the worst that can happen? Getsuspended like Roman Reigns? Cena proceeds to challenge The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania. Where’s the road block here? Is it the WWE Executives? If they wanted to rain on his parade, they would cut his mic off. The mic is still on and he’s still here. There’s only one person keeping this match from happening, and it’s The Undertaker.
Taker needs to get over his own ego. When Cena fails, he gets back up and puts a smile on his face. When The Undertaker fails, he buries his face in the sand and doesn’t want to tarnish his legacy. Taker is not too old or washed up. If Taker was so broken down he wouldn’t be posting workout videos on his wife’s Instagram. Cena calls The Undertaker a self serving egomaniac. Does the WWE Universe want to see Undertaker whoop John Cena ass at WrestleMania? Either way, Cena is going to WrestleMania as a fan or his opponent. Is Undertaker still alive? If Cena was The Undertaker, he would want one more match.
Third Match: Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rollins backs Balor into the ropes. Rollins pats Balor on the chest. Balor shoves Rollins. Balor applies a wrist lock. Rollins reverses the hold. Balor responds with an arm-bar. Balor drops Rollins with a straight right hand. Rollins leapfrogs over Balor. Rollins decks Balor with a back elbow smash. Following a snap mare takeover, Rollins kicks Balor in the back. Rollins bounces Balor head on the top turnbuckle pad. Rollins repeatedly stomps on Balor’s chest. Rollins delivers two knife edge chops. Balor turns a Sunset Flip into a Basement Dropkick. Balor throws Rollins out of the ring. Balor lands a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Balor follows that with The PK.
Rollins locks in the Cravate. Balor creates distance with multiple bodyshots. Rollins HeadButts Balor. Rollins with lariats across the back of Balor. Rollins levels Balor with a Running Knee Strike for a two count. Rollins applies a rear chin lock. The Miz is watching the match from the backstage area. Rollins transitions into the Cravate. Rollins with a Turnbuckle FlatLiner to Balor. Rollins goes for a SpringBoard Clothesline, but Balor ducks out of the way. Balor kicks Rollins in the jaw. Balor fires up with running forearm smashes. Balor is lighting up Rollins chest.
Rollins with a Big Boot to Balor. Balor responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Balor with a Lariat for a two count. Balor ducks a clothesline from Rollins. Balor goes for the 1916, but Rollins counters with a knee strike. Rollins goes for The Revolution Knee, but Balor counters with a Forearm Smash. Rollins and Balor are trading back and forth shots. Balor with an Over Head Kick to Rollins. Rollins responds with a Jumping Enzuigiri. Rollins thrust kicks the midsection of Balor.
Rollins goes for The Blackout, but Balor rolls him over for a two count. Balor connects with the Standing Double Foot Stomp. Balor follows that with a SlingBlade. Balor goes for the ShotGun Dropkick, but Rollins counters with a SuperKick for a two count. Balor side steps Rollins into the turnbuckles. Balor drops Rollins with an Apron Enzuigiri. Balor goes for the SuperPlex, but Rollins counters with a SuperPlex. Rollins goes for the Roll Through Falcon Arrow, but Balor counters with the inside cradle to pickup the victory.
Winner: Finn Balor via Pinfall
Asuka & Alexa Bliss In-Ring Segment:
Fourth Match: Mickie James w/Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka
Mickie is putting the boots to Asuka in the corner. Mickie with the cover for a two count. Mickie transitions into a ground and pound attack. Asuka decks Mickie with a Back Elbow Smash. Mickie kicks Asuka in the chest. Asuka with forearm smashes to Mickie. Asuka ducks a clothesline from Mickie. Asuka drops Mickie with a Running Hip Attack. Asuka follows that with a series of buzzsaw kicks. Mickie rolls herself out of the ring. Asuka delivers a sliding dropkick. Asuka stares at Alexa Bliss.
Asuka rolls Mickie back into the ring. Mickie is trying to leave the Little Caesars Arena. Asuka whips Mickie face first to the steel ring post. Asuka goes for a Leg Lariat, but Mickie ducks out of the way. Mickie repeatedly attacks the injured leg of Asuka. Mickie dropkicks the left knee of Asuka. Mickie goes for a DDT, but Asuka counters with a Rear Naked Choke. Mickie rolls Asuka over for a two count. Asuka levels Mickie with a High Leg Lariat. Asuka and Mickie are trading back and forth shots.
Asuka with a Spinning Back Fist to Mickie. Asuka follows that with a Corner Hip Attack. Asuka with a Pop Up Knee Strike for a two count. Mickie chop blocks Asuka. Mickie connects with a FlapJack. Mickie ascends to the top turnbuckle. Mickie with a Sunset Flip PowerBomb for a two count. Mickie transitions into the ground and pound attack. Mickie goes for the Mick Kick, but Asuka counters with the Asuka Lock which forces her to tap out.
Winner: Asuka via Submission
Fifth Match: Nia Jax vs. Joan King
Nia blocks a Forearm Smash from King. Nia connects with a Body Avalanche. Nia follows that with a Biel Throw. Nia delivers a Running Elbow Drop. Nia plants King with the Samoan Drop to pickup the victory.
Winner: Nia Jax via Pinfall
The Ultimate DELETION Preview:
Sixth Match: The Revival vs. The Club vs. Titus Worldwide vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. The MizTourage vs. Braun Strowman in a Tag Team Battle Royal. The Winner Will Face The Bar For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship At WrestleMania 34
The Bar joins the commentary team for this match
1.) Apollo Crews eliminated by Braun Strowman
2.) Titus O’Neil eliminated by Braun Strowman
3.) Scott Dawson eliminated by Braun Strowman
4.) Dash Wilder eliminated by Braun Strowman
5.) Karl Anderson eliminated by Braun Strowman
6.) Luke Gallows eliminated by Braun Strowman
7.) Heath Slater eliminated by Braun Strowman
8.) Rhyno eliminated by The Revival
9.) Bo Dallas eliminated by Braun Strowman
10.) Curtis Axel eliminated by Braun Strowman
11.) Braun Strowman
Winner: Braun Strowman
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