It has been almost a year since we last saw Becky Lynch in a WWE ring. The former Raw Women’s Champion announced her pregnancy on the May 11, 2020 episode of Raw, relinquishing her title to Asuka. But now, after having had her baby in early December, Lynch has now offered a major tease for a WrestleMania return.
Lynch posted a photo to Instagram on Friday with the caption “Nothing Is Guaranteed Here Tonight Only Now Eternally”. Take the first letters of each word and you get Night One. Very cryptic Becky, what ever could she mean? Night One of what Becky, I need more information!
Fans have speculated that Lynch could be appearing tonight at WrestleMania in a segment with fellow Four Horsewoman, Bayley, who also currently has no appearances announced for the show. WrestleTalk’s own Louis Dangoor has also heard from his sources that a possible appearance for Lynch during a Ding Dong, Hello! segment had been planned at one point.
It’s worth noting though that Lynch is a serial troller, and having previously teased appearances, don’t be surprised if this doesn’t come to fruition.
WWE Doesn’t Know What The Nigerian Drum Fight Is
And speaking of being unsure how things will come to fruition, incredibly convoluted segue, Big E is set to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Apollo Crews at WrestleMania, this time in a Nigerian Drum Fight, which when first announced made every fan go “oh, cool…what’s a Nigerian Drum Fight?”
As it turns out, it’s not just the fans who don’t know. WWE don’t know either.
According to Fightful Select, “Big E mentioned it in a mid-week interview, but as of Wednesday, those involved and in WWE had no idea what a Nigerian Drum Fight was. It wasn’t specified when it was pitched, put forth, or put on television what it was. We were told ideas were even being tossed around as of the tapings that happened on April 1 and 2, but by the time those tapings were complete, there was still no firm plan as to what this match even is.”
I would love to have been a fly on the wall for those meetings. Should we like, maybe figure out what that match is? No no, I’m sure it’ll be fine. But while that match is scheduled for Night 2 of WrestleMania, we now know what the main event of Night 1 will be.
Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair to Main Event Night One
After weeks of campaigning and fan support, WWE confirmed yesterday that Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair will close the show on WrestleMania Night One.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and 2021 Royal Rumble winner Bianca Belair will be making history by being only the second time in history that a women’s match main evented a WrestleMania event and the first time that the feat has been accomplished by two women of colour.
WWE Using Cardboard Cutouts At WrestleMania
WrestleMania will be the first WWE event with a live paying audience since the beginning of the pandemic.
With roughly 25,000 fans expected to be in attendance, there will still be a ton of empty seats in the massive Raymond James Stadium. However, with the help of Twitter user @N7ME4A2 and News Channel 8 in Tampa, photos have revealed that WWE will be using cardboard cutouts to fill seats.
This has been a strategy seen in the Super Bowl in the same stadium, so we can already have a pretty decent visual of how the crowd will look tonight and tomorrow.
Before we get into the SmackDown, a quick word from this video’s sponsor – take it away Mr. Davis!
And now it’s time for a review of last night’s episode of WrestleMania SmackDown in about 5 minutes! Wait wait wait. You know, I’m just…I’m just not feeling wearing the jacket today. I think I’ll just…take it off. It’s fine, Oli won’t see, he’s busy, it’s WrestleMania week. I’m just not…feeling it you know. Ahh, that’s better. Well, let’s do this review.
WWE SmackDown Review
WrestleMania SmackDown kicked off with Daniel Bryan cutting a fiery promo in the ring, where he said mostly the same things he’s said for a while now. He’s going to win the Universal Championship, and his entire career people have told him no, so he said yes. This show was very promo heavy, so in fact Editor Rich, can we get a promo counter on the screen somewhere please? Perfect, thanks.
After that, The Street Profits cut a promo in Gorilla, before being attacked by the Dirty Dawgs. Alpha Academy and The Mysterios got involved, heading into the previously announced Fatal 4-Way for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
The match itself had some fun action, but I still hate the way main roster multi-team matches are fun with only two legal people, because it’s time for some convoluted reasons for people to be tagged by other people not on their team. Despite that, the finishing sequence was nice, with Montez Ford hitting a Frog Splash on Chad Gable after a blind tag, before he himself being blind tagged out, and Roode stealing the pin to retain the belts.
I must say out of all four teams involved in this match, the result I wanted the least was for the Dirty Dawgs to retain, so naturally they did. WrestleMania weekend off to a hot start baby.
Bianca Belair backstage cut a promo, before big E had a video promo. This one was pretty great though, as Big E is from Tampa, where WrestleMania is being held, and he commented that while Apollo has refound his roots, Big E never forgot them. But we still don’t know what a Nigerian Drum Fight is. We also got confirmation that former QuizzleMania contestant Wale will be performing Big E’s entrance at WrestleMania. For the live crowd in attendance, and for all three Usos.
We then got a video package for The Fiend vs Orton. A really long video package. I’m still not interested.
We then had a match between Nia Jax & Tamina. Mmhmm. This sure is a show, huh? The match was basically a nothing match, and it looked like Tamina was going to get the win off a Samoan Drop to Nia before Baszler came in and caused the DQ because of course she did.
Backstage, The Riott Squad cut a promo, before Carmella & Billie Kay interrupt, and they cut a promo. They have seemingly also been added to the Women’s Tag Team Turmoil match, which makes about as much sense as everything else in this ‘story’.
Lana & Naomi then come in and so do Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, and then everyone brawls, and then Natalya and Tamina come in and beat everyone up. I wish there was more for me to describe, but that was quite literally all that happened. This sure is a show, huh?
There was a very funny video package next hyping up Seth Rollins and downplaying Cesaro, which was revealed to be a paid ad by Rollins. Wait, WWE did good comedy again. That’s like, three weeks in a row they’ve done that. Crazy, that.
Edge then came out to the ring, and sat on a chair in the spotlight in the centre of the ring, so you know he’s serious. He cut a promo, which was really fun. I’ve said before unhinged Edge is really great, and this was no exception. It did make me question about who’s actually going to win the Triple Threat, so good job on that front.
Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are backstage for a promo, where Deville tells Pearce that she thinks it should be Reigns vs Edge in a singles match at WrestleMania. It’s a bit late for that Sonya. Was this a promo from several weeks ago that got mixed up and played here?
Sasha Banks backstage cut a promo, and then we got a video package for Lashley vs McIntyre for the WWE Championship. After that came a funny little video with Sami Zayn visiting the Paul brothers and getting locked out of the gym they were sparring in. Zayn then stole a commentary headset and cut a promo before Owens beat him up some more.
After that came The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, where we heard the music for Shinsuke Nakamura, and saw entrances for King Corbin and Jey Uso. Here’s the highlights of the match, because really, does it matter.
Ali eliminated both Mace and T-Bar, before getting murdered by a knee from Murphy. The final three, would you believe, were the owners of the three entrance music songs we heard, with Nakamura, Uso and Corbin. And after Nakamura eliminated Corbin, Jey Uso was hit with a Kinshasa, but reversed the throw out of the ring for the win.
Corey Graves said Uso winning the Battle Royal ‘validation for Jey Uso’. Is it? Do people still care about the Battle Royal? Does it matter? In any tangible way at all? News to me!
After this, Roman Reigns came out and you’ll never guess what. He cut a promo. It’s another really solid promo from Reigns, saying more of the stuff that has already been said. And that was the show.
That counter looks a bit small, let’s add all the video packages to it as well. What a nothing show this was. It was just a promotional show for WrestleMania, which I guess is fine. But it does make it very hard to review. I don’t like the fact that the Dirty Dawgs are still tag champs. And the Battle Royal, felt like nothing, as usual. Everything else was promos, so you know. I don’t think I can give this show a rating. It was there.
Well I’ve still got a bit of time, so in the meantime let’s…uhhh…let’s read some mean comments.
Well, that will do it. Thanks gang. Always appreciate the support.