WrestleMania Showcase Qualifying Match: Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodrigez vs. Emma and Tegan Nox
Nox chops Rodrigez, but it has no effect. Morgan tags in and gets double-teamed by Emma and Nox. Nox and Emma take turns working over Morgan. Rodrigez manages to tag in and clear the ring. Rodrigez hits her powerbomb on Emma. Morgan asks for the tag. Rodrigez tosses Emma into the ropes for Morgan can hit Oblivion. Morgan pins Rodrigez.
Winners- Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodrigez
In-Ring Segment: Charlotte Flair
Flair says the more things change, the more they stay the same. When she was a child, wrestling was built on Rhodes as a challenger and Flair as a champion. This year, WrestleMania is built on Rhodes as a challenger and Flair as a champion. She has either challenged for or was holding the title during WrestleMania. No matter what, she was always the star. Ripley wants to be the star, but she can’t. She didn’t have it three years ago, and she doesn’t have it now.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Ripley and Dominik, inturupt. Ripley notes she chose Flair instead of Bianca Belair. She notes that she will get back to her issue with Belair at a later time. In the back, everyone is afraid of her… accepts Flair. And that pisses Ripley off. Flair is a 14-time champion for a reason. Ripley doesn’t want Flair’s title; she needs it. After WrestleMania, Flair is going to call Ripley champion, and she is going to learn to fear her. Dominik gets in Flair’s face and tells her Mami is going to beat her.
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Ripley cheapshots Flair. Dominik and Ripley try to leave, but Flair tackles Ripley. Officials and referees run to ringside. Flair and Ripley brawl all over ringside. Flair tries to boot Ripley, but she misses and takes out a referee. Ripley floors a security guard with a headbutt. Ripley tosses Flair over the commentary desk. Flair back body drops Ripley over the barricade. Flair dives off the table onto Ripley and several security guards. The brawl continues until they are finally separated.
Xavier Woods vs. LA Knight
Knight controls the match. Woods rolls Knight into Backwoods from out of nowhere for the win.
Winner- Xavier Woods
Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre (Winner faces Gunther at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental Championship)
IMPERIUM walks to ringside to watch the match. Back in the ring, Sheamus and McIntyre trade counter after counter. McIntyre manages to hit a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Sheamus and McIntyre trade strikes. Sheamus cuts McIntyre off with an Irish curse backbreaker. McIntyre kicks out. McIntyre blocks Sheamus’ ten beats attempt. Sheamus tries a fireman’s carry, but McIntyre slips off his shoulders. McIntyre runs into a boot from Sheamus. Sheamus goes up top. McIntyre nails him with a right hand. McIntyre hits a superplex.
After the break, Sheamus lands the ten beats. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick. McIntyre ducks it and hits a neck breaker. Kip up by McIntyre. McIntyre calls for the Claymore. Sheamus counters with a high knee strike. McIntyre kicks at two. Sheamus and McIntyre trade strikes. McIntyre and Sheamus hit each other with a Brogue Kick and a Claymore at the same time. The referee starts to count both men out. Gunther gets in the ring and yells at the referee. Gunther yells at Sheamus and McIntyre, “who’s it gonna be?” Vinci and Kaiser attack McIntyre and Sheamus from behind. The referee calls for the bell.
During the beatdown, Gunther Gunther-Bombs Sheamus on top of McIntyre. As Gunther and the rest of IMPERIUM walk up the ramp, Adam Pearce tells Gunther his actions tonight tell him that he wants to face both McIntyre and Sheamus. So Pearce is going to grant his wish. At WrestleMania, Gunther will defend against Sheamus and Drew McIntyre in a triple-threat match.
In-Ring Segment: Jey Uso
Before Jey can speak, Sami Zayn’s music hits. Zayn walks to the ring and notes that Jey wanted him to pull up, so he is. Zayn asks Jey how he wants to do this. Jey says he didn’t want Zayn to be part of his family. Everyone liked Zayn but him. The minute he put his guard down, Zayn betrayed him. He made him look stupid. From day one Zayn has been a fake ass Uce. Jey says he doesn’t have a choice. Zayn says that’s not true. Jey is making a choice to take Reigns’ crap. Zayn says Jey isn’t mad at him, he’s mad at himself. He is mad Zayn hit Reigns with a chair before Jey could. Zayn says Jey always had a choice.
The crowd starts to chant, “you aren’t Ucey!” Jey goes nuts and attacks Zayn. Jimmy Usos hit the ring and join the beatdown. The Usos hit Zayn in the head with the ring steps. Kevin Owens’ music hits. The Usos turn towards the entrance to wait for Owens. Owens appears behind them in the ring. Owens attacks. The Usos swarm. Owens drops Jey with a Stunner. Jimmy eats a Pop-up Powerbomb. The crowd chants, “hug it out!” Owens and Zayn hug in the middle of the ring. Cody Rhodes is shown backstage, watching from a monitor with a smile.
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