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Championship Sunday: Takeaways from title-heavy night two of WWE WrestleMania 37

  • April 12, 2021

The weather would not get in the way of night two of WrestleMania 37, which had more stunning entrances and live performances from Wale and Ash Costello. The second night had tons of hype to live up to from Saturday night, but with five championship belts on the line, it delivered, with Roman Reigns asserting himself as head of the table.

Here are the key takeaways from the final night of WrestleMania 37:

Randy Orton defeats The Fiend (with Alexa Bliss): A theatrical entrance by The Fiend and Bliss was the perfect way to get the night started, but the red lights during the match were too distracting and the match had no excitement. The ending with Alexa Bliss was something out of a horror movie and confusing, but showed WWE is far from done with this strange duo.

Women’s Tag Team Championship: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (champion [c] entering match) defeat Natalya and Tamina: There were a handful of botched moves in this match, but it was refreshing to see Natalya and Tamina nearly pull off the victory. Still, the strength and power of the champions came through as Baszler’s Kirifuda Clutch submission got the win, leaving fans to wonder who can dethrone the team.

Kevin Owens defeats Sami Zayn (with Logan Paul): Zayn and Owens’ years of ring experience together was evident in this crowd-pleasing match that ended with Owens getting the best of Zayn. Paul’s presence had fans wondering how he would be involved, but his WrestleMania moment was receiving a stunner from Owens, guaranteed to go viral.

United States Championship: Sheamus defeats Riddle (c): Former mixed martial artist Riddle continues to be one of the best fighters to make the transition to WWE, but the veteran Sheamus gave arguably the best ending to win the U.S. title. It’s a much-deserved win for someone who has fallen short on multiple title opportunities over the past year, and a title reign can show how dominant of a singles competitor he is. 

Nigerian Drum Fight for Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews defeats Big E (c): With kendo stick and gongs, the Nigerian Drum Fight had the potential to be the best match of the night. However, just as Big E was ready to seal the victory, an unnamed man, known before as Dabba Kato, interfered to knock Big E out and get Crews the win. It left a sour taste to a great match, but this rivalry seems far from over. 

Raw Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley defeats Asuka (c): It was a bold move to have Ripley challenge for the title so soon after getting called up to the main roster, but she looked phenomenal. Her finisher, Riptide, was unexpected and her dethroning Asuka means she is who WWE seems as the next female lead.

Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan: The highly anticipated triple threat match got off to a fast start outside of the ring and it never slowed down. From Bryan going through the announcer’s table to glorious submissions, it was by far the loudest the crowd had been all weekend.

With assistance from cousin Jimmy Uso, Reigns hit Edge with the double chair assault, and in epic fashion, pinned both superstars to retain the title. With now six WrestleMania wins in eight appearances and still Universal Champion, it’s clear Reigns is the face of WWE.

Follow Jordan Mendoza on Twitter: @jord_mendoza.

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