WWE WrestleMania 38 is all set to get started tonight (Sat., April 2, 2022) from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 8:00 pm ET, live on Peacock in the United States and on the WWE Network elsewhere. You should also be able to watch this on pay-per-view (PPV) if your cable provider is carrying the event.
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WWE WRESTLEMANIA 38 QUICK RESULTS
- Stone Cold Steve Austin def. Kevin Owens
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) def. Ronda Rousey
- Cody Rhodes def. Seth Rollins
- Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair def. Becky Lynch (c)
- The Miz & Logan Paul def. Rey & Dominik Mysterio
- Drew McIntyre def. Happy Corbin
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick BOOGS
WWE WRESTLEMANIA 38 LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
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The show opens with Kayla Braxton introducing her preshow panel to us, tonight including Booker T, Kevin Patrick, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, and Peter Roseberg. They proceed to break the card down and do assorted other preshow business.
The main show opens with someone named Brantley Gilbert playing America the Beautiful.
We then get a video package featuring Mark Wahlberg about claiming greatness.
The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders do a routine to Thunderstruck by AC/DC for some reason.
Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Nakamura right in with, the Usos turn the tide shortly after, working him over at some length but unable to put him away. Shinsuke gets an enzuigiri for some separation, the path is clear and tags are made! Boogs in hot with axehandles, lighting both Usos up, but Jey catches him with a well-placed kick to the breadbasket!
Rick catches him, delayed vertical, falling to one knee and posting up before completing the suplex for a two count! Fireman’s carry, he tries to get both Usos under him and his knee gives out! He tags out to Nakamura, plancha to the Usos, back inside, Jimmy with the diving splash... NOPE!
Shinsuke in a bad way in the corner...
The Usos win by pinfall with the 1D on Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin
McIntyre rushes in with punches, one good right hand from Corbin cuts him off, body blows in the corner, whip across and Drew explodes out of the corner with a lariat! Putting him in the corner, more strikes, Happy blocks a whip and kicks him high but legal on the inner thigh!
Drew clotheslines him to the floor, a little back and forth and Corbin puts his shoulder into the barricade! Back inside, Happy throwing him around with a straight suplex, posing, back suplex, cover for one. Drew with a big spinebuster, lariats, whip reversed, Corbin out and back in and McIntyre hits a belly-to-belly suplex! Jumping neckbreaker, underhooks, Future Shock blocked, Happy hits Deep Six... NOPE!
Goozle, Drew slips out, to the corner, back body drop to the apron, a forearm shot and McIntyre climbs up top for a diving lariat! 3... 2... 1... Happy rolls out of the ring! DREW MCINTYRE HITS A BIG MAN TOPE CON GIRO! Back inside, Corbin gets End of Days... AND DREW KICKS OUT?!
McIntyre hits Future Shock, kip-up and the countdown...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.
Post-match, Moss looks like he’s gonna jump the ring and Drew threatens him with his sword... AND HE CUTS THE TOP TWO ROPES!
Logan Paul & the Miz vs. the Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio)
Miz and Rey to start, quickly Logan Paul tags in and lights Mysterio up with a body blow combo. Rey with a side headlock, shot off, leapfrog, leapfrog, Paul does the splits and Mysterio kicks his head off! Tag to Miz, Frankensteiner takes him in the corner, tag to Dominik, double-team splash, only two!
Logan runs in, Mysterio with a double team on both heels, step-up tornillo to the floor to take the A-Lister out! Logan with a running powerslam, cover for two, he and Miz laying stereo kicks in on baby Mysterio, cover for two! They keep working Dom over at length, eventually Rey gets the hot tag!
Diving seated senton, whip reversed, roll through the sunset flip and lay the buzzsaw kick in for two! Tornado DDT, only two, Three Amigos follow but Miz slips out of the third and posts him! Paul tags in, vertical suplex, doing his own Three Amigos, and he completes the third and kips up!
Logan up top, a little shimmy, frog splash... REY KICKS OUT! Dominik dives on Miz and gives chase to Paul, back in the ring, he gets hung up in the ropes... STEREO 619! Two frog splashes but Miz slams Dom into his own father to break it up! Full nelson...
Logan Paul & the Miz win by pinfall with Skull-Crushing Finale from Miz on Rey Mysterio.
Post-match, Miz turns on Logan and drops him with Skull-Crushing Finale, too!
Stephanie McMahon makes her entrance.
She thanks the crowd and talks about the majesty of WrestleMania and introduces Gable Steveson.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Belair offers a handshake and Lynch cold punches her in the face! Manhandle Slam blcoked, KOD lands on her feet, Manhandle Slam on the second try... NOT THIS TIME! Looking for Dis-Arm-Her, Bianca in the ropes, Becky looks for pins but can’t get one! Belair with a short whip into a straigth suplex, rolling through, delayed vertical attempted but Lynch reverses and gets two off of it!
Up top for a moonsault, no dice and Belair locks Becky’s own Dis-Arm-Her on her! Foot on the ropes to break, roll-through into an Oklahoma roll for two! Bianca with a front kick, scoop, Lynch reverses, victory roll, reversed and again, no pin! To the floor, Becky pulls her out of the ring by her braid!
Tug of war, Lynch floats over and shoves her into the steel steps! Back in the ring, exploder suplexes and an arm drag into the ropes! Whip to the corner, Bianca to the apron, forearm, she gets hung in the ropes and Becky drops a leg across the back of her neck!
Crossface strikes, reverse chinlock applied, looking for a cross armbar but Belair posts up and gets a pin for two! Becky shifts to a triangle choke, Bianca stands up and dumps her over the ropes, sending both women crashing to the floor! Handspring off the apron into a delayed vertical on the floor from the EST!
Back inside, back and forth, Belair with a ribbreaker... NOPE! Victory roll counters a powerbomb, nope, Bianca hits the Glam Slam! Cover for two, up in the turnbuckles... fireman’s carry drop puts Becky ribs first into the turnbuckles! Belair up top, 450 splash... SO CLOSE SHE CAN TASTE IT!
Bianca lying in wait, charging in, Becky snaps her neck over the ropes, kick combo from the apron, Lynch goes up top, front flip seated senton connects but can’t keep Belair down! Off the ropes, she runs literally into Becky, second try, thrust spinebuster connects!
Handspring into the moonsault... THE KNEES ARE UP! Dis-Arm-Her reversed, schoolboy for two, Glam Slam reversed into a victory roll, reversed, Belair goes face-first into the turnbuckles! Springboard kick blocked, backbreaker rack but Lynch won’t let go of the ropes so Bianca throws her to the floor!
Becky with handful of braid to yank Belair into the ringpost! The EST crumples to the floor, Lynch picks her up... MANHANDLE SLAM INTO THE STEEL STEPS! Back inside, referee Danilo Anfibio counting but Bianca rushes in at 9! Sunset flip for two, hammerfists, Bianca gets away, backbreaker rack...
Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with KOD to become the new WWE Raw Women’s Champion.
Now we find out who Seth Rollins’ mystery opponent is...
WRESTLING HAS MORE THAN ONE ROYAL FAMILY! IT’S CODY RHODES!
Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins
Collar and elbow, struggling, side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, slide under, hip toss and Rhodes does a cartwheel! Rollins with a side headlock, shot off, leapfrog, duck a lariat, criss-cross and he takes Cody out with a shoulder. Arm drags blocked, shot off, drop down slap and Seth rolls to the corner.
Forearms, Rollins with underhooks, Cody blocks, inverted facelock escaped, duck the Blackout, duck the Final Cut, Falcon Arrow blocked and Rhodes suplexes him over the ropes and to the floor! Seth rams him into the apron, Cody yanks his arm into the post and follows him back inside.
Body blow, wrench the arm over the ropes, arm wringer, and Rhodes grabs a short armscissors. Seth gets out, to the ropes, Cody picks the legs and shatters his dreams! Rollins pops up, enzuigiri, Rhodes goes up top for a diving crossbody but Seth cuts him out of the air with a dropkick!
Fireman’s carry into the gutbuster, cover for one. Rollins welcomes him back to the bigtime and calls him a bitch before working him over with more hammer whips and a bear hug! I can hardly bear it! Cody breaks his grip and attacks the arm, Seth with an elbow to the injured ribs, off the ropes, big forearm, up and over, snap scoop powerslam connects!
Rhodes off the ropes, clothesline sends Rollins to the floor, off the ropes again, suicide dive puts Seth over the announce desk! Back inside, Cody up top, he goes for the moonsault and it goes awry but into a pin... NOPE! Rollins to the floor, Rhodes off the steel steps but Seth catches him and powerbombs him into the barricade!
Back inside, diving knee and a superkick, Falcon Arrow... NO GOOD! Rollins tuning up the band, Cody has it scouted and rolls him through, Blackout blocked a second time, Cross Rhodes denied, victory roll for two! Rhodes catches a lariat, inverted facelock, Cross Rhodes... SETH KICKS OUT!
Headed up top, Rollins cuts him off, jockeying for position... INVERTED SUPERPLEX INTO AN INVERTED BRAINBUSTER BUT RHODES KICKS OUT! Grounded punches, Seth goes up top, nobody home on the dive, but he cuts Rhodes off with a kick, Pedigree blocked, Cody with underhooks of his own, double leg counters, jackknife pin, only two!
Rhodes tries and fails to bridge out, he rolls through, underhooks... TIGER DRIVER! Cody springboards... ROLLINS KICKS OUT OF THE CODY CUTTER! Seth with a front kick, underhooks, Pedigree... THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Both men running low, throwing desperate strikes, Rhodes drops down into the upkick!
Seth kicks him in the ribs, Kawada kicks, rolling elbow, Death Blow and Cody is staggered! Another Cross Rhodes, he hangs onto the hold and hits a second, not letting go, he stands Seth up and hits the Flip, Flop, & Fly! BIONIC ELBOW! A THIRD AND FINAL CROSS RHODES! IT’S OVER!
Cody Rhodes wins by pinfall with Cross Rhodes.
We get a recap of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony and get a full Undertaker entrance because of course.
We get a recap of our opener and an injury update on Rick Boogs, who has a torn quad patella tendon and will need surgery.
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Collar and elbow, Rousey catches a lariat but Flair backs her into the corner and lays some elbows in. Ronda with a flurry of punches, Charlotte with some forearms and a waistlock takedown! Rousey with a front chancery takeover, rolling into an ankle lock attempt but Flair gets away!
Spinning toehold attempt, Ronda looks for a triangle choke but Charlotte slips out and lands a knee. Into the corner, whip reversed, Flair Flip, Rousey with right hands but Flair pulls her into the ropes and lands a boot! Step-up knee from Ronda, headscissors choke in the ropes!
Charlotte with a inverted facelock backbreaker on the apron and then an inverted headlock elbow drop! Rousey tries for the ankle lock but Flair kicks her to the floor! Back inside, trading punches, Flair with a vicious lariat for two! Dragon sleeper, Ronda out with a judo throw and a knee strike... NOPE!
Jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Rousey hits a tornado reverse STO for two! A kick, a series of judo throws, Ronda fired up but Flair takes her down with a spear... NOT ENOUGH! Rousey with a cutthroat choke but Charlotte counters with a back suplex and both women are down and out!
Moonsault, nobody home, she hits the standing moonsault after but it’s only good for a nearfall! Flair laying chops in, Ronda with a slam to counter! Up in the turnbuckles, Charlotte gets a hanging Boston Crab! Rousey sits up in it, more jockeying for position, avalanche judo throw into a cover for two!
Piper’s Pit connects, Ronda goes for the armbar but Flair rolls away! Leg pick, spining toehold, blocked, snap scoop powerslam, another two! Ankle lock, Charlotte reverses to an ankle lock of her own and Rousey puts her into the turnbuckles to break! Looking for a flying armbar, Flair counters to a powerbomb for two!
Ronda with the ankle lock, Charlotte crawling and reaching and Rousey falls back and grapevines the leg! Flair rolls to her back and plants enough kicks to knock her loose! Ronda gets her armbar, Charlotte reverses, the screen goes black, she’s got a titty half out and gets the Figure Eight and bridges back!
Ronda rolls over to reverse the pressure and they end up in the ropes and Rousey crashes to the floor! Flair joins her, fallaway slam into the barricade! Referee Charles Robinson counting, they both make it back inside. Charlotte shoving at her, Ronda gets her up and kind of awkwardly drops her but Flair gets a foot on the ropes!
Charlotte hits Natural Selection... NO GOOD! Spinning toehold, Ronda kicks her away and somehow she spears Charles Robinson! Rousey puts the armbar on, Flair taps, she lets go, shocked at the lack of referee, Charlotte rushes in...
Charlotte Flair wins by pinfall with a big boot to retain the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance to host this special main event edition of the KO Show.
He gets on the mic and talks about how he’s been running Texas down over the last several months and makes a mock apology, saying he’s sorry for telling the truth. He’s not done telling us how much he despises “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the absolute worst role model in the history of WWE.
He continues on and on and—
Enter “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
He paces around the stage for a minute before going back into the entry and driving out on an ATV. Austin hits the ring and throws a bunch of the set out of the ring before Kev calls for his music to get cut. He says this is his show and tells Steve to calm down and take a seat.
Stone Cold just stares at him and Owens says he’s not here for a fight, he just wants a nice chat, and they both sit down. Austin is skeptical about this just being a conversation and calls his haircut and eyes stupid and tells him he looks like a jackass before calling him a stupid son of a bitch.
KO says he’s not sure what makes Texas great, it’s hotter than hell in the summer, flat and uninspiring, and the people wear these stupid hats and dumbass boots, c’mon. You can tell any Texan by how dumb they look, but they can fix it by taking the hat and boots off and moving somewhere else.
He would have moved to Mexico if he was born in Texas, it’s right there! Steve gets the crowd to call him an asshole. Owens wants to get past the insults because he has to let him in on a little secret, he said he called him here for a conversation but he lied, he wants to get the entire world talking.
He tricked Steve, he doesn’t want to talk, but even though he has a bad back right now, he’s looking for a fight. He brought him out here to challenge him to a match! He knows it’s been 19 years since his last match and his body was shot back then and it’s probably worse now, but he’s fine besides that, so he has no reason not to accept.
And not just any match, he’s challenging him to a no holds barred match, right now! He says he thinks Steve was right, and if he’s not gonna accept the match he should stop embarrassing himself and get out of the ring and go back to his stupid ranch.
Stone Cold remains silent and gives KO a long, measured look before looking around at the crowd, clearly contemplating his options. He says he had his first match right here in Dallas, Texas, and he could have his last match right here, in Dallas, Texas.
He asks the crowd if they want to see it and of course they do, so Steve calls for a referee and Rod Zapata comes calling!
Kevin Owens vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (No Holds Barred Match)
We have a bell! Stone Cold is wrestling! They square up and jaw at each other, trading punches! Austin backs him into the corner with heavy right hands and slowly but surely remembers how to stomp a mudhole in him! Whip across, Owens goes ass over teakettle and Steve stomps him some more!
He tosses KO over the ropes and to the floor and follows after him, cracking a Steveweiser on the way. Kev puts him into the barricade and he explodes off with a lariat before dropping Owens face-first over the barricade and clawing at his face! Kev whips him into the post and sends Steve sprawling!
Smashing a piece of the set over his back, Owens goes and gets a table out from under the ring and leans it in the barricade, but Stone Cold throws him through it! They fight into the crowd... OWENS SUPLEXES AUSTIN ON THE FLOOR! Hockey punches in the aftermath but a knee takes Stone Cold down again!
Back to the ringside area, dumping Steve over the barricade where he slams Kev into the announce desk! Drinking a couple beers, Austin rains punches down on him! Back in the ring, Owens manages to pull him throat-first into the ropes and gets on the ATV! Steve joins him and drives him up to the stage!
More brawling ensues, Austin returns the favor with a suplex on the stage! To the other side of the stage and Stone Cold suplexes him again! Punching his way down the ramp, throwing Kev back inside, drinks a few Steveweisers... AND OWENS HITS THE STUNNER BUT CAN’T KEEP HIM DOWN!
KO gets a chair and brings it in the ring but Steve dodges and he whips himself in the face with it! Kick to the gut...
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin wins by pinfall with the Stunner.
Post-match, Steve has his beer bash.
KO recovers and he hits another Stunner for good measure! Security takes Owens away while Stone Cold drinks more Steveweisers.
He gets on the mic and says it’s good to be back in Dallas, Texas and sends the crowd home happy.
Steve invites Byron Saxton to the ring for a beer and hits the Stunner on him, too!
His brother joins him in the ring for a beer but, alas, does not eat a Stunner.
That’s the show, folks.