WWE WrestleMania 38 is all set to finish up tonight (Sun., April 3, 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
- WWE/Universal Championship Unification: Roman Reigns (c) def. Brock Lesnar (c)
- Mr. McMahon def. Pat McAfee
- Pat McAfee def. Austin Theory
- Sheamus & Ridge Holland def. The New Day
- Edge def. AJ Styles
- Women’s Tag Team Championship: Sasha Banks & Naomi def. Queen Zelina & Carmella (c), Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, and Shayna Baszler & Natalya
- Anything Goes: Johnny Knoxville def. Sami Zayn
- Bobby Lashley def. Omos
- Raw Tag Team Championship: RK-Bro (c) def. Alpha Academy and Street Profits
WWE WRESTLEMANIA 38 LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
I rule on land, air and sea, pass judgement on humanity. Winds blow from the bowels of hell, will we give warnings? Only time will tell. Satan rears his ugly head, to spit into the wind, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Kayla Braxton welcoming us and introducing her preshow panel, tonight consisting of Jerry “The King” Lawler, Booker T, Kevin Patrick, and Peter Rosenberg, and they do the usual pre-show business for two hours.
The main show kicks off with Jessie James Decker singing America the Beautiful for us.
A recap video of last night’s show follows.
Triple H makes his entrance.
He gets on the mic and says he just wanted to come here and say thank you and show us love in the best way he knows how, by giving us a big “WELCOME TO WRESTLEMANIA!” He formally leaves his boots in the ring, hugs his family, and walks out.
Gable Steveson is shown in the front row.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. RK-BRO (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (c) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Gable lands a German suplex early, the match breaks down and Otis ends up standing tall after everyone else gets dumped out of the ring! All six men back in and brawling in pairs, Ford hits a huge tope con giro over the ringpost! Chad follows it with a vicious Orihara moonsault!
Back in, Academy going to work on Riddle, putting boots to him, targeting the leg a little until Ford comes in and Chad denies him a tag with a monkey flip! Dawkins legal, Drill Bit on Riddle, Dozer breaks it up with a senton! Tag to Gable, ankle lock on Matt, he counters with a step-up knee and Orton is hot for that tag!
Fireman’s carry, Bro 2 Sleep on Angelo, the path is clear... Randy tags in! Snap scoop powerslam, he’s feeling himself, hanging DDT blocked, Montez pulls him to the floor but gets smashed and suplexed into the announce table! One for Chad, too, Riddle and Orton go to that special place at the same time but the Alphas pull them out of the ring!
Huge back elbow to Dawkins, big bulldog for Ford gets two, Dozer in place for the Vader Bomb but Angelo and Matt shove him to the floor! Chad monkey flips Ford, Dawkins with the electric chair, blockbuster Doomsday Device... SO CLOSE! Orton goes for an RKO, Angelo blocks and hits a spinebuster, tope con giro, tag to Montez, up top... RIDDLE CUTS HIM OFF WITH AN RKO!
Chad dives in...
RK-BRO win by pinfall with an RKO from Randy Orton on Chad Gable to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, Street Profits get in the ring with RK-BRO and make nice with fist bumps and cups for a toast, also inviting Gable Steveson to join them. Chad Gable runs in and knocks the cup out of Steveson’s hand, Gable takes his shirt off, Gable gets on the mic but he yanks it away from him.
Chad takes it back and says he’s just getting started so a free lesson— when you’re in his presence, shush. Steveson grabs him and absolutely chucks him with a belly-to-belly suplex!
Another recap of yesterday’s show follows.
Bobby Lashley vs. Omos
Omos knocks Lashley down with clubbing blows, Bob gets a front chancery but Omos breaks free and puts him in the Iron Claw! Lashley breaks his grip but Omos locks it right back on and clubs him down! Bob with a slap, Omos returns a boot, puts him in the corner for a back elbow and a lariat!
Another back elbow, corner body avalanche, Lashley sidesteps and clubs away at him! Looking for the Hurt Lock, denied, to the apron, Bob staggers him with a lariat and goes up top for a diving crossbody but Omos catches him, fireman’s carry drop! Omos puts him in a bear hug, I can hardly bear it!
Omos slams him into the corner before reapplying, Lashley slips out and puts him into the post, charging in, right hands, passing him into the corner, front kick sets him up but Omos blocks the suplex! Bob goes right back to the well... SNAP SUPLEX ON THE GIANT!
Bob is fired up, off the ropes... SPEAR TO THE BACK! Lining another one up...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with a spear.
“The Strong Boy” Johnny Knoxville vs. Sami Zayn (Anything Goes Match)
Zayn charges right in with the Helluva Kick and takes him off his feet! Putting boots to Knoxville, knocking him to the floor, throwing him into the barricade right in front of his Jackass pals! Piefacing one of those guys, his buddies holding him back and Johnny sprays him with a fire extinguisher!
Going under the ring for more plunder, Knoxville gets a trash can and a crutch, a stop sign, Sami cuts him off with a knee and punches him in the face! Back inside, Zayn empties the trash can and pulls a crisp clean cookie sheet out, walloping him across the back with it!
Crutch in hand, Sami hobbles a bit with it before bending it around Johnny’s back! Trash can in hand, he charges in and throws it at him! Sami goes under the ring for more plunder and finds a table covered in mousetraps and sets it up! Returning inside, Knoxville boxes his ears with trash can lids a couple times before grabbing the stop sign and waffling it across his back!
A table leaned in the corner, Zayn puts him through it with an exploder suplex and makes the cover... ONLY TWO! Chris Pontius runs in and dances around the ring, gently shoving him before stripping down to his underwear! Sami shoves him down and puts boots to him and dumping him out of the ring!
Johnny from behind, schoolboy... SO CLOSE! Zayn with a big right hand, he shoves Pontius under the ring and looks underneath... WEE MAN IS HERE AND LIGHTING SAMI ZAYN UP WITH PUNCHES! Back in the ring, kick to the knees.... WEE MAN BODY SLAMS SAMI ZAYN! JOHNNY’S GOT A TORNADO DDT BUT SAMI KICKS OUT!
Wee Man goes under the ring and pulls what appears to be an asskicking machine out and slides it in. Sami has it scouted and boots Wee Man in the face! Mounted punches to Knoxville, Sami goes up top but Johnny sets off ringpost pyro and lights his ass up!
Zayn collapsed in the corner, Johnny gets a bowling ball and bowls it right at Sami’s gentleman’s area! Bulldog headlock, Knoxville uses the contraption to kick Zayn in the gentleman’s area! JOHNNY’S GOT A STUN GUN AND SAMI GETS THE HELL OUT OF THE RING! HOLY HELL THEY HAVE THE BIG HAND SET UP BY THE COMMENTARY STATION AND IT TAKES ZAYN OFF HIS FEET!
Back inside, Sami knocks the stun gun away and hits a straight suplex! Up top, Johnny uses the tongs on his groin and slams him off the top and through the mousetrap table on the floor! All the Jackass lads help Johnny get a GIANT mousetrap out from under the ring, Pontius and Wee Man slide Zayn back in!
Johnny hits Sami with the stun gun and then sets the trap off...
Johnny Knoxville wins by pinfall via giant mousetrap.
Backstage we get a long shot of Brock Lesnar’s dressing room.
Boss and Glow (Naomi & Sasha Banks) vs. Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega (c) vs. Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Carmella and Ripley to start, immediately tagging out to Banks, who’s game to start, test of strength, Rhea forces her down, pop up, looking for Riptide, blocked, looking for the lungblower, blocked, stalemate! Tag to Morgan, heel teams pull babyface partners off the apron and the legal women do dives to take everybody out!
Back in, Liv and Sasha circling, schoolboy from Morgan, cover for one. Drop toehold into an Oklahoma roll, no good, inverted Codebreaker from Liv, springboard Codebreaker follows and Natalya tags herself in right before Morgan hits Oblivion! Nattie off the ropes with a boot, a kick, tag to Baszler, she lands a front kick as well before going to work on Liv’s leg and stomping her ankle!
Wrenching the foot, Morgan cuts her off with an enzuigiri but Mella blind tags herself in on Shayna! Ripley tries to run in, referee Danilo Anfibio warns her off and the champs isolate Liv for a bit. Yoshi Tonic, Rhea breaks it up and picks Vega up to set her up in the turnbuckles with ease.
The match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, finishers and signatures, Rhea counters a headscissors from Carmella and hoists her up but Mella finishes the avalanche Frankensteiner! Boss and Glow double-team Liv, quick tags, up top but heels run in and cut them off! Stereo towers of doom in opposite corners!
Ripley tags in, inverted surfboard stomp on Naomi, Riptide / lungblower combo...SASHA BREAKS IT UP! Shayna and Nattie in control, Carmella tags in, O’Connor roll from Naomi, nope, superkick... NAOMI KICKS OUT! Mella with frantic punches Naomi lands an enzuigiri, tag to Banks, off the top with the frog splash... NOPE!
Bank Statement crossface is in, Vega breaks it up! Sasha with a Meteora off the apron to Zelina, back inside, tag to Naomi, roundhouse kick cuts Carmella out, tag back to the Boss...
Boss and Glow win by pinfall with an assisted Codebreaker on Carmella, becoming the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
AJ Styles vs. Edge
Styles right in but Edge hides in the corner until referee Jessika Carr backs him off. Collar and elbow, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, leapfrog, duck under, dropkick! Arm drags, Edge has the third one scouted, AJ sees the elbow drop coming, hamstring kick but the Rated-R Superstar seeks the safety of the ropes!
Ducking and dodging, fast-paced, Edge lands a forearm, Styles ducks under a spear, to the floor, back in, AJ knocks him down and goes for the plancha but he sees it coming! Thinking fast, Styles lands a knee off the apron and Edge goes sprawling! Following out after him, AJ smashes his face into the steel steps!
Back in, springboard 450 splash but Edge gets the knees up and both men are in agony! Edge whipping him across and nailing him with tight knee strikes! AJ with forearms and chops, whip across, hip toss blocked and Edge gets a Cobra Twist! Following it up with a shoulderbreaker but again the knee gives out!
Edge putting boots to Styles in the corner, dropping knees, he sidesteps a charge and AJ goes hard into the turnbuckles! Styles suplexes him into the turnbuckles, mounted punches, Edge cuts him off with a Divorce Court to the bad arm! Kneeling surfboard follows, Pele kick reversed, Styles Clash blocked, Edge gets an STF but Styles gets the ropes!
Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Styles gets him in the backbreaker rack... spin-out Argentine powerbomb for two! Edge hits the Impaler DDT in return... STILL NO! AJ with a German suplex, trading punches from their knees to their feet, Styles with headbutts, Styles Rush and the Pele kick!
Calf Killer applied, Edge reverses to an armbar briefly and then to an omoplata and the LeBell Lock! Edge-O-Matic, cover for two! Slingshot powerbomb... AJ KICKS OUT! In the turnbuckles, jockeying for position... SUPLEX ON THE APRON! Springboard 450... EDGE KICKS OUT!
A little further back and forth, Styles Clash... STILL NO! AJ gets in position for the Phenomenal Forearm but Damian Priest appears for the distraction, springboard, Edge counters...
Edge wins by pinfall with a spear.
Post-match, Edge and Damian Priest stand together in the ring and raise their fists.
Attendance is announced at 78,453 in the building tonight.
Fight Night (Ridge Holland & Sheamus) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)
Fight Night cut New Day off as they enter the ring and beat them up! New Day giving it right back to them, low bridge sends Sheamus to the floor, Ridge dumps Xavier and we get a ball! Kofi is ready, Trouble in Paradise... SHEAMUS PULLS HIM OUT OF THE RING!
Pete Dunne trying to get involved, Sheamus has to spend time keeping him down, Woods legal, the straps are down, off the ropes... HONOR ROLL! Clear the apron, Kofi dives into a Brogue Kick, Holland grabs Xavier from behind, back suplex, lands on his feet, superkick cracks into Ridge’s jaw!
Dunne up on the apron, Sheamus Brogue Kicks Woods with referee Ryan Tran distracted, Holland scoosp him up...
Fight Night win by pinfall with Northern Grit from Ridge Holland on Xavier Woods.
Post-match, Dunne attacks Woods and has to be held back by his pals!
We get a long shot of Roman Reigns’ locker room.
The Undertaker again gets to make a whole entrance to celebrate the 2022 Hall of Fame class.
Vincent Kennedy McMahon makes his entrance and gets on the mic to give Austin Theory a big introduction and takes a selfie with him in the ring.
Austin Theory vs. Pat McAfee
Vince is still at ringside.
McAfee with right hands out the gates, one to the breadbasket and another to the jaw! Theory into the ropes, shoving Pat down and putting boots to him right after! McAfee with an elbow and a Frankensteiner, cover... NOPE! Austin putting boots to him, suplex reversed and Theory rolls to the apron!
Pat takes Austin to the announce desk and jaws at him, dumping a drink on him, smashing his face into the table a bunch and throwing him back inside! Up top, McAfee with a senton atomico but Theory rolls out of the way and hits a swinging back suplex for two!
Austin up top, Pat cuts him off with a right hand and climbs to join him, McAfee backflips out of harm’s way and jumps back in there... SUPERPLEX! Theory kicks out of the cover! Punt denied, Austin kicks his leg out of his leg, big right hand leaves Pat dry heaving!
Drawing him up, McAfee with a desperate shove and Theory lays punches in! Fireman’s carry, reversed...
Pat McAfee wins by pinfall with a schoolboy.
Post-match, Mr. McMahon gives Theory a talking to and Pat jaws at them from the turnbuckles. Vince teases taking his jacket off to fight Pat himself and then he does it! McMahon takes his tie off, opens his cuffs, McAfee beckons the old man into the ring and he takes his shirt off!
The Genetic Jackhammer is gonna go! Referee Dan Engler is in the ring and ready to go! THEORY BLASTS MCAFEE FROM BEHIND! WE HAVE A MATCH!
Mr. McMahon vs. Pat McAfee
McMahon lays Pat out with a couple lariats, he draws him up and smashes him into the turnbuckles! McAfee gets himself back together, but Austin attacks him from behind and pulls him crotch-first into the post! Disdainful kicks from Vince, Theory gives him a football and teases punting it into the crowd before punting it into Pat’s ribs...
Mr. McMahon wins by pinfall with a lateral press.
Post-match, Vince calls for his music to be cut to let Austin Theory enjoy the limelight.
They embrace and McMahon raises his hand.
“STONE COLD” STEVE AUSTIN IS HERE!
He gets in the ring and jaws with Vince, Theory attacks him but Stone Cold opens a can of whoopass and punctuates it with a Stunner! Steve and Vince are alone in the ring, Mr. McMahon begs off, Austin calls for some beers and gives the chairman one. McMahon sips his beer delicately and seems to enjoy it.
They toast and chug, kick to the gut, 76-year-old McMahon stumbles and almost gets away from him but Austin hits the Stunner! A beer bash with McAfee follows. STUNNER FOR PAT, TOO!
My lovely wife Josie has some commentary for y’all before we get to the main event—
We get a recap of Bianca’s entrance to fight Becky last night, reminding us all that this was the best gear we’ve seen Becky in all year. Seriously, it’s like sexy lesbian vampire meets Japanese superhero. I watched most of this match and my commentary is “I’m gay.”
No shade on Bianca, though, her entrance was fab-u-lous.
Brock Lesnar (WWE) vs. Roman Reigns (Universal) (WWE / WWE Universal Championship)
Staring each other down, Lesnar takes his gloves off, knee lifts into the corner, shoulder thrust, right hands from Reigns but Brock overpowers him and shoves him right back into the corner! Slam into the turnbuckles, a belly-to-belly suplex and Lesnar’s smiling! Another belly-to-belly, he’s fired up and clotheslines Roman to the floor!
Brock stalks Heyman on the floor, Paul begs off and Reigns spears Lesnar through the timekeeper’s barricade! Referee Chad Patton counting and Brock barely beats the count! Back inside, a spear gets two, Reigns calls for it, Superman Punch connects! Another Superman Punch follows!
Another Superman Punch, Brock blocks and starts throwing German suplexes! Three in a row, a fourth, a fifth, looking for an F-5 but Roman slips out and hits another Superman Punch! Reigns looks for another spear but Brock counters with the F-5... NOT ENOUGH! Fireman’s carry, Reigns grabs a handful of beard to block and spears the Beast into Patton!
A low blow follows and Brock is screaming agony! Reigns clocks him in the face with a title belt, Chad wakes up, cover... ONLY TWO! Roman trying to figure out what to do next, jawing at him, off the ropes again, a spear to the back... BUT LESNAR IS IN THE ROPES! Off the ropes, another spear but Brock counters with the Kimura lock!
Reigns gets in the ropes for the break and complains that his shoulder is out while Paul Heyman begs him to seize the moment and rise up as Tribal Chief. Fireman’s carry, Roman slips out, another spear...
Roman Reigns wins by pinfall with a spear, unifying the WWE and Universal Championships.
Roman Reigns celebrates with both titles, holding them high as all the pyro goes off outside the arena.
That’s the show, folks.