WrestleMania 33 Kickoff Results
Sunday, April 2, 2017
From the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
Report by CJ Blaze of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Renee Young welcomes us to the show as Hall of Famers Jerry Lawler, Booker T & Shawn Michaels join her on the panel. It's hot in Orlando!
Charly Caruso and Maria Menounos are in the social media lounge. Paul Heyman will be answering questions later.
Sam Roberts talks as fans chant "YES!" all around him in the crowd.
We see an epic video package on Orton vs. Wyatt. The panel discusses the match and characters involved. Shawn picks Orton, Lawler picks Wyatt, and Booker picks Randy.
The focus shifts to Styles vs. Shane. All three pick Styles to win surprisingly.
A video for the Unsanctioned Match between Rollins and Triple H airs. Shawn says this will be the one that makes or breaks Seth.
Peter Rosenberg reports live from the entrance ramp. The panelists discuss Owens vs. Jericho for the United States Championship.
Lita joins the panel to talk about tonight's Women's Title matches. She picks Bayley to retain, while Shawn and Booker pick Nia Jax to continue her roll. For SmackDown, Booker picks Bliss. Lita picks Naomi. Shawn goes with the champ to retain.
The first match of the night is up, and it's for the Cruiserweight Title. As this is Austin's first Mania, the commentators note Neville has not lost a single match since October.
1) Cruiserweight Championship Match: Neville (c) def. Austin Aries via Red Arrow in 15:42.
The two lock up to start. They turn to trading submission holds and reversals. Aries takes control with a clap to the head and low dropkick. Aries goes to slide out of the ring, but Neville catches him with a kick. We come back from a brief break to see Aries trapped in a headlock on the mat. Neville goes up top and misses a big flip. Aries chops him and slams him down for a pendulum elbow. Neville is sent over the ropes. Aries goes up top and leaps. He runs back in and does a suicide dive. Back in the ring for a nearfall.
Neville places Aries on the top rope. Neville back-flips off and lands it, allowing Aries to nail a missile dropkick, cover for two. Neville catches Aries with a snap German suplex. Neville counters Aries with a big super kick to the face. He follows it with another German suplex, two. Neville drags Aries into Rings of Saturn, but Aries rolls him up. Aries nails the discus forearm, but Neville rolls out of the ring.
Neville kicks Aries in the head from the apron. He goes up top, but Aries follows. Aries connects with a big hurricanrana, running forearm in the corner, and then follows it with a 450 splash for a nearfall! Aries locks in Last Chancery but Neville rakes the eyes. Neville connects with the Red Arrow to retain.
The panelists briefly discuss the match before plugging the Network and hyping other matches on the card as we close out the first hour.
The panelists re-introduce themselves for the second hour as it looks like entrants are making their way out for the battle royal. Big Show and Braun Strowman get their own entrances.
2) Mojo Rawley wins the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal in 14:12.
Strowman throws out Primo, Kalisto, and Simon Gotch real quick. Slater follows. An Usos goes. Big Show tosses Goldust and then Konnor. Strowman and Big Show have a face-off as Zayn ambushes Braun. Strowman eliminates Show! Viktor follows as the entire roster tosses Strowman! Hawkins goes out next. Crews and Ziggler work each other. Ziggler pulls the rope down for R-Truth to spill. Ziggler throws Rhyno out. American Alpha toss Aiden English and then dropkick Axel off the apron. They also eliminate the remaining Uso.
Jordan is tossed by a group of people. Gable follows. Epico tosses Breezango. Henry throws Sin Cara onto the tag team. Tian Bing is eliminated by Ziggler. Sami takes Epico out with a Helluva Kick. Ziggler leaps on Dain and Harper like a crazy man. Harper tries to get Dolph out. Mojo plants Ziggler and sends him out. Titus kicks Harper out. Sami clotheslines Titus out before Dain tosses him. Mojo, Mahal, and Dain remain.
Mojo and Mahal take the brawl outside the ring in front of Rob Gronkowski. Mahal takes a sip of Gronk's drink and throws it back at him. Gronk gets stopped but takes off his shirt and enters the ring. Gronk takes Mahal down and exists the ring. Mojo manages to hoist Dain out of the ring. Rawley and Mahal duke it out, resulting in Mojo tossing Mahal.
The panel moves on to discuss Goldberg vs. Lesnar later tonight. Paul Heyman is in the social media lounge with Charly and Maria to answer questions. Booker picks Goldberg, while Shawn and Lawler go with Lesnar.
The Intercontinental Title will be defended on the Kickoff. The panel discusses the dynamic between Ambrose and Corbin. We see replays from the vicious brawls these two have had over the last several weeks.
3) Intercontinental Championship Match: Dean Ambrose (c) def. Baron Corbin via Dirty Deeds in 11:03.
Corbin takes it right to Ambrose to start. Dean flies out of the ring onto Baron. They brawl outside and then take it back to the ring. Ambrose goes spine-first into the ring post, allowing Corbin to kick him a few times. Corbin tosses Ambrose out and sends him into the barricade. Ambrose and Corbin take it back in the ring. Ambrose leaps from the top rope for a cover. On the outside again, Corbin runs into the ring steps. Ambrose goes up top and jumps with an elbow.
Ambrose takes Corbin down with a neckbreaker, cover. Corbin manages boot Ambrose in the ropes and then hit Deep Six for a nearfall. Corbin unloads with right elbows to the face. Ambrose slaps Corbin across the face and does the clothesline off the ropes. Dean gets up and attempts Dirty Deeds but gets planted. Ambrose flips out of End of Days to plant him with Dirty Deeds for the win.
After a break, Pete Rosenberg is in the crowd again. The panel goes on to discuss Reigns vs. Undertaker and a video package for it airs.