WrestleMania 36 Results (Day 1)

Stephanie McMahon opened the show and noted it would be different than past years. She pointed out that WrestleMania takes place without fans from the WWE Performance Center and other locations. She said they hope to offer a distraction from world events.

Women’s Tag Team Titles: The Kabuki Warriors (c) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross

Asuka teased starting the match and mocked Bliss. Asuka tagged in Kariri Sane to start the match instead. Bliss had the early advantage and mocked Asuka. Bliss was briefly in control. She missed a charge in the corner and the heels trapped her in the tree of woe. Sane than hit a double foot stomp off the top for a close near fall. The heels isolated Bliss on their side of the ring and cut her off from Cross.

Asuka slowed the pace down and worked over Bliss’s arm. Bliss tried to fight back, but Asuka rocked her with a knee to the face. Cross got the hot tag and ran wild. She hit a crossbody for a near fall. Asuka made the blind tag, but Cross fought back. Cross pinned Asuka, but Sane hit the insane elbow to break up the pin.

Moments later, Cross fought with Sane and Asuka on the top. Asuka and Sane hit a powerbomb/clothesline combo on Cross for a near fall. Asuka missed a charge in the corner and went shoulder-first into the ring post. Sane missed a spinning back fist, and Cross hit the neck breaker. Bliss then hit Twisted Bliss to win the Women’s Tag Team Championships for her team.

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (NEW CHAMPIONS)

Thoughts: The match started off slow, but they picked up the pace towards the end and had some creative nearfalls. The Kabuki Warriors played the part of cocky champions really well, while Bliss & Cross brought the babyface fire. Hopefully they add some more teams to the division so their reign feels fresh compared to their last.

Rating: 3.25

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler 

They traded hard strikes in the middle of the ring to start the match. Baszler got the kirifuda clutch, but Lynch broke free. They brawled around ringside, and Lynch gained control. She followed up with a missile dropkick. Lynch backed Baszler in the corner and rocked her with a series of strikes. Baszler caught Lynch with a hard knee to take over. Lynch attempted the dis-arm-her, but Baszler reversed into the kirifuda clutch. Lynch rolled through for a near fall.

They fought on the apron trading hard strikes. Lynch hit a uranage on the apron for a near fall. Baszler took over and used an armbar. She transitioned into the dis-arm-her, but Lynch broke free. Baszler rocked Lynch with a knee for a near fall. Baszler bashed Lynch into the side of the announce desk. Lynch attempted the dis-arm-her, but Baszler locked on the kirifuda clutch. Lynch rolled through and pinned Baszler to retain the title.

Winner: Becky Lynch (c)

Thoughts: A very fast and physical match, which is exactly what they needed considering their styles are more grounded. They had some nice action inside and outside the ring, but there were some moves in the beginning that didn’t look too crisp. The finish will probably lead to a rematch down the line, but I wonder if this sets up the return for Nia Jax.

Rating: 3

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