Hello WWE fans, today we will look at the results of recent WWE shows, the AJ Styles-Edge feud, Vince McMahon’s appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Akam & Rezar’s recent interview, the latest report on Asuka, and Pat McAfee’s upcoming match at WrestleMania.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) defeated Los Lotharios (Angel & Humberto)
Xia Li defeated Natalya
Sasha Banks defeated Shotzi
Drew McIntyre defeated Madcap Moss (w/ Happy Corbin)
Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins defeated Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis)
Omos defeated T-BAR
Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley defeated Becky Lynch, Doudrop & Nikki ASH
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Robert Roode (w/ Dolph Ziggler)
Dana Brooke & Reggie defeated Akira Tozawa & Tamina
The Hurt Business (Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin) defeated The Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio)
The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) defeated RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle)
Finn Balor defeated WWE United States Champion Damian Priest to become the new WWE United States Champion.
In the final segment of this episode, AJ Styles accepted Edge’s open match challenge, and then was the victim of a beatdown from Edge, which turned him heel. Styles vs. Edge is a match that many fans have been wanting to see, and Edge being the heel of the match makes sense. But the storyline leading to the match does not. Why did Edge turn heel? Styles accepted his open challenge, so such an aggressive display didn’t fit. Had, for example, Styles won the WWE Championship in the Elimination Chamber, Edge challenged him to a match for WrestleMania, Styles accepted, and then Edge attacked him in a desperate attempt to weaken Styles to increase his chances of winning the championship, the heel turn and attack that we saw would have fit.
I accepted your #WrestleMania challenge like a man and you responded like a coward. You got the better of me on #WWERaw and made your move. Now you better prepare yourself for mine. pic.twitter.com/sjlP7mQW9t — AJ Styles (@AJStylesOrg) March 2, 2022
WWE NXT 2.0
Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa defeated The Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo defeated Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta in a “Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 First Round” match
Lash Legend defeated Amari Miller
Gunther defeated Solo Sikoa
Harland (w/ Joe Gacy) defeated Draco Anthony
Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez defeated Valentina Feroz & Yulisa Leon in a “Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2022 First Round” match
Von Wagner (w/ Robert Stone) defeated Andre Chase (w/ Bodhi Hayward)
WWE NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes (w/ Trick Williams) defeated Pete Dunne
Vince McMahon was a guest on The Pat McAfee Show this week, and amongst other topics, he discussed WWE’s deal with Saudi Arabia, explaining that Saudi Arabia has WWE fans also. When most people think of Saudi Arabia, they only think about politics and controversy. However, Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest state in the Arab world with a population that is increasing at 1.62% per year, and its economy is amongst the top twenty in the world. WWE utilizing the Saudia Arabian market benefits both WWE and the pro-wrestling fans who live there. WWE is succeeding in Saudi Arabia, and it would be beneficial for other promotions outside Saudi Arabia to get involved with the Saudi Arabian market, or for members of the industry who live in Saudi Arabia to create promotions. Considering the size of Saudi Arabia’s population and economy, they could potentially become a large pro-wrestling scene.
Also while on the show, Vince McMahon announced that he will be inducting The Undertaker into the WWE Hall of Fame. Are you surprised? It’s a rarity for McMahon to do an induction. My guess was that it was going to be either Kane (The Undertaker’s storyline brother), Bruce Prichard (who brought The Undertaker into initial contact with Vince McMahon), or Paul Heyman (who worked with The Undertaker in WCW and contacted Prichard inquiring about the possibility of WWE signing him). The important thing though, is that The Undertaker is pleased that it will be Vince McMahon who will be inducting him, after 30 years of loyalty to McMahon and WWE.
After over 30 years of long roads traveled, countless hours of TV, and one hell of a ride together… couldn’t think of anyone better to put me in the #WWEHOF than @VinceMcMahon. One final ride together, old-timer!!! https://t.co/hcAGtApTR0 — Undertaker (@undertaker) March 3, 2022
Speaking of The Undertaker, last month, John Bradshaw Layfield discussed how unselfish The Undertaker was behind the scenes. This month, Akam & Rezar revealed unselfish actions that were displayed to them by Finn Balor during their time in WWE. It’s always good to read and hear pro-wrestling industry-related stories like this instead of only stories involving backstabbing and politics.
Also during their interview, Akam & Rezar set the record straight regarding why they left WWE in 2020. An ongoing rumor has been that Akam and Rezar had both retired from pro-wrestling, while the truth is that they are merely staying off the road during the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of their families and focusing on an alternative source of income.
The latest report on Asuka is that she will return to action around late spring. Being that Asuka is the best female talent on the main roster, hopefully upon her return it won’t be long before Asuka is a part of the Women’s Championship scene, whether it’s the RAW brand’s or SmackDown brand’s.
Apparently, Pat McAfee will be stepping in the ring at WrestleMania, as he has accepted Vince McMahon’s offer of a match on the card. It has not yet been announced who his opponent will be, but I think it should be Rick Boogs. They are already connected to each other in a way since one of McAfee’s favorite entrances clearly is when Boogs comes to the ring playing his guitar.