The WWE has taken over southern California this weekend for its marquee event of the year with Wrestlemania 39 coming live from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. The two-night event will kick off tonight with Night 1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET and streaming on Peacock.
Wrestlemania is the company’s biggest show of the year and will be a two-night event for a fourth year in a row. Everything from high-stakes title fights to grudge matches to celebrity showcases are on the card for this year’s show as the worldwide audience will be treated to a grand spectacle. And there will be an added flare to this year’s show with its Hollywood theme in the greater Los Angeles area.
Tonight’s card will be headlined by The Usos defending the undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Other title matches includes Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair squaring off against Rhea Ripley and John Cena facing United States Champion Austin Theory in the opener. We’ll also get newly inducted WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio facing his son Dominik and Seth Rollins going one-on-one with social media influencer Logan Paul.
We’ll keep track of tonight’s show and offer our thoughts below.
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship - The Usos (c) vs. Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens
Winner: Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens via pinfall
11:58 p.m. ET: Alright, let me compose myself here. This match was worthy of the main event. These two teams brought it for the entire match. The drama, the kick outs at 2.9, and of course it ends with Sami Zayn putting down Jey Uso with not one, not two, but three Helluva Kicks. And Owens is able to fight Jimmy Uso off with a stunner.
The Usos’ record tag team title reign has finally come to an end and we have witnessed the first massive blow to the Bloodline. Unbelievable.
11:56 p.m. ET: IT’S OVER! IT’S OVER! WE HAVE NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! KEVIN OWENS AND SAMI ZAYN HAVE BEATEN THE USOS!
11:50 p.m. ET: These kickouts at 2.9 man. Wow.
11:47 p.m. ET: RIP to Kevin Owens, who has been sent through the announce table.
11:41 p.m. ET: We’re only getting started but the crowd is on fire here.
11:30 p.m. ET: Kevin Steen has now been in two Wrestlemania main events. What a world.
11:25 p.m. ET: Here we go. It’s finally main event time. The Usos get introduced by...Lil Uzi Vert? Ok!
11:13 p.m. ET: George Kittle! He helps Pat Mac beat the Miz.
How George Kittle is spending his Saturday night: pic.twitter.com/5DgvgC9axc— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 2, 2023
11:09 p.m. ET: Oh, so we’re getting an impromptu Pat McAfee vs. Miz match. I guess these impromptu matches are a yearly thing now.
11:05 p.m. ET: The Miz and Snoop Dogg in the ring and PAT MCAFEE BACK.
Smackdown Women’s Championship - Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Rhea Ripley
Winner: Rhea Ripley via pinfall
10:57 p.m. ET: We have ourselves a new Smackdown Women’s Champion. Rhea hit a riptide off the ropes and put down the Queen. This was excellent. Like I said just earlier, this is the best match these two have had against each other and a motivated Charlotte that is willing to work is one of the best workers in the world. Good stuff.
10:55 p.m. ET: Yup, this is the best match they’ve had. Charlotte has her working boots on here.
10:45 p.m. ET: This is probably the best match these two have had already.
10:30 p.m. ET: Penultimate match of Night 1 with the Smackdown Women’s title. Let’s see if Rhea can get one back for the Judgement Day.
Rey Mysterio vs. Dominik Mysterio
Winner: Rey Mysterio via pinfall
10:19 p.m. ET: Rey beats Dom. This was excellent and filled with all kinds of turns. We got the Judgement Day to back Dom and Legado del Fantasma, who officially reformed the LWO with Rey last night, came out to even the odds.
Bad Bunny was also sitting ringside and he played a role at the end. Dom went to use a chain, only for the international superstar to block him. Rey capitalized on the distraction to hit him with the 619 and a splash pick up the win. This is certainly setting up something for Backlash in Puerto Rico next month.
adding wrestlemania icon bad bunny to the list pic.twitter.com/1bQrriSMKX— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) April 2, 2023
10:18 p.m. ET: This match is about as drama filled as you would expect.
10:03 p.m. ET: One of the greatest Wrestlemania entrances of all time.
9:58 p.m. ET: Dom getting a full police entrance with handcuffs while wearing a Rey Mysterio mask. I hate this kid.
Becky Lynch/Lita/Trish Stratus vs. Damage CTRL
Winner: Becky Lynch/Lita/Trish Stratus via pinfall
9:48 p.m. ET: Fun six-women tag team match here and Becky/Lita/Trish gets the win. Becky counters a Bayley-to-Belly into a Manhandle Slam for the victory. I think that’ll be it for Damage CTRL. They’ve lost too many of these big matches and there’s nowhere else for them to go as a unit. We’ll see on Monday.
9:30 p.m. ET: Trish brought her fancy hat and big jacket back!
9:27 p.m. ET: Six-women tag coming up next. This should be good. A cinematic theme for the faces?
Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul
Winner: Seth Rollins via pinfall
9:19 p.m. ET: Seth “Freskin” Rollins picks up the big win. Paul tried to go coast-to-coast ala Shane McMahon and Rollins caught him with a superkick. One stomp later and Rollins gets the ‘W’. This was a perfect blend of athleticism and wacky, car crash stuff you’d expect in a Logan Paul match. Well done.
9:18 p.m. ET: We now pay our respects to KSI.
9:17 p.m. ET: It’s KSI! Who I’m told is a popular YouTuber? Sure!
9:16 p.m. ET: Of course this dude enters on a zipline. Of course.
9:01 p.m. ET: Logan Paul comes in on a zipline and Seth Rollins has an orchestra conductor introduce him. I am sports entertained.
8:55 p.m. ET: Before we get to the match, dog, just look at this. Titus is loving it.
Angelo planting Braun followed by Ricochet's shooting star asdgfjhbinipomp,;lophj,gujh, pic.twitter.com/W8BZ9bVjI6— CJ Fogler account may or may not be notable (@cjzero) April 2, 2023
8:51 p.m. ET: Xavier Woods able to get an Up Up, Down Down plug at Wrestlemania. Salute. We now turn to Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul, a match that could steal the show.
The Street Profits vs. Alpha Academy vs. The Viking Raiders vs. Braun Strowman/Ricochet (Men’s Wrestlemania Showcase match)
Winner: The Street Profits via pinfall
8:47 p.m. ET: Street Profits win a fun match where all four teams got to show out. Ricochet reminding you who he is with a ridiculous shooting star press to the outside. He tried it again, but Angelo Dawkins got his knees up and Montez Ford hit a splash of his own for the win. Maybe the Profits aren’t breaking up after all.
8:36 p.m. ET.: Men’s Wrestlemania showcase match up now. Fully expect whoever wins this to be in line for a tag title shot.
United States Championship - Austin Theory (c) vs. John Cena
Winner: Austin Theory via pinfall
8:27 p.m. ET: Austin Theory plants John Cena with the A-Town Down for the win. Nice paint-by-numbers opener. Nothing too special. It was nice seeing Cena play the hits with the shoulder tackles and the five-knuckle shuffle. We get a basic ref bump spot at the end and Theory wins. Again, decent, but nothing special.
8:15 p.m. ET: Cena coming out with the Make-a-Wish kids was sweet.
8:11 p.m. ET: Yo, this may be one of the best Wrestlemania sets they’ve put together. It’s really good. Also, Theory vs. Cena kicking us off. Let’s see if the youngster can bring it.
8:07 p.m. ET: Snoop Dogg is here! With the Miz!
8:01 p.m. ET: Becky G out to sing America the Beautiful.
8:00 p.m. ET: Alright people, showtime. It’s finally here.
7:27 p.m. ET: Johnny Knoxville is still not fond of his Wrestlemania opponent from last year Sami Zayn.
6:31 p.m. ET: As expected, the main event of Night 1 will be the tag title match between the Usos and Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens. We can finally put that to bed.