As the first half of WrestleMania 39 came to a close on Saturday night, we witnessed a seismic shift in the WWE tag team division. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens emerged as the new undisputed tag team champions, putting an end to the record-breaking reign of The Usos. The pillars of Roman Reigns’ empire may still be standing, but this was the first to crumble. If you didn’t get a chance to see it don’t worry, we have all the WrestleMania 39 Night 1 Results and highlights right here!
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Zayn had promised that SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles would be the site of The Bloodline’s downfall, and he and Owens delivered in a thrilling match against Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso. This was the culmination of months of storytelling, chronicling Zayn’s rise and fall as a ceremonial member of The Bloodline.
And that was not the only surprise of the night. Rhea Ripley overcame SmackDown women’s champion Charlotte Flair in a brutal match to become the new champion. The leader of Judgement Day had been chasing this title for years, and she finally reached the pinnacle in a hard-fought battle.
Meanwhile, the anticipation for Roman Reigns’ match on the second night of WrestleMania 39 continues to build. Will he be able to defend his Universal Championship against his fierce rival, Drew McIntyre? Only time will tell.
But for now, we can savor the incredible moments and unforgettable matches of Night 1, including Rey Mysterio battling his son Dominik Mysterio in a one-of-a-kind match and the legendary former champ John Cena making a surprise appearance. The WWE Universe can’t wait to see what else is in store at WrestleMania 39.
WWE WrestleMania 39 Night 1 results & highlights
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John Cena vs. Austin Theory – United States Championship
Here we witnessed an epic battle for the United States Championship between John Cena and Austin Theory. The story of the match was all about Theory’s youth and athleticism going up against Cena’s experience and veteran savvy.
Cena showed he still has what it takes to outwrestle his opponent with fundamentals, despite his long absence from the ring. However, Theory was not one to back down, and he quickly took over the match as the pace quickened. He pulled off impressive moves, like a somersault into a blockbuster and a shotgun dropkick.
But Theory’s inexperience ultimately got him into trouble. He tried to double up on a technique, and Cena was quick to counter with an Attitude Adjustment. Though Theory managed to wiggle free, Cena had him right where he wanted him. Cena was on the verge of victory after hoisting Theory up for another Attitude Adjustment when the referee took a spill after Theory’s legs caught him in the face.
Cena transitioned into an STF and forced a tap from Theory. Unfortunately, the referee was incapacitated, and Cena let go of the hold, thinking he had won. Theory saw his opportunity and capitalized, cracking Cena with A Town Down for the win and retaining his United States Championship.
While the match was solid, it won’t go down in history as one of the greatest. WWE took the easiest approach to the conclusion, giving Theory a big win while protecting Cena. Overall, it was a Grade B performance from both wrestlers.
Braun Strowman & Ricochet vs. The Street Profits vs. Alpha Academy vs. The Viking Raiders (Men’s Showcase):
The tag team showcase was an absolute barn-burner! All of the superstars in the match gave it their all, pulling out all the stops with incredible feats of athleticism and strength. Gable executed a stunning roll-through German suplex on Strowman, Ivar attempted a moonsault, and Strowman himself landed a huge splash off the top rope. And let’s not forget about that incredible twist on the “Tower of Doom” spot!
Towards the end of the match, Strowman was on an absolute rampage, mowing down his opponents with his Strowman Express spot. But his run was cut short when he ran into an ambush by a waiting Dawkins. And how about that incredible springboard shooting star press from Ricochet on the outside of the ring? The crowd went absolutely wild! Ricochet landed another one in the ring, but unfortunately, Dawkins got his knees up.
Dawkins then held Ricochet in place, allowing Ford to hit a big frog splash onto Ricochet’s back. And with Ricochet weakened and vulnerable, Dawkins took advantage, rolling him up for the win!
Despite being billed as a showcase match, this bout was far from a throwaway. The superstars involved exceeded all expectations, delivering a fast-paced, action-packed match that was loaded with unforgettable moments. Each and every one of them deserves credit for their incredible effort, packing so much excitement into a relatively short time frame.
Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul:
Ladies and gentlemen, what an entrance! Seth Rollins and Paul have set the bar high for WrestleMania with their elaborate and flashy arrivals. Paul ziplined to the stage, taunting the audience with a wireless microphone, while Rollins was dressed in a red carpet-inspired outfit.
Despite being a celebrity-turned-superstar, Paul has been impressive in all of his WWE matches to date, and this match was no exception. He displayed a more well-rounded attack, utilizing both his athleticism and technical skills, including a buckshot lariat, springboard attack, standing moonsault, leg sweep, and submission move.
Rollins had a tough time responding to Paul’s surprisingly effective offense but eventually found his footing. After hitting Paul with three consecutive suicide dives, Rollins went for the pedigree but was hit with a right punch for a close two-count. Rollins then responded with a powerbomb for his own near fall.
KSI, the Prime mascot, got involved in the match, interfering on Paul’s behalf. However, Rollins managed to turn the tables, planting KSI through the announcer’s table. Rollins hit Paul with a superkick and a stomp for the win.
Paul continues to be an incredible foil in every match he’s in, and Rollins was a wonderful ring general. The match was a true spectacle, and KSI getting planted through the table was so satisfying to see.
Becky Lynch, Lita & Trish Stratus vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky):
Damage CTRL took on their Hall of Fame opponents and boy, were they in rare form as they taunted and bullied Lita relentlessly. But Stratus got the hot tag and she was a force to be reckoned with, cleaning house and moving around the ring with nimble ease. The champions paid homage to the legendary Hardy Boyz with their own take on the Poetry in Motion-Top Rope Leg Drop combo. And Damage CTRL? They had their moment, with Sky showing off her high-flying skills by taking out everyone with a spectacular moonsault to the outside.
But in the end, it was the fan-favorites who delivered their greatest hits en route to a well-deserved victory. Stratus hit a Chick Kick, Lita landed a picture-perfect moonsault, and Lynch finished things off with a Man-Handle Slam off the top ropes to pin Bayley for the 1-2-3.
This match was wisely positioned after two hot contests – the fatal four-way tag team and Rollins vs. Paul matches – to give the crowd a bit of a breather. And while the flow of the match didn’t quite click at times, it was an honest effort from all parties. Lita and Stratus may have looked a touch labored, but that’s completely understandable given their status as Hall of Famers. All in all, a solid effort from everyone involved.
Rey Mysterio vs. Dominik Mysterio:
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to WrestleMania, where we just witnessed one of the most intriguing matches in recent memory. Dominik Mysterio, with his convict gimmick in full effect, arrived at the arena in police custody. But it was his legendary father, Rey Mysterio, who stole the show with his incredible entrance, riding a low-rider with Snoop Dogg and paying tribute to his late friend Eddie Guerrero.
The match itself was a rollercoaster of emotions. Rey Mysterio took control early on, even spanking his son with his belt, which the fans loved. But Dominik wasn’t going down without a fight. He attacked his father after distracting him and even got into it with his own family at ringside.
Just when Rey Mysterio had the match in his grasp, Judgement Day arrived, and the Latin World Order came to Dominik’s aid. The match became chaotic, with both father and son hitting 619s and using steel chains as weapons. Even Bad Bunny, sitting ringside, got involved, snatching the chain from Dominik.
In the end, it was Rey Mysterio who prevailed, hitting a top rope splash for the win. This match had it all – great entrances, drama, family tension, and surprise appearances. And with the possibility of a tag team match featuring Mysterio and Bunny against Judgement Day, the excitement is just getting started. A fantastic match at WrestleMania 39!
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Rhea Ripley – SmackDown Women’s Championship:
And here we are, ladies and gentlemen, witnessing the culmination of Ripley’s Royal Rumble revenge tour as she gets her coronation as champion at WrestleMania! She’s been hunting Flair for a long time, but tonight she finally overpowered the former champion with her combination of strength and smarts. Flair fought back valiantly, countering Riptide into a spiked DDT, but Ripley showed her resilience and kept fighting.
The SmackDown women’s championship match was a rollercoaster ride with big moves and near-falls galore. Flair landed a stunning moonsault to the outside, but Ripley kept coming back with innovative attacks, including a headbutt and Riptide combo. She dropped Flair face first into the corner post before finishing her off with a top rope Riptide for the win.
Ripley and Flair gave us a solid match with creative counters and a back-and-forth pendulum of momentum. Ripley’s victory was long overdue, and she didn’t disappoint with her dominating performance. Flair’s latest reign lacked steam, and the audience wanted to see Ripley elevated to the top. The match was a bit too long, but the high-energy performance from both women was commendable.
Pat McAfee vs. The Miz:
The Miz and Snoop Dogg are out here, trying to keep the energy high, and Snoop is egging on Miz to get in the ring. And, wait a minute, Pat McAfee is making his way to the ring to accept Miz’s challenge!
Miz is trying to back out, but the match is made official, and the bell rings. McAfee wasting no time, taking the fight straight to Miz and showing off some of his high-flying moves, like that impressive backflip from the top rope! But Miz doesn’t seem to be taking this seriously, and he tries to walk away from the match, which is not a good idea when you have a rabid NFL player like George Kittle at ringside!
Miz shoves Kittle, and Kittle jumps the guardrail, delivering a clothesline to Miz! McAfee then takes advantage of the situation and hits a Swanton from the top rope onto Miz on the outside! Miz is then thrown back into the ring, and McAfee hits a punt to score the pinfall.
What a fun little cooldown segment! McAfee showed us why he’s a force to be reckoned with, and Miz learned that you can’t just mess around with the competition.
The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens – Undisputed tag team championships:
Here we reach the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania! The main event as two of the most ferocious champions, Zayn and Jey Uso, face off in an emotional battle. The crowd hyped and ready for action as Zayn takes the early lead. But it’s not long before the Uso brothers take control.
The crowd goes wild when Owens gets the hot tag and takes out Jimmy Uso at ringside. A frog splash from Owens to Jey Uso has the crowd on their feet, and the excitement only builds from there. Zayn delivers an apron brainbuster to Jey Uso, Owens hits Jimmy Uso with a swanton bomb, and Zayn lands an Uso-style splash to Jimmy Uso.
The Uso brothers take out Owens by slamming him through the announcers’ table, leaving Zayn to fend for himself. He manages to kick out of a 1-D and withstands a vicious beating from Jey Uso. Owens gets back in the ring and hits both brothers with pop-up powerbombs, and Zayn finishes off Jey Uso with three consecutive Helluva Kicks for the three-count.
This match was a rollercoaster of emotions, and the crowd showed their appreciation with chants of “This is Awesome.” The storytelling leading up to this match was some of the best we’ve seen in over a decade, and it’s clear that the tag team division has once again been showcased on the grandest stage of them all.