On last week’s podcast Tom and I revealed the cards we made from drafting talents from both WWE and NJPW. Now, we have them in written form for you including the way each match is booked to go down. There’s a pool at the very end for you to decide who’s card you liked better.
TOM : NJPW in Tokyo Dome
1. Six-Man Tag Opener
Chris Jericho, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Enzo Amore
Dolph Ziggler, Aiden English, Taka Michinoku
Light opening match. Everyone gets spots in. Jericho gets English to tap to the Walls of Jericho.
2. [IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship]
The Young Bucks (C) (BULLET CLUB)
Gran Metalik & Kalisto & Akira Tozawa & Dana Brooke (Lesnar DOJO)
Crowd pops hard for Bucks bumping all over the place for Brooke. Meltzer Driver does in Kalisto.
3. LIJ EXPLODES
Bray Wyatt, EVIL, Sanada (Wyatt Family)
Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, Dean Ambrose (LIJ)
Sanada and EVIL tease a turn back to LIJ, but don’t and leave Takahashi prone for Sister Abigail. Ambrose’s indifference leads to a possible Naito/Ambrose match later down the line.
4. [IWGP Joshi Championship] 4-Way Battle!
Naomi (DAY ONE)
Ember Moon (LIJ), Emma, Carmella
Ember has the title won after hitting the Eclipse when Usos pull her off Carmella. Distraction and arguing allow Naomi to cover Carm and get the three count.
5. [NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship] Gauntlet Match!
Rusev, Michael Elgin, Katsuya Kitamura (Lesnar DOJO)
Braun Strowman, Heath Slater, Rhyno (Country STRONG)
Toru Yano, Sami Zayn, Kota Ibushi (TANOSHIMU)
The Miz, Zack Sabre Jr, Hideo Itami (MIZ Productions)
Natalya, Mickie James, Ruby Riot
TANOSHIMU def. MIZ Productions when Ibushi pins Itami
TANOSHIMU def. Lesnar DOJO when Yano hits Kitamura with a nut shot and rolls up for the pin
Women def. TANOSHIMU when Yano tries to nut shot Natalya, Natalya shrugs & kicks Yano low, then James hits Yano with the Chick Kick for the pinfall
Country STRONG def. Women when Braun powerbombs Nattie. Slater does most of the work in the match.
6. [NEVER Openweight Championship] – NO DISQUALIFICATION!
Kevin Owens (C)
Yujiro Takahashi (BULLET CLUB)
Despite BULLET CLUB interference, Owens hits the clean finish.
7. [IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship]
KUSHIDA (C) & Cedric Alexander (DAY ONE)
DAY ONE attempts to interfere but is unsuccessful. Assume the last 3 minutes of the match is going to be on any highlight reel. Ospreay hits an Oscutter on a top rope leaping Alexander to get the three count as KUSHIDA sells a belt shot by Naomi (unseen by the ref)
8. [IWGP Tag Team Championship] 4-Way Elimination Match!
Sheamus & Cesaro (BULLET CLUB)
The Usos (DAY ONE)
The Revival (Country STRONG)
The Bar def. Breezango
The Revival def. Usos
Sheamus & Cesaro def. Revival
9. [IWGP Intercontinental Championship]
Shinsuke Nakamura (TANOSHIMU)
Brock Lesnar (Lesnar DOJO)
Lesnar dominates most of the match, but Nakamura’s fighting spirit won’t allow him to quit. Nakamura eventually catches Lesnar’s leg and works on it so that Lesnar can’t stand, and when he tries Nakamura hits the Kinshasa three times before eventually going for (and getting) the pinfall.
10. [IWGP Heavyweight Championship]
Kazuchika Okada (C)
Roman Reigns (DAY ONE)
I don’t know – it’ll be good and long and Okada will hit the Rainmaker and it’ll be over.
11. [IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship] – Winner gets BULLET CLUB!
AJ Styles (BULLET CLUB)
Kenny Omega (C) (BULLET CLUB)
BULLET CLUB surround the ring, and a near masterpiece unfolds with Styles eventually getting the pinfall over Omega for the title and the leadership of BULLET CLUB. Young Bucks take off their BULLET CLUB shirts and throw them at Styles, signaling they will remain allied with Omega. With the split, both sides see their numbers reduced greatly – will BULLET CLUB start recruiting more members?
JC: WWE WrestleMania
1. 20 Man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale
Eric Young, No Way Jose, Baron Corbin, The Velveteen Dream, Oney Lorcan, Konnor, Viktor, Mojo Rawley, Zack Ryder, Otis Dozovic, Tucker Knight, Akam, Reza, Shane Thorne, Nick Miller, Bad Luck Fale, Ryuske Taguchi, Jack Gallagher, and Erick Rowan
It’s time to get the crowd ready for the granddaddy of them all, the showcase of the immortals, the biggest event in sports-entertainment….WrestleMania! How do we do that? A battle royale of course! Luke Harper defeats 19 other men to win the coveted trophy and be set up for a huge push in the coming year. The final two men in are Harper and Bad Luck Fale. It’s a big man’s world in WWE. Gallagher and Taguchi are there for some fun comedy spots including a double hip attack elimination of the Authors of Pain. The real story is how No Way Jose came to be in this match. We’d seen him the night before at the Hall of Fame pre-show lamenting that he was not booked on the card, but that he had a plan. The plan: use his party skills to go out on the town with notorious playboy and party animal Andrade “Cien” Almas and drink him so far under the table while hopping from club to club that he would not be able to compete. These escapdes are documented through a series of Facebook Live and Periscope videos overnight and recapped on the pre-show through the incoherent babbling of Booker T.
2. The Battle For Maria – NO DQ Singles Match
Mike Kanellis (w/ Maria Kanellis)
The PPV begins with a feud that has been brewing. For weeks, Minoru Suzuki had been stalking Maria Kanellis. Watching Mike’s matches from ringside, Suzuki had been staring at Maria and fantasizing over her. He routinely brought signs in Japanese that could not be translated on the USA Network lest the FCC get involved. Mike began to notice and confronted Suzuki on Talking Smack which led to a brawl. Finally, GM Daniel Bryan booked a match to end it all at WrestleMania. The catch; Maria would be the manager for the winner of this match and the winner only. Given the nature of the conflict and the fact they had kept interfering in each other’s matches, the match would be NO DQ so there could be no way out. The match is a pretty standard hardcore match. Street signs, kendo sticks, and tables all make appearances but the most shocking moment happens before the three count. Suzuki manages to handcuff Mike to the ropes and is beating him with a kendo stick like he’s Tommy Dreamer. Maria rushes into the ring. It appears she is pleading with Suzuki to stop. As he winds up to take another swing, he lowers the stick and Maria smiles. He hands the stick to her and she begins an all out assault on Mike. She beats him until he is unconscious. The ref has no choice but the end the match. As the medics remove Mike’s lifeless body from the ring, Suzuki and Maria make out on their way up the ramp and the broadcast fades to one of Vince’s brunette robots interviewing Machine Gun Kelly backstage. He will be performing later tonight.
3. Triple Threat Match [United States Championship]
Drew McIntyre (C) & Roderick Strong
In a match filled with sold wrestling, the Villain ends up standing tall submitting Roddy with the Chickenwing after using the umbrella behind the referee’s back to incapacitate Drew. After the match, we get a 3 minute long ad where Heavy Machinery shows some strong feelings towards KFC new sauce covered chicken creation.
4. NXT Tag Team Championship Ladder Match
Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
Heroes Eventually Die (C) (Kassius Ohno & Aleister Black)
It is pretty obvious the Gargano and Ciampa don’t like each other very much. Since NXT: Takeover Chicago, their rivalry had only been building. The’ve traded wins back and forth on TV and on Takeover specials, but in the most recent Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic they both failed to show without a partner since they had injured the other’s partner in matches leading up. GM William Regal had enough of these two and how their business was bubbling over into other thing, so he paired them together. While begrudgingly teaming together, they didn’t say a word to each other. They never came to the ring together and they never left together. 2 nights ago at Takeover, they managed to win the Classic and secure a match for the NXT Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania. Their final boss is a team of indie darlings reunited in NXT, Heroes Eventually Die. They have never lost as a team in over a year in NXT. They were the only team able to topple the destructive force of the Authors of Pain. In the match type that helped to tear the team apart, Gargano and Ciampa are able to work together to use all their flippy shit power to destroy Ohno and Black and capture the championship as they climb the ladder simultaneously and they each take a belt. Once they realize they have won, they make eye contact and stare at each other for an eternity. With the camera zoomed in, we see Ciampa simply mouth the words, “I’m sorry,” and the two embrace and celebrate together atop the ladder. The screen fades to black and we get a 90 second sneak peek at the next season on Holy Foley exclusively on the WWE Network.
5. Loser Leaves Town Match
Bobby Roode (C)
Since his arrival in NXT, Bobby Roode has done nothing but put the legacy of the promotion down. He claims to have come to fix NXT and make it a truly glorious place. He has even taken to ragging on the history of the “failed” champions who have left in NXT and done “nothing important” on the main roster. Well, one man took offense to this. Seth Rollins showed up at Full Sail during one of Roode’s tirades to confront him, and most importantly, challenge him to a match at WrestleMania. The stipulation? The loser leaves town and loses their contract. The match is a hard-hitting affair. Roode uses his size and power while Seth uses his speed and agility. Eventually, Seth is able to land a Phoenix Splash followed by his V-Trigger Knee Strike to pin Bobby Roode. When Roode comes to, he is irate. He runs to the timekeeper’s area and grabs his NXT title, clutching it to his chest. William Regal comes down with a security force to remove Bobby Roode from the stadium and to allow him to rip the title from Roode’s hands. (SPOILER: The contract Roode lost was only for NXT. Stephanie McMahon signs him for RAW the next night, extending the feud and bringing Bobby to the main roster.) The screen fades to a video package of the throngs of people crowding WrestleMania Axxess to get autographs and see the memorabilia. As the camera is panning the convention center, you can see a lonely table in the back with no line. It is that of Wrestling Superstar Virgil.
6. The Battle for The Club
Finn Balor, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows
Cody and the Guerrillas of Destiny
When Cody and GoD arrived in WWE, they immediately aligned themselves on the side of their good brothers from Japan, The Club. This group of six seemed to be indestructible. With assistance from the rest of the group, Finn captured the WWE Championship, and Gallows and Anderson had become the Tag Team Champions. They dominated every show from the time these championships were captured at SummerSlam, until they were lost at the Royal Rumble. Cody and GoD had done everything they could to try and help Finn and the Good Brothers retain their titles, but at their instance, they had been told to stop interfering and let them be true champions. After the titles were lost, the tension began mounting. Cody and GoD saw the others as weak. They were allowing themselves to be loved by the fans instead of being in it for the moeny and fame.
7. Falls Count Anywhere WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (C)
The Hardy Boyz
After winning the #1 Contender Gauntlet Match at Fastlane, the Hardy Boyz have been embroiled with The New Day in a series of singles matches where Matt or Jeff would always have the upper hand but Kofi, Xavier, or Big E would simply leave to prevent being pinned. This match was made as Falls Count Anywhere to prevent this from happening at WrestleMania. This match starts in the ring but spills out quickly, traveling out into the crowd and up on to the concourse. There are many fun spots in the concession stand including Big E getting a popcorn bucket stuck on his head. The match comes back on to the main stage and ends up with Jeff missing a Swanton Bomb off the stage and The New Day gaining an upper hand in the numbers game and retaining their titles.We go next to a video package of superstars hosting Be A Star rallies and building playgrounds. It’s topped off with John Cena completing his 1000th Make A Wish. Everyone feels good for a second.
8. WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Thankfully, the video package before the match explains the storyline since no one watches 205 Live. Basically, Ricochet arrived and said he was better than Neville. He went through the gauntlet of henchmen and beat them all to earn this shot at the title. It’s a simple and effective storyline with a ton of good matches that no one saw. This match is a 5 Star Classic. Flippy shit everywhere. Neville gets busted open hard- way on en enziguri that landed a little to flush. He’s in a full crimson mask when he loses his title. Just think of the wildest spots you can, and they all happened here. After the match, Finkle is out to introduce this year’s Hall of Fame Class (Chyna, Triple H, X-Pac, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and the highlight, Spike Dudley).
9. Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Women’s Championship
Bayley, Alexa Bliss (C), Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, & Asuka (NXT C)
The women’s revolution continues as everyone has pinned everyone through the joys of 50/50 booking. There is no clear #1 Contender and things are only complicated when the still undefeated (for some reason) Asuka shows up claiming that her track record in NXT has earned her a spot on the biggest night of the year. This match is standard elimination chamber fare. Brutality reigns. People jump off the pods. The steel hurts a lot. In the end, Charlotte pins Askua. Why? Because I don’t care for Asuka and fuck you, it’s my card. That’s why. We go straight to the video package for our next match when this one ends.
10. WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Samoa Joe (C)
Two big dudes beating each other senseless because they both want the championship. That’s all this is about. Joe hosted an open challenge one night and Ishii showed up. These two have been battling ever since. Each match is more snug than the last. There are too many tight forearm shots in this match to count. Everyone is suplexed around the ring. It’s amazing these dudes are alive when it’s over. In the end, Joe manages to evade one forearm and slide behind Ishii to finish him with the coqunia clutch. Ishii never taps; he simply passes out. We get our final video package for the main event when this ends.
11. WWE Championship Match
John Cena (C)
After years of speculation and waiting, the two biggest names in pro wrestling step inside the squared circle to face off. There’s some crazy promos here. John is on fire. Tana is on fire. The crowds are lit. There hasn’t been electricity for a face-off like this since Rock v Hogan. These two have a great match. They keep pushing each other to do more. In the end, Tanahshi goes of the High Fly Flow and in caught mid air and receives an AA for his troubles. John scores the pinfall and WrestleMania goes off the air as Cena celebrates. All you can focus on is the fan in the second row, a bit to the left, who is holding an LOLCENAWINS sign. It will be forever captured as part of this moment.
Alright….time to vote. Which card to you like more???