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WWE Wrestlemania 38 – Night 1 (04.02.2022) (Wrestling Review)



Arlington, Texas

April 2nd, 2022


WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title Match
The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura

A decent opening match cut short due to Boggs knee giving out and being legit injured during the match. Sad to see because while Boggs isn’t main eventing anytime soon his presence with Nakamura has been good and this was his first Wrestlemania match. For being a short match called on the fly at the end it was still a decent match. 

2.5 / 5

Singles Match
Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin (w/Madcap Moss)

A decent match that had a few solid stand out moments that helped it. Corbin a solid worker and kept up with Drew well here. Drews dive to the outside as well as Drew being the first person to ever kick out of Corbins End Of Days finisher though helped push the match with some emotion. 

3 / 5

Tag Team Match
The Mysterios (Dominik Mysterio & Rey Mysterio) vs. Logan Paul & The Miz

Miz continues to be the guy who can make everyone look good while being great in ring. Logan Paul, similar to Bad Bunny, impressed me a ton. Paul moved well, sold bumps, and did some impressive moves and he had the look in ring down. It was a solid match held together by vets like Rey and Miz.

3.5 / 5

WWE RAW Women’s Title Match
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair

A great match that was never too clear in either direction on someone winning. Tons of close falls and great spots with Becky and Bianca proving they are two of the best womens wrestler that WWE has. A good clean win helped to end this feud. The match had the perfect pace and didn’t go longer than it needed. 

4.5 / 5

Singles Match
Seth Rollins vs. Cody Rhodes

A really good match that just had a hard time facing its hype up. Everyone figured it was Cody coming out and his reaction was huge. The match itself for me had a pacing issue and seemed for a lot of it to run a bit slow. Cody seemed to have hurt a rib during it but it was a solid back and forth match between these two veterans. Seth lost nothing by taking the pin as it took several Cross Rhodes to get the pin. 

3.5 / 5

WWE SmackDown Women’s Title Match
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

A solid match that just had the crowd unable to get behind it for most of it. Some botches throughout and the crowd not being behind Ronda as a face didn’t help. Plus after the pop for Cody this match stood no chance. Add in an awful finish with a ref bump and this didn’t stand much of a chance. 

2.5 / 5

No Holds Barred Match
Steve Austin vs. Kevin Owens

Its hard to rate a match like this. Sure, its amazing to see Stone Cold back in a match after 19 years. Sure, Kevin Owens got his dream match and made sure Austin was safe. By no means though was this a good match. This was a somewhat sloppy brawl match made for a few spots and to get the crowd going insane. Owens got a close fall though and Austin got the win to end his career for good. I do feel that they could have trimmed this down though. 20 minutes for a match and even more for the promo leading to it took a lot of time. 

2.5 / 5

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