WrestleMania 38 Night 1: Stone Cold Steve Austin and Cody Rhodes Return on the Grandest Stage of Them All

WrestleMania 38 Night 1: Stone Cold Steve Austin and Cody Rhodes Return on the Grandest Stage of Them All

  • Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 lived up to the hype as one title changed hands and Stone Cold Steve Austin returned
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to face Kevin Owens in a No Holds Barred match in the main event
  • Cody Rhodes returned to WWE after a six-year absence as he took on Seth Rollins in an instant classic

Night 1 of WrestleMania was everything it was expected to be and more.

From big returns to crowning achievements, WrestleMania served up a lot of exciting moments. 77 899 people packed into the AT&T Stadium in Dallas for the event.

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WrestleMania 38's first night lived up to the hype as Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to beat Kevin Owens in a No Holds Barred match. Image: @btsportwwe
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Here’s how Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 went down:

The Usos vs Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships

The Uso’s defended their SmackDown Tag Team Championships in a match that was cut short due to injury. Rick Boogs appeared to suffer a legitimate knee injury during the match, leaving Nakamura alone to deal with the longest-reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The Uso’s would hit the 1D to pick up the win.

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Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin

McIntyre predictably picked up the win against Corbin but had to work hard for it. Corbin controlled the early parts of the match but an inadvertent distraction by Madcap Moss on the outside soon cost Corbin. McIntyre would pick up the pace and even kicked out of a Deep 6 and an End of Days, becoming the first superstar to ever kick out of Corbin’s finishing move. McIntyre would go on to hit the Claymore to pick up the win.

Rey and Dominik Mysterio vs The Miz and Logan Paul

The longest match on the card at that stage, Rey and Dominik, and The Miz and Logan Paul, put on an entertaining and exciting match. Paul looked extremely comfortable in the ring and even hit The 3 Amigos and a Five Star Frog Splash on Rey in the ring. He would get a hit with a double 619 before the finish. Unbeknown to many, The Miz tagged himself in, before leaving Paul to take the 619. The Miz would sneak in from behind, hitting Rey with the Skull Crushing Finale for the win. The Miz would then shock fans further as he hit Logan Paul with a Skull Crushing Finale as well.

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Becky Lynch vs Bianca Belair for the Raw Women's Championship

Lynch tried to end the match early, hitting The Manhandle Slam within the first minute of the match. Lynch would then dominate the match for the next few minutes before the match descended into a series of near pinfalls. Lynch would continue to wear her challenger down, but Belair always fought back, showing off her own feats of strength. Lynch would do everything she could do to win, even hitting The Manhandle Slam on the steel steps outside the ring. Belair would get back into the ring before the ten count, and avoid another attempt at The Manhandle Slam to hit the KOD and win the Raw Women’s Title.

Seth Rollins vs Cody Rhodes

The rumours were true. Cody Rhodes returned to WWE after six years. The American Nightmare became the first superstar to make the move from AEW to WWE. Rollins and Rhodes put on an absolute classic, as expected from two high-class athletes. The match featured many high moments and big moves by both superstars. Rollins kicked out of The Cross Rhodes and a Cody Cutter during the match. Rollins did a lot of damage as well, targeting Rhodes’ ribs. He even hit The Pedrigree but Rhodes kicked out just before the three count. Rhodes then hit two Cross Rhodes in a row before hitting The Bionic Elbow, paying tribute to his father Dusty. Rhodes would hit another Cross Rhodes to defeat Rollins and mark his return with a win.

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Charlotte Flair vs Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women's Championship

Much of the early moments of the match was Rousey trying to lock in a submission move. Rousey promised that she would make Flair tap and her attacks centred around that. Flair then began to control the match a bit more, using her experience to wear down Rousey. Rousey would fight back, hitting some big moves that only earned her two counts.

With big moves not working, Rousey locked in The Ankle Lock, a move that Flair reversed into her own Ankle Lock. Submissions were the name of the game as both women tried to make the other tap. Flair locked on the Figure 8 which Rousey countered. Rousey then hot a Pipers Pit for the three count but the referee quickly reversed his call when he saw that Flair had her foot on the bottom rope. The referee was then accidentally taken out when Flair collided with him. During the time he was down, Rousey hooked in the Armbar which had Flair tapping. Realising that the ref was down, Rousey went to check on him, allowing Flair to connect with the Big Boot to pick up the win.

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The KO Show

Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to a huge ovation, starring as a guest on The KO Show. During the segment, Kevin Owens admitted that he didn’t bring The Rattlesnake out to chat. Owens then challenged Stone Cold to a No Holds Barred match, one that Austin accepted. Austin controlled the match and even had time to drink a beer between beating up Owens. Owens would get some offensive in following Austin’s initial flurry, using the match stipulations to his advantage. The two superstars took their battle to the crowd as well, with Owens and Austin trading blows among the fans.

The match made its way up the entrance ramp, with Austin dealing damage to great cheers from the crowd. The match made its way back to the ring where Owens hit his version of The Stunner but Austin kicked out. Austin would eventually hit his own Stunner for the win, before celebrating by drinking beer. He would then hit Owens with another Stunner before kicking him out of the ring.

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WrestleMania Night 1: Stone Cold Steve Austin returns, Charlotte Flair looks to defend against Ronda Rousey

The most eagerly anticipated event in all of wrestling takes centre stage today and tomorrow when WWE hosts WrestleMania 38. The showcase of the immortals will this year be hosted at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Night 1 of WrestleMania features three title fights and the return of The Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin returns after a 19-year absence to confront Kevin Owens on The KO Show, TalkSport reported.

Kevin Owens was either brave or stupid. KO didn’t have a match at WrestleMania and so picked a fight with The Rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin. KO went as far as dressing as Austin and trolling the WWE Universe, Sports Brief earlier reported.

Source: SportsBrief.com