Wrestlemania 37 Night 2 Results, Review, And Match Ratings
Night 2 is available to watch on Peacock. Check out the winners here as well.
Night 2 of Wrestlemania 37 featured some stellar matches and surprise moments. Roman Reigns proved once again why he is head to the table, The Fiend continued to remain weird, and somehow, Alexa Bliss became the weirdest person in WWE. Check out the results for all the matches below.
We've already covered Night 1 of Wrestlemania, and you can take a look at our results, review, and recap here. Additionally, you can check out the post-Mania Wrestle Buddies podcast below, right before the writeup for the Kickoff Show. Now, it's time for Night 2, and we have you covered. Check out the live results for the show and reviews of each match from Night 2, as they happen below.
Months of preparation, story building, and production design have gone into this year's , which takes place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. In the US, if you want to watch Wrestlemania, you need to be signed up for a premium Peacock account, NBCUniversal's streaming service.
As Wrestlemania 37 is a two-night event, the 14 matches for the PPV have been split between the two nights. On Night 92, there are five championship matches, along with the highly-anticipated bout between The Fiend and Randy Orton. Check out the Night 2 match card below.
Night 2 match card:
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan - Triple Threat for Universal Championship
- The Fiend vs. Randy Orton
- Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley - Raw Women's Championship
- Matt Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus - United States Championship
- Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews - Intercontinental Championship
- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
- Natalya & Tamina vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler - Women's Tag Team Championship
Throughout the evening, GameSpot's Wrestle Buddies--Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner--will be updating you with the winners and losers as the show airs. Additionally, a few minutes after the conclusion of each match, we'll be delivering reviews of each match, offering up our wrestling fan expertise. After the show, make sure to stick around for a special post-Wrestlemania episode of Wrestle Buddies.
Yesterday, there was a rain delay. Seems there are still since weather issues in Tampa today, but not as bad as yesterday. We'll keep you updated with Kickoff show notes below. Also, you can watch the Kickoff Show for free below as well too. Hang out with us until the show starts.
The Fiend vs. Randy Orton
Winner: Randy Orton wins by pin
Mat: WWE has a magical hallway where if a zombie walks through it, it makes you a living being again. At least, that's what I got from the opening of this match. Guys, The Fiend came out of a giant Jack in the box. I'm into this. Well, I was into it for a short while, but everything about this match got weird and cloudy at the end. Alexa Bliss had a crown on and she had the Papa Shango black sweats coming out of her head. Sure, build a rivalry between these two--that's fine. But it came at a weird cost of losing to Randy Orton because of a weird distraction--much like how Drew McIntyre lost to Bobby Lashley because of MVP yelling.
I don't know what's going on, and I don't have to know what's going on, but the whole storyline of the return of The Fiend should have been something bigger, and not just a quick RKO and pin while Bliss and The Fiend stare at each other. I really hated this ending. But hey, what an entrance, right?
Chris: I was very happy to find out for sure this wasn't going to be a cinematic match. I love the Fiend essentially being reborn from the ashes of his burned self to come for Randy. Having Alexa reintroduce him through a Jack in the box was such a cool visual, and then the Fiend essentially brought himself back online after being in a zombie-like state for weeks and went on the attack. It's such odd, but compelling storytelling that is outside of the realm of most of what we see from WWE. But the heavy horror movie influence on every aspect of this character simply works.
What didn't work, for me, was the ending. Randy got the win, which… He also got the win in their inferno match. But he got it when Alexa distracted the Fiend. And instead of explaining why goth blood princess of darkness Alexa Bliss did such a thing, the lights simply went out and they were then gone. End of segment. But why? This will surely be something be something that gets addressed on Raw, but it feels anticlimactic for Wrestlemania.
Natalya & Tamina vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler - Women's Tag Team Championship
Winner: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler by submission
Mat: The lead-in to this match--the Night 1 Tag Team Turmoil match--was bad. So obviously, I wasn't that excited for this one--aside from the fact I want Baszler to go on a singles run because she deserves it. Obviously, that didn't happen.
I actually am a big Tamina fan. She's been sidelined so much over the years, and it's been a bummer, so it was nice to see her get back into the ring in a major match. The match itself was less than fine, which is even more problematic because it's following a disappointing match, and Mania needed something to pick it back up.
There's a lot I don't care for here, including the finish, but it's fine, I guess. It felt like filler. Sloppy filler.
Chris: Going in, this match was pretty inconsequential. This match and the gauntlet from last night are the annual "how many people can we get on the card" bout. WWE's women's tag division is an utter mess and nothing says that more than a makeshift heel team defending the titles against a makeshift heel team.
Honestly, I'd love a hard-hitting singles match or feud between Shayna Baszler and Tamina Snuka. Nia Jax still can't hold up her end of the team when it comes to in-ring work and, try as WWE might to make her a thing, she needs so much more seasoning. She's got the heel character down but doesn't have the ring work to back it up. So, naturally, the portions of the match where she was the legal partner were sloppy, looked dangerous, and simply didn't work.
I understand the titles not changing hands here but I was secretly hoping they would, if only so Shayna could move onto something better, which she deserves. As for this match, it's forgettable at best.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Winner: Kevin Owens by pin
Mat: Well, I guess it's officially the start of Wrestlemania Night 2. Those other matches were on the Kickoff Show, so they don't count, right? Sami Zayn dancing alone in the ring while Logan Paul came to the ring is my favorite moment of the night so far.
Anyway, swooning over Zayn aside, this is what I want from a match between these two wrestlers--who have been wrestling each other forever between WWE and the indies. Of course, the battle between the two was brutal and it was a back-and-forth match keeping everyone on their seats. These are two kings of the ring--without having to carry that pecky KOTR gimmick. More than anything, it's super important to know that Zayn brings so much to the ring as far as a character goes. He's unhinged and on the brink of losing it. I love Zayn's character work so very much.
Anyway, Kevin Owens won then gave a stunner to Logan Paul. I liked that a lot too. It gets a higher score because of that.
Chris: The history between these two, alone, is incredible. Sami dancing to the ring at Mania was great, his breaking out a brainbuster in honor of his best friend El Generico was great, Owens nodding to their past in NXT by trying to powerbomb him on the apron was great. Honestly, the only thing missing was a patented Kevin Steen Package Piledriver, even though they definitely teased one.
Honestly, the best thing I can say about this match is I didn't take many notes on it because I was pulled in by the story being told. Kevin and Sami deserved a Wrestlemania moment and they got it. Of course, seeing Logan Paul eat a stunner (that he sold really well) was a nice bonus.
Matt Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus - United States Championship
Winner: Sheamus by pin
Mat: This is my pee break. Prior to this match, RVD showed up and talked to Riddle and The Great Khali about rolling papers. That was the lead-in to this match. At least RVD was an interesting character using the stoner gimmick. I am not a fan of Riddle, probably for the same reasons Chris is listing below--we're both writing at the same time. I do actually enjoy Sheamus though, and I feel like I'm in the minority.
Coming into the match, I saw some pretty sloppy wrestling, and a lot of that continued throughout the match. Even with the kickouts, Riddle was a bit delayed, and if the ref wasn't on the ball, there would have been a couple three counts. The match didn't have a lot of flow to it.
However, the finish was pretty great. Riddle was doing a springboard moonsault and Sheamus kicked him in the face in midair. I love seeing something fresh being added to a match. Sheamus then yelled "Fella" on the entrance ramp. Why am I pointing that out? I don't know. I liked it. I'm tired. Leave me alone.
Chris: I also took a restroom break during this match. And, honestly, it's because of how poorly built both of these characters are. Riddle is a stoner who got too stoned and now only talks about his Razor scooter. Sheamus is the exact same character he was when he debuted a decade ago, except now he dresses like an extra from the movie Snatch when he's not fighting. It's like Alien vs. Predator. No matter who wins, we lose.
And that's unfortunate, because these are two supremely talented individuals, but it's hard to get around bad characters and a bad story. When there's nothing emotional to engage with and no character you actually want to root for, what's the point? As for the quality of the match, it was fine. Some parts of it were well-wrestled, other parts were sloppy. But, above all, there was no potential outcome that excited me. And in the end, Sheamus one the United States Championship. But, like, what is that title even worth at this point?
Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews - Intercontinental Championship
Winner: Apollo Crews by pin
Mat: As a drummer, I was very excited to see just what a Nigerian drum match is. It's a hardcore match with drums outside of the ring for some reason. Big E is on fire right now. And while Apollo's accent came out of nowhere, the dude has passion within his promos that's undeniable.
This match was two men beating the living hell out of each other in a hardcore match that wasn't overly brutal but at no time was there a lull in the bout. It kept going and going and I couldn't turn away. I really enjoyed this one--as someone who isn't typically a hardcore match fan.
The ending was a bit weird as a repackaged Dabba-Kato came to the ring to assist Apollo. I'm fine with that. It just helps cement Apollo as a greater threat as the new Intercontinental Champion. Now, let's get Big E in that main event picture!
Chris: So, a Nigerian drum fight is just a hardcore match with a bunch of drums around the ring? That's fine. The emotion of Big E's entrance in his hometown stadium, with Wale performing his theme song live, was beautiful.
This was a hard-hitting match and, honestly, it's nice to have an all-out brawl like this on the Wrestlemania card. And this might some as a surprise, but I loved the ending. First of all, this repackaging of Dabba-Kato (remember Raw Underground?) should make a great addition to Apollo Crews' act and it's a huge win for Apollo that doesn't damage Big E. Plus it gives a reason to do a blow off match where Big E gets one last shot at the title--before he hopefully moves up to the main event.
Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley - Raw Women's Championship
Winner: Rhea Ripley by pin
Mat: I had to put my kid to bed, so I missed most of this match. Because of this, no rating from me. From what I saw, this looked great, so I'll be watching the first half later tonight.
Chris: Mat missed the live performance of Rhea Ripley's theme song because he's off being a dad or whatever, which is a real bummer for him. But won't sorry, dear readers, we saw it and that's all that matters.
This match simply rules. These two are hitting hard and giving it all they've got. What's more, their characters mesh so well in a battle like this. Asuka is the quick, wise veteran champion, while Ripley is a cocky powerhouse looking to make her mark against the establishment. It's a technical strike in Asuka vs. a vicious brawler in Ripley in a match that looks like it hurts to bad in all of the best ways. From Asuka DDTing Rhea from the apron to the floor to Ripley's electric chair drop onto the apron, it all looked so painful and showed the depths these two were willing to go to in order to be champion.
And ultimately, it was Ripley that squeaked out the win after a Riptide in what was just a fantastic match. Thus far, it's my second favorite of the weekend. These two just blasted it out of the park.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan - Triple Threat for Universal Championship
Winner: Roman Reigns by pin
Mat: I hope you like spears because there are sooooo many of them in this match. Battle of the spears 2021! This is what I wanted out of a triple threat match. The Jey Uso interference card was a little overused for me, but it all ties together with Roman's character right now. There was never a dull moment during the match, and that can be tough to do.
Roman Reigns reacting to the "Roman sucks" chants from the audience might be my favorite thing of the evening. The look of disbelief on his face is perfection for that character. Moving forward, Bryan and Edge having submission moves locked in on Reigns, then headbutting each other was kinda perfect. That's what a good main event needs. Aside from a solid story and in-ring moves, you need memorable moments--things you'll want to talk about with people years from now. This match has that.
The outcome solidified Roman Reigns as the Universal Champion, which works for me. I'm into the era of Reigns dominance, as Paul Heyman looks at him the same way I look at 20 oz. bottle of Vanilla Coke. This was a great main event, and a solid way to close out Wrestlemania. However, WWE really should have ended this show with Belair/Banks, but maybe that's just me.
Chris: Letting Jey Uso attack people from ringside already knocks this match down a notch for me. I get he's a heel and that's his thing, but this is the Wrestlemania main event. These three should be battling it out, meanwhile Jey is just here superkicking everybody and doing Roman's bidding. It's kind of boring. Thankfully, Edge hit him with the implant DDT onto the stairs to put him out of commission.
The beauty of a properly executed triple threat match is the lack of downtime. There should be something happening at pretty much every possible moment--and this bout pulled that off. There were many notable moments throughout this, whether it was Reigns and Edge going shoulder-to-shoulder with dueling spears or Bryan doing whatever he could to try to tap out his opponents. Then there's what Mat mentioned, Roman's reaction to the crowd telling him he sucks--it's priceless.
Honestly, I'm fine with the outcome of this match because it keeps Reigns as the dominant lead of Smackdown--and someone who can't get the job done without his cousin there to help out. It really makes you wonder where they go from here. Perhaps, it's time for Big E to enter the title picture.