Kayla Braxton welcomes us to the Kickoff Show and then introduces her fellow panelists, starting with Booker T.
Booker T talks about being excited for tonight, particularly because he's got his new fellow WWE Hall of Fame legend, his wife, Sharmell, inducted like she deserves.
They then introduce Kevin Patrick who addresses the rabid fans standing behind the pre-show panel. Then we get a look at JBL, who gets a loud pop followed by a "JBL! JBL! JBL!" chant from the aforementioned fans near the pre-show panel.
Now we go to our final pre-show panelists, none other than HOT 97 personality and WWE pre-show personality, former WWE 24/7 Champion DJ Peter Rosenberg.
Braxton then begins the process of running down the advertised matches and segments scheduled for tonight's night one of WrestleMania 38. They run down the lineup as the official match and segment graphics flash across the screen.
We shoot to our first elaborate video package telling the story leading up to a given match or segment on tonight's show as we look at the events that led up to tonight's women's title showdown between Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair.
From there, we return to the panel as the panelists give their insight and analysis into the title bout.
They move on to The KO Show segment with Kevin Owens and his special guest, WWE Hall of Fame legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. On that note, we head to our next in-depth video package telling the story leading up to a segment / match on tonight's night one special event.
After it wraps up, the panelists again weigh-in with their thoughts before sending it over to Matt Camp and the WWE The Bump crew who are with the fans outside of AT&T Stadium. They quickly check-in and then send it right back to the panelists.
Now we move on to a video package that looks at the big WrestleMania 38 set reveal inside AT&T Stadium earlier during WrestleMania 38 Weekend.
From there, we return back at the panel for some talk about the history of WrestleMania. JBL gets stuck making a college football reference over-and-over again.
We then look at the Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs vs. The Usos for the tag titles match video package. The panelists return to give their thoughts on this bout.
Then we shoot to a live backstage interview with Seth "Freakin'" Rollins. He's got a ton of energy and he hypes his match against "T.B.A." on tonight's show. We then head back to the panel where the pre-show hype continues with the panelists.
Tik Tok star and social media personality Josh Richards joins the pre-show panel after we see a special in-depth video package that recapped the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday night.
The video showed a little bit of all of the inductees speeches, as well as a detailed look at the induction of The Undertaker.
For the second time, the video package detailing the build-up to The KO Show segment with Kevin Owens and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin airs.
We shoot back live to Jackie with the fans, however she didn't get her signal or there was a technical issue of some kind, so we shoot right back to the panel where Braxton leads the panelists in a discussion about The KO Show segment scheduled for tonight's night one special event.
Booker T predicts it will be the Shucky-Ducky Quack Quack moment of the night when "The Texas Rattlesnake" returns. Peter Rosenberg admits he'll be cheering like a super fan as well when Austin comes out.
Things are sent over to Jackie again and this time she interviews some fans as they head into the AT&T Stadium for tonight's show.
After this, we see the build-up to Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar in a video package. We return to the panel and they set up the video to tell the story of The Miz & Logan Paul vs. Rey & Dominik Mysterio for tonight's show.
Once the video package wraps up, we go back to the pre-show panel where the panelists are joined by emerging boxing star and social media mega-star Jake Paul.
The fans get on his case big-time, chanting "F*ck Jake Paul!" and other negative chants aimed at the brother of Logan Paul.
At one point, Jake pops up and threatens to fight some of the fans ragging him, noting he knocks people like them out. We head to a quick commercial break after this.
Kevin Patrick is back in his seat when we return, as Jake Paul's visit to the pre-show panel has ended.
They run down their thoughts on the Sheamus & Ridge Holland vs. New Day match before sending us into a segment from five weeks ago on SmackDown when this rivalry began getting serious.
After a backstage interview segment with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods promoting their showdown against Sheamus and Ridge Holland, with Butch in their corner, we head to a special message from Big E. about the recovery of his broken neck.
We return from another quick commercial time out to a look at the Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin match. Now Madcap Moss joins the panel as special guest. They talk to him about the aforementioned match a bit and then wrap up.
Now we head down to the entrance area at the top of the aisle/ramp inside AT&T Stadium where Titus O'Neil is shown holding a mic. He announces that WWE will be giving $20,000 to a number of different organizations that Titus O'Neil mentions on the mic to the entire packed house inside AT&T Stadium.
After this, we take another quick commercial break and then we head to the fan zone for some more comments from members of the WWE Universe in attendance at tonight's show.
From there, we head back to the panel, who send us into another elaborate pre-match video package for tonight. This video looks at the story leading up to tonight's Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair match for the women's title.
Akbar Gbajabiamila joins the panel to help break down the Rousey-Charlotte match after the video package wraps up, and after Jerry Lawler cuts in with a bad knock knock joke about Booker T asking too many questions.
He helps them finish up the rest of the Kickoff Show and then the pre-show wraps up and we get ready for the actual main show for WrestleMania 38: Night One.
The show begins with a cold open of a performance of "America the Beautiful" and then the actual start of the show begins.
The cold open video package narrated by Mark Wahlberg airs now as we gear up for the start of night one of "The Most Stupendous Two-Night WrestleMania in History."
With that said, the cold open video package wraps up and we head back inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
After that, we see fireworks and pyro exploding all over the building. We then head down to the commentary section where Michael Cole welcomes us to the 38th annual WrestleMania.
The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders are introduced and they come out and dance to the ACDC song "Thunderstruck."
Afterwards, we head over to the announce desk again where we see Michael Cole joined by Pat McAfee, who introduces himself before we send things to the entrance area to get ready for our first match of the main show here tonight at WrestleMania 38: Night One.
SmackDown Tag-Team Championships
Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs vs. The Usos (c)
With that said, Rick Boogs is at the top of the entrance area on his guitar. He does his introduction routine to bring out Shinsuke Nakamura, as they are up first inside the squared circle here on "The Grandest Stage of Them All."
As always, while making their epic ring walks, Nakamura and Boogs get some love in the form of their biggest fan -- Pat McAfee -- who jumps up on his commentary desk to dance and goof around as they head to the ring.
They settle into the ring and then the familiar sounds of The Usos' theme hits as the SmackDown Tag-Team Champions make their way down to the ring. It's almost time to get things underway inside the ring here at "The Show of Shows."
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. The Usos jump off to an early offensive lead. We see Boogs and Nakamura eventually take over.
Boogs hits a cool spot where he stands up with one of The Usos in the suplex position all the way from being down on the mat. It looked pretty spectacular.
The Usos end up paying homage to the Dudley Boyz by hitting a 3D to set up the pin fall victory. It appears that Boogs hurt his knee at some point during the bout, and he may be legitimately injured as a result.
When all was said-and-done, The Usos managed to retain the titles with the impressive spot. Once the match wraps up, Cole and McAfee run us through some of the highlights of key spots and moments throughout the bout.
As The Usos celebrate with the titles and eventually exit the ring and begin walking to the back, the camera pans over to show Boogs being checked on by ringside medics as he is down with what looks like a knee injury.
Winners and STILL SmackDown Tag-Team Champions: The Usos
After a quick ad break, we head back inside the stadium where the camera pans over to show Cole and McAfee. They recap the last match and then inform us that they will try to provide an injury update on Rick Boogs later in the broadcast.
With that said, they send us to the pre-match video package for the second bout of the evening here at WrestleMania 38: Night 1.
On that note, we see the events that led up to tonight's one-on-one showdown between Happy Corbin and Drew McIntyre.
Happy Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre
After the package wraps up, we head back inside AT&T Stadium as we prepare for this singles showdown.
We return after the package to the familiar sounds of Happy Corbin's ring entrance music. He makes his way out and takes the long walk down the aisle to the ring.
Corbin steps inside the squared circle with Madcap Moss by his side. The two await the entrance of Corbin's opponent for this one.
With that said, we hear the equally familiar theme music for Drew McIntyre. This brings out "The Scottish Warrior" who heads to the ring with a look of all-business in his eyes.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running with this one. McIntyre immediately goes after Corbin, right hand to start the match. Slugfest ensues. McIntyre with a wicked Clothesline, then sending Corbin face first into the turnbuckle.
The match spills over to ringside, McIntyre drives Corbin into the barricade before the match returns to the ring. Corbin sends McIntyre off the side apron into the barricade at ringside.
The match returns to the inside of the ring. Corbin focusing on the knee of McIntyre in the corner of the ring shouting, "Whatchu got?" McIntyre powers back. A whip by Corbin sends McIntyre into the ring post. Corbin with the cover, McIntyre powers out at the one count.
Spinebuster by McIntyre, after Corbin is distracted by Moss on the apron. McIntyre gets fired up. Corbin whips McIntyre into the corner of the ring.
Corbin slides under the ropes and back in, McIntyre ready with a Neckbreaker. McIntyre with a hip-up and waiting in the corner for Corbin to make it back to his feet.
A boot to the mid-section looking for the Future Shock DDT, Corbin counters with a Deep Six for the two count, McIntyre kicks out!
We get a quick replay as both men back to their feet. Corbin looks for a ChokeSlam, McIntyre powers out and counters with a Big Right, then up to the top, taking Corbin down to the canvas. 3... 2... 1... McIntyre unable to hit his finisher as Moss helps Corbin out under the bottom rope.
McIntyre launching over the top rope, landing with a Swanton onto Happy Corbin at ringside! The crowd pops! McIntyre forces Corbin into the ring, Moss attempts to get involved, McIntyre slamming Moss on the mat at ringside.
Corbin back to his feet, McIntyre slips through End of Days. McIntyre misses a Claymore. End of Days by Corbin for the cover, another two count! Corbin is STUNNED.
"No! No! Nooo!" Corbin cannot believe it as he looks in disbelief to the referee. The Scottish Warrior is lifted to his feet, Future Shock DDT by McIntyre. McIntyre pops back to his feet, 3.... 2.... 1.... CLAYMORE! Cover, one, two, three for the win.
Drew McIntyre breaks Happy Corbin's winning streak. We head into replays from the match. It's time for Claymore Country! Madcap Moss looks to climb into the ring, McIntyre lifts the sword, pointing it in Moss's direction.
McIntyre slices the top rope as Moss drops from the apron into the barricade to evade the sword's swing. McIntyre celebrates as the crowd pops.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
We move on after the McIntyre-Corbin match to another video package, this time showing the events that led up to the next match on tonight's card.
The match video package shows us how things came together to give us Rey & Dominik Mysterio against the duo of The Miz and Logan Paul.
The Mysterio's vs. The Miz & Logan Paul
When we return inside the AT&T Stadium, we are joined by the other WWE commentary team, as Jimmy Smith welcomes us back and introduces Corey Graves and Byron Saxton on the broadcast beside him.
From there, Dominick and Rey Mysterio pop up from beneath the center stage as their entrance theme airs through the speakers in the arena. The pyro goes off around them as they make their way down the ramp and towards the ring.
Their opponent's music sounds next. "AWEEEE-SOME!!" The Miz makes his way to the stage as we see the crowd with their thumbs down as the "Boo". Miz points to the top of the stage as his tag-team partner Logan Paul makes his way out and the two hype up. Their pyro goes off around the stage.
Logan Paul has his Pokemon card around his neck like a warrior. The two make their way to the ring where The Mysterio's await.
The bell sounds and we're off-and-running. For you Pokemon fans out there, Logan wore the most expensive Pokemon card ever sold in a special case around his neck for his entrance alongside "The Most Must-See WWE Superstar in History."
All four men are in the ring and it's time to get this featured tag bout underway. The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one.
Rey points to Logan, however Miz starts things off with Mysterio. Paul diverts Rey's attention as he and Miz team up early on. Logan tags in, going after the ribs of Mysterio with the assist from The Miz.
Logan Paul with a split, but at the wrong time, gets taken down by Rey. Dominick tags in as Logan tags out, telling Miz "Go get 'em". A near fall with a kick out. Dominick takes down Miz.
Moonsault on Miz. Two for One Special courtesy of Dominick taking Miz and Paul out of the ring. Dominick lands on Miz at ringside. Match returns to the ring.
Miz and Rey on the outside. Cheap shot by Logan Paul on Dominick in the ring while ref was turned. Paul with a take-down and a cover on Dominick, Dominick kicks out at the two. Paul jaw-jacking with Rey Mysterio before tagging The Miz back in.
Double team kicks by Miz and Paul on Dominick. Logan exits the ring, Miz with the cover, Dominick kicks out at the two. Dominick reaching to tag in his dad, to no avail as Miz assists him back to his feet. Miz backslides down Dominick who gets the cover, Miz kicking out at the two.
Logan Paul tags back in. A boot to the face of Dominick by Paul in the corner. Paul flying from the corner, getting the cover on Dominick! Impressive, can't lie. The crowd pops.
The Miz tags back in, more double team action as Dominick is taken down in the opposing corner of the ring. Tornado DDT takes down The Miz, Dominick hitting Paul three different times, taking him down off the apron.
Rey finally tags in and comes in hot! Hurricanrana to kick off, Sunset Flip, kick to the jaw for the cover. Miz kicks out at the two! Rey heads out to the apron, climbing to the top turnbuckle, getting the cover, Logan Paul breaks the cover.
A craddle by The Miz, Rey kicking out at the two, just in time. Miz set up for the 6-1-9, Tornado DDT instead for the cover, getting the two count on a stunned Miz.
A look of frustration by Rey Mysterio. Miz back to his feet, a Suplex by Rey, then a second Suplex, and no Three Amigo's as Miz sends Rey into the turnbuckle.
Paul tags in, looking evil into the camera before assisting Rey back to his feet. "Watch this!" Paul shouts, impressive Suplex, Paul with a second Suplex, and Paul hits the Three Amigos. The disrespect! The crowd boo's. He follows that up with the Eddie Guerrero-style frog splash off the top for a close near fall.
From there, The Mysterio's fire up for an offensive comeback, which included a couple of 6-1-9 spots and even the west coast pop.
Unfortunately, however, we see Miz hit a Skull Crushing Finale out of nowhere and make the cover for the pin fall victory. The Miz and Logan Paul win in an entertaining match. Good stuff here.
Winners: The Miz & Logan Paul
After The Match: The Miz Attacks Logan Paul
As they celebrate their victory, out of the clear blue, The Miz blasts his own partner, taking Logan Paul down with a Skull Crushing Finale.
It looks like Logan Paul isn't done with WWE just yet based on that post-match angle.
The Miz exits the ring after getting an enormous baby face pop from the crowd. We head to another commercial break after seeing Logan Paul stare on in disbelief as Miz heads to the back.
As we return from another quick ad time out, we return inside AT&T Stadium to the ring announcer introducing the WWE Chief Brand Officer (CBO) -- Stephanie McMahon.
"The Billion Dollar Princess" makes her way out to the top of the entrance stage. She thanks the WWE Universe for their enthusiasm and talks about "this thing we all love," which of course is WWE and WrestleMania.
From there, she welcomes the star of the future for WWE -- the two-time NCAA champion and a 2022 WWE Monday Night Raw draft pick -- Gable Steveson.
Steveson makes his way out and waves to the fans. He gets a decent reception and while waving, we hear the commentary team put him over on the broadcast.
That was literally it. Must be killing some time. We head to another commercial break as we gear up for our next match here on "The Grandest Stage of Them All."
The video package airs to get us ready for our next match of the evening, which will see the Raw Women's Championship on-the-line.
With that said, we see the events that led up to tonight's Raw Women's Championship showdown between Bianca Belair and the reigning, defending title-holder Becky Lynch.
Raw Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair
Once the package wraps up, we hear the sounds of the theme music of "Big Time Becks" as Becky Lynch makes her way out and heads down to the ring with a grand entrance as she drives a car in and exits with a bunch of extras on stage.
After she settles inside the squared circle, "The Man" watches on as the theme for "The EST of WWE" hits.
With that said, out comes Bianca Belair ready for action in this title rematch that she has been waiting for since their first one ended in under a minute earlier this year. She gets an even more grand entrance, complete with a big band and extras filling the stage as well.
They did everything they could to give this the big match feel since the pre-match video package ended. The bell sounds to get this one off-and-running and they get a standing ovation as they each look around at the sea of fans inside AT&T Stadium.
Belair extends her hand to Lynch with a smile. Lynch with a strike, Summerslam Finish to no avail, as Lynch looks to finish her off in seconds again but isn't able to. We see Belair go for her KOD finisher to no avail.
Lynch takes Belair down with her finisher, Belair kicks out at the 2.9999. She almost did repeat SummerSlam after all. Ultimately, she did not.
Dis-Arm-Her, Belair gets to the ropes just in time. Lynch again with a cover, Belair kicks out again. And again with the hook of the leg, Lynch not giving up. A few times we see this one nearly end before it even gets started.
Lynch puts her head on the top rope, re-thinking her strategy as Belair craddle's for the cover, a reversal for the cover, Lynch attempts to use the ropes for leverage, the ref notices and stops the cover.
More back and forth covers by both superstars. Lynch shakes her head in disbelief with a smile. Belair holding her head and writhing in pain. Lynch drags Belair to the corner of the ring.
Lynch heads all the way to the top, nobody home! Belair with a Dis-Arm-Her of her own in the center of the ring! Lynch drags her way to the ropes, getting her foot on the rope for the break. Back and forth covers and reversals again.
Both women make their way back to their feet. More reversal roll-up covers. Lynch with a boot the mid-section of Belair. Lynch using Bianca's hair to drag her to the outside of the ring now. A tug-of-war at ringside. Lynch throws Belair into the steel stairs at ringside. The referee begins the count as Lynch returns to the ring.
Belair returns to the ring, Lynch with a Suplex and some s*** talking before lifting Belair for another takedown and cover. Belair kicking out at the two. Becksploder Suplexes have worn Belair down at this point.
A confident Lynch sends Belair neck first into the middle rope. Lynch trash talking Belair who is again writhing in pain inside the ring. Belair able to side-step and land a hard shot from the apron. Belair gets a Super Kick to the mid-section leaving her on the top rope hanging.
Lynch heads up top and slams Belair into the ring for a cover. Belair able to kick out. Lynch back to her feet, landing a Stomp to the midsection of Belair. Several Strikes by Lynch who is in control with a Chinlock, taking the energy out of Belair.
Belair finally escapes. Lynch counters and a Double Underhook Suplex into an Armbar. Belair flailing, countering getting Lynch's shoulder's down for a cover, Lynch readjusts for another Arm Bar, switching to a Triangle.
Belair back to her feet, lifting Lynch with her EST power. Lynch and Belair spill out to the outside. Nobody moving at ringside as the referee begins the count. Both women begin to stir at the four. We see a quick replay.
Belair returns at the seven. Lynch drags Belair back out. Spring back into a Suplex. Lynch planted on the outside, the referee again begins the count. Belair powers up, sending Lynch into the corner of the ring. Belair gets the cover now, Lynch kicking out at the two. Belair hypes up, getting back to her feet.
Lynch gets a cover. Double Underhook, FACE FIRST goes Becky Lynch. Belair to the cover, for the two count, just in the nick of time. Both women make their way to the top turnbuckle, Lynch grabbing Belair in a Front Face Lock, Lynch climbs up, Belair drops Lynch, hanging her across the top turnbuckle.
Belair, climbs to the middle turnbuckle, 450 Splash for the cover, Lynch kicks out! 70,000+ people STUNNED! Belair flails around on the canvas in disbelief. Lynch hanging onto the ropes for dear life. Lynch heads to the top turnbuckle, both feet to the face of Belair for the cover.
Belair kicks out! A stunned Becky Lynch. Spinebuster by Belair! A Moonsault blocked by Lynch. Dis-Arm-Her, reversal! Counters back and forth with roll up reversals. Belair sent face first into the bottom turnbuckle.
Belair looks for the KOD, to no avail, Lynch falls to ringside. Belair rolls out, grabbing Lynch, throwing her back in the ring. Lynch quickly rolls back out of the ring, grabbing Belair by the hair, Lynch slams Belair into the post, Lynch grabs Belair, slamming her on the steel stairs at ringside. The referee begins the count. The crowd begins to chant! Belair back in at the 9!
Lynch with a roll up, Belair kicks out at the two! Lynch with a meltdown, slamming the back of Belair! Lynch looks defeated, but grabs Belair, lifting her to her feet. KOD in the center of the ring for the three count pin and win! New Champion, BIANCA BELAIR!!
Winner and NEW Raw Women's Champion: Bianca Belair
We head to another commercial break after the Belair-Lynch match wraps up. When we return, we see the video package to get us ready for our next match.
Seth Rollins vs. Cody Rhodes
With that said, we see the events that led up to Seth "Freakin'" Rollins' match against the dreaded "To Be Announced (T.B.A.)," who is expected to be a familiar face to AEW fans.
The video package wraps up and it's time to head back down to the ring for our next match. We see Seth "Freakin'" Rollins make his way out as he gets the grand entrance treatment.
He settles in the ring and his music dies down. We hear Rollins off-mic yelling "don't make me wait" as there is a lengthy delay before the man he will be facing is revealed.
Finally, some pyro goes off. After another delay, the familiar "Nightmare Family" logo flashes across the screen inside the AT&T Stadium. The same theme used in AEW plays now as Cody Rhodes finally emerges and begins making his way to the ring.
The crowd gives him the main event level Superstar treatment and he begins to walk down to the ring. The crowd is still going nuts when his music finally cuts off a couple of minutes later.
Cody and Seth Rollins are both in the ring now in opposite corners ready to do battle. The bell sounds and this one gets off-and-running. The crowd is still going absolutely bonkers.
We see the two circle each other as they get ready to lock up. They lock up and finally get after it. Neither guy establishes the offensive lead over the other in the first minutes of the bout.
Eventually we see Cody arm-drag Rollins down a couple of times. Rollins pops back up and gets in some shots on Cody. He looks to hook the pedigree but Cody avoids it. Cody looks to hit his Cross-Rhodes finisher but he too doesn't hit it.
Both guys end up crashing and burning hard on the floor at ringside. They brawl outside the ring a bit and then the action resumes inside the squared circle once again.
We see Cody get a couple of minutes in the offensive driver's seat, but then Rollins takes over for a long "Freakin'" time as he nearly finishes Cody off with every big move in his arsenal.
He comes super close a few times but ultimately, "The American Nightmare" finds a way to hang on and keep this one alive time after time.
Eventually, we see Cody start to return to dominant form as he takes it to Rollins with virtually everything in his playbook as he tries with everything he's got to finish off the WWE veteran to no avail as well.
The crowd is going one-hundred percent bonkers from the time Cody's music hit until this point in the match, as Cody and Seth are doing their part in putting on an absolute show-stealing performance here on "The Grandest Stage of Them All."
Ultimately, Cody fails once again to put Rollins away after a high spot. Rollins ends up locking Cody in the Pedigree -- and he hits it. He immediately goes for the cover, yet Cody again manages to kick out before the count of three.
Now we see Cody regain the offensive lead again. He goes on to hit Rollins with three Cross-Rhodes finishers in a row. When he thinks about going for a forth one, he stops and while Rollins is on dizzy street barely able to stand, "The American Nightmare" Cody Rhodes summons the energy and spirit of his legendary father, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.
He blasts Seth with some punches and rev'ing up for the big bionic elbow before putting an exclamation point on this one with a fourth and final Cross-Rhodes finisher. He goes for the follow-up pin and gets the three-count.
Cody Rhodes has his first major WrestleMania moment in the bag now as he returns to WWE for another run in the company. You could say he got off to a good start, but that would be the understatement of the century.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the Rollins-Rhodes bout wraps up, we head to another quick commercial break.
2022 WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Segment
When we return from the break, we see highlights of the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony from Friday night.
This included the WWE Hall of Fame induction of The Undertaker, Vader, Sharmell, Shad Gaspard and The Steiner Brothers.
When the video package from last night's induction ceremony wraps up, we return live inside AT&T Stadium where the ring announcer begins bringing out the class of 2022 inductees one-by-one.
Of course, saved for last is none other than "The Dead Man" himself, as The Undertaker emerges in a suit, not in his Undertaker gear.
"The Phenom" gets the expected roof-exploding reaction from the tens of thousands of members of the WWE Universe in attendance.
WrestleMania 38: Night 1 Attendance Inside AT&T Stadium
77,899 fans are in attendance inside AT&T Stadium, according to the official attendance numbers released by the ring announcer.
The number was given after a commercial break aired following the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2022 segment.
After the WrestleMania 38: Night 1 attendance is announced inside AT&T Stadium, we head to the pre-match video package for our next bout of the evening.
SmackDown Women's Championship
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
With that said, we see the events that led up to the scheduled SmackDown Women's Championship match on tonight's card.
The match will feature reigning and defending champion Charlotte Flair putting her title on-the-line against women's MMA pioneer and fellow former WrestleMania headliner, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey.
Once the video package wraps up, we hear the familiar sounds of the entrance music of Rousey. She emerges to an enormous pop from the fans in attendance as she begins her long walk to the ring for this highly-anticipated championship contest.
She awaits the entrance of her opponent and after a delay, we hear the theme for Charlotte Flair hit. "The Queen" makes her way to the ring and her music fades down.
We see Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey lock eyes and refuse to look away as the ring announcer handles the formal pre-match ring introductions for this big title match.
The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one. Rousey immediately goes after Charlotte with big kicks and right hands. Charlotte gets in a cheap shot behind the referee's back that allows her to take over on offense.
We see Charlotte remain in control of the offense for several minutes, as she grounds her opponent and keeps her back on the mat to dominate the action.
We briefly see the bout hit the floor at ringside, but Charlotte controls the action out there as well. She brings Rousey back into the ring and puts her right back down on the mat to continue her dominance.
Rousey, who has a bloody mouth, hits a judo throw out of nowhere to shift the momentum in her favor for the first time since the opening bell.
She blasts Charlotte as she charges at her with a big knee to the grill. She goes for the cover, however "The Queen" kicks out at two.
Flair ends up taking back over things and she once again establishes herself in the offensive driver's seat. This continues for a couple of minutes until Rousey once again starts to show signs of life.
Rousey fights from underneath back into competitive form and eventually takes over again. She starts to put it on "The Queen" and nearly finishes her off on a couple of ocassions.
Instead, Charlotte takes back over and goes on to dominate some more. She ultimately gets Rousey down on the mat where she secures her Figure-8 submission hold.
The commentators talk like she's going to tap out for the first time in her career. She does not. After the hold is released, we see Charlotte and Ronda duke it out some more, with each having their moments.
Rousey starts to take over again and she hits her Piper's Pit spot for the second time in the bout. She goes directly into the pin, however Charlotte gets her foot on the ropes due to her ring positioning.
The ref counted to three but jumped up and waved his hands while yelling "No!" so that the time keeper would not ring the bell at ringside. He ultimately does not, however Rousey was still distracted as she thought she won.
This allowed Charlotte to hit her Natural Selection finisher and she goes to finish Rousey off, however Rousey hangs in there again, refusing to be finished and showing a Roddy Piper-like "never say die!" attitude. Rousey avoids being locked in the Natural Selection submission again, but in kicking Charlotte off, the ref is bumped.
Rousey gets Charlotte in a submission of her own, locking her in her trademark armbar. Charlotte taps a ton but the ref is still out so he doesn't see it to call for the bell. Charlotte ends up connecting with a big boot after Rousey lets go of the armbar to check on the ref.
Afterwards, Charlotte gets Rousey down for the cover and the ref is back to make the count. Charlotte wins just like that. She immediately rolls out of the ring and heads to the back as Rousey looks on in disbelief in the ring. That's how this match ends, folks.
Winner and STILL SmackDown Women's Champion: Charlotte Flair
The video package for our next segment airs, as we prepare for the highly anticipated WrestleMania-sized edition of The KO Show.
With that said, the events leading up to tonight's installment of The KO Show with Kevin Owens and his special guest, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin are shown.
The KO Show With Kevin Owens & "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Once the video package wraps up, we return live inside AT&T Stadium for this segment, which fans have been looking forward to for a while now.
We hear the familiar sounds of Kevin Owens' theme song and out he comes as Jimmy Smith and Corey Graves / Byron Saxton hype up this segment.
Smith does a quick promotional-read for Snickers, one of the presenting sponsors for night one of "The Most Stupendous Two-Night WrestleMania in History."
Meanwhile, Owens has settled inside the squared circle, which is decked out with chairs and posters for The KO Show.
His music cuts off and the fans are going absolutely bonkers as they await the segment to get underway. Owens soaks in the moment as the roar from the fans grows even louder.
Now we hear some insanely loud "Austin! Austin!" chants. Owens begins talking by bringing up the fact that he said a lot of mean things about Texas.
The fans give him the old-school "Stone Cold" treatment with the "What?!" chants after each statement he makes into the mic. Owens talks about referring to Texas as the ass of the body known as U.S.A.
He goes on to apologize -- for telling the absolute god's honest truth about the pathetic state that he is in right now. He says he's been in Texas a couple of days and it's actually worse than he remembered.
As Owens continues to verbally bash the state of Texas, we hear the glass -- which as any Attitude Era fan knows -- means it's Owens' ass.
The theme for the WWE Hall of Fame legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin continues to play for what seems like an eternity before finally, as Owens takes a seat in one of the chairs in the ring, we see Austin come flying out on his trademark four-wheeler.
He rides it down to the ring and poses on all four corners while chugging some Steveweisers and soaking in the moment. He's also already soaking in beer for the most part.
Austin's theme fades down and we hear the fans chanting for "Stone Cold," only for Owens to command them to stop and then he refuses to let Austin to speak. He says this is his show.
He tells Austin to take a seat. He tells Austin, who hasn't said a word nor broken his stare, to calm down. He once again suggests that he take a seat. Austin calmly does exactly that. Owens thanks him for coming on his show.
Austin says you're welcome and then asks if he brought him on his show to have a conversation. He then proceeds to insult Owens with a bunch of adjectives, stopping to let the fans react with loud "What?!" chants in response.
"The Texas Rattlesnake" now quiets down as Owens begins speaking again. He's once again critical of Texas, insulting the belt buckles, cowboy boots and other Texas-style clothing items that Texans often wear.
He says Texans should act more like Canadians and even suggested they just leave and go to Mexico, noting, "it's right there!" while pointing down.
Owens then reveals why he really wanted to get "Stone Cold" on The KO Show tonight at WrestleMania 38: Night 1, admitting that it was not just to have a conversation with the WWE legend.
No. He invited him to be on The KO Show tonight because he is, in fact, looking for a fight. He goes on for a couple of minutes trying to convince Austin to fight him right here on the spot.
Austin picks his mic back up and begins to speak again. He ultimately decides he's ready to fight as well. He tells a referee to get his ass in the ring.
Steve Austin vs. Kevin Owens
Owens and Austin each stand up and grab the chairs they were sitting in and throw them over the ropes and out to the floor. Both guys back in opposing corners and the bell sounds.
Folks, for the first time in several years we are going to see Steve Austin involved in a match, at WrestleMania no-less! Austin and Owens go nose-to-nose in the center of the ring.
Austin ends up firing away with big punches, knocking Owens down and getting him in the corner of the ring. He proceeds to "stomp a mud-hole in his ass and walk it dry."
He picks Owens back up and flips him off right in his grill before whipping him into the opposing corner on the other side of the ring. Owens bounces out of the corner and slumps down on the mat a lifeless soul.
Austin calls for a Steveweiser, and a beer is tossed to him from ringside. He walks over to Owens in this corner of the ring and begins stomping the hell out of him yet again.
He then tosses Owens like a rag-doll over the top-rope, where he crashes and burns on the floor at ringside as Austin calls for another beer. His beer-handler once again obliges.
Once on the floor, we see Austin reversed into the barricade by Owens, however he comes right off it and clotheslines Owens down to the floor.
Owens finally starts to mount some offense, bouncing Austin off the floor and going to work on him before retrieving a table from underneath the ring.
Before Owens can use the table, however, Austin recovers and sends Owens flying into the barricade. He launches him over the barricade and heads out after him.
The fight is now continuing throughout the crowd in front of the near 80,000 fans inside AT&T Stadium. As the action continues in the crowd, we see Owens shift the momentum in his favor as he connects with a scary suplex onto the exposed concrete floor.
We see replays of Austin bouncing off said-concrete and then return live to see Owens kicking "The Texas Rattlesnake" in the ribs. Austin eventually gets back up and the two began trading punches as the crowd continues to go nuts all around them.
They duke it out back-and-forth as they continue to walk their way back near the barricade at ringside. Austin ends up grabbing hold of Owens and launching him over the barricade.
He crashes and burns on the top of the announce table and then heads over to stand on top of it himself with Owens laid out at his feet. He chugs another beer and then drops down to deliver some ground-and-pound to Owens as the fans count along with each shot that lands.
Austin ends up getting beaten down after Owens makes it back to his feet. He heads over to the four-wheeler that Austin rode to the ring from the back. He sits on it with intentions of driving it somewhere, but Austin comes up and stops him.
"Stone Cold" now takes a seat on his own four-wheeler and loads Owens up on it as well. He suplexes Owens on the stage, which elicits a big pop from the fans.
The two trade shots and Austin gets the better of the exchange, as they make their way back down to the ring. Once in the ring, Austin calls for a couple more beers and begins sucking them down while the crowd goes nuts.
Owens ends up recovering during Austin's beverage break, which nearly cost "Stone Cold" the match, as Owens pops up and connects with a "Stone Cold Stunner" on the man who popularized the move himself. He goes for the cover, but ultimately doesn't finish him off.
Instead, Austin grabs a chair and blasts Owens with it. He follows up with a "Stone Cold Stunner" of his own and scores the three-count to secure the victory in his shocking impromptu comeback match.
Once the match wraps up, the Beer Bash begins as Austin chugs a bunch of "Steveweisers" as the fans cheer like crazy. He then watches as Byron Saxton enters ring to join him and have a beer together.
Instead, as they both lean back to chug, Austin blasts Saxton with a boot to the gut and hits him with a "Stone Cold Stunner."
His brother enters the ring and they clash beers. His brother exits the ring and Austin continues drinking and saluting the crowd. That's how night one of WrestleMania 38 goes off the air. Thanks for joining us!
Winner: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin