We have arrived!
The biggest weekend of the year for pro wrestling fans is here.
After a successful and entertaining night one, things continue this evening with WrestleMania 39: Night 2 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.
On tap for tonight's show, which gets started with the Kickoff Show at 6/5c, is Roman Reigns (C) vs. Cody Rhodes for the Universal Title, Bianca Belair (C) vs. Asuka for the Raw Women's Title, Brock Lesnar vs. Omos, Edge vs. "The Demon" Finn Balor inside Hell In A Cell, GUNTHER (C) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus for the Intercontinental Title, as well as Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez vs. Natalya & Shotzi vs. Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler vs. Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville.
Featured below are complete WWE WrestleMania Goes Hollywood results from Sunday, April 2, 2023. The following report was written by Rajah.com reporter Matt Boone (MattBoone0709) as the show aired live from 6-12a.m. EST. on the WWE Network on Peacock.
WWE WRESTLEMANIA 39: NIGHT 2 RESULTS (4/2/2023)
The "WWE Then. Now. Forever. Together." signature narrated by John Cena airs. That's right folks, it's time to "finish the story," as WrestleMania Goes Hollywood: Night 2 is now officially off-and-running with the Kickoff Show now underway on the WWE Network on Peacock, YouTube and other outlets.
Kayla Braxton welcomes inside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. The camera pans the massive venue and settles at the pre-show area where Braxton introduces her fellow co-panelists for the official WrestleMania 39 Kickoff Show.
Joining Braxton is Wade Barrett, Booker T and Kevin Patrick. She mentions Peter Rosenberg will be joining them later, but he is currently working on "something special." The panelists then begin running down the matches scheduled for tonight as the official match graphics flash across the screen and the fans react in the background.
Now we send things to the first "Road to WrestleMania" video package, which features a look at the events leading up to the triple-threat showdown for the WWE Intercontinental Championship between GUNTHER, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus.
Once the video wraps up we return to the panelists, who give their thoughts on the bout and chime in with their predictions. Barrett goes with GUNTHER. Booker T picks GUNTHER. Kevin Patrick leans towards Sheamus.
We shoot to a commercial break. When return we see Peter Rosenberg backstage inside SoFi Stadium when Liv Morgan rolls by on a golf cart. He stops her and asks for her thoughts on the Women's Showcase match scheduled for tonight.
He brings the camera with him and walks towards Gorilla position. He stops at an elevator and out comes Stacy Keibler and some others. He addresses them as "some people," as he didn't seem to notice the new addition to the WWE Hall of Fame.
Rosenberg exits the elevator and sees Bronson Reed. Reed tells him to watch himself walking around backstage. He continues and walks, Goodfellas-style, outside, through the kitchen and to the table, as he makes his way to Gorilla position. He sees The Street Profits and they talk about Bianca Belair's match tonight.
Now he drops down and does some push-ups the way WWE Superstars sometimes do before walking through the curtain. He points out the name being after the late, great Gorilla Monsoon. He then walks through the curtains himself and brings the camera with him out to the grand stage in the stadium.
We return to the panelists who react to the impressive sights we just saw walking with Peter Rosenberg from the point of view of a WWE Superstar heading out for a match at WrestleMania. Booker T and Wade Barrett talk about their experiences doing exactly that -- for real.
After another commercial break, we see the lengthy Royal Rumble statistics type video looking at records, interesting business figures and other notable numbers from WrestleMania history. After this airs, we shoot to another quick ad time-out.
When we return this time, we see the Make-A-Wish kids whose dream it was to be at WrestleMania being included in John Cena's ring entrance during night one on Saturday night. Once the highlights wrap up, we shoot to the panelists who send us to the Cricket Wireless Fan Zone, where Byron Saxton chats with some fans.
The segment wraps up and we see footage showing the build-up to the Women's Showcase match later tonight. The panelists weigh in with their thoughts as the highlights from SmackDown the past few weeks airs on the screen. From there, we return to the panel where Peter Rosenberg joins the gang.
Now things are sent over to Cathy Kelley, who is backstage with "The Wise Man" of The Bloodline, Paul Heyman. He walks circles around Kelley as she talks about The Usos losing their Undisputed WWE Tag-Team Championships to Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at WrestleMania Saturday. She asks if that's a bad omen for Roman Reigns heading into his title defense against Cody Rhodes later tonight.
Heyman talks about Dusty Rhodes teaching him a lesson about "where's the money" when he was tasked with conveying to the viewing audience the enormity of Starrcade back in the day. He then says simply, the money is with Roman Reigns. Not Cody Rhodes. He tells "The American Nightmare" that it was a nice try, but Reigns won't wilt under the bright lights tonight. He tells him to get ready to lose to "The Tribal Chief."
He wraps up and we head to the "Road to WrestleMania" video package for the Edge vs. "The Demon" Finn Balor match inside Hell In A Cell tonight. After that we return to the panelists who sound off with their thoughts on the highly-anticipated showdown.
From there, we see video highlights of Logan Paul's ring entrance and match against Seth "Freakin'" Rollins from night one. After that we see an extended video looking at highlights of all of the matches from night one.
When the package wraps up, we return to the panelists who are joined by Greg Miller, the host of "This is Awesome" on the WWE Network on Peacock. Braxton asks him for some of his favorite moments from WrestleMania 39: Night 1.
After we return from another commercial break, we see the full ring entrance that Seth "Freakin'" Rollins had at night one. We then shoot to the "Road to WrestleMania" video package for tonight's Brock Lesnar vs. Omos showdown. The panelists weigh in with their thoughts and then we're sent into a video package recapping this year's 2023 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Now we return to the panelists who talk about the big weekend for Rey Mysterio, while also giving Dominik Mysterio a ton of props. They switch gears and send us to another commercial break, where The Miz's WrestleMania musical performance is shown.
Following the latest commercial break, we return to the panelists who are joined by George Kittle, the NFL San Francisco 49ers player who was involved in the impromptu Pat McAfee and The Miz match. He talks about his involvement in the bout.
After they wrap up with him they run down the lineup for tonight and Peter Rosenberg reveals that Brock Lesnar vs. Omos will be opening the show. From there, we shoot to the "Road to WrestleMania" video package for the Raw Women's Championship showdown. Once it wraps up, the panelists give their thoughts on the Asuka vs. Bianca Belair match for the title.
We shoot to another commercial break and when we return, we are sent over to Byron Saxton in the Cricket Wireless Fan Zone once again. He talks to some fans and sends it back to the panelists, who then run down more of the card. Then they run down their thoughts on the Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns main event after the "Road to WrestleMania" package for that one is shown.
Brock Lesnar vs. Omos
The panelists wrap up the Kickoff Show for night two on that note. We switch over to the main show on the WWE Network on Peacock and the Kevin Hart cold open video package airs to get things started.
After that we shoot inside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. where The Miz and Snoop Dogg hype the crowd up for a few seconds before Omos is introduced. "The Nigerian Giant" emerges accompanied by MVP and heads to the ring for tonight's opener.
While the 7-plus foot monster makes his way to the squared circle for the first match of the evening, the camera pans over to Michael Cole and Corey Graves. The two welcome us to the show and send us over to the Spanish commentary team for their quick on-camera introduction.
The tale of the tape graphic flashes across the screen as Omos settles inside the ring. With the big man ready to rock, his music dies down and fades off. He awaits the arrival of his opponent for tonight and then the familiar sounds of Brock Lesnar's theme hits.
From there, "The Beast Incarnate" emerges and the crowd gives him an absolute mega rock star pop. He heads to the ring as fireworks explode and settles inside. The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one.
Straight out of the gate we see Omos dominating Lesnar. He shucks him across the ring like a rag-doll. He blasts him with a big elbow and a head butt and then slams him with ease. Lesnar tries for a takedown but Omos brushes it off and pounds him across the back with a big sledgehammer forearm shot.
The commentators talk like we're seeing the demise of Brock Lesnar here tonight. Omos manhandles him some more, hoisting him off his feet in a bearhug and holding him like a child as he squeezes the life out of him. The fans rally behind Lesnar, who finally escapes, but again we see Omos continue to pummel him with complete ease.
After a big splash misses in the corner, Lesnar begins Omos' travel arrangements for a one-way trip to Suplex City. The fans chant the name as "The Beast Incarnate" starts German suplexing the crap out of "The Nigerian Giant."
Lesnar goes for an F-5 but Omos escapes and pounds on Lesnar's lower back. Lesnar fights his way back and hoists him up again seconds later and this time connects with his F-5 finisher. 1-2-3. That's all she wrote. The fans give Lesnar a huge pop and he salutes the crowd. Very basic, but fun opener with a ton of crowd energy.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez vs. Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya & Shotzi vs. Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville
It's Women's Showcase time! After a quick commercial break, which includes Big E. and Xavier Woods at a Snickers vending machine, we return inside SoFi Stadium where Liv Morgan's theme hits.
She makes her way out accompanied by her tag-team partner, Raquel Rodriguez. The two head to the ring. Out next is the team of Natalya and Shotzi to Nattie's iconic theme music. Next is Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville.
Finally, the deadly duo of "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey and "The Queen of Spades" Shayna Baszler emerge and head to the ring to a big reaction. They head to the ring in Judo / Karate Gis / Robes.
All four teams have settled inside the squared circle and the bell sounds to get us officially off-and-running with our second match of the evening here on the second night of WrestleMania Goes Hollywood.
Deville and Rodriguez kick things off but Morgan quickly tags in. Morgan and Deville mix it up and then Natalya tags in and goes to work on Morgan. After some more back-and-forth action, we see Green go for a drop kick off the top but Rodriguez steps back and no-sells it.
Shotzi hits a nice cross body taking out two of her opponents after leaping off the top. Liv Morgan is thrown out onto the pile of wrestlers by her partner Rodriguez. A few moments later we see Rousey and Baszler pick up the win by submission. Decent match.
Winners: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler
WWE Intercontinental Championship
GUNTHER (C) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus
After another quick commercial break, we return inside SoFi Stadium where Titus O'Neil is introduced. He joins Corey Graves and Michael Cole on special guest commentary for our next match of the evening.
In what will be our first championship bout of the event tonight, GUNTHER of Imperium will put his WWE Intercontinental Championship on-the-line. Out comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus, followed by the reigning and defending champion, GUNTHER.
The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one. We see GUNTHER taken out and McIntyre and Sheamus focus on each other in the early goings. GUNTHER enters the picture and starts lighting them both up with chops.
During this, O'Neil cut off Corey Graves, who was super offended by this, or playing that he was for a lengthy period of time as he joked about how O'Neil can do his job for him if he wants. O'Neil then goes on a repetitive "Call the po-lease! Call the PO-lease!" rant when the chops start coming again.
GUNTHER and McIntyre end up trading vicious chops back-and-forth as the crowd reacts to each shot that lands. McIntyre ends up getting the better of it and lighting the house on fire when he backs GUNTHER in a corner and chops the piss out of him.
Turns out chops is the story of this match. Maybe O'Neil had a point to interject when the first ones were thrown! As the action continues, Sheamus enters the mix and now we've got a three-way chop fest going on. Similar to the main event last night, only replace super kicks with chops.
Sheamus gets GUNTHER leaned over the ropes after he and Drew fight for the right to beat up the I-C champ. "The Celtic Warrior" leans GUNTHER over the ropes and hits the Ten Beats over the Bowery spot, with Drew mixing in chops after each forearm shot.
Now we see Sheamus lean Drew over the ropes and hit him with his Ten Beats over the Bowery spot as the fans count with each shot that lands. Sheamus ends up blasting Drew with 28 before "The Scottish Warrior" slumped down to the canvas. Sheamus gets a standing ovation for that one. This is a fun match already. Super fun.
"The Celtic Warrior" hits his White Noise spot off the top-rope and follows up with a Celtic Cross into a pin fall attempt on GUNTHER, however the I-C champ kicks out to the surprise of the fans in attendance. Sheamus then locks GUNTHER in the Cloverleaf submission.
Drew hits a crazy spot that has the crowd and Titus O'Neil collectively losing their freaking minds. He follows it up by looking for his Claymore Kick but ends up running into a Brogue Kick from Sheamus. The crowd gives all three a standing ovation as they recover on the mat.
Sheamus and Drew start trading shots and then we move our way into the finish, which sees GUNTHER setting SoFi Stadium on fire as the crowd going completely nuts. He then power bombs one of his opponents onto the other and scoops Drew up for another power bomb for the pin fall victory. The commentators are singing the praises of this one like it's all-time status, and for good reason. It was awesome.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: GUNTHER
Raw Women's Championship
Bianca Belair (C) vs. Asuka
After another commercial break we shoot into the "Road to WrestleMania" video package to set the stage for our next match of the evening, which will feature another championship up-for-grabs.
Once the video wraps up, we return inside SoFi Stadium where Asuka's theme hits and "The Empress of Tomorrow" makes an awesome ring entrance as the crowd shows her a ton of love in Inglewood, CA.
The ring entrance is reminiscent of Eminem's "Real Slim Shady" performance early in his career at the MTV Video Music Awards, where a bunch of Asuka's come out with the two-toned hair and mask. Finally the real one emerges with a big cape and she heads to the ring for this Raw Women's Championship contest.
Asuka settles in the ring and then a ton of young girls that looks like a group auditioning for a shot on America's Got Talent come out to dance around and whip their hair back-and-forth like a Jada Pinkett offspring. One is even a young girl who does some contortionist stuff. Really cool stuff.
Finally, the reigning and defending Raw Women's Champion emerges and "The EST of WWE" dances with the young contortionist girl before the dance group runs off to the side and gives the stage to Belair. She heads down to the ring for our next match of the evening.
Just like last night, this match features a woman champion, woman challenger and woman referee. The bell sounds and we're officially off-and-running with this one. These two immediately get going and Belair jumps into the early offensive lead.
Belair knocks Asuka down and then drop kicks her down again. She flips out of the corner and goes to work on Asuka. She backs her into the corner and climbs up for the ten punch spot as the fans count along with each punch that lands. She hits a nice suplex, floats over and goes for another one, but Asuka escapes out the back door and catches her with a super kick.
Asuka takes over from there, getting the champ down to the mat. She locks Belair in a triangle but "The EST of WWE" escapes. Now she goes for the Asuka Lock and gets close but Belair gets to the ropes.
Now the action spills out to the floor where a vertical suplex is teased but Asuka avoids it and gets Belair down on the mat at ringside. Belair powers her up, which pops Corey Graves out of his chair in awe of her strength. Belair power bombs Asuka brutally hard onto the floor.
Belair rolls Asuka back in the ring and goes for the cover, but somehow "The Empress of Tomorrow" kicks out. Belair continues to dominate until Asuka catches Belair with a knee to the face. Belair hits a shoulder block after that and now both ladies are down and recovering as the crowd starts to make some noise.
The two head to the top-rope where it looks like Belair is going for the K.O.D. off the top but Asuka avoids it and snatches up the champ's ponytail to bring her down into a code-breaker. She goes for the follow-up cover but Belair kicks out.
We see Belair try and do the mist but the wind seemed to blow it away from Belair. Belair hoists her up for a K.O.D. but Asuka rolls through and snatches up an arm bar. Belair starts to escape and in a display of pure crazy strength, gets "The Empress of Tomorrow" up for the K.O.D. She covers her and retains. Great, great match.
Winner and STILL Raw Women's Champion: Bianca Belair
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
Now the co-hosts of WrestleMania appear in the ring. The Miz dances as Snoop Dogg music plays. He announces 81,395 fans in attendance tonight for a two-night total of 161,892.
The two banter back and forth about Pat McAfee and George Kittle and the impromptu match last night. Miz complains that they ruined his expensive suit. Snoop Dogg ends up making another match for him tonight.
"HERE COMES THE MONEY!"
Shane McMahon's theme hits and out he comes for an unscheduled bout against The Miz. The bell sounds and we're off-and-running. Miz complains that tonight's suit is more expensive than last night's. Shane gets emotional and says how much it means to be here tonight.
The bell sounds and within seconds we see Shane down clutching his knee after a leap frog gone wrong. A couple people come in to check on him as he stays down. Snoop Dogg ends up filling in, entering the ring and blasting Miz with two punches an hitting a People's Elbow for a pin fall victory.
Winner: Snoop Dogg
Hell In A Cell Match
Edge vs. "The Demon" Finn Balor
The "Road to WrestleMania" video package airs to get us ready for our next match of the evening, which will take place inside Hell In A Cell. "The Demon" Finn Balor goes one-on-one against former Judgment Day leader "The Rated-R Superstar" Edge.
We return inside SoFi Stadium where the Hell In A Cell cage is lowered over the ring and then some cool music plays as the lights go out and we see candle images everywhere. The music is bad ass but new and one of the competitors comes out with an insane disco ball style mask / helmet on. Think Shockmaster but with a 2023 style helmet with a limitless budget.
Eventually the helmet / mask comes off and the familiar sounds of Edge's theme hits. A very, very fired up "Rated-R Superstar" emerges and heads to the ring looking completely pumped up for tonight. He settles inside the cage-covered ring and takes his coat off.
Now we hear some heartbeats or foot steps and see clouds and lightning above the ring. Smoke billows out of the entrance stage and the bad ass theme for "The Demon" version of Finn Balor plays. Heel or not, it's too cool and the fans show it a ton of love, as you'd expect.
Balor comes out with his Demon gear and paint on, while holding two foggers or smokers that shoot out purple smoke. He does a guy on molly with glow sticks routine as he heads to the ring. Two very cool entrances for this one. Big fight feel, folks! Here we go.
The bell sounds and we're immediately off-and-running with this one, as these two collide and get after it. We see a battle between a steel chair and a kendo stick early on as the action spills out to the floor at ringside. Balor grinds Edge's face into the mesh fencing and then rolls him back in the ring.
Edge fights back and the two head out to the floor again. We see Edge already covered in welts across his back. It's Balor's turn now. He whacks Balor with a kendo stick and then slams him into the fence. He takes two kendo sticks and slides them through the fence links to block / trap Balor in the corner. He leaps off the ring apron with a drop kick. Bad ass.
After some brutal back-and-forth action we see Edge throw a ladder in Balor's face. This looked to injure Balor so officials stop the match to enter the cage and check on him. Edge leans over the officials checking on him and grills him hard.
The officials eventually allow him to continue and he goes on a tear, beating down Edge. He hits a stomp and then his Coup de Grace off the top-rope. A table is brought into the ring and Edge hits a top-rope Edgecution on Balor. Balor fights back into the lead and sets the table up.
Edge goes for a spear but spears a ladder. Balor takes over and he climbs up the cage and leaps off with a Coup De Grace attempt from way up there, however Edge moves and Balor double stomps his way through the table. That could have gone awfully wrong. Thankfully it didn't appear to.
Balor tries getting up but Edge goes to work on him and starts wearing him out with a kendo stick and then a red steel chair. Edge gets the sick look in his eyes, lays Balor's head on a chair and whacks it with another. The con-chair-to finishes him off and Edge gets the pin fall victory. Memorable match.
Honoring The 2023 Class Of Inductees Into The WWE Hall Of Fame
We see a quick backstage interview with Bianca Belair and the girls who danced her out to the ring and then we shoot to a WWE Backlash 2023 commercial for the show in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After that, the commentators hype up the show and send us into a video package recapping the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
When we return, we see the WWE Hall of Fame legends introduced on stage inside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. The crowd reacts to each legend and gives them a big reaction. Rey Mysterio of course gets the big moment and then we wrap up and switch gears, as we prepare for our main event of the evening.
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns (C) vs. Cody Rhodes
We cut to another commercial break, a lengthy one this time, and then return into the "Road to WrestleMania" video package for the very highly-anticipated showdown between "The Tribal Chief" Roman Reigns and "The American Nightmare" Cody Rhodes for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
Cody Rhodes emerges when we return inside SoFi Stadium and he gets the grand entrance. The man looking to finish his story tonight heads down to the ring to an enormous rock star crowd reaction. He has a big grand jacket on and heads down as fireworks and pyro explodes.
"The American Nightmare" makes his way down the long ramp and settles at ringside where he walks past the ring to the front row part of the crowd where his wife, Brandi Rhodes, sister Teal, mother and other family members are sitting. He holds his baby and shows the child to the crowd.
Now he heads inside the ring and even more fireworks erupt all over the massive venue. The fans loudly do his "Whoa!" spot for his entrance tune for the fifth time and he poses and soaks in the moment in the middle of the ring, kneeling down and kissing the mat.
The lights go down and then we see six pianos at the top of the stage and six pianists who begin playing in sync. The music cuts off after a minute or so and the familiar sounds of Roman Reigns' theme hits. Out comes "The Tribal Chief" accompanied by "The Wise Man" Paul Heyman and "The Enforcer" Solo Sikoa.
The Bloodline trio head down to the ring as an insane amount of fireworks explode and the fans boo. Reigns heads into the ring and the crowd noise picks up even more. It's that time folks. It's time to see if Cody Rhodes can finish his story. It's time for the main event on "The Grandest Stage of Them All." Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes.
With that all out of the way, the bell sounds and the crowd erupts again as it's time to get down to business. Before they get after it, Roman Reigns grabs the microphone and does his catchphrase. "WrestleMania ... ACKNOWLEDGE ME!"
Sikoa and Heyman exit the ring. The only two in there now that aren't wearing striped zebra polo shirts are two of the best performers on planet earth, and it's time for them to compete for the richest prize in the industry. The bell sounds again and the place goes absolutely bonkers.
Cody and Roman slowly close in on each other as the camera pans the venue and settles down in the ring. We see the two going face-to-face in an image that instantly looks like a memorable camera shot. As soon as you see it you can tell you'll be seeing it again a million times, kind of like The Rock and Hulk Hogan going the slow head turns, but not quite that powerful, obviously. Still, big fight feel times a million for this one.
They lock up and Cody snatches an arm. He takes Reigns arm behind his back and pushes him but Reigns gets under the ropes, bringing the referee over to separate the two. They lock up again and Cody grabs a side head lock. "Grab your best hold, kid!" He does and ain't letting go. Reigns hoists him up and looks to throw him but Cody hangs on and drops down and brings Reigns over.
Cody controls Reigns on the mat and squeezes away on the head lock. The two work their way back up but Cody continues to get the better of things. Roman heads out to re-group. "The Wise Man" tells Roman that he's the man and all that stuff and finishes by saying, "NOW SMASH HIM ... my Tribal Chief." Michael Cole reacts on commentary. "Paul Heyman is worth every penny."
"The Head of the Table" re-enters the ring and shows his dominance that fans come to expect, as he blasts Cody in the corner with a barrage of clotheslines and forearms. From there, it's turning into a typical, slow, methodical Roman Reigns match, complete with the facials and loud vocals from the champ as he plays with his food. He hits a couple of suplexes on Cody. He turns and mockingly waves to Cody's family at ringside.
From there, Roman goes to throw Cody over the top but Cody hangs on and skins the cat. The two end up on the floor anyways where Roman viciously slams Cody on the unprotected entrance ramp. He punishes Cody some more but then "The American Nightmare" starts shifting the offensive momentum in his favor. He slams Roman on the same bare entrance ramp that he just got his back better acquainted with.
Cody goes to bring Roman back in the ring and continue his assault, however with the referee not paying attention, Solo Sikoa takes full advantage and hits Cody with a steel chair shot. Roman follows up with his Drive-By spot on the ring apron before bringing "The American Nightmare" back in the ring and going for the cover. Cody kicks out and the match continues.
The action spills out to the floor again and we see Roman clear off both the English and Spanish-speaking commentary tables. He grabs Cody and brings him on top of the Spanish table. He goes for a power bomb onto the English table but Cody counters and hits a back body-drop that puts Reigns through the English commentary table.
Back in the ring, Cody fires up while selling his ribs. He hits a couple fast paced moves and then a beautiful slam. He hits a big Cody Cutter and goes for the cover but Reigns kicks out. Michael Cole is starting to do the passionate crazy-man voice, doing his best Mauro Ranallo impression as Cody gets closer and closer to "finishing his story."
Roman goes out to re-group on the floor but Cody hits the ropes, builds up a full head of steam, and dives through the ropes, splashing onto the champ and blasting him into the guard rail like a hockey player checking the opposition against the glass. The boss-man would appreciate that reference! Once again we see Solo get involved, blasting Cody with the weight belt. The ref heard it and ejects Sikoa from ringside.
We see Roman grab the weight belt now and he goes to wear Cody out with it but ends up in a tug-of-war battle with the referee over it. While this is going on, Cody comes from behind and surprises Roman. He connects with his Cross-Rhodes finisher and immediately follows up with a pin attempt, but "The Tribal Chief" kicks out at two-and-a-half to keep this one going.
Reigns fights back into the offensive driver's seat and hits a big Rock Bottom for a close near fall. The fans are starting to bite on some of the false-finishes now, as the two counts get a little longer, the kick outs get a little more dramatic and the feeling of this one getting closer to the end continues to increase each time. Reigns is back into a firm control of the action again and is back to his cocky, stalking style of punishing dominance.
The champ backs in a corner and looks over at Cody. He drops down and punches the mat and is locked and loaded. He charges across the ring for a Superman punch but Cody side-steps it and gets a Pedigree for a super close near fall. Cody fires up like crazy and leaps off the ropes for a Disaster Kick but on his way down, Reigns catches him with a Superman punch for a close near fall of his own.
We see Reigns scoot back into the corner in disbelief. He puts his head in his hands and has wide eyes looking at Cody. Corey Graves gives it the perfect narration, saying he's trying to fight the doubt that is creeping in his head. He gets ready for a Spear or another Superman punch but things don't go as planned, as Cody counters him and he locks "The Tribal Chief" in a figure-four leg lock. Reigns eventually reverses it and Cody grabs the ropes to break it up.
Cody comes off the top rope moments later but lands on his feet and charges at Reigns, who charges back and meets him in the middle of the ring with a Spear that nearly be-heads "The American Nightmare." He quickly follows up with a cover but Cody kicks out. Again we see Roman looking at Cody in disbelief. Reigns gets Cody in a guillotine choke and squeezes away.
We see Cody eventually escape and ground and pound the piss out of Roman to the roar of 80,000+ inside SoFi Stadium. Roman shucks Cody off and Cody charges at him upon standing up. He looks for a big kick but Roman moves and Cody takes out the ref. Now the two best performers in the world and the guy with the zebra-striped polo shirt are all down and recovering.
As the ref is still recovering, Cody gets up and yells at Roman to get up as well. Cody pulls Roman up and sets him up for the Cross Rhodes. Out of nowhere, The Usos appear and blast Cody with stereo super kicks and follow up with the 1D. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn hit the ring and beat down The Usos as the crowd loses their collective minds. Kevin hits Roman with a Stunner after The Usos are cleared from the ring. Sami hits his running kick finisher in the corner as well.
Now Kevin and Sami head out to the floor to continue beating down Jimmy and Jey Uso. They fight over the barricade and through the crowd. Alone in the ring are Cody and Roman. Cody crawls over and puts an arm over a lifeless Roman as the ref comes to life. The ref goes for the count and gets to two and a half but Roman gets his shoulder up to keep this one alive. The crowd goes nuts.
The two trade shots from their knees up to their feet. Roman backs up and looks for a Superman punch but Cody side-steps him and starts doing his father, Dusty Rhodes' iconic punch, step, punch, step, twirling hands and big bionic elbow. He goes for the Cross Rhodes but Solo Sikoa in a hoodie appears and cheap shots Cody with a Samoan Spike. Reigns follows up with a Spear. He goes for the cover and gets the pin fall victory.
Solo Sikoa joins "The Wise Man" Paul Heyman in the ring and "The Tribal Chief" Roman Reigns is presented with his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. "Just because we're in Hollywood doesn't mean we're guaranteed a happy ending." The crowd continues to react and the three exit the ring as Corey Graves and Michael Cole talk us through some match highlights.
They stop half way up the entrance ramp and Reigns raises both titles high in the air to continue his legendary 900+ day reign as fireworks erupt all over SoFi Stadium. Cody is shown looking disappointed in the ring. That's how this year's show goes off the air. Thanks for joining us!
Winner and STILL Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns