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Wrestlemania Week, April 3-9 NYC

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TNhogfan:
Wrestlemania week is coming soon.  The main show will be on Sunday, April 7th @MetLife Stadium with NXT Takeover, Hall of Fame ceremony, Raw and Smackdown all taking place in Brooklyn at Barclays Center.   In addition to WWE all the major promotions except for AEW are having cards in the NYC area - ROH/New Japan, MLW, Impact and many more.   Many of the cards will be available on streaming services.   

TNhogfan:
Here is a partial schedule for the week. There are two or three cards on Wednesday. 
Thursday, April 4
12 p.m.: EVOLVE at La Boom in Queens, N.Y.
4 p.m.: GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, N.J.
6 p.m.: WWE AXXESS at Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
7 p.m.: MLW TV Taping at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, N.Y.
7 p.m.: WrestleCon Supershow at the New York City Hilton Midtown
11 p.m.: Impact Wrestling: United We Stand at the Rahway Recreation Center in Rahway, N.J.

TNhogfan:
Here's a partial listing of Friday's events:
Friday, April 5
10 a.m.: NJPW/ROH G1 Supercard Festival of Honor fan convention at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden
11 a.m.: Wrestlecon: USA vs. The World at the New York City Hilton Midtown
11 a.m.: SHIMMER at La Boom in Queens, N.Y.
12 p.m.: CHIKARA at the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, N.J.
1 p.m.: WWE AXXESS at Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
3 p.m.: WWN Supershow: Mercury Rising at La Boom in Queens, N.Y.
3 p.m.: Revolution Pro Wrestling at the New York City Hilton Midtown
6 p.m.: WWE AXXESS at Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
6:15 p.m.: NXT TakeOver at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
7 p.m.: MLW Battle Riot II at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, N.Y.
8 p.m.: GCW presents Joey Janela’s Spring Break Part 1 at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, N.J.

TNhogfan:
Saturday - Tuesday:
Saturday, April 6
8 a.m.: WWE AXXESS at Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1 p.m.: WWE AXXESS at Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
2 p.m.: WWN Live Experience Wrap Up at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y.
6 p.m.: WWE AXXESS at Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
7 p.m.: WWE Hall of Fame at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
7:30 p.m.: NJPW/ROH G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden

Sunday, April 7
8 a.m.: WWE AXXESS at Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
10 a.m.: Bullet Club Block Party at Redd's Restaurant in Carlstadt, N.J.
12 p.m.: Capitol Wrestling in Newark, N.J.
5 p.m.: WWE WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Monday, April 8
12 p.m.: WWE AXXESS at Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
8 p.m.: WWE "Monday Night Raw"

Tuesday, April 9
8 p.m.: WWE "SmackDown Live"

TNhogfan:
NXT Takeover New York, Friday April 5th - 7:00 ET

NXT Championship  2 of 3 Falls
Johnny Gargano v Adam Cole -

Women's NXT Championship
Shayna Baszler (c) v Kairi Sane v Io Shirai v Bianca Belair

North American Championship
Velveteen Dream (c) v Matt Riddle

Tag Team Championship
War Raiders v Ricochet & Aleister Black

NXT UK Championship
Pete Dunne v WALTER

As usual, NXT Takeover is a loaded card.  I always enjoy the Takeovers more than the main roster PPV.  It is on Friday this year and Hall of Fame is on Saturday.  Of course, at MSG on Saturday is the big ROH/NJPW card.  The two of three falls match and the NA title match are the ones I am looking most forward to seeing, but all should be good.  Won't be surprised to see Baszler lose the Women's title if she is being moved up to main roster. 

jbcarol:
Kick off show on now.  No rain yet at Met Life Stadium.

jbcarol:
Buddy Murphy who made weight and Tony Nese are in the Cruiserweight Championship match.  The late Eddie Guerrero’s son-in-law, Aiden English (“Rusev Day”, The Vaudevillains) is on commentary with Vic and Nigel.

jbcarol:
Someone is busted open. Ref has the gloves on.

jbcarol:
Murphy appears to be cut over the left eye.

jbcarol:
The camera shot here is like the old center court camera at Rupp Arena mounted above the top row of the upper deck. Just like you are sitting right there.

They may be avoiding the blood shots due to the outlets showing the pre-show.

jbcarol:
Tony Nese is the new cruiserweight (<= 205 lbs.) champ.

Won with the Running Nese.

jbcarol:
Women’s Battle Royal.  They are working like they are double parked in the Metro NYC area.

jbcarol:
Carmella chicken stuff wins the Women’s Battle Royal.

Whole match set back the Women’s Evolution back to things that crawl.

jbcarol:
Raw Tag Team match.  Dash and Dawson introduced first.

Preshow is now being shown on the USA Network up until 7PM EDT start.

They face former Edge body doubles Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder.

Hawkins has a long losing streak and The Revival have made some trouble about jumping to another promotion.

jbcarol:
Hawkins played possum, got the pin on either Dash or Dawson.

New Raw Tag Champs.

jbcarol:
Strowman won the Andre Giant Battle Royal

jbcarol:
Titus O’Neill’s fiance’ Yolanda Adams sang America the Beautiful

jbcarol:
Alexa Bliss snapped her fingers and Hulk Hogan came out and misidentified the venue (kayfabe)

jbcarol:
Lesnar v. Rollins is the curtain jerker

jbcarol:
Brock looks rested and tan

jbcarol:
Seth Rollins defeats Lesnar in short order after a low blow.

jbcarol:
Rollins is Raw Universal Champ.

jbcarol:
AJ Styles and Randy RKO Ortion up next.

jbcarol:
Styles defeats Orton in a stiff match.

jbcarol:
Lacey Evans out in her watermelon sundress.  Now back in.

jbcarol:
4-way tag match for SD title.  Tommy End starts v. Jey Uso

jbcarol:
Sheamus/Cesaro, Ricochet/Black, Rusev/Nakamura also in match against Usos (C)

jbcarol:
Usos win. Usos retain.

Maybe best match so far.

jbcarol:
Miz v. Shane next.  Falls count anywhere in the Met Life.

Met Life, cause you could die tomorrow.

jbcarol:
Shane whipped Miz in a falls count anywhere match.

Shane beat up George Miznanin in the ring.

jbcarol:
4-way Raw Women’s Tag Match. Bayley and Sasha (c) v. Nia and Tamina v. Nattie (no help for uncle Bret) and Beth Phoenix v. IIconics (Billie Kay + Peyton Hoyce)

jbcarol:
Billie and Peyton win the gold.

jbcarol:
Kofi v. New Daniel Bryan (c) for the WWE Championship

jbcarol:
Kofi wins his first WWE Championship.

Name goes alongside Bruno Samartino, Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, HHH, The Rock, Steve Austin, Jinder Majal and others.

jbcarol:
US Title: Rey v. Samoa Joe with Dominic at ring side

jbcarol:
Joe chokes out Rey in short order.

jbcarol:
Roman Reigns v. Drew McIntyre

jbcarol:
Reigns wins after a spear.  Gets a pop at Wrestlemania.

jbcarol:
Thuganomics Cena interrupted Elias Sampson and hit him with a modified fireman’s carry in an entertainment segment

jbcarol:
HHH who wishes he was in movies like Bautista but is hard at work booking an entertaining NXT brand has a 3-minute intro involving a vehicle entrance.

jbcarol:
There’s no Oldtimer’s Day in Boxing. But there is in Wrestling.

jbcarol:
Big Dave kicked out of the Pedigree

jbcarol:
HHH whooped Batista after a pep talk from Flair.

jbcarol:
Kurt Angle put Baron Corbin over in his advertised last match.

jbcarol:
Swing bout: IC Title, Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush (c) v. Demon Finn Balor

jbcarol:
Demon is new IC Champ

jbcarol:
Becky Lynch pinned Rousey in a controversial finish while Charlotte was on the outside.

Lynch is the Smackdown and Raw Women’s Champ

TomasPistola:
One of the best Mania's in a long time. Was just too damn long though. 4 and a half hours.

HogPharmer:

--- Quote from: TomasPistola on April 07, 2019, 11:30:38 pm ---One of the best Mania's in a long time. Was just too damn long though. 4 and a half hours.

--- End quote ---

I haven't watched wrestling in a LOOOOONG time, probably 15 years... Back when Stone Cold, The Rock, Jericho, etc. were all reigning supreme. I went to a buddy's house and watched Wrestlemania last night. I was extremely disappointed in the crowd... I remember back in the day, the crowd went nuts when the big stars came out and never sat down. It seemed like last night, all the fans were just recording with their phones and hardly cheered... Maybe that's just how it is nowadays but it definitely seems to have lost some of the magic from that era.

Dr. Starcs:
The triple h Batista match was the worst for me.

Rollins/Lesnar, Kofi/Bryan were fun though.

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