One night removed from the Clash of Champions pay-per-view, WWE returned to the ThunderDome inside Orlando’s Amway Center for Raw. While the show was light on story developments, there were some meaningful matches through the night, including three bouts with championships on the line.
Drew McIntyre opened the show by issuing an open challenge to anyone who had yet to face him for the championship. This would lead to a surprise return of a former NXT champion and an unsurprising victory to retain the title for McIntyre. Also on the line over the course of the show were the Raw women’s and 24/7 titles, neither of which changed hands in the ring, though the 24/7 belt did change hands three times through the show.
Drew McIntyre issues an open challenge
The show opened with Ric Flair, The Big Show, Christian and Shawn Michaels all making their entrances before welcoming WWE champion Drew McIntyre to the ring. McIntyre spoke about his history with all four men before Randy Orton interrupted the proceedings, saying that he won’t be finished with McIntyre until he is WWE champion. Before apparently leaving the building, Orton said he won’t have to beg for another title match, he will simply be given one because he is Randy Orton, while also saying he would remind everyone that there is a price to be paid for crossing him. McIntyre then said, being surrounded by legends, he realized the kind of champion he wanted to be and issued an open challenge for later in the show to anyone he had not yet defended against.
WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) def. Robert Roode via pinfall after a Claymore to retain the title. Dolph Ziggler approached Adam Pearce earlier in the night to pitch an idea for a challenger. Before the match, Ziggler introduced the returning Robert Roode as that man. Roode gave a fine enough challenge, but got some help from Ziggler, who pulled him out of the ring before McIntyre pulled Ziggler into the ring, ready to attack before Roode hit the champ with a chop block. McIntyre continued to sell the injured leg, providing openings for some Roode near falls — including hitting a Glorious DDT — before McIntyre eventually hit the Claymore for the finish. After the match, just before the show went off the air, Randy Orton was disguised as a janitor backstage, removing a steel chair from his cart and donning night vision goggles before sneaking into the “Legends Lounge” where Show, Flair, Christian and Michaels were playing poker. He shut off the lights and several chair shots could be heard.
The opening segment with the legends was awkward and a little too jokey, and the image of Orton in night vision goggles at the end of the night is meme fodder. Add to that a fairly “blah” surprise opponent in Roode, and this wasn’t the strongest night for segments involving the WWE champion. The match was perfectly fine, but this just felt like a stay-busy night as the feud between the champ and Orton drags along.
Mysterio family drama escalates
The Mysterio Family were interviewed in-ring by Jerry Lawler, addressing last week’s family drama. Aalyah Mysterio clarified that she was upset at her father for calling her naive last week, but that Seth Rollins is a bad person and anyone who hangs around him is making bad choices. Rollins then appeared on the Titantron and showed direct messages between Aalyah and Murphy — whose phone Rollins had taken earlier in the night. The messages were generally harmless, including Murphy offering to listen if Aalyah needed anyone to talk to and her sending him a “happy birthday” text. But it was enough to send Dominik Mysterio into a rage before he stormed backstage and brawled with Murphy to set up the match later in the night.
Murphy def. Dominik Mysterio via pinfall with a schoolboy pin. Mysterio was furious as he walked to the ring and immediately took the fight to Murphy. The two continued to brawl inside and outside the ring before Mysterio looked under the ring and found a kendo stick. As he tried to get in the ring, Aalyah came to ringside and begged Dominik to stop. With Dominik distracted, Murphy rolled him up for a pin. Dominik delivered a few shots with the kendo stick before Aalyah again stepped in. Dominik called her naive, saying their father was right before she slapped him and stormed off.
Raw Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) def. Zelina Vega via submission with the Asuka Lock to retain the title.As was the case when the two met at Clash of Champions, Vega gave a spirited effort, returning her focus to Asuka’s arm as she had the night prior. But Vega came up short when Asuka countered a moonsault into the Asuka Lock to get the finish and retain her title.
Keith Lee def. Andrade via pinfall after a Spirit Bomb. After Vega’s match, Andrade entered the ring and ran down his former manager for dragging him down in the past. After Vega left, Andrade asked someone to come out and face him, drawing out Lee. Lee made relatively easy work of Andrade before hitting a Spirit Bomb for the win.
The 24/7 championship traded hands three times in under a minute. A ninja approached R-Truth backstage. He handed Truth a note from Akira Tozawa, stating that he had been eaten by a shark — as implied last week. The ninja then gave Truth a black belt, Truth celebrated and Tozawa crawled out from under a table to pin Truth to win the title. The first ninja then pinned Tozawa to win the title, revealing himself to be Drew Gulak. Truth then pinned Gulak to win the title back.
Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke def. Lana & Natalya via pinfall when Rose hit Lana with a jumping knee. Lana and Natalya claimed they should be awarded the women’s tag titles after Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax were unable to defend at Clash of Champions. Adam Pearce said that no such thing would happen, but the duo could earn their way toward a title shot by facing the newest tag team on Raw: Rose and Brooke.
Kevin Owens def. Aleister Black via disqualification. Before the match, Black cut a backstage promo blaming Owens for not being there for him when his eye was injured by Murphy and Rollins. The match itself was an all-out brawl between the two before Black accidentally hit the official, drawing the disqualification. Owens hit an irate Black with a stunner after the decision was announced.
24/7 Championship — R-Truth (c) def. Drew Gulak & Akira Tozawa via pinfall after hitting an AA on Gulak onto Tozawa. After the rapid-fire title changes earlier in the night, a triple threat was held, with Truth retaining the belts in match that was more entertaining than most “real” matches for the 24/7 belt.
Apollo Crews, Ricochet & Mustafa Ali def. The Hurt Business via pinfall after Ali hit MVP with a 450 splash. Early in the match, the lights flickered and the Retribution’s logo showed on the ThunderDome screens, but nothing came of it and the match went along until Ali scored the big victory.
Kelechi Iheanacho Sends Leicester To First FA Cup Final Since 1969
Leicester City book their place in the FA Cup final against Chelsea as Kelechi Iheanacho’s second-half strike seals Wembley win over Southampton
Leicester City have reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 after Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike saw off Southampton at Wembley.
The striker converted from close range in the 55th minute after good work from Jamie Vardy set him up during a counter attack.
It is the fifth time the Foxes have reached the FA Cup final and they will now face Chelsea next month after the Blues defeated Manchester City in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Iheanacho’s strike was the 14th he has scored in this competition since 2015 and no player – not Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane – has scored more FA Cup goals during that time. The cup has become his playground.
David de Gea ‘could leave Manchester United on loan’
The 30-year-old was between the sticks for his team’s Europa League clash with Granada on Thursday night but appears to have dropped behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Henderson is expected to start Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, with De Gea set to drop back down to the bench.
The Spain international has recently been linked with a move away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, but he still has more than two years left to run on a lucrative contract at Old Trafford.
According to ESPN, Man United are unlikely to find a buyer for De Gea in the upcoming market and could therefore decide to loan him out for the 2021-22 season.
The former Atletico Madrid youngster has made 435 appearances for the 20-time English champions in all competitions, including 30 outings during the current campaign
NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021
NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021
Here are the results for the NXT takeover pay per view
Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm (Pre-show): Stark continued to impress as she has in a series of matches with stop stars, hitting some nice early moves, including a good-looking springboard missile dropkick. Storm took over the match after the strong start, using some power offense with snap suplexes and a body slam, but before she could capitalize, Stark hit a superplex from the second rope to start a comeback. A half-nelson suplex set up a running knee for the first convincing near fall of the match. Stark continued to keep up the pressure until Storm hit a series of German suplexes before going for Storm Zero, which was countered awkwardly by Stark into a small package for the victory. (NXT takeover)
Pete Dunne vs. Kushida: An exchange of submission attempts opened the match as both men were attempting to establish their technical superiority early. Kushida had a small edge in the grappling until the action spilled outside where Dunne hit an X-plex onto the ring apron. Dunne brutally went after the arm of Kushida for a brief run, but Kushida fired up and ran the length of the entrance ramp for a kick. After an exchange of strikes, Dunne went back to work on the arm — and the fingers — of Kushida.
The action continued to flow back and forth, with Dunne’s aggression being met by Kushida blow-for-blow. Kushida hit a superplex while holding his Hoverboard Lock, switching to an armbar, but Dunne managed to get a foot on the ropes for a break. Kushida continued going for Dunne’s arms, locking in another Hoverboard Lock and then switching arms with the hold when Dunne reached the ropes. Dunne went back to the fingers, softening up Kushida for a kick to the head and Bitter End to bring the match to a close.
Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight (Gauntlet Eliminator for North American championship opportunity): Scott jumped Ruff before the match, getting off to an early advantage when they were the first two men in. Ruff eventually hit a cutter on Scott, springboarding off the announce table to hit the move. That wasn’t enough to keep Scott down, as he continued to blitz Ruff with big moves until Ruff countered a top rope powerbomb into a rana before Reed entered the match. Reed ran wild until hitting a double-German suplex on Scott and Ruff. Grimes came into the match and paid off Scott to help him go at the other competitors. During Lumis’ entrance, Scott was able to quickly pin Ruff to take him out of the match. Lumis delivered suplex after suplex until running into Reed with the two big men exchanging strikes and neither getting the upper hand. Knight made his entrance as the final man into the match and soon pinned Lumis as Lumis had Grimes locked in Silence. Reed eliminated Knight moments later after a senton, leaving Scott, Reed and Grimes as the final three in the match. (NXT takeover)
Grimes and Scott teamed up against Reed, but Reed shrugged off strikes from both men until the temporary alliance fell apart and Scott rolled up Grimes with a handful of tights — reversing Grimes’ own attempt to grab Scott’s tights in a pin — for the elimination. Reed went to the top rope, but Scott caught him with a kick and then slammed Reed from the top rope onto the ring apron. Scott followed up with a 450 splash for a near fall. Reed fired up through a trio of House Call kicks from Scott before hitting Tsunami for the victory.
NXT UK Championship — WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa: Ciampa looked to try to neutralize WALTER’s strength with speed early but eventually snapped and blitzed WALTER with a flurry of strikes. That only served to anger the champion, leading him to deliver a series of titanic chops. WALTER tried to deliver another chop as Ciampa was leaned on the announce table, but Ciampa moved out of the way, causing WALTER to chop through a portion of the table. Ciampa tried to take advantage of the now-injured hand of WALTER but ran into a big boot. When WALTER had trouble locking in submissions due to not being able to use any strength in his grip, he resorted to delivering more big kicks to the face of Ciampa. Ciampa delivered clothesline after clothesline, trying to take WALTER off his feet, sending the champion stumbling before falling into the ropes where Ciampa’s clotheslines continued until WALTER delivered a chop. Ciampa came right back with yet another clothesline, finally driving WALTER to the mat. After another flurry of offense, Ciampa hit the Fairy Tale Ending for a near fall.
WALTER came back with an attempt at a choke before a German suplex and lariat for a two count of his own. Ciampa continued his incredible performance, blasting WALTER with strikes and forcing the big man to turtle up. Another strike exchange followed shortly after before WALTER focused in on the neck of Ciampa with a series of stomps and powerbombs, again resulting in a near fall. Walter hit another suplex and a big chop, this time putting Ciampa down for the three count, retaining his title. (NXT takeover)
Tag Team Championship — MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado Del Fantasma: This match was for the vacant title. Pure fire from the jump with everyone in the match flying around the ring at full speed. Every team in the match got early spots to shit, with Grizzled Young Veterans taking the early action before MSK took over and Legado del Fantasma finally took control with simultaneous dives and then a pair of Van Terminators (without the chair) on Nash Carter for a near fall. Legado continued their run of control by continuing to take the fight to Carter until he finally made a tag to Wes Lee, who took out all four men on the other teams before a huge dive and a series of backflips into a Pele kick to the back of James Drake’s head. (NXT takeover)
Zack Gibson finally involved himself to take out Lee, holding his hand inside the turnbuckle pad so Drake could deliver a dropkick to the already inured hand. Gibson locked up Lee’s hand and Lee was ready to tap until Carter was able to crawl through a Drake choke to grab his partner’s hand. Things broke down to GYV vs. MSK, with Lee hitting a double cutter and then a twisting blockbuster while Carter had Gibson lifted up to score the win and take home the titles.
Women’s Championship — Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel Gonzalez: Gonzalez used her power early, forcing Shirai to have to resort to slick defensive maneuvers and quickness, hitting a rana and then taking the fight to Gonzalez in the corner. Gonzalez caught a Shirai stomp and tried to reverse the momentum but found herself on the outside, getting knocked to the floor after a Shirai asai moonsault. Gonzalez was finally able to slow down the champ by driving her into the ring post before going back to the ring where she began to toss Shirai around the ring.
Every time it seemed Gonzalez had Shirai on the defensive, the champion would find a way to counter and launch into her own high impact offense, including a Code Red for a near fall. Gonzalez caught Shirai on the top rope and tried to walk her to the center of the ring for a chokeslam, but Shirai managed to counter and roll into a crossface, forcing Gonzalez to crawl to the ropes for the escape. Shirai followed up with a moonsault from the top rope onto the entrance ramp. Shirai wandered out of the ring area before appearing on top of the giant skull that made up the set background on the ramp, hitting a diving crossbody onto Gonzalez. (NXT takeover)
Gonzalez refused to stay down, coming back to hit a chokeslam outside the ring and throwing the champion in for a near fall. Moments later, Gonzalez managed to hit a big lariat and then another chokeslam to score the pinfall and win the belt.