Editor’s note: Full recaps of Night 1 of WrestleMania 38 can be found here.
After the return of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, a signature win for Bianca Belair and another memorable WrestleMania victory for Charlotte Flair, WrestleMania 38 continues on Sunday night with plenty of big matches.
Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will take center stage in the main event in a match to determine the undisputed WWE champion. Both the WWE championship and the Universal championship will be on the line in the “Winner Take All” match, and after months of an intense buildup with Paul Heyman in the center of it, the two will finally get their match on Sunday night.
Two tag team titles will be on the line as Raw’s tag team champions RK-Bro aim to retain against the Street Profits and Alpha Academy, while Carmella and Queen Zelina will battle Naomi and Sasha Banks, Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley and Natalya and Shayna Baszler in a Fatal 4-way match for the women’s gold.
There are also a number of unique participants on Sunday night, with Pat McAfee stepping away from the broadcast booth to face Austin Theory, Johnny Knoxville trying to get the best of Sami Zayn in an “Anything Goes” match and Bobby Lashley faces Omos in what could be a first big test for the tallest man in WWE.
Get caught up with how we got here with our Lapsed Fan’s guide, and follow along as we recap every match as it happens.
Match in progress: Women’s tag team championship: Carmella & Queen Zelina (c) vs. Naomi & Sasha Banks vs. Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler
Anything Goes Match — Johnny Knoxville def. Sami Zayn
In a match filled with traps, tricks and weapons, Johnny Knoxville scored the win over Sami Zayn. Full recap to come.
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Bobby Lashley def. Omos
This match had the weakest build of anything on the two-night card and delivered as such, perhaps in an even more confusing manner than anticipated.
Lashley played the underdog in the match, as Omos was put over as the physically superior competitor. Which, again, would make for a compelling story if it wasn’t for the fact that the sentient bicep standing across from him nicknamed “The Almighty” is anything but a physical underdog.
After a plodding few minutes, Lashley recovered from a bear hug to deliver a no-margin-for-error suplex on the 7-foot-3 Omos, and then delivered a spear and eventually the pin.
What’s next: Bobby Lashley leaves the match looking really strong and powerful, which we already knew about Bobby Lashley. Omos gets absolutely no benefit from this loss, which makes the result even more curious. Why not let Lashley get some power spots in to keep his reputation intact but get Omos the win to build his momentum? Unless there’s no momentum to build, that is?
Raw tag-team championships: RK-Bro (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (c) def. The Street Profits and Alpha Academy
The opening match on Night 2 whipped the Dallas crowd into a “This is awesome!” chanting frenzy, as a wild no-DQ, no-countout match reached an incredible crescendo.
With Orton down and the ring cleared, Montez Ford prepared for a top-rope finisher. Riddle returned from the outside, jumped up the turnbuckle and delivered a top-rope RKO on Ford, who bounced out of the ring after impact. With Riddle down after the maneuver, Chad Gable of Alpha Academy climbed the ropes to finish Riddle off only to get caught midflight by Orton for an RKO. Orton pinned Gable to end the match and keep the titles with RK-Bro.
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This was just a really fun, wild, spot-fest between three teams with unique chemistry. Riddle and Orton pulled off a synchronized ropes-assisted DDT. The Profits pulled off a sky-high Blockbuster on Gable. But my favorite “wrestling logic” spot in the match was when Dawkins had Riddle pinned and Otis broke up the pin by body splashing onto Dawkins’ back. Angelo, my dude: You just had 330 pounds added to your pin! Just stay there!
After the match, The Profits returned to the ring for a red solo cup celebration with RK-Bro, inviting 21-year-old WWE rookie Gable Steveson to the ring to join them. However …
What’s next: … Chad Gable returned to the ring and slapped the cup out of Steveson’s hand. Chad told him to “Shoosh!” Steveson suplexed him. And now we have a first feud, between two former Olympians. As for RK-Bro, they could use a fresh feud after this three-way dance.
Triple H Opens The Show
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Former WWE star Triple H opened the show with the traditional “Welcome … to WrestleMania!” growling holler, but his surprise appearance to open Night 2 was more poignant than that. After soaking in the cheers from an appreciative crowd — chanting “Thank you, Hunter” — the man known as “The Game” placed his boots in the middle of the ring, signifying the end of his in-ring career.
Triple H first made the announcement to Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take. The 52-year-old, 14-time world champion previously made an appearance on WrestleMania weekend at NXT Stand & Deliver on Saturday, joining Tommaso Ciampa on stage after his loss to Tony D’Angelo, which is expected to be Ciampa’s final NXT match.
Still to come:
Austin Theory vs. Pat McAfee
New Day (King Woods and Kofi Kingston) vs. Sheamus and Ridge Holland
Edge vs. AJ Styles