WWE Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development Paul “Triple H” Levesque made a surprise appearance to open Night Two of WrestleMania 38 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
After the “America The Beautiful” performance by Jessie James Decker, the familiar music of The Game hit and out came Triple H to a huge ovation. The entrance went a few minutes as Triple H took it all in, and even did his signature entrance pose on the apron. Fans chanted his name and then “thank you Hunter!” as he thanked them with a show of respect.
Triple H then took the mic and said he just wanted to come out and thank everyone, and show them his love in the best way he knows how. He then welcomed everyone to WrestleMania as the pyro and the fireworks went off with the music starting up. The camera came back to the ring as we saw Triple H’s boots sitting in the middle, as a sign of his recent in-ring retirement. Triple H then exited the ring and greeted some of his family members at ringside before heading up the ramp to the back.
TRIPLE THREAT FOR THE RAW TAG TEAM TITLES
Randy Orton and Riddle (c) defeated Alpha Academy and Street Profits
After the match, Orton and Riddle celebrate as the music hits and fans cheer them on. We go to replays. The Profits come into the ring and meet the champs in the middle, with red Solo cups. They give RK-Bro two drinks for a toast but they stop and invite Gable Steveson into the ring. Gable enters and he also takes a red Solo cup. The Profits, RK-Bro and Gable have a WrestleMania toast but Chad comes in and smacks Steveson’s drink out of his hand. Steveson takes his shirt off as the others empty the ring. Chad tells Steveson to “Shoooosh!” when in his presence, but Steveson launches him with a big belly-to-belly throw. Steveson is fired up now as The Profits and RK-Bro cheer him on from ringside.
Bobby Lashley defeated Omos
ANYTHING GOES MATCH
Johnny Knoxville defeated Sami Zayn
Knoxville had help from some of his fellow Jackass cast members.
FATAL 4 WAY FOR THE WWE WOMEN’S TAG TEAM TITLES
Naomi & Sasha Banks defeated Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega (c) and Shayna Baszler & Natalya and Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley (**TITLE CHANGE**)
Edge defeated AJ Styles
AJ goes back to the apron for the Phenomenal Forearm but Damian Priest appears at ringside. AJ is briefly distracted but he still springboards in for the Styles Clash, but Edge knocks him out of the air with a big Spear. Edge covers for the pin to win.
After the match, the music hits as Edge recovers, looking over at Priest but confused. Priest enters the ring as we go to replays. Priest enters the ring and drops to one knee. Edge faces him, also on one knee. They both let out a sinister laugh, then stand tall together and raise their arms in the middle of the ring. We go to another replay and come back to Edge and Priest leaving together.
Ridge Holland & Sheamus defeated Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods
Pat McAfee defeated Austin Theory
Mr. McMahon defeated Pat McAfee
After the match, Vince stands tall as “No Chance” starts back up. Theory kicks McAfee out of the ring. Vince stands tall as the music stops and Cole checks on McAfee. Theory hits the corners to pose as Vince looks on, motioning for him to keep posing in the other corners. Theory opens his arms for a hug from Vince now. Vince opens his arms and they embrace in the middle of the ring. Vince raises Theory’s arm in victory as Theory’s music starts back up. Vince looked a little surprised by Theory’s music. They continue celebrating until the glass breaks and AT&T Stadium explodes. WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin marches to the ring as Austin and Theory look on, terrified. Austin enters and has a few words with Vince. It looks like Vince is trying to sell Theory to Austin. Theory attacks but Austin unloads on him with punches, then a Stone Cold Stunner, sending Theory out to the floor. Vince and Austin are in the middle of the ring now as fans go wild. Vince looks to start pleading with his former rival. Austin talks Vince into having a beer with him. Austin catches two beers and hands one to Vince. Vince is cautious as he takes a small sip but he seems to enjoy the beer. They then have a toast and start chugging as fans cheer them on. Austin kicks Vince for the Stone Cold Stunner but Vince stumbles a few steps back against the ropes. Austin grabs him and finishes the Stunner(Vince botched the Stunner big time). Austin’s music starts back up as he continues a beer bash in the corner. McAfee cheers Austin on from ringside. Vince is still flat on his back as Austin comes over and stomps a few times, kicking him out of the ring. Austin invites McAfee into the ring and the crowd pops again. Austin gives two beers to McAfee and they begin another beer bash as the glass breaks again. The beers keep coming as McAfee and Stone Cold continue. Austin suddenly drops McAfee with a Stone Cold Stunner out of nowhere. Austin tosses the football and catches a few more beers as the celebration continues. We see McAfee flat on his back, but still chugging beer. Austin exits the ring, comes back in for one more wave to the crowd, and then marches up the ramp. Austin turns and waves to the crowd one last time to end the segment.
WINNER TAKES ALL TITLE UNIFICATION MATCH
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns defeated WWE Champion Brock Lesnar (**TITLE CHANGE**)
Credit to Wrestling Inc. for the transcript.