Fanboy Wrestletronic: WWE WrestleMania 38 Weekend



It’s finally that time: WrestleMania weekend! In theory, the entire last year of storytelling, or at least the last 2-3 months since the Royal Rumble’s worth of storytelling, should all be leading to this. But is it?


A bit. Some programs have been going on for a looong time. Brock and Roman have been fighting-forever since at least WrestleMania 31, Belair and Lynch’s program goes back to SummerSlam 2021, and Rousey and Flair goes back to WrestleMania 35 (if not the Survivor Series before that). But then we also have Bobby Lashley and Omos, literally set up this week. Can’t win them all, I guess.


There is a literal shit-ton of wrestling this weekend so let’s get to it: there’s so much that I’ve figured out how to link to different parts of the preview. Since I have an idea of what’s going on in their promotions, we’ll take a look at Impact’s Multiverse of Matches and ROH’s return in Supercard of Honor XV. Then we’ll dive into WWE first with the Smackdown WrestleMania pre-show and NXT 2.0’s first outside-of-the-PC Stand & Deliver, and finally WrestleMania Saturday and Sunday.


But first and most importantly, I have finally followed through with my threat of fantasy-booking the end of Quixo-WWE with The Fiend vs The Undertaker at Quixo-WrestleMania 38. Please enjoy, and then if you stick around maybe check out the rest of the shows. If you want. Just read Fiend/Undertaker please and thank you. Enjoy? Thanks! Sorry.


Quixo-WrestleMania 38 : The Fiend vs The Undertaker

Impact Multiverse of Matches 2022

ROH Supercard of Honor XV

WWE "WrestleMania" Smackdown

NXT 2.0 Stand & Deliver 2022

WWE WrestleMania 38 Saturday

WWE WrestleMania 38 Sunday

 

Quixo-WrestleMania 38 (Saturday, April 2, on Earth-Q)


The Fiend vs The Undertaker

The Background: In previous Quixo-WWE entries, The Fiend had assembled his Firefly Funhouse stable by successfully turning Braun Strowman into his golem-like servant and Alexa Bliss (originally trying to save her friend Braun) into his Harley Quinn-style sidekick. After previously defeating/collecting John Cena at WrestleMania 36 and both Randy Orton and Edge off-screen, The Fiend faced AJ Styles at Quixo-WrestleMania 37 when he offered to help AJ Styles through his PTSD from when he was buried alive by the Undertaker at the previous year's WrestleMania 36. Styles let The Fiend in and went through a similar history-laced journey much like John Cena. The Fiend disguised himself as the Undertaker to bury AJ Styles for the second year in a row, this time next to Cena, Edge, and Orton. Unfortunately Styles' statistician Joseph Park accidentally followed him in and The Fiend collected him as well, transforming him back into the TNA original Abyss. On night two, Nikki Cross and Jeff Hardy brought Bliss and Strowman to the Hardy Compound for an Exorcism match and were able to exorcise the Fiend's control over both with the Lake of Resurrection. Unfortunately, the Fiend was able to snatch both Hardy and Cross up as replacements, damning them to become Willow and the NXT maniac Nikki Cross, trading old Fireflies out for new ones. In a WrestleMania 37 post-credits scene, The Undertaker dug up Styles and everyone else, not being pleased with The Fiend stealing his face.

A few months later at the Forbidden-Door extravaganza Quixo-Great American Bash 2021, The Fiend and his Fireflies (Abyss, Willow, Cross, Wyatt's brother Bo Wyatt, and a temporarily possessed/broken AEW's Matt Hardy) took on AEW's the Dark Order (Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Colt Cabana, Alex Reynolds, John Silver, and Anna Jay). The Fireflies easily bested the false-cult and earned a point for WWE in the inter-brand battle, but the Undertaker and his crew showed up in another post-credit scene to help out the Dark Order once the Fireflies were gone.

At Quixo-SummerSlam 2021, the Fiend, Abyss & Willow faced off against the New Day, and Big E, Kofi, and Woods were able to use the Power of Positivity (along with rainbows, pancakes, and Megazords) to give the Fiend his/its first loss. The Fiend screamed. Afterwards, the Undertaker again appeared to congratulate the New Day in injuring the Fiend, and Alexa Bliss revealed there is no Bray anymore. He hasn't switched between Wyatt and the Fiend in so long that Wyatt is dead - only The Fiend remains. Undertaker will finish the Fiend while Bliss is going to save her friend Nikki.

Alexa Bliss follows up on this threat in an extra-curricular entry for Quixo-WrestleMania 38 from our NWA Hard Times 2 preview, set on night two after The Fiend vs The Undertaker on night one. With The Fiend's power destroyed (spoilers?), its hold on Nikki Cross is limited, and Alexa Bliss is able to not only defeat Cross for the Raw Women's title, but wears her down in a sharpshooter. At first Cross shows no effect, but as The Fiend releases her, Cross shows life to the point of taping out. The next night on the Raw after 'Mania, the two women, bloodied and taped up, each see their friend again for the first time in over a year, and embrace.

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Since their loss to the New Day at SummerSlam, the Fiend has taken a sabbatical, allowing his Fireflies to play without his lead. Nikki Cross eventually took the Raw Women’s title while Willow & Abyss attempted for the Raw Tag Team titles, but it was not meant to be. Instead, they would cause random chaos whenever they showed up with the threat of the Fiend joining in person always in the air. The Fiend finally reappears at Survivor Series to congratulate Cross after her Raw Women's title win. The next night on Raw, Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman formally return looking for Cross and the Fiend only to be laid out by Abyss & Willow. Braun demands a match with the Fiend but the Fiend says first Braun’s friends must beat his Fireflies. We get a Rated-RKO return to face Abyss & Willow at Quixo-WWE TLC 2021 in a Terror Laughs & Chills match. Edge & Orton win and post-match Braun and Bliss show up to surround the Fireflies. Willow gets away but Braun captures Abyss and Bliss pulls out a stake shaped like the Undertaker’s symbol. She lifts it above Abyss’s body, the video feed cuts, and Undertaker’s gong hits - when everything is restored everyone is gone from the ring, but Abyss is exorcised and Joseph Parks is seen backstage later unsure of what month it is.

With Abyss gone, Strowman is able to get a match with Willow at the Royal Rumble 2022 that ends with Strowman defeating Willow, Bliss showing up again with her stake, lights out and gong, Hardy is exorcised/saved as well. In the Rumble match itself (won by champion Roman Reigns to prove he can do what Brock Lesnar couldn't), the middle of the Rumble sees Edge, Randy Orton, and John Cena all enter the Rumble in a row - they keep themselves from being eliminated but appear to be waiting for something, or someone. The Fiend appears next, materializing in the ring after the lights go out. Edge, Orton, and Cena all go for the Fiend but the lights keep flickering and each time the lights go out and come back, another wrestler is on the outside presumably eliminated by The Fiend's power. Lights out, Drew Gulak is eliminated. Lights out, Shinsuke Nakamura is eliminated. Lights out, Orton is out, Edge is hanging from the ropes but still in. Cena is able to get the Fiend up for an Attitude Adjustment but the lights go out again as the timer hits - and it's the Undertaker’s music. Undertaker materializes in the ring in front of Cena and the Fiend. Lights out, all three are on the outside and Cena hits the AA. Lights out and Undertaker and Fiend are both gone, leaving Cena alone and eliminated from the match. Edge sticks around to be eliminated by Damian Priest to set up a WrestleMania match between them, and Roman and his antics get back on schedule for him to win the Royal Rumble after a showdown between himself, Seth Rollins, and a Forbidden-Door appearance by Jon Moxley.

Post-Rumble, Alexa Bliss is officially on course to face and successfully exorcise Nikki Cross after winning the women’s Rumble. Edge, Orton, and Cena all move on to other things leaving only Strowman looking for a chance at the Fiend before the Undertaker presumably faces him. Strowman calls out both men, saying that it’s his right to finish and save his friend, no matter what the Undertaker thinks. Strowman challenges the Fiend to a match at WrestleMania, but The Fiend appears on the Titantron to inform him that while he was his favorite Firefly, he has no use for his Fireflies anymore. The only one that truly flew without him was Nikki Cross - she is the brightest of his Fireflies and can take care of herself. But Braun, he was his favorite, and it hurt him so when he left his glow. Plus, he took his own replacement away (Willow) from him so he wants Braun sooner than WrestleMania. The Fiend makes a rare match appearance to face off against Braun at Elimination Chamber and it does not go well. The Fiend is fully powered up, the lights are red, and it’s a repeat of the Wyatt/Rollins Hell in a Cell match except the Fiend forces the Elimination Chamber to lower down over them, and the Fiend wins. Before the Fiend can reposes Braun, the lights go dark, then purple and what appears to be four Undertakers appear in the four pods - Masked Undertaker, Ministry Undertaker, Phenom Undertaker, and current Undertaker. The Fiend hisses, the lights go out, and everyone but Strowman are gone when the lights return. Strowman couldn’t stop the Fiend, but he at least survived the experience.

Before WrestleMania, The Fiend announces that indeed he will invite the Undertaker in at WrestleMania 38. But afterwards, there will be only one. The Field, with all his hate, will burn brighter than the Dead Man ever could. They will dance. They will fight. They will love. They will hate. They will become one.

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Fanboy Fantasy: At WrestleMania, it finally happens. The Undertaker, in his Dead Man Biker form we last saw at WrestleMania 36, rides his bike into the Firefly Funhouse set. Before entering the door, he calmly pulls out a handkerchief, sticks it into the bike’s fuel tank, and lights it up. Right after the Undertaker steps through the door, the bike explodes, destroying the show set, all the puppets, and most importantly the door in and out.

Undertaker materializes in the Wyatt Swamp/Boneyard from previous cinematic matches. The camera pans past Undertaker’s shoulder to see multiple disturbed gravestones with their names crossed out including Finn Balor, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge, AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, Alexa Bliss, Abyss, and Jeff Hardy. Two graves, Nikki Cross and Bray Wyatt, are still undisturbed, and one final grave lies dug out and empty, waiting for the one man The Fiend still wants to collect: The Undertaker. As the camera pans back to Undertaker approaching the grave, The Fiend clotheslines The Undertaker, nearly knocking him in. Undertaker recovers and kicks Fiend into the gravestones, clearly knocking over the Bray Wyatt gravestone. The two try to drag one another to the ground, but Wyatt grabs a shovel and hits Undertaker in the face, knocking him into the empty grave. Video time lapses to show Fiend literally bury Undertaker, and just as The Fiend looks like he’s done it, Undertakers arms burst out of the dirt and grab the Fiend, dragging it into the grave.

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We get quick cuts of The Fiend's face spliced in with shots of the Undertaker hitting the Tombstone Piledriver on Wyatt at WrestleMania 31. Right before he hits it, it quickly rewinds to Wyatt having Undertaker in the Sister Abigail right before he reversed it - or did he?

The Undertaker wakes up in Wyatt's House of Horrors, decorated (?) with memorabilia from past WrestleMania events. The Fiend's laughing can be heard echoing in the halls as he appears in quick blips in multiple corners of the room. Undertaker braces himself when what appears to be Triple H wearing a Fiend mask appears and attacks him. The Undertaker is able to slam him into a wall and the form disappears. A Shawn Michaels in a Fiend mask appears but Undertaker is able to catch him in a quick chokeslam, causing it to disappear as well. The Fiend forms continue, running down the line of opponents Undertaker has beaten at WrestleMania: Edge, Batista, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sid, even Diesel - all mindless Fiend forms, all destroyed as soon as Undertaker can hook them. With no other past opponents alive or under WWE contract, the walls begin to shake and crumble around Undertaker. The Fiend's voice can be heard laughing again when a Fiend-Lesnar and Fiend-Reigns appear, the only two to have defeated the Undertaker. Surrounded, the two beings crash into the Undertaker. A Superman-Punch and an F5 later, the House of Horrors falls around him, the laughing continuing.

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The video splices in quick shots from WrestleMania 30 and WrestleMania 33 along with more shots of Bray Wyatt and Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. The video slows down to just the video of Undertaker and Brock Lesnar laughing at each other, changed to Undertaker and The Fiend laughing at each other.

The Undertaker wakes up in a cold, familiar place: a boiler room. He is greeted by the form of classic Kane in a Fiend mask and classic Mankind in a Fiend mask. The Undertaker, still dirty from the House of Horrors, calmly waves the two forward. He's able to fight the two off but they are soon replaced by Corporate Kane in a Fiend mask and Cactus Jack in a Fiend mask. As soon as they're fought off and destroyed, more come: Kane in a cape, Dude Love, demasked but wearing a towel Kane, Santa Mick Foley, See No Evil Kane. He's getting worn down, but the Undertaker fights them all off. They finally stop, and Undertaker dusts himself off and finally yells for the Fiend to show himself like man or whatever the hell it is. Whatever form he wants, just show himself. It's time to end this.

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The video splices in quick shots from classic Undertaker moments like his WWE World title win at WrestleMania 13, his debut as the American Badass, his showdown with the fake Undertaker at SummerSlam 1994, and his debut at Survivor Series 1990, all while

reshowing each scene with Fiend masks everywhere.

The video all of the sudden goes static like an old VHS tape and when it comes back, the intro for WWF Survivor Series 1990 pops up, and the Undertaker with Ted DiBiase is shown entering the ring. When the match begins, instead of The Dream Team vs The Million Dollar Team, it's Team Fiend (Husky Harris, Wyatt Family leader Bray Wyatt, children's host Bray Wyatt, and the Fiend himself) vs Team Undertaker (the facemask Undertaker, the Ministry of Darkness Undertaker, the Phenom Undertaker, and current Undertaker). Husky Harris and facemask Undertaker start off, and with quick tags to Ministry of Darkness Undertaker, Harris is disposed of. Once destroyed, the other three Wyatt/Fiends all scream. Sensing they are in danger, the Wyatts are able to corner both facemask Undertaker and Ministry of Darkness Undertaker and eliminate them in quick succession, with current Undertaker noticeably weakened by their eliminations. The Phenom Undertaker is able to eliminate children's host Bray Wyatt, but falls to The Fiend, leaving Undertaker with both the Fiend and the Wyatt Family leader. Wyatt and Fiend double team the Undertaker, but Undertaker keeps kicking. Bray Wyatt finally hits the Sister Abigail he was promised at WrestleMania 31, but after backing away in his spider-walk to assess the damage, Undertaker gets up, dead man style. Wyatt goes for it again, but like at WrestleMania 31, Undertaker is able to reverse it into a Tombstone to eliminate Wyatt, leaving only the Fiend. The two lock-up and with every blow, the set starts crumbling more and more. The Fiend whips Undertaker into the turnbuckle, it explodes. Undertaker hits a chokeslam, the ring collapses. The Fiend hooks Undertaker into a Sister Abigail but struggles to complete the move. Undertaker holds his ground as the set starts on fire. Light fixtures and other set components explode and crash down as Undertaker slowly reverses Fiend and gets him up into the Tombstone Piledriver. The Fiend screams worse than before as the Tombstone is hit, and Undertaker gets its arms over its chest for the pin. The set melts below them and the video is overcome by static.

The lights go out at the actual WrestleMania 38 set and the Undertaker gong goes off. One gong. Two gongs. Three gongs. Lights come up on the ring, and the Undertaker is in the ring alone holding the Fiend's mask in one hand, and an urn in the other. Another gong, and he puts the mask into the urn. Another gong, the Undertaker lights a match and places it into the urn. The Fiend's scream is heard one last time, and dies. With the urn placed on the ground still aflame, the Undertaker nods to the audience, waits for one more gong. The lights go out again, and when they come back up, Undertaker is gone.

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Let's check in with the results from the last round of the all-new all-different Quixotronic Wrestling Shame Challenge!


Previously on Fanboy Wrestletronic…

Standings going into NWA Crockett Cup 2022 :

1st Place: Kyle 64.4% (121-67)

2nd Place: Tim 60.9% (67-43)

3rd Place: Ryan 51.3% (39-37)

4th Place: Andy 45.9% (34-40)


NWA Crockett Cup 2022 results :

Crockett Cup 2022 Play-In for #16 seed :

The Bad News Boyz (Brandon & Brent Tate) def. The Heatseekers (Elliott Russell & Sigmon), The Rip City Shooters (Joshua Bishop & Wes Barkley), and Violence is Forever (Domonic Garrini) by pinfall to enter the Crockett Cup as seed #16.

Kyle: n/a

Crockett Cup 2022 First Round :

The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark Briscoe) def. The NOW (Hale Collins & Vik Dalishus) by pinfall.

Hawx Aerie (Luke & PJ Hawx) def. The End (Odinson & Parrow) by pinfall.

The Cardonas (Mike Knox & VSK) def. Matthew Mims & The Pope by pinfall.

The Dirty Sexy Boys (Dirty Dango & JTG) def. Aron Stevens & The Blue Meanie by pinfall.

Gold Rushhh (Jordan Clearwater & Marshe Rockett) def. Strictly Business (Chris Adonis & Thom Latimer) by pinfall.

The Commonwealth Connection (Doug Williams & Harry Smith) def. The Ill Begotten (Alex Taylor & Rush Freeman) by pinfall.

The NWA Worlds Tag Team Champions La Rebelión (Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf 450) def. The Bad New Boyz (Brandon & Brent Tate) by pinfall.

Kyle: n/a

Crockett Cup 2022 Quarter-Finals :

The Cardonas (Mike Knox & VSK) def. The Fixers (Jay Bradley & Wrecking Ball Legursky) by pinfall.

The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark Briscoe) def. The Dirty Sexy Boys (Dirty Dango & JTG) by pinfall.

The NWA Worlds Tag Team Champions La Rebelión (Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf 450) def. PJ Hawx by pinfall.

The Commonwealth Connection (Doug Williams & Harry Smith) def. Gold Rushhh (Jordan Clearwater & Marshe Rockett) by pinfall.

Kyle: n/a

Crockett Cup 2022 Semi-Finals :

The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) def. The Cardonas (Mike Knox & VSK) by pinfall.

The Commonwealth Connection (Doug Williams & Harry Smith) def. The NWA Worlds Tag Team Champions La Rebelión (Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf 450) by pinfall.

Kyle: n/a

NWA National Title Match : Anthony "Crimson" Mayweather © def. Jax Dane by submission.

Kyle: Crimson (1-0)

NWA National Title Champions-Series Cash-In Match : Jax Dane def. Anthony "Crimson" Mayweather © by pinfall to win the NWA National title.

Kyle: Crimson (1-1, I guess?)

NWA Worlds Women's Tag Team Titles Match : The Hex (Allysin Kay & Marti Belle) © def. Pretty Empowered (Ella Envy & Kenzie Paige) by submission.

Kyle: The Hex (2-1)

NWA Worlds Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament Final : Homicide def. Austin Aries, Colby Corino, and Darius Lockhart by pinfall to win the NWA Worlds Junior Heavyweight title.

Kyle: Colby Corino (2-2)

NWA Worlds Women's Title Match : Kamille © def. Chelsea Green and Kylie Rae by pinfall.

Kyle: Chelsea Green (2-3)

NWA Television Title Match : Tyrus © def. Rodney Mack by pinfall.

Kyle: Tyrus (3-3)

Crockett Cup 2022 Finals : The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) def. The Commonwealth Connection (Doug Williams & Harry Smith) by pinfall to win the 2022 Crockett Cup.

Kyle: Strictly Business (3-4)

NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title Match : Matt Cardona © def. Nick Aldis by pinfall.

Kyle: Nick Aldis (3-5)


And now the conclusion…

New standings after NWA Crockett Cup 2022 :

1st Place: Kyle 63.3% (124-72)

2nd Place: Tim 60.9% (67-43)

3rd Place: Ryan 51.3% (39-37)

4th Place: Andy 45.9% (34-40)


Who will survive!?

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To watch Impact Multiverse of Matches live on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 9:00p CST, order on Fite.

To watch ROH Supercard of Honor XV live on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 7:00p CST*, order on Fite.

To watch WWE "WrestleMania" Smackdown live on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 7:00p CST, tune into your local FOX affiliate or watch via FOX Sports with your cable password.

To watch NXT 2.0 Stand & Deliver live on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 12:00p CST, subscribe to Peacock.

To watch WWE WrestleMania 38 live on Saturday, April 2, 2022 & Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 7:00p CST both nights, subscribe to Peacock.

*I wrote my fantasy booking foolishly assuming Impact's show started before ROH's show - on Earth-Q, Impact starts first so we'll preview/book in that order. Oops!


Until then, here’s your Quixotronic preview of the weekend. As always: cards are subject to change.

 

Impact Multiverse of Matches (Friday, April 1, 2022)


Alex Shelley vs Mike Bailey

The Background: Alex Shelley along with his Motor City Machine Guns partner Chris Sabin are currently feuding with Bullet Club while Mike Bailey recently became the new #1 contender to the Impact X-Division title on the March 24th Impact on AXS. If anything, this is a flippy floppy dream match.

Fanboy Fantasy: These two have an insane banger and Bailey gets the pin and the rub from the veteran to further establish him to American audiences.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Mike Bailey


Eddie Edwards vs Tomohiro Ishii

The Background: Eddie Edwards betrayed Impact and joined Honor No More/Ring of Honor back at Impact No Surrender 2022. However, now NJPW star Tomohiro Ishii will face Edwards in what should be a fun match.

Fanboy Fantasy: Edwards does what he can and almost gets Ishii, but Ishii bests him and takes the win. Edwards freaks out and vows to leave Impact and sign with Tony Khan’s ROH 2.0 where he’ll get the respect he deserves.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Eddie Edwards


Jonah Rock & Josh Alexander vs Moose & PCO

The Background: Moose won a Call-Your-Shot gauntlet match and an hour later chased it in on new Impact World Champion Josh Alexander minutes after Alexander defeated Christian Cage to win the title, all at Impact Bound for Glory XVII. Moose won. Alexander was later sent home by Impact management. After Moose retained his Impact World title against Heath Miller at Impact Sacrifice 2022, Josh Alexander returned to Impact to attack Moose and demand his rematch. As a preview before Impact Rebellion, the two will meet in a tag team match.

Fanboy Fantasy: While Jonah and PCO brawl on the outside, Alexander gets the best of Moose to get the pin and earns extra contender credibility after pinning the champion - however Moose makes it clear on future Impact on AXS episodes that Alexander needed Jonah’s help and there’s no way he can beat him on his own.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Jonah Rock & Josh Alexander


Chris Sabin vs Jay White

The Background: Jay White defeated the man who trained him, Alex Shelley, at last month's Impact Sacrifice 2022. White offered Bullet Club membership to Shelley on the March 10th Impact on AXS, but Chris Sabin returned to turn the tables on White and Bullet Club. Now Sabin will face Jay White.

Fanboy Fantasy: With Alex Shelley a little banged up from his previous match with Bailey, he isn't as helpful in counteracting Chris Bey's interference to overwhelm Sabin to help give the win to Jay White and Bullet Club.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Jay White


The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) vs The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson)

The Background: The Good Brothers recently lost the Impact Tag Team titles at Impact Sacrifice 2022, but have also rejoined Bullet Club. The Briscoes have momentum on their side as this year's NWA Crockett Cup winners. The multiverse has picked this as yet another tag team dream match.

Fanboy Fantasy: The Good Brothers are able to take advantage of the Briscoes preparing for a two-fight night (they also defend their ROH Tag Team titles across town on the same night), but they don't need the advantage when NWA Worlds Tag Team Champions La Rebelión come out of the crowd to attack the Briscoes behind the distracted referee's back. The Good Brothers hit the Magic Killer to get the pin on what will be a very bad night for the Briscoes (spoilers!).

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: The Briscoes


Matt Cardona & Chelsea Green vs Nick Aldis & Mickie James

The Background: Matt Cardona retained his NWA Worlds Heavyweight title against Nick Aldis at NWA Crockett Cup 2022, and has also been causing trouble in Impact where Mickie James (Aldis's wife) was recently the Impact Knockouts champion. Cardona and Aldis's feud has finally tumbled through the forbidden door and infected James and Chelsea Green, so now they'll face off in an intergender tag team match.

Fanboy Fantasy: While Aldis and Cardona are off brawling in the crowd, James is able to score the pin on Chelsea Green for the win. Aldis and Cardona are stopped by Jeff Jarrett who shows up only to hit Cardona with a guitar for revenge after the shenanigans at the NWA Crockett Cup. Cardona and Aldis continue to feud but Cardona also begins to defend his NWA Worlds Heavyweight title in both Impact and GCW (we get an X-Pac/Cardona title match!) though he does gift his Impact Digital Media title to Green.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Nick Aldis & Mickie James


Impact Knockouts Tag Team Titles Match : Decay (Havok & Rosemary) vs Gisele Shaw & Lady Frost vs Savannah Evans & Tasha Steelz vs The Influence (Madison Rayne & Tenille Dashwood) ©

The Background: The Influence defeated Cassie Lee & Jessie McKay of the IInspiration at Impact Sacrifice 2022 to win the Impact Knockouts Tag Team titles - now they must get through three other teams to retain their newly-won titles.

Fanboy Fantasy: The Influence retain their titles in a car wreck of a match that see Dashwood pin Havok. Steelz tries to lobby for another match since her team wasn't pinned and she wants double-gold, and the Iinspiration still want their rematch. Elsewhere, Deonna Purrazzo also starts looking for a partner to add even more gold to her collection. Will the champions be able to continue to hold onto their gold with so many challengers?

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: The Influence


Impact X-Division Title Ultimate X Match : Blake Christian vs Chris Bey vs Jordynne Grace vs Rich Swann vs Vincent vs Trey Miguel ©

The Background: Trey Miguel won the vacant Impact X-Division title at Impact Bound for Glory XVII, and has been able to retain it ever since. Now he'll face 5 other people in an Ultimate X match because the multiverse demands it.

Fanboy Fantasy: Vincent shocks the world and is able to grab the title from the X-scaffolding to win the Impact X-Division title and renames it the new ROH X-Division title. Vincent shares a car with the Briscoes and shows up an hour later at ROH Supercard of Honor showing off the belt - just because AEW bought ROH doesn't mean that Impact/ROH is done!

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Blake Christian


AAA Reina de Reinas or ROH Women's Title Match : TBA vs Deonna Purrazzo ©

The Background: After losing her Impact Knockouts title to Mickie James at Impact Bound for Glory XVII, Deonna Purrazzo claimed a new second belt (along with her AAA Reina de Reinas title) by defeating Rok-C to claim the ROH Women's title on the January 13th Impact on AXS. The Champ-Champ has since been issuing open challenges for either title and has yet to show a hint of losing either title. This will be another open challenge.

Fanboy Fantasy: Deonna Purrazzo comes out with both her ROH Women's title and AAA Reina de Reinas titles for an open challenge and its answered by Taya Valkyrie! As a former AAA champion, Valkyrie indicates she wants her belt back. The champ champ isn't able to hold onto the double-gold as Valkyrie is able to pin her to take the AAA Reina de Reinas title. Afterwards, Purrazzo hugs onto her ROH title and announced that if Tony Khan wants "his" ROH Women's title back, he should get off his ass and actually call the champ-champ, though she stumbles when saying the second "champ."

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Deonna Purrazzo

 

ROH Supercard of Honor XV (Friday, April 1, 2022)


Alex Zayne vs Swerve Strickland

The Background: AEW owner Tony Khan announced on the March 2nd AEW Dynamite that he has purchased Ring of Honor. AEW worker Swerve Strickland will face former ROH (and brief NXT) worker Alex Zayne in the first show booked by Khan.

Fanboy Fantasy: Strickland and Zayne just have a good 15-minute match. Everyone has a good time and Strickland pulls out the win. The two show honor after the match and shake hands.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Shane Strickland


Jay Lethal vs Lee Moriarty

The Background: AEW owner Tony Khan announced on the March 2nd AEW Dynamite that he has purchased Ring of Honor. AEW worker Lee Moriarty will face also AEW worker but ROH legacy worker Jay Lethal in the first show booked by Khan.

Fanboy Fantasy: Lee Moriarty faces an uphill battle against the former two-time ROH World champion. Everything Moriarty throws at Lethal, Lethal is able to dish right back to him five-fold. In the end Lethal is able to hit the Lethal Injection for the win. Lethal puts out his hand after the match to show honor, but Moriarty is hesitant at first before finally agreeing and shaking his opponent's hand.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Lee Moriarty


ROH Pure Title Match : Wheeler Yuta vs Josh Woods ©

The Background: AEW owner Tony Khan announced on the March 2nd AEW Dynamite that he has purchased Ring of Honor. AEW worker Wheeler Yuta will face ROH legacy worker and current ROH Pure Champion Josh "the Goods" Woods in the first show booked by Khan. When ROH first came back in September 2020 after the #quixotine and held the new ROH Pure Title Tournament, both men competed in the tournament with Yuta losing in the first round and Woods in the semi-finals, both to tournament winner and current ROH World Champion (sort-of) Jonathan Gresham.

Fanboy Fantasy: Wheeler Yuta is accompanied by William Regal as he is formally scouted as a potential member of Regal's Blackpool Combat Club. Woods is clearly distracted by Regal presence (as we all should be) and is forced to use his 3 rope breaks early in the match. Yuta, feeling like he has everything to gain, is able to outlast Woods and make him tap after he reaches for the ropes but the referee can't break the submission. Wheeler Yuta wins the ROH Pure title and Regal congratulates him and inducts him into his academy (currently comprised of Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley) on the next week's AEW Dynamite. Despite Yuta and Woods both showing honor after the match, there is a clear trend occurring: AEW is besting ROH.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Josh Woods


Interim ROH Women's Title Match : Mercedes Martinez vs Willow Nightingale

The Background: AEW owner Tony Khan announced on the March 2nd AEW Dynamite that he has purchased Ring of Honor. Instead of booking ROH Women's Champion Deonna Purrazzo on the card due to her already working Impact's Multiverse of Matches show (like the Briscoes who are booked for both shows), they will crown an interim champion to face Purrazzo some time later to merge the titles. You know, simply naming a #1 contender is cheaper in that you don't have to buy a new belt that will only last for a few weeks.

Fanboy Fantasy: The referee presents the new Interim ROH Women’s title as Nightingale and Martinez lock up. Nightingale fights from below and is able to surprise Martinez a couple times throughout the match. However in the end, it’s not a surprise - Martinez makes the pin to win the interim ROH Women’s title. Later on before the main event, ROH Women’s Champion Deonna Purrazzo shows up and demands to know why they couldn’t wait literally a half hour and let her defend her title herself instead of handing a false title to one of their AEW superstars. Martinez comes back out with her title and there is a stiff stare down before multiple referees get between both women and stop an altercation so they can get to the main event.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Mercedes Martinez


ROH Tag Team Titles Match : FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) vs The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) ©

The Background: After defeating the OGK team of Matt Taven & Mike Bennett to win the ROH Tag Team titles at what could have been Ring of Honor's last show, ROH Final Battle 2021, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood of AEW's FTR showed up to spoiler their celebration. Now they will finally face each other in a now AEW-owned Ring of Honor.

Fanboy Fantasy: The Briscoes have already lost one match tonight thanks to interference by the NWA Worlds Tag Team Champions La Rebelión. After being beaten by four men and an hour's car drive, they are no match for the fresh and waiting FTR. The teams still go an easy thirty minutes with blood early on, but as mentioned above: this is a very bad night for the Crockett Cup winners. FTR are able to hit the Big Rig on Jay Briscoe and pin him to become the new ROH Tag Team champions. Dax Harwood grabs the mic and thanks Tony Khan from the bottom of his heart for making this match possible and for giving them the opportunity of a lifetime. The Briscoes go on to regain some heat by defeating La Rebelión for the NWA Tag Team titles and to keep the Forbidden Door open for themselves.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: FTR


ROH World Title Unification Match : Bandido © vs Jonathan Gresham ©

The Background: Jonathan Gresham was set to face Bandido for the ROH World title at ROH Final Battle 2021, but Bandido was pulled from the show after testing positive for COVID-19. Bandido's title was stripped at Gresham faced AEW's Jay Lethal (formerly of ROH's The Foundation group along with Gresham) for the vacant ROH World title. Gresham won and has been defending his title around the multiverse including his own Terminus brand, but Bandido still has his title and has done the same. Now they will determine who is the true ROH World Champion.

Fanboy Fantasy: Bandido and Gresham both show off their individual ROH World titles before shaking hands and starting their match. They give a solid 30-minute match that sees Gresham finally pin Bandido and confirm once and for all that he is the new ROH World Champion. After the two show honor, Jonathan Gresham thanks Bandido for giving him and the fans a true world title match. As ROH World Champion, and he knows if Bandido had won he would say the same thing, he will represent Ring of Honor to the best of his abilities and show why it's the greatest wrestling promotion ever formed, and as champion he won't let Ring of Honor become something like a ROH 2.0 or anyone else's developmental territory. They won't recognize "interim" champions. Honor is real. After staying out of the Forbidden Door games in the last year or two, AEW vs ROH is upon us.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Jonathan Gresham

 

WWE "WrestleMania" Smackdown (Friday, April 1, 2022)


Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal featuring Akira Tozawa, Apollo Crews, Cedric Alexander, Commander Azeez, Damian Priest, Drew Gulak, Erik, WWE United States Champion Finn Bálor, Ivar, Jinder Mahal, Madcap Moss, Mansoor, Reggie, Robert Roode, R-Truth, Shanky, Shelton Benjamin

The Background: On the March 25th Smackdown it was announced that instead of being on at least the pre-show of either night of WrestleMania 38, this year's Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal would appear on the basically-the-pre-show April 1st Smackdown. It will feature many superstars without previously established matches, including *check notes* WWE United States Champion Finn Bálor and former champion he is currently feuding with Damian Priest.

Fanboy Fantasy: Guys like Reggie, Mansoor, Akira Tozawa and others are quickly eliminated. R-Truth shocks even himself when he eliminates Apollo Crews, but in his celebration Commander Azeez scared R-Truth enough to force him into eliminating himself. Azeez is then eliminated by Damian Priest who is generally trying to eliminate Bálor. Robert Roode is able to eliminate former WWE World Champion Jinder Mahal while Priest and Bálor have a brief team-up to eliminate Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin when the former Hurt Business try to interrupt their face off. Robert Roode looks ready for Bálor and Priest, but the two stand aside and ignore Roode. While the two argue, Roode takes the opportunity presented to him and clotheslines both of them out of the ring! With his Glorious return to form and his partner's NXT title reign, the Dirty Dawgs are officially on the prowl and Roode could use some gold of his own - maybe Bálor's? How about to add stakes, the winner of the battle royal is the first entrant in the next Money in the Bank match? Let's go with that. The next night, Finn Bálor interrupts night one of WrestleMania 38 by demanding officials let him defend the WWE United States title against Damian Priest. He doesn't like Priest, but goddamnit they both deserve to be at the Show of Shows. Officials give in and we get a WWE United States title match that see Bálor retain his title in a hard-fought battle.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Damian Priest - I'm guessing Priest will eliminate Bálor to earn a future title shot.


WWE Intercontinental Title Match : Angel Garza vs Humberto Carrillo vs Ricochet ©

The Background: Instead of letting Ricochet defend his WWE Intercontinental title at WrestleMania against any number of singles superstars, it was announced on the March 25th Smackdown it was a that he will defend it on the April 1st Smackdown against the team of Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo in a triple threat. It should be noted: Los Lotharios have not recently broken up.

Fanboy Fantasy: While Garza and Carrillo are able to work like a team at first, as soon as one of them goes for a pin, the other one breaks it up. Ricochet is able to use their miscommunication against them. Ricochet is able to mount them both on the top turnbuckle and hit a Razor's Edge on both to win the match. On the Smackdown after 'Mania (in Milwaukee!), King Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston congratulate Ricochet on his successful defense over WrestleMania weekend, and Ricochet likewise congratulates them on winning their match. The King would like to be considered for a one on one opportunity for Ricochet's jeweled Intercontinental gold. Ricochet politely declines for the night as he'd prefer to rest up and give Woods his best - the both owe it to the fans. Woods looks oddly angry at being denied, but Kofi Kingston talks Woods down. Kofi and Xavier move off to the side and the announcers wonder what they're discussing, but they can overhear Kofi say something about him being the Hand of the King. Out of nowhere Kofi hits Ricochet with a Thunder in Paradise. King Xavier Woods is pleased as the Hand of the King Kofi Kingston picks up Ricochet's title belt and presents it to the King. Woods celebrates with the title before throwing it back to the still-downed Ricochet, officially turned heel and ready for a future Intercontinental title program.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Ricochet - I like Garza and Carrillo, but neither are at the level yet to seriously be considered for an WWE Intercontinental title run.

 

NXT 2.0 Stand & Deliver 2022 (Saturday, April 2, 2022)


NXT Women's Tag Team Titles Match : Dakota Kai & Raquel González vs Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolan & Jacy Jayne) ©

The Background: Dakota Kai & Raquel González won the 2021 women's Dusty Rhodes Classic by defeating Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart at NXT Takeover: Vengeance Day 2021. After being denied a true shot at the WWE Women's Tag Team titles, NXT Commissioner gifted them the new NXT Women's Tag Team titles on the March 10th (2021) NXT, only the lost them to Moon & Blackheart later that night. González went on to win the NXT Women's title by defeating Io Shirai at NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver 2021, and amazingly it would still be a few months before Dakota Kai turned on González for a shot at the gold. González then defeated Kai to retain at NXT Takeover 36, the last true NXT Takeover. Once NXT 2.0 took over (not Tookover), González lost her title to Toxic Attraction leader Mandy Rose at October 26th (2021) NXT 2.0 Halloween Havoc. In this year's Dusty Rhodes Classic, González has been teaming with Cora Jade while Kai with Wendy Choo, but both teams have been targeted by Toxic Attraction. Now with no contenders, González & Kai have shocked everyone to reteam and take on the NXT Women's Tag Team champions.

Fanboy Fantasy: Kai & González are ready and waiting as referees have to push out Toxic Attraction to the ring as they continue to claim they shouldn’t have to defend their titles - the Dusty Cup winners didn’t choose them. Unfortunately the first women’s Dusty Cup winners did choose them! Dolan & Jayce are able to use quick tags to work on Kai for a few minutes but Kai is able to counter with quick kicks and a hot tag to González who decimates them. Both Gonzalez & Kai hit some quick team moves and González piles Dolan & Jayne on top of each other to get the pin and titles.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Dakota Kai & Raquel González - why put these two back together without giving them the titles and letting them have a run with them for more than an hour?


Tommaso Ciampa vs Tony D'Angelo

The Background: Tommaso Ciampa won the NXT Title for the second time on the debut September 14th (2021) NXT 2.0. With the New Generation of NXT quickly replacing the old guard, it was only a matter of time before he was defeated for the title by Bron Breakker at the January 4th NXT 2.0 New Year’s Evil. While the two showed an uneasy alliance against new challenger Dolph Ziggler and his partner Robert Roode across both NXT 2.0 and Raw, it was Ciampa who took the pin to cost Breakker the title to Ziggler at March 8th NXT 2.0 Roadblock. With nothing left to accomplish in NXT while Breakker seeks revenge against Ziggler, New Blood member Tony D'Angelo challenged Ciampa to his last NXT match before being kicked to the curb on Raw.

Fanboy Fantasy: Tommaso Ciampa takes the early advantage, but D'Angelo is able to hit a couple power moves in quick succession that slow the two-time champion down. They level out but D'Angelo keeps going for every pin opportunity he can, and Ciampa keeps kicking out. After a small referee bump, D'Angelo pulls out brass knuckles and punches Ciampa right in the face. D'Angelo does the smart thing and wakes the referee right away and they count 1-2-kickout! Ciampa spits blood into D'Angelo's face and charges at him and they brawl to the outside. Ciampa, now seeing red, starts pulling up the ring mats, but D'Angelo is able to reverse a suplex onto Ciampa into the cement. D'Angelo rolls Ciampa back into the ring, but Ciampa kicks out again from the latest pin attempt. Ciampa rallies back to hit a Fairytale Ending, but its misplaced and D'Angelo rolls to the outside again avoiding a quick pin. While Ciampa again follows to the outside, D'Angelo is able to hit him with the brass knuckles one more time, roll him to the ring and get the pin 1-2-3. D'Angelo gets to play up that he beat Ciampa in his last NXT match while Tommaso Ciampa heads to Raw and is not lost in the shuffle. While he briefly continues his feud with Dirty Dawg member Robert Roode, the two more formally meet as two of the four Raw entries (along with AJ Styles and Damian Priest) in this year's men's Money in the Bank match.

Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:

Kyle: Tony D'Angelo - Ciampa will do the honorable thing and go out on his back before hopefully not being cast aside on Raw.


LA Knight vs WALTER

The Background: LA Knight just finished up a feud with Grayson Waller, though was able to sweet talk his way into an NXT Title match with Dolph Ziggler on the March 15th NXT 2.0. The next week, WALTER quickly defeated Duke Hudson on the March 22nd NXT 2.0 and complained about being overlooked while others (like Knight) are given NXT title matches whenever they open their mouths. LA Knight took this as an invitation so challenged WALTER to a match. LA Knight does not know what he has done.