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Knee Jerk Reaction: WrestleMania 36 (Night 2)

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Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley

  • One hell of an entrance for Aleister Black. He’s got future WrestleMania main eventer written all over him.
  • Much like Liv Morgan vs. Natalya, this match screams “WrestleMania Control Center Announcement.”
  • Long Tights Lashley (trademarking that) is the best look for Lashley.
  • For a match with no build, a stadium full of people would be eating this up right now.
  • I honestly went into this match being all about Aleister Black, but Bobby Lashley has impressed me in the early goings of the night.
  • Here’s a match we need to see: Aleister Black vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.
  • And that’s how we break up Lashley and Lana. Why stop him from hitting the Dominator?
  • Once Lana made the call you saw the finish coming, but up to that last spot, this was a fantastic match.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Otis

  • I really hope we get a good payoff to whoever is behind GTV2020.
  • Dolph Ziggler is now accompanied by Sonya Deville. Otis comes out without Marty Jannetty–err… I mean Tucker.
  • Let’s hope this is short.
  • That was one hell of a dropkick from Dolph Ziggler right there, maybe the best dropkick in WrestleMania history. (I’m not going back to check.)
  • I do love Otis’ Stan Lane Midnight Express inspired trunks.
  • Remember when I wanted this to be short? There’s a reason for that wish…
  • I get the storyline, but why is Sonya Deville out there with Dolph?
  • Kinda shocked Otis picked up the win and got the girl so fast. But this is wrestling, it won’t last.
  • Imagine if the kiss happened in front of 70k fans?

Last Man Standing – Edge vs. Randy Orton

  • Loved the opening with Randy Orton hitting the RKO while Edge was waiting for him, followed by the reveal that he posed as a camera man.
  • Interesting that Edge rolling out of the ring stopped the 10-count, but then could get counted out on the outside.
  • I thought this match would have been great in an “off-site location,” but the Performance Center offered them plenty of options. And the views through the windows really added to the atmosphere.
  • “I’m always gonna love you Edge, I’m always gonna love you.”
  • Orton plotting his next move as the ref counted Edge was perfect, as was Edge’s follow-up hanging dropkick through the equipment.
  • That hanging Thesz Press was all kinds of awesome.
  • Commentary on this match has been minimal, and it’s working for me.
  • In a nice nod to Triple H’s treatment of Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano, they haven’t caused any damage to the facility yet.
  • It looks like Bray Wyatt set up the lighting in the production area.
  • Watching this match, after watching last night’s Boneyard Match, has me suddenly wanting to see Randy Orton vs. The Undertaker again at WrestleMania 37.
  • Unless I missed it, I don’t think the ref has counted Randy down yet.
  • An eerie COVID-19 point: When talents fight backstage or in any production areas, people are everywhere–this time it’s completely deserted.
  • Edge just dropped an elbow on Randy Orton, on a steel conference room table, dropping from the chain link fence on the ceiling.
  • Think about what I just wrote right there.
  • First weird editing moment of the match, after Edge takes out the camera man.
  • Any else hoping Orton would push Edge (on the storage cart) into a rig, and the storage cart explodes to reveal LJN figures?
  • Just me?
  • Oh, that’s where I left my aluminum steel steps!
  • WATER BREAK!
  • When you climb from a pick-up truck to a semi-trailer, you kinda start to think the end is hear, eh?
  • That’s not quite the catering they’re used to. Also, who put that huge ladder there?
  • Things you never expect to say: “And then I got hit in the back with a chair while laying on top of a semi trailer.”
  • TV-14 means we still bleep out the F-Word! 🙂
  • And now Edge is crying. You did this to yourself, man. You asked for this match.
  • Edge winning was the right call, and I love him checking on Randy after. Sells the fact that he didn’t want to do what he had to do.

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