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WrestleMania 40 – Live Coverage: Cody Rhodes defeats Roman Reigns for WWE championship, updates and results from Night 2

WrestleMania 40 returns to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Sunday for the second night of WWE’s two-night showcase event.

It’s the culmination of an extra large WrestleMania XL week that has built toward Cody Rhodes’ attempt to “Finish the story.”

The show begins at 7 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on Peacock in the United States. Fans can follow all of the action courtesy of the live blog below.

WrestleMania Night 2 Results

  • World Heavyweight Championship: Drew McIntyre def. Seth Rollins (c) 

The opening match started off incredibly hot with major introductions for McIntyre with a full Scottish band and sword-wielding warriors; Rollins went a step beyond with support from a large band of Mummers, a nod to Philadelphia and the loud outfits the champion wears.

McIntyre hit his Claymore kick finisher to open the match on a high and it set the tone for an exciting match throughout.

McIntyre hit his Future Shock DDT then mocked CM Punk on guest commentary before setting up for Punk’s GTS finisher. Punk didn’t play into the finish – but he still had a role to play.

Outside, Rollins hit his Curb Stomp on McIntyre onto the announce table, but immediately back into the ring McIntyre countered Rollins offense with a Claymore. A second got the job done and McIntyre earned his long-sought WrestleMania Moment are being denied the adulation of the crowd when he won the title at WrestleMania in 2020 with no fans in attendance.

But it was short-lived.

  • World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest def. Drew McIntyre (c) via Money in the Bank cash-in 

McIntyre celebrated with his family, then went to the announce table to trash talk Punk. The injured wrestler who returned to WWE only last November, swept McIntyre’s leg from under him and proceeded to hit him with his elbow brace.

Then, Damian Priest’s music hit as the Judgment Day star sprinted down to use his Money in the Bank cash-in. A head shot with the brief case and one hit of his South of Heaven chokeslam finisher on McIntyre and Priest, whose pro wrestling training began just across the Delaware River in Paulsboro, N.J.

  • Philadelphia Street Fight: Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) def. The Final Testament (Karrion Kross, Akam and Rezar)

The Philadelphia Street Fight had all the chaos and fun you could imagine. With ECW legend Bubba Ray Dudley as special guest referee, there were sure to be nods to the promotion that put Philly on the map in the late 1990s. Tables, kendo sticks, all the accessories of a WWE “street fight”.

A Montez Ford top-rope splash onto Karrion Kross atop a table put the fan favorites on top in a fun match to follow the wildness of the opener.

  • LA Knight def. AJ Styles

AJ Styles and LA Knight created one of the most heated feuds building to Mania.

Styles flew to Australia for the Elimination Chamber in February exclusively to cost Knight a championship opportunity. They’ve basically fought on sight ever since.

The new Slim Jim pitch man won his first WrestleMania match at age 41, the highlight of a long and winding career for Knight, who had fans shouting “Yeah!” all match.

  • United States Championship (Triple Threat Match): Logan Paul (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens

The match setup had 2-on-1 vibes with Orton and Owens forming an unlikely friendship in recent months. It didn’t take long for an Owens shot on Orton to turn it into a true triple threat.

Paul brought out the brass knuckles he’s so frequently won with during his U.S. title defenses, but Orton took the punch and kicked out.

Orton lined up a punt on Paul, who was then pulled out of the ring by friend and YouTuber IShowSpeed wearing a Prime mascot outfit.

An outstanding match closed when Orton countered a pop-up power bomb from Owens into an RKO. But Paul jumped on to toss Orton from the ring and land a frog splash atop KO for the 1-2-3 and U.S. title retention.

  • Women’s Championship: Bayley def. Iyo Sky (c)

At SummerSlam on July 30, 2022, Bayley returned after a year out of action due to injury and aligned with Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai, the first main-roster appearances for both. The trio formed Damage CTRL and stuck together until Asuka was added to the stable.

The group leader Bayley was kicked out but her redemption came in the penultimate match of a potentially iconic WrestleMania.

With an elbow drop from the top rope and Rose Plant, Bayley, the Women’s Royal Rumble winner, became the WWE Women’s Champion for the fourth time.

  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Cody Rhodes def. Roman Reigns (c)

Cody Rhodes has finally finished his story.

Now, he gets to start a new one – as WWE Champion.

The “American Nightmare” achieved the dream of the Rhodes family by winning the WWE Undisputed Universal title over Roman Reigns and overcoming impossible odds thanks to the anything-goes “Bloodline Rules” stipulation of the Main Event of WrestleMania Night 2 on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Those rules helped Rhodes in the end. He got help from Jey Uso, Seth Rollins, John Cena and The Undertaker to fend off the entire Bloodline, including The Rock, who received a chokeslam from the Deadman and opened the door for Rhodes’ takedown of Reigns with three consecutive Crossroads.

Rhodes’ triumphant return to WWE came exactly three years after he returned from competitor AEW to WWE at WrestleMania 38.

It closed a WrestleMania Night 2 that may go down as the greatest in history. XL indeed.

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WrestleMania Night 1 Results

  • Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley def. Becky Lynch to retain
  • Six-Pack Ladder Match: A-Town Down Under (Grayson Waller and Austin Theory) win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships and Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth) win the Raw Tag Team Championships
  • Rey Mysterio and Andrade def. Santos Escobar and Dominik Mysterio (with help from Eagles greats Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson)
  • Jey Uso def. Jimmy Uso
  • Bianca Belair, Jade Cargill and Naomi def. Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai, Asuka and Kairi Sane)
  • Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn def. Gunther to become new champion
  • The Rock and Roman Reigns def. Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins

Sami Zayn celebrates with the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 40 at Lincoln Financial Field on April 6, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by WWE/Getty Images)

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