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WrestleMania 40 – Live Coverage: match card, complete results and updates from Night 1

WrestleMania 40 is here and the WWE came to right place to host its two-night XL extravaganza.

The global pro wrestling powerhouse will bring 13 matches over two nights at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.

Follow along for updates, results and the major moments from the Linc.

WrestleMania 40 preshow
WrestleMania 40 preshow
Match Card and Live Results

Night 1

  • Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) retains over Becky Lynch via back-to-back Riptides

In a match essentially a year in the making, Becky Lynch, amid a ferocious tour for her new book, was said to have been battling a fever throughout WrestleMania week. She kicked out of Ripley’s Riptide finisher and re-set enough to set in the Disarm-Her submission.

Ripley retained her title when she used her pump-handle slam finisher, landing Lynch on the top rope, then hit a second in the middle of the ring for the 1-2-3. The 27-year-old Australian has now defeated two of the famed Four Horsewomen in back-to-back WrestleMania’s (Charlotte Flair in 2023).

 

  • Six Pack Ladder Tag Team Championship: The Judgment Day (c) vs. DIY vs. Awesome Truth vs. The New Day vs. A-Town Down Under vs. New Catch Republic

Finn Balor and Damian Priest of the Judgment Day couldn’t build off of Rhea Ripley’s retention in the opener and the WWE tag team titles were split for the first time since May 2022.

A-Town Down Under (Grayson Waller and Austin Theory) grabbed the Smackdown championships in relatively short order.

The match really picked up for the Raw championship chase, with Tomasso Ciampo hitting an Air Raid Crash from the top of a ladder on Tyler Bate.

Despite interference from JD McDonagh to assist Judgment Day, the good-guy team of R-Truth, one of the great comedic performers in WWE history, earned a WrestleMania moment when he took out Priest and grabbed the Raw belts, celebrating with his current and former partner, The Miz.

  • Rey Mysterio & Andrade defeated Dominik Mysterio & Santos Escobar 

The greatest masked wrestler of all-time got an assist from a pair of behemoths in masks late in the long-built tag team match.

Eagles greats Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson jumped out of the crowd in midnight green masks to set up a new finisher from Andrade and a frog splash from Mysterio to beat his son Diminik and Escobar.

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  • Jey Uso defeated Jimmy Uso 

The brother versus brother battle between Bloodline family members furthered the elevation of “Main Event” Jey Uso.

Jey withstood a frog splash from brother Jimmy after his fractionally-older twin brother feigned a truce before landing a superkick to set up the false finish. But Jey kicked out and soon thereafter got the finish with a top rope Uso Splash.

  • Jade Cargill & Bianca Belair & Naomi defeated Damage CTRL

The trio of newly-signed Cargill, returning Naomi and mainstay Belair only came together in the past month. But the physical dominance of the three was an unstoppable force for Damage CTRL members Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane and Asuka.

The anticipation in the match built around Cargill making her WWE in-ring debut. Once she did, the end was near. Belair hit a KOD that led in Cargill finishing the match with Jaded on Sane.

  • Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn defeated GUNTHER (c) 

The record 662-day Intercontinental championship reign of Gunther is over.

Zayn put together yet another epic underdog result by withstanding the power bomb-and-splash-filled barrage of most dominant IC titleholder in history.

They produced a WrestleMania Moment as Zayn won the Intercontinental crown for the fourth time with a Helluva Kick.

  • The Rock & Roman Reigns defeated Cody Rhodes & Seth Rollins

The showdown of four of the biggest stars WWE has produced over the past 25 years started with everything wrestling fans could ask for: massive, pyro-filled entrances and a long stare down between all four competitors to build crowd anticipation.

The interest in all rivalries made Rollins and Reigns, who have the most shared history with each other as Shield allies, be treated as the least-anticipated one-on-one faceoff.

The Rock used his pull as a real-life TKO board member to threaten referee Chad Patton before the competitors fought into the crowd (Rollins and Rock) and up the ramp (Reigns and Rhodes), a threat that figured throughout the

The match has the deliberate pace that Reigns’ main event matches have consistently featured during his nearly four-year run as Undisputed Heavyweight Champion.

Yet it had everything.

Business picked up in the match’s latter half with big spot after big spot.

Reigns inadvertently speared Rock after Rollins dove to push Rhodes out of the way. Then Rhodes and Rollins set up double Pedigrees but the Bloodline cousins kicked out.

The Rock set up the People’s Elbow, but Rhodes jumped to his feet and executed a perfect springboard Cody Cutter.

The moment of the match came when Rhodes delivered a Rock Bottom through the announce table to Rock. He parlayed that back into the ring and tried to hit three Crossroads on Reigns in a prelude of Sunday. Before the third hit, Rock hit Rhodes with a steel chair in the back from the outside.

Then, the “Final Boss” delivered the final blow. In his first WrestleMania match since 2016, Rock got the pin by hitting the People’s Elbow on Rhodes.

The Rock set up an anything goes “Bloodline Rules” match for Sunday’s main event between Reigns and Rhodes, building the insurmountable odds against The American Nightmare’s attempt to “finish his story.”


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