Date: April 2, 2019
Location: Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, Aiden English
It’s the go home show for Wrestlemania so I think you know what to expect. That would be a segment on the Cruiserweight Title match and a bunch of other stuff that feels like business as usual because only two people from this show get to make Wrestlemania. In other words, the show should be fine. Let’s get to it.
Drake Maverick gives us the regular preview/recap.
Kalisto vs. Oney Lorcan
Lorcan wastes no time blasting Kalisto in the back of the head but Kalisto is fine enough to get a rollup. A few more shots send Oney outside for a baseball slide and a crossbody gets two back inside. Lorcan gets physical and sends Kalisto hard into the barricade while asking if Cedric Alexander saw that. He’s even smart enough to break up the count before driving Kalisto back first into the apron.
A quick comeback bid is cut off by another shot to the mask as it’s almost all Lorcan so far. The waistlock goes on and we cut to the back where a ticked off Buddy Murphy is looking for Tony Nese. Back to the ring where Lorcan gets two off a clothesline to the back of the head and slapping on a bodyscissors. That’s switched into a chinlock as the slow pace continues. Kalisto fights up and nails a kick, only to flip into and out of the half and half suplex.
The hurricanrana driver gets Kalisto out of trouble but Lorcan knocks him to the apron again. Kalisto is fine enough for a Salida Del Sol on the apron for easily his biggest offense of the match but he can’t get Lorcan back in immediately. Instead Lorcan catches him on top but the super half and half is broken up. That means an elbow to knock him off the top but the 450 hits Lorcan’s raised knees. Now the half and half connects for the pin on Kalisto at 12:32.
Result: Oney Lorcan b. Kalisto – Half and half suplex (12:32)
The new guy looks good:
Tony Nese isn’t worried about the pressure of Wrestlemania because Murphy is already cracking. Murphy went to the Performance Center because he didn’t think Nese would be there…but here’s Murphy to jump Nese from behind. The fight breaks out and they go through a curtain, bringing them into the arena. Referees and agents break it up after Nese gets the best of it, including the running knee to the head.
They’re starting early:
Mike Kanellis vs. Akira Tozawa
Maria Kanellis and Brian Kendrick are the seconds. Technical sequence to start with Tozawa taking him down by the leg to send Kanellis bailing to the rope. The Black Widow sends Kanellis straight to the ropes again and it’s time for Tozawa stomping away in the corner. A discus clothesline finally gives Mike a breather and he stomps away as well. The chinlock goes on and Kanellis gets two off three straight vertical suplexes.
Another chinlock doesn’t last long so Kanellis grabs a powerbomb for two. Maria demands aggressiveness and apparently that means a double arm crank. Since it’s a pretty simple hold, Tozawa is up with a hurricanrana into the corner. A fireman’s carry faceplant into a basement dropkick to the face gives for two on Mike. Kanellis is right back with a spinebuster for two of his own but the Black Widow cuts him off all over again.
They fall outside and Kanellis neckbreakers him off the apron for a near knockout. Kendrick tries to check on his buddy and gets knocked down, allowing Tozawa to snap off a super hurricanrana for two back inside. They trade kicks to the face and it’s a double knockdown to make Maria nervous. Tozawa tries a sunset flip but Maria grabs the hands for two before getting caught. The break is enough for Tozawa to finish the flip for the pin at 15:50.
Result: Akira Tozawa b. Mike Kanellis – Sunset flip (15:50)
He just can’t keep it going:
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2000 Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Part 1.
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