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WRESTLEMANIA KICKOFF SHOW REPORT

By Richard Trionfo on 2014-04-06 18:55:12
Welcome to PWInsider.com’s coverage of the Showcase of the Immortals, Wrestlemania XXX from the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before we get to Wrestlemania XXX, we have the Kickoff Show featuring 120 minutes of commentary, analysis, and video packages to get you ready for the biggest show of the year in professional wrestling.

We start things off with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon from Friday evening when they unveiled the set for Wrestlemania XXX.

We see outside the Superdome where people are waiting to get into the building.

Josh Mathews is your host and he is joined by Mick Foley, Booker T, and Shawn Michaels.

Booker says that it feels like Wrestlemania 29 was just yesterday but we are here for Wrestlemania XXX. He says that he is looking forward to the main event. Mick says that some of the seats are empty but the building is filled with electricity. Shawn mentions that people did not think there would be a Wrestlemania 2, and we are at Wrestlemania XXX.

The Tag Title Match will take place during the second hour of the Kickoff Show.

Josh asks about whether the Champion’s advantage is gone. Booker says the first championship is the hardest and he feels the Real Americans can slip in there. Zeb gives them an advantage. Mick says that this will be Cesaro’s moment this weekend. He starts it with a Tag Title victory. Shawn says that he likes the momentum of the Usos. He wonders if the Real Americans can stay united.

Mick says that he was talking to Zeb and he said his boys were ready and united.

Booker says that they will have butterflies and you need them to fly in formation. Mick mentions he won some tag team titles too and Shawn reminds Josh he started as a tag team wrestler.

Renee Young is in the Social Media Lounge and she tells people to use #Wrestlemania on Twitter. She says that history will be made with the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and she says to use #WM30Andre for that match.

Renee reads some of the Tweets that were sent.

Renee mentions that Hugh Jackman is the Social Media Ambassador tonight and she reads one of his tweets about tonight.

We go back to the panel and Josh mentions the Battle Royal and he asks about the strategy.

Booker says that the unwritten rule is to go after the biggest guys first. Mick says that size can play a role, but there is often a plan to get rid of the big guys. Shawn says that Josh always asks the same question. The most important thing is to not get thrown over the top rope.

Shawn points out that Josh is going to favor Booker tonight because he has notes.

Josh talks about the John Cena versus Bray Wyatt match and the question about whether Cena’s legacy will move on after tonight.

Shawn is asked if Bray Wyatt can win. Shawn says that John is busy thinking about his legacy while you should be thinking about going in the ring every night and do what you need and everything will work out.

Bray Wyatt interrupts and we hear Luke whistling. Bray says that he has done a lot of terrible things to a lot of good people. He used to have this friend who used to be like a brother to him. He loved him like a brother. Over time, he became reckless and became a danger to everyone and himself.

Bray tells John he still could have saved. All he had to do was reach out his hand but he watched him walk right into the fire. The flames were so beautiful. You have to ask yourself John, if he were able to do something like that to someone he loved, what can he do to someone like John?

Bray starts singing.

We go to commercial.

We are back and they talk about Mountain Dew Kick Start and Shwan adjusts the can and Josh comments about how they took so much time to make sure the logo was able to be seen on camera.

Josh asks Shawn to continue and he says that Bray is in Cena’s head.

Mick says that they were in a match against Shawn called Mind Games. He knew that he was in Shawn’s head and Shawn’s goal was survival with the title secondary. Mick says that John has never faced an opponent like Bray.

Shawn agrees that he was worried about survival in that match.

We see a video package for the Undertaker versus Brock Lesnar match.

Josh asks about being obsessed with ending the streak and he asks Shawn. Shawn says it is not a healthy thing, but Brock’s timing is good. The last five opponents have worn down the Undertaker. Booker says that many have craved this match. You have 21 consecutive wins on one side, but the most impressive physical specimen in years on the other side. Mick says that it is cliché to say where there is a will there is a way. Mick says that he will be sitting in the crowd to watch history be made. The streak ends or Taker becomes immortal.

Byron Saxton is outside Brock Lesnar’s locker room and he knocks on the door but Paul stops him outside. Paul asks Byron if it is a good idea to ask Brock questions now and he should address them to Paul. Paul says that he will answer how Brock is preparing for his opponent. Brock is prepared to do what no other person has been able to do . . . he will beat the Undertaker. If you tune into Wrestlemania tonight, the people who watch will be able to tell their children and their children’s children that they watched live when the Streak was ended by Brock Lesnar.

Josh mentions WWE Countdown and that the Undertaker’s entrance was voted the greatest entrance. Shawn says that it is fun to be in there once it hits you. You get to take it all in as it happens. Mick says that he got to talk about when him and Paul Bearer would stand out there, Paul would roll up his coat sleeve and they would show each other the goosebumps and how their hair was standing on end. Booker says that it seems like it gets 30 degrees cooler.

Shawn says that it is great until you realize that you have to wrestle Taker.

Mick says that Brock is used to expectations and motivation as an amateur wrestler.

We go to a video showcasing the history of Wrestlemania.

Alex Riley is in Champions Square outside the Superdome. He asks some of the fans if they think Daniel Bryan has a chance to win the WWE Championship.

Josh sends it to Renee Young and she mentions the hashtags to use tonight. She reads some of the predictions for the Andre the Giant Battle Royal.

We go back to the panel and they show some sights in the arena.

Josh introduces Shawne Merriman and welcomes him to the panel. He says that this is his fourth Wrestlemania and it feels like a football game. He is asked for his favorite Wrestlemania moments. The Rock and John Cena was his favorite moment. He also mentions Bret and Shawn as well.

Shawn says that Savage and Steamboat from Wrestlemania 3 was his favorite. Booker says that he might have gotten some heat from Flair and Shawn suggests that maybe with all of the matches that Flair had with Steamboat, he might have some issues.

Josh asks if Daniel Bryan will get his Wrestlemania Moment tonight against Triple H and then move on to the WWE World Title.

We have a Daniel Bryan video package.

Tom Phillips is with Daniel Bryan and he asks about potentially being in two matches. Daniel says that he will be in two matches. He has lost respect for Triple H as a human being but not as a competitor. Hunter is tough but so is he. Daniel says his toughness comes from his heart and the people. He owes it to the people to defeat Triple H. He owes it to the people to defeat Randy Orton and Batista.

Tonight is everyone’s night. It is for the people who were told they were not the right person for the job. Daniel says that he will not let them down.

Josh asks Shawne about the match and he says the match will be one of the most emotional matches of the night because of the lead up and what was said by Hunter. Josh mentions that Shawn has questioned Hunter’s decisions. Shawn says that he enjoyed success and he enjoys watching the success of people he is friends with. Daniel’s success will not stop tonight.

Shawn says that Daniel is not the atypical WWE guy. He is not 6’5” and 250 pounds.

Josh sends us to the Bella Twins as Flight Attendants to explain how to get the WWE Network.

Josh asks who will be the WWE World Champion at the end of the night? Shawne says that the anticipation and butterflies are there. This is their Super Bowl. He is looking forward to the match. Shawn says that Batista and Randy have been there before, but they do not know who the third man is and you have to prepare at the last minute.

Booker says that it is the same for Cena thinking about Wyatt, Harper, and Rowan. Shawn mentions that John is not in a title match tonight so it is a different environment.

Booker talks about his interview with Batista that aired on Wrestlemania Today on Thursday.

Batista says that he has been saying that he will walk out of Wrestlemania as the champion. He was asked about how it felt to come back after four years. Batista says that he wishes it was someplace better than Dayton but it was good to be back. Booker says the fans might not have accepted him the way he thought. Batista says they did for the first two minutes.

Batista says that he never cared about being cheered or not. If people dislike him, he will give them more. The more they booed him, the more he did things out of spite.

Booker asks him what Wrestlemania XXX means to him. It is hard to put into words what it is like to perform at Wrestlemania. Booker asks him about being in a Triple Threat match. Batista says the thing that bothers him about the match is that he can lose without being beaten. He is so focused and he does not see himself losing.

Booker mentions that things have changed since Batista left. Booker reads a quote from Hunter that was aimed at Batista. Batista says that he thought Hunter was talking about The Rock, but then he felt flattered that Hunter thought he was a movie star. He does not see Hunter as a threat and he needs to stay behind his desk. Daniel Bryan is the flavor of the month. Batista says that he will squash Daniel Bryan. The Yes Movement is a fad. He says that people can live vicariously through Daniel because he looks like him.

Batista says that Randy Orton is the biggest corporate suck up he has ever seen. Batista says that he does not have to suck up to anyone. He just needs to hurt people. Booker asks Batista what can we expect from the match. Batista says that at the end of the match, he will be holding gold while the fans boo him and he will feel great about it.

Booker says that he was here when Batista had his first tenure. Batista is a different man now. He is ready, poised, and primed for tonight.

Josh says that either Triple H gets into the WWE Title Match, who wins. Shawn says that Batista mentioned that he does not have to be pinned to lose. Triple Threat matches are tough. Booker says every Triple Threat match is a battle of attrition. The person who wants it more than anyone else is Daniel Bryan. He is in a unique position.

Josh says that Daniel has to get past Triple H and he reminds everyone what Hunter did to Daniel on Raw. Booker says that Triple H’s kingdom is unraveling before his eyes due to Daniel Bryan. Hunter said he had to be in there against A+ guys, but now he is facing that B+ guy in Daniel Bryan.

Shawn says that Booker is right that Triple H said he would never, but now he is. That is a tough pill to swallow.

Who will win the Andre the Giant Memoial Battle Royal? Is Big Show the favorite?

We see the Andre the Giant Trophy at Wrestlemania Axxess and then it is wheeled into an armor truck to take it to the Superdome. It is a five foot tall trophy.

Shawne is picking the smallest guy with the biggest heart, Rey Mysterio. Who better to not let your feet touch the floor. Booker picks Kofi and Shawn says you might throw him over the top rope but you don’t know where his feet will land. Shawn picks Big Show. He knows that people will go after him at the start of the match, but Show is the favorite.

Booker says someone will make history by being the first.

We see a Hulk Hogan video package.

Shawne says that he has always been a Hulkamaniac and he even ripped off his shirt like Hogan yesterday when he was in the hotel. Shawn says that Hogan inspired so many guys and there is not one person who did not say they wanted to get in the ring with Hogan. Booker says everyone wanted to get in the ring with Hogan because that was where the money was.

It is time to go exclusive to the WWE Network for Hour Two of the Kickoff Show.

It is time for the second hour of the Wrestlemania Kickoff Show.

Josh says the buzz is in the air and we will have the Tag Title Match during this hour.

The panel now consists of Jimmy Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Booker T.

Josh talks about the Tag Title Match. He mentions that the Usos can be beaten without being in the ring. Booker says the Usos will only get bigger and bigger over time. You have to worry about the Real Americans. They could slip in there as the new tag team champions.

Shawn says the Real Americans are the pick if there are new champions. Shawn says that you want a standard match.

Josh asks what happens if the Usos don’t even get into the match. Jimmy says his money is on the Real Americans because they have a manager at ringside. Booker says the Usos need to get in there to break up any cover.

Josh asks what the strategy is. Do you stay in the center of the ring. Booker says that people might not realize they are going to be tagged in. Shawn says that you have to look at the big picture. Booker says there is no instant replay and the referee has to make the right call.

Josh brings up El Torito as another outside factor. Jimmy says he was talking to the Real Americans and they were ready.

Josh sends us back to Renee Young in the Social Media Lounge. Renee says that a lot will trend tonight and she mentions Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and Bray Wyatt. She read Hugh Jackman’s tweet again.

Josh mentions the Battle Royal again and we see an Andre the Giant video package.

We see the Trophy arriving at the Superdome and Tim White helps take it off the armored truck and follows it into the building.

Josh asks Jimmy Hart who he thinks wins the match. Jimmy says the smartest and cleverest and he is picking Ryback. Shawn points out that he is not in the match even though Jimmy described him. He is still going with the Big Show. Booker reminds Shawn of the unwritten rule. Shawn says his unwritten rule was let everyone get tired.

Josh says the tag match is now an elimination match.

Shawn says that changes things and the Usos now have some control over things. Booker says the champs have a better chance.

Josh thanks Shawn for being a part of the panel.

We are back and they talk about the matches on the pay per view.

Alex Riley joins the panel.

Josh mentions that Jimmy Hart is trending on Twitter.

Alex says that he is looking forward to seeing Daniel Bryan with the way the people outside were reacting to him. Jimmy says that he is looking forward to the merchandise because that will show who is over.

Lillian Garcia makes her way out and the crowd goes crazy and it distracts the panelists.

John Cena was interviewed by Michael Cole about his legacy at Wrestlemania. Michael says that he has known John for a long time and has called his main event matches, especially the ones against the Rock. John says that he felt he needed to beat the Rock to justify his place in the WWE Universe. You start to look at yourself from the outside and maybe you aren’t where you are supposed to be. Then you get a second chance and you redeem yourself.

Regardless of where you are, you understand that your work has meant something. It was always about being the best. That is where Bray is different. He does not put that in perspective. Here you are working for 12 years to be able to leave the WWE a better place than when you walked into the door. That is John’s legacy. Bray does not care about rhyme or reason or who the best is. Bray sees John Cena and wants to turn him into a monster.

Bray does not care about winning. He just wants to destroy everything that he has worked his life to build and falsify things.

Michael asks John about his comments about being afraid of Bray and that the people are listening to him. John says that if he can be weakened to a point where the people listen to him. John says that he fears the sacrifices he had to make. John says that having the respect of the people is what he wants. Bray is trying to make him a BS character where the respect is gone. The opponents will say ‘I told you so’ while the believes will ask ‘why’ and move back to square one.

Jerry Lawler makes his way to the announce table in the background.

Josh mentions that John Cena looked around the arena to take in his legacy. Alex says that won’t happen tonight. John has been in ten Wrestlemania. Bray has imposed his fear over so many people, but John has been on this stage before. Jimmy says that John Cena says the right things but the Wyatts have a message that so many are following.

There is a six man tag match tonight with the Shield against Kane and the New Age Outlaws. We see the footage of how we go to this match.

Dean Ambrose says that he does not care how they got here. He wants Kane and the New Age Outlaws to bring their best tonight to Wrestlemania. He wants them to know the pain that their best is not good enough against the new symbol of excellence.

Seth talks about their accomplishments and titles, but it does not matter because he saw the demon in Kane’s eyes. After tonight, the old will die out and the new will rise up. They will make them part of their history.

Roman says that they are the future. He tells you to Believe in the Shield.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Trish Stratus joins the panel. She is asked about inducting Lita into the Hall of Fame. Trish says that it was natural. They had their careers together and it made sense to have their Hall of Fame moment together. Trish says it felt different than when she was inducted because she felt like the Maid of Honor because it was Lita’s night. Trish says that she has not had a chance to soak in New Orleans yet.

Trish is asked about the Divas Title match with fourteen women involved. Trish says that it is time for a change. You have 13 women who hate the champion. It should be interesting.

We go to ringside for our announcers John Layfield, Jerry Lawler, and Michael Cole.

Zeb Colter is in the ring and he says that he knows that a lot of people snuck or swam across the border to get here. He wants everyone to get up and put their hands over their hearts and say ‘We The People’.

Kickoff Show Match: WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos versus The Real Americans versus Rybaxel versus Los Matadores in an Elimination Match

Axel and Jey start things off. They lock up and Jey with a side head lock take down. Axel with a chop but Jey chops back. They go back and forth and The real Americans go to the floor to avoid a tag. Jey with a rollup for a near fall. Axel with a hurdle leap frog and a drop kick. Axel tags in and Ryback pie faces Jey and pushes him into the mat. Jey with uppercuts.

Ryback with a boot to the upper chest and Diego tags in and he gets a rollup. Jey with a rollup for a near fall. Jimmy tags in and they hit a double back elbow and they miss a double elbow drop. Diego with chops but Diego floats over and he does an Ole. Diego with a back heel kick. Fernando tags in and he hits a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Fernando with an arm bar. Jey with a chinbreaker.

Cesaro tags in and he connects with a European uppercut and then Swagger sends Cesaro into the corner for an elbow. Swagger with punches and he tries for a belly to back suplex but Fernando lands on his feet and he hits a springboard back elbow. Fernando with a springboard senton but he misses a springboard moonsault when Swagger moves. Swagger is sent over the top roe and so is Cesaro. Ryback and the Usos go to the floor. Axel is sent to the floor.

Los Matadores hit stereo dives off the turnbuckles. Torito gets on the apron and he bouces on the ropes. Torito goes up top and Axel puts him in the ring. Axel looks at everyone on the floor and he goes up top but Los Matadores stop him and they hit a Tower of Doom cross body onto everyone with help from Torito.

Swagger is rolled back into the ring and Fernando with a forearm. He kicks Cesaro off the apron and Swagger sends Fernando to the mat and applies the ankle lock and Fernando taps out.

Los Matadores Eliminated

Swagger with an ankle lock to Jimmy. Axel tags in and drops Swagger on the apron and connects with a running knee to Jimmy. Ryback tags in and he hits a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. Ryback with a slam and he hits a belly flop onto Jimmy and Axel with an elbow drop after tagging in for a near fall. Axel sends Jimmy into Ryback’s boot. Ryback with a near fall. Ryback gets a near fall. Ryback with a reverse chin lock using Jimmy’s arm for extra pressure.

Ryback with an Irish whip but he goes into the ring post with his shoulder when Jimmy moves. Jey tags in and he connects with a clothesline to Axel and then he goes after Cesaro and Swagger. Jey with a kick to the back of the leg and he flips like his dad. Jey with a Samoan Drop and he hits the running butt splash into the corner. Jey with a clothesline that sends Axel over the top rope to the floor.

Swagger tags in and he hits a belly-to-belly slam for a near fall. Jey gets his feet up for a Swagger Bomb attempt. Ryback tags in and he hits spinebusters on Jey and Swagger. Ryback with a clothesline to Swagger and he says that it is over. Ryback picks up Swagger for the musclebuster but Cesaro tags in. Ryback brings Cesaro into the ring and Cesaro with Swiss Death and the Gotch Style Neutralizer to pin Ryback.

Rybaxel Eliminated

All four men stand in the ring and we get a We The People and an Usos Chant. Cesaro and Swagger are sent to the floor and then Jimmy and Jey with stereo planchas onto Swagger and Cesaro. All four men are down on the floor. Cesaro is rolled back into the ring and Cesaro catches Jey and hits a back breaker for a near fall.

Cesaro sets for the Gotch Styles Neutralizer but Jey with jackknife cover. Cesaro kicks out and he tries for the Giant Swing but Jey get so the ropes. Cesaro with a European uppercut to Jimmy.

Swagger tags in and Jimmy hits a corkscrew senton onto both men and he gets a near fall on Swagger. Swagger backs into the corner and Jimmy sets for the running butt splash but Swagger moves and he applies the ankle lock. Jimmy tries to fight out of it but Swagger holds on. Cesaro blocks a super kick. Jey with a super kick to Swagger. Cesaro with Swiss Death to Jey. Jimmy with a super kick to Cesaro and everyone is down in the ring.

Cesaro gets back to the apron to make the tag. Jey avoids a kick and he hits an uppercut. Jey sends Cesaro into Swagger and then the Usos with a double super kick and Jimmy tags in. Both Usos go up to and they hit a double Superfly Splash for the three count.

Winners: The Usos

After the match, Swagger yells at Cesaro for hitting him in the midsection. Swagger wants to know about We The People. Zeb wants Swagger to calm down. Swagger puts Cesaro in the ankle lock but he releases it. Zeb wants Jack to hug Cesaro.

Swagger turns around and he offers his hand. Cesaro gets up and he looks around and he shakes his hand, but it is only the prelude to the Giant Swing.

We go back to the panel.

Josh asks if the Real Americans can be repaired. Booker says that he does not know. The Usos did what he thought they would do. He says big things are on the Usos’ horizon. Alex says Zeb had to keep his guys under control. Can they go back after the ankle lock. Trish says that you can’t put it all back together with a hug.

Josh asks Trish about the Hall of Fame. She talks about Warrior’s speech. She also brings up Amy wearing a long dress.

Josh asks Trish her favorite Wrestlemania Moment. Trish says that it was Wrestlemania 18, wrestling in Toronto. Alex asks Trish about walking to the ring at Wrestlemania.

We see the announcement of the multitude of Divas in the Divas Invitational Match for the title.

Alex says that he thinks Tamina will win. She knows AJ better than anyone. Trish says that it is time for Tamina to shine. Trish mentions a match in 2001 when she was involved. They were waiting for one of the women to shine and she became the champion. Booker says Tamina is the biggest threat, but he won’t put anything past AJ. She is crafty and witty.

Alex says that he is looking forward to Triple H’s entrance to see what he has and when he blows the water.

Josh asks if Triple H wins or will it be Daniel Bryan who goes into the Main Event? Booker says Triple H will be ready. Triple H cannot dictate the people in the crowd. Trish says the crowd is the thing that gets you going. Josh asks Booker if Hunter is different at Wrestlemania. Booker says that he knew he was going to win when he faced him, but Hunter has been the corner stone of the company.