30/05/2024

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Adelaide natives Rhea Ripley and Bronson Reed, as well as Sydney-born Grayson Waller have all achieved glory in WrestleMania weekend.

The Australian trio were all victorious in their respective matches across yesterday’s Smackdown and today’s WrestleMania, headlined by Ripley’s Women’s World Championship retention over Becky Lynch this morning.

The Eradicator’s defence kickstarted festivities and was one of the highlights of Night 1, battling with a wrist injury and continuing to embark on a very dominant reign one year after capturing the title. She had an outstanding 2023 and was regarded by many as the best female superstar of the year, bringing that form into 2024.

Ripley also main evented Elimination Chamber in Perth last February, now fresh off defeating one of the greats in Lynch and ensuring she becomes the longest-reigning Women’s World Champion in WWE history. Her tenure currently stands at 371 days and will surpass Bayley’s record of 379.

Speaking at the WrestleMania Saturday Press Conference, Ripley said everything fell into place and how she showed the world who the benchmark is in the women’s division.

“It feels bloody fantastic to say the least,” she said.

“Look, I went out there with one of the best in this federation, Becky Lynch and to be able to step toe-to-toe with her and bring the fight to her, it meant the absolute world to me and to be able to have it on the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania XL, the largest WrestleMania there is.

“It’s very, very special and not only that, but to have Motionless in White be there too. Everything sort of came together for ‘Mami’ and I proved once again that ‘Mami’ is always on top.”

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Not many can say they won their first WWE Championship on their WrestleMania debut, but Grayson Waller today accomplished that remarkable feat.

He and Austin Theory competed in a chaotic Six-Pack Ladder match for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships, with the duo capturing the Smackdown Tag Team Titles and splitting the unified gold in the process.

It comes not even one year into Waller’s debut on the main roster, drafted to Smackdown from NXT last May. The Aussie Icon has stepped inside the ring against legends like Randy Orton and Edge, now forging a WrestleMania moment and celebrating with the signature shoey.

Bronson Reed began the string of momentum for the Australian superstars yesterday on Smackdown, winning the tenth edition of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

He now joins superstars like Jey Uso, Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman, who have won the coveted match.

The Aussie Destroyer outlasted an impressive group of talent like Ricochet, Otis and Ivar, revealing after his victory he is targeting the Intercontinental Championship that was surprisingly won by Sami Zayn today at WrestleMania.

Night 1 of WrestleMania also saw The Rock compete in his first match in eight years, teaming with Roman Reigns to defeat Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins in the main event.

It now means the Tribal Chief’s Undisputed Universal Championship defence tomorrow against the American Nightmare will be contested under no rules.

Full WrestleMania Night 1 Results:

Rhea Ripley (c) defeated Becky Lynch – Women’s World Championship

A-Town Down Under and The Awesome Truth defeated The Judgment Day (c), The New Day, #DIY and New Catch Republic

Rey Mysterio and Andrade defeated Santos Escobar and Dominik Mysterio

Jey Uso defeated Jimmy Uso

Bianca Belair, Jade Cargill and Naomi defeated Dakota Kai, Asuka and Kairi Sane

Sami Zayn defeated Gunther (c) – Intercontinental Championship

The Rock and Roman Reigns defeated Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins

WrestleMania Night 2 Match Card (tomorrow at 9am AEST on BINGE):

Roman Reigns (c) vs Cody Rhodes – Undisputed Universal Championship (Bloodline Rules)

Seth Rollins (c) vs Drew McIntyre – World Heavyweight Championship

Logan Paul (c) vs Randy Orton vs Kevin Owens – United States Championship

IYO SKY (c) vs Bayley – Women’s Championship

LA Knight vs AJ Styles

Bobby Lashley, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins vs Karrion Kross, Akam and Rezar (Philadelphia Street Fight)

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