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WrestleMania 37 live match grades, results, highlights from WWE’s Night 2

After a historic Night 1, WrestleMania 37 will conclude Sunday night with a highly anticipated WWE Universal championship triple-threat match between defending champion Roman Reigns, 2021 Royal Rumble winner Edge and Daniel Bryan.

Reigns has had a stranglehold on the title since returning to WWE last summer but he finds new opposition in Edge, who made his comeback from an injury to win the 30-man over-the-top battle royal last January and get his shot at WWE gold. Bryan has also found his way into the match after giving Reigns hell over the past month, much to Edge’s chagrin.

MORE: Daniel Bryan on title match and whether this is his last WrestleMania

This fantastic rivalry will culminate with a showdown in WWE’s annual “Showcase of the Immortals,” between three competitors who have something in common. 

Edge and Bryan have made remarkable comebacks after retiring because of career-threatening injuries, while Reigns overcame leukemia to make his way back to the squared circle. Nobody in this trio will take anything for granted, but only one can come out on top. 

Other matches include Big E defending his Intercontinental championship against Apollo Crews in a Nigerian Drum Fight, Riddle putting his United States championship on the line against Sheamus, The Fiend looking to get his revenge against Randy Orton, and plenty of other action.

Stay tuned as Sporting News provides live updates following each match with a recap and grades. 

MORE: Full match grades from Night 1 of WrestleMania 37

WrestleMania 37 Night 2 match grades

Randy Orton def. The Fiend 

Is there a reason why the WWE continues to hang on to this feud? The last time these two met at WrestleMania 33 we were treated to a historically bad title match with worms on the mat.

Could they redeem themselves here?

Nope. 

A nonsensical feud seems like it’s going to continue with a baffling ending where Alexa Bliss turned on The Fiend and her distraction cost him the victory. 

The entrances were extraordinarily long. Longer than the match, actually. Bliss cranked a large jack-n-the-box for The Fiend to rise out of. The dreaded red light is back. The Fiend is back to not selling. Everything you didn’t ask for you got in this match. They kind of brawled in a plodding match that fans quickly grew tired of. 

The finish came when an RKO attempt was reversed into a mandible claw. The Fiend went for a Sister Abigail but Alexa Bliss appeared with a crown of thorns to distract The Fiend and allow Orton to hit the RKO and pick up the victory.  

Post-match, the lights go out and the crowd rejects with boos. 

This was really, really bad.

Grade: F 

Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) def. Natalya and Tamina to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championship

Just like the women’s tag match the night before, this match was doomed from the start.

With no investment into the makeshift team of Natalya and Tamina, it was hard to buy into them becoming champions. But you can’t deny that the four women involved didn’t work hard. It just wasn’t a very good match.

They had their moments though as a nice slingshot by Natalya into a Tamina superkick was impressive but that had nothing on Shayna laying in a stiff knee into Natalya’s that seemingly did some real damage. Outside of that, this match dragged on and tried to get everyone invested in the idea that Natalya and Tamina could dethrone the champions. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be. There was a lot of cussing from the ladies as Natalya tried to frantically direct traffic. 

Trying to emulate WrestleMania 3 with Tamina bodyslamming Nia Jax for a near fall was…something. Tamina would then miss a Superfly splash. 

Natalya then locked in the sharpshooter on Nia Jax but Shayna Baszler had been tagged in and was the legal wrestler. She raced in, sunk in the rear-naked choke and retained the titles when Natalya passed out.

This is not a good start to WrestleMania.

Grade: D

Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn

With the storied history between these two, there was no doubt they would deliver. 

This match was essentially the greatest hits of their ROH matches compacted into minutes. And that was absolutely great because they got to do it at WrestleMania.

It was an absolute sprint with all of their big moves landing in a hurry. Owens started off on fire with a pop up powerbomb and was on the assault. Zayn followed with a brainbuster on the edge of the apron. Owens with an impressive frog splash for a near fall. The action never slowed. Exploder suplexes, a wicked fisherman buster superplex and a package piledriver tease was stuffed into the match

A Helluva Kick by Zayn signaled the go-home stretch as he held Owens up for another kick but was countered with a pair of superkicks. Owens stared down Zayn, hits the stunner and it’s over. 

Oh, why was Logan Paul there? To eat a stunner from Owens, of course. And that’ll likely get some mainstream press. 

This match was just a whole lot of fun between two of the best talents in the WWE. 

Grade: B+

Sheamus def. Riddle for the United States Championship

Riddle and Sheamus didn’t have a lot of heat heading into the match but made up for it with a hard-hitting match.

Sheamus has quietly had himself a pretty damn good year in the ring and he was rewarded with the United States Championship.

As for Riddle, it felt as if we were possibly getting a shift from his aloof “bro” persona into something a little more serious as he served up some relentless offense. Everything from a top rope Spanish Fly and a German suplex on the edge of the apron was cut loose from Riddle. Unfortunately, Sheamus was up for the challenge and fired back with some his signature moveset.  

The end came when Sheamus landed a Brogue Kick as Riddle flipped off the second rope. It was impressive a busted Riddle’s mouth open as Sheamus picked up the pinfall. Afterward, Riddle stared a hole in Sheamus and maybe this is a sign that the days of the goofy guy who can wrestle are over. 

Grade: B

Apollo Crews def. Big E for the Intercontinental Championship

If you wanted to know what a Nigerian Drum Fight is, well it’s got drums, a gong and kendo sticks. I didn’t know that gongs and kendo sticks were Nigerian, but whatever. 

At least they didn’t use the drums in the match. But the gong? The gong got some action. 

These two worked with what they had as they pummelled each other with weapons and worked in some offense worthy of a heated feud. The problem with the booking of this match was that Crews hadn’t beaten Big E in a singles match and it was difficult to justify a reason for a match at WrestleMania. 

The stipulation was goofy but was the only way to make sense out of this. And, fortunately, they gave Apollo Crews got the victory he needed at WrestleMania.

Big E hit his spots that included a frightening spear through the ropes and a brutal Uranage on the ring steps. But Apollo kept fighting back and set E up on the table for a frog splash. E escaped and Crews crashed through the table. It felt like the end was near as Big E hit the Big Ending, but Dabba-Kato — from Raw Underground — made his WrestleMania debut, attacked Big E and Crews picked up the victory. 

The loss doesn’t hurt Big E at all as he remains a fan favorite while Apollo Crews absolutely needed to win in order to not fall into obscurity. It was a relatively brief but solid match that didn’t wear out its welcome. 

Grade: B

Rhea Ripley def. Asuka for the “Raw” Women’s Championship

Asuka has arguably been the worst-handled champion on the entire roster. Since winning the title, she hasn’t had a noteworthy feud and has often found herself losing to lesser talent for little to no reason despite being one of the most talented women on the roster. 

For the past several months it’s felt like a race to see who would get the title off of Asuka. Charlotte fell out of what appeared to be a WrestleMania rematch and was replaced on relatively short notice by NXT’s Rhea Ripley, who is getting another shot on the main roster after being fumbled last year. Ripley is obviously a star in the making and it was a foregone conclusion that she’d get her WrestleMania moment after falling short last year to Charlotte. 

Ripley sunk her teeth into the role as the heel and was in control for the early portion of the match with her power moves. Asuka would bounce back with a missile dropkick and get in some significant offense over her bigger opponent. Honestly, this may have been Ripley’s best match since her showdown with Charlotte last year. As for Asuka, she’s always been one of the best in the world and had an opportunity to make Ripley look like a million bucks, even in defeat. 

The action started to pick up as Asuka hit Ripley with nasty DDT off the apron to the floor. Once they made it back to the ring, some nice counter wrestling ensued and Ripley had her armbar reversed into an Asuka lock. But Ripley reversed it into a Riptide to get the pin and win the title.

Where does Asuka go from here? Who knows. She’s too good to be as misused as she has. But it’s clear that Rhea Ripley will be a major force on Raw for the immediate future.  

Grade: B

How to watch WrestleMania 37

One of the latest streaming services to hit the market, Peacock, is an NBC-driven vehicle. In January, WWE Network and its library were sold to Peacock, which is now home to WWE streamed content.

Peacock has three separate pricing tiers: the free tier, the Premium tier and the Premium Plus tier. In order to watch WWE Network and WrestleMania 37, you’ll have to subscribe to the Premium tier, at $4.99 per month. This will also grant you unlimited access to the WWE Network library available on Peacock, as more content is uploaded to Peacock over the coming months.

Peacock is available on gaming consoles, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV and Apple TV. After logging in, there is a WWE category across the top bar — navigate over to it, and away you go.

MORE: How to watch WrestleMania on Peacock

WrestleMania 37 matches Night 2

Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Universal championshipRhea Ripley def. Asuka for the “WWE Raw” women’s championshipRandy Orton def. The FiendApollo Crews def. Big E for the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a Nigerian Drum FightKevin Owens def. Sami Zayn (with Logan Paul)Sheamus def. Riddle for the WWE United States championshipNia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) def. Natalya and Tamina for the Women’s Tag Team Championship

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