We go to the ring and it’s filling up with Superstars. The bell hits and everyone goes at it. Axel stops things and everyone looks on as he tears his Axelmania t-shirt to a pop. He turns around and everyone picks him up and gets surfed around, then tossed to the floor. Axel is eliminated.
Big Show works on Titus in the corner. Goldust and Darren Young go t it. Henry goes at it with one of the Matadores. Ryback grabs Itami but he fights him off. Bo Dallas is fighting out of the corner. Adam Rose and Fandango eliminate themselves off the apron. Big Show chops Itami. Sandow eliminates Alex Riley. Zack Ryder takes out Heath Slater and goes for the Broski Boot but Bo eliminates him. Bo goes nuts at eliminating Ryder and jumps over the top rope, eliminating himself. Bo doesn’t realize it as he runs around the ring to celebrate. Bo runs back in the ring and maybe he didn’t go over the top. Itami unloads on Bo and sends him over the top. Bo is now eliminated. Itami unloads and gets chants but Big Show throws him to the apron. Show knocks Itami to the floor with a knockout punch and fans boo. Itami is eliminated. Kane eliminates one of the Matadores. Cesaro eliminates Sin Cara.
Tyson Kidd gets eliminated. The Ascension double team Henry and eliminate him. They double team Ryback now and the go to work on Big Show and Titus. Fans chant for Sandow, who is working together with The Miz. Goldust works on Young. Konnor knocks Big Show down. Uso and Cesaro go at it. Ryback eliminates The Ascension at the same time.
Ryback eliminates Young after a Meathook. Ryback tosses Slater over the top next. Titus runs over Ryback and barks. Titus misses in the corner and Ryback eliminates him. Ryback with Shellshocked to Swagger. Swagger is eliminated by Big Show. Kofi, Woods and Big E unload on Big Show. Big almost eliminates Show but he hangs on. The New Day keeps hitting him but Show tosses Big E and eliminates him. Show eliminates Woods with a knockout punch. Show eliminates Kofi next. Rowan beats down Show in the corner now.
Fans chant for Sandow some more. Big Show eliminates Rowan. Ryback runs over Show. Ryback eliminates Goldust. Ryback goes for Shellshocked on Show but Kane makes the save. Kane with a double chokeslam on Miz and Sandow. Kane goes to toss Cesaro but he hangs on. Cesaro crawls back in and scoops Kane. Kane is eliminated by Cesaro. Fans chant for Cesaro now. Uso is eliminated by Big Show. Cesaro and Show go at it now. Cesaro scoops Show up but can’t keep him up. Show eliminates Cesaro to boos from the crowd. Show raises his hand but turns around to Ryback with a spinebuster. Fans chant for Ryback but he runs into a choke from Show. Ryback gets eliminated. It’s down to Sandow, Miz and Show as fans cheer.
Miz gives Sandow orders as Show watches from his corner. Fans chant for Sandow. Sandow shakes his head “no” at Miz and the crowd pops. A “yes!” chant breaks out as Miz tries to talk Sandow into getting on the same page. Fans boo The Miz. Miz loses his cool and starts talking trash to Sandow and yelling at him. Miz puts his hands on Sandow and he gets pissed. Sandow says he quits and tosses Miz over the top rope. Miz is eliminated. Sandow yells at Miz from the ring. Miz jumps back on the apron but Sandow knocks him off. Referees order Miz to the back but he tries to go back to the apron. Miz throws a fit as Sandow is left in the ring with Big Show. Sandow turns around and realizes this. Show walks up on Sandow and laughs. Show opens his arms and challenges Sandow to bring it. Sandow with a forearm. Sandow unloads. Show tosses him over but Sandow hangs on and pulls himself back in. Sandow unloads again and backs Show into the ropes. Sandow with a clothesline but Show runs over him with a shoulder block. Fans boo. Show charges but Sandow ducks. Show goes over the top but barely hangs on. Sandow bites his hand and stomps but Show falls to the apron. Sandow bites the fingers again but Show fights his way back to his feet. Sandow rocks him and bounces off the ropes. Show grabs him by the throat and comes back in the ring. Sandow manages to get a submission locked and Show starts fading. Show comes up out of nowhere and powers out of the hold by tossing Sandow to the floor for the win.
Winner: Big Show
– After the match, Show’s music hits as we go to replays. Show goes to ringside and grabs the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy. It’s heavy but Show manages to hoist it up for his WrestleMania moment.
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
Back from the break and Jack Swagger is out as is WWE United States Champion Rusev for a non-title match. Rusev dominates early on as fans chant for Lana but she’s not here.
Rusev keeps control but Swagger looks to make a comeback. Rusev turns it back around and knocks Swagger on the back of his head from the top. Rusev comes back in and charges with a huge kick to the jaw. Rusev turns Swagger over, stomps on his back and applies The Accolade for the win.
After the bell, Rusev won’t break The Accolade and Lana isn’t here to call him off. Rusev keeps the hold locked until John Cena’s music hits. Rusev stands up and Cena hits the ring for a brawl. Cena tackles Rusev and hits him with rights. Cena follows to the floor but Rusev catches him and sends him into the barrier. Rusev scoops Cena and slams his back into the ring post. Rusev launches Cena over the announce table and he lands hard. Rusev yells as fans boo. Rusev grabs his Russian flag and raises it as fans boo. Officials tend to Cena as Cole plays up how bad he’s hurt. Cena crawls away from the wreckage at the announce table as Rusev keeps the flag raised on the other side of the ring. Rusev goes back over and stalks Cena. Rusev charges and Cena turns around to a big kick to the face. Rusev tears apart the announce table and slams Cena face first into it. Rusev climbs up onto the table and stomps on Cena’s back. Rusev applies The Accolade on top of the announce table. Cena goes out in the hold and officials finally get Rusev to break it. Rusev jumps down, yells at officials and grabs his title before going back in the ring to big heat. The Russian flag drops as Rusev’s music hits and he poses with the title. Trainers and referees check on Cena, who is still laid out. Back to commercial.
- In the video below, Jack Swagger talks with KiCK Magazine from Facebook’s UK headquarters during Swagger’s recent WWE promotional tour. Swagger talked about how excited he is for WrestleMania 31 and said he’s looking forward to throwing people over the top rope in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Swagger joked that he apologized to the Andre trophy recently after breaking the original. Swagger also talked about Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar and believes Reigns will win the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Regarding Sting’s first WWE match, Swagger said he couldn’t have a better opponent in Triple H. Swagger also talks about going to the UK, soccer and more.
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Wrestlemania is the sports entertainment event of the year and on March 29th 2015, Wrestlemania 31 will be broadcast to fans around the world, not least to those here in the UK. With the WWE network now available in the UK, fans can watch and relive WM31 and their favourite Wrestlemania moments over and over again. Following Wrestlemania, British fans will get to see the stars of the WWE in person as they tour the country, with Raw and Smackdown due to be filmed in London (tickets for all dates here). We were privileged to sit down with top WWE superstar Jack Swagger to get his views on Wrestlemania and the UK tour. From hair-care advice to humming entrance songs, Swagger is a man of many talents. Intrigued? Read on…
Wrestlemania is around the corner and you’re set to be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. What would it mean to you to win it?
It would mean a lot. Just to be on a Wrestlemania card, I think, means more to the superstars than a pay check or going to work that day. It’s such a special thing, such an honour to be on there. So to win the Battle Royal would be very impressive and I’d put it up there with one of the best feats of my career. Anything named after Andre the Giant in our line of work is something very special and should be put on a pedestal.
Did you ever meet Andre and do you have any stories about him?
I never got to meet him, I’ve just heard thousands of stories about how he commanded so much respect. The best Andre story refers to when he would get on a plane and someone would have their suitcase by his seat. He would just take that suitcase out, leave it right in the aisle, put his case up and sit down. No-one would say a thing to him!
You’ve faced the ‘Hero of the Russian Federation’ Rusev a number of times. He’s not lost yet so what chance does John Cena have at Wrestlemania?
Rusev is one of those competitors that comes around once in a generation. Everything that you see about him is legit. If anyone were to stand a chance against him it would probably be Jack Swagger! I think I’ve probably got one more Wrestlemania to get him! Me aside, if anyone wants to take him down in this day and age in the WWE it will be John Cena – and what a moment that will be.
You’re used to receiving advice from your manager, Zeb Colter. Brock Lesnar has Paul Heyman. What advice would you give to Roman Reigns before his World Title match against Lesnar?
I think I would tell Roman that he just needs to do everything he has done his entire life. He knows how to win and how to prepare himself. The hay’s in the barn at that point, it’s just time to believe in himself and go win the biggest match of his life. That, and to stop putting so much conditioner in his hair before he goes out! It’s not naturally that shiny! It makes me mad. It’s all product! You’re all product Roman!
What is your favourite Wrestlemania memory either as a fan or a performer?
One memory that always sticks with me, I think just because it was when I was first in developmental training with WWE, was Wrestlemania 24 when Shawn Michaels faced Ric Flair. The respect that Ric has in our business is unmeasurable. WWE captured that moment between him and Shawn so well. It was such a powerful thing and I remember being, I think I was 26 at the time, and watching that match and seeing him with legit tears when he was hugging his family. That made me want to be a sports entertainer. Telling stories like that.
The Twitter hashtag #GiveDivasAChance has been trending. What do you think of the Divas division and who’s your pick to be the next big thing?
I think our divas division is very strong and more competitive than it has been since I’ve been on the roster. They definitely are underutilised and don’t get enough air time – some matches just leave you blown away by what they do. I think Trinity (Naomi) is one of the girls that is going to transcend and change the division. She’s so athletic – if she was a guy she’d be a Pro Bowler in the NFL or an All-Star in the NBA, she’s that good.
After Wrestlemania, WWE will be in the UK for a tour in April. How do UK fans compare to the US and will we see a WWE Pay-Per-View event in the UK?
That’s one of my favourite things about this job. We get to travel the world and see amazing cities and cultures. One thing you see every place you go is that the regions’ fans are different. Coming over the UK, you guys are highly energetic and you love to sing the entrance songs! That has become kind of a characteristic and it’s made me want to sing entrance songs! I even know my own entrance song and how it would go […hums his ‘Patriot’ theme song] but I really enjoy it and we always say our April and November tours are our wrestlers vacation. We get to come over here, eat, sleep and wrestle. As for a pay-per-view event, absolutely. I think we’re definitely gearing up towards that. I’d say in the next five years.
It was a hopeful note on which to finish and so far as Jack Swagger is concerned, he gets the thumbs up from we, the people.
Jack Swagger’s London visit in March 2015 continued, with appearances at Facebook, the Tower of London and more.
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Jack Swagger visits London in honor of WWE’s upcoming April 2015 tour of the United Kingdom.
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Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
Rusev immediately throws Swagger outside of the ring after the bell sounds. Swagger takes over early. Swagger has momentum throughout but Rusev creates separation and regains momentum with a super kick. Rusev locks in “The Accolade” for the submission win.
– Curtis Axel appears on the jumbotron to confront Rusev as he celebrates in the ring. Axel says he’s coming after Rusev and will defeat him on Monday Night RAW.
– Rusev and Lana come out for a promo on John Cena. Jack Swagger eventually interrupts with a quick promo. Swagger has Rusev on the defensive and gives a strong “We the People” in his face. However, Rusev regains himself and puts Swagger in “The Accolade” as the Russian flag falls.
Stardust vs. Jack Swagger
We go to the ring and out comes Stardust. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Jack Swagger is making his way out. Stardust strikes first and unloads on Swagger in the corner. Stardust has on his usual attire and not the tights from Fastlane. Swagger comes back and takes out the knee. Stardust counters a Swagger Bomb and goes for a Disaster Kick but Swagger grabs him for the Patriot Lock. Stardust makes it to the rope and turns it back around. Goldust’s music hits and out he comes. Swagger takes advantage of the distraction and makes Stardust tap out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
– Fans taunt Stardust wit a “Cody” chant after the match as he throws a fit and Goldust looks on.