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By Stuart Carapola on 2018-04-09 11:57:00

Welcome to's live, ongoing coverage of Wrestlemania 34!

Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Jonathan Coachman welcome us for Raw, then send us to the ring for our opening match...

Intercontinental Title Match: The Miz vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor

Miz sends the Miztourage to the back, and Balor is ushered to the ring by a slew of Balor Club members.  Fast start, as they trade armdrags and rollups on one another before Rollins clotheslines Miz to the floor.  Balor clotheslines Seth out, and then takes both men out with a dive.  Balor is looking RIPPED tonight.  Balor tosses Miz back into the ring and counters a sunset flip with a dropkick for 2.  Seth in with a springboard clothesline on Balor, but Miz rams him into the corner and hits a running kick on Balor for 2.  We see John Cena watching the show from the crowd as Rollins hits a double blockbuster and covers Miz for 2.  Miz hits a corner clothesline on Balor, then goes to the top and hits a double axhandle on Rollins for 2.  Miz hits a neckbreaker on Balor for 2, then gets him in a Million Dollar Dream.  Rollins breaks that up and tosses Miz to the floor, hits a slingblade on Balor, then takes Miz out with a dive.  Balor hits Rollins with a slingblade of his own, Seth superkicks Balor, Miz hits a DDT on Rollins for 2.  Miz goes for a figure four on Rollins, Rollins kicks him off and goes for a springboard something, but Miz superkicks him off the top rope and to the floor.  Miz blocks a leaping enziguiri and hits a legwhip over the top rope on Balor, then gets him in a figure four right in the middle of the ring.  Rollins off the top with a frogsplash on Miz for 2, breaking up the figure four.  Balor tries the apron punt on Rollins, Rollins blocks and goes for a buckle bomb into the barricade, but Balor gets out and rams Rollins into the Miz against the barricade.  Balor and Rollins are back inside trading strikes, Balor hits the overhead kick, and hits the Curtain Call for 2.  Balor goes to the top for the double stomp, but Miz knocks him down and goes for a superplex.  Balor blocks and Rollins grabs Miz and buckle bombs him, then runs back up the corner and hits the superplex on Balor, but Balor counters the second one to a small package for 2.  Miz quickly hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Rollins, but Rollins kicks out at 2.  Balor counters a Skull Crushing Finale attempt to a rollup for 2, then hits a leaping enziguiri and goes up again for the double stomp.  Miz shakes the rope and knocks Balor down on the top turnbuckle, Balor blocks a superplex, Rollins hits them both with a leaping enziguiri, and tries a springboard something into the ring, but Miz counters to a super Skull Crushing Finale.  Balor breaks the pinfall at 2 with a top rope double stomp, then hits Miz with a slingblade, shotgun dropkick, and comes off the top with the double stomp, but Rollins comes right in and curb stomps Balor.  Rollins curb stomps Miz and covers, and we have a new Intercontinental Champion!

Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins

Rollins is now a Grand Slam winner after a really fast paced, awesome opener.

We switch to Corey, Tom Phillips, and Byron Saxton to call our next match...

Smackdown Women's Title Match: Charlotte Flair vs Asuka

Charlotte gets a grand entrance with a throne and gladiators escorting her to the ring, an entrance that as Corey says, is befitting a queen.  Feeling out process to start, then Charlotte tries to get in Asuka's head by doing the Flair strut.  Asuka with a quick spinkick to the ribs, but Charlotte takes Asuka down, goes for the figure four, but Asuka rolls out and connects with a kneestrike to the face for 2.  We see John Cena in the crowd again as Charlotte goes back after Asuka and gets taken down.  Asuka tries a flying hip attack, but Charlotte catches her and dumps her.  Charlotte with a series of chops, does the Flair Flip, and tries a shoulderblock through the ropes, but Asuka counters with a kick, then another flying hip attack sends Flair to the floor.  Asuka taunts Charlotte and waits for her to crawl back into the ring, then takes her down with an armbar when she comes back in.  Flair counters to a brute force backbreaker, but Asuka goes behind her and gets a choke.  Flair counters to a backpack driver, then drops a nasty knee across the back of Asuka's neck.  Well, THAT slowed her down.  Flair goes to the top for a moonsault, but Asuka catches her in a triangle choke as she lands.  Charlotte uses her sheer size to stand up and counter to a Boston crab, and has Asuka trapped right in the middle of the ring.  Asuka counters to a cradle for 2, Charlotte counters to a sunset flip for another 2, and she has a look of determination on her face as she and Asuka go face to face and Asuka unloads with chops and snaps Charlotte's injured arm over the bottom rope, then drills it with a sliding kick and covers for 2.

Asuka now just brutally whipping kicks at Charlotte's face, but Charlotte catches one and just shoves Asuka on her butt.  Asuka goes for another hip attack, but Charlotte dodges and lands a hard kick square in Asuka's back, then goes for a suplex on the apron.  Asuka shoves her off and counters to a suplex from the apron to the floor.  OUCH.  They both beat the count, and Asuka has a cruel smile on her face as she grabs Charlotte's hair, pulls her to her feet, and unloads with a flurry of rapid fire strikes.  Asuka goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Asuka holds Charlotte's arms and repeatedly stomps on her upper back, then drags her to the corner and climbs to the second rope, but Charlotte suddenly lights Asuka up with chops of her own and plants her with Spanish Fly for 2.  Charlotte has a look on her face like she's wondering what it will take to put Asuka away, then she tries to go for Natural Selection, but Asuka catches her on the way through and gets...some hold I can't even identify, but it stretches just about every part of Charlotte's body.  Charlotte again uses her size to slip out and go for the figure four, Asuka unlods with kicks, Charlotte responds with chops, and Asuka tosses her and goes for the Asuka Lock.  Asuka goes for the body scissors and Charlotte rolls over her shoulders for 2.  Charlotte with a spear as Asuka screams at her, but only gets 2.  This match is great.  Charlotte goes back to the figure four, and gets it this time, then turns it into the figure eight.  Asuka is screaming and writhing in pain, and she taps out!

Winner: Charlotte Flair

The streak is over!  Charlotte hands Asuka her first loss, and Asuka takes a mic after the match and graciously says Charlotte was ready for Asuka.  She congratulates Charlotte and they hug in the middle of the ring, and Asuka raises Charlotte's hand in victory.  Great moment to end an epic match.  Charlotte leaves as a referee runs out of the back and into the crowd to tell John Cena something that he appears not to believe at first, then he hops the rail and sprints to the back.

Coverage continues on Page 2!

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