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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (1/27/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 332

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Punishment Martinez VS Dobbs; Martinez wins.
  • Team Coast 2 Coast VS War Machine; C2C wins, and stays together.
  • SoCal Uncensored VS The Bullet Club’s Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll; SoCal Uncensored wins.

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Previously on ROH TV…

Christopher Daniels and SoCal Uncensored went to the Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor, with an offer. Taylor accepted, and while the SCU went after The Young Bucks, Taylor knocked out The Villain to earn his money. However, The Hangman made the scene, but perhaps a moment too late. Are the Bullet Club’s “Hung Bucks” in danger of losing their titles?

 

Punishment Martinez VS Dobbs!

The monstrous Reincarnation of the Purple Mist staked his claim to the ROH World Heavyweight Championship a few weeks ago, and looks to build momentum towards a title shot. It isn’t a matter of if, but when he reaches his golden goal.

Dobbs wants to keep the Code of Honor, but Martinez boots him right down!

The bell rings, Martinez jumps corner to corner for the back elbow, spinning lariat and roaring right hand! Dobbs falls down, Martinez stalks him as he crawls away. Martinez then brings Dobbs up by his hair, and shouts “Castle!” before ramming a right forearm into Dobbs’ face. The monster is sending a message to the Peacock one more at a time. He brings Dobbs back up, but Dobbs hits back! The fans cheer, but Martinez looks rather underwhelmed. He swings on Dobbs but Dobbs ducks to dropkick him! The fans cheer as Dobbs runs, but he runs into a discus boot! Martinez takes his time with Dobbs, dragging him back up to then swing him out for yet another boot! Dobbs is out on his feet, but Martinez finishes him with the South of Heaven choke slam!

Martinez covers, Martinez wins! And he scares off the ref, to celebrate on his own. How long will the monster have to wait to get his hands back on Dalton Castle?

Not too long, as the ROH WHC appears!

The Peacock and His Boys head right to the ring, and the champion stares Martinez down. Castle gets up and into the ring with Martinez, each man keeping his gaze locked on the other.

Castle shrugs, Martinez smirks. Martinez swings, but Castle catches him and throws him overhead! Martinez rolls out of the ring while fans fire up, and Castle dares him to get back in. The monster returns to the apron with a single jump! The Peacock is ready, but the monster backs down with another smirk. The fans boo while he makes his way out. When will the Purple Mist decide to make good on his championship challenge?

 

Team Coast 2 Coast speaks.

“Tonight is the night!” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni risk it all for what could be one last match! C2C VS War Machine, “you know it! They know it!” It’s “Do or Die!” Can Ali & LSG keep it together to keep the team together?

 

Caprice Coleman joins commentary for this crucial tag team match.

The Most Versatile Man had Ali & LSG on his Pulpit last week, and he’s here because he just had to see this for himself. He warned them ahead of time who they were up against, and knows it’ll take a lot of heart from the younger team to win.

Team Coast 2 Coast VS War Machine!

Team C2C feels frustrated from all their losses in 2017, and have put it upon themselves that if they lose here, they’re done as a team. However, that challenge becomes all the more improbable, as they’re up against former ROH World Tag Team Champions in the intimidating Rowe & Hanson.

Team C2C takes no chances as Ali FLIES before the bell!

The match starts wild and the fans like it! Ali puts Hanson in the ring then regroups with LSG. They double whip Hanson but Hanson cartwheels through, they double dropkick him down! Rowe returns, but C2C double hip tosses him to then toss him back at Hanson!

The fans continue to cheer for the fiery C2C while Ali and LSG put Rowe and Hanson in the corners. C2C coordinates, then whips War Machine at each other, only for War Machine to turn it around into corner clotheslines! Hanson feeds Ali to Rowe’s shotgun knees while Hanson corner clotheslines LSG for himself! Hanson then bronco busters Ali, and Rowe picks Hanson up for a human weapon hip attack on LSG!

The fans fire up for War Machine now while the referee has them sort out a proper legal man. Rowe stays in while Hanson goes to the corner. Rowe brings Ali up and gives him a sharp chop in the corner. He brings Ali over and gives him knee strikes before tagging Hanson in. Rowe feeds Ali to Hanson’s knee, then Hanson returns the favor, and Ali goes down in a heap! War Machine gets the crowd going again, but LSG keeps fans cheering for Coast 2 Coast. Hanson sits Ali up, to give Ali a beard-wash. Tag to Rowe, and he comes in while Hanson scoop slams Ali down. Rowe then scoops Hanson for another human weapon, the scoop slam senton!

Rowe immediately hits LSG with a right hand, but LSG comes in with fire in his eyes. The referee keeps LSG back, so he can only watch and rally the fans as Rowe returns to Ali. Ali fights back with body shots, but Rowe rocks him with a knee strike. Rowe lifts but Ali slips out of the back suplex to then give Hanson a forearm smash, then dropkicks Rowe down! Both Ali and Rowe are down, the fans rally for them both. Ali crawls, but Rowe anchors his feet. Ali still stands up and still makes the tag! LSG flies in with a springboard lariat!

Hanson comes in but LSG is ready, he runs War Machine into each other, then handspring lariats Hanson down! He whips Rowe but Rowe reverses, LSG springboards for a big forearm smash! Hanson is in a corner, LSG hits him with another forearm smash. LSG climbs up to the top and takes aim at Rowe, and hits the 450 splash!

Cover, but Hanson breaks it right up. Hanson runs but LSG catches him and Coleman loses his mind as LSG manages a saido suplex!

The fans are fired up and cheer for the red-hot “LSG! LSG!” He turns his eyes on Rowe, runs in but gets the Ace Ten Mao knee! Ali returns, Rowe runs but misses the Superman Punch and Ali scoops him up, for the Swing-out Slam!

Rowe rolls away but Hanson returns, Ali side steps but in comes the handspring back elbow! Every man in this match is down, but the fans are fired up! The referee begins a ten count on them all while we go to break.

ROH returns, and Rowe catches LSG out of his springboard. LSG fights out of the hold but Hanson is there behind him. Hanson tosses LSG to Rowe, Rowe holds him up while Hanson hops up, flying clothesline German Suplex!

Cover, TWO, and War Machine can’t believe it. They go back to him, scoop slam backbreaker, then transition for a gut wrench backbreaker while Hanson climbs up. Rowe puts LSG in the powerbomb, Hanson leaps for the frog splash!

Cover, TWO!! War Machine is again surprised by LSG’s resilience, but there are still fans dueling on behalf of “Coast 2 Coast! Coast 2 Coast!” Even so, War Machine drags LSG up and prepare a double choke slam, but LSG breaks free! He slips under and tags in Ali! Ali rallies on War Machine, saido suplex on Rowe! Hanson comes in and boots Ali down, then with C2C in opposite corners, Hanson starts up the clothesline train! He starts with LSG but then Ali stops him with a boot! LSG adds a boot, then Ali the crescent kick! Hanson rolls out while Rowe returns, C2C catch him in the combination half-nelson facebuster and complete shot!

Cover, ONE!? Rowe is full of rage while C2C is completely shocked. They go after him, but he blocks their forearms with his forehead! Rowe then headbutts LSG down, and completely absorbs Ali’s forearm, and his kicks. Ali kicks more and more, then even forearms and chops again and again and again! He hammers Rowe down to his knee, then gets running, but Hanson returns and brings in Thor’s Hammer! Hanson immediately flies onto LSG!

Rowe covers Ali, TWO!? Coleman is as shocked as anyone! The fans are on C2C’s side right now, but War Machine calls for the finish! Hanson climbs up top while Rowe brings Ali to his feet, but LSG slips in to knock Hanson down! Rowe runs in but LSG slips to the outside, then roundhouses Rowe away. Ali returns to rock Rowe with a forearm, and Rowe ends up in a corner. Team C2C give him double back elbows, then get to their corners! LSG and Ali take aim, and hit THE Coast 2 Coast!

Double the cover, TWO!? C2C cannot believe how Rowe survived! Hanson makes his return but C2C goes right at him. Double whip corner to corner, then Ali whips LSG in, but Hanson sits right on him! Hanson then fires out to heel kick Ali down. Rowe drags Ali up while Hanson climbs up, Fallout!!

TWO!?!? The most powerful move War Machine has, and yet Ali survives!? The fans in the 2300 Arena declare “This is Awesome!” War Machine wait for Ali to get up, Rowe rocks him with another knee strike. Rowe lifts Ali again but LSG pushes Hanson off the top rope! Ali revives to roll Rowe up, C2C WINS!! Not even LSG can believe it!

As Coleman puts it, “The word ‘upset’ would be an understatement!” The fans cheer and chant for Coast 2 Coast after this superhuman effort! And though they lost, Rowe & Hanson stand before Ali & LSG, and offer to complete the Code of Honor. Ali & LSG accept the handshakes.

With this ringing endorsement from ROH Tag Team Division staples, can Team Coast 2 Coast finally rise up to the very top?

 

The Beer City Bruiser and his new tag team partner speak.

The Last Real Man, Silas Young, is such an “inspiration” as the ROH World Television Champion that the BCB felt he had to go get the ROH World Tag Team Championships. He and the Kingpin had quite the brawl roughly six months ago, and that was when Bruiser realized Milonas was “a diamond in the haystack, a needle in the rough”, and a certified Boston Bruiser. And Milonas himself couldn’t imagine “a better way to make a splash” in ROH than to team with the Beer City Bruiser. Now, the two literally biggest men in ROH are the newest and biggest tag team! Can the Big City Bruisers barrel through the ROH Tag Team Division towards those tag team titles?

 

Bully Ray Dudley heads to the ring.

And he’s bringing his wrestling boots. At Final Battle, alongside long-time friend, Tommy Dreamer, Bully Ray fought The Briscoes in a New York Street Fight that lived up to every bit of ECW’s extreme legacy. However, it was #DemBoyz who won out in the end, and now Bully is here to speak on the end of his career. “Final Battle was my final battle.” Philly disapproves, but Bully tells them that “they say before you die, your life flashes before you.” That night in New York, after losing, Bully sat there and felt his blood pouring out. Yet, he smiled, because his entire career flashed before his eyes. And it was a pretty damn good one. Philly agrees to that!

Bully knew taking off the boots was the right thing to do. He left his boots in the middle of the ring in his hometown of New York. New York City is where Bully was born, but as a wrestler–and Philly knows what he’s going to say, and they chant “E C Dub!”–Bully’s home is Philadelphia! It was October of 1995, in the very building they stand in now, that Bubba Ray Dudley was born. “This is the ring I should leave my boots in.” The 2300 Arena is the building he should leave his boots in. And there’s no doubt in Bully’s mind that Philly is the city he should leave his boots in. Philly agrees to all those sentiments.

Bully continues to thank the fans, “for everything. Thank you Lord, for thinking about me, I’m alive and doing fine. Do you know who I am? I’m Bully Ray, and it has been my honor.” With that, Bully leaves his boots, and the fans see him off with a standing ovation.

But not only that, Jay Lethal and other ROH stars also appears to give their thanks in person.

From the ROH WHC to the ROH World Tag Team Champions to the Women of Honor, they all appear and applaud while Philly chants “Thank you, Bubba!”

Lethal enters the ring to speak to Bubba on their behalf. “I’ve known you for a long time. And if this is the last time I’m gonna see you, I got to get something off my chest.” Lethal knows that when Bubba was showing up, no one knew what to think. There have been rumors about Bully Ray, both good, not so good, and really bad ones. They all had their guard up, but then Lethal saw something amazing: every show, Bubba went above and beyond to help anyone and everyone in ROH. At the end of every event, Bubba made himself available. Not to push his views, but to let them come to him and pick his brain about this business.

Every interview Bubba did put ROH over, and no one forced him to. Bubba came to ROH because he was inspired by it. He represents what ROH is all about, and the craziest part: they’ve only been here a fraction and yet Bubba still helped them. Bubba did things in and for the wrestling business that most will only dream of, and yet he helped them. Lethal has never used this term before, but when it comes to wrestling “legends”, Bubba is definitely a legend. Philly agrees with that, too! And though it pains everyone to see him go, “know this: more than anything else”, everyone in ROH from wrestler to staff will scream it loud, “THANK YOU!” Lethal then gives the living legend a big hug.

 

ROH begins the Women of Honor Championship tournament!

As announced at Final Battle in December, January 20th in 2018 marked the beginning of a tournament to crown the inaugural ROH WOH Champion! 16 of the best women wrestlers from around the world, including ROH and Stardom, compete for the honor to wear that brand new championship belt. Familiar names like Deonna Purrazzo, Kelly Klein, Karen Q, Mandy Leon, Sumie Sakai and even newer stars like Brandi Rhodes, Jessie Brooks will represent ROH while Stardom will be represented by HZK, Hana Kimura, Kagetsu and Mayu Iwatani. The tournament will air as part of ROH Television in just two weeks, with Episode 334!

 

Matt Taven joins commentary for the main event match.

The Kingdom is also with him at ringside, as this trio continues to believe in a conspiracy against them in regards to any and all ROH championships, which definitely include the ROH World Six Man Tag Championships they have yet to receive rematches for.

 

SoCal Uncensored VS The Bullet Club’s Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll!

Scorpio Sky joins The Addiction to form this new trio, but this new trio is already on borrowed time according to ROH commissioner Joe Koff. They want at the ROH World Six Man Tag titles as badly as anyone, can they take out the Bullet Club’s American Nightmare, Problem Solver, and Villain to prove their worth?

Taven makes snarky remarks as Cody, Hangman and Scurll make their entrance and fans kiss the literal Ring of Honor.

ROH returns from break while the teams sort out who starts. The SCU choose Scorpio Sky while the Bullet Club goes with Marty Scurll. The bell rings and the two men circle, the fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Scurll and Scorpio tie up, Scorpio gets the waistlock but Scurll swings an elbow to back him off. Scorpio kicks but Scurll catches it, only for Scorpio to turn it into a bodyscissor roll up, TWO. Scorpio kicks low again, then whips Scurll but Scurll reverses. Scurll bends over for the body drop but Scorpio double stomps up and over him. Scorpio whips Scurll corner to corner but Scurll slips under to bring Scorpio’s hands down and stand on them. Scurll flaps his wings then stomps on the hands before giving Scorpio an enziguri! The fans applaud while Scurll brings Scorpio up, but Scorpio scrambles and tags in the Almighty Daniels. But before he and Scurll tie up, he says he wants “Spike.”

Scurll gets the fans into it, and Cody wants in, too, so Scurll tags Cody. Cody and Daniels are in the ring, a flashback to their time fighting over the ROH WHC. The fans are on Cody’s side as he and Daniels tie up. Cody gets the hammerlock but Daniels reverses it. Cody elbows out then runs, Daniels jumps over, but Cody kicks low and drops down for the uppercut. Daniels staggers, Cody wants the finish but Daniels snapmares out. Daniels double underhooks for his finish, but Cody reverses with headscissors. They speed up, Cody runs Daniels over and arrogantly pins, ONE. Cody and Daniels stare down, but then Cody kneels and flexes.

However, Frankie Kazarian gets right in and attacks Cody from behind! Hangman Page jumps in and he brawls with Kazarian, flashbacks to their violent feud that paralleled Cody’s and Daniels’. The referee tries to get them to stop, but Kaz doesn’t stop until he rakes Page’s eyes. Kaz runs but Page follows to forearm smash him against ropes. Page runs but now Kaz returns the favor. Kaz goes again, but Page rocks him with a roaring elbow to then clothesline the Heavy Metal Rebel right out! However, neither man stops there, they brawl on the outside, too! Things blow up as Scurll and Scorpio hop into the ring with Cody and Daniels and it’s a brawl times three! It spills out near the commentary area, and thankfully Vinnie Marseglia chooses not to chop someone with his ax. Taven says that if Scurll was a real villain, he’d be more like Vinnie. That aside, Cody and Scurll trade targets and Cody bumps Scorpio off the apron while Scurll scrapes and punches Daniels. Cody reenters the ring and the fans fire up, Cody builds speed and FLIES!

Everyone topples down and the fans fire up, but Taven feels he could’ve done so much better. His remarks aside, the fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” while Cody puts Daniels back in the ring. Daniels has the entire Bullet Club team after him, they put Daniels in a corner and coordinate the Bullet Train, “Choo Choo!” Cody goes first, he hits. Page goes second, he hits. Scurll is always last, and he continues to fail as Daniels boots him away. They go again with Cody succeeding, Page succeeding and Scurll… failing. Cody yes, Page yes, Scurll… No! Scurll staggers, Cody and Page help him stay standing. Daniels comes roaring out, Page and Cody help Scurll boot Daniels down!

The Bullet Club is fired up as we go to break.

ROH returns once more, and now the SCU is in control. They have Cody in their corner but Cody fights out! He runs but Kaz catches him, to push him back. Kaz runs in, but Cody goes up and over, powerslam! Both men are down, but Cody is busted open. The fans rally while they crawl, hot tags to Scorpio and Page! The Problem Solver rallies but Scorpio reverses the corner-to-corner whip. Page still roars out with a lariat. Daniels comes in but Page sends him right out to then run and DIVE!

He doesn’t stop there, he then throws Daniels into barriers at the corner, then all the way to the next corner! Page keeps going but Daniels reverses, only for Page to reverse back and whip Daniels in to even more barriers! Kaz runs in, but Page gets him with a SUPERKICK!

Hangman reenters the ring with Scorpio in a corner, but Scorpio boots him away. Scorpio hops up and jumps, but into Hangman’s boot! Hangman brings Scorpio up, powerbomb and stacked pin, TWO! Taven gives Page credit that he’s ROH Day One and a “star in the making”, but says that he won’t ever be that while he’s with the Bullet Club. The fans rally while Hangman returns to Scorpio, but Scorpio revives to throw forearms. Scorpio runs, but Hangman gets him in a fireman’s carry. Daniels returns, but Hangman kicks him. Hangman throws Scorpio down to dropsault!

Cover, TWO, but Hangman keeps the fans going. He whips Scorpio but Scorpio reverses and feeds Hangman to The Addiction, they hit Hangman with the pop-up powerbomb neckbreaker combo! Then Scorpio adds his jumping double stomps! Cover, TWO! Scorpio fires himself up, fans rally as he runs in at Hangman, but Hangman throws him into buckles with a belly2belly suplex! Daniels runs Hangman over with an STO, but Cody returns to hit Daniels with the Beautiful Disaster kick! Kaz boots Cody, but then Scurll hits him with a European Uppercut. Scorpio runs in but Scurll evades to EuroUpper and Electric Chair lift Scorpio. Cody springboards, the “Allied Powers” give Scorpio a missile dropkick Doomsday!

The Villain fires himself up as he stalks Scorpio, and the fans know what he’s after. He spins around, calls for it, but Daniels stops Scurll just before. Daniels whips but Scurll reverses, and he grabs the fingers! The fans hush themselves, but Daniels gives Scurll a couple right hands to send him out of the ring. Daniels then topples Scurll over with the Arabian Moonsault!

But then Cody jumps and FLIES outta nowhere!

The American Nightmare wipes out the Fallen Angel, but then the Heavy Metal Rebel slingshots out to huricanrana Cody down, and into Scorpio’s cutter! But then Hangman SUPER Asai Moonsaults onto Scorpio!

But he also hits his own leg on the barriers!

Hangman screams in pain and the referee checks on him. Despite whatever damage he may have done to himself, Hangman still gets Scorpio into the ring, and the fans applaud his courage. The SCU regroup behind him though, and Daniels saves Scorpio from the Buck Shot. He then boots Hangman, and Kaz gives Hangman a backstabber into Daniels’ haymaker. Scorpio returns for the bicycle knee strike! Scorpio covers, the SCU win! Between the damage done to The Young Bucks last time, and the damage done to the Hangman this time, will it be easier for the SCU to take those ROH World Six Man Tag Championships than anyone thought?

 

My Thoughts:

This was quite the surprising episode of ROH. For starters, it was the second episode in a row to start with a recap. I wonder if this is going to be a regular thing for ROH TV now. Then we move into Martinez squashing a jobber to then be confronted by Dalton Castle. The Peacock already has a huge list of eager challengers for his ROH WHC, but I sense Martinez is first up as he made his challenge the most physical. Martinez plays up his Heel status by choosing to do this on his time, ROH is obviously saving this match for a PPV. The “Do or Die” tag team match for C2C was amazing, and serves as both a fantastic “good-bye” match for War Machine and a “passing of the torch” match in respects to Ali & LSG. Those in the know already know that War Machine is headed to WWE by way of NXT, and them putting C2C over is major props to how they’ll do in ROH.

What an amazing good-bye segment for Bubba Ray in ROH and wrestling in general. Lethal was also a great person to take the role of speaking for the company, and he captured the moment in words perfectly, as well. Also great to hear that we’ll be able to see the WOH Championship tournament on TV soon enough, really excited to see who wins and becomes their first Women’s Champion. Then, a really big surprise as SCU wins against The Bullet Club. I really thought Hangman was going to stand tall to get even for what happened last time, but there’s no 50-50 booking here as the SCU essentially comes out ahead 2-0. A dirty attack last week but a clean win tonight, and with great story from Hangman risking that foot, I can’t wait to see the Six Man Tag title match that comes from this.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The three challengers to the Cruiserweight Championship will challenge each other in a Triple Threat! Who proves they’re Buddy Murphy’s biggest threat?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik; Carrillo wins.
  • Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa; Itami wins.

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Drake Maverick hypes up the already exciting night for 205 Live!

It will be one of the most intriguing line-ups with some major implications towards the Cruiserweight Division’s future! First, Humberto Carrillo is officially part of 205 Live and has his second match on air against Lucha House Party’s King of the Ropes! Humberto showed heart against the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, can he show even more against Gran Metalik? Then the Triple Threat main event pits Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami and Kalisto against each other in one last match before the Cruiserweight Championship match! Who seizes a big advantage going into the title match?

 

Aiden English joins commentary!

The SmackDown superstar and symphony singer shifts gears to be alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph on the fastest hour of WWE!

 

Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik!

The man formerly known as Ultimo Ninja has been making quite the waves in NXT and even in his 205 Live debut last week. Humberto didn’t win against the Juggernaut, but he did impress everyone enough to earn his Cruiserweight contract! Will he have a better time against the King of the Ropes? Or will he go a quick 0-2?

The bell rings and Humberto shakes hands with Metalik to show respect. Fans like that, and applaud as the two tie up. Metalik gets a waistlock, but Humberto works his way out to a wristlock. Humberto wrenches but Metalik rolls and reverses. Metalik wrenches but Humberto handsprings and reverses back to a headlock. Fans applaud while Metalik powers out. Things speed up and Humberto shows his agility! He dodges the handspring but Metalik headscissors, only for Humberto to handspring through! They both dropkick but those cancel out, and fans applaud the stalemate. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two go again.

Metalik dodges Humberto to chop him and whip him. Humberto goes up and over and shows off more, then gets Metalik with an arm-drag. Humberto chops and goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Metalik bails out but Humberto builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Metalik down and Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto drags Metalik up and into the ring, then covers, TWO! Humberto keeps on Metalik with a grounded wristlock, then brings Metalik up for a facelock. He suplexes Metalik down and floats to a cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he drags Metalik back up. He scoops and slams Metalik to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Humberto moonsaults, but he gets boots! Metalik gets up and runs to Sling-Dog Humberto down! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps his cool as he drags Humberto up.

Metalik puts Humberto in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Humberto reverses but Metalik walks the ropes to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik is surprised but focused as he wraps on a chinlock. Humberto endures as fans slowly build to a rally. Humberto feeds off the energy and fights out, but Metalik throws him back down. Metalik puts the chinlock back on, but Humberto endures again. Metalik brings Humberto up in the fireman’s carry but Humberto fights out. Hands start flying, then both men duck kicks, but Humberto comes back with an enziguri! Humberto covers, TWO! Metalik rolls to ropes while Humberto grits his teeth. Humberto hurries after Metalik and both men end up on the apron. Humberto brings Metalik up but Metalik boots him back. Metalik brings Humberto in but Humberto boots him.

Fans rally up as Metalik tosses Humberto over the corner. Humberto hits Metalik back then climbs up top. Humberlto hits Metalik with a SUPER Bulldog to the apron! It was a bit double-edged as Humberto hits the floor, but he forces himself back up. Humberto goes up top again as Metalik slowly stands. Humberto leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and Humberto grows frustrated. Humberto and Metalik go to oppsite corners, and Humberto runs in. Metalik dodges but Humberto tumbles to the apron. Humberto SLAPS Metalik away, but Metalik comes back with a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the floor but fans fire up! The referee checks on them both but they’re somehow okay.

Metalik sits up first and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Fans echo it as he puts Humberto in the ring. Metalik climbs and springboards, Swanton! Cover, TWO!! Humberto survives and now Metalik is shocked. Metalik refocuses and waits for Humberto to stand. He drags Humberto up and onto the top rope, then CHOPS him for good measure. Metalik positions Humberto and climbs up to throw forearms. He even SLAPS Humberto to see what the young star has. Metalik prepares but Humberto resists. Humberto fights back and shoves Metalik. Metalik lands on his feet but runs into a boot. Humberto adjusts, leaps, and hits a missile dropkick! Humberto doesn’t cover, he headstands and rebounds for an Aztec Press! Cover, Humberto wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

A huge victory over a 205 Live staple! And Metalik gives him the show of respect he earned. Humberto breaks even at 1-1, but will this first victory be the first of many?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.

Clearly the ground game lobbyists of the Submission Commission are upset that a high-flyer was the first new Cruiserweight signed. But look at how impressive Humberto Carrillo is! Gulak and Gallagher have no words. They storm off but Tony Nese enters and wants a word with the GM. Nese wants a rematch with Noam Dar tonight. Well yes they are tied, and the fans would love seeing that tiebreaker. Maverick will consider it. Consider it? Well yes, he can’t just jump into it. The Rumble is Sunday, the title could change hands– Nese doesn’t care about any of that. Just consider what will happen if Nese doesn’t get his match. Dar has been running his mouth and Nese is tired of it. If Nese doesn’t get the match, then he’ll make his own opportunity. The Premier Athlete has sent his ultimatum, will Maverick take it seriously?

 

Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick speak.

Tozawa says that he’s “had some good times and bad times on 205 Live.” But the past doesn’t matter, this opportunity is huge. Tozawa didn’t travel around the world to be a joke, he came to the WWE to make a name for himself. He will become the two-time Cruiserweight Champion. But can he be the top contender after tonight’s Triple Threat?

 

The Lucha House Party speak.

Lince Dorado knows that 2019 will be a big year for the trio. They’re on both Raw and 205 Live, and they spared the joy of lucha libre to the WWE Universe. But the one thing that they’re missing and will take them to the next level is that Cruiserweight Championship! If one of them wins, they all win! And Kalisto is going to show all the others in that Fatal 4 Way that he IS a threat. Kalisto vows to be that two-time Cruiserweight Champion, with the power of “Lucha! Lucha!” But can speed kill when there are multiple opponents?

 

Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa!

The Lucha Dragon may have his amigos, the Innovator of the GTS may have his hype man, and the Stamina Monster may have the Man with a Plan, but who will have the momentum going into the title match this Sunday?

Before Hideo Itami makes his entrance, he and Ariya Daivari have an interview backstage. What would it mean to finally become Cruiserweight Champion? Daivari speaks for Itami, saying that as the only man who has not held that title, it makes Itami the hungriest and most dangerous superstar. The only thing missing from his already legendary career is WWE gold, so Itami will make an example out of his opponents tonight. Itami speaks in Japanese to say that he is coming for the Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary. Itami makes his entrance, and we begin this match!

But wait, Buddy Murphy makes his presence known! The champion reminds his contenders what they’re fighting for while also keeping an eye on all three of them. And as a bonus, he joins commentary! The bell rings and Itami goes right at Kalisto and Tozawa! Murphy already knows commentary will talk about how a Fatal 4 Way means he could lose the title without being pinned, but that won’t matter because he’s not losing. In the ring, Itami keeps on Tozawa and throws him out. Itami then goes after Kalisto with haymakers and a whip. Kalisto kicks Itami back then runs to tilt-o-whirl haedscissors! He adds a dropkick, then chops Itami before going acrobatic for the arm-drag! Itami bails out but Tozawa returns, and Tozawa hits Kalisto with a missile dropkick! Kalisto bails out but Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo blasts Kalisto into the announce desk!

Tozawa and Murphy stare down, but Itami knocks Tozawa into the desk now! Itami and Murphy stare down for a moment before Itami drags Tozawa up and throws him into barriers. Itami stomps Kalisto thenn puts him into the steel steps! Murphy is confident this won’t happen to him in the match. Itami kicks away on Tozawa then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Tozawa with a whip, then a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Tozawa shows his toughness but Itami kicks him in the back. Itami boots Kalisto out and then soaks up the heat. Itami goes to Tozawa but Tozawa hits him back. But Itami still puts Tozawa in a chinlock to grind him down. Tozawa endures and moves around to a ropebreak.

Itami lets him go but drops elbows right on the back. He stomps Tozawa then goes after Kalisto. Kalisto hits back but Itami rocks him with a European Uppercut and a swift boot! Fans respect that with applause, as does Murphy. Itami goes back to Tozawa and covers, TWO. Itami keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Tozawa again endures. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa fights out but Itami knees low. Itami runs but into a huricanrana! Tozawa gets Itami with a saido suplex! Kalisto leaps in but into a dropkick! Tozawa quickly covers Kalisto, TWO! Now he covers Itami, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool but both Kalisto and Itami go to the apron. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he goes after Kalisto with a forearm. Tozawa builds speed again, but runs into Itami’s lariat! Cover, but Kalisto breaks it in time!

All three men are down and Murphy is amused. Fans build to a rally as all three men slowly stir. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, and Itami hits Kalisto. Kalisto hits Tozawa again, Tozawa hits Itami again, and Itami hits Kalisto again. The rotation continues like this as the three men stand up. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa, Tozawa CHOPS Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto! The rotation continues as Kalisto kicks Tozawa, but Tozawa fakes Itami out to hit Itami and Kalisto with jabs! Tozawa is the only one standing, and even Murphy applauds that. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he runs at Itami. Itami boots him away then climbs up to tornado hotshot Tozawa down. Itami climbs up and makes sure Murphy is watching, but Kalisto kicks Itami!

Kalisto climbs with fans chanting “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto clubs away on Itami as they both stand. He wants the superplex but Itami resists. Tozawa adds on and helps Kalisto, but then Murphy joins in! This is a Triple Threat, so no disqualifications as Murphy helps make this a Tower of Doom!! The Juggernaut says this is just a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, but the referee still insists he leave. Murphy doesn’t listen as he throws Itami into a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He then goes after Kalisto with a heavy forearm, and then throws Tozawa into a corner for another mudhole. Fans duel but Murphy soaks it all up. Murphy goes after Kalisto again but Kalisto kicks him away. Murphy staggers into Tozawa’s boot, then into double SUPERKICKS! Kalisto gives Murphy a Salida del Sol! And Tozawa adds his Tozawa Torpedo!

But then things return to the match as Kalisto knee-board sentons onto Tozawa! Kalisto drags himself back into the ring, and Itami boots him down! Itami drags Tozawa into the ring, stands him up, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Itami is furious but he won’t let off Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up for a strike fest, but Tozawa dodges to give his own. The swinging roundhouse hits! But Kalisto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is down, but Tozawa crawls to a corner. Kalisto runs in at him for a kick to the stomach! Kalisto hauls Tozawa up top and rocks him with another kick. He climbs up to join Tozawa, prepares a superplex, but Itami attacks. Kalisto headbutts Itami then dumps him out hard. He kicks Tozawa again, climbs up again, and SUPER STEINERS! But Tozawa held on and Kalisto hits the floor!

Tozawa stands, leaps, SUPER SENTON! But Kalisto avoids it! Itami blasts Kalisto witht he dropkick, then hits Tozawa with the GTS Mk. II, aka the Sakura Knee! Cover, Itami wins!

Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall

If Murphy made this a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, then we just saw Itami survive them all and win! Will Murphy change things when it really is a Fatal 4 Way? Will Itami repeat this performance? Or will one of the former champions become champion again?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid go-home for 205 Live here, and Aiden English did great on commentary. Percy Watson was okay, but he does better on NXT because it’s not live. And for whatever reason, there seemed to be more fans and more invested fans than last week. And that was fortunate, as Humberto Carrillo has another great match with Gran Metalik. Humberto wins now that he’s officially part of the Cruiserweight Division, and also because it wouldn’t be good for him to lose twice already. Metalik is safe in losing, it helps build Humberto up. I’m pretty sure Humberto is going up against Gulak & Gallagher soon enough, so that’ll also be great for him. He’s a great talent, so he’ll get to the title soon enough, he just needs to build himself up in the eyes of live audiences.

Nese VS Dar 3 is coming, but with Nese making that threat, it’ll probably be after he attacks Dar backstage. The tiebreaker blow-off should feed into a contenders scenario. If anything, including Nese and Dar in a bigger contenders match would be nice, too. Like a Triple Threat that throws in Cedric Alexander, who has history with both men, or a Fatal 4 Way to include Lio Rush because he needs his chance. Tonight’s Triple Threat turning into an unofficial Fatal 4 Way was smart, too, as it keeps the three contenders relatively equal. Itami wins and could defy the math, but I wonder if this opens the door to a two-time champion in Kalisto or Tozawa. Kalisto implying Lucha House Party is like the New Day with Freebird-ing a singles title would be an interesting story to go with, but maybe that’s why it won’t be him.

My Score: 8.2/10


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SmackDown prepares for the Royal Rumble in the biggest ways! Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas, 2 out of 3 Falls! Who gains momentum while breaking the tie?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Naomi VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Rose wins.
  • The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus; Cesaro wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
  • Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas; Mysterio wins, by disqualification.

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The Man starts off SmackDown!

Becky Lynch prepares for her shot at the Empress of Tomorrow at the Royal Rumble PPV, but she’s here in Wichita to say that there’s nothing more than she likes than being in the ring fighting. But The Man has something to say first. It wasn’t too long ago that no one paid attention to Becky. But now everyone has an opinion on who and what she should be. Becky will say this: the only thing The Man should be doing is main-eventing Wrestlemania! Fans agree with that! And she’ll slap the heads off anyone and everyone who gets in her way. That journey starts on Sunday, against Asuka. Becky’s watched Asuka clean out NXT, steamroll the main roster, and is undoubtedly one of the best. “But I’m better.”

Becky reminds us that Asuka never beat Becky for the title. And the fact that isn’t eating her up tells Becky something. The others have warmed themselves on the fire Becky lit, but things change at the Rumble. Becky has dethroned a Queen, and will break the Empress! Becky will walk through fire and brimstone- But speaking of the Empress, here comes Asuka! Asuka stands across the ring from Becky and holds up the belt. She tells Becky in Japanese that she’s not intimidated by the talk. Fans duel as these two argue, but here comes Charlotte! The Queen is going to be in the Women’s Rumble, but she has a mic to tell both Becky and Asuka tonight that “As much as I’m enjoying this, and excited for your match this Sunday”, nothing will be better than her throwing out 29 other women to win the Rumble.

And then the choices she’s got on her plate. Ronda VS Sasha, but Sasha’s someone Charlotte’s beaten so many times, and has beaten the Hell out of Ronda via “Ken” the kendo stick. Then Asuka VS Becky, Charlotte broke the Empress’ Streak, and “The Man” may have gotten her the last few months, but Charlotte has owned the division for four years. And Charlotte IS the Main Event! Charlotte lets out a “WOO~” but Asuka fires off on Becky! A brawl goes down in the ring and Charlotte watches in amusement. Fans cheer but referees come out to break this fight up! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and they do fight, but security comes out to try their hand. It’s no good, Becky gets after Asuka now! Asuka throws Becky into barriers then stomps away! The brawl continues, and Becky throws Asuka over the announce desk!

Referees and security reprimand Becky but she uses her own jacket to whiplash Asuka over and over! The Lass Kicker stands tall, to then clobber Asuka back down! Fans are thunderous as Becky finally backs off. Asuka gets up and is furious, but she’ll have to wait for Sunday to settle things. With this level of fire inside both of them, which woman will blaze a trail down the Road to Wrestlemania?

 

The brawl continues backstage!

Asuka caught up to Becky and the fight again has to be pulled apart! Will these two even make it to Phoenix?!

 

Naomi VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!

The Glow found out about the Golden Goddess trying to seduce and humiliate her husband, but she threw down in the hotel room. This fight finishes in the ring, will Naomi make Mandy #FeeltheGlow in the strongest way? Or will Mandy dim the lights instead?

Naomi doesn’t wait for the bell! She charges through Sonya and gets right at Mandy on the ramp! She throws Mandy into the apron then into the ring. Naomi wants to keep going, but Mandy SLAPS her! The bell rings and now things are official as Naomi fires off slaps of her own! She tops it off with a backhand and Mandy rolls out. Mandy regroups with Sonya while we go picture in picture. Sonya helps Mandy catch her breath and Mandy returns. Naomi is right on Mandy but Mandy puts Naomi in the corner. Mandy stomps a mudhole then backs off at the count of 4. Naomi gets up and SLAPS Mandy! Naomi snapmares and runs for the sliding lariat! Leg drop cover, TWO! Naomi keeps on Mandy with an armlock while Mandy checks her nose.

Naomi wrenches and Mandy endures. But Naomi rubs Mandy’s face into the mat, then pulls her hair before stomping her back down. Mandy checks her nose again as Naomi scoops and slams her. Naomi runs and drops the splits! Cover, TWO! But Naomi doesn’t let up, she’s right back on Mandy with a facelock. They stand up and Naomi whips. Mandy reverses but Naomi slides and shoulders back in. Sonya runs in but gets a kick, Mandy blasts Naomi with a knee! Mandy drags Naomi up and in and covers, TWO! Mandy keeps on Naomi with a rain of right hands! She drags Naomi up for a thrashing chinlock, but now Naomi endures. Naomi fights her way up but Mandy reels her in. Naomi dodges and rolls Mandy up, TWO! Jawbreaker as we return to single picture!

Naomi roundhouses Mandy, then runs for lariats and elbows! Mandy clotheslines Naomi back down then covers, TWO! Mandy glares at Naomi as she stomps her back down. She kicks Naomi to the ropes then chokes her against them. Mandy lets up at 4 while fans boo and jeer. Mandy drags Naomi up for forearms in a corner, but backs off at 4 again. Naomi boots back, and hits the enziguri! She kicks Mandy while she’s down, then stands her up for forearms of her own! Mandy shoves Naomi away, but Naomi come back to hit a huricanrana! Mandy staggers about and Naomi runs, but is put on the apron. Naomi hits Mandy away, but Sonya anchors feet. Mandy takes advantage by shoving Naomi into the post! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall

The duo formerly known as Absolution works together for victory! However, the Royal Rumble is always every superstar for themselves. Will Sonya be willing to help Mandy then? Will Mandy go into business for herself? Or will Naomi get back at both of them with an elimination?

 

Rey Mysterio speaks.

“2006, I was in the Royal Rumble match for over an hour.” He used every trick he had to survive. His speed got the better of bigger competitors. His training gave him the stamina to never slow down. And his will to keep fighting shocked the world. This Sunday, Rey looks to repeat history. But tonight is about respect as he faces Andrade Almas again. Almas took a shortcut to win, but now he won’t have La Muneca ringside. The playing field is even, and Almas will learn that in order to gain respect, he has to earn it. Who will earn massive momentum towards this year’s Royal Rumble match?

 

The Miz meets with Shane McMahon.

Is he ready? He’s ready. The Most Must-See Superstar takes on the Swiss Cyborg up next!

 

The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus!

The #BestTagTeamintheWorld challenges The Bar for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships on Sunday, and the Hollywood A-Lister looks for a singles sweep leading into it! He got the better of the Celtic Gladiator on Shane O’Mac’s birthday, and Shane even got to give Sheamus a Coast2Cake dropkick. Can Miz gain his team more momentum tonight? Or will Cesaro save the champs from going 0-2 against 1/3rd Best in the World?

The bell rings and Sheamus distracts right away so Cesaro can blast Miz with big European Uppercuts! Cesaro does not let up on the EuroUppers until the ref counts 4! Cesaro then deadlift gut wrenches and tosses Miz! The Swiss Cyborg taunts Shane then drags Miz up for a headlock. Miz powers out and things speed up, but Miz gets caught into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps on Miz with a whip but Miz reverses. Miz runs, blocks the boot and kicks the leg against the ropes! Miz backs off, but runs back into another EuroUpper. Cesasro dumps Miz but Miz sunset flips to the Figure Four! Miz has Cesaro in the legendary leg lock but he heads for the ropes. Sheamus helps Cesaro get the ropebreak, then helps him escape the ring.

Miz goes for the wrecking ball dropkick, but gets another EuroUpper for it! The Bar is fired up but Shane keeps Sheamus in check while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Miz fights out of a headlock. Cesaro throws hands but Miz counter punches! Miz backs Cesaro down with rights and lefts, then kicks! Miz goes corner to corner for a dropkick! He keeps going and hits another dropkick! Miz wants a hat trick, and hits the A-List lariat! Fans fire up and Shane applauds while Sheamus panics. Miz climbs up but leaps into another EuroUpper! Cesaro has feet on the ropes but Shane stops that! Sheamus come around and runs Shane over! Miz rolls Cesaro, TWO! Cesaro swings but into a full nelson. He elbows out of the Finale and puts Miz on the ropes. Cesaro chokes, Sheamus gets a cheap shot! Gotch Neutralizer!! Cover, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

But Shane comes back with a vengeance on Sheamus! Cesaro goes after Shane but gets those same fast hands! Shane shoves Cesaro into a post, then clocks him again! Fans are riled up for Shane as he clears off the announce desk! Shane puts Cesaro on top then climbs up high. Fans are anticipating Shane’s trademark madness, but Sheamus shoves Shane down at the barriers! Sheamus drags Miz up to throw him into a post, then The Bar mugs Shane! Cesaro feeds Shane to a BROGUE!! Fans boo and jeer as The Bar stomp away on Shane, but Miz shields Shane with his body. Miz gets clubbing hands and then dragged over to the table.

Cesaro scares off the referee while Sheamus drags Shane up. The Bar work together, to body slam Shane through Miz and the table!! Fans lose their minds over this, but does this mean Shane & Miz will lose out on those titles?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

The Beacon of Light was meant to face the Destroyer in a match last week, but the Destroyer decided to destroy Ali before the bell ever rang! Joe left Ali for dead, but Ali being a former Chicago police officer, he doesn’t back down so easily. Ali learned that eyes tell the whole story. Joe gave Ali a beating and kept asking “Do you understand?!”

Ali understands, but it wasn’t the punching and post tosses that told him. It was Joe’s eyes. And those eyes said Ali wasn’t worthy. Those eyes said Ali was just an example being made. Those eyes said Ali was nothing in Joe’s eyes. But now Joe will have to look into Ali’s eyes and see a man with no fear. It will be a light so bright the darkness has nowhere to hide. Ali’s eyes say he can win. But will his body back up what his eyes are saying?

 

Vince McMahon sees what happened to his son.

He watches backstage as referees and medics help Shane and Miz get up. Somehow Shane and Miz are okay after what The Bar did, but Vince can’t worry about them right now. He has to keep the peace between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles in their face-to-face encounter, next!

 

Vince McMahon heads to the ring!

Wichita greets The Chairman with an ovation as he enters. He’ll hold his thoughts to himself about what just happened to Shane, but he’s sure that tag title match will be incredible. And that brings him to the two most passionate and athletic superstars on SmackDown having their own title match on Sunday. First, the challenger and former champion, The Phenomenal AJ Styles! Styles makes his entrance, and fans give him an ovation. Then, the champion himself, “The New” Daniel Bryan! Fans boo this time for the man who killed the Yes Movement.

But Bryan doesn’t stand in the ring, despite this being a “face-to-face.” Bryan claims this is a trap, and refuses to step into a ring with the “sociopath”, the same man who slammed Bryan into a bunch of “animal carcasses” last week. Bryan’s too embarrassed to stand in the same ring as a man who pandered to the people. He had a vision of the future of AJ Styles once again being WWE Champion. It is an ignorant future, an impotent future and an illiterate future! AJ Styles cannot be allowed to have the title, because he uses it for fame and fortune. Bryan uses it for the “greater good”! Greater good? Is that “Greater good” Bryan acting like a jackass?

This behavior is why the fans want Styles to be their champion. He makes them laugh and cheer and jump around, but he doesn’t make them think or feel guilty when they should feel guilty every day of their lives! Bryan doesn’t care about their feelings, because he’s not the “People’s Champion”, he’s the Planet’s Champion! The planet doesn’t need Styles, it needs Bryan to use this platform to be its voice. If the planet had a voice, it’d be shouting for Bryan to shut up. Styles doesn’t remember Bryan pedaling a bike here. He probably got on a plane to get here. There’s a word for that: fickle. Fans echo “Fickle!” at Bryan. And Bryan talks of being embarrassed? That’s not the feeling. It’s fear.

Styles stood across from many men and has seen that look in their eyes, too. Bryan is afraid of what will happen at the Royal Rumble. Bryan should be afraid. He’s corrupted himself just to have the title. But what happens when he no longer has that title? What will Bryan have left? “Nothing.” Bryan quotes Carl Sagan, but Vince insists he get in the ring. Fans say “YES! YES!” but Bryan knows Vince obviously doesn’t want to listen. The Baby Boomers are the greatest parasites of this world! These fans bow down to Vince, but they don’t realize that Vince’s entire generation just takes and takes but never gives back! They BOW to Vince for it! It’s like Vince just pulled this incredible illusion to conceal the economic debt, but fans are satisfied with social media garbage.

Meanwhile, Vince hordes the wealth and power! Vince has created such an environment where someone like Styles can be a hero! Damn it, Bryan, get in the ring! Styles knows Vince advertised a face-to-face, but that doesn’t mean it has to be in a ring. Styles chases Bryan on the outside! And catches him! Styles throws haymakers then throws Bryan into barriers! Bryan scampers away but Styles keeps on him, throwing him into steel steps! Styles puts Bryan in the ring, takes aim, and springboards, but Bryan uses Vince as a shield! Styles aborts but gets the Knee Plus for it! Fans boo as Bryan takes the belt and retreats. The New Daniel Bryan won’t have anywhere to run at the Rumble, will the real AJ Styles get that belt back?

 

R-Truth and Carmella talk about their respective Royal Rumble matches.

Truth is excited to be Mr. 30 and book his trip to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles or the New Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania. So not the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar? Brock Lesnar’s champion? No, Truth does not want to go to Sioux Falls City. No it’s Suplex City. Same thing. But Truth wouldn’t mind trying the Cruiserweight Champion, Bobby Murphy. No it’s Buddy Murphy. And there’s a weight limit to that Division, Truth. Oh so he’s fat? No he’s just not 205! As for Carmella, she encounters Charlotte. Charlotte thinks she’s just going to waltz her way into the Rumble and Mania? She wasn’t even in last year’s. This isn’t’ just any match, it’s a tornado. You gotta keep a head on the swivel and hold onto the ropes. Plus, Carmella’s Ms. 30, the #GatekeeperinGucci. No one gets through her.

Charlotte tells Carmella it’s fine to be confident. Being 30th is an advantage, but Charlotte is Charlotte. And with a trip to Mania on the line, the match isn’t a tornado, Charlotte is. Who will survive their respective Rumble matches to headline the Greatest Show in Sports Entertainment?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe!

The Beacon of Light said his peace, but The Destroyer’s expression says it all for him on his way out. This match will finally happen, who will send the biggest message this close to the Royal Rumble?

SmackDown returns as Ali makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Ali and Joe approach and Joe throws those swift jabs! Joe stomps Ali in the corner, then grinds his boot in. He scrapes Ali out of the ring, then pursues while trash talking. Joe stand Ali for a CHOP, and Ali staggers to the ramp. Joe drags Ali up and says Ali still doesn’t understand. He throws Ali at the post but Ali hops up to fly back for a crossbody! Ali keeps on Joe with fast hands, and both men get in the ring. Ali dropkicks Joe down, then throws haymakers! The ref counts and backs Ali off, but Joe CHOPS Ali off his feet! Joe drags Ali up and headbutts him back down.

Joe drags Ali up by his hair to then throw into buckles. He runs but misses, Ali forearms him away! Ali slingshots but into throat chops! Ali crashes and burns, we go picture in picture. Joe leaves Ali down and out while a ring count climbs. But Joe then goes out to fetch Ali with a grin, and drags him up for roundhouses. Joe paces around Ali like a shark with blood in the water before putting Ali back in. He rains down rights and stomps on Ali, still smirking. He sits Ali up into an arm surfboard and digs a knee into Ali’s back. Ali endures and powers up to fight out! He runs, but into Joe’s elbow! Joe glares down at the dazed Ali before covering, TWO! Ali lives but Joe is just annoyed. Joe drives his elbow into Ali’s head, then looms over him menacingly.

Joe puts Ali in a corner and gives more jabs and elbows. He stops at 4, but Ali crawls after Joe. Joe says Ali asked for this, and throws hands, but Ali counter punches! Ali backs Joe down then whips, but Joe reverses. Joe runs in for the back elbow and Pele! Ali goes down, Joe covers, TWO! Joe grows further annoyed, but he just smirks as he looks down at Ali. He drags Ali up for a neck wrench, but Ali endures again. Fans rally up and Ali powers up. Ali fights back but Joe knees low and backs Ali down. Joe whips corner to corner but Ali slips out to hit back. Ali slingshots for the facebuster! But he’s too tired to cover! Fans rally up as the ref counts. Both men stir and stand.

Ali ducks the punch to dropkick Joe back! And another dropkick sends Joe out. Ali builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit! Joe staggers but Ali pursues, but Joe puts him in the timekeeper’s area. Ali returns with a leaping crossbody! He tackles Joe down and rains down rights! Ali drags Joe up but Joe shoves him into the ring. Joe returns but Ali kicks and SUPERKICKS, and SUPERKICKS again! Joe staggers, Ali leaps, tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali can’t believe Joe lives, but he doesn’t’ give up. He drags Joe over to a drop zone and climbs up. Joe trips Ali up, then drags him into the Coquina Clutch! Ali flails but Joe drops down with the body scissors! Ali taps, Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission

But Joe won’t let go until Ali falls asleep! Joe sends his message to Ali and the other 28 superstars entering the Men’s Rumble. Will Joe destroy the entire field? Or will there be a shining light in his way?

 

The New Day do Royal Rumble research.

They watch the many saves of Kofi Kingston’s career. Kayla Braxton comes in to ask them about The New Day going every man for himself. Everyone asks this question! Tom Phillips, Renee Young, Mike Rome, now Kayla? Is Tony Chimel gonna ask next? He does! Chimel, be gone! Be gone, Chimel! “Every man for himself”, but that doesn’t matter to The New Day. When one of them wins, they all win! Now, they’ll dog walk erryone, but Kofi wonders if this is the year he can’t save himself. Woods and Big E keep Kofi’s chin up, and Kofi gets an idea. He has a new idea! But he’s not telling you, Kayla. Kayla, no no no. What will Kofi do to keep himself in the Rumble this time? Will this finally be the year he actually wins?

 

Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas!

The King of Lucha Libre and El Idolo have gone back and forth, and now they’ll settle things in the main event before the Royal Rumble! Without Zelina Vega, can Almas stay tranquilo? Or will Mysterio show Cien how it’s done?

The bell rings and we begin the first fall. Almas and Mysterio approach and Almas fires of kicks and punches. He whips and elbows Mysterio down, then drags Mysterio up for a shove. Mysterio kicks back then runs again, but into a torture rack. Almas swings but Mysterio makes it an arm-drag! Mysterio aims at Almas on the outside for a flying huricanrana! Almas is down and we go to break!

SmackDown returns again, and Almas looms over Mysterio. Almas whips but Mysterio reverses, only to be put on the apron. Mysterio shoulders in then swing kicks Almas away. Almas is dazed while Mysterio catches his breath. Mystiero springboards for the seated senton! He keeps moving to springboard again but into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps his cool as he drags Mysterio back up. Almas hammerlocks but Mysterio slips out to sunset flip DESTROYER! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps calm and heads to a corner. He hops up as Almas crawls over, flying wheelbarrow to victory roll, but Almas counters! TWO, and Almas puts Mysterio on the top rope. Mysterio adjusts but Almas trips him up! Almas climbs now, but Mysterio trips him up!

Mysterio goes to the outside, CHOPS Almas, then climbs up to join him. Almas fights Mysterio then gets a fireman’s carry. Mysterio stops Almas, then adjusts to SUPER- No, the Steiner is blocked to a SUPER SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, Almas gets the first fall!

Almas – 1; Mysterio – 0

But this is just the first! The second fall begins, but both men have already given so much. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men catch their breath. Almas stands while Mysterio leans on the ropes. The ref gives the signal, and Almas kicks Mysterio. Powerbomb lift, rebound, another sit-out! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio survives this bomb, but Almas just fires himself up. Almas drags Mysterio up for another bomb, but Mysterio pops through for another DESTROYER!! Cover, Mysterio gets the second fall!

Almas – 1; Mysterio – 1

Things are tied up faster than a hiccup, and now it all comes down to this third and final fall! Both men are down and catching their breath, so we go to one last break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Mysterio dodges Almas in the corner! Almas crashes and burns from corner to floor! Mysterio recovers in the ring while Almas is down and out. Mysterio takes aim, builds up speed, and slides, but into the facelock! Almas drags Mysterio out but Mysterio shoves him into barriers. Mysterio adds an enziguri, but the 10 count climbs. Mysterio returns to the ring at 6, but he’s not gonna leave Almas alone. Sliding sunset bomb into the barriers! Mysterio drags himself away from Almas and gets himself some water. Fans are loving this as Mysterio returns to Almas. He puts Almas in the ring then takes aim from the apron. Fans fire up as he springboards, West Coast Pop! Cover, TWO!! Almas lives but both he and Mysterio are exhausted.

Fans rally up with chants of “619!”, and Mysterio goes to Almas at the apron. Almas drags Mysterio into the draping armbar! Almas lets go at 4, and fans boo as Almas fires himself up. He goes after Mysterio, and throws him into buckles hard. Almas soaks up the heat, and even shimmies like Latino Heat, as he drags Mysterio up. He throws Mysterio at the corner again but Mysteiro stops himself. Mysterio puts Almas on the apron but Almas forearms him back. Almas shoulders in but into Mysterio’s knee. Mysteiro slingshots for another sunset flip powerbomb, but Almas back flips through! Mysterio rolls up but into a bomb to the post! ALmas puts Mysterio in fast, drags him up, hammerlock DDT! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Mysterio survives and Almas cannot believe it! Almas grits his teeth while fans rally for Mysterio again.

Almas goes after Mysterio’s arm with a Fujiwara! Mysterio endures and rolls around, but Almas holds on. Almas brings Mysterio back down but Mysterio refuses to quit. Mysterio drags himself over but Almas drags him away! Almas adds leverage with his legs but fans cheer Mysterio on. Mysterio keeps moving, rolls through, but Almas pushes for a cover. ONE, and Mysterio springs up to the ropes. But Almas trips him up, only for Mysterio to make it a roll up! TWO, and Almas quickly puts Mysterio up on his shoulders. Mysterio hits a reverse-rana! He crawls to a cover, TWO! Both men are exhausted, but Mysterio forces himself back tot he apron. Springboard huricanrana puts Almas on the ropes! Mysterio dials it up, 619 connects! But wait, Samoa Joe!? He apron bombs Mysterio!!

Winners: Rey Mysterio, by disqualification

Mysterio gets the second fall but not the way anyone wanted! But Joe isn’t just after him, he goes right after Almas, too! He throws Almas right into the post, then goes back to Mysterio on the outside. Joe puts Mysterio in the ring, and drags him into the Coquina! Mysterio can’t tap, he’s got nothing left! Joe lets Mysterio go and demands a microphone. “I told you people I came here to make a statement!” And what he just did is exactly what he’ll do to 24 other Rumble entrants. “Because my name is Samoa Joe”– RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! The Viper returns after being gone for weeks! Randy Orton is another of the Rumble participants, is he going to be the one in Joe’s way?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great SmackDown go-home! We have another opening talk segment, but it was to great effect with Charlotte coming out to stake her claim, and then we get that awesome brawl. It was great to have the return from commercial have even more brawling, it really boosts the heat between Becky and Asuka. I’ve been talking about a Triple Threat at Mania, but it really is a shame if it’ll be at the expense of Asuka. The title match will be great, but a part of me wouldn’t mind if Asuka retained and Becky found a different way to go after Ronda. And with hyping Charlotte and Carmella for the Women’s Rumble, I bet Charlotte wins after all to complete the Triple Threat.

Naomi VS Mandy was a surprisingly good match, but that recap package, I feel like this entire story has been about paralleling USA Network’s original reality show, Temptation Island. Ugh. Things like this are why it’ll be better for SmackDown to get on Fox. But as for this story, it’s probably not over since Mandy and Sonya had to cheat. Naomi might find herself a tag team partner to go against them both, and even be part of the Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match, and that will serve as the blow-off.

Vince McMahon’s presence was better used here than on Raw. He helped the show transition from the great Miz VS Cesaro and subsequent beat down into the champion-challenger face-to-face. With the beating The Bar gave Miz and Shane, I’m really hoping Miz and Shane win the belts. It’s not burying The Bar but pushing the Miz-Shane story further. I almost don’t want them to fight each other now, Miz and Shane are doing pretty good together, but it might still happen. And then things can truly be freshened up in the SmackDown Tag Division so a team like SAnitY or Heavy Machinery can come into prominence. Then the Styles-Bryan face-to-face was good, with Bryan’s newest Eco-Heel promo and Vince just not having any of it. Bryan gets away while standing tall, I wonder if that means Styles wins.

Ali VS Joe was good, but naturally Joe won. Ali is talented, and he had a great video promo a la his 205 Live promos, but he’s just not at the level to defeat Joe yet. Mysterio VS Almas was incredible, but Joe attacking at the end was both awful and perfect. Mysterio VS Almas can’t settle just yet, not on a go-home, and Joe makes himself a real threat for the Rumble. But wow, what a great way for Orton to return! RKO Outta Nowhere is classic and effective. I don’t really want Orton to win the Rumble, but there were rumors of Orton VS Styles at Mania. Even if Rollins wins to give us Finn VS Rollins 2, Orton can still find a way through Elimination Chamber or Fastlane. It’s not really the match I want, but it might be coming after all.

My Score: 8.5/10


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