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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (2/12/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Miz VS John Cena; Cena wins, Miz must enter the Men’s Elimination Chamber match first.
  • The Club VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
  • Bayley VS Sasha Banks; Bayley wins.
  • Absolution w/ Paige VS Mickie James & Alexa Bliss; Absolution wins.
  • Sheaums w/ Cesaro VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins.
  • Elimination Chamber Qualifying Fatal 4 Way: Finn Balor VS WOKEN Matt Hardy VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Bray Wyatt; changed into…
  • Elimination Chamber Qualifying Fatal 5 Way: Finn Balor VS WOKEN Matt Hardy VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Bray Wyatt VS Seth Rollins; double pinfall, Balor & Rollins both win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with JOHN CENA!!

The Face that Runs the Place appreciates the mixed reaction from San Jose as fans sing “John Cena Sucks~!” Cena says “The past is the past”, and focuses on the present that is the Road to Wrestlemania. Everyone is excited because they know the importance of Wrestlemania. Whether you’re live in the arena, watching at home or a superstar in the back, everyone knows Wrestlemania “can make a superstar’s career.” Wrestlemania can bring someone back from the dead, and can be the most important night in a WWE superstar’s career. Every week, every wrestler makes their case for a ‘Mania Moment, but Cena must face the truth. Cena has to win the Elimination Chamber Match to get to Wrestlemania. He knows the fans have mixed reactions, but “for the first time in 15 years”, Cena may not have a Road to Wrestlemania. So to those who oppose, Cena will state his case: “I have to survive the most unwinnable match” to face “the most unbeatable champion in WWE history.” In other words, it’s “impossible.” But whether you’re for him or against him, everyone knows Cena loves making the impossible possible! Cena vows to win the Chamber and vows to go to Wrestlemania against Brock Lesnar! But The Miz comes out to respond.

“You’re gonna go on to main event Wrestlemania?” This isn’t 2013, this is 2018, The Year of the Miz! Maybe Cena’s been off in Hollywood too much and is losing track of reality. Cena defeat Lesnar? Cena’s a founding father of Suplex City! The Miz will go on to Wrestlemania because that’s where his Intercontinental Championship belongs. He will be the first dual IC & Universal Champion when he defeats Brock Lesnar! Cena points out fans quite literally laughing at Miz’s comments. Miz has no chance– no wait, there is a small chance, like Lesnar not making his flight. But Miz’s first match with Lesnar may very well be his last match ever. That’s where Cena is wrong. Cena made a mitake beating Lesnar at his own game, but Miz will play to his own strengths, i.e. his brains. Miz does “whatever it takes” and uses “whatever is at my disposal”. He wins because he does what others won’t, he crosses lines that others won’t, which is why Miz beat Roman Reigns for the IC Championship and will beat Lesnar in the main event of Wrestlemania! But, Miz has to survive the Chamber first. He sounds overly confident. Well Miz is confident because he’s done it before, to John Cena.

Cena admits that he likes Miz being bold enough to run his mouth. But in the middle of “Miz Country”, Cena suggests Miz VS Cena! And they need to make it huge: the loser enters the Chamber first!! now that’s a Monday Night Raw worthy of the Road to Wrestlemania! The fans agree with “YES! YES!” Miz isn’t stupid, Cena. The fans think he is, though. But Miz knows that going in first means the worst chance of winning. And as insurance, The Miztourage goes after Cena! Bo Dallas & Curt Axel hit him with the back suplex neckbreaker! Miz still accepts the challenge, and calls for a referee! But instead, he gets Raw GM Kurt Angle!

Angle won’t allow this match to happen like this. He likes the idea, making the loser enter the Chamber first. The match is on, but “speaking of eliminations,” The Miztourage is eliminated from ringside! Bo, Axel, get the hell out of here! The A-Lister no longer has his aces in the hole, has he just stuck his foot in his mouth?

The Miz VS John Cena!

The Bell rings and Miz covers right away, TWO!! Miz freaks out, he swears that was three! It wasn’t, so Miz goes after Cena with a hammer of left hands. Another cover, another TWO! Miz begs he win already, but we go to break.

Raw returns to see Miz blast Cena off the apron. Miz slips out to fetch Cena, not satisfied with his work. He throws Cena into the barriers along the ramp! Then he throws Cena back into the ring before climbing up top. Miz takes aim at Cena, and knocks him down with double ax handles. Cover, TWO, Miz returns to being frustrated. He looms over Cena while the fans duel “Let’s go Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” Miz knocks Cena down each time he gets up, but then Cena flips over and gives knees to Miz’s groin. Cena dropkicks Miz, covers, TWO. Cena gets up and drags Miz to his feet for the Fisherman suplex. Cover, TWO, and Cena tries again. Miz knees low a few times then kicks Cena in the head. Miz gets a running start to boot Cena in the face, covers, TWO. The frustration builds, but Miz keeps his cool. Cena stirs, crawling to a corner while the fans rally. Miz goes after Cena with body shots, and backs off at 4. He runs back in but into a back elbow, Cena hops up for a tornado DDT!

Cover, TWO! Miz crawls to ropes while Cena stands up. Cena whips but Miz reverses, into the sleeper hold! Miz brings Cena to his knees then to the mat, but the fans keep dueling. Cena wills himself back up as the fans fire up, but Miz adds on his full weight. Cena fades and falls back to the mat. Miz keeps squeezing, but Cena finds his second wind. He reaches but can’t get out while we go to another break.

Raw returns again, and Miz stalks Cena for his finish. The full-nelson is on but Cena throws Miz off. Fireman’s carry but Miz slips down to Figure Four!

Cena endures the legendary leg lock while the fans “WOO~!” and Miz shouts for him to give up. But instead of giving up, Cena pries himself free and reverses into his hold, the STF! Miz endures the combination crossface and toehold, but drags himself towards ropes. He reaches out, and gets the ropebreak! Cena lets go at 2, and Miz gets to the apron while he goes to the other side. Cena returns, drags Miz up, but Miz hotshots Cena back. Miz climbs up to the top rope again, crossbody, but Cena catches him! Pop-up to the fireman’s carry but Miz slips out, kicks out a knee, low DDT! TWO! Miz can’t believe it! Cena gets himself to a corner for safety while both men catch their breaths. San Jose declares “This is Awesome!” while both men stand up. Miz takes aim and runs corner to corner, and hits his A-List corner clothesline! Cena drops tot he mat while Miz fires himself up. Miz sees Cena in the other corner and runs in, but Cena catches him into the AA!

TWO!! Cena is in disbelief as he gets himself to the apron. He thinks about what to do next, and decides to climb up. Miz bumps ropes and that brings Cena down. Miz gets the Figure Four again! Cena tries to pry himself out again but Miz keeps him from doing that, so Cena drags Miz into a crossface! Miz endures, drags himself again, and gets another ropebreak. The two separate again, but Cena run sin but into buckles! Skull Crushing Finale!! TWO!! The advantage in the Chamber means this much to both of them! They both catch their breath while down on the mat, Cena back in a corner again. Miz gets up and brings himself over. He hoists Cena up to the top rope, then makes his way up from the outside. Miz climbs up from behind and puts Cena in the full-nelson… But Cena breaks out to get the fireman’s carry! SUPER AA!! Cena wins!

Miz must enter the Chamber first! The leader of the Cenation celebrates with fans in the front row, thanking those that inspire him.

Can Cena outlast The Miz and five others to become #1 contender to the Beast? As for Miz, can he survive at all?

 

WOKEN Matt Hardy speaks.

“Tonight I have a second chance to fulfill my destiny.” However, her has Apollo Crews, Finn Balor and “the vile” Bray Wyatt to contend with. But Hardy has been blessed by the Seven Deities to render them OBSOLETE! Hardy shall be victorious and make the Elimination Chamber shall become the DELETION Chamber! Will Hardy DELETE the other three tonight to then DELETE five others at the Elimination Chamber PPV?

 

The Balor Club’s Good Brothers speak.

The Revival have been pushing the “Nerd-o-meter” to the absolute limit when they talk about being tag team specialists. Yet, Finn and ol’ Karlski shut them up last week. This week, Gallows wants his turn. Being able to name tag teams from 1902 doesn’t make them #TopGuys, it makes them… NEEEEERDS!!

The Club VS The Revival!

But while Anderson & Gallows make their entrance, Dash & Dawson ambush them from behind! Gallows gets a chop block, then Anderson gets a double lariat. The #TopGuys leave the Good Brothers writhing on the outside while they enter the ring, then dare them to get in. Gallows & Anderson recover and get pissed off before rushing the ring. Dash & Dawson run out of the ring to troll The Club, because this match starts “when we say.” The Revival talk strategy then return to the ring. Gallows and Dawson start, Gallows going right at him with big rights. He pushes Dawson into a corner and unloads body shots, then blasts Dash for good measure. Gallows rocks Dawson with an uppercut, then throws him halfway across the ring!

Dawson gets to another corner but gets more heavy hands from Gallows! Gallows drags Dawson up and whips to ropes, then boots him right down. Dash returns, to get a big body drop. Anderson goes after Dash himself with a rain of rights. The referee gets in the way, Gallows shoves Dash out but Dawson chop blocks again! The Revival gain control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Dawson has exposed Gallows’ battered knee to go right at it. He tags in Dash, and they keep on the knee from all sides. Gallows shoves Dash but Dash stomps him back. The fans rally for The Club even as Dash puts on a knee wrench and toehold.

Gallows endures the torque, and even kicks out with his good leg. Dash holds on as Gallows stands up and gets a haymaker. Dawson tags in and jumps, but into a YAKUZA kick! Gallows crawls for hsi corner and hot tags The Machine Gun! Anderson rallies on Dash, his whip is reversed but he hits shotgun knees. He takes out Dawson then jump kicks Dash down! The fans fire up as Anderson hops up, and hits a flying neckbreaker! Dawson returns but Gallows drags him out to rock him with uppercuts. But then Dawson throws Gallows into steel steps! Anderson goes after Dawson, Dash rolls up with tights, TWO! SPINEBUSTER!

TWO! Anderson keeps focused on Dash, then runs in corner to corner. Dawson tags in, but Anderson fights them both, He still goes after Dash, but ends up in SHATTER MACHINE! Revival wins! These rough and tumble boys prove they’re #TopGuys tonight, can they get ahead in the Raw Tag Team Championship hunt?

 

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, returns.

The Olympic Gold Medalist comes out with “mixed emotions.” He announces that Rhonda Rousey will officially sign her WWE contract! But he also must update us on the situation with Jason Jordan’s neck. Jordan got surgery, and will be out to miss Wrestlemania. Some fans actually like that news. Angle does his best to come to work with a smile on his face, but not right now. He is speaking not as GM but as a father. For those to take join in a superstar’s injury, you should be ashamed of yourself. Jordan may not be everyone’s favorite, but he’s a human being and is Angle’s son. Angle just wants everyone to wish Jordan “Get Well Soon”. But then, Seth Rollins comes out!

The Architect was the Gold Blooded Son’s most recent tag team partner, and the two were Raw Tag Team Champions together. Therefore, Rollins comes out to apologize and give his best wishes. Rollins knows what it’s like. He was WWE Champion, and won it at Levi Stadium after caching in his Money in the Bank contract. Rollins felt unstoppable, on top of the world, even. But then “it all came crumbling down” when he messed up his knee, forfeited the title and missed ‘Mania. But missing ‘Mania helped Rollins learn that no one’s moment is guaranteed. Rollins realizes that he, too, is without something to do at even Elimination Chamber. Angle did say that last week’s match was Rollins’ last chance, but maybe they can change that. All they have to do is find Rollins another tag team partner. Rollins speaks up, saying thanks, but no thanks. When Angle became GM, he said Rollins could be a mainstay. Rollins doesn’t want to be part of Raw anymore. No, he wants to be ALL of Monday Night Raw! Rollins wants to make this Monday Night Rollins!

He wants to be The Man again. He wants Brock Lesnar, the Universal Championship, and at Wrestlemania. The only way to do that is to win the Elimination Chamber. Angle appreciates Rollins’ enthusiasm, but he can’t just cancel the main event. Rollins doesn’t want it handed to him, he wants to earn it. Make the Fatal 4 Way, and make it a Fatal FIVE, with Rollins as the fifth! The fans like that idea very much! Angle isn’t so sure, it doesn’t seem fair to the other four. Angle doesn’t want to be put in a bad spot. But Rollins’ fate is in Angle’s hands as he puts his body on the line for Raw. Jordan missing ‘Mania sucks, yes, but Rollins shouldn’t have to miss out, too. In all honesty, it isn’t up to Rollins or to Angle, it’s up to the WWE Universe. Angle asks, but the answer is pretty clear already. Should Rollins get a chance to enter the Chamber? “YES! YES!” Then the match is made! Can the Architect find a way into the high-stakes Elimination Chamber match!?

 

Bray Wyatt speaks.

“Well, well, well.” Seth Rollins joins the game? He doesn’t deserve a second chance, but neither do Balor, Crews or “that fool” Hardy. Hardy attacks Bray, yet he calls Bray vile? Hardy is “another sick disturbed man in need of help.” Bray knows how to fix him and everyone. They’re like fish by the sea, stalked by a shark. Bray is that shark, and he is starving. He vows to win his second Chamber match in a row, and then slay The Beast to become champion, and “have the whole world in my hands.” Can the Eater of Worlds follow through on his words?

 

Bayley VS Sasha Banks!

The “friendly” competition in trying to break Asuka’s Streak first has made these best friends a bit bitter with each other. Both women are in the inaugural Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match, but who will gain an extra step of momentum here tonight?

San Jose cheers on their hometown Huggable Bayley as the bell rings. Bayley and Sasha circle, hearing the thunderous chants. They tie up and Bayley rolls, ONE. Sasha tries but Bayley counters to a backslide, ONE. They stand up together, Bayley arm wrenches and La Mahistrol, ONE. Bayley is having fun but Sasha seems annoyed. Sasha kicks low then whips Bayley to a corner, but Bayley elbows out and jumps for a flying arm-drag. Bayley dropkicks Sasha down, then waits for her friend to stand back up. Sasha pushes Bayley into a corner and fires off forearms. The fans boo and jeer, the two scrap and Bayley gets a headlock. Sasha powers out but Bayley runs her over. Bayley runs, things speed up, Bayley rolls Sasha but Sasha slips around for the Bank Statement but Bayley slips out of that. Sasha sits for the pin, TWO. Sasha wrenches Bayley’s arm and yanks on it, then whips Bayley for the hip toss. She adds on double knees, covers, TWO. Bayley checks her teeth while Sasha stands up and walks around her. Sasha goes after the arm again, but Bayley fights out Bayley whips but Sasha reverses and hits her with a forearm before throwing her right out of the ring. Sasha catches her breath while fans boo and jeer. She welcomes Bayley back into the ring, but then dropkicks her back down. Sasha goes out to fetch Bayley, puts her in the ring, but Bayley powers her to a corner. Bayley rams in shoulders, but then Sasha slips out to hotshot the bad shoulder! The Legit Boss embraces the heat while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Sasha bends Bayley back with a straitjacket stretch. The San Jose fans cheer for their Bayley, and Bayley feeds off the energy to work her way up. She fights out of the hold but Sasha gives Bayley an armbar code breaker. Cover, TWO, and Sasha grows frustrated. She looms over Bayley in the corner, trash talking and shoving her “friend.” Bayley throws a forearm, then boots but Sasha turns her sideways, for the Stock- no, Bayley catches her, but on the bad shoulder. Sasha slips down and kicks it from behind. Then she hits double knees in the corner, mocks Bayley’s wacky waving tube men, runs corner to corner, but into Bayley’s big lariat!

The fans fire up for their hometown hero while the referee starts a ten count. Both women stir slowly, and brawl on their knees. They brawl up to their feet, Sasha slapping Bayley! She runs, but into Bayley’s Thesz press and fast hands! Bayley brings Sasha up but Sasha forearms back, so Bayley barrels her into a corner! Bayley throws in shoulders, then starts stomping a mudhole! The referee backs her off, Sasha runs out, into the saido suplex! Sasha rolls to the apron, Bayley goes over, second rope hotshot! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Bayley as she gets to her feet. She brings Sasha back up, but Sasha jawbreakers. Evne so, Bayley runs to boot Sasha in the face! Sasha rolls away but Bayley gets herself to a corner. Bayley climbs up top and takes aim… Big Elbow Drop misses! Sasha gets the Bank Statement crossface! Bayley flails while the fans cheer her on! She crawls to the far side, reaches for the ropes, but Sasha blocks with a foot on the rope. The ref reprimands her, Bayley gets the break. Sasha keeps going, though, dragging Bayley away. Bayley uses that to fling Sasha face first into buckles! Both women are down recovering. Bayley gets up first, but Sasha boots her away. Sasha drags herself up but Bayley rocks her with a right. Bayley climbs up now, throws some forearms, then positions Sasha. Sasha resists and fights back. She shoves Bayley away, but Bayley returns, SUPER Bayley2Belly!! Bayley wins!! Best friends or not, these two went hard this close to the historic Women’s Chamber match. Can this victory carry Bayley all the way through to once again become Raw Women’s Champion?

Being a good sport, Bayley returns to her friend. But before either can do anything, Nia Jax runs them over from outta nowhere!!

She brings Bayley up, for the Samoan Drop! Then a Samoan Drop for Sasha, too. Charly Caruso appears to ask her why she ruined a moment that has nothing to do with her. This has everything to do with Nia. Bayley and Sasha brought Asuka to her limit but she wrecked them in seconds. At Elimination Chamber, there’s only woman who can break the Streak, “and you’re looking at her.” The Brutal Beauty is set to face the Empress of Tomorrow for a major opportunity of her own at the Raw Women’s Championship. Can the Irresistible Force wreak her own havoc on the Road to Wrestlemania?

 

Seth Rollins encounters Roman Reigns backstage.

The Big Dog sees The Architect “worked your magic.” Well Roman can’t have all the fun in the Chamber. He’s not afraid Rollins will get in, will he? No, because Roman can eliminate him then like he did at the Royal Rumble. But then The Bar walk in and tell Rollins not to worry about The Chamber. With his track record, it’ll be another “failed opportunity.” Cesaro wonders if Dean Ambrose and Jason Jordan are doing physical rehab together, talking about how lousy Rollins is as a partner.

Roman keeps Rollins back, then grins at The Bar. What happened to Cesaro’s mouth again? Ran into the Shield. And Sheamus must not have gotten the memo. “But you will tonight.” Nice skirts, fellas. Is the partial Shield going to go after The Bar again tonight?

 

Raw takes a look at The Empress of Tomorrow’s historic undefeated streak.

October 7, 2015: “An undefeated campaign was born.” Asuka arrived in NXT with a win, and 860 days later, she has 240 wins, 0 losses. “How do you defeat the undefeated?” Asuka has defeated 34 different women, eight of them former women’s champions in their own right. She held the NXT Women’s Championship for 523 days, and only ended because she gave up the title to join Monday Night Raw. Asuka is the first woman to be a Survivor Series Sole Survivor and Royal Rumble winner, and now has her choice of Women’s Championships at Wrestlemania. There’s no end in sight, but she will face her toughest challenge yet in Nia Jax. Will the Empress of Tomorrow continue making history through Elimination Chamber?

 

Backstage interview with Titus Worldwide.

Apollo Crews could make history in his on right by entering the Elimination Chamber match. Titus takes over to give Renee Young a world class vacation. He asks if Crews is worried about being DELETED? No, Crews is here to CREATE! Bray Wyatt is a shark going after “another fish in the sea.” Is Crews afraid of the Eater of Worlds? Bray can’t digest him. Will Crews let Rollins #BurnitDown? No, he’s going to put Rollins out! And what about waiting in line for Balor Club? Crews is already in a VIP club right here. Yes, Crews is ready, and Dana crunches the numbers. She says #CrewsCan’tLose! Titus is all fired up for Crews, and Crews is ready to take one small step for Apollo, and one giant leap for Titus WORLDWIDE~!

 

Alexa Bliss encounters Mickie James backstage.

What is The Goddess up to? Why did she save her from Absolution and why are they teaming up against them tonight? Well, the match is because Alexa asked for it. She’s sick of the newbs thinking they can run Raw, and Mickie must want revenge. Plus, she wants to clear the air. Alexa did some and said some really mean things. Like calling her old? Buying Depends? Mickie remembers, but what about it, Biscuit Butt? Alexa admits she was jealous. Mickie is a six time women’s champion and mother who still looks amazing. She’s impressed and intimidated, that’s all. And? Well, that was an apology. But it’s fine, Alexa just wants to point out that if Absolution works together in the Chamber, everyone else gets screwed out of the Raw Women’s Championship. Is that why Alexa tried to weasel her way out of the match? No… But Absolution can just play keep-away with the title! Mickie appreciates what Alexa did last week, and will work together this week, but she wants that championship at Chamber. Play nice for now, but you’re “buttering the wrong biscuit, honey.”

Absolution w/ Paige VS Mickie James & Alexa Bliss!

As The Goddess and the veteran both said, the Gladiator and the Golden Goddess could easily work together to make sure one of them wins in the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match. Can Mickie & Alexa keep them down tonight despite their dysfunction?

Mandy and Mickie start with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Mickie gets the headlock takeover. Mandy gets the headscissor counter but Mickie pops out to wrap on a headlock. Mandy powers out but Mickie runs her over then cartwheels to dropkick Mandy down. Cover, ONE, but Mickie keeps on Mandy. Mickie whips but Mandy reverses to elbow her back. Tag to Sonya, waistlock and slam to the mat. Sonya keeps hold but Mickie elbows her back. Mickie then dodges to kick and kick and run Sonya over with forearms. Tag to Alexa, they double whip and double back elbow Sonya down. Alexa gives Insult2Injury, covers, TWO. Paige coaches Sonya, Sonya fights back with body shots. Alexa knees low and bends Sonya back for the standing STO. She stands on Sonya’s hair, Paige protests, Alexa tags to Mickie. Mickie runs for the low boot!

Cover, TWO. Sonya powers Mickie to a corner an drams in shoulders. She runs out then back in but into Mickie’s boot, and into the mick-rana! Mickie hits Sonya with a Thesz press, then Mandy with a forearm. Sonya roundhouses Mickie down, covers, TWO. Paige coaches her team on as Mandy tags in. Sonya throws in body shots then Mandy throws in a kick. Mnady brings Mickie out for the standing abdominal stretch. Alexa cheers Mickie on while she endures the bend, Mickie slips out to snapmare Mandy away. Mandy kicks but misess, Mickie spins her around for the neckbraeker. Both women are down and a ten count begins. Paige distracts Alexa from the floor, Alexa argues with her, Sonya trips Alea off the apron! Mickie is too late to tag, Mandy pounces with the double underhook facebuster! Cover, Absolution wins! Their teamwork proves Alexa’s point, as does Paige sicking them on Mickie! Alexa returns to fight Absolution off, does this prove Alexa’s words of wanting to stand united against them?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter has come to San Jose, and as always, plays his guitar for all to hear. He has one question, the same question as always, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” San Jose gives a “pathetic” response. The best thing about this city is that it’s just an hour away from a real city like San Francisco. Well no, every city in California is “a toxic dump.” Must Elias remind everyone that he is the man who defeated John Cena AND Braun Strowman at the same time, and made himself the “odds on favorite” to win the Elimination Chamber? Elias vows to win and go on to Wrestlemania. Then everyone will know what the WWE Universe knows, WWE means “Walk With Elias!” A much better response this time, Elias likes that. Elias also likes the sound of his own voice. He has come with a new song, The Elimination Chamber Blues. Please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths while he performs. “Six men enter~, but really only one-” The fans’ booing disrupts him. “If that’s how you’re gonna be then I’m not gonna sing.” The fans like the sound of that even better! Elias keeps going, though, he’s already all warmed up. “It ain’t gonna be the Big Dog, because nobody believes. As for The Miz, he should watch his step. Maybe just stick to Miz TV. Remember those songs I wrote, Miz? Those weren’t for you, those were for Maryse!” He smashed JOhn Cena with a guitar, “the only thing he can’t see, is that the future is right here.” Then there’s Braun Strowman, “I get it, raise your hands, say a name but, I’m gonna douse your dreams in gasoline and watch them go up in flames.” But Jojo announces “Ladies and Gentlemen: Braun Strowman.”

Strowman has his OWN spotlight and microphone!? Elias isn’t sure what the Monster Among Men has planned, until he presents a cello to play as a guitar. Strowman strums but ends up breaking it. “Well Elias says he’s gonna win~. But we all know that that ain’t true. You look at me, boy, when I’m singing, cuz I’m not finished with you!” Elias gets worried, “but when this song’s over, you’re gonna get these hands~!” The fans chant “Get these hands!” Strowman broke the instrument so “there’s only one thing left I can do with it.” The Monster Among Men shoulders the “bass”, and brings it to the ring!

Elias gets ready with his musical weapon, but then says to “settle this like men.” They’ll put the weapons down, and have a fair fight. He puts the guitar down, Strowman puts the cello down, and the two meet in the ring, Elias blindsiding Strowman! However, he goes back to his guitar, only for Strowman to intercept him. Strowman clubs Elias right down! Then he pick shim back up, for the monstrous powerslam! Strowman roars victoriously, will it even matter that Elias goes in last if Strowman is still in the Chamber?

Elias tries to crawl away, but Strowman exits the ring. He looks at his cello, and picks it back up! Strowman stalks Elias up the ramp and to the stage. The fans want to see it, Strowman smashes Elias with the cello!!

Forget Elias, does anyone stand a chance in the Chamber with Strowman in the match?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

Hardy wants to DELETE him, Bray wants to eat him? Apollo wants to prove “Crews Can’t Lose” and Rollins wants to be The Man. Balor doesn’t care what they want, he wants to use his second chance to enter and win the Elimination Chamber match. Then he can get what he wants: what he never lost; the Universal Championship!

 

Sheaums w/ Cesaro VS Roman Reigns!

The Celtic Gladiator and Swiss Cyborg feel pretty good about still being Raw Tag Team Champions, despite the minor controversy of Jason Jordan’s interference. However, to get even for his Shield Brother, The Big Dog looks to drag Sheamus into His Yard. Can Roman use the tag team champion as a way to gain momentum before the Elimination Chamber match?

The bell rings and Roman makes sure Cesaro stays back. He circles with Sheamus then ties up. Sheamus pushes but Roman pushes him back into a corner. They break cleanly, then circle and tie up again. Sheamus gets the wristlock, the arm wrench, but Roman reverses to his own hammerlock. Sheamus gets to the ropes and they break again, but Roman teases the Mohawk. They go again, Roman gets the waistlock but Sheamus elbows out. Sheamus backs Roman into a corner with body shots, then rocks him with a European Uppercut and a headbutt. Roman hits back, bumping Sheamus off buckles and then whipping him corner to corner. Sheamus reverses but Roman fires out with a clothesline. The Bar regroups on the outside, Cesaro coaching up “Sheamy.”

Sheamus returns but Roman rocks him with right hands and then clotheslines him back outside. Cesaro helps Sheamus regroup again while the fans duel “Let’s go Roman!” “Roman sucks!” Sheamus drags Roman out and throws hands on the outside before bumping Roman off the apron. Roman keeps himself from going into the post then slings Sheamus into barriers! He bounces Sheamus off the apron in return, then throws him into more barriers. The fans cheer while Roman refreshes the count. He has to back Cesaro down, Sheamus takes advantage with the rolling senton!

The Celtic Gladiator has control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Sheamus keeps Roman down with a keylock. The fans make noise but Cesaro doesn’t want to hear the random “Rusev Day!” chants. Sheamus wants them to “Respect the ‘Hawk!” Roman works his way up but Sheamus knees him back down. The fans tell Sheamus “You Look Stupid!” which upsets him, but Roman makes it worse with haymakers. Roman breaks free and starts rallying with lariats. He whips but Sheamus reverses, Roman runs Sheamus over with one more lariat. Roman runs at Sheamus in a corner but gets a big boot before being thrown right into the post. Then Sheamus adds the Irish Curse backbreaker, cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps going, stomping Roman in the stomach and tying up the legs in the Cloverleaf! Roman endures the bend while fans make noise both ways. Roman pushes himself up and reaches but Sheamus drags him away. Sheamus slips out of the hold, Roman shoves him then gets the Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is relieved, but also coaches Sheamus to get back into this. Sheamus and Roman stir, the fans start firing up for Roman. He gets to a corner, locks and loads, then runs…

into White Noise! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is shocked, Cesaro protests. Cesaro gets Sheamus to stay focused, and Sheamus gets himself to a corner. Sheamus fires himself up, “FELLAAA!” He beats his chest a she takes aim at Roman, runs out, into a  SUPERMAN PUNCH! TWO! Cesaro is relieved again while Roman is a bit surprised. Roman gets up, lets out his howl, then runs in, to a foot! Sheamus runs out, but is picked up for the sit-out powerbomb! TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion, but Cesaro coaches Sheamus up. The fans keep cheering Roman on, and Roman gets up again. He fires up as he takes aim again, but Cesaro distracts from the apron. Sheamus rolls, TWO! Bicycle knee! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is furious with Roman’s resiliency.

He shoves Roman out of the ring, then distracts the ref for Cesaro to run in, but Cesaro is tossed into the crowd! Then SUPERMAN PUNCH brings Cesaro down! Sheamus rams a shoulder, but then Roman reverses a whip to send Sheamus into a post! Roman runs in for the Drive-By, but is intercepted by a lariat! Sheamus puts Roman in the ring then climbs up top. He takes aim, flying– SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins! The Big Dog toughed it out with the Celtic Gladiator, can he show this same resiliency inside the Elimination Chamber?

 

Raw announces the newest Hall of Fame inductee: Ivory!

Starting in GLOW, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the California grown superwoman would come to the WWE and help revolutionize the Women’s Division! Unfortunately, her triumph went to her head, and attempted to straighten out the WWE with her Right to Censor faction. She took on other great women wrestlers, such as Lita, Trish Stratus and even the Ninth Wonder of the World, Chyna! Whichever form of Ivory fans liked most, everyone can agree she belongs in the HoF Class of 2018!

 

Elimination Chamber Qualifying Fatal 5 Way: Finn Balor VS WOKEN Matt Hardy VS Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Bray Wyatt VS Seth Rollins!

The Architect joins four other superstars who are receiving a second chance at entering the Universal Championship #1 Contenders match. Which man will rise above the others to then attempt another overcoming of odds?

Raw returns with this match already red hot. Hardy and Bray brawl on an apron while Rollins stalks Crews around a corner. Bray clubs Hardy into the apron while Crews ditches Rollins. Crews bumps Bray off to then hit an asai moonsault!

Balor returns but gets a mule kick and a boot! Rollins returns but gets the jumping lariat! Crews kip-ups and fires up as he runs at Balor. Balor puts him on the apron for the swing kick. Rollins gets up but Balor rallies with forearms on him. Takedown and double stomp! Bray returns, Balor gets him with the elbow drop DDT, Hardy breaks the cover. Hardy forearms Balor and whips him but Balor elbows him away. Balor climbs but Hardy stops him. Hardy drags Balor out in a crucifix, but Rollins SUPERKICKS that down. Balor unloads on Rollins but Rollins runs, into the Slingblade! Balor runs corner to corner but into a SUPERKICK! Rollins sees Bray and evades, but still gets the body check! Bray fires up and drags Rollins to his feet. He prepares Sister Abigail but Rollins rolls through, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, Balor barely breaks it in time. Rollins throws Balor back out, then keeps Hardy out before returning to Bray. He scrambles to a corner and the top rope, but Crews returns to rock him with a right. Crews climbs up to join Rollins, then Hardy joins in. Balor does, too, and they prepare a Tower of Doom, but Bray returns to break it all up with another body check. Bray throws Balor out, then throws hands on Hardy. He throws Crews away and drags Rollins out for the draping shoulder jawbreaker!  Crews runs back in, but into the yurinagi and back senton!

TWO! Bray simply grins and laughs while we go to break.

Raw returns again, Bray clobbers Balor in a corner then fires fans up with his creepy spider walk. But Hardy says “WONDERFUL~!” and applauds. Bray is taken off his game while Hardy and the fans give him an ovation. He runs but into Hardy’s haymakers and forearms, then the DELETE buckle bumps. Hardy runs in for the clothesline but Bray powers out, only to end up in the Side Effect! Balor returns, and he gets a Side Effect, too!

Hardy hops up and takes aim, elbow to Bray’s head. He continues the “DELETE! DELETE!” and goes for the Twist, but Rollins hits the flying clothesline! Rollins chops and punches Bray into a corner, then whips corner to corner but is reversed. Bray runs but is booted away, as is Crews. Rollins hops up, double blockbuster! The fans fire up while Rollins sees that Wrestlemania sign. He runs, DIVES on Balor! Then he DIVES on Hardy! Then he DIVES on Bray! The Architect gets back in the ring with Crews, runs in corner to corner for the forearm smash, then right into the suplex roll-through Falcon arrow! Cover, TWO, and Titus is relieved. Crews and Rollins are down inside the ring while the others are all down on the outside. Titus rallies the fans, Crews and Rollins stand up. Crews elbows Rollins away but then Rollins knees Crews out. Bray returns, gets an enziguri! Rollins runs, but into the turn-around lariat! Bray covers, TWO, while Balor blasts Hardy and Crews on the outside. Balor gets back into the ring and slingblade on Bray! Blasting dropkick puts Bray in the corner. Balor climbs up top, takes aim but Rollins springs up to join him! They fight each other, but Rollins clubs Balor down. He Phoenix Splashes but rolls through when Bray evade.s Sister- no, Twist of Fate! Cover, Coup De Grace to break it! CURB STOMP!!

But Crews breaks the pin! Everyone is down again and the fans are loving it! “This is Awesome!” Crews and Rollins stir while Balor gets to the apron. The fans rally while Crews fires off shots, but then Rollins responds. Rollins forearms away on Crews like mad, then runs, but into a trophy lift! He slips out but Crews still gets him, Fall Away Drop to Standing Moonsault! TWO! Titus can’t believe how close Crews was. The others are all still down, so time is of the essence. Crews brings Rollins up, but Rollins resists and fights back. Wristlock reel out but enziguri counter! Standing shooting star, cover, TWO! Titus coaches Crews on, and Crews positions Rollins before climbing up top. Hardy returns to go after him, climbing up to join him. Crews resists, but Hardy clobbers him down to try again. Crews keeps fighting, and Bray brings Hardy all the way down for SISTER ABIGAIL on the ground!

Bray laughs before reentering the ring and going after Crews. He turns Crews around and rock shim with an uppercut before climbing up. Balor and Rollins revive to go over, and TOWER OF DOOM!! Both Balor and Rollins cover Bray, double three-count!? They both win?!

But, there’s only one spot in the Chamber, they can’t both go. And once both of them realize what happened, they’re arguing their point. The referee explains he saw them both pin Bray, so who the heck won!?

WWE Facebook has video of Angle meeting with Rollins & Balor!

Kurt Angle addresses Raw's controversial main event

WWE Raw GM Kurt Angle has a solution following the end of the #Fatal5Way match! #WWEChamber

Posted by WWE on Monday, February 12, 2018

Yes, you heard right! Angle makes this Men’s Elimination Chamber truly historic by making it a SEVEN MAN match! Both The Architect and the Extraordinary Man join the Hollywood A-Lister, the Cenation, the Monster Among Men, The Big Dog and The Drifter in the Universal Championship #1 Contenders match! With the odds of the match growing even steeper, who will overcome and move on to face the Beast at Wrestlemania?!

 

My Thoughts:

What a fast-paced and entertaining Raw! Probably because it was more match and substance than promos and scripted attempts at building characters. Cena opens but gets right into a promo fight with Miz that leads to a match that actually impacts the Elimination Chamber match. Cena-Miz here tonight was incredible, championship/PPV worthy given the stakes. Miz losing isn’t even that bad, he can show how tough and intelligent he is by lasting a long time. And you may think, “What’s the point of making someone start first? Someone else will start with them.” But that in itself is the point: someone else starts with Miz, but that person could be anyone. Miz must be one of the first two to start the match, meaning he must survive them all to win. Then Revival VS Club was also great, and the back and forth in the wins and losses creates an evenly matched feud that helps build both teams up in the Raw Tag Team Division. The Bar doesn’t have challengers right now, but I imagine one or both of these teams could challenge them at Elimination Chamber or at Wrestlemania. And speaking of The Bar, Sheamus VS Roman was another solid match to keep Roman looking strong, as we can all tell he’s still the favorite for challenging Lesnar at ‘Mania.

The Raw Women’s Division moments were great, too. Sasha VS Bayley was amazing, on par with their instant classics from back in NXT, right down to Sasha being the all-but-stated Heel throughout. Even Nia attacking them both after was great, because Nia wants everyone to respect her. The fans already love her, but I still don’t think she’ll break Asuka’s Streak at Chamber, that’s something that should happen at ‘Mania, but maybe not this year’s ‘Mania. Meanwhile, Mickie rightfully questions Alexa’s motives, but they also rightfully keep it together as a team against Absolution. Absolution wins to further Alexa’s point, and to make the duo of Sonya & Mandy a strong alliance. The inaugural Women’s Chamber match could go anyone’s way but it’d be quite the pleasant surprise if Alexa lost to Sasha or Bayley so that they can fight over the belt on the Road to Wrestlemania.

Then there is THE major development in the Men’s Elimination Chamber match with the surprise Fatal 5 Way. Everyone was great it in, everyone got their moments, but then the finish was unexpected yet (in my opinion) spectacular. Balor and Rollins, the two men that first fought over the Universal Championship, both get a pinfall and though the televised version ends with controversy and confusion, WWE uses social media to sort it out. I’m thinking for this first ever Seven Man Elimination Chamber match, perhaps instead of two men starting it’ll be three so that Miz will have to use his two opponents against each other. If Roman winning is a foregone conclusion then there’s no point in complaining about the result, I just personally hope Balor lasts right up until the end.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Moxley is on a Rampage!

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AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!

Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
  • Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
  • Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!

The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?

The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!

Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.

Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!

AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!

Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!

Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!

Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?

As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?

 

AEW hears from Jurassic Express.

Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?

 

Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.

Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!

Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.

Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!

Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!

Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a  BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!

Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall

A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.

“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?

 

Hook VS Serpentico!

The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?

Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?

 

Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!

Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!

But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!

Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!

Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!

Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.

Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Acknowledge the history made!

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SmackDown 2022

The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!

SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
  • Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
  • Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
  • Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!

Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.

Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!

But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.

But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.

Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!

Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?

 

Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!

The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?

The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.

Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?

 

Aliyah VS Natalya!

Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?

SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!

Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification

Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?

 

Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?

SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!

Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!

The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!

Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.

Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage

And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.

Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.

But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.

SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.

Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…

Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.

Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says  he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.

Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?

 

Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?

SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!

Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!

Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.

Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?

 

Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!

The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?

Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.

The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!

Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!

SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!

Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)

Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.

Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.

Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.

But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.

My Score: 8.1/10


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