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Mitchell’s WWE Wrestlemania 34 Report! (4/8/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (kickoff show): WOKEN Matt Hardy wins.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship (kickoff show): Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
  • Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal (kickoff show): Naomi wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: The Miz VS Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Charlotte wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Randy Orton VS Bobby Roode VS Jinder Mahal VS Rusev; Mahal wins and becomes the new WWE US Champion.
  • Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey VS Triple H & Stephanie McMahon; Angle & Rousey win.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Usos VS The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers; Bludgeon Brothers win and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
  • John Cena VS ???; The Undertaker wins.
  • Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Bryan & Shane win, Kevin & Sami are still fired.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Nia Jax; Nia wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
  • WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Styles wins and retains the WWE Championship.
  • Raw Tag Team Championship: The Bar VS Braun Strowman & ???; Strowman & Nicholas win and become new Raw Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns; Lesnar wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

John Cena promised he’d be at Wrestelmania as a fan, and he is!

The Face that Runs the Place may not be wrestling on the Grandest Stage of Them All, but he’s here to enjoy it for himself, and even take pictures with fans.

 

Carmella joins the Kickoff Panel.

The FABULOUS Ms. Money in the Bank doesn’t want to hear about Asuka’s Streak or Charlotte’s championship, she wants to hear about herself. Carmella is more than ready, #MellaisMoney, but she hasn’t succeeded in chasing in yet. But that’s part of the master plan. Is she cashing in tonight? She won’t confirm or deny, but she first wants to win the inaugural Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal. If she had to choose who she’d challenge, would it be Asuka or Charlotte? Who needs to choose a winner when you’ve got one right here in her? Carmella keeps her plans close to the vest, and goes off to prepare. Can/will Carmella win some history tonight?

 

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal!

The Humongous Wonder #8 was the first great titan of the World Wrestling Entertainment, and is honored by this fifth annual edition of the 30 man over-the-top-rope match. With supreme stars the likes of the Devil’s Favorite Demon, the WOKEN Wisdom, and the two-time winning Lone Wolf all competing for this great honor, who will be the last one standing to add their name to the statue’s plaque?

Everyone is in the ring at the start, and the moment the bell rings, it all breaks loose! It is a chaotic brawl as the 30 men work to find someone to go after. Aiden English is thrown out by Zack Ryder, he is ELIMINATED! Tye Dillinger goes after Dolph Ziggler, Heath Slater keeps surviving, and Karl Anderson throws out Konnor! Ziggler survives, WOKEN Hardy survives, and Fandango shovels Curt Hawkins out, Hawkins is ELIMINATED! R-Truth and Goldust make up as pals, and get their groove on, but then Goldust throws Truth out, R-Truth is ELIMINATED! Oh and Goldust dabs on ’em.

Primo Colon survives once, but not twice, he is ELIMINATED by Mike Kanellis. Sin Cara goes after Kanellis, the Revival go after Goldust together. Kanellis is ELIMINATED while the #TopGuys keep each other in. Hardy survives even as the Miztourage goes after them. The Fashion Police work on Corbin but he’s too big and strong for them. The Miztourage go after the Good Brothers, Benjamin knees Tyler Breeze, Breeze is ELIMINATED! Ziggler again survives while Rhyno brawls with Viktor. Viktor backs Rhyno down but Rhyno picks Viktor up. Goldust throws Sin Cara but Sin Cara stays in, Viktor gets thrown out and is ELIMINATED! Ziggler somehow keeps surviving while the Revival beat down Ryder. Sin Cara hits Tye but Tye blocks and clubs him back.

Kane works over Bo but Curt Axel saves him. Hardy takes Goldust and “DELETE DELETE” buckle bumps him over and over. Ziggler goes after Ryder but misses, Ryder is right on him with a “WOO WOO WOO!” Broski- POUNCE from Mojo, Ryder is ELIMINATED! Gable goes after Anderson but the Machine Gun fights him off, only for a rolling kick to knock him down! Anderson is ELIMINATED, and Titus O’Neil works on Luke Gallows. Gallows kicks Titus but Titus boots Gallows, Gallows is ELIMINATED! Titus barks while we go to break.

WWE returns and the Revival throw Apollo out, Apollo is ELIMINATED! Benjamin goes after the Revival, and teeters on the apron, but grabs hold of Dash Wilder! Scott Dawson holds onto Dash to save his tag partner, then hits Benjamin away, Benjamin is ELIMINATED! Rhyno charges in but he is dumped out and is ELIMINATED, then Miztourage throw out the #TopGuys, Dash & Dawson are ELIMINATED! Kane grabs Miztourage and shoves them out, they’re ELIMINATED! John Cena watches from the crowd while Corbin throws Sin Cara! Sin Cara hits the Miztourage and Revival, but he’s still ELIMINATED!

The field has thinned, and Fandango decides to swivel his hips at Kane. Kane uppercuts Fandango right out of the ring, Fandango is ELIMINATED! Slater brawls with Corbin but he’s on the outside, Corbin bumps him off a post, Corbin is ELIMINATED! Kane throws Gable, Gable is ELIMINATED! Corbin and Kane lock eyes, and the fans fire up. But the two big men are surrounded and the others go right at them! Titus, Goldust and Tye keep Corbin down while Mojo, Ziggler and Hardy go after Kane. Titus lashes out on Goldust and Tye, then runs Mojo over, but Ziggler flies in! He’s caught and thrown, but lands on hsi feet to SUPERKICK and clothesline Titus out! Titus is ELIMINATED! But then Ziggler runs into Goldust’s powerslam, and so does Tye.

Goldust puts Tye in a corner and prepaers him, but Ziggler pounces on Goldust. Goldust knocks him down for it, then sets him up just like he did Tye. The fans cheer for it, Goldust takes a deep breath, and gives Shattered Dreams to Tye. Goldust runs at Ziggler, Ziggler throws Goldust out, GOldust is ELIMINATED! But Hardy says ‘DELETE! DELETE!” and rocks Ziggler with a haymakers. But then he bump sinto Tye and asks, “Who are you?” Ten! Delete! Ten! Delete! Twist of Fate! Tye is thrown and ELIMINATED! But then Kane runs Hardy over!

Kane grabs Ziggler, Ziggler slips out of the choke slam, SUPERKICK! ZIggler leaps for the sleeper, but is thrown out and ELIMINATED! But then Corbin throws Kane out, Kane is ELIMINATED! The Lone Wolf, Mojo Rawley and Hardy are the final three. Mojo pounces while Hardy is busy fighting Corbin. He gives Hardy a huge fireman’s carry slam! Mojo and Corbin stand over Hardy, but the fans are on Hardy’s side. Corbin and Mojo stomp away, and pick Hardy up together, but Bray Wyatt appears?! The Eater of Worlds has returned from the Lake of Reincarnation, and he feeds Mojo to Hardy, Mojo is ELIMINATED! Bray then goes after COrbin, but into End of Days! Corbin goes back to Hardy, fans boo and jeer, but Hardy fights back and dumps Corbin out! Corbin is ELIMINATED! Hardy wins!

Winner: WOKEN Matt Hardy

And it’s thanks to Bray Wyatt! To which, Hardy has the fans applaud the WONDERFUL return of Wyatt. Hardy thanks Wyatt, as do the fans, and they hug! Does this mean there’s some kind of Woken & Wyatt alliance forming?!

 

Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali!

205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, is here with the title belt to watch as the Heart and the Soul of the Cruiserweight Division battle it out for that very prize!

The bell rings and we begin. The fans are thunderous for them as they high-five and circle. Ali gets the waistlock but Alexander the standing switch and slam. The fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” while Ali gets up and puts on a headlock. Alexander lifts but Ali holds on. Alexander powers out, they collide, Alexander shoulders Ali down on the rebound. He wants Ali to show that heart, and they speed up. Ali headscissors Alexander and then dares Alexander to show the soul. They tie up and go against the ropes and into a corner. Neither man backs down until the referee separates them, then Ali shoves Alexander. Alexander shoves back and dares Ali to hit him. Ali does with a chop, so Alexander responds with a kick. Alexander whips but Ali kicks him back, so Alexander rolls under and headscissors and dropkicks Ali down. Cover, TWO!

Alexander puts Ali right in an armlock, but Ali works his way up and out. Ali whips but Alexander reverses, flapjack dropkick! Alexander staggers, Ali runs in but Alexander puts him on the apron to block a kick and hit a kick. Ali goes down, Alexander builds speed and FLIES!

Down they both go, but Alexander is up first. He puts Ali in the ring, covers, TWO! Alexander keeps on Ali with a rear bearhug. Fans rally while Ali endures the squeeze. Ali gets up and fights out of the hold, rocking Alexander with a forearm. Alexander responds with a running European Uppercut! He whips Ali corner to corner then throws him with a big back body drop. Cover, TWO, but Alexander keeps his cool as he puts Ali back in the bearhug. Ali endures the squeeze while fans rally again. Ali gets up and fights back but Alexander knees low. Alexander chops Ali, then brings him up for a suplex, but Ali slips out. Alexander knees low again, then runs, but into Ali’s lariat.

Ali starts to rally and chop, but Alexander reverses the whip. Ali slides to a stop, and intercepts Alexander with a roundhouse. Alexander staggers, Ali rolls in for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!  Ali brings Alexander up, but Alexander blocks and counters with a EuroUpper. Ali yanks his waistband and counters a kick with a kick! He runs, but into Alexander’s Spanish Fly! Both men are down and fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up while Ali gets to a corner. Alexander runs in, but into Ali’s boot. Ali hops up, tornado DDT blocked! Alexander hangs Ali up on the ropes, then catches his breath before climbing up to join him.

Fans anticipate something, and Ali resists. They brawl on the top rope, but Alexander gets the better of Ali, only for Ali to almost send Alexander tumbling down with his counter. They brawl more while trying to stand up, Ali hits Alexander with a SUPER Spanish Fly!

Even Cena is stunned seeing that. Cover, TWO, and Ali can’t believe it. He shakes his head as he watches Alexander flounder about. Ali brings Alexander over to a corner but Alexander knows what that means an dresists. Ali kicks Alexander, then climbs, but Alexander gets up to throw him off! Maverick and the referee check on Ali after his crash landing, but Ali is still good to go.

Alexander waits as the count begins, but Ali dares Alexander to finish him. Alexander takes the bait, he puts Ali in the ring and covers, TWO! He gets frustrated, but tells Ali it’s already over. Ali shakes his head, it’s not over. Alexander kicks Ali and then stomps away in a rage! He yanks Ali up, back suplex lift but Ali slips out! Ali hits the Reverse-Rana! Alexander is dazed, and Ali gets going. Ali hops up, flying tornado DDT! ALexander lands in a drop zone! Ali goes up, and hits the 0-5-4!

ROPEBREAK! Alexander survives with a foot on the ropes! Ali shouts for Alexander to stay down before he stomps him back. Ali climbs up again, 0-5-4 but Alexander moves! Alexander scrambles up to his feet while Ali drags himself back up. They run at each other, Alexander’s big back elbow rocks Ali, but he still gives another. Alexander tells Ali “This is enough!” But clearly, it isn’t, and the third back elbow flips ALi over! Alexander lifts Ali up, for the Lumbar Check!

Cover, Alexander wins!

Winner: Alexander, by pinfall, NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion

The Carolina Kid didn’t want to go that far, but he had no choice but to break the Heart of 205 Live. More importantly, Alexander finally proves he can win the big one! Drake Maverick personally presents the belt to Alexander, and the true celebration begins! Now that he finally has what he wanted for so long, will the Age of Alexander have no end?

 

Interview with John Cena.

Cena doesn’t see it as unfortunate that he’s not on the card, he’s having a great time with the other fans. He’s in a #Cenasection, we’re live! Here’s to Wrestlemania!

 

Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal!

With the Women’s (R)Evolution stronger than ever, it was only right that the combined Women’s Division of Raw, SmackDown and even NXT have their own 30 woman over-the-top-rope match. Who will be the first woman to put her name on the plaque for this prestigious and historical moment?

The bell rings and Carmella brags she already has a claim to a title with her Ms. MITB briefcase. But that only gets her jumped by all 29 other women! Well, 28, Lana stays back to “coordinate”. The ladies pick Carmella up and throw her out! She somehow stays up on the apron, but Sonya’s roundhouse ELIMINATES her! Now with 29, Natty singles out Dana Brooke. Dana points out, “That’s not nice!” She and Natty fight, but then the mob takes over and they go after Dana. Mandy throws Dana, and ELIMINATES her! But then Absolution gets too big an ego, and the NXT women stick together to fight the main roster!

Sonya goes after Kairi Sane while Taynara Conti goes after Mandy. Women spill out under the bottom ropes, and the NXT women take charge! Fans join in, chanting “NXT! NXT!” Becky comes back and gets mad at Kavita Devi for wearing orange! Orange is Becky’s color! That aside, the brawl starts all over again, and Devi swings Becky around for a slam. Becky bails out, but Mandy is actually ELIMINATED! Natty turns on Bayley, no more WWE VS NXT. Bianca Belair climbs up, Taynara slams Sonya down, and Dakota and Peyton hold Sonya for Bianca’s EST 450! Then they throw Sonya out, for the ELIMINATION! Ruby Riott goes after the NXT women but that’s a tall order, we go to break.

WWE returns to find more women have spilled out of the ring, and someone ELIMINATES Kairi Sane! Sasha Banks fights her way back in, but NXT continues to work together. They lift Lana up but Lana fights back, only for Bianca to blast her off for the ELIMIANTION! Sarah Logan ELIMINATES Devi, then fights with Bianca. The Riott Squad works together on Taynara, big dropkick from Liv Morgan! Becky brawls with Bianca, Dakota stomps on Bayley. Natty has Mickie James while Sasha survives. Bianca whips Becky with her hair! Becky dodges the second try, and throws Bianca to the apron. She bumps Bianca on a buckle and jump kicks, she ELIMINATES Bianca.

But then Dakota rocks Becky with the corner boot! Dakota throws Naomi in a corner, and boots her, too! She aims at Sasha, but Sasha dodges and ELIMINATES Dakota. Ruby goes after Sasha while Mickie throws out Naomi and Becky, for two ELIMINATIONS! Ruby goes after Mickie but ends up on the outside. Sarah goes to help, countering the Mickie-rana. Mickie is on the apron but she fights the Squad off, until Ruby knocks her off for the ELIMINATION! Peyton deals out heel kicks, but Sarah lifts her up for a powerbomb! Ruby and Liv mule kick Peyton, Peyton is ELIMINATED!

Now it’s just Natty and the Riott Squad beating up Bayley and Sasha, but that’s short lived as the Squad go after Natty. Bayley goes after Liv, and Natty blocks the double suplex, to suplex both Sarah and Ruby! Sasha gets up but Natty is on her with a suplex. Bayley helps Sasha, and the “friends” go after Natty. They throw Natty out, for the ELIMINATION! They do the same to Liv, and then club Ruby, Liv and Ruby are ELIMINATED! Sarah goes at them, but Sasha dumps her out. Sarah goes after Sasha, fireman’s carry but Sasha slips out, Bayley hits Sarah for the ELIMINATION! The final two are Bayley and Sasha!

The fans are thunderous for the Legit Boss and Huggable One. Sasha asks for a handshake, Bayley gives it, to then throw and ELIMINATE Sasha!! But Bayley didn’t realize there’s one last woman, who didn’t go over the top rope. Naomi returns, and Bayley’s upset. They go at each other, REAR VIEW! Naomi throws Bayley for the ELIMINATION!

Winner: Naomi

Bayley and Sasha are both frustrated, furious even, but it doesn’t matter, because it’s #GlowTime!

 

WWE lets the good times roll in the Big Easy, again.

Wrestlemania has many names, from the Grandest Stage of Them All to the Showcase of the Immortals, to the biggest night in sports entertainment. But in the end, one thing is for certain: it is where history is made, where stars are born, and moments live forever. Who will make moments of their own on this grand stage? Who will become immortalized? Most importantly, who will win?!

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: The Miz VS Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins!

The good times begin with fire and intensity as both The Architect and The Extraordinary Man look to take the title off of the Hollywood A-Lister before he can set the record as longest reigning IC Champion in history! Will Rollins #BurnItDown? Will Finn make the title #TooSweet? Or will The Miz shock them both and hold on to history? Miz makes one surprising decision already: he sends the Miztourage to the back, because he believes he has this well in-hand by himself.

The bell rings and we begin. Fans are thunderous already while Miz, Rollins and Finn approach each other. Miz goes for Finn, Finn gets around for the waistlock but Rollins goes after Finn from behind. Finn lets go of Miz and powers out of Rollins’ headbutt, Rollins knocks miss down. Rollins goes back after Finn but Finn arm-drags him away. Miz grabs Finn but Finn arm-drags him, too. Rollins rolls up Miz but Finn rolls up Rollins then Miz rolls up Finn! TWO, Rollins clotheslines Miz out but Finn rolls Rollins, TWO. Rollins goes after Finn, but Finn avoids the stomp to roll, only for Rollins to roll through and mule kick Finn. Rollins runs but Finn clotheslines him out to join Miz, then Finn FLIES!

Finn wipes Rollins and Miz out, then gets up to flex. The fans cheer, “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for Finn as he puts Miz in the ring. Miz kicks back, then whips but Finn reverses. Miz sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick, cover, TWO. Finn goes at Miz in a corner with chops, then whips corner to corner but Miz reverses. Finn goes up and over, Rollins flies in for the flying lariat! Miz throws Rollins to a corner then boots Finn down. Cover, TWO!

Miz whips Finn at Rollins but Rollins elbows Finn away then boots Miz. Rollins hops up and hits them both with the blockbuster! Cover on Miz, TWO! Rollins keeps on Miz with a corner forearm smash, then brings him up for the suplex. Miz slips out and goes for the Finale but Rollins elbows out to run, but into Miz’s kitchen sink knee. Miz runs and hits his signature corner clothesline on Finn, then he climbs up to bring Rollins down with the double ax handle. Cover, TWO, but Miz gets Rollins right in a chinlock.

Fans rally while Rollins endures. Finn gets up, Miz throws Rollins at him, but Finn gets aside. Miz catches Finn into the A-List combination of backbreaker and–after booting Rollins away–neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Miz puts Finn in a seated cobra clutch, but Finn endures. Fans rally and Finn fights his way up, only for Miz to wrangle him back down. Finn gets up again, pries his way out, but Miz knees low. Miz whips Finn to a corner, but Finn boots him back. Finn runs out to rally with forearms, then catches Miz into the takedown and double stomps. Finn flexes again, then chops Miz. Corner to corner whip, but Miz boots Finn. Miz hops up, Finn swing kicks and sends Miz down! Rollins returns, he blocks the slingblade and runs to hit his slingblade! Finn bails out of the ring, Rollins builds speed, and DIVES!

He keeps going, hitting Miz with a DIVE! Rollins won’t stop, he sees Finn return into the ring, but runs into Finn’s slingblade! Finn takes aim, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Miz returns, low DDT to Rollins! Cover, TWO, and a close one! All three men are down but stirring. Miz is up first, followed by Rollins. Rollins goes to boot but Miz deflects that leg to kick it. Miz wants the Figure Four but Rollins shoves him away. Rollins runs in but Miz puts him on the apron, so he hits back. Rollins springboards but Miz boots him down to the floor! Miz runs at Finn, blocks that swing kick and dragon screws it! Miz spins, Figure Four! Finn endures, reaches for ropes, but has to sit up to avoid a cover. Finn reaches back, drags himself over, Rollins Frog Splash outta nowhere!

Cover, TWO! All three men down again, and fans already declare “This is Awesome!” Rollins looks at Miz and Finn on the outside, and slips out to join them. He hobbles over to Miz, then tells crew to move out of the way. Rollins brings Miz up, powerbomb position, but Finn runs on the apron! Rollins blocks the Penalty Kick, then grabs Finn and heads for barriers! Finn slips out the back, and slingblades Rollins to the ground. Finn then runs at both Rollins and Miz, 2-for-1 dropkick blasts them into the timekeeper’s area! He picks Rollins up and into the ring, drags him up in the sleeper hold, but Rollins knees out of the lift.

Finn fires off strikes, Rollins hits back, Finn returns, but Rollins grabs him in the wristlock, only for Finn to counter the Revolution Knee with a forearm. Rollins PELE, Finn PELE! Finn drags Rollins up, for 1916! Cover, TWO! And Finn can’t believe it! He keeps going, putting Rollins in a drop zone before climbing up. Miz returns and attacks Finn, then climbs up to join him. Miz prepares but Finn resists the superplex, and Rollins gets up. Rollins grabs Miz, for a corner to corner buckle bomb! Then he goes back to Finn, SUPERPLEX roll through to Falcon– Small package, TWO! Miz hurries, FINALE on Rollins! Cover, TWO!?

Fans are again thunderous as some hope these three “Fight Forever!” Miz sits up, as does Finn. MIz grabs Finn but Finn arm-drags, takedown but Miz avoids the stomps. Full-nelson but Finn victory rolls, TWO! Finn staggers to his feet, then avoids Miz in the corner for the swing kick. Miz goes down, Finn climbs up, but Miz trips him up. Miz throws hands while climbing up to join Finn. Finn fights back, hitting those battered ribs. Finn gets Miz in the dragon sleeper, but Rollins runs in to kick Finn! Rollins then goes to the outside before climbing up. Rollins jumps up but Miz catches him into a SUPER Finale!!

Miz crawls to a cover, but Finn uses his Coup De Grace to break it!! Rollins rolls out of the ring, and Finn fires up. Finn limps as he walks it off, but takes aim at Miz. Miz slowly stands up, Finn runs in, slingblade! Blasting dropkick! Finn climbs up again, COUP DE GRACE!

Cover, but Rollins is back, Curb Stomp!! Rollins stomps the mat, wanting someone to get up. Miz does, CURB STOMP! Cover, ROllins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; NEW Intercontinental Champion

Not only that, but Rollins is also a WWE Grand Slam Champion as he finally tags off the IC title! The Architect joins his Shield brothers, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, among others. With this victory, is Rollins back to being The Man?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!

“To be the Woman, you’ve got to beat the Woman.” The Empress of Tomorrow knows that much, and pits her undefeated streak against the Queen of Flair’s title! Which woman will make the other bow to them as THE Woman of SmackDown?

The bell rings, the fans are thunderous, and the two circle. They tie up, Asuka goes for the arm, but Charlotte reverses the hold. Asuka uses the ropes to flip through the reversal but Charlotte rolls to do the same, but Asuka kicks out a leg. Charlotte gets up and cartwheels to break free and shove Asuka. Charlotte styles and profiles, then they tie up again. Asuka kicks then puts Charlotte in a headlock. Charlotte powers out and things speed up, Charlotte trips Asuka but Asuka rolls her, TWO. Asuka hits Charlotte with a sliding knee, cover, TWO. Charotte and Asuka back off but the fans applaud.

Asuka taunts Charlotte as she sits in the corner. Charlotte comes out, but Asuka gets her in a takedown and double stomps. Asuka runs, but Charlotte catches her, only for Asuka to victory roll, TWO. Charlotte chops Asuka with the Flair family chops, backing Asuka into a corner. Charlotte whips Asuka corner to corner but Asuka reverses, so Charlotte tumbles to the apron. Asuka runs over, avoids the shoulder and gives kicks back. Asuka runs again, and hip attacks Charlotte to the barriers! The referee checks on Charlotte while Asuka dances in the ring. Asuka looks down at Charlotte and points to the shoulder, taunting Charlotte with the fact she now has a target. Charlotte gets up and back into the ring, but Asuka is on that shoulder with kicks. Asuka wrangles Charlotte down with an arm-wringer, then an armlock.

Fans duel between the two while Asuka grinds Charlotte’s arm. Charlotte rolls and forearms out of the hold, but Asuka hits back with a knee. Asuka runs in, but into the backbreaker and STO from Charlotte! Charlotte grabs Asuka, Asuka turns things around, but Charlotte resists the hold. Asuka hops up onto Charlotte, but Charlotte runs for the backback stunner! Charlotte runs in and turns Asuka around to forearm away on the back. Asuka elbows back, but Charlotte yanks Asuka in to drop the knee on her head! Charlotte keeps going, another Flair knee drop. Asuka is down, so Charlotte climbs up. MOONSAULT!

But Asuka catches her into a triangle hold!! Asuka has her, but Charlotte hammers away with fists. Charlotte gets free, and puts Asuka in a Boston Crab! Asuka endures the hold, crawls and pops out, cover, TWO, Charlotte covers, TWO! The fans are loving this, even as Charlotte and Asuka glare at each other. Asuka hits first and fast, then yanks Charlotte’s bad arm into the ropes. She keeps going, kicking Charlotte back into the ring. Cover, TWO, and Asuka grows frustrated. She stalks Charlotte, going after that bad arm and kicking Charlotte right in the face. Charlotte ends up in a corner but Asuka keeps kicking. Charlotte blocks one to shove Asuka down, but that bad arm slows her down. Asuka trips Charlotte up, then runs, hip attack misses, Charlotte’s boot hits!

They’re both on the apron, and Charlotte brings Asuka up, but Asuka resists the suplex. Asuka shoves Charlotte, then kicks her into the post. Asuka grabs Charlotte now, for a suplex to the floor!

Both Queen and Empress crash land! The referee checks on them, but they’re somehow okay to continue. He starts a ten count, but neither stirs before 7. Asuka gets up into the ring, Charlotte follows at 9! Charlotte crawls towards Asuka, Asuka grabs her hair, and then unloads a strike fest! Asuka fires up, climbs up, and hits Charlotte with a missile dropkick. Cover, TWO, but close. Asuka stands on Charlotte for stomps as she holds the arms back. She drags Charlotte over to a corner and kicks her while climbing up. Charlotte fights back and chops away on Asuka! Charlotte then climbs up, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!

Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Charlotte can’t believe it. Fans know “This is Awesome!” Asuka stands up, Charlotte hits Natural Selection– No, Asuka uses that to put on a grounded Octopus stretch! Asuka bends Charlotte all sorts of ways, Charlotte tries to escape, but Asuka rolls through to keep it! Charlotte suddenly pops and goes for Figure Four but Asuka kicks here away! Charlotte blocks the roundhouse and unloads chops, but Asuka uses that to flip her over, Asuka Lock attempted! Asuka has the top, but Charlotte stands up. Asuka jumps for bodyscissors and brings Charlotte down, but Charlotte rolls through to make it a cover! TWO! Buzzsaw kick from Asuka! Asuka won’t let her Streak end, but she runs into a SPEAR! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte knows she’s close, but she’s growing frustrated and desperate. The fans fire up as she goes for the Figure Four, and gets it! Charlotte bridges, it’s the Figure Eight!

But Charlotte can’t keep her bad arm extended, she has to use just one arm. Even so, she holds on, and Asuka taps!! Charlotte wins and ends The Streak!!

Winner: Charlotte, by submission; still SmackDown Women’s Champion

It finally happened! After 914 days, someone defeats The Empress! And it’s none other than The Queen! Will this propel Charlotte’s legacy into a new level of prestige?

Asuka, no longer undefeated, stands up and calls Charlotte over. The Empress tells New Orleans, “Charlotte was ready for Asuka! Congratulations.” Then the two warriors hug! Though she is no longer undefeated, there is still so much for Asuka. Will she find a way back to a WWE Women’s Championship?

 

A referee rushes over to John Cena.

He’s telling Cena something. A match? John Cena thinks he’s joking, but the ref swears it’s true. Cena jumps the rails and hurries backstage! Is it to meet who Cena hopes it is?!

 

WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Randy Orton VS Bobby Roode VS Jinder Mahal VS Rusev!

The Viper has a tall order holding onto the title when he’s going up against The GLORIOUS One, the Modern Day Maharaja and the Bulgarian Lion! Will he retain? Or will one of the top level contenders take the title away on this GLORIOUS Rusev Day~~~?

The bell rings and all four men circle each other. Mahal swings on Orton but avoids an RKO, Roode clotheslines him out. Rusev throws Orton out then goes after Roode, hitting him with a dropkick. Fans chant “RUSEV DAY! RUSEV DAY!” and Rusev builds speed, but runs into Mahal’s forearm. Rusev hits back with a clobbering haymaker, then takes aim from the apron, Bulgarian bowling ball! He wipes out Mahal and Orton, then goes back into the ring to embrace all the cheers. Rusev puts Roode back in, Roode rolls him up, TWO. Rusev whips Roode but Roode boots back. Roode hops up, GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, TWO, and Mahal returns. Roode is ready, and he punches on Mahal. Orton adds on, and they both throw Mahal out.

Roode chops Orton, then whips, but Orton ducks to hit Roode with the powerslam! TWO, and Roode gets away to the apron. Orton stalks him, but Roode shoulders back in. Roode climbs up but Orton punches him down. Orton climbs up, and hits Roode with a SUPERPLEX! The landing is hard, but Orton covers, only for Rusev and Mahal to break it.

Mahal and Rusev stare down, but Mahal grins. He says they should work together to work over Orton. Rusev doesn’t trust Mahal, he clubs and stomps Mahal in a corner! It’s a Rusev Day Mudhole! Rusev brings Mahal up, swinging side slam! Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps his cool while Mahal bails out of the ring. Rusev leaves him be and goes after Orton, but Orton fights him off, back suplex on the barriers! Mahal boots Orton, then enters the ring, into a GLORIOUS Spinebuster! TWO, but Roode keeps his cool.

Roode stalks Mahal, winds it up, and gives the GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks, Mahal back drops but Roode sunset flip, Orton just breaks it! Orton puts Roode right into a post! Orton sees Rusev crawling up and drags him between the ropes. Rusev knows that too well, he shoves Orton away and roundhouses him down. Then a barreling shoulder in the corner before he gets running, only for Orton to drop under his windmill kick! Rusev hits mat and rolls out of the ring, but Orton is upon him again, for the draping DDT!

Orton hears the fans, but also hears the voices in his own head. He stalks Rusev, but English silps in! English takes the RKO! Rusev MACHKA Kick, but Orton dodges to RKO Rusev! Mahal runs in with a knee, but he misses, and ends up in an RKO! Cover, but Roode breaks it. Roode throws Rusev out, and blocks an RKO, for the GLORIOUS DDT!

Cover, but Mahal breaks it. Rusev returns, MACHKA Kick to Roode! Mahal dodges the roundhouse, rolls up, TWO, the roundhouse hits this time. The fans are thunderous for “RUSEV DAY! RUSEV DAY!” And Rusev hears them as he prepares to MACHKA! He stomps Mahal, brings him up, but Sunil Singh gets on the apron. Rusev lets Mahal go, Mahal dodges and the MACHKA Kick hits Sunil! Mahal goes for the KALLAS!

Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall; NEW United States Champion

The Modern Day Maharaja uses the chaos, as well as Sunil, as a means to an end once again, and is WWE US Champion for the first time in his career. Mahal ruins RusevMania along with Orton’s Grand Slam reign, will he reign as he did when he was WWE Champion?

 

Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey VS Triple H & Stephanie McMahon!

The roots of this feud were planted way back at Wrestlemania 31 when Rousey and Stephanie had a physical encounter alongside The Rock and Triple H. But now, three years later, Rousey signs with the WWE, but not to be The Authority’s property. Can the Baddest Woman in the Planet win her WWE debut alongside the Olympic Gold Medalist?

HHH gets in Angle’s face while Rousey is ready to get at Steph. HHH then says somethign to Rousey, and while Rousey is distracted, Steph pie-faces her! Angle keeps Rousey back, but then Steph yanks Rousey down by her hair! The bell rings and Rousey really wants at Steph, but Steph gets to her corner for safety. Angle keeps Rousey back, but then sees HHH’s sucker punch coming. Angle punches back, then whips but HHH reverses, only for Angle to come out and clothesline HHH down. The fans cheer for Angle as he punches on HHH more, then stomp him in a corner. HHH staggers while the fans let Angle know, “You Still Got It!”

Angle whips HHH to a corner, then back body drops him on the rebound. ANgle brings HHH up for the arm wrench, then wrenches again. HHH endures the hammerlock, but fans say, “We Want Ronda!” Angle keeps on HHH, but Steph fakes getting in to bait Rousey. The ref is busy with Rousey while HHH whips Angle, and Steph holds down ropes to send Angle tumbling out of the ring!

Stephanie plays innocent while HHH goes after Angle, whipping the Raw GM into steel steps! HHH taunts Rousey, which gives Stephanie time to bump Angle off the steps! Rousey wants after Steph but the ref keeps her in her corner. HHH suplexes Angle back into the ring, then rains right hands down on him. He stalks Angle to the ropes then puts him into the corner to choke him more. Stephanie stays back, until the ref pulls HHH off, then she chokes Angle deeper. HHH throws hands but Angle blocks and counters. The two legends brawl, HHH whips and spinebuster for Angle! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally for Angle, and he reaches for Rousey, but HHH is on him with a sleeper hold. HHH powers Angle back, but Angle powers HHH back! ANgle reaches but HHH whips him away to his corner. Angle boots HHH down, and crawls for his corner, but Stephanie grabs him! She holds him for HHH, HHH swings but Angle ducks, and HHH almost hits Stephanie! The Authority freezes, deja vu from last year, so Stephanie decides to hop down off the apron. HHH brings Angle up, but gets a saido suplex!

Both men are down, and Rousey reaches for Angle. Angle fires himself up and heads for his corner, but Stephanie yanks Rousey off the apron! Stephanie is proud of herself that Angle can’t tag out. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Angle reverses and whips him all the way out! Rousey returns, and Stephanie shouts for HHH! Angle crawls, and tags in Rousey!

Rousey goes right at Stephanie and brings her into the ring! Rousey rallies on Stephanie, judo slam! She’s not done there, she unloads strikes all over Stephanie in a corner! Then she throws Stephanie by her hair! Stephanie begs for mercy, but gets none as Rousey throws her with an exploder! Rousey stalks Stephanie, even as she begs. Stephanie looks for HHH, but Rousey grabs those arms and monkey flips Stephanie to a mount. Rousey toys with Stephanie a bit before going to the armbar, but Stephanie desperately blocks it! They struggle with each other, Stephanie goes after Rousey’s eyes! Rousey lets go of the hold, and Stephanie goes to her corner, but there’s still no one to tag.

Stephanie looks back at Rousey and kicks her right in the face, DDT! Cover, TWO! Rousey is dazed and Stephanie keeps on her with a half surfboard. Stephanie digs her foot into Rousey’s back, but Rousey powers up, only to be thrown down by her hair again. Stephanie kicks and toys with Rousey, even mocking Rousey. Rousey grabs her by the throat! Rousey glares death at Stephanie before lifting her up in the fireman’s carry, and hitting a side-winding Samoan Drop! Cover, but HHH drags the referee out of the ring! Rousey protests, but then says she’s gonna continue beating up HHH’s wife. But then HHH yanks Rousey out of the ring?!

Angle comes back and goes after HHH! He bounces HHH off the announce desk, then climbs up on it with him. Angle wants a German Suplex, but HHH blocks! HHH turns around and tosses Angle down onto the Spanish announce desk. Angle tumbles to the floor, and HHH returns to the ring. He walks over to Stephanie, checking if she’s okay. But Rousey’s up! And she’s ready to fight HHH!

Fans are fired up, they want to see this! The referee says this isn’t how mixed tags work, but HHH doesn’t care, he’s in charge. He tells the ref it’ll be okay, and then circles with Rousey. Rousey throws fast and furious hands on HHH and backs him into a corner! She runs, catches his boot, and jackknife rolls to the fireman’s carry! Rousey has HHH up, but Stephanie returns to save him, and she SLAPS Rousey! That was bad. Stephanie runs away but Rousey chases her! Rousey grabs Stephanie and throws her into barriers! Rousey drags Stephanie up, but Stephanie slips down to bounce Rousey off the post! HHH is up, but so is Angle!

Angle gets HHH in a belly2belly! Then another, and the whip. HHH smashes Angle on his knee, but runs into a German Suplex! Angle holds on and hits another German, then another for the hat trick. The fans fire up, Angle goes for his slam but HHH slips out, take down to the lock, but HHH shoves out. HHH kicks low but Angle blocks the Pedigree into a catapult! Angle Slam!

Cover, TWO! So Angle brings the straps down. He grabs the leg, and the Ankle Lock, but Stephanie comes in and pulls Angle off. She blames Angle for all of this mess, and kicks at Angle, but he grabs her foot. The referee reminds Angle of the mixed tag rules, but the fans want to see this. Angle does, too, Ankle Lock on Stephanie!

But HHH returns, and he gets Angle with the Pedigree! Cover, Rousey barrels in to break it! HHH can’t believe it, but the fans know “This is Awesome!” HHH grabs Rousey, and pepares another Pedigree, but then decides for a powerbomb, which Rousey reverses into a huricanrana! And then the armbar!! HHH flails around and the fans are going wild! Stephanie comes in and grabs Rousey in a sleeper! She thrashes Rousey around, but Rousey stands up to throw Stephanie off, for the armbar!! Angle intercepts HHH with the Ankle lock!

HHH crawls and holds Stephanie’s hand to prevent any tapping, then he slings Angle into Rousey! Everyone is down but the fans are thunderous. Angle is first to get up, followed by HHH. HHH shoves Angle into the post, then Stephanie gets up to do the same to Rousey. The Authority regroups and decides to finish this. He kicks ANgle, she drags Rousey up, they want double Pedigrees. But Angle dumps HHH out, and Rousey dumps Stephanie for another armbar! Stephanie holds on for dear life, but Rousey just positions herself on top of Stephanie. Rousey asks Stephanie what she should’ve said from the start. Stephanie cries, “SORRY!”, but Rousey says it’s too late, and puts on the armbar! Stephanie taps, Rousey & Angle win!

Winners: Angle & Rousey, Rousey by submission

Rowdy Ronda Rousey has her first WWE victory, and on the Grandest Stage of Them All! With such a major win on such a major PPV, is there no limit to what she can do?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: The Usos VS The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers!

Awwwwww NOLA! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for this incredible tag title match, and feel, the POWER! Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E had an amazing tag feud with Jimmy & Jey in the past, but now add the destruction Harper & Rowan are capable of, who will come out of the Uso Penitentiary with the gold?

But before the bell, or even before the Bludgeon Brothers enter the ring, Kofi and Jey dropkick them away. Then Trouble in Paradise! Cover, but Harper & Rowan drag Kofi out of the ring. They shove Kofi away, then boot him down. Jimmy flies in, but Rowan catches him to snake eyes him off the apron. Harper & Rowan back off to then double boot Jimmy into the steel steps. They take aim at Big E at the barriers, Harper whips Rowan to whip Harper full steam ahead into Big E! Harper feeds Big E to Rowan’s body check!

The referee tries to get order, but the Bludgeon Brothers target Woods. Woods isn’t part of the match, but he’s still here… Woods throws a kick but that’s all he gets before Harper hammers him down. Harper gives Woods to Rowan, and Rowan lifts Woods, to powerbomb him into the post! That spine is still healing from the bomb on the steps at Fastlane.

Harper & Rowan get Kofi in the ring and Rowan gives both Kofi and Jey a big splash. Rowan lifts Jey and actually tags Harper in, before dumping Jey right out. The Bludgeon Brothers stalk Kofi, bring him up, but see Big E coming. They knock Big E away, then see Jimmy. Rowan runs but Jimmy dumps him out, apron kick! Jimmy hits Harper, runs and SUPERKICKS, then mule kicks and uppercuts. He wants another kick but Harper blocks it, to shove Jimmy at his corner. Jey tags in, and they both get clear of Harper. Double swing kicks in the corner, then another! Harper staggers, Jimmy tags back in. Jey SUPERKICKS Harper while Jimmy climbs up, then Jimmy leaps for the Uso Splash!

Cover, TWO! Jimmy can’t believe it, but he tags Jey back in. They go to opposite corners, but Rowan yanks Jimmy off. Jey jumps but into Harper’s hands. Jey breaks free and dragon whip kicks Harper, then Big E outta nowhere lifts Harper. Rowan saves Harper and clubs Big E down. Jey SUPERKICKS Rowan, Jimmy returns and together, the Usos DIVE on Rowan!

But he catches them both in each hand! The Usos break free, and double suplex Rowan to the floor! Big E has Harper, scooping him right up, and then tags Kofi. Harper slips out and throws Big E out of the ring. He gets under Kofi’s jump, and catches Kofi into the scrapbuster! Kofi writhes but Harper isn’t done with that. He drags Kofi back up, and climbs to the top rope with him. Big E returns and saves Kofi. Harper boots Big E away but the Usos return, double SUPERKICKS!

The Usos climb up to go after Harper, Big E adds on, but then Rowan runs in and blasts them all! The Usos fly to the floor while Rowan throws Big E out, but Kofi dropkicks Rowan out. Kofi goes back to Harper, leaping up, but being knocked away. Rowan has Kofi, powerbomb! Harper wants his, and Rowan full nelson lifts Kofi to Harper, for the SUPER Killer Bomb!!

Cover, Bludgeon Brothers win!

Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan, Harper pinning); NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions

The destroyers of tag teams finally have the titles and SmackDown’s Tag Team Division will never be the same.

 

John Cena heads to the ring?!

And dressed to compete?!

John Cena VS ???

But wait, another referee jogs down to the ring and tells Cena something new. And Cena gets mad! Fans are chanting “Undertaker!” because that’s what we expect, but from the way Cena’s acting, it’s not happening? Cena leaves the ring, but then the lights go out!! Because it’s Elias…

The Drifter is NOT who anyone expected or wanted, but he still asks New Orleans to silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths. Elias plays his guitar while he walks the ramp, but fans boo and jeer. Sorry, were they expecting someone else? Elias says that that somebody else isn’t as athletic as Elias, isn’t as charismatic as Elias, and isn’t doesn’t have the talent Elias does. And if Cena thought this was going to be another walk in the park, think again. Elias enters the ring, and wants Cena to give him the ring. The Drifter looks at the 75k people who paid to see Elias, go ahead and sit down, Cena. Cena returns to his seat while Elias plays his Wrestlemania song.

“It’s Wrestlemania, and John wants a fight. I’m not what he expected, but guess what? It’s Elias’ night.” Elias has traveled the world, “and found this truth: John Cena Sucks, because he’s like all of you!”

Cena’s had enough, he goes after Elias! He hits the shoulder tackles and the spin-out bomb. Then “You Can’t See Me”, and Five Knuckle Shuffle! Cena gets Elias up, AA! Elias gets out of the ring, and Cena kicks his guitar. Cena cleans up the ring, fed up with this. Fans chant for “Undertaker!” again, and Cena almost expects something. But no, nothing from the Deadman. Cena decides to still stand on the post and give a point to the fans, but he goes back up the ramp, mood deflated. The music stops, and Cena thinks. And the lights go out again! Cena looks around in the dark, and smoke starts to billow up. Undertaker’s hat, jacket and boots are in the ring!

Cena sees this ominous message, and the lightning that strikes the ring! The hat, jacket and boots are gone? And the bell tolls!! The flames, and the lights! Can it be?! IT IS!

The Undertaker is in New Orleans! He walks down the ramp to meet Cena in the ring, and Cena has no idea what to make of it. Wait, this is happening?! The bell rings and it begins!

Taker goes right at Cena, throwing hands in the corner like he never lost a step! He backs the referee down, then goes back to Cena to whip him corner to corner. Cena reverses but runs into a boot. Taker runs, leaping lariat! He grabs Cena while fans chant “You Still Got It!” Taker rams Cena down with a shoulder, then brings him over, for Old School!

Cena gets to a corner, Taker runs in, corner clothesline! Taker goes back and runs in again for another, then scoops Cena. Snake Eyes, with the boot and the leg drop! Taker prepares the choke slam, grabs Cena around the throat, but Cena pops out. Cena lifts Taker for the spin-out powerbomb! Cena stands over Taker, “You Can’t See Me”– Taker sits up! And grabs Cena, for the Choke Slam! Taker brings the straps down, and slashes the throat. He scoops Cena, for the Tombstone!!

Cover, Taker wins!!

Winner: The Undertaker, by pinfall

The Deadman wins, like back in his prime! He might even be better than ever. Is this a new era for the Phenom?

 

WWE again honors the Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

From the Dudley Boyz to Ivory to Hillbilly Jim, Jeff Jarrett, “JJ” Jarius and Goldberg, New Orleans cheers for the living legends and heroes that inspire us all.

 

Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!

The SmackDown GM fight for his dream, and he has it back! He can again compete in a WWE ring! But he must use his return to settle the grudge that formed between him, Shane O’Mac and two men he once called friends. If the Prizefighter and The Underdog win this match, they’ll have their jobs back! Can Bryan & Shane prevent that, even if it risks their bodies to do it? But if you expected Kevin & Sami to play fair, think again! They blindside Team YE$ from behind!

Shane goes down out of the ring and Sami pursues while Kevin stomps on Bryan. Sami throws Shane out into the crowd, right by Shane’s family! Kevin throws Bryan into barriers, then brings Bryan up to feed to Sami’s HELLUVA Kick! Sami brings Bryan up, saying, “This is your fault.” He gives Bryan to Kevin, and they give Bryan an apron powerbomb!

Bryan crumples to the floor and the referee backs them off. This match hasn’t even officially started, not that Kevin & Sami care. Sami & Kevin go into the ring while Shane returns from the crowd. Shane checks on Bryan, and orders they bring medics down. Another ref comes and brings the medic, but Kevin & Sami say, “He made us do that!” “This is on you, Shane!”

Shane sees the situation he’s in, but still wants to fight. The main ref backs Sami & Kevin up, and Shane orders for the bell. The bell rings, and he starts against Kevin. He gets a shot in on Sami then unloads on Kevin in a corner! Shane punches and punches and punches, but backs off at the ref’s request. He keeps Kevin off balance, whips him, and runs him over with a big back elbow. But Shane’s stomach is bothering him. Shane still gets shots in on Sami, body shots and elbows, then a bicycle kick to Kevin. Sami runs at Shane but into a DDT. Shane’s stomach slows him down again, and Kevin pounces with kicks and stomps. A stretcher is brought for Bryan while Kevin stomps on Shane more. Kevin mocks the healing hernia, then tags in Sami.

Sami stomps Shane while fans cheer for Bryan. Sami keeps Shane down, then whips him for a big body check. Cover, ONE, another cover, TWO. Sami brings Shane over for elbow drops, covers, TWO. Sami drags Shane up and over, then tags in Kevin. Kevin kicks Shane while Sami holds him, and the attacks to the stomach aggravate the injuries from before. Kevi mocks Bryan’s “return” while clubbing Shane. Cover, TWO.

Shane grabs ropes but that doesn’t stop Kevin from throwing crossface punches. Kevin says Shane doesn’t know when to stop, and “money ain’t gonna save you now!” Kevin embraces the heat, then tags in Sami. Sami mocks Shane’s boxing style while they mug him. He grinds boots into Shane’s gut, torturing that healing stomach. Sami throws Shane with an exploder, cover, TWO.

Fans keeping cheering for Bryan but Sami keeps bullying Shane. Shane finds the energy to fight back! He gets Kevin and Sami in turn, mule kicks Sami then clubs Kevin, but Sami pounces on Shane. Sami backs up, for Kevin to SUPERKICK Shane, and then Sami hits the Blue Thunder Bomb! Cover, TWO, and Shane frustrates Sami & Kevin. Shane has no partner to tag, though, so Sami & Kevin take it easy. Sami wants Shane to get up, runs in, but Shane dodges the kick to elbow away on Sami’s back. Shane hoists Sami up for kidney punches, then a Tree of Woe stomp. Kevin runs in but Shane side steps and sends him out. Shane sees Sami hanging upside down, and sees his opening. He climbs up to the top rope, and Sami scrambles to get free, but Shane still leaps for the Coast2Coast!

Shane’s stomach keeps him from making the cover, but the fans applaud his effort. Shane crawls but Kevin uses a back senton to break the cover! Kevin drags Sami to their corner, and tags in to then hurry up and FROG SPLASH on Shane! Cover, but Bryan returns to break it?! Fans are ecstatic with “YES! YES!” Bryan gets himself to his corner, but Kevin just runs at Shane. Shane avoids the cannonball, and Bryan reaches for a tag! Kevin and Shane crawl, hot tag to Sami to stop Shane just short. Sami drags Shane back in a chinlock, but Bryan rallies the fans for Shane. Shane uses whatever he has left to lift Sami with him, and reaches for Bryan! They’re inches away but Sami pulls Shane away. Shane back suplexes Sami!

Sami and Shane are down, but Shane is heading for Bryan. Shane gets to the ropes and uses them to pull him along, tag to Bryan! Bryan slowly enters the ring while the fans are thunderous, and he throws hands on Sami and Kevin! Bryan whips but Sami reverses, Bryan goes up and over to keep moving, running lariat runs Sami over! The fans are at a fever pitch as Bryan baseball slides Kevin down, and adds a flying knee. Bryan climbs up, to hit Sami with a missile dropkick. The landing stuns Bryan, but he kip-ups! Kevin goes after Bryan but Bryan gets him with a saido suplex. Bryan sees Kevin and Sami in opposite corners, and he begins the dropkick train! First Sami, then Kevin, then back to Sami, and back to Kevin.

Kevin slumps out of the ring while Sami pleads with Bryan. No dice, shotgun kick in the corner! Bryan climbs up with Sami, SUPER STEINER! The fans and Bryan fire up together, and Bryan takes aim, only for Kevin to anchor his foot. Helluva Kick! TWO! Kevin gets back to his corner and Sami tags him in. SUPERKICK blasts Shane off the apron, then Kevin shouts at Bryan, “You should’ve stayed retired!” He throws Bryan to ropes, but Bryan holds on and boots Kevin away. Kevin runs into another boot, then Bryan speeds up, but runs into the Pop-Up Bomb! TWO!! And Kevin can’t believe it! But Sami’s back, so Kevin tags him in.

Kevin runs at Shane again but Shane dumps him out, to then wipe Kevin out with a leaping lariat! Sami has Bryan to himself, fans building to a rally. Sami gives Bryan haymakers for forcing them into this situation. “How could you do this?!” But each punch just makes Bryan stronger. Bryan slaps and punches Sami back and from both sides! Then he starts giving those YES Kicks! “YES! YES!” echoes out with each kick, then Bryan prepares and hits the buzzsaw. But that isn’t all, as Bryan takes aim from the corner. Fans again echo “YES! YES!” Bryan runs out, and hits the Knee+!!

Then the Yes Lock!

Sami endures the hold, and taps! Bryan & Shane win!

Winners: Bryan & Shane, Bryan by submission

Bryan’s return to the ring is victorious! And best of all, he ends this grudge between SmackDown and the #YEPMovement. Will this usher in a new era for SmackDown now that the administration is on the same page? And what will happen now that Sami & Kevin are truly without jobs in the WWE?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Nia Jax!

The Irresistible Force thought the Goddess was on her side, was her best friend. But in reality, she was only ever being used by the WWE’s resident mean girl. The title is on the line in this grudge match, can Nia get revenge on Alexa for herself and everyone who has ever been bullied? Though, surprise surprise, Alexa brings Mickie James with her as back-up.

The belt is raised, but Nia doesn’t wait for the bell before running Mickie James over! She goes after Mickie, pushing her into the announce desk then the apron, then across the floor! Nia swings Mickie back and forth into the barrier, and Alexa panics. Alexa goes after Nia from behind, but that doesn’t do anything, so Alexa runs away. Nia finishes Mickie with a Samoan Drop to the floor! No more back-up for Alexa, she is truly alone against Nia.

Now the bell rings, and the match begins. Alexa evades Nia, but Nia grabs her hair. Alexa SLAPS Nia, Nia shrieks which makes Alexa scream before Nia knocks her down. Nia kicks Alexa into a corner then throws her out of it! And again! Alexa is a ragdoll as she throws Nia around the ring, then squashes her in a corner. Nia holds Alexa by her hair, fireman’s carry, and trophy press! Nia throws Alexa hard, but Alexa bails out of the ring to save herself. Alexa cowers to the announce desk, and decides to take her title and run. But Nia won’t let her get away, and runs her over the second she turns around!

Nia drags Alexa back up and puts her in the ring. She stalks Alexa but Alexa shields herself with the ropes. That doesn’t stop Nia, but then Alexa rakes Nia’s eye! Alexa goes after Nia with kicks to the leg and forearms to the face. Nia shoves Alexa away but Alexa comes back for more stomps. Nia puts Alexa in the corner, but Alexa dodges her kick, and then drops knees on the leg! Alexa stalks Nia while she writhes on the mat, and drops knees on Nia’s head. Alexa dropkicks Nia, then springboards for double stomps. She stands on Nia for the skateboard stomps, then works over the leg. Alexa keeps going, dropping elbows on the knee and wrenching the joint. Nia clubs Alexa, but Alexa dropkicks her back. Alexa hops on for a guillotine hold, but Nia powers out for a suplex!

Alexa crawls to a corner while Nia stands up. Nia runs in but misses, hitting the post! Nia falls to the floor, and Alexa sees an opening. Alexa climbs up top, for a SUPER Twisted Bliss!

Down go Nia and Alexa! The referee counts them both now. Alexa gets in at 4, but Nia gets in at 8. Alexa dropkicks Nia’s face into buckles! But that won’t be enough, so Alexa says, “I’m so sorry.” Not! DDT! TWO! And Alexa doesn’t understand, so she throws a tantrum. She argues with the referee, then glares at Nia. Alexa slaps the “loser”, and says “You’re nothing without me!” But then Nia grabs Alexa, and tells her to “Shut the hell up!” Scoop slam, and Nia rallies as she throws Alexa around. Big corner splash then another toss, and another corner splash. Nia whips and clubs Alexa down, and Alexa crawls to a corner.

Nia runs in but Alexa kicks out the leg before rocking Nia with a right hand. Alexa climbs up to the top again, and jumps, but her seated senton is countered into a powerbomb lift. Alexa tries the sunset flip powerbomb, but that won’t work, either! Nia walks to a corner and flips Alexa all the way around to smack her against buckles!

Alexa goes limp, but Nia drags her out from under the ropes. The referee fixes the skirt but Alexa rakes the eyes again! Nia still lifts Alexa, but Alexa rakes eyes a third time. Alexa wants her DDT, but Nia picks her up. Nia bumps Alexa off buckles, then gives her the Alabama Slam! Nia drags Alexa up, fireman’s carry, and then she climbs up the corner, SUPER SAMOAN DROP!!

Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall; NEW Raw Women’s Champion

All the torment, all the manipulation, all the ridicule, it was all worth it because now, the Irresistible Force is champion! For anyone and everyone who has ever been mistreated, Nia’s win is for you!

 

WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The King of Strong Style won the 2018 Royal Rumble, and chose to challenge the Phenomenal One! This is a Dream (Re)Match and it’s happening where moments are made! Will Nakamura give Styles a #Knee2Face to take the world title from him? Or will Styles prove why he IS the Phenomenal One?

The fans are already dueling and thunderous at the bell. Styles and Nakamura circle, wary of each other. Nakamura gets the arm but Styles gets away. They circle again, tie up, and push each other to the ropes. The ref tries to separate them but they keep moving around into a corner. Nakamura shoves Styles, then they circle again. Nakamura tests kicks but Styles avoids them. Styles catches a kick and then gets the waistlock to slam Nakamura down. They sit up, Nakamura breaks free and kicks Styles away! Nakamura is up and on Styles right away, but the ref calls for a ropebreak. Nakamura does his signature ab rest, but Styles slaps him! Now it’s a brawl, and Nakamura throws forearms.

Nakamura whips, Styles ducks under but gets the enziguri, cover, TWO! Nakamura drops knees, then grinds it into Styles’ head. He backs off at the ref’s count, but puts Styles in a corner for knees to the stomach. Nakamura gives Styles Good Vibrations but Styles grabs that foot. Styles shoves Nakamura but Nakamura gets around behind Styles for a waistlock. Styles bucks Nakamura off, and then Nakamura runs into Styles’ knee!

Nakamura checks his jaw, Styles asks him how he likes a #Knee2Face. Styles puts Nakamura in a corner, then throws a forearm. He brings Nakamura out, snap suplex and cover, ONE. Styles keeps cool as he drags Nakamura up. He goes for another suplex but Nakamura blocks. Nakamura backs Styles to a corner with body shots, then throws forearms of his own. Styles staggers, Nakamura runs, but into the pendulum backbreaker! Styles kicks Nakamura while he’s down, stiff across the back. He brings Nakamura up, snapmare to more kicks, then a running knee drop. Cover, TWO. Styles goes after Nakamura in a chinlock, fans build to a rally while Nakamura endures.

Nakamura works to stand up but Styles brings him back down. Nakamura gets back up to his feet, and fights out with elbows. He knees Styles, then runs, but Styles speeds things up to dropkick Nakamura down! Nakamura rolls out of the ring, but Styles takes aim, slingshot but Nakamura moves. Styles goes for his sliding knee but Nakamura avoids that, too, to then sweep Styles’ legs out! Styles hits the apron, but he gets back inside the ring while Nakamura takes time to recover on the outside.

Nakamura returns, Styles blocks the left kick but not the right! Styles holds onto the left leg, though, so Nakamura kicks him again. Nakamura gets space while Styles is dazed. Styles runs over but into a boot. Nakamura hops up, flying dynamic dropkick is a direct hit! Both men are down but stirring. Nakamura gets up first, and dares Styles to “C’MON!!” Styles runs in but into the strike fest from Nakamura! Nakamura drags Styles up, whips him to a corner, and hits a knee to the stomach. Nakamura sets Styles on the top rope, then runs in for the top shelf knee! Cover, TWO, but Nakamura keeps his cool.

Nakamura drags Styles up, prepares the suplex, and drops Styles with a gordbuster. He keeps on Styles with a facelock, and brings him back up, but Styles gets to the ropes. Nakamura pries him off, but Styles hits Nakamura with a wheelbarrow facebuster! Styles can’t make a cover from exhaustion, but fans build to a rally for both men. Nakamura and Styles get space, Styles runs in for a corner clothesline! Snapmare and sliding forearm! Cover, TWO! Styles seems to be running out of ideas on how to defeat Nakamura. He gets up and drags Nakamura into the fireman’s carry. Nakamura slips out but Styles ducks the attack to get Nakamura in a pumphandle. Styles lifts, pumphandle gutbuster! Cover, TWO!

Styles drags Nakamura up again, and wants the Clash. Nakamura resists, getting to ropes, and puts Styles on the apron. Styles duck the kick, hits Nakamura, then springboards, but Nakamura catches him into a Landslide driver! Cover, TWO! Now Nakamura feels the frustration, not sure what it’ll take to defeat Styles. He stalks Styles to a corner, brings him up and lifts him to the top rope. The fans continue to duel as Nakamura roundhouses Styles. Nakamura climbs up to fireman’s carry but Styles resists. Nakamura keeps trying something, but Styles slips out! Styles wants the powerbomb but Nakamura fights him off.

Nakamura kicks but Styles blocks to kick out the left leg! They both go down, but fans are rallying. Nakamura gets up, Styles comes over, and Styles goes for that bad knee. Nakamura fights, tries to suplex but that leg gives out, Styles rolls him for a Calf Crusher!

Styles wrenches and Nakamura endures! Nakamura pulls at his own hair but Styles pulls on the leg harder. He rolls Nakamura way from ropes and puts the hold back on! Nakamura continues to endure, and rolls Styles into the triangle hold! Nakamura throws punches on Styles’ head. The fans duel while Styles fades, but Styles tries a second wind, only for Nakamura to grab his leg and bring him back down! Styles keeps trying, and with a third wind, he deadlifts Nakamura up and into a brainbuster!

Both men are down again from exhaustion and the damage done. Styles crawls over to Nakamura while fans rally again. He doesn’t cover, he brings Nakamura up for the Clash, but his back gives out. Nakamura revives, swings a kick but hits the left! That’s the bad leg, though, and the pain slows him down. Nakamura doesn’t care, he goes over to Styles and hoists him back up onto the top rope. Nakamura backs off and runs in, but Styles avoids the top shelf knee. Styles springboards, and hits the Phenomenal Forearm!!

Cover, TWO?! Nakamura survives Styles’ best strike?! Styles really is running out of ideas. He gets himself to the apron again, and springboards, 450, but into knees! Cover, TWO! Both men are down again, but the fans are still cheering. Styles and Nakamura stir, face each other, and start throwing headbutts! Then they throw forearms and elbows, with fans dueling with every hit. Nakamura gets the edge but then Styles comes back again. Styles rocks Nakamura but then Nakamura fires off more strikes. Nakamura’s strike fest is interrupted by the Phenomenal Blitz, but Nakamura’s last hit interrupts that! PELE from Styles! Nakamura wobbles, but then rams a knee into Styles’ back! Cover, TWO!

The Rockstar grows frustrated, so he takes it out on Styles with knees to his head and shoulders. Nakamura toys with Styles, slapping him before suddenly yanking him up for the inverted exploder! Then Nakamura gets to a corner, and fires up. He takes aim at the dazed Styles, KIN- NO, STYLES CLASH!!

Roll to the cover, Styles wins!

Winner: Styles, by pinfall; still WWE Champion

The match: a dream come true. The hype: completely accurate. The champion: truly Phenomenal! Styles gets the better of Nakamura, will we get a Dream (Re)Rematch?

Styles goes over to Nakamura, the respect strong between these two. Fans applaud as Styles helps Nakamura up and they hug it out. Nakamura then hands Styles the belt, on bended knee. Styles accepts, and raises the belt up high, only for Nakamura to uppercut his balls!!

Why, Shinsuke, why!? Nakamura trash talks Styles in Japanese, then kicks Styles while he’s down, and stomps away on the apron. Fans boo and jeer as Nakamura kicks Styles to the floor. Nakamura keeps kicking Styles while he’s down, but the referee gets him to back off. Except Nakamura doesn’t leave, he hits Styles with the KINSHASA!!

Styles goes down, and Nakamura finally leaves. No more respect between these two, it seems. Will Nakamura be a different kind of Rockstar the next time he challenges the champion?

 

Raw Tag Team Championship: The Bar VS Braun Strowman & ???

The Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator once said they’d beaten all the teams there were to beat on Raw, but they never expected The Monster Among Men to win a Tag Team Battle Royal all alone. Strowman promises he has a partner, but who is it?!

But before introducing the mystery partner, Strowman shoves The Bar’s party float off the stage!

When no partner comes out, The Bar protests, wanting to see who Strowman has. The formal introductions are made, and Strowman takes care of introducing his partner personally.

“I know everyone of you wants to know who my partner is, especially you two,” Sheamus & Cesaro. That’s why Strowman waited until they were on the Grandest Stage of Them All. It’s not one of the superstars in the back, it’s one of the fans! “Who wants to be my Wrestlemania tag partner!?” The Bar again protests, that’s not a valid choice! Is it? Strowman peers out into the crowd, then exits the ring to look up close and personal. There are a lot of volunteers, but Strowman doesn’t seem to like any of his choices. He points here and he points there, but he still doesn’t have a partner. Strowman looks high and low, but no matter how many people volunteer, he isn’t choosing them. Until he picks out a child?!

Strowman escorts his new little buddy to the ring, and The Bar is really upset over this. The fans cheer as Strowman helps him up and into the ring, and we are formally introduced to… “Nicholas!” Strowman tells Nicholas just to stand on the apron and let Strowman take care of things. The Bar is about to #GetTheseHands!

Nicholas takes his position, the bell rings, and Strowman throws Sheamus to a corner, then out of it! Sheamus bounces, Strowman whips him, but Cesaro tags in while fans chant, “We Want Nicholas!” Strowman clotheslines Sheamus out but Cesaro is on him with EuroUppers. Cesaro doesn’t want Nicholas, but he might change his mind after Strowman runs him over and deadlift CHOKE SLAMS him! Cover, Sheamus breaks it. But then immediately regrets it. Sheamus runs out of the ring, Strowman pursues and grabs the ‘hawk! But Cesaro dropkicks Strowman’s legs out and gives more EuroUppers and ax handles. Tag to Sheamus, The Bar double suplex Strowman up and over!

Sheamus gets to a corner and climbs up, then jumps for a big knee drop! Tag to Cesaro, Cesaro climbs up and trash talks Nicholas, before Sheamus helps him for a senton bomb! Cover, TWO! The Bar grows frustrated, Cesaro tags in Sheamus, and they both stomp Strowman. The fans cheer for Nicholas all the same, but The Bar don’t care. They tag, and then go Super Saiyan Kick! But Strowman blocks both kicks! He runs, and double crossbodies The Bar?!

He flattens Sheamus & Cesaro, then gets back up. Sheamus runs in but Strowman bounces him off the post! Sheamus falls to the floor in a heap, and Strowman reaches for Nicholas? Nicholas reaches back, and tags in! Nicholas enters the ring with Cesaro, but he isn’t sure what to do. He tags back out, and Strowman catches Cesaro’s springboard, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman & Nicholas win!

Winners: Strowman & Nicholas, Strowman pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions

Nicholas makes a Wrestlemania debut and becomes the youngest WWE tag team champion ever! With Strowman by his side, will he reign over the Raw Tag Team Division all the way to adulthood?

 

WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns!

A rematch three years in the making, and this time it is much, much more personal. Will the Big Dog get revenge for the beatings and the disrespect The “reigning, defending, undisputed” Beast has given him? Or will Suplex City continue to dominate The Yard?

The bell rings and they go right at each other! Lesnar puts Roman in a corner and rams his shoulder in again and again and again. Roman shoves Lesnar away and throws uppercut after uppercut, but gets thrown with a German Suplex! Lesnar throws Roman with another, and another! Roman is back up, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Reload, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Lesnar gets out of the ring, Roman slips out and comes around the bend for a flying SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman puts Lesnar in the ring, and hurries to go after him with a clothesline that sends Lesnar out of the ring! Lesnar crawls around, but Roman slips out of the ring again.

Roman comes around the corner again, flies in, but into a belly2belly suplex! Lesnar goes into the ring but then slips right out to attack Roman, another belly2belly and Roman lands on his head! Roman slowly gets up, and Lesnar clears off an announce desk. Lesnar brings Roman over, and belly2belly suplexes Roman’s face into the table! Lesnar drags Roman into the ring, stalks him for another waistlock, and another German Suplex! The Beast walks around and reminds Roman it’s “Suplex City, bitch!” A fifth German Suplex! Lesnar stands over Roman and drags him up. He throws Roman with another belly2belly, and takes his time walking over to Roman.

Roman slowly stands, but Lesnar throws him with another belly2belly! Roman bounces and slumps out of the ring. Lesnar slips out of the ring and throws the announce lid at the German team. The Beast shows no respect to anyone, and that includes staff. He drags Roman up and over, and slings him into the timekeeper barriers. The referee tries to get this match back in the ring, but Lesnar doesn’t care. He drags Roman up again, fireman’s carry, but Roman slips out to shove Lesnar into a post! Roman recovers while Lesnar crawls. Roman runs at Lesnar, and Spears him onto the English announce table!

They both tumble all over the table, spilling into the gap. Roman stands up and drags Lesnar into the ring. Roman takes aim at Lesnar, locks and loads, then runs, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Lesnar gets back up, SPEAR! But that’s not all, another Spear! Cover, TWO! And Roman can’t believe it. The fans duel, but Roman gets back to a corner. He lets out his howl while Heyman shouts for Lesnar, Lesnar knees the Spear down! Cover, TWO! Lesnar is surprised, but he drags Roman up again. Fireman’s carry, F5!

Cover, TWO!! Lesnar is further surprised, but he won’t let up. He drags Roman back up, another fireman’s carry, and another F5! Cover, TWO!? Lesnar is furious, how is Roman surviving? Heyman shouts to “Put Him Down!” Lesnar roars, drags Roman up, a THIRD F5!! Cover, TWO!? And Lesnar curses Roman’s resilience. Lesnar searches for ideas, so he tosses Roman out of the ring. He goes back to the announce desk, and drags Roman up for another fireman’s carry. A fourth F5 sends Roman through the table!

Lesnar leaves Roman in the wreckage while he rests, then drags Roman back into the ring. But Lesnar doesn’t cover, he stands over Roman and gets another waistlock. Lesnar gives Roman his sixth German Suplex. He waits for Roman to get up again, then brings him up for another fireman’s carry, and a FIFTH F5! Cover, TWO, and Lesnar is furious! He takes off the gloves now, and throws brutal elbows. Flashbacks to Lesnar busting open Orton, as Roman also bleeds profusely.

Lesnar embraces the heat while he dares Roman to stand up. He drags Roman to his feet, another fireman’s carry, and– Roman shoves off and SPEARS! SPEAR AGAIN! Cover, TWO!! Roman’s shock is clear through his red mask of blood, but his blood only boils now. He runs again, getting an extra lap, but into his SIXTH F5!! Lesnar wins!!

Winner: Lesnar, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion

The Beast bests The Big Dog in a bloody battle! Both men pushed each other past their limits, but it was Lesnar who again conquers. What will it take to stop Lesnar’s reign of disrespect and ruthless aggression?

Roman is attended to by medics, but he tries to resist their help. Will Roman ever get the better of The Beast? Or is there just too much of a gap between them?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Wow. And I mean that in a mostly positive way. Just about everything in this was great, even the kickoff matches. Crazy to see Wyatt helping WOKEN Hardy, but perhaps there is going to be something to them being on the same side. Great for Naomi to be the Women’s Battle Royal winner, while also plugging the story of Bayley & Sasha. The Cruiserweights were amazing again, and great to see Alexander get the nod to finally get that title.

The Intercontinental Championship match was great, hooray for Seth Rollins becoming a Grand Slam. I didn’t expect Charlotte to break The Streak but if it was gonna happen, this was the show to do it on. The US Fatal 4 Way was great, and I’m only slightly upset Mahal won instead of Rusev, but maybe Mahal VS Rusev can lead us into Backlash. Angle-Rousey VS The Authority was really good, and hooray for Rousey, she looked great. The SmackDown Triple Threat was great, hooray for Harper & Rowan.

Holy crap I didn’t think they’d do it but they did, Undertaker came back and just about squashed John Cena. That in itself is crazy, that Taker got to do that to Cena. Bryan & Shane VS Kevin & Sami had such great story, Shane really sold his stomach, and ofc Bryan wins. Kevin & Sami might go to Raw with this, just because what’s the story otherwise? Hooray for Nia and hooray for Nicholas, the random kid Strowman just made into a star. I’m sure Raw will address how to handle this, my guess is stripping Strowman & Nicholas of the titles and we start over. Perhaps this is where the WOKEN & Wyatt alliance finds their way in. Styles VS Nakamura was also great, and I did not see a Nakamura Heel turn coming.

The one and only real disappointment was Roman VS Lesnar, but a lot of people expected that. Overall, and in a vacuum where no one cares that it’s Roman or Lesnar, it was a pretty good match, and it’s rare to see blood as part of the story. But in reality, I’m not sure if the result was what anyone wanted. There are still fans who hate Roman, but a lot of fans oddly agreed with his message of being anti-part-timer. Lesnar winning was a surprise, but probably not a good one. This really brings into question Lesnar’s deals with WWE and UFC, but Raw will surely solve this, too.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)

What is the State of the Bloodline?

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Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.

Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
  • The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline arrives.

Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!

The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?

The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.

Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!

Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!

Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!

Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!

Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!

Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!

Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.

But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?

 

SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.

Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.

Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!

Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!

The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!

The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!

Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!

Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!

Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!

Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?

 

The Bloodline sits in their private room.

Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.

Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?

 

The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!

“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?

SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.

Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!

Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!

Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?

WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.

Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!

As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?

SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.

Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!

Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!

Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!

Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)

The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?

 

Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.

Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.

Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”

Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.

Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”

So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.

Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”

Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”

Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”

Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?


My Thoughts:

This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.

Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.

The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.

Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.

My Score: 8.8/10


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