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Who else from Raw will qualify for MITB's namesake matches?

Raw rolls further towards Money in the Bank with two more qualifying Triple Threats! For the men, it will be Bobby Roode, Baron Corbin and No Way Jose. For the women, it will be The Huggable Bayley all alone against Alexa Bliss & Mickie James! Plus, Kevin Owens challenges Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Roode VS No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin; Roode wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.
  • The B Team VS Breezango; The B Team wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon & Natalya VS The Riott Squad; Sasha, Ember & Natty win.
  • The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss VS Mickie James; Alexa wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Elias VS Jinder Mahal Kevin Owens; Kevin wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.

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Radio City Music Hall had WWE on the red carpet.

But the biggest news to come out of this, was the Raw Women’s Champion, Nia Jax, calling out “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey! Is the Irresistible Force looking to up the ante in her first title reign?

 

Roman Reigns is in London!

The Big Dog survived Samoa Joe at Backlash, but a win is a win, and Raw is still His Yard. However, his ability is being questioned all over again, as Jinder Mahal robbed him of a win last week. Roman hears the crowd in the O2 Arena, then tells them he got robbed. Not by WWE management, but by the Modern Day Maharaja. He cuts to the chase: if Mahal wants to be more relevant than ever before, “face me like a man.” Roman waits, but instead of Mahal, he gets Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

London chants “You Suck!” out of tradition and admiration as the Olympic Gold Medalist makes his way to the ring. Angle tells Roman that regretfully, Mahal won’t be coming out. Since when did Angle speak for Mahal? He doesn’t, he speaks for WWE Management. Management gave Angle a call: when Angle denied Mahal his chance to qualify, he was “thinking emotionally” and was wrong. “As a leader, I should be thinking logically.” That’s what’s… #BestForBusiness. Fans boo that catchphrase. As a former champion, Mahal will have a chance, in a triple threat against Elias and Bobby Lashley. That’s fine, Roman wants in for a Fatal 4. He’ll beat Mahal and get into Money in the Bank. Fans say, “No! No!”

Angle says that won’t happen, either. Management made it clear, Roman will have no more opportunities. Angle knows that’s bad, and that Roman’s been screwed over. Roman isn’t upset with Angle, he’s just doing his job, doing what he has to for his family. Angle is thankful for that. But Roman says he’s going to do what he has to do. Roman leaves, and Angle follows him out. Roman lurks the halls, searching for Mahal. And when he finds him… It’s time for a fight! Mahal uses Sunil Singh as a shield, then throws hands. He throws Roman into walls then stomps away on him, even using a trash can as a weapon.

But Roman turns things around by throwing Mahal into railing and tables and trunks. Roman does not let up on Mahal, he rams a trunk right into the Maharaja’s ribs! They end up going out to the arena, to the stage and to the ramp. Roman loads up, and hits a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman wants more but Angle and security get in his way. Mahal runs but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Roman doesn’t get his full revenge, but will he be stopped when he tries again?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!

The Prizefighter wanted to be in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but was put up against the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman. With no path to the Universal Championship, Kevin decides he wants what The Architect has. Can #MondayNightRollins continue to #BurnItDown as a fighting champion? Or will the #KevinOwensShow be renewed with another Intercontinental reign?

Jojo makes the proper introductions, and the bell rings. Fans already chant for Rollins as he and Kevin circle. They tie up and Kevin clubs away on Rollins. Kevin chops then stomps Rollins, going off at the ropes. Kevin puts Rollins in a corner for body shots, then stalks him to another corner for shoulders. He whips Rollins corner to corner but Rollins fires back out with a clothesline. Rollins chops Kevin back, then throws hands. Rollins stomps Kevin in a corner now, then backs off at the referee’s count. He chops and whips Kevin, but Kevin rolls out of the ring to catch his breath. Rollins rocks Kevin as he tries to get back in, then builds speed to DIVE, only for Kevin to catch and toss Rollins into a post!

Kevin drags Rollins up and back into the ring. Back senton, then cover, TWO. Kevin keeps on Rollins with a knee to the back and a chinlock with both hands. Fans rally for Rollins, and he feeds off their energy. Rollins jawbreakers out, but then Kevin tosses him up and out of the ring. The Prizefighter has control while we go to break.

Raw returns to Rollins fighting up and out of the half-surfboard, but Kevin brings him back down. Kevin pulls Rollins back while fans rally for the champ. Rollins fights his way up again, but Kevin drives in a knee. Kevin lifts but Rollins resists. Rollins staggers, then side steps to send Kevin out. Rollins fires up but Kevin drags him out of the ring. Kevin wants but Rollins avoids the apron powerbomb. The two climb up and fight on the apron, and Kevin wants it again, but Rollins holds on. Rollins fights Kevin off, then boots him in the face, before giving him a FALCON’S ARROW ON THE APRON!!

Both men tumble to the floor while fans cheer. The ring count reaches 5, though. It reaches 7, and they both stand. They both enter at 9, and this match continues. Kevin and Rollins stand, and Kevin gives Rollins a headbutt. Rollins punches back, but Kevin clubs his back. Rollins throws more hands, and chops, but Kevin knees low. Kevin runs in but is sent out again, and Rollins DIVES! Rollins takes Kevin out but keeps going, he runs for a second DIVE!

Fans want “One More Time,” but Rollins puts Kevin in the ring for the springboard lariat! Rollins fires up again, and runs in for a forearm smash in the corner. He runs, but Kevin follows, only for Rollins to boot him back. Rollins hits a Blockbuster, covers, TWO! The Architect keeps his focus while fans rally again. Rollins stands while Kevin stirs. He wrings Kevin out but Kevin hits back. Kevin dodges a kick to give one, then give a DDT! Cover, TWO!

Kevin grows frustrated, and works on what to do next. He drags Rollins up, whips him for the Pop-up, but Rollins slips out. Rollins tries for something but Kevin back drops him. Rollins lands on his feet, to mule kick Kevin. Kevin dodges the stomp but gets a forearm, to give a SUPERKICK, that Rollins gives a Pele to! Kevin clotheslines, covers, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Fans declare “This is Awesome!” Kevin walks over Rollins, then climbs up to the top rope. Kevin tries for a Swanton, but Rollins counters with his knees! Rollins starts up the stomp, then runs at Kevin, but Kevin rolls him up. Rollins rolls through, mule kick, Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rollins gets himself to a corner and climbs up. Rollins takes aim, FROG– Into knees! Cover, TWO!!

Kevin hurries to a corner, climbs up top again, but Rollins rocks him with a forearm. Rollins climbs up to join Kevin, but Kevin fights back. Rollins staggers down, but springs right up, but it’s Kevin’s SUPER FISHERMAN!

Kevin goes for a cover but Rollins rolls away and out of the ring. Fans again agree “This is Awesome!” as Kevin fetches Rollins. They both go back into the ring, CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Kingslayer guts out another major match and major win. The Grand Slam fighting Champion rolls on, who will be next to step up?

 

Raw takes a closer look at the NYC Red Carpet event.

WWE was represented by many, but especially by Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax. Cathy Kelly would congratulate Ronda on her Wrestlemania and in-ring debut. Ronda was proud of that moment, but she knows it was only the beginning. Charlotte dared Ronda to “WOO~”, and Ronda gave it her best shot. Nia dared Ronda to see if she could be champion. Ronda figured time would tell, but Nia needed a challenger. So the champion challenged Ronda to be her challenger. Ronda humbly felt it’d be best if a more experienced superstar got the shot, but Charlotte wanted Ronda to accept. Ronda did accept, and “this is going to be good. WOO~!” The match is made, will Ronda be a Women’s Champion this early in her career?

 

Kurt Angle is in his office.

Even he is shocked this match was made. However, he’s interrupted by the duo formerly known as THe Miztourage. Bo Dallas & Curt Axel agree that women’s championship match will be epic. And they want their own Raw Tag Team Championship match. They’re the A-Team! That’s already something. How about the B-Team? That’s dumb. B as in Best! The B-Team wants a match. Well to be honest, these two have not won a match together period. Yet they want a title match against the guys who just beat them? Okay okay, Bo & Axel may not have many wins as The Miztourage, but The B-Team is undefeated at 0-0. No, Angle isn’t giving them a title match. But the “B-Team” can make their debut, so long as they leave him alone. Deal!

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Roode VS No Way Jose VS Baron Corbin!

The GLORIOUS One, the Fighting Fiesta and the Lone Wolf are all getting a great opportunity with this qualifying match. Who will win and join Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, The Miz and Rusev in the 8-Man Money in the Bank match?

The bell rings and Corbin throws hands on both men. He scrapes Jose out of the ring and into steel steps. Then he goes after Roode, but Roode fights him off. Roode whips corner to corner but Corbin reverses, only for Roode to go up and over. Things speed up and Roode runs Corbin over. Roode hits a clothesline in a corner,but Corbin shoves out of the neckbreaker. Corbin runs into boots, then Roode hits the Blockbuster, cover, TWO. Roode grabs Corbin at the apron but Corbin hotshots him away. Corbin catches his breath but Jose runs him over! The Fighting Fiesta is still in this as we go to break.

Raw returns to Corbin holding Roode down in a chinlock. Roode endures the half-nelson chinbar while fans rally. Roode fights up to his feet, then fights out of the hold with haymakers and chops. He runs, but into Corbin’s side slam. Cover, TWO, and Jose slowly returns. Corbin blasts Jose away, then goes out to put Jose into barriers. Jose slumps down and Corbin returns to Roode in the ring. He stomps Roode in a corner, but Jose returns again to throw hands! Jose whips but Corbin reverses, only to miss. Corbin slides out then in, but gets Roode instead of Jose. Jose rocks Corbin with rights, then a boot. Jose hammers away, and fires up! He climbs up and leaps for a big crossbody, but Roode breaks the cover.

Roode goes after Jose with a whip but Jose reverses, only to run into Roode’s boots. Roode flies but Jose ducks under, and runs into a GLORIOUS Spinebuster. Corbin breaks this cover, and all three men are down. Fans slowly build to a rally, and Corbin stands up first. Corbin grabs Roode, puts him in a corner and gives him a right hand. Corbin lifts Roode to the top rope, then climbs up, but Jose joins in. Jose knocks Corbin down and goes after Roode. Roode fights Jose off, knocking him down with a right. Roode takes aim, and leaps for a flying lariat. Fans fire up for Roode as he winds it up… GLORIOUS Pose! But Corbin is there, so Roode has to take him out first. Jose rolls Roode, TWO! Jose clotheslines Roode out, and fans start cheering for him.

Corbin stands, and hits JOse away from the apron. He LEAPS at Roode with a lariat, then stomps away in rage. Corbin takes aim at Jose in the ring, but runs into a boot. Jose runs out, but runs into a Choke Slam Backbreaker!

Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated, and takes it out on Jose with forearms. Roode returns, but Corbin grabs him now. He lifts but Roode slips out and rolls up, TWO. Roode dodges, but runs into Deep Six! Cover, Jose breaks it just in time. All three men are down again, but stirring. COrbin powers Jose to a corner, then runs to give Roode a clothesline. Corbin clotheslines Jose, then goes back, only for ROode to send him into the post. Jose lifts Roode, but Roode slips out, GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB Ladder match

The Money in the Bank match is now Absolutely GLORIOUS with Roode joining the field. Can Roode climb up above the likes of The Miz, Finn Balor, Rusev and Braun Strowman to be Mr. GLORIOUS in the Bank?

 

Kurt Angle encounters Kevin Owens backstage.

Kevin wants to know if Angle saw what happened in his Intercontinental Championship match with Rollins. Kevin wants another rematch. No, it’s done, he lost. Kevin deserves a rematch after all he’s been through! “Do something!” “Or what?” Or Kevin will call Stephanie. Angle’s really sick of this. But it’s not just a threat. Kevin gets out his phone. Angle checks on Mahal instead. Mahal wants to postpone tonight’s Triple Threat, he cna’t compete after what “that animal” Roman did to him. Angle took care of Roman, he’s sent home for the night. But this match has to happen, it’s the last qualifying night. It’s #BestForBusiness. Mahal vows to do what Roman couldn’t, but he needs a lot of ice. Will Mahal be ready for The Drifter and the Alpha Male later tonight?

 

The B Team VS Breezango!

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel have rebooted themselves now that they’re without The Miz. Will “The Best Team” be able to best the Fashion Police and “remain undefeated”?

The bell rings and Prince Pretty starts against Bo. They tie up, and Bo rolls Breeze, TWO. Bo has the fans behind him, but Breeze backslides him. TWO, so time for an Oklahoma Roll, TWO. Small cradle, TWO and Axel gets Bo away from Breeze. The B Team talk strategy, then Bo goes back in, only for Breeze to dropkick him down. Breeze swipes at Axel but Bo catches him with right hands. Bo tags to Axel and feeds Breeze to the DDT, cover, TWO. Axel keeps on Breeze with a chinlock. Fans rally and Breeze stands up, only for Axel to throw him down. Tag to Bo, and Bo drops knees over and over on Breeze. Cover, TWO, but Bo keeps Breeze down in another chinlock.

Fans sing as Breeze fights out again. Bo reels Breeze in but Breeze counters with a back suplex. Both men are down, but crawling, hot tags to Axel and Fandango! Fandango rallies on Axel with jabs and clotheslines. Bo comes in but gets the atomic drop, then Fandango uses him for the tornado DDT, cover, TWO. Fandango keeps Bo down but Axel rolls him up, TWO. Powerslam! TWO, but Fandango keeps focus. He climbs up to the top rope, takes aim, and Breeze goes after Bo. Bo puts Breeze into barriers, and Axel avoids the flying leg drop. Axel tags Bo, and Bo brings Fandango up. The B Team hits the back suplex neckbreaker, cover, The B Team wins!?

Winners: The B Team (Bo & Axel), Bo pinning

Their first team win ever and it was as their first match as this new team! Well, it’s only a re-branding, but still.

In-ring interview with Charly Caruso.

What are they feeling after their first win ever? “That just happened!!” The B Team did it! Anything is possible for the B Team. Bray & Matt, the B Team is coming for those Raw Tag Team titles! The fans chant along with “B Team! B Team!” Will this “undefeated streak” take Bo & Axel to the very top? Or will there be nothing they can do to stop from being DELETED?

 

Six Woman Tag: Sasha Banks, Ember Moon & Natalya VS The Riott Squad!

The Boss has had trouble with the numbers game with Ruby, Sarah & Liv. But this time she has reinforcements she can count on, as the Prophecy of Flame and the Queen of Harts are joining her tonight. Will Sasha, Ember & Natty #EclipseTheCompetition? Or will The Squad #StartaRiott in the UK?

The bell rings and Ember starts against #KentuckyStrong. They tie up, and Sarah powers Ember to the mat. Sarah goes after Ember but Ember counters with a headscissors. Ember runs and flips through the hip toss to then arm-drag Sarah away. Sasha tags in and adds low double knees, cover, TWO. Fans rally while Sarah fights back against Sasha. Sasha hits a Thesz Press and hammers away, but Sarah bucks her off. Sasha puts Sarah in a corner, then wrings the arm, but Sarah pulls the hair. Sarah carries Sasha to the Squad’s corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby mugs Sasha, then tags Liv. Liv helps Ruby mug Sasha more, then tags in Sarah to get her shots in. Sarah tags to Ruby, and fans rally as Sarah and Ruby double suplex. Sasha slips out and sends Sarah’s kick into Ruby to then kick Ruby down.

Sarah swings but misses, and Sasha knocks her away. The Squad regroups on the outside, then all go after Sasha. Natty and Ember back Sasha up, though, and things are at a stalemate as we go to break.

Raw returns and Sasha and Natty double suplex Liv. Natty holds Liv down with a facelock, but Liv goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline. Liv then brings Natty down with a drop toehold, and stomps her on the back. Liv stomps away on Natty, then drags her up. Natty powers Liv to the corner and tags in Sasha. Sasha stomps and wrenches Liv to the mat. Liv gets up and pulls hair, but Sasha reverses the whip. Liv kicks Sasha back while Sarah tags in, but Sasha arm-drags Liv and dropkicks Sarah. Sasha rocks Sarah on reentry, but gets distracted by Ruby. Sarah pounces with a big knee lift, then covers, TWO. Sarah thrashes Sasha around, then fires up. She drags Sasha to the Squad’s corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby throws hands, then puts on a chinlock.

Ruby grinds Sasha down but fans rally.  Sasha fights her way up and jawbreakers Ruby away. Sasha runs, only to run into a clothesline! Cover, TWO, but Ruby puts Sasha in the corner. Ruby tags to Liv, Liv climbs up, and Ruby feeds Sasha to Liv’s knees. Liv gives Sasha a flying bulldog, then covers, TWO. The Squad grows frustrated with the former women’s champion. Natty and the fans rally while Liv puts Sasha in a straitjacket stretch. Sasha endures, and works her way out. Sasha throws Liv off, but Liv dropkicks her down. Cover, TWO, but Liv tags Ruby. They mug Sasha more, then Ruby rams in shoulders. Ruby taunts her opponents, but Sasha throws Ruby into the Squad! Liv tags in, but Sasha shoves her away. Liv jumps past Sasha to deck Ember buut misses Natty. Sasha rolls, TWO, hot tag to Natty!

The Queen of Harts rallies as she Russian Leg Sweeps Liv and rocks Sarah. Liv misse sin the corner, rebound sit down and low dropkick! Natty keeps going, discus lariat! Then Natty goes after the legs, for the Sharpshooter. Ruby runs in but is thrown out by Ember. Ruby drags Ember out and they brawl. Small package, TWO. Enziguri from Liv, and cover, Ember breaks the cover just in time. Sarah rocks Ember, but Ember pushes her back. Ember throws Sarah out, then Sasha dives on Sarah with METEORA! Ember DIVES on Ruby! Liv still has Natty, but Natty reverses into the Sharpshooter! Liv taps, Natty and team win!

Winners: Natty, Ember & Sasha, Natty by submission

The Queen, the Boss and the War Goddess give the Squad a taste of their own medicine. Ember herself rolls on towards the Women’s MITB match, will the Moon Rise above the rest?

 

Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler speak.

The Stud & The Show-Off feel everyone else has gone soft. The WWE had warriors and legends, but now it’s just pigs stuffing their faces. Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, two men who made it to the top, through shortcuts. Choreographed entrances, smoke and mirrors, and acting like a mindless meathead. These “superstars” aren’t hungry, but these two are going to remind everyone. They’re going to flip the tables on the Raw roster, but will they end up flipped by the Monster Among Men and his Extraordinary tag partner?

 

The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds!

Raw is WONDERFUL~ now that Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt are here. Will they make Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder OBSOLETE in the Raw Tag Team Division?

The bell rings and Dash starts against Matt. They tie up while fans sing for Bray. Dash wrenches Matt’s arm but Matt reverses it around into shoulder breakers. Matt wrings Dash down but Dash kips up and breaks free. That was WONDERFUL~! The fans applaud with Bray & Matt. Matt then throws hands and tags in Bray. Bray whips Matt into Dash, then Matt feeds Dash to Bray’s clothesline. We see The B Team taking notes while watching backstage. Bray clubs on Dash, but Dash hits back. Dash tags to Dawson and the #TopGuys double headbutt Bray. Dawson whips but Bray reverses. Bray misses in the corner but spooks Dawson with the spider walk. Bray uppercuts Dawson down, then gives a back senton.

Tag to Hardy, and he holds Dawson up for Bray, it’s a headbutt to leg sweep! Cover, TWO, and Dawson pushes Matt. He tags Dash, and while Hardy reverses Dawson, Dash dropkicks a leg out. The Revival have a target, and they go at it as Dash puts Hardy in a Tree of Woe.Tag to Dawson and they hammer away on the knees. Dawson backs off to let Hardy out. Bray and the fans rally for Hardy, but Dawson gives a dragon screw into the toehold. Fans rally and Hardy fights but Dawson wrenches deeper. Matt keeps fighting, and hops towards ropes for the ropebreak. Dawson tags Dash in and they stomp Matt down. Dash uses the ropes to wrench the knee, but lets go at 4. Hardy fights back and hits a Side Effect!

Both Hardy and Dash are down but crawling. hot tags to Dawson and Bray! Bray rallies, runs corner to corner for the body splash. Bray says “DELETE!” then slams Dawson with the yurinagi. He goes over to Matt for a WONDERFUL Spider Walk. Tag in, Twist of Fate to Dash! Then together, the KISS OF DELETION! Cover, Hardy & Wyatt win!

Winners: The Deleters of Worlds (Hardy & Wyatt), Hardy pinning

The Expedition of Gold continues on with yet another WONDERFUL victory. Will there be a team of contenders worthy enough to challenge this WOKEN Yin-Yang at Money in the Bank?

 

Bayley encounters Sasha backstage.

Sasha wishes Bayley luck tonight. Bayley thanks her. It isn’t much, but it is a slightly more friendly interaction than we’ve seen lately. Can the Huggable Bayley succeed in qualifying for the Women’s MITB match?

 

Sami Zayn is in the ring.

The Underdog and best friend of Kevin Owens wonders if anyone noticed how Prince Harry looks a lot like him. “Yes! Yes!” And from what we’ve heard, Harry is a fan of Sami’s. Maybe more than Bobby Lashley is, at least. “Mr. Jacked Up” leaves WWE for ten years and returns on Raw the same night Sami does. Lashley makes an impact, that’s well and good, but at Sami’s expense! Sami reviews footage of the “vertigo inducing” suplex. Fans cheered for all of that, but did anyone stop to think how it’d affect Sami? No they didn’t. Sami got vertigo! He has a doctor’s note , and reads it for us: “Vertigo is a debilitating condition that affects one’s balance and motor skills.” There you have it! That’s why he wasn’t in the Greatest Royal Rumble and why he lost the MITB qualifying match, and all the matches he’s had since!

Bobby Lashley targeted Sami! All to impress the fans? That’s disgusting. What’s worse, it’s working. Fans cheer, Lashley gets notoriety, and gets a sit-down interview with Renee Young! Sami watched Lashley’s interview, and it all made sense. Lashley wants to be Sami. Just think about it. The hat! That’s Sami’s hat. Sami trusts his instincts, and his instincts are saying Lashley has something to hide. Sami used Facebook and reached out to Lashley’s sisters. Boy oh boy, they had stories to tell! They are nothing like what Lashley said, and neither is Lashley. But that’s fine, just ask his sisters! Sami invited the Lashley sisters to attend Raw, and Sami will expose the REAL Bobby Lashley to the world! What new conspiracy has one half of the #YEPMovement concocted now?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bayley VS Alexa Bliss VS Mickie James!

The Goddess and her bestie are in this match together against the Huggable One. All three are former women’s champions, but will Bayley have a chance when this is practically a handicap match? Or will the greed break Alexa & Mickie up like it has so many others before?

The bell rings and fans already sing for Bayley as she comes under fire from both Mickie & Alexa. They both kick Bayley out of the ring, but stay on the same page while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mickie holds Bayley in a chinlock while Alexa taunts her. Bayley endures and fans rally, but Alexa sweeps Bayley’s legs to keep her down. Alexa keeps taunting, but Bayley kicks her away and gives Mickie a jawbreaker. Alexa returns but Bayley rocks her with a right. Bayley Thesz Press on Mickie but Alexa dropkicks Bayley off Mickie. They both go after Bayley but Mickie rolls Alexa! TWO, and the friends start showing each other. Bayley runs in but they both kick her down. Mickie & Alexa work together again to put Bayley in a corner and stomp away. They double suplex Bayley up to the top, then both climb up while the fans sing for Bayley. Bayley fights back and sends them both down. Bayley adjusts, and flies for a double crossbody!

The three stand up and Bayley rallies on the best friends. She saido suplexes Alexa, but Mickie kicks low. Mickie goes to throw Bayley out but Bayley reverses. Bayley catches Mickie and Alexa for a double hotshot! Bayley rams a shoulder into Alexa, then waves her arms, for the back elbow. She runs into Mickie’s uppercut, then Mickie hits the Mick-canrana. Mickie mocks Bayley but runs into snake eyes. Alexa kicks Bayley, then hits the sunset powerbomb!

Mickie kicks Alexa off the cover! All three are down again but fans rally. They slowly sit up, and Bayley is 2v1 even as they brawl. Bayley fights them both back, and ducks to send Alexa’s forearm into Mickie! Mickie gets mad, and Alexa tries to explain it was an accident, but Bayley sandwiches them in the post. Alexa puts Bayley on the apron but Bayley kicks Mickie away. Bayley climbs, flies, but Alexa gets under. Alexa goes up and over but Bayley sits down, TWO. Bayley hits the Bayley2Belly! Cover, Mickie drags her off! Mickie covers, but Bayley drags her off in return. They brawl, and Bayley shoves Mickie down. Alexa rocks Bayley with that killer right! Then the DDT! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa, by pinfall; qualifies for the Women’s MITB match

The Goddess joins the #Shenom and The Queen for a chance at the instant championship match contract. There are five spots left in all, who else will join these star former champions?

 

Jinder Mahal undergoes final preparations for the Triple Threat.

The Modern Day Maharaja will prove to Roman Reigns why he is the superior. But those ribs are still in bad shape. Roman SPEARS Mahal out of nowhere!!

The Big Dog just took Mahal out of the Triple Threat, but will he really be allowed to take Mahal’s place?

 

Kurt Angle sees what happened to Jinder Mahal.

The second Triple Threat will still happen, but not with him. Angle hurries to find a replacement.

 

Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor & Braun Strowman!

The Show-Off & The Scottish Stud say they are the show, but can they show they’re more hungry and determined than the Extraordinary Man and the Monster Among Men?

The bell rings, and Ziggler wants to start with Finn, but fans want Strowman. Strowman lets Finn start, and the inaugural Universal Champion starts against a former World Champion. They tie up, Finn gets the waistlock but Ziggler the standing switch. Finn switches back but Ziggler punches him away. Fans chant for Finn but Ziggler whips. Finn reverses, Ziggler sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Ziggler. Cover, TWO, but Finn keeps on Ziggler. Ziggler slips away before Finn can tag out, so Ziggler tags out to McIntyre. One big man deserves another, so Finn tags in Strowman! The Celtic Colossus is face to face with Mount Strowman, and McIntyre is pumped up. Only to tag out to Ziggler. The mind games are in their favor while we go to break.

Raw returns and Strowman has Ziggler in his arms. Finn tags in and becomes Strowman’s weapon in a scoop slam senton.

Strowamn says Finn is fine so he can get up. They both roar, and Finn drags Ziggler up. Ziggler jawbreakers but runs into a dropkick. Ziggler gets out of the ring, so Finn builds speed, but McIntyre trips him! Strowman protests but he hast to stay in his corner. Ziggler tags McIntyre in and McIntyre goes after Finn with a sharp chop. McIntyre brings Finn up for a stiff right, then stomps him. McIntyre mocks Strowman then stomps Finn more. He chops Finn again, then tags Ziggler in. Ziggler kicks Finn in the ribs, then taunts Strowman. Finn reaches for a tag but Ziggler keeps him away with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Finn with a chinlock.

Fans rally for Finn as he endures the sleeper and body scissors. Finn gets up and reaches, but Ziggler drags him down again. Ziggler tags in McIntyre, and McIntyre brings Finn up to throw him into the corner. Finn fights back, booting McIntyre away, only to run into McIntyre. McIntyre knees and clubs Finn down, then stares Strowman down. McIntyre puts Finn in a corner for another chop. He whips Finn corner to corner but Finn evades. McIntyre runs into buckles, and fans rally. Hot tags to Strowman and Ziggler! The Monster runs Ziggler and McIntyre over, then clubs Ziggler right in the chest. Strowman takes aim from a corner, but Ziggler dodges to send him into the post!

Finn tags in, and goes after Ziggler with double stomps. Finn fires up while Ziggler goes to the corner, and hits a running chop. He whips corner to corner but Ziggler reverses. Finn goes up and over but Ziggler elbow shim, only for Finn to enziguri Ziggler. Elbow drop DDT, but McIntyre breaks the pin. Finn goes after him but Ziggler then rolls Finn up, TWO. Slingblade! Finn takes aim from the corner now, and blasts Ziggler with the dropkick. He climbs up now, but McIntyre brings him off. Strowman runs McIntyre over!!

AND BREAK THE TROPHY! Ziggler goes after Finn, covers, he & McIntyre win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, Ziggler by pinfall

Not only do the Show-Off & Stud steal the win, they cost Strowman his Greatest Royal Rumble trophy! While Strowman & Finn are in the MITB match, can they snap back from this defeat? Or will Ziggler & McIntyre steal everything from the spotlight to the titles?

 

Kurt Angle is back in his office.

The Triple Threat is happening, but not with Mahal and not with Roman. He has the perfect replacement, though. But, wait, what? Another opportunity? Angle knew Stephanie was getting a call from Kevin but… Is what’s happening really #BestForBusiness?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in the O2, but he’s interrupted by Kevin Owens!

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Elias VS Kevin Owens!

The Alpha Male and The Drifter thought they were facing The Modern Day Maharaja for this golden opportunity. But after The Big Dog demolished Mahal, a replacement was named, by the Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon. The Prizefighter waits for no one, but can he make the best of this second second chance?

The bell rings, and Kevin bails out of the ring, as usual. Elias goes after Lashley and Kevin joins in. They both club and stomp Lashley down, then double whip Lashley corner to corner. Kevin whips Elias in but Elias misses and Lashely runs Kevin over. Lashley gives Kevin a neckbreaker, then punches Elias away to clothesline him out. Lashley holds the ring while we take one last break.

Raw returns one last time, to Kevin whipping but Lashley reversing to send Kevin into barriers. Lashley whips Elias for the same, then bounces Elias off the edge. He puts Elias in the ring, but Kevin lurks up behind to anchor his foot. Elias dropkicks Lashley down, still working together with Kevin. Kevin puts Lashley in the ring, then holds him still for Elias to stomp on. Elias and Kevin keep Lashley down, then bring him up for chops. Fans sing for Elias as he stomps on Lashley, but then he and Kevin turn on each other. They start brawling, Kevin chops, then Elias chops. Elias whips but Kevin reverses to run Elias over. He adds the back senton, covers, TWO. Kevin grows frustrated, so he scoops Elias. Elias slips out to scoop and toss Kevin.

Lashley staggers to his feet, slips out of the scoop and full nelson slams Elias down. Cover, but Kevin breaks it. Kevin keeps on Lashley in a corner. He whips Lashley but Lashley reverses, to run in  for the clothesline. Lashley rams in a shoulder, then brings Kevin out for the suplex. Kevin fights back and runs, but into a big spinebuster! Elias rocks Lashley with a knee! Lashley tumbles out of the ring, but so does Kevin. Elias finds himself alone with the fans singing for him again. He decides to finally have that musical performance! “Now hold this microphone so these people can hear me sing.”

Elias starts, but Kevin interrupts again. Elias gets Kevin with a knee, covers, but Lashley breaks it. Lashley puts Elias in a corner and throws hands, then bounces Elias off buckles. Lashley whips Elias corner to corner but Elias dropkicks Lashley, only for Kevin to SUPERKICK! Kevin runs in but the cannonball hits buckles. Elias climbs up, takes aim, and hits a BIG elbow! Cover, but Lashley drags him off. Lashley and Elias stare down, and Elias backs off. Elias ends up back in the ring, runs but Lashley keeps up to clothesline Elias down. He throws Elias with a belly2belly then throws Kevin, too. He rams a shoulder into Elias, then lifts him up for the vertigo suplex. Kevin stops that, and works with Elias to suplex Lashley. Lashley resists, to suplex them both!

Lashley stands while the other tow get to corners. He runs and rams into Elias, then into Kevin, then back to Elias. Lashely runs back, but Kevin boots Lashley down! Then Kevin boots Elias. Kevin climbs, but Elias stops him. Elias gets Kevin on his shoulders, Electric Chair to sit-out powerbomb!

But Lashley breaks the cover. Lashley drags Elias up, but Elias hits back. They brawl back and forth with heavy hands. Lashley gets around but Elias fights out. Elias runs, but into the fireman’s carry, for a press slam! Lashley vows to end it here, and gut wrenches Elias up for the AK 47! Cover, but SAMI interferes! He throws Lashley into a post, then runs in for a HELLUVA Kick!

Kevin climbs up high, FROG SPLASH! Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB match

The Prizefighter cashes in on this second second chance, thanks to his best friend. Sami still has his own business with Lashley, but he’s just happy to have helped. Will Kevin take the MITB briefcase away from Roode, Finn, Strowman, Miz and Rusev? And who will the last two entrants from SmackDown be?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A decent episode of Raw tonight, but it also shows that Raw’s flaws have returned. They have so many people on the roster that they had to use way more tag and triple threat matches than in a long time. The Six Women’s Tag was really fun, though, and it was great for some combination of three to get one up on The Riott Squad. I don’t understand creating The B Team to make them a relevant team. The fans got behind it tonight but I don’t  see why WWE goes with them over AoP, who have been off TV for some time. Though, AoP are just another in a long line of NXT talents underutilized. Just look at The Revival: #TopGuys that lose too easily. Their match with Hardy & Wyatt could’ve been something if done right, but the momentum is no longer with Dash & Dawson.

Bayley loses her qualifier, because she and Sasha still have their story to work on. I don’t know if Alexa can win, but it’d be fitting if she or a Heel with friends wins, like Ruby Riott. Alexa and Ruby have people to help them figure out the cash-in, much like what the IIconics ended up doing for Carmella. And the hype behind Nia and Ronda, I swear they’re preparing a Rollins-type cash-in to switch that match around and let Ms. MITB win it all. Bobby Roode wins to enter MITB, too, just because it’s a better move than continuing Roode VS Elias. That feud wasn’t going anywhere relevant, so this might be good to truly jump start Roode.

Apparently Vince thinks he’s cleverly deceiving us into liking Roman by making him the new Daniel Bryan, aka the victim of corrupt administrations. It isn’t working, given London’s reaction. Though, I did like his Spear outta nowhere. Would it be too much to ask for that moment to be his Heel Turn? Or an actual step in the right direction, at least? And I was actually surprised Strowman & Finn lost to Ziggler & McIntyre. Though, I suppose it makes sense if the latter are serious about being Raw Tag Team Champions. A true tag team is supposed to be better than two singles guys together, so it’s best Ziggler & McIntyre don’t lose so soon.

The only singles match, and probably the best match of the night, goes to Seth Rollins once again. He and Kevin did great, pushing both superstars’ stories forward at the same time. Rollins is becoming The Man again, slowly but surely. Meanwhile, Kevin complains to Angle and tattles to Stephanie, and he gets himself another chance, all to upset Angle. Kevin also gets his shot at Lashley’s expense, and Sami himself has a grudge with Lashley. Who knows what Sami’s segment next week will do, but it feels like we’re getting Kevin & Sami VS Angle & Lashley down the line, which will be really fun.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will the new wave get payback on the OG?

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Will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari put their money where their mouths are?

After the back and forth, ambushes and cheating, the 205 Live OG will have to face Jake Atlas & August Grey head-on, 2v2! Will the new wave wash #PremierDinero away and finally take over the Cruiserweight Division?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey; Atlas & Grey win.
  • Mansoor VS Curt Stallion; Mansoor wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey!

To think, all of this started because the Premier Athlete made sure the Persian Lion didn’t lose any money in his own “Daivari Dinero Division” challenge series. Things escalated from there, and now we have another showdown of 205 Live OG and Cruiserweight new wave! But will Nese & Daivari wish they’d just footed the bill back when they had the chance?

The teams sort out and #RetroAG starts with Daivari. They tie up, Daivari waistlocks and trips Grey to then step all over him. Daivari laughs but runs away to the corner before Grey rushes him. Grey waits, Daivari comes back but then tags Nese. Nese and Grey circle, Daivari swipes at Grey but Nese rolls Grey up! ONE, Grey wrenches and has a hammerlock. Nese fights up, gets a leg, gets a cover, ONE! Grey has the arm again and is back on the hammerlock! Fans cheer, Grey shifts to a grounded cording hold then facelock. Grey brings Nese up to wrench, but Daivari talks trash and distracts Grey. Nese ROCKS Grey, tags Daivari, and the OG mug AG!

Daivari stomps Grey, talks trash to the fans, then tags Nese back in. The OG double suplex but AG slips out! Hot tag to Atlas! Atlas rallies with double clotheslines, big elbows, then a wrench and neckbreaker for Daivari! Atlas runs at Nese but is put on the apron. Atlas shoulders into Nese, dumps Daivari out and enziguris Nese away! Atlas climbs up, but Daivari hurries over! Atlas mule kicks Daivari away but Nese goes up to grab at him! Atlas shoves Nese away, Nese says he jammed his leg! The ref checks, and in that distraction, Daivari SHOVES Atlas down! Nese’s leg is just fine and he does jumping jacks before he stomps Atlas down.

Nese drags Atlas up to stomp him at ropes, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Daivari, Nese RAMS into Atlas and Daivari fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Daivari lets off but clubs Atlas down. Daivari throws hands, whips Atlas back to the corner, and then runs in, into Atlas’ boots! Atlas elbows Nese, ROCKS Daivari, but Daivari mule kicks! Daivari runs to dropkick Atlas down! Daivari talks more trash to Grey, but he turns around to block Atlas’ boot! Daivari spins Atlas but Atlas spins Daivari for a DISCUS LARIAT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Nese and Nese DECKS Grey! Nese stomps Atlas, drags him up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Nese clamps onto Atlas with a rear bearhug! Fans rally up, Atlas endures and fights his way up. Atlas elbows Nese and breaks free! Atlas ROCKS Nese with forearms, but Nese keeps him from Grey! Atlas and Grey reach, but Atlas sunset flips! Nese rolls through but Atlas avoids the mule kick to boot Nese down! Nese tries to stay in the way but Atlas kangaroo kicks from below! Hot tag to Grey! Grey runs and RANAS Nese! And rallies with elbows! BIG Manhattan Drop! Grey runs, hurdles Nese then CLOBBERS him! Daivari mouths off so Grey DECKS him! Grey hoists Nese up, back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Grey keeps cool as he looms over Nese.

Daivari gets in, Grey spins him and turns him, for the SO MUCH- No! Daivari feeds Grey to Nese’s PREMIER DRIVER! Cover, but Atlas BOOTS it apart! All four men are down after Atlas puts his all into that kick, but the fans rally up! Daivari gets up, whips Atlas but Atlas reverses to send Daivari out! Atlas builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Daivari! Nese has Grey, runs to ropes, for a BULLDOG HOTSHOT PLANCHA COMBO! Nese then goes back to the ring for a PREMIER TRIANGLE, but Grey dodges! SUPERKICK! Grey goes up top but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese brings Grey down but Grey gets the chicken wings! SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey & Atlas win!!

Winners: August Grey & Jake Atlas, by pinfall

The OG get outmaneuvered, and the new wave rises! Will Atlas and Grey soon be the ones running the purple ‘n’ orange?

 

Backstage interview with Mansoor and Curt Stallion.

Josiah Williams asks these two how they’re feeling after that tag team victory together last week. Stallion can’t complain, and Mansoor thought that was great. Maybe they’ll team again and have a team name! Funny Mansoor should say that, because the Lonestar was thinking #CurtSoor. Well, that’s not bad, but the Star of Saudi Arabia was thinking more #ManStallion. What does Josiah think? He goes with CurtSoor on this one. Well Mansoor doesn’t mind. He does thank Stallion for helping him build his overall record to 40-0. Stallion says that is quite the accomplishment. But none against Stallion.

Josiah moves aside as the tension starts to rise. Is Stallion issuing a challenge? Funny he should ask. How about tonight, they go 40-1. More like 41. But these two shake on it and we have our main event! Will Curt be sore? Or will we be saying, “Man, Stallion is good!”

 

The Bollywood Boyz speak.

It’s ya bois from BOLLY BOLLY BOLLY, Bollywood, and one half of the supergroup known as #BollyRise, Samir & Sunil Singh! And they’re here to remind Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are part of their team. They called a truce, they are all working together, and yet Ever-Rise has the nerve to leave the Singhs out of going to NXT? And then they get jumped by El Legado! But that’s what the deserved! They’re not Bollywood award winners! The key in any relationship is communication. Next time, call them. But will Samir & Sunil be left hanging the next time Ever-Rise rolls into the Capitol Wrestling Center?

 

Mansoor VS Curt Stallion!

Quietly, in the background of the Cruiserweight Division, the Star of Saudi Arabia has remained undefeated. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Greatest Battle Royal in his home country, but will he finally be heading for the Cruiserweight Championship? Or will the Lonestar be the lone loss on Mansoor’s record?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up already. Stallion and Mansoor shake hands to show there is still respect, and then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Mansoor manages to get leverage and push Stallion to ropes. Mansoor gives a shove as he lets off, but Stallion keeps his cool. They tie up, Stallion headlocks and hits a takeover. Mansoor pushes with forearms, Stallion pushes to a cover, ONE! Mansoor headscissors but Stallion kips out to again get a headlock takeover. Mansoor pushes his forearm into Stallion, makes it a cover, TWO! Stallion has the headlock again, but Mansoor slips out to a facelock and drags Stallion down to another cover, TWO!

Mansoor facelocks again but Stallion reverses to his own facelock. Mansoor drops to slip around to a hammerlock. Stallion moves around but Mansoor holds on. Mansoor puts more pressure on the hold but Stallion moves around again. Stallion stands, drop toeholds and gets the headlock. Mansoor fights up, powers out but things speed up. Mansoor hurdles, drops and hurdles again to trip Stallion up! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!! Stallion gets up but Mansoor hits a headlock takeover! Mansoor makes it a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Stallion fights up and powers his way to his own headlock.

Mansoor powers out, hurdles gain but Stallion is ready for the trip! Stallion waistlocks, rolls and DEAD LIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stallion knows he was close and he gets Mansoor up again. Stallion facelocks, snap suplexes then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Mansoor checks his jaw as he sits up but Stallion facelocks again. Stallion drags Mansoor up, Mansoor throws body shots, then Mansoor powers out. Stallion dodges, Mansoor follows, Stallion stops and Mansoor LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mansoor tries again, TWO! Stallion gets to a corner, Mansoor drags him up and CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Stallion CHOPS back!

Mansoor forearms, whips Stallion corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Facelock and roll, TWO! Mansoor keeps on Stallion with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally and duel as Stallion endures, and Stallion fights up to arm-drag free, only for Mansoor to drag him back down! Mansoor goes back to the chinbar and cording hold but Stallion fights the grip. Stallion fights up, fireman’s carries, but Mansoor sunset flips! Stallion rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down, fans fire up and Stallion glares as Mansoor gets to ropes. Mansoor drags himself up, swings but Stallion counter punches! And again! Then a ROLLING ELBOW!

Mansoor reverses the whip, Stallions tops and Alabama lifts to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Mansoor flounders, Stallion aims from a corner, and Stallion runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Stallion sweeps the legs, KNEES Mansoor, then storms around to run back in! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Stallion fires up and stomps the feet! Stallion yanks Mansoor up, turns him around, and DDT’s to the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Stallion seethes as he covers again, TWO!! Mansoor flounders, Stallion gets the legs and brings him around to a jackknife roll, Alabama lift, but Mansoor fights it!

Stallion resists the piledriver, Mansoor tries a backslide but Stallion flips over, only for Mansoor to underhook him! BUTTERFLY FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor is shocked but the CWC is thunderous! Mansoor drags Stallion up as fans rally and duel hard as ever. Stallion is dead weight, but Mansoor still tries to get him up! Stallion revives to HEADBUTT! Mansoor flops out of the ring! Stallion sees that, takes aim and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Stallion fires up! Stallion puts Mansoor in, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees!! Mansoor saves himself and Stallion is writhing!

Mansoor hurries to the corner and to the top rope! But Stallion anchors a foot! Mansoor fights but Stallion tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS HEADBUTT! Stallion climbs up behind Mansoor for the INVERTED SPANISH FLY!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!?! Mansoor’s toe saves his streak! Stallion is seething but fans are fired up! Stallion takes off the elbow pads as Mansoor flounders up. Stallion runs in, Mansoor moves, the flying headbutt gets buckles! Stallion flounders into Mansoor’s SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER! High stack cover, Mansoor wins!!

Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall

The Saudi Arabia Star’s streak is now 41-0! Stallion manages to stand, and Mansoor shouts to him! Stallion glares at Mansoor as he offers the handshake, but Stallion still takes it! Stallion shows his respect to Mansoor, but when will Stallion ride off into the sunset again? As for Mansoor, between quality and quantity, will his spotless 41 win-loss record be enough to get him a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?


My Thoughts:

A great episode, and though only 32 minutes or so, the main event started to feel more like the days when 205 Live was strongest. Now, I’m a bit surprised the main event wasn’t the tag match, given the long running story. But there’s a chance the story isn’t over, even though Atlas and Grey won with a finisher. At this point, I wanna see another No Disqualification Tag Match, also like in 205 Live’s stronger days. Atlas was starting to get an edge in his story with Tommaso Ciampa, Nese and Daivari have proven they have an edge, and seeing Grey tap into that would be pretty cool, too, given how he had story with Thatcher.

Mansoor VS Stallion coming by way of an interview promo was pretty good, as was the promo. I personally think ManStallion is the better name, by the way. But as I said, their match was reminiscent of when 205 Live had Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy and a few others. Fans can say whatever they want about the Mansoor streak and the deal with Saudi Arabia (Crown Jewel, Super Showdown, etc.) but Mansoor still puts the work in, is confident in his character, and is not sloppy in the ring by any stretch of the imagination. Now, we still need more Cruiserweights doing things on NXT, not just El Legado brutalizing Breezango and Ever-Rise, but if Mansoor is one of the ones being built up on NXT, I could see it being title VS streak, Escobar VS Mansoor for a TakeOver.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will Bryan get back in the Fastlane?

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SmackDown grants a rematch but ups the ante!

Daniel Bryan either wins in a rematch with Jey Uso IN A STEEL CAGE and goes to Fastlane, or he will ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; changed to…
  • Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn; Dawkins wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Dominik wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Belair wins.
  • Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane.

PLAY BY PLAY

Michael Cole opens SmackDown in the ring!

As it stands, the WrestleMania main event for the Universal Championship will be Roman Reigns VS Edge. But that could change if the man who started the Yes Movement gets his way! Daniel Bryan heads to the ring! Fans cheer with the Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan gets a mic and Cole reminds us Bryan will face Roman’s “unhinged cousin” inside the Steel Cage. And if Bryan wins, he gets another chance at the Universal Championship at Fastlane! That would throw a wrench in the plans WWE had in the works of a tag team match, Bryan & Edge VS Roman & Jey. So then why is Bryan forgoing that tag match? Why has he turned his focus on Roman and the title?

Bryan says Cole is making a lot of assumptions, the biggest being that Bryan was even asked to be in a tag match. Not a single person told Bryan about this “great” idea to fight Roman & Jey at Fastlane. No one ran anything by him because they know Bryan “rolls with the punches,” does whatever is asked of him, shows up and works his ass off. So Bryan understands why no one asked him. Edge is the ultimate opportunist, and Roman doesn’t want to defend his title at Fastlane. But the thing is, Bryan is making a change to not be the old Bryan. Bryan sees there’s the dream match, Roman VS Edge. And Bryan gets it, Attitude Era VS The ThunderDome, everyone wants to see that, except for Bryan. And Bryan will do his damnedest to stop it from happening!

So Bryan takes this from here, and throws a video package for himself. It was the SmackDown Elimination Chamber, where Daniel Bryan ran the marathon and made it from start to finish to earn his opportunity at Roman’s title, only for Roman to pounce right then and there. Bryan came close but couldn’t defeat a fresh Roman, and then Edge pounced on Roman. In the present, Bryan says he has lost a lot in his career, and has gotten beaten up a lot in his career. So you think after winning his third Elimination Chamber match, and fighting valiantly against Roman, that loss wouldn’t be a big deal.

But rolling out of the ring, and Edge rolling in to Spear Roman and point at the WrestleMania sign, “never in my life have I ever felt like such a failure.” Bryan knows not everyone knows this, but he doesn’t have a lot of ambition. WWE did personality tests and they found that Bryan had the lowest ambition score they’d ever seen. How is it possible that Bryan is still successful? He isn’t sure, other than that he LOVES pro-wrestling. And if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and he’s never had to “work” a day for the last 21 years!

But for the last year, Bryan’s had in the back of his head that he’ll go from wrestler to dad, and put others ahead of him. He let those he saw as the future get opportunities and not him. But Edge hitting Roman and Bryan feeling like an absolute failure is because Bryan failed himself. In that moment, Bryan had a lot more ambition in him than any test could ever show! He looked at the WrestleMania sign and decided HE should be there! Not Roman, not Edge, but BRYAN! Roman and Edge are in the main event because BRYAN loves this! In the last three WEEKS, he’s wrestled more than Edge and Roman in the last three MONTHS!

Bryan wrestles every chance he can because he loves this! And so putting himself on the back burner was a disservice to himself! Bryan knows he can be the absolute BEST! Bryan steps into a steel cage with Jey Uso, and if he wins, eh goes on to Fastlane to face Roman for the Universal Championship! And beating Roman is the only way to main event WrestleMania, and this could be his last chance! But before Bryan can continue his passionate speech, Roman interrupts! Jey and Paul Heyman follow Roman, of course, but the confrontation will be face to face after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and Roman is now in the ring.

Roman has a mic to say, “I’m looking at the same guy. But you don’t sound like the same guy.” The way Bryan is talking is confusing. And if it’s confusing Roman, than it’s confusing the fans. Bryan is ambitious now? Driven now? No. Bryan is the underdog, the “little guy,” the lottery winner. The one who waits on the opportunity and sometimes it works out. Bryan isn’t ambitious. Men like Roman, and they’re rare, they’re ambitious. Roman has been driven since he was a child. If he wanted it, he takes it. Roman loves the business, too. Bryan doesn’t love this, he NEEDS this. Bryan has nothing else, and that’s not love. Love isn’t based off need but off service and what you’ll do for others.

Roman, for example, loves the WWE. Roman doesn’t need it, it’s everyone who needs him! SmackDown needs Roman! The crew and the cameramen need Roman! Heyman needs Roman, Jey needs Roman, Bryan needs Roman. And after Jey whoops Bryan, Bryan will understand that and know it in his heart. And then, Bryan will acknowledge Roman. If Bryan- Jey snatches Bryan’s mic to tell him not to worry about the title. This is as close as Bryan gets to it! Bryan has to get through Jey and that won’t happen! Bryan wanted the cage, but it isn’t locking Roman out, it’s locking Jey in! And tonight, Jey’s gonna get you! Jey tries to sucker punch Bryan but Bryan throws him out!

Bryan stares Roman down, and Roman sighs. Will Bryan be unstoppable as he goes back down the road to WrestleMania?

 

The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are up and they want the smoke! But will this rematch with the Great Liberator and Wolf King be a speedbump on the road to WrestleMania and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?

SmackDown returns and the Profits have mics as Sami makes his entrance. Sami admits, the Profits pulled off a “fluke” over him and Corbin. But tonight, Sami and Corbin will prove it was just luck. Corbin tells Sami that it’s enough. They’re not tag team partners! They’re not friends! Corbin doesn’t even like Sami! Corbin is a SINGLES competitor, so he’ll take on just one of the Profits. Oh, well, their schedules are free. Roode & Ziggler are dodging them so there is a lot of time. So if that’s what Corbin wants, how about he get in the ring to do that thing? Ford wants Corbin, so Dawkins gets Sami? Yep! Sweet, Dawkins gets to be in Sami’s movie!

Dawkins gives a quick shout-out to his boy, JZH, but Sami tries to sort things out. Is this a set up? Is Corbin in on this or something? Sami agreed to a TAG match, you can’t do this to him at the last second! So then it’s one? Tell ’em, fam! The Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Sami is upset, but the first of the now two singles matches begins!

Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin!

Ford and Corbin circle, tie up, and Corbin knees low! Corbin whips Ford to a corner, Ford goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Corbin! And dropkick again! Corbin staggers to ropes., Ford runs in but Corbin gets a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Corbin is upset with the ref but the count is the count. Corbin wants Sami to watch this as he drags Ford up. Corbin puts Ford in the corner, traps his arms and fires off body shots! The ref backs Corbin off, he drags Ford back up to whip corner to corner hard! Ford bounces off buckles, Corbin drags him back up and taunts Dawkins as he ripcord back suplexes for a yoyo SLAM!

Corbin taunts Ford, drags him up, but Ford gets around to hop on and be a sleeper hold backpack! Corbin RAMS Ford into buckles, but Ford holds on tight! Corbin pries free, snapmares but Ford handsprings through to mule kick, front kick and dropkick! Ford has Corbin in a corner, hits a splash, then runs, into a pop-up! But Ford turns that into a DDT! Ford kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he heads for a corner. Ford hops up, Sami shouts at Dawkins but Ford shouts at Sami. Corbin rolls Ford, Ford rolls through to ENZIGURI! But Corbin still gets Ford for the END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

Sami tells Corbin he just helped him so now Corbin has to help Sami! Dawkins wants after Sami, Sami gets on the apron, Dawkins BLASTS Sami off and Sami hits Corbin! Corbin gets mad at Sami but Sami explains that was because of Dawkins! Corbin doesn’t care, he’s leaving Sami behind! Will the Champion of the People be able to do this by himself? We’ll find out, after the break!

 

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn!

SmackDown returns and the match is underway as Dawkins clubs and bumps Sami off buckles and in corners. Sami grabs ropes, Dawkins has a leg but the ref calls for the break. Sami clubs Dawkins, headlocks, but Dawkins powers out to run him over! Dawkins keeps moving, Sami hurdles but Dawkins hurdles back. Dawkins ducks to dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grabs a leg but Sami still holds ropes. The ref counts, Dawkins lets go and Sami goes out. Dawkins pursues, Sami kicks and elbows Dawkins then bumps him off barriers, then bumps him off the apron. Sami puts Dawkins in, gets in and CLOBBERS Dawkins from behind! Cover, TWO!

Sami keeps his cool as he looms over Dawkins. Sami stomps Dawkins, drags him up and throws haymakers. Sami puts Dawkins on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami taunts Ford, but Sami lets off at 4. “This is what you get!” Sami drags Dawkins up, whips him and CLOBBERS him again! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was the same as the other times. Sami drags Dawkins up, throws more haymakers, then whips Dawkins to ropes again. Dawkins CLOBBERS Sami this time! Ford fires up as Dawkins rallies and hits the LEAPING ELBOW!

Sami ends up in a corner, Dawkins hits the CYCLONE SPLASH! BIG BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Ford coaches Dawkins and he drags Sami up. Dawkins has the hooks but Sami fights the exploder off. Sami swings but into Dawkins’ SILENCER! Cover, TWO! The butterfly corkscrew suplex didn’t work, and Sami gets to the apron. Dawkins pursues but Sami hotshots him! Sami reels Dawkins in, but he can’t get Dawkins up. Dawkins throws elbows, runs in but the cyclone gest buckles! Sami reels Dawkins in for a CORNER EXPLODER!

Dawkins staggers as Sami goes corner to corner, but Ford gets up close on Sami’s camera crew! Sami shouts at Ford to stop that, but Dawkins rolls him up! Dawkins wins!!

Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall

Did the cameras get that? Sami still cries conspiracy and shouts, “Who’s behind this?!” Sami doesn’t recognize the second guy and asks if he’s a WWE spy! The guy doesn’t know how to answer and Sami throws knees into him! Is the documentary going to start being about Sami’s spiral into madness?

 

Reginald Thompson, the Fabulous sommelier, finds Carmella backstage.

She says he likes playing games, right? Of course he does. This new game is called, “Who’s the Snake?” What? Mella says one of them took a chance on a lowly sommelier and made him a star, while the other betrayed that someone and is siding with Sasha Banks. Reggie says all of that has been for Mella! Well it’s game over. Reggie’s the snake! She slaps the tray out of his hand and FIRES him! What is Reggie going to do now that he’s without a boss?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

To get payback on behalf of his father, Dominik is going to take on the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Dozer ringside, will Dom have to worry more about Rey than Gable?

SmackDown returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings and Dom ties up with Gable. They go around, Gable waistlocks and throws Dom down. Dom gets up but Gable throws him back down, then floats to a facelock. Otis says Dom is alone and that’s why he’ll lose. But Dom runs around to throw Gable out! Gable gets back in but Dom arm-drags him! Dom cranks the arm, Gable gets up but Dom wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to break free and headlock to then spin and spin and drop toehold! Gable has the leg, and SMASHES it into the mat! Dom gets up, Gable gets the leg again and hits a DRAGON SCREW!

Gable jams the knee, does it again, then covers, TWO! Gable keeps on Dom with a standing toehold and he pushes down hard on the leg. Dom endures, Rey coaches him through it and Dom kicks at Gable with the free leg. Fans rally, Gable gets the foot and Dom enziguris! Gable staggers to a corner,. Dom runs in but the monkey flip is turned around. Dom boots from up top, then leaps to huricanrana! Gable is in the other corner, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow throw him into buckles! Dom goes back up, leaps, but no tornado DDT! Gable gets Dom’s arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom escapes and Gable can’t believe it!

Gable gets the legs, drags Dom to a drop zone and goes up top. Gable talks trash to Rey, and MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Gable waistlocks, Dom wheelbarrows to a victory roll but Gable sit son the cover, TWO! Dom reels Gable into a La Magistrol, DOM WINS!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

Otis storms onto the apron but Rey WRECKS him with a dropkick! Otis hits announce desk, Rey LEAPS and SEATED SENTONS him onto the desk! The Mysterios regroup and retreat! The Alpha Academy is raging, but are they going to learn a lesson from the King and Prince of Lucha?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!

Kayla Braxton brings up Cesaro’s swing that seemed to last forever, and Rollins says it sure felt that way. And do you want to know why? Because it was forever! But the question is, why? Has Cesaro done that much to anyone else? No, that was rhetorical. But then why did he do it? Because he is afraid of “us.” Cesaro doesn’t want to #EmbraceTheVision because he knows “we” are strong! Cesaro wanted to embarrass Rollins and humiliate him! Rollins promises us that he won’t forget that. And Buddy Murphy is BACK?!

Murphy says he could help Rollins with this problem. Rollins doesn’t want to see Murphy. Murphy needs to leave, now. Is Murphy really trying to be Rollins’ disciple again? Will Rollins do just fine against Cesaro without him?

 

Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

A partial rematch from the impromptu Elimination Chamber WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match, the EST and the Queen of Spades match up again 1v1! But will Bianca earn herself and The Boss momentum towards those titles? Or will Shayna do damage to the Women’s Rumble winner before she reaches WrESTleMania?

SmackDown returns as Bianca makes her entrance, followed by Sasha’s. That seems like a surprise to Bianca’s, despite the coming Fastlane match. But another surprise, or perhaps not, is that Reggie follows Sasha out like a stray puppy. The bell rings, Bianca and Shayna tie up, and Shayna gets an arm to wrench it. Bianca scoops Shayna, Shayna slips off and headlocks. Bianca slips through to headlock back, but Shayna powers out. Bianca goes up and over in the corner, handsprings and eggs Shayna on to then run her over! Bianca is fired up and she claps at Shayna to then say kiss this. Things speed up,. Bianca handsprings but Shayna blocks the dropkick to get he foot!

Bianca boots her away, dodges the knee, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Bianca yanks Shayna’s arm, steps over and hooks it to La Magistrol, ONE! Shayna has an arm, wrenches, twists the wrist, but Bianca endures. Bianca powers through to fireman’s carry, but Shayna slips out again to whip. Bianca goes up again but gets caught for a KICK to the arm! Nia cheers Shayna on while Bianca writhes. Sasha checks on her partner and coaches her up, and Bianca gets up in a corner. Shayna runs in to KNEE Bianca down! Shayna drags Bianca to a cover, ONE!! Shayna grows annoyed, she drags Bianca and wrenches the arm to a grounded wristlock. Bianca resists but Shayna twists it all the same.

Shayna stands on Bianca’s head, pulls the arm around, and TWEAKS it! Sasha grows worried but she coaches Bianca up. Shayna runs back in. Bianca dodges! Shayna knees buckles. but hurries after Bianca! Shayna gets the arm, Bianca scoops with the good one to SLAM her down! Shayna gets up but Bianca ROCKS her! Bianca runs in to RAM Shayna into the corner! Bianca rams and rams and fires off with the good arm and even some stomps! Bianca drags Shayna up to a suplex! And a kip up! Bianca shakes out the bad arm, claps at Shayna, then whips her to back drop her! Nia is the one getting upset now as Bianca chicken wings for the Glam-

NO! Shayna victory rolls Bianca out of the ring! Reggie is there and he says no hard feelings, but Bianca shoves him down! Bianca gets in, Shayna KNEES her down! Both women are down and Reggie flounders up near Nia. Nia shoves Reggie at Sasha, and runs over! Reggie moves ,Sasha gets bulldozed! Bianca is distracted, Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! But Bianca powers to the Torture Rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST pulled it off and KOD sealed the deal! But Bianca tells Sasha to handle things with Reggie. Tag titles or not, Bianca and Sasha need to have a fair match at Mania. Reggie helps Sasha up, and she smiles, but then SLAPS Reggie! Sasha told Reggie to stay out of her business! When it rains, it pours. Will Reggie be pouring himself a drink to drown his sorrows?

 

Roman talks with Jey in their suite.

Roman wants Jey to understand that if Jey wins, the Universal Championship is safe until Mania. But if Jey loses, Roman will have to defend it at Fastlane. That part is fine, but Jey losing is an embarrassment to him and the family. Jey cannot embarrass the family. Jey says he’s got this, but will he prove that when caged up with a determined Daniel Bryan?

 

Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro!

The former disciple might be trying to show Rollins what he can do by taking the Swiss Cyborg head-on! Will Cesaro prove that if he can defeat Rollins’ former protégé, he really doesn’t need Rollins’ vision?

But of course Rollins makes his presence known! Rollins goes ringside to watch Cesaro in person, and the bell rings. Cesaro runs at Murphy, waistlocks and SLAMS him, then dead lift gut wrenches Murphy for a suplex! Rollins joins commentary, Cesaro covers Murphy, ONE! Murphy elbows Cesaro away, runs but Cesaro follows. Murphy leaps but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is after Murphy’s legs but he gets to the apron. Murphy then yanks Cesaro out and stomps Cesaro’s hand away! Murphy WRECKS Cesaro with a dropkick, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and Murphy tumbles to the ramp. Murphy puts Cesaro in, climbs up top, and leaps for a METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Murphy grits his teeth and he digs his knee into Cesaro then KICKS him in the back! Cesaro shoves Murphy away but runs into a boot! Murphy hops up again, leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Murphy staggers back, Cesaro catches his breath, and Cesaro grits his teeth. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper again! Cesaro whips, EuroUppers, and repeat! And repeat! Cesaro runs to BOOT Murphy down! Cesaro drags Murphy back up as Rollins vents about the swing, and Cesaro puts Murphy IN THE SWING! Cesaro swings Murphy around and around and around and around and Rollins complains and Cesaro keeps going! Cesaro stops after 20, and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Murphy taps, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by submission

Rollins applauds Cesaro despite all he was just saying. But Cesaro smiles back just as mockingly. Will Cesaro do more than just embarrass and humiliate Rollins when they get in the ring together?

 

Reggie sulks as he packs up his things and heads out.

But he spots Sasha’s private room and decides to knock on the door. Sasha answers, and Reggie tries to apologize, but she says NO! Well, guess that’s that. But then Reggie sees the tag champions and Shayna says, “Smell that?” Reggie reeks of failure! But where’s wine boy going? Thirsty for a fight? Nia says Shayna should chill. Doesn’t she see what Nia sees? Reggie’s kinda cute. Huh? Is the sommelier about to go from bully bosses to boss bullies?

 

Apollo Crews is here!

And he is further representing his Nigerian royal heritage by having bodyguards by his side, and a spear in his hand! Apollo has his guards lead the way into the ring first, then he follows. Apollo fetches a mic and he says everyone is telling him how they don’t like the new Apollo. But the good news is, this isn’t the “new” Apollo, this is the REAL Apollo! This is who he is, how he talks, and he is a descendant of Nigerian royalty! He is a REAL African American! This is his Nigerian Elite Guard, the protector of his family for many generations. Apollo remembers being a young boy hearing stories about these men, about his heritage.

At the time, he was too ashamed to accept his heritage because he would be made fun of. He wanted to fit in, and be just like “you.” But “you” never accepted him! Even his own “friends” just wanted to mock him. “Did you live in a jungle? Did you ride lions to school?” Apollo was ashamed, but the truth is, these stories about his ancestors, some of the most feared and respected men in all of Nigeria, who would dominate and conquer anyone. The more Apollo went into his roots, the more he realized things were repeating themselves. Big E was disrespecting him, and Apollo would hear his ancestors telling him to stand up and claim his birthright. So Apollo did what he had to do.

“Big E, I know you’re at home, nursing your injury. And I know you fear walking in the sight of me.” But Big E is coming back next week, and that makes Apollo happy! Apollo is no longer the man Big E once knew and dismissed. Apollo won’t fit in, he’ll proudly stand out! He will DEMAND a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship!! Big E will fall before Apollo’s feet, and Apollo will leave Big E a broken man for life! And Big E will be hunted for Apollo’s complete and total victory! The Nigerian Prince has issued his ultimatum, but will Big E be coming back only bigger and stronger?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville try to reason with Natalya and Tamina.

They’re clearly upset that Sasha & Bianca are getting a title match over them! Have Pearce & Sonya not seen how dominant Natty & Tamina have been? Of course they have! But that’s not the match that was made. Pearce apologizes and dismisses himself. Sonya says Pearce simply made a different decision. Will the Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly force Pearce to reconsider?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Does he perhaps feel any extra pressure- There’s no pressure! Jey thrives off of this! “DB shouldn’t have popped off on Big Uce!” Now they’re in the Uso Penitentiary! But then Bryan CLOBBERS Jey from behind! Bryan doesn’t say anything, but that was clearly a taste of Jey’s own medicine. Will Jey start to crack under the pressure of defending the family? Will Bryan force Roman to defend his title?

 

SmackDown has a special bonus DING DONG, HELLO~!

Bayley walks in through the door to say that tonight is a special rehearsal for a new segment. Other shows do “Mean Tweets,” but Bayley is loved by everyone so she has something she’s calling Sweet Tweets! RoleModel1452 says “Bayley can truly do it all! They’d never give a talk show to someone like Sasha banks!” Then EllenDegeneres1 says “Forget about Edge and Roman Reigns, the Ding Dong Hello Show should be the main event of WrestleMania!” And lastly, WWESuperfan says “Ding Dong Hello is…” Wait, wait, wait. How did this one get in here? Bayley doesn’t even finish it and throws the card away. She SLAMS the door, but will she have something to say to that supposed superfan?

 

Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!

Last week’s count-out was neither win or loss, so a deal was struck on Talking Smack: Bryan and Jey have a rematch, and if Bryan wins, he gets his Fastlane title match; if Bryan loses, he must ACKNOWLEDGE Roman! But it was Bryan who raised the stakes even higher by wanting the steel cage to be the stipulation! Will the Goat’s gamble pay off and get him his golden ticket? Or will Jey leave Bryan in WrestleMania lockdown?

Jey steps inside the cage, but Roman and Heyman make their entrance! The Tribal Chief already put pressure on Jey, but he’s really digging in the screws now. Heyman makes sure to get Roman a chair so that he can have a seat at the ramp. Will Roman be here to personally congratulate his cousin? Or personally accept Bryan’s challenge? We’ll find that out, after the break!

SmackDown returns, the bell rings and Bryan rushes Jey with forearms! Jey hits back and it is a brawl! Bryan ROCKS Jey with a EuroUpper, then KICKS a leg to whip. Jey reverses and RAMS Bryan into the steel! Jey drags Bryan up, clubs him and RAMS Him into the steel again! And again! Jey tells Bryan to acknowledge Roman! He digs Bryan’s face into the steel and Roman is there to stare at Bryan. Bryan refuses to say anything so Jey clubs him down. Roman tells Jey to do more and Jey hauls Roman up to fireman’s carry and LAWN DART Bryan into steel! Jey calls for the door and walks over but Bryan catches him in the ropes!

Jey fires off on Bryan but he goes back in to ROCK Bryan with an uppercut! Jey climbs the side but Bryan pursues! Bryan gets a foot, drags Jey back down and then smashes him off the steel! Jey smashes Bryan again, then hops down to trip Bryan! Bryan is stuck on the top, Jey DECKS him off it! Jey drags Bryan up, RAMS him into the corner, then tells Roman he’s got this as he goes side to side. Bryan blocks to SMASH Jey off the steel, off the buckles, then YANKS him into the wall! Heyman watches Roman closely as Bryan climbs up. Bryan leaps to missile dropkick Jey down! Jey writhes and crawls, he sees the door! Jey heads that way but Bryan PENALTY KICKS an arm!

Bryan wrenches Jey to elbow breakers! And then RAMS Jey into more steel! And then brings Jey around for another elbow breaker, and another RAM into steel! Jey flops down but Bryan drags him up to wrench and whip,. Jey reverses, Bryan goes up and over and dodges to go up again! Bryan heads for the top but Jey hurries to bring him down! Bryan lands on his billy goat again, and Jey stomps away on the knees! Jey winces for a moment before he stomps more. Jey climbs, but Bryan sits up! Bryan anchors Jey, climbs up to join him, and then headbutts him! Bryan headbutts Jey to send him back to the top rope, but Jey fireman’s carries Bryan for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Both men are down as SmackDown goes to another break!

SmackDown returns one more time, and both men are up on top of the cage! They’re brawling with haymakers and headbutts! Bryan rocks Jey, tries to slip to the outside, but Jey holds on with a facelock! Jey drags Bryan back inside and they’re on the top rope. Bryan smashes Jey off steel, and gives him YES KICKS up there! Jey wobbles but he manages to SUPERKICK Bryan down! Jey adjusts to USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Jey is too sore to be frustrated! Jey crawls to the door and it opens for him. Bryan crawls after Jey and anchors a foot. Jey grabs at the frame, gets up, but Bryan spins him around, only to get the DRAGON WHIP KICK!

But Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jey! Jey SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself, but Roman is like stone as usual. Jey sits up and wants the door to open again, but Bryan GHOST PINS! TWO, and he has Jey caught for endless elbows! And then, a turn to the omoplata, but Jey moves around to ground ‘n’ pound wildly! Jey wants to hurt Bryan more than anything! Jey lets off to catch his breath, and he looks to Roman. Jey grabs Bryan’s legs, and catapults him into steel! Bryan flops down, but Jey again looks to Roman. Jey says he’ll end this, and he goes up the side of the steel. But Bryan pursues again! Bryan catches up to Jey and anchors him as he climbs up again!

Bryan throws headbutts, Jey goes back to the ropes, and Bryan adjusts on top. Bryan is going to the outside, but Jey grabs his head with a cravat! Jey drags Bryan back in but Bryan headbutts Jey again! Bryan has Jey and RAMS him into the steel again and again! Bryan underhooks for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Roll through, to the YES LOCK!! Jey endures, flails, crawls, and gets the ropebreak, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER! No ropebreaks or disqualifications in a cage match! Bryan pulls back even harder!! Jey taps, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission (faces Roman Reigns for the title at Fastlane)

The Universal Championship is taking a detour! Bryan is taking a stand against the establishment again, can he repeat what he did for WrestleMania 30 and make it into YEStleMania?


My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode for SmackDown, but there is a lot I do not like for the build to Fastlane and other stories from this. Firstly, Buddy Murphy trying to reconnect with Rollins. Obviously, the stuff with Aaliyah Mysterio wasn’t working, wasn’t going to work, and was a bit dumb to do in the first place. But you can’t just reset Murphy to before all of that. Don’t have Murphy reach out to Rollins at all, just have him return by surprise here against Cesaro. That match was still okay, because Rollins was on commentary and Cesaro did the swing to get at Rollins and all of that. But I am annoyed that WWE (Vince) is throwing Murphy back in just because they don’t know what else to do with Murphy. Rollins VS Cesaro is just fine on its own, have someone else #EmbraceTheVision instead of Murphy relapsing back to being the disciple.

Then the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship developments are very odd. It’s fine that the champions are defending the belts at all, but announcing that it’s just going to be the Elimination Chamber match-up again is odd. I did appreciate that another team was upset by this, so there might be more story to it than what we got. Pearce sure seems really close to these titles given what we saw on NXT. If this all turns out to be a huge story between all three brands, then I’ll be all for it, but it is hard to see that from where we are. And while Reggie being fired by Mella and rejected by Sasha is following what I expected, I’m not sure how I feel about Nia suddenly taking interest in him. Whenever it is that Shayna and Nia split, I don’t think Nia needs a sidekick, so it’s just odd she’d care about Reggie at all.

The Profits having singles matches was a good way to both fill time but also have more story with Corbin and Sami. Corbin puts a stop to the tag team with Sami, the Profits get to go 1-1 on the night, keeping things a bit even for them as we head for Mania. The SmackDown Tag Team Championships story will certainly have something for Mania, so the slow burn isn’t so bad. Gable VS Dom was good, and it works that Dom gets a quick victory. Another tag match is coming, and though the Profits will protest, I bet Sonya sets up the winner of that against the Dirty Dawgs. That can be for Fastlane, then Profits getting their rematch can be for Mania to make it even bigger.

Apollo’s promo was very good, though I’m surprised he’s got bodyguards now. The spear is cool, though. Big E’s return is in time for Fastlane, so that could be the match for the Intercontinental Championship. And with how this Apollo is, it could go either way. Then the main story, once again the Universal Championship with Roman, is going great. Bryan’s promo to start the night is a bit recycled from Talking Smack but still just as strong and passionate, and then his thwarting Jey’s sneak attack to then come back with one of his own is great stuff. Bryan is taking the fight to the establishment again, and Fastlane is going to be great with Roman VS Bryan fair and square, both guys at 100%. I still feel like Roman wins in the end, because WWE can’t resist Spear VS Spear, but Bryan’s going to make it one hell of a match.

My Score: 8.3/10


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