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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (5/28/18)

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Only one woman can be the final Raw entrant!

Raw has room for one last entrant into the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and it comes down to a Seven Woman GAUNTLET Match! Who will join Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, Natalya, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Naomi & Lana? Plus, Jinder Mahal challenges Seth Rollins for his Intercontinental Championship!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman; No Contest.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Mahal wins by disqualification, Rollins retains the Intercontinental Championship.
  • The Deleters of Worlds VS The Ascension; The Deleters of Worlds win.
  • Kevin Owens VS Bobby Roode; Kevin wins.
  • Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable; McIntyre wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Gauntlet Match: Sasha wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and Raw honor the fallen heroes this Memorial Day.

All Game Some. Some Gave All. Gone, But Not Forgotten.

 

BRAUN STROWMAN heads to the ring!

The Monster Among Men is in Virginia as we approach Money in the Bank. Strowman is one of the Raw entrants for the Men’s MITB Ladder Match, but tonight Strowman speaks to the crowd. “When I see that briefcase, I get motivated.” He’s motivated, because inside is a contract for a guaranteed Universal Championship opportunity anywhere at anytime! Strowman hears out the crowd as they chant “Get These Hands!” then vows to destroy seven other men at PPV before climbing up and taking the briefcase for his own. Then, Strowman will not just be Mr. Money in the Bank, but Mr. MONSTER in the Bank. “And who’s gonna stop me?” Certainly not Miz, Bobby Roode or Finn Balor. Nor anyone in the New Day or Rusev or Kevin Owens. Strowman vows to take the contract, cash in on Lesnar, and make sure Lesnar #GetsTheseHands!

But speaking of Finn, here he comes! The Extraordinary Man may have lost last week 1v1 to Strowman, but Finn has something to say. “I think you’re getting ahead of yourself there, big man.” Finn was the inaugural Universal Champion, and never actually lost it. That eats away at Finn, so Finn is “determined to get back to the top.” Finn will take back what is his. The two of them were 1v1, and Finn gave it his all. But at MITB, there’s gonna be six others, and every man for himself. Strowman admits Finn put up a good fight, “for a little guy.” Finn SLAPS Strowman! Strowman THROWS Finn! Before this goes any further, out comes Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

Angle tells Strowman and Finn that he sees intensity, one of his favorite I’s. He reminds them there will be four men from both Raw and SmackDown, and targeting their respective world champions. Finn gave it his all, and it was incredible, so perhaps Richmond would like to see a rematch! Richmond agrees, so here comes a ref!

 

Finn Balor VS Braun Strowman!

It’s a main-event caliber rematch from last week’s main event! Can the Extraordinary Man even the score with the Monster Among Men? Or will he #GetTheseHands and be flattened again?

Raw returns to see Kevin Owens joining commentary. Kevin watches up close as Strowman throws Finn across the ring again. Strowman dares Finn to stand, then tosses him again!

Strowman stalks over to Finn but Finn avoids the clubbing forearm. Finn dodges from the corner, but Strowman still hits him with a strong body shot. Kevin insists the other men in the MITB match are jealous while Strowman headbutts Finn down. Bobby Roode watches from backstage as Strowman gives Finn another body shot. Strowman whips Finn corner to corner hard, and Finn bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Strowman bumps Finn off his knee, then runs corner to corner, into boots! Finn gets moving but those forearm smashes do nothing to Strowman. Strowman clubs Finn down again!

Strowman punts Finn in the ribs, and Finn is gasping as he goes to the apron. Finn refuses to quit or stop the match, but he gets back in only to get another headbutt. Kevin vows to win no matter how many people are in the MITB match, but Finn fights Strowman only to get dropped by an uppercut. Strowman steps on Finn to cover, TWO. Finn gets to a corner but gets more body shots. Strowman whips him again, and hard as ever. Strowman shouts that Finn should just stay down, but Finn won’t listen. Finn drags himself up but Strowman toys with him. Strowman clubs Finn down again, but Finn dodges the body shot to dropkick! Finn fires up but Strowman boots him down! Kevin sarcastically cheers Strowman from the commentary booth with a microphone. Strowman glares at Kevin but punts Finn again while we go to break.

Raw returns and Finn dodges Strowman to chop away. Finn fires off body shots but Strowman turns things around. Finn still dodges, but the swing kick is blocked, and Strowman swats Finn down with a big right hand. Strowman goes out the far side to build up speed and… BARREL Finn into the audience!

Fans are thunderous for Strowman as he raises his hands triumphantly. Strowman fetches Finn and hauls him back to the ring. Finn slips down and shoves Strowman into the post! Finn slides into the ring while the count rises, then goes after STrowman upon his return. Strowman shoves him away but Finn blasts Strowman with the dropkick! Strowman ends up outside the ring, and Finn dropkicks him away again. Finn gets on the apron while Kevin mockingly cheers him now. That eggs Finn on, but into Strowman’s hand! Finn kicks him away, then FLIES!

Kevin takes credit for that, but Strowman puts Finn back in. Finn Slingblades Strowman, then dropkicks him down! Finn climbs, standing Coup de Grace! Strowman is down, Finn climbs up, COUP DE GRACE! But once isn’t enough, Finn goes up again, only for Kevin to attack!

No Contest

Kevin goes under the ring and brings out a ladder! Kevin uses the ladder on Finn’s ribs! Then he puts the ladder in the ring and targets Strowman. Strowman catches the ladder and shoves Kevin away! Strowman THROWS the ladder at Kevin, but Kevin manages to get away with his life.

The Monster roars while the Prizefighter flees. Will anyone else have a chance at the contract with the #MonsterintheBank in the match?

 

Kevin is making a break for it.

He has his luggage packed but he needs his key from the valet. There’s no time for the ticket, just get his keys! Angle asks where Kevin is going. Well it’s Memorial Day, he doesn’t want to miss the parade. Kevin, you’re Canadian. And he has a match, against Bobby Roode. Kevin reluctantly goes back to the locker room, to prepare for the GLORIOUS One.

 

Sasha Banks speaks.

The Money in the Bank match can help The Boss rewrite history. The contract has her name written all over it, but first she has to get through the Gauntlet. Gauntlets require skill, guts and luck, and the first two she has. But you don’t need luck when you’re The Boss.

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in Richmond, and he asks his same question, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Richmond has a decent reaction. Elias says tonight’s song is special to him, because it just came to him, “it’s a bit of magic.” However, it will require his concentration. They may be in the South, but please try to keep up. Elias begins, but has to stop. Normally this lighting is fine, but the crowd is “particularly disgusting”, so he has the spotlight focus even more on him.

Elias begins again, but brings something else up. Bring the vocals up so he can hear more Elias, less Richmond. Maybe soften the guitar, too. “I love Elias”, “Yes I do.” Okay there it is. Doing everyone’s job. Elias is so impressed with himself. But one more thing: Elias needs complete silence. Fans boo and jeer louder. Please, shut your mouths or else Elias will sit here all night. Fans continue to boo and jeer. Elias decides to leave, we go to break.

Raw returns, and Elias is still in the ring. He cooled off because he knows the fans need this song. He just wants them shut their mouths, or else he’ll leave again. The fans don’t settle down, and even chant “Leave! Leave!” But instead, out comes The Architect!

And fans chant a thank you as Seth Rollins tosses Elias’ stool out of the ring. Fans again chant “Leave! Leave!” and Elias reluctantly gives up the ring to the champion.

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!

The Modern Day Maharaja may have a grudge with The Big Dog, but Roman Reigns’ fellow Shield Brother stepped up to fight Mahal alongside him. Mahal upped the aggression with chair shots, and now has himself a title match against The Kingslayer. Will Mahal check off another title? Or will #MondayNightRollins #BurnItDown on his very own birthday?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the match begins. Rollins dropkicks Mahal to a corner, then fires off chops! He whips but Mahal reverses, only for Rollins to crossbody and throw hands. Mahal slips out of the ring but Rollins slingshots out onto him! Fans fire up while Rollins puts Mahal back in the ring. Singh distracts, and Mahal blasts Rollins to the barriers. The challenger gets control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mahal has Rollins in a rear bearhug. Fans rally while Rollins endures the squeeze. Rollins reaches back and punches his way out. Rollins headbutts and lifts but Mahal slips out to slam Rollins with a back suplex. Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps his focus. Mahal drags Rollins up into an abdominal stretch, and bends Rollins back. Rollins endures and pops out but Mahal blocks the hip toss. Rollins runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans jeer as Mahal stomps away on Rollins. Mahal grins and mocks the fans who praise Rollins. Mahal waits for Rollins to stand, then runs in, but into the buckle shot! Both men are down but Rollins gets himself up and to a corner. Rollins boots Mahal away, then jumps over to run, for a Slignblade! Rollins clotheslines Mahal out, then builds speed to DIVE!

Fans fire up for Rollins as he takes Mahal down. The referee counts, but Rollins gets Mahal up and in before 5. He boots Mahal away, then hops up, for a blockbuster! Cover, TWO, and Sunil is relieved for Mahal. Rollins gets himself back up, and fans rally behind him. Rollins runs in at Mahal, but is put on the apron. He springboards but Mahal gets under, to fireman’s carry gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Mahal and Sunil are furious, but Mahal keeps his focus. Mahal stalks Rollins, cobra clutch but Rollins arm-drags out! Rollins mule kicks, but Mahal dodges the stomp. Mahal scoops but Rollins slips out and rolls up, TWO, SUPERKICK! Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans are rallying up again. Mahal stirs, but Rollins kips right up!

Rollins fires himself up, “Burn It Down! Burn It Down!” Rollins aims at Mahal, mule kick and… Sunil tries to trip him! Mahal slips away and recovers, but the referee ejects Sunil! But Mahal uses a chair to the ribs!

Cover, TWO!! Mahal is shocked and furious again because his cheat didn’t work. But he fires himself up while fans cheer Rollins on. Mahal grabs Rollins but Rollins PELE! Sunil returns, but gets yanked into the ring! Mahal runs in but gets a SUPERKICK, then Rollins throws Sunil in a Buckle Bomb at Mahal! All three men go down, but Rollins still has energy. Rollins spots that chair Mahal used, and grabs it for his own. Rollins enters the ring, and USES IT!

Winner: Mahal, by disqualification; Rollins retains title

Champion’s Advantage keeps the belt with Rollins, but he gets to fire off on Mahal! Mahal ends up out of the ring with that last shot, but Rollins pursues.

Rollins SMACKS Mahal up the ramp and to the stage, but Sunil helps out. Sunil gets a SMACK for his efforts, and Mahal runs away! The Architect still reigns, but is his own fight with the Maharaja only just beginning? But wait, Elias returns and BLASTS Rollins off the announce desk with his guitar!!

Rollins flies all the way to the ground, and Elias just glares down at him. What has Elias done?!

Raw returns as medics attend to Rollins.

Rollins is taken away on a stretcher, with a neck brace. Rollins doesn’t want to go, and gets up off the stretcher, despite everyone’s advisement. Fans cheer as Rollins stands up, but he still needs help walking to the back. Will Rollins be alright? What will the consequences be for Elias?

 

Nia Jax heads to the ring.

The Irresistible Force that is the Raw Women’s Champion, is interrupted by Ronda Rousey!

The challenger goes to commentary while the champion goes to the ring for her match. But Nia says she’s happy to see Ronda is here. Ronda gets to see what will happen to her at Money in the Bank. Nia wants her opponent to demonstrate that thing Ronda does. What’s it called? Oh yeah, the armbar. Nia lets the opponent put on an armbar, but then Nia deadlifts and POWERBOMBS her.

Ronda admits Nia is much stronger than any opponent she’s had, but she’ll still get it on. Nia says armbars don’t do a thing to her, if Ronda can even get it on. Nia knows her opponent still has more in her, and then she picks her opponent up for a Samoan Drop! But Nia doesn’t end it there. She knows she can, but she wants Ronda to see what else she can do. Nia runs and hits the Irresistible Leg Drop! Count to ten, 20, 40, “she’s not getting up.” But Ronda has never faced something like that. If Nia wanted to, her leg could crush someone’s chest. But so can this. An Irresistible SENTON!

Ronda simply grins as Nia says her opponent needs assistance. Maybe Ronda can help her? Fans cheer “YES! YES!” but Nia tells the ref “No! No!” Ronda should be the one to help Nia’s opponent. Ronda stands up and heads to the ring. Fans cheer as Ronda enters and circles with Nia. Fans are on Ronda’s side, but Nia sees it now. That’s “the look”. It’s pretty good, but Nia isn’t so easily intimidated. “In fact, I find it quite… humorous.”

Nia laughs and says it’s cute, then decides to leave. Nia is playing games now, but will she come to regret laughing at the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

 

Dana Brooke crunches the number.

Sasha was right that it takes luck in a Gauntlet Match. Seven women, random order, and all the different ways to lose, it would take a statistical sorceress to do the math. Luckily Dana is that woman. Can Dana find the mathematical answer to success?

 

The Deleters of Worlds VS The Ascension!

The WONDERFUL Raw Tag Team Champions have arrived in Richmond to DELETE the opposition! Will Konnor & Viktor bring Bray & Matt to the Wasteland? Or will they be rendered OBSOLETE?

The bell rings and Bray starts with Viktor. They tie up, and Bray powers Viktor to a corner but Viktor foreamrs and puts on a headlock. Bray powers out, Viktor elbows Bray away, but Bray uses his spider-walk to spook Viktor. Viktor runs in but into the lariat! Bray whips Viktor and tags in Matt, who whips Bray in to splash Viktor. Matt brings Viktor down with an edge-o-matic, then says “DELETE! DELETE!” Matt hits Konnor for good measure but Viktor pounces. Viktor stomps away on Matt, then tags Konnor in. The Ascension double body shot and club Matt then kick him down. Cover, TWO, but Konnor keep son Matt with haymakers. Konnor drops the elbow, then covers, TWO. Konnor keeps Matt down with a chinlock, but Bray and fans rally for Matt.

Matt stands up and fights back, but Konnor keeps the headlock, Matt suplexes but Konnor holds the chinlock! Cover, ONE, but Konnor brings Matt up for elbows. Konnor whips Matt corner to corner, then blocks him from getting to Bray. Matt fights back but Konnor brings him down with a headlock takeover. Fans rally and Matt fights out but Konnor throws him to ropes. Matt boots Konnor back but Viktor tags in. Viktor misses, Matt tags Bray! Bray rallies, palm strikes and uppercuts to Viktor. Bray runs corner to corner but into boots, only to hit Viktor with the spinning lariat and a senton. Konnor breaks the cover but Matt comes in, Konnor lifts Matt but Matt hits the Twist of Fate! Matt then clotheslines Konnor out, Viktor rolls Bray, TWO!

Bray yurinagi slams Viktor down! Bray again uses his spider-walk, and tag to Matt. Together, they give Viktor the #KissOfDeletion! Matt covers, The Deleters win!

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

This WOKEN Yin-yang brings balance to the Raw Tag Team Division, but who will be the next up for DELETION!?

 

Kurt Angle meets with The B Team.

The B Team don’t see what’s so big about the celebration of The Deleters. But they get to business: they want a match for the titles. They’re undefeated and they’re ready! Yes, 2-0 against Breezango, but that’s not enough for a title match. Axel is frustrated. But Angle can’t let them leapfrog the division. So then The B Team has to get everyone’s blessing? No… Is Axel thinking what Bo is thinking? No, because he’s upset at that jerk, Angle! Angle’s still in the room, guys. Bo keeps everyone calm and says that to get their blessing, they have to give the teams something. Like an invitation to The B Team Memorial Day tag Team BBQ! Yes, that’s perfect! No, not at all… The B Team springs into action, will they succeed in earning a Raw Tag Team Championship match?

 

The Riott Squad speaks.

Or rather, they just enjoy tearing up the other women’s merchandise. The Squad doesn’t care about luck, odds, because they’re a “unity of mutiny.” They’re a pack, and they’ll tear the others apart. This may be a last chance, but no one gave the Squad a chance. “And we’re gonna make them all regret it.” The final spot belongs to the Squad.

 

Kevin Owens VS Bobby Roode!

Kurt Angle knows The GLORIOUS One heard the Prizefighter’s comments earlier in the night. Both men will be part of the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match, who will get a leg up on the other here tonight?

The bell rings and they tie up right away. Roode gets the headlock and holds on as Kevin tries to power out. Kevin elbows out then puts on his own headlock, but Roode pries his way out. Kevin throws Roode down, then puts the hold back on. The fans duel between them, but Roode fights out, only for Kevin to run him over. Things speed up, and Roode runs Kevin over in return. Roode throws hands on Kevin in a corner, then whips him corner to corner but Kevin reverses. Roode goes up and over, but Kevin escapes the DDT. Kevin throws Roode to ropes but Roode holds on to then throw Kevin out.

Roode clobbers Kevin to the apron, then slingshots over. Kevin evades then sweeps the legs! Roode hits the floor, and Kevin puts him into barriers. Kevin refreshes the count, then runs in for a CANNONBALL! The Prizefighter is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns as Kevin clubs Roode in the ring. Kevin saws Raw is his show, then whips Roode to run him over with an elbow. Kevin goes for but misses the back senton, and now clutches his head. Roode and Kevin slowly stand, and Roode blocks punches to give punches. Kevin kicks low, then both men go to a corner. Kevin runs in but into an elbow from Roode. Roode boots Kevin away, then hops up for the GLORIOUS Blockbuster.

Cover, TWO, but Roode keeps his focus. Roode stands up and runs in to clothesline Kevin in a corner, but Kevin denies the neckbreaker for a moment with the fireman’s carry. Roode slips down, neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Roode goes to the top rope while Kevin stands. Kevin trips Roode up with a bump of the ropes! Kevin throws hands then climbs up to join Roode. Fans duel again while they brawl for control. Roode sends Kevin down, then leaps for the flying clothesline! Fans fire up with Roode as he winds it up… But Kevin escapes the ring. Roode pursues and runs Kevin over on the ramp!

Roode puts Kevin in the ring, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows frustrated, but he keeps on Roode. He throws Rood to ropes but Roode avoids the pop up. Kevin denies the DDT with a back drop. Roode sunset flips but Kevin sits on the cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin, by pinfall

The Prizefighter wins, but here comes BRAUN!! Kevin’s fear returns with Strowman’s reappearance. Roode points at Kevin, this is what he gets. Kevin runs but Strowman pursues around the ring. Roode blocks Kevin’s path, and Strowman grabs Kevin! Strowman puts Kevin in the ring, and BARRELS through him! Roode is enjoying what he sees as Strowman gives Kevin a MONSTER Slam! Strowman roars and Roode celebrates, but then Strowman keeps going with a second Monster Slam. Then he grabs Roode for one of his own! Remember: It’s every man, and monster, for himself at MITB.

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring.

The Underdog promised to bring Bobby Lashley’s three sisters to the show last week to expose the truth about the Dominator’s childhood. However, not only did he not bring Lashley’s sisters, Sami didn’t impress or amuse anyone with his idea of a comedic parody. Sami wishes to be serious as he admits nothing last week went as he hoped. He went too far and management has been gracious enough to let him apologize publicly. Sami pulls out his notes and reading glasses, and says “To the WWE Universe and the entire Lashley Family”, he knows what he did came off as something in “pour taste.” Sami’s interview was “cringe worthy” and embarrassed his own fans. Everyone asked what Sami was thinking. Even that 30 year old man being evicted from his parents’ apartment in New York thinks Sami should be ashamed.

Sami realized that he did what he promised to never do: lie. Those were obviously not the Lashely sisters. They were men that Sami hired to dress up and have fun at Lashley’s expense. Therefore, Sami wishes that both the Lashley family, the company and the fans know he… He’s sorry. However, it should be noted that what was said was true. Sami’s “art” was rooted in reality, but obviously no one here would understand that. History will look back “favorably” on that skit last week. Sami is the one doing the right thing! Sami speaks the truth about Lashley being a bully, yet he catches the flack? If anyone should be sorry, it’s everyone else feeling sorry for Sami. They should apologize to him, because he deserves better, more and to be in the MITB Ladder Match or facing Rollins for the Intercontinental Champion, instead of apologizing to Richmond.

But here comes Lashley! Lashley says Memorial Day has always been a special day for his family. For any and all military families, Lashley salutes and thanks them. Fans thank Lashley with chants of “USA! USA!” But Sami, good to see you again. Lashley’s real sisters thought that was entertaining last week. But stuff like that gets old fast. Clearly there’s an issue here, so maybe they can just settle this like men, in the ring, at Money in the Bank! What does Sami think? Fans chant “YES! YES!” Sami talks big, so he should back it up and shake Lashley’s hand. Sami shakes hands with Lashley, but Sami says he’s gonna Helluva Kick Lashley’s smile right off his face.

Lashley’s smile disappears now, and he doesn’t let Sami go. Sami says that hurts, but Lashley apologizes for what he’s going to do to Sami at MITB. Lashley lets Sami go, but he won’t have to be nice to Sami at MITB. Will Sami survive his match against the Dominant One?

 

Mickie James speaks.

Her competition crunches numbers and hunts in packs, but she has her eye on the prize. Mickie knows what to do to get there. It’ll take more than friends, luck and guts. Mickie is not a six-time champion by accident, she knows how to seize opportunities.

 

Raw advertises for the Cruiserweight Championship match on tomorrow’s 205 Live.

The match is between the Soul of 205 Live and the Australian Antagonist, but it happens in the champion’s home state. Can the #AgeOfAlexander survive the Cruiserweight Juggernaut that is Buddy Murphy?

 

Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable!

The Olympic Medalist lost to the Show-Off last week, but the Celtic Colossus felt the need to add on afterward. Now McIntyre and Gable have a match to see if McIntyre and Ziggler are right about today’s superstars not being hungry enough. Can Gable avoid the sweep and get a major win here tonight?

The bell rings, and Gable grabs a leg. McIntyre tosses him off but Gable comes back. Gable gets the waistlock but McIntyre elbows him away to then throw him down. McIntyre stalks Gable to a corner and unloads sharp chops. He says Gable’s not on his level, but then Gable turns it around and throws more forearms! The referee backs Gable off but McIntyre boots him down! McIntyre rains rights down on Gable, then drags Gable up and into a suplex! Cover, TWO, but McIntyre keeps on Gable with an armlock. Gable endures, then stands up, only for McIntyre to shovel him up and over. McIntyre keeps on that armlock but Gable won’t quit. Gable stands up again and fights back with body shots.

McIntyre scoops but Gable slips out. McIntyre holds ropes and elbows Gable away to then power him to a corner. He THROWS Gable overhead, then watches Gable writhe on the mat. Ziggler wants McIntyre to finish this, so McIntyre carries Gable to the top rope. Gable fights back, and McIntyre staggers down. MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! McIntyre tosses Gable out of the ring, then pursues. Gable elbows McIntyre away, then again. Gable dodges, rolling kick rocks McIntyre. McIntyre puts Gable on the apron but Gable climbs and leaps! McIntyre catches Gable to then toss him into the post!

Ziggler says “that’s how it’s done!” while McIntyre puts Gable back in the ring. McIntyre takes aim at the floundering Gable, and hits the CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins.

Winner: McIntyre, by pinfall

Ziggler celebrates with McIntyre as the duo completes the sweep. The Show-Off and the Stud keep winning, will they find themselves headed for the Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

The B Team Memorial Day BBQ begins!

Bo and Axel have all the other tag teams of Raw with them in the ring and eating up. The Wasteland doesn’t have a spread like this, huh? It’s all the best B Team treats: baked beans; bratwurst; Bo-tato chips; Bo-logna sandwiches; and Bo Dogs! “Dig in!” And now that we’re all friends, let’s all agree that The B Team, being undefeated, should challenge Bray Wyatt & Matt Hardy. Umm, no. This bootleg backyard barbecue ain’t got no ribs, mac ‘n’ cheese, and none of this is in season. There’s no way the B Team is cutting in line. Yes? No. Yes! But Slater brings up that this is a feast. In West Virginia, this would be a Thanksgiving dinner! Rhyno’s still eating. Therefore, it’s good food. But Slater agrees, B Team ain’t cutting in line.

Fine, they don’t deserve a shot. Then they’re taking the food back. Yes, the brats, the bologna, the BEANS! All over Bo’s head. And the Bo-slaw is all over Axel! Then it’s a FOOD FIGHT! Beans, brats, dogs, bologna, it’s everywhere! And then Rhyno stops eating, to feed the fans. The B Team return to the ring, and go after the ManBeast! They clear a table and set it up, to double choke slam Rhyno through it!

The B Team may be undefeated at 2-0, but they’re far from #1 contenders. What will it take for them to earn a shot at the Deleters of Worlds?

 

The B Team go to Kurt Angle.

Bo and Axel complain about what happened during their BBQ, and demand a title match! The other teams just told them, they’re not cutting in line. Next week will be a Tag team Battle Royal, winners will face Bray & Hardy at MITB. Axel gives Angle a big messy hug, and The B Team heads out. Will Axel & Bo stay undefeated after a match against all the other teams?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Gauntlet Match!

This is the #LastChance to enter the Women’s MITB, and it’ll come down to the last woman standing. First up in the match is… Bayley!

How does Bayley feel about her odds since she’s starting? Regardless of the odds, Bayley never backs down and she won’t start now. Bayley apologizes to everyone else, sometimes the numbers don’t add up, and Bayley vows to be in the Ms. MITB ladder match. As for Sasha Banks, she thinks her name’s all over the contract, but Bayley wants her to take a closer look. The name on the contract reads Bayley! Her opponent: the Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan!

Bayley VS Liv Morgan!

The bell rings and the Gauntlet begins. Bayley ties up with Liv, Bayley2Belly immediately!

She ELIMINATES Liv!!

Bayley VS Sarah Logan!

The other member of The Riott Squad rushes the ring, runs at Bayley, but into a belly2belly. Sarah fights Bayley off but Bayley fights her off. Bayley hits a wrecking ball headscissors, then puts Sarah in to cover, TWO. Sarah gets to ropes but Bayley goes after her. Sarah hotshots Bayley but Bayley fights her back. Bayley whips but Sarah reverses into a suplex, cover, TWO. Ember Moon watches backstage as Sarah thrashes Bayley around. Sarah runs and hits Bayley with a sliding knee, cover, TWO. Sarah deadlifts Bayley, but Bayley wheelbarrows, and ELIMINATES Sarah! But Liv returns and the Squad gang up on Bayley. They mug the former women’s champion with knees, which leaves Bayley primed for…

Bayley VS Ruby Riott!

The Squad Leader heads to the ring while we go to break.

Raw returns and Ruby has Bayley in a chinlock. Bayley powers up and fights out, but Ruby knees low. Ruby whips Bayley but Byaley goes to the apron and forearms Ruby away. Slingshot sunset flip, TWO, and Ruby swings but ends up in a saido suplex. Both women are down while Alexa Bliss watches backstage. Bayley gets to a corner and boots Ruby away. Ruby yanks her down and hotshots the arm on the ropes. RIOTT KICK! Cover, Ruby ELIMINATES Bayley!

Ruby Riott VS Dana Brooke!

The Statistician Sorceress feels confident that she’s going this late, but Ruby is ready for her. Ruby stomps away, then puts Dana in a corner. Dnaa blocks the bump to fire off on Ruby, but the referee backs her off. Dana whips Ruby corner to corner, then handsprings for the back elbow. She drags Ruby up for a lariat! Cover, TWO, but Dana keeps on Ruby. She whips Ruby, but RIOTT KICK! Cover, Ruby ELIMINATES Dana!

Ruby Riott VS Mickie James!

The Wonder Woman of Richmond is ready! She drags Ruby out to then kick her in the ribs. She puts Ruby back in the ring but Ruby slips out the side. Mickie goes to the apron and LEAPS for the seated senton! Fans fire up with Mickie as she puts Ruby in the ring again. Mickie covers, TWO! Mickie keeps focus as she puts Ruby in a corner. Ruby hits back, then kicks Mickie. Ruby throws hands while fans chant “R V A!” Mickie elbows Ruby away, then hits the Mick-canrana! Dropkick on top, Mickie covers, TWO! Ruby gets out but Mickie baseball slides her down while we go to break.

Raw returns one last time as Ruby shoves Mickie. Mickie dodges and rallies on Ruby with lariats. Mickie waits for Ruby to stand, and hits the back kick. She whips Ruby but Rub reverses, only for Mickie to reverse back into a flapjack! Mickie kips up and the fans fire up! Mickie climbs up, and leaps at Ruby for the seated senton. Cover, TWO! Fans cheer for Mickie as she gets up and waits for Ruby again. Ruby dodges the Mick Kick but Mickie dodges the Riott Kick to jackknife cover. TWO, but Mickie goes for the DDT. Ruby rolls her up, has tights, and ELIMINATES Mickie!

Ruby Riott VS Sasha Banks!

The Legit Boss is lucky number 7, but Ruby is ready. Ruby runs into the crucifix pin, TWO, backslide, TWO. Sasha whips but Ruby reverses. Sasha goes up and over and rolls up, TWO, flying crossbody! TWO, but Sasha keeps on Ruby with an armlock. Ruby fights up and pulls hair. She stomps a foot then shoves, but Sasha comes back to tilt-o-whirl into a takedown! Ruby gets to ropes, it hot shots Sasha, then Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Sasha gets to a corner but Ruby is on her with mudhole stomps. Ruby backs off and waits for Sasha to stand. She toys with Sasha, but Sasha slaps her back. Ruby bounces Sasha’s face off the mat, then covers, TWO. Ruby grows frustrated but bumps Sasha off buckles. Natalya watches backstage as Ruby chops Sasha. Sasha hits back, then drags Ruby into buckles.

Sasha runs back in but is put on the apron. She stuns Ruby with a knee, then flies with Meteora knees! Cover, TWO, and both women slowly stand. Ruby dodges in the corner, then goes for Deadly Nightshade, but Sasha throws her off. Sasha wants the backstabber, but Ruby holds ropes. Ruby elbows Sasha away, then yanks Sasha into ropes. Ruby runs up and rebounds into a DDT! Cover, TWO, and Ruby is frustrated. Ruby mule kicks, covers, TWO! Her rage boils up but Ruby keeps on Sasha. Ruby brings Sasha to a corner and hoists her up to the top rope. She climbs up to join Sasha while fans cheer Sasha on. Sasha resists and fights back, elbowing Ruby in the head. Sasha adjusts, tucks Ruby in, for a knee! Then POWERBOMB!

Cover, TWO! INTO Bank Statement! The Squad tries to save Ruby but they get kicked away. Ruby rolls Sasha, TWO, Bank Statement again! Ruby taps, Sasha wins!

Winner: Sasha, by submission; qualifies for the Women’s MITB Ladder Match

The Boss is in the Bank! Sasha had luck on her side, but now she has to use her skill and guts against Natalya, Ember Moon, Alexa Bliss, Lana, Charlotte Flair, Naomi & Becky Lynch. Will Sasha be the second-ever Ms. MITB?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Tonight’s Raw wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great. It was just “good”. Opening with Strowman and Finn was good, and they were on pace to match last week’s main event, but I suppose it makes some sense for Kevin to interfere. In kayfabe, he doesn’t want either of them looking better than him before MITB. In booking, it keeps Finn and Strowman where they are as no one won or lost. Of course, Kevin faced the consequences as he barely beats Roode to then get wrecked by Strowman. Of course, Roode got wrecked, too, so Strowman is still the strongest entrant from Raw and even overall. It’ll take a lot for anyone else to win against him in the ladder match, and even more to get fans to go with it since Strowman is one of, if not the most over act, on the main roster.

The Intercontinental Championship match was great, and it was rather interesting for it to finish with the DQ. Elias being thrown into the mix must mean at least Elias VS Rollins at MITB. At most, it could end up morphing MITB into a Fatal 4 Way where Mahal and Roman join in. Roman was oddly absent tonight, but most fans will take that as a plus. I actually liked the Nia-Ronda segment where it was an “exhibition” and not a match. Nia uses the squashing of someone to actually make a point, even if Ronda doesn’t take it seriously. I still wish this wasn’t happening already, but what’s done is done. Sami’s “apology” was of course going to be halfhearted, but at least now we get a Sami VS Lashley. And I guess we’ll be getting Deleters VS B Team, though I still want Bo Wyatt to be a thing.

Gable VS McIntyre wasn’t quite equal with Gable VS Ziggler, but perhaps that’s to make a point about McIntyre’s power. This could easily lead to Jordan returning and them reuniting, but I oddly hope it doesn’t. Gable and Jordan need to be given chances as singles wrestlers. All the women gave good promos for the Gauntlet, I just wish WWE did something different with the Gauntlet. First, rearrange things. Sasha winning as seventh isn’t as awesome as her and Bayley starting, grinding it out and leaving the winner tired as they take on Dana, Mickie and the Squad. Second, I wouldn’t have had Sasha win, it’d be Ruby. The MITB has one true Heel now in Alexa Bliss. Granted, it’d mean The Squad shows up and helps her win, but isn’t that what Heels do? Plus, whether it’s Nia or Ronda, Ms. MITB wouldn’t do well cashing in without help.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)

Will Retro take down The Premier?

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Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!

The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
  • August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.

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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!

The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?

The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!

Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!

Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!

Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!

Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!

Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!

Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall

It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?

 

August Grey VS Tony Nese!

#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?

Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!

Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!

Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.

Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!

Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!

Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?

NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!

Winner: August Grey, by pinfall

What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?


My Thoughts:

A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.

Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)

SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!

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The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!

After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
  • Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; cancelled.
  • Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
  • Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Natalya wins.
  • Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!

The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.

First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.

Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.

So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.

Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?

 

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

While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?

The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!

Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?

 

Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.

And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!

SmackDown returns and Kayla asks if Heyman accepts the challenge. That’s the question? Yes, because that’s what we do around here in the WWE: “We put smiles on the faces of Neanderthals, like Cesaro.” Does Kayla have any clue the enormity of the star power that is possessed by Roman and its affect on the ENTIRE WWE Universe? What happened on Saturday? Oh~ a rain delay! Rain delay, Heyman’s “kosher tuchus.” Those were the tears of the angels descending upon Tampa over the BEATING Roman was going to give, and that is what happened! Roman walked out champion, and neither Bryan nor Edge walked out of Raymond James at all.

And as Heyman was walking back with Roman, they were stepping in puddles, and Heyman said, “My goodness! Tears still descending from up above!” Except it wasn’t from the skies, but from the locker room. A visionary like Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face “a knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, bucktooth Swiss quisling like Cesaro.” A billion dollar body but a 10 cent brain and THIS is who emerges to get in the face of Your Tribal Chief?! Cesaro is physically capable of being a great opponent, but he is not an attraction. He’s a joke!

So let’s put an end to the joke! Stop the train before it leaves the station! They will give Cesaro what he wants, tonight live on SmackDown! Cesaro in the main event against THE main event, Jey Uso. Of course Heyman had a way to change the course. But will Cesaro blast through the Right Hand Man to get at the Head of the Table, whether they like it or not?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator didn’t defeat his long-time frenemy, and he didn’t even have Logan Paul on his side! And Sami loves to see the headlines outside of the one that is most accurate: “Sami Zayn Once Again SCREWED!” Where is that one, huh?! Well, does it exist…? Sami says it was his vindication! The stars were aligned, and he had the one star that matters in Logan Paul! Logan was supposed to help Sami expose the WWE and celebrate his grand victory, but that’s not how it went down, did it?

And here’s why: Logan’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami, like he’s a crackpot! It was poisoned by management, and the “corporate mouthpiece,” Michael Cole! They got in Logan’s head and Sami could sense it and feel it as he hugged Logan! And then in the match, of course he was distracted! Sami was worried about Logan! And that is the only reason, THE ONLY REASON, Kevin squeaked out that win. And Kevin is back there, obviously. Sami will not be denied vindication! Sami calls Kevin out for a rematch! There’s nothing to distract him, there are no toxic fans or stupid Logan Paul and his warped mind! No distractions, no way for Kevin to steal this!

But that’s why Kevin won’t come out, because- Wait, Kevin DOES come out to the ring! Kevin says if Sami’s gonna keep making excuses, then here we go! This WrestleMania rematch happens, after the break!

Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!

The bell rings and Sami bails out! Kevin smirks because he knew this would happen. Kevin slides out but Sami slides in. Then Kevin slide sin, but that’s a fake-out! Sami is on the outside and Kevin fires off! Kevin bounces Sami off the desk, puts him in the ring, and CHOPS him to a corner! And CHOPS again! Sami stumbles to another corner but Kevin gives him body shots! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then comes back, but Sami hits first! Sami whips corner to corner, Kevin comes back to CLOBBER Sami! BACK SENTON! Sami is in a corner, Kevin runs in but Sami bails out. Kevin goes to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Then BLINDSIDES him!

Sami rains down furious fists from all sides! Sami lets off to snarl and seethe. Sami puts Kevin on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and CLUBS Kevin! Kevin gets up to CHOP back! Sami stomps Kevin to a corner, digs his boots in, and even stands on Kevin! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and then Sami throws haymakers. Kevin hits back, counter punches, and backs Sami down. Sami jawbreakers in return! Sami CHOPS Kevin against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kevin reverses but Sami kicks back, only for Kevin to LARIAT! Kevin reels Sami in, suplexes to hang Sami out to dry, and Sami springs off the ropes to hit the mat!

Kevin fires off on Sami in a corner, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Kevin climbs up, Sami throws elbows and then adjusts to sunset flip POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives, Sami argues with the ref, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Sami is again fighting Kevin off on the top rope. Kevin hits back, climbs back up, and Sami throws headbutts! Kevin falls back, Sami adjusts and leaps, but Kevin gets clear! Kevin SUPERKICKS Sami down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Kevin hurries right to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin shakes his head as he stands Sami up, whips him, but Sami bails out to avoid a pop-up. Kevin pursues Sami as the ring count climbs, and gets him on the ramp to throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Sami back in at 5 of 10, knees low then whips, but Sami slips through the pop-up to get an arm!

Kevin fights the Half ‘n’ Half, then pump handles for the PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami still survives that move, just like WrestleMania! Kevin gets annoyed, but he again has to pursue Sami on the outside. Kevin drags Sami from the barriers, puts him in, and kicks, but no Stunner! Sami again bails out, Kevin grabs at him on the apron, but Sami rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ring count is still climbing, though, but Sami wants to run away! Sami gets himself counted out, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by count-out

Kevin wins again, but it seems Sami didn’t want revenge that badly. But Kevin pursues and goes after Sami with fists at the ramp! Kevin puts Sami in the ring, kicks and STUNNERS! It seems Kevin still hasn’t beaten sense into Sami, will these two #JustKeepFighting?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“All of Nigeria has not stopped celebrating, ever since I smashed Big E into oblivion and I became the new Intercontinental Champion!” And he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but he’s not here. And do you know why? Two words: Nigerian Nail! That is the name of the move used by this giant beside Apollo here. This is his commander of the guard, Azeez, former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone dares come for Apollo, they will be annihilated by the Nigerian Nail!

 

The Street Profits head to the ring!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are going to be facing the Dirty Dawgs for the tag titles later tonight, but first they are going to celebrate the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This will be the EST of celebrations, after the break!

SmackDown returns and Ford says it’s Friday Night, and he’s feelin’ right! Dawkins says it is official takeback season! Time to do spring cleaning to send Dolph & Roode back through that time warp they came out of so they can return to 1986. Oh, and about getting the shine back on those SmackDown tag titles! Right! The Dirty Dawgs will get snatched, but that’s not the only reason why the Solo cups are raised high. It’s been a long time, and they got some inspiration this past weekend. Some motivation! WrestleMania was a night for the ages, a night to remember!

One match in particular will be something Ford tells his grandkids about! That is the historic, the glass ceiling shattering SmackDown Women’s Championship! ROLL TAPE! Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair, WrestleMania 37 Night One, the main event! Headlines were marking how amazing it was even before the bell, and no one could deny it after! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and it is Bianca Belair! Dawkins has the feels, fam! Ford says that as we just saw, the party isn’t over! The champagne for the campaign is not done popping. Saturday, that was a genuine moment that will be with them for the rest of their lives. And they just want to share that joy with the fans!

So they introduce to use, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the greatest part of Ford’s life, the NEW WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST, no no no, THE E S T of the W W E, BIANCA BELAIR!! Bianca makes her entrance, Ford and Dawkins sing her praises and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca is handed a mic, and she feels like he’s been floating since Saturday! Her mind is blown, her heart is filled, and she feels blessed. But despite the setbacks, the struggles, she never stopped believing that this moment was possible.

And her family has been making history for generations, they are the ones who showed her that when you demand greatness from yourself, that no matter how hard the game gets, you can change the game! If you were to have asked her a year ago if she could ever imagine main-eventing Mania, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship… Well she probably would’ve said yes! But that’s not because she’s cocky. That’s because she’s unapologetically her. Everyone has a little EST in them, and when you find it, you know that you’re talented and working hard, you never need to apologize for saying you are the B-E-S-T! “Because if you can dream it, you can do it.”

Bianca showed up, showed out, but it isn’t just about her. Sasha Banks, Bianca thanks you. There is no one she would’ve rather shared that spotlight because Sasha pushed her to her limits and it takes two. They BOTH made history. But… If Sasha ever tries to forget it, just know that Bianca left you with something to remember her by. That hair whip did leave a mark… But this is also about Sasha, too. This moment is so much bigger than them. This is about all the girls watching at Raymond James and at home, who saw Bianca and saw themselves. This is for you! That was Mania magic, but we’re only getting started!

Ford and Bianca hug, Dawkins joins in for a family moment, and Bianca says it’s time to drop the cups, throw the tissues away, and get those titles again. They only wear gold in this house. The Profits and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this trio become truly golden after tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.

After seeing Bianca out there, she is in no mood. The Boss still has the mark on her side, and she seethes. She takes a second to cool off, but it doesn’t work, and she storms off. Will Sasha find a way back to that title and to WrestleMania revenge?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

The Role Model acknowledges that Cesaro was super impressive with the UFO spin, as footage is replayed, but what about Sasha? She probably wants a rematch but is so angry she can’t say it. While Bayley was super busy trying to save both nights of Mania, Bianca was in the main event crying. Even before the match began! No one wants to say it but Bayley will: those tears was because Bianca thought she couldn’t win. Is that who you want as champion? And now she’s showboating and arrogant! That is NOT the kind of champion we should want!

So there is only one way to fix this, and restore dignity to the title: for Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, to challenge Bianca and take that title! Will Bayley cut Sasha in line and get back to the gold first?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits!

The Show-Off & The Glorious One made it through #WrestleManiaSmackDown and its Fatal 4 Way with these titles, but now they’re 2v2 with Ford & Dawkins! Will takeback season work out for the fam? We find out, after the break!

SmackDown returns and the titles are raised. Teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Dawkins and they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler shoots in but Dawkins sprawls then shifts to a waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropebreak, the ref counts but Ziggler elbows free! Ziggler dares Dawkins to get up, then he gets Dawkins only for Dawkins to DECK him! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Ziggler, Dawkins drops and Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Ford gets Ziggler back up, snapmares him to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Ziggler from Roode, wrenches and armlocks to tag in Dawkins. Ford wrenches the arm again and again, Dawkins drops ax handles!

Dawkins wrenches, tags Ford back in, and now Ford drops ax handles! Ford mocks Roode but Ziggler ROCKS Ford! Roode tags in but Ford reverses the whip to send Ziggler into Roode! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Ziggler comes in, but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Ford throws Ziggler out, Dawkins gives Roode the CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Then a BIG shoulder tackle! The Profits are fired WAY up as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Dawkins covers Roode, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Roode with a headlock, Roode powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things keep moving, Dawkins leaping back elbows! Roode avoids the cyclone but Dawkins elbows him away. Ziggler distracts but Dawkins DECKS him, only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in and DECKS Ford! Ziggler gets Dawkins up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dirty Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode stomps Dawkins down. Roode brings Dawkins up to suplex high and hard, covers, TWO! Roode argues the count but it was fair.

Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins, and Ziggler taunts Ford before daring Dawkins to stand. Dawkins gets up, Ziggler slaps him around, but his dropkick is caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler hits buckle and then the mat! Ford fires up on his corner and fans rally on the ThunderDome screens. Ziggler and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Ford and Roode! Ford rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Ziggler for good measure! Dropkick for Roode, dropkick for Ziggler! Ford dodges Roode to BLOCKBUSTER! Ford CLOBBERS Ziggler! Ford whips Roode, Roode reverses and reels For din but Ford lands out of the back suplex to give a back suplex! Kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Roode bails out to join Ziggler, Ford has a target! Ford builds speed, tags Dawkins as he FLIES! Direct hit to the Dawgs and Ford gets Roode in for Dawkins! Dawkins gets Roode up, THE ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford, he climbs, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ziggler breaks it!! Dawkins gets Ziggler up but Ziggler throws him to clothesline Dawkins and himself out! Ford DECKS Ziggler, gets Roode up and fires off fists in a corner! The ref backs Ford off, and Ziggler sneaks a tag in! Ford doesn’t know, he whips but Roode reverses. Ford goes up and over, into a ZIGZAG!!! Cover, the Dawgs win!!

Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall

As fired up as Ford was, Ziggler & Roode find a way to survive! Is this the end of takeback season? Will the Dawgs move on to new challengers in the wake of WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Cesaro.

While denying him a match with Roman Reigns, Heyman said some rather derogatory things about Cesaro. His response? “I think Paul Heyman is right.” Cesaro admits he has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and that he isn’t the smartest. And with his long arms, maybe he does look like a Neanderthal. But he’s wrong about one thing: Cesaro DOES belong in the ring with Roman Reigns, and will prove it tonight by beating the Right Hand Man!

 

Heyman talks with Roman in their VIP room.

Roman doesn’t like that Cesaro isn’t just accepting things. Roman wants Jey to teach him a lesson. Will Jey Uso check Cesaro off the list for Roman?

 

Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

Though the #BOAT and Daughter of Superfly won the Tag Team Turmoil, they could not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Queen of Harts redeem herself with another win over the Queen of Spades?

The bell rings, the two tie up and Natty gets a headlock. Shayna powers out, things speed up and Natty ducks to get a waistlock. Shayna blocks the lift, wrenches free and fires off hands and kicks! Shayna knees but Natty deflects it to get the legs! Natty steps through, but Shayna scramble’s and Nia saves her! Tamina storms over, Shayna gets back in the ring, but Natty is waiting! They tie up, Natty trips Shayna, floats to a facelock, but Shayna slips out to hammerlock. Natty gets up, slips through, wrenches, but Shayna wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings and gets a leg. Shayna sprawls to block, then shifts to a waistlock and slam, to the ARMBAR!

Natty endures, clasps hands, but Shayna pulls. Shayna stands to get the arm and hammerlocks it into the mat! This time, Tamina says Natty! Natty hotshots Shayna down, Nia storms over and the ref has to keep her and Tamina from throwing down. Natty gets in but Shayna KNEES Her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna grows frustrated, Natty goes to a corner and she elbows Shayna away. Natty spins, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Natty goes for legs but Nia gets on the apron! The ref reprimands but Shayna KICKS Natty down! KIRAFUDA, but Natty throws Shayna at Nia! Shayna stops herself, Natty rolls her up, AND WINS!

Winner: Natalya, by pinfall

Nia goes after Natty but Tamina SUPERKICKS her down!! Tamina and Natty aren’t done with the Irresistible Force or Queen of Spades! Will the second time around be the second generation superstars’ time to shine?

 

Jey Uso speaks.

“Cesaro, Cesaro. Boy, you’s a one hit move, huh? King of spin, king of swing, it’s all the same! That’s a cute airplane you did with no hands. But let me ask you something: can you do that with no teeth?!” You’re disrespecting the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table! Now you’ve crossed the Right Hand Man, and now Jey has to get you! He’ll show you why he is #MainEventJey! Jey vows to #GETIM, and Roman says, “You heard the man. Now he’s gonna show you.”

 

Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!

The Swiss Cyborg shows no fear in the face of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (hardly) Uncontroverted Universal Champion, but the NEW winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal wants to change that. Will Jey be the one to learn something from the original winner of that match?

The bell rings and Cesaro gets Jey right up with a SLAM! Cesaro headlocks, Jey powers out and things speed up, and Cesaro catches Jey for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro keeps his focus as Jey goes to the apron. Jey gets to a corner but Cesaro bumps him off buckles. Jey counter punches, SLAMS Cesaro’s hand on the crossbar, then pulls the arm through the bars! Jey then kicks, but Cesaro blocks to hotshot the leg! Cesaro BOOTS Jey down and then goes out to pursue. Cesaro leaps from the apron, into a SUPERKICK! Main Event Jey evens things in the main event as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns once more and Jey cranks on an armlock. Cesaro throws body shots, whips but Jey reverses, to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps on Cesaro with a stomp to the shoulder! Jey ROCKS Cesaro with an uppercut, then wraps an arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and then brings Cesaro around to suplex. Cesaro blocks it, then gets Jey up for a suplex of his own! Fans rally on their screens as Jey crawls his way to a corner. Cesaro snarls, aims at Jey and runs in, only to be put on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Jey first, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro shakes out the arms, drags Jey back up, but Jey wrenches to WRING the arm out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he is in a daze as he gets to a corner. Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro shakes out the arms again but Jey sees him in a drop zone. Jey climbs up, but Cesaro gets up to DROPKICK Jey down! Jey hangs on to keep from falling to the floor, but Cesaro climbs up to get him. Cesaro gets Jey back to the top, Jey fights with body shots and Cesaro hops down. EuroUpper SHORYUKEN! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro keeps focus.

Jey crawls, Cesaro brings him around, and reels him in! Jey fights the Gotch to wring the arm but Cesaro cartwheels! Cesaro dodges to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is a bit surprised, but he gets Jey’s legs! Jey kicks Cesaro away, but Cesaro comes back. Jey blocks a boot but gets a EuroUpper! Jey ducks the clothesline to pop-up NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Jey is furious! Both men slowly rise but Jey is after Cesaro first. Jey throws down haymakers, then SLAPS Cesaro! And slaps him more! Cesaro SLAPS back! And fires off furious palm strikes then furious EuroUppers!! Shots from all sides! Cesaro runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro is seething, but he calls for the spin! Cesaro gets Jey into a SPINEBUSTER, to then get the wings! SWISS SWING!! Michael Cole & Pat McAfee count, but Cesaro doesn’t get past 5 before SETH ROLLINS attacks!!

Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification

The Architect won’t let it go! He doesn’t want anyone anywhere getting swung by Cesaro! Cesaro still wins the match because of this, but he is staggering about. Rollins shouts, “You were done with me?! You got lucky!! ONE TIME! This isn’t over! Nothing is over until I SAY IT’S OVER!! I am the END ALL BE ALL of this industry! And the sooner you figure it out, the better it’s gonna be!” The Savior of SmackDown has all but snapped, but will he be going for another spin before this is all said and done?


My Thoughts:

Well, this was a pretty good post WrestleMania episode. Then some stuff made it like most typical WWE programming. There are a few things that are clearly being set up for WrestleMania Backlash, and they’re all WrestleMania rematches because that’s literally what that PPV becomes when you name it that in such a lazy manner. I am glad Cesaro is the next one stepping up to Roman Reigns, but they’re clearly doing everything they can to stretch this story so that the match will happen at a PPV bigger than Backlash. Cesaro getting the runaround from Roman’s team was a good way to do it, but I’m not sure about Cesaro VS Rollins 2. It’ll be a great match, but is it really necessary? Of course, WWE did repeat the UFO airplane spin a lot, so them running it into the ground is actually a good sign that Cesaro will win, and is going to be the next challenger to Roman’s title.

Natty getting another fairly quick win over Shayna and Tamina knocking Nia down is surely a sign that we’re getting a rematch between those teams for the tag titles at Backlash. But if that is where Tamina & Natty are going to win the titles, it’s profoundly stupid. They should’ve just let Natty & Tamina win at Mania, and then it’d be about Nia & Shayna getting the belts back at Backlash, a much more logical route. The celebration promo for Bianca was great, and while Sasha wants a rematch, Bayley wants her own match with Bianca, so I’m hoping there’s a difference here in that Backlash gives us another Sasha VS Bayley match, winner faces Bianca at the PPV after that.

Dawgs VS Profits was a great match, especially for television, but I am really surprised the Profits didn’t win tonight. I get that the moment Bianca and the Profits are all wearing gold is going to be big, but then why not do that on the SmackDown After Mania? Make tonight feel big because it should be big! Is WrestleMania Backlash really going to be where they do it? I feel like that’s them forcing Backlash to feel special rather than letting it be special by surprise. Rey VS Otis was good, and clearly this feud isn’t over yet, and the winner of that will surely line up for the tag titles.

Kevin VS Sami tonight was also great stuff, a lot of similar spots to the match they had at Mania, but the count-out seems like another way to extend things. I have a feeling something’s gotta give at Backlash, and I hope Kevin & Sami finally start towards the tag titles. Apollo had a good promo to introduce Dabba-Kato’s new form, Commander Azeez, and the name of his finisher. The Nigerian Nail is pretty much a direct translation of the Samoan Spike, which is what the move was when Umaga used it. Big E VS Azeez has to be coming, perhaps with the stipulation that if Big E wins, he gets his rematch with Apollo at Backlash. Honestly, it all feels like WWE is spinning their wheels because Vince is rolling around in the $1 BILLION from NBC.

My Score: 8.2/10


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