SmackDown comes to London with a #Mellabration! The Princess of Staten Island vows to outdo the Royal Wedding with a party in her own honor. Will anyone crash the party? Plus, the Phenomenal One and the King of Strong Style will determine their stipulation for their Money in the Bank WWE Championship rematch!
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter
- Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Tag Match: The New Day VS The Bar; The New Day wins and chooses ??? to join the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
- Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Jake Constantino; Almas wins.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville; Becky wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
- AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins and will choose the stipulation for their WWE Championship match at MITB next week.
PLAY BY PLAY
Renee Young introduces Daniel Bryan!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The Goat has the O2 giving a standing ovation of “YES! YES!” as he heads to the ring. Bryan won at Wrestlemania, was impressive in the Greatest Royal Rumble match, and won at Backlash. However, Big Cass would beat him up and Rusev would shut him out of the Money in the Bank match. Fans have not stopped chanting, by the way. Bryan wants those at home to “Feel that! Fell ALL of that!” Was Bryan disappointed? Sure. Does he like losing? Does anyone like losing? “NO! NO!” When Bryan made his return, he was just happy to be back doing what he loves. “But now, it’s not enough to be back.” Bryan wants to do more than just be back, he wants to be on top! Bryan will fight and climb and scratch and claw for it all. And before it’s all over, Bryan will be WWE Champion!
"I'm going to keep BEATING you down… you're not going to go anywhere without a SEVEN-FOOT SHADOW following you around!"@BigCassWWE isn't finished with @WWEDanielBryan… #SDLive pic.twitter.com/bpxv5a7sa8
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
But Big Cass says to “Hold on.” The Human Skyscraper, who was a “Cass-Hole” of a sore loser at Backlash, says that he was just listening to Bryan run his mouth, “and I am sick of it.” Bryan may have fooled the fans into drinking the Kool-Aid, but not Cass. Bryan feeds the fans “heart-warming” crap! Cass knows the truth about Bryan. Renee brought up Rusev’s win Bryan’s “first major setback”, but Cass disagrees. Cass was his setback, was the reason Bryan lost and will be why Bryan keeps losing. Cass will make sure Bryan never achieves his dreams again. He admits he loss, but he only tapped out to then beat “the holy hell” out of Bryan. And he did! Cass beat Bryan down, and will continue to beat him down, and his 7 foot shadow will follow Bryan all over the WWE.
Sure, Bryan lasted 75 minutes in the GRR, wow~! But what happened when Cass showed up? Cass booted Bryan, eliminated him, and proved to us all that “Daniel Bryan is a loser.” Bryan should’ve let that little guy from Montreal take his place, because he at least took that beating with dignity? Cass asks if Bryan is a loser. Fans say “No! No!” but Cass says “YES!” Should Bryan have stayed retired? “YES!” Should Bryan let Brie “wear the pants” in the family? “YES!” Cass drops then mic then heads to the ring. He stands across from Bryan, but Bryan doesn’t back down. The fans support Bryan while Cass climbs inside. Cass mocks “YES!” but Bryan fires off!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Bryan goes at the legs, then throws more right hands and kicks! Fans are fired up as Bryan pulls on the leg with the ropes. Bryan doesn’t let up, even as he has Cass on the mat! Referees appear to stop Bryan from beating Cass down. Cass stands up and hobbles, but Bryan comes around from the outside! Bryan slings Cass’ leg into the post! And then again! Bryan backs off again, but then gives Cass a chop block! He grabs that leg, for a heel hook! Cass shouts in pain and even taps out, but it doesn’t do a thing with this being a fight and not a match! The referees order Bryan to let go, but Bryan doesn’t let go until he’s satisfied. Fans cheer while Cass retreats to the back. Cass has incurred the wrath of The Goat, will he regret ever trying to bully Bryan?
The Miz is in London!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The Most Must-See Superstar is already one of SmackDown’s Money in the Bank entrants, and is himself a past winner of the contract. He joins commentary to have a front row look at who will join him and The Bulgarian Lion in that match.
Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Tag Match: The New Day VS The Bar!
Awwwwwww, London~! While this may be a tag team match, it will help at least one man get into the Men’s MITB Ladder Match. Xavier Woods managed to beat the Celtic Warrior with the help of Big E & Kofi Kingston, but that same help backfired against the Swiss Cyborg. Will “ya boys” The New Day or The Bar break the tie in their favor?
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The bell rings and Woods starts against Cesaro. Cesaro lunges but Woods ducks under to SUPERKICK Sheamus off the apron! Then he counters Cesaro to throw chops and haymakers. Cesaro reverses the whip but Woods ducks under again to rock him with a roaring elbow. Woods takes aim at Sheamus, then builds speed to FLY! Woods takes out Sheamus, then gives shade to Miz before hitting Cesaro with a slingshot jump kick! Cover, TWO, but Woods keeps on Cesaro. Cesaro suplexes but Woods slips out, then Woods ducks and runs for a wheelbarrow. Cesaro blocks it with strength, then brings Woods up and over. Sheamus tags in, Cesaro adjusts, and Sheamus adds a double ax handle to the back suplex. Cover, TWO, but The Bar is in control. Sheamus rocks Woods then tags in Cesaro, and The Bar double whip for the Bar Lariat.
Woods rolls away while The Bar brags and we go picture in picture. Cesaro pushes Woods off the apron, then distracts the ref so Sheamus can get a cheap shot. Big E protests but the referee keeps him back. Cesaro tags Sheamus, and Sheamus fetches Woods to rock him with a European Uppercut. Sheamus puts Woods in the ring, then drives a knee in for the keylock. He keeps Woods on the mat, but Woods feeds off the energy from the fans. Woods stands up, and fights back, but Sheamus shoves and catches him into the Irish Curse backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Sheamus drags Woods back over. Cessaro tags in, and taunts the New Day as he brings Woods up. Woods fights back, but Cesaro whips him away to knock him down with a back elbow. Cover, TWO, so it’s back to the chinlock.
Woods endures while The New Day and fans rally. Woods stands up but Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Woods and The Bar whip Woods for Super Saiyan Kicks! The Bar embraces the heat while stomping Woods. Sheamus tags Cesaro, and Cesaro swaggers about. Woods rolls him up, TWO, and Cesaro puts the chinlock back on. He brings Woods back to the mat, but Woods feeds off a new rally. Woods stands up, hits a jawbreaker, but Sheamus tags in to knock Big E down. Woods ducks Sheamus, but there’s no one to tag. Sheamus rocks him with a bicycle knee, then brings him back over to tag in Cesaro. Cesaro climbs up while we go single picture, and drops the elbow into the backbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Cesaro chokes Woods against the ropes. Sheamus gets another cheap shot, Cesaro covers, TWO.
Fans rally for the New Day again, and Woods fights back. Woods backs Cesaro down, but Cesaro whips him to ropes. Woods throws Cesaro out of the ring! Big E returns, and Woods crawls over for the hot tag! Sheamus tags in, but Big E is upon him with belly2belly suplexes! Big E slams Sheamus down, then swivels the hips. He runs for the Big Splash, but into knees! Sheamus runs in but Big E throws him down, covers, TWO. Big E and the fans rally with New Day claps, but Cesaro dsitracts and Sheamus rolls up. TWO, Cesaro tags in. Big E scoops Sheamus but Cesaro saves him. The Bar double mule kick and double DDT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro puts on the Sharpshooter!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Fans rally, and Woods returns, but Sheamus drags Woods out. Woods puts SHeamus into a post, then saves Big E. Both Big E and Cesaro head for corners, Cesaro runs into an elbow. Woods tags in, Tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Woods stands up and brings Cesaro up, but Cesaro throat chops. Cesaro runs but into the post, Woods hits the wheelbarrow facebuster. Sheamus breaks the pin, then brawls with Big E! Sheamus kicks and kicks, but Big E throws him out to then DIVE THROUGH HIM! They both go to the floor, and fans fire up as Woods climbs up. Woods hits the Springboard Elbow! New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day (Big E & Woods), Woods pinning; one member qualifies for the Men’s MITB match.
With one out of three going into this major ladder match, who will The New Day choose? Plus, with only one spot left in the match, who will be the final entrant from SmackDown?
👏 NEW 👏 DAY 👏 WINS! 👏 NEW 👏 DAY 👏 WINS! 👏
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The Bludgeon Brothers speak.
Harper & Rowan say that “Family is for the weak”, Usos. “Friendship is an abscess waiting to be pierced,” The Club and The Bar. “Joy is a disease,” New Day. “The Cure is to Bludgeon.” Time’s up for the SmackDown Tag Team Division, who will be purged first?
SmackDown GM Paige is in her office.
Yes, she would’ve loved to go to the Royal Wedding, but she didn’t get an invite. Carmella, no, no horse-drawn carriages. Just stop. But she’ll call Carmella back. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville are here, the “power trip” didn’t work. Mandy still won, and now she’s in the Women’s MITB– No, that wasn’t a qualifying match. It should’ve been. Relax, or you won’t get one at all. So then Mandy is getting one? But not Sonya? No they’re both getting one tonight. Against who? Becky Lynch. As a handicap match? They’re winning, obviously, right? No, it’s not a handicap match, it’s a triple threat. Only ONE woman qualifies, so good luck out there.
.@RealPaigeWWE might have some BEXplaining to do… because @WWE_MandyRose & @SonyaDevilleWWE will BOTH face @BeckyLynchWWE in a #TripleThreat #MITB Qualifying Match TONIGHT on #SDLive! pic.twitter.com/gCpepSyA0t
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One has a non-title rematch with Shinsuke Nakamura, winner chooses how their MITB match goes down. What will Styles choose if he wins? Styles doesn’t think it’ll be “if”, but “when” he wins. And it could be a scaffolding match, or a pole on a pole match. No wait, Bull Rope Hell in a Cell Inferno Match! Where the referee is Elvis, right? No, Renee, that’s silly. But it doesn’t matter what Styles chooses, it’ll be entertaining for everyone except the “Con Artist”. Nakamura can pretend not to know English, but Styles knows the international language of forearms to faces. It doesn’t matter where or when, Nakamura can’t win in the House that AJ Styles Built!
"I speak the international language of FOREARM to FACE… @ShinsukeN CAN'T beat me in the 🏠 that AJ STYLES BUILT!"#WWEChampion @AJStylesOrg is all confidence heading into his one-on-one match with @ShinsukeN! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/ZA3KEfRaog
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Jake Constantino!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
El Idolo is FINALLY on SmackDown! The former NXT Champion has Lamaneca by his side even on the main roster as he goes against local boy, Jake Constantino. Will Almas’ Tranquilo style translate to the Blue Brand as successfully as it did to NXT?
The bell rings, and he ties up with Jake. Almas gest the waistlock but Jake the standing switch, but Almas elbows his way out. Vega likes what she sees, but then Jake dropkicks Almas down. Almas gets up and CHOPS Jake down. Almas puts Jak ein a corner and stomps a mudhole into him, with both feet. El Idolo grins, then pumps himself up. He runs corner to corner, for CIEN KNEES! But that’s not all, he brings Jake up for the Hammerlock DDT!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Almas, by pinfall
An impressive victory in his debut, and he barely broke a sweat, too.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Zelina Vega speaks.
“This is SmackDown Live, huh?” She was expecting more. After all the anticipation, Almas finally arrives and they get some scrub? “Pathetic!” Just as pathetic as every superstar that thinks they can do what Almas can. “Our message is clear: We didn’t come to SmackDown Live to place nice. We came to TAKE OVER!” Will El Idolo take over SmackDown like he did NXT?
"We didn't come to play nice. We came to TAKE OVER!"
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Rusev has his own room, thanks to Aiden English.
The Drama King tried to get a better room, but it’s London, “Home of the Pedestrian.” The food, the Rolling Stones, they’re overrated. Rusev will get satisfaction when he wins MITB. And English has a new song just for the occasion. But as he’s tuning up, Lana enters. Lana wishes English to save his voice, for a “Ravishing” new song. Lana vows to also win the Women’s MITB, because she’s going up against Billie Kay next week. She will CRUSH Billie, and together, they will be the first ever Mrs. & Mrs. MITB! Machka in the Bank will RULE SmackDown! On what day? On… RUSEV DAAAAAAY~!
Here ye, Here ye!
It’s time for the Royal Mellabration! The fair princess of Staten Island arrives. The very same princess who defeated Charlotte Flair twice to become the SmackDown Women’s Champion. “May God ignore the Queen, and God Save Carmella!” With pomp and circumstance, Carmella makes her entrance and heads to the ring.
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
She carefully positions her championship on the leopard print pillow before speaking. “Before I begin, I just wanted to give you all a little thrill.” She’ll give everyone the chance to show their love for her. She’s so nice, right? For the next 10 seconds or so, shower her with the praise as she deserves as the first Ms. MITB and now Women’s Champion. Ready, cheer! Nope, they boo and jeer. That doesn’t sit well with Carmella.
“You people will line up outside of a hospital” just to see a baby, but they won’t respect Carmella? No, they won’t. She is the Princess of Staten Island, and she commands them to bow down! Bow. Down!! These fans remind her of all the other women on SmackDown. None of them think she’s good enough or deserving of the title. But guess what, Not-So-Great Britain? #MellaIsMoney and #MellaIsChampion. That makes her better than them. Better than you, you, and definitely “be’er than you!” She’s better than Charlotte, than Becky Lynch, than Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey! She’s better than Trish Stratus AND Lita put together! Paige interrupts the party, and the fans love it!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
London’s own Glampire walks to the ring, and Carmella assumes she’s here to teach the fans respect. No, but she is here to say it’s great to be home. Paige hears out the fans chant “This is Your House!” then gets to business. She knows Carmella thinks she’s better than everyone. That’s quite the proclamation. But Paige has a proclamatino of her own: Carmella’s opponent for Money in the Bank. Carmella insists she’s not defending at MITB, but Paige insists she is. Against… ASUKA!! The Empress of Tomorrow is in London, too! Carmella protests right in Paige’s ear, but it doesn’t change Paige’s mind. Asuka heads to the ring and stares Carmella down with that sinister grin.
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Fans know “Asuka’s gonna kill~ you~”, so Carmella snags her belt and retreats. No words necessary for this, Carmella is fearful for her reign. Will the Empress dethrone the Princess to rebuild her empire?
Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.
The Rockstar hasn’t defeated AJ Styles yet, but tonight might change that. How does he feel about hsi chances? “What does ‘chance’ mean?” Nakamura clearly continues his “No Speak English” act, and then says that “chance” is the wrong word. It is a certainty that Nakamura will win. Styles will lose, and get a #Knee2Face, and then another and another and another, and so on and so forth. When Nakamura is done, Styles’ nose smashed, cheeks broken and face utterly gone, Nakamura will dishonor Styles, and take that title for his own.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
With Absolution broken up and the best friends set up against each other, will God’s Greatest Creation or the Gladiator Gal go on to join Charlotte, Ember Moon and Alexa Bliss in the ladder match? Or will the Lass Kicker beat two for the price of won and bring her #StraightFire to the match instead?
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The bell rings, and clearly Becky is alone against Mandy & Sonya. She manages to fight them both off, then throw Mandy out. Becky puts Sonya in a corner with buckle bumps, then to another corner. Sonya reverses and toys with Becky before giving body shots. Becky dodges to jump kick Sonya back, but Mandy returns. The duo formerly known as Absolution beat Becky down, but fans are on Becky’s side. Mandy scoops and slams Becky, then Sonya rams in a knee to the ribs. Mandy turns on Sonya with a roll up, ONE! The friends aren’t so friendly while we go picture in picture. Becky rolls Sonya but Many breaks the cover. Mandy goes after Becky at the ropes, choking the former women’s champion with Sonya’s help.
Mandy & Sonya corner Becky and fire off with kicks. They mug Becky together, then double suplex. Becky rolls out, and Sonya goes out to fetch her while Mandy poses. Mandy follows, and the two throw Becky into the apron. They throw her into barriers, too, then toy with Becky as she writhes on the ground. They kick her around before putting her back in. Mandy covers, but Sonya yanks her off. Sonya shoves Mandy, Mandy shoves back, but the two realize to keep their cools. Mandy goes after Becky, but Becky boots her back. Becky boots Sonya, then jumps, but they both duck under to double shoulder tackle Becky down. Then Sonya sucker punches Mandy! We return to single picture as the Jersey Deville stands tall.
Fans rally for Becky, but Sonya is on her with body shots and kicks. Sonya backs off to then return with forearms. Sonya whips Becky but Becky kicks her back. Becky runs and rallies with lariats and a calf kick. Becky has the fans fired up as she throws Sonya with a Becksploder! Sonya gets to a corner, but Becky runs in. Sonya kicks ehr away, then drives her down with a knee, but Mandy returns to toss Sonya out. Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy keeps on Becky but Becky small packages, TWO. Becky dodges the knee and brings Mandy around, but Mandy throws her into buckles. Mandy gives Becky a butterfly facebuster! Cover, but Sonya returns to toss Mandy! Sonya covers, TWO!
Sonya scrapes Mandy out before going back to Becky for body shots. Becky hits back and these two slug it out. Sonya puts Becky in a corner, and gives more body shots. Sonya hoists Becky up to the top, then climbs up to join her. Mandy returns and joins in to electric chair Sonya. Becky adjusts, and it’s a missile dropkick doomsday!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
All three women are down, but fans rally up. Becky stirs first, and crawls to a cover on Mandy. TWO, and Becky brings Mandy up while Sonya slip sout of the ring. Mandy and Becky brawl, but Mandy kicks low to try another facebuster. Becky slips out and brings Mandy down again, but Sonya kicks Becky and Mandy! Sonya hits the slinding knee, covers, TWO! Sonya can’t believe that Becky still lives. Becky drags herself up, but Sonya has her in a suplex. Becky blocks, and scoops but Sonya slips out. Mady flies in but the knee goes into Sonya! Becky grabs Mandy but Mandy reverses to roll up, TWO into the Disarm-her! Mandy reaches, but can’t, she taps! Becky wins!
Winner: Becky, by submission; qualifies for the Women’s MITB match
The Lass Kicker has turned her losing streak around with a big win tonight! She enters the second-ever Women’s MITB, can she be the second-ever Ms. MITB?
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Superstars speak on MITB.
“They say that ambition makes for strange victims.” And Big Cass is one of them. The only thing big about Cass is his mouth. Samoa Joe has known and dealt with “fake tough guys” like Cass his entire life. When it comes time to take their convictions and walk them through the fire, even big men end up short. Cass has made a habit of targeting those smaller than him. But ambition has made Cass Joe’s new target. Joe wants that title opportunity, and next week, he promises to prove how small Big Cass really is. Cass is an obstacle that Joe will put to sleep.
The IIconics take a moment to adjust the camera. Word Association game. London = Loud. Lana = Loser. And Billie = Beautiful. Oh, and winner! Briefcase = Perfect Accessory. Contract = Championship. Future = IIconic.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
From Wrestlemania to Backlash, the Phenomenal One and King of Strong Style have fought with everything they have, yet there has not been a truly satisfactory ending to this Dream Rivalry. With one more championship match coming at Money in the Bank, this non-title rematch will have major implications. Who will win here tonight in London? And what will they choose to be the stipulation that ends this rivalry once and for all?
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
SmackDown returns and this match happens for the first time on television. Styles and Nakamura tie up, Styles gets the standing switch but Nakamura the standing switch. Styles snapmares but Nakamura reverses to an arm wrench. Nakamura goes after the wrist but Styles rolls through to reverse it onto Nakamura. Fans duel while Nakamura rolls and kips up to cartwheel. Nakamura puts on the arm wrench but Styles goes to back suplex. Nakamura rolls Styles, TWO, and now Styles rolls Nakamura. TWO, and the two have a stand-off. Styles and Nakamura approach each other, but Nakamura hits low. Nakamura toys with Styles, then gives him a knee. Nakamura runs, but into Styles’ dropkick!
Styles brings Nakamura back up, and over to a corner for a buckle bump. Styles chops Nakanura, then rocks him with a right. He tries to suplex but Nakamura blocks and counters with knees. Nakamura runs but into a backbreaker! Styles goes after Nakamura but Nakamura slips out of the ring. Fans duel while Styles slingshots for a forearm!
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
They both go down, but Styles gets up first. Styles brings Nakamura up and into the ring, but Nakamura slips back out the other side. Styles targets him from the apron, but Nakamura intercepts the knee with a kick! Nakamura then positions Styles, for the running knee lift! Fans keep dueling while Nakamura puts Styles in the ring for a cover. TWO, but Nakamura keeps his focus while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Nakamura tees off on Styles at the ropes. The referee backs him off, but Nakamura goes back for more. Fans continue to duel while Nakamura throws hands on Styles. Styles goes to a corner, but Nakamura rams knees into him anyway. Nakamura brings Styles up for BAD Vibrations, then sits him down for Good Vibrations. Nakamura drags Styles up but Styles hits back, only to get knees. Styles resists the Inverted Exploder and elbows his way out, but misses the clothesline while Nakamura hits the Dynamic Dropkick! Cover, TWO, and Nakamura grows frustrated. He brings Styles up and around for a chinlock while fans rally again. Nakamura shifts it to a dragon sleeper, trapping one arm. Styles endures, and tries to stand up, but Nakamura keeps him down.
Nakamura wrenches back more, but Styles fights out with knees to Nakamura’s face. Styles goes after Nakamura, but Nakamura fires off his strike fest. Nakamura puts Styles up on the top rope, then climbs up, but Styles slips down and out. Nakamura shoves him away, but Styles comes back, only to run into a boot, and yet give a PELE! Both men fall to the mat, and a ten count begins. The count reaches 4 before Styles stands. Nakamura stands, and they beat the count at 7. Styles gets the Phenomenal Blitz! Then the sliding forearm! Styles fires up while Nakamura gets to a corner, and Styles hits a corner clothesline. Nakamura fights against the fireman’s carry, so Styles hits the wheelbarrow facebuster. Cover, TWO!
Both men stand again, and Nakamura powers Styles to a corner. Styles catches Nakamura into the Calf Crusher, but Nakamura. Nakamura thrusts the knee but Styles evades. Styles slips out of the fireman’s carry but Nakamura gets him with the heel kick, into the Landslide driver! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows frustrated, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Nakamura drags Styles up and puts him back in a corner. He hoists Styles onto the top rope, then backs up, but Styles avoids the Top Shelf Knee. Styles springboards but Nakamura sweeps the legs to hit that knee! Styles tumbles down to the apron while Nakamura catches his breath. Nakamura joins Styles, and fans rally while they stand up. Nakamura has evil intentions but Styles resists.
Styles holds on for dear life, then suplexes, but Nakamura lands on his feet. They brawl on the apron, then Nakamura climbs up for a FLYING KNEE! Nakamura brings Styles in for a cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Nakamura takes aim from a corner. He waits for Styles to stand, but Styles catches him into the Clash position! Nakamura kicks him away, but he ends up in Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Styles stands up while fans again chant “This is Awesome!” Styles runs, but into a boot! Nakamura stands up now, and hits a sliding KINSHASA! Cover, TWO!?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Nakamura is furious, but he goes right back to a corner. He fires up again, as promised, but runs into a windmill heel kick! Styles drags Nakamura up and around, but Nakamura shovels him up and onto the apron. He knocks Nakamura, springboards, but Nakamura evades! Styles keeps himself from hitting the ref, but he sees Nakamura coming this time. Nakamura fakes a low blow?! Styles defends that it’s a fake, but Nakamura pounces! Inverted Exploder! Then, KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura WINS!
Winner: Nakamura, by pinfall; may choose the stipulation for the MITB WWE Championship match
It doesn’t matter how he did it, Nakamura defeats Styles! The Con Artist gets away with another masterpiece of a crime, and he rubs it in Styles’ face. What stipulation will he choose for their fourth Dream (Re)Match? Will Styles be able to survive the schemes of the King of Strong Style?
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
SmackDown did much better tonight, and a touch better than Raw, even though there was some confusion as to why with a few things. Bryan being confronted by Cass, and snapping on Cass, works much better here than Vince trying to have the same with Roman and Mahal. For starters, all fans love Bryan. Second, Bryan makes a much more believable underdog meets victim (for lack of a better word). His fight with Cass will get much more momentum for him than Roman going up against Mahal and supposedly up against the administration. I like the meta behind Vega’s promo after Almas’ squash match victory. Almas as a former NXT Champion deserves a bit more than a jobber his first time out, so hopefully this leads to a string of matches with established stars to give them TV time, too.
SmackDown’s approach to the MITB qualifiers is also more unique. Tag teams compete for a singles opportunity, but perhaps this can still help towards the rumored Tag Team MITB match. New Day wins, meaning they put one man in the Men’s MITB, but the other two can still be in the Team MITB. Same goes for The Bar, since they lost. The Bludgeon Brothers call out all the other teams in their promo, and tag teams have given good MITB promos, so perhaps this is all foreshadowing that Team MITB. There are weeks left before the PPV, so perhaps Raw and SmackDown will use them to give us this match.
Thankfully the #Mellabration didn’t go on too long before someone showed up to do something. Paige gets her hometown hero moment while also giving Carmella some comeuppance. Just like Nia having to take a match, so does Carmella, and Carmella does well being a Heel champion with not wanting any part of any contender. Asuka being the challenger, she better win to finally make Carmella eat her words. Tonight’s Women’s Triple Threat was great, it had all kinds of story between Mandy and Sonya, and unlike Bayley on Raw, Becky used it to her advantage and came out the winner. If Asuka better beat Carmella, Becky BETTER win the MITB, because she really needs it to help her get back in the spotlight.
The only confusion was Nakamura VS Styles. It wasn’t for a title, yet it somehow felt better than the Backlash title match. That might be more a comment on Backlash than the story as a whole, but making this match here tonight is both good and bad. It’s good because it gets people in seats and watching at home, and the match itself was genuinely good. It’s bad because it makes little sense in story. Why not just let Paige or Shane choose a stipulation for them? Or is it simply because WWE has nothing else to fill out the weeks leading to MITB? I won’t let the confusion count against the action, but it continues to make WWE’s writers and booking look content to just coast compared to all other promotions.
My Score: 8.3/10
CMLL Review & Results (2/18/2019)
Our Lucha expert Joe Dinan, is back at it with another week of CMLL analysis!
Our Lucha expert Joe Dinan, is back at it with another week of CMLL analysis!
Sonic, Rey Samuray, and Hijo De Centella Roja vs Police Man, Espiritu Maligno, and Fuerza Chicana
Fuerza starts out with Sonic and they engage and begin to grapple. In next Police Man and Centella Roja come in and they go back and forth. Samuray comes in and monkey flips Maligno some. Samuray leaps to the ramp on Police Man and Sonic gets Maligno in a small package and Roja gets Chicana in a leg lock. First Fall: Centella Roja submits Fuerza Chicana with a leg lock.
Sonic works fast and out maneuvers Chicana and then does the same to Maligno. Samuray comes in and goes in and goes to the top for a move but falls off and Police Man stomps him on the outside. Afterwards, Sonic gets teamed on followed by Roja. Samuray removes his shirt to get pumped up but still gets teamed on. Maligno holds up Sonic and Chicana hits a code breaker for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Sonic with a code breaker.
They start the round teaming on Sonic. They continue to team on them for a few minutes until Sonic, Samuray, and Roja hit drop kicks and then go for dives but the others dodge it. Police Man then hits a face buster on Sonic in the ring for the win. Third Fall: Police Man pins Sonic with a face buster.
Winners: Police Man, Espiritu Maligno, and Fuerza Chicana
Lluvia, Princesa Sugehit, and La Vaquerita vs La Comandante, La Seductora, and La Metalica (Amapola)
Vaquerita comes out wearing glasses. Hopefully she isn’t wrestling in them. Seductora starts out with Lluvia and they lock up and do some slow grappling. Lluvia tags in Vaquerita and she comes in and takes out Seductora which brings in Amapola. Amapola takes her out and Sugehit comes in to take on her rival Amapola. She takes her out and Comandante comes in to work over Sugehit. Sugehit uses her speed while Comandante uses her size to take each other on. Sugehit gets Comandante in a roll up for the pin. The other girls get roll ups as well. First Fall: Princesa Sugehit pins Comandante with a roll up.
Vaquerita starts with Seductora but it soon goes to Vaquerita getting teamed on. Sugehit gets teamed on after and then naturally it goes to Lluvia. A plethora of teaming up. Comandante gives Sugehit a stink face and pins her. Well then. Second Fall: Comandante pins Sugehit with a stink face.
Seductora and Sugehit clash but not for long. Seductora takes out Lluvia then Vaquerita gets teamed on. Sugehit moves out of the way and Comandante runs into Seductora. Lluvia and Vaquerita run towards Seductora and Amapola. Lluvia gets caught in a submission and then Amapola hits a face buster on Vaquerita for the win. Third Fall: Amapola pins La Vaquerita with a face buster.
Winners: La Comandante, La Seductora, and Amapola
Fuego, Drone, and Guerrero Maya vs Okumura, El Sagrado, and Kawato San
Maya starts out with Okumura grappling on the ground. Afterwards Kawato and Fuego come in and do the same as the others except it is a more acrobatic display. Drone hits a head scissors on Sagrado and then hits a dive through the middle rope. In the ring Okumura hits a cutter on Maya for the pin. Kawato catches Fuego in a flying arm bar for the fall. First Fall: Kawato submits Fuego with a flying arm bar.
Drone gets teamed on to start this round off. Fuego gets taken out by Kawato with a drop kick. The technicos reverse the rudos into pinning combinations. Drone gets Okumura rolled up, and Fuego pins Kawato with a roll up and Maya gets Sagrado with a pin. Second Fall: Maya pins Sagrado with a roll up.
Maya and Okumura start this round striking each other. Maya goes wild, arm dragging Kawato to the outside and then he hit a bunch of back breakers on Sagrado. Fuego comes in and dodges a double team attack and then arm drags Sagrado to the outside. Drone hits a sliding dive under the ropes on Sagrado. Maya hits a power slam on Kawato but Okumura breaks the pin up. He hits a cross roads but Fuego breaks the pin up. Fuego hits a springboard splash and Sagrado stops the pin. Drone comes in and kicks Sagrado to the corner and hits knees to the corner on him. Fuego and Guerrero Maya hit dives through the middle rope on Kawato and Okumura. Drone slams Sagrado in the ring and goes for a moonsault. Sagrado gets his feet up and tries to lift Drone for a power bomb but he fell backwards and almost out of the ring. Luckily he didn’t kill drone. For the win. Third Fall: Sagrado pins Drone with a power bomb.
Winners: Okumura, El Sagrado, and Kawato San
Atlantis, Vangellys, and Atlantis Jr vs Villano IV, Ultimo Guerrero, and Hijo del Villano III
Atlantis squares off with Villano IV but instead Jr and Hijo Villano come in and do some impressive wrestling. After their display Atlantis comes in with Villano IV. Atlantis gets whipped into Villano’s corner and Guerrero attacks Vangellys and Jr. Vangellys got drop kicked off the apron by Ultimo. Hijo Villano drop kicks Atlantis Jr when he is hanging on the turnbuckle and he pins him. Ultimo then submits Vangellys with a leg lock. First Fall: Ultimo Guerrero submits Vangellys with a leg stretch.
Vangellys gets teamed on to start. Vangellys tries to fight back but he had no success until Atlantis and his son entered and took on Villano IV and Hijo. Atlantis gets Villano IV in an abdominal stretch and Atlantis Jr gets Hijo Villano in a torture rack. Second Fall: Atlantis Jr submits Hijo Villano III with a torture rack.
Vangellys and Ultimo strikes each other to begin the final round. Hijo Villano and Atlantis Jr come in next and Atlantis Jr whips Hijo to the corner and he does the Shawn Michaels flip ip but falls out of the ring. Not sure if that was supposed to happen. Villano IV comes in to cover for it. Atlantis then comes in and Hijo returns to the ring and wants to fight Atlantis Sr. Atlantis pushes Hijo into Villano IV and hits an arm drag. Villano IV tries to run into Atlantis but he dodges and hits Hijo. Jr then tosses Hijo to the outside and hits a dive through the middle rope. Atlantis Jr looks very impressive. Inside the ring, Ultimo Guerrero punts Vangellys in the groin for the DQ. Third Fall: Vangellys wins the fall by DQ.
Winners: Atlantis, Vangellys, and Atlantis Jr
Rush vs Cuatrero
Rush attacks Cuatrero during the introductions to get the advantage on Cuatrero. Rush then works him over on the outside. Cuatrero finally reverses Rush after taking a beating and hits a power bomb for the fall. First Fall: Cuatrero pins Rush with a power bomb.
Rush whips Cuatrero with the camera wires on the outside. I feel like all that does is remind fans of the LA Park feud. Rush plays with his mask on the turnbuckle and then stomps him in the corner. Rush hits the corner drop kick on Cuatrero for the fall. Second Fall: Rush pins Cuatrero with the corner drop kick.
Rush beats on Cuatrero on the ramp. Back in the ring Rush feigns going for the drop kick again, but lightly kicks Cuatrero and does his Los Ingobernables, fist to the sky pose. Tranquilo. Cuatrero finally turns the odds and gets Rush to the outside and hits a dive through the middle rope. He hits another then continues to work on Rush on the outside. Back in the ring Cuatrero works on Rush. They trade corner attacks and Rush ends up on top in the exchange. Rush argues with the ref and Cuatrero goes for a school boy that Rush rolls out of but Cuatrero hits a single leg code breaker. Rush gets Cuatrero to the top and hits a superplex for a two count. Rush misses a middle rope senton splash and Cuatrero hits a moonsault for a two count. A very slow two count. Rush gets Cuatrero down in the corner and goes for his drop kick but Cuatrero runs up and hits a spear, then a power bomb. The ref is about to count three but Rush grabs the refs hand before then. He then finally hits the corner drop kick on Cuatrero but he postures afterwards presumably protecting his finisher because Cuatrero kicks out. Rush gets him in a jay driller or Rush driver and drops Cuatrero right on his head for the win. Cuatrero stays down for a bit but then walks off to the back through the crowd. I presume he didn’t like being dropped on his head. Third Fall: Rush pins Cuatrero with a Rush driver.
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Fantasy and Shockercito vs Pequeno Olimpico and Pequeno Nitro
Fantasy and Olimpico grapple to start the match. Shockercito or Pequeno Shocker as they’re calling him now gets in with Nitro and they work a faster pace. Shockercito is really small. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chamuel of the midget division is as tall as him. Shocker gets him to the outside then poses. Olimpico then kicks him in the head and works him over. Shocker gets taken out and Fantasy gets teamed on. Olimpico gets Shocker in a camel clutch for the fall. First Fall: Olimpico submits Shocker with a camel clutch.
Shocker and Fantasy essentially get worked over for most of this round. Just constant double teaming. Shocker finally hits a cross body to make a comeback. Fantasy hits a middle rope spanish fly on Olimipico for the pin. Shockercito submits Nitro with a straight arm bar. Second Fall: Shockercito submits Nitro with a straight arm bar.
Fantasy uses quickness to out move Nitro to start. Shocker then does this to Olimpico. Fantasy hits a few drop kicks on Olimpico followed by a top rope arm drag by Shocker. Shocker then gets Olimpico in a torture rack for a submission. Fantasy gets Nitro in a body stretch for the win. Third Fall: Fantasy submits Nitro with a body stretch.
Winners: Fantasy and Shockercito
Electrico, Star Jr, and Astral vs Disturbio, Espanto Jr, and Difunto
Disturbio starts with Astral and they roll on the ground and go back and forth. Espanto comes in next with Star Jr and they posture a bit. Difunto and Electrico come in working a super fast pace. Difunto hits a swanton bomb on Electrico for a pin. Disturbio hits knees the corner on Astral for the fall. First Fall: Disturbio pins Astral with knees to the corner.
Astral gets teamed on to start the round. Espanto pulls at his mask. Astral makes a come back hitting a hurricanrana on Espanto and then Star Jr hits a drop kick to the corner on Disturbio for the fall. Second Fall: Disturbio gets pinned by a corner drop kick by Star Jr.
Disturbio and Electrico go back and forth. Disturbio bites his nipple in the corner. Don’t let Jim Cornette see that. Electrico eventually head scissors him to the outside. Star and Espanto are in next. Star gets him to the outside then feigns a dive. Difunto is in next with Astral and he works over everyone. Star tricks Disturbio to dive on the ramp and then he hits an arm drag. Electrico hits an elbow drop on Espanto for the win. Third Fall: Electrico pins Espanto with an elbow drop.
Winners: Electrico, Star Jr, and Astral
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and La Jarochita vs Amapola, Dalys, and La Metalica (Tiffany)
Dalys starts with Kobayashi and they go back and forth grappling. Amapola works over Jarochita next. Marcela comes in to take on Amapola. Marcela hits a back breaker and then a knee drop on Amapola bringing in Tiffany. She works with Tiffany until Tiffany hits a spine buster. Marcela avoids a double team attack and Tiffany falls to the outside. Dalys gets thrown to the outside and Jarochita hits a dive through the middle rope. Kaho gets a roll up on Tiffany and Marcela hits a michinoku driver on Amapola for the pin. First Fall: Marcela pins Amapola with a michinoku driver.
Dalys works over Jarochita to start, then Marcela gets teamed on. Kaho Kobayashi gets drop kicked to the ramp. Jarochita whips Dalys into the barricade. Marcela and her team then team up on the rudos. Marcela hits a back breaker on Amapola. Then they go to hit dives but get pulled out of the ring. Dalys goes to power bomb Jarochita but she squirms out of it and Dalys removes her mask. Second Fall: Jarochita wins via mask removal, DQ.
Winners: Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and La Jarochita
(Match Relampago) Flyer vs Polvora
Polvora takes him down to start the match. They go back and forth and Flyer slides to the outside and Polvora pushes him into the barricade. Polvora brings him in the ring and works on taking his mask off. Flyer gets him to the outside and hits an asai moonsault. In the ring Flyer hits a sunset flip but Polvora rolls into it for a drop kick. Flyer ducks an attack then hits a super kick. Polvora hits a drop kick to the inner thigh on Flyer in the corner. Polvora goes to the top but Flyer kicks him and goes up and hits a Spanish fly for the win. Flyer pins Polvora with a Spanish Fly.
Blue Panther, Stuka, and Esfinge vs Cavernario, Luciferno, and El Felino
Esfinge starts with Cavernario and they move fast going back and forth trading moves. They tie up again and do a test of strength. Luciferno comes in next with Blue Panther and they start grappling on the ground. Felino comes in next with Stuka and they work fast with Stuka hitting a hurricanrana on him to the outside. Luciferno then comes in but Stuka hits a back breaker. Cavernario comes in but Stuka rolls into a pinning combination for the fall. First Fall: Stuka pins Cavernario with a pinning combination.
Esfinge starts with Felino but the midget Zakarias with Felino distracts Esfinge and hits Esfinge. Esfinge ends up super kicking him. Panther comes in with Luciferno and Panther makes him fall outside the ring. Cavernario attacks him from behind and gets Panther on the top rope. Panther pulls him by his hair and hair drags him to the outside. Back in the ring Felino head butts Stuka and Cavernario hits a snap suplex. Felino nabs the pin. Luciferno hits a pop up power bomb on Esfinge for the fall. Second Fall: Luciferno pins Esfinge with a pop up power bomb.
Cavernario works over Stuka to start this round, trying to untie his mask. Esfinge makes a come back hitting a hurricanrana on Cavernario to the outside, then hit a middle rope dive . Felino falls to the outside and then Stuka hit a dive through the middle rope. Panther is left in the ring and he tries to get pinning combinations on Luciferno but he blocks it. Felino comes and attacks him from behind hitting a clothesline and Esfinge comes in to take him on hitting a springboard drop kick, then getting him in a cloverleaf submission. Cavernario comes in and hits a back breaker and goes for the slingshot splash but Esfinge gets the feet up. They team up to get Cavernario in a move but he rolls through and pins Esfinge when Panther and Stuka turn their backs. Cavernario then drop kicks Stuka to the outside and hits a twisting dive through the middle rope and in the ring Luciferno hits a Styles Clash on Panther for the win. Third Fall: Luciferno pins Blue Panther with a Styles Clash.
Winners: Cavernario, Luciferno, and El Felino
Atlantis, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero
Match starts with brawling. Azul and Volador get taken out and Atlantis gets teamed on. Volador gets kicked to the outside when he tries to make the save. Sanson hits Volador with a back breaker for the pin. Cuatrero launches Forastero into Diamante for the pin. First Fall: Forastero pins Diamante Azul by being launched into him.
Azul gets beat up on the outside to start this round. They go back in the ring to beat on Volador. Cuatrero holds up Atlantis and Forastero and Sanson hit double axe handles on Atlantis. They continue to beat on Atlantis. Azul comes from the ramp and hits a clothesline over the top rope to change the momentum. Volador pins Forastero off the clothesline. Azul rolls Cuatrero into a pin for Volador. Second Fall: Volador pins Cuatrero with a pinning combination.
Cuatrero and Azul go back and forth to start the round. Azul dodges a double team attack from Sanson and hits a flying elbow strike on Sanson. Azul hits a big hip toss on Forastero. Volador clears house hitting a hurricanrana on Cuatrero then posing in the ring. Volador hits a dive over the top to the outside and Azul hits a german suplex on Sanson for the win. Sanson sells his shoulder afterwards. They bring out a stretcher for him. I don’t know if it’s a work it didn’t look that bad but you could never know with moves around the neck area. Third Fall: Diamante Azul pins Sanson with a german suplex.
Winners: Atlantis, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul
Arena Mexico Friday
Stigma and Pegasso vs Raziel and Cancerbero
Pegasso and Raziel start out grappling and fighting for position. Stigma comes in with Cancerbero and they lock up. Cancerbero tries to use his strength to his advantage. Pegasso and Raziel join them in the ring and Pegasso and Stigma hit hurricanranas for a two count. Pegasso gets launched into Cancerbero for a hurricanrana. Raziel catches him in a body stretch submission, however. Cancerbero then hits Stigma with a flapjack and gets Stigma in a stretch as well. First Fall: Cancerbero submits Stigma with a stretch.
Stigma gets double teamed to start this round out. After a few minutes of being beat on Stigma makes a come back and hits a hurricanrana for the pin on Raziel. Pegasso also hit one on Cancerbero and pinned him. Uneventful round. Second Fall: Pegasso pins Cancerbero with a hurricanrna
Pegasso starts this round off hot taking out Cancerbero and Raziel, then posing. Stigma gets in there with Cancerbero when the dust settles and Bero works him over for a little. Stigma then launches Pegasso and he hits a double arm drag on Raziel and Cancerbero. Then then work on Raziel. Pegasso slams Raziel and then hits a 450. The ref doesn’t pin and Cancerbero kicks Stigma to the outside. Pegasso goes for a corner attack but Cancerbero catches him and drops him. Raziel then launches Stigma in the air by his feet and Cancerbero hits a bulldog. Raziel then gets him in a surfboard stretch and Cancerbero hit a neck breaker during the move. Raziel pinned him. Cancerbero then held up Pegasso in a stretch submission and Raziel leg dropped him off the top rope for the win. Third Fall: Cancerbero pins Pegasso after a leg drop from Raziel.
Winners: Raziel and Cancerbero
Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther vs Virus, Okumura, and Tiger
Black Panther and Virus start out the match and they tie up and eventually go to the ground and grapple. Blue Panther and Tiger come in and they go to the ground as well and do some grappling and submission wrestling. Maya and Okumura come in and bypass the grappling for some moves. Maya arm drags Okumura out of the ring and Virus comes in and knocks Maya outside. Black Panther then hits a cross body on Virus which he kicks out of. Black Panther gets Virus to the outside and Tiger comes in and hits a DDT on him. Tiger then gets Blue Panther in a pinning combination for the pin. Okumura hits a slingblade on Maya then hits a cross roads for the fall. First Fall: Okumura pins Maya with a cross roads.
Black Panther gets worked over to start the round by Tiger but Blue Panther quickly makes his way in. Blue Panther gets worked over and taken out as well. Then they go to work over Maya. Tiger goes for his mask but then he hits a drop kick while he’s draped in the tree of woe. Blue Panther helps make a come back hitting a sunset flip on Tiger. Maya then hits a shoulder breaker on Virus for the pin. Second Fall: Guerrero Maya pins Virus with a shoulder breaker.
Okumura and Blue Panther exchange strikes in the corner to begin this round. Blue Panther wins that battle which brings Tiger in and then they exchange strikes to the chest. Black Panther comes in with Tiger and gets him to the outside. Black Panther feigns a dive and Tiger moves away from it but Blue Panther hits him with a dive off the ramp. Maya then hit a head butt on Virus for a two count. Both Panthers get pinning combinations that get kicked out of. Virus hit a shotgun drop kick on Maya which should have been a 3 but the ref stopped counting. Tiger, Virus, and Okumura get pinning combinations all for a two count. After that cleared, Blue Panther hits a power bomb slam on Okumura and Tiger. They kick out. Maya then hits back breakers on Okumura and Tiger, then hits a dive through the middle rope on Virus. In the ring Black and Blue Panther get Okumura and Tiger in the same stretch submission for the win. Third Fall: Black and Blue Panther submits Tiger and Okumura with a stretch submission.
Winners: Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther
Titan, Triton, and Esfinge vs Vangellys, Templario, and Polvora
Polvora starts out with Esfinge and they grapple on the ground. Templario comes in next with Titan and they work quick doing some acrobatic things for a little until Triton and Vangellys enter. Triton kicks Vangellys and Titan hits a springboard splash. Polvora enters and Vangellys goes to the outside. Polvora whips Titan but Titan hits a dive through the middle rope on Vangellys. Back in the ring Esfinge gets Polvora in the ropes and Triton hits a guillotine leg drop for the pin and then Templario gets hit with a springboard splash by Esfinge. First Fall: Esfinge pins Templario with a springboard splash.
Round starts with Triton and Polvora going back and forth. Titan and Templario come in to do some acrobatic spots. Titan hits a spinning head scissors on Templario and Vangellys spears Titan afterwards. Triton then comes in to take on Vangellys but he gets caught with a northern lights suplex for the pin. Templario then hit a superplex on Esfinge and Titan got hit with a top rope face buster by Polvora off the top. Second Fall: Polvora pins Titan with a top rope face buster.
Triton gets teamed up on to start the round, then Vangellys takes Titan out with a shotgun drop kick. Esfinge then gets teamed up on. Titan and pals make a come back and it looks like Titan clearly punts Polvora in the groin in the corner but I guess it must have been inner thigh. Esfinge gets pulled to the outside but in response Titan and Triton hit dives over the top rope on Vangellys and Polvora. In the ring Esfinge gets Templario in a submission hold but Templario gets to the ropes. He gets up and hits a Gord buster but Titan comes in and breaks up the pin fall. Titan does a matrix spot and kicks Templario for a pin but Polvora breaks it up. Now the ref is trying his best to get control back. To the refs credit he’s probably the best official in CMLL by a country mile. Polvora hits a drop kick on Titan and then Triton breaks up the count. Triton slams Povlora and goes to the top and hits a frog splash for a pin that Vangellys breaks up. Vangellys hits a spinning wheel kick on Triton which Esfinge breaks up. Now Esfinge and Polvora are striking each other back and forth. Esfinge hits a shot gun drop kick on him then hits a dive over the top rope. Triton hits an arm drag on Templario then jumps up on the ropes and hits an asai moonsault. In the ring Titan gets Vangellys in a neck bridge pinning combination for the win. What a match. Third Fall: Titan pins Vangellys with a neck bridge pinning combination.
Winners: Titan, Triton, and Esfinge
Angel de Oro, Stuka, and Soberano vs Mephisto, Ephesto, and La Bestia del Ring
Stuka and Mephisto start the match off striking each other. Ephesto comes in soon to replace Mephisto and Soberano comes in with a cross body and hurricanrana on Ephesto. Bestia then kicks Soberano and in bounces Angel de Oro. They square off. Angel gets Bestia to the outside and then hits a dive through the middle rope. Everybody else comes in the ring however, and Stuka hits a swinging neck breaker on Mephisto for a pin and Soberano hits a tornado dive on Ephesto for the fall. First Fall: Soberano pins Ephesto with a tornado dive.
Bestia doesn’t want to engage Oro in this round so Oro poses and tags in Soberano who gets in with Ephesto. Soberano hits an arm drag on the ramp on Ephesto and re-enters the ring and poses. Crowd is super hot tonight and the workers are working their ass off this whole show. Stuka comes in with Mephisto and they do some acrobatic spots until Stuka hits a hurricanrana on him to the outside. He then follows him out there and hits back breakers on all three of them and then gets back in the ring and poses. Oro wants Bestia to come in but Bestia doesn’t want to. Oro ends up getting teamed on by the Sons of Hell. Oro fights back and kicks one away and hits a hurricanrana on Ephesto then a head scissors on Mephisto then drop kicking Bestia to the outside. Stuka hits a middle rope dive and then Soberano hits a back flip over the top. Inside the ring Bestia and Oro fight which ends with Bestia kicking Oro in the groin. The ref tries to get him to stop but Bestia chops him. Second Fall: Angel de Oro wins via DQ.
Winners: Angel de Oro, Stuka, and Soberano
Caristico, Mistico, and Valiente vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero
Mistico starts the match out with Ultimo Guerrero and they stall for a little but do some ground grappling. Mistico knocks Guerrero to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Caristico makes his way in to take on Euforia to a chorus of cheers. They trade a few acrobatic spots and Gran Guerrero and Valiente make their way in. Valiente chases him to the outside but he gets jumped by Euforia and taken out. Mistico gets tripped on the apron and drop kicked off. In the ring Caristico gets teamed up on. Euforia gets Caristico in a crucifix position and Gran and Ultimo bulldog him down for a face buster, then Gran power bombs him. Mistico and Valiente get in the ring and all three are put into submissions by Los Guerrero’s for the fall. First Fall: Los Guerrero’s submit all three with a combined submission effort.
Valiente gets pressed slammed off the top rope to begin the round by Gran and Euforia. The Los Guerrero’s triple team spot is done on Mistico and Caristico on the outside. Euforia stands on Valiente’s back for a triple submission but Caristico comes off the top for a hurricanrana. Valiente then reverses them and Caristico launches Mistico in the ring for a hurricanrana. Then Mistico and Caristico hit stereo dives to the outside on Euforia and Gran Guerrero while in the ring Valiente submits Ultimo with a leg lock. Second Fall: Valiente submits Ultimo Guerrero with a leg stretch.
Valiente starts out hot in this round taking everyone out then posing. Mistico and Gran Guerrero pose to the crowd and both get booed. They like Caristico more. Gran goes to pull Mistico’s mask off and the crowd starts to cheer. Mistico runs off Gran’s chest and then hits a hurricanrana. He then hits a head scissors on Ultimo and Euforia. Ultimo launches him out of the ring but on the way down he hits a hurricanrana on Euforia on the outside of the ring. Caristico is in with Ultimo Guerrero now and he runs circles around him and takes him out with a hurricanrana .Gran launches Caristico into Euforia and he hits a hurricanrana. Caristico then gets a head scissors on Gran and then feigns a dive a hits a pose. Crowd goes crazy. Mistico comes back in and gets whipped onto the ramp. Euforia runs at Caristico in the corner and Caristico moves and he falls out of the ring. Valiente leaps up on the rope and does a moonsault to the outside on Gran. Caristico does a dive over the turnbuckle onto Euforia and then Mistico does a dive of his own. Crazy stuff going on here. I can barely keep up. Back in the ring Euforia hits a kind of face buster on Caristico bringing in Valiente who goes for a leg lock but Gran breaks it up and chokeslams him. Mistico comes back in to hit a hurricanrana pin but Gran kicks out. Caristico then hits a hurricanrana on Ultimo to the outside and then Valiente hits a brutal middle rope dive on him to the outside that made them crash into the barricade. In the ring Mistico and Caristico both do the head scissors into a Fujiwara arm bar on Gran and Euforia for the win. Tremendous match. Wow. Third Fall: Mistico and Caristico submit Gran Guerrero and Euforia with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Winners: Caristico, Mistico, and Valiente
(Champion of the Universe) El Terrible vs Niebla Roja
They start the match out tying up fighting for the first take down. Finally they get to the ground and Roja does some acrobatic spots to him. They get up and trade strikes. Roja runs at Terrible and Terrible slaps him. Roja back drops Terrible to the outside and then hits a crushing dive through the middle rope that sends Terrible into the crowd. They get back in the ring and Roja gets a couple of two count. Roja goes to run and Bestia distracts him which allows Terrible to grab Roja for a german suplex for the first fall. First Fall: El Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a german suplex.
Terrible beat Roja up a bit in between rounds and continues to work on Roja on the outside to start the second round. Terrible slams the barricade on Roja’s head. Back in the ring Roja catches some momentum and knocks Terrible to the outside and then hits a dive over the top rope laying out Terrible. Roja poses to the crowd for their admiration. Roja whips Terrible over the barricade and then leaps over the barricade for an attack. Crowd is very much behind Niebla Roja as you might expect. Back in the ring Roja hits a double underhook face buster which Terrible kicks out of. They trade strikes in the corner multiple times. Roja finally dodges one and throws Terrible in the air and kicks him in the face. Terrible kicks out. Arena is going crazy. Terrible dodges an attack and then hits a shotgun drop kick, sending Roja flying. Terrible sets him up in the corner and hits multiple strikes to the body and face on Roja. Terrible hits a Styles Clash on Roja but Roja kicks out. Both men lay their gassed out. Terrible goes to the top and Roja hits a arm drag, or some half way Spanish Fly for a two count. Roja hits a springboard splash and then goes for a lionsault but Terrible gets the legs up and goes for the pin. A very close two count. Terrible slams Roja and goes to the top again, and again Roja knocks him down. Roja goes for a hurricanrana but Terrible blocks him and goes for a power bomb but mid air Roja reverses to a hurricanrana for a two count. Roja goes to the top rope but Terrible gets up and crotches him. They fight a bit on the top rope and Roja gets the underhooks for his face buster but Terrible kicks out yet again. Roja sets him up in the corner and gives him a receipt for those strikes earlier. Roja again tries to go for a hurricanrana but this time Terrible hits a power bomb off the top. Roja kicks out however. Terrible runs at Roja in the corner but Roja moves and strikes Terrible. Roja gets an handle to the chest then rolls into his rocking boat stretch. Bestia distracts the ref which brings Oro in to confront him but the ref goes over to him and Bestia strikes Roja which allows Terrible to hit a power bomb then Styles Clash for the win. Second Fall: El Terrible pins Niebla Roja with a Styles Clash.
Oro is trying to chase down Bestia as the ring girls bring Terrible his Champion of the Universe belt. Oro gets the mic and he’s heated. He’s walking up the ramp to confront him. Now Roja has the mic. The mic is very poorly connected to the TV audio, as it’s echoing. But I did make out hair vs hair that Niebla Roja challenged Terrible too. I wonder if at their big March show they do a tag team Hair vs Hair involving Terrible and Bestia facing Oro and Roja. They set the seeds a little bit in the earlier match involving Roja and Oro for it to be a tag team.
Winner: El Terrible
Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Results & Report! (2/17/19)
Who will make history in the Women’s Tag Team Championship Chamber match?
WWE Elimination Chamber will make history by crowning inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions! Who will outlast five other teams to leave with the titles?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Akira Tozawa; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Chamber match: Bayley & Sasha Banks win and become the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Miz & Shane McMahon VS The Usos; The Usos win and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor; Finn wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- No Disqualifications: Braun Strowman VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
- WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match: Daniel Bryan wins and retains the WWE Championship.
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It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Booker T and Sam Roberts in taking a look at everything set for tonight’s Pay-Per-View event!
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The most painful thing about missing Elimination Chamber isn’t the injuries, but having to watch others take his opportunities. He’s on Kofi Kingston’s side, but he will return to come for his second chance. Ali has more black eyes and broken bones coming his way, but nothing’s easy in life for those who dream.
Braun Strowman speaks.
“Let me tell you a story about a coward who thought he could challenge a Monster.” Worse than a coward, he was a sniveling snake that did anything he could to stop the Monster. But all he did was make the Monster angry. The coward knew he could never win on his own, so he recruited others to help him brutalize the Monster. They were all cowards, and thought they had the monster down. But this was no normal monster. This monster came back and vows to make them all pay! When the cowardly Corbin goes against the Monster Among Men in No Disqualifications, there’s only one way this story ends: Braun Strowman continues on his rampage, and Corbin will #GetTheseHands.
The Bar joins the Kickoff Panel!
Sheamus & Cesaro are confident The Usos will win against The Miz and Shane McMahon. Miz and Shane are like watching TV and listening to the radio at the same time: it just doesn’t work! But then how did they beat The Bar? A fluke. What about Strowman and Nick? That was a trick to throw them off. But then Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic come over. They’re on Team #McMiz. Miz and Shane are wild cards, just like Heavy Machinery. How bold of them to interrupt The Bar. Plus they’re just sucking up to Shane for a spot on SmackDown. Heavy Machinery knows the WWE Universe wants to see them as much as possible. The tag teams trash talk, but whose predictions will come true?
Becky attacked Charlotte Flair at a house show!
The Man was so furious over Vince McMahon replacing her in the Raw Women’s Championship, she went right at The Queen! But Charlotte would turn the tide and go right after Becky’s bad leg again and again! Becky is only digging a deeper hole for herself, will she ever get back to a title?
The Riott Squad speaks.
“Houston, we have a problem.” They’re going to wreak havoc together as they all go for gold! Their careers come full circle when they take the Road to Wrestlemania on a detour! Ruby wants to take that Raw Women’s Championship off Rousey while Liv and Sarah want those Women’s Tag Titles. But then Charlotte walks in. She remembers their debuts. They went right after her for their #SquadGoals. But Charlotte would love if Ruby went right after Ronda with all that aggression. Ruby can follow in Charlotte’s footsteps and win her first title in Houston. Then they can face off at Wrestlemania. Can Ruby really change the Wrestlemania plans further?
Mojo Rawley speaks to himself again.
The WWE Universe doesn’t care about him. They don’t even know him. But who they Hell are they? They don’t matter! They don’t like Mojo’s face? Well Mojo doesn’t either! It’s time Mojo shows them the real him.
Alexa Bliss speaks.
“Tonight, we make history.” She feels so honored to play a large role in this. Ever since The Goddess debuted, the Women’s Division has hit all these great firsts! They’ve been on fire! Speaking of fire, maybe if Becky took Alexa’s advice, she’s still be selling out Wrestlemania and not suspended. But oh well, tonight’s not about Becky. It’s about the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! And as the first Women’s Chamber winner, she knows who is winning. Alexa’s prediction: The Samoan Dynasty, Tamina & Nia Jax. Has the Goddess given us the future?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Akira Tozawa!
The Juggernaut has been as unstoppable as anyone since claiming the title, it looks almost impossible to ever defeat him! But the Stamina Monster did the “impossible” when he won his first title, can he do it again?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Tozawa and Murphy circle and tie up. Murphy gets the wrist and wrenches, then brings Tozawa to a knee. Tozawa gets up and flips through to reverse the wrench. Murphy rolls and handsprings to reverse back, and he yanks the arm over and over. Tozawa spins through and CHOPS! But Murphy just shrugs it off. Tozawa CHOPS, but Murphy puts him in a corner. Tozawa dodges and CHOPS but Murphy tosses him out. Murphy follows but gets another CHOP! Murphy swings but Tozawa dodges, Murphy hits the post with his hand! Tozawa CHOPS and puts Murphy back in. Tozawa runs but into a flapjack!
Murphy clutches the bad hand but runs into a huricanrana! Murphy bails out and Tozawa baseball slides him back. Tozawa builds speed, and DIVES! But is caught into a suplex! Murphy shows off his strength as he brings Tozawa crashing down. The ring count begins and Murphy leaves Tozawa behind. Tozawa crawls up at 6 but flounders. He springs back up to get in at 9! Murphy grits his teeth as he drives a knee into Tozawa’s back. Murphy stands Tozawa up but Tozawa gives chops! They still do nothing, but Murphy’s one CHOP takes Tozawa off his feet!
Meanwhile, Kayla interviews the New Day in hopes of talking to Kofi Kingston before tonight’s WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match. Murphy rocks Tozawa with a right while Xavier Woods and Big E explain Kofi can’t talk right now. Kofi is getting a maple syrup massage from Mr. Bootysworth. Murphy chokes Tozawa on the ropes but backs of at 4. Tozawa gets in the corner, but Murphy goes right at him. Tozawa elbows Murphy away but then he’s yanked off the top! But Tozawa tilt-o-whirls to an Octopus Stretch! Murphy powers out for a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Murphy tries again, ONE! Murphy keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock.
Fans rally as Murphy drives his knees in. Tozawa feeds off the energy and gets up, but Murphy shifts to a standing abdominal stretch! Tozawa endures again, and manages to pop out! They go around but Murphy gets the stretch back on Tozawa. Murphy blocks the hip toss but so does Tozawa. Tozawa hip tosses Murphy out of the ring! Tozawa catches his breath, and SUPERKICKS Murphy as he runs back in! Murphy and Tozawa crawl to opposite corners as fans rally up. Tozawa runs in but Murphy puts him on the apron. Tozawa kicks Murphy back then climbs up quick. Big missile dropkick! Tozawa runs in for a helluva kick in the corner! Murphy staggers and Tozawa takes aim.
Tozawa kicks, spins, slides, but is caught! Murphy lifts but Tozawa slips out, Tozawa gets the saido suplex! Tozawa hits a Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Murphy lives but Tozawa knew he was tough. Tozawa drags Murphy to a drop zone and climbs up top again. Fans fire up, Tozawa aims, but he has to leap over Murphy. Murphy boots Tozawa away, but then Tozawa boots back! Tozawa climbs up to join Murphy on the top rope, but Murphy fights back. Murphy headbutts Tozawa away but Tozawa comes right back! Murphy lifts, but Tozawa still SUPER STEINERS!! Cover, TWO!! Houston and Tozawa are shocked that Murphy survives! But the fans do know “This is Awesome!” as Murphy and Tozawa stir.
Tozawa stands and stalks Murphy. Murphy tosses Tozawa to the apron but Tozawa climbs up again. Tozawa leaps, crossbody, but Murphy rolls through! Murphy pops Tozawa up but Tozawa slips out. Tozawa leaps but into a jaw jacker, knee trigger, and suplex! Cover, TWO!! The Stamina Monster lives and fans are fired up all over again! Murphy eggs Tozawa on but Tozawa only gets angry. Murphy throws haymakers, but Tozawa laughs!? Tozawa chops and Murphy finally feels it. Murphy sees through the feint, starts a strike fest, but Tozawa still gets the JAB! Tozawa waistlocks but Murphy elbows out, only to get clobbered by a clothesline! Deadlift German! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally with “AH! AH!” alongside Tozawa.
Tozawa puts Murphy in the drop zone again and climbs. Murphy anchors the foot but Tozawa stomps away with the other. Tozawa finishes climbing but Murphy tucks him in! But the superkick is denied! Tozawa hops back for the Reverse-Rana! Murphy flounders out and Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits! But he keeps going, for a SECOND DIVE! Tozawa drags Murphy in and to the drop zone. He climbs up and aims, but Murphy gets to the apron. Tozawa kicks Murphy, GUILLOTINE SENTON!! Cover, TWO!? Murphy survives?! Tozawa fires up with more “AH! AH!” and Houston echoes it. Tozawa drags Murphy up for slapping palm strikes and a mule kick. He runs, but into Murphy’s knee trigger! MURPHY’S- Wheelbarrow! TWO, tilt-o-whirl to the Octopus! Tozawa has the Iron Octopus! Murphy endures, powers up, and pops Tozawa out to Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The unstoppable remains unstoppable and remains the champion! Is it inevitable that the Juggernaut becomes THE greatest Cruiserweight of all time?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“Hello, WWE Universe.” They know who he is. He finished his rehab, and got himself some Hawaiian style pizza for the family while watching Elimination Chamber. It hurts that he won’t be in such a match. He hasn’t had his first Chamber match yet, but his rehab is going well. He’s got another month left, but just know that the Kevin Owens Show is coming back very soon. Kevin looks forward to his “buddy”, Finn Balor, win the Intercontinental Championship and the Riott Squad being golden. Though his kids are huge Becky Lynch fans, it’ll be hard to explain why she’s not around. Also it’s hard to explain why his kids like pineapple on pizza, because he hates it. He tries, but no, no good. KO hopes we all enjoy Elimination Chamber better than he does the pizza.
Mark Henry is here!
The World’s Strongest Man and Houston’s own is back! And he’s happy to be back! Give it up for that Cruiserweight Championship match! Henry has had an Elimination Chamber match before, what about it makes it so unique? The Chamber is a different animal, it changes everyone who enters inside. And who does Henry think will be the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions? His personal choice is The IIconics. And what of the WWE Championship Chamber match? Henry hears the crowd give their choices, but after last week’s Gauntlet Match, it’d be hard not to pick Kofi. Kofi did incredible even in falling short, but we’re all believers again. Now if Henry was in that match, there would be a lot of other men inducted into the Hall of Pain. Fans respect Henry’s opinion, but will his personal preferences see the night through?
The Road to Wrestlemania is filled with hope.
But every road leads to this. Men and women alike will “risk it all” the sinister structure that challenges courage, tests resilience and awards those who survive. Rowdy meets Riott, brothers in arms meet brothers in blood, and you will have to be bold to get the gold! That is Elimination Chamber!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Chamber!
The Boss & Hug Connection will start against Fire & Desire while the other four teams wait in their pods. History is being made to kick off the night, who will be the first to put their names on those lovely new belts?
Teams finish entering the Chamber and pods, with Nia Jax giving the IIconics a swat to stop their playful fingers. Mandy and Sonya meet Bayley and Banks in the ring, and the doors are locked. The bell rings and the #LegitHuggable friends tie up with Mandy and Sonya. Mandy kicks Sasha to a corner then double whips Bayley with Sonya. Sonya kicks Bayley low then they double whip her again. Bayley dodges and clotheslines Mandy to then speed up with Sonya. Sasha dropkicks Sonya, then double hip tosses and sliding attacks! Cover on Sonya, ONE! Cover on Mandy, ONE! Bayley and Sasha give Sona and Mandy double hotshots! They then coordinate, acrobatic assist for a double crossbody! Sasha gives Sonya to Bayley to cover, TWO!
Bayley and Sasha keep their cool while Sasha stomps Mandy. Bayley puts Sonya in a corner and Sasha comes over. They mug Sonya in the corner but Sonya fights back with body shots! Sonya whips Sasha but Sasha goes up and over, only to get a spinebuster! Cover, but Bayley breaks it in time! Mandy goes after Bayley and deflects boots for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Mandy keeps her cool as she tosses Bayley out hard. Sonya goes around the side and picks up Bayley. Mandy whips and knees Sasha, then Sonya does the same to Bayley. They drag Sasha and Bayley up to throw them into the chains! Fire & Desire soak up the heat, then they drag Bayley and Sasha up again. Bayley fights back while Mandy covers Sasha, TWO!
Mandy drags Sasha up to toss her back out while Sonya slams Bayley into chains. Sonya and Mandy trade, but Sasha dodges and the kick goes into steel! Mandy’s boot gets caught in the chains, too, and Bayley hits a neckbreaker! Sasha knees Sonya down next to her! The countdown begins and the next team to join is… The Riott Squad! Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan brawl right away with Bayley and Sasha! Sarah and Liv stomp them out, and Sarah throws Sasha into chains. Sarah drives a knee in! Liv drags Bayley up and Sarah drags Sasha up. They make Bayley watch as Sasha is slammed into a pod! Then Sarah gives Bayley a pop-up headbutt! The Riott Squad meet Fire & Desire, and throw down!
These two duos have paralleled each other on Raw and SmackDown since debuting, and now they parallel each other in brawling on the mat! Fire & Desire kick and punch but so does the Squad! Liv rocks Mandy but Sonya rocks Sarah! Liv goes after Sonya now, and SLAPS her! Sonya throws hands, Liv SLAPS even harder! Liv goes Matrix but still gets caught! She manages to roll Sonya back, TWO! Liv slaps and boots but walks into a roundhouse! Sonya can’t cover, she’s still dazed from those slaps! Bayley returns and covers Liv! TWO, so Bayley rocks Mandy with a knee! Bayley hits Sonya with a knee, then clotheslines Liv. She hits a saido suplex on Sarah! Fans fire up for the Huggable wrecking ball! Bayley climbs up but Mandy rocks her up top.
Mandy and Sonya work together but then the Squad adds on, TOWER OF DOOM! Everyone is down but Houston is loving this! The countdown returns, and the next team is… The IIconics! Peyton Royce & Billie Kay hurry to cover whoever! ONE! ONE! TWO! ONE! TWO! They couldn’t eliminate anyone and they’re furious! Mandy comes back but gets knees. The IIconics throw Liv into a post, then drag Sarah up into another post! They kick Sonya down then double kick Mandy down. Sonya runs into more kicks, and then a double gourd buster! The IIconics yank Liv out of the corner to hit the mat, then do the same to Sarah. Peyton & Billie taunt Bayley as they drag her back into the center. Fans rally up for Sasha while Billie puts Bayley in a camel clutch. Peyton adds a knee strike! Double cover, but Sasha saves Bayley!
The IIconics regroup but Sasha fires off haymakers and forearms! But the IIconics double knee Sasha down, then hit the IIconic bulldog! And heel kick! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives and the IIconics are shrilly furious. Billie and Peyton toy with Sasha while fans say “This is Awesome!” The IIconics grind the Boss & Hug Connection into the steel chains! Peyton throws Sasha down while Billie toys with Bayley. Hotshot to forearm! The IIconics drag Boss & Hug over, Peyton slingshot sentons onto them both! Cover on both, TWO!! Both Bayley and Sasha survive and the IIconics are growing further frustrated. The IIconics go back to Fire & Desire to throw them into steel! Then they go after the Riott Squad and do the same! But the countdown returns and the next team is… The FABULOUS Glow!
Naomi and Carmella roundhouse the IIconics away! Springboard crossbody takes them both out! The IIconics are stacked in a corner while Naomi dropkicks the Squad down! Fire & Desire are stacked in one corner and Boss & Hug take the last. Double bronco busters for Squad and #LegitHuggable, and double moonwalks! Now double bronco busters on The IIconics and Fire & Desire. Billie starts climbing? Naoim enziguris Peyton while Billie and Carmella fight on the chains. Naomi kicks Liv away but Billie has Carmella, but Carmella huricanranas Billie to steel! Sarah waistlocks but Carmella fights out to FABULOUS Kick! Naomi sits Sarah up for another FABULOUS Kick, then the split-leg moonsault! Cover, but Liv breaks it! Liv throws Naomi out but Carmella leaps and crossbodies!
Bayley back suplexes Carmella but Billie boots Bayley! Sasha knees Billie but Peyton hits the Gory Bomb! Liv hits Peyton with a code breaker! Mandy tosses Liv with an exploder! Sarah hits a Fisherman Buster on Mandy! Sonya SPEARS Sarah! FABULOUS Kick for Sonya! All the women are down but Houston is thunderous! Houston again says “This is Awesome!” but the Samoan Dynasty are growing impatient. Sonya stands, blocks the Fabulous Kick to SPEAR! Jackknife cover, TWO into Code of Silence! Mandy saves Sonya, but Naomi has her now! Naomi fires off furious forearms on the home wrecker! Mandy hits back and whips, but Naomi comes back with a springboard Rear View! But the IIconics roll Naomi up! The IIconics ELIMINATE the Fabulous Glow!!
Peyton & Billie celebrate with their IIconic pose like they’ve already won the titles. However, they’re surrounded on all sides now… The IIconics point out the countdown is back, and everyone realizes they need to be ready for Nia and Tamina! Nia and Tamina wreck everyone in their way! Nia tosses Mandy into the ring! The IIconics hide in a pod but Tamina still spots them. Peyton and Billie give thumbs up, but now they’re trapped! Tamina and Nia swat at the Plexiglas. They force the doors open, and grab each IIconic by the hair! Double biels back and forth into the chains! And then into the ring! Nia and Tamina loom over the IIconics, then drag them up, for double Samoan Drops! Cover, the Samoan Dynasty ELIMINATES the IIconics!
But the Riott Squad are right on Nia and Tamina! Nia pushes Liv and Sarah away but gets double dropkicks. Sarah helps Liv take flight, to huricanrana Nia into buckles. Sarah shotgun knees Nia in deeper. Tamina runs in but into a forearm, and an assisted Diamond Dust! Cover but Nia pushes Sarah onto it. Fire & Desire return, and Sonya kicks away on Nia. Mandy hits the golden knee, Sonya hits a sliding knee! Double cover, TWO! Sasha and Bayley return for double Thesz presses! Bayley hits Tamna with a big knee, Sasha adds Meteora! Liv runs into double hip toss body slam! Sarah runs into one, too! Cover, TWO!
Fire & Desire throw forearms on Bayley & Sasha. Mandy stomps a mudhole on Bayley while Sonya drags Sasha up. They double whip but Sasha reverses, Bayley flapjacks Mandy on buckles. Bayley catapults Sonya into more buckles! Bayley stacks Fire & Desire in the corner, and Sasha hits a double Stock Drop! Cover on Sonya, TWO! Bayley drags mandy but Nia and Tamina run Bayley and Sasha over! Nia drags Bayley up but the Squad are climbing? Nia chases Liv and Sarah but Mandy comes up behind her. Tamina fights Sonya while Nia slams Mandy into steel. Liv and Sarah LEAP onto both sides! Sarah covers Sonya, TWO! The Squad is furious, but Nia goes right at them. Nia runs into Liv’s boots and Liv hops up.
Nia grabs Liv’s feet but Liv kicks at her. Liv can’t get away, SUPER SAMOAN DROP! Tamina has Sarah for the SUPERFLY! Cover, the Samoan Dynasty ELIMINATES the Riott Squad! But Sasha and Bayley go right at Nia with dropkicks. They bait Tamina in, drop toehold to knee! Cover but Nia breaks it and scoops Sasha. Nia tosses Sasha onto Sonya! Nia drags Bayley up and tosses her out the other side. Fans duel as Nia aims at Bayley. Bayley slowly drags herself up, but Sasha saves Bayley as Nia runs in! Nia DESTROYS a pod!! The Irresistible Force all but eliminated herself and Tamina is in shock! Tamina also realizes she’s all alone. Fire & Desire go after Tamina with kicks and knees, then Sasha adds Meteora! Bayley adds the Macho Elbow! Cover, everyone else ELIMINATES the Samoan Dynasty! The two teams to start are the two teams left!
Fire & Desire and Boss & Hug get up on opposite ends, and start brawling! Sonya knees Sasha while Mandy knees Bayley. Bayley throws Mandy out but Mandy yanks her in for another knee. Sonya makes Sasha watch as Mandy drags Bayley up. Double underhook but Bayley resits. Bayley feeds Mandy to Sasha’s stiff knee! Sonya rolls Sasha! TWO and into Bayley’s knee! Backstabber to Bayley2Belly! Cover, Mandy breaks it just in time! Bayley and Sasha regroup and chase Mandy. Mandy climbs chains and fights Sasha off, but Bayley cuts her off at the top of a pod. Sasha pursues and Mandy is isolated! Sasha clubs Mandy down and then she helps Bayley up. The best friends drag Mandy up, slam her into the Plexiglas, then take aim at the ring.
Sonya hurries up to help Mandy! They fight and Bayley sends Sonya back down. But Mandy sends Bayley down! Sonya spears Bayley into a pod corner! Sasha hurries down to check on Bayley, but then goes right after Sonya. Sasha throws Sonya into chains but Mandy throws Sasha into a pod! Mandy drags Sasha up, double underhook, butterfly facebuster! Cover, TWO!!! Sasha survives and Mandy is shocked! Mandy covers again, TWO! Mandy drags Sasha up and throws her into a post, then regroups with Sonya. Wheelbarrow and Sonya runs in, but Sasha dodges! Sonya SPEARS Mandy! Sonya staggers up into the Bank Statement crossface! Sasha’s bad arm keeps it from completing, so she uses her own legs for a modified clutch! Sonya taps, Sasha & Bayley win!!
Winners: The Boss & Hug Connection, Sasha Banks by submission; inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
The dream comes true! Not just for Sasha & Bayley as best friends, but for all of the women in the WWE! The Boss & Hug Connection is stronger than ever, will they take this inaugural reign all the way to Wrestlemania?
In-ring interview with the new tag team champions.
This victory made history, and fans feel “You Deserve It!” Bayley is at a loss for words, and Sasha starts tearing up. Sasha manages to say “Nobody knows how hard we fought to get these.” If only the WWE Universe knew. This isn’t just for them, this is for the entire Women’s Division. This is just the beginning, there is more change to come. The Boss & Hug Connection will lead the way as your new Women’s Tag Team Champions.
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Miz & Shane McMahon VS The Usos!
Jimmy and Jey don’t see the A-Lister and Shane O’Mac as a “real” tag team, but the Best Tag Team in the World are the champions. Will the underdog champions manage to defeat one of WWE’s best? Or will they end up in the Uso Penitentiary like so many before?
The Miz comes out a mic to first congratulate the Boss & Hug Connection on making history. And then he dedicates this match to his family, from his dad to his daughter, to his wife Maryse! Maryse is here! “We always said when we had a huge announcement, we would announce it right here in the WWE in front of all of you.” And tonight, the Must-See Family has a huge announcement: “We’re having another baby!” Miz still has it. And with such happy news, Shane comes out to congratulate Miz & Maryse before he and Miz head to the ring. The Usos finally make their entrance, then the belts are raised and we begin.
The teams sort out and it’s Miz starting against Jimmy. Jimmy and Miz circle and tie up. Jimmy gets a headlock but Miz powers out, only for Jimmy to run him over. Things speed up and Miz goes to hip toss, but Jimmy counters to a fireman’s carry. Miz slips out, A-Lister combination denied at the backbreaker. Jimmy whips but gets caught into the Figure Four. He pushes Miz away and tags in Jey. Miz narrowly avoids the double superkicks! Shane and Miz talk but Miz is okay. MIz circles with Jey and they tie up. Miz gets a waistlock but Jey elbows out. Jey whips but Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink knee. Miz mocks the Uso chant before hitting the A-List lariat.
Tag to Shane and Shane goes to the other corner! Jimmy knows what that means but Shane fights him off! Shane sweeps the legs, then rocks Jey! Slingshot sunset flip, TWO! Shane throws fast hands then whips. Miz tags in as Shane elbows Jey down. Miz adds the low boot, then Shane drops an elbow. Shane and Miz double clothesline Jey out, but Jimmy runs in. Miz hip tosses Jimmy, and then the champs double clothesline Jimmy out! Houston fires up as Shane and Miz mock the Uso chant together. Jimmy and Jey regroup and talk strategy. Jey rushes Miz but Miz dodges to throw haymakers. Miz puts Jey in a corner for It Kick! Jey gets a headlock and Jimmy tags in. Miz powers out but walks into a flapjack hotshot! Jimmy stalks Miz and rocks him with an uppercut!
Jimmy chokes Miz on the ropes but lets up at 4. Jey gets a cheap shot, and then Jimmy rocks Miz again. Tag to Jey and the Usos isolate Miz for a corner forearm. Jimmy tags back in and the Usos mug Miz to split the wishbone. Jimmy wraps a chinlock on but fans rally up. Miz fights out but Jimmy shoves him back to clobber him with a clothesline! Jimmy drags Miz over and tags in Jey. The Usos stomp Miz down, then Jey wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally up again and Miz fights his way up. Miz reaches for Shane while fighting back, but Jey throws him down. Tag to Jimmy, and he rips Miz’s shirt off. Jimmy throws it at Shane but Shane catches it. Jimmy rocks Miz with an uppercut then whips him to the open corner. He copies the A-List lariat!
Jimmy grins as he goes corner to corner, but into Miz’s STO! Both men are down while fans rally up. Miz and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to Jey and Shane! Shane rallies on both Usos, and pump kicks Jey down! Shane whips and back drops Jey! Fans fire up as Shane circles Jey. Big right rocks Jey! Float-over DDT for Jimmy! Then one for Jey! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps his cool as he drags Jey to a corner. Jimmy’s in another corner, and Shane climbs up top. Shane leaps and hits Jimmy with Coast 2 Coast! But he doesn’t stop there, he climbs up again to aim at Jey! Shane leaps, for a SUPERKICK! Jey climbs, Uso Splash! Cover, but Miz saves Shane! All four men are down but stirring.
Fans build to a rally as Miz returns to his corner. Shane crawls and Miz reaches, hot tag brings in Miz! Miz springboards for an ax handle! And even he’s surprised that worked! Miz fires up and gives Jey more kicks! Miz runs but into a Samoan Drop! Jey fires up now as he goes corner to corner, but misses the hip attack. Miz kicks the legs out, basement DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool while Jey rolls out. Miz wrecks Jey with a dropkick! Fans anticipate what’s coming, and Miz clears off the announce desk! Miz and Jey brawl, Jimmy DIVES but gets his brother! Miz boots Jimmy down!
The Usos are down, the table is cleared, and fans are fired up. Miz puts Jey on the desk while Shane drags himself to the top rope. Shane leaps, for the elbow through the table!! Miz checks on Shane while Houston loses their minds! Miz puts Jimmy in, blocks the Superkick but Jimmy denies the Finale. Roll up, TWO, roll up, full nelson! Jimmy throws Miz off, SUPERKICK! Jimmy climbs up top, Uso Splash! But MIz gets knees up! Cradle cover, TWO, Skull-Crushing Finale!! COver, TWO into a crucifix!! The Usos win!!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy Uso pinning; NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The Best Tag Team in the World and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions are no longer Miz & Shane! Jimmy drags his brother from the wreckage, and the twins celebrate the start of their sixth reign! Miz helps Shane up from the wreckage now, and the two walk to the back together. Fans cheer them on for the great effort, but with no rematch clauses, how will they get a chance to take those titles back?
Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush.
This is easy money, it’ll be two versus one. But with the trend of new champions, will there be another? Is Lio going to be a weak link? Granted, they can work together, but perhaps Finn Balor can get Lashley out of the way to pin Lio to win the title. Lio tells Dasha that they all know that. But Finn can’t capitalize and win. Lashley & Lio have the advantage, they’re the top of the food change. No one is stronger and more dominant than Lashley, and Lio. Relax, big man, Lashley’s the steak, Lio’s the sizzle. So Lio isn’t worried even after Finn beat him two weeks ago? No. Enough talk, the match is next!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor!
The Man of the Hour has a point: the odds are in their favor. But the Extraordinary Man knows how to defy odds and win when no one thinks he can. Can Finn do all that again tonight and take the title from the Rocky Mountain Machine? Or will he simply be dominated?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Lio convinces Lashley he’ll start. The bell rings, and Lio tags right out to Lashley! Lashley and Finn tie up, and Lashley knees low and clubs Finn down. Fans boo as Lashley flexes, but Finn kicks back! Finn runs and throws forearms, then more kicks. Lashley knees low again, then stands on Finn’s chest. Fans rally as Lashley stomps Finn. Lashley whips but Finn dodges to hit flying forearms! Finn chases Lio off but Lashley gets away. Lio and Lashley regroup on the outside and talk strategy. Finn waits as Lashley returns. Lashley gets a waistlock and throws Finn down. Lashley bumps Finn off buckles and then throws a throat chop. He clubs Finn then throws forearms into the back. The ref counts as Lashley chokes Finn again, and Lashley backs off at 4.
Lashley whips Finn corner to corner, but Finn dodges! Finn swing kicks Lashley down then hurries up top! Lio distracts and Finn chases him off. Finn slingshots but Lashley denies the sunset flip with a stomp. Lashley stomps Finn more then drags him up for a powerbomb. Finn slips out and back drops Lashley out! Lio panics as Finn builds speed, and Lio manages to swipe his feet! Finn chases Lio, but runs into Lashley’s tackle! Fans boo as Lashley stands over Finn and Lio hypes him up. Lashley lifts Finn to ram him into the apron! Lashley puts Finn in, drops an elbow, and covers. TWO and Lio tags in. Lio mocks the Too Sweet and he kicks Finn while he’s down. He eggs Finn on as he throws haymakers and stomps away in a corner.
Finn throws Lio into the corner! Lio runs away and tags Lashley! Lashley clobbers Finn! Cover, TWO! Lashley stays on Finn with a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Finn endures. Finn powers up and fights out with body shots. Lashley gets Finn with a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Finn lives and Lio is livid! Lashley tags Lio back in and Lio puts Finn in an abdominal stretch. Finn endures as Lio flexes. Fans rally again and Finn powers his way out to a hip toss! Lio crawls to the far corner, and Finn runs in, only to get boots. Lio hops up but Finn ducks under, tag to Lashley! Finn runs into another tackle! Lashley rams his shoulder in again and again, then runs in for another tackle.
Lashley flexes but fans boo and jeer. He puts Finn in the corner again, runs in for another tackle, then lifts Finn HIGH for a spinebuster! Fans continue to boo as Lashley takes aim. But Lio tags in? Lio says he can finish this for them. Lio leaps for the Final Hour, but Finn dodges! The splash flops and Lashley panics. Finn and Lio slowly stand, and Finn stays between Lio and Lashley. Lio kicks but Finn catches it! Lio reaches but Finn reels Lio in for forearms. Finn hits Lashley, then double stomps Lio! Lashley runs in but gets a slingblade! Finn clotheslines Lashley out, then tosses Lio out onto him! Finn FLIES onto them both! He puts Lio in quick, shotgun dropkick blasts Lio down! Finn climbs up high, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Finn wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
Finn gets away from the angry Almighty, and is celebrating with Balor Club! Will the Extraordinary Man take this title all the way to Wrestlemania?
Lashley is angry with Lio. Lio is the only reason things went sour for them! And he grabs Lio around the head! Lio begs Lashley forgive him, he is sorry. Lashley lets Lio go, only to lift and slam him! The Rocky Mountain Machine is done with all the hype. Will Lashley be able to find his way back to the title? Is it back to 205 Live full-time for Lio?
In-ring interview with Charlotte Flair.
When did she find out Vince McMahon was going to use her to replace Becky Lynch at Wrestlemania? “Life is good when you’re Charlotte Flair!” The Queen is going to Wrestlemania, and she got to humiliate Becky at the same time. Becky should’ve learned by now that this is her own fault. She can’t let anything go. Becky panders to the WWE Universe! She needs the fans to love her! But Charlotte doesn’t need anyone else’s affirmation. Charlotte knows that she is THE very best in the WWE today! Fans still chant for Becky, though. But Charlotte will be ringside to watch Rowdy Rousey VS Riott, to see who main events against her.
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott!
Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan fell short of getting the tag titles, but the Squad Leader still looks to shake up Wrestlemania by shocking the world tonight. Is it possible that Ruby can dethrone the Baddest Woman on the Planet? Or will Ronda be the one constant in the Wrestlemania Raw Women’s Championship picture?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Charlotte takes a seat as the match begins. Ruby kicks low and throws fast hands on Ronda! Ronda gets Ruby off her to then throw her around! Ruby scrambles out to catch her breath but Ronda eggs her on. Ruby takes her time returning while Ronda paces. Ronda rushes Ruby but Ruby bails out again. Ruby slowly returns, but uses the ropes as defense. She then throws forearms and kicks! Ronda still throws Ruby down! Ronda scoops Ruby, for Piper’s Pit! And then while pointing at the Wrestlemania sign, ARMBAR! Ruby taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
Ronda stares Charlotte down. The Queen isn’t who she wanted, but Ronda is more than happy to take her frustrations out on her. Charlotte is still confident as she walks up to the ring. Charlotte and Ronda stand face to face, but wait, is that Becky!? Becky is on crutches but she’s still making her way from the crowd to the ring! Becky puts the crutches in and rolls into the ring. Fans cheer her on but Charlotte mocks Becky at how hard it is for her to join them. Becky ignores Charlotte to look at Ronda. Ronda stares back, and then Becky fires off on Charlotte!! Becky seems fine enough to smack away on the woman replacing her!
Ronda takes up the other crutch?! Ronda aims at Charlotte with it, but then Becky SMACKS Ronda! The Man takes her anger out on both women going to Mania over her! Security rushes the ring but Becky keeps going! Becky finally stops but Houston is thunderous for the Straight Fire! Becky leaves peacefully with security escorting her out. Ronda is furious and Charlotte is in a daze. Will Becky’s actions only make things worse for her?
No Disqualifications: Braun Strowman VS Baron Corbin!
As the Monster Among Men told us earlier today, he plans on making this a happy ending for himself, and a nightmare for the Lone Wolf. Will Corbin regret ever angering Strowman to this point? Or will he have another scheme up his sleeves to screw Strowman over?
The fans chant “Get These Hands!” as the bell rings. Corbin throws his vest at Strowman! But Strowman rocks him with an uppercut! Corbin bails out and Strowman gives chase. Corbin SMACKS Strowman with a kendo stick! And another SMACK, and antoher SMACK! Corbin has Strowman staggering about the ring with every SMACK! Corbin dedicates the next SMACK to the fans. Strowman gets to a corner so Corbin wedges the stick into the opposite corner. Corbin whips but Strowman reverses! Corbin slides out to avoid the stick, then slides back in only to get an uppercut! Strowman squashes Corbin in a corner! Corbin goes back for the stick but Strowman takes the stick from him! They fight over the stick but Strowman’s one hand beats Corbin’s two!
“I don’t need a kendo stick to whoop your ass!” Strowman breaks the stick then clubs Corbin down! Fans fire up with Strowman while Corbin bails out. Strowman comes around the corner and blasts Corbin into barriers! Strowman takes another lap, but Corbin throws an arm chair! And Strowman catches it! Corbin runs and Strowman chases, but Corbin sends Strowman into steel steps! Corbin takes the steps apart and rams the top half into Strowman! Strowman staggers about but Corbin gives chase. Corbin jams Strowman with the steps again, then mocks the lap. Corbin gets speed and runs Strowman over! And then he mocks the monster’s roar. Fans boo and jeer while Corbin drags Strowman up and into the ring. Corbin drags Strowman up to rock with a right hand!
Fans boo as Corbin gloats. Corbin eggs Strowman on but Strowman drags himself up. Corbin runs to rock Strowman with another right! Fans boo as Corbin gloats more. Corbin prepares a third, but Strowman clobbers Corbin instead! And then a corner splash to a big boot! Strowman roars and fans chant for a table. Strowman obliges, and finds a table from under the ring! He puts the table in the ring, then sets it up in a corner. Strowman goes after Corbin to scoop, but Corbin slips out and rakes the eyes! Corbin boots Strowman, then hops up to leap, but into the scoop! Monster Slam through the table!! But here comes Drew McIntyre! It is only natural that one of Corbin’s allies would come out just as Corbin looked to be losing. McIntyre has a steel chair, but then Bobby Lashley attacks from behind!
The pack is together and they SMACK Strowman with chair shot after chair shot! Lashley and McIntyre help Corbin up from the wreckage, but Strowman stands! Strowman rocks Lashley with an uppercut! McIntyre hits the Glasgow Kiss, Lashley SPEARS Strowman down! Corbin coordinates the trio and has them bring in the steel steps. McIntyre and Lashley take the big base steps and put them in the ring. Corbin helps set them side by side, and fans boo as the three circle Strowman. McIntyre drags Strowman up to talk trash, but Strowman grabs him by the throat! Strowman grabs Lashley, but Corbin SMACKS Strowman on the back! Strowman goes down again and Corbin goes searching under the ring.
Corbin, McIntyre and Lashley get tables into the ring and start setting them up. CLAYMORE keeps Strowman down! McIntyre helps Corbin double stack the tables, then they both drag Strowman around to Lashley on top of the steps. They all lift Strowman, for a SHIELD BOMB through BOTH tables! Corbin covers, Corbin wins!!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
This new pack of wild dogs asserts dominance over the Monster Among Men! What is to come of these three being united in their dominance and destruction?
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The Miz and Shane are getting checked out backstage.
Miz apologizes to Shane. He can’t calm down over the loss. They’re better than this! Miz dedicated this match to his entire family!! Shane tells Miz to calm down and head home. They can talk again on Tuesday. Just go home, okay? Miz does leave, but he’s not happy. Will Miz cool off come SmackDown this week?
Lacey Evans heads to the ring.
The Model Soldier surprises everyone by walking out, but then she heads back? Was this her way of classing up the night?
WWE Championship Elimination Chamber!
SmackDown’s incredible Gauntlet Match established who will go in last, and that is The Viper! Randy Orton takes a pod, as does Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy, and AJ Styles. That leaves the New Daniel Bryan to start against Samoa Joe by default!
But as Bryan makes his entrance, he shouts for them to cut his music. “Do you know what happens when a genius like myself tries to enlighten the masses?” They get punished! The WWE management has given the WWE Universe power! And what happens now? Bryan comes out and he’s one of the first in the match! “Fickle!” First in the Gauntlet! “Fickle!” And now Rowan can’t accompany Bryan to the ring! Bryan shouts “No!” but fans chant “Yes! Yes!” Bryan doesn’t want the fans to make him a martyr, but he is suffering for the greater good. The small-minded people just repeat the same stupid phrase, and it only reminds Bryan that there is hope. The people and the planet needs the New Daniel Bryan as the WWE Champion! Bryan finally enters the Chamber, the belt is raised, and the match finally begins.
Joe corners Bryan but Bryan slips out and around the outside. Joe dares Bryan to come back but Bryan refuses. Bryan simply trolls Joe while waiting out the clock. Joe waits and Bryan enters the ring, but he still keeps his distance. Bryan throws kicks but Joe just grins. Joe catches the next kick to give a kick! Joe kicks, Bryan catches, but Joe uses that to get at kneebar! Bryan endures, and grabs the ropes. Joe lets go and Bryan gets him into a corner. Bryan CHOPS Joe but Joe just gets mad. Bryan runs but Joe gives chase! Joe corners Bryan and CHOPS him against the steel chains! Joe drags Bryan back into the ring for a back suplex. Bryan slips out and hops up, but into a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, into the Boston Crab!
Bryan endures but Joe shifts to an STF! Then a crossface! Then Rings of Saturn! Bryan shifts to a cover, TWO, he dropkicks Joe’s legs out! Bryan throws Joe out of the ring, then into a pod! Joe rolls back into the ring and Bryan covers, ONE! Bryan stands Joe up for a chop, but Joe CHOPS Bryan! Joe headbutts Bryan then kicks him in the chest and back. Bryan gets up to chop, but Joe CHOPS him again! Joe whips Bryan to a corner, but Bryan drop toeholds Joe into buckles! Bryan kicks away on Joe but the countdown finally appears! Bryan backs off to watch the pods. The next man in is… Kofi Kingston!
The Iron Man rallies on both of them! Springboard ax handle for Bryan! Kofi spin through the urenage but Joe denies the DDT. Kofi swing kicks Joe away then climbs up for a splash to the back! Cover, TWO! Bryan goes after Kofi in a corner, then hangs him out to dry on the ropes. Fans rally while Bryan climbs. Bryan leaps at Kofi for a guillotine knee drop! Cover, TWO! Bryan goes after Joe with chops, but Joe still isn’t bothered by them. Joe backs Bryan down with another CHOP! Bryan runs away from Joe again, then climbs up on top a pod. Joe wants Bryan to come back but he just sits. Kofi rams into Joe with shoulders but then Joe CHOPS Kofi. Joe whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up after Bryan! Bryan wants Kofi to take it easy, but Kofi throws furious haymakers!
Bryan gets away but Kofi pursues! Joe approaches from below as the two exchange kicks. Joe drags Bryan down off the wall, but Kofi kicks Joe away. Kofi aims, climbs a little higher, and Trust Falls onto them both! All three men are down as that fall hurts Kofi almost as much as Bryan or Joe. Kofi drags Bryan back into the ring, covers, TWO! He covers Joe, TWO! Bryan throws European Uppercuts on Kofi then headlocks. Kofi powers out but Bryan runs him over. Things speed up, Kofi back elbows Bryan! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool but Joe is on him with a headbutt. Joe back sentons Bryan! Joe drags Kofi up and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO! Joe goes back to Bryan on the outside, throwing forearms and CHOPS against the steel chains! The countdown returns and the next man in is… AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One rallies on everyone with haymakers! Phenomenal Blitz on Joe! Bryan goes after Styles and SLAPS him. Styles SLAPS Bryan, and the two brawl! Styles whips but Bryan reverses. Bryan runs in but into an elbow. Styles hops up, Moonsault but Kofi comes in. Styles catches Kofi, double DDT’s! Cover on Bryan, TWO! Cover on Kofi, TWO! Styles bumps Kofi off buckles and kicks out the leg. Styles goes to Joe on the outside, slingshot for a forearm! Bryan climbs again while Styles keeps Joe down. Styles spots Bryan, and springboards up to meet him! Phenomenal Forearm takes Bryan out! Styles shoulders and slingshots on Kofi for a sunset flip, but into the Styles Clash! Kofi fights out of it, then runs, but into the Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he goes back to Joe. J
oe covers up but Styles kicks low and then chops him. Styles throws forearms, but Joe prevents him from throwing him into steel. Joe throws Styles into the chains then back drops Styles into the ring! Joe goes after Kofi but Kofi hits back! Kofi fires off haymakers and kicks, but runs into the sleeper! Kofi copies his idea from the Gauntlet and makes it a cover! TWO and Joe still has the sleeper! Jawbreaker frees Kofi, Phenomenal Forearm hits Joe! Styles ELIMINATES Joe! The Destroyer is gone, but the countdown returns. Since we know who is last, the next man in has to be Jeff hardy! The Charismatic Enigma brawls with Styles! Hardy whips but Styles reverses, only for Hardy to run him over. Hardy atomic drops and splits the legs! Dropkick on top, cover, TWO!
Hardy jawbreakers Styles then back kicks Bryan. Hardy kicks Kofi and hits a sit-out gourd buster! Then he uses Kofi to hit Bryan with Poetry in Motion! Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” as Hardy stalks Styles. Styles denies the Twist of Fate with a Pele! Hardy crawls to a corner while Bryan throws Kofi into chains. Bryan grinds Kofi into steel while Styles shoves Hardy into a pod! Styles climbs up behind Hardy but Hardy fights back. Hardy trips Styles up and Styles hits post on the way down! Hardy drags Styles into the ring while Bryan laces Kofi’s arm through chain! Styles is stuck on the top rope, Hardy SWANTONS on Styles! KNEE PLUS outta nowhere! Bryan ELIMINATES Hardy! Hardy put it all on the line to go after Styles, he got caught off guard.
Bryan goes after Styles now with a Tree of Woe. Bryan fires off No Kicks, then runs corner to corner to basement dropkick! Styles can’t get out of the tree and Bryan puts Kofi on top. Bryan stomps Styles down then climbs up over him. Bryan drags Kofi up but Styles sits up! Styles adds on for a Tower of Doom, German Suplex and SUPERPLEX! Styles works to get out of the Tree while the others are down. The countdown returns, and finally, Randy Orton joins the match! He has his pick and first lariats Bryan down. Orton stomps Styles in the Tree, then clotheslines Kofi. He stomps Styles more, but Kofi gets his attention. Orton throws Kofi into Styles! Styles finally falls out of the Tree, but Bryan goes at Orton. Orton almost gets the RKO but Bryan backslides! TWO, and Orton hangs Bryan out to dry!
Kofi dropkicks Orton! Kofi drags Styles up, but Styles gets him with the STO backbreaker, just like the Gauntlet match! Styles drags Kofi up as fans rally. Styles whips Kofi to a corner, then runs in, only for Kofi to put him outside. Kofi turns around into Styles’ forearm, then Styles springboards, into an RKO!! Cover, Orton ELIMINATES Styles! Orton grins as he watches Styles be helped out of the Chamber. But Kofi rolls Orton! TWO, Trouble in Paradise misses. Kofi kicks Orton back, then climbs up, only for Orton to trip him up. Orton drags Kofi out from the top rope, for a SUPER draping DDT! Fans duel as Orton hears the voices in his head. Orton stalks Kofi but catches Bryan in a powerslam! Orton goes back to Kofi but Kofi denies the RKO! TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Cover, Kofi ELIMINATES Orton!
Kofi is one of the final two with Daniel Bryan! Houston is thunderous for how close Kofi is to achieving a dream! Kofi and Bryan are in opposite corners, and Kofi fires himself up. Bryan and Kofi stand up stare down. They approach, and start throwing hands! Bryan kicks so Kofi kicks, and repeat! They go back and forth, but Kofi eggs Bryan’s kicks on! Bryan kicks and Kofi kicks! Trouble In Paradise misses, Bryan dropkicks the legs out! Bryan dares Kofi to sit up, and starts giving him No Kick! He kicks again and again, but Kofi ducks the buzzsaw! SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Kofi was so close yet so far from finally being world champion! Houston is at a fever pitch as Kofi and Bryan reset.
Kofi runs in but misses in the corner! Fans rally up as Bryan takes his time looming over Kofi. Bryan throws angry haymakers, saying Kofi doesn’t deserve to be here. Bryan gives Kofi more kicks, then runs corner to corner, for a big dropkick! And then another! And a third! A fourth! Kofi jumps out and double stomps out Bryan! Cover, TWO!! Houston is right there with Kofi on how close he was again. Kofi wills himself to his feet and to a corner. He aims at Bryan as he stands. Kofi runs but Bryan bails out. Kofi goes after Bryan and throws him into chains! He does it again and again and again! Kofi only picks up speed as he rams Bryan into steel! He drags Bryan up, bulldog but Bryan sends Kofi into the pod!
Bryan drags Kofi into the ring, and waits for Kofi to stand. Fans are not giving up on Kofi, but Bryan is taking am. Bryan runs at Kofi, KNEE PLUS! Cover, TWO!? Kofi survives and shocks Bryan! But Houston is eating this up! Bryan grows angry, and grabs Kofi’s arms. Bryan stomps away on Kofi’s face! And again and again and again! Cover, TWO! Bryan wants another shot, Kofi stands, TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Cover, TWO to a cradle! TWO, and Kofi kicks Bryan. Bryan catches Kofi’s arm into a form of the Labell Lock! But he also rakes the eyes and nose! This isn’t illegal in the Chamber! Kofi reaches and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go out of exhaustion. Bryan sits up and drags Kofi around. Houston declares “This is Awesome!”
Bryan climbs up top but Kofi kicks him down! Kofi climbs up and throws hands. Bryan climbs to the pod but Kofi pursues. Kofi clubs Bryan down then headbutts him against the Plexiglas. Kofi throws Bryan into it as fans chant “Yes! Yes!” He drags Bryan up, but Bryan resists. Kofi throws body shots but Bryan continues to block the risky suplex. Bryan fights and now he bounces Kofi against the Plexiglas! Bryan decides to use Kofi’s idea, but now Kofi resists! Kofi fights back and clubs Bryan down. Bryan slips down to the post but Kofi again pursues. Kofi boots Bryan again and again and sends him all the way down! Kofi stands, leaps, but FLOPS! Bryan aims from the corner, KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The New Daniel Bryan survives the Chamber by the skin of his teeth. Will the Planet’s Champion ever be defeated?
As for Kofi, the New Day come out to join him. They and the fans still have Kofi’s back. Houston chants “Thank You, Kofi!” because he has nothing to be ashamed of. Will they go back to the drawing board and find another way for Kofi to get that Grand Slam?
A really great Elimination Chamber! WWE more or less took advantage of the assumption that they wouldn’t use this PPV for anything crucial and actually did that. At least, for some of this. Buddy Murphy retains because while Tozawa was doing great, I’m thinking it’s someone brand new to 205 Live that’ll finally take it from Murphy. AKA Kushida. The Women’s Tag Team Championship Chamber match was of course new and historic, and it was pretty good for having a few superstars who aren’t exactly the best. All 12 women got to look strong, but it was good for the IIconics to be later in the match so that they could pick on the others. Naturally Bayley and Sasha win, it is their story, and they were even matching the belts with their gear. I’m still waiting to see how they’ll make these belts work on both brands.
I did not think The Usos were going to win those titles. There was the new of Jimmy’s DUI, but it seems the Usos and Naomi had a counter of wanting to leave. The WWE gave the Usos their win to keep them and will likely worry about punishing Jimmy for the public incident some other way. But the match was great, and this does help give Miz & Shane a new dimension to the story. Though I have a feeling that this might be what brings us to Miz VS Shane. That’s a bit of a shame, but I suppose this would be a good way of doing it. But I did see Finn Balor getting that Intercontinental Championship off of Lio Rush. That seemed to be the only reason for the Handicap stipulation, because Vince still doesn’t see Finn being able to beat a beefy guy directly.
Of course, it also helps give Lashley energy left over to beat up Strowman with his real friends. No Disqualifications was obviously for this to happen. Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre taking the Shield triple powerbomb to the extreme was an interesting choice. If Roman Reigns was healthy, I would think this would lead to Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre taking on a once-again-reunited Shield at Wrestlemania. Even with Dean Ambrose supposedly leaving after Mania, one last ride with his brothers would be a great match for him to have at Wrestlemania, and it could be a feel-good send-off moment when the Shield stands tall for one last fist bump.
We all knew Ruby Riott was going to lose, but Ronda sure beat her quickly. Ruby should stick with Liv and Sarah and try to Freebird the Women’s Tag Titles. As for the rest of the Raw Women’s Championship segment, it was amazing! Becky surprises us, and then her beating both Charlotte and Ronda up with the crutch was a lot of fun. This wasn’t the route I pictured for the Triple Threat but it’s working out. Now if only Asuka would have something lined up. Lacey Evans randomly showing up was just weird, but maybe she is their choice to build for Asuka in the home stretch. Then after a huge block of WWE’s own ads, we finally get to the world title chamber. It was really good with how they played on all the story, and it was perfect to have Bryan start and Kofi hang with him.
In the back of my mind, I knew Kofi wasn’t going to win, but they did such a great job making it seem like Kofi could’ve pulled it off. It is a shame Ali wasn’t getting this same shine because of injury, but Ali will be back and can continue where he left off. Fastlane is coming, and that will surely be used to determine the next challenger. A lot of it depends on Ali’s physical health, so anything could happen. It’d be great if Kofi got another chance, but the New Day have said Kofi will get the title in 2019, so it doesn’t have to be at Mania, even if Mania is the place for such great moments.
My Score: 8.3/10