ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 351
Best in the World is on the horizon, but the ROH World Tag Team Championships are going to be on the line ahead of time! Mark & Jay Briscoe will defend their titles against Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh just weeks before their defense against The Young Bucks! Can #DemBoyz retain to then do it all again in Maryland?
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- Jonathan Gresham VS Flip Gordon; Gordon wins.
- Kelly Klein VS Deonna Purrazzo; Kelly wins.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K; The Briscoes wins and retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jonathan Gresham VS Flip Gordon!
The Octopus and the Captain of #FlipArmy are two of ROH’s young and upcoming stars, but only one can win tonight. Flip knows Gresham is a “technical wizard”, but he is the “high-flying extraordinaire.” He simply wants the fans to “sit back, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride.” Will it be the technical tentacles or the aerial arsenal that wins the day?
The fans are fired up for Flip as he and Gresham uphold the Code of Honor. The bell rings and they circle. Gresham and Flip tie up, and Gresham brings Flip down to a knee. Gresham rolls with the wristlock, but Flip rolls, only for Gresham to follow. Flip gets to ropes and flips through, but Gresham brings him back down. Flip handsprings and reverses to a headlock, but Gresham flips through to escape. Gresham sweeps the legs, but Flip flips to land on his feet! Flip says Gresham “Can’t See Me”?! Gresham and Flip low-five to show respect, then circle again. They tie up, and Flip powers Gresham back to a corner. Flip backs off, then whips Gersham corner to corner. Gresham goes up and over, then runs, but Flip jumps around. Things speed up, Flip flips but Gresham drops the elbow!
Fans applaud and rally as Gresham aims at Flip in the corner. Gresham runs but blocks that boot to give a chop. Gresham fakes the chop then whips Flip hard into buckles. Flip staggers right into Gresham’s standing abdominal stretch! Flip fights out but Gresham pulls back his arm. Gresham bends the fingers all around, then around some more. Flip endures as Gresham pulls, and puts on the full stretch. Gresham grinds and bends Flip, but fans rally. Flip feeds off the energy and pries his way out, but Gresham blocks the hip toss. Gresham shoves and shoulders Flip, then pushes him again for a forearm to the back. Flip clutches his back but Gresham shoves him again. Flip counters with a forearm on the rebound!
Gresham grimaces, and hits Flip back with an elbow. Flip swings but Gresham body shot counters. Gresham runs, but into Flip’s dropkick! Gresham ends up on the outside, and Flip builds speed, to FLY! The triangle leap takes them both out while we go to break!
ROH returns to Gresham stalking Flip. Fans rally but Gresham chops Flip against the ropes. Gresham whips but Flip holds the ropes. Gresham chops Flip again, and Flip responds with his own chop. They go back and forth with chops, then move to forearms. Gresham hits, then Flip hits, then back again. They go faster and faster, around and around the ring, and fans are firing up! Gresham fires up, but Flip intercepts with the scorpion kick. Flip runs, but Gresham follows to springboard! Gresham wants the DDT but Flip denies with power! Flip powers through, and Falcon Arrows Gresham down! The back slows his cover, TWO! Flip throws a kick but Gresham gets under to roll Flip up, TWO! Flip kicks, sweeps the legs, but Gresham kips up. Gresham enziguris Flip, but Flip Peles Gresham! Flip runs, springboards, Star-Spangled Stunner!
Cover, Flip wins!
Winner: Flip Gordon, by pinfall
Flip takes flight and takes the win! Flip continues to climb up in ROH, will he get his wish of someone deciding to #BookFlip at All-In?
But wait, the no-longer-retired Bully Ray is marching his way out!
Flip notices and is on his guard! Bully stares at Flip, and tells the young star “put your hands down. If I was gonna get you, I woulda got you already.” Bully wants to let us know he knows things about Flip now that changed his opinion of Flip. He didn’t know Flip is from Montana. Bully’s parents always wanted to retire to Montana. 15 years ago, Bully’s mother died of cancer. When she died, Bully was in the process of buying his father a 15-acre ranch in Montana. “In the middle of the purchase of the property, my dad had a heart attack and died.” Bully presents pictures of his parents. Flip takes them and looks at them. Those were the same cards Bully presented at his Hall of Fame speech. Bully’s family could’ve been Flip’s neighbors.
Another thing he knows about Flip now is that he really was in the Army. Anybody that knows Bully knows that Bully is very patriotic and supportive of the Army. “Listen, I might not agree with the way you came up in the wrestling business”, but for everything Flip has done for this country, Bully will respect Flip as a person. Bully wants to shake Flip’s hand, salute him, and end the heat between them.
Fans applaud as Bully puts out his hand. Flip takes it and they shake. Flip hands back Bully’s pictures, and Bully takes his hat off to salute. And then he kicks Flip in the crotch! Fans boo and jeer the Hall-of-Famer for lying to them all. Bully asks Flip, “Do you know who I am?! I’m Bully Ray” and Flip is “a stupid Young Boy.” Bully leaves Flip down and out, will he face the consequences of this disrespect?
ROH looks at THE feud in the Women of Honor Division.
The Gatekeeper suffered “a bitter defeat” at Bound by Honor, 4/27/18, to Deonna Purrazzo. It was only Kelly’s second loss ever in ROH, but it was to her bitter rival. That was the last straw for Kelly as she would attack Deonna from behind. Then Kelly would attack Deonna on another night in “an unjustified retaliation.” Deonna would herself retaliate, but that didn’t settle this “violent grudge.” That comes tonight.
Kelly Klein VS Deonna Purrazzo!
Neither the Pretty Badass and the Virtuosa are the WOH Champion, but the title takes a backseat to the venom between them. Will the grudge be settled? Will the winner move up and challenge Sumie Sakai? Or will this only escalate things further?
But surprisingly, Deonna isn’t dressed in ring gear but street clothes. That’s because she’s skipping the wrestling match for a fight as she LEAPS out onto Kelly from the apron! Deonna only clips Kelly, but the fight is on! They brawl, and Deonna brings Kelly to the ground. Deonna whips Kelly into barriers! Then into the apron edge! Deonna puts Kelly in the ring, the bell rings, and Deonna goes right after the arm with a wrench and uppercut. She pulls on the arm, wrenches it more, then drops it with an arm code breaker. Fans fire up with Deonna, but Kelly knees low. Kelly whips but Deonna reverses into a Russian leg sweep. Deonna rolls Kelly around, and goes for the Fujiwara! Kelly scrambles and turns it to a cover, TWO.
Deonna throws hands, and Kelly answers. They brawl back and forth with forearms, but Deonna boots Kelly out of the ring. Deonna gets back on the apron, the fans rally, but Kelly trips Deonna up! Kelly keeps on Deonna with a scoop, and Fall Away Slam! Deonna writhes while Kelly catches her breath. Fans rally while Kelly drags Deonna up and into the ring. Kelly stalks Deonna while we go to break.
ROH returns and Deonna jawbreakers Kelly away. Deonna throws forearms, Kelly answers, but Deonna rocks Kelly. Deonna fires off many more, then blocks the boot into the German Suplex! No bridge but Deonna holds on as they both stand up. Kelly resists and reverses, but Deonna ducks to hit the second German Suplex! Deonna brings Kelly up for the third! Deonna is all fired up, as are the fans. She goes back to Kelly, brings her up, but Kelly blocks the suplex to try the suplex. Deonna slips out and rolls Kelly, but Kelly slips out. Deonna kicks low, then tries again, snap suplex to cover, TWO, into the Fujiwara!
Kelly screams as she endures the wrenching. She moves around and reaches with her legs, for the ropebreak! Deonna lets go at 4, then drags Kelly back up. Deonna chops Kelly, then chops her again, and again, and again and again and again, then just fires off hands. She runs, but into the tilt-o-whirl, which she turns into another try at the Fujiwara! Kelly resists, and powers Deonna into the post! Kelly runs in for the forearm, then the back elbow, then the discus clothesline. She drags Deonna but Deonna shoves her away. Deonna boots Kelly down, and fans build to a rally.
Kelly staggers over and still hits Deonna. Kelly hoists Deonna up top, but Deonna shoves Kelly away, only for Kelly to come back with forearms. Deonna boots again but Kelly turns her sideways. Kelly climbs up, picks Deonna up, and though Deonna resists, Kelly throws her with a SUPER Fall Away Slam!
Kelly crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans build to a rally as Kelly drags Deonna up. Kelly toys with Deonna before lifting her in the fireman’s carry. Deonna slips off and shoves Kelly, and Kelly goes into the ref! They both go down, and Deonna hits a cutter! Cover, but the ref is down! The fans count past three, but that doesn’t matter. And Deonna is furious. Deonna argues with the referee, but Kelly gets up behind her. Kelly boots and prepares, but Deonna resists. Deonna pries her way out, and gets the Fujiwara again! Kelly rolls through, to her guillotine! Deonna taps, Kelly wins!
Winner: Kelly Klein, by submission
Call it a mistake, call it bad luck, you still have to say Deonna lost to Kelly again. The Gatekeeper gets away just before Deonna explodes with anger. Kelly has avenged on loss on her record, will she go after Sumie Sakai to avenge her first?
Jay Lethal finally gives his Best in the World announcement.
“Let it be known that at Best in the World, I have gotten what I have asked for.” Lethal, Kushida, 1v1! For those who forgot, back at War of the Worlds 2014, Lethal beat Kushida 1v1. Then in 2017, a WotW rematch at WotW, Kushida won. The series has been tied and this is the rubber. Kushida, Lethal, we will finally see who is Best in the World.
Dalton Castle speaks.
“Bring them to me. Bring them all to me!” The Peacock wants the best challengers, and now in Baltimore, Maryland, he finds himself against two challengers who are serious threats. Should he be worried of collusion? Take a whiff. He smells like fire because he rages inside like a furnace. Cody and Marty should be afraid of him. Will the Peacock retain his title against two members of The Bullet Club?
ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS Roppongi 3K!
Caprice Coleman joins commentary for this crossover championship match as NJPW’s Sho & Yoh return to ROH and #ManUp to take on #DemBoyz, the record 9-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. Win or lose, Mark & Jay Briscoe will still move on to Best in the World to face The Young Bucks! Matt & Nick Jackson want revenge for what The Briscoes did in their tag title match weeks ago, but will the belts be coming with them to Maryland?
There’s no Code of Honor when it’s Sandy Fork VS Everybody, and there’s no respect either as The Briscoes attack Sho & Yoh from behind! Mark & Jay throw hands, then chops and headbutts. Jay has Yoh outside while Mark throws hands on Sho inside. Jay whips Yoh but Yoh reverses to send Jay into barriers! Mark chops Sho down, then rolls him around before winding up. Mark runs, but Yoh gets in and drop toeholds Mark, and Sho adds the basement dropkick. RPG3K fires up as Sho brings Mark over. Sho snapmares, Yoh tags in, and Yoh slingshots in for double stomps. Yoh clubs on Mark, then kicks him. He throws forearms in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Mark reverses, Jay runs in but into a boot. Yoh waistlocks Mark and pushes him into Jay.
Mark helps his brother exit, but Yoh throws hands on Mark. Yoh whips but Mark reverses again, and Jay returns. Things speed up as Jay back elbows Yoh and Mark runs perpendicular to clothesline Yoh down! Mark then back elbows Sho just because, and the champions loom over Yoh while we go to break.
ROH returns and fans rally as Jay grinds Yoh in a chinlock. Yoh stands up, fights out with elbows, but runs into a dropkick. Jay drags Yoh up, tags in Mark, and they mug Yoh. Mark brings Yoh up, throws forearms and slaps. He just toys with Yoh, thinking of RPG3K as nothing more than the Tempura Boyz they were a year ago. Yoh slaps back! Mark is shocked, but he gives more forearms. He whips Yoh corner to corner, but Yoh puts him on the apron. Mark pulls Yoh’s hair to bring him down, then climbs up. Yoh staggers up, and Mark leaps, but his ax handle is hit away with a dropkick! Both men are down, but crawling for their corners. Hot tag to Jay, and Jay leaps over to take out Sho before Yoh can tag.
Jay then headbutts Yoh back down, before bringing him up for another. Yoh staggers to ropes, and Jay chokes him. Jay lets go at 4, and Mark shouts “We know the rules!” Jay drags Yoh back up for a European Uppercut, then another. Yoh falls, and Jay drags Yoh up into a camel clutch. Jay spits at Sho, so Sho comes in and kicks at Jay. The referee backs Sho off while Jay and Mark stomp away on Yoh. Sho protests but that only allows #DemBoyz to fake the tag and let Mark continue on Yoh. Mark puts Yoh back in the clutch, and hooks the face of Yoh. Mark lets go at 4, then brings Yoh up.
Yoh hits back but Mark dares him to keep going. Mark then kicks and kicks Yoh down, and whips him. Yoh reverses into an enziguri! They circle, Yoh hits the backbreaker to neckbreaker! Fans rally, and Yoh hot tags to Sho! Sho rallies on both Briscoes! Sho whips Mark, Mark reverses but Sho uses that to dropkick Jay down. Mark swings but Sho keeps moving, to SPEAR Mark! Fans are fired up with Sho as he runs in corner to corner for the big clothesline. Sho throws Mark with a German Suplex! And again! And, no, Mark blocks the third, but Yoh comes in to SUPERKICK Mark into the third! Bridging pin, TWO! RPG3K fires up and the fans join in. Yoh brings Mark up, suplexes onto Sho’s shoulder, then runs, only for Jay to trip him up.
Jay drags Yoh out while Mark slips off the shoulder. Sho fights Mark off with elbows while Jay puts Yoh into barriers. Sho whips but Mark reverses. Mark runs in but misses, yet still clobbers Sho with a clothesline. Tag to Jay, and Jay boots Sho down again while we go to one more break.
ROH returns again, and The Briscoes double whip Sho to double shoulder him down. Mark brings Sho up in crucifix bomb position, and Jay joins in for the crucifix neckbreaker! High stack, but Yoh breaks it just in time!! Jay goes after Yoh with a right hand. Fans rally for “Roppongi! Roppongi!” while Jay goes back to the corner. Mark chops Sho, then tags in Jay. Mark hoists Sho up top and rocks him with a right. Jay climbs up to join Sho, but Yoh and Mark do the same on another corner. Sho fights back while Yoh and Mark fight. Mark sends Yoh back down, then Jay SUPERPLEXES Sho! Mark hits Froggy Bow! Jay covers, TWO!? Jay shakes his head, that’s not possible, but fans are loving this!
Sho stirs, but Jay drags him up again. Jay hoists Sho back up onto the top rope, but backwards. He tags in Mark, and Mark climbs up. Jay joins, but Yoh also returns. Yoh trips up Jay now, and Sho fights off Mark. Yoh puts Jay into barriers now, while Mark drags Sho back in a waistlock. Sho fights but Mark goes for the sleeper hold. Sho backs Mark down, and Yoh tags in. Yoh takes Jay down again, then runs to give the back elbow to Mark. Sho adds the clothesline, then Roppongi Poetry in Motion! Yoh brings Mark out, but Mark fights off the suplex. Mark fights both Tempura Boyz with haymakers and chops, then vows to end this himself, only to run into double knee strikes!
Mark falls all the way out of the ring and regroups with Jay. Fans fire up for RPG3K, and they build speed to DOUBLE FLY!
Fans are thunderous and RPG3K feeds off that energy! Sho & Yoh target Mark and put him in the ring. They prepare the finish, suplexing Mark onto Sho’s shoulder. Yoh runs, and they hit the Roppongi Cutter!
Cover, TWO!! RPG3K were so close, they can’t believe it. But they don’t stop, as Sho brings Mark up. Sho backstabbers Mark and feeds him to Yoh’s dropkick. They fire up even more, and want THE 3K. Fans rally with them as RPG3K stalk Mark. But then Jay throws in a chair! The referee is distracted, Mark LOW BLOWS Yoh! Sho fires off hands, but then he gets caught into the sleeper. Jay tags in, and while Mark keeps Sho down, Jay gives Yoh the Jay Driller!
Cover, The Briscoes win!
Winners: The Briscoes, Jay pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions
Mark lets go of Sho, leaving both members of RPG3K down and out. The Briscoes didn’t break any rules, but they didn’t finish this fair and square. Either way, they’re still the champs, and move on to Best in the World. Will the #SuperkickParty waiting for them be what ends their current reign? Or will they use another cheap trick to get away with the gold?
A pretty solid night for ROH with plenty of time still before Best in the World. Gresham VS Gordon was great, and Flip has been rising as a star. Wow did Bully increase the Heel heat against him with that promo right after the match. He swerves us with the emotional talk that makes you think he’s turned, but then he gets everyone to 180 when he reveals he’s still a Heel. Bully VS Flip really needs to happen, especially since it’ll increase Flip’s star power even more. Kelly VS Deonna was good, but still a bit sloppy for two women so familiar with each other. Word is is that Deonna is going back to WWE, so her losing to give Kelly back her win might be akin to Deonna’s good-bye match as far as ROH TV.
Good promos from Jay Lethal and Dalton Castle. Great to hear Lethal VS Kushida 3 is happening, but since it’s an ROH event and Lethal is on his loss-redemption tour, Lethal has to be the one to go over. And what a great main event that was for two tag teams that went through shifts in their characters over the last year. Sho & Yoh really were that close to being champions, but story is why Briscoes went over. Briscoes VS Bucks means so much more with the titles on the line, but the in-ring action would still be great either way. Hopefully Sho & Yoh make more returns to ROH given the partnership with NJPW, and maybe with Rocky Romero this time to try for the World Six Man Tag titles.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (12/18/18)
It’s the SmackDown after TLC, and The Empress of Tomorrow has taken the throne! Will The Queen or The Man come back for revenge?
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Naomi; Asuka wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- The Miz & ??? VS ???; The Miz & Mandy Rose win.
- The Usos VS The Club; No Contest.
- AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali VS Daniel Bryan & Andrade “Cien” Almas; win.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon addresses the entire roster at once.
He informs them that last night on raw–BOO!–The McMahons ushered in a “fresh start” for the entire WWE. There will be new faces, new match-ups and new opportunities. That’s because the McMahons are finally listening. They owe it to the company and to the WWE Universe. The locker room can agree to that. This all starts tonight. Don’t just reach for brass rings, but grab it, rip it down and take it for all it’s worth! Shane thanks General Manager Paige and brings her forward. On behalf of everyone, Shane thanks Paige for her work as GM. Paige isn’t going anywhere, but her position is changing. “Thank you, Paige! Thank you, Paige!”
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
The Man is without her belt, and she’s not happy about it. Becky battled tooth and nail with Charlotte Flair and Asuka, but it would be the Raw Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey, who affected the outcome! Asuka has the title and someone’s gonna pay for that. Fans cheer Becky on but she says it doesn’t matter who’s running the show, she’s in charge. There’s all this “corporate nonsense speech”, but she’s in front of the people because this is where the real business is conducted. And all Becky wants from the McMahons is Ronda Rousey served up. “Ronnie” better listen. When Becky stepped into Ronda’s business, she faced her up front, made her tap in the locker room and fought her in the ring. But when Ronda stepped into Becky’s business, she didn’t even stick around to fight.
Ronda pushed the ladder down but Becky worked way too hard to “let some Rowdy Piper cosplayer take it all away from me!” But now The Queen appears! She has had her own issues with Ronda, and was equally screwed over by Ronda’s interference. Charlotte joins Becky in the ring with her own microphone, and fans “WOO~!” Charlotte tells Becky to take a number. In fact, be number two behind The Queen, “because Ronda stole my opportunity at TLC.” Speaking of cosplayers… And Becky will no longer be behind Charlotte. Yet the days of her looking up to Charlotte are #ThenNowandForever. Let’s be real. The odds were, Charlotte would’ve become the eight time Women’s Champion. Becky and Charlotte argue, but then THE SmackDown Women’s Champion appears!
Asuka heads to the ring, the belt around her waist. She joins Charlotte and Becky in the ring, and with both of them glaring at her, tells them “Forget Ronda. Asuka is the champion now~!” Becky wants Asuka to prove it. Charlotte says Asuka should thank Ronda. Asuka is a paper champion thanks to Ronda’s help. But Becky and Charlotte still argue with each other, so here comes VINCE MCMAHON!? The Chairman was on Raw, and now he’s on SmackDown! And Mr. McMahon quickly wishes everyone a happy holidays before moving to business. He congratulates the new champion, Asuka, and then says Becky’s behavior is unbecoming. Someone owes her something? Same goes for Charlotte, making her excuses. It was a TLC Triple Threat, “anything goes”, which means anyone could jump in.
And they did, it was Ronda. Ronda wants to write the next chapter. So get over it and settle things with Ronda. Now, how about Asuka defending that title tonight? Fans like the sound of that, as does Asuka. Well they’ll figure out who that is tonight! And with that, here comes Naomi! Naomi says Charlotte had her chance, and Becky lost. But now Naomi wants her shot! Vince considers the options, and makes the match! The Empress and The Glow collide, who will have that throne by the end of the night?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Naomi!
SmackDown returns as the bell rings. Asuka and Naomi are noted friends but they’re willing to fight for the top spot tonight. They tie up and go around, and Naomi wrenches the arm. Charlotte and Becky watch ringside, both wanting to see who they’ll be targeting after this is done. Asuka goes for the ropes and flips through. Asuka reverses but Naomi kicks and flips through, too. Naomi cartwheels and reverses to an armlock. Asuka fights out and arm-drags Naomi down. Asuka grinds a knee into Naomi but fans rally up. Naomi headscissors but Asuka pops out, only to run into Naomi’s headlock takeover. Asuka headscissors but Naomi pops out. The two stand off and fans applaud.
Asuka whips Naomi then follows, but Naomi dodges. Naomi runs into a waistlock but resists. Naomi slips out of the back suplex, but dropkicks cancel out! Fans fire up as the two circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, but Naomi spins. Asuka kicks but Naomi waistlocks to a full nelson. Asuka standing switches but Naomi arm-drags. Naomi kicks Asuka stiff in the back! Asuka gets a leg and goes for an ankle lock! Naomi rolls through to escape, then gets that full nelson. Full Nelson bomb, body scissor cover! TWO and Asuka makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi goes for the crucifix cover, TWO! Asuka slips out to a Fujiwara armbar! Fans applaud but Becky and Charlotte are stone faced.
Naomi gets up and fights back but Asuka forearms, too. Asuka whips but Naomi goes up. The twerk attack is denied with a kick! Asuka brings Naomi to the ropes to kick her, making sure Charlotte and Becky see it all clearly. Naomi gets to a corner and back elbows Asuka. Naomi hops up but Asuka clubs her. Asuka climbs for an elevated abdominal stretch. The ref counts and Asuka lets go, to brag that “Asuka champion!” But Naomi gives her a SUPER Russian Leg Sweep! Naomi can’t make the cover, and both women are down while we go picture in picture.
Naomi and Asuka slowly stir, and Naomi sits up first. Asuka rolls out, but Naomi sees her. Naomi slingshots and planchas! Asuka goes down in a heap, but Naomi is right on her. Naomi puts Asuka back in, then covers, TWO! Naomi keeps on Asuka with a buckle bump. She stomps Asuka, then grinds in her chaser lights. She backs off at 4, and Asuka hits back. Asuka kicks from the mat but Naomi grabs a leg to smash it on the mat! Naomi sits Asuka up to hit the sliding lariat! Naomi then wraps on a chinlock to grind Asuka down. Asuka endures as Naomi pulls back on the chinlock. Asuka fights her way up, and then fights free of the hold. Naomi shoves Asuka to light her up with kicks! Asuka kicks, Naomi kicks, then double roundhouses! Both women are down but it doesn’t impress Charlotte or Becky.
Asuka and Naomi crawl to ropes and use them to stand. Asuka runs in but her hip attack misses. Naomi dropkicks Asuka out of the ring! The referee checks on Asuka but she’s okay. Naomi slides, but is caught and dragged out! We return to single picture as Asuka catches her breath. Fans rally up for Asuka as she brings Naomi back into the ring. Asuka climbs up top, and leaps for a missile dropkick to Naomi’s back! Naomi rolls out but Asuka pursues. Asuka stomps Naomi down, then even toys with her. Asuka brings Naomi back up to run her all the way to the timekeeper’s area. Naomi goes up and hits back with a springboard enziguri! Both women are down right in front of Becky, who actually seems amused now.
A ring count begins and passes 5 before either woman stirs. Asuka crawls and gets in at 9, Naomi in at 9.5! The match continues and both women stare down. They approach and start brawling with forearms. Naomi hits, Asuka hits, repeat! Naomi gets an edge, but runs into the pop-up knee! Asuka aims at Naomi in the corner, runs in, but into boots. Asuka deflects them only to get another enziguri! Naomi has Asuka in the drop zone, GLow Ship hits knees! ASUKA LOCK!! Naomi rolls but Asuka is a backpack now. Naomi gets up and uses buckles for leverage! Cover, TWO, the Asuka Lock is in deep!! Naomi gets up again, sits out, but Asuka rolls her over for a waistlock. Naomi counters the German Suplex to a victory roll, TWO! REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!!
Naomi almost had Asuka but she keeps her cool. She goes to the apron and takes aim. Naomi springboards, but into a code breaker!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is furious, and goes for her lock again! She makes suer Charlotte and Becky watch, as Naomi taps! Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Empress didn’t know Naomi would step up, but she does prove that she’s ready for anyone! Charlotte and Becky both want that title back, but will they be ready for Asuka?
The Miz visits The McMahons backstage.
Vince is the one who answers the knock. Miz was hoping for Shane. Sorry, he can’t come out to play. Well, then with Vince here, Miz hopes Vince understands the “rough patch” he and Shane are going through. But Miz is the utility man of SmackDown. He knows he and Shane could be #BestTagTeamintheWorld!
And what is Vince to do about that? Miz is a worthy partner for Shane’s son. He just wants Vince’s blessing. Blessing? Vince has never given that in his life. He doesn’t believe in blessings. Miz isn’t getting his blessing, but he can prove himself. Vince will find a team, and a partner for Miz, and Miz can prove how great a tag team wrestler he really is. Miz is eager for this opportunity, but will he be able to make the most of it when he has no idea who he’s against and who he’s teaming with?
Backstage interview with Rusev & Lana!
The Bulgarian Brute beat Shinsuke Nakamura in a tag team match, does this earn him a United States Championship match? Rusev hopes the McMahons are watching, because Rusev is a man of action. He proved Nakamura he is a worthy challenger. Rusev is a handsome superstar super athlete! You could shave his beard off and make a baby sweater out of it, and sell it for thousands of dollars on eBay! Have you seen how Nakamura looks lately? All blue, like Sonic the Hedgehog. Nakamura can run fast and run far, but he’s not escaping Rusev. Rusev will get his hands on Nakamura, and get that US Championship back, on Rusev Day! The challenge has been issued, what will the McMahons have to say about that?
Jeff Hardy heads to the ring!
The Charismatic Enigma has been the target of Samoa Joe’s mind games, but isn’t letting it get him down. Hardy hears Joe has reconsidered his actions and wants to apologize? Some of the things Joe said were true, that Hardy has been weak, made mistakes, “but that was then, this is now!” Hardy wakes up and worships the fact that he is alive, well, and here. So Joe can “apologize”, to Hardy’s face! Samoa Joe does come out, microphone in hand. Joe tells Hardy, “I am sorry.” Joe is sorry because this is not an apology after all. They should’ve done this long ago. This is an intervention.
Joe wants Hardy to look at him, they’ve known each other a long time, and Joe is very worried for Hardy. This is the holiday season, and it can be rough on a man like Hardy. Those demons will come right back and control him again. Enough! The more Joe reminds Hardy about his past, the more Hardy remembers he’s never going back. Hardy sees right through Joe. Joe attacks other people’s weaknesses to cover his own insecurities up. Is it because Joe hasn’t had a title in two years? Joe has nothing to say, but he will attack! And Hardy is ready! Twist of Fate! Hardy leaves Joe down, but will he render The Destroyer OBSOLETE?
The Miz & ??? VS ???
The Hollywood A-Lister wants to team with Shane O’Mac, but he can’t get Vince McMahon’s blessing. However, he can prove it, if he wins this Mixed Match Challenge. Miz’s partner is the Golden Goddess, Mandy Rose! A pretty good choice for a partner, but then, who are the Golden Stars facing? The Mixed Match Challenge champions, the FABULOUS Truth!! R-Truth & Carmella defeated #Mahalicia to win the 30th spots in the Men’s & Women’s Royal Rumbles, which was preceded by defeating the previous champions, Team AWESKA! Can Truth & Carmella repeat the process against Miz and Maryse? Er, Mandy?
The bell rings and the women start us off. Carmella and Mandy tie up, and Mandy powers Carmella to the ropes. Mandy throws Carmella but then Carmella dodges to headscissor around the world! Carmella dropkicks Mandy to the corner, Miz tags in. Truth comes in and things speed up. Truth wheelbarrow to victory rolls, TWO! Miz gets up but Truth clotheslines him out. Mandy regroups with Miz, but FABULOUS Truth give us a DANCE BREAK! The flossing and twerking has it’s time, but Mandy runs in! Truth saves Carmella to FABULOUS Kick her! But Miz gets Truth with a Skull Crushing Finale! Cover, Miz & Mandy win!
Winners: The Miz & Mandy Rose, Miz pinning
The Golden Goddess takes the hit but her team gets the win! Will this convince Vince to let Shane and Miz team up? What will Shane have to say about this?
WWE takes a look at the new faces coming to the main roster!
Monsters, Beasts, Vipers, Giants. None of them compare to the Leviathan! Lars Sullivan is a dominate Freak and promises to destroy the roster.
The Lady of NXT, the Model Soldier, Lacey Evans is armed with a Woman’s Right to hit hard and class it up.
#SteaksAndWeights fuel Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic in tag team wrestling! They have a “damn good time” in the ring, and they’re COMIIIIN’!
The Loony Lass loves to play! SAnitY’s Twisted Sister finally joins her chaotic crew, who wants to play?
The Top One Percent prepares for #VictoryAfterVictory on the main roster! Will he find brand new success as he jumps from #NX3 to TV?
The Usos head to the ring!
Jimmy & Jey may not have won that SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, but they were up against The New Day and The Bar. But they’re not too bummed out, because they’re still the constant of WWE. They may not won, but they weren’t pinned. The gold is still on their minds, so The Bar should come out here and– Wait, that’s not The Bar, that’s The Club! Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson walk out with mics, and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Anderson hears this week after week, Usos, New Day, Bar, repeat. Those are great teams having great matches but they had a rap battle? And The Good Brothers haven’t been around since August? That’s four months that a legit great tag team of the decade has been on the sidelines. But no more. It’s a clean slate, so let’s clean house. Time to get paid.
The Usos explain they’re not the reason The Club slipped through the cracks. You either step up or get stepped on. And these two better step up or turn around. Well they’re not turning around, so Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! A referee hurries out, and we might have a match! Yes, this IS a match! Will the #OGBC break free of the #LockDown?
The Usos VS The Club!
SmackDown returns and Anderson has Jimmy down in a chinlock. Fans rally up and Jimmy fights his way up, only for Anderson to wrangle him back down. Jey recovers on the outside, having been treated just as rough. Fans rally again and Jimmy reaches for his brother. Anderson kicks and whips Jimmy, then hits a big uppercut in the corner. Tag to Gallows and he headbutts Jimmy in the ribs. Gallows roundhouses Jimmy, then covers, TWO! Gallows drives elbows into Jimmy over and over, then warps on a new chinlock. Fans still rally for Jimmy, and Jimmy gets a second wind. Jimmy fights with body shots but Gallows knees low. Gallows whips but Jimmy dodges to send the boot into the corner! Gallows tumbles out, but he crawls back in. He and Jimmy both crawl to their corners, hot tags to Anderson and Jey!
Jey rallies on Anderson with big clotheslines and a back kick. He uppercuts then dodges Anderson to give him a Samoan Drop! Fans fire up with Jey as he aims at Anderson. Jey runs corner to corner but misses the hip attack. Anderson rocket kicks then neckbreakers! Cover, TWO! Anderson keeps his cool and tags in Gallows. The Club go after Jey together, fireman’s carry, but Anderson gets tripped up! Jey slips out to sunset flip but Gallows pulls him back up. Gallows hits the two-handed sit-out choke slam! Cover, TWO! Jey survives and The Club is frustrated. Gallows runs but jimmy tags in. Both Usos kick Gallows away! Tag back, Jimmy leaps but into Gallows’ hand. Gallows catches Jey, too, but both Usos kick him away. Anderson tags in just before The Usos clothesline Gallows out!
Jey is in the ring and aims at Gallows, but Anderson intercepts with a shotgun kick! Jey is all hung up and we go picture in picture! Everyone else is down while the ref helps Jey out of the ropes. Jey goes to the floor, and the ref checks on him. He’s okay to continue somehow, and hurries back up. Anderson is on him and puts him in the ring. Anderson climbs, leaps, flying neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Anderson grows frustrated. Anderson brings Jey back up, but Jey wants a fireman’s carry. Anderson slips out but Jey standing switches. They run to ropes and Gallows tags in! Jey rolls Anderson but gets a YAKUZA Kick! Cover, TWO! Gallows drags Jey up, gut wrench but Jey slips out. Jimmy tags in, SUPERKICK rocks Gallows! Jimmy leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
The Usos are shocked but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Gallows rocks him with an uppercut. Gallows tags Anderson and Anderson climbs up after Jimmy. Jey is still down from his bad leg, but Jimmy fights Anderson off. Jimmy shoves Anderson down, but Anderson gets under the leap. SUPERKICK for Gallows, SUPERKICK for Anderson! Jimmy keeps going, climbing again. But wait, NOW The Bar appears! Jimmy watches Cesaro & Sheamus head down the ramp, but still leaps for the Usos Splash! Cover, but SAnitY attacks?!
Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain & Eric Young attack both The Usos and The Club, seemingly doing what The Bar wanted to themselves. Big Damo aims at Jey, and crushes him with The Divide! Wheelbarrow neckbreaker from Eric to Anderson! Wolfe gets Jimmy up and Damo enters. They work together for the power slam neckbreaker combo! Cesaro & Sheamus watch SAnitY walk past, and Eric says “We beat you to it!” Will SAnitY soon target the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?
The Bar brush it off and go after the Usos and Club themselves! They throw Anderson into a post, then Gallows into barriers! Jey gets thrown into barriers, and The Bar raise their belts. Cesaro & Sheamus don’t care if things are changing, they’re determined to stay the champions. But will things get too chaotic for even them to survive?
Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.
“Rusev, I should be afraid of you? I should be afraid of this?” The King of Strong Style plays footage of Total Divas, as Rusev turns his trunks into a Speedo. Then there are highlights of him and Lana, and Rusev just being generally goofy. Nakamura says Rusev is no champion contender. He’s not a star. Rusev is a total diva. Will the King of Strong Style be able to keep Rusev far away from the title? Or will this only motivate the Bulgarian Brute to come after him harder?
Be sure to tune into the USA Network this Wednesday for the New Day’s WWE 2018 Pancake Powered New Year Super Spectacular~! They’ll look abck at the most unforgettable moments of the WWE. Featuring who? Who who who? John Cena! Roman Reigns! Braun Strowman! Becky Lynch! And many more! Join them so that you will have a very merry ho! Li day! Ho! Li day!
AJ Styles & Mustafa Ali VS Daniel Bryan & Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
This may be a new phase for the WWE, but the New Daniel Bryan is still the WWE Champion, and he surprisingly didn’t have to cheat to do it. But fair fight or not, that doesn’t mean The Phenomenal One and Beacon of Light will just leave it at that. They team together for the first time ever to go against the New Bryan as well as El Idolo!
But before the match, Bryan picks up a mic. Fans boo and jeer as Bryan says he “killed the Yes Movement.” Bryan destroyed the House that AJ Styles Built. But unlike the fans, Bryan isn’t about destruction, he’s about creation. He will create something better. Bryan is creating a “brave new world.” He understands the fans won’t like it, because they fear change. How else can they explain the “vacuous consumption” and the destruction of the planet that gives us life? Fresno, California is the guiltiest of all! Some fans actually agree. Bryan is sickened by how proud and ignorant they are. Fresno is #1 in pollution in California! “Shame! Shame!” Bryan shames all of the Fresno fans!
“Self-education is the only kind of education there is.” And that might work for some, but “you people” wouldn’t know education if it was handed to them through a drive-thru window! Fresno should not try self-education because they will fail! Actually, it looks like they failed already. But they have someone to show them the way, to teach them the right way to live. And that man is “your WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!” That aside, Almas & Vega make their entrance, as well as Styles and Ali, and we finally have this match, after the break.
SmackDown returns as Bryan circles with Styles, but tags out to Almas. Almas and Styles circle now and tie up. Almas kicks low then fires off forearms and CHOPS. He rams knees in, too, then whips Styles corner to corner. Styles reverses, but Almas back elbows him away. Almas runs but Styles catches the kick. Almas dodges, boot feint to back elbow! Cover, ONE, but El Idolo feels good about rocking the Phenomenal One. Almas puts Styles in a corner for more knees and forearms. Vega cheers her client on but fans rally for Styles. Almas brings Styles up for knees, but Styles hits back with haymakers. Almas scoops but Styles slips out. Styles gets a waistlock but Almas elbows out. Things speed up and Styles dropkicks Almas down!
Both men are down but fans rally up. Styles stands first and brings Almas up. Styles wrenches the arm and tags in Ali. Ali climbs and leaps for double stomps to Almas’ arm. Ali wrenches to a wristlock but Almas forearms out. Almas fireman’s carry and swings Ali, but Ali arm-drags through! Ali wrenches the arm but Almas back drops, only for Ali to sunset flip. TWO and Almas pulls hair! Bryan tags in and he mugs Ali in the corner. Bryan gives Ali “No Kicks” in the corner over and over. He backs off at 4, but brings Ali up to bump him off buckles. Bryan SLAPS Ali, and Vega applauds. Bryan wrenches Ali into an abdominal stretch. He bends Ali’s arm back and pulls hard, making Ali and Styles look at each other. Styles and fans rally for Ali, and Ali hip tosses out!
But Bryan tags Almas and Almas drops a leg on Ali’s arm! Almas taunts Styles, then grins as he brings Ali up. Almas CHOPS Ali against ropes, and Bryan wants uno mas. Vega wants one, too, so Almas stands Ali up for another CHOP! Bryan tags in and he brings Ali up for a chop of his own. Bryan whips Ali corner to corner then runs in, but Ali slips out to roundhouse Bryan back! Ali aims, slingshots for the somersault facebuster! Bryan bails out but Ali gets moving. Almas uses tranquilo to block the path and Vega joins him. Styles dropkicks Almas down! Vega freaks out, but Styles helps Ali FLY! Ali takes out Almas and Bryan and fans fire up while we go to break!
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Sonic and Astro vs Ares and Guerrero Especial
Especial and Astro start the match out with some ground grappling. They re-engage a few times and continue to grapple. Ares and Sonic come in next and they grapple as well, at a faster pace. They shake hands and Especial and Astro are back in. Astro hits a hurricanrana and then an arm drag. Afterwards he gets caught in a neck crank submission by Especial. Ares catches Sonic in a modified abdominal stretch. First Fall: Ares submits Sonic with a modified abdominal stretch.
Ares and Sonic start out and Sonic misses a drop kick but counters him with a cross body and head scissors. Sonic gets Espeical in a pinning combination for the pin. Astro gets in the ring with Ares and then submits him with an abdominal stretch. Second Fall: Astro submits Ares with an abdominal stretch.
Sonic gets double teamed to start this round. Especial hits a big spine buster on Astro. They make a come back when Sonic launches Astro into them with a drop kick. Ares launches Astro into Especial for a power bomb but it’s countered into a hurricanrana into a pin. Then Sonic catches Ares with a torture rack for the win. Third Fall: Sonic submits Ares with a torture rack.
Winners: Sonic and Astro
Millenium and Rey Samuray vs El Perverso and King Jaguar
Samuray and Jaguar start out in the ring striking each other. They start to trade submissions on the ground. Perverso and Millenium come in next and start to move at a faster pace. It was a stage of them countering each thing the other did. Samuray hits a cross body on Jaguar but then Perverso hits him with a back stabber for the pin. Jaguar hits a power slam on Millenium for the fall. First Fall: Jaguar pins Millenium with a power slam.
They start to beat on Millenium to begin the round. They continue to beat up on Samuray and Millenium. They make a come back and Millenium does a lionsault on Perverso for the pin, then Samuray slams Jaguar and hits a springboard lionsault for the fall. Second Fall: Rey Samuray pins King Jaguar with a springboard lionsault.
They third round starts with them all trading spots. Jaguar catches Samuray with a clothesline. Perverso misses a drop kick off the top to hit Jaguar. Millenium hits a over the top senton then gets a neck stretch on Jaguar. Samuray gets Perverso in an indian death lock for the win. Third Fall: Ray Samuray submits Perverso with an Indian death lock.
Winners: Millenium and Rey Samuray
Microman, El Gallito, and Atomo vs Chamuel, Perico Zakarias, Guapito
Guapito and Atomo do some posturing and grappling. Now they’re all brawling. Chamuel and Gallito are fighting and Microman is laid out. They continue brawling. It’s been a little awkward. Guapito had somebody in a pin but just got up. Now he’s squaring off with Microman. Microman hits knees to the corner on Guapito. Perico and Guapito try to double Gallito but fail. Gallito hits a dive on Guapito to the outside off the apron. Atomo hits a splash on Chamuel but stops his pin too. I don’t know what’s happening. Guapito gets Gallito in a camel clutch but Microman stops it. This is the longest first fall ever. Atomo gets Chamuel in an abdominal stretch for a submission and Microman hits a vader bomb on Zakarias for the fall. First Fall: Microman pins Zakarias with a vader bomb.
Apparently the match is over. I don’t know what happened. They never even showed the cards for rounds 2 and 3. Maybe it was one round or they cut their time short because they went so long. Weird.
Winners: Microman, El Gallito, and Atomo
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