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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (6/12/18)

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Which team is the best in the Cruiserweight Division?

The Lucha House Party brings the fun to the Cruiserweight Division, but Drew Gulak and his new friends refuse to let it continue. Can Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik stop the aggressive oppression of the Ungentlemanly Alliance? Plus, will Hideo Itami answer for his attack on Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick; Lucha House Party wins.
  • Akira Tozawa VS Steve Irby; Tozawa wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Tony Nese; Ali wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drake Maverick responds to the ending of last week’s 205 Live.

Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy were putting on yet another amazing match, all for the chance to be simply considered for a WWE Cruiserweight Championship match. However, just as Ali was closing in on victory, Hideo Itami would attack out of nowhere! Itami feels he deserves respect and a title shot, but this behavior is “unbecoming”. A “No Contest” is unacceptable, and Maverick wants everyone to know that ruining matches will not be tolerated. Therefore, Hideo Itami is not going to be even ON tonight’s episode. Maverick will talk out things with Murphy and Ali, but he won’t let that get in the way of tonight.

The Heart of 205 Live wants more action, and it’ll be against Murphy’s buddy, the Premier Athlete, Tony Nese! Can Ali get past all that happened last week to check off another win? Or will Nese impress and be the one to take a step towards Cedric Alexander’s Cruiserweight Championship?

 

Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick!

Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik have had their problems will all three Ungentle Men on the other side, but only because the Philly Stretcher, Extraordinary Gentleman and Man with a Plan looked down upon them. Will the luchadors fly above as the superior trio? Or will Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick teach them the new law of the land-based?

Before making their entrance, Gulak and crew have a backstage interview. Why have these three decided to join forces against LHS? To Kendrick, LHS fired the first shot when they claimed to be the best team on 205 Live. Kendrick vows his team will go through them. Gallagher adds that the luchadors “have enjoyed an unfair numbers advantage”, but now their alliance has evened things. Gulak’s vision for a #Better205Live is not a flying fiesta, but a technical master class. He’s simply bringing in his fellow professors to teach the “hoochadors” how to tap out.

The teams sort out, and Kalisto starts against Gallagher. The two circle, then tie up. Gallagher gets the waistlock and slam, and then a partial crossface. Kalisto stands up but Gallagher throws him back down. Gallagher shifts to a clutch, then back to the waistlock. Kalisto moves around, and arm-drags out of the slam. Kalisto says “STOP!” and does a little dance. Fans join in on the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants, then Kalisto arm-drags Gallagher. Kalisto wrenches Gallagher’s arm then tags in Lince Dorado. Dorado climbs, and hits a double ax handle. Dorado wrenches Gallagher, but Galagher pulls the mask. Kendrick tags in, and he whips but Dorado reverses. Dorado drop toeholds, walks all over Kendrick, then dares him to do something. Kendrick rushes in but Dorado back drops him.

Dorado tags Kalisto, then Kalisto tags Metalik. Kalisto runs, and Dorado gives him the boost for a falling splash. Metalik climbs up while Dorado adds his plank splash, then Metalik springboards for his own splash! Cover, TWO! Metalik brings Kendrick up, and whips him corner to corner. Kendrick reverses but Metalik goes up and over. Things speed up, Metalik rolls off Kendrick’s back, then swings on Kendrick. Kendrick ducks but Metalik comes back to headscissors Kendrick down! Then Metalik dropkicks Kendrick down, and brings him up to tag in Dorado. Dorado and Metalik double suplex Kendrick down, then cover, TWO. Kendrick scrambles and tags in Gulak.

Gulak walks right up to Dorado to haymaker Dorado down. But Dorado responds with a takedown, then gets running. Things speed up, and Dorado springboards to arm-drag and headscissors Gulak. Gulak gets out of the ring, Gallagher runs in but he gets sent out. Lucha House Party combines and fires up the fans, and with Kalisto and Metalik stabilizing him, Dorado leaps up to springboard and FLY!

Down go the Ungentle Men! Fans “Lucha! Lucha!” with the House Party. Dorado puts Gulak in, covers, TWO. Dorado brings Gulak up, Gulak swings but Dorado ducks to dropkick him back down. He brings Gulak back up, and tags Kalisto. Kalisto kicks Gulak but Gulak pulls the mask. Gallagher tags in and they mug Kalisto in their corner. Kalisto fights back and jawbreakers Gallagher. Kendrick tags in but Kalisto still gets Gallagher with the tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Kalisto mule kicks Gallagher away, but then Kendrick trips him up on the ropes! Kendrick covers, TWO, but Kendrick throws crossface forearms right away. Kendrick mocks “Lucha! Lucha!” as he stalks Kalisto. He bends Kalisto back in an armlock and dragon sleeper. Kendrick snap suplexes Kalisto then covers, TWO.

Tag to Gulak, and Gulak stomps away on Kalisto. Gulak drags Kalisto up for a scoop, and carries him around before slamming him. Cover, TWO, but Gulak puts Kalisto in a half straitjacket. Gulak puts him in the full straitjacket, and bends him back while fans rally. Kalisto gets up and out to jawbreaker Gulak, then hits Kendrick and Gallagher for good measure. Gulak grabs Kalisto’s leg, but Kalisto keeps reaching. Kendrick distracts so that the ref doesn’t see the tag! Dorado is held back, and Gallagher goes after Kalisto in the distraction, putting the Lucha Dragon into the apron while Gulak hits Metalik. Gallagher feeds Kalisto to Gulak for a stomp and cover, TWO. Gulak drags Kalisto over, Gallager tags back in. Gallagher drops an elbow, then drags Kalisto up for a standing abdominal stretch.

Fans rally as Kalisto endures. Kalisto pops out but Gallagher scoops and slams him. Now Gallagher mocks the “Lucha! Lucha!” as he stalks Kalisto. Kalisto crawls, but Gallagher is on him again. Tag to Kendrick, Gallagher throws Kalisto for hotshot on the ropes, then Kendrick boots him down! Cover, TWO! Kendrick rains down rights, then drags Kalisto up to tag Gulak. Gulak hits Kalisto and puts him in an Argentine Backbreaker Rack. Gulak carries Kalisto around, then slings him down. He puts Kalisto in a hammerlock and half crab! Kalisto endures the bending and stretching while fans rally. Kalisto fights with his free leg but Kendrick tags in to stomp him down. Kendrick drags Kalisto up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kalisto hits the buckles then the mat. Kendrick keeps on Kalisto with forearms, then backs off.

Kalisto kicks away on Kendrick but Kendrick powers him into the corner with shoulders. Kendrick backs off, then hoists Kalisto up top. He climbs up to join Kalisto but Kalisto fights back. Gulak comes over but Kalisto kicks him away. Kalisto leaps, for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but crawling. Hot tags to Gallagher and Metalik! Metalik springboards and crossbodies, then handsprings and chops Gallagher. He whips Gallagher but Gallagher reverses, only to run into Metalik’s SUPERKICK! Metalik hits the Sling-Dog, then runs the ropes to hit the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Metalik brings Gallagher up to tag in Dorado. They double whip and Dorado holds Gallagher up, for Metalik to springboard dropkick down. Jackknife cover but Gulak breaks it up just in time.

Gulak helps Gallagher to their corner, then tags in. Gulak goes after Dorado, but Dorado knees out to huricanrana pin. TWO, but then the dragon’s lair, TWO. Dorado headscissors but Gulak shoves it away. Gulak then clobbers Dorado with a clothesline! Cover, TWO, and Gulak grows frustrated. Gulak gets up, drags Dorado up into a dragon sleeper, but Dorado resists. Dorado spins aruond and tilt-o-whirls to a waistlock. Gulak standing switches an drolls up, but holds the tights! The referee notices, and calls off the count. Gulak tries to explain but too late. Dorado rolls him up, TWO! Gulak boots but Dorado blocks to respond with a windmill kick! Cover, TWO. Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Kendrick.

Kendrick goes after Kalisto, then flapjacks Dorado on the buckles. Kendrick hits the headlock takedown and puts on the Captain’s Hook! Dorado endures, Kalisto saves him with a dropkick! Gallagher rocks Kalisto with a right, but Metalik SUPERKICKS Gallagher. Gulak boots Metalik, then helps Gallagher up. Dorado flies for a crossbody, but they both catch him. Dorado lands on his feet out of their throw, but they double whip him. He handsprings, for a double Golden Rewind! Gulak and Gallagher stagger, Kalisto and Metalik dropkick them out! Then, they build speed and DOUBLE FLY!

Dorado fires himself up, and waits for someone to stand. Dorado runs, but into a takedown, for the Captain’s Hook! Kendrick has him alone in the middle of the ring. He reaches, moves around, and crawls for ropes. Dorado fades, Kendrick rolls him but Dorado counters to his own cover! Lucha House Party wins!!

Winners: Lucha House Party, Dorado pinning

The flying fiesta leave Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick furious in defeat. With this combination of skills and thrills, does this finally establish Lucha House Party as the best team in the Cruiserweight Division?

 

Hideo Itami speaks.

First in Japanese, then in English, the Don from Nihon declares that neither Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy are worthy of being in a main event or in a Cruiserweight Championship match. Itami believes he is the next champion, and believes he’ll make everyone #RespectMe.

 

Drake Maverick meets with Buddy Murphy.

The Cruiserweight Juggernaut only wants to talk a revenge match against Hideo Itami. If it’s anything else, he doesn’t care. Really? Yeah, and if Maverick was a good GM, he’d have already made that match. Otherwise, Murphy’s not competing. Is that so? Because Mustafa Ali made a request to wrestle Itami, too. He’s not getting that match, either, because Maverick isn’t going to let another main event be ruined. And if Murphy is going to visit a boss, bring a request, not an ultimatum. Everyone will get what they want eventually, when Maverick says so. “So until then, keep the peace.” Murphy nods, but will he really keep himself out of trouble?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

The Heart of the Cruiserweight Division knows he was on the verge of “stopping the unstoppable”, and beating Buddy Murphy in their match. But then Itami had to interfere. Itami may have made Ali #GoToSleep, but where Ali’s from, “when you get knocked down, you get back up.” Ali is up, and will get back in the ring to take on Tony Nese to take a step towards that Cruiserweight Championship. Murphy and Itami better watch closely.

 

Akira Tozawa VS Steve Irby!

The Stamina Monster and former Cruiserweight Champion himself wants to spring back from falling to Hideo Itami. Can he make a splash in Memphis to earn his way back to the title?

The bell rings and Irby swings on Akira. Akira ducks and chops away. He fakes a chop to hit Irby with a jab! Fans “AH! AH!” as Akira stomps on Irby. Irby blocks a stomp to spin Akira around for the mule kick. Irby runs, sunset flips but Akira rolls through to Penalty Kick and back senton! Akira starts up more “AH! AH!” but Irby gets to ropes. Irby sucker punches then boots Akira down. Irby stomps away on Akira in a corner, then drags Akira up. Akira fights back but Irby knees low. Irby whips Akira but Akira goes up and over, only for Irby to rock him with right hands. Irby whips but Akira slips free so Irby hits him again. The “King of Moonsaults” decides to run, but he runs into Akira’s headscissors! Akira fires up and shining wizards Irby.

Akira climbs up with “AH! AH!” from the fans, and hits a missile dropkick. Irby staggers up, Akira kicks, swings, slides under, and hits the spinning roundhouse! Irby goes down but Akira fires up as he climbs again. Akira aims, and hits the SUPER Senton! Cover, Akira wins!

Winner: Tozawa, by pinfall

The Stamina Monster makes gains with this win, but it’s only a start. Will Tozawa be able to battle his way back to the Cruiserweight Championship before someone else does?

 

The Man of the Hour joins the Cruiserweight Division!

Lio Rush has been waiting for the right time, “with a nice hook, with the right line. Fishing for gold, the right kind.” But to be honest, Lio is upset. He feels disrespected. “How can you have two Cruiserweight Championship Tournaments without having THE very best Cruiserweight in the world”? But it’s about time that things are put in order, that things are no longer misunderstood. And soon the world will know why Lio Rush is the right man in the right place at the right time. When is that time? And when that time comes, will Lio rush his way to the top in a matter of no time at all?

 

Tony Nese speaks.

“So Mustafa Ali wants back in the title picture?” Then he made a big mistake accepting Nese’s challenge. Ali isn’t the only one looking to prove himself, and tonight isn’t about him. The Premier Athlete says tonight is his night to make a statement at Ali’s expense. Can Nese jump ahead in line towards challenging the #AgeOfAlexander?

 

TJP speaks.

“What a surprise, another 205 Live without TJP in a high-profile match.” But that’s okay, he’ll just rack up weights and Instagram likes, and when this “Cruiser-Great” moves up to being a “Heavy-Great”, no one will know where TJP will show up next. And then Drake Maverick won’t just think of TJP as the superstar who carried the brand on his back, but as the superstar who got away. Will the inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion really make the move to another division?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Tony Nese!

If the Beacon of Light is the Heart, then the Premier Athlete is definitely the Abs of 205 Live. Not only do Ali, Hideo Itami and Buddy Murphy want a shot at the Cruiserweight Champion, so does Nese. Can Nese make himself the fourth man in the conversation with a win here tonight?

But as it’s well-documented, Nese and Murphy are clearly muscular pals, and the Aussie Antagonist is even being Nese’s corner man tonight. As Nese enters the ring, so does Murphy, and they flank Ali on either side. The referee tries to keep the peace, but luckily for the Heart, he has a friend in the Soul of 205 Live! Yes, THE Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, appears and joins Ali in the ring.

The referee still stands his ground in keeping this the scheduled 1v1 match. Alexander and Murphy leave things to their friends, and the match begins.

Nese and Ali tie up, and Nese powers Ali back to a corner. Nese lets up but then body shots Ali hard. Ali doubles over, but Nese keeps on him. Ali hits back, but Nese fires off even more body shots. Nese throws Ali to ropes, then back drops Ali high. Cover, ONE, but Nese just flexes at Alexander. Alexander tells Nese to focus on Ali. Ali gets up, then goes up and over Nese. Things speed up, Ali cartwheels and dropkicks Nese out. Nese hops back but Ali sends him back down with a spinning heel kick! Ali goes out to fetch Nese, but Murphy shields his friend. Alexander stares Murphy down, but then Nese runs in with a forearm! Nese brings Ali up while the ref keeps Alexander and Murphy back. Nese throws Ali hard into the post!

Murphy taunts Ali but then the referee gives a final warning. Alexander and Murphy give plenty of space as Nese puts Ali in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Nese stays on Ali. Nese stands on Ali’s hand, mocking the Heart of 205 Live. Nese whips Ali hard into buckles while Maverick watches backstage. Ali staggers, Nese runs and runs Ali over with a back elbow! Cover, TWO, but Nese mocks him even more as he puts him in the bodyscissors. Nese squeezes Ali’s ribs, but Alexander coaches Ali. Ali endures as Nese adds chops, but fans build to a rally. Ali fights against the legs, then gets free, but Nese grabs him in the rear bearhug. Murphy likes what he sees, but the two then stand up. Ali elbows out, but Nese clubs him down.

Nese drags Ali up, but Ali counters the back suplex to a crossbody, TWO. Nese throat chops Ali, then runs for a hotshot! Ali snaps back, gasping for air, and Nese jumps up for the triangle moonsault. Ali narrowly avoids it, then slips out to roundhouse Nese away. Nese staggers, Ali slingshots in to hit the facebuster! Cover, TWO! Murphy is relieved but Alexander coaches Ali up. Fans rally as Ali and Nese stand up. Ali chops Nese, then again. He whips Nese but Nese reverses to slide under and pumphandle Ali on his shoulder. Ali slips out but Nese elbows him away. Nese runs into a back elbow, Ali hop up but the tornado DDT is denied. Nese goes Matrix to then kick, knee, kick and elbow Ali. He runs but Ali follows, they double clothesline themselves down!

Alexander and Murphy coach their friends, and fans rally up, too. Ali and Nese slowly stir, and Nese gets to a corner. Ali stands, and runs in, but into a boot. Nese brings Ali up in the corner, but Ali dropkicks him back! Nese teeters, and Ali climbs up, but Nese pushes him away. Ali back-flips and lands on his feet, but Nese clobbers him with a clothesline! Nese turns Ali inside out, then drags him up into the pumphandle scoop, and driver! Cover, TWO! Alexander is fired up for his friend while Nese grows frustrated. Fans rally again as Nese comes around to Ali. Nese drags Ali up and into a corner. Nese stomps, then runs, but into a SUPERKICK!

Ali goes up while Nese goes down. Ali aims, but Murphy saves Nese from the drop zone. Alexander comes over and jaws with Murphy. Ali builds speed and leap frogs the referee to FLY onto Nese!

They both go down, but then Murphy attacks Alexander! They go into the ring, but Alexander counters the boots with a back elbow. Murphy rolls out and Alexander builds speed to DIVE! Alexander sends Murphy all the way to the ramp, but then goes after him again to brawl. Ali returns, then Nese. Nese rolls Ali, TWO, deadlift buckle bomb! Cover, TWO!! And Nese cannot believe it! Nese glares down at Ali as he backs away. He stands up, and punts Ali right in the ribs! Ali ends up in a corner and Nese scrapes his boot into Ali as he shouts, “I’m better than you!”

Nese backs off at the ref’s count of 4, then brings down the knee pad. He runs side to side, but Ali dodges and sends the Premier Kneese into buckles! Nese crawls away, and Ali gets up, to springboard tornado DDT! Ali has Nese where he wants him, then climbs up again. Ali hits the 0-5-4!! Cover, Ali wins!

Winner: Ali, by pinfall

The Heart of 205 Live shows he has more than enough heart for Nese’s muscles. While there is unfinished business with Murphy and Itami, Ali surely impressed tonight. But he isn’t going to wait for Maverick, Ali takes the mic and speaks in the ring. “Drake, listen, I know you’re watching.” Maverick said that everyone would get what they want. Murphy, Itami and Ali all want to rip each other’s heads off. “So give us what we want!” Make it happen, next week, in a TRIPLE THREAT!

Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.

The GM of 205 Live has heard the request, and can see Itami has ruffled some feathers. Maverick’s job gets really easy sometimes, because yes, he WILL give us the Triple Threat! Ali VS Murphy VS Itami, who survives?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great night for the Cruiserweight Division, with another great State of the Division Address from Maverick. I was expecting the Triple Threat of Ali-Murphy-Itami tonight, but I guess they want to save that for the post-MITB episode as opposed to a go-home for a PPV they don’t even have a part in. The Triple Threat will still be great, and that has to be what crowns a new #1 Contender to the title. I wonder if they can really stretch things so that Alexander and his challenger won’t wrestle until Extreme Rules, though. And I almost thought Ali VS Nese was going to become a tag team match, but perhaps it’s too soon for the Heart & Soul and the workout pals to shift from the singles title to the yet-to-exist tag titles.

Even then, it almost feels like the tag division is moving into a Cruiserweight Trios Division with Gulak joining Gallagher & Kendrick tonight against Lucha House Party. That Six Man was great, but it just seems like a lot too soon for 205 Live if they go for a true trios title. It’s obviously easier to do tag teams than trios, if WWE could just get the Singh Brothers/Bollywood Boys, the Daivari Brothers, and any other possible Cruiserweight tag teams going. Stables can still be possible, as I’ve said before. Gulak and Kalisto can be the singles competitors for their respective trios, the same way that The Shield or The Club would do.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Moxley is on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!

Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
  • Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
  • Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!

The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?

The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!

Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.

Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!

AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!

Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!

Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!

Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?

As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?

 

AEW hears from Jurassic Express.

Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?

 

Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.

Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!

Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.

Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!

Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!

Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a  BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!

Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall

A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.

“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?

 

Hook VS Serpentico!

The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?

Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?

 

Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!

Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!

But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!

Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!

Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!

Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.

Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Acknowledge the history made!

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SmackDown 2022

The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!

SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
  • Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
  • Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
  • Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!

Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.

Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!

But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.

But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.

Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!

Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?

 

Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!

The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?

The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.

Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?

 

Aliyah VS Natalya!

Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?

SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!

Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification

Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?

 

Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?

SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!

Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!

The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!

Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.

Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage

And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.

Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.

But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.

SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.

Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…

Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.

Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says  he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.

Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?

 

Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?

SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!

Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!

Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.

Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?

 

Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!

The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?

Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.

The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!

Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!

SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!

Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)

Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.

Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.

Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.

But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.

My Score: 8.1/10


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