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

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The SmackDown GM will rally her troops ahead of MITB

Before facing off with Raw in the Money in the Bank Ladder matches, SmackDown GM Paige wants to bring her superstars together for a Women’s MITB Summit! Plus, for the first time ever, Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura, ahead of the Last Man Standing Match with AJ Styles, and a WWE first: Daniel Bryan VS Shelton Benjamin!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shelton Benjamin VS Daniel Bryan; Bryan wins.
  • Rusev w/ Aiden English VS Samoa Joe, Special Guest Referee: Miz; Rusev wins.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Hardy wins, by disqualification.
  • 10 Woman Tag: Carmella, The IIconics, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville VS Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Lana, Naomi & Asuka; Asuka, Naomi, Lana, Charlotte & Becky win.

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SmackDown GM Paige starts the show in the ring.

The Glampire in Chief is already with Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Naomi and Lana as she welcomes Memphis to the show. She welcomes the Blue Brand representatives in the Women’s Money in the Bank match, and gets to business. Sunday gives them the opportunity to bring that MITB contract here and change their careers forever. Raw puts up Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Ember Moon and Sasha Banks, so Paige is proud to have the best in this match. She doesn’t really mind which woman wins, so long as they bring the contract back to My House! Lana promises to succeed. Naomi says “Girl please!” Oh, can Naomi climb better than she can dance? Lana better be careful or she’ll get snatched bald! Those two argue, but Naomi reminds everyone she’s the winner of the Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal.

Charlotte agrees, that’s true. But she only won because Charlotte wasn’t in the Battle Royal. Charlotte’s done everything from the NXT to the Diva’s to the Raw to the SmackDown Women’s Championships. The only thing left to do now is become the Queen in the Bank, “WOO~!” Becky says if anyone is winning, it’s ya girl, Becky Lynch. And if we’re talkign resumes, she was the #1 draft pick AND inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion. But Becky is tired of “was” and wants to say “am”, as in “I am going to grab that briefcase, I am going to cash it in” and “I am going to be the SmackDown Women’s Champion again.” Charlotte wishes Becky luck.

Becky says luck has nothing to do with it. Becky will risk it all, and go through anyone, even her friend. Like how she did last week when she won. How’s that arm, by the way? Naomi reminds them that there are six others in the match. And Becky will beat them, too. But speaking of two, the IIconics are here! Is Peyton thinking what Billie’s thinking? Yes, that it’d take a miracle to bring the briefcase to SmackDown with those four in the match. Agreed, and also how Memphis smells funny. Okay now what is she thinking? It’s time! “What’s the crack, lads? Anyone got some quinoa? I’m an Irish!” That may amuse Peyton & Billie but not Becky or Memphis.

Memphis boos and jeers, but Billie moves on to imitate Charlotte “the Queen”. She dresses up in her daddy’s robes and drink tea, but she’s really from North Carolina and cries when she loses. But instead of “waa” it’s WOO~! Naomi wants to know if those two are done running their mouths. Oh don’t worry, they didn’t forget about Naomi and Lana. Billie and Peyton show off their “dance moves”, and the Kid ‘n’ Play, word. Again, the IIconics love it but Lana and Naomi are just annoyed. Now out come Mandy & Sonya! The duo formerly known as Absolution look up at Paige, and “hat to break it to you”, but she’ll only be disappointed. The talent outside the ring is far superior to the talent inside. Becky imitates Peyton as she asks the others if they’re thinking what she’s thinking. “Yep!” And all eight women start brawling!!

Referees come out but that’s not enough to keep this 4v4 fight from happening. What will Paige do about this division in the Women’s Division?

 

Daniel Bryan responds to Big Cass’ words.

The Human Skyscraper vowed to break Bryan’s legs and arms? How? Cass hasn’t trained hard enough to know how to wrestle hard enough to do that to Bryan! Bryan promises to make Cass tap out again, whether it’s Yes Lock, the heel hook, or just him kneeing and kicking Cass in the face until he gives up. “And you can’t teach surviving that.” Is Bryan about to bully the big man? Or will Cass prove size trumps skill?

 

Shelton Benjamin VS Daniel Bryan!

The Goat may have a big match at Money in the Bank, but that won’t keep him from answering a challenge. For the first time under WWE, Bryan and the Gold Standard will face off. Will Bryan keep himself going in the birthplace of the #YESMovement? Or will Benjamin prove to everyone that he’s deserving of bigger and better?

The bell rings and the two men circle. They tie up, and Benjamin knees Bryan low. Benjamin puts Bryan in a corner, then throws hands. Bryan staggers to another corner, but Benjamin keeps on him with a corner to corner whip. Bryan goes up and over, then runs, dodges, and hits Benjamin with a forearm. He wants the Yes Lock! But Benjamin gets the takedown and float over to a facelock. Bryan reverses back while fans rally for him. Bryan pulls on Benajmin’s arm, and gets the wristlock. He keeps going, and stands on Benjamin’s arm for a cover. TWO, but Bryan gives Benjamin a European Uppercut. Bryan gives him another, then whips. Benjamin reverses, but Bryan kicks him away. Bryan runs but is sent out to the apron, a mule kick takes Bryan’s leg out. Bryan hits the floor, and Benjamin catches his breath.

Benjamin goes outside to fetch Bryan, for a shinbreaker on the table! Bryan clutches his leg and falls to the floor. Benjamin refreshes the count while we go picture in picture. Benjamin stalks Bryan, then drags him by his leg over to barriers. He slings Bryan’s leg into the barriers! The referee backs Benjamin off, so Benjamin goes in the ring to embrace the heat. Bryan clutches his leg but he refuses to let this stop him. Benjamin taunts Bryan as he crawls over to the ring. Bryan gets up and in, but Benjamin runs over. Bryan side steps Benjamin to send him outside, then takes aim from the apron for the flying knee! Direct hit and Benjamin goes down! Bryan pumps Memphis up with “YES! YES!”, then drags Benjamin up and into the ring. Bryan climbs up, and jumps for the headbutt! He misses!

Benjamin grabs the leg for a Half Crab! Bryan endures the pain as Benjamin bends and stretches him. Bryan fires up and gets to ropes for the ropebreak. Benjamin lets go, then looms over Bryan. Benjamin kicks the leg, then threads Bryan through the ropes to DDT the foot! Bryan writhes on the apron, but Benjamin just smirks. Benjamin taunts Bryan, egging him on. He slaps Bryan around, then throws haymakers. Bryan hits back with haymakers of his own! But then Benjamin brings him back into the Half Crab! We return to single picture as Benjamin pulls back and sits down on the leg. Bryan endures and fires up again. He drags himself towards the ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Benjamin lets go, then lurks behind Bryan. Benjamin gets the German Suplex, but Bryan lands on his feet, only to jam that knee.

Bryan blocks Benjamin’s kick, then dodges the Dragon Whip, to dropkick Benjamin’s knee! Benjamin goes down and things are even in terms of leg pain. Fans rally with “YES! YES!” and Bryan gets himself up. Bryan throws counter punches and kicks, but Benjamin shoves him away. Bryan comes back, Dragon Screw! Fans keep rallying and Bryan fires up again. Bryan starts up the YES Kicks! He kicks Benjamin into the corner, then threads his leg through ropes to wrench it. Bryan runs, to dropkick the leg out! He keeps going, putting Benjamin on the top rope. Bryan climbs up but Benjamin trips him up while escaping, and counters with the step-up knee! Bryan holds on for dear life, but Benjamin climbs up now. Benjamin prepares and hits a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Benjamin stalks Bryan again. He throws a haymaker, then tries for Pay Dirt but Bryan denies it with a shove. Bryan spins Benjamin around, and gets the YES LOCK! Benjamin resists, powers up to a cover, TWO, back to the Half Crab! Bryan endures all over again, and crawls for ropes. Benjamin pulls him away but Bryan pops out to get the Heel Hook! Benjamin taps, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan, by submission

Bryan shows his grit and determination, and he won the war of submissions. Big Cass awaits The Goat this Sunday, who will prove themselves the better in Chicago?

 

Paige meets Asuka backstage.

The Empress lets her GM know that “I want Carmella tonight.” Tonight’s not good. But what Paige can do, she’ll make it a 10 Woman Tag,a dding her and the champion. Sound good? Yes, good for Asuka, but bad for Carmella. Right, got it. Will Carmella finally come to fear her challenger?

But what is Miz doing being a referee? Preparing for this award season. Really? What movie? The… Ruff Ref. A dog refereeing Wrestlemania. As a method actor, he hones his craft. So could he be special referee for Rusev VS Samoa Joe. Sorry, Miz, you’re not that good. She sees what he’s up to. Mizjitsu? No, eh’s trying to screw over his competition> After everything he taught her on Santa’s Little Helper? When HER hand goes up, his mouth goes shut. She doesn’t care about awards, but she will give Miz his special ruff-eree goal. Thanks! And Miz will put in a good word for her and Fighting with My Family, right? Right. Will Miz succeed in “honing his craft”?

 

WWE and SmackDown review Styles VS Nakamura.

It was at Backlash, the No Disqualification Match, where both men would kick each other square in the crotch! This would lead to a double count out draw, meaning they’d need one more Dream (Re)Match. It was a non-title match on a normal SmackDown that led to Shinsuke Nakamura choosing Last Man Standing! But that would only make things even more heated, as Styles would not be able to control himself during their contract signing. Nakamura would tease and toy with Styles, but Styles would SLAP Nakamura! Styles is ready, as is Nakamura, who will be left standing with the WWE Championship after MITB?

 

Memphis welcomes its own, Jerry “The King” Lawler!

The WWE Hall of Famer is in his hometown, and ready to conduct a phenomenal interview with AJ Styles!

King watched last week when Styles “slapped the taste out of his mouth.”But what was it that made Styles slap Nakamura? “He got under my skin, I lost my cool again.” Styles should apologize. He’s saying he’s sorry? Yes, Styles is sorry, that he didn’t just punch his head off! This isn’t a playground, this is the House that AJ Styles Built! Men have unwritten rules, and if Nakamura won’t follow those rules, he’ll be disciplined. Styles will be a man, THE Last Man Standing. MITB, Styles will walk out the same way he walks in, as champion. Styles throws up the Too Sweet, but will MITB be Too Sweet? Or #Knees2Face.

 

The Miz gets tips from pro referees.

Miz can touch the participants but they can’t touch him, right? Yes. And it’s a DQ if they do? Yes. Miz has all he needs, his debut as special referee is next!

Rusev w/ Aiden English VS Samoa Joe, Special Guest Referee: Miz!

The Hollywood A-Lister was getting along so well with the Bulgarian Lion and the Destroyer in a match against The New Day. However, one miscommunication sent everything into a downward spiral and both Rusev and Joe turned on Miz. Now in this first-ever match-up, will Miz use his new role to get revenge on them both?

MC Artiste says “hello everybody, it’s time for a quiz, our special ref is the Miz, the guy who thinks he’s in ‘Showmiz.’ It won’t take a wiz to determine who the winner is.” The Bulgarian Brute vs Some Average Joe, you already know, it’s Rusev Daaaaaaay~! Will Mr. MACHKA crush Joe on his quest to make himself and wife Lana the first ever Mr. & Mrs. MITB?

The bell rings, and they tie up. Joe powers Rusev into a corner then throws fast jabs. Miz backs Joe up, but reminds him you can’t touch the ref. Rusev goes after Joe and throws hands, but Miz backs him up now. Rusev whips Joe, but Joe kicks Rusev away. Joe runs, but Rusev runs Joe over! Joe rolls out but Rusev pursues. Rusev bounces Joe off the apron then puts him in the ring. Joe hits Rusev back down, then runs to DIVE! Joe takes Rusev down in a heap, we go to break.

SmackDown returns, and Joe puts Rusev in a trapped-arm chinlock. Miz asks Rusev how he’s doing, but Rusev refuses to quit. Joe shifts to a neck wrench, but Rusev hits back. Rusev jawbreakers Joe away, then runs, but into Joe’s back elbow! Joe covers, Miz counts, TWO! Rusev gets to ropes, but Joe stays on him. Joe brings Rusev around to wrench the arm. Fans rally for Rusev while Miz gets in close to check on him. We go picture in picture as Rusev endures the hold. Rusev feeds off fan energy but Joe snapmares him back into the chinlock. It’s more like a high headlock with Joe’s forearm over Rusev’s eyes. Rusev keeps feeding off fans as we go single picture, and he throws fast body shots. Joe backs up to a corner, Rusev whips him corner to corner.

Rusev runs in for the splash, then stomps away. He throws hands on Joe but Joe hits back with a clubbing clothesline! Joe drags Rusev back up, Miz watching closely. Joe puts Rusev back in a corner, then runs in but into a boot. He staggers back, and Rusev throws hands as English cheers him on. Rusev ducks a punch to give roundhouses! Joe staggers, Rusev runs in, shoulder tackle! Rusev keeps going, windmill kick! Fans chant “Rusev Day!” while English drums. Rusev takes aim, but the MACHKA Kick misses, and Joe puts on the sleeper hold! English distracts Ref Miz, and Rusev snapmares Joe off. Rusev staggers back, Joe runs at him, but Rusev dodges! Joe hits Miz!! Joe hits English, then throws Rusev down! Miz doesn’t count, he’s still recovering.

Joe gets mad at Miz, Miz gets mad at Joe. Miz reminds Joe he’s the ref, but Joe takes Miz’s finger! MACHKA KICK! Cover, Rusev wins!

Winner: Rusev, by pinfall

The Bulgarian Brute defeats the dangerous Destroyer! Miz actually kept things fair and square, too. English prepares a ladder for Rusev, and Rusev uses it to run Joe over.

Rusev then stands the ladder up, but Miz drags him down for the Skull Crushing Finale! Miz is no longer the fair and square referee, he’s a fellow MITB competitor. And with the ladder still standing, Miz climbs up. Miz won this match before, will Miz win his second MITB contract?

He definitely vows as much to commentary, “read it and weep!” But wait, the briefcase is full of pancakes?! Nothing but pancakes! “NEW DAAAAY!!” Who are laughing backstage, by the way. Will Woods, Kofi & Big E have the last laugh on Sunday?

 

Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

It’s another first-time-ever match, as the Charismatic Enigma and current WWE United States Champion returns to take on the King of Strong Style. With the Last Man Standing Match on the horizon, will Nakamura use Brother Nero to build momentum before facing the Phenomenal WWE (World) Champion?

The bell rings, and “DELETE!” echoes through Memphis. Nakamura and Hardy circle and approach, then tie up. Nakamura powers Hardy to the ropes, but Hardy turns it around, and back again. The ref calls for the break, but Nakamura just does his ab rest. Nakamura laughs, but Hardy kicks and clubs him back. Hardy puts Nakamura in a corner, then bumps him off buckles in another. Hardy whips but Nakamura slides out to mock the V1 hands. And yes, “C’MON!” But Nakamura tires to get around Hardy, only for Hardy to get his hands on Nakamura! Hardy puts Nakamura into barriers, then goes to the apron for the leaping crossbody! Both men go down but the US Champ is in control while we go picture in picture.

Hardy makes sure his arms and legs are okay, then gets up to drag Nakamura up. They go back into the ring, and Hardy drops hands on Nakamura. Hardy puts Nakamura in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Nakamura reverses, and Hardy’s back gives out. Hardy hobbles to the ropes but Nakamura shows no mercy as he stomps Hardy in the back. Nakamura stalks Hardy but the referee backs him off. Nakamura still doesn’t care, he drags Hardy up for a snapmare and knee drop. Cover with the knee, TWO. Nakamura looms over Hardy, then drags him up to knee him low. He puts Hardy in a corner to stomp away, then trips him up for BAD Vibrations. Nakamura walks it off, then drags Hardy out for a cover. TWO, and we’re single picture again.

The referee checks on Hardy, but Hardy won’t quit. Nakamura puts him in a partial clutch. Fans rally and Hardy feeds off the energy. Hardy hits back with elbows, then jawbreakers Nakamura away. Nakamura throws hands but Hardy blocks and counters, then rallies. Hardy atomic drops then hits the leg-splitting leg drop! Dropkick added, cover, TWO. Hardy hobbles up while Nakamura stands. Hardy kicks, but Nakamura denies the twist. Nakamura misses in the corner, and Hardy sits him down with the spinning back kick. Hardy swings but Nakamura boots him away. Nakamura takes aim, misses the roundhouse but hits the left heel kick. Nakamura puts Hardy on the top rope, but Hardy dodges the Top Shelf Knee to hotshot Nakamura. Hardy elbows Nakamura away, then hits Whisper in the Wind!

Cover, TWO! Hardy catches his breath, then drops another leg. He climbs back up top, but Nakamura trips him up, for the Top Shelf Knee! Nakamura keeps going, firing himself up. But Hardy counters, Twist of Fate! Hardy hurries up top again, SWANTON BOMB! But that back bothers him! Both men are down, but Hardy rolls over to a cover, ROPEBREAK! Hardy can’t believe it, and Nakamura gets away. Hardy pursues, and puts him back in. Off comes the shirt, and Hardy waits for Nakamura. Nakamura stands, but denies the Twist for the LOW BLOW!

Winner: Hardy, by disqualification

Nakamura doesn’t care about this match’s result, he just goes to a corner and takes aim. KINSHASA!! The King of Cheap Shots gives a #Knee2Face, and starts the 10 count. Nakamura reaches 5 and beyond, Hardy does not stand up at 10. Nakamura gets his Last Man Standing message through to everyone, but will he get his desired result on Sunday?

 

Carmella prepares for her match.

And by that, she gets her makeup touched up. The FABULOUS SmackDown Women’s Champion doesn’t want Renee Young in the shot for her ‘gram. Renee wants to know how Carmella feels about facing Asuka in the 10 Woman Tag. Carmella isn’t worried at all. She left Asuka laying last week. Carmella will say this again: Charlotte beat Asuka, Carmella beat Charlotte twice, so Carmella is better than Asuka. The champion is not concerned about anyone. Not Asuka, not Becky, not Charlotte, not Lana, not Naomi. Carmella is ready for Asuka because #MellaIsMoney. Will the Princess’ tune change after getting in the ring with all five of those women?

Backstage interview with Big Cass.

The Human Skyscraper, in suit and tie, takes over to make this a message to teh WWE Universe. Cass made a rare appearance at the Memphis County Fair. He faked a smile, took some pictures, and took his money. But he also has a souvenir: the height requirement chart. Cass thought about having all of SmackDown ride together. But a certain someone doesn’t meet the height requirement. And that someone is Daniel Bryan. A good big man always beats a good little man. Their match won’t be a roller coaster, it won’t be bumper cars or a Ferris wheel, it’ll be a free fall. If Bryan even tries reaching Cass’ level, he’ll just come crashing right back down. The 7 foot tall bully talks down to Bryan, but will he be the one on the ground after MITB?

 

WWE and SmackDown profile CJ Pianteri.

CJ is a powerlifter for the Special Olympics, and already has over 70 golds! CJ loves competition, but he is also respectful and friendly about it. He is working through a bad shoulder, but he won’t let that stop him! Cheer CJ ad all the Special Olympics athletes at the Seattle Games this summer!

10 Woman Tag: Carmella, The IIconics, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville VS Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Lana, Naomi & Asuka!

What was a (mostly) peaceful Women’s MITB Summit turned into a chaotic 4v4 brawl. That brawl was made into this main event tag match, but then the Empress’ request was honored to make it into an even bigger main event! Can the Empress lead the Queen of Flair, the Lass Kicker, the Ravishing Russian and Ms. Glow-Time against this FABULOUS Five?

Sonya and Naomi start, and Sonya kicks Naomi right in the arm. Naomi ducks the punch and things speed up, then Naomi headscissors Sonya to ropes. Naomi tags in Lana, and the Ravishing Russian hits Sonya with a running knee. Lana turns Sonya and hits the neckbreaker. Cover, ONE, but Lana keeps on Sonya. “Lana is the Best, Lana Number One!” But Sonya powers Lana into the enemy corner. Carmella tags in for a FABULOUS Mudhole, then she moonwalks before running back in. Lana dodges and that bronco buster hits buckles! Lana crawls, but Carmella grabs her. Carmella gets pushed away, hot tag to Becky! Becky rallies on Carmella, then throws EuroUppers and forearms. Becky kips up, then throws Carmella with the Becksploder! Cover, TWO.

Carmella reaches for her corner but Becky takes Sonya out first. Carmella grabs Becky’s hair, then Peyton tags in. Becky hits Billie but gets that hell kick! Cover, TWO, and Peyton is furious. She tags in Billie, and the IIconics double kick away. Billie covers, TWO. Billie tags in Sonya, and Sonya hits Becky with body shots. The Gladiator Gal embraces the heat while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Billie teams with Carmella to mug Becky. Billie boots Becky in the corner, then tags in Peyton. Peyton stomps, then Sonya tags in so she can stomp. Sonya brings Becky out but Becky counters to a small package, TWO. Sonya SPEARS Becky down! Cover, TWO! Billie tags in, and Becky takes more stomps. Billie snapmares Becky into a cravat. Becky endures the neck wrench while Carmella taunts. Becky’s team cheers her on, and fans rally while we go picture in picture. The Lass Kicker stands up but Billie wrangles her back down. Becky endures the neck wrench while the rally continues. She stands up, hits back with body shots, but Billie knees low. Billie taunts Becky while we go single picture, but Becky slips out of the scoop to enziguri Billie down!

Fans fire up, and both women crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Charlotte and Peyton! The Queen rallies, hitting everyone. Except Carmella, she got clear of those Flair Chops. Charlotte styles and profiles, then scoops Billie for the Fall Away Slam. Charlotte runs into boots, but then SPEARS Peyton! Carmella distracts, but gets kicked away! Charlotte finishes climbing, and MOONSAULT, but into boots! Peyton crawls to her corner, hot tag to Sonya. Sonya tags Mandy, and Mandy hits the Golden Knee! Sonya adds her sliding knee, then Absolution destroys the other team. They both lift Charlotte, but Charlotte slips out of the double suplex. Charlotte hits them both, then tags Asuka! Asuka missile dropkick to Mandy!

The Empress is all fired up, and she goes after Mandy. Mandy elbows her away, then knees her low. Mandy prepares a driver, but Asuka slips out! Armbar takedown, into Asuka Lock! Everyone rushes in to break this up. Chaos ensues, and it’s another brawl. Things spill out, Asuka hits Carmella. She throws Mandy out, then Charlotte climbs up again, MOONSAULT onto the IIconics!

Absolution wreck Becky into barriers, but then Naomi dives on Sonya! Mandy misses her knee and gets a roundhouse. But Carmella is legal! FABULOUS Kick! Lana breaks the cover! Carmella throws Lana out, but Asuka blocks the kick to swing a kick. Carmella dodges, then rolls Asuka up! TWO, ASUKA LOCK OUTTA NOWHERE!

Carmella flails, taps, Asuka and team win!

Winners: Asuka, Naomi, Lana, Charlotte & Becky, Asuka with the submission

#RavishingRoyalGlowFireofTomorrow is victorious! Carmella was NOT ready for Asuka, will she be ready by this Sunday? Or will the Empress rebuild her empire by taking the gold from the Princess? And even then, who of the four for SmackDown, if any of them, will be Ms. MITB? The four seem to realize that, as they surround Asuka, while looking up at the briefcases. Asuka grins, she welcomes the challenge from any one of them. What match up will we see forming in the aftermath of MITB?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown aces the go-home show even better than Raw. And again, SmackDown proves anything Raw can do, it can do better. They open with an in-ring promo that had some in-fighting, but it sets up a match in an organic way as the IIconics and Absolution get the four MITB women on the same page. And then it escalates in an organic way as Asuka politely asks the GM a favor. That 10 Woman was great, and it had time to breathe in order to make it great. All the women shined on both ends, but especially the Faces. They also tease what I’d been sensing: whether it’s Carmella or Asuka, a SmackDown Ms. MITB could cash-in the same night. And if Raw wins the Women’s MITB to do the same on Ronda and Nia, we still have a fully stocked contenders list for the summer.

Bryan VS Benjamin was a great match for their first time having it in WWE. I’m glad Big Cass didn’t interfere, and he even did a bit better with his promo tonight using a visual aid. Miz’s Rough Ruff Ref or whatever was a good excuses, and Cory did great to run with the gag. Miz stands tall, but that pancake surprise was a nice touch to keep all four men rather even going in. Styles had a pretty simple interview with The King, that was really more for Memphis to cheer Lawler. Hardy VS Nakamura was solid, and came close to a PPV quality match itself. Nakamura does the Heel thing to throw away the match for the sake of his message, and this doesn’t hurt his chances in the Last Man Standing at all. That match could go either way, and is even more open to a cash-in.

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (12/11/18)

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SmackDown brings us a Wrestlemania Rematch this close to TLC! The Queen ended the Empress of Tomorrow’s undefeated streak, but will history repeat itself?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali; Bryan wins.
  • The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad; The Miz & Shane win.
  • Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana; Hardy & Rusev win.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Asuka wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Daniel Bryan heads to the ring!

Or should we say, the new Daniel Bryan. Either way, the WWE Championship will be on the line against the Phenomenal AJ Styles. However, it’s a minor miracle Styles can even compete after what this Daniel Bryan did to his leg at the end of last week. Fans boo and jeer this Bryan as he picks up a mic. Bryan recalls calling the WWE Universe a bunch of sheep. He wants to apologize for that. Bryan wants to apologize to sheep. Sheep don’t deserve to be compared to such idiots! They’re not the ones destroying the planet with endless consumption. It’s not a “carbon hoof print.” The fans aren’t sheep. They’re parasites! Fans disagree, and believe “Daniel Sucks!” He just calls them fickle.

As he was saying, fans are parasites because they take and take and give nothing in return, especially in Las Vegas. But Bryan isn’t surprised, because fans latched on tot he Old Bryan and lived vicariously through him. That’s what the Yes Movement really was. “Well guess what? The Old Daniel Bryan is dead! And the Yes Movement is dead!” But just like any parasite, the fans have moved on to a new “fickle field”. And these idiots all sit on the couch in the House that AJ Styles Built. Fans cheer for Styles, but Bryan reminds us he is the WWE Champion! And at TLC, Bryan vows to crush Styles’ dream of reclaiming the title, and then the announcement will be “Still WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan!”

Do fans not believe him? “No! No!” Well Bryan debates with friends all the time, “sometimes you don’t know whether your’e stupid or you deliberately pull the wool over your eyes so you don’t have to realize the facts.” Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. Like in Vegas! But wait, here comes Bryan’s opponent for tonight, the Beacon of Light, Mustafa Ali! Ali responds to Bryan with an introduction, but Bryan already knows who he is. The idiot fans might not but Bryan does. And he knows they’re having a match later, but Ali can join him now. Bryan gives Ali an introduction, and it seems fans do know who he is. Ali is the Heart of 205 Live, and is an incredible performer. Bryan sees a lot of his former self in Ali.

So Bryan gives Ali advice: they don’t need to have this match tonight. Bryan tells Ali that the fans won’t care, “they’re too self-absorbed” and xenophobic. These fickle fans do not deserve this great match. Fans boo so Bryan calls them all fickle. But Ali wants to know what happened to Bryan. Bryan inspired wrestlers like Ali to become a superstar. The entire 205 Live roster looks up to Bryan because Bryan stood toe to toe with any giant and proved he had heart. So what happened? Bryan talks about the Old Bryan, but that Old Bryan would want a fight. Ali wants a fight! Bryan paces while fans chant “Fight! Fight!” Bryan asks Ali what kind of car he drives. What does that have to do with this? But, it’s an SUV.

Bryan doesn’t like that. Ali is small, why does he need a car so big? Well, he has a wife and kids- Bryan slaps him! Bryan says Ali is ignorant, and slaps him again. So Ali fights back! Bryan whips but Ali reverses and headscissors Bryan tot he apron! Then dropkicks Bryan out, and leaps with a senton! Ali looks to shut this New Bryan up, next!

 

Daniel Bryan VS Mustafa Ali!

SmackDown returns as Bryan whips Ali and knocks him down with a kitchen sink knee. Bryan drags Ali up for a headbutt then toys with him. Fans boo as Bryan taunts Ali then bumps him off buckles. Bryan kicks away on Ali in the corner, then soaks up the heat. Bryan drags Ali up with an arm wrench, then whips him corner to corner. Ali goes up but Bryan catches him with a kick. Bryan kicks Ali while he’s down, then drops knees. Bryan hooks Ali’s face but lets up at 4. Ali gets to a corner but Bryan rocks him with a European Uppercut. Bryan grabs Ali for a toehold, then drops an elbow on the knee. Bryan hooks the legs and grabs at the arms. Ali resists so Bryan hooks the nose instead!

Bryan lets up at 4, then hooks the nose again. He lets go at 4, and then lets off the legs to stomp Ali on the back! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan stalks Ali and gives him the Yes Kicks. OR perhaps now, the “No Kicks” because fans say “No!” with each one. Bryan aims but Ali dodges to kick back! Ali SUPERKICKS Bryan in the back, covers, TWO! Bryan bails out but Ali builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Ali slingshots but Bryan dodges to send Ali into the post! Bryan grins while we go picture in picture.

Ali is down while Bryan catches his breath. Bryan climbs up top to make sure everyone can see him. Then he goes back for Ali on the outside, but leaves him for dead. Bryan soaks up the heat and counts along, but Ali gets in at 9! Bryan looks annoyed by the resilient Ali. He kicks Ali while he’s down, then drags him up. Bryan snap suplexes Ali down, then heads up top. Ali gets up and stops Bryan! Ali climbs up to join Bryan, and hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Ali flounders away, he crawls back to a cover, TWO!! Ali was so close to pinning THE WWE Champion! He hurries to put Bryan in a drop zone and goes back up. But Bryan trips Ali off and Ali hits the floor!

Bryan gets Ali back into the ring fast, and wraps on the No Lock! Ali moves around, enduring the hold. Bryan wrenches back hard, but Ali doesn’t give up. Ali drags himself and Bryan towards ropes as we return to single picture. Ali reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go, but is simply annoyed further. Bryan drags Ali up and puts him on the top rope backwards. He pulls Ali down into the Tree of Woe and gives more No Kicks. Bryan runs corner to corner, and hits a dropkick! Bryan drags Ali out of the Tree, then puts him back up. He climbs up behind Ali, but Ali slips out of the Super Back Suplex! Ali dodges Bryan and Bryan hits buckles! Ali CHOPS Bryan, and again, and again! Bryan kicks back and bump Ali off buckles.

Bryan whips but Ali reverses. Ali gets under Bryan to hit the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali again comes close and is shocked. Bryan ends up in a drop zone and Ali hurries up again. Ali leaps, 0-5-4 FLOPS! Bryan drags Ali over and slams his leg into the post! And again! And again! Ali crawls away but Bryan comes around from the corner to chop block the leg! Bryan drags Ali into the Heel Hook! Ali taps, Bryan wins!

Winner: The New Daniel Bryan, by submission

The WWE Champion’s new mean streak helps him snuff out the Beacon of Light tonight in Vegas! However, The Phenomenal One is coming for payback, will he become the new champion?

But Bryan isn’t done with Ali! He attacks Ali on the stage with those savage stomps! And he puts the Heel Hook on again! Ali taps but it doesn’t matter. More referees appear and Bryan lets Ali go. Fans boo but Bryan revels in it as he holds up his title. This mean streak runs deep, will it be the key to keeping the New Bryan the current champion?

 

Awww Vegas~! It’s time for a Rap Battle!

The New Day come out to host a special battle of bars between The Usos and The Bar!

SmackDown returns as Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E stand ready as judges for this second ever SmackDown Rap Battle. Meanwhile, The Bar look like they stepped out from the 90’s. Now they’ll all be battling in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat. The Bar requested this battle but the New Day won’t allow for any funny business. Sheamus starts off, “This has gone too far, Big Tony, hit them with the bar.” Cesaro starts a beat for “Ice Ice Shamy.” The Bar basically parody Vanilla Ice. Fans don’t know whether to laugh or boo. The New Day rank that… a trash can out of 10.

As for the Usos, Jimmy and Jey take a moment to collect themselves. “It’s the Usos VS the Bar in a rap off, I’m like it can’t be. What the hell are they about to talk about, UCe?” “Sheamus’ hair grease. Cesaro’s mouth piece.” The Usos got cheated, defeated, they removed it from their memories like Woken Hardy: DELETED. They beat the Ninja Turtles, and now it’s on to Bebop and Rock Steady. “FELLA~!” Mr. Movie Star, they’re not stealing a line but that was booty. Usos show love, like cupid. Sheamus looks dumb. No, like stupid! Is Sheamus purposefully staying white like chalk? Does he have Cesaro help him with the mohawk? Brogue Kicks VS Superkick, ain’t no pump action, those come from the hip, hit you in the teeth. But how do you knock Cesaro’s teeth out with no knuckles? I dunno. Let’s introduce our friend, Mr. Turnbuckle.

Hello, Mr. Turnbuckle! How did it feel? Well when he pushed Cesaro’s teeth down his throat, we learned who’s the real man of steel. Cesaro the Swiss Superman, right? King of Swing, right? But that won’t matter against their Uso kryptonite! The Bar sets the bar? No this is a true tag team, they’re the stars. Ten years, still going hard, zero injuries, Uso Iron Man! Tony Stark!! The Usos are bulletproof, are the truth and still have fun. Back to back tag team of the year, six time champs coming soon. The Bar, New Day, Usos, Sunday, Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! The Bar have heard enough, they start swinging! The Usos are ready, and they hit back! Cesaro and Sheamus get sent out, and then the Usos are ready to throw with The New Day.

But The Bar comes back to blow it all up! BROGUE for Jey, and then a beating for the hosts! Jey gets up, but gets A-Swiss-ted White Noise! The Bar hold up their titles, and as the Usos said themselves, “We ARE the Bar!” Will #RunBAR continue to run the SmackDown Tag Team Division after TLC’s Triple Threat?

 

Asuka speaks.

“I thought nobody would be ready for Asuka. I was wrong, I was not ready, I made one mistake.” The mistake was Asuka let up. But this Sunday, Asuka will kick, strike, climb and grab that title to win. As for tonight, Charlotte won’t be ready this time! The Empress is fired up, will she settle the score from back at Wrestlemania?

 

The Miz is in the ring!

He holds the World Cup trophy, and tells Shane McMahon that while it’s his week to have custody, Miz needs to speak his mind. Miz wants Shane to come out, and doesn’t want to have to beg. Fans want to see him beg. Miz concedes, and kneels. He bends the knee, and asks Shane come out to talk. This is bigger than a trophy, so please come out. Shane O’Mac appears! He joins Miz in the ring, and says “What’s up, Las Vegas?” And what is up with Miz? Is he okay? Why is Miz out here with the trophy? It’s the only way Miz can get through to him! Shane won’t respond to him. They can be so good together, if he’d just give Miz a chance.

Miz knows Shane is scared, and so is Miz. But Shane owes Miz one. They should tag together again. If they lose, fine, this can stop. But if they win, they can be the #BestTeamintheWorld! Shane thinks this is getting weird. No, the trophy is just a symbol. They can be so much more! Then enlighten him. Okay, fine. Miz will say this for the first time in his life. In fact, Miz will show him! Get a referee out here! A referee appears. They’ll take on Chip & Chad, The Vegas Boys! Chip & Chad appear, and the match is set?

The Miz & Shane McMahon VS Chip & Chad!

Shane is very confused, and tries to reason with Miz while the bell rings. Chip and Chad attack Shane! Miz is shocked, but he coaches Shane up. Shane fires off fast hands! He knocks Chip(?) down then throws him out! Shane dares Chad(?) to fight, and he lights him up with jabs! Shane whips then hits a big back elbow. He hits Chip away and then gives Chad a float-over DDT! Fans want Miz to get in, but he’s busy holding the world cup. Shane brings Chad into a triangle hold! Miz is already celebrating before Chad taps out. Shane & Miz win!

Winners: The Miz & Shane McMahon, Shane by submission

The Best Team in the World finally succeeds! But Miz is clearly more pumped then Shane is about it. Will Shane come around and join Miz on this tag team journey to the top? Or is Miz just seeing what he wants to see?

 

Paige is furious with the referee.

They can’t just be making matches without the GM’s consent! Especially with the commissioner. But The Miz said she gave permission. Paige sees what’s going on now. But just as she tells the ref to hush, Chip & Chad come in, with invoices. The Miz said they were getting paid $5000 each for that match. Paige tears up the invoices, and tells everyone to leave. Will the GM have words for the overly ambitious A-Lister?

 

Randy Orton heads to the ring!

The Viper prepares for a Chairs Match with the King of Lucha Libre! These two will be able to do whatever they want with those infamous steel weapons. Orton brings one into the ring with him, and says “Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned solid steel chair, am I right?” They’re built for comfort, but can also make a statement. Orton rolls footage of how he’s used these chairs to brutalize Rey Mysterio these last few weeks, namely wrapped around Mysterio’s head before being thrown into a steel post. Orton likes that, but perhaps we can do better. He rolls more footage, as he did very much the same thing, but throwing Mysterio into steel steps this time.

“Now let me get this straight.” Mysterio knows he has a Chairs Match, and is okay with that? Everyone’s seen what Orton does to his opponent, yet Mysterio is okay with that? Mysterio must think he’ll get his revenge. But Mysterio is a victim, and victims don’t get revenge. The locker room will be worried about TLC, but Mysterio needs to be worried about RKO. But Mysterio SMACKS Orton from behind! Mysterio jabs the chair into Orton, then SMACKS him again! Then he tosses the chair at Orton, to dropkick it in his head! Orton is on the ropes, and Mysterio hits the 619! Orton bails out, but Mysterio wants more! Will the Viper be a victim after Sunday?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

If Charlotte Flair and Asuka beat each other up badly enough, does that give her an advantage in the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC? Advantage? Becky’s getting back in the ring, road testing both her banged up face and her banged up brain, in one of the most dangerous matches in all of WWE. And not just against one but two of the best. So no, there is no advantage. But Becky still loves it. Fighting against the odds is what Becky does. And doctors can get all twitchy, but she’ll still scout her opponents tonight. And then on Sunday, she’ll remind all of us how much chaos can happen when The Man comes around.

 

Samoa Joe & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy & Rusev w/ Lana!

The Destroyer wants to remind the Enigma of his troubled past, while the King of Strong Style wants to make it clear the Super Athlete will never relive his glory days. Will Hardy and Rusev uniting be enough to show Joe and Nakamura that it’s not about the past but the future?

Nakamura and Joe troll their opponents, but then the FABULOUS Truth appears? Dance Break~! The music hits and the flossing begins! “Proceed.” Nakamura kicks Hardy and the match begins! Nakamura drives in knees, then stomps Hardy down. He tags in Joe and Joe drives down elbows. Hardy hits back and Joe bails out. Joe drags Hardy out to join him and then throws Hardy into barriers. The Destroyer looms over the Enigma as we go picture in picture.

Joe puts Hardy back in the ring and stands hardy up. He tags to Nakamura and Nakamura stomps away in the corner. Nakamura gives Hardy Bad Vibrations, then taunts Rusev. He says “C’MON!” and Rusev takes the bait, but the ref keeps him back. Nakamura goes back to Hardy for a snapmare and knee drop! Cover, TWO! Joe tags in but Hardy flounders for Rusev. Joe drags him back and stomps Hardy out, before driving elbow after elbow into Hardy’s shoulder. He wrenches Hardy’s neck and Hardy endures as fans rally. Hardy stands up and fights back, but runs into Joe’s back elbow. Joe covers, TWO! Joe stands Hardy up for jabs as we return to single picture.

The referee counts and Joe backs off. Hardy fires off but Joe reverses the whip to hit the back elbow to Pele! Hardy goes down, Joe covers, but Rusev breaks it. Joe keeps on Hardy with another snapmare, and chops to the shoulder. He tags in Nakamura and Nakamura stomps on Hardy. Nakamura brings Hardy up in a facelock, then rams his knee in. He puts Hardy on the top rope and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his eyes on Rusev as he tags Joe back in. Joe kicks Hardy while he’s down, then pulls on the arms for the half surfboard. Rusev and fans rally for Hardy, and Hardy gets up. Hardy kicks and punches Joe, but Joe denies the Twist. Joe runs into the corner but into an elbow. Whisper in the Wind hits! Both men are down but fans fire up!

Hardy and Joe crawl for their corners as fans chant “Rusev Day!” Hot tag to Nakamura, then to Rusev! The Bulgarian Brute rallies on the Rockstar, and throws haymakers! Rusev whips and clobbers him at the ropes. Rusev scoops Nakamura to ram in his knee, then throws him with the Fall Away Slam! Nakamura gets to a corner but Rusev runs in for the back shoulder, and then the spinning heel kick! Fans fire up with Rusev as he stomps the mat. Nakamura slowly stands, and he elbows Rusev away. Rusev still lifts but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura swings but misses, Rusev’s roundhouse connects! Cover, but Joe breaks it. Hardy gives Joe the Twist of Fate!

Hardy follows after, and leaps off the apron! He wipes Joe out, but Nakamura runs at Rusev. Drop toehold, into the Accolade. Nakamura escapes to use his strike fest, then aims from a corner. But he runs into a MACHKA KICK instead! Cover, Rusev & hardy win!

Winners: Jeff Hardy & Rusev, Rusev pinning

The Bulgarian Brute pins the United States Champion! Will Rusev use this to launch back into the title scene? Will Hardy be able to render Joe’s mind games OBSOLETE?

 

Shane McMahon confronts The Miz backstage.

What is going on with him and the trophy? Paying competitors to attack Shane? Tricking an official into calling a match no one sanctioned? Miz is crossing a line. Miz admits it! But he won’t apologize. Shane’s instincts kicked in and won, just like he did at the World Cup! That kill-or-be-killed McMahon instinct! Miz has main evented Wrestlemania, has a film franchise and a reality TV series, but he’s never been considered Best in the World. Not until Shane came along. Miz offers a handshake, but Shane denies it. Miz is left hanging, will he give up this pursuit? Or will he only be all the more motivated?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

“The New Daniel Bryan” took the WWE Championship through underhanded means, but is Styles ready to take the title back? Styles is biding his time, because no one else wants to beat Bryan up more than he does. He’s counting the days, hours and minutes to TLC. This “new” Bryan isn’t that new. It’s more like “the real” Bryan. But there’s only one Phenomenal One, and that’s AJ Styles. Styles is ready for revenge, but will he get satisfaction on Sunday?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!

The Queen and the Empress are both ready for TLC’s first ever Women’s TLC match, that is also a triple threat with the champion, Becky Lynch. However, tonight is about a rematch from their epic SmackDown Women’s Championship Wrestlemania match! Will Charlotte be able to repeat history? Or will she find she’s no longer ready for Asuka?

SmackDown returns with a backstage interview from Charlotte. She’s days away from another historic first, but what about this amazing rematch? Charlotte knows what’s at stake. Asuka says she’s going to break Charlotte, but The Queen doesn’t break. The Queen breaks streaks. This will be a preview of how Charlotte will make them bow down to the Queen! The Queen makes her entrance, and we begin!

But wait, The Man promised to be ringside, and her she comes! Becky Lynch raises her belt all the way down the ramp and over to commentary where she takes her seat. The bell rings and Asuka and Charlotte turn their focus back on each other. Charlotte boots but misses, and Asuka puts on a waistlock. Asuka lifts but Charlotte fights out, only for Asuka to chop her back. Asuka runs, but her hip attack is caught! She still victory rolls through to a Kneebar! Charlotte scrambles around and stands up. She pries Asuka off and drives her down with a back suplex! Charlotte stands but Asuka follows. Charlotte CHOPS Asuka, and again. Asuka ducks the third to hit a German Suplex! Asuka fires up and runs, but Charlotte dodges the hip attack. Charlotte boots Asuka off the ropes, and takes a moment to catch her breath.

Fans echo the “WOO~!” as Charlotte brings herself over to a corner. Charlotte climbs up and moonsaults, but gets knees! And then flipped into the Asuka Lock! Charlotte scrambles more and gets up. Asuka holds on, but Charlotte makes it a backpack senton! Asuka grabs Charlotte again! Charlotte scrambles around but can’t get Asuka off. Charlotte roles to a ropebreak, and Asuka lets go at 4. This epic rematch continues after the break.

SmackDown returns once more, and the two are brawling on the mat! Charlotte and Asuka fire up with each hit and fans are dueling. Asuka hits, Charlotte hits, but Asuka gets an edge! Charlotte blocks, spins Asuka around, but Asuka switches to an octopus stretch! Charlotte endures as Asuka pulls back harder. Fans rally on both sides as Charlotte works against the hold. Charlotte pops Asuka up but Asuka makes it a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO! Fujiwara armbar outta nowhere! Charlotte struggles against it, but can’t get away. Becky seems unimpressed either way. Asuka wrenches back but Charlotte rolls through, only to end up in a triangle hold! Charlotte makes it a cover, ONE. She tries again, ONE! Charlotte rains rights then makes it a cover again, ONE.

Asuka fires palm strike while holding the hold. Charlotte deadlifts and powerbombs! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte almost had Asuka, but both women are down from exhaustion. Fans “WOO~” for Charlotte and cheer for Asuka as the two stir. Charlotte sits up first, and crawls over to Asuka. Asuka sits up and they both trash talk. Charlotte slaps Asuka as she says “You will never break me!” But Asuka gets the takedown, the jackknife, but Charlotte slips through to Figure Four! Asuka endures as Charlotte wrenches back. Asuka turns the hold over! The pressure reverses and now Charlotte endures! Charlotte scrambles to ropes and the two separate. Becky seems amused now. Asuka and Charlotte force themselves up, but Charlotte gets Asuka’s leg. Asuka endures the toehold, but Charlotte drives in elbows! Charlotte goes for another Figure Four but Asuka resists, so Charlotte drops a knee!

Fans duel as Asuka endures. Charlotte hammers away on Asuka, her frustration boiling over. Cover, TWO! Becky is again stoic as she watches Chalrotte drag Asuka over to a corner. Charlotte throws a leg into the post! She gives Becky a glare before she again throws Asuka’s leg against post. Charlotte then drags Asuka over, covers, TWO! She goes for the figure four, but Asuka cradles! TWO, and Charlotte CHOPS Asuka. And chops, and chops! Asuka blocks the next chop, and fireman’s carry takedown to kicks! Asuka runs, but Charlotte follows. Spear into a code breaker! Cover, TWO!! Asuka almost caught Charlotte there but this battle continues. Fans continue to duel as Asuka stands. Asuka kicks away on Charlotte, again and again and again, but then the buzzsaw is blocked. She still knocks the wind out of Charlotte, then fires off elbows from all sides!

Asuka kicks Charlotte in the face again and again, almost toying with her. She gives another shot then runs, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!? Asuka survives and Charlotte is surprised. Becky is stone faced, but on the edge of her seat. Charlotte flounders to her feet while Asuka stirs on the mat. Charlotte drags Asuka to a drop zone while fans duel. She climbs up top, moonsault! Asuka gets her feet up, but Charlotte saw it coming! Charlotte grabs the feet for a figure four, but Asuka sees that coming! Cradle to Asuka Lock!! Charlotte flairs but the hold is on deep! Asuka stays on Charlotte’s back, and they fall out of the ring! Charlotte resorts to a kendo stick! And she SMACKS Asuka!

Winner: Asuka, by disqualification

The Mad Queen returns as she swings wild! Charlotte gave Asuka the win, but The Man simply smirks as she looks at her battered competition. Becky goes to leave, but Charlotte SMACKS her in the back! Charlotte SMACKS away on Asuka, but Becky comes back with kicks! Becky throws Charlotte into the steps, then takes up the stick! She SMACKS Charlotte now! And again, and again! But Asuka attacks Becky! And throws her over the announce desk! Asuka picks up the stick for her own, and SMACKS Charlotte back! And Becky on the table, too! Asuka smacks everyone!! The Empress stands over The Queen and The Man, but will she stand tall as the Women’s Champion?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown again has the superior main roster go-home! And oddly enough, that might be because they changed some things. Naomi and Mandy Rose were meant to spark a feud tonight, as started by social media, but perhaps there were factors beyond anyone’s control that cancelled that match. After all, this is a live show. But I do appreciate SmackDown at least wanted a midcard story going into TLC, it can’t always be about the title.

Moving on, Daniel Bryan’s opening promo was great. I knew he was going to pull that gag about “that’s an insult to [x]”. And it’s great for Mustafa Ali to be the one trying to get through to Bryan about his new behavior. For one, it’s just great that Cruiserweights are showing up on both main shows, and I hope this continues to some degree, in perhaps an effort to stop the isolation of the Division on 205 Live. Raw already has Lio Rush and the Lucha House Party, perhaps SmackDown can have stars like Ali, Noam Dar, or Cedric Alexander show up to give us some great matches. Bryan VS Ali was itself a great match and Ali looked strong even in losing.

I’m a little disappointed Bryan VS Styles won’t be a Chairs Match, but learning that Orton VS Mysterio gets that, that’s really great. Orton and Mysterio have been heading that way given the violent chair spots, and I am sure they’ll do the stipulation justice. But Mysterio standing tall tonight, I have a feeling that means Orton wins at TLC so his hunt for heroes can continue. The rap battle was great, from The Bar having a completely comedic routine to The Usos having a killer one. The Bar attack and manage to stand tall, but perhaps that, too, is a sign we get new champs at TLC. I feel that since The New Day already reached their five-time mark, The Usos will get another turn. And as great as these three teams are, I hope Usos becoming champs help shuffle challengers. SAnitY and The Club deserve second chances.

The Miz is definitely heading for a match with Shane, he just has to be. He goads Shane into a surprise match with jobbers, which actually helps cover up that Shane’s floatover DDT turned into a hungover DDT. I’m just wondering what he’ll have planned now that Shane seems firmly against #BestTeamintheWorld. Hardy & Rusev VS Joe & Nakamura was a really good match, and definitely builds things towards their respective blow-offs. However, it still feels too early to call who wins their respective feuds. It would be great if Rusev gets the US Championship back, he could use it after that detour with Aiden English. Hardy-Joe is also harder to decide, but Joe hasn’t won much lately so he could really use this one.

The SmackDown Women’s Championship scene is incredible right now. This Wrestlemania rematch tonight was amazing, and in the moment I was disappointed that it ended with a disqualification. But between the awesome brawl that happened between Charlotte, Asuka and Becky and how a disqualification keeps both women strong, I’m okay with it. The TLC Triple Threat is going to be off the charts, and it will definitely steal the show no matter where it is on the card. I’m hoping that if there is a new champion, it will be Asuka. The fans were so behind her, they have been behind her, and will be behind her even if she takes the title from Becky. The only other option fans will still be behind is if Becky retains, because otherwise Charlotte treads dangerous waters in her push.

My Score: 8.7/10

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Last Friday Arena Mexico

So this was the Legends of Mexico show or Leyenda de Mexicana. The main event was a legends match which… wasn’t exactly good. It’s fun to see legends in the ring, and that’s why the fans were there but judging from a match point of view they couldn’t really move well. The match included Rayo de Jalisco, Atlantis, and Blue Panther vs Mascara Ano 2000, Canek, and Villano IV. In fairness Blue Panther can still move really well for his age. Rayo, Blue Panther, and Atlantis won the match. There was a 6 man tag titles match between Los Guerrero’s facing Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero. Los Guerrero’s retained their titles. Mano Negra, Solar, and Felino faced off against Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada who hasn’t been in Arena Mexico for 25 years, and Negro Navarro. That match was okay.

Arena Puebla Monday Show

The main event saw Rush and Terrible facing Volador and Diamante Azul. Volador and Azul won the match and at the end Terrible wanted to face Volador in a match. That’ll happen in the future I assume. Co Main event saw Atlantis, Soberano, and Valiente facing Felino, Bucanero, and Cavernario. It was a fun match with the latter winning.

Arena Mexico Tuesday Show

The main event of this show saw Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero facing Atlantis, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja. This was a fun match which saw the latter winning. I feel like they’re setting up an Atlantis match with Sanson out of this. Titan, Triton, and Esfinge faced off against Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto. It was a really fun match with Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto winning. Misterioso defeated Black Panther in a lightning match as well.

Arena Mexico Friday

The card this Friday sees the main event being Volador Jr facing Ultimo Guerrero in a singles match. It doesn’t appear that the heavyweight championship is on the line. Atlantis, Valiente, and Azul face Rush, Terrible, and Cavernario in the co main event. This really isn’t that big or important of a show based off the match card. I don’t expect the attendance to be over 10,000 this week.




AAA

AAA was live on Twitch on December 2nd. Every title was on the line but the story during the show was Brian Cage sent in a video message with Melissa Santos explaining in Spanish that he had a ton of injuries and couldn’t make it to the show. I think that was just to save face since Fenix also couldn’t wrestle because Cage just worked a match on Wednesday. Fenix comes out to cut a promo and explain things. The fans boo him because AAA stupidly kept promoting the match knowing for 9 days that Fenix wasn’t going to wrestle. He even mentioned it on their Lucha Capital show on Facebook the previous Wednesday. The false advertisement and use of card subject to change to trick the fans is bullshit. Subject to change means the card changes if an injury or last minute thing happens. It’s not a free pass to advertise matches you know you’re never going to do. Anyway on to the card.

Lady Shani won the title in the first match. Keyra was supposed to be in the match to make it a 5 way but she was at a WWE try out in Chile. So it was a four way and Scarlett Bordeaux left the match mid way through. So Shani won the match after Faby had a spat with the ref. The next match built on the angle of Mascara and Maximo. Mascara and his team win the match further continuing the feud. There’s talks of Maximo and Mascara being in a hair vs hair match.

Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo, and Angelikal who is now called Myzteziz Jr, as AAA La Parka pronounced him earlier in the show (Have fun typing Myzteziz.), faced Porde de Norte for the 6 man tag titles. The story going in here was the former team beat Porde de Norte 3 straight times so conventional thinking is they won’t win this match, but they actually did, crowning new champs. There was an impromptu match afterwards where Vikingo was taken out by the OGTs and La Parka replaced him. They still beat the OGTs, later we learned this match was because there was no Fenix vs Cage match.

Pagano and Joe Lider faced Ciclope and Miedo Extremo and Texano and Rey Escorpion for the tag titles in a hardcore match. It wasn’t as hardcore as the previous matches but it was still pretty hardcore. Texano and Rey retain their titles. Fantasma faced Drago to defend his Latin American championship. The story of the match was Fantasma was dominating and Drago just kept kicking out and Drago basically rolled him up for the win. As said before Cage and Fenix didn’t wrestle.

The main event was between Blue Demon Jr and Killer Kross facing Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown. Scarlett came out with Kross to distract. Vampiro came out to stop her but Kross kills him. Kross and Blue Demon ended up winning and Scarlett was hitting Wagner after the match. You know she’s going to get hers soon. Better not show anyone in the United States. They’ll complain to Roshfrans.

AAA on Twitch 12/8

There’s a show on the 8th which isn’t much of a star driven show. The main event features Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano facing Blue Demon Jr, Killer Kross, and Rey Escorpion. I’m sure Scarlett Bordeaux will be by ring side for that. The Co-Main event sees the OGTs facing Porde de Norte. That’s Averno, Chessman, and Super Fly vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana. Aerostar will face Monster Clown in a special singles match. Laredo Kid, Hijo Del Vikingo and a luchador surprise who might just be Myzteziz Jr will face Taurus, Australian Suicide, and Jack Evans.




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