Stars collide as ROH, NJPW and NWA combine for this amazing event, as funded solely by The American Nightmare & Young Bucks! Are you all in for All In?
- Zero Hour: The Briscoes VS Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky; SoCal Uncensored wins.
- Zero Hour: Over Budget Battle Royal; Flip Gordon wins and will face Jay Lethal later tonight.
- MJF VS Matt Cross; Cross wins.
- Stephen Amell VS Christopher Daniels; Daniels wins.
- Fatal 4 Way: Tessa Blanchard VS Britt Baker VS Madison Rayne VS Chelsea Green; Tessa wins.
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Nick Aldis VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes; Cody wins and becomes the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
- Chicago Street Fight: Joey Janela w/Penelope Ford vs. Hangman Adam Page; Page wins.
- ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal VS Flip Gordon; Lethal wins and retains the ROH World Championship.
- Kenny Omega VS Pentagon Jr; Omega wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Marty Scurll; Okada wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Young Bucks & Kota Ibushi VS Rey Mysterio, Bandido & Fenix; Kota Ibushi & The Young Bucks win.
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WGN America presents All In: Zero Hour!
The fans are all in, the commentary is all in, and this show is set to begin with “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Yes, the NEW ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions and the (self-proclaimed) All In Trios Champions, are here! Cody welcomes the fans but technical difficulties make it difficult. Let’s blow the budget now while we’re at it! Does Chicago love pyro? Yes! Well here’s PYRO! … Oh. Maybe not. There’s still some glitches to work out. Maybe Matt forgot to pay the guy. Let’s try again. PYRO! There it is. Okay, pull back, pull back. This everything wrestling show needs a random cameo from a legend. Here’s a hint. “What a rrrrush!” And yes, there is The Road Warrior, Animal!
Not just that, but does Chicago like free merchandise? Hot Topic, Pro-Wrestling Tees, give them their merch! Staff comes out with t-shirt guns and shoots them off for the crowd. Cut to a Pro-Wrestling Tees commercial featuring Joey Ryan. His shirt rips? Oh no! This was Joey’s only shirt. But wait, here’s a brand new one! “Thanks, Pro-Wrestling Tees!” Get yours, today!
Back to the show, it’s time for in-ring action!
The Briscoes VS Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky!
The SCU are Rocky and Apollo tonight as the Heavy Metal Rebel and The Closer take on #DemBoyz ahead of their eventual ROH World Tag Team Championship match.
Scorpio gives a shout out to Chicago, “This is the worst town I’ve ever been to!” Fans still cheer, because tonight, this is history! Tonight, everyone here is a part of a revolution. Because tonight, “We Are All-In!” Now Kaz has three letters so please say along to make his day. “S C U!” But #DemBoyz aren’t in a fun-loving mood, as per usual. Can SoCal Uncensored score some non-title momentum for when The Addiction go against the brothers from Sandy Fork?
Kaz and Jay start with the bell and fans fire up. The two circle but Mark is lurking. He stays back as Kaz enjoys the fans chanting “All In! All In!” Jay sucker punches Scorpio and Mark goes after Kaz! The Briscoes stomp out Kaz then double whip to then double forearm Kaz down. Fans boo and jeer but Jay stays on Kaz with European Uppercuts. He tags to Mark, and the Briscoes put Kaz in an open corner. They corner whip then run in but Kaz fights them off. Scorpio returns to slingshot headscissor Mark! He double stomps Jay and gives Mark a kick and a sweep. Kaz hits the swinging wrecking ball, and fans fire up with SCU. Kaz keeps on Mark with forearms while Scorpio returns to his corner. COrner to corner whip leads to a leg sweep, cover, TWO.
Kaz wrenches then tags to Scorpio. Scorpio climbs for double ax handles. He rocks Mark with a big right, then rope a dopes. Scorpio whips but Mark reverses and Jay gets a cheap shot. Scorpio gives him a punch then fires off on mark. He throws Mark out only for Jay to clobber him! Mark slingshots for stomps, then drags Scorpio to his corner. Mark chops Scorpio and tags Jay, and they mug Scorpio. Jay keeps between Scorpio and Kaz, then gives more EuroUppers. He stomps a mudhole while Mark holds Scropio down. The ref has to keep Kaz back so Mark chokes Scorpio then lets Jay get more stomps in. Tag to Mark but fans rally for Scorpio. Mark suplexes for a brainbuster, then covers. TWO, but the Briscoes keep their cool.
Mark kicks Scorpio around then chops him again. He hushes the crowd so we can hear that next one. Scorpio fights back with big rights! Mark gets around him and drags him back. Jay tags in and he mudhole stomps Scorpio right down. Fans boo and jeer but Jay stands Scorpio up. Jay whips and dropkicks Scorpio, then tags Mark back in. They continue to mug Scorpio, Mark rocking Scorpio with an uppercut. Tag back to Jay, and Jay snapmares Scorpio to a chinlock. Fans rally up and Scorpio feeds off the energy. Scorpio fights out but Jay headbutts him down. Jay whips but Scorpio dodges to headscissor! Mark stops Scorpio but gets shoved, hot tag to Kaz! Kaz rallies on both Briscoes, throwing kicks around, then a DDT for Jay! Mark runs in but gets a waistlock. They roll back, but Jay comes in. Northern Lights! TWO!!
Kaz almost had both Briscoes but the fans are all fired up for him. He whips Jay but Jay reverses. Kaz holds ropes and Jay runs in but is put on the apron. Jay gets the guillotine leg drop! Mark runs in, but Scorpio belly2belly throws him out! Then Kaz slingshots to huricanrana Mark! Fans are thunderous and this is just the start of the night! Kaz regroups the Briscoes, Scorpio FLIES onto them! SCU has control and fans on their side as they put Jay in. Scorpio slingshots for a cutter! Kaz gives Mark a cutter, and they BOTH roll back to Dragon Sleepers! The Briscoes endure the holds, crawl towards each other, and Jay rakes Kaz’s eye! Kaz lets Mark free, and then Jay goes after Scorpio! He throws Scorpio out but Kaz throws hands. They brawl back and forth and Kaz fires off jabs.
Kaz runs, but into an elbow. Mark gets a cheap shot, then Jay boots Kaz out. Jay boots Scorpio while Mark gives Kaz a blockbuster! Mark feeds Kaz to Jay, Jay gives Kaz the stiff neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Jay drags Kaz up again for EuroUppers. Tag to Mark, and the Briscoes have Kaz in another open corner. They double whip him corner to corner, and hit the clothesline train. Mark holds Kaz up, Jay jumps, Redneck Boogie neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Kaz isn’t done, but Scorpio is kicked back down. Fans rally up while The Briscoes put Kaz up top. Mark climbs and Jay prepares himself, but Scoprio trips Jay and puts him into railing! Then SUPER Steiner for Mark! Kaz climbs down while Scorpio gives Jay a kick. Alley-oop to tornado DDT! But then Mark gets the Urenage Backbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Mark survives!
But SCU is far from down, they bring Mark back up. Mark fights and Jay boots Scorpio in the back of the head! He feeds Kaz to Jay Driller! Mark goes up, Froggy-Bow! Cover, Scorpio breaks it! Jay rains rights on Scorpio for keeping this match going. The Briscoes throw Scorpio out then focus on Kaz. Jay electric chair lifts while Mark climbs, but Kaz sees Doomseday coming! Powerslam counter while Scorpio hits Jay with a flying knee, cover, SCU WINS!!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, Frankie Kazarian pinning
That was so fast and furious, call Kaz and Scorpio Brian and Roman! With this big win over the champs, does that mean The Addiction has a chance of winning the titles down the line?
Backstage interview with Kenny Omega.
Why is the interviewer standing like that? to make him look taller. No, be casual. The day has finally come. How does he feel about tonight? Pentagon, a former Impact World Champion, and Omega is THE IWGP Heavyweight Champion. They’re wrestlers of the people so they’re giving the people this dream match. Pentagon may not be ready, but Omega is. Omega wants to make this match an instant classic. Omega knows how great and how popular and how hardcore Pentagon is. But Omega is ready to perform in front of the world, and put his best foot forward. That, and he wants to make this day one we remember forever. How will the Best Bout Machine do against the Bone Collector in their dream match tonight?
All In takes a quick look at tonight’s main event.
The NWA World Champion, Nick Aldis, has something The American Nightmare, Cody, wants. The NWA World Championship itself was a belt many greats in pro-wrestling have held, including Cody’s own father, The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. But Aldis wants something in return. So since Cody doesn’t have the ROH World Championship to match, he put up his literal Ring of Honor. Aldis accepted this collateral, but will Cody get the ring back and the belt with it?
Over Budget Battle Royal!
It’s unclear if this is a 15-man or a full 30-man, but the one thing everyone knows is that the winner will get a shot at Jay Lethal’s ROH World Championship later tonight on the main show! Stars from ROH, NJPW, NWA, Impact Wrestlnig and even Lucha Underground are here. Who will be the last man, or woman, left standing in the ring?
The bell rings and it explodes! Everyone brawls in such chaos, but Bully Ray Dudley already bends the rules. He goes through the second rope with El Chico to powerbomb him THROUGH A TABLE! He drags Chuck Taylor out to whip him into barriers, but then Trent Baretta DIVES! Trent takes Bully out for his best friend, but then Jordynne Grace DIVES on Trent! Only for Ethan Page to boot her in the face! He brawls with Rocky Romerao but Colt Cabana springboard Asai Moonsaults on them! Somehow it’s just Tommy Dreamer and Billy Gun left in the ring while everyone else brawls on the outside. The old veterans build speed and… Carefully climb out to fight with everyone!
This is less a battle royal and more a fight as Billy Gunn says “SUCK IT!” But Moose gives him a boot! Moose gives wrestler after wrestler a jab, then winds up for… everyone to hit him back! He gets cornered but then explodes out! He pumps up and climbs up, for a big crossbody! But Brian Cage catches him! Everyone helps Brian put Moose on the apron. Moose fights back again, but he’s taking too long showing off. Marco Stunt ELIMINATES Moose?! But he celebrates too long, Punishment Martinez boots him right out. The Best Friends go after Martinez, then decide to hug! Only to get a boot! Trent is mad now, but he runs into a tilt-o-whirl slam. Chuckie gets a step-stool cutter! Chuckie ends up on the outside but Ethan fights back. Trent helps his best friend out, to double suplex.
Ethan survives and Son of Gunn helps out to suplex the Best Friends in. Cage suplexes Tommy Dreamer back in! But then The Machine gets a kick and a forearm. Marco Stunt returns! Only to get tilt-o-whirl slammed. Cage comes back to back Cutler down. Cutler springboards onto Cage! Bully bullies Stunt, but he keeps Stunt from being eliminated right away. Cutler is also out, but the Best Friends keep each other in. Ethan keeps fighting them, but he runs into Rocky’s kick! The former Roppongi Vice work together, but Ethan rocks Rocky, too! But the Best Friends give him a tornado DDT! Then they give Jimmy Jacobs a crucifix cutter! Then they hug! Only for Martinez to throw them BOTH out! He ELIMINATES Best Friends.
Rocky fires off on Martinez, only to be thrown out. Rocky returns and springboard huricanranas! Then Rocky gives a clothesline train to all four corners. And Bully just because. He keeps going forever, until Cage clobbers him! Cage ELIMINATES Rocky Romero! Cage targets Cheeseburger but gets booted back. Burger flies, but is CAUGHT! He escapes, SHOTEI!! SHOTEI for Etha, SHOTEI for Martinez! Burger ain’t done, but Cage pops him up to F5 him out! Cage ELIMIANTES Burger! But now the Machine and the Monster stare down. They brawl immediately! Martinez whips but Cage reverses to huricanrana?! They keep going, tilt-o-whirl from Martinez! Cage blocks the boot to SUPERKICK! Martinez ducks the discus to give the heel kick!
Cage denies the choke slam, Marinez denies back, but Hurricane gives Martinez HIS Choke Slam! And he does the same to Cage! The Monster and Machine are no match for a Superhero! But Ethan goes after him, only for Tommy Dreamer to stop him. Maritnez has Hurricane, and things move to the apron. Hurricane and Ethan fight off the other two to then fight each other. Ethan boots and ELIMINATES Hurricane, but Cabana’s flying bionic elbow ELIMINATES Ethan! But Dreamer introduces a trash can?! “E C DUB!” echoes out as Dreamer fires off with a cookie pan! He uses the lid on Austin Gunn, then the can itself on Martinez. Martinez wobbles and comes back with the choke grip. Dreamer bites out and fires off jabs. He wears polka-dots for Dusty, bionic elbow! Death Valley Driver on top! But then Bully hits Dreamer to ELIMINATE him!
But Marco Stunt is back? His chops don’t matter, though. Bully gives Marco a bomb lift, but Papa Gunn helps out while Son Gunn knocks Bully down. Jimmy Jacobs fires off but gets a hip toss to neckbreaker! Austin calls him names, but Jimmy rips the jewels! Martinez kicks Gunn down, then lets Jimmy say “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle! And “Suck it!” Double underhook, but Papa Gunn saves his son. Only for Jimmy to give him a kiss? “Suck this, bitch!” Billy throws Jimmy out, then has to fight off Martinez. Martinez still gets Billy with a roundhouse! Martinez roars, but Austin Gunn ELIMINATES HIM!! The Son and the Father hug it out. Only for Bully to ruin it and ELIMNATE Austin! Billy gives Bully a Famouser! But then Billy and Cage come face to face.
They brawl with heavy hands, and Billy runs, but into a trophy lift! Cage ELIMINATES Billy Gunn! But Marco Stunt returns, for a pop-up code breaker!! Bully grabs Marco to ELIMINATE him once and for all. The final four are Bully, Cage, Cabana and Grace. Grace swings on Cage but then fireman’s carry and squats Cage! But Cage slips out, lifts her and tosses her! Then powerbomb lift for a buckle bomb! Cage misses in the corner, she electric chairs to powerbomb HIM! Then she ELIMINATES Cage with a clothesline! Fans are thunderous, but Bully has to go after her, now. Jordynne gets in Bully’s face, and she wants him to chop her. He just rakes her face and puts her on the top rope.
Bully climbs up, but Cabana lurks behind. Jordynne sends Bully down, Cabana helps her ask “WAZZUP!?” Headbutt to Bully’s balls! But Bully still whips and ELIMINATES Jordynne. Now it’s just Bully and Cabana. These two have been fighting over how Bully’s been treating Cheeseburger and Flip Gordon. Bully runs Cabana over and climbs up, but misses his back senton! Cabana uses the chair! SMACK! He jabs Bully again then throws him, but Bully reverses! Bully ELIMINATES Cabana and WINS!! Wait, he forgot about Chico! Chico is FLIP GORDON!! AND FLIP ELIMINATES BULLY!!!
Winner: Flip Gordon
Yes, this was Over Budget, but Flip is ALL IN! Flip gets revenge on Bully while getting his first shot at the ROH World Championship! Is Flip going to reach the top of the mountain later tonight?!
MJF VS Matt Cross!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman swears he “is better than all of you and you know it”, but will he prove to be better than M-Dogg tonight?
The bell rings and we begin. MJF and Cross tie up. MJF gets a headlock but Cross powers out, only to get run over by MJF. Max shows off with that handspring, but things speed up and Cross shows off with the superhero landing! MJF does give credit, that was good. He offers a handshake, but that’s the oldest trick in the book. Cross still accepts it, to get a low kick. MJF throws Cross out to then build speed, but he fakes Cross out. “I don’t have to flip to get over.” But Cross swing kicks him back. Cross climbs and dodges MJF to then tilt-o-whirl headscissor MJF away. MJF rolls out while Cross handsprings. Cross aims and runs, to handspring senton, the Sasuke Special!
Cross soaks it in on the stage, then comes back to fetch MJF. He puts MJF in the ring then climbs up top, but MJF rolls all the way away. Cross hops down and runs in, but MJF uses a referee shield. MJF gives a sucker punch and then he puts Cross into a post! MJF keeps bragging as he snapmares and arm wringers. Cover, TWO, but MJF keeps on the arm. He stomps the hand, then embraces the boos and jeers. MJF drags Cross around for a seated armlock. He tells fans to shut up as they rally up. Cross feeds off that energy and throws body shots. He chops MJF but MJF ducks to wring the arm out again. MJF keeps on that arm, hammerlock and gutwrench powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Cross survives but MJF grows frustrated.
MJF mocks the “old man”, then clubs away on the bad arm. He hoists Cross up to then climb up with him. MJF prepares that arm but Cross fights back with the other arm. Cross has MJF turn around, to then SUPER STEINER! MJF writhes while Cross rests that bad arm. Fans rally up again and Cross stands. He dodges MJF to rally with that good arm. Cross runs, manages a handspring, then a springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Cross keeps his cool while MJF rolls to a corner. MJF drags himself up, Cross runs in but into an elbow. MJF double stomps the bad arm! Then double underhook, Package Shoulderbreaker! Cover, TWO! The referee checks on Cross but he’s okay. Fans rally once more while MJF gets up.
MJF toys with Cross, but Cross slaps him back! Now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth. Cross gets an edge, but MJF SPITS in Cross’ eyes. Cross swings, MJF dodges but is flipped back to poke the eyes. MJF unwinds the dirty bird, but runs into a bicycle kick! He comes back with an elbow but Cross comes back with a wheelbarrow takedown to double stomps! Both men are down and a 10 count begins. Fans rally as Cross stirs. Cross rolls to a cover, TWO, and MJF gets the modified armbar!
Cross endures as MJF pulls back. He makes it a cover, TWO, but Cross ends up on the apron. MJF hotshots the arm, then tucks Cross in for a jumping piledriver! Cover, TWO!! And MJF is shocked! He shouts, “It’s MY time, old man! Not yours!” MJF climbs, moonsautls but lands on his feet as Cross dodges. Cross rebounds and cutters! Then he climbs up quick, for the Shooting Star! Cover, Cross wins!
Winner: Mike Cross, by pinfall
M-Dogg does it big for this main-show opener! He shows the younger generation how it’s done, will this lead to bigger and better things for the veteran?
Backstage interview with…?
Sean Mooney speaks NOT to the Fallen Angel, but the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion! There’s a reason we’re all here, and we’er all looking at it. The most-coveted 10 pounds of gold is why Cody wants to step into the spotlight and etch his name in history. It isn’t about walking in someone’s footsteps, but taking a step towards immortality. Aldis can’t sit around and chat, he has to prepare.
Stephen Amell VS Christopher Daniels!
The Green Arrow and Prometheus are here to represent Bullet Club against SoCal Uncensored! Will the archer of Queen City knock down the Almighty ROH Grand Slam Champion and declare, “You Have FAILED This City”!?
Daniels doesn’t respect Amell, but Amell doesn’t really like Daniels. Daniels SPITS on Amell, so Amell swings! He ends up in a full nelson and put on the mat. Daniels shows off some spicy dance moves, but Amell gives him a chop. AMell dares him to chop back, so Daniels does. It’s a chop fight! Daniels swings but ends up in a waistlock. Amell slams him down then walks all over him in return. Amell bows but Daniels goes after him in a corner! Daniels stomps a mudhole into Amell, then backs off at the ref’s count. Amell boots Daniels back then jumps and over to dropkick Daniels down! Amell enziguris, too! Daniels staggers, Amell clotheslines him out. Amell goes out to fetch Daniels and puts him into railings.
Amell gets a table!? This is payback for an ROH Eight Man Tag where Amell went through a table. He bounces Daniels off it, then climbs up onto the apron with Daniels. Daniels denies the throw and escapes into the ring. Amell follows and ax handles Daniels down. Amell grinds his boot into Daniels’ chin, but backs off at the ref’s count, to then do more boot grinding. Daniels gets up and gives Amell a back suplex! Amell lands on his face, and Daniels kicks him while he’s down. Daniels kicks him again, and fans chant “Fallen Angel!” Daniels lifts Amell for a hammerlock and body shots. He puts Amell in a corner for more shots, then puts him into the buckles. Daniels goes to suplex, and makes it a gutbuster. Cover, TWO! Daniels is annoyed but he keeps on Amell with clubbing forearms.
Fans rally as Amell endures a bearhug. Amell feeds off it to get to his feet and fight back with elbows. Amell runs but into a shoulder to the stomach. Daniels dumps Amell down to go after the legs. Daniels positions Amell for the Arabian Press. But NO cover, because Daniels wants to rub it in first. Cover, ONE, but Daniels has Amell at the ropes. The table is waiting, so Daniels drags Amell up. Amell resists the suplex and fights back. Amell hip tosses Daniels in and gives a lariat. He drags Daniels up in dragon sleeper, but Daniels reverses. Amell mule kicks Daniels down, then suplexes, GREEN Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!
Amell puts Daniels in a corner and fires off a clothesline. He backs off to an adjacent corner and climbs up, and fans fire up with what’s coming. Amell steadies himself, COAST2COAST! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives Amell’s wild idea, then ducks the enziguri. Daniels steps on Amell, Best Moonsault Ever! Cover, TWO!? Amell survives because Daniels didn’t get all of it. Daniels decides the table should finish this, and he brings Amell up top. Daniels joins Amell up and on the opposite end. Amell resists for the sake of his career. Daniels falls on the apron then tumbles to the table! Amell fires himself up, flies! But he crash lands as Daniels dodges!! Fans lose their minds as Amell truly crashes and burns!
Both men are down, and a ring count begins. The count passes 5 but the two barely stir. The fans chant “Broken Arrow!” The referee, Jerry Lynn, puts Daniels AND Amell in the ring?! He doesn’t want a count out, he wants a real finish! Daniels is upset, but the ref decides he’s NOT a ref! Jerry throws the shirt at Daniels and Daniels start shoving. Amell rolls Daniels up!! TWO, but now Daniels is furious. He throws hands on Amell, but the ref backs him off. Amell wants more! Daniels gives more, but the ref backs Daniels down again. Amell stands and flips Daniels off. Daniels grins and gives Amell Angel’s– No, Amell Northern Lights it! TWO!! Daniels hits an urenage backbreaker, then Best Moonsault Ever! It’s clean, Daniels wins!
Winner: Christopher Daniels, by pinfall
Despite the referee overstepping some bounds, the former ROH World Champion wins. Amell pushed Daniels to the limits of his temper, but Amell is also respectful. They shake hands, and Amell raises Daniels’ hand in victory. The two celebrate together, is this the last we’ve seen of Amell in the ring?
Fatal 4 Way: Tessa Blanchard VS Britt Baker VS Madison Rayne VS Chelsea Green!
Four of the best women from around the world and various promotions compete to prove who is the best woman here tonight. This could also lead to some big things in both the Knockouts and Women of Honor Divisions, who will gain major points towards a title opportunity?
The bell rings and all four women check each other out. Madison offers the Code of Honor , and while Britt takes it, Chelsea has to force herself to. Tessa… refuses with a forearm! Chelsea scares Tessa with that scream, and Madison goes after her on the outside. Tessa reverses the whip to send Madison into railing. Britt and Chelsea go cover for cover, but it’s all TWO. They back off while Chelsea takes out Tessa. Britt arm-drags Chelsea around, then puts on a headlock. Chelsea tries to power out but is reversed. She blocks the hip-toss but Britt keeps trying. Britt back flips and arm-drags Chelsea the other way. She runs but Chelsea stops her to then sassy acrobatic arm-drag Britt away. Fans love crazy Chelsea but Tessa clobbers her with a clothesline!
Tessa dodges Britt to clothesline Chelsea. She then kicks Britt down and runs in corner to corner for a big forearm smash. Tessa goes again but gets a boot. Britt hops up but gets kicked down. Madison returns but gets an elbow. Tessa gives Britt a draping code breaker! Tessa and Madison speed up, Madison gets a cover, TWO! She rolls Tessa again, TWO. Madison tilt-o-whirls and throws Tessa! Fans rally but Tessa rocks Madison with a forearm back. Tessa drags Madison up, scoops to a trophy lift, and she throws her onto Chelsea and Britt! Fans love this show of strength, but Britt and Chelsea drag her out of the ring. They leave her behind and speed up, Chelsea boots Britt down! Chelsea builds speed to DIVE! She wipes Tessa AND Britt out.
Chelsea puts Tessa in, but Tessa rocks her with a right. Tessa builds speed, and FLIES onto Britt and Chelsea! Madison returns and climbs up, to LEAP onto all there! Fans fire up with Madison as she drags Britt into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Madison keeps her cool. Madison forearms Britt at the ropes then whips, but Britt slingblades in return. Tessa returns but gets a slingblade. Chelsea returns, and gets a slingblade! Cover, TWO! Britt keeps on Chelsea with forearms and a whip. Madison waistlocks and ripcords to the Rayne Check! Cover, but Chelsea breaks it. Tessa bumps Chelsea on buckles, then clubs Madison. Tessa lifts, holds and slams Madison. She runs at Chelsea but gets only post! Chelsea runs in, boot wash!
Britt gets an elbow, Chelsea reverses but gets reversed back to a saido suplex. Tessa has Britt but Britt escapes and denies several times, until she gets the full nelson flat liner! Madison tilt-o-whirl DDT’s, but Chelsea LEAPS for missile dropkick! It hits Tessa, leaving Madison to go after Britt on the top rope. Madison climbs up from the outside, and hits a SUPER Rayne Check! But the fall takes a lot out of her, she only crawls to a cover, TWO! Tessa is relieved while Madison is furious Britt survives. Chelsea CURB STOMPS Madison! Then she turns Madison, Unprettier! SUPERKICK to FLYING Magnum! SUPERKICK!! Cover, on Chelsea, TWO!? Britt can’t believe it but fans are loving it.
Britt drags Chelsea up, TKO! Cover, but Tessa rolls Britt off! TWO, so Tessa waistlocks. Britt standing switch but Tessa rocks her with an elbow. Madison runs in, crucifix to bomb! Cover, but Britt breaks it! Fans are fired up as Britt goes after Madison. Britt rocks her with a forearm, then Fisherman swinging neckbreaker. Cover, but Chelsea breaks it! Fans know “This is Awesome!” Chelsea wants the Unprettier, and gets it! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Britt survives again but Chelsea is furious. Chelsea goes after Tessa, kicks low to hit the DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!? And Chelsea can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous with a standing ovation! Chelsea brings Tessa up but Tessa gets a hammerlock DDT! Cover, Tessa wins?!
Winner: Tessa Blanchard, by pinfall
The second-generation super woman gets that one by seconds, as both Madison and Britt almost broke the cover. The Impact Knockouts Champion shows the world what it takes to be champion, but will one of these other three women get a shot at her title down the line? The good thing is, they all celebrate together to celebrate world-class women’s wrestling.
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Nick Aldis VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes!
The National Treasure and the American Nightmare are going to prove one way or another that pro-wrestling is big enough for the entire world! With such high stakes on the line, who will make history on this already history-making night?
The introductions are made and the belt is raised by THE Earl Hebner, who explains this is only to be won by pin or submission. He is honored, wishes them both the best of luck, and we begin!
Fans are already thunderous for this match that is somehow not the main event but feels like it’s already that. The two men shake hands and start circling. The two tie up, then break. Fans chant “All In! All In!” as Cody and Aldis tie up again. Aldis gets an arm wrench to wristlock, but then Cody gets a leg. They end up at the ropes and Cody backs off. Cody cartwheels and strikes a pose. Aldis lounges, then circles with Cody again. The two tie up again, Cody gets a hammerlock. Aldis rolls and handsprings to reverse. Cody uses ropes to flip through and reverses. Cody gets a headlock but Aldis lifts. Aldis powers out but Cody slips under, only to get run over. Aldis and Cody start trading hands! Cody powers out of the headlock but Aldis runs him over.
They speed up, Cody drops Aldis with a dropkick! Cody builds speed and DIVES! He almost takes a header, but that’s why it’s a tope suicida! Fans fire up with Cody as he rocks Aldis with a right hand. They keep throwing hands, Cody suplexes but Aldis counters with his suplex. Hebner checks on both men and they’re both okay. Aldis drags Cody up and rams him into a post. Aldis puts Cody in the ring for a chop, then another chop. He whips corner to corner and Cody hits buckles hard. Aldis drags Cody up and fisherman, Perfect Plex! TWO, but Aldis is on Cody with a chinlock. Fans rally up and Cody feeds off it. Cody fights back and whips, but Aldis reverses. Cody hits buckles hard again, but Aldis is on him. Aldis gives Cody a forearm, then a haymaker, then another corner to corner whip.
Cody stops himself and collides shoulders with Aldis. Aldis fires back with strikes but Cody gets the drop-down uppercut! Cody runs but double clotheslines bring them both down. Fans rally as Hebner counts. Cody and Aldis stand to brawl, SUPERKICK from Cody! Dragon sleeper, but Aldis snapmares out. Aldis gives Cody a back suplex but Cody slips out. Double crossbodies take them down now! Aldis rolls out to walk it off, but Cody catches his breath in the ring. Cody aims from the corner, but he flies into a forearm! Both men are down on the outside, and Hebner asks Brandi to keep her distance. Cody and Aldis slowly stir, but it’s Aldis who gets to the ring. Hebner puts up the X, Cody doesn’t look good.
Hebner lets Aldis know the situation, and here comes Diamond Dallas Page. It is a shame this match looks to be ending this way, and fans hope Cody can recover. DDP checks on Cody, and it looks like Cody wants to keep going. Hebner and DDP aren’t sure, but here comes Sean Daivari. He and DDP get into an argument, and Daivari shoves DDP!? Daivari shoves Hebner, too! So DDP gives him the Diamond Cutter! Daivari just felt the bang, and fans cheer DDP on. DDP goes back to Cody. Aldis himself comes out while Hebner dismisses DDP. Apparently this match is still going! Aldis drags the bleeding Cody into the ring and goes after the wound! Fans boo Aldis, they don’t appreciate him wanting to win like this. But Cody hits back! Cody goes up and over, and hits the powerslam! Cover, TWO!
The American Nightmare has a crimson mask but the heart of a lion as he gets back up. Aldis shoves Cody to a corner, but runs into Cody’s boot. Cody climbs, Moonsault MISSES! Aldis scoops and sets Cody onto the top rope for a Top Shelf Knee. Aldis then climbs, for the SUPER Fall Away Slam! Fans rally while Aldis climbs. Aldis aims and leaps, for the Frog Splash! Cover, TWO! Cody survives, but Aldis won’t let up. He grabs the legs but Cody shoves him away. Cody gets the Figure Four! Cody gives a shout-out to his father’s famous victory. Aldis is in a figure four cover, TWO! Cody wrenches more and Aldis falls back again, TWO! Aldis works to roll, and he reverses the pressure! Cody rolls it through more to get a ropebreak! The two free each other from the hold, and are now on the apron.
Aldis kicks but misses, Cody trips him onto the apron! Aldis still scoops Cody, to a running slam! Both men are down again as Hebner checks on them. Aldis gets back in and wants a ring count. Hebner counts while fans rally up. Brandi coaches her husband up, and he stirs at about 5. Aldis sees Cody gets up so he goes back out. Aldis puts Cody in the ring, then chops him in a corner. He whips but Cody reverses. Aldis goes up but Cody gets him in Alabama Slam position. Cody can’t slam him, though, that lower back hurts too much, so he just dumps Aldis off. But Cody tries again anyway, for a SPINNING Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Cody can’t believe it, but he’s too exhausted to really show frustration.
Fans fire up as Cody tunes up the band. It’s another shout out, but his Beautiful Disaster misses! Aldis hits a powerbomb! TWO, but into King’s Lift cloverleaf! Cody endures but Aldis is slowly losing grip. Fans rally and Brandi coaches Cody. Cody drags himself to ropes but Aldis drags him away! Cody gets a second wind, but Aldis sits on the hold. Aldis works to keep his grip on, but Cody works to get up a third time! Cody powers his way to Brandi, and gets a ropebreak! Aldis is frustrated but Cody looks like he’s out again. Brandi is worried for him, but Aldis shows no mercy as he drags Cody away. Aldis lifts, for a piledriver! Aldis doesn’t cover, he positions Cody, then climbs up top.
Brandi gets in the ring to beg he not do this, but Aldis doesn’t care. Aldis leaps, Brandi becomes a shield for the ELBOW DROP!! Aldis didn’t mean to do that, but fans all boo and jeer anyway. Hebner checks on Brandi as she rolls out. What do we do now? Aldis just covers, TWO!! Brandi’s sacrifice is not in vain! Aldis drags Cody up, runs, but Cody follows for Beautiful Disaster! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!? Somehow Aldis survives Cody’s best move! Aldis gets up but Cody throws hands. They brawl with big hands, then Cody jabs. Aldis stops that, but runs into a kick. Cody grabs those arms, turns Aldis around, and with all his might in that bad back, lifts Aldis. Aldis slips out, but Cody keeps him from stealing moves. Cody whips, Aldis sunset flips, Cody sits on it! CODY WINS!!
Winner: Cody, by pinfall; NEW NWA World Heavyweight Champion
Is this real?! Cody is now the NWA WHC?! Yes, he is! The Rhodes Family is victorious, the Rhodes Family is eternal! Cody follows his father’s footsteps while putting his own mark on history. Brandi proudly helps Cody put the belt on around his waist. What new heights will Cody reach now that he carries the torch for this truly legendary ten pounds of gold?
Chicago Street Fight: Joey Janela w/Penelope Ford vs. Hangman Adam Page!
The Problem Solver might be slowly breaking, being driven crazy by the Sleazy One and the mystery of who murdered the Master of the Dickplex. But he’ll have to clear his mind if he wants to be better than the Bad Boy of Wrestling in a match where anything goes. Can Hangman keep his wits about him to get it done in the Windy City?
Joey taunts Hangman even as Hangman makes his entrance. The bell rings and Hangman ducks the clothesline. Joey ducks one but gets a boot and forearms from Hangman. Hangman throws Joey out hard already, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on Joey against the railings. Hangman puts Joey in, but Joey builds speed to DIVE back! Joey wipes Hangman out then puts him in the ring. Joey embraces the cheers and jeers but Hangman boots him down. Hangman climbs up top, for the SUPER ASAI! And he wipes Joey out again! Hangman blows out the pistol before putting Joey back in the ring. Fans duel but Hangman brings out the first chair. Hangman brings that into the ring and sits it up. He kicks Joey but Joey fires off forearms. Joey roars and runs, but into the roaring elbow.
Hangman lifts Joey for the pumphandle fall away, ONTO the chair! Hangman drags Joey over for a corner, TWO. Joey rolls out again but Hangman follows him out. Hangman reveals there’s a literal Cracker Barrel barrel! He whips Joey at the barrel, but Joey reverses and sends Hangman into the crowd! Joey sets up a chair by the barrel, step stools to wipe Hangman out! Fans celebrate that insane attack with Joey as Joey fetches Hangman. They go back to ringside, and Joey wants to keep using the barrel. He rolls it down the way, but Hangman jumps over it! Joey still rocks him with elbows, and Hangman ends up in the crowd again. But he slingshots to BUCK SHOT! Down goes Joey, but Hangman is down from exhaustion.
Hangman is up first and he starts fetching things again. He brings out a table! Hangman puts Joey in the ring for now, then sets up the table on the outside. Fans cheer him on as he goes back to the ring. Joey crawls over but Hangman drags him up in the corner. They’re on the top rope, but Joey holds on. Joey fires back with forearms, then fireman’s carry into a Death Valley Bomb into the other corner! Cover, TWO! Joey grows frustrated, as does the Bad Girl, but Joey keeps going. Penelope helps him bring out a ladder! Joey also fetches the barrel, which he uses as part of a ladder bridge. Joey throws hands on Hangman, then hoists him onto the ladder. Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does Hangman! Hangman stops Joey on the top rope, to then torture rack and BURNING HAMMER onto the ladder!!
They both crash onto the steel and then to the floor! Fans lose their minds over that one. Hangman gets up and puts Joey back in the ring. Hangman wants something more, so he brings out a trash back. He shows the bag off but here comes Penelope! She hops on Hangman’s back but he tosses her off. Penelope keeps going with a SLAP! Hangman grimaces, but she handsprings to evade! Then she goes Matrix, into a Bad Girl Stunner! Hangman flounders and she climbs up top, to LEAP onto him! Penelope crossbodies Hangman down! Hangman flounders away but she keeps chase. She clubs away and Hangman is on the table. Joey jumps in for the ELBOW! They crash through the wood, and the referee checks on them both.
Joey sits up, but Hangman barely stirs. Joey drags Hangman up and over to the stage. He bounces Hangman off the steps, then gets in the spotlight as he gets some running room. Joey takes aim, “shoots” and runs Hangman over with a clothesline! But Joey has something more, as he looks around wherever he can. He moves things around and has yet another table! He and Penelope set that up in the walkway, but then there’s a second table! The tables are carefully placed side-by-side as Joey goes back to Hangman. Hangman SUPERKICKS Joey! Then, powerbomb lift, and powerbomb THROUGH THE TABLES!! The referee finds Joey in the wreckage while fans lose their minds all over again.
Fans call Hangman a “Joey Killer!” but Hangman shows no remorse. He drags Joey up and to the ring, then takes off the elbow pad. Joey stands and Hangman slingshots, for another Buck Shot! But he’s not done yet, he lifts Joey for Rite of Passage! Cover, but Penelope breaks it! That’s technically legal! Hangman is furious, but Penelope has that bag. She grins as he snatches it away. Wait, no, this is a second bag. Hangman pours this bag out, to reveal those cowboy boots! The cursed boots from Being The Elite! Hangman might as well have seen the ghost of Joey Ryan. Penelope picks up a boot, but gets a SUPERKICK for it!
Hangman tells that boot what’s what, but Joey SUPERKICKS Hangman! Cover, TWO!! No supernatural boots will screw Hangman over. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Joey goes in search of something more. He finds a fresh ladder and puts it in. Then he puts a new table in! Joey stands the ladder up, then sets the table up. Joey drags Hangman up and onto the table. He clubs away to keep Hangman there, then climbs up top. But Hangman climbs up to join him! They brawl, hangman falls, but he has HIS bag, the MURDER PHONE!! Joey fights but Hangman clubs him and wraps the cord, for a SUPER RITE OF PASSAGE, THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Hangman’s past came back to haunt him, but he used it to his advantage. The “Joey Killer” he may be, but a win is a win. Will he continue to rise up the ranks of all professional wrestling?
But wait, the lights go out! Joey Ryan died, but his DICK LIVES!! Yes, the Druids of Dongs line the ramp as the Sleazy One rises! The Res-Erection is real, and Hangman is the most shocked of anyone in the building! Joey RYAN joins Hangman in the ring, greases himself up, and tucks the lollipop away. Hangman says Joey died, he did it himself! But Joey just makes him touch his crotch! Joey flexes and flexes and FLIPS! Hangman flounders, Joey makes him eat the lollipop! SUPERKICK! The Sleazy Phenom hands Hangman over to his phallic followers, and they take Hangman away. Has Joey Ryan just made Hangman “Rest… In… Penis”?!
Jay Lethal prepares backstage.
Someone stomps him, to give him Macho Man glasses? Oooooh~ YEEAH~!
ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal VS Flip Gordon w/ “Lt.” Brandi Rhodes!
The Captain of Flip Army surprised us all when he pretended to be El Hijo de Chico, and now he’s truly All In! Will Flip make an even bigger splash when he takes the title from the Franchise Player? Or rather, BLACK MACHISMO!!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the Mega Powers handshake is used for the Code of Honor. The bell rings and we begin!
Lethal and Flip circle, Flip throws Lethal off the waistlock. They circle but Lethal takes away Ms. Elizabeth. Wait, no, that’s Brandi. Lethal wants her to stay in HIS corner! No, she’s not with you, Lethal. But he still insists she stay. Lethal returns to Flip and gives him a knee. He jabs then whips but Flip ducks to arm-drag. Flip runs and slides under to arm-drag Lethal again. Flip chops then whips, but Lethal whips Flip, Flip crossbodies. Cover, ONE and Flip arm-drags Lethal. Lethal whips but Flip runs him over. Flip does it again and covers, ONE. Flip keeps moving but Lethal throws him out. The Captain skins the cat, only to get clothesline’d out.
Lethal goes to the top rope, and Brandi’s seen this enough already tonight. She moves aside as Lethal hops down. He gives chase and they go into the ring. Brandi reminds him she’s not Elizabeth, but he lifts her like she is! Fans love this shout out to history, but Brandi slaps Lethal’s shoulder. It snaps Lethal out of it, and he’s suddenly no longer Machismo. He still fights Flip but Flip boots him in a corner. Lethal chops Flip then whips him again. Flip boots him again but Lethal hip tosses. Lethal misses the dropkick but Flip hits his shooting star. Cover, TWO! Flip chops then whips Lethal, but Lethal holds ropes. Flip flips through his dropkick then handsprings around to avoid Lethal. Fans love Flip’s flips but Lethal doesn’t.
Flip sends Lethal out and DIVES! That’s one, but Flip hits another DIVE! Flip is copying Lethal, right up to the FLYING hat trick! Flip drags Lethal up and in, then climbs high. He jumps for the turning splash, TWO! Flip keeps his cool as he keeps his eyes on Lethal. Lethal stands and slips out of the back suplex. Flip slips out, but Lethal slips out. Flip counters to a wheelbarrow cover, TWO. Lethal rolls Flip, TWO. Lethal turns for a backslide, TWO! Flip sunset flips, TWO! Lethal bicycle boots to enziguris, but Flip back flips for the moonsault! Both men are down and the ref starts a count. Fans rally while both men stir. Lethal rolls to the apron but Flip drags him up. Lethal gives a forearm, but Flip fires back. They brawl with the ropes between them, and Lethal bumps Flip off a buckle.
Lethal climbs up but gets Kinder Surprise! He falls inside the ring and Flip climbs up again. Flip 450 but he bails out, into a Lethal Combination! Cover, TWO! Lethal can’t believe it, but this match continues. Lethal drags Flip up and chops him off his feet. He aims at Flip, calls for it, but Flip counters to a roll up! TWO, Flip hits a jumping knee! Flip keeps going, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Flip is so close but still so far from the biggest win of his life. Fans duel as Flip and Lethal stand. Flip chops then runs, to springboard, but into a torture rack! Lethal wrenches that rack, then hits the inverted rolling senton. Lanny says Lethal should go up. He gives him that shoulder slap, and Machismo is back! Lethal scoop slams and climbs up top! Lethal aims, Hail to the King!
But not just once, he’s going up top again for… a second! But twice isn’t enough, the fans want a third, so Machismo gives us a THIRD Hail to the King! Cover, TWO!? Flip Hulks up!! He has the spirit of a warrior! Lethal keeps hitting Flip, but Flip gives him the Finger Poke of Doom! Flip fires off forearms and haymakers. He whips Lethal to a boot! Fans let Flip hear it, brother, but he has to handspring out of the clothesline. Flip PELE to Spring-blade! He isn’t done here, as he heads up top again. Flip aims and leaps, but Lethal gets under. Flip fireman carry, Samoan Pop to running shooting star! But not just that, corkscrew moonsault, the Cancun Tornado! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are electric for this! Flip hoists Lethal up top again, gives him a chop, then a SUPER– No! Lethal blocks the Steiner, but Flip gives him heel hammers. Flip jumps up, SUPER Cutter! Then LETHAL INJECTION!! Cover, Lethal wins!!
Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall; still ROH World Champion
The Franchise, Black Machismo, it doesn’t matter which side of Lethal it is, he is all champion. Flip was so close to a win, but he did win Lethal’s respect. They shake hands to keep the Code of Honor, and then Flip brings Lethal in for a hug. What will it take for Flip to finally get himself some gold?
But here comes Bully Ray! He bulldozes them both! The ECW Legend turned evil scourge of wrestling lashes Flip with the chain. But Lanny comes in to defend the young star’s honor. Bully just kicks him in the balls. Bully isn’t done there, either, as he looks for something under the ring. Even after that street fight, there’s still a table. Bully puts that in the ring, and then sets it up with an evil grin. Wait, here comes Colt Cabana! Chicago’s own SPEARS Bully and throws right hands! Cabana, Flip and Lethal regroup to take care of Bully. Lethal and Flip lift Cabana, “OOAH!” for a powerbomb through the table! Bully gets what he deserves, will he finally stop being a bully?
Kenny Omega VS Pentagon Jr!
The Best Bout Machine finally meets the man with Zero Fear in a singles match! Whatever name the Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling star goes by, he is one of the best in the world already. Can he prove to the world he belongs when he takes on another of the best in the world today?
Fans are already thunderous for this meeting of wrestling titans. The bell rings and this dream match becomes reality. Omega and Pentagon slowly circle as the Terminator Drums start already. Pentagon hushes the crowd, to declare “CERO! MIEDO!” Omega dismisses that, but Pentagon carefully takes off that glove. He tosses it to the ref, but Omega slaps Pentagon! Pentagon kicks then headlocks. Omega powers up and things speed up, Pentagon kicks Omega out of the roll! Pentagon pursues Omega on the outside with a kick to the leg. Pentagon throws forearms in a corner, then whips Omega. Omega reverses but Pentagon goes up and over for a backstabber! Omega rolls out and Pentagon builds speed, but fakes Omega out for “CERO! MIEDO!”
Omega returns but gets kicked out. Pentagon runs again, but into Omega’s huricanrana! Omega gets those Terminator Drums going again while Pentagon rolls out. Omega builds speed, but Pentagon returns, to slingblade! Pentagon builds speed to FLY onto Omega! Fans fire up with Pentagon as he kicks Omega in the leg. Pentagon drags Omega up and chops him against railings. He kicks Omega again, but Omega hits back. They brawl, then have a chop fight. Pentagon whips Omega right into railing! Omega stands and boots Pentagon away. Omega runs but into Pentagon’s powerslam! The referee checks on Omega but he’s okay. Pentagon gets up and gets the fans chanting “Cero Miedo!” between Terminator Drums. He puts Omega back in the ring, then against the ropes, for a sharp chop.
Omega sits on the rope, stinging from that, but comes back to chop away on Pentagon. Pentagon kicks back and Omega falls to his knees! Omega hobbles to a corner but Pentagon is on him with a corner to corner whip. Pentagon gives a clothesline, then whips Omega again. Omega reverses to a fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton, but the moonsault gets knees! Pentagon whips but Omega dodges, running DDT! Pentagon rolls out but Omega has him in his sights. Omega hears the drums and slingshots for a springboard crossbody! Direct hit! Omega drags Pentagon back up and in, then climbs up, for the missile dropkick! He keeps going, fisherman for Aoi Shoudou! Cover, TWO! Pentagon even says “No!”, because he won’t die.
Omega keeps on Pentagon as he loads up and “BANG!” Omega runs, but Pentagon SUPERKICKS! Pentagon runs, but Omega waistlocks. Standing switch to German Suplex but Omega lands on his feet for the roaring elbow! Omega full nelsons for a Snap Dragon Suplex! He lifts with the electric chair, but Pentagon fights out to a Backstabber! Cover, TWO! Pentagon sits up and fans rally up for him. He stomps Omega and climbs up to the top, but Omega dodges the stomps. Omega clobbers Pentagon with a lariat, then fireman’s carry to a Death Valley! Cover, TWO! Omega grows a bit frustrated now, but he still has plenty in his arsenal. Pentagon gets to a corner, Omega loads up and… V-Trigger!
Then Omega puts Pentagon up top, moves fast, but Pentagon holds on. Omega clubs away to loosen Pentagon up, but Pentagon slips under to tuck Omega in, SUPERKICK! Pentagon is up quick, for the Tree of Woe stomps! Cover, TWO! Pentagon drags Omega up for the package, but Omega slips out to a back slide. Pentagon is up, V-Trigger!! But “CERO! MIEDO!” So Omega gives him another V-Trigger! Pentagon somehow stays conscious as he again declares, “CERO! MIEDO!” Omega gives him a Wily Bomb! V-Trigger! Cover, TWO!! And a ropebreak just in case! Omega drags Pentagon away, electric chair lifts, but Pentagon spins out to kick low. Package lift but Omega slips out. Pentagon pump handles TO the package driver! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are again electric as these two are still not through! Pentagon follows Omega to the apron. Omega revives to chop Pentagon. He gives a forearm, then a boot, but Pentagon dares him to hit more! Omega boots him again but Pentagon keeps egging Omega on. Omega obliges, but Pentagon blocks to counter. That kick was dangerously low, and then Fear Factor ON THE APRON!! Fans lose their minds all over again as the referee has to check on Omega. Omega is somehow still okay, and Pentagon puts Omega back in. Pentagon climbs but Omega holds the ref, he still gets double stomps! Cover, TWO?! The cover may have been lazy, but Omega still had to endure.
Pentagon drags Omega up but Omega slips out to STEAL Fear Factor!! Cover, TWO?!? Omega doesn’t stop, V-TRIGGER! And then, electric chair, but Pentagon fights it off again! No, not the Dark Armbar! YES, THE DARK ARMBAR!! Omega writhes in pain, but Pentagon gives him another Fear Factor! Cover, TWO!??! Fans reach a fever pitch and give a standing ovation as they chant “ALL IN! ALL IN!” Omega and Pentagon crawl towards each other. Pentagon insists, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Omega blocks the kick! Pentagon kicks from the other side, then runs, but into a V-Trigger! Omega hits the Poison-Rana, covers, TWO! Omega keeps going, V-Trigger again, into the electric chair… ONE-WINGED ANGEL HITS!! Cover, Omega wins!!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
The Wrestling Angel and the Wrestling Demon battled their hearts out, but the Best Bout Machine of NJPW takes the victory. Pentagon still took that arm, but wait, now the lights go out again. Is this a real life botch? But when they come back on… Pentagon doesn’t look like Pentagon as he attacks Omega in a corner! This supposed Pentagon runs Omega over, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Fans know who this is now, it’s CHRIS JERICHO!!! All In is Jericho! He gives Omega another code breaker! Y2J, the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion, has history with the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Jericho takes the mic and says, “Kenny Omega. I’ll see you on the Jericho Cruise.” The Rock ‘n’ Rager at Sea looks to be where these two will settle their grudge, who will come back to dry land the victor?
Kazuchika Okada VS Marty Scurll!
The Rainmaker has been teasing the Villain with the Cruiserweight Division being his only place to go after this match. However, The Villain shows some opioniated finger-pokers backstage what he thinks of their critique. Can Scurll cause a spot of bother in Chicago to show Okada what a Junior Heavyweight can do?
The bell rings and once again, fans are immediately electric. Scurll and Okada slowly circle while the fans duel. Okada and Scurll stand face to face, then circle. They tie up and Okada puts Scurll against the ropes. Okada fakes his chop, but pats Scurll’s shoulders. Scurll grimaces as he and Okada circle. Okada puts Scurll on the ropes but Scurll turns it around. Scurll copies the fake chop, to flex those “heavyweight” muscles! Okada swings but Scurll gets a waistlock. Okada standing switch but Scurll switches back to a hammerlock. Scurll has Okada on the mat, then covers, TWO.
Okada gets up to a wristlock, but Scurll spins and rolls to another wristlock then hammerlock then headlock. Okada powers out and they collide with shoulders. Neither man moves, and fans fire up as Okada shows off the pecs. Scurll runs and collides, but he takes some damage for it. Scurll dares Okada to run now, so Okada does, and he runs Scurll over. Okada shows off his muscles, then scoops. Scurll slips out and kicks low, to then try and suplex. Okada blocks, and Scurll’s back bothers him. Okada kicks low then whips. Scurll reverses to send Okada into buckles, then he fires off chops and EuroUppers. The referee reprimands Scurll for scratching Okada, so Scurll just flexes. Okada gives Scurll forearms, then back elbows. He whips Scurll hard, then runs in, but Scurll dodges.
Scurll kicks low, suplexes, but he can’t get Okada up. Okada suplexes and gets Scurll up for the slam! Okada drags Scurll up for a snapmare, then runs but into an elbow. Scurll EuroUppers, then SUPERKICKS from the apron! Scurll runs to DIVE! Okada hits the railings from that “Low-pe” and fans “Woop Woop!” for Scurll. Scurll embraces it as he drags Okada up for chops. He chops Okada more as they go around the corner. Scurll chops Okada against the timekeeper’s table, then puts Okada in the ring. Scurll takes his time as he drags Okada up and around. He wrenches the arm to bring Okada back down, then hammerlock stomps! Scurll runs, but into the flapjack! Okada catches his breath while checking his arm. Okada drags Scurll up and around for the neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Okada keeps his cool.
Okada throws Scurll out and rocks him with EuroUppers. Then he tops it off with a DDT! Okada leaves Scurll behind and the referee starts a count. Scurll sits up at 5, but Okada goes out to fetch him. Okada slingshots for the senton, then watches Scurll stand. Scurll chops, but it doesn’t make Okada flinch. Scurll chops again, but Okada dares him to chop more. So Scurll does, only to get rocked by a right! Okada sits Scurll up for a straitjacket stretch. Scurll endures as fans rally up for him. Scurll feeds off the energy as he stands up. He pries his way out of the hold, and he turns it around, but Okada powers it back. They struggle against each other, and Scurll gets the turn going his way! Fans fire up for him more, and he gets the hold onto Okada! Then backstabber!
Both men are down, but fans build up to another rally. Scurll drags himself up while Okada stands. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Fans duel again as Scurll runs, but into Okada’s boot. Okada runs, but into the 52 Fake Out! Scurll has Okada down as he pumps the fans up again. Scurll whips but Okada reverses. Okada runs but Scurll dodges to swing kick and tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Scurll keeps his cool as he thinks of what to do. The chant is now “Let’s go, Marty, Let’s go!” Marty double underhooks but Okada reverses. They reverse whips and Okada hits the back elbow. Okada runs for another back elbow, then DDTs Scurll again. Cover, TWO! Okada wants Scurll to stand, and then hoists Scurll up. Scurll sunset flips, TWO, but Okada kicks him.
Scurll gets the back elbow, fakes Okada but only a little. Okada boots but Scurll clotheslines! Scurll runs but into Okada’s uppercut, but Scurll gets the brainbuster outta nowhere! Scurll gets up and works on an idea. He drags Okada up, but Okada blocks the driver. Scurll’s back also bothers him, so he walks it off. Fans fire up and it gives Scurll the will. But Okada gets him in the reverse neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada rolls out while Scurll is down and fans build up again. Okada climbs, but slowly. Scurll gets up to rock him with an uppercut! Scurll climbs up but they brawl it out. Okada forearms Scurll and Scurll teeters. Scurll forearms and Okada teeters. Scurll tries again but Okada continues to fight back. Okada hits Scurll but Scurll refuses to fall! Scurll ear claps, then SUPERPLEX!
Okada is down but Scurll can’t make the cover before Okada rolls over. Scurll slaps then forearms, but Okada uppercuts. Scurll shoves, Okada rolls him but Scurll sits on it! TWO and Okada has it, TWO. Scurll has a cover, TWO and Okada, TWO. Scurll again, TWO! Super close, but Scurll POWERBOMBS OKADA! High stack, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Scurll wonders what he has to do to finish this. He drags Okada up with the double underhook but Okada powers him to a corner. Okada hoists Scurll up but Scurll kicks him away. Okada denies the tornado to John Woo dropkick Scurll back! Now Okada climbs, for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Scurll survives and Okada is shocked.
Okada drags Scurll up, but Scurll blocks the gut wrench. Okada clubs Scurll and gut wrenches, but Scurll spins to DDT! Scurll scoops, but Okada reverses, TOMBSTONE! And he calls for it! Okada drags Scurll up with the waistlock. He taunts, “2, 0, 5!” But Scurll takes the fingers, and SNAPS them! Fans say Okada messed up, but then Okada dropkicks Scurll! Okada swings Scurll, but Scurll dodges Rainmaker, for CHICKEN WING!! Scurll doesn’t have it fully locked, and Okada rolls over to his stomach. Okada stands while Scurll holds on, for a backpack drop! Okada is free, but Scurll rises to Chicken Wing again! Scurll is still close, but Okada is already turning purple as it is! Okada sits up again, rolls back to a cover, TWO!
Scurll walks into the scoop but slips out. He shoves Okada into the ref! Scurll gets his umbrella, but Okada ducks it. Scurll opens the umbrella to deny Rainmaker, then STEALS Rainmaker!! Cover, TWO!? Okada survives the cheat AND his move! But fans are loving this either way with another standing ovation. Scurll spins and “CHICKEN WING!” But Okada reverses to HIS Rainmaker!! Fans know “This is Awesome” as Okada stands again. Scurll dares him to hit, and Okada hits him with a forearm. Scurll stands back up, wanting more. Okada obliges, but Scurll won’t back down. Scurll wants more, so Okada gives more. Scurll once again stands. Okada grins, but Scurll spits AND slaps him! Okada grabs Scurll around the throat, but Scurll gets those fingers. But Okada breaks free to discus lariat, then RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall
The former IWGP Heavyweight Champion outlasts the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. The Villain did all he could, but not even he could stop the Rainmaker. Will Scurll find a way to improve and prove he can hang with the big boys?
Six Man Tag: Kota Ibushi & The Young Bucks VS Rey Mysterio, Fenix & Bandido!
The Golden Elite take on the King of 619, the NEW AAA Mega Champion, and one if not the fastest rising star in lucha libre to close out this amazing and historic event. Which side of this international instant classic will take the first ever All In main event victory?
Bandido and Matt Jackson start. Bandido shoves, so Matt shoves. It becomes a brawl real quick, then things speed up. Matt dodges Bandido to headlock, but Bandido headlocks. Matt powers out but Bandido back elbows. He flies then handsprings under the clothesline to headstand. Things speed up againas Bandido FLIES onto Matt! He puts Matt in, then whips Matt. Matt slides while Nick tags, and the Bucks work together to hip toss and dropkick Bandido down. Bandido tags out to Fenix who FLIES in on both Bucks! The Bucks try to work together but Fenix rallies! Fenix acrobatically arm-drags Nick, then roundhouses. Nick ducks to roundhouse Fenix, but he runs into Fenix’s rolling cutter! Cover, TWO! Fans love this fast and furious action as Fenix shouts “ANIMO!”
Nick kicks Fenix away and tags in Kota. But Fenix tags in Mysterio! Fans are ready for the Golden Star VS Lucha Wolverine right now. Mysterio runs, things speed up, and Mysterio headscissors Kota. Things keeping going, Ibushi catches Mysterio and he bucks out of the waistlock. Mysterio dodges the buzzsaw and moonsault, and fans fire up again. Ibushi and Mysterio tie up, Mysterio snapmares out of the hammerlock. Mysterio kicks Ibushi but Ibushi KICKS Mysterio. Ibushi drags Mysterio over and Matt tags in. Matt clubs and whips Mysterio, but Mysterio boots back. Mysterio rolls and hits the DDT! Tag to Fenix who SUPERKICKS Matt! Fenix whips but Matt ducks to waistlock. Matt kicks, runs, wheelbarrow to facebuster!
Fans rally as hot tags go to Ibsuhi and Bandido. Ibushi gives the strike fest but Bandido gives his. Bandido’s shining star misses, but Ibushi’s kick hits. Ibushi moonsault knees, cover, TWO! Bandido resists the German and Fenix just misses. Ibushi PELES them both! Tag to Nick Jackson and he fires off kick after kick. Shining wizard for Fenix, then clothesline bulldog combo for both! Fans fire up again as Nick MOONSAULTS, then Ibushi MOONSAULTS! But Mysterio joins in, he springboard huricanranas, to slingshot springboard ASAI! He bowls everyone down, but Fenix wants his. Fenix corkscrews onto the Golden Elite! Bandido takes a turn with a TOP ROPE corkscrew! Everyone is down from this wrestling demolition derby, but they pair off in different areas.
Mysterio stalks Ibushi while Nick leads Bandido to the stage. Matt appears on stage, to FLY!! Matt cannonballs and bowls Bandido and Fenix over! Fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Matt & Nick have Bandido, buckle bomb kick! Ibushi tags, and Bandido is set up for the powerbomb German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Bandido survives but Ibushi tags Matt in. The GOlden Elite whip but he holds ropes, to come back with a TRIPLE Huricanrana! Tag to Mysterio! Seated senton for Matt. Nick sunset flips but Mysterio rolls through to kick. Matt has the wheelbarrow hold but Mysterio sends him into Nick. Matt’s on the ropes, 619 BLOCKED! Tombstone scoop, and Ibushi wants to join in. But Fenix stops that with a tightrope penalty kick!
Bandido SUPERKICKS Matt, then alley-oop huricanrana takes out Nick! Mysterio and Fenix work together, headsicssor to SUPERKICK to THE 619, to the rolling Destroyer!! Bandido finishes it off with a Poison-Rana! Then the double DIVE onto Ibushi & Nick! Mysterio frog splashes! TWO!? Matt survives thanks to Dad Strength, but the tribute to Eddy is appreciated. Mysterio coordinates his team as they hoist Matt up top. Fenix has Matt with Mysterio but they’re both sent down. Bandido swing kicks Matt, then climbs up. SUPER BLOCKBUSTER SLAM! Cover, but Nick breaks it up!
Nick kicks but Bandido counters and rolls off his back, to handspring headstand, but Nick SUPERKICK! Mysterio gets SUPERKICKS! Fenix gets SUPERKICKS! Ibushi returns and Matt hits rolling senton, Ibushi splash, Ibushi moonsault, Nick 450! The Golden Bang for Your buck! Cover, Mysterio breaks! But Bandido still gets the Meltzer Driver! Cover, The Golden Elite win!!
Winners: The Golden Elite, Matt Jackson pinning
What a wild way to end this world-changing event! Alongside Ibushi, The Bucks take the win at the event they put together. Is this only just the beginning of something truly amazing?
What is there to say? The only faults were the technical difficulties and those were in the preshow, which Cody & The Bucks play off perfectly. This was practically perfect. SCU VS Briscoes was just the opener for the Zero Hour preshow, and that thing tore it up! Great to see SCU get the win here, but I’m wondering if this means anything towards The Addiction VS The Briscoes for the ROH World Tag Team Championships. At the same time, Daniels VS Amell was solid, and Amell earns lots of respect for that table spot. Arrow is a great show, but if CW ever brings it to an end, I think we have a place for Amell to belong.
Then that was the most chaotic battle royal ever, with so many stars from all over, and that amazing twist was so great. I had the weirdest feeling Flip Gordon would be in disguise, and he was! Flip wins and then he has an AMAZING match with a partially Black Machismo Jay Lethal. But given how ROH is planning a big episode with the Ironman ROH WHC match, Lethal VS Gresham, Lethal had to go over. Flip is still not there yet, but if he isn’t at least ROH World TV Champion within the next six months, that’s a damn shame. Also give me more Jordynne Grace. She’s the current Women Superstars Uncensored Spirit Champion, but she deserves to be a star in many more promotions.
MJF VS Cross was a surprise, I don’t remember that being announced. Cross is also Son of Havoc on Lucha Underground, so between that and this, Cross is practically the best wrestler most people don’t know. The Women’s Fatal 4 was great, and really raises the bar for many American promotions that have women’s wrestling. I have not seen ROH give us Sumie Sakai VS Madison Rayne for the WOH Championship, but Tenille Dashwood was on commentary saying she gets her own shot soon. I had a feeling Sumie was going to retain but this definitely leads to that conclusion. Tessa wins, which works because she was really strong in this match, quite literally. This Fatal 4 could’ve been a title match in itself, so that means it will take something truly incredible to defeat her when the title is on the line.
I was surprised to see the NWA WHC match where it was, I really thought this was going to be in a triple header with Omega-Pentagon and the Golden Elite, but being earlier didn’t hurt. There was a lot of story going into this match, and it all works towards the surprise of Cody winning. Brandi and that elbow drop spot was also surprising, and clearly the reason Cody was under the announce desk for so long was because he had to blade a bit. Cody winning this belt, on top of him wanting the IWGP US Championship, I would just love if he was suddenly a cross-promotion dual champion. Hangman VS Janela was great for its action and for integrating BTE. Joey Ryan “returning from the dead” with dick-ciples was so stupid yet perfect for his Undertaker parody. I’d love an extended Hangman VS Ryan program in ROH.
Omega VS Pentagon was so great, and I really thought this could’ve worked as a main event. Omega and Pentagon go the distance and were so great at escaping and stealing finishers, it could’ve been for any title and it was perfect. Jericho showing up was another great surprise, and I love that it’s revisiting their Alpha Club story. There’s the cruise as Jericho mentioned, but I would love if this somehow leads into title for title, IWGP Heavyweight VS Intercontinental Champion. Okada VS Scurll was also great, and I love that Okada used his 205 taunt. I suppose Okada had to win because of his own story of coming back up, but it would’ve been so great if Scurll won to throw the taunts back at Okada.
Then that Six Man Tag was so fast I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed a move or two. Mysterio, Fenix and Bandido worked so well together, but so did Ibushi & The Bucks. It makes sense that The Golden Elite wins because this was pretty much Bullet Club Presents: Amazing Wrestling, but it also works that it had to happen quick. The only flaw here was running out of air-time to show the great celebration for everyone and the entire crowd. But that makes those moments something special just for the Chicago crowd that they’ll surely remember forever.
My Score: 9.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (3/5/21)
Will the new wave get payback on the OG?
Will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari put their money where their mouths are?
After the back and forth, ambushes and cheating, the 205 Live OG will have to face Jake Atlas & August Grey head-on, 2v2! Will the new wave wash #PremierDinero away and finally take over the Cruiserweight Division?
- Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey; Atlas & Grey win.
- Mansoor VS Curt Stallion; Mansoor wins.
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Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey!
To think, all of this started because the Premier Athlete made sure the Persian Lion didn’t lose any money in his own “Daivari Dinero Division” challenge series. Things escalated from there, and now we have another showdown of 205 Live OG and Cruiserweight new wave! But will Nese & Daivari wish they’d just footed the bill back when they had the chance?
The teams sort out and #RetroAG starts with Daivari. They tie up, Daivari waistlocks and trips Grey to then step all over him. Daivari laughs but runs away to the corner before Grey rushes him. Grey waits, Daivari comes back but then tags Nese. Nese and Grey circle, Daivari swipes at Grey but Nese rolls Grey up! ONE, Grey wrenches and has a hammerlock. Nese fights up, gets a leg, gets a cover, ONE! Grey has the arm again and is back on the hammerlock! Fans cheer, Grey shifts to a grounded cording hold then facelock. Grey brings Nese up to wrench, but Daivari talks trash and distracts Grey. Nese ROCKS Grey, tags Daivari, and the OG mug AG!
Daivari stomps Grey, talks trash to the fans, then tags Nese back in. The OG double suplex but AG slips out! Hot tag to Atlas! Atlas rallies with double clotheslines, big elbows, then a wrench and neckbreaker for Daivari! Atlas runs at Nese but is put on the apron. Atlas shoulders into Nese, dumps Daivari out and enziguris Nese away! Atlas climbs up, but Daivari hurries over! Atlas mule kicks Daivari away but Nese goes up to grab at him! Atlas shoves Nese away, Nese says he jammed his leg! The ref checks, and in that distraction, Daivari SHOVES Atlas down! Nese’s leg is just fine and he does jumping jacks before he stomps Atlas down.
Nese drags Atlas up to stomp him at ropes, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Daivari, Nese RAMS into Atlas and Daivari fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Daivari lets off but clubs Atlas down. Daivari throws hands, whips Atlas back to the corner, and then runs in, into Atlas’ boots! Atlas elbows Nese, ROCKS Daivari, but Daivari mule kicks! Daivari runs to dropkick Atlas down! Daivari talks more trash to Grey, but he turns around to block Atlas’ boot! Daivari spins Atlas but Atlas spins Daivari for a DISCUS LARIAT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Nese and Nese DECKS Grey! Nese stomps Atlas, drags him up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Nese clamps onto Atlas with a rear bearhug! Fans rally up, Atlas endures and fights his way up. Atlas elbows Nese and breaks free! Atlas ROCKS Nese with forearms, but Nese keeps him from Grey! Atlas and Grey reach, but Atlas sunset flips! Nese rolls through but Atlas avoids the mule kick to boot Nese down! Nese tries to stay in the way but Atlas kangaroo kicks from below! Hot tag to Grey! Grey runs and RANAS Nese! And rallies with elbows! BIG Manhattan Drop! Grey runs, hurdles Nese then CLOBBERS him! Daivari mouths off so Grey DECKS him! Grey hoists Nese up, back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Grey keeps cool as he looms over Nese.
Daivari gets in, Grey spins him and turns him, for the SO MUCH- No! Daivari feeds Grey to Nese’s PREMIER DRIVER! Cover, but Atlas BOOTS it apart! All four men are down after Atlas puts his all into that kick, but the fans rally up! Daivari gets up, whips Atlas but Atlas reverses to send Daivari out! Atlas builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Daivari! Nese has Grey, runs to ropes, for a BULLDOG HOTSHOT PLANCHA COMBO! Nese then goes back to the ring for a PREMIER TRIANGLE, but Grey dodges! SUPERKICK! Grey goes up top but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese brings Grey down but Grey gets the chicken wings! SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey & Atlas win!!
Winners: August Grey & Jake Atlas, by pinfall
The OG get outmaneuvered, and the new wave rises! Will Atlas and Grey soon be the ones running the purple ‘n’ orange?
Backstage interview with Mansoor and Curt Stallion.
Josiah Williams asks these two how they’re feeling after that tag team victory together last week. Stallion can’t complain, and Mansoor thought that was great. Maybe they’ll team again and have a team name! Funny Mansoor should say that, because the Lonestar was thinking #CurtSoor. Well, that’s not bad, but the Star of Saudi Arabia was thinking more #ManStallion. What does Josiah think? He goes with CurtSoor on this one. Well Mansoor doesn’t mind. He does thank Stallion for helping him build his overall record to 40-0. Stallion says that is quite the accomplishment. But none against Stallion.
Josiah moves aside as the tension starts to rise. Is Stallion issuing a challenge? Funny he should ask. How about tonight, they go 40-1. More like 41. But these two shake on it and we have our main event! Will Curt be sore? Or will we be saying, “Man, Stallion is good!”
The Bollywood Boyz speak.
It’s ya bois from BOLLY BOLLY BOLLY, Bollywood, and one half of the supergroup known as #BollyRise, Samir & Sunil Singh! And they’re here to remind Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are part of their team. They called a truce, they are all working together, and yet Ever-Rise has the nerve to leave the Singhs out of going to NXT? And then they get jumped by El Legado! But that’s what the deserved! They’re not Bollywood award winners! The key in any relationship is communication. Next time, call them. But will Samir & Sunil be left hanging the next time Ever-Rise rolls into the Capitol Wrestling Center?
Mansoor VS Curt Stallion!
Quietly, in the background of the Cruiserweight Division, the Star of Saudi Arabia has remained undefeated. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Greatest Battle Royal in his home country, but will he finally be heading for the Cruiserweight Championship? Or will the Lonestar be the lone loss on Mansoor’s record?
The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up already. Stallion and Mansoor shake hands to show there is still respect, and then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Mansoor manages to get leverage and push Stallion to ropes. Mansoor gives a shove as he lets off, but Stallion keeps his cool. They tie up, Stallion headlocks and hits a takeover. Mansoor pushes with forearms, Stallion pushes to a cover, ONE! Mansoor headscissors but Stallion kips out to again get a headlock takeover. Mansoor pushes his forearm into Stallion, makes it a cover, TWO! Stallion has the headlock again, but Mansoor slips out to a facelock and drags Stallion down to another cover, TWO!
Mansoor facelocks again but Stallion reverses to his own facelock. Mansoor drops to slip around to a hammerlock. Stallion moves around but Mansoor holds on. Mansoor puts more pressure on the hold but Stallion moves around again. Stallion stands, drop toeholds and gets the headlock. Mansoor fights up, powers out but things speed up. Mansoor hurdles, drops and hurdles again to trip Stallion up! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!! Stallion gets up but Mansoor hits a headlock takeover! Mansoor makes it a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Stallion fights up and powers his way to his own headlock.
Mansoor powers out, hurdles gain but Stallion is ready for the trip! Stallion waistlocks, rolls and DEAD LIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stallion knows he was close and he gets Mansoor up again. Stallion facelocks, snap suplexes then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Mansoor checks his jaw as he sits up but Stallion facelocks again. Stallion drags Mansoor up, Mansoor throws body shots, then Mansoor powers out. Stallion dodges, Mansoor follows, Stallion stops and Mansoor LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mansoor tries again, TWO! Stallion gets to a corner, Mansoor drags him up and CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Stallion CHOPS back!
Mansoor forearms, whips Stallion corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Facelock and roll, TWO! Mansoor keeps on Stallion with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally and duel as Stallion endures, and Stallion fights up to arm-drag free, only for Mansoor to drag him back down! Mansoor goes back to the chinbar and cording hold but Stallion fights the grip. Stallion fights up, fireman’s carries, but Mansoor sunset flips! Stallion rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down, fans fire up and Stallion glares as Mansoor gets to ropes. Mansoor drags himself up, swings but Stallion counter punches! And again! Then a ROLLING ELBOW!
Mansoor reverses the whip, Stallions tops and Alabama lifts to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Mansoor flounders, Stallion aims from a corner, and Stallion runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Stallion sweeps the legs, KNEES Mansoor, then storms around to run back in! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Stallion fires up and stomps the feet! Stallion yanks Mansoor up, turns him around, and DDT’s to the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Stallion seethes as he covers again, TWO!! Mansoor flounders, Stallion gets the legs and brings him around to a jackknife roll, Alabama lift, but Mansoor fights it!
Stallion resists the piledriver, Mansoor tries a backslide but Stallion flips over, only for Mansoor to underhook him! BUTTERFLY FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor is shocked but the CWC is thunderous! Mansoor drags Stallion up as fans rally and duel hard as ever. Stallion is dead weight, but Mansoor still tries to get him up! Stallion revives to HEADBUTT! Mansoor flops out of the ring! Stallion sees that, takes aim and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Stallion fires up! Stallion puts Mansoor in, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees!! Mansoor saves himself and Stallion is writhing!
Mansoor hurries to the corner and to the top rope! But Stallion anchors a foot! Mansoor fights but Stallion tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS HEADBUTT! Stallion climbs up behind Mansoor for the INVERTED SPANISH FLY!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!?! Mansoor’s toe saves his streak! Stallion is seething but fans are fired up! Stallion takes off the elbow pads as Mansoor flounders up. Stallion runs in, Mansoor moves, the flying headbutt gets buckles! Stallion flounders into Mansoor’s SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER! High stack cover, Mansoor wins!!
Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall
The Saudi Arabia Star’s streak is now 41-0! Stallion manages to stand, and Mansoor shouts to him! Stallion glares at Mansoor as he offers the handshake, but Stallion still takes it! Stallion shows his respect to Mansoor, but when will Stallion ride off into the sunset again? As for Mansoor, between quality and quantity, will his spotless 41 win-loss record be enough to get him a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?
A great episode, and though only 32 minutes or so, the main event started to feel more like the days when 205 Live was strongest. Now, I’m a bit surprised the main event wasn’t the tag match, given the long running story. But there’s a chance the story isn’t over, even though Atlas and Grey won with a finisher. At this point, I wanna see another No Disqualification Tag Match, also like in 205 Live’s stronger days. Atlas was starting to get an edge in his story with Tommaso Ciampa, Nese and Daivari have proven they have an edge, and seeing Grey tap into that would be pretty cool, too, given how he had story with Thatcher.
Mansoor VS Stallion coming by way of an interview promo was pretty good, as was the promo. I personally think ManStallion is the better name, by the way. But as I said, their match was reminiscent of when 205 Live had Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy and a few others. Fans can say whatever they want about the Mansoor streak and the deal with Saudi Arabia (Crown Jewel, Super Showdown, etc.) but Mansoor still puts the work in, is confident in his character, and is not sloppy in the ring by any stretch of the imagination. Now, we still need more Cruiserweights doing things on NXT, not just El Legado brutalizing Breezango and Ever-Rise, but if Mansoor is one of the ones being built up on NXT, I could see it being title VS streak, Escobar VS Mansoor for a TakeOver.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/5/21)
Will Bryan get back in the Fastlane?
SmackDown grants a rematch but ups the ante!
Daniel Bryan either wins in a rematch with Jey Uso IN A STEEL CAGE and goes to Fastlane, or he will ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns!
- The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; changed to…
- Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn; Dawkins wins.
- Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Dominik wins.
- Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Belair wins.
- Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane.
PLAY BY PLAY
Michael Cole opens SmackDown in the ring!
As it stands, the WrestleMania main event for the Universal Championship will be Roman Reigns VS Edge. But that could change if the man who started the Yes Movement gets his way! Daniel Bryan heads to the ring! Fans cheer with the Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan gets a mic and Cole reminds us Bryan will face Roman’s “unhinged cousin” inside the Steel Cage. And if Bryan wins, he gets another chance at the Universal Championship at Fastlane! That would throw a wrench in the plans WWE had in the works of a tag team match, Bryan & Edge VS Roman & Jey. So then why is Bryan forgoing that tag match? Why has he turned his focus on Roman and the title?
Bryan says Cole is making a lot of assumptions, the biggest being that Bryan was even asked to be in a tag match. Not a single person told Bryan about this “great” idea to fight Roman & Jey at Fastlane. No one ran anything by him because they know Bryan “rolls with the punches,” does whatever is asked of him, shows up and works his ass off. So Bryan understands why no one asked him. Edge is the ultimate opportunist, and Roman doesn’t want to defend his title at Fastlane. But the thing is, Bryan is making a change to not be the old Bryan. Bryan sees there’s the dream match, Roman VS Edge. And Bryan gets it, Attitude Era VS The ThunderDome, everyone wants to see that, except for Bryan. And Bryan will do his damnedest to stop it from happening!
So Bryan takes this from here, and throws a video package for himself. It was the SmackDown Elimination Chamber, where Daniel Bryan ran the marathon and made it from start to finish to earn his opportunity at Roman’s title, only for Roman to pounce right then and there. Bryan came close but couldn’t defeat a fresh Roman, and then Edge pounced on Roman. In the present, Bryan says he has lost a lot in his career, and has gotten beaten up a lot in his career. So you think after winning his third Elimination Chamber match, and fighting valiantly against Roman, that loss wouldn’t be a big deal.
But rolling out of the ring, and Edge rolling in to Spear Roman and point at the WrestleMania sign, “never in my life have I ever felt like such a failure.” Bryan knows not everyone knows this, but he doesn’t have a lot of ambition. WWE did personality tests and they found that Bryan had the lowest ambition score they’d ever seen. How is it possible that Bryan is still successful? He isn’t sure, other than that he LOVES pro-wrestling. And if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and he’s never had to “work” a day for the last 21 years!
But for the last year, Bryan’s had in the back of his head that he’ll go from wrestler to dad, and put others ahead of him. He let those he saw as the future get opportunities and not him. But Edge hitting Roman and Bryan feeling like an absolute failure is because Bryan failed himself. In that moment, Bryan had a lot more ambition in him than any test could ever show! He looked at the WrestleMania sign and decided HE should be there! Not Roman, not Edge, but BRYAN! Roman and Edge are in the main event because BRYAN loves this! In the last three WEEKS, he’s wrestled more than Edge and Roman in the last three MONTHS!
Bryan wrestles every chance he can because he loves this! And so putting himself on the back burner was a disservice to himself! Bryan knows he can be the absolute BEST! Bryan steps into a steel cage with Jey Uso, and if he wins, eh goes on to Fastlane to face Roman for the Universal Championship! And beating Roman is the only way to main event WrestleMania, and this could be his last chance! But before Bryan can continue his passionate speech, Roman interrupts! Jey and Paul Heyman follow Roman, of course, but the confrontation will be face to face after the break.
SmackDown returns and Roman is now in the ring.
Roman has a mic to say, “I’m looking at the same guy. But you don’t sound like the same guy.” The way Bryan is talking is confusing. And if it’s confusing Roman, than it’s confusing the fans. Bryan is ambitious now? Driven now? No. Bryan is the underdog, the “little guy,” the lottery winner. The one who waits on the opportunity and sometimes it works out. Bryan isn’t ambitious. Men like Roman, and they’re rare, they’re ambitious. Roman has been driven since he was a child. If he wanted it, he takes it. Roman loves the business, too. Bryan doesn’t love this, he NEEDS this. Bryan has nothing else, and that’s not love. Love isn’t based off need but off service and what you’ll do for others.
Roman, for example, loves the WWE. Roman doesn’t need it, it’s everyone who needs him! SmackDown needs Roman! The crew and the cameramen need Roman! Heyman needs Roman, Jey needs Roman, Bryan needs Roman. And after Jey whoops Bryan, Bryan will understand that and know it in his heart. And then, Bryan will acknowledge Roman. If Bryan- Jey snatches Bryan’s mic to tell him not to worry about the title. This is as close as Bryan gets to it! Bryan has to get through Jey and that won’t happen! Bryan wanted the cage, but it isn’t locking Roman out, it’s locking Jey in! And tonight, Jey’s gonna get you! Jey tries to sucker punch Bryan but Bryan throws him out!
Bryan stares Roman down, and Roman sighs. Will Bryan be unstoppable as he goes back down the road to WrestleMania?
The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are up and they want the smoke! But will this rematch with the Great Liberator and Wolf King be a speedbump on the road to WrestleMania and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?
SmackDown returns and the Profits have mics as Sami makes his entrance. Sami admits, the Profits pulled off a “fluke” over him and Corbin. But tonight, Sami and Corbin will prove it was just luck. Corbin tells Sami that it’s enough. They’re not tag team partners! They’re not friends! Corbin doesn’t even like Sami! Corbin is a SINGLES competitor, so he’ll take on just one of the Profits. Oh, well, their schedules are free. Roode & Ziggler are dodging them so there is a lot of time. So if that’s what Corbin wants, how about he get in the ring to do that thing? Ford wants Corbin, so Dawkins gets Sami? Yep! Sweet, Dawkins gets to be in Sami’s movie!
Dawkins gives a quick shout-out to his boy, JZH, but Sami tries to sort things out. Is this a set up? Is Corbin in on this or something? Sami agreed to a TAG match, you can’t do this to him at the last second! So then it’s one? Tell ’em, fam! The Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Sami is upset, but the first of the now two singles matches begins!
Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin!
Ford and Corbin circle, tie up, and Corbin knees low! Corbin whips Ford to a corner, Ford goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Corbin! And dropkick again! Corbin staggers to ropes., Ford runs in but Corbin gets a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Corbin is upset with the ref but the count is the count. Corbin wants Sami to watch this as he drags Ford up. Corbin puts Ford in the corner, traps his arms and fires off body shots! The ref backs Corbin off, he drags Ford back up to whip corner to corner hard! Ford bounces off buckles, Corbin drags him back up and taunts Dawkins as he ripcord back suplexes for a yoyo SLAM!
Corbin taunts Ford, drags him up, but Ford gets around to hop on and be a sleeper hold backpack! Corbin RAMS Ford into buckles, but Ford holds on tight! Corbin pries free, snapmares but Ford handsprings through to mule kick, front kick and dropkick! Ford has Corbin in a corner, hits a splash, then runs, into a pop-up! But Ford turns that into a DDT! Ford kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he heads for a corner. Ford hops up, Sami shouts at Dawkins but Ford shouts at Sami. Corbin rolls Ford, Ford rolls through to ENZIGURI! But Corbin still gets Ford for the END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!
Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall
Sami tells Corbin he just helped him so now Corbin has to help Sami! Dawkins wants after Sami, Sami gets on the apron, Dawkins BLASTS Sami off and Sami hits Corbin! Corbin gets mad at Sami but Sami explains that was because of Dawkins! Corbin doesn’t care, he’s leaving Sami behind! Will the Champion of the People be able to do this by himself? We’ll find out, after the break!
Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn!
SmackDown returns and the match is underway as Dawkins clubs and bumps Sami off buckles and in corners. Sami grabs ropes, Dawkins has a leg but the ref calls for the break. Sami clubs Dawkins, headlocks, but Dawkins powers out to run him over! Dawkins keeps moving, Sami hurdles but Dawkins hurdles back. Dawkins ducks to dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grabs a leg but Sami still holds ropes. The ref counts, Dawkins lets go and Sami goes out. Dawkins pursues, Sami kicks and elbows Dawkins then bumps him off barriers, then bumps him off the apron. Sami puts Dawkins in, gets in and CLOBBERS Dawkins from behind! Cover, TWO!
Sami keeps his cool as he looms over Dawkins. Sami stomps Dawkins, drags him up and throws haymakers. Sami puts Dawkins on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami taunts Ford, but Sami lets off at 4. “This is what you get!” Sami drags Dawkins up, whips him and CLOBBERS him again! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was the same as the other times. Sami drags Dawkins up, throws more haymakers, then whips Dawkins to ropes again. Dawkins CLOBBERS Sami this time! Ford fires up as Dawkins rallies and hits the LEAPING ELBOW!
Sami ends up in a corner, Dawkins hits the CYCLONE SPLASH! BIG BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Ford coaches Dawkins and he drags Sami up. Dawkins has the hooks but Sami fights the exploder off. Sami swings but into Dawkins’ SILENCER! Cover, TWO! The butterfly corkscrew suplex didn’t work, and Sami gets to the apron. Dawkins pursues but Sami hotshots him! Sami reels Dawkins in, but he can’t get Dawkins up. Dawkins throws elbows, runs in but the cyclone gest buckles! Sami reels Dawkins in for a CORNER EXPLODER!
Dawkins staggers as Sami goes corner to corner, but Ford gets up close on Sami’s camera crew! Sami shouts at Ford to stop that, but Dawkins rolls him up! Dawkins wins!!
Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall
Did the cameras get that? Sami still cries conspiracy and shouts, “Who’s behind this?!” Sami doesn’t recognize the second guy and asks if he’s a WWE spy! The guy doesn’t know how to answer and Sami throws knees into him! Is the documentary going to start being about Sami’s spiral into madness?
Reginald Thompson, the Fabulous sommelier, finds Carmella backstage.
She says he likes playing games, right? Of course he does. This new game is called, “Who’s the Snake?” What? Mella says one of them took a chance on a lowly sommelier and made him a star, while the other betrayed that someone and is siding with Sasha Banks. Reggie says all of that has been for Mella! Well it’s game over. Reggie’s the snake! She slaps the tray out of his hand and FIRES him! What is Reggie going to do now that he’s without a boss?
Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!
To get payback on behalf of his father, Dominik is going to take on the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Dozer ringside, will Dom have to worry more about Rey than Gable?
SmackDown returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings and Dom ties up with Gable. They go around, Gable waistlocks and throws Dom down. Dom gets up but Gable throws him back down, then floats to a facelock. Otis says Dom is alone and that’s why he’ll lose. But Dom runs around to throw Gable out! Gable gets back in but Dom arm-drags him! Dom cranks the arm, Gable gets up but Dom wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to break free and headlock to then spin and spin and drop toehold! Gable has the leg, and SMASHES it into the mat! Dom gets up, Gable gets the leg again and hits a DRAGON SCREW!
Gable jams the knee, does it again, then covers, TWO! Gable keeps on Dom with a standing toehold and he pushes down hard on the leg. Dom endures, Rey coaches him through it and Dom kicks at Gable with the free leg. Fans rally, Gable gets the foot and Dom enziguris! Gable staggers to a corner,. Dom runs in but the monkey flip is turned around. Dom boots from up top, then leaps to huricanrana! Gable is in the other corner, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow throw him into buckles! Dom goes back up, leaps, but no tornado DDT! Gable gets Dom’s arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom escapes and Gable can’t believe it!
Gable gets the legs, drags Dom to a drop zone and goes up top. Gable talks trash to Rey, and MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Gable waistlocks, Dom wheelbarrows to a victory roll but Gable sit son the cover, TWO! Dom reels Gable into a La Magistrol, DOM WINS!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
Otis storms onto the apron but Rey WRECKS him with a dropkick! Otis hits announce desk, Rey LEAPS and SEATED SENTONS him onto the desk! The Mysterios regroup and retreat! The Alpha Academy is raging, but are they going to learn a lesson from the King and Prince of Lucha?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
Kayla Braxton brings up Cesaro’s swing that seemed to last forever, and Rollins says it sure felt that way. And do you want to know why? Because it was forever! But the question is, why? Has Cesaro done that much to anyone else? No, that was rhetorical. But then why did he do it? Because he is afraid of “us.” Cesaro doesn’t want to #EmbraceTheVision because he knows “we” are strong! Cesaro wanted to embarrass Rollins and humiliate him! Rollins promises us that he won’t forget that. And Buddy Murphy is BACK?!
Murphy says he could help Rollins with this problem. Rollins doesn’t want to see Murphy. Murphy needs to leave, now. Is Murphy really trying to be Rollins’ disciple again? Will Rollins do just fine against Cesaro without him?
Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
A partial rematch from the impromptu Elimination Chamber WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match, the EST and the Queen of Spades match up again 1v1! But will Bianca earn herself and The Boss momentum towards those titles? Or will Shayna do damage to the Women’s Rumble winner before she reaches WrESTleMania?
SmackDown returns as Bianca makes her entrance, followed by Sasha’s. That seems like a surprise to Bianca’s, despite the coming Fastlane match. But another surprise, or perhaps not, is that Reggie follows Sasha out like a stray puppy. The bell rings, Bianca and Shayna tie up, and Shayna gets an arm to wrench it. Bianca scoops Shayna, Shayna slips off and headlocks. Bianca slips through to headlock back, but Shayna powers out. Bianca goes up and over in the corner, handsprings and eggs Shayna on to then run her over! Bianca is fired up and she claps at Shayna to then say kiss this. Things speed up,. Bianca handsprings but Shayna blocks the dropkick to get he foot!
Bianca boots her away, dodges the knee, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Bianca yanks Shayna’s arm, steps over and hooks it to La Magistrol, ONE! Shayna has an arm, wrenches, twists the wrist, but Bianca endures. Bianca powers through to fireman’s carry, but Shayna slips out again to whip. Bianca goes up again but gets caught for a KICK to the arm! Nia cheers Shayna on while Bianca writhes. Sasha checks on her partner and coaches her up, and Bianca gets up in a corner. Shayna runs in to KNEE Bianca down! Shayna drags Bianca to a cover, ONE!! Shayna grows annoyed, she drags Bianca and wrenches the arm to a grounded wristlock. Bianca resists but Shayna twists it all the same.
Shayna stands on Bianca’s head, pulls the arm around, and TWEAKS it! Sasha grows worried but she coaches Bianca up. Shayna runs back in. Bianca dodges! Shayna knees buckles. but hurries after Bianca! Shayna gets the arm, Bianca scoops with the good one to SLAM her down! Shayna gets up but Bianca ROCKS her! Bianca runs in to RAM Shayna into the corner! Bianca rams and rams and fires off with the good arm and even some stomps! Bianca drags Shayna up to a suplex! And a kip up! Bianca shakes out the bad arm, claps at Shayna, then whips her to back drop her! Nia is the one getting upset now as Bianca chicken wings for the Glam-
NO! Shayna victory rolls Bianca out of the ring! Reggie is there and he says no hard feelings, but Bianca shoves him down! Bianca gets in, Shayna KNEES her down! Both women are down and Reggie flounders up near Nia. Nia shoves Reggie at Sasha, and runs over! Reggie moves ,Sasha gets bulldozed! Bianca is distracted, Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! But Bianca powers to the Torture Rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST pulled it off and KOD sealed the deal! But Bianca tells Sasha to handle things with Reggie. Tag titles or not, Bianca and Sasha need to have a fair match at Mania. Reggie helps Sasha up, and she smiles, but then SLAPS Reggie! Sasha told Reggie to stay out of her business! When it rains, it pours. Will Reggie be pouring himself a drink to drown his sorrows?
Roman talks with Jey in their suite.
Roman wants Jey to understand that if Jey wins, the Universal Championship is safe until Mania. But if Jey loses, Roman will have to defend it at Fastlane. That part is fine, but Jey losing is an embarrassment to him and the family. Jey cannot embarrass the family. Jey says he’s got this, but will he prove that when caged up with a determined Daniel Bryan?
Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro!
The former disciple might be trying to show Rollins what he can do by taking the Swiss Cyborg head-on! Will Cesaro prove that if he can defeat Rollins’ former protégé, he really doesn’t need Rollins’ vision?
But of course Rollins makes his presence known! Rollins goes ringside to watch Cesaro in person, and the bell rings. Cesaro runs at Murphy, waistlocks and SLAMS him, then dead lift gut wrenches Murphy for a suplex! Rollins joins commentary, Cesaro covers Murphy, ONE! Murphy elbows Cesaro away, runs but Cesaro follows. Murphy leaps but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is after Murphy’s legs but he gets to the apron. Murphy then yanks Cesaro out and stomps Cesaro’s hand away! Murphy WRECKS Cesaro with a dropkick, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and Murphy tumbles to the ramp. Murphy puts Cesaro in, climbs up top, and leaps for a METEORA! Cover, TWO!
Murphy grits his teeth and he digs his knee into Cesaro then KICKS him in the back! Cesaro shoves Murphy away but runs into a boot! Murphy hops up again, leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Murphy staggers back, Cesaro catches his breath, and Cesaro grits his teeth. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper again! Cesaro whips, EuroUppers, and repeat! And repeat! Cesaro runs to BOOT Murphy down! Cesaro drags Murphy back up as Rollins vents about the swing, and Cesaro puts Murphy IN THE SWING! Cesaro swings Murphy around and around and around and around and Rollins complains and Cesaro keeps going! Cesaro stops after 20, and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Murphy taps, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by submission
Rollins applauds Cesaro despite all he was just saying. But Cesaro smiles back just as mockingly. Will Cesaro do more than just embarrass and humiliate Rollins when they get in the ring together?
Reggie sulks as he packs up his things and heads out.
But he spots Sasha’s private room and decides to knock on the door. Sasha answers, and Reggie tries to apologize, but she says NO! Well, guess that’s that. But then Reggie sees the tag champions and Shayna says, “Smell that?” Reggie reeks of failure! But where’s wine boy going? Thirsty for a fight? Nia says Shayna should chill. Doesn’t she see what Nia sees? Reggie’s kinda cute. Huh? Is the sommelier about to go from bully bosses to boss bullies?
Apollo Crews is here!
And he is further representing his Nigerian royal heritage by having bodyguards by his side, and a spear in his hand! Apollo has his guards lead the way into the ring first, then he follows. Apollo fetches a mic and he says everyone is telling him how they don’t like the new Apollo. But the good news is, this isn’t the “new” Apollo, this is the REAL Apollo! This is who he is, how he talks, and he is a descendant of Nigerian royalty! He is a REAL African American! This is his Nigerian Elite Guard, the protector of his family for many generations. Apollo remembers being a young boy hearing stories about these men, about his heritage.
At the time, he was too ashamed to accept his heritage because he would be made fun of. He wanted to fit in, and be just like “you.” But “you” never accepted him! Even his own “friends” just wanted to mock him. “Did you live in a jungle? Did you ride lions to school?” Apollo was ashamed, but the truth is, these stories about his ancestors, some of the most feared and respected men in all of Nigeria, who would dominate and conquer anyone. The more Apollo went into his roots, the more he realized things were repeating themselves. Big E was disrespecting him, and Apollo would hear his ancestors telling him to stand up and claim his birthright. So Apollo did what he had to do.
“Big E, I know you’re at home, nursing your injury. And I know you fear walking in the sight of me.” But Big E is coming back next week, and that makes Apollo happy! Apollo is no longer the man Big E once knew and dismissed. Apollo won’t fit in, he’ll proudly stand out! He will DEMAND a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship!! Big E will fall before Apollo’s feet, and Apollo will leave Big E a broken man for life! And Big E will be hunted for Apollo’s complete and total victory! The Nigerian Prince has issued his ultimatum, but will Big E be coming back only bigger and stronger?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville try to reason with Natalya and Tamina.
They’re clearly upset that Sasha & Bianca are getting a title match over them! Have Pearce & Sonya not seen how dominant Natty & Tamina have been? Of course they have! But that’s not the match that was made. Pearce apologizes and dismisses himself. Sonya says Pearce simply made a different decision. Will the Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly force Pearce to reconsider?
Backstage interview with Jey Uso.
Does he perhaps feel any extra pressure- There’s no pressure! Jey thrives off of this! “DB shouldn’t have popped off on Big Uce!” Now they’re in the Uso Penitentiary! But then Bryan CLOBBERS Jey from behind! Bryan doesn’t say anything, but that was clearly a taste of Jey’s own medicine. Will Jey start to crack under the pressure of defending the family? Will Bryan force Roman to defend his title?
SmackDown has a special bonus DING DONG, HELLO~!
Bayley walks in through the door to say that tonight is a special rehearsal for a new segment. Other shows do “Mean Tweets,” but Bayley is loved by everyone so she has something she’s calling Sweet Tweets! RoleModel1452 says “Bayley can truly do it all! They’d never give a talk show to someone like Sasha banks!” Then EllenDegeneres1 says “Forget about Edge and Roman Reigns, the Ding Dong Hello Show should be the main event of WrestleMania!” And lastly, WWESuperfan says “Ding Dong Hello is…” Wait, wait, wait. How did this one get in here? Bayley doesn’t even finish it and throws the card away. She SLAMS the door, but will she have something to say to that supposed superfan?
Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!
Last week’s count-out was neither win or loss, so a deal was struck on Talking Smack: Bryan and Jey have a rematch, and if Bryan wins, he gets his Fastlane title match; if Bryan loses, he must ACKNOWLEDGE Roman! But it was Bryan who raised the stakes even higher by wanting the steel cage to be the stipulation! Will the Goat’s gamble pay off and get him his golden ticket? Or will Jey leave Bryan in WrestleMania lockdown?
Jey steps inside the cage, but Roman and Heyman make their entrance! The Tribal Chief already put pressure on Jey, but he’s really digging in the screws now. Heyman makes sure to get Roman a chair so that he can have a seat at the ramp. Will Roman be here to personally congratulate his cousin? Or personally accept Bryan’s challenge? We’ll find that out, after the break!
SmackDown returns, the bell rings and Bryan rushes Jey with forearms! Jey hits back and it is a brawl! Bryan ROCKS Jey with a EuroUpper, then KICKS a leg to whip. Jey reverses and RAMS Bryan into the steel! Jey drags Bryan up, clubs him and RAMS Him into the steel again! And again! Jey tells Bryan to acknowledge Roman! He digs Bryan’s face into the steel and Roman is there to stare at Bryan. Bryan refuses to say anything so Jey clubs him down. Roman tells Jey to do more and Jey hauls Roman up to fireman’s carry and LAWN DART Bryan into steel! Jey calls for the door and walks over but Bryan catches him in the ropes!
Jey fires off on Bryan but he goes back in to ROCK Bryan with an uppercut! Jey climbs the side but Bryan pursues! Bryan gets a foot, drags Jey back down and then smashes him off the steel! Jey smashes Bryan again, then hops down to trip Bryan! Bryan is stuck on the top, Jey DECKS him off it! Jey drags Bryan up, RAMS him into the corner, then tells Roman he’s got this as he goes side to side. Bryan blocks to SMASH Jey off the steel, off the buckles, then YANKS him into the wall! Heyman watches Roman closely as Bryan climbs up. Bryan leaps to missile dropkick Jey down! Jey writhes and crawls, he sees the door! Jey heads that way but Bryan PENALTY KICKS an arm!
Bryan wrenches Jey to elbow breakers! And then RAMS Jey into more steel! And then brings Jey around for another elbow breaker, and another RAM into steel! Jey flops down but Bryan drags him up to wrench and whip,. Jey reverses, Bryan goes up and over and dodges to go up again! Bryan heads for the top but Jey hurries to bring him down! Bryan lands on his billy goat again, and Jey stomps away on the knees! Jey winces for a moment before he stomps more. Jey climbs, but Bryan sits up! Bryan anchors Jey, climbs up to join him, and then headbutts him! Bryan headbutts Jey to send him back to the top rope, but Jey fireman’s carries Bryan for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Both men are down as SmackDown goes to another break!
SmackDown returns one more time, and both men are up on top of the cage! They’re brawling with haymakers and headbutts! Bryan rocks Jey, tries to slip to the outside, but Jey holds on with a facelock! Jey drags Bryan back inside and they’re on the top rope. Bryan smashes Jey off steel, and gives him YES KICKS up there! Jey wobbles but he manages to SUPERKICK Bryan down! Jey adjusts to USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Jey is too sore to be frustrated! Jey crawls to the door and it opens for him. Bryan crawls after Jey and anchors a foot. Jey grabs at the frame, gets up, but Bryan spins him around, only to get the DRAGON WHIP KICK!
But Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jey! Jey SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself, but Roman is like stone as usual. Jey sits up and wants the door to open again, but Bryan GHOST PINS! TWO, and he has Jey caught for endless elbows! And then, a turn to the omoplata, but Jey moves around to ground ‘n’ pound wildly! Jey wants to hurt Bryan more than anything! Jey lets off to catch his breath, and he looks to Roman. Jey grabs Bryan’s legs, and catapults him into steel! Bryan flops down, but Jey again looks to Roman. Jey says he’ll end this, and he goes up the side of the steel. But Bryan pursues again! Bryan catches up to Jey and anchors him as he climbs up again!
Bryan throws headbutts, Jey goes back to the ropes, and Bryan adjusts on top. Bryan is going to the outside, but Jey grabs his head with a cravat! Jey drags Bryan back in but Bryan headbutts Jey again! Bryan has Jey and RAMS him into the steel again and again! Bryan underhooks for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Roll through, to the YES LOCK!! Jey endures, flails, crawls, and gets the ropebreak, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER! No ropebreaks or disqualifications in a cage match! Bryan pulls back even harder!! Jey taps, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission (faces Roman Reigns for the title at Fastlane)
The Universal Championship is taking a detour! Bryan is taking a stand against the establishment again, can he repeat what he did for WrestleMania 30 and make it into YEStleMania?
A pretty great episode for SmackDown, but there is a lot I do not like for the build to Fastlane and other stories from this. Firstly, Buddy Murphy trying to reconnect with Rollins. Obviously, the stuff with Aaliyah Mysterio wasn’t working, wasn’t going to work, and was a bit dumb to do in the first place. But you can’t just reset Murphy to before all of that. Don’t have Murphy reach out to Rollins at all, just have him return by surprise here against Cesaro. That match was still okay, because Rollins was on commentary and Cesaro did the swing to get at Rollins and all of that. But I am annoyed that WWE (Vince) is throwing Murphy back in just because they don’t know what else to do with Murphy. Rollins VS Cesaro is just fine on its own, have someone else #EmbraceTheVision instead of Murphy relapsing back to being the disciple.
Then the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship developments are very odd. It’s fine that the champions are defending the belts at all, but announcing that it’s just going to be the Elimination Chamber match-up again is odd. I did appreciate that another team was upset by this, so there might be more story to it than what we got. Pearce sure seems really close to these titles given what we saw on NXT. If this all turns out to be a huge story between all three brands, then I’ll be all for it, but it is hard to see that from where we are. And while Reggie being fired by Mella and rejected by Sasha is following what I expected, I’m not sure how I feel about Nia suddenly taking interest in him. Whenever it is that Shayna and Nia split, I don’t think Nia needs a sidekick, so it’s just odd she’d care about Reggie at all.
The Profits having singles matches was a good way to both fill time but also have more story with Corbin and Sami. Corbin puts a stop to the tag team with Sami, the Profits get to go 1-1 on the night, keeping things a bit even for them as we head for Mania. The SmackDown Tag Team Championships story will certainly have something for Mania, so the slow burn isn’t so bad. Gable VS Dom was good, and it works that Dom gets a quick victory. Another tag match is coming, and though the Profits will protest, I bet Sonya sets up the winner of that against the Dirty Dawgs. That can be for Fastlane, then Profits getting their rematch can be for Mania to make it even bigger.
Apollo’s promo was very good, though I’m surprised he’s got bodyguards now. The spear is cool, though. Big E’s return is in time for Fastlane, so that could be the match for the Intercontinental Championship. And with how this Apollo is, it could go either way. Then the main story, once again the Universal Championship with Roman, is going great. Bryan’s promo to start the night is a bit recycled from Talking Smack but still just as strong and passionate, and then his thwarting Jey’s sneak attack to then come back with one of his own is great stuff. Bryan is taking the fight to the establishment again, and Fastlane is going to be great with Roman VS Bryan fair and square, both guys at 100%. I still feel like Roman wins in the end, because WWE can’t resist Spear VS Spear, but Bryan’s going to make it one hell of a match.
My Score: 8.3/10
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