RING OF HONOR WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 366
The Octopus may not have won the title, but he won the ROH World Champion’s respect and friendship. Can Gresham & Lethal shut down Bully Ray & Silas Young?
- The Boys VS Best Friends; Best Friends win.
- Kenny King VS “Hangman” Adam Page; King wins.
- 2018 Top Prospect Tournament Opening Round: Dante Caballero VS Brian Johnson; No Contest.
- Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham VS Bully Ray & Silas Young; Bully & Young win.
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Last time on ROH TV…
The Octopus stood up to the Hall of Fame bully, so the bully beat him down! Flip Gordon tried to save Jonathan Gresham, but Bully beat him down, too. Colt Cabana wasn’t anywhere present to fight Bully, either, so it was up to Jay Lethal to step forward for his new friend! The Franchise had Bully Ray on the ropes, but Silas Young would bail Bully out! The Last Real Man dislikes Lethal so he was doing it more for himself, but that only raised the ire of his old foe more. Lethal and Gresham are ready to do this the way you’re supposed to do this, will they make the bullies of ROH regret being bullies?
The Boys VS Best Friends!
The Peacock may not be back in action just yet, but his personal Wonder Twins are! But they’re returning against Trent and Chuckie T, who are an accomplished tag team on top of great pals. Will brothers of friends win in the City of Brotherly Love?
Being twins, both Boys want to offer their Code of Honor handshake at the same time. But they can’t decide if they want to shake hands with Trent first or Chuckie first. The Best Friends just give little handshakes so that the CoH is upheld. Chuckie starts against Boy 1, the one without dyed hair. Fans chant for Chuckie even as he kicks Boy 1 low. Chuckie whips Boy 1 but Boy 1 ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor and dropkick Chuckie out. Trent comes in but Boy 2 comes in to headscissor and dropkick him! Chuckie returns but Boy 1 intercepts. The Boys whip the Best Friend at each other but they do-si-do and head back at the Boys. The Boys dodge, then hop up for double headscissors! Both Chuckie and Trent end up outside, so both Boys coordinate. Best Friends hug, but Boy 2 FLIES!
Chuckie takes the hit for Trent, but Trent gets strikes from Boy 2. Boy 1 holds Chuckie up, Boy 2 ducks Trent. Chuckie hits Boy 2 away while Boy 2 enziguris Trent. Boy 2 runs but Trent trips him up and chops him on the ropes. Trent runs, sliding German! Chuckie tosses Boy 2 for the long dart cutter! Chuckie gives Boy 1 the spinning sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! The Boys still live while we go to break.
ROH returns and Boy 1 tilt-o-whirl DDT’s Chuckie down! Both men crawl for their corners, but Boy 2 isn’t there. Trent tags in and gives Boy 1 a big back elbow. He brings Boy 1 over, Chuckie helps, Best Friend Choke Slam! Cover, Boy 2 breaks it up! Chuckie throws Boy 2 out, then returns to his corner while Trent goes after Boy 1. Trent drags Boy 1 up by his hair and vows to finish this just like the Bad Guy used to do. Trent lifts Boy 1 but he slips out! Boy 2 tags in then kicks Trent. Boy 1 rolls while Boy 2 flies for the crossbody! Chuckie gets a forearm for good measure, and Boy 2 fires up. He runs at Trent for the back stabber, and feeds him to his twin’s flying code breaker! Cover, TWO!! The Boys were so close but they’re not deterred.
Boy 2 throws body shots then whips corner to corner. Chuckie saves Trent and Trent clobbers Boy 2! Boy 1 blasts Trent but Chuckie knees him. Trent adds a knee, and then the Best Friends vow to finish both Boys! “It’s going down for real!” Double Gotch lift, but Boy 2 slips out to a jackknife cover! Boy 1 holds Chuckie back while the ref counts, TWO!! So close! Chuckie boots Boy 1, Trent lifts Boy 2 in position. Chuckie lifts Boy 1 back up for synchronized Awful Waffle and Dude Buster! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, Trent Baretta pinning
And they hug it out! Chuckie T & Trent will join Team Chaos at Death Before Dishonor, can their five beat the Bullet Club’s chosen five in a crossover of ROH and NJPW?
ROH takes a look at what led to the coming World Tag Team Championship match-up.
At Best in the World, #DemBoyz looked to finish off the Young Bucks even after the match, but SoCal Uncensored came out to interrupt. It looked like SCU was going to add on, but then they attacked the Briscoes! The Addiction know their days are numbered, so they’re looking to go out the three-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. However, the Briscoes would beat down Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels every chance they could get. This war of East Coast VS West Coast is heating up, who will survive come Death Before Dishonor?
Kenny King VS “Hangman” Adam Page!
The K I N G of Sin City had to get a bit sneaky to win against The Villain, Marty Scurll. But that doesn’t bother him none, and he’s ready to do it again if it means big money. Before he takes on the living legend, Jushin Thunder Liger, he must get through Bullet Club’s Problem Solver! Will Kenny be able to solve the problem that is Adam Page? Or will the Hangman be ready for any tricks up Kenny’s sleeve?
ROH returns as Kenny and Hangman uphold the Code of Honor, and we begin. Hangman and Kenny tie up and push each other around. Hangman gets the headlock but Kenny reverses to a keylock. Kenny bends Hangman back but Hangman bridges then spins to reverse. Hangman has the wrist but Kenny reverses it back on. Hangman rolls and reverses to a hammerlock then spins Kenny for a chinlock. Kenny stands up and pries his way out but Hangman gets the ropes. Kenny applauds Hangman and backs off. Both men adjust their gear while fans rally up. The two circle again, and Kenny gets a waistlock. Hangman shifts but Kenny gets the headlock. Hangman powers out but Kenny bumps shoulders with him. Neither man backs down so Kenny breaks it down with his dance moves.
Both men trash talk, daring each other to try the shoulder again. Hangman runs and they collide, but Kenny doesn’t fall. Hangman goes again, but Kenny drop toeholds and floats to the side headlock. Fans rally up as Hangman fights his way out. Hangman pushes but Kenny slides off his back. Things speed up and Kenny gets Hangman with the dropkick! Hangman bails out and Kenny soaks in the applause. Kenny slingshots but adjusts as Hangman dodges. Kenny leaps but Hangman dodges the clothesline to give Kenny haymakers. Fans applaud Hangman as he whips Kenny. Kenny slides off the apron to rock Hangman with a right. He puts Hangman in but Hangman crawls to the apron.
Kenny gets a selfie with a fan, but he turns around to see Hangman up. He swings but Hangman dodges, to come back with the shooting star shoulder! Now Hangman gets a selfie with that same fan! Hangman gives high-fives while fans chant for him. He gets Kenny up and into the ring, then grabs that golden donut pool ring, as well as the balloon bottle of Jack. Hangman wants to use the donut but the ref takes it away. Kenny uses the bottle balloon to shield himself from Hangman’s haymakers! Kenny bops Hangman with it, but the ref takes the balloon away. Hangman kicks Kenny back, then takes the bottle back. He puts the bottle on the mat, and fans fire up as he suplexes Kenny onto it! Somehow that hurt. Fans are fired up while we go to break.
ROH returns and Hangman throws Kenny for the pumphandle fall away slam! Bridge cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool while Kenny crawls away. Fans duel while Hangman stalks Kenny to a corner. Hangman whips Kenny corner to corner but Kenny reverses. Kenny runs into Hangman’s back elbow, but Hangman runs into the fireman’s carry, Chin Checker! Kenny counters Hangman’s clothesline into the backbreaker, then runs to give Hangman a clothesline of his own! He waits for Hangman to stand, but then Hangman dodges, only to get the spinning heel kick! Hangman staggers to a corner, Kenny runs but into the boot. Hangman runs but into the spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Kenny stands but Hangman follows, so Kenny stomps him. Kenny throws hands then forearms. He runs but Hangman reels him into a waistlock. They trade standing switches but Kenny gives the German Suplex! But Hangman lands on his feet! Hangman takes aim, but Kenny blocks the superkick. Kenny spins Hangman around but Hangman hits a roaring elbow! Hangman waistlocks, German Suplex with bridge! TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Kenny gets all the way out but Hangman sits up. Hangman feels the energy building, builds speed but runs into a BIG knee from Kenny!
Kenny hurries up to the apron and fireman’s carry, but Hangman manages to fight back. The Eddy Gordo kick hits, then Kenny slingshots in. But Hangman slingshots, Kenny runs into the Buck Shot! Cover, TWO!? Kenny survives and fans are thunderous. Hangman drags Kenny up and throws an elbow. Kenny throws one back, and now it’s a brawl. They go back and forth, but Kenny switches to jabs. Kenny runs but into another roaring elbow! Hangman lifts Kenny but Kenny sunset flips, and has ropes! The referee catches it this time, the King won’t cheat like a Villain this time. Hangman gets up but walks into the fireman’s carry. Royal Flush countered into a small package! TWO as Kenny rolls it his way, TWO as Hangman rolls it back. TWO, TWO, with tights! Kenny wins!!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
Another match with a Bullet Club member, another win Kenny gets with cheating! The K I N G will do whatever it takes, but what will it take to cheat a legend like Liger?
2018 Top Prospect Tournament Opening Round: Dante Caballero VS Brian Johnson!
This year’s tournament has been plagued by the powerful Jeff Cobb pulverizing the prospects unprovoked. Will Cobb return to plaster Puerto Rico Suave and the One who is Number One like he has everyone else?
The bell rings and Dante tries to catch Johnson off guard. Johnson is ready and waistlocks Dante. Dante standing switches and clubs Johnson down, but Johnson gets up. Dante whips Johnson but Johnson forearms and dropkicks Dante. But here comes Cobb!! Fans are loving this, but then Johnson tries to reason with Cobb. Beat up Dante, not him! Cobb takes Johnson up on that. Dante tries to fight back but Cobb catches those kicks and yanks Dante up and in to the cradling side slam!
This bracket is thoroughly busted but Cobb isn’t done. Johnson thinks Cobb is still on his side, that he’s the Ric Flair to Cobb’s “The Enforcer”, Arn Anderson. But then Cobb headbutts Johnson down! Cobb drags Johnson up to whip, and take on a Tour of the Islands!! And finally, Cobb speaks!
“The Top Prospect Tournament is over!” Cobb claims the title of THE Top Prospect! No one disagrees with him, at least not in the audience. Will Cobb simply be handed a shot at the ROH World Television Championship? Or will Cobb have to still earn his shot at the title first?
ROH looks at what led to the WOH World Championship match at Death Before Dishonor.
Firstly, Sumie Sakai has been undefeated as the inaugural Women of Honor Champion. She’s won in the States, in Japan and in the United Kingdom, so that earns the belt the status of world title! But the Ray of Sunshine doesn’t feel right calling herself that just yet, so she challenged Tenille Dashwood to a title match. Tenille would come out and accept the challenge. But Tenille made sure Sumie understood something first: Tenille respects Sumie immensely, but that doesn’t mean she won’t do everything she can to win. Sumie feels the same, and we have our title match set. Will the spotlight move from Sumie to Tenille and make the WOH Division #AllAboutTenille? Or will the Ray of Sunshine still shine championship gold?
Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham VS Bully Ray & Silas Young!
The last time the Last Real Man and the Hall of Famer were in a match together, the ECW legend left Milwaukee’s Meanest high and dry. But now, in taking down common enemies, it seems Silas is willing to work with Bully so that he can also get one over on the ROH World Champion. Will Bully & Silas bully their way to a win? Or will the Franchise & Octopus show them that bullies never prosper?
Of course, things are still tense between Silas and Bully, mostly because Bully gets in Silas’ face about how they’re doing things Bully’s way. Silas won’t let Bully tell him how to wrestle, but they’ll need to stay focused tonight if they want a chance against Flip Gordon & Colt Cabana at Death Before Dishonor. Gresham and Lethal make their entrances and we begin, after the break.
ROH returns but there is no Code of Honor. Bully trash talks Gresham but Lethal holds him back. Bully demands that Gresham start, and Gresham wants to, so Lethal allows it. Fans are obviously on Gresham’s side as the bell rings. Gresham and Bully circle, feeling out the grapple. Gresham rushes in but Bully manages to avoid the takedown. Bully then just tags right out to Silas. Bully even stays away from the corner just so Silas can’t tag right back out. Fans boo Bully while Silas enters. Silas circles with Gresham and tie up. Silas powers Gresham to ropes, then backs off. Gresham comes out and the two tie up again.
Gresham gets a waistlock, Silas gets the standing switch but Gresham gets the drop toehold. He floats over to the headlock but Silas slips out to a hammerlock. They both stand up and Gresham spins around to a hammerlock of his own. Silas backs down to a corner, and Gresham lets him go. Silas tells fans to shut up, but then Bully tells Silas to get it done. Even Gresham tells Bully to mind his own business, and he circles with Silas. Silas gets a headlock, but Gresham powers out. Things speed up but Silas holds rope to avoid the dropkick. Silas taunts Gresham but then Gresham handsprings to huricanrana! Gresham rolls to then dropkick Silas, and Silas rolls to a corner.
Gresham dares Bully to get in the ring! Bully doesn’t move, so Gresham SLAPS Bully! Silas tags Bully, telling him to do man up and work. Bully is surprisingly silent as he storms off and up the ramp! Is he ditching Silas again? But then Bully hears the fans chant “You Suck!” and all that, so Bully goes back. However, Bully throws the streamers in a tantrum first before entering the ring. Bully and Gresham circle then tie up. Gresham gets a waistlock and he ducks the back hand to speed things up. Gresham leaps but his crossbody is caught! Bully pops Gresham up but Gresham slips out and gets a headlock. Gresham shifts to a hammerlock, to slap Bully on the back of his head!
Lethal is fired up while Gresham runs, but Bully tosses Gresham with a back drop. Bully then pie faces Lethal, and dares him to tag in. Lethal asks Gresham for the tag, and Gresham gives it. Fans chant for Lethal as he stares down Bully. Bully has the referee come over to check Lethal? But Lethal is clean, the ref checked before the match started. Lethal gets Bully in a headlock and squeezes tight. Bully powers out then runs Lethal over. He drops but misses his elbow, yet still blocks the dropkick. Bully dropkicks but Lethal manages to avoid it! Fans are actually impressed, and we go to break.
ROH returns again and Bully CHOPS Lethal. Lethal throws haymakers but Bully gives another chop. Lethal wants another, Bully gives him another! This fires the fans and Lethal up. Lethal chops Bully, Bully slaps Lethal! They both trade slaps, then Bully fires off right hands. Lethal fires off haymakers and chops then runs, but into Bully’s big body! Bully glares while Silas tells Lethal that’s what he gets. Silas holds Lethal but Lethal dodges, sending Bully into Silas! Lethal enziguris Bully down then tags Gresham. Fans rally up and both Gresham and Lethal build speed to DOUBLE DIVE! They both take out Silas and Bully, then put in the legal Silas in.
Gresham climbs up while fans are thunderous, but Bully shakes the ropes up. Bully sits Gresham up to chop him, then dump him down. Silas tags in and holds Gresham down for Bully. Bully chops Gresham’s leg, then throws down a right. Gresham stands so Bully hits him again. Bully drags Gresham up for jabs. Gresham stays standing but on wobbly legs. Bully pumps it up but Gresham dropkicks the legs out! Gresham reaches for Lethal but Bully grabs him first. Bully ends up in the Octopus Hold! Gresham pulls as hard as he can but Silas distracts. Lethal trips Silas but Bully powers out with a side slam. Bully and Gresham stir while Lethal returns to his corner. Gresham reaches again but Bully is on him first. Bully puts Gresham in a corner for a chop!
Lethal coaches Gresham up and Gresham stands up to Bully. Fans are thunderous again as Gresham dares Bully to chop him. Bully does and Gresham falls, but then Gresham gets up again. Gresham wants more, so Bully floors him with another. Bully hops up now, leaps, but misses the back senton! Gresham crawls for his corner, Bully rolls for his, hot tags to Lethal and Silas! Lethal rallies on Silas, then he chops away in the corner. He whips but Silas reverses, Lethal takes out Bully. Lethal boots Silas then hops up for the missile dropkick! Lethal Combination! Fans fire up but Bully comes in, only to get the boot, the enziguri, and the suplex. Bully blocks it, but Lethal keeps trying. Lethal gets another, but then Gresham comes in to help! Double suplex lifts Bully up and over!
Bully wants to bail out but Lethal tags in. Lethal drags Bully into position while Gresham climbs up, and the champ asks, “Wazzup?!” Flying headbutt! Bully feels a taste of his own medicine, but in comes Silas. Silas misses and rebounds into a snap German Suplex! Gresham drags Silas around, Lethal climbs up, HAIL TO THE KING! Then for Gresham, SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, but Bully barrels through Lethal to break it! Everyone is done, including the referee. Bully dumps Lethal out, then low blows Gresham! Silas takes advantage, full nelson knee to fireman’s carry, Misery! Cover, Silas & Bully win!
Winners: Silas Young & Bully Ray, Silas pinning
The bullies win tonight with veteran cunning and treachery. However, they’ll face Flip & Cabana in Vegas, will they get what they deserve in Sin City?
The stars of ROH speak before Death Before Dishonor.
First up, The Addiction know that in the Silver State, they strike gold to become three-time world tag team champions. The only sure bet here is #MandatoryViolence. Second, Punishment Martinez admits that as a tag team wrestler, Chris Sabin is a legend. “But alone, you’re just my next victim.” However, Sabin has a response, putting all his money on him walking out the ROH World Television Champion. Third, Silas Young tells Colt and Flip that they’re facing “the two realest men this business has to offer.” DBD will show everyone what Silas is all about.
Fourth, the K I N G thanks Liger for passing the torch and for being too old to stop him, because not even God himself could stop Kenny. Liger better hand over the torch, or Kenny will put his lights out. Fifth, Lethal says the ROH World Championship “sums up Death Before Dishonor.” That title will make you, it will break it, and is what it’s all for. Lethal vows that even after facing Will Ospreay, the belt stays with the Franchise! Lastly, the Bullet Club talk over each other as they tear into Chaos and the collection of “bloody numpties” they’re bringing. Who will walk out of Sin City having hit the jackpot? Who will walk out having lost it all?
This was a pretty decent semi-go-home for ROH. I like that the Boys are back, even without Dalton Castle. They did pretty good, but it was clear that they were going to be the tune-ups for Best Friends going into Death Before Dishonor. The Bullet Club has definitely been rolling as far as ROH goes, aside from Hangman and Scurll being cheated by Kenny King, so I am guessing they find a way to win against Chaos, even with Trent and Chuckie coming in with momentum. Plus, that group promo that turns into frantic crosstalk was hilarious. The string of promos at the end was also good, and helps review the entire card for anyone who has missed an episode or two in the builds.
I like that Jeff Cobb not only wrecked the Top Prospect Tournament again, but he declares himself Mr. Top Prospect 2018 without even having competed yet. I still want to see Cobb take on anywhere from four to all the “prospects” and then dominate them all again to officially earn that title match. And then while Chris Sabin faces Punishment Martinez at DBD and Scorpio Sky feels like the next contender, I must have Martinez VS Cobb no less than twice. Then in the main event, Lethal & Gresham made a great team against Silas & Bully. Of course, Bully being such a powerful Heel and needing to looking strong so that Colt & Flip get a great win in Vegas, Bully & Silas win. Lethal VS Ospreay is going to be great, too, but Lethal is the sure bet here.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)
SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!
The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!
After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
- Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; cancelled.
- Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
- Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Natalya wins.
- Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!
The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.
First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.
Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.
So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.
Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?
The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!
Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?
Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.
And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kayla asks if Heyman accepts the challenge. That’s the question? Yes, because that’s what we do around here in the WWE: “We put smiles on the faces of Neanderthals, like Cesaro.” Does Kayla have any clue the enormity of the star power that is possessed by Roman and its affect on the ENTIRE WWE Universe? What happened on Saturday? Oh~ a rain delay! Rain delay, Heyman’s “kosher tuchus.” Those were the tears of the angels descending upon Tampa over the BEATING Roman was going to give, and that is what happened! Roman walked out champion, and neither Bryan nor Edge walked out of Raymond James at all.
And as Heyman was walking back with Roman, they were stepping in puddles, and Heyman said, “My goodness! Tears still descending from up above!” Except it wasn’t from the skies, but from the locker room. A visionary like Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face “a knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, bucktooth Swiss quisling like Cesaro.” A billion dollar body but a 10 cent brain and THIS is who emerges to get in the face of Your Tribal Chief?! Cesaro is physically capable of being a great opponent, but he is not an attraction. He’s a joke!
So let’s put an end to the joke! Stop the train before it leaves the station! They will give Cesaro what he wants, tonight live on SmackDown! Cesaro in the main event against THE main event, Jey Uso. Of course Heyman had a way to change the course. But will Cesaro blast through the Right Hand Man to get at the Head of the Table, whether they like it or not?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator didn’t defeat his long-time frenemy, and he didn’t even have Logan Paul on his side! And Sami loves to see the headlines outside of the one that is most accurate: “Sami Zayn Once Again SCREWED!” Where is that one, huh?! Well, does it exist…? Sami says it was his vindication! The stars were aligned, and he had the one star that matters in Logan Paul! Logan was supposed to help Sami expose the WWE and celebrate his grand victory, but that’s not how it went down, did it?
And here’s why: Logan’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami, like he’s a crackpot! It was poisoned by management, and the “corporate mouthpiece,” Michael Cole! They got in Logan’s head and Sami could sense it and feel it as he hugged Logan! And then in the match, of course he was distracted! Sami was worried about Logan! And that is the only reason, THE ONLY REASON, Kevin squeaked out that win. And Kevin is back there, obviously. Sami will not be denied vindication! Sami calls Kevin out for a rematch! There’s nothing to distract him, there are no toxic fans or stupid Logan Paul and his warped mind! No distractions, no way for Kevin to steal this!
But that’s why Kevin won’t come out, because- Wait, Kevin DOES come out to the ring! Kevin says if Sami’s gonna keep making excuses, then here we go! This WrestleMania rematch happens, after the break!
Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!
The bell rings and Sami bails out! Kevin smirks because he knew this would happen. Kevin slides out but Sami slides in. Then Kevin slide sin, but that’s a fake-out! Sami is on the outside and Kevin fires off! Kevin bounces Sami off the desk, puts him in the ring, and CHOPS him to a corner! And CHOPS again! Sami stumbles to another corner but Kevin gives him body shots! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then comes back, but Sami hits first! Sami whips corner to corner, Kevin comes back to CLOBBER Sami! BACK SENTON! Sami is in a corner, Kevin runs in but Sami bails out. Kevin goes to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Then BLINDSIDES him!
Sami rains down furious fists from all sides! Sami lets off to snarl and seethe. Sami puts Kevin on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and CLUBS Kevin! Kevin gets up to CHOP back! Sami stomps Kevin to a corner, digs his boots in, and even stands on Kevin! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and then Sami throws haymakers. Kevin hits back, counter punches, and backs Sami down. Sami jawbreakers in return! Sami CHOPS Kevin against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kevin reverses but Sami kicks back, only for Kevin to LARIAT! Kevin reels Sami in, suplexes to hang Sami out to dry, and Sami springs off the ropes to hit the mat!
Kevin fires off on Sami in a corner, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Kevin climbs up, Sami throws elbows and then adjusts to sunset flip POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives, Sami argues with the ref, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sami is again fighting Kevin off on the top rope. Kevin hits back, climbs back up, and Sami throws headbutts! Kevin falls back, Sami adjusts and leaps, but Kevin gets clear! Kevin SUPERKICKS Sami down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Kevin hurries right to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin shakes his head as he stands Sami up, whips him, but Sami bails out to avoid a pop-up. Kevin pursues Sami as the ring count climbs, and gets him on the ramp to throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Sami back in at 5 of 10, knees low then whips, but Sami slips through the pop-up to get an arm!
Kevin fights the Half ‘n’ Half, then pump handles for the PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami still survives that move, just like WrestleMania! Kevin gets annoyed, but he again has to pursue Sami on the outside. Kevin drags Sami from the barriers, puts him in, and kicks, but no Stunner! Sami again bails out, Kevin grabs at him on the apron, but Sami rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ring count is still climbing, though, but Sami wants to run away! Sami gets himself counted out, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by count-out
Kevin wins again, but it seems Sami didn’t want revenge that badly. But Kevin pursues and goes after Sami with fists at the ramp! Kevin puts Sami in the ring, kicks and STUNNERS! It seems Kevin still hasn’t beaten sense into Sami, will these two #JustKeepFighting?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“All of Nigeria has not stopped celebrating, ever since I smashed Big E into oblivion and I became the new Intercontinental Champion!” And he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but he’s not here. And do you know why? Two words: Nigerian Nail! That is the name of the move used by this giant beside Apollo here. This is his commander of the guard, Azeez, former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone dares come for Apollo, they will be annihilated by the Nigerian Nail!
The Street Profits head to the ring!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are going to be facing the Dirty Dawgs for the tag titles later tonight, but first they are going to celebrate the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This will be the EST of celebrations, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Ford says it’s Friday Night, and he’s feelin’ right! Dawkins says it is official takeback season! Time to do spring cleaning to send Dolph & Roode back through that time warp they came out of so they can return to 1986. Oh, and about getting the shine back on those SmackDown tag titles! Right! The Dirty Dawgs will get snatched, but that’s not the only reason why the Solo cups are raised high. It’s been a long time, and they got some inspiration this past weekend. Some motivation! WrestleMania was a night for the ages, a night to remember!
One match in particular will be something Ford tells his grandkids about! That is the historic, the glass ceiling shattering SmackDown Women’s Championship! ROLL TAPE! Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair, WrestleMania 37 Night One, the main event! Headlines were marking how amazing it was even before the bell, and no one could deny it after! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and it is Bianca Belair! Dawkins has the feels, fam! Ford says that as we just saw, the party isn’t over! The champagne for the campaign is not done popping. Saturday, that was a genuine moment that will be with them for the rest of their lives. And they just want to share that joy with the fans!
So they introduce to use, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the greatest part of Ford’s life, the NEW WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST, no no no, THE E S T of the W W E, BIANCA BELAIR!! Bianca makes her entrance, Ford and Dawkins sing her praises and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca is handed a mic, and she feels like he’s been floating since Saturday! Her mind is blown, her heart is filled, and she feels blessed. But despite the setbacks, the struggles, she never stopped believing that this moment was possible.
And her family has been making history for generations, they are the ones who showed her that when you demand greatness from yourself, that no matter how hard the game gets, you can change the game! If you were to have asked her a year ago if she could ever imagine main-eventing Mania, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship… Well she probably would’ve said yes! But that’s not because she’s cocky. That’s because she’s unapologetically her. Everyone has a little EST in them, and when you find it, you know that you’re talented and working hard, you never need to apologize for saying you are the B-E-S-T! “Because if you can dream it, you can do it.”
Bianca showed up, showed out, but it isn’t just about her. Sasha Banks, Bianca thanks you. There is no one she would’ve rather shared that spotlight because Sasha pushed her to her limits and it takes two. They BOTH made history. But… If Sasha ever tries to forget it, just know that Bianca left you with something to remember her by. That hair whip did leave a mark… But this is also about Sasha, too. This moment is so much bigger than them. This is about all the girls watching at Raymond James and at home, who saw Bianca and saw themselves. This is for you! That was Mania magic, but we’re only getting started!
Ford and Bianca hug, Dawkins joins in for a family moment, and Bianca says it’s time to drop the cups, throw the tissues away, and get those titles again. They only wear gold in this house. The Profits and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this trio become truly golden after tonight?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.
After seeing Bianca out there, she is in no mood. The Boss still has the mark on her side, and she seethes. She takes a second to cool off, but it doesn’t work, and she storms off. Will Sasha find a way back to that title and to WrestleMania revenge?
Backstage interview with Bayley.
The Role Model acknowledges that Cesaro was super impressive with the UFO spin, as footage is replayed, but what about Sasha? She probably wants a rematch but is so angry she can’t say it. While Bayley was super busy trying to save both nights of Mania, Bianca was in the main event crying. Even before the match began! No one wants to say it but Bayley will: those tears was because Bianca thought she couldn’t win. Is that who you want as champion? And now she’s showboating and arrogant! That is NOT the kind of champion we should want!
So there is only one way to fix this, and restore dignity to the title: for Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, to challenge Bianca and take that title! Will Bayley cut Sasha in line and get back to the gold first?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits!
The Show-Off & The Glorious One made it through #WrestleManiaSmackDown and its Fatal 4 Way with these titles, but now they’re 2v2 with Ford & Dawkins! Will takeback season work out for the fam? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and the titles are raised. Teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Dawkins and they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler shoots in but Dawkins sprawls then shifts to a waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropebreak, the ref counts but Ziggler elbows free! Ziggler dares Dawkins to get up, then he gets Dawkins only for Dawkins to DECK him! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Ziggler, Dawkins drops and Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Ford gets Ziggler back up, snapmares him to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Ziggler from Roode, wrenches and armlocks to tag in Dawkins. Ford wrenches the arm again and again, Dawkins drops ax handles!
Dawkins wrenches, tags Ford back in, and now Ford drops ax handles! Ford mocks Roode but Ziggler ROCKS Ford! Roode tags in but Ford reverses the whip to send Ziggler into Roode! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Ziggler comes in, but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Ford throws Ziggler out, Dawkins gives Roode the CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Then a BIG shoulder tackle! The Profits are fired WAY up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dawkins covers Roode, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Roode with a headlock, Roode powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things keep moving, Dawkins leaping back elbows! Roode avoids the cyclone but Dawkins elbows him away. Ziggler distracts but Dawkins DECKS him, only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in and DECKS Ford! Ziggler gets Dawkins up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dirty Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode stomps Dawkins down. Roode brings Dawkins up to suplex high and hard, covers, TWO! Roode argues the count but it was fair.
Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins, and Ziggler taunts Ford before daring Dawkins to stand. Dawkins gets up, Ziggler slaps him around, but his dropkick is caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler hits buckle and then the mat! Ford fires up on his corner and fans rally on the ThunderDome screens. Ziggler and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Ford and Roode! Ford rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Ziggler for good measure! Dropkick for Roode, dropkick for Ziggler! Ford dodges Roode to BLOCKBUSTER! Ford CLOBBERS Ziggler! Ford whips Roode, Roode reverses and reels For din but Ford lands out of the back suplex to give a back suplex! Kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Roode bails out to join Ziggler, Ford has a target! Ford builds speed, tags Dawkins as he FLIES! Direct hit to the Dawgs and Ford gets Roode in for Dawkins! Dawkins gets Roode up, THE ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford, he climbs, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ziggler breaks it!! Dawkins gets Ziggler up but Ziggler throws him to clothesline Dawkins and himself out! Ford DECKS Ziggler, gets Roode up and fires off fists in a corner! The ref backs Ford off, and Ziggler sneaks a tag in! Ford doesn’t know, he whips but Roode reverses. Ford goes up and over, into a ZIGZAG!!! Cover, the Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall
As fired up as Ford was, Ziggler & Roode find a way to survive! Is this the end of takeback season? Will the Dawgs move on to new challengers in the wake of WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Cesaro.
While denying him a match with Roman Reigns, Heyman said some rather derogatory things about Cesaro. His response? “I think Paul Heyman is right.” Cesaro admits he has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and that he isn’t the smartest. And with his long arms, maybe he does look like a Neanderthal. But he’s wrong about one thing: Cesaro DOES belong in the ring with Roman Reigns, and will prove it tonight by beating the Right Hand Man!
Heyman talks with Roman in their VIP room.
Roman doesn’t like that Cesaro isn’t just accepting things. Roman wants Jey to teach him a lesson. Will Jey Uso check Cesaro off the list for Roman?
Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Though the #BOAT and Daughter of Superfly won the Tag Team Turmoil, they could not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Queen of Harts redeem herself with another win over the Queen of Spades?
The bell rings, the two tie up and Natty gets a headlock. Shayna powers out, things speed up and Natty ducks to get a waistlock. Shayna blocks the lift, wrenches free and fires off hands and kicks! Shayna knees but Natty deflects it to get the legs! Natty steps through, but Shayna scramble’s and Nia saves her! Tamina storms over, Shayna gets back in the ring, but Natty is waiting! They tie up, Natty trips Shayna, floats to a facelock, but Shayna slips out to hammerlock. Natty gets up, slips through, wrenches, but Shayna wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings and gets a leg. Shayna sprawls to block, then shifts to a waistlock and slam, to the ARMBAR!
Natty endures, clasps hands, but Shayna pulls. Shayna stands to get the arm and hammerlocks it into the mat! This time, Tamina says Natty! Natty hotshots Shayna down, Nia storms over and the ref has to keep her and Tamina from throwing down. Natty gets in but Shayna KNEES Her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna grows frustrated, Natty goes to a corner and she elbows Shayna away. Natty spins, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Natty goes for legs but Nia gets on the apron! The ref reprimands but Shayna KICKS Natty down! KIRAFUDA, but Natty throws Shayna at Nia! Shayna stops herself, Natty rolls her up, AND WINS!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Nia goes after Natty but Tamina SUPERKICKS her down!! Tamina and Natty aren’t done with the Irresistible Force or Queen of Spades! Will the second time around be the second generation superstars’ time to shine?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Cesaro, Cesaro. Boy, you’s a one hit move, huh? King of spin, king of swing, it’s all the same! That’s a cute airplane you did with no hands. But let me ask you something: can you do that with no teeth?!” You’re disrespecting the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table! Now you’ve crossed the Right Hand Man, and now Jey has to get you! He’ll show you why he is #MainEventJey! Jey vows to #GETIM, and Roman says, “You heard the man. Now he’s gonna show you.”
Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!
The Swiss Cyborg shows no fear in the face of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (hardly) Uncontroverted Universal Champion, but the NEW winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal wants to change that. Will Jey be the one to learn something from the original winner of that match?
The bell rings and Cesaro gets Jey right up with a SLAM! Cesaro headlocks, Jey powers out and things speed up, and Cesaro catches Jey for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro keeps his focus as Jey goes to the apron. Jey gets to a corner but Cesaro bumps him off buckles. Jey counter punches, SLAMS Cesaro’s hand on the crossbar, then pulls the arm through the bars! Jey then kicks, but Cesaro blocks to hotshot the leg! Cesaro BOOTS Jey down and then goes out to pursue. Cesaro leaps from the apron, into a SUPERKICK! Main Event Jey evens things in the main event as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey cranks on an armlock. Cesaro throws body shots, whips but Jey reverses, to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps on Cesaro with a stomp to the shoulder! Jey ROCKS Cesaro with an uppercut, then wraps an arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and then brings Cesaro around to suplex. Cesaro blocks it, then gets Jey up for a suplex of his own! Fans rally on their screens as Jey crawls his way to a corner. Cesaro snarls, aims at Jey and runs in, only to be put on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Jey first, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro shakes out the arms, drags Jey back up, but Jey wrenches to WRING the arm out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he is in a daze as he gets to a corner. Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro shakes out the arms again but Jey sees him in a drop zone. Jey climbs up, but Cesaro gets up to DROPKICK Jey down! Jey hangs on to keep from falling to the floor, but Cesaro climbs up to get him. Cesaro gets Jey back to the top, Jey fights with body shots and Cesaro hops down. EuroUpper SHORYUKEN! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro keeps focus.
Jey crawls, Cesaro brings him around, and reels him in! Jey fights the Gotch to wring the arm but Cesaro cartwheels! Cesaro dodges to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is a bit surprised, but he gets Jey’s legs! Jey kicks Cesaro away, but Cesaro comes back. Jey blocks a boot but gets a EuroUpper! Jey ducks the clothesline to pop-up NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Jey is furious! Both men slowly rise but Jey is after Cesaro first. Jey throws down haymakers, then SLAPS Cesaro! And slaps him more! Cesaro SLAPS back! And fires off furious palm strikes then furious EuroUppers!! Shots from all sides! Cesaro runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is seething, but he calls for the spin! Cesaro gets Jey into a SPINEBUSTER, to then get the wings! SWISS SWING!! Michael Cole & Pat McAfee count, but Cesaro doesn’t get past 5 before SETH ROLLINS attacks!!
Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification
The Architect won’t let it go! He doesn’t want anyone anywhere getting swung by Cesaro! Cesaro still wins the match because of this, but he is staggering about. Rollins shouts, “You were done with me?! You got lucky!! ONE TIME! This isn’t over! Nothing is over until I SAY IT’S OVER!! I am the END ALL BE ALL of this industry! And the sooner you figure it out, the better it’s gonna be!” The Savior of SmackDown has all but snapped, but will he be going for another spin before this is all said and done?
Well, this was a pretty good post WrestleMania episode. Then some stuff made it like most typical WWE programming. There are a few things that are clearly being set up for WrestleMania Backlash, and they’re all WrestleMania rematches because that’s literally what that PPV becomes when you name it that in such a lazy manner. I am glad Cesaro is the next one stepping up to Roman Reigns, but they’re clearly doing everything they can to stretch this story so that the match will happen at a PPV bigger than Backlash. Cesaro getting the runaround from Roman’s team was a good way to do it, but I’m not sure about Cesaro VS Rollins 2. It’ll be a great match, but is it really necessary? Of course, WWE did repeat the UFO airplane spin a lot, so them running it into the ground is actually a good sign that Cesaro will win, and is going to be the next challenger to Roman’s title.
Natty getting another fairly quick win over Shayna and Tamina knocking Nia down is surely a sign that we’re getting a rematch between those teams for the tag titles at Backlash. But if that is where Tamina & Natty are going to win the titles, it’s profoundly stupid. They should’ve just let Natty & Tamina win at Mania, and then it’d be about Nia & Shayna getting the belts back at Backlash, a much more logical route. The celebration promo for Bianca was great, and while Sasha wants a rematch, Bayley wants her own match with Bianca, so I’m hoping there’s a difference here in that Backlash gives us another Sasha VS Bayley match, winner faces Bianca at the PPV after that.
Dawgs VS Profits was a great match, especially for television, but I am really surprised the Profits didn’t win tonight. I get that the moment Bianca and the Profits are all wearing gold is going to be big, but then why not do that on the SmackDown After Mania? Make tonight feel big because it should be big! Is WrestleMania Backlash really going to be where they do it? I feel like that’s them forcing Backlash to feel special rather than letting it be special by surprise. Rey VS Otis was good, and clearly this feud isn’t over yet, and the winner of that will surely line up for the tag titles.
Kevin VS Sami tonight was also great stuff, a lot of similar spots to the match they had at Mania, but the count-out seems like another way to extend things. I have a feeling something’s gotta give at Backlash, and I hope Kevin & Sami finally start towards the tag titles. Apollo had a good promo to introduce Dabba-Kato’s new form, Commander Azeez, and the name of his finisher. The Nigerian Nail is pretty much a direct translation of the Samoan Spike, which is what the move was when Umaga used it. Big E VS Azeez has to be coming, perhaps with the stipulation that if Big E wins, he gets his rematch with Apollo at Backlash. Honestly, it all feels like WWE is spinning their wheels because Vince is rolling around in the $1 BILLION from NBC.
My Score: 8.2/10
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