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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (9/4/18)

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Another Triple Threat will see The Usos, SAnitY and Rusev Day compete in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders tournament! Winners face The Bar!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Daniel Bryan w/ Brie Bella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Bryan wins.
  • Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Naomi wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament Triple Threat: The Usos VS SAnitY VS Rusev Day; Rusev Day wins and will face The Bar in the finals.
  • The Miz w/ Maryse VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Renee Young opens SmackDown Live with Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan!

Mr. & Mrs. YES are in Detroit! They’re here ahead of their Hell in a Cell Mixed Tag Match with Miz. & Maryse. Before forecasting what’s to come, we must look back to last week. Bryan was facing Andrade “Cien” Almas and was moments away from winning, and Brie made sure Zelina Vega didn’t interfere. However, Miz & Maryse would, and then work together with El Idolo & La Muneca to brutalize Brie & Bryan. Bryan is so “grateful” Renee lowered the mood with that review package. But Renee points out new footage relating to Miz & Maryse themselves. The It Couple were in the arena earlier today and vowed to finish things before Hell in a Cell. Of course, no one was around to hear the two call out Brie & Bryan. Yet the It Couple used that as reason enough to say Brie & Bryan are afraid.

Bryan says that’s perfect. That is a perfect encapsulation of those two as people. They attack from behind, make them watch each other get hurt, then call people out when they know those people are not here. The It Couple are actually a couple of cowards. Brie agrees, because cowards talk. Bryan & Brie aren’t here to just talk. They’re here because they don’t want to wait for Hell in a Cell either. SmackDown is live on the USA Network, let’s fight! Unfortunately, Miz & Maryse left before the show.

However, Almas & Vega are here! And they see Bryan & Brie are “crying in the ring yet again” over how unfair it all is. The stars of hit reality show, “Total Bores.” Vega & Almas thank Renee for that footage, because it reminds them how much fun it was to walk all over “the great Daniel Bryan.” Almas is ready to do it all again. Almas wants to finish what he started right here and now! Vega & Almas head to the ring, Bryan is ready! This match begins after the break.

 

Daniel Bryan w/ Brie Bella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

SmackDown returns as the bell rings and the two men circle. The fans are on Bryan’s side as he ties up with Almas. Almas gets a waistlock but Bryan gets the wristlock. Bryan shifts to a headlock and takeover but Amlas gets the head scissors. Bryan rolls around and works his way out, to get the wristlock back. He turns it into an arm wrench but Almas kicks low. Almas has a headlock now, but Bryan powers out. Almas runs Bryan over, then gets moving. Things speed up and Bryan flips over to wrench and arm-snap! He kicks Almas to a corner, then wrenches Almas’ arm to a shoulder breaker!

Bryan drags Almas into the Yes Lock but Almas gets the ropebreak quickly. Almas comes back but into another shoulder breaker! Almas throws forearms but Bryan give shim a European Uppercut. Bryan runs, but into the boot feint and elbow! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Almas on while Bryan rolls to a corner. Almas stalks Bryan and drags him up, for a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then runs to blast Bryan off with an elbow! Bryan hist barriers and Brie checks on him, but Vega is all smiles. Almas goes out to chop Bryan, then slam his arm on the apron. They go back in, cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bryan dodges, sending Almas crashing and burning to the outside! Bryan recovers while the referee counts Almas. Bryan runs on the apron, but jumps into a dropkick!

Both men are down while the referee checks on them. Almas puts Bryan in and covers, TWO! Almas keeps on Bryan and that arm, but Bryan whips him away. Bryan gets a kick for it, but then dumps Almas up and over. Bryan DIVES and sends Almas into barriers! Fans fire up while we go picture in picture. Both men are down again but Brie rallies the fans for Bryan. Vega is panicking while both men drag themselves in before the 10 count. Bryan sits up but Almas follows. They brawl on their knees then up to their feet. Bryan gets an edge but Almas comes back with a wicked chop! Almas then stomps Bryan out at the ropes, firing himself up. Almas drags Bryan up for another chop in the corner. Bryan chops back! Bryan backs Almas down but Almas hits back with a knee and forearm.

Almas throws more forearms then whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, runs and hits Almas with a leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Bryan as he runs in corner to corner for the dropkick! Then Yes Kicks! Bryan hoists Almas up, then climbs up to join him, but Almas counters the Super Steiner into a Sunset flip! TWO, but Almas gets a Fujiwara armbbar! Bryan endures as Almas pulls back on the arm. Bryan reaches for ropes, drags himself over with his legs, and gets the ropebreak. Almas lets go and is frustrated. He scoop slams Bryan, then climbs up top. Bryan trips him up! Bryan sets Almas in the Tree of Woe, for Yes Kicks! He runs corner to corner, for the basement dropkick!

Fans fire up again as Bryan brings Almas up. Bryan climbs to join Almas, but Almas fights back. Almas sends Bryan down, then adjusts, MOOONSAULT! He lands on his feet when he misses to moonsault again! TWO!! Almas adapts but Bryan survives, and fans declare “This is Awesome!” Almas and Bryan brawl again, giving kick for kick. Bryan gets an edge, then manages the buzzsaw! He kicks more, but Almas ducks that buzzsaw to school boy Bryna into buckles! Vega calls for it, Almas hits Cien Knees! Brie is worried now as Almas drags Bryan up. Hammerlock, but no DDT! Bryan sees the feint coming and kicks Almas down! Bryan aims and fans echo “YES! YES!” Knee Plus!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall

Brie celebrates with her hubby as he gets even with El Idolo. Brie gets even with Vega by rocking her with a kick, then the Brie Mode Knee! However, they really want after Miz & Maryse, who now appear via titantron. The It Couple hopes they’re having a lovely evening. These reality stars always have lovely evenings. They’re having date night by renting out an entire Italian restaurant so they wouldn’t have to dine with people from Detroit. But if Brie & Bryan are looking for them, they’ll just have to wait for Hell in a Cell. Until then, arrivederci, Bellas.

 

WWE and SmackDown unite with the V Foundation to again fund the Connor’s Cure.

Join the fight against pediatric cancer today by buying Connor’s Cure merchandise.

 

Backstage interview with Brie & Bryan on their way out.

Why are they leaving now? Well it’s no big deal, they’re just getting some dinner. Maybe Italian? Hopefully there’s no strict dress code. Are they going to give Miz & Maryse some just desserts?

 

Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are interviewed simultaneously via titantron.

The Queen of Flair and Relent-Lass Lass Kicker are former friends turned bitter enemies over the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Is the champion, Charlotte, at all able to comprehend the breakdown of their bond? Charlotte won the title at Summerslam, but lost her best friend. Becky felt it was her night and that she deserves it, but what could Charlotte do? Charlotte wasn’t going to lie down for her, and thought Becky would do the same. Becky said it herself, may the best woman win. Oh is Charlotte down? Or does she want more of Becky’s spotlight? No, if anyone knows about growing up in a shadow, it’s Charlotte. Becky is an equal, a pioneer, who put herself in someone else’s shadow! All Becky had to do was ask for a chance!

Oh, she could ask “Her Majesty?” “Screw you!” Becky should be the one holding up the title. Like she did when she ambushed Charlotte? Do it face to face. Becky will. Becky’s done playing, she’ll start taking. It was a full-time job being a friend to someone so insecure. The only thing Becky cares about now is being back on top where she belongs! But Charlotte is in her way. So it doesn’t matter how many times she has to throw Charlotte around, Becky will win.

Charlotte “applauds” seeing the Straight Fire is back. They’re getting what they both want at Hell in a Cell. It won’t be a friend who she traveled the world with. Charlotte knows Becky is second best and just can’t handle it. Becky says Charlotte should shine the belt up real nice, because it’ll be the last time she’ll ever see it. And what will Becky’s excuse be when she wins this time? There won’t be any love lost here, but who comes out the one having lost more than just a match?

 

Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!

#GlowTime wants one more go at the IIconics, and it will be against the Venus Flytrap a second time. Billie and Peyton are so amused by how Naomi loves to get beat by them. But which one does she get beat up by more? Billie and Peyton both insist it’s them, “No, me!”, but then they realize they’ve been saying “Naomi”. But every woman has to understand that they are the future of the Women’s Division! Can Naomi turn it up and show the BFFs that the future is NOT IIconic? Or will Peyton shut down the glow once again?

The bell rings and Naomi rocks Peyton with forearms! She has Peyton in the corner, but has to back off at 4. Peyton slaps Naomi back, then clobbers her down. Peyton rains rights, still stinging from Naomi’s strikes. She drags Naomi up and gives body shots. She gives a forearm but fans rally for Naomi. Peyton chokes Naomi at the ropes, and Billie gets in her own shot. Peyton has Naomi in a corner as she trash talks how Naomi has no friends. But Naomi swings kicks and connects. Naomi runs to slide and hit Billie! She then trips up Peyton, shoulders in and slingshot sunset flips! Cover, Naomi wins!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

But Billie ruins the celebration with an attack! The Iconic Duo have Naomi and they throw her into the post! They yank her back out, and then set her up for the wheelbarrow boot! But here comes ASUKA! The Empress of Tomorrow may not be the closest friend to Naomi, but she definitely doesn’t like the IIconics. She rallies on them both with swift kicks and German Suplexes! Asuka slides and kicks Peyton out, and the IIconics regroup as they retreat. Asuka checks on Naomi, and it seems Naomi has someone on her side in this fight. Will Peyton & Billie regret running their mouths with someone so dangerous on the roster?

 

WWE and SmackDown look at the coming Hell in a Cell grudge match.

Jeff Hardy has done many great things, but he’s yet to step into the sadistic steel. But Randy Orton’s obsession with erasing the Enigma’s identity has pushed Hardy to push his limits further than ever before. Hardy fights for family and honor for the first time inside the Cell. He will soar higher than the Heavens and his depravity will reach the depths of Hell. Then Orton will have brought about his own destruction.

On the flip side, Orton promised to make everyone squirm, and that his actions would not be for the faint of heart. He promised to erase heroes and destroy idols. “But Jeff Hardy refuses to go quietly. Good.” Orton wants to feel Hardy take his last gasp before being stomped out. He’s no stranger to the cruelty that is the Cell. It changes you, inside and out. “What I do to Jeff Hardy will be sickening.” It will be perverse and disgusting, but it will make Orton smile. Orton vows to erase the Enigma for good. Will Hardy overcome the Legend Killer’s mission to kill his legacy? Or will The Apex Predator succeed in eliminating his target?

 

GM Paige meets with Miz & Maryse.

Seems they’re no longer at the restaurant. Partly because the restaurant served food he wouldn’t even serve his dog. But also because they want to confront Bryan & Brie once again. But Brie & Bryan left. Oh of course, they’re still running scared of the hardest hitting couple in WWE today. Hold on, Paige still has something for them: Miz is in a match. Against who? Whoever wants at him.  Miz isn’t even ready! Paige should stop being a bad GM and start being a good GM. Right, fine, you two are free to leave again. But if you do, never come back. In other words, Miz better suit up. Who will accept this Punch Miz in the Face Open Challenge?

 

R-Truth thinks he’s found Carmella.

But it’s just Maryse. But Maryse is shocked he mistook her for that Staten Island trash. What’s Truth up to? He’s booking a match with Carmella. But she can’t handle the Truth. Don’t talk to his wife like that. Miz married Maryse? When did they last team up again? Seven years ago. Right, that was the last time Truth was relevant. Truth has become a joke. Well. Truth has no idea what Carmella sees in him. Truth storms off, but maybe he needs more than just his eyes checked…

 

Samoa Joe heads to the ring!

The Destroyer has been using the Phenomenal One’s own family as fodder for his mind games, including last week’s promise to visit the Styles family home. However, that’s definitely not here in Detroit. Joe takes up the mic to say, “Ooooh, Weeendyyy~!” Joe has walked the building back and forth, up and down, but it seems the Styles Family took him seriously. Last week, Joe said he’d stop by, and surely somewhere in Gainesville, Georgia, the Styles Family is watching. Little Annie must be trembling in fear over the stories of “Uncle Joe”, but surely is “hubby” AJ Styles, watching the door and windows, armed with a baseball bat. Maybe Joe will come through the back?

But that’s not happening, because Joe is not some monster. Joe only said things like that to keep his promise to Wendy. Look at your husband to see what Joe’s done for you. Joe has forced Styles to actually care about his family. Joe has forced Styles to come home and look after his family. Samoa Joe has kept his promise, so the Styles Family should enjoy it. Annie should enjoy Styles tucking her in for the night, because there will be many more nights just like this. “Because, Annie, at Hell in a Cell, a very, very bad man is coming to take your daddy’s championship.” Then daddy goes night-night! But wait, AJ Styles is on the titantron! “Threatening another man, Joe? I get that. Threatening another man’s family?” That’s when talking stops. Joe just smirks and shrugs it off, but AJ Styles is HERE!

Joe looks around, but Styles comes right down the ramp to do this face to face. Both men are ready to fight, so it’s a fight we get! They brawl in the ring, Joe rocking Styles and punching away at the ropes. Styles dodges to fire off body shots in return! Fans are fired up for Styles as he bobs ‘n’ weaves and sends Joe reeling. Joe drags Styles out to throw him into steel steps! Styles tumbles over the side, but Joe isn’t done. Joe grabs a chair, but Styles FLIES with the Phenomenal Forearm! Styles has Joe down, and with fury in his eyes, takes that chair for his own! Styles SMACKS, but only gets LED post. Joe scurries away while referees rush out to keep them apart.

Fans boo, they want to “Let Them Fight!” So Styles takes a detour, to slingshot and springboard! He wipes out Joe and more refs! Paige and more refs rush out to stop this but Styles won’t listen. Fans still want ot “Let Them Fight!” but referees force Styles to the back. Styles showed Joe what happens when you mouth off, but what happens when they

 

R-Truth and Tye Dillinger search for Carmella.

The FABULOUS Princess has to be around here somewhere, Truth just knows it. And there she is! Truth asks Carmella if she’s seen Carmella. Uh, this IS Carmella. Just leave her alone already! Well sorry. Truth wants a quick truce to have Carmella ringside to counter Miz’s Carmella. No that was Maryse. No, Maryse is his cousin. Miz’s Carmella called this Carmella “Staten Island trash.” What now?! If Maryse wasn’t married to Miz, she’d be back in Montreal bagging groceries. Carmella has more talent in her one pinkie than Maryse does in her entire body. Carmella vows to feed Maryse her own bleach blonde hair. Is that a yes? Possibly. Tye wants to know what’s going on. Truth is teaching him something. And what is that? How to get into a SmackDown main event! Oh… Truth is accepting that open challenge, but will he make the best of it?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament Triple Threat: The Usos VS SAnitY VS Rusev Day!

Cesaro & Sheamus won last week’s Triple Threat to be one half of the finals, it’s time to determine the other half! Will The Bar end up in the Uso Penitentiary, in utter anarchy, or part of the most popular WWE holiday ever?

MC Artiste, Aiden English, says the Shakespeare of Song, the Bulgarian Brute and Ravishing Russian are stronger than ever before, to take tag title gold and kick down the door. All others better stay out of the way, because in Detroit Rock City, they only celebrate RUSEV DAAAY~!

We go picture in picture as the teams sort themselves out. SAnitY represents themselves with big Killian Dain and wily Eric Young. Eric starts with Jimmy Uso, leaving Rusev Day to wait it out. Eric kicks and clubs away on Jimmy, then whips him to a corner, Jimmy goes up and over to arm-drag Eric into an armlock. They get up, and Jimmy whips. Eric holds ropes and Rusev tags in. Eric has no choice but to exit, and Rusev circles with Jimmy. But then Eric tags back in. Rusev throws Eric and Jimmy covers, TWO. Jimmy wrenches Eric’s arm but Eric forearms him down. Eric shouts then runs, btu English tags in. English rocks Eric then whips Jimmy. Rusev tags in and Rusev Day works together for the whip, elbow and clothesline. Cover, TWO and we return to single picture.

Rusev tags English back in and they stomp a machka hole into Jimmy. English whips Jimmy but jimmy slides to a stop to rock English with an uppercut! Jimmy chops English then tags in Jey. Jey runs in for a big forearm smash, then covers. TWO, but Jey keeps on English with a scoop slam. Cover, TWO, but Jey chops English. Jey whips but Big Damo tags in. Jey dodges English but Damo drags Jey out to run him over! The Beast of Belfast glares at Jey before putting him in. Tag to Eric and SAnitY work together for the gutbuster and ax handle. Cover, TWO, but Rusev Day was ready to break it. Eric stomps Jey then tags Damo back in. Damo stomps Jey, then keeps him cornered. He clubs Jey on the back, then brings him around for a fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO!

Damo wrenches Jey’s neck while fans rally. Jey endures and powers up but Damo throws him back down. Damo goes back to the neck wrench, but fans rally up again. Jey feeds off the energy and heads for Jimmy, but Damo clubs him back down. Damo splashes then covers, TWO. SAnitY grows frustrated but Damo goes back to the neck wrench. Jey endures again while Rusev Day talks strategy. Fans rally up for Lana Day, and Rusev even coaches Jey up. Jey gets up and fights back with haymakers! Jey runs, but into a shotgun dropkick from Damo! It sends Jey right out, and Eric tags in. Eric aims for Jey, and hits a flying elbow! The men of madness have control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns as both Damo and Jey Uso are down! Hot tags to Jimmy and Eric! Jimmy rallies and gets the reverse dragon whip kick! Eric ends up in a corner and Jimmy runs for the hip attack! Jimmy scoops but Eric slips out. Rusev tags in via Jimmy just before Eric whips Jimmy into the ropes! Rusev rallies with roundhouse kicks and a big shoulder tackle, then the spinning heel kick on the run! The Bulgarian Lion has Detroit fired up as he stomps the mat. Rusev has to kick Alexander Wolfe first, but then goes at Eric. Eric dodges, Jey tags in and Eric gives Rusev a neckbreaker. Jey USO SPLASH on Eric, but English breaks it! Damo returns to give English the Divide, then stops Jimmy’s kick with a lariat. Jey SUPERKICKS Damo, then builds speed. Rusev tags in and Jey FLIES onto SAnitY!

Fans chant “Rusev Day!” and Rusev builds speed, to run into Jimmy’s punch, English gives Jimmy a DDT on the apron! Rusev recovers, but Eric rolls him up! Cover, with ropes, but English stops that! Eric argues with English but gets a MACHKA KICK! Cover, Rusev Day wins!!

Winners: Rusev Day, Rusev pinning; advance to the finals

Rusev Day is victorious! But The Bar appears to remind them who they’re up against next. Can the Bulgarian Brute & Drama King overcome the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator?

 

WWE and SmackDown profile a new cast of Connor’s Cure Superstars.

Super Messiah tells cancer, “You Can’t See Me!” Can You Smell What Messiah’s cooking? Support the mighty Messiah and many more children dealing with pediatric cancer as part of cancer awareness this Fall.

 

The Miz w/ Maryse VS R-Truth w/ Carmella!

The It Couple has been playing cat ‘n’ mouse with Brie & Bryan, but they’ve fallen into a trap of their own making. The Hollywood A-Lister talked down to his former #AwesomeTruth tag partner, and Mrs. A-Lister talked trash about the Princess of Staten Island. Will Truth and Carmella show Miz what’s up in the Motor City? Or will Miz & Maryse actually back up all their talk for once?

Miz & Maryse speak before the match. And Miz puts his hand up as always. But after eight years, Miz must continue to prove he’s superior to Daniel Bryan. He has the footage from earlier replay, showing how Miz & Maryse got the better of Bryan & Brie from behind. The It Couple are so sick of chasing Brie & Bryan across this city. They will drop them faster than a defense drops Matthew Stafford. For the last time tonight, they call Brie & Bryan out. But Maryse knows Bryan & Brie are so afraid of them. Right, Bryan tucked his tail and ran like he always has against The Miz. And now he has Brie fighting his battles for him! Wherever Bryan is, Miz asks him, “Who’s the coward now?” Detroit says it’s Miz.

Miz says it’s one thing to have little regard for your own body, but it’s another to drag your family into it. Bryan dragged Brie into this, but Miz & Maryse will put the blame for what happens on Bryan. But enough with the trash talk, Carmella & Truth head out to moonwalk! The #FABULOUSTruth are already in sync ahead of Mixed Match Challenge, will this be a preview of a future MMC match-up?

SmackDown returns and as Truth has Miz on the ropes! Truth hip tosses Miz down, then with Carmella moonwalking on the apron, Truth hits a boogie and spin leg drop! Cover, TWO! Truth has Miz in the corner to throw hands whiel fans chant “Cleveland sucks!” Miz fires out but mises, Truth gives him a spinebuster! Truth rains down rights, then whips Miz. Miz reverses and gives Truth the kitchen sink knee! Miz sits Truth up to boot him back down, then covers, TWO. Maryse is frustrated but Miz has Truth in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Truth and Truth gets up to fight back. But Miz gives him the A-Lister combo! Cover, TWO!

Miz mocks the moonwalk, mostly because he isn’t very good at it. He stomps Truth then drives in knees. Miz puts Truth in a chinlock, but Truth endures. Fans rally again and Truth gets up. Truth fights back once more, and rocks Miz with a haymaker. Truth whips but Miz reverses, and then uses the “It Kicks”! Fans prefer the “NO! NO!” kicks. Carmella and Maryse trash talk, but Miz still hits a corner to corner dropkick. Fans boo and jeer while Miz soaks up the heat. Miz runs in and hits the A-list lariat in the corner. Miz climbs up top, and hits ax handles. He takes his time with Truth as he mocks the Yes pose, and the Yes Kicks. Miz takes aim but Truth ducks the buzzsaw to roll Miz up! TWO!! Truth staggers but boots Miz from a corner.

Fans rally up again and Truth rallies! He whips but Miz reverses again, only to get the Lie Detector elbow. Miz avoids the leg drop but not the big corner splash! Truth kicks low then runs, but Miz dodges the scissor kick. Miz kicks low and hits the DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans chant “Let’s go, Truth!” but Miz again parodies the Yes pose. Miz runs but into the calf kick! Cover, TWO! Truth is close but it’s not enough. Truth stalks Miz and suplexes, but Miz slips out. Miz chop blocks the left leg! And then puts on the Figure Four, only to get caught in a cradle! TWO and Miz boots Truth right down! Miz again soaks in the heat as he stalks Truth. But Daniel Bryan’s music hits! Is he here? Yes, he and Brie have returned! Truth rolls Miz, Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall

And now Bryan gets his own punches on Miz! Bryan is adding injury to insult with a Yes Lock! Brie stalks Maryse and runs her down to put her in the ring! Brie kicks Maryse down, and now Miz must watch as Brie fires up. But Vega and Almas help out! It’s a swap from last week! Maryse and Miz get away while Almas and Vega put Brie and Bryan in.

Fans boo and jeer while these two ungovernables drag up Brie & Bryan, to end up in DOUBLE YES LOCKS! Almas and Vega endure what will surely be the future for Miz & Maryse, and tap out! Miz and Maryse decide to rush Brie & Bryan while they’re busy, but then the Yes Locks come off. Bryan & Brie scare Miz & Maryse back to have full control of the ring! Will the It Couple be put in their place come Hell in a Cell?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown again does things much smarter than Raw. While the Mixed Match Challenge was announced earlier today, they did not let that detract from the show. The opening segment leading into the opening match was great, we finally got a real ending to Almas VS Bryan. Almas still looked great even in defeat, but of course Bryan goes over. Miz & Maryse pretending to be tough when they’re the ones staying away adds to their Heel points, and the segments with Truth and Carmella were great as a somewhat subtle nod to that they’re going to be MMC partners this time. It was great that Bryan helped Truth win, and then it was a nice reversal from last week that Bryan & Brie get the better of Miz, Maryse, Almas & Vega to stand tall. I just fear this means Miz & Maryse win at HiaC because of how the math works out.

That interview/debate/argument between Charlotte and Becky was pretty great, and they stuck to their guns for why they’re doing this. Their match is going to be one to watch at Hell in a Cell, even without the Cell. Naomi going against the IIconics again clearly was to set up a tag team feud, but as great as it is for Asuka to be doing something, this was a missed opportunity for Tamina to come back. Maybe Tamina isn’t ready for in-ring action, but she was a logical choice over being in-laws with Naomi via Jimmy Uso. Asuka is going to be a big part of this feud, though, and will probably be the one collecting pinfalls.

I liked the video package promos for Hardy and Orton. Their Hell in a Cell really will be great, and Orton probably will do something vile while Hardy does something wild. I have no idea who will win, but I would think the winner moves on to at least a US Championship match. Styles and Joe had a great exchange, verbally and physically, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more of this happens next week to force Paige to make this the third Cell match for the PPV. SmackDown is full of stories that deserve a Cell, so why not escalate this one accordingly? Then that Triple Threat Tag was great, just like last week’s. I knew Rusev Day was gonna win it and I love that they did. Rusev Day VS The Bar is going to be great, but I can still see it going both ways.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)

The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!

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The Dusty Cup features the Cruiserweight Division… and Killian Dain?

For the first time ever, 205 Live gets to be part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who will leap out of the sweet sixteen into the second round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz; El Legado del Fantasma wins and advances.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; Maverick & Dain win and advance.

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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz!

Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza want to follow in the footsteps of Santos Escobar, and that means getting titles! But Samir & Sunil Singh want the same, so that they can shine even brighter! Will the lights, camera and Bollywood action be left on the cutting room floor by Death From Above and the Technical Assassin?

The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Sunil. Sunil and Mendoza circle, fans rally up as they tie up, and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Sunil rolls, wrenches back, but Mendoza wrenches again to wristlock. Sunil gets up, trips Mendoza up and gets a headlock. Mendoza gets up, Sunil wrenches and yanks on the arm over and over! Sunil wristlocks, Mendoza knees low and hard, then whips. Sunil reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things speed up, Mendoza runs Sunil over! Fans fire up with Mendoza and he runs, but Sunil drops to hurdle then monkey flip! Mendoza flounders up but Sunil clotheslines him out!

Sunil dares Mendoza to come back and Mendoza does, into an arm-drag! Sunil has the arm, Mendoza fights up, but Samir tags in. The Bollywood Boyz double whip, double shoulder and double elbow! Cover, ONE, but Samir keeps on Mendoza down with an armlock. Mendoza fights up, whips free but Samir gets around to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Samir wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Another arm-drag and Samir is back on the arm! Mendoza moves around, Samir keeps on the hold, and fans rally as Mendoza fights up. Mendoza pulls hair to put Samir in the corner, Wilde tags in but runs into a drop toehold!

Samir has the arm, Wilde pulls on an ear and whips, but Samir holds on tight to wrangle Wilde down! Tag to Sunil, they whip Wilde and leap frog, to then double hip toss! Cover, TWO! Sunil wrenches, tags Samir back in and Samir hops up to drop ax handles. Wilde knees low, goes to buckle bump but Samir blocks to give the bump first! Samir ducks Mendoza’s sucker punch to punch back, but Wilde gets him for a DDT! Wilde stomps Samir, brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, he CHOPS Samir then taunts Sunil. Mendoza runs in and clotheslines, tag to Wilde! Wilde clotheslines and tags, then Mendoza repeats the process! Double suplex! Cover, TWO!

Wilde keeps on Samir and throws him out hard! Wilde goes out, Mendoza talks trash, and Wilde bumps Samir off the announce desk! Wilde drags Samir back into the ring as fans rally up. Wilde cravats and cranks on Samir’s neck, but Samir fights up and body shots free! Wilde whips Samir hard into buckles! Tag to Mendoza, El Legado drags Samir up and double whip him to ropes. Samir kicks back, Mendoza clubs him, then a whip, but Samir reverses to send Mendoza into Wilde! Mendoza shoves Samir to the Legado corner but Samir dodges and Mendoza gets POST! Fans rally up as Samir crawls, hot tag to Sunil!

Sunil rallies on Mendoza with forearms and elbows, then a whip! And a BACK DROP on the rebound! Sunil keeps going, atomic drop and a running WINDMILL KICK! Wilde returns but Sunil DECKS him! Sunil goes out to bump Wilde off the 205 Live logo over and over! Mendoza runs out but he gets the same! Sunil puts Mendoza in, climbs up top and leaps, BIG ax handles! Cover, TWO! Escobar is ice cold as Samir tags in. Sunil hoists Mendoza up, FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mendoza is still in this but Samir throws haymakers in the corner. Samir hoists Mendoza up top, climbs, but Mendoza fights back! They brawl, Samir clubs Mendoza but Wilde anchors him!

Sunil YANKS Wilde down, tags in and then Samir SUPERPLEXES Mendoza! Sunil add the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Wilde breaks it! Not even the Bollywood remake of Power ‘n’ Glory could do it! Samir goes after Wilde with fury, then whips, only for Wilde to send him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Mendoza gets Sunil with a FLIPPING DRIVER! Tag to Wilde, Electric Chair FLYING CODE BREAKER! Then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, and Mendoza intercepts Samir, El Legado wins!

Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

Wilde and Mendoza make Escobar very proud, but this was just the opening round. Will Legado del Fantasma grow even stronger as the Dusty Classic continues?

 

Drake Maverick and Killian Dain make final preparations.

Maverick pins up the doodle of him and Dain, only for Dain to pull it back down. Dain puts on his wrist and hand tape, so Maverick does the same. Dain asks why he keeps mirroring him? Maverick says it’s 2021, a new year, a new look as they’re now matching. Look, Maverick’s a denim jeans guy now! Dain wants Maverick to promise him he fixed the music. He did! The new theme has a lot of rock to open, Dain is satisfied. Will Dain do the dance if they win? No. Not even if they win? Maverick quickly pins up the doodle again, will it be a good luck charm for the odd couple?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!

The Lonestar and #RetroAG did great as a team in their first outing last week, but now it’s the real deal! Will Stallion and Grey ride into the second round with high spirits? Or will they be brought down by Rockstar Spud and the Belfast Beast?

The new music hits, and it’s to Dain’s liking, but then it morphs into a remix of that whistling theme Maverick had in the first place. Well, it’s fitting for their brand of dysfunction. The teams sort out and Stallion starts against Maverick. They circle and tie up, Stallion headlocks but Maverick powers out, only for Stallion to run him over. Stallion stares Maverick down as they reset and start again. They tie up, Stallion headlocks again but Maverick works on an escape. Fans rally, Maverick powers out but Stallion runs him over again. Things speed up, Maverick hurdles then throws Stallion out, to do some skipping.

Stallion runs back in but is sent back out! Maverick does more skip step, but Stallion comes back to tie up. Stallion whips Maverick to a corner, Maverick goes up and over and does his trot. Stallion rushes in, only for Maverick to hip toss and calf kick him down to an armlock! Maverick wrenches the arm, but Stallion pushes free to tag in Grey. Grey is fired up because it’s the Dusty Classic! He dares “big man” Maverick to bring it, and Maverick says one moment. He tags to Dain! Dain is a bit bigger than 205 but Grey still ties up with him. Dain pushes Grey away to a corner! Grey comes back, ties up with Dain again and gets a headlock, but Dain powers out to run Grey over!

Dain runs, Grey ducks and hurdles, but he decides to avoid the punch. Grey leaps but the crossbody bounces off of Dain! Dain tags in Grey, they double whip Grey and Dain uses Maverick to trip Grey up for the back senton! Human weapon, scoop slam senton! Maverick covers, ONE! Maverick clamps onto an arm, wrenches, and Dain tags in. Dain BOOTS Grey down, then fireman’s carries Maverick for the SWINGING BOOTS! Dain even RAMS Stallion with Maverick! Dain lets Maverick go back to the corner so he can CLUB Grey! Dain then fireman’s carries Grey but Grey slips out to tag in Stallion!

The Cruiserweights go after the heavyweight together! Mule kick, front kick, forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! They bring Dain in but Dain DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Grey and Stallion bail out, Maverick tags in and he says Dain is the one to dive?! Fans want to see it and Dain gives it a try, only to pick up Maverick and TOSS him! Maverick topples Stallion and Grey over and fans fire up! Dain goes out to fetch Stallion into the ring and then puts Maverick in. Dain clubs Grey down and Maverick covers, TWO! Maverick hikes up his pants and brings Stallion up, but Stallion hits a REVERSE NECKBREAKER!

Tag to Grey and Grey whips Maverick. Leap frog into HEADBUTT, then the BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Grey clamps on tight with a chinlock and Maverick endures. Fans rally up, Maverick fights up, but Grey keeps him from Dain. Maverick keeps trying but Grey wrangles him away. Fans duel now as Maverick fights up. Maverick throws body shots, backs Grey down, but Grey CLUBS Maverick first! Grey back suplexes, Maverick lands on his feet, and boots Grey away! Maverick hits Stallion for good measure, slides under Grey and hot tags Dain! Dain rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Stallion in! They both get LARIATS!

Dain brings Grey around for an OVERHEAD suplex! Dain runs in to corner splash Stallion, then does the same to Grey! He whips Grey into Stallion and SHOTGUN DROPKICKS them both down! Stallion staggers, but into an URENAGE! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Dain has the fans fired up as he aims at Grey, but Grey dodges, only to get the DIVIDE! Cover, but Stallion breaks it! Dain grabs Stallion and whips him to a corner, but misses to get buckles! Stallion runs at Maverick but gets double boots! Maverick rolls Stallion to his feet for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Grey staggers, blocks a kick and KNEES Maverick! Dragon sleeper to a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Dain drops a senton on Grey!

Fans fire up as Grey runs but Stallion gets around him to waistlock. Stallion tries to lift, Grey SUPERKICKS Dain into the GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE! Stallion tries a lateral press, but Maverick breaks it! Grey and Maverick brawl, Maverick hits him and Stallion back and forth! Fast hands and feet, but he gets mugged 2v1! Stallion and Grey stomp Maverick in the corner, CHOP him, then whip him corner to corner. Dain puts Maverick on the outside to BOOT Grey and buckle bump Stallion! Tag to Maverick, BOOTS at the corner! Dain drags Stallion up, Maverick LEAPS to take out Grey!

Dain POWERBOMBS Stallion! Maverick wants a high-five, but he gets used as a human weapon again, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, Maverick and Dain win!

Winners: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

One of the more unique combinations in this year’s Dusty Cup gets through to the next round! But they’re going up against a couple of rascals in MSK, will the dysfunction fall apart?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good 205 Live that at least got over half an hour this time. Legado VS Bollywood Boyz was a good opener, and it makes sense for Legado to advance. There is always a good story behind a faction wanting to have title belts for each member, but there’s a good chance they’re facing Imperium next round. Imperium wants to do the same thing between both NXT and NXT UK, and Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner will definitely want to get back to the titles. In the end, I don’t see Legado or Imperium being Dusty Cup winners, though.

Maverick & Dain VS Stallion & Grey was a good match, but with Stallion having the Cruiserweight title shot in his back pocket, and with Maverick & Dain being a fan favorite combo, it makes sense Maverick & Dain won. I just knew that Maverick’s new choice for a theme was really just a swerve. Dain & Maverick are probably losing to MSK, though, as MSK are new and it’d mean a lot more if they got into the semifinals. Though again, I wouldn’t see Dain & Maverick winning the cup, even if there is some story there between them and Lorcan-Burch. Though that would be a great shocker.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Will Scrap Daddy sign on the dotted line?

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SmackDown sets a contract signing for Roman Reigns VS Adam Pearce!

Despite being furious with the WWE official, the Head of the Table made Adam Pearce the new #1 contender for his WWE Universal Championship! But will Scrap Daddy find that that’s punishment enough?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso; Nakamura wins.
  • Natalya w/ Tamina VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay; Natalya wins.
  • Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan; Cesaro wins.
  • Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn; Crews wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roman Reigns sits in his room.

He looks over the contract for the WWE Universal Championship match, and Paul Heyman says it’s the same stuff all the time. Cookie cutter, boiler plate WWE garbage. This one just happens to be for the Royal Rumble 2021. Heyman hates it, too, didn’t like it from the moment he started reading, but the match does need a stipulation. It needs the stipulation of letting Roman be Roman. Heyman can take this off Roman’s hands to bring to Adam Pearce. Roman silently hands the contract over and Heyman says he can consider this handled. But what exactly will Heyman suggest as a stipulation for The Head of the Table VS Scrap Daddy, a man who hasn’t wrestled in roughly six years?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso!

The King of Strong Style’s rise through the gauntlet last week was epic, but also abruptly ended as Roman Reigns and his cousin got involved. Jey welcomes us to SmackDown, and says it’s The Bloodline Show! Because Jey and Cuz Roman run this! Not Adam Pearce! Not Kevin Owens! Not nobody in the WWE Universe! Their family calls the shots, Uce! Pearce, be careful. You’re going to wish you kept that suit on. But if you thought they’re just satisfied with SmackDown, think again! Roman Reigns, the Universal Champion, the provider, needs to be thanked by all the talent in the back! The food in catering, “Thank you, Roman!” You being relevant for the first time in your careers, “Thank you, Roman!”

Jey says as far as being the right hand man, he’s trying to get his, too. The family is expanding! Step one, Jey officially declares for the Rumble! Step two, he’ll win the match! Step three, he’ll whoop Drew McIntyre, “Oldberg” and any WWE World Champion so that the Bloodline WILL be the entire WWE! But first, there’s business with Nakamura. Everyone talks about Shinsuke in the gauntlet. He did good, had to survive and advance, facing one man after another, match after match. Nakamura beat Mysterio, he beat Baron “Big Head” Corbin, and even Daniel Bryan! But as soon as they said, “NOPE, not tonight, Uce!” DONE! Out like a light!

So Jey tells Nakamura to thank them! They let him survive! Now he wants to step up and fight? King of Strong Style? Let’s see how strong you really are then, bruh! You know as soon as you cross the family, you leave the ThunderDome on a stretcher! But here comes Nakamura! And Nakamura has a mic to respond, “If your cousin, Roman Reigns, is the Big Dog, that makes you… His little puppy!” And then Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Jey down! They have their match after the break, will Jey be able to get this for the Bloodline?

SmackDown returns, the bell rings, and the two fire off forearms! Nakamura backs Jey down, Jey shoves but Nakamura knocks him down! Nakamura drags Jey up, snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps on Jey with a grinding headlock, but Jey powers up and powers out. Things speed up, Jey drops then knocks Nakamura over with an elbow! Jey drops elbows on Nakamura and Nakamura gets to a corner. Jey is after Nakamura at the ropes, scoops him and slams him! Cover, ONE! Jey drags Nakamura up, throws haymakers, but Nakamura body shots back! Nakamura backs Jey down with forearms but Jey hits and whips hard!

Nakamura writhes on the mat but Jey brings him up to whip again. Nakamura reverses, break frees, misses the roundhouse but not the windmill kick! Nakamura follows up with knees into Jey’s shoulders and ribs! Nakamura bumps Jey off buckles, brings him up and suplexes for a gourd buster! Then he throws in more knees! Nakamura stomps Jey to the corner, the ref has Nakamura let off. Nakamura comes back to stomp Jey again, then lets off for a moment. He brings Jey back up into a sleeper hold! Jey endures as Nakamura shifts to a chinlock and grinds him down. Jey fights his way back up, but Nakamura throws knees.

Nakamura puts Jey in the corner to give some Bad Vibrations! But wait, Cesaro is heading to the ring! Cesaro is Nakamura’s tag team partner so maybe he’s showing support. Nakamura dropkicks Jey then POSTS him! The Swiss Cyborg cheers Nakamura on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Nakamura stomps Jey around at the ropes. Jey goes to a corner, Cesaro is on commentary and Nakamura whips Jey corner to corner. Cesaro knows he has his match with Daniel Bryan later but he wants to cheer his friend and tag partner on. Nakamura runs corner to corner but Jey throws him out! Jey kicks, Nakamura blocks and spins but Jey dragon whips him down! Michael Cole wonders where Cesaro was last week when Nakamura was getting beat up, but Cesaro says Tropicana Field, the new home of the ThunderDome, is very big. He was too late getting here, the cameras cut away and Michael Cole probably left.

Jey puts Nakamura in the ring with some force, then glares at Cesaro before going to Nakamura. Jey ROCKS Nakamura with the uppercut then clubs him down! Jey stomps, Cesaro says HE is entering the Rumble, and Jey stalks Nakamura to a corner. Jey digs his claws in, stomps away, but lets off as the ref counts, only to get around and fire off forearms and stomps! The ref backs Jey off, but Jey comes back to HIP ATTACK in the corner! Jey stomps Nakamura more, the ref counts but Jey stops at 3. Fans give thumbs down on their screens, Jey goes back to a corner, then runs corner to corner again, into the DYNAMIC DROPKICK!

Nakamura fires up as he sees Jey get up. Nakamura KICKS Jey back down, then KICKS away on his legs! Nakamura whips, kitchen sink knees then sliding KNEES to add on! Jey gets up, Nakamura stalks him and runs in but into a boot! Jey boots again but Nakamura spins him into the ropes, SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows frustrated but he drags Jey back up. Jey fights off the exploder and throws forearms. Jey shoves, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro admits Jey is a great wrestler because of their history in tag team competition, but never underestimate Nakamura. Speaking of, Nakamura fires off a strike fest!

Jey ducks the forearm to mule kick then uppercut! Back suplex to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives but Jey heads for a corner. Jey sees Nakamura get to a corner so he goes back in and runs in, but into buckles! Nakamura KICKS, climbs up, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura fires up and aims from a corner! “YAO~!” SUPERKICK FROM JEY!! Jey heads to a corner, climbs up top, and USO SPLASHES onto knees! Nakamura saves himself and rises as Jey goes to a corner. Nakamura runs in but only gets post! Jey rolls Nakamura, has his feet on ropes, but the ref sees it just in time!

Jey protests that the ref was already counting three! The ref says it’s at his discretion when the bell rings, but Nakamura rolls Jey to a KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

The Swiss Cyborg celebrates with the King of Strong Style! Cesaro is in the Men’s Royal Rumble, gunning for Roman Reigns, will Nakamura look to do the same?

 

Sonya Deville talks with Adam Pearce.

They’re going over a copy of the title match contract, and she says she’s looked up his past stuff on YouTube. To her, he’s still got it. Pearce appreciates that, but he hasn’t been that guy in a long time, and even that guy couldn’t handle Roman Reigns. Sonya says he shouldn’t think like that. But then in walks Heyman with his copy of the contract. Heyman presents the agreement from the Tribal Chief. Pearce now holds “the opportunity of a lifetime!” Not only does Pearce get to main event the Royal Rumble PPV, he has the opportunity that was never presented to Scrap Daddy.

This opportunity is not only at the Universal Heavyweight Championship, but against the single biggest star in all of sports entertainment, Roman Reigns. And not only that, but the stipulation, “my GOD,” Sonya’s perfume is effective. But that said, this is actually tilted in Pearce’s favor. This is a match under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! So this is the part of the pitch that it’s somehow for Pearce’s benefit. He’ll still sign it, even though we all know it’s ridiculous. This only means Pearce gets injured, which is exactly what Heyman wants. But Pearce put his name on the contract, will he be able to prepare now that he knows what’s coming?

 

Jey Uso shouts at referee Charles Robinson backstage!

Three is three! Shoulders were on the mat! How long has he been doing this job?! Yes, Nakamura’s shoulders were on the mat, but Jey’s FEET were on the ROPES! You don’t think Jey knows rules? Charles has to do his job! Didn’t his daughter just get married? He’s about to get fired by The Chief. What? Jey’s veiled threat is clear, is no one safe from Roman’s wrath?

 

Backstage interview with The Street Profits!

Kayla Braxston asks Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins if it was wise to put their SmackDown Tag Team Championships on the line against Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler only a week after the vicious attack that injured Ford’s leg? Ford says you can call them a lot of things, like playboys, honorary Vikings, and “two dudes who’re dying to get drawn up as Simpsons characters,” but one thing they cannot, will not and shall not be called is scared. “On March 2nd, in the Year of Our Lord 2020,” the Profits became World Tag Team Champions! For 312 historic days, every single team that stepped up got dealt with! So for them not to accept a challenge would be disrespecting the very legacy they’re trying to build!

There are a bunch of names for the new champions. Roode-Dolph. The Two Aces. The Dirty Dawgs. ED. Whoa, whoa, keep it PG. No, it stands for “Entertainment Dysfunction.” That’s good! And now… Champions. But you best believe the Profits will run it back! It ain’t no rerun, fam. What they did to Ford had him limping for a minute. But when the sequel happens, they’ll drop bodies like they’re entering the Blood House. Tell ’em why, fam. Because the Profits are UP, even though they’re down right now. And #WeWantTheSmoke!

 

Roman Reigns talks Apollo Crews!

“You’ve gotta believe it. It’s all about control.” If Apollo doesn’t get it, then who will? Understood? Apollo does believe. Heyman returns and has the contract “sign, sealed and delivered.” Roman allows Apollo to stay and watch this and learn from it. The stipulation is No Disqualifications. Pearce signed? Yes. Well Roman chooses not to sign. He never wanted No DQ, never said he wanted No DQ. He wants it as… a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH.

What?! But Adam Pearce will never go for that! Oh he will. Because Heyman will make him. Heyman needs to tell Pearce that they’re going to sign this in the ring tonight. And then it’ll be considered “Handled.” Roman continues to talk with Apollo about how this is about control. Is Roman going to control this entire situation so it plays out how he wants it?

 

Natalya w/ Tamina VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay!

The two second-generation superstars ditched the Femme Fatale and became a duo themselves, but now Billie’s hopped on a new bandwagon! Will she be able to help the Riott Squad keep things on track? Or will this mismatched trio fall apart before it gets going?

Billie joins commentary and the bell rings. Liv and Natty tie up, go around, and Natty puts Liv on the ropes. The ref counts, Natty lets off and shoves Liv. Liv pushes back! Liv counters the punch to a headlock, Natty powers out but Liv dodges and huricanranas! Billie cheers Liv on as she runs in and back body blocks Natty in a corner! Liv whips, Natty reverses but Liv stops herself and elbows back. They knuckle lock, Natty pushes and turns Liv, then throws her up and over. Liv lands on her feet to monkey flip! Both women are down but they spring up! Natty trips Liv, Liv pushes back and wheelbarrows, but Natty makes it a STUNGUN!

Billie and Ruby are worried but Billie says to walk it off. Natty fires off on Liv in the corner then tells the ref to shut up. “You think this is a joke, Liv?!” Natty pushes Liv, drags her up, and snap suplexes! And then KICKS Liv in the back! Liv crawls, Natty brings her back up but Liv resists the suplex to cradle counter! TWO, and Natty LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Billie cheers Liv on more but Natty brings Liv up to a Canadian rack and backbreaker stretch! Natty tells Billie to shut up as she jams Liv harder. Liv fights with elbows, gets to ropes and then the apron. Natty throws a haymaker but Liv hits back! Liv slingshots and sunset flips, TWO!

Liv kicks low, front kicks then enziguris! Natty goes to a corner, Billie cheers Liv on again, and Liv runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Liv stomps away on Natty in the corner, the ref counts and Liv lets off at 4. Natty throws Liv into buckles! Then DISCUS LARIAT! Billie panics as Natty covers, TWO! Billie shouts as Natty tries for the Sharpshooter, and Liv cradle counters, TWO!! LIV BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Billie protests. Tamina is there and Billie gets a little too close. Tamina gets after Billie and Billie says she didn’t do anything. Billie gets in the ring?! And in everyone’s way! Natty rolls Liv up!! Natty wins!!

Winner: Natalya, by pinfall

Billie realizes what happened and she apologizes, but still says the ref wasn’t counting right earlier. Will Billie ever get it right on SmackDown?

 

Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!

The moment the King of Lucha was eliminated from the gauntlet by the King of Strong Style last week, the Lone Wolf King attacked them both! Corbin added insult to injury but now Rey wants payback! Will Rey trump the King of the Ring on the road to the Royal Rumble?

SmackDown returns as Corbin goes to the ring and Dominik joins commentary. The bell rings, Mysterio and Corbin circle and approach. Rey slides under, Corbin gets him with a choke grip but the choke slam is turned into a huricanrana! Rey rams Corbin in a corner but Corbin whips him away into buckles and then CLOBBERS him! Corbin mocks Dominik on commentary then puts Rey in a corner. Corbin ties an arm up on the ropes, throws body shots then throws haymakers. Rey goes to the other corner, Corbin stalks him and back suplexes high and hard! Cover, ONE! Corbin is annoyed already and he drags Rey up for another back suplex, only for Rey to counter with a BULLDOG!

Rey goes after Corbin but Corbin knees low and slides Rey out! Corbin slides out to then CLOBBER Rey again! Corbin stares Dominik down as the ring count starts. Dominik stands up but Corbin shoves him down! Corbin says Dominik’s not going to do anything to cost Rey and then he puts Rey in to cover, TWO! Corbin keeps Rey in the ring, brings him around to choke on ropes and taunt Dominik at the same time. Dominik say she’s going to let Rey fight his fight because he trusts in him. Corbin drags Rey up, talks some smack, then runs to DECK Rey with a right hand! Corbin says Dominik’s only good as a cheerleader, but then Rey gets up to dropkick the legs out!

Rey goes to a corner, climbs up top and leaps, seated senton! And then a springboard, but into Corbin’s arms! Corbin pops Rey up to a fireman’s carry but Rey sits up to rain down rights! Rey spins and ranas Corbin onto ropes! Dial it up, DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious as Rey survives! Rey crawls to a corner and gets to his feet. Dominik says he’s learned resilience from his father, and Rey dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out, in but into a boot! Rey runs, slides, but Corbin ducks under to throw an elbow! Dominik stands up again and Corbin taunts him again. Corbin puts Rey in then SUCKER PUNCHES Dominik! But Rey 619’s Corbin at the apron!

Rey keeps Dominik calm and out of the ring but then Corbin shoves Rey into Dominik! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

The Wolf King used father and son against each other quite literally and he took the win from them! Will he continue to play on the “family drama” as the Royal Rumble approaches?

 

Adam Pearce comes across Paul Heyman in the hallway.

Has Roman signed the contract? Heyman says there’s a bit of a wrinkle. No, Roman hasn’t signed the contract. But Heyman says it’s because Roman agreed with Pearce’s concerns. What does that say to the WWE management and the fans to deliver a No DQ match as the main event of the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship and Adam Pearce’s return to wrestling? No DQ is not enough! Where is Heyman going with this? Roman VS Pearce, at the Royal Rumble, LAST MAN STANDING. What is with these people?! Oh~ Pearce wonders who that favors. Well Heyman isn’t really into spoilers.

Heyman says Pearce can take his time because they can address this in the ring later tonight. Heyman will leave Pearce to his thoughts, and considers this business “handled.” Will Pearce do what Roman wants?

 

Rey and Dominik talk backstage.

Rey wants Dominik to calm down but Dominik says he’s been fighting giants like Corbin his entire career. Now, NOW Rey backs down? Rey didn’t back down, he’s being smart. He suggests Dom do the same. You don’t pick a fight without a plan. Corbin has been a WWE United States Champion, Mr. Money in the Bank and King of the Ring. He’s even a former Golden Gloves boxer! Dom doesn’t care about what Corbin’s done! Well if Dom wants to take care of Corbin, Rey knows just the guy to talk to. Who is it that will give the Mysterios the upper hand on the Wolf King?

 

SmackDown presents Bayley’s brand new talk show!

DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley walks in through the door, has an arm chair and a plaque commemorating her 380 day reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion. She welcomes us to HER talk show, which is already bigger than Marvel’s WandaVision. Now let’s welcome the EST of WWE, Bayley’s first guEST ever, Bianca Belair! Bianca makes her entrance and joins Bayley in the ring, and Bayley insists she go through the door. Ring the bell, too. DING DONG, who could that be? Bayley, c’mon. Bayley opens the door and lets Bianca in. Bianca then takes the arm chair and Bayley says that’s her. Well she has good taste, this is very comfortable.

Bayley would take the stool meant for guests, but y’know what? With the Women’s Rumble match, Bayley will probably be in it for a full hour so she might as well get her legs stronger now. Bayley congratulates Bianca on her WWE Chronicle premiering on the WWE Network on January 24th! And after everyone sees it, there will be so many Bianca Belair believers. Here’s a special sneak peek! It was when Bayley beat Bianca about a month ago. Oh, sorry, that wasn’t the right footage. Bayley says move on from that and go to the hard hitting questions.

Why does Bianca call herself the EST? It is her nickname based on her accomplishments in various things, such as track & field, sports, school- But those are all things from before the WWE. Isn’t that disrespectful to those that built the division? Bianca asks Bayley why Bianca’s confidence threaten Bayley so much? Bayley is mad at a nickname when Bianca doesn’t even brag, she’s just being herself. So when Bianca says she’s the strongEST, fastEST- Wait, hold on, doesn’t that make Bayley the best now? She beat Bianca in that match! And was a champion for 380 days. Bianca tells Bayley to take her talk show and go put on some dusty go and give Bianca a rematch right now.

Bayley knows Bianca is just trying to play mind games, but she’s not falling for it. She has nothing to prove. But Bayley has an idea! We can figure out who is the superior with an obstacle course! Yes! Imagine it! The Ultimate Athlete Obstacle Course Challenge! YES! Oh wow, really? Bianca can’t even argue with that, challenge accepted! Bayley has her EST, but there ain’t no way she can whoop Bianca. Now ding dong dat! Will Bianca prove it to Bayley and the world that she is then, now and forever THE E S T?

 

Daniel Bryan continues his training with the Alpha Academy!

It was earlier tonight that Bryan and Otis were backstage, and they got those hips moving left and right! Chad Gable has them explode up to their feet, and Kayla comes by. How has this training helped ahead of the Royal Rumble? It’s going great! “The pursuit of excellence” never ends. That’s what Bryan likes about Chad and Otis. And if training with the Alpha Academy makes Bryan even a little bit better, he’s all in. A great attitude to have, but did Bryan’s loss in the gauntlet hurt his confidence? Chad says no negativity. Nakamura is a former Rumble winner, there is no shame in losing to him. Bryan has a lot of respect for Shinsuke, and surely he has that same respect for Bryan.

But Cesaro barges in and says Bryan cannot speak for Nakamura because Bryan is not Nakamura’s friend. But Cesaro is so he will. Cesaro says Nakamura only shook Bryan’s hand was because he felt sorry. It was more a pity handshake. And Bryan would’ve had more of a chance at winning if he trained with someone who could teach him something more than that stupid hip thrust Macarena stuff. Then how about Bryan show Cesaro how that works firsthand later tonight? That is to say, NOW!

Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan!

The Swiss Cyborg won the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal but Bryan has never won a battle royal ever! Anywhere! Will Bryan show Cesaro that the Alpha Academy knows what it’s doing?

SmackDown returns and the bell rings! These two tie up, Cesaro headlocks and hits a takeover. Bryan tries to headscissor but Cesaro pushes that off. They stand up, Bryan powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Cesaro keeps Bryan down with another headlock. Bryan fights up, powers out again, and drops to then arm-drag Cesaro to an armlock! Bryan grinds Cesaro down, wrenches to a wristlock, then wrenches more and hits an elbow breaker! Bryan drags Cesaro down to a hammerlock but Cesaro backs him to a corner. The ref counts, Cesaro elbows Bryan with the free arm! Then he throws EuroUppers!

Cesaro whips Bryan corner to corner and EuroUppers again! Cesaro pushes Bryan around, drags him up and wrenches to whip corner to corner. Bryan dodges and Cesaro hits buckles, then Bryan fires off kicks from all sides! Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! Armlock BULLDOG! Bryan keeps on that arm, hammerlocks it and drops knees on it! Bryan pulls on the arm and twists the wrist! Cesaro rolls, gets up but Bryan wrenches. Cesaro scoops and SLAMS Bryan down! Cesaro shakes out the bad arm and he brings Bryan up to shove him to ropes, and CLUB him hard in the back! Cesaro stomps Bryan, drags him up, shove shim again but Bryan ROCKS Cesaro back!

Bryan fires forearms but Cesaro hits a standing STO! Knuckle lock cover, TWO as Bryan bridges! Cesaro goes to put his weight on Bryan but Bryan counters to monkey flip Cesaro into ropes! A rough landing and Cesaro tumbles out of the ring! Bryan goes to a corner, climbs up top and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Both men get up and Bryan fires off kicks! The ring count is climbing as Bryan KICKS Cesaro against post! Cesaro ducks the next one and Bryan kicks POST! Bryan goes down, clutching his shin, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Cesaro stomps away on Bryan in a corner. Cesaro is after the leg but Bryan scrambles, so Cesaro double stomps Bryan down! Cesaro stomps Bryan’s leg again! Cesaro drags Bryan up but Bryan throws a EuroUpper! Cesaro EuroUppers, Bryan fires off kicks and uppercuts, only for Cesaro to ROCK him! Cesaro whips Bryan corner to corner, Bryan goes up and over but the leg jams! Cesaro runs in but Bryan manages a drop toehold! Bryan PENALTY KICKS Cesaro’s bad arm! Bryan runs back in, tilt-o-whirl and takedown! YES LOCK!! Cesaro endures, moves around, pries free of the hold and stomps Bryan’s legs!

Cesaro gets both legs, for a SWISS SWING! Then a SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures as Cesaro sits deep! Bryan crawls, drags himself and Cesaro over, but Cesaro reaches back to get an arm! CROSSFACE! Bryan rolls it over, and gets the arm again! Cesaro holds off the Yes Lock but Bryan fish hooks Cesaro’s face! Bryan gets the YES LOCK! Cesaro reaches, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go, but he wrenches to an elbow breaker! Cesaro goes to a corner, Bryan kicks him and puts him up top. Bryan climbs to SUPER- NO! Cesaro blocks the steiner to bring Bryan up and into a TWISTING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Cesaro is furious!

Cesaro gives Bryan EuroUppers, then rains down forearms! Cesaro reels Bryan in, Gotch but Bryan back drops out! Bryan boots from a corner, runs, but into a pop-up, only for Bryan to backslide! TWO and Bryan unleashes a Yes Kick and a BUZZSAW! Cesaro already has a cut on his head so the ref checks. Bryan and Cesaro go to opposite corners and Bryan pops up with Yes fingers, only to run into a POP-UP UPPER! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, Cesaro wins!!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

Incredible! Cesaro beats a Grand Slam Champion in Bryan and is rolling towards the Royal Rumble! Will Bryan’s dream of finally checking off a battle royal win be only dreams?

 

Backstage interview with Carmella!

The Untouchable and her sommelier, Reginald, are here and Kayla asks her about what she said last week. Mella says she was telling the truth about Sasha Banks. When it comes to natural talent, Sasha can’t touch Mella. Yet here Mella is here, where is Sasha? Why haven’t we seen Sasha back? Oh, of course. It’s because Mella proved she’s better than Sasha in every way. Maybe Sasha’s hiding from Mella. But then Sasha comes out and shoves Mella over! Sasha isn’t hiding from anyone! Reginald keeps this from getting any more physical, and Sasha tells him to tell Mella that they’ll have the title match. So long as Sasha gets at Reggie first! Will Mella agree to this deal at the expense of her assistant?

 

Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn!

Both men want after Big E and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but we saw earlier tonight how Roman Reigns was giving Apollo some pointers. Will Apollo take control and have another shot at the title? Or will he not see the next trip Sami has up his sleeve?

SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance, accompanied by his documentary film crew to have evidence of the “Anti-Sami Conspiracy” Sami claims exists in the WWE. Big E is ringside, lounging on a couch and having a fruit salad from is minifridge!? Sami is upset because he never got anything close to that as champion, and as the bell rings, Sami runs into Apollo’s dropkick! Apollo counter punches Sami, whips him to ropes but Sami reverses to knee low. Sami runs, Apollo hits an OVERHEAD THROW! Big E respects that but his version is better. Apollo waistlocks but Sami elbows him away, then dodges to clothesline Apollo out!

Big E says he doesn’t believe in Sami’s conspiracy theories and says he didn’t really need the pep talk Heyman gave him like he gave Apollo on Talking Smack. Sami tells Big E to watch this as he JABS away on Apollo. Sami goes to bump Sami off the desk but Apollo blocks to bump Sami off the desk! Apollo then uses the desk for a MOONSAULT to knock Sami down! Apollo puts Sami in at the count of 8, climbs up top, but Sami trips Apollo up! Apollo hits the mat, Sami stomps Apollo into a corner! Sami digs his boots in, the ref counts and Sami lets off. Apollo staggers, Sami hops up and leaps for a flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Sami keeps on Apollo with another cover, TWO! Another, TWO!

Sami tells his personal camera crew to focus on this as he climbs back up. Sami leaps, Apollo gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down but Sami got folded! Sami goes to a corner, Apollo runs in, blocks a boot, and trophy lifts Sami up to throw him into the buckles! ENZIGURI! Apollo STANDING MOONSAULTS, but onto knees! Sami covers, TWO! Sami dodges Apollo and rolls him up, but the ref sees him grabbing tights! Sami is upset with the ref, similar to Jey and Charles Robinson, but Sami still catches Apollo to an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner, but Apollo rolls Sami, and has TIGHTS! The ref doesn’t see this one, Apollo WINS!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

Did Sami’s cameras get Sami’s butt crack like WWE cameras did? Apollo walks over to the couch, picks up the belt, and grins as he tosses back to Big E. Big E says Apollo can keep coming for it but he won’t touch it again. They’ll see each other down the line, but who wins when the title is back on the line?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Head of the Table leads the Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, and #MainEventUso to the table that’s waiting in the ring for this contract signing. And then Adam Pearce quietly makes his way out with the official contract. Pearce takes a seat at the table, Roman takes his time circling around the table, and Heyman moves the chair to the head of the table. Roman doesn’t want that chair. He wants the chair Pearce just sat in. Heyman asks Pearce that he give up the chair, but Jey just takes it from Pearce. Roman takes a seat and Heyman helps Pearce into the chair Roman didn’t want.

Roman says Pearce needs to go ahead and sign. Heyman says this sitting around is not good television. Pearce looks at the contract as he holds the pen, and signs it. Heyman smirks at the passive aggressive behavior as he hands Roman his own pent to sign with. Roman signs his name, gives the pen back, and it is done. Roman says that’ll be the last contract Pearce ever signs. Pearce says, “I’ve waited all night for you to do that.” What’s that supposed to mean? Pearce leaves with the contract in hand, goes up the ramp, and then seems to have a problem walking. Pearce says his knee has been bugging the hell out of him all day. An old injury that just creeps up on you at the worst possible time.

But Pearce says it’ll be fine. After all, we all know that standard contracts say the same things. As a WWE Official, Pearce reserves the right to have a substitute, should he not be medically cleared to compete at the Royal Rumble. In fact, Pearce already has one in mind. It’s KEVIN OWENS! Roman sighs, perhaps disappointed he didn’t see this coming. Kevin signs his name to the contract, and it’s all but a given that the Prizefighter is back in the fight! Will Kevin finally #StunTheWorld and end Roman’s reign as Universal Champion?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode for SmackDown, with some interesting developments in the different stories. The story of Roman Reigns and all those related took an expected yet perfectly executed twist. It was clear Adam Pearce wasn’t really going to compete against Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble, but how he tricked them into a trap like that was great. We’re getting another Roman VS Kevin, but now Last Man Standing, and if Jey is in the Royal Rumble, he might have to consider not interfering. And even if he does, maybe Pearce gets involved so that Scrap Daddy at least gets one great moment WWE PPV moment? Or maybe it’ll be Bryan or Nakamura, depending on who wins the Rumble.

Jey VS Nakamura was a good opening match and I was worried Cesaro showing up when he did was going to mean he costs Nakamura. But Cesaro stays on commentary, stays Nakamura’s friend, and yet also stays a bit Heelish as he still talks smack on Bryan, Otis and Gable. Bryan VS Cesaro was a great match, and it was a great surprise to see Cesaro win. It works for both men going towards the Rumble. Bryan wants to win so badly but that alone could be why he’ll lose, and Cesaro needs a little something to keep him afloat. Cesaro really is a great talent, we all know that, but who knows when and where he’ll get the world title nod.

The Profits had a good promo and they’ll eventually have that rematch with the Dirty Dawgs, but who knows if they win it. Natty VS Liv was alright, but Billie was a highlight of the whole thing with her wannabe punk rock outfit and behavior. She did more of a Spider-Man web shooter hand than the rock ‘n’ roll fingers, and then she costs Liv the match, adding more tension to the tenuous friendship. Maybe Billie does something big to make it up to the Riott Squad and that’s how she wins them over. Bayley is great, Bianca is great, and maybe Ding Dong, Hello was being awkward on purpose, but it didn’t quite land. And I don’t think their obstacle course challenge will, either, even if Bianca does an amazing job with it. Just give us a 15 to 20 minute NXT level match on SmackDown with them.

Rey VS Corbin with Dom on the side was good, but I almost thought Dom was going to find a way to Eddie Guerrero Corbin out of the win. I’m very curious as to who Rey is talking about when it comes to dealing with Corbin. I’m thinking it’s Cain Velasquez given the established relationship between him and Rey. Though that does bring up the question of what happened to A) the relationship of Murphy & Aalyah, and B) the Knights of the Wolf King. The former is probably one of those many cases where WWE gave up on it because they couldn’t figure it out. The latter is probably COVID concerns, and then some of the former.

Mella and Sasha had a decent segment, and they set up the obvious rematch. But I really like the idea that Sasha is getting a co-ed match against Reginald. I have a feeling Mella will interfere in return to put Sasha behind the 8 ball for their match. Apollo VS Sami was good as a main event match, but we did not need that much Sami butt cheek… I like that Big E now has a couch and fridge, oddly. Apollo is slowly starting that turn to Heel given what Heyman told him on Talking Smack last week, I’m just waiting for that moment when it’s complete. Then we’re really going to see some stuff from the already athletic and charismatic Apollo and Big E for the workhorse title of the WWE.

My Score: 8.3/10


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