Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 372
ROH may not be in Vegas this week, but the stakes are still high in the ECW Arena! Will Bully’s Last Real Man or Flip’s mystery man win their brutal bet?
- Pick Your Punishment Match: Bully’s Pick, Silas Young VS Flip Gordon’s Pick, ???; Silas wins, and Bully can do whatever he wants to Flip.
- Six Woman Tag: Karen Q, Britt Baker & Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose, Madison Rayne & Sumie Sakai; Rose, Rayne & Sakai win.
- Kenny King VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes; Cody wins, by disqualification.
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Last time on ROH TV…
The Hitman was going off on not only Eli Isom, but the heroic Cheeseburger. So out came Flip Gordon to save both of them! He ran off Shane Taylor with chair shots after chair shot, and asked “Is this what you wanted, Bully!?” Flip told Bully he’d be ready to go anywhere and anytime. Bully said that fight would have to wait. They’ll bring their best guys, and those two will fight. If Flip’s pick wins, then he can unload on Bully. But if Bully’s guy wins, that goes the same for Bully on Flip. That night has come, who does Flip have up his sleeve?
Pick Your Punishment Match: Bully’s Pick, Silas Young VS Flip Gordon’s Pick, ???
Bully walks out first, with an envelope labelled “Flip’s Punishment.” He’s already assuming The Last Real Man wins, but what could be in the envelope? Bully tells the ring announcer to stop there, and drop the mic. The announcer does, but then Bully tells him to pick it up. The announcer does, then Bully has him give the mic over. Bully gets the mic and says he’ll properly explain the match. Bully picked a guy, Flip picked a guy, and those guys fight. He went with Silas Young, and when Silas wins, Bully gets to do whatever he wants to Flip. But if “by the grace of God, Flip Gordon’s guy wins”, then Flip does what he wants to Bully. Bully can’t wait for this because his guy is the Last Real Man!
Silas makes his entrance, and he mocks all the fans who basically wear anything but Silas Young merch. Flip makes his entrance next, and he also has an envelope that’s labelled “Bully Ray Punishment.” Seems Flip’s just as prepared as Bully. Flip looks over at Colt Cabana on commentary, and Colt hops away from the announce desk? Is Colt Cabana the mystery man?! Flip and Colt shake hands and head down to the ring, but Colt isn’t dressed to compete. Fans are still fired up for Colt, but Bully asks, “You have to be kidding me. You could’ve chose anybody, and you chose a guy who was your partner, that we beat in Vegas in a Tables match?” Flip’s fate is in Colt’s hands. Guess he really is stupid, which is why he was in the Army and not the Marines.
Colt swipes the mic and says Bully’s got a real big mouth. Colt’s here for two reasons: to support Flip; and to be in the ring to tell Bully who Flip chose, and to see Bully’s reaction when it wasn’t Colt. And saw it was… ECW ORIGINAL, SANDMAN!! Yes, here in Philly, in the ECW Arena, the one and only Sandman is here! Fans chant “E C Dub! E C Dub!” as Sandman helps a fan chug down a cold beer. This match finally begins, after the break!
ROH returns and Sandman is in the ring with his kendo stick. He revels in the “E C Dub!” chants, then dodges Silas to SMACK away. The bell rings, and SMACK again. Cover, TWO! Sandman gives Silas kendo punches and fans already know “This is Awesome!” Silas crawls to a corner but Sandman is on him for more kendo punches. Colt tells Silas “That’s a REAL man!” Sandman throws Silas out, then throws haymakers on the outside. Silas kicks back, but Sandman elbows low. Sandman throws more haymakers, then stalks Silas around the corner. Fans hope they come “Over Here!” and Sandman does to clobber Silas! Sandman goes looking for something special, and brings out a ladder! Bully freaks out for Silas’ sake as Sandman brings the ladder into the ring.
Sandman fetches Silas for more haymakers, then he grinds Silas into the ground with more punches. Fans chant “ROH!” as Sandman suplexes the ladder onto Silas! Usually it’s the other way around. Silas writhes in pain as Sandman tosses the ladder into the ring. Fans know “You Still Got It!” as Sandman puts Silas in the ring. Sandman covers, TWO! Bully is relieved, and Silas gets to a corner. Sandman sets the ladder up in the opposite corner, then whips Silas corner to corner. Silas reverses, and Sandman takes a tumble into the ladder! The ladder falls with Sandman, but Silas is on him with stomps. Silas picks up the ladder and rams it in Sandman’s ribs. Silas mockingly cheers Sandman on, but fans genuinely cheer.
Bully wants Silas to finish Sandman, so Silas gives him a quick chin check. Silas positions the ladder but Sandman throws hands. Fans are thunderous but Silas hits back. Sandman rolls to ropes but Silas stays on him. Silas goes out and goes past Flip and Colt to bring out a table! He puts it in, but Sandman puts the ladder in a corner. Silas and Sandman brawl more, and Sandman takes control of the table, putting it in another corner. Sandman drags Silas over and sticks the ladder on top of him. Sandman climbs up, SWANTON LADDER SANDWICH! Cover, TWO!! Silas survives and Philly is shocked. But Sandman gets his kendo stick back, and swings. Silas ducks, kicks low, and picks Sandman up for Misery! Cover, Silas wins!
Winner: Silas Young, by pinfall; Bully can do anything to Flip
Sandman has failed?! This does not bode well for Flip… Bully takes his envelope and a mic as Sandman apologizes to Flip. We will learn Flip’s fate after the break.
Bully tells Flip off for trying to “get one over” on him, bringing in Sandman. Flip lives and dies by his decision. Flip’s punishment is ten shots of the kendo stick. Bully picks up Sandman’s own stick. Flip takes his shirt off, and SMACK, the punishment begins.
ROH cuts to a few smacks later, per the graphic nature of this punishment as well as time constraints of television. However, all of it is available on Honor Club. At this time, Flip’s friends in Cheeseburger and Jonathan Gresham have appeared to support Flip. Flip still stands up, and it’s SMACK number 4. The stick broke, so Silas gets Bully another. Bully toys with Flip as we reach the halfway point, but Flip gets up and glares Bully in the eyes. Flip doesn’t speak, but his expression tells Bully to get through with the punishment. Bully winds up, SMACK number 5! Bully says that Flip can stop this, if he says “I Quit.” If Flip says it, Bully will stop and leave Flip alone. “Just say ‘I Quit’.” Flip says “Never.” Then Bully swings for SMACK number 6!
Now even SoCal Uncensored come out. They tell Bully HE doesn’t have to do this, he doesn’t need to keep hitting Flip. But Flip spits on Bully, so SMACK number 7! Here come Cody, Brandi & the Young Bucks! Oddly enough, the Bullet Club used to pick on Flip a lot, but ended up seeing him as an equal and even as a friend. Cody gets in the ring with Bully while Brandi checks on Flip. Flip grits his teeth as he forces himself off the mat. Fans chant “FLIP! FLIP!” and Cody even encourages Flip that he can do this. Bully sees Flip’s friends gather together, and says “Hey Brandi, this one’s for you.” SMACK number 8! Bully gives Flip the out again, but Flip takes the mic to say, “F*CK! YOU!” Flip has become Philly’s hero as Bully winds up.
But Bully drops the kendo stick to low blow Flip instead!! Bully runs away, with Silas by his side, as all of Flip’s friends rush the ring. Silas and Bully dare any one of them to start something, but we go to break in the stand off.
Six Woman Tag: Karen Q, Britt Baker & Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose, Madison Rayne & Sumie Sakai!
The Queen of Queens joins up with The Dentist and The Gatekeeper to take on the American Joshi, the Queen Bee and the Ray of Sunshine. These six may be in teams, but everyone wants after Sumie’s WOH World Championship. Will the champ carry her team to victory? Or will a challenger rise up?
Rose and Klein want at each other already, given how Rose chipped one of Klein’s teeth. The teams keep them apart, and we start with Sumie and Baker. They uphold the Code of Honor, and we begin. They circle, tie up, and Baker pushes Sumie to a corner. Baker backs off but Sumie dodges to give Mongolian chops! Sumie fires up and runs corner to corner, but Baker follows. She redirects Sumie, but Sumie gets a waistlock. Baker bucks her off then spins her around for a big forearm. Sumie ends up in the corner, Baker runs in for the shining wizard, then fireman’s carry. Roll through to Rings of Saturn! Sumie makes it a cover, TWO! Shining wizard from Sumie! Cover, TWO! Sumie stomps Baker then brings her over to whip. Baker dodges, and then hits a slingblade! Cover, TWO!
Baker drags Sumie around, runs, but Karen tags in with authority. Karen runs into a drop toehold! Sumie stomps away on Karen’s back! Sumie drags Karen over, Rose tags in. Rose gets a headlock and Philly is on the side of their hometown favorite. Karen powers out of the headlock, but Rose runs her over. Rose goes again and runs Karen over again. She keeps moving, Karen ducks down but Rose rolls over to get her with an arm-drag. Rose has Karen in an armlock, then tags to Madison. Madison wrenches Karen and gets the wristlock. Karen throws a forearm but Madison ducks. Madison runs and counters Karen’s hip toss into an arm-drag takedown and bridge! TWO but she rolls Karen for a cradle, TWO!
Karen kicks low, then says “Enough’s enough!” She suplexes but Madison resists, to Northern Lights! Bridge, but Kelly breaks it up. Rose rushes Kelly and a brawl breaks out with all six women as we go to break!
ROH returns and Karen has Sumie in a chinlock. Fans rally up and Sumie fights out. Karen clubs Sumie down, then whips. Sumie tilt-o-whirls for headscissors! Hot tag to Madison! Tag to Klein, but Madison dropkicks her legs out. Madison keeps going and dropkicks Klein in the face! Madison fires off chop after chop, then hits a roaring elbow! Karen runs in, but into Madison’s crucifix driver! Madison forgets Karen isn’t legal, so she has to let her go. Madison eggs Kelly on, while Sumie wipes Karen out with a missile dropkick! Kelly swings but misses and hits Baker! She turns around into an enziguri! Madison wrings Kelly out, for Rayne Check! Then tag to Rose!
Rose SPEARS Kelly and throws furious right hands! She and Kelly scrap as they get to their feet, Kelly puts Rose in a corner. Kelly hits a big back elbow, then runs out to run back in. Rose dodges that elbow to hit a code breaker! Rose then gets Kelly in the standing abdominal stretch! Kelly makes her way towards her corner, but Baker says no to the tag! She seems to take offense to that hit from earlier. Kelly gets free and throws Rose down, then shouts at Baker that she’s supposed to tag when Kelly calls for it. Baker shrugs that off, and Rose gets Kelly with Northern Lights to a sitting clutch! Cover, Rose’s team wins!
Winners: Madison Rayne, Sumie Sakai, and Jenny Rose, Rose pinning
Kelly Klein getting pinned is a rare sight! Baker leaves Kelly behind to celebrate with the winners, and Karen is mad that Kelly got caught like that. Will Rose and Kelly settle their score on their own? Will Rose use this to again challenge Sumie’s impressive inaugural reign?
The Kingdom speaks.
Next week, Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia are set to face Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham and a third mystery partner. But the Horror King asks if him lurking under the ring looks familiar to the Franchise. Taven tells Lethal that those red balloons were just a warning before he popped the bubble Lethal lives in, and shows him who the real ROH World Heavyweight Champion is. The Sassy Wild Horse sarcastically says they’re “so wicked scared” of the mystery partner. Go ahead, call Will Ospreay or whoever you want. Whoever that third man is, he better make sure to check under ring. Who will the real ROH WHC and The Octopus choose to go into battle against The Kingdom?
Kenny King VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes!
The #BulletClubSilencer continues working his way up their ranks as he now takes on the American Nightmare! Will the K I N G stoop to new lows to defeat one of The Elite? Or will the man of many belts show Kenny exactly why he has those titles?
And speaking of titles, Jay Lethal joins commentary with his real world title on his shoulder. Is The Franchise scouting out potential partners for his showdown with The Kingdom? Or is he keeping eyes on his future challengers?
ROH returns once more, and with the bell. Cody and King circle as fans rally up. They tie up and go around, King gets the waistlock. Cody gets the standing switch, but King gets a drop toehold to headlock. Cody works his way out, and bends King back. King bridges, and gets a ropebreak. Cody lets King go, to cartwheel and flex! Fans cheer the multi-promotion champion. King kips up and poses, but fans boo. Cody and King circle again, then tie up. Fans are behind Cody but King gets behind Cody with a waistlock. Cody standing switches to a headlock, but King gets one back. Cody powers out but King runs him over. King does his dance, but fans boo again. King does more dance moves, but fans tell him “Kenny Sucks!” Cody and King circle again and fans rally up.
Cody gets behind King and gets a hammerlock. King works his way around and arm-drags Cody to then kip up! King stomps Cody, then drops elbows. Cody gets to ropes, but King is on him with forearms. King whips but Cody slides under. Cody kicks and drops for the uppercut! Cody reels King in, suplexes King up, and holds him up. After a count of about 10, he drops King on his face! Cover, ONE, but Cody keeps his cool. Cody gets King’s arm and wrenches into a shoulder breaker. King kicks low, then whips, but Cody reverses. King “trips” and accuses Brandi of doing it? Brandi wasn’t even near him! The ref still questions her, but only King thinks she did anything. But this itself is a ploy, as King gets Cody with a sucker punch! Cody kicks King on the reentry, then clothesline to complete shot! Cover, TWO!
Cody keeps his cool as he brings King up. King spins out of the facelock to hit the Eddy Gordo kick, but then he runs into a drop toehold! The ref backs Cody off before he goes after Kenny again, but Kenny fakes a slap from Brandi! Fans boo as Brandi again has to defend herself to the ref. Cody defends his wife, but King grins as he gets more sucker punches! Cody bails out but King pursues. King bounces Cody off the barrier, then goes to take a kid’s American Nightmare shirt? The young fan won’t let King ruin their fun, so King goes after Cody. King puts Cody in, and drags him up for a snap suplex. Float over to some ground ‘n’ pound, then cover, TWO! King is in control with a chinlock as we go to one last break.
ROH returns once again as King lifts Cody. Cody fights out of the fireman’s carry, then shoves. King dodges the clothesline but Cody dodges the heel kick. They both run, and collide with double clotheslines! Both men are down and a ten count begins. Brandi and the fans rally for Cody, but both men stand at 5. King runs but Cody follows, and Cody hits King with forearms. King doesn’t fall so Cody gets to the corner, but Cody has to go up and over as King runs in. Cody gets King in the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps his focus and fans rally up again. He runs, Beautiful Disaster Kick! Cover, TWO!! King survives, but Cody keeps his cool.
Cody drags King up but King gets the fireman’s carry. King hits the chin check, and Cody staggers. King climbs up top, but Cody rushes over. Cody hits King, then climbs up. Cody gets the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! King survives again, but fans rally up for Cody again. Cody stalks King as he stands. Dragon sleeper hold, but King snapmares Cody off. Cody runs in but misses in the corner. King roundhouses Cody in the back, then rolls him up. He uses the ropes! The ref sees that and calls the count off. Fans boo King for trying to cheat yet again, but Cody runs in for King to dump out. King slingshots for the corkscrew plancha! Both men go down but the fans fire up.
King is up first to brag and boast, then puts Cody in. King springboards but Cody gets under, only to run into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Brandi and fans cheer Cody but King takes off the elbow pad. And he throws it at Brandi!? Now he’s just asking for trouble. Brandi gets up on the apron but the ref keeps her back. King grabs Cody’s IWGP United States Championship belt, but instead of hitting Cody with it, he tosses the belt to Cody so that it looks like Cody hit him! The ref sees Cody holding the gold, but the fans vouch for Cody. Head ref Todd Sinclair comes in, and HE vouches for Cody! King’s cheating is undone, so he shoves Todd! AND kicks Cody in the balls!
Winner: Cody, by disqualification
Seems King doesn’t care about winning so long as he stands tall over Bullet Club. Brandi shields Cody but King snatches up Cody’s title. He tells Brandi to get out of the way, but she refuses. King puts his hands on Brandi, so here comes Lethal! Lethal defends Brandi & Cody from King, trying to talk sense into him. King doesn’t want to listen, even as Lethal says he’s better than this. So King hits Lethal! And then Cody! The K I N G gets a title shot on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Will ROH Global Wars see a NEW (true) ROH World Champion? How will Lethal taking on The Kingdom and the self-proclaimed world champion affect that?
I feel that the choice to put the Pick Your Punishment match on first was in a similar fashion to putting Punishment Martinez VS Jeff Cobb for the ROH World Television Championship on before the main event. Putting something like that on early keeps fans guessing as to how long everything will take. In Cobb’s case, it added surprise to the squashing. In this week’s case, it added surprise to the disappointment that Flip’s guy didn’t win, while giving lots of time for the punishment to happen. And in the end, Flip taking such a beating really adds a lot of heat to Bully while making Flip look like the manliest man in all of ROH. Flip can still get the win in the end at perhaps another PPV in a direct fight with Bully, and that’ll skyrocket him to no less than the TV title.
The Women’s Tag match was pretty good, has good story tie-in for Kelly Klein and Jenny Rose. Commentary did a great job indirectly referencing both Karen Q’s and Madison Rayne’s part in WWE’s Mae Young Classic tournament this year, and that addition to each of their resumes should help them both get some major play in other Women’s Divisions. Depending on how Rose VS Klein turns out, the winner of that could move up to challenge Sumie. Sumie’s reign has been impressive on length alone, but I’m thinking if Kelly wins against Rose in their blow-off, Kelly gets the title off of Sumie. Finally adding a second name to the WOH World Championship lineage does great things for both title and that second champion.
The main event was pretty good, and the story elements were strong. King has clearly studied every trick in the book, some of those tricks looked like something Eddie Guerrero would use. In the end, Cody still wins, but only because King gave up and was blatant in his actions. This makes for some good story going into ROH Global Wars, but I’m thinking Lethal finds a way to win so that Lethal’s story with The Kingdom continues until we get our undisputed ROH World Champion. Plus, King specifically using Cody’s IWGP United States title, I wonder if King will challenge Cody for that belt given the close relationship of ROH and NJPW.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/19)
Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy faces THREE challengers at the Royal Rumble, but that’s still not enough! Who answers his (non-title) Open Challenge?!
- Lio Rush VS Lince Dorado
w/ Lucha House Party; Rush wins.
- Open Challenge: Buddy Murphy VS ???; Murphy wins.
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The Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way is set!
Hideo Itami shocks many but most of all Cedric Alexander in that instant classic match from last week’s episode. Now the Innovator of the GTS moves on to the Royal Rumble match alongside Akira Tozawa and Kalisto as they all challenge Buddy Murphy for the title. But Drake Maverick knows there are many top Cruiserweight stars who missed out. Lio Rush feels cheated because of the Lucha House Party’s presence at ringside during his qualifying match against Kalisto. Lio called out LHP and the Golden Lynx answers the call for them to settle things in the ring. Will the Man of the Hour get even with Lince Dorado for the imagined slight? Or will Lince prove Lio has no one to blame but himself?
Then the champion himself says he still doesn’t think the WWE Universe understands that he IS the best Cruiserweight of all time. Therefore, he offers a non-title Open Challenge tonight just weeks before his title match! Who will answer that challenge? Will Murphy come to regret daring someone to step to him?
Lio Rush VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party!
The 24 Year Old Piece of Gold picks up a mic before the match to welcome fans to “Lio 5 Live.” Lio has unfinished business with Lince Dorado, because Lince has a misconception about Lio. Lio’s not here to make friends or to party, he’s here to win! And if you can’t tell by now, take a good look at what Lio’s done for the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Bobby Lashley. Lio wanted to be WWE Cruiserweight Champion at the Royal Rumble, and the Lucha House Party ruined that. So now in return for that, Lince will learn exactly what it’s like to #FeelTheRush. Lince makes his entrance with his amigos, and we begin!
But the moment the LHP makes their entrance, Lio protests. The luchadores all roll together because they know one of them isn’t enough to beat Lio. Lince doesn’t care what Lio thinks as he throws his vest at him. Lio laughs but then throws the vest back. He tells Kalisto and Gran Metalik to leave, and so they start to leave. And Lio pounces on Lince in the corner! Lio rains down rights but the referee backs him off. Lio taunts Kalisto and Metalik as they reluctantly continue to the back. The ref asks Lince if he’s willing to continue, and Lince says he is. The bell rings, and Lio runs right into Lince’s haymakers!
Lince throws hands and knees, then whips. Lio reverses but Lince slides under. Lince kicks back and heel kicks Lio off his feet. Lince keeps on Lio in the corner with knees and chops, then bumps him off buckles. He snap suplexes Lio down then covers, ONE! Lince keeps on Lio with more body shots in the corner. Lio shoves Lince then boots him away. Lio runs and redirects things, to SLAP Lince! Lince glares as Lio trash talks, and they grapple on the mat! Lio and Lince scrap, then things speed up again, Lio runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Lince drops the planking splash, covers, TWO! Lio manages to survive but Lince doesn’t back down. Lince stomps Lio then drags him to a drop zone. Lince climbs up but Lio rolls away to the ropes.
Lio crawls under the apron skirt but Lince drags him back out. Lio shoves Lince into the post, then trips him off the apron! Lince crashes down and Lio grits his teeth. Lio stands, aims, and springboards for the Asai moonsault! Lio hits Lince but also hits the announce desk! The ref counts but Lio bounces Lince off the desk. Lio puts Lince in at 6 and covers, TWO! Lio grows frustrated and takes it out on Lince with stomps. He rams Lince with an uppercut, then covers, TWO! Lio calms down as he drags Lince up. Lince hits back with body shots, then runs to springboard, but his crossbody flops! Lio hits a basement dropkick, covers, TWO! Lio wraps Lince in body scissors and a chinlock to squeeze the air out of him.
Fans build to a “Lucha! Lucha!” rally as Lince pries Lio’s feet apart. Lince stands up and fights out, but Lio clubs him back down. Lio says this is his time as he stomps a mudhole into Lince. The ref counts but Lio backs off at 4. Lio suplexes Lince then covers, TWO! Lio puts Lince right into another chinlock and pulls Lince back. Lince endures the partial camel clutch, and fights up as fans rally. He jawbreakers Lio away then dropkicks him down! Lio runs but into a boot. Lince runs to bulldog Lio down! Lince handsprings, but Lio rolls and roundhouses! Cover, TWO! Lince barely survives and Lio is seething. Lio stomps Lince then dares him to stand up. Lio throws haymakers to knock Lince into the ropes. He chokes Lince on the ropes but stops at 4.
Lince gets to a corner but Lio is on him with the double chicken wings. Lio spins Lince but Lince shoves him away. Lince gets to the apron and shoulders in, but Lio kicks him first. Lio goes to bump but Lince turns that around. Lio staggers away as Lince climbs, and Lince leaps for a big crossbody! But he bounces off the cover! Lio staggers to a corner as Lince goes to the other. Lio runs but misses in the corner, Lince CHOPS Lio! Lince kicks Lio out of the ring, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Lio up the ramp! Lince puts Lio back in and then hits a second rope moonsault. He hits another, then climbs up a third time. Lince leaps for another moonsault, and hits it! Cover, TWO!! Lio lives and Lince is exhausted.
Lince fires himself up with “Lucha! Lucha!” and fans follow along. Lio stands, trips Lince, and then throws forearms. Lince comse back with a boot! Lio staggers, and Lince boots again. Lince runs to boot Lio down a third time. Lio flounders as Lince runs to handspring, but into Lio’s underhooks! Lince shoves out, Lio low springboards back, but Lince dodges to mule kick! Lince handsprings, Golden Rewind! Cover, TWO!! Lince cannot believe that Lio survives again! Lince drags Lio back to a drop zone and climbs up again. Lio crawls to ropes, so Lince hits a HUGE guillotine leg drop! Lince hurries as Lio crawls to another corner. Lince runs in, but into the post! Now Lio climbs up top, for the Final Hour frog splash! Cover, Lio wins!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
It was a tough match, but the Man of the Hour gets that win he wanted! But Lio isn’t satisfied with that, he goes after Lince on the ramp! Kalisto and Metalik return to run Lio off, and Lio runs away with a grin. Will Lio continue to go after the luchadores on the road to the Royal Rumble?
Backstage interview with Noam Dar.
The Scottish Supernova beat Tony Nese last week, but how did he overcome the size and strength disadvantages? Well Nese thinks that just because he’s the Premier Athlete, that makes him better than everyone. But Dar proved that’s wrong. However, Nese comes in and tells Dar to get out of his fantasy world. Dar proved he was just lucky, because Nese dominated bell to bell. But Nese still lost. “Every dog has his day”, but everyone knows that 99/100 times, Nese wins. Yet Nese lost this time. Well, it’s 1-1. Dar can prove it’s not a fluke and face Nese again. Dar does admit he wants to have a match with someone who will bring out the best in him, but that’s not Nese. Will Nese get that tiebreaker he desires? Or is Dar on to bigger and better things?
Drake Maverick talks with officials backstage.
He will check on Lince Dorado in the trainer’s room after what Lio Rush did to him, so he entrusts the referee to handle Buddy Murphy’s open challenge match. TJP walks in, and doesn’t recall a time Maverick ever checked on him in the trainer’s room. Because he’s never had to… TJP had a serious cold once. Don’t joke, Lince could be seriously injured.
But surely TJP is here to answer that open challenge, right? Well unfortunately for TJP, a new superstar has taken that opportunity already. Maverick has high hopes for this debuting Cruiserweight, actually. But he does like that TJP has motivation to seek out opportunity. TJP is a cornerstone of the division- And is handsome. Maverick just wants to tell TJP that this is a good thing, and if there are any opportunities in the future, Maverick will be sure to tell TJP. TJP can barely keep a straight face as he exits. Does TJP think earning and seeking opportunities is a joke? Will he or this new superstar be having the last laugh?
Buddy Murphy’s championship challengers speak.
Kalisto says “The Lucha House party was created to show the tradition of Lucha Libre around the world, and have fun with my amigos!” Kalisto takes lucha libre seriously, and dedicated his life to be the best. He vows to be the new two-time Cruiserweight!
THE Brian Kendrick speaks on behalf of Akira Tozawa to say that anything goes in a Fatal 4 Way. It will be brutal, and that’s why Kendrick is teaching Tozawa every dirty trick in the book to break his opponents’ will to compete. Tozawa just says “What he said”, and gives a big smile.
Ariya Daivari speaks on behalf of Hideo Itami that all three of the other superstars in that match have held the title. They had hunger that has been fed. Itami has not been fed, and he is hungry! A hungry man doesn’t see right or wrong, he just sees food. Itami sees the title, and is a threat to both Murphy’s reign and well-being. Just ask Cedric Alexander about that. In that Fatal 4 Way, 50 THOUSAND will witness live the birth of the Itami Era.
But while all three contenders are ready for a Fatal 4 Way, they’ll all be facing each other in a Triple Threat next week! Who will come out of that match with major momentum towards the title?
Open Challenge: Buddy Murphy VS ???
The Juggernaut wants to prove to the entire world that he is not just Cruiserweight Champion, but the greatest Cruiserweight in history. As such, he posed this challenge not just to the world, but to himself to show that he can defeat any Cruiserweight from anywhere. Before this match, Murphy picks up a mic.
“Ladies and gentlemen, shut your mouths, I’ve got something to say!” Fans obviously don’t take kindly to that, but Murphy reintroduces himself as the greatest Cruiserweight of all time. And Murphy plans to prove that against three of the best in the world at the Royal Rumble. Those three have their triple threat to prove who’s the second best, but that’s next week. Murphy won’t stand for the “What?”, and will force fans to listen to him. Murphy’s not worried about next week, he is focused on this 205 Open Challenge. Who wants to try and stop the unstoppable?! Maverick has already promised this is a brand new superstar to join 205 Live, and that new name is… Humberto Carrillo! NXT’s newest sensation is here to show Cruiserweight wrestling is in his blood. Murphy doesn’t sweat Humberto yet, but will he by the end of the match?
The bell rings and Murphy circles with Humberto. Murphy looks Humberto up and down and actually shakes his hand. The two tie up and Murphy waistlock slams Humberto to the mat. Murphy floats all over Humberto then kicks him to a corner. He declares himself the greatest all over again, but Humberto shrugs it off. Humberto circles with Murphy again, and Murphy wrenches the arm. Murphy yanks the arm and puts on an armlock, but Humberto endures. Humberto reverses the wrench, but Murphy quickly rolls to reverse it back. Murphy goes after the wrist but Humberto uses the ropes to flip through. Humberto cartwheels and handsprings to sweep the legs! Cover, TWO! Humberto leaps over the leg sweep to grab Murphy in a headlock.
Murphy tries to power out but Humberto holds on. Fans rally for Humberto but Murphy pulls hair. Murphy powers out and runs Humberto over with a shoulder. Murphy wags a finger at Humberto, then swings a kick, but Humberto ducks under to handspring up. Humberto ducks all the punches but Murphy dodges Humberto’s kicks! Murphy misses his own kick and is surprised by Humberto’s handspring! Fans cheer as Humberto offers Murphy the handshake back. Murphy applauds Humberto and shakes his hand, to sucker Humberto into a snapmare. Humberto handsprings through and wags his finger now. Things speed up and Humberto arm-drags Murphy around. Humberto springboards for a flying arm-drag, then a dropkick!
Murphy rolls out but Humberto builds speed. Humberto slides but Murphy ducks under. Humberto comes back, Murphy tosses him to the apron but Humberto lands on his feet to moonsault! Murphy dodges again but Humberto rolls through to stand back up. Humberto runs back but into boots. Humberto rolls again but Murphy throws him down by his head! Murphy walks past Humberto on the ramp as the referee checks on him. Murphy drags Humberto up for a heavy forearm, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Murphy keeps his cool as he drags Humberto back up. He snapmares Humberto again for a stiff kick, and then wraps on a chinlock.
Humberto flails and reaches as fans build to a rally. Murphy traps an arm for a seated stretch, and rams his elbow in over and over! Humberto flops to the mat, Murphy covers, TWO! Murphy keeps on Humberto with another chinlock. Murphy fish hooks Humberto’s face but stops at the ref’s count. Humberto endures and fights his way up. Humberto throws hands and gets free! He counter punches Murphy but Murphy reverses the whip. Humberto huricanranas Murphy out! He builds speed to DIVE, but Murphy dodges to send Humberto to the ramp! Humberto clutches his ribs while Murphy grins. Murphy drags Humberto up again and bounces him off the apron. Murphy whips Humberto into barriers, then tosses him into the ring. Cover, TWO!
Murphy grows annoyed with Humberto and drags him back up for another heavy right. Humberto staggers to a corner and Murphy stomps a mudhole into him. Murphy pushes Humberto to the apron and then climbs up from the opposite side of the corner. He drags Humberto up top, and fans fear what’s coming. Humberto fights back, so Murphy bumps him right off the post! The referee checks on Humberto, but Murphy quickly runs at him, only for Humberto to back drop Murphy on the apron! Murphy writhes on the ground while Humberto catches his breath in the ring. Murphy crawls back into the ring at the count of 6, and runs at Humberto. Humberto boots Murphy then elbows him away. Things speed up, Humberto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he grabs Murphy.
Murphy elbows Humberto away, but Humberto comes back with a springboard enziguri! Murphy flounders and Humberto puts him in quick. Humberto climbs, leaps, big crossbody hits again! Cover, TWO! Humberto fires himself up, and drags Murphy to a drop zone. Humberto climbs but Murphy anchors a foot. He kicks Murphy away and climbs again, but Murphy grabs him to tuck him in! Murphy’s kick is intercepted by a kick! Humberto boots Murphy and then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Humberto is beside himself, but he hasn’t put the champion away yet. Murphy crawls away as Humberto grits his teeth.
Humberto runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Murphy climbs up, but Humberto rocks him with a kick! Humberto climbs up to join Murphy, but Murphy resists the superplex. Murphy pushes Humberto back but Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto’s right back on Murphy but Murphy gives him a gordbuster to the mat! Murphy adjusts, leaps for a sunset flip, deadlift into a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Humberto shocks Murphy by surviving! Murphy glares as he drags Humberto up. Murphy kicks Humberto in the face, then grins as he suplexes. Humberto blocks, and tries to suplex. Murphy blocks back, and the two fight for control. Humberto gets Murphy up but Murphy slips out, but he falls! Did Murphy’s knee give out?
The referee checks on Murphy, and Humberto isn’t sure if he should trust Murphy. Murphy checks his own knee as he takes the knee pad down. A second referee comes in to help as Murphy hobbles. The referees discuss it with Murphy as Humberto comes over. Murphy manages to stand and Hubmerto applauds the guts. But it’s a fake out! Murphy kicks Humberto and pumphandles, but Humberto victory rolls! TWO, and Murphy fires off his strike fest. Humberto dodges the knee to hit back with an enziguri! Murphy falls out of the ring, and Humberto DIVES! Direct hit sends Murphy flying over the announce desk!
Humberto quickly drags Murphy up to bounce him off the desk! And again! Humberto puts Murphy back in the ring and fires up. He springboards at Murphy, but into the knee trigger! Pumphandle, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Juggernaut wins, but with a little bit of trickery. Humberto showed fire and grit, surely he’ll be a great addition to the Cruiserweight Division. However, a win is a win, will Murphy continue to win when he’s against three opponents at once?
A fairly solid episode for 205 Live now that it is put back on Tuesday. It’s hard to tell if this was recorded before or after SmackDown, but I have a feeling it was again after given the enthusiasm of the crowd. Or rather, lack there of. At the same time, this did not end up one of the many episodes where the main event was above and beyond expectations, which likely disappointed the live fans. But first, Lio VS Lince was really good for an opener. Sending Kalisto and Metalik to the back definitely helped just on the choreography of the match. Lio didn’t have to cheat, he just made the best of one mistake from Lince. I imagine that Lio VS Metalik will happen next, hopefully as part of the go-home. Then, whether Kalisto wins the title or not, Lio finishes the series with him as the blow-off.
There was some good post-Rumble story set up, such as more with Dar and Nese. Dar rejecting Nese’s rematch will surely bring about Nese going after Dar and compelling him to give Nese that tiebreaker. TJP laughing off the idea of the open challenge and such adds more to his Heel entitled attitude. But I’m wondering if after tonight he’ll make a point of him “deserving” to be given chances while the other superstars fail when asking for those chances. Case in point, I am surprised that it was Humberto Carrillo who answered the Open Challenge. Humberto is a great talent, but not a well-known one yet. I would’ve given this chance to someone like Oney Lorcan who at least brings more intensity, which is what fans might have come to expect from 205 Live main events.
The “This is Boring!” chants didn’t help, it’s like they didn’t give Humberto a chance. However, I think by the end, when Humberto managed to bring that intensity and the high spots, fans started understanding him. Obviously Murphy wins, but I’m surprised he did the fake knee move to do it. That might have been to give Humberto even a shred more of legitimacy to fans seeing him the first time, but it really only hurts Murphy in my mind. Hopefully Humberto gets more chances, along with NXT tag partner Raul Mendoza, so fans can get a better idea of how good he really is. As for Murphy, he noted the Triple Threat of his contenders, I wonder if he’ll at least be around to watch personally. That Triple Threat will make for a great go-home match that will surely get fans more into it, even if it’s after SmackDown.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (1/15/19)
SmackDown celebrates Shane O’Mac’s birthday! What will The Miz have planned for his “Best Birthday Bash in the World” to celebrate? Plus, Mysterio VS Almas!
- Becky Lynch VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Lynch wins.
- Asuka VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Asuka wins.
- Samoa Joe VS Mustafa Ali; No Contest.
- Rey Mysterio VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro; The Miz wins.
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Becky Lynch drives up!
The Man is immediately interviewed about her rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Is she really ready for Asuka? They’ve been waiting to ask that? They’ll get the answer, in the ring. Becky passes by The new Day and Heavy machinery making some kind of pancake protein shake… Otis likes! Wanna sip? No! Becky comes by, and takes a swig. “It’s a little weak.” The Man’s got a point! And she’s headed to gorilla!
Birmingham, Alabama gives Becky an ovation as she walks down the ramp! Becky grabs a mic as fans chant her name. “In two short weeks, I get the opportunity at the Royal Rumble to take back my SmackDown Women’s Championship.” The same title the whole world talked about. But where is it now? The whole roster thinks what Becky is is a fluke. They think getting everyone to listen, connecting with the fans and creating a buzz is “easy”. Until they try it for themselves. Men and women alike, on both brands, all want that next gear of badass like Becky. And Asuka is finding out “just how hard leading this division really is.” Becky knows there are those who want to discredit her as just hype. And yet Becky delivers on everything she says every single time.
But if we want to talk about hype, talk about the “indestructible” and “unbeatable” Asuka’s hype. Yet she lost to Charlotte Flair. And not only did she lose, it shook Asuka to her core and she fell off the map. And yet Asuka talks about her hype. The once invincible Asuka couldn’t beat Charlotte when Becky did months around the world. And yet everyone wants to know if Becky’s ready for Asuka? Speaking of, here comes Asuka! The Empress of Tomorrow heads down the ramp and joins Becky in the ring. Asuka picks herself up a mic and tells Becky, “You like talk. You like hype. Buzz buzz buzz, they’re like little bees. But with no sting! After Royal Rumble, you will not be in Charlotte’s shadow. You will be in MINE!” But wait, here come the IIconics!
Peyton Royce & Billie Kay are already armed with mics of their own and go oh no no no. Asuka shouldn’t talk like that. Making scary faces and threats? Where’s the dignity and class of a champion? Asuka’s bad, but look at Becky. Very bossy, “Bossy Becky”. Typical behavior from a man. Well nonsense aside, it doesn’t matter if it’s Becky or Asuka, both IIconics will win the Women’s Rumble match! And then they’ll both become the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And then Wrestlemania will be absolutely IICONIC! Strike the pose! Becky tells Asuka that the buzz is real. And she dares the IIconics to step up to The Man, to be made into an example! Who will challenge the Lass Kicker and get the lass kicked?
Becky Lynch VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
SmackDown returns, and the IIconic to step up is the Venus Fly Trap, Peyton Royce! Asuka watches ringside, accepting Becky’s offer to see what the buzz is about. Becky offers a handshake, but uses it to sucker punch Peyton! Peyton rolls out but Becky is on her and puts her back in the ring. Bekcy rolls Peyton, TWO so Becky mule kicks Peyton. Becky rolls Peyton and wants her submission but Peyton gets to ropes. Peyton demands Becky back off to give her a breather. Fans rally up for Becky but Peyton shoves her. Becky punches back! Becky whips and calf kicks Peyton down! She backslides Peyton, TWO, so Becky arm-drags Peyton down. Asuka is moderately impressed while Becky wrenches Peyton’s arm.
Meanwhile, the Lady of NXT, Lacey Evans, watches backstage. Does this mean the Model Soldier has interest on being Team SmackDown? Becky tells Asuka this is what she can expect, but Peyton endures. Becky rolls and stomps Peyton, but Peyton rolls away. The IIconics regroup but keep their distance from Asuka. Becky runs to bop Peyton with a dropkick. She puts Peyton in but runs into a big knee! Peyton clubs away on Becky and Billie fires up with her bestie. Peyton grounds ‘n’ pounds then covers, TWO! Becky gets to ropes but Peyton is on her with stomps in a corner. Peyton throws haymakers, but runs into a knee. Becky throws forearms back and whips, but Peyton reverses. Peyton hits a corner clothesline, then brings Becky out for more clubbing forearms.
Becky flounders but Peyton chokes her on the ropes. Peyton backs off at 4 while Billie talks trash. Peyton snapmares and wraps Becky in a chinlock. She thrashes Becky around but Becky endures. Fans rally up and Becky fights her way out of the hold. Peyton throws Becky down by her hair, then runs in at the corner. Becky boots her away then hops up. Becky leaps for a flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Peyton escapes again and regroups with Billie. Becky comes out to throw Billie aside, but Peyton blasts her with a lariat! Peyton drags Becky up while we go picture in picture.
Peyton puts Becky back in and stomps her down. She kicks Becky to a corner then stomps some more. She bumps Becky off buckles and grinds in her boot. Peyton backs off at the count but comes back in. Becky dodges and jump kicks back! Becky rolls Peyton, TWO! Peyton runs Becky over with a lariat! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are frustrated, but Peyton drags Becky up by her hair. She throws Becky to the apron, then knees her between the ropes. Peyton climbs on for a draping motorcycle stretch! She kicks Becky back inside, then toys with her. Becky gets mad and hits back with body shots! Becky gives European Uppercut after uppercut, then whips Peyton to ropes. Peyton comes back with a big kick! Cover, TWO! The IIconics keep their cool while Peyton drops knees on Becky’s back.
Asuka watches rather stoically as Peyton keeps knocking Becky down. Peyton sits Becky up for a knee to the back and another chinlock around the neck. Becky endures and fights her way up. Becky fights with body shots and scoops, but Peyton slips out to throw Becky down by her hair! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are frustrated again while Becky gets to ropes. Peyton chokes Becky on the ropes again, then kicks her in the side. She brings Becky up for another snapmare, and drives in her elbows and knees. Peyton puts on another chinlock, and Asuka grows curious. Becky fights but Peyton knees her back down as we return to single picture.
Becky endures while Lacey Evans continues to watch. Lacey isn’t amused nor is she impressed by The Man. Becky fights her way back up and fights with body shots and forearms. Becky gives more EuroUppers, then runs, but Peyton follows! But Becky sees it coming and tackles Peyton! Becky rains down rights and fans fire up! Becky lifts Peyton for a Becksploder! Peyton gets to a corner but Becky runs. Peyton dodges but runs into an elbow. Becky jump kicks again, then hops up, only for Peyton to catch her with a heel kick! Peyton yanks Becky down to a cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious now, but Peyton drags Becky up for more. Becky counters with a cradle, and into the Disarm-Her! Peyton taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
The Lass Kicker wins, but Asuka doesn’t give her time to celebrate. Asuka shouts in Japanese that she’s more or less not impressed. Asuka glares at Becky and Becky glares back. But Asuka doesn’t fight her, she dares Billie to fight! The IIconics want to leave, but Asuka drags Billie in! The bell rings, and we have our match!
Asuka VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!
Asuka fires off on Billie with kicks! Billie ducks, only to get a hip attack! Asuka fires up, and hits a shining wizard! Cover, TWO! But right into an armbar! Billie rolls, but Asuka steals the Disarm-Her!! With a little extra to make sure Becky understands. But Billie rolls, TWO! ASUKA LOCK! Billie taps, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
It seems Asuka used this match to say anything The Man can do, the Empress can do better. And Becky knows it, so she gets right in Asuka’s face about it! They stare down again and fans want to see this go down tonight. But Becky and Asuka keep their cools, while AJ Styles appears!
The Phenomenal One heads to the ring, but for what purpose? He hops into the crowd, then climbs up the steps of the bleachers. Styles has his shot at the WWE Championship and Daniel Bryan, is he just letting everyone know he’s here?
AJ Styles visits the concessions area.
The fans are hyped to see the Phenomenal One and his response to Daniel Bryan’s rant last week. There’s hot dogs, popcorn and more! Bryan says the people were unhealthy and lazy. But judging from the excitement in front of Styles and the camera, these people are here spending the money they worked hard to get, let them spend it how they want! You want yourself a hot dog, you eat hot dogs! These fans will be no different than the fans in Phoenix who will see Styles kick Bryan’s ass! Styles will take the title back, so let’s celebrate now! Merchandise for all! Styles throws around his new shirts to the cheering fans, but then Bryan attacks from out of nowhere!
The brawl is on all through the merch stands, and Bryan shoves Styles into the hot dogs! So Styles spinebusters Bryan through the hot dogs! Security scrambles to pull them apart but the fans want to see them fight! Bryan is down in a mess of mustard and ketchup but Styles is hungry for more. Will Styles get his fill in Phoenix?
The Usos pose for photos.
But someone brings a gift over. It’s for Jimmy, so maybe an early anniversary gift from Naomi? They open the box, and Jey reads the note for Jimmy. “I’ve been a naughty girl. And I need you to lock me up in the Uso Penitentiary. I’ll be waiting…” Wait, this is from Mandy? Uh oh… Keys to a hotel room… What’s Jimmy gonna do about this? What’s Naomi gonna do about this when she finds out?
Samoa Joe heads to gorilla.
But then he spots the Top One Percent, EC3, checking himself in the mirror. Is EC3 going to be SmackDown blue?
Backstage interview with Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega.
El Idolo already pinned Rey Mysterio once, how will that momentum translate to tonight’s match? Almas says that Mysterio was his idol, but Almas showed Mysterio that times change. Now Almas is the future. Vega says that it’s 2019, and it’s time to focus on the future. Almas will beat Mysterio again, will eliminate 29 others in the Royal Rumble match, and wins the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. Will the Year of El Idolo begin tonight?
Samoa Joe VS Mustafa Ali!
When The Destroyer teamed with El Idolo in a tag team match last week, they were successful over the Beacon of Light and the King of Lucha. Now things split up into singles matches, can the former Heart of 205 Live prove he can be the Heart of SmackDown? Or will Joe crush the Heart and put Ali to sleep?
As Ali makes his entrance, Joe trips him off the ropes! Joe puts Ali in a corner and hits the back elbow to Pele! The bell hasn’t rung so Joe just goes after Ali with rage! He throws Ali right into the post! Joe seethes as he stands over Ali. And he’s not done with Ali, either! He drags Ali up to jab away against the apron! He even throws headbutts until Ali falls back down. Joe drags Ali back up and demands to know “Do you understand?!” Joe throws Ali into another post, and even harder than before! What was Joe’s reason for wrecking Ali? Or does he even need a reason?
But wait! Joe isn’t done, he comes back again! And looks to powerbomb Ali at the announce desk, but instead throws him hard into barriers. Joe finally leaves, and stays gone. Will Joe do this to everyone he meets in the Royal Rumble? Will Ali be able to recover in time for that same match?
Sonya Deville can’t handle Mandy Rose’s schemes.
Is Mandy really sure she wants to do this? She gave Jimmy Uso a hotel key. That’s literally scandalous. Yeah, that’s the point. Mandy just wants to stick it to Naomi. If there’s any way to mess with her, why not? And obviously, breaking her and Jimmy up is the best way. Mandy heads out for her “date”, but is Sonya right to worry?
Rey Mysterio heads to gorilla.
The King of Lucha is ready for his rematch with Almas, but not even he can help but be freaked out by the frenzied Nikki Cross! She’s shaking cage fencing and laughing! “Let Nikki play~! I play with you, Rey!” Rey just shakes his head. Is Mysterio ready for El Idolo?
Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.
What exactly provoked that attack on Mustafa Ali? Attack? That wasn’t an attack. That was a statement and declaration! Joe will enter his very first Royal Rumble match, and will win it. To the other 29, “Do you understand!? What I did to Mustafa Ali, that is the exact amount of respect I will treat each and everyone one of you with.” Any champion is now a target and they will be hunted down to be put to sleep. Joe sends his message to all of the WWE, will anyone dare to stand in his way?
Rey Mysterio VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The King of Lucha beat El Idolo in their original singles encounter, but Almas got Mysterio back in last week’s tag match. Will Almas be able to stay tranquilo in this highly touted rematch? Or will Mysterio remind everyone why he’s still king?
SmackDown returns as Almas and Vega make their entrance. The bell rings and Almas circles with Mysterio. Almas and Mysterio tie up, and Almas shoves Mysterio to ropes. Almas smirks smugly but Mysterio shrugs it off. They circle and tie up again, and they spin around. Almas throws Mysterio then trips him up, but Mysterio keeps him off. Mysterio wheelbarrows and arm-drags Almas to a corner! Fans fire up for Mysterio but Vega keeps Almas calm. Almas and Mysterio circle again as fans tell Mysterio “You Still Got It!” Mysterio and Almas tie up again, and Almas gets a waistlock slam. Mysterio spins and rolls Almas to a cover but Almas kicks out to return the favor. But Mysterio kicks out quick, and the two stand off! Almas shoves Mysterio, but Mysterio brushes it off. They circle and tie up again.
Mysterio gets a headlock, and holds on as Almas tries to power out. Almas stands back up and fights out with elbows. Almas shoves Mysterio but Mysterio goes up and over to get the headlock back. Vega coaches Almas up as he endures. Mysterio brings Almas to the mat but Almas rolls it up. ONE and Mysterio holds on. Almas fights his way back up, then pulls on the mask! He powers out of the hold but Mysterio just hops back on it! Vega grows frustrated for Almas as he again fights his way up. Almas lifts but Mysterio slips out, only for Almas to kick him down. Vega applauds but fans boo as Almas puts Mysterio in an armlock. Mysterio gets up and endures the hammerlock. Mysterio elbows and rebounds to snapmare, but Almas holds onto the hold!
Almas leans on Mysterio to wrench the lock. Fans rally and Mysterio gets up again. Mysterio gives more elbows but Almas throws him to buckles. Almas goes after a keylock now but fans rally for Mysterio. Mysterio rolls to his feet, then kicks the legs. Almas wrenches the arm but Mysterio throws hands. Mysterio springboards and headscissors Almas down! And then a running headscissor! Almas bails out but Mysterio speeds up. Almas returns but is put on the ropes! Everyone knows what this means! 619 misses, and Almas hammerlocks! Mysterio drops down to roll Almas, TWO! Almas ghost pins, TWO! The two stand off again and Almas says he was that close. Fans applaud the closely matched match as the two approach.
Almas kicks and whips Mysterio, but Mysteiro holds ropes. The dropkick misses and Mysterio buzzsaws Almas back. Mysterio springboards back and headscissors Almas out with him! But Almas holds on to the Electric Chair! He spins Mysterio back for a spin-out powerbomb to the floor! Vega likes what she sees, and we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Almas back flips through a sunset flip powerbomb! Almas runs back in but Mysterio dodges Cien Knees! Mysterio springboards and hits Almas with the seated senton! Mysterio keeps moving, and headscissors Almas again! Fans fire up as Mysterio springboards and moonsaults, but into Almas’ arms. Mysterio spins through to DDT Almas down! Cover, TWO! Vega is relieved that Almas survives. She shouts for Almas to get up but Mysterio has the fans on his side. Almas elbows and runs to sunset flip, but Mysterio rolls through, but Almas ducks the kick. Mysterio runs but into a hip toss into buckles! Almas runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Vega is frustrated and Almas is exhausted by Mysterio’s resilience.
Vega coaches Almas back up, and Almas drags Mysterio up. Mysterio elbows back, but Almas grabs the hammerlock. Mysterio headscissors Almas into buckles! Almas flops down and Mysterio climbs up top. Fans fire up but Almas stops Mysterio by sweeping the legs. Mysterio is stuck in the Tree of Woe on the outside, and Almas climbs up top. Fans rally for Mysterio but Almas takes aim. Mysterio slips through to throw Almas down to the apron! Mysterio climbs now and SUPER huricanranas Almas to the floor!! Fans lose their minds and Vega is stunned silent by that one! Birmingham knows “This is Awesome!” as Almas and Mysterio crawl back to the ring. Mysterio climbs again, and LEAPS for a seated senton! Both men wipe out again, and we go picture in picture.
Almas sputters while Mysterio catches his breath. Vega panics as she shouts for Almas to get up. Mysterio heads for the ring but Almas pursues. The count passes 7, both men get in at 8! Fans applaud the heart of both men as Mysterio drags himself back up. Mysterio fires himself up as he climbs back up. Mysterio leaps, but into a dropkick! Vega feels better now, but Almas still has to get back up. Almas and Mysterio slowly stir and sit up. Almas and Mysterio brawl on their knees with haymakers and chops. Mysterio hits Almas but Almas shoves, and we return to single picture to see Mysterio kick Almas. Mysterio hops on for a Destroyer!! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives and Mysterio’s too tired to be frustrated.
Mysterio whips Almas but Almas reverses, only for Mysterio to headscissor him again. But Almas makes it a cover! TWO!! Vega is furious, especially as Mysterio enziguris Almas. But Almas answers with the boot feint to elbow! Cover, TWO! Almas goes to put his full weight on but Mysterio monkey flips and sunsets, but into an Alabama Slam! Fitting for Birmingham. Almas keeps going and climbs up top. Vega wants him to end this, and he moonsaults! Mysterio rolls but Almas lands on his feet to moonsault again! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio still lives and Vega is beside herself. Fans again say “This is Awesome!” and it’s far from over. Almas runs into Mysterio’s boots, and Mysterio runs to roll and DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!? Almas survives a second Destroyer and even Vega can’t believe it!
Mysterio calls for his number and fans chant along. Mysterio waits for Almas to get on the ropes, and runs in, but the 619 is blocked! Almas has Mysterio in the torture rack, but Mysterio makes it a crucifix bomb!! TWO?!? Mysterio cannot believe Almas still survives. Mysterio dropkicks Almas back to ropes and runs again, 619 finally hits! Vega freaks out as Mysterio climbs up top. Vega distracts on the apron, and Almas trips Mysterio up! Almas climbs up as fans boo, draping hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo wins, but not without some help from La Muneca. The singles series is tied 1-1, when and where will the highly needed tiebreaker happen?
Jimmy Uso arrives at the hotel.
He walks to a room, and has the key card. Is he doing what it looks like he’s doing?!
Jimmy Uso still stands outside the door.
He works up the nerve to knock. And then he uses the key card. He walks into the room, and Mandy waits in a silk robe. Jimmy, come closer. Don’t be shy. The time to play hard to get is over. Mandy starts undoing the robe, and reveals a lacy top. What does he think? What will Naomi think? Jimmy is not here for that. He is here to tell her to stop. Oh they can do this. Because she has a paparazzi photographer! What? Oh please, she never wanted you like that. This isn’t about him, this is about her and Naomi. Mandy hates Naomi, because she acts like she runs SmackDown. But Naomi is nobody, and will never be as hot as Mandy. Jimmy knows it, Mandy knows it, and even Naomi knows it. So when Naomi sees the photos online, they will destroy Naomi’s life.
Jimmy leaves, and Mandy is confused. But when Jimmy returns, he unleashes Naomi! Naomi throws hands on Mandy and throws her into the table! Mandy tackles Naomi to the bed! The two scrap and Naomi throws her at the TV! Mandy stops herself and clubs away. Mandy SLAPS Naomi, but Naomi comes back to throw her down by her hair! Naomi hammers away on Mandy but Many shoves her away. Mandy tosses Naomi over the arm chair, and Naomi is down. Jimmy returns to help Naomi but Naomi still wants after Mandy. Where and when will this fight settle itself?
Alexa Bliss announced on behalf of the McMahon family that at Elimination Chamber, there will be a Six Team Elimination Chamber match to crown the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! The belts are minted and waiting, who will enter this match with a chance at history?
The Miz heads to the ring!
The Hollywood A-Lister knows it’s Shane McMahon’s birthday, and promises a “Bestie Birthday Bash” in Birmingham! And the party begins, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Miz welcomes us to The Best Birthday Bash in the World! This can’t be a party without the birthday boy, so bring him out! The Co-Bestie, Shane O’Mac! Shane comes down to the ring and picks up a mic of his own. Miz says that on behalf of the WWE Universe, Happy Birthday! Shane thanks Miz and Birmingham for the well wishes, and fans chant “Happy Birthday!” Shane appreciates all this, but he’s not really the birthday party type. This is no average party! Does this look like Chuck E. Cheese? No, this is an arena full of Shane’s fans! And these are no grocery store cakes. Shane’s favorite bakery shipped not one but two specialty cakes right here! Yes, they do look really nice. Wait is that a picture of them on this one? Yes, them and the Best in the World World Cup trophy!
Miz gives Shane his first present. It’s so hard to shop for Shane because he’s a McMahon! Miz can only imagine the gifts Shane got from Vince as a kid. “Open It! Open It!” Shane does, and reveals… brand new Jordan 33’s! Ultimate performance right here. And now they match any of the outfits Miz has planned. But look to the titantron for the next gift: a highlight reel of Shane’s amazing career! The crazy daredevil leaps, the icons and legends he’s faced, and even the World Cup Tournament where Shane subbed in for his SmackDown superstar, The Miz. But it also points out that the World Cup has united them as the #BestTagTeamintheWorld!
Shane is speechless. But he does thank Miz for that, and for when he opened up about his relationship with his dad. Shane opens up, and says that ever since he was a kid, he dreamed about being a tag team champion. He was going to team with Andre the Giant, but Shane’s very proud to now team with The Miz at the Royal Rumble. They hug and Miz thanks Shane for saying that. Miz vows that at the Royal Rumble, a dream comes true as they become SmackDown Tag Team Champions! But that’s in two weeks. Tonight, we sing Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday~ to you~! But The Bar interrupts at the best part!
Sheamus and Cesaro are embarrassed for Miz. And it’s even more embarrassing that you didn’t invite the tag champs! Though, they apparently didn’t invite Mr. McMahon either. No, they did, but Vince didn’t want to come because he doesn’t care about Shane. And Vince will care even less when The Bar defeats Shane and Miz to become the true best tag team in the world. Shane says The Bar will pay for teaming up on The Miz. Real tough guys, huh? Well Shane has an idea. Let’s see how tough Sheamus is tonight. Sheamus and The Miz can have a match right here tonight! Miz isn’t dressed to compete, though. But Shane wasn’t dressed to go at the World Cup Finals. And it’s The Miz! He’s the Most Must-See Superstar in WWE History! Miz can do that! Then Miz will give this match as another gift to Shane!
The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro!
Shane O’Mac wants Miz to put the Celtic Gladiator in his place, and that’s what The Miz plans to do! Who will get some impromptu momentum towards their tag title match at the Royal Rumble?
SmackDown returns with the bell, and Sheamus pushes Miz to a corner. Miz hits back with fast hands! Miz whips but Sheamus reverses, but Miz grabs ropes. Sheamus runs but Miz dumps him out. Careful not to crash into the trophy and cake! But Miz wrecks Sheamus with a dropkick! Miz bumps Sheamus on barriers but gets distracted by Cearo. Sheamus clobbers Miz then puts him in the ring. Sheamus stomps Miz out then bumps him on buckles. He rams his shoulder in, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! Sheamus and Cesaro talk trash as Sheamus brings Miz up for Beats of the Bodhrain! He headbutts Miz to the floor, but leaves him out there for the ring count. The count passes 5 before Miz stands. Miz returns at 9.5!
Sheamus is right on Miz and goes for White Noise, but Miz rolls him up! TWO, and Sheamus knees low. Sheamus puts Miz in a corner and rips off his shirt. Sheamus drags Miz up for a headlock. Miz endures and Shane rallies the fans. Miz fights out with elbows, but Sheamus scoops Miz. He slips out and full nelsons but Sheamus arm-drags out. Sheamus runs into boots, and then Miz boots again. Miz throws haymakers, and picks up speed! He whips Sheamus corner to corner but Sheamus reverses. Sheamus runs but misses! Miz hits a dropkick! He goes corner to corner for another! But then he runs into Sheamus’ clothesline! Sheamus catches his breath and puts Miz on the ropes again. He backs off, but Cesaro gets a cheap shot! So Shane throws Cesaro into one of the cakes!
Sheamus sees that and goes after Shane, but Miz rolls him up! Miz wins!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
But Sheamus won’t let that go, and he stomps away on Miz! Shane hurries in and saves Miz from the stomps. Shane whips and elbows Sheamus down! And Miz gives Sheamus the Skull-Crushing Finale! The Best Tag Team in the World is finally working like a team, and they drag Sheamus to a corner. Everyone senses what’s coming as Shane heads to the other corner. Shane climbs and Miz grabs himself the other cake! Miz places that cake in front of Sheamus’ face, so that we get a very special birthday COAST2COAST!! Miz makes Sheamus eat the cake along with his words! Will the Co-Besties soon hold the SmackDown Tag Team Championships up alongside the World Cup Trophy?
What a great SmackDown! Even with the continuation of the odd story between Naomi and Mandy Rose. Mandy’s homewrecker motivation does not feel like it should be part of this Fresh Start “Women’s (R)Evolution” Era of WWE. This is something I would’ve expected from the Attitude or Ruthless Aggression Eras, aka The Diva’s Era. And even with this, they still could’ve set up the hotel room brawl better. Instead of Jimmy being there at all, give us Mandy waiting alone in the room. The door knocks, she answers it, and Naomi barrels in so that we still get that same exact brawl but without the moment of Jimmy looking like he might actually cheat.
This line of story also apparently caused the advertised Sonya VS Carmella match to be bumped. Maybe that match happens next week to holla holla turn into a tag match. The FABULOUS Glow could totally join the Elimination Chamber Women’s Tag Title match along with the duo formerly known as Absolution and the IIconics. The IIconics are definitely better off in the Women’s Tag Division, they each got wrecked by the top two women in the singles division. Peyton put up a decent fight against Becky, but then Billie gets extra squashed by Asuka. Asuka VS Becky is going to be aggressive, but depending on how Becky VS Ronda comes about, I feel like Asuka is sadly a transitional champion.
But perhaps Asuka will win and Becky just decides to go to Raw on her own. Lacey Evans made a much more substantial appearance tonight than she did on Raw, so perhaps both Lacey and Nikki Cross join SmackDown in exchange for Becky going to Raw. It would definitely benefit Lacey to be on SmackDown, Raw will definitely be more about Ronda for Lacey to ever get a fair shake. But with the Women’s Tag Titles and the SmackDown Fox Era on the horizon, rosters might come back together, so who goes where could be moot in a few months anyways.
The brawl of Styles and Bryan was good. I really want them to up the ante to a No Disqualification match, it’s what this feud deserves. Joe VS Ali not happening is actually great for story between them during and after the Royal Rumble. Almas VS Mysterio was incredible, and could’ve been a PPV match itself. I would love if this feud continued after the Rumble, too. The winner of that should go for the United States Championship, which Rusev will defend against Shinsuke Nakamura. I’d prefer if Rusev retains so that he and Almas can have a set of matches, too. And while the birthday party for Shane was fun, shoving in Miz VS Sheamus was odd. They did pretty well for less than 10 minutes, and hooray for cake smashing! I’m not sure which I’d prefer, but it’d be awesome if Shane and Miz won those tag titles.
My Score: 8.5/10