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Tonight, The Queen, The Empress and The Man converge on a contract signing, for the SmackDown Women’s Championship TLC TRIPLE THREAT MATCH!!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Asuka & Charlotte VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville; Rose & Deville win.
  • Triple Threat: Xavier Woods w/ The New Day VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus; Jey Uso wins.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
  • AJ Styles VS The Miz; Styles wins.

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The SmackDown Women’s Division has never been more competitive!

Last week, Paige announced a TLC Match for the title between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, but the rest of the roster wanted their own shot. All nine women battled it out in a battle royal, and in the end, it would be ASUKA who stood tall! The Empress of Tomorrow gets another shot at the title, will she be ready The Man and The Queen be ready for her?

 

Paige is in the ring!

“SmackDown isn’t just the land of opportunity, it is the brand that makes history.” She is proud to be the GM in charge of the first-ever Women’s TLC Match in the WWE. And not just any TLC match but a triple threat. So with that said, she introduces the woman who earned her shot, Asuka! The Empress makes her way out to the ring, then Paige introduces The Queen, Charlotte! These two are familiar foes from their Wrestlemania SmackDown Women’s Championship match where Charlotte retained the title while ending Asuka’s Streak. And last but certainly not least, the champ herself, Becky Lynch! The Relent-Lass Lass Kicker, The Man comes out, her title already hanging from the hook. Fans are fired up for Becky as she joins the others in the ring.

Becky knows they’re making history, but she always makes history when she’s in the ring. And she plans on making some history at TLC. Going through a table, being hit with a ladder or a chair, none of that compares to her journey here. So it doesn’t matter if it was earned or handed to you, Becky will do anything it takes to win, unlike these two “dopes.” Charlotte says Becky needs to change the song, because she’s a broken record. Charlotte says she picked up the ball Becky dropped, and destroyed Ronda with a kendo stick. And all it took from Nia was one punch to bust Becky open. Becky speaks up but Charlotte tells her to shut it. Imagine what she’ll do with tables, ladders and chairs.

Asuka speaks up now, and says Becky already beat Charlotte. But, Becky’s never beat Asuka. Becky chose wrong for Survivor Series. Asuka would have beaten Ronda in the match. And now, Asuka will beat both of them at TLC! Charlotte is confused. Asuka could’ve beaten Ronda? Because Charlotte didn’t, and she broke Asuka’s streak! That was luck. The three competitors bicker but Paige calms them down. Becky says Asuka and Charlotte couldn’t beat Ronda and they won’t beat her. The Man signs the contract and takes her leave. Charlotte is fine with that, Becky’s a lot of talk anyway. Charlotte will beat Becky and Asuka, again. “WOO~!” Asuka resorts to Japanese for this one. Charlotte says the mystique is gone, and now she finishes Asuka at TLC.

Paige keeps the peace again, and gets Charlotte to sign her part of the contract. Asuka signs her part, and then wants to see if she can break Charlotte tonight! But wait, here come Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. “Really, Paige? This is how you want to make history? With these two women?” Two undeserving women, instead of two women Paige herself groomed for the main roster. Charlotte lost at Survivor Series, regardless of what she did to Ronda. And Asuka only won the battle royal by a fluke. Sonya was dominant but made one tiny mistake. But Sonya promises that won’t happen again. These two are driven to action. If you want to see fire and desire, you’re looking at it. Now, Charlotte and Asuka already signed the contract, but what happens if they don’t make it?

Paige doesn’t want idle threats from them. Have a tag team match instead, against Asuka and Charlotte, tonight! This match up happens after the break.

 

Shane McMahon meets with The Miz, again.

And The Miz is confused why he’s hosting Miz TV with Daniel Bryan as a guest. Because Miz TV is his show, it has his name in it. Miz would laugh on any other night, but he was hoping Shane would be up for doing the job they were both born to do: #BestTagTeamintheWorld! Shane reminds Miz they’re not a team. But use that sharp mind to get answers from this “New” Daniel Bryan. Fine. But Shane owes him. Shane doesn’t owe Miz anything. Not in front of the trophy, Shane! Miz heads off to prepare, but what favor will he insist Shane honor?

 

Asuka & Charlotte VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville!

Everyone knows The Empress and the Queen have history, but it’s not like the duo formerly known as Absolution are perfectly united. The Golden Gift screwed the Gladiator Gal over at WWE Evolution, and questioned Sonya being chosen for Survivor Series over her. However, they seem united in trying to get opportunities wherever and however they can. Can Mandy & Sonya surprise everyone against two of the best women in the WWE today? Or are they still not ready to #DoItWithFlair?

SmackDown returns as the teams sort out, and we start with Asuka and Sonya as an honorary rematch from last week’s battle royal finish. The two circle and dodge each other. They tie up and Asuka gets an arm and the waistlock. Sonay gets the standing switch but Asuka reverses to a wristlock. Asuka wrenches but Sonya reverses to her own wristlock. Asuka spins through to reverse back then whips. Sonya reverses and things speed up. They collide shoulders but neither woman falls. Asuka gets the arm and the takedown but Sonya reverses to her own takedown Sonya gets a headlock but Asuka headscissors. Sonya pops up but Asuka ducks a kick. Asuka kicks but Sonya ducks it, only to end up in Asuka’s Fujiwara armbar. Asuka grinds her knee on the shoulder then stomps away.

Sonya gets up and knees out of the hold, then drags Asuka over to tag Mandy. Absolution whip and kick Asuka, then drive in knees and throw Asuka down by her hair. Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy soaks up the heat as fans boo and jeer. She toys with Asuka and mocks her pain. She stands Asuka up but Asuka fires off palm strikes! Asuka goes for the pop-up knee but Mandy forearms out. Mandy whips Asuka but Asuka goes up to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Asuka taunts Sonya and tags in Charlotte. Fans “WOO~” for Charlotte’s snapmare and kick to Mandy’s back. Charlotte brings Mandy up to whip into a corner. Mandy elbows back but runs into a scoop. Mandy slips out and shoves Charlotte into buckles! She drags Charlotte up but still gets thrown with an exploder!

Sonya runs in but into Charlotte’s boot. Charlotte throws Sonya, too! Then Charlotte slingshots onto both Sonya and Mandy! Fans fire up as Charlotte struts. But wait, here comes Becky, belt back in hand. The Man wants a front row look at her challengers while we go picture in picture.

Charlotte puts Mandy in the ring and covers, TWO. She keeps on Mandy with a facelock, and she tags to Asuka. Asuka kicks Mandy in the leg while Charlotte holds her up. Asuka then gives Mandy knees while Becky takes a seat near commentary. Mandy gets kicks to the back, and then Asuka hits the sliding kick! Cover, TWO! Asuka makes sure Becky’s watching as she brings Mandy around. Mandy tags out and arm-drags. She misses the knee but Sonay SPEARS Asuka for her! Cover, TWO! Becky seems unimpressed either way. Sonya kicks Asuka around and drives in a knee. She drags Becky into her own chinlock and body scissors to grind her down. Becky is still nonplussed. Asuka endures and makes it a cover, TWO! Sonya kicks Asuka right down!

Sonya hits Charlotte for good measure, then drags Asuka over to her corner. She kicks and kicks and kicks, Mandy keeping Asuka up. Tag to Mandy and Absolution choke Asuka on the ropes. Sonya scuffs Asuka with a knee before Mandy brings her up. Mandy wrenches Asuka into a standing abdominal stretch. Asuka endures the bend and even the elbow in her ribs as fans rally. Mandy practically dribbles Asuka’s head in the hold, but Asuka still endures. Asuka fights her way out and kicks Mandy as we return to single picture. Fans fire up but Mandy throws Asuka down! High stack cover, TWO! Charlotte is relieved but Mandy bounces Asuka’s head off the mat. Becky is still unimpressed. Cover, TWO!

Mandy drags Asuka around and tags in Sonya. They stomp away on Asuka as fans boo and jeer. Sonya drives in knees on Asuka then snapmares her. Sonya hits the sliding knee! Cover, TWO!! Absolution is furious but Sonya keeps on Asuka. Tag to Mandy and they stomp Asuka more. Fans rally up for Asuka and Asuka fights Mandy. Mandy shoves Asuka for that golden knee! Cover, TWO! Mandy is shocked, but she drags Asuka back over. She kicks Asuka then tags Sonya. They mug Asuka and tag back for more. Mandy brings Asuka up but Asuka fires off body shots. Mandy shoves her and runs her over again. Wheelbarrow but Asuka makes it a bulldog! Fans fire up as Asuka and Mandy crawl, hot tags to Charlotte and Sonya!

The Queen rallies and uses those Flair Chops! Charlotte chops and chops on Sonya, then whips. Charlotte hits a big back suplex and kips right up! Fans are thunderous but Charlotte runs into a boot. Charlotte still SPEARS Sonya! Mandy comes in but gets a knee and thrown right out. Charlotte kicks Sonya down, but Mandy trips Asuka up. Mandy rocks Charlotte with a right but Asuka trips her up. Charlotte boots but hits Asuka by mistake! Sonya rolls Charlotte but Charlotte turns it around! Asuka boots Charlotte!! Sonya covers, Absolution wins!!

Winners: Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, Deville pinning

Dysfunction downs the Empress and Queen, which is actually to Becky’s liking. But it doesn’t really matter when TLC will be every woman for herself. Will Becky stay The Man after taking on such fierce competition? Or will there be a new champion going into the New Year?

 

Triple Threat: Xavier Woods w/ The New Day VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus!

Awwwww~ Austin~! The Women’s Championship won’t be the only Triple Threat at the TLC Pay-Per-View. The SmackDown Tag Team Champions have lost to both The New Day and The Usos in recent weeks, so all three teams will compete for the titles. Therefore, one member each directly competes tonight to represent! Who will take some crucial momentum with just weeks left before the PPV?

The bell rings and the three men circle. Cesaro hits the others first, but end sup caught the second time. HE gets uppercuts from both Woods and Jey and then they throw him out of the ring. Fans want pancakes as Kofi and Big E are on commentary, and Kofi and Big E oblige! Flapjacks fly as Woods and Jey tie up. Woods powers out of a headlock but Jey runs him over. Jey runs but things speed up. Woods leaps again but Jey shoves and things continue to speed up. The Bar talk strategy while Woods goes to suplex Jey. Jey fights out and back suplexes but Woods slips out. Woods dodges and slides but Jey ducks and rolls up! TWO, Woods rolls Jey, TWO! Jey runs Woods over and covers, TWO, Woods returns the favor, TWO! Woods kips up and the two shake hands.

Cesaro runs in but gets a double punch! Woods and Jey double clothesline Cesaro out and we go to break.

SmackDown returns as Woods and Jey are both stuck on the top rope. Cesaro dropkicks Woods down but Jey shoves him away. Jey adjusts and leaps, but into a European Uppercut! Cover, TWO! The Swiss Cyborg goes for his Neutralizer but Woods returns. Cesaro runs over but gets a kick! Jey uppercuts Cesaro, and then Woods runs at Jey. Jey dodges for the pop-up Samoan Drop! Cesaro and Woods are each in corners, so Jey starts a hip attack train! First stop is Woods, but Cesaro bails out. Jey changes plans to FLY onto Cesaro! But then Woods leaps for a tornado DDT on Jey! All three men are down while Sheamus and Jimmy coach them up. Cesaro gets in the ring but Woods follows. Things speed up again, wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO!

Woods grits his teeth while he and Cesaro crawl. Fans rally up as Woods stands. Woods aims at Cesaro and rolls, but into a push. Cesaro leaps but gets a swing kick! Jey climbs and leaps, but his splash meets knees! Cesaro small packages, TWO! Woods leaps in with the Limit Breaker elbow! Cover, Jey breaks it! The New Day admit on commentary that it was super closer. All three men are down, hurting from this battle, but Woods is up first. “Woodsy” uses the power of positivity and pancakes. He swings on Jey but Jey hits back. They brawl while Sheamus checks on Cesaro. Woods gets an edge and backs Jey down. He runs but into Jey’s body check! Jey runs but into Woods’ forearm! Woods runs but into another body check! Cesaro returns to grab Jey. He also gets Woods, combination airplane spin and Swiss swing!

Cesaro shows his strength as he tosses Jey aside, then gets Woods in the Sharpshooter! Woods is stuck but he doesn’t give up. Jey comes in, Cesaro blocks the superkick only to get the dragon whip! Woods rolls Cesaro up, TWO!! Cesaro throws Woods out but SUPERKICK! Jey covers, Jey wins!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

The Usos gain ground in this battle of three teams, but how will it go down when it’s three teams at once?

 

Backstage interview with Rusev & Lana.

The Bulgarian Brute was going to have a match with The King of Strong Style, but Shinsuke Nakamura chose to attack Rusev before there was a bell. Nakamura would give Rusev two Kinshasa knees before leaving Rusev alone. Rusev says Nakamura did that because he’s afraid. Rusev shows off his muscles, and knows he’s both strong and relentless and… Hungry. Not for chicken, yogurt, cheese or any food. He’s hungry for that United States Championship! Nakamura holds onto that title like a child does their favorite toy. But that title is no toy, that title represents honor and tradition. Nakamura has no honor, but he won’t have any excuses. Rusev will get his hands on Nakamura and… Feast! A feast fit for Rusev Daaaay~! Will that particular Rusev Day happen to land on TLC Sunday?

 

Lars Sullivan speaks.

“It doesn’t matter which brand I choose to go to. I will wreak havoc the magnitude of which you’ve never seen.” No one has seen a freak like the Leviathan. Which brand will get this Mile High Monster on their roster? And which roster will regret it?

 

It’s time for Miz TV!

But wait, before Miz can finish his introduction, it’s the FABULOUS Truth! What do they want? A DANCE BREAK~! Truth and Carmella floss and twerk, and that’s it. “As you were.” Miz can’t believe the fans like that. Continuing on, the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show once again makes history. For the first time ever on Miz TV is the NEW Daniel Bryan! This new and more sinister side of the Goat is also the WWE Champion after what he did to AJ Styles weeks ago. This new and more sinister Bryan declared that The Beast, Brock Lesnar, beat the weakness out of him. And this new and more sinister Bryan declared that the Yes Movement, his movement, is DEAD. But he’ll also have to face AJ Styles again at TLC for the title.

Miz sits with “The New Daniel Bryan”, but how does he want to be addressed? Miz sticks to Daniel, because he doesn’t really look different. But there is a little something that is different. Bryan is confident, isn’t pandering to the fans, and knows that there’s no such thing as an honorable victory. It’s either winning or losing, no matter how you do it. Meaning Miz was right all along! Fans actually agree with that. But this Bryan says people thought the “old” Bryan was smart, but how smart was he if he catered to the people? That Bryan allowed them to subvert his dreams. But this Bryan doesn’t care about the people, and his dreams are in control. This Bryan doesn’t have many intellectual peers, including The Miz, but he has plenty of books written by great minds like Alexander Hamilton.

Bryan notices the fans booing, and calls them “Fickle.” These “sheep” all go “What?”, something stupid from 20 years ago. But as Hamilton once said, “Giving power to the mindless masses is dangerous, both for the individual and the society.” These sheep are proof. But even more dangerous is that old Daniel Bryan with the “practical wisdom and brutality of the new Daniel Bryan.” Miz hears what Bryan is saying, but it sounds less like Hamilton and more like Miz. Doesn’t Bryan see that the only reason Bryan has that title is because he did whatever it took, just like what Miz told him.

Bryan says Miz’s problem is that he never gets to the point. Bryan kicked Styles in the balls. But it was one man in the groin on one day. The people harm the earth every single day with their needless consumption! “If you want to count sins, I kicked one man in the groin on one day. These people commit countless atrocities against the earth and future generations” every moment of their lives! Wait, Miz is confused. This isn’t about any of that. Bryan has painted Miz as the bad guy for eight years, and had everyone fooled. But not Miz. Miz saw Bryan’s truth the entire time, and now Bryan owes him an explanation. Is Bryan champion because he did what Miz told him to? Yes or no. Fans say “Yes! Yes!” And so does Bryan.

But then he says “No”, and then “yes” and back again. Because it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the Old Bryan is dead. That Yes Movement with these old logos, dead. And most importantly, the one thing that no one here, let alone AJ Styles or Miz, can do about… “Here is your WWE Champion, the NEW Daniel Bryan.” Fans boo and Bryan calls them fickle, but here comes the old WWE Champion, the Phenomenal AJ Styles! Styles heads right at the ring but Bryan shoves Miz into him! Styles kicks Miz away then chases Bryan! He catches Bryan and drags him back to ringside. Bryan runs away, but Miz gets involved again. Styles goes after Miz AND Bryan! Miz saves Bryan with a Skull Crushing Finale to Styles! Fans boo as Bryan gets away with manipulating Miz. Will Bryan continue to get away with it at TLC?

 

Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton!

The Charismatic Enigma and Viper have already gone to Hell and back against each other this year, but nothing is over between them. At the same time, Hardy is hunted by a new Destroyer in Samoa Joe, and Orton hunts new prey in Rey Mysterio. Who will move on to be better prepared for new grudges on the way to the New Year?

Before the match, we see Orton’s message for Mysterio. Orton says Mysterio should have stayed away, but he didn’t and now he’s been hurt and humiliated all over again. Hardy won’t stay away either, so Orton is more than happy to crush him again.

The bell rings, and Hardy goes right at Orton! Hardy throws hands and kicks, but then Orton kicks back. Orton goes after the ear gauge hole, but Hardy fights him off. Hardy hits a jawbreaker then clotheslines Orton out of the ring! Orton goes running as Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy clobbers Orton and throws him into the post. Orton kicks back then bounces Hardy off the announce desk. Orton lifts Hardy but Hardy fights out! Hardy bounces Orton off the desk, and again! Hardy gives Orton the back suplex onto the desk! “DELETE!” echoes while we go picture in picture.

Hardy goes back out to fetch Orton, dragging him off the desk and bumping him off the apron edge. He puts Orton back in but Orton is on him during reentry. Orton hangs Hardy out to dry on the ropes! Orton stalks Hardy around the ring and stomps away on the limbs as only he does. Then he stomps Hardy right in the stomach before covering. TWO, but Orton keeps his cool. Orton grins as he sits Hardy up for a chinlock. We return to single picture as Hardy endures the squeeze. Fans rally for Hardy and Hardy fights his way up, but Orton forces him back down. Orton pulls back on Hardy’s head but Hardy gets up again. Hardy fights out and kicks for the spinning back kick! Both men go down but Hardy gets to a corner.

Fans rally with “Delete! Delete!” as Orton runs into Hardy’s boots. Hardy goes up, Whisper in the Wind! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Orton stalks Hardy again. They brawl and Hardy counters punches Orton. Hardy whips but Orton reverses, only for Hardy to hit back! Hardy gets the atomic drop and leg splitting leg drop, dropkick on top! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool as he stands back up. He kicks but the Twist is denied. Orton back elbows Hardy into the ropes, and Hardy ends up on the apron. Hardy shoulders back in but Orton catches him, for the draping DDT! Orton gets up again and enjoys the moment as he hears the voices in his head. He stalks Hardy as fans fire up.

Hardy denies the RKO to go for the Twist. Orton slips out but is still denied his RKO, Hardy runs Orton over with forearms! Hardy hurries up top while Orton is down. Orton springs up to stop Hardy with fists. Orton climbs up but Hardy resists. Hardy slips out to trip Orton up! Then Twist of Fate! Orton is down and the shirt comes off as Hardy heads back up. Hardy aims, but Orton rolls away. So Hardy wrecks him with a dropkick! Hardy goes out to clear the announce desk! He drags Orton over and bounces him off the desk again. Then another back suplex onto the table top! Orton writhes, but Hardy is far from done with Orton. Hardy goes to the top rope, but Samoa Joe has a message from the titantron.

Joe is at a bar, enjoying himself while watching the show. And then he orders a round for the bar. RKO from Orton! Cover, Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

“Tough break, Jeff, tough break.” Joe then goes into PSA mode to warn us about the “dangers of excess.” Moderation is key. You can make good choices, like having a drink with friends. Or having 14 and waking up in jail. Assuming you wake up at all. Drink responsibly. Cheers, Hardy. Samoa Joe uses Hardy’s past as a weapon, but will Joe’s future be rendered OBSOLETE?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

He was running from Styles earlier, but why is he still here? The New Bryan doesn’t run. Everything he does is done with purpose. And now, he’s joining commentary for the main event!

 

AJ Styles VS The Miz!

The New Daniel Bryan dodged The Miz’s questions and dodged AJ Styles’ revenge, and even pitted them against each other. While The Phenomenal One will get at Bryan at TLC, he and the Hollywood A-Lister look to settle things with each other tonight! Will Styles roll towards his WWE Championship rematch at TLC? Will The Miz gain some momentum before tonight’s Mixed Match Challenge Playoffs?

SmackDown returns and Bryan has appeared on commentary as promised. The bell rings and Styles puts Miz in a corner for shoulders to the stomach. Styles CHOPS Miz then bumps him off buckles, then chops him again. He whips Miz but redirects him back into the same corner. Styles pushes Miz into buckles but the ref backs him off. Miz kicks Styles and puts on a headlock. Styles powers out but Miz runs him over. Miz says he’s the phenomenal one but things speed up, and Styles dropkicks Miz down! Styles glares at Bryan while Miz rolls out. Styles chases after Miz and they go back into the ring. Miz stomps but Styles sees it coming, and trips Miz up. Styles then slingshots in for a senton! Cover, TWO! Miz jawbreakers Styles back while Bryan mocks Styles on commentary.

Styles chops Miz then whips. Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink knee. Miz brings Styles around and chokes him on the ropes. The ref counts and Miz lets up at 4, to hit his rope attack! Bryan calls out the “corruption” of Byron Saxton while Miz puts Styles in a camel clutch. Styles endures while fans rally. He pries his way out and fights back, but Miz counters Styles into the A-List combination! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool as he rains lefts down on Styles. Miz stalks Styles to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Fans boo and jeer as Miz mocks Bryan’s Yes chant. Miz runs into a SUPERKICK! Styles runs at Miz, but Miz puts him on the apron. Styles hits Miz away but Miz boots Styles down! Miz has control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns once more, and both men are down. Fans rally up as a ten count begins. Both men stand at 4 and start brawling. Styles hits the Phenomenal Blitz! And sliding forearm! Miz scrambles to a corner while Styles fires up. Styles runs in for a big clothesline, then fireman’s carry for the Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Miz lives and Styles is surprised. Styles keeps focus as he brings Miz up for the Clash, but Miz counters with a catapult! Styles hits buckles, and then Miz gets the full nelson. But Styles counters with a victory roll! TWO and Miz kicks low for the basement DDT! Cover, TWO! Now Miz is the one surprised, but fans know “This is Awesome!”

Miz runs but Styles dodges to throw Miz out. Styles aims and slingshots for the forearm! Bryan gets up and Styles locks eyes with him. Bryan says he’s not going to attack, and offers a handshake. But this is so Miz can throw Styles into steps! Miz puts Styles in the ring, gets him up, Finale! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives!! Miz and Bryan are both shocked. Miz keeps on Styles with knees dropped on knees. He wants the Figure Four but Styles shoves him away to the post! Styles gets up but Bryan drags him out! Styles shoves Bryan down and then sees Miz coming, Calf Crusher! Miz flails, taps, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by submission

The Phenomenal One gets the win with two enemies after him, but then Bryan goes after Styles again! Bryan chop blocks Styles’ leg, then slams it into the post over and over again! The new and sadistic Bryan throws Styles’ body into the post! And then he throws Styles into the announce desk, and into the ring. Fans boo and jeer while Bryan aims at Styles. Bryan runs to chop block Styles again! Bryan still goes after the leg with a Heel Hook! Styles writhes and shouts in pain but Bryan won’t let go even as more refs rush the ring. Bryan lets go when he’s satisfied, but fans still boo and jeer. Bryan takes off his jacket to buzzsaw kick Styles down! And then he stomps Styles out like he did the night he changed into this Bryan. Bryan does a victory lap, but still comes back for more!

The New Bryan grabs his belt and forces the ring announcer to make the same declaration as before: “Ladies and gentlemen, here is your WWE Champion, the New Daniel Bryan.” Do the fans not approve? “Fickle!” The entire WWE Universe is fickle in the eyes of this new and sadistic Daniel Bryan! Styles stands up in the ring, and Bryan chop blocks him again!! And back to the Heel Hook as we go off the air! Will this new and sadistic Bryan ever stop? Can this new and sadistic Bryan ever be stopped?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown continues to be great! And with only FOUR matches! The stories on SmackDown are better, for one, so that’s a major part of it. For example, they consolidated the Women’s Division into one story that branches from the title. I am glad to see they didn’t go the general route of a contract signing turning into a brawl, those happen too much. Sonya and Mandy looked great in their match with Asuka and Charlotte, and the falling apart of the Face team was well-done given how late in the match it happened. The battle lines are drawn and the TLC Triple Threat is going to be great, so long as Becky or Asuka win out. Charlotte’s had her time, and she’ll just end up being a female John Cena with yet another big win like this.

The Tag Team Division is another stronger point. The Triple Threat Tag Title match is going to be great, but even tonight’s triple threat of 1v1v1 was impressive! The Bar, The New Day & The Usos are the best teams in the WWE, so I really hope their match is announced to be something more, like a Ladder or Tables match. That kind of No DQ physicality will be great for all three teams, but I’m thinking Big Show shows up to do something. The best thing would be if he helps The Usos and is a Face again, just for a good laugh. Then while we got Orton VS Hardy again, they made it worth watching, as did Samoa Joe’s part via titantron. PSA’s by Joe would definitely get people to listen. That said, I’m still hoping we get a mash-up of Joe-Hardy, Orton-Mysterio and Nakamura-Rusev in one massive match.

Miz’s moment with Shane still makes me think something with them is coming for Wrestlemania, either as Miz VS Shane or as Miz hopes, Miz & Shane VS tag champions. Either way, Miz will make it worth watching. The Miz’s part with Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles was also really great. The New Bryan being this evil eco-warrior is a weird choice, maybe Vince’s, but the rest of how the New Bryan behaves is still great. Especially him using his two biggest rivals against each other. Miz VS Styles was a great match, and then Bryan ending the show with that brutal attack was perfect. I really, really hope this match more than any of the others gets a stipulation like a Chairs Match. Even with other feuds like Becky and Charlotte on the block, Bryan and Styles has gotten extremely personal, so their match needs to fit accordingly.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The three challengers to the Cruiserweight Championship will challenge each other in a Triple Threat! Who proves they’re Buddy Murphy’s biggest threat?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik; Carrillo wins.
  • Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa; Itami wins.

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Drake Maverick hypes up the already exciting night for 205 Live!

It will be one of the most intriguing line-ups with some major implications towards the Cruiserweight Division’s future! First, Humberto Carrillo is officially part of 205 Live and has his second match on air against Lucha House Party’s King of the Ropes! Humberto showed heart against the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, can he show even more against Gran Metalik? Then the Triple Threat main event pits Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami and Kalisto against each other in one last match before the Cruiserweight Championship match! Who seizes a big advantage going into the title match?

 

Aiden English joins commentary!

The SmackDown superstar and symphony singer shifts gears to be alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph on the fastest hour of WWE!

 

Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik!

The man formerly known as Ultimo Ninja has been making quite the waves in NXT and even in his 205 Live debut last week. Humberto didn’t win against the Juggernaut, but he did impress everyone enough to earn his Cruiserweight contract! Will he have a better time against the King of the Ropes? Or will he go a quick 0-2?

The bell rings and Humberto shakes hands with Metalik to show respect. Fans like that, and applaud as the two tie up. Metalik gets a waistlock, but Humberto works his way out to a wristlock. Humberto wrenches but Metalik rolls and reverses. Metalik wrenches but Humberto handsprings and reverses back to a headlock. Fans applaud while Metalik powers out. Things speed up and Humberto shows his agility! He dodges the handspring but Metalik headscissors, only for Humberto to handspring through! They both dropkick but those cancel out, and fans applaud the stalemate. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two go again.

Metalik dodges Humberto to chop him and whip him. Humberto goes up and over and shows off more, then gets Metalik with an arm-drag. Humberto chops and goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Metalik bails out but Humberto builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Metalik down and Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto drags Metalik up and into the ring, then covers, TWO! Humberto keeps on Metalik with a grounded wristlock, then brings Metalik up for a facelock. He suplexes Metalik down and floats to a cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he drags Metalik back up. He scoops and slams Metalik to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Humberto moonsaults, but he gets boots! Metalik gets up and runs to Sling-Dog Humberto down! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps his cool as he drags Humberto up.

Metalik puts Humberto in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Humberto reverses but Metalik walks the ropes to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik is surprised but focused as he wraps on a chinlock. Humberto endures as fans slowly build to a rally. Humberto feeds off the energy and fights out, but Metalik throws him back down. Metalik puts the chinlock back on, but Humberto endures again. Metalik brings Humberto up in the fireman’s carry but Humberto fights out. Hands start flying, then both men duck kicks, but Humberto comes back with an enziguri! Humberto covers, TWO! Metalik rolls to ropes while Humberto grits his teeth. Humberto hurries after Metalik and both men end up on the apron. Humberto brings Metalik up but Metalik boots him back. Metalik brings Humberto in but Humberto boots him.

Fans rally up as Metalik tosses Humberto over the corner. Humberto hits Metalik back then climbs up top. Humberlto hits Metalik with a SUPER Bulldog to the apron! It was a bit double-edged as Humberto hits the floor, but he forces himself back up. Humberto goes up top again as Metalik slowly stands. Humberto leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and Humberto grows frustrated. Humberto and Metalik go to oppsite corners, and Humberto runs in. Metalik dodges but Humberto tumbles to the apron. Humberto SLAPS Metalik away, but Metalik comes back with a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the floor but fans fire up! The referee checks on them both but they’re somehow okay.

Metalik sits up first and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Fans echo it as he puts Humberto in the ring. Metalik climbs and springboards, Swanton! Cover, TWO!! Humberto survives and now Metalik is shocked. Metalik refocuses and waits for Humberto to stand. He drags Humberto up and onto the top rope, then CHOPS him for good measure. Metalik positions Humberto and climbs up to throw forearms. He even SLAPS Humberto to see what the young star has. Metalik prepares but Humberto resists. Humberto fights back and shoves Metalik. Metalik lands on his feet but runs into a boot. Humberto adjusts, leaps, and hits a missile dropkick! Humberto doesn’t cover, he headstands and rebounds for an Aztec Press! Cover, Humberto wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

A huge victory over a 205 Live staple! And Metalik gives him the show of respect he earned. Humberto breaks even at 1-1, but will this first victory be the first of many?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.

Clearly the ground game lobbyists of the Submission Commission are upset that a high-flyer was the first new Cruiserweight signed. But look at how impressive Humberto Carrillo is! Gulak and Gallagher have no words. They storm off but Tony Nese enters and wants a word with the GM. Nese wants a rematch with Noam Dar tonight. Well yes they are tied, and the fans would love seeing that tiebreaker. Maverick will consider it. Consider it? Well yes, he can’t just jump into it. The Rumble is Sunday, the title could change hands– Nese doesn’t care about any of that. Just consider what will happen if Nese doesn’t get his match. Dar has been running his mouth and Nese is tired of it. If Nese doesn’t get the match, then he’ll make his own opportunity. The Premier Athlete has sent his ultimatum, will Maverick take it seriously?

 

Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick speak.

Tozawa says that he’s “had some good times and bad times on 205 Live.” But the past doesn’t matter, this opportunity is huge. Tozawa didn’t travel around the world to be a joke, he came to the WWE to make a name for himself. He will become the two-time Cruiserweight Champion. But can he be the top contender after tonight’s Triple Threat?

 

The Lucha House Party speak.

Lince Dorado knows that 2019 will be a big year for the trio. They’re on both Raw and 205 Live, and they spared the joy of lucha libre to the WWE Universe. But the one thing that they’re missing and will take them to the next level is that Cruiserweight Championship! If one of them wins, they all win! And Kalisto is going to show all the others in that Fatal 4 Way that he IS a threat. Kalisto vows to be that two-time Cruiserweight Champion, with the power of “Lucha! Lucha!” But can speed kill when there are multiple opponents?

 

Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa!

The Lucha Dragon may have his amigos, the Innovator of the GTS may have his hype man, and the Stamina Monster may have the Man with a Plan, but who will have the momentum going into the title match this Sunday?

Before Hideo Itami makes his entrance, he and Ariya Daivari have an interview backstage. What would it mean to finally become Cruiserweight Champion? Daivari speaks for Itami, saying that as the only man who has not held that title, it makes Itami the hungriest and most dangerous superstar. The only thing missing from his already legendary career is WWE gold, so Itami will make an example out of his opponents tonight. Itami speaks in Japanese to say that he is coming for the Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary. Itami makes his entrance, and we begin this match!

But wait, Buddy Murphy makes his presence known! The champion reminds his contenders what they’re fighting for while also keeping an eye on all three of them. And as a bonus, he joins commentary! The bell rings and Itami goes right at Kalisto and Tozawa! Murphy already knows commentary will talk about how a Fatal 4 Way means he could lose the title without being pinned, but that won’t matter because he’s not losing. In the ring, Itami keeps on Tozawa and throws him out. Itami then goes after Kalisto with haymakers and a whip. Kalisto kicks Itami back then runs to tilt-o-whirl haedscissors! He adds a dropkick, then chops Itami before going acrobatic for the arm-drag! Itami bails out but Tozawa returns, and Tozawa hits Kalisto with a missile dropkick! Kalisto bails out but Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo blasts Kalisto into the announce desk!

Tozawa and Murphy stare down, but Itami knocks Tozawa into the desk now! Itami and Murphy stare down for a moment before Itami drags Tozawa up and throws him into barriers. Itami stomps Kalisto thenn puts him into the steel steps! Murphy is confident this won’t happen to him in the match. Itami kicks away on Tozawa then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Tozawa with a whip, then a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Tozawa shows his toughness but Itami kicks him in the back. Itami boots Kalisto out and then soaks up the heat. Itami goes to Tozawa but Tozawa hits him back. But Itami still puts Tozawa in a chinlock to grind him down. Tozawa endures and moves around to a ropebreak.

Itami lets him go but drops elbows right on the back. He stomps Tozawa then goes after Kalisto. Kalisto hits back but Itami rocks him with a European Uppercut and a swift boot! Fans respect that with applause, as does Murphy. Itami goes back to Tozawa and covers, TWO. Itami keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Tozawa again endures. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa fights out but Itami knees low. Itami runs but into a huricanrana! Tozawa gets Itami with a saido suplex! Kalisto leaps in but into a dropkick! Tozawa quickly covers Kalisto, TWO! Now he covers Itami, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool but both Kalisto and Itami go to the apron. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he goes after Kalisto with a forearm. Tozawa builds speed again, but runs into Itami’s lariat! Cover, but Kalisto breaks it in time!

All three men are down and Murphy is amused. Fans build to a rally as all three men slowly stir. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, and Itami hits Kalisto. Kalisto hits Tozawa again, Tozawa hits Itami again, and Itami hits Kalisto again. The rotation continues like this as the three men stand up. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa, Tozawa CHOPS Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto! The rotation continues as Kalisto kicks Tozawa, but Tozawa fakes Itami out to hit Itami and Kalisto with jabs! Tozawa is the only one standing, and even Murphy applauds that. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he runs at Itami. Itami boots him away then climbs up to tornado hotshot Tozawa down. Itami climbs up and makes sure Murphy is watching, but Kalisto kicks Itami!

Kalisto climbs with fans chanting “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto clubs away on Itami as they both stand. He wants the superplex but Itami resists. Tozawa adds on and helps Kalisto, but then Murphy joins in! This is a Triple Threat, so no disqualifications as Murphy helps make this a Tower of Doom!! The Juggernaut says this is just a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, but the referee still insists he leave. Murphy doesn’t listen as he throws Itami into a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He then goes after Kalisto with a heavy forearm, and then throws Tozawa into a corner for another mudhole. Fans duel but Murphy soaks it all up. Murphy goes after Kalisto again but Kalisto kicks him away. Murphy staggers into Tozawa’s boot, then into double SUPERKICKS! Kalisto gives Murphy a Salida del Sol! And Tozawa adds his Tozawa Torpedo!

But then things return to the match as Kalisto knee-board sentons onto Tozawa! Kalisto drags himself back into the ring, and Itami boots him down! Itami drags Tozawa into the ring, stands him up, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Itami is furious but he won’t let off Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up for a strike fest, but Tozawa dodges to give his own. The swinging roundhouse hits! But Kalisto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is down, but Tozawa crawls to a corner. Kalisto runs in at him for a kick to the stomach! Kalisto hauls Tozawa up top and rocks him with another kick. He climbs up to join Tozawa, prepares a superplex, but Itami attacks. Kalisto headbutts Itami then dumps him out hard. He kicks Tozawa again, climbs up again, and SUPER STEINERS! But Tozawa held on and Kalisto hits the floor!

Tozawa stands, leaps, SUPER SENTON! But Kalisto avoids it! Itami blasts Kalisto witht he dropkick, then hits Tozawa with the GTS Mk. II, aka the Sakura Knee! Cover, Itami wins!

Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall

If Murphy made this a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, then we just saw Itami survive them all and win! Will Murphy change things when it really is a Fatal 4 Way? Will Itami repeat this performance? Or will one of the former champions become champion again?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid go-home for 205 Live here, and Aiden English did great on commentary. Percy Watson was okay, but he does better on NXT because it’s not live. And for whatever reason, there seemed to be more fans and more invested fans than last week. And that was fortunate, as Humberto Carrillo has another great match with Gran Metalik. Humberto wins now that he’s officially part of the Cruiserweight Division, and also because it wouldn’t be good for him to lose twice already. Metalik is safe in losing, it helps build Humberto up. I’m pretty sure Humberto is going up against Gulak & Gallagher soon enough, so that’ll also be great for him. He’s a great talent, so he’ll get to the title soon enough, he just needs to build himself up in the eyes of live audiences.

Nese VS Dar 3 is coming, but with Nese making that threat, it’ll probably be after he attacks Dar backstage. The tiebreaker blow-off should feed into a contenders scenario. If anything, including Nese and Dar in a bigger contenders match would be nice, too. Like a Triple Threat that throws in Cedric Alexander, who has history with both men, or a Fatal 4 Way to include Lio Rush because he needs his chance. Tonight’s Triple Threat turning into an unofficial Fatal 4 Way was smart, too, as it keeps the three contenders relatively equal. Itami wins and could defy the math, but I wonder if this opens the door to a two-time champion in Kalisto or Tozawa. Kalisto implying Lucha House Party is like the New Day with Freebird-ing a singles title would be an interesting story to go with, but maybe that’s why it won’t be him.

My Score: 8.2/10


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SmackDown prepares for the Royal Rumble in the biggest ways! Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas, 2 out of 3 Falls! Who gains momentum while breaking the tie?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Naomi VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Rose wins.
  • The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus; Cesaro wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
  • Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas; Mysterio wins, by disqualification.

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The Man starts off SmackDown!

Becky Lynch prepares for her shot at the Empress of Tomorrow at the Royal Rumble PPV, but she’s here in Wichita to say that there’s nothing more than she likes than being in the ring fighting. But The Man has something to say first. It wasn’t too long ago that no one paid attention to Becky. But now everyone has an opinion on who and what she should be. Becky will say this: the only thing The Man should be doing is main-eventing Wrestlemania! Fans agree with that! And she’ll slap the heads off anyone and everyone who gets in her way. That journey starts on Sunday, against Asuka. Becky’s watched Asuka clean out NXT, steamroll the main roster, and is undoubtedly one of the best. “But I’m better.”

Becky reminds us that Asuka never beat Becky for the title. And the fact that isn’t eating her up tells Becky something. The others have warmed themselves on the fire Becky lit, but things change at the Rumble. Becky has dethroned a Queen, and will break the Empress! Becky will walk through fire and brimstone- But speaking of the Empress, here comes Asuka! Asuka stands across the ring from Becky and holds up the belt. She tells Becky in Japanese that she’s not intimidated by the talk. Fans duel as these two argue, but here comes Charlotte! The Queen is going to be in the Women’s Rumble, but she has a mic to tell both Becky and Asuka tonight that “As much as I’m enjoying this, and excited for your match this Sunday”, nothing will be better than her throwing out 29 other women to win the Rumble.

And then the choices she’s got on her plate. Ronda VS Sasha, but Sasha’s someone Charlotte’s beaten so many times, and has beaten the Hell out of Ronda via “Ken” the kendo stick. Then Asuka VS Becky, Charlotte broke the Empress’ Streak, and “The Man” may have gotten her the last few months, but Charlotte has owned the division for four years. And Charlotte IS the Main Event! Charlotte lets out a “WOO~” but Asuka fires off on Becky! A brawl goes down in the ring and Charlotte watches in amusement. Fans cheer but referees come out to break this fight up! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and they do fight, but security comes out to try their hand. It’s no good, Becky gets after Asuka now! Asuka throws Becky into barriers then stomps away! The brawl continues, and Becky throws Asuka over the announce desk!

Referees and security reprimand Becky but she uses her own jacket to whiplash Asuka over and over! The Lass Kicker stands tall, to then clobber Asuka back down! Fans are thunderous as Becky finally backs off. Asuka gets up and is furious, but she’ll have to wait for Sunday to settle things. With this level of fire inside both of them, which woman will blaze a trail down the Road to Wrestlemania?

 

The brawl continues backstage!

Asuka caught up to Becky and the fight again has to be pulled apart! Will these two even make it to Phoenix?!

 

Naomi VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!

The Glow found out about the Golden Goddess trying to seduce and humiliate her husband, but she threw down in the hotel room. This fight finishes in the ring, will Naomi make Mandy #FeeltheGlow in the strongest way? Or will Mandy dim the lights instead?

Naomi doesn’t wait for the bell! She charges through Sonya and gets right at Mandy on the ramp! She throws Mandy into the apron then into the ring. Naomi wants to keep going, but Mandy SLAPS her! The bell rings and now things are official as Naomi fires off slaps of her own! She tops it off with a backhand and Mandy rolls out. Mandy regroups with Sonya while we go picture in picture. Sonya helps Mandy catch her breath and Mandy returns. Naomi is right on Mandy but Mandy puts Naomi in the corner. Mandy stomps a mudhole then backs off at the count of 4. Naomi gets up and SLAPS Mandy! Naomi snapmares and runs for the sliding lariat! Leg drop cover, TWO! Naomi keeps on Mandy with an armlock while Mandy checks her nose.

Naomi wrenches and Mandy endures. But Naomi rubs Mandy’s face into the mat, then pulls her hair before stomping her back down. Mandy checks her nose again as Naomi scoops and slams her. Naomi runs and drops the splits! Cover, TWO! But Naomi doesn’t let up, she’s right back on Mandy with a facelock. They stand up and Naomi whips. Mandy reverses but Naomi slides and shoulders back in. Sonya runs in but gets a kick, Mandy blasts Naomi with a knee! Mandy drags Naomi up and in and covers, TWO! Mandy keeps on Naomi with a rain of right hands! She drags Naomi up for a thrashing chinlock, but now Naomi endures. Naomi fights her way up but Mandy reels her in. Naomi dodges and rolls Mandy up, TWO! Jawbreaker as we return to single picture!

Naomi roundhouses Mandy, then runs for lariats and elbows! Mandy clotheslines Naomi back down then covers, TWO! Mandy glares at Naomi as she stomps her back down. She kicks Naomi to the ropes then chokes her against them. Mandy lets up at 4 while fans boo and jeer. Mandy drags Naomi up for forearms in a corner, but backs off at 4 again. Naomi boots back, and hits the enziguri! She kicks Mandy while she’s down, then stands her up for forearms of her own! Mandy shoves Naomi away, but Naomi come back to hit a huricanrana! Mandy staggers about and Naomi runs, but is put on the apron. Naomi hits Mandy away, but Sonya anchors feet. Mandy takes advantage by shoving Naomi into the post! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall

The duo formerly known as Absolution works together for victory! However, the Royal Rumble is always every superstar for themselves. Will Sonya be willing to help Mandy then? Will Mandy go into business for herself? Or will Naomi get back at both of them with an elimination?

 

Rey Mysterio speaks.

“2006, I was in the Royal Rumble match for over an hour.” He used every trick he had to survive. His speed got the better of bigger competitors. His training gave him the stamina to never slow down. And his will to keep fighting shocked the world. This Sunday, Rey looks to repeat history. But tonight is about respect as he faces Andrade Almas again. Almas took a shortcut to win, but now he won’t have La Muneca ringside. The playing field is even, and Almas will learn that in order to gain respect, he has to earn it. Who will earn massive momentum towards this year’s Royal Rumble match?

 

The Miz meets with Shane McMahon.

Is he ready? He’s ready. The Most Must-See Superstar takes on the Swiss Cyborg up next!

 

The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus!

The #BestTagTeamintheWorld challenges The Bar for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships on Sunday, and the Hollywood A-Lister looks for a singles sweep leading into it! He got the better of the Celtic Gladiator on Shane O’Mac’s birthday, and Shane even got to give Sheamus a Coast2Cake dropkick. Can Miz gain his team more momentum tonight? Or will Cesaro save the champs from going 0-2 against 1/3rd Best in the World?

The bell rings and Sheamus distracts right away so Cesaro can blast Miz with big European Uppercuts! Cesaro does not let up on the EuroUppers until the ref counts 4! Cesaro then deadlift gut wrenches and tosses Miz! The Swiss Cyborg taunts Shane then drags Miz up for a headlock. Miz powers out and things speed up, but Miz gets caught into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps on Miz with a whip but Miz reverses. Miz runs, blocks the boot and kicks the leg against the ropes! Miz backs off, but runs back into another EuroUpper. Cesasro dumps Miz but Miz sunset flips to the Figure Four! Miz has Cesaro in the legendary leg lock but he heads for the ropes. Sheamus helps Cesaro get the ropebreak, then helps him escape the ring.

Miz goes for the wrecking ball dropkick, but gets another EuroUpper for it! The Bar is fired up but Shane keeps Sheamus in check while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Miz fights out of a headlock. Cesaro throws hands but Miz counter punches! Miz backs Cesaro down with rights and lefts, then kicks! Miz goes corner to corner for a dropkick! He keeps going and hits another dropkick! Miz wants a hat trick, and hits the A-List lariat! Fans fire up and Shane applauds while Sheamus panics. Miz climbs up but leaps into another EuroUpper! Cesaro has feet on the ropes but Shane stops that! Sheamus come around and runs Shane over! Miz rolls Cesaro, TWO! Cesaro swings but into a full nelson. He elbows out of the Finale and puts Miz on the ropes. Cesaro chokes, Sheamus gets a cheap shot! Gotch Neutralizer!! Cover, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

But Shane comes back with a vengeance on Sheamus! Cesaro goes after Shane but gets those same fast hands! Shane shoves Cesaro into a post, then clocks him again! Fans are riled up for Shane as he clears off the announce desk! Shane puts Cesaro on top then climbs up high. Fans are anticipating Shane’s trademark madness, but Sheamus shoves Shane down at the barriers! Sheamus drags Miz up to throw him into a post, then The Bar mugs Shane! Cesaro feeds Shane to a BROGUE!! Fans boo and jeer as The Bar stomp away on Shane, but Miz shields Shane with his body. Miz gets clubbing hands and then dragged over to the table.

Cesaro scares off the referee while Sheamus drags Shane up. The Bar work together, to body slam Shane through Miz and the table!! Fans lose their minds over this, but does this mean Shane & Miz will lose out on those titles?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

The Beacon of Light was meant to face the Destroyer in a match last week, but the Destroyer decided to destroy Ali before the bell ever rang! Joe left Ali for dead, but Ali being a former Chicago police officer, he doesn’t back down so easily. Ali learned that eyes tell the whole story. Joe gave Ali a beating and kept asking “Do you understand?!”

Ali understands, but it wasn’t the punching and post tosses that told him. It was Joe’s eyes. And those eyes said Ali wasn’t worthy. Those eyes said Ali was just an example being made. Those eyes said Ali was nothing in Joe’s eyes. But now Joe will have to look into Ali’s eyes and see a man with no fear. It will be a light so bright the darkness has nowhere to hide. Ali’s eyes say he can win. But will his body back up what his eyes are saying?

 

Vince McMahon sees what happened to his son.

He watches backstage as referees and medics help Shane and Miz get up. Somehow Shane and Miz are okay after what The Bar did, but Vince can’t worry about them right now. He has to keep the peace between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles in their face-to-face encounter, next!

 

Vince McMahon heads to the ring!

Wichita greets The Chairman with an ovation as he enters. He’ll hold his thoughts to himself about what just happened to Shane, but he’s sure that tag title match will be incredible. And that brings him to the two most passionate and athletic superstars on SmackDown having their own title match on Sunday. First, the challenger and former champion, The Phenomenal AJ Styles! Styles makes his entrance, and fans give him an ovation. Then, the champion himself, “The New” Daniel Bryan! Fans boo this time for the man who killed the Yes Movement.

But Bryan doesn’t stand in the ring, despite this being a “face-to-face.” Bryan claims this is a trap, and refuses to step into a ring with the “sociopath”, the same man who slammed Bryan into a bunch of “animal carcasses” last week. Bryan’s too embarrassed to stand in the same ring as a man who pandered to the people. He had a vision of the future of AJ Styles once again being WWE Champion. It is an ignorant future, an impotent future and an illiterate future! AJ Styles cannot be allowed to have the title, because he uses it for fame and fortune. Bryan uses it for the “greater good”! Greater good? Is that “Greater good” Bryan acting like a jackass?

This behavior is why the fans want Styles to be their champion. He makes them laugh and cheer and jump around, but he doesn’t make them think or feel guilty when they should feel guilty every day of their lives! Bryan doesn’t care about their feelings, because he’s not the “People’s Champion”, he’s the Planet’s Champion! The planet doesn’t need Styles, it needs Bryan to use this platform to be its voice. If the planet had a voice, it’d be shouting for Bryan to shut up. Styles doesn’t remember Bryan pedaling a bike here. He probably got on a plane to get here. There’s a word for that: fickle. Fans echo “Fickle!” at Bryan. And Bryan talks of being embarrassed? That’s not the feeling. It’s fear.

Styles stood across from many men and has seen that look in their eyes, too. Bryan is afraid of what will happen at the Royal Rumble. Bryan should be afraid. He’s corrupted himself just to have the title. But what happens when he no longer has that title? What will Bryan have left? “Nothing.” Bryan quotes Carl Sagan, but Vince insists he get in the ring. Fans say “YES! YES!” but Bryan knows Vince obviously doesn’t want to listen. The Baby Boomers are the greatest parasites of this world! These fans bow down to Vince, but they don’t realize that Vince’s entire generation just takes and takes but never gives back! They BOW to Vince for it! It’s like Vince just pulled this incredible illusion to conceal the economic debt, but fans are satisfied with social media garbage.

Meanwhile, Vince hordes the wealth and power! Vince has created such an environment where someone like Styles can be a hero! Damn it, Bryan, get in the ring! Styles knows Vince advertised a face-to-face, but that doesn’t mean it has to be in a ring. Styles chases Bryan on the outside! And catches him! Styles throws haymakers then throws Bryan into barriers! Bryan scampers away but Styles keeps on him, throwing him into steel steps! Styles puts Bryan in the ring, takes aim, and springboards, but Bryan uses Vince as a shield! Styles aborts but gets the Knee Plus for it! Fans boo as Bryan takes the belt and retreats. The New Daniel Bryan won’t have anywhere to run at the Rumble, will the real AJ Styles get that belt back?

 

R-Truth and Carmella talk about their respective Royal Rumble matches.

Truth is excited to be Mr. 30 and book his trip to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles or the New Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania. So not the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar? Brock Lesnar’s champion? No, Truth does not want to go to Sioux Falls City. No it’s Suplex City. Same thing. But Truth wouldn’t mind trying the Cruiserweight Champion, Bobby Murphy. No it’s Buddy Murphy. And there’s a weight limit to that Division, Truth. Oh so he’s fat? No he’s just not 205! As for Carmella, she encounters Charlotte. Charlotte thinks she’s just going to waltz her way into the Rumble and Mania? She wasn’t even in last year’s. This isn’t’ just any match, it’s a tornado. You gotta keep a head on the swivel and hold onto the ropes. Plus, Carmella’s Ms. 30, the #GatekeeperinGucci. No one gets through her.

Charlotte tells Carmella it’s fine to be confident. Being 30th is an advantage, but Charlotte is Charlotte. And with a trip to Mania on the line, the match isn’t a tornado, Charlotte is. Who will survive their respective Rumble matches to headline the Greatest Show in Sports Entertainment?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe!

The Beacon of Light said his peace, but The Destroyer’s expression says it all for him on his way out. This match will finally happen, who will send the biggest message this close to the Royal Rumble?

SmackDown returns as Ali makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Ali and Joe approach and Joe throws those swift jabs! Joe stomps Ali in the corner, then grinds his boot in. He scrapes Ali out of the ring, then pursues while trash talking. Joe stand Ali for a CHOP, and Ali staggers to the ramp. Joe drags Ali up and says Ali still doesn’t understand. He throws Ali at the post but Ali hops up to fly back for a crossbody! Ali keeps on Joe with fast hands, and both men get in the ring. Ali dropkicks Joe down, then throws haymakers! The ref counts and backs Ali off, but Joe CHOPS Ali off his feet! Joe drags Ali up and headbutts him back down.

Joe drags Ali up by his hair to then throw into buckles. He runs but misses, Ali forearms him away! Ali slingshots but into throat chops! Ali crashes and burns, we go picture in picture. Joe leaves Ali down and out while a ring count climbs. But Joe then goes out to fetch Ali with a grin, and drags him up for roundhouses. Joe paces around Ali like a shark with blood in the water before putting Ali back in. He rains down rights and stomps on Ali, still smirking. He sits Ali up into an arm surfboard and digs a knee into Ali’s back. Ali endures and powers up to fight out! He runs, but into Joe’s elbow! Joe glares down at the dazed Ali before covering, TWO! Ali lives but Joe is just annoyed. Joe drives his elbow into Ali’s head, then looms over him menacingly.

Joe puts Ali in a corner and gives more jabs and elbows. He stops at 4, but Ali crawls after Joe. Joe says Ali asked for this, and throws hands, but Ali counter punches! Ali backs Joe down then whips, but Joe reverses. Joe runs in for the back elbow and Pele! Ali goes down, Joe covers, TWO! Joe grows further annoyed, but he just smirks as he looks down at Ali. He drags Ali up for a neck wrench, but Ali endures again. Fans rally up and Ali powers up. Ali fights back but Joe knees low and backs Ali down. Joe whips corner to corner but Ali slips out to hit back. Ali slingshots for the facebuster! But he’s too tired to cover! Fans rally up as the ref counts. Both men stir and stand.

Ali ducks the punch to dropkick Joe back! And another dropkick sends Joe out. Ali builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit! Joe staggers but Ali pursues, but Joe puts him in the timekeeper’s area. Ali returns with a leaping crossbody! He tackles Joe down and rains down rights! Ali drags Joe up but Joe shoves him into the ring. Joe returns but Ali kicks and SUPERKICKS, and SUPERKICKS again! Joe staggers, Ali leaps, tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali can’t believe Joe lives, but he doesn’t’ give up. He drags Joe over to a drop zone and climbs up. Joe trips Ali up, then drags him into the Coquina Clutch! Ali flails but Joe drops down with the body scissors! Ali taps, Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission

But Joe won’t let go until Ali falls asleep! Joe sends his message to Ali and the other 28 superstars entering the Men’s Rumble. Will Joe destroy the entire field? Or will there be a shining light in his way?

 

The New Day do Royal Rumble research.

They watch the many saves of Kofi Kingston’s career. Kayla Braxton comes in to ask them about The New Day going every man for himself. Everyone asks this question! Tom Phillips, Renee Young, Mike Rome, now Kayla? Is Tony Chimel gonna ask next? He does! Chimel, be gone! Be gone, Chimel! “Every man for himself”, but that doesn’t matter to The New Day. When one of them wins, they all win! Now, they’ll dog walk erryone, but Kofi wonders if this is the year he can’t save himself. Woods and Big E keep Kofi’s chin up, and Kofi gets an idea. He has a new idea! But he’s not telling you, Kayla. Kayla, no no no. What will Kofi do to keep himself in the Rumble this time? Will this finally be the year he actually wins?

 

Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas!

The King of Lucha Libre and El Idolo have gone back and forth, and now they’ll settle things in the main event before the Royal Rumble! Without Zelina Vega, can Almas stay tranquilo? Or will Mysterio show Cien how it’s done?

The bell rings and we begin the first fall. Almas and Mysterio approach and Almas fires of kicks and punches. He whips and elbows Mysterio down, then drags Mysterio up for a shove. Mysterio kicks back then runs again, but into a torture rack. Almas swings but Mysterio makes it an arm-drag! Mysterio aims at Almas on the outside for a flying huricanrana! Almas is down and we go to break!

SmackDown returns again, and Almas looms over Mysterio. Almas whips but Mysterio reverses, only to be put on the apron. Mysterio shoulders in then swing kicks Almas away. Almas is dazed while Mysterio catches his breath. Mystiero springboards for the seated senton! He keeps moving to springboard again but into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps his cool as he drags Mysterio back up. Almas hammerlocks but Mysterio slips out to sunset flip DESTROYER! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps calm and heads to a corner. He hops up as Almas crawls over, flying wheelbarrow to victory roll, but Almas counters! TWO, and Almas puts Mysterio on the top rope. Mysterio adjusts but Almas trips him up! Almas climbs now, but Mysterio trips him up!

Mysterio goes to the outside, CHOPS Almas, then climbs up to join him. Almas fights Mysterio then gets a fireman’s carry. Mysterio stops Almas, then adjusts to SUPER- No, the Steiner is blocked to a SUPER SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, Almas gets the first fall!

Almas – 1; Mysterio – 0

But this is just the first! The second fall begins, but both men have already given so much. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men catch their breath. Almas stands while Mysterio leans on the ropes. The ref gives the signal, and Almas kicks Mysterio. Powerbomb lift, rebound, another sit-out! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio survives this bomb, but Almas just fires himself up. Almas drags Mysterio up for another bomb, but Mysterio pops through for another DESTROYER!! Cover, Mysterio gets the second fall!

Almas – 1; Mysterio – 1

Things are tied up faster than a hiccup, and now it all comes down to this third and final fall! Both men are down and catching their breath, so we go to one last break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Mysterio dodges Almas in the corner! Almas crashes and burns from corner to floor! Mysterio recovers in the ring while Almas is down and out. Mysterio takes aim, builds up speed, and slides, but into the facelock! Almas drags Mysterio out but Mysterio shoves him into barriers. Mysterio adds an enziguri, but the 10 count climbs. Mysterio returns to the ring at 6, but he’s not gonna leave Almas alone. Sliding sunset bomb into the barriers! Mysterio drags himself away from Almas and gets himself some water. Fans are loving this as Mysterio returns to Almas. He puts Almas in the ring then takes aim from the apron. Fans fire up as he springboards, West Coast Pop! Cover, TWO!! Almas lives but both he and Mysterio are exhausted.

Fans rally up with chants of “619!”, and Mysterio goes to Almas at the apron. Almas drags Mysterio into the draping armbar! Almas lets go at 4, and fans boo as Almas fires himself up. He goes after Mysterio, and throws him into buckles hard. Almas soaks up the heat, and even shimmies like Latino Heat, as he drags Mysterio up. He throws Mysterio at the corner again but Mysteiro stops himself. Mysterio puts Almas on the apron but Almas forearms him back. Almas shoulders in but into Mysterio’s knee. Mysteiro slingshots for another sunset flip powerbomb, but Almas back flips through! Mysterio rolls up but into a bomb to the post! ALmas puts Mysterio in fast, drags him up, hammerlock DDT! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Mysterio survives and Almas cannot believe it! Almas grits his teeth while fans rally for Mysterio again.

Almas goes after Mysterio’s arm with a Fujiwara! Mysterio endures and rolls around, but Almas holds on. Almas brings Mysterio back down but Mysterio refuses to quit. Mysterio drags himself over but Almas drags him away! Almas adds leverage with his legs but fans cheer Mysterio on. Mysterio keeps moving, rolls through, but Almas pushes for a cover. ONE, and Mysterio springs up to the ropes. But Almas trips him up, only for Mysterio to make it a roll up! TWO, and Almas quickly puts Mysterio up on his shoulders. Mysterio hits a reverse-rana! He crawls to a cover, TWO! Both men are exhausted, but Mysterio forces himself back tot he apron. Springboard huricanrana puts Almas on the ropes! Mysterio dials it up, 619 connects! But wait, Samoa Joe!? He apron bombs Mysterio!!

Winners: Rey Mysterio, by disqualification

Mysterio gets the second fall but not the way anyone wanted! But Joe isn’t just after him, he goes right after Almas, too! He throws Almas right into the post, then goes back to Mysterio on the outside. Joe puts Mysterio in the ring, and drags him into the Coquina! Mysterio can’t tap, he’s got nothing left! Joe lets Mysterio go and demands a microphone. “I told you people I came here to make a statement!” And what he just did is exactly what he’ll do to 24 other Rumble entrants. “Because my name is Samoa Joe”– RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! The Viper returns after being gone for weeks! Randy Orton is another of the Rumble participants, is he going to be the one in Joe’s way?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great SmackDown go-home! We have another opening talk segment, but it was to great effect with Charlotte coming out to stake her claim, and then we get that awesome brawl. It was great to have the return from commercial have even more brawling, it really boosts the heat between Becky and Asuka. I’ve been talking about a Triple Threat at Mania, but it really is a shame if it’ll be at the expense of Asuka. The title match will be great, but a part of me wouldn’t mind if Asuka retained and Becky found a different way to go after Ronda. And with hyping Charlotte and Carmella for the Women’s Rumble, I bet Charlotte wins after all to complete the Triple Threat.

Naomi VS Mandy was a surprisingly good match, but that recap package, I feel like this entire story has been about paralleling USA Network’s original reality show, Temptation Island. Ugh. Things like this are why it’ll be better for SmackDown to get on Fox. But as for this story, it’s probably not over since Mandy and Sonya had to cheat. Naomi might find herself a tag team partner to go against them both, and even be part of the Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match, and that will serve as the blow-off.

Vince McMahon’s presence was better used here than on Raw. He helped the show transition from the great Miz VS Cesaro and subsequent beat down into the champion-challenger face-to-face. With the beating The Bar gave Miz and Shane, I’m really hoping Miz and Shane win the belts. It’s not burying The Bar but pushing the Miz-Shane story further. I almost don’t want them to fight each other now, Miz and Shane are doing pretty good together, but it might still happen. And then things can truly be freshened up in the SmackDown Tag Division so a team like SAnitY or Heavy Machinery can come into prominence. Then the Styles-Bryan face-to-face was good, with Bryan’s newest Eco-Heel promo and Vince just not having any of it. Bryan gets away while standing tall, I wonder if that means Styles wins.

Ali VS Joe was good, but naturally Joe won. Ali is talented, and he had a great video promo a la his 205 Live promos, but he’s just not at the level to defeat Joe yet. Mysterio VS Almas was incredible, but Joe attacking at the end was both awful and perfect. Mysterio VS Almas can’t settle just yet, not on a go-home, and Joe makes himself a real threat for the Rumble. But wow, what a great way for Orton to return! RKO Outta Nowhere is classic and effective. I don’t really want Orton to win the Rumble, but there were rumors of Orton VS Styles at Mania. Even if Rollins wins to give us Finn VS Rollins 2, Orton can still find a way through Elimination Chamber or Fastlane. It’s not really the match I want, but it might be coming after all.

My Score: 8.5/10


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