It’s the last NXT UK before TakeOver: Blackpool! Who wins the semifinals to face Mustache Mountain for the tag titles? Plus, Gallus VS British Strong Style!
- Episode 21 – Jamie Ahmed & Dan Moloney VS Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan; Williams & Jordan win.
- Episode 21 – Isla Dawn VS Xia Brookside; Dawn wins.
- Episode 21 – Jordan Devlin VS Damien Weir; Devlin wins.
- Episode 21 – NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinals: Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Grizzled Young Veterans win and will face Mustache Mountain for the titles at TakeOver: Blackpool.
- Episode 22 – El Ligero VS Joseph Conners; Ligero wins.
- Episode 22 – Travis Banks VS Tyson T-Bone w/ Saxon Huxley; Banks wins.
- Episode 22 – Six Man Tag: Gallus VS British Strong Style; Gallus wins.
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Jamie Ahmed & Dan Moloney VS Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan!
“Screwface” joins forces with the Birmingham brawler to see if they can make big waves in the wake of NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool. However, so are the Luckyan and the Bhangra Badboy! Will Williams & Jordan finally cut loose and gain some ground? Or will the pair of powerhouses make their tag debut a success?
The bell rings and Jordan starts against Ahmed. They tie up and Ahmed gets the wristlock. Jordan rolls and spins to reverse and wrench the arm. Jordan tags Williams and Williams gets running for a leap frog attack! Williams brings Ahmed to the mat to drop a leg on the arm. Cover, TWO, but Williams stays on that arm. Williams tags Jordan, Jordan somersaults for a splash! Cover, TWO! Jordan keeps on the arm and fans chant for him, but Ahmed punches his way out. Ahmed whips but Jordan dodges and crossbodies! Jordan runs in at Ahmed for a forearm smash and body shots. Ahmed turns things around but runs into an elbow. Jordan hops up but Moloney distracts him, and Ahmed yanks Jordan off the ropes! Ahmed runs to run Jordan over, cover, TWO!
Ahmed drags Jordan over and tags in Moloney. Moloney throws hands and uppercuts, then throws Jordan with a half hatch. He holds on to throw Jordan again, and then double underhooks for a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Moloney keeps on Jordan’s arm with a hammerlock, but fans rally for Jordan. Jordan sits up as Moloney wrenches. Jordan fights out with body shots, but Moloney clubs him down. Moloney shoves but Jordan backslides, TWO! Jordan back drops Moloney! Tags to Ahmed and Williams! Williams rallies but Ahmed whips. Williams hurdles and springboard back elbows! Fans fire up as Williams runs in at Ahmed. Ahmed puts him on the apron but Williams kicks him back. Moloney runs over but gets a kick, and then Williams springboards to hit Ahmed with a flying elbow!
Williams dropkicks Moloney away and skins the cat, then dodges Ahmed. Jordan tags in, Williams hits Ahmed with a wheelbarrow facebuster! Williams DIVES onto Moloney while Jordan Swantons onto Ahmed! Cover, Jordan & Williams win!
Winners: Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan, Jordan pinning
They finally did it! They finally won as a team! And not even Williams & Jordan can believe it! Is this the start of something great for this high-flying and fun-loving duo?
Gallus heads to the ring!
The Scottish trio has done what they want to who they want in the pursuit of making the NXT UK Division into their kingdom. Mark Coffey keeps Wolfgang calm over their loss in the NXT UK Tag Team Championship tournament, but Joe Coffey brings up a mic. “You hear that, Mark? You hear that Wolfie? No one likes us, but we do not care!” Fans chant “No One Likes You!” But Joe tells brother Mark and ol’ Wolfie that the only thing on the agenda for Gallus is next episode: finally, Gallus VS British Strong Style! British Strong Style has been ducking them, and Gallus as a unit will work to beat them. But Joe is specifically after the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne. Fans chant for the Bruiserweight and Mark keeps Wolfgang calm.
Gallus vows to give British Strong Style what’s coming to them, and Dunne will be lucky to walk out of the ring to even go to Blackpool. “Because this is your kingdom, Mark. Wolfie, this is your kingdom. And that WWE UK Championship is mine! Joe Coffey, the Iron King!” Joe drops the mic, his message has been sent. Will Dunne & Mustache Mountain respond with the fight they bring in the coming Six Man Tag?
NXT UK held a special Women’s Championship press conference.
Sid Scala and Johnny Saint presided as press asked questions. Toni Storm won the Mae Young Classic, but what would it mean to win the title at TakeOver: Blackpool? The MYC was a height Toni never thought she’d reach, but the title is on a different level. Toni has lived in the UK for years while Rhea Ripley just comes and goes. Toni wants to properly represent the Division and the region as champion. Rhea is the inaugural champion, but what will she do to keep that title? The Mosh Pit Kid repeats the question back at the reporter. Really? That’s the question you go with? Toni’s right there, so Rhea’s not gonna give any of her secrets up. Toni says it wouldn’t matter. But Rhea says Toni lost to her the first time, she’ll lose again.
To that point, Toni did fail to win the title the first time, so what’s changed? When bad things happen to people, people change to become tougher. Toni went numb from her back injury, but things change. She won that Mae Young Classic, she defeated some of the best and shined on Evolution’s stage. What chance does Rhea have now that Toni’s done all that? What does this “joker” have now? Her previous victory. Toni vows to win the title, but Rhea just laughs it off.
Another question for Rhea: some say that win over Toni was “a fluke”, and Rhea is just a Toni Storm knock-off. Rhea asks if they’re implying she’s some kind of joke. A copy of Toni? No! Rhea is 110% herself, Toni is the joke! It’s not #ToniTime, it’s #RheaTime because she already beat Toni once. Rhea rubs it into Toni’s face, and says this title is hers. Toni’s time is over, so what’s she gonna do? “You’re pathetic!” Toni and Rhea stare down but Saint keeps the peace. Rhea says Toni has no chance of ever taking that belt from Rhea. Rhea takes her belt and leaves, but will it be her belt after TakeOver?
El Ligero speaks.
“Joseph Conners wants to dismiss me as nothing more than a shiny new toy?” Ligero and Conners have been back and forth as friends and foes. Conners knows what it took to get here. So if he wants to try and dismiss Ligero, Conners better back up his words. The Light VS The Righteous, who wins just days before TakeOver: Blackpool?
Isla Dawn VS Xia Brookside!
The White Witch of Scotland and the young second generation superstar both look to make major moves in the UK Women’s Division! Whether it’s Toni or Rhea that comes out of Blackpool the champion, will one of these two women be waiting for them?
The bell rings and fans rally for both women. Xia offers a handshake, and Isla accepts it. Fans applaud for the respect between the two women as they tie up. Isla gets the wrist but Xia laces through to reverse. Isla rolls and reverses back. Xia uses the ropes to flip through and reverse again. Isla rolls and wrings Xia out but Xia rolls through. Xia says not so fast, and fans applaud. Xia and Isla shake hands again and circle. They tie up and Xia gets a headlock. Isla reverses to a keylock then arm-drags Xia to the mat. Isla keeps on the lock but Xia kips up to tilt-o-whirl to a headscissor takeover!
Xia squeezes and Isla endures to move around and pop out. Isla traps Xia’s legs in the butterfly deathlock. Xia grabs at Isla but Isla shoves her down to keep on the legs. Fans rally up and Xia crawls to the side. Xia tucks in and throws Isla to a cover, TWO! The two stand off and fans applaud. Isla and Xia tie up again, then Isla wraps Xia up in a straitjacket hold. Xia powers her way out of the hold as fans rally, but Isla spins it around to put it back on. Xia wiggles the jacket down and then turns it on Isla! Isla endures the hold now, and powers it back onto Xia. Xia bridges backwards, avoids a cover, and rolls back to mount Isla! Isla is back in the straitjacket, but she slips out to flip Xia over!
Isla rams her knee in as she pulls the jacket tighter. Fans duel as Isla pulls Xia back! It’s also a cover but Isla gets shoulders up. Xia flips over to make it a cover, ONE, but the jacket is back on! Isla powers Xia to a corner then throws her off. Xia dodges to roll Isla, ONE, Isla sits on Xia! TWO to a sunset flip, TWO and Isla jackknifes. Xia slips through, TWO, Isla sunset flips Xia, TWO, Xia jackknifes, TWO! Isla bridges up and spins around to a backslide, ONE! Xia tilt-o-whirls to a crucifix, TWO, but she hops up again for a victory roll! Isla sits on it, Isla wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
A terrific technical exchange, but Isla just has a little more experience than Xia, and that gives her the win. The White Witch shows respect to the younger star with a handshake, and Xia even bows to show greater respect. Will Isla be waiting on the other side of Blackpool to challenge the champion?
NXT UK looks at the coming No Disqualification grudge match.
Eddie Dennis says his issues with Dave Mastiff are not about jealousy. Mastiff won their first encounter, but Dennis won’t let everyone think The Bomber is the monster. Dennis is the monster. Dennis has looked in Mastiff’s eyes. “They’re not the same as these eyes.” Mastiff may have 60 pounds on Dennis, but he lacks the killer instinct. “The willingness to do whatever it takes to put a man down.” Dennis vows to put Mastiff down in Blackpool, and prove himself the one true monster of the UK. Will the Headmaster prove he’s the head monster against The Bomber?
Jinny attacks Isla Dawn backstage!
When the live feed cut away, the Spoiled Princess attacked her prey, and from behind! Jinny tells Isla “This is the difference between a witch and a queen.” Security backed Jinny off, but has she riled up the wrath of Isla Dawn?
Jordan Devlin VS Damien Weir!
The Ace Trumps All, but he’s also out to fold all the wannabes and pretenders of the division! Devlin’s set his eyes on the Kiwi Buzzsaw, but he’ll first look to show Travis Banks what’s in store for him when they meet in the ring. Will Devlin have a hot hand going into his match with Banks? Or will Weir surprise us all when he trumps the Irish Ace?
The bell rings and fans cheer Weir on only because they don’t like Devlin. Devlin knees Weir low then goes after the arm. Devlin tosses Weir overhead, then wrenches the arm from wrist to elbow. Weir endures but Devlin drags him up for a heavy European Uppercut. Devlin grinds elbows and forearms into Weir’s face in the corner. Devlin backs up at 4 but stomps away. He wraps Weir’s arm around the rope and pulls, but backs off again at 4. Devlin says Weir isn’t even a challenge, that Devlin’s toying with him. But Weir fires off forearms! Weir swings, but Devlin hits the urenage and standing moonsault! Devlin chooses not to cover, he toys with Weir more. Devlin hits a backbreaker and makes it a rack to bend Weir back.
Weir endures as Devlin drives in elbows to the ribs. Fans rally up for Weir as Devlin digs his knuckles in. Weir fights out, but gets an atomic backbreaker. Devlin drags Weir up to stomp him out. Fans still cheer for Weir but Devlin brings Weir around for a half surfboard. Devlin digs his knee into Weir’s back as he pulls on the arms. Weir still endures, but Devlin tells him to quit or get dislocated shoulders. Weir doesn’t give in, and he stands up, only to get a knee and clubbing forearms. Devlin says he’s going to end it, and he lifts Weir in a fireman’s carry. Devlin pops Weir up but Weir victory rolls! TWO, and now Devlin is furious. But Weir enziguris Devlin out of the ring!
Weir builds speed, but runs into a swing kick. Devlin grimaces as he slingshots in for a cutter! Devlin drags Weir up and reels him in for the ripcord back suplex! And finally, fireman’s carry to Ireland’s Call! Cover, Devlin wins!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
Devlin again tells Weir he doesn’t belong, then demands the ref raise his arm. The ref does as told, and the Iron Irishman soaks up all the heat from the UK fans. Devlin demands a mic, and tells everyone “Don’t worry abuot it. I’ll do me own interview.” But before Devlin can ask himself questions, Travis Banks runs into the ring! The Kiwi Buzzsaw scares off The Irish Ace, and then picks up the mic for himself. Banks has the fans chanting for him as he tells Devlin, “You wanna challenge the Kiwi Buzzsaw? Why wait? Let’s do it, right now!” Banks wants this fight now, but Devlin says this fight happens on his time. When will Devlin give Banks the fight Devlin started?
Backstage interview with Mustache Mountain.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate are here to watch the other semifinal match main event. There’s no team they’re avoiding, because they’re the most experienced team here. Gibson & Drake, Webster & Andrews, whichever pair it is, they’ll get a run for their money. Blackpool is where this all began, and it will end with Mustache Mountain holding those tag team titles. “Let’s do this, mate.”
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinals: Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
This semifinal comes about from Johnny Saint granting the Welshman Air Force a rematch with Zack Gibson & James Drake, after the interference of the Italian Tank, Fabian Aichner, cost them the win. As such, Aichner and new ally, Marcel Barthel, are banned from ringside to keep this match fair and square. Mustache Mountain awaits the winners in the finals at Blackpool, who wins a chance at history?
The bell rings and Andrews starts against Drake. Gibson distracts the rockstar so that Mr. Mayhem can attack from behind! Then Drake hits the Modfather as he gets in. Drake comes back to tag Gibson and they stomp away on Andrews in the corner. Gibson shoves Webster off the apron then tags in Drake. The GYV work together for a Doomsday Device on Andrews! Cover, TWO!! Drake and Gibson are shocked, but they toss Andrews out. Tag to Gibson and Gibson picks up Andrews. Drake slingshots for the stomping backbreaker! Gibson puts Andrews in and covers, TWO! Andrews survives and the GYV are frustrated. Gibson drags Andrews up but Andrews hits back. Andrews hits Drake, but runs into a throat chop! Cover, TWO, but Gibson keeps on Andrews with a cobra clutch. Andrews endures as fans rally up.
Drake tags in and Gibson feeds Andrews to Drake’s forearm! Cover, TWO! Drake drags Andrews up for a cravat neck wrench, but fans rally for Andrews again. Gibson tags in and they mug Andrews. Gibson drags Andrews up and reels him in for a lariat. Cover, TWO! Gibson gets on Andrews right away with a half nelson chinbar. Fans rally up yet again as Andrews endures. Andrews powers up but Gibson wrangles him back down. Andrews keeps trying, but Drake tags in. Gibson scoops but Andrews slips out. Drake intercepts and the GYV double whip. Andrews ducks the lariat but can’t reach Webster. Andrews shoves Drake into Gibson, tag to Webster! The Modfather rallies with a springboard quebrada! Gibson rolls out and Webster dropkicks Drake again and again! Webster redirects Drake for a tackle and fast hands!
Fans fire up with Flash as he runs corner to corner. Drake puts him on the corner but Webster hits him back, to then fly onto Gibson with the Rude Boy Block! Webster hurries back in and tilt-o-whirls into double underhook, Baba O’Riley facebuster on Drake! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and sing for Flash as he and Drake sit up. Webster drags Drake up but Drake forearms back. Gibson tags in but Webster fights them both. But Gibson traps Webster and Drake adds the enziguri! Gibson goes to throw Webster but Webster slips out. Webster runs at Gibson but gets put on the top rope. Gibson goes after the bad shoulder, then shoves Webster over. But Webster body scissors Gibson out! Andrews tags in and FLIES onto Gibson for a huricanrana!
Andrews puts Gibson in but Drake returns. Webster knee triggers Drake out! Webster helps Andrews hit a standing 450! Cover, TWO!! Gibson survives and Andrews is shocked, but fans are loving this. Andrews gets up and drags Gibson over. But Drake yanks Webster off the apron! Gibson rolls for Shankly Gates but Andrews slips out. Andrews ducks but turns around for a Ticket to Ride! Cover, TWO!! Fans are loving this as Gibson and Andrews both slowly stand. Tag to Drake and Gibson lifts Andrews. Andrews fights both Grizzled Young Veterans, and kicks Gibson away. Andrews SUPER STEINERS Drake into Gibson! Webster hits them both with a Swanton! Andrews tags in and they target Drake. Knee trigger to reverse-rana! Andrews intercepts Gibson but Gibson barrels through to break the cover!
Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” All four men crawl to ropes. Gibson rolls out, Andrews builds speed and DIVES, but into Helter Skelter on the ramp! Drake rolls Webster, TWO!! Flash hits the headbutt! Webster wobbles but drags Drake up. Webster wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but Drake blocks it! Tag to Gibson, throat chop, Ticket to MAYHEM!! Cover, Grizzled Young Veterans win!!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson pinning
Liverpool’s Number One wins in Liverpool alongside his best friend and partner in crime! Gibson and Drake move on to Blackpool, but can they make history as the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions?
El Ligero VS Joseph Conners!
The Light knows the Righteous Killer’s mission, but will not let himself be dismissed as just some “shiny toy”. These two have history from long before NXT UK, but will history repeat itself between them?
The bell rings, and Conners immediately picks Ligero up and powers him to a corner! Conners swings but Ligero dodges. Things speed up and Ligero huricanranas Conners. Conners puts Liger on the apron but Ligero comes back. LIgero baits Conners into a roll up, TWO! Ligero calf kicks Conners down and fans fire up. Conners staggers to a corner and Ligero runs in again. Conners slips out but LIgero follows. Ligero fires off strikes but Conners shoves him into the post! Ligero goes down hard and fans boo as Conners looms over the Leeds Luchador. Conners drags Ligero up and onto the apron to club away on the back. Conners backs off at 4 and gets in at the ref’s ring count of 7. Fans rally up for Ligero but Conners drags Ligero up for a BIG lariat! Cover, ONE, but Conners keeps on Ligero with a low boot.
Conners toys with Ligero, then stomps him on the back. He drags Ligero up for a suplex, then rebounds on the ropes for more momentum! Cover, ONE! Conners keeps his cool as he drives elbows into Ligero’s head. Conners puts Ligero in a half nelson chinbar, but Ligero endures being thrashed around. “You haven’t got it!” Conners shouts as he thrashes Ligero around. Fans rally up again and Ligero powers his way up. Conners clubs him on the back and Ligero crawls to a corner. Ligero elbows Conners back, then chops him. Conners shoves Ligero but misses in the corner, and Ligero tosses him with a back drop! Ligero runs in at Conners but Conners dodges, only for Ligero to turn around and rally with lariats. Ligero ilfts Conners for a fireman’s carry slam and buzzsaw kick! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud this closely contested match-up as the two men stand.
Ligero goes at Conners but Conners shoves him back. Conners scoops but Ligero slips out to mule kick. Ligero goes for sliced bread but Conners denies. Conners drives Ligero down with boots! Fans boo as Conners’ anger boils up. Conners drags Ligero up by his mask and grinds him into buckles. The ref counts and Conners backs off at 4, but he slowly stalks Ligero. Conners drags Ligero up by his mask again, but Ligero arm-drags! Thigns speed up, Ligero springboards for a tornado DDT! Cover, Ligero wins!!
Winner: El Ligero, by pinfall
The Light triumphs over the dark heart of Conners! Ligero is more than just a toy, but will Conners be back for another try at breaking him?
Backstage interview with Grizzled Young Veterans.
James Drake & Zack Gibson are on their way to Blackpool, and possibly on their way to becoming the NXT UK Tag Team Champions. How are they feeling? Do you know who you’re speaking to? The GYV are undefeated, and they deserve those titles! Gibson calms Drake down, and says that ahead of Blackpool, they’re still the undefeated tag team. They’re so confident, they’ve already cleared spots on the mantel for the title belts. They’re so confident that they’ll go to Facebook Live for an early celebration to talk with their legions of fans to speak on the defeat of Mustache Mountain, and the rise to glory of “the best tag team on this brand, the best tag team anywhere in the world, SOON to be recognized as the very first NXT UK Tag Team Champions.” Confident and intense, will these Grizzled Young Veterans have those belts for their own?
NXT UK looks at the coming No Disqualification grudge match.
The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, says Dennis’ jealousy did start this. “Eddie had something to prove”, but Mastiff put him in his place. The only undefeated monster is The Bomber. Maybe Dennis just couldn’t handle the fact he’s not good enough, and decided to make it personal. Dennis knows he can’t get it down the traditional way so he’ll throw the rule book out. Mastiff is fine with that. Dennis needs to realize what he’s doing. Dennis claims Mastiff lacks a killer instinct, but Mastiff says Dennis lacks a lot more than that. “Nobody has every pushed me this far before, Eddie. And if you want to know what killer instinct is all about”, Blackpool will be where he learns it. Will Mastiff teach Dennis the ultimate lesson when they collide at TakeOver?
Travis Banks VS Tyson T-Bone w/ Saxon Huxley!
The Kiwi Buzzsaw wants nothing more than to tear into the Irish Ace after all the trash that’s been talked. However, he’ll have to bide his time and sharpen his teeth on the Gypsy King. Will Banks be ready to trump the Ace? Or will T-Bone take advantage of Banks’ split focus?
The bell rings and Banks circles with T-Bone. Saxon lurks on the apron and T-Bone takes advantage! T-Bone tosses Banks then clubs him down. He kicks Banks in the ribs, but fans sing for the Buzzsaw. T-Bone drags Banks up but Banks ducks to fire off body shots and forearms! Banks uses knees to stagger T-Bone, but T-Bone shoves him back. Banks blasts T-Bone with a dropkick, then runs in for leaping double stomps! Fans fire up with Banks as he glares at T-Bone. Banks kicks T-Bone now, but here comes Devlin!
Devlin mocks Banks wearing the same New Zealand cape he does. T-Bone gets up and throws a boot, but Banks blocks and throws T-Bone down. Banks fires off kicks on T-Bone, then a SUPERKICK! Banks makes sure Devlin sees the Shining Wizard! Saxon gets up but gets rocked, and then T-Bone gets a Slice of Heaven! Cover, Banks wins!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall
Devlin rushes the ring to attack Banks! Seems Devlin found his fighting spirit this time! But Banks makes him pay for it as he grounds ‘n’ pounds! Devlin ducks one kick but gets another! Banks runs, but Devlin dodges Slice of Heaven to run away. The Kiwi Buzzsaw dares Devlin to fight fair and square, but that’s still not tonight for Devlin. When and where will we see this grudge match finally happen?
Johnny Saint makes it official!
To finally settle this grudge between Kiwi Buzzsaw and Irish Ace, Banks and Devlin face off at TakeOver: Blackpool! Who will make history as having one of the first victories on NXT UK’s first major event?
NXT UK looks back at the short but furious history of the UK Women’s Championship.
The crowning match in the finals of the tournament literally hurt Toni Storm, as her back started to give out under the torture from Rhea Ripley. The Mosh Pit Kid shocked herself and the world when she won that title. Rhea would rip through her opponents, from Dakota Kai to Isla Dawn, but the Lightning from Down Under returns to take another shot. Toni is now the Mae Young Classic 2018 winner, so she wants to escalate history by winning the title at NXT UK’s first ever major event. But Rhea says it’s not #ToniTime, and she proved it by winning the first time around. Toni’s road back has been hard work and determination, but Rhea doesn’t care. Aussie VS Aussie, attitude vs attitude, will the Storm be taken under by the Riptide again? Or will Lightning strike to change history?
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS British Strong Style!
The war has come to a head, and now Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers finally get their match with Pete Dunne & Mustache Mountain! Will Trent Seven & Tyler Bate gain final momentum towards their NXT UK Tag Team Championship match? Will it be the Bruiserweight or the Iron King who has the upper hand going into their own WWE United Kingdom Championship match?
The teams stare down and things get a bit tense. Liverpool is strongly on British Strong Style’s side, and teams sort out as the fans chant. Bate starts against Coffey and fans chant “Big Strong Boys!” The two tie up and fans sing for Bate as they break. Bate and Coffey go around and tie up again. Coffey pushes Bate back, but Bate puts his dukes up. They tie up again and have a test of strength. They push shoulders against shoulders, and Bate bridges as Coffey shoves him back. Joe sweeps the legs but Bate bridges again. JOe does it again, but Bate bridges again. Bate continues to avoid pinfalls, and even manages to support Joe’s weight! Bate powers up from the mat and shows he’s a Big Strong Boy by pushing Joe back. But Joe knees low and wrenches the arm.
Joe grinds the shoulder but Bate endures. Joe wrenches again, but Bate rolls back and handsprings to dropkick Joe away! Bate kips up and now the corners empty for a full six man stare down. The ref keeps the peace, and both teams back off. Joe tags to Wolfgang, so Bate tags Seven. Seven and Wolfgang tie up and Wolfgang gets a headlock. Fans sing for Seven as he powers out, but Wolfgang runs him over. Things speed up and Wolfgang throws Seven to ropes, but Seven comes back with a crossbody! The corners again empty and shoving starts between both sides. The ref shouts for them to back down again, and the teams listen to the official. There’s trash talk as Wolfgang tags in Mark Coffey, and Seven tags in Dunne!
Dunne and Mark circle and tie up. They go around and Mark gets a headlock. Dunne squeezes back and powers out. Things speed up and Dunne runs Mark over with a lariat! Wolfgang runs in, and the brawl is on! Gallus and British Strong Style fight all over the ring and the ref can’t get them to listen this time. Bate clotheslines Wolfgang out and Dunne throws Mark. Joe runs at Seven but Seven tosses him out! British Strong Style controls the ring and fans fire up. Gallus regroups and talks strategy. Mark runs in but into a drop toehold! Dunne hammerlocks and grabs Mark’s other arm. Dunne goes after the fingers one at a time, then the elbow. He shifts to the legs for a surfboard! Mark resists, so Dunne decides to stomp the knees! Dunne kicks Mark while he’s down, then tags to Seven.
Seven takes the hand-off and wrenches the arm to scoop slam Mark. Cover, TWO, but Seven keeps on Mark with a fireman’s carry. Tag to Bate, and Seven throws Mark down with a Wasteland slam. Bate hops up, and knee-boards for the senton! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps on Mark with a headlock and punches. HE wrenches and whips Mark but Mark reverses. Wolfgang is there but Bate knocks him away. Mark spins Bate with a full nelson to a suplex! Mark tags brother Joe and the Coffey boys mug Bate. Joe whips Bate into the corner, then tags in Wolfgang. Wolfgang clubs away with ax handles. Wolfgang drags Bate around to stomp him. He clutches his arm, but Wolfgang whips Bate to the corner. Tag to Joe, and Joe headbutts and haymakers Bate.
Joe whips Bate back in, then again. Joe double underhooks for a standing butterfly hold. Fans rally and Bate powers up, but Joe lifts Bate. Bate resists the suplex, so Joe keeps on the butterfly hold. Joe pushes Bate to the mat, then shifts to an armlock. Joe mounts and knocks Bate down, to then drag him up with nerve holds. Fans rally for Bate as he powers up and out. Bate elbows Joe but Joe body shots Bate. Joe whips Bate to Gallus’ corner and tags in Wolfgang. Wolfgang knees low then brings Bate around for another whip. Bate goes up and under, but gets caught in a waistlock. Bate standing switches and leap frogs, hot tag to Seven! Seven redirects and CHOPS away on Wolfgang! Seven whips Wolfgang for a back drop! He makes sure to hit Joe Coffey before DIVING onto Wolfgang!
Seven fires up and runs at Wolfgang in the corner for another chop! Seven dodges Mark to send him into Wolfgang, then throws Mark with a snap dragon suplex! Wolfgang denies Seven a second one, then moonsaults up, only to get Mark! Seven brings Wolfgang up for a scoop side slam! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Seven drags Wolfgang around. Seven spins it around but Wolfgang shoves Seven right out to the barriers! Mark barrels into the rnig, but it’s a distraction so that Joe can throw Seven into steel steps! Joe puts Seven into the ring for Wolfgang, who SPEARS Seven down! Cover, TWO!! Seven survives and frustrates Gallus. Mark tags in to stomp away on Seven. Fans rally as Mark clubs away on Seven. Mark puts Seven in the corner and tags to brother Joe.
Joe wrenches and reels Seven in for a facelock. Seven endures as fans sing for him. Joe wrenches and punches away on Seven, then tags brother Mark. Mark puts on the facelock, and Seven starts to fade. Mark puts Seven in the corner and Joe tags in. The Coffey boys mug Seven but Seven fights back! Wolfgang holds Seven’s tights to keep him trapped as Joe throws body shots! Joe puts the facelock back on and grinds Seven back down. Seven endures, and Joe throws haymakers. Joe coordinates with Wolfgang, and tags in as Wolfgang climbs. Wolfgang drops ax handles on Seven’s back, then tags Joe back in. Joe climbs now but Seven fights out! Seven CHOPS Joe but Joe grabs hair! Joe drags Seven in but Seven throws more hands. Seven climbs up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up as both men crash down!
Seven crawls for his corner but so does Joe. Hot tags to Wolfgang and Dunne! The Bruiserweight Rallies, even as Mark runs in. Dunne’s enziguri hits Wolfgang and Dunne whips Mark for a rebound German Suplex! Dunne kicks Mark’s arms out, then gives him an X-Plex! Wolfgang blocks a kick but Dunne rolls him into a kneebar! Wolfgang crawls and claws around. He drags himself to Gallus’ corner and tags in Mark! Mark drops an elbow, but into a triangle hold! Mark rolls around back towards Gallus’ corner and tags back to Wolfgang. Wolfgang climbs up, for the Howling! But even he gets caught into an armbar! Wolfgang shifts through but into the Kimura! Dunne is savvy, but Wolfgang is strong enough to suplex out! Fans are thunderous as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Joe and Bate!
Bate rallies with EuroUppers on the Iron King! Joe reverses the whip but runs into the knee. Bate hops up for a flying EuroUpper! Bate runs corner to corner, for another EuroUpper! He whips Joe but Joe reverses again. Joe runs, misses, but elbows Bate away. Joe double jumps but misses the crossbody! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO, and fans reach a fever pitch. Joe whips Bate but Bate wheelbarrows. Joe swings Bate around like that, Bate still victory rolls! TWO!! Bate scoops Joe for the airplane spin! They go around and around, and around and around! Fans give a standing ovation for this ultimate spin cycle! Bate finally stops to drop Joe, then falls on his butt. The Big Strong Boy has Liverpool on their feet as he goes for the Tyler Driver. Joe slips out, and sees Bang coming! Joe headbutts, but BOP comes around the other side!
Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Mark and Seven! Mark enziguris the punch away, but Seven swings Mark out for the Seven Star Lariat! But it was Seven’s bad arm, so that alone hurts. Tag to Bate, tag to Dunne. Mustache Mountain lifts Mark, and Dunne adds a backstabber to their back suplex bomb! Cover, but Wolfgang breaks it! Seven goes after him but Wolfgang throws Seven out. BANG hits Wolfgang, and Bate DIVES onto Wolfgang! Dunne kicks Mark down, then glares at Joe. Joe has Dunne’s title belt, and Mark rolls Dunne up! TWO, enziguri from Mark rocks Dunne! Tag to Joe, and Joe drags Dunne up. Joe hits the powerbomb! Cover, but Seven breaks it just in time!
Wolfgang returns but Seven throws him out by his ponytail. Seven’s backhand finishes it, but Mark rocks Seven. Bate’s rebound lariat takes out Mark, but Joe’s pop-up EuroUpper takes out Bate! Joe and Dunne are left alone in the ring, and the two fire off with fast hands! Neither man backs down but they do slow down. Dunne rocks Joe with the forearm, then brings his hands down, to stomp them! Buzzsaw kick on top, but Dunne runs into the headbutt! Joe runs corner to corner, but into a kick! Both men are down and fans again reach that fever pitch. Dunne and Joe slowly stir as their allies regroup. Joe goes to tag Wolfgang but Dunne intercepts! Dunne has the fingers, Wolfgang tags from the back side.
SNAP go the fingers, and Bitter End! But Wolfgang sentons onto Dunne! Tag to Bate, and Bate dodges Wolfgang to huricanrana Wolfgang back out. Bate aims at the cluster as he climbs up top. Bate LEAPS for a corkscrew senton onto everyone!! Fans fire up as Bate quickly gets Wolfgang back in the ring. Bate staggers over on noodle legs as Wolfgang slowly stands. Bate lifts Wolfgang but Wolfgang slips out. Joe tags in as Bate hits the rolling kick on Wolfgang! Bate sees Joe and has the underhook, but Joe back drops out. Bate lands on his feet, blocks All the Best, but his rebound gets the second shot! Cover, Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus, Joe Coffey pinning
The Scotsmen are victorious in this six man showdown! The Iron King stares down the Bruiserweight, and tells him their fight is coming. Will Joe Coffey be the man to finally dethrone Pete Dunne?
An incredible pair of episodes for NXT UK’s first go-home sequence! A lot of tag based action, such as Williams & Jordan finally making it a victory for their duo. I was almost afraid they were going to have a tag team break-up story, but both guys are too good as Faces to turn them now. Maybe in the post-TakeOver days for NXT UK, Williams & Jordan can move up on the card to be slightly less than jobbers to the stars. Andrews & Webster VS Grizzle Young Veterans was a great semifinal match, and naturally it is the Heels who move on to face the Faces in Mustache Mountain. I was surprised Aichner & Barthel didn’t attack after, but they have plenty of chances to settle the tag team feud with Andrews & Webster post-TakeOver. Mustache Mountain VS GYV is going to be incredible, and I can’t really say which way it’ll go.
Isla Dawn and Xia have a solid Face VS Face match, and Jinny’s attack backstage works to escalate her story with Isla. That will likely be another post-TakeOver match, and that should decide the next challenger to the Women’s Championship. I really liked the “press conference” segment, though I think they forgot that the canon timeline is Mae Young Classic before the NXT UK Women’s Championship tournament. Toni’s line about going through incredible talents like Meiko Satoumura and Io Shirai is now a little out of place, but that’s a small concern. Rhea also did great as her Heel persona, and their rematch in Blackpool will be just as amazing and hard to call as the NXT UK Tag Title match.
Ligero and Conners had a great match, but this is too soon to be a blow-off. Conners will likely attack post-TakeOver and things will escalate. Devlin and Banks did great in building their story while having matches with others. Dennis and Mastiff have great promos to hype their match, and that No Disqualification will be rough. Devlin VS Banks and Dennis VS Mastiff again could go either way, but I feel that if Mastiff comes out the winner, and him being undefeated, he has to get a title shot. The Six Man Tag was insane, practically a TakeOver level match itself. I was really surprised Gallus won, but since they did, it fit for Joe to get the pin. Joe standing tall now, the math would mean Dunne wins, but who knows. NXT UK might subvert that expectation, and Joe wins to change the hierarchy of the division.
My Scores: Episode 21 – 8.5/10; Episode 22 – 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)
SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!
The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!
After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
- Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; cancelled.
- Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
- Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Natalya wins.
- Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
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Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!
The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.
First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.
Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.
So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.
Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?
The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!
Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?
Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.
And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kayla asks if Heyman accepts the challenge. That’s the question? Yes, because that’s what we do around here in the WWE: “We put smiles on the faces of Neanderthals, like Cesaro.” Does Kayla have any clue the enormity of the star power that is possessed by Roman and its affect on the ENTIRE WWE Universe? What happened on Saturday? Oh~ a rain delay! Rain delay, Heyman’s “kosher tuchus.” Those were the tears of the angels descending upon Tampa over the BEATING Roman was going to give, and that is what happened! Roman walked out champion, and neither Bryan nor Edge walked out of Raymond James at all.
And as Heyman was walking back with Roman, they were stepping in puddles, and Heyman said, “My goodness! Tears still descending from up above!” Except it wasn’t from the skies, but from the locker room. A visionary like Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face “a knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, bucktooth Swiss quisling like Cesaro.” A billion dollar body but a 10 cent brain and THIS is who emerges to get in the face of Your Tribal Chief?! Cesaro is physically capable of being a great opponent, but he is not an attraction. He’s a joke!
So let’s put an end to the joke! Stop the train before it leaves the station! They will give Cesaro what he wants, tonight live on SmackDown! Cesaro in the main event against THE main event, Jey Uso. Of course Heyman had a way to change the course. But will Cesaro blast through the Right Hand Man to get at the Head of the Table, whether they like it or not?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator didn’t defeat his long-time frenemy, and he didn’t even have Logan Paul on his side! And Sami loves to see the headlines outside of the one that is most accurate: “Sami Zayn Once Again SCREWED!” Where is that one, huh?! Well, does it exist…? Sami says it was his vindication! The stars were aligned, and he had the one star that matters in Logan Paul! Logan was supposed to help Sami expose the WWE and celebrate his grand victory, but that’s not how it went down, did it?
And here’s why: Logan’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami, like he’s a crackpot! It was poisoned by management, and the “corporate mouthpiece,” Michael Cole! They got in Logan’s head and Sami could sense it and feel it as he hugged Logan! And then in the match, of course he was distracted! Sami was worried about Logan! And that is the only reason, THE ONLY REASON, Kevin squeaked out that win. And Kevin is back there, obviously. Sami will not be denied vindication! Sami calls Kevin out for a rematch! There’s nothing to distract him, there are no toxic fans or stupid Logan Paul and his warped mind! No distractions, no way for Kevin to steal this!
But that’s why Kevin won’t come out, because- Wait, Kevin DOES come out to the ring! Kevin says if Sami’s gonna keep making excuses, then here we go! This WrestleMania rematch happens, after the break!
Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!
The bell rings and Sami bails out! Kevin smirks because he knew this would happen. Kevin slides out but Sami slides in. Then Kevin slide sin, but that’s a fake-out! Sami is on the outside and Kevin fires off! Kevin bounces Sami off the desk, puts him in the ring, and CHOPS him to a corner! And CHOPS again! Sami stumbles to another corner but Kevin gives him body shots! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then comes back, but Sami hits first! Sami whips corner to corner, Kevin comes back to CLOBBER Sami! BACK SENTON! Sami is in a corner, Kevin runs in but Sami bails out. Kevin goes to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Then BLINDSIDES him!
Sami rains down furious fists from all sides! Sami lets off to snarl and seethe. Sami puts Kevin on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and CLUBS Kevin! Kevin gets up to CHOP back! Sami stomps Kevin to a corner, digs his boots in, and even stands on Kevin! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and then Sami throws haymakers. Kevin hits back, counter punches, and backs Sami down. Sami jawbreakers in return! Sami CHOPS Kevin against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kevin reverses but Sami kicks back, only for Kevin to LARIAT! Kevin reels Sami in, suplexes to hang Sami out to dry, and Sami springs off the ropes to hit the mat!
Kevin fires off on Sami in a corner, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Kevin climbs up, Sami throws elbows and then adjusts to sunset flip POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives, Sami argues with the ref, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sami is again fighting Kevin off on the top rope. Kevin hits back, climbs back up, and Sami throws headbutts! Kevin falls back, Sami adjusts and leaps, but Kevin gets clear! Kevin SUPERKICKS Sami down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Kevin hurries right to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin shakes his head as he stands Sami up, whips him, but Sami bails out to avoid a pop-up. Kevin pursues Sami as the ring count climbs, and gets him on the ramp to throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Sami back in at 5 of 10, knees low then whips, but Sami slips through the pop-up to get an arm!
Kevin fights the Half ‘n’ Half, then pump handles for the PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami still survives that move, just like WrestleMania! Kevin gets annoyed, but he again has to pursue Sami on the outside. Kevin drags Sami from the barriers, puts him in, and kicks, but no Stunner! Sami again bails out, Kevin grabs at him on the apron, but Sami rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ring count is still climbing, though, but Sami wants to run away! Sami gets himself counted out, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by count-out
Kevin wins again, but it seems Sami didn’t want revenge that badly. But Kevin pursues and goes after Sami with fists at the ramp! Kevin puts Sami in the ring, kicks and STUNNERS! It seems Kevin still hasn’t beaten sense into Sami, will these two #JustKeepFighting?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“All of Nigeria has not stopped celebrating, ever since I smashed Big E into oblivion and I became the new Intercontinental Champion!” And he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but he’s not here. And do you know why? Two words: Nigerian Nail! That is the name of the move used by this giant beside Apollo here. This is his commander of the guard, Azeez, former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone dares come for Apollo, they will be annihilated by the Nigerian Nail!
The Street Profits head to the ring!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are going to be facing the Dirty Dawgs for the tag titles later tonight, but first they are going to celebrate the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This will be the EST of celebrations, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Ford says it’s Friday Night, and he’s feelin’ right! Dawkins says it is official takeback season! Time to do spring cleaning to send Dolph & Roode back through that time warp they came out of so they can return to 1986. Oh, and about getting the shine back on those SmackDown tag titles! Right! The Dirty Dawgs will get snatched, but that’s not the only reason why the Solo cups are raised high. It’s been a long time, and they got some inspiration this past weekend. Some motivation! WrestleMania was a night for the ages, a night to remember!
One match in particular will be something Ford tells his grandkids about! That is the historic, the glass ceiling shattering SmackDown Women’s Championship! ROLL TAPE! Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair, WrestleMania 37 Night One, the main event! Headlines were marking how amazing it was even before the bell, and no one could deny it after! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and it is Bianca Belair! Dawkins has the feels, fam! Ford says that as we just saw, the party isn’t over! The champagne for the campaign is not done popping. Saturday, that was a genuine moment that will be with them for the rest of their lives. And they just want to share that joy with the fans!
So they introduce to use, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the greatest part of Ford’s life, the NEW WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST, no no no, THE E S T of the W W E, BIANCA BELAIR!! Bianca makes her entrance, Ford and Dawkins sing her praises and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca is handed a mic, and she feels like he’s been floating since Saturday! Her mind is blown, her heart is filled, and she feels blessed. But despite the setbacks, the struggles, she never stopped believing that this moment was possible.
And her family has been making history for generations, they are the ones who showed her that when you demand greatness from yourself, that no matter how hard the game gets, you can change the game! If you were to have asked her a year ago if she could ever imagine main-eventing Mania, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship… Well she probably would’ve said yes! But that’s not because she’s cocky. That’s because she’s unapologetically her. Everyone has a little EST in them, and when you find it, you know that you’re talented and working hard, you never need to apologize for saying you are the B-E-S-T! “Because if you can dream it, you can do it.”
Bianca showed up, showed out, but it isn’t just about her. Sasha Banks, Bianca thanks you. There is no one she would’ve rather shared that spotlight because Sasha pushed her to her limits and it takes two. They BOTH made history. But… If Sasha ever tries to forget it, just know that Bianca left you with something to remember her by. That hair whip did leave a mark… But this is also about Sasha, too. This moment is so much bigger than them. This is about all the girls watching at Raymond James and at home, who saw Bianca and saw themselves. This is for you! That was Mania magic, but we’re only getting started!
Ford and Bianca hug, Dawkins joins in for a family moment, and Bianca says it’s time to drop the cups, throw the tissues away, and get those titles again. They only wear gold in this house. The Profits and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this trio become truly golden after tonight?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.
After seeing Bianca out there, she is in no mood. The Boss still has the mark on her side, and she seethes. She takes a second to cool off, but it doesn’t work, and she storms off. Will Sasha find a way back to that title and to WrestleMania revenge?
Backstage interview with Bayley.
The Role Model acknowledges that Cesaro was super impressive with the UFO spin, as footage is replayed, but what about Sasha? She probably wants a rematch but is so angry she can’t say it. While Bayley was super busy trying to save both nights of Mania, Bianca was in the main event crying. Even before the match began! No one wants to say it but Bayley will: those tears was because Bianca thought she couldn’t win. Is that who you want as champion? And now she’s showboating and arrogant! That is NOT the kind of champion we should want!
So there is only one way to fix this, and restore dignity to the title: for Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, to challenge Bianca and take that title! Will Bayley cut Sasha in line and get back to the gold first?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits!
The Show-Off & The Glorious One made it through #WrestleManiaSmackDown and its Fatal 4 Way with these titles, but now they’re 2v2 with Ford & Dawkins! Will takeback season work out for the fam? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and the titles are raised. Teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Dawkins and they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler shoots in but Dawkins sprawls then shifts to a waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropebreak, the ref counts but Ziggler elbows free! Ziggler dares Dawkins to get up, then he gets Dawkins only for Dawkins to DECK him! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Ziggler, Dawkins drops and Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Ford gets Ziggler back up, snapmares him to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Ziggler from Roode, wrenches and armlocks to tag in Dawkins. Ford wrenches the arm again and again, Dawkins drops ax handles!
Dawkins wrenches, tags Ford back in, and now Ford drops ax handles! Ford mocks Roode but Ziggler ROCKS Ford! Roode tags in but Ford reverses the whip to send Ziggler into Roode! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Ziggler comes in, but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Ford throws Ziggler out, Dawkins gives Roode the CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Then a BIG shoulder tackle! The Profits are fired WAY up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dawkins covers Roode, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Roode with a headlock, Roode powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things keep moving, Dawkins leaping back elbows! Roode avoids the cyclone but Dawkins elbows him away. Ziggler distracts but Dawkins DECKS him, only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in and DECKS Ford! Ziggler gets Dawkins up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dirty Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode stomps Dawkins down. Roode brings Dawkins up to suplex high and hard, covers, TWO! Roode argues the count but it was fair.
Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins, and Ziggler taunts Ford before daring Dawkins to stand. Dawkins gets up, Ziggler slaps him around, but his dropkick is caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler hits buckle and then the mat! Ford fires up on his corner and fans rally on the ThunderDome screens. Ziggler and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Ford and Roode! Ford rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Ziggler for good measure! Dropkick for Roode, dropkick for Ziggler! Ford dodges Roode to BLOCKBUSTER! Ford CLOBBERS Ziggler! Ford whips Roode, Roode reverses and reels For din but Ford lands out of the back suplex to give a back suplex! Kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Roode bails out to join Ziggler, Ford has a target! Ford builds speed, tags Dawkins as he FLIES! Direct hit to the Dawgs and Ford gets Roode in for Dawkins! Dawkins gets Roode up, THE ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford, he climbs, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ziggler breaks it!! Dawkins gets Ziggler up but Ziggler throws him to clothesline Dawkins and himself out! Ford DECKS Ziggler, gets Roode up and fires off fists in a corner! The ref backs Ford off, and Ziggler sneaks a tag in! Ford doesn’t know, he whips but Roode reverses. Ford goes up and over, into a ZIGZAG!!! Cover, the Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall
As fired up as Ford was, Ziggler & Roode find a way to survive! Is this the end of takeback season? Will the Dawgs move on to new challengers in the wake of WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Cesaro.
While denying him a match with Roman Reigns, Heyman said some rather derogatory things about Cesaro. His response? “I think Paul Heyman is right.” Cesaro admits he has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and that he isn’t the smartest. And with his long arms, maybe he does look like a Neanderthal. But he’s wrong about one thing: Cesaro DOES belong in the ring with Roman Reigns, and will prove it tonight by beating the Right Hand Man!
Heyman talks with Roman in their VIP room.
Roman doesn’t like that Cesaro isn’t just accepting things. Roman wants Jey to teach him a lesson. Will Jey Uso check Cesaro off the list for Roman?
Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Though the #BOAT and Daughter of Superfly won the Tag Team Turmoil, they could not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Queen of Harts redeem herself with another win over the Queen of Spades?
The bell rings, the two tie up and Natty gets a headlock. Shayna powers out, things speed up and Natty ducks to get a waistlock. Shayna blocks the lift, wrenches free and fires off hands and kicks! Shayna knees but Natty deflects it to get the legs! Natty steps through, but Shayna scramble’s and Nia saves her! Tamina storms over, Shayna gets back in the ring, but Natty is waiting! They tie up, Natty trips Shayna, floats to a facelock, but Shayna slips out to hammerlock. Natty gets up, slips through, wrenches, but Shayna wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings and gets a leg. Shayna sprawls to block, then shifts to a waistlock and slam, to the ARMBAR!
Natty endures, clasps hands, but Shayna pulls. Shayna stands to get the arm and hammerlocks it into the mat! This time, Tamina says Natty! Natty hotshots Shayna down, Nia storms over and the ref has to keep her and Tamina from throwing down. Natty gets in but Shayna KNEES Her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna grows frustrated, Natty goes to a corner and she elbows Shayna away. Natty spins, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Natty goes for legs but Nia gets on the apron! The ref reprimands but Shayna KICKS Natty down! KIRAFUDA, but Natty throws Shayna at Nia! Shayna stops herself, Natty rolls her up, AND WINS!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Nia goes after Natty but Tamina SUPERKICKS her down!! Tamina and Natty aren’t done with the Irresistible Force or Queen of Spades! Will the second time around be the second generation superstars’ time to shine?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Cesaro, Cesaro. Boy, you’s a one hit move, huh? King of spin, king of swing, it’s all the same! That’s a cute airplane you did with no hands. But let me ask you something: can you do that with no teeth?!” You’re disrespecting the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table! Now you’ve crossed the Right Hand Man, and now Jey has to get you! He’ll show you why he is #MainEventJey! Jey vows to #GETIM, and Roman says, “You heard the man. Now he’s gonna show you.”
Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!
The Swiss Cyborg shows no fear in the face of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (hardly) Uncontroverted Universal Champion, but the NEW winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal wants to change that. Will Jey be the one to learn something from the original winner of that match?
The bell rings and Cesaro gets Jey right up with a SLAM! Cesaro headlocks, Jey powers out and things speed up, and Cesaro catches Jey for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro keeps his focus as Jey goes to the apron. Jey gets to a corner but Cesaro bumps him off buckles. Jey counter punches, SLAMS Cesaro’s hand on the crossbar, then pulls the arm through the bars! Jey then kicks, but Cesaro blocks to hotshot the leg! Cesaro BOOTS Jey down and then goes out to pursue. Cesaro leaps from the apron, into a SUPERKICK! Main Event Jey evens things in the main event as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey cranks on an armlock. Cesaro throws body shots, whips but Jey reverses, to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps on Cesaro with a stomp to the shoulder! Jey ROCKS Cesaro with an uppercut, then wraps an arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and then brings Cesaro around to suplex. Cesaro blocks it, then gets Jey up for a suplex of his own! Fans rally on their screens as Jey crawls his way to a corner. Cesaro snarls, aims at Jey and runs in, only to be put on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Jey first, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro shakes out the arms, drags Jey back up, but Jey wrenches to WRING the arm out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he is in a daze as he gets to a corner. Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro shakes out the arms again but Jey sees him in a drop zone. Jey climbs up, but Cesaro gets up to DROPKICK Jey down! Jey hangs on to keep from falling to the floor, but Cesaro climbs up to get him. Cesaro gets Jey back to the top, Jey fights with body shots and Cesaro hops down. EuroUpper SHORYUKEN! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro keeps focus.
Jey crawls, Cesaro brings him around, and reels him in! Jey fights the Gotch to wring the arm but Cesaro cartwheels! Cesaro dodges to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is a bit surprised, but he gets Jey’s legs! Jey kicks Cesaro away, but Cesaro comes back. Jey blocks a boot but gets a EuroUpper! Jey ducks the clothesline to pop-up NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Jey is furious! Both men slowly rise but Jey is after Cesaro first. Jey throws down haymakers, then SLAPS Cesaro! And slaps him more! Cesaro SLAPS back! And fires off furious palm strikes then furious EuroUppers!! Shots from all sides! Cesaro runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is seething, but he calls for the spin! Cesaro gets Jey into a SPINEBUSTER, to then get the wings! SWISS SWING!! Michael Cole & Pat McAfee count, but Cesaro doesn’t get past 5 before SETH ROLLINS attacks!!
Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification
The Architect won’t let it go! He doesn’t want anyone anywhere getting swung by Cesaro! Cesaro still wins the match because of this, but he is staggering about. Rollins shouts, “You were done with me?! You got lucky!! ONE TIME! This isn’t over! Nothing is over until I SAY IT’S OVER!! I am the END ALL BE ALL of this industry! And the sooner you figure it out, the better it’s gonna be!” The Savior of SmackDown has all but snapped, but will he be going for another spin before this is all said and done?
Well, this was a pretty good post WrestleMania episode. Then some stuff made it like most typical WWE programming. There are a few things that are clearly being set up for WrestleMania Backlash, and they’re all WrestleMania rematches because that’s literally what that PPV becomes when you name it that in such a lazy manner. I am glad Cesaro is the next one stepping up to Roman Reigns, but they’re clearly doing everything they can to stretch this story so that the match will happen at a PPV bigger than Backlash. Cesaro getting the runaround from Roman’s team was a good way to do it, but I’m not sure about Cesaro VS Rollins 2. It’ll be a great match, but is it really necessary? Of course, WWE did repeat the UFO airplane spin a lot, so them running it into the ground is actually a good sign that Cesaro will win, and is going to be the next challenger to Roman’s title.
Natty getting another fairly quick win over Shayna and Tamina knocking Nia down is surely a sign that we’re getting a rematch between those teams for the tag titles at Backlash. But if that is where Tamina & Natty are going to win the titles, it’s profoundly stupid. They should’ve just let Natty & Tamina win at Mania, and then it’d be about Nia & Shayna getting the belts back at Backlash, a much more logical route. The celebration promo for Bianca was great, and while Sasha wants a rematch, Bayley wants her own match with Bianca, so I’m hoping there’s a difference here in that Backlash gives us another Sasha VS Bayley match, winner faces Bianca at the PPV after that.
Dawgs VS Profits was a great match, especially for television, but I am really surprised the Profits didn’t win tonight. I get that the moment Bianca and the Profits are all wearing gold is going to be big, but then why not do that on the SmackDown After Mania? Make tonight feel big because it should be big! Is WrestleMania Backlash really going to be where they do it? I feel like that’s them forcing Backlash to feel special rather than letting it be special by surprise. Rey VS Otis was good, and clearly this feud isn’t over yet, and the winner of that will surely line up for the tag titles.
Kevin VS Sami tonight was also great stuff, a lot of similar spots to the match they had at Mania, but the count-out seems like another way to extend things. I have a feeling something’s gotta give at Backlash, and I hope Kevin & Sami finally start towards the tag titles. Apollo had a good promo to introduce Dabba-Kato’s new form, Commander Azeez, and the name of his finisher. The Nigerian Nail is pretty much a direct translation of the Samoan Spike, which is what the move was when Umaga used it. Big E VS Azeez has to be coming, perhaps with the stipulation that if Big E wins, he gets his rematch with Apollo at Backlash. Honestly, it all feels like WWE is spinning their wheels because Vince is rolling around in the $1 BILLION from NBC.
My Score: 8.2/10
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