SmackDown celebrates Shane O’Mac’s birthday! What will The Miz have planned for his “Best Birthday Bash in the World” to celebrate? Plus, Mysterio VS Almas!
- Becky Lynch VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Lynch wins.
- Asuka VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Asuka wins.
- Samoa Joe VS Mustafa Ali; No Contest.
- Rey Mysterio VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro; The Miz wins.
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Becky Lynch drives up!
The Man is immediately interviewed about her rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Is she really ready for Asuka? They’ve been waiting to ask that? They’ll get the answer, in the ring. Becky passes by The new Day and Heavy machinery making some kind of pancake protein shake… Otis likes! Wanna sip? No! Becky comes by, and takes a swig. “It’s a little weak.” The Man’s got a point! And she’s headed to gorilla!
Birmingham, Alabama gives Becky an ovation as she walks down the ramp! Becky grabs a mic as fans chant her name. “In two short weeks, I get the opportunity at the Royal Rumble to take back my SmackDown Women’s Championship.” The same title the whole world talked about. But where is it now? The whole roster thinks what Becky is is a fluke. They think getting everyone to listen, connecting with the fans and creating a buzz is “easy”. Until they try it for themselves. Men and women alike, on both brands, all want that next gear of badass like Becky. And Asuka is finding out “just how hard leading this division really is.” Becky knows there are those who want to discredit her as just hype. And yet Becky delivers on everything she says every single time.
But if we want to talk about hype, talk about the “indestructible” and “unbeatable” Asuka’s hype. Yet she lost to Charlotte Flair. And not only did she lose, it shook Asuka to her core and she fell off the map. And yet Asuka talks about her hype. The once invincible Asuka couldn’t beat Charlotte when Becky did months around the world. And yet everyone wants to know if Becky’s ready for Asuka? Speaking of, here comes Asuka! The Empress of Tomorrow heads down the ramp and joins Becky in the ring. Asuka picks herself up a mic and tells Becky, “You like talk. You like hype. Buzz buzz buzz, they’re like little bees. But with no sting! After Royal Rumble, you will not be in Charlotte’s shadow. You will be in MINE!” But wait, here come the IIconics!
Peyton Royce & Billie Kay are already armed with mics of their own and go oh no no no. Asuka shouldn’t talk like that. Making scary faces and threats? Where’s the dignity and class of a champion? Asuka’s bad, but look at Becky. Very bossy, “Bossy Becky”. Typical behavior from a man. Well nonsense aside, it doesn’t matter if it’s Becky or Asuka, both IIconics will win the Women’s Rumble match! And then they’ll both become the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And then Wrestlemania will be absolutely IICONIC! Strike the pose! Becky tells Asuka that the buzz is real. And she dares the IIconics to step up to The Man, to be made into an example! Who will challenge the Lass Kicker and get the lass kicked?
Becky Lynch VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
SmackDown returns, and the IIconic to step up is the Venus Fly Trap, Peyton Royce! Asuka watches ringside, accepting Becky’s offer to see what the buzz is about. Becky offers a handshake, but uses it to sucker punch Peyton! Peyton rolls out but Becky is on her and puts her back in the ring. Bekcy rolls Peyton, TWO so Becky mule kicks Peyton. Becky rolls Peyton and wants her submission but Peyton gets to ropes. Peyton demands Becky back off to give her a breather. Fans rally up for Becky but Peyton shoves her. Becky punches back! Becky whips and calf kicks Peyton down! She backslides Peyton, TWO, so Becky arm-drags Peyton down. Asuka is moderately impressed while Becky wrenches Peyton’s arm.
Meanwhile, the Lady of NXT, Lacey Evans, watches backstage. Does this mean the Model Soldier has interest on being Team SmackDown? Becky tells Asuka this is what she can expect, but Peyton endures. Becky rolls and stomps Peyton, but Peyton rolls away. The IIconics regroup but keep their distance from Asuka. Becky runs to bop Peyton with a dropkick. She puts Peyton in but runs into a big knee! Peyton clubs away on Becky and Billie fires up with her bestie. Peyton grounds ‘n’ pounds then covers, TWO! Becky gets to ropes but Peyton is on her with stomps in a corner. Peyton throws haymakers, but runs into a knee. Becky throws forearms back and whips, but Peyton reverses. Peyton hits a corner clothesline, then brings Becky out for more clubbing forearms.
Becky flounders but Peyton chokes her on the ropes. Peyton backs off at 4 while Billie talks trash. Peyton snapmares and wraps Becky in a chinlock. She thrashes Becky around but Becky endures. Fans rally up and Becky fights her way out of the hold. Peyton throws Becky down by her hair, then runs in at the corner. Becky boots her away then hops up. Becky leaps for a flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Peyton escapes again and regroups with Billie. Becky comes out to throw Billie aside, but Peyton blasts her with a lariat! Peyton drags Becky up while we go picture in picture.
Peyton puts Becky back in and stomps her down. She kicks Becky to a corner then stomps some more. She bumps Becky off buckles and grinds in her boot. Peyton backs off at the count but comes back in. Becky dodges and jump kicks back! Becky rolls Peyton, TWO! Peyton runs Becky over with a lariat! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are frustrated, but Peyton drags Becky up by her hair. She throws Becky to the apron, then knees her between the ropes. Peyton climbs on for a draping motorcycle stretch! She kicks Becky back inside, then toys with her. Becky gets mad and hits back with body shots! Becky gives European Uppercut after uppercut, then whips Peyton to ropes. Peyton comes back with a big kick! Cover, TWO! The IIconics keep their cool while Peyton drops knees on Becky’s back.
Asuka watches rather stoically as Peyton keeps knocking Becky down. Peyton sits Becky up for a knee to the back and another chinlock around the neck. Becky endures and fights her way up. Becky fights with body shots and scoops, but Peyton slips out to throw Becky down by her hair! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are frustrated again while Becky gets to ropes. Peyton chokes Becky on the ropes again, then kicks her in the side. She brings Becky up for another snapmare, and drives in her elbows and knees. Peyton puts on another chinlock, and Asuka grows curious. Becky fights but Peyton knees her back down as we return to single picture.
Becky endures while Lacey Evans continues to watch. Lacey isn’t amused nor is she impressed by The Man. Becky fights her way back up and fights with body shots and forearms. Becky gives more EuroUppers, then runs, but Peyton follows! But Becky sees it coming and tackles Peyton! Becky rains down rights and fans fire up! Becky lifts Peyton for a Becksploder! Peyton gets to a corner but Becky runs. Peyton dodges but runs into an elbow. Becky jump kicks again, then hops up, only for Peyton to catch her with a heel kick! Peyton yanks Becky down to a cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious now, but Peyton drags Becky up for more. Becky counters with a cradle, and into the Disarm-Her! Peyton taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
The Lass Kicker wins, but Asuka doesn’t give her time to celebrate. Asuka shouts in Japanese that she’s more or less not impressed. Asuka glares at Becky and Becky glares back. But Asuka doesn’t fight her, she dares Billie to fight! The IIconics want to leave, but Asuka drags Billie in! The bell rings, and we have our match!
Asuka VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!
Asuka fires off on Billie with kicks! Billie ducks, only to get a hip attack! Asuka fires up, and hits a shining wizard! Cover, TWO! But right into an armbar! Billie rolls, but Asuka steals the Disarm-Her!! With a little extra to make sure Becky understands. But Billie rolls, TWO! ASUKA LOCK! Billie taps, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
It seems Asuka used this match to say anything The Man can do, the Empress can do better. And Becky knows it, so she gets right in Asuka’s face about it! They stare down again and fans want to see this go down tonight. But Becky and Asuka keep their cools, while AJ Styles appears!
The Phenomenal One heads to the ring, but for what purpose? He hops into the crowd, then climbs up the steps of the bleachers. Styles has his shot at the WWE Championship and Daniel Bryan, is he just letting everyone know he’s here?
AJ Styles visits the concessions area.
The fans are hyped to see the Phenomenal One and his response to Daniel Bryan’s rant last week. There’s hot dogs, popcorn and more! Bryan says the people were unhealthy and lazy. But judging from the excitement in front of Styles and the camera, these people are here spending the money they worked hard to get, let them spend it how they want! You want yourself a hot dog, you eat hot dogs! These fans will be no different than the fans in Phoenix who will see Styles kick Bryan’s ass! Styles will take the title back, so let’s celebrate now! Merchandise for all! Styles throws around his new shirts to the cheering fans, but then Bryan attacks from out of nowhere!
The brawl is on all through the merch stands, and Bryan shoves Styles into the hot dogs! So Styles spinebusters Bryan through the hot dogs! Security scrambles to pull them apart but the fans want to see them fight! Bryan is down in a mess of mustard and ketchup but Styles is hungry for more. Will Styles get his fill in Phoenix?
The Usos pose for photos.
But someone brings a gift over. It’s for Jimmy, so maybe an early anniversary gift from Naomi? They open the box, and Jey reads the note for Jimmy. “I’ve been a naughty girl. And I need you to lock me up in the Uso Penitentiary. I’ll be waiting…” Wait, this is from Mandy? Uh oh… Keys to a hotel room… What’s Jimmy gonna do about this? What’s Naomi gonna do about this when she finds out?
Samoa Joe heads to gorilla.
But then he spots the Top One Percent, EC3, checking himself in the mirror. Is EC3 going to be SmackDown blue?
Backstage interview with Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega.
El Idolo already pinned Rey Mysterio once, how will that momentum translate to tonight’s match? Almas says that Mysterio was his idol, but Almas showed Mysterio that times change. Now Almas is the future. Vega says that it’s 2019, and it’s time to focus on the future. Almas will beat Mysterio again, will eliminate 29 others in the Royal Rumble match, and wins the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. Will the Year of El Idolo begin tonight?
Samoa Joe VS Mustafa Ali!
When The Destroyer teamed with El Idolo in a tag team match last week, they were successful over the Beacon of Light and the King of Lucha. Now things split up into singles matches, can the former Heart of 205 Live prove he can be the Heart of SmackDown? Or will Joe crush the Heart and put Ali to sleep?
As Ali makes his entrance, Joe trips him off the ropes! Joe puts Ali in a corner and hits the back elbow to Pele! The bell hasn’t rung so Joe just goes after Ali with rage! He throws Ali right into the post! Joe seethes as he stands over Ali. And he’s not done with Ali, either! He drags Ali up to jab away against the apron! He even throws headbutts until Ali falls back down. Joe drags Ali back up and demands to know “Do you understand?!” Joe throws Ali into another post, and even harder than before! What was Joe’s reason for wrecking Ali? Or does he even need a reason?
But wait! Joe isn’t done, he comes back again! And looks to powerbomb Ali at the announce desk, but instead throws him hard into barriers. Joe finally leaves, and stays gone. Will Joe do this to everyone he meets in the Royal Rumble? Will Ali be able to recover in time for that same match?
Sonya Deville can’t handle Mandy Rose’s schemes.
Is Mandy really sure she wants to do this? She gave Jimmy Uso a hotel key. That’s literally scandalous. Yeah, that’s the point. Mandy just wants to stick it to Naomi. If there’s any way to mess with her, why not? And obviously, breaking her and Jimmy up is the best way. Mandy heads out for her “date”, but is Sonya right to worry?
Rey Mysterio heads to gorilla.
The King of Lucha is ready for his rematch with Almas, but not even he can help but be freaked out by the frenzied Nikki Cross! She’s shaking cage fencing and laughing! “Let Nikki play~! I play with you, Rey!” Rey just shakes his head. Is Mysterio ready for El Idolo?
Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.
What exactly provoked that attack on Mustafa Ali? Attack? That wasn’t an attack. That was a statement and declaration! Joe will enter his very first Royal Rumble match, and will win it. To the other 29, “Do you understand!? What I did to Mustafa Ali, that is the exact amount of respect I will treat each and everyone one of you with.” Any champion is now a target and they will be hunted down to be put to sleep. Joe sends his message to all of the WWE, will anyone dare to stand in his way?
Rey Mysterio VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The King of Lucha beat El Idolo in their original singles encounter, but Almas got Mysterio back in last week’s tag match. Will Almas be able to stay tranquilo in this highly touted rematch? Or will Mysterio remind everyone why he’s still king?
SmackDown returns as Almas and Vega make their entrance. The bell rings and Almas circles with Mysterio. Almas and Mysterio tie up, and Almas shoves Mysterio to ropes. Almas smirks smugly but Mysterio shrugs it off. They circle and tie up again, and they spin around. Almas throws Mysterio then trips him up, but Mysterio keeps him off. Mysterio wheelbarrows and arm-drags Almas to a corner! Fans fire up for Mysterio but Vega keeps Almas calm. Almas and Mysterio circle again as fans tell Mysterio “You Still Got It!” Mysterio and Almas tie up again, and Almas gets a waistlock slam. Mysterio spins and rolls Almas to a cover but Almas kicks out to return the favor. But Mysterio kicks out quick, and the two stand off! Almas shoves Mysterio, but Mysterio brushes it off. They circle and tie up again.
Mysterio gets a headlock, and holds on as Almas tries to power out. Almas stands back up and fights out with elbows. Almas shoves Mysterio but Mysterio goes up and over to get the headlock back. Vega coaches Almas up as he endures. Mysterio brings Almas to the mat but Almas rolls it up. ONE and Mysterio holds on. Almas fights his way back up, then pulls on the mask! He powers out of the hold but Mysterio just hops back on it! Vega grows frustrated for Almas as he again fights his way up. Almas lifts but Mysterio slips out, only for Almas to kick him down. Vega applauds but fans boo as Almas puts Mysterio in an armlock. Mysterio gets up and endures the hammerlock. Mysterio elbows and rebounds to snapmare, but Almas holds onto the hold!
Almas leans on Mysterio to wrench the lock. Fans rally and Mysterio gets up again. Mysterio gives more elbows but Almas throws him to buckles. Almas goes after a keylock now but fans rally for Mysterio. Mysterio rolls to his feet, then kicks the legs. Almas wrenches the arm but Mysterio throws hands. Mysterio springboards and headscissors Almas down! And then a running headscissor! Almas bails out but Mysterio speeds up. Almas returns but is put on the ropes! Everyone knows what this means! 619 misses, and Almas hammerlocks! Mysterio drops down to roll Almas, TWO! Almas ghost pins, TWO! The two stand off again and Almas says he was that close. Fans applaud the closely matched match as the two approach.
Almas kicks and whips Mysterio, but Mysteiro holds ropes. The dropkick misses and Mysterio buzzsaws Almas back. Mysterio springboards back and headscissors Almas out with him! But Almas holds on to the Electric Chair! He spins Mysterio back for a spin-out powerbomb to the floor! Vega likes what she sees, and we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Almas back flips through a sunset flip powerbomb! Almas runs back in but Mysterio dodges Cien Knees! Mysterio springboards and hits Almas with the seated senton! Mysterio keeps moving, and headscissors Almas again! Fans fire up as Mysterio springboards and moonsaults, but into Almas’ arms. Mysterio spins through to DDT Almas down! Cover, TWO! Vega is relieved that Almas survives. She shouts for Almas to get up but Mysterio has the fans on his side. Almas elbows and runs to sunset flip, but Mysterio rolls through, but Almas ducks the kick. Mysterio runs but into a hip toss into buckles! Almas runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Vega is frustrated and Almas is exhausted by Mysterio’s resilience.
Vega coaches Almas back up, and Almas drags Mysterio up. Mysterio elbows back, but Almas grabs the hammerlock. Mysterio headscissors Almas into buckles! Almas flops down and Mysterio climbs up top. Fans fire up but Almas stops Mysterio by sweeping the legs. Mysterio is stuck in the Tree of Woe on the outside, and Almas climbs up top. Fans rally for Mysterio but Almas takes aim. Mysterio slips through to throw Almas down to the apron! Mysterio climbs now and SUPER huricanranas Almas to the floor!! Fans lose their minds and Vega is stunned silent by that one! Birmingham knows “This is Awesome!” as Almas and Mysterio crawl back to the ring. Mysterio climbs again, and LEAPS for a seated senton! Both men wipe out again, and we go picture in picture.
Almas sputters while Mysterio catches his breath. Vega panics as she shouts for Almas to get up. Mysterio heads for the ring but Almas pursues. The count passes 7, both men get in at 8! Fans applaud the heart of both men as Mysterio drags himself back up. Mysterio fires himself up as he climbs back up. Mysterio leaps, but into a dropkick! Vega feels better now, but Almas still has to get back up. Almas and Mysterio slowly stir and sit up. Almas and Mysterio brawl on their knees with haymakers and chops. Mysterio hits Almas but Almas shoves, and we return to single picture to see Mysterio kick Almas. Mysterio hops on for a Destroyer!! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives and Mysterio’s too tired to be frustrated.
Mysterio whips Almas but Almas reverses, only for Mysterio to headscissor him again. But Almas makes it a cover! TWO!! Vega is furious, especially as Mysterio enziguris Almas. But Almas answers with the boot feint to elbow! Cover, TWO! Almas goes to put his full weight on but Mysterio monkey flips and sunsets, but into an Alabama Slam! Fitting for Birmingham. Almas keeps going and climbs up top. Vega wants him to end this, and he moonsaults! Mysterio rolls but Almas lands on his feet to moonsault again! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio still lives and Vega is beside herself. Fans again say “This is Awesome!” and it’s far from over. Almas runs into Mysterio’s boots, and Mysterio runs to roll and DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!? Almas survives a second Destroyer and even Vega can’t believe it!
Mysterio calls for his number and fans chant along. Mysterio waits for Almas to get on the ropes, and runs in, but the 619 is blocked! Almas has Mysterio in the torture rack, but Mysterio makes it a crucifix bomb!! TWO?!? Mysterio cannot believe Almas still survives. Mysterio dropkicks Almas back to ropes and runs again, 619 finally hits! Vega freaks out as Mysterio climbs up top. Vega distracts on the apron, and Almas trips Mysterio up! Almas climbs up as fans boo, draping hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo wins, but not without some help from La Muneca. The singles series is tied 1-1, when and where will the highly needed tiebreaker happen?
Jimmy Uso arrives at the hotel.
He walks to a room, and has the key card. Is he doing what it looks like he’s doing?!
Jimmy Uso still stands outside the door.
He works up the nerve to knock. And then he uses the key card. He walks into the room, and Mandy waits in a silk robe. Jimmy, come closer. Don’t be shy. The time to play hard to get is over. Mandy starts undoing the robe, and reveals a lacy top. What does he think? What will Naomi think? Jimmy is not here for that. He is here to tell her to stop. Oh they can do this. Because she has a paparazzi photographer! What? Oh please, she never wanted you like that. This isn’t about him, this is about her and Naomi. Mandy hates Naomi, because she acts like she runs SmackDown. But Naomi is nobody, and will never be as hot as Mandy. Jimmy knows it, Mandy knows it, and even Naomi knows it. So when Naomi sees the photos online, they will destroy Naomi’s life.
Jimmy leaves, and Mandy is confused. But when Jimmy returns, he unleashes Naomi! Naomi throws hands on Mandy and throws her into the table! Mandy tackles Naomi to the bed! The two scrap and Naomi throws her at the TV! Mandy stops herself and clubs away. Mandy SLAPS Naomi, but Naomi comes back to throw her down by her hair! Naomi hammers away on Mandy but Many shoves her away. Mandy tosses Naomi over the arm chair, and Naomi is down. Jimmy returns to help Naomi but Naomi still wants after Mandy. Where and when will this fight settle itself?
Alexa Bliss announced on behalf of the McMahon family that at Elimination Chamber, there will be a Six Team Elimination Chamber match to crown the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! The belts are minted and waiting, who will enter this match with a chance at history?
The Miz heads to the ring!
The Hollywood A-Lister knows it’s Shane McMahon’s birthday, and promises a “Bestie Birthday Bash” in Birmingham! And the party begins, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Miz welcomes us to The Best Birthday Bash in the World! This can’t be a party without the birthday boy, so bring him out! The Co-Bestie, Shane O’Mac! Shane comes down to the ring and picks up a mic of his own. Miz says that on behalf of the WWE Universe, Happy Birthday! Shane thanks Miz and Birmingham for the well wishes, and fans chant “Happy Birthday!” Shane appreciates all this, but he’s not really the birthday party type. This is no average party! Does this look like Chuck E. Cheese? No, this is an arena full of Shane’s fans! And these are no grocery store cakes. Shane’s favorite bakery shipped not one but two specialty cakes right here! Yes, they do look really nice. Wait is that a picture of them on this one? Yes, them and the Best in the World World Cup trophy!
Miz gives Shane his first present. It’s so hard to shop for Shane because he’s a McMahon! Miz can only imagine the gifts Shane got from Vince as a kid. “Open It! Open It!” Shane does, and reveals… brand new Jordan 33’s! Ultimate performance right here. And now they match any of the outfits Miz has planned. But look to the titantron for the next gift: a highlight reel of Shane’s amazing career! The crazy daredevil leaps, the icons and legends he’s faced, and even the World Cup Tournament where Shane subbed in for his SmackDown superstar, The Miz. But it also points out that the World Cup has united them as the #BestTagTeamintheWorld!
Shane is speechless. But he does thank Miz for that, and for when he opened up about his relationship with his dad. Shane opens up, and says that ever since he was a kid, he dreamed about being a tag team champion. He was going to team with Andre the Giant, but Shane’s very proud to now team with The Miz at the Royal Rumble. They hug and Miz thanks Shane for saying that. Miz vows that at the Royal Rumble, a dream comes true as they become SmackDown Tag Team Champions! But that’s in two weeks. Tonight, we sing Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday~ to you~! But The Bar interrupts at the best part!
Sheamus and Cesaro are embarrassed for Miz. And it’s even more embarrassing that you didn’t invite the tag champs! Though, they apparently didn’t invite Mr. McMahon either. No, they did, but Vince didn’t want to come because he doesn’t care about Shane. And Vince will care even less when The Bar defeats Shane and Miz to become the true best tag team in the world. Shane says The Bar will pay for teaming up on The Miz. Real tough guys, huh? Well Shane has an idea. Let’s see how tough Sheamus is tonight. Sheamus and The Miz can have a match right here tonight! Miz isn’t dressed to compete, though. But Shane wasn’t dressed to go at the World Cup Finals. And it’s The Miz! He’s the Most Must-See Superstar in WWE History! Miz can do that! Then Miz will give this match as another gift to Shane!
The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro!
Shane O’Mac wants Miz to put the Celtic Gladiator in his place, and that’s what The Miz plans to do! Who will get some impromptu momentum towards their tag title match at the Royal Rumble?
SmackDown returns with the bell, and Sheamus pushes Miz to a corner. Miz hits back with fast hands! Miz whips but Sheamus reverses, but Miz grabs ropes. Sheamus runs but Miz dumps him out. Careful not to crash into the trophy and cake! But Miz wrecks Sheamus with a dropkick! Miz bumps Sheamus on barriers but gets distracted by Cearo. Sheamus clobbers Miz then puts him in the ring. Sheamus stomps Miz out then bumps him on buckles. He rams his shoulder in, then runs corner to corner for a big knee! Sheamus and Cesaro talk trash as Sheamus brings Miz up for Beats of the Bodhrain! He headbutts Miz to the floor, but leaves him out there for the ring count. The count passes 5 before Miz stands. Miz returns at 9.5!
Sheamus is right on Miz and goes for White Noise, but Miz rolls him up! TWO, and Sheamus knees low. Sheamus puts Miz in a corner and rips off his shirt. Sheamus drags Miz up for a headlock. Miz endures and Shane rallies the fans. Miz fights out with elbows, but Sheamus scoops Miz. He slips out and full nelsons but Sheamus arm-drags out. Sheamus runs into boots, and then Miz boots again. Miz throws haymakers, and picks up speed! He whips Sheamus corner to corner but Sheamus reverses. Sheamus runs but misses! Miz hits a dropkick! He goes corner to corner for another! But then he runs into Sheamus’ clothesline! Sheamus catches his breath and puts Miz on the ropes again. He backs off, but Cesaro gets a cheap shot! So Shane throws Cesaro into one of the cakes!
Sheamus sees that and goes after Shane, but Miz rolls him up! Miz wins!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
But Sheamus won’t let that go, and he stomps away on Miz! Shane hurries in and saves Miz from the stomps. Shane whips and elbows Sheamus down! And Miz gives Sheamus the Skull-Crushing Finale! The Best Tag Team in the World is finally working like a team, and they drag Sheamus to a corner. Everyone senses what’s coming as Shane heads to the other corner. Shane climbs and Miz grabs himself the other cake! Miz places that cake in front of Sheamus’ face, so that we get a very special birthday COAST2COAST!! Miz makes Sheamus eat the cake along with his words! Will the Co-Besties soon hold the SmackDown Tag Team Championships up alongside the World Cup Trophy?
What a great SmackDown! Even with the continuation of the odd story between Naomi and Mandy Rose. Mandy’s homewrecker motivation does not feel like it should be part of this Fresh Start “Women’s (R)Evolution” Era of WWE. This is something I would’ve expected from the Attitude or Ruthless Aggression Eras, aka The Diva’s Era. And even with this, they still could’ve set up the hotel room brawl better. Instead of Jimmy being there at all, give us Mandy waiting alone in the room. The door knocks, she answers it, and Naomi barrels in so that we still get that same exact brawl but without the moment of Jimmy looking like he might actually cheat.
This line of story also apparently caused the advertised Sonya VS Carmella match to be bumped. Maybe that match happens next week to holla holla turn into a tag match. The FABULOUS Glow could totally join the Elimination Chamber Women’s Tag Title match along with the duo formerly known as Absolution and the IIconics. The IIconics are definitely better off in the Women’s Tag Division, they each got wrecked by the top two women in the singles division. Peyton put up a decent fight against Becky, but then Billie gets extra squashed by Asuka. Asuka VS Becky is going to be aggressive, but depending on how Becky VS Ronda comes about, I feel like Asuka is sadly a transitional champion.
But perhaps Asuka will win and Becky just decides to go to Raw on her own. Lacey Evans made a much more substantial appearance tonight than she did on Raw, so perhaps both Lacey and Nikki Cross join SmackDown in exchange for Becky going to Raw. It would definitely benefit Lacey to be on SmackDown, Raw will definitely be more about Ronda for Lacey to ever get a fair shake. But with the Women’s Tag Titles and the SmackDown Fox Era on the horizon, rosters might come back together, so who goes where could be moot in a few months anyways.
The brawl of Styles and Bryan was good. I really want them to up the ante to a No Disqualification match, it’s what this feud deserves. Joe VS Ali not happening is actually great for story between them during and after the Royal Rumble. Almas VS Mysterio was incredible, and could’ve been a PPV match itself. I would love if this feud continued after the Rumble, too. The winner of that should go for the United States Championship, which Rusev will defend against Shinsuke Nakamura. I’d prefer if Rusev retains so that he and Almas can have a set of matches, too. And while the birthday party for Shane was fun, shoving in Miz VS Sheamus was odd. They did pretty well for less than 10 minutes, and hooray for cake smashing! I’m not sure which I’d prefer, but it’d be awesome if Shane and Miz won those tag titles.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/15/19)
It’s the Raw After Extreme Rules!
And there’s a not-so-new WWE Universal Champion! What is going to happen now that once Raw is once again under the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR!?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The Usos VS Robert Roode & The Revival; Ricochet & The Usos win.
- The Viking Raiders VS Vinnie Rooner & Jackson James; The Viking Raiders win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander; wins.
- Finn Balor VS Samoa Joe; wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Naomi VS Carmella VS Alexa Bliss; wins and will face Becky Lynch for the title at Summerslam.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender “Cross Brand All-Star Top 10” Battle Royal: wins and will challenge Brock Lesnar for the title at Summerslam.
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Raw makes Long Island into Suplex City!
And that’s because Paul Heyman brings The Beast with him! The Advocate and the NEW Universal Champion enter the ring and Heyman gives his introductions, and is happy to shout he is with the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, BRRROCK! LESNARRR!” But what amazes Heyman the most is that he told the truth, and fans would rather he told a lie. Heyman isn’t much for an “I told you so,” but he told you so. He told the WWE Universe last night during Extreme Rules that Lesnar would cash-in, and he did! #WeToldYouSo. Don’t boo that, boo yourselves for not believing.
But another group that needs to listen to the “told you so” is the WWE roster. Rollins wasn’t going to be the challenger and there needed to be a new one, but no one stepped up. Heyman has the stroke right now, wink wink. So Heyman has the how for who will be Lesnar’s Summerslam opponent. Lesnar is not the easiest Beast to negotiate with. Just ask UFC. Lesnar fights when, where and how he wants. So Heyman’s plan will be the “Cross Branded, Top Ten All Star Battle Royal!” And of course, the winner of this tongue twister gets to make history in Toronto by being beaten, victimized and conquered by Brrrock! Lesnarrr! But who are the top ten all-stars? Here they are! Will it be Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Big E, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, Rey Mysterio, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley or Roman Reigns that wins his way to the biggest party of the summer?
If Heyman were Roman, he’d take a rain check. Seth Rollins rode into Philadelphia like he was Becky Lynch’s Stud, and then Lesnar made Rollins into a “gelding.” Google it, Long Island. But the emasculated pony that steps up to Lesnar, you risk health, well-being and manhood. The promise and threat and spoiler from Heyman this time: if anyone has the opportunity to step into the ring with Lesnar, you risk all that and more, “because in this Universe, you’re all Brock’s b*tches.”
But as Brock and Heyman make their exits, the One and Only makes his entrance! Ricochet may not have an opportunity at Lesnar, but he’s just fighting to get back at the man who took his title. Will the King of Flight fly high for a chance at The Phenomenal One?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The Usos VS Robert Roode & The Revival
Raw returns and hey, Uce. There’s unfinished business with the Lil’ Rascals. Pretty Ricky is ready to rock with Jimmy & Jey, and they’re going to welcome the GLORIOUS #TopGuys to the Uso Penitentiary!
The teams sort out and we begin with Scott Dawson and Jimmy Uso. SUPERKICK to Dawson with the bell! Dash runs in and gets a kick from Ricochet! Ricochet tags in, Recoil! Shooting star press, cover, the first fall is Ricochet’s!
Ricochet & Usos – 1; Roode & Revival – 0
Well that was fast. Roode is upset with the Revival already, but now he starts the second fall with Ricochet. They tie up and Roode knees low. Roode clubs then bumps Ricochet off buckles, then stomps a GLORIOUS mudhole in! Roode CHOPS Ricochet against the ropes, then whips him across the way. Ricochet rolls off Roode’s back to handspring and headscissor and dropkick! Cover, ONE! Roode won’t be beat so quick, but Ricochet drags him to the corner. Tag to Jey and he takes the hand-off. Jey whips but Roode reverses. Jey goes up and over to mule kick and pop-lock into a SPINEBUSTER! Roode covers, TWO!
Roode tags Dash and Roode feeds Jey to Dash’s knee. Dash throws European uppercuts then rips off Jey’s shirt. Dash clubs Jey but fans rally up as he chokes Jey on the ropes. The ref backs Dash off and then keeps an eye on Dawson. Dash CHOPS Jey but Jey uppercuts back. Dash throws Jey into the corner but Jey fights out! Jey walks into Dash’s kick then gets a scoop slam. Dash drops but misses his elbow, tag to Jimmy! Jimmy rallies and kicks to pop-lock and uppercut! Then the Samoan Drop! Jimmy fires up but has to hit Roode first. Dash whips and Dawson tags in, flapjack on Jimmy! Cover, the Revival tie things up!
Ricochet & Usos – 1; Roode & Revival – 1
The Raw Tag Team Champions keep their trio in this, and we go to break!
Raw returns for the third and final fall. The bell rings and Dawson corner clotheslines Jimmy. Dawson snap suplexes, then drops an elbow, a leg and the headbutt. Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Tag to Dash, and the Revival work together to rope guillotine Jimmy! Dash covers, TWO! The Revival and Roode grow frustrated but they’re still in control. Dash drags Jimmy up to an abdominal stretch but fans rally as Jimmy endures. Jimmy works his way out and arm-drags Dash away. Dash grabs Jimmy to keep him from his corner! Jimmy punches Dash but can’t get free. Dash reels Jimmy back into the stretch, but gets a hip toss! Dawson tags in and tackles Jimmy while Dash hits Jey. But Jimmy dragon whips and dropkicks! Hot tags to Roode and Ricochet!
Ricochet bumps and boots Roode, then springboards for the flying clothesline! Ricochet dropkicks Dawson down! He tosses Dash out and Jey FLIES! But Roode kicks Ricochet, only for Ricochet to roll him up. Roode slips out, but gets a RECOIL! Ricochet hurries up top, 630 senton! Cover, Ricochet & the Usos win!
Winners: Ricochet & The Usos, Ricochet pinning
But to ruin the celebration, it’s The Club! AJ Styles wears the WWE United States Championship proudly, but Ricochet DIVES right onto him! Gallows and Anderson go after Ricochet but the Usos go after them! But The Revival go after the Usos! To get SUPERKICKS! SUPERKICK for Anderson, SUPERKICKS for Gallows! And then the Usos run, but Roode drags Jimmy out to throw him into barriers! Jey grabs Roode but gets a hotshot, into the SHATTER MACHINE! Roode has the Revival go after Jey more, but Ricochet springboards to crossbody them all! But Styles snipes Ricochet with that Phenomenal Forearm! The Club gets the better of Roode again, as they feed him to the MAGIC KIILLER!
“That’s what you get?! You have no idea who you’re messing with!” That is Styles’ message to the One and Only and anyone else who wants to step to The Club! Who will dare step to them for a chance at the US Championship?
The Viking Raiders VS Vinnie Rooner & Jackson James!
The war comes to Long Island! Their team name is a birthright for Erik and Ivar, and they will rain down mayhem on any fools that stand before them! Those fools tonight clearly don’t know what they’re in for, because they’re still here. How long will Long Island’s own even last?
The bell rings and Erik powers Rooner right to the corner! Tag to Ivar and Rooner is fed to the knee, then another knee. Ivar throws Jackson in for Erik’s shotgun knees! Ivar then goes corner to corner to splash Rooner and bronco buster Jackson! Then Erik uses Ivar as a human weapon to smash Rooner in the corner! Cover but Ivar wants to do more. He tags Erik back in and they haul Jackson up for a scoop slam backbreaker, to gutbuster, to German lariat combo! And of course, Rooner gets THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
Another team has been sent to Valhalla after going through the #VikingExperience. Who else will experience the war these two viking machines bring?
Drew McIntyre storms into the Raw locker room.
After he and Shane McMahon lost to Roman Reigns and The Undertaker, the Scottish Terminator is in no mood to have the other superstars laughing it up. Does Cedric Alexander think he’s funny with that trick last week? Well when it comes to challenging competition, Alexander is up to the task. How inspirational. But McIntyre will get Alexander back for sticking his nose into someone else’s business. McIntyre will dismantle and dismember Alexander. Kidding! That’s illegal. But he will humble Alexander. He will eviscerate him. Well Alexander has heard how humble he is, but the joke tonight will be on McIntyre. Does the former Cruiserweight Champion know what he’s getting himself into with an angry Scottish Psychopath?
Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander!
Raw returns and the business between these two men will be settled already! Alexander was standing up to help Roman, but will he regret it?
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.43 ~ 14TH JULY 2019
Global Junior Tag League has started! Hisame let’s us know what’s going on in Pro Wrestling NOAH!
Global Junior Tag League has started! Hisame let’s us know what’s going on in Pro Wrestling NOAH!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
After a long break in which it was thought that due to the silence coming from the roster, they had all gone on a short summer break, NOAH returned on the 12th July to hold a show in Tokorozawa.
In Global Junior Tag League, YO-HEY defeated Junta Miyawaki (although he did praise him afterwards in a rambling promo), and Chris Ridgeway defeated fellow STINGER, Kotaro Suzuki by making him tap.
Minoru Tanaka vs Daisuke Harada for Global Junior League, was the main event of the evening, and what a match it was. They pulled everything out of every drawer they had, Tanaka worked on Harada’s knee, while Harada worked on the neck. The match went to a thirty minute draw, and both spoke afterwards about it. Minoru Tanaka says that he won today, and he will win the league. He also mentioned that he wants to see more junior matches main event shows.
Daisuke Harada said that he would not let “that stranger” win, and he would challenge for the belt again, whether the fans liked it or not.
Takashi Sugiura and Hajime Ohara took on Masao Inoue and Kinya Okada, and there was the usual amusing Inoue\Sugiura interplay. Earlier in the evening, joining in with Marufuji not remembering Kenoh’s name, and vice versa, Takashi Sugiura joined in, but changed it so that he couldn’t remember Masao Inoue’s name. Inoue is a sufferer of gout, and naturally Sugiura targeted his foot by keeping him in the ankle lock after Kinya Okada had tapped, and then when his arms were lifted in victory, he continued stamping on Inoue’s foot.
Speaking of Marufuji and Kenoh, Kenoh (when the team of Marufuji, Yoshinari Ogawa, Hiroshi Yamato and Keisuke Ishii took on Kongoh), timed it just right when Marufuji bounced into the ring, landed and turned so that he was there waiting for him, and they both got in each others face. Inamura was chopped to ribbons.
As Go Shiozaki was still absent (he will return to the ring on the 15th), Katsuhiko Nakajima came to the ring carrying both of the tag belts. As he said at the match signing which took place on the 13th June, he was preparing more for the GHC Heavyweight than the singles, and so he started the match off against Kaito Kiyomiya. However, it wasn’t Nakajima who took the win, but Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex on Hi69.
Tokorozawa City Gymnasium, Sub Arena (12th July 2019)
Post match promos – 12th July 2019
Current Global Junior League Scores (as of July 14th 2019)
Minoru Tanaka 5
Daisuke Harada 3
Yoshinari Ogawa 2
Junta Miyawaki 0
Chris Ridgeway 4
Hajime Ohara 2
Hitoshi Kumano 2
Kotaro Suzuki 0
In keeping in the theme of using pets on merchandise (a silhouette of one of Hitoshi Kumano’s little French Bulldog appeared on the back of one of his t-shirts, and Akitoshi Saito had a cat t-shirt) continued when NOAH put the head of Takashi Sugiura’s beloved Shiba Inu on a t-shirt, complete with dog tags which read “company dog”. Naturally, this was a shot at Kongoh (in specific Kenoh, as he is the only one who speaks), who are currently feuding with The Sugiura Army, and the use of the phrase “Company dog” (i.e. someone who does his masters bidding unquestionably, comes goes, fetches, wags tail etc).
The t-shirt will be released on the 15th July at Korakuen Hall, with mail order to follow (a white version is also available).
NAOMICHI MARUFUJI’S COMIC STRIP
Naomichi Marufuji has started illustrating a comic for “Weekly Pro”. The comic is a condensed version of his autobiography, “Heir To The Ark”, and starts off with his childhood growing up in Saitama with three older brothers, and wrestling with them which inspired his love of the sport. The comic starts off with two of his brothers arguing about who they are going to be, then they tell little Marufuji that they feel sorry for him, as being the youngest and the smallest, he is going to get it from them (which he did in reality), and Marufuji fighting back by saying that Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) is strong.
You can find an ongoing translation on my blog.
The main event for TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2 will be Hideki Suzuki and Minoru Suzuki vs Naomichi Marufuji and Masato Tanaka. Event will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Broadcast most likely will be through ABEMA (a Japanese PPV subscription channel, only available to those in Japan).
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ HAYATA’S garden has produced Daikon. YO-HEY celebrated by putting it in his mouth.
~ NOAH held a joint fan birthday party for Kaito Kiyomiya and Junta Miyawaki. Miyawaki turned 22 in June, with Kiyomiya turning 23 this month.
~ Naomichi Marufuji says he has a new gown for Korakuen Hall on the 15th June
~ YO-HEY made a summer vacation to see his family in rural Yabu. One of his young nieces asked him if he was married to HAYATA.
NOAH’s big Kawasaki Kultz event (and the GHC Heavyweight title, plus the final night of Global Junior League 2019) will air on the 2nd August on G+ at 12.30am JST
NOAH will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th August at 11.30am JST on G+
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GHC Heavyweight tag & single championship signing
Picture credit: Noah GHC, PKDK, YO-HEY
GIF credit: Noah GHC
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