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Tigre Rojo Jr, Millenium, and King Jaguar vs Siky Ozama, Police Man, and Fuerza Chicana
Ozama and Rojo start the match out tying up and trying to get each other down. Rojo strikes first with a snapmare take over. Millenium comes in next with Police Man and Police Man gets him down and puts some holds on him. They re-engage a few times and go back to the ground exchanging holds. King Jaguar is in next with Chicana and they move fast exchanging moves, bypassing any grappling. Rojo comes in to hold Chicana but Jaguar ends up hitting Rojo, this prompts a come back. Ozama hits a cross body on Rojo and Chicana. He then throws Millenium in the air and drop kicks him for the pin. At the same time Police Man gets Rojo in a victory roll. First Fall: Siky Ozama pins Millenium with a drop kick.
Jaguar gets kicked to the outside immediately to start this round. Police Man and Chicana team up on Rojo briefly. Ozama comes in and lays Millenium with a running elbow. Now Rojo is getting teamed on in the ring. Jaguar re-enters but meets the same fate of being teamed on. So naturally Millenium comes in next to try his hand. He gets taken out by Police Man before Rojo comes back. He hits a hurricanrana on Chicana to change the momentum. Jaguar catches Ozama and holds him up, and then Rojo hits a springboard single leg drop kick, followed by a springboard splash by Millenium for the fall. Second Fall: Millenium pins Ozama with a springboard splash.
Police Man and Jaguar exchange chops to begin the round. Jaguar hits a hurricanrana to the outside on Police Man then feigns a dive but almost falls over trying. Millenium is in next with Chicana and Millenium uses his quickness to his advantage. He hits a hurricanrana on Chicana to the outside the poses. Rojo and Ozama square off next doing acrobatic spots. Rojo lands a drop kick then makes Ozama run into the corner then he hurricanrana’s him. Police Man and Chicana jump him after that. They attack Millenium and Jaguar but they reverse their irish whip and put them in a double submission. Ozama comes back in and Slams Rojo on Jaguar. Police Man then pins Jaguar with a small package. Ozama hits a top rope x factor on Rojo for the win. Third Fall: Siky Ozama pins Tigre Rojo with a top rope x factor
Winners: Siky Ozama, Police Man, and Fuerza Chicana
(Tag Team Tournament) El Audaz vs Arkalis vs Black Panther vs Stigma vs El Malayo vs El Perverso vs Tiger vs Polvora
So we start with a battle royal where the final two’s respective tag teams will compete last. So one representative from the team will compete in this battle royal. El Audaz vs Arkalis vs Black Panther vs Stigma vs El Malayo vs El Perverso vs Tiger vs Polvora. Christ did some of these line ups get changed. So everybody is brawling in the corner, ideally trying to throw the other guy over the top. Audaz back drops Tiger to the apron then kicks him off for the elimination. Black Panther then throws Audaz out. Malayo then gets Panther in the corner and flips him out. Polvora then back drops Stigma out. Malayo gets back dropped on the ramp by Arkalis for the elimination. Arkalis then back drops Polvora out. Arkalis and Perverso win the battle royal.
Winners: El Perverso and Arkalis
(Tag Team Tournament Match 1) Diamante Azul and Tiger vs El Audaz and Hechicero
Audaz and Tiger start out with some grappling. They do some transitions on the ground. They trade chops to the chest and then Tiger catches him with a super kick. Hechicero comes in and hits a spinning back breaker on Tiger. Azul comes in and hits multiple arm drags then a running elbow smash. Hechicero launches Audaz into Azul for a hurricanrana. Audaz hits one on Tiger as well and places him in the ropes. Hechicero hits knees on him while he’s tied in the ropes followed by Audaz hitting a 619. Hechicero flips up Tiger and Audaz kicks him for a two count. They try to whip Azul but he resists then clotheslines both. He presses Audaz and drops him on his knee. Azul throws Tiger into Hechicero for a drop kick. Audaz grabs Tiger from behind and Hechicero goes for a drop kick but Tiger moves. Azul then gets Hechicero in a torture rack. Tiger then power bombs Audaz for the win. Tiger power bombs El Audaz for the win.
Winners: Diamante Azul and Tiger
(Match 2) Shocker and Black Panther vs Euforia and Stigma
There is posturing to start until Stigma and Shocker finally get into the ring. They strike each other a few times, but Stigma hits a hurricanrana followed by a middle rope dive. Panther and Euforia go back and forth for a bit. Shocker is back in the ring with Stigma but Panther and Shocker do a few moves on him. Euforia tries to make a come back but Panther hits a drop kick on him and pins him. Shocker hits a spine buster on Stigma for the win. Shocker pins Stigma with a spine buster.
Winners: Shocker and Black Panther
(Match 3) Kraneo and El Malayo vs Stuka Jr and Polvora
Stuka and Polvora beat on Kraneo in the sitting area. Back in the ring Stuka and Malayo go back and forth until Kraneo comes in and splashes Stuka. Polvora breaks up the pin with a drop kick. Kraneo eventually splashes him then Stuka again. It’s like all he can do. But both Kraneo and Malayo end up on the outside and Polvora and Stuka both hit dives. Stuka tries to lift Kraneo in the ring like an idiot. Malayo kicks him. Malayo pins him but moves and Polvora hits Stuka with an elbow drop, then Malayo holds them down and Kraneo hits a top rope splash for the win. Kraneo pins both with a top rope splash.
Winners: Kraneo and El Malayo
(Match 4) El Valiente and El Perverso vs Vangellys and Arkalis
Arkalis and Valiente do some grappling to start the match. Vangellys comes in with Perverso but Vangellys wants Valiente. Valiente takes his legs out with a drop kick. Valiente slaps Arkalis’ chest multiple times. Perverso comes in and Arkalis hits a hurricanrana on him. Valiente and Arkalis brawl in the crowd. Vangellys works over Perverso in the ring. Valiente re-enters and they take on Vangellys and team up on Arkalis. A come back gets made and Arkalis hits a dive on Valiente to the outside and Vangellys works over Perverso hitting a spear for a two count. Vangellys goes to the top and Perverso throws him off for a 3 count. They work on Arkalis and Valiente goes for a moonsault but Arkalis gets the feet up for a two count. They sell for a bit and then Valiente slams him in the corner and Perverso hits a splash for the win. Perverso pins Arkalis with a splash.
Winners: El Valiente and El Perverso
(Match 5) Diamante Azul and Tiger vs Shocker and Black Panther
Match starts with all of them brawling in the ring. Panther hits an inverted 619 on Azul. He goes for a dive but gets super kicked by Tiger. Tiger and Shocker strikes each other on the outside. After that, Tiger and Azul hit a double slam on Shocker, then get him in a double submission for the win. Azul and Tiger submit Shocker with a double submission.
Winners: Diamante Azul and Tiger
(Match 6) Kraneo and El Malayo vs El Valiente and El Perverso
Well hey, they start out brawling as well in this match. They take out Kraneo, then Valiente throws the midget Mije on Malayo. Valiente then hits a back drop on Kraneo. Valiente misses a corner attack so Malayo hits a back breaker on Perverso. Kraneo then hits a leg drop on Perverso. Valiente breaks it up with a drop kick to the butt. Kraneo then hits him with a corner hip attack for the pin and Malayo submits Perverso with an arm stretch. Malayo submits Perverso with an arm stretch.
Winners: Kraneo and El Malayo
(Finals) Diamante Azul and Tiger vs Kraneo and El Malayo
Match starts with Kraneo and Malayo getting the jump on them. Malayo works on Diamante Azul’s mask. They continue to get the upper hand on the team of Azul and Tiger. Azul makes a come back hitting knees to the back while Malayo is tied up in the ropes. Tiger then hits a back stabber. Kraneo splashes Tiger to stop the count. Azul hits a back breaker on Kraneo. Azul then body slams Kraneo and pins him. Tiger gets Malayo in a pinning combination for the win. Tiger pins Malayo with a pinning combination.
Winners: Diamante Azul and Tiger
(Light Weight Championship) Niebla Roja (Champion) vs Luciferno
They engage and grapple for a bit. They spend some time exchanging holds and submissions, trying to get the best position. Luciferno catches Roja with a power bomb for the first fall. First Fall: Luciferno pins Roja with a power bomb.
They start brawling in the crowd to start the next round. Luciferno gets Roja back in the ring and continues to work him over. Luciferno chases him through the crowd. Roja hits a drop kick in the ring to make a come back. He hits a sit out slam the gets Luciferno in a pining combination for the fall. Second Fall: Roja pins Luciferno with a pinning combination.
They start the round by posturing to the crowd. Roja hits a hurricanrana to the outside, then hits a dive through the middle rope. When they get back in the ring they trade counters to moves Luciferno dodges a drop kick and then clotheslines Roja in the ropes. Luciferno continues to work him over until Roja punches him off the apron. Roja then hits a dive over the top rope. Roja hits a crossbody and they roll a few times after to try and get the pin. Luciferno hits a superplex off the top for a two count. They go back to the top and Roja fights off a face buster and hits a hurricanrana. Luciferno hits a styles clash on Roja for a two count. Roja then gets Luciferno in a stretch submission for the win. Third Fall: Niebla Roja submits Luciferno with a stretch submission.
Winner: Niebla Roja
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Sonic and Bengala vs El Cholo and Apocalipsis
Bengala starts with Apocalipsis and they grapple for a bit until Bengala gets him to the outside. Sonic and Cholo come in and start grappling too. Sonic gets him to the outside then poses to the crowd. Cholo hits a fall away slam on Sonic then Apocalipsis hits a sloppy swanton for the pin. Apocalipsis then hits a senton on Bengala and Cholo submits him with a neck crank. First Fall: Cholo submits Bengala with a neck crank.
Cholo works over Sonic to start the round. Bengala gets in and helps provide a come back. Bengala the slams Apocalipsis and Sonic hits a lionsault for the pin. Bengala then gets Cholo in a neck stretch submission. Second Fall: Bengala submits Cholo with a neck stretch.
Bengala and Apocalipsis start out the final round and Bengala uses his quickness to his advantage. Sonic comes in with Cholo and gets the same result. Apocalipsis rolls into a sunset flip from Bengala and hits a drop kick. They go to the top and Bengala hits a hurricanrana followed by a splash from Sonic. Cholo breaks up the pin and gets Sonic in a Boston crab that Bengala breaks up. Sonic then gets Apocalipsis in a hurricanrana pin and pins him. Cholo then throws him up for a power bomb and pins Sonic. Bengala then gets a head scissors into an arm stretch for the win. Third Fall: Bengala submits Cholo with an arm stretch.
Winners: Sonic and Bengala
Sanely, Mystique, and La Guerrera vs Tiffany, La Seductora, and La Metalica
Metalica and Guerrera start off with some grappling. They do some pretty acrobatic spots as well. Mystique comes in with Tiffany next and they do some grappling exchanges and transitions. They start to trade moves until Mystique hits an arm drag then drop kick. Seductora and Sanely go at it and Sanely gets the better of her. It ends up with all the women in the ring. Tiffany and Metalica go to the outside. Mystique and Guerrera get pulled out and then Seductora gets Sanely in a full nelson stretch. First Fall: Seductora submits Sanely with a full nelson stretch.
Guerrera gets teamed on to start this round off. They move their attack to Sanely. Sanely dodges an attack and her team makes a come back by hitting drop kicks. Mystique and Seductora trade strikes but Seductora hits a side walk slam then a drop kick. Guerrera comes in and Seductora kicks her. Guerrera gets in with Metalica and botches a couple of spots. But Metalica drop kicks her out. Sanely comes in with Tiffany and Tiffany shakes her by her hair then kicks her to her corner. Sanely knocks Seductora off the apron, then hits a splash off the apron. Tiffany gets Guerrera in a boston crab and then Metalica pins Mystique with a power bomb. Second Fall: Metalica pins Mystique with a power bomb.
Winners: Tiffany, La Seductora, and La Metalica
(Match Relampago) Super Astro Jr vs El Coyote
They engage and quickly grapple. Coyote gets the better of the exchanges, hitting a few arm drags. Coyote hits a flying elbow then hits a dive through the middle rope. Coyote brings him back in and works him over, hitting a fisherman’s suplex for a two count. Astro finally hits a hurricanrana and then feigns a dive. He catches Coyote circles the ring for a dive through the middle rope. Astro drop kicks Coyote off the apron then hits a moonsault off the top to the outside. Back in the ring Coyote counters a move into a power bomb then hits a senton for a two count. Astro kicks Coyote in the corner for a two count. Back on the top rope Astro hits a top rope victory roll for a two count. Back on the top rope Coyote hits a double arm suplex on Astro and pins him. Coyote pins Super Astro Jr with a double arm suplex off the top.
Winner: El Coyote
Rey Cometa, Triton, and Fuego vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Kawato San
Fuego starts out against Misterioso and we haven’t seen Fuego in some time. I think he’s been a little upset with his position on the card. They start wrestling on the ground. They go for a few minutes until Triton and Kawato join the fray. Triton gets him down into a stretch hold but Kawato quickly transitions out of it. Sagrado and Cometa come in next and they ramp up the speed a bit. Sagrado catches him and slams him stopping Cometa’s momentum. Only briefly though as Cometa gets up and hits a hurricanrana, then hits another one off the apron. Kawato and Fuego fight on the outside as does Triton and Misterioso. In the ring Sagrado reverses a DDT attempt into a suplex for the fall. First Fall: Sagrado pins Cometa with a suplex.
This round begins with Triton getting teamed on then taken out. They then beat on Fuego. They go to set up a triple team move on Rey Cometa but Fuego and Triton sneak behind the other two for school boys and Cometa gets Misterioso with a victory roll. Second Fall: Rey Cometa pins Misterioso with a victory roll.
Kawato and Triton exchange strikes to start the round. Triton gets Kawato to the outside and then hits a pose. Fuego is in next with Misterioso and Fuego uses his quickness and agility to get the advantage. Cometa comes in with Sagrado and the tale is the same, he uses his quickness to his advantage until he hits a sunset flip that Sagrado stops with an elbow. Kawato comes in and hits a german suplex on Cometa but Fuego breaks up the pin. Fuego and Kawato exchange school boys for two counts. Misterioso comes in and drop kicks Fuego to the outside then hits a pose. Kawato hits a unique underhook slam on Triton for the pin. Fuego tricks Sagrado to the outside and then hits an over the top rope dive on him. In the ring Cometa hits a tornado splash on Misterioso but Misterioso shakes it off and catches in him a neck breaker for the win. Third Fall: Misterioso pins Cometa with a neck breaker
Winners: El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Kawato
Blue Panther, Titan, and Soberano vs Shocker, Rey Bucanero (Nitro), and Hechicero
They all stare each other down in the ring to start the match. Panther starts out with Nitro and they start to do some wrestling. I’ve pointed it out before but he’s 58 years old and he moves really well. Shocker comes in during their exchange which causes everyone else to come in and posture. Hechicero comes in with Titan and works him over with holds and strikes. They start to grapple and while Hechicero has him in a hold he unties the mask. Shocker comes in with Soberano and uses his size to his advantage. Hechicero attacks Titan on the apron and they stomp out Soberano. Titan and Soberano get back in the ring and work a pinning combination on Nitro and Hechicero respectively for the pin. First Fall: Soberano pins Hechicero with a pinning combination.
Hechicero starts with Blue Panther and he puts Panther on the top. But Panther hits a hurricanrana. He goes for a dive but Shocker intercepts. Afterwards Shocker holds Soberano for a double team attack but Soberano moves and Hechicero kicks Shocker. Soberano then hits a head scissors on Shocker then an arm drag on Hechicero. Titan gets in with Nitro and he takes him out but Hechicero comes in and they strike each other. Titan then gains momentum and takes everyone out. Hechicero works over Blue Panther, then Shocker takes out Titan and Soberano. Sobernao tries to go for a sunset flip power bomb on Hechicero when he comes back in but it gets reversed into a power bomb for the pin. Shocker then suplexes Titan and then hits an elbow drop from the top rope for the fall. Second Fall: Shocker pins Titan with an elbow drop.
Hechicero and Soberano brawl up the ramp to start the round. They team up on Blue Panther and he tries to fight back but it doesn’t work so well. They take on Titan after Panther gets taken out. Soberano and Titan kick Hechicero and Nitro to the outside and then they hit dives. Panther and Shocker square off and Panther gets him in a Ki lock for the win. Third Fall: Blue Panther beats Shocker with a Ki Lock.
Winners: Blue Panther, Titan, and Soberano
Volador Jr, Niebla Roja, and Angel de Oro vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero
Roja locks up with Forastero and starts to grapple. After a few minutes of grappling Roja hits an arm drag to the ramp and chases Forastero up the ramp where Sanson jumps him from behind. Cuatrero attacks Volador and Angel de Oro in the mean time. They kick Volador to the outside and team up on a returning Roja. After they take him out again Sanson taunts Volador to come in and it leads to Cuatrero submitting Volador with the inverted bear hug. First Fall: Cuatrero submits Volador with an inverted bear hug.
They continue teaming on Volador to start the round. They take him out and move to working over Angel de Oro. Roja tries hard to fight back but enjoys up getting stomped out. Volador dodges a double team attack and hits a hurricanrana on Sanson to the outside. Oro and Roja then come in and Roja flips Oro, then Oro launches Roja into a double drop kick on Forastero and Cuatrero. Then Oro and Roja hit dives through the middle rope on them. In the ring, Volador hits a super kick then back stabber on Sanson for the fall. Second Fall: Volador pins Sanson with a back stabber.
Cuatrero postures with Oro to start. He acts like he’s going to engage then runs away. So Oro takes out Forastero quick, then uses his agility to take out Sanson and Cuatrero. Roja comes in next and he goes chest to chest with Forastero. Forastero tags out to Cuatrero. He takes out Cuatrero then uses his agility to make Forastero hit Sanson by accident. Volador comes in hot as well taking Cuatrero out with a super kick, and then hitting a hurricanrana on Sanson followed by an over the top rope dive. In the ring, Oro hits a victory roll into a jumping leg drop on Cuatrero. Then he moves him close to the ropes and Niebla Roja on the top with Forastero, slams him on Cuatrero for the win. Third Fall: Niebla Roja slams Forastero off the top rope onto Cuatrero for the win.
Winners: Volador Jr, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja
Arena Mexico Friday
Star Jr and Robin vs Espanto Jr and Akuma
Star Jr and Akuma start out fighting for position, trying to take the other down. Espanto comes in to work over Star Jr. Robin comes in to take on Espanto quickly after and they start grappling on the ground. They hung Robin in the tree of woe and Mije hit a drop kick on him. Akuma gets Star Jr in a swing and Espanto hit him with a drop kick. Akuma hit a power bomb on Robin and then Espanto hit an elbow drop for the fall. First Fall: Espanto pins Robin with an elbow drop.
Mije hit a splash on Star Jr to start the round and Espanto and Akuma worked him over. They hang Robin in the tree of woe for a triple drop kick but Mije’s timing was off. Star Jr fights back against the double team, hitting a tornado dive on Espanto. Robin then hit a hurricanrana on Espanto. Robin hit a springboard hurricanrana on Akuma then Star hit a springboard frog splash for the pin. Star runs off Robin’s back and hit a drop kick on Espanto for the pin. Second Fall: Star Jr pins Espanto with a shot gun drop kick in the corner.
Star fights against the double team using his agility to hit head scissors on both guys, and then he hits a pose. Robin comes in and he takes out Espanto and Akuma and then poses. But when they get back in the ring, Espanto catches Star Jr with a canadian destroyer for the pin. Akuma hits Robin with a pop up power bomb for the win. Third Fall: Akuma pins Robin with a pop up power bomb.
Winners: Espanto Jr and Akuma
Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, and Lluvia vs Dalys, Amapola, and Reyna Isis
The women stare each other down to start the match, but the two who start the match are Lluvia and Dalys. They do some grappling but it’s not very fast. Lluvia hits a head scissors on Dalys which brings Kobayashi in to work with Dalys. Kobayashi starts out quick but Dalys evens it out. Kobayashi hits a missile drop kick, then a shining wizard which brings Isis is. Isis hits a drop kick on her which brings Sugehit in. Sugehit gets some offense in and then pulls at Isis’ mask. Isis then pulls at Sugehit’s hair. Sugehit then does a hair drag which brings Amapola in. Isis and Dalys try to team on Sugehit but she dodges the attack. Sugehit, Lluvia, and Kaho then team on Dalys a bit. Lluvia hits a shotgun drop kick on Dalys then Kaho came from behind and did a unique school boy pinning combination. First Fall: Kaho Kobayashi pinned Dalys with a school boy.
Amapola and Lluvia go back and forth to start this round. Lluvia gets taken out and then Sugehit gets teamed on briefly. Afterwards Dalys power bombs Kaho for the pin and then Amapola hit a face buster on Sugehit for the fall. Second Fall: Amapola pins Sugehit with a face buster.
They team up on Sugehit to start this round off. They take out Lluvia then team up on Kaho. A come back gets made and Lluvia hits a dive on Dalys on the outside and then Sugehit got Amapola in an arm lock for the submission and Kaho pins Isis with a pinning combination. Third Fall: Kaho Kobayashi pins Reyna Isis with a pinning combination.
Winners: Kaho Kobayashi, Princesa Sugehit, and Lluvia
Atlantis, Niebla Roja, and Atlantis Jr vs Villano IV, Mephisto, El Hijo del Villano III
Mephisto starts with Roja and they do some brief grappling until Villano III’s son squares off with Atlantis Jr. The son’s of the two father’s who had a great rivalry. They roll around and trade some pinning combinations. After they engage there’s a brawl and Atlantis Sr gets teamed up on. Hijo Villano hits a guillotine leg drop on Atlantis Jr. They beat on Atlantis then Hijo Villano hits a splash on Atlantis for the pin. First Fall: Hijo Del Villano III pins Atlantis with a splash off the top.
The round starts with Mephisto working over Atlantis. A power bomb gets hit on Roja and he kicks out. Atlantis Jr makes a come back drop kicking Villano III to the outside, then he hits an over the top rope dive. Roja then gets Mephisto in a stretch submission for the fall. Second Fall: Niebla Roja submitted Mephisto with a stretch submission.
Hijo Villano starts the round with Atlantis Jr and they get the crowd into it. Atlantis Jr hits a head scissors on Hijo Villano and then hit back breakers on Villano and Mephisto then kicks Villano IV to the outside. Atlantis then gets in with Mephisto and they trade strikes and then Atlantis hits a monkey flip. Hijo Villano gets in with Roja and taunts him but Roja gets him out with a basement drop kick. Roja takes out Mephisto and then hits an over the top rope dive on him and then in the ring Atlantis gets Villano IV in an abdominal stretch and Atlantis Jr gets Hijo Villano in the torture rack for the win. Third Fall: Atlantis Jr submits Hijo del Villano III with the torture rack.
Winners: Atlantis, Niebla Roja, and Atlantis Jr
Mistico, Volador Jr, and Flyer vs Ultimo Guerrero, Templario, and Euforia
Flyer starts out with Euforia and they get to the ground fast and trade submissions. Mistico comes in next with Templario and they go back and forth briefly. Volador comes in to work on Ultimo but he gets taken out quick. Mistico gets drop kicked off the apron. Templario and Euforia hit a press slam off the top on Flyer but the ref DQs them. I guess for excessive beating? Ref got tired of them being in the ring illegally? I don’t know. First Fall: Flyer wins by DQ I guess excessive beating against ref warning.
Euforia hits a back breaker to start the round. They then do the Los Guerrero’s triple team spot against the barricade except on the ramp. They do it in the ring to Volador. Then they do it in the traditional spot on Flyer. They stand on Volador’s back for some team up move then Mistico does a hurricanrana off the top. Flyer gets thrown and launched into the ring but his leg gets caught up in the ropes and he really hurts his leg. He’s sliding away from the ring. Volador and Mistico then hit dives to opposite corners. Volador hits a top rope hurricanrana on Euforia for the pin. Mistico hits a canadian destroyer on Templario for the fall. Second Fall: Mistico pins Templario with a canadian destroyer.
They have real paramedics out there putting Flyer on the stretcher and he’s not selling this, he’s crying and Volador is walking to the back with him during the break to check on him with the paramedics. I mean the match is over so they’re going to the back anyway but he didn’t posture in the ring like Mistico did.
Winners: Mistico, Volador Jr, and Flyer
(First Phase of the Champion of the Universe Tournament) Caristico vs El Terrible vs Dragon Lee vs Cavernario vs El Valiente vs Gran Guerrero vs Stuka Jr vs Forastero
Champion of the Universe is a very strong honor. Match starts out with brawling. Everyone trying to eliminate each other. Stuka is the first eliminated in the battle royal. Terrible and Gran Guerrero get dumped out next. Valiente follows with Dragon Lee. Cavernario dumps Forastero out. The last two are Caristico and Cavernario. Match order was set by elimination.
Stuka Jr vs El Terrible
Terrible starts the match being physical with Stuka but Stuka dodges an attack to bring Terrible to the outside and then hits a dive through the middle rope. He then hits an asai moonsault. Back in the ring Stuka uses acrobatics to get Terrible in a pinning combination for a two. Stuka goes for a moonsault but Terrible gets the legs up, then he hits a top rope splash for the win. Terrible wins with a top rope splash.
Gran Guerrero vs El Valiente
Gran attacks Valiente during his entrance to get the jump on him. Or to save time. Valiente dodges an attack and Guerrero falls out of the ring and Valiente hits a run up moonsault to the outside. Back in the ring they do some acrobatics and then Valiente hits an arm drag to the outside and then he hits a dive through the middle rope. A diving head butt it looked like on replay. Back in the ring Guerrero goes to the top and Valiente hits an arm drag. Guerrero lifts him, but Valiente reverses it into a lung blower for a 2. Guerrero hits a choke slam on Valiente for a two count. He then hits a sit out death valley driver from the top for the win. Gran Guerrero pins Valiente with a sit out death valley driver from the top.
Winner: Gran Guerrero
Dragon Lee vs Forastero
The match starts out really quick with Forastero hitting a dive on Lee. Forastero brings him back in the ring and hits the corner drop kick for a two count. Forastero rolls to the outside and Lee hits a dive over the top. Back in the ring Lee rolls into a drop kick. Forastero gets up and hits a sit out power bomb. Lee hits a snap german suplex into a knee, into his flip up sit out slam for the win. Dragon Lee wins with a flip up sit out slam.
Winner: Dragon Lee
Caristico vs Cavernario
Match starts out quick with some fighting on the apron. Cavernario kicks Caristico off and then hits a run up dive on him. Back in the ring Caristico hits a hurricanrana then a dive through the middle rope. Back in the ring again and Cavernario hits the arm ducked suplex for a two count. He hits the slingshot splash for two as well. Caristico hits a head scissors take over, then runs at Cavernario and he dodges. Cavernario runs at Caristico but he gets his feet up. Caristico then gets him in the Fujiwara arm bar for the win. Caristico submits Cavernario with a Fujiwara arm bar.
El Terrible vs Gran Guerrero
Guerrero trips Terrible on the apron and then kicks him off to start. Then he hits an over the top rope dive. Guerrero smashes the barricade on Terrible and throws him back in the ring. Guerrero hits a power slam for a two count. Terrible finally gets him in the corner and strikes him multiple times. Guerrero hits the sit out death valley driver off the top but Terrible kicked out. Terrible then gets him in a leg lock for the win. El Terrible beats Gran Guerrero with a leg lock.
Winner: El Terrible
Dragon Lee vs Caristico
Dragon Lee starts out stomping Caristico and pulling his mask, then Caristico reverses him and pulls at Lee mask. Caristico gets Lee out of the ring, then hits a dive through the middle rope which sends Lee into the crowd. He brings him back in the ring for a two count. Lee hits a hurricanrana to the outside from the apron. They get back in the ring and Lee goes to the top but Caristico runs up and hits a Spanish fly. When then get back up Lee hits his flip up sit out slam for the win. Dragon Lee pins Caristico with a flip up sit out slam.
Winner: Dragon Lee
Dragon Lee vs El Terrible
Terrible comes out immediately and starts to work over Lee while he’s selling. Lee goes for his hurricanrana on the apron but Terrible hits a power bomb on the apron. Terrible works over Lee on the outside. Lee moves out of the way of a corner attack and then shotgun drop kicks Terrible out the ring then hits a dive through the middle rope. They get back in the ring and exchange strikes. Lee hits a sit out power bomb for a two count. Terrible hits a styles clash for a two count. They go to the top and fight and Lee hits the double stomp for a two count. Terrible hits a double power bomb but Lee kicks out. Terrible goes to the top but Lee runs up and hits an arm drag for a close two count. Lee goes for a roll up but Terrible sits on it and holds the ropes for the three. Terrible steals his mask after the match. Terrible wins with a pinning combination.
Winner: El Terrible
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)
And you thought last week was big!
205 Live doubles down on historic matches!
Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.
It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.
The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!
How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?
The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!
Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!
Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!
Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!
Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!
The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?
The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!
Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.
Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.
Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!
Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!
Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?
A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.
Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!
SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!
- Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay; Charlotte & Asuka win.
- Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler; Cesaro wins.
- Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella; Sasha wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Crews wins by disqualification, Big E retains the title.
- Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table, with Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, is back to open SmackDown, but no Jey Uso? Roman and Heyman are not in a good mood after the bait ‘n’ switch Adam Pearce pulled over on them with Kevin Owens. Heyman hands Roman a mic as fans boo and give thumbs down on their screens. “So KO said he was going to deliver a message today, huh?” Or is he not? No, we’re not going to see Kevin Owens tonight because Roman said so. Now let’s talk about last week and “card subject to change.” Real clever. A lot of people made comments about Pearce getting one past them, outsmarted them.
But let’s make this clear: “That way of thinking is beneath me.” Card subject to change is how losers think. It’s how people who are scared to come to work think. Roman doesn’t miss appearances, he puts in work! Legitimately! It took Roman’ sown health being at risk during a pandemic to keep him away. So he never wants to hear anyone say anything about him missing appearances. But what if Roma started thinking like “a puss” like Pearce, talking about his elbow and shoulder hurting. No one would doubt it because of the work Roman puts in! Roman’s knees hurt, and so does his neck. But what else? His ankles have been bad since college. And his back… Heyman says just the weight of it all is making Roman’s back hurt, because Roman’s been carrying the WWE for YEARS!
But what if Roman’s back continues to hurt until the Royal Rumble? What if he can’t make it because of that? Pearce walks out and says this is going too far. Heyman says Pearce is being rude not even addressing Roman. Pearce says this is spiraling out of control, and Roman can’t believe he wants to talk about control. We know who is in control. But what’s out of control is that Pearce is going against Roman. That Pearce is doing a favor and putting Kevin back into the Universal title picture. And the fact that Pearce is favoring Kevin! This isn’t even really a favor. Pearce is Kevin’s BITCH! And he’s also Roman’s bitch.
But what Roman really can’t stand right now, is Pearce having the audacity coming out here and complaining about how his body feels. Pearce hasn’t been in a match for six YEARS, but he’s talking about how his body hurts. Pearce is next to the thoroughbred of the WWE, a man who does 52 weeks a year, multiple days a week! Roman never complained, never stopped and busts his ass for this place, and that is why Roman is who Roman is! And Pearce is going to complain, whine, MOAN about stuff? “No wonder you never made it to the WWE.” Heyman chuckles at that one.
Pearce asks if this is funny to Heyman. It is. Pearce can take it from Roman but he won’t take it from Heyman. Oh? Well that’s disrespectful. Disrespecting Heyman is disrespecting Roman. Heyman, straighten Pearce out. Heyman is given the mic to speak. Pearce disrespected the Tribal Chief and his family. Heyman’s known his family 15 years. Roman’s family would not be friends with someone who isn’t tough! Do you know what it is like to be a friend of the Anoa’i family? Everyone buys into Heyman’s persona, that he’s “impotent as a man.” Heyman’s from New York, he whoop yo’ ASS for disrespecting the chief. Wanna stare Heyman down?
Heyman may not be a lawyer but he’s from a synagogue full of them. In Florida, a verbal contract is BINDING. So if you want something big for the main event, how about this? Pearce VS PAUL HEYMAN! What?! Heyman offers a handshake, and Pearce TAKES IT! The challenge is accepted!! Pearce will have his first match in six years, against Paul E. Dangerously! Roman says at the end of the night, Pearce gets his ass kicked. #BelieveThat.
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
He has a sign with #JusticeForSami on it, and he brings out cuffs?! Sami is going to cuff himself to the ringside barriers as a form of protest because he is not part of tonight’s Intercontinental Championship! How will WWE officials respond to Sami’s sudden SmackDown sit-in?
SmackDown returns and Sami claims he is being victimized, but he will enter the Royal Rumble to counter it! Sami says he had Apollo Crews beat, though with hands somehow on Apollo’s tights. But then Apollo does the same thing back to him and Apollo wins?! That is not fair! But then the Empress of Tomorrow interrupts Sami with her entrance, followed by The Queen’s! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here!
Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay!
The Queens of Tomorrow have a lot going on as individuals on Raw, but they return to SmackDown to focus on their teamwork! Meanwhile, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott haven’t been able to focus with the Femme Fatale frantically interfering. Will Billie be a burden as the Squad has a chance at earning a championship opportunity?
As the teams sort out, Natalya and Tamina are watching from backstage. The bell rings as Charlotte and Ruby start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Charlotte pushes Ruby to ropes. Ruby pushes back but Charlotte headlocks and throws Ruby down. Ruby keeps her shoulders up, fights to her feet, but Asuka tags in. Charlotte snapmares Ruby, Asuka runs Ruby over with a shoulder! Asuka headlocks Ruby, Ruby fights up but Charlotte tags back in. The Queens of Tomorrow hand Ruby off and Charlotte bumps Ruby off buckles! Charlotte digs her boot into Ruby’s head but lets off at 4. Ruby flounders, Charlotte taunts her to reach for Liv, then CLUBS her down.
Charlotte looms over Ruby, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Ruby falls over, Billie protests on the apron but Charlotte runs her off. Ruby rushes at Charlotte but into an elbow! Liv tags in as Billie shouts at Charlotte! Ruby rushes Charlotte but is thrown out, and Charlotte grabs at Billie! Liv apron dropkicks Charlotte back in! Liv hurries up top and leaps to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie can’t believe she’s being helpful as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Charlotte blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Charlotte stomps away on Liv, backs off as the ref counts, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap on their screens, Charlotte scoops Liv but Liv slips out. Liv runs, Ruby tags in, Liv huricanranas and Ruby runs in to tilt-o-whirl! Charlotte blocks the headscissors but Ruby fires off forearms! Ruby goes up and gives Charlotte DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, Sami is still filming his protest, and the Squad double SLAMS Charlotte down! Cover, ONE! Liv tags Ruby back in, they stomp away on Charlotte in a corner, and then tag again.
Ruby and Liv bring Charlotte out, double whip but charlotte stops herself to kick and forearm and CHOP! Charlotte CHOPS away, throws Ruby into buckles then kicks Liv low! EXPLODER! And kip up! Charlotte fires up but misses Liv in the corner. Liv runs into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Asuka, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Ruby runs but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Liv dropkicks Charlotte and enziguris Asuka! But Asuka has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv tries to roll through but gets caught to a trapped-leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka kicks but misses, Liv rolls her to swing. Asuka blocks, reels Liv in, but Ruby tags!
Asuka lets Liv go to get Ruby, but Billie distracts! The O’Conner roll is rolled over but Billie argues too long! That costs Ruby, she has to kick Asuka! Liv saves Ruby from the hip attack but falls on Billie! Ruby SUPERKICKS but Asuka counters the Riott Kick to the pop-up KNEE! Asuka runs, tags Charlotte, CODE BREAKER to NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall
Billie went from helping to hindering the Squad again! Will this partnership fall apart before Billie’s very eyes?
Billie finds the Squad backstage.
She apologizes for, for… For what, Billie? Stopping Ruby from pinning Asuka? Messing this opportunity up for them?! Yeah… Well for someone who doesn’t mean to, she’s pretty good at it. Maybe that should be put on the resume. Well, all the great teams have overcome obstacles! Billie has good news, though. She talked to Sonya Deville and the Squad is in the Women’s Rumble match! They can practice throwing Billie out over the ropes! Billie can pretend to be Bianca or Mella! No, there is no “us” anymore. The Squad works better when it’s just Ruby and Liv. Sorry. Will Billie ever catch a break?
Daniel Bryan is here!
And he goes past Sami’s new sign, where SAMI is an acronym: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Clever. Bryan goes to the ring and fans join in the “YES!” fingers on their screens. Bryan says a week from this Sunday is one of the most unique and historic traditions in the WWE, the Royal Rumble match. And even saying that, this time of year, a chill goes down Bryan’s spine. It’s a little hard to explain why but Bryan will give it his best shot. “It’s the uncertainty of what number you’re going to. It’s watching the countdown for every superstar that comes out. It’s waiting for that buzzer to hit, for that music to play, for you to run down, nobody knows that you’re coming, and you don’t know who’s coming out next!
“It’s the exhilaration of competing against 29 other superstars that could go over an hour, and it’s every man for themselves.” One of the most challenging, grueling things you can do in the WWE, and that makes Bryan feel alive. Despite all the pain, all the uncertainty, it is absolutely worth it because the winner gets to face the champion of their choosing in the main event of WrestleMania! Bryan is very proud of his career, he’s accomplished a lot. But the one thing he has never done is win a Royal Rumble! Experts, commentary, Michael Cole even, will say- Cesaro interrupts!
Cesaro thought he beat some sense into Bryan last week, but here Bryan is again talking about how he’ll win the Rumble. Cesaro appreciates Bryan explaining the rules, but Cesaro could’ve done it better and in five languages. But that’s besides the point. Bryan is NOT winning this year’s Rumble, Cesaro is. As the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Cesaro is an expert on this. Bryan didn’t forget about the loss, but instead of talking, how about putting the mics down, and they can fight it out again? Cesaro says no. Cesaro is sick and tired of proving himself week after week doing the same thing over and over! He beat Bryan, and Bryan isn’t dressed for the occasion, Cesaro issues an open challenge! Anyone who has already declared for the Rumble, come on down!
The one to answer the open challenge is… Dolph Ziggler! One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions is here asking about the conversation. Ziggler has been in the second most Rumbles ever. Ziggler can go all night long, ask anyone. And aside from himself and his colleague, Robert Roode, there is no one that can go toe-to-toe with Ziggler except maybe Cesaro. No offense to Bryan but it ain’t 2014 anymore. But if we’re talking about a Rumble challenge, Ziggler wants to win to go to Mania and get paid! So Bryan, scoot over, and Cesaro, consider your challenge accepted. Will the Show-Off show up the Swiss Cyborg?
Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!
SmackDown returns and Bryan has joined commentary for this great match-up already underway. Ziggler has Cesaro down and has a leg, gets a cover, TWO! Cesaro gets a lateral press but Ziggler keeps his shoulder up. Cesaro pushes him around, gut wrenches and lifts but Ziggler resists by grabbing Cesaro’s leg again. Ziggler shifts, rolls, has a cover, ONE! Cesaro tries a cover, ONE! Cesaro waistlocks but Ziggler gets the ropes. Ziggler elbows Cesaro away then jumps on for a sleeper hold! Cesaro stays up, RAMS Ziggler into buckles and is free. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Ziggler with that EuroUpper! Ziggler flounders into a trip and then a SWISS SWING!
Cesaro brings Ziggler around and around for a count of 10, then maybe 15 even, or 20! Cesaro throws Ziggler, covers, TWO! Ziggler survives the swing, Cesaro stalks him to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST! Ziggler rolls Cesaro up, TWO! Cesaro back drops, Ziggler sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro sits on the cover, TWO! Ziggler sunsets, TWO! Cesaro, TWO! Ziggler, TOW! Cesaro high stacks, TWO! Ziggler pops him to a cover, TWO! SUPER- No, Cesaro blocks but uppercuts into a backslide,. Cesaro slips out, but into a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! And yes, Sami is still protesting. He’s even memeing! “Sami was robbed, change my mind.”
Cesaro and Ziggler slowly rise and Ziggler sleeper holds again! Cesaro gets up, shifts Ziggler from backpack to a front facelock, for a suplex! Ziggler knees free, kicks low then runs, into a pop-up! Ziggler tries to huricanrana, but Cesaro makes it a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Michael Cole points out this is two times in a row that Cesaro has beaten a former world champion! Will Cesaro take the Rumble and be a WrestleMania contender?
Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella!
It is very rare for WWE to do co-ed matches like this, and certain against a champion like The Boss against the sommelier in employment of The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island. Will Reginald ruin Sasha’s momentum towards the rematch with Mella?
SmackDown returns and Mella makes her entrance to accompany Reginald to the ring, two other assistants bringing the champagne and drinking glasses to the ring for them. Mella and the champagne join commentary as the bell rings. Sasha tells Reggie it’s time to put up or shut up, but Reggie presents her with an orange rose. Sasha accepts the rose but goes to slap Reggie! He blocks, only for Sasha to SLAP him with the other hand! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and uses the ropes to arm-drag, but Reggie handsprings through! Mella says that’s her Reggie! Reggie waistlocks but Sasha resists the lift and slips out the back to switch. Reggie does the same and rolls right out of the ring!
Reggie plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and does a back flip off the apron! But Sasha wrecks him with a baseball slide dropkick! Sasha whips Reggie at the steel steps but Reggie leaps up and over! Mella applauds the bit of flair, Sasha gives chase, they go in the ring and speed things up with hurdle for hurdle. Reggie shows off with that flip, Sasha goes up and springboards, but Reggie blocks the sunset flip! Reggie wheelbarrows Sasha but she turns that into a BULLDOG! Sasha wants Mella to see why she’s the boss, but Sasha misses the meteora to hit buckles! Sasha avoids Reggie’s elbow drop, Oklahoma roll but Reggie slips out!
Reggie avoids Sasha’s dropkick to bomb lift, but Sasha arm-drags free! Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she knees Reggie away! Sasha goes up, leaps, crossbody but Reggie holds her up! Reggie pops Sasha up but into another arm-drag! Reggie is sent out, Sasha hurries to the apron, METEORA! Sasha slaps the champagne out of Mella’s hand! Sasha goes back into the ring with Reggie, brings him in for a backstabber but he rolls through! Sasha kicks him, and knuckle locks to flip up and into another METEORA! Mella sneers but Sasha tilt-o-whirls and drags Reggie down by his arm! BANK STATEMENT!! Reggie taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
Sasha got her revenge on Reggie, and throws him out to Mella! Will Sasha do the same to the Princess at the Royal Rumble?
Roman Reigns sits in his private room.
Heyman says Roman was brilliant. They got Pearce! “We? What’re you talking about?” Heyman knew what Roman was up to, he fed right into it. Roman simply passed Heyman the mic to do what he does better than anyone, and that is verbally rip someone to shreds. Roman didn’t say Heyman should challenge Pearce to a match. But Heyman has stepped into it, so he has to do this. Roman didn’t hire some punk to be Special Counsel, he hired a man. So Heyman needs to go out there and represent Roman as a man and handle business. “Paul, be a man. Handle your business.” The Special Counsel has no words, will he have no defense against Pearce?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
Sami Zayn is irate as Big E taunts him with the belt. But Sami is not the champion’s concern, he’s taking on the man in the ring! Big E and Apollo have been in friendly competition, but after what Heyman told both of them over these last few weeks on Talking Smack, will all of that go out the window?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to #ThinkBig or go home!
Apollo rushes Big E but right into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Apollo goes to the apron, Big E follows and stomps him, to then run and APRON SPLASH! Big E is fired up and gets back in to run at Apollo. Apollo elbows back, BOOTS back, then runs, into a scoop! Apollo slips off, and ENZIGURIS! Big E wobbles into a BOOT! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps focus as he stalks Big E. Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES Big E! Apollo holds on to GERMAN again! Big E elbows over and over until he’s free, and he gets Apollo with the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he goes out after Apollo.
Big E and Apollo end up by the announce desk. Big E tells Apollo he’ll never make the mistake of disrespecting him again. Apollo pushes Big E away, then dodges him to go up the apron and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! Apollo gets Big E back in at the ring count of 8 then climbs up top! Big E hits Apollo first then climbs up to join him. Big E throws forearms, stands Apollo up, but Apollo resists the superplex! Apollo throws headbutts as fans clap on their screens! Big E falls back, Apollo adjusts, but Sami uncuffs himself! Sami’s strike is over as Apollo leaps to missile dropkick Big E!
Apollo resets but Sami HELLUVA KICKS him!! SAMI SCREWS APOLLO!
Winner: Apollo Crews by disqualification (Big E is still WWE Intercontinental Championship)
And then Sami HELLUVA KICKS Big E! And Sami has the nerve to talk about injustice! Sami says HE is the champion, but that this is what Big E and Apollo deserve! Will Sami get what he deserves soon enough?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“I showed up to work today, and I was told I couldn’t get into the building because Roman Reigns pulled some strings to make sure I wouldn’t be there. Roman, dude… It’s fine. But just know this: at the Royal Rumble, there’s no more strings for you to pull.” At the Rumble, they will settle this once and for all. And Roman calls Kevin “a cockroach that won’t die,” and tells him to just stop fighting, but Kevin can’t do that. Roman has yet to beat Kevin like the champion he claims to be. Roman did not earn those victories. The family did that for him.
And the other reason Kevin keeps fighting is this. Kevin has a lot of tattoos, and they all have a story behind them. He has his wife’s name on his wrist, his kids’ names on the other side, then one to remind him of his parents. Kevin fights for all of them, but he has tattoos on his knuckles. These are his grandfathers’ initials: M for Melvin, his dad’s dad, and P is for Pierre, his mom’s dad. Those men had Kevin’s back all the way. They were his biggest fans, and nothing made them happier than seeing Kevin in the ring. The biggest regret Kevin will have is that he didn’t make it to the WWE in time for them to see, because they both passed away just before.
But they will always be with Kevin. The mark they left on Kevin will always be there, because both men battled illnesses that should’ve made their lives a lot shorter. Those two men refused to quit, and because of that, Kevin was lucky to have many, many great years with them. So how can Kevin stop fighting? That is why Kevin will not stay away and why he will #JustKeepFighting. That is why come Royal Rumble, Kevin will be the Last Man Standing.
The Street Profits have a basket.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins see Ziggler talking with Sonya, and have a quick question: Are you ready~, ready~? This is a celebratory basket for congratulating Sonya on her new job and office! But don’t jump the gun! They’re not just congratulating her on the new gig. She sits next to Pearce, looking pretty, but they have business. It has been two, two weeks, since the Profits lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Ziggler & Roode, Entertainment Dysfunction. Put that on a t-shirt, it’ll make millions! But that aside, the Profits- Sonya knows they want their rematch. She’s so smart!
Sonya knows they were champions for 312 days, won two Slammy Awards, so yes they deserve a rematch. But Ford is still recovering from the leg injury. If he gets in that ring too soon, gets hurt and is out of action, that hurts SmackDown as a whole. So hear her out: For now, hang out, keep doing your segments to hype the show, and let another team get the opportunity. Then when Ford is 100%, he and Dawkins get back in the game and back in the title picture. Cool with t hat, fam? yeah, that’s cool. Golly, Sonya, thanks for your concern. Enjoy the basket! It’s expensive. But will the long wait really work out in the Profits’ favor?
Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
The Role Model wants The EST to prove she’s still got it when it comes to being the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, etc. Therefore, SmackDown is setting up a truly challenging obstacle course for them both to run! Who backs up their words, after the break?
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole presides over this special competition, and gives the introductions for Bianca, then for Bayley. Bayley takes over and says DING DONG, BYE Cole. This is her show now! And look, Bianca, this is what Bayley has for her. America Ninja Warrior ain’t got nothing on UAOCC! This is of course timed, starting right here with the “big ol’ 400 pound tractor tire,” which you only need to flip once. Go down the ramp, take on the short hurdles, climb the trio of military walls. And then Bayley even got advice from Chad Gable and Alpha Academy, he will put you through the full body test, the fireman’s carry!
But that’s not all! The very last challenge is grab the basketball, put it through the net, and time stops at the exact moment the ball exits the bottom of the net! The competitor with the shortest time is of course the winner! Let’s get the clock going, and Bayley wants to go first. Bianca says that’s fine, and we begin… NOW! Bayley flips the tire, hurries down the ramp, though not quite that quickly, and takes on the hop hurdles to go right at the military walls. The short one seems to throw her off, and she just weaves around them?! Is that allowed?
Bayley fireman’s carries Gable, and he seems to be heavier than he looks. Bianca “cheers” Bayley on as she goes from one end to another, then she gets the ball to DUNK- no, wait, there! Bayley finishes at 1:12. But she says she did Bianca a favor. “Let’s EST up this course,” all for Bianca. Oh, the hurdles are now full hurdles, and Bianca wraps her braid. GO! Bianca easily flips the tire, runs down the ramp., leaps the hurdles, leaps the walls, but she isn’t carrying Gable, but OTIS! Bianca has 40 seconds, she carries the 330 pound Otis with ease, then gets the ball and even dares Bayley to play D! She breaks ankles and DUNKS! She had 17 seconds to spare!
Winner: Bianca Belair
Sorry, Bayley, but that’s the power of the EST! Bayley is a sore loser and throws the ball at Bianca! And then hammers away with forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands but Bayley doesn’t care, as she POSTS Bianca and knocks down the basketball hoop! Bayley storms off, perhaps having proven she’s the meanest on the roster.
Rey Mysterio coaches Dominik backstage.
Rey reviews with Dom that Baron Corbin is a former boxer, so he has to watch out for the hands. Dom says Rey can trust him to have this. Dom is comfortable with his skills and has prepared. Okay, then we’ll do it his way. But if something goes wrong, they do it Rey’s way. That’s fair. Dom heads out, will he be able to trump the Wolf King?
Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
SmackDown returns as Corbin is already in the ring. Dominik makes his entrance, leaving Rey backstage so he can handle things. The bell rings and Dom circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Dom to a corner but Dom dodges the hands to throw hands of his own! Dom rams his shoulder in but Corbin shoves him away. Dom dropkicks but Corbin stays up. Dom whips, Corbin reverses but Dom wheelbarrows and throws Corbin out of the ring! The ring count climbs but Dom slingshots, only for Corbin to get clear and CLOBBER him! Corbin drags Dom up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Corbin already glares at the ref as he grows annoyed.
Corbin stalks Dom, drags him to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Corbin hops off at 4, then drags Dom up to throw body shots! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4 again, then stands Dom up. Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard! Dom bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Corbin takes his time bringing Dom back up. Corbin brings Dom around, reel shim in but Dom slips out to dropkick a leg! Corbin ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up but the call is blocked! Corbin drags Dom from ropes, yanks but Dom lands on his feet, only for Corbin to DECK him! Corbin reels Dom in and hits END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King wins because he did this his way! Will the Mysterios regroup and draw up a winning game plan?
Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns!
Scrap Daddy’s switcheroo not only got the better of the Special Counsel last week, it might be why he stuck his foot in his mouth this week! Will Pearce’s return to the ring also get the better of Paul E. Dangerously? Has the Head of the Table truly left Heyman hanging?
Heyman is taping his hands on his way to the ring, but stumbles off the steps? The ref checks on Heyman but he says he’s fine. Give him a minute to walk it off. Heyman fumbles on the steps again and Pearce smells a plot. After all, he let his “bum leg” be why Kevin Owens is back in the title match. And just as he knew, Heyman cites “card subject to change.” This was the trump card Heyman had up his sleeve! Roman did NOT leave the building, he’s heading to the ring! Now that the bait ‘n’ switch is on the other foot, will Scrap Daddy be scrap metal?
Adam Pearce VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Pearce the second he’s in the ring! This isn’t even a match because the bell hasn’t rung! Heyman says he has obviously found a suitable replacement, and Roman is pulling steps apart. Pearce throws a haymaker! Roman glares at Pearce, and LOW BLOW KICKS him! And then throws Pearce OVER the barriers! Roman is snarling as he goes around the way to drag Pearce up and throw him INTO ThunderDome screens! And then he drags Pearce up to throw heavy forearms! And then throws him into stage wall! Fans give thumbs down but that’s not going to save Pearce from Roman’s wrath!
Roman fireman’s carries Pearce and puts him on the upper level, the same place he threw Kevin off of. But speaking of, Kevin runs in and attacks Roman! Kevin saves Pearce as he throws haymakers and bumps Roman off barriers! Roman throws Kevin into screens, throws haymakers of his own, then they brawl to ringside! It’s Royal Rumble come early! Roman puts Kevin in the ring, storms in but into a USUPERKICK! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCH- NO! STUNNER from Kevin!! Kevin dares Roman to get back up! Roman sputters as he gets out of the ring but Kevin whips him into barriers! And clubs away on his back!
Referees rush out to try and stop this, and Kevin backs off to cool off. But then Kevin comes back to STOMP Roman into barriers! Roman flounders back up, referees try to talk Kevin down, and even Pat Buck, Pearce’s coworker. But Kevin gets past them to give Roman another STUNNER! Kevin wants Heyman to say something but Heyman has nothing to say! So Kevin brings Roman over, pops him up, POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Kevin is pulling steel steps apart! The refs keep him from bringing that over to Roman! Kevin says Roman’s lucky the officials are here to stop him, but it won’t happen at the Royal Rumble! Will Kevin truly #StunTheWorld when he is THE Last Man Standing?
A great SmackDown that honestly could’ve been a go-home to the Royal Rumble in some cases. Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad was good, but naturally the champions win, mostly because Billie was too involved. She has been kicked out of the Riott Squad, though she wasn’t really a member to begin with, but I feel like they could’ve gone another week, though. Natty & Tamina were watching backstage, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get a match with Charlotte & Asuka, even if they were to lose. The match of Sasha Banks VS Reginald was pretty good, mostly because Reggie is insanely athletic. Depending on how the story goes of him being Mella’s sommelier, maybe he can split off and get into like 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division to freshen things up a bit.
But of course Sasha wins, she’s the champion. I have a feeling this means the go-home sees Mella standing tall so that Sasha is still the favored to win. The “Ultimate” obstacle course challenge was very clearly going to be won by Bianca, but I commend Bayley for trying to rig it in her favor. Though, shouldn’t she have been penalized or even disqualified for outright skipping those military style walls? Pretty sure we’re getting a match between the two, and Bianca can sell the bad arm to “overcome” it and win, for big momentum going into the Women’s Rumble.
The Profits had a good segment with Sonya, and I like that, at least on the surface, Sonya is being a responsible official and having the Profits wait so they can be healed up. But I wonder if there will even be defenses in that time, as there aren’t many tag teams on SmackDown. It’s mostly the champs, the Profits, Cesaro-Nakamura, and maybe Alpha Academy, aka Gable & Otis. Dom VS Corbin felt like filler just to get things to what Rey was talking about last week, which should’ve just been what we got this week. Unless it was because the person they have in mind (Cain Velasquez) isn’t available right now because of some COVID concerns. That I’d understand.
Sami Zayn “protesting” this episode just so he’d be ringside for the Intercontinental Championship was a pretty good long game for the episode. Sami’s signs were clever, but it does seem a shame for what should’ve been a huge match. Maybe we get another Triple Threat for this title, and that is the way Big E loses. Though, I think it’d work well if Big E won, making his reign feel even bigger from having dealt with two contenders. After that, Big E can face just about anyone else on the roster, such as Nakamura, Cesaro or even Otis. And speaking of, Cesaro had a good promo with Bryan and a really good match with Ziggler, but I feel like all these wins are setting Cesaro up to not win the Rumble. But I said the same thing about Bryan making it his mission to win the reason he won’t, so maybe as far as SmackDown goes, it’s between the two of them as Rumble finalists.
And again, we got a lot of great stuff out of the Roman Reigns story. The opening promo segment was really good, it helped set up the main event, and gave a great tease of Pearce VS Heyman. But Heyman using the fake injury and “card subject to change” back on Pearce was also very clever, and naturally it was Roman who would beat Pearce up to get back at him for everything so far. Kevin had a really good promo, made a great save, and got to stand tall tonight with the table bomb. I’m curious as to Kevin’s part in the go-home next week. I can’t see him standing tall two weeks in a row just to keep the math in Roman’s favor, so maybe Roman turns this around to then defy the math and still retain the title. I’m pretty sure Roman does retain, and we leave it up to the Rumble to decide the rest.
My Score: 8.5/10
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