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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (2/12/19)

SmackDown holds a Gauntlet Match with MAJOR Elimination Chamber stakes!

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SmackDown pits the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber opponents against each other, in a Gauntlet Match! Who survives to win the best odds on Sunday?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Triple Threat Tag: The IIconics VS Fire & Desire VS The FABULOUS Glow; The FABULOUS Glow wins, Fire & Desire must enter the Elimination Chamber first.
  • Gauntlet Match: Randy Orton wins and will enter the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match last.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.

 

BREAKING NEWS: Mustafa Ali is injured!

The Beacon of Light cannot compete at the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship. Therefore, taking his place in tonight’s Gauntlet Match will be a member of the New Day! Will it be Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston or Big E entering the high stakes, high endurance match?

 

SmackDown reviews Vince McMahon’s SHOCKING decision from Raw!

The Chairman didn’t want Becky Lynch getting away with her bad attitude. He wants someone better suited to facing Ronda Rousey, and that is Charlotte Flair!

And here comes The Queen!

Charlotte is much, much happier than all the fans are that she’s back in a title match without doing anything. “Since day one,” Charlotte has told us Wrestlemania is her destiny! And she wants to say that her heart does break for Becky, but it doesn’t. Charlotte mockingly cheers on Becky before saying she thought she taught Becky better than that. Becky should’ve been smarter than that, but no. Just like Survivor Series, when Becky attacked Raw and got injured, who did she choose to replace her? Charlotte! The Myth of the Man continues as the Queen goes to battle. Everyone knows Charlotte is the backbone of the Women’s Division! Charlotte is a Franchise Player and a winner.

Everyone thinks Charlotte is Vince’s favorite. But that’s not why she was chosen. Vince made a smart business decision. Vince chose a future Hall of Famer over “someone whose had a few good months.” Fans still cheer for Becky and Charlotte points at the sign. Maybe Becky will appear. Charlotte points, but no Becky. So to finish, Charlotte was chosen because the main event of Wrestlemania is the biggest match of the year. And no one is going to risk that on a “flash in the pan” like The Man. Fans may not be happy about this, but Charlotte promises them that Wrestlemania will be like every other PPV Charlotte main events: “This is Awesome!” Boo her now, but you’re welcome. Charlotte takes a bow before dedicating this coming Wrestlemania victory to her “best friend, Becky Lynch.”

Fans chant “You Suck!” and Charlotte counters with “What?” She’s main-eventing Mania! And Ronda, Charlotte also has a front row ticket at Elimination Chamber. Ronda doesn’t need to be nervous, Charlotte’s just scouting. But who knows, maybe Ronda loses and Charlotte has a new opponent, too. The Queen enjoys taunting the WWE Universe, but will she enjoy Wrestlemania if the Survivor Series rematch comes true?

 

Triple Threat Tag: The IIconics VS Fire & Desire VS The FABULOUS Glow!

Just like on Raw, the three teams of SmackDown will compete and the losers will have to start the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match! Will it be Peyton Royce & Billie Kay, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville or Naomi & Carmella be the team to join The Boss & Hug Connection behind the 8-ball?

SmackDown returns as teams finish entering. Peyton & Billie are busy looking at the belts while their interview replays on the titantron. The teams sort out and Peyton starts against Carmella, but then she tags out to Mandy. Mandy and Carmella circle and tie up. Mandy gets a waistlock but Carmella standing switches. They go around but Mandy elbows out hard. Mandy mocks Naomi then tags out to Sonya. They double whip and kick, then give knees and throw Carmella down by her hair. Cover, TWO! Sonya keeps on Carmella but Carmella turns it around! Tag to Naomi, and they double mule kick Sonya in their corner. The FABULOUS Glow hit double suplexes, then Naomi covers, TWO!

Naomi drags Sonya up but Sonya powers her to the open corner. Sonya rams her shoulder in but backs off at 4. Sonya runs back in but into boots! Naomi runs but is dumped to the apron. Sonya shoulders out but gets a roundhouse! Naomi runs, big split leg drop! Cover, TWO! Naomi drags Sonya up to tag Carmella. Carmella goes to suplex but Sonya drives in knees. Sonya clubs Carmella down but fans boo as she toys with the former champion. Sonya drags Carmella up but Carmella handsprings through. Carmella leaps over the sweep, then moonwalks! Carmella runs and tilt-o-whirls to tag and headscissor! Naomi goes after Sonya but Sonya tags to Mandy. Mandy wants to avoid Naomi but Naomi gives chase. The IIconics leave her stranded so Mandy has to keep running.

Carmella gets in Mandy’s path, and Naomi slingshots out! Fans fire up with The Glow while we go picture in picture. Naomi drags Mandy up and into the apron! She then puts Many back in the ring, but Mandy quickly tags out. Sonya runs at Naomi but into an arm-drag. Tag to Carmella and the Fabulous Glow grind in their boots. Carmella moonwalks and runs in for the bronco buster! Cover, ONE! Carmella keeps her cool but Sonya shoves her. Carmella kicks but Mandy grabs her hair! Sonya SPEARS and covers, TWO! Sonya keeps her cool as she looms over the Princess of Staten Island. She drags Carmella up and into the corner, tag to Mandy. Fire & Desire stomp a mudhole in, then Mandy drags Carmella up for a standing abdominal stretch.

Carmella endures as Mandy digs in her elbow. Fans rally up and Carmella works her way out of the hold. Carmella hip tosses Mandy down, but Mandy catches her to toss her back. Golden knee from Mandy! Cover, TWO! Mandy can’t believe it, so she covers again, TWO! Carmella keeps surviving so Mandy wraps on a straitjacket stretch. Fans rally again as Carmella endures. Carmella fights her way up but Mandy throws her down. Tag to Sonya and Mandy snap suplexes Carmella. Sonya adds her sliding knee! Cover, TWO! Sonya drags Carmella into body scissors and puts on the squeeze. Carmella endures as Sonya also puts her weight on Carmella’s back. Carmella works to make the hold a cover, TWO and Sonya thrashes Carmella around. Sonya squeezes tighter as we go to single picture.

Sonya taunts Carmella as she endures. Fans rally up again and Carmella pries free to throw hands! Carmella runs and dodges, but double crossbodies take both women out! Both Sonya and Carmella are down but crawling for corners. Sonya heads for Mandy but Carmella keeps a hold of her foot. Carmella brings Sonya over so Mandy blindsides Naomi! Mandy helps Sonya reach their corner, and then tags in. Carmella hot tags Naomi, and Naomi springboard crossbodies Mandy! Naomi fires off forearms on Mandy, then shoves to a jawbreaker! Mandy staggers about and Naomi hist a springboard enziguri! Sonya runs in but gets a forearm! Naomi throws Sonya out and a FABULOUS Kick finishes her off!

Naomi hits the split-leg moonsault! Cover, the FABULOUS Glow wins!

Winners: Naoim & Carmella, Naomi pinning; Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville must start the Elimination Chamber

And then the IIconics attack Naomi & Carmella! Peyton & Billie stayed out of the match but now they’re softening up their opponents! Naomi gets thrown into a post, Carmella gets the IIconic bulldog knee combo! And then they throw Carmella into a post! The IIconics want the titles by any means necessary, but will they still survive to the end? And what of Mandy and Sonya going up against the #LegitHuggable best friends to start?

 

WWE has exclusive interview footage of the Raw Women’s Elimination Chamber teams.

Speaking of the Boss & Hug Connection, Bayley has more faith that Sasha Banks will be able to compete. Sasha’s bad shoulder won’t stop her, so she will be there the same way Bayley would be for her.

The Samoan Dynasty is confident no other teams will be walking out of the Chamber. Nia Jax and Tamina are not worried about any of those other teams working together. And they wish them luck if they try.

Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan would do anything for each other. They don’t see that in any other team. The Riott Squad stands together. Sunday will see a different side to the Juvenile Delinquent and Kentucky Viking.

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

“I’ve been taking a lot of big hits lately. And I just took another one.” The Beacon of Light is not cleared to compete for the WWE World Championship. Nothing hits harder than his body giving up before his heart. Ali isn’t sure what to feel, but he knows this is not the end. Ali still writes his story, so it’ll take a lot more than Smaoa Joe running him over, Randy Orton stomping his face in or Eric Rowan slamming him through a desk. They can try to keep him down, but he will not stay down. Will Ali have a second chance on the Road to Wrestlemania?

 

It’s time for McMiz TV!

Yes, it’s not just the Hollywood A-Lister but Shane O’Mac hosting the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show! The SmackDown Tag Team Champions meet with their Elimination Chamber PPV opponents after the break.

SmackDown returns and the Best Tag Team in the World welcomes the WWE Universe to not Miz TV, but MCMIZ TV! This teamwork has not only made them the Best Tag Team in the World, but into the SmackDown Tag Team Champions! The Usos sent a strong message, message received. But champions look, talk and walk like champions. They’re always in demand, which is why Miz was doing a photo shoot for the second season of Miz & Mrs, while Shane was… Getting ready for NCIS: LA! Shane said not to tell anyone outside of the family. But the WWE Universe IS family!

To business, Shane introduces one of the most decorated tag teams in WWE History, it is Jimmy & Jey Uso! The Usos head out to the ring but they are fine standing. Whatever they prefer. Fans chant “Uce! O!” for Jimmy & Jey, but the Usos want Toledo to show some respect to The Best Tag Team in the World. Or are they? They’re just a couple of wannabes wanting to be the Usos. Shane says they’re not trying to be Jimmy & Jey, but they are the Best Tag Team in the World. Then let’s ask them something. Do they ride together? No. Do they train together? No. Do they eat together? No. If one gets hurt, can’t reach his back, does the other jump in the shower with him? It’s okay for the Usos, they’re twins.

Jimmy decides to try the Tag Team Test. Jey agrees. What’s his favorite color? Red. His favorite food? Pepperoni pizza. His favorite team? San Francisco is the 49ers! Oh, okay then. Miz asks Shane his favorite color. But he also whispers it really quickly to him. Blue. And his favorite minor league baseball team? Another quick whisper. The Toledo Mud Hens. Big pop for the Hens! HOLY TOLEDO~! And his favorite food. Quick whisper. Quiche. Wait really? Yes, Maryse makes great quiche. Who cares about that? No one was talking about Maryse and no one was talking about the Usos’ dad, ‘Kishi. No, no one is. But what about Mandy Rose? Shane keeps the peace but Jimmy shoves him aside. Is that how it is? Then maybe the twins will be put to a test. Shane will hit Jimmy so hard, Jey will feel it.

Now Miz keeps Shane calm and they’ll save this for Sunday. But then Jey snatches the mic! How about doing us a favor, Miz? Shut up! Because when their hands go up, your mouths go shut. Best team in the world? That’s disrespectful to true tag teams. The Usos are coming for the sixth reign, welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Mic drop, nice touch. But the only thing real right now, are the belts. Shane and Miz hold them up high. “Ya dig, Uce?” The Usos hold each other back while the champs clink belts. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey don’t just drop mics, they drop the champs! But will the champs drop those belts to the Usos? Or will Miz & Shane prove they are a real tag team on Sunday?

 

WWE and SmackDown celebrate Black History Month.

Segregation was a major issue but the protests to end it were not segregated. Many people of many cultures shared Martin Luther King’s dream. And now, anyone is allowed to go anywhere and socialize with anyone. #LongLivetheDream.

Elimination Chamber Gauntlet Match!

The New Daniel Bryan, with Rowan behind him, heads to the ring as the first competitor in this high-stakes lead-in into this Sunday’s WWE World Championship Chamber match! But before the match begins, Bryan picks up a mic to speak.

“I know there are a lot of people here who want me to lose my WWE Championship this Sunday at the Elimination Chamber.” Fans chant “YES! YES!” Bryan says the truth is, they’re just lying to themselves. The fans are all fickle. They need someone like him to show them how to live their “pathetic lives.” Fans need Bryan as the champion! Bryan says he doesn’t want to be in the Elimination Chamber because it is painful, horrible and likely shorten his career. But Bryan must sacrifice. He is no martyr, but his sacrifice is necessary. It is necessary to win and stay the WWE Champion-

Awwww~ Toledo~! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for the New Day, and feel~ the power~! The New Day heads out, with pancakes and what appears to be a huge sausage. But only one of them will be in this match. Woods takes Big E’s sausage and Big E starts heading to the ring. But it’s not Big E. Woods gives Francesca to Kofi, but it’s not him, either. Kofi fires up and is the man to start the Gauntlet! Will it be the high-flyer of flapjacks or the Planet’s Champion that makes it all the way to the end?

Daniel Bryan w/ Eric Rowan VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings to truly start the Gauntlet! Fans are strongly behind Kofi but Bryan gets behind the ropes. The ref keeps Kofi back and Bryan takes his time returning. Bryan and Kofi tie up and Kofi gets a headlock. Bryan powers out but Kofi runs him over. Kofi goes after Bryan but he scrambles to a corner. Fans are fired up for Kofi as he dares Bryan to come back. Bryan circles with Kofi and ties up again. Kofi brings Bryan to the mat but Bryan kips up and spins to a headlock. Kofi powers out but now Bryan runs him over. Bryan gets a headlock takeover then traps an arm. Bryan palm strikes Kofi while keeping him down. Kofi pries free and gets a headscissor, but Bryan moves around to turn Kofi over. Bryan rolls back to a Queen Angelito, then the Bow ‘n’ Arrow!

Kofi endures the stretch, pops out to a cover, TWO! Bryan gets out of the ring and regroups with Big Red Rowan. Woods and Big E taunt Bryan but Bryan and Rowan talk strategy. Bryan takes his time returning while Toledo cheers Kofi on. They tie up and Kofi gets a waistlock. Bryan gets a wristlock to counter, then wrenches through. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench Bryan back! Kofi has Bryan on the mat again, but Bryan gets up to put Kofi in a corner. The ref counts but Bryan throws body shots and uppercuts! Bryan wrenches and whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up and over to arm-drag Bryan back! Another arm-drag to a cover, TWO! Kofi still has the arm, then puts it down to drop the knee on it. Kofi keeps on Bryan with a chinlock that he turns into a keylock.

Bryan endures as fans rally behind the New Day. Bryan gets up and they end up on the ropes. The ref wants them to break but Bryan mule kicks! Bryan wrenches and whips again, to hit Kofi with a kitchen sink knee. Bryan keeps on him with another whip, and kitchen sinks Kofi again. Fans still rally for Kofi as Bryan whips and knees him a third time. Kofi gasps for air while Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan drops a knee on Kofi’s back and then fishhooks the nose. He lets up at 4, then goes after the legs. Bryan laces legs together then goes for the arms. Kofi resists but Bryan still gets him up for the surfboard! Kofi endures as he’s held high overhead, but then Bryan brings him to a cover! TWO and Bryan gets a headlock. Kofi powers out but Bryan runs him over.

Things speed up and Kofi hits a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Kofi gets a headlock but Bryan powers out. Things speed up again, and Bryan tosses Kofi out. Kofi skins the cat, then he dumps Bryan out! Kofi builds speed to FLY! The Trust Fall takes out Bryan! The New Day is fired up while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Bryan gloats while Kofi is down. Bryan covers, TWO! The New Day is relieved but Bryan stays on Kofi at the ropes. Bryan threads Kofi through the ropes to pull him backwards! He lets up at 4, then runs to dropkick Kofi down! Bryan drags Kofi back up and goes to suplex him up and over. Kofi resists and fans rally. Kofi hits Bryan back and then steps in, only for Bryan to throw hands. Bryan goes to throw Kofi at a corner but Kofi turns it around on him! Kofi throws body shots of his own, then whips corner to corner. Bryan reverses and knees low. Bryan hangs Kofi out to dry! Then he kicks away on Kofi’s chest! Bryan goes to the nearby corner and drops a guillotine knee! Cover, TWO! Kofi lives and Bryan is shocked!

Bryan drags Kofi around and goes back to the corner. Bryan climbs again and aims at Kofi. He leaps, but the headbutt flops! Fans rally up with “New! Day Rocks!” while Kofi and Bryan stir. Bryan stands first but Kofi follows. Bryan runs in but Kofi rallies with lariats and chops! Kofi dropkicks and hits a leaping lariat! Kofi hits the Boom Drop! And a somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool while Bryan scrambles to a corner. Kofi staggers over and whips corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over but runs into a mule kick. Kofi goes up, springboard for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Kofi gets up again while Bryan returns to the corner. Kofi runs in but into a drop toehold!

Bryan drags Kofi up and hoists him up top. Bryan puts Kofi in the Tree of Woe for No Kicks! Then corner to corner, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kofi barely survives but Bryan just hoists him back up. Bryan climbs up now, and stands Kofi up, for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But Kofi made it part crossbody! Both men are down while we go to picture and picture! The referee checks on Bryan and Kofi but they’re both okay to continue. A standing 10 count begins as Kofi crawls towards The New Day. Woods and Big E coach him up, and both he and Bryan stand. Bryan CHOPS Kofi but Kofi CHOPS back! Bryan falls down, Kofi covers, TWO! Kofi keeps moving and goes up top. He keeps his eyes on Rowan as he springboards, but into Bryan’s butterfly suplex, into the armbar!

Kofi clasps hands but Bryan pulls hard! Bryan almost gets full extension but Kofi scrambles around. Kofi reaches with his legs as we return to single picture, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets Kofi go, but comes back with a chop. Kofi chops back, and now it’s a chop fight! Bryan gives a European Uppercut so Kofi returns it. Bryan headbutts and headbutts and then gives more No Kicks! The buzzsaw connects! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives again! But Bryan is right on him with a back suplex. Kofi slips out, huricanrana but Bryan sunset flips it! TWO, high stack, TWO! Sunset, TWO, and Kofi swings. But Bryan catches it! Bryan wants the Labell, and gets the lock! Kofi endures but keeps moving around! Ropebreak! Bryan lets go but then dropkicks Kofi to the floor!

Bryan goes out and takes aim from the apron. Kofi slowly stands, and Bryan hits a flying knee! Bryan drags Kofi up and into the ring, then climbs up top. Bryan leaps, but into a dropkick! Fans fire up as Kofi stands. Kofi takes aim from a corner, but Rowan trips him up! So Big E goes after Big Red! The heavy hitters brawl, and then Woods wrecks Rowan with a dropkick! The referee says the NEW DAY are ejected?! Rowan stays but he is the one who started it! Bryan rolls Kofi, TWO!! Bryan kicks away on Kofi in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Kofi swings and kicks Bryan, but Rowan attacks again! He tosses Kofi into the timekeeper’s area! Fans boo as Rowan gets away with it again! Or does he? The referee can tell this time, and EJECTS Rowan!

Bryan hurries to get Kofi back in and takes aim from the corner. Kofi slowly stands and Bryan runs out, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi ELIMINATES Bryan!! Kofi moves on and now Bryan has no insurance policy! But the action doesn’t stop here! Kofi’s opponent is… Jeff Hardy!

Kofi Kingston VS Jeff Hardy!

The Charismatic Enigma is the third man in the Gauntlet and Kofi is already exhausted. Will it be easy for Hardy to DELETE Kofi? Or can Kofi gut it out a little longer?

SmackDown returns and Kofi has Hardy in an armlock. Hardy jawbreakers free then runs but Kofi dodges. Kofi dropkicks Hardy out, and goes out the side. Kofi manages to build speed to LEAP! But Hardy dodges and sends Kofi into barriers! Hardy then borrows Kofi’s idea and LEAPS to kick Kofi into barriers! Hardy puts Kofi in and takes off the shirt. He climbs up high and SWANTON BOMBS, to flop! Kofi got clear but he’s still exhausted. Hardy gets up first but is stinging from the crash landing. Hardy whips but Kofi reverses, but Hardy runs him over. Fans chant along with “DELETE! DELETE!” and Hardy gives Kofi the atomic drop. Hardy also hits the leg-splitting leg drop! Dropkick countered to a sunset flip! TWO, and Hardy hits the back spin kick! Hardy goes for Hardyac Arrest but Kofi gets clear!

Kofi climbs while Hardy is in the drop zone. Hardy trips Kofi up and throws hands. Hardy climbs up but Kofi resists. Kofi hits Hardy back and sends him down with a headbutt. Hardy staggers back up and goes for the superplex again. Kofi still resists and throws more body shots. Kofi clubs Hardy down, then leaps! Big crossbody! But Hardy rolls through! TWO, Trouble In Paradise misses! But SOS hits! Cover, Kofi ELIMINATES Jeff Hardy!! Kofi manages to defeat the fresher man, but now he has to face… SAMOA JOE!

Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe!

The Destroyer is already dangerous, but he’s even more dangerous when you’re less than 100%! Does Kofi stand a chance of surviving?

SmackDown returns again, and Kofi throws forearms on Joe. Joe throws knees back and then dares Kofi to get back on. Joe slaps Kofi around then drags him up by his hair. He throws forearms and rocks Kofi to a corner. Kofi elbows back then throws headbutts. Joe walks into a back kick then a front kick. Kofi keeps throwing forearms and kicks to back Joe down! Kofi whips but Joe reverses to back elbow and PELE Kofi down! Joe drags Kofi over to a cover, TWO! Kofi somehow survives and it infuriates Joe. But Joe is also amused, as he gets to drag Kofi up again. Joe throws more knees, then puts Kofi in an abdominal stretch. Kofi endures as fans rally up. Kofi fights out of the hold but can’t hip toss Joe over. Joe clobbers Kofi with a clothesline! Cover, TWO!

Kofi passes the 40 minute mark while Joe grimaces. Joe drags Kofi up and traps one arm while pulling Kofi back in a chinlock. Kofi endures while fans rally again. Joe clubs away on Kofi then puts the chinlock back on. Fans rally up and Kofi feeds off the energy. Kofi elbows out of the hold, and manages to put Joe on the apron. Slingshot plancha wipes Joe out! But Kofi is also down, and a ring count begins! Kofi and Joe slowly stand up, and get back in at 8! Joe suddenly clobbers Kofi again! Cover, TWO!! Joe grows further annoyed but he still looms over Kofi. Joe drags Kofi up and throws hands, but Kofi dodges and counter punches! Kofi backs Joe down then climbs to rain down rights. Joe brings Kofi out for the atomic drop!

Joe stalks Kofi to the ropes as fans duel. He snapmares Kofi into an arm Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Kofi endures the new stretch. Fans rally again and Kofi powers up. Kofi dropkicks Joe back but Joe stays standing. Joe staggers but comes back with a back senton! Cover, TWO! Joe is furious that Kofi survives again. Kofi gets to ropes but Joe is on him with haymakers. Kofi counter punches then slingshots, but Joe shoves him down to the floor! Joe lets the ring count take care of Kofi as it climbs past 5. Kofi stands up at 7, and gets in at 8! Joe is almost in awe of Kofi’s resilience. But Joe drags Kofi up again with a scowl as he starts on a neck wrench.

Kofi endures as Joe leans on him and puts him into the mat. Kofi refuses to quit, and again feeds off a new fan rally. He gets to his feet and pries Joe’s hands away. Kofi throws hands and dropkicks Joe down! Kofi gets Joe with a leaping lariat! He grinds an elbow in on the cover, TWO! Kofi leaps again, but Joe gets him with the Coquina Clutch! Joe has the sleeper hold but Kofi uses ropes to make it a cover! Kofi ELIMINATES Joe!! This is incredible! Kofi nears 50 minutes in this match, and has eliminated three other superstars!

Joe is furious, and he goes after Kofi with a BIG urenage! Joe shoves Kofi out of the ring and puts the Coquina back on! The referee tells Joe to stop, but more are needed to get Joe to stop. Kofi is out but Joe keeps squeezing the life from him! But here comes AJ Styles! The Phenomenal One still has beef with Joe and he stomps Joe off Kofi! Styles punches Joe and gets him to run away, and then checks on Kofi. Can Kofi even continue to face Styles after the break?

Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles!

SmackDown returns, and Kofi is somehow back on his feet! Toledo cheers him on while Styles waits to see if this is even happening. Kofi wants to continue, but Styles isn’t one for beating a beaten man. Styles thinks Kofi should quit, but Kofi gets fired up! Kofi says he’s been here 11 years, and he’s never quit! He shoves Styles, so Styles punches Kofi! Styles drags Kofi up and into the corner to throw off haymakers! Styles unleashes his own frustrations, but the referee backs him off. Kofi stands and Styles gives him a pendulum backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi has past 52 minutes but he refuses to quit. Styles drags him up and whips him hard into buckles! Styles covers, TWO! Now Styles grows frustrated with Kofi’s resilience.

Styles drags Kofi up but Kofi kicks back! Styles catches a kick, trips Kofi up and drops an elbow on the knee! The Phenomenal One wrenches the leg from ankle to knee, then drops another elbow on it! Kofi endures as Styles wrenches, but he gets the ropebreak. Styles lets Kofi go but comes back for more. He drags Kofi up but Kofi throws hands! Kofi backs Styles down but Styles kicks the leg out! Styles is clearly still reluctant but he drags Kofi up for a snap suplex! Float over cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he stands over Kofi. He tells Kofi to just stay down, but Kofi refuses. Styles drags Kofi up but Kofi throws body shots! Styles throws knees and suplexes again, but Kofi slips out and gets a roll up! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Kofi rolls Styles to a ghost pin, TWO!!

Styles gives Kofi a backbreaker! Kofi is down by the bottom rope but Styles goes after him again. The referee backs Styles off so that he can check on Kofi. Fans duel as Kofi wills himself to his feet. Styles goes after Kofi again to bump him off buckles. Styles runs in but Kofi puts him on the corner. Kofi gets rocked by a right but he sweeps Styles’ legs! Kofi joins Styles on the apron for more kicks. Then he backs up to run over, but Styles dodges! Kofi collides his knees with the post! Styles leaves Kofi down and out while the ring count climbs. The count passes 5 but Kofi doesn’t stand. Kofi stirs and gets to his feet at 9, to get in at 9.9! Kofi will not die!

Styles drags Kofi up and whips him to the corner. Styles runs in for a big clothesline! Then he hoists Kofi up and climbs to join him. Styles stands up and SUPER STEINER, but Kofi holds on! Kofi adjusts, leaps, crossbody splash! Cover, TWO!! Kofi almost eliminated another superstar, but he wants another SOS. Styles spins through, rolls, Calf Crusher!! Kofi flails, reaches, but Styles wrenches! Kofi taps, Styles ELIMINATES Kofi! The New Day hurry out to help their friend to the back. Kofi gave it all he had and then some, will he be in any shape to compete on Sunday? As for Styles, he has one more opponent to face in Randy Orton!

AJ Styles VS Randy Orton!

The Phenomenal One is ready for the Viper, but where is he? RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! No one is ready for that! Cover, Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall; will be the last superstar in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber

The Viper strikes fast and ends the match just as quickly! Orton didn’t even break a sweat tonight. Will he be a shoe-in to take the world title from the New Daniel Bryan?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An amazing episode for a go-home! And with only two matches! But starting the night with Charlotte addressing Becky’s situation was a natural move. Charlotte is clearly THE Heel in all this, but her teasing Ruby Riott winning and truly derailing everything seems pointless. No offense to Ruby but we know Ronda is winning to keep this story on track. Again, I don’t feel the Triple Threat is the problem, it’s just the way we’re getting to it. If anything, Charlotte should be the one competing against Ruby Riott and the winner goes after Ronda at Wrestlemania. Charlotte would still win that match, but at least she’d earn the rematch with Ronda.

The Triple Threat Tag to parallel Raw from last night as good, especially because of how tables were turned. The IIconics let it be more like a 2v2 match and in that way, Sonya and Mandy take the pin. This is actually pretty good, because they, Bayley and Sasha are the four with Chamber experience, and it will be a story of experience versus stamina. Again, hopefully Sasha is okay so the Boss & Hug Connection can actually compete. Otherwise, them being the inaugural champions won’t work out. But at the same time, Boss & Hug struggling and chasing can be a good story for them on the Road to Wrestlemania, too. They can even be the team to figure out this cross-brand contender system.

The “McMiz TV” segment was great. Jimmy & Jey are always great in their promos, and even Shane and Miz did great in response. Their match is going to be another instant classic for SmackDown’s tag team division, but again I’m thinking Miz & Shane retain to push this towards Wrestlemania. Mustafa Ali does a great job with his promo, too, as he always does. It’s a damn shame he’s out of the Chamber, but he really does need to take it easy, that was a thing in 205 Live. But Ali being out is great for Kofi Kingston as he gets to enter both the Gauntlet and the Chamber. Kofi put on the performance of a lifetime, probably in parallel to what was planned for Ali. I still can’t believe Kofi got to eliminate half the field!

And it made perfect sense for Orton to finish this so suddenly, that’s just the power of the RKO. Orton entering last means he’ll get to pick the bones, but I’m still sticking with Bryan winning because he’ll find a way to stay out of the way, and perhaps Rowan even finds a way in. If Kofi continues to take up the role Ali was meant to fill, I would hope Kofi gets a shot at Fastlane just to elevate himself again. Like he told Styles, 11 years here and no direct world title shot? Kofi needs that badly to help complete the resume. Heck, even give us something between Rowan and Big E/Woods on the side so that the New Day can keep Rowan away from Kofi like they did tonight.

My Score: 8.7/10


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AAA Review & Results (2/16/2019)

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Dinastia (Draztik Boy), Dragon Bane, and La Parkita vs Mini Murder Clown, Mini Monster Clown, and Latigo

I don’t usually like reviews minis matches from AAA because they don’t do stories for them. CMLL does for the midgets even if they are dry stories. It’s still something, but I’d like to make note that La Parkita nearly killed himself cracking his skull on the ground doing a swanton bomb. Later in the show they revealed he was okay.

Winners: Draztik Boy, Dragon Bane and La Parkita

Super Porky or Brazo de Plata comes out to cut a promo. Mascara confronts him and Psycho Clown then confronts him. Porky has a walker. :/

Nino Hamburguesa, Lady Shani (Golden Magic), and Starfire vs Villano III Jr, Keyra, and Lady Maravilla

Magic and Villano start out with some acrobatic spots. Maravilla and Starfire come in and trade spots. Hamburguesa then comes in with Keyra and shoulder blocks her to oblivion. Villano hits a missile drop kick on Hamburguesa. Maravilla holds Nino in place and Keyra kicks him. Golden Magic gets drop kicked in the corner by Keyra. Starfire is getting teamed on now. Villano drops Starfire on Maravilla’s knee. Keyra hits a moonsault. Keyra prevents Nino from getting in then throws Maravilla to the corner. Starfire drop kicks Keyra into the corner and Nino runs into all of them. He then does a flipping senton. Nino then does it again. Magic gets in with Maravilla and super kicks her. Maravilla then trips him on the apron, drop kicks him to the outside then hits a splash off of the top. Keyra and Starfire trade pinning combinations. Starfire hits knees to Keyra’s back then hits a flip dive off the apron. Villano hits a code breaker on Nino then poses. Villano goes for a moonsault and he moves. Nino goes to the top and hits a guillotine leg drop. He goes back to the top. Maravilla tries to distract him. She succeeds and Keyra hits a sunset flip on Starfire and then a german suplex for the win. Keyra pins Starfire with a german suplex.

Winners: VIllano III Jr, Keyra, and Lady Maravilla

(Cruiserweight Championship) Laredo Kid vs Sammy Guevara (Champ)

Guevara fakes out Kid to pose in the beginning. They actually do acrobatic flips until Laredo just drop kicks him. Laredo Kid flips out of the ring, Sammy does the same and then Kid gets back in the ring and hits a middle rope missile head butt basically. Kid then hits an asai moonsault. He got impressive air. Kid goes to the ground then Sammy pretends he’s hurt. He pushes the ref into the ropes to crotch Laredo. He goes to the top and throws Kid up from a fireman’s position and he falls on the turnbuckle for a two count. Kid runs at Sammy and gets power slammed. Sammy then misses a moonsault, lands on feet, misses standing moonsault, lands on feet, then hits a standing shooting star. Sammy hits a standing spanish fly and Laredo no sells it and hits a flipping DDT. Kid kicks Sammy to the outside and hits a 450 off the apron onto the floor. Laredo misses a corkscrew tornado dive and Sammy hits a reverse GTS for a two count. Villano III attacks Laredo from behind when he was setting up the Laredo Fly. Sammy then kicks Laredo to the outside and hits a corkscrew dive over the top rope. Sammy goes to the top and hits a big shooting star press but Laredo kicks out. Everyone is surprised. Villano grabs Laredo by the head and La Parka pulls him down and attacks him on the apron. Sammy goes for a slam but Kid flips out of it and super kicks him. Sammy leaps up to the ropes and jumps but Kid catches him with a cutter. Laredo goes to the top and Sammy leaps to the top rope and hits a Spanish fly for a close two. Sammy goes to the top and Laredo leaps up and kicks him and goes up and hits the Laredo Fly for the win. And naturally he gets beat down by the Mercenaries afterwards. Vikingo and Myzteziz come to his rescue. Laredo Kid wins with a Laredo Fly.

Winner: Laredo Kid

Taya (Lady Shani), Aerostar (Dinastia), and Myzteziz Jr vs Faby Apache, Jack Evans (Super Fly), and Sammy Guevara (La Parka Negra)

This match got picked apart. Dinastia drop kicks Negra and he no sells it. Dinastia hits a head scissors then springboard splash. Super Fly comes in to work with Shani. Faby comes in and kicks Shani. Parka beats on Myzteziz on the outside. Shani gets teamed on in the ring. The technicos try to stop the teaming up but can’t just yet. Faby and the heel ref push each other. Faby kicks Shani and Negra kicks her butt. Myzteziz bounces on the ropes and hits a hurricanrana on Negra. Shani back breakers Faby and Dinastia takes out Super Fly. Apache and Shani meet in the ring now and Faby attacks her butt. Shani kicks Faby and then Super Fly beats on Shani. Shani hits an arm drag then a DDT on Super Fly. Negra runs over Myzteziz. Negra throws Myzteziz in the air but he gets caught for a hurricanrana. Myzteziz back drops Super Fly to the outside. Shani then dives to the outside on Super Fly. Myzteziz then dives over the top on Negra. Dinastia flips Faby in the ring then super kicks her. Faby hits a face buster and the ref counts slow so Dinastia kicks out. Faby then hit a Tiger suplex after dodges Dinastia and this time the ref counts but Faby is still upset with him. Faby Apache pins Dinastia with a tiger suplex.

Winners: Faby Apache, Super Fly, and La Parka Negra

Maximo, Mamba, and Pimpinela Escarlata vs La Mascara, Taurus, and Chessman

Maximo starts out against Mascara and goes for a dive off the apron but misses and Mascara beats on him. Escarlata and Mamba get taken out and they team on Maximo. Escarlata gets kicked in the groin but since he/she is playing a girl. No dq. Escaralata goes for a cross body and turns it into an arm drag on Taurus. Mamba hits an apron dive on Mascara and Maximo on Chessman. Escarlata tries to choke Taurus but he shrugs her off. Escarlata puts her butt in Mascara’s face to his disgust. Escarlata hits a double arm drag on Chessman and Taurus. She tries to kiss Mascara but he moves his head. She hits an arm drag then finally kisses him. She must be poison ivy. Mamba twerks a little bit in the ring with Chessman but then he slaps her ass and flips her over. Mamba hits a hurricanrana then an arm drags followed by the kiss of death twice. He falls out of the ring and she twerks. Maximo gets in with Mascara and Mascara leaves the ring. Maximo hits hurricanrana’s on Chessman and Taurus, then Mamba hits a flip dive through the flip rope. Maximo walks the ropes and hits a flip dive to the outside. Mascara goes to the top with Escarlata but Maximo goes up and kisses him. Escarlata school boys him for the win. Pimpinela Escarlata school boys Mascara for the win.

Winners: Maximo, Mamba, and Pimpinela Escarlata

Drago, Laredo Kid (Aerostar), and Hijo Del Vikingo vs Mocho Cota Jr, Carta Brava Jr, and Tito Santana

Porde de Norte drop kicks everyone to start to get the advantage. Vikingo hits a drop kick to change momentum. He chops Tito Santana’s chest. Afterwards Porde de Norte continues to work over everyone. Not much detail to say, just constant triple teaming. Drago hits a head scissors on Santana then launches Vikingo into the others for a drop kick. Aerostar then does a dive through the middle rope where he goes flying into the crowd. Vikingo does an asai imploder 450. In the ring Cota hits a belly to belly on Drago for a two count. Aerostar comes in and hits a running cutter on him. Brava crotches Aerostar on the ropes and does the double foot stomp off of the top. Vikingo catches Carta for a swinging slam that Santana breaks up. Santana jumps into a brutal Canadian destroyer and Drago breaks it up. Drago rolls into a code breaker and Brava breaks it up. Aerostar and Vikingo hit drop kicks on Brava and Santana. Aerostar hits a moonsault, Vikingo a 450 and Drago gets a pinning combination all for a two count. Drago then hits a dive through the middle rope on Cota. Vikingo drop kicks Santana then hits a dive through the middle rope on Santana and Cota. Aerostar dumps Brava to the outside and does a cannon ball splash on Brava and Cota. In the ring Drago sprays mist in Santana’s eyes and Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo Del Vikingo pins Tito Santana with an imploder 450.

Winners: Drago, Aerostar, and El Hijo Del Vikingo

Psycho Clown, Dr. Wagner Jr, and Pagano vs Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpion, and Texano Jr

Escorpion attacks Clown with a chair. Texano ties his rope around Pagano’s neck. Jarrett works over Wagner. Texano then chokes Wagner, and Rey continues to beat on Psycho Clown. Clown gets Rey to the outside and hits a dive over the top. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a cutter on Jarrett then dragon screw leg whips Texano. Psycho Clown grabs the rope and hits Texano with it. Clown breaks a broom over Escorpion’s back. They hit multiple clotheslines in the corner on Jeff Jarrett. Clown works with Rey and Rey hits a power slam for a two count. Clown hits a head scissors followed by a sunset flip for a two count. Rey hits a draping DDT with Clown caught in the ropes for a two count. Rey postures on the top rope and Clown drop kicks him off. He goes on the turnbuckle post and leaps off onto Esocrpion. Wagner gets distracted by the ref and Jarrett breaks a guitar over his head. Pagano hits a leg drop to stop the count. Pagano hits a cutter on Texano and sets up a table. Pagano head butts a chair into Texano then smacks himself with said chair. Pagano goes to the top with the chair but Texano hits a crucifix power bomb through the table on him for the win. Texano Jr pins Pagano with a crucifix power bomb off the top. 

They continue to beat on the technicos post match. They steal Psycho Clown’s mask, yet again as they do every taping.

Winners: Jeff Jarrett, Rey Escorpion, and Texano Jr


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.23 ~ 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

In an odd twist of fate, Marufuji is placed in a familiar, yet flipped position going into his GHC title challenge next month. Hisame let’s us know how the NOAH build is going!

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Kaito Kiyomiya and Naomichi Marufuji continued their feud over the GHC Heavyweight title. Kiyomiya managed to knock Marufuji out of the ring with a dropkick, but was left wondering as to whether Marufuji played it up deliberately. He also turned his back on him when Kiyomiya was in the ring and was announced.

Marufuji, now that he can’t do aerial attacks (and finally realizing that his body is older than he thought), has turned to more vicious tactics, and decided to work on Kiyomiya’s left arm. In Kiyomiya’s post match promo, he told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, and next it would be his legs.

Kiyomiya has vowed that he will find “the Genius’ weakness” before “my body breaks down”. 

It has been pointed out to Marufuji that he is in the same position that Mitsuharu Misawa was when he himself was GHC Heavyweight Champion; the senior is challenging the junior.

Mitsuharu Misawa challenges the then GHC Heavyweight Champion, Naomichi Marufuji, a young man in his twenties and of the next generation of heavyweight NOAH wrestlers

Atsushi Kotoge became injured at NOAH’s show in Fukushima on the 11th February, which has put a spanner in the works of the GHC Heavyweight Tag title match with Eddie Edwards, taking on 50 Funky Powers.

Kotoge had gone for the “Revolutionary Cloak Splash” from the top rope, but managed to damage his arm on landing. Fans noticed that he was in a lot of pain, and he was checked out in the ring. NOAH removed him from the subsequent show, and later announced that he had dislocated his elbow and suffered a further fracture to the arm.

Kotoge himself said that he had felt a shooting pain in his arm, and he couldn’t move it at all.

With Kotoge’s injury and subsequent card change, “The Mid Generation” (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima),took on the champions. They obliterated them with Nakajima choking out Quiet Storm with a sleeper, and then laughing about it afterwards.

Although NOAH have not yet announced what will become of the title challenge, and whether Eddie Edwards will team with someone else or postpone his appearance until Kotoge is better (this may not be until the late summer, and Kotoge will most likely miss Global League 2019), but it may be likely that “The Mid Generation” will receive a title shot.

Katsuhiko Nakajima later posted ….

Three of the Dark Agents (Takashi Sugiura, Masao Inoue and Akitoshi Saito) have reunited to take down The Hooligans, however, they have not been very successful in their efforts with The Hooligans defeating them twice so far. Takashi Sugiura has already started making jokes about Masao Inoue, lumping him together with having experience akin to the rookies in the group, Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura. Should Sugiura be unfortunate enough to join The Hooligans, his job will be as their lackey; KAZMA SAKAMOTO says he will have to carry Cody’s bags, lick his boots, clean their toilets, do Nagai’s laundry and wash Maybach Taniguchi’s back.

YO-HEY was said to be looking a lot happier at “the wife” (HAYATA) returning “home”, and while really the only thing that has happened on this tour between himself and HAYATA and the former friends in RATELS, is Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke appearing in the ring and demanding to know what HAYATA thought he was doing.

Their new teammate, Yoshinari Ogawa (backed by YO-HEY & HAYATA, as Kotaro Suzuki is currently absent), continued the fight with The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara and Hitoshi Kumano) over the current GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles. Ogawa (in a supreme Golden Era move) threw a table at Hitoshi Kumano, and the team of The Backbreakers and Yoshiki Inamura were wiped out completely, with Ogawa posing with the belts at the end.

Yoshiki Inamura continued his “Seven Match Series”, this time against Masa Kitamiya.

NOAH have so far done very well this tour with both of their two opening dates being sold out.

NEWS

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS” (Kenoh’s column in “Weekly Pro”)
Kenoh visited the new NOAH offices and spoke of a variety of different things ranging from how nice the NOAH staff look now (even Mr. Okada looks smart now, despite “those fucking glasses”), the new company and how they should ask him for advice, the validation of his own opinion on “Leaving Misawa”, and Marufuji vs Kiyomiya.
Continuing his concerned older brother theme when it comes to Kiyomiya, and his hope that Marufuji will beat Kiyomiya for the belt for two reasons; the first being Kenoh wants to challenge, and the second that he seems to intimate that the longer Kiyomiya has it, the worse damage it is doing him, and the more Kenoh of all people seems to worry.

Kenoh’s other idea is that he will second Marufuji on the night (so to be first in line to challenge him), but I doubt that Marufuji is going to allow him to do that.

FAREWELL HAKATA STALENE
NOAH will return to the venue for the last time ever on March 17th, as the building is going to be torn down. Although the full card hasn’t been announced, Naomichi Marufuji will take on Yoshinari Ogawa (this will be their first singles match in 14 years) and Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura will put on a “Golden Era Match” (as they always do when they collide in big matches).

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS

~ Katsuhiko Nakajima decided to wind up Kenoh by sticking his leg in his fist when Kenoh entered the ring and knelt to do his ring introduction.
~ Yoshinari Ogawa denied ever being part of Special 4.
~ NOAH returned to Shinyousei Twenty-One Hall, which has the infamous staircase named “The Demon Staircase of Hell” due to the fact that it is two flights, and means that due to there being no underground parking at the venue for the truck, the equipment has to be carried up and down it, across a courtyard and through the lobby.
~ Minoru Tanaka says his first wish has been granted (i.e. for a title match at Yokohama), but his second one is still outstanding, he won’t say what it is though.
~ Both Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke have hinted at possible moves to the heavyweight division. Tadasuke when he fought Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya and said something “sparked” in him, and Daisuke Harada pointing to the GHC Heavyweight and declaring it was his “final goal”.
~ Mohammed Yone got beaten up in front of a group of old ladies (one was his mother) by Katsuhiko Nakajima.
~ Hitoshi Yamato did his usual singing entry, and incorporated the lyrics that Naomichi Marufuji couldn’t have dried seaweed. Marufuji had a priceless look on his face. 
~ Cody Hall took a picture of Atsushi Kotoge who was sitting drinking coffee near a window; Kotoge came out as a big pink blob.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
Takashi Sugiura has posted pictures of either what is coming out of his dog, or what his dog has left behind. On a pleasanter note, he was given gifts by fans after a small gathering at “Muscle Grill”, and said that as he was carrying a big plushie, he probably looked like a “Weird old man” getting on the train.

BROADCASTS
NOAH’s Korakuen Hall show of the 24th February will be broadcast on Samurai at 10pm (JST) on Samurai TV.

BOOK CORNER
The ongoing translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s “Heir To The Ark” can be found here

LINKS
HAYATA (Costume Research)
“Come to Noah” ~ interview with Naomichi Marufuji
The Green Guide to Muscle Grill
Takashi Sugiura mini interview ahead of the match with The Hooligans
Battlemen Recap (Noah, Wednesday February 13th 2019)
Noah’s Arkive Podcast (ITunes)

NOAH FROM THE VAULT (articles translated by Purodino)
YO-HEY “My turning point”


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