SmackDown prepares for the world title Elimination Chamber with TWO big preview matches! Hardy VS Bryan and Orton VS Ali, who gets major momentum?
- Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Lana VS The Good Brothers; Nakamura & Rusev win.
- Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali; Orton wins.
- Triple Threat Tag: Carmella & Naomi VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville VS The IIconics; Rose & Deville win.
- Jeff Hardy VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan; Hardy wins, by disqualification.
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Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!
The Queen “congratulated” her best frenemy, Becky Lynch, but the two ended up fighting again. As we know from last night’s Raw, Becky’s bad leg is the reason Stephanie McMahon questioned The Man’s ability to face the Baddest Woman at Wrestlemania. Becky fought Stephanie but would get suspended, and will remain suspended until she concedes and lets doctors check her knee. Charlotte says “The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.” Becky’s arrogance got in her own way. She refuses to be checked by doctors and beat up Stephanie, and now she’s suspended. Hopefully “Becks” is thinking more clearly. She should see a doctor, go to some rehab, and hopefully be back for her match with Ronda. Charlotte “cheers” for Becky, just like the fans. Because Charlotte knows someone who is 100% right now, and would love to face Ronda at Mania instead.
Fans boo for Charlotte as she points at the sign, but then Becky appears?! She heads down the stairs and fans cheer Becky on. Charlotte says it’s one thing to take away Ric’s catchphrase, it’s another to steal Roman Reigns’ entrance. But Becky makes her way from crowd to barrier and to ringside. Security isn’t sure what to do, but Becky tells Charlotte to stop boring the fans to death. The Man is back on SmackDown! More like limping on SmackDown! One leg was good enough to stop Charlotte from winning the Women’s Rumble! But as the two frenemies argue, out comes Triple H! The Game has had enough of this. Becky was suspended, and should not be here. Charlotte rubs it in as HHH reminds her: see the doctor and get reinstated. As for Charlotte, shush and get out of the ring.
Charlotte takes her leave, and HHH has security take it easy. HHH reminds Becky of the suspension, and tells her that to go to Mania and fight Ronda, “it’s simple.” See the doctor, get cleared. But Becky doesn’t trust any of them to clear her. It’s not about trust, it is what it is. Get cleared, rest up, face Ronda. Simple as that. But until then, stay home. Becky asks how Stephanie’s doing. Did HHH make sure she’s medically cleared after Becky punched her out? Fans cheer Becky on but HHH keeps his cool.
HHH realizes he’s seen this over and over. He even bought into “all this The Man crap” like the fans did. But Becky’s not The Man. Becky’s just a self-destructive superstar afraid of failure. She can be smug all she wants but HHH sees that he’s right. Becky wants to be a martyr. That’s why when she “scratched and clawed” to the top, she found a way out by picking a fight. Becky knew it was suicide but she did it anyways! Becky blames everyone else, including the doctors. She says she was in “medical prison” but it was just an excuse. Becky is doing the same thing again. She scratched and clawed but she needs an excuse not to do it. Becky has a convenient excuse as her way out, when the truth is, Becky’s scared. She’s afraid to go to the doctors, and afraid of what they’d say.
HHH thinks Becky’s just fine, and this is all an act. Becky is afraid she can’t go to Wrestlemania, but the truth is she’s just afraid she can go and will have to face Ronda. Becky is afraid to face Ronda, and she’s afraid she’ll be exposed as a fraud! Fans boo but HHH continues to insist that Becky is afraid, in front of the whole world, that we’ll all see she fears Ronda. Becky SLAPS HHH! Fans cheer her on while HHH scowls face to face with her. Becky smirks as fans want that “One More Time!” She backs off for now, but how much of what HHH said is true?
Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Lana VS The Good Brothers!
The King of Strong Style and the Bulgarian Brute both want the WWE United States Championship back from R-Truth, which is why they both beat him down after he beat them both in one night. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson didn’t like them bullying Truth, and now will fight them both on his behalf. Will Gallows & Anderson be #TooSweet to beat, even for two former champions? Or will Rusev and Nakamura CRUSH as they give the Club a #Knee2Face?
SmackDown returns as Nakamura makes his entrance. Rusev and Lana make their entrance next, and we begin. Teams sort out and Gallows goes right at them both! Nakamura stays in and Gallows whips to run him over with an elbow. Tag to Anderson and Anderson whips. Nakamura reverses, swings a kick but hits the heel kick. Rusev tags in without warning and tensions start rising. Anderson rolls Rusev but Nakamura breaks it. Gallows rocks Nakamura but Rusev throws him out. Anderson uppercuts Rusev, then slingshot sentons onto everyone! The Good Brothers are in control while we go picture in picture.
Rusev and Nakamura stir while Lana looks on. Anderson fetches Rusev in and stomps away. He throws haymakers and puts Rusev in a corner for more stomps. Anderson throws up the Too Sweet then whips but Ruesv holds onto ropes. Rusev whips Anderson but runs into a boot. Anderson runs but into Rusev’s arms for a swinging side slam! Cover, TWO! Rusev keeps on Anderson with stomps of his own, then chokes him on the ropes. Rusev stops at 4 to then kick Anderson in the back! Anderson writhes while Rusev tells Nakamura this is how it’s done. He tags Nakamura and the two mug Anderson together. Nakamura puts Anderson into a corner and then gives him Bad Vibrations! Nakamura drags Anderson up onto the top rope, and runs in for the Top Shelf Knee!
Lana likes what she sees as Nakamura brings Anderson down for a cover. TWO, and Nakamura tags to Rusev. Rusev whips Anderson but Anderson kicks him back! Anderson heads for his corner but Rusev hits Gallows first. Rusev then heel kicks Anderson down, and taunts Gallows with Nakamura’s “C’MON!” Nakamura isn’t amused but Rusev covers Anderson, TWO! Tag and both Rusev and Nakamura toy with Anderson via kicks. Nakamura rams his knees in while we return to single picture. Nakamura drags Anderson up in a facelock and squeezes. Fans rally with “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Anderson fights back and chops Nakamura! Nakamura fires off a strike fest, but Nderseon counters with an uppercut!
Nakamura staggers and Anderson whips, but Nakamura reverses. Anderson dodges in the corner but Nakamura dodges back, Inverted Exploder! Nakamura wants to end this on his own, Kinshasa countered with a SPINEBUSTER! Fans rally up as both men head for corners, hot tags to Gallows and Rusev! Gallows rallies and roundhouses Rusev! He runs corner to corner for a big splash! Then the YAKUZA Kick! Nakamura runs into the Gallows Slam! Rusev dodges and double clotheslines take both men down! Lana shouts for Nakamura to get back in the ring but Nakamura refuses. She forces him to stand up but Anderson tags in. Jump kick! Gallows grabs Rusev but Nakamura revives to save Rusev! KINSHASA for Gallows, Shotgun Kick to Nakamura! MACHKA Kick for Anderson! Cover, Rusev & Nakamura win!
Winners: Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev pinning
For one time only, they were successful! Rusev picks Nakamura up and raises both his and Lana’s hands in victory. But now that the truce is over, which one of them will reach the United States Championship first?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
“No one expects someone like me to survive someone as dangerous as Randy Orton.” No one expects him to survive the Elimination Chamber. But those expectations are wrong. The Viper goes to strike, and misses. The Beacon of Light survives to become WWE World Champion. Ali asks “What if”, but will he make his own expectations a reality?
Paige is here!
And like she did on Raw, she hopes everyone goes to see her autobiographical movie, Fighting With My Family. The story of the second-generation Anti-Diva will be told in theaters everywhere on February 22nd!
The Usos speak.
“At Elimination Chamber, it’s the Usos taking on the tag team champs, Shane O’Mac and The Miz.” The Best tag Team in the World? No, there’s a man trying to make his daddy proud and one wanting to live a dream. That sounds like those two are trying to be Jimmy & Jey! But the Usos are different. They know how to struggle together. Do Miz & Shane? They know how to starve. Do Miz & Shane? They know how to be hot and cool at the same time. The Usos are their brother’s keeper, are Miz & Shane?! No, they don’t know. But they will. #McMizTV, Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!
Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali!
The Viper wants to strike while the Beacon of Light wants to shine. Both men will be part of the world championship Elimination Chamber match, but they’ll go 1v1 as the first preview tonight. Which man gains a huge lead going into that sadistic structure of steel?
The bell rings and Orton circles with Ali. They tie up and Orton powers Ali to a corner. Orton backs off so Ali CHOPS him! Ali throws forearms and more chops, but Orton kicks low. Orton shoves but Ali kicks him back. Ali runs but into a lariat! Orton stomps away on Ali over and over, then drags Ali up to hang him out to dry. Ali tumbles to the floor but Orton is right on him, back suplex to the announce desk! Orton drags Ali back to the ring and in for a cover, TWO! Orton keeps on Ali by pulling him back into a mounted chinlock. Fans rally up and Ali fights his way up. Orton knees low and whips Ali to a corner. Ali goes up and over and then runs, but into the spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!
Orton drags Ali up and scrapes his boot off his face. Ali crawls to ropes but Orton is on him in the corner. Orton puts Ali up top then throws hands. Ali headbutts back! Ali stands up but Orton trips him up. Orton climbs up to join Ali, and hits a top rope SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Ali survives and Orton is surprised, but we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Orton bumps Ali off buckles. Orton throws European Uppercuts then throws Ali down. Cover, TWO! Orton keeps on Ali with a chinlock but Ali endures. Fans rally up again and Ali fights his way up again. Ali throws body shots but Orton clubs him back. Orton whips but Ali flapjack dropkicks! Orton bails out but Ali pursues, only to walk into a kick. The referee tells Orton not to as he goes for another announce desk back suplex, but Ali slips out the back! Ali dropkicks Orton over the desk! Fans fire up as Ali leaps over onto Orton! Ali rains down rights and then stomps and he fires up with the fans! Ali drags Orton to the ring but Orton throws him in first. Orton catches his breath but Ali is on him with a kick!
Ali hits a SUPERKICK! And another SUPERKICK! Orton staggers about, Ali runs in corner to corner, but Orton puts him on the apron. Orton kicks Ali as he comes in, and drags him out. Ali fights Orton off to roundhouse Orton hard! Ali slingshots and somersaults, facebuster! Cover, TWO! Ali can’t believe how close he was right there! But Ali keeps himself going and fans fire up behind him. Fans chant “205! 205!” for the Heart of the Cruiserweights. Orton shoves Ali away but Ali uppercuts back. Ali hops up and fakes Orton out! Tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ali was so close but he won’t slow down. Ali drags Orton to the drop zone and climbs back up. But Orton trips him up, into an RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Viper still strikes! Ali had heart but it wasn’t enough to survive. Will things be different when you add the other four great stars to the match?
Samoa Joe gets Orton outta nowhere!! Orton is in the Coquina Clutch and goes to sleep! Joe boots Ali out, too! The Destroyer stands tall and fans are divided. Will Joe destroy five other great superstars to finally become WWE World Champion?
But now Daniel Bryan comes out. Joe wants at the Planet’s Champion, but Big Red comes out to back him up. Rowan is the bodyguard for the champ, and Bryan heads to the ring. His match with Jeff Hardy isn’t until the main event, so what does he wish to say to the WWE Universe beforehand?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“See tonight, we learned a lesson.” Physics works a little bit differently for Joe. For every action there is an opposite and overwhelming reaction. Orton learned about that reaction. Tonight was retaliation but Elimination Chamber will be about devastation and evisceration, but also justification. The ends justify the means, because the end will be Joe holding that title up high. “See you then, boys.”
SmackDown returns to Daniel Bryan and Rowan in the ring.
The New Bryan holds up that very title Joe speaks of. Bryan is also “The Favorite Son of Washington”, to which the fans agree. Fans cheer his name and Bryan finally gets to talk to people who understand his mission. Bryan knows the people of the great state of Washington are intelligent, smart people who know we need change. But Bryan speaks to a global audience, and those people don’t understand their crass, selfish behaviors only destroy their minds, fatten their bodies, and kill this planet we all live on! Those people fill their emptiness by stuffing their faces with “deep-fried animal carcasses”, just going from day to day. Washington knows Bryan fights an uphill battle. “But that is why I have created this” new symbol. It is something for people to rally behind.
The old title was a symbol of excellence, but also of excess. This sustainable, organic title is both a symbol of excellence and of change! But there are people threatened by that change. Rowan says that everyone who knows the story of Galileo that great minds like theirs are often considered “dangerous” just for their ideas and their good intentions. People fear that, and they especially fear Bryan. Bryan holds the organic title, and everyone will try to silence him! “How dare you ‘What’ my good friend”. Bryan says they try to silence him back he’s not their champion. Bryan serves something greater than money and fame, he serves the planet! “The suits” don’t like that. They never wanted Bryan as champion, which is why he’s in an unfair match for his title. It’ll be Bryan and five others in the Elimination Chamber!
Bryan was in the Chamber, and knows what it takes to win. That reinforces how dangerous this situation is. Bryan shares footage for those who don’t know. Two men start, four wait in pods, but only one survives all the way to the end. Bryan lists his opponents: AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Mustafa Ali, Samoa Joe, and Jeff Hardy. Those five will be inside the Chamber with Bryan, and they all want to take the title backwards! Bryan won’t allow that! The people need Bryan as champion! The ignorant masses need Bryan as champion! And most of all, the planet needs the New Daniel Bryan as THE WWE World Champion!! Washington agrees with that! But despite his mission and despite his resolve, will Bryan survive and keep his organic title all the way to Wrestlemania?
Backstage interview with Jeff Hardy.
The Charismatic Enigma watched what Bryan just said. Bryan has disrespected the title like no other. Hardy can’t change Bryan’s mind, so he’ll just wait for their match tonight. Then he’ll do it again at the Chamber. But AJ Styles comes in and knows Hardy, being here as long as he has, isn’t really going to be the guy to represent the title’s legacy. Well Styles’ legacy shows he can’t beat Bryan. Did Hardy miss that big bald yeti in there with them? If Styles had gotten the job done, things wouldn’t be this way. Hardy promises that after settling things with Bryan, he and Styles will settle things in the Chamber!
Triple Threat Tag: Carmella & Naomi VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville VS The IIconics!
The FABULOUS Glow forms out of a desire to make history! However, they’ll be joined by the duo formerly known as Absolution, as well as the BFF’s, Peyton Royce & Billie Kay. Naomi is not going to stand for the Golden Goddess’ fake sob story from Tough Enough! This match will give us just a sample of the Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match, which team from Team Blue will gain major momentum going into that match?
SmackDown returns as Peyton & Billie make their entrance. The IIconics obviously would love to have those brand new titles around their waists, because it would mean things coming full circle. As for Sonya and Mandy, they know the FABULOUS Glow is in way over their heads. The IIconcis are funny, but you don’t laugh your way to victory. The duo of #Fire&Desire are the only other women to have Chamber experience. Everyone else should just step aside now. As for the grudge between her and Naomi, Naomi hasn’t beat her yet, so she’s doing something right. Sonya and Mandy make their entrances, and we begin.
Teams sort out and Sonya starts with Carmella. They tie up and go around and Sonya knees Carmella to the mat. Sonya trash talks the IIconics then tag in Mandy. Mandy kicks Carmella but Carmella gets a waistlock. Mandy slips around but Carmella wrenches the arm. Carmella brings Mandy down and tags Naomi. Mandy runs away to tag in Billie! Naomi settles for kicking Billie and hitting a snapmare. Naomi hits a sliding lariat while Sonya keeps Mandy safe. Fire & Desire watch Naomi closely while we go picture in picture.
Naomi drags Billie up and tags in Carmella. The FABULOUS Glow double moonwalk and DDT! Cover, TWO! Carmella keeps on Billie but Billie pulls hair! Tag to Peyton and the IIconics stomp a mudhole into Carmella. The referee reprimands them but they let up and Billie feeds Carmella to Peyton’s heel kick! Billie covers, TWO! The IIconics throw a hissy fit and Billie drags Carmella up. Billie kicks at Mandy and Sonya to keep their tags away. But Mandy still gets in! Mandy takes Carmella and tags in Sonya. Mandy suplexxes and Sonya hits a shining wizard! Cover, TWO! Sonya keeps on Carmella and rams her into the corner. Tag to Mandy and they both stomp away. But Carmella shoves Mandy and Peyton tags in off her!
Peyton goes after Carmella with a snapmare and chinlock. Carmella endures and fans rally up. Carmella gets up but Peyton puts her in the IIconics’ corner. Tag to Billie, double team bulldog to the knee! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious but Peyton tags in. They both mug Carmella and then trash talk Mandy. Carmella fights back and crucifix rolls Peyton! TWO, FABULOUS Kick knocks Peyton down! Both women crawl and fans rally up. Billie tags in and drags Carmella way, but Carmella shoves her back. Mandy tags in and clubs Carmella down. Mandy trash talks Naomi and brings Carmella over for mudhole stomps. She wrenches Carmella into a standing abdominal stretch. Fans rally while Mandy grinds an elbow in.
Carmella fights out and hip tosses Mandy off! Carmella runs but is caught! Mandy pushes but Carmella dodges, hot tag to Naomi! Mandy tags to Sonya before running around. Naomi gets caught but roundhouses and heel kicks Sonya! They run, springboard enziguri! Sonya tags out to Peyton but Naomi gives Peyton a leaping jawbreaker! Billie runs in but is thrown and dropkick’d out! Naomi has Peyton and throws her at Mandy! That’s a tag! Naomi drags Mandy in by her hair and rains rights! Fans fire up with Naomi as she grounds ‘n’ pounds! Peyton come sin but Eats DaFeet! And the Rear View! Mandy butterflies Naomi to a piledriver! Cover, Mandy & Sonya win!!
Winners: Fire & Desire, Mandy Rose pinning
The newly renamed Absolution take the win amidst the chaos! Will they be able to do the same when the Raw tag teams are thrown in?
Andrade Almas speaks.
“It’s not about the leyenda, the Legend of Rey Mysterio.” Zelina Vega comes in to say Mysterio is just a fable, a myth. He’s in the past. But what El Idolo did was stamp out that legend. Not because he wanted to, but because he needs to. Mysterio can try to stop Almas, “but you can’t fight fate.” The Legend of Andrade begins with Mysterio’s end. Will Almas end the King of Lucha Libre on the Road to Wrestlemania?
WWE and SmackDown celebrate Black History Month.
Superstars go to the National Civil Rights Museum to learn of all the powerful moments in the struggle for ethnic equality. Martin Luther King Jr. is an inspiration to all peoples, may his dream live forever.
Is anyone ready for Asuka?
The Empress of Tomorrow is finally SmackDown Women’s Champion, but she’s looking for a challenger. Even after losing for the first time at Wrestlemania 34, she kept fighting fiercely, and has the prize she’s always been after. She continues to be a terror to her opponents, will anyone work up the courage to meet her in the ring?
Jeff Hardy VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan!
As the Charismatic Enigma said earlier, he won’t worry about having an intellectual discussion with this New Bryan, he’ll just beat some sense into him! Will Hardy make Bryan and the organic title OBSOLETE already?
SmackDown returns again as Bryan returns to the ring. He gives Rowan the belt for safekeeping, and the match begins. Fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up and Bryan gets a headlock to hammerlock. Hardy gets to the ropes and Bryan backs off. They circle again and fans echo “DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy headlocks Bryan but Bryan powers out, only for Hardy to run him over. Things speed up and Bryan knees Hardy low! Bryan throws EuroUppers on Hardy, then kicks in the corner. Bryan runs corner to corner but into Hardy’s slingblade! Hardy splashes for the cover, TWO! Hardy puts Bryan in a corner for a bump then whips to back drop! “DELETE! DELETE!” and Hardy rams shoulders into Bryan. Hardy whips but Bryan reverses. Bryan runs in to hit a dropkick! Then another! And another!
Hardy’s down and fans fire up for Bryan. Bryan drags Hardy out and goes after the legs in a deathlock. Bryan rams a knee into Hardy’s back, and brings Hardy up for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Hardy endures but pops out to a cover, TWO! Bryan kicks Hardy at the ropes and from both sides. Bryan drags hardy up to whip but Hardy holds ropes. Hardy boots Bryan and then dropkicks him out! Hardy wrecks Bryan with a dropkick then slips out the side. He prepares to go around the way, but Rowan stands in his way. Bryan takes advantage and trips Hardy onto the steel steps! Hardy goes down hard while we go to break.
Smackdown returns once more, and Hardy endures a hammerlock. “DELETE!” echoes out as Hardy fights back. Hardy runs but into Bryan’s drop toehold! Bryan stomps away on Hardy then goes after the arm. Bryan pulls and twists the arm and then stomps the hammerlock! Hardy clutches his arm while Bryan hooks his nose. Bryan drops a knee and then an elbow, then covers. TWO, but Bryan keeps his cool. Bryan drags Hardy up with an arm wrench, then whips Hardy corner to corner. Hardy reverses but Bryan goes up and over. Things speed up but Hardy gets Bryan with the atomic drop and leg-splitting leg drop! Dropkick and cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool while getting feeling in his bad arm. Bryan and Hardy slowly stand and start throwing hands.
Hardy haymakers and Bryan EuroUppers. They go back and forth and Bryan gets an edge. Hardy goes to backslide but then shifts to the Twist. Bryan powers out but Hardy tosses him out! Hardy goes tot he apron for a leaping lariat! Hardy drags himself up and takes off the shirt. He drags Bryan up and in, then climbs up top. Bryan’s in the drop zone and fans fire up, but Bryan rolls away. Hardy hops down but walks into another drop toehold! Bryan kicks the ropes to jam Hardy’s jaw! Cover, TWO! Bryan grimaces as he aims at Hardy. He gives Hardy the No Kicks over and over, but Hardy ducks the buzzsaw! Twist of Fate! Hardy positions Bryan and heads up top! Swanton Bomb!! Cover, but Rowan drags Hardy off! Rowan throws Hardy into steel steps!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by disqualification
Rowan feeds Hardy to Bryan for the Labell Lock! Hardy endures but it doesn’t matter, this is all to punish him! But then Samoa Joe attacks Rowan! Joe gets Bryan in his Coquina Clutch!! Bryan fades out, but here comes Orton! Orton and Joe brawl, but Orton gets the edge! Joe hits back but Ali appears to leap and hit a missile dropkick on them both! Ali DIVES onto Joe! Then Ali DIVES On Rowan, only to be caught! Rowan CHOKE SLAMS Ali on the announce desk!! But here comes Styles! The Phenomenal One sees all his targets around the ring, and gives Orton a Phenomenal Blitz. He denies the RKO to PELE Orton out! Styles sliding knees Joe! Phenomenal Forearm for Hardy! But once again, Bryan and Rowan retreat. Styles will get his chance in the Chamber, but will finally he take Bryan down?
Backstage interview with Bryan & Rowan.
Bryan is FURIOUS! What was going on out there? And why is Kayla Braxton waiting behind the scenes? Well, Rowan helped him survive again. No, Rowan is Bryan’s friend and intellectual equal! Bryan won, Bryan will win, because Bryan IS the greatest!! Rowan isn’t a bodyguard, they’re peers! Does no one understand that?! All those guys interfered, but why? Because they know they can’t get the title. They won’t get the title because Bryan will be the champion forever! It’s what the planet needs! No one else seems to understand that! Bryan’s rage subsides, and both he and Rowan take their leave. Will Bryan be able to keep his cool and keep the title inside the Elimination Chamber?
A pretty solid SmackDown to follow the odd Raw from last night. The opening segment revolving around Charlotte, Becky and the coming match with Ronda all went rather naturally to my estimation. Charlotte puts her hat in the ring for her replacing Becky, but Becky obviously doesn’t care about any suspension. HHH reinforces the idea that Becky needs to get checked out, but his way of spinning is a valid point if Becky weren’t the Face in this story. And Becky is definitely the Face in the story, because fans love her. And her slapping HHH only makes fans love her more! But things are still on course per what I’d guessed, and we might even have a quick match of Charlotte VS Nia to determine which one will be the substitute, just to keep things going while Becky is “suspended”.
I’m a little disappointed in how SmackDown’s done their side of the Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber. Instead of being the Land of Opportunity, it’s the Land of Entry by Default. They didn’t think to get more women going on SmackDown, like Lacey Evans and who even knows. But they do adjust for it by giving us a pretty good Triple Threat Tag match. Good to know Sonya and Mandy have a new tag name we can all call them by, and it makes some sense for them to go over. Mandy gets the better of Naomi tonight but that likely means Naomi gets to be the one to eliminate #Fire&Desire in the Chamber. They’ll have their true blow-off later, perhaps Fastlane, but in the end, it’s a shame there wasn’t something more to SmackDown’s side of the overall story.
Nakamura and Rusev did very well against Gallows & Anderson. Obviously they’re going to be enemies again as they go after R-Truth, but perhaps there is mutual respect between these two now. I wouldn’t be surprised if they, like The Bar before them, found a way to work together as a team even after this. Those two as a team might help freshen up the SmackDown Tag Division. “McMiz TV” with the Usos next week will be interesting, and the Usos’ promo tonight was great. Their match at Elimination Chamber should be really good, and I still feel Shane and Miz will retain all the way to Mania. There’s talk of a post-Mania Shake Up, so maybe things will freshen up more as new teams are brought over to compete with Miz and Shane.
Ali VS Orton was great, and Ali is doing great in looking strong while still losing. He also got a pretty sizable black eye, but that should be fine after a week. Joe attacking them was great, as was his promo after. Joe VS Orton should definitely happen as a full program, Orton doesn’t need to do his “hero hunting” story anymore. Hardy and Styles had a good little promo backstage, and I wouldn’t mind seeing that story on the way to Mania over Styles VS Orton. Bryan and Rowan have a good promo and Washington really does love Bryan. Between his match with Hardy, him getting away during the brawl, and his surprise backstage interview promo, Bryan had a great night. Add on how he has that personal take on the world title belt and a sidekick, Bryan is definitely finding a way to retain.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/20/19)
It’s a rematch of Darewolf and Lifeblood’s Luchador!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 396
ROH brings us a big rematch from a fast-paced match-up! Will PJ Black make up for his loss to Bandido? Or will LifeBlood’s Luchador go 2-0 on the Darewolf?
- Kenny King VS Tracy Williams; King wins.
- Reno Scum VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- PJ Black VS Bandido; Bandido wins.
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Kenny King VS Tracy Williams!
The K I N G has a shot at the ROH World Championship after winning the Honor Rumble at the G1 Supercard. But first, he’ll be tested by the Hot Sauce of LifeBlood! Will Tracy be too spicy for Las Vegas’ most eligible bachelor? Or will King prove himself worthy of challenging #GrandSlamTaven?
Tracy wants to keep the Code of Honor, but Kenny declines. The bell rings and Tracy dares Kenny to tie up then. They do tie up, and Tracy waistlocks. Kenny spins but gets caught into a snapmare. Tracy has the chinlock but Kenny powers up to power Tracy to a corner. Kenny climbs on Tracy to bark at him, but backs off at the ref’s count. Kenny trash talks as Tracy comes out of the corner. They tie up again and Tracy wrenches to a shoulder breaker. Tracy has the armlock but Kenny reverses it. Tracy rolls and waistlocks to throw Kenny down. He backs up to let Kenny up, and they circle again. Kenny gets the waistlock but Tracy gets the standing switch. Tracy shifts to a headlock but Kenny powers out. Tracy runs Kenny over then keeps moving.
Things speed up and Kenny drop toeholds to float over to a headlock. Kenny grins but Tracy fights his way up. Tracy brings Kenny to a knee and gets the arms, to then get the headlock for himself. Kenny powers out but Tracy blocks the hip toss for a takedown and spinning toehold. Tracy loops it around to a standing toehold, but Kenny endures. Kenny pushes Tracy off and things speed up again. Kenny hurdles but Tracy catches him for a roll up, TWO! Tracy shifts to a hammerlock chinbar! The Hot Sauce has the King of Vegas on the defense while we go to break.
ROH returns and Kenny hits Tracy with an arm-drag, then another into the armlock, but Tracy headscissors. Kenny pops out but Tracy arm-drags back. Kenny headscissors but Tracy pops out, and the two stand off as Kenny handsprings up. Fans applaud while Tracy and Kenny circle again. Tracy wants a second try at the Code of Honor handshake, but Kenny just punches him! Kenny elbows Tracy at the ropes into the corner. Kenny throws hands and elbows but Tracy forearms back. They trade hands and Kenny pushes Tracy to the ropes. Kenny whips but Tracy holds the ropes. Kenny kicks but Tracy reverses the whip to CHOP away! Tracy scoops Kenny for a back suplex! Cover, ONE, but Tracy keeps on Kenny with a wristlock.
Tracy stands on Kenny’s other arm as he twists the wrist, but Kenny reaches for a ropebreak with his legs. Tracy lets up, but brings Kenny up for a half hatch suplex. He keeps going with another! Tracy hurries to a corner and up top but Kenny stands. Kenny kicks the ropes to trip Tracy up! Tracy tumbles off but gets away from Kenny’s slingshot. Tracy trips Kenny on the apron and Kenny tumbles to the floor! Fans cheer as Tracy throws hands on Kenny. Tracy puts Kenny on the apron but Kenny spins around to throw a forearm! Kenny hops up to the apron for a corkscrew cannonball! Kenny grins and dusts himself off before putting Tracy back in. He brings Tracy up for a snap suplex but floats over to rain down rights. Kenny covers, TWO!
Kenny scoops Tracy for a backbreaker then shifts to a grounded chinbar. Fans rally as Tracy endures. Tracy powers his way up and fights out of the hold. Tracy throws forearms and spins, but Kenny ducks and spins Tracy for a backbreaker to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tracy lives but Kenny keeps his cool. Fans rally up as Kenny stalks Tracy to the ropes. Kenny chokes Tracy on the ropes while trash talking, but backs off at 4. Tracy gets up and CHOPS away! Kenny pokes Tracy in the eye! The ref reprimands Kenny but he got away with it. Kenny whips Tracy corner to corner but Tracy reverses. Tracy runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Kenny back then climbs up, but Kenny SHORYUKENS!
Kenny climbs up to join Tracy, but Tracy fights him off. Tracy grabs Kenny but Kenny fights back. Kenny flips off but Tracy dropkicks him down! Fans fire up with Tracy as he runs corner to corner for a big clothesline, then spins for another! Tracy fireman’s carry but Kenny slips out. Kenny shoves but runs into an elbow. Tracy hops up but Kenny enziguris him back! Kenny climbs up but Tracy gets him! DDT to the buckle! Then fireman’s carry, Spicoli Driver! Cover, TWO!! The K I N G survives and we go to break!
ROH returns and Tracy sunset flips Kenny, TWO! But Tracy’s ready for the crossface! Kenny resists and rolls to throw hands. Tracy backs off but Kenny ends up in a corner. Tracy CHOPS then forearms Kenny. He whips Kenny corner to corner but Kenny goes up and over to sunset flip. Tracy slips out but Kenny ducks the Penalty Kick to get a single leg takedown! Kenny drags Tracy to then hit the Last Chancery! Kenny shouts out the Greatest Manager That Ever Lived but Tracy endures. Tracy throws hands and breaks free! The fans rally up as both men slowly stand. Kenny brings Tracy up but Tracy throws forearms. Kenny stomps Tracy’s foot then sweeps the legs. He kicks Tracy in the ribs then in the back of the head! Cover, TWO!!
Tracy refuses to #BendTheKnee and Kenny grows frustrated. Tracy gets to an apron and counter punches Kenny away. Kenny ducks Tracy to Eddy Gordo kick. Kenny slingshots Tracy in the climbs up top. He leaps but Tracy gets under to knee and reel Kenny in, but Kenny trips Tracy up for a high stack! Kenny’s using ropes on the cover!! TWO and Kenny can’t believe it! Kenny takes a breath and grits his teeth as Tracy glares back at him. Kenny CHOPS Tracy but Tracy glares again. Another CHOP, but Tracy doesn’t back down. Tracy gets to his feet and Kenny CHOPS, but it only fires Tracy up! Tracy throws off his shoulder sling and dares Kenny to give him more! So Kenny CHOPS more! Tracy CHOPS back and often!
Kenny kicks but Tracy blocks to CHOP again. Tracy goes to lift but Kenny fights him off. Kenny kicks then punches, but takes to long rolling the dice. Tracy ducks but gets caught in a fireman’s carry, only to cradle counter! TWO but barely! Tracy blocks the Gordo to give a clothesline! Tracy fisherman busters! Cover, TWO!! Kenny lives and Tracy is beside himself! Tracy gets to his feet as fans rally up. Tracy climbs to the top rope and leaps, but Kenny catches the crossbody to roll through and pop Tracy up, Royal Flush!! Cover, Kenny wins!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
Vegas cheers their K I N G as he overcomes the Hot Sauce. But will they be cheering him on as the next ROH World Champion?
PJ Black speaks.
“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in tonight’s highly anticipated rematch?
The Crockett Cup cometh.
And in a face-to-face, The Villain, Marty Scurll, told the National Treasure, Nick Aldis that he wants to challenge him for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship! Aldis accepted, and the match is set! Will Aldis keep the 10 Pounds of Gold around his waist? Or will Scurll create a spot of bother as he brings that belt under Ring of Honor?
Reno Scum VS The Bouncers!
Adam Thornstowe and Luster the Legend return to ROH but they might not be here for long. Will Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas kick the Scum to the curb?
The Bouncers finish their drinks and then offer the Code of Honor handshakes. Reno Scum accept to keep the Code, and then teams sort out. Milonas starts against Adam as fans chant “OI! OI!” for Reno Scum. Adam kicks and headlocks but Milonas lifts and powers out easily. Milonas runs Adam off and Bruiser gets fans happy for beer! Adam tags out to The Legend and he goes toe to toe with Milonas. Milonas introduces Luster to “Body By Beer”. Luster throws a hand then ducks to throat chop! Milonas gets to a corner and boots Luster away. Milonas scoops and holds Luster up with one hand! He throws Luster down then tags in Bruiser. Luster headbutts Bruiser then runs, but Bruiser follows to crossbody Luster down!
Bruiser throws jabs on Luster and fans chant “BEER! BEER!” with each one. Luster hits back then runs, but Bruiser follows. Adam gets in a cheap shot and Bruiser swipes at him. Luster comes back but Bruiser still gets him with a right. Milonas protests but this keeps the ref from seeing Adam sucker punch Bruiser! Luster drags Bruiser up for knees then throws hands in the corner. Luster rakes Bruiser’s eyes but the ref reprimands him. Tag to Adam and Reno Scum throw Bruiser into buckles. They then double knee and club away on Bruiser from all sides! Reno Scum fires up but fans are divided. Adam drags Bruiser up for more hands then bumps Bruiser off Luster’s head. Adam drags Bruiser up and goes to scoop, but Bruiser is too big!
Fans chant “Reno Sucks!” as Luster tags in. Reno Scum double scoop and slam Bruiser, then Luster uses Adam as the human weapon back senton! Luster himself fires up for the falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up with chants of “BEER! BEER!” as Luster drags Bruiser up. Luster double chops and bearhugs Bruiser. Bruiser endures the squeeze and fights out with elbows. Luster powers Bruiser back to the corner and Adam tags in. Luster whips Adam in but Bruiser elbows him away. Bruiser dodges Luster and hurries for his corner! Fans rally as he crawls, but Adam grabs Bruiser’s foot. Bruiser still gets loose and tags in Milonas!
Milonas shoves and clubs Adam down then squashes Luster in the corner! Milonas tackles Adam down and fans fire up. The Mastodon tags in Bruiser and Bruiser clotheslines Luster out. Bruiser brings Adam up and over, for the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Beer City Bruiser pinning
The literally biggest team on the roster keeps on winning! Will they finally make their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships? Will the Guerrillas of Destiny even bother showing up to the bar?
PJ Black VS Bandido!
The Darewolf has said he’ll change his ways and do this right. Will humbling himself and playing by the rules help him make up for the loss? Or is the difference in skill just too much?
The Code of Honor is upheld and a bow is added and fans cheer. The bell rings and the two tie right up. Black waistlocks but Bandido reverses to a hammerlock but Black reverses right back to a snapmare. Black loops around for La Majistrol, ONE! Bandido facelocks but Black reverses to a wristlock. Bandido rolls and trips Black to get a toehold. Black works to pry free but Bandido drops to a cover, ONE! Black gets Bandido in a ghost pin, TWO! The two stand off and fans cheer. Black and Bandido circle again and tie up. Black spins to a keylock but Bandido bridges back. Bandido pulls himself to a headstand, then trips Black up. Bandido wants the leg again but Black headscissors. Black rushes and gets a wristlock but Bandido reverses. Black rolls and cartwheels to reverse back to a wristlock.
Fans cheer this exchange but it’s still going as Bandido handsprings to break free. Bandido aims his finger gun but Black wants him to calm down. Bandido says BANG but Black “catches the bullet”! Black draws his bow but Bandido “dodges the arrow”! Black headlocks Bandido but Bandido powers out, only for Black to run him over. Bandido knips right up but Black kicks low. Black headlocks but Bandido powers out. Black handsprings and arm-drags but Bandido arm-drags back. Bandido shows off his agility and core strength as he goes Matrix to then spring back up. Black runs at Bandido and handsprings through the hip toss to sweep the legs. Cover, ONE, and Bandido sweeps. Cover, ONE and Black deflects the dropkick.
Bandido dodges the back senton and aims his finger gun. Black gets up but gets the dropkick! Black bails out but fans fire up as Bandido builds speed. Bandido slides but Black dodges to slingshot. Bandido gets in under him but Black counter punches. Black springboards but Bandido dropkicks him down! Bandido builds speed again but Black returns to elbow him. Black wrenches and reels Bandido in for Bad Habits! It leads right to a ghost pin, TWO!! Bandido survives and bails out of the ring while we go to break.
ROH returns again as Black wrecks Bandido with a dropkick. Black skins the cat then slingshots for a plancha! Fans cheer and the Darewolf soaks it up. Black goes to the ring and to the top rope. Bandido hurries up and around the way, daring Black to come after him. Black hops down and builds speed, but he DIVES into Bandido’s kick! Bandido soaks up the cheers from the fans now, then drags Black from the ropes for a suplex to the floor! The ring count begins and Black rolls all the way away to barriers. Bandido takes aim from across the way as he climbs up top. Fans rally as Black returns, only to get a SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT!
Fans cheer Bandido on as he takes aim again, and runs in from across the way. Bandido cannonballs, but Black dodges to send him into the barriers! Both men are down as the count continues to climb, but both men slowly stand to start throwing hands! Black kicks and throws Bandido in at 14/20, but then runs into a right hand. He keeps returning the haymakers but Bandido keeps giving them. Black back kicks then front kicks then roundhouses! His jumping back kick takes Bandido down! Black hurries up top but Bandido stops him with an enziguri! Bandido climbs up now and we get flashbacks of their first match. Black knows that, too, and shoves Bandido down.
Bandido lands on the apron and springboards back up to SUPER STEINER, but Black rolls through! Black gives Bandido a STYLES CLASH! Cover, TWO!! Bandido survives and shocks the Darewolf! Black stomps Bandido out of frustration. Black drags Bandido up to whip but Bandido reverses. Bandido roundhouses but Black ducks to pump handle and scoop him up, for the Wellness Policy pop-up cutter! Cover, TWO!! Black is furious that Bandido survives again! Fans rally up as Black is careful of the mask. Black drags Bandido up for forearms but Bandido gives them back. They brawl, Black blocks a boot but gets elbows instead. Bandido rolls with Black and ties Black in a knot for a lift, modified cradle brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Black survives and now Bandido can’t believe it! Not only that, but we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more and Bandido climbs up again. Black stops him with a right then climbs up to join him. Black wants a superplex but Bandido holds on. Bandido fights back and pushes Black back down. Black returns fast to SUPER STEINER Bandido! Then he springboards to quebrada! Cover, TWO! Black still can’t believe he can’t put Bandido away. Black drags Bandido up again and throws forearms. He runs but Bandido follows to knee him against the ropes! Bandido runs but Black follows to roaring elbow! Black runs again but Bandido gets the SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Black lives, and suddenly catches Bandido for a crucifix pin! TWO, but Black gives Bandido a swift school boy kick! Fans rally up as both men slowly stir.
Black gets himself to a corner and drags himself up. Bandido sits up and fans are loving this. Bandido runs in at Black but gets a BOOT! Black skins the cat to the top rope an dleaps, DOUBLE STOMPS! High stack cover, TWO!! Black is beside himself as Bandido survives again. Black waits for Bandido as fans duel. Bandido gets up and Black runs in at him, but Bandido puts him up top. Black kicks Bandido but Bandido enziguris Black! Bandido climbs as Black still perches up top. Bandido has Black for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?! Black survives the C4?! Bandido keeps going and hops up, to MOONSAULT, into boots!
Black gets up, for the WOLFSAULT! Bandido dodges but Black rolls through, to run in, for Bandido to scoop him into the torture rack! Bandido pops Black up for the knee! Black staggers to ropes and Bandido loads up, 21 Plex!! Bridging cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
An instant classic for the main event goes the way of LifeBlood’s lucha bandit! Will Bandido find himself competing for gold on behalf of the stable?
But Bandido and Vegas give respect to Black. The Code of Honor is still upheld with a handshake, and “Both These Guys!” even bow. Will Black’s new attitude stick around and help him find his place in ROH?
Something went down backstage!
There’s all sorts of things thrown around the hall, but lying in the wreckage of a wooden table, that’s Tenille Dashwood! Who attacked Dashwood this time?! Bully Ray?! “What is it about bad things always seem to happen to good people?” Six months, Dashwood wanted to know who attacked her before. Does she know who he is? Bully Ray tells Tenille he’ll tell LifeBlood she said good-bye. Is this really the curtain call for Tenille in ROH?!
What an incredible episode! We got right to action with King VS Williams, that was a great opener. King still tried to cheat but thankfully it didn’t work, because it was getting old. King still wins since G1 Supercard has set him up as a future challenger. I assume King will have to wait until a Face takes the title off Taven because I don’t see Heel VS Heel happening, or working that well between Taven and King. Aldis VS Scurll for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is coming at the Crockett Cup, and I can’t be sure Scurll wins that. I’m still expecting for Scurll and Villain Enterprises to battle Taven and The Kingdom more over the ROH World Six Man Tag titles.
The Bouncers VS Reno Scum was a good match, but naturally the bigger team wins. And as I posed earlier, it’d be pretty fitting of GoD’s characters after G1 Supercard to dump those ROH titles for another team to pick them up. The Bouncers are still a top choice for those titles either way, but expect The Briscoes to come back for them, whether or not Jay & Mark win the Crockett Cup. Black VS Bandido II was truly incredible, almost too good for free television. This should’ve been for a title opportunity, though it might still do that, unofficially. A little surprised that Bandido wins but he’s more involved with ROH than Black at this point, so it makes sense. Bandido challenging for the ROH World TV Championship would be great, though I can’t be sure he’d be able to take it from Jeff Cobb.
And then perhaps the biggest story development in a long time, we finally learn who attacked Tenille Dashwood months ago, after she gets attacked again! Bully Ray getting some real good heat attacking a woman wrestler outta nowhere, though we obviously don’t see it because seeing it would be too much for TV. Tenille is of course done with ROH, and was back in March. Finally a month later, we see her last appearance on ROH TV. If she’d renewed with ROH, I would’ve expected this to turn into a one-time-only co-ed match where Tenille gets revenge on Bully, but guess not. Perhaps this leads to a bigger Bully VS Juice match so Juice can get revenge on her behalf, while putting LifeBlood over Bully’s crew of bullies.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Worlds Collide Results & Report! (4/24/19)
Worlds Collide with the WWE Women’s Division!
WWE Worlds Collide continues with the Women’s Division! The NXT UK Women’s Championship is on the line in a Triple Threat! Will it still be #ToniTime after?
- Candice LeRae VS Kay Lee Ray; LeRae wins.
- Piper Niven VS Zelina Vega; Niven wins.
- Io Shirai VS Sonya Deville; Deville wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Toni Storm VS Bianca Belair VS Nikki Cross; Storm wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT’s Mia Yim joins commentary!
The Head Baddie in Charge joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English in covering all the action!
Candice LeRae VS Kay Lee Ray!
Mrs. Wrestling represents NXT while KLR represents the NXT UK! Will the WWE Universe see LeRae or Lee Ray take the victory in NYC?
The bell rings and KLR circles with Candice while fans duel. The two tie up and KLR gets a wristlock. KLR shoulder breaks then yanks Candice, but Candice rolls to reverse the wrench. KLR spins to reverse it back to a hammerlock. Candice brings KLR down and reverses back! Fans cheer this technical exchange but KLR stomps Candice’s foot. KLR wrenches, shoulder breaks then yanks again. She reels Candice in for a headlock but Candice pries free. Candice gets the headlock and takeover, but KLR headscissors back. Fans rally and Candice pops out to a jackknife cover. TWO as KLR bridges but they both spin around. KLR wants a backslide or even Gory Bomb, but Candice sunset flips! TWO, and Candice Crucifix Drivers! Cover, TWO!
KLR boots Candice and grits her teeth as she CHOPS Candice hard! The snarky Scottish lass mocks the fans that cheer for Candice. KLR snapmares and rolls with Candice to kick her down, then covers, TWO! Candice gets to a corner but KLR goes after her with a suplex, for a gourd buster! Cover, TWO! KLR keeps on Candice with a seated stretch. KLR digs her knuckles into those ribs but Candice endures. Fans rally up again and Candice gets up, only to get a knee to the stomach. KLR whips but Candice dodges and tilt-o-whirls into the Octopus Stretch! Fans cheer Candice and want KLR to tap. Candice drives knees into KLR’s head but KLR stumbles to a ropebreak!
Candice lets go but keeps on KLR with a whip. KLR reverses and table tops Candice down to then drag her out. KLR spins Candice into the forearm shot! Then she drags Candice all the way out to whip, but Candice reverses and sends KLR into a post! Candice gets into the ring while KLR staggers about. Fans fire up with Candice as she builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit sends KLR into barriers, but fans encourage Candice to keep going. Candice obliges and DIVES again! She’s 2 for 2, she wants the hat trick! Candice DIVES and gets it! She puts KLR in then climbs up high to leap for double stomps! Cover, TWO!! KLR lives but Candice won’t let up.
Candice drags KLR into position and LIONSAULTS! But she flops as KLR dodges! KLR SUPERKICKS! KLR runs but into Candice’s forearm. Candice runs but KLR reels her in for a forearm to the back. KLR reels Candice in but Candice slips out of the Gory Bomb to enziguri! Both women are down but New York fires up! The ref starts a standing count and both women slowly stand. They get up at 9.5, and start throwing hands! Candice dodges to rally with forearms and elbows! KLR ends up in a corner and Candice runs in for a back elbow! Candice climbs but KLR kicks her back! KLR climbs to join Candice but Candice resists.
Candice clubs KLR back, then sunset flips, but KLR holds on! Candice dodges the punch to hit a SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! KLR surivives and fans are loving this great bit of “Women’s Wrestling!” Candice springboards but KLR trips her up, to SUPERKICK her in the back! Cover, TWO!! Candice lives and KLR is growing frustrated. KLR drags Candice back up as fans rally up. KLR fireman’s carry and pops up, but Candice hits a REVERSE-RANA! Neckbreaker and LIONSAULT! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
LeRae proves she can get it done against Lee Ray and at Wrestlemania Axxess! Will Mrs. Wrestling use this momentum to head for the NXT Women’s Championship?
Piper Niven VS Zelina Vega!
The Scottish Viper represents NXT UK while La Muneca represents both SmackDown and the WWE main roster! But who will represent with a victory?
The bell rings and Piper stands face to face with Zelina. And it’s clear who has the height advantage. But Zelina has a bigger attitude as she pushes Piper. Piper shoves back and knocks Zelina off her feet! Zelina seems to grin as she starts throwing forearms. Zelina runs, but Piper catches her and scoops. But Zelina slips out to kick away. That only angers Piper! Zelina baits her into a corner to drop toehold her into buckles! Zelina kicks Piper then chokes her on the ropes. The ref counts and Zelina backs off at 4 to soak up the heat. Zelina runs back in to Tiger Feint into a draping crossface! She lets go at 4 to then bulldog Piper down! Cover, TWO!
Zelina tells Piper she’s nothing, but then Piper grabs Zelina to throw her into buckles! Piper runs in but Zelina dodges. Zelina runs back in but is put on the apron. Zelina manages to forearm Piper away, then slip around to a waistlock. Piper elbows out but Zelina dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Zelina is shocked and furious but she goes after Piper with a dragon sleeper. Piper endures as Zelina has a behind-the-back grip. Zelina shows she’s smart but Piper shows she’s tough as she continues to endure. Zelina shifts to a normal sleeper but Piper makes her a backpack. Piper bumps Zelina against buckles then throws her off.
Zelina runs away but Piper rallies with double ax handles. Piper scoops Zelina to slam her down! Then she drops the big senton! And the basement crossbody! But Piper’s still not done with Zelina as she drags Zelina to a drop zone. Piper climbs up and fans fire up, but Zelina avoids the Vader Bomb to hit a code breaker! Zelina borrows from El Idolo for Cien Knees! But Piper is dead weight! Zelina has to drag her out, TWO!! Piper survives and Zelina is furious! Zelina climbs up high, moonsault, but she flops! Piper scoops for the Michinoku Driver! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
The Scottish Viper strikes and is victorious! Will this help Piper climb the NXT UK ranks to challenge the champion? But with that title on the line later on, who will that NXT UK Women’s Champion even be?
Io Shirai VS Sonya Deville!
The Genius of the Sky represents NXT while Fire & Desire’s Gladiator Gal represents SmackDown and the WWE main roster! Shirai wants after Shayna and the NXT Women’s Championship while Sonya wants after the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Who will use this win to take a step closer to gold?
The bell rings and fans rally up already. The two tie up and Sonya powers Shirai to ropes. Sonya grinds her forearm on Shirai’s face then pushes her around. Shirai comes back and fans are strongly on her side. Sonya rushes in to waistlock but Shirai drop toeholds Sonya down. Shirai gets up and shrugs at Sonya. Sonya gets up with a scowl and gives Shirai a swift kick on the leg. Shirai throws forearms but Sonya throws fast hands! Sonya whips but Shirai ducks and handsprings! Sonya gets clear of that but not the dropkick! Fans fire up with Shirai as she blocks Sonya’s punch to double CHOP! Shirai CHOPS Sonya to a corner then whips her corner to corner. Sonya reverses but Shirai hops up fast. Shirai boots but Sonya blocks to yank Shirai down! Cover, TWO!
Shirai scrambles to a corner but Sonya puts her hair up, time to square up! Sonya kicks away on Shirai then clubs her down. Cover, TWO! Sonya grows frustrated while fans rally up. Sonya reels Shirai into a body scissors and pulls Shirai’s hair. The ref counts and Sonya lets the hair go but goes for a chinlock. Sonya slaps and clubs away on Shirai then turns to lean more weight on her. Shirai sits up but Sonya grabs the arm for a keylock. Shirai pries her arm free but Sonya puts another chinlock on. Fans rally and Shirai manages to make it a cover. ONE and Sonya lets Shirai go, to then roundhouse Shirai down! Sonya stands on Shirai for a cocky cover, TWO! Sonya puts Shirai on the ropes to grind the ribs but she throws Shirai back down at the ref’s count.
Fans sing for Shirai but Sonya mocks them before putting Shirai in the body scissors again. Shirai endures but Sonya pulls her hair again. Sonya lets go to then SLAP Shirai on the back. Sonya squeezes tighter but Shirari gets a ropebreak. The ref counts and Sonya lets go at 4, but then drags her over to drop an elbow, and then another. Cover, TWO! Shirai crawls but Sonya brings her up. Shirai throws hands but Sonya throws kicks and knees. Sonya drags Shirai up and snapmares her hard, to then hit the sliding wizard! Cover, TWO! Shirai survives and Sonya grows frustrated. Fans rally and duel as Shirai kicks Sonya away. Sonya hammers away then drags Shirai up. Sonya wraps Shirai in a chinlock but Shirai endures.
Fans rally up and Shirai fights. Sonya becomes a backpack with that sleeper, but Shirai powers up to back Sonya into buckles. Shirai breaks free after a few more, then ducks the running enziguri! Shirai roars and rallies and Sonya flounders. Sonya ends up on the ropes, Tiger Feint! Shirai climbs and leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Sonya survives and Shirai grows frustrated. Shirai CHOPS Sonya on the leg then drags her up in a waistlock. Sonya resists and elbows out. Sonya kicks but Shirai dodges, only to get an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Sonya drags Shirai up and fires off more kicks and knees. Shirai goes Matrix to school girl, TWO, but she hits Sonya with a SHOTEI!
Shirai uses a spinebuster into the drop zone, and then climbs up top. ASAI MOONSAULT, but Sonya gets clear! Shirai rolls through but Sonya SPEARS!! Sonya high stacks, Sonya wins!!
Winner: Sonya Deville, by pinfall
The Jersey Devil defeats the Genius of the Sky! Maybe it’s an upset, maybe it’s the different between main roster and NXT or maybe it’s the difference of MMA and pro-wrestling. But whatever it was, Sonya still won. Will this lead Sonya to a title match on SmackDown? Can Shirai rebound and prove she’s worthy of a title match in her own right?
NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Toni Storm VS Bianca Belair VS Nikki Cross!
The Lightning from Down Under obviously represents NXT UK as she holds the gold. But she’s going up against both NXT’s EST and WWE SmackDown’s Loony Lass. Will it still be #ToniTime after Worlds Collide? Or will someone else take the title with them to their brand?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this crazy crossover main event!
Nikki chooses to go after Bianca and Toni by herself! She dropkicks Bianca then headbutts Toni. Nikki whips Toni but Toni reverses and sends Nikki at Bianca. Bianca catches Nikki and throws her with a Fall Away Slam! Bianca and Toni are now alone and the fans really like this match-up. Toni offers a handshake and Bianca says “kiss this.” Toni laughs it off and they tie up. Bianca gets the wristlock but Toni spins and bends and handsprings to slap and kick Bianca. Toni runs and sees Bianca drop down, so she redirects herself to dropkick Bianca down! Cover, but Nikki runs in so Toni bails to get clear. Nikki shoves Toni while Bianca rolls out of the ring.
Nikki double chops Toni then runs back in. Toni puts Nikki on the apron. Nikki shoulders and kicks her way back in, but Bianca yanks her down hard. Nikki goes after Bianca for that and trips HER up! Then she traps Bianca in the apron to club away! Finlay would be proud. Toni runs in but Nikki intercepts with a haymaker. Now Nikki has two for one as she puts Toni in the apron! Nikki clubs away then fires up. Toni and Bianca flop out of the skirt and Nikki puts them both back in! Nikki climbs and leaps! Bianca gets clear but the crossbody cover on Toni! BIanca breaks it just in time! She chicken wings Nikki to slam her onto Toni! But wait that’s a cover! Bianca shoves Nikki off Toni in time to then cover Toni herself. TWO, but Bianca keeps her cool.
Nikki rolls out while fans rally for Toni. Bianca clubs Toni and puts her in a corner for a mudhole stomp. Bianca reels Toni out for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Toni survives but Bianca keeps cool. Bianca sits Toni up and slaps her around. She dares Toni to fight so Toni fights. Bianca clubs Toni but Nikki returns to hop on! Nikki has a sleeper but Bianca drops back for a backpack senton! All three women are down but the fans rally up. Bianca and Nikki get to opposite corners, so Toni starts a hip attack train! Toni goes back and forth again and again for four! Toni underhooks Nikki but Nikki reverses. Bianca runs and double SPEARS! The three women are down again and fans rally back up.
Bianca covers Nikki, TWO! Bianca covers Toni, TWO! She goes back to Nikki and drags her up. She torture racks, KoD! Cover, but Toni breaks it! Toni and Bianca go after each other as fans duel. They throw forearms back and forth but Toni gets the edge. Bianca comes back for more then shoves to ROCK Toni! Toni staggers to a corner and Bianca runs in, but Toni sends her into the post! Toni rolls Bianca, TWO! HEADBUTT! Nikki cradles Toni, TWO!! Nikki almost caught Toni! Toni scoops but Nikki slips out for an inverted DDT, TWO!! Nikki grows frustrated as she’s so close yet so far from the title. She fires up and climbs up top, but Bianca goes up. Nikki kicks Bianca all the way down, then leaps at Toni! Toni gets clear and Nikki flops! Toni drags Nikki up, double underhooks, Storm Zero! Cover, Toni wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion
That match was as quick as lightning, but it is the Lightning from Down Under that strikes! Toni Time continues, but who will be next to challenge her for that title?
A good third part to the Worlds Collide event, but boy, it sure ended up being more like NXT, NXT UK & SmackDown collides. The Shake-Up would have put Zelina on Raw but things changed and she’s back on SmackDown. Of course, she was on SmackDown before so it was going to be that way anyway. Zelina did well against Piper, and while I didn’t want to make it about size, it came down to size. But at the same time, Piper wins to keep herself strong in the NXT UK Division, since Zelina isn’t really doing much on the main roster. Candice VS KLR was great, especially as an opener. Both women are potential contenders on their brands, so it was good for Candice to get this win here just so the fans can see she’s still good enough.
Shirai VS Sonya was great, but I was very surprised to see Sonya won! I can’t be sure why, though Worlds Collide doesn’t really impact much. I suppose Sonya can’t keep losing or else she won’t seem strong enough for SmackDown. Mia Yim establishes on commentary that she strongly dislikes MMA-turned-wrestler types like Sonya, which of course includes Shayna, Jessamyn and Marina of the MMA Horsewomen, so that’s good character development for her. And then the Triple Threat main event was short but fast and really good. But given it was short and this is Worlds Collide where Toni was against two superstars from other brands, naturally Toni would retain the NXT UK Women’s Championship to bring it back to NXT UK.
My Score: 8/10
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