WWE history could be made tonight!
With both her titles on the line in one night, will Becky Two Belts have even one belt by the end? Will Kofi Kingston prove himself a worthy WWE Champion? And who will be Mr. and Ms. Money in the Bank?
- Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos; The Usos win.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Bayley wins and is Ms. MITB 2019.
- WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon VS The Miz; Shane wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese VS Ariya Daivari; Nese wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley; Bayley wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- Roman Reigns VS Elias; Reigns wins.
- WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
- Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS ???; No Contest.
- WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Brock Lesnar wins and is Mr. MITB 2019.
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It’s the WWE MITB Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Sam Roberts as they catch everyone up and make their predictions for tonight’s PPV!
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!
The only double champion in the WWE today defends both belts tonight. She was put through a table during the dual contract signing by both her opponents. Is this the end of Becky Two Belts already? What we saw on Raw was a pair of jackals taking her down because those two clowns know they can’t win alone. Tonight, Becky just evens the odds and The Southern Belle learns it’s a different thing facing The Man alone. That need to prove yourself will be Lacey Evans’ downfall. And Becky don’t need to be reminded what she’s up against. The right road isn’t the easy one when you’re blazing trails.
Becky isn’t here to have plentiful reigns, but meaningful reigns. She knows she has two rosters full of women aiming for her. But the Double Champ dishes out double beatings, because that’s what happens when the Man comes around. There’s still fire in the Lass Kicker, will she be kicking double the lass all over again tonight?
Lacey Evans speaks.
“Becky Two Belts? More like Becky Big Mouth, if you ask me.” She talks so much trash, but the longer trash sits, the longer it rots. Then you bag it up and take it to the curb. That’s where Becky will end up if it’s up to Lacey. Becky can talk all she wants, but it’ll be all the sweeter when Lacey wins. And then Becky’s night goes from bad to worse when Charlotte Flair takes her turn and completes the sweep so that Becky realizes a Man is no match for a Queen and a Lady. Is the Sassy Southern Belle talking too much trash herself? Or is she on the right side of this MITB gamble?
Nikki Cross speaks.
“When I was growing up, I was always the outcast. Always picked on, always the last one chosen.” And then Alexa Bliss made Nikki feel like she was important. Nikki will give Alexa a chance as a friend. It saddens Nikki that Alexa cant’ compete, but Nikki makes her own luck tonight. She’ll be just like The Goddess, so #LetNikkiPlay, and #LetNikkiWin!
WWE Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix, joins the panel!
The Glamazon tags in for Otunga, but she’s not the only one. Sonya Deville is here to speak on the Women’s MITB and her friend, Mandy Rose. The two had to decide who would enter for SmackDown, but it wasn’t a tough choice for Sonya. She as a confident woman knows when to step up, and when to step back. But isn’t there concern that Mandy won’t win because she’s inexperienced? Not when Mandy has been a great talent in first-evers like her first Womens’ Rumble and her first Women’s Tag Chamber. Then does Sonya really have Mandy’s back should she win tonight? Of course! But then Zelina Vega comes by. Why are we talking to Sonya? Why is Zelina here?! Does Zelina even compete? Sonya gave up her spot because she’s a good friend, unlike Zelina. Zelina is just Andrade Almas’ mouthpiece!
Coach keeps the arguing down, and wants to ask questions. But Sonya says Zelina started this while Zelina goes on about Almas. Coach has things move on, because we have in-ring action!
WWE MITB Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos!
The new Wild Card Rule makes this match possible, and is also why this match is happening. Jimmy & Jey were upset Shane McMahon was just simply handing “The Planet’s Tag Team Champions” those SmackDown Tag Team titles. The two teams competed over the belts, and the Usos lost! Now they have a rematch, just to settle a score! Will the Uso Penitentiary coming to Money in the Bank?
The Usos again say , “Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Whoa! … Whoa!” Because tag teams are kicking off things. It’s Usos VS “Spongebob and Patrick!” They sing the theme song. But it’s time for Hartford to enter the Uso Penitentiary! The teams sort out, and Bryan starts against Jimmy.
Fans rally behind Jimmy with “Uce! O!” Jimmy and Bryan tie up and Bryan gets a headlock. Jimmy powers out but Bryan runs him over. Things speed up and Bryan kicks Jimmy. But Jimmy dodges the next kick to CHOP away on Bryan! Tag to Jey and Jey throws uppercuts. Jey snapmares to a cover, TWO! Jey brings Bryan around for more CHOPS but Rowan tags in. Rowan attacks but Jey sunset flips. Rowan blocks and shoves but things speed up and Rowan crossbodies Jey down! The Big Redwood roars while we go picture in picture.
Rowan scrapes Jey out of the ring and keeps the ref busy while Bryan bumps Jey off the apron. Bryan feeds Jey to Rowan for a springboard knee. Rowan rips off Jey’s shirt and tosses it to the fans! Rowan scoop slams Jey while we return to single picture, then drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Rowan keeps on Jey and tags in Bryan. Bryan kicks Jey down then bumps him off buckles. Bryan gives Jey CHOPS and more buckle bumps. He CHOPS Jey in the Planet’s Corner but Jey fights back! Bryan trips Jey and tags Rowan. Rowan drops an elbow then covers, TWO! Rowan drags Jey up to drive a knee into his back. He then puts Jey in the fist vice! Jey endures the squeeze on his head but fans rally up. Rowan shifts to a neck wrench and Jey powers towards his corner.
Rowan clubs Jey down then suplexes him away from Jimmy! Then he hits Jimmy just because! Rowan tags Bryan and Bryan takes his time going after Jey’s legs. Bryan hooks them and fish hooks Jey’s face! He lets up at the ref’s count, but then does it again. He lets go again and stomps the knees. Jey scrambles to an open corner but Bryan is on him with CHOPS! Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! And then another! He keeps going, but gets caught into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down but fans fire up! Jey and Bryan crawl, tag to Rowan. Rowan misses and gets post! Jey tags in Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Rowan with a rain of rights. Rowan shoves him away but he comes right back! Another shove, but Jimmy mule kicks and uppercuts. He tries to lift Rowan but Rowan slips out.
Rowan suplexes but Jimmy slips out and boots him away. Jimmy goes up, Whisper in the Wind! Cover, ONE!! And Jimmy ends up outside on the apron! Jimmy kicks Rowan away then climbs up fast. He leaps, but into Rowan’s arms! Rowan pops Jimmy up for a jackhammer! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and we go picture in picture again.
Rowan shakes his head, but keeps his cool. He drags Jimmy back up and onto the top rope. He clubs away on Jimmy then climbs up to join him. Jey returns and tags in! Jey helps Jimmy fight Rowan up top, but Rowan gives them each headbutts. Rowan makes the brothers bump heads, then grabs them both! We’re single picture again as Rowan wants and gets a DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Bryan returns and calls Rowan over. Rowan tags Bryan and Bryan stalks Jey. Fans boo as Bryan starts giving Jey No Kicks! Bryan kicks and kicks, but Jey ducks the buzzsaw! Dragon whip enziguri! Bryan roundhouses, Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey hurries up top, leaps, Uso Splash ends up in the LaBell Lock!! Bryan has Jey stuck, but Jey flails and reaches! Jey drags himself, but Jimmy saves him!
Rowan goes after Jimmy and tosses him out. But Jimmy dumps Rowan out, and DIVES! Only to be caught in the claws! Jey DIVES, but into the claws! SUPERKICK from Jimmy, SUPERKICK from Jey, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Usos both run, and DOUBLE DIVE! They take Rowan out! Fans are fired up but Bryan DIVES, into SUPERKICKS! Jey tags Jimmy and they each climb up. They both leap at Bryan, the Double Uce! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy by pinfall
The Usos still have all division on #LockDown! Will they use the Wild Card to get the SmackDown Tag titles back even though they’re Raw superstars?
WWE and wrestling fans mourn the loss of Ashley Massaro.
A golden WWE tradition returns.
This PPV will again have a Men’s and Women’s MITB Ladder Match. 81% of winners have successfully “cashed in” to become a champion. But what are the odds of a dual champion staying a dual champion when she’s doubling down? What are the odds a Beastslayer defeats the Phenomenal One? What are the odds of an underdog champion proving he’s worthy? And what price will the McMahons pay for upsetting both an A-Lister and a Big Dog?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!
Naomi is ready to float like a firefly and sting like a Bumble Bee (Teen Titans, that is). But Nikki Cross is ready to play, Dana Brooke is ready to take her turn, and The Queen of Harts is the best there is, was and ever will be. But will any of Raw’s women take it? Or will SmackDown win with the Golden Goddess, the War Goddess, the Huggable or the OG Ms. MITB?
All eight women stare at the briefcase as the bell rings. And then chaos breaks loose! Bayley has Naomi, Natty has Mandy and Carmella has Dana, until Nikki drags her out! Nikki gets Carmella and then Dana in the apron! Bayley tosses Ember out while Nikki brings in the first ladder! Nikki rams four women at once! And then becomes a crazy copter! She hits Natty and Mandy, and even Bayley! Naomi gets decked, too! Mandy again! But Dana comes in and dropkicks Nikki down! Ember and Dana both go after the ladder and it’s tug-o-war. So Ember uses it to ram Dana into a corner! But Nikki jumps on Ember with a thrashing sleeper hold. Ember backpack sentons Nikki on the ladder! Mandy throws Nikki out then gives Dana a Kiss from a Rose!
But Carmella yanks Mandy off the top rope! Mandy takes a tumble and Carmella takes the ladder. Natty puts in another ladder, but Carmella spots her. Carmella shoves Natty into her own ladder! Natty hits back and then swings Carmella into the ladder! Carmella kisses the steel, but then Naomi runs in. Natty catapults Naomi but she lands on the rungs! Naomi enziguris Natty down! Then she throws Carmella out. Mandy has a ladder, but Naomi takes it from her. Naomi swings but into a gut wrench suplex! Mandy soaks up the heat but Bayley rams her with a ladder. Bayley is all alone and stands the ladder up. But Ember stops her and they fight over the ladder. Dana copies Becky Lynch from last year and climbs anyway!
Carmella yanks Dana off and then shoves the ladder into Bayley and Ember. The ladder smacks Bayley in the hip, and Carmella adds on with a FABULOUS Kick! Carmella eyes “Frankie” but Mandy returns to kick out Carmella’s leg! Mandy stalks Carmella but Carmella slaps her away. Ember rocks Mandy with a right! Dana and Ember each go for ladders but so do Nikki and Bayley. Naomi also returns and everyone wants a ladder. Naomi hops ladder to ladder to dropkick Mandy to a ladder! But then Nikki and Ember run at Naomi! She slides under, but finds herself caught. Naomi does the splits and the ladder foursome collides! Natty returns while Carmella has medics check her knee. Natty sits Naomi on the ladder, then walks all over her! But Bayley throws Natty into the corner ladder!
Bayley elbows Naomi down, but Nikki drags up one of the ladders. Bayley bulldogs Nikki on the steel! She toughs otu her own bad leg but Dana pushes her down. Dana drags Bayley into buckles but Ember has Dana with a bac kick to boot. Ember runs but Dana dodges. Dana scoops and slams Ember on the ladder, then has her in a special Tree of Woe! Fans fire up for the handspring back elbow! Dana dumps Ember out then goes back to Bayley. She throws hands on Bayley but Bayley hits back. Dana kicks but Bayley blocks and knees like a boss! Bayley sunset flip bombs Dana onto the ladder! Everyone is down, but Bayley sees the briefcase. Bayley drags the tallest ladder up and over to be right under the briefcase. She stands it up but Mandy returns.
Mandy and Natty sandwich Bayley inside the ladder! And again! And a third time! Bayley finally falls over, but Naomi returns. The ladder stands again while Naomi gives Bayley some Starship Pain! Natty and Mandy fight over the ladder but Nikki SPEARS Natty from underneath! Naomi climbs! But Ember and Nikki stop her! Code Breaker for Naomi! Ember gets Nikki but Nikki throat chops back. Nikki gives Ember the Purge! But Dana sneaks back in and tips the ladder over on Nikki! Nikki is down and fans are fired up as Dana is all alone! Dana stands the ladder back up and starts climbing! But Mandy returns again! Mandy catches up to Dana and fights as Dana has the clip. Dana swings on the chain!! Dana flails but Mandy grabs her. Mandy gets Dana back on the ladder and they both fight for position!
Dana bumps Mandy off the ladder and Bayley yanks her off! Naomi and Bayley hurry after Dana, but Nikki scrambles up, too! Nikki grabs at the chain but everyone is fighting. Natty tips everyone off!! But wait, Ember aims at Natty, SUPER ECLIPSE!! A total Eclipse of the (Neid)hart! Fans are thunderous while losing their minds! The Shenom is all alone, with one ladder nearby! But Mandy stops her with a back suplex. Ember lands on her feet but Mandy kicks low. Mandy underhooks and lifts Ember, Pedigree on a ladder! Mandy pushes that ladder aside to go back to the tallest one. She stands it up, climbs it, but wait? Mella is back?! Mella doesn’t care she has a bad leg, she won’t let Mandy do this. Mandy runs at Carmella but gets a forearm! And bumps off rungs!
Carmella shows no mercy as she throws Mandy all around! FABULOUS Kick takes Mandy down! Carmella hobbles into the ring and to that ladder, but as she climbs, Sonya Deville interferes! Sonya won’t let Carmella win, she SPEARS Carmella down! And then she positions the ladder? Sonya fetches Mandy to get her in the ring! Fans boo as Sonya basically parallels James Ellsworth for Carmella! Sonya literally carries Mandy up the ladder! Mandy revives and climbs the rest of the way, and gets her hands on the briefcase! But Bayley gets up and stares them both down. And then shoves them both down, too! Bayley grabs the briefcase, and takes it down! Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley; Ms. Money in the Bank 2019
The Huggable Bayley did it, and she did it all by herself! A former Raw Women’s Champion, the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, and now Ms. MITB! As a SmackDown Superstar, could this contract make Bayley WWE’s first Women’s Triple Crown Champion!?
Charly Caruso interviews Bayley in the ring, and congratulates her. Bayley’s a step closer to becoming another WWE Women’s Champion. She and Sasha were the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. The team got split up in the Shake-Up, but Bayley is going to prove a point. She wants to remind everyone what she’s capable of. And everyone sees that now! She’s not #JustBayley, she’s Ms. MITB!
Triple H is backstage!
And he’s on the phone. He’s loving how the night’s going already. Bayley winning that contract, just- Sami Zayn wants to talk with HHH. Or rather, he wants to talk with Shane. Well Shane’s getting ready for that cage match. But this is important. HHH is upset he’s being interrupted, but Sami says the WWE has a big problem. Sami reminds HHH that he won against Braun Strowman to win his way into the Men’s MITB, but Strowman is coming for payback! Sami just knows it! But he can’t relax because of the fear of Strowman.
HHH tells Sami to breathe. Sami just says there’s a lot of concern that Strowman will do something. HHH will alleviate that concern: Strowman was banned from the building. Okay, then, can there be further protection? If Sami wants protection, tape up your hands and leave the office. Thanks for stopping by. Sami is rightfully fearful for his life after screwing Strowman out of the MITB ladder match. Will he be able to focus on the golden opportunity?
WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio!
The first time around, it was a one-minute shocker at Wrestlemania where the Destroyer dispatched the King of Lucha Libre. In the non-title rematch, Mysterio got even with Joe and that left Joe very upset. Finally, a tiebreaker with the title on the line will decide which man is really better. Will Mysterio make his familia proud? Or will Joe embarrass Papi in front of Dominique all over again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this rubber match!
Mysterio fires off hands but Joe kicks the leg! Joe kicks again and has Mysterio in a corner. Fans duel while Joe lets Mysterio get back up. Mysterio dodges and kicks back! Mysterio runs and slides then huricanranas Joe around! He fires hands on Joe but Joe shoves him away. Joe puts Mysterio on the apron but Mysterio kicks back. Mysterio springboards for a seated senton! Joe checks his nose but Mysterio fires off more kicks and punches. Joe hits back and scoops but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio gets knees and a CHOP! Joe ignores his bloody nose as he drags Mysterio up for a pomb, but Mysterio huricanranas! Cover, Mysterio wins!?
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion
Dominique cheers backstage as his father finally gets his WWE Grand Slam! But Joe is as shocked as Mysterio! Did Joe have his shoulders up? Did the referee make an awful mistake? Will Mysterio give Joe a rematch?
Mysterio gets back in the ring and Dominique comes out to join him. Father and son celebrate together as they walk back up the ramp. But then Joe attacks!! Joe headbutts away on Mysterio and puts Mysterio back in the ring! Joe drags Mysterio up for a HUGE urenage! A bloody and angry Destroyer grins at Mysterio, but then eyes Dominique. Joe drags Mysterio up again to make Dominique watch a second urenage! Dominique isn’t sure what to do, but Joe tells him to figure out something. Dominique goes to his dad, but Joe drops a senton on Mysterio! Joe leaves and Dominique goes to his father’s side. Will Mysterio have a reason to give Joe a rematch?
Braun Strowman ignores the building ban!
He throws whatever he can get his hands on as far as it’ll fly! The Monster Among Men is hunting for Sami Zayn! He intimidates a WWE employee but he has no idea where Sami is! Strowman spares this poor man as his hunt continues. Will Strowman find Sami before Sami #GetsTheseHands on the MITB contract?
Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon VS The Miz!
They were once the Best Tag Team in the World, and certainly in the WWE. But then one loss and Shane O’Mac snapped! He betrayed his partner and attacked Papa Miz! Wrestlemania’s Falls Count Anywhere clearly didn’t settle anything as Shane rubbed in his victory and the assault on Miz’s father. But now, instead of fighting all over the arena, they’ll be trapped inside a steel structure! Will Shane run away again? Or will he man up and fight Miz in the cage?
The door is closed and the bell rings! Shane immediately hurries up to a wall! Miz drags Shane down to the mat then tackles him down! Miz rains down hands but Shane pushes him away. Shane runs away but Miz stops him again. Miz throws Shane at a wall, but Shane uses it to climb! Miz again has to yank Shane down, and then throws It Kicks into a corner. He kicks and kicks and kicks and fans fire up as Miz throws Shane down. Miz kicks Shane in the back, then circles him like a shark. He throws more kicks, taunting Shane between them. Shane sits back up, only to get more kicks! Miz takes aim but Shane powerbombs him into a wall! Shane kicks Miz while he’s down now, grinding him into the steel.
Miz drags himself up but Shane kicks him back down. Shane throws body shots and jabs now, then kicks of his own. Shane bumps Miz off the steel then clubs him down between the ropes. He Oklahoma Rolls Miz, TWO! Shane throws hands again, then big knees. Shane throws Miz face first into steel! He boots Miz down then kicks him while he’s down. Shane throws Miz into the cage again, then lifts Miz in a torture rack, for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps his cool as he stalks Miz. He toys with Miz while fans boo and jeer. Shane puts Miz in a corner for a mudhole stomp, then he goes to the adjacent corner. He climbs up and takes aim, Coast2Coast gets caught! Into the Figure Four! Miz shouts out to Ric Flair with this one!
Shane endures and flails, then grabs a rope, but there are no ropebreaks! Shane uses that to drag himself to the door! The door opens but Miz lets go to drag Shane back! Shane kicks away on Miz and gets free! But Miz grabs him just in time! Miz drags Shane back inside, but Shane’s managed to get a chair?! Shane swings but Miz boots him down! Both men are down with the chair between them. Shane and Miz both see the chair, but also the door. Fans know “Miz is Awesome!” as he gets the chair! Shane begs for mercy, and even apologizes! But Miz doesn’t care, and he SMACKS Shane! Miz makes sure the door is closed as he gives Shane another SMACK! Shane crawls to the door but Miz slams it on his head! Miz SMACKS Shane with another chair shot, then another! And another! And another!
Miz taunts Shane as he SMACKS away! “You had enough? Nah, you ain’t had enough.” Miz circles Shane and fans want “One More Time!” He obliges, with another SMACK! Shane crawls but Miz drags him back up. Miz gives Shane a Skull Crushing Finale on the chair!! Cover, ropebreak?! But no, no! There aren’t ropebreaks in a cage match, right?! What is wrong with this ref? Unless… Is this ref kissing up to Shane? Fans call BS while Miz goes after Shane again. Miz puts Shane in a corner and on the top rope. Miz climbs up to hoist Shane back up. Shane fights off and arm-drags Miz down! Shane drags himself back up but fans rally for Miz. Miz is motionless while Shane climbs up. Shane reaches the top as Miz revives! Miz uses the chair to SMACK Shane’s leg! Shane stops and Miz catches up to him!
Miz grabs Shane and throws haymakers. Miz sits on the top with Shane and throws haymakers! Shane resists as Miz drags him back over. Miz has Shane stuck, and bumps him off the cage! And then dumps him down! To drop a splash! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives on his own this time! And gets a triangle hold on Miz! Miz flails but there’s no ropebreaks for him. Shane cranks back hard but Miz refuses to give in! Fans rally and Miz bridges back to a cover, TWO! Shane crawls away to the door, but Miz revives to stop him again! Miz drags Shane in, and catapults him into steel, but Shane uses it again! Shane’s up top but Miz hurries to stop him!
Shane is halfway again, and Miz has a sinister idea. Flashbacks to Wrestlemania as Miz pulls on Shane. Shane fights for his life as Miz keeps pulling. Shane slips out and out of his shirt! He hits the floor, and wins!!
Winner: Shane McMahon, by escape
Shane literally escapes and survives! Miz glares down at Shane, because this settles nothing! Will Shane run away to avoid the trilogy?
Mick Foley will return to Monday Night Raw with a huge announcement!
The Hardcore Legend is introducing WWE’s newest championship! What could it be? Or is it really a classic being revived with a new look? Only Foley knows!
HHH hurries backstage!
Something bad happened, and it involves Sami Zayn! He’s stuck upside-down on a wall! Cameras, get outta here! HHH and WWE have an emergency, but is Strowman really to blame?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese VS Ariya Daivari!
The Cruiserweight Division returns to a PPV main card! But that aside, the Premier Athlete wants to prove he isn’t champion because he took it easy. He’s kept himself competing even after earning the title, and now he’ll make the Privileged Persian Lion earn it, too! Will Daivari Dinero hit the jackpot on MITB night? Or will Nese show him the power of perseverance?
The introductions are made, with Daivari driving in to the arena in a Mercedes Benz, and the title is raised as we begin this big money Cruiserweight match!
The two circle, and tie up. Daivari powers Nese to a corner but backs off to get in sucker punches! He jabs and kicks but Nese hits back. Daivari haymakers and whips Nese corner to corner but Nese stops himself. Nese elbows and moonsaults but Daivari gets clear. Nese goes Matrix to mule kick and knee lift. Daivari jumps the sweep but Nese dodges the buzzsaw to get the sweep anyway. Nese drops a leg and covers, TWO! Nese keeps on Daivari but Daivari jawbreakers back. Daivari whips but Nese reverses to hotshot Daivari down! Nese triangle moonsaults but lands on his feet as Daivari dodges. Daivari puts Nese on the apron and then grinds his face on the ropes! The ref reprimands Daivari but the damage is down.
Daivari dumps Nese back into the ring then trash talks in Farsi. Daivari bobs ‘n’ weaves with a blind Nese then clobbers him with haymakers. Nese gets to a corner but Daivari is on him with a hard corner to corner whip. Nese hits buckles and drops to the mat but Daivari grins as he looms over the champion. Daivari drags Nese up but Nese hits back. Daivari knees low then back suplexes, but Nese lands on his stomach. Nese crawls but Daivari stomps him. Daivari grabs both legs but Nese fights the turn. Daivari still gets Nese in the inverted Crab! Nese endures and crawls, then rolls to send Daivari into buckles! The ref checks on Daivari while Nese gets to the opposite side. Daivari hurries after Nese but gets a big left hand.
Nese bobs ‘n’ weaves and snapmares Daivari to boot and heel kick him down! Nese knips up and runs at Daivari in the corner. Daivari takes the back elbow but he tosses Nese to the apron. Nese kicks Daivari down then triangle moonsaults again, to hit it! Cover, TWO! Daivari lives but Nese keeps his cool. Nese drags Daivari up and pump handles, but Daivari fights him off. Nese CHOPS back but Daivari reels him in for a full nelson spin, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives and Daivari grows frustrated. Daivari sneers at Nese as he drags him back up. Fans rally as Nese CHOPS Daivari agani. Daivari grabs the beard but Nese shoves and forearms him back! Nese runs but into Daivari’s leaping knee!
Daivari whips but Nese slides under to pump handle! Daivari slips out and dodges to rondhouse Nese back! He puts Nese on the top rope and crosses the arms. But Nese holds on with his strong legs! Daivari CHOPS Nese again and again until Nese is in a Tree of Woe on the outside! Daivari stomps Nese out of the Tree and to the floor! He pursues Nese but Nese shoves him away. Nese runs back but is put on the apron. Nese cartwheels and rocks Daivari! He puts Daivari in and climbs up high. Daivari intercepts, crosses the arms for an arm-drag bomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese still lives and Daivari grows frustrated.
Daivari drags Nese up again, hammerlocks and swings, but Nese dodges to roll up! TWO, but Nese tosses Daivari out to FLY! A Premier Flop takes out Daivari, but Nese keeps going! He puts Daivari in, climbs up, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Now Daivari survives and Nese is shocked! But Daivari is in a corner. Nese runs side to side but gets a SUPERKICK! Daivari hops up, Lion Splash! But no cover, hammerlock to Lion’s Lariat!! Cover, TWO!? Nese survives Daivari’s best move!? Daivari is furious as he climbs up top. Nese SHORYUKENS and SUPER STEINERS! Daivari ends up in a corner and Nese runs, Premier Knee! Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Daivari brought the fight, but Nese won it! The Premier Era continues, but how much harder will it get for him from now on?
HHH confronts Braun Strowman.
Obviously the Monster Among Men is the number one suspect in attacking Sami Zayn. But this isn’t going to get his spot in the MITB Ladder match back. Strowman has no idea what HHH is talking about. The attack on Sami! That wasn’t Strowman. HHH won’t argue about it, and won’t ask anyone to escort or arrest Strowman. But as his boss, HHH needs Strowman to leave. “Whatever, man.” Strowman actually obeys, but if he didn’t do that to Sami, then who did?
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans!
And so the Champ Champ’s night begins! She owes the Sassy Southern Belle for several sucker punches, that contract signing beating from Monday, and just that generally judgmental attitude. Will The Man deny the Woman’s Right to the Raw Women’s title? Or will Becky Two Belts go down to one belt going into her match with Charlotte later on?
The introductions are made, the red brand’s belt is raised, and we begin The Man’s first match!
Fans chant for “Becky Two Belts!” but Lacey covers her ears. Becky and Lacey circle then Becky dropkicks Lacey to a corner! Becky fires off stomps but backs off to throw Lacey down. Lacey flounders but Becky dropkicks her back down! Becky drags Lacey up for a waistlock slam, but then Lacey crawls out of the ring. Becky builds speed to wreck Lacey with a dropkick! Fans cheer but Lacey hits Becky back. Lacey whips but Becky reverses to send her into barriers! Becky stalks Lacey to club and elbow her. Lacey shoves Becky then tries to run away through the fans! Becky stops her and throws her at the apron. Becky puts Lacey back in and stalks her to a corner.
Lacey yanks Becky at buckles but Becky stops herself. Becky hits back then baits Lacey in. Lacey blocks the jump kick to throw Becky into buckles. Lacey wrings Becky’s arm to slam her on the mat. Fans sing Becky’s theme but that only angers Lacey. Lacey dribbles Becky’s head off the mat, then drops knees on the arm. Lacey then stands and stomps Becky’s arm! Becky fights back with her good arm but Lacey kicks low for a sit-out DDT. Lacey gator rolls Becky to a corner and throws her arm on the apron. She pulls Becky into the post! The ref counts but Lacey lets up at 4, to throw the arm into the post. Becky rolls but Lacey covers, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool then goes after Becky. Becky boots back and puts Lacey on the apron.
Lacey hits back and sweeps the legs! Lacey slingshots for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey grits her teeth and drags Becky around with an armlock and chinbar. Becky endures being bent back on Lacey’s knee. Fans rally as Becky fights her way up. Lacey throws Becky down by her hair! Lacey goes after the arm again, and bends Becky back again. Fans rally and Becky throws hands. Becky gets back up and arm-drags free. Lacey knees low and hits a neckbreaker! Somersault to a splash! Cover, TWO! Lacey pulls out her handkerchief and wipes herself off. She then rubs it in Becky’s face! Becky hits back with wild hands! She whips but Lacey reverses to put Becky on the apron. Lacey shoulders but into a kick!
Becky climbs and leaps for a flying forearm! Both women are down but fans rally up for Becky. But Lacey is up first, only for Becky to hit back. Lacey kicks and aims, but the Woman’s Right misses! Becky rallies with lariats and a calf kick! Fans fire up with Becky as she kicks Lacey more. Becksploder! Becky hits Lacey with the Straight Firearm, then climbs up high for a missile dropkick! Lacey ends up flopping out of the ring! Becky pursues from the apron, another flying forearm takes Lacey down! Becky puts Lacey back in, cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Becky wonders what she has to do. Becky drags Lacey around and climbs up top yet again.
Becky leaps but has to roll through. Lacey elbows Becky back, then uses the ropes for a springboard stunner! And a leaping roundhouse! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Lacey is losing her composure. Lacey says she’ll end it, and she trash talks the “Nasty” Becky. She pulls the braids out of Becky’s hair, but Becky waistlocks and rolls her! TWO, but Becky’s after the arm! Lacey scrambles and gets the rope. Becky lets up but wants at her again. The ref pulls Becky back, Lacey chop blocks! Roll up, but Becky holds it off to get a Disarm-Her! Lacey taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
Becky Two Belts is still at two belts! But Lacey was tougher than she expected, will Becky be in any shape for facing Flair yet again?
But speaking of, here comes Charlotte! The Queen is all smiles, because she’s choosing to make Becky go again here and now!
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair!
The Man grins, because she realizes she should’ve expected this. Will she still be Becky Two Belts even though she had no time to rest? Or will we see the birth of #CharlotteNineTimes?
There is no need for introductions, only the blue brand’s belt is raised, and we begin again!
Charlotte is still all smiles as the bell rings, and watches Becky shake off the damage form Lacey. Charlotte tackles Becky to a corner and rams her shoulder in again and again! And she grinds a boot into Becky’s face. Charlotte lets up but runs into a forearm! Becky back kicks and gets to a corner. Charlotte runs in but into a boot! And more boots! Becky hops up but Charlotte dodges! Charlotte kicks Becky while she’s down, then throws hands. She slaps Becky then kicks her at the ropes. Becky hits back and backs Charlotte down. Becky whips but Charlotte goes to the apron. Charlotte boots Becky down, then hurries up top. Becky intercepts with forearms! Becky throws Charlotte off the top and to the mat!
Fans cheer as Becky runs to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Charlotte CHOPS Becky! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! The Flair Chops stagger Becky, but Becky dodges to enziguri! Charlotte shakes it off but Becky keeps moving, only for her shotgun to get caught! Charlotte gets a Boston Crab! Becky endures as Charlotte bends her backwards! Fans rally as Becky reaches and crawls. Becky manages the ropebreak, and Charlotte holds on until 4. Charlotte isn’t bothered at all, because she’s still in much better shape. She runs back in but into elbows. Becky and Charlotte brawl with big forearms back and forth. They go around and around but Becky gets an edge. So Charlotte kicks out the leg! Charlotte looms over Becky and SLAPS her. She runs, but Becky dodges to forearm her down!
Both women are down again, but then they brawl as they sit up. They brawl and trash talk as they stand up, too! Becky hits, Charlotte hits, repeat! Becky gets the edge again, and wants the arm! Charlotte whips Becky off to forearm her back down. Charlotte stomps Becky around then grinds her feet into Becky’s head. The ref counts and Charlotte lets off at 4. Charlotte pulls Becky back against ropes, but again stops at 4. Becky crawls on the apron but Charlotte joins her. Charlotte goes for Natural Selection but Becky holds on! Charlotte crashes and burns while Becky gets back in the ring.
Becky leaves Charlotte to the mercy of the ring count because of Champion’s Advantage. The count begins and reaches 5, but is that Lacey Evans?! A Woman’s Right sucker punch again! Charlotte grabs Becky but Becky cradle counters! TWO!? BOOT!! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Queen gets her throne back thanks to the Southern Belle! #CharlotteNineTimes is real, but will she hold onto that belt for long?
As for Becky, she goes after Lacey! Becky has another reason to hate the Lady of WWE, and beats her up against the barriers. But Charlotte goes after Becky to save the woman who helped her win. And they both get Becky in the ring to keep up the beating! Lacey holds Becky for Charlotte as Charlotte stomps away. Becky endures double boots to her body, but then Lacey pulls Becky back while Charlotte CHOPS away! “How does that feel now?!” Charlotte climbs up, but here comes Bayley! The Hugger evens things up and saves Becky! She knees Lacey then gives her a Bayley2Belly!
Charlotte attacks Bayley with a forearm! The Queen goes after Becky again, stomping away. She goes back for her SmackDown Women’s Championship, but then runs at Bayley! Bayley dodges and sends Charlotte into buckles! Fans are thunderous, because they want Bayley to cash in! Bayley thinks about it. Charlotte is down, and the briefcase is right there. Bayley grabs her briefcase, and brings it to the ref! Is it happening? IT IS!!
SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley!
The bell rings, and Bayley drags Charlotte out to a drop zone! Bayley climbs up high, and drops the Macho Elbow!! Cover, Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
Ms. MITB 2019 is a success! Bayley goes from #JustBayley to the top woman on SmackDown! And she’s the first Women’s Triple Crown Champion in WWE history! And she celebrates with the WWE Universe! Raw title, Women’s Tag Title, SmackDown title, she’s had them all! Is this just the beginning for Bayley’s rise to the top?
Roman Reigns arrives!
But the Big Dog needs to look behind him, because here comes Elias! The Drifter SMASHES Roman with his guitar! Then strolls on past him and to gorilla position. Fans sing and cheer as Elias walks to the ring and has his team set up his stool. He has another guitar, and is properly introduced.
Elias plays an electric guitar for Hartford, and says that felt good. He normally does acoustic, but obviously his guitar just broke. Elias is not only the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history but in WWE history. Vince McMahon texted Elias and gave him credit that the future of the WWE is in good hands. Elias felt good reading that, and begs the question: “With all this success, why would you come to a morally substandard toilet bowl like Hartford?” Fans are a little divided on that one. With the Big Dog down, the Era of Elias can begin. He has a song just for that, titled Long Live Elias. So please, silence your phones, hold your applause and shut your mouths! Elias begins playing his guitar again, then sings.
“You people here are so boring. Your life would suck without me. I bring energy to the world, like Vince says. Elias is my name. Roman could’ve been me, but no one wants to hear him talk. Roman, shut your mouth, Elias just took you for a walk.” Elias went to North Carolina, a beautiful place. “Now I understand why the Whalers left this city, it’s because Hartford is a disgrace.” Fans boo harder as Elias again says Hartford is a disgrace. Elias finishes up, and thanks the fans. “I love none of you.” Elias goes up the ramp to do what everyone here wishes they could do: get the hell out of Hartford.
But Elias will leave them all a lasting image: his post. Elias raises his fist, but here comes Roman! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman’s fist leaves Elias rolling down the ramp! But he’s not done, he puts Elias back in the ring hard. The bell rings and the match begins!
Roman Reigns VS Elias!
SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reign, by pinfall
Well that didn’t take long. Elias didn’t want to give an encore, and now he can’t. Is this going to prove to everyone, but mostly the McMahons, that the WWE is the Big Dog’s Yard?
WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles!
The Architect has gone from inaugural NXT Champion to a sell-out to a Kingslayer to the Beastslayer, but there was a time when even he was just starting out. It was during that time that he encountered the already incredible Phenomenal One. Styles saw promise in Rollins back then, and he was right. Styles himself would one day arrive in the WWE, take over and make SmackDown the House That AJ Styles Built! But now, he wants to build something even better by adding this title to his legacy. Who builds their legacy with the WWE Universal Championship?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this first-for-WWE match-up finally happens!
Rollins and Styles stare down as fans duel. They tie up and it’s fast and furious already as they push each other around. Styles gets Rollins in a corner but backs off at 4 with a shove. Rollins keeps his cool as he circles with Styles again. They tie up again as fans duel even harder. Rollins puts Styles in the corner, but then gives his own little shove. Styles keeps his cool now, and they go again. Another tie up and Styles waistlocks. Rollins standing switches but so does Styles. Rollins trips Styles but Styles headscissors him down. Fans cheer this exchange as Styles dares Rollins to bring it. The two circle again, and they tie up. Rollins gets the arm and wrenches. Styles powers out and arm-drags Rollins back. Fans cheer but still duel as Styles and Rollins go again.
Rollins headlocks but Styles fights with body shots. Styles powers out and hurdles but Rollins clotheslines Styles down! Rollins goes back to CHOP Styles to a corner. He whips Styles corner to corner hard, and Styles falls to the mat. Rollins snapmares and drops a knee on Styles, then covers, TWO! Styles sits up but Rollins just kicks him right in the back. Rollins drags Styles up for more CHOPS, but Styles CHOPS back! Styles kicks but Rollins punches and whips. Styles reverses but Rollins boots him. Rollins hops up but Styles gets under and dropkicks Rollins down! Fans continue to cheer and duel while Styles kicks Rollins while he’s down. Styles chops Rollins to a corner to then ram his shoulder in. He stops at 4 but then knees Rollins down.
Styles kicks Rollins hard in the chest, then lifts him for a quick backbreaker! Styles circles Rollins and brings him back up. Rollins CHOPS but Styles hits back. They brawl and Rollins whips. Rollins hip tosses and rains down rights! He whips but Styles reverses, only to run into a buckle shot! Styles is down on the apron while Rollins catches his breath. Rollins goes around to join Styles and brings him up. Rollins suplexes but Styles blocks. Styles kicks back then brings Rollins in, for a Clash!? Rollins kicks free and lands on his feet, only to get Styles’ sliding knee! Styles drags Rollins into the ring but Rollins hits him back. Rollins goes to suplex but Styles hotshots! Only for Rollins to DIVE onto him! They both crash into the announce desk!
The ring count begins while both champion and challenger are down. Rollins and Styles both head for the ring at 6, and get in at 7. Rollins clotheslines Styles back out and DIVES again! Another crash into the desk, but Rollins puts Styles in the ring fast! He throws forearms on Styles, then runs, but into a forearm from Styles! Styles runs but Rollins follows to Slingblade him down! Rollins runs at Styles in the corner for another forearm, then dumps him down. Rollins springboards, flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Styles survives but Rollins keeps focus. Fans fire up as Rollins hobbles back to Styles. Rollins lifts but Styles resists, so Rollins kicks away on Styles’ face! Then he tries again, only for Styles to spin out. Styles swings but Rollins spins him, ripcord, but Styles blocks the Revolution Knee! Fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi!
But Styles is too tired to cover! Fans duel again as both men slowly move. Styles gets to one corner and Rollins the other. Styles runs in for a big clothesline! He prepares but is denied the Clash with a back drop. Rollins sits on the sunset, TWO! Sunset, TWO! High stack, deadlift! Buckle Bomb! Styles flops down and Rollins climbs up, Frog Splash! Cover, TWO! Rollins is too tired to be frustrated. He just sits up while fans rally. Styles crawls but Rollins stalks him. Rollins throws big hands on Styles, then drags Styles up. He hoists Styles to the top rope, then throws more hands before climbing up to join him. Styles hits back and sends Rollins down.
Styles adjusts but Rollins is up fast, only for Styles to slip under and trip him up! German Suplex, but Styles holds on, for another lift. Rollins rolls through with a wheelbarrow, TWO! Roaring elbow blocked by a boot! Torture rack, spin-out, Tower Hacker Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans are loving it! Styles thinks on what he has to do to win, but fans know “This is Awesome!” He runs in but Rollins puts him on the apron. He forearms Rollins back and springboards, but Rollins trips him up! Styles is stuck up top, and Rollins hurries to sit him up. Rollins climbs up behind Styles, and drags him up in a dragon sleeper… INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Roll through, inverted Falcon’s Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Rollins can’t believe it!
Now it’s Rollins who has to come up with something else to put Styles away. Fans rally up as Rollins stands. Rollins still has the tried and true, “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks then runs, but Styles dodges to roll Rollins to a Calf Crusher! Rollins endures but Styles cranks back hard! Rollins rolls it back and kicks Styles away! His leg is free but it is hurting! Styles crawls away but Rollins pursues. Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins escapes with one good leg! Styles gets back up and waits for Rollins. Rollins stands and SUPERKICKS Styles down! Both men are down again, but fans rally and duel again. Styles and Rollins crawl for each other to start throwing hands! Rollins hits, Styles hits, repeat. Rollins CHOPS but Styles punches again.
Fans duel, Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Rollins dodges to enziguri! And dodges the Pele! Mule kick! Curb Stomp countered! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives THE Styles Clash?! No one can believe it, but the fans are loving it! Styles grits his teeth as Rollins starts sitting up. Styles goes to the apron, takes aim and springboards. Phenomenal misses! Revolution Knee hits! And then, SUPERKICK! Styles is on his face, but Rollins gets back up! CURB STOMP!! Rollins put so much into that, he has to crawl to a cover! Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The workhorse of the WWE, the Architect, is #BetterThanPhenomenal! Styles leaves, but then comes back? Rollins expects a fight, but Styles doesn’t make a move. Rollins raises the belt up, but Styles offers a handshake. After thinking it over, Rollins accepts it. There is now respect between them, but will we get an epic rematch down the line?
Backstage interview with Xavier Woods and WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston!
How does Kofi Kingston respond to Kevin Owens constantly claiming he’s only WWE Champion thanks to the New Day? Kevin is always in the wrong saying that like it’s an insult. Kofi has done a lot of great things in the WWE even before the New Day, but does have to admit the New Day helped him reach the world championship. “It is what it is.”
But Woods won’t let Kofi sell himself short. Kofi had this in him the entire time, and that’s why he was able to make it to the spot he’s in now. And now, Kevin will learn why he never should’ve crossed the New Day. Kofi will have Kevin 1v1, and this isn’t about making a statement, this is about making a huge statement! And if anyone thinks they can make a way to the WWE Championship by going after Kofi’s brothers, they’ll see that it won’t ever work. And that is why Kofi is your W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! But will he still be champion after finally having it out with the Prizefighter?
Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS ???
Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik bring the fiesta to Hartford, complete with pinatas! And they love that MITB is once a year. It’s like Christmas but with gold. But every day for them is a Lucha House Party! However, the party is about to be over, because here comes Lars Sullivan!
The Leviathan heads down the ramp and targets the luchadors. Metailk leaps at him but is caught in a Freak Accident! Lince leaps but he gets long dart’d! Kalisto is all alone but not backing down! He brings the fight but Lars headbutts him down. Lars is bloody from his own headbutt, but he clubs away on Kailsto’s face! Lars hauls Kalisto up, for a Leviathan Bomb! The Mile High Monster just crashed the Lucha House Party, and only enjoys his own blood. Can any force in the WWE stop the Freak? Can anyone even survive?
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens!
Kofimania was a dream come true for so many, but none more than the man himself. However, KO took advantage of Kofi’s good mood and Big E’s absence to pull off a Big O betrayal! The Prizefighter doesn’t see Kofi as a worthy WWE champion, but will he be proven wrong tonight?
The introductions are made, Xavier Woods watches backstage, and the belt is raised as we begin this championship grudge match!
Kofi and Kevin brawl with the bell! Kevin knees and chops Kofi to a corner, then chops more. He clubs Kofi but Kofi hits back. Kevin whips Kofi to a corner but Kofi comes right out with a big clothesline! Kevin bails out but Kofi pursues. Kofi leaps off the steel steps for a big ax handle! Fans cheer Kofi as he puts Kevin back in. Kofi drags Kevin back up to headbutt him to a corner. Kofi stomps a mudhole in as fans rally behind him. Kevin bails out again but Kofi pursues. Kevin tackles Kofi into the apron, then whips, but Kofi reverses to send Kevin into barriers! Kofi drags Kevin up again to whip Kevin again. Kevin reverses now but Kofi uses that to climb and LEAP for bigger ax handles!
Kofi puts Kevin back in the ring and stalks him to a corner. He kicks Kevin while he’s down, and headbutts him to a corner. Kofi whips Kevin corner to corner but Kevin reverses. Kevin gets under as Kofi goes up and over, SUPERKICK! Kevin stomps Kofi out and shouts, “That’s why this is MY show!” Kofi crawls but Kevin stalks him to a corner. He whips Kofi hard against buckles then dares fans to say something. Fans boo and jeer but Kevin goes back to stomp Kofi more. Kofi shoves Kevin but Kevin whips him corner to corner again. Kofi flops down then Kevin drops a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows annoyed already but then taunts Kofi, “Where are your little buddies at?” He stalks Kofi and clubs him back down.
Kofi crawls to the apron but Kevin drags him back up. Kofi throws forearms on Kevin! Kevin knees back then throws Kofi into a post! Kofi hits hard and then hits a camera man! Kevin shows no mercy, with the apron frog splash! Kevin roars as a ring count begins. The ring count reaches 5 before Kevin puts Kofi in the ring. Cover, TWO! Kofi toughs it out but Kevin grows frustrated. Kevin kicks Kofi in the back while fans boo and jeer. Kevin CHOPS Kofi to a corner. He clubs Kofi on the back then drops a knee. Kevin soaks up the heat but Kofi throws body shots. Kofi haymakers but Kevin trips him up. Kevin tries to turn Kofi but Kofi resists, so Kevin catapults. Kofi lands on the ropes to kick back! Then turns, only to leap into a kick!
Kevin wants to lift but Kofi back drops Kevin into buckles! Both men are down with bad backs but fans rally up. Kofi crawls away while Kevin stands in a corner. Kofi runs in but gets a boot. Kevin runs out but Kofi dodges to double CHOP! Kofi dropkicks Kevin down, then runs for a leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Kofi as he hits the New Day Boom Drop! But Kevin makes it a roll up! And turns over to a Boston Crab! Kofi endures the pain in his back and drags himself over, ropebreak! Kevin lets go, but pursues Kofi on the apron. He drags Kofi up and wants a bomb, but Kofi holds on for dear life! Kofi shoulders and punches back, but so does Kevin. They brawl on the edge, Kevin kicks Kofi away. Kofi double stomps Kevin onto the apron!
Kevin slumps to the floor while Kofi drags himself back in. Kofi climbs while Kevin stands, and Kofi LEAPS, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin puts Kofi back in, covers, TWO!! Kofi still lives, but Kevin just stands him back up. “You should’ve stayed down!” Kevin SLAPS Kofi then whips, Pop-Up but Kofi escapes! Kofi wants the SOS but Kevin slips out. Kevin wants a stunner but Kofi slips out, SOS hits! Cover, TWO!! Kevin escapes and both men are down! Kofi is surprised, but he doesn’t stop. He gets to a corner and fans rally up behind him. Kevin stands but blocks Trouble in Paradise into another Boston Crab! Kofi endures all over again, crawls and reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Kevin lets go but he’s further frustrated.
Kevin tells the Kofimania fans to shut up, but that only makes them boo more. He goes to superkick but Kofi deflects and takes Kevin down! Kofi fires forearms over and over and over! He roars as he drags Kevin up, but Kevin snapmares. Kevin pops-up, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin shouts at the fans again, then waits for Kofi to stand. Kofi does stand, and Kevin kicks, but no stunner! Trouble in Paradise! But Kevin falls out of the ring! Kofi doesn’t want to win by count-out, he drags Kevin back in. But Kevin’s dead weight so that takes some doing. Kevin revives, kicks, STUNNER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Kofi saves himself!
Kevin is beside himself as has to drag Kofi back and around. He ends up even dragging off Kofi’s shoes! He throws the shoes at fans! Kevin then climbs up, Swanton gets knees!! Kofi gets up and hits Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE World Championship
He did it! And without his shoes! Kofimania rolls on through MITB, truly championship material! And he celebrates with Xavier, too! With a dream this strong, will it ever come to an end?
WWE Super Showdown is coming!
WWE returns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with HUGE matches! Goldberg VS Undertaker! Triple H VS Randy Orton! Andrade Almas challenges for the WWE Intercontinental Championship against THE DEMON Balor! For the first time in WWE history, a 50-Man Over-the-top-rope Battle Royal! As if that wasn’t big enough, the Monster Among Men takes on the Rocky Mountain Machine 1v1! Will the ring survive such epic action?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!
Sami Zayn beat Braun Strowman to take his spot in this match, but with some help from the Lone Wolf and Scottish Terminator. However, someone stuck Sami to a wall to take him out of this match! The Monster Among Men claims it wasn’t him, but who else could it have been? Plus, there’s still the issue of who takes his spot! The Lone Wolf- er, “Hartford’s Favorite Son”, Extraordinary Man, Scottish Terminator, King of Flight, Beacon of Light, El Idolo and The Viper all make their entrance, but is there no (new) eighth man?
The bell rings, and there doesn’t seem to be. Randy Orton bails out while Baron Corbin brawls with Mustafa Ali, Drew McIntyre goes after Ricochet, and Andrade Almas attacks Finn Balor! Almas looks to get his shots in on Finn now before WWE Super Showdown. McIntyre bumps and CHOPS Ricochet while Corbin stomps Ali. Almas CHOPS Finn but Finn hits back! Corbin knees Ali while McIntyre bumps Ricochet off buckles again. Finn baits Almas and dumps him out! McIntyre CHOPS Ricochet while Ali tumbles out of the ring. Orton attacks Ali by giving him a back suplex onto an announce desk! Corbin goes after Finn while Ricochet dumps McIntyre out. Ricochet baits Corbin in, and then both Ricochet and Finn clothesline Corbin out!
Ricochet and Finn stand alone, but decide to work together. Orton trips Finn but Ricochet still FLIES onto everyone else! Orton gives Finn a back suplex to the desk! The Viper sees Ricochet as he comes in, and dodges to back suplex him onto the desk! Orton has a hat trick and goes after a ladder. He puts that in the ring as Hartford cheers him on. Orton takes his time standing the ladder up, then takes his time climbing up. He approaches the top but Almas springboards and dropkicks the ladder down! Orton is up but gets the elbow! Corbin brings a new ladder in but so does McIntyre. Corbin hits Orton while McIntyer hits Almas. Then McIntyre hits Orton and Finn. McIntyre stands his ladder in a corner while Corbin rams Orton out of the ring.
Corbin puts his ladder in a corner and McIntyre moves the middle one out of the way. Ricochet returns to give McIntyre a Code Breaker! Ali gives Corbin a somersault facebuster! Ali DIVES at McIntyre! Almas attacks Ricochet, but Ricochet denies La Sombra to dump Almas out. Ricochet has a ladder, but Ali is there, too. They each climb but also pull each other off. Ricochet elbows Ali, but Ali goes up and over to climb again! Ricochet yanks him down but Ali yanks Ricochet down. Ali waistlocks and back suplexes, but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet puts Ali on the apron then climbs! But Ali somersaults in to follow! They brawl up top but McIntyre and Corbin return to go after each of them. The bigger men clobber Ali and Ricochet, then move the ladder aside again.
Corbin and McIntyre work together to throw Ali onto a ladder! McIntyre gives Ricochet a belly2belly suplex on a ladder! McIntyre sees Orton return but gets a hotshot. Orton dumps Corbin out and kicks him, draping DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head as he stalks Corbin. Fans want to see it, but Corbin denies it! Claymore hits Orton! McIntyre sees Finn and has Corbin take him. Finn kicks Corbin away, then goes after McIntyre. Slingblade for Corbin, shotgun dropkick for McIntyre! McIntyre hits the ladder! Finn ducks Corbin to double stomp that ladder onto him! Fans fire up as Finn stands a ladder up. But then he throws it down on McIntyre to keep him away.
McIntyre writhes while Finn re-positions the other ladder. Finn climbs and reaches, but Almas attacks him with the other ladder! Almas pokes and jabs Finn off, then sets up a ladder bridge. Ricochet returns and boots Almas. Ricochet hops up but Almas knocks him down hard! Almas leaves Ricochet behind to climb. Finn follows from the other side, and they brawl back and forth. Finn rocks Almas and reaches, but Almas hits back. Almas reaches but Finn hits back. They brawl more, and Almas climbs up, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB Finn onto the ladder bridge!! How did either man survive!? Fans lose their minds over it!
Ali returns and elbows Corbin away. Ali leaps for a tornado DDT! HE also kicks Orton away, and then McIntyre. Ricochet returns but misses, Ali reverse-ranas Ricochet down! Ali pushes the bridge ladder out, then adjusts the main ladder. Almas trips Ali up and Ali ends up stuck in a rung. He CHOPS Ali and Ali is in a Tree of Woe on that ladder. Almas fetches a new ladder and sets it up. He stomps and kicks Ali down, and then begins to climb. Ali sits up and grabs at Almas! Ali frees himself and brawls with Almas. They both reach the top and keep fighting. Ali bumps Almas on the rung, then brings him around for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Fans lose their minds all over again!
McIntyre returns but brings out the tallest ladder yet. Ali anchors McIntyre’s feet but McIntyre stands him up and CHOPS him down. McIntyre makes sure Ali is down before he sets the tall ladder as a new bridge, between desk and ring. He drags Ali up and slaps him around before scooping him way up. Ali escapes and SUPERKICKS McIntyre away! Corbin returns to choke slam Ali through the Spanish announce desk! Corbin smirks as he leaves Ali for dead. He helps McIntyre up, only to throw him over into the crowd! Corbin goes to the ring and stops Finn’s climb. He tosses one ladder down, to choke slam Finn on it! Ricochet springboard missile dropkicks Corbin out! Then DIVES, into a DEEP SIX! But McIntyre returns for a revenge CLAYMORE!
All seven men are down for one reason or another. Finn drags himself to the ladder and climbs. McIntyre pursues and clubs him down. McIntyre folds up the main ladder to throw it at Finn! Then he suplexes Finn onto that same ladder! But it was double-edged! Finn looks broken, but McIntyre isn’t done! He grabs Almas, Inverted Alabama Slam onto Finn!! McIntyre breaks one man with another man, then stands the ladder up. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but it’s not over. Ricochet springboard clotheslines McIntyre down! Ricochet scrambles up the ladder, but McIntyre returns to pull him down. McIntyre tosses Ricochet onto the ladder bridge!! The ladder breaks apart!!
And now, McIntyre climbs back up. But Orton yanks him off, for an RKO! Corbin throws Orton into a post! And he climbs up! Corbin reaches the top, but Ali returns! Ali climbs over Corbin, but Corbin yanks him back down, only for Ali to huricanrana Corbin out! Ali scrambles back to the ladder and climbs! He reaches the top, touches the briefcase, but is that… BROCK LESNAR?! The Beast becomes the eighth man?! He bulldozes a ladder over and wipes out camera crews! Then he leaps into the ring, and tips Ali over! Fans are losing their minds all over again as Lesnar laughs. Lesnar stands a ladder up, climbs, and takes his time enjoying the moment. He takes the briefcase down, Brock Lesnar wins!?!?
Winner: Brock Lesnar; Mr. Money in the Bank 2019
Everyone in the WWE Universe is shocked. Is Brock Lesnar really the BEAST in the Bank?! Is he about to just snatch away the WWE Universal Championship, or even the WWE World Championship, without even trying?
Well that was certainly something. WWE struggled to give most fans a reason to look forward to MITB 2019, but 90% of this PPV gave us above and beyond expectations. First, the WWE Cruiserweight match wasn’t in the Kickoff! It was a main show match! And despite what some live fans might’ve thought, Nese VS Daivari was solid. It was on par if not better than what we get on 205 Live regularly, and as it should be. Nese wins, as I figured, to grow his reign. The Usos VS Bryan & Rowan was our kickoff match, and it was pretty great, also as expected, but I didn’t think the Usos would win. Now they might have another shot at those belts where they win, and that complicates things even with the Wild Card Rule being a thing.
The Women’s MITB opening the main show was a giveaway that the winner would cash in later in the night. Carmella did a good job selling her bad leg early, but kinda forgot during her heroic return. There were great callbacks to the previous Women’s MITB, too, like Dana climbing a vertical ladder and a non-participant trying to help their friend. But Fire & Desire fall short and it’s Bayley who wins, also as expected! And then she cashes in to win! It was a great string of action with Becky VS Lacey being better than most likely thought, but at least with the right result. Charlotte was a perfect Heel daring Becky to do the double header immediately, and even their match was pretty good. Sure, Charlotte wins, but that’s so in the moment we’re all angry, for Bayley to then be the hero again! #BayleyTripleCrown yay~!
Speaking of in the moment, Joe being screwed out because of bad officiating was another odd choice, but it does keep him strong and gives him a claim to a rematch while still letting Rey Mysterio finally have his WWE Grand Slam. I expect the next US Championship match to be No Disqualifications, which can allow Dominique to defend his father and get “roughed up” by Joe. Dominique’s been training to be a wrestler just like Mysterio, so it’d be a great thing for him and the fans to see him give it a go. And with the next regular PPV being Extreme Rules, it all works. Though, if this US title match was short just so Lars could destroy Lucha House Party for fun, that’s sad. Lars can do plenty of that on TV, no need for that on PPV.
I was rather surprised and a touch disappointed in the Shane stories. First, for a cage match, Shane VS Miz was pretty good. But instead of weasel Shane escaping by his shirt coming off, make the finish about the dirty official siding with him, to play up on a similar “man VS authority” a la… Daniel Bryan. Boom, Miz is truly full circle ending up like his arch-nemesis. As for the Roman and Elias segment, it was pretty good overall, but still could’ve been better. Elias still gets to play a song, and Roman wins like we knew he would, but I can’t be sure if this is better than Shane and his new crew trying to screw Roman out only for Roman to win anyway. I’m not sure how this story with them all ends, but I’d love if we got one more team-up of Miz and Roman.
The WWE Universal and WWE World Championship matches were both great. Rollins VS Styles, truly phenomenal. And it’s actually nice to see that Styles returns to being Face even after losing, because fans still like Styles too much right now for him to truly go Heel. Kofi VS Kevin was great, but thinking about those title matches Kofi had on TV being just to boost ratings, it kinda makes the “you’re not worthy!” angle Kevin uses meaningless, because Kofi already proved he could defend the belt. But either way, Kofi wins here to at least prove it to Kevin, and moves on.
The Men’s MITB match was epic right up until the end when it just got Vince’d. There was such great action, and then Vince just had to throw Brock Lesnar back into things. It was almost too fitting that it was Ali on the ladder when Lesnar came out to bury everyone. Ali was the most underdog of the seven known superstars, and had some of the strongest fan support in this match. Though, ignoring Lesnar, it would’ve been Corbin as the only disappointing choice from how the fans were reacting. But classic Vince, he can’t let go of big beefy Brock being in the world title scene, and now makes him even more dangerous because he can just cash-in on a tired Rollins. But because he’s Lesnar, he’ll probably wait until Summerslam.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill Results & Match Ratings: 1.16.21
Three title matches, the return of Decay, Barbed Wire Massacre and a main event with Kenny Omega. Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill definitely sounds like it’s got a little bit of everything. Check out how it went!
So the news that made many people cry a few days ago, was that Alex Shelley would be out of the main event. He went out of his way to film a response/promo/apology so fans knew it was something non-pandemic related, so that was an effort that wasn’t necessary, though appreciated.
Aside from losing it’s “Dream Match” luster, we get Moose as a replacement, which could really work for the cold calculated persona he’s taken on after his EC3 encounter. We also get to crown Knockouts Tag Team champions for the first time in seven and a half years. Let’s also not forget, this could end up being Taya’s swan song from Impact, so we should expect a good match but no Wera Loca victory.
Let’s see if we get any surprises!
- Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb: Steve wins via King Kill 33 @8:55 – * ½
- Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake: EY wins via Piledriver @9:55 – ** ½
- Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok: Kiera wins via Face the Music @8:40 – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!
- Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona: Cardona wins via DQ @2:30 – N/A
- X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey: Manik retains via Ole Cradle @13:50 – *** ½
- Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay: Deonna retains via Venus de Milo @11:40 – *** ¼
- Ethan Page vs The Karate Man: Karate Man WINS…Fatality – 200 Stars
- Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards: Eddie wins via Diehard Flowsion @18:50 – *** ¾
- Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows: Kenny Omega wins via One Winged Angel @20:30 – ****
During the last few moments of the Countdown, Madison Rayne officially retired from wrestling and from Impact Wrestling. Not sure how long she’ll stay a house wife, but good for her. She did great to actually prove to people she was a decent wrestler since her run during the WOH tournament, she was a fun commentator, so good for her.
Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb
The weird thing about this match was the dynamic between who was involved and what went on. Crazzy Steve showed a very high work rate in this match, with his strikes and moves looking fantastic. But Rosemary got exposed a bit on still being less than 100% with the knee and generally sloppy on a lot of spots.
Kaleb and Tenille definitely tried to add comedy and their quirky personalities, but the fact that we saw a lot of sloppiness, Steve working his ass off and just comedy spots or gimmick spots too often; this was a giant mess of a match. It also didn’t help that D’lo and Striker are still getting used to each other, so the announcing was distractingly bad.
It can only get better from here!
Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake
This starts the same way every Tommy Dreamer match starts, with a brawl and weapon use. This wasn’t a terrible match, but it’s really not anything worth going deeply in to. EY did the flair corner to top rope spot, which ended with Dreamer hitting him with a cookie sheet. We had a Tower spot in the corner, with Joe Powerbombing a Suplex, and it landed right into Dreamer’s face.
Doering got to look like a beast when the entire team took the chairs to him, and he still fought back, ending up in control. Dreamer introduced tacks, then we saw the Signature/Finisher spam which ends with EY breaking up the pinfall and hitting Cousin Jake with the Piledriver.
Again, decent enough, but nothing really special.
Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok
Oh, Brian Hebner is back for this match. Slightly surprising.
Kiera and Tasha try to start fast, but the bigger women over power the smaller team and throw them around a little bit. Havok beats up on both of them, Neavaeh comes in to keep up the momentum, but eventually Tasha and Kiera start making a comeback. We see Fire and Flava go for a lot of quick spots, fast tags and trying to spin around the larger women, but they just get taken for a ride more often than not.
It’s not until Kiera hits a High Round Kick, followed by Tasha with the Springboard Neckbreaker actually takes Havok off her feet. Nevaeh tries to make a save and get things back on track, but Tasha picks her leg, Havok gets wiped out after a great Super Kick from Kiera, Tasha and Kiera use some tandem attacks on Nevaeh, then Tasha slows down Havok as Kiera hits Face the Music and we have new Knockouts Tag Team Champions!
Ace Austin comes out to declare himself into the X Division Triple Threat to make it a 4 way! D’Amore comes out, says he can have a match, just not the title match. Matt Cardona comes out.
Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona
Ace tries to go at Cardona before the ring jacket is off, but Cardona absorbs some offense and then fires back a bit. Fulton gets in the way quite often during this match, so the finish is a little telegraphed. But right as Cardona starts building momentum; Fulton slides in to cause the DQ.
Decent enough way to protect Ace and give Cardona quick win.
X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey
Rohit went after Manik to try and prove his point that it’s TJP. Bey seemed dead set on finding a way to win, and as we expected in an X Division match; there were a lot of spots, but they all made sense. Rohit does manage to take off the mask, but TJP painted his face under the mask, so it still throws off Rohit. TJP strings together a few moves, goes for the Mamba Splash, but gets caught by Bey with a Cutter. Bey then hits a Double Art of Finesse, but his brief moment of not knowing who to pin, caused the pinfall breakup.
Rohit almost won the title back after his call back to hitting his Tiger Knee after a Mamba Splash but Bey kicked out. Haymakers get thrown, Rohit hits the Dragon Stomp on Bey, and looks to finish things, but TJP slides in for the style of Cradle he’s used a bit lately, and retains his title after a fun, hard fought match.
Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay
Early on all of the seconds get kicked out, with the beauty of the situation being that Susan pulls out her phone and says she’s filming the whole thing. So Susan, really may be a middle aged transformation of Su Yung. Susan might as well be named Karen.
EVERYBODY has been ejected from ringside.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
As we focus on the actual match, Deonna starts slowly picking apart Taya. Going after her left arm, then her left knee and just trying to apply submission and weaken different limbs. Taya was able to push back and have her own submission attempt moment. Taya went for an STF, but the submission game isn’t her wheelhouse.
Deonna was able to pick her apart, counter a pinfall attempt and keep Taya grounded long enough to work in some holds. The normal Fujiwara didn’t get her submit, so Venus de Milo followed up and Taya verbally submitted.
Ethan Page vs The Karate Man
Since this is cinematic or at least green screen, I won’t rate this as a real match. But it was amazingly entertaining. Dragon Ball Z references, Karate Kid, and Mortal Kombat references, it was just amazing.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards
Interesting pacing to get across the familiarity, twisted respect and love for punishment between these two. We saw Barbed Wire Tables, Chairs, Baseball Bats, Kendo Sticks and even an…N64 Controller!
Sami took a ton of punishment, but the story was basically playing with Eddie’s emotions to bait him into bad dives, and openings for Sami to move out of the way, or sneak in a barbed wire shot. Eddie hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on a barbed wire chair, Sami hit an Avalanche Piledriver through a barbed wire table, but none of this was enough. If anything, the Piledriver just pissed Eddie off.
Going for the callback that started it all, Sami tries to hit a Barbed Wire Chair into Eddie’s face with a Barbed Wire Bat, but Eddie hits a low blow to get a moment. Sami tries to bring himself up with a chair, Eddie hits the Boston Knee Party, then the Diehard Flowsion for the win!
Eddie hasn’t hit that Flowsion in a long time. I did appreciate Sami paying homage to Cactus Jack and Striker acknowledging Jun Akiyama and Mitsuharu Misawa on commentary though.
Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
The early onset is interesting. Karl Anderson and Chris Sabin start off and there’s some solid technical counter wrestling, and it’s fast paced action. Moose and Gallows come in to do a big boy showdown which worked fairly well, where Swann and Omega had a brief lockup before the Brothers come in to start heeling it up.
We get a lot of Japanese tag stylings, from the triple team that Team Impact pulls off, to the way the Club breaks up any type of momentum with their own train attacks into the corner. Moose looked amazing in this match. He went toe to toe with everyone, pulled off great moves like a Standing Moonsault, leaped to the top rope for a Spanish Fly and was a really good teammate, regardless of his issues with Rich Swann. Hell Swann and Moose even hit a Doomsday Device variant together. Small aside, I did like seeing Chris Sabin pull off Cradle Shock, which just doesn’t happen often enough anymore.
Omega almost has the match one on Rich, but the only one able to break it up was Moose, and he did so. Omega went into V-Trigger spamming mode to wipe out Moose, rock Rich and then a One Winged Angel won the match for the Bullet Club former members.
Overall Score: 6.75/10
Well this started off pretty bad, but at least it built upwards. The main even had a lot of fun wrinkles which increased the storytelling, psychology and overall enjoyment of the show. Hell even when Callis nearly jumped into the ring to break up a pin on Kenny was a good little nugget.
As I said in the weekly coverage, this is probably Taya’s final match, or at least one of the last, especially since they logically moved Rosemary back to Decay with Crazzy Steve. Eddie and Sami had a hell of blood feud and it was nearly cathartic. Let’s also not overlook the fact that Tasha and Kiera actually won the Knockouts Tag titles. I almost thought they wouldn’t win just because they are so charismatic and attractive without the titles, where Havok and Nevaeh don’t exactly have electric personalities. But I’m ecstatic that Kiera finally has a title in Impact!
With the pretty awful start for the wrestling and the commentary, which put the show behind the eight ball; but it did recover fairly well. Not nearly as good as Genesis, but it managed to keep the stories rolling and end on an interesting note. A pretty good show after all was said and done.
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)
The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!
The Dusty Cup features the Cruiserweight Division… and Killian Dain?
For the first time ever, 205 Live gets to be part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who will leap out of the sweet sixteen into the second round?
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz; El Legado del Fantasma wins and advances.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; Maverick & Dain win and advance.
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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz!
Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza want to follow in the footsteps of Santos Escobar, and that means getting titles! But Samir & Sunil Singh want the same, so that they can shine even brighter! Will the lights, camera and Bollywood action be left on the cutting room floor by Death From Above and the Technical Assassin?
The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Sunil. Sunil and Mendoza circle, fans rally up as they tie up, and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Sunil rolls, wrenches back, but Mendoza wrenches again to wristlock. Sunil gets up, trips Mendoza up and gets a headlock. Mendoza gets up, Sunil wrenches and yanks on the arm over and over! Sunil wristlocks, Mendoza knees low and hard, then whips. Sunil reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things speed up, Mendoza runs Sunil over! Fans fire up with Mendoza and he runs, but Sunil drops to hurdle then monkey flip! Mendoza flounders up but Sunil clotheslines him out!
Sunil dares Mendoza to come back and Mendoza does, into an arm-drag! Sunil has the arm, Mendoza fights up, but Samir tags in. The Bollywood Boyz double whip, double shoulder and double elbow! Cover, ONE, but Samir keeps on Mendoza down with an armlock. Mendoza fights up, whips free but Samir gets around to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Samir wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Another arm-drag and Samir is back on the arm! Mendoza moves around, Samir keeps on the hold, and fans rally as Mendoza fights up. Mendoza pulls hair to put Samir in the corner, Wilde tags in but runs into a drop toehold!
Samir has the arm, Wilde pulls on an ear and whips, but Samir holds on tight to wrangle Wilde down! Tag to Sunil, they whip Wilde and leap frog, to then double hip toss! Cover, TWO! Sunil wrenches, tags Samir back in and Samir hops up to drop ax handles. Wilde knees low, goes to buckle bump but Samir blocks to give the bump first! Samir ducks Mendoza’s sucker punch to punch back, but Wilde gets him for a DDT! Wilde stomps Samir, brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, he CHOPS Samir then taunts Sunil. Mendoza runs in and clotheslines, tag to Wilde! Wilde clotheslines and tags, then Mendoza repeats the process! Double suplex! Cover, TWO!
Wilde keeps on Samir and throws him out hard! Wilde goes out, Mendoza talks trash, and Wilde bumps Samir off the announce desk! Wilde drags Samir back into the ring as fans rally up. Wilde cravats and cranks on Samir’s neck, but Samir fights up and body shots free! Wilde whips Samir hard into buckles! Tag to Mendoza, El Legado drags Samir up and double whip him to ropes. Samir kicks back, Mendoza clubs him, then a whip, but Samir reverses to send Mendoza into Wilde! Mendoza shoves Samir to the Legado corner but Samir dodges and Mendoza gets POST! Fans rally up as Samir crawls, hot tag to Sunil!
Sunil rallies on Mendoza with forearms and elbows, then a whip! And a BACK DROP on the rebound! Sunil keeps going, atomic drop and a running WINDMILL KICK! Wilde returns but Sunil DECKS him! Sunil goes out to bump Wilde off the 205 Live logo over and over! Mendoza runs out but he gets the same! Sunil puts Mendoza in, climbs up top and leaps, BIG ax handles! Cover, TWO! Escobar is ice cold as Samir tags in. Sunil hoists Mendoza up, FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mendoza is still in this but Samir throws haymakers in the corner. Samir hoists Mendoza up top, climbs, but Mendoza fights back! They brawl, Samir clubs Mendoza but Wilde anchors him!
Sunil YANKS Wilde down, tags in and then Samir SUPERPLEXES Mendoza! Sunil add the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Wilde breaks it! Not even the Bollywood remake of Power ‘n’ Glory could do it! Samir goes after Wilde with fury, then whips, only for Wilde to send him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Mendoza gets Sunil with a FLIPPING DRIVER! Tag to Wilde, Electric Chair FLYING CODE BREAKER! Then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, and Mendoza intercepts Samir, El Legado wins!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the second round)
Wilde and Mendoza make Escobar very proud, but this was just the opening round. Will Legado del Fantasma grow even stronger as the Dusty Classic continues?
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain make final preparations.
Maverick pins up the doodle of him and Dain, only for Dain to pull it back down. Dain puts on his wrist and hand tape, so Maverick does the same. Dain asks why he keeps mirroring him? Maverick says it’s 2021, a new year, a new look as they’re now matching. Look, Maverick’s a denim jeans guy now! Dain wants Maverick to promise him he fixed the music. He did! The new theme has a lot of rock to open, Dain is satisfied. Will Dain do the dance if they win? No. Not even if they win? Maverick quickly pins up the doodle again, will it be a good luck charm for the odd couple?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!
The Lonestar and #RetroAG did great as a team in their first outing last week, but now it’s the real deal! Will Stallion and Grey ride into the second round with high spirits? Or will they be brought down by Rockstar Spud and the Belfast Beast?
The new music hits, and it’s to Dain’s liking, but then it morphs into a remix of that whistling theme Maverick had in the first place. Well, it’s fitting for their brand of dysfunction. The teams sort out and Stallion starts against Maverick. They circle and tie up, Stallion headlocks but Maverick powers out, only for Stallion to run him over. Stallion stares Maverick down as they reset and start again. They tie up, Stallion headlocks again but Maverick works on an escape. Fans rally, Maverick powers out but Stallion runs him over again. Things speed up, Maverick hurdles then throws Stallion out, to do some skipping.
Stallion runs back in but is sent back out! Maverick does more skip step, but Stallion comes back to tie up. Stallion whips Maverick to a corner, Maverick goes up and over and does his trot. Stallion rushes in, only for Maverick to hip toss and calf kick him down to an armlock! Maverick wrenches the arm, but Stallion pushes free to tag in Grey. Grey is fired up because it’s the Dusty Classic! He dares “big man” Maverick to bring it, and Maverick says one moment. He tags to Dain! Dain is a bit bigger than 205 but Grey still ties up with him. Dain pushes Grey away to a corner! Grey comes back, ties up with Dain again and gets a headlock, but Dain powers out to run Grey over!
Dain runs, Grey ducks and hurdles, but he decides to avoid the punch. Grey leaps but the crossbody bounces off of Dain! Dain tags in Grey, they double whip Grey and Dain uses Maverick to trip Grey up for the back senton! Human weapon, scoop slam senton! Maverick covers, ONE! Maverick clamps onto an arm, wrenches, and Dain tags in. Dain BOOTS Grey down, then fireman’s carries Maverick for the SWINGING BOOTS! Dain even RAMS Stallion with Maverick! Dain lets Maverick go back to the corner so he can CLUB Grey! Dain then fireman’s carries Grey but Grey slips out to tag in Stallion!
The Cruiserweights go after the heavyweight together! Mule kick, front kick, forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! They bring Dain in but Dain DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Grey and Stallion bail out, Maverick tags in and he says Dain is the one to dive?! Fans want to see it and Dain gives it a try, only to pick up Maverick and TOSS him! Maverick topples Stallion and Grey over and fans fire up! Dain goes out to fetch Stallion into the ring and then puts Maverick in. Dain clubs Grey down and Maverick covers, TWO! Maverick hikes up his pants and brings Stallion up, but Stallion hits a REVERSE NECKBREAKER!
Tag to Grey and Grey whips Maverick. Leap frog into HEADBUTT, then the BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Grey clamps on tight with a chinlock and Maverick endures. Fans rally up, Maverick fights up, but Grey keeps him from Dain. Maverick keeps trying but Grey wrangles him away. Fans duel now as Maverick fights up. Maverick throws body shots, backs Grey down, but Grey CLUBS Maverick first! Grey back suplexes, Maverick lands on his feet, and boots Grey away! Maverick hits Stallion for good measure, slides under Grey and hot tags Dain! Dain rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Stallion in! They both get LARIATS!
Dain brings Grey around for an OVERHEAD suplex! Dain runs in to corner splash Stallion, then does the same to Grey! He whips Grey into Stallion and SHOTGUN DROPKICKS them both down! Stallion staggers, but into an URENAGE! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Dain has the fans fired up as he aims at Grey, but Grey dodges, only to get the DIVIDE! Cover, but Stallion breaks it! Dain grabs Stallion and whips him to a corner, but misses to get buckles! Stallion runs at Maverick but gets double boots! Maverick rolls Stallion to his feet for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Grey staggers, blocks a kick and KNEES Maverick! Dragon sleeper to a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Dain drops a senton on Grey!
Fans fire up as Grey runs but Stallion gets around him to waistlock. Stallion tries to lift, Grey SUPERKICKS Dain into the GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE! Stallion tries a lateral press, but Maverick breaks it! Grey and Maverick brawl, Maverick hits him and Stallion back and forth! Fast hands and feet, but he gets mugged 2v1! Stallion and Grey stomp Maverick in the corner, CHOP him, then whip him corner to corner. Dain puts Maverick on the outside to BOOT Grey and buckle bump Stallion! Tag to Maverick, BOOTS at the corner! Dain drags Stallion up, Maverick LEAPS to take out Grey!
Dain POWERBOMBS Stallion! Maverick wants a high-five, but he gets used as a human weapon again, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, Maverick and Dain win!
Winners: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, by pinfall (advance to the second round)
One of the more unique combinations in this year’s Dusty Cup gets through to the next round! But they’re going up against a couple of rascals in MSK, will the dysfunction fall apart?
A pretty good 205 Live that at least got over half an hour this time. Legado VS Bollywood Boyz was a good opener, and it makes sense for Legado to advance. There is always a good story behind a faction wanting to have title belts for each member, but there’s a good chance they’re facing Imperium next round. Imperium wants to do the same thing between both NXT and NXT UK, and Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner will definitely want to get back to the titles. In the end, I don’t see Legado or Imperium being Dusty Cup winners, though.
Maverick & Dain VS Stallion & Grey was a good match, but with Stallion having the Cruiserweight title shot in his back pocket, and with Maverick & Dain being a fan favorite combo, it makes sense Maverick & Dain won. I just knew that Maverick’s new choice for a theme was really just a swerve. Dain & Maverick are probably losing to MSK, though, as MSK are new and it’d mean a lot more if they got into the semifinals. Though again, I wouldn’t see Dain & Maverick winning the cup, even if there is some story there between them and Lorcan-Burch. Though that would be a great shocker.
My Score: 8.3/10
Chairshot Radio: Happy MLK Day 
Join PC Tunney as he reviews the NFL playoff weekend and gives you his thoughts on WWE's WrestleMania plans.
Cook: Breaking Down The 2021 NFL Divisional Round
Steve Cook breaks down the NFL Divisional Round Playoffs, getting you ready for one of the best football weekends of...
Chairshot Radio: That’s A Workin’ Baby 
Platt and Balaz, Browns and Bucs fans respectively, are back to preview this weekend's NFL playoff action.
Chairshot Picks: 2020-2021 NFL Divisional Round Playoffs
The Chairshot crew comes together to present their picks for the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs! (For entertainment purposes...
Five Rounds Podcast: Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez UFC 205 Watch Along
As the world gets ready for the next Conor McGregor fight, Carlos and Mags look back at McGregor-Alvarez from UFC...
BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies! (2018)
The Nerds start sliding back in the timeline again as we see them tackle Teen Titans Go! To the Movies!...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (1/14/21)
There's more in store for the Triforce Tournament!
Chairshot Radio: Motivation to Discipline 
Greg DeMarco uses his own personal fitness success story tp help you with the concept of Motivation to Discipline.
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (1/11/21)
The Second Triforce Tournament field is here!
Bandwagon Nerds #61: The Week that Was
The Nerds discuss the week that was at our Nation's Capital, the feud between Ray Fisher and Warner Brothers, and...
DeMarco: Early WWE WrestleMania 37 Predictions
WrestleMania is now set for the second weekend of April, and Greg DeMarco takes your all-too-early look at the potential...
Hardy Wrestling Podcast: Lift Every Averson ft. Jon Averson
Catch the vibe with Stephanie Hardy as she takes through the week in wrestling and welcomes independent standout Jon Averson!
Chairshot Radio: NHL Start & MLB News, Rob on Wrestling 
Join Dave and Patrick as they delve into the NHL's start, the upcoming MLB season and the Federal minimum wage....
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill Results & Match Ratings: 1.16.21
Three title matches, the return of Decay, Barbed Wire Massacre and a main event with Kenny Omega. Impact Wrestling's Hard...
NXT Minus 6: Let’s Make History!
Bradley Jay makes history in this week's edition of the NXT Minus 6. What kind of history is he making?...
Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (1/16/21)
Kevin Owens is back!
DWI Podcast #258: Where’s My Nipple Button
With the WWE Champ having Covid, is the title match at the Royal Rumble in jeopardy? In keeping with the...
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)
The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/15/21)
Will Scrap Daddy sign on the dotted line?
Rob: Is Charlotte Right?
A Twitter inspired topic,; between general grievances of her position in the division and her own responses to articles. Rob...