It’s the Raw After Super Showdown!
The Architect thwarted the Beast in the Bank’s cash in! But will Brock Lesnar come back for revenge? Plus, the Raw Tag Team Championships are on the line!
- 3v1 Handicap Elimination: Lars Sullivan VS Lucha House Party; Sullivan wins.
- Six Man Tag: Ricochet, Braun Strowman & The Miz VS Cesaro, Bobby Lashley & Samoa Joe; Ricochet, Strowman & Miz win.
- Becky Lynch & Bayley VS Lacey Evans & Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Evans & Bliss win.
- The IIconics VS ???; The IIconics win.
- Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins VS The Revival VS The Usos; The Revival wins and becomes the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens, Special Outside Enforcer: Sami Zayn; Owens wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
San Jose is ready to #BurnItDown with The Beastslayer! Rollins has the Universal Championship and a chair as he makes his way out. He beat Baron Corbin because Corbin’s temper got the better of him, but it was The Beast in the Bank’s Advocate, Paul Heyman, who had the real screw-up. Heyman dropped the ball by dropping the briefcase, and that let Rollins fight back! The #BrockParty cash-in was thwarted, but it’s only a matter of time before Lesnar tries again. As for Rollins, he shows off the chair that saved the day before speaking.
“San Jose, I feel alive tonight!” Because this is a new ear for the Universal Championship. 2019, the Year of Choice, and the choices are clear for the Raw locker room. They can either out wrestle him, which no one can. They can fight him straight up, or they can do things the hard way. Just ask Lesnar how that feels. Lesnar has been in the WWE on and off since 2002, but no one has done what Rollins has done to him! And it felt pretty damn good! But to ruin the good times, it’s Baron Corbin. The Lone Wolf is smiling despite having lost. Corbin sees Rollins talking about Lesnar again. San Jose boos, but Corbin says the feeling is mutual. He waits them out, but they move from booing to chanting “You Suck!”
Corbin finally continues, and says he is the best thing in San Jose right now. But the city aside, Rollins is always going on about Lesnar, but he should worry more about Corbin. Then Corbin can be the one to worry about Lesnar when he’s the new Universal Champion. So Corbin thinks he’ll win at Stomping Grounds? How did that go at Super Showdown though? Corbin says Rollins didn’t win, the “incompetent” referee cost Corbin, and Rollins escaped with the belt. But from his time as acting GM, Corbin learned some things. And Corbin puts those skills to use. He met with WWE executives, and that referee will be punished. That, and Corbin gets his rematch. Oh but there’s one more thing to make sure there’s no mistakes. They have a special guest referee, and Corbin gets to choose them!
Rollins says Corbin can choose whoever he wants, Corbin’s getting stomped and Rollins’ staying champion. But he is curious, who is this referee Corbin wants? Corbin has no friends, his own dog doesn’t even like him. And no on in San Jose likes him. No one watching at home likes him, no one in his family likes him. But here comes Sami Zayn! Fans boo the Critic of the Critics, too. Sami can’t believe it, but he is actually on Team Corbin here. Unlike fans, Sami cares about Rollins as a person. But watching Rollins’ behavior lately, being champion is not good for him. Rollins gets caught up in a cycle with Lesnar of payback, “it’s this swirl of toxic masculinity.”
Sami says this as someone who means well: it would be better for Rollins if Corbin was champion. It would be better for Raw and the fans if Corbin was champion! Then they can have a champion who is not obsessed with Lesnar. Sami isn’t fooling anyone. There’s nothing in this for little ol’ Sami? Well, Sami admits that Corbin understands how the cesspool works. That if someone were to help him out, he’d help them out. There it is! Congrats, Corbin, you found the one idiot who has your back. But then who has Sami’s back when Rollins comes out to slap him around? Kevin Owens does! KO always has Sami’s back. And Kevin also agrees about Corbin being a better choice than Rollins. Kevin does not appreciate how Rollins talks to Sami.
Well those three morons are melting our brains. If Kevin doesn’t like what Rollins is saying, do something about it! Well as a Wild Card, why not?! Rollins asks the fans if they want that, and they do! Then it’s Rollins VS Owens for the main event! Will Rollins shut the Prizefighter up to then shut Sami up to then shut Corbin up once and for all?
3v1 Handicap Elimination: Lars Sullivan VS Lucha House Party!
The Super Showdown match didn’t go as the Leviathan hoped, but only because all three luchadors ganged up on him at the end. Now that he has to go through all three of them, will he deal out the punishment he wanted? Or is it going to be one and done for #LuchaTime?
Raw returns as Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik make their entrance. And Lars attacks them the moment they get in the ring! Metalik and Dorado go down, so Kalisto is alone to start. Kalisto fires off with the bell, then hops up to missile dropkick Lars. Kalisto climbs as Lars stays up, and leaps into Lars’ arms! FREAK ACCIDENT! Cover, Lars ELIMINATES Kalisto already! But Lince is right in with a dropkick and furious hands! Lars shoves Lince away and out of the ring. Lince slingshots back in and kicks back. Lince springboards, but the huricanrana is blocked, into a LEVIATHAN BOMB! Cover, Lasr ELIMINATES Lince!
That means it’s just the King of the Ropes and The Freak. Metalik springboards but Lars ducks. Metaliks CHOPS and kicks, but Lars blocks the whip. Lars whips, but dodges the handspring. Metalik ducks and handsprings again, but into a back suplex TOSS! Cover, but Lars lets up! Lars wants the Lucha House Party to suffer. He lifts Kalisto and TOSSES him onto the steel steps!! Then Lars goes to Metalik, for a final FREAK ACCIDENT! Cover, but Lars lets up again! Lars goes to Lince on the other side, and as fans boo and jeer, Lars scoops Lince to toss him at the post! Lars goes back to the ring, but to climb up high. FLYING HEADBUTT! Cover, Lars wins!
Winner: Lars Sullivan, by pinfall
It was utter dominance and destruction as Lars sweeps the Lucha House Party. Will the Mile High Monster leave them behind for bigger and better prey?
The WWE 24/7 Champion is on Raw!
Truth runs for it as the other superstars come running! Titus even helps Maverick keep up! They corner Truth and Carmella at the elevators. The elevator opens, but so many superstars get in with them. Wait, where’s a ref? They need one for a pin! The ref is too late, the elevator doors close. Cameras show the chaos inside, and then… The elevator breaks?! EC3 actually laughs at the circumstances. Heath Slater can’t take this, he’s gotta get home to his kids. This is why they shouldn’t have been chasing him! Will they be stuck for the rest of the night?
Michael Cole conducts interviews with Becky Lynch and Lacey Evans.
The Man and the Lady will have a rematch for the Raw Women’s Championship at Stomping Grounds in a few weeks. With everything they’ve gone through, does Becky- Lacey interrupts, saying “Where I come from, ladies go first.” But by all means, continue. Becky says if Lacey’s done with pageantry, let’s recap how Lacey tapped out. For someone who talks so much yet says so little, Lacey ignores the facts. But Lacey really should’ve beat Becky because she’s bigger and stronger. But Becky won’t let Lacey be the template for this division. Don’t act like you know her, Becky. Lacey will do whatever she has to to become champion. Dirt and gold come from the same place but they’re not the same.
Becky holds losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Lacey. And the last time Becky was furious, she made history. Becky is relentless. What a cute speech. But “The Man” isn’t fooling Lacey, either. That’s just a mask. What really drives Becky is not an obsession with winning, but the fear of losing it all and sinking back to obscurity> Lacey can smell the fear on her, “and it’s nasty.” At Stomping Grounds, the fear will become reality when Becky No Belts becomes reality. The reality is that Becky will slap Lacey’s head off again, “ya plank.” These two will get a sampling of their Stomping Grounds match in a tag match later tonight. Will Bayley and Alexa be able to steer clear of the Man’s and the Lady’s bad sides?
Alexa Bliss talks with Nikki Cross.
Nikki and Alexa feel good about last week’s win against the IIconcis, but then Alexa also won a match to become Bayley’s #1 Contender via SmackDown. Alexa hopes Nikki isn’t upset with her. She just can’t believe Bayley’s doing this “again.” Wait, what did Bayley do? Well Bayley is actually a master manipulator. She’s not the San Jose Hometown Hooker, she’s evil. And even in NXT, Bayley was so awful! What? Really? Yeah, she made Alexa feel so undeserving. You can only pretend to be something so long until someone sees through it. Maybe that’s why Alexa is the way she is now. What now? She’s Nikki’s friend! She can be “Lexi” with her! Sorry to dump all this on you. No, Nikki understands. So then Nikki will be in her corner? Yeah, let’s play.
Raw presents: Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Superstar and his talk show have a very special, and menacing, guest in Samoa Joe. What will Miz ask the new WWE United States Champion, after the break?
Raw returns as Miz introduces the show, himself and his guest. “He is WWE’s version of Godzilla,” here is Samoa Joe! The Destroyer makes his entrance and holds up his title high as he joins Miz in the ring. Miz welcomes Joe, but Joe interrupts to say he’s pushing the wrong narrative. There is nothing “new” about this reign. Mysterio stole the title but thankfully Joe was given an opportunity to win it back. Wait, Joe won it back? Miz plays footage of Mysterio giving up the belt, only for Joe to attack him from behind! Joe laughs, enjoying his handiwork. Miz says Mysterio did the right thing, giving up the belt while he was hurt and recognizing that Joe lost unfairly. Yet, Joe still had to slap a Coquina Clutch on him? And?
Well, Joe also threatened Mysterio’s son, Dominique. Miz says this not as a superstar but a father himself: you don’t bring someone’s family into things unless you want to get called out. Well those lines belong to you. When it comes to getting what he wants, nothing is too far for Joe. Joe wants to talk contenders, but if Miz wants to talk stepping over lines, how about Joe goes after his family? But wait, here comes BRAUN! The Monster Among Men feels good after beating big bad Bobby Lashley at Super Showdown, and he tells Joe, “If you’re out here looking for a challenger, why don’t you shut your mouth and Get These Hands!” Strowman steps up to Joe, but wait, here comes Lashley!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is still fuming from Super Showdown, copying Strowman by saying, “I’m not done with you!” Lashley and Joe also have history, so Joe should know that if anyone is deserving, it’s Lashley. But wait, here comes The One and Only, RICOCHET! Ricochet tells everyone that they’re always arguing about who’s big and bad. That’s not Ricochet, but after a sweep on Cesaro, he wants to step up and win his first title on the main roster. But then Cesaro shows up! The Swiss Cyborg tells Ricochet with his fist! And then Joe fights Miz and Strowman fights Lashley! Three brawls at once, and Strowman throws Lashley out to then hit Cesaro! Miz gets Joe to back off and they stand tall with Ricochet! I think we’re about to see tag action after the break!
Six Man Tag: Ricochet, Braun Strowman & The Miz VS Cesaro, Bobby Lashley & Samoa Joe!
Raw returns as predicted! The King of Flight, Monster Among Men and Hollywood A-Lister, or the Swiss Cyborg, Rocky Mountain Machine and Samoan Submission Master, which trio takes the other down?
Lashley and Strowman start, and tie up at the bell. Lashley gets the arm for a wristlock, but Strowman rolls, only to be wrangled to the mat. Strowman kips up!! And reverses the wrench to throw big hands. Things speed up between these mega-sized stars, and Strowman lariats Lashley down! Tag to Miz and Strowman whips him in for a bit A-List Lariat, followed by a monster splash! Miz adds a knee lift and then the A-List Combination, only for Lashley to block the neckbreaker. Lashley runs into a boot, but Joe blindsides Miz! Lashley puts Miz in the corner and tags in Joe. Joe jabs away on Miz, but backs off at 4. Cesaro and Lashley get their cheap shots in before Joe comes back to CHOP Miz down. Tag to Cesaro, and Cesaro mugs Miz.
Cesaro drags Miz into a chinlock, but fans rally up. Miz fights his way up and out, but he swings into a back suplex. Miz lands on his feet and Ricochet tags in! Ricochet springboards high over Cesaro and trips up Lashley! He hurries and hits Joe with a kick! Ricochet haymakers and bumps Cesaro to kick him away, then springboards for a lariat! Lashley runs but misses, and gets a crossbody! Ricochet runs but into a lift! He escapes and tilt-o-whirls to a headscissors! Cesaro bails out and San Jose fires up as Ricochet FLIES! Direct hit takes out Cesaro! Strowman and Miz stand to face Joe and Lashley, and we go to break!
Raw returns and Lashley covers Ricochet, TWO! Lashley tags Cesaro and they drag Ricochet up for Cesaro to drive in an elbow. Cesaro wraps Ricochet up in a chinlock but fans rally up. Ricochet fights up and jawbreakers free. Cesaro pushes Ricochet and pops him up, but gets a huricanrana driver! Cover, TWO! Ricochet hurries up but gets a European Uppercut! Tag to Lashley, and he drags Ricochet up to ram him into barriers! Lashley drags Ricochet back into the ring and whips him to a corner. Ricochet boots then enziguris, then somersault shotguns Lashley down! Ricochet hot tags to Miz, who springboards for ax handles! Miz hits Cesaro then throws hands on Lashley from both sides. Miz fires off It Kicks in the corner! Then double knees, and again! Miz keeps going for the A-List Lariat! He even boots Joe away!
Miz slingshots but Lahsley blocks the sunset flip. Lashley puts Miz in a corner but misses, to get the kick and DDT! Miz gives Csearo a kick and DDT! San Jose fires up as Miz gives Lashley and Cesaro It Kicks! He goes back and forth then powers up the buzzsaw to hit Cesaro! Lashley dodges his, and catches Miz into a complete shot! Tag to Joe and Joe hits Strowman for good measure. Joe drops a senton on Miz, covers, but Strowman leaps into break it! Tag to Cesaro, and Cesaro mocks fans cheering for Miz. Cesaro drags Miz up but gets a jawbreaker! He keeps Miz away from Strowman, and then Lashley trips Strowman up. Strowman throws Lashley into barriers but he forgets about Miz in the ring.
Cesaro gets Miz, and goes swinging! It goes past 20!! That’s about 25 rotations! And then, Sharpshooter! Ricochet saves Miz with a Code Breaker to Cesaro! Both men are down, and Strowman returns to the corner. Fans rally with Strowman as Miz crawls. Hot tag to The Monster! Strowman rallies with shoulder tackles and a corner to corner splash! Strowman roars and fans cheer as he goes out to take a lap! He blasts Cesaro then hauls him into the ring. Strowman runs in for another monster splash, then clubs Cesaro off his feet! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Joe clubs away on Strowman but the ref reprimands him. Strwoman grabs Joe, scoops him, but Joe slips out!
Joe gets away, and runs with his title! Fans boo as he leaves Cesaro alone, but Miz tags in. Strowman heads for Joe, but gets a SPEAR from Lashley! Miz helps Ricochet FLY onto Lashley! EuroUpper from Cesaro to Miz! Cover, TWO! But Cesaro keeps going, Gotch lift but Miz powers out. Miz hits the Finale! Tag to Ricochet, One and Only 630!! Cover, Ricochet and team win!
Winners: Ricochet, The Miz and Braun Strowman, Ricochet pinning
Cesaro took a bad shot from Ricochet’s landing, but will he stay out of the US title race? Or are we looking at the three in the lead right here?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
Has Corbin made a decision on the special guest referee? Not yet. There’s no rush. He’ll make calls, hold interviews and make sure to find a fair, unbiased and respected official who is good at their jobs. Guess that means Charly ain’t it. Sami comes by to have a chat. They excuse Charly and quite possibly start talking about the referee role.
Becky Lynch & Bayley VS Lacey Evans & Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Wild Card Rule abounds in this match! The Raw Women’s Champion teams with the SmackDown Women’s Champion against their contenders, but The Goddess is only a contender because she was a Wild Card on SmackDown last week! Will The Man and the hometown hero show their contenders that it doesn’t matter if you’re Raw red or SmackDown blue, they’re the right ones to have gold?
Raw returns as Bayley makes her entrance to join fellow champion, Becky. Then Alexa makes her entrance with Nikki by her side. Lastly, the Sassy Southern Belle arrives, having made a wardrobe change from her interview earlier tonight. The teams sort out, and we start with Bayley and Alexa to give us a SmackDown Women’s Championship preview. Fans cheer their hometown girl on as she powers Alexa right to a corner! Bayley throws hands and stomps a mudhole! She snapmares and hits a sliding lariat! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps on Alexa with a suplex, but Alexa slips out and wrings out Bayley’s arm. Cover, ONE, but Alexa gets mad and kicks Bayley while she’s down. Tag to Lacey and she slingshots an elbow down on Bayley. Cover, TWO!
Lacey throws Bayley around and covers, TWO! Bayley powers Lacey to the corner and Becky tags in. Lacey wants nothing to do with Becky but she has no choice as Becky throws uppercuts! Becky whips but Lacey reverses, and she kicks Becky out of the air! Tag to Alexa, and the two throw Becky down. Cover, but Becky slips out to mule kick Alexa. Alexa gets to a corner but gets a Straight Firearm. Lacey saves Alexa from a Becksploder, and fans boo. Bayley gives Lacey a daredevil dropkick! Becky hits Alexa with a flying forearm! The champ and the champ stand tall while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Becky fights out of Alexa’s chinlock, but Alexa throws her down. Alexa hits knees once, but not the second time. Becky enziguris Alexa down and both women crawl for their corners. Tag to Lacey, who stops Becky! Lacey drags Becky away in a chinbar then throws her down to throw hands. Fans cheer for Bayley but Lacey says they ain’t getting her. Lacey wrangles Becky into a seated cobra clutch. Becky endures and fans rally up. Becky fights her way up and arm-drags Lacey off her. Lacey drop toeholds Becky to buckles, then hist the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey grows annoyed, and hits Bayley just because! Becky throws body shots and forearms, but Lacey knees low. Lacey scoops Becky but Becky slips out to throw Lacey out!
Becky staggers and dropkicks Lacey away, but there’s still no Bayley. Alexa runs in but Becky throws her out! Bayley decks Alexa then returns to the corner, but Lacey intercepts Becky! Lacey stomps Becky in the corner, then blows a kiss to Bayley. Becky boots and elbows Lacey back, but Lacey keeps her from Bayley. Lacey knees low and gives Becky a neckbreaker, to a somersault splash! Cover, TWO! Lacey grows frustrated now as she drags Becky to a corner drop zone. Lacey hops up and springboards, but misses the moonsault! Becky crawls for her corner as fans fire up! hot tags to Bayley and Bliss! Bayley wraps Alexa up and puts her in a corner for stomps! Bayley runs corner to corner for a knee!
Alexa staggers, into the sunset flip powerbomb into buckles! Bayley drags Alexa for a cover, but Lacey breaks it! Lacey sees Becky coming and runs for it! She throws Nikki into Becky, then hit a Woman’s Right! Bayley goes after Lacey but Alexa goes after her. Bayley turns it around to roll Alexa up, TWO! Into a Woman’s Right! Alexa climbs up top, Lacey tags in, Twisted Bliss gets knees! Bayley stalks Alexa but gets ANOTHER Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey and Alexa win!
Winners: Lacey Evans and Alexa Bliss, Evans pinning
The Lady uses the Goddess and the Loony Lass to get away with a win, but it was a pin on the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Will there be any tricks she can use to pin the Raw Women’s Champion? And what if Alexa brings the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw?
Shane McMahon is backstage on Raw!
He finishes up a phone call before talking with Sami Zayn. Sami gives props to “The Best in the World” before sitting down. Sami knows he and Shane haven’t always seen eye to eye, but Corbin referred Sami to Shane. Corbin wants a guest ref, so maybe Sami give it a try in Rollins VS Owens? Like an audition? Yes, exactly that! Rollins is slippery, and Roman Reigns is his best pal. Sami can start as a second set of eyes to make sure things are down the middle. Sahne has an idea. Sami is an outside referee, as a second set of eyes, just to keep things down the middle. How does that sound? Genius! Sami thanks Shane, but will Sami really keep things fair and square?
Raw returns to Paul Heyman in the ring.
The Advocate introduces himself as per usual, and he says he is “disturbed by the level of animosity and hostility” between both Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins. Last week, it was admittedly against Heyman’s wishes and Lesnar’s better judgment, Lesnar did not cash in and felt he could take the title away on any day to instead beat Rollins down every day. That blood lust is what caused the beating on Rollins that then Rollins gave back at Super Showdown. Rollins even admitted, chair in hand, that he put a beating on Lesnar over and over and over and over again! “And that’s the champion that you cheer for?” San Jose says yes! Rollins is not a worthy champion, he is “a feckless thug”, and a stupid one at that! Because by giving Lesnar that beating, Rollins has only guaranteed Lesnar wants to go after him.
Before, Heyman and Lesnar were willing to give fair warning, but no more “Mr. Nice Jew” and Beast. Now they’ll refuse to tell you about the cash-in. Heyman isn’t saying Lesnar is here, but he’s not saying Lesnar isn’t, either. He won’t confirm or deny Lesnar is wherever Rollins goes, nor is he saying one way or another that Lesnar might end up the Stomping Grounds guest referee. Also, Heyman won’t confirm nor deny that Lesnar will just wait until Rollins is the most vulnerable to put a beating that defies the PG Era to then just take the Universal Champion. This isn’t an insinuation nor a prediction, or even a spoiler, it is a threat, and a promise, and a guarantee, from the future “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion” and “Beastslayer-Slaying” Brock Lesnar.
Raw checks in on the WWE 24/7 Championship elevator situation.
Tensions are running high as Slater thinks they’re going to die in here. Truth blames everyone else but Carmella shouts for them all to stop and calm down. EC3 says that if they’re gonna be in here any longer, they’ll have to resort to cannibalism. Where was he keeping that fork?! And no, they’re not resorting to eating each other! But what else can they do? No one has food or drinks or a cell phone on them! Truth does. What?! Why didn’t he use it earlier?! They all tell Truth to use it, but there are no bars in the elevator. Wait, no bars and he’s a rapper?
Carmella says they’ll play a game to keep their minds off this. You talk when you hold the hat, ok? Drake Maverick snatches the hat and says he has to get out of here, he’s getting married soon! EC3 takes the hat to say he wasn’t invited to the wedding? Maverick takes it back to remind EC3 he’s the best man! Carmella takes the hat to say be nicer to her hat. Truth takes the hat to vent about being 48/7 Champion. And he’s afraid of Hornswoggle. Maverick isn’t Hornswoggle, he’s just short! Slater takes the hat to say he’s got kids to worry about! Will any of them get out to get home?
The IIconics VS ???
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are on Raw again, still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! But will a pair of contenders rise up on the Road to Stomping Grounds?
Raw returns and the IIconics speak. “We are the longest reigning and defending WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions~!” And as the fighting champs they are, they demand the toughest competition. They scoured the world, and after an exhausting effort, they found the best in San Jose! But sadly, they will never compare to The IIconics. To put it into terms San Jose can all understand, these two here are never going to be champions the same way the Sharks are never going to be champions. But the IIconics are the future, and the future is IICONIC! Strike the pose. But Lisa Lace and Aliyah Mia are up to doing the impossible! Can they do it in front of their hometown crowd?
The bell rings and Billie starts with the golden Mia. Billie boots Mia right down then scares off Lisa! Billie kicks and stomps then tags Peyton in. Peyton roundhouses Mia down, then both IIconics pose on Mia’s back. Fans are divided as Peyton drags up Mia but gets a forearm! Mia glares, runs, but into Peyton’s knees! Peyton throws Mia down to tag in Billie. The IIconics pick on Mia as they put on the wheelbarrow for the knee! Cover, The IIconics win!
Winners: The IIconics, Billie Kay pinning
Lisa never even got in the ring… The IIconics remain confident, but will they finally, actually defend the titles?
Raw shares a Super Showdown post-match interview with Roman Reigns.
How much will it haunt The Big Dog that Shane McMahon won their match? Shane won the same way he has always gotten everything: someone else handed it to him. Drew McIntyre helped Shane win. The Scottish Terminator is completely different, but Roman knows that and knows McIntyre knows Roman. Roman vows to kick ass and take names, and it’s gonna be all McIntyre. Will Roman stomp out McIntyre at Stomping Grounds?
Raw checks in on the WWE 24/7 Championship elevator situation, again.
The group has calmed down and seem to be getting along. But are they really going to be stuck in there the rest of the night?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
And with live bagpipe accompaniment. He leads the way for the real “guest of honor,” Shane McMahon! The “BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~” and his insurance policy are here on Raw to celebrate. Fans boo and jeer as Shane speaks to growing up in the WWE. You see a lot of amazing things, and keep your eyes open for something special. Roman Reigns is that something special. We can all agree that Roman is a future Hall of Fame candidate. Shane will admit one thing, he respects Roman as as competitor. Roman hits hard, and has done so much in such a short time. He has done a who’s who and what’s what. From the Royal Rumble to main-eventing Wrestlemania, and being a Grand Slam Champion, Roman is truly in rarefied air having beaten both The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
But he doesn’t hold a victory over Shane! Shane has a win over Roman! Shane is proud of himself, but this is nothing for Roman to be ashamed of. Roman gave Shane his best and is licking his wounds, but Roman’s best wasn’t better than the Best in the World. McIntyre raises Shane’s hand in victory. Shane gives props to McIntyre, too. McIntyre helped Shane so much in preparing. Their strategy was perfect after watching all that video on Roman. Fans think this is “BORING~! BORING~!” Well get used to it, Shane can do this all night. But again, McIntyre as “emotional support” was great, that’s how Shane won. But that’s Super Showdown. Shane can’t wait to see Stomping Grounds.
McIntyre appreciates that, and will maintain his composure. He wishes they were anywhere but San Jose. San Jose won’t ruin the celebration for him! McIntyre tells Shane that Roman is a measuring stick in the WWE. When Roman loses, it turns heads. Shane won, and now McIntyre will hurt and humiliate Roman. Shane is the Best in the World, but McIntyre is the Most Dangerous. McIntyre owes Roman, and will physically assault Roman until he is unrecognizable. “And then I will beat you, one, two, three.” Shane loves that intensity! But to the celebration! There is champagne alongside the World Cup trophy. Shane and McIntyre pop some bubbly and pour some glasses, in the trophy!
“Cheers!” Shane drinks out of the World Cup while McIntyre takes it straight from the bottle. Fans boo as these two might as well be patting themselves on the back. The party will continue but the show must go on. Shane knows that two individuals could join the party as new Raw Tag Team Champions. It’s the Revival! Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson pat themselves on the back while cheering Shane. The #TopGuys shake hands with Shane and McIntyre, but Shane stops them from having a drink. They still have that match! That’s up next, no drinking on the job. Right, right. Now if they win, then yes, party hard with the gold. The Triple Threat for those Raw tag titles is next!
Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins VS The Revival VS The Usos!
For those who missed it, The Revival lost to Jimmy & Jey at Super Showdown. Therefore, this really should just be the Major Bros against the Usos, but Shane obviously helped out his friends and pulled some strings. With four opponents instead of two, can Ryder & Hawkins keep their win streak going? Or will the ride end as those titles go to another team?
Raw returns as The Usos make their entrance. Backstage, Ryder & Hawkins are interviewed on their Cinderella win. They’ve been through it all, like the 0-269 losing streak for Hawkins. But there’s a reason both men are still in the WWE: they’re always ready. Shane handpicked the #TopGuys, and the Usos themselves are top tag team material. The champions may be the Cinderella team, but it isn’t midnight yet. The Major Bros make their entrance to join the others in the ring. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the match begins!
Ryder starts with Dawson and Dawson throws big hands and CHOPS! Tag to Dash and The Revival whip Ryder in. Ryder knees back then dropkicks Dawson! Dash gets tagged out by Jey Uso, and then Jey and Ryder work together long enough to clothesline The Revival out. Now Jey and Ryder circle and tie up. Jey wristlocks and wrenches but Ryder rolls and reverses. Ryder hammerlocks but Jey elbows out. Jjey runs but into a flapjack! Cover, TWO! Ryder tags Hawkins and they double team with a Russian leg sweep STO! Cover, TWO! Hawkins keeps on Jey with another wrench then whips. Dawson tags in as Hawkins trips Jey, and Dawson clotheslines Hawkins! Dawson drags Jey out to throw him into barrier, then The Revival throw Hawkins into others! They mock Cinderella Hawkins while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Hawkins fights out of a chinlock. Dawson shoves but Hawkins comes back with a BIG lariat! Fans fire up and Dash tags in to hit Ryder down. Dash fireman’s carries and tags in Dawson. The Revival combine for the boosted suplex, but Hawkins lands on his feet! To tag in Jimmy! Jimmy dumps the Revival out to then DIVE onto them both! Jimmy puts Dawson in to climb up top, and he leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jimmy mule kicks and uppercuts Dawson, then dodges to Samoan Drop him! Cover, TWO! Jimmy keeps his cool as he and tans echo “UCE! OH!” Dawson hits Jimmy with a right but Hawkins tags in.
Ryder drags Dawson out for Hawkins to go at Jimmy. Jimmy uppercuts Hawkins, but Hawkins PELES Jimmy! Tag to Ryder, and the Major Bros combine for a blockbuster Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Ryder keeps his cool as he considers his options. Fans fire up for Ryder but also for Jimmy. Jimmy slowly stands, but voids a Rough Ryder. Ryder dodges but gets an elbow. Jey tags in, Ryder hits Jimmy but Jey SUPERKICKS! Hawkins leaps into a SUPERKICK! Dash gets a SUPERKICK! Jey waits for Ryder, to SUPERKICK him down! Jey heads up top now, but Dash tags in before the Uso Splash! Dawson throws Jey away, covers Ryder, The Revival wins!!
Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
And they have their golden tickets to the Best Party in the World! The #TopGuys are two-time Raw tag champions, but will they be celebrating for long?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
How much does Sami Zayn being an outside enforcer affect his mindset? He’s ready for anything. He heard Heyman’s threats, he’ll be ready for Lesnar anytime. Corbin at Stomping Grounds will be easy, too. As for Kevin with Sami ringside, Rollins is definitely ready for them, too. But will he really be able to focus on what’s in front of him with what could be right around the corner?
Raw checks in on the WWE 24/7 Championship elevator situation, again.
Maverick is really worried about his bride-to-be standing him up at the wedding. Being stuck in an elevator is only second to peeing his pants on national television! Oh yeah that is rough. Carmella said his bride already said yes, so she must have already accepted that. Yeah, Slater and Truth both know marriage is scary. True love is real, and EC3 knows because he’s been married five times. What? No that doesn’t add up to Alexander. But it’ll be fine, Maverick, really. They’ve got a lot more in common than anybody. Three of them are from Carolina! And they’re also married. They’re family. Like the song!
But wait! The others get the door open! And the ref is still there… IT’S GO TIME!! #RunTruthRun! The others fight, Alexander rolls Truth but Robert Roode breaks it up. Eric Young covers, but No Way Jose yanks him off. Truth and Carmella get back in the elevator, and away! Wait, doesn’t the elevator still not work?
Raw presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Bray finishes putting up a new sign. “Abandon All Hope Ye Who Exit Here.” That sounds familiar… But then Bray notices the audience! Kon’nichiwa, everybody! Bray’s doing some handiwork around here. But Mercy and Rambling Rabbit are fighting! Well Mercy’s tryin’ to eat him again! He ain’t food, dude. Yeah but it’s law of the jungle, dumb bunny! Oh, Mercy. Does Bray have to get The Fiend? Yeah didn’t think so. So how about letting fate decide? Bray covers his ears and… It’s Rambling Rabbit’s lucky day. He may have the floor!
Rambling Rabbit’s got a lot to say, dude. Don’t eat your friends, no matter what! He doesn’t feel safe here anymore. He needs to tell the fans what’s really going on in the Fun House, yo! Bray grabs Rambling Rabbit by the head. “Now why did you have to go and do that?” Bray throws Rambling Rabbit down, and has a mallet! No not the mallet, dude! SMASH! SMASH! And yes, SMASH! Oh is he okay? Doesn’t look it. Bray takes a taste. Yowie wowie, he’s delicious! Which reminds Bray. Today’s sponsor: Rambling Rabbit’s Bohemian Breakfast Spread. Start every morning, with a smash! Now remember, Fireflies. Bray will always light the way. You just have to let him in. Okay bye~!
What are the chances Truth accept that invite to the Fun House now?
Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens, Special Outside Enforcer: Sami Zayn!
The Beastslayer is ready for anything, but will he be able to handle the Prizefighter when he has someone backing him at ringside?
Raw returns as Kevin makes his entrance, followed by Sami dressed in referee stripes. Sami and the main ref shake hands, and Sami promises he’ll be fair and square. Sami doesn’t trust Rollins as he checks all the spots, and assures Kevin Rollins has nothing illegal on him. HE then checks Kevin and Kevin is okay. Rollins isn’t so sure, since Sami barely checked Kevin in comparison. The bell rings, and we finally begin.
Rollins and Kevin circle and tie up. Kevin waistlocks on the bad ribs, but Rollins pries free to a wristlock and wrench. Kevin ropebreaks but Rollins holds on until 3 to yank on 4! Sami protests as does Kevin, but the ref says that was all within the legal gray area. Rollins and Kevin circle again and Kevin gets a leg. Rollins blocks but Kevin spins and wrenches the arm. Kevin has Rollins on one knee, but Rollins works his way back up. Rollins rolls and handsprings to wrench back and nsapmare Kevin to a ghost pin, TWO! But Rollins keeps on Kevin with the arm. Rollins rolls Kevin but Sami is busy talking to the other ref! Kevin gets away, and Rollins tells Sami to cut it out. Kevin attacks Rollins from behind!
Fans boo as Kevin stomps into Rollins. The ref counts and Kevin backs off to say “This is MY show!” But Rollins puts Kevin in a corner and throws hands! But Sami pulls Rollins away! Sami tells the ref that Rollins can’t be bending rules like that. Rollins still dropkicks Kevin down, then follows him outside. Sami keeps Rollins back to check on Kevin. But Rollins gets around Sam, only to get thrown into barriers! Kevin DDT’s Rollins down and gets back in the ring. “Who’s the man now?!” Kevin gloats while we go to break.
Raw returns once more, and Rollins endures a chinlock. He fights his way up, and Jawbreakers free! But he runs into Kevin’s backbreaker! Kevin bends Rollins back across his knee, and mocks the #BurnItDown chants. “He’s not burning nothing down!” Kevin kicks Rollins in the ribs, then dropkicks him in the back! He mocks Rollins’ pain, then covers, ONE! Sami discusses things with the ref, but Kevin mocks the fans cheering for Rollins. Rollins gets up, bleeding from an eyebrow, but Kevin puts him in the corner. Kevin throws body shots then mocks the fans more. Rollins staggers away but Kevin punches him around the ring. Kevin fireman’s carries but Rollins slips out and throws hands. And CHOPS! But Kevin knees low to then run, but into a Slingblade!
Rollins brings Kevin up but can’t suplex with the bad ribs. Kevin fireman’s carries to a gut buster! Kevin climbs up top, Swanton gets knees! Fans cheer as Rollins saves himself. Kevin bails out and Sami stays close. Rollins gets up and builds speed, to run into a right hand! Kevin drags Rollins up to hip and pop-up, but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins kicks, Kevin ducks to roll Rollins up, but Rollins rolls through to SUPERKICK Kevin! Kevin SUPERKICKS back! Rollins PELES! Both men are down and Sami is worried for his friend. Rollins gets up first and to a corner to climb up top. But Sami gets in the ring!? He’s supposed to be the outside enforcer! But he’s bending rules again to check on Kevin. Rollins hops down to argue with Sami, but Kevin rolls Rollins up! TWO, and Rollins dumps Kevin out!
Rollins builds speed again, to DIVE onto Kevin and Sami! Rollins puts Kevin back in, CURB STOMP! Cover, but Sami yanks the ref! Sami insists Rollins be disqualified for hitting Sami in that dive! The ref says that was Sami’s fault. Sami gets back in the ring and tells Rollins off. Rollins seethes as he stands back up. Sami reminds Rollins he is an official. Rollins says Sami is just a slimy snake! He grabs Sami, but Sami calls for the bell!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification
Sami says that’s how it is, because Rollins assaulted an official, aka Sami! Rollins is seething even more while Kevin feebly celebrates. Rollins DECKS Sami! And then rains down rights! But Corbin appears and attacks! The Lone Wolf takes advantage of a distracted Rollins to stomp and punch him down! Corbin grabs a chair and grins as he aims at Rollins. But Rollins mule kicks Corbin back! Rollins has the chair and Corbin runs away! Sami runs into the chair! SMACK across the back! Rollins SMACKS Sami again! Rollins glares at Corbin, making sure he knows this is the Lone Wolf’s fate! And he goes back to Sami to SMACK, SMACK, SMACK! And he’s not done! He rips the referee shirt off Sami to put him back in the ring. Rollins again makes sure Corbin sees… the CURB STOMP!
San Jose is fired up with Rollins, but will Rollins #BurnItDown at Stomping Grounds? Or will Corbin find the perfect referee to stack things in his favor?
For the disappointing episodes the last few weeks, and the over-hyped Super Showdown turning into a fiasco, this Raw was actually pretty good. Sure, we open with a big talking segment, but it does set up things for Stomping Grounds. Which, by the way, is apparently the successor to 2018’s Great Balls of Fire with its dumb logo and dumber catchphrase. That PPV’s match card is looking more like it should be WWE Recycled Materials, because we’re getting rematches from everywhere. Granted, rivalries are built on rematches, but at this point in time, it just feels like one too many of them are happening. I do appreciate them adding a special guest referee to Rollins VS Corbin, who I’m guessing will be… PAUL HEYMAN! That way, Heyman can screw Rollins over one way or another to make it that much easier for Lesnar.
Rollins VS Owens w/ Sami as “outside enforcer” was pretty good in a nutshell, and of course Sami helps Kevin win. But Rollins seems to be gaining this aggressive side give his supposed obsession with Lesnar. Again, this would work so much better as a build to Extreme Rules because then a No Disqualifications match would allow Rollins to let all this anger out without it being cheating. Maybe Rollins can keep the edge sharp so that he and his opponent at Extreme Rules, who better be someone different, can go to the limit, making it even more possible for Lesnar to strike. With Lars dominating Lucha House Party, maybe he’ll move up to the Universal title come Extreme Rules?
The 24/7 Championship gag this week was pretty creative, trapping Truth and a random assortment in an elevator. It at least allowed EC3 to speak and show even a little of his personality. I wonder if Truth will ever truly be dethroned as the 24/7 Champion, I can’t see someone being better than him. Meanwhile, Vince really screwed everyone over with the WWE Women’s Tag titles changing. Peyton & Billie win a meaningless match, but at least it feeds into their Heel characters. Hopefully we get a real build for Stomping Grounds so that Kairi Sane & Asuka are contenders and take those titles away. Then with the Raw Tag Team Championships, we get a pretty good Triple Threat, but I really would’ve loved a Tornado. But at least Revival win as Heels should, and maybe Stomping Grounds gives us a fresh Revival VS Usos build to redeem Vince’s juvenile one.
I really hope we’re getting something big for the WWE United States Championship come Stomping Grounds. That PPV would be much better if we had a Six Pack Challenge or something for the title. We got a great set of promos out of Miz TV from all the contenders and Joe himself, and we can go into a specific one like Joe VS Miz for Extreme Rules. A personal feud like Joe does would be great with Miz, and an Extreme Rules blow-off would definitely fit such a thing. The Six Man Tag was great, but I hope Cesaro isn’t as badly hurt as he looks. That 630 hit him high on the leg but he clutched at his knee, so it’s anyone’s guess as to where that leg is really injured.
I’m still confused on this Alexa Bliss thing. To be fair, she’s always been two-faced on the main roster, so perhaps that’s all this is. She did a classic move of saying Bayley’s done all the horrible things she’s done, so that helps the build. The match of both champs VS both contenders was good, and Lacey does another good Heel move of using anyone and everyone around to get the drop on the Faces. Nikki obviously showed some skepticism but for now she’s still Alexa’s unwitting puppet. I still don’t see Alexa winning the SmackDown title as a Raw superstar, but maybe something happens to expose the truth to Nikki and then they feud going towards Extreme Rules. Lacey still isn’t winning at Stomping Grounds, either, as far as I can tell. Maybe Alexa switches focus to Raw to take Becky on.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)
And you thought last week was big!
205 Live doubles down on historic matches!
Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.
It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.
The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!
How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?
The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!
Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!
Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!
Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!
Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!
The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?
The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!
Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.
Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.
Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!
Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!
Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?
A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.
Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!
SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!
- Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay; Charlotte & Asuka win.
- Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler; Cesaro wins.
- Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella; Sasha wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Crews wins by disqualification, Big E retains the title.
- Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table, with Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, is back to open SmackDown, but no Jey Uso? Roman and Heyman are not in a good mood after the bait ‘n’ switch Adam Pearce pulled over on them with Kevin Owens. Heyman hands Roman a mic as fans boo and give thumbs down on their screens. “So KO said he was going to deliver a message today, huh?” Or is he not? No, we’re not going to see Kevin Owens tonight because Roman said so. Now let’s talk about last week and “card subject to change.” Real clever. A lot of people made comments about Pearce getting one past them, outsmarted them.
But let’s make this clear: “That way of thinking is beneath me.” Card subject to change is how losers think. It’s how people who are scared to come to work think. Roman doesn’t miss appearances, he puts in work! Legitimately! It took Roman’ sown health being at risk during a pandemic to keep him away. So he never wants to hear anyone say anything about him missing appearances. But what if Roma started thinking like “a puss” like Pearce, talking about his elbow and shoulder hurting. No one would doubt it because of the work Roman puts in! Roman’s knees hurt, and so does his neck. But what else? His ankles have been bad since college. And his back… Heyman says just the weight of it all is making Roman’s back hurt, because Roman’s been carrying the WWE for YEARS!
But what if Roman’s back continues to hurt until the Royal Rumble? What if he can’t make it because of that? Pearce walks out and says this is going too far. Heyman says Pearce is being rude not even addressing Roman. Pearce says this is spiraling out of control, and Roman can’t believe he wants to talk about control. We know who is in control. But what’s out of control is that Pearce is going against Roman. That Pearce is doing a favor and putting Kevin back into the Universal title picture. And the fact that Pearce is favoring Kevin! This isn’t even really a favor. Pearce is Kevin’s BITCH! And he’s also Roman’s bitch.
But what Roman really can’t stand right now, is Pearce having the audacity coming out here and complaining about how his body feels. Pearce hasn’t been in a match for six YEARS, but he’s talking about how his body hurts. Pearce is next to the thoroughbred of the WWE, a man who does 52 weeks a year, multiple days a week! Roman never complained, never stopped and busts his ass for this place, and that is why Roman is who Roman is! And Pearce is going to complain, whine, MOAN about stuff? “No wonder you never made it to the WWE.” Heyman chuckles at that one.
Pearce asks if this is funny to Heyman. It is. Pearce can take it from Roman but he won’t take it from Heyman. Oh? Well that’s disrespectful. Disrespecting Heyman is disrespecting Roman. Heyman, straighten Pearce out. Heyman is given the mic to speak. Pearce disrespected the Tribal Chief and his family. Heyman’s known his family 15 years. Roman’s family would not be friends with someone who isn’t tough! Do you know what it is like to be a friend of the Anoa’i family? Everyone buys into Heyman’s persona, that he’s “impotent as a man.” Heyman’s from New York, he whoop yo’ ASS for disrespecting the chief. Wanna stare Heyman down?
Heyman may not be a lawyer but he’s from a synagogue full of them. In Florida, a verbal contract is BINDING. So if you want something big for the main event, how about this? Pearce VS PAUL HEYMAN! What?! Heyman offers a handshake, and Pearce TAKES IT! The challenge is accepted!! Pearce will have his first match in six years, against Paul E. Dangerously! Roman says at the end of the night, Pearce gets his ass kicked. #BelieveThat.
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
He has a sign with #JusticeForSami on it, and he brings out cuffs?! Sami is going to cuff himself to the ringside barriers as a form of protest because he is not part of tonight’s Intercontinental Championship! How will WWE officials respond to Sami’s sudden SmackDown sit-in?
SmackDown returns and Sami claims he is being victimized, but he will enter the Royal Rumble to counter it! Sami says he had Apollo Crews beat, though with hands somehow on Apollo’s tights. But then Apollo does the same thing back to him and Apollo wins?! That is not fair! But then the Empress of Tomorrow interrupts Sami with her entrance, followed by The Queen’s! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here!
Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay!
The Queens of Tomorrow have a lot going on as individuals on Raw, but they return to SmackDown to focus on their teamwork! Meanwhile, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott haven’t been able to focus with the Femme Fatale frantically interfering. Will Billie be a burden as the Squad has a chance at earning a championship opportunity?
As the teams sort out, Natalya and Tamina are watching from backstage. The bell rings as Charlotte and Ruby start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Charlotte pushes Ruby to ropes. Ruby pushes back but Charlotte headlocks and throws Ruby down. Ruby keeps her shoulders up, fights to her feet, but Asuka tags in. Charlotte snapmares Ruby, Asuka runs Ruby over with a shoulder! Asuka headlocks Ruby, Ruby fights up but Charlotte tags back in. The Queens of Tomorrow hand Ruby off and Charlotte bumps Ruby off buckles! Charlotte digs her boot into Ruby’s head but lets off at 4. Ruby flounders, Charlotte taunts her to reach for Liv, then CLUBS her down.
Charlotte looms over Ruby, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Ruby falls over, Billie protests on the apron but Charlotte runs her off. Ruby rushes at Charlotte but into an elbow! Liv tags in as Billie shouts at Charlotte! Ruby rushes Charlotte but is thrown out, and Charlotte grabs at Billie! Liv apron dropkicks Charlotte back in! Liv hurries up top and leaps to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie can’t believe she’s being helpful as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Charlotte blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Charlotte stomps away on Liv, backs off as the ref counts, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap on their screens, Charlotte scoops Liv but Liv slips out. Liv runs, Ruby tags in, Liv huricanranas and Ruby runs in to tilt-o-whirl! Charlotte blocks the headscissors but Ruby fires off forearms! Ruby goes up and gives Charlotte DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, Sami is still filming his protest, and the Squad double SLAMS Charlotte down! Cover, ONE! Liv tags Ruby back in, they stomp away on Charlotte in a corner, and then tag again.
Ruby and Liv bring Charlotte out, double whip but charlotte stops herself to kick and forearm and CHOP! Charlotte CHOPS away, throws Ruby into buckles then kicks Liv low! EXPLODER! And kip up! Charlotte fires up but misses Liv in the corner. Liv runs into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Asuka, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Ruby runs but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Liv dropkicks Charlotte and enziguris Asuka! But Asuka has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv tries to roll through but gets caught to a trapped-leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka kicks but misses, Liv rolls her to swing. Asuka blocks, reels Liv in, but Ruby tags!
Asuka lets Liv go to get Ruby, but Billie distracts! The O’Conner roll is rolled over but Billie argues too long! That costs Ruby, she has to kick Asuka! Liv saves Ruby from the hip attack but falls on Billie! Ruby SUPERKICKS but Asuka counters the Riott Kick to the pop-up KNEE! Asuka runs, tags Charlotte, CODE BREAKER to NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall
Billie went from helping to hindering the Squad again! Will this partnership fall apart before Billie’s very eyes?
Billie finds the Squad backstage.
She apologizes for, for… For what, Billie? Stopping Ruby from pinning Asuka? Messing this opportunity up for them?! Yeah… Well for someone who doesn’t mean to, she’s pretty good at it. Maybe that should be put on the resume. Well, all the great teams have overcome obstacles! Billie has good news, though. She talked to Sonya Deville and the Squad is in the Women’s Rumble match! They can practice throwing Billie out over the ropes! Billie can pretend to be Bianca or Mella! No, there is no “us” anymore. The Squad works better when it’s just Ruby and Liv. Sorry. Will Billie ever catch a break?
Daniel Bryan is here!
And he goes past Sami’s new sign, where SAMI is an acronym: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Clever. Bryan goes to the ring and fans join in the “YES!” fingers on their screens. Bryan says a week from this Sunday is one of the most unique and historic traditions in the WWE, the Royal Rumble match. And even saying that, this time of year, a chill goes down Bryan’s spine. It’s a little hard to explain why but Bryan will give it his best shot. “It’s the uncertainty of what number you’re going to. It’s watching the countdown for every superstar that comes out. It’s waiting for that buzzer to hit, for that music to play, for you to run down, nobody knows that you’re coming, and you don’t know who’s coming out next!
“It’s the exhilaration of competing against 29 other superstars that could go over an hour, and it’s every man for themselves.” One of the most challenging, grueling things you can do in the WWE, and that makes Bryan feel alive. Despite all the pain, all the uncertainty, it is absolutely worth it because the winner gets to face the champion of their choosing in the main event of WrestleMania! Bryan is very proud of his career, he’s accomplished a lot. But the one thing he has never done is win a Royal Rumble! Experts, commentary, Michael Cole even, will say- Cesaro interrupts!
Cesaro thought he beat some sense into Bryan last week, but here Bryan is again talking about how he’ll win the Rumble. Cesaro appreciates Bryan explaining the rules, but Cesaro could’ve done it better and in five languages. But that’s besides the point. Bryan is NOT winning this year’s Rumble, Cesaro is. As the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Cesaro is an expert on this. Bryan didn’t forget about the loss, but instead of talking, how about putting the mics down, and they can fight it out again? Cesaro says no. Cesaro is sick and tired of proving himself week after week doing the same thing over and over! He beat Bryan, and Bryan isn’t dressed for the occasion, Cesaro issues an open challenge! Anyone who has already declared for the Rumble, come on down!
The one to answer the open challenge is… Dolph Ziggler! One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions is here asking about the conversation. Ziggler has been in the second most Rumbles ever. Ziggler can go all night long, ask anyone. And aside from himself and his colleague, Robert Roode, there is no one that can go toe-to-toe with Ziggler except maybe Cesaro. No offense to Bryan but it ain’t 2014 anymore. But if we’re talking about a Rumble challenge, Ziggler wants to win to go to Mania and get paid! So Bryan, scoot over, and Cesaro, consider your challenge accepted. Will the Show-Off show up the Swiss Cyborg?
Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!
SmackDown returns and Bryan has joined commentary for this great match-up already underway. Ziggler has Cesaro down and has a leg, gets a cover, TWO! Cesaro gets a lateral press but Ziggler keeps his shoulder up. Cesaro pushes him around, gut wrenches and lifts but Ziggler resists by grabbing Cesaro’s leg again. Ziggler shifts, rolls, has a cover, ONE! Cesaro tries a cover, ONE! Cesaro waistlocks but Ziggler gets the ropes. Ziggler elbows Cesaro away then jumps on for a sleeper hold! Cesaro stays up, RAMS Ziggler into buckles and is free. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Ziggler with that EuroUpper! Ziggler flounders into a trip and then a SWISS SWING!
Cesaro brings Ziggler around and around for a count of 10, then maybe 15 even, or 20! Cesaro throws Ziggler, covers, TWO! Ziggler survives the swing, Cesaro stalks him to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST! Ziggler rolls Cesaro up, TWO! Cesaro back drops, Ziggler sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro sits on the cover, TWO! Ziggler sunsets, TWO! Cesaro, TWO! Ziggler, TOW! Cesaro high stacks, TWO! Ziggler pops him to a cover, TWO! SUPER- No, Cesaro blocks but uppercuts into a backslide,. Cesaro slips out, but into a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! And yes, Sami is still protesting. He’s even memeing! “Sami was robbed, change my mind.”
Cesaro and Ziggler slowly rise and Ziggler sleeper holds again! Cesaro gets up, shifts Ziggler from backpack to a front facelock, for a suplex! Ziggler knees free, kicks low then runs, into a pop-up! Ziggler tries to huricanrana, but Cesaro makes it a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Michael Cole points out this is two times in a row that Cesaro has beaten a former world champion! Will Cesaro take the Rumble and be a WrestleMania contender?
Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella!
It is very rare for WWE to do co-ed matches like this, and certain against a champion like The Boss against the sommelier in employment of The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island. Will Reginald ruin Sasha’s momentum towards the rematch with Mella?
SmackDown returns and Mella makes her entrance to accompany Reginald to the ring, two other assistants bringing the champagne and drinking glasses to the ring for them. Mella and the champagne join commentary as the bell rings. Sasha tells Reggie it’s time to put up or shut up, but Reggie presents her with an orange rose. Sasha accepts the rose but goes to slap Reggie! He blocks, only for Sasha to SLAP him with the other hand! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and uses the ropes to arm-drag, but Reggie handsprings through! Mella says that’s her Reggie! Reggie waistlocks but Sasha resists the lift and slips out the back to switch. Reggie does the same and rolls right out of the ring!
Reggie plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and does a back flip off the apron! But Sasha wrecks him with a baseball slide dropkick! Sasha whips Reggie at the steel steps but Reggie leaps up and over! Mella applauds the bit of flair, Sasha gives chase, they go in the ring and speed things up with hurdle for hurdle. Reggie shows off with that flip, Sasha goes up and springboards, but Reggie blocks the sunset flip! Reggie wheelbarrows Sasha but she turns that into a BULLDOG! Sasha wants Mella to see why she’s the boss, but Sasha misses the meteora to hit buckles! Sasha avoids Reggie’s elbow drop, Oklahoma roll but Reggie slips out!
Reggie avoids Sasha’s dropkick to bomb lift, but Sasha arm-drags free! Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she knees Reggie away! Sasha goes up, leaps, crossbody but Reggie holds her up! Reggie pops Sasha up but into another arm-drag! Reggie is sent out, Sasha hurries to the apron, METEORA! Sasha slaps the champagne out of Mella’s hand! Sasha goes back into the ring with Reggie, brings him in for a backstabber but he rolls through! Sasha kicks him, and knuckle locks to flip up and into another METEORA! Mella sneers but Sasha tilt-o-whirls and drags Reggie down by his arm! BANK STATEMENT!! Reggie taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
Sasha got her revenge on Reggie, and throws him out to Mella! Will Sasha do the same to the Princess at the Royal Rumble?
Roman Reigns sits in his private room.
Heyman says Roman was brilliant. They got Pearce! “We? What’re you talking about?” Heyman knew what Roman was up to, he fed right into it. Roman simply passed Heyman the mic to do what he does better than anyone, and that is verbally rip someone to shreds. Roman didn’t say Heyman should challenge Pearce to a match. But Heyman has stepped into it, so he has to do this. Roman didn’t hire some punk to be Special Counsel, he hired a man. So Heyman needs to go out there and represent Roman as a man and handle business. “Paul, be a man. Handle your business.” The Special Counsel has no words, will he have no defense against Pearce?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
Sami Zayn is irate as Big E taunts him with the belt. But Sami is not the champion’s concern, he’s taking on the man in the ring! Big E and Apollo have been in friendly competition, but after what Heyman told both of them over these last few weeks on Talking Smack, will all of that go out the window?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to #ThinkBig or go home!
Apollo rushes Big E but right into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Apollo goes to the apron, Big E follows and stomps him, to then run and APRON SPLASH! Big E is fired up and gets back in to run at Apollo. Apollo elbows back, BOOTS back, then runs, into a scoop! Apollo slips off, and ENZIGURIS! Big E wobbles into a BOOT! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps focus as he stalks Big E. Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES Big E! Apollo holds on to GERMAN again! Big E elbows over and over until he’s free, and he gets Apollo with the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he goes out after Apollo.
Big E and Apollo end up by the announce desk. Big E tells Apollo he’ll never make the mistake of disrespecting him again. Apollo pushes Big E away, then dodges him to go up the apron and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! Apollo gets Big E back in at the ring count of 8 then climbs up top! Big E hits Apollo first then climbs up to join him. Big E throws forearms, stands Apollo up, but Apollo resists the superplex! Apollo throws headbutts as fans clap on their screens! Big E falls back, Apollo adjusts, but Sami uncuffs himself! Sami’s strike is over as Apollo leaps to missile dropkick Big E!
Apollo resets but Sami HELLUVA KICKS him!! SAMI SCREWS APOLLO!
Winner: Apollo Crews by disqualification (Big E is still WWE Intercontinental Championship)
And then Sami HELLUVA KICKS Big E! And Sami has the nerve to talk about injustice! Sami says HE is the champion, but that this is what Big E and Apollo deserve! Will Sami get what he deserves soon enough?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“I showed up to work today, and I was told I couldn’t get into the building because Roman Reigns pulled some strings to make sure I wouldn’t be there. Roman, dude… It’s fine. But just know this: at the Royal Rumble, there’s no more strings for you to pull.” At the Rumble, they will settle this once and for all. And Roman calls Kevin “a cockroach that won’t die,” and tells him to just stop fighting, but Kevin can’t do that. Roman has yet to beat Kevin like the champion he claims to be. Roman did not earn those victories. The family did that for him.
And the other reason Kevin keeps fighting is this. Kevin has a lot of tattoos, and they all have a story behind them. He has his wife’s name on his wrist, his kids’ names on the other side, then one to remind him of his parents. Kevin fights for all of them, but he has tattoos on his knuckles. These are his grandfathers’ initials: M for Melvin, his dad’s dad, and P is for Pierre, his mom’s dad. Those men had Kevin’s back all the way. They were his biggest fans, and nothing made them happier than seeing Kevin in the ring. The biggest regret Kevin will have is that he didn’t make it to the WWE in time for them to see, because they both passed away just before.
But they will always be with Kevin. The mark they left on Kevin will always be there, because both men battled illnesses that should’ve made their lives a lot shorter. Those two men refused to quit, and because of that, Kevin was lucky to have many, many great years with them. So how can Kevin stop fighting? That is why Kevin will not stay away and why he will #JustKeepFighting. That is why come Royal Rumble, Kevin will be the Last Man Standing.
The Street Profits have a basket.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins see Ziggler talking with Sonya, and have a quick question: Are you ready~, ready~? This is a celebratory basket for congratulating Sonya on her new job and office! But don’t jump the gun! They’re not just congratulating her on the new gig. She sits next to Pearce, looking pretty, but they have business. It has been two, two weeks, since the Profits lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Ziggler & Roode, Entertainment Dysfunction. Put that on a t-shirt, it’ll make millions! But that aside, the Profits- Sonya knows they want their rematch. She’s so smart!
Sonya knows they were champions for 312 days, won two Slammy Awards, so yes they deserve a rematch. But Ford is still recovering from the leg injury. If he gets in that ring too soon, gets hurt and is out of action, that hurts SmackDown as a whole. So hear her out: For now, hang out, keep doing your segments to hype the show, and let another team get the opportunity. Then when Ford is 100%, he and Dawkins get back in the game and back in the title picture. Cool with t hat, fam? yeah, that’s cool. Golly, Sonya, thanks for your concern. Enjoy the basket! It’s expensive. But will the long wait really work out in the Profits’ favor?
Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
The Role Model wants The EST to prove she’s still got it when it comes to being the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, etc. Therefore, SmackDown is setting up a truly challenging obstacle course for them both to run! Who backs up their words, after the break?
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole presides over this special competition, and gives the introductions for Bianca, then for Bayley. Bayley takes over and says DING DONG, BYE Cole. This is her show now! And look, Bianca, this is what Bayley has for her. America Ninja Warrior ain’t got nothing on UAOCC! This is of course timed, starting right here with the “big ol’ 400 pound tractor tire,” which you only need to flip once. Go down the ramp, take on the short hurdles, climb the trio of military walls. And then Bayley even got advice from Chad Gable and Alpha Academy, he will put you through the full body test, the fireman’s carry!
But that’s not all! The very last challenge is grab the basketball, put it through the net, and time stops at the exact moment the ball exits the bottom of the net! The competitor with the shortest time is of course the winner! Let’s get the clock going, and Bayley wants to go first. Bianca says that’s fine, and we begin… NOW! Bayley flips the tire, hurries down the ramp, though not quite that quickly, and takes on the hop hurdles to go right at the military walls. The short one seems to throw her off, and she just weaves around them?! Is that allowed?
Bayley fireman’s carries Gable, and he seems to be heavier than he looks. Bianca “cheers” Bayley on as she goes from one end to another, then she gets the ball to DUNK- no, wait, there! Bayley finishes at 1:12. But she says she did Bianca a favor. “Let’s EST up this course,” all for Bianca. Oh, the hurdles are now full hurdles, and Bianca wraps her braid. GO! Bianca easily flips the tire, runs down the ramp., leaps the hurdles, leaps the walls, but she isn’t carrying Gable, but OTIS! Bianca has 40 seconds, she carries the 330 pound Otis with ease, then gets the ball and even dares Bayley to play D! She breaks ankles and DUNKS! She had 17 seconds to spare!
Winner: Bianca Belair
Sorry, Bayley, but that’s the power of the EST! Bayley is a sore loser and throws the ball at Bianca! And then hammers away with forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands but Bayley doesn’t care, as she POSTS Bianca and knocks down the basketball hoop! Bayley storms off, perhaps having proven she’s the meanest on the roster.
Rey Mysterio coaches Dominik backstage.
Rey reviews with Dom that Baron Corbin is a former boxer, so he has to watch out for the hands. Dom says Rey can trust him to have this. Dom is comfortable with his skills and has prepared. Okay, then we’ll do it his way. But if something goes wrong, they do it Rey’s way. That’s fair. Dom heads out, will he be able to trump the Wolf King?
Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
SmackDown returns as Corbin is already in the ring. Dominik makes his entrance, leaving Rey backstage so he can handle things. The bell rings and Dom circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Dom to a corner but Dom dodges the hands to throw hands of his own! Dom rams his shoulder in but Corbin shoves him away. Dom dropkicks but Corbin stays up. Dom whips, Corbin reverses but Dom wheelbarrows and throws Corbin out of the ring! The ring count climbs but Dom slingshots, only for Corbin to get clear and CLOBBER him! Corbin drags Dom up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Corbin already glares at the ref as he grows annoyed.
Corbin stalks Dom, drags him to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Corbin hops off at 4, then drags Dom up to throw body shots! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4 again, then stands Dom up. Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard! Dom bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Corbin takes his time bringing Dom back up. Corbin brings Dom around, reel shim in but Dom slips out to dropkick a leg! Corbin ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up but the call is blocked! Corbin drags Dom from ropes, yanks but Dom lands on his feet, only for Corbin to DECK him! Corbin reels Dom in and hits END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King wins because he did this his way! Will the Mysterios regroup and draw up a winning game plan?
Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns!
Scrap Daddy’s switcheroo not only got the better of the Special Counsel last week, it might be why he stuck his foot in his mouth this week! Will Pearce’s return to the ring also get the better of Paul E. Dangerously? Has the Head of the Table truly left Heyman hanging?
Heyman is taping his hands on his way to the ring, but stumbles off the steps? The ref checks on Heyman but he says he’s fine. Give him a minute to walk it off. Heyman fumbles on the steps again and Pearce smells a plot. After all, he let his “bum leg” be why Kevin Owens is back in the title match. And just as he knew, Heyman cites “card subject to change.” This was the trump card Heyman had up his sleeve! Roman did NOT leave the building, he’s heading to the ring! Now that the bait ‘n’ switch is on the other foot, will Scrap Daddy be scrap metal?
Adam Pearce VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Pearce the second he’s in the ring! This isn’t even a match because the bell hasn’t rung! Heyman says he has obviously found a suitable replacement, and Roman is pulling steps apart. Pearce throws a haymaker! Roman glares at Pearce, and LOW BLOW KICKS him! And then throws Pearce OVER the barriers! Roman is snarling as he goes around the way to drag Pearce up and throw him INTO ThunderDome screens! And then he drags Pearce up to throw heavy forearms! And then throws him into stage wall! Fans give thumbs down but that’s not going to save Pearce from Roman’s wrath!
Roman fireman’s carries Pearce and puts him on the upper level, the same place he threw Kevin off of. But speaking of, Kevin runs in and attacks Roman! Kevin saves Pearce as he throws haymakers and bumps Roman off barriers! Roman throws Kevin into screens, throws haymakers of his own, then they brawl to ringside! It’s Royal Rumble come early! Roman puts Kevin in the ring, storms in but into a USUPERKICK! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCH- NO! STUNNER from Kevin!! Kevin dares Roman to get back up! Roman sputters as he gets out of the ring but Kevin whips him into barriers! And clubs away on his back!
Referees rush out to try and stop this, and Kevin backs off to cool off. But then Kevin comes back to STOMP Roman into barriers! Roman flounders back up, referees try to talk Kevin down, and even Pat Buck, Pearce’s coworker. But Kevin gets past them to give Roman another STUNNER! Kevin wants Heyman to say something but Heyman has nothing to say! So Kevin brings Roman over, pops him up, POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Kevin is pulling steel steps apart! The refs keep him from bringing that over to Roman! Kevin says Roman’s lucky the officials are here to stop him, but it won’t happen at the Royal Rumble! Will Kevin truly #StunTheWorld when he is THE Last Man Standing?
A great SmackDown that honestly could’ve been a go-home to the Royal Rumble in some cases. Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad was good, but naturally the champions win, mostly because Billie was too involved. She has been kicked out of the Riott Squad, though she wasn’t really a member to begin with, but I feel like they could’ve gone another week, though. Natty & Tamina were watching backstage, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get a match with Charlotte & Asuka, even if they were to lose. The match of Sasha Banks VS Reginald was pretty good, mostly because Reggie is insanely athletic. Depending on how the story goes of him being Mella’s sommelier, maybe he can split off and get into like 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division to freshen things up a bit.
But of course Sasha wins, she’s the champion. I have a feeling this means the go-home sees Mella standing tall so that Sasha is still the favored to win. The “Ultimate” obstacle course challenge was very clearly going to be won by Bianca, but I commend Bayley for trying to rig it in her favor. Though, shouldn’t she have been penalized or even disqualified for outright skipping those military style walls? Pretty sure we’re getting a match between the two, and Bianca can sell the bad arm to “overcome” it and win, for big momentum going into the Women’s Rumble.
The Profits had a good segment with Sonya, and I like that, at least on the surface, Sonya is being a responsible official and having the Profits wait so they can be healed up. But I wonder if there will even be defenses in that time, as there aren’t many tag teams on SmackDown. It’s mostly the champs, the Profits, Cesaro-Nakamura, and maybe Alpha Academy, aka Gable & Otis. Dom VS Corbin felt like filler just to get things to what Rey was talking about last week, which should’ve just been what we got this week. Unless it was because the person they have in mind (Cain Velasquez) isn’t available right now because of some COVID concerns. That I’d understand.
Sami Zayn “protesting” this episode just so he’d be ringside for the Intercontinental Championship was a pretty good long game for the episode. Sami’s signs were clever, but it does seem a shame for what should’ve been a huge match. Maybe we get another Triple Threat for this title, and that is the way Big E loses. Though, I think it’d work well if Big E won, making his reign feel even bigger from having dealt with two contenders. After that, Big E can face just about anyone else on the roster, such as Nakamura, Cesaro or even Otis. And speaking of, Cesaro had a good promo with Bryan and a really good match with Ziggler, but I feel like all these wins are setting Cesaro up to not win the Rumble. But I said the same thing about Bryan making it his mission to win the reason he won’t, so maybe as far as SmackDown goes, it’s between the two of them as Rumble finalists.
And again, we got a lot of great stuff out of the Roman Reigns story. The opening promo segment was really good, it helped set up the main event, and gave a great tease of Pearce VS Heyman. But Heyman using the fake injury and “card subject to change” back on Pearce was also very clever, and naturally it was Roman who would beat Pearce up to get back at him for everything so far. Kevin had a really good promo, made a great save, and got to stand tall tonight with the table bomb. I’m curious as to Kevin’s part in the go-home next week. I can’t see him standing tall two weeks in a row just to keep the math in Roman’s favor, so maybe Roman turns this around to then defy the math and still retain the title. I’m pretty sure Roman does retain, and we leave it up to the Rumble to decide the rest.
My Score: 8.5/10
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