It’s the SmackDown after Stomping Grounds!
Kofi Kingston is still WWE Champion, and he even did double duty on Raw! But he also got put out by Samoa Joe! Will Joe come to SmackDown to end the dream? Or can Kofimania become Joe’s worst nightmare?
- The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS The New Day; The New Day win.
- 8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & The Planet’s Tag Team Champions; The New Day and Heavy Machinery win.
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Elias w/ Shane McMahon VS The Miz; Elias wins and Miz will not get a future match with Shane McMahon.
- Bayley VS Nikki Cross; Cross wins and earns Alexa Bliss a SmackDown Women’s Championship match at Extreme Rules.
- Ember Moon VS Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose; Deville wins.
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Kofi Kingston VS Dolph Ziggler; Kingston wins, Dolph Ziggler will not be part of the WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules.
PLAY BY PLAY
Shane McMahon opens SmackDown.
Roamn Reigns was consumed with fear, his back was against the wall. But he called upon the Deadman. Shane beat Roman once, and he’s survived the Undertaker. He doesn’t fear anyone. If Roman is going to let Taker fight for him at Extreme Rules, then they’ll both end up dead men. But Shane has a job to do, so he reminds everyone on SmackDown not to get on his bad side.
Awwww~ Portland~! The New Day is here~!
Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods return with pancakes and double dutch! And Kofi is still flying high after his Stomping Grounds cage escape, despite what Samoa Joe did to him last night on Raw. Ever since becoming WWE Champion, Kofi has had some of the best moments of his career and his entire life. Fans cheer Kofi but Kofi admits there have been some “painful, devastating, agonizing, brutalizing” moments, too. Defending the title in a cage was all of that. Kofi took on a great competitor in Dolph Ziggler and had to take a literal leap of faith to defeat. “But that’s just it.” Before Kofi could really celebrate, Raw happened. Footage replays of Kofi winning against both Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in a double header, only for Samoa Joe to take his own frustrations out on the world champion.
Back in the present, fans boo but Kofi says that was brutal, devastating, agonizing and painful. Joe is not a complicated man. He is more like a force of nature, or an animal. And when Joe has you in the Coquina Clutch, your world fades away. Joe thinks that he’ll be the shark that takes down his prey, but Kofi will not be eaten alive! However, Dolph Ziggler returns to say his piece! The Show-Off refuses for this to happen again. Ziggler did all the hard work, and now someone else is going to take his spot!? No! Ziggler says the fans might turn a blind eye, but Kofi knows better! How many times does Kofi have to beat him!? Ziggler says this is no joke, this is his career, his life, his everything!
Ziggler knows Kofi knows that Super Showdown, Xavier Woods saved him! And at Stomping Grounds, that beating the hell out of each other in the cage, Kofi had to take the coward’s war out to win. “Everyone knows I should be WWE Champion right now!” Fans boo in disagreement. But speaking of those who believe in Ziggler, he was talking with management (aka Shane), and they decided that if Ziggler can beat Kofi in a non-title match, he’ll be in the Extreme Rules match as a Triple Threat! “Then and only then, will I truly get what I deserve: the WWE Championship.” Oh and one more thing. Management says that Kofi can’t take the coward’s way out now, because it will be Best 2 out of 3 Falls! “Good luck, kid.” Ziggler drops the mic, but can he make any better of this opportunity than Kofi can?
SmackDown returns to Elias outside Shane’s door.
Miz comes by to ask if Shane’s even in there. Well yeah, but he’s all fired up over Roman and Taker. Miz shouldn’t just barge on in. Miz will take his chances. Elias gives Miz fair warning that he’ll be a dead man walking. Just move aside, Bootleg Bob Dylan. Elias plays over Miz’s words, he’s working on a new song. Miz stops his strumming, and tells him if he doesn’t move aside, it’ll be shoved up the dark side of his moon. He wants Shane to know that before Taker sends Shane six feet under, he and Shane need to settle their own business.
Miz leaves and Shane comes out and Elias passes along the message. Well maybe Shane should go teach Miz a lesson! And tonight! If Miz beats Elias, 2 out of 3 Falls. The Drifter is ready, but will Miz’s awesome ultimatum work out in the end?
The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS The New Day!
Daniel Bryan and Big Red Rowan are still the SmackDown Tag Team Champions after defeating Heavy Machinery, but they’re not walking into Portland in a good mood. That’s because they lost in a champions VS challengers elimination tag match, mostly because the Raw Tag Team Champions weren’t willing to play nice. Will they at least be able to get the New Day 2v2 to deny them a shot at the titles? Or will the power of positivity stop their mission to #SaveTagTeamWrestling already?
Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods and Bryan circle as fans rally for the New Day. Bryan and Woods tie up and Bryan headlocks. Woods power out but Bryan runs him over. Bryan gloats to a mixed reaction, but Woods circles with him again. Woods calls for a test of strength but plays around, which annoys Bryan. They do tie up and Bryan reels Woods in for a wristlock, back to a headlock. Woods powers out but Bryan runs him over again. Bryan runs but into a dropkick! Cover, ONE! Woods keeps on Bryan and whips, but Bryan ducks to hold ropes. Bryan boots and Rowan tags in, to run Woods over!
Rowan drags Woods up for headbutts, and has him in the Planet’s Corner. Rowan stomps a mudhole, then Bryan gets cheap shots! Big E protests but Bryan gets away with it. Rowan drags Woods for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Rowan drives his knees into Woods then claws at the face. He clubs Woods down then tags in Bryan. Bryan climbs while Rowan hangs Woods out to dry. Bryan leaps for a guillotine knee drop! Cover, TWO! Bryan drags Woods up for a big forearm then stomps. Tag to Rowan and Rowan drags Woods up again. Rowan whips Woods to an open corner but Woods boots back, only for Rowan to still clothesline him!
Rowan clubs Woods then whips him corner to corner. Woods elbows back this time, then hops up to leap, into Rowan’s arms! Rowan pops Woods up, but Woods slips out to mule kick! Woods fires off strikes but Rowan whips. Woods kicks then dodges, only to get a Big Red crossbody! SmackDown goes picture in picture while Woods bails out.
Rowan dusts off his hands while Big E coaches up Woods. Rowan lets the ring count begin, and Woods stirs at about 4. The count keeps going, but Woods gets up and in at 9! Rowan is right on Woods with knee drops! He grinds his foot into Woods but lets up at the ref’s count. Rowan drags Woods to the Planet’s Corner and tags in Bryan. Big Red whips Bryan in for the dropkick! Then adds a splash of his own! Bryan soaks up the heat before going to Woods to rain down rights. The ref counts and Bryan lets up, to stalk and punch Woods back down. Bryan keeps on Woods but Woods hits back! Woods throws haymakers and CHOPS, then runs, to kick Bryan away! Bryan ducks and grabs the leg! Bryan drags Woods back to tag in Rowan, who drops an elbow!
Rowan drops more elbows on Woods, then pump handles to a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Rowan keeps on Woods with a neck wrench, but Woods endures. Rowan shifts to the knuckle vice! Woods endures his head being squeezed but Bryan tells the fans to shut up. The fans rally and Woods powers up to fight back with body shots! And a jawbreaker! SmackDown returns to single picture as Rowan kicks Woods down! Rowan back suplexes but Woods lands out to dropkick Rowan down! Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Bryan and Big E! Big E throws Bryan overhead! And again! Then the side belly2belly!
Big E fires up with the fans as he swivels them hips! He runs and splashes onto knees! Bryan gets the Lebell Lock! Big E endures but Woods saves him! Rowan throws Woods out then follows, only to get a dropkick! Bryan keeps on Big E with Yes Kicks in the corner! Bryan runs corner to corner, into an urenage! Tag to Woods, and Big E scoops Bryan up. Woods climbs up, Midnight Hour! Cover, The New Day win!!
Winners: The New Day, Xavier Woods pinning
The former tag team champions pin the Planet’s Tag Team Champions! Is this the beginning of a return to glory?
But then Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens attack the New Day! Sami and Kevin beat the New Day at Stomping Grounds, and along with Rowan, they stomp out Big E and Woods! But here comes Heavy Machinery! Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic aren’t out of the race yet! Tucker blasts Kevin while Dozer belly bumps Sami! Rowan hits Dozer but Tucker boots Rowan! Woods SUPERKICKS, and Big E clotheslines Rowan out! Blue Collar Solid joins forces with the Power of Positivity to hold it down! Will all these teams soon be fighting for the SmackDown tag titles?
8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & The Planet’s Tag Team Champions!
As if the brawl wasn’t big enough, SmackDown pits these teams in a 4v4! Which side comes out with major tag momentum towards Extreme Rules?
Tucker starts against Bryan, but Bryan’s side just bumrushes Otis and the New Day at the bell! Then they all gang up on Tucker! Sami actually starts this match as he punches and kicks Oregon’s own. Tag to Kevin and Kevin stomps away on Tucker. “This is MY show!” Kevin argues with the ref and Bryan gets cheap shots in. Bryan tags in and throws European Uppercuts to Tucker. He also throws kicks from all sides into Tucker before tagging in Rowan. Rowan throws haymakers and puts Tucker in an open corner. He throws big body shots then puts Tucker up top. Rowan climbs up to join him, but Tucker resists. Rowan clubs Tucker and CHOPS him until Tucker slumps down to the apron. Big Red whips Tucker back into buckles hard. Sami and Kevin taunt Tucker while Rowan stands him up.
Rowan puts Tucker back up top and throws more big shots. Rowan climbs back up but Tucker still resists! But Rowan still SUPERPLEXES! Cover, but the New Day break it up! Bryan rushes in to hit a Knee Plus on Big E! Rowan grabs Woods for the IRON CLAW! Rowan puts Tucker in the corner and tags Bryan. Bryan holds Tucker for Rowan’s big splash! Then Rowan dumps Tucker down for Bryan to lap, only to miss the knee! Tucker LARIATS Bryan upside-down! Fans fire up as Dozer returns to the corner! Tucker and Bryan crawl, hot tags to Sami and Otis! Otis rallies on everyone! He bulldozes Sami, then scoops him for a spinning slam! Kevin can’t believe Otis spun for that long.
Otis takes aim, runs corner to corner, big splash! But he keeps moving for a second! Sami falls down and Kevin is perplexed as Otis pumps it up! Kevin decides to bail out, despite his best frenemy being in danger. Otis wiggles and pumps, CATERPILLAR! Tag to Tucker, and Otis scoops Sami, for a COMPACTOR! Cover, Heavy Machinery and the New Day win!
Winners: Heavy Machinery & The New Day, Tucker Knight pinning
Not only are the New Day back in the title hunt, but it seems Heavy Machinery is far from out! Which duo challenges for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships? Plus, it seems the duo of Sami and Kevin are back to being broken up, will they ever be together again?
SmackDown shares a WWE exclusive from after Raw.
The Goddess and Nikki Cross were victorious in tag team action against Naomi and Natalya, but Alexa couldn’t shake the bad mood from Stomping Grounds. Nikki had an idea on how to make it up to her. There won’t be a rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship yet, but Nikki has a match with Bayley tonight! Nikki wins and gets Alexa a title match at Extreme Rules! Alexa wants Nikki to win at any cost, but she won’t physically be there to root her on. Nikki will take Alexa’s faith as enough. But can Nikki really win Alexa her match with Bayley?
Mustafa Ali vows to SmackDown that he will be the light of the WWE.
No matter who, no matter where, and no matter what the situation, he vows to protect, serve and inspire the WWE Universe.
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Elias w/ Shane McMahon VS The Miz!
The Drifter again does Shane’s dirty work. Miz has to beat Elias twice in one match to earn one more match with the “BEST in the WOOOOOOORLD~!” Can the Hollywood A-Lister win himself another round with Shane to finally shut him up?
The bell rings and Elias rushes Miz, but Miz punches him back! Miz clotheslines Elias out of the ring, then runs to wreck him with a dropkick! Miz puts Elias in fast but Eilas runs at him, only for Miz to slide under and sunset flip! TWO, but Miz whips Elias to hit the kitchen sink knee! Then goes corner to corner for the A-List Lariat! Miz punches Elias away, but Shane trips Shane up! Fans boo but Shane gets away with it. Miz springboards, but into a knee! Drift Away neckbreaker! Cover, Elias gets the first fall!
Elias – 1; Miz – 0
The Best in the World is again an ace in the hole! But can Miz make a comeback after the break?
SmackDown returns with the second fall, and Shane finishes his pep talk with Elias. Elias hotshots Miz and runs in to kick and punch away in the corner! The ref pulls Elias off but Elias runs back in for more. Elias lets up again, to whip Miz at ropes and clobber him with a clothesline. Fans boo and jeer but Elias covers, TWO! Elias drags Miz up for more fists, then chokes him on the ropes. He backs off but the ref keeps his eyes on Shane. Elias chokes Miz more but lets up, only for Shane to taunt Miz. Elias drags Miz up for a snap suplex, then covers, TWO! Shane coaches Elias that it’s fine, and Elias taunts Miz before wrapping on a chinlock.
Miz endures and fans rally. Elias wrenches back hard but Miz powers up. Miz fights back but Elias wrangles him back down! Miz still endures as Elias wrenches back harder. Shane likes what he sees, but Miz does power up again. Miz glares at Shane even inside the chinlock. Fans rally up again and Miz fights back up. Miz pries free and throws body shots! Miz counter punches Elias! And again! Miz starts throwing haymakers from all sides and has Elias in a corner! He starts firing off It Kicks! Miz runs corner to corner, for double knees! And more double knees! Then he dodges Elias’ knee! Elias denies the Finale but not the DDT! Cover, TWO!
Miz glares at Shane more as Shane taunts him. Elias sits up and Miz gives him more It Kicks! Miz makes sure Shane sees each one as he kicks and kicks and kicks! Miz powers up the buzzsaw but misses! Elias rolls Miz, TWO! Sunset flip, but MIz rolls through to roll Elias to the buzzsaw! Miz roars and decks Shane! But Elias electric chairs, only for MIz to slip out, FINALE! Cover, but Shane attacks! Either way, Miz gets the fall!
Elias – 1; Miz – 1
But Shane won’t let Miz enjoy this as he rains rights! Shane realizes the mistake he made, but he argues with the ref that this shouldn’t count. But it does! So Shane adds on with Elias as they stomp and kick away! Elias chokes and grinds his forearm into Miz while Shane backs off. But Elias throws Miz out for Shane to bounce Miz off the desk over and over! Then he and Elias throw Miz over the announce desk! Fans boo and jeer but Shane doesn’t care as he takes off his jacket. Elias stomps Miz more, then grinds his foot in. The referee reprimands them both, and Shane finally drags Miz back to the ring, only to throw him into barriers!
Fans still rain down heat as Elias finally puts Miz back in. Elias and Shane get back in and Shane mocks Roman Reigns’ battle cry. SPEAR! The referee finally gets Shane to leave the ring and the third fall finally begins. Elias takes his time climbing up, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Elias wins!
Winner: Elias, by pinfall; Miz will not get a match with Shane McMahon
Shane and Elias celebrate their screwjob, but they’re not done adding insult to injury. They return to the ring and Elias drags Miz to a corner. Shane wants what he didn’t get on Raw, and climbs up for COAST2COAST! No Deadman to save The Miz, and Shane tells Miz to “never, ever” come after him again. Will Shane do this to the Big Dog and Taker when he and Drew McIntyre combine forces?
Backstage interview with the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor!
The Extraordinary Man returns to SmackDown to speak on what brings out The Demon. Finn respects El Idolo, Andrade Almas, and forcing the Demon to come out is a testament to Almas’ abilities. But the better the opponent, the better Finn has to be to win. ANd who is next for Finn? That person seems to come along all on their own. It’s Shinsuke Nakamura! The King of Strong Style returns to SmackDown, simply glimpsing at the title. Is SmackDown going to see NXT revisited?
Meanwhile, Miz struggles to leave the ring.
Portland cheers Miz on for his valiant fight against the power mad Shane McMahon. Will Miz give up in his pursuit of revenge? Or is this just more motivation for him to take down the Best in the World?
Bayley VS Nikki Cross!
The Huggable One is still the SmackDown Women’s Champion after Stomping Grounds, mostly because the Loony Lass more or less lost it for Alexa Bliss. But to get the Goddess’ forgiveness, Nikki will fight Bayley herself to earn Alexa a rematch at Extreme Rules! Is everything going as the Goddess intended? Or will Bayley finally get through to Nikki that she’s being used?
SmackDown returns as both women make their entrances in turn. The bell rings and Nikki crossbodies Bayley already! Nikki rains down rights then climbs on for a thrashing sleeper hold. Bayley throws Nikki off to clothesline her down! Cover, ONE! Bayley bumps Nikki on buckles and stomps away in the corner. Nikki hits back but Bayley clubs and throws Nikki out, for a hotshot! Nikki falls and Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley walks over as Nikki goes out, but Nikki shoulders and dropkicks in! Nikki climbs to crossbody again! Cover, TWO! Bayley gets to a corner and Nikki runs in, but gets flapjack’d onto buckles! Bayley drags Nikki up and hoists her up top. She puts Nikki in a Tree of Woe to club away, then goes corner to corner for a springboard elbow! Cover, TWO!
SmackDown goes picture in picture while Bayley keeps her cool. She grits her teeth while Nikki checks her neck. Bayley knocks Nikki down then chases her to ropes. She brings Nikki back for an armlock. Nikki endures and works against the forearm in her face. She powers all the way up and forearms Bayley off. Bayley forearms back, then elbows Nikki on the rebound! Nikki bails out, but Bayley follows. to daredevil dropkick! Nikki staggers but back into the ring. Bayley pursues again, and hits a sliding lariat! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps her cool while bringing Nikki back up. She yanks on Nikki’s arm, then whips her to a corner. Nikki goes up and over but Bayley elbows her down! Cover, TWO!
Nikki crawls while Bayley looms over her. Bayley wrangles her back into the armlock, and SmackDown returns to single picture. Nikki fights up to a jawbreaker! Bayley punches but Nikki counter punches. Nikki elbows Bayley from a corner, then kicks her from the ropes. Nikki dodges and Bayley gets buckles. Fans fire up with Nikki as she corner splashes and bulldogs! Nikki fires up and thrashes about, then gets Bayley in an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!! Nikki keeps going, but Bayley tosses her right out! Bayley runs, and DIVES, only to miss! Nikki dodges to let Bayley crash and burn! Then she puts Bayley back in to drag her up, neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Nikki grows frustrated but she grits her teeth as she glares at Bayley.
Nikki drags Bayley up but Bayley forearms back. Bayley blocks a boot to give a knee, then a saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans are dueling as Bayley climbs up top. Bayley aims, leaps, but FLOPS! Nikki gets Bayley in a ghost pin, TWO! Bayley uses the same, TWO! Nikki grabs Bayley but gets a cradle counter! ONE, and Nikki rolls Bayley. Bayley slips free to kick Nikki down. Bayley Oklahoma Rolls but Nikki blocks it! NIKKI WINS!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall; earns Alexa Bliss a SmackDown Women’s Championship match
The Goddess’ best friend succeeds! And now Alexa has another shot at the gold! But can Alexa make good on Nikki’s hard work?
SmackDown finds Carmella searching for R-Truth.
He’s obviously hiding again, because he’s still WWE 24/7 Champion. But Carmella first finds Fire & Desire, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville. Oh sorry, they were going to beat Ember Moon up again, but does she want in? These three argue and Sonya warns Mella to watch her back. They leave, and R-Truth appears from behind hockey boards. He gets up and Drake Maverick appears! Maverick tells them it’s okay, he doesn’t have a referee. In fact, he doesn’t have anything, his life is falling apart. But while he tricked Truth to win that title, Truth crashed his wedding! It was so important to Maverick to be a married man and champion, and Truth took it away. Maverick has nothing now. But Truth is a good man, so Maverick wants Truth to feel awful.
Truth tells Maverick that he is sorry for all that. He honestly thought it was Carmella’s wedding. But how about this, Hornswoggle? If the title means that much to him, get a ref and just pin Truth. Really?! Well okay. One comes over, but then Truth says PSYCHE! He loves the title way more than Maverick loves his wife! SEE YA! And then Maverick gets runs over by the horde! Will Maverick ever regain control of his life? Will Truth escape SmackDown still champion?
Ember Moon VS Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose!
The War Goddess has had to deal with Fire & Desire mocking her life choices, such as reading classic novels and playing video games. But now Ember will look to #BurnBurnBurn down the fire in Sonya. Will Ember finally get these two to back off? Or will the Jersey Devil continue to torment her in and out of the ring?
The bell rings and Ember fires hands with Sonya! Sonya gets Ember down to ground ‘n’ pound, then hits a sliding knee! Cover, ONE! Ember grits her teeth as Sonya pie faces and toys with her. Sonya gets in Ember’s face but Ember punches her back! ROLLING ELBOW! Mule kick to front kick to enziguri! Sonya is dazed and Ember blasts her with a shotgun dropkick! Ember hammers Sonya but Sonya bails out. Ember roars and pursues Sonya for clubbing forearms on the outside. Mandy lurks close but Ember scares her off. Ember puts Sonya in but Mandy distracts again. Sonya shoves Ember into a post! Then drags her to a high stack, Sonya wins!
Winner: Sonya Deville, by pinfall
Of course, there was a lot of help from Mandy. Will Ember get some fabulous back-up to take out Fire & Desire once and for all?
SmackDown hears from Aleister Black.
The Embodiment of the End is rather agitated. “I don’t get it. It’s almost funny, except it’s not!” Aleister has been daring everyone for weeks, anyone, to fight him! It’s all he is asking for! But is this not the WWE? The highest form of competition in the world? So it can’t be that there’s literally no one to come looking. Surely his past has gotten around, but he can’t be the only “condemned” to walk these halls. But Aleister is starting to think there is not one singular superstar on Raw or SmackDown that is man enough to pick a fight with… Oh who cares.
But wait, someone comes knocking!? Aleister gives a sinister smirk. Who came knocking on his door? And will they be in for a fight?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Kofi Kingston VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Show-Off managed to politic his way to yet another opportunity! If Ziggler manages to beat Kofi not once but twice tonight, he joins Samoa Joe as a challenger at Extreme Rules! Who is up to the task of winning two out of three falls in one night?
SmackDown returns as Kofi Kingston makes his return to the ring. Kofi throws more pancakes while Ziggler circles like a shark. The bell rings on the first fall and the two circle. Kofi and Ziggler go around but keep their distance. They tie up, and Ziggler powers Kofi to a corner. Kofi turns it around but Ziggler turns it back. Fans rally behind Kofi as he gets control. Kofi backs off cleanly, and circles with Ziggler again. Ziggler rushes in and gets a leg, then the waistlock. Kofi standing switches but Ziggler picks the leg to switch back. Kofi pries free and wrenches but Ziggler gets the ropebreak. The ref calls for it and Kofi lets go. Ziggler kicks low and dropkicks Kofi down! Cover, ONE!
Ziggler taunts Kofi as he wraps on a chinlock. Kofi gets up as fans rally but Ziggler throws him down. Ziggler drags Kofi to a grounded sleeper hold and wraps on body scissors. Ziggler taunts Kofi as Kofi endures and reaches for ropes. Kofi works his way up and elbows back. Kofi is free and throws hands, but Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler runs in at the corner for a big splash! And then he’s right up on the ropes, for a monkey flip! But Kofi lands on his feet! And dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Ziggler at the ropes but Ziggler slips out of the scoop. Ziggler rolls, TWO, Kofi has the cover, TWO! Kofi comes back, slides under to a cover, TWO!
Ziggler has Kofi now, TWO! Kofi again, ONE! Ziggler is up and knees hard into Kofi’s ribs. He throws Kofi to the apron but Kofi hangs on. Kofi shoulders back in then slingshots over for a sunset flip. Ziggler holds ropes but still has them in the cover! The ref sees that so no count! Kofi rolls Ziggler, Kofi gets the first fall!
Kofi – 1; Ziggler – 0
But taking a page out of Shane’s playbook, Ziggler clobbers Kofi at the ropes! Kofi is hanging out of the ring but then slumps out. Ziggler takes advantage of the gap and throws Kofi into barriers! Ziggler taunts Kofi to get back up, and Kofi does stand, to get a ZIGZAG! SmackDown goes to break while the ref works to get this back in the ring.
SmackDown returns once more, and the second fall finally starts as Kofi stands. Ziggler runs in but misses his splash! Cover, TWO! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Kofi down! Cover, Ziggler gets the second fall!
Kofi – 1; Ziggler – 1
The Show-Off gets on the board! But he still has one fall before he gets in the WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules. He and Kofi are both down, but stirring. The ref waits until they both stand, and the third fall begins. Kofi counter punches Ziggler but Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler drops Kofi with a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated, but he keeps on Kofi in the corner. ZIggler chokes Kofi on the ropes but lets up at 4 as he rakes the eyes. He whips Kofi corner to corner hard and then covers, TWO! Ziggler reels Kofi right into the sleeper hold and body scissors. Kofi endures as fans rally up.
Kofi fights his way up and out of the hold! He headbutts Ziggler away! And then again! Ziggler staggers but comes back with a haymaker. “I say when we’re done!” Ziggler puts Kofi in a corner to whip again, but Kofi reverses! Now Ziggler hits buckles hard! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls for space. Kofi stands and goes at Ziggler, but Ziggler yanks him into buckles! Ziggler drags Kofi out for a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is shocked and frustrated, but he keeps on Kofi at the ropes. Kofi fights back with body shots! Ziggler kicks back and throws haymakers, then drags Kofi up for another neckbreaker, but Kofi backslides! TWO, but Kofi starts rallying with chops! And a leap, but into a catapult! Kofi lands on the ropes to springboard and crossbody! Cover but Ziggler reverses it, TWO! Satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!
Ziggler isn’t sure what to do to finish this. But he does follow Kofi to ropes and whips him across the way. Kofi dodges and hits a leaping lariat! Fans fire up but Ziggler gets to ropes. Ziggler tosses Kofi out but Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi kicks Ziggler back! Then springboards in for a flying ax handle! Cover, TWO!! Fans still rally for Kofi as he catches his breath. Ziggler crawls away but Kofi drags him in. Ziggler elbows Kofi then kicks a leg. Famouser countered to a spinning sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kofi can’t believe that didn’t work! Fans keep cheering Kofi on and he takes aim from a corner. Ziggler stands, Kofi spins, but Ziggler blocks the Trouble! But Kofi reels Ziggler in for a cradle, TWO! Ziggler throws Kofi right into a post! ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!!
Ziggler can’t believe Kofi survives, but Portland is loving this! Kofi stirs while Ziggler sits up. Ziggler hears it all and it just angers him more. He dares Kofi to stand again as he takes aim. But Kofi ducks the superkick, Ziggler ducks Trouble in Paradise. Kofi blocks the superkick to hit TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; denies Ziggler a part in the WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules
Kofimania continues to amaze! Somehow, someway, he stopped the Show-Off and now has less to worry about at Extreme Rules. But Samoa Joe is still a lot to worry about on his own, can Kofi continue this dream come true?
What a great SmackDown! Of course, there was still some unneeded recap of Raw, but at least it was held to a limited amount this time. Plus since we’re getting the Shane story on both shows, it at least gives context. We got good promos from Kofi and Ziggler again, but obviously it sets up the main event. The main event was pretty great, but apparently the new decree of no action during commercial breaks is why it had to be 2 outta 3 Falls. Ziggler wasn’t going to win, but he gave his all here. Who knows where Ziggler goes from here, unless he plans on attacking Kofi again. Kofi VS Joe is still going to be great one way or another, I’m just surprised Joe didn’t “ruin” the celebration. Maybe he’ll talk on Raw to turn up the heat.
New Day opening against Bryan and Rowan was great, but not sure why we then had to have both teams participate in the 8 Man Tag when it was going to be Heavy Machinery pinning Sami. You could’ve literally cut out New Day and the Planet’s Tag Team Champions to give more shine to Tucker and Otis, along with Kevin apparently just ditching Sami again. It’s a shame Kevin and Sami aren’t going to be a team anymore, I was hoping they’d get tag titles so Kevin can have the Grand Slam and Sami can finally have something. And we should’ve guessed Shane would help Elias screw Miz in their 2 outta 3, they’re really stretching their story. Maybe Summerslam finally brings the blow-off that Miz actually wins, even with all the screwy things Shane tries to do. Miz might even appear at Extreme Rules to screw Shane back.
Seeing them plant the seeds of Finn VS Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship has me hyped for Extreme Rules! I can’t wait to see them revive this rivalry. And we also finally get someone “responding” to Aleister’s challenge, I hope it’s someone big like Rusev or Buddy Murphy, who we have yet to see on air in some time. This feud of Fire & Desire with Ember and Carmella is still building, but the tag match we’re getting better be really good to make this worth it. Bayley VS Nikki was great, and this story continues to be unique. Bayley VS Alexa II at Extreme Rules, revisiting their previous time, I hope this one goes above and beyond. But again, I don’t know if Alexa will really be the one to bring the SmackDown title to Raw, it just doesn’t seem the right time for that.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)
SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!
The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!
After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
- Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; cancelled.
- Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
- Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Natalya wins.
- Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!
The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.
First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.
Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.
So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.
Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?
The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!
Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?
Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.
And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kayla asks if Heyman accepts the challenge. That’s the question? Yes, because that’s what we do around here in the WWE: “We put smiles on the faces of Neanderthals, like Cesaro.” Does Kayla have any clue the enormity of the star power that is possessed by Roman and its affect on the ENTIRE WWE Universe? What happened on Saturday? Oh~ a rain delay! Rain delay, Heyman’s “kosher tuchus.” Those were the tears of the angels descending upon Tampa over the BEATING Roman was going to give, and that is what happened! Roman walked out champion, and neither Bryan nor Edge walked out of Raymond James at all.
And as Heyman was walking back with Roman, they were stepping in puddles, and Heyman said, “My goodness! Tears still descending from up above!” Except it wasn’t from the skies, but from the locker room. A visionary like Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face “a knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, bucktooth Swiss quisling like Cesaro.” A billion dollar body but a 10 cent brain and THIS is who emerges to get in the face of Your Tribal Chief?! Cesaro is physically capable of being a great opponent, but he is not an attraction. He’s a joke!
So let’s put an end to the joke! Stop the train before it leaves the station! They will give Cesaro what he wants, tonight live on SmackDown! Cesaro in the main event against THE main event, Jey Uso. Of course Heyman had a way to change the course. But will Cesaro blast through the Right Hand Man to get at the Head of the Table, whether they like it or not?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator didn’t defeat his long-time frenemy, and he didn’t even have Logan Paul on his side! And Sami loves to see the headlines outside of the one that is most accurate: “Sami Zayn Once Again SCREWED!” Where is that one, huh?! Well, does it exist…? Sami says it was his vindication! The stars were aligned, and he had the one star that matters in Logan Paul! Logan was supposed to help Sami expose the WWE and celebrate his grand victory, but that’s not how it went down, did it?
And here’s why: Logan’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami, like he’s a crackpot! It was poisoned by management, and the “corporate mouthpiece,” Michael Cole! They got in Logan’s head and Sami could sense it and feel it as he hugged Logan! And then in the match, of course he was distracted! Sami was worried about Logan! And that is the only reason, THE ONLY REASON, Kevin squeaked out that win. And Kevin is back there, obviously. Sami will not be denied vindication! Sami calls Kevin out for a rematch! There’s nothing to distract him, there are no toxic fans or stupid Logan Paul and his warped mind! No distractions, no way for Kevin to steal this!
But that’s why Kevin won’t come out, because- Wait, Kevin DOES come out to the ring! Kevin says if Sami’s gonna keep making excuses, then here we go! This WrestleMania rematch happens, after the break!
Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!
The bell rings and Sami bails out! Kevin smirks because he knew this would happen. Kevin slides out but Sami slides in. Then Kevin slide sin, but that’s a fake-out! Sami is on the outside and Kevin fires off! Kevin bounces Sami off the desk, puts him in the ring, and CHOPS him to a corner! And CHOPS again! Sami stumbles to another corner but Kevin gives him body shots! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then comes back, but Sami hits first! Sami whips corner to corner, Kevin comes back to CLOBBER Sami! BACK SENTON! Sami is in a corner, Kevin runs in but Sami bails out. Kevin goes to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Then BLINDSIDES him!
Sami rains down furious fists from all sides! Sami lets off to snarl and seethe. Sami puts Kevin on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and CLUBS Kevin! Kevin gets up to CHOP back! Sami stomps Kevin to a corner, digs his boots in, and even stands on Kevin! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and then Sami throws haymakers. Kevin hits back, counter punches, and backs Sami down. Sami jawbreakers in return! Sami CHOPS Kevin against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kevin reverses but Sami kicks back, only for Kevin to LARIAT! Kevin reels Sami in, suplexes to hang Sami out to dry, and Sami springs off the ropes to hit the mat!
Kevin fires off on Sami in a corner, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Kevin climbs up, Sami throws elbows and then adjusts to sunset flip POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives, Sami argues with the ref, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sami is again fighting Kevin off on the top rope. Kevin hits back, climbs back up, and Sami throws headbutts! Kevin falls back, Sami adjusts and leaps, but Kevin gets clear! Kevin SUPERKICKS Sami down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Kevin hurries right to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin shakes his head as he stands Sami up, whips him, but Sami bails out to avoid a pop-up. Kevin pursues Sami as the ring count climbs, and gets him on the ramp to throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Sami back in at 5 of 10, knees low then whips, but Sami slips through the pop-up to get an arm!
Kevin fights the Half ‘n’ Half, then pump handles for the PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami still survives that move, just like WrestleMania! Kevin gets annoyed, but he again has to pursue Sami on the outside. Kevin drags Sami from the barriers, puts him in, and kicks, but no Stunner! Sami again bails out, Kevin grabs at him on the apron, but Sami rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ring count is still climbing, though, but Sami wants to run away! Sami gets himself counted out, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by count-out
Kevin wins again, but it seems Sami didn’t want revenge that badly. But Kevin pursues and goes after Sami with fists at the ramp! Kevin puts Sami in the ring, kicks and STUNNERS! It seems Kevin still hasn’t beaten sense into Sami, will these two #JustKeepFighting?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“All of Nigeria has not stopped celebrating, ever since I smashed Big E into oblivion and I became the new Intercontinental Champion!” And he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but he’s not here. And do you know why? Two words: Nigerian Nail! That is the name of the move used by this giant beside Apollo here. This is his commander of the guard, Azeez, former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone dares come for Apollo, they will be annihilated by the Nigerian Nail!
The Street Profits head to the ring!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are going to be facing the Dirty Dawgs for the tag titles later tonight, but first they are going to celebrate the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This will be the EST of celebrations, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Ford says it’s Friday Night, and he’s feelin’ right! Dawkins says it is official takeback season! Time to do spring cleaning to send Dolph & Roode back through that time warp they came out of so they can return to 1986. Oh, and about getting the shine back on those SmackDown tag titles! Right! The Dirty Dawgs will get snatched, but that’s not the only reason why the Solo cups are raised high. It’s been a long time, and they got some inspiration this past weekend. Some motivation! WrestleMania was a night for the ages, a night to remember!
One match in particular will be something Ford tells his grandkids about! That is the historic, the glass ceiling shattering SmackDown Women’s Championship! ROLL TAPE! Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair, WrestleMania 37 Night One, the main event! Headlines were marking how amazing it was even before the bell, and no one could deny it after! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and it is Bianca Belair! Dawkins has the feels, fam! Ford says that as we just saw, the party isn’t over! The champagne for the campaign is not done popping. Saturday, that was a genuine moment that will be with them for the rest of their lives. And they just want to share that joy with the fans!
So they introduce to use, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the greatest part of Ford’s life, the NEW WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST, no no no, THE E S T of the W W E, BIANCA BELAIR!! Bianca makes her entrance, Ford and Dawkins sing her praises and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca is handed a mic, and she feels like he’s been floating since Saturday! Her mind is blown, her heart is filled, and she feels blessed. But despite the setbacks, the struggles, she never stopped believing that this moment was possible.
And her family has been making history for generations, they are the ones who showed her that when you demand greatness from yourself, that no matter how hard the game gets, you can change the game! If you were to have asked her a year ago if she could ever imagine main-eventing Mania, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship… Well she probably would’ve said yes! But that’s not because she’s cocky. That’s because she’s unapologetically her. Everyone has a little EST in them, and when you find it, you know that you’re talented and working hard, you never need to apologize for saying you are the B-E-S-T! “Because if you can dream it, you can do it.”
Bianca showed up, showed out, but it isn’t just about her. Sasha Banks, Bianca thanks you. There is no one she would’ve rather shared that spotlight because Sasha pushed her to her limits and it takes two. They BOTH made history. But… If Sasha ever tries to forget it, just know that Bianca left you with something to remember her by. That hair whip did leave a mark… But this is also about Sasha, too. This moment is so much bigger than them. This is about all the girls watching at Raymond James and at home, who saw Bianca and saw themselves. This is for you! That was Mania magic, but we’re only getting started!
Ford and Bianca hug, Dawkins joins in for a family moment, and Bianca says it’s time to drop the cups, throw the tissues away, and get those titles again. They only wear gold in this house. The Profits and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this trio become truly golden after tonight?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.
After seeing Bianca out there, she is in no mood. The Boss still has the mark on her side, and she seethes. She takes a second to cool off, but it doesn’t work, and she storms off. Will Sasha find a way back to that title and to WrestleMania revenge?
Backstage interview with Bayley.
The Role Model acknowledges that Cesaro was super impressive with the UFO spin, as footage is replayed, but what about Sasha? She probably wants a rematch but is so angry she can’t say it. While Bayley was super busy trying to save both nights of Mania, Bianca was in the main event crying. Even before the match began! No one wants to say it but Bayley will: those tears was because Bianca thought she couldn’t win. Is that who you want as champion? And now she’s showboating and arrogant! That is NOT the kind of champion we should want!
So there is only one way to fix this, and restore dignity to the title: for Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, to challenge Bianca and take that title! Will Bayley cut Sasha in line and get back to the gold first?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits!
The Show-Off & The Glorious One made it through #WrestleManiaSmackDown and its Fatal 4 Way with these titles, but now they’re 2v2 with Ford & Dawkins! Will takeback season work out for the fam? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and the titles are raised. Teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Dawkins and they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler shoots in but Dawkins sprawls then shifts to a waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropebreak, the ref counts but Ziggler elbows free! Ziggler dares Dawkins to get up, then he gets Dawkins only for Dawkins to DECK him! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Ziggler, Dawkins drops and Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Ford gets Ziggler back up, snapmares him to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Ziggler from Roode, wrenches and armlocks to tag in Dawkins. Ford wrenches the arm again and again, Dawkins drops ax handles!
Dawkins wrenches, tags Ford back in, and now Ford drops ax handles! Ford mocks Roode but Ziggler ROCKS Ford! Roode tags in but Ford reverses the whip to send Ziggler into Roode! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Ziggler comes in, but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Ford throws Ziggler out, Dawkins gives Roode the CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Then a BIG shoulder tackle! The Profits are fired WAY up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dawkins covers Roode, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Roode with a headlock, Roode powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things keep moving, Dawkins leaping back elbows! Roode avoids the cyclone but Dawkins elbows him away. Ziggler distracts but Dawkins DECKS him, only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in and DECKS Ford! Ziggler gets Dawkins up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dirty Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode stomps Dawkins down. Roode brings Dawkins up to suplex high and hard, covers, TWO! Roode argues the count but it was fair.
Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins, and Ziggler taunts Ford before daring Dawkins to stand. Dawkins gets up, Ziggler slaps him around, but his dropkick is caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler hits buckle and then the mat! Ford fires up on his corner and fans rally on the ThunderDome screens. Ziggler and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Ford and Roode! Ford rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Ziggler for good measure! Dropkick for Roode, dropkick for Ziggler! Ford dodges Roode to BLOCKBUSTER! Ford CLOBBERS Ziggler! Ford whips Roode, Roode reverses and reels For din but Ford lands out of the back suplex to give a back suplex! Kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Roode bails out to join Ziggler, Ford has a target! Ford builds speed, tags Dawkins as he FLIES! Direct hit to the Dawgs and Ford gets Roode in for Dawkins! Dawkins gets Roode up, THE ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford, he climbs, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ziggler breaks it!! Dawkins gets Ziggler up but Ziggler throws him to clothesline Dawkins and himself out! Ford DECKS Ziggler, gets Roode up and fires off fists in a corner! The ref backs Ford off, and Ziggler sneaks a tag in! Ford doesn’t know, he whips but Roode reverses. Ford goes up and over, into a ZIGZAG!!! Cover, the Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall
As fired up as Ford was, Ziggler & Roode find a way to survive! Is this the end of takeback season? Will the Dawgs move on to new challengers in the wake of WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Cesaro.
While denying him a match with Roman Reigns, Heyman said some rather derogatory things about Cesaro. His response? “I think Paul Heyman is right.” Cesaro admits he has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and that he isn’t the smartest. And with his long arms, maybe he does look like a Neanderthal. But he’s wrong about one thing: Cesaro DOES belong in the ring with Roman Reigns, and will prove it tonight by beating the Right Hand Man!
Heyman talks with Roman in their VIP room.
Roman doesn’t like that Cesaro isn’t just accepting things. Roman wants Jey to teach him a lesson. Will Jey Uso check Cesaro off the list for Roman?
Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Though the #BOAT and Daughter of Superfly won the Tag Team Turmoil, they could not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Queen of Harts redeem herself with another win over the Queen of Spades?
The bell rings, the two tie up and Natty gets a headlock. Shayna powers out, things speed up and Natty ducks to get a waistlock. Shayna blocks the lift, wrenches free and fires off hands and kicks! Shayna knees but Natty deflects it to get the legs! Natty steps through, but Shayna scramble’s and Nia saves her! Tamina storms over, Shayna gets back in the ring, but Natty is waiting! They tie up, Natty trips Shayna, floats to a facelock, but Shayna slips out to hammerlock. Natty gets up, slips through, wrenches, but Shayna wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings and gets a leg. Shayna sprawls to block, then shifts to a waistlock and slam, to the ARMBAR!
Natty endures, clasps hands, but Shayna pulls. Shayna stands to get the arm and hammerlocks it into the mat! This time, Tamina says Natty! Natty hotshots Shayna down, Nia storms over and the ref has to keep her and Tamina from throwing down. Natty gets in but Shayna KNEES Her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna grows frustrated, Natty goes to a corner and she elbows Shayna away. Natty spins, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Natty goes for legs but Nia gets on the apron! The ref reprimands but Shayna KICKS Natty down! KIRAFUDA, but Natty throws Shayna at Nia! Shayna stops herself, Natty rolls her up, AND WINS!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Nia goes after Natty but Tamina SUPERKICKS her down!! Tamina and Natty aren’t done with the Irresistible Force or Queen of Spades! Will the second time around be the second generation superstars’ time to shine?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Cesaro, Cesaro. Boy, you’s a one hit move, huh? King of spin, king of swing, it’s all the same! That’s a cute airplane you did with no hands. But let me ask you something: can you do that with no teeth?!” You’re disrespecting the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table! Now you’ve crossed the Right Hand Man, and now Jey has to get you! He’ll show you why he is #MainEventJey! Jey vows to #GETIM, and Roman says, “You heard the man. Now he’s gonna show you.”
Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!
The Swiss Cyborg shows no fear in the face of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (hardly) Uncontroverted Universal Champion, but the NEW winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal wants to change that. Will Jey be the one to learn something from the original winner of that match?
The bell rings and Cesaro gets Jey right up with a SLAM! Cesaro headlocks, Jey powers out and things speed up, and Cesaro catches Jey for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro keeps his focus as Jey goes to the apron. Jey gets to a corner but Cesaro bumps him off buckles. Jey counter punches, SLAMS Cesaro’s hand on the crossbar, then pulls the arm through the bars! Jey then kicks, but Cesaro blocks to hotshot the leg! Cesaro BOOTS Jey down and then goes out to pursue. Cesaro leaps from the apron, into a SUPERKICK! Main Event Jey evens things in the main event as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey cranks on an armlock. Cesaro throws body shots, whips but Jey reverses, to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps on Cesaro with a stomp to the shoulder! Jey ROCKS Cesaro with an uppercut, then wraps an arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and then brings Cesaro around to suplex. Cesaro blocks it, then gets Jey up for a suplex of his own! Fans rally on their screens as Jey crawls his way to a corner. Cesaro snarls, aims at Jey and runs in, only to be put on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Jey first, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro shakes out the arms, drags Jey back up, but Jey wrenches to WRING the arm out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he is in a daze as he gets to a corner. Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro shakes out the arms again but Jey sees him in a drop zone. Jey climbs up, but Cesaro gets up to DROPKICK Jey down! Jey hangs on to keep from falling to the floor, but Cesaro climbs up to get him. Cesaro gets Jey back to the top, Jey fights with body shots and Cesaro hops down. EuroUpper SHORYUKEN! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro keeps focus.
Jey crawls, Cesaro brings him around, and reels him in! Jey fights the Gotch to wring the arm but Cesaro cartwheels! Cesaro dodges to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is a bit surprised, but he gets Jey’s legs! Jey kicks Cesaro away, but Cesaro comes back. Jey blocks a boot but gets a EuroUpper! Jey ducks the clothesline to pop-up NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Jey is furious! Both men slowly rise but Jey is after Cesaro first. Jey throws down haymakers, then SLAPS Cesaro! And slaps him more! Cesaro SLAPS back! And fires off furious palm strikes then furious EuroUppers!! Shots from all sides! Cesaro runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is seething, but he calls for the spin! Cesaro gets Jey into a SPINEBUSTER, to then get the wings! SWISS SWING!! Michael Cole & Pat McAfee count, but Cesaro doesn’t get past 5 before SETH ROLLINS attacks!!
Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification
The Architect won’t let it go! He doesn’t want anyone anywhere getting swung by Cesaro! Cesaro still wins the match because of this, but he is staggering about. Rollins shouts, “You were done with me?! You got lucky!! ONE TIME! This isn’t over! Nothing is over until I SAY IT’S OVER!! I am the END ALL BE ALL of this industry! And the sooner you figure it out, the better it’s gonna be!” The Savior of SmackDown has all but snapped, but will he be going for another spin before this is all said and done?
Well, this was a pretty good post WrestleMania episode. Then some stuff made it like most typical WWE programming. There are a few things that are clearly being set up for WrestleMania Backlash, and they’re all WrestleMania rematches because that’s literally what that PPV becomes when you name it that in such a lazy manner. I am glad Cesaro is the next one stepping up to Roman Reigns, but they’re clearly doing everything they can to stretch this story so that the match will happen at a PPV bigger than Backlash. Cesaro getting the runaround from Roman’s team was a good way to do it, but I’m not sure about Cesaro VS Rollins 2. It’ll be a great match, but is it really necessary? Of course, WWE did repeat the UFO airplane spin a lot, so them running it into the ground is actually a good sign that Cesaro will win, and is going to be the next challenger to Roman’s title.
Natty getting another fairly quick win over Shayna and Tamina knocking Nia down is surely a sign that we’re getting a rematch between those teams for the tag titles at Backlash. But if that is where Tamina & Natty are going to win the titles, it’s profoundly stupid. They should’ve just let Natty & Tamina win at Mania, and then it’d be about Nia & Shayna getting the belts back at Backlash, a much more logical route. The celebration promo for Bianca was great, and while Sasha wants a rematch, Bayley wants her own match with Bianca, so I’m hoping there’s a difference here in that Backlash gives us another Sasha VS Bayley match, winner faces Bianca at the PPV after that.
Dawgs VS Profits was a great match, especially for television, but I am really surprised the Profits didn’t win tonight. I get that the moment Bianca and the Profits are all wearing gold is going to be big, but then why not do that on the SmackDown After Mania? Make tonight feel big because it should be big! Is WrestleMania Backlash really going to be where they do it? I feel like that’s them forcing Backlash to feel special rather than letting it be special by surprise. Rey VS Otis was good, and clearly this feud isn’t over yet, and the winner of that will surely line up for the tag titles.
Kevin VS Sami tonight was also great stuff, a lot of similar spots to the match they had at Mania, but the count-out seems like another way to extend things. I have a feeling something’s gotta give at Backlash, and I hope Kevin & Sami finally start towards the tag titles. Apollo had a good promo to introduce Dabba-Kato’s new form, Commander Azeez, and the name of his finisher. The Nigerian Nail is pretty much a direct translation of the Samoan Spike, which is what the move was when Umaga used it. Big E VS Azeez has to be coming, perhaps with the stipulation that if Big E wins, he gets his rematch with Apollo at Backlash. Honestly, it all feels like WWE is spinning their wheels because Vince is rolling around in the $1 BILLION from NBC.
My Score: 8.2/10
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