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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/22/19)

Who WON’T be here for #RawReunion?!

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It’s the first-ever Raw Reunion!

Legends and Hall of Famers are converging on Tampa to once again be part of the longest running TV series for one massive night of thrills! Plus, A Moment of Bliss invites Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, to be on the show! What goes down when the Man comes around?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Usos w/ Rikishi VS The Revival w/ D-Von Dudley; The Usos win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle; Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander; No Contest.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Drake Maverick VS The Boogeyman VS Pat Patterson; Patterson wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; The Viking Raiders win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Off Camera Match: Pat Patterson VS Gerald Briscoe; Briscoe wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship On Camera Intergender Match: Gerald Briscoe VS Kelly Kelly; Kelly wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Samoa Joe VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Kelly Kelly VS Candice Michelle w/ Naomi; wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Candice Michelle VS Madusa/Alundra Blayze; Blayze/Madusa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Sami Zayn VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Intergender “Match”: Alundra Blayze VS Ted DiBiase; DiBiase “wins” and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles w/ The Club; Rollins wins, by disqualification.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Inside a Limousine Match: Ted DiBiase VS Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle; Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Braun Strowman VS Randy Rowe; Strowman wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

JOHN CENA returns to Raw!

No reunion would be complete without the Franchise Player! And as always, fans sing a chorus of “John Cena Sucks~!” as he hits the ring! Cena picks up the mic and fans chant his name. “Wait, wait, wait.” All he had to do was wait for Raw Reunion and he’d be liked? Well then it’s great to be here! There will be other legends, like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Degeneration X, and Stone Cold Steve Austin! So just like us, Cena did not want to miss tonight. Because this is his home. And not just because he lives in Florida now. The WWE has always been his home. He may not be around like he used to, but the WWE Universe is still his family, because he is just as excited to be here now as he was on day one.

“So without further ado,” let’s get this going! And the Usos are first out! “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whhhoa…!” They get in the ring with Cena for one big “WHOA!” Uce, Day One? Cena can’t be seen but he’s in the building! And to make this reunion even more lit is what the people want. Cena and the Usos dropping bars! Fans want to see and hear that! Cena says he can’t, he hasn’t done that in a long time. But the fans came for the Doctor of Thuganomics! Who this? This is Cena, who left for the movie biz. Cena says that respect for calling him out, but he ain’t getting bested. These two look just like their mug shots! How was it getting arrested? Well shout out to Hillsborough. But this is who they wanted!

Now everyone on your feet, let them hear you make some noise! Because this was fun, but you can’t see me. No don’t go, Pops is here. Here comes RIKISHI~! Yes, the first hall of famer of the night is here! Jimmy and Jey help Rikishi into the ring as he sports some Samoan Dynasty gear. Rikishi won’t let Cena leave yet, thought. Back dat ass up and turn back around. Now it goes like this. With respect, Cena is the man. But tonight, Uce, he can’t let Cena leave fast and furious without busting some moves! “Y’all ready for this?” The Usos and Cena line up, but the Revival interrupt! The Raw Tag Team Champions ruin the fun already. But wait, they’ve brought D-Von! It looks like we’ve got something brewing between tag team icons!

 

Hogan and Jimmy Hart are backstage!

The Hulkster is too pumped to be calm. With so many legends and icons running around, will they and Hulkamania run wild on you?

 

Booker T joins commentary!

Raw returns as the five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion joins Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young at the announce desk!

 

The Usos w/ Rikishi VS The Revival w/ D-Von Dudley!

Jimmy and Scott Dawson start and tie up with the legends ringside. Dawson headlocks but Jimmy powers out. Dawson runs Jimmy over but things speed up. Jimmy hurdles then back drops Dawson, then back drops Dash Wilder as he runs in. He puts Dawson in the corner and tags in Jey. Jimmy holds Dawson still for Jey to hit a flying forearm! Jey snapmares Dawson then covers, TWO! Jey keeps on Dawson with a headlock but Dawson powers out. Dash distracts but gets an uppercut, Dawson hangs Jey up with a flapjack hotshot! Dawson backs off a moment to tag Dash, then The Revival double catapult guillotine Jey into ropes! Cover, TWO!

Rikishi coaches his sons up but Dash has Jey on the ropes again. Dash drags Jey up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Dawson and Dash feeds Jey to the knee. Dawson taunts Daddy Rikishi as he drops an elbow, leg and headbutt! Then a big back suplex! Dawson picks up the Uso bandanna to mock them, then throws it at Rikishi. Tag to Dash and The Revival mug Jey in their corner. They give Jey CHOPS then drive in elbows. Jey uppercuts back hard, but Dash stays on him. Jey elbows Dash away then climbs up, but Dawson distracts. Dash shoves Jey down to barriers! The Usos regroup while we go picture in picture.

Dash tells Jimmy to back off and waits for the count. Jimmy and Rikishi coach Jey up and Jey gets in at 9! Only for Dash to rain down right hands! Dash throws Jey into the post then tags in Dawson. The Revival give Jey the boosted suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawson stays on Jey as Raw returns to single picture. Fans rally up for the Usos and Jey fights back! Jey throws uppercuts but Dawson shoves to elbow Jey down. Tag to Dash and The Revival stomp Jey down. Dash snapmares Jey to wrap on a chinlock. Dash grinds Jey down in front of Rikishi, but Jey endures. Jey fights his way up and throws body shots. Dash shoves Jey but gets a kick for it! Tag to Dawson, but he misses in the corner! Dawson hits the post and falls! Hot tags to Dash and Jimmy!

Jimmy rallies on The Revival with big uppercuts! Mule kick to a pop-lock dab uppercut! Dash runs but into a Samoan Drop! Jimmy fires up and runs corner to corner but Dash puts him on the apron. Jimmy kicks back then climbs up! Dash scrambles but Dawson gets the crossbody! Dash gets the roll-up, TWO! Jimmy kicks, it’s blocked, but into the Dragon Whip! Jimmy fires up again and takes aim, shout out to Umaga with the running hip attack! He climbs, but Dash gets under. Dawson tags in, another block, but a save from the Dragon Whip! Flying uppercut German Supelx! Bridge, but Jey breaks it! D-Von cant’ believe it! Dash hits Jey but gets clothesline’d out with him!

D-Von smirks as he looms closer, but Rikishi is there to keep him back. Dawson jaws at Rikishi about not touching D-Von, but he turns around into a SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey and Jey climbs up, SUPERKICK for Dash! USO SPLASH for Dawson! Cover, the Usos win!

Winners: The Usos, Jey pinning

And now they’ve got a pin on the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will they keep things rolling towards an eighth tag title reign?

 

Alicia Fox is backstage talking Summerslam!

Dana Brooke hears her out about designing a new hat for the occasion. Alicia wants one that goes higher and higher, like 12 feet, maybe 17, maybe 30. What do they think? Kaitlyn is there to give her opinion. Whatever it is, it’ll be amazing. Well have this one then. Alicia’s getting an even bigger hat anyway so… OMG Torrie Wilson returns, too! And she looks amazing! Alicia looks great, too, like a disco ball! Santino Marella returns, too! How is Santina? Fantastic! But she is a little under the weather. But what about his little friend? Huh? Oh right, the Cobra! He loves the ladies. But then Drew McIntyre walks in… These three are “legends”? It disappoints him. But the Scottish Terminator has a different target: Cedric Alexander!

 

Backstage interview with R-Truth and Carmella!

The WWE 24/7 Champion returns from San Diego Comic-Con, and he’s looking out for all possible challengers. But speaking of that SDCC visit, Truth almost got caught up in a storm as he faced The Hurricane! Truth should’ve been a different bird. Like Big Bird or Larry Byrd. Larry’s got some moves. But here coems Renee Michelle, wife of Drake Maverick. She says Truth ruined her wedding, her marriage, and her husband’s life. Carmella and Renee start arguing, but Maverick rolls Truth up!!

Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

The Mavericks work together and get away with the gold! The chase is on again, and Charly Caruso is speechless. That is, until the Godfather walks in! Does she know what time it is? It’s time to ride… the HO TRAIN~!

 

Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander!

The Scottish Terminator was already angry with the former Cruiserweight Champion when he tricked everyone into thinking he was Gary “The Goat,” but now he’s even angrier after having lost to Alexander 1v1! What will McIntyre do to crush the Age of Alexander once and for all?

Neither man waits for the bell, and they start brawling at the ramp! McIntyre BOOTS Alexander down, then drags him up to shove him at the steps. Alexander dodges to send McIntyre into the post! Then Alexander walks up the steps to kick McIntyre back! Alexander moonsaults, and wipes McIntyre out! Alexander rains down rights but McIntyre shoves him into the post, spine first! McIntyre rains down rights now, making sure Alexander sees the last one. The referee says they need to stop and get int he ring, but McIntyre RAMS Alexander into the barriers. Then inverted Alabama, but not on the floor. McIntyre swings Alexander AT THE APRON!! Alexander falls in a heap and McIntyre looms over him. Alexander may have won once, but has he just lost the war?

 

Drake Maverick makes it to the Raw locker rooms.

He quickly gathers his things, but then there’s WORMS!! Yes, it’s the Boogeyman! And he’s coming to get you! Maverick quivers in fear as Boogeyman draws near. Maverick runs, but falls over hard. Pat Patterson walks in and sees “garbage” on the ground. He stomps Maverick, and then has a ref count his pin! Patterson wins!!

Winner: Pat Patterson, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Pretty Boy Pat Patterson takes the title from Maverick and leaves him behind. A legend now holds the gold, but will he make it to the end of Raw Reunion as champion?

 

Christian returns to Raw!

Captain Charisma joins commentary but there’s also Lilian Garcia back as the ring announcer for this next match!

 

The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!

Erik and Ivar look to destroy all who oppose them! That includes the #MajorBros! Who survives this #VikingExperience?

The bell rings and the Major Bros go right at the Vikings! Ivar shoves Hawkins away but Ryder puts Erik in a corner. Ryder and Hawkins then both dropkick Ivar out! Erik throws Hawkins out but Ryder throws forearms. Erik knees but Ryder bounces Erik off the mat. Tag to Hawkins, and the Major Bros combine for the STO Russian Leg Sweep. Cover, TWO! Hawkins tags Ryder and they mug Erik with knees and forearms. Erik hits back with a BIG right! Tag to Ivar, and Erik feeds Ryder to a seated senton! Cover, TWO! Ivar drags Ryder up to snapmare and club him with forearms. Tag to Erik, and Ivar scoop slams Ryder for Erik to then scoop slam Ivar onto Ryder! Cover, TWO!

Erik drags Ryder up and tags Ivar in. The Vikings mug Ryder but Ryder escapes, tag to Hawkins! But Ivar cartwheels to dodge and he clotheslines Hawkins down! He throws Ryder into Erik’s knees! Ivar hits Hawkins with a corner splash, then becomes a human weapon again for the corner hip attack! The Vikings roar, and Ivar runs to DIVE onto both Major Bros! Ivar puts Hawkins back in, tags Erik, and they hit Hawkins with THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning

The warpath Erik and Ivar are carving has run through the former #Edgeheads. How long will it be until the Vikings come for the gold?

 

It’s a Raw Reunion mixer backstage!

All the stars talk, and Mike Kanellis is having fun, but then Maria comes in. He was just talking to Eve! As a fellow mom, she was willing to give tips. And everyone knows Eric Bischoff. Maybe they can come to SmackDown if Raw doesn’t work out. Maria reminds Mike he was supposed to be helping her with her belly lotion so she won’t get stretch marks. Does he want her to get stretch marks?! What would happen to her modeling career? Who would provide for the family then?! Not him! Maria is the breadwinner! She storms off and Mike feels humiliated. Ron Simmons appears and sums it up using Jimmy Hart’s megaphone: “DAMN!”

 

The Club talks about the celebration tonight.

But no, not Raw Reunion! AJ Styles means the OC, the Original, Official, Only Club that matters. It is because they run Raw now. Not the legends that show up just because. And certainly not any newcomer trying to overshadow the OC. Well does Luke Gallows mean… Seth Rollins? Styles is ready to beat Rollins. And if he gets up, then the OC makes a statement as the most dominant group in the WWE! Then, now and forever, Too Sweet!

 

Pat Patterson just got beat for the title?!

“You stooge!” Patterson can cry all he wants, but Gerry beat him again!

Winner: Gerald Briscoe; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

But as he turns the corner, Gerry encounters Kelly Kelly. He celebrates with her, and then she knees him low! Cover, Kelly wins!!

Winner: Kelly Kelly; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

And she’s the first-ever Women’s WWE 24/7 Champion to boot! Kelly runs off with the belt, but will she make it to the end of the night with it?

 

Samoa Joe heads to the ring.

The Destroyer is in no mood to celebrate and revel in nostalgia after coming so close yet still being so far from the WWE World Championship. Joe takes to the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Samoa Joe.” And he is here tonight to point out a “vile atrocity” in the WWE! Tonight is to celebrate the Raw Reunion. They’re celebrating the longest running series on television today. And yet, there in lies the problem. They shouldn’t celebrate, because episodes like the Raw Reunion are a plague! Episodes like this, where the fans get to put on rose-tinted glasses and indulge in a “ridiculous addiction to nostalgia.”

Do they not believe Joe? Tonight could’ve had Samoa Joe doing what his best: wrecking superstars left and right, painting in brutality and sculpting in violence. But no, we got Usos and their daddy spitting limericks at John Cena. “It’s embarrassing!” He’s surprised there hasn’t been more pandering tonight! But wait, here comes Roman Reigns! The Big Dog does not want the #Bloodline being disrespected in His Yard. Roman heads to the ring, unafraid of Joe. The two stare down as Roman gets a mic. “If you’ve got something to say about my family, then say it.” Joe makes something clear: he has nothing to say, but he has something to resent! Well then, they’re from the same island, so he knows what happens next. Joe does. But before getting into that, he throws a punch! But Roman is ready for it!

Joe rakes Roman’s eyes to throw him into a post! Roman falls out of the ring but Joe is still on him! Joe whips Roman at barriers! Then he gets in Roman’s face before whipping him to the far side! Roman clutches his hip from the impact while Joe grins and laughs. Joe then grimaces as he drags Roman up again. Joe throws jab after jab then headbutt! Fans rally and duel as Joe puts Roman in the ring. Joe grins as he follows after, and clubs Roman back down to the mat. He stands Roman up for a strong headbutt! They go back outside, and Joe dares Roman to do something about the disrespect. Joe puts Roman back in the ring, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Joe back down!

Roman watches Joe get back up and dares him to return. Joe considers his options, but grabs a new mic to respond instead. Fans are on Roman’s side as The Big Dog eggs Joe on. “You want to do this, Uce?!” Joe shouts. Want to do this the right way?! You think the fans want this tonight?! Tampa confirms they do. Well Joe’s not doing “a damn thing” the fans want. Roman apologizes to the fans. “Not all Samoans are cowards.” Joe retaliates by saying one is gonna get put out tonight! If Roman wants this, and he does, then he’s got it! The raging Samoans are about to battle, when Raw returns!

 

Samoa Joe VS Roman Reigns!

Raw returns as the bell rings, and the two start throwing hands! Roman rocks Joe to a corner to throw even more haymakers! He lets up to whip Joe corner to corner. Joe dodges and Roman hits the post again! Joe CHOPS Roman, then headbutts that bad arm. He clubs away on the shoulder and Roman falls, so Joe just stomps him. The ref backs Joe off for Roman to get up. Joe is on Roman again with big forearms. Roman shakes out the cobwebs but Joe is on him with a snapmare. Fans duel as Joe puts on a deep neck wrench! Roman endures to torque and fights his way up. Roman pries free and pulls on Joe’s fingers, to then throw forearms. But Roman runs into Joe’s back elbow! Cover, TWO!

Joe seethes as he looms over Roman. He drags Roman up again and drives elbows in. Joe clamps onto the arm and chinbars for the neck wrench. Roman endures and fans rally up again. Roman elbows Joe off, then headbutts him. But Joe yanks Roman hard into ropes and out of the ring! Roman lands on his feet, but Joe DIVES to barrel him over! Joe grins as he looms over Roman again. The ring count begins and Joe takes his time to bring Roman up again. He puts Roman in at 6 then gets in at 7. Joe stalks Roman while mockingly applauding. He stands Roman up to uppercut and CHOP. Joe throws forearms and throws Roman back out of the ring. Joe runs again, but Roman gets clear! Drive-By Dropkick outta nowhere!

Roman drags Joe up and into the ring and runs to leaping lariat! Joe is in a corner and Roman fires off the point-blank clotheslines! Roman runs and boots Joe down! Roman goes to a corner to lock ‘n’ load! He takes aim, runs out, but Joe catches him to an atomic drop! Joe BOOTS Roman, to then drop a senton! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated, but he drags Roman up for the sleeper hold! Roman resists the rest of the Coquina Clutch and dumps Joe out hard. Now Roman runs as Joe gets in, SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall

And the Big Dog defends his family’s honor! Will Samoa Joe think twice before disrespecting the Dynasty?

 

Raw presents: Miz TV!

The Hollywood A-Lister moves on from letting the Show-Off rile him up, to have The Architect as his special guest!

Raw returns as Miz gives the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show its introduction. Miz also notes that his guest will face AJ Styles tonight, see a Miz & Mrs. sneak-peek later tonight, and then also challenge THE Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship again! It is SETH ROLLINS! The Beastslayer did it once, and he’ll #BurnItDown again if he has to! Rollins walks out to the ring still hot after his Cross-Brand Top Ten All Star Battle Royal victory and with his ticket punched for Toronto. He sits with Miz in the ring and Miz talks about the roller coaster week Rollins had.

Losing the title at Extreme Rules (which we see footage of now), winning the battle royal (which commentary plugged during Rollins’ entrance), and yet Rollins is laughing? The biggest of Rollins’ life is a “predicament.” Yeah, it’s “BRRROCK~, LESNARRR~!” Lesnar’s big bucket head and little beady eyes, “a real Godzilla looking bastard.” Who wouldn’t fear that? Who wouldn’t want that strength and size? Rollins doesn’t. Rollins doesn’t want to be Lesnar. Lesnar is the Seth Rollins wannabe. But before Rollins can explain, here comes Paul Heyman on the titantron. Everyone knows the introduction, but Heyman says he’s the “dose of reality.” Look in the mirror and say who wants to be what, because Lesnar is the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion!

Rollins’ can’t go whining about the Money in the Bank contract and Lesnar just did it back. Yeah but it took four years to do it, because Lesnar is a Rollins wannabe. Heyman comes out on stage to say “this is the very last time-” No, THIS is the last time Rollins is saying this: if Heyman is going to talk the talk for Lesnar, then he’ll walk the walk for Lesnar. Rollins is going to stomp Heyman through the stage! Heyman wants Rollins to be reasonable, he’s only the Advocate. Time’s up! Rollins steps out but Heyman runs away. Rollins grins and says that for 20 years, Heyman has billed Lesnar as “The Beast.” Lesnar’s no beast. Lesnar is a man. Any man can lose. And at Summerslam, Rollins faces Lesnar once again, and Lesnar will lose.

But let’s go to tonight! Rollins isn’t getting ready by resting, because he’s not Lesnar. He gets ready by facing the best of the best! That’s why he’s going 1v1 with the Phenomenal AJ Styles! And Tampa, let’s #IgnitetheFire and #BurnItDown! Rollins is all fired up, but will he be the one burned by Styles and The Club?

 

Backstage interview with the party guests!

But Sami Zayn stops Charly right there. This is what’s wrong with Raw: wasting time getting opinions of supposed legends. They aren’t legends, they’re just people who were there. It’s like looking back at the Attitude Era through the FaceApp. Just so many desperate people, and so many pathetic fans. What everyone should be hearing is, “Go home!” Don’t come back for Wrestlemania, just go home and stay home. But then Rey Mysterio comes in telling Sami to respect those who paved the way. Oh well sorry Rey, Sami doesn’t respect any of them. And speaking of paving the way, Sami would love to run Mysterio over right now.

But Kurt Angle is here! And he keeps the peace. When Angle was in charge, they used to settle things in the ring. Mysterio’s up for that, and it seems Sami has no choice. Will Sami regret showing no respect to the King of Lucha Libre?

 

Raw returns to Kelly Kelly celebrating with other women legends!

Kelly shows the WWE 24/7 Championship off to Candice Michelle, Melina and Naomi. Melina and Naomi were just talking about her new license. What license? Her refereeing license!! Candice turns on Kelly with big knees and elbows! Cover, Melina counts it, Candice wins!!

Winner: Candice Michelle, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

And now we have our second Women’s 24/7 Champion! Candice does her dance from back in the day, but then someone reels her in! It’s Madusa, aka Alundra Blayze! And she has Candice in a cobra clutch! Candice taps and Melina calls in, Blayze wins!!

Winner: Alundra Blayze/Madusa, by submission; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

And now our third ever Women’s 24/7 Champion is crowned! “If any of you have a problem with me being 24/7 Champion, tell it to my face.” Because she doesn’t plan on being champion very long. Oh no, is she going to throw that belt away, too!?

 

Jonathan Coachman returns to Raw commentary!

The Coach knows a thing or two about leaving, returning and being interrupted a lot. But he’s here to watch this next match!

 

Sami Zayn VS Rey Mysterio!

The Critic of the Critics and overall master of obnoxious behavior chose to disrespect the legends on the wrong night. Will Mysterio teach Sami a lesson on respect tonight?

The bell rings and Sami circles with Mysterio. Sami wrenches Mysterio to a wristlock, but Mysterio rolls and uses the ropes to flip. Sami knees Mysterio low then punches him around. He whips but Mysterio kicks back! Mysterio runs but is put on the apron. He shoulders back in then kicks Sami back. Mysterio hops up but Sami trips him up! Mysterio’s in the Tree of Woe and Sami stomps away! Sami backs off, to basement dropkick Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! Sami stalks Mysterio and throws haymakers. He punches Mysterio to another corner, then snapmares him to a seated chinlock. Mysterio endures and fans rally up. Mysterio arm-drags out and then boots Sami back! He runs but Sami pops Mysterio up for a bomb! Cover, TWO!!

Sami grows frustrated but he keeps on Mysterio. He grins as he scoops Mysterio, but Mysterio pops to a tornado DDT! Both men are down but Mysterio is getting up. Sami follows but Mysterio kicks and punches. Sami reverses the whip but Mysterio dodges to wheelbarrow and victory roll Sami to ropes! Mysterio dials it up, but Sami bails out. Mysterio stares Sami down but Sami gives up. But before he can leave, here comes ROB VAN DAM!! The One of a Kind RVD returns to Raw, because he’s still Mr. Monday Nights. But not just him, here comes Sergeant Slaughter! But stand back, there’s a Hurricane coming through! The legends learned what Sami was saying, and they’re making Sami regret it. Because here comes Kurt Angle!

The four legends storm down the ramp but that leaves Sami with only the ring. Mysterio mule kicks, headscissors Sami onto ropes, then hits the 619! Mysterio hops up, shout out to RVD, Frog Splash! Cover, Mysterio wins!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

He did it for the legends! Is this the spark Mysterio needs to get back on track?

 

A limousine arrives at Raw…

With Ric Flair aboard! The Nature Boy is here and fashionably late for the Raw Reunion!

 

The Street Profits are backstage at Raw Reunion!

Well at least Montez Ford is. Where’d Angelo Dawkins go? Ford finds Dawkins coughing and putting eye drops in. What was he up to? Skating with the pilots? Nah, chillin’ with RVD! Oh wow… He and RVD were chillin’ but without Ford? Well it all happened so fast. RVD was like, “You you trying to roll up in here?” And Dawkins was like, yo! Mike Henry, too. And Kelly Kelly, and Ric Flair “WOO~!” WOO? WOO~! Yeah but then Boogeyman showed up. Really? Yeah. Someone’s phone is blowing up. It’s Dawkins. He takes it. Godfather calling! Ford missed a lot..

 

Alundra Blayze walks on stage!

She goes to commentary, and told us all she wasn’t going to be champion for long. Because to recreate her most infamous moment, she has a trash can! She takes the 24/7 Championship belt, but wait! It’s Ted DiBiase! The Million Dollar Man returns to Raw, too! Because he has an offer to make Blayze. He’ll buy the title off her. Because everybody’s got a price! He brings out a fat stack of Benjamin Franklins, and she takes that to hand the title over.

Winner: Ted DiBiase, by payday; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Wait does that title work like that?! Doesn’t matter now, because DiBiase heads out with his new piece of gold.

 

Jerry “The King” Lawler returns to Raw commentary!

It wouldn’t be a Raw Reunion without one of the biggest names on commentary! And for such a phenomenal match up next!

 

Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles w/ The Club!

The Architect is preparing for the WWE Universal Champion, but how will he do against the Phenomenal WWE United States Champion?

The bell rings and Rollins circles with Styles. Fans duel as Rollins headlocks. Styles tries to power out but Rollins holds on tight. Styles tries again and gets free, only for Rollins to run him over. Rollins scrambles after Styles as he scrambles to the ropes. The ropebreak makes Rollins back away, so he waits for Styles to return. Styles returns, to kick and club Rollins down! Styles drags Rollins up and bumps him off buckles. Rollins staggers away but Styles CHOPS! Rollins CHOPS back, so Styles CHOPS again. But Rollins starts CHOPPING more, only to run into a fireman’s carry! He sunset flips through, TWO! Styles throws hands but Rollins counter punches and CHOPS! Rollins whips but Styles reverses, only for Rollins to reverse and ROCK Styles with that right!

Rollins runs in for a corner clothesline, then a mudhole stomp! Styles sits down but Rollins backs off, to come back again. Styles puts Rollins on the apron but gets a hotshot for it! Rollins aims but Karl Anderson distracts. Styles pounces with forearms! Rollins goes down and the OC grin. Styles goes out to fetch Rollins, the Good Brothers behind him, but here comes DX!! Triple H and Shawn Michaels won’t let the Club think they’re the best faction in WWE just yet. HBK and HHH watch Rollins’ back now while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Rollins brawls fast and furious with Styles! Styles hotshots Rollins down but DX coaches him up. Rollins gets up but Styles back suplexes. Rollins lands on his feet, runs and slingblades Styles down! Styles runs but into a boot! Rollins hops up and leaps for the blockbuster! Rollins keeps moving, going to a corner. He springboards back in, flying knee! Mule kick hits hard! Fans echo “Burn It Down!” as Rollins stomps and mule kicks again. But the OC trip Rollins up and attack!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification

But DX stands with the Architect! HHH and HBK help Rollins up while Gallows and Anderson help Styles. Styles wants everyone to just hold on a moment. He says DX is like them, and they’re just like DX. They put up the Too Sweet! DX looks at Rollins, then at the OC. HHH and HBK put up the Too Sweet, but then say “SUCK IT!” Rollins attacks Styles while DX brawls with the Good Brothers! HBK throws Anderson out, then helps HHH clothesline Gallows out! The OC regroups and are furious, so they grab some chairs! Rollins and DX see the OC surround them, but you didn’t know~? Here come reinforcements!

The D O Double G, with X P A C 1 2 3. Then the Bad Guy, Scott Hall, and he ain’t alone because here’s Big Daddy Diesel, Kevin Nash! And looking at the math, with Chyna’s spirit, that’s seven. Wait Billy is here in spirit technically. Well point being, OC, you’re looking at some OG’s! DX and the Kliq, you better get to stepping, and make it quick. Styles and his boys back off as the combined forces of DX and the Kliq take the ring. Styles vows to show everyone something, especially HBK! Dogg asks who wants to say it. Rollins shall do the honors. Rollins takes the mic and starts to feel the pressure. “OC, if you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya!” SUCK IT!! Now that’s Too Sweet!

 

Mark Henry talks with Mick Foley.

They’re both here, but it’s Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy who plans to head to the ring in a moment!

 

Ted DiBiase laughs as he has the 24/7 Championship.

But as he enters his limousine, he’s under attack! And when the doors open back up… Drake Maverick has the title!

Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall(?); NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

He’s back on top, baby! Now Mr. & Mrs. Maverick can… RUN!! The every-day Raw superstars run at Drake and he has to run away! Will Maverick ever catch a break?

 

Mick Foley is in the ring!

The hardcore legend and WWE Hall of Famer is happy to celebrate Raw Reunion in Tampa, Florida. Foley was here two months ago introducing the WWE 24/7 Championship, and oh hey, it’s coming this way! “Come to papa!” But Maverick avoids Foley, and the rest of the Raw superstars run past to keep up the chase. Foley’s not through with that title yet! But have a nice day, guys. Foley vows to be champion before the night is through.

Foley says some of the finest moments of his life have been on Raw. He thanks the fans for being part of it all. But to pick his absolute favorite, it’d have to be… January 4th, 1999! The night Foley became world champion! But wait, what happened to the footage? Oh no, the lights are going down…! THE FIEND IS HERE!! And he attacks Mick Foley with a MANDIBLE CLAW!? He’s stealing Foley’s move, and perhaps stealing Foley’s soul!! Foley passes out and the Fiend disappears into the night, laughing all the way.

 

Raw presents: A Moment of Bliss!

The Goddess and Nikki Cross walk out and take their seats, and take a moment to say what we just saw happen, we need this. Alexa introduces herself and Nikki. The show must go on, so they introduce The Man, Becky Lynch! The Raw Women’s Champion makes her entrance now, holding her belt up high. Becky takes her seat and Alexa brings up the Summerslam title match against Natalya, who has home field advantage in Toronto. But here comes Natty herself! Well hey, Natty, what’re you doing out here? Well she knows how the game works. If Becky wants to say something, say it to Natty’s face. Alexa loves this tension, and explains with footage what went down.

Natty wanted to face a friend in her home country, but Becky dropped the smiles to say this is all business. “Step up or else I will wipe the floor with you in your home country.” Natty desperately needs this, and Becky knows it. And in return. Natty promised to rip the orange mop of Becky’s head, then pull the horseshoe out of her ass, to beat the hell out of her. In the present, Natty brings up the shared time together in Japan, and their parallels in the WWE. Yet for Becky to be so disrespectful blows Natty’s mind. Because Natty undercut Becky before Becky even got her footing. But Becky beat Natty’s little friend, Ronda Rousey. The belt represents the Baddest Woman’s scalp, and Becky will still have it after she embarrasses Natty. Now they brawl!

Referees rush out to stop this scrap, but Alexa and Nikki just watch while sipping coffee. Tampa wants to “Let Them Fight!” but Becky and Natty are being pulled apart. What goes down when these two don’t have to hold back at Summerslam?

 

Raw returns with a backstage interview with Natalya.

Did she expect things to get so personal so quickly? It was Becky who made it personal! Becky is rewriting history, thinking she built the Women’s (R)Evolution, when it was built off of women like Natty! Natty will teach Becky the lesson of a lifetime by taking that belt, man.

 

Drake Maverick and Renee Michelle hurry to their limousine.

But Truth and Carmella strike! Carmella kicks Renee and Maverick apart, then Truth completes the roll-up! Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

And we come full circle! Truth hops in the limo and says go! But Renee is in there, too!! Maverick’s baby, and his wife, both left without him! Carmella also feels left behind. Oh now Maverick notices Renee Michelle was in the limo?

 

Braun Strowman VS Randy Rowe!

The Monster Among Men grabs a mic before the bell rings. He says, “Don’t blink, this ain’t gonna last long.” The bell rings, and he TOSSES Rowe across the ring! Then back the other way! Rowe wobbles about, and Strowman runs to BOOT him down! But that’s not all, because he hauls Rowe up by one hand, to SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM him! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Well it wasn’t quite as fast as he said, but Strowman still makes quick work of a mere mortal. Will Strowman make sure everyone on Raw #GetsTheseHands?

 

It’s time to toast the Raw Reunion!

And first out, it’s the Nature Boy! Ric Flair styles and profiles his way out stage as fans echo “WOO~!” And following behind, it’s The Hurricane, DX, The Kliq, Rikishi, and all the returning icons and legends we’ve seen tonight. And last but not least, THE IMMORTAL Hulk Hogan! Hogan and Flair bow to each other in respect, then hug it out. “Well let me tell you something, brother!” It is great to be back and celebrate Raw with all his friends and Hulkamaniacs. And sorry Foley, this is his hometown, brother! Some of the best moments were on Raw with the Tampa Hulkamaniacs. But for all those that sported the red and yellow, Hogan thanks them a million times over. So there’s one last thing to ask: “Whatcha gonna do when the Raw Reunion and Hulkamania runs wild on you?!”

The music plays again and Flair even joins Hogan in on hearing the fans cheer. Everyone applauds, but then the glass breaks!! It’s STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! Steve Austin is here!! And he hits the ring as fans cheer! The Texas Rattlesnake makes sure to hit every corner before he gets himself one of those Stone Cold coolers! He has someone toss him those #Steveweisers, though, and does his double can salute! Broken Skull IPA goes down smooth for Austin, but he gets himself a mic while he’s at it. “Gimme a hell yeah!” “Hell Yeah!” No no, give him a hell yeah. “Hell Yeah!” Can you to hear him? Give him a hell yeah! “HELL YEAH!” There it is.

Austin remembers being on the road with his brothers and sisters, but don’t go thinking he won’t get sentimental. He’d rather just take everyone else by their necks, and that’s the bottom line. But look at those legends on stage. They’ve had blood, sweat, tears, maybe even crapped themselves. Those legends, these cameramen and ring crew, they’re all family. Even the fans, they’re family! Yes, that includes all oft he WWE Universe around the world. So Austin is thankful to come out and celebrate this reunion. He came out a little early, spent the day with the one and only Hogan for a podcast, drank some beer, and had some sushi. Then just last night, Austin was up all night listening to Flair’s stories while drinking all the beer in the bar.

And after all that, Austin ordered room service. Austin ordered all sorts of food, Austin was like, “No I ain’t going down yet.” He went down a floor, there was a door open, and there was Ron Simmons. They looked at each other, giddy as could be. Austin beat Simmons to the punch with a “DAMN!” They hugged it out for like a minute. They hung out with everyone, because it’s about the family and the dues paid. So without any further ado, let’s all drink a cold one. Austin proposes a toast to “every single sum bish” in the ring. This is a legit sell out, and everyone’s watching because this is Raw. “And that’s all I got to say about that!”

Austin gives a toast to Tampa, to the United States of America, to the entire world, “thank you very much. And that’s the bottom liiine~, because Stone Cold said so!” Everyone raises a can, but hold on, is there still time? One minute left, so Austin and Gerry Briscoe, cheers! They were doing some not so legal things in South Africa, and Austin was nervous about talking. Coach said, “Just go be you.” So there it is. Austin’s here with his friends and family, thankful to everyone, but ain’t giving out Christmas cards. Cheers to Raw! HELL YEAH!

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really fun episode of Raw, even though not much actually happened. It became an amazing WWE 24/7 Championship marathon, though. We can officially say history for that title was made, with legends added to the list of champions, along with crossing over into the Women’s Division. The only real downside to that was Renee Michelle did not get to have the title even though it totally set up for that. But maybe we’ll get a YouTube or Twitter exclusive to have shenanigans between her and R-Truth since we know they’re stuck in the same limo now. I’ll have to keep an eye on those sources… But also, WOW that attack on Mick Foley! Bray Wyatt better start doing his take on Three Faces of Foley, using classic Bray, Muscleman/Kids Show Bray and The Fiend as his personas just like Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind.

We did get a lot of fun stuff that helped progress the title stories, too. Cena opening the show was a great choice, and then having him, the Usos and Rikishi bring out some Thuganomics was fun. Usos VS Revival was great, because those teams are great, but also because Raw used picture in picture! Raw should do that more to avoid the “no wrestling during commercials, 2 out of 3 falls” issues. Another Raw Tag Title match at Summerslam for these two teams, I’m sure we’ll get something really amazing. McIntyre brutalized Alexander, a great move for the Scottish Psychopath. I would love to see Alexander, kayfabe beat up as he might be, to come back with a vengeance to really up his own character. There’s still time to circle back to Undertaker if the rumors are true, but this could do wonders for Alexander either way.

Sami VS Mysterio was obviously filler for the legends to get pops, and so that Mysterio could get a win. I don’t know how much more Mysterio has, though, he keeps coming back from injury. Hopefully someone figures something out so Mysterio’s last run can be memorable. The Viking Raiders and Strowman also did filler squash, but it’s fun to see those guys wreck whoever they’re up against. All three should hopefully be in line for titles after Summerslam, or else they’re just beef to satisfy Vince’s needs. Samoa Joe’s promo was very striking, though, for how it bordered on shoot. It was like Sami’s current Heel gimmick, but better. Raw does need to sort itself out to have better episodes and not rely on an episode just like this to spark things.

Joe’s match with Roman was great, but perhaps Joe could’ve/should’ve won so that we could get this for Summerslam. It could still happen to make up for the rest hold debacle Vince had them do last time, but who knows. Rikishi’s gear saying “Samoan Dynasty” makes me want that to be a thing. I always pictured Roman, Usos, and many other family members from the Anoa’i family tree to form a faction to run things on one or both brands. And now that the Club, aka the OC, is trying to run Raw, there’s a feud right there. Rollins and Heyman have good promos on Miz TV, but obviously Rollins VS Styles was really so DX & Kliq could get a group pop to put OC in their place. Something could still come out of this, what with Styles and HBK looking ready to fight ringside. But for now, it was just a fun filler moment.

The Raw Women’s Championship probably had the best progression of anything tonight. A Moment of Bliss obviously helped bring Becky and Natty near each other, and their promos were pretty good. It is an interesting development for Becky to say Natty was the one to do something first, so the next few weeks could elaborate on that. Becky’s line about the belt being the “scalp” of Ronda, Natty’s friend, was also good. These two are great in the ring so we’re definitely going to get a great match in Toronto. But at the same time, I don’t see it being Natty who takes the title, even with this new fire and with the home field advantage. This could tantamount work into being a retirement match or something for Natty, since it will be in her home country, and she can get a touching “Thank You, Natty” moment from Toronto.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)

The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!

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The Dusty Cup features the Cruiserweight Division… and Killian Dain?

For the first time ever, 205 Live gets to be part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who will leap out of the sweet sixteen into the second round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz; El Legado del Fantasma wins and advances.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; Maverick & Dain win and advance.

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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz!

Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza want to follow in the footsteps of Santos Escobar, and that means getting titles! But Samir & Sunil Singh want the same, so that they can shine even brighter! Will the lights, camera and Bollywood action be left on the cutting room floor by Death From Above and the Technical Assassin?

The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Sunil. Sunil and Mendoza circle, fans rally up as they tie up, and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Sunil rolls, wrenches back, but Mendoza wrenches again to wristlock. Sunil gets up, trips Mendoza up and gets a headlock. Mendoza gets up, Sunil wrenches and yanks on the arm over and over! Sunil wristlocks, Mendoza knees low and hard, then whips. Sunil reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things speed up, Mendoza runs Sunil over! Fans fire up with Mendoza and he runs, but Sunil drops to hurdle then monkey flip! Mendoza flounders up but Sunil clotheslines him out!

Sunil dares Mendoza to come back and Mendoza does, into an arm-drag! Sunil has the arm, Mendoza fights up, but Samir tags in. The Bollywood Boyz double whip, double shoulder and double elbow! Cover, ONE, but Samir keeps on Mendoza down with an armlock. Mendoza fights up, whips free but Samir gets around to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Samir wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Another arm-drag and Samir is back on the arm! Mendoza moves around, Samir keeps on the hold, and fans rally as Mendoza fights up. Mendoza pulls hair to put Samir in the corner, Wilde tags in but runs into a drop toehold!

Samir has the arm, Wilde pulls on an ear and whips, but Samir holds on tight to wrangle Wilde down! Tag to Sunil, they whip Wilde and leap frog, to then double hip toss! Cover, TWO! Sunil wrenches, tags Samir back in and Samir hops up to drop ax handles. Wilde knees low, goes to buckle bump but Samir blocks to give the bump first! Samir ducks Mendoza’s sucker punch to punch back, but Wilde gets him for a DDT! Wilde stomps Samir, brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, he CHOPS Samir then taunts Sunil. Mendoza runs in and clotheslines, tag to Wilde! Wilde clotheslines and tags, then Mendoza repeats the process! Double suplex! Cover, TWO!

Wilde keeps on Samir and throws him out hard! Wilde goes out, Mendoza talks trash, and Wilde bumps Samir off the announce desk! Wilde drags Samir back into the ring as fans rally up. Wilde cravats and cranks on Samir’s neck, but Samir fights up and body shots free! Wilde whips Samir hard into buckles! Tag to Mendoza, El Legado drags Samir up and double whip him to ropes. Samir kicks back, Mendoza clubs him, then a whip, but Samir reverses to send Mendoza into Wilde! Mendoza shoves Samir to the Legado corner but Samir dodges and Mendoza gets POST! Fans rally up as Samir crawls, hot tag to Sunil!

Sunil rallies on Mendoza with forearms and elbows, then a whip! And a BACK DROP on the rebound! Sunil keeps going, atomic drop and a running WINDMILL KICK! Wilde returns but Sunil DECKS him! Sunil goes out to bump Wilde off the 205 Live logo over and over! Mendoza runs out but he gets the same! Sunil puts Mendoza in, climbs up top and leaps, BIG ax handles! Cover, TWO! Escobar is ice cold as Samir tags in. Sunil hoists Mendoza up, FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mendoza is still in this but Samir throws haymakers in the corner. Samir hoists Mendoza up top, climbs, but Mendoza fights back! They brawl, Samir clubs Mendoza but Wilde anchors him!

Sunil YANKS Wilde down, tags in and then Samir SUPERPLEXES Mendoza! Sunil add the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Wilde breaks it! Not even the Bollywood remake of Power ‘n’ Glory could do it! Samir goes after Wilde with fury, then whips, only for Wilde to send him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Mendoza gets Sunil with a FLIPPING DRIVER! Tag to Wilde, Electric Chair FLYING CODE BREAKER! Then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, and Mendoza intercepts Samir, El Legado wins!

Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

Wilde and Mendoza make Escobar very proud, but this was just the opening round. Will Legado del Fantasma grow even stronger as the Dusty Classic continues?

 

Drake Maverick and Killian Dain make final preparations.

Maverick pins up the doodle of him and Dain, only for Dain to pull it back down. Dain puts on his wrist and hand tape, so Maverick does the same. Dain asks why he keeps mirroring him? Maverick says it’s 2021, a new year, a new look as they’re now matching. Look, Maverick’s a denim jeans guy now! Dain wants Maverick to promise him he fixed the music. He did! The new theme has a lot of rock to open, Dain is satisfied. Will Dain do the dance if they win? No. Not even if they win? Maverick quickly pins up the doodle again, will it be a good luck charm for the odd couple?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!

The Lonestar and #RetroAG did great as a team in their first outing last week, but now it’s the real deal! Will Stallion and Grey ride into the second round with high spirits? Or will they be brought down by Rockstar Spud and the Belfast Beast?

The new music hits, and it’s to Dain’s liking, but then it morphs into a remix of that whistling theme Maverick had in the first place. Well, it’s fitting for their brand of dysfunction. The teams sort out and Stallion starts against Maverick. They circle and tie up, Stallion headlocks but Maverick powers out, only for Stallion to run him over. Stallion stares Maverick down as they reset and start again. They tie up, Stallion headlocks again but Maverick works on an escape. Fans rally, Maverick powers out but Stallion runs him over again. Things speed up, Maverick hurdles then throws Stallion out, to do some skipping.

Stallion runs back in but is sent back out! Maverick does more skip step, but Stallion comes back to tie up. Stallion whips Maverick to a corner, Maverick goes up and over and does his trot. Stallion rushes in, only for Maverick to hip toss and calf kick him down to an armlock! Maverick wrenches the arm, but Stallion pushes free to tag in Grey. Grey is fired up because it’s the Dusty Classic! He dares “big man” Maverick to bring it, and Maverick says one moment. He tags to Dain! Dain is a bit bigger than 205 but Grey still ties up with him. Dain pushes Grey away to a corner! Grey comes back, ties up with Dain again and gets a headlock, but Dain powers out to run Grey over!

Dain runs, Grey ducks and hurdles, but he decides to avoid the punch. Grey leaps but the crossbody bounces off of Dain! Dain tags in Grey, they double whip Grey and Dain uses Maverick to trip Grey up for the back senton! Human weapon, scoop slam senton! Maverick covers, ONE! Maverick clamps onto an arm, wrenches, and Dain tags in. Dain BOOTS Grey down, then fireman’s carries Maverick for the SWINGING BOOTS! Dain even RAMS Stallion with Maverick! Dain lets Maverick go back to the corner so he can CLUB Grey! Dain then fireman’s carries Grey but Grey slips out to tag in Stallion!

The Cruiserweights go after the heavyweight together! Mule kick, front kick, forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! They bring Dain in but Dain DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Grey and Stallion bail out, Maverick tags in and he says Dain is the one to dive?! Fans want to see it and Dain gives it a try, only to pick up Maverick and TOSS him! Maverick topples Stallion and Grey over and fans fire up! Dain goes out to fetch Stallion into the ring and then puts Maverick in. Dain clubs Grey down and Maverick covers, TWO! Maverick hikes up his pants and brings Stallion up, but Stallion hits a REVERSE NECKBREAKER!

Tag to Grey and Grey whips Maverick. Leap frog into HEADBUTT, then the BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Grey clamps on tight with a chinlock and Maverick endures. Fans rally up, Maverick fights up, but Grey keeps him from Dain. Maverick keeps trying but Grey wrangles him away. Fans duel now as Maverick fights up. Maverick throws body shots, backs Grey down, but Grey CLUBS Maverick first! Grey back suplexes, Maverick lands on his feet, and boots Grey away! Maverick hits Stallion for good measure, slides under Grey and hot tags Dain! Dain rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Stallion in! They both get LARIATS!

Dain brings Grey around for an OVERHEAD suplex! Dain runs in to corner splash Stallion, then does the same to Grey! He whips Grey into Stallion and SHOTGUN DROPKICKS them both down! Stallion staggers, but into an URENAGE! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Dain has the fans fired up as he aims at Grey, but Grey dodges, only to get the DIVIDE! Cover, but Stallion breaks it! Dain grabs Stallion and whips him to a corner, but misses to get buckles! Stallion runs at Maverick but gets double boots! Maverick rolls Stallion to his feet for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Grey staggers, blocks a kick and KNEES Maverick! Dragon sleeper to a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Dain drops a senton on Grey!

Fans fire up as Grey runs but Stallion gets around him to waistlock. Stallion tries to lift, Grey SUPERKICKS Dain into the GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE! Stallion tries a lateral press, but Maverick breaks it! Grey and Maverick brawl, Maverick hits him and Stallion back and forth! Fast hands and feet, but he gets mugged 2v1! Stallion and Grey stomp Maverick in the corner, CHOP him, then whip him corner to corner. Dain puts Maverick on the outside to BOOT Grey and buckle bump Stallion! Tag to Maverick, BOOTS at the corner! Dain drags Stallion up, Maverick LEAPS to take out Grey!

Dain POWERBOMBS Stallion! Maverick wants a high-five, but he gets used as a human weapon again, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, Maverick and Dain win!

Winners: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

One of the more unique combinations in this year’s Dusty Cup gets through to the next round! But they’re going up against a couple of rascals in MSK, will the dysfunction fall apart?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good 205 Live that at least got over half an hour this time. Legado VS Bollywood Boyz was a good opener, and it makes sense for Legado to advance. There is always a good story behind a faction wanting to have title belts for each member, but there’s a good chance they’re facing Imperium next round. Imperium wants to do the same thing between both NXT and NXT UK, and Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner will definitely want to get back to the titles. In the end, I don’t see Legado or Imperium being Dusty Cup winners, though.

Maverick & Dain VS Stallion & Grey was a good match, but with Stallion having the Cruiserweight title shot in his back pocket, and with Maverick & Dain being a fan favorite combo, it makes sense Maverick & Dain won. I just knew that Maverick’s new choice for a theme was really just a swerve. Dain & Maverick are probably losing to MSK, though, as MSK are new and it’d mean a lot more if they got into the semifinals. Though again, I wouldn’t see Dain & Maverick winning the cup, even if there is some story there between them and Lorcan-Burch. Though that would be a great shocker.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/15/21)

Will Scrap Daddy sign on the dotted line?

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SmackDown sets a contract signing for Roman Reigns VS Adam Pearce!

Despite being furious with the WWE official, the Head of the Table made Adam Pearce the new #1 contender for his WWE Universal Championship! But will Scrap Daddy find that that’s punishment enough?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso; Nakamura wins.
  • Natalya w/ Tamina VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay; Natalya wins.
  • Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan; Cesaro wins.
  • Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn; Crews wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roman Reigns sits in his room.

He looks over the contract for the WWE Universal Championship match, and Paul Heyman says it’s the same stuff all the time. Cookie cutter, boiler plate WWE garbage. This one just happens to be for the Royal Rumble 2021. Heyman hates it, too, didn’t like it from the moment he started reading, but the match does need a stipulation. It needs the stipulation of letting Roman be Roman. Heyman can take this off Roman’s hands to bring to Adam Pearce. Roman silently hands the contract over and Heyman says he can consider this handled. But what exactly will Heyman suggest as a stipulation for The Head of the Table VS Scrap Daddy, a man who hasn’t wrestled in roughly six years?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso!

The King of Strong Style’s rise through the gauntlet last week was epic, but also abruptly ended as Roman Reigns and his cousin got involved. Jey welcomes us to SmackDown, and says it’s The Bloodline Show! Because Jey and Cuz Roman run this! Not Adam Pearce! Not Kevin Owens! Not nobody in the WWE Universe! Their family calls the shots, Uce! Pearce, be careful. You’re going to wish you kept that suit on. But if you thought they’re just satisfied with SmackDown, think again! Roman Reigns, the Universal Champion, the provider, needs to be thanked by all the talent in the back! The food in catering, “Thank you, Roman!” You being relevant for the first time in your careers, “Thank you, Roman!”

Jey says as far as being the right hand man, he’s trying to get his, too. The family is expanding! Step one, Jey officially declares for the Rumble! Step two, he’ll win the match! Step three, he’ll whoop Drew McIntyre, “Oldberg” and any WWE World Champion so that the Bloodline WILL be the entire WWE! But first, there’s business with Nakamura. Everyone talks about Shinsuke in the gauntlet. He did good, had to survive and advance, facing one man after another, match after match. Nakamura beat Mysterio, he beat Baron “Big Head” Corbin, and even Daniel Bryan! But as soon as they said, “NOPE, not tonight, Uce!” DONE! Out like a light!

So Jey tells Nakamura to thank them! They let him survive! Now he wants to step up and fight? King of Strong Style? Let’s see how strong you really are then, bruh! You know as soon as you cross the family, you leave the ThunderDome on a stretcher! But here comes Nakamura! And Nakamura has a mic to respond, “If your cousin, Roman Reigns, is the Big Dog, that makes you… His little puppy!” And then Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Jey down! They have their match after the break, will Jey be able to get this for the Bloodline?

SmackDown returns, the bell rings, and the two fire off forearms! Nakamura backs Jey down, Jey shoves but Nakamura knocks him down! Nakamura drags Jey up, snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps on Jey with a grinding headlock, but Jey powers up and powers out. Things speed up, Jey drops then knocks Nakamura over with an elbow! Jey drops elbows on Nakamura and Nakamura gets to a corner. Jey is after Nakamura at the ropes, scoops him and slams him! Cover, ONE! Jey drags Nakamura up, throws haymakers, but Nakamura body shots back! Nakamura backs Jey down with forearms but Jey hits and whips hard!

Nakamura writhes on the mat but Jey brings him up to whip again. Nakamura reverses, break frees, misses the roundhouse but not the windmill kick! Nakamura follows up with knees into Jey’s shoulders and ribs! Nakamura bumps Jey off buckles, brings him up and suplexes for a gourd buster! Then he throws in more knees! Nakamura stomps Jey to the corner, the ref has Nakamura let off. Nakamura comes back to stomp Jey again, then lets off for a moment. He brings Jey back up into a sleeper hold! Jey endures as Nakamura shifts to a chinlock and grinds him down. Jey fights his way back up, but Nakamura throws knees.

Nakamura puts Jey in the corner to give some Bad Vibrations! But wait, Cesaro is heading to the ring! Cesaro is Nakamura’s tag team partner so maybe he’s showing support. Nakamura dropkicks Jey then POSTS him! The Swiss Cyborg cheers Nakamura on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Nakamura stomps Jey around at the ropes. Jey goes to a corner, Cesaro is on commentary and Nakamura whips Jey corner to corner. Cesaro knows he has his match with Daniel Bryan later but he wants to cheer his friend and tag partner on. Nakamura runs corner to corner but Jey throws him out! Jey kicks, Nakamura blocks and spins but Jey dragon whips him down! Michael Cole wonders where Cesaro was last week when Nakamura was getting beat up, but Cesaro says Tropicana Field, the new home of the ThunderDome, is very big. He was too late getting here, the cameras cut away and Michael Cole probably left.

Jey puts Nakamura in the ring with some force, then glares at Cesaro before going to Nakamura. Jey ROCKS Nakamura with the uppercut then clubs him down! Jey stomps, Cesaro says HE is entering the Rumble, and Jey stalks Nakamura to a corner. Jey digs his claws in, stomps away, but lets off as the ref counts, only to get around and fire off forearms and stomps! The ref backs Jey off, but Jey comes back to HIP ATTACK in the corner! Jey stomps Nakamura more, the ref counts but Jey stops at 3. Fans give thumbs down on their screens, Jey goes back to a corner, then runs corner to corner again, into the DYNAMIC DROPKICK!

Nakamura fires up as he sees Jey get up. Nakamura KICKS Jey back down, then KICKS away on his legs! Nakamura whips, kitchen sink knees then sliding KNEES to add on! Jey gets up, Nakamura stalks him and runs in but into a boot! Jey boots again but Nakamura spins him into the ropes, SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows frustrated but he drags Jey back up. Jey fights off the exploder and throws forearms. Jey shoves, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro admits Jey is a great wrestler because of their history in tag team competition, but never underestimate Nakamura. Speaking of, Nakamura fires off a strike fest!

Jey ducks the forearm to mule kick then uppercut! Back suplex to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives but Jey heads for a corner. Jey sees Nakamura get to a corner so he goes back in and runs in, but into buckles! Nakamura KICKS, climbs up, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura fires up and aims from a corner! “YAO~!” SUPERKICK FROM JEY!! Jey heads to a corner, climbs up top, and USO SPLASHES onto knees! Nakamura saves himself and rises as Jey goes to a corner. Nakamura runs in but only gets post! Jey rolls Nakamura, has his feet on ropes, but the ref sees it just in time!

Jey protests that the ref was already counting three! The ref says it’s at his discretion when the bell rings, but Nakamura rolls Jey to a KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

The Swiss Cyborg celebrates with the King of Strong Style! Cesaro is in the Men’s Royal Rumble, gunning for Roman Reigns, will Nakamura look to do the same?

 

Sonya Deville talks with Adam Pearce.

They’re going over a copy of the title match contract, and she says she’s looked up his past stuff on YouTube. To her, he’s still got it. Pearce appreciates that, but he hasn’t been that guy in a long time, and even that guy couldn’t handle Roman Reigns. Sonya says he shouldn’t think like that. But then in walks Heyman with his copy of the contract. Heyman presents the agreement from the Tribal Chief. Pearce now holds “the opportunity of a lifetime!” Not only does Pearce get to main event the Royal Rumble PPV, he has the opportunity that was never presented to Scrap Daddy.

This opportunity is not only at the Universal Heavyweight Championship, but against the single biggest star in all of sports entertainment, Roman Reigns. And not only that, but the stipulation, “my GOD,” Sonya’s perfume is effective. But that said, this is actually tilted in Pearce’s favor. This is a match under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! So this is the part of the pitch that it’s somehow for Pearce’s benefit. He’ll still sign it, even though we all know it’s ridiculous. This only means Pearce gets injured, which is exactly what Heyman wants. But Pearce put his name on the contract, will he be able to prepare now that he knows what’s coming?

 

Jey Uso shouts at referee Charles Robinson backstage!

Three is three! Shoulders were on the mat! How long has he been doing this job?! Yes, Nakamura’s shoulders were on the mat, but Jey’s FEET were on the ROPES! You don’t think Jey knows rules? Charles has to do his job! Didn’t his daughter just get married? He’s about to get fired by The Chief. What? Jey’s veiled threat is clear, is no one safe from Roman’s wrath?

 

Backstage interview with The Street Profits!

Kayla Braxston asks Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins if it was wise to put their SmackDown Tag Team Championships on the line against Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler only a week after the vicious attack that injured Ford’s leg? Ford says you can call them a lot of things, like playboys, honorary Vikings, and “two dudes who’re dying to get drawn up as Simpsons characters,” but one thing they cannot, will not and shall not be called is scared. “On March 2nd, in the Year of Our Lord 2020,” the Profits became World Tag Team Champions! For 312 historic days, every single team that stepped up got dealt with! So for them not to accept a challenge would be disrespecting the very legacy they’re trying to build!

There are a bunch of names for the new champions. Roode-Dolph. The Two Aces. The Dirty Dawgs. ED. Whoa, whoa, keep it PG. No, it stands for “Entertainment Dysfunction.” That’s good! And now… Champions. But you best believe the Profits will run it back! It ain’t no rerun, fam. What they did to Ford had him limping for a minute. But when the sequel happens, they’ll drop bodies like they’re entering the Blood House. Tell ’em why, fam. Because the Profits are UP, even though they’re down right now. And #WeWantTheSmoke!

 

Roman Reigns talks Apollo Crews!

“You’ve gotta believe it. It’s all about control.” If Apollo doesn’t get it, then who will? Understood? Apollo does believe. Heyman returns and has the contract “sign, sealed and delivered.” Roman allows Apollo to stay and watch this and learn from it. The stipulation is No Disqualifications. Pearce signed? Yes. Well Roman chooses not to sign. He never wanted No DQ, never said he wanted No DQ. He wants it as… a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH.

What?! But Adam Pearce will never go for that! Oh he will. Because Heyman will make him. Heyman needs to tell Pearce that they’re going to sign this in the ring tonight. And then it’ll be considered “Handled.” Roman continues to talk with Apollo about how this is about control. Is Roman going to control this entire situation so it plays out how he wants it?

 

Natalya w/ Tamina VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay!

The two second-generation superstars ditched the Femme Fatale and became a duo themselves, but now Billie’s hopped on a new bandwagon! Will she be able to help the Riott Squad keep things on track? Or will this mismatched trio fall apart before it gets going?

Billie joins commentary and the bell rings. Liv and Natty tie up, go around, and Natty puts Liv on the ropes. The ref counts, Natty lets off and shoves Liv. Liv pushes back! Liv counters the punch to a headlock, Natty powers out but Liv dodges and huricanranas! Billie cheers Liv on as she runs in and back body blocks Natty in a corner! Liv whips, Natty reverses but Liv stops herself and elbows back. They knuckle lock, Natty pushes and turns Liv, then throws her up and over. Liv lands on her feet to monkey flip! Both women are down but they spring up! Natty trips Liv, Liv pushes back and wheelbarrows, but Natty makes it a STUNGUN!

Billie and Ruby are worried but Billie says to walk it off. Natty fires off on Liv in the corner then tells the ref to shut up. “You think this is a joke, Liv?!” Natty pushes Liv, drags her up, and snap suplexes! And then KICKS Liv in the back! Liv crawls, Natty brings her back up but Liv resists the suplex to cradle counter! TWO, and Natty LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Billie cheers Liv on more but Natty brings Liv up to a Canadian rack and backbreaker stretch! Natty tells Billie to shut up as she jams Liv harder. Liv fights with elbows, gets to ropes and then the apron. Natty throws a haymaker but Liv hits back! Liv slingshots and sunset flips, TWO!

Liv kicks low, front kicks then enziguris! Natty goes to a corner, Billie cheers Liv on again, and Liv runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Liv stomps away on Natty in the corner, the ref counts and Liv lets off at 4. Natty throws Liv into buckles! Then DISCUS LARIAT! Billie panics as Natty covers, TWO! Billie shouts as Natty tries for the Sharpshooter, and Liv cradle counters, TWO!! LIV BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Billie protests. Tamina is there and Billie gets a little too close. Tamina gets after Billie and Billie says she didn’t do anything. Billie gets in the ring?! And in everyone’s way! Natty rolls Liv up!! Natty wins!!

Winner: Natalya, by pinfall

Billie realizes what happened and she apologizes, but still says the ref wasn’t counting right earlier. Will Billie ever get it right on SmackDown?

 

Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!

The moment the King of Lucha was eliminated from the gauntlet by the King of Strong Style last week, the Lone Wolf King attacked them both! Corbin added insult to injury but now Rey wants payback! Will Rey trump the King of the Ring on the road to the Royal Rumble?

SmackDown returns as Corbin goes to the ring and Dominik joins commentary. The bell rings, Mysterio and Corbin circle and approach. Rey slides under, Corbin gets him with a choke grip but the choke slam is turned into a huricanrana! Rey rams Corbin in a corner but Corbin whips him away into buckles and then CLOBBERS him! Corbin mocks Dominik on commentary then puts Rey in a corner. Corbin ties an arm up on the ropes, throws body shots then throws haymakers. Rey goes to the other corner, Corbin stalks him and back suplexes high and hard! Cover, ONE! Corbin is annoyed already and he drags Rey up for another back suplex, only for Rey to counter with a BULLDOG!

Rey goes after Corbin but Corbin knees low and slides Rey out! Corbin slides out to then CLOBBER Rey again! Corbin stares Dominik down as the ring count starts. Dominik stands up but Corbin shoves him down! Corbin says Dominik’s not going to do anything to cost Rey and then he puts Rey in to cover, TWO! Corbin keeps Rey in the ring, brings him around to choke on ropes and taunt Dominik at the same time. Dominik say she’s going to let Rey fight his fight because he trusts in him. Corbin drags Rey up, talks some smack, then runs to DECK Rey with a right hand! Corbin says Dominik’s only good as a cheerleader, but then Rey gets up to dropkick the legs out!

Rey goes to a corner, climbs up top and leaps, seated senton! And then a springboard, but into Corbin’s arms! Corbin pops Rey up to a fireman’s carry but Rey sits up to rain down rights! Rey spins and ranas Corbin onto ropes! Dial it up, DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious as Rey survives! Rey crawls to a corner and gets to his feet. Dominik says he’s learned resilience from his father, and Rey dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out, in but into a boot! Rey runs, slides, but Corbin ducks under to throw an elbow! Dominik stands up again and Corbin taunts him again. Corbin puts Rey in then SUCKER PUNCHES Dominik! But Rey 619’s Corbin at the apron!

Rey keeps Dominik calm and out of the ring but then Corbin shoves Rey into Dominik! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

The Wolf King used father and son against each other quite literally and he took the win from them! Will he continue to play on the “family drama” as the Royal Rumble approaches?

 

Adam Pearce comes across Paul Heyman in the hallway.

Has Roman signed the contract? Heyman says there’s a bit of a wrinkle. No, Roman hasn’t signed the contract. But Heyman says it’s because Roman agreed with Pearce’s concerns. What does that say to the WWE management and the fans to deliver a No DQ match as the main event of the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship and Adam Pearce’s return to wrestling? No DQ is not enough! Where is Heyman going with this? Roman VS Pearce, at the Royal Rumble, LAST MAN STANDING. What is with these people?! Oh~ Pearce wonders who that favors. Well Heyman isn’t really into spoilers.

Heyman says Pearce can take his time because they can address this in the ring later tonight. Heyman will leave Pearce to his thoughts, and considers this business “handled.” Will Pearce do what Roman wants?

 

Rey and Dominik talk backstage.

Rey wants Dominik to calm down but Dominik says he’s been fighting giants like Corbin his entire career. Now, NOW Rey backs down? Rey didn’t back down, he’s being smart. He suggests Dom do the same. You don’t pick a fight without a plan. Corbin has been a WWE United States Champion, Mr. Money in the Bank and King of the Ring. He’s even a former Golden Gloves boxer! Dom doesn’t care about what Corbin’s done! Well if Dom wants to take care of Corbin, Rey knows just the guy to talk to. Who is it that will give the Mysterios the upper hand on the Wolf King?

 

SmackDown presents Bayley’s brand new talk show!

DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley walks in through the door, has an arm chair and a plaque commemorating her 380 day reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion. She welcomes us to HER talk show, which is already bigger than Marvel’s WandaVision. Now let’s welcome the EST of WWE, Bayley’s first guEST ever, Bianca Belair! Bianca makes her entrance and joins Bayley in the ring, and Bayley insists she go through the door. Ring the bell, too. DING DONG, who could that be? Bayley, c’mon. Bayley opens the door and lets Bianca in. Bianca then takes the arm chair and Bayley says that’s her. Well she has good taste, this is very comfortable.

Bayley would take the stool meant for guests, but y’know what? With the Women’s Rumble match, Bayley will probably be in it for a full hour so she might as well get her legs stronger now. Bayley congratulates Bianca on her WWE Chronicle premiering on the WWE Network on January 24th! And after everyone sees it, there will be so many Bianca Belair believers. Here’s a special sneak peek! It was when Bayley beat Bianca about a month ago. Oh, sorry, that wasn’t the right footage. Bayley says move on from that and go to the hard hitting questions.

Why does Bianca call herself the EST? It is her nickname based on her accomplishments in various things, such as track & field, sports, school- But those are all things from before the WWE. Isn’t that disrespectful to those that built the division? Bianca asks Bayley why Bianca’s confidence threaten Bayley so much? Bayley is mad at a nickname when Bianca doesn’t even brag, she’s just being herself. So when Bianca says she’s the strongEST, fastEST- Wait, hold on, doesn’t that make Bayley the best now? She beat Bianca in that match! And was a champion for 380 days. Bianca tells Bayley to take her talk show and go put on some dusty go and give Bianca a rematch right now.

Bayley knows Bianca is just trying to play mind games, but she’s not falling for it. She has nothing to prove. But Bayley has an idea! We can figure out who is the superior with an obstacle course! Yes! Imagine it! The Ultimate Athlete Obstacle Course Challenge! YES! Oh wow, really? Bianca can’t even argue with that, challenge accepted! Bayley has her EST, but there ain’t no way she can whoop Bianca. Now ding dong dat! Will Bianca prove it to Bayley and the world that she is then, now and forever THE E S T?

 

Daniel Bryan continues his training with the Alpha Academy!

It was earlier tonight that Bryan and Otis were backstage, and they got those hips moving left and right! Chad Gable has them explode up to their feet, and Kayla comes by. How has this training helped ahead of the Royal Rumble? It’s going great! “The pursuit of excellence” never ends. That’s what Bryan likes about Chad and Otis. And if training with the Alpha Academy makes Bryan even a little bit better, he’s all in. A great attitude to have, but did Bryan’s loss in the gauntlet hurt his confidence? Chad says no negativity. Nakamura is a former Rumble winner, there is no shame in losing to him. Bryan has a lot of respect for Shinsuke, and surely he has that same respect for Bryan.

But Cesaro barges in and says Bryan cannot speak for Nakamura because Bryan is not Nakamura’s friend. But Cesaro is so he will. Cesaro says Nakamura only shook Bryan’s hand was because he felt sorry. It was more a pity handshake. And Bryan would’ve had more of a chance at winning if he trained with someone who could teach him something more than that stupid hip thrust Macarena stuff. Then how about Bryan show Cesaro how that works firsthand later tonight? That is to say, NOW!

Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan!

The Swiss Cyborg won the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal but Bryan has never won a battle royal ever! Anywhere! Will Bryan show Cesaro that the Alpha Academy knows what it’s doing?

SmackDown returns and the bell rings! These two tie up, Cesaro headlocks and hits a takeover. Bryan tries to headscissor but Cesaro pushes that off. They stand up, Bryan powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Cesaro keeps Bryan down with another headlock. Bryan fights up, powers out again, and drops to then arm-drag Cesaro to an armlock! Bryan grinds Cesaro down, wrenches to a wristlock, then wrenches more and hits an elbow breaker! Bryan drags Cesaro down to a hammerlock but Cesaro backs him to a corner. The ref counts, Cesaro elbows Bryan with the free arm! Then he throws EuroUppers!

Cesaro whips Bryan corner to corner and EuroUppers again! Cesaro pushes Bryan around, drags him up and wrenches to whip corner to corner. Bryan dodges and Cesaro hits buckles, then Bryan fires off kicks from all sides! Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! Armlock BULLDOG! Bryan keeps on that arm, hammerlocks it and drops knees on it! Bryan pulls on the arm and twists the wrist! Cesaro rolls, gets up but Bryan wrenches. Cesaro scoops and SLAMS Bryan down! Cesaro shakes out the bad arm and he brings Bryan up to shove him to ropes, and CLUB him hard in the back! Cesaro stomps Bryan, drags him up, shove shim again but Bryan ROCKS Cesaro back!

Bryan fires forearms but Cesaro hits a standing STO! Knuckle lock cover, TWO as Bryan bridges! Cesaro goes to put his weight on Bryan but Bryan counters to monkey flip Cesaro into ropes! A rough landing and Cesaro tumbles out of the ring! Bryan goes to a corner, climbs up top and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Both men get up and Bryan fires off kicks! The ring count is climbing as Bryan KICKS Cesaro against post! Cesaro ducks the next one and Bryan kicks POST! Bryan goes down, clutching his shin, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Cesaro stomps away on Bryan in a corner. Cesaro is after the leg but Bryan scrambles, so Cesaro double stomps Bryan down! Cesaro stomps Bryan’s leg again! Cesaro drags Bryan up but Bryan throws a EuroUpper! Cesaro EuroUppers, Bryan fires off kicks and uppercuts, only for Cesaro to ROCK him! Cesaro whips Bryan corner to corner, Bryan goes up and over but the leg jams! Cesaro runs in but Bryan manages a drop toehold! Bryan PENALTY KICKS Cesaro’s bad arm! Bryan runs back in, tilt-o-whirl and takedown! YES LOCK!! Cesaro endures, moves around, pries free of the hold and stomps Bryan’s legs!

Cesaro gets both legs, for a SWISS SWING! Then a SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures as Cesaro sits deep! Bryan crawls, drags himself and Cesaro over, but Cesaro reaches back to get an arm! CROSSFACE! Bryan rolls it over, and gets the arm again! Cesaro holds off the Yes Lock but Bryan fish hooks Cesaro’s face! Bryan gets the YES LOCK! Cesaro reaches, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go, but he wrenches to an elbow breaker! Cesaro goes to a corner, Bryan kicks him and puts him up top. Bryan climbs to SUPER- NO! Cesaro blocks the steiner to bring Bryan up and into a TWISTING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Cesaro is furious!

Cesaro gives Bryan EuroUppers, then rains down forearms! Cesaro reels Bryan in, Gotch but Bryan back drops out! Bryan boots from a corner, runs, but into a pop-up, only for Bryan to backslide! TWO and Bryan unleashes a Yes Kick and a BUZZSAW! Cesaro already has a cut on his head so the ref checks. Bryan and Cesaro go to opposite corners and Bryan pops up with Yes fingers, only to run into a POP-UP UPPER! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, Cesaro wins!!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

Incredible! Cesaro beats a Grand Slam Champion in Bryan and is rolling towards the Royal Rumble! Will Bryan’s dream of finally checking off a battle royal win be only dreams?

 

Backstage interview with Carmella!

The Untouchable and her sommelier, Reginald, are here and Kayla asks her about what she said last week. Mella says she was telling the truth about Sasha Banks. When it comes to natural talent, Sasha can’t touch Mella. Yet here Mella is here, where is Sasha? Why haven’t we seen Sasha back? Oh, of course. It’s because Mella proved she’s better than Sasha in every way. Maybe Sasha’s hiding from Mella. But then Sasha comes out and shoves Mella over! Sasha isn’t hiding from anyone! Reginald keeps this from getting any more physical, and Sasha tells him to tell Mella that they’ll have the title match. So long as Sasha gets at Reggie first! Will Mella agree to this deal at the expense of her assistant?

 

Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn!

Both men want after Big E and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but we saw earlier tonight how Roman Reigns was giving Apollo some pointers. Will Apollo take control and have another shot at the title? Or will he not see the next trip Sami has up his sleeve?

SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance, accompanied by his documentary film crew to have evidence of the “Anti-Sami Conspiracy” Sami claims exists in the WWE. Big E is ringside, lounging on a couch and having a fruit salad from is minifridge!? Sami is upset because he never got anything close to that as champion, and as the bell rings, Sami runs into Apollo’s dropkick! Apollo counter punches Sami, whips him to ropes but Sami reverses to knee low. Sami runs, Apollo hits an OVERHEAD THROW! Big E respects that but his version is better. Apollo waistlocks but Sami elbows him away, then dodges to clothesline Apollo out!

Big E says he doesn’t believe in Sami’s conspiracy theories and says he didn’t really need the pep talk Heyman gave him like he gave Apollo on Talking Smack. Sami tells Big E to watch this as he JABS away on Apollo. Sami goes to bump Sami off the desk but Apollo blocks to bump Sami off the desk! Apollo then uses the desk for a MOONSAULT to knock Sami down! Apollo puts Sami in at the count of 8, climbs up top, but Sami trips Apollo up! Apollo hits the mat, Sami stomps Apollo into a corner! Sami digs his boots in, the ref counts and Sami lets off. Apollo staggers, Sami hops up and leaps for a flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Sami keeps on Apollo with another cover, TWO! Another, TWO!

Sami tells his personal camera crew to focus on this as he climbs back up. Sami leaps, Apollo gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down but Sami got folded! Sami goes to a corner, Apollo runs in, blocks a boot, and trophy lifts Sami up to throw him into the buckles! ENZIGURI! Apollo STANDING MOONSAULTS, but onto knees! Sami covers, TWO! Sami dodges Apollo and rolls him up, but the ref sees him grabbing tights! Sami is upset with the ref, similar to Jey and Charles Robinson, but Sami still catches Apollo to an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner, but Apollo rolls Sami, and has TIGHTS! The ref doesn’t see this one, Apollo WINS!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

Did Sami’s cameras get Sami’s butt crack like WWE cameras did? Apollo walks over to the couch, picks up the belt, and grins as he tosses back to Big E. Big E says Apollo can keep coming for it but he won’t touch it again. They’ll see each other down the line, but who wins when the title is back on the line?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Head of the Table leads the Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, and #MainEventUso to the table that’s waiting in the ring for this contract signing. And then Adam Pearce quietly makes his way out with the official contract. Pearce takes a seat at the table, Roman takes his time circling around the table, and Heyman moves the chair to the head of the table. Roman doesn’t want that chair. He wants the chair Pearce just sat in. Heyman asks Pearce that he give up the chair, but Jey just takes it from Pearce. Roman takes a seat and Heyman helps Pearce into the chair Roman didn’t want.

Roman says Pearce needs to go ahead and sign. Heyman says this sitting around is not good television. Pearce looks at the contract as he holds the pen, and signs it. Heyman smirks at the passive aggressive behavior as he hands Roman his own pent to sign with. Roman signs his name, gives the pen back, and it is done. Roman says that’ll be the last contract Pearce ever signs. Pearce says, “I’ve waited all night for you to do that.” What’s that supposed to mean? Pearce leaves with the contract in hand, goes up the ramp, and then seems to have a problem walking. Pearce says his knee has been bugging the hell out of him all day. An old injury that just creeps up on you at the worst possible time.

But Pearce says it’ll be fine. After all, we all know that standard contracts say the same things. As a WWE Official, Pearce reserves the right to have a substitute, should he not be medically cleared to compete at the Royal Rumble. In fact, Pearce already has one in mind. It’s KEVIN OWENS! Roman sighs, perhaps disappointed he didn’t see this coming. Kevin signs his name to the contract, and it’s all but a given that the Prizefighter is back in the fight! Will Kevin finally #StunTheWorld and end Roman’s reign as Universal Champion?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode for SmackDown, with some interesting developments in the different stories. The story of Roman Reigns and all those related took an expected yet perfectly executed twist. It was clear Adam Pearce wasn’t really going to compete against Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble, but how he tricked them into a trap like that was great. We’re getting another Roman VS Kevin, but now Last Man Standing, and if Jey is in the Royal Rumble, he might have to consider not interfering. And even if he does, maybe Pearce gets involved so that Scrap Daddy at least gets one great moment WWE PPV moment? Or maybe it’ll be Bryan or Nakamura, depending on who wins the Rumble.

Jey VS Nakamura was a good opening match and I was worried Cesaro showing up when he did was going to mean he costs Nakamura. But Cesaro stays on commentary, stays Nakamura’s friend, and yet also stays a bit Heelish as he still talks smack on Bryan, Otis and Gable. Bryan VS Cesaro was a great match, and it was a great surprise to see Cesaro win. It works for both men going towards the Rumble. Bryan wants to win so badly but that alone could be why he’ll lose, and Cesaro needs a little something to keep him afloat. Cesaro really is a great talent, we all know that, but who knows when and where he’ll get the world title nod.

The Profits had a good promo and they’ll eventually have that rematch with the Dirty Dawgs, but who knows if they win it. Natty VS Liv was alright, but Billie was a highlight of the whole thing with her wannabe punk rock outfit and behavior. She did more of a Spider-Man web shooter hand than the rock ‘n’ roll fingers, and then she costs Liv the match, adding more tension to the tenuous friendship. Maybe Billie does something big to make it up to the Riott Squad and that’s how she wins them over. Bayley is great, Bianca is great, and maybe Ding Dong, Hello was being awkward on purpose, but it didn’t quite land. And I don’t think their obstacle course challenge will, either, even if Bianca does an amazing job with it. Just give us a 15 to 20 minute NXT level match on SmackDown with them.

Rey VS Corbin with Dom on the side was good, but I almost thought Dom was going to find a way to Eddie Guerrero Corbin out of the win. I’m very curious as to who Rey is talking about when it comes to dealing with Corbin. I’m thinking it’s Cain Velasquez given the established relationship between him and Rey. Though that does bring up the question of what happened to A) the relationship of Murphy & Aalyah, and B) the Knights of the Wolf King. The former is probably one of those many cases where WWE gave up on it because they couldn’t figure it out. The latter is probably COVID concerns, and then some of the former.

Mella and Sasha had a decent segment, and they set up the obvious rematch. But I really like the idea that Sasha is getting a co-ed match against Reginald. I have a feeling Mella will interfere in return to put Sasha behind the 8 ball for their match. Apollo VS Sami was good as a main event match, but we did not need that much Sami butt cheek… I like that Big E now has a couch and fridge, oddly. Apollo is slowly starting that turn to Heel given what Heyman told him on Talking Smack last week, I’m just waiting for that moment when it’s complete. Then we’re really going to see some stuff from the already athletic and charismatic Apollo and Big E for the workhorse title of the WWE.

My Score: 8.3/10


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