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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/30/19)

SmackDown is GOLDEN on the way to SummerSlam!



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SmackDown is sizzling in the summer heat!

So much is happening this close to SummerSlam! We get a Phenomenal Champion VS Champion match, as SmackDown’s Kofi Kingston takes on Raw’s AJ Styles!



  • Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; Owens wins.
  • Bayley & Ember Moon VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
  • Finn Balor VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Mustafa Ali; Ali wins.
  • Champion VS Champion: Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS AJ Styles w/ The OC; Kingston wins.


Shane McMahon has an announcement.

And what he’s going to say will ruin everyone’s night. But he is not going to be at SmackDown in Memphis. Memphis is actually happy! But Shane puts the blame for this on Kevin Owens! Kevin’s attacks week after week, completely unprovoked, have hurt Shane too much. Shane centers himself, and has talked with his life coach to help keep his emotions in check. SummerSlam is coming, and Shane will have Kevin all to himself. Shane’s aura and glow are back, and he promises to end Kevin’s career. In front of over 20 thousand, Kevin will have no choice but to say Shane is the better man, and that he quits the WWE. Will the Best in the World back up his words two weeks in Toronto?


Kevin Owens is on SmackDown!

Shane may not feel up to being here, but the KO Show is just fine! Especially after he got to beat Shane down with the help of Roman Reigns. And Kevin says no one needs to panic. He knows this is distressing to hear and surely people will want to run and scream, but Shane isn’t here! We can get through this together! They’ll stay strong for the night without Shane! Shane is watching and Kevin reassures him, that Shane not being here is the greatest news because now the show can be about what it should be about: the actual wrestlers! But Shane better be at SummerSlam, so that it can be them 1v1. Shane may be at peace with the crap his life coach feeds him, but Kevin promises he won’t quit. He’ll beat the hell out of Shane so bad, that every time Shane looks in the mirror, he will know that he does not belong in the ring with wrestlers like Kevin!

But one more thing. Even after the beating, Shane might still show up. No one can stop him from doing that since he’s a McMahon, but Kevin can make sure every time Shane shows up, he knows this isn’t his ring, this isn’t his show, this is the Kevin Owens Show! But then Drew McIntyre appears to respond on Shane’s behalf! McIntyre stands in the ring and stares Kevin down as he says, “You talk too much.” What Shane forgot to mention is that Kevin has a match tonight, against Drew McIntyre! Kevin’s fine with that, but another thing. McIntyre attacks Kevin and throws him into a post! Then over the announce desk! It seems that match Shane forgot about, is NOW! McIntyre chuckles while SmackDown goes to break.


Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!

The Scottish Terminator looks to beat down Kevin as revenge for what happened to the Best in the World! Will McIntyre soften the Prizefighter up for Shane? Or will he only suffer a sample of what’s in store for Shane O’Mac at SummerSlam?

The bell rings and the two start throwing hands! McIntyre shoves but Kevin boots him away. Kevin runs and clotheslines but McIntyre stays up. He tries again but McIntyre dodges to blast him off his feet! McIntyre drags Kevin to rain down hands, then stands him up in a corner. McIntyre stomps a mudhole but backs off at the ref’s count. He then lifts Kevin and suplexes him right down! Cover, ONE! Kevin gets to ropes and CHOPS back! McIntyre throws haymakers and whips, then throws Kevin overhead! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Kevin with a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally and Kevin fights his way up, but McIntyre throws him down by his shirt! McIntyre grinds Kevin down but Kevin still fights his way up.

Kevin throws haymakers on McIntyre but McIntyre shoves to then back elbow Kevin down! McIntyre stomps Kevin’s face over and over, then drags him up by his beard. McIntyre CHOPS Kevin right off his feet! He stomps Kevin’s hands now, then wrenches the left arm for a keylock. McIntyre leans on Kevin but Kevin fights back again. Kevin goes after the legs then throws haymakers on McIntyre’s head! But McIntyre powers him back and tosses him overhead! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grows frustrated but Kevin stands and CHOPS him again. Kevin kicks and haymakers then CHOPS more. McIntyre shoves Kevin but Kevin kicks back. McIntyre runs in but gets post! Kevin gets to the far side, then runs back in for the CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!

Kevin keeps his cool as he and McIntyre slowly stand. Kevin heads for the corner as fans rally up. McIntyre hits Kevin first then climbs up to join him. Kevin fights McIntyre back and headbutts him off! Then Kevin adjusts, Frog Splash! Cover, TWO! McIntyre survives as we go picture in picture!

Kevin catches his breath as he backs off to ropes. McIntyre is on the opposite end, but Kevin runs to clothesline him out! Kevin then takes aim and builds speed, but McIntyre runs away. Kevin just goes to the apron the CANNONBALL again! Fans fire up with Kevin as he stands tall! Kevin refreshes the ring count while McIntyre slowly stands up. Kevin goes back to CHOP McIntyre against the desk. Then he whips McIntyre, only for McIntyre to reverse and send Kevin into barriers! McIntyre refreshes the count now to go back and fetch Kevin. He whips Kevin to the far side barriers now! McIntyre drags Kevin up again and puts him in the ring. He looms over Kevin before dragging him up by his beard again. McIntyre bumps Kevin off buckles, then throws haymakers over and over.

But Kevin throws them back! They brawl in the corner, but McIntyre puts Kevin on the top to CHOP! McIntyre climbs up and tries again, making sure to throw big punches. Kevin still CHOPS back! They brawl up top now, but McIntyre clubs Kevin down. McIntyre then stands up high and brings Kevin with him, only for Kevin to fight back with body shots! Kevin hammers away and uses another headbutt to send McIntyre down! SmackDown returns to single picture as Kevin SWANTONS onto McIntyre! Cover, TWO!! The Scottish Terminator is tough, but Kevin isn’t done, either. But McIntyre denies the stunner to Glasgow Kiss! Then swinging side slam!! Cover, TWO! Kevin survives and McIntyre is stunned!

McIntyre shakes out the cobwebs and takes aim from the corner. Kevin slowly stands and McIntyre runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin saves himself and now heads for ropes. He waits for McIntyre to stand, to SUPERKICK! But McIntyre blocks the pop-up once, only for the Pop-Up Bomb to hit on the other end! Cover, TWO!! Kevin is shocked he didn’t finish this! Fans fire up as Kevin climbs up top again but McIntyre stops him! McIntyre CHOPS, then climbs up again. McIntyre clubs away, wanting to finally get this… No, he’s going for a fireman’s carry!? Then the SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Kevin still lives and McIntyre is speechless! Memphis says “This is Awesome!” even as McIntyre throws Kevin back out.

McIntyre clears off the announce desk with fury before putting Kevin on it. McIntyre hops up to join Kevin, brings him around, but ignores the referee. Kevin counters with a STUNNER!! McIntyre and Kevin flounder to the ring, SUPERKICK! Then another STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The KO Show defeats the Best in the World’s favorite henchman! But Shane’s been known to abuse power before, will Shane find a way to stack the deck at SummerSlam?


Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.

The Show-Off has riled up the entire WWE roster over how he treated Shawn Michaels last week. Ziggler claims HBK just kisses ass, but Miz dared Ziggler to do something. Ziggler did, by taking sucker punches and a cheap SUPERKICK to Miz and HBK. And he knows everyone is upset, online. But if they have a problem with that, Ziggler has two words for them: “Too bad.” The walking catchphrase machine, Mick Foley, got decimated by The Fiend because he doesn’t belong. Did anyone see how bad Goldberg’s last match was? He did. And HBK made a mistake getting in Ziggler’s face. Seth Rollins came to defend HBK’s honor, but then Brock Lesnar destroyed him!

And now, Ziggler goes against with “the WWE’s resident Kardashian,” The Miz! Miz isn’t even the best wrestler in his house! Ziggler’s more afraid of Maryse than he is of Miz! Finn Balor wants to teach Ziggler a lesson now? Finn is living in the past but will be looking at the future! Ziggler proves how damn good he is, because he is THE Headliner, THE Main Event, the Best Damn Thing Going Today! Will all of that be proven true when the Extraordinary Man gets to give Ziggler a piece of his mind?


Bayley finds Ember Moon backstage.

They’re teaming up again tonight, but that doesn’t mean Bayley forgot about that Eclipse. And Ember shouldn’t forget she wouldn’t be her challenger if Bayley didn’t choose her. They’ll get through this tonight, but if Ember tries to pull that move again, she’ll regret it. Will she? Or will they fall apart as a duo against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross?


SmackDown hears from Aleister Black.

“As I sit here, I can’t help but think that I am different.” And not in an aesthetic way, no. He feels different. He talks different. His redemption lies in the blood of his soul. His salvation lies within strife, and the willingness of any man to pick a fight with him. Aleister faced “a true man” in Cesaro, and he salutes the Swiss Cyborg for that effort. But how does Aleister move on? How does Aleister write the next chapter of his book? Aleister finds himself in his self-imposed purgatory, sitting, waiting less patiently than before, for anyone to catch on to what Aleister is trying to do for himself! Aleister wants another fight, but who will be brave enough to #FadetoBlack?


Bayley & Ember Moon VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion chose the War Goddess as her challenger, but the War Goddess fired the first shot. Will champion and challenger be able to coexist against Raw’s Goddess and loyal follower?

The teams sort out and it will be War Goddess and Raw Goddess. Ember and Alexa tie up and Ember gets the armlock. She wrenches and jams the arm but Alexa whips out. Ember handsprings through the hip toss then enziguris Alexa down! She wrenches Alexa and tags Bayley in. Alexa powers Bayley to a corner, but Bayely flapjacks Alexa on buckles! Bayley follows out to daredevil dropkick Alexa down! Nikki storms over, but Ember DIVES to take her out! Bayley puts Alexa into barriers, and she talks out the one-upping with Ember while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Nikki hits Bayley on the apron. Nikki then drags Bayley inot the apron skirt to hammer away! Nikki goes in to tag Alexa, and Alexa dropkicks Bayley down! Alexa then drags Bayley up by his ponytail to DECK her with a right! She puts Bayley in and covers, TWO! Alexa drags Bayley up, tags Nikki back in, and the friends work together in the corner as Alexa whips Nikki in for a splash. Alexa runs in to then SLAP Bayley down! Nikki puts Bayley back in the corner and tags Alexa again. They mug Bayley and stomp away but fans rally up. Bayley fights back, tossing Nikki out. Alexa waistlocks Bayley to bring her into a facelock. She whips but Bayley goes up and over, dodges Nikki, tag to Ember!

Ember rallies on Alexa and Nikki, kicking away! Ember catches Nikki to Fall Away Slam! Kip up and fired up, Ember runs corner to corner to smash both Alexa and Nikki in the corner! Ember climbs up, aims, ECLIPSE for Nikki! But Alexa throws Ember into a post! Alexa DECKS Bayley again! Alexa climbs, Twisted Bliss hits! Cover, Alexa and Nikki win!!

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning

The champion and challenger coexisted, but they still lost! Will Alexa be poised to take on whoever comes out of SummerSlam the champion?

Bayley helps Ember up, showing she’s still respectful. NOT! Bayley2Belly for payback from last week! Will Bayley regret taking this moment to get even with Ember? Or will she simply be Eclipsed in Toronto?


Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Why is he being the Wild Card tonight? He’s scoping out the competition. But SmackDown has a bunch of sorry little complainers. And yeah, there are a lot of people in a lot of pain. But it seems Aleister is the most in pain. Has anyone really watched his videos? He begs for fights! But he also begs for help. Sami knows Aleister has all this hype that he can’t live up to. Aleister stays in the dark, because he knows that if he was in the light under the scrutiny of these “parasites” known as the fans, he won’t stand a chance. Alestier doesn’t need a fight, he needs to be exposed so that he can heal. So Sami has taken it upon himself to beat, expose and end the hype of Aleister at SummerSlam. Is Sami’s “generous” offer going to be received with a Black Mass? Or will he “lighten” the load for the Dutch Destroyer?


Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

He has wanted to give his “career altering” announcement, but now that he has the chance, he can’t say it. Just what is Bryan planning to do to change things for his career?


The King’s Court returns on SmackDown!

And that means WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler returns to SmackDown, too! He welcomes Memphis to this special edition. It’s good to be the King, especially in his hometown! But he is honored to welcome an all-time favorite, fellow Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus! And the seven-time WWE Women’s Champion is just as happy to be on King’s Court. She gives King a hug then strikes her iconic pointing pose before grabbing a mic. She thanks King for the invite here. King knows Trish has been on vacation, following via Instagram. Trish can’t believe she missed Raw Reunion. It’s just a shame she missed out hanging out with everyone. Shout out to Kelly Kelly being the first women’s WWE 24/7 Champion!

King also loved that moment with everyone at the end of the show. Toasting the past, present and future was a magical moment. But then backstage, legends talking, they all wished for #OneLastMatch. Does Trish wish for something like that? Fans hope she does. Trish is flattered for fans to chant, and while WWE is in her blood, she’s a mom now and has to do mom things. But then Charlotte Flair appears! She can’t believe there’s a King’s Court without a Queen. And the real question is, “How is the greatest female superstar of any era not on SummerSlam?” Charlotte and Trish say hey, but Charlotte is bored of the sappy talk. Yes, Trish is a mom. Congrats. Can someone hold the ropes? King obliges.

As Charlotte was saying, there are a lot of WWE superstars who are parents. Everyone has a mom, too! So it sounds like an excuse to her. But at SummerSlam, in front of Trish’s perfect little children, the Queen challenges her to that #OneLastMatch! Fans want that, too! But Trish doesn’t respond. That surprises Charlotte. She expected more out of a seven-time champion! But since the WWE has evolved out of “models shaking their assets” into “women changing the industry” with trailblazers like Charlotte, she hoped for more from Trish. Charlotte sees the real problem: Trish doesn’t think she can hang with the nine-time champion. Which means Trish should get out of the ring, hop in her minivan and go change some diapers.

Trish says she respects Charlotte. She’s a great athlete and performer, but right now, she’s just being a bitch. And Trish will remind Charlotte that her trail can’t be blazed without Trish! And Lita, Jacquelyn, Ivory, Beth Phoenix and many more. Charlotte more than anyone that to be The Woman, you gotta beat THE Woman! Charlotte got the match she wants! It is a truly incredible showdown of generations! Who comes out THE Woman of WWE History!?


The OC talk backstage.

It’s coming together! #GoodSister Charlotte has a match at SummerSlam, AJ Styles and Ricochet have their rematch at SummerSlam, and if it’s true that people only believe what they see, let’s count what we see. One, two, THREE champions! Because the Official, Original and ONLY Club that matters is golden! As for Kofi tonight, everyone will remember why SmackDown is and forever will be the House That AJ Styles Built! The OC is ready to party, champagne and all! But will they be popping bottles or holding ice packs at the end of tonight?


Firefly Fun House returns to SmackDown!

Ramblin’ Rabbit says sup! And he’s so excited right now, because he’s Finn’s biggest fan. Finn Balor is one super great hombre, yo. He flies through the air like a bee, bzz bzz. And he is extraordinary! But uh… Finn made a big mistake. The Fiend is unleashed! Finn doesn’t know what’s really going on. But before he can say, Ramblin’ Rabbit runs away from Bray! Bray laughs and shrugs. “Let me in.” Will The Fiend show himself again tonight?


Finn Balor VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Show-Off uses his theme song again, having already insulted and mocked Shawn Michaels enough last night. But he’s not done dealing with superstars who took offense and want to teach him a lesson. Will Ziggler be ready for the Hollywood A-Lister at SummerSlam? Or will the Extraordinary Man be looking over his shoulder for The Fiend after that Firefly Fun House we just watched?

SmackDown goes picture in picture while Finn and Ziggler enter the ring. The bell rings and Ziggler dropkicks Finn right down! Ziggler bumps Finn off buckles then throws body shots. He grinds Finn’s face in the ropes, but lets up at the count of 4. Finn flounders but Ziggler is on him with a snapmare into a chinlock. Ziggler traps an arm and leg as he leans on Finn. Ziggler shifts to a seated stretch and even claws at Finn’s face! Then he slips back to the sleeper, only for Finn to fight up and out. Ziggler throws Finn down by his head, and backs off while Finn gasps for air. Ziggler drags Finn up to scrape his laces off Finn’s face! Then he wraps on the sleeper and body scissors.

Finn endures but Ziggler keeps his arms trapped. Fans rally and Finn fights his way up. Finn wants to jawbreaker but Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler whips but Finn reverses, only for Ziggler to sunset flip. Finn rolls through to dropkick Ziggler down! Fnin and Ziggler go to opposite corners, and Ziggler runs in, only to get elbows and boots. Ziggler flounders but Finn rallies with forearms now. Finn whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Finn to hit another forearm! Ziggler gets to a corner as fans fire up, and Finn runs in to CHOP Ziggler! Finn whips but Ziggler reverses and redirects Finn. Finn goes up and over, but then gets an elbow. Ziggler hops up but gets a kick! Ziggler flounders into Finn’s elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO!

Finn keeps his cool as Ziggler survives. Finn goes to a corner to watch Ziggler rise. Then Finn runs, but his Slingblade is denied, kick but Famouser misses. Superkick blocked, but Ziggler kicks the leg out to get the Famouser anyway! Cover, TWO! Finn lives and Ziggler goes to a corner now. Ziggler tunes up the band, but Finn gives him a Slingblade! And then the trip up to double stomps! Finn clotheslines Ziggler out, then takes aim. But oh no! The lights start going out! Could it be…?! IT IS!! THE FIEND IS HERE! But he decides to walk down the ramp. The lights go back up, and he’s gone? Finn turns around into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, Ziggler wins!

Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall

The Show-Off hit his version of Sweet Chin Music, with a huge assist to Bray Wyatt’s dark side. Will Ziggler be able to do things on his own when he has Miz at SummerSlam? What will Finn do to get even with The Fiend?


Shinsuke Nakamura VS Mustafa Ali!

It’s a rematch from Smackville last weekend, but with some adjustments: both the King of Strong Style and Beacon of Light will be ready, but this won’t be for the title. Can Ali make up for his Nashville defeat? Or will Nakamura quickly go 2-0 against him?

The bell rings and Ali dropkick Nakamura out fast! Then DIVES out just as fast! Ali puts Nakamura in and hurries up top for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Ali keeps going but he gets a kick from the mat. Nakamura baits Ali into a corner and sends him into buckles! Nakamura stomps Ali down then drags him up in a chinlock. Inverted Exploder but Ali lands on his feet! Ali baits Nakamura now, Nakamura gets buckles then a kicks! Somersault facebuster! Ali hurries up top, but Nakamura trips him up! There’s the Inverted Exploder! And now Nakamura takes aim as he unzips the jacket. “YAO!” SUPERKICK from Ali! Ali hurries back up, 450 splash FLOPS!! Nakamura aims again, KINSH- No, a roll up! Nakamura slides out, DDT! Now the third time, but Ali dodges again! Roll up with a bridge! ALI WINS!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

Ali shocks the Intercontinental Champion! He even shocked himself! Will Ali get a third time against the King of Strong Style and a second chance for the title?


SmackDown looks inside the mind of The Viper.

Kofi Kingston named Randy Orton his opponent for SummerSlam. This starts all the way back in 2009. Orton had already become the Legend Killer and a main event player. He was born and bred to dominate this industry, all by being himself. But Kofi Kingston didn’t have that luxury. He pretended to be Jamaican, came up with fun dance moves, but couldn’t step to Orton. Orton would give one RKO after another, to “stupid” Kofi for ever thinking he could hang with him. Once you think you can hang with Orton, you get sent crashing back down.

Fast forward to 2019. There’s a new Kofi Kingston, named Mustafa Ail. Ali wanted to be in the Elimination Chamber match, but Orton’s heel jammed him so bad, he was too hurt to compete. That’s when the old Kofi Kingston stepped in. Kofi made the best of that moment, but Kofimania wouldn’t exist without The Viper. That amazing moment doesn’t happen without Orton. And yet no one thanks him. Kofi’s championship reign is a fluke. Kofi says he wants to test Orton’s theory, but Orton says this was still just same stupid ol’ Kofi. It will come out of nowhere, and it will end Kofi’s reign. It is the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling: R K O.


Backstage interview with Kofi Kingston!

Xavier Woods takes over to introduce ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! Kofi is going to step into the ring with the Phenomenal AJ Styles! This is a main event anywhere in the world! Or any world, really. But can you believe Styles thinks this is still his residence? No! Because now the New Day are the W, W, E, World, Tag, and, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPIONS~! This isn’t Styles’ house no more! This is the Palace of Positivity! POP, hold it down! Awwwww~ Memphis~~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your world famous SIX-TIME champs, and WWE Champion~! And feel~ the power~! World Champion, United States Champion, with tag champions all around, after the break!


Champion VS Champion: Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS AJ Styles w/ The OC!

SmackDown returns as The Phenomenal and his #GoodBrothers make their entrance. Will Styles be #TooSweet rolling towards Ricochet and Toronto? Or will Kofimania be partying as he prepares for The Viper?

The bell rings and the two great champions circle. They trash talk each other before they tie up. Styles headlocks but Kofi powers out. Styles runs Kofi over with a shoulder while fans duel. Kofi gets up and Styles grins. Kofi grins, too, as they tie up again. Now Kofi waistlocks and headlocks and wrenches to a facelock. He brings Styles to the mat and they roll, but Styles uses his legs for the ropebreak. Kofi lets up but plays with Styles’ hair. Styles trips Kofi to get the headlock back. Styles throws Kofi with a headlock takeover, but Kofi fights his way back up, only to get thrown away. Cover, ONE, and Kofi shoulder blocks Styles! Styles hits back with a dropkick!

The New Day coach Kofi up but the OC cheer Styles on. Styles runs and things speed up. Kofi hurdles then elbows Styles down! Then hits a splash in a corner! Kofi whips but Styles reverses, only for Kofi to go up and springboard to dropkick Styles down! Kofi waits but misses, but he dodges Styles. He clotheslines Styles out but the OC protect their Phenomenal Leader. Kofi slingshots out but Styles dodges! Styles slides and knees Kofi down! Then throws him into a post! Styles throws Kofi into the timekeeper’s area while shouting, “This is MY house!” SmackDown goes to one last break as the New Day protest and argue with The OC.

SmackDown returns as Kofi fights out of Styles’ hold, only for Styles to throw him down by his hair! The referee reprimands Styles but the OC says that’s not a big deal. Styles drags Kofi up and bumps him off buckles. He CHOPS Kofi against buckles, then hauls him up for a HARD backbreaker! Cover, ONE! Styles grows frustrated with Kofi, but he looms over him as he puts on the camel clutch. Kofi endures and works against the hold. Fans rally while Kayla Braxton prepares for Roman Reigns’ match announcement.

Kifi fights out but Styles puts him in a corner. Styles kicks away on Kofi, then hauls him up top. Styles climbs up to join Kofi but Kofi fights back. Kofi clubs away then headbutts Styles down! Kofi adjusts, leaps, and hits a tornado DDT! Both men are down but Memphis fires up! Kofi and Styles stand, and Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leap and clobber Styles down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Then Kofi goes to a corner, and prepares to finish it. Styles slowly gets up, but dodges the splash! But Styles runs into Kofi’s double stomp! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool as he goes back to a corner. He takes aim again, spins, but Styles catches him to a fireman’s carry. Ushigoroshi escaped! SOS hits!! Cover, TWO!!

Kofi and Styles are down again, but Kofi is up first. Kofi suplexes but Styles hits out to then enziguri back! That sends Kofi to a corner, and the OC cheer. Styles runs in, but into a kick! Kofi climbs as Styles falls down! Kofi leaps, frog splash to the back! Cover, but the OC save Styles by yanking him out of the ring! The New Day come around and confront Gallows & Anderson. Kofi runs in but Styles punches him down! Styles hurries up but Kofi BOOTS him down! So now there’s a brawl! The OC wipe out the New Day, but Kofi FLIES to wipe the OC out! Kofi puts Styles in and hurries, but Gallows goes after him. Kofi fights him off, but slingshots into Styles’ USHIGOROSHI!

Styles runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Kofi away while the OC and New Day crash on the announce desk! Styles springboards, into TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Chaos ends the match, and it is the New Day who reign in the Palace of Positivity!


Roman Reigns heads for his interview, only to be blindsided by falling girders!!

Who just tried to assassinate The Big Dog?! Security and crew clear things out and Roman is mostly okay, but that could’ve been a lot worse. Roman refuses to be checked out, he just wants to know who knocked all of that over on him. Is Roman really okay? Or is a certain someone gunning for his life?



My Thoughts:

A rather odd SmackDown but one that was still a lot of fun. The opening segment was great, kayfabe Shane being so deluded as to think we can’t live without him, and Kevin breaking his delusion, good stuff for their story. And then Kevin VS McIntyre was an incredible opener! If only this was the feud and not Shane. And it’s too bad WWE still hasn’t made the match an I Quit match, but oh well. Keeping with Raw, Ziggler seems to be headed for a future feud with at least Goldberg with how often he name drops the Super Showdown flop. I’m pretty sure at least HBK does something to distract Ziggler against Miz at this point. As for Ziggler VS Finn, it was pretty good, but of course it was to facilitate the Fiend attacking. Really curious to see if Finn resorts to Demon or keeps that in his back pocket for later.

Sami already stepping up to Aleister’s newest open challenge is interesting. This will definitely be a good match, just not sure about the promos for this with Sami’s current Heel shtick. Nakamura VS Ali here was a great match for being so fast and short. Ali dodging the Kinshasa over and over to get that roll up win was brilliant, and their SummerSlam match (which has to be happening now) is going to be even better than both this and the Smackville match. The women’s tag match tonight was also really well done, because it wasn’t even dysfunction that beat champion and challenger. And then Bayley shows some sneakiness by getting even with Ember. Their match is going to be really great. Trish Stratus will then, now and forever look good. And it is so great that this is the match we’re getting for Charlotte. This will truly be a torch passing match while also giving Trish that one last amazing match.

The only weird stuff was the main event and the ending segment. I’ll admit that when this article was being put together earlier today, the WWE was advertising an amazing Six Man Tag of all the New Day and OC members. But apparently, between either an advertising mistake or just not having time to turn the main event into the Six Man Tag, we didn’t get it. The singles match we did get was great, and I hope we still get the Six Man down the line, but it was just a little disappointing to get swerved like that. Then the really weird ending of Roman being followed to his interview space and have the girders fall, it wasn’t very well executed with the cuts, except for the one moment where Kayla’s cameraman puts down the camera to go help Roman. I’m pretty sure Samoa Joe is the culprit of the attempt on Roman, because it will be Roman VS Joe one more time at SummerSlam.

My Score: 8.4/10

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Moxley is on a Rampage!



AEW Rampage coverage

AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!

Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!


  • Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
  • Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
  • Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.


Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!

The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?

The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!

Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.

Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!

AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!

Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!

Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!

Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?

As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?


AEW hears from Jurassic Express.

Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?


Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.

Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!

Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.

Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!

Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!

Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a  BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!

Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall

A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?


AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.

“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?


Hook VS Serpentico!

The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?

Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?


Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!

Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!

But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!

Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!

Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!

Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?

My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.

Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Acknowledge the history made!



SmackDown 2022

The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!

SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!


  • Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
  • Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
  • Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
  • Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.


The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!

Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.

Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!

But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.

But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.

Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!

Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?


Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!

The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?

The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.

Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?


Aliyah VS Natalya!

Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?

SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!

Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification

Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?


Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?

SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!

Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!

The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?


SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!

Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.

Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage

And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?


Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.

Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.

But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?


Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.

SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.

Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…

Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?


Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.

Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says  he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.

Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?


Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?

SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!

Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!

Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?


Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.

Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?


Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!

The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?

Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.

The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!

Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!

SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!

Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)

Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?

My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.

Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.

Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.

But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.

My Score: 8.1/10

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