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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/12/19)

Time to #BurnItDown all over again!

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It’s the Raw After SummerSlam!

Despite having ribs wrecked all the hell, despite being an underdog even at 100%, the Architect once against slayed the Beast! How will Seth Rollins #BurnItDown as he has the Universal Championship back?!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Samoa Joe VS Sami Zayn; Joe wins.
  • The Miz VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins.
  • Ricochet VS Elias; Ricochet wins.
  • Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
  • Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
  • No Way Jose VS Robert Roode; Roode wins.
  • The Revival VS Lucha House Party; No Contest.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Everyone Else; The Revival win and become the new WWE 24/7 Champion(s).
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Elias; Elias wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Carter Mason & Sebastian Suave; The Viking Raiders win.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors; Bliss & Cross win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Champion VS Champion: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles w/ The OC; Rollins wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Toronto, #BurnItDown!

Like a phoenix, Seth Rollins rose from the ashes and took back the title! And now he comes back out to open #MondayNightRollins! The Architect is still a little sore, but he’s feeling much, much better than a week ago now that he’s once again the WWE Universal Champion. He takes up a mic to say, “I’ve got to be honest with you guys,” he didn’t think he had what it took to beat Brock Lesnar. Rollins walked out at far less than 100%, but he still stared Lesnar in the eyes. One thing about Lesnar, he really is everything he’s touted to be and more. But fans chant “Beastslayer!” for him. When Rollins emptied his tank, something happened: the fans came alive! And in that moment, Rollins went to a place he had never been to before! They took Rollins to a place he couldn’t go on his own, he went where only we could go together!

And in that moment, Rollins knew he had what it took to #SlayTheBeast! And he remembered that he IS Seth Freakin’ Rollins. That is why he’s once again our Universal Champion. But here comes the United States Champion and the Raw Tag Team Champions! It’s the OC! They worked together to keep the US Championship with AJ Styles against Ricochet, and now they’re strutting down the ramp. Styles joins Rollins in the ring with his Good Brothers nearby. “Hold on, hold on, wait, wait.” Styles wants Rollins to understand, The OC is here to be the first to congratulate him. They applaud, and Styles continues to say things get tricky. Rollins doesn’t have to worry about Lesnar anymore, but now he has to worry about the Phenomenal One. Ever since Styles “came to his senses,” he’s got a lot to prove. And he wants to challenge Rollins to prove he’s much, much, much better.

Rollins has always had respect for Styles. Fans clearly want to see this showdown again. Rollins used to have respect, but not anymore. It doesn’t matter how beat up Rollins is, he doesn’t back down! So he’ll get ready for later tonight and teach Styles to have respect. Challenge accepted! Is this Champion VS Champion match going to go down? Styles offers a handshake but Rollins eyes Anderson and Gallows. They leave the ring, and Styles promises this will be fair. Rollins still isn’t sure, but he does take the handshake. But then the OC hop back up. Rollins is on guard, and the OC have a little laugh. “He’s scared. You better be.” Beastslayer or not, is Rollins in any shape to take on a cocky Phenomenal One?

 

The Street Profits quickly recap the situation.

“We have Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles. The Universal Champion VS The United States Champion.” Raw is getting #AlloftheSmoke! But Dawkins looks upset. How could he not be hyped? Well yeah, Seth is awesome, but that after party went late and Dawkins is dehydrated. Get Dawkins some electrolytes! But Sami Zayn comes along. Some advice for the new guys: it’s fun, it’s shiny, but enjoy it while you can. The longer you’re here, the place will suck the life out of you because of the “parasites” in the crowd! This isn’t about the Profits, just look at everyone. Rollins was raw, gritty, but now he’s just a pandering fool. “Burn it down~” is pathetic. Even Becky Lynch! Sami loves Lynch, because The Man was actual straight fire. But now it’s all… Man-ufactured. Well it doesn’t happen to everyone, does it? Yes it does! Even… Samoa Joe? Oh c’mon, he is the perfect example!

Joe was here three years ago, King Kong wrecking fools, but look at him all worried for Roman~! Joe is there!! And he scares Sami. Wow he snuck up on him. Sami tries to explain but it won’t matter now. Sami has things to get off his chest, but now that Joe is a big softy, he’ll give Sami time to get it out, in the ring. Maybe Sami will show Canada he’s more than just Kevin Owen’s water boy. Joe shoves Sami into trunks then storms off to the ring! Is Joe going to show he isn’t losing his edge just yet?

 

WWE announces the return, of King of the Ring!!

The truly iconic tournament returns for 2019 on the road to Clash of Champions! Who will enter? Who will win? And who will be crowned the King of the Ring?

 

Samoa Joe VS Sami Zayn!

It’s official! The Samoan Submission Machine will show the Critic of the Critics just how meek he’s become face to face. Will Joe’s edge stay sharp using Sami as the grindstone?

The bell rings and Sami goes at Joe to try and stop this now. He grinds Joe’s face on the rope then chops and punches away. Sami runs but Joe runs him over! And then headbutts away over and over! Joe runs but Sami jumps, into a Coquina Clutch!! Sami taps, Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission

That was a quick lesson from Joe. But he’s still heated, and grabs a mic. “Allow me to make myself very clear! Though I may forgive Roman Reigns for pointing a finger at me,” Joe extends the forgiveness to none of the fans. They propagated the lie of Joe being able to do such “heinous atrocities!” He refuses to forgive any of them. Joe still has that edge, who will he use it on next?

 

The Miz VS Dolph Ziggler!

After a truly legendary bait ‘n’ switch on the Show-Off, which led to a truly legendary demolishing of “ol’ DZ,” the Hollywood A-Lister looks to sweep up the scraps. Will there be anything of Ziggler left to lace up the boots? Or can he rebound even after getting wrecked?

Ziggler’s music plays and Miz grins, expecting any sort of limp and wounded Show-Off. But as Ziggler limps and hobbles out, he’s actually not dressed to compete. Also he’s repping Kabuki Warriors merch. Ziggler has a mic and gets in the ring as fans taunt him with “GOLD~BERG~!” chants. Ziggler isn’t sure where to begin. He hopes Miz is happy, though, “you coward.” “Everyone knows you didn’t have a chance against me at SummerSlam. So you sicked Goldberg on me, all part of your master plan.” But Ziggler got speared so many times, he can’t medically compete tonight. #MizScrewedMiz out of his revenge on Ziggler. “And all these bloodthirsty Canadians would love to see this match!” But “too damn bad.” Wait it’s all a charade! He attacks Miz from behind and fires off! He rips the new merch shirt of Miz’s, then goes after him even harder!

The referee pulls Ziggler off and Ziggler, hurting as he is, still wants this match! Fans taunt Ziggler with “GOLD~BERG~!” more, but we go to break while Miz recovers.

Raw returns and Ziggler whips Miz. Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink knee! Ziggler writhes from the major stomach pain thanks to Goldberg. Ziggler still runs over but Miz counter punches! Then throws big haymakers to back Ziggler down. Miz kicks away on Ziggler’s beat-up ribs! The ref backs Miz off but Miz comes back with double knees! And again! And then the A-List Lariat! He dumps Ziggler down to climb up and Toronto cheers as he leaps for ax handles. Ziggler crawls and begs for mercy. Instead, he gets It Kicks! Miz kicks and kicks and kicks, then powers up, but Ziggler ducks the buzzsawl! Ziggler rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to get the legs. Ziggler shoves him away but runs into a full nelson. Ziggler arm-drags free but Miz runs at him, only to get the post! ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!?

Ziggler and Miz are both down, and fans troll Ziggler with more Goldberg chants. Ziggler is up first, and he tunes up the band. Miz stands, Ziggler runs in, but Miz blocks to code break the leg! Then he trips Ziggler up for the Figure Four! Ziggler writhes and flails and grabs for the ref as he endures! Ziggler works on turning the hold over, but Miz works to keep it. Ziggler drags himself and Miz over, but Miz drags Ziggler away! And pushes! Ziggler taps, Miz wins!

Winner: The Miz, by submission

And Miz’s revenge is complete! Is this going to finally shut the Show-Off up?

Guess not. Ziggler calls Miz a “coward.” Miz couldn’t win fair and square. He’s not even the best wrestler in the family, Maryse is! “This is merely a flesh wound.” Ziggler dares Miz to finish him off! Miz comes back, FINALE! Now maybe Ziggler will stay quiet.

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!

The Man is still Raw Women’s Champion after a great Submissions Match, but she also takes over this segment. She’s not here to celebrate. She cashed in Natty’s debt, major respect. But a long, long time ago, Becky said she’d come for anyone and everyone who did her wrong. Becky will not rest until everyone has been dealt with. This is cat ‘n’ mouse. The smart play is to get her before she gets them, #GameOn. Thanks, Charly! Who does Becky plan on going after next?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter returns to Toronto, despite the spear he got from Edge. Elias is starting to figure out what’s going on. He goes to sing, and someone just comes out to interrupt. So he’ll get to the chase and dares whoever is coming out to do it right now. Count down with him, even. Three, two, one… No one? Well let’s try again. Three, two, one! Well this is historic! Tonight might be the first ever uninterrupted Elias performance! Here goes.

BANG BANG, it’s RICOCHET! The King of Flight says it’s not about “the cool thing to do.” People interrupt because Elias sucks. Haha, very clever. But a guy cosplaying a comic book character isn’t going to tell Elias about cool. But Elias looks to embarrass Ricochet right here and now. Get a ref! A ref joins Elias and Ricochet, and we have a match!

Ricochet VS Elias!

The bell rings and Elias rushes Ricochet. Ricochet rolls, handsprings, headscissors and dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Ricochet goes at Elias but Elias throws forearms. Elias runs into an elbow, but comes back with more body shots! Elias stomps away but the ref backs him off. Elias CHOPS Ricochet then whips, to BACK DROP Ricochet high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is seeing what Elias is like when he’s mad, and Elias wraps on a thrashing chinlock. Fans rally and Ricochet works his way up to his feet. Elias powers Ricochet back down, but Ricochet keeps fighting. Ricochet throws body shots but Elias throws Ricochet to a corner. Elias runs into boots, and gets a somersault shotgun dropkick!

Both men are down but Elias gets to a corner. Elias runs at Ricochet but gets haymakers! Ricochet whips, Elias reverses, but Ricochet tilt-o-whirls and Elias goes rolling. Elias whips Ricochet but Ricochet comes back with an enziguri! Elias bails out, Ricochet runs, and DIVES! Only to FLOP when Elias dodges! Elias drags Ricochet up and into the ring, but goes for his guitar! We all can guess what he wants to do here. And the ref does, too! He stops Elias from using the time, Ricochet SUPERKICKS Elias down! Ricochet goes to a corner, but Elias wants his guitar! Flying sunset flip, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

But Elias might’ve gotten a shoulder up on the far side! The controversy will be looked at, but for now, the One and Only rebounds from his loss to The OC. When and where will Elias look to settle things with Ricochet?

 

Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

This rivalry of luchadors has been red hot since day one! And now, in the aftermath of SummerSlam, they’ll turn the heat up again! Who wins twice to put another tally on the board?

The bell rings for the first fall and Almas BOOTS Mysterio in the face! Almas is fired up as he lifts Mysterio, but Mysterio huricanranas Almas onto ropes. Mysterio runs but Vega trips him up! Almas rolls Mysterio, puts his feet on the ropes, and Vega helps keep him anchored! Almas takes the first fall!

Almas – 1; Mysterio – 0

Mysterio can’t believe it, but El Idolo gets away with it. The second fall starts now, and Mysterio runs, dodges and slides under. Almas pick shim up and whips, but Mysterio tilt-o-whirl headscissors Almas out! Mysterio goes up high, but Almas attacks first. Almas CHOPS Mysterio, then climbs, but Mysterio fights him back. Mysterio CHOPS and elbows Almas to the apron, then kicks him. Mysterio kicks then wristlocks for an acrobatic huricanrana to send Almas FLYING onto the floor! Fans fire up and Vega panics for that insane lucha attack! Mysterio drags Almas up and into the ring, not wanting just a count out. Mysterio slingshots to splash, cover, TWO!

Almas gasps for air but Mysterio just adjusts the gloves. Almas shoves Mysterio away but runs into the elbow. Mysterio springboards but the moonsault is caught! Mysterio slips out, but runs into the elbow! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated for Almas as he stomps Mysterio down. Almas drags Mysterio up and punches him to a corner. Almas stomps a mudhole in and Vega tells him to finish it. “Si! Si!” Almas runs corner to corner, but Mysterio moves! Cien Shadows gets buckles! Mysterio feeds off the fans rallying, but he’s put on the apron. He shoulders back in then punches Almas away. Mysterio slingshots for a DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!? Almas lives through that?!

Mysterio stalks Almas as he staggers up, and puts him on the ropes! Mysterio is wary of Vega though, and that makes him miss! Almas cradles, TWO! Almas is furious, but Mysterio rolls him up, TWO! Mysterio enziguris, and Almas is on the ropes again, He gets up but Mysterio dropkicks him back down. Mysterio dials it up, 619 hits! Almas is in a drop zone and Mysterio hurries up top, Frog Splash gets knees! Almas drags Mysterio up, LA SOMBRA! Cover, Almas wins!!

Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall; 2-0 sweep

This is perhaps historic! Almas defeats Mysterio in a clean sweep! Of course, that first fall was thanks to Vega, but this is still unprecedented for Mysterio. What does the lucha legend need to do to get back on track?

 

Stone Cold Steve Austin Skypes with Raw!

Aw Hell Yeah! The Texas Rattlesnake was incredibly impressed by Seth Rollins digging deep to beat Brock Lesnar, after all the ass-whooping beforehand. The match was great, the win was incredible, and Austin knows Rollins questioned his career for a moment. Rollins says this is all he is and all he has. That was how Austin lived wrestling, and he is proud to see Rollins be his true self. When you have that kind of self belief, you can do anything.

Austin spoke with Rollins back at Raw Reunion. He just told Rollins to stay focus, no matter what. Rollins is determined, relied on the crowd as he said, and that’s who all wrestlers rely on, no matter what they say. But surely Rollins found his true self in that match, finally after all these years. Austin compliments Rollins for that, this win, and becoming champion again. Straight Up Steve Austin debuts after tonight’s Raw, so make sure to watch it! But plugs aside, will Austin’s approval on Seth Freakin’ Rollins be what Rollins needs to rise to a new level?

 

Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

Given this losing streak, Mysterio is unsure of where his WWE is going. He just knows he needs to support his family the one way he knows how. Is there more to this than it seems? Mysterio’s family is obviously very important to him, but what is it he can’t bring himself to say?

 

The Street Profits return.

Montez Ford wants Mysterio to keep his head up. He is a living legend. #619Forever. Right, Dawkins? Dawkins napping. We’re live, bro! Wake up! Dawkins isn’t so sure, fam. When did Raw start again? Well, they gone talk about his girl and Alexa Bliss tonight against the Kabuki Warriors. Yeah they are. And Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre! Who you got? Dawkins chugs from the jug. Will Dawkins be hydrated enough to make it through tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

He faces Alexander in the “next chapter,” but that would imply this “rivalry” is continuing. It won’t. McIntyre ends this tonight! From buddying up to Roman Reigns to leaping off the titantron, it’s all part of some fairy tale Alexander has in his head. And he thinks it ends with a happy ending tonight. No, it won’t. What really happens is McIntyre caving Alexander’s head in and ending the fairy tale.

Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre!

The Age of Alexander looks to rebuild itself on Raw, but will the Scottish Terminator topple it all down with a single Claymore? Who gets major momentum going into the returning King of the Ring tournament?

Raw returns and Alexander makes his entrance. The bell rings and Alexander dropkick McIntyre! But McIntyre throws him into a corner, only to get boots. Alexander punches, dodges and clotheslines McIntyre out. Then he FLIES and topples McIntyre over! He puts McIntyre in fast and climbs up, to leap and missile dropkick McIntyre down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre shoves and then shoulders Alexander back, to then put him on the top rope. Alexander lands on his feet but gets forearms to the back. McIntyre has Alexander in the crucifix, to buckle bomb him across the way! Alexander writhes out to the apron but McIntyre drags him back in. Cover, TWO!

McIntyre clubs away on Alexander, then CHOPS him in a corner. McIntyre slaps Alexander, Alexander slaps back! Alexander punches but McIntyre shoves him against ropes. McIntyre gets Alexander in a cobra clutch, but Alexander fights up as fans rally. Alexander fights out and throws forearms, but McIntyre whips him to a corner. McIntyre BOOTS Alexander in the corner, then tosses him over head! Cover, TWO! But McIntyre’s right on Alexander with a chinbar and armlock! Fans rally and Alexander fights up and out. McIntyre clubs him hard again, then reels Alexander in. Alexander rolls through, handsprings, neuralizer enziguri! Both men are down and fans fire up. Alexander stirs and McIntyre sits up. Alexander crawls but McIntyre goes after him first. Alexander throws forearms and CHOPS, then spins to elbow! Step-up knee and a run, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Alexander keeps his cool as he has McIntyre in a corner. He hoists McIntyre up as fans rally. Alexander climbs to join McIntyre, but McIntyre fights back. McIntyre has Alexander in his arms, for a SUPER SPIN-OUT SLAM! Cover, TWO!? Alexander survives and McIntyre can’t believe it! McIntyre grimaces as he gets to the far side. McIntyre drags Alexander back up and tosses him out. The Scottish Terminator CHOPS Alexander off his feet! Then he scoops Alexander, only for Alexander to slip off and shove him into a post! LUMBAR CHECK! That was double-edged as Alexander was practically crushed by McIntyre’s weight. Both men are down and the ring count climbs. Alexander is in at 5, McIntyre stirs at 6. McIntyre stands at 7, but Alexander DIVES! But into another OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Alexander hits ramp and is screaming in pain!

McIntyre deadlifts Alexander to a fireman’s carry, and dumps him in the ring. McIntyre wants to end this as he takes aim from the far corner. Alexander stands, but then flops over. McIntyre looks annoyed that Alexander can’t even stand long enough to finish this. So McIntyre drags him in, cradle counter! TWO, and Alexander puts McIntyre on the apron. McIntyre climbs up, but Alexander gets him SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Alexander can’t believe McIntyre survives! Alexander almost had McIntyre by playing possum, but now he’ll have to finish this straight up. “This is Awesome!” but McIntyre fights off Alexander with big elbows. Alexander boots but McIntyre gets through with another elbow. Inverted Alabama- NO, VICTORY ROLL! TWO, Alexander runs, but into a CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Has the King of the Ring Tournament come early!? Because this was incredible! But even so, the once Soul of 205 Live practically got his soul kicked out of him. Will McIntyre do this to Alexander and the rest of the KOTR entrants in order to wear the crown?

 

The OC talk backstage.

They love AJ Styles retelling how he countered Ricochet’s Phoenix Splash into the Styles Clash. And of course, Rollins may have done something more amazing than that by beating Brock Lesnar. Not even the Phenomenal One could beat Lesnar. Hey, he’s right here, y’know. Yeah, sorry. But how many chances did Rollins get against Lesnar versus Styles? And Styles was super close in his first chance. Rollins will be great, one day. But it’ll take some time after what Styles does to him tonight. This is a champ who leads by example! And the WWE Universe will know who the real champ is. Throw it up, mother lovers! Toooo… SWEEET~!

 

Paul Heyman arrives backstage!

And so is Brock Lesnar?! What will the Advocate have to say about the SummerSlam shocker?

 

No Way Jose VS Robert Roode!

GLORIOUS returns to Raw! But will he be victorious against the Fighting Fiesta while in his home country of Canada?

Paul Heyman patiently waits for this match to end before having his backstage interview. Roode ties up with Jose and pulls on the Afro to put him in a corner. Roode fires off haymakers and CHOPS, then stomps a mudhole in. He lets up long enough not to be disqualified, then comes back for more. Fans rally for Roode as he whips Jose corner to corner. Jose elbows back then runs to throw big haymakers! Jose whips but Roode reverses, only to get a kick. Jose runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up for Roode as he stalks Jose. Roode winds up for the pose, then the GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Robert Roode, by pinfall

And the return is successful! Will Roode make a GLORIOUS Comeback?

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

History was made at the expense of his client, which he mocks. But he has a question for everyone else: why does he have the exclusive when no one else does? That’s rhetorical so don’t worry about it. He won’t whine or complain, but here is said exclusive: WWE declared to him that Brock Lesnar gets no rematch against Seth Rollins. How is Heyman to explain this? After going through his vocabulary, all Heyman can do is storm off into Lesnar’s dressing room. Will Heyman figure out what to do about the Beast being blocked from the Universal Championship?

 

The Revival VS Lucha House Party!

Raw returns as the #TopGuys look to take on the power of lucha! Who will gain some ground towards those Raw Tag Team Championships?

The bell rings and Dash Wilder ties up with Lince Dorado. Lince headlocks but Dash powers out. Lince goes up and over and speeds things up to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Dash. Dawons saves Dash from the dropkick, then tags in. The Revival have Lince with full nelson mugging. Dawson whips and elbows Lince down to then drop a leg, drop an elbow and drop the headbutt. Dawson drags Lince up and mocks the lucha chant. Lince fights back but still gets the back suplex. Cover, TWO! Dawson grins as he looms over Lince, and then drags him up by his mask. fans rally but Dash tags in. The Revival whip but Lince double quebradas! Lince crawls, but here comes R-Truth!? Because he’s being chased by Drake Maverick!

The WWE 24/7 Championship is here, too, and they head for the ring. Carmella trips Maverick and Truth gets some salsa in with LHP, but Titus O’Neil, Curt Hawkins and many more rush in!

No Contest

Lince, Gran Metalik and Kalisto end up helping Truth out by fighting off the mob. The Revival get their shots in on Truth while Lince and Metalik FLY out onto the likes of Titus, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Mojo Rawley and EC3. Truth fights off the Revival, but gets a Hart Attack! Double cover, double winners?!

Winners(?): The Revival, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champions(?)

The first-ever co-champions for the 24/7 title! But that doesn’t stop the action from continuing as Kalisto missile dropkicks them both down! Salida Del Sol on Dawson! Cover, but Dash breaks it up. Dash keeps Kalisto away but Carmella helps Truth cover Dawson! Truth wins!

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

The co-champions’ reign was very short, and now we have #Truth12Times! Carmella helps Truth get up and get the belt. Truth is happy he won, even though he doesn’t remember it. But the chase is still on! They head to the back, will Truth get out of Toronto with the title? And will Maverick ever catch up?

Wait, Truth circles around! He and Mella go the other way.

The Fabulous Truth takes a moment to breathe, and Truth is the “72-time, 747, 48/7, 24-7, 7/11, European Television Champion!” That’s more times than Ric Flair and John Cena combined! But here comes Elias with his guitar!! SMASH! Cover, Elias wins!!

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

At least now The Drifter can be happy he has gold. Will anyone find him before he leaves Toronto?

 

Natalya is here!

But as clear as her arm is in a sling, she did not win the Raw Women’s Championship Submission match. Both women went hold for hold and even stole each other’s holds, but clearly it was Becky Lynch who held her own. As for the Queen of Harts, fans cheer her amazing effort, but some do remind her, “You Tapped Out!” Natty says she faced Becky, and tapped out. Becky outdid her, and was the better woman. Natty now has a dislocated elbow and is getting an MRI tomorrow. This might be the part where Natty is supposed to apologize, but “she wouldn’t change a damn thing!” She meant everything she said. Who knows where, who knows when, but Natty plans on doing this again.

But for now, Natty shares something special with us. When she woke up, she remembered her dream of her dad, the late great Anvil Jim Neidhart, congratulating her. It is the anniversary of his death, and… THE BOSS IS BACK!? Sasha Banks returns!! And she just took the spotlight from Natty… Natty does hug Sasha, though, so it doesn’t seem she takes offense. But then Sasha SUCKER PUNCHES Natty! And reveals bright blue hair from under her purple wig. She rains down rights on Natty’s bad arm! Fans are losing their minds as she hammerlocks the bad arm and throws Natty into buckles! Meteora! But Sasha isn’t done, she tosses Natty out to the floor, and talks trash to Natty. Sasha whips Natty’s bad arm into steel steps! Sasha stomps Natty then whips her back in again! She puts Natty in then takes the timekeeper’s chair. Sasha brings that into the ring, then BOOTS Natty down!

Sasha stomps Natty in a corner, then goes back to the chair. But here comes Becky! The Man stares The Boss down and we have a new brawl! Two of the NXT Horsewomen are scrapping it out, and Becky rocks Banks with European Uppercuts! But Sasha comes back with a BIG right! Sasha rams Becky into barriers, then clubs her down. Sasha throws Becky around more, then grabs the chair. She aims at Becky as she crawls, and SMACKS her on the back! And again! And again! And again, and again, and again! The Boss is brutal in blue as she SMACKS Becky in the arm! And then on the back again! The referees run out but they can’t stop Sasha from giving Becky more chair shots! Sasha wonders where The Man’s “balls” are now. She SLAPS Becky then dares her to get up. Becky kicks but Sasha drags her up to throw her into steel steps! The referees finally get Sasha to back off, but Sasha’s done what she wanted. Is The Boss back to take over?

 

The Viking Raiders VS Carter Mason & Sebastian Suave!

Erik and Ivar have “ravaged all who oppose” them. Former champions have all fallen, and the raid will continue until the titles are theirs! Will that be the same for this twosome from Toronto set before them?

The bell rings and Mason starts against Ivar, and Ivar throws him right out with one hand! Then he drags Suave in for a sidewalk slam! And a splash! Tag to Erik and Erik sees Mason return. He picks Mason up with one arm and urenages him on Suave’s back! Then he German Suplexes Suave! Tag to Ivar, and they sacrifice Mason to the seated senton! And then Suave gets a bronco buster! Then Ivar is the human weapon, hip attack on Mason! Ivar drags Mason to a cover, but he lets up at TWO. Fans can’t believe the ruthlessness as Ivar tags Erik. Erik runs and shotgun knees Suave into barriers! Then mason gets THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning

The pillaging continues! Will Erik and Ivar soon be hunting down the OC and those Raw tag titles?

 

Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross.

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are already so busy in their first week as champions. They defeated the IIconics at SummerSlam, and now they face the Kabuki Warriors, Asuka and Kairi Sane. Well because unlike the former chatty champs, Nikki and Alexa fight. They’ll defend these titles with more than just words. Nikki thanks Alexa for this amazing moment. Alexa thanks Nikki for giving her thanks. And when it comes to them against the world, they get results. Will they get results to their liking tonight? That match is up next!

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors!

These were the last two teams standing in the Fatal 4 Way Elimination match, so now we’ll get a 2v2 showdown to draw clear lines between who is worthy and who is not. Will the Goddess and her friend survive the #JoshiRoyalty that is the Empress of Tomorrow and the Pirate Princess?

For those worried about Paige, she is off having a neck surgery. But she has faith in Asuka and Kairi against Alexa and Nikki to bring those titles home.

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin with Kairi against Alexa. Alexa shoves Kairi but Kairi fakes a punch to boop Alexa instead. Alexa swings but into a waistlock. Kairi whips and runs sideways to crossbody! Asuka is in and kicks Alexa. Kairi ax kicks, Asuka bulldogs, and Kairi tops it off with a basement dropkick! Alexa bails out but Kairi intercepts Nikki. Asuka hits Alexa with a flying hip attack while Kairi gives Nikki a Kabuki elbow! Asuka puts Alexa back in to cover, TWO! The champions are in trouble as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Nikki has Kairi in a chinbar and half nelson. Fans rally and Kairi fights her way up. Kairi fights out but Nikki knees low to wrangle Kairi back down. Nikki puts Kairi in a straitjacket hold and drags her from Asuka. Fans still rally as Alexa shouts, “Make her suffer!” But Kairi jawbreakers free! She leaps but Nikki catches her. Nikki shoves but Kairi rolls to tag in Asuka! Asuka fires off but Nikki reverses the whip, Asuka hip attacks Alexa down! Nikki runs in but gets the pop-up knee! Asuka fires up as she kicks away on Nikki! And she hits the Shiing Wizard! Asuka deadlifts Nikki to a German Suplex! But Alexa tags in and hides. Asuka hits Nikki with another knee, but Alexa gets Asuak with a DDT! Cover, but Kairi breaks it! Kairi coaches Asuka up while Alexa throws a tantrum.

Alexa drags Asuka over and tags Nikki. They work together, but Asuka fights out! Roundhouse for Alexa, then bulldog clothesline combo! Asuka tags Kairi back in! Now Kairi fires up as she Alabama lifts Nikki and slams her! She prepares the elbow, and fans fire up! Kairi climbs, aims, but Nikki bails out. So Kairi just adjusts to hit a SUPER CROSSBODY! Kairi drags Nikki up and in, then goes back up. She aims, anchors aweigh with an InSANE Elbow! Cover, but Alexa dropkicks in! Alexa runs away from Asuka, and Asuka kicks a post! Alexa throws Asuka into the post, then rallies for Nikki. She has to drag Nikki over, but the referee reprimands her. Kairi ax kicks then back hands, but Nikki hits the PURGE! Tag to Alexa, and Alexa climbs up! TWISTED BLISS! Cover, Bliss-Cross win!

Winners: Alexa bliss and Nikki Cross, Alexa by pinfall; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

The Bliss-Cross Friend Ship sinks the Pirate Princess and Empress of Tomorrow again! Will they continue to sail on to become the fighting-est champions these titles have ever seen?

 

Seth Rollins speaks.

“AJ Styles, you want to lead by example, so you challenge me to a match to find out who THE champ is around here.” Rollins has some news for the OC: Rollins IS the champion they wish they could be. Rollins did what Styles never could by beating Lesnar again. And did Styles forget about Money in the Bank and Rollins beating him? Well hopefully he did, because now Rollins will remind him who THE champ is. The Architect looks to stomp Styles out, but will he have to worry about the Good Brothers ringside?

 

Champion VS Champion: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles w/ The OC!

Universal VS Phenomenal, one will prove themselves the top champion on Mondays!

The bell rings and the belts are put aside. Fans duel as Rollins and Styles circle. They tie up and Styles goes for the rib,s but Rollins saw that coming. Rollins ram Styles into a corner and goes after his ribs! Rollins backs off to bring Styles out and put him in the Tree of Woe. He stomps away on the ribs now, but backs off again, to come back and dropkick the ribs! Styles falls out of the Tree while Rollins catches his breath. Rollins drags Styles up for a suplex but Styles slips out to rabbit punch the ribs! Styles suplexes but Rollins lands on his feet to mule kick. But the OC get Styles clear of the stomp, so Rollins DIVES! He takes out Gallows, then punches Anderson. But Styles rams Rollins into the apron edge and back suplexes Rollins so he falls on his face! Raw goes to one last break as Rollins writhes.

Raw returns once more as Rollins has Styles for another suplex. But the ribs stop that, and Styles gives Rollins USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles stays calm as Rollins goes to the apron. Styles joins Rollins outside and brings Rollins up. He wants the Clash!? Rollins resists for dear life, and gets free. Rollins sweeps the legs and Styles crashes on the apron! The OC shout and coach but a ring count begins. Styles flops so The OC put him in. Rollins crawls at 6, sits up at 8, stands at 9, and leaps in at 9.5! Rollins survives the count, but Styles goes at him with forearms. Styles hits the Phenomenal Blitz, but Rollins ducks the clothesline! Rollins Slingblades then forearm smashes Styles. He whips but Styles reverses, only for Rollins to come back with a rolling elbow! Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Rollins grits his teeth but keeps his focus.

Fans rally up as Styles sits up. Rollins brings Styles around and back to a corner. He sits Styles on the top rope backwards, then climbs up to join him. Styles fights back with elbows and Rollins falls. But Rollins jumps right back up, grabs Styles, but Styles resists and fights Rollins off again. Styles adjusts and forearms Rollisn away, then springboards, but Rollins gets under. SUPERKICK! Styles is dazed and Rollins hurries up top. But Anderson distracts so Gallows can shove Rollins down! Fans boo but the damage is done. But the referee EJECTS the Good Brothers! Styles is furious and Rollins rolls him up TWO! PELE misses, SUPERKICK hits! But Anderson and Gallows just attack Rollins anyway!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification

The Architect fights back but that’s 3v1! Styles rains down rights, but here comes Ricochet! The One and Only still owes the OC for SummerSlam, and he rallies on the Good Brothers! He enziguris Styles down, then baits Gallows into buckles! But then Gallows catches Ricochet, BOOT O’ DOOM! Ricochet goes down, too, and Anderson tosses him right out of the ring. Styles has Rollins but Rollins keeps fighting. This still is not enough, and Styles hops up top. The OC hand Rollins over, but here comes BRAUN!!

The Monster Among Men storms his way out, runs through Anderson and runs over Gallows! Styles kicks away on Strowman’s leg, but Strowman scoops him for a spinning MONSTER SLAM! But he’s not done, he has Styles up for a second Monster Slam! And with The OC retreating, Strowman grabs the Universal Championship belt. He holds it out to Rollins, but Rollins isn’t so sure. Strowman still hands it over, and even shakes hands with The Beastslayer. Fans cheer this show of respect, so what is Strowman’s real aim?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Wow, this was a great follow-up for SummerSlam! Granted, there were some filler things, like Roode squashing Jose and The Viking Raiders destroying more jobbers. Maybe Roode returning is a sign Heyman will do him right this time. No idea what is going on with the Raiders since they have barely mentioned the titles themselves. I really loved the WWE 24/7 Championship things tonight, it was clearly the whole point of The Revival and Lucha House Party having a match. The Revival getting to be the first co-champions was a hilarious but great honor, and Truth is just racking these reigns up. But it was also great, after Elias has his segment and his loss to Ricochet, that he just smashes Truth and takes the title. But it’s also hilarious in that, for a character who hates being interrupted, he is definitely going to get interrupted now with that title around his waist. Which will make for a whole new round of hilarity.

Clearly Samoa Joe’s Face turn was greatly exaggerated, though he’s not exactly a Heel anymore either. He gets to wreck Sami and tell off the fans, but he’s apparently in Tweener territory now. Which is great, because fans have always liked Joe for his intensity in and out of the ring, so this can be a great phase for Joe. Apparently Ziggler’s new phase is being so cocky, that even being beat all to hell won’t shut him up, only being unconscious stops him. Almas VS Mysterio was so great, but boy that slingshot destroyer spot scared me. “Crisis of Confidence” is an interesting angle for Mysterio to enter, I am really interested to see where this goes. As for Austin’s Skype call, it was really just a plug for his new show while also putting Rollins over since he’s the face of Raw now. I hope WWE doesn’t pull out more legends just to hype Rollins up, that’ll actually kill the hype in my opinion.

Heyman being kayfabe upset over Rollins winning and there being no rematch for Lesnar, even though it was clear the McMahons meant it when there were no automatic rematch clauses anymore, is an interesting move. As I said for the SummerSlam article, obviously Lesnar isn’t going to fight at Clash of Champions, and it doesn’t seem they’ll do the politicking angle as far as the Universal title. But with them making sure we all know that SmackDown’s move to Fox while celebrating 20th Anniversary, that has to mean Lesnar shows up to go after the WWE World Championship. In kayfabe, the one thing that would make Kofi Kingston’s reign truly great is if he can at least survive Lesnar. Sadly, that might not happen, but at least it’ll be something fresh for him and Lesnar if they have a program together.

That Sasha Banks moment was insane! I did not know she was returning, and I sure didn’t expect her to just straight up beat Natalya down! It was genius, though, for her to take off a wig and reveal her new hair color. This is most certainly to write Natty off for some family time, but it is of course a great way to bring us towards Becky VS Banks at at least Clash of Champions. Becky’s promo references righting wrongs, so perhaps they’ll reference their NXT days for this one. This is a match-up that cannot be called, there are many ways for Becky to retain but also to lose, and this could easily extend to Hell in a Cell if they wanted. Then we’re getting King of the Ring on the way to Clash of Champions, this is going to be great! Especially with Alexander VS McIntyre we got tonight as a sampler! It got a bit clunky at parts, but Toronto was on board with Alexander as things went. This match has to happen again for the actual tournament, even if it isn’t the Raw Finals. And I can’t wait to see who is in from SmackDown.

There was great stuff from Rollins, Styles and the OC. Styles VS Rollins itself was good, but of course it ends in a disqualification to keep both men strong since we can’t actually put one over the other yet. It was natural for Ricochet to come out and help, given his history with The OC already, but it was great to see Braun Strowman come out. I was just hoping earlier today that Strowman would want the United States Championship. He is big and strong enough not to normally worry about Gallows and Anderson ringside, and he hasn’t had a singles title yet, so having the US title would be great for him. Though, he probably won’t get it right away, because there are still ways the OC can be a bother. But I anticipate a Six Man Tag for next week, OC VS Rollins, Ricochet & Strowman to establish the clear lines for Clash of Champions.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will the new wave get payback on the OG?

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Will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari put their money where their mouths are?

After the back and forth, ambushes and cheating, the 205 Live OG will have to face Jake Atlas & August Grey head-on, 2v2! Will the new wave wash #PremierDinero away and finally take over the Cruiserweight Division?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey; Atlas & Grey win.
  • Mansoor VS Curt Stallion; Mansoor wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey!

To think, all of this started because the Premier Athlete made sure the Persian Lion didn’t lose any money in his own “Daivari Dinero Division” challenge series. Things escalated from there, and now we have another showdown of 205 Live OG and Cruiserweight new wave! But will Nese & Daivari wish they’d just footed the bill back when they had the chance?

The teams sort out and #RetroAG starts with Daivari. They tie up, Daivari waistlocks and trips Grey to then step all over him. Daivari laughs but runs away to the corner before Grey rushes him. Grey waits, Daivari comes back but then tags Nese. Nese and Grey circle, Daivari swipes at Grey but Nese rolls Grey up! ONE, Grey wrenches and has a hammerlock. Nese fights up, gets a leg, gets a cover, ONE! Grey has the arm again and is back on the hammerlock! Fans cheer, Grey shifts to a grounded cording hold then facelock. Grey brings Nese up to wrench, but Daivari talks trash and distracts Grey. Nese ROCKS Grey, tags Daivari, and the OG mug AG!

Daivari stomps Grey, talks trash to the fans, then tags Nese back in. The OG double suplex but AG slips out! Hot tag to Atlas! Atlas rallies with double clotheslines, big elbows, then a wrench and neckbreaker for Daivari! Atlas runs at Nese but is put on the apron. Atlas shoulders into Nese, dumps Daivari out and enziguris Nese away! Atlas climbs up, but Daivari hurries over! Atlas mule kicks Daivari away but Nese goes up to grab at him! Atlas shoves Nese away, Nese says he jammed his leg! The ref checks, and in that distraction, Daivari SHOVES Atlas down! Nese’s leg is just fine and he does jumping jacks before he stomps Atlas down.

Nese drags Atlas up to stomp him at ropes, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Daivari, Nese RAMS into Atlas and Daivari fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Daivari lets off but clubs Atlas down. Daivari throws hands, whips Atlas back to the corner, and then runs in, into Atlas’ boots! Atlas elbows Nese, ROCKS Daivari, but Daivari mule kicks! Daivari runs to dropkick Atlas down! Daivari talks more trash to Grey, but he turns around to block Atlas’ boot! Daivari spins Atlas but Atlas spins Daivari for a DISCUS LARIAT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Nese and Nese DECKS Grey! Nese stomps Atlas, drags him up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Nese clamps onto Atlas with a rear bearhug! Fans rally up, Atlas endures and fights his way up. Atlas elbows Nese and breaks free! Atlas ROCKS Nese with forearms, but Nese keeps him from Grey! Atlas and Grey reach, but Atlas sunset flips! Nese rolls through but Atlas avoids the mule kick to boot Nese down! Nese tries to stay in the way but Atlas kangaroo kicks from below! Hot tag to Grey! Grey runs and RANAS Nese! And rallies with elbows! BIG Manhattan Drop! Grey runs, hurdles Nese then CLOBBERS him! Daivari mouths off so Grey DECKS him! Grey hoists Nese up, back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Grey keeps cool as he looms over Nese.

Daivari gets in, Grey spins him and turns him, for the SO MUCH- No! Daivari feeds Grey to Nese’s PREMIER DRIVER! Cover, but Atlas BOOTS it apart! All four men are down after Atlas puts his all into that kick, but the fans rally up! Daivari gets up, whips Atlas but Atlas reverses to send Daivari out! Atlas builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Daivari! Nese has Grey, runs to ropes, for a BULLDOG HOTSHOT PLANCHA COMBO! Nese then goes back to the ring for a PREMIER TRIANGLE, but Grey dodges! SUPERKICK! Grey goes up top but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese brings Grey down but Grey gets the chicken wings! SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey & Atlas win!!

Winners: August Grey & Jake Atlas, by pinfall

The OG get outmaneuvered, and the new wave rises! Will Atlas and Grey soon be the ones running the purple ‘n’ orange?

 

Backstage interview with Mansoor and Curt Stallion.

Josiah Williams asks these two how they’re feeling after that tag team victory together last week. Stallion can’t complain, and Mansoor thought that was great. Maybe they’ll team again and have a team name! Funny Mansoor should say that, because the Lonestar was thinking #CurtSoor. Well, that’s not bad, but the Star of Saudi Arabia was thinking more #ManStallion. What does Josiah think? He goes with CurtSoor on this one. Well Mansoor doesn’t mind. He does thank Stallion for helping him build his overall record to 40-0. Stallion says that is quite the accomplishment. But none against Stallion.

Josiah moves aside as the tension starts to rise. Is Stallion issuing a challenge? Funny he should ask. How about tonight, they go 40-1. More like 41. But these two shake on it and we have our main event! Will Curt be sore? Or will we be saying, “Man, Stallion is good!”

 

The Bollywood Boyz speak.

It’s ya bois from BOLLY BOLLY BOLLY, Bollywood, and one half of the supergroup known as #BollyRise, Samir & Sunil Singh! And they’re here to remind Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are part of their team. They called a truce, they are all working together, and yet Ever-Rise has the nerve to leave the Singhs out of going to NXT? And then they get jumped by El Legado! But that’s what the deserved! They’re not Bollywood award winners! The key in any relationship is communication. Next time, call them. But will Samir & Sunil be left hanging the next time Ever-Rise rolls into the Capitol Wrestling Center?

 

Mansoor VS Curt Stallion!

Quietly, in the background of the Cruiserweight Division, the Star of Saudi Arabia has remained undefeated. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Greatest Battle Royal in his home country, but will he finally be heading for the Cruiserweight Championship? Or will the Lonestar be the lone loss on Mansoor’s record?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up already. Stallion and Mansoor shake hands to show there is still respect, and then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Mansoor manages to get leverage and push Stallion to ropes. Mansoor gives a shove as he lets off, but Stallion keeps his cool. They tie up, Stallion headlocks and hits a takeover. Mansoor pushes with forearms, Stallion pushes to a cover, ONE! Mansoor headscissors but Stallion kips out to again get a headlock takeover. Mansoor pushes his forearm into Stallion, makes it a cover, TWO! Stallion has the headlock again, but Mansoor slips out to a facelock and drags Stallion down to another cover, TWO!

Mansoor facelocks again but Stallion reverses to his own facelock. Mansoor drops to slip around to a hammerlock. Stallion moves around but Mansoor holds on. Mansoor puts more pressure on the hold but Stallion moves around again. Stallion stands, drop toeholds and gets the headlock. Mansoor fights up, powers out but things speed up. Mansoor hurdles, drops and hurdles again to trip Stallion up! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!! Stallion gets up but Mansoor hits a headlock takeover! Mansoor makes it a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Stallion fights up and powers his way to his own headlock.

Mansoor powers out, hurdles gain but Stallion is ready for the trip! Stallion waistlocks, rolls and DEAD LIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stallion knows he was close and he gets Mansoor up again. Stallion facelocks, snap suplexes then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Mansoor checks his jaw as he sits up but Stallion facelocks again. Stallion drags Mansoor up, Mansoor throws body shots, then Mansoor powers out. Stallion dodges, Mansoor follows, Stallion stops and Mansoor LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mansoor tries again, TWO! Stallion gets to a corner, Mansoor drags him up and CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Stallion CHOPS back!

Mansoor forearms, whips Stallion corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Facelock and roll, TWO! Mansoor keeps on Stallion with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally and duel as Stallion endures, and Stallion fights up to arm-drag free, only for Mansoor to drag him back down! Mansoor goes back to the chinbar and cording hold but Stallion fights the grip. Stallion fights up, fireman’s carries, but Mansoor sunset flips! Stallion rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down, fans fire up and Stallion glares as Mansoor gets to ropes. Mansoor drags himself up, swings but Stallion counter punches! And again! Then a ROLLING ELBOW!

Mansoor reverses the whip, Stallions tops and Alabama lifts to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Mansoor flounders, Stallion aims from a corner, and Stallion runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Stallion sweeps the legs, KNEES Mansoor, then storms around to run back in! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Stallion fires up and stomps the feet! Stallion yanks Mansoor up, turns him around, and DDT’s to the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Stallion seethes as he covers again, TWO!! Mansoor flounders, Stallion gets the legs and brings him around to a jackknife roll, Alabama lift, but Mansoor fights it!

Stallion resists the piledriver, Mansoor tries a backslide but Stallion flips over, only for Mansoor to underhook him! BUTTERFLY FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor is shocked but the CWC is thunderous! Mansoor drags Stallion up as fans rally and duel hard as ever. Stallion is dead weight, but Mansoor still tries to get him up! Stallion revives to HEADBUTT! Mansoor flops out of the ring! Stallion sees that, takes aim and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Stallion fires up! Stallion puts Mansoor in, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees!! Mansoor saves himself and Stallion is writhing!

Mansoor hurries to the corner and to the top rope! But Stallion anchors a foot! Mansoor fights but Stallion tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS HEADBUTT! Stallion climbs up behind Mansoor for the INVERTED SPANISH FLY!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!?! Mansoor’s toe saves his streak! Stallion is seething but fans are fired up! Stallion takes off the elbow pads as Mansoor flounders up. Stallion runs in, Mansoor moves, the flying headbutt gets buckles! Stallion flounders into Mansoor’s SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER! High stack cover, Mansoor wins!!

Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall

The Saudi Arabia Star’s streak is now 41-0! Stallion manages to stand, and Mansoor shouts to him! Stallion glares at Mansoor as he offers the handshake, but Stallion still takes it! Stallion shows his respect to Mansoor, but when will Stallion ride off into the sunset again? As for Mansoor, between quality and quantity, will his spotless 41 win-loss record be enough to get him a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?


My Thoughts:

A great episode, and though only 32 minutes or so, the main event started to feel more like the days when 205 Live was strongest. Now, I’m a bit surprised the main event wasn’t the tag match, given the long running story. But there’s a chance the story isn’t over, even though Atlas and Grey won with a finisher. At this point, I wanna see another No Disqualification Tag Match, also like in 205 Live’s stronger days. Atlas was starting to get an edge in his story with Tommaso Ciampa, Nese and Daivari have proven they have an edge, and seeing Grey tap into that would be pretty cool, too, given how he had story with Thatcher.

Mansoor VS Stallion coming by way of an interview promo was pretty good, as was the promo. I personally think ManStallion is the better name, by the way. But as I said, their match was reminiscent of when 205 Live had Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy and a few others. Fans can say whatever they want about the Mansoor streak and the deal with Saudi Arabia (Crown Jewel, Super Showdown, etc.) but Mansoor still puts the work in, is confident in his character, and is not sloppy in the ring by any stretch of the imagination. Now, we still need more Cruiserweights doing things on NXT, not just El Legado brutalizing Breezango and Ever-Rise, but if Mansoor is one of the ones being built up on NXT, I could see it being title VS streak, Escobar VS Mansoor for a TakeOver.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will Bryan get back in the Fastlane?

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SmackDown grants a rematch but ups the ante!

Daniel Bryan either wins in a rematch with Jey Uso IN A STEEL CAGE and goes to Fastlane, or he will ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; changed to…
  • Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn; Dawkins wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Dominik wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Belair wins.
  • Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane.

PLAY BY PLAY

Michael Cole opens SmackDown in the ring!

As it stands, the WrestleMania main event for the Universal Championship will be Roman Reigns VS Edge. But that could change if the man who started the Yes Movement gets his way! Daniel Bryan heads to the ring! Fans cheer with the Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan gets a mic and Cole reminds us Bryan will face Roman’s “unhinged cousin” inside the Steel Cage. And if Bryan wins, he gets another chance at the Universal Championship at Fastlane! That would throw a wrench in the plans WWE had in the works of a tag team match, Bryan & Edge VS Roman & Jey. So then why is Bryan forgoing that tag match? Why has he turned his focus on Roman and the title?

Bryan says Cole is making a lot of assumptions, the biggest being that Bryan was even asked to be in a tag match. Not a single person told Bryan about this “great” idea to fight Roman & Jey at Fastlane. No one ran anything by him because they know Bryan “rolls with the punches,” does whatever is asked of him, shows up and works his ass off. So Bryan understands why no one asked him. Edge is the ultimate opportunist, and Roman doesn’t want to defend his title at Fastlane. But the thing is, Bryan is making a change to not be the old Bryan. Bryan sees there’s the dream match, Roman VS Edge. And Bryan gets it, Attitude Era VS The ThunderDome, everyone wants to see that, except for Bryan. And Bryan will do his damnedest to stop it from happening!

So Bryan takes this from here, and throws a video package for himself. It was the SmackDown Elimination Chamber, where Daniel Bryan ran the marathon and made it from start to finish to earn his opportunity at Roman’s title, only for Roman to pounce right then and there. Bryan came close but couldn’t defeat a fresh Roman, and then Edge pounced on Roman. In the present, Bryan says he has lost a lot in his career, and has gotten beaten up a lot in his career. So you think after winning his third Elimination Chamber match, and fighting valiantly against Roman, that loss wouldn’t be a big deal.

But rolling out of the ring, and Edge rolling in to Spear Roman and point at the WrestleMania sign, “never in my life have I ever felt like such a failure.” Bryan knows not everyone knows this, but he doesn’t have a lot of ambition. WWE did personality tests and they found that Bryan had the lowest ambition score they’d ever seen. How is it possible that Bryan is still successful? He isn’t sure, other than that he LOVES pro-wrestling. And if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and he’s never had to “work” a day for the last 21 years!

But for the last year, Bryan’s had in the back of his head that he’ll go from wrestler to dad, and put others ahead of him. He let those he saw as the future get opportunities and not him. But Edge hitting Roman and Bryan feeling like an absolute failure is because Bryan failed himself. In that moment, Bryan had a lot more ambition in him than any test could ever show! He looked at the WrestleMania sign and decided HE should be there! Not Roman, not Edge, but BRYAN! Roman and Edge are in the main event because BRYAN loves this! In the last three WEEKS, he’s wrestled more than Edge and Roman in the last three MONTHS!

Bryan wrestles every chance he can because he loves this! And so putting himself on the back burner was a disservice to himself! Bryan knows he can be the absolute BEST! Bryan steps into a steel cage with Jey Uso, and if he wins, eh goes on to Fastlane to face Roman for the Universal Championship! And beating Roman is the only way to main event WrestleMania, and this could be his last chance! But before Bryan can continue his passionate speech, Roman interrupts! Jey and Paul Heyman follow Roman, of course, but the confrontation will be face to face after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and Roman is now in the ring.

Roman has a mic to say, “I’m looking at the same guy. But you don’t sound like the same guy.” The way Bryan is talking is confusing. And if it’s confusing Roman, than it’s confusing the fans. Bryan is ambitious now? Driven now? No. Bryan is the underdog, the “little guy,” the lottery winner. The one who waits on the opportunity and sometimes it works out. Bryan isn’t ambitious. Men like Roman, and they’re rare, they’re ambitious. Roman has been driven since he was a child. If he wanted it, he takes it. Roman loves the business, too. Bryan doesn’t love this, he NEEDS this. Bryan has nothing else, and that’s not love. Love isn’t based off need but off service and what you’ll do for others.

Roman, for example, loves the WWE. Roman doesn’t need it, it’s everyone who needs him! SmackDown needs Roman! The crew and the cameramen need Roman! Heyman needs Roman, Jey needs Roman, Bryan needs Roman. And after Jey whoops Bryan, Bryan will understand that and know it in his heart. And then, Bryan will acknowledge Roman. If Bryan- Jey snatches Bryan’s mic to tell him not to worry about the title. This is as close as Bryan gets to it! Bryan has to get through Jey and that won’t happen! Bryan wanted the cage, but it isn’t locking Roman out, it’s locking Jey in! And tonight, Jey’s gonna get you! Jey tries to sucker punch Bryan but Bryan throws him out!

Bryan stares Roman down, and Roman sighs. Will Bryan be unstoppable as he goes back down the road to WrestleMania?

 

The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are up and they want the smoke! But will this rematch with the Great Liberator and Wolf King be a speedbump on the road to WrestleMania and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?

SmackDown returns and the Profits have mics as Sami makes his entrance. Sami admits, the Profits pulled off a “fluke” over him and Corbin. But tonight, Sami and Corbin will prove it was just luck. Corbin tells Sami that it’s enough. They’re not tag team partners! They’re not friends! Corbin doesn’t even like Sami! Corbin is a SINGLES competitor, so he’ll take on just one of the Profits. Oh, well, their schedules are free. Roode & Ziggler are dodging them so there is a lot of time. So if that’s what Corbin wants, how about he get in the ring to do that thing? Ford wants Corbin, so Dawkins gets Sami? Yep! Sweet, Dawkins gets to be in Sami’s movie!

Dawkins gives a quick shout-out to his boy, JZH, but Sami tries to sort things out. Is this a set up? Is Corbin in on this or something? Sami agreed to a TAG match, you can’t do this to him at the last second! So then it’s one? Tell ’em, fam! The Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Sami is upset, but the first of the now two singles matches begins!

Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin!

Ford and Corbin circle, tie up, and Corbin knees low! Corbin whips Ford to a corner, Ford goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Corbin! And dropkick again! Corbin staggers to ropes., Ford runs in but Corbin gets a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Corbin is upset with the ref but the count is the count. Corbin wants Sami to watch this as he drags Ford up. Corbin puts Ford in the corner, traps his arms and fires off body shots! The ref backs Corbin off, he drags Ford back up to whip corner to corner hard! Ford bounces off buckles, Corbin drags him back up and taunts Dawkins as he ripcord back suplexes for a yoyo SLAM!

Corbin taunts Ford, drags him up, but Ford gets around to hop on and be a sleeper hold backpack! Corbin RAMS Ford into buckles, but Ford holds on tight! Corbin pries free, snapmares but Ford handsprings through to mule kick, front kick and dropkick! Ford has Corbin in a corner, hits a splash, then runs, into a pop-up! But Ford turns that into a DDT! Ford kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he heads for a corner. Ford hops up, Sami shouts at Dawkins but Ford shouts at Sami. Corbin rolls Ford, Ford rolls through to ENZIGURI! But Corbin still gets Ford for the END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

Sami tells Corbin he just helped him so now Corbin has to help Sami! Dawkins wants after Sami, Sami gets on the apron, Dawkins BLASTS Sami off and Sami hits Corbin! Corbin gets mad at Sami but Sami explains that was because of Dawkins! Corbin doesn’t care, he’s leaving Sami behind! Will the Champion of the People be able to do this by himself? We’ll find out, after the break!

 

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn!

SmackDown returns and the match is underway as Dawkins clubs and bumps Sami off buckles and in corners. Sami grabs ropes, Dawkins has a leg but the ref calls for the break. Sami clubs Dawkins, headlocks, but Dawkins powers out to run him over! Dawkins keeps moving, Sami hurdles but Dawkins hurdles back. Dawkins ducks to dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grabs a leg but Sami still holds ropes. The ref counts, Dawkins lets go and Sami goes out. Dawkins pursues, Sami kicks and elbows Dawkins then bumps him off barriers, then bumps him off the apron. Sami puts Dawkins in, gets in and CLOBBERS Dawkins from behind! Cover, TWO!

Sami keeps his cool as he looms over Dawkins. Sami stomps Dawkins, drags him up and throws haymakers. Sami puts Dawkins on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami taunts Ford, but Sami lets off at 4. “This is what you get!” Sami drags Dawkins up, whips him and CLOBBERS him again! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was the same as the other times. Sami drags Dawkins up, throws more haymakers, then whips Dawkins to ropes again. Dawkins CLOBBERS Sami this time! Ford fires up as Dawkins rallies and hits the LEAPING ELBOW!

Sami ends up in a corner, Dawkins hits the CYCLONE SPLASH! BIG BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Ford coaches Dawkins and he drags Sami up. Dawkins has the hooks but Sami fights the exploder off. Sami swings but into Dawkins’ SILENCER! Cover, TWO! The butterfly corkscrew suplex didn’t work, and Sami gets to the apron. Dawkins pursues but Sami hotshots him! Sami reels Dawkins in, but he can’t get Dawkins up. Dawkins throws elbows, runs in but the cyclone gest buckles! Sami reels Dawkins in for a CORNER EXPLODER!

Dawkins staggers as Sami goes corner to corner, but Ford gets up close on Sami’s camera crew! Sami shouts at Ford to stop that, but Dawkins rolls him up! Dawkins wins!!

Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall

Did the cameras get that? Sami still cries conspiracy and shouts, “Who’s behind this?!” Sami doesn’t recognize the second guy and asks if he’s a WWE spy! The guy doesn’t know how to answer and Sami throws knees into him! Is the documentary going to start being about Sami’s spiral into madness?

 

Reginald Thompson, the Fabulous sommelier, finds Carmella backstage.

She says he likes playing games, right? Of course he does. This new game is called, “Who’s the Snake?” What? Mella says one of them took a chance on a lowly sommelier and made him a star, while the other betrayed that someone and is siding with Sasha Banks. Reggie says all of that has been for Mella! Well it’s game over. Reggie’s the snake! She slaps the tray out of his hand and FIRES him! What is Reggie going to do now that he’s without a boss?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

To get payback on behalf of his father, Dominik is going to take on the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Dozer ringside, will Dom have to worry more about Rey than Gable?

SmackDown returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings and Dom ties up with Gable. They go around, Gable waistlocks and throws Dom down. Dom gets up but Gable throws him back down, then floats to a facelock. Otis says Dom is alone and that’s why he’ll lose. But Dom runs around to throw Gable out! Gable gets back in but Dom arm-drags him! Dom cranks the arm, Gable gets up but Dom wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to break free and headlock to then spin and spin and drop toehold! Gable has the leg, and SMASHES it into the mat! Dom gets up, Gable gets the leg again and hits a DRAGON SCREW!

Gable jams the knee, does it again, then covers, TWO! Gable keeps on Dom with a standing toehold and he pushes down hard on the leg. Dom endures, Rey coaches him through it and Dom kicks at Gable with the free leg. Fans rally, Gable gets the foot and Dom enziguris! Gable staggers to a corner,. Dom runs in but the monkey flip is turned around. Dom boots from up top, then leaps to huricanrana! Gable is in the other corner, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow throw him into buckles! Dom goes back up, leaps, but no tornado DDT! Gable gets Dom’s arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom escapes and Gable can’t believe it!

Gable gets the legs, drags Dom to a drop zone and goes up top. Gable talks trash to Rey, and MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Gable waistlocks, Dom wheelbarrows to a victory roll but Gable sit son the cover, TWO! Dom reels Gable into a La Magistrol, DOM WINS!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

Otis storms onto the apron but Rey WRECKS him with a dropkick! Otis hits announce desk, Rey LEAPS and SEATED SENTONS him onto the desk! The Mysterios regroup and retreat! The Alpha Academy is raging, but are they going to learn a lesson from the King and Prince of Lucha?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!

Kayla Braxton brings up Cesaro’s swing that seemed to last forever, and Rollins says it sure felt that way. And do you want to know why? Because it was forever! But the question is, why? Has Cesaro done that much to anyone else? No, that was rhetorical. But then why did he do it? Because he is afraid of “us.” Cesaro doesn’t want to #EmbraceTheVision because he knows “we” are strong! Cesaro wanted to embarrass Rollins and humiliate him! Rollins promises us that he won’t forget that. And Buddy Murphy is BACK?!

Murphy says he could help Rollins with this problem. Rollins doesn’t want to see Murphy. Murphy needs to leave, now. Is Murphy really trying to be Rollins’ disciple again? Will Rollins do just fine against Cesaro without him?

 

Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

A partial rematch from the impromptu Elimination Chamber WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match, the EST and the Queen of Spades match up again 1v1! But will Bianca earn herself and The Boss momentum towards those titles? Or will Shayna do damage to the Women’s Rumble winner before she reaches WrESTleMania?

SmackDown returns as Bianca makes her entrance, followed by Sasha’s. That seems like a surprise to Bianca’s, despite the coming Fastlane match. But another surprise, or perhaps not, is that Reggie follows Sasha out like a stray puppy. The bell rings, Bianca and Shayna tie up, and Shayna gets an arm to wrench it. Bianca scoops Shayna, Shayna slips off and headlocks. Bianca slips through to headlock back, but Shayna powers out. Bianca goes up and over in the corner, handsprings and eggs Shayna on to then run her over! Bianca is fired up and she claps at Shayna to then say kiss this. Things speed up,. Bianca handsprings but Shayna blocks the dropkick to get he foot!

Bianca boots her away, dodges the knee, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Bianca yanks Shayna’s arm, steps over and hooks it to La Magistrol, ONE! Shayna has an arm, wrenches, twists the wrist, but Bianca endures. Bianca powers through to fireman’s carry, but Shayna slips out again to whip. Bianca goes up again but gets caught for a KICK to the arm! Nia cheers Shayna on while Bianca writhes. Sasha checks on her partner and coaches her up, and Bianca gets up in a corner. Shayna runs in to KNEE Bianca down! Shayna drags Bianca to a cover, ONE!! Shayna grows annoyed, she drags Bianca and wrenches the arm to a grounded wristlock. Bianca resists but Shayna twists it all the same.

Shayna stands on Bianca’s head, pulls the arm around, and TWEAKS it! Sasha grows worried but she coaches Bianca up. Shayna runs back in. Bianca dodges! Shayna knees buckles. but hurries after Bianca! Shayna gets the arm, Bianca scoops with the good one to SLAM her down! Shayna gets up but Bianca ROCKS her! Bianca runs in to RAM Shayna into the corner! Bianca rams and rams and fires off with the good arm and even some stomps! Bianca drags Shayna up to a suplex! And a kip up! Bianca shakes out the bad arm, claps at Shayna, then whips her to back drop her! Nia is the one getting upset now as Bianca chicken wings for the Glam-

NO! Shayna victory rolls Bianca out of the ring! Reggie is there and he says no hard feelings, but Bianca shoves him down! Bianca gets in, Shayna KNEES her down! Both women are down and Reggie flounders up near Nia. Nia shoves Reggie at Sasha, and runs over! Reggie moves ,Sasha gets bulldozed! Bianca is distracted, Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! But Bianca powers to the Torture Rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST pulled it off and KOD sealed the deal! But Bianca tells Sasha to handle things with Reggie. Tag titles or not, Bianca and Sasha need to have a fair match at Mania. Reggie helps Sasha up, and she smiles, but then SLAPS Reggie! Sasha told Reggie to stay out of her business! When it rains, it pours. Will Reggie be pouring himself a drink to drown his sorrows?

 

Roman talks with Jey in their suite.

Roman wants Jey to understand that if Jey wins, the Universal Championship is safe until Mania. But if Jey loses, Roman will have to defend it at Fastlane. That part is fine, but Jey losing is an embarrassment to him and the family. Jey cannot embarrass the family. Jey says he’s got this, but will he prove that when caged up with a determined Daniel Bryan?

 

Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro!

The former disciple might be trying to show Rollins what he can do by taking the Swiss Cyborg head-on! Will Cesaro prove that if he can defeat Rollins’ former protégé, he really doesn’t need Rollins’ vision?

But of course Rollins makes his presence known! Rollins goes ringside to watch Cesaro in person, and the bell rings. Cesaro runs at Murphy, waistlocks and SLAMS him, then dead lift gut wrenches Murphy for a suplex! Rollins joins commentary, Cesaro covers Murphy, ONE! Murphy elbows Cesaro away, runs but Cesaro follows. Murphy leaps but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is after Murphy’s legs but he gets to the apron. Murphy then yanks Cesaro out and stomps Cesaro’s hand away! Murphy WRECKS Cesaro with a dropkick, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and Murphy tumbles to the ramp. Murphy puts Cesaro in, climbs up top, and leaps for a METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Murphy grits his teeth and he digs his knee into Cesaro then KICKS him in the back! Cesaro shoves Murphy away but runs into a boot! Murphy hops up again, leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Murphy staggers back, Cesaro catches his breath, and Cesaro grits his teeth. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper again! Cesaro whips, EuroUppers, and repeat! And repeat! Cesaro runs to BOOT Murphy down! Cesaro drags Murphy back up as Rollins vents about the swing, and Cesaro puts Murphy IN THE SWING! Cesaro swings Murphy around and around and around and around and Rollins complains and Cesaro keeps going! Cesaro stops after 20, and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Murphy taps, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by submission

Rollins applauds Cesaro despite all he was just saying. But Cesaro smiles back just as mockingly. Will Cesaro do more than just embarrass and humiliate Rollins when they get in the ring together?

 

Reggie sulks as he packs up his things and heads out.

But he spots Sasha’s private room and decides to knock on the door. Sasha answers, and Reggie tries to apologize, but she says NO! Well, guess that’s that. But then Reggie sees the tag champions and Shayna says, “Smell that?” Reggie reeks of failure! But where’s wine boy going? Thirsty for a fight? Nia says Shayna should chill. Doesn’t she see what Nia sees? Reggie’s kinda cute. Huh? Is the sommelier about to go from bully bosses to boss bullies?

 

Apollo Crews is here!

And he is further representing his Nigerian royal heritage by having bodyguards by his side, and a spear in his hand! Apollo has his guards lead the way into the ring first, then he follows. Apollo fetches a mic and he says everyone is telling him how they don’t like the new Apollo. But the good news is, this isn’t the “new” Apollo, this is the REAL Apollo! This is who he is, how he talks, and he is a descendant of Nigerian royalty! He is a REAL African American! This is his Nigerian Elite Guard, the protector of his family for many generations. Apollo remembers being a young boy hearing stories about these men, about his heritage.

At the time, he was too ashamed to accept his heritage because he would be made fun of. He wanted to fit in, and be just like “you.” But “you” never accepted him! Even his own “friends” just wanted to mock him. “Did you live in a jungle? Did you ride lions to school?” Apollo was ashamed, but the truth is, these stories about his ancestors, some of the most feared and respected men in all of Nigeria, who would dominate and conquer anyone. The more Apollo went into his roots, the more he realized things were repeating themselves. Big E was disrespecting him, and Apollo would hear his ancestors telling him to stand up and claim his birthright. So Apollo did what he had to do.

“Big E, I know you’re at home, nursing your injury. And I know you fear walking in the sight of me.” But Big E is coming back next week, and that makes Apollo happy! Apollo is no longer the man Big E once knew and dismissed. Apollo won’t fit in, he’ll proudly stand out! He will DEMAND a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship!! Big E will fall before Apollo’s feet, and Apollo will leave Big E a broken man for life! And Big E will be hunted for Apollo’s complete and total victory! The Nigerian Prince has issued his ultimatum, but will Big E be coming back only bigger and stronger?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville try to reason with Natalya and Tamina.

They’re clearly upset that Sasha & Bianca are getting a title match over them! Have Pearce & Sonya not seen how dominant Natty & Tamina have been? Of course they have! But that’s not the match that was made. Pearce apologizes and dismisses himself. Sonya says Pearce simply made a different decision. Will the Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly force Pearce to reconsider?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Does he perhaps feel any extra pressure- There’s no pressure! Jey thrives off of this! “DB shouldn’t have popped off on Big Uce!” Now they’re in the Uso Penitentiary! But then Bryan CLOBBERS Jey from behind! Bryan doesn’t say anything, but that was clearly a taste of Jey’s own medicine. Will Jey start to crack under the pressure of defending the family? Will Bryan force Roman to defend his title?

 

SmackDown has a special bonus DING DONG, HELLO~!

Bayley walks in through the door to say that tonight is a special rehearsal for a new segment. Other shows do “Mean Tweets,” but Bayley is loved by everyone so she has something she’s calling Sweet Tweets! RoleModel1452 says “Bayley can truly do it all! They’d never give a talk show to someone like Sasha banks!” Then EllenDegeneres1 says “Forget about Edge and Roman Reigns, the Ding Dong Hello Show should be the main event of WrestleMania!” And lastly, WWESuperfan says “Ding Dong Hello is…” Wait, wait, wait. How did this one get in here? Bayley doesn’t even finish it and throws the card away. She SLAMS the door, but will she have something to say to that supposed superfan?

 

Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!

Last week’s count-out was neither win or loss, so a deal was struck on Talking Smack: Bryan and Jey have a rematch, and if Bryan wins, he gets his Fastlane title match; if Bryan loses, he must ACKNOWLEDGE Roman! But it was Bryan who raised the stakes even higher by wanting the steel cage to be the stipulation! Will the Goat’s gamble pay off and get him his golden ticket? Or will Jey leave Bryan in WrestleMania lockdown?

Jey steps inside the cage, but Roman and Heyman make their entrance! The Tribal Chief already put pressure on Jey, but he’s really digging in the screws now. Heyman makes sure to get Roman a chair so that he can have a seat at the ramp. Will Roman be here to personally congratulate his cousin? Or personally accept Bryan’s challenge? We’ll find that out, after the break!

SmackDown returns, the bell rings and Bryan rushes Jey with forearms! Jey hits back and it is a brawl! Bryan ROCKS Jey with a EuroUpper, then KICKS a leg to whip. Jey reverses and RAMS Bryan into the steel! Jey drags Bryan up, clubs him and RAMS Him into the steel again! And again! Jey tells Bryan to acknowledge Roman! He digs Bryan’s face into the steel and Roman is there to stare at Bryan. Bryan refuses to say anything so Jey clubs him down. Roman tells Jey to do more and Jey hauls Roman up to fireman’s carry and LAWN DART Bryan into steel! Jey calls for the door and walks over but Bryan catches him in the ropes!

Jey fires off on Bryan but he goes back in to ROCK Bryan with an uppercut! Jey climbs the side but Bryan pursues! Bryan gets a foot, drags Jey back down and then smashes him off the steel! Jey smashes Bryan again, then hops down to trip Bryan! Bryan is stuck on the top, Jey DECKS him off it! Jey drags Bryan up, RAMS him into the corner, then tells Roman he’s got this as he goes side to side. Bryan blocks to SMASH Jey off the steel, off the buckles, then YANKS him into the wall! Heyman watches Roman closely as Bryan climbs up. Bryan leaps to missile dropkick Jey down! Jey writhes and crawls, he sees the door! Jey heads that way but Bryan PENALTY KICKS an arm!

Bryan wrenches Jey to elbow breakers! And then RAMS Jey into more steel! And then brings Jey around for another elbow breaker, and another RAM into steel! Jey flops down but Bryan drags him up to wrench and whip,. Jey reverses, Bryan goes up and over and dodges to go up again! Bryan heads for the top but Jey hurries to bring him down! Bryan lands on his billy goat again, and Jey stomps away on the knees! Jey winces for a moment before he stomps more. Jey climbs, but Bryan sits up! Bryan anchors Jey, climbs up to join him, and then headbutts him! Bryan headbutts Jey to send him back to the top rope, but Jey fireman’s carries Bryan for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Both men are down as SmackDown goes to another break!

SmackDown returns one more time, and both men are up on top of the cage! They’re brawling with haymakers and headbutts! Bryan rocks Jey, tries to slip to the outside, but Jey holds on with a facelock! Jey drags Bryan back inside and they’re on the top rope. Bryan smashes Jey off steel, and gives him YES KICKS up there! Jey wobbles but he manages to SUPERKICK Bryan down! Jey adjusts to USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Jey is too sore to be frustrated! Jey crawls to the door and it opens for him. Bryan crawls after Jey and anchors a foot. Jey grabs at the frame, gets up, but Bryan spins him around, only to get the DRAGON WHIP KICK!

But Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jey! Jey SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself, but Roman is like stone as usual. Jey sits up and wants the door to open again, but Bryan GHOST PINS! TWO, and he has Jey caught for endless elbows! And then, a turn to the omoplata, but Jey moves around to ground ‘n’ pound wildly! Jey wants to hurt Bryan more than anything! Jey lets off to catch his breath, and he looks to Roman. Jey grabs Bryan’s legs, and catapults him into steel! Bryan flops down, but Jey again looks to Roman. Jey says he’ll end this, and he goes up the side of the steel. But Bryan pursues again! Bryan catches up to Jey and anchors him as he climbs up again!

Bryan throws headbutts, Jey goes back to the ropes, and Bryan adjusts on top. Bryan is going to the outside, but Jey grabs his head with a cravat! Jey drags Bryan back in but Bryan headbutts Jey again! Bryan has Jey and RAMS him into the steel again and again! Bryan underhooks for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Roll through, to the YES LOCK!! Jey endures, flails, crawls, and gets the ropebreak, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER! No ropebreaks or disqualifications in a cage match! Bryan pulls back even harder!! Jey taps, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission (faces Roman Reigns for the title at Fastlane)

The Universal Championship is taking a detour! Bryan is taking a stand against the establishment again, can he repeat what he did for WrestleMania 30 and make it into YEStleMania?


My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode for SmackDown, but there is a lot I do not like for the build to Fastlane and other stories from this. Firstly, Buddy Murphy trying to reconnect with Rollins. Obviously, the stuff with Aaliyah Mysterio wasn’t working, wasn’t going to work, and was a bit dumb to do in the first place. But you can’t just reset Murphy to before all of that. Don’t have Murphy reach out to Rollins at all, just have him return by surprise here against Cesaro. That match was still okay, because Rollins was on commentary and Cesaro did the swing to get at Rollins and all of that. But I am annoyed that WWE (Vince) is throwing Murphy back in just because they don’t know what else to do with Murphy. Rollins VS Cesaro is just fine on its own, have someone else #EmbraceTheVision instead of Murphy relapsing back to being the disciple.

Then the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship developments are very odd. It’s fine that the champions are defending the belts at all, but announcing that it’s just going to be the Elimination Chamber match-up again is odd. I did appreciate that another team was upset by this, so there might be more story to it than what we got. Pearce sure seems really close to these titles given what we saw on NXT. If this all turns out to be a huge story between all three brands, then I’ll be all for it, but it is hard to see that from where we are. And while Reggie being fired by Mella and rejected by Sasha is following what I expected, I’m not sure how I feel about Nia suddenly taking interest in him. Whenever it is that Shayna and Nia split, I don’t think Nia needs a sidekick, so it’s just odd she’d care about Reggie at all.

The Profits having singles matches was a good way to both fill time but also have more story with Corbin and Sami. Corbin puts a stop to the tag team with Sami, the Profits get to go 1-1 on the night, keeping things a bit even for them as we head for Mania. The SmackDown Tag Team Championships story will certainly have something for Mania, so the slow burn isn’t so bad. Gable VS Dom was good, and it works that Dom gets a quick victory. Another tag match is coming, and though the Profits will protest, I bet Sonya sets up the winner of that against the Dirty Dawgs. That can be for Fastlane, then Profits getting their rematch can be for Mania to make it even bigger.

Apollo’s promo was very good, though I’m surprised he’s got bodyguards now. The spear is cool, though. Big E’s return is in time for Fastlane, so that could be the match for the Intercontinental Championship. And with how this Apollo is, it could go either way. Then the main story, once again the Universal Championship with Roman, is going great. Bryan’s promo to start the night is a bit recycled from Talking Smack but still just as strong and passionate, and then his thwarting Jey’s sneak attack to then come back with one of his own is great stuff. Bryan is taking the fight to the establishment again, and Fastlane is going to be great with Roman VS Bryan fair and square, both guys at 100%. I still feel like Roman wins in the end, because WWE can’t resist Spear VS Spear, but Bryan’s going to make it one hell of a match.

My Score: 8.3/10


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