It’s the last Raw before SummerSlam!
After what Brock Lesnar did to him, does Seth Rollins stand a chance of making to to Toronto? Does he stand a chance of even standing up at all?
- Natalya & Trish Stratus VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair; Lynch & Flair win, by disqualification.
- Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Maria Kanellis VS Mike Kanellis; Mike wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Mike Kanellis VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Viking Raiders VS Jay Alexander & Eric Abraham; The Viking Raiders win.
- Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre, Special Guest Referee: Kurt Angle; No Contest.
- The New Day VS The OC w/ AJ Styles; The New Day, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The New Day VS The OC; The OC wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Fatal 4 Way: The IIconcis VS The Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE stands with El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
A moment of silence and a 10 bell salute for the victims and affected communities.
Raw has a new entrance theme!
Papa Roach’s Born for Greatness is officially THE opening theme for the show!
Samoa Joe is shouting at commentary!?
The Samoan Submission Machine doesn’t care that he’s interrupting regularly scheduled programming to right a wrong! “Oh what happened to Roman Reigns on SmackDown last week?” Joe keeps getting accusations from the fans! Roman may not have made claims himself, but he’s just as guilty of slander. Was Joe anywhere near that incident!? What dose Michael Cole have to say about it?! Cole tries to talk Joe down but Joe is still furious! But a poll of fans has 80% of them believing it wasn’t just an accident. Well 80% of the fans are idiots! So Joe makes it clear: roll the footage to find out the truth!
Footage does play of Roman approaching the interview space, only for girders to fall! No serious damage was done to the Big Dog, but perhaps only by a miracle. Roman left on his own two feet, but clearly just as confused and concerned as many. Joe doesn’t see one frame of footage of himself! Where is anyone’s proof?! They’ll make Joe a suspect just because, but Joe will wait for Roman to arrive to shut this show down until an apology is given! And if anyone has a problem with that- The Man comes around to shut Joe up! Becky Lynch doesn’t care about what Joe’s issues are, she’s here to settle some of her own!
Natalya & Trish Stratus VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair!
It’s a Canadian connection as the Queen of Harts and the iconic six-time Women’s Champion team up against their SummerSlam opponents! But can The Man and The Queen coexist to roll into Toronto?
Raw returns as the bell rings and Becky ties right up with Natty. They go around on the ropes but Natty lets up. Becky shoves but Natty shoves back. Becky goes after the arm but Natty rolls. Becky still waistlocks but Natty shifts and gets the fireman’s carry takedown! Natty has an armlock and dares Becky to break her arm now. Becky gets up and waistlocks but Natty standing switches to a trip and a float over to the facelock. Becky trips Natty back to get her own facelock. But Natty rolls to an ARMBAR! Ronda would be proud, but Becky rolls to a cover, TWO! Becky wants to steal the Sharpshooter!? Natty shoves her off but Becky goes for the Disarm-Her. But Charlotte tags in! Charlotte tells Becky to move aside so she can take care of this.
Charlotte kicks Natty and CHOPS her! And chops and chops! Natty reverses the whip but Charlotte tumbles out to shoulder in. Charlotte slingshots and rolls Natty but Natty is up and tilt-o-whirls to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Natty clubs Charlotte hard, then snapmares her. Natty runs and walks all over Charlotte, only for Charlotte to trip her up! Charlotte then BOOTS Natty down, and taunts Trish. Charlotte kicks Natty down again then throws her against the mat. Charlotte mocks Natty reaching for the tag before ramming a knee into Natty’s back. Fans rally as Natty endures a neck wrench. Charlotte shifts to a chinlock and thrashes Natty around. Natty and Trish still reach for each other, but Charlotte brings Natty away. natty gets up and fights back to arm-drag Charlotte off. But Charlotte runs her over with a clothesline.
Charlotte goes to tag Becky, but then changes her mind. She puts Natty through the ropes to pull back. Charlotte lets up at 4 with a “WOO~!” Fans rally for Becky, and Natty starts throwing hands. Charlotte DECKS Natty to then rain down rights! Charlotte also wants to point out how weak Becky’s competition is by dominating Natty. She scoops but Natty slips out to waistlock! Charlotte elbows hard out of the waistlock to then get her own. She rolls Natty back but TWO and Charlotte goes into buckles! Natty gets up and trips Charlotte into the Sharpshooter, but Charlotte pokes her eyes! Charlotte’s boot is blocked into the discus lariat! Natty reaches but Charlotte intercepts her and throws her down! She swings on Trish but Trish gets clear. Natty rolls Charlotte, TWO! Charlotte boots and scoops for the exploder! The Queen kips up and taunts Trish. The ref keeps Trish back to keep this from breaking down.
Charlotte drags Natty up as fans rally. Charlotte runs but Becky tags in! Becky one-ups Charlotte, but Charlotte BOOTS Becky down! Charlotte is done with this match, so she just leaves the ring and goes up the ram. Natty gets Becky in the Sharpshooter!! A reminder that their match is a Submission Match! But Becky gets the ropebreak! Natty holds past 5, this match is thrown out!
Winners: Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, by disqualification
Trish goes to pull Natty off Becky, but Becky just shoves Trish away! The Queen of Harts brings out claws already, just how vicious will she be when she gets to do what she wants to make Becky quit?
Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
This rivalry was revived last week in the United States Championship Contender’s Gauntlet, and was made even more personal than before after El Idolo literally ripped the mask apart! Will the King of Lucha Libre get his revenge? Or will El Ingobernable Orginal continue to show disrespect even now?
The bell rings and Almas goes right at Mysterio! But Mysterio is ready and he dropkicks the leg out! He clubs away then runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Mysterio kicks back from the mat then enziguris Almas onto ropes! Dial it up, but Almas runs Mysterio over with a shoulder! Fans boo but Mysterio dodges the basement dropkick to cover! ONE, and Mysterio backs to a corner. He boots Almas back then headscissors him into the corner! Almas again stops the call and whips Myserio into the corner! Almas stomps Mysterio down and Vega likes what she sees. Almas CHOPS Mysterio, then rams his knee in. He brings Mysterio out to whip corner to corner hard. And then he lifts Mysterio on the return, but Mysterio arm-drags Almas out! Mysterio runs, slides, and hits a sunset flip powerbomb into barriers! Vega is shocked as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Almas has Mysterio in a fireman’s carry, on the top rope! Mysterio fights back and sits down, for a SPINNING SUPER STEINER! Both men are down and Pittsburgh is fired up! Vega shouts for Almas to get up but it’s Mysterio who crawls over to a cover, TWO! Mysterio goes to ropes and the apron. Almas runs but into Mysterio’s shoulder and kick! Mysterio climbs up, seated senton! Tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Mysterio throws hands on Almas at the ropes, then whips. Almas sunset flips but Mysterio rolls through to buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Vega is furious as the fans chant, “6 1 9!” Mysterio kicks Almas and hops on, for the DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives but Mysterio keeps his cool.
Mysterio drags Almas up but Almas elbows hard! And CHOPS harder! Almas CHOPS Mysterio again, then fires himself up. He wants a third but Mysterio dodges and runs, but into another ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio lives and Almas is shocked! Almas drags Mysterio around and goes to the corner. He climbs up top but Mysterio clubs him down! Mysterio climbs to join Almas and keeps clubbing away. But Almas trips Mysterio into the Tree of Woe! WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Vega is pulling hair out of her head, she’s that furious with Mysterio’s resilience! Almas stalks Mysterio, but fans still chant “6 1 9!” Mysterio kicks back then moonsaults, but into a fireman’s carry, to make it a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO!
Mysterio brings Almas up but Almas shoves, and blocks the headscissors for a BOMB! Mysterio is in the corner, Almas runs in, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!? Mysterio survives again and Vega is throwing a tantrum! Pittsburgh is thunderous for Mysterio but Almas grabs the legs. He goes for a cover, TWO and another DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Vega is relieved but Mysterio keeps his cool. He boots Almas onto the ropes, dials it up, 619 finally hits!! Vega shouts at Mysterio but she’s also in his way of the corner. Mysterio climbs and leaps, but onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Hammerloc, but cradle counter! TWO, Almas kicks low and suplexes, but Mysterio fights out. Mysterio gets caught into another bomb! And then, Almas grabs at the mask! The ref stops him, but he keeps trying! Mysterio gets away, but Vega gives Mysterio a hotshot!! Hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
La Muneca continues to help her client succeed when he struggles! Will this end things between them and Mysterio? Will this lead to El Idolo having a title match in the near future?
Raw shares footage from the Kanellis OBGYN appointment…
Mike read magazines while in the lobby with Maria. But she insisted he pay attention to her, the first-ever pregnant champion in WWE history. Maria bragged to everyone that she is a trailblazer. And Mike has one job: protect her, her unborn child, and her WWE 24/7 Championship. Mike promises not to let her down. She doesn’t seem to trust that. Maria’s turn comes, and she has Mike follow her in. What is the fate of this anywhere, anytime, anyone title?
Raw returns to the continuation of the Kanellis appointment.
Maria gets comfortable with her title, and tells Mike to stop massaging. Mike needs to make her proud. Show her he’s a man by protecting the title. Of course he’ll do that. But just relax, focus on their new baby. Mike hugs Maria and they lie down on the chair. But then someone starts slapping his back? The “doctor” was a female referee!! Mike just betrayed and pinned Maria!!
Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
He just tricked his own wife! However, in the lobby… Truthina and Carl Mella are here! They followed the Kanellises?! OBG Why not? And Mike has something that belongs to Truth. Uh oh, his water broke! Baby doll attack! And roll up! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And off goes the FABULOUS Truth! Mike got his baby, and now Truth has his! Just where is this title going to go next?!
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!
The Raw Women’s Champion is still sore, and also upset, over what went down earlier tonight. Will home field advantage give Natty an edge in their Submission Match? It better. Natty better bring all 9000 Hart family members for moral support, because if she’s let Canada down so far, it’s not going to change anything being there. Now Natty complains “the machine” has gotten behind Becky, it’s because Becky fought until the company didn’t have a choice! Becky wasn’t walking the line like a good little girl hoping everyone will like her enough not to fire her. Natty can act like Becky should be ashamed, but Becky is on top! Becky changed the business why Natty changed her swimsuit. Becky fought with a broken face while Natty was taking selfies with duck face. This is the one thing Natty has been missing in her career, and Canada will get a new hero in Becky.
“There is going to be a huge celebration” when Natty wins in front of her people. Becky won’t tap Natty no matter what. That Sharpshooter earlier is just a taste of how Natty will end Becky’s career! Will either woman have a leg to stand on or an arm to lift that title when it’s all said and done?
Steel City is now Suplex City!
The Beast and the Advocate are here just a week before the SummerSlam WWE Universal Championship match. However, Seth Rollins vows to make it to Toronto regardless of what Brock Lesnar did to him last week. Will that be true?
Paul Heyman begins his usual introduction, and grins as he says he is the Advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! And his client has authorized and instructed Heyman to educate the WWE Universe. A few questions that aren’t rhetorical: “Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the Beastslayer? Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the Conqueror’s Conqueror? Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the one man that had Brock Lesnar’s number?” Wasn’t he the Architect of Arson that would #BurnSuplexCityDown? Isn’t he supposed to be this generation’s hero, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The answer to all that and more “lies in a piece of footage” that Heyman will play “right freakin’ now.”
That footage is of course from last week’s Raw, when Lesnar and Heyman shocked us all by appearing, and then shocked everyone even more as Lesnar would brutalize Rollins without hesitation or remorse. Barriers, German Suplexes, and repeated F5’s to a standing steel chair were enough to get Rollins carried out on a stretcher to an ambulance in the back. But that carnage somehow wasn’t enough for Lesnar. He forced the ambulance to stop, so that he could drag Rollins out and F5 his already damaged body onto the stretcher! In the present, Lesnar laughs at his vicious attack.
Heyman admits he dropped to his knees to beg Lesnar to show even just a shred of mercy. Heyman knew in his heart that WWE does need a new hero. And after what Rollins endured last week at the hands of Lesnar, things that even Heyman was shocked by, he has some inside information he would love to share. “Seth Rollins is here in Pittsburgh tonight.” The fans cheering confuses Heyman. Why would they cheer a man who would go down in a blaze of glory like that? It proves Rollins has more balls than brains. And speaking of, here’s Rollins right now! At least, his music is. But there he is! Steel chair in hand, somehow managing to walk on stage! Heyman and Lesnar stand firm, and Lesnar even eggs Rollins on.
Rollins hobbles up the steel steps, onto the apron, and somehow gets through the ropes. Only for Lesnar to kick him right in the bad ribs! Lesnar steps on the chair Rollins brought in, to then take it for his own! And he jams it into Rollins’ already ruined ribs! And he SMACKS Rollins on his battered back! “When are you going to learn?” Lesnar asks as he hauls Rollins up. He rams Rollins into the corner buckles! Rollins still crawls, glaring with hatred, but Lesnar just picks him up and rams him into the corner again! Fans are mostly silent as Lesnar rips Rollins’ shirt off to show those taped up ribs and back. Lesnar dares Rollins to stand, and Rollins does, only for Lesnar to shove him into the corner! Rollins runs at Lesnar but gets a knee to the gut! And then, another F5!
Heyman hands Lesnar the belt back and Lesnar stands over Rollins as he holds it up high. Fans boo as Lesnar and Heyman leave. We doubted if there’d be a match at SummerSlam given last week, but is the official cancellation?
Raw shares footage from the commercial break.
At the mere appearance of a stretcher, Lesnar rushed the ring again, to F5 Rollins again!
Raw returns to Seth Rollins wanting a mic.
Despite referees and medics wanting to get him to the back, Rollins speaks. “It’s gotten to the point… where I have to ask myself… Is this worth it?” Is all the pain worth it? “You love something so much, you’d do anything to protect it, to keep it safe. Even if the thing you love keeps getting you beat to a pulp.” Rollins thinks on his own question, and his answer is YES! This is all he is. “Every second of every day,” this is all Rollins has ever wanted, and it is all he has. So at SummerSlam, Rollins vows to beat Brock Lesnar. Rollins drops the mic and crawls out of the ring while fans cheer “Burn It Down!” Rollins even ruses to take the stretcher out this time. But with it hard to walk, stand, or even breathe, what hope does Rollins have of beating the Beast?
Backstage interview with Pittsburgh’s own, Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist is going to be a special guest referee tonight, and here come the Street Profits. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins officially introduce themselves, and plug NXT TakeOver: Toronto this Saturday, they want to cross some T’s and dot the three I’s. Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence. They want to do that, by sharing some beverages with Kurt Angle! Milk! Angle promised the wife he wouldn’t get crazy tonight. Wait, is this Angle or Mike Kanellis? But Angle is a hero to everyone, so please. Just one. Yeah! Ford fills the red Solo cups and cheers! But Drew McIntyre now appears.
Hilarious, boys, really. But overhearing all this stuff, he couldn’t help but split his sides. And he comes in peace. A reminder of what happened when they were in the ring together. Call the match down the middle, Angle. Or McIntyre will humble Angle again. Just a friendly reminder. Otherwise, McIntyre will crack Angle’s skull open. It’s true, it’s damn true. Will Angle be able to keep his emotions in check when he calls McIntyre’s match with Cedric Alexander later on?
The Viking Raiders VS Jay Alexander & Eric Abraham!
The war comes to Steel City! What happens to Pittsburgh’s own in this match?
The bell rings and Ivar goes right at Abraham with big knees! Then he hits Jay down to throw Abraham to a corner. Tag to Erik for knees all around! Erik sees Jay return and drags him in through the ropes for a German Suplex! Then he knees Abraham and rocks him with a rolling elbow! Erik scoops Jay for a gutbuster, then tags Ivar in before gutbuster powerbomb’ing Jay down! Ivar climbs and LEAPS for a viking splash! Abraham gets THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
The raid will not be stopped by mere mortal men! Who is next to have a #VikingExperience?
WWE mourns the loss of Harley Race.
Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre, Special Guest Referee: Kurt Angle!
Pittsburgh cheers their hometown hero as he returns to the ring in a different capacity. The Scottish Terminator still has beef with the Age of Alexander, will things be settled with a WWE Hall of Famer calling the shots?
But speaking of that grudge, McIntyre attacks from behind! He clobbers Alexander then throws him into the apron, and then the barriers! Then he CHOPS Alexander off his feet! McIntyre clubs away then whips Alexander to the far side! McIntyre throws a BIG haymaker, then drags Alexander in the reverse Alabama. But Alexander fights out and boots McIntyre into the post! Alexander climbs the barriers, and LEAPS to tornado DDT McIntyre into the floor! Both men are down, so what is Angle to do? Oh no! Not the blackout! That means… THE FIEND HAS ANGLE! Bray Wyatt has Angle in the mandible claw!! He smothers Angle! Is The Fiend going to stack up victims before facing Finn in Toronto?!
Champions VS Champions: The New Day VS The OC w/ AJ Styles!
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions jump onto Raw to repay the favor from last week’s huge SmackDown! And now we get a tag team Champions VS Champions match out of it! But of course, the Good Brothers make sure to have their Phenomenal leader with them! Will Styles become a factor in this match?
The bell rings and Anderson goes right at Woods. He whips Woods to a corner but Woods elbows back. Gallows and Styles run at Woods while taking out Big E! The ref throws this match out!
Winners: The New Day, by disqualification
The New Day are down and the OC stomp away. Styles goes after Woods, but here comes the One and Only! Ricochet is Styles’ challenger this Sunday, and he is here to help the New Day! He dumps Gallows out, kicks Anderson down, then handspring headscissors and dropkicks Styles out to join them! Styles is speechless but Ricochet and the New Day want more! Are we getting a massive Six Man after the break?
Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The New Day VS The OC!
We are! Will the King of Flight be the edge for Xavier Woods and Big E to shut up the #OriginalOfficialandOnly Club this close to SummerSlam?
Raw returns as Styles has the headlock. Ricochet fights out but Styles reverses again to whip Ricochet. Ricochet goes up and over and arm-drags Styles around! Ricochet then huricanranas and Styles goes to the apron. Styles has Ricochet back off before he returns. They tie up and Styles kicks low. Ricochet forearms back but Styles yanks him into buckles. Styles brings Ricochet up for a suplex but Ricochet slips out to roll up, ONE! Ricochet wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Styles throat chops Ricochet down! He puts Ricochet in the OC corner to tag Anderson. Anderson gets forearms from Ricochet, but reverses the whip. Ricochet rolls off Anderson’s back and spins Anderson for a jumping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet tags in Big E and Big E throws hands on Anderson. Big E reels Anderson in for more, but Anderson ducks the lariat to mule kick the leg! Tag to Gallows for a BOOT! Gallows throws big hands on Big E in the OC corner, then uppercuts! He headbutts Big E down, then drags him up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Gallows rains elbows down on Big E then wraps on a chinlock. Big E works his way up and fights out, but Gallows shoves for the Yakuza Kick! He clobbers Ricochet just because, too! Gallows runs corner to corner but misses Big E! Styles tags in and goes at Big E, and drags him into the OC corner. Big E fights out with big hands! But he misses once and Styles has the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles slips out of the suplex to hit Woods down. He hits Big E, springboards but misses! Big E catches Styles for the overhead suplex!
Both Big E and Styles are down! Styles crawls as Woods returns! Hot tags to Anderson and Woods! Woods goes at the OC with furious forearms! Mule kick to whip, but Anderson revers. Woods dodges and ducks to slide and rolling elbow! Styles throws Woods to a corner but gets a boot! Woods hits the Honor Roll lariat! Woods runs at Anderson, Shining Wizard! Cover, but Gallows breaks it! Ricochet springboard dropkicks in! Big E clotheslines Gallows out! PHENOMENAL FOREARM for Big E! Dropkick-flip and enziguri for Styles! Then a basement dropkick wrecks Styles out of the ring! Gallows throws Ricochet into barriers! The referee shouts at Gallows, Anderson hits Woods with a DDT! Tag to Gallows, they get Woods, MAGIC KILLER! Cover, The OC win!
Winners: The OC, Gallows pinning
The golden Good Brothers are rolling into Toronto! But will Styles still be champion after going 1v1 with the One and Only?
Samoa Joe still waits for Roman Reigns.
The Big Dog is on his way, and Joe is going to shut the show down! Will he get his way after the break?
Raw returns to Samoa Joe storming back out to the ring!
“Roman Reeeeigns~!” Joe heard about Island Time but this is ridiculous. He won’t wait any longer. Roman is around, so he should just walk out, get in the ring, and apologize. No? Fine! Joe will do this the hard way. He puts a chair in the ring and takes a seat. “Ladies and gentlemen, Raw is officially SHUT DOWN until Roman Reigns walks down here and apologizes to me in person!” He gives Roman until the count of three. One. Two. Three. Still nothing from Roman. All Roman has to do is come out. Unless he’s scared. Joe has all night, Roman. He’ll keep the fans waiting. “Where you at, Roman?!” It’s all on him.
Joe doesn’t want fans to blame him. This is because Roman is too cowardly to apologize! Joe lounges back in his chair as he waits. Joe talks with a stage hand. Roman is finally here? Well then as much as Joe wants to hang out with the ungrateful fans, he’ll go find Roman himself! Joe storms to the back, but will he find Roman for that apology?
Cameras follow Joe to the parking lot. Joe spots Roman’s car and starts shouting. Roman gets out and trash talks with Joe. But then another car hits Roman’s!! Who just tried to assassinate Roman again?!
Raw shares footage from the commercial.
Joe is stunned as the car that went after Roman just peels out! Roman is down, and Joe tells him to just stay put. He shouts for a medic. It seems he can’t get an apology if Roman is too hurt to give it. Triple H even appears to check on Roman. Roman’s health aside, just who is after his well-being?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Fatal 4 Way: The IIconcis VS The Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
FINALLY Peyton Royce and Billie Kay will put these titles on the line! No more chicken flu or puppy fever, they must take on Asuka, Kairi Sane, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, AND The Goddess and her loyal follower! Are we guaranteed to get new Women’s Tag Team Champions this close to SummerSlam?
Raw returns and the official introductions are finally given. The belts are raised and the teams sort out, and we begin with Mandy and Billie. Billie and Mandy circle and tie up. Billie brings Mandy to the corner and rags in Peyton for some IIconic mudhole stomps. Billie tags back in and the IIconics double kick and double kick! Then they deck the Kabuki Warriors just because! They pie face Nikki and Alexa away, but Sonya tags in! Sonya runs into Sole Food, and Nikki runs into the heel kick! Alexa runs into a right hand, then the IIconics double wheelbarrow suplex her up and down! The IIconics intercept Kairi Sane and double suplex her for the gourd buster! But Asuka runs in, ducks the heel kick but not the boot! The IIconics give her the bulldog to Billie’s knee!
Fans boo but the IIconics are surprisingly standing tall! Unitl Mandy clobbers them from behind! Roll up on Billie, ONE! Mandy kicks and fires forearms off on Billie! Then she runs, but into a rolling elbow from Billie! Billie is mad now as she drags Mandy up. Peyton returns, and they combine for the wheelbarrow- Sonya roundhouses Peyton down! Mandy rolls Billie, TWO! Kiss from a Rose knee! Cover, Fire & Desire ELIMINATE the IIconics! We are guaranteed new champions now! The three teams left regroup while we go to break.
Raw returns and Alexa is speechless at how fired up Nikki is to start for her team. But Alexa has her calm down long enough for a tactics talk. Nikki tags in Asuka per Alexa’s idea, and now the Empress of Tomorrow circles with Mandy. They tie up and go around, Asuka puts Mandy on the ropes. Mandy shoves Asuka away but is frightened as Asuka starts swinging kicks! Mandy uses the ropes as defense and tags Alexa in! Alexa smiles at Asuka, but then tags right out to Sonya. Sonya isn’t afraid of Asuka, and the two go around. Asuka keeps clear of Sonya’s grip, then they tie up. Asuka goes for a leg but Sonya gets the headlock. Asuka fights out but Sonya bumps her, only for asuka to come back and run her over! Asuka gives swift kick after kick to Sonya’s chest! But Sonya blocks the buzzsaw to a waistlock takedown and kicks of her own!
Sonya backs Asuka down, then runs, but the Shining Wizard misses. Asuka hip attacks Sonya down while Kairi tags in. The Kabuki Warriors whip and push Sonya to kick, ax and bulldog to basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Paige applauds. Sonya tags Alexa, and now Alexa is just as wary of Kairi as she was Asuka. Kairi points out, she’s actually taller than Alexa! Alexa laughs it off while Kairi offers a handshake. Alexa goes to take it, but Kairi leaves her hanging while saluting! Taller and more mischievous!? Alexa laughs again, but then she and Kairi tie up fast and furious. But then Alexa kicks Kairi low to say, “Who’s taller now?” And Alexa even mocks the salute. But Kairi trips her up to drop double stomps! Cover, TWO!
Kairi keeps on Alexa with a wrench, and tags to Asuka. Asuka climbs to drop ax handles on the arm! Asuka waistlocks Alexa but Alexa tags out to Mandy. Asuka rolls Alexa but Mandy DECKS her! Tag to Sonya, and they double whip Asuka. Double kicks and knees to then throw Asuka down. Sonya covers, TWO! Sonya keeps on Asuka with a full nelson, then tags in to Mandy. Asuka fights back as Pittsburgh rallies! But Kiss from a Rose hits again! High stack, TWO! Mandy glares while Paige is relieved Asuka survives. Mandy underhooks and lifts Asuka, but can’t keep her up. So Mandy tries again, but Asuka fights out this time. Asuka slips out, pop-up knee! Then armbar takedown! Into Asuka Lock! Kairi keeps Sonya away while Mandy TAPS! The Kabuki Warriors ELIMINATE Fire & Desire!! Now it’s just them and Bliss-Cross, after the break!
Raw returns once again, and Nikki is in a kneebar from Asuka! Nikki crawls for her corner but Alexa can’t reach her. Asuka drags Nikki away slowly but surely! She shifts the hold into a Queen Angelito Stretch! A very Glampire like move! Nikki endures and fights out of the chinlock, but her leg is still caught. Nikki turns things around to pull Asuka’s hair and chin! Asuka lets go and Nikki drags Asuka over now. Alexa tags in and helps Nikki put Asuka in the corner. They mug Asuka, and then SLAP her down! Alexa stomps a mudhole into Asuka, then tags Nikki back in. Asuka eggs them on in angry Japanese, but that gets her punches and pie-faces. Asuka fires up but Nikki throat chops to a wrenching neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Kairi and Paige shout for Asuka to fight, but Nikki has Asuka by her colorful hair. Nikki lifts Asuka for a big fast back suplex! Cover, TWO! Asuka still lives and this frustrates Nikki. Nikki drags Asuka over and throws body shots in the corner. Asuka shoves back to give forearms to Nikki and Alexa! Mule kick for Nikki, then a dodge! Nikki hurries to keep Asuka away, only to miss her forearm into a German Suplex! Both women are down but fans are rallying up! Asuka and Nikki crawl, hot tags to Alexa and Kairi! The Pirate Princess rallies on Raw’s tiny Goddess! Blockbuster! And another! Kiair whips but Alexa reverses, only to get a crossbody! Fans fire up with Kairi as she marches the plank! Kairi hits Nikki before giving Alexa the Sliding D! Tag to Asuka, and they get Nikki with an assisted code breaker! Sliding D Enziguri combo!
Asuka gets Alexa, ASUKA LOCK!! Alexa flails but slips around to a corner! TWO!! Asuka goes to a corner and Alexa runs in, ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Kairi, and she climbs up high! But Nikki is there! She shoves Kairi down! The referee was busy with Asuka! Auska runs at Nikki but gets caught int he apron skirt! And wrecked by Alexa’s dropkick! Kairi hits Nikki, but turns into the DIVINE RIGHT! Alexa takes her time climbing up top now, for TWISTED BLISS! Cover, Alexa and Nikki win!!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
It’s the Triple Crown Goddess! She and Nikki prove the doubters all wrong, they ARE best friends! And now they’re champions together! Will Bliss-Cross have these titles for even longer than the IIconics?
Raw presents a special contract signing edition of Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister wants after the Show-Off at SummerSlam, and now things will be made official! The Miz will meet Dolph Ziggler, and have Shawn Michaels by his side, after the break!
Raw returns one more time, and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. He requested to have this signing because after everything Ziggler has done and said, Miz wants to force Ziggler to show up at SummerSlam. But first, Miz welcomes the Heartbreak Kid! And yes, it is the real HBK walking out to his theme this time. Oh and, Ziggler. Ziggler walks out now, and he takes up a mic of his own. “You call me a pariah, but I’d rather be a pariah any day of the week doing what had to be done, than be one of you two ass-kissers sitting out here in the ring together.” Ziggler steals shows and carries this company, even when he wasn’t supposed to. he is the best thing in Pro-Wrestling since HBK lost his smile, and Miz lost his balls! They wanna talk legends!? There’s only one in the ring, and Ziggler’s it, brother!
So if Miz thinks for a second he can beat Ziggler, good luck. Because when Ziggler wins, he will finally get the respect and appreciation he deserves as a “living, breathing legend!” With that, Ziggler signs his part of the contract. Miz says what’s really amazing is that this is Ziggler’s newest M.O. He just calls people names. It didn’t work in the fifth grade, it won’t work now that Miz is a “grown ass man.” If Ziggler thinks he deserves something but doesn’t have it after a decade, it’s not the fans, it’s Ziggler! Miz and Ziggler will go at it next Monday on Raw! Ziggler is confused. Well, he should’ve read the fine print. Miz thought about it. He can have many future moments, but the guy Ziggler faces may not have many left. That contract isn’t for Ziggler VS Miz. It’s for Ziggler VS… Not HBK. It isn’t? The fans already sense it. IT’S GOLDBERG!
Ziggler turns around to see the icon walking down the ramp! Ziggler has been insulting Goldberg as much as he as anyone else, and so now he’ll have to eat his words! Goldberg gets in the ring as Ziggler gets out, so Goldberg picks up a mic. Goldberg also picks up the pen, to sign his half of the contract! And then as fans chant Goldberg’s name, he tells Ziggler, “Guess what, son? You’re next!” Ziggler is furious, but he turns around on the ramp, to get a SWEET CHIN MUSIC! HBK gets his shot in, will it only take one shot from Goldberg to shut Ziggler up once and for all?
An interesting Raw to say the least. That opening hour was solid with Samoa Joe trying to hijack things over the false accusations only for Becky’s appearance to quiet him down. That tag match to open was alright, but it was clearly to set Becky up for a newly Heel Natty’s attack. Trish didn’t do a thing, but I suppose that’s to save her in-ring return for SummerSlam. That’s fine, it keeps things unclear between her and Charlotte as far as the booking math. As for Natty and Becky, I feel like Becky has to win now with Natty going Heel and getting the better of her tonight. And while Thursday isn’t Monday, we do get to see the OBGYN skit for that WWE 24/7 Championship. I expected one thing but then we got another and I was still thoroughly entertained! And best of all, Truth has the belt again for the title’s third phase (as I consider it at least).
Then things started to get a little… typical for Raw. Lesnar beating Rollins up more, just for Rollins to vow he will win because wrestling is all he has, all this could’ve been done without Lesnar beating Rollins up, and with Rollins giving the same hurting but passionate promo in a video. I get booking The Architect as too brave for his own good, but because of the cliche, it just slows down the momentum from last week’s attack. Then Joe’s demand for an apology coming back around, not a good follow-up. Though I do appreciate a parking lot hit and run to emphasize this person wants to “end” Roman. Whoever this person is, we have an obvious match for him and Roman at SummerSlam, since SmackDown must surely reveal who this person is. Just not sure how well it can turn into a story past this.
Oh, Viking Raiders. If only Vince didn’t notice you on NXT. But wow, didn’t expect to not get Alexander VS McIntyre and to instead get Fiend attacking Angle! Maybe McIntyre VS Alexander is more of a Survivor Series story. The New Day VS OC without much hype before was just an obvious sign it’d end up a Six Man holla holla. The OC winning on TV is good for the Good Brothers, but perhaps something “controversial” happens so that Styles keeps the title against Ricochet. At the same time, is there going to be tag title unification? It feels like neither show is going to have contenders, at least not equally. SmackDown’s side still feels so lacking right now, and whether or not the Street Profits lose their NXT Tag titles at TakeOver, they’re clearly going to be on Raw. Unifying the titles just saves time on the shows in these uncertain roster times.
And speaking of, finally the WWE Women’s Tag titles are defended, and off the IIconics! Heyman did as good as he could in fixing Vince’s Mania mess, and at least now the champions have something going coming out of this. It was rather surprising for Fire & Desire to be the ones to eliminate the IIconics, but maybe that becomes a story for Survivor Series. And the elimination of Fire & Desire was a bit sloppy. There was apparently a miscue with Kairi and Sonya that just made things awkward, they should’ve been brawling in the background as Mandy tapped out. And then, I really enjoyed the back and forth of Alexa and Kairi. The idea of pointing out height was a fun little bit, and I was genuinely shocked that Alexa and Nikki won. But at the same time, there is a lot of potential in the build between Bliss-Cross and Kabuki Warriors.
Oh and if it wasn’t obvious from Ziggler constantly name-dropping Goldberg, now we know they’re having the SummerSlam match and not Miz. The news did leak but the leak didn’t even need to happen because it was constantly being set up for some point, and now we’re getting it here. The question isn’t if Goldberg wins, but how long Ziggler lasts. It certainly won’t be five minutes, that’s my guess.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)
The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!
The Dusty Cup features the Cruiserweight Division… and Killian Dain?
For the first time ever, 205 Live gets to be part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who will leap out of the sweet sixteen into the second round?
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz; El Legado del Fantasma wins and advances.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; Maverick & Dain win and advance.
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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz!
Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza want to follow in the footsteps of Santos Escobar, and that means getting titles! But Samir & Sunil Singh want the same, so that they can shine even brighter! Will the lights, camera and Bollywood action be left on the cutting room floor by Death From Above and the Technical Assassin?
The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Sunil. Sunil and Mendoza circle, fans rally up as they tie up, and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Sunil rolls, wrenches back, but Mendoza wrenches again to wristlock. Sunil gets up, trips Mendoza up and gets a headlock. Mendoza gets up, Sunil wrenches and yanks on the arm over and over! Sunil wristlocks, Mendoza knees low and hard, then whips. Sunil reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things speed up, Mendoza runs Sunil over! Fans fire up with Mendoza and he runs, but Sunil drops to hurdle then monkey flip! Mendoza flounders up but Sunil clotheslines him out!
Sunil dares Mendoza to come back and Mendoza does, into an arm-drag! Sunil has the arm, Mendoza fights up, but Samir tags in. The Bollywood Boyz double whip, double shoulder and double elbow! Cover, ONE, but Samir keeps on Mendoza down with an armlock. Mendoza fights up, whips free but Samir gets around to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Samir wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Another arm-drag and Samir is back on the arm! Mendoza moves around, Samir keeps on the hold, and fans rally as Mendoza fights up. Mendoza pulls hair to put Samir in the corner, Wilde tags in but runs into a drop toehold!
Samir has the arm, Wilde pulls on an ear and whips, but Samir holds on tight to wrangle Wilde down! Tag to Sunil, they whip Wilde and leap frog, to then double hip toss! Cover, TWO! Sunil wrenches, tags Samir back in and Samir hops up to drop ax handles. Wilde knees low, goes to buckle bump but Samir blocks to give the bump first! Samir ducks Mendoza’s sucker punch to punch back, but Wilde gets him for a DDT! Wilde stomps Samir, brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, he CHOPS Samir then taunts Sunil. Mendoza runs in and clotheslines, tag to Wilde! Wilde clotheslines and tags, then Mendoza repeats the process! Double suplex! Cover, TWO!
Wilde keeps on Samir and throws him out hard! Wilde goes out, Mendoza talks trash, and Wilde bumps Samir off the announce desk! Wilde drags Samir back into the ring as fans rally up. Wilde cravats and cranks on Samir’s neck, but Samir fights up and body shots free! Wilde whips Samir hard into buckles! Tag to Mendoza, El Legado drags Samir up and double whip him to ropes. Samir kicks back, Mendoza clubs him, then a whip, but Samir reverses to send Mendoza into Wilde! Mendoza shoves Samir to the Legado corner but Samir dodges and Mendoza gets POST! Fans rally up as Samir crawls, hot tag to Sunil!
Sunil rallies on Mendoza with forearms and elbows, then a whip! And a BACK DROP on the rebound! Sunil keeps going, atomic drop and a running WINDMILL KICK! Wilde returns but Sunil DECKS him! Sunil goes out to bump Wilde off the 205 Live logo over and over! Mendoza runs out but he gets the same! Sunil puts Mendoza in, climbs up top and leaps, BIG ax handles! Cover, TWO! Escobar is ice cold as Samir tags in. Sunil hoists Mendoza up, FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mendoza is still in this but Samir throws haymakers in the corner. Samir hoists Mendoza up top, climbs, but Mendoza fights back! They brawl, Samir clubs Mendoza but Wilde anchors him!
Sunil YANKS Wilde down, tags in and then Samir SUPERPLEXES Mendoza! Sunil add the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Wilde breaks it! Not even the Bollywood remake of Power ‘n’ Glory could do it! Samir goes after Wilde with fury, then whips, only for Wilde to send him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Mendoza gets Sunil with a FLIPPING DRIVER! Tag to Wilde, Electric Chair FLYING CODE BREAKER! Then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, and Mendoza intercepts Samir, El Legado wins!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the second round)
Wilde and Mendoza make Escobar very proud, but this was just the opening round. Will Legado del Fantasma grow even stronger as the Dusty Classic continues?
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain make final preparations.
Maverick pins up the doodle of him and Dain, only for Dain to pull it back down. Dain puts on his wrist and hand tape, so Maverick does the same. Dain asks why he keeps mirroring him? Maverick says it’s 2021, a new year, a new look as they’re now matching. Look, Maverick’s a denim jeans guy now! Dain wants Maverick to promise him he fixed the music. He did! The new theme has a lot of rock to open, Dain is satisfied. Will Dain do the dance if they win? No. Not even if they win? Maverick quickly pins up the doodle again, will it be a good luck charm for the odd couple?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!
The Lonestar and #RetroAG did great as a team in their first outing last week, but now it’s the real deal! Will Stallion and Grey ride into the second round with high spirits? Or will they be brought down by Rockstar Spud and the Belfast Beast?
The new music hits, and it’s to Dain’s liking, but then it morphs into a remix of that whistling theme Maverick had in the first place. Well, it’s fitting for their brand of dysfunction. The teams sort out and Stallion starts against Maverick. They circle and tie up, Stallion headlocks but Maverick powers out, only for Stallion to run him over. Stallion stares Maverick down as they reset and start again. They tie up, Stallion headlocks again but Maverick works on an escape. Fans rally, Maverick powers out but Stallion runs him over again. Things speed up, Maverick hurdles then throws Stallion out, to do some skipping.
Stallion runs back in but is sent back out! Maverick does more skip step, but Stallion comes back to tie up. Stallion whips Maverick to a corner, Maverick goes up and over and does his trot. Stallion rushes in, only for Maverick to hip toss and calf kick him down to an armlock! Maverick wrenches the arm, but Stallion pushes free to tag in Grey. Grey is fired up because it’s the Dusty Classic! He dares “big man” Maverick to bring it, and Maverick says one moment. He tags to Dain! Dain is a bit bigger than 205 but Grey still ties up with him. Dain pushes Grey away to a corner! Grey comes back, ties up with Dain again and gets a headlock, but Dain powers out to run Grey over!
Dain runs, Grey ducks and hurdles, but he decides to avoid the punch. Grey leaps but the crossbody bounces off of Dain! Dain tags in Grey, they double whip Grey and Dain uses Maverick to trip Grey up for the back senton! Human weapon, scoop slam senton! Maverick covers, ONE! Maverick clamps onto an arm, wrenches, and Dain tags in. Dain BOOTS Grey down, then fireman’s carries Maverick for the SWINGING BOOTS! Dain even RAMS Stallion with Maverick! Dain lets Maverick go back to the corner so he can CLUB Grey! Dain then fireman’s carries Grey but Grey slips out to tag in Stallion!
The Cruiserweights go after the heavyweight together! Mule kick, front kick, forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! They bring Dain in but Dain DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Grey and Stallion bail out, Maverick tags in and he says Dain is the one to dive?! Fans want to see it and Dain gives it a try, only to pick up Maverick and TOSS him! Maverick topples Stallion and Grey over and fans fire up! Dain goes out to fetch Stallion into the ring and then puts Maverick in. Dain clubs Grey down and Maverick covers, TWO! Maverick hikes up his pants and brings Stallion up, but Stallion hits a REVERSE NECKBREAKER!
Tag to Grey and Grey whips Maverick. Leap frog into HEADBUTT, then the BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Grey clamps on tight with a chinlock and Maverick endures. Fans rally up, Maverick fights up, but Grey keeps him from Dain. Maverick keeps trying but Grey wrangles him away. Fans duel now as Maverick fights up. Maverick throws body shots, backs Grey down, but Grey CLUBS Maverick first! Grey back suplexes, Maverick lands on his feet, and boots Grey away! Maverick hits Stallion for good measure, slides under Grey and hot tags Dain! Dain rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Stallion in! They both get LARIATS!
Dain brings Grey around for an OVERHEAD suplex! Dain runs in to corner splash Stallion, then does the same to Grey! He whips Grey into Stallion and SHOTGUN DROPKICKS them both down! Stallion staggers, but into an URENAGE! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Dain has the fans fired up as he aims at Grey, but Grey dodges, only to get the DIVIDE! Cover, but Stallion breaks it! Dain grabs Stallion and whips him to a corner, but misses to get buckles! Stallion runs at Maverick but gets double boots! Maverick rolls Stallion to his feet for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Grey staggers, blocks a kick and KNEES Maverick! Dragon sleeper to a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Dain drops a senton on Grey!
Fans fire up as Grey runs but Stallion gets around him to waistlock. Stallion tries to lift, Grey SUPERKICKS Dain into the GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE! Stallion tries a lateral press, but Maverick breaks it! Grey and Maverick brawl, Maverick hits him and Stallion back and forth! Fast hands and feet, but he gets mugged 2v1! Stallion and Grey stomp Maverick in the corner, CHOP him, then whip him corner to corner. Dain puts Maverick on the outside to BOOT Grey and buckle bump Stallion! Tag to Maverick, BOOTS at the corner! Dain drags Stallion up, Maverick LEAPS to take out Grey!
Dain POWERBOMBS Stallion! Maverick wants a high-five, but he gets used as a human weapon again, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, Maverick and Dain win!
Winners: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, by pinfall (advance to the second round)
One of the more unique combinations in this year’s Dusty Cup gets through to the next round! But they’re going up against a couple of rascals in MSK, will the dysfunction fall apart?
A pretty good 205 Live that at least got over half an hour this time. Legado VS Bollywood Boyz was a good opener, and it makes sense for Legado to advance. There is always a good story behind a faction wanting to have title belts for each member, but there’s a good chance they’re facing Imperium next round. Imperium wants to do the same thing between both NXT and NXT UK, and Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner will definitely want to get back to the titles. In the end, I don’t see Legado or Imperium being Dusty Cup winners, though.
Maverick & Dain VS Stallion & Grey was a good match, but with Stallion having the Cruiserweight title shot in his back pocket, and with Maverick & Dain being a fan favorite combo, it makes sense Maverick & Dain won. I just knew that Maverick’s new choice for a theme was really just a swerve. Dain & Maverick are probably losing to MSK, though, as MSK are new and it’d mean a lot more if they got into the semifinals. Though again, I wouldn’t see Dain & Maverick winning the cup, even if there is some story there between them and Lorcan-Burch. Though that would be a great shocker.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/15/21)
Will Scrap Daddy sign on the dotted line?
SmackDown sets a contract signing for Roman Reigns VS Adam Pearce!
Despite being furious with the WWE official, the Head of the Table made Adam Pearce the new #1 contender for his WWE Universal Championship! But will Scrap Daddy find that that’s punishment enough?
- Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso; Nakamura wins.
- Natalya w/ Tamina VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay; Natalya wins.
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan; Cesaro wins.
- Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn; Crews wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns sits in his room.
He looks over the contract for the WWE Universal Championship match, and Paul Heyman says it’s the same stuff all the time. Cookie cutter, boiler plate WWE garbage. This one just happens to be for the Royal Rumble 2021. Heyman hates it, too, didn’t like it from the moment he started reading, but the match does need a stipulation. It needs the stipulation of letting Roman be Roman. Heyman can take this off Roman’s hands to bring to Adam Pearce. Roman silently hands the contract over and Heyman says he can consider this handled. But what exactly will Heyman suggest as a stipulation for The Head of the Table VS Scrap Daddy, a man who hasn’t wrestled in roughly six years?
Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso!
The King of Strong Style’s rise through the gauntlet last week was epic, but also abruptly ended as Roman Reigns and his cousin got involved. Jey welcomes us to SmackDown, and says it’s The Bloodline Show! Because Jey and Cuz Roman run this! Not Adam Pearce! Not Kevin Owens! Not nobody in the WWE Universe! Their family calls the shots, Uce! Pearce, be careful. You’re going to wish you kept that suit on. But if you thought they’re just satisfied with SmackDown, think again! Roman Reigns, the Universal Champion, the provider, needs to be thanked by all the talent in the back! The food in catering, “Thank you, Roman!” You being relevant for the first time in your careers, “Thank you, Roman!”
Jey says as far as being the right hand man, he’s trying to get his, too. The family is expanding! Step one, Jey officially declares for the Rumble! Step two, he’ll win the match! Step three, he’ll whoop Drew McIntyre, “Oldberg” and any WWE World Champion so that the Bloodline WILL be the entire WWE! But first, there’s business with Nakamura. Everyone talks about Shinsuke in the gauntlet. He did good, had to survive and advance, facing one man after another, match after match. Nakamura beat Mysterio, he beat Baron “Big Head” Corbin, and even Daniel Bryan! But as soon as they said, “NOPE, not tonight, Uce!” DONE! Out like a light!
So Jey tells Nakamura to thank them! They let him survive! Now he wants to step up and fight? King of Strong Style? Let’s see how strong you really are then, bruh! You know as soon as you cross the family, you leave the ThunderDome on a stretcher! But here comes Nakamura! And Nakamura has a mic to respond, “If your cousin, Roman Reigns, is the Big Dog, that makes you… His little puppy!” And then Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Jey down! They have their match after the break, will Jey be able to get this for the Bloodline?
SmackDown returns, the bell rings, and the two fire off forearms! Nakamura backs Jey down, Jey shoves but Nakamura knocks him down! Nakamura drags Jey up, snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps on Jey with a grinding headlock, but Jey powers up and powers out. Things speed up, Jey drops then knocks Nakamura over with an elbow! Jey drops elbows on Nakamura and Nakamura gets to a corner. Jey is after Nakamura at the ropes, scoops him and slams him! Cover, ONE! Jey drags Nakamura up, throws haymakers, but Nakamura body shots back! Nakamura backs Jey down with forearms but Jey hits and whips hard!
Nakamura writhes on the mat but Jey brings him up to whip again. Nakamura reverses, break frees, misses the roundhouse but not the windmill kick! Nakamura follows up with knees into Jey’s shoulders and ribs! Nakamura bumps Jey off buckles, brings him up and suplexes for a gourd buster! Then he throws in more knees! Nakamura stomps Jey to the corner, the ref has Nakamura let off. Nakamura comes back to stomp Jey again, then lets off for a moment. He brings Jey back up into a sleeper hold! Jey endures as Nakamura shifts to a chinlock and grinds him down. Jey fights his way back up, but Nakamura throws knees.
Nakamura puts Jey in the corner to give some Bad Vibrations! But wait, Cesaro is heading to the ring! Cesaro is Nakamura’s tag team partner so maybe he’s showing support. Nakamura dropkicks Jey then POSTS him! The Swiss Cyborg cheers Nakamura on as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Nakamura stomps Jey around at the ropes. Jey goes to a corner, Cesaro is on commentary and Nakamura whips Jey corner to corner. Cesaro knows he has his match with Daniel Bryan later but he wants to cheer his friend and tag partner on. Nakamura runs corner to corner but Jey throws him out! Jey kicks, Nakamura blocks and spins but Jey dragon whips him down! Michael Cole wonders where Cesaro was last week when Nakamura was getting beat up, but Cesaro says Tropicana Field, the new home of the ThunderDome, is very big. He was too late getting here, the cameras cut away and Michael Cole probably left.
Jey puts Nakamura in the ring with some force, then glares at Cesaro before going to Nakamura. Jey ROCKS Nakamura with the uppercut then clubs him down! Jey stomps, Cesaro says HE is entering the Rumble, and Jey stalks Nakamura to a corner. Jey digs his claws in, stomps away, but lets off as the ref counts, only to get around and fire off forearms and stomps! The ref backs Jey off, but Jey comes back to HIP ATTACK in the corner! Jey stomps Nakamura more, the ref counts but Jey stops at 3. Fans give thumbs down on their screens, Jey goes back to a corner, then runs corner to corner again, into the DYNAMIC DROPKICK!
Nakamura fires up as he sees Jey get up. Nakamura KICKS Jey back down, then KICKS away on his legs! Nakamura whips, kitchen sink knees then sliding KNEES to add on! Jey gets up, Nakamura stalks him and runs in but into a boot! Jey boots again but Nakamura spins him into the ropes, SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows frustrated but he drags Jey back up. Jey fights off the exploder and throws forearms. Jey shoves, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro admits Jey is a great wrestler because of their history in tag team competition, but never underestimate Nakamura. Speaking of, Nakamura fires off a strike fest!
Jey ducks the forearm to mule kick then uppercut! Back suplex to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives but Jey heads for a corner. Jey sees Nakamura get to a corner so he goes back in and runs in, but into buckles! Nakamura KICKS, climbs up, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura fires up and aims from a corner! “YAO~!” SUPERKICK FROM JEY!! Jey heads to a corner, climbs up top, and USO SPLASHES onto knees! Nakamura saves himself and rises as Jey goes to a corner. Nakamura runs in but only gets post! Jey rolls Nakamura, has his feet on ropes, but the ref sees it just in time!
Jey protests that the ref was already counting three! The ref says it’s at his discretion when the bell rings, but Nakamura rolls Jey to a KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
The Swiss Cyborg celebrates with the King of Strong Style! Cesaro is in the Men’s Royal Rumble, gunning for Roman Reigns, will Nakamura look to do the same?
Sonya Deville talks with Adam Pearce.
They’re going over a copy of the title match contract, and she says she’s looked up his past stuff on YouTube. To her, he’s still got it. Pearce appreciates that, but he hasn’t been that guy in a long time, and even that guy couldn’t handle Roman Reigns. Sonya says he shouldn’t think like that. But then in walks Heyman with his copy of the contract. Heyman presents the agreement from the Tribal Chief. Pearce now holds “the opportunity of a lifetime!” Not only does Pearce get to main event the Royal Rumble PPV, he has the opportunity that was never presented to Scrap Daddy.
This opportunity is not only at the Universal Heavyweight Championship, but against the single biggest star in all of sports entertainment, Roman Reigns. And not only that, but the stipulation, “my GOD,” Sonya’s perfume is effective. But that said, this is actually tilted in Pearce’s favor. This is a match under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! So this is the part of the pitch that it’s somehow for Pearce’s benefit. He’ll still sign it, even though we all know it’s ridiculous. This only means Pearce gets injured, which is exactly what Heyman wants. But Pearce put his name on the contract, will he be able to prepare now that he knows what’s coming?
Jey Uso shouts at referee Charles Robinson backstage!
Three is three! Shoulders were on the mat! How long has he been doing this job?! Yes, Nakamura’s shoulders were on the mat, but Jey’s FEET were on the ROPES! You don’t think Jey knows rules? Charles has to do his job! Didn’t his daughter just get married? He’s about to get fired by The Chief. What? Jey’s veiled threat is clear, is no one safe from Roman’s wrath?
Backstage interview with The Street Profits!
Kayla Braxston asks Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins if it was wise to put their SmackDown Tag Team Championships on the line against Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler only a week after the vicious attack that injured Ford’s leg? Ford says you can call them a lot of things, like playboys, honorary Vikings, and “two dudes who’re dying to get drawn up as Simpsons characters,” but one thing they cannot, will not and shall not be called is scared. “On March 2nd, in the Year of Our Lord 2020,” the Profits became World Tag Team Champions! For 312 historic days, every single team that stepped up got dealt with! So for them not to accept a challenge would be disrespecting the very legacy they’re trying to build!
There are a bunch of names for the new champions. Roode-Dolph. The Two Aces. The Dirty Dawgs. ED. Whoa, whoa, keep it PG. No, it stands for “Entertainment Dysfunction.” That’s good! And now… Champions. But you best believe the Profits will run it back! It ain’t no rerun, fam. What they did to Ford had him limping for a minute. But when the sequel happens, they’ll drop bodies like they’re entering the Blood House. Tell ’em why, fam. Because the Profits are UP, even though they’re down right now. And #WeWantTheSmoke!
Roman Reigns talks Apollo Crews!
“You’ve gotta believe it. It’s all about control.” If Apollo doesn’t get it, then who will? Understood? Apollo does believe. Heyman returns and has the contract “sign, sealed and delivered.” Roman allows Apollo to stay and watch this and learn from it. The stipulation is No Disqualifications. Pearce signed? Yes. Well Roman chooses not to sign. He never wanted No DQ, never said he wanted No DQ. He wants it as… a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH.
What?! But Adam Pearce will never go for that! Oh he will. Because Heyman will make him. Heyman needs to tell Pearce that they’re going to sign this in the ring tonight. And then it’ll be considered “Handled.” Roman continues to talk with Apollo about how this is about control. Is Roman going to control this entire situation so it plays out how he wants it?
Natalya w/ Tamina VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay!
The two second-generation superstars ditched the Femme Fatale and became a duo themselves, but now Billie’s hopped on a new bandwagon! Will she be able to help the Riott Squad keep things on track? Or will this mismatched trio fall apart before it gets going?
Billie joins commentary and the bell rings. Liv and Natty tie up, go around, and Natty puts Liv on the ropes. The ref counts, Natty lets off and shoves Liv. Liv pushes back! Liv counters the punch to a headlock, Natty powers out but Liv dodges and huricanranas! Billie cheers Liv on as she runs in and back body blocks Natty in a corner! Liv whips, Natty reverses but Liv stops herself and elbows back. They knuckle lock, Natty pushes and turns Liv, then throws her up and over. Liv lands on her feet to monkey flip! Both women are down but they spring up! Natty trips Liv, Liv pushes back and wheelbarrows, but Natty makes it a STUNGUN!
Billie and Ruby are worried but Billie says to walk it off. Natty fires off on Liv in the corner then tells the ref to shut up. “You think this is a joke, Liv?!” Natty pushes Liv, drags her up, and snap suplexes! And then KICKS Liv in the back! Liv crawls, Natty brings her back up but Liv resists the suplex to cradle counter! TWO, and Natty LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Billie cheers Liv on more but Natty brings Liv up to a Canadian rack and backbreaker stretch! Natty tells Billie to shut up as she jams Liv harder. Liv fights with elbows, gets to ropes and then the apron. Natty throws a haymaker but Liv hits back! Liv slingshots and sunset flips, TWO!
Liv kicks low, front kicks then enziguris! Natty goes to a corner, Billie cheers Liv on again, and Liv runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Liv stomps away on Natty in the corner, the ref counts and Liv lets off at 4. Natty throws Liv into buckles! Then DISCUS LARIAT! Billie panics as Natty covers, TWO! Billie shouts as Natty tries for the Sharpshooter, and Liv cradle counters, TWO!! LIV BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Billie protests. Tamina is there and Billie gets a little too close. Tamina gets after Billie and Billie says she didn’t do anything. Billie gets in the ring?! And in everyone’s way! Natty rolls Liv up!! Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Billie realizes what happened and she apologizes, but still says the ref wasn’t counting right earlier. Will Billie ever get it right on SmackDown?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
The moment the King of Lucha was eliminated from the gauntlet by the King of Strong Style last week, the Lone Wolf King attacked them both! Corbin added insult to injury but now Rey wants payback! Will Rey trump the King of the Ring on the road to the Royal Rumble?
SmackDown returns as Corbin goes to the ring and Dominik joins commentary. The bell rings, Mysterio and Corbin circle and approach. Rey slides under, Corbin gets him with a choke grip but the choke slam is turned into a huricanrana! Rey rams Corbin in a corner but Corbin whips him away into buckles and then CLOBBERS him! Corbin mocks Dominik on commentary then puts Rey in a corner. Corbin ties an arm up on the ropes, throws body shots then throws haymakers. Rey goes to the other corner, Corbin stalks him and back suplexes high and hard! Cover, ONE! Corbin is annoyed already and he drags Rey up for another back suplex, only for Rey to counter with a BULLDOG!
Rey goes after Corbin but Corbin knees low and slides Rey out! Corbin slides out to then CLOBBER Rey again! Corbin stares Dominik down as the ring count starts. Dominik stands up but Corbin shoves him down! Corbin says Dominik’s not going to do anything to cost Rey and then he puts Rey in to cover, TWO! Corbin keeps Rey in the ring, brings him around to choke on ropes and taunt Dominik at the same time. Dominik say she’s going to let Rey fight his fight because he trusts in him. Corbin drags Rey up, talks some smack, then runs to DECK Rey with a right hand! Corbin says Dominik’s only good as a cheerleader, but then Rey gets up to dropkick the legs out!
Rey goes to a corner, climbs up top and leaps, seated senton! And then a springboard, but into Corbin’s arms! Corbin pops Rey up to a fireman’s carry but Rey sits up to rain down rights! Rey spins and ranas Corbin onto ropes! Dial it up, DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious as Rey survives! Rey crawls to a corner and gets to his feet. Dominik says he’s learned resilience from his father, and Rey dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out, in but into a boot! Rey runs, slides, but Corbin ducks under to throw an elbow! Dominik stands up again and Corbin taunts him again. Corbin puts Rey in then SUCKER PUNCHES Dominik! But Rey 619’s Corbin at the apron!
Rey keeps Dominik calm and out of the ring but then Corbin shoves Rey into Dominik! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King used father and son against each other quite literally and he took the win from them! Will he continue to play on the “family drama” as the Royal Rumble approaches?
Adam Pearce comes across Paul Heyman in the hallway.
Has Roman signed the contract? Heyman says there’s a bit of a wrinkle. No, Roman hasn’t signed the contract. But Heyman says it’s because Roman agreed with Pearce’s concerns. What does that say to the WWE management and the fans to deliver a No DQ match as the main event of the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship and Adam Pearce’s return to wrestling? No DQ is not enough! Where is Heyman going with this? Roman VS Pearce, at the Royal Rumble, LAST MAN STANDING. What is with these people?! Oh~ Pearce wonders who that favors. Well Heyman isn’t really into spoilers.
Heyman says Pearce can take his time because they can address this in the ring later tonight. Heyman will leave Pearce to his thoughts, and considers this business “handled.” Will Pearce do what Roman wants?
Rey and Dominik talk backstage.
Rey wants Dominik to calm down but Dominik says he’s been fighting giants like Corbin his entire career. Now, NOW Rey backs down? Rey didn’t back down, he’s being smart. He suggests Dom do the same. You don’t pick a fight without a plan. Corbin has been a WWE United States Champion, Mr. Money in the Bank and King of the Ring. He’s even a former Golden Gloves boxer! Dom doesn’t care about what Corbin’s done! Well if Dom wants to take care of Corbin, Rey knows just the guy to talk to. Who is it that will give the Mysterios the upper hand on the Wolf King?
SmackDown presents Bayley’s brand new talk show!
DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley walks in through the door, has an arm chair and a plaque commemorating her 380 day reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion. She welcomes us to HER talk show, which is already bigger than Marvel’s WandaVision. Now let’s welcome the EST of WWE, Bayley’s first guEST ever, Bianca Belair! Bianca makes her entrance and joins Bayley in the ring, and Bayley insists she go through the door. Ring the bell, too. DING DONG, who could that be? Bayley, c’mon. Bayley opens the door and lets Bianca in. Bianca then takes the arm chair and Bayley says that’s her. Well she has good taste, this is very comfortable.
Bayley would take the stool meant for guests, but y’know what? With the Women’s Rumble match, Bayley will probably be in it for a full hour so she might as well get her legs stronger now. Bayley congratulates Bianca on her WWE Chronicle premiering on the WWE Network on January 24th! And after everyone sees it, there will be so many Bianca Belair believers. Here’s a special sneak peek! It was when Bayley beat Bianca about a month ago. Oh, sorry, that wasn’t the right footage. Bayley says move on from that and go to the hard hitting questions.
Why does Bianca call herself the EST? It is her nickname based on her accomplishments in various things, such as track & field, sports, school- But those are all things from before the WWE. Isn’t that disrespectful to those that built the division? Bianca asks Bayley why Bianca’s confidence threaten Bayley so much? Bayley is mad at a nickname when Bianca doesn’t even brag, she’s just being herself. So when Bianca says she’s the strongEST, fastEST- Wait, hold on, doesn’t that make Bayley the best now? She beat Bianca in that match! And was a champion for 380 days. Bianca tells Bayley to take her talk show and go put on some dusty go and give Bianca a rematch right now.
Bayley knows Bianca is just trying to play mind games, but she’s not falling for it. She has nothing to prove. But Bayley has an idea! We can figure out who is the superior with an obstacle course! Yes! Imagine it! The Ultimate Athlete Obstacle Course Challenge! YES! Oh wow, really? Bianca can’t even argue with that, challenge accepted! Bayley has her EST, but there ain’t no way she can whoop Bianca. Now ding dong dat! Will Bianca prove it to Bayley and the world that she is then, now and forever THE E S T?
Daniel Bryan continues his training with the Alpha Academy!
It was earlier tonight that Bryan and Otis were backstage, and they got those hips moving left and right! Chad Gable has them explode up to their feet, and Kayla comes by. How has this training helped ahead of the Royal Rumble? It’s going great! “The pursuit of excellence” never ends. That’s what Bryan likes about Chad and Otis. And if training with the Alpha Academy makes Bryan even a little bit better, he’s all in. A great attitude to have, but did Bryan’s loss in the gauntlet hurt his confidence? Chad says no negativity. Nakamura is a former Rumble winner, there is no shame in losing to him. Bryan has a lot of respect for Shinsuke, and surely he has that same respect for Bryan.
But Cesaro barges in and says Bryan cannot speak for Nakamura because Bryan is not Nakamura’s friend. But Cesaro is so he will. Cesaro says Nakamura only shook Bryan’s hand was because he felt sorry. It was more a pity handshake. And Bryan would’ve had more of a chance at winning if he trained with someone who could teach him something more than that stupid hip thrust Macarena stuff. Then how about Bryan show Cesaro how that works firsthand later tonight? That is to say, NOW!
Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan!
The Swiss Cyborg won the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal but Bryan has never won a battle royal ever! Anywhere! Will Bryan show Cesaro that the Alpha Academy knows what it’s doing?
SmackDown returns and the bell rings! These two tie up, Cesaro headlocks and hits a takeover. Bryan tries to headscissor but Cesaro pushes that off. They stand up, Bryan powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Cesaro keeps Bryan down with another headlock. Bryan fights up, powers out again, and drops to then arm-drag Cesaro to an armlock! Bryan grinds Cesaro down, wrenches to a wristlock, then wrenches more and hits an elbow breaker! Bryan drags Cesaro down to a hammerlock but Cesaro backs him to a corner. The ref counts, Cesaro elbows Bryan with the free arm! Then he throws EuroUppers!
Cesaro whips Bryan corner to corner and EuroUppers again! Cesaro pushes Bryan around, drags him up and wrenches to whip corner to corner. Bryan dodges and Cesaro hits buckles, then Bryan fires off kicks from all sides! Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! Armlock BULLDOG! Bryan keeps on that arm, hammerlocks it and drops knees on it! Bryan pulls on the arm and twists the wrist! Cesaro rolls, gets up but Bryan wrenches. Cesaro scoops and SLAMS Bryan down! Cesaro shakes out the bad arm and he brings Bryan up to shove him to ropes, and CLUB him hard in the back! Cesaro stomps Bryan, drags him up, shove shim again but Bryan ROCKS Cesaro back!
Bryan fires forearms but Cesaro hits a standing STO! Knuckle lock cover, TWO as Bryan bridges! Cesaro goes to put his weight on Bryan but Bryan counters to monkey flip Cesaro into ropes! A rough landing and Cesaro tumbles out of the ring! Bryan goes to a corner, climbs up top and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Both men get up and Bryan fires off kicks! The ring count is climbing as Bryan KICKS Cesaro against post! Cesaro ducks the next one and Bryan kicks POST! Bryan goes down, clutching his shin, and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Cesaro stomps away on Bryan in a corner. Cesaro is after the leg but Bryan scrambles, so Cesaro double stomps Bryan down! Cesaro stomps Bryan’s leg again! Cesaro drags Bryan up but Bryan throws a EuroUpper! Cesaro EuroUppers, Bryan fires off kicks and uppercuts, only for Cesaro to ROCK him! Cesaro whips Bryan corner to corner, Bryan goes up and over but the leg jams! Cesaro runs in but Bryan manages a drop toehold! Bryan PENALTY KICKS Cesaro’s bad arm! Bryan runs back in, tilt-o-whirl and takedown! YES LOCK!! Cesaro endures, moves around, pries free of the hold and stomps Bryan’s legs!
Cesaro gets both legs, for a SWISS SWING! Then a SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures as Cesaro sits deep! Bryan crawls, drags himself and Cesaro over, but Cesaro reaches back to get an arm! CROSSFACE! Bryan rolls it over, and gets the arm again! Cesaro holds off the Yes Lock but Bryan fish hooks Cesaro’s face! Bryan gets the YES LOCK! Cesaro reaches, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go, but he wrenches to an elbow breaker! Cesaro goes to a corner, Bryan kicks him and puts him up top. Bryan climbs to SUPER- NO! Cesaro blocks the steiner to bring Bryan up and into a TWISTING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Cesaro is furious!
Cesaro gives Bryan EuroUppers, then rains down forearms! Cesaro reels Bryan in, Gotch but Bryan back drops out! Bryan boots from a corner, runs, but into a pop-up, only for Bryan to backslide! TWO and Bryan unleashes a Yes Kick and a BUZZSAW! Cesaro already has a cut on his head so the ref checks. Bryan and Cesaro go to opposite corners and Bryan pops up with Yes fingers, only to run into a POP-UP UPPER! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, Cesaro wins!!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Incredible! Cesaro beats a Grand Slam Champion in Bryan and is rolling towards the Royal Rumble! Will Bryan’s dream of finally checking off a battle royal win be only dreams?
Backstage interview with Carmella!
The Untouchable and her sommelier, Reginald, are here and Kayla asks her about what she said last week. Mella says she was telling the truth about Sasha Banks. When it comes to natural talent, Sasha can’t touch Mella. Yet here Mella is here, where is Sasha? Why haven’t we seen Sasha back? Oh, of course. It’s because Mella proved she’s better than Sasha in every way. Maybe Sasha’s hiding from Mella. But then Sasha comes out and shoves Mella over! Sasha isn’t hiding from anyone! Reginald keeps this from getting any more physical, and Sasha tells him to tell Mella that they’ll have the title match. So long as Sasha gets at Reggie first! Will Mella agree to this deal at the expense of her assistant?
Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn!
Both men want after Big E and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but we saw earlier tonight how Roman Reigns was giving Apollo some pointers. Will Apollo take control and have another shot at the title? Or will he not see the next trip Sami has up his sleeve?
SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance, accompanied by his documentary film crew to have evidence of the “Anti-Sami Conspiracy” Sami claims exists in the WWE. Big E is ringside, lounging on a couch and having a fruit salad from is minifridge!? Sami is upset because he never got anything close to that as champion, and as the bell rings, Sami runs into Apollo’s dropkick! Apollo counter punches Sami, whips him to ropes but Sami reverses to knee low. Sami runs, Apollo hits an OVERHEAD THROW! Big E respects that but his version is better. Apollo waistlocks but Sami elbows him away, then dodges to clothesline Apollo out!
Big E says he doesn’t believe in Sami’s conspiracy theories and says he didn’t really need the pep talk Heyman gave him like he gave Apollo on Talking Smack. Sami tells Big E to watch this as he JABS away on Apollo. Sami goes to bump Sami off the desk but Apollo blocks to bump Sami off the desk! Apollo then uses the desk for a MOONSAULT to knock Sami down! Apollo puts Sami in at the count of 8, climbs up top, but Sami trips Apollo up! Apollo hits the mat, Sami stomps Apollo into a corner! Sami digs his boots in, the ref counts and Sami lets off. Apollo staggers, Sami hops up and leaps for a flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Sami keeps on Apollo with another cover, TWO! Another, TWO!
Sami tells his personal camera crew to focus on this as he climbs back up. Sami leaps, Apollo gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down but Sami got folded! Sami goes to a corner, Apollo runs in, blocks a boot, and trophy lifts Sami up to throw him into the buckles! ENZIGURI! Apollo STANDING MOONSAULTS, but onto knees! Sami covers, TWO! Sami dodges Apollo and rolls him up, but the ref sees him grabbing tights! Sami is upset with the ref, similar to Jey and Charles Robinson, but Sami still catches Apollo to an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner, but Apollo rolls Sami, and has TIGHTS! The ref doesn’t see this one, Apollo WINS!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
Did Sami’s cameras get Sami’s butt crack like WWE cameras did? Apollo walks over to the couch, picks up the belt, and grins as he tosses back to Big E. Big E says Apollo can keep coming for it but he won’t touch it again. They’ll see each other down the line, but who wins when the title is back on the line?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table leads the Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, and #MainEventUso to the table that’s waiting in the ring for this contract signing. And then Adam Pearce quietly makes his way out with the official contract. Pearce takes a seat at the table, Roman takes his time circling around the table, and Heyman moves the chair to the head of the table. Roman doesn’t want that chair. He wants the chair Pearce just sat in. Heyman asks Pearce that he give up the chair, but Jey just takes it from Pearce. Roman takes a seat and Heyman helps Pearce into the chair Roman didn’t want.
Roman says Pearce needs to go ahead and sign. Heyman says this sitting around is not good television. Pearce looks at the contract as he holds the pen, and signs it. Heyman smirks at the passive aggressive behavior as he hands Roman his own pent to sign with. Roman signs his name, gives the pen back, and it is done. Roman says that’ll be the last contract Pearce ever signs. Pearce says, “I’ve waited all night for you to do that.” What’s that supposed to mean? Pearce leaves with the contract in hand, goes up the ramp, and then seems to have a problem walking. Pearce says his knee has been bugging the hell out of him all day. An old injury that just creeps up on you at the worst possible time.
But Pearce says it’ll be fine. After all, we all know that standard contracts say the same things. As a WWE Official, Pearce reserves the right to have a substitute, should he not be medically cleared to compete at the Royal Rumble. In fact, Pearce already has one in mind. It’s KEVIN OWENS! Roman sighs, perhaps disappointed he didn’t see this coming. Kevin signs his name to the contract, and it’s all but a given that the Prizefighter is back in the fight! Will Kevin finally #StunTheWorld and end Roman’s reign as Universal Champion?
A really good episode for SmackDown, with some interesting developments in the different stories. The story of Roman Reigns and all those related took an expected yet perfectly executed twist. It was clear Adam Pearce wasn’t really going to compete against Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble, but how he tricked them into a trap like that was great. We’re getting another Roman VS Kevin, but now Last Man Standing, and if Jey is in the Royal Rumble, he might have to consider not interfering. And even if he does, maybe Pearce gets involved so that Scrap Daddy at least gets one great moment WWE PPV moment? Or maybe it’ll be Bryan or Nakamura, depending on who wins the Rumble.
Jey VS Nakamura was a good opening match and I was worried Cesaro showing up when he did was going to mean he costs Nakamura. But Cesaro stays on commentary, stays Nakamura’s friend, and yet also stays a bit Heelish as he still talks smack on Bryan, Otis and Gable. Bryan VS Cesaro was a great match, and it was a great surprise to see Cesaro win. It works for both men going towards the Rumble. Bryan wants to win so badly but that alone could be why he’ll lose, and Cesaro needs a little something to keep him afloat. Cesaro really is a great talent, we all know that, but who knows when and where he’ll get the world title nod.
The Profits had a good promo and they’ll eventually have that rematch with the Dirty Dawgs, but who knows if they win it. Natty VS Liv was alright, but Billie was a highlight of the whole thing with her wannabe punk rock outfit and behavior. She did more of a Spider-Man web shooter hand than the rock ‘n’ roll fingers, and then she costs Liv the match, adding more tension to the tenuous friendship. Maybe Billie does something big to make it up to the Riott Squad and that’s how she wins them over. Bayley is great, Bianca is great, and maybe Ding Dong, Hello was being awkward on purpose, but it didn’t quite land. And I don’t think their obstacle course challenge will, either, even if Bianca does an amazing job with it. Just give us a 15 to 20 minute NXT level match on SmackDown with them.
Rey VS Corbin with Dom on the side was good, but I almost thought Dom was going to find a way to Eddie Guerrero Corbin out of the win. I’m very curious as to who Rey is talking about when it comes to dealing with Corbin. I’m thinking it’s Cain Velasquez given the established relationship between him and Rey. Though that does bring up the question of what happened to A) the relationship of Murphy & Aalyah, and B) the Knights of the Wolf King. The former is probably one of those many cases where WWE gave up on it because they couldn’t figure it out. The latter is probably COVID concerns, and then some of the former.
Mella and Sasha had a decent segment, and they set up the obvious rematch. But I really like the idea that Sasha is getting a co-ed match against Reginald. I have a feeling Mella will interfere in return to put Sasha behind the 8 ball for their match. Apollo VS Sami was good as a main event match, but we did not need that much Sami butt cheek… I like that Big E now has a couch and fridge, oddly. Apollo is slowly starting that turn to Heel given what Heyman told him on Talking Smack last week, I’m just waiting for that moment when it’s complete. Then we’re really going to see some stuff from the already athletic and charismatic Apollo and Big E for the workhorse title of the WWE.
My Score: 8.3/10
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