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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/14/19)

A precursor to Villain Enterprises VS LifeBlood takes Center Stage!



NEW ROH Coverage

ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 417

With an ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship match on the horizon, Villain Enterprises’ CEO and LifeBlood’s luchador go 1v1!



  • From Honor for All – ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express; The Briscoes win and retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
  • From Center Stage – Angelina Love w/ Mandy Leon VS Sumie Sakai; Love wins.
  • Shaheem Ali VS Rhett Titus; Titus wins.
  • From Center Stage – Marty Scurll VS Bandido; Scurll wins.


Faction warfare is raging in ROH!

A Six Man Philly Street Fight saw LifeBlood take Villain Enterprises to the extreme, and then come out on top! Then at Mass Hysteria, when things were scaled back to just 2v2, it went the other way. In the end, both decisions came down to Bandido and Marty Scurll. Tonight, we will see how it all went down when it was just Bandido and Scurll in Atlanta! Who does the spotlight shine on when luchador and Villain take Center Stage?


ROH throws it to Ian Riccaboni and Quinn McKay.

Team IQ is hyped for Death Before Dishonor! September 27th in Las Vegas will be incredible, but so will tonight as we finally see the pseudo-tiebreaker of Scurll and Bandido! Plus, the ROH Tag Team Division is heating up, from both new stars rising fast, and even old school icons returning to show they’ve still got it.


ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express!

No, you’re not looking back in time, Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton are actually wrestling in 2019! But they might be trying too hard to relive the glory days. Can they really defeat the 11-time world tag team champions?

Honor Club has the whole match, but ROH TV jumps to when #DemBoyz literally have Morton on the ropes. Jay runs in but Morton tosses him out! Morton hits Mark for good measure, and Gibson jumps in. The fans rally up for “Rock ‘n’ Roll!” as Gibson opens the ropes, and Morton DIVES! Fans fire up as the legends are showing there’s still fire in their hearts!

But cut to later when R’n’R is back on the defensive. Mark clobbers Gibson and Jay puts Morton on a table! Mark climbs, but Gibson shoves him down! Morton moves, only Mark goes through the table!! Jay is in shock while the fans are fired up! R’n’R drag Jay up and double suplex him in! They both aim, double dropkick straight outta the 80’s! Cover, TWO!! But Morton keeps on Jay with a corner to corner whip. Morton hits a clothesline, but Gibson only gets post! Morton still rolls Jay, TWO! Jay kicks and turns Morton, for the stiff neckbreaker! Jay turns Morton around as Mark returns! FROGGY-BOW! Cover, the Briscoes win!

Winners: The Briscoes, Jay pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions

A valiant effort from the living legends, but the Briscoes are in their prime! Will anyone ever dethrone #DemBoys? Is this the last we’ve seen of Rock ‘n’ Roll?


Marty Scurll speaks.

“It’s funny. It’s funny how life has a habit of dragging you down.” It’s funny to Scurll that he is on top of the wrestling world, yet all he feels is frustration. Bandido is, without a doubt, one of the best in the world. Yet he hides behind a mask! Scurll wants Bandido to look at him. Does Scurll hide anything? No, he doesn’t. And tonight, Bandido fights out why. Will we all see what the Villain is all about?


Bandido responds.

“Marty, tonight! You’re going to meet the Most Wanted in the World!” Simple as that, is Bandido going to show Scurll that masks aren’t about hiding, but about standing out?


ROH returns to Team IQ.

Quinn talks Women of Honor’s world champion, Kelly Klein. The Pretty Badass started her ROH career with an impressive streak of never being pinned or submitted for TWO YEARS, but all things come to an end. Sumie Sakai was the first to pin her to also become the first WOH Champion. But then, the second woman would be Angelina Love, after huge assists from her friends in Allure. These two would both love a rematch with Kelly Klein for the WOH World Championship, and now face each other to see who is worthy!


Angelina Love w/ Mandy Leon VS Sumie Sakai!

Conspicuous by her absence is the Allure’s ring leader, Velvet Sky. But perhaps the Exotic Goddess will be all the backup needed to rain on the Ray of Sunshine’s parade. Kelly Klein is watching from commentary, who steps up to head for another match with her?

Go to Honor Club for the full match while ROH TV cuts to Sumie dragging Angelina up and around into a dragon sleeper. But Angelina drops down to kick Sumie away! Sumie staggers but runs back in, only to get another kick. But then she throws Angelina down with a sudden judo throw! Into an armbar! Kelly loves what she sees as Sumie goes after the grip Angelina is keeping. Mandy coaches Angelina on but Sumie is almost toying with Angelina. Angelina works her way up and around to a cover, TWO, and Sumie pulls more. Angelina gets a ropebreak with her feet, and the ref tells Sumie to let up. Sumie lets up, just to yank Angelina away from the ropes to put the armbar back on! Angelina fights to save herself, and reaches for another ropebreak! Sumie lets go for sure this time, but fans rally up with her as she goes up top. Sumie sees Angelina get under the corner, so Sumie hops down to grab at her. The ref pulls Sumie off, and the ref checks on Angelina. Mandy goes after Sumie with hairspray! Sumie staggers about, into the Botox Injection boot! Cover, Angelina wins!

Winner: Angelina Love, by pinfall

Another huge assist from her allies, and another ugly win for one of the Beautiful People.

Kelly Klein responds to the results.

“Angelina Love, you like to say you name the time and the place? But you don’t.” Love hasn’t named when and where she wants her shot. She thinks she deserves this title? Then step up, challenge the champ! Kelly isn’t a hard woman to find. She has the shiny belt. Kelly will show up wherever and whenever Angelina wants. But will Angelina show up to put her money where her mouth is?


Shane Taylor speaks.

“Las Vegas, Nevada. The gambling capital of the world.” The biggest gamble for Flip Gordon and Tracy Williams isn’t at a blackjack table or at the roulette wheel. It’s getting in the ring with Shane T! And he will beat both of them and let them in on a little secret. The house always wins, and Taylor will always #AndStill be the ROH World Television Champion! Will the Baddest Champ You’ve Ever Seen win when he doubles down on challengers?


ROH throws it back to Team IQ.

Shane Taylor’s road to becoming the best ROH World TV Champion of all time is only getting harder, but he doesn’t seem to be backing down. Death Before Dishonor is coming, and so is that heated Triple Threat with issues between all three men. Taylor has beaten Flip and Tracy before, and now that Flip is Villain Enterprises’ Intern, he and Hot Sauce have beef from the wars between Villain Enterprises and LifeBlood. Who survives this high-stakes match for the gold in Vegas?


Rhett Titus speaks.

“The question that keeps going around in my mind is, ‘What’s next for Rhett Titus?'” Rhett’s now the Fittest Dad after getting time off to see his son be born, and he’s reflected on what Kenny King said. Rhett’s mind might not be in the right place after all. Rhett and King were on top of the world, but maybe if he could start over, Rhett could’ve put in even more work and corrected mistakes. But Rhett needs to see this as both his rookie season, and his last chance, all in one. Will Rhett run end up in his last match his first match back tonight?


Shaheem Ali VS Rhett Titus!

The K I N G encouraged and praised the young Team Coast2Coast, but was it all genuine? Or are Ali and LSG just pawns in the mind games being played against Rhett?

Rhett’s entrance changes as he goes back to his roots and does this for his family! The bell rings and these two tie up. Rhett gets a fireman’s carry takedown then goes to an armlock. Ali fights up and arm-drags free, but Rhett arm-drags him back. Ali backs off to a corner but mocks the fans cheering Rhett. Rhett and Ali circle again and tie up. Rhett wrenches to a wristlock but Ali rolls and handsprings, only for Rhett to be right on him with a headlock! Ali gets up and powers out. Rhett goes up and over in the corner then up again, to go to the apron. He shoulders Ali away, then slingshots for a sunset flip. Ali holds the ropes but Rhett slips right up to a waistlock. Ali standing switches but so does Rhett. Ali elbows out hard, then runs, but into Rhett’s harder elbow!

Fans are cheering for Rhett as he stalks Ali around the ring. The ref keeps Rhett back, and Ali only now wants to uphold the Code of Honor. Rhett kicks the hand away, not falling for that, but Ali still yanks Rhett into buckles by his trunks! But Rhett blocks that, and stomps a mudhole into Ali! Rhett lets off to again stalk Ali around. Ali gets up and throat chops Rhett! Ali scoops and slams Rhett hard, then runs to drop a big splash! Cover, TWO! Ali gets upset then CHOPS Rhett in the corner. Ali whips Rhett corner to corner but runs into a boot! Rhett headscissors but Ali blocks, so Rhett boots him again! Rhett rises and climbs up to leap for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Ali escapes but Rhett keeps his cool as we go to break.

ROH returns and Ali has Rhett in the chinlock. Rhett fights up as fans rally, and Rhett powers Ali off the hold! He puts it on Ali, but Ali back suplexes. Rhett lands on his feet but Ali mule kicks. Ali yanks Rhett up but Rhett’s on his feet! Southpaw JAB! Rhett has Ali in a belly2belly! Ali rolls to the apron but Rhett is right after him. Rhett powers up and slingshots Ali in for a Northern Lights suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ali survives but Rhett keeps his cool. Rhett drags Ali up but Ali breaks free to forearm back. Rhett stands right up, he’s angry now! Ali CHOPS, but Rhett just dares him to hit harder! Ali chops and chops and chops, but Rhett chops and chops back! Rhett whips, Ali reverses but Rhett kicks, mule kicks and dropkicks! Ali ends up outside again as fans are rallying for Rhett. Rhett slingshots but Ali catches him! Ali tosses Rhett overhead!

Now Ali is angry as he drags Rhett up and into the ring. Ali goes up fast, leaps, big frog splash! Cover, ONE?! Now Ali is shocked! But Rhett dares Ali to bring the fight, and SPITS on Ali! Ali fires forearms and CHOPS and CHOPS and forearms! Ali goes back to the corner to climb up again. Ali leaps, but FLOPS! Rhett gets to a corner, and Ali is in the other. Rhett runs in for a helluva kick! And then side to side for another! Rhett rolls Ali out, powers up, and spins for a TORNADO KICK! Cover, Rhett wins!!

Winner: Rhett Titus, by pinfall

Rhett is resurrected and revived! But will he be able to step to Kenny King and show that there is still plenty of fire inside?


Matt Taven speaks.

“It was one year ago.” A sold out crowd in Mexico, and Rush changed Taven’s life forever. CMLL’s anniversary show, Rush beat Taven and shaved his head. But what Rush really did was light a fire in Taven that motivated him to become ROH World Champion! Taven should actually thank Rush for making him the king he is today! Now Rush is in ROH and has run through the competition, but this is NOT the same Matt Taven as a year ago. Matt Taven is ROH World Champion for a reason. And in Vegas, Rush needs to remember this: Nothing happens unless TAVEN says so, because he IIIIIS Matt Taven! But will all that come to pass? Or will Taven have another thing to despise Rush for?


ROH again goes to Team IQ.

The Six Man Tag Division is hitting a climax as LifeBlood and Villain Enterprises collide again, with Mark Haskins and Bandido colliding with Scurll and Brody King. But that’s next week! Tonight, we finally get the 1v1 showdown we’ve been waiting for!


Marty Scurll VS Bandido!

The CEO of Villain Enterprises and LifeBlood’s Most Wanted have wanted to settle things directly, and finally get their chance to do that! Who gains their side even more momentum as the war rages on?

Center Stage is fired up for this match already, dueling for both men. Marty offers the Code of Honor handshake, and Bandido trusts him enough for that. With the Code of Honor followed, the bell rings and this dream match begins!

Bandido and Scurll circle, approach but then back away. Scurll and Bandido taunt each other with free shots at the leg. They tie up, Scurll gets Bandido down in a facelock. They go around and Bandido pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans cheer as Scurll and Bandido stand off. Bandido shimmies the shoulders to taunt Scurll, but Scurll just pokes him in the eyes! Scurll apologizes to the ref, but he keeps on Bandido with a whip. Bandido dodges and handsprings but Scurll dodges that. Scurll runs in but Bandido turns him around to chicken wing swing knee trigger! Bandido says BANG, SUPERKICK! Scurll flops out of the ring but Bandido builds speed, but he sees Scurll call a timeout. Bandido slides out but Scurll slides in. Scurll kicks, runs, and SUPERKICKS from the apron!

Fans are fired up as Scurll welcomes the cheers, and says “Boo hoo” to the jeers. Scurll finds a fan to high-five, but just gives him a dirty bird instead! Scurll goes to fans wearing Villain Enterprise merch and a replica ROH world title belt, and holds it up for him! Scurll puts that belt by his real belt, then puts Bandido back in the ring. Scurll slingshots in, to pin a la Y2J. TWO, but Scurll wrenches Bandido around to hammerlock the arm on the mat. Scurll STOMPS the arm! Bandido writhes while Scurll grins. Scurll drags Bandido up to uppercut and Bandido flops back. Scurll grinds his knee into Bandido but lets up at the ref’s count. Scurll drags Bandido up and reels him in for a clothesline, but Bandido stays up on wobbly legs. Scurll CHOPS Bandido off his feet, and then goes after the legs.

Fans rally and duel as Scurll hooks legs for the surfboard. Scurll pulls on the mask! The ref counts and Scurll lets go, to flap his wings. Scurll stomps the legs! Bandido scrambles to a corner but Scurll stomps him down. Scurll drags Bandido up and bumps him off buckles. Fans duel as Scurll CHOPS Bandido again. Bandido hears the fans chant “Si se puedes!” but Scurll stomps him back down. Scurll flexes at the ref before going back to Bandido. Scurll drags Bandido up but Bandido chops. Not very effectively, so Scurll CHOPS Bandido back! Scurll runs, but into Bandido’s military press! But Scurll escapes to shove, only to get a SUPERKICK! Bandido hops up, tornillo crossbody! Both men go to opposite ends, Scurll runs in, to get a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! And cutter! Scurll hurries out of the ring but Bandido fires up. Bandido runs, FLIES, and takes Scurll out! Both men are down and we go to one last break!

ROH returns again, and Bandido takes aim. BANG, and Bandido runs, but into Scurll’s elbow! Scurll runs into a BOOT! Bandido runs into a rolling elbow! And a Half ‘n’ Half suplex! Both men are down but the fans are fired up again! The ref checks on both men, and fans duel again. Scurll sits up first, but Bandido slowly follows. Scurll and Bandido both feed off the energy as Scurll CHOPS Bandido. Scurll has Bandido in a corner with forearms and more CHOPS, but Bandido shoves him away. Scurll comes back with an uppercut, and a tornado DDT! But Scurll drags Bandido right up, Chicken Wing! But Bandido resists the crossface and elbows back. But Scurll catches that arm, pump handle USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Bandido lives and Scurll grows frustrated. Scurll watches Bandido closely as he slowly stirs.

Scurll drags Bandido in for underhooks, but Bandido drops to fight it off. Scurll rams a knee into Bandido, then runs, but Bandido goes Matrix to dodge! But he holds the headstand too long, Scurll mule kicks Bandido down! Scurll hauls Bandido up for a POWERBOMB! A high stack cover, TWO!! Scurll can’t believe Bandido lives, but Atlanta keeps cheering! “Si se puedes! Si se puedes!” gives Bandido life. Scurll calls for his hold again, but Bandido rolls back to roll Scurll up, TWO! Scurll knees, runs, but Bandido clotheslines! Bandido runs, blcoks the clothesline to fire off elbows, but Scurll still forearms! Half ‘n’ Half suplex again! But Bandido springs right up, Shining Wizard to the back! Both men are down again after Bandido’s last shot! The ref checks on both men. Scurll stirs, and fans keep cheering as the ref checks if Bandido is even conscious. Bandido’s arm drops once. His arm drops twice. But Bandido revives on the third!

Bandido sits up and takes aim at Scurll again. Scurll comes back to be forehead to forehead. Scurll CHOPS, Bandido CHOPS back! There’s life back in those hands! Scurll puts some stank on his CHOP, but Bandido returns the favor! That CHOP sends sweat flying off Scurll! Scurll falls back and fans fire up for Bandido more! Scurll gets up again and hushes the crowd. Scurll sucker punches Bandido instead! Then he runs in at the corner, but misses. Bandido enziguris then hoists Scurll up. Bandido climbs up but Scurll fights back. Bandido falls but he catches Scurll’s headscissors, to buckle bomb! Then he whips, scoops, torture rack to X-KNEE! Cover, TWO!?! Scurll survives and Bandido can’t believe it!

But Scurll ends up on the ropes and Bandido runs! Rebound, but Scurll standing switches to the Chicken Wing! Bandido slips out to standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Bandido puts Scurll up top fast, climbs up with him, and scoops Scurll, for a SUPER FALL AWAY SUPLEX!! Atlanta is hitting a fever pitch for Bandido, but Scurll Chicken Wings outta nowhere!! Bandido endures, pries at the hold, but rolls back to a cover! TWO, Scurll SUPERKICKS! Scurll runs and LARIATS Bandido inside-out! And then, PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO?!? But Scurll just gets Bandido up again! Butterfly, LAST PLAGUE!! Cover, Scurll wins!!

Winner: Marty Scurll, by pinfall

The first-time-ever is perhaps the best ever! The Villain takes down the Most Wanted, and now Villain Enterprises has one up on LifeBlood! Will they be able to recreate this incredible action in the future of this faction warfare?



My Thoughts:

Another episode with half the matches summarized for ROH, but at least with some really good full matches to give us something to watch. It was fun seeing some of the Briscoes VS Rock ‘n’ Roll Express match, Gibson and Morton gave them a good match, but obviously Briscoes were going to win. At this point, it really is a mystery as to who could possibly ever beat Jay and Mark for those titles. The ROH Tag Team Division has a lot of young stars, but it will take years before any of them feel on par with #DemBoyz. What we got of that Women of Honor match was alright, but it’s just getting to the heart of the problem that Angelina Love is needing help left and right. I hope when Klein VS Love happens, she has back-up to cancel out The Allure’s Velvet Sky and Mandy Leon, and then Kelly just squashes Angelina. It would be exactly what fans want because fans likely agree with kayfabe Kelly talking smack on The Allure.

Shane Taylor has another solid promo, and his Death Before Dishonor match with Flip Gordon and Tracy Williams should be really good. It definitely works in his favor to have Flip representing Villain Enterprises and Tracy representing LifeBlood, they fight the most, then Taylor just picks the bones to retain. Rhett has a great promo to frame his story, and he has a great match with Shaheem Ali. No shenanigans, which was great. I’m thinking Rhett has a match against Leon St. Giovanni, Rhett sweeps C2C to then call King out, and we get a great match of former friends. But as of right now, it feels like that match would go King’s way, because King is on this journey to world title scene level while Rhett is probably still TV title. Scurll VS Bandido was incredible, worthy of a title itself. Why aren’t these two in the Triple Threat for the TV title to really give Taylor a run for his money? At the same time, just when are we getting that ROH World Six Man title match? That has to be what settles this, though it’ll be hard to outdo that original Six Man Street Fight.

My Score: 8.2/10

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

The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!



Coverage 205 2021

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Drake Maverick and Killian Dain make final preparations.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.3/10

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

Will Scrap Daddy sign on the dotted line?



Coverage SmackDown 2021

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.


Roman Reigns sits in his room.

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


Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

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


Sonya Deville talks with Adam Pearce.

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

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


Jey Uso shouts at referee Charles Robinson backstage!

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


Backstage interview with The Street Profits!

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

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


Roman Reigns talks Apollo Crews!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Natalya, by pinfall

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


Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

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


Adam Pearce comes across Paul Heyman in the hallway.

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

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


Rey and Dominik talk backstage.

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


SmackDown presents Bayley’s brand new talk show!

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

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

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

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


Daniel Bryan continues his training with the Alpha Academy!

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

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

Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

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


Backstage interview with Carmella!

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


Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

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


Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.3/10

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