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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Destruction in Kobe Part 2!

NOW the Destruction Tour ends!



NJPW Destruction in Kobe 2019

The tour finally ends with this!

Destruction in Kobe wraps up the tour with more Tranquilo! But can Tetsuya Naito keep his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Jay White?


Coverage of Destruction in Kobe 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV



  • 8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Jushin Thunder Liger, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rocky Romero & Tiger Mask; Suzuki-Gun wins, by disqualification.
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jay White; White wins and becomes the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.


NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic ending to Destruction!

No man has held both the IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championships at the same time, but Tetsuya Naito wants to make that his destiny. However, his heavyweight path was blocked in the G1 Climax by none other than the man he faces tonight! The Switchblade, Jay White defeated Naito on the B Block finale, eliminating him from the G1 Climax Finals while scoring this opportunity at the same time. Plus, White beat Naito down during their tag team match on the Super J Cup in Long Beach event. White claims his destiny is to become what Naito wants to be! Will White steal Naito’s goal away from him? Or will Naito hold on to his fate?

Meanwhile, Jushin Thunder Liger is on the home stretch of his career, but the Meanest Man in the World wants to ruin it all. Minoru Suzuki humiliated Liger by stealing his mask in Kagoshima! But Liger vowed revenge here in Kobe! What happens as they and their allies collide in an epic 8 Man Tag?!


8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Jushin Thunder Liger, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rocky Romero & Tiger Mask!

The fighting doesn’t even start with the bell, it starts with Liger attacking Suzuki himself on the ramp! Liger has his spare mask as he stomps Suzuki down. But Suzuki-Gun saves their leader as Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr and Douki attack back! Liger’s team reinforces him as Tanahashi, Rocky and Tiger Mask appear! Liger takes Suzuki to ringside and the bell rings just so this action can be on the record!

Liger whips Suzuki at barriers but Suuzki reverses to send him in! Tiger Mask whips Kanemaru while Tanahashi bumps ZSJ off the apron. Rocky brawls with Douki while Liger crawls. Liger gets up while the referee tries to restore order. Suzuki has a chair and starts looking for someone to hit! Liger stands up but Suzuki jams the chair into him! Suzuki brings out a table! He puts it and the chair in the ring, the goes after Liger with stomps. Suzuki-Gun continues to brawl with the others, Tiger Mask and Kanemaru having ended up in the “cheap seats.” Suzuki puts Liger in the ring, and then stands the table up in a corner. Suzuki whips Liger but Liger blocks. Suzuki knees and haymakers, then uses the chair on THE REF! Suzuki jams and SMACKS Liger in the head!! The seat of the chair breaks off!! Liger flops to the mat in a heap!

Suzuki is after the mask again! ZSJ, Kanemaru and Douki keep Liger’s team away, and Suzuki shoves the ref back down! Suzuki wants to shame Liger again as he puts on a sleeper hold! Liger fight his way up, and mule kick low blows!! Liger then… undoes his mask himself?! Look at all that face paint! Liger has transformed from Jushin to KISHIN! The Beast God swings claws at Suzuki, but Suzuki ducks! Liger SPITS MIST into Suzuki’s eyes! And even the ref’s eyes!? Kishin Liger shows no mercy as he brings in… A SPIKE!? The match is thrown out, but what is this spike all about?! Liger runs at Suzuki in the corner!! Suzuki dodges and that spoke stabs through the table!! Suzuki almost lost his life! But Liger takes the table, and throws it at Suzuki! Suzuki gets clear again, and is scared for his life! Though, who can blame him? At the same time, Suzuki has brought this upon himself, as Liger is giving chase!

Suzuki-Gun runs for it, fans are both confused and upset, and Tanahashi tries to calm Liger. Liger shoves him and several others down as he keeps moving forward. Young Lions do their best to keep Liger from hunting Suzuki down! Will the wrath of Kishin Liger be satisfied until he’s destroyed Suzuki?


IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jay White!

The Switchblade wants to steal the Ungovernable’s destiny, and that starts with this title! Will Naito be able to hold onto his golden dream against the wily White?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and Naito takes his time with his entrance gear as always. White lets Naito take all the time he wants, because “a new destino is about to start.” NJPW on AXS goes to break while Naito finishes up.

NJPW on AXS returns with the bell, and the fans are already thunderous for Naito! White and Naito circle, but White bails out, a usual tactic. White wants Naito to keep his distance, and then takes his time returning. Naito then bails out to use White’s own move. White waits, and even gives Naito an easy target by turning around. Naito returns but doesn’t take the bait. They circle, but Naito toys with White with the false approach. And again! Naito tells White, “Tranquilo!” White wants Naito to get serious, and Naito promises to do this. They tie up, Naito rolls White, TWO! Naito cradles, TWO! White swings into a backslide, ONE, White ducks a kick but runs into a headlock takeover. White headscissors but Naito pops out, then ducks to Tranquilo! White is annoyed but Naito bails out again to troll White. White gives chase, but Naito gets back in, and now Naito acts like this is on White for delaying things.

White gets into the ring in a huff but Naito stomps him down! Naito drags White up and cravats to a corner. White fights back but Naito elbows him down! Naito throws more elbows, then snapmares White to a chinlock. Naito rakes White’s eyes but Red Shoes reprimands him. Naito lets up, and White reaches with a leg. White gets the ropebreak, so Naito lets go. Naito gives White a chance to get up, and then calls for a test of strength. But that’s just to sucker White in, because Naito kicks low. Naito throws haymakers and pulls White’s hair. Naito whips White corner to corner, then jump kicks and sweeps, but Gedo creeps too close. White avoids the combination but not a boot. Naito goes to run but Gedo anchors a foot! White slides out and trips Naito to split the wishbone on the post! Fans boo as White asks how Naito is doing.

White drags Naito out and CHOPS! Then White whips Naito into railings hard! White drags Naito up again and wants some time from Red Shoes to whip Naito into more railing! Naito falls into the front row! White goes back to the ring and mocks the Tranquilo pose! Fans boo while White calls for the ring count. Red Shoes begins the count as Naito slowly rises. Naito is up at 6/20, but barely to the doorway at 10. He crawls at 13, then stands at 15, but gets in at 17. White stomps Naito over and over to keep him down! Fans rally up for Naito but Gedo applauds White. White CHOPS Naito then whips, to run him over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Whtie is annoyed but he puts Naito in a camel clutch! “Show them that smile!” White rakes Naito’s face and forces him to smile! Naito endures all of this, and manages to crawl to a ropebreak with the feet! White holds on until 4, then goes out of the ring.

White drags Naito out and rams him into railing in front of commentary! And again! And again! White lets Naito fall while he double guns and Too Sweets. White drags Naito up as fans cheer for him, but White covers. Red Shoes refuses to count, not enough time has passed from him playing dirty with those rails. White kicks Naito further into the ring to then sit up for a cravat. Naito endures the neck wrench, and grabs at White’s hair. White cranks harder but Naito elbows back. White throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally up but White stands Naito up. Naito fires back with forearms! White blocks a kick to throw Naito by his hair again! Naito writhes while White catches his breath. White drags Naito up, suplexes, but Naito resists. White clubs away on Naito’s back to then egg him on. Naito pulls White’s hair in return! Naito spins White around, neckbreaker! Both men are down but fans rally!

Naito stands first and goes at White. Naito throws forearms and whips, but White reverses, only for Naito to hold the ropes. Naito hits back and huricanranas! White is in a corner, Naito runs in, but misses the kick. Naito dodges White, then arm-drags him and elbows, basement dropkick! Naito poses, fist up and eye open! Fans fire up as Naito drags White back up. Naito scoops into the dragon sleeper, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! White crawls but Naito stands. Naito drags White up, reels him in, but White resists the German Suplex. White elbows out but Naito clubs him hard! Naito dragon sleepers, backbreaker to leg scissor nelson! Naito starts slapping White in the head, talking trash back for all of White’s talk! White powers his way up but Naito powers him back down! White reaches out with a leg and gets the ropebreak! Naito holds on tighter until 4, and White crawls to a corner.

Naito wants White to smile before he throws hands. Naito hoists White up top but White fights back with stomps. Naito falls over, White hops down. White boots Naito but Naito blocks it! Naito SPITS on White then clobbers him with rights! Naito whips corner to corner but White slides to stop, comes back and DDT’s Naito down! But both men are down as White needs to catch his breath again. Naito clutches his neck as he gets to the far corner. White is also up and throwing up Too Sweets as we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and White runs in corner to corner for a BIG European Uppercut! And then a Half Hatch suplex! White holds on for a second Half Hatch! White keeps hold, but Naito resists the third and powers White to a corner. White holds on so Naito rams him in again. Naito tries a third time but White redirects him to the apron through the middle rope! White throws EuroUpper after EuroUpper, and a CHOP! White runs and hits another big EuroUpper! Naito is hanging on the rope, White drags him out, and like a viper, draping DDT! Cover, TWO!! White can’t believe it but Red Shoes defends that was a fair count. The 15 minute mark has passed and White drags Naito around. Naito resists the urenage, but White CHOPS him again! White whips, Naito leaps, but has to fight out again. Naito swings into the Complete Shot! DEAD LIFT GERMAN! But White can’t hold the bridge. Even so, Gedo is happy and the fans are worried for Naito.

White sits up and grins at Naito, who is dazed. White mockingly asks the fans, “You think he’s going to be the first?!” White drags Naito up and throws him backwards into the buckles. And again! And then bounces him off the pad over and over! “You having fun!?” White keeps bouncing Naito off the pads, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. White grins as he drags Naito around. White sits Naito up to CHOP back down! Gedo says do more, and he wants Naito to smile. White sits Naito up again, to CHOP back down! Gedo is the only one to applaud. White sits with Naito like they’re old pals, and then helps him stand up, to throw him with a SAIDO Suplex! Naito is down but White stands up to toy with him. White drags Naito up but Naito is dead weight. Red Shoes comes in to check, but Naito refuses to quit. White drags Naito up to stand him against the ropes. White walks to then run in with another EuroUpper!

White keeps Naito from falling over, and says, “Smile for me!” White runs, but Naito runs after to shotgun dropkick him down! Fans fire up as Naito has new life! But both Naito and White slowly stir. The rally gets Naito to rise, but White follows and CHOPS again. White runs, into a pop-up SPINEBUSTER! Naito gets back up while White crawls to a corner. Naito runs in, but blocks the boots to turn White sideways! Draping backbreaker! Naito hoists White up top, climbs up to join him, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Naito stands up again. Naito drags White up, hammerlocks and hooks, GLORIA! Cover, TWO! White survives but Naito just feels more confident. Naito stands and drags White up at 20 minutes. White shoves Naito away and now Naito smiles. Naito stands on White at the ropes and rags him up from the outside. White swings, misses, Naito sweeps the legs! Swinging dropkick wrecks White, modified Combinacion Cabron!

Naito goes back to the apron and drags White up. Naito turns White but White fights out with elbows. Naito kicks away on White’s leg, but then swings into an apron Complete Shot! White pushes Naito back onto the apron, then drags him up. Red Shoes doesn’t want this, but White deadlifts Naito. Naito fights out but White throws him down by his hair! White drags Naito up, wants a driver but Naito resists. White clubs Naito on his back, gets him up, but Naito fights free to back drop White on the apron! White slumps down while Naito rests against the ropes. But White grabs Naito off the apron, to APRON POWERBOMB him! Naito flops to the floor, but White sits down to rest. Red Shoes checks but Naito is somehow okay to continue. White drags Naito up and into the ring and hauls him up. BIG Urenage! Cover, TWO!!

Fans cheer while Gedo coaches White to keep going. White drags Naito up, fisherman and suplex, but Naito fights out to counter with a DDT! Both men are down again but Kobe fires up more. White and Naito stir as the rally starts up again. Fans are all behind Naito while Gedo is coaching White. Naito is up first with a wild look on his face. Naito crawls to clobber White. White gets up to hit back! Naito hits White again but White comes back to throw furious forearms. Naito and White brawl all the way to their feet, big shot for big shot. And each man dares the other to smile. Naito decks then stomps White down, and keeps on him at the corner. The 25 minute mark passes, but Gedo is sneaking in! White holds Red Shoes down, Gedo SMACKS Naito in the back! Gedo gets away with his chair shot, and White fisherman, for the KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!?

Kobe cheers and White is in shock! But White slashes his throat, drags Naito up in position, but Naito fights out of Bladerunner! White drops Naito to stomp him over and over! White hauls Naito up but Naito enziguris! Naito whips, White reverses, Naito counters with flying forearms! Fans rally again, Naito stands White up, but White sits down before Naito can wrench. Fans boo as White crawls away. Gedo distracts Naito and Red Shoes, and White creeps over. Naito sees that coming, catches White and uses Gedo for the tornado DDT boost! White flounders but Naito is on him, wrench and tilt-o-whirl, but White blocks Destino! White flips Naito out, inverted DDT! Leg nelson and elbow shots over and over and over! Naito starts fading but White tires out before he can end Naito like that. But White sits Naito up and hauls him up in a sleeper, but Naito slips through for a German Suplex!

Naito aims, runs, tilt-o-whirl but White escapes. White has Naito but no Bladerunner yet, Naito swings, into the SLEEPER SUPLEX! White catches his breath while Naito is down on his face. White drags Naito up again, even as Kobe rallies up. White crisscrosses the arms, reels Naito in, but Naito slips out, only to swing into another Sleeper Suplex! White won’t be denied, he stands Naito, but Naito slips through to Snap Dragon Suplex! Tilt-o-whirl, but White blocks! But not forever, DESTINO! Cover, TWO!! That delay may have been just enough to save White! Naito doesn’t show frustration on his face, but determination! Naito stands White up, wrenches, tilt-o-whirl, but White denies again. White reels Naito in, but Naito resists, rolling heel kick! Naito hops on but White slips out the back. White brings Naito in, Naito SLAPS White! Then a scoop, but White fights out, BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion

White pulls it off! Naito’s destiny seems further away than ever now! But will White be the one achieving a golden dream instead? We will hear from the new champion after the break.


NJPW on AXS returns as White takes to the mic.

“Where are you going?” Fans are storming out, they don’t want to hear from White. But White told them all that he’d beat Naito. Now look at all the “dipsh*ts” leaving just because they thought the hero would triumph. White mocks the Los Ingobernables de Japon tradition, by saying, “Buenos Noches, KOBEEE~!” Fans who did stay boo. But White tells Naito that “Please promise me you’ll do one thing: SMILE!” White laughs then moves on to more LIJ mocking, with the role call! “Gedo! Jado! Chase! Yujiro! Kenta! Fale! Tama (Tonga)! Tanga (Lao)! Hikuleo! Ishimori! El Phantasmo! Pito! Mr. Juicy!” And of course, Jay himself. “Nosotros Burrrrr~ BULLET CLUB~! FOR LIFE!”

White holds up the IWGP Intercontinental Championship and says finally, the belt has a real prestigious man to carry it around! The hottest asset in ALL of pro-wrestling! The man who sold out Madison Square Garden! The Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla, and the man to soon be dual Intercontinental AND Heavyweight Champion! Whether it is Okada, Sanada or… Wait, coming out from the shadows is Hirooki Goto! The Fierce Warrior enters the ring to DECK White! And then stomp him! White bails out, but it is clear Goto wants revenge on White by denying him that golden dream. Goto hands the belt back, but White denies that this match is happening.


NJPW Media Backstage Interview

White says, “I told you.” The fight had to end, and everyone knew it wouldn’t be Naito winning. But on the other side, Goto’s stock just rose for even being in that ring with White! “You’re welcome.” White says, “You’re welcome” to all of the wrestling world. And so his goal now is the four men who might be IWGP Heavyweight Champion after Wrestle Kingdom 14: Okada, Sanada, Ibushi and his folder, or Evil who wants to take that folder. But Goto is not in there at all because walking down to the ring doesn’t guarantee you a shot! Especially when Goto has lost to White! Goto is not worthy, he is an embarrassment! Goto has had more shots than he deserves, and that is an understatement! White again keeps his mind on Okada, Ibushi, Sanada and Evil. One of those four will be seeing White very soon. Until then, just breathe, with the Switchblade. Will White deny Goto an Intercontinental Championship match? Or will he be meeting one of those destined four in the New Year?



My Thoughts:

A great hour for AXS to wrap up Destruction, and a great choice to give Kobe two hours in total. We got to see that amazing moment when Liger unleashes his dark side in pursuit of revenge on Suzuki! Apparently there’s no room for Fighting Spirit Unleashed 2019 on the schedule this year, but it seems that three day weekend had a lot of “filler” matches that didn’t affect the stories playing out tonight. We don’t get New Japan Road either, so we missed seeing Liger go after Suzuki then. The next thing is King of Pro-Wrestling, which happens on 10/14/19, plenty of time for them to edit for Saturday Slam. That will have Liger VS Suzuki 1v1, so that should make for something great.

I feel like KOPW would have to get at least two hours, and probably in separate weeks. They’ve already advertised KOPW for 10/19/19 has Moxley VS Juice III, No Disqualifications for the United States Championship, that’ll be incredible. Depending on how busy Moxley is going to get in AEW, there’s a chance Juice wins, but Moxley might still be able to swing both promotions for a bit longer. There is also the other big matches of IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship of Ospreay VS Phantasmo, the Right to Challenge Contract of Ibushi VS EVIL, and of course THE IWGP Heavyweight Championship of Okada VS Sanada, and the latter two feed right into the biggest story going in NJPW right now: NJPW’s first dual champion.

White VS Naito tonight was great, with plenty of story to chew on, and it was a surprise for White to win relatively clean. But given the four men he named being seen as Faces, and half of them being LIJ, I suppose Naito couldn’t win in order to keep suspense. I doubt Goto wins that title of White, though I’m sure White will be forced to face him. White is trying to steal Naito’s dream, which is also Ibushi’s dream now of being a dual champion, so it’d make a lot of sense if Ibushi retains his contract against Evil and challenges at WK14. Doesn’t matter if it’s Okada or Sanada, I would love to see Ibushi take the title to be the top guy. Then we get at G1 Climax 29 Finals rematch, possibly in a #WinnerTakesAll situation so that one man makes history. Not sure how NJPW feels about that kind of stipulation, but it would make a lot of sense to do it at one of the major Spring events.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)

Will Retro take down The Premier?



Coverage 205 2021

Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!

The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?


  • Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
  • August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.


Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!

The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?

The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!

Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!

Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!

Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!

Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!

Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!

Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall

It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?


August Grey VS Tony Nese!

#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?

Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!

Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!

Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.

Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!

Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!

Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?

NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!

Winner: August Grey, by pinfall

What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?

My Thoughts:

A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.

Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.

My Score: 8.2/10

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)

SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!



Coverage SmackDown 2021

The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!

After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!


  • Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
  • Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; cancelled.
  • Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
  • Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Natalya wins.
  • Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.


Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!

The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!


Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.

First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.

Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.

So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?


Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.

Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?


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

While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?

The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!

Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?


Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.

And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!

SmackDown returns and Kayla asks if Heyman accepts the challenge. That’s the question? Yes, because that’s what we do around here in the WWE: “We put smiles on the faces of Neanderthals, like Cesaro.” Does Kayla have any clue the enormity of the star power that is possessed by Roman and its affect on the ENTIRE WWE Universe? What happened on Saturday? Oh~ a rain delay! Rain delay, Heyman’s “kosher tuchus.” Those were the tears of the angels descending upon Tampa over the BEATING Roman was going to give, and that is what happened! Roman walked out champion, and neither Bryan nor Edge walked out of Raymond James at all.

And as Heyman was walking back with Roman, they were stepping in puddles, and Heyman said, “My goodness! Tears still descending from up above!” Except it wasn’t from the skies, but from the locker room. A visionary like Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face “a knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, bucktooth Swiss quisling like Cesaro.” A billion dollar body but a 10 cent brain and THIS is who emerges to get in the face of Your Tribal Chief?! Cesaro is physically capable of being a great opponent, but he is not an attraction. He’s a joke!

So let’s put an end to the joke! Stop the train before it leaves the station! They will give Cesaro what he wants, tonight live on SmackDown! Cesaro in the main event against THE main event, Jey Uso. Of course Heyman had a way to change the course. But will Cesaro blast through the Right Hand Man to get at the Head of the Table, whether they like it or not?


Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator didn’t defeat his long-time frenemy, and he didn’t even have Logan Paul on his side! And Sami loves to see the headlines outside of the one that is most accurate: “Sami Zayn Once Again SCREWED!” Where is that one, huh?! Well, does it exist…? Sami says it was his vindication! The stars were aligned, and he had the one star that matters in Logan Paul! Logan was supposed to help Sami expose the WWE and celebrate his grand victory, but that’s not how it went down, did it?

And here’s why: Logan’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami, like he’s a crackpot! It was poisoned by management, and the “corporate mouthpiece,” Michael Cole! They got in Logan’s head and Sami could sense it and feel it as he hugged Logan! And then in the match, of course he was distracted! Sami was worried about Logan! And that is the only reason, THE ONLY REASON, Kevin squeaked out that win. And Kevin is back there, obviously. Sami will not be denied vindication! Sami calls Kevin out for a rematch! There’s nothing to distract him, there are no toxic fans or stupid Logan Paul and his warped mind! No distractions, no way for Kevin to steal this!

But that’s why Kevin won’t come out, because- Wait, Kevin DOES come out to the ring! Kevin says if Sami’s gonna keep making excuses, then here we go! This WrestleMania rematch happens, after the break!

Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!

The bell rings and Sami bails out! Kevin smirks because he knew this would happen. Kevin slides out but Sami slides in. Then Kevin slide sin, but that’s a fake-out! Sami is on the outside and Kevin fires off! Kevin bounces Sami off the desk, puts him in the ring, and CHOPS him to a corner! And CHOPS again! Sami stumbles to another corner but Kevin gives him body shots! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then comes back, but Sami hits first! Sami whips corner to corner, Kevin comes back to CLOBBER Sami! BACK SENTON! Sami is in a corner, Kevin runs in but Sami bails out. Kevin goes to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Then BLINDSIDES him!

Sami rains down furious fists from all sides! Sami lets off to snarl and seethe. Sami puts Kevin on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and CLUBS Kevin! Kevin gets up to CHOP back! Sami stomps Kevin to a corner, digs his boots in, and even stands on Kevin! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and then Sami throws haymakers. Kevin hits back, counter punches, and backs Sami down. Sami jawbreakers in return! Sami CHOPS Kevin against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kevin reverses but Sami kicks back, only for Kevin to LARIAT! Kevin reels Sami in, suplexes to hang Sami out to dry, and Sami springs off the ropes to hit the mat!

Kevin fires off on Sami in a corner, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Kevin climbs up, Sami throws elbows and then adjusts to sunset flip POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives, Sami argues with the ref, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Sami is again fighting Kevin off on the top rope. Kevin hits back, climbs back up, and Sami throws headbutts! Kevin falls back, Sami adjusts and leaps, but Kevin gets clear! Kevin SUPERKICKS Sami down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Kevin hurries right to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin shakes his head as he stands Sami up, whips him, but Sami bails out to avoid a pop-up. Kevin pursues Sami as the ring count climbs, and gets him on the ramp to throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Sami back in at 5 of 10, knees low then whips, but Sami slips through the pop-up to get an arm!

Kevin fights the Half ‘n’ Half, then pump handles for the PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami still survives that move, just like WrestleMania! Kevin gets annoyed, but he again has to pursue Sami on the outside. Kevin drags Sami from the barriers, puts him in, and kicks, but no Stunner! Sami again bails out, Kevin grabs at him on the apron, but Sami rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ring count is still climbing, though, but Sami wants to run away! Sami gets himself counted out, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by count-out

Kevin wins again, but it seems Sami didn’t want revenge that badly. But Kevin pursues and goes after Sami with fists at the ramp! Kevin puts Sami in the ring, kicks and STUNNERS! It seems Kevin still hasn’t beaten sense into Sami, will these two #JustKeepFighting?


Apollo Crews speaks.

“All of Nigeria has not stopped celebrating, ever since I smashed Big E into oblivion and I became the new Intercontinental Champion!” And he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but he’s not here. And do you know why? Two words: Nigerian Nail! That is the name of the move used by this giant beside Apollo here. This is his commander of the guard, Azeez, former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone dares come for Apollo, they will be annihilated by the Nigerian Nail!


The Street Profits head to the ring!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are going to be facing the Dirty Dawgs for the tag titles later tonight, but first they are going to celebrate the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This will be the EST of celebrations, after the break!

SmackDown returns and Ford says it’s Friday Night, and he’s feelin’ right! Dawkins says it is official takeback season! Time to do spring cleaning to send Dolph & Roode back through that time warp they came out of so they can return to 1986. Oh, and about getting the shine back on those SmackDown tag titles! Right! The Dirty Dawgs will get snatched, but that’s not the only reason why the Solo cups are raised high. It’s been a long time, and they got some inspiration this past weekend. Some motivation! WrestleMania was a night for the ages, a night to remember!

One match in particular will be something Ford tells his grandkids about! That is the historic, the glass ceiling shattering SmackDown Women’s Championship! ROLL TAPE! Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair, WrestleMania 37 Night One, the main event! Headlines were marking how amazing it was even before the bell, and no one could deny it after! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and it is Bianca Belair! Dawkins has the feels, fam! Ford says that as we just saw, the party isn’t over! The champagne for the campaign is not done popping. Saturday, that was a genuine moment that will be with them for the rest of their lives. And they just want to share that joy with the fans!

So they introduce to use, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the greatest part of Ford’s life, the NEW WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST, no no no, THE E S T of the W W E, BIANCA BELAIR!! Bianca makes her entrance, Ford and Dawkins sing her praises and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca is handed a mic, and she feels like he’s been floating since Saturday! Her mind is blown, her heart is filled, and she feels blessed. But despite the setbacks, the struggles, she never stopped believing that this moment was possible.

And her family has been making history for generations, they are the ones who showed her that when you demand greatness from yourself, that no matter how hard the game gets, you can change the game! If you were to have asked her a year ago if she could ever imagine main-eventing Mania, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship… Well she probably would’ve said yes! But that’s not because she’s cocky. That’s because she’s unapologetically her. Everyone has a little EST in them, and when you find it, you know that you’re talented and working hard, you never need to apologize for saying you are the B-E-S-T! “Because if you can dream it, you can do it.”

Bianca showed up, showed out, but it isn’t just about her. Sasha Banks, Bianca thanks you. There is no one she would’ve rather shared that spotlight because Sasha pushed her to her limits and it takes two. They BOTH made history. But… If Sasha ever tries to forget it, just know that Bianca left you with something to remember her by. That hair whip did leave a mark… But this is also about Sasha, too. This moment is so much bigger than them. This is about all the girls watching at Raymond James and at home, who saw Bianca and saw themselves. This is for you! That was Mania magic, but we’re only getting started!

Ford and Bianca hug, Dawkins joins in for a family moment, and Bianca says it’s time to drop the cups, throw the tissues away, and get those titles again. They only wear gold in this house. The Profits and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this trio become truly golden after tonight?


Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.

After seeing Bianca out there, she is in no mood. The Boss still has the mark on her side, and she seethes. She takes a second to cool off, but it doesn’t work, and she storms off. Will Sasha find a way back to that title and to WrestleMania revenge?


Backstage interview with Bayley.

The Role Model acknowledges that Cesaro was super impressive with the UFO spin, as footage is replayed, but what about Sasha? She probably wants a rematch but is so angry she can’t say it. While Bayley was super busy trying to save both nights of Mania, Bianca was in the main event crying. Even before the match began! No one wants to say it but Bayley will: those tears was because Bianca thought she couldn’t win. Is that who you want as champion? And now she’s showboating and arrogant! That is NOT the kind of champion we should want!

So there is only one way to fix this, and restore dignity to the title: for Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, to challenge Bianca and take that title! Will Bayley cut Sasha in line and get back to the gold first?


SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits!

The Show-Off & The Glorious One made it through #WrestleManiaSmackDown and its Fatal 4 Way with these titles, but now they’re 2v2 with Ford & Dawkins! Will takeback season work out for the fam? We find out, after the break!

SmackDown returns and the titles are raised. Teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Dawkins and they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler shoots in but Dawkins sprawls then shifts to a waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropebreak, the ref counts but Ziggler elbows free! Ziggler dares Dawkins to get up, then he gets Dawkins only for Dawkins to DECK him! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Ziggler, Dawkins drops and Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Ford gets Ziggler back up, snapmares him to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Ziggler from Roode, wrenches and armlocks to tag in Dawkins. Ford wrenches the arm again and again, Dawkins drops ax handles!

Dawkins wrenches, tags Ford back in, and now Ford drops ax handles! Ford mocks Roode but Ziggler ROCKS Ford! Roode tags in but Ford reverses the whip to send Ziggler into Roode! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Ziggler comes in, but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Ford throws Ziggler out, Dawkins gives Roode the CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Then a BIG shoulder tackle! The Profits are fired WAY up as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Dawkins covers Roode, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Roode with a headlock, Roode powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things keep moving, Dawkins leaping back elbows! Roode avoids the cyclone but Dawkins elbows him away. Ziggler distracts but Dawkins DECKS him, only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in and DECKS Ford! Ziggler gets Dawkins up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dirty Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode stomps Dawkins down. Roode brings Dawkins up to suplex high and hard, covers, TWO! Roode argues the count but it was fair.

Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins, and Ziggler taunts Ford before daring Dawkins to stand. Dawkins gets up, Ziggler slaps him around, but his dropkick is caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler hits buckle and then the mat! Ford fires up on his corner and fans rally on the ThunderDome screens. Ziggler and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Ford and Roode! Ford rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Ziggler for good measure! Dropkick for Roode, dropkick for Ziggler! Ford dodges Roode to BLOCKBUSTER! Ford CLOBBERS Ziggler! Ford whips Roode, Roode reverses and reels For din but Ford lands out of the back suplex to give a back suplex! Kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Roode bails out to join Ziggler, Ford has a target! Ford builds speed, tags Dawkins as he FLIES! Direct hit to the Dawgs and Ford gets Roode in for Dawkins! Dawkins gets Roode up, THE ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford, he climbs, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ziggler breaks it!! Dawkins gets Ziggler up but Ziggler throws him to clothesline Dawkins and himself out! Ford DECKS Ziggler, gets Roode up and fires off fists in a corner! The ref backs Ford off, and Ziggler sneaks a tag in! Ford doesn’t know, he whips but Roode reverses. Ford goes up and over, into a ZIGZAG!!! Cover, the Dawgs win!!

Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall

As fired up as Ford was, Ziggler & Roode find a way to survive! Is this the end of takeback season? Will the Dawgs move on to new challengers in the wake of WrestleMania?


Backstage interview with Cesaro.

While denying him a match with Roman Reigns, Heyman said some rather derogatory things about Cesaro. His response? “I think Paul Heyman is right.” Cesaro admits he has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and that he isn’t the smartest. And with his long arms, maybe he does look like a Neanderthal. But he’s wrong about one thing: Cesaro DOES belong in the ring with Roman Reigns, and will prove it tonight by beating the Right Hand Man!


Heyman talks with Roman in their VIP room.

Roman doesn’t like that Cesaro isn’t just accepting things. Roman wants Jey to teach him a lesson. Will Jey Uso check Cesaro off the list for Roman?


Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

Though the #BOAT and Daughter of Superfly won the Tag Team Turmoil, they could not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Queen of Harts redeem herself with another win over the Queen of Spades?

The bell rings, the two tie up and Natty gets a headlock. Shayna powers out, things speed up and Natty ducks to get a waistlock. Shayna blocks the lift, wrenches free and fires off hands and kicks! Shayna knees but Natty deflects it to get the legs! Natty steps through, but Shayna scramble’s and Nia saves her! Tamina storms over, Shayna gets back in the ring, but Natty is waiting! They tie up, Natty trips Shayna, floats to a facelock, but Shayna slips out to hammerlock. Natty gets up, slips through, wrenches, but Shayna wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings and gets a leg. Shayna sprawls to block, then shifts to a waistlock and slam, to the ARMBAR!

Natty endures, clasps hands, but Shayna pulls. Shayna stands to get the arm and hammerlocks it into the mat! This time, Tamina says Natty! Natty hotshots Shayna down, Nia storms over and the ref has to keep her and Tamina from throwing down. Natty gets in but Shayna KNEES Her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna grows frustrated, Natty goes to a corner and she elbows Shayna away. Natty spins, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Natty goes for legs but Nia gets on the apron! The ref reprimands but Shayna KICKS Natty down! KIRAFUDA, but Natty throws Shayna at Nia! Shayna stops herself, Natty rolls her up, AND WINS!

Winner: Natalya, by pinfall

Nia goes after Natty but Tamina SUPERKICKS her down!! Tamina and Natty aren’t done with the Irresistible Force or Queen of Spades! Will the second time around be the second generation superstars’ time to shine?


Jey Uso speaks.

“Cesaro, Cesaro. Boy, you’s a one hit move, huh? King of spin, king of swing, it’s all the same! That’s a cute airplane you did with no hands. But let me ask you something: can you do that with no teeth?!” You’re disrespecting the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table! Now you’ve crossed the Right Hand Man, and now Jey has to get you! He’ll show you why he is #MainEventJey! Jey vows to #GETIM, and Roman says, “You heard the man. Now he’s gonna show you.”


Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!

The Swiss Cyborg shows no fear in the face of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (hardly) Uncontroverted Universal Champion, but the NEW winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal wants to change that. Will Jey be the one to learn something from the original winner of that match?

The bell rings and Cesaro gets Jey right up with a SLAM! Cesaro headlocks, Jey powers out and things speed up, and Cesaro catches Jey for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro keeps his focus as Jey goes to the apron. Jey gets to a corner but Cesaro bumps him off buckles. Jey counter punches, SLAMS Cesaro’s hand on the crossbar, then pulls the arm through the bars! Jey then kicks, but Cesaro blocks to hotshot the leg! Cesaro BOOTS Jey down and then goes out to pursue. Cesaro leaps from the apron, into a SUPERKICK! Main Event Jey evens things in the main event as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns once more and Jey cranks on an armlock. Cesaro throws body shots, whips but Jey reverses, to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps on Cesaro with a stomp to the shoulder! Jey ROCKS Cesaro with an uppercut, then wraps an arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and then brings Cesaro around to suplex. Cesaro blocks it, then gets Jey up for a suplex of his own! Fans rally on their screens as Jey crawls his way to a corner. Cesaro snarls, aims at Jey and runs in, only to be put on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Jey first, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro shakes out the arms, drags Jey back up, but Jey wrenches to WRING the arm out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he is in a daze as he gets to a corner. Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro shakes out the arms again but Jey sees him in a drop zone. Jey climbs up, but Cesaro gets up to DROPKICK Jey down! Jey hangs on to keep from falling to the floor, but Cesaro climbs up to get him. Cesaro gets Jey back to the top, Jey fights with body shots and Cesaro hops down. EuroUpper SHORYUKEN! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro keeps focus.

Jey crawls, Cesaro brings him around, and reels him in! Jey fights the Gotch to wring the arm but Cesaro cartwheels! Cesaro dodges to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is a bit surprised, but he gets Jey’s legs! Jey kicks Cesaro away, but Cesaro comes back. Jey blocks a boot but gets a EuroUpper! Jey ducks the clothesline to pop-up NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Jey is furious! Both men slowly rise but Jey is after Cesaro first. Jey throws down haymakers, then SLAPS Cesaro! And slaps him more! Cesaro SLAPS back! And fires off furious palm strikes then furious EuroUppers!! Shots from all sides! Cesaro runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro is seething, but he calls for the spin! Cesaro gets Jey into a SPINEBUSTER, to then get the wings! SWISS SWING!! Michael Cole & Pat McAfee count, but Cesaro doesn’t get past 5 before SETH ROLLINS attacks!!

Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification

The Architect won’t let it go! He doesn’t want anyone anywhere getting swung by Cesaro! Cesaro still wins the match because of this, but he is staggering about. Rollins shouts, “You were done with me?! You got lucky!! ONE TIME! This isn’t over! Nothing is over until I SAY IT’S OVER!! I am the END ALL BE ALL of this industry! And the sooner you figure it out, the better it’s gonna be!” The Savior of SmackDown has all but snapped, but will he be going for another spin before this is all said and done?

My Thoughts:

Well, this was a pretty good post WrestleMania episode. Then some stuff made it like most typical WWE programming. There are a few things that are clearly being set up for WrestleMania Backlash, and they’re all WrestleMania rematches because that’s literally what that PPV becomes when you name it that in such a lazy manner. I am glad Cesaro is the next one stepping up to Roman Reigns, but they’re clearly doing everything they can to stretch this story so that the match will happen at a PPV bigger than Backlash. Cesaro getting the runaround from Roman’s team was a good way to do it, but I’m not sure about Cesaro VS Rollins 2. It’ll be a great match, but is it really necessary? Of course, WWE did repeat the UFO airplane spin a lot, so them running it into the ground is actually a good sign that Cesaro will win, and is going to be the next challenger to Roman’s title.

Natty getting another fairly quick win over Shayna and Tamina knocking Nia down is surely a sign that we’re getting a rematch between those teams for the tag titles at Backlash. But if that is where Tamina & Natty are going to win the titles, it’s profoundly stupid. They should’ve just let Natty & Tamina win at Mania, and then it’d be about Nia & Shayna getting the belts back at Backlash, a much more logical route. The celebration promo for Bianca was great, and while Sasha wants a rematch, Bayley wants her own match with Bianca, so I’m hoping there’s a difference here in that Backlash gives us another Sasha VS Bayley match, winner faces Bianca at the PPV after that.

Dawgs VS Profits was a great match, especially for television, but I am really surprised the Profits didn’t win tonight. I get that the moment Bianca and the Profits are all wearing gold is going to be big, but then why not do that on the SmackDown After Mania? Make tonight feel big because it should be big! Is WrestleMania Backlash really going to be where they do it? I feel like that’s them forcing Backlash to feel special rather than letting it be special by surprise. Rey VS Otis was good, and clearly this feud isn’t over yet, and the winner of that will surely line up for the tag titles.

Kevin VS Sami tonight was also great stuff, a lot of similar spots to the match they had at Mania, but the count-out seems like another way to extend things. I have a feeling something’s gotta give at Backlash, and I hope Kevin & Sami finally start towards the tag titles. Apollo had a good promo to introduce Dabba-Kato’s new form, Commander Azeez, and the name of his finisher. The Nigerian Nail is pretty much a direct translation of the Samoan Spike, which is what the move was when Umaga used it. Big E VS Azeez has to be coming, perhaps with the stipulation that if Big E wins, he gets his rematch with Apollo at Backlash. Honestly, it all feels like WWE is spinning their wheels because Vince is rolling around in the $1 BILLION from NBC.

My Score: 8.2/10

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