Raw is revving up towards Riyadh!
The Nature Boy, Ric Flair, returns to Raw to name the fifth and final member on his Crown Jewel team! Who will choose to take on Team Hogan?
- Ricochet VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
- Aleister Black VS Jason Reynolds; Black wins.
- Sin Cara VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Bollywood Blindside: R-Truth VS The Singh Brothers; Sunil Singh wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Viking Raiders VS ???; The Viking Raiders win.
- Seth Rollins VS Humberto Carrillo; Rollins wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Bollywood Blindside 2: The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth; The Singh Brothers win and Sunil Singh retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- The OC w/ AJ Styles VS The Street Profits w/ ???; The Street Profits win.
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The Architect thought he was done with The Fiend.
He escaped Hell in a Cell, but Bray Wyatt would not let Seth Rollins be. So Rollins went to Bray’s Firefly Fun House, and truly burned it down! But this is still far from over.
Ric Flair is here!
The Nature Boy is in Cleveland just 10 days ahead of Crown Jewel to announce his fifth and final team member! They’re going to Saudi Arabia to kick Team Hogan’s butt! SmackDown saw the Hulkster announce his final members, and he chose some great men. “But they’re nothing like the Nature Boy!” And Flair has the last hand to play. So without further ado, he introduces a man good enough but also badass enough for the Browns, it is… DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Stud, Terminator and Psychopath wrapped all in one is Team Flair! Flair helps McIntyre into the ring, “These are some real muscles, boys!” Flair is ready to see McIntyre put Ricochet in the loss column with the Browns. McIntyre takes the mic and says that the first order of business is to grant Flair’s favor. Flair will grab himself a seat to get a front row view. Things will get uncomfortable as McIntyre gives us a preview of what happens to Team Hogan. With that, the One and Only appears, and we have our Crown Jewel sampler!
Ricochet VS Drew McIntyre!
Raw returns as the bell rings. Ricochet leaps on McIntyre but McIntyre pushes him off to elbow him back! McIntyre gets in Ricochet’s face but Ricochet CHOPS and haymakers! McIntyre shoves Ricochet out hard, and then goes to fetch him. Flair likes what he sees as McIntyre rams Ricochet into the barriers! McIntyre puts Ricochet back in and drags him up for a CHOP of his own! Ricochet falls over and Flair is loving it! McIntyre bumps Ricochet off buckles then stomps away. The ref counts but McIntyre stops at 4. Ricochet flounders up and McIntyre SLAPS him down! Fans rally for Ricochet but Flair coaches McIntyre. Ricochet fires off CHOPS but gets DECKED with a single right. McIntyre whips and then back drops Ricochet high and hard! Cover, TWO!
McIntyre keeps his cool as he puts on a mounted armlock and strong chinbar. Ricochet endures and fights his way up. Fans rally as Ricochet fights back, but McIntyre shoves. Ricochet kicks back, then tilt-o-whirls, but into a slam! Cover, TWO! McIntyre puts Ricochet in the ropes to bend him back in a camel clutch. The ref counts and McIntyre lets up at 4, leaving Ricochet gasping for air. McIntyre drags Ricochet up to a corner for another CHOP! Ricochet flops against McIntyre, but McIntyre dead lift suplexes and tosses him! McIntyre grins and Flair approves. McIntyre stomps Ricochet then wraps the armlock back on. Fans rally up again as Ricochet fights up. Ricochet haymakers free, but McIntyre CHOPS him down again! McIntyre brings Ricochet up and scoops but Ricochet escapes! Ricochet rolls off McIntyre’s back to then springboard, but into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre pops Ricochet up but Ricochet knees out of the suplex.
Ricochet whips, McIntyre reverses but Ricochet goes up and over! Ricochet jump kicks, but then gets an elbow! Ricochet flounders to the floor, but he comes back to dropkick McIntyre off the apron! Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed and DIVES! Tope senton wipes McIntyre out as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and McIntyre has Ricochet down in a modified crossface. Ricochet endures, works against the hold and elbows McIntyre off him. Ricochet CHOPS away on McIntyre and has him in a corner. McIntyre BOOTS back, then whips Ricochet corner to corner hard! Ricochet bounces off buckles and hits the mat, McIntyre covers, TWO! McIntyre puts the half camel clutch right on, cranking on Ricochet’s neck with a chinbar.
Meanwhile, Flair is interviewed ringside. Flair calls Hogan out, because they’ll be face to face Friday! They have business to talk about. And watch McIntyre send Ricochet into orbit!
Ricochet fights up again and throws hands, but McIntyre whips. Ricochet dodges but gets clubbing forearms. McIntyre puts Ricochet in a corner but Ricochet BOOTS back! Ricochet sends McIntyre to the apron but McIntyre climbs up. McIntyre leaps, into Ricochet’s dropkick! Both men are down but fans are fired up! Ricochet rises and Flair grows concerned. McIntyre shakes out the cobwebs but Ricochet bobs ‘n’ weaves with those haymakers. Ricochet runs to forearm, then dodges for the dropkick-flip and enziguri! McIntyre flounders to a corner and fans are thunderous as Ricochet runs in to ram a shoulder. Springboard lariat! Ricochet hist a standing shooting star! Cover, ONE!? McIntyre shocks Ricochet and Cleveland with that kick-out!
Ricochet gets up, runs in to CHOP, then keeps moving. McIntyre follows, misses, Ricochet springboard enziguris! Then, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre still survives but Ricochet keeps focus. Ricochet drags McIntyre to a drop zone and heads up top. McIntyre rises and swings, but Ricochet dodges to roundhouse back! Ricochet gets in, but gets popped up! Ricochet comes back with ax handles, to GET ax handles from McIntyre! McIntyre crucifix BUCKLE BOMBS Ricochet, to a dead lift SIT OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet now shocks McIntyre! Flair himself is shocked, but Cleveland is loving this! McIntyre stands up again to bring Ricochet up. Ricochet is almost dead weight in those underhooks. But he slips out of Future Shock to jawbreaker! He misses the enziguri but not the mule kick on the return! Ricochet drags McIntyre up now, and attempts a fireman’s carry. But McIntyre fights out, and runs, into a SUPERKIKCK! NOW Ricochet fireman’s carries, for a DEATH VALLEY!
Ricochet hurries up top while McIntyre is down! Cleveland is on its feet for the SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet is beside himself, but Flair is jumping up out of his seat! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Ricochet climbs again. Flair is tense as Ricochet reaches the top. Ricochet 630’s but has to roll through! McIntyre blocks Recoil and TOSSES Ricochet out of the ring! Then McIntyre goes out to toss Ricochet into a post! Ricochet is in bad shape as he stirs under the bottom rope. But McIntyre takes aim from across the way, and Ricochet stands, to get the CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Flair styles and profiles to celebrate his ace’s victory! Will Drew McIntyre decimate Team Hogan just like the Nature Boy predicts?
McIntyre isn’t done with Ricochet, though! He hauls the King of Flight up to headbutt him back down! And ram him into the post again! And then hit FUTURE SHOCK! But he still isn’t done, he hauls Ricochet out to the apron, and drags him into the inverted Alabama Slam, to the STEEL STEPS! Flair celebrates with his Scottish Terminator! Will the real-life superhero be able to recover? Or must Hogan make a choice for a new fifth man?
Backstage interview with The OC.
AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson all feel great after what they did to Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. What is their strategy heading into this match? Strategy? One of the most decorated tag teams in history are going against “rhookies!” Those two don’t need to be handed anything, they need to earn this keep! They don’t deserve the platform as Raw’s hosts when you’ve got the OC being the most charismatic men in WWE! The Street Profits want the smoke, but the smoke is illegal in Cleveland! Styles, that’s not… But Cleveland SUCKS! The Profits claim to have someone to help them? Gallows & Anderson have been doing this for a long, long time, and will give the Profits the beating of their lives! Throw it up, mother lovers! Too Sweet!
Aleister Black speaks.
“I like to think there is a reason to my madness. I like to think that one day, all this strife will provide me with an answer as to, ‘Why?'” But at the same time, Aleister has a “hellfire rage” that claws at him as he speaks, “like a madman dancing in the moonlight.” And it is ready to pick. A. Fight! Who will the Embodiment of the End make #FadetoBlack tonight?
Aleister Black VS Jason Reynolds!
Darkness descends as Aleister rises from below. But will he rise in the ranks while traveling through The Land?
The bell rings, Aleister and Reynolds tie up and Aleister headlocks. Reynolds pulls hair to power Aleister to a corner, but lets up at 4. Reynolds stomps then whips but Aleister goes up and over. Aleister blocks a kick to give a kick! And then another kick! Reynolds hobbles into a sweep! Aleister sits down as fans cheer. Reynolds runs in but misses, Aleister kips up to fires off strikes! Reynolds pulls hair but gets a spinning back elbow! Reynolds flounders to a corner and Aleister is on him, only to get shoved into buckles. Reynolds fires off haymakers and stomps, but the ref backs him off. Reynolds comes back but Aleister is getting angry. Aleister fires forearms and elbows and body shots. Aleister boots to KNEE TRIGGER! Reynolds flounders into the BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
Reynolds was a tougher fight than Aleister expected, but not nearly enough to stop his streak of salvation through devastation. Will anyone be able to put up a fight against the darkness?
The Authors of Pain speak.
Akam and Rezar are officially signed to Raw. There is no team here hard enough to fight them. Raw didn’t sign AOP to compete. Raw signed AOP to keep them from SmackDown. They weren’t an acquisition, they were kept away. The next chapter of tag team wrestling will be written in blood. And it will be written by the Authors of Pain.
Raw presents King’s Court!
Jerry “The King” Lawler is in the ring, and speaks to the shocking love affair of Lana and Bobby Lashley. Everyone is talking about this scandal, except Rusev. Rusev is King’s guest tonight, to finally open up about what exactly is going on. Rusev makes his way out to the ring, and fans cheer their support. King knows this is hard to talk about, but everyone would agree that what goes on inside a marriage should stay inside that marriage. But Rusev, Lana and Lashley are all public figures, so it was Lana and Lashley that are putting this out there. King isn’t sure how Rusev has withstood all of this. Lana and Lashley have put out “excuses” for their behavior, like Rusev sent too much money home to Bulgaria, how he’s interfered with her modeling career, and has cut her own personal spending budge. Rusev speaks out against the fans going “WHAT?” King wants to know Rusev’s response to Lana’s actions.
“It’s all Lashley’s fault.” Lashley has poisoned Lana’s mind, and for that, he will be CRUSHED. But when it comes to Lana, that Rusev might be a fool, he wears his wedding ring, because he hopes and prays that they can get past this and still have their Happily Ever After. But then Lashley interrupts on the titantron! He and Lana sit together at a fancy restaurant. Lashley was hoping to settle things tonight, but his “woman has needs.” Lashley will 100% satisfy her needs. How was dinner? Delicious. And now they’re on to dessert. She feeds him a sundae, and Rusev looks away. Lana says Rusev must recognize their favorite place. Or no, he wouldn’t, because he would never take her here! But her new man fulfills all her fantasies, as a gentleman. They are in love, and look phenomenal. It may not be New Year’s, but as the saying goes, out with the old, and in with the new.
Fans boo Lashley and Lana, and Rusev comes to terms with what he just saw. King wants to know what is on Rusev’s mind now. Rusev would rather deliver his message personally. He knows where they are! And he heads right there! Fans cheer Rusev on in hopes he can wrestle back his wife!
Sin Cara VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
A rivalry is refreshed now that both luchadors are on Raw! El Idolo got the better of The Man with No Face in the past, but will that all change with this fresh start?
As they make their way out, Zelina has a mic to speak for her and Almas. “Andrade’s music is a siren to let all of you know that your careers are in danger.” And if anyone knows about that, it is Sin Cara. Does anyone in Cleveland even know what that name means? It means, “Without Face.” Well lucky Sin Cara, he will be leaving without a face, and without a victory. As good as Sin Cara is, he will never be ANDRADE~! Almas goes to the ring and awaits Sin Cara. Sin Cara makes his entrance, returning in his classic blue and gold! His mask is slightly modified, but perhaps those wings represent how he is ready to take flight! The bell rings, and this match begins!
Sin Cara and Almas tie up, and Sin Cara waistlocks. Almas elbows out and CHOPS back, then runs, into a dropkick! Almas bails out, Sin Cara DIVES! Direct hit staggers Almas and Sin Cara puts him back in. Sin Cara climbs to leap and crossbody! Cover, ONE, but Sin Cara CHOPS Almas! Humberto Carrillo watches from backstage, the draftee from 205 Live excited to see lucha libre on Raw. Sin Cara whips Almas corner to corner but is put on the apron. He forearms back but Vega goes after his legs! Almas hits Sin Cara down then stomps away! The ref backs Almas of and Vega tells Sin Cara he should’ve stayed off Raw. Almas drags Sin Cara up, whips him to a corner, and blocks boots to turn Sin Cara around for a draping backbraeker to elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO, and Almas grows annoyed.
Almas scoops but Sin Cara slips out but also falls. Almas stomps him down then throws forearms. Sin Cara fights back, runs, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors! Almas bails out again, Sin Cara climbs, SUPER ASAI!! Another direct hit! Fans are fired up as we go to break.
Raw returns as Almas blocks boots again. But Sin Cara is ready for the spin and he elbows Almas away! Sin Cara then slips out to dodge in the corner, and Almas hits buckles! Sin Cara catches his breath as Vega rallies for Almas. Fans rally for Sin Cara as he counter punches Almas! And CHOPS! Almas shoves, Sin Cara dodges and springboards to crossbody! Sin Cara whips, Almas reverses, but gets a QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO! Sin Cara catches his breath again as fans rally back up. Sin Cara and Almas brawl with forearms, back and forth, but Almas knees low. Almas hits harder then runs, but into Sin Cara’s DEATH VALLEY! Vega shouts at Almas but Sin Cara climbs. Sin Cara is on the top rope, swanton but he rolls through s Almas dodges. Almas drop toeholds Sin Cara into buckles! “SI! SI! SI!” and Almas runs corner to corner, but he misses again! Sin Cara runs, tilt-o-whirl, into a facebuster! Cover, TWO!
Vega is losing her cool as Almas catches his breath. Almas and Vega are on the same page, and he drags Sin Cara up. Almas suplexes, uno amigo. He suplexes again, dos amigos. Vega likes where this is going, and Almas shimmies the shoulders, TRES Amigos! Cover, TWO! Vega is furious, but Almas goes for the next part of Latino Heat’s game plan. Almas shimmies his shoulders again before going up top, but Sin Cara clobbers him! And CHOPS him! Sin Cara and Almas fight on the top rope, and then fans fire up as Sin Cara gets control. But Almas shoves him away and bumps him off the buckles. Almas adjusts but Sin Cara fights back with big forearms. Sin Cara climbs up behind Almas, SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Vega is panicking, but is still relieved that Almas survives.
Sin Cara keeps moving, he climbs back up, but Almas trips him up! Corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! The double knees hit, Almas covers, TWO!! Sin Cara survives and Vega is losing her cool! Almas drags Sin Cara up and throws forearms. Sin Cara throws them back, but Almas runs, only to be tossed out! Fans rally with Sin Cara as he slingshots, for a huricanrana! Sin Cara puts Almas in but Vega is lurking. That allows Almas to hotshot! And then Vega huricanranas Sin Cara!! Fans boo but Almas gets Sin Cara in, hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo wins thanks to La Muneca, and they both continue on this rise in the ranks together! Will anyone be able to outsmart this devious duo?
Backstage interview with Humberto Carrillo.
Charly Caruso welcomes him to Raw, and wants to know his reaction to this match. Carrillo has a lot of respect for Sin Cara, but facing Almas is also facing Vega. Carrillo knows Almas is a future WWE Universal Champion, unless Carrillo beats him to it. Carrillo vows he’ll be a great champion, not the kind that plays with fire like Seth Rollins. But is Ultimo Ninja already playing with fire just saying that?
The Street Profits are hype!
Did Angelo hear what the OC said? Sure did. All that stuff, and how they’re all jealous and such. Styles with that soccer mom surfer hair, and throwing up the 90’s symbols. That’s funny, fam. Hey OC, mothers love them more. And they’ll over this more! The Street Profits, Dawkins & Ford, are main-eventing in their first match! Who did Dawkins find? It’s a surprise. Is it someone Ford knows? Like Ric Flair? Nah he’s already at the after party. What about Booker T? Still needs to dial Dawkins. Kurt Angle?! Chill, man. This is just someone who doesn’t like AJ Styles, and he’s just like the Profits. Hit him with the catchphrase: “We want the smoke.” But just who is this man of which they speak?
R-Truth is here!
But he’s having to be very careful. As the WWE 24/7 Champion, anyone could get at him for the title at any time. Truth moves through a storage truck and watches every angle. The coast is clear, so Truth relaxes But then bumps into a Singh Brother! No no, this is the 25th hour, you can’t get it! Don’t worry, Truth, Sami is just here to sing Bollywood classics. Action! Sunil rolls Truth up, Sunil wins!!
Winner: Sunil Singh, by pinall; NEW WWE 24/7 Championship
The Bollywood Boys hurry out of there with the title! “Either I’m seeing double, or there was two of them!” Will Truth catch up to them for a sequel?
The Viking Raiders VS ???
The NEW Raw Tag Team Champions return to show they do not rest on their laurels. But will they gain some momentum before going into the Crown Jewel Tag Team Turmoil to determine the Best Tag Team in the World?
Raw returns as the Major Brothers have a backstage interview. How confident are they as the underdogs against Erik & Ivar? They’re not underdogs, they’re grateful for this huge opportunity. Just like at Crown Jewel, it’ll be a “hyuge” opportunity. They won’t be underdogs anymore, they’ll be winners! Will they get pyro? Time to find out. The answer is no. But will they still win against these war machines?
The bell rings and Erik DECKS Ryder, then scoops and gut busters Hawkins! Erik gut wrench TOSSES Hawkins at Ryder! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar splashes Ryder in the corner, to feed to Erik’s shotgun knees! Then Ivar is a human weapon, hip attack! Hawkins drags Ryder out, but Ivar DIVES onto Hawkins! #305Live! Ivar puts Ryder in the ring and tags to Erik. Erik drags Ryder up for big knees, but Ryder jawbreakers back! Ryder knees Erik from a corner then hops up for the missile dropkick! Tag to Hawkins, and they work together to STO Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Hawkins stomps away on Erik then rains down rights. Hawkins tags Ryder and the mug Erik at the ropes. Tag again and they have Erik in their corner. Hawkins chinbars and wrangles Erik down. Fans rally up as Erik endures and fights his way up. But Hawkins powers him back to the corner!
Ryder tags in and the Major Brothers mug Erik more. But Erik ROCKS Ryder with a right! Hot tags to Hawkins and Ivar! Warbeard Ivar rallies with a sidewalk slam and SPLASH! Fans fire up with Ivar as he runs corner to corner, but Hawkins gets clear. But then he runs into the seated senton! Cartwheel clothesline takes out Ryder! Tag to Erik, and the Vikings target Hawkins. Scoop slam, and then Ivar is a scoop slam human weapon! Cover, but Ryder breaks it up! Ryder wants Erik to keep his cool, but Erik does anything but. Ace Ten Mao! Erik roars and tags in Ivar. Hawkins attacks, but runs into THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
The warpath tramples through Hawkins and Ryder and heads for Riyadh! Will the most decorated tag team in all of pro-wrestling today truly become the BEST Tag Team in the World?
Lana and Lashley are still having a good time.
But they are politely asked to leave, given the trouble that may be coming. The manager just wants to avoid any damages. Lashley says Rusev doesn’t have the balls to come here and do anything. The manager is excused, but will Lashley regret insulting Rusev on top of everything else?
Raw returns as Lashley and Lana take their time finishing up. But then Rusev barges in! He pushes past the amnager to get right at Lashley! And the fight is on! Rusev clubs away but security goes at him, but also has to keep Lashley back. Lana shouts for the fighting the security to take Rusev away, but Rusev vows to get Lashley in the end! Lana shouts, “Have fun in jail, Rusev!”
Rey Mysterio is here!
The King of Lucha Libre is officially a Raw superstar through the WWE Draft, but his arm is still in a sling after what Brock Lesnar did to him. Even so, Mysterio is in Cleveland to speak. “What’s up, Cleveland?” Mysterio has been training with Cain Velasquez to prepare him to beat Lesnar for the world title at Crown Jewel! Mysterio takes this moment to simply say to everyone live and at home, “Thank you.” For Mysterio, for Dominick and his family, thank you for the outpouring of love. Fans chant, “Thank you, Rey!” and “You Deserve It!” Mysterio means this not just for what happened to him and Dominick, but for Mysterio almost retiring. The fans’ love has humbled him, so Mysterio wants to tell us all personally, straight from the heart, “you guys are my family!” And that is why we are all going to celebrate at Crown Jewel, when Cain Velasquez wins the WWE Championship and puts another scar on the face of “that bastard,” Brock Lesnar!
But Paul Heyman introduces himself via titantron! There is Rey Mysterio! Come esta? There is a misunderstanding, though. Would Mysterio really say all this is the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE WOrld Champoin was in Cleveland? No, of course not. It’s because Lesnar is on SmackDown. But Heyman can go anywhere because he is just the Advocate here to deliver a message. That message is that Mysterio is like everyone else, “living in this perceptual prison” that says that there is a man who can handle Lesnar. Mysterio thinks Dominick’s godfather, Cain Velasquez, who beat, bloodied and scarred Lesnar, will do it all again at Corwn Jewel. But the reason it won’t happen is because Lesnar has lived with that scar on both his face and his soul for 9 years. FOr those 9 years, Lesnar has been salivating after revenge. And that revenge happens on October 31st, when Mysterio serves Velasquez up like dinner to the Beast.
Mysterio tells Heyman to get this through his “big, thick head!” Cabron, Velasquez will beat Lesnar down! But Shelton Benjamin steps up. Shelton needs to understand something. Mysterio and Dominick get annihilated, and their buddy, Velasquez, defends them to then go after a title? It’s not like that, Shelton. This is about family. Oh it’s a family thing? Well Shelton has a secret for Mysterio: he has a buddy, too. And his buddy IS Brock Lesnar. They were together at the University of Minnesota, Shelton trained Lesnar, and so that makes them family. Mysterio says Shelton has it twisted, but Shelton has it figured out. Shelton will see what happens if he pushes Mysterio around. Isn’t that how this works? Beat up Mysterio, get titles? Maybe a US title. Maybe the Intercontinental. Isn’t that how this works? Where is Mysterio’s buddy, huh? Huh!?
Shelton corners and taunts Shelton, but wait. Here comes Velasquez!! And he stares daggers at Shelton like he did Lesnar! Velasquez gets in the ring and Shelton goes right at him! But Velasquez pulls him off the leg, to then single-leg SLAM Shelton! And throw fast hands! And then waistlock to slam Shelton again! Velasquez clamps on a sleeper, but Shelton taps out and retreats! Mysterio tells Shelton that’s what he gets, and dares him to come back for more. Will this be how Velasquez manhandles Lesnar at Crown Jewel?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The WWE Universal Champion and The Fiend are going to places no one expected. The Fiend perhaps has gotten inside Rollins’ head, but maybe Rollins got inside Bray’s head. That’s how Rollins found the Firefly Fun House, after all. Rollins knows The Fiend is different. There’s an aura that is inexplicable. Once you step inside the ring with The Fiend, you’re changed forever. Rollins looks off into the distance, and sees something. He goes to see Humberto Carrillo, and heard all of what he said. Yes, Rollins burned down the Fun House. He didn’t want to do it, but he had to. That’s what a champion does. It isn’t about being popular, it is about doing what’s right. Rollins would burn down the Fun House again if he could.
Rollins also knows Carrillo wants to be champion one day. Rollins admires that, and welcomes him to Raw. How about having a match against the champion tonight? And up next. Carrillo smiles, he’s ready for this challenge!
Riyadh Season begins!
The opening parade to celebrate even had a WWE inspired float! And The Undertaker himself road along as a mobile ring had wrestlers show off their ability!
Seth Rollins VS Humberto Carrillo!
The Architect admires the ambition of Ultimo Ninja, and wants to see for himself if the draftee out of 205 Live has what it takes! Will Carrillo win big on his first night on Raw? Or will Rollins continue to #BurnItDown on the way to Crown Jewel?
The bell rings and Carrillo rolls Rollins fast! ONE, but he arm-drags Rollins all around! Rollins backs away to slow things down, and Carrillo grins. Rollins and Carrillo circle and tie up, and Rollins waistlocks to a headlock takeover. Carrillo headscissors but Rollins rolls to turn Carrillo. Rollins slips out to float into a chinlock, but Carrillo gets the roepbreak. Rollins lets up and the two reset. They tie up and Carrillo wrenches to a wristlock. Rollins rolls and handsprings to wrench and trip to a Half Crab! Carrillo gets another ropebreak, and Rollins backs off. Rollins and Carrillo go again, tie up, Carrillo headlocks but Rollins powers out. Carrillo shoulders Rollins but neither budges. Rollins dares Carrillo to try again, and things speed up. Carrillo dodges to springboard arm-drag Rollins to a corner! Carrillo runs in, but Rollins pops him up. Carrillo lands on ropes, springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Rollins backs off but Carrillo whips. Rollins reverses to ROCK him with that right! Rollins throws Carrillo out and DIVES! With some stank on it! And then he rams Carrillo into barriers! Then snap suplexes him to the ramp! Rollins leaves Carrillo writhing as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again, and Rollins has Carrillo down in a mounted armlock. Fans rally for Carrillo as he endures, but Rollins drops knees on the arm. Rollins tells Carrillo he’s out of his league as he CHOPS him against ropes. Rollins then whips and DECKS Carrillo with a forearm! He wants Carrillo to get up, but he forearms and whips. Carrillo holds ropes, forearms back, but his kick is caught! Carrillo dodges the clothesline but misses his kick to get a CHOP to the back! Rollins lifts Carrillo but Carrillo slips out, ducks the punch and hits a jawbreaker! Carrillo springboard enziguris Rollins down! Rollins is dazed, Carrillo handspring arm-drags Rollins up and out! Then Carrillo FLIES! Direct hit with the Fosbury Flop! Carrillo puts Rollins in, climbs up top and leaps for a missile dropkick but whiffs! Rollisn suplexes to a Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!!
Rollins grows annoyed but keeps his cool. Fans chant, “We Want Wyatt!” but Rollins goes to a corner. Rollins aims as Carrillo slowly rises. Springboard flying knee hits! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo is showing his toughness, and Rollins can’t help but smile. Rollins watches Carrillo on the mat before putting him in a corner. Rollins runs corner to corner for a big forearm smash, then keeps moving, to run into a huricanrana! But he blocks it, for a buckle bomb! Carrillo staggers, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo still lives! Rollins chuckles, he didn’t expect this out of the new kid. Rollins goes to ropes and stomps, “BURN IT DOWN!” Fans chant along, Rollins aims at Carrillo, but Carrillo avoids the stomp to roll Rollins up! TWO, and Rollins turns into a BOOT! Rollins dodges on kick but not the second! BIG DDT from Carrillo! Carrillo puts Rollins in a drop zone, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Carrillo can’t believe how close and yet so far he was from pinning the Universal Champion! Carrillo resets Rollins in the drop zone, tries again, but gets BOOTS! Rollins gets up, mule kick to CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
It was a valiant effort, but Rollins extinguished Carrillo’s fire with his own! Rollins takes a moment collecting his thoughts, and then goes back to Carrillo in the ring. Rollins looks at Carrillo, and offers a handshake. Carrillo accepts it, as he at least won Rollins’ respect. Will Carrillo rise up and get another try one day?
R-Truth has a referee by his side.
And they spot a Singh Brothers! Truth sneaks up and rolls him up! but that’s Samir!! Sunil has the belt, and the Singh Brothers get away! “So there ARE two of them!”
The OC w/ AJ Styles VS The Street Profits w/ ???
The Phenomenal One and his Good Brothers welcomed Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins to “the fam,” with fists and stomps! But the fam rolls deeper than that, and now the numbers will be even. Who is it backing Ford & Dawkins up in their Raw main-event debut? The OC come out first to see this mystery man for themselves. “Hey, hey, Profits! Where’s this third person you said had your back?” Did they not find anyone? Were they lying? Or maybe this guy’s invisible! Or no, he’s IMAGINARY! Or is the truth that they just couldn’t find someone after what The OC did to them? The OC even cue up the footage so we can see it again. This mystery man doesn’t show themselves, but this match must happen either way! The OC head to the ring, and we’ll see this main event debut after the break.
Raw returns again as the bell rings. Ford starts against Anderson but Anderson kicks low to bump Ford off buckles. Ford throws forearms and stomps, then whips Ford corner to corner. Ford goes up and over and trips up Anderson to rain down rights! Anderson gets away but gets a dropkick! Ford shoulder shimmies to taunt Gallows, and then Dawkins feeds Anderson tot he ring. Ford dropkicks Anderson down then rains down more rights! Anderson gets away and regroups with Styles and Gallows. Anderson gets back in but gets a kick! Ford tags Dawkins and the Profits work on Anderson to run him over. Back suplex splash from Ford, but Anderson scrambles away. Tag to Gallows, and Big LG stands against the Curse of Greatness. Gallows whips, Dawkins dodges and shoulders Gallows down! Dawkins fires off big hands in the corner! But Gallows uppercuts and ROUNDHOUSES back!
Gallows drags Dawkins up to bump him off buckles then throw body shots of his own. Gallows rocks Dawkins with an uppercut, then grinds on the arm. Styles likes what he sees, and even snatches one of the headbands to wear for himself. Dawkins endures and Cleveland rallies up, and Dawkins fights back with forearms! Gallows knees low and uppercuts Dawkins back. Tag to Anderson and the OC mug Dawkins. Gallows runs in but Dawkins boots him down! Dawkins tags in Ford, and Ford speeds up to hurdle and clothesline! And then he hits Gallows for good measure! Ford fires up but Styles distracts. Anderson attacks then throws Ford out hard! YAKUZA KICK from Gallows! Anderson is on the apron, he hits a leaping knee! Ford is in trouble in OC territory as Raw goes to one last break.
Raw returns once more, and Gallows grinds on Ford’s arm. Ford fights his way up but Gallows clubs him back down. Styles likes what he sees as Gallows clamps onto Ford’s face. Ford endures and fights his way back up, to throw haymakers! Ford reaches but Gallows holds tight, and then Gallows knees low. Gallows whips Ford but runs into a boot! Ford hits Anderson away, but can’t get past Gallows! Gallows swings Ford around for a Fall Away Slam! Ford ends up back in OC territory and Gallows runs in to kick him in the ribs! Tag to Anderson and Anderson drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Anderson rains down rights over and over, then covers, TWO! Anderson clamps on with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Ford feeds of the energy and fights to his feet, but Anderson clubs him back down! Tag to Gallows, and the OC mug Ford.
Gallows whips Ford but Ford kicks back! Ford runs in but double clotheslines take both men out! Gallows and Ford crawl for their corners as Cleveland rallies up. Hot tag to Anderson, and he grabs Ford. Ford escapes the back suplex, rocks Gallows, and then flounders. Anderson runs in but is sent out! Ford hurries for his corner, but Anderson gets in, just to miss! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Anderson with big lariats and an uppercut! He dropkicks Gallows out, then dodges Anderson to pounce him into Gallows! Then he hits a bulldog! Fans fire up with Dawkins as he gives Gallows a cyclone splash! And then one for Anderson! Tag to Ford, Ford climbs up, but Gallows saves Anderson from the Electric Chair. Dawkins throws hands but so does Gallows. Dawkins clotheslines Gallows out, but Gallows drags Dawkins out! Styles shoves Ford down in the distraction! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
The OC can’t believe their misdirection didn’t work! Anderson drags Ford up and throws him out to join Dawkins. The ref keeps Anderson in, but that allows Styles to get Ford. The ref sees that and warns Styles! Styles lets go, but he is still EJECTED!! And… Here comes Kevin Owens! KO was the third man?! STUNNER for Styles! Ford runs to FLY over Anderson to take out Gallows! Dawkins is legal, SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Ford, who goes back up top, WORLD STAR FROG SPLASH! Cover, The Street Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
What a surprise! The Prizefighter made sure the Phenomenal One got what was coming to him! And the Profits profit as they get a huge win for their Raw debut! Will this party last the whole week?
Just as SmackDown made a big rebound after the less than impressive WWE Draft, Raw also springs back up! A great development is that R-Truth failed to regain the WWE 24/7 Championship! So many nights, Truth gets that back in the final hour, but having to deal with two Singh Brothers apparently threw him off. I’m sure the Singh Brothers will have some great promos with that title given their Bollywood gimmick, and I would love if Truth followed them to 205 Live this Friday to try and take the title back. Then we got a good plug for the Crown Jewel story tonight, with Ric Flair coming out to announce McIntyre joining the team. But Flair really needs help reining in his promos, he was all over the place, though to hilarious fashion.
McIntyre VS Ricochet was incredible, and it makes sense for McIntyre to win to bring some momentum to the team. That attack to Ricochet after, though, hard to be sure if this is to replace Ricochet last minute, or to give him Face points for toughing it out and still going through with the Crown Jewel match. Aleister Black still does great in his promo tonight, but no idea why he had a squash match tonight. And with a jobber who doesn’t quite job as hard as you’d expect. I feel like he should’ve at least squash someone more established, though I can’t be sure who. At the very least, he is in a holding pattern until we’ve gotten past Crown Jewel so that he can start on a feud towards Survivor Series.
The Viking Raiders have a pretty fun match against Hawkins & Ryder, and AOP have another great promo, I really hope to see those two teams face off after Crown Jewel. The Tag Team Turmoil is coming, and it would be a great for WWE to let Viking Raiders, fka War Machine, be the best tag team today. And then AOP can test that in their feud for the titles on the way to Survivor Series. King’s Court being the vehicle for the Rusev-Lana-Lashley story was fine, and the whole thing with that tonight was okay. Obviously WWE made that restaurant Lana and Lashley were in, and cheaply. I wonder if Rusev and Lashley will end up cancelling out in the Crown Jewel Team Hogan VS Team Flair match so that it quickly goes 4v4. Those two should probably settle this feud on the way to Survivor Series, I’m just not sure how the story is going to go to get Lana back on Rusev’s side. Maybe Lashley beats Rusev down so savagely, Lana cries and shields Rusev.
The Mysterio-Shelton-Velasquez segment was also just okay, it was clearly just to keep the story with Lesnar going when Lesnar is locked into SmackDown, and even then isn’t going to be around as often. Almas VS Sin Cara was a great match, though it seems Sin Cara can still botch a bit. Vega keeps helping Almas win, and who knows if anyone ever figures out how to cancel that out. Carrillo did alright in his promo but way better in his match with Rollins. I almost thought Rollins was going to go Heel there, but he managed to hold it back. Fans were disappointed The Fiend didn’t show, but I bet his resurrection of the Firefly Fun House on SmackDown will make up for that. Carrillo may no longer be lined up for a Cruiserweight Championship story, but I bet he’ll get going just fine on Raw. I would love to see a match of Carrillo against Almas or Sin Cara, or both, for that matter.
The Street Profits were great as always, and their match with The OC was a great debut. I just wish their mystery friend was handled battler. Kevin Owens VS AJ Styles for the US Championship will still be good, but given things like Raw being in Cleveland, being on USA and his reality series still going, The Miz would’ve been a better choice. Cleveland would’ve exploded, he’d be back on Raw for the connection and as the trade for Bliss-Cross instead of “picks in next year’s draft.” Miz has always been tied to the Intercontinental Championship, which might be why he’s on SmackDown with Shinsuke and Sami to keep up their rivalry from a few weeks ago, but Miz could still build himself by getting another United States Championship reign. Also, given how they sent Kevin out only once Styles was ejected was also weird. Why not just introduce the guy and then he and Styles could end up brawling?
And one thing that was really confusing, though it didn’t necessarily take away anything, was that there was absolutely no women on the show! That is so weird that there wasn’t even a promo from Becky Lynch or a possible challenger, or even Charlotte hanging out with her dad for a minute. But in a weird way, this was a bit like a prep for how Crown Jewel won’t have any women on the show, either. I just hope this further foreshadows the SmackDown after Crown Jewel being a substitute for Evolution, with a lot of Women’s Division action and story being progressed. Bayley VS Nikki Cross for the title, Asuka & Kairi Sane visiting to defend their Women’s Tag titles, midcard stories developing, like Dana Brooke wanting to get back on TV or seeing if Lacey Evans is back to Heel or trying to be Face again. It would mean a lot to everyone not in the Saudi Arabia if Fox and SmackDown did that.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (3/5/21)
Will the new wave get payback on the OG?
Will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari put their money where their mouths are?
After the back and forth, ambushes and cheating, the 205 Live OG will have to face Jake Atlas & August Grey head-on, 2v2! Will the new wave wash #PremierDinero away and finally take over the Cruiserweight Division?
- Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey; Atlas & Grey win.
- Mansoor VS Curt Stallion; Mansoor wins.
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Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey!
To think, all of this started because the Premier Athlete made sure the Persian Lion didn’t lose any money in his own “Daivari Dinero Division” challenge series. Things escalated from there, and now we have another showdown of 205 Live OG and Cruiserweight new wave! But will Nese & Daivari wish they’d just footed the bill back when they had the chance?
The teams sort out and #RetroAG starts with Daivari. They tie up, Daivari waistlocks and trips Grey to then step all over him. Daivari laughs but runs away to the corner before Grey rushes him. Grey waits, Daivari comes back but then tags Nese. Nese and Grey circle, Daivari swipes at Grey but Nese rolls Grey up! ONE, Grey wrenches and has a hammerlock. Nese fights up, gets a leg, gets a cover, ONE! Grey has the arm again and is back on the hammerlock! Fans cheer, Grey shifts to a grounded cording hold then facelock. Grey brings Nese up to wrench, but Daivari talks trash and distracts Grey. Nese ROCKS Grey, tags Daivari, and the OG mug AG!
Daivari stomps Grey, talks trash to the fans, then tags Nese back in. The OG double suplex but AG slips out! Hot tag to Atlas! Atlas rallies with double clotheslines, big elbows, then a wrench and neckbreaker for Daivari! Atlas runs at Nese but is put on the apron. Atlas shoulders into Nese, dumps Daivari out and enziguris Nese away! Atlas climbs up, but Daivari hurries over! Atlas mule kicks Daivari away but Nese goes up to grab at him! Atlas shoves Nese away, Nese says he jammed his leg! The ref checks, and in that distraction, Daivari SHOVES Atlas down! Nese’s leg is just fine and he does jumping jacks before he stomps Atlas down.
Nese drags Atlas up to stomp him at ropes, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Daivari, Nese RAMS into Atlas and Daivari fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Daivari lets off but clubs Atlas down. Daivari throws hands, whips Atlas back to the corner, and then runs in, into Atlas’ boots! Atlas elbows Nese, ROCKS Daivari, but Daivari mule kicks! Daivari runs to dropkick Atlas down! Daivari talks more trash to Grey, but he turns around to block Atlas’ boot! Daivari spins Atlas but Atlas spins Daivari for a DISCUS LARIAT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Nese and Nese DECKS Grey! Nese stomps Atlas, drags him up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Nese clamps onto Atlas with a rear bearhug! Fans rally up, Atlas endures and fights his way up. Atlas elbows Nese and breaks free! Atlas ROCKS Nese with forearms, but Nese keeps him from Grey! Atlas and Grey reach, but Atlas sunset flips! Nese rolls through but Atlas avoids the mule kick to boot Nese down! Nese tries to stay in the way but Atlas kangaroo kicks from below! Hot tag to Grey! Grey runs and RANAS Nese! And rallies with elbows! BIG Manhattan Drop! Grey runs, hurdles Nese then CLOBBERS him! Daivari mouths off so Grey DECKS him! Grey hoists Nese up, back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Grey keeps cool as he looms over Nese.
Daivari gets in, Grey spins him and turns him, for the SO MUCH- No! Daivari feeds Grey to Nese’s PREMIER DRIVER! Cover, but Atlas BOOTS it apart! All four men are down after Atlas puts his all into that kick, but the fans rally up! Daivari gets up, whips Atlas but Atlas reverses to send Daivari out! Atlas builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Daivari! Nese has Grey, runs to ropes, for a BULLDOG HOTSHOT PLANCHA COMBO! Nese then goes back to the ring for a PREMIER TRIANGLE, but Grey dodges! SUPERKICK! Grey goes up top but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese brings Grey down but Grey gets the chicken wings! SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey & Atlas win!!
Winners: August Grey & Jake Atlas, by pinfall
The OG get outmaneuvered, and the new wave rises! Will Atlas and Grey soon be the ones running the purple ‘n’ orange?
Backstage interview with Mansoor and Curt Stallion.
Josiah Williams asks these two how they’re feeling after that tag team victory together last week. Stallion can’t complain, and Mansoor thought that was great. Maybe they’ll team again and have a team name! Funny Mansoor should say that, because the Lonestar was thinking #CurtSoor. Well, that’s not bad, but the Star of Saudi Arabia was thinking more #ManStallion. What does Josiah think? He goes with CurtSoor on this one. Well Mansoor doesn’t mind. He does thank Stallion for helping him build his overall record to 40-0. Stallion says that is quite the accomplishment. But none against Stallion.
Josiah moves aside as the tension starts to rise. Is Stallion issuing a challenge? Funny he should ask. How about tonight, they go 40-1. More like 41. But these two shake on it and we have our main event! Will Curt be sore? Or will we be saying, “Man, Stallion is good!”
The Bollywood Boyz speak.
It’s ya bois from BOLLY BOLLY BOLLY, Bollywood, and one half of the supergroup known as #BollyRise, Samir & Sunil Singh! And they’re here to remind Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are part of their team. They called a truce, they are all working together, and yet Ever-Rise has the nerve to leave the Singhs out of going to NXT? And then they get jumped by El Legado! But that’s what the deserved! They’re not Bollywood award winners! The key in any relationship is communication. Next time, call them. But will Samir & Sunil be left hanging the next time Ever-Rise rolls into the Capitol Wrestling Center?
Mansoor VS Curt Stallion!
Quietly, in the background of the Cruiserweight Division, the Star of Saudi Arabia has remained undefeated. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Greatest Battle Royal in his home country, but will he finally be heading for the Cruiserweight Championship? Or will the Lonestar be the lone loss on Mansoor’s record?
The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up already. Stallion and Mansoor shake hands to show there is still respect, and then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Mansoor manages to get leverage and push Stallion to ropes. Mansoor gives a shove as he lets off, but Stallion keeps his cool. They tie up, Stallion headlocks and hits a takeover. Mansoor pushes with forearms, Stallion pushes to a cover, ONE! Mansoor headscissors but Stallion kips out to again get a headlock takeover. Mansoor pushes his forearm into Stallion, makes it a cover, TWO! Stallion has the headlock again, but Mansoor slips out to a facelock and drags Stallion down to another cover, TWO!
Mansoor facelocks again but Stallion reverses to his own facelock. Mansoor drops to slip around to a hammerlock. Stallion moves around but Mansoor holds on. Mansoor puts more pressure on the hold but Stallion moves around again. Stallion stands, drop toeholds and gets the headlock. Mansoor fights up, powers out but things speed up. Mansoor hurdles, drops and hurdles again to trip Stallion up! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!! Stallion gets up but Mansoor hits a headlock takeover! Mansoor makes it a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Stallion fights up and powers his way to his own headlock.
Mansoor powers out, hurdles gain but Stallion is ready for the trip! Stallion waistlocks, rolls and DEAD LIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stallion knows he was close and he gets Mansoor up again. Stallion facelocks, snap suplexes then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Mansoor checks his jaw as he sits up but Stallion facelocks again. Stallion drags Mansoor up, Mansoor throws body shots, then Mansoor powers out. Stallion dodges, Mansoor follows, Stallion stops and Mansoor LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mansoor tries again, TWO! Stallion gets to a corner, Mansoor drags him up and CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Stallion CHOPS back!
Mansoor forearms, whips Stallion corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Facelock and roll, TWO! Mansoor keeps on Stallion with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally and duel as Stallion endures, and Stallion fights up to arm-drag free, only for Mansoor to drag him back down! Mansoor goes back to the chinbar and cording hold but Stallion fights the grip. Stallion fights up, fireman’s carries, but Mansoor sunset flips! Stallion rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down, fans fire up and Stallion glares as Mansoor gets to ropes. Mansoor drags himself up, swings but Stallion counter punches! And again! Then a ROLLING ELBOW!
Mansoor reverses the whip, Stallions tops and Alabama lifts to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Mansoor flounders, Stallion aims from a corner, and Stallion runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Stallion sweeps the legs, KNEES Mansoor, then storms around to run back in! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Stallion fires up and stomps the feet! Stallion yanks Mansoor up, turns him around, and DDT’s to the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Stallion seethes as he covers again, TWO!! Mansoor flounders, Stallion gets the legs and brings him around to a jackknife roll, Alabama lift, but Mansoor fights it!
Stallion resists the piledriver, Mansoor tries a backslide but Stallion flips over, only for Mansoor to underhook him! BUTTERFLY FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor is shocked but the CWC is thunderous! Mansoor drags Stallion up as fans rally and duel hard as ever. Stallion is dead weight, but Mansoor still tries to get him up! Stallion revives to HEADBUTT! Mansoor flops out of the ring! Stallion sees that, takes aim and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Stallion fires up! Stallion puts Mansoor in, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees!! Mansoor saves himself and Stallion is writhing!
Mansoor hurries to the corner and to the top rope! But Stallion anchors a foot! Mansoor fights but Stallion tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS HEADBUTT! Stallion climbs up behind Mansoor for the INVERTED SPANISH FLY!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!?! Mansoor’s toe saves his streak! Stallion is seething but fans are fired up! Stallion takes off the elbow pads as Mansoor flounders up. Stallion runs in, Mansoor moves, the flying headbutt gets buckles! Stallion flounders into Mansoor’s SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER! High stack cover, Mansoor wins!!
Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall
The Saudi Arabia Star’s streak is now 41-0! Stallion manages to stand, and Mansoor shouts to him! Stallion glares at Mansoor as he offers the handshake, but Stallion still takes it! Stallion shows his respect to Mansoor, but when will Stallion ride off into the sunset again? As for Mansoor, between quality and quantity, will his spotless 41 win-loss record be enough to get him a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?
A great episode, and though only 32 minutes or so, the main event started to feel more like the days when 205 Live was strongest. Now, I’m a bit surprised the main event wasn’t the tag match, given the long running story. But there’s a chance the story isn’t over, even though Atlas and Grey won with a finisher. At this point, I wanna see another No Disqualification Tag Match, also like in 205 Live’s stronger days. Atlas was starting to get an edge in his story with Tommaso Ciampa, Nese and Daivari have proven they have an edge, and seeing Grey tap into that would be pretty cool, too, given how he had story with Thatcher.
Mansoor VS Stallion coming by way of an interview promo was pretty good, as was the promo. I personally think ManStallion is the better name, by the way. But as I said, their match was reminiscent of when 205 Live had Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy and a few others. Fans can say whatever they want about the Mansoor streak and the deal with Saudi Arabia (Crown Jewel, Super Showdown, etc.) but Mansoor still puts the work in, is confident in his character, and is not sloppy in the ring by any stretch of the imagination. Now, we still need more Cruiserweights doing things on NXT, not just El Legado brutalizing Breezango and Ever-Rise, but if Mansoor is one of the ones being built up on NXT, I could see it being title VS streak, Escobar VS Mansoor for a TakeOver.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/5/21)
Will Bryan get back in the Fastlane?
SmackDown grants a rematch but ups the ante!
Daniel Bryan either wins in a rematch with Jey Uso IN A STEEL CAGE and goes to Fastlane, or he will ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns!
- The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; changed to…
- Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn; Dawkins wins.
- Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Dominik wins.
- Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Belair wins.
- Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane.
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Michael Cole opens SmackDown in the ring!
As it stands, the WrestleMania main event for the Universal Championship will be Roman Reigns VS Edge. But that could change if the man who started the Yes Movement gets his way! Daniel Bryan heads to the ring! Fans cheer with the Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan gets a mic and Cole reminds us Bryan will face Roman’s “unhinged cousin” inside the Steel Cage. And if Bryan wins, he gets another chance at the Universal Championship at Fastlane! That would throw a wrench in the plans WWE had in the works of a tag team match, Bryan & Edge VS Roman & Jey. So then why is Bryan forgoing that tag match? Why has he turned his focus on Roman and the title?
Bryan says Cole is making a lot of assumptions, the biggest being that Bryan was even asked to be in a tag match. Not a single person told Bryan about this “great” idea to fight Roman & Jey at Fastlane. No one ran anything by him because they know Bryan “rolls with the punches,” does whatever is asked of him, shows up and works his ass off. So Bryan understands why no one asked him. Edge is the ultimate opportunist, and Roman doesn’t want to defend his title at Fastlane. But the thing is, Bryan is making a change to not be the old Bryan. Bryan sees there’s the dream match, Roman VS Edge. And Bryan gets it, Attitude Era VS The ThunderDome, everyone wants to see that, except for Bryan. And Bryan will do his damnedest to stop it from happening!
So Bryan takes this from here, and throws a video package for himself. It was the SmackDown Elimination Chamber, where Daniel Bryan ran the marathon and made it from start to finish to earn his opportunity at Roman’s title, only for Roman to pounce right then and there. Bryan came close but couldn’t defeat a fresh Roman, and then Edge pounced on Roman. In the present, Bryan says he has lost a lot in his career, and has gotten beaten up a lot in his career. So you think after winning his third Elimination Chamber match, and fighting valiantly against Roman, that loss wouldn’t be a big deal.
But rolling out of the ring, and Edge rolling in to Spear Roman and point at the WrestleMania sign, “never in my life have I ever felt like such a failure.” Bryan knows not everyone knows this, but he doesn’t have a lot of ambition. WWE did personality tests and they found that Bryan had the lowest ambition score they’d ever seen. How is it possible that Bryan is still successful? He isn’t sure, other than that he LOVES pro-wrestling. And if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and he’s never had to “work” a day for the last 21 years!
But for the last year, Bryan’s had in the back of his head that he’ll go from wrestler to dad, and put others ahead of him. He let those he saw as the future get opportunities and not him. But Edge hitting Roman and Bryan feeling like an absolute failure is because Bryan failed himself. In that moment, Bryan had a lot more ambition in him than any test could ever show! He looked at the WrestleMania sign and decided HE should be there! Not Roman, not Edge, but BRYAN! Roman and Edge are in the main event because BRYAN loves this! In the last three WEEKS, he’s wrestled more than Edge and Roman in the last three MONTHS!
Bryan wrestles every chance he can because he loves this! And so putting himself on the back burner was a disservice to himself! Bryan knows he can be the absolute BEST! Bryan steps into a steel cage with Jey Uso, and if he wins, eh goes on to Fastlane to face Roman for the Universal Championship! And beating Roman is the only way to main event WrestleMania, and this could be his last chance! But before Bryan can continue his passionate speech, Roman interrupts! Jey and Paul Heyman follow Roman, of course, but the confrontation will be face to face after the break.
SmackDown returns and Roman is now in the ring.
Roman has a mic to say, “I’m looking at the same guy. But you don’t sound like the same guy.” The way Bryan is talking is confusing. And if it’s confusing Roman, than it’s confusing the fans. Bryan is ambitious now? Driven now? No. Bryan is the underdog, the “little guy,” the lottery winner. The one who waits on the opportunity and sometimes it works out. Bryan isn’t ambitious. Men like Roman, and they’re rare, they’re ambitious. Roman has been driven since he was a child. If he wanted it, he takes it. Roman loves the business, too. Bryan doesn’t love this, he NEEDS this. Bryan has nothing else, and that’s not love. Love isn’t based off need but off service and what you’ll do for others.
Roman, for example, loves the WWE. Roman doesn’t need it, it’s everyone who needs him! SmackDown needs Roman! The crew and the cameramen need Roman! Heyman needs Roman, Jey needs Roman, Bryan needs Roman. And after Jey whoops Bryan, Bryan will understand that and know it in his heart. And then, Bryan will acknowledge Roman. If Bryan- Jey snatches Bryan’s mic to tell him not to worry about the title. This is as close as Bryan gets to it! Bryan has to get through Jey and that won’t happen! Bryan wanted the cage, but it isn’t locking Roman out, it’s locking Jey in! And tonight, Jey’s gonna get you! Jey tries to sucker punch Bryan but Bryan throws him out!
Bryan stares Roman down, and Roman sighs. Will Bryan be unstoppable as he goes back down the road to WrestleMania?
The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are up and they want the smoke! But will this rematch with the Great Liberator and Wolf King be a speedbump on the road to WrestleMania and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?
SmackDown returns and the Profits have mics as Sami makes his entrance. Sami admits, the Profits pulled off a “fluke” over him and Corbin. But tonight, Sami and Corbin will prove it was just luck. Corbin tells Sami that it’s enough. They’re not tag team partners! They’re not friends! Corbin doesn’t even like Sami! Corbin is a SINGLES competitor, so he’ll take on just one of the Profits. Oh, well, their schedules are free. Roode & Ziggler are dodging them so there is a lot of time. So if that’s what Corbin wants, how about he get in the ring to do that thing? Ford wants Corbin, so Dawkins gets Sami? Yep! Sweet, Dawkins gets to be in Sami’s movie!
Dawkins gives a quick shout-out to his boy, JZH, but Sami tries to sort things out. Is this a set up? Is Corbin in on this or something? Sami agreed to a TAG match, you can’t do this to him at the last second! So then it’s one? Tell ’em, fam! The Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Sami is upset, but the first of the now two singles matches begins!
Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin!
Ford and Corbin circle, tie up, and Corbin knees low! Corbin whips Ford to a corner, Ford goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Corbin! And dropkick again! Corbin staggers to ropes., Ford runs in but Corbin gets a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Corbin is upset with the ref but the count is the count. Corbin wants Sami to watch this as he drags Ford up. Corbin puts Ford in the corner, traps his arms and fires off body shots! The ref backs Corbin off, he drags Ford back up to whip corner to corner hard! Ford bounces off buckles, Corbin drags him back up and taunts Dawkins as he ripcord back suplexes for a yoyo SLAM!
Corbin taunts Ford, drags him up, but Ford gets around to hop on and be a sleeper hold backpack! Corbin RAMS Ford into buckles, but Ford holds on tight! Corbin pries free, snapmares but Ford handsprings through to mule kick, front kick and dropkick! Ford has Corbin in a corner, hits a splash, then runs, into a pop-up! But Ford turns that into a DDT! Ford kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he heads for a corner. Ford hops up, Sami shouts at Dawkins but Ford shouts at Sami. Corbin rolls Ford, Ford rolls through to ENZIGURI! But Corbin still gets Ford for the END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!
Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall
Sami tells Corbin he just helped him so now Corbin has to help Sami! Dawkins wants after Sami, Sami gets on the apron, Dawkins BLASTS Sami off and Sami hits Corbin! Corbin gets mad at Sami but Sami explains that was because of Dawkins! Corbin doesn’t care, he’s leaving Sami behind! Will the Champion of the People be able to do this by himself? We’ll find out, after the break!
Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn!
SmackDown returns and the match is underway as Dawkins clubs and bumps Sami off buckles and in corners. Sami grabs ropes, Dawkins has a leg but the ref calls for the break. Sami clubs Dawkins, headlocks, but Dawkins powers out to run him over! Dawkins keeps moving, Sami hurdles but Dawkins hurdles back. Dawkins ducks to dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grabs a leg but Sami still holds ropes. The ref counts, Dawkins lets go and Sami goes out. Dawkins pursues, Sami kicks and elbows Dawkins then bumps him off barriers, then bumps him off the apron. Sami puts Dawkins in, gets in and CLOBBERS Dawkins from behind! Cover, TWO!
Sami keeps his cool as he looms over Dawkins. Sami stomps Dawkins, drags him up and throws haymakers. Sami puts Dawkins on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami taunts Ford, but Sami lets off at 4. “This is what you get!” Sami drags Dawkins up, whips him and CLOBBERS him again! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was the same as the other times. Sami drags Dawkins up, throws more haymakers, then whips Dawkins to ropes again. Dawkins CLOBBERS Sami this time! Ford fires up as Dawkins rallies and hits the LEAPING ELBOW!
Sami ends up in a corner, Dawkins hits the CYCLONE SPLASH! BIG BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Ford coaches Dawkins and he drags Sami up. Dawkins has the hooks but Sami fights the exploder off. Sami swings but into Dawkins’ SILENCER! Cover, TWO! The butterfly corkscrew suplex didn’t work, and Sami gets to the apron. Dawkins pursues but Sami hotshots him! Sami reels Dawkins in, but he can’t get Dawkins up. Dawkins throws elbows, runs in but the cyclone gest buckles! Sami reels Dawkins in for a CORNER EXPLODER!
Dawkins staggers as Sami goes corner to corner, but Ford gets up close on Sami’s camera crew! Sami shouts at Ford to stop that, but Dawkins rolls him up! Dawkins wins!!
Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall
Did the cameras get that? Sami still cries conspiracy and shouts, “Who’s behind this?!” Sami doesn’t recognize the second guy and asks if he’s a WWE spy! The guy doesn’t know how to answer and Sami throws knees into him! Is the documentary going to start being about Sami’s spiral into madness?
Reginald Thompson, the Fabulous sommelier, finds Carmella backstage.
She says he likes playing games, right? Of course he does. This new game is called, “Who’s the Snake?” What? Mella says one of them took a chance on a lowly sommelier and made him a star, while the other betrayed that someone and is siding with Sasha Banks. Reggie says all of that has been for Mella! Well it’s game over. Reggie’s the snake! She slaps the tray out of his hand and FIRES him! What is Reggie going to do now that he’s without a boss?
Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!
To get payback on behalf of his father, Dominik is going to take on the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Dozer ringside, will Dom have to worry more about Rey than Gable?
SmackDown returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings and Dom ties up with Gable. They go around, Gable waistlocks and throws Dom down. Dom gets up but Gable throws him back down, then floats to a facelock. Otis says Dom is alone and that’s why he’ll lose. But Dom runs around to throw Gable out! Gable gets back in but Dom arm-drags him! Dom cranks the arm, Gable gets up but Dom wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to break free and headlock to then spin and spin and drop toehold! Gable has the leg, and SMASHES it into the mat! Dom gets up, Gable gets the leg again and hits a DRAGON SCREW!
Gable jams the knee, does it again, then covers, TWO! Gable keeps on Dom with a standing toehold and he pushes down hard on the leg. Dom endures, Rey coaches him through it and Dom kicks at Gable with the free leg. Fans rally, Gable gets the foot and Dom enziguris! Gable staggers to a corner,. Dom runs in but the monkey flip is turned around. Dom boots from up top, then leaps to huricanrana! Gable is in the other corner, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow throw him into buckles! Dom goes back up, leaps, but no tornado DDT! Gable gets Dom’s arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom escapes and Gable can’t believe it!
Gable gets the legs, drags Dom to a drop zone and goes up top. Gable talks trash to Rey, and MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Gable waistlocks, Dom wheelbarrows to a victory roll but Gable sit son the cover, TWO! Dom reels Gable into a La Magistrol, DOM WINS!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
Otis storms onto the apron but Rey WRECKS him with a dropkick! Otis hits announce desk, Rey LEAPS and SEATED SENTONS him onto the desk! The Mysterios regroup and retreat! The Alpha Academy is raging, but are they going to learn a lesson from the King and Prince of Lucha?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
Kayla Braxton brings up Cesaro’s swing that seemed to last forever, and Rollins says it sure felt that way. And do you want to know why? Because it was forever! But the question is, why? Has Cesaro done that much to anyone else? No, that was rhetorical. But then why did he do it? Because he is afraid of “us.” Cesaro doesn’t want to #EmbraceTheVision because he knows “we” are strong! Cesaro wanted to embarrass Rollins and humiliate him! Rollins promises us that he won’t forget that. And Buddy Murphy is BACK?!
Murphy says he could help Rollins with this problem. Rollins doesn’t want to see Murphy. Murphy needs to leave, now. Is Murphy really trying to be Rollins’ disciple again? Will Rollins do just fine against Cesaro without him?
Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
A partial rematch from the impromptu Elimination Chamber WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match, the EST and the Queen of Spades match up again 1v1! But will Bianca earn herself and The Boss momentum towards those titles? Or will Shayna do damage to the Women’s Rumble winner before she reaches WrESTleMania?
SmackDown returns as Bianca makes her entrance, followed by Sasha’s. That seems like a surprise to Bianca’s, despite the coming Fastlane match. But another surprise, or perhaps not, is that Reggie follows Sasha out like a stray puppy. The bell rings, Bianca and Shayna tie up, and Shayna gets an arm to wrench it. Bianca scoops Shayna, Shayna slips off and headlocks. Bianca slips through to headlock back, but Shayna powers out. Bianca goes up and over in the corner, handsprings and eggs Shayna on to then run her over! Bianca is fired up and she claps at Shayna to then say kiss this. Things speed up,. Bianca handsprings but Shayna blocks the dropkick to get he foot!
Bianca boots her away, dodges the knee, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Bianca yanks Shayna’s arm, steps over and hooks it to La Magistrol, ONE! Shayna has an arm, wrenches, twists the wrist, but Bianca endures. Bianca powers through to fireman’s carry, but Shayna slips out again to whip. Bianca goes up again but gets caught for a KICK to the arm! Nia cheers Shayna on while Bianca writhes. Sasha checks on her partner and coaches her up, and Bianca gets up in a corner. Shayna runs in to KNEE Bianca down! Shayna drags Bianca to a cover, ONE!! Shayna grows annoyed, she drags Bianca and wrenches the arm to a grounded wristlock. Bianca resists but Shayna twists it all the same.
Shayna stands on Bianca’s head, pulls the arm around, and TWEAKS it! Sasha grows worried but she coaches Bianca up. Shayna runs back in. Bianca dodges! Shayna knees buckles. but hurries after Bianca! Shayna gets the arm, Bianca scoops with the good one to SLAM her down! Shayna gets up but Bianca ROCKS her! Bianca runs in to RAM Shayna into the corner! Bianca rams and rams and fires off with the good arm and even some stomps! Bianca drags Shayna up to a suplex! And a kip up! Bianca shakes out the bad arm, claps at Shayna, then whips her to back drop her! Nia is the one getting upset now as Bianca chicken wings for the Glam-
NO! Shayna victory rolls Bianca out of the ring! Reggie is there and he says no hard feelings, but Bianca shoves him down! Bianca gets in, Shayna KNEES her down! Both women are down and Reggie flounders up near Nia. Nia shoves Reggie at Sasha, and runs over! Reggie moves ,Sasha gets bulldozed! Bianca is distracted, Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! But Bianca powers to the Torture Rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST pulled it off and KOD sealed the deal! But Bianca tells Sasha to handle things with Reggie. Tag titles or not, Bianca and Sasha need to have a fair match at Mania. Reggie helps Sasha up, and she smiles, but then SLAPS Reggie! Sasha told Reggie to stay out of her business! When it rains, it pours. Will Reggie be pouring himself a drink to drown his sorrows?
Roman talks with Jey in their suite.
Roman wants Jey to understand that if Jey wins, the Universal Championship is safe until Mania. But if Jey loses, Roman will have to defend it at Fastlane. That part is fine, but Jey losing is an embarrassment to him and the family. Jey cannot embarrass the family. Jey says he’s got this, but will he prove that when caged up with a determined Daniel Bryan?
Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro!
The former disciple might be trying to show Rollins what he can do by taking the Swiss Cyborg head-on! Will Cesaro prove that if he can defeat Rollins’ former protégé, he really doesn’t need Rollins’ vision?
But of course Rollins makes his presence known! Rollins goes ringside to watch Cesaro in person, and the bell rings. Cesaro runs at Murphy, waistlocks and SLAMS him, then dead lift gut wrenches Murphy for a suplex! Rollins joins commentary, Cesaro covers Murphy, ONE! Murphy elbows Cesaro away, runs but Cesaro follows. Murphy leaps but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is after Murphy’s legs but he gets to the apron. Murphy then yanks Cesaro out and stomps Cesaro’s hand away! Murphy WRECKS Cesaro with a dropkick, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and Murphy tumbles to the ramp. Murphy puts Cesaro in, climbs up top, and leaps for a METEORA! Cover, TWO!
Murphy grits his teeth and he digs his knee into Cesaro then KICKS him in the back! Cesaro shoves Murphy away but runs into a boot! Murphy hops up again, leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Murphy staggers back, Cesaro catches his breath, and Cesaro grits his teeth. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper again! Cesaro whips, EuroUppers, and repeat! And repeat! Cesaro runs to BOOT Murphy down! Cesaro drags Murphy back up as Rollins vents about the swing, and Cesaro puts Murphy IN THE SWING! Cesaro swings Murphy around and around and around and around and Rollins complains and Cesaro keeps going! Cesaro stops after 20, and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Murphy taps, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by submission
Rollins applauds Cesaro despite all he was just saying. But Cesaro smiles back just as mockingly. Will Cesaro do more than just embarrass and humiliate Rollins when they get in the ring together?
Reggie sulks as he packs up his things and heads out.
But he spots Sasha’s private room and decides to knock on the door. Sasha answers, and Reggie tries to apologize, but she says NO! Well, guess that’s that. But then Reggie sees the tag champions and Shayna says, “Smell that?” Reggie reeks of failure! But where’s wine boy going? Thirsty for a fight? Nia says Shayna should chill. Doesn’t she see what Nia sees? Reggie’s kinda cute. Huh? Is the sommelier about to go from bully bosses to boss bullies?
Apollo Crews is here!
And he is further representing his Nigerian royal heritage by having bodyguards by his side, and a spear in his hand! Apollo has his guards lead the way into the ring first, then he follows. Apollo fetches a mic and he says everyone is telling him how they don’t like the new Apollo. But the good news is, this isn’t the “new” Apollo, this is the REAL Apollo! This is who he is, how he talks, and he is a descendant of Nigerian royalty! He is a REAL African American! This is his Nigerian Elite Guard, the protector of his family for many generations. Apollo remembers being a young boy hearing stories about these men, about his heritage.
At the time, he was too ashamed to accept his heritage because he would be made fun of. He wanted to fit in, and be just like “you.” But “you” never accepted him! Even his own “friends” just wanted to mock him. “Did you live in a jungle? Did you ride lions to school?” Apollo was ashamed, but the truth is, these stories about his ancestors, some of the most feared and respected men in all of Nigeria, who would dominate and conquer anyone. The more Apollo went into his roots, the more he realized things were repeating themselves. Big E was disrespecting him, and Apollo would hear his ancestors telling him to stand up and claim his birthright. So Apollo did what he had to do.
“Big E, I know you’re at home, nursing your injury. And I know you fear walking in the sight of me.” But Big E is coming back next week, and that makes Apollo happy! Apollo is no longer the man Big E once knew and dismissed. Apollo won’t fit in, he’ll proudly stand out! He will DEMAND a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship!! Big E will fall before Apollo’s feet, and Apollo will leave Big E a broken man for life! And Big E will be hunted for Apollo’s complete and total victory! The Nigerian Prince has issued his ultimatum, but will Big E be coming back only bigger and stronger?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville try to reason with Natalya and Tamina.
They’re clearly upset that Sasha & Bianca are getting a title match over them! Have Pearce & Sonya not seen how dominant Natty & Tamina have been? Of course they have! But that’s not the match that was made. Pearce apologizes and dismisses himself. Sonya says Pearce simply made a different decision. Will the Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly force Pearce to reconsider?
Backstage interview with Jey Uso.
Does he perhaps feel any extra pressure- There’s no pressure! Jey thrives off of this! “DB shouldn’t have popped off on Big Uce!” Now they’re in the Uso Penitentiary! But then Bryan CLOBBERS Jey from behind! Bryan doesn’t say anything, but that was clearly a taste of Jey’s own medicine. Will Jey start to crack under the pressure of defending the family? Will Bryan force Roman to defend his title?
SmackDown has a special bonus DING DONG, HELLO~!
Bayley walks in through the door to say that tonight is a special rehearsal for a new segment. Other shows do “Mean Tweets,” but Bayley is loved by everyone so she has something she’s calling Sweet Tweets! RoleModel1452 says “Bayley can truly do it all! They’d never give a talk show to someone like Sasha banks!” Then EllenDegeneres1 says “Forget about Edge and Roman Reigns, the Ding Dong Hello Show should be the main event of WrestleMania!” And lastly, WWESuperfan says “Ding Dong Hello is…” Wait, wait, wait. How did this one get in here? Bayley doesn’t even finish it and throws the card away. She SLAMS the door, but will she have something to say to that supposed superfan?
Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!
Last week’s count-out was neither win or loss, so a deal was struck on Talking Smack: Bryan and Jey have a rematch, and if Bryan wins, he gets his Fastlane title match; if Bryan loses, he must ACKNOWLEDGE Roman! But it was Bryan who raised the stakes even higher by wanting the steel cage to be the stipulation! Will the Goat’s gamble pay off and get him his golden ticket? Or will Jey leave Bryan in WrestleMania lockdown?
Jey steps inside the cage, but Roman and Heyman make their entrance! The Tribal Chief already put pressure on Jey, but he’s really digging in the screws now. Heyman makes sure to get Roman a chair so that he can have a seat at the ramp. Will Roman be here to personally congratulate his cousin? Or personally accept Bryan’s challenge? We’ll find that out, after the break!
SmackDown returns, the bell rings and Bryan rushes Jey with forearms! Jey hits back and it is a brawl! Bryan ROCKS Jey with a EuroUpper, then KICKS a leg to whip. Jey reverses and RAMS Bryan into the steel! Jey drags Bryan up, clubs him and RAMS Him into the steel again! And again! Jey tells Bryan to acknowledge Roman! He digs Bryan’s face into the steel and Roman is there to stare at Bryan. Bryan refuses to say anything so Jey clubs him down. Roman tells Jey to do more and Jey hauls Roman up to fireman’s carry and LAWN DART Bryan into steel! Jey calls for the door and walks over but Bryan catches him in the ropes!
Jey fires off on Bryan but he goes back in to ROCK Bryan with an uppercut! Jey climbs the side but Bryan pursues! Bryan gets a foot, drags Jey back down and then smashes him off the steel! Jey smashes Bryan again, then hops down to trip Bryan! Bryan is stuck on the top, Jey DECKS him off it! Jey drags Bryan up, RAMS him into the corner, then tells Roman he’s got this as he goes side to side. Bryan blocks to SMASH Jey off the steel, off the buckles, then YANKS him into the wall! Heyman watches Roman closely as Bryan climbs up. Bryan leaps to missile dropkick Jey down! Jey writhes and crawls, he sees the door! Jey heads that way but Bryan PENALTY KICKS an arm!
Bryan wrenches Jey to elbow breakers! And then RAMS Jey into more steel! And then brings Jey around for another elbow breaker, and another RAM into steel! Jey flops down but Bryan drags him up to wrench and whip,. Jey reverses, Bryan goes up and over and dodges to go up again! Bryan heads for the top but Jey hurries to bring him down! Bryan lands on his billy goat again, and Jey stomps away on the knees! Jey winces for a moment before he stomps more. Jey climbs, but Bryan sits up! Bryan anchors Jey, climbs up to join him, and then headbutts him! Bryan headbutts Jey to send him back to the top rope, but Jey fireman’s carries Bryan for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Both men are down as SmackDown goes to another break!
SmackDown returns one more time, and both men are up on top of the cage! They’re brawling with haymakers and headbutts! Bryan rocks Jey, tries to slip to the outside, but Jey holds on with a facelock! Jey drags Bryan back inside and they’re on the top rope. Bryan smashes Jey off steel, and gives him YES KICKS up there! Jey wobbles but he manages to SUPERKICK Bryan down! Jey adjusts to USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Jey is too sore to be frustrated! Jey crawls to the door and it opens for him. Bryan crawls after Jey and anchors a foot. Jey grabs at the frame, gets up, but Bryan spins him around, only to get the DRAGON WHIP KICK!
But Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jey! Jey SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself, but Roman is like stone as usual. Jey sits up and wants the door to open again, but Bryan GHOST PINS! TWO, and he has Jey caught for endless elbows! And then, a turn to the omoplata, but Jey moves around to ground ‘n’ pound wildly! Jey wants to hurt Bryan more than anything! Jey lets off to catch his breath, and he looks to Roman. Jey grabs Bryan’s legs, and catapults him into steel! Bryan flops down, but Jey again looks to Roman. Jey says he’ll end this, and he goes up the side of the steel. But Bryan pursues again! Bryan catches up to Jey and anchors him as he climbs up again!
Bryan throws headbutts, Jey goes back to the ropes, and Bryan adjusts on top. Bryan is going to the outside, but Jey grabs his head with a cravat! Jey drags Bryan back in but Bryan headbutts Jey again! Bryan has Jey and RAMS him into the steel again and again! Bryan underhooks for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Roll through, to the YES LOCK!! Jey endures, flails, crawls, and gets the ropebreak, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER! No ropebreaks or disqualifications in a cage match! Bryan pulls back even harder!! Jey taps, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission (faces Roman Reigns for the title at Fastlane)
The Universal Championship is taking a detour! Bryan is taking a stand against the establishment again, can he repeat what he did for WrestleMania 30 and make it into YEStleMania?
A pretty great episode for SmackDown, but there is a lot I do not like for the build to Fastlane and other stories from this. Firstly, Buddy Murphy trying to reconnect with Rollins. Obviously, the stuff with Aaliyah Mysterio wasn’t working, wasn’t going to work, and was a bit dumb to do in the first place. But you can’t just reset Murphy to before all of that. Don’t have Murphy reach out to Rollins at all, just have him return by surprise here against Cesaro. That match was still okay, because Rollins was on commentary and Cesaro did the swing to get at Rollins and all of that. But I am annoyed that WWE (Vince) is throwing Murphy back in just because they don’t know what else to do with Murphy. Rollins VS Cesaro is just fine on its own, have someone else #EmbraceTheVision instead of Murphy relapsing back to being the disciple.
Then the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship developments are very odd. It’s fine that the champions are defending the belts at all, but announcing that it’s just going to be the Elimination Chamber match-up again is odd. I did appreciate that another team was upset by this, so there might be more story to it than what we got. Pearce sure seems really close to these titles given what we saw on NXT. If this all turns out to be a huge story between all three brands, then I’ll be all for it, but it is hard to see that from where we are. And while Reggie being fired by Mella and rejected by Sasha is following what I expected, I’m not sure how I feel about Nia suddenly taking interest in him. Whenever it is that Shayna and Nia split, I don’t think Nia needs a sidekick, so it’s just odd she’d care about Reggie at all.
The Profits having singles matches was a good way to both fill time but also have more story with Corbin and Sami. Corbin puts a stop to the tag team with Sami, the Profits get to go 1-1 on the night, keeping things a bit even for them as we head for Mania. The SmackDown Tag Team Championships story will certainly have something for Mania, so the slow burn isn’t so bad. Gable VS Dom was good, and it works that Dom gets a quick victory. Another tag match is coming, and though the Profits will protest, I bet Sonya sets up the winner of that against the Dirty Dawgs. That can be for Fastlane, then Profits getting their rematch can be for Mania to make it even bigger.
Apollo’s promo was very good, though I’m surprised he’s got bodyguards now. The spear is cool, though. Big E’s return is in time for Fastlane, so that could be the match for the Intercontinental Championship. And with how this Apollo is, it could go either way. Then the main story, once again the Universal Championship with Roman, is going great. Bryan’s promo to start the night is a bit recycled from Talking Smack but still just as strong and passionate, and then his thwarting Jey’s sneak attack to then come back with one of his own is great stuff. Bryan is taking the fight to the establishment again, and Fastlane is going to be great with Roman VS Bryan fair and square, both guys at 100%. I still feel like Roman wins in the end, because WWE can’t resist Spear VS Spear, but Bryan’s going to make it one hell of a match.
My Score: 8.3/10
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