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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/21/19)

Raw is refreshed!

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NEW Raw coverage

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?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)

What is the State of the Bloodline?

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Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.

Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
  • The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline arrives.

Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!

The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?

The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.

Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!

Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!

Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!

Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!

Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!

Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!

Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.

But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?

 

SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.

Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.

Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!

Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!

The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!

The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!

Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!

Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!

Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!

Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?

 

The Bloodline sits in their private room.

Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.

Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?

 

The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!

“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?

SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.

Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!

Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!

Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?

WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.

Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!

As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?

SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.

Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!

Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!

Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!

Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)

The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?

 

Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.

Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.

Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”

Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.

Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”

So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.

Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”

Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”

Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”

Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?


My Thoughts:

This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.

Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.

The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.

Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.

My Score: 8.8/10


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