A big night for The Big Dog and more!
Six women fight for a chance at Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship! Tag teams join forces for an epic 8 Man! And Roman Reigns is coming back for some gold against The King of Strong Style!
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins by disqualification, Nakamura retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- “Shorty” Chad Gable VS Curt Axel w/ Bo Dallas; Gable wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler & The Revival; The New Day & Heavy Machinery win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender Six Pack Challenge: Carmella VS Nikki Cross VS Dana Brooke VS Lacey Evans VS Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville; Cross wins and will challenge Bayley for the title.
- Braun Strowman VS Drew Gulak; Strowman wins.
- Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS King Baron Corbin & Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn; Reigns & Bryan win.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns!
The King of Strong Style wants to prove HE is the top dog on SmackDown! But will The Big Dog show that SmackDown is then, now and forever His Yard?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised and we open this new era on SmackDown!
Nakamura and Roman slowly circle, and Indy is on the Big Dog’s side. The two tie up and go power for power. Neither budges so Sami joins commentary. Nakamura and Roman end up in a corner but Roman lets up. Roman gives Nakamura space and the two circle again. Sami speaks his mind against Roman being taken the top pick while Nakamura knees Roman down, then rams knees into his shoulders and head. Nakamura stands to drop a knee on Roman’s head! Nakamura drags Roman up and whips him corner to corner, but Roman boots back! Indy fires up but Nakamura kicks back. Nakamura whips, Roman reverses and elbows Nakamura down! Roman roars and fans fire up as he puts Nakamura in a corner. Roman bumps Nakamura off buckles, then more buckles. Roman whips Nakamura to ropes but Nakamura holds them. Nakamura kicks back, but Roman uppercuts! Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Roman keeps his cool and Sami goes to Nakamura’s side. Sami has Nakamura get out of the ring, but the referee starts a count. Roman goes out and Sami sees him coming. Roman runs in, Drive-By MISSES thanks to Sami! Nakamura dropkicks Roman down! SmackDown goes to break as Sami plays innocent.
SmackDown returns and Nakamura has Roman in a chinlock in the ring. Fans rally up as Roman endures. Roman fades a little as Nakamura leans on him. But Roman finds a second wind and fights his way up. Indy fires up as Roman fights off the exploder with elbows! Roman elbows Nakamura back, then runs in, but into boots! Nakamura hops up, but leaps into an uppercut! Roman rallies with clotheslines, and then whips Nakamura. Nakamura reverses, but gets the leaping lariat! Indy and Roman fire up again as Nakamura gets to a corner. Roman throws those point-blank lariats in the corner, all the way to 10! Roman then runs to BOOT Nakamura down! Roman goes to a corner and fans know what’s coming. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, but no Superman punch! Armbar takedown!
Roman flails to resist, but Nakamura drags him into a triangle hold! Roman reaches for ropes but he starts fading again. Nakamura squeezes but Roman rises, for a dead lift POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is relieved that Nakamura survives. Sami wants Michael Cole to be less biased towards Roman and give Nakamura his due. Roman stands as fans rally up again. Sami springs into action again, but Roman still sees Nakamura coming. Even so, Nakamura blocks the boot, turns Roman sideways, and hits the Sliding German Suplex! Sami loves this as Nakamura takes aim from a corner. “YAO~!” SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives again and Sami is losing his mind! Roman fires up now, and goes to a corner. But BARON CORBIN attacks!?
Winner: Roman Reigns, by disqualification; Nakamura is still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Lone Wolf King has helped the King of Strong Style, and then gets Roman with DEEP SIX! Nakamura and Corbin are also Team Flair for Crown Jewel, but wait! Here comes DANIEL BRYAN! The Planet’s Champion has been a new ally to Roman, and he fights off Nakamura and Corbin! Corbin goes to throw Bryan out but gets sent out instead! Bryan fires back on Nakamura, climbs up top and the hits a missile dropkick! Fans are fired up with Bryan! Bryan takes aim, but Sami hooks his leg. Bryan struggles against Sami, Nakamura returns with the KINSHASA! Sami, Nakamura and Corbin leave the Big Dog and the Goat down and out. Will Team Hogan be finding some new recruits thanks to this?
The New Day is still on SmackDown!
They are met by Heavy Machinery! Crown Jewel sets all the tag teams in the WWE against each other, but tonight is about working together. Tucker Knight wants to lift Kofi’s spirits after losing to Brock Lesnar, but Kofi’s doing just fine. Even so, Otis Dozovic has some batter with special ingredients. Like protein powder! “Want a sip?” No! They can’t eat before matches, they’ll cramp up. More for Otis! Oh goodness. “Oh yeeeeeah!” Blue Collar Solid and the New Day are comiiiin~! This! Team rocks! This! Team rocks!
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
What does he have to say about attacking Roman Reigns? The King puts on his crown to say, “No.”
“Shorty” Chad Gable VS Curt Axel w/ Bo Dallas!
The underdog is turning a negative into a positive! So what if he’s the smallest dog in the fight when he’s got the biggest fight in his heart?
The bell rings and Axel pats Gable on the head. Gable shrugs it off, to then tie up with Axel. Axel wrenches, Gable rolls and bridges and handsprings and spins to get free to arm-drag Axel down. Gable has Axel’s arm but Axel puts him in the corner. BO Dallas swipes at Gable and Axel fires off stomps! Bo brags for Axel as Axel snapmares Gable, to a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Axel drags Gable up to ram in his knee and then put on an armlock. Axel grinds his forearm on Gable’s face, but Gable gets up and body shots back. Axel knees low then whips, but Gable goes up and over to sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Axel flounders up but dodges Gable. Gable dodges BO to mule kick him, then slides under. Axel kicks low and hooks but Gable spins out, spins around and drop toeholds to the ANKLE LOCK! Axel taps, Gable wins!!
Winner: Chad Gable, by submission
Gable made short work of Axel with that one! Will everyone have to look up to Gable as he keeps rising through the ranks?
In-ring interview with Gable.
Superstars always seem to make fun of Gable’s height. Gable isn’t being held back by his height, his height makes him who he is! Being yourself is absolutely okay! People will always make fun of you for something, but Gable says, “Thank you.” That is the motivation that made Gable look at himself and embrace who he was! Everyone has insecurities, but Gable says you CAN overcome! Don’t run, don’t hide, but accept it all! Indy likes that “Shorty Gable” is going with this. In fact, he shortens it to “Shorty G.” Will Shorty G make that G soon stand for “Gold”?
Team Hogan is in trouble!
With Seth Rollins having to defend his Universal Championship against The Fiend, Bray Wyatt, he has dropped out of the match! So Hogan himself is here via Skype to say, “What’s up, Maniacs?!” The Hulkster only has a couple weeks left to finalize his team. Hogan has confidence he’ll beat Flair, because he has people knocking down his door to be on the team. Then who is going to join Hogan’s team now? Here’s a teaser: the highlights are Shorty G and Mustafa Ali, but Hogan will have an announcement to reveal the new members! So whatcha gonna do, Flair, when Team Hogan runs wild on you!?
8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler & The Revival!
Awwwww~ INDYYY~! Clap for this massive team-up, and feel~ the power~! Will Tucker & Otis mesh well with the six-time tag team champions? Or will Scott Dawson, Dash Wilder and the GLORIOUS Show-Offs be the #TopGuys tonight?
SmackDown returns as the former Raw Tag Team Champions and current SmackDown Tag Team Champions make their entrances. The teams sort out and Tucker starts against Ziggler. They circle and tie up, and Ziggler has a leg. Tucker blocks and they end up in a corner. Ziggler backs off but throws a sucker punch! Ziggler throws haymakers then dropkicks Tucker down! Ziggler runs, but Tucker dropkicks in return! Tag to Otis, and Heavy Machinery bring Ziggler up. Roode runs in to help, but he just gets suplexed along with Ziggler! Stereo suplexes slam Roode-Dolph, then Otis tags Big E. The two big men swivel them hits, before splitting the wishbone on ZIggler! The Revival run in, for double belly2belly suplexes! The Revival bail out as Woods comes in, and the New Day combine for WOods to FLY! Down go the Revival! Woods aims at Roode, but he gets the GLORIOUS ZIGZAG! It’s a SmackDown Tag Team demolition derby as we go to break!
SmackDown returns and Dash has Woods in a chinlock. Woods endures and fights his way up as fans rally. Dash pulls hair but Woods gives Dash a back suplex! Both men are down and fans rally with “New! Day Rocks!” But Dawson tags in, intercepts Woods and whips, but Woods blasts Roode-Dolph! Woods boots then chops then haymakers then chops, but Dawson kicks low to chop! Woods hits an enziguri! Now Dawson is down with Woods, and fans rally up again. Both men head for their corners, but Roode-Dolph trip up Tucker, Otis and Big E! Dash tags in and the Revival combine, backbreaker elbow drop! Cover, TWO! The Revival can’t believe it! Roode argues with the ref on their behalf, but Dash tags in Ziggler.
Ziggler drags Woods up, scrapes his foot on Woods’ face, then hoists him up top. Ziggler climbs up to join Woods but fans rally for the New Day. Woods resists and punches back! Woods clubs away on Ziggler’s back, then headbutts him down! Ziggler reaches but Woods adjusts, BIG missile dropkick rocks Ziggler! Fans fire up as Otis is back on the apron! Woods and Ziggler crawl, hot tags to Roode and Otis! The Dozer rallies! He runs over Roode, then scoops, spins and slams Ziggler! He hits both Revival members, but Roode kicks low. Otis pumps up! Roode CHOPS, but Otis starts gyrating! Otis headbutts Roode down, then he brings Ziggler over to send into Roode. But Dawson tags in as Ziggler SUPERKICKS! But Otis flapjacks Ziggler! Then tosses Roode with an exploder!
Dawson runs in but gets run over! Otis squashes Roode in a corner, and Roode is in the drop zone. Fans fire up as Otis hits the Caterpillar elbow! Dawson climbs, leaps, but into Otis’ arms! Tucky comes in, but Ziggler trips him up! Dash slingshots to tackle Otis down! Cover, TWO!! Tucker BLASTS Roode-Dolph! Dawson kicks Otis, but he can’t lift Otis! Otis lifts Dawson with the suplex! And holds him as Big E tags in. Big E takes the hand off and tags in Woods. Woods hops up, MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, The New Day & Heavy Machinery win!!
Winners: The New Day & Heavy Machinery, Xavier Woods pinning
An incredible combination wins tonight for big points in the SmackDOwn Tag Team Division! But will either team become the newest Best Tag Team in the World at Crown Jewel?
BREAKING NEWS: Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin must face ROman Reigns and Daniel Bryan!
That attack and teamwork from earlier tonight will not go unpunished! Will the Kings of SmackDown have to face their comeuppance already?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.
Knowing he has to again team with Roman Reigns, Bryan has never been affected by being beat up and beat down. It doesn’t matter about kings and draft picks and Twitter. This is Bryan’s first fight back on Friday Night SmackDown! And he and Roman will take those kings and make them look like jokers!
Mustafa Ali has a calling.
He has an “insane desire to shred labels.” It is why his heart beats so hard for this. The Beacon of Light shines in the darkest nights as he fights for change. Ali knows he’s an underdog, but he hopes his heart will carry him through.
Miz TV returns to SmackDown!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show and its host are once again on the blue brand! Let’s not waste any time welcoming out the bold new SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley! The new attitude even has a new theme song to go with it. And she is also accompanied by her best friend, Sasha Banks. The Boss walks with No More Hugs Bayley to the ring, and Miz’s stage hand gets a third chair. Fans have mixed reactions to this, and Miz is also surprised. Sasha says she is here to support her best friend. Bayely cuts Miz off in recapping her defeat of Charlotte Flair. And that again solidifies Bayley as a Grand Slam Champion. But Miz wants to talk more about the “shocking behavior” from last week.
A recap highlight reel plays. Hell in a Cell was a defeat that left Bayley throwing a tantrum, but within just a few days, Bayley broke the habit, and attacked her wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube men! Shockwaves were sent through the WWE Universe, especially the young fans. And if that wasn’t enough, Bayley brought the fury to Flair! It was another instant classic in their long rivalry, and as we already know, Bayley would find a way to win! And the cherry on top was Bayley shouting, “Screw ALL of you!”
Back in the present, Miz simply asks, “Why?” Bayley takes her time thinking on her answer. And eventually, she says, “I don’t owe you or anyone an explanation.” Maybe not Miz, but what about the kids who were her biggest fans? Bayley shrugs. Wow a champion that doesn’t talk. is she Brock Lesnar? Does that make Sasha her Paul Heyman? Changing everything about her, what was it? Was Bayley not getting respect? Getting love? Having insecurities? Maybe it was that no matter what Bayley did, she was always second fiddle to The Boss. Sasha speaks up and tells Miz that some fifth round draft pick should be talking. It doesn’t matter what round he was, fans listen to Miz. And he didn’t need to change his looks or slash up “Bayley Buddies” to be relevant. Bayley didn’t slash them to be relevant. She slashed those “stupid” things because that’s how the fans and the company saw her. Something fun and colorful.
But what about the real Bayley? Bayley gave and gave and gave. Merch, high-fives and hugs, and all anyone did was take. No one saw her be a real role model and a real hero. The night Bayley first won this SmackDown title, she said she would elevate the division, and she did that! And then at Hell in a Cell, when she lost it to Flair, she was heartbroken and in pain. But what did the fans do? Did the fans hug her back? NO. Bayley put herself second just to be a role model, and then when she needed the fans, where were they!? “They destroyed me.” But like a role model, she picked herself up and won HER title back! Sasha applauds. Bayley didn’t get any congrats that night, either, though. She thought the division lacked opportunity, but this division is lazy! There is no passion anymore! Bayley used to be what “they” wanted. But the truth is, Bayley has outgrown “them.” Fans boo, but Bayley doesn’t care. Do the fans want inspiration? “Life sucks, and then you die.”
But wait! Here comes Crazy Nikki Cross! The Loony Lass is back on SmackDown after a trade, and she has had enough out of bitter Bayley. Nikki speaks for Indy when she says the time for talk is over, and the time for action is NOW! So Bayley and Sasha should get comfortable to watch the Six Pack Challenge. Nikki will win and give Bayley a big ol’ hug! But wait! Dana Brooke wants to share her own thoughts. If anyone wants to talk about passion and desire, just look at what fuels Dana. She is underutilized and overlooked, but that was the past. Dana marks a new beginning for herself. And the WWE Universe will see something to cheer for. The #FlexAppeal is here on Fridays! But then the Sassy Southern Belle joins in, to simply swagger by to the ring. They will be joined by the FABULOUS Princess and both members of Fire & Desire, after the break.
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender Six Pack Challenge: Carmella VS Nikki Cross VS Dana Brooke VS Lacey Evans VS Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville!
Bitter Bayley has riled up the roster with her words, but only one gets to face her for the title! Will the FABULOUS Princess, the Loony Lass, Ms. Flex Appeal, the Sassy Southern Bell, the Golden Goddess or the Gladiator Gal be heading for the champion?
The bell rings and all six women stare down. Lacey bails out, she’s too classy for this chaos. Fire & Desire throw Dana out but then they brawl with Nikki and Carmella! Carmella rolls Mandy, TWO! Mandy elbows back while Sonya clubs Nikki down. Mandy suplexes and holds Carmella, and Sonya watches with pride as Mandy drops Carmella down. Sonya adds a sliding knee, but then Carmella bails out. Fire & Desire go after Nikki with stomps, willing to work together still. They mug Nikki while Lacey watches with a smile. Nikki fights back and clobbers Fire & Desire with forearms! Fans fire up for Nikki but the numbers are too much. Fire & Desire double whip but Nikki crossbodies, only to be caught. But she slips out to whip Sonya into buckles! Mandy clotheslines Nikki, but Nikki bails out. Fire & Desire are left together, but they decide to focus on Carmella on the outside. They mug Carmella and talk smack.
Mandy throws Carmella into barriers and Carmella tumbles over! But Dana handsprings to elbow them both down! Lacey picks her spot to attack Dana! Lacey goes after Nikki and puts her in the ring. Lacey takes some time to wipe herself off before throwing the hankie at Bayley. Nikki wrecks Lacye with a dropkick. Carmella LEAPS in outta nowhere on Lacey, Mandy and Sonya! Dana also gets up, and she stands tall with Carmella and Nikki as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Fire & Desire still work together to mug Carmella. They whip and kick then throw Carmella down. Dana, Lacey and Nikki are down and out somewhere around the ring as Carmella is put in a corner. But Carmella slips out to fight back! She boots Sonya and arm-drags Mandy into her! Carmella runs in, FABULOUS Bronco Buster! But Nikki rolls her up! TWO, but Nikki keeps on Carmella with a headbutt and whip. Carmella uses that to DIVE onto Fire & Desire! But Dana throws Carmella into barriers to then go after Mandy. Nikki climbs up to LEAP! Crossbody bowls her, Mandy and Sonya down! Nikki chases Lacey but Lacey whips Nikki into steel steps!
Lacey puts Dana in to slingshot dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! Lacey whips Dana but Dana reverses, only to run into headscissors. But Dana turns them into a POWERBOMB! Dana climbs up top, SWANTON! Cover, but Carmella AND Mandy break it up! Mandy and Carmella talk trash and SLAP away! They cat fight! Corey Graves can barely contain himself. Mandy comes out on top to jackknife cover, TWO! CODE OF SILENCE!! But Sonya saves Mandy by hitting Carmella with a sliding knee! Dana rolls Sonya, TWO! WOMAN’S RIGHT! FABULOUS KICK! Another FABULOUS KICK! KISS FROM A ROSE! THE PURGE!! Nikki wins!!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown women’s Championship
Bayley eyes Nikki from the ring and Nikki is furiously ready to fight again. Bayley just holds up her belt, but will it be hers for much longer?
Braun Strowman VS Drew Gulak!
The Monster Among Men is ready to throw hands with Tyson Fury, but he still needs to keep his skills sharp. How will he welcome the Philly Stretcher tonight?
The bell rings and Strowman chases Gulak to a corner. Gulak stays safe in the ropes, and grabs a mic to quickly address Strowman. This is Gulak’s debut, so he needs time to introduce himself. “My name is Drew Gulak, I am a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion,” and is quite a sports historian. Going the same ol’ “BRAUN” act won’t win at Crown Jewel. Strowman takes offense but Gulak stays safe in the corner. Fans chant “Get These Hands!” but Gualk’s point is proven. Fury will knock him out cold. Gulak doesn’t want to see that. Gulak is from the same cloth as Strowman as a pro-wrestler. SO Gulak has something special. He has 345 slides in a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION! If Strowman follows this plan, he will win. Look to the tron at slide 1. The first way Strowman can win against Fury- Strowman TOSSES Gulak! Then puts him in the corner, to toss him again!
Gulak flounders around but Strowman BOOTS him down! Strowman drags Gulak up but Gulak throws hands. Gulak doesn’t budge Strowman, Strowman headbutts Gulak out of the ring. Strowman decides to take a lap! Strowman runs around the ring to RUN Gulak over! Strowman puts Gulak in the ring, runs corner to corner and corner splashes GUlak! To then club him down with one arm! Strowman drags Gulak up for the scoop, and wants Fury to see the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
Gulak needs a presentation on what to do after you #GetTheseHands! Maybe Fury will take note.
Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS King Baron Corbin & Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn!
The Kings of SmackDown took offense to the Big Dog overshadowing them, but now they’ll have to face him and the Planet’s Champion! Will Corbin and Nakamura regret riling up two of the biggest names in SmackDown history? Or will they be rolling into Crown Jewel as part of Team Flair?
SmackDown returns as Corbin and Nakamura make their entrances. Roman comes out last, and is announced as Team Hogan’s new captain!! The Hulkster was right about that incredible announcement! But for tonight, teams sort out and Roman starts against Corbin. They start throwing hands and Roman rocks Corbin with uppercuts! Roman throws corner punches but Corbin shoves him away, only to run into another uppercut! Tag to Bryan, and Roman holds Corbin in place for Bryan’s dropkick! Bryan hits another, and then another! Bryan headlocks to bulldog Corbin down! Fans fire up as Bryan gives Corbin Yes Kicks! Bryan misses the buzzsaw and Corbin tags in Nakamura. Nakamura and Bryan circle, and Nakamura throws forearms. Bryan responds with EuroUppers, but Nakamura knees low, only to run into a kitchen sink knee! Bryan hops up but Sami distracts, and Nakamura kicks Bryan down! Bryan crashes and burns to the floor while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Corbin gives Bryan a ride in the DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! The ref defends his count to Corbin, so Corbin goes back to Bryan. Corbin mocks Bryan to reach for Roman before he stomps him out. Then Corbin decks Roman for good measure! Tag to Nakamura, and the kings work together to double suplex. Bryan slips out, and boots Nakamura. Bryan dodges Corbin and sends him into the post! Bryan rests while Nakamura stands, but Nakamura is on him with elbows and knees. Nakamura whips but Bryan goes up and over to build speed and clothesline! Sami panics while Bryan fires himself up. Roman is on the corner again, and reaches for his tag! Bryan crawls, but Corbin trips Roman up, tot hen whip him into steel steps! Those steps are blasted apart and Sami loves it!
Nakamura swings one kick but hits the second, then hits a sliding knee! Cover, TWO! Bryan still lives and Sami is upset. Corbin position steel steps and drags Roman over. Corbin brings the other piece while Nakamura mugs Bryan. The ref reprimands Corbin, so Corbin puts the steps down. Nakamura whips Bryan, Bryan dodges to wreck Corbin with a dropkick! Nakamura rolls Bryan, but Bryan reverses into the LeBelle Lock!! Nakamura endures, but Corbin gets in to break it up! Corbin stomps Bryan then puts him in the kings’ corner. But Bryan dodges, Corbin slides out, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Corbin down! And then SPEARS Corbin into the timekeeper’s area!! Indy loses their mind while Sami panics! Bryan gives Nakamura Yes Kicks! And the Buzzsaw! Fans fire up with Bryan while Sami is freaking out. But Nakamura knees Bryan first! And then takes aim, KINS- No, KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan & Roman win!!
Winners: Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns, Bryan pinning
The Planet’s Champion pins the Intercontinental Champion! Will Bryan have himself a title match in the near future? Will Roman be able to conquer the kings and Team Flair alongside Team Hogan?
SmackDown has recovered! The move to Fox and the WWE Draft were some speed bumps in the road, but SmackDown feels like it’s back on track. Apparently Roman Reigns’ mission statement that it isn’t about titles for him now still holds true, since his title match with Nakamura was more about setting up some Crown Jewel story. That’s fine, actually, there needed to be more of that story on TV rather than online through social media. Rollins being out, Roman is a natural replacement for him, and we also hear that Mustafa Ali and Chad Gable are in. Now we just need Flair to announce his fifth and final man, which might come on next week’s SmackDown when he and Hogan meet face to face again. The main event tag match tonight was pretty great, too. Corbin and Nakamura are working well together, and it was great for Bryan to get the win. That way, it can be Bryan and Nakamura for the title, and Roman can focus on star power feuds instead.
I suppose they’ll have to refer to Gable as “Shorty G” now. It seems those rumors from some time ago were right all along. The irony is that this counts as long term booking. Gable had a quick match tonight for a good win, just didn’t think this name thing was real. Who knows where it goes from here. The 8 Man Tag tonight was a lot of fun, too. New Day pins Revival, that could bring us a new rivalry for them. The Crown Jewel Tag Team Gauntlet will be a pretty great match, and there are a lot of great choices in that match for Best Tag Team in the World to essentially replace that whole thing with Shane and Miz from last year. I would also like to think that if the winning team isn’t a championship team, they can use being Best Tag Team in the World as a way into a tag title match before Survivor Series. And then, while Strowman was of course going to squash whoever to stay strong towards his match with Tyson Fury, it is a bit of a shame it’s Gulak. Gulak was strong coming out of 205 Live but oh well. At least we got a giggle out of the PowerPoint Presentation making a return.
The best stuff tonight was probably the SmackDown Women’s Division. Miz TV was a really good segment, but Miz is always good on the mic. Bayley’s motivation was easy to understand, and her line, “Life sucks and then you die,” was amazing. It has been used so many times in so many things, and so it was incredible to hear Bayley use it. The Six Pack Challenge was pretty good, too, though I would’ve appreciated something more from Fire & Desire. Them working together is natural, but there should’ve been either tension over who gets a cover, or the reverse and they’re both too nice offering the other the cover to the point it turns into tension. But anyway, while I was expecting Carmella to play off the NXT “Baymella” days and have Sasha get in on the mix, I was pleasantly surprised to see Nikki Cross win this. This probably brings Alexa Bliss around into this to counteract Sasha Banks, a tag team match acting as a warm-up for whenever the SmackDown Women’s Championship match happens. Maybe the SmackDown after Crown Jewel can act as a pseudo-Evolution all-women’s show?
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/19/21)
Dark has CERO! MIEDO!
The Lucha Brothers come to AEW Dark!
Another hefty helping of AEW Dark has a big tag team match of Chaos Project VS Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Luther and Serpentico fail to put fear in Death Triangle’s hearts?
- Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express; Luchasaurus wins.
- Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano; Guevara wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto; Scorpio wins.
- Shanna VS Marti Daniels; wins.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black; win.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales; win(s).
- Big Swole VS Alex Gracia; wins.
- Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; win(s).
- Top Flight VS KC Navarro & AJ Kirsh; wins.
- Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez
- The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; win(s).
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight; win.
- Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton; wins.
- Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express!
The Dungeon Master’s still on a win streak, but will it go extinct against the wrestling dinosaur? Luchasaurus gets a mic and says, “Boys, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. Er, the wooly mammoth.” Or rather, the dragon? There are no talking dragons in AEW, and why should you believe the talking dinosaur? Because he has a Masters Degree. We all know it’s just Brandon Cutler, so let’s have the match already. Cutler makes his entrance, and he stands face to face with Luchasaurus. Cutler of course takes the dragon mask, and the match begins!
Cutler sneaks up on Luchasaurus as he talks to the boys and rolls him up! TWO and Cutler hurries to the apron. Cutler slides under, avoids a stomp and then kicks Luchasaurus away! Cutler hurries up to slingshot and kick! Luchasaurus just gets mad! Cutler blocks the chop, gives a CHOP, but Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch! Cutler CHOPS, goes up and up but the arm-drag is blocked! Luchasaurus throws Cutler up top, Cutler boots him away but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! The ref reprimands Luchasaurus but he just growls.
Luchasaurus goes out to fetch Cutler, and CHOPS him against the railing! And CHOPS him again! Luchasaurus brings Cutler around to CHOP him down! Luchasaurus refreshes the count and Marko Stunt hopes Cutler doesn’t take this personally. Cutler crawls but Luchasaurus reels him into a wheelbarrow, to swing him into railing! Luchasaurus continues to stalk Cutler, drags him back up, but Cutler CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, and he boots Cutler into more railing, then BOOTS him over the railing! Cutler flounders up and Luchasaurus TOSSES him back to the ring! The ref counts but Luchasaurus puts Cutler in at 3.
Luchasaurus gets on the apron, Cutler ROUNDHOUSES! Luchasaurus stays up, grabs at Cutler, but Cutler hotshots him down! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Luchasaurus gets into the ring but Cutler slingshots for the senton! Cutler keeps moving, LONG DISTANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus growls, Cutler fires off hands but Luchasaurus just gets angrier. Luchasaurus blocks, KNEES, boots and HEADBUTTS! Cutler staggers up, Luchasaurus puts him in a corner for fast hands! The uppercut sends Cutler to the apron! Luchasaurus TOSSES Cutler back in! And then CLOBBERS him!
Fans fire up as Luchasaurus choke grips Cutler, but Cutler slips out of the choke slam! Cutler dumps Luchasaurus out, slingshots and PLANCHAS both men are down! Cutler puts Luchasaurus in, aims from an apron, springboard for the FROGGY BOW! Luchasaurus sits up before Cutler could cover! Cutler runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cutler springboards again, FROGGY BOW! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus still lives and Cutler can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Cutler heads to a corner and climbs, but Luchasaurus has him first with a choke grip!
Cutler clubs him away, leaps over but Luchasaurus ducks under to TAIL WHIP! AND CHOKE SLAM! Cutler ends up folded on his head!! Cover, TWO!?! Cutler lives and Luchasaurus can’t believe it! Luchasaurus aims as Cutler gets up, then spins, for the BUZZSAW! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
The win streak is extinct, but Jungle Boy and Stunt jokingly resuscitate Cutler. Will Jurassic Express get back on track in the AEW Tag Division? Can Cutler recover to start a new win streak?
Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano!
The Best Ever, the Spanish God, and one half of the Inner Circle’s primary tag team? Well, Sammy will team with Jake Hager for Dynamite to take on the other teams formed within the faction, but will The Australian ruin his tune-up?
The bell rings and fans rally as Sammy and Australiano circle. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Australiano to then spin and float and pose. Sammy backs off to lounge on the ropes, then circles with Australiano again. They approach but Australiano has Sammy stop. Australiano wants to see Sammy’s moves, then starts dancing around. Sammy swings on Australiano, Australiano ducks and uppercuts! Sammy keeps coming with fast hands, Australiano blocks and blocks and HELL STAB uppercuts! Australiano dances, blocks Sammy’s kick and ducks the enziguri to hit the corkscrew senton!
Australiano jumps the sweep, handsprings and goes around and around to headscissor Sammy to a corner! Australiano does his dance, goes after Sammy in the corner, but Sammy turns it around to CHOP! Australiano returns the CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Sammy reverses, Australiano goes up and over and Sammy hits buckles! Corner 619! Australiano heads up top, TORNILLO BODY ATTACK! A direct hit but a rough one for both men! Sammy rolls out of the ring and walks it off, but Australiano gets to a corner and up top again, for another TORNILLO! Another rough landing but Australiano gets up! Fans rally as Australiano and Sammy stand.
Australiano puts Sammy in and goes to the corner, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy bails out and Australiano is beside himself! Australiano hurries as Sammy slowly stands, and he goes to the apron for a Penalty Kick. Sammy ducks it, Australiano SHOOTING STARS, into a SUPERKICK! Sammy takes Australiano out of the air and brings him up to whip into railing! Sammy swaggers, drags Australiano up and snap suplexes! Sammy puts Australiano in the ring, back suplex to a DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Australiano survives and Sammy is surprised. Sammy drags Australiano to a drop zone, climbs up top, and fans rally up as Sammy SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!
Australiano drags Sammy to the drop zone, climbs back up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Australiano bounces off the cover! Australiano crawls back and covers, ROPEBREAK! Sammy saves himself and Australiano can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Australiano drags Sammy up to a fireman’s carry but Sammy elbows free. Sammy shoves Australiano to the corner, Australiano hops up and trust falls back, but Sammy catches him into the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Sammy applauds Australiano’s efforts, but obviously Australiano’s best wasn’t better than the Best Ever! Sammy gets the mic to say, “I’m gonna make this quick. I know Taz has after parties to get to.” So Sammy makes sure we zoom in on the shoulder. Do you see that? No, you probably can’t. But he feels it. He feels when the weight gets heavier every single day, week, month. It’s a chip on his shoulder! There will be gold on these shoulders one day. Not only is Sammy carrying Dark, but he’s carrying Dynamite and every PPV he’s on because he’s the best worker in AEW!
Oh, is he just Jericho’s sidekick? That’s the only reason he’s here? We all know Jericho brought Sammy here, but here’s a secret: “I wasn’t some friendly favor of Chris Jericho.” Jericho is a father figure, a mentor, and the scout who saw Sammy busting his ass, and Jericho was the one saying AEW needs Sammy! Clap for the GOAT! But Sammy sets the record straight: he’s here because of work, and that work will get him every single championship AEW has! Whoever it is, update the rankings, because whether it’s Darby Allin or Kenny Omega, Sammy’s coming for everyone. Will Sammy’s pursuit of gold begin when he and Hager become THE tag team in the Inner Circle?
Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto!
While The Addiction of SoCal Uncensored are on a tag team quest that’s titles or bust, the Closer wants to climb up the ranks in his own right! Will he be able to #ReachForTheSky against the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball?
The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Comoroto. Scorpio headlocks but Comoroto shoves him right off. They circle again, Scorpio gets around then gets the headlock, but Comoroto blocks the takeover! Comoroto shoves, Scorpio rams him with a shoulder but bounces off! Comoroto and Scorpio circle, test of strength, but Scorpio dropkicks him to a corner! Scorpio fires off with forearms and uppercuts, but Comoroto tosses Scorpio into the corner! Scorpio gets away, throws a forearm and runs, Scorpio dodges the clothesline but Comoroto blocks the drop toehold! Scorpio goes to a corner, boots Comoroto away and goes up the corner, FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!!
Scorpio drops elbows on Comoroto and whips but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto whips, Scorpio holds ropes and elbows back. Scorpio goes to the apron, Comoroto grabs a leg but Scorpio clubs away on his back. Comoroto dodges the next forearm to hotshot Scorpio’s back! Comoroto drags Scorpio back into the ring, and stomps away on the back! Fans boo as Comoroto scowls and paces. Comoroto drags Scorpio up into the corner to throw forearms on the back, then RAM his shoulder in! Comoroto whips corner to corner hard and Scorpio falls to the mat! Fans rally, Comoroto stomps Scorpio then digs his knee into Scorpio’s back.
Comoroto drags Scorpio to a corner and bends him back against the post! The ref counts, Comoroto stops at 4, then stalks Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio throws haymakers and elbows, then goes up to leap, into Comoroto’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Comoroto digs his forearm into Scorpio’s face. Comoroto drags Scorpio up, scoops him and hits another BACKBREAKER! Comoroto makes it a backbreaker bend but lets off to loom over Scorpio. Comoroto straddle attacks Scorpio, then looms over him as he slowly gets up. Comoroto jumps again, Scorpio turns over, but Comoroto anticipates the knees! Comoroto grabs the legs, turns Scorpio over and has a HALF CRAB!
Scorpio endures, fans rally up, and Scorpio fights up towards the ropes for the ropebreak! Comoroto lets go quickly but he drags Scorpio from ropes. Scorpio kicks Comoroto away, Comoroto comes back but Scorpio dumps him out! Comoroto hurries back in but Scorpio clotheslines Comoroto and himself out! Scorpio hurries back in as Comoroto gets up, and Scorpio PLANCHAS to take Comoroto back down! Fans fire up as Scorpio gets up and hobbles. Scorpio puts Comoroto back in, climbs up top, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Scorpio fires up and he back kicks to then run and DUMDUM STOMP!
Comoroto staggers up, Scorpio fireman’s carries but the back gives up! Comoroto fireman’s carries Scorpio for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto is furious and he rains down rights! Comoroto roars, drags Scorpio back up and scoops him, but Scorpio slips off to BOOT! Comoroto just roars, so Scorpio BOOTS him again! Scorpio manages the fireman’s carry for the T K O! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
That was definitely a big challenge, but Scorpio overcame it! Will he rise up in the rankings to go after gold in the near future?
Shanna VS Marti Daniels!
So far, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s return has been perfect! She’s on a young win streak, but will that change against one of AEW’s newest additions?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black!
Eddie Kingston’s family still has a lot of beef with the Lucha Brothers but they’ll hash that out soon enough. Will the Real Man of Steel and EmpBruh be ground beef after tonight?
Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales!
AEW keeps setting them up, Billy and his boys, Austin and Colten, keep knocking ’em down! Will that streak continue the deeper we go into the new year?
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.118 ~ 18TH JANUARY 2021
The GHC National competitors continue to heat up right before their clash on the 23rd! The NOAH Juniors also stay…well the Juniors. Hisame explains if you don’t know!
The GHC National competitors continue to heat up right before their clash on the 23rd! The NOAH Juniors also stay…well the Juniors. Hisame explains if you don’t know!
Kenoh vs Kazunari Murakami
Kenoh and Kazunari Murakami had their one and only pre-match on the 16th January at Yokohama Radiant Halls. Murakami was repeatedly told off during the match for punching (mainly Kenoh) with a closed fist. However, it was Tadasuke who he choked out, and the referee stopped the match.
Afterwards, rather than scream and swear (like he would if it were Kaito Kiyomiya, Takashi Sugiura, Naomichi Marufuji or really anyone who Kenoh hates), Kenoh studied Murakami almost as if he was trying to work him out. Backstage Kenoh said in a promo which didn’t involve angry swearing, that although he hated Murakami “from the bottom” of his heart, he would play him at his own game. Was it okay to punch with a closed fist while wearing open fingered gloves? “Was that wrestling?” Kenoh has sworn he will show him “the true Kenoh”. Title match will take place on the 23rd January at the Osaka Edion Arena.
STINGER retain against Kongoh; challenged by mortal enemies
Although Nioh’s hubris led him to say that if he had two victories over HAYATA in a row, a third would follow, he and Haoh were unsuccessful in capturing the tag team titles and swinging the balance of power in the volatile NOAH juniors to their favor, when HAYATA pinned Haoh to retain the titles. Although it was never said by Yoshinari Ogawa, fans got the impression that HAYATA was walking a very thin line.
After the match, STINGER were celebrating their victory, when they were jumped by Kotaro Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai and Ikuto Hidaka, who threw HAYATA from the ring, kept Susumu (who had been at ringside) out, and stamped down on Yoshiari Ogawa, before Kotaro challenged for the titles saying, “The next is Hidaka and I. You can’t refuse. The place is the Nippon Budokan”. The pair of them threw the tag belts down that NOSAWA had draped over them, as HAYATA crawled back into the ring. For the second time, it was up to quiet shy HAYATA (who managed to keep his back to any cameras) to accept the challenge. Laconic as ever, HAYATA simply said “Next…you”.
Match has been set for the 12th February at The Nippon Budokan. The pre-matches, however, start on the 23rd January.
(This made my Match of The Year 2021 list)
EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS
- Post match promos ~ 10th January 2021 (Korakuen Hall)
- Event recap ~ 16th January 2021 (Yokohama Radiant Halls)
- Post match promos ~ 16th January 2021 (Yokohama Radiant Halls)
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
~ Shuhei Taniguchi tried “Disco Dancing”, except it looked more like some crazy jig.
~ Seiki Yoshioka is slowly discovering why HAYATA gave up speaking, by first of all reacting to YO-HEY verbally and wondering what he was talking about, and then reacting with “…?” after YO-HEY had babbled something about peanut butter.
~ Go Shiozaki and Naomichi Marufuji had a chop challenge. On Atsushi Kotoge’s chest.
~ Yoshiki Inamura has declared that the Musou will be hunting Jun Akiyama at The Nippon Budokan.
~ NOAH are teasing a GHC Heavyweight tag title match by The Aggression. Nakajima has started talking about “natural” it feels, with Masa Kitamiya saying how much The Sugiura Army (especially Sugiura) irritate him.
~ Manabu Soya carried Tadasuke of the ring after being choked by Kazunari Murakami, as if he was going to Avalanche slam him.
~ NOSAWA Rongai told Kotaro Suzuki and Ikuto Hidaka that they had bad fashion sense, Hidaka’s clothes were as bad as his promo skills, and that he felt sorry for the champions on that account.
~ Although the steel plate in his jaw was difficult to remove, Kaito Kiyomiya has made a good recovery and returned to the NOAH dojo. Naturally, he has not shown any pictures of his face.
~ The last time Go Shiozaki took a headbutt from Atsushi Kotoge, his head was split open and his teeth knocked out.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Go Shiozaki
Challenger: Keiji Mutoh (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA)
Challengers: Kotaro Suzuki & Ikuto Hidaka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC National Champion: Kenoh
Challenger: Kazunari Murakami (23rd January, Osaka Edion Arena 2nd Stadium)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Thursday 21st January: Go Shiozaki (39)
Saturday 23rd January: NOAH “Higher Ground 2021” (Osaka Edion Arena 2nd Stadium)
NOAH’s Yokohama Radiant Halls event will be broadcast on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on the 19th January. The event on the 23rd January in Osaka will be broadcast on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on the 26th January. You must be a subscriber to view these events.
Pictures taken from Noah GHC
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