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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/13/19)

So much is on the line on the way to WarGames!



NEW NXT Coverage

Stakes are raised amidst the takeover!

While Io Shirai and Mia Yim climb to new heights of intensity for the advantage at WarGames, Lio Rush defends his championship against Angel Garza! Who come out rolling down the road to Survivor Series Weekend?



  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Lio Rush VS Angel Garza; Rush wins and retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Xia Li VS Aliyah w/ Vanessa Borne; Li wins.
  • Roderick Strong VS Keith Lee; Lee wins.
  • Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed; Swerve wins.
  • Killian Dain VS Pete Dunne; No Contest.
  • Ladder Match: Io Shirai VS Mia Yim; Shirai wins the advantage for their team in WarGames.


The takeover goes both ways.

The Undisputed Era talked big on the other brands, but then The OC gave them a taste of their own medicine! AJ Styles and the Good Brothers came to Full Sail, but found it was “Daddy’s Home.” Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle and Keith Lee defended their territory. The Women’s WarGames match heated up, the Bruiserweight got beat down, and the Prince drew battle lines. What is going to happen next?!


NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Lio Rush VS Angel Garza!

This is what’s next! And what’s first on the docket for tonight. The Man of the Hour tried being respectful to his number one contender, but instead of a handshake, he got a slap across the face! Will Garza climb to the mountain top of the Cruiserweight Division tonight? Or will the Living Piece of Gold keep his piece of gold around his waist?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and fans are already dueling as this match takes off!

Lio and Garza stare down but Garza offers a handshake. Lio sees the slap coming, through! Lio whips, Garza reverses but Lio redirects, slides under and waistlocks. Garza bucks Lio off but Lio handsprings under, only to be stopped by another offer of the handshake. Lio kicks but is blocked, Garza flips Lio away then bails out of the ring. Garza goes out to the crowd where Lio’s family sits, to strip his pants off in front him them! That’s daring! But Lio DIVES to take Garza down! Lio puts Garza in the ring, things speed up, Lio tilt-o-whirls to tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Garza survives the speed but Lio won’t let up. Lio snarls as he gives kicks to the chest. Garza ducks to shove but Lio rebounds! Garza gets clear of the Come Up then runs, but Lio sends him tumbling out of the ring! Lio dares Garza to come back, to then wreck him with a dropkick. Lio builds speed again, for a LOWPE into a powerslam! Garza gets the better of Lio as NXT goes picture in picture.

Garza drags Lio up and throws him into steel steps! Garza then drags Lio into the ring, covers, TWO! Garza keeps his cool as he turns Lio around to get in a dragon sleeper. Garza suplexes, rebounds Lio off ropes to then drop the inverted suplex! Lio flounders up into a SUPERKICK in the corner! Garza drags Lio to a cover, TWO! Garza drags Lio up to haymaker him into a corner. He puts Lio on the second level, to ram in a knee! Lio flops to the mat and Garza covers again, TWO! Lio gets to ropes but Garza dares him to get up. Garza clubs Lio on the back but Lio hits back with haymakers. Garza shoves, and pops Lio up for a knee to the ribs! Cover, TWO! Garza drags Lio up to a fireman’s carry, but Lio pops up for a SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Lio gets to a corner but comes back, only for Garza to shove and DECK him!

Garza wraps Lio up in a seated abdominal stretch, and throws toying jabs into Lio’s head. Garza slaps Lio around and gets him down for a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Lio endures, resists and fights his way up. Lio and Garza throw hands, but Lio flounders on wobbly legs. Garza clubs Lio down as NXT returns to single picture. Garza brings Lio up, but gets a strike fest of palm strikes and forearms! Lio throws more forearms, but Garza comes back. Lio dodges, handsprings, back elbow! Cover, TWO! Lio grows frustrated but he and Garza slowly rise. Fans rally up as Lio drags Garza up. Garza CHOPS Lio, but that only angers him! Lio boots, Garza blocks to KNEE back. Garza goes for the underhooks but Lio slips out. His boot is caught again but the SLAP makes contact! Lio BOOTS Garza onto ropes, then runs, springboard, the DROPKICK takes down the Come Up! Cover, TWO!! Lio lives and Garza is livid!

Garza drags Lio to a drop zone, goes onto the ropes, LIONSAULT FLOPS! Lio spins Garza around and around, Hands of Time! Cover, TWO!! Garza survives the spinning Unprettier and fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Lio gets some space and heads up top. Fans duel again as Lio reaches the top rope, only for Garza to trip him up! Garza climbs up to join Lio, and stands on the very top, scoop to POWERSLAM MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!?! Lio survives and Garza can NOT believe it! The fans themselves lose their minds, then declare “This is Awesome!” Garza drags Lio to a drop zone and climbs up again, but Lio anchors his feet. Garza kicks him off to stomp and punch away! Garza gets a running start, into a SPANISH FLY! Both men are down after Rush Hour, but Lio is up first. Lio wants Garza to get up, for the HEEL BUZZSAW!

Lio wants more, and dares Garza to get up again! Garza rises, Lio runs, COME UP! But he holds on!? Lio wants to hurt Garza now! He SLAPS, runs, COME UP- NO! Garza blocks, turns Lio around, underhooks to WING CLIPPER!! Cover, TWO!?! Lio still lives!! This is why fans love “NXT! NXT!” Garza drags Lio back up and into underhooks. Garza tries again, but he also ups the elevation! He goes up to the bottom rope, then the second! But Lio pops out to headbutt Garza! And again! Garza headbutts back! They both headbutt over and over! Lio flops and body scissor tosses Garza! Lio hurries back up those ropes but Garza is slowly standing. Lio leaps, HUGE Final Hour Splash! Cover, TWO!!! Fans still duel as Lio goes back to the corner. Garza hurries as fast as he can in that daze, but he gets a splash while standing! Cover, but Garza’s foot is on the rope! Lio wins!?

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall; still NXT Cruiserweight Champion

Controversy for the Cruiserweights! Lio wins because the referee missed the ropebreak! Lio leaves with the gold for now, but will this be grounds for a rematch?


There’s been an attack backstage!

Rhea Ripley and Tegan Nox have been attacked, but there’s no culprits in sight. Is this the work of Shayna Baszler and her own WarGames team? Or a stealthy retaliation from Raw or SmackDown?


The Queen of Spades wreaks havoc on all brands!

She’s already bullied and beaten woman after woman on NXT, but she’s made herself known to both The Man, Becky Lynch, and Bad Bad Bayley. Will she receive any retribution before Survivor Series?


Xia Li VS Aliyah w/ Vanessa Borne!

Things are about to get spicy in Full Sail! But can she beat one half of #BorneBougie as an audition to Team Baszler?

The bell rings and Aliyah circles with Xia. Vanessa swipes but Xia sees Aliyah coming. She waistlocks but Aliyah uses a pull of the hair in the standing switch and she throws Xia down by said hair. Aliyah doesn’t care that the ref reprimands her, she and Xia speed up. Xia rolls Aliyah, ONE, to a dead lift! Aliyah pops out but gets a strike fest! Fans cheer for the kung-fu strikes but Vanessa tries to drag Aliyah out. Xia drags Aliyah back in, and Vanessa with her! Xia stomps Vanessa’s hands to get her to back off! But Aliyah takes a cheap shot. That only angers Xia! The spicy side comes out with spin kicks! But Aliyah backs off all the way to ropes. Xia storms over, into a hotshot! Aliyah hits a Northern Lights, bridging cover, TWO!

Aliyah kicks XIa while she’s down, then runs to hit a knee strike! She drags Xia up again but Xia hits back! Xia boots Aliyah to a corner, then boots her back down! Xia whips Aliyah to a corner, handsprings in, big forearm smash! Then she pushes Aliyah aside, to springboard up to drop ax handles down! Xia keeps going, fireman’s carry, but Aliyah rakes eyes! Aliyah ducks one kick but not the second! Xia covers, Xia wins!

Winner: Xia Li, by pinfall

She was just too spicy for Aliyah. In fact, she may have done some serious damage to Aliyah’s face. Xia shows no concern for the bougie bullies, and celebrates her win. Will she be moving up the ranks right into WarGames? Or will she be waiting just outside the gates?


Finn Balor is here!

The Prince is back and he made sure to make it clear this is rrreeeal. And despite how Finn hurt Johnny Gargano really bad, fans still follow his every move. Finn takes up the mic and wonders, “This is it? This is NXT now? What happened to this place?” What happened to the business? The business Finn loves! NXT was great but now it’s a joke! The Heart of NXT, Johnny Wrestling? He’s all sore from something that happened three weeks ago! Finn built this place, and then he leaves and “a bunch of little boys moved in.” All these babies want sympathy for getting hurt? Don’t get Finn started on Matt Riddle. Finn dropped him last week and he hasn’t been seen since. So Finn begs someone to get in the ring with him.

But it IS Matt Riddle who gets in the ring! Riddle and Finn brawl, and fans chant “BRO! BRO!” Finn boots Riddle back and the brawl continues, but Riddle kicks Finn out of the ring. Finn hits back but Riddle sends him into railing and kicks him over! Finn flounders away and Riddle tells him, “Keep running, bro!” The “putz” can’t run forever. But then the Undisputed Era appears! They’re all just as riled up over things that have happened between them and Riddle. Cole tells Riddle, “Wrong place, wrong time.” They want to use Riddle as a punching bag over the OC, but here comes Ciampa and Keith Lee! The WarGames team assembles but Cole shouts, “How stupid can you guys be?!” Were they not watching SmackDown and Raw?! The Undisputed Era is the most dominant force in the WWE! Lee says “We don’t give a DAMN!” But please, get in this ring to have it out.

No? They don’t want to get in? Then shut up and let Lee give them some appreciation. Yes, Adam Cole beat Daniel Bryan. And yes, he stood up to Seth Rollins. But here’s the thing! Right here, right now, is he going to stand up to Lee? Roderick Strong shouts for Lee to shut his mouth! This is Adam Cole, BAYBAY! The most successful champion these last two weeks who deserves a night off! So instead, “you big dummy,” if Lee wants a fight, it’ll be against Strong! Lee isn’t that picky, and he draws the line. Fish says Roddy will cross that line happily! Referees hurry out to keep things from breaking down, but it sounds like the challenge has been accepted. And as soon as the rest of their teams are away from the ring, Lee YANKS Strong into the ring! This battle of the strong and the limitless begins after the break!


Roderick Strong VS Keith Lee!

NXT returns with this match already underway. Strong clubs Lee around, then kicks his legs. Strong throws forearms and kicks, but runs into a pop-up flapjack! Lee looms over Strong as fans chant. Lee stands on Strong’s chest for a cover, TWO! Strong gets to ropes but Lee still stands on him! The ref counts and Lee backs off, to drag Strong up into a corner. Lee throws big body shots, then stalks him around the way. Strong stops, only to get more body shots. Strong throws forearm and elbows back, and even CHOPS, but Lee DECKS him with that left! Strong flounders about, but Lee brings him up again, to CHOP him off his feet! Strong gets to a corner to boot back! Lee stays up so Strong hops up, and leaps, into Lee’s arms! Lee adjusts but Strong fights with elbows, only for Lee to power up. Strong keeps fighting, but Lee still slams him down! Cover, ONE!

Lee grinds Strong down and tortures an arm. Lee smothers Strong while stretching the arm back. Fans duel but Strong reaches up to kick free. Lee just grimaces but Strong CHOPS. Strong forearms and kicks away on a leg. Strong gets Lee on his knees to throw haymakers and then just barrel into him with a shoulder. Lee stays up so Strong tries again. Lee still stays up, and manages to bounce Strong off himself! Strong keeps trying, but Lee gets up. Lee looks mad! But then he grins, as he grabs Strong to whip him at a corner. Strong goes up but can’t get over, so he slips out to CHOP away! Strong runs, into the GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS! Lee watches Strong crawl to the corner and under the ropes. Lee starts to climb up, and brings Strong up to join him. But Strong fights back with body shots, and then trips Lee up! BIG knee knocks Lee to the mat! Strong rests on the outside while we go to break.

NXT returns as Strong throws forearms into Lee’s back. Strong chops but Lee ROCKS him with that left. Strong comes back with more but Lee clubs him again. Lee swings, Strong dodges and dropkicks Lee out of the ring! Strong hurries to the apron, to leap! But Lee catches him again! Strong fights out with furious forearms, but Lee rocks him with another left! Lee rams Strong into the apron, then trophy lifts him to toss him into the ring. But Strong lands on his feet to wreck Lee with a dropkick! And then another! Lee bounces off the railing but Strong needs to catch his breath again. Strong drags Lee up as the ring count climbs to 5. Lee pushes Strong into railing and gets in the ring. Strong hurries into the ring at 8, and clubs away on Lee’s back! Lee tries to rise but Strong just clubs him down more. Lee shoves, Strong hits a Sick Kick! Cover, TWO!

Strong has Lee in a camel clutch, pulling back on Lee. Fans rally up as Lee endures, and Lee powers up and to his feet. Strong is a backpack and he fish hooks the face! Strong chop blocks a leg, then slaps Lee around. Strong forearms and clubs Lee, but Lee clamps onto his wrist. Lee just powers up from the forearms, then roars to DECK Strong over and over! Lee whips Strong to a corner, corner splash to a BIEL! Strong flounders up for a big forearm smash! And a standing belly2belly suplex! He didn’t need to do anything more than throw Strong! Lee covers, TWO! Lee drags Strong up in a fireman’s carry but Strong uses both elbows and knees to fight free! Strong leaps but Lee swats the knee strike away! Then elbows Strong in the back to bring him into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Lee keeps his cool, and formulates an idea as fans build to a rally.

Lee drags Strong to a corner and sits on top. Lee drags Strong up to join him but Strong fights back. Lee shoves Strong but Strong returns with haymakers. Strong climbs up to join Lee now, but Lee shoves him away again. Enziguri rocks Lee! Strong climbs again, and uses the leverage, but Lee powers him away again. Strong hits another knee! Then climbs up once again, to bring Lee up for a SUPERPLEX!! Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro as Strong covers, TWO!! Lee lives but Strong goes after the legs. Strong tries to turn Lee over but Lee pushes him away. Strong clubs Lee down fast to bring him up for forearms. Lee forearms back and they brawl back and forth. Strong elbows, Lee GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Lee runs into a boot and an enziguri! Strong hits forearms smashes side to side to side, only to get WALLOPED! Both men are down, but the Undisputed Era return. But so do Ciampa and Riddle!

Ciampa sends O’Reilly into a post then brawls with Cole before running O’Reilly over with a knee! Riddle and Fish brawl off camera but Cole SUPERKICKS Ciampa down! Riddle tosses Fish over steel steps, to then use them for a SUPER BRO FOREARM! But Finn SLINGBLADES Riddle! Then gives him double stomps! Finn is seething, his shotgun dropkick blasts Riddle into steps! Lee glares at Finn, but Strong comes up with a big knee! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Strong gets moving, but Lee ducks the kick to roll Strong around and up into the fireman’s carry! JACKHAMMER! Cover, Lee wins!!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

But then the Undisputed Era attacks! Ciampa rises to go after them but the numbers are not in their favor! They don’t have a fourth man, until now! Dominik Dijakovic is here and he clobbers the Era! And BOOTS Cole! He shoves Strong out then grabs reDRagon for DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS! He blocks the superkick, slaps Cole around, then hits FEAST YOUR EYES! Dijakovic goes to Ciampa, and he wants in on WarGames. Ciampa shakes Dijakovic’s hand, he’s on the team! But then Dijakovic turns around to see Lee. Fans want the rivals to “Hug It Out!” but they shake hands instead. Team Ciampa needed a fourth, and this is the biggest addition you could get! Will the Croatian Colossus be the key to turning the tide in WarGames?


Another attack just happened backstage!?

Both Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke are down! They may not be on Shayna’s WarGames team, but between being a friends, Horsewomen and potential bodyguards, they were prime targets. But who attacked them? Wait, even Candice LeRae is down!? This no longer make sense! Triple H comes out to check on the three, and wants security to lock Full Sail down. HHH wants to know who this is just as much as we do, but will we find out before the night is over?


Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed!

Whose house? Swerve’s House! But will Swerve have the swagger strong enough to defeat Aussie Strong Style?

The bell rings and the two Breakout superstars hear the fans dueling between “SWERVE!” and “THICC!” The two fist bump to show there is respect, and then they tie up. Swerve gets around but Reed wristlocks him back. Swerve uses the ropes to flip through and reverse to a waistlock, but Reed works on the hold. Swerve shoves him but Reed rebounds to run Swerve over! Swerve kips up right back! They go again, Swerve wristlocks Reed, but Reed wrenches back. Reed whips Swerve to a corner but Swerve side steps and then hops up, leaping missile dropkick! Reed rebounds to run him over again! Reed drags Swerve back up and headbutts him. Fans say it’s “Thicc Boi Season” as Reed headbutts Swerve more. Swerve staggers after each one, then Reed gives him an extra thicc headbutt!

Swerve gets up to CHOP back, and CHOP again. Swerve runs, but into Reed’s headlock! Reed brings Swerve around but Swerve powers out. Swerve ducks under but Reed sees it, and sits on him! Swerve is being crushed by the thickness! Then Reed brings Swerve up just to banzai drop him down! Reed drags Swerve into a dead lift waistlock, and TOSSES Swerve out of the ring! Reed goes out to fetch Swerve and CHOP him against railing. He scoops Swerve but Swerve slips out to shove Reed into a post! Swerve evens things with Auszilla as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Swerve elbows Reed off the waistlock. Reed clubs Swerve back then German Suplexes, but Swerve lands on his feet! Swerve goes up and over and sobat kicks! Swerve kicks out a leg to then hop up, to drop the elbow on the shoulders! Swerve has Reed down as fans rally up. Swerve runs into a CHOP! Reed runs into a somersault Complete SHOT! Cover, TWO! Reed survives but Swerve keeps his focus. Swerve drags Reed up to clothesline, but Reed stays up. Swerve tries again, but Reed is still up! Swerve spins but that’s still not enough! Reed CLOBBERS then SENTONS Swerve! Fans fire up as Reed drags Swerve to a drop zone. Reed climbs up top but Swerve superkicks a leg out! Swerve haymakers then climbs, and he goes after the arm with a kimura. Reed clubs Swerve off to scoop and turn him around, but Swerve fights for his life! Swerve flips out, sweeps a leg, satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Swerve grits his teeth and goes after Reed’s arm. Swerve clubs the arm but Reed snapmares Swerve off. Swerve runs in to uppercut in the corner! Then he runs, rebounds and rolls, into Reed’s sit-out SPINEBUSTER! Alabama Lift, DUDE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Reed is at a loss for words. Reed gets up, drags Swerve into a suplex, but Swerve fights out and is safe on the apron. Swerve bobs ‘n’ weaves to hotshot the bad arm! Swerve steps in, but the huricanrana is blocked! Swerve makes it a triangle hold while Reed stays standing, but Reed dead lifts! Swerve lets up, avoids a clothesline but his kick is blocked. Reed CHOPS then spins, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Back kick, hop on, sunset flip but Reed sits down! Swerve dodges, calf kick! Cover, Swerve wins!!

Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall

The #HouseCall calf kick gets Swerve his literally biggest win yet! But what’s bigger is that there’s still respect betwen these two. Will Swerve aim for even bigger targets after WarGames?


Cathy Kelley has updates on tonight’s goings-on.

Tensions are running high after the two separate attacks on women involved in the WarGames match. Is it a Raw, SmackDown or even another force within NXT doing this?

Meanwhile, GM William Regal has made a match for WarGames, Finn Balor VS Matt Riddle! The Prince and the Bro will settle their own beef, but that does mean Team Ciampa will need a new fourth man to replace him. Dijakovic was already big, but is there going to be an even bigger addition to Ciampa’s team this close to facing off with The Undisputed Era?


Killian Dain VS Pete Dunne!

The Beast of Belfast took offense just from the Bruiserweight walking all over his exit. But then it escalated when Dunne snapped Dain’s fingers. Dain then looked to snap bones as he went after Dunne just last week! This match is to finally have these two settle things in the ring, what will snap before the end of the fight?

But just as Dain makes his way out, DAMIEN PRIEST attacks! The Archer of Infamy stomps Dain down for his part in the attack last week! Dunne doesn’t care who he fights, he goes after Priest now! But Dain rises to run Priest over! Dain, Priest, Dunne, they’re all fighting each other! Referees and security hurry out to stop this, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Dain gets lose to clobber Dunne and put him int he ring Bu then Priest throws Dain into steps! Dunne is vulnerable for the CYCLONE KICK! Priest even DECKS security! He drags one up and crucifies him for a TOSS onto everyone! The Archer hit multiple targets with one shot, but Dain and Dunne are far from through with each other. So Priest step-up CONJILOS! He takes them out, too! Will Priest use both the Bruiserweight and Big Damo to #LiveForever?


Backstage interview with Mia Yim!

Just moments away from the ladder match with Io Shirai, and yet her team has been taken out. It feels like Mia is looking over her shoulder every few minutes. But this was expected from Raw and SmackDown. NXT is the main roster, so she dares anyone to come at her. She was the newest member to the team, now she’ll get her team the advantage they need. But then Dakota Kai walks in. She knows things are crazy, so Dakota just wants to let her know there are no hard feelings. Mia was chosen fair and square. If anything goes down, Captain Kick has the Blasian Baddie’s back. That ladder match main event is next!


Speaking of ladder matches…

For the Men’s WarGames advantage, it is Adam Cole and Dominik Dijakovic stepping up for their teams! The NXT Champion leads his team by example, but will he get past the towering titan that just joined up with Team Ciampa?


Ladder Match: Io Shirai VS Mia Yim!

Not only is this to gain an advantage in the first-ever Women’s WarGames match, this is also NXT’s first Women’s Ladder Match! Who climbs to the top to put their team on top come TakeOver?

The bell rings and the two go right at each other! They brawl, but Shirai grabs hair to biel Mia down. But then Mia gets Shirai with a back suplex. Shirai lands on her feet to dropkick Mia out,t hens he builds speed to DIVE! The tope takes Mia out at the ramp! Shirai goes for the ladder but Mia clubs her away. Mia bumps Shirai off the apron to then get the ladder for herself. She brings that extra tall ladder to the ring, but Shirai dropkicks the ladder into her! Shirai pushes the ladder the rest of the way but Mia anchors her feet, to bring her into a wheelbarrow. There’s a second ladder sticking out from under the ring, so Mia facebusters Shirai onto it!

Mia wobbles her way back to the ring and goes back to the first ladder. But Shirai’s in fast and clubs Mia down! Shirai throws Mia out to then go to the first ladder. Mia grabs it it, and yanks ladder to bring Shirai into ropes! Mia makes a bridge with the ladder and then drags Shirai out, to whip at the ladder! Shirai ducks, to BOOT the ladder into Mia! Shirai hurries to get back in, but Mia doesn’t let her bring the ladder in with her. Mia lets the ladder open, however, to snap clap on Shirai’s fingers! Shirai reels back in pain while Mia brings the ladder around. The ref checks on Shirai but she won’t let the hand stop her. Mia sets the ladder off to the side to BOOT Shirai out of the ring! But Shirai drags Mia out to the floor. Shirai goes to that second ladder and picks it up. She brings it around, but Mia gets clear! Shirai only hits apron!

Mia clubs Shirai on the back then CHOPS her on the front! Shirai forearms back then bumps Mia off railing. Both women crawl for the ring but Mia anchors Shirai again. Shirai CHOPS Mia, but Mia just clamps back on. Shirai stomps and kicks her down, but Mia refuses to let her get far. Shirai kicks Mia away, then crawls away. Mia pursues, and bumps Shirai off the apron. And off steel steps! Mia leaves Shirai behind to get the ladder. Shirai hurries in to grab the other end. Mia and Shirai tug-o-war, but then Mia uses the ladder to flip Shirai over! Mia drags Shirai up, clubs her back, and suplexes. Shirai blocks and fights back, to suplexes Mia! Mia fights it off, the suplex struggle continues, and it’s Mia who Suplexes Shirai onto the ladder! But that’s double-edged, and both women are writhing as NXT goes picture in picture!

Shirai and Mia clutch their damaged backs, but Mia heads for the ladder. Mia manages to stand, but it’s hard to lift that ladder with a bad back. She manages to prop it up in the corner first, then goes back to Shirai. She stomps Shirai around then drags her up. Mia whips Shirai but Shirai reverses, Mia stops herself in time to mule kick Shirai back. Shirai blocks being bounced off the ladder, to throw Mia into the rungs! Mia is up against the steel, and Shirai goes corner to corner, into a shotgun dropkick! Both women are down again! Shirai and Mia stir slowly, and head for each other. Shirai throws a forearm on her knees, but so does Mia. They brawl on the mat, putting everything behind the forearms. NXT returns to single picture as Shirai gets the edge! They both stand, and Shirai kicks low to SHOTEI! Mia is down, but crawling while Shirai staggers.

Shirai stalks Mia to the ropes to stomp her and choke her on the ropes! No disqualifications so Shirai rocks the headscissor hold over and over. Shirai lets up to kick Mia in the back, then runs to 619! Shirai heads for the ladder in the corner while Mia flounders. Mia hurries to stop Shirai, and the two brawl again. Shirai rocks Mia to then whip, for a flapjack! Shirai heads for the ladder again but Mia comes back. Shirai underhooks Mia, but Mia fights out to Alabama and back drop! But Shirai lands on her feet! only to run into an overhead suplex that clips the ladder! Shirai’s leg is more banged up than anything, and fans are rallying up. Mia heads for the ladder while Shirai hangs half in, half out. Mia stands the ladder up under the briefcase! Mia climbs the ladder but Shirai heads after her. Mia stomps Shirai off to then give her kicks to the chest!

Mia kicks Shirai more, then drags Shirai up, only to be shoved into the ladder! Shirai tips the ladder over, because she has more devious plans for it. She puts Mia in the ladder, to use it to NUTCRACK THE BACK! Shirai scrapes Mia out and ditches this busted ladder for a fresh one! Shirai brings that into the ring while Mia writhes. Shirai stomps Mia down then kicks the useless ladder out of the ring. Shirai has the new ladder, but Mia brings her in, Protect Ya Neck! Mia hurries for the ladder, brings it up, but her back is making that hard. Shirai springboard dropkicks the ladder into Mia’s face!! Mia is immediately busted open! Shirai has drawn first blood, and a lot! But Shirai doesn’t care about that, she wants the ladder.

Referees and medics check on Mia while Shirai stands the ladder up with her own body. Shirai has the ladder up after some work, then climbs. But Mia doesn’t care about a busted face, she yanks Shirai off the ladder! And climbs it herself! Shirai hurries after her, GERMAN SUPLEX! Mia crashes down and Shirai is furious! She kicks the ladder over in anger, to METEORA Mia in the corner! And then hops up, DESCENT INTO- NO! Mia trips Shirai, claws her back, then climbs up top! Mia brings Shirai up, but Shirai fights back. Shirai headbutts the already bleeding face and Mia tumbles to the floor. But here comes Dakota Kai! Dakota checks on Mia, only for Shirai to ASAI MOONSAULT her and Mia! Shirai shows no mercy and no concern as she goes back to the ring.

Shirai crawls for the ladder she toppled over and works to get it back up. Shirai climbs, but Dakota is the one that goes after her! No disqualifications as she POWERBOMBS Shirai down! Dakota helps Mia into the ring and fans rally! Mia climbs, but wait, that’s NXT UK’s KAY LEE RAY!? She attacks Dakota, and then looks at Mia up top! She shoves the ladder over, Mia crashes through the forgotten ladder!! Full Sail loses their minds as the NXT UK Women’s Champion is helping Io Shirai! Is she the fourth woman?! Shirai reaches the top, has the briefcase, she and Team Baszler win!!

Winner: Io Shirai; Team Baszler has the WarGames advantage

Who would’ve expected NXT UK would get involved in NXT USA’s historic moment? But thanks to the Lethal Lass, Shayna Baszler and her team have a huge advantage! Speaking of, Bianca Belair and Shayna herself are now in the arena! The Queen of Spades now has the Evil Genius, The EST and KLR on her team. Did this team just go from vicious to lethal?

But wait! Baszler gets blindsided by Bayley! SmackDown’s champion is here for payback on Shayna, and she uses her new move to SMASH Shayna into her own championship belt! Bayley runs off before Shayna’s team can get at her, but did she just plant her flag in Full Sail’s soil?



My Thoughts:

An amazing episode to build up WarGames! But also, just a great episode overall. That was a great NXT Cruiserweight Championship match, on level with a TakeOver match. I wouldn’t be surprised if the controversy at the end is their way of bringing this back around for TakeOver to perhaps even open the night. We also got a pretty solid match for Xia Li VS Aliyah, and Aliyah may have legit lost a tooth or cut her lip on that last kick. It was also smart positioning on the card to get the things not directly related to the TakeOver build out first so the rest of the night could just be fluid WarGames build. Finn VS Gargano won’t happen, and it was good Heel work to make Gargano sound wimpy for sitting out because of his neck. And now we’re getting Finn VS Riddle instead and that match is going to be just as stellar as Finn VS Gargano. But this also means a new fourth man for Ciampa, so someone could come out of left field for a huge opportunity.

Dijakovic was a great choice for the first “fourth man,” he and Lee are going to be amazing in that match. Dijakovic VS Cole next week in the ladder match will be great, too, and could go either way, regardless of what we saw in tonight’s Women’s Ladder Match. Strong VS Keith Lee was great, and since Lee won clean, another North American Championship match for these two is going to be great, and can feed further into the story of Undisputed Era trying to hold onto their titles. At this rate, it doesn’t sound like it’ll be #WinnersTakeAll so there’s a lot of build to be done after WarGames for those title stories. Swerve VS Reed was a great match, I wonder if Swerve is that new fourth man after that big win. And I really liked that Priest attacked Dain before a match ever began. I am really thinking a triple threat of Dunne VS Dain VS Priest should be at least the post-TakeOver episode to give us something just truly amazing to watch.

The women’s division story of the night was great, too. The mystery attacker started feeling like it was going to be Dakota Kai given how she seemed so scorned by both teams. In fact, even with her assuring Mia she was on her side, that still didn’t convince me she was innocent. Shirai VS Yim in that ladder match was amazing! NXT always finds ways to freshen up match types we’ve seen forever. Shirai was part of NXT’s first Women’s Steel Cage match and made it fresh, and then she made this first Women’s Ladder Match brutal. Mia legit getting busted open, definitely not planned but it ups everything about this main event, especially Mia’s determination to keep fighting. Dakota turned out not to be the assailant, since she didn’t go after Mia. I did not expect Kay Lee Ray, I honestly thought it was going to be Heel Toni Storm. This is actually for the better, as Toni will still one day return to NXT UK the hero, and now Team Baszler has two champions!

And then a perfect reveal as to the real attacker from the night, it was Bayley, Shayna! It was Bayley all along!! Shayna gets comeuppance from Raw and SmackDown, Bayley invades as I felt she should, and it all reminds us that Shayna really does need to worry about Bayley and pulling double duty Survivor Series Weekend. I am so pumped for that four-day weekend that is Survivor Series Weekend 2019!

My Score: 9.3/10

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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023

Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?



Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.

Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.


  • Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
  • Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
  • Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
  • Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
  • X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
  • IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
  • Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
  • Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****



Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham

With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.

A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.

Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.

Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.

Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.

Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic. 

Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers

Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.

A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!

So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title. 

Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo

Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.

Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.

Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.

Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself. 

Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO

Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story. 

Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.

PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him.  PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.

Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.

Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.

X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)

Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey. 

Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.

Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.

Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.

IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)

It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.

 Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.

Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.

The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.

Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!

Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer

This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt. 

Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.

Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the  camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.

Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.

Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table. 

Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry.  Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now! 

Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin

Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.

Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to  his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.

Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.

Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.

Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.

Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.

Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.

Overall Score: 7/10

Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.

The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)

It’s a family feud!



Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.

While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?


  • Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
  • Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
  • WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
  • “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.


Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!

The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!

Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!

Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!

Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!

Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”

Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.

“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.

“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?


BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!

The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?


Charlotte Flair is here!

Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.

“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”

“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?


Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!

The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?

SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.

Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!

Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!

Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.

She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!

Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?


WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!

The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?

The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.

Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!

Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)

Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.

And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?


Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.

Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?

SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!

McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”

McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.

Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!

Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?

“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!

SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.

Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!

Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!

Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!

Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?


The Street Profits are fired up backstage.

Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.

Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?


It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!

And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.

Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?

“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.

Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.

Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!

Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?

My Thoughts:

A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.

Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.

Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.

Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.

And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.

If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.

My Score: 8.8/10

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