Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/11/19)
This is STILL Monday Night Rollins!
The Architect leads the way into Survivor Series!
After standing against NXT, Seth Rollins is the first man on the Raw Survivor Series team! But who will be joining him against NXT AND SmackDown?
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- Drew McIntyre VS Sin Cara; McIntyre wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship 2v1 Handicap Match: The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth; No Contest.
- Seth Rollins VS Walter w/ Imperium; Rollins wins, by disqualification.
- 8 Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & The Street Profits VS Imperium; Rollins, Owens & The Street Profits win.
- Cedric Alexander VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- Erick Rowan VS Soner Dursun; Rowan wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews; The Viking Raiders win.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Randy Orton, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo; Orton, Ricochet & Carrillo win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Manchester is now MAN-chester!
The UK is pumped to have Becky Lynch open the show! The Raw Women’s Champion goes into the ring, and fans sing along with her song. Then they change to chanting her name while she gets the mic. “Look at us. The Man is in Manchester!” Back in the UK, too, where Becky trained as a 15 year old kid, and is now a champion challenging for another title. But she’s also in the most dangerous time of her career. The pack of challengers is getting hungrier, the fight is getting harder, and the list is getting long. “Bring them on!” It isn’t lost on her that while she’s been going around the world, the savages are resting, training and improving. And to that, Becky still says, “Bring them on!” If Bayley, Shayna or the Kabuki Warriors think she’s going to slow down, they’re wrong. Getting revenge is what makes her The Man! Becky won’t ever stop running her mouth, slapping their heads, and stop making everyone around her better. The only thing she fears is not being the best.
So with that, why we see Becky regain her legacy of #BeckyTwoBelts? She’s ready to become a WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion in Manchester! And with that, here comes her tag team partner, Charlotte Flair! The Queen of All Eras has the pyro and is ready for gold she hasn’t had yet. Will Becky and Charlotte join their fellow NXT Horsewomen, Sasha Banks and Bayley, in having the tag titles, too? Or are they not ready for Kairi Sane and Asuka?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch!
The Queen of Harts could not make the trip to the UK due to family reasons, but the Queen of Flair has an old frenemy she can rely on. Will they work together or fall apart against the united #JoshiRoyalty?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this star studded tag title match begins, after the break!
Raw returns and Becky starts with Asuka! These two have been wanting after each other for a few weeks now, and they circle around the ring. They tie up, Asuka powers Becky but Becky powers back. Becky headlocks, but Asuka fights with body shots and pulls Becky’s hair to throw her down! Cover, but Becky uses the Matrix! Becky mocks Asuka’s dance, and then puts up two fingers! In UK, that means a very different thing. Asuka shoves Becky but Becky swings back. Asuka catches the arm but Becky rolls to come back with forearms. Becky wants the arm but now Asuka forearm back. Asuka kicks and does her dance the right way, then gives toying kicks to Becky. Becky gets mad and follows as Asuka runs, to run Asuka over! Becky gives those toying kicks back, and drags Asuka up. Becky whips, Asuka reverses, but Becky goes up only to get kicked down!
Tag to Kairi, and the Kabuki double whip. Becky reverses but Kairi kicks while Asuka goes up. Kairi whips Becky into Asuka’s ass! Kairi throws Becky down by her hair and then laughs. Charlotte swipes at Kairi but Kairi puts Becky in a corner. Kairi drives Becky all the way to the opposite corner’s buckles! Kairi laughs more as she brings Becky back the other way, but Becky turns it around to buckle bump Kairi! Becky arm-drags Kairi around then has Kairi down in an armlock. Kairi gets up, but Becky whips her in. Kairi dodges and throws hands, then stomps a mudhole. Kairi laughs as she marches the plank, the come back for the Sliding- No, Becky dodges the forearm to snap suplex Kairi back! Cover, ONE! Becky drags Kairi over and Charlotte tags in. Charlotte has Manchester going “WOO~!” as she CHOPS Kairi! And again!
Charlotte swings again but Kairi dodges to CHOP. But her chops do nothing to big bad Charlotte! Kairi runs, but into another CHOP! Charlotte struts then brings Kairi up into a fireman’s carry. Kairi scrambles around to a sleeper hold with body scissors! Charlotte works on the hold, but bumps Kairi off buckles. Charlotte is free but she walks into a boot. Kairi runs but into a shoulder! Charlotte wraps Kairi up in headscissors to ram her into the mat over and over and over! Charlotte throws Kairi around in the headscissor hold, then kips up to LET her tag Asuka. Kairi does and Asuka runs in, wanting long awaited revenge on The Queen! Asuka dodges the boot to give kicks and wrap on a headlock. Charlotte resists but Asuka throws her down. Asuka grinds the headlock and resists the headscissors. Charlotte gets it the second time but Asuka pops out to get her headlock again.
Charlotte powers out, and runs Asuka over with a shoulder! Charlotte runs, but has to go over Asuka, and things speed up. Charlotte hurdles but Asuka waistlocks, only for Charlotte to elbow out hard! Charlotte brings Asuka up but Shayna Baszler is here!? The Queen of Spades is back again as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Asuka fires off forearms on Charlotte. She backs Charlotte down then whips, but Charlotte tumbles out to boot Asuka away. Charlotte slingshots to roll Asuka up, TWO! Shayna still watches ringside as Charlotte scoops Asuka for a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte goes after Asuka’s leg but Asuka evades the knee drop, only to get a clothesline. Kairi swipes at Charlotte but Charlotte BOOTS her down! Charlotte goes to Asuka in the corner but gets a drop toehold into buckles! And a kick to knock her down! Asuka stands on Charlotte’s head, but lets up at 4. She scuffs Charlotte with her boot over and over, then chokes her on the ropes. Asuka lets up at 4 to bring Charlotte up, but Charlotte CHOPS back! And again! And again! But Asuka dumps Charlotte out, and distracts the ref so Kairi can get cheap shots in! Kairi puts Charlotte back in, and Asuka stomps Charlotte down.
Asuka brings Charlotte over, tag to Kairi. The Kabuki double whip to kick, kick, camel clutch dropkick! Kairi laughs as she sits on Charlotte for a cover, ONE! Fans rally for Charlotte and Becky but Kairi puts Charlotte into a straitjacket. Charlotte endures and Shayna seems unimpressed. Charlotte is up and arm-drags Kairi off, but Kairi dropkicks her back down! Cover, ONE, but Kairi drags Charlotte over to the corner. Asuka tags in and the Kabuki double suplex Charlotte up and over! Cover, ONE, but Asuka drags Charlotte up for another suplex. Charlotte resists, then suplexes Asuka! Asuka slips out, waistlocks, and climbs on for the IRON OCTOPUS! Charlotte endures and powers up, to get Asuka into a fireman’s carry! But Asuka CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives but Asuka keeps her close.
Asuka gives Charlotte swift kicks to the chest over and over, but Charlotte blocks the buzzsaw only to get a back kick. But she comes back with a forearm! Charlotte elbows and forearms both Kabuki, but gets thrown into the armbar, to the Asuka Lock! Charlotte resists, bridges back to a cover, TWO! Asuka has the arm! Charlotte endures and fans rally. Charlotte rolls to a cover, TWO! Asuka holds on with a triangle hold, but Charlotte dead lifts to POWERBOMB! Cover, but Kairi breaks it! Kairi stomps Charlotte, too, and Becky protests. Kairi gets Asuka to the corner and tags in. Kairi ax kicks Charlotte down, then drags her into a corner. Kairi gives forearms and fast hands, then walks corner to corner. Kairi runs back in but is put on the apron. Kairi shoulders in, climbs up and leaps, but Charlotte gets under. Kairi rolls and turns around, into the backbreaker to buckle shot!
Kairi and Charlotte are down but Manchester fires up! Kairi and Charlotte crawl, hot tags to Becky and Asuka! The Man rallies with lariats and forearms and uppercuts and a back kick! Becky runs to forearm Asuka down! Bekcy runs in to forearm and stomp away on Asuka. Kairi runs in but gets added to the corner, rocket kick! BECKSPLODER for Kairi! Becky runs but Auska puts her on the apron. Becky kicks back, then forearms! Becky climbs, leaps, missile dropkick gets both Kabuki! But Shayna distracts! Fans boo but BAYLEY appears! Bayley and Baszler brawl but Baszler wipes Bayley out! Asuka rolls Becky up, the Kabuki Warriors win!!
Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka pinning; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
The Queen of Spades managed to punk out both Raw and SmackDown at once! Becky wants Shayna to fight her now, but Bayley goes after Becky first! Bayley throws Becky into barriers, because she refuses to be overlooked. Shayna just takes her leave, having done her part. Will Bayley get the payback she wants come Survivor Series?
Ricochet and Randy Orton argue backstage.
The One and Only and the Viper talk but they overhear The OC getting in the face of Humberto Carrillo. Ricochet stands up for him, and the OC mock him now as the “superhero” of Raw. AJ Styles would love to face these two, but Ricochet has his hands full with Orton. But the OC are much worse than any viper, so start to stepping. But when they don’t, the OC see the anger in their eyes. So they want a piece of the OC? Fine! Scour the locker room or even the city, and find a third! Bring it on! You don’t have friends! Wait, Orton walks over? “Something tells me they’re not going to have to look all that far.” Orton is up for taking on The OC alongside Carrillo and Ricochet. But are the OC up for getting an RKO outta nowhere?
Drew McIntyre VS Sin Cara!
The Scottish Terminator is ready to destroy whoever is put in his way. Is he going to destroy the Man with No Face? Or can Sin Cara surprise us all?
The bell rings and McIntyre ties up with Sin Cara. He pushes Sin Cara to the corner and fires off stomps and a CHOP! Then he bumps Sin Cara on the adjacent corner before he CHOPS him down! McIntyre dead lift suplex TOSSSES Sin Cara! Then stands him up to throw big hands! McIntyre whips but Sin Cara holds ropes and then dumps McIntyre out! Sin Cara DIVES and rams McIntyre into barriers! Sin Cara climbs up high, for SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT! Sin Cara takes McIntyre down but puts him in the ring fast. Sin Cara covers, ONE, but he comes back with a kick! And a CHOP of his own! Sin Cara springboards, into the Glasgow Kiss HEADBUTT! McIntyre shakes it off to put Sin Cara in a corner for more haymakers and stomps!
McIntyre drags Sin Cara up to reel him in for a LARIAT! Cover, ONE, but McIntyre cravats Sin Cara for a neck wrench. Sin Cara endures and fans rally up, and Sin Cara fights with body shots. McIntyre clubs Sin Cara down then taunts him to get up. McIntyre makes Sin Cara stand and reels him in, but Sin Cara slips around to fire back! Dropkicks taggers McIntyre, then Sin Cara boots. Sin Cara dodges, runs, tilt-o-whirls to headscissor McIntyre out! Fans fire up as Sin Cara slingshots, but the huricanrana becomes a POWERBOMB! McIntyre looms over Sin Cara before he drags the dead weight back into the ring. McIntyre circles like a shark, then takes aim from a corner. Sin Cara slowly rises, McIntyre runs out, CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The strength of McIntyre was more than Sin Cara could withstand, and McIntyre is on a roll. Will McIntyre find himself on the road to a title in the near future?
Erick Rowan speaks.
“Wake up.” Rowan says today is going to be a good day for “daddy.” “You’re so cute.” What is Rowan talking to?
WWE 24/7 Championship 2v1 Handicap Match: The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth!
What’s up? The 747 7/11 24/7 European Television Championship being in a regular match, that’s what’s up! Well, an almost regular match. Samir and Sunil are co-stars in this match, but will Truth end the #LightsCameraAndBollywoodAction?
The introductions are made, the slate is clapped, the belt is raised, and this unique match for the 24/7 title begins!
Samir and Sunil try to confuse Truth with the Bollywood dancing, but Truth DECKS Sunil! Truth chases Samir then throws haymakers. Truth whips Samir but Samir slips out of the back drop. Sunil anchors a foot and Samir clubs away on Truth. The Singh Brothers both cub away now, and stomp Truth to a corner. Fans boo as the Bollywood Boys bully Truth. They grind boots into Truth but fans rally up. The Singhs double whip corner to corner, then dance about before running in. Truth sends Samir into the post! And BOOTS Sunil! Truth hip tosses Sunil down and shouts, “What’s up?!” Splits and run corner to corner, Truth hits a big corner splash! Truth keeps moving, Lie Detector Elbow! But Samir bails Sunil out!
The champion wants his title, and Samir takes it from the timekeeper. Samir and Sunil run away but Truth gives chase! They do laps around the ring, Truth takes a shortcut through the ring, but now he has to chase them the other way around. Truth plays cat ‘n’ mouse with two mice, but then they go up the ramp! Fans boo as the Singhs take their ball and go home, but Truth pursues! The 24/7 Championship basically makes this a Falls Count Anywhere!
The Singhs go backstage but Truth won’t stop chasing them. They end up in the women’s locker room!? Truth knocks, the Singhs are quite literally thrown out, and they knock Truth into the wall. The brothers hurry, and go into a very dark room. They flip the lights on, but encounter Erick Rowan! Rowan grabs Samir, BOOTS Sunil, then SLAMS Samir into a wall! Rowan throws Sunil into the same wall! And then he lifts the couch and RAMS them both! Big Red just wrecked the Bollywood Boys, and Truth walks in to see the devastation. The Singhs beg for his help, but Truth feels “Y’all need privacy. Let me get these lights for you.” Truth turns the lights down then leaves. But what is the fate of the 24/7 Championship?
Seth Rollins is here!
Manchester is ready to #BurnItDown with The Architect as he heads to the ring! Rollins stood with Raw against Triple H and NXT, and is going to be the first member of Raw’s Survivor Series team! Rollins has the mic and “digs that energy.” Rollins brings up what happened last week, with HHH trying to convince Rollins to join up with NXT. HHH knows what’s next for Rollins, that the future is his past. Rollins figured why not, and he took on Adam Cole for the NXT Championship, but then HHH showed his true colors to Rollins. HHH wanted to reignite Rollins, and he did just that. NXT was Rollins’ start, but RAW is Rollins’ home! NXT started this fight, but Rollins and his gang will finish it! But Survivor Series is still a couple weeks away, and Rollins wants to talk about tonight.
It is no secret that Rollins feels he’s the best in the world. And Rollins doesn’t do that by taking nights off! Rollins issues an Open Challenge to the UK’s BEST! If anyone has the guts, then Rollins wants to fight! Who is going to make a name for themselves?! Literally NXT UK’s best: WALTER! Imperium leads the way for the Ring General! Walter has a mic as fans chant his name. “You wanted the best. Well, here we are.” Walter introduces himself to those who don’t know him, and points out that he is the WWE United Kingdom Champion. They are Imperium, and are here to “restore the honor of our sport!” That mat is SACRED! And just because Rollins isn’t in the United States doesn’t mean he’s safe from an NXT takeover.
Rollins points out he knows who Imperium is and what they did on SmackDOwn. And Rollins appreciates Walter is stepping up. Walter feels he’s the UK’s best, and that title might prove him right. “So let’s find out!” The challenge is accepted, and Rollins is ready to #BurnItDown!
Seth Rollins VS Walter w/ Imperium!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Rollins and Walter tie up and Walter headlocks to THROW Rollins! Rollins gets up and ties up with Walter again. Walter uses a judo throw to bring Rollins down again, and he dares Rollins to get up. Rollins does and they circle to tie up again. Rollins waistlocks but Walter bucks him off, to run him over! Walter runs, Rollins hurdles and boots, then CHOPS. Rollins knees, kicks and Slingblades Walter down! Walter scrambles out and regroups with Imperium. But Rollins builds speed, only for Walter to get out of the way. Rollins chases Walter back into the ring and shoulders in, to springboard up, into a waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Walter poses while Rollins rests under the ropes.
Rollins rises but Walter is on him with European Uppercuts. Walter drags Rollins up by his hair to then scoop and slam him fast, and drop an elbow! Cover, ONE, but Walter keeps on him with a headlock. Walter cranks the neck and fans rally up as Rollins endures. Rollins fights his way up, and uses a jawbreaker to escape! But Walter CHOPS Rollins off his feet! Rollins grits his teeth but Walter turns him with his legs, but Rollins reaches for ropes. Walter yanks Rollins away, and gets the Half Crab! Walter sits deep, but Rollins endures. Rollins powers his way up, but Walter gets the other leg. Rollins rolls to push Walter away but Walter BOOTS him down! Walter drags Rollins up onto the ropes and bends him back to CLUB him in the chest! Rollins falls to the apron but Walter looms over him. Walter drags Rollins back up, for another CLUBBING forearm!
Walter drags Rollins up a third time, but Rollins catches the third forearm attack! Walter breaks free but his boot gets hung up, Rollins enziguris Walter away! Springboard flying knee staggers Walter, but Walter side steps the superkick. Walter German Suplexes but Rollins lands on his feet! SUPERKICK! Another SUPERKICK! Rollins stomps and fans echo, “Burn It Down!” But Imperium rushes the ring and attacks!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification
Alexander Wolfe, Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner stomp away, but here come the STREET PROFITS! Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford brawl with Imperium but that’s 4v2! Walter knocks For down, but here comes KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter goes right after Walter! Rollins is up, too, and now it’s 4v4! Raw runs off NXT UK! Has Rollins found those Survivor Series teammates?
8 Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & The Street Profits VS Imperium!
Holla holla! Rollins now has a team behind him, and they go up against the Ring General and his soldiers! Will Raw be able to thwart the takeover?
Rollins starts with Wolfe, and they brawl at the bell! Rollins also hits Aichner, Barthel and Walter for good measure before throwing haymakers on Wolfe. Wolfe whips but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins runs but Aichner holds the rope to dump Rollins out! Barthel sends Rollins into steel steps! Team Raw protests but the ref keeps them back. Fans are fired up to see KO again, but Walter tags in. Walter gives Rollins EuroUppers then a BIG apron back suplex! Cover, TWO! Walter keeps on Rollins with a heel hook then tags in Wolfe. Wolfe stomps Rollins in the face, then drags Rollins up into a chinlock. Rollins endures and fights his way up as fans rally. Rollins forearms and haymakers Wolfe, but Wolfe reels him in for a German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Wolfe drags Rollins back to the Imperium corner, tag to Barthel.
Barthel and Wolfe mug Rollins then put him in a corner. Barthel stomps a mudhole into Rollins, but lets up at 4. Barthel grinds his boot in more, then drags him over to the corner. Tag to Aichner, but Rollins fights back with haymakers! But Aichner shoves, SPINEBUSTER, Penalty Kick from Barthel! Cover, TWO! Aichner drags Rollins up and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO, but he tries again, ONE. Aichner drags Rollins up to ram him into their corner. Tag to Walter and Walter stomps Rollins down. Walter snapmares and clubs away on Rollins’ chest. Rollins CHOPS Walter, but Walter gets him in a sleeper hold! Rollins bumps Walter on buckles and then fights against all of Imperium! Rollins elbows Walter but Walter comes back with a BIG shotgun dropkick! And a WALTER BOMB! Cover bu Kevin breaks it!
The brawl is on again! Imperium rock Owens but the ref keeps the Street Profits back. Walter cheap shots the Profits then BOOTS Owens! Walter climbs up and aims, but Rollins is up top fast! SUPERPLEX! Both men are down, but crawling for their corner.s Wolfe tags in and spins Rollins but Rollins elbows back! Aichenr runs in but is sent out, hot tag to Kevin Owens! CANNONBALL onto Aichner! SUPERKICK for Barthel! SUPERKICK for Wolfe! SUPERKICK for Walter! Kevin goes up top fast, SWANTON onto Wolfe! Cover, but Walter breaks it! Dawkins and Ford go after Walter, then double whip, into Rollins’ SUPERKICK! Walter bails out, Rollins DIVES! The tope suicida was not enough to topple Walter, so Ford FLIES! Direct hit into the announce desk! Dawkins gives Aichner an exploder! Barthel BLASTS Dawkins with a EuroUpper!
Kevin kicks Barthel, STUNNER! And a “Suck it!” for good measure! Wolfe goes after Kevin but Rollins school boys him to a CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins and Team Raw wins!!
Winners: Team Raw, Seth Rollins pinning
Incredible teamwork from Rollins, Owens, Ford and Dawkins! They’ve stopped the takeover in the UK, but can they do this all over again at Survivor Series?
Cedric Alexander VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Ebony Lion is still looking to resurrect the Age of Alexander, but he’s going up against El Idolo who has been on a hot streak. Both men want gold, but who gets there first with a win here tonight?
The bell rings and Alexander circles with Almas. They tie up, Almas powers Alexander to ropes but lets up, to kick low! Almas throws forearms then hits a shoulder breaker fast to a wristlock. Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse but Almas rocks him with a right. Vega likes what she sees already as Almas CHOPS Alexander. Almas whips corner to corner but Alexander goes up and over and handsprings back to headscissor and dropkick! Almas bails out and Alexander builds speed, but Almas gets in. Alexander ducks, handsprings but into a dropkick from Almas! Tranquilo! Then Almas fires off furious hands on Alexander. Alexander flounders but Almas drags him into an armlock. Alexander endures and fans rally up. Alexander feeds off the energy to fight, but Almas clubs him down. Almas sleeper holds but Alexander back suplexes. Almas lands on his feet, gets the sleeper, but Alexander arm-drags and CHOPS!
Alexander rolls Almas, then cartwheels to basement dropkick! Both men are down and Vega coaches Almas, but fans rally up with Alexander. Alexander kips up and fires up, and then rallies with lariats. Almas kicks but Alexander ELBOWS! Almas falls out of the ring, Alexander runs to DIVE! Direct hit takes them to the ramp but Alexander puts Almas in. Step-in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Alexander keeps his cool while fans rally again. Vega still coaches Almas up, but Alexander brings Almas up. Almas elbows free, but Alexander keeps trying. Almas holds ropes as Alexander yanks, Almas elbows but Alexander ducks! The ref almost takes the hit! Vega swipes at Alexander, Almas boot feint to ELBOW! Hammerlock, LA SOMBRA! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo does it again, all thanks to La Muneca! Will anyone ever outsmart this devious duo?
Aleister Black speaks.
“I have spoken to you about sins, insanity and being condemned.” He’s even spoken in riddles. But has Aleister talked about secrets? Secrets that tie all of that together. Secrets of a man “not so well kept and the sins that it brought him.” Hear Aleister now as he speaks in prophecy. “I know who you are and what you have done. So knock on my door, and pick. A fight. With. ME.” Who is Aleister accusing? Will they respond to be calling out?
WWE celebrates Veteran’s Day.
Without their sacrifices, we would not be able to have what we have. We are humbled by their courage to do what the rest of us can’t. Salute those who have fought and those who still fight for our freedom.
Lana and Bobby Lashley argue backstage.
The Ravishing Russian has something to reveal, and yet it seems the Rocky Mountain Machine isn’t so sure she should. Lana storms off, and we’ll all learn the secret, next!
Lana heads to the ring!
Manchester is not happy with Lana over the drama between her and the Bulgarian Brute. But Lana ignores their boos as she takes up the mic. She is here to “confess sins.” Her loving, hot boyfriend and love of her life, Bobby Lashley, didn’t want her to say any of this. Boo all you like, but the reality is that Lana explained to Lashley that the truth has to come out. The truth is all Lana has as the most ravishing woman in the world. She has few flaws, and lying is not one of them. She would rather be booed for who she is than hated for being something she’s not. Yes, she cheated on Rusev. Don’t boo, that’s being very judgmental! Rusev cheated Lana first! Lana is not a doormat! She won’t be petty, but yes, seven weeks ago, she slept with Lashley for the first time. And Lana is happy to celebrate their seven-week “sexiversary.” Because WOW, Lashley continues to blow her mind every time.
Lana says she has been monogamous in both relationships, because she believes in monogamy. But now Lana is upset over fans mocking her for getting knocked down by Lashley! No one knows what that humiliation is like! But Lana has great support from Lashley, who got her checked out after that incident. Everything on Lana’s body is fine, especially her legs. But then something was revealed in that check-up: she’s nine-weeks pregnant! But for those who aren’t doing the math, or just can’t do it like the people of Manchester, but if seven weeks ago was her first time with Lashley, but she is nine weeks pregnant, then this is Rusev’s “Machka brat” inside her! “That Bulgarian Son of a B*tch!” Lana feels herself bloating already! And now she’s so angry she breaks into Russian! But here comes Rusev! Rusev calmly walks down the ramp, gives a few high-fives, and joins Lana in the ring.
Fans chant for “Rusev Day!” and Lana is not surprised. “The lovely freakin’ father” is here. Fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” Rusev calmly double checks: she’s pregnant? Well he is a sex addict, so of course he got her pregnant! Yes, yes, list it all, they’ve heard it before. But Rusev is just trying to understand all this. First he’s a sex addict, then he’s a cheater, and now he’s the baby daddy? Is Rusev saying Lana is a liar? Just look at her stomach! Rusev is not saying she’s a liar. Don’t do this, Lana. He’s just trying to figure out this manipulation. Lana is the mother of his unborn child! And yet she’s a liar!? He’s just trying to keep up with this! Lana starts firing off SLAPS! She won’t let up! But here comes Lashley! Lana hops on Rusev and rakes his eyes! Lashley gets in and knocks Rusev down! Lashley rains down rights, drags Rusev up, and hits a Complete Shot!
Lashley looms over Rusev while Lana smiles. Fans boo and jeer as Lashley drags Rusev up again, for a CHOKE SLAM! Lana is so proud of her boyfriend, and surprise! She’s NOT pregnant! What lows will Lana sink to next just to stick it to Rusev?
Erick Rowan VS Soner Dursun!
Big Red was already talking to a pet of sorts, and then he wrecked the Singh Brothers for barging in. Will Manchester’s own get much of the same?
Rowan puts his pet with Vic and King, and has them watch it for him. The bell rings and Rowan corners Dursun. Dursun throws haymakers, but they do nothing! Rowan CLOBBERS Dursun then tells him to stay down. But when Dursun gets up, Rowan questions if Dursun knows who he is. Dursun kicks but Rowan catches the leg to throw Dursun out! Rowan goes out to BODY CHECK Dursun down! Rowan puts Dursun in the ring, and clamps on the IRON CLAW! For the SLAM! Cover, Rowan wins!
Winner: Erick Rowan, by pinfall
Rowan wrecks another mere mortal, and then goes back for his little pet in the cage. But with that burlap cover, we can’t tell what it is. What little critter does Rowan have in there? And what devastation will Rowan unleash until he has the respect he demands?
The Viking Raiders VS Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews!
Erik and Ivar are the Raw Tag Team Champions, but while in the UK, they take on former NXT United Kingdom Tag Team Champions, the Modfater and the rockstar! Will the raid roll on towards Survivor Series? Or will the takeover score big points against one of the most decorated tag teams in the world?
The teams sort out, and we begin with Erik and FMW. Fans sing for FMW and he ducks Erik to dropkick Ivar! FMW knee triggers Erik then throws him out, tag to Andrews as FMW DIVES! But Erik catches him! So Andrews DIVES to knock Erik over! The Welshmen go in and dump Ivar out, then build speed to FLY! The Welsh Air Force takes the Raiders down! They put Erik in and Andrews kicks Erik, to run and tilt-o-whirl, but Erik pops Andrews up! Andrews tries to counter with a DDT but Erik powers him up again to a suplex! But gets STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Tag to FMW, SWANTON! Cover, TWO!! NXT UK almost had Raw’s best right there! FMW tags Andrews, but Erik ROCKS FMW then knees Andrews down! Erik is seething as he drags FMW back in with a waistlock. Andrews runs at Erik but gets caught, DOUBLE T-Bone Suplexes!
Ivar tags in as FMW and Andrews bail out, Ivar DIVES! The Warbeard topples them both over! Ivar puts them both in, then has them in the corner. Tag to Erik and Ivar runs to corner splash FMW and Andrews! Then he feeds FMW to Erik’s shotgun knees. Erik uses Ivar as a weapon, hip attack in the corner! Tag back to Ivar, Andrews does his best to fight back but they’re just too big. But Andrews slides under to double PELE! Andrews runs, but into THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, the Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
The raid rolls on as the Raw Tag Team Champions wreck the Welshmen! Will they wreck the best NXT and SmackDown has to offer when its Champions VS Champions VS Champions?
Ricochet checks in with Randy Orton.
Orton tunes him out, until Ricochet hits him on the shoulder. Ricochet knows Orton is just doing this to RKO Ricochet like he’s done before. Orton tells Ricochet to relax. The last thing Ricochet needs to do right now is let Orton get in his head. But is it too late for that?
Another Champions Triple Threat has been made!
The WWE United States Champion of Raw, AJ Styles, will take on the WWE Intercontinental Champion of SmackDown, Shinsuke Nakamura, and the NXT North American Champion of the Undisputed Era, Roderick Strong! Who will represent their brand the best in this amazing new triple threat?
Plus, the traditional Survivor Series match is escalated!
What used to be a 5v5 Elimination Tag Match is now a 5v5v5! That makes for a 15 person Triple Threat Tag! The women of Raw, SmackDown and NXT will assemble into teams, but so will the men! Rollins’ team has Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet and Randy Orton! Who will NXT and SmackDown respond with?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Randy Orton, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo!
The Phenomenal One and the Best Tag Team in the World take on the Viper, the real-life superhero and Ultimo Ninja to settle the problems brewing within the brand. Which side stands tall in this Manchester main event?
Raw returns as Ricochet and Carrillo make their entrances, followed by The OC’s entrance. The teams sort out and Anderson starts against Ricochet. They circle and tie up, and Ricochet wristlocks but Anderson knocks him down. Anderson throws forearms then whips, but Ricochet rolls off his back to roll under and handspring to a headscissors and dropkick! Ricochet brings Anderson up for another wrench, and Orton tags in. Ricochet lets Orton have his space to wrench Anderson and yank the arm. Orton offers a tag, but then gives it to Carrillo. Carrillo comes in to ax handle the arm, but Anderson powers Carrillo tot he corner. Styles tags in and the OC mugs Carrillo. Styles wrenches Carrillo to a wristlock, but Carrillo uses the ropes to flip through. Carrillo cartwheels to wrench and kick Styles , then uses the ropes to acrobatically arm-drag Styles away!
Styles runs at Carrillo but ends up in another arm-drag! Carrillo brings Styles over, Ricochet tags in to drop an ax handle on Styles’ arm. Ricochet wrenches and yanks, but Styles uses a jawbreaker! Ricochet staggers away, Styles runs in but Ricochet side steps, sending Styles into Orton! Ricochet dodges Styles again, springboard crossbody! Orton storms in but the referee and even Carrillo work to keep him from going after Ricochet. The misunderstanding riles Orton up but Ricochet tries to explain. Raw goes to break as the team works things out.
Raw returns once again as Ricochet slingshots over Styles to mule kick him down! He tags Carrillo who gives Styles another acrobatic arm-drag! Styles boots Carrillo from the corner and whips him corner to corner, but Carrillo goes up to fly for a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Carrillo runs in, tries another arm-drag but gets thrown down on the mat! Styles tags Luke Gallows and he drags Carrillo up for headbutts! Gallows drags Carrillo to the OC’s corner for big body shots! He lets up at 4 and throws up the Too Sweet. Gallows stomps Carrillo then drags him up to tag Styles back in. The OC mugs Carrillo and Styles wraps on a chinlock. Carrillo endures, fights out with elbows, but Styles clubs him down. Tag to Anderson, and the OC double whip. Carrillo kicks Styles away then swings on Anderson but Anderson gets him with a lift. But Carrillo turns that into headscissors on Styles!
Anderson drags Carrillo back up, back suplexes but Carrillo slips out to roll under, tag to Ricochet! Ricochet rallies with forearms and a tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Anderson is in a corner and Ricochet rams his shoulder in. Ricochet dodges Gallows on the apron and then kicks him back, but here comes Styles, Ricochet SUPERKICKS him! Ricochet aims at Anderson and springboards in but Anderson gets under! Ricochet rolls, refuses to tag Orton, and turns around into a SPINEBUSTER! Ricochet rolls out of the ring but Anderson drags him back in. Cover, ONE, but Anderson is on Ricochet with a chinlock. Ricochet endures as fans rally up. Anderson stomps Ricochet down and tags to Styles. The OC mug Ricochet more, tag to Gallows. Gallows drags Ricochet up to snap suplex, then he drops an elbow! Ricochet gets to a corner but Gallows is on him with big haymakers.
Gallows whips Ricochet corner to corner hard and Ricochet bounces off buckles to the mat. Gallows drags Ricochet up again to scoop and slam, and drop a leg! Cover, TWO! Gallows drives elbows in over and over then wraps on another chinlock. Fans rally and Orton just looks disappointed with Ricochet. Ricochet endures and fights his way up, throwing hands. Gallows clubs Ricochet back down, then throws up more Too Sweets. Gallows sucker punches Orton! Gallows whips Ricochet but Ricochet kicks back! And dropkick-flips to an enziguri! Ricochet crawls but Styles tags in. Styles has Ricochet, ducks the enziguri but not the mule kick! Ricochet hurries as fans rally up, hot tag to Carrillo! Carrillo rallies on Styles! He ducks and springboards, enziguri! Fans fire up as Carrillo somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone, heads up top, and MOONSAULTS! But he FLOPS! Orton is back and he tags in! The fans fire up for the Viper as he ducks Styles to hit the spinning powerslam! Then he drags Styles up to put him on the ropes, draping DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head! Manchester fires up but Anderson gets in to uppercut Orton! Ricochet gives Anderson RECOIL! Gallows LARIATS Ricochet! Carrillo missile dropkicks Gallows! The Good Brothers regroup and Carrillo climbs up, to SUPER ASAI them both down! Fans are all fired up as Orton, Ricochet and Styles are in the ring. But who will the Viper strike? Orton looms over Ricochet, Ricochet stands, but Styles runs into the RKO!! Tag to Carrillo, Carrillo goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, Carrillo and team win!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo, Ricochet & Randy Orton, Carrillo pinning
Ultimo Ninja pins the United States Champion again! The Viper actually got along with Ricochet, but then keeps him on his toes with the fake-out. Orton lets Ricochet know he does what he wants, when he wants, to whoever he wants. Ricochet and Orton must get along on Team Raw, but will the three most dangerous letters in wrestling still strike the One and Only in the end?
A pretty good Raw to get things going towards Survivor Series, but it still wasn’t that great. For one, the Lana-Lashley-Rusev story just took a sharp right turn into Stupidville. Granted, what else could such a “confession” be but Lana’s pregnant? And then it turns out to be a ruse to sucker Rusev into the ring so Lana could slap him around and have Lashley body slam him. This grudge match better just get out of the way so everyone involved can move on, even though now they’re all thoroughly ruined. And for the love of God, Rusev needs to win so he can teach the home-wrecking, manipulative Heels a lesson. Meanwhile, I have no idea what’s going on with Rowan and his new pet, but it’s already coming off like a cheap knockoff of Jake The Snake. I did like that he got to wreck the Singh Brothers, but he should’ve taken the 24/7 Championship on top of it to make things get serious for a minute. And as for my guess as to what pet Rowan has, I’m pretty sure Vince doesn’t even know what it’ll be yet, but when he does, it’ll be a spider.
We got some great stuff in the build towards Survivor Series, though I didn’t expect WWE to want 15-person Triple Threat Elimination Tags. I know 5 became the standard number but 15 people? That’s up to 14 eliminations if they want to do a sole survivor this year, but I can’t see anyone in these matches getting squashed. Well, sadly, having Dana Brooke on Team SmackDown, she might get squashed against, say, NXT’s Rhea Ripley or Io Shirai. For that matter, we got nothing on which women are going on Team Raw, but there is still time. NXT and SmackDown can even be used to announce those things, which would be smart. I am a bit disappointed Team Raw wasn’t just straight up the team Rollins had against Imperium. That match was so good, Kevin Owens has already been documented in WWE material as being friendly with the Profits, and fans LOVE the Profits! But at the same time, Orton, Ricochet and McIntyre are great talents, so maybe there’s something else planned.
McIntyre VS Sin Cara was alright, but McIntyre all but squashed Sin Cara. Knowing now that Sin Cara wants out of WWE, this might have been the send-off. On the flip side, Almas beats Alexander in a great match, but again Vega helps him win. Aleister Black’s promo was actually a good next step for him. He’s calling someone out, and I hope it’s Almas. Why not have a program with them? It’d be great. The women’s division did great tonight, too, with the WWE Women’s Tag title match. I was glad to see it was Becky and Charlotte challenging, and it was actually a good choice for Shayna to get involved. Bayley finally gets after both Shayna and Becky, and it was fine the champions retain. The Kabuki Warriors should only lose when Paige screws them over. Bayley gets the better of Becky this time, but I still want to see Bayley going after Shayna on NXT this week. Shayna is going to do some work Survivor Series weekend with the Women’s WarGames and then the champions triple threat, she’s gotta come out the winner on at least one of those.
I also love that we’re still getting the midcard champions triple threat. Styles VS Strong VS Nakamura, that is going to be great. There is still going to be Undisputed Era VS Team Ciampa for a Men’s WarGames but hopefully they find a way to let Undisputed Era get away without being too beat up. O’Reilly and Fish do need to get into that tag champion triple threat, too, after all. Viking Raiders didn’t quite squash Andrews & Webster, but they still mostly squashed Andrews & Webster. That triple threat of the tag champions just needs to be amazing to help more casual fans understand the Viking Raiders are amazing. That might be the other reason New Day is in. If a team other than New Day wins, it helps people understand that winning team is that great. Then the Six Man Tag, OC VS Orton-Ricochet-Carrillo, that was great stuff, too. It really gives a story to the Raw team for the 15 Man Tag, but it might be too obvious if Orton betrays Raw by taking out Ricochet.
Then Carrillo being given the pin, Carrillo VS Styles will be another great US Championship match, but let’s save it for after Survivor Series. And when it happens, Carrillo has to win it this time, right? At the same time, Styles is phenomenal, so it’d be fine if he wins again, but it just seems redundant. Why not give it to Carrillo to run with it for a minute, and if Styles wins his way to a rematch, then that’s fine, too.
My Score: 8.3/10
Powered by RedCircle
Let us know what you think on social media @ChairshotMedia and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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.
.@MeanGiaMiller caught up with @FrankieKazarian and #RichSwann to talk about @Walking_Weapon's unfortunate injury and @SteveMaclin replacing him as their partner TONIGHT at #Sacrifice! #CountdownToSacrifice pic.twitter.com/jdnqk6BLN9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- 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.
Can #RichSwann and @FrankieKazarian trust @SteveMaclin? #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/TcEZ79IWkC
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
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.
OH CANADA! @ScottDAmore CANADIAN DESTROYERS @TheJasonHotch and Windsor EXPLODES! #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/iqqpiH0tMZ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
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!
Powered by RedCircle
Let us know what you think on social media @ChairshotMedia and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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
Powered by RedCircle
Let us know what you think on social media @ChairshotMedia and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
Triple Grit Triva: Joe Pohoryles
The Brothers Wortz are joined by Joel Pohoryles to battle it out in the game of sporting wits, TRIPLE GRIT...
Hockey Talk- A Shark Infested Approach 
On this weeks Hockey Talk, Patrick & Dave take a look at the present standings as the final push to...
Down The Wire: NCAA Brackets and NFL FA Recap
March Madness Bracket Mania and NFL free agency highlight the conversation between the Brothers Wortz, this week on DTW.
Triple Grit Trivia: The Wortz Bros (Hosts ReyCash & PC Tunney)
Rey Cash & PC Tunney host as the Brothers Wortz battle it out in the game of sporting wits, TRIPLE...
Hockey Talk- Triple Play 
What happens when talking about hockey just isn’t enough? You get this week’s Episode of Hockey (Sports) Talk where the...
Bandwagon Nerds #175: Affleck is DC Done
On this week’s Bandwagon, Patrick, Tunney and Dave continue their coverage of The Mandalorian. Why do the nerds think this episode...
Talk the Kēki: Tokyo Revengers, Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible, More!
No breaks for Ethan and Mat this time, as we have another episode of Talk the Kēki!
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Kamelot – The Awakening (2023)
Will this be The Awakening of my enjoyment of post-Roy Khan Kamelot...or does the JAR continue to cherry pick?
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (3/17/23)
One round left before the finish!
Bandwagon Nerds #174: Bob Iger’s Plan
Bob Iger announces his vision for Disney films and specifically talked about the MCU and Star Wars. What could it...
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...
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)
It's a family feud!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: Don’t Be A Creepy Fan!
This week on The Mindless Wrestling Podcast, we talk about obsessive, creepy fans who pick the worst times to ask...
Andrew’s IMPACT Match Ratings & Results: 3.23.2023
The Go Home to Sacrifice! PPV this week, Mania weekend special next week! Fun times for Impact!
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/23/23)
(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.195 ~ 22ND MARCH 2023
New champions, All Japan interactions, new debuts and Joshi in NOAH! NOAH is heating up in 2023!
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/22/23)
Independence is Dynamite!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Time for a grudge match!
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/21/23)
It all comes down to this!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Toni Storm gets Dark!