Can the Beast run the gauntlet?
Royal Rumble 2020 looks to make history! Not because it is WWE’s first PPV of the new decade, but because the Rumbles STARTS with Lesnar!! Will the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World conquer the Royal Rumble?
- Kickoff Show: Sheamus VS Chad Gable; Sheamus wins.
- Kickoff Show: WWE United States Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo; Almas wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Falls Count Anywhere Match: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin; Reigns wins.
- Women’s Royal Rumble: Charlotte Flair wins and will challenge for a Women’s Championship.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Lacey Evans; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- WWE Universal Championship Strap Match: The Fiend, Bray Wyatt VS Daniel Bryan; The Fiend wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Asuka w/ Kairi Sane; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- Men’s Royal Rumble: Drew McIntyre wins and will challenge for a world championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show!
The Road to WrestleMania officially begins as we join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Captain Charisma, Christian, recap and predict everything here in Houston! At the same time, Sam Roberts is with Renee Young and Booker T along the ramp. Everyone is feeling the energy, but will Houston’s own return to the ring in the Royal Rumble itself?
Backstage interview with Bayley!
The not-so-huggable SmackDown Women’s Champion is in no mood. Adorable corn dog commercials aside, Lacey Evans just doesn’t stop getting up when Bayley knocks her down. Is she concerned at all? What? Is everyone buying into the facade? Lacey’s trying to inspire someone sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Bayley’s been there, done that, but life doesn’t work that way. Bayley will show Lacey that dreams don’t come true. And her little brat, Summer, will get to see it for herself! Will Bayley trample all over the dreams of a hard-working mother and Marine?
Kickoff Show: Sheamus VS Chad Gable!
The Celtic Warrior has returned! And he doesn’t look to just kick off the in-ring action, but he looks to kick the heads off of any man that doesn’t measure up to his standards. Will Shorty G show him that there’s nothing Sheamus can do to crush his larger than life spirit?
The bell rings and Sheamus circles with Gable. They tie up, Gable gets a leg but Sheamus throws him off with ease. Gable gets back up and has Houston on his side as he gets a waistlock. Sheamus throws Gable off again, but Gable gets back up. Another circle, Gable wrenches to a wristlock, but Sheamus grabs at hair. Sheamus throws big forearms and wrenches Gable back. Gable endures the wristlock, rolls, bridges, handsprings, but Sheamus just throws him down by his hair! Sheamus gets a headlock takeover but Gable headscissors out. Sheamus tries again but Gable again headscissors. Gable headlocks to reverse roles, but Sheamus denies the takeover to then run Gable over! Sheamus clubs Gable but Gable waistlocks. They end up on the ropes and the ref calls for a break, but Sheamus elbows out hard.
Sheamus throws uppercuts and whips Gable corner to corner. Gable goes up and over then dodges to crossbody Sheamus and himself out of the ring! Fans fire up as Gable throws hands on Sheamus. Sheamus hits back and they brawl outside the ring. Sheamus knees and clubs Gable then puts him in the ring. Gable gets around Sheamus, O’Conner roll, TWO! Gable trips Sheamus and has the leg! Sheamus kicks Gable away to a corner, then rams him into the post! Gable staggers into Sheamus’ scoop, shoulder breaker! Gable’s ear is also bleeding, so he’ll be showing the marks from this match sure enough. Sheamus gets Gable to the ropes, and stomps away on Gable’s arms! Gable goes to a corner but Sheamus pulls his arm against the ropes. Sheamus stops at the ref’s count of 4 but he’s right back on the arms.
Gable still throws punches and CHOPS to back Sheamus down. Gable run but into a big elbow! Sheamus grabs the arm for a mounted key lock, torturing the arm of Gable. Royal Rumble goes picture in picture as Gable endures the armlock. Sheamus keeps pulling back on the arm but Gable fights his way up. Gable throws body shots but Sheamus throws him back down. Gable endures as Sheamus pulls on the fingers as hard as he can! We return to single picture as Sheamus shifts back to the keylock. Fans rally up as Gable fights to his feet. Gable throws hands and stomps and gets free, only for Sheamus to jam his arm! Sheamus clobbers Gable down then soaks up the heat in Houston. Sheamus drags Gable around to stomp those arms again. Sheamus stands over Gable to torture the arm more! The fingers are bending back so far and Gable can’t get free.
Sheamus keeps on the hand but fans rally behind Gable. Gable CHOPS and forearms and stomps to get free! Gable gets the leg, but Sheamus throws him out of the ring! Gable is right back but Gable kicks the arm! Sheamus turns Gable around on the ropes to stop beating Gable’s chest like a drum! Sheamus goes all the way to 10 and then past that! Sheamus lets Gable go and Gable flops to the floor. Sheamus keeps beating Gable in the chest on the outside! Sheamus drags Gable into the ring and shouts, “Are you not entertained?!” Houston is actually fairly entertained. Sheamus kicks Gable around on the ground and tells Gable, “You’re a rat! You don’t belong in this ring!” Sheamus sees Shorty G as a disease, but Gable CHOPS him back! And SLAPS him in the face! And again!
Gable throws big forearms, Sheamus shoves but Gable kicks him back! Sheamus reels Gable in, Gable lands on his feet out of the suplex, and dropkicks Sheamus’ legs out! Sheamus is frustrated that Gable is giving him this much of a fight. Gable CHOPS and CHOPS again! Gable backs Sheamus into a corner and fires off, then hits a rolling heel kick! And another! Gable sits Sheamus down and stomps away on his leg! Gable is getting back on Sheamus for all the arm torture! Gable fires up and fans fire up with him. Gable goes corner to corner, for another rolling kick! Gable climbs up top but Sheamus rises, and catches the moonsault! But Gable turns it into a tornado DDT! Gable hurries back up with Sheamus down, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus still lives and Gable can’t believe it.
Gable stalks up behind Sheamus but Sheamus elbows the waistlock away. Sheamus knees Gable in that bad ear, but Gable dodges the boot to waistlock, roll and CHAOS THEORY!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus survives but Gable is after that leg! Gable tweaks the knee over and over, but Sheamus grabs ropes. Sheamus crawls to the apron, hotshots an arm, then hotshots Gable! Gable flings off the ropes and Sheamus hobbles up top. Sheamus leaps, into an ANKLE LOCK! Gable pulls on the leg but Sheamus kicks with the other. Gable lets go but then runs corner to corner, and drops under the Brogue to get the leg again! Gable has the Ankle Lock again but Sheamus still uses the free leg. It’s not enough as Gable holds on! Gable wrenches the foot but Sheamus gets the ROPEBREAK!
Gable stomps and punches Sheamus in the ring, then brings him up. The ref tells them to break but Sheamus kicks the bad arm! And hoists Gable up, but Gable swings to crucifix pin! TWO, BROGUE!! Sheamus covers, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
The Fella is back! Gable put up a fight that was pound for pound bigger, but that still wasn’t enough to stop Sheamus. Will Sheamus continue to kick heads off as he continues his return?
Kickoff Show: WWE United States Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo!
El Idolo looked to destroy the legacy of Rey Mysterio once and for all, but Ultimo Ninja put a stop to that! Now, Carrillo has a shot at El Campeon for the title. Will we have un campeon nuevo? Or will Almas and Zelina find a way to come away with the gold again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this heated title match in Houston begins!
Almas shoves Carrillo, Carrillo shoves Almas, and then they tie up. Almas waistlocks and throws Carrillo down, but Carrillo slips out to switch. Almas switches back, Carrillo escapes a headlock but so does Almas. Carrillo sweeps and covers, ONE, Almas knocks Carrillo down but Carrillo avoids the stomp! Fans fire up after seeing that fast and furious exchange but the two fire off again! Almas kicks and haymakers but Carrillo dodges in the corner. Carrillo comes back, handsprings off the ropes and arm-drags Almas away! Carrillo hurries after Almas and handsprings again for another arm-drag! Almas bails out but Carrillo builds speed, and slides over the top of Almas. Almas puts Carrillo on the apron and sweeps the legs! Carrillo lands hard, but he ducks a clothesline to kick Almas back!
Carrillo gets in the ring, swings a dropkick back out, then goes to the corner. Almas hurries after and shoves Carrillo right off! Houston boos but Zelina cheers as Almas goes after Carrillo. Almas brings Carrillo up to CHOP as we go picture in picture again. Almas puts Carrillo in the ring to stomp around. Almas throws forearms but Carrillo kicks back. Almas climbs up and brings Carrillo in with a dragon sleeper, for an inverted tornado DDT! Cover, TWO, and Zelina argues with the ref. Almas shouts he es El Campeon, then he stomps Carrillo more. Almas runs and basement dropkicks Carrillo back down! Carrillo crawls to ropes but Almas brings him up for a draping armbar! The ref counts and Almas lets go at 4, to then stomp Carrillo down more.
Almas wrenches Carrillo’s arm and grinds him into the mat, but fans rally up. Carrillo fights up and out but Almas just wrangles him abck down for another armlock. Carrillo endures and fans rally up, even as Almas leans back. Carrillo fights up again and throws body shots until he’s free. Carrillo runs, wheelbarrows and arm-drags Almas, but Almas comes back with a hard elbow! Almas catches his breath while fans boo. Almas drags Carrillo up for big forearms and a CHOP! Carrillo CHOPS back so Almas knees low. Almas whps but Carrillo kicks back and springboards high, only for Almas to throw him onto the mat! Almas wraps up the legs and rolls for a modified surfboard cover, TWO! Almas tries again, TWO!
Carrillo bridges out of this move, but Almas uses the arms to hoist him up! Carrillo sunset flips, TWO, and Almas kicks low. Almas wants to be Latino Heat but Carrillo slips out. Carrillo elbows and runs, and handsprings out of the back drop to crossbody! Carrillo rolls, kicks and enziguris! Almas is down and fans fire up! Fans rally as Carrillo somersault moonsaults, but onto knees! Almas has Carrillo in a corner, stomps a mudhole into Carrillo, then runs corner to corner. Fans boo but Carrillo follows! Almas puts Carrillo on the apron, blocks a kick and forearms back, but then Carrillo jumps up and over the baseball slide to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit wipes both men out and Zelina is panicking!
Both men are down as the ring count begins, but Carrillo gets Almas up and in at 5. Carrillo aims, springboards, and cradlse to a cover! ONE, crucifix, TWO! Almas kicks low again and insists he’ll hit the hat trick. Uno amigo! Dos amigos! But Almas brags for too long, Carrillo gets the third amigo! Carrillo heads up top, MOONSAULT, but sees the boots coming! Almas ducks his counter kick to school boy Carrillo into buckles! Zelina fires up and fans rally as Almas runs corner to corner. CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives but Almas just grins. Zelina is upset but Almas gets to his feet. Zelina coaches Almas as he drags Carrill up. Hammerlock but cradle counter! TWO, and Almas ROCKS Carrillo with rights! But Carrillo gives them back!
Almas forearms, Carrillo wobbles, but Carrillo hits back! Almas CHOPS, Carrillo CHOPS back! And again! Almas throws forearms, runs but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives and Carrillo can’t believe it! Carrillo gets up, somersaults and moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps his focus as he drags Almas up. Carrillo throws a forearm as they’re both on their knees. Almas CHOPS back! Carrillo and Almas continue to brawl, and Almas throws elbows from all sides. Almas runs, ducks a kick, but Carrillo sees the boot and elbow coming. Almas ducks the kick and the enziguri but Carrillo whips, only for Almas to reverse. Carrillo goes up and out to the apron, elbows Almas back, then climbs up top! Almas ROCKS Carrillo with an enziguri first!
Almas climbs up now, drags Carrillo up to join him, and fans anticipate something crazy as both men CHOP each other. Carrillo stands up, and SUPER STEINERS Almas down! Carrillo crawls to a cover, TWO!! Almas survives and Zelina is stressed but relieved. Fans rally up as Carrillo crawls after Almas. Carrillo brings Almas up and around, but Almas jawbreakers! Carrillo kicks and fireman’s carries, but Almas slips out. Carrillo lands on his feet out of the back suplex, then huricanranas for a cover, but Almas sunset flips through! Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion
Even Zelina is shocked! El Idolo stays El Campeon, and Carrillo is beside himself! Will Carrillo ever get even with Almas? Will Almas be stopped on the Road to WrestleMania?
R-Truth heads to the ring!
But Booker, Renee and Roberts stop him. Where is he going? The ring. For what? The Rumble! But it’s not even happening yet, this is the kickoff show. And didn’t Truth say he’d stay out because of Brock? Wait is Booker and them not in the Rumble? No! But Truth says Lesnar may have taken him to Sioux Falls, but here’s a spoiler: Paul Heyman talks the whole match. But Truth, you said you weren’t going to compete. Maybe 2021 but not this year. The affidavits he gets confuse him. What affidavits? Well first they say Truth is in but then he’s not, and then there’s “stigmulations” of Truth, Heyman and Lesnar.
Well Truth knows what Lesnar can do, so why would he want back in? Truth ain’t going nowhere with Lesnar. Sioux Falls- NO this is Houston. H-Town! But Truth is sure it’ll go different this time. He’s reppin’ his childhood hero, John Cena. You Can’t See Me! Um… How is…? Well, Truth did his campaigning for the Rumble, but whether or not he’s in it, let’s wait and see who can stand up to The Beast.
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair!
The Queen was in the previous Women’s Royal Rumble, only to be surprised just like everyone else by Becky Lynch jumping in and winning it all. “Last year, I think I let my emotions get the better of me.” Charlotte obsessed over that match and that WrestleManai sign moment. She could feel it, until she couldn’t. This year, she sees differently. She doesn’t see 29 competitors, just numbers. When they look at Charlotte, they will only see the Queen. Will Charlotte get back on the Road to WrestleMania here tonight?
Backstage interview with Kofi Kingston!
He’s back in the Men’s Royal Rumble match! The Royal Rumble is so exciting because it is the one-way ticket to WrestleMania! Kofimania got going around this time last year, but that’s the past. What matters tonight is the Rumble! Does Kofi have his number? He doesn’t! That’s okay because that’s the excitement of this match! Kofi stays ready, he wants back into WrestleMania. Does the New Day have a strategy? Of course, it’s being a team! And everyone always wonders, “What if it’s just you two?” Then ring the bell, because when one wins, we all win! Woods doesn’t need to even be in the Rumble to win it with his boys. Tonight is a big night, but will Kofi and/or Big E punch their ticket to the main event?
Let the countdown begin!
“Hear that? Time’s up.” The Royal Rumble match “ain’t no walk in the park.” Whether you’re first, last, man, woman, big, small, “Beast or Queen,” this is the biggest opportunity you’ll ever have. And even if you’re on top as a champion now, there are so many people coming after you, that could all change in one night. The Man VS The Empress. The Fiend VS The Movement. History and glory come with victory as you “show them other sum-bishes” what you’re made off. This is Texas, where everything is bigger and badder. So what are you here for? Because we’re here to Rumble. “Now gimme a hell yeah.”
Falls Count Anywhere Match: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!
Even before attempting the grueling 30-Man Royal Rumble, The Big Dog and the Wolf King look to settle things! In a match that can go anywhere and everywhere in Minute Maid Park, where will Roman and Corbin find themselves after everything is said and done?
Before a bell ever rings, Roman rushes Corbin’s palanquin and goes after the King’s men! Corbin goes after Roman and the bell rings! Corbin throws Roman but Roman throws Corbin into the steel steps! Fans are fired up already as Roman seethes over Corbin. Roman drags Corbin up and into the ring and gives him punches in the corner. Roman gets all the way to 10 then scoops but Corbin bails out. Roman hurries over but Corbin throws a big right hand to rock Roman! Corbin starts to retreat to the fans, but Roman headbutts him down first! Roman throws BIG uppercuts and rocks Corbin in return. Roman stalks Corbin and gives him another uppercut! Roman puts Corbin in the ring, back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO, but Roman keeps his cool.
Roman watches Corbin writhe as fans fire up. Roman already locks ‘n’ loads as Corbin rises! But Corbin dodges the punch to DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! It won’t be that easy for King Corbin tonight! Corbin snarls as he drags Roman up and out of the ring. Corbin throws Roman into barriers! Fans are rowdy as Corbin grabs steel steps and comes around to RAM them into Roman’s head! Fans boo Corbin as he mocks Roman’s pose. Corbin clears the Spanish announce table before going back after Roman. Corbin brings Roman over but Roman blocks the desk bump to give it to Corbin! Roman throws big hands and Corbin stumbles all the way into the crowd. Roman stalks after Corbin and throws hands right in front of the fans!
Roman bounces Corbin off railing and keeps punching his way deeper into Houston. Fans love the up close experience they’re getting as Corbin staggers away. Roman throws more hands and even headbutts. Corbin staggers his way around the way but Roman throws more hands. They loop back to ringside and Corbin uses the RING BELL! Corbin has control back as he CHOKE SLAMS Roman onto the German desk! The desk stays up but Corbin clears chairs out to cover! TWO and Corbin is furious! Fans rally up as Corbin throws a tantrum! Corbin shouts at the German commentary team before bringing Roman up and around to the Spanish desk. Roman uppercuts Corbin and rocks him! Roman reloads, but no Superman Punch! CHOKE SLAM THROUGH the desk!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Corbin is furious again!
Corbin calms down as he looms over Roman. Corbin has an idea and brings Roman over. Corbin dumps Roman into the crowd and then drags him further along. Corbin’s aim seems to be something in the distance, and he punches Roman along the way. Corbin throws haymaker after haymaker as they seem to be heading to the technical area. Fans cheer for Roman but Corbin just keeps throwing forearms and right hands. Fans boo Corbin as he continues to mock Roman’s poses. Corbin continues bringing Roman on the journey to the technical area, throwing him into big equipment trunks! Corbin clears out the international commentary and fans are fired up as tables are about to be reintroduced. But it’s Roman who fireman’s carries Corbin for a Samoan Drop through a table! You can hear the Chinese announce team freaking out as much as the fans after that one! Mostly because that was their table.
Both men rise from the wreckage, and Roman fireman’s carries again! ANOTHER Samoan Drop through a table!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but that just means Roman won’t stop. Chinese and French tables are gone, but the rest are spared as Corbin RAMS Roman into trunks! Corbin staggers away in retreat and goes up to the main production hub. Roman stalks after him and borrows a chair. But wait, the King’s knights appear! The GLORIOUS Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler attack! There are no disqualifications but there is such a thing as playing fair! Fans boo as Roode and Ziggler have cuffs! But here come the USOS! NOW it’s fair as the Bloodline supports itself!
Jimmy and Jey throw hands with Roode-Dolph, only for Roode-Dolph to throw them over trunks! But Jey throws hands back on Roode! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Jey down! Fans boo as Roode-Dolph drag Jey up and over to throw into a stack of boxes! Whatever was in those boxes topples over and is probably damaged but that’s still not enough for Corbin’s court (jesters). Ziggler uses a trash can and its lid to beat Jey down, then Roode stomps him. Roode sets up railing as a bridge, and with Ziggler’s help, they bring him over, only for JIMMY to fly in outta nowhere!! Jimmy wipes all three men out, but then Corbin back suplexes Jimmy onto the railing bridge! SUPERMAN PUNCH outta nowhere! Corbin staggers and fans fire up for Roman as he reloads, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman stalks Corbin towards another clearing. Are those porta-potties? Roman throws Corbin into one! And again!
Fans are thunderous for The Big Dog as he gets an idea. Roman opens one! Luckily it was vacant. Roman puts Corbin in, and slams the door closed! The “throne” is now occupied, and Roman brings the potty around the way. Roman gives it a spin before pushing it over! Not quite how anyone expected Corbin to be dethroned, but it was appropriate. Fans lose their minds as Corbin flops out of the potty. Roman rocks Corbin with more uppercuts! Hopefully Corbin washed his hands before passing through the crowd. Roman rocks Corbin again! They keep going, uppercut after uppercut forcing Corbin down the way. Corbin manages to stay standing, and now we end up by the dugout! Roman rains down rights as Houston gets hot!
Corbin stumbles around, but uses a chair to jab and SMACK Roman on the back! They end up on top of the dugout, and fans boo as Corbin gives Roman another chair shot! And then another! Corbin is satisfied with the double as he drags Roman up. But Roman throws a forearm first! And a third SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman lets out the battle cry, and SPEARS Corbin down! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The Big Dog strikes Corbin out and has conquered the King! But after going this hard in their match, will either man make it through the Royal Rumble match itself?
Kevin Owens talks with Samoa Joe backstage.
They’re both very excited for tonight. Houston is a good place for Kevin, as he’s won titles here. He’ll keep that string going when he eliminates Seth Rollins and wins the Rumble. Well that strikes a nerve. But Joe wants to focus on the positive: getting rid of Rollins. The only negative: if Kevin gets in Joe’s way of winning the Rumble, Joe won’t hesitate to throw him out. Yes, every man for himself. Kevin remembers when Joe warned him last week. But will they be able to keep priorities straight of denying the Monday Night Messiah his destiny?
Backstage interview with Fire & Desire!
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville are both ready to compete in the Women’s Rumble. A tag team like them aren’t like Kevin and Joe. If it comes down to the two of them, Sonya will sacrifice herself for her best friend. Mandy seems a big surprised to hear that. Will that come to happen?
WWE mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant.
In a shocking helicopter crash, the basketball legend, his second oldest daughter, and half a dozen more people were lost today. The WWE, and even us here at the Chairshot, offer condolences to the Bryant family and all the families of those lost today.
The 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble Match!
30 women compete for the golden ticket that will lead to a golden opportunity at WrestleMania 36! Will the Queen claim her throne? Or will another take it from her just like in 2019?
First out, it’s Alexa Bliss! And joining the Goddess is NXT’s EST, Bianca Belair! Will either of these women make it to the very end of the match?
Alexa and Bianca circle and tie up. Bianca scoops and heads for ropes but Alexa slips out. Alexa tries to lift Bianca but Bianca forearms out. Bianca whips, Alexa reverses, but Bianca goes up, over, handsprings and runs back in to RAM Alexa into the corner! Bianca grinds in harder then puts Alexa up top. Bianca climbs to join Alexa and DECKS her with a right! And another! Alexa SLAPS Bianca back! Alexa SLAPS, rocks and dropkicks Bianca down! Fans fire up as Alexa sees Bianca get right back up. “Girl, uh-uh.” Things speed up, Bianca blocks the tilt-o-whirl, but Alexa fights! Bianca drops her with a backbreaker! Then handsprings to splash! Bianca kips up as the countdown hits zero to bring out #3: MIGHTY MOLLY HOLLY!
Molly Holly was here last year, but she’s back as her superhero self! The Hurricane would be proud. Molly fires off on both women, and throws Bianca! Bianca stays on the apron and comes after Molly again. Alexa and Bianca work together but Molly dodges to double clothesline! Molly climbs up top but Alexa goes after her. Molly kicks her away then adjusts, to DOUBLE crossobody! Fans cheer as Molly shows that she’s still got it. But the countdown returns already and we get #4: Nikki Cross! Lexi’s bestie is here! The Loony Lass rushes the ring to go after Molly and Bianca! Fans fire up as Bliss-Cross takes over, double corner attacks! And again, for CHOPS! Molly and Bianca try to turn the tables but are both put on the aprons. Nikki celebrates as if they’ve won, but not quite yet.
Bianca and Molly return, a scoop slam for Alexa, and a Kiss of Death sends Nikki ONTO Alexa! Bianca and Molly push Nikki but Alexa saves her friend. Bliss-Cross keep each other safe as they brawl with Molly and Bianca. Nikki dropkicks Molly but Bianca SPEARS Nikki! Alexa gives Bianca a Sunset Flip BOMB but Molly blockbusters Alexa! All four women are down, and here comes #5! It’s… Lana!? The Ravishing Russian soaks up all the heat as she has a mic. Lana tells Houston that they are welcoming the greatest woman in WWE history! A new year and a newlywed Lana is confident she will win this for her “hawt, hawt husband,” Bobby Lashley! Lana gets in to BOOT Alexa and facebuster Nikki! Lana takes advantage of Molly with a scoop but Molly holds on tight. We get another countdown and #6: Mercedes Martinez! NXT has another representative as Mean Ms. Martinez makes her way to the ring.
Bianca and Lana fight in one corner as Mercedes KNEES Molly down! SPINE BUSTER for Nikki! Wheelbarrow slam for Alexa! Bianca swings on Mercedes but into a German Suplex! Lana clobbers Mercedes from behind but Mercedes hits her back! Butterfly suplex! Mercedes hoists Lana up and over the rope, but Lana hits back. Mercedes throws forearm after forearm, sweeps and pushes! Lana holds on for her life as we get #7: LIV MORGAN! Karma is a bitch, and Liv has one target in mind! Liv SPEARS Lana and ELIMINATES her! If nothing else, Liv screwed over the Ravishing One. But Liv turns around for Mercedes to scoop and put her outside! Liv ROCKS Mercedes with a right, but Lana pulls Liv off! Lana ELIMINATES Liv! Fans boo but the cat fight is on!
Liv throws furious right hands down on Lana and the referees hurry to stop this! Nothing has been settled between them, but we have to worry about entrant #8! It’s… Mandy Rose! The Golden Goddess, the Desire in Fire & Desire, heats things up as she heads right for the ring. Molly goes after Mercedes and Alexa struggles against Bianca. Mandy gets in to see what’s what, but Nikki has beef with her still. Nikki fires up and runs but Mandy just knocks her over! Mandy gives Nikki a Knee from a Rose! Mandy SLAPS Nikki around and even dead lifts Nikki up and out! But Nikki holds on to counter punch and shoulder in. Nikki dropkicks and gets back in, taking off the vest! Fans fire up with Nikki as she crossbodies Mandy! The countdown hits and we get #9: Candice LeRae!
Candice heads right to the top of the corner to fly and dropkick Mercedes! And boot Nikki to dropkick her down! LIONSAULT! Mandy clubs Molly and Bianca while Alexa stomps Mercedes. Nikki resists but Bianca ELIMINATES Mighty Molly! Mandy grabs Alexa but Alexa whips her out! Mandy flops off the apron, but OTIS is there?! When did he show up!? But either way, he is Mandy’s living life raft and she stands on Otis’ belly to get back in! Fans love the love story as Mandy gets back at Alexa with right hands! The countdown returns and we get #10: Sonya Deville! Fire joins Desire as we’re now one-third of the way into the match. Sonya throws hands on Candice and Bianca, and Nikki gets knees! Nikki ends up on the apron but is not eliminated.
Mercedes keeps on Nikki while Fire & Desire work on Candice! Candice holds on and Nikki gets back in. Bianca is on Alexa by default. Mercedes and Sonya brawl with big hands! Mercedes CHOPS Sonya but Sonya fires off kicks. Mercedes trips and rolls Sonya to suplex, but Sonya slips out. Sonya kicks low, and works with Mandy to go after Mercedes. Fire & Desire double team, the high low attack! They drag Mercedes up and throw her out, they ELIMINATE Mercedes together! But now we get #11: Kairi Sane! The Pirate Princess sets sail in hopes of giving the Kabuki Warriors a back-up plan. Kairi climbs up top to simply hop in and hypnotize Bliss-Cross with her umbrella. Kairi dodges and DOUBLE SPEARS them down!
Sonya kicks low but Kairi comes back to headscissor! Mandy throws hands but gets hands and an ax kick! BLOCKBUSTER! Bianca is up and kicks Kairi, they’re no strangers from their NXT days. Kairi counters the suplex to a DDT! Otis checks on Mandy as Kairi and Candice go after each other. Kairi ALABAMA SLAMS Candice while we get the countdown. #12 is… The HBIC! InSANE Elbow hits as Mia Yim heads to the ring! And Mia goes right at Kairi with a neckbreaker! Nikki better Protect Ya Neck! Mia hauls Nikki up but can’t get her out before Alexa saves Nikki. Bianca has Alexa, scoops her, but Nikki saves Alexa from the strength of EST! Nikki hops on for a wild sleeper, but Bianca puts her outside. Otis even coaches Bianca on as Bianca uses Alexa to ELIMINATE Nikki!
Alexa grabs Bianca’s hair! Alexa ROCKS Bianca and gets in the ring. Alexa SLAPS, ROCKS and whips Mandy, but Otis is there again. Sonya hits Mandy by accident! But Otis saves her again! Bianca throws Sonya out ONTO Otis, and ELIMINATES Fire & Desire at the same time! The countdown returns and we get lucky #13: Dana Brooke! This match just got some #FlexAppeal as Dana rushes the ring. Dana hotshots Mia then decks Candice. Dana climbs up top and SWANTONS onto Mia, before handspring splashing Bianca. Enziguri for Mia and then a clothesline for Candice, Dana is not slowing down. Mia avoids the fireman’s carry to fire off strikes and a PELE! Candice boots Bianca but Bianca hits back.
Kairi helps Dana go after Mia, but then Dana goes after Kairi. Bianca trophy lifts Candice and throws her out to ELIMINATE her! And that is why she is the EST, with FIVE eliminations. Kairi climbs up top from the inside but Alexa is after her! It is a big smol fight up top and Kairi trips Alexa up. But Alexa slips out to ROCK Kairi! Kairi falls down and that means Alexa ELIMINATES Kairi! The countdown returns and we get #14: TAMINA! The Daughter of Superfly SUPERKICKS Dana! Then rocks Mia and SUPERKICKS Alexa! Bianca is too fast for that, and now the two strongest women in this match stare down. And throw hands! Tamina rocks Bianca then runs in, but Bianca throws and ELIMINATES Tamina! But then Alexa KICKS Bianca from behind! The countdown gives us #15, the halfway point… Dakota Kai! Things just kicked up a notch as the evil Kiwi gets in the ring.
Dana is after her right away but Dakota throws hands and feet. Dakota trips Dana and ax kicks her down! Mia is after Alexa as Dakota whips Dana. Dakota goes Around the World to BOOT Dana down! Mia runs in but Alexa puts her on the apron, and ROCKS Mia to ELIMINATE her! The Goddess and Bianca are running the gauntlet as the first two still in this match. As such, they go after each other as we get #16: Chelsea Green! Robert Stone Brand worked out a HUGE moment for her to return to in-ring action! The Hot Mess slides in to grab Dakota and Dana! Chelsea ELIMINATES Dakota, but then Alexa ELIMINATES Chelsea! Robert Stone should’ve come up with a better business plan than this. Dana hits Alexa and lifts her up, but Alexa fights free!
Alexa ducks Dana, and Bianca SPEARS Dana, they ELIMINATE Dana! The first two are still here and fans are loving this! Alexa and Bianca go after each other again, Bianca fireman’s carries but Alexa flails free. STO and then Alexa takes her time going up top. She was smart to go through the ropes, before the Twisted Bliss! But onto KNEES! Bianca lifts Alexa but Alexa headscissors! They’re both on the apron! They’re brawling with big hands and stomps. The hair comes into play again! Tug-o-war results in Alexa being SMACKED into the post, and falling to the floor! Bianca ELIMINATES Alexa!! Houston cannot believe that The EST is still in this match! But now we start fresh with #17: CHARLOTTE FLAIR! The Queen appears at just the right time as Bianca has already been through so much.
Charlotte runs in but Bianca dodges, only for Bianca to run into a backbreaker and CHOPS! Charlotte fires off those Flair Chops to stagger Bianca again and again! Exploder and a kip up, Charlotte’s showing off already. Bianca manages to get up and dodge again, sending Charlotte into buckles! Things might be even already, but now we get #18: NAOMI! The Glow returns and Houston is feeling it! Naomi makes her in-ring return in the biggest moment possible, and she dodges Charlotte to headscissor Bianca! Naomi slides to duck the boot and slips out of the back suplex, but dropkicks cancel out. Double kip ups and Charlotte has to respect Naomi for that. The two veterans go after Bianca and double suplex her up and down. Then Charlotte CHOPS Naomi to take the spotlight for herself.
Charlotte grinds a boot into Naomi but here comes #19: BETH PHOENIX! Another amazing in-ring return as the Glamazon has just shook The Queen. Charlotte has to keep on Naomi but she turns around for Beth to go after! Beth runs Naomi over then bumps Charlotte off buckles. Beth blocks punches to scoop Naomi and bring her to ropes. Naomi holds on and fights them both off, to springboard double crossbody! Bianca hangs back to catch her breath but fans fire up for Naomi. Beth stomps Bianca and Naomi puts Charlotte in the corner to grind a boot in. Bianca puts Beth up top and clubs her against the post. Charlotte fights Naomi off but Naomi is right back on her with kicks. Charlotte buckle bumps Naomi but here comes #20: TONI STORM!
The Lightning From Down Under may not be NXT Women’s Champion here, but she’s looking for another shot. Toni gets in and rallies with big forearms on Naomi, then throws forearms and stomps on Charlotte! Beth and Bianca struggle against each other as Charlotte CHOPS Toni back! Charlotte bumps Toni off buckles but Naomi kicks away on Charlotte. Charlotte stacks Naomi in with Toni and double corner clotheslines them! Bianca is up top and Charlotte takes advantage, and ELIMINATES her with a BOOT! Fans are even more shocked than when Bianca eliminated Alexa! Bianca sets records for the Women’s Rumble but now Beth brawls with Charlotte. The count begins again and we get #21: Kelly Kelly! Another classic returns while Charlotte keeps on Beth.
Kelly watches the others very closely, and she Thesz Presses Naomi! Toni is on her with a whip but Kelly headscissors and goes around and around before throwing her down! Fans fire up as Kelly gives Toni some booty! But then Charlotte CLOBBERS Kelly, only for Beth to be on her right away! Beth throws Charlotte over and stomps away but Charlotte holds on for dear life! Not even biting at the fingers does it yet. Beth keeps trying while Kelly has Toni and Naomi hangs back. We get #22 already with Sarah Logan! The Kentucky Viking sees her prey and heads for the ring! Charlotte gives Beth an Exploder, but Sarah SPEARS Charlotte into a corner! Sarah throws hands and scraps with Charlotte. Charlotte fights her off and Beth is after Sarah with Toni’s help. Sarah fights them both off but Charlotte BOOTS and ELIMINATES Sarah!
But then Kelly goes after Charlotte! The Queen will NOT let Barbie Blank beat her! Charlotte throws Kelly out but Kelly SLAPS Charlotte. Charlotte’s pissed now, and DECKS Kelly! Charlotte ELIMINATES Kelly Kelly, and glares at everyone else in the ring. Beth finds herself in 3v1 but now #23 enters. It’s… NATALYA! Beth’s best bud is here, but will the catty Queen of Harts help her out? DISCUS for Charlotte! Lariat for Toni and Naomi! Beth helps Natty as they go after Charlotte. Charlotte throws big forearms and Beth has a bleeding spot somewhere on her head. But Beth still helps Natty grab Charlotte for a DOUBLE BOMB! Natty then goes after Naomi with help from Toni! Naomi is stuck up top and holding on tight but Beth helps out, too. Fans rally as the countdown begins again. #24 is… Xia Li!
NXT’s spicy martial artist is fired up already as she rushes the ring. Xia BOOTS Natty down, back kicks and counter kicks Beth down! Toni avoids the sweep but not the heel kick! Charlotte kicks Xia and then fires herself up. Xia slips out of the exploder to dynamic dropkick Charlotte down! Fans fire up with the spicy style as Xia scoops Charlotte. Charlotte holds on and pushes Xia into buckles. Charlotte scoops Xia and puts her up top, but Xia holds on for her life. Natty has Naomi and Beth has Toni but everyone is fighting back. The countdown gives us #25: Zelina Vega! La Muneca shifts gears, and changes clothes from earlier, to see if she can find success for herself. Zelina dodges Naomi and hits a tilt-o-whirl DDT! Zelina gives Beth forearms but her code breaker is blocked! Beth puts Zelina up top but Zelina leaps back for a flying headscisosrs! Zelina block kicks Toni then hits a basement DDT!
Zelina has Toni in the corner while Charlotte is in trouble! Beth helps Xia and Natty to drag Charlotte over! Charlotte holds on for dear life and Naomi goes after the other three. The countdown returns and we get #26: Shotzi Blackheart! The newest face in NXT is already going to make a big impression as she’s in the Rumble! Shotzi throws Toni but Toni throws her, only for Shotzi to enziguri! Natty and Beth lift Naomi together, but Naomi lands on the apron safely to ROUNDHOUSE Beth back! Natty SLAPS Naomi, but Naomi manages to walk down the steel steps and LEAP to the barriers! Naomi’s safe! Naomi climbs inch by inch to keep her feet off the floor, and have a seat! Fans are loving this! Meanwhile, Shotzi fights with Xia while Zelina holds on against Beth and Toni.
Naomi scoots her way from barrier to commentary as Charlotte has Natty. The countdown returns as Naomi jumps to the announce desk for a breather. #27 is the FABULOUS Carmella! The Princess of Staten Island moonwalks her way to the ring while Naomi assesses her own situation. Carmella dodges and headscissors Natty! Kelly Kelly would be proud of how Mella has improved upon that move! Carmella throws Natty into Beth and gives them both a Fabulous mudhole stomping! Naomi transfers announce desks as Carmella hits the Fabulous Bronco Buster! But then Charlotte gives Carmella NATURAL SELECTION! But Natty is after Charlotte and feeds her to Beth’s chicken wings. GLAM SLAM! Natty basement dropkicks to add on as Naomi again transfers desk.
Charlotte is throw into the post and falls out, but through the ropes! Charlotte is NOT out of the match. The countdown returns and now we get #28: Tegan Nox! The Shiniest Wizard doesn’t have Dakota to go after, so she’ll just go after glory instead. Tegan rallies on whoever comes close, and manages to CANNONBALL onto Beth. Tegan gives Zelina a Choke Slam and she uppdercuts Toni. Beth gets Tegan for a GLAM SLAM! Toni HEADBUTTS Natty but falls down, too. Beth gets up, and doesn’t even care that her hair is half crimson as she goes after Toni herself. The countdown begins and we get #29: Santina?! Santino’s “twin sister” is back! Beth can’t believe it any more than we can.
Santina wants a high-five from Beth but Beth is in no mood. Back in the day, Santina eliminated Beth to become Ms. WrestleMania, among other things. But while Santina mouths off on Beth, Natty gets up. Santina is surrounded, so Santina takes out MRS. Cobra! The stares scare Santina and Cobra so bad, Cobra bites Santina! Santina tumbles over and out and ELIMINATES herself! Beth and Natty leave Santina be and go after Shotzi and Xia. But finally, we get #30… SHAYNA BASZLER! The Queen of Spades and two-time NXT Women’s Champion looks to add on to her already amazing career! Shayna sees Charlotte and throws her into steel steps! Tegan fights off Beth while Shotzi holds on. Shayna decks Natty, Beth and throws Xia out to ELIMINATE Xia! No more spice as Shayna gut wrenches and ELIMINATES Tegan!
Zelina runs in, but gets the KIRAFUDA! Shaynan makes Zelina take a nap but Shotzi gets Shayna again! But Shayna is ready this time, and headscissors Shotzi out to ELIMINATE her first! Now the Queen and the new kid are even from NXT. Oh and Naomi has figure out how to get back to the ring! She’s using a desk cover as a bridge! Naomi carefully steps on the cover while Carmella talks trash to Shayna. Naomi hurries to walk the tight rope, and she’s back! Shayna blocks the Fabulous kick to lift and ELIMINATE Carmella! Toni runs into Shayna’s grip and gets thrown, Shayna ELIMINATES Toni! But Naomi is up top and LEAPS in! Shayna gets under and blocks the Rear View, to throw and ELIMINATE Naomi! Shayna has SEVEN eliminations already!
But now Shayna comes face to face with Beth and Natty. They go hand for hand, then Shayna whips Beth to kick low. Shayna runs, into a lift! HART ATTACK! Fans fire up for the classic, but then Beth throws and ELIMINATES Natty!! The Glamazon is finally going every woman for themselves! Beth and Shayna fight, Shayna manages to get Beth upside-down, but Charlotte returns! Charlotte dumps Shayna out but no one falls! And now Queen of Spades meets Queen of Queens! Fans are dueling but it’s clear Shayna is a favorite. Beth grabs at Charlotte and almost throws her out! Shayna runs at Beth, Beth ducks and whips but Shayna whips and ELIMINATES Beth! Charlotte skins the cat to headscissor but Shayna blocks! Shayna and Charlotte struggle, but Charlotte keeps hold! Shayna comes back again, another skin the cat, to headscissor and ELIMINATE Shayna!! Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair at #17; will go to WrestleMania to challenge a Women’s Champion of her choosing
The Queen of Queens indeed! Charlotte Flair vowed to win it all, and now she has! Charly Caruso interviews Charlotte in the ring, and now she has her shot at a title of her choice. Any plans yet for who she’ll challenge? “I can tell you this: since day one, I have been a diamond cut to last! And whether any of you wanted me to win, or wanted me to lose, tonight, I reminded all of you that this is MY division. WOO~!” A strong message sent but Charlotte is playing this one close to the vest. But which title will she go after? And who will even be the champions by then?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
The Wolf King complains about his match with Roman Reigns. Roman relied on his Bloodline and made a mockery of their match! Roman is so scared of Corbin, he had to go and get his cousins to “get the job done.” Corbin promises that in the Rumble, he’ll take Roman and throw him out to win and main event Mania! Hypocrisy aside, will Corbin find a way to avenge his defeat? Or will he just lose to the Big Dog twice in the same night?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Lacey Evans!
Bayley has been a bad, bad influence on the Women’s Division, and now the Model Soldier wants to show her what a real role model is like. But will the combined powers of being a mother and a Marine make Lacey a champion? Or will #NoMoreHugs Bayley only hug that title tighter after tonight?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this grudge match of sassy and smug begins!
Bayley and Lacey circle and tie up and Lacey puts Bayley in the corner. Lacey throws Bayley across the ring then bumps her off the buckles over and over, before throwing her again! Cover, ONE, but Lacey keeps on Bayley with knee drops! Lacey tries another cover, ONE! Bayley scrambles to ropes to yank Lacey into them! Lacey backs away as she gasps for air but Bayley goes to expose a buckle! The ref reprimands Bayley before Lacey runs in. Bayley puts Lacey on the apron but Lacey sweeps the legs! Lacey slingshots to drop the elbow! Bayley ducks the knee and speeds up, but her leg gets clipped. Lacey thinks Bayley is playing possum or something, but Bayley backs away to a corner.
The ref checks on Bayley, and Lacey shows some compassion, only for Bayley to DECK her! Seems Lacey was right all along. Bayley laughs as she baits Lacey back in for a buckle flapjack! Bayley heads up top fast, Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO! Bayley blames little Summer Evans for what’s next. That is to say, Bayley raining down rights all over Lacey’s head! Bayley then stomps Lacey around and even jumps on her back to knock her down. Cover, ONE, but Bayley drags Lacey into the corner. Bayley puts Lacey on the ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Bayley lets up at 4, and then wraps on with a sleeper hold. Lacey endures and fans rally up, but Bayley throws Lacey into a corner. Bayley brings Lacey out and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE, but Bayley keeps her focus.
Bayley chinlocks and Lacey endures again. Fans rally again but Bayley mocks that she can’t hear the “idiots.” Lacey fights up but Bayley shoves her to ropes, only for Lacey to headscissor her away! Bayley comes back and clamps on with another chinlock, and she grinds Lacey back down. Lacey fights her way back up as fans rally again. Lacey backs Bayley into buckles and is free to give a corner clothesline. But Bayley comes back with a lariat of her own! Cover, TWO! Now Bayley grows frustrated as she stalks behind the Sassy Southern Belle. Bayley mocks Lacey, “C’mon, Mommy!” Fans rally for Lacey but Bayley mocks them, too. Lacey hits back with forearms and runs, but Bayley runs her over! Bayley covers, TWO!
Bayley rains down right hands to keep Lacey down, but lets up at the ref’s count. Bayley wraps on a new chinlock but Lacey fights up again, only for Bayley to throw her back into a corner. Bayley runs in, Lacey drop toeholds Bayley into buckles! Bayley puts Lacey on the apron but Lacey pulls hair! Lacey dodges the shoulder to knee back, then slingshot school girl, TWO! Bayley elbows back then climbs up top, to mock the salute. Bayley crossbodies but FLOPS! Lacey catches her breath as Bayley flounders around, and Lacey rallies with big lariats! Lacey kicks, wrenches and wrings Bayley out! Then hits a Penalty Kick! Fans fire up with Lacey as she runs in and hits the swinging bronco buster! Lacey keeps going, slingshot wrecking ball dropkick!
Lacey catches herself before falling to the floor, and gets back up top. Lacey slingshots in but collides with Bayley! Bayley scrambles out of the way and laughs, but then Lacey slingshots out! Bayley gets clear to throw Lacey into barriers! Bayley keeps one step ahead of Lacey as they come near the Evans family. Summer checks on Mama Lacey but Bayley is throwing hands! Bayley throws Lacey back into barriers then into the ring. Bayley clamps on but Lacey blocks the suplex. Bayley clubs away but Lacey fights out. Lacey kicks, spins Bayley around and drops her with a neckbreaker! Lacey standing moonsaults, then transitions to the corner! Salute to the Sassiest Moonsault Ever ONTO BOOTS! Bayley covers fast, Bayley grabs tights! Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
Snatching victory from jaws of defeat, Bayley survives to extend the reign! Will Charlotte choose to come back over to SmackDown for that belt? Or will Bayley be able to coast on the Road to WrestleMania?
WWE Universal Championship Strap Match: The Fiend, Bray Wyatt VS Daniel Bryan!
The living nightmare is back again, but the Yes Movement won’t let him slip away so easily. The leather strap will keep these two connected to each other physically, like a manifestation of whatever force has kept them connected to each other in their careers. But will the connection finally be broken when one wins to have the title strapped around their waist?
The introductions are made, the Fiend’s custom championship is raised, and the strap is on to begin this brutal rematch!
Fans are already fired up as Bryan and Fiend stare down. They circle, tugging at the strap. Bryan lets himself be reeled in so he can throw forearms. The Fiend puts Bryan in a corner but Bryan hits back and throws Yes Kicks in the corner! Bryan climbs up to rain down punches, but Fiend stops it at 5 to BOMB Bryan down! The Fiend grabs himself a length of the strap to LASH Bryan on the back! And on the shoulders! This was Bryan’s decision and now it’s coming back to haunt him. The Fiend slaps and lashes Bryan more against the ropes, then brings him up for a headbutt. Bryan steadies himself but The Fiend grabs him by the nape of the neck. The Fiend whips but Bryan kicks back. Bryan sends The Fiend through the ropes and dropkicks him, to then use the strap as a slingshot, only for his dive to be sent into the barriers!
The Fiend uses the strap to whip Bryan into a post! The Fiend LASHES Bryan again and appreciates fans cheering, “YOWIE WOWIE!” The Fiend lashes Bryan against the apron and fans are freaking out as Bryan is lashed to the floor. The Fiend puts Bryan in the ring and follows after. The Fiend LASHES Bryan while he’s down, then drags him up. The Fiend hoists Bryan onto the top rope backwards to LASH him again! Bryan barely holds onto the top but The Fiend keeps lashing him. Bryan is put in a Tree of Woe, and The Fiend LASHES his stomach! And then his back as Bryan climbs up! Bryan flops out of the Tree and The Fiend revels in this moment. The Fiend laughs as he brings Bryan up for a BIG Urenage! And the neck crank! And more lashing! Bryan’s body is so red already but The Fiend isn’t done with him.
The Fiend gets the fans to get louder as he spider walks, laughing all the way. But Bryan kicks back from the floor! The Fiend headbutts and has Bryan in position, but no Sister Abigail as Bryan ROUNDHOUSES! And then hits a KNEE PLUS! Cover, TWO!! The Fiend survives but both men are down. The Fiend springs right up but Bryan sends him right out! Bryan heads up top and LEAPS to clobber The Fiend! Bryan fires off more hands on The Fiend until The Fiend shoves him away. The Fiend throws Bryan into steel steps! And then at the corner, but Bryan slides through! Bryan uses the strap to YANK The Fiend into the post! And again! And again! It’s like a painful paddle ball! Bryan crawls back through to the other side for a flying knee off the apron! But the Fiend comes back right away to LARIAT Bryan down! The Fiend again lashes Bryan over and over, and over, and over!
The Fiend clears off the German announce desk and puts Bryan on the desk. The Fiend hops up to join Bryan, but Bryan LOW BLOWS! No disqualifications, after all! Bryan keeps kicking and then gives The Fiend a DDT onto the table! The table stays solid, but Bryan is able to sit up. Bryan finally measures a length of leather for himself, and LASHES The Fiend on the back! Over and over, in return for everything The Fiend has done! Again and again and again and again, until Bryan has to catch his breath, and even more after! The Fiend flops off the desk but Bryan stays close. Fans rally up as Bryan puts The Fiend back in the ring. Bryan has to climb in from the inside, and then leaps for a big missile dropkick! And a kip up! Fans cheer as Bryan gives The Fiend more Yes Kicks, alternating with strap lashes! Kick, lash, kick, lash, repeat! Then just lashing before the BUZZSAW!
The Fiend is down but then right back up! And he’s egging Bryan on! Bryan LASHES and BUZZSAWS! Then he gives The Fiend a string of Danielson Stomps! Fans are thunderous as Bryan aims from the corner. “YES! YES! YES!” The Fiend rises, but he catches the Knee Plus into SISTER ABIGAIL! Cover, TWO!! Houston cannot believe what they just saw! Even The Fiend needs a moment to think about that one. The Fiend slaps himself for being too sloppy. The Fiend gets up to lash Bryan more, then drags Bryan up. Bryan SLAPS The Fiend, the Fiend SLAPS back! Then uses the strap to stand Bryan up, only for Bryan to boot him back! Bryan hops up, MANDIBLE CLAW! But Bryan endures it enough for a draping armbar!! No ropebreaks so now The Fiend just has to endure.
The Fiend drags Bryan up by his jaw, then smother him in the middle of the ring! Bryan reaches, wraps around, and drags The Fiend down into the LeBelle Lock!! WITH THE STRAP!! The Fiend is bent way, way back and Houston is thunderous again! The Fiend shifts his weight to throw hands on Bryan! Bryan endures and guards as best he can, but The Fiend uses headbutts, too. The Fiend gets up to lash Bryan more and more, but the fans haven’t given up hope. They duel, “Let’s Go, Bryan!” “Let Him In!” as The Fiend laughs and brings Bryan back up. Sister- NO! Roll-up!! TWO, Bryan dodges the Fiend to KNEE PLUS! Cover, TWO!! The Fiend still survives and Houston can’t believe it!
But Bryan keeps his focus and fires himself up again. The fans are with him, but The Fiend gets up right away! Bryan and The Fiend stare down, and Bryan lashes away! The Fiend doesn’t feel any of it, he just clamps onto the mandible! Bryan fights back, but Mandible SLAM! Cover, The Fiend wins!!
Winner: The Fiend, Bray Wyatt, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The nightmare is not over! Bryan put up the best fight anyone has yet, but it still wasn’t enough. What will it take for anyone to overcome this bottomless pit of darkness?
As for Bryan, the Fiend leaves him be, and referees come out to check on him. Bryan stands on his own power, and fans cheer him on. Bryan survives another encounter with The Fiend, and his body shows the marks left by that strap. But will Bryan be able to remain unchanged in spirit?
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Asuka w/ Kairi Sane!
The Man remembers when The Empress of Tomorrow beat her last year for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And yet, one year hence, it is Becky as the Raw Women’s Champion and Asuka challenging her again. Will things go the same way as before? Or will Becky finally settle the score and get a win over her biggest obstacle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this epic rematch from Royal Rumble 2019 begins!
Fans duel already, “Let’s Go, Becky!” “Asuka Two Belts!” as Becky and Asuka circle. They approach then back away then tie up. Becky facelocks, Asuka slips out to wristlock but Becky moves around to get the arm. Asuka gets away before Becky could put on her submission hold, and the two go again. Asuka wants them arm and then waistlocks, but Bekcy headlocks and hits the takeover. Asuka headscissors but Becky pops out. Becky dodges the boot but not the roll up, TWO! Becky does avoid the buzzsaw, and fans cheer this stand off. Asuka and Becky circle again, and Asuka waistlocks to O’Conner roll. TWO, Asuka dodges Becky’s sweep and things speed up. Becky dodges a dropkick to run Asuka over! Asuka bails out as fans fire up but Kairi comes over to check on Asuka.
Becky runs but the baseball slide is spun around for a kick! Asuka hops into the ring and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Becky dodges the hip attack for a rope-assisted Disarm-Her! Becky lets up at 4 to climb up top and missile dropkick Asuka down! Cover, TWO! Becky keeps her cool while Kairi coaches Asuka. Each woman has an arm to worry about but Becky focuses. Asuka shoves Becky away but Becky sends her out. Becky shoulders out but into Asuka’s headlock and neckbreaker! The ropes fling Becky all around, Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Becky back in! Kairi cheers Asuka-nee as Asuka goes in the ring. Asuka grabs Becky’s arm and drags her up. Asuka toys with Becky as she scuffs her head with her foot. Becky grabs the leg to throw hands!
Becky whips Asuka but Asuka goes up and dropkicks back! Cover, TWO! Asuka grows frustrated but Kairi coaches her own. Asuka waistlocks but Becky grabs the ropes. Asuka throws forearms and then throws Becky down, Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Asuka grows more frustrated but she grabs at Becky’s arm. Becky knows the Asuka Lock is coming and she works to avoid the sleeper part. Fans rally and duel as Becky fights her way up. Becky bumps free and throws hands. Becky whips but Asuka reverses, only for Becky to elbow her away. Asuka blocks the boot but not the forearm! Asuka runs back in but gets knees to her back! And a bulldog! Becky keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Becky glares at Kairi as Kairi continues to coach Asuka.
Becky runs in at Asuka and throws big forearms. Becky bumps Asuka off buckles then runs in again, but is put on the apron. Asuka throws a forearm but gets a kick! Becky drags Asuka out and glares at Kairi again. Asuka holds on against the Becksploder, then manages a standing switch. Becky holds on now to resist the German Suplex. Becky turns things aruond again, SUPER GOURD BUSTER to the floor! Kairi checks on Asuka as fans rally and cheer. Becky aims from the apron as Asuka rises, running missile dropkick! Becky drags Asuka up and gives her BECKSPLODER into the barriers! The Lass Kicker is making sure Asuka pays for everything up to this point. Becky climbs up top and drops The Man’s Leg! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives but barely!
Becky is beside herself but Kairi is also worried. Asuka clutches her bad arm but Becky won’t show mercy. Becky throws forearms and Asuka shakes her head. Asuka flounders but she’s still standing back up. Becky fires uppercuts, but Asuka back slides! TWO, buzzsaw misses, pop-up knee doesn’t! Becky flounders now and Asuka fires up to waistlock. Becky elbows out of the waistlock but Asuka fires off palm strikes! The kick is blocked but so is the Becksploder. Becky tries a normal suplex, but Asuka blocks to also fisherman. Fisherman’s DROP! Cover, TWO!! Becky lives but Asuka is too exhausted to be angry. Kairi is concerned enough for the two of them as Asuka crawls after Becky.
Becky is under the bottom rope but Asuka won’t let her be safe out there. Asuka drags Becky up, scoops but Becky slips out to shove her. Asuka stops herself and fires off mule kicks. Asuka runs post to post to hip attack Becky into one! Becky is down but Asuka won’t let up. Asuka climbs and drags Becky to the top rope, only for Becky to fight back! The two brawl, Asuka bumps Becky off buckles. Asuka tries again, and gets Becky up. Becky fights back and hotshots Asuka, for the jump kick! And then Becky slides in and jumps up to give Asuka a SUPER MAN HANDLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kairi is relieved and Becky is frustrated that Asuka survived! Becky drags herself back up top but Asuka counters her leap with a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Into an ARMBAR!
Becky flails and reaches but Asuka pulls harder. Becky rolls, TWO, into the ASUKA LOCK! Becky won’t let history repeat itself, she reaches out with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Asuka drags Becky back up, German Suplex! Asuka gives fast kicks to Becky’s face! Then a PUNT! The ref stops Asuka to check on Becky but fans are as upset as Asuka. If Becky is knocked out, shouldn’t Asuka win? Becky revives in time to tell the ref not to end this match! Asuka sits Becky up to kick away! Becky just eggs her on! BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!?! Becky survives and Asuka is getting angry. But then Asuka grins as she drags Becky back up. Fans rally and duel as Asuka clamps on, but Becky slips out of the Asuka Lock to DISARM-HER! No, Asuka resists, rolls, covers, TWO!
Becky ducks a kick to get an arm, but has to settle for an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Both women are down and Kairi grows more and more concerned. Becky and Asuka stir as the standing count begins. The count rises as the fans rally up. Becky and Asuka head for each other at 5 and use each other to stand up at 6. Becky throws hands but Asuka throws many. Asuka’s back hand misses but she denies Becky the armbar by shoving her at the ref! But Becky sees what’s coming and mule kicks Asuka! The green mist flies into the air! DISARM-HER!!! Asuka flails, reaches, but TAPS! Becky WINS!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The debt has been settled, and the Straight Fire still burns! Becky truly was ready for Asuka! But now, will she be ready for The Queen? Or will she be able to start fresh on this new Road to WrestleMania?
The Street Profits are hyped!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are loving WrestleMania season! Roman reigned supreme, Montez’s lady did her thang, the women have been going hard all night and The Fiend is still- Pause button, fam. Slow it down. Right, there is still the Men’s Royal Rumble to close out. And Ford is ready to see who out of the 30 wins. Will it be the Beast, BRROCK, LESNARR?! Maybe someone surprises us, such as… Shinsuke Nakamura? Samoa Joe? The One and Only, Ricochet? Wait, one and only? After that kick Lesnar gave him, that name might refer to something else. But one way or another, only one will be immortalized forever by this match!
Booker T heads to the ring!
Houston explodes for their hometown hero! Booker T joins commentary for this very special occasion, but does that mean he still isn’t joining the Rumble match?
Bobby Lashley and Rusev encountered each other in the parking lot and could not help themselves! They brawled, and while no one was seriously injured, they are suspended from tonight’s Rumble match. That means there are two huge spots open in tonight’s match, who takes their place?
The 2020 Men’s Royal Rumble Match!
This 30-man battle royal always makes history, but tonight is even more historic! That’s because the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! Will start us off! He and Heyman make their way out to the ring, bringing into question: If Brock somehow, someway wins this match, what does the WrestleMania main event scene look like?
But first, we learn who #2 is. And ladies and gentlemen, it’s ELIAS! The Drifter makes his way out, playing his guitar, and says “Houston, we have a problem.” Elias says there is a brain-dead gorilla and his fat zookeeper walking around. But there is an undeniable truth that everyone surely knows. And that is WWE really stands for Walk With Elias! Elias hears the fans singing for him Seven Nation Army style, and Elias wants Lesnar to hear it all. Elias sings for Lesnar a little song, “Sacrificial Lamb.” Please, clap along. Houston does and Elias begins. “The sacrificial lamb is headed to the ring. But before I do, I’ve got one more song to sing. Brock Lesnar’s pacing, he’s ready to attack. Heyman, keep your damn mouth shut or I’ll smash a guitar on your back.”
Lesnar is annoyed and goes after Elias! There is a brawl before the Rumble, and then things end up in the ring! Lesnar gets Elias down and hammers away! He gets Elias in a corner and rams his shoulder in! Elias tries to fight back but Lesnar waistlocks for a German Suplex! Suplex City is already here! Elias sits up but Lesnar looms over him. Heyman hands Lesnar the guitar and Lesnar SMASHES it on Elias! Lesnar drags Elias up and throw shim out, Lesnar ELIMINATES Elias! That’s one for one, and Heyman rubs it in by holding up the world title. Lesnar just rests as the countdown begins. Entrant #3: Erick Rowan! Big Red has been on a rampage of sorts, and he puts his pet on the ring steps. Lesnar is ready and Rowan rushes the ring.
Rowan denies the suplex once, but then Lesnar clotheslines Rowan out and ELIMINATES him! Fans can’t believe how easily The Beast dealt with Big Red! It almost doesn’t seem fair to Rowan, but he takes his pet and leaves. Lesnar encourages fans to make nose as we get #4: the GLORIOUS Robert Roode! Roode did a lot of work tonight already in trying to help King Corbin, but there doesn’t look to be an help in return. Roode takes his time preparing for Lesnar, then runs in and dodgse to throw hands. Lesnar kicks and whips but Roode boots back. Roode runs into a LARIAT! Lesnar gets annoyed now and he hoists Roode up, F5! Lesnar drags Roode up to throw him out and ELIMINATE him! Three already, and he waits for the countdown.
Entrant #5 is JOHN MORRISON! The Guru of Greatness is back in the Rumble, but he and Lesnar are throwing boots already! Lesnar grabs Morrison to OVERHEAD SUPLEX and ELIMINATE Morrison already! Lesnar holds up his title for himself just to gloat. The countdown returns and gives us #6: The New Day’s Kofi Kingston! Kingston lost in less than 10 seconds for Lesnar to become world champion. Can Kofi last longer in this match? Kofi runs in, dodges and mule kicks! And throws fast hands! Fans are fired up but Lesnar puts Kofi in a corner! And then throws him around! Kofi gets to another corner but Lesnar is on him with a German Suplex! To think that’s only the second one of those in this match. Lesnar takes his time with Kofi now, grinning as he brings Kofi up.
Lesnar rams Kofi into a corner but the countdown brings us #7: Rey Mysterio! And given the Batman inspired gear, you know Mysterio is here for vengeance of his own! Lesnar keeps an eye on Kofi as Mysterio marches to the ring. Mysterio hops in, throws kicks and forearms, then runs to slide under and dropkick low! Lesnar stays up to shove Mysterio down hard! Lesnar whips Mysterio into Kofi and then brings them both up. Lesnar double whips them to double clothesline! Lesnar catches his breath while smiling. Lesnar lifts and German Suplexes Mysterio! That’s the third one. Lesnar stalks Kofi and brings him, the fourth German Suplex! Lesnar doesn’t even seem to care that the countdown brings out #8: Big E!
Kofi and Mysterio flop out of the ring but under the ropes, so they’re safe. Big E hurries out to help both men up. The three of them decide to unite against their common enemy! Fans are fired up for that, too! Lesnar fights but that’s 3v1! They throw hands, he shoves them away, TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Big E scoops Lesnar, for the BIG ENDING! And Lesnar’s on the ropes, 619!! Lesnar is still in the ring, Big E rams him! Mysterio uses Big E for Poetry in Motion, but he gets caught and tossed! Lesnar ELIMINATES Mysterio! Lesnar uses Big E as a step, BEAST in Motion to clobber Kofi! Big E gets up, but Lesnar dodges to clothesline and ELIMINATE him! Houston is shocked and even disgusted that Lesnar is doing all this.
Lesnar looms over Kofi, drags him up, and gives him an F5 to ELIMINATE him! No miracle saves here as the countdown brings out #9: Cesaro! The Swiss Cyborg shows no hesitation and Lesnar likes that. Cesaro dodges, throws European Uppercut after uppercut! Lesnar knees low then throws more knees to standard suplex Cesaro. Clothesline, Lesnar ELIMINATES Cesaro! Lesnar gets to gloat again as we wait for the countdown. We’re one-third of the way with #10: Shelton Benjamin! An old friend, oddly enough. Heyman even shakes hands and hugs Benjamin to celebrate this reunion. Benjamin and Lesnar do shake hands and hug it out, because Benjamin is going to be Team Heyman! But then Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES and CLOTHESLINES Benjamin to ELIMINATE him! There are no friends in the Rumble!
Lesnar relaxes as the countdown starts again. We get #11: Shinsuke Nakamura! The Intercontinental Champion has won a Rumble already, but will he even get close this time? Nakamura gets in, dodges Lesnar and fires off a strike fest! The knees and the roundhouse rock Lesnar! But no Kinshasa, Lesnar lifts, throws and ELIMINATES Nakamura! Even the King of Strong Style was apparently “too easy” for The Beast. The countdown returns and brings #12: MVP! Montel Vontavius Porter is back in a shout out to Black Panther, but is his return to the WWE going to go well? MVP chases Heyman for some reason, but Lesnar grabs MVP first! MVP hotshots Lesnar and throws hands! And a throat chop! But Lesnar kicks, lifts, and hits another F5!
Lesnar was having fun but no more, as he throws out and ELIMINATES MVP! An astounding and upsetting ELEVEN eliminations as we get to #13: KEITH LEE!! The Limitless One and NXT North American Champion looks to make all of Houston #BaskInHisGlory! Fans are thunderous and even Lesnar has to take a step back. Lesnar and Lee stare down, but then Lesnar throws big knees. Lesnar whips, Lee reverses and they collide. Lee runs to run Lesnar over! Lesnar is shocked! Lee corner splashes, rolls and forearms Lesnar! Lee whips Lesnar corner to corner but Lesnar comes back, double clotheslines collide! Lee is the first man to get Lesnar down, and fans are thunderous as we get #14: BRAUN!! The Monster Among Men looks to capitalize as he finally gets after Lesnar again!
Lesnar is gasping as Strowman runs in to corner splash! But Strowman hits Lee, too, then comes back for Lesnar! Strowman SHOTGUN DROPKICKS Lee! Lee falls out under the bottom rope so he is safe, but then fans want to see Strowman take a lap! Strowman pleases his fans as he goes out the bottom rope to run Lee over! And then he gets in to still run Lesnar over! Strowman drags Lesnar up and scoops, but Lesnar slips out to German Suplex! Five suplexes, and now a sixth for Lee! Seventh for Strowman! Eighth for Lee! Lesnar gets back at them both, but he tires himself out for it. Strowman and Lee stand first, being fresher, but they encounter each other. They stare down and start throwing hands! Lesnar ELIMINATES them both!! Lesnar is sneaky as he is strong, and now he reaches the halfway point of this match with #15: Ricochet!
The One and Only is the Red Robin as he runs into the ring and springboards! Crossbody, but he’s caught! Lesnar gives Ricochet a backbreaker, only because he didn’t have the energy for an F5. Lesnar reminds Ricochet that he’s still not scared, and uses a German Suplex to do it! That’s nine, and Lesnar grins again. But the countdown returns and brings #16: DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Stud has wanted after a world championship, and he gets his chance to make his case. Lesnar stares down with McIntyre, no longer considering Ricochet a factor. McIntyre calls out the “Son of a b*tch” and dares him to fight. Lesnar takes off the gloves because a fight is what we’re getting. Ricochet LOW BLOWS and then McIntyre CLAYMORES Lesnar! They ELIMINATE LESNAR!! Houston is ELECTRIC as Lesnar finally pays for the crap he’s given everyone else!
Now it’s McIntyre who grins as he’s the one looking down on The Beast. But then Ricochet missile dropkicks McIntyre! Standing shooting star! But McIntyre catches Ricochet! To throw and ELIMINATE Ricochet! And then McIntyre goes back to staring at Lesnar. The countdown returns and we get #17: The Miz! The Rumble gets even more Awesome now, and hopes to sneak in while McIntyre is staring at Lesnar. McIntyre dodges and Future Shocks Miz! McIntyre stares at Lesnar again before giving us his own countdown. Miz rises to get a CLAYMORE! McIntyre throws and ELIMINATES Miz! Lesnar finally stands up and McIntyre just stares at him. Houston mocks Lesnar with “Hey~ hey~ hey~! Good-bye~!” Lesnar tells McIntyre this isn’t over, and now we get #18: AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One also has a bone to pick with McIntyre as he returns to the Rumble. Styles and McIntyre start throwing hands, and then McIntyre puts Styles in a corner. Styles dodges, McIntyre puts him on the apron but Styles hits back. Styles springboards but McIntyre gets under. Styles kicks away on McIntyre’s leg then runs, into a big shoulder! McIntyre drags Styles up to dead lift suplex! Styles fights free, goes after the leg, Calf Crusher! The countdown brings #19: Dolph Ziggler! The Show-Off hurries to take advantage now that McIntyre isn’t alone. These two also have beef, Styles chop blocks McIntyre! Ziggler scrapes laces on McIntyre’s face, and he mugs McIntyre with Styles’ help. But then Ziggler DECKS Styles! McIntyre THROWS Ziggler across the ring!
McIntyre is mad now as he brings Ziggler up to CHOP! McIntyre CHOPS Styles, too! The countdown brings #20: Karl Anderson! The OC goes after McIntyre with big hands! Ziggler hangs back as Styles and Anderson both get caught! SUPERKICK takes McIntyre down! Ziggler tries to get McIntyre over, and the OC help out. But then they go after Ziggler as payback for a moment ago, SPINE BUSTER! The OC go after the Show-Off and McIntyre but that’s easier said than down. Ziggler skins the cat but Anderson is on him with stomps. The countdown brings #21: EDGE!?! The Royal Rumble just got Rated R! Even Edge seems shocked he’s back in action, and he’s not going to let this moment slip away. Edge gets in to SPEAR Ziggler! And SPEAR Anderson!
Edge whips McIntyre to a corner to then hit a running knee smash and a SPEAR! Edge and Styles stare down, and Houston is losing its mind over a moment we thought we’d never get. Styles fires off a Phenomenal Blitz but Edge kicks low. Styles PELES and Edge goes to a corner. Styles whips corner to corner but Edge stops himself to SPEAR Styles! The countdown brings us #22: Baron Corbin! The Wolf King comes back to redeem himself, and Ziggler is already after Edge. Corbin and his court (jester) go after Edge while Anderson goes after McIntyre. Anderson goes after Corbin but gets the Choke Slam Backbreaker! Corbin throws Anderson but Anderson stays on the apron. Corbin throws hands on Styles while McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler!
Edge has Anderson but Corbin goes after Edge. Ziggler holds on for his life and Corbin saves him. Anderson uppercuts McIntyre, Edge throws and ELIMINATES Styles! Again, even Edge seems a bit surprised, but he hangs back as we get #23: “Bro…” Matt Riddle is here! And Riddle takes his time getting in and kicking off the flip-flops. Riddle kicks Corbin then McIntyre then Anderson! McIntyre focuses on McIntyre with Bro Kicks! Then the Bro-Saw! Edge runs in, but gets a Final Flash! But Corbin throws and ELIMINATES Riddle! Corbin mocks the Bro special, but then goes after Edge. We already get #24: Luke Gallows! The Good Brothers are united in this match against Corbin! Big boots all around and then Gallows rains hands on Ziggler!
Corbin drags Edge up but Edge throws hands, too! Edge runs into a DEEP SIX! But McIntyre throws and ELIMINATES Corbin! The King is shocked but the OC go after McIntyre! They mug McIntyre before going after Edge. Nostalgia gets MAGIC KILLER! But now we have #25: Randy Orton! The Viper is another enemy of the OC, but there’s a certain something else that could be happening here… Orton gets in and gives Gallows and RKO! Then an RKO for Anderson! It’s RATED RKO, for that matter, as they both ELIMINATE the OC! Orton still can’t believe Edge is back, even seeing it in person. They go after McIntyre and Ziggler as we get #26: Roman Reigns! The Big Dog is back, not having to worry about Corbin now.
McIntyre fights off Edge but Roman is right on him with uppercuts! Uppercut for Orton, uppercut for Ziggler, SPEAR! Roman throws Ziggler out and ELIMINATES him! The King’s Court is completely cleared out, and Roman gives McIntyre a buckle bump. McIntyre blocks the next one to give it to Roman, and then more and more! McIntyre CHOPS Roman, but Roman shrugs it off. Roman ROCKS McIntyre with the uppercut, and we get #27: Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter rushes the ring to go after McIntyre with fast hands, then a clothesline for Orton! Kevin skips Edge to CANNONBALL Roman! Then he CANNONBALLS Edge anyway. McIntyre runs in, into a POP-UP BOMB! Roman is up to get a SUPERKICK and thrown. Roman avoids the bomb but not the STUNNER!
But Kevin forgets Orton, or does he? STUNNER for Orton! Kevin is on Edge as we get #28: Aleister Black! Could the Embodiment of the End come out headed for Gold? Aleister picks a fight with Kevin and throws hands, but Kevin CHOPS him back. Kevin whips, Aleister moonsaults but Kevin ducks, only to get a boot! Edge waistlocks, Aleister standing switches and shoves Edge to knee him down. McIntyre is on Aleister with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt! McIntyre aims from a corner, but runs into a BLACK MASS! Aleister goes after Kevin in a corner, but Kevin fights back. Roman hobbles over to Kevin but gets hands. Orton stomps McIntyre as we get #29: Samoa Joe! The understanding between Joe and Kevin is going to be put to the test, but Joe puts Aleister to the test with fists and kicks! Aleister BOOTS back!
Aleister runs in, Joe dodges, Aleister elbows back but Joe PELES! McIntyre lifts Orton but Orton slips out. Kevin CANNONBALLS Aleister to help Joe. But then the two allies mutually decide to throw hands with each other! Kevin runs, into an atomic drop! Joe BOOTS Kevin down, but here comes #30: SETH ROLLINS! The Monday Night Messiah doesn’t come alone, either, as he has Buddy Murphy and the Authors of Pain! Joe and Kevin see them coming and decide to handle business. They go out under the ropes to go after all four! That’s a bit too much, and they get beat down. Rollins makes sure the AOP and Murphy are focused on the other men in the rumble. They drag Edge and Orton out from under to throw into barriers! And the announce desks!
Rollins gives McIntyre a CURB STOMP! Rollins throws hands on Aleister, then looks at Roman. Old friendships mean nothing, mule kick to CURB STOMP! Rollins drags Roman up but Aleister kicks Rollins in the back! Aleister fires off hands but Rollins knees low. Aleister roundhouses Rollins then springboards, but Murphy trips him up! Murphy gets revenge on Aleister, and Rollins gives Aleister a mule kick! Rollins throws out and ELIMINATES Aleister! Rollins drags Kevin up but Kevin hits a STUNNER! Kevin throws Rollins but the AOP catch him! Rollins is put in so Kevin goes after AOP! Akam and Rezar hold Kevin, Rollins throws and ELIMINATES Kevin! Joe gets the COQUINA CLUTCH! Rollins flails but Murphy enziguris! Joe gets mad and DECKS Murphy, but Rollins ELIMINATES Joe!
The AOP add on but Aleister helps out. Kevin leaps in and now these six brawl to the ramp! Rollins shouts at his disciples but they’ve left. Now it’s just Rollins, Roman, McIntyre, Edge and Orton. And by that, we should say it’s Rollins VS Roman, McIntyre, Edge and Orton. Rollins tries to get Roman back on his side, showing the Shield fist bump. Roman gives Rollins a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then Edge drags Rollins up to whip into Orton’s spinning powerslam! McIntyre aims at Rollins, CLAYMORE! McIntyre takes Rollins to throw out and ELIMINATE! And now, we have our final four. Only McIntyre has yet to win a Royal Rumble, could this be his moment? Rated RKO coordinates, and they go after Roman and McIntyre with fists!
McIntyre turns things around while Orton rams Roman into a post! Back2back backbreaker, and then Orton helps Edge with McIntyre. Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as McIntyre headbutts Orton. RKO OUTTA NOWHERE! Edge aims from the corner as McIntyre rises, SPEAR! Rated RKO coordinate again as they drag McIntyre up. They give McIntyre the DOUBLE RKO for old times’ sake. But then Orton coils and stalks Edge. Edge sees it just in time, so Orton just shrugs that he was just joking. But then Edge throws out and ELIMINATES Orton! The ultimate opportunist returns! Orton lets it slide, and now we have our final three. “You Still Got It,” Edge! Edge and Roman stare down as two masters of the Spear, and they start throwing hands! Big uppercut and a SUPERMAN PUNCH from Roman!
And speaking of Spears, Roman aims from the corner. Edge slowly rises, lets out the battle cry, but Edge jumps over the spear to GIVE the SPEAR! Edge brings Roman up and throws him out, but Roman hangs on! Edge builds speed but Roman avoids the shoulder to kick back. Roman drags Edge over the top and they’re both on the apron. They brawl on the edge, and even wobble. Roman uppercuts and ELIMINATES Edge! Fans boo, but McIntyre runs over. Roman punches back, then SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Roman throws McIntyre but McIntyre blocks! McIntyre elbows Roman away, CLAYMORE!! McIntyre throws Roman out, and WINS!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, at #16; will go to WrestleMania to challenge for a world championship
Finally! The unstoppable Scottish stallion has won the race! He has won the Royal Rumble! He has won a chance to go after a world championship! Lesnar did so much as #1, but it was Sweet Sixteen that shut him down. Will McIntyre come back for more and take that title from The Beast?
WOW! What a great Royal Rumble PPV! Honestly, nothing disappointed me. The status quo for titles may have been kept, but it was all done in the best ways possible. Namely, all the matches were great so that you can’t really complain. Almas VS Carrillo was a lot of fun, and Almas wins clean so that it doesn’t really hurt anything. And while Carrillo is great, I wasn’t confident he’d win anyway. The same goes for Lacey Evans against Bayley. Another really good match, and obviously WWE is giving Lacey a solid push with her getting a full-on corn dog commercial. Lacey will be champion someday, but once the Four Horsewomen are all done with the belts. Becky VS Asuka was a great match, no less than equal to their first match last year. But naturally, Becky wins to finally get that very important win over Asuka. Now Becky can start fresh (maybe) for this year’s Mania and thereafter.
The strap match for the Universal Championship was some great stuff, too. While the Rollins VS Fiend matches went a bit above and beyond on how believable a horror move match could go, this one did it right. For one, no more red lights! We could actually see things as we should! And Bryan wasn’t doling out Knee Plus after Knee Plus or even as many Danielson Stomps as I expected, and that was fine. Bryan does technically endure the Mandible Claw for a bit longer than expected, and that was actually good, too. In the end, The Fiend retains so that the custom Fiend face belt is worth the money they spent. But also, there has to be something bigger coming down the line for Bray at Mania, so hopefully Elimination Chamber and Super Showdown, which are both surprisingly in February, can set something up.
Sheamus VS Gable was alright, but that’s why it was a kickoff show match. Not really sure we needed that over some other match, but the kickoff show needed two matches so there it is. Roman VS Corbin as a Falls Count Anywhere was WAY better than I would’ve expected. Obviously their allies get involved, but it was to great effect. Naturally Roman wins, though both men also have their parts in the Men’s Rumble. Hopefully this ends this rivalry, because I do NOT want that Dog Food Match to somehow come back around.
The Women’s Rumble was great, and I loved that Bianca Belair got to do as much as she did. Beth Phoenix was another great part, especially since she powered through a pretty good cut in the back of her head. But when Charlotte was the one to get rid of Bianca and quickly deal with Sarah Logan, it should’ve been clear she would win. Charlotte has a big choice that will rightfully hype up Raw tomorrow night, but I just hope we don’t get redundant and have her face Becky again. I’m sure Fox will like having Charlotte on SmackDown for the Mania build and will put up big money for that. That way, Becky really can start fresh, as I’ve said. Honestly, I wonder if there’s anything planned in the Elimination Chamber this year.
Then the Men’s Rumble, it really was a “tale of two matches” as Michael Cole was told to say. Lesnar’s half was frustrating, but for the purpose of a perfect pay off. I didn’t like that he dealt with some legit big names, and big bodies, so quickly. As I watched, I wondered why no one just kicked Lesnar in the balls, and then I realized that it was so Ricochet could get that spot. And I am riding very high after I got my wish of Drew Freakin’ McIntyre using a Claymore to launch Lesnar out of the ring! And much like Charlotte getting rid of Bianca, it should’ve been clear that the one to eliminate Lesnar would go on to win. But we got some amazing moments along the way, namely EDGE! I don’t think he was meant to eliminate Styles the way Edge himself reacted, but things happen. Rated RKO reuniting and the story of the Raw Civil War getting their time was good, too. I think Aleister is joining the fight on the side of Joe and Kevin given what we saw tonight. A lot of great stuff, I just hope someone convinces Vince not to screw McIntyre over.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Christopher Daniels; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Christopher Daniels!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)
What is the State of the Bloodline?
Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.
Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline arrives.
Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!
The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?
The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.
Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!
Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!
Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!
Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!
Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!
Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.
But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?
SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.
Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.
Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!
Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!
The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!
Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!
Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!
Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!
Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?
The Bloodline sits in their private room.
Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.
Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?
The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!
“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?
SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.
Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!
Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!
Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?
WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.
Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!
As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.
Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!
Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)
The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?
Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.
Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.
Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring.
Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”
Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.
Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”
So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.
Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”
Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”
Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”
Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?
This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.
Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.
The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.
Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.
My Score: 8.8/10
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