Charlotte Flair returns to NXT!
The Queen returns to Full Sail! But will she take up NXT Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley, on her WrestleMania championship challenge?
- Angel Garza VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Garza wins.
- Dominik Dijakovic VS Killian Dain; Dijakovic wins.
- Mercedes Martinez VS Kacy Catanzaro; Martinez wins.
- Jordan Devlin VS Tyler Breeze; Devlin wins.
- Six Man Tag: Tommaso Ciampa & The Broserweights VS The Undisputed Era; Ciampa & The Broserweights win, by disqualification.
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NXT is picking up speed towards Portland!
Dominik Dijakovic makes sure “Bootleg Marilyn Manson” took a loss and Candice LeRae made sure Dakota Kai got her comeuppance from Tegan Nox! Daddy’s Home, and that’s Undisputed. A contract was signed in blood, and now we have our match for THE NXT Championship. And last but certainly not least, The Broserweights win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Will Pete Dunne & Matt Riddle smoke Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish at TakeOver?
The Broserweights are here!
And they cruise into the arena with the Dusty Cup trophy in the back of their Broserweight Mobile! Riddle and Dunne hit the ring and kick off the flip-flops to pose for the crowd. Dunne and Riddle get mics and greet the crowd with, “Bro…” The Broserweights are the 2020 Dusty Classic champions, and their celebration continues. Just look at that gorgeous trophy set upon the brand new custom golf cart. The Broserweight Mobile is a thing. Dunne says that the last thing he ever thought he’d do is be in a tag team with Riddle. “It was meant to be, bro.” And look at them now? Dusty Cup winners, and the future NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans like the sound of that. Riddle just has one question: How are they going to get there?
The Undisputed Era’s Fish & O’Reilly appear! They will NOT acknowledge “Matthew Riddell and Peter Dune” as a tag team! The only thing they’ve done is disrespecting the legacy of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic! The trophy in a golf cart, can you believe this? Kyle doesn’t want to wait for Portland, and neither does Fish. But Roderick Strong comes out to keep them back. The Undisputed Era claims they would pick a fight tonight, but the “Loserweight Mobile” is blocking the way. And there are much bigger fish to fry than these two jerks. Fans boo, but Riddle chuckles over Fish talking about Fish. That sets Fish off!
To follow Fish’s example, Riddle wants Dunne to “riddle me this.” How much fish could Bobby Fish fry if Bobby Fish could fry fish? Dunne says they shouldn’t worry about how much fish Bobby Fish could fry. “It’s a thing now.” Riddle repeats his tongue twister and fans join in. It’s practically a song. Dunne says what matters is that at TakeOver, the Broserweights smoke the Undisputed Era. Portland better be ready for reDRagon and the Broserweights to light it up in just 11 days!
Angel Garza VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
El Latino may no longer be NXT Cruiserweight Champion, but he’s back en la casa to rebound from Worlds Collide. Garza did strike down the lucha legend, Rey Mysterio, on Raw, but will he continue to sharpen that edge in Swerve’s House?
The bell rings and Garza rushes Swerve but Swerve dodges and sends him into the corner! Garza goes up but Swerve yanks him back down. Swerve swings but Garza dodges. Garza swings, Swerve evades, and back again. Garza goes to whip but Swerve stops himself on a dime, and Full Sail loves it! The two stare down for a moment before tying up. Garza waistlocks and slams Swerve down, then flips Swerve over. Swerve stands but Garza slides under to pump handle. Swerve flips through and capoeria but Garza Penalty Kicks him down! Garza puts Swerve in a corner and throws clubbing forearms. Garza CHOPS Swerve and Swerve is stinging!
Fans cheer as Garza goes up and brings Swerve over. Double knuckle locks but Swerve jumps up to SUPER STEINER! Garza is writhing but Full Sail fires up. Swerve builds speed to cartwheel out of Garza’s kick. Garza slides but into a MULE KICK! Swerve builds speed again to handspring, into a SUPERKICK! Garza topples Swerve down and grins as NXT goes picture in picture.
Garza drags Swerve up and throws him into steel steps! Then trips him up, to basement dropkick into the steps! The ref counts but Garza taunts Swerve. Garza drags Swerve up and into the ring, then brings Swerve into a corner. He fires off angry hands and puts Swerve up top, backwards. Garza climbs up to club away then soak up the heat. Garza puts Swerve in the Tree of Woe for a PENALTY KICK! Swerve writhes and flounders but Garza covers, TWO! Garza clamps onto Swerve with a grounded cobra twist. He cranks on Swerve’s neck but Swerve endures. Swerve fights his way up to throw hands and get free. Garza hits back but Swerve shoves to tilt-o-whirl SLAM! To an armbar!
Garza rolls fast to go for a cover, ONE. Garza stomps away on Swerve’s face! The ref backs Garza off but he comes back to kick Swerve around. Garza is toying with Swerve and drags him up for a snapmare. He kicks Swerve in the back the clubs him while he’s down. Garza goes after the legs but Swerve resists. Garza hits a Jeff Hardy like leg-splitting leg drop! Swerve sits up and Garza slaps him! So Swerve slaps back! It’s a SLAP fight! Garza, Swerve and back again, then it turns to forearms as Garza DECKS Swerve. Garza slicks his hair back as he looms over Swerve. He brings Swerve up to a corner and pulls the arms against ropes. The ref backs Garza off, but he goes after Swerve again with a CHOP!
NXT returns to single picture as Swerve CHOPS Garza back! And throws big forearms! Drop toehold sends Garza into buckles, then Swerve runs in to tilt-o-whirl. But Garza adds his own spin to it to make it a facebuster! Off come the pants!! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but Garza glares down at him. Garza drags Swerve up in a dragon sleeper, then lifts him at the ropes. Rebound but Swerve lands on his feet! Swerve shoves and hits a rebound GERMAN SUPLEX! Somersault Complete Shot! Cover, TWO!! Garza lives but Swerve scowls. Fans rally up and Swerve stands up. Fans chant “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve SLAPS Garza and throws body shots.
Swerve puts Garza on the ropes to kick and kick and kick! Then throw haymakers! Swerve catches his breath but Garza puts him on the apron. Swerve enziguris HARD, but steps into another SUPERKICK! Both men are down but fans are fired up! Garza has a bit of blood leaking from his forehead but he focuses on sitting Swerve up. Garza CHOPS but Swerve CHOPS back! The two brawl on the mat then get to their feet. Garza headbutts away on Swerve and then goes up the corner, only for his headscissors to be turned into an IMPLODING DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Garza lives and Swerve is beside himself with frustration! But fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this amazing opener.
Swerve drags Garza to a drop zone but Garza crawls away. Swerve stomps Garza down then goes up top from that corner. Garza stops Swerve with an enziguri! Garza drags himself up the ropes to grab Swerve. They both stand up, Swerve shoves Garza but Garza flips through. Swerve leaps but Garza throws the pants at him! It doesn’t do what Garza hoped, and now he pleads for mercy. Swerve just throws the pants back and HOUSE CALL! Cover, TWO!?! Garza shocks himself with surviving! Full Sail knows “This is Awesome!” but not over yet!
Swerve drags Garza up again, half nelsons but Garza resists. Swerve puts him in a corner, clotheslines point blank, then hops up again. But Garza trips him up! Garza drags Swerve up, underhooks, WING CLIPPER!! Cover, Garza wins!!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall
El Latino is back on track! Was his destroying Rey Mysterio on Raw the spark that has reignited him? Garza grabs a mic to say, “Do you see? I just beat Swerve.” And he reminds everyone that he took out both his cousin, Humberto Carrillo, and Rey Mysterio. Everyone knows Garza didn’t lose that Fatal 4 Way, so he wants a rematch for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! He knows Jordan Devlin is here in the building, so Garza will be watching very closely. El Latino es en la casa, baby.
NXT cuts backstage as something develops.
The Undisputed Era is up to something again. They’re on the hunt for Tommaso Ciampa, and they beat up whoever doesn’t have answers! No one does, and one guy’s just getting a haircut. The Undisputed Era starts to move on, but to add insult to injury, Strong takes that electric razor and cuts a huge swath out of the guy’s bangs! The search for Ciampa continues into the parking lot and around the way. Will Adam Cole and friends come to regret hunting down the Blackheart Psycho Killer?
NXT profiles Mercedes Martinez.
“Nineteen years, I’ve rugged, thugged, hustling, and here I am.” The women of NXT better watch out for the Latina Sensation.
Dominik Dijakovic VS Killian Dain!
The Croatian Colossus wants not only a rematch with the Limitless Keith Lee, but he wants it for the NXT North American Championship. However, that title has a long list of other superstars who want after it, and one in particular is the Beast of Belfast! Will Big Damo make a big impact on the title hunt?
The bell rings and Damo tackles Dijakovic to the corner! He rams his shoulders in over and over but backs off at the ref’s count. Dijakovic throws big elbows but Dain knees low. Dain throws body shots and whips corner to corner. Dijakovic dodges as Dain runs in, and then rams in elbows and clubs with forearms. Dijakovic hops up and leaps for ax handles! He throws big forearms on the behemoth, but Dain picks Dijakovic up to hotshot on the ropes! Dain clotheslines Dijakovic out as fans boo. Fans troll with “Shave Your Back!” but Dain scoops Dijakovic. Dijakovic slips out to shove Dain into steel steps! Then uses those same steps to CANNONBALL the beast man down! Dijakovic puts Dain in as fans cheer. Dain crawls and Dijakovic aims. The cyclone kick get the DIVIDE crossbody! NXT goes to break as Dain loom over the colossus.
NXT returns as Dijakovic throws body shots on Dain. Dain knees low and fans boo, but Dain drags Dijakovic back up to back suplex. But Dijakovic lands on his feet! Dijakovic mule kicks and elbows Dain before he says, “Time to Fly!” And he manages to THROW Dain across the way! Dijakovic clamps on with a choke grip, CHOKE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dain survives but Dijakovic keeps focused. Dijakovic climbs up as fans cheer, but Dain stops him with a forearm. Dain climbs up and hits a fisherman SUPERPLEX! Dain can’t cover, the landing took a lot out of them both. Dijakovic stands and boots Dain, but Dain BOOTS back! Dain runs but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!
Dijakovic stumbles to a corner and climbs up. Dijakovic MOONSAULTS but FLOPS! Dain hits a SHOTGUN dropkick! Dijakovic hits buckles, then Dain back sentons down onto him! Dain climbs up now, but Dijakovic anchors a foot. Dijakovic stands and BOOTS Dain again! Dijakovic manages the torture rack, FEAST YOUR EYES! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
Another huge win in every sense of the word! The Colossus conquers the towering Archer of Infamy and the bulky Beast of Belfast. And word comes down that it’s happening! Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic will happen for the title at TakeOver: Portland! Lee comes out to congratulate his challenger and let him know about the match personally. Dijakovic is ready to bring his best and to bring that title home with him. The two shake hands to show there is respect, but will that be thrown out the window when these two throw down in just under two weeks?
NXT catches up with the Undisputed Era.
Cole and friends question Kushida about Ciampa. Does he understand English? Kushida just starts throwing hands! But that 4v1 doesn’t go his way, and Cole uses Ushigoroshi to put Kushida in the rash! But Bronson Reed storms over to defend the Super Junior, only to get a STRONG KNEE! “Apparently you don’t know where Ciampa is, either.” The search continues, but are the Undisputed boys just making more enemies as they go?
The cryptic message keeps flashing on screens.
2-5-20. Today is 2-5-20! What does it mean!?
NXT commentary interviews Johnny Gargano and Finn Balor simultaneously.
These two come via video because we can’t afford a fight breaking out. The Prince takes offense to Mauro Ranallo asking Gargano something first. “Let’s be honest here. This match was supposed to happen back at WarGames. But Johnny hasn’t been cleared since I dropped him on his head three months ago!” Gargano says he was waiting those three months to finally meet The Prince. Oh has he? Balor has been counting for four years to get this match! All Balor keeps hearing is “Johnny Wrestling, Johnny TakeOver, Johnny Blah Blah Blah!” Now it’s time to back up all that. But in Portland, Finn will show Gargano is NOT the next Balor!
Gargano agrees! He is NOT the next Balor, he is the first and only Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling! The first NXT Triple Crown winner! More TakeOver main events than even Balor. But yes, Gargano needs this match, to prove he is better than the longest-reigning champion in NXT, Finn Balor. To be honest, Balor needs this match just as badly. No he doesn’t. What does Gargano event want this match for? Match of the Year candidate? Balor doesn’t care if it takes him 20 minutes or 20 seconds, he doesn’t get paid by the hour. See? Right there! That is the Balor that Gargano needs to beat. That is NXT’s Balor. Not Raw or SmackDown Balor, who lost to Bobby Lashley like 17 weeks in a row or something. Gargano would eat that guy alive!
Balor warns Gargano that he wishes he’d get Raw/SmackDown Balor. But that guy’s dead. The Prince isn’t here for MOTY, he’s here for the last match of Gargano’s career. Say what you want, just be ready. Gargano is going to pick up the NXT banner and drive it through Balor’s heart! Interview down. Balor says he has no heart. But will Balor break the rebel heart of NXT in Portland?
Mercedes Martinez VS Kacy Catanzaro!
The Latina Sensation is in action! Will she make good on that warning to the Women’s Division? Or will the American Ninja Warrior surprise her tonight?
The bell rings and fans cheer as Mercedes and KC circle. KC waistlocks but Mercedes standing switches to shove KC away. KC comes back to get a SPINE BUSTER and match book cover! TWO and KC gets to a corner. Mercedes throws forearms and a CHOP! KC drops to the mat but Mercedes drags her up for a suplex. She holds KC up for a count of 10, but then KC slips out! KC trips Mercedes and runs to basement dropkick! KC keeps moving to huricanrana! Mercedes is in a corner and KC hits an A-List Lariat a la Miz. KC tumbles and handsprings but Mercedes shoves her down. Mercedes drags KC up right away, to get a RANA! Cover, TWO!!
KC gets to the apron and waits for Mercedes to rise. KC slingshots but Mercedes DECKS her with a right! Mercedes grins as she heads out to club away on KC’s back. Mercedes throws KC into the post! KC bounces off and Mercedes rams her into the apron. The ring count climbs but Mercedes throws KC into railing! Mercedes is just getting meaner as she throws KC into railings again! They go into the ring, Mercedes drags KC up, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall
Mean Mercedes ran over little KC, but she’s still got a long road ahead of her. Will Mercedes carve a path to the top of NXT?
Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.
The NXT Women’s Champion is putting a lot on her plate daring Charlotte Flair to challenge her for the title at WrestleMania, yet still having Bianca Belair in Portland. Charlotte is heading here as we speak, so what are Rhea’s thoughts? Rhea says she is focused on Bianca, but it is nice of the Queen to show up. Will Rhea make sure both challengers know what’s what on the Road to WrestleMania?
NXT keeps with The Undisputed Era.
As Cole, Fish, Strong and O’Reilly head down a corridor with movie posters, Tommaso Ciampa attacks from behind! He takes the fight to them, throwing Kyle into the production truck, and then swinging the door into Fish! Cole throws hands with Ciampa and they leave the others behind. Cole knees low and hurries away but Ciampa pursues. They are coming up behind the bleachers! Fans fire up as Ciampa throws more hands on Cole. They end up by commentary as Cole kicks low. Ciampa elbows back then bounces Cole off the announce desk! And again! And again! Ciampa doesn’t stop dribbling Cole!
Fans fire up and Ciampa pats himself on the back. Ciampa drags Cole up but the Undisputed Era return to save their leader! Fans boo as the 4v1 brings things into the ring! But here come the Broserweights! They go after reDRagon but this is still 4v3! Strong moves around to help who he can but security floods the ring. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but the Undisputed Era is sent out of the ring! William Regal shouts as he comes out. If they want to fight, then get dressed! This ends tonight! But the sides don’t stop, they just fight in the ring again! Security floods back in to try and sort things out! Fans are loving the chaos but the Undisputed Era decides to retreat. Only for Ciampa and The Broserweights to pursue!
Fish and Riddle crash through railing while Ciampa and Dunne chase the rest up the ramp! There’s brawling on the stage as Riddle throws hands on Fish around the way. Riddle then storms up to join the cluster and he starts pulling people away to get at Kyle. Fish returns and the pile topples over! Finally, the sides separate and everyone is allowed to regroup. After that huge fight, which three men of the Undisputed Era will step up against the Blackheart and his new bros?
Jordan Devlin VS Tyler Breeze!
The NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion and Irish Ace of NXT UK is here in Full Sail and heads to the ring. But will he still be looking good in a match with Prince Pretty?
But even before Breeze gets in the ring, Devlin dropkicks him off the apron! Breeze crashes to the floor and Devlin hurries after him to kick and stomp! The ref pulls Devlin off but Devlin clubs away on Breeze’s back. Devlin goes into the ring to dust his hands off and hold up the belt. Will Breeze still be in shape to wrestle? We find out after the break.
NXT returns and Devlin toys with Breeze. Devlin stomps Breeze down but fans rally up. Devlin bumps Breeze off buckles then rams his shoulder in. The ref counts and Devlin lets up to stalk Breeze to another corner. Devlin elbows then whips, but Breeze goes up and over to mule kick! And again as Devlin sits down! Cover, TWO, but Breeze is on Devlin and brings him to a corner. Devlin blocks a buckle bump to give one then he clubs and snapmares Breeze. Devlin clubs Breeze in the face then stalks him to ropes. The Irish Ace underhooks but Breeze resists! Breeze pries free and trips Devlin to drop elbows on the knee! Then drop a knee on the knee!
Breeze drags Devlin to a corner and to the post to throw the leg into the steel! The ref reprimands Breeze but Devlin is clutching the leg. Breeze hears the fans and does it “One More Time!” Devlin crawls out of the corner as Breeze gets in. Breeze drags Devlin up to then put the leg on the rope and pull. The ref counts, but Breeze drops a knee on the leg! Fans fire up for the aggressive and gorgeous toehold. Devlin grabs at Breeze and drags his way to the ropebreak. Breeze lets up but walks into a boot from the mat! Devlin gets up, back suplex for the atomic backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Devlin grits his teeth as he works on getting the bad leg working.
Devlin throws forearms on Breeze and taunts him. He gives toying kicks and mean haymakers. Devlin SLAPS Breeze, so Breeze CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Breeze unloads and then whips to dropkick Devlin down! Fans are fired up as Breeze drops a leg! Cover, TWO, but Breeze sticks close. Breeze drags Devlin up to snapmare and drive elbows into shoulders. Breeze cranks Devlin’s neck but Devlin endures. Devlin works his way up and throws body shots to get free. Devlin rocks Breeze with the European Uppercut, then whips. Breeze reverses to back drop Devlin high and hard! Devlin flounders up but Breeze clotheslines him out of the ring!
Breeze goes out to fetch Devlin but Devlin runs in. Breeze puts Devlin on the apron to get a Penalty Kick! And then a SUPER MOONSAULT! Direct hit and both men crash down! The ring count begins and Devlin sits up at 5. Breeze follows at 6, and both men stand at 8. They’re in at 9, and fans cheer as this match continues. Breeze drags himself up on the ropes as Devlin stands. Devlin hobbles over to throw hands and CHOPS! Breeze staggers and stumbles but Devlin is on him with more forearms. Breeze hits back with body shots, but Devlin gets him for the URENAGE! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Prince Pretty survives and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Devlin looms over Breeze. Devlin has the arm and stands on Breeze’s chest as he pulls. The fans boo but Devlin drops down to tweak the arm. Breeze crawls to ropes but Devlin is on him. Devlin wants the ripcord but Breeze resists and punches back. Devlin runs in at the corner but gets a BOOT! Breeze rallies with forearms and a mule kick! Then a dropkick! Devlin flounders but fans fire up for Breeze as he hits a running forearm! Breeze whips but Devlin reverses, only for Breeze to kick him away! Breeze LARIATS Devlin down! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives but fans still rally behind Breeze.
Breeze stalks after Devlin to a corner and brings him to the top rope. Devlin throws hands to fight him off, and leaps over Breeze. The bad leg slows Devlin down but he runs back in. Breeze puts him on the apron but Devlin shoulders back. Devlin climbs up and leaps, crossbody hits! But Breeze rolls it over, TWO!! Breeze waistlocks but Devlin bucks him off, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Breeze still lives and Devlin is losing his cool! Devlin calm down and grits his teeth as Breeze stirs. Devlin hobbles over, puts Breeze in a drop zone and then heads up top. MOONSAULT gets boots! Breeze gets a takedown to a HALF CRAB! Devlin endures and crawls, but Breeze pulls him away! Devlin turns over to cradle counter, TWO!!
Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS! Cover, TWO!?! Devlin lives and Full Sail is as shocked as Breeze! Breeze stalks behind Devlin to double chicken wing. Devlin back suplexes out but gets a big knee! Breeze runs into the corner but only gets buckles as Devlin jumps out. Slingshot CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Devlin is throwing a tantrum as Breeze still lives! “This is Awesome!” as Devlin and Breeze get up. Devlin throws body shots and jabs, but Breeze enziguris! Devlin HEADBUTTS!! Then he grabs the wrist, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, Devlin wins!!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
Tyler Breeze gave the Irish Ace a run for his money in a non-title match, but it wasn’t enough. Who else will Devlin trump as he travels between the US and the UK with the Cruiserweight title?
Charlotte Flair arrives!
The Queen is back, but will she take the NXT Women’s Champion up on her challenge?
Bianca Belair heads to the ring first!
The EST and #1 Contender to Rhea Ripley’s title is first to grab a mic to address the NXT Universe. “So in a little bit over a week, I’ll be heading to TakeOver: Portland to become your next NXT women’s Champion.” But it seems Rhea forgot about all that, because she’s getting in Charlotte’s business. So Bianca will say this here and now. She don’t care about no queen, she wants Rhea. But instead, she gets the Queen! Charlotte heads to the ring now and Full Sail lets out a chorus of “WOO~!” Bianca is in no mood as Charlotte struts into the ring and grabs a mic for herself. Fans cheer, “Welcome Home!” and Charlotte loves how Full Sail “WOO~!”
But to Bianca Belair. Charlotte has a lot of respect for her. The EST is an amazing athlete. But she is not on Charlotte’s level. Charlotte is “tickled” having her and Rhea talk about the Queen. But Rhea is overlooking Bianca. Bianca makes this about herself, so while she’s running her mouth- Here comes Rhea! The Nightmare got Charlotte to show up, and now confronts her again. Rhea and Charlotte stare down, but Bianca steps in the middle. So Charlotte brushes her aside!? Bianca wants to go off but Rhea speaks first. If Charlotte’s come here for a purpose, then just spit it out. Rhea is “all about dropping The Queen at WrestleMania.” Bianca waits to see what happens next, and Charlotte glances at the belt.
“Hold up, hold up, uh-uh.” Bianca can’t believe Charlotte is standing in this ring, “and you don’ even go here!” Fans cheer for that Mean Girls reference, but Bianca says Rhea isn’t going to run through her at Portland. “Girl, uh-uh.” WrestleMania will end up the Queen VS The EST, and Charlotte can’t whoop Bianca. Charlotte says this is a conversation of champions, so please, Bianca. Stand over there, “and fix your braid.” Whoa! Even Rhea is shocked by that one. Rhea didn’t disrespect Charlotte, so she can’t come in here disrespecting them. Don’t get it wrong, Bianca and Rhea will rip each other apart in Portland, but there’s a saying here that Charlotte might’ve forgotten. “We Are NXT.” And Bianca DECKS Charlotte!
Bianca and Rhea work together to double Electric Chair SLAM Charlotte down!! Full Sail is thunderous as the two NXT alpha females stand tall over the Queen. But Rhea makes sure it’s clear, she is the one to face Charlotte at Mania. The Portland logo is a buzzsaw, but who is the one getting cut down?
Six Man Tag: Tommaso Ciampa & The Broserweights VS The Undisputed Era!
Regal’s decree brings us this huge main event! And stepping up for the foursome is reDRagon and Adam Cole BAYBAY! But will they be the right combination to take down the Dusty Cup winners and the Psycho Killer?
But before a bell or even their entrances, Ciampa, Riddle and Dunne continue where things left off! They get all four Undisputed Era members from behind and on stage! The brawl goes down to ringside as Cole is sent into steel steps and Fish throws hands on Riddle! Ciampa knocks Strong down while Dunne stomps Kyle. Dunne kicks Fish and CHOPS him against the apron. The Bruiserweight tortures Fish’s fingers but Fish throws a right hands. Dunne mule kicks while Ciampa has Strong on the ramp. Dunne grabs Fish to apron X-PLEX! Kyle leaps at Dunne but gets a KNEE from Ciampa! The referee works to restore order as Strong finds himself all alone. The 3v1 is now in Ciampa’s favor as he and the Broserweights stomp Strong down!
Ciampa throws Strong off the ramp and hurries after Cole. He puts Cole in the ring and this match finally begins, only for Kyle to clobber Ciampa from behind! Cole gets to safety as Kyle runs and throws hands with Ciampa! Kyle gets Ciampa down for some ground ‘n’ pound and big knees all around. He runs, but into Ciampa’s elbow! Ciampa throws more forearms then whips. Kyle reverses but Ciampa comes back with a clothesline! Tag to Riddle and Riddle gives Kyle some Bro Kicks! Kyle blocks one to kick back and tag in Fish. Fish goes after Riddle but gets forearms. They brawl but Riddle gets the edge. Fish knees low and then more strikes. Fans troll with the tongue twister as Riddle gets Fish down with an armbar!
Fish rolls around but Riddle rolls him back. Fish makes it a cover, TWO, but knees low. Tag to Cole but Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Cole down! Tag to Dunne and he helps Riddle with a corkscrew senton, to then add a basement dropkick! Cole flounders to a ring and Dunne runs in. Cole elbows back but Dunne goes up and over. Dunne enziguris Cole in the corner! And then pump handles, but no Bitter End! Cole is in a corner, he puts Dunne outside but Dunne punches back. Fish anchors Dunne but Dunne kicks him away to MOONSAULT! But Strong gives Dunne an apron backbreaker! The numbers game continues to work as Cole gets Dunne in. Cole rains down rights but fans rally for Dunne.
Cole drags Dunne over, Fish tags in, and Fish stomps Dunne down. Fish drags Dunne up to snapmare and slingshot for the senton! Fans do have to cheer that agility as Fish drags Dunne to the Undisputed corner. Tag to Kyle and reDRagon mugs Dunne in the corner. Kyle fires off fists but the ref backs him off. Kyle returns to tag Fish, and reDRagon throw more knees. They double whip Dunne but Dunne elbows Kyle away. Dunne puts fish on the apron then leaps to dropkick Kyle’s legs out! Fans fire up as Dunne heads for his corner. Fish gets in to drag Dunne away. Dunne kicks but Fish ducks and the enziguri gets Kyle! Hot tag to Riddle!
The Bro rallies with kicks on reDRagon, and then super forearms and a PELE! Riddle kips up to forearm smash Fish in the corner, and throw him with a BROSPLODER! Then he does the same to Kyle! Broton for Fish! Broton for Kyle! Fish is up, Riddle German Suplexes! Bridge cover, TWO! The Undisputed Era regroups and fans boo as NXT goes picture in picture.
Riddle glares as the Undisputed Era flank the ring. Riddle sees Fish coming but he still gets caught to a fireman’s carry. He escapes to fireman’s carry Fish in return, but Fish fights out. Fish spins Riddle into big forearms and kicks. Riddle gut wrench suplexes in return! And holds on to bring Fish up! Cole runs in but Riddle back drops him while again giving Fish a gut wrench suplex! Riddle still holds Fish but Kyle runs in! Riddle lets Fish go to block the takedown! Kyle is caught and Riddle drags him up for another gut wrench! But then Fish CLOBBERS Riddle with the elbow!
Fish drags Riddle up and to the Undisputed corner. Cole tags in to stomp away on Riddle, then bring him up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cole grows annoyed with Riddle as he drags him up again. Cole feeds Riddle to Fish’s boot but tags in Kyle. Kyle kicks away on Riddle in the corner then rams in a knee! Kyle runs side to side to BOOT Riddle down! Tag to Fish and reDRagon mugs Riddle more. Fish throws body shots and kicks to then elbow Riddle down. Fish clamps on with a facelock as NXT returns to single picture.
Riddle endures and fans rally up. Riddle fights to his feet and throws body shots. Fish knees back but Riddle brawls with him. Fish drop toeholds and then tags Cole in. Cole drops elbows on Riddle then rams knees into Riddle’s back! Cole clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Riddle down. Fans rally again and Riddle fights his way back up. Riddle throws body shots but Cole knees low. Tag to Kyle, and Team Future Shock gives Riddle a combination Ushigoroshi Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kyle clamps on with a facelock to grind Riddle down again. Fans rally and duel as Riddle fights his way up. Riddle powers Kyle back but Kyle throws strikes. The two brawl but Riddle fires off CHOPS! Kyle kicks a leg then hops on with a guillotine!
Riddle stays standing as Kyle body scissors. Riddle powers out to a suplex, Kyle waistlocks, but Riddle standing switches. Wristlock and ripcord, but Kyle blocks the knee to a GERMAN! But Riddle is back up!? To give Kyle a GERMAN! Kyle stands on wobbly legs to ROCK Riddle with a right! Riddle rebounds to PENALTY KICK! Both men are down and Full Sail fires up! Strong distracts Ciampa and Fish trips Dunne off the apron! Then Fish trips up Ciampa! Kyle hits Riddle with a big forearm, but Riddle dodges a boot. Both men block kicks to get DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! Tags to Dunne and Cole! The Bruiserweight rallies on the Undisputed Era, and gets Cole for a GERMAN!
Dunne stomps both hands, then BUZZSAWS! Kyle runs in but Dunne gets him for a X-Plex onto Cole! Dunne BUZZSAWS Cole again! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Dunne goes to a corner and climbs up top. Dunne MOONSAULTS, but Cole evades! Dunne rolls through to his feet, to get the LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD! Cole hops up top, but his Sunset gets a FOREARM! Dunne drags Cole up, but Cole hits LAST SHOT BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and this match continues! Cole and Dunne crawl, Fish tags in then tags in Kyle. The NXT Tag Team Champions stand Dunne up, but he fights off their high-low attack! Kyle German suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet! Dunne dodges to tag in Ciampa!
Ciampa rallies on the Undisputed Era and fans cheer “Daddy’s Home!” Ciampa throws Fish out, dodges Kyle to boot Fish down, then throws Kyle overhead! Fans fire up as Ciampa KNEES Kyle into ropes! Is that spit or a tooth that goes flying?! Ciampa underhooks Kyle but Strong sticks his head into the ring! So Ciampa gives Strong WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa gets Cole but Cole gets away. Kyle kicks, but no ax or smash as Ciampa ROCKS Kyle! Powerbomb lift, PROJECT CIAMPA! Cover, but Fish breaks it! Riddle gives Fish a SPEAR! Kyle and Ciampa crawl but Ciampa is up. He drags Kyle away from Cole, but then realizes, he wants Cole! Kyle tags Cole and Cole gets in. Cole and Ciampa stare down, and they brawl!
Ciampa shoves and BOOTS Cole but Cole PELES! Dunne runs in to DECK Fish! And enziguri Kyle! Kyle yo-yos but into the fireman’s carry from Riddle! BROSERWEIGHT TO SLEEP! Cole SUPERKICKS Dunne! Then SUPERKICKS Riddle! Ciampa blocks the third to LARIAT Cole! And then the underhooks, but Strong KNEES Ciampa down!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & The Broserweights, by disqualification
The Undisputed Era just couldn’t help themselves, and now Strong stomps Ciampa in a corner! Fans boo as Cole joins in. The ref reprimands them but they won’t stop. Meanwhile, reDRagon has Dunne, for CHASING THE DRAGON onto the floor!! Riddle drags himself up but he gets TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Strong gives Ciampa END OF HEARTACHE! The Undisputed Era regroups in the ring to loom over Ciampa, even as the ref tells them to get out. Instead of leaving, Strong gives Cole a can of spray paint! Cole shakes it up while the others hold Ciampa in place. Cole says they’re going to make an example out of Ciampa, as they spray a big yellow X on his back. X marks the spot as they all stomp him down again!
The ref keeps trying to stop this but the Undisputed Era are in control. Cole tells Ciampa, “Your story with the NXT Championship, it’s over! You are a joke!” Cole brings down the knee pad, aiming for that X, but wait! The numbers! The three circles! They were three eyes all along! VELVETEEN DREAM RETURNS! ANd he’s already on the top rope?! BIG ax handles and fast hands! Full Sail is electric as Dream just thrashes and wrecks the Undisputed Era! Dream wants revenge for the backbreaking he got, and he SUPERKICKS Cole! Then gives Strong the Dream Valley Driver! Dream rips his tights away to reveal he has Strong’s wife and son on the pair beneath!! Dream then rains down angry rights on Strong until the Undisputed Era drag Strong to safety!
Full Sail is still at a fever pitch for Dream as they chant, “Welcome Back!” Dream is ready to take over again! Will there be a #StrongDreamREMATCH awaiting us all in Portland?
What an episode! It is great to see that though the Undisputed Era, we get a great blending of stories and a GREAT main event. The Broserweight Mobile was great but could still use some more upgrades, as the bulbs weren’t really that bright. Not even sure they were working the entire time. Again, the Six Man Tag was an amazing match, and the return of Velveteen Dream was amazing! Clearly we’re getting Dream VS Strong again, and surely at TakeOver as the other grudge match given we’ve also got Dakota Kai VS Tegan Nox in a Street Fight on the card. I think TakeOver’s big enough to have more than five matches now.
For that matter, I wonder if there’ll be an NXT Cruiserweight Championship match. Garza VS Swerve and Devlin VS Breeze were both amazing matches, so seeing those two work to out-Heel the other would be incredible. Mercedes VS KC was a fun match, but clearly it was going to be Mercedes’ win since she’s getting a push now that she’s dedicated to NXT. Dijakovic VS Dain was a really good match, and it’s great to know we’ll get Lee VS Dijakovic for the title at TakeOver. I don’t see the title changing but that is going to be yet another awesome match. The interview segment with Balor and Gargano was heated and the Charlotte-Rhea-Bianca segment was a lot of fun. TakeOver: Portland is just shaping up to be perfect, honestly.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)
The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!
The Dusty Cup features the Cruiserweight Division… and Killian Dain?
For the first time ever, 205 Live gets to be part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who will leap out of the sweet sixteen into the second round?
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz; El Legado del Fantasma wins and advances.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; Maverick & Dain win and advance.
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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz!
Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza want to follow in the footsteps of Santos Escobar, and that means getting titles! But Samir & Sunil Singh want the same, so that they can shine even brighter! Will the lights, camera and Bollywood action be left on the cutting room floor by Death From Above and the Technical Assassin?
The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Sunil. Sunil and Mendoza circle, fans rally up as they tie up, and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Sunil rolls, wrenches back, but Mendoza wrenches again to wristlock. Sunil gets up, trips Mendoza up and gets a headlock. Mendoza gets up, Sunil wrenches and yanks on the arm over and over! Sunil wristlocks, Mendoza knees low and hard, then whips. Sunil reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things speed up, Mendoza runs Sunil over! Fans fire up with Mendoza and he runs, but Sunil drops to hurdle then monkey flip! Mendoza flounders up but Sunil clotheslines him out!
Sunil dares Mendoza to come back and Mendoza does, into an arm-drag! Sunil has the arm, Mendoza fights up, but Samir tags in. The Bollywood Boyz double whip, double shoulder and double elbow! Cover, ONE, but Samir keeps on Mendoza down with an armlock. Mendoza fights up, whips free but Samir gets around to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Samir wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Another arm-drag and Samir is back on the arm! Mendoza moves around, Samir keeps on the hold, and fans rally as Mendoza fights up. Mendoza pulls hair to put Samir in the corner, Wilde tags in but runs into a drop toehold!
Samir has the arm, Wilde pulls on an ear and whips, but Samir holds on tight to wrangle Wilde down! Tag to Sunil, they whip Wilde and leap frog, to then double hip toss! Cover, TWO! Sunil wrenches, tags Samir back in and Samir hops up to drop ax handles. Wilde knees low, goes to buckle bump but Samir blocks to give the bump first! Samir ducks Mendoza’s sucker punch to punch back, but Wilde gets him for a DDT! Wilde stomps Samir, brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, he CHOPS Samir then taunts Sunil. Mendoza runs in and clotheslines, tag to Wilde! Wilde clotheslines and tags, then Mendoza repeats the process! Double suplex! Cover, TWO!
Wilde keeps on Samir and throws him out hard! Wilde goes out, Mendoza talks trash, and Wilde bumps Samir off the announce desk! Wilde drags Samir back into the ring as fans rally up. Wilde cravats and cranks on Samir’s neck, but Samir fights up and body shots free! Wilde whips Samir hard into buckles! Tag to Mendoza, El Legado drags Samir up and double whip him to ropes. Samir kicks back, Mendoza clubs him, then a whip, but Samir reverses to send Mendoza into Wilde! Mendoza shoves Samir to the Legado corner but Samir dodges and Mendoza gets POST! Fans rally up as Samir crawls, hot tag to Sunil!
Sunil rallies on Mendoza with forearms and elbows, then a whip! And a BACK DROP on the rebound! Sunil keeps going, atomic drop and a running WINDMILL KICK! Wilde returns but Sunil DECKS him! Sunil goes out to bump Wilde off the 205 Live logo over and over! Mendoza runs out but he gets the same! Sunil puts Mendoza in, climbs up top and leaps, BIG ax handles! Cover, TWO! Escobar is ice cold as Samir tags in. Sunil hoists Mendoza up, FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mendoza is still in this but Samir throws haymakers in the corner. Samir hoists Mendoza up top, climbs, but Mendoza fights back! They brawl, Samir clubs Mendoza but Wilde anchors him!
Sunil YANKS Wilde down, tags in and then Samir SUPERPLEXES Mendoza! Sunil add the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Wilde breaks it! Not even the Bollywood remake of Power ‘n’ Glory could do it! Samir goes after Wilde with fury, then whips, only for Wilde to send him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Mendoza gets Sunil with a FLIPPING DRIVER! Tag to Wilde, Electric Chair FLYING CODE BREAKER! Then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, and Mendoza intercepts Samir, El Legado wins!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the second round)
Wilde and Mendoza make Escobar very proud, but this was just the opening round. Will Legado del Fantasma grow even stronger as the Dusty Classic continues?
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain make final preparations.
Maverick pins up the doodle of him and Dain, only for Dain to pull it back down. Dain puts on his wrist and hand tape, so Maverick does the same. Dain asks why he keeps mirroring him? Maverick says it’s 2021, a new year, a new look as they’re now matching. Look, Maverick’s a denim jeans guy now! Dain wants Maverick to promise him he fixed the music. He did! The new theme has a lot of rock to open, Dain is satisfied. Will Dain do the dance if they win? No. Not even if they win? Maverick quickly pins up the doodle again, will it be a good luck charm for the odd couple?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!
The Lonestar and #RetroAG did great as a team in their first outing last week, but now it’s the real deal! Will Stallion and Grey ride into the second round with high spirits? Or will they be brought down by Rockstar Spud and the Belfast Beast?
The new music hits, and it’s to Dain’s liking, but then it morphs into a remix of that whistling theme Maverick had in the first place. Well, it’s fitting for their brand of dysfunction. The teams sort out and Stallion starts against Maverick. They circle and tie up, Stallion headlocks but Maverick powers out, only for Stallion to run him over. Stallion stares Maverick down as they reset and start again. They tie up, Stallion headlocks again but Maverick works on an escape. Fans rally, Maverick powers out but Stallion runs him over again. Things speed up, Maverick hurdles then throws Stallion out, to do some skipping.
Stallion runs back in but is sent back out! Maverick does more skip step, but Stallion comes back to tie up. Stallion whips Maverick to a corner, Maverick goes up and over and does his trot. Stallion rushes in, only for Maverick to hip toss and calf kick him down to an armlock! Maverick wrenches the arm, but Stallion pushes free to tag in Grey. Grey is fired up because it’s the Dusty Classic! He dares “big man” Maverick to bring it, and Maverick says one moment. He tags to Dain! Dain is a bit bigger than 205 but Grey still ties up with him. Dain pushes Grey away to a corner! Grey comes back, ties up with Dain again and gets a headlock, but Dain powers out to run Grey over!
Dain runs, Grey ducks and hurdles, but he decides to avoid the punch. Grey leaps but the crossbody bounces off of Dain! Dain tags in Grey, they double whip Grey and Dain uses Maverick to trip Grey up for the back senton! Human weapon, scoop slam senton! Maverick covers, ONE! Maverick clamps onto an arm, wrenches, and Dain tags in. Dain BOOTS Grey down, then fireman’s carries Maverick for the SWINGING BOOTS! Dain even RAMS Stallion with Maverick! Dain lets Maverick go back to the corner so he can CLUB Grey! Dain then fireman’s carries Grey but Grey slips out to tag in Stallion!
The Cruiserweights go after the heavyweight together! Mule kick, front kick, forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! They bring Dain in but Dain DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Grey and Stallion bail out, Maverick tags in and he says Dain is the one to dive?! Fans want to see it and Dain gives it a try, only to pick up Maverick and TOSS him! Maverick topples Stallion and Grey over and fans fire up! Dain goes out to fetch Stallion into the ring and then puts Maverick in. Dain clubs Grey down and Maverick covers, TWO! Maverick hikes up his pants and brings Stallion up, but Stallion hits a REVERSE NECKBREAKER!
Tag to Grey and Grey whips Maverick. Leap frog into HEADBUTT, then the BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Grey clamps on tight with a chinlock and Maverick endures. Fans rally up, Maverick fights up, but Grey keeps him from Dain. Maverick keeps trying but Grey wrangles him away. Fans duel now as Maverick fights up. Maverick throws body shots, backs Grey down, but Grey CLUBS Maverick first! Grey back suplexes, Maverick lands on his feet, and boots Grey away! Maverick hits Stallion for good measure, slides under Grey and hot tags Dain! Dain rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Stallion in! They both get LARIATS!
Dain brings Grey around for an OVERHEAD suplex! Dain runs in to corner splash Stallion, then does the same to Grey! He whips Grey into Stallion and SHOTGUN DROPKICKS them both down! Stallion staggers, but into an URENAGE! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Dain has the fans fired up as he aims at Grey, but Grey dodges, only to get the DIVIDE! Cover, but Stallion breaks it! Dain grabs Stallion and whips him to a corner, but misses to get buckles! Stallion runs at Maverick but gets double boots! Maverick rolls Stallion to his feet for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Grey staggers, blocks a kick and KNEES Maverick! Dragon sleeper to a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Dain drops a senton on Grey!
Fans fire up as Grey runs but Stallion gets around him to waistlock. Stallion tries to lift, Grey SUPERKICKS Dain into the GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE! Stallion tries a lateral press, but Maverick breaks it! Grey and Maverick brawl, Maverick hits him and Stallion back and forth! Fast hands and feet, but he gets mugged 2v1! Stallion and Grey stomp Maverick in the corner, CHOP him, then whip him corner to corner. Dain puts Maverick on the outside to BOOT Grey and buckle bump Stallion! Tag to Maverick, BOOTS at the corner! Dain drags Stallion up, Maverick LEAPS to take out Grey!
Dain POWERBOMBS Stallion! Maverick wants a high-five, but he gets used as a human weapon again, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, Maverick and Dain win!
Winners: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, by pinfall (advance to the second round)
One of the more unique combinations in this year’s Dusty Cup gets through to the next round! But they’re going up against a couple of rascals in MSK, will the dysfunction fall apart?
A pretty good 205 Live that at least got over half an hour this time. Legado VS Bollywood Boyz was a good opener, and it makes sense for Legado to advance. There is always a good story behind a faction wanting to have title belts for each member, but there’s a good chance they’re facing Imperium next round. Imperium wants to do the same thing between both NXT and NXT UK, and Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner will definitely want to get back to the titles. In the end, I don’t see Legado or Imperium being Dusty Cup winners, though.
Maverick & Dain VS Stallion & Grey was a good match, but with Stallion having the Cruiserweight title shot in his back pocket, and with Maverick & Dain being a fan favorite combo, it makes sense Maverick & Dain won. I just knew that Maverick’s new choice for a theme was really just a swerve. Dain & Maverick are probably losing to MSK, though, as MSK are new and it’d mean a lot more if they got into the semifinals. Though again, I wouldn’t see Dain & Maverick winning the cup, even if there is some story there between them and Lorcan-Burch. Though that would be a great shocker.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/15/21)
Will Scrap Daddy sign on the dotted line?
SmackDown sets a contract signing for Roman Reigns VS Adam Pearce!
Despite being furious with the WWE official, the Head of the Table made Adam Pearce the new #1 contender for his WWE Universal Championship! But will Scrap Daddy find that that’s punishment enough?
- Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso; Nakamura wins.
- Natalya w/ Tamina VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay; Natalya wins.
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan; Cesaro wins.
- Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn; Crews wins.
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Roman Reigns sits in his room.
He looks over the contract for the WWE Universal Championship match, and Paul Heyman says it’s the same stuff all the time. Cookie cutter, boiler plate WWE garbage. This one just happens to be for the Royal Rumble 2021. Heyman hates it, too, didn’t like it from the moment he started reading, but the match does need a stipulation. It needs the stipulation of letting Roman be Roman. Heyman can take this off Roman’s hands to bring to Adam Pearce. Roman silently hands the contract over and Heyman says he can consider this handled. But what exactly will Heyman suggest as a stipulation for The Head of the Table VS Scrap Daddy, a man who hasn’t wrestled in roughly six years?
Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jey Uso!
The King of Strong Style’s rise through the gauntlet last week was epic, but also abruptly ended as Roman Reigns and his cousin got involved. Jey welcomes us to SmackDown, and says it’s The Bloodline Show! Because Jey and Cuz Roman run this! Not Adam Pearce! Not Kevin Owens! Not nobody in the WWE Universe! Their family calls the shots, Uce! Pearce, be careful. You’re going to wish you kept that suit on. But if you thought they’re just satisfied with SmackDown, think again! Roman Reigns, the Universal Champion, the provider, needs to be thanked by all the talent in the back! The food in catering, “Thank you, Roman!” You being relevant for the first time in your careers, “Thank you, Roman!”
Jey says as far as being the right hand man, he’s trying to get his, too. The family is expanding! Step one, Jey officially declares for the Rumble! Step two, he’ll win the match! Step three, he’ll whoop Drew McIntyre, “Oldberg” and any WWE World Champion so that the Bloodline WILL be the entire WWE! But first, there’s business with Nakamura. Everyone talks about Shinsuke in the gauntlet. He did good, had to survive and advance, facing one man after another, match after match. Nakamura beat Mysterio, he beat Baron “Big Head” Corbin, and even Daniel Bryan! But as soon as they said, “NOPE, not tonight, Uce!” DONE! Out like a light!
So Jey tells Nakamura to thank them! They let him survive! Now he wants to step up and fight? King of Strong Style? Let’s see how strong you really are then, bruh! You know as soon as you cross the family, you leave the ThunderDome on a stretcher! But here comes Nakamura! And Nakamura has a mic to respond, “If your cousin, Roman Reigns, is the Big Dog, that makes you… His little puppy!” And then Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Jey down! They have their match after the break, will Jey be able to get this for the Bloodline?
SmackDown returns, the bell rings, and the two fire off forearms! Nakamura backs Jey down, Jey shoves but Nakamura knocks him down! Nakamura drags Jey up, snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps on Jey with a grinding headlock, but Jey powers up and powers out. Things speed up, Jey drops then knocks Nakamura over with an elbow! Jey drops elbows on Nakamura and Nakamura gets to a corner. Jey is after Nakamura at the ropes, scoops him and slams him! Cover, ONE! Jey drags Nakamura up, throws haymakers, but Nakamura body shots back! Nakamura backs Jey down with forearms but Jey hits and whips hard!
Nakamura writhes on the mat but Jey brings him up to whip again. Nakamura reverses, break frees, misses the roundhouse but not the windmill kick! Nakamura follows up with knees into Jey’s shoulders and ribs! Nakamura bumps Jey off buckles, brings him up and suplexes for a gourd buster! Then he throws in more knees! Nakamura stomps Jey to the corner, the ref has Nakamura let off. Nakamura comes back to stomp Jey again, then lets off for a moment. He brings Jey back up into a sleeper hold! Jey endures as Nakamura shifts to a chinlock and grinds him down. Jey fights his way back up, but Nakamura throws knees.
Nakamura puts Jey in the corner to give some Bad Vibrations! But wait, Cesaro is heading to the ring! Cesaro is Nakamura’s tag team partner so maybe he’s showing support. Nakamura dropkicks Jey then POSTS him! The Swiss Cyborg cheers Nakamura on as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Nakamura stomps Jey around at the ropes. Jey goes to a corner, Cesaro is on commentary and Nakamura whips Jey corner to corner. Cesaro knows he has his match with Daniel Bryan later but he wants to cheer his friend and tag partner on. Nakamura runs corner to corner but Jey throws him out! Jey kicks, Nakamura blocks and spins but Jey dragon whips him down! Michael Cole wonders where Cesaro was last week when Nakamura was getting beat up, but Cesaro says Tropicana Field, the new home of the ThunderDome, is very big. He was too late getting here, the cameras cut away and Michael Cole probably left.
Jey puts Nakamura in the ring with some force, then glares at Cesaro before going to Nakamura. Jey ROCKS Nakamura with the uppercut then clubs him down! Jey stomps, Cesaro says HE is entering the Rumble, and Jey stalks Nakamura to a corner. Jey digs his claws in, stomps away, but lets off as the ref counts, only to get around and fire off forearms and stomps! The ref backs Jey off, but Jey comes back to HIP ATTACK in the corner! Jey stomps Nakamura more, the ref counts but Jey stops at 3. Fans give thumbs down on their screens, Jey goes back to a corner, then runs corner to corner again, into the DYNAMIC DROPKICK!
Nakamura fires up as he sees Jey get up. Nakamura KICKS Jey back down, then KICKS away on his legs! Nakamura whips, kitchen sink knees then sliding KNEES to add on! Jey gets up, Nakamura stalks him and runs in but into a boot! Jey boots again but Nakamura spins him into the ropes, SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows frustrated but he drags Jey back up. Jey fights off the exploder and throws forearms. Jey shoves, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro admits Jey is a great wrestler because of their history in tag team competition, but never underestimate Nakamura. Speaking of, Nakamura fires off a strike fest!
Jey ducks the forearm to mule kick then uppercut! Back suplex to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives but Jey heads for a corner. Jey sees Nakamura get to a corner so he goes back in and runs in, but into buckles! Nakamura KICKS, climbs up, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura fires up and aims from a corner! “YAO~!” SUPERKICK FROM JEY!! Jey heads to a corner, climbs up top, and USO SPLASHES onto knees! Nakamura saves himself and rises as Jey goes to a corner. Nakamura runs in but only gets post! Jey rolls Nakamura, has his feet on ropes, but the ref sees it just in time!
Jey protests that the ref was already counting three! The ref says it’s at his discretion when the bell rings, but Nakamura rolls Jey to a KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
The Swiss Cyborg celebrates with the King of Strong Style! Cesaro is in the Men’s Royal Rumble, gunning for Roman Reigns, will Nakamura look to do the same?
Sonya Deville talks with Adam Pearce.
They’re going over a copy of the title match contract, and she says she’s looked up his past stuff on YouTube. To her, he’s still got it. Pearce appreciates that, but he hasn’t been that guy in a long time, and even that guy couldn’t handle Roman Reigns. Sonya says he shouldn’t think like that. But then in walks Heyman with his copy of the contract. Heyman presents the agreement from the Tribal Chief. Pearce now holds “the opportunity of a lifetime!” Not only does Pearce get to main event the Royal Rumble PPV, he has the opportunity that was never presented to Scrap Daddy.
This opportunity is not only at the Universal Heavyweight Championship, but against the single biggest star in all of sports entertainment, Roman Reigns. And not only that, but the stipulation, “my GOD,” Sonya’s perfume is effective. But that said, this is actually tilted in Pearce’s favor. This is a match under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! So this is the part of the pitch that it’s somehow for Pearce’s benefit. He’ll still sign it, even though we all know it’s ridiculous. This only means Pearce gets injured, which is exactly what Heyman wants. But Pearce put his name on the contract, will he be able to prepare now that he knows what’s coming?
Jey Uso shouts at referee Charles Robinson backstage!
Three is three! Shoulders were on the mat! How long has he been doing this job?! Yes, Nakamura’s shoulders were on the mat, but Jey’s FEET were on the ROPES! You don’t think Jey knows rules? Charles has to do his job! Didn’t his daughter just get married? He’s about to get fired by The Chief. What? Jey’s veiled threat is clear, is no one safe from Roman’s wrath?
Backstage interview with The Street Profits!
Kayla Braxston asks Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins if it was wise to put their SmackDown Tag Team Championships on the line against Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler only a week after the vicious attack that injured Ford’s leg? Ford says you can call them a lot of things, like playboys, honorary Vikings, and “two dudes who’re dying to get drawn up as Simpsons characters,” but one thing they cannot, will not and shall not be called is scared. “On March 2nd, in the Year of Our Lord 2020,” the Profits became World Tag Team Champions! For 312 historic days, every single team that stepped up got dealt with! So for them not to accept a challenge would be disrespecting the very legacy they’re trying to build!
There are a bunch of names for the new champions. Roode-Dolph. The Two Aces. The Dirty Dawgs. ED. Whoa, whoa, keep it PG. No, it stands for “Entertainment Dysfunction.” That’s good! And now… Champions. But you best believe the Profits will run it back! It ain’t no rerun, fam. What they did to Ford had him limping for a minute. But when the sequel happens, they’ll drop bodies like they’re entering the Blood House. Tell ’em why, fam. Because the Profits are UP, even though they’re down right now. And #WeWantTheSmoke!
Roman Reigns talks Apollo Crews!
“You’ve gotta believe it. It’s all about control.” If Apollo doesn’t get it, then who will? Understood? Apollo does believe. Heyman returns and has the contract “sign, sealed and delivered.” Roman allows Apollo to stay and watch this and learn from it. The stipulation is No Disqualifications. Pearce signed? Yes. Well Roman chooses not to sign. He never wanted No DQ, never said he wanted No DQ. He wants it as… a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH.
What?! But Adam Pearce will never go for that! Oh he will. Because Heyman will make him. Heyman needs to tell Pearce that they’re going to sign this in the ring tonight. And then it’ll be considered “Handled.” Roman continues to talk with Apollo about how this is about control. Is Roman going to control this entire situation so it plays out how he wants it?
Natalya w/ Tamina VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay!
The two second-generation superstars ditched the Femme Fatale and became a duo themselves, but now Billie’s hopped on a new bandwagon! Will she be able to help the Riott Squad keep things on track? Or will this mismatched trio fall apart before it gets going?
Billie joins commentary and the bell rings. Liv and Natty tie up, go around, and Natty puts Liv on the ropes. The ref counts, Natty lets off and shoves Liv. Liv pushes back! Liv counters the punch to a headlock, Natty powers out but Liv dodges and huricanranas! Billie cheers Liv on as she runs in and back body blocks Natty in a corner! Liv whips, Natty reverses but Liv stops herself and elbows back. They knuckle lock, Natty pushes and turns Liv, then throws her up and over. Liv lands on her feet to monkey flip! Both women are down but they spring up! Natty trips Liv, Liv pushes back and wheelbarrows, but Natty makes it a STUNGUN!
Billie and Ruby are worried but Billie says to walk it off. Natty fires off on Liv in the corner then tells the ref to shut up. “You think this is a joke, Liv?!” Natty pushes Liv, drags her up, and snap suplexes! And then KICKS Liv in the back! Liv crawls, Natty brings her back up but Liv resists the suplex to cradle counter! TWO, and Natty LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Billie cheers Liv on more but Natty brings Liv up to a Canadian rack and backbreaker stretch! Natty tells Billie to shut up as she jams Liv harder. Liv fights with elbows, gets to ropes and then the apron. Natty throws a haymaker but Liv hits back! Liv slingshots and sunset flips, TWO!
Liv kicks low, front kicks then enziguris! Natty goes to a corner, Billie cheers Liv on again, and Liv runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Liv stomps away on Natty in the corner, the ref counts and Liv lets off at 4. Natty throws Liv into buckles! Then DISCUS LARIAT! Billie panics as Natty covers, TWO! Billie shouts as Natty tries for the Sharpshooter, and Liv cradle counters, TWO!! LIV BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Billie protests. Tamina is there and Billie gets a little too close. Tamina gets after Billie and Billie says she didn’t do anything. Billie gets in the ring?! And in everyone’s way! Natty rolls Liv up!! Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Billie realizes what happened and she apologizes, but still says the ref wasn’t counting right earlier. Will Billie ever get it right on SmackDown?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
The moment the King of Lucha was eliminated from the gauntlet by the King of Strong Style last week, the Lone Wolf King attacked them both! Corbin added insult to injury but now Rey wants payback! Will Rey trump the King of the Ring on the road to the Royal Rumble?
SmackDown returns as Corbin goes to the ring and Dominik joins commentary. The bell rings, Mysterio and Corbin circle and approach. Rey slides under, Corbin gets him with a choke grip but the choke slam is turned into a huricanrana! Rey rams Corbin in a corner but Corbin whips him away into buckles and then CLOBBERS him! Corbin mocks Dominik on commentary then puts Rey in a corner. Corbin ties an arm up on the ropes, throws body shots then throws haymakers. Rey goes to the other corner, Corbin stalks him and back suplexes high and hard! Cover, ONE! Corbin is annoyed already and he drags Rey up for another back suplex, only for Rey to counter with a BULLDOG!
Rey goes after Corbin but Corbin knees low and slides Rey out! Corbin slides out to then CLOBBER Rey again! Corbin stares Dominik down as the ring count starts. Dominik stands up but Corbin shoves him down! Corbin says Dominik’s not going to do anything to cost Rey and then he puts Rey in to cover, TWO! Corbin keeps Rey in the ring, brings him around to choke on ropes and taunt Dominik at the same time. Dominik say she’s going to let Rey fight his fight because he trusts in him. Corbin drags Rey up, talks some smack, then runs to DECK Rey with a right hand! Corbin says Dominik’s only good as a cheerleader, but then Rey gets up to dropkick the legs out!
Rey goes to a corner, climbs up top and leaps, seated senton! And then a springboard, but into Corbin’s arms! Corbin pops Rey up to a fireman’s carry but Rey sits up to rain down rights! Rey spins and ranas Corbin onto ropes! Dial it up, DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious as Rey survives! Rey crawls to a corner and gets to his feet. Dominik says he’s learned resilience from his father, and Rey dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out, in but into a boot! Rey runs, slides, but Corbin ducks under to throw an elbow! Dominik stands up again and Corbin taunts him again. Corbin puts Rey in then SUCKER PUNCHES Dominik! But Rey 619’s Corbin at the apron!
Rey keeps Dominik calm and out of the ring but then Corbin shoves Rey into Dominik! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King used father and son against each other quite literally and he took the win from them! Will he continue to play on the “family drama” as the Royal Rumble approaches?
Adam Pearce comes across Paul Heyman in the hallway.
Has Roman signed the contract? Heyman says there’s a bit of a wrinkle. No, Roman hasn’t signed the contract. But Heyman says it’s because Roman agreed with Pearce’s concerns. What does that say to the WWE management and the fans to deliver a No DQ match as the main event of the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship and Adam Pearce’s return to wrestling? No DQ is not enough! Where is Heyman going with this? Roman VS Pearce, at the Royal Rumble, LAST MAN STANDING. What is with these people?! Oh~ Pearce wonders who that favors. Well Heyman isn’t really into spoilers.
Heyman says Pearce can take his time because they can address this in the ring later tonight. Heyman will leave Pearce to his thoughts, and considers this business “handled.” Will Pearce do what Roman wants?
Rey and Dominik talk backstage.
Rey wants Dominik to calm down but Dominik says he’s been fighting giants like Corbin his entire career. Now, NOW Rey backs down? Rey didn’t back down, he’s being smart. He suggests Dom do the same. You don’t pick a fight without a plan. Corbin has been a WWE United States Champion, Mr. Money in the Bank and King of the Ring. He’s even a former Golden Gloves boxer! Dom doesn’t care about what Corbin’s done! Well if Dom wants to take care of Corbin, Rey knows just the guy to talk to. Who is it that will give the Mysterios the upper hand on the Wolf King?
SmackDown presents Bayley’s brand new talk show!
DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley walks in through the door, has an arm chair and a plaque commemorating her 380 day reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion. She welcomes us to HER talk show, which is already bigger than Marvel’s WandaVision. Now let’s welcome the EST of WWE, Bayley’s first guEST ever, Bianca Belair! Bianca makes her entrance and joins Bayley in the ring, and Bayley insists she go through the door. Ring the bell, too. DING DONG, who could that be? Bayley, c’mon. Bayley opens the door and lets Bianca in. Bianca then takes the arm chair and Bayley says that’s her. Well she has good taste, this is very comfortable.
Bayley would take the stool meant for guests, but y’know what? With the Women’s Rumble match, Bayley will probably be in it for a full hour so she might as well get her legs stronger now. Bayley congratulates Bianca on her WWE Chronicle premiering on the WWE Network on January 24th! And after everyone sees it, there will be so many Bianca Belair believers. Here’s a special sneak peek! It was when Bayley beat Bianca about a month ago. Oh, sorry, that wasn’t the right footage. Bayley says move on from that and go to the hard hitting questions.
Why does Bianca call herself the EST? It is her nickname based on her accomplishments in various things, such as track & field, sports, school- But those are all things from before the WWE. Isn’t that disrespectful to those that built the division? Bianca asks Bayley why Bianca’s confidence threaten Bayley so much? Bayley is mad at a nickname when Bianca doesn’t even brag, she’s just being herself. So when Bianca says she’s the strongEST, fastEST- Wait, hold on, doesn’t that make Bayley the best now? She beat Bianca in that match! And was a champion for 380 days. Bianca tells Bayley to take her talk show and go put on some dusty go and give Bianca a rematch right now.
Bayley knows Bianca is just trying to play mind games, but she’s not falling for it. She has nothing to prove. But Bayley has an idea! We can figure out who is the superior with an obstacle course! Yes! Imagine it! The Ultimate Athlete Obstacle Course Challenge! YES! Oh wow, really? Bianca can’t even argue with that, challenge accepted! Bayley has her EST, but there ain’t no way she can whoop Bianca. Now ding dong dat! Will Bianca prove it to Bayley and the world that she is then, now and forever THE E S T?
Daniel Bryan continues his training with the Alpha Academy!
It was earlier tonight that Bryan and Otis were backstage, and they got those hips moving left and right! Chad Gable has them explode up to their feet, and Kayla comes by. How has this training helped ahead of the Royal Rumble? It’s going great! “The pursuit of excellence” never ends. That’s what Bryan likes about Chad and Otis. And if training with the Alpha Academy makes Bryan even a little bit better, he’s all in. A great attitude to have, but did Bryan’s loss in the gauntlet hurt his confidence? Chad says no negativity. Nakamura is a former Rumble winner, there is no shame in losing to him. Bryan has a lot of respect for Shinsuke, and surely he has that same respect for Bryan.
But Cesaro barges in and says Bryan cannot speak for Nakamura because Bryan is not Nakamura’s friend. But Cesaro is so he will. Cesaro says Nakamura only shook Bryan’s hand was because he felt sorry. It was more a pity handshake. And Bryan would’ve had more of a chance at winning if he trained with someone who could teach him something more than that stupid hip thrust Macarena stuff. Then how about Bryan show Cesaro how that works firsthand later tonight? That is to say, NOW!
Cesaro VS Daniel Bryan!
The Swiss Cyborg won the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal but Bryan has never won a battle royal ever! Anywhere! Will Bryan show Cesaro that the Alpha Academy knows what it’s doing?
SmackDown returns and the bell rings! These two tie up, Cesaro headlocks and hits a takeover. Bryan tries to headscissor but Cesaro pushes that off. They stand up, Bryan powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Cesaro keeps Bryan down with another headlock. Bryan fights up, powers out again, and drops to then arm-drag Cesaro to an armlock! Bryan grinds Cesaro down, wrenches to a wristlock, then wrenches more and hits an elbow breaker! Bryan drags Cesaro down to a hammerlock but Cesaro backs him to a corner. The ref counts, Cesaro elbows Bryan with the free arm! Then he throws EuroUppers!
Cesaro whips Bryan corner to corner and EuroUppers again! Cesaro pushes Bryan around, drags him up and wrenches to whip corner to corner. Bryan dodges and Cesaro hits buckles, then Bryan fires off kicks from all sides! Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! Armlock BULLDOG! Bryan keeps on that arm, hammerlocks it and drops knees on it! Bryan pulls on the arm and twists the wrist! Cesaro rolls, gets up but Bryan wrenches. Cesaro scoops and SLAMS Bryan down! Cesaro shakes out the bad arm and he brings Bryan up to shove him to ropes, and CLUB him hard in the back! Cesaro stomps Bryan, drags him up, shove shim again but Bryan ROCKS Cesaro back!
Bryan fires forearms but Cesaro hits a standing STO! Knuckle lock cover, TWO as Bryan bridges! Cesaro goes to put his weight on Bryan but Bryan counters to monkey flip Cesaro into ropes! A rough landing and Cesaro tumbles out of the ring! Bryan goes to a corner, climbs up top and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Both men get up and Bryan fires off kicks! The ring count is climbing as Bryan KICKS Cesaro against post! Cesaro ducks the next one and Bryan kicks POST! Bryan goes down, clutching his shin, and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Cesaro stomps away on Bryan in a corner. Cesaro is after the leg but Bryan scrambles, so Cesaro double stomps Bryan down! Cesaro stomps Bryan’s leg again! Cesaro drags Bryan up but Bryan throws a EuroUpper! Cesaro EuroUppers, Bryan fires off kicks and uppercuts, only for Cesaro to ROCK him! Cesaro whips Bryan corner to corner, Bryan goes up and over but the leg jams! Cesaro runs in but Bryan manages a drop toehold! Bryan PENALTY KICKS Cesaro’s bad arm! Bryan runs back in, tilt-o-whirl and takedown! YES LOCK!! Cesaro endures, moves around, pries free of the hold and stomps Bryan’s legs!
Cesaro gets both legs, for a SWISS SWING! Then a SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures as Cesaro sits deep! Bryan crawls, drags himself and Cesaro over, but Cesaro reaches back to get an arm! CROSSFACE! Bryan rolls it over, and gets the arm again! Cesaro holds off the Yes Lock but Bryan fish hooks Cesaro’s face! Bryan gets the YES LOCK! Cesaro reaches, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go, but he wrenches to an elbow breaker! Cesaro goes to a corner, Bryan kicks him and puts him up top. Bryan climbs to SUPER- NO! Cesaro blocks the steiner to bring Bryan up and into a TWISTING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Cesaro is furious!
Cesaro gives Bryan EuroUppers, then rains down forearms! Cesaro reels Bryan in, Gotch but Bryan back drops out! Bryan boots from a corner, runs, but into a pop-up, only for Bryan to backslide! TWO and Bryan unleashes a Yes Kick and a BUZZSAW! Cesaro already has a cut on his head so the ref checks. Bryan and Cesaro go to opposite corners and Bryan pops up with Yes fingers, only to run into a POP-UP UPPER! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, Cesaro wins!!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Incredible! Cesaro beats a Grand Slam Champion in Bryan and is rolling towards the Royal Rumble! Will Bryan’s dream of finally checking off a battle royal win be only dreams?
Backstage interview with Carmella!
The Untouchable and her sommelier, Reginald, are here and Kayla asks her about what she said last week. Mella says she was telling the truth about Sasha Banks. When it comes to natural talent, Sasha can’t touch Mella. Yet here Mella is here, where is Sasha? Why haven’t we seen Sasha back? Oh, of course. It’s because Mella proved she’s better than Sasha in every way. Maybe Sasha’s hiding from Mella. But then Sasha comes out and shoves Mella over! Sasha isn’t hiding from anyone! Reginald keeps this from getting any more physical, and Sasha tells him to tell Mella that they’ll have the title match. So long as Sasha gets at Reggie first! Will Mella agree to this deal at the expense of her assistant?
Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn!
Both men want after Big E and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but we saw earlier tonight how Roman Reigns was giving Apollo some pointers. Will Apollo take control and have another shot at the title? Or will he not see the next trip Sami has up his sleeve?
SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance, accompanied by his documentary film crew to have evidence of the “Anti-Sami Conspiracy” Sami claims exists in the WWE. Big E is ringside, lounging on a couch and having a fruit salad from is minifridge!? Sami is upset because he never got anything close to that as champion, and as the bell rings, Sami runs into Apollo’s dropkick! Apollo counter punches Sami, whips him to ropes but Sami reverses to knee low. Sami runs, Apollo hits an OVERHEAD THROW! Big E respects that but his version is better. Apollo waistlocks but Sami elbows him away, then dodges to clothesline Apollo out!
Big E says he doesn’t believe in Sami’s conspiracy theories and says he didn’t really need the pep talk Heyman gave him like he gave Apollo on Talking Smack. Sami tells Big E to watch this as he JABS away on Apollo. Sami goes to bump Sami off the desk but Apollo blocks to bump Sami off the desk! Apollo then uses the desk for a MOONSAULT to knock Sami down! Apollo puts Sami in at the count of 8, climbs up top, but Sami trips Apollo up! Apollo hits the mat, Sami stomps Apollo into a corner! Sami digs his boots in, the ref counts and Sami lets off. Apollo staggers, Sami hops up and leaps for a flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Sami keeps on Apollo with another cover, TWO! Another, TWO!
Sami tells his personal camera crew to focus on this as he climbs back up. Sami leaps, Apollo gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down but Sami got folded! Sami goes to a corner, Apollo runs in, blocks a boot, and trophy lifts Sami up to throw him into the buckles! ENZIGURI! Apollo STANDING MOONSAULTS, but onto knees! Sami covers, TWO! Sami dodges Apollo and rolls him up, but the ref sees him grabbing tights! Sami is upset with the ref, similar to Jey and Charles Robinson, but Sami still catches Apollo to an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami goes corner to corner, but Apollo rolls Sami, and has TIGHTS! The ref doesn’t see this one, Apollo WINS!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
Did Sami’s cameras get Sami’s butt crack like WWE cameras did? Apollo walks over to the couch, picks up the belt, and grins as he tosses back to Big E. Big E says Apollo can keep coming for it but he won’t touch it again. They’ll see each other down the line, but who wins when the title is back on the line?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table leads the Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, and #MainEventUso to the table that’s waiting in the ring for this contract signing. And then Adam Pearce quietly makes his way out with the official contract. Pearce takes a seat at the table, Roman takes his time circling around the table, and Heyman moves the chair to the head of the table. Roman doesn’t want that chair. He wants the chair Pearce just sat in. Heyman asks Pearce that he give up the chair, but Jey just takes it from Pearce. Roman takes a seat and Heyman helps Pearce into the chair Roman didn’t want.
Roman says Pearce needs to go ahead and sign. Heyman says this sitting around is not good television. Pearce looks at the contract as he holds the pen, and signs it. Heyman smirks at the passive aggressive behavior as he hands Roman his own pent to sign with. Roman signs his name, gives the pen back, and it is done. Roman says that’ll be the last contract Pearce ever signs. Pearce says, “I’ve waited all night for you to do that.” What’s that supposed to mean? Pearce leaves with the contract in hand, goes up the ramp, and then seems to have a problem walking. Pearce says his knee has been bugging the hell out of him all day. An old injury that just creeps up on you at the worst possible time.
But Pearce says it’ll be fine. After all, we all know that standard contracts say the same things. As a WWE Official, Pearce reserves the right to have a substitute, should he not be medically cleared to compete at the Royal Rumble. In fact, Pearce already has one in mind. It’s KEVIN OWENS! Roman sighs, perhaps disappointed he didn’t see this coming. Kevin signs his name to the contract, and it’s all but a given that the Prizefighter is back in the fight! Will Kevin finally #StunTheWorld and end Roman’s reign as Universal Champion?
A really good episode for SmackDown, with some interesting developments in the different stories. The story of Roman Reigns and all those related took an expected yet perfectly executed twist. It was clear Adam Pearce wasn’t really going to compete against Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble, but how he tricked them into a trap like that was great. We’re getting another Roman VS Kevin, but now Last Man Standing, and if Jey is in the Royal Rumble, he might have to consider not interfering. And even if he does, maybe Pearce gets involved so that Scrap Daddy at least gets one great moment WWE PPV moment? Or maybe it’ll be Bryan or Nakamura, depending on who wins the Rumble.
Jey VS Nakamura was a good opening match and I was worried Cesaro showing up when he did was going to mean he costs Nakamura. But Cesaro stays on commentary, stays Nakamura’s friend, and yet also stays a bit Heelish as he still talks smack on Bryan, Otis and Gable. Bryan VS Cesaro was a great match, and it was a great surprise to see Cesaro win. It works for both men going towards the Rumble. Bryan wants to win so badly but that alone could be why he’ll lose, and Cesaro needs a little something to keep him afloat. Cesaro really is a great talent, we all know that, but who knows when and where he’ll get the world title nod.
The Profits had a good promo and they’ll eventually have that rematch with the Dirty Dawgs, but who knows if they win it. Natty VS Liv was alright, but Billie was a highlight of the whole thing with her wannabe punk rock outfit and behavior. She did more of a Spider-Man web shooter hand than the rock ‘n’ roll fingers, and then she costs Liv the match, adding more tension to the tenuous friendship. Maybe Billie does something big to make it up to the Riott Squad and that’s how she wins them over. Bayley is great, Bianca is great, and maybe Ding Dong, Hello was being awkward on purpose, but it didn’t quite land. And I don’t think their obstacle course challenge will, either, even if Bianca does an amazing job with it. Just give us a 15 to 20 minute NXT level match on SmackDown with them.
Rey VS Corbin with Dom on the side was good, but I almost thought Dom was going to find a way to Eddie Guerrero Corbin out of the win. I’m very curious as to who Rey is talking about when it comes to dealing with Corbin. I’m thinking it’s Cain Velasquez given the established relationship between him and Rey. Though that does bring up the question of what happened to A) the relationship of Murphy & Aalyah, and B) the Knights of the Wolf King. The former is probably one of those many cases where WWE gave up on it because they couldn’t figure it out. The latter is probably COVID concerns, and then some of the former.
Mella and Sasha had a decent segment, and they set up the obvious rematch. But I really like the idea that Sasha is getting a co-ed match against Reginald. I have a feeling Mella will interfere in return to put Sasha behind the 8 ball for their match. Apollo VS Sami was good as a main event match, but we did not need that much Sami butt cheek… I like that Big E now has a couch and fridge, oddly. Apollo is slowly starting that turn to Heel given what Heyman told him on Talking Smack last week, I’m just waiting for that moment when it’s complete. Then we’re really going to see some stuff from the already athletic and charismatic Apollo and Big E for the workhorse title of the WWE.
My Score: 8.3/10
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