SmackDown, you’re next!
SmackDown has huge returns! Goldberg arrives ahead of his Super Showdown with The Fiend, the Bella Twins are on A Moment of Bliss!
- 8 Man Tag: The Miz, John Morrison, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS The Usos & The New Day; The Usos & The New Day win.
- Symphony of Destruction Match: Elias & Braun Strowman VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro w/ Sami Zayn; Elias & Strowman win.
- Daniel Bryan VS Heath Slater; Bryan wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Naomi VS Carmella; Naomi wins and will challenge Bayley for the title at Super Showdown.
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8 Man Tag: The Miz, John Morrison, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS The Usos & The New Day!
Super Showdown will have a SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but before then, we have a super showdown right here! The A-Lister & the Guru of Greatness join forces with the GLORIOUS Show-Offs, but can they defeat Jimmy, Jey and the W, W, E, SmackDown, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS~!?
Before the match, the Usos grab mics as fans chant “UCE! OH!” Jimmy says last week, they couldn’t be here. It was very hard to be missed. That’s because Miz and Morrison couldn’t keep the Usos’ names out they mouths. But this week, the #UceGottheJuce and everyone’s invited to the Superkick Party! And it won’t be just them. Guess who they got as their partners? Who who who? Awwwww ARIZONAAA~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for Kofi Kingston & Big E, and FEEL~ the POWER~! See? Fans love these two greatest teams on SmackDown, the Usos and the NEW~ DAY~! But hopefully they’re keeping the titles warm. Well this is the UCE! OH! A greatest of all time, Hall of Fame no doubt. Oh stop it! No, you going to get these compliments!
Fans cheer as the seven-time champs cheer the six-time champs. But uh, six is less than seven, which makes the New Day better. The stare down gets tense, but then both teams laugh. “Boy, you funny.” But they’ll gladly go one more ‘gain. However, The Miz and Morrison interrupt with their introductions. Look who decided to come back to SmackDown! UCE! OH! And New! Day Rocks! That’s what Miz & Morrison are missing: a catchy chant fans can get behind. Miz ‘n’ Morrison, Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Everybody! Fans boo instead. But the fans won’t be chanting for the New Day when they lose the titles at Super Showdown. There are winners and there are losers. These two are the greatest tag team in the 21st century, BE JEALOUS!
But speaking of winning, who had a winning Valentine’s Day last week? DOLPH ZIGGLER! He and Robert Roode make their entrances now. Usos ain’t got no patience, let’s get the party started right now. Miz, Morrison, Roode and Dolph huddle up and head out. They flank the ring, but the Usos and New Day back them off. This eight man showdown goes down after the break.
SmackDown returns and Jimmy rams Ziggler into the corner. Jey tags in and runs to hit a big forearm! Kofi tags in and Big E rams Ziggler, for Kofi in Motion! Kofi feeds Ziggler to Big E, Roode runs in but gets tossed! Jey tags in, builds speed with Big E’s help and hip attacks Ziggler! Jimmy adds his! The Usos whip Kofi to basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Miz and Morrison get uppercuts! Kofi has Ziggler but Roode distracts for Morrison to body scissor toss Kofi out! Miz BOOTS Kofi down while the ref is distracted. Big E coaches Kofi but Miz rams Kofi into barriers! Miz taunts Big E as Morrison gets cheap shots. Miz drags Kofi into the ring and covers, TWO!
Fans rally but Miz brings Kofi over. Tag to Morrison, classic forearm to elbow on the knees! Cover, TWO! Morrison stomps Kofi and kicks him in the ribs. Tag to Roode and they mug Kofi. Roode drags Kofi into a camel clutch but Kofi endures. Kofi fights his way up, elbows Roode but Roode holds on. Kofi punches and punches and reaches, but Roode rakes his eyes! Tag to Ziggler and Ziggler stomps Kofi. The ref backs him off, and Ziggler’s team gets in cheap shots! Fans boo but Ziggler stands on Kofi’s head. Tag to Morrison and Morrison adds on. Miz and Roode chant but Kofi arm-drags Morrison. Morrison carries Kofi to the corner and climbs up.
Kofi resists the superplex and headbutts him down! Kofi boots Miz and Roode and Ziggler, but Morrison KICKS Kofi down! Kofi and his “dream team” are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again as Kofi throws hands on Ziggler! Ziggler kicks back then dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Ziggler drags Kofi up and whips him to the corner hard. He even sucker punches an Uso! Roode tags in and he hits the other Uso! Ziggler whips Roode in for Roode to whip Ziggler but Kofi sends Ziggler out of the ring! Kofi STOMPS Roode down! Fans rally up as both men crawl! Hot tags to Miz and Big E! Big E gives Miz an OVERHEAD suplex! And hits Morrison before he gives Miz another overhead! Miz runs, misses and Big E hits the side belly2belly! Fans fire up as Big E swivels those hips. Big E runs and SPLASHES! Big E claps and fans clap with him. Miz rises and Big E scoops him, but Miz fights free. Miz runs, Morrison tags in and Big E shoulders in.
Big E runs, into a KNEE! Morrison grins as Big E crawls away. Morrison runs into the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO!! Big E keeps his cool while Roode rams Uso into the steel steps! FLYING CHUCK! SHINING WIZARD! Standing SHOOTING STAR! Cover, but Kofi breaks it in time! Miz has Kofi but Kofi arm-drags free. Kofi clotheslines Miz out then builds speed, into Morrison’s crossbody! Jey tags in, Roode tags in, Jey sends Morrison out! Roode rolls Jey, TWO and Jey rolls Roode! TWO, Miz bumps into Jey. The ref is busy as Jey takes the GLORIOUS ZIGZAG! Cover, Jimmy breaks it! Jimmy whips Ziggler to SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK for Miz! Roode kicks Jimmy, GLORIOUS DDT! But Jey runs in, dragon whip enziguri misses! Roode has Jey, but no DDT as Jey slips out to SUPERKICK! Cover, Usos & New Day win!
Winners: The Usos & The New Day, by pinfall
The SmackDown dream team wins! But this won’t be settled until Super Showdown has come and gone! Who will be coming back from Saudi Arabia with the championships?
Drew Gulak finds Daniel Bryan backstage.
Gulak notices some “holes” in Bryan’s game, so he has a Powerpoint Presentation on what he’s been doing wrong. Gulak is going to teach Bryan? Well Gulak was studying Bryan’s matches, from The Fiend to the tag match with Roman Reigns to his match with Heath Slater. Did y’all just say Heath Slater? Slater, who was lurking in the background as it was, comes over and stares Bryan down. Bryan just about stomped Slater’s head in! He made Slater’s kids cry! No one makes Slater’s kids cry, except Slater. And Slater says he wasn’t ready, either! Is he ready now? ALWAYS! Slater wants his rematch tonight! Well, okay then. Gulak, help Slater. Gulak is more than happy to, but can even a technical genius give the One Man Band the plan he needs to beat Bryan?
Mandy and Sonya Deville talk, but Tucker Knight comes by.
Tucky says Mandy hurt his boy, Otis. Sonya tries to keep the peace, Mandy tries to explain, but Tucker explains how it looked. Ziggler crashed the date! Otis got her flowers, combed his hair and even bought new underwear! And he was just so hurt! Otis couldn’t even leave the hotel room. Mandy says she never meant to embarrass him, but Otis was running late. Wait, then why did Mandy text Otis that she was running late? What text? Tucky says Otis is the sweetest man and sees the best in everyone. But Tucker was the fool to think Mandy had genuine intentions. Fans are chanting for Otis while Fire & Desire try to figure out the text. Sonya says Mandy dodged a bullet, but she had a good time with Ziggler, right? Ziggler’s more her “type” anyway, right? Is that true?
Renee Young sits with Lacey Evans for an exclusive interview.
The Sassy Southern Belle returns to SmackDown TV after losing at the Royal Rumble. She won’t sugarcoat it, that loss hit pretty hard. But as a Marine, Lacey takes pride in putting her best foot forward. Losing to a bully like Bayley is tough. But, wasn’t she being the bully not too long ago? This new perspective seems ironic. Well as a Southern belle, Lacey lets us all know “nasty” has many different meanings. For Renee, it’s a term of endearment. But yes, Lacey admits being a bad example. Moving to SmackDown and seeing Bayley and Sasha Banks be so awful, it made Lacey reevaluate. She is changing, she is being the best example she can be.
So then, what’s next for Lacey? The Elimination Chamber will have its own SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s match. Lacey sets her eyes on her five future opponents. Will it be mission: accomplished on the Road to WrestleMania?
Symphony of Destruction Match: Elias & Braun Strowman VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro w/ Sami Zayn!
In case you missed the original, this is a very musically themed Falls Count Anywhere! The Drifter and the Monster Among Men held the first ever Symphony of Destruction as enemies. But now they are allies looking to drown out the Rockstar and Swiss Cyborg! Who rocks the world and stands in the spotlight after this huge collaboration of chaos?
SmackDown returns as Elias makes his entrance, introducing himself. “We have ourselves a Symphony of Destruction match.” Elias wants to know, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?” Phoenix does! Well WrestleMania is coming, and a universal truth will come true: WWE stands for Walk With Elias! Tonight’s song is Sweet, Sweet Symphony, so clap along. Fans oblige as Elias plays. “We’re here in the land of the sun, the symphony of destruction. With no rules and music everywhere, Falls Count Anywhere. Let’s blow the roof off once again, as I introduce my partner, the Monster Among Men.” BRAUN makes his entrance! And he shoulders a BASS CELLO! Much bigger than Sami’s little ukulele. Are the WWE Intercontinental Champion and Elias going to play a swan song for Team Sami?
Fans cheer as Strowman roars and holds up his title. The belt is put aside as the bell rings, and Shinsuke starts against Elias. Shinsuke and Elias tie up, and Shinsuke fires off a strike fest! Shinsuke runs but into Elias’ elbow! Elias CHOPS Shinsuke and throws forearms. Elias whips and hip tosses and waits for Shinsuke. Sami hands Shinsuke a tambourine but Elias kicks him first. Elias shakes the tambourine and sticks it around Shinsuke’s neck! Elias bumps Shinsuke off buckles until the tambourine falls off, and then SMACKS him with the tambourine! Shinsuke knees back, rattles the tambourine but misses wild! Elias KNEES Shinsuke right out of the ring!
Elias heads out to get a bass drum! But Cesaro hits him first to take it away. So Strowman takes it from Cesaro and SMASHES it on his head! The drum slides down and Strowman ROCKS Cesaro with a right! And another! Sami uses his ukulele but it has no effect! Should’ve used cowbell, Sami. Strowman chases Sami but Shinsuke SMASHES Strowman with a guitar! Sami shouts, “That’s what you get!” as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again as Cesaro has his guitar case! He opens it up and reveals the COWBELL! Cesaro plays himself a tune, and runs at Elias. Elias shoulders in first then takes the bell to SMASH Cesaro! Elias drags Cesaro up but Sami anchors Elias! A table is nearby so clearly Sami doesn’t want one of his guys going through it. Cesaro gets away and Nakamura BOOTS Elias, and Elias falls through the table! Sami cheers that literal smash hit and tells his team to finish this. Cesaro hobbles over but Strowman RAMS him into barriers! Strowman trips up Nakamura and throws him into the table’s wreckage! Strowman slides Cesaro over the announce desk!
Nakamura gets up but Strowman is right on him. Strowman bumps Nakamura off steel steps! And then brings him over to ram into more barriers! Cesaro gets caught! And APRON CHOKE SLAMMED! Strowman grabs a guitar, but then thinks of something bigger. The cello! Strowman grabs his old friend, but Sami uses a KEYBOARD PIANO to SMASH Strowman on the back! Sami grabs the cello for himself, to put it down. Cesaro and Shinsuke bring Strowman up, to double suplex Strowman on the cello!! Cover, TWO!?! Strowman survives that painful fortissimo and Sami is furious. Elias barges in to throw forearms and kicks on Nakamura! Elias rams Shinsuke into barriers, then grabs himself a small tuba and brings it over. Shinsuke SMACKS him with a drumstick, then rings the gong. NUNCHUK DRUM STICKS! And then a swinging kick!
Shinsuke fires up, runs in, but KINSHASAS the GONG! Elias clotheslines Shinsuke into the timekeeper’s area! Elias thwarts a guitar smash to take it for his own! And SMASHES it on Cesaro! Elias puts Cesaro on a table and then positions the table just right. Fans fire up as Elias climbs, but Shinsuke returns! But so does Strowman! Strowman throws Shinsuke over the announce desk! Elias MACHO ELBOWS Cesaro through the table! Strowman climbs up on the desk, drags Shinsuke up to join him, MONSTER SLAM ON THE GRAND PIANO!! Cover, Strowman and Elias win!!
Winner: Braun Strowman & Elias, by pinfall
It was more than a symphony, this was a medley of mayhem! Elias and Strowman stand tall, but will they both be singing Sweet Victory all the way down the Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
His history with Roman Reigns ends with Super Showdown. That’s because he vows to end Roman! Roman is everywhere, from advertisement posters to commercials, but Roman hides behind his hoodlum cousins. The Big Dog hasn’t beaten Corbin 1v1, and Corbin will keep it that way when he uses the steel cage to scrape and grate Roman to pieces. Then Corbin replaces Roman in all the promotional material, and the entire WWE Universe will bow down! Belee dat.
SmackDown presents A Moment of Bliss.
Alexa welcomes us to the show, and notes that WrestleMania weekend also has the WWE Hall of Fame. Let’s look at the 2020 class so far. First, the Animal, Dave Batista! Then, the iconic and infamous faction, the New World Order, nWo! And now, it is Alexa’s pleasure to introduce the next two inductees: The Bella Twins! Nikki and Brie Bella are back on SmackDown and take their seats with Alexa on stage. Arizona welcomes their hometown heroes as Alexa notes the year they’re both having. How are they both feeling? They are so very excited and honored, because what makes this even more special is being here in their hometown. The Bellas are grateful for the #BellaArmy. They wouldn’t be where they are without the WWE Universe.
Brie agrees with Nikki. And the announcement being made here, the first female talk show in the WWE, speaks so much to the female superstars raising the bar. Alexa thanks them for the compliments but wants the Bellas to talk about themselves. Well the fans surely want to hear about how it is for the Bella Twins to both be pregnant at the same time! How crazy! An incredible year already, and Nikki’s engagement, and now the induction is the cherry on top! Especially on SmackDown, where they debuted. Words can’t capture it all. Nikki and Brie thank the fans and the Bella Army. Be there in Tampa for the Hall of Fame and WrestleMania! And speaking of Brie, here comes Daniel Bryan with Birdie! The whole Bella-Bryan family celebrates, but Bryan prepares to battle! Will he fill those holes Gulak claims he has?
Daniel Bryan VS Heath Slater!
SmackDown returns as Slater hits the ring and the bell rings. Slater pushes Bryan, and again. Gulak is on commentary as Bryan grabs Slater’s arm and drags him down. Slater gets to the ropebreak, and then snaps Bryan against the bottom rope! Slater grabs a leg and slams it against the apron! Bryan hobbles up but Slater chop blocks! Slater drags Bryan around to smash the knee against the mat. Gulak cheers Slater for following his advice. Bryan throws haymakers and puts Slater in a corner! Bryan whips but Slater reverses, but Bryan goes up and over, only for the leg to jam. Slater hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Slater keeps his cool as he adlibs. Gulak shouts that this is NOT part of the plan! Slater leaps and FLOPS!
Bryan wags his finger and fans fire up. Fans “YES! YES!” and Bryan gives Slater Yes Kicks! Over and over and over, then the BUZZSAW! Slater is down but Bryan joins in the “YES! YES!” Gulak says Bryan’s pattern is predictable and a waste of time. Bryan runs, Slater dodges the knee to roll him up, TWO! Slater is mad, Bryan hits the KNEE PLUS! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall
Gulak’s foolproof plan only works if you’re smart enough to follow it. But will Gulak prove to Bryan that he isn’t at 100% efficiency?
SmackDown gets glitchy.
Does anyone know what this is about?
Mandy Rose waits backstage.
Dolph Ziggler finds her. Mandy is waiting for her ride, but Ziggler offers her a seat in his car. Mandy takes it, and Otis is lurking?! The disheveled Dozer is in an even worse mood. Will he ever get a proper explanation as to what happened?
“Shorty G. Apollo Crews. Last week, those two little rodents dared to crawl into the ring with me. And I sent them running like rats from the sinking ship.” Sheamus exterminated the vermin, but SmackDown’s problems are far from fixed. And now the time has come for Sheamus to hunt bigger prey. He will end the infestation once and for all. Sheamus vows to exterminate ever last rat, with the biggest rat trap of all: The Elimination Chamber.
Apollo Crews and Chad Gable see this.
Short G and Crews losing wasn’t their finest moment. Sheamus has made fun of Gable’s height, called him names, and is a bully in a world where bullying is an epidemic. But Gable won’t back down or question who he is. Crews says he doesn’t need the pep talk. Crews will handle things his way.
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Naomi VS Carmella!
Bayley beat the FABULOUS Princess with some shady strategy, but she hasn’t changed anything with her bad example. The Glow is bright and Mella is Money, but who goes to Super Showdown for a showdown with the champ?
SmackDown returns and Bayley sits by commentary to watch this match closely. Naomi stares Bayley down even as Carmella makes her entrance, now with pyro! The bell rings and Carmella circles with Naomi. They shake hands to show this is still respectful, but then Naomi reels Carmella in for a headlock and takeover! Naomi grinds Carmella down as they move around but Carmella headscissors out. Naomi pops out, Mella is up but into another headlock and takeover. Fans rally up as Mella and Naomi stand. Mella gets a headlock of her own and grinds Naomi down. Naomi throws body shots and powers out but Carmella runs her over! Things speed up, Naomi hurdles and back elbows!
Fans cheer as Naomi slides at Carmella but Carmella slides out of the way. The two circle and tie up. Mella goes for a leg but Naomi facelocks to counter. Naomi turns Mella for a backslide, ONE and Mella knees low. Carmella whips, Naomi goes up and over and boots Mella away. Naomi hits a sliding clothesline! Cover, ONE, but Naomi sticks close. Naomi has a half nelson but Mella gets up. Naomi completes the full nelson to a Bubba Bomb! Mella pushes back to a cover, TWO! Naomi body scissor rolls, TWO! She tries again, TWO! Naomi has the full nelson back but Carmella fights her way up. Naomi wrenches and whips but Carmella tilt-o-whirls for the Mella Go Round! She throws Naomi to a corner then brings her back up to throw out of the ring.
Fans are divided as Mella builds speed. Naomi KICKS Carmella before she can dive! Naomi springboards to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Naomi goes to a corner and hops up, but then Bayley distracts! Mella uses this to hit the SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Naomi bails out and Bayley walks around the way. The ref warns Bayley not to do anything, but all she does is talk trash. The ref doesn’t trust her, she EJECTS Bayley! Bayley has no choice but to leave, and Mella DIVES! Direct hit on Naomi! The Princess fires up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again as Mella grinds Naomi down with a chinlock. Naomi fights up and hits a BIG backbreaker! Fans fire up as Naomi kicks away on Mella’s legs! She lights Mella up! Mella blocks one and trips Naomi up to a cover! TWO! Carmella drags Naomi up to throw big forearms! Naomi gives them back and we have a brawl! Naomi hits and gets an edge, then scoops. Mella slips out and uses hair for the Edge O’Matic! Cover, TWO! Mella drags Naomi up but Naomi pushes her away, to hit a running jawbreaker! Naomi keeps moving, flying enziguri! Carmella flounders out of the ring, Naomi runs and TORNILLO! Fans fire up as Naomi puts Mella back in the ring to cover, TWO!
Carmella crawls and staggers to a corner. Naomi runs in but misses the splash! She bounces off buckles and Carmella climbs to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Naomi survives and rolls out to the apron. Carmella is on her at the ropes, but Naomi resists the suplex. Carmella throws body shots and hotshots but Naomi roundhouses! Naomi slingshots up and over to a sunset flip, TWO! Carmella gets to ropes but Naomi puts her in a drop zone. But Mella rolls her up, TWO! Naomi rolls Carmella, ONE, but then Naomi trips to a jackknife. ONE and Carmella has CODE OF SILENCE! Naomi endures as Carmella gives it her all! Naomi turns over to get the ropebreak!
Mella kicks but Naomi ducks. Naomi kicks but Mella ducks. Naomi blocks a kick to give a knee. Mella runs into the REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!?! Carmella survives but Naomi is too tired to be frustrated. Naomi drags Mella to a drop zone, goes up, but Mella YANKS her down! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO!! Carmella is at a loss for words! Fans rally as Naomi gets to a corner. Mella runs in, blocks the boot but gets the kick! Naomi climbs up, BLOCKBUSTER! Then she’s back up, split leg MOONSAULT! Cover, Naomi wins!
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Naomi wants a handshake from Carmella, but only gets a high five. But that’s fine, because Naomi is about to make the event Super GLOWDown! Will Bayley #FeelTheGlow when she finally faces Naomi in the ring?
SmackDown returns to GOLD~BERG!
The living legend exits his room and is escorted by security. He marches out on stage, the pyro is on, and BOOM BOOM, he heads to the ring. Fans are fired up as Goldberg gets the mic. “Damn it’s good to be back!” Goldberg knows it’s been a long time since he’s been on SmackDown, so he’ll take his sweet time and enjoy it. “The Fiend! Whoever and whatever you are, know this. I’m ready.”
But SmackDown is interrupted by the Firefly Fun House!
Bray is touching up his Wall of Friends and other such handiwork. Goldberg says he still isn’t playing the stupid games! He’s here to do one thing: take the Universal Championship! Well Goldberg doesn’t know Bray at all! And he isn’t taking anything away from anyway! But let’s get to know each other, okay? Bray wants Goldberg to meet his friends. Abby the Witch, Mercy the Buzzard, Huskis the Pig Boy, and Ramblin’ Rabbit all love Goldberg! Traitor! But mallet aside, last but certainly not least, a certain someone is just dying to meet Goldberg. The lights go out, and then come back on, and Goldberg figures The Fiend is right behind him. He’s correct!
Fans chant “GOLD~BERG” and Goldberg SPEARS The Fiend! The Fiend gets up in an angry huff, and Goldberg is ready to get him again. But the lights go out, and The Fiend is gone. Bray’s laugh echoes out, but the Fiend might not be as happy as he usually is after things going Goldberg’s way. But will it still go Goldberg’s way when he and Bray have their Super Showdown?
For a go-home episode, this was more typical of a go-home episode from months ago, in that it just wasn’t as good as you’d hope. Things started off strong but then started to screech and grind by the end. That ending with Goldberg was not quite fitting of all the hype. Goldberg’s promo was cut short by Bray’s for Bray’s to be cut off by Goldberg, and then Goldberg Spears The Fiend into running away. It’s great for Goldberg to seemingly intimidate The Fiend, but isn’t Bray’s career resurgence meant to be a resurgence? As great as The Fiend was when this started about a year ago, he is still sadly at the mercy of the WWE and they’ve done their best to drag him down. Sadly, WWE might pull the trigger to take the title of him in favor of a Goldberg VS Roman story or something similar.
Carmella VS Naomi was a bit sloppy by the end of the match, and the camera mics caught the ref helping them remember the Blockbuster spot. It was pretty clear Naomi was going to win since Carmella was given her shot as a transitional phase of the story. Mella might be turning back to Heel given her less than happy mood after the loss, and how she wasn’t quite as upset Bayley was trying to interfere and distract during the match. Bayley VS Naomi is going to be a pretty good match for a historic moment like their SmackDown Women’s Championship match in Saudi Arabia, but I feel like Bayley still wins. Lacey had a decent interview promo with Renee, and it was good to work an explanation into why she turned Face and stopped being a bully.
They didn’t give away the other competitors but they buried the lead on the SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender Chamber match to parallel Raw’s. I’m sure next week will give a better announcement of that, and depending on who is in that match, I feel like Lacey is an almost obvious shoe-in. Not as obvious as Shayna Baszler for Raw, but pretty close. I’m very surprised the Bella Twins are being inducted to the Hall of Fame this year, but that seems to confirm they’re all but done wrestling. They are definitely well-accomplished women’s wrestlers, so it isn’t that they aren’t worthy, I’m just thinking they could wait a little longer, get someone that’s been waiting longer inducted first. And Gulak getting in on Bryan’s story better result in those two having the matches, not Gulak “coaching” midcard jobbers.
Otis needs to confront Mandy himself because there’s clearly a mystery here. Mandy claims she didn’t send a text, so then who did? Is the glitching happening when she was on screen a foreshadowing? Otis VS Ziggler is still coming, I’m sure of it. And the first two matches were the best matches of the night! The 8 Man Tag was really good stuff, but it was clever to keep the champions and challengers out of the finish. The Usos get a strong win to move up in the rankings, which fits because whether it’s the New Day or Miz-Morrison, we’ll get a great program. That Symphony of Destruction should’ve been a tornado tag to start since that’s what it became. And like a good song, the match had a great climax to finish it off. The Elimination Chamber better have a midcard title match.
My Score: 7.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)
SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!
The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!
After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
- Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; cancelled.
- Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
- Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Natalya wins.
- Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!
The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.
First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.
Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.
So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.
Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?
The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!
Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?
Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.
And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kayla asks if Heyman accepts the challenge. That’s the question? Yes, because that’s what we do around here in the WWE: “We put smiles on the faces of Neanderthals, like Cesaro.” Does Kayla have any clue the enormity of the star power that is possessed by Roman and its affect on the ENTIRE WWE Universe? What happened on Saturday? Oh~ a rain delay! Rain delay, Heyman’s “kosher tuchus.” Those were the tears of the angels descending upon Tampa over the BEATING Roman was going to give, and that is what happened! Roman walked out champion, and neither Bryan nor Edge walked out of Raymond James at all.
And as Heyman was walking back with Roman, they were stepping in puddles, and Heyman said, “My goodness! Tears still descending from up above!” Except it wasn’t from the skies, but from the locker room. A visionary like Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face “a knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, bucktooth Swiss quisling like Cesaro.” A billion dollar body but a 10 cent brain and THIS is who emerges to get in the face of Your Tribal Chief?! Cesaro is physically capable of being a great opponent, but he is not an attraction. He’s a joke!
So let’s put an end to the joke! Stop the train before it leaves the station! They will give Cesaro what he wants, tonight live on SmackDown! Cesaro in the main event against THE main event, Jey Uso. Of course Heyman had a way to change the course. But will Cesaro blast through the Right Hand Man to get at the Head of the Table, whether they like it or not?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator didn’t defeat his long-time frenemy, and he didn’t even have Logan Paul on his side! And Sami loves to see the headlines outside of the one that is most accurate: “Sami Zayn Once Again SCREWED!” Where is that one, huh?! Well, does it exist…? Sami says it was his vindication! The stars were aligned, and he had the one star that matters in Logan Paul! Logan was supposed to help Sami expose the WWE and celebrate his grand victory, but that’s not how it went down, did it?
And here’s why: Logan’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami, like he’s a crackpot! It was poisoned by management, and the “corporate mouthpiece,” Michael Cole! They got in Logan’s head and Sami could sense it and feel it as he hugged Logan! And then in the match, of course he was distracted! Sami was worried about Logan! And that is the only reason, THE ONLY REASON, Kevin squeaked out that win. And Kevin is back there, obviously. Sami will not be denied vindication! Sami calls Kevin out for a rematch! There’s nothing to distract him, there are no toxic fans or stupid Logan Paul and his warped mind! No distractions, no way for Kevin to steal this!
But that’s why Kevin won’t come out, because- Wait, Kevin DOES come out to the ring! Kevin says if Sami’s gonna keep making excuses, then here we go! This WrestleMania rematch happens, after the break!
Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!
The bell rings and Sami bails out! Kevin smirks because he knew this would happen. Kevin slides out but Sami slides in. Then Kevin slide sin, but that’s a fake-out! Sami is on the outside and Kevin fires off! Kevin bounces Sami off the desk, puts him in the ring, and CHOPS him to a corner! And CHOPS again! Sami stumbles to another corner but Kevin gives him body shots! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then comes back, but Sami hits first! Sami whips corner to corner, Kevin comes back to CLOBBER Sami! BACK SENTON! Sami is in a corner, Kevin runs in but Sami bails out. Kevin goes to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Then BLINDSIDES him!
Sami rains down furious fists from all sides! Sami lets off to snarl and seethe. Sami puts Kevin on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and CLUBS Kevin! Kevin gets up to CHOP back! Sami stomps Kevin to a corner, digs his boots in, and even stands on Kevin! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and then Sami throws haymakers. Kevin hits back, counter punches, and backs Sami down. Sami jawbreakers in return! Sami CHOPS Kevin against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kevin reverses but Sami kicks back, only for Kevin to LARIAT! Kevin reels Sami in, suplexes to hang Sami out to dry, and Sami springs off the ropes to hit the mat!
Kevin fires off on Sami in a corner, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Kevin climbs up, Sami throws elbows and then adjusts to sunset flip POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives, Sami argues with the ref, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sami is again fighting Kevin off on the top rope. Kevin hits back, climbs back up, and Sami throws headbutts! Kevin falls back, Sami adjusts and leaps, but Kevin gets clear! Kevin SUPERKICKS Sami down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Kevin hurries right to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin shakes his head as he stands Sami up, whips him, but Sami bails out to avoid a pop-up. Kevin pursues Sami as the ring count climbs, and gets him on the ramp to throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Sami back in at 5 of 10, knees low then whips, but Sami slips through the pop-up to get an arm!
Kevin fights the Half ‘n’ Half, then pump handles for the PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami still survives that move, just like WrestleMania! Kevin gets annoyed, but he again has to pursue Sami on the outside. Kevin drags Sami from the barriers, puts him in, and kicks, but no Stunner! Sami again bails out, Kevin grabs at him on the apron, but Sami rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ring count is still climbing, though, but Sami wants to run away! Sami gets himself counted out, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by count-out
Kevin wins again, but it seems Sami didn’t want revenge that badly. But Kevin pursues and goes after Sami with fists at the ramp! Kevin puts Sami in the ring, kicks and STUNNERS! It seems Kevin still hasn’t beaten sense into Sami, will these two #JustKeepFighting?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“All of Nigeria has not stopped celebrating, ever since I smashed Big E into oblivion and I became the new Intercontinental Champion!” And he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but he’s not here. And do you know why? Two words: Nigerian Nail! That is the name of the move used by this giant beside Apollo here. This is his commander of the guard, Azeez, former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone dares come for Apollo, they will be annihilated by the Nigerian Nail!
The Street Profits head to the ring!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are going to be facing the Dirty Dawgs for the tag titles later tonight, but first they are going to celebrate the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This will be the EST of celebrations, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Ford says it’s Friday Night, and he’s feelin’ right! Dawkins says it is official takeback season! Time to do spring cleaning to send Dolph & Roode back through that time warp they came out of so they can return to 1986. Oh, and about getting the shine back on those SmackDown tag titles! Right! The Dirty Dawgs will get snatched, but that’s not the only reason why the Solo cups are raised high. It’s been a long time, and they got some inspiration this past weekend. Some motivation! WrestleMania was a night for the ages, a night to remember!
One match in particular will be something Ford tells his grandkids about! That is the historic, the glass ceiling shattering SmackDown Women’s Championship! ROLL TAPE! Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair, WrestleMania 37 Night One, the main event! Headlines were marking how amazing it was even before the bell, and no one could deny it after! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and it is Bianca Belair! Dawkins has the feels, fam! Ford says that as we just saw, the party isn’t over! The champagne for the campaign is not done popping. Saturday, that was a genuine moment that will be with them for the rest of their lives. And they just want to share that joy with the fans!
So they introduce to use, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the greatest part of Ford’s life, the NEW WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST, no no no, THE E S T of the W W E, BIANCA BELAIR!! Bianca makes her entrance, Ford and Dawkins sing her praises and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca is handed a mic, and she feels like he’s been floating since Saturday! Her mind is blown, her heart is filled, and she feels blessed. But despite the setbacks, the struggles, she never stopped believing that this moment was possible.
And her family has been making history for generations, they are the ones who showed her that when you demand greatness from yourself, that no matter how hard the game gets, you can change the game! If you were to have asked her a year ago if she could ever imagine main-eventing Mania, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship… Well she probably would’ve said yes! But that’s not because she’s cocky. That’s because she’s unapologetically her. Everyone has a little EST in them, and when you find it, you know that you’re talented and working hard, you never need to apologize for saying you are the B-E-S-T! “Because if you can dream it, you can do it.”
Bianca showed up, showed out, but it isn’t just about her. Sasha Banks, Bianca thanks you. There is no one she would’ve rather shared that spotlight because Sasha pushed her to her limits and it takes two. They BOTH made history. But… If Sasha ever tries to forget it, just know that Bianca left you with something to remember her by. That hair whip did leave a mark… But this is also about Sasha, too. This moment is so much bigger than them. This is about all the girls watching at Raymond James and at home, who saw Bianca and saw themselves. This is for you! That was Mania magic, but we’re only getting started!
Ford and Bianca hug, Dawkins joins in for a family moment, and Bianca says it’s time to drop the cups, throw the tissues away, and get those titles again. They only wear gold in this house. The Profits and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this trio become truly golden after tonight?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.
After seeing Bianca out there, she is in no mood. The Boss still has the mark on her side, and she seethes. She takes a second to cool off, but it doesn’t work, and she storms off. Will Sasha find a way back to that title and to WrestleMania revenge?
Backstage interview with Bayley.
The Role Model acknowledges that Cesaro was super impressive with the UFO spin, as footage is replayed, but what about Sasha? She probably wants a rematch but is so angry she can’t say it. While Bayley was super busy trying to save both nights of Mania, Bianca was in the main event crying. Even before the match began! No one wants to say it but Bayley will: those tears was because Bianca thought she couldn’t win. Is that who you want as champion? And now she’s showboating and arrogant! That is NOT the kind of champion we should want!
So there is only one way to fix this, and restore dignity to the title: for Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, to challenge Bianca and take that title! Will Bayley cut Sasha in line and get back to the gold first?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits!
The Show-Off & The Glorious One made it through #WrestleManiaSmackDown and its Fatal 4 Way with these titles, but now they’re 2v2 with Ford & Dawkins! Will takeback season work out for the fam? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and the titles are raised. Teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Dawkins and they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler shoots in but Dawkins sprawls then shifts to a waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropebreak, the ref counts but Ziggler elbows free! Ziggler dares Dawkins to get up, then he gets Dawkins only for Dawkins to DECK him! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Ziggler, Dawkins drops and Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Ford gets Ziggler back up, snapmares him to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Ziggler from Roode, wrenches and armlocks to tag in Dawkins. Ford wrenches the arm again and again, Dawkins drops ax handles!
Dawkins wrenches, tags Ford back in, and now Ford drops ax handles! Ford mocks Roode but Ziggler ROCKS Ford! Roode tags in but Ford reverses the whip to send Ziggler into Roode! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Ziggler comes in, but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Ford throws Ziggler out, Dawkins gives Roode the CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Then a BIG shoulder tackle! The Profits are fired WAY up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dawkins covers Roode, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Roode with a headlock, Roode powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things keep moving, Dawkins leaping back elbows! Roode avoids the cyclone but Dawkins elbows him away. Ziggler distracts but Dawkins DECKS him, only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in and DECKS Ford! Ziggler gets Dawkins up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dirty Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode stomps Dawkins down. Roode brings Dawkins up to suplex high and hard, covers, TWO! Roode argues the count but it was fair.
Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins, and Ziggler taunts Ford before daring Dawkins to stand. Dawkins gets up, Ziggler slaps him around, but his dropkick is caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler hits buckle and then the mat! Ford fires up on his corner and fans rally on the ThunderDome screens. Ziggler and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Ford and Roode! Ford rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Ziggler for good measure! Dropkick for Roode, dropkick for Ziggler! Ford dodges Roode to BLOCKBUSTER! Ford CLOBBERS Ziggler! Ford whips Roode, Roode reverses and reels For din but Ford lands out of the back suplex to give a back suplex! Kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Roode bails out to join Ziggler, Ford has a target! Ford builds speed, tags Dawkins as he FLIES! Direct hit to the Dawgs and Ford gets Roode in for Dawkins! Dawkins gets Roode up, THE ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford, he climbs, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ziggler breaks it!! Dawkins gets Ziggler up but Ziggler throws him to clothesline Dawkins and himself out! Ford DECKS Ziggler, gets Roode up and fires off fists in a corner! The ref backs Ford off, and Ziggler sneaks a tag in! Ford doesn’t know, he whips but Roode reverses. Ford goes up and over, into a ZIGZAG!!! Cover, the Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall
As fired up as Ford was, Ziggler & Roode find a way to survive! Is this the end of takeback season? Will the Dawgs move on to new challengers in the wake of WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Cesaro.
While denying him a match with Roman Reigns, Heyman said some rather derogatory things about Cesaro. His response? “I think Paul Heyman is right.” Cesaro admits he has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and that he isn’t the smartest. And with his long arms, maybe he does look like a Neanderthal. But he’s wrong about one thing: Cesaro DOES belong in the ring with Roman Reigns, and will prove it tonight by beating the Right Hand Man!
Heyman talks with Roman in their VIP room.
Roman doesn’t like that Cesaro isn’t just accepting things. Roman wants Jey to teach him a lesson. Will Jey Uso check Cesaro off the list for Roman?
Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Though the #BOAT and Daughter of Superfly won the Tag Team Turmoil, they could not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Queen of Harts redeem herself with another win over the Queen of Spades?
The bell rings, the two tie up and Natty gets a headlock. Shayna powers out, things speed up and Natty ducks to get a waistlock. Shayna blocks the lift, wrenches free and fires off hands and kicks! Shayna knees but Natty deflects it to get the legs! Natty steps through, but Shayna scramble’s and Nia saves her! Tamina storms over, Shayna gets back in the ring, but Natty is waiting! They tie up, Natty trips Shayna, floats to a facelock, but Shayna slips out to hammerlock. Natty gets up, slips through, wrenches, but Shayna wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings and gets a leg. Shayna sprawls to block, then shifts to a waistlock and slam, to the ARMBAR!
Natty endures, clasps hands, but Shayna pulls. Shayna stands to get the arm and hammerlocks it into the mat! This time, Tamina says Natty! Natty hotshots Shayna down, Nia storms over and the ref has to keep her and Tamina from throwing down. Natty gets in but Shayna KNEES Her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna grows frustrated, Natty goes to a corner and she elbows Shayna away. Natty spins, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Natty goes for legs but Nia gets on the apron! The ref reprimands but Shayna KICKS Natty down! KIRAFUDA, but Natty throws Shayna at Nia! Shayna stops herself, Natty rolls her up, AND WINS!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Nia goes after Natty but Tamina SUPERKICKS her down!! Tamina and Natty aren’t done with the Irresistible Force or Queen of Spades! Will the second time around be the second generation superstars’ time to shine?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Cesaro, Cesaro. Boy, you’s a one hit move, huh? King of spin, king of swing, it’s all the same! That’s a cute airplane you did with no hands. But let me ask you something: can you do that with no teeth?!” You’re disrespecting the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table! Now you’ve crossed the Right Hand Man, and now Jey has to get you! He’ll show you why he is #MainEventJey! Jey vows to #GETIM, and Roman says, “You heard the man. Now he’s gonna show you.”
Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!
The Swiss Cyborg shows no fear in the face of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (hardly) Uncontroverted Universal Champion, but the NEW winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal wants to change that. Will Jey be the one to learn something from the original winner of that match?
The bell rings and Cesaro gets Jey right up with a SLAM! Cesaro headlocks, Jey powers out and things speed up, and Cesaro catches Jey for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro keeps his focus as Jey goes to the apron. Jey gets to a corner but Cesaro bumps him off buckles. Jey counter punches, SLAMS Cesaro’s hand on the crossbar, then pulls the arm through the bars! Jey then kicks, but Cesaro blocks to hotshot the leg! Cesaro BOOTS Jey down and then goes out to pursue. Cesaro leaps from the apron, into a SUPERKICK! Main Event Jey evens things in the main event as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey cranks on an armlock. Cesaro throws body shots, whips but Jey reverses, to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps on Cesaro with a stomp to the shoulder! Jey ROCKS Cesaro with an uppercut, then wraps an arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and then brings Cesaro around to suplex. Cesaro blocks it, then gets Jey up for a suplex of his own! Fans rally on their screens as Jey crawls his way to a corner. Cesaro snarls, aims at Jey and runs in, only to be put on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Jey first, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro shakes out the arms, drags Jey back up, but Jey wrenches to WRING the arm out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he is in a daze as he gets to a corner. Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro shakes out the arms again but Jey sees him in a drop zone. Jey climbs up, but Cesaro gets up to DROPKICK Jey down! Jey hangs on to keep from falling to the floor, but Cesaro climbs up to get him. Cesaro gets Jey back to the top, Jey fights with body shots and Cesaro hops down. EuroUpper SHORYUKEN! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro keeps focus.
Jey crawls, Cesaro brings him around, and reels him in! Jey fights the Gotch to wring the arm but Cesaro cartwheels! Cesaro dodges to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is a bit surprised, but he gets Jey’s legs! Jey kicks Cesaro away, but Cesaro comes back. Jey blocks a boot but gets a EuroUpper! Jey ducks the clothesline to pop-up NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Jey is furious! Both men slowly rise but Jey is after Cesaro first. Jey throws down haymakers, then SLAPS Cesaro! And slaps him more! Cesaro SLAPS back! And fires off furious palm strikes then furious EuroUppers!! Shots from all sides! Cesaro runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is seething, but he calls for the spin! Cesaro gets Jey into a SPINEBUSTER, to then get the wings! SWISS SWING!! Michael Cole & Pat McAfee count, but Cesaro doesn’t get past 5 before SETH ROLLINS attacks!!
Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification
The Architect won’t let it go! He doesn’t want anyone anywhere getting swung by Cesaro! Cesaro still wins the match because of this, but he is staggering about. Rollins shouts, “You were done with me?! You got lucky!! ONE TIME! This isn’t over! Nothing is over until I SAY IT’S OVER!! I am the END ALL BE ALL of this industry! And the sooner you figure it out, the better it’s gonna be!” The Savior of SmackDown has all but snapped, but will he be going for another spin before this is all said and done?
Well, this was a pretty good post WrestleMania episode. Then some stuff made it like most typical WWE programming. There are a few things that are clearly being set up for WrestleMania Backlash, and they’re all WrestleMania rematches because that’s literally what that PPV becomes when you name it that in such a lazy manner. I am glad Cesaro is the next one stepping up to Roman Reigns, but they’re clearly doing everything they can to stretch this story so that the match will happen at a PPV bigger than Backlash. Cesaro getting the runaround from Roman’s team was a good way to do it, but I’m not sure about Cesaro VS Rollins 2. It’ll be a great match, but is it really necessary? Of course, WWE did repeat the UFO airplane spin a lot, so them running it into the ground is actually a good sign that Cesaro will win, and is going to be the next challenger to Roman’s title.
Natty getting another fairly quick win over Shayna and Tamina knocking Nia down is surely a sign that we’re getting a rematch between those teams for the tag titles at Backlash. But if that is where Tamina & Natty are going to win the titles, it’s profoundly stupid. They should’ve just let Natty & Tamina win at Mania, and then it’d be about Nia & Shayna getting the belts back at Backlash, a much more logical route. The celebration promo for Bianca was great, and while Sasha wants a rematch, Bayley wants her own match with Bianca, so I’m hoping there’s a difference here in that Backlash gives us another Sasha VS Bayley match, winner faces Bianca at the PPV after that.
Dawgs VS Profits was a great match, especially for television, but I am really surprised the Profits didn’t win tonight. I get that the moment Bianca and the Profits are all wearing gold is going to be big, but then why not do that on the SmackDown After Mania? Make tonight feel big because it should be big! Is WrestleMania Backlash really going to be where they do it? I feel like that’s them forcing Backlash to feel special rather than letting it be special by surprise. Rey VS Otis was good, and clearly this feud isn’t over yet, and the winner of that will surely line up for the tag titles.
Kevin VS Sami tonight was also great stuff, a lot of similar spots to the match they had at Mania, but the count-out seems like another way to extend things. I have a feeling something’s gotta give at Backlash, and I hope Kevin & Sami finally start towards the tag titles. Apollo had a good promo to introduce Dabba-Kato’s new form, Commander Azeez, and the name of his finisher. The Nigerian Nail is pretty much a direct translation of the Samoan Spike, which is what the move was when Umaga used it. Big E VS Azeez has to be coming, perhaps with the stipulation that if Big E wins, he gets his rematch with Apollo at Backlash. Honestly, it all feels like WWE is spinning their wheels because Vince is rolling around in the $1 BILLION from NBC.
My Score: 8.2/10
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