WWE’s last stop before WrestleMania: THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER!
Before reaching the goal of WrestleMania, the brightest names in the WWE must pass one final test! Who survives the Elimination Chamber?!
- Kickoff Show – The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; The Viking Raiders win.
- Daniel Bryan VS Drew Gulak; Bryan wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo; Almas wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Elimination Chamber Match: The Miz & Morrison win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS Aleister Black; Aleister wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Seth Rollins & Murphy; The Street Profits win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship 3v1 Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS Sami Zayn, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura; Team Sami wins and Sami Zayn becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Shayna Baszler wins and will face Becky Lynch for the championship at WrestleMania 36.
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It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Peter Rosenberg as they recap, discuss and predict all the action in the WWE on this homestretch of the Road to WrestleMania!
Ruby Riott joins the panel.
She’s ready for the Elimination Chamber match, but Charly asks about how the former Riott Squad members are in the match. Ruby will not discount Sarah Logan or Liv Morgan, she taught them so much. But she’s here to put Liv in her place, and now Sarah needs to be “taken down a few pegs.” Sarah, Liv and the others will all learn a lesson, and Ruby will move on to face Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship. Peter also asks about the Riott Squad, in that they are forgetting how fearsome Shayna Baszler is.
Ruby knows the WWE Universe has their favorites, but she’s been in this position before. Ruby has been in arm’s reach of a Mania moment and she can’t even understand why she’s being overlooked again. She watched this PPV last year, and everyone that year only talked about her opponent, not her. But Ruby is here to show us why we can’t forget about her. Ruby is in charge, she runs Raw, and she will prove it in the Chamber.
Otunga asks about how this is also Ruby’s first time in the Chamber. From what Ruby has seen of it, the Chamber is unforgiving. Sarah and Liv have experience in it, but they relied on each other. They’ve always relied on others. Ruby works much better alone, against the world. It doesn’t matter what surrounds her, she just has to get through to get to Mania. Coach wishes her luck, but will Ruby be lucky to make it to the end of that match?
The Miz & Morrison speak via video.
“How you doin’?” Well to answer their own question, they’re having to defend their titles against FIVE TEAMS in their FIRST defense! No one thought The Miz would be WWE Champion but he was. They’re both tag team champions again, and they’ll be like the Spartans beating up a bunch of Romans, or Cortez conquering South America. History lessons! But what questions do they have? Does it matter?
Charly asks about the fairly unfair Chamber defense. How prepared are they? “This is what Miz & Morrison does to the tag team division!” They elevate it, and everyone in it! Raw, SmackDown, NXT, they all wish they were as great as these two. Stand close enough to the stars, you get the shine. All the studs and gold, hard to keep the belts on their shoulders. Peter points out that while they’re three-time champions, it’s been 9 years since they were in this position. Are they ready to take on the “demonic” Chamber?
Morrison was ready 9 years ago, he’s ready now. The Chamber has transformed, it’s bigger than Morrison remembers, but so is Morrison. Miz doesn’t want anyone to question Morrison’s ring quality! He’s born ready! They’re both ready! They’re Energizer Bunnies! Miz & Morrison, HEY HEY, HO HO! Fully charged! That is what fans will say at the end of the match!
Otunga agrees with the champs, there is no ring rust. But Morrison came back as if he and Miz never lost a step, so what is it that helps them click? Well everyone has that friend they talk to on and off, that’s Miz and Morrison, and that’s why they were able to pick things up where they left off all those years ago. Right to the personal, the nitty gritty. They’re ready for the Chamber, for the challengers, and to prove why they ARE the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century. Look off to the distance. BE JEALOUS.
Aleister Black speaks.
“Three separate attacks, AJ Styles. And not once did I say die. And that was when the rules applied.” Tonight is a No Disqualification match, which means there is no one to save Styles. Not the OC, not Styles himself, no false idols. He will be all alone. For someone who has fought alone his entire life, it is Aleister’s pleasure to introduce to Styles how true loneliness feels. Will the Phenomenal One regret that gauntlet of beatings he put Aleister through?
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
The Monster Among Men defends his WWE Intercontinental Championship against three men, but it doesn’t matter how many clowns come out. He’s ready for everyone. Sami Zayn is a loud mouth, but Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro are two of the baddest. But Strowman put in 4 years of hard work, so if it’s there or 300, they will all #GetTheseHands!
R-Truth joins the panel!
He forgets who invited him (it was Coach) but he’s excited to be here! Truth is ready for his childhood hero, John Cena, to take on The Fiend tonight! WrestleMania 36! Uh, no, Truth, that’s not for another month. Then what are the graphics about? It’s called “promoting,” Truth. This is Elimination Chamber. Truth pretends he knew that all along. Truth mistakes Peter for Sam Roberts. Sam has curly hair, Truth. Didn’t he see the press release? The what? Is Truth messing with them? Well, anyway, Elimination Chamber is tonight, but they are talking Mania.
What does Truth make of Brock Lesnar VS Drew McIntyre? Brock ain’t no joke, but you can feel McIntyre’s presence. Truth is starting to believe in McIntyre. Just look what he did to Brock! Brock has a full plate with McIntyre and McIntyre is running through people. Mania is meant to be a big test, but Brock is a different game. If anyone can do it, it’s McIntyre. Doesn’t everyone else feel that? Peter asks Truth about his new music. Oh yeah, over a million views on World Star. Set It Off! Truth appreciates Robert Peters helping him get on Hot 97.
Kickoff Show – The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
While the Raw Tag Team Champions, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins, are up against the Monday Night Messiah and his disciple, the list of contenders continues to grow! Will Erik & Ivar run through the Major Brothers to be next up?
The teams sort out and Ryder starts against Erik. They circle and tie up, and Erik pushes Ryder onto ropes. The ref counts but Ryder headlocks back. Erik endures the grind and power out of the hold. Ryder dodges, waistlocks but Erik bucks him off to run him over! Erik stares at Ryder as he gets up, and then forearms him to his corner! Hawkins tags in and he ties up with Erik. Erik headlocks, Hawkins powers out, but Erik runs him over! Erik glares at Hawkins but things speed up as Hawkins hurdles up and over. Hawkins runs but into Erik’s shoulder! Erik stares at Hawkins but Ryder distracts him. Hawkins hits a big knee and an enziguri! Hawkins back suplexes Erik down, covers, TWO!
Tag to Ryder and the Major Bros mug Erik. Ryder turns Erik for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ryder keeps on Erik with a chinlock. Ryder grinds Erik down but Erik fights his way up. Erik throws elbows and whips but Ryder reverses. Ryder sends Erik out, tags Hawkins, and Hawkins leaps to lariat Erik down! Fans fire up for the Major Bros as we go picture in picture.
Hawkins drags Erik up and snap suplexes him down! He puts Erik back in the ring, tags Ryder, and the Major Bros mug Erik again. Ryder rains down rights and fires himself up before he tags back to Hawkins. WWE returns to single picture as Erik is mugged more. Hawkins snapmares to a chinlock, but fans rally up as Erik endures. Erik fights his way up and breaks free to ROCK Hawkins with a right! Hawkins is down but Erik still crawls to his corner. Hot tags to Ryder and Ivar! The War Beard rallies with big shoulders and a scoop sidewalk slam! BASEMENT SPLASH!
Fans fire up as Ivar runs corner to corner at Ryder. Ryder dodges but runs into the seated senton! Ivar cartwheel clotheslines Hawkins! Tag to Erik and Ivar runs at Ryder. Ryder knees Ivar down, but Erik pops Ryder up so that the Rough Ryder gets Hawkins! Erik gives Ryder Ace Ten Mao! Ivar drags Ryder up, feeds to Erik who pops Ryder up, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, Viking Raiders win!!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Major Brothers went through a #VikingExperience they won’t forget! But will Erik & Ivar be heading for gold after tonight?
The Usos speak.
“It’s Elimination Chamber tonight, Uce. Six teams enter, one team survives.” Who will it be? Lucha House Party? NOPE. Heavy Machinery? NOPE. Roode-Dolph? NOPE! Miz & Morrison? NOPE! The New Day? NOPE! Tonight is lockdown. Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!!
Before the excitement of WrestleMania, the WWE Universe must first feel fear.
When locked inside the Elimination Chamber, dreams disappear and are replaced by nightmares. There is no escape, and the anticipation grabs hold as the doors open. Miles of metal and pounds of flesh, “everything about this is perfect.” One last opportunity. One true path to glory. And only one goal in mind: WrestleMania. Who makes it out of this in one piece?
Daniel Bryan VS Drew Gulak!
The Yes Movement dared Philly’s own to step up or shut up when it comes to his critique of Daniel Bryan’s style. Will Gulak exploit all of the openings, blind spots and inefficiencies of the Goat?
The bell rings and Gulak dares Bryan to make the first move. Philly is fired up and dueling as Gulak and Bryan circle. They tie up, Gulak powers Bryan back then throws him with a fireman’s carry. Bryan gets up and circles with Gulak again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Bryan brings Gulak back and wrings him to the mat. But Gulak gets Bryan back with another fireman’s carry takedown! Gulak has wrist control now, then reels Bryan in for a headlock. Bryan powers out and things speed up, but Gulak runs Bryan over! Fans cheer as Bryan backs away to a corner. Gulak dares Bryan to come back for more, and Bryan takes a moment to compose himself. The two tie up again, Bryan hammerlocks to a headlock and a takedown.
Bryan grinds but Gulak moves around. Gulak gets the headscissors and holds on tight, but Bryan moves around, Gulak blocks the headstand but not forever. Bryan turns Gulak over and bridges back to then have a Half Crab! Bryan even traps a leg! Gulak turns and kicks and gets Bryan down, to go after a Half Crab for himself! Bryan kicks and kicks and they both have heel hooks! Gulak and Bryan stomp each other as fans rally and duel! They go around and end up by the ropes for the ropebreak! Bryan and Gulak back off but Gulak is fired up. Bryan seems rather surprised but Gulak dares him to come back for more. But instead, Bryan bails out. Gulak waits for Bryan to return, and Bryan takes a moment to pep himself up.
Bryan gets in and approaches Gulak with caution. They circle, fans rally and duel, and Bryan gets a leg. Bryan twists and turns Gulak to hook the legs. Bryan grabs at Gulak’s face! The ref reprimands so Bryan goes after the arms. Gulak resists and powers up to tip Bryan off his back! Gulak has a leg, twists to a toehold, then hooks Bryan up! Bryan resists but Gulak grabs the arms for the surfboard! Gulak takes Bryan for a ride in the Romero Special! Bryan endures, pops his arms free and turns things around to KICK a leg! Gulak grins because he’s frustrated Bryan. They tie up again, and Bryan KICKS, but Gulak grabs a leg! Gulak SLAPS and CHOPS and punches! Bryan turns things around to CHOP and KICK! Gulak grabs a kick for a dragon screw!
Gulak has the standing toehold but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan breaks Gulak’s base to dig his knuckles into Gulak’s face! Bryan punches and goes for the headlock but Gulak headscissor holds again. Gulak waits for Bryan to headstand, to SPIKE him on the mat! Bryan writhes but Gulak stalks up to him. Gulak turns Bryan for a neckbreaker STRETCH. And he spins around to then DROP Bryan! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but Gulak looms over Bryan. Gulak clamps on with a cravat but Bryan spins. Gulak keeps hold and knees Bryan into a corner. The ref reprimands but Gulak wrenches and CHOPS Bryan! And another CHOP! Gulak suplexes but Bryan resists. Gulak throws body shots then tries again, but Bryan again denies the suplex.
The two fight for control and end up by the ropes. Bryan suplexes and they both go out! Fans rally and duel as both men are down on the outside! The ring count climbs and reaches 5 before either man stands. Bryan and Gulak are in at 8 and fans cheer more. Gulak stalks up to Bryan at the corner and hoists. Bryan resists so Gulak knees. Bryan BOOTS and BOOTS, then hops up to leap, into a waistlock! Gulak full nelsons, Bryan slips out to a standing switch but Gulak switches back, SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan writhes and twitches, as his neck is still a concern. Gulak goes after Bryan with a full nelson and leans on him. Bryan endures and fans rally.
Bryan powers up, slips down and victory rolls! TWO and Gulak swings. Bryan blocks and full nelsons, but Gulak drops down. Bryan brings him back up, DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bryan holds onto Gulak but Gulak standing switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gulak holds on as Bryan grits his teeth and gets up. Bryan standing switches, Gulak elbows and switches back, RELEASE German and Bryan lands HARD on his head and neck!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan flops out of the ring in a heap! Gulak said he’d take Bryan to school but this is more than just the school of hard knocks! Bryan manages to stand at the ring count of 7 but he flops over! He gets up at 9, and in at 9.9!! But Gulak covers, TWO!!
Gulak CHOPS and whips Bryan, but Bryan goes up and over! Bryan keeps moving, dodges and hits a leaping lariat! Both men are down and Philly fires up! Bryan reaches up and the fans are shouting, “YES! YES!” Gulak and Bryan slowly stand, and Gulak throws haymakers. Bryan gives European Uppercuts and bumps Gulak off a buckle. Bryan unleashes the YES Kicks! He hoists Gulak up top and climbs to join him, but Gulak drops down to trip Bryan up! Gulak climbs back up, INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! And roll through, to the GuLOCK!!
Bryan endures being bent backwards but Gulak grinds harder. Gulak elbows over and over and over into Bryan’s shoulders, goes for the GuLock, but Bryan rolls and counters! The LeBelle isn’t quite in, but Bryan elbows and elbows and elbows! LeBelle Lock ON!! Gulak is fading out, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission
Incredible! Gulak almost had the perfect game plan! But there seems to be no accounting for grit and determination! Gulak still won Bryan’s respect, but will we get to see these two go again?
Backstage interview with Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler.
The GLORIOUS Show-Offs won a SmackDown Tag Team Gauntlet to give themselves a huge advantage in tonight’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship Chamber match. Impressive, of course, as would tonight’s win. Well it isn’t about if but when! Once the other five teams have worn themselves out, these two enter last, pick up the pieces, and walk out the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions. When that happens, it will be absolutely… GLORIOUS. The screen glitches as Ziggler says he and Roode won’t need luck. The fans are watching the match just for Roode-Dolph. Them and Mandy Rose. This victory will be dedicated to her. Now they’ll do what they do best, and steal the show.
WWE United States Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo!
El Idolo is back and ready to pick up where he left off! And that includes showing he is better than Ultimo Ninja. But that may not be the case after Carrillo got the pin on him just last Monday Night Raw. Will Almas spring back on this homestretch to WrestleMania?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this long awaited 1v1 rematch begins!
Carrillo and Almas rush each other, and Carrillo immediately gets the boot feint to ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Almas is furious and he stomps away on Carrillo at the ropes! The ref backs Carrillo off but comes back to CHOP! Almas whips then back drops Carrillo high and hard! He stomps Carrillo more but the ref backs him off. Carrillo kicks back but Almas blocks to forearm and CHOP. Almas whips Carrillo corner to corner, then runs in, but Carrillo dodges to CHOP back! Carrillo and Almas brawl, Almas runs but into a dropkick! Carrillo clotheslines Almas out hard! Almas hits barriers but Carrillo goes out to fetch him.Carrillo CHOPS then puts Almas back in. Cover, ONE, but Carrillo keeps on Almas.
Almas knees back then whips, but Carrillo goes up and up to flying headbutt! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Almas up but Carrillo stays close with a waistlock. Almas elbows back but Carrillo shifts to a sleeper hold. Almas elbows out and back suplexes, but Carrillo lands on his feet. Carrillo runs, springboards and flying arm-drags Almas out! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he drags Almas up. Almas hotshots Carrillo back! Vega grins as Almas shotgun dropkicks Carrillo in the head! Almas gives a tranquilo while Carrillo writhes. Almas drags Carrillo up, wrenches to a shoulder breaker then elbows before giving another. He repeats the process again and again, then drags Carrillo down to an armlock. Carrillo endures and fans rally up. Carrillo stands up, throws big forearms but Almas rocks Carrillo back.
Almas whips, Carrillo kicks him back, then Carrillo wheelbarrows to arm-drag! But Almas comes right back with an elbow! Almas soaks up the heat before he stalks Carrillo to ropes. Almas throws Carrillo out and goes out the side. He pulls up the floor mats! But Carrillo runs over, only for Almas to boot him down! Carrillo CHOPS and Almas forearms, then scoops. Almas RAMS Carrillo into the post! Almas refreshes the count so he can keep on Carrillo. Vega likes what she sees as Almas drags Carrillo up to whip into barriers! Almas leaves Carrillo to the mercy of the count, but Carrillo is in at 9.5! But Almas stomps him down! Almas clamps onto Carrillo with an armlock and he pulls back hard on the arm. Carrillo endures and grits his teeth while Philly rallies up.
Carrillo gets up, fights back and fights free, but Almas knees low. Almas throws big forearms then runs, but Carrillo dumps Almas out hard! Carrillo catches his breath while Vega panics. The ring count is on Almas now but he’s up at 5. Almas is in at 6, storms over at Carrillo, but Carrillo hits a jawbreaker! Almas ducks one kick but not the enziguri! Tilt-o-whirl backbreaker and a springboard enziguri! Fans fire up with Carrillo and he somersault moonsaults, but lands on his feet when Almas moves. Almas school boys Carrillo into buckles! Vega rallies the fans with “SI! SI!” and Almas fires up. Almas runs corner to corner, but Carrillo dodges! The boot feint doesn’t work, and Carrillo BOOTS Almas! Carrillo puts Almas on the apron but Almas ROCKS him with a right.
Almas climbs but Carrillo enziguris first! Carrillo climbs up to join Almas, clubs away on Almas’s back, and stands him up. Almas resists the superplex and fights back. Almas CHOPS Carrillo, but Carrillo stays up. Carrillo CHOPS back, stands up, and SUPER-RANAS Almas!! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives and Vega is freaking out. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Carrillo drags Almas over. Carrillo throws down hands then heads back up. Fans cheer as Carrillo MOONSAULTS! Almas moves, Carrillo lands on his feet and runs in, but Almas hip tosses him into buckles! CIEN SHADOWS!! Cover, TWO!?! Carrillo shocks Vega and Almas!
Almas points and Vega clears off concrete! Speaking of continuing where they left off, Almas throws Carrillo outside and brings him to the concrete. Almas hammerlocks, but Carrillo back drops! Almas lands on mats but Carrillo gets back in the ring. Carrillo builds speed and FLIES onto Almas! Carrillo puts Almas in, goes up top, BIG crossbody! But Alma rolls through, TWO! Carrillo La Magistrol, TWO! Almas runs, Carrillo sunset flips, TWO! ALmas sits to a prawn hold, TWO! Carrillo hops up, victory rolls, TWO and Almas has it WITH TIGHTS! Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
Carrillo gets cheated AGAIN! Whether it’s Zelina Vega, Angel Garza or Andrade Almas, Humberto Carrillo cannot catch a break! Is there a way for Humberto’s heart to overcome this stable’s sneaky smarts?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
Charly asks The Phenomenal One how No Disqualifications factor into his rematch with Aleister Black. Styles asks back if anyone feels sorry for Aleister. Aleister has no friends, locks himself away in a dark room and listens to sad music with scented candles all over. The real question is: Are Gallows & Anderson going to join Styles ringside? Yes, yes they are. They would’ve bought tickets but Elimination Chamber was sold out. Then if they’re in his corner, is this going to be a fair match? Oh c’mon, it’s AJ Styles! No it’s not! Because he’s him! But if anyone is getting “disqualified,” that’s Styles. Wait, there are no disqualifications so… Huh, what’s that? Yeah, okay. Styles heads out, but what is going to happen when there are no rules holding anyone back?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Elimination Chamber Match!
The Awesome A-Lister and Guru of Greatness don’t appreciate having to defend their titles in a match like this, but the GLORIOUS Roode and Ziggler are loving that they’re last to enter. But in the end, it’s about the last team left standing! Who makes it out of the Chamber with the championships?
Along with Roode-Dolph, the champions Miz & Morrison themselves, as well as Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik of Lucha House Party and Heavy Machinery are put in the pods. That means the first two teams to start this match are The New Day and The Usos! This incredibly storied rivalry starts off this incredible gauntlet!
Jimmy and Jey stare down with Kofi Kingston and Big E. Fans are already loving this as the four men circle. And the brawl is on! Jimmy CHOPS Kofi while Big E RAMS Jey to a corner! Jimmy headlocks but Kofi powers out, only for Jimmy to run him over. Things speed up for Kofi and Jimmy while Jey turns things around on Big E. Kofi ducks, dodges and hits a leaping back elbow on Jimmy! Cover, TWO! Kofi whips Jimmy but Jimmy reverss. Jimmy runs in and monkey flips but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi dropkicks Jimmy down, but Jey ROCKS him with a right! Big E grabs Jey but Jey powers out of the headlock. Big E runs Jey over, and starts swiveling the hips. Things speed up, Jey runs into Big E’s belly2belly!
Big E runs but Jey gets clear as Jimmy crossbodies in! Cover, TWO! Jimmy turns around, Kofi springboards but slips a little. Kofi still collides with Jimmy and tackles him to a cover! TWO and Kofi walks into Jey’s mule kick. Jey uppercuts Kofi away and then helps Jimmy up. The Usos put Kofi on the top rope and CHOP! Miz and Morrison felt that one in their pod. The Usos climb up and they make sure Miz and Morrison are watching. But Big E drags Jimmy down to throw him out hard! Big E then gets Jey on his shoulders, Kofi adjusts, but Jimmy saves his brother! The two teams have a stand off and fans cheer. The first countdown is here, and joining this match… Lucha House Party!
Lince and Metalik double enziguri the New Day! Then double springboard over the Usos to double seated senton the New Day! LHP is back up to double mule kick the Usos. Lince get a boost from Metalik to dropkick Kofi out! LHP stomp Big E out then go after Jey with CHOPS! They double whip Jey then Metalik runs in, but is put on the outside. Metalik enziguris back, Lince handsprings for the GOLDEN REWIND! Metalik gets some help, for an elevated splash! Cover, Jimmy runs over but Metalik gets clear, Jimmy ends up dropping ax handles on his brother! LHP goes after Jimmy together but Jimmy uppercuts and CHOPS them away! Jimmy whips Metalik but Metalik runs the ropes to missile dropkick!
Lince goes up to moonsault! Metalik MOONSAULTS! Lince goes up for another MOONSAULT! Cover, but Jey breaks it! Big E returns but LHP kicks and CHOPS him first. LHP double whip but Big E holds ropes. Metalik runs in but Big E hip tosses him out hard! Then he does the same to Lince! Big E and Kofi coordinate, and Big E boosts Kofi to take out both members of LHP! Kofi throws the luchadors in and Big E drags Lince over. Kofi scoops Metalik to slam next to Lince. Big E stands ready, Kofi runs and leap frogs, but Lince gets clear! Metalik gets elbows but Big E runs at Lince. Lince goes up and over and Big E gets only post! Lince springboards but Jey shoves him!
The Golden Lynx collides with steel cage and gets stuck in the chains! He sits up and climbs to get away from Big E, but Jey pursues! Lince kicks Jey away and sits on top of a pod. The Usos both go after Lince and he fights them away. Kofi hops up from the post but Lince just clubs away with fury! Metalik joins in and LHP mugs Kofi on the pod’s roof! Kofi drops! He catches himself on the edge, but LHP stomp his hands! Kofi drops to the floor, and Lince LEAPS onto the Usos! Metalik SUPER SENTONS onto The New Day in the ring!! The countdown returns, and the next team to join… Miz and Morrison!
The champions rush in to go after the New Day! Morrison throws Kofi out while Miz throws Big E into steel! Morrison mugs Kofi against the chains and grinds a knee in! Miz throws Jey Uso into steel, then Jimmy, too! Miz and Morrison drag Lince into the ring, and double ALABAMA SLAM! Morrison runs and Miz follows, Shining Wizard and basement boot! Standing shooting star! Cover, but Metalik breaks it! Miz and Morrison mug Metalik, then whip him into a Tree of Woe! Miz unleashes It Kicks then holds Metalik up for Morrison’s spinning enziguri! Jey runs into a double gut buster, and double basement DDT! Cover, but Jimmy breaks it!
Morrison kicks Jimmy to the ropes then drags him up. Miz and Morrison double whip Jimmy corner to corner, then Miz whips Morrison in. Jimmy puts Morrison outside and boots Miz. Jimmy ROCKS Morrison with a right then Miz with an uppercut. But Miz counters Jimmy to an A-List Combination, with Morrison’s springboard DOUBLE STOMPS added on! Cover, TWO!! The Usos survive but Morrison goes right after Lince. Miz boots Jimmy out then keeps Big E out. Morrison toys with Lince, then gut wrenches him for a spinning crucifix SLAM! Cover, Metalik breaks it! Miz kicks Metalik around, then Morrison ROCKS Metalik with a right! Morrison whips Metalik at Miz and Miz pops Metalik up, but Metalik lands on the corner!
Metalik mule kicks Miz then goes up the pod again. Morrison pursues but Metalik kicks and punches back. Metalik SUPER-RANAS Morrison down!! Cover, but Miz breaks it in time! Miz throws hands on Metalik as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Miz endures that because it sounds like “Miz is Awesome,” but Kofi leaps ax handles on him! Kofi rallies and hits a dropkick to a leaping ax handle! NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi is fired up and aims from the corner. Fans clap along as Kofi spins, but Miz ducks to lift. Morrison springboards, FLYING CHUCK HART ATTACK! Cover, but Big E breaks it! Morrison throws hands and kicks on Big E while Miz keeps Kofi down. Morrison runs but into a belly2belly! Miz boots Big E down and gives him It Kicks!
Big E stays up, Miz gets the cheesy chant going, but Big E brings him up! Kofi climbs, Morrison can’t make it, DOUBLE STOMP BOMB!! Cover, but Morrison breaks it now! The countdown returns but we know who joins now: HEAVY MACHINERY! Otis and Tucker have the fans behind them as Otis runs over Morrison! Tucker hits Jimmy, Otis hits Jey! Metalik, Kofi, Big E, they all get run over! Tucker clotheslines Jimmy out then Otis throws Jey! Heavy Machinery SQUASH the Usos against steel! And again! And again! They keep going! Lince climbs up top and to the pod as the Usos get the belly sandwich! Heavy Machinery looks for more targets, and Tucker whips and scoops Metalik for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Otis looks around but Big E runs him over! Tucker clotheslines Big E! Heavy Machinery flank Big E for an extra thicc sandwich!
Big E is in the drop zone and fans fire up for Otis! The Dozer pumps up, and he says this one’s for Roode-Dolph. Otis hits a CATERPILLAR! Cover, but Kofi breaks it! The Usos, Miz and Morrison and Kofi go after Heavy Machinery, but… Wait, is Lince up on the ceiling!? They all see him as he SHOOTING STARS!!! Only Otis got clear! Philly loses their minds as Heavy Machinery regroups aside of the human wreckage. Metalik runs in, but gets the COMPACTOR!! Cover, Heavy Machinery ELIMINATES Lucha House Party! Otis and Tucker tell Roode-Dolph it’s only a matter of time. Because he comes the countdown! Heavy Machinery surrounds the pods, and now Roode-Dolph wants to stay in! Miz and Morrison help out and they mug Heavy Machinery 4v2!
Morrison and Roode have Tucker in a corner while Miz and Ziggler throw Otis into steel! Ziggler grinds Otis’s face into the chains! Fans rally up for Otis as Ziggler pie faces Otis around. Tucker takes more stomps as Roode whips Morrison and Morrison whips Roode. Tucker elbows Roode down, and Otis rises up against Ziggler and Miz! Morrison runs in but is thrown outside! Otis throws Miz hard on the outside! Ziggler climbs the chains but Otis grabs hold of him! Ziggler fights and scurries away and has to go to the top of a pod. But Tucker climbs up behind him! Tucker taps Ziggler on the shoulder, before bumping him off glass! Otis is waiting, and Tucker tosses Ziggler to him! Otis has Ziggler, then turns and tosses him into ropes! “Oh yeah, Tucky!!” Tucker SUPER SWANTONS onto the New Day and Usos!!!
Philly is thunderous for Heavy Machinery, but Roode goes after Otis! Roode-Dolph mug Otis at the ropes with punches and stomps. Fans boo as they grind their boots into Otis. Roode and Ziggler drag Otis up to throw at steel, but he powers up again! Otis clotheslines Roode into the ring then CLOBBERS Ziggler! Fans are all fired up for Otis as he brings Ziggler up. Roode saves Ziggler to kick Otis and reel him in. But no Glorious DDT, just a big back body drop! Otis wants after Ziggler still, and Ziggler flounders in a corner. Otis runs in, but Ziggler gets clear, sending Otis into the pod! The Dozer SMASHES through the Plexiglas!!! He’s OUTSIDE the Chamber!! Philly is losing their minds, but who wouldn’t be?!
Tucker sees what happened to his best friend and is in utter shock! “This is Awesome!” even as medics check on Otis. Tucker has to focus back on the match, and he’s locked in on Roode-Dolph. Roode and Ziggler tell Tucker to stay back, but he takes them both on! BIG hands for Roode and Dolph! Fans are on Tucker’s side but Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler runs in, but the Famouser is sent into buckles! Tucker ROCKS Roode, but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Tucker! Roode hits a GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode-Dolph ELIMINATE Heavy Machinery! All it took was a pod and a 2v1 situation. Otis rises but it doesn’t matter now as he and Tucker are out.
Fans tell Roode-Dolph what they think of them, but Ziggler just mocks Otis’s departure. Kofi hits TROUBLE IN PARADISE on Ziggler! Big Ending for Roode! The Usos are climbing opposite ends, and are on the pods… DOUBLE SUPER UCE! Cover, The Usos ELIMINATE Roode-Dolph! That’s what you call karma! And now, we just have the Usos, the New Day, and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. Miz and Morrison regroup, as do the other two teams. The long time rivals stare down, but then all four men look at Miz and Morrison. And a fight is on! Now Miz and Morrison are in a 4v2 situation as they get stomped on! The Usos and New Day take a breather, then stomp some more!
The New Day have Miz and the Usos have Morrison, and throw them both out hard. But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Big E while Kofi SUPERKICKS Jey!! No more alliance, Kofi hook kicks Jimmy into a cobra clutch and crossface forearms! Kofi drags Jimmy up but Jimmy slips out of the inverted suplex. Jimmy shoves, pop-up SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jimmy runs into the Urenag-E! Big E runs into a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! All the teams are down but Jey runs at Kofi. Kofi slips out to swing kick back, then he climbs up top. Kofi headbutts Jey but Jey uppercuts Kofi! Jey climbs up but Kofi fights with body shots. Kofi gourd busters Jey down! Kofi goes up on top of a pod…! For a SUPER SPLASH! But Jey moves! Miz and Morrison cover, they ELIMINATE the New Day!!
Now it’s just the champions and the Usos! The Usos regroup in one corner and Miz-Morrison are in the other. Fans rally and duel as the four men stand. And then throw hands! Jey knees low but Morrison fires off, only to get an uppercut. The Usos throw the champs out but each one shoulders back in. Double springboards, into double SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! The Usos coordinate again, taking aim at a champion each. DOUBLE UCE, but Miz gets knees! Jey covers Morrison but Miz has Jimmy in a cradle, TWO!! Miz has Jimmy but Jimmy arm-drags out. Superkick is blocked but the Figure Four is denied. Miz ducks the double kicks, sends Jey into Jimmy, FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?! Into the FIGURE FOUR! Jimmy endures but Morrison dropkicks Jey out.
Morrison goes up as Miz has the ropes, so that STARSHIP PAIN hits Jimmy! Jimmy is out, Morrison covers, but Jey rolls Morrison! Miz has to undo the Figure Four first! TWO, but Jey SUPERKICKS Miz! SUPERKICK for Morrison! Cover, TWO!?! All four men are down and fans are rallying again. Jey drags Morrison up and whips him at Miz. Miz slides under, sunset flips, but Morrison slingshots for a prawn hold and Miz slips out to put his feet on the ropes for his match box, it’s a very complicated double cover!! The Miz & Morrison win!!
Winners: The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century survive this blockbuster of a match! Miz and Morrison are the last team standing and continue down the Road to WrestleMania! Will they ride off into the sunset all the way to Tampa?
Backstage interview with Natalya.
The Queen of Harts knows she has five talented opponents to worry about, but how is her good friend, Beth Phoenix? Beth is one of the strongest women Natty knows, and she will pull through. But that won’t be the case for Randy Orton when Edge returns again. The Viper may have struck Beth with an RKO, but he also questioned her role as a wife and mother. There is nothing Edge and Beth take more pride in than their marriage and their family. They’re family to Natty, so tonight, she will unleash her legacy. She was born to do this. But can she win it all against a stacked field?
No Disqualifications: AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Aleister Black!
The Phenomenal One has the Good Brothers by his side as always. They all had a part in doing damage to the Embodiment of the End, and now there are no rules keeping them back. Will Aleister have to go through Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson again just to get at Styles?
The bell rings and Styles smirks as he circles with Aleister. They approach but Styles backs off to the ropes. Styles tells Aleister to stay back but there’s No DQ so it doesn’t matter. Aleister and Styles tie up, Styles headlocks, and he holds on as Aleister tries to power out. Aleister powers out the second time but Styles grabs the ropes. “Not tonight!” Styles and Aleister circle and tie up and Styles gets a leg. They end up on the ropes, Aleister pushes Styles of, and the two reset. Another tie up and Styles gets the leg. Aleister breaks free, Styles ducks a kick and gets the leg takedown. Aleister elbows Styles away but Styles says he’s going to take the leg off.
The two circle again, tie up, and Styles goes after the leg. Aleister uses that to roll Styles and KICK him down! Aleister throws body shots on Styles in the corner then big kicks! He KICKS the leg out! Aleister stomps the ankle then drags Styles up for big uppercuts. Aleister gives more kicks, then gets the leg just to kick it! Gallows is on the apron but hops off as Aleister storms over. Styles gets Aleister’s leg for a dragon screw! Aleister still KICKS with it! Anderson distracts now and Styles chop blocks the legs out! Aleister hobbles up and Styles stalks him to a corner to chop block him again! Styles kicks the leg then drops a knee on it! Aleister is down and The OC cheer their leader. Styles stalks Aleister but Aleister keeps his guard up, even on the mat.
Styles kicks the bad leg then stands on it to stomp it! Aleister clutches that leg but Styles is after it with a toehold. Aleister endures as Styles cranks on the leg. The OC laugh but Aleister kicks Styles with his free leg! Styles rolls out of the ring but he goes under the ring. Styles brings out a kendo stick! He rushes in to SMACK the bad leg! Aleister crawls to a corner but Styles SMACKS the leg again! Styles swings again, Aleister hops over it, and Aleister ROUNDHOUSES Styles down! Aleister hobbles over, takes the kendo stick for his own, but Styles dropkicks Aleister out of the ring! Anderson creeps over but Styles slingshots, into a KNEE! Aleister leans on the announce desk while Styles sputters. Fans cheer as Aleister goes searching under the ring. Aleister brings out a TABLE!
Aleister sets the table up and goes after Styles, but Styles uses a chair! Styles SMACKS the leg then SMACKS Aleister on the back! Aleister grits his teeth as he writhes, but Styles drags him up to put in the ring. Styles wedges the chair into the corner while Aleister crawls to the opposite end. Styles grabs the leg and brings Aleister over, but Aleister throws punches. They brawl, Styles aims Aleister at the chair but Aleister slips out to hit back. Styles PELES Aleister down hard! Styles drops knees on the leg and clamps on with a toehold! Aleister endures but Styles lets up. Styles toys with Aleister, kicking him while he’s down. Fans boo as Styles drags Aleister up for haymakers. Styles KICKS the bad leg out but Aleister headbutts low! Aleister blocks a punch to give a strike fest! KNEE THRUST!
Aleister leans on the ropes while Styles goes to the opposite end. Aleister hobbles over but Styles rolls him to the CALF CRUSHER!! Styles cranks on the leg over and over, but Aleister endures as he crawls to the kendo stick! Aleister uses it to GRIND Styles’ face into the mat! Aleister is free of the hold but Styles backs down. Styles stands but Aleister SMACKS Styles’ leg now! And his head! And his back! Then his front! Aleister is fired up, but Styles kicks the bad leg. Aleister stays up but Styles PELES again! Both men are down and the OC coach Styles up. Styles stands and sees the table. He drags Aleister up but Aleister escapes the bomb.
Aleister sends Styles to the apron but Styles counter kicks, then point-blank slingshot forearms! Cover, TWO! Styles brings Aleister up, snap BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles circles Aleister like a shark, and puts the chair back in the corner. Styles drags Aleister over to ram a knee in. Fans boo as Styles goes to a corner and climbs up top. But Aleister steps up to KICK Styles back down! Styles is in a daze on the apron while Aleister hobbles up. Aleister throws more strikes on Styles, but Styles shoves. Aleister bobs ‘n’ weaves then sweeps the legs! Running knee! Aleister manages a kip up and a springboard, QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Aleister’s bad leg slowed him down there, but fans rally up for him.
Styles flounders while Aleister aims from a corner. Aleister fights through the pain to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Again, the bad leg was a factor. Aleister stalks Styles and kicks him back down. Styles blocks a kick for an USHIGOROSHI! Styles made sure to fold Aleister up just right for that one! Fans rally up as Styles stands again and he drags Aleister up. Styles brings Aleister in for the Clash, but Aleister back drops. Styles sunset flips but Aleister rolls through to BOOT! Quebrada, but into a TOMBSTONE- NO! Victory roll, TWO!! Styles almost got caught trying to send a message! Aleister ROUNDHOUSES, then BOOTS Styles into the chair!! Styles flops out of the ring but Aleister pursues.
Aleister punches Styles and kicks him against the announce desk. And again! Styles swings Aleister’s bad leg into the side of the desk! Styles gets space, runs back in, and TACKLES Aleister up and over the desk! Aleister flops against arm chairs but Styles pulls things off the desk. Fans anticipate what’s coming as Styles drags Aleister up onto the desk. Styles wants the suplex, but Aleister sweeps Styles’ legs! Styles hits off the desk on the way down! Aleister catches his breath, then LEAPS to METEORA Styles through the table!! Fans lose their minds while the ref checks on both men. Aleister writhes but manages to rise, and he hobbles over to Styles. Aleister puts Styles in but the bad leg slows him down. Styles flounders but Aleister lifts his head with the good leg.
Gallows gets in but he gets a ROUNDHOUSE! Anderson uppercuts but Aleister KNEES him down! Aleister has Philly fired up as he watches all three OC. They all go after him! No DQ means the OC can beat him up 3v1 and it’s all fair! Gallows and Anderson drag Aleister up, and hit MAGIC KILLER! Styles prepares his arm as the Good Brothers drag Aleister up. But then the gong sounds!! And the lights go out!! When the lights come back up, The Undertaker is here! And he has both Good Brothers in his grasp! Styles springboards, into Taker’s CHOKE SLAM!! The lights go out again, and when they go up, Taker is gone! Aleister sees Styles is vulnerable and he drags himself up with the ropes. Styles manages to stand, but he turns around into BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
The Phenom helps the Embodiment of the End made the Phenomenal One #FadeToBlack! Will Styles reconsider his path down a dark alley on his Road to WrestleMania?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Seth Rollins & Murphy w/ The Authors of Pain!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins felt the pressure when it was #NowOrNever for these titles on Monday. And they thrived under pressure to take these titles off the Monday Night Pariah and #MurphTheSmurf. But they were also willing to give Rollins and Murphy a rematch, putting the pressure back on the former champions. Will the inevitable come back around?
Before the match, the Profits speak backstage. “Elimination Chamber! That’s right, that’s right!” They are in uncharted territories, the Undertaker is back, and the Profits have that tag title drip. But everyone is ready for March Madness, when they should be watching Ford & Dawkins prove they are NOT One And Done. #TrustTheProcess and know that the Profits are up!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this rematch from Raw begins!
Dawkins starts against Rollins and they tie up. Rollins tries to bring Dawkins to the corner but Dawkins gets free. Fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” as Dawkins and Rollins tie up again. Rollins waistlocks but Dawkins throws him off. Murphy assures Rollins it’s all good, and Rollins tags out. Rollins and Murphy hug, but then Dawkins waistlocks Murphy. Murphy standing switches but Dawkins wrenches out. Murphy wrenches and headlocks but Dawkins powers out. The two collide, neither falls, so Murphy SLAPS Dawkins! Things speed up, Dawkins hurdles and runs Murphy over! Ford is fired up as Dawkins wrenches the arm and yanks on the arm.
Tag to Ford and Ford hops up to drop ax handles! Ford wrenches Murphy and Dawkins tags in. Dawkins hops up and stirs it up to drop ax handles of his own. Dawkins wrenches Murphy and fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” before he yanks on the arm over and over. Rollins grows frustrated on the corner as Ford tags in. Ford hits double stomps to the arm! Ford wrenches but Murphy ROCKS him with a right. Murphy tags Rollins and they mug Ford in the corner. Rollins grinds his foot in but the ref backs him off. Rollins taunts Dawkins before he goes back to Ford. He bumps Ford off buckles in an open corner then CHOPS him. Rollins climbs up and grinds Ford’s face while mocking the red Solo cups.
Fans boo but Rollins whips Ford corner to corner. Ford goes up and handsprings around to fire up. Things speed up, Ford hurdles and hurdles and arm-drags Rollins all around! Ford wrenches but Rollins ROCKS him! Tag to Murphy, but Murphy runs into an arm-drag! Ford cranks on the arm but Murphy arm-drags free. Ford arm-drags Murphy again! Rollins shouts at Murphy as Ford tags Dawkins. Ford whips and Dawkins dropkicks Murphy, then the Profits double arm-drag Murphy out! Rollins runs in but he gets a double arm-drag! The Profits double dropkick Murphy and Rollins out and fans are fired up! Dawkins fetches Murphy into the ring but Murphy bails out. Dawkins pursues but has to go around the AOP. Rollins tags in and chop blocks Dawkins’ leg out!
Rollins clubs Dawkins and stomps him around. Neckbreaker! Rollins drags Dawkins around to jam the leg! He slaps Dawkins around while mocking “the smoke.” He traps Dawkins’ leg and tags Murphy, and Murphy kicks away on the leg! Fans rally but Murphy brings Dawkins over to drop down on the leg. And again! Murphy tries a third time but Dawkins pushes him out of the ring! Murphy scrambles in but the tag to Ford makes it! Ford crossbodies Murphy, ROCKS Rollins and runs at Murphy. Murphy back drops Ford and Ford almost lands on his feet! Ford flounders but dodges Murphy to run and hurdle over to hit a LEAPING body press! Ford spins and spins and DDT’s Murphy down! He kips up to throw Rollins out! Standing moonsault on Murphy! Cover, TWO!
Ford grabs Dawkins’ lost headband to FLY! Direct hit on Rollins and Murphy! Ford puts Murphy in but Rollins distracts the ref, and the AOP attack! They throw Ford into barriers! Akam and Rezar get away with helping their leader, but here come the Viking Raiders! Erik & Ivar throw hands with AOP! The Raiders fight the AOP to the ramp and then backstage! Rollins puts Ford in but Ford rolls him up, TWO! Rollins clobbers Ford and covers, TWO, but Rollins clamps onto Ford with a chinlock. Ford endures and fights his way up. Fans rally but Rollins suplexes Ford to the Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps his eyes on Dawkins as he drags Ford up. Tag to Murphy and they mug Ford at the ropes.
Murphy throws a hard right then snapmares to drive his knees in. Murphy wraps Ford up in a chinlock but fans rally up again. Ford fights up and fights out, but Murphy elbows him down. Murphy stomps Ford in the corner then runs in but Ford BOOTS! Ford elbows Rollins away but Murphy catches his leap! Ford sunset flips but Murphy slips through to meteora! Cover, TWO! Murphy tags Rollins and they drag Ford up to double whip him into the corner. Rollins whips Murphy but Ford throws him out! Ford goes up and over Rollins, Rollins back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet! Hot tag to Dawkins! The Curse of Greatness rallies on Murphy and Rollins! Clotheslines and dropkicks for everyone!
Dawkins reels Murphy in for a flapjack! Cyclone splash for Murphy! Cyclone splash for Rollins! BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Dawkins tags in Ford. Dawkins whips Ford in for a cyclone splash of his own! Assisted Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!! Ford tags back to Dawkins and Dawkins hoists Rollins up in the Electric Chair. But Rollins slips out, Ford leaps over, and Rollins SLINGBLADES Ford down! Tag to Murphy, Murphy goes to kick Dawkins but is blocked. Rollins SUPERKICKs, Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dawkins! Ford springboards into double SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Murphy asks Rollins what to do, and Rollins tells him. Murphy pushes Ford out then brings Dawkins over. They coordinate, but Dawkins counters the bomb to a catapult!
Murphy hits buckles, Rollins tags in, springboard into a RIGHT hand! Ford tags in, WORLD STAR SPLASH, but Rollins gets his knees up!! Cradle, TWO!! Rollins runs in, misses the stop, Murphy tags in. Rollins ROCKS Ford, lifts, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI! Murphy is up top, SUPER METEORA! Cover, but Dawkins breaks it! Rollins throws Dawkins out then runs, to DIVE! But Dawkins catches him!? For an EXPLODER! Murphy runs at Ford but is put on the apron. Murphy enziguris Ford then climbs up, but Ford ROCKS him right back! Ford climbs up to join Murphy but Murphy resists the superplex. Ford keeps trying but Murphy clubs his back. Murphy punches Ford away but Dawkins tags in.
Ford ROCKS Murphy again and now both Profits climb! The Profits really are up as they bring Murphy up. But Rollins adds on, TOWER OF DOOM!! Double powerbomb superplex!! All four men are down but here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a bag of popcorn as he comes down the stairs. Kevin doesn’t see an open seat so he goes to ringside and sits at one of the desks. Rollins sees Kevin, and Kevin throws popcorn at him! Dawkins POUNCES Rollins into the barriers! Murphy FLIES but the Profits catch him! For a DOUBLE BARRIER BOMB! Dawkins puts Murphy in and Ford sips from the cup! Cyclone splash and a tag, then a Pop-up SPINE BUSTER! WORLD STAR!! Cover, The Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
Kevin definitely likes what he saw. The Profits deny Rollins and Murphy and have the gold! Will WrestleMania have the smoke?
As for Rollins, he sees Murphy down on the outside, but doesn’t see Kevin getting in! Kevin sets his popcorn down and turns Rollins around, for a STUNNER! Just in time for 3/16 next week! Kevin “shares” the rest of his popcorn with Murphy on his way out. Will Kevin and the resistance continue to ruin Rollins’ “vision” for Raw?
WWE Intercontinental Championship 3v1 Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS Sami Zayn, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Monster Among Men knew that fighting one of “The Great Liberator’s” men meant fighting them all, so he gladly welcomed the adjustments to the contract. However, is he going to end up eating his words when it only takes one of them to win?
Before the match, Team Sami is interviewed backstage. Strowman vowed to retain despite the odds. Does that shake their confidence? You tell them, Kayla. Look at these faces. Does it look like Team Sami lacks confidence? Sami knows what the “bloodthirsty” Philly fans want. They want a “bash ’em smash ’em monster truck rally,” but sorry, that’s not happening tonight! Do they realize that it has been months of back ‘n’ forth yet Strowman hasn’t gotten to Sami once? Strowman wants Sami to #GetTheseHands, but not one hair on Sami’s pretty little head has been harmed.
Until tonight. Sami knows that he goes toe to toe with Strowman. Yes, Sami knows his team is behind him, but he vows to take care of this himself. For all we know, they might not even tag in. Sami vows to serve justice and bring the WWE Intercontinental Championship back to where it belongs! Is Sami going to be the one to eat his words now?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Sami’s bravery is put to the test!
Sami eggs Strowman on but then immediately goes to his corner. Shinsuke tags in and Strowman just rushes at Sami! Sami gets clear, Strowman shoves Shinsuke down, then goes after Sami again. Shinsuke takes advantage to get a headlock, but Strowman lifts him by just standing up! Strowman powers out, Shinsuke dodges and ducks to clothesline! But Strowman stays up! Strowman CLOBBERS Shinsuke! Sami definitely doesn’t want to go toe to toe with Strowman now. Strowman headbutts Shinsuke then glares at Sami. Strowman whips Shinsuke hard into buckles! He tells Sami this is for him, and whips Shinsuke again. Strowman runs to corner splash Shinsuke down. Strowman turns on a dime to go after Sami! Sami runs away but Shinsuke dropkicks legs out! And enziguris!
Tag to Cesaro and now the Swiss Cyborg hits a BIG EuroUpper! Cesaro puts Strowman against the ropes to choke, but the ref backs him off. Sami gets a cheap shot in! Sami tags in and he stomps away on Strowman! The ref backs Sami off but Sami soaks up the heat as he double guns. Sami shouts, “That’s what you get!” then tags in Shinsuke. Shinsuke rams knees into Strowman then puts him on the ropes for Bad Vibrations! Sami tags back in and he goes after Strowman in the corner with both boots! The ref reprimands but Sami just laughs. Sami backs off at the count of 4 then tags in Cesaro. Cesaro walks into a body shot but he BOOTS Strowman down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro stomps Strowman down then tags Sami. Sami is cocky again as he jabs Strowman.
Sami soaks up the heat, mocks the catch phrase, but Strowman sits up! Once again, Sami runs away and tags in Shin! Shinsuke hops onto Strowman with a sleeper hold! Strowman drops to a knee and Shinsuke grinds harder! Strowman sits down and Sami says the team’s got him! Shinsuke leans on Strowman as fans rally up. Strowman is turning red like Shinsuke’s gear, but he powers up to sidewalk slam free! Shinsuke tags to Cesaro but Strowman ROCKS Cesaro and runs him over! Strowman rallies with shoulders then TOSSES Cesaro to the corner! And the other way! And back again! Strowman runs into a boot, Shinsuke tags in.
Cesaro runs into a pop up flapjack! Shinsuke runs into a CLUBBING forearm! Fans fire up as Team Sami is all on the outside. Strowman wants to take a lap but Sami runs in and attacks! It does nothing! Sami runs away and Strowman chases him! Strowman runs over Shinsuke, then Cesaro! They keep going and Sami goes under the ring! Strowman looks for him but gets attacked by Cesaro and Shinsuke! Sami returns, and the whole team throws Strowman into steel steps! They drag Strowman back up to put in the ring. Shinsuke aims from the corner, “YAO~!” KINSHASA to the BACK! Cover, TWO!?! Strowman survives and Cesaro tags in.
Cesaro drags Strowman up, reels him in, Gotch hold, but Strowman powers up! Strowman ROCKS Shinsuke but Sami saves Cesaro. Sami runs away. Strowman runs at Cesaro but gets posted! Cesaro dropkicks Strowman in deeper! The ref backs Cesaro off, KINSHASA against the POST!! Tag and Shinsuke is legal. Sami tags in now, Shinsuke and Cesaro drag Strowman up for the double suplex HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Team Sami wins!!
Winner: Team Sami, by pinfall (Sami Zayn is the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)
The Great Liberator takes all the credit for the team effort! Brains (and numbers) beat brawn, but will the Monster Among Men #GetTheseHands on Sami for payback on the Road to WrestleMania?
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match!
The Queen of Spades made her return to Raw by taking a literal bite out of The Man! That is why Becky Lynch is actively rooting for Shayna Baszler in this match. But with Natalya, Asuka, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan in the mix, will Becky get the fight she wants for WrestleMania? Or will another rise up though the chaos and pain promised by the sadistic structure?
The Empress of Tomorrow, the Country Strong Viking, the LIVing Karma, and Shayna start off in the pods. That means this match starts with the Queen of Harts and the former leader of the Riott Squad. Will either woman make it to the end?
The bell rings and Ruby kicks Natty right away. Natty back drops but Ruby sunset flips, TWO! Ruby ROCKS Natty then throws her into buckles. Ruby throws heavy forearms then talks smack to Liv. Natty pushes Ruby back, dodges her in the corner, and throws her up and over the ropes. Natty pursues to throw Ruby into a support beam! “See that, Liv? You like that, Ruby?” Liv laughs as Natty grinds Ruby into steel chains for her. Natty drags Ruby up for a snap suplex to the hard floor! Natty grabs Ruby’s legs for the Sharpshooter! Liv watches and waves at Ruby as she endures the hold. But Ruby rolls and throws Natty into the Plexiglas! Natty clutches her neck while Ruby hobbles over.
Ruby drags Natty around to stomp her down, making sure Liv sees it all. Becky watches backstage as Ruby decides to climb. Ruby STAGE DIVE SENTONS! She crushes Natty then pushes her into the ring to cover, TWO! Ruby keeps on Natty by throwing her back out to the hard floor. She grinds Natty into the steel then drags her up. Ruby makes sure Sarah sees the standing STO! Ruby kicks Natty against the steel then drags her up. She throws Natty hard into the chains! Natty sputters as Ruby pushes her into steel again. But Natty slips out to Electric Chair! Ruby holds the steel to resist Natty’s plans, but Natty gets her away! Electric Chair DROP into the chains!
The first countdown is here, and the first woman to join this match is… Sarah Logan! Sarah gets out of her pod to SHOTGUN KNEE Natty into Liv’s pod! Natty checks her jaw after that one! Sarah drags Natty up to throw back into Liv’s pod. Sarah tells Ruby to watch as she goes after her. Ruby decides to climb and flee instead. So Sarah pursues! They fight on top of Liv’s pod! Liv watches as the two former friends brawl. Ruby punches Sarah but Sarah pop-up HEADBUTTS back! Sarah kicks Ruby but Ruby grabs the chains! Natty drags Ruby down from the floor and Sarah kicks at Ruby’s hands. Natty BOMBS Ruby down! Both women are down but Sarah smiles as she watches them from up above. Ruby and Natty slowly stand, and Sarah SUPER CROSSBODIES down on them both!!
All three women are down but Sarah shoves Ruby into the ring. Ruby flounders to a corner but Sarah is on her with stomps. Sarah hoists Ruby up top and climbs up to join her. Sarah howls but Natty joins in! TOWER OF DOOM, powerbomb superplex! All three women are down again, and the countdown returns! Next to join this match is… SHAYNA! The Queen of Spades goes after the Queen of Harts and posts her! Shayna butterfly gut wrenches Sarah to a DOMINATOR! Then KNEES her right in the head, before putting on the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sarah taps, Shayna ELIMINATES her! Shayna throws strikes all over Ruby, butterfly gut wrench DOMINATOR again! And another KNEE! And the KIRAFUDA! Ruby taps out, Shayna ELIMINATES her now! Two eliminations in under a minute!
Shayna grins as she stalks up to Natty. Shayna opens a chamber door and drags Natty up to throw her inside! And then stomp away against the Plexiglas! Shayna backs off and Natty stands, but Shayna puts her in the doorway, to SLAM the door shut! And again! And again! Shayna shows no mercy as she wraps on the Kirafuda! Natty taps, Shayna ELIMINATES her third opponent! Fans boo as Shayna dusts off her hands while she stands all alone. Shayna just waits out the clock as Asuka and Liv are stuck in their pods. Shayna taunts Liv but Asuka is raring to go. Asuka even taunts back, so Shayna goes over to get up to the glass. Asuka calls Shayna stupid in both English and Japanese, but Shayna just laughs.
Fans boo as Shayna just swaggers about. Liv points at the Mania sign and she shouts that she’s going to Tampa. Shayna lets her hair down as she waits for a pod to open. Fans grow impatient but the countdown finally returns. Next in is… LIV! And Shayna is right on her! But Liv throws kicks, only to be shoved into steel. Liv boots back, then grabs on, only to be BOMBED into steel! And swung into chains! And into Plexiglas!! Liv is almost in tears but Shayna just smiles. Fans boo again as Shayna leaves Liv behind just to taunt Asuka. Asuka taunts back and Becky watches. Becky is actually amused by Shayna’s swagger. Liv somehow gets in the ring, and she SLAPS Shayna! Shayna LARIATS Liv down! Liv flounders to a corner but Shayna runs in, to KNEE her right down!
Shayna taunts Asuka again as she keeps on Liv. Shayna presses Liv into the glass for Asuka to look at but Asuka just talks trash at Shayna. Liv sputters as Shayna drags her up, for a HANGING SLEEPER! Shayna cranks Liv back while staring Asuka down! Liv fades out, Shayna ELIMINATES her fourth opponent! And fans boo as Asuka impatiently kicks at the pod. Shayna returns to pacing while Asuka continues to call her stupid. Fans are on Asuka’s side but Shayna encourages it. There is more pacing and taunting but time ticks by slowly when you’re waiting. The countdown finally returns, and we finally have Empress of Tomorrow VS Queen of Spades, two of the most deadly and dominant women to ever be NXT Women’s Champion. Now, they fight to see who has a WrestleMania moment with the Raw Women’s Champion!
Shayna and Asuka stand face to face and dare the other to make a move. Asuka kicks, Shayna ducks and boots, but Asuka ducks and hip attacks! Fans fire up as Asuka gives Shayna kick after kick! And a mule kick! Asuka runs, but Shayna blocks the sliding enziguri! Shayna trips Asuka to kick and kick and kick back. Shayna gut wrenches again, but Asuka slips out! Asuka and Shayna fight for the backslide, but Shayna spins out. Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Shayna, and grabs Shayna for the ASUKA LOCK!! Shayna slips out, wants the Kirafuda, but Asuka slips out again to ASUKA LOCK!! Shayna is caught!! But she rolls to the ropes, to the hard floor, and to the chains!
Shayna drags herself up but Asuka holds on. Shayna rams Asuka into steel chains! Then dribbles her off it again and again! Asuka sits down but she shakes her head, refusing to quit. Asuka runs at Shayna but Shayna gets her arm on the ropes! Shayna tortures the bad wrist! Shayna pushes Asuka into the ring, and wraps her up in the Kirafuda! Asuka moves forward, tries for a cover, but Shayna resists, so the two break. Shayna kicks the bad arm! And wrenches it all around! Butterfly gut wrench, DOMINATOR! KNEE! And KIRAFUDA! Asuka fades out, Shayna WINS!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)
Bloodthirsty Baszler did as she promised, and as Becky wanted. We have our WrestleMania moment, but will it be The Man triumphant over another contender? Or will Shayna feast upon the biggest prey on Monday Night Raw?
What a wild night. I had been calling this “WWE Obligation Chamber” given the nature of the Raw Women’s Chamber, but to be honest, a great majority of this night was great. Bryan VS Gulak was surprisingly great, and it’s a good sign that Gulak is allowed to look this great. I was worried when he was trying to do the PowerPoint comedy with Strowman, but taking Bryan to his limit like this was a great way to salvage Gulak. I hope we get more, maybe even a Submission Iron Man match. Aleister VS Styles should’ve been paced better. I suppose we should commend The OC for only acting when Styles was in danger of losing, but there was just a lot they could’ve done better, even if it was just all so Taker could show up and make sure Styles lost.
The WWE midcard titles did pretty well tonight. Almas VS Carrillo was great once again, but I feel like the status quo is only hurting Carrillo. If WrestleMania rumors are true, a Fatal 4 Way for the United States Championship is going to be awesome, but how does Carrillo get in if he’s been losing to Garza and Almas? Other than that the WWE never cares about their own booking in how they book other things. And for half a second, I thought more seeds of dissent were being sown, but not really. Sami wins the Intercontinental Championship when he should’ve had it years ago, but maybe story circles around for there to be arguing within the team.
The tag titles were pretty great matches, too. The Raw tag title match was fun, but it was a lot like the match on Raw. Kevin showing up was of course a great moment, but Kevin hitting the Stunner, I wish this PPV was next week. That way it could lead into this whole “3:16 Day” with Stone Cold coming back to talk with Kevin about said Stunner. I just don’t think the Viking Raiders VS Hawkins & Ryder were needed if the Viking Raiders were going to show up and go after AOP. Like, okay, the Kickoff needed a match and Hawkins-Ryder haven’t done anything but it just seems a waste. Give us WWE 24/7 Championship stuff now that the internet is getting less of those! The chamber was down during the Kickoff, have an unofficial 24/7 Championship Chamber match!
Meanwhile, the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Chamber was incredible! Best thing all night! It was masterfully arranged, and even with status quo being kept, I am not disappointed. I could not have predicted Otis going through a pod and out of the chamber! But now, Miz & Morrison bringing these titles to Mania, I sense them having that direct feud with The Usos since the Usos pinned them on SmackDown a couple weeks ago. And is seems the rumored Mania match is happening. I’ll enjoy it whether it’s Otis VS Ziggler or the tag teams against each other, but this also needs to be the pay off for the glitching that happens around these characters.
I’m mostly just disappointed in the overall booking of the main event. Obviously Shayna was going to win so she needed to be dominant, but I’m not sure if she should have been this dominant. She eliminated all five other competitors, while completely trampling over the other stories in the match. I get that it got a ton of Heel Heat in a very Brock Lesnar way, but the WWE could’ve turned it down a notch. Let someone else eliminate one of the first three she took out. If Liv got one over on Ruby or Sarah, or Asuka gets Natty, that would’ve helped things even a little bit. But Shayna and Asuka being the last two for Shayna to inevitably win works fine, because they should be the two strongest.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/19/21)
Dark has CERO! MIEDO!
The Lucha Brothers come to AEW Dark!
Another hefty helping of AEW Dark has a big tag team match of Chaos Project VS Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Luther and Serpentico fail to put fear in Death Triangle’s hearts?
- Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express; Luchasaurus wins.
- Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano; Guevara wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto; Scorpio wins.
- Shanna VS Marti Daniels; wins.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black; win.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales; win(s).
- Big Swole VS Alex Gracia; wins.
- Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; win(s).
- Top Flight VS KC Navarro & AJ Kirsh; wins.
- Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez
- The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; win(s).
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight; win.
- Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton; wins.
- Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express!
The Dungeon Master’s still on a win streak, but will it go extinct against the wrestling dinosaur? Luchasaurus gets a mic and says, “Boys, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. Er, the wooly mammoth.” Or rather, the dragon? There are no talking dragons in AEW, and why should you believe the talking dinosaur? Because he has a Masters Degree. We all know it’s just Brandon Cutler, so let’s have the match already. Cutler makes his entrance, and he stands face to face with Luchasaurus. Cutler of course takes the dragon mask, and the match begins!
Cutler sneaks up on Luchasaurus as he talks to the boys and rolls him up! TWO and Cutler hurries to the apron. Cutler slides under, avoids a stomp and then kicks Luchasaurus away! Cutler hurries up to slingshot and kick! Luchasaurus just gets mad! Cutler blocks the chop, gives a CHOP, but Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch! Cutler CHOPS, goes up and up but the arm-drag is blocked! Luchasaurus throws Cutler up top, Cutler boots him away but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! The ref reprimands Luchasaurus but he just growls.
Luchasaurus goes out to fetch Cutler, and CHOPS him against the railing! And CHOPS him again! Luchasaurus brings Cutler around to CHOP him down! Luchasaurus refreshes the count and Marko Stunt hopes Cutler doesn’t take this personally. Cutler crawls but Luchasaurus reels him into a wheelbarrow, to swing him into railing! Luchasaurus continues to stalk Cutler, drags him back up, but Cutler CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, and he boots Cutler into more railing, then BOOTS him over the railing! Cutler flounders up and Luchasaurus TOSSES him back to the ring! The ref counts but Luchasaurus puts Cutler in at 3.
Luchasaurus gets on the apron, Cutler ROUNDHOUSES! Luchasaurus stays up, grabs at Cutler, but Cutler hotshots him down! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Luchasaurus gets into the ring but Cutler slingshots for the senton! Cutler keeps moving, LONG DISTANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus growls, Cutler fires off hands but Luchasaurus just gets angrier. Luchasaurus blocks, KNEES, boots and HEADBUTTS! Cutler staggers up, Luchasaurus puts him in a corner for fast hands! The uppercut sends Cutler to the apron! Luchasaurus TOSSES Cutler back in! And then CLOBBERS him!
Fans fire up as Luchasaurus choke grips Cutler, but Cutler slips out of the choke slam! Cutler dumps Luchasaurus out, slingshots and PLANCHAS both men are down! Cutler puts Luchasaurus in, aims from an apron, springboard for the FROGGY BOW! Luchasaurus sits up before Cutler could cover! Cutler runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cutler springboards again, FROGGY BOW! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus still lives and Cutler can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Cutler heads to a corner and climbs, but Luchasaurus has him first with a choke grip!
Cutler clubs him away, leaps over but Luchasaurus ducks under to TAIL WHIP! AND CHOKE SLAM! Cutler ends up folded on his head!! Cover, TWO!?! Cutler lives and Luchasaurus can’t believe it! Luchasaurus aims as Cutler gets up, then spins, for the BUZZSAW! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
The win streak is extinct, but Jungle Boy and Stunt jokingly resuscitate Cutler. Will Jurassic Express get back on track in the AEW Tag Division? Can Cutler recover to start a new win streak?
Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano!
The Best Ever, the Spanish God, and one half of the Inner Circle’s primary tag team? Well, Sammy will team with Jake Hager for Dynamite to take on the other teams formed within the faction, but will The Australian ruin his tune-up?
The bell rings and fans rally as Sammy and Australiano circle. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Australiano to then spin and float and pose. Sammy backs off to lounge on the ropes, then circles with Australiano again. They approach but Australiano has Sammy stop. Australiano wants to see Sammy’s moves, then starts dancing around. Sammy swings on Australiano, Australiano ducks and uppercuts! Sammy keeps coming with fast hands, Australiano blocks and blocks and HELL STAB uppercuts! Australiano dances, blocks Sammy’s kick and ducks the enziguri to hit the corkscrew senton!
Australiano jumps the sweep, handsprings and goes around and around to headscissor Sammy to a corner! Australiano does his dance, goes after Sammy in the corner, but Sammy turns it around to CHOP! Australiano returns the CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Sammy reverses, Australiano goes up and over and Sammy hits buckles! Corner 619! Australiano heads up top, TORNILLO BODY ATTACK! A direct hit but a rough one for both men! Sammy rolls out of the ring and walks it off, but Australiano gets to a corner and up top again, for another TORNILLO! Another rough landing but Australiano gets up! Fans rally as Australiano and Sammy stand.
Australiano puts Sammy in and goes to the corner, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy bails out and Australiano is beside himself! Australiano hurries as Sammy slowly stands, and he goes to the apron for a Penalty Kick. Sammy ducks it, Australiano SHOOTING STARS, into a SUPERKICK! Sammy takes Australiano out of the air and brings him up to whip into railing! Sammy swaggers, drags Australiano up and snap suplexes! Sammy puts Australiano in the ring, back suplex to a DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Australiano survives and Sammy is surprised. Sammy drags Australiano to a drop zone, climbs up top, and fans rally up as Sammy SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!
Australiano drags Sammy to the drop zone, climbs back up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Australiano bounces off the cover! Australiano crawls back and covers, ROPEBREAK! Sammy saves himself and Australiano can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Australiano drags Sammy up to a fireman’s carry but Sammy elbows free. Sammy shoves Australiano to the corner, Australiano hops up and trust falls back, but Sammy catches him into the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Sammy applauds Australiano’s efforts, but obviously Australiano’s best wasn’t better than the Best Ever! Sammy gets the mic to say, “I’m gonna make this quick. I know Taz has after parties to get to.” So Sammy makes sure we zoom in on the shoulder. Do you see that? No, you probably can’t. But he feels it. He feels when the weight gets heavier every single day, week, month. It’s a chip on his shoulder! There will be gold on these shoulders one day. Not only is Sammy carrying Dark, but he’s carrying Dynamite and every PPV he’s on because he’s the best worker in AEW!
Oh, is he just Jericho’s sidekick? That’s the only reason he’s here? We all know Jericho brought Sammy here, but here’s a secret: “I wasn’t some friendly favor of Chris Jericho.” Jericho is a father figure, a mentor, and the scout who saw Sammy busting his ass, and Jericho was the one saying AEW needs Sammy! Clap for the GOAT! But Sammy sets the record straight: he’s here because of work, and that work will get him every single championship AEW has! Whoever it is, update the rankings, because whether it’s Darby Allin or Kenny Omega, Sammy’s coming for everyone. Will Sammy’s pursuit of gold begin when he and Hager become THE tag team in the Inner Circle?
Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto!
While The Addiction of SoCal Uncensored are on a tag team quest that’s titles or bust, the Closer wants to climb up the ranks in his own right! Will he be able to #ReachForTheSky against the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball?
The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Comoroto. Scorpio headlocks but Comoroto shoves him right off. They circle again, Scorpio gets around then gets the headlock, but Comoroto blocks the takeover! Comoroto shoves, Scorpio rams him with a shoulder but bounces off! Comoroto and Scorpio circle, test of strength, but Scorpio dropkicks him to a corner! Scorpio fires off with forearms and uppercuts, but Comoroto tosses Scorpio into the corner! Scorpio gets away, throws a forearm and runs, Scorpio dodges the clothesline but Comoroto blocks the drop toehold! Scorpio goes to a corner, boots Comoroto away and goes up the corner, FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!!
Scorpio drops elbows on Comoroto and whips but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto whips, Scorpio holds ropes and elbows back. Scorpio goes to the apron, Comoroto grabs a leg but Scorpio clubs away on his back. Comoroto dodges the next forearm to hotshot Scorpio’s back! Comoroto drags Scorpio back into the ring, and stomps away on the back! Fans boo as Comoroto scowls and paces. Comoroto drags Scorpio up into the corner to throw forearms on the back, then RAM his shoulder in! Comoroto whips corner to corner hard and Scorpio falls to the mat! Fans rally, Comoroto stomps Scorpio then digs his knee into Scorpio’s back.
Comoroto drags Scorpio to a corner and bends him back against the post! The ref counts, Comoroto stops at 4, then stalks Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio throws haymakers and elbows, then goes up to leap, into Comoroto’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Comoroto digs his forearm into Scorpio’s face. Comoroto drags Scorpio up, scoops him and hits another BACKBREAKER! Comoroto makes it a backbreaker bend but lets off to loom over Scorpio. Comoroto straddle attacks Scorpio, then looms over him as he slowly gets up. Comoroto jumps again, Scorpio turns over, but Comoroto anticipates the knees! Comoroto grabs the legs, turns Scorpio over and has a HALF CRAB!
Scorpio endures, fans rally up, and Scorpio fights up towards the ropes for the ropebreak! Comoroto lets go quickly but he drags Scorpio from ropes. Scorpio kicks Comoroto away, Comoroto comes back but Scorpio dumps him out! Comoroto hurries back in but Scorpio clotheslines Comoroto and himself out! Scorpio hurries back in as Comoroto gets up, and Scorpio PLANCHAS to take Comoroto back down! Fans fire up as Scorpio gets up and hobbles. Scorpio puts Comoroto back in, climbs up top, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Scorpio fires up and he back kicks to then run and DUMDUM STOMP!
Comoroto staggers up, Scorpio fireman’s carries but the back gives up! Comoroto fireman’s carries Scorpio for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto is furious and he rains down rights! Comoroto roars, drags Scorpio back up and scoops him, but Scorpio slips off to BOOT! Comoroto just roars, so Scorpio BOOTS him again! Scorpio manages the fireman’s carry for the T K O! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
That was definitely a big challenge, but Scorpio overcame it! Will he rise up in the rankings to go after gold in the near future?
Shanna VS Marti Daniels!
So far, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s return has been perfect! She’s on a young win streak, but will that change against one of AEW’s newest additions?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black!
Eddie Kingston’s family still has a lot of beef with the Lucha Brothers but they’ll hash that out soon enough. Will the Real Man of Steel and EmpBruh be ground beef after tonight?
Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales!
AEW keeps setting them up, Billy and his boys, Austin and Colten, keep knocking ’em down! Will that streak continue the deeper we go into the new year?
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.118 ~ 18TH JANUARY 2021
The GHC National competitors continue to heat up right before their clash on the 23rd! The NOAH Juniors also stay…well the Juniors. Hisame explains if you don’t know!
The GHC National competitors continue to heat up right before their clash on the 23rd! The NOAH Juniors also stay…well the Juniors. Hisame explains if you don’t know!
Kenoh vs Kazunari Murakami
Kenoh and Kazunari Murakami had their one and only pre-match on the 16th January at Yokohama Radiant Halls. Murakami was repeatedly told off during the match for punching (mainly Kenoh) with a closed fist. However, it was Tadasuke who he choked out, and the referee stopped the match.
Afterwards, rather than scream and swear (like he would if it were Kaito Kiyomiya, Takashi Sugiura, Naomichi Marufuji or really anyone who Kenoh hates), Kenoh studied Murakami almost as if he was trying to work him out. Backstage Kenoh said in a promo which didn’t involve angry swearing, that although he hated Murakami “from the bottom” of his heart, he would play him at his own game. Was it okay to punch with a closed fist while wearing open fingered gloves? “Was that wrestling?” Kenoh has sworn he will show him “the true Kenoh”. Title match will take place on the 23rd January at the Osaka Edion Arena.
STINGER retain against Kongoh; challenged by mortal enemies
Although Nioh’s hubris led him to say that if he had two victories over HAYATA in a row, a third would follow, he and Haoh were unsuccessful in capturing the tag team titles and swinging the balance of power in the volatile NOAH juniors to their favor, when HAYATA pinned Haoh to retain the titles. Although it was never said by Yoshinari Ogawa, fans got the impression that HAYATA was walking a very thin line.
After the match, STINGER were celebrating their victory, when they were jumped by Kotaro Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai and Ikuto Hidaka, who threw HAYATA from the ring, kept Susumu (who had been at ringside) out, and stamped down on Yoshiari Ogawa, before Kotaro challenged for the titles saying, “The next is Hidaka and I. You can’t refuse. The place is the Nippon Budokan”. The pair of them threw the tag belts down that NOSAWA had draped over them, as HAYATA crawled back into the ring. For the second time, it was up to quiet shy HAYATA (who managed to keep his back to any cameras) to accept the challenge. Laconic as ever, HAYATA simply said “Next…you”.
Match has been set for the 12th February at The Nippon Budokan. The pre-matches, however, start on the 23rd January.
(This made my Match of The Year 2021 list)
EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS
- Post match promos ~ 10th January 2021 (Korakuen Hall)
- Event recap ~ 16th January 2021 (Yokohama Radiant Halls)
- Post match promos ~ 16th January 2021 (Yokohama Radiant Halls)
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
~ Shuhei Taniguchi tried “Disco Dancing”, except it looked more like some crazy jig.
~ Seiki Yoshioka is slowly discovering why HAYATA gave up speaking, by first of all reacting to YO-HEY verbally and wondering what he was talking about, and then reacting with “…?” after YO-HEY had babbled something about peanut butter.
~ Go Shiozaki and Naomichi Marufuji had a chop challenge. On Atsushi Kotoge’s chest.
~ Yoshiki Inamura has declared that the Musou will be hunting Jun Akiyama at The Nippon Budokan.
~ NOAH are teasing a GHC Heavyweight tag title match by The Aggression. Nakajima has started talking about “natural” it feels, with Masa Kitamiya saying how much The Sugiura Army (especially Sugiura) irritate him.
~ Manabu Soya carried Tadasuke of the ring after being choked by Kazunari Murakami, as if he was going to Avalanche slam him.
~ NOSAWA Rongai told Kotaro Suzuki and Ikuto Hidaka that they had bad fashion sense, Hidaka’s clothes were as bad as his promo skills, and that he felt sorry for the champions on that account.
~ Although the steel plate in his jaw was difficult to remove, Kaito Kiyomiya has made a good recovery and returned to the NOAH dojo. Naturally, he has not shown any pictures of his face.
~ The last time Go Shiozaki took a headbutt from Atsushi Kotoge, his head was split open and his teeth knocked out.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Go Shiozaki
Challenger: Keiji Mutoh (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA)
Challengers: Kotaro Suzuki & Ikuto Hidaka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC National Champion: Kenoh
Challenger: Kazunari Murakami (23rd January, Osaka Edion Arena 2nd Stadium)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Thursday 21st January: Go Shiozaki (39)
Saturday 23rd January: NOAH “Higher Ground 2021” (Osaka Edion Arena 2nd Stadium)
NOAH’s Yokohama Radiant Halls event will be broadcast on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on the 19th January. The event on the 23rd January in Osaka will be broadcast on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on the 26th January. You must be a subscriber to view these events.
Pictures taken from Noah GHC
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