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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/11/20)

The Man comes around!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

The Raw After Money in the Bank!

Becky Lynch dares Ms. Money in the Bank to step to her! But will she still want that now that it is one of her greatest rivals in ASUKA?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley VS Humberto Carrillo; Lashley wins.
  • Angel Garza VS Akira Tozawa; Garza wins.
  • Champion VS Champion: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade Almas; McIntyre wins.
  • Bliss-Cross VS The IIconics; The IIconics win.
  • Six Man Tag: R-Truth, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS MVP, Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink; Truth, Ricochet & Alexander win.
  • Aleister Black & Rey Mysterio VS Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy; Aleister & Mysterio win, by disqualification.
  • 2v2 Basketball: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; The Street Profits win.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Natalya; Baszler wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with Becky Lynch!

The Man doesn’t have her Raw Women’s Championship belt, but has the Women’s MITB briefcase. She sets that on a table in the ring and then takes up a mic. “Tonight is no ordinary night for me. I’m torn between joy and sadness, because I’m at a place in my life where things are about to change, and I needed to do something about it.” So Becky asked the decision makers to raise the stakes at MITB, and they did. But before all of that, Becky tells us about her arrival to the WWE. She didn’t know anyone in this country, or if she was good enough to be here. Becky gets choked up as she thinks back to how she didn’t even know if anyone could ever care about “a loud mouthed Irish woman who loved puns and toast.” But somewhere along the way, she learned that people did care. They cared so much, that they put her on their shoulders and carried her into history.

Through injury and triumph, the fans had her back. And she grabbed onto the fans when she had no one else. That is why the fans at home, the WWE Universe, that deserve to hear this from her. She has to go away for awhile. Becky gets choked up again but Asuka makes her entrance. Asuka seems upset that her briefcase was just taken from her. Becky asks her to calm down, and says Asuka has been the best in the world for a long time. That is why Becky is glad this is happening to Asuka. The match last night wasn’t what anyone thought it was. The women weren’t just competing to become Ms. MITB 2020. It was for even more than that. Becky knows Asuka hasn’t even been able to look inside the briefcase yet. Becky unlocks it for her, and inside is THE Raw Women’s Championship!! The match was actually for the title. What?! Becky can’t fight, but Asuka can. Asuka is now Raw Women’s Champion.

Asuka can’t believe it, but then she’s so excited to be champion! She snatches up the belt and dances to commentary. She celebrates on the desk in front of the world, “I’m the champion!” Asuka does return to the ring and Becky gives her congratulations. Becky is even happier, oddly. But go be a warrior, because Becky is going to go be a mother. WHAT?! Becky is having a baby!! Asuka is so happy for the new mom and starts up a chant for her. They hug it out, and now The Man starts a new chapter in her life. Congratulations to both the Empress of Tomorrow and Straight Fire for this incredible news!

 

Backstage interview with Becky.

Obviously congratulations are in order, and Rey Mysterio (who did not hit the ground and die when Baron Corbin threw him off the roof) is there to be the first. Natalya also congratulates her long time friend, and then the Street Profits and Bianca Belair add their own congrats. Ricochet, Liv Morgan, Cedric Alexander, R-Truth and Kairi Sane, too. Becky thanks them for the heartwarming hugs.

 

No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley VS Humberto Carrillo!

The Rocky Mountain Machine’s rage got him disqualified in last week’s Last Chance Gauntlet, and that was why he wasn’t in the MITB match last night. But this is about payback for beating down Ultimo Ninja past the point! Will throwing the rules out the window help or hurt Humberto’s chances?

The bell rings and Lashley circles with Humberto. They tie up, Lashley waistlocks and slams Humberto then sweeps the legs to keep him down. Lashley SLAPS Humberto then bumps him off buckles. He throws big forearms then goes corner to corner. Humberto slips out to the apron but Lashley blocks the kick to elbow and club him back. Lashley hip tosses but Humberto lands on his feet, to SLAP Lashley back! Lashley glares, and gives Carrillo the Rocky Mountain SPINE BUSTER! Humberto slowly rises, Lashley runs in, but Humberto sends him out! Humberto runs but into a big forearm! Lashley decides to use the No DQ stipulation and grabs a chair! He brings it over, but Carrillo dropkicks it into him! Lashley is down and Humberto has a chance as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns as Lashley hammers away on Humberto in a corner. Lashley goes corner to corner but into boots! Carrillo hops up and leaps to missile dropkick Lashley back! Lashley stays up, and puts Humberto on the apron. Humberto kicks back in, then steps and somersaults to springboard enziguri! Lashley rolls out but Humberto slides! Lashley dodges, but his boot misses! Humberto roundhouses back! Humberto leaps off the barriers but into Lashley’s arms! Lashley pops Humberto up to the fireman’s carry, to POST him! Humberto checks his jaw but Lashley drags him up to put up against the post. Lashley grinds his forearm into Humberto’s face and talks some trash at the same time. He grabs the chair and brings it back up. Lashley swings but only hits post! Humberto takes the chair for his own, and JAMS it into Lashley’s ribs! And SMACKS him across the back! And again!

Humberto gives Lashley more chair shots before throwing the chair aside. Lashley goes into the ring and Humberto climbs up. Humberto springboards, but into a full nelson! Lashley leans on the hold and thrashes Humberto all about! Humberto taps, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

Lashley lets go when he’s satisfied, but surely this victory makes up for his stumbling. Will the Rocky Mountain Machine climb up towards a title soon enough?

 

The Street Profits are in the locker room.

Montez Ford says that the “Viking… Raiders…!” are bored if they’re getting up in the Profits’ social media. Angelo Dawkins can’t believe Erik & Ivar are claiming anything the Profits can do, they can do better. Well today is their lucky day, because it’s time to prove that in 2v2 baseketball! Jordan & Pippin up in this! Nah, fam, more like LeBron & AD! Dawks, please don’t start a Jordan VS LeBron argument. But what matters is that it’ll be lit. It’ll be on fire! Time to get the NBA Jam on, BOOM SHAKA LAKA! Because the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke.

As for the Viking Raiders, Erik doesn’t understand why the challenge is in “a stupid game like basketball.” Ivar says Erik was the one who made the “anything you can do, we can do better” challenge. But they didn’t pick anything cool, like sword fighting, ax throwing or people tossing! Would it help if they sang some carpool karaoke? No. Well then, they just have to be physical on the court, like in the ring. But basketball has something called “fouls.” What are those? Are the Profits going to dunk on the Raiders?

 

Backstage interview with Asuka!

The NEW Raw Women’s Champion is still buzzing, and this is all happening very quickly. Kairi comes by to celebrate with Asuka-nee, too. It’s REAL, Kairi, it’s real! The Kabuki Warriors are both in a great mood now and dance off into the night.

 

Zelina Vega and her stable are arguing.

La Muneca tries to get Garza and Theory to understand they’re a team, but they’re both arguing with Almas in regards about the WWE United States Championship. Garza is in action after the break, can he focus on his match and not his rankings within the group?

 

Angel Garza w/ Zelina, Almas & Theory VS Akira Tozawa!

Raw returns and this match has already begun! Garza ducks Tozawa’s roundhouse but TOzawa slides under to hit the spin kick! Tozawa goes up and leaps but into Garza’s arms! Garza grins and wedges Tozawa into the corner. The ref counts and Garza backs off, to KNEE Tozawa in the ribs! Off come the pants! Garza throws them down on Tozawa then drags him around by the arm. Garza puts Tozawa back in the corner to dig his knee in. The ref backs Garza off, but Garza still grins as he drags Tozawa up. Garza CHOPS then stalks Tozawa to another corner. He drags Tozawa out but Tozawa throws body shots. Garza knees low then whips. Tozawa huricanranas out of the pop-up! Both men stagger up but Tozawa runs in, only to get a pop-up kick! Cover, ONE! Garza drags Tozawa up and onto the top rope backwards. Garza climbs up to club away on Tozawa. Garza mocks Theory’s “All Day” then runs corner to corner to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Garza grows frustrated with Tozawa and puts him in a low cobra twist. Tozawa endures as Garza talks trash at Theory. Tozawa gets the ropebreak and the ref counts. Garza lets off and slaps Tozawa around. Garza drags Tozawa up, underhooks, and says he can do this all year, with the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall

Theory and Garza get in each other’s face, but Almas and Vega keep the peace. Or at least they try to. And then, Drew McIntyre appears! The Scottish Stud has wiped the floor with all three men already, but they all get on the same wavelength as he heads to the ring. McIntyre mocks their dysfunction and dares them to bring it. Theory steps up and gets a CLAYMORE! Garza and Almas are laughing at Theory, but then McIntyre CLAYMORES Garza! McIntyre dares Almas to be a man, and Almas throws off the jacket. Is Vega’s stable breaking apart? Are we getting another champion VS champion match between these two?!

 

Champion VS Champion: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade Almas!

Raw returns and that’s exactly what we’re getting! Will Claymore Country continue to conquer the roster? Or will El Idolo punch his own golden ticket?

The bell rings, McIntyre and Almas circle and tie up, and McIntyre powers Almas to a corner. McIntyre lets up and just smirks at Almas. They go again and Almas gets a waistlock. McIntyre hooks a leg and pries the hold off to a wrench and wristlock. McIntyre powers Almas up and over to drop him down, then stomps the arm! Almas gets to a corner but McIntyre is all over the arm again. McIntyre wrenches and grinds Almas down to the mat. Vega is still here to cheer Almas on but McIntyre wrenches again. Almas throws forearms and gets free, but runs into an elbow from McIntyre! McIntyre hauls Almas up to CHOP! McIntyre whips Almas into a corner then throws hands. Almas dodges and CHOPS back! Almas whips but McIntyre reverses, and McIntyre kicks Almas out of his up-and-over! McIntyre taunts Almas catching his breath before going out after him. McIntyre bumps Almas off barriers then CHOPS him again! Those chops are like thunder!

Almas kicks back, but runs into a tilt-o-whirl slam onto the apron! McIntyre stalks Almas on the outside but the ring count is at 8! McIntyre refreshes it so he can keep stalking Almas. Almas goes under the ring but McIntyre goes looking. Almas yanks McIntyre into the frame! Vega laughs at McIntyre as Almas KNEES him into the barriers! Almas fires off on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! The ring count is at 7 again but Almas climbs in. Almas baseball slides McIntyre in his bad arm! Almas wraps the arm around the rope but lets up at 4. McIntyre gets in but Almas goes after him again, for a hanging armbar! Almas lets go at 4 again, then runs after McIntyre. McIntyre throws hands but Almas hits an arm code breaker! Cover, ONE! McIntyre shakes the bad arm but Almas is after it again. Almas mounts for an armlock but McIntyre powers his way up. McIntyre scoops Almas around around, but Almas fights free. Almas elbows McIntyre away, but runs into McIntyre’s OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

McIntyre whips Almas and throws him again! Almas dodges the clothesline but not the BOOT! Vega is panicking as McIntyre goes up top. McIntyre waits for Almas to stand, before hitting him down with flying ax handles! And then he kips up! McIntyre reels Almas in, but no Future Shock as Almas throws forearms. McIntyre hits back and runs, but Almas follows, only to run into a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Almas lives and Vega is relieved, but McIntyre grits his teeth. McIntyre aims from the corner but Almas bails out. McIntyre grabs the hair, but Almas hotshots the bad arm! Almas runs in but McIntyre pushes him away. Almas dodges and POSTS McIntyre! Vega rallies and Almas hits CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, ONE!?! Vega is losing her cool and Almas is seething. Almas drags McIntyre up and reels him in to hammerlock. McIntyre powers out and pushes Almas away, but Almas CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS back, but gets the boot to ELBOW! GLASGOW KISS!

McIntyre hits his own boot and elbow, but Almas fights off the Alabama lift! Almas clubs McIntyre and CHOPS again! Then he goes up, hops onto the shoulders, but McIntyre turns that into the INVERTED ALABAMA! McIntyre aims from the corner and starts the countdown! CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Another night, another fight, and another big win for the Scottish Stud! McIntyre gets a mic to say, “I didn’t come out here to have a match initially, but there’s a reason I come to work dressed to go.” Anything can happen on Mondays. Plus, he’s always down for a #ClaymoreParty so that was fun. But McIntyre is here to talk about a couple of things. First, at MITB, McIntyre’s match with Seth Rollins, “That was a hell of a fight.” Rollins brought it, but McIntyre is still champion. Line them up, he’ll knock them down. Second, perhaps the most exciting part of this, a “brand to brand invitation.” Raw extended that invitation to a certain SmackDown superstar, and they accepted. But not just that, they chose McIntyre as their opponent!

McIntyre says there are a few things you can guarantee: death, taxes, and how everyone on Earth hates this guy. McIntyre has teamed with this guy, traveled with this guy, and agrees that this guy sucks. But next week on Raw, it will be the Master of the Claymore, the Sexy Scots, the Big Mac- Okay, he’s just messing around. it’s McIntyre VS Baron Corbin! McIntyre is actually proud of Corbin manning up, and makes a promise right now. There will be a Claymore fit for a king waiting next week! McIntyre promises you don’t want to miss this, because he’s going to rip Corbin’s head off!

 

MVP talks with Bobby Lashley backstage.

That anger that’s been in Lashley lately, that’s good. Stay angry but stay focused. That was an impressive full nelson. But MVP wants to know why Lashley is bothering with Humberto Carrillo “fools from SmackDown” are about to show up. When was the last time Lashley fought for the WWE Championship? He may not remember, but MVP does. It was 2007! And what else happened back then? MVP was just getting his start. But even back then, Lashley was something special. 13 years later, they’re both back but they’re in the same position. When is Lashley going to let Lashley out? That’s rhetorical. MVP has his own match to prepare for, but he wants Lashley to have something to think about.

And then MVP crosses paths with Lana, another thing keeping Lashley back. MVP isn’t trying to manage anyone, but if Lashley wants a way out, tell him to come find him. Lana is LIVID! The Ravishing Russian shouts at MVP as he leaves, but is there anything she can do to change Lashley’s lot in life?

 

A Moment of Bliss returns to Raw!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, get to go to whatever brand they want, and they want to be part of the Raw after Money in the Bank! They heard that big announcement that Becky is having a baby. Nikki is so excited, because now The Man is The Mom. And the timing is perfect! This comes right after Mother’s Day! And a happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms, especially expecting mothers like Becky! But then the IICONICS appear! Peyton Royce & Billie Kay return from being gone months! And hello, knock knock. Bliss-Cross has got to be joking. Did they forget something iconic during the baby fever? Now, now, ladies, don’t get your panties in a twist. Alexa welcomes them back to Raw, and into the ring. Nikki does her best IIconic pose but only Alexa is impressed.

But back to the timing. How crazy that a tiny baby has stolen the IIconic’s thunder? Well, Alexa, “Ginger Jr.” is not upstaging this long awaited return. What’s so special about babies? Billie was a baby, Peyton was a baby, and Nikki still acts like a baby. Well, yes, the IIconics are still big news. Kinda. Not really. Do NOT disrespect them! Bliss-Cross need to focus on the tag team titles, and defending them tonight! No, Billie, that’s not how this works. You can’t just waltz out here and demand a title match. Alexa would say she’s surprised, but she’s not. Nikki says that just because they were upstaged by something the size of a jelly bean doesn’t mean Peyton & Billie deserve anything! These Women’s Tag Titles are just like their own babies! Well alright, fine! But the IIconics want a match. They don’t need titles to prove how motivated them. The future is here, and the future is… IICONIC! They strike their IIconic poses, and then the talk show set is moved aside. This return match happens after the break!

 

Bliss-Cross VS The IIconics!

Raw returns and Alexa starts with Peyton. They tie up and go around, and Peyton puts Alexa in the corner. She stomps away while Billie tag sin. Billie stomps away then Peyton tags in. They double whip and double club Alexa down! Cover, TWO! Peyton keeps on Alexa but Alexa dropkicks back! Tag to Nikki as Peyton bails out. Alexa intercepts Billie while Nikki puts Peyton in the apron skirt! Nikki hammers away then Alexa baseball slides! Nikki puts Peyton in, covers, TWO! Nikki whips Peyton to the corner then runs in to corner splash! Tag to Alexa and Alexa mocks the IIconic pose. Alexa runs in to SLAP Peyton! Tag to Nikki and she whips, but Peyton reverses. Peyton dodges Nikki and Billie tags in, and then Billie hotshots Nikki into Peyton’s heel kick! Cover, TWO! Billie rains down rights on Nikki then covers, but Nikki gets a shoulder up fast.

Tag to Peyton and the IIconics double wrench and kick to double mule kick Nikki down. Peyton drags Nikki up but Nikki cradles! TWO, and Peyton fireman’s carries. Nikki sunset flips out, TWO! Peyton clotheslines NIkki down and covers, TWO! Peyton is furious but she stomps Nikki’s hands. She drags Nikki over to club her down and tag Billie in. The IIconics table top Nikki and Billie covers, TWO! Billie drags Nikki up for more clubbing forearms, then clamps onto the arm and chinbar. Nikki endures, fights her way up, and fights back with elbows. Billie knees low then brings Nikki over to tag Peyton. Nikki hits Peyton off the apron! Nikki waistlocks Billie but Peyton trips Nikki up! Billie runs to basement dropkick, Peyton PUNTS Nikki in the ribs! Cover, TWO! The IIconics get shrill but Peyton throws Nikki by her hair. The ref reprimands but Nikki hits Peyton away. Nikki hits a jawbreaker, then both women hit hair-pulling facebusters!

Both women are down but their partners are reaching out. Hot tags to Billie and Alexa! The Five Foot Fury rallies and ROCKS Billie with right hands! Insult2Injury hits! Cover, but Peyton breaks it! Peyton talks smack but Nikki clobbers her! Nikki runs but Peyton dumps her out! Billie throat chops while the ref is busy with Peyton! Peyton tags in, the IIconics combine for an inverted Magic Killer! Cover, The IIconics win!!

Winners: The IIconics, by pinfall

Peyton and Billie pin the Women’s Tag Team Champions! Are they the future champions? Will they make the Women’s Tag Division IICONIC?

 

Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

24 hours ago, the MITB match was grueling, but Mysterio still feels great. Mysterio said the risk is worth the reward over and over, but he’ll admit his life flashed before his eyes when Corbin threw him off the roof. Two seconds later, Mysterio landed on a lower roof. And by the time Mysterio realized he was alive and made his way back up, the match was over. He and Aleister Black were in the same boat, but Mysterio congratulates Otis on the win. As for tonight’s tag team match, it will be very intense. Seth Rollins appears with that intensity, but Mysterio congratulates him for becoming a father. Mysterio offers a handshake, but Rollins leaves without a word. The Monday Night Messiah shook McIntyre’s hand last night, so what has changed in the last 24 hours?

 

R-Truth speaks.

“What’s up?” He teams with the fast and furious Ricochet and Cedric Alexander, but they have back-up just in case. Truth’s cousin, Pretty Ricky, returns to the WWE! “I’m ready!” Will Ricky help Truth, Ricochet and Alexander get a big win tonight?

 

Six Man Tag: R-Truth, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS MVP, Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink!

Raw returns as Truth is the last to enter the ring. Truth starts for his team against The Worst, Shane Thorne, at the bell. Thorne and Truth circle, but Truth asks the WWE Universe, “What’s up?!” Only Alexander and Ricochet respond with “What’s up?!” Thorne rushes Truth but Truth dodges and has Thorne wait. Truth breaks it down and does the splits. Thorne doesn’t get it, but then Truth kicks out a leg and makes him do the splits! OW! Alexander tags in and mocks the pain. Then he basement dropkick Thorne out of it! Tag to Ricochet and “Pretty Ricky” is loving the snap suplex to slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Ricochet clamps onto Thorne with a facelock and brings him over. Alexander tags in and they mug Thorne. Alexander drags Thorne up in a wiastlock but Thorne bucks him off and Vink makes the tag. Vink gets in and elbows Alexander down!

Vink stomps Alexander in the corner and brings him up to snapmare. He clamps on a big chinlock and leans on Alexander. Alexander endures and fights his way up. Pretty Ricky rallies for Alexander but Vink CLUBS Alexander down. Vink tags Thorne and Thorne drags Alexander from the corner to stomp him down. Thorne KICKS Alexander in the back then covers, TWO! Thorne cranks Alexander’s neck but Alexander endures. Alexander fights up but Thorne knees low! Thorne drags Alexander over and Vink tags in. Vink stomps Alexander then pushes him around. Alexander pushes back and CHOPS, but Vink just DECKS Alexander! Vink sucker punches Ricochet! Vink keeps Alexander from Pretty Ricky, but Alexander enziguris! MVP tags in, but does Truth! Truth throws hands on MVP, pop, lock and uppercut! He uses the splits to dodge then calf kicks MVP down! Cover but Thorne breaks it!

Ricochet gives Thorne a jumping neckbreaker! Vink goes around the way and catches Alexander’s leap! Ricochet goes up to MOONSAULT! They all go down, and now Truth brings “Pretty Ricky” into the match. But MVP punches him right in the head! Truth spits out the fake teeth and gives them to the ref, before he hits MVP with the LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth and team win!

Winners: R-Truth, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander, by pinfall

Pretty Ricky helped out after all! But here comes Lashley! The Rocky Mountain Machine SPEARS Truth!! And then drags him up into the full nelson! MVP stomps Truth, and then runs to BOOT him down! MVP grabs his chains and heads out with his MVP: Most Violent Powerhouse. Is this the combination that is going to take Raw by storm?

 

Backstage interview with Jinder Mahal.

The Modern Day Maharaja is back, and is truly honored to be back on Raw. It was a long 10 months but he’s glad to be back. And how great is it that his old pal, Drew McIntyre, is finally WWE World Champion? Mahal is elated to see McIntyre prosper. As a former champion himself, Mahal deserves to be respected and celebrated just like McIntyre. This time, Mahal will redeem himself. He has learned from his mistakes, and now his journey back to the top will be a hero’s journey. Will Mahal climb back to the top to join McIntyre at the summit?

 

Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler.

What is her reaction to the news of Becky’s pregnancy? “How stupid do you have to be to get knocked up when you’re the champion?” But here’s a fact: 10 out of 10 mothers will try to convince you that pregnancy didn’t ruin their careers. Becky becomes the longest reigning Raw Women’s Champion ever, and throws it all the way just to “house some miserable parasite?” The Queen of Spades mockingly imagines The Man at home, barefoot and fat, eating bonbons on the couch. Becky’s kid is gonna suck, because just look at the father. We all knew Baszler was ruthless, but wow…!

 

AJ Styles sits back to watch Raw’s preview of The Undertaker: The Last Ride.

He has his popcorn and a reclining armchair backstage, but given everything the Dead Man put him through, will he like what he sees?

Raw returns and the preview of The Last Ride Part 1 begins. “I want them thinking, ‘This guy’s got a lot left in the tank.'” But does Mark Calaway believe that? The talking, the rumors, only Taker knows how he feels physically. He does admit his body is aching, and his legacy is on the line every time he walks out. But when you start second guessing yourself, that’s when it gets scary. The Saudi Arabia match comes to mind. Even AJ Styles has a part to play in this documentary. Either Taker goes out with a match befitting his legacy, or he’s going out on his back. Part one is now available on the WWE Network.

Styles throws his popcorn at the screen! Guess he wasn’t happy with how that video framed it all.

 

Even Vince McMahon congratulates Becky Lynch!

The audio isn’t the best, but even Mr. McMahon is so happy for the expecting mother.

 

Aleister Black & Rey Mysterio VS Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy!

By a miracle or perhaps all the luck in the world, the Embodiment of the End and the King of Lucha didn’t meet their end when Baron Corbin tossed them off the top of Titan Towers! But they weren’t the only ones that lost big at MITB. The Monday Night Messiah was in a mood earlier tonight, but will a victory turn that around for him and his disciple?

Raw returns as Rollins and Murphy make their entrance. Even Murphy seems unsure what is going on with Rollins. Murphy starts against Aleister at the bell, bringing their rivalry back. They circle, and even Aleister seems unsettled by Rollins being disheveled. He and Murphy circle, Murphy wrenches to a wristlock and reaches out to Rollins. Rollins doesn’t tag so Aleister reverses the wrench into the Iron Octopus! Murphy powers out but Aleister sunset flips! TWO, but Aleister arm-drags Murphy down! Aleister wrenches Murphy over to tag in Mysterio. Murphy forearms free but Mysterio kicks him back! Aleister sweeps the legs, Mysterio adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps on Murphy but Murphy knees low. Murphy calls out to Rollins but Mysterio wrenches. Murphy whips Mysterio away bout Mysterio tilt-o-whirls! But Murphy blocks the DDT and suplexes. Mysterio slips out, tags in Aleister and enziguris Murphy to ropes! Aleister ROUNDHOUSES and covers, TWO!

Aleister drags Murphy up but Murphy pushes him away. Murphy yanks Aleister into buckles and KNEE TRIGGERS him down! Murphy stomps away but the ref backs him off. Rollins stares into space so Murphy wrenches and whips Aleister to ropes. Aleister rebounds right away, and throws Murphy out! Aleister runs but fakes Murphy out. He sits down cross-legged as Murphy slides in! Murphy calls to Rollins again but Mysterio says it’s all on him now. Murphy kicks at Aleister but Aleister ducks under and kips up. Aleister blocks a kick but gets an elbow! Murphy still tires to get through to Rollins, but Aleister fires off the strike fest! He boots Murphy and kitchen sink knees him down! Cover, TWO, but into a Kimura! Murphy endures, shouts for Rollins, but powers up to fight free. Murphy throws his own strike fest, but Aleister avoids the knee. He fakes Murphy out and KNEES back!

Murphy is on the apron and Aleister stalks over. They go to the floor and Aleister drags Murphy back into the ring. Aleister brings Murphy up but Murphy shoves him away. Rollins finally reacts and just stares at Aleister. Murphy brings Aleister up but Aleister slips off to ROCK him! But Murphy avoids the shoulder to dropkick Aleister into the post! The disciple has turned the tables all on his own while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Murphy has Aleister in a sleeper hold. Aleister rams him into buckles until he’s free, but Murphy BOOTS back! Murphy hops up and leaps, into a BOOT! Aleister and Murphy are down and crawling for their corners. Hot tag to Mysterio, and he springboard seated sentons Murphy! Then things speed up, Mysterio dodges and dodges to springboard crossbody! Mysterio kicks and whips but Murphy blocks and runs to sunset flip.,  Mysterio rolls through to BUZZSAW! Murphy bails out, Mysterio goes to the apron, and he hits a flying huricanrana! Murphy crashes into barriers but Mysterio is back on him. Mysterio puts Murphy in the ring, and Rollins blankly stares at him. Mysterio goes to the far corner and climbs up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Murphy rolls through to cover, TWO! Murphy pump handles but Mysterio wheelbarrows to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!!

Mysterio drags Murphy up while Rollins just stares. Murphy pushes Mysterio back but Mysterio boots him away! Mysterio hits Rollins just because, and then dodges Murphy to huricanrana him onto ropes! Mysterio dials it up, but Rollins intercepts and SLAMS Mysterio down! That’s a disqualification!

Winners: Rey Mysterio & Aleister Black, by disqualification

Rollins’ rage has suddenly ignited and he SLAMS Mysterio into the barriers! Mysterio hits back but Rollins pokes eyes! Rollins seethes as he reels Mysterio into a haymaker! Murphy throws Aleister into barriers and then Rollins throws Aleister over! Rollins tells Murphy to stay back, because he wants to go after Mysterio himself. He drags Mysterio up at the steel steps, pries at the mask and the face, and wants to use the corner of the steps! HE DIGS THE EDGE INTO MYSTERIO’S EYE!!! HE DRAWS BLOOD!! The referee shouts at Rollins to get back and then shouts for medics to hurry. Rollins walks past Mysterio as the mask is moved to properly assess the damage. And yet, Rollins seems at peace. What darkness lurks behind the eyes of The Architect?

 

Raw returns as Mysterio is being checked in the medical room.

Aleister is with Mysterio as they inspect the eye. Seth Rollins returns and is suddenly apologetic? Murphy tries to defend Rollins but Aleister goes right at him! Now security has to break up the brawl, and Rollins just wanders off. Will this break down into utter chaos? And what has broken in Rollins’ mind that he is acting like this?

 

The Profits show off during warm-ups.

Ford uses his jumping ability to slam dunk. Ivar and Erik finally realize what basketball is: put the ball in the hoop. But anything the Profits can do, the Raiders can do better. Ivar throws the ball up really high, and Erik doesn’t even have a chance. Well if they need a new basketball, they know where to find one: Ivar’s gut. Ivar is mad now, and the Profits are laughing. The real deal goes down after the break.

 

2v2 Basketball: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders!

It’s game time as Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins take on Erik & Ivar in half-court basketball. Four five-minute quarters, let’s do this! Dawkins wants Ivar to check, and Ivar says the ball is fine. No, check… Ball’s fine. Well then, Dawkins lays it up and scores the first points! Ivar realizes the check meant it was their ball. Ford literally runs circles around Ivar now, and the Profits keep scoring. 13-0 in the blink of an eye! #WeWantTheSmoke! Smoke isn’t good for you. Nevermind… And at the end of the first quarter, it’s 21 to nothing! Ivar and Erik get the ball, Ivar rolls it to Erik, but Dawkins BLOCKS the shot! Erik throws it to the backboard and Ivar catches it, but Ivar whiffs on the layup. We always knew white men can’t jump, but that goes double for vikings. Ivar tries a buzzer beater, but nope. The half ends at 37-0!

Ivar gets a bit rough with Ford, that’s a foul. Then Ford goes HALF COURT!! The Profits are up 55-0 as we go into the last quarter! Erik & Ivar try to work together, but not even an elevated shot works. The final seconds tick away, and Erik makes a shot! Erik makes a shot! It’s not a shout out anymore! But, they think they won? No, they lost… 74-2. They have more FOULS than points. Well, clearly the Raiders can’t ball better than the Profits. But when will this rivalry return to the ring for those Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

Natalya confronts Shayna backstage.

The Queen of Harts says the Queen of Spades is awful for disrespecting the miracle of motherhood. Natty wants to teach Shayna some respect. Pff, what does Natty know about motherhood? It’s not like she’s ever going to have a kid. Natty knows just as well as Shayna that the Hart Dynasty dies with her. Baszler continues to have biting comments, but will Natty make her eat her words?

 

Raw checks in with the Profits and Raiders one more time.

A 74-2 victory for Dawkins and Ford on the board, but there’s no hard feelings. They high five in good sportsmanship, but Erik and Ivar claim they let the Profits win. What? Ivar gets the ball back and hits a three pointer? And then another, and another, and another…? He even gets silly with it! It was a hustle?! Ivar runs up and DUNKS on ’em! Vikings can jump after all!

 

Shayna Baszler VS Natalya!

The Man is a mommy but Shayna just sees that as a burden. Will the cold-blooded Baszler give the Queen of Harts frostbite in the Spring? Or will Natty refuse to #TapNapOrSnap?

The bell rings and Natty ties up with Shayna. Natty headlocks and hits the takeover, but Shayna headscissors out. Natty pops out of the headscissors and talks smack to the “fake wrestler.” Shayna trips Natty and gets a headlock but Natty slips out to facelock. Shayna shifts to a awistlock and headlock but Natty powers out. Shayna runs Natty over and dares her to rely on her family name now. Things speed up, Shayna gets the headlock takeover, but Natty headscissors out. Natty squeezes tight and chops Shayna, but Shayna moves up and around to get out. Shayna gets the headlock then the wristlock. Natty gets up and SLAPS Shayna! And again! Shayna wrenches harder but Natty keeps throwing SLAPS! Natty rolls, handsprings but Shayna sweeps the legs. Shayna drags Natty up but Natty throws haymakers! Natty facelocks but Shayna rams her into the buckles. The ref calls for the break, Shayna lets off, but then she trips Natty again!

Shayna dares Natty to do something, but Natty says she gets that one for free. Natty applauds Shayna and then they go again. Natty waistlocks but Shayna hooks a leg. Shayna backs Natty into a corner, the ref calls for the break, and Natty lets go of the waistlock at 4. Shayna goes to trip but Natty jumps over and ROCKS her with a right! Natty gets the legs but Shayna pushes her away. Shayna fires off furious strikes in the corner but the ref backs her off. Shayna comes back for more, then snap suplexes Natty down! And again! Cover, ONE! Shayna clamps onto Natty but Natty drops down to victory roll, TWO! Natty ducks down and rolls Shayna to a takedown! She wants the sharpshooter but Shayna slips out and hammerlocks the arm! The ref tells her not to, but she doesn’t care. She stomps, but Natty gets clear! Natty rolls Shayna, ONE, and Shayna KNEES Natty down! Cover, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall

Shayna didn’t even need the Kirafuda, she just knocked Natty out! Natty is furious that Shayna got the better of her, even after all that trash talk. Will anyone ever knock Shayna down a peg?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

The Wolf King of SmackDown arrives a week early, and is ready to face McIntyre next week. But would he like to address last night at MITB? Last night, Corbin proved he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win. He was seeing red, and throwing people off a roof just seemed necessary. Now to clear things up, Mysterio and Aleister landed on a secondary roof a few feet below, because they’re very lucky. Then to next week and his match with McIntyre. Does Corbin think he has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the champion? Of course. McIntyre knows Brock Lesnar didn’t make him the champ he is today, Corbin did. Corbin let McIntyre ride his coattails on Raw for a YEAR. McIntyre saw Corbin earn the crown, and now McIntyre will learn firsthand why Corbin is the king.

 

Edge returns to Raw!

The Rated R Superstar is back after being victorious over Randy Orton at WrestleMania! That match was a brutal Last Man Standing Match, and now Edge has a mic to speak. This is the first time he’s been here in six weeks, after a Mania return after nine years. Many say that is miraculous, but Edge lives in a world where you don’t let “What If” stop you. He came back to retire on his terms, but then what’s next? Mania isn’t the end, it is only the beginning. If you watched Raw last week, how the commercials hyped up Edge hunting The Viper, no one told Edge about that. Edge got his pound of flesh and his closure on Orton. Orton gave Edge the fight of his life as he knew Orton would. But he’s ready to move on. But is Randy Orton? Orton makes his entrance now and goes right to the ring. Edge keeps his eyes on Orton as Orton grabs a mic for himself.

“Edge, I came out here to just say one thing. Congratulations. At WrestleMania, the better man won.” With that, Orton leaves the ring, and Edge is as shocked as anyone. But something still seems to bother Orton, and after a chuckle, he goes back to the ring. Orton tried to be the bigger man but he can’t do it! He hoped he and Edge would ride up and down the road like back in the day, but Orton can’t lie to himself. The better man won at Mania, but the better wrestler didn’t. At the Royal Rumble, Edge made his miraculous return, but it was rather convenient. The Rumble allows you to hide behind the other competitors. And then their Mania match was a Last Man Standing match, Edge’s choice. The only rule in that match is to incapacitate the other man. And Orton didn’t get up at 10 after the ConChairTo, but it didn’t take him nine years, either. Almost a decade, that’s a long time.

Royal Rumble, Last Man Standing, those aren’t traditional matches. So it is still since 2011 since Edge has actually wrestled, and Orton doesn’t think he has it in him anymore. Orton’s known Edge a long time and knows the look on Edge’s face is the look of doubt. But he has grit and passion, doesn’t he? Those brought him back to the ring, but none of that compares to Orton’s natural ability! The passion and grit knocked off the ring rust, but there’s no chance in hell those will help Edge now. Edge said Orton is one of the best to lace up the boots, and is a future Hall of Famer. Edge even said he’d make Orton a better performer. The story writes itself now, huh? If Edge has the guts. At Backlash, it will be Orton VS Edge, in a “straight-up wrestling match.” What is Edge’s answer? Edge contemplates the challenge, but has no words. Are we just weeks away from the greatest wrestling match ever?


My Thoughts:

For following up a wild MITB PPV, Raw balanced a lot of great stuff with a lot of mediocre stuff. The best stuff came from the expecting parents, Becky and Seth. For one, we should all congratulate those two on this happy occasion. It was so heartwarming to see genuine emotion from the other superstars, and even Vince. At the same time, this news sure changes everything I saw coming for the Raw Women’s Division. Asuka won the Ms. MITB briefcase but doesn’t even need to cash in, as Becky basically gift wraps the title for her. I knew before that the Empress of Tomorrow would benefit most from the briefcase, and now we skip right to where she’s finally champion. Asuka joins Bayley as a Grand Slam Champion without much fanfare, but that’s just how this Empty Arena Era goes. Shayna’s character is even harsher with how she called babies “parasites” and insulting Natty like that. She gets a solid win over Natty, and maybe now the title becomes Asuka VS Shayna.

On Seth Rollins’ end, him being in a weird funk certainly has more to do with his MITB loss than the new baby. As his character goes, I’m very curious as to this apparent split in his mind where he doesn’t understand why he gouged Mysterio’s eye out! Rollins as a Heel does the most messed up stuff. He threatened to break Edge’s neck just to get The Authority reinstated, and then does THAT to Mysterio just because he isn’t world champion. But Aleister is now deeply involved with the story of the Monday Night Messiah, as I was hoping all along when Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens were still active. This story is taking some interesting twists, and that’s all we can hope for right now. Bliss-Cross had a good Moment of Bliss with the IIconics, and an alright match. The tag title match is coming next week and I hope that match is better. I do like the new team finisher for the IIconics, though.

The Street Profits and Viking Raiders facing off in basketball. And we thought the Usos pulling pranks on The Revival was bad stuff for a tag rivalry. Especially when the Raiders supposedly hustled Ford & Dawkins. That kind of twist would’ve only worked if Erik & Ivar revealed the hustle after halftime and then they ended up in a much closer game. Just get these guys wrestling again so that the ratings don’t die any harder. At least the stories of MVP and Lashely are converging. MVP making Lana throw a fit was great, and he really should shift into manager mode. He and R-Truth barely did anything in the Six Man Tag tonight. The stable of Lashley, MVP and I suppose at this point, still Vink & Thorne, could be quite the competition for Vega’s Theory, Garza and Almas. Assuming Vega’s stable sticks together, that is. Theory and Garza are at each other, maybe Theory gets kicked out and replaced.

And clearly, as ratings are falling for all brands, the WWE and the cable networks are willing to mix things up again. Bliss-Cross VS IIconics counts as a cross-brand match, and then we’re also getting McIntyre VS Corbin. I don’t think Corbin was the right choice to get fans hyped about this stuff, but WWE just loves using him. McIntyre laying out Vega’s stable again was great stuff, but maybe they’ll come back for revenge during the “brand to brand invitation.” Maybe Backlash becomes something special this year, since it doesn’t seem like the world is going to relax in time for June. Backlash was replaced last year by Stomping Grounds, a totally unnecessary move, so maybe WWE comes up with cross-brand matches to make it up to one of their long-time staples. For one, Orton VS Edge is going to make it special. I do like the move Orton is going for by saying Edge winning Last Man Standing isn’t actually final. Them in a normal singles match might actually be something great to see.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will the new wave get payback on the OG?

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Will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari put their money where their mouths are?

After the back and forth, ambushes and cheating, the 205 Live OG will have to face Jake Atlas & August Grey head-on, 2v2! Will the new wave wash #PremierDinero away and finally take over the Cruiserweight Division?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey; Atlas & Grey win.
  • Mansoor VS Curt Stallion; Mansoor wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey!

To think, all of this started because the Premier Athlete made sure the Persian Lion didn’t lose any money in his own “Daivari Dinero Division” challenge series. Things escalated from there, and now we have another showdown of 205 Live OG and Cruiserweight new wave! But will Nese & Daivari wish they’d just footed the bill back when they had the chance?

The teams sort out and #RetroAG starts with Daivari. They tie up, Daivari waistlocks and trips Grey to then step all over him. Daivari laughs but runs away to the corner before Grey rushes him. Grey waits, Daivari comes back but then tags Nese. Nese and Grey circle, Daivari swipes at Grey but Nese rolls Grey up! ONE, Grey wrenches and has a hammerlock. Nese fights up, gets a leg, gets a cover, ONE! Grey has the arm again and is back on the hammerlock! Fans cheer, Grey shifts to a grounded cording hold then facelock. Grey brings Nese up to wrench, but Daivari talks trash and distracts Grey. Nese ROCKS Grey, tags Daivari, and the OG mug AG!

Daivari stomps Grey, talks trash to the fans, then tags Nese back in. The OG double suplex but AG slips out! Hot tag to Atlas! Atlas rallies with double clotheslines, big elbows, then a wrench and neckbreaker for Daivari! Atlas runs at Nese but is put on the apron. Atlas shoulders into Nese, dumps Daivari out and enziguris Nese away! Atlas climbs up, but Daivari hurries over! Atlas mule kicks Daivari away but Nese goes up to grab at him! Atlas shoves Nese away, Nese says he jammed his leg! The ref checks, and in that distraction, Daivari SHOVES Atlas down! Nese’s leg is just fine and he does jumping jacks before he stomps Atlas down.

Nese drags Atlas up to stomp him at ropes, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Daivari, Nese RAMS into Atlas and Daivari fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Daivari lets off but clubs Atlas down. Daivari throws hands, whips Atlas back to the corner, and then runs in, into Atlas’ boots! Atlas elbows Nese, ROCKS Daivari, but Daivari mule kicks! Daivari runs to dropkick Atlas down! Daivari talks more trash to Grey, but he turns around to block Atlas’ boot! Daivari spins Atlas but Atlas spins Daivari for a DISCUS LARIAT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Nese and Nese DECKS Grey! Nese stomps Atlas, drags him up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Nese clamps onto Atlas with a rear bearhug! Fans rally up, Atlas endures and fights his way up. Atlas elbows Nese and breaks free! Atlas ROCKS Nese with forearms, but Nese keeps him from Grey! Atlas and Grey reach, but Atlas sunset flips! Nese rolls through but Atlas avoids the mule kick to boot Nese down! Nese tries to stay in the way but Atlas kangaroo kicks from below! Hot tag to Grey! Grey runs and RANAS Nese! And rallies with elbows! BIG Manhattan Drop! Grey runs, hurdles Nese then CLOBBERS him! Daivari mouths off so Grey DECKS him! Grey hoists Nese up, back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Grey keeps cool as he looms over Nese.

Daivari gets in, Grey spins him and turns him, for the SO MUCH- No! Daivari feeds Grey to Nese’s PREMIER DRIVER! Cover, but Atlas BOOTS it apart! All four men are down after Atlas puts his all into that kick, but the fans rally up! Daivari gets up, whips Atlas but Atlas reverses to send Daivari out! Atlas builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Daivari! Nese has Grey, runs to ropes, for a BULLDOG HOTSHOT PLANCHA COMBO! Nese then goes back to the ring for a PREMIER TRIANGLE, but Grey dodges! SUPERKICK! Grey goes up top but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese brings Grey down but Grey gets the chicken wings! SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey & Atlas win!!

Winners: August Grey & Jake Atlas, by pinfall

The OG get outmaneuvered, and the new wave rises! Will Atlas and Grey soon be the ones running the purple ‘n’ orange?

 

Backstage interview with Mansoor and Curt Stallion.

Josiah Williams asks these two how they’re feeling after that tag team victory together last week. Stallion can’t complain, and Mansoor thought that was great. Maybe they’ll team again and have a team name! Funny Mansoor should say that, because the Lonestar was thinking #CurtSoor. Well, that’s not bad, but the Star of Saudi Arabia was thinking more #ManStallion. What does Josiah think? He goes with CurtSoor on this one. Well Mansoor doesn’t mind. He does thank Stallion for helping him build his overall record to 40-0. Stallion says that is quite the accomplishment. But none against Stallion.

Josiah moves aside as the tension starts to rise. Is Stallion issuing a challenge? Funny he should ask. How about tonight, they go 40-1. More like 41. But these two shake on it and we have our main event! Will Curt be sore? Or will we be saying, “Man, Stallion is good!”

 

The Bollywood Boyz speak.

It’s ya bois from BOLLY BOLLY BOLLY, Bollywood, and one half of the supergroup known as #BollyRise, Samir & Sunil Singh! And they’re here to remind Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are part of their team. They called a truce, they are all working together, and yet Ever-Rise has the nerve to leave the Singhs out of going to NXT? And then they get jumped by El Legado! But that’s what the deserved! They’re not Bollywood award winners! The key in any relationship is communication. Next time, call them. But will Samir & Sunil be left hanging the next time Ever-Rise rolls into the Capitol Wrestling Center?

 

Mansoor VS Curt Stallion!

Quietly, in the background of the Cruiserweight Division, the Star of Saudi Arabia has remained undefeated. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Greatest Battle Royal in his home country, but will he finally be heading for the Cruiserweight Championship? Or will the Lonestar be the lone loss on Mansoor’s record?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up already. Stallion and Mansoor shake hands to show there is still respect, and then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Mansoor manages to get leverage and push Stallion to ropes. Mansoor gives a shove as he lets off, but Stallion keeps his cool. They tie up, Stallion headlocks and hits a takeover. Mansoor pushes with forearms, Stallion pushes to a cover, ONE! Mansoor headscissors but Stallion kips out to again get a headlock takeover. Mansoor pushes his forearm into Stallion, makes it a cover, TWO! Stallion has the headlock again, but Mansoor slips out to a facelock and drags Stallion down to another cover, TWO!

Mansoor facelocks again but Stallion reverses to his own facelock. Mansoor drops to slip around to a hammerlock. Stallion moves around but Mansoor holds on. Mansoor puts more pressure on the hold but Stallion moves around again. Stallion stands, drop toeholds and gets the headlock. Mansoor fights up, powers out but things speed up. Mansoor hurdles, drops and hurdles again to trip Stallion up! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!! Stallion gets up but Mansoor hits a headlock takeover! Mansoor makes it a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Stallion fights up and powers his way to his own headlock.

Mansoor powers out, hurdles gain but Stallion is ready for the trip! Stallion waistlocks, rolls and DEAD LIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stallion knows he was close and he gets Mansoor up again. Stallion facelocks, snap suplexes then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Mansoor checks his jaw as he sits up but Stallion facelocks again. Stallion drags Mansoor up, Mansoor throws body shots, then Mansoor powers out. Stallion dodges, Mansoor follows, Stallion stops and Mansoor LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mansoor tries again, TWO! Stallion gets to a corner, Mansoor drags him up and CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Stallion CHOPS back!

Mansoor forearms, whips Stallion corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Facelock and roll, TWO! Mansoor keeps on Stallion with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally and duel as Stallion endures, and Stallion fights up to arm-drag free, only for Mansoor to drag him back down! Mansoor goes back to the chinbar and cording hold but Stallion fights the grip. Stallion fights up, fireman’s carries, but Mansoor sunset flips! Stallion rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down, fans fire up and Stallion glares as Mansoor gets to ropes. Mansoor drags himself up, swings but Stallion counter punches! And again! Then a ROLLING ELBOW!

Mansoor reverses the whip, Stallions tops and Alabama lifts to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Mansoor flounders, Stallion aims from a corner, and Stallion runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Stallion sweeps the legs, KNEES Mansoor, then storms around to run back in! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Stallion fires up and stomps the feet! Stallion yanks Mansoor up, turns him around, and DDT’s to the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Stallion seethes as he covers again, TWO!! Mansoor flounders, Stallion gets the legs and brings him around to a jackknife roll, Alabama lift, but Mansoor fights it!

Stallion resists the piledriver, Mansoor tries a backslide but Stallion flips over, only for Mansoor to underhook him! BUTTERFLY FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor is shocked but the CWC is thunderous! Mansoor drags Stallion up as fans rally and duel hard as ever. Stallion is dead weight, but Mansoor still tries to get him up! Stallion revives to HEADBUTT! Mansoor flops out of the ring! Stallion sees that, takes aim and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Stallion fires up! Stallion puts Mansoor in, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees!! Mansoor saves himself and Stallion is writhing!

Mansoor hurries to the corner and to the top rope! But Stallion anchors a foot! Mansoor fights but Stallion tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS HEADBUTT! Stallion climbs up behind Mansoor for the INVERTED SPANISH FLY!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!?! Mansoor’s toe saves his streak! Stallion is seething but fans are fired up! Stallion takes off the elbow pads as Mansoor flounders up. Stallion runs in, Mansoor moves, the flying headbutt gets buckles! Stallion flounders into Mansoor’s SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER! High stack cover, Mansoor wins!!

Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall

The Saudi Arabia Star’s streak is now 41-0! Stallion manages to stand, and Mansoor shouts to him! Stallion glares at Mansoor as he offers the handshake, but Stallion still takes it! Stallion shows his respect to Mansoor, but when will Stallion ride off into the sunset again? As for Mansoor, between quality and quantity, will his spotless 41 win-loss record be enough to get him a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?


My Thoughts:

A great episode, and though only 32 minutes or so, the main event started to feel more like the days when 205 Live was strongest. Now, I’m a bit surprised the main event wasn’t the tag match, given the long running story. But there’s a chance the story isn’t over, even though Atlas and Grey won with a finisher. At this point, I wanna see another No Disqualification Tag Match, also like in 205 Live’s stronger days. Atlas was starting to get an edge in his story with Tommaso Ciampa, Nese and Daivari have proven they have an edge, and seeing Grey tap into that would be pretty cool, too, given how he had story with Thatcher.

Mansoor VS Stallion coming by way of an interview promo was pretty good, as was the promo. I personally think ManStallion is the better name, by the way. But as I said, their match was reminiscent of when 205 Live had Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy and a few others. Fans can say whatever they want about the Mansoor streak and the deal with Saudi Arabia (Crown Jewel, Super Showdown, etc.) but Mansoor still puts the work in, is confident in his character, and is not sloppy in the ring by any stretch of the imagination. Now, we still need more Cruiserweights doing things on NXT, not just El Legado brutalizing Breezango and Ever-Rise, but if Mansoor is one of the ones being built up on NXT, I could see it being title VS streak, Escobar VS Mansoor for a TakeOver.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will Bryan get back in the Fastlane?

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SmackDown grants a rematch but ups the ante!

Daniel Bryan either wins in a rematch with Jey Uso IN A STEEL CAGE and goes to Fastlane, or he will ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; changed to…
  • Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn; Dawkins wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Dominik wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Belair wins.
  • Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane.

PLAY BY PLAY

Michael Cole opens SmackDown in the ring!

As it stands, the WrestleMania main event for the Universal Championship will be Roman Reigns VS Edge. But that could change if the man who started the Yes Movement gets his way! Daniel Bryan heads to the ring! Fans cheer with the Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan gets a mic and Cole reminds us Bryan will face Roman’s “unhinged cousin” inside the Steel Cage. And if Bryan wins, he gets another chance at the Universal Championship at Fastlane! That would throw a wrench in the plans WWE had in the works of a tag team match, Bryan & Edge VS Roman & Jey. So then why is Bryan forgoing that tag match? Why has he turned his focus on Roman and the title?

Bryan says Cole is making a lot of assumptions, the biggest being that Bryan was even asked to be in a tag match. Not a single person told Bryan about this “great” idea to fight Roman & Jey at Fastlane. No one ran anything by him because they know Bryan “rolls with the punches,” does whatever is asked of him, shows up and works his ass off. So Bryan understands why no one asked him. Edge is the ultimate opportunist, and Roman doesn’t want to defend his title at Fastlane. But the thing is, Bryan is making a change to not be the old Bryan. Bryan sees there’s the dream match, Roman VS Edge. And Bryan gets it, Attitude Era VS The ThunderDome, everyone wants to see that, except for Bryan. And Bryan will do his damnedest to stop it from happening!

So Bryan takes this from here, and throws a video package for himself. It was the SmackDown Elimination Chamber, where Daniel Bryan ran the marathon and made it from start to finish to earn his opportunity at Roman’s title, only for Roman to pounce right then and there. Bryan came close but couldn’t defeat a fresh Roman, and then Edge pounced on Roman. In the present, Bryan says he has lost a lot in his career, and has gotten beaten up a lot in his career. So you think after winning his third Elimination Chamber match, and fighting valiantly against Roman, that loss wouldn’t be a big deal.

But rolling out of the ring, and Edge rolling in to Spear Roman and point at the WrestleMania sign, “never in my life have I ever felt like such a failure.” Bryan knows not everyone knows this, but he doesn’t have a lot of ambition. WWE did personality tests and they found that Bryan had the lowest ambition score they’d ever seen. How is it possible that Bryan is still successful? He isn’t sure, other than that he LOVES pro-wrestling. And if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and he’s never had to “work” a day for the last 21 years!

But for the last year, Bryan’s had in the back of his head that he’ll go from wrestler to dad, and put others ahead of him. He let those he saw as the future get opportunities and not him. But Edge hitting Roman and Bryan feeling like an absolute failure is because Bryan failed himself. In that moment, Bryan had a lot more ambition in him than any test could ever show! He looked at the WrestleMania sign and decided HE should be there! Not Roman, not Edge, but BRYAN! Roman and Edge are in the main event because BRYAN loves this! In the last three WEEKS, he’s wrestled more than Edge and Roman in the last three MONTHS!

Bryan wrestles every chance he can because he loves this! And so putting himself on the back burner was a disservice to himself! Bryan knows he can be the absolute BEST! Bryan steps into a steel cage with Jey Uso, and if he wins, eh goes on to Fastlane to face Roman for the Universal Championship! And beating Roman is the only way to main event WrestleMania, and this could be his last chance! But before Bryan can continue his passionate speech, Roman interrupts! Jey and Paul Heyman follow Roman, of course, but the confrontation will be face to face after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and Roman is now in the ring.

Roman has a mic to say, “I’m looking at the same guy. But you don’t sound like the same guy.” The way Bryan is talking is confusing. And if it’s confusing Roman, than it’s confusing the fans. Bryan is ambitious now? Driven now? No. Bryan is the underdog, the “little guy,” the lottery winner. The one who waits on the opportunity and sometimes it works out. Bryan isn’t ambitious. Men like Roman, and they’re rare, they’re ambitious. Roman has been driven since he was a child. If he wanted it, he takes it. Roman loves the business, too. Bryan doesn’t love this, he NEEDS this. Bryan has nothing else, and that’s not love. Love isn’t based off need but off service and what you’ll do for others.

Roman, for example, loves the WWE. Roman doesn’t need it, it’s everyone who needs him! SmackDown needs Roman! The crew and the cameramen need Roman! Heyman needs Roman, Jey needs Roman, Bryan needs Roman. And after Jey whoops Bryan, Bryan will understand that and know it in his heart. And then, Bryan will acknowledge Roman. If Bryan- Jey snatches Bryan’s mic to tell him not to worry about the title. This is as close as Bryan gets to it! Bryan has to get through Jey and that won’t happen! Bryan wanted the cage, but it isn’t locking Roman out, it’s locking Jey in! And tonight, Jey’s gonna get you! Jey tries to sucker punch Bryan but Bryan throws him out!

Bryan stares Roman down, and Roman sighs. Will Bryan be unstoppable as he goes back down the road to WrestleMania?

 

The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are up and they want the smoke! But will this rematch with the Great Liberator and Wolf King be a speedbump on the road to WrestleMania and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?

SmackDown returns and the Profits have mics as Sami makes his entrance. Sami admits, the Profits pulled off a “fluke” over him and Corbin. But tonight, Sami and Corbin will prove it was just luck. Corbin tells Sami that it’s enough. They’re not tag team partners! They’re not friends! Corbin doesn’t even like Sami! Corbin is a SINGLES competitor, so he’ll take on just one of the Profits. Oh, well, their schedules are free. Roode & Ziggler are dodging them so there is a lot of time. So if that’s what Corbin wants, how about he get in the ring to do that thing? Ford wants Corbin, so Dawkins gets Sami? Yep! Sweet, Dawkins gets to be in Sami’s movie!

Dawkins gives a quick shout-out to his boy, JZH, but Sami tries to sort things out. Is this a set up? Is Corbin in on this or something? Sami agreed to a TAG match, you can’t do this to him at the last second! So then it’s one? Tell ’em, fam! The Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Sami is upset, but the first of the now two singles matches begins!

Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin!

Ford and Corbin circle, tie up, and Corbin knees low! Corbin whips Ford to a corner, Ford goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Corbin! And dropkick again! Corbin staggers to ropes., Ford runs in but Corbin gets a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Corbin is upset with the ref but the count is the count. Corbin wants Sami to watch this as he drags Ford up. Corbin puts Ford in the corner, traps his arms and fires off body shots! The ref backs Corbin off, he drags Ford back up to whip corner to corner hard! Ford bounces off buckles, Corbin drags him back up and taunts Dawkins as he ripcord back suplexes for a yoyo SLAM!

Corbin taunts Ford, drags him up, but Ford gets around to hop on and be a sleeper hold backpack! Corbin RAMS Ford into buckles, but Ford holds on tight! Corbin pries free, snapmares but Ford handsprings through to mule kick, front kick and dropkick! Ford has Corbin in a corner, hits a splash, then runs, into a pop-up! But Ford turns that into a DDT! Ford kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he heads for a corner. Ford hops up, Sami shouts at Dawkins but Ford shouts at Sami. Corbin rolls Ford, Ford rolls through to ENZIGURI! But Corbin still gets Ford for the END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

Sami tells Corbin he just helped him so now Corbin has to help Sami! Dawkins wants after Sami, Sami gets on the apron, Dawkins BLASTS Sami off and Sami hits Corbin! Corbin gets mad at Sami but Sami explains that was because of Dawkins! Corbin doesn’t care, he’s leaving Sami behind! Will the Champion of the People be able to do this by himself? We’ll find out, after the break!

 

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn!

SmackDown returns and the match is underway as Dawkins clubs and bumps Sami off buckles and in corners. Sami grabs ropes, Dawkins has a leg but the ref calls for the break. Sami clubs Dawkins, headlocks, but Dawkins powers out to run him over! Dawkins keeps moving, Sami hurdles but Dawkins hurdles back. Dawkins ducks to dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grabs a leg but Sami still holds ropes. The ref counts, Dawkins lets go and Sami goes out. Dawkins pursues, Sami kicks and elbows Dawkins then bumps him off barriers, then bumps him off the apron. Sami puts Dawkins in, gets in and CLOBBERS Dawkins from behind! Cover, TWO!

Sami keeps his cool as he looms over Dawkins. Sami stomps Dawkins, drags him up and throws haymakers. Sami puts Dawkins on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami taunts Ford, but Sami lets off at 4. “This is what you get!” Sami drags Dawkins up, whips him and CLOBBERS him again! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was the same as the other times. Sami drags Dawkins up, throws more haymakers, then whips Dawkins to ropes again. Dawkins CLOBBERS Sami this time! Ford fires up as Dawkins rallies and hits the LEAPING ELBOW!

Sami ends up in a corner, Dawkins hits the CYCLONE SPLASH! BIG BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Ford coaches Dawkins and he drags Sami up. Dawkins has the hooks but Sami fights the exploder off. Sami swings but into Dawkins’ SILENCER! Cover, TWO! The butterfly corkscrew suplex didn’t work, and Sami gets to the apron. Dawkins pursues but Sami hotshots him! Sami reels Dawkins in, but he can’t get Dawkins up. Dawkins throws elbows, runs in but the cyclone gest buckles! Sami reels Dawkins in for a CORNER EXPLODER!

Dawkins staggers as Sami goes corner to corner, but Ford gets up close on Sami’s camera crew! Sami shouts at Ford to stop that, but Dawkins rolls him up! Dawkins wins!!

Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall

Did the cameras get that? Sami still cries conspiracy and shouts, “Who’s behind this?!” Sami doesn’t recognize the second guy and asks if he’s a WWE spy! The guy doesn’t know how to answer and Sami throws knees into him! Is the documentary going to start being about Sami’s spiral into madness?

 

Reginald Thompson, the Fabulous sommelier, finds Carmella backstage.

She says he likes playing games, right? Of course he does. This new game is called, “Who’s the Snake?” What? Mella says one of them took a chance on a lowly sommelier and made him a star, while the other betrayed that someone and is siding with Sasha Banks. Reggie says all of that has been for Mella! Well it’s game over. Reggie’s the snake! She slaps the tray out of his hand and FIRES him! What is Reggie going to do now that he’s without a boss?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

To get payback on behalf of his father, Dominik is going to take on the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Dozer ringside, will Dom have to worry more about Rey than Gable?

SmackDown returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings and Dom ties up with Gable. They go around, Gable waistlocks and throws Dom down. Dom gets up but Gable throws him back down, then floats to a facelock. Otis says Dom is alone and that’s why he’ll lose. But Dom runs around to throw Gable out! Gable gets back in but Dom arm-drags him! Dom cranks the arm, Gable gets up but Dom wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to break free and headlock to then spin and spin and drop toehold! Gable has the leg, and SMASHES it into the mat! Dom gets up, Gable gets the leg again and hits a DRAGON SCREW!

Gable jams the knee, does it again, then covers, TWO! Gable keeps on Dom with a standing toehold and he pushes down hard on the leg. Dom endures, Rey coaches him through it and Dom kicks at Gable with the free leg. Fans rally, Gable gets the foot and Dom enziguris! Gable staggers to a corner,. Dom runs in but the monkey flip is turned around. Dom boots from up top, then leaps to huricanrana! Gable is in the other corner, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow throw him into buckles! Dom goes back up, leaps, but no tornado DDT! Gable gets Dom’s arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom escapes and Gable can’t believe it!

Gable gets the legs, drags Dom to a drop zone and goes up top. Gable talks trash to Rey, and MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Gable waistlocks, Dom wheelbarrows to a victory roll but Gable sit son the cover, TWO! Dom reels Gable into a La Magistrol, DOM WINS!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

Otis storms onto the apron but Rey WRECKS him with a dropkick! Otis hits announce desk, Rey LEAPS and SEATED SENTONS him onto the desk! The Mysterios regroup and retreat! The Alpha Academy is raging, but are they going to learn a lesson from the King and Prince of Lucha?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!

Kayla Braxton brings up Cesaro’s swing that seemed to last forever, and Rollins says it sure felt that way. And do you want to know why? Because it was forever! But the question is, why? Has Cesaro done that much to anyone else? No, that was rhetorical. But then why did he do it? Because he is afraid of “us.” Cesaro doesn’t want to #EmbraceTheVision because he knows “we” are strong! Cesaro wanted to embarrass Rollins and humiliate him! Rollins promises us that he won’t forget that. And Buddy Murphy is BACK?!

Murphy says he could help Rollins with this problem. Rollins doesn’t want to see Murphy. Murphy needs to leave, now. Is Murphy really trying to be Rollins’ disciple again? Will Rollins do just fine against Cesaro without him?

 

Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

A partial rematch from the impromptu Elimination Chamber WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match, the EST and the Queen of Spades match up again 1v1! But will Bianca earn herself and The Boss momentum towards those titles? Or will Shayna do damage to the Women’s Rumble winner before she reaches WrESTleMania?

SmackDown returns as Bianca makes her entrance, followed by Sasha’s. That seems like a surprise to Bianca’s, despite the coming Fastlane match. But another surprise, or perhaps not, is that Reggie follows Sasha out like a stray puppy. The bell rings, Bianca and Shayna tie up, and Shayna gets an arm to wrench it. Bianca scoops Shayna, Shayna slips off and headlocks. Bianca slips through to headlock back, but Shayna powers out. Bianca goes up and over in the corner, handsprings and eggs Shayna on to then run her over! Bianca is fired up and she claps at Shayna to then say kiss this. Things speed up,. Bianca handsprings but Shayna blocks the dropkick to get he foot!

Bianca boots her away, dodges the knee, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Bianca yanks Shayna’s arm, steps over and hooks it to La Magistrol, ONE! Shayna has an arm, wrenches, twists the wrist, but Bianca endures. Bianca powers through to fireman’s carry, but Shayna slips out again to whip. Bianca goes up again but gets caught for a KICK to the arm! Nia cheers Shayna on while Bianca writhes. Sasha checks on her partner and coaches her up, and Bianca gets up in a corner. Shayna runs in to KNEE Bianca down! Shayna drags Bianca to a cover, ONE!! Shayna grows annoyed, she drags Bianca and wrenches the arm to a grounded wristlock. Bianca resists but Shayna twists it all the same.

Shayna stands on Bianca’s head, pulls the arm around, and TWEAKS it! Sasha grows worried but she coaches Bianca up. Shayna runs back in. Bianca dodges! Shayna knees buckles. but hurries after Bianca! Shayna gets the arm, Bianca scoops with the good one to SLAM her down! Shayna gets up but Bianca ROCKS her! Bianca runs in to RAM Shayna into the corner! Bianca rams and rams and fires off with the good arm and even some stomps! Bianca drags Shayna up to a suplex! And a kip up! Bianca shakes out the bad arm, claps at Shayna, then whips her to back drop her! Nia is the one getting upset now as Bianca chicken wings for the Glam-

NO! Shayna victory rolls Bianca out of the ring! Reggie is there and he says no hard feelings, but Bianca shoves him down! Bianca gets in, Shayna KNEES her down! Both women are down and Reggie flounders up near Nia. Nia shoves Reggie at Sasha, and runs over! Reggie moves ,Sasha gets bulldozed! Bianca is distracted, Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! But Bianca powers to the Torture Rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST pulled it off and KOD sealed the deal! But Bianca tells Sasha to handle things with Reggie. Tag titles or not, Bianca and Sasha need to have a fair match at Mania. Reggie helps Sasha up, and she smiles, but then SLAPS Reggie! Sasha told Reggie to stay out of her business! When it rains, it pours. Will Reggie be pouring himself a drink to drown his sorrows?

 

Roman talks with Jey in their suite.

Roman wants Jey to understand that if Jey wins, the Universal Championship is safe until Mania. But if Jey loses, Roman will have to defend it at Fastlane. That part is fine, but Jey losing is an embarrassment to him and the family. Jey cannot embarrass the family. Jey says he’s got this, but will he prove that when caged up with a determined Daniel Bryan?

 

Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro!

The former disciple might be trying to show Rollins what he can do by taking the Swiss Cyborg head-on! Will Cesaro prove that if he can defeat Rollins’ former protégé, he really doesn’t need Rollins’ vision?

But of course Rollins makes his presence known! Rollins goes ringside to watch Cesaro in person, and the bell rings. Cesaro runs at Murphy, waistlocks and SLAMS him, then dead lift gut wrenches Murphy for a suplex! Rollins joins commentary, Cesaro covers Murphy, ONE! Murphy elbows Cesaro away, runs but Cesaro follows. Murphy leaps but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is after Murphy’s legs but he gets to the apron. Murphy then yanks Cesaro out and stomps Cesaro’s hand away! Murphy WRECKS Cesaro with a dropkick, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and Murphy tumbles to the ramp. Murphy puts Cesaro in, climbs up top, and leaps for a METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Murphy grits his teeth and he digs his knee into Cesaro then KICKS him in the back! Cesaro shoves Murphy away but runs into a boot! Murphy hops up again, leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Murphy staggers back, Cesaro catches his breath, and Cesaro grits his teeth. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper again! Cesaro whips, EuroUppers, and repeat! And repeat! Cesaro runs to BOOT Murphy down! Cesaro drags Murphy back up as Rollins vents about the swing, and Cesaro puts Murphy IN THE SWING! Cesaro swings Murphy around and around and around and around and Rollins complains and Cesaro keeps going! Cesaro stops after 20, and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Murphy taps, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by submission

Rollins applauds Cesaro despite all he was just saying. But Cesaro smiles back just as mockingly. Will Cesaro do more than just embarrass and humiliate Rollins when they get in the ring together?

 

Reggie sulks as he packs up his things and heads out.

But he spots Sasha’s private room and decides to knock on the door. Sasha answers, and Reggie tries to apologize, but she says NO! Well, guess that’s that. But then Reggie sees the tag champions and Shayna says, “Smell that?” Reggie reeks of failure! But where’s wine boy going? Thirsty for a fight? Nia says Shayna should chill. Doesn’t she see what Nia sees? Reggie’s kinda cute. Huh? Is the sommelier about to go from bully bosses to boss bullies?

 

Apollo Crews is here!

And he is further representing his Nigerian royal heritage by having bodyguards by his side, and a spear in his hand! Apollo has his guards lead the way into the ring first, then he follows. Apollo fetches a mic and he says everyone is telling him how they don’t like the new Apollo. But the good news is, this isn’t the “new” Apollo, this is the REAL Apollo! This is who he is, how he talks, and he is a descendant of Nigerian royalty! He is a REAL African American! This is his Nigerian Elite Guard, the protector of his family for many generations. Apollo remembers being a young boy hearing stories about these men, about his heritage.

At the time, he was too ashamed to accept his heritage because he would be made fun of. He wanted to fit in, and be just like “you.” But “you” never accepted him! Even his own “friends” just wanted to mock him. “Did you live in a jungle? Did you ride lions to school?” Apollo was ashamed, but the truth is, these stories about his ancestors, some of the most feared and respected men in all of Nigeria, who would dominate and conquer anyone. The more Apollo went into his roots, the more he realized things were repeating themselves. Big E was disrespecting him, and Apollo would hear his ancestors telling him to stand up and claim his birthright. So Apollo did what he had to do.

“Big E, I know you’re at home, nursing your injury. And I know you fear walking in the sight of me.” But Big E is coming back next week, and that makes Apollo happy! Apollo is no longer the man Big E once knew and dismissed. Apollo won’t fit in, he’ll proudly stand out! He will DEMAND a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship!! Big E will fall before Apollo’s feet, and Apollo will leave Big E a broken man for life! And Big E will be hunted for Apollo’s complete and total victory! The Nigerian Prince has issued his ultimatum, but will Big E be coming back only bigger and stronger?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville try to reason with Natalya and Tamina.

They’re clearly upset that Sasha & Bianca are getting a title match over them! Have Pearce & Sonya not seen how dominant Natty & Tamina have been? Of course they have! But that’s not the match that was made. Pearce apologizes and dismisses himself. Sonya says Pearce simply made a different decision. Will the Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly force Pearce to reconsider?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Does he perhaps feel any extra pressure- There’s no pressure! Jey thrives off of this! “DB shouldn’t have popped off on Big Uce!” Now they’re in the Uso Penitentiary! But then Bryan CLOBBERS Jey from behind! Bryan doesn’t say anything, but that was clearly a taste of Jey’s own medicine. Will Jey start to crack under the pressure of defending the family? Will Bryan force Roman to defend his title?

 

SmackDown has a special bonus DING DONG, HELLO~!

Bayley walks in through the door to say that tonight is a special rehearsal for a new segment. Other shows do “Mean Tweets,” but Bayley is loved by everyone so she has something she’s calling Sweet Tweets! RoleModel1452 says “Bayley can truly do it all! They’d never give a talk show to someone like Sasha banks!” Then EllenDegeneres1 says “Forget about Edge and Roman Reigns, the Ding Dong Hello Show should be the main event of WrestleMania!” And lastly, WWESuperfan says “Ding Dong Hello is…” Wait, wait, wait. How did this one get in here? Bayley doesn’t even finish it and throws the card away. She SLAMS the door, but will she have something to say to that supposed superfan?

 

Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!

Last week’s count-out was neither win or loss, so a deal was struck on Talking Smack: Bryan and Jey have a rematch, and if Bryan wins, he gets his Fastlane title match; if Bryan loses, he must ACKNOWLEDGE Roman! But it was Bryan who raised the stakes even higher by wanting the steel cage to be the stipulation! Will the Goat’s gamble pay off and get him his golden ticket? Or will Jey leave Bryan in WrestleMania lockdown?

Jey steps inside the cage, but Roman and Heyman make their entrance! The Tribal Chief already put pressure on Jey, but he’s really digging in the screws now. Heyman makes sure to get Roman a chair so that he can have a seat at the ramp. Will Roman be here to personally congratulate his cousin? Or personally accept Bryan’s challenge? We’ll find that out, after the break!

SmackDown returns, the bell rings and Bryan rushes Jey with forearms! Jey hits back and it is a brawl! Bryan ROCKS Jey with a EuroUpper, then KICKS a leg to whip. Jey reverses and RAMS Bryan into the steel! Jey drags Bryan up, clubs him and RAMS Him into the steel again! And again! Jey tells Bryan to acknowledge Roman! He digs Bryan’s face into the steel and Roman is there to stare at Bryan. Bryan refuses to say anything so Jey clubs him down. Roman tells Jey to do more and Jey hauls Roman up to fireman’s carry and LAWN DART Bryan into steel! Jey calls for the door and walks over but Bryan catches him in the ropes!

Jey fires off on Bryan but he goes back in to ROCK Bryan with an uppercut! Jey climbs the side but Bryan pursues! Bryan gets a foot, drags Jey back down and then smashes him off the steel! Jey smashes Bryan again, then hops down to trip Bryan! Bryan is stuck on the top, Jey DECKS him off it! Jey drags Bryan up, RAMS him into the corner, then tells Roman he’s got this as he goes side to side. Bryan blocks to SMASH Jey off the steel, off the buckles, then YANKS him into the wall! Heyman watches Roman closely as Bryan climbs up. Bryan leaps to missile dropkick Jey down! Jey writhes and crawls, he sees the door! Jey heads that way but Bryan PENALTY KICKS an arm!

Bryan wrenches Jey to elbow breakers! And then RAMS Jey into more steel! And then brings Jey around for another elbow breaker, and another RAM into steel! Jey flops down but Bryan drags him up to wrench and whip,. Jey reverses, Bryan goes up and over and dodges to go up again! Bryan heads for the top but Jey hurries to bring him down! Bryan lands on his billy goat again, and Jey stomps away on the knees! Jey winces for a moment before he stomps more. Jey climbs, but Bryan sits up! Bryan anchors Jey, climbs up to join him, and then headbutts him! Bryan headbutts Jey to send him back to the top rope, but Jey fireman’s carries Bryan for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Both men are down as SmackDown goes to another break!

SmackDown returns one more time, and both men are up on top of the cage! They’re brawling with haymakers and headbutts! Bryan rocks Jey, tries to slip to the outside, but Jey holds on with a facelock! Jey drags Bryan back inside and they’re on the top rope. Bryan smashes Jey off steel, and gives him YES KICKS up there! Jey wobbles but he manages to SUPERKICK Bryan down! Jey adjusts to USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Jey is too sore to be frustrated! Jey crawls to the door and it opens for him. Bryan crawls after Jey and anchors a foot. Jey grabs at the frame, gets up, but Bryan spins him around, only to get the DRAGON WHIP KICK!

But Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jey! Jey SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself, but Roman is like stone as usual. Jey sits up and wants the door to open again, but Bryan GHOST PINS! TWO, and he has Jey caught for endless elbows! And then, a turn to the omoplata, but Jey moves around to ground ‘n’ pound wildly! Jey wants to hurt Bryan more than anything! Jey lets off to catch his breath, and he looks to Roman. Jey grabs Bryan’s legs, and catapults him into steel! Bryan flops down, but Jey again looks to Roman. Jey says he’ll end this, and he goes up the side of the steel. But Bryan pursues again! Bryan catches up to Jey and anchors him as he climbs up again!

Bryan throws headbutts, Jey goes back to the ropes, and Bryan adjusts on top. Bryan is going to the outside, but Jey grabs his head with a cravat! Jey drags Bryan back in but Bryan headbutts Jey again! Bryan has Jey and RAMS him into the steel again and again! Bryan underhooks for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Roll through, to the YES LOCK!! Jey endures, flails, crawls, and gets the ropebreak, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER! No ropebreaks or disqualifications in a cage match! Bryan pulls back even harder!! Jey taps, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission (faces Roman Reigns for the title at Fastlane)

The Universal Championship is taking a detour! Bryan is taking a stand against the establishment again, can he repeat what he did for WrestleMania 30 and make it into YEStleMania?


My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode for SmackDown, but there is a lot I do not like for the build to Fastlane and other stories from this. Firstly, Buddy Murphy trying to reconnect with Rollins. Obviously, the stuff with Aaliyah Mysterio wasn’t working, wasn’t going to work, and was a bit dumb to do in the first place. But you can’t just reset Murphy to before all of that. Don’t have Murphy reach out to Rollins at all, just have him return by surprise here against Cesaro. That match was still okay, because Rollins was on commentary and Cesaro did the swing to get at Rollins and all of that. But I am annoyed that WWE (Vince) is throwing Murphy back in just because they don’t know what else to do with Murphy. Rollins VS Cesaro is just fine on its own, have someone else #EmbraceTheVision instead of Murphy relapsing back to being the disciple.

Then the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship developments are very odd. It’s fine that the champions are defending the belts at all, but announcing that it’s just going to be the Elimination Chamber match-up again is odd. I did appreciate that another team was upset by this, so there might be more story to it than what we got. Pearce sure seems really close to these titles given what we saw on NXT. If this all turns out to be a huge story between all three brands, then I’ll be all for it, but it is hard to see that from where we are. And while Reggie being fired by Mella and rejected by Sasha is following what I expected, I’m not sure how I feel about Nia suddenly taking interest in him. Whenever it is that Shayna and Nia split, I don’t think Nia needs a sidekick, so it’s just odd she’d care about Reggie at all.

The Profits having singles matches was a good way to both fill time but also have more story with Corbin and Sami. Corbin puts a stop to the tag team with Sami, the Profits get to go 1-1 on the night, keeping things a bit even for them as we head for Mania. The SmackDown Tag Team Championships story will certainly have something for Mania, so the slow burn isn’t so bad. Gable VS Dom was good, and it works that Dom gets a quick victory. Another tag match is coming, and though the Profits will protest, I bet Sonya sets up the winner of that against the Dirty Dawgs. That can be for Fastlane, then Profits getting their rematch can be for Mania to make it even bigger.

Apollo’s promo was very good, though I’m surprised he’s got bodyguards now. The spear is cool, though. Big E’s return is in time for Fastlane, so that could be the match for the Intercontinental Championship. And with how this Apollo is, it could go either way. Then the main story, once again the Universal Championship with Roman, is going great. Bryan’s promo to start the night is a bit recycled from Talking Smack but still just as strong and passionate, and then his thwarting Jey’s sneak attack to then come back with one of his own is great stuff. Bryan is taking the fight to the establishment again, and Fastlane is going to be great with Roman VS Bryan fair and square, both guys at 100%. I still feel like Roman wins in the end, because WWE can’t resist Spear VS Spear, but Bryan’s going to make it one hell of a match.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Chairshot Radio: The Magnum Gimmick [030621]

Platt and Balaz are back to explore their own outer limits when it comes to entertaining the masses with crazy...

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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will the new wave get payback on the OG?

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will Bryan get back in the Fastlane?

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Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/5/21)

The New Japan Cup returns!

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Mania Madness: Wrestlemania I-VI

The ultimate spectacle in sports entertainment, WrestleMania! Join Chris Platt and a rotating cast as he takes you through all...

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Andrew’s New Japan Cup Results & Match Ratings: 3.5.2021

The New Japan Cup tour officially starts today, even though we already got one upset! Who moves on to round...

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Steve Cook’s Fave Five: March 2021

Cook gives us his quick snapshot of early storylines that might be the important things through the month of March!

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Chairshot Radio: Vacated – A WCW Tale [030521]

PC Tunney takes you on the journey of WCW's World Heavyweight Championship, which was vacated a dozen times in just...

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Will there still be a Double Champion?

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POD is WAR: Cold Open, Hot Close

Bobby Lashley is your WWE champion, Shaq takes a big bump on Dynamite and the truculent trio give you some...

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