It’s a new era in the Cruiserweight Division!
After Wednesday’s NXT, we have a NEW (interim) Cruiserweight Champion! Relive that match, plus new action from Oney Lorcan, Jack Gallagher and more!
- Oney Lorcan w/ Danny Burch VS Tehuti Miles; Lorcan wins.
- Jack Gallagher VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Swerve wins.
- Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Drake Maverick VS El Hijo del Fantasma; Fantasma wins and becomes the interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Oney Lorcan w/ Danny Burch VS Tehuti Miles!
The Govenah was shocked by the young upstart in last week’s main event, but now it’s the Boston Brawler’s turn! Will Tehuti complete the sweep on the One Two combination?
The bell rings and Oney circles with Tehuti. The crowd duels as the two tie up. Oney powers Tehuti to the ropes but lets off fast to circle with him again. They tie up, Oney goes after the arm but Tehuti powers him away. Tehuti checks his hair while circling with Oney again. They tie up, Oney goes after the arm and gets an arm-drag takedown to headscissors! Tehuti works to get up and around and kips out of the hold! Tehuti fixes his hair but Oney CHOPS his chest! Oney whips and kitchen sink knees Tehuti down! Oney CHOPS Tehuti more and Burch likes what he sees as Oney throws European Uppercuts. Oney whips Tehuti but Tehuti grabs ropes and bails out. Burch talks some smack but Tehuti tells him to back off. Tehuti turns around to get Oney’s CHOP!
Oney puts Tehuti in and stalks him to ropes. Oney CHOPS again, and Tehuti is doubling over. Oney whips again, but Tehuti reverses, only for Oney to dodge and run, but into a flapjack! Tehuti goes after Oney in a corner with clubbing forearms and furious stomps, but he lets up at 4 to then scrape his boot off Oney’s face. The ref reprimands Tehuti for the face washing, but Oney’s more concerned about the bicep he landed on earlier. The crowd rallies for Oney as Tehuti brings him up and clubs him down. Tehuti kicks Oney in the back and follows him to ropes. Tehuti chokes Oney on the ropes but lets up at 4. Burch tells Oney to fight back but Tehuti runs and hits a straddle attack! Tehuti fixes his hair while choking Oney more, but he still lets up at 4.
Tehuti drops an elbow, then another, but stops to run his hands through his hair again instead of dropping another. Oney CHOPS Tehuti and that stings just as bad as the first one! Tehuti kicks Oney down and gets mad now. He kicks Oney around then brings him up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Tehuti grows frustrated and he slaps Oney on the back of his head. Tehuti talks trash while slapping Oney around but the crowd and Burch rally up. Oney gets to ropes but Tehuti whips and runs him over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Tehuti is seething as he grabs Oney’s arm and wrenches. Tehuti goes after that bad bicep as he leans on the armlock. Oney endures and the crowd rallies again. Tehuti shifts to a Fujiwara armbar and he cranks back hard!
Oney continues to endure, and the fury starts to build! Oney powers his way up but Tehuti knees low. Tehuti clubs Oney again, but Oney snarls at him. Tehuti smirks as he toys with Oney and CHOPS him! Burch coaches Oney but Tehuti tells him to shut up. Tehuti CHOPS but Oney snarls more. The crowd rallies again as Oney glares at Tehuti. Tehuti says he isn’t scared, and chops, but it only makes Oney angrier! Oney CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS again! Oney runs and EuroUppers Tehuti off his feet! The crowd fires up with Oney as he goes corner to corner for a back elbow! Oney wrenches and reels Tehuti in, but Tehuti slips out of the Half ‘n’ Half to roll him up! But he’s grabbing the tights again! Burch points that out and the ref stops the count! Tehuti shouts at Burch but Oney rolls him up! Oney wins!
Winner: Oney Lorcan, by pinfall
Tehuti couldn’t pull off the sweep and his win streak of one is all he has. Will Burch and Oney get themselves back on track in their own right after this?
Jack Gallagher VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
It was thanks to the Premier Athlete that the gentleman turned jackal beat Swerve in the NXT Cruiserweight Championship round robin. But it was thanks to Gallagher that Swerve beat Tony Nese just last Wednesday. Now Gallagher and Swerve get to settle things on their own end. Will they be able to wrap things up cleanly? Or will we see Nese try to return the favor?
The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Swerve. The crowd chants, “Swerve’s House!” but Gallagher keeps his distance. Swerve gives a testing kick but Gallagher comes back with one of his own. Gallagher and Swerve tie up, go around, and Gallagher throws Swerve to the mat. Swerve hooks the legs to bring Gallagher down, but Gallagher resists the full mount. Gallagher has Swerve’s leg and wrenches to then get a cover. ONE, but Gallagher stays on top of Swerve with a chinbar. Swerve gets up, Gallagher snapmares him back down, but Swerve rolls around to get a very unique, very capoeria style takedown, into a short arm scissor! The crowd cheers but Gallagher works his way up and around. Gallagher pops out the back and has the legs to then rear mount. Gallagher throws crossface forearms then half nelsons Swerve to a spin. He brings Swerve up to whip but Swerve ducks under and capoeria headscissors!
Swerve bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off strikes to dropkick Gallagher to a corner! Swerve runs in to uppercut, then he rolls Gallagher for the falling EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Gallagher grits his teeth and Swerve keeps his cool as the crowd fires up. Swerve goes up top fast but Gallagher bails out to the apron. Swerve just adjusts to hop down and join him, but then Gallagher gets around a corner. Swerve runs along the apron, but Gallagher blocks the boot to JAM Swerve into the buckles! Gallagher drags Swerve up for clubbing forearms! The ref reprimands Gallagher and Gallagher argues back. Swerve gets in to get a Penalty Kick! Gallagher toys with Swerve in the corner, then stomps him to the apron! The ref backs Gallagher off and Gallagher taunts Swerve to get back into this. The crowd rallies for Swerve as he stands, but Gallagher swats him back down.
Gallagher toys with Swerve more, fires off palm strikes and sharp kicks, but Swerve KICKS back! And again! Gallagher blocks a kick to uppercut over and over! Swerve shoves, fakes Gallagher out, sweeps the legs, HOUSE CALL! Gallagher bails out but the crowd fires up again! Swerve spots Gallagher, goes to the apron, and BOOTS him down! Swerve drags Gallagher up and into the ring, then aims from the corner. He somersaults and COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives and Swerve grows frustrated, but the crowd keeps rallying. Swerve and Gallagher get up, and Swerve KICKS Gallagher in the chest! And again! And again! Swerve runs to the ropes, but into Gallagher’s guillotine! Gallagher drags Swerve to the mat and the crowd shouts as Swerve endures. Swerve powers his way back to his feet and he pries Gallagher off for a BRAIN BUSTER!
Both men are down but Swerve shakes the cobwebs out. Swerve and Gallagher rise as the crowd rallies up. Swerve throws a haymaker, then whips Gallagher hard to a corner! He runs in but into an elbow! Gallagher climbs up top but Swerve trips him up! Swerve and Gallagher brawl and Swerve climbs up behind. Swerve brings Gallagher up, but Gallagher turns the super back suplex into a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again and the crowd rallies again. Gallagher brings Swerve up for a HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher can’t believe it! He snarls and glares at Swerve as Swerve gets up. Swerve glares back but Gallagher kicks him down. Gallagher brings Swerve up for elbows and knees, but Swerve blocks the kick! Gallagher uses that for a takedown, wants the armbar, but Swerve makes it a roll-up! Swerve wins!!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall
Gallagher refuses to believe it, but Swerve gets away with the win. Gallagher still wants to fight, but Nese BLASTS Swerve for him! Nese throws Swerve into steel steps! Deja vu from the tournament, and Swerve is no longer celebrating. Gallagher doesn’t seem to mind, either. He “applauds” Swerve. “You did so well, but it didn’t work out, did it?” Gallagher tells Swerve to stop running his mouth so much then heads off. Nese and Gallagher are standing tall, but what of their own issues with each other?
Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Drake Maverick VS El Hijo del Fantasma!
Rockstar Spud pulled of a #MiracleontheMat in Group A, but the Son of the Phantom handled his business in Group B. Relive the historic clash between the former 205 Live GM turned unwavering underdog and the second-generation lucha libre icon!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this last step to the title finally begins! The crowd duels as Maverick and Fantasma shake hands. But then Fantasma spins and rolls Maverick up, TWO! Maverick scrambles away, shocked he got away. Maverick cools off and circles with Fantasma. They tie up, go around, Fantasma waistlocks and slams then floats on Maverick. Maverick slips out to get the armlock and hammerlock. Maverick goes after the other arm but Fantasma fights his way up. Fantasma trips, covers, TWO, and Maverick backs away again. Maverick resets and ties up with Fantasma again. Fantasma puts Maverick in a corner but gives him a clean break. They go again, Fantasma hooks Maverick and drives him into the mat for the armlock.
Maverick endures and gets up, but gets a jamming monkey flip for it. Ghost pin, TWO but barely! Fantasma says it was that close and Maverick grows frustrated. Maverick backs off to cool down and come back. They tie up, Fantasma powers Maverick back then wrenches to whip. Maverick ducks, tilt-o-whirls, and headscissors Fantasma out of the ring! Fantasma staggers up, perhaps a bit surprised. Fantasma sees the slide coming and ducks under. He kick slow and powerbomb lifts but Maverick gets to the apron and fights free. Maverick leaps and CANNONBALLS Fantasma down! Maverick has control, but while NXT went to break, 205 Live keeps going!
Maverick fires off body shots and forearms in the corner! The ref counts but Maverick lets up at 4 to whip Fantasma corner to corner. Fantasma reverses but Maverick goes up and over to then bait him into a dropkick that sends him into buckles! Maverick kicks the rope to jam Fantasma, then hops up top to missile dropkick Fantasma down! Fantasma bails out while Maverick checks his legs. Maverick hurries to pursue but Fantasma pops him up for a SIT-OUT BOMB on the floor! Maverick writhes and screams in pain but Fantasma puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fantasma can’t believe it! Fantasma stalks up behind Maverick and then drags him up for a shove and forearm to the back!
Maverick screams in pain but Fantasma shoves and forearms him again! Fantasma hooks up the legs and goes after the arms. Maverick can’t fight off the Romero Special! The floating surfboard pulls at all his limbs but Maverick refuses to quit, even as Fantasma move shim up and down! And then back for a cover, ROPEBREAK! Fantasma drops an elbow right on the back, not giving Maverick time to rest. Fantasma drags Maverick up and back suplexes for a back drop driver! Cover, TWO! Maverick continues to tough it out and the crowd is rallying behind him. Fantasma drags Maverick back up to throw forearms and then back suplex again. Maverick fights out and hurries to a corner, to then boot Fantasma, and again send him into buckles! Another kick to the ropes and Maverick goes up again. Maverick leaps, but Fantasma catches him for a takedown! BOSTON CRAB!
Maverick screams as Fantasma sits deep! But Maverick refuses to let the ref talk him out of this, and he claws to the ROPEBREAK! Fantasma lets go fast and is shocked Maverick isn’t done. Maverick manages to say, “I’m not gonna quit!” and he crawls back towards Fantasma. Fantasma asks if Maverick wants more, and Maverick pushes him. So Fantasma SIT-OUT POWERBOMBS him again!! Cover, TWO!?! Maverick doesn’t know how to give up and the crowd hasn’t given up on him, either! Fantasma watches Maverick stagger and hobble to the corner. Maverick SLAPS Fantasma, so Fantasma turns him around for forearm after forearm to that lower back! Fantasma brings Maverick up and whips him to the corner. Maverick comes back to LARIAT!
Maverick fires up and fires off on Fantasma in a corner! The ref counts and has to pull Maverick off. Maverick is reaching a boiling point, and he runs to wheelbarrow, for a BULLDOG! He keeps going and gets to the corner. Maverick climbs up and leaps, for the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ONE?! So close and yet so far, but “This is Awesome!” all the same. Maverick drags Fantasma up but gets a jawbreaker, to a SPINE BUSTER! Fantasma flounders to a corner and climbs up top. Maverick trips Fantasma up and heads to the apron! The crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” at this point, but it has to end somehow. Maverick climbs to join Fantasma but Fantasma headbutts! Maverick headbutts back! They headbutt each other and they both fall down! But Fantasma ends up on the outside and Maverick is inside!
The ring count climbs, but the gold masked luchadors appear?! Are they finally going to capture Fantasma?! But Maverick DIVES onto them first!! He won’t let them ruin his match! He boots and punches and chops them down, but then turns around into Fantasma’s SUPERKICK! Fantasma fireman’s carries, for the PHANTOM DRIVER! Fantasma wins!!
Winner: El Hijo del Fantasma, by pinfall (NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
One dream comes true as another ends! Fantasma is the winner and has the title, but must oddly thank the wrestler-abducting men that appeared. Will Fantasma be able to hold onto this title and his freedom? And what is the fate of Drake Maverick? Is this loss the last one he suffers in the WWE? Or has he at least won a place on the roster? At the very least, he has won the respect and admiration of his peers here at Full Sail. Maverick thanks the WWE Universe while the crowd chants, “Thank You, Drake!”
But wait! As Maverick makes his way up the ramp, Triple H appears! And as he shakes Maverick’s hand, he presents him with an NXT contract! Maverick signs on the dotted line, and is officially back! Is this just the beginning of a new chapter for Rockstar Spud?
A good episode, but I’m a bit disappointed they used Wednesday’s NXT Cruiserweight Championship match to bolster the episode size. Maverick VS Fantasma was a great match from NXT, but even for those without cable providers, NXT was put on the WWE Network and so fans would’ve already seen this match anyway. The new matches we did get were both pretty good. Oney VS Tehuti worked with having Burch ringside to ruin Tehuti’s attempt at cheating. Oney might win but this is going to be more about Tehuti’s story of dealing with this loss after his first big win. Then Swerve VS Gallagher was a great match, definitely worthy of being the unofficial main event for the taping. I said before that this should result in a Triple Threat of Swerve, Gallagher and Nese to crown a new contender, and I stand by that even more now.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (2/26/21)
It’s a Retro Premier grudge match!
Is 205 Live still Tony Nese’s show?
Tony Nese helped Ariya Daivari beat August Grey last 205 Live, but now has to put up or shut up! Will the Premier Athlete make RetroAG get with the times?
- Ever-Rise VS Curt Stallion & Mansoor; Stallion & Mansoor win.
- Tony Nese w/ Ariya Daivari VS August Grey w/ Jake Atlas; Grey wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ever-Rise VS Curt Stallion & Mansoor!
Don’t misunderstand, the truce and friendship of #BollyRise is still strong! But for taking on the Lonestar and still undefeated Star of Saudi Arabia, it’s time to go with what’s been proven to work! Will the classic combo of Matt Marthel & Chase Parker end Mansoor’s growing undefeated streak?
The teams sort out and Stallion starts with Marthel. Fans rally for Stallion but there is an Ever-Rise Rules section. Stallion and Marthel tie up, break up, and Marthel shouts at “Cowboy Curt” to bring it! They tie up again, Marthel puts Stallion on ropes, and “Clean break, no problem!” Stallion smirks as he and Marthel circle. Stallion gets a headlock, Marthel powers out and the two ram shoulders! Marthel shoves Stallion but Stallion ROCKS Marthel! Stallion hits a headlock takedown, grinds Marthel down, and gives the trash talk back as Marthel tries to kip out. Marthel powers up, powers out, but Stallion ducks and doges to CLOBBER Marthel! Cover, ONE, but Stallion has a facelock!
Mansoor tags in, takes the hand-off and wrenches Marthel to an armlock. Marthel powers up, whips Mansoor away, then drop toeholds Mansoor to a chinlock. Tag to Parker but Mansoor gets away. Mansoor and Parker reset, circle, and tie up. Parker snapmares but Mansoor rolls right to his feet. Fans rally, they tie up again, and go around. Parker gets a headlock, Mansoor powers up but Parker keeps hold of the hold. Mansoor keeps trying but Praker grinds the hold harder. Mansoor powers up a third time to atomic drop! Mansoor hits the headlock takeover now and he grinds Parker down! Marthel shouts, Parker headscissors but Mansoor kips out to headlock takeover again!
Parker endures the grind, pushes with forearms, then gets up. Stallion tags in, he mugs Parker and headlocks to hit a takeover of his own. Parker pushes Stallion’s face with forearms, fights his way up, and powers out, only for Stallion to duck and CLOBBER Parker with a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Stallion clamps onto Parker’s arm, wrenches, tags Mansoor in and Mansoor gets a facelock. Mansoor snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Mansoor clamps onto Parker with a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally, Parker fights up, pulls hair and stomps Mansoor’s foot! Tag to Marthel, Ever-Rise tries a double keylock but Mansoor stays up! Mansoor flips through to DOUBLE ARM-DRAG!
Mansoor atomic drops Marthel! Parker flies in but into an atomic drop! Stallion tags in, double dropkicks send Ever-Rise out! Fans fire up with Mansoor and Stallion, and the Bollywood Boyz run out to cool things off! They say they can still do this as Bolly-Rise! Parker goes back in, Samir & Suni keep Marthel calm, but Stallion gets Parker with a waistlock slam! Stallion facelocks, Mansoor tags in, and they mug Parker. Mansoor headlocks, grinds Parker, but Parker throws hands to get a headlock of his own. Mansoor powers out, drops, Parker hurdles but Mansoor hurdles! Marthel tags in, Parker fakes Mansoor out, and Marthel POWERBOMBS Mansoor down!
Mansoor is dazed, Marthel stomps away on him at the ropes. Marthel drags Mansoor up to bump off buckles and stomp away! The ref counts, Marthel gets mad as he lets off, and Marthel throws hands on Mansoor. Tag to Parker, they wrench Mansoor’s arms for a double shoulder tackle, and double fist drops! Parker covers, TWO! Parker drags Mansoor up while the Singhs coach them through. Parker throws hands to keep Mansoor down, but Mansoor avoids the elbow drop! And the second one! Mansoor ROCKS Parker with an uppercut, slingshots up and over but Marthel tags in! Mansoor completes the sunset flip but Marthel stomps him down! Cover, TWO!
Marthel drags Mansoor up, bumps him off buckles and throws forearms. Mansoor hits back on Ever-Rise! Mansoor hurries for his corner but Marthel trips him up BOOYAH ELBOW FLOPS as Mansoor moves! Hot tag to Stallion! Stallion shoves Marthel out, fires off on Parker and CHOPS him! Stallion sends Parker into Marthel, rolls Parker up, TWO! BASEMENT DROPKCIK! Stallion DIVES onto the Bollywood Boyz! Then he goes up, FALLING SPALSH onto Parker’s knees! Marthel tags in, but runs into a cradle! TWO!! Tag to Mansoor and he goes up to leap! Marthel gets under, comes back but Mansoor elbows him! Mansoor tries the Bulldog but Parker saves Marthel from it!
Marthel tags Parker, Ever-Rise brings Mansoor up and they give him a SWEET TASTE! But Stallion RUNNING HEADBUTTS Marthel! But Parker BOOTS Stallion! The Bollywood Boyz want Parker to use the clapboard but the ref sees it! Mansoor rolls Parker up, O’Conner roll AND BRIDGE! Mansoor and Stallion win!
Winners: Mansoor & Curt Stallion, by pinfall
The Saudi Arabian Star’s streak continues! Ever-Rise blames Bollywood for that one but the Singhs defend they were just trying to help! Is Bolly-Rise doomed to fail?
Tony Nese VS August Grey!
August Grey helps Jake Atlas get one over on Daivari Dinero, so the Premier Athlete helps Daivari get the gold chains back. Then Nese helps again so Daivari could clobber Grey into next week. Of course, last week is now this week, and Nese looks to send August into the Fall! Will the purple ‘n’ orange still belong to the OG? Or will it soon be Retro AG’s?
But surprise! If Nese has Daivari, Grey can have Atlas ringside! Will the muscle of El Monte keep the Persian Lion from stacking the deck in Nese’s favor? The bell rings, Nese and Grey circle, and they tie up. Grey wrenches an arm, clamps onto the shoulder, but Nese rolls and trips Grey up. Nese gets a leg, ties it up with the other, and has a seated figure four deathlock. Nese adds a chinlock but Grey fights free of that. Grey pops free of the leg lock and clamps onto Nese’s arm again. Nese fights up, puts Grey in a corner, but the ref counts. Nese lets off but RAMS into Grey! The ref reprimands but Nese ROCKS Grey with a right!
Nese CHOPS Grey to another corner, then throws a forearm! “I’m the Premier Athlete!” Fans boo, but Grey puts Nese in the corner to stomp away! Grey ROCKS Nese, fans cheer, but Nese reverses the whip, only for Grey to RANA and CLOBBER Nese! Nese gets around, but Grey counter punches him already! Grey throws more haymakers, keeps Nese up and whips him to the corner hard! Grey then scoops Nese to SIDEWALK SLAM Nese! Cover, TWO! Daivari swipes at Grey but Atlas storms over. The ref tells them both to cool off, Grey goes out to have Atlas back down. Grey tells Daivari he’ll get his. Nese runs over but Grey dodges the baseball slide to ROCK him!
Grey grabs Nese and glares at Daivari. “You having a good time?!” Grey puts Nese in, tells Daivari to watch him beat Nese with a smile on his face. But Daivari keeps distracting Grey, and Nese hits a BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Nese then goes up and PREMIER TRIANGLES! Cover, TWO! Nese clamps onto Grey with a neck wrench and Daivari talks trash. Fans boo while Nese clubs and toys with Grey. Nese drags Grey up, CHOPS him, and Daivari is the only one cheering as Nese brings Grey out to CHOP him off his feet! Nese flexes, fans boo, and Atlas coaches Grey. Nese pulls Grey against ropes to then KICK him in the chest!
Grey sputters, swipes at Daivari, but Nese drags him up. Grey blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Grey counter punches Nese, goes up and walks the tightrope for a CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Grey runs in to CHOP Nese in the corner! Grey whips corner to corner, Nese reverses to slide and pump handle scoop, for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Nese grows frustrated but he puts on the body scissors! Nese squeezes, Grey fights and pries at the hold, and Grey is free! Nese hurries after Grey to get a rear bearhug! Grey elbows Nese over and over, is free again, and ROCK Nese with haymakers and CHOPS! Nese back kicks, knee lifts and whips, but Grey returns to LARIAT!
Grey starts to rally, and he whips Nese to ropes. Nese kicks, but runs into a JAWBRAEKER, to a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Grey hits the back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Atlas and Grey are both a bit surprised, but Grey drags Nese to a drop zone. Grey climbs up top and Atlas fires up, but Daivari RAMS Atlas into steel steps! The ref reprimands Daivari but Nese SHORYUKENS Grey! Nese throws Grey off the top, goes up top himself, and leaps for a 450 only to flop! Grey gets Nese in, Daivari distracts again! Nese throws Grey out hard, but Atlas trips and DECKS Daivari! Nese FLIES to take out Atlas! But Grey DIVES to do the same to Nese!
Grey puts Nese in, fans fire up, and Grey chicken wings Nese! He turns Nese, runs up the corner, and hits the SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
Retro takes us back, and he takes down a former Cruiserweight Champion!! But things aren’t over between the OG and AG, will there be more in this series to come?
A very fun episode, but certainly more exciting in the main event. That is how it should be, but it was a bit easy to see that Ever-Rise was losing. For one, that’s the story going on with them and Bollywood Boyz, though I did like that it was the Bollywood Boyz overdoing the help that cost Ever-Rise. The other reason was Mansoor is still building an undefeated streak, and he might not lose until it’s finally his turn to challenge for a Cruiserweight Championship. And I say “a” because obviously there’s still the issue of Escobar VS Devlin for one true Cruiserweight Champion, which may not happen for a long time. Grey VS Nese was very good, even with Daivari still getting involved, because at least Atlas was around to counter him in the end. I’m still seeing a tag team blow-off before they all move on to something else.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/26/21)
Who is heading to WrESTleMania?
Will Bianca Belair choose the Raw or SmackDown Women’s Champion?
After weeks of deliberation, the Women’s Royal Rumble Winner is ready to decide! Will The EST of the WWE choose Asuka of Raw or Sasha Banks of SmackDown for a WrESTleMania moment?
- Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Alpha Academy; The Alpha Academy wins.
- Apollo Crews VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Crews wins.
- Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott VS Tamina w/ Natalya; Tamina wins.
- The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; The Street Profits win.
- Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Double Count-Out, Bryan does not receive a Universal Championship match at Fastlane.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table is still WWE Universal Champion after the stacked deck sham he put together for the Elimination Chamber PPV last Sunday, and is still flanked by Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. But after putting a battered Daniel Bryan down, Roman got SPEARED by Edge! And after pointing to the WrestleMania sign, it was clear what Edge wanted next! Pyro goes off, fans give thumbs down on the ThunderDome screens, and Heyman hands Roman a mic. “I don’t think it’s a secret: SmackDown needs me.” The same for the Elimination Chamber PPV needing him. So Roman answered the call, because that’s what the Tribal Chief does! He saves the show! So Roman defended his title against the Chamber winner!
And then what happened? Roman SMASHED Daniel Bryan in “the most exciting ass whooping of the year, maybe the decade.” That is who Roman is in this life. Anyone else in his shoes, anyone else in this role, they’d boast and brag and throw a party. But not Roman! Roman is above that, and operates at a higher level. No one else understands. It was nearly perfect. But it wasn’t perfect, because of one man: EDGE. So yes, Edge got one on Roman. A Spear in Roman’s ring on Roman’s night. Then Edge had to go and point at the sign and make it official: Roman VS Edge at WrestleMania!
But Roman is telling us all right now, Edge doesn’t want that. Edge doesn’t need that in his life. So Roman will give Edge another opportunity: back out. Go home and never look back. Edge has a beautiful family, is a father and husband. Roman doesn’t want to hurt Edge. Roman likes what Edge stands for, respects the legacy and the comeback. But Roman doesn’t want to hurt Edge. “So understand this, get it through that thick head of yours.” A man like Edge doesn’t stand a chance against a man like Roman. But here comes the GOAT, Daniel Bryan!
Bryan says “nearly perfect” huh? That’s how Roman describes his title defense? Bryan felt the need to come out and say, from his perspective, that’s true. How “magnanimous” of Roman to face someone who went through an Elimination Chamber! Roman DOES deserve a celebration! But there have been some rumblings about some people who think differently. That Roman coming out immediately after the Chamber was cowardly. To take a man exhausted from fighting five others and going through hell, and start a match right there, that person isn’t a real champion at all.
But Bryan isn’t saying that! No, he isn’t complaining! He’s just addressing what others are saying. But Bryan was a bit baffled by was for the Head of the Table to defend his Universal Championship in the second match. Wouldn’t he want to be the main event? Or would that have given the winner too much time? So the thing is, Bryan was in this ring against Roman in his very first match in the WWE, and Bryan always saw Roman’s talent! Roman wants to create a legacy, so here’s a chance to make it all right, so that there will be no doubt and no comparison between them, because there have been a lot. Bryan challenges Roman to defend that title one more time, 1v1, at Fastlane.
Jey Uso snatches Bryan’s mic and asks what DB is doing. All Bryan has is excuses! Bryan lost to the Best of the Best! Back of the line, Uce! If you want to get to the Head, go through the Right Hand Man! Be careful or you’ll get got! Bryan asks Roman if Jey speaks for him now. Roman says after what he did to Bryan, Bryan wants to get hurt again? Jey DECKS Bryan! And then throws him out of the ring! Jey goes out to TOSS Bryan up and over barriers! Roman smiles and laughs with Jey about what they did to Bryan just now. But will a simply blindside be enough to keep Bryan down?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville discuss the BiggEST Decision.
Bianca VS Asuka, Bianca VS Sasha, both are huge. Edge comes in, though, and is pretty sure they were listening to Bryan just now. Is Bryan going to get a match at Fastlane before Edge gets his at WrestleMania? He wants to talk. What will the Rated R Superstar and the WWE Officials come up with in regards to Bryan wanting another round with Roman?
SmackDown returns as The Bloodline talks backstage.
Roman has Heyman take the belt and Jey apologizes for jumping the gun. But DB was disrespecting them! Roman says there’s nothing to apologize for, so long as Jey gets the job done. That’s what matters. Roman tells Jey to handle this, but will he get the Goat?
SmackDown now returns to Edge’s discussion with Pearce and Deville.
Edge arrives and is hearing people talking about Roman VS Bryan at Fastlane, but last thing he heard from the officials is that there would be a tag team match. Which is it? Pearce knows it was on the table, but that was all tentative. Now Bryan is issuing his shot and Jey stepped up, this all fell in their laps! But see, if Bryan beats Jey, they’ll make the title match at Fastlane. And no disrespect to Edge, but the Universal Championship is a big attraction. Oh, no disrespect, huh? Edge leaves perhaps feeling disrespected. But will Edge really protest Bryan taking the title from Roman? Or is it something else Edge wants that facing Bryan can’t give him?
Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Alpha Academy!
Just last week, the Mysterios were just as shaken up by Chad Gable getting the Blue Collar Brawler to transform into a menacing machine! Gable gets on the mic and has us relive that in replay footage. The Dozer did not show mercy to Rey, and for purpose of “film study,” they use slowmo on the last part, where Otis hits a huge second rope splash. Gable has Otis pumped up and ready to go again, will we just see a replay in real-time this week?
The teams sort out, Otis and Rey start and Gable tells Otis to stick to the plan. Otis rushes Rey but Rey trips him up! But Otis turns around to run Rey over! Otis drags Rey into position, and runs to hit an elbow drop! Otis stalks Rey, scoops him, and then TOSSES him to a corner! Gable keeps coaching Otis and Otis runs corner to corner to RAM into Rey! Otis throws clubbing forearms but Gable has Otis cool off and bring Rey over. Otis does as ordered and Gable tags in. Gable fireman’s carries Rey to pop him up for a GUTBUSTER! Gable bumps Rey off buckles, RAMS into him, then runs, into a BOOT!
Rey reaches for Dom but Gable fireman’s carry takeovers! Gable drags Rey back but Rey ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom rallies on Coach Gable! Back elbow in the corner, whip corner to corner but Gable reverses. Dom goes up and over and wheelbarrows Gable into buckles! Dom hops up, walks the ropes and hits a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives but Rey tags in! Dom lifts Gable up, SEATED SENTON SPINEBSUTER! Rey DECKS Otis, Dom catapults Gable to ropes, DOUBLE 619!! Rey climbs up, bad ribs and all, for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, but Otis breaks it in time! Otis CLOBBERS Dom!
The ref reprimands, Gable tells Otis to go out so he can tag in. Otis again does as ordered and tags in, to catch Rey’s springboard, to a POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to finish Rey, and Otis puts Rey in a drop zone. Otis climbs up, for the DOZER SPLASH!! Cover, Alpha Academy wins!
Winner: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall
Last week, Otis and Gable lost because they went too far! This week, they win by sticking to the plan! Will Gable and Otis bulldoze their way to a SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity?
Apollo Crews heads to the ring!
A change in mindset is accompanied by a change in ring gear. Apollo sports new gear after unleashing aggression and frustration on both Shinsuke Nakamura AND Big E last week, where Big E was left injured! Big E is home recovering but Apollo is here smiling at what he’s done. Part of Apollo’s new gear is a long scarf, that he takes time to put on before getting a mic. “A lot of people have been wondering what’s been going on with me lately.” This isn’t the Apollo they knew. Well to be honest, no one ever knew a thing about him! For far too long he’s been nice, humble and respectful, yet has not received the same respect. Being who Apollo is and who his family is, that is unacceptable.
Apollo isn’t from the hood or from suburbia. He is from Nigeria! He is a “REAL African American”, and this is the REAL Apollo! His ancestors are ROYALTY! His great grandfather, Akume Uhaa, ruled the Tiiv Nations and controlled some of the richest lands in Nigeria! Akume spent his days draped in gold, and his nights with his five wives! FIVE, imagine that! Akume’s word was law, and his power was feared. This is who APOLLO is, and what he represents! He wears the colors of Nigeria, for they represent wealth, dominance and power. Big E found that out firsthand last week, because just like great-grandfather Akume would say, if your enemies defy you, you show them the steel.
Big E was defiant, telling Apollo to go to catering. But what Apollo did was go back to his roots, to tell us how his great-grandfather would’ve said it! “I showed Big E the steel, and I guarantee you he will NEVER disrespect me again.” And as for the King of Strong Style, he will suffer the exact same- Shinsuke Nakamura interrupts! Will he make Apollo regret what he has done?
Apollo Crews VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
But Apollo doesn’t let Nakamura finish his entrance! Apollo attacks from behind, drags him up and throws him out! Apollo grabs the steel steps!! The ref gets in the way but Apollo tells him to move! The ref refuses so the steel is thrown aside while SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns, the match has started, and Apollo drags Nakamura out of a corner to reel him in and CLOBBER him! Apollo makes sure his scarf is neatly set on the corner, before he whips Nakamura corner to corner hard! Apollo drags Nakamura up, snap suplexes him and covers, ONE! Apollo grinds Nakamura down with a chinlock but Nakamura endures. Nakamura fights up, throws elbows to get free, but Apollo grabs hair and pulls him in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Nakamura landed on his knees and comes back with a DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Both men are down as Nakamura shakes out the cobwebs.
Apollo drags Nakamura up but Nakamura KICKS him down! Nakamura KICKS and KICKS, then whips Apollo to the corner. Apollo reverses, but Nakamura dodges to KICK him in the back! Nakamura hangs Apollo out to dry to AX KICK him down! And then SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura stomps away, wraps Apollo up but Apollo fights out and GERMAN SUPLEXES! He holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX Nakamura again! Apollo wants the hat trick, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Cover, TWO! Apollo grows annoyed with Nakamura, and drags him up to whip. Nakamura reverses, Apollo ducks one kick but not the windmill!
Apollo gets to a corner, Nakamura runs in but blocks the boot! Nakamura spins Apollo into ropes, and hits the SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, but they’re too close to the ropes! Nakamura has to let off, but he aims from the other corner. Apollo bails out to avoid Kinshasa, and Nakamura is frustrated. Nakamura pursues, runs around the way but into a kick! Apollo whips Nakamura into steps! Apollo puts Nakamura in, drags him up, and lifts but Nakamura slips out! Nakamura has a sleeper hold! Apollo gets to the corner, and uses his scarf to save him from being dragged out of the corner! And then Apollo uses the scarf to YANK himself in, ramming Nakamura’s head into buckles!
Nakamura staggers back, Apollo ENZIGURIS him! Apollo drags Nakamura up for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
Apollo’s heritage has helped Apollo win! Will it be long before Apollo adds gold to the green and white he now wears?
Roman sits in his private room.
Heyman walks over to say he saw Pearce make it official: If Bryan wins tonight, he gets a title shot at Roman at Fastlane. So no tag team match? Well it’s only if Bryan wins tonight. Roman thinks on that. Does he have a way of making sure things go as originally planned?
Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott VS Tamina w/ Natalya!
Things got a bit odd last week when Billie Kay came out bandwagon-ing the duo of second generation superstars, thereby distracting the Riott Squad. But how will things turn out this time, minus the distractions?
The bell rings, Tamina powers Liv to a corner, but Liv avoids a haymaker! Liv tries to roll Tamina but Tamina swats Liv away! Liv goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline, but Tamina sweeps the legs! Tamina drags Liv up but Liv kicks her away! Liv dodges the stomp, throws hands but Tamina swings on Liv. Liv dodges again to RANA Tamina to a corner! Liv runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Ruby coaches Liv but Tamina shouts at her, “Is this what you want?!” Tamina drags Liv up and DECKS her! Natty cheers as Tamina dribbles Liv into buckles! Tamina TOSSES Liv across the way! Tamina runs to HIP ATTACK Liv in a corner! Cover, TWO!! Liv still lives but Ruby is worried for her.
Liv hits Tamina back but Tamina CLOBBERS her with a back elbow! Liv sits up in a daze and reaches for Tamina. Tamina slaps Liv’s hands off her then drags her up. Tamina suplexes Liv up and over hard, then covers, TWO! Tamina is annoyed but she drags Liv back up. Liv throws body shots, but Tamina throws Liv down by her hair! Tamina looms over Liv, pushes her around, and drags her up to whip to ropes. Liv blocks the hip toss, goes for a backslide, but Tamina flips her up and over! Liv ENZIGURIS Tamina back! Ruby rallies up as Liv dodges Tamina in the corner and dropkicks her back! Liv fires off, the ref counts, but Tamina throws Liv into the corner.
Liv BOOTS Tamina, hops up, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Down goes Tamina and Liv covers, ONE!! Natty shouts for Tamina to “FINISH HER!” Tamina dodges Liv in a corner now, and then fireman’s carries to the SAMOAN DROP! Tamina roars, drags Liv right up again, and whips her into a scoop! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Cover, Tamina wins!
Winner: Tamina, by pinfall
Ain’t nobody meana! Will the second generation stars soon shine in a Women’s Tag Team Championship opportunity?
SmackDown returns with Deville and Pearce in the ring.
Pearce says “Bianca Belair has been called the future of the WWE.” “And tonight,” Sonya adds, “she’s going to make her WrestleMania decision. The future is now!” They welcome the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble winner and the EST of WWE, Bianca Belair! Bianca heads to the ring, gets a mic for herself, and she says it’s been exactly 3 weeks, 5 days, 2 hours and 6 minutes since she won the Royal Rumble and her life changed! And that’s just the beginning, because now she gets a WrestleMania main event against a Women’s Champion of her choosing! So will it be Raw’s Asuka? Or SmackDown’s Sasha Banks?
Bianca knows everyone’s been patiently waiting, and as silly as this might sound, her mom always told her life is about choices. A good choice is all good, but a bad choice haunts you forever. The choices you make define you, so her choice is clear. Wait, Reginald is here to interrupt! Mother Belair is right, this choice will define Bianca’s legacy. Bianca made a choice to team with Sasha, and so she knows how Sasha thinks, attacks and counterattacks. Bianca was elevated by Sasha’s genius. Reggie knows how hard Bianca has worked to get here, and that journey is inspiring to so many. Bianca is special, and we are all in awe because she is living the dream!
BUT, Reggie knows deep down, if Bianca chooses Sasha, the dream will dissolve into a nightmare! When Bianca is down on the mat, broken, defeated, haunted by her bad choice, she will hear her mother’s words ringing in her ears. Her choices will define her, and she will be nothing but a loser. But here comes The Boss! Bianca can’t help but laugh as the SmackDown Women’s Champion struts to the ring. Sasha snatches Reggie’s mic, pats his head, and says he was to NEVER speak for her! She pushes him aside and says, “Enough of this!” Bianca, Sasha is more than just the champion! She is the standard! So if EST wants to make history, and to become the conversation, she will choose Sasha.
Bianca is the EST of the WWE, but Sasha disagrees. Sasha is the BEST. Sasha is number one! That just makes Bianca… second best. Sasha laughs, holds up her title, and smiles. Bianca says, “Girl, uh-uh.” Sasha standing here with a lot to say but she’s gonna eat her words on the GrandEST Stage of Them All! Bianca will take the title, and show she IS the strongest, the fasted, the roughest, and the B-EST ever! “So Sasha…” Bianca points to the sign! “It’s on.” The decision has been made, whether Reggie likes it or not! But who will come to regret this more come WrESTleMania?
Sami Zayn meets with King Corbin backstage.
The camera crew is annoying Corbin but Sami has them back up a bit. Sami asks Corbin to answer truthfully: What does Corbin think of the conspiracy against Sami? Corbin thinks the crew needs to get to the bottom of this: WHY are they teaming together? That’s Sami’s idea, actually. What? Why? Well, they don’t get along, yes, but they had great chemistry in that Elimination Chamber qualifier. Plus, Sami could use a win! He was robbed of his Intercontinental Championship, and of an Elimination Chamber victory. Sami thinks he and Corbin could easily beat the Street Profits, and then move on to becoming tag team champions! Sami’s brain, Corbin’s brawn, they could take over! They can be the New CanAm Connection! Kingdom of Liberty! Sami’s just spit-balling.
Corbin stops Sami with the names, and agrees that yes, they could easily beat the Profits and then run the SmackDown Tag Division. Is that on record? But Corbin doesn’t want Sami telling him what to do, and he wants Sami’s camera crew to stop recording him! Just be professional. Sami says they can just edit out that last part…
The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are ready to prove to Sonya Deville that they ARE ready for a tag title rematch! But as we just heard, the Great Liberator and Wolf King might be thinking of going for the same gold! Will the Profits be up? Or will the yet-to-be-named duo drag them down and out of the running?
SmackDown returns as Corbin makes his entrance, followed by Sami’s. The teams sort out, Sami starts against Ford. They circle, tie up, and Ford powers Sami to a corner. The ref counts, Ford lets off but Sami gives a push. Sami also uses the ropes as a defense while protesting Ford was pulling hair. Sami and Ford circle again, Sami kicks low and throws a haymaker! “That’s what cheaters get!” Sami CHOPS Ford, whips him corner to corner but Ford goes up and over and shows off his agility! Ford then arm-drags Sami down and clamps onto the arm! Ford goes to tag Dawkins but Sami gets away, and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions are watching backstage!
Sami protests again and then tags Corbin in. Corbin and Dawkins circle now, tie up, and Dawkins headlocks. Corbin powers out, Dawkins rams him but Corbin rebounds to run Dawkins over! Things speed up, Dawkins hurdles then hurdles again, to whip Corbin for a dropkick! Corbin staggers, Dawkins wrenches an arm to a wristlock, and keeps Corbin from Sami! Sami wants the camera crew to watch this ropebreak not being enforced! Corbin whips Dawkins but Dawkins reverses! Corbin slides out, but can’t slide in because Sami’s crew is in the way! Corbin yells at them, they move, but Dawkins ROCKS Corbin with a right! Ford gets in, PROFITS IN MOTION!
Corbin hits the barriers, Sami protests but Ford dares him to get in! Sami chooses not to and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Corbin rains down elbows into Ford’s shoulders! Ford is dazed, Corbin tops him off with more elbows, then tags in Sami. Sami and Corbin mug Ford, Sami chokes Ford on the ropes, but Sami stops when the ref counts. Sami brings Ford up, bumps him off buckles, and tags Corbin back in. Corbin throws knees into Ford, whips him corner to corner, and then runs in, only for Ford to boot him! Ford enziguris Corbin but Sami tags in! Sami drags Ford, Ford hops and hops and still gets the hot tag! Dawkins rallies on Sami, and hits a leaping back elbow! Dawkins runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH in the corner! Then a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Dawkins brings Sami up but Corbin gets in, only for Dawkins to dropkick Corbin! Dawkins throws Corbin out, Sami gets Dawkins with a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Sami complains about the count, the film crew bugs Corbin! Corbin is furious at them and he DECKS one! Sami is upset with Corbin, Ford FLIES out to take Corbin down! Dawkins gives Sami the ANARCHY SUPLEX! Ford tags in, and flies in FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, the Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
And the comeback continues! Will this convince Sonya to give Ford & Dawkins a rematch with the Dirty Dawgs on the Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan!
Kayla Braxton asks him about his opportunity at another Universal Championship match, and maybe even become a WrestleMania spoiler. Is there a chance Bryan faces Edge as champion at Mania? Well that’s looking a little too far ahead. There’s first Jey Uso tonight and Roman Reigns at Fastlane. But the chances are looking good. In fact, Bryan’s chances at beating Roman might be better than Edge’s. Bryan has an infinite amount of respect, because of his career and also because what Edge did to get back. Edge beat Randy Orton at WrestleMania 36, then came back again at this year’s Royal Rumble. But with that time off, Edge might be a bit rusty. Bryan has always been honest with Edge, so Edge might not have what it takes. Edge is a hall of famer but-
Oh, Edge is here now. Edge heard everything Bryan just said. Edge beating Roman seems doubtful, yet Bryan is confident he can easily beat Roman at Fastlane. No one said “easily beat Roman.” Well, to be serious, Edge VS Bryan at Mania, who would win that? Bryan smirks and says he’ll keep that answer to himself. But talking about possibilities means nothing if Bryan doesn’t win tonight. Bryan goes to make final preparations, but will they be enough to get Bryan to the starting line?
WWE celebrates Black History Month.
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Savior of SmackDown is all smiles, but surely he is still seething about the disrespect shown by the rest of the roster. Rollins’ legal action is pending, will he give us an update after the break?
SmackDown returns and Rollins says he is here “to share with you some incredible news.” The letter he wrote on our behalf to complain to management got a HUGE response on social media. Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, all that, it was all trending. But wait, Cesaro interrupts! And he’s throwing his shirt off because he wants to throw down! Rollins says they do have to talk things out, let bygones be bygones. Take it easy, Cesaro! They’ve been friends a long time so hear him out! Just trust Rollins! Cesaro stops but Rollins says this was all just an accident. Rollins didn’t mean Cesaro was a loser, no! Twitter blew that out of proportions! Cesaro was in a bad situation, that’s what Rollins meant.
Rollins wants a chance to make this right. Cesaro just needs to stay put right there in the middle of the ring, like the star that he is! Rollins wants to make this up to Cesaro. “Who says you can’t grab the brass ring?!” This is a star right here! Cesaro is strong, probably pound for pound the strongest ever, and easily one of the most technically gifted performers. Cesaro has it all, so Rollins’ question is, “Friend to friend, why is it that you always seem to come up short?” What is Cesaro missing? Rollins will tell him what it is, because HE has it! “Killer instinct!” Rollins has it, and he can give it to Cesaro!
Rollins came back to lead SmackDown into the future, and if Cesaro will let him, it starts with leading Cesaro! Rollins grabbed the brass ring, shattered the glass ceiling, and accomplished things in the WWE that Cesaro has only dreamed of! And Rollins wants to give that to Cesaro! Imagine them working together side by side! They’d be UNSTOPPABLE! So instead of turning on Rollins, they wouldn’t even be having this conversation! Cesaro would’ve won the Elimination Chamber match, he would’ve beaten Roman Reigns, and he would’ve won the Universal Championship! But Cesaro turned his back on Rollins.
“However, it is never too late to start again.” All Cesaro has to do is #EmbraceTheVision! Let Rollins lead you! What does Cesaro say? And Rollins knows Cesaro doesn’t have to answer. Cesaro can take a week, maybe two, think it over and give “us” the answer. Cesaro doesn’t wait, he trips Rollins up! Rollins tells Cesaro to stop, but nope! Rollins goes for a SWISS SWING!! Around and around and around, and then some more! Rollins’ suit jacket flies off! This is at least 30 revolutions! Cesaro tosses Rollins, and Rollins staggers about in a dizzy daze, until Cesaro DECKS him with a EuroUpper! In other words, “No thank you.” Will Cesaro become a star his way?
As Cesaro exits, Bryan enters! They fist bump for luck, will Bryan be able to get another golden ticket to WrestleMania?
Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!
SmackDown returns and Jey makes his entrance. The bell rings, Bryan and Jey rush each other and the hands start flying! Jey CLUBS Bryan, headlocks, but Bryan powers out. Jey runs Bryan over hard, things speed up, and Bryan hurdles to hip toss Jey down! Bryan brings Jey up to wrench the arm, and hit an elbow breaker! Bryan kicks, Jey forearms, Bryan EuroUppers! Bryan throws more uppercuts, wrenches again, wrenches more, and digs knuckles into Jey’s elbow. Bryan hits Jey low, whips him corner to corner, but Jey reverses. Bryan goes up and over, takes a moment to speed up again, and he ducks and dodges Jey to hit a leaping lariat!
The fans rally on their screens as Bryan fires up! Bryan runs corner to corner to dropkick Jey! Bryan throws Yes Kicks, but lets off as the ref counts. Bryan bumps Jey off buckles, hoists him up top, and climbs up to join him. SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Bryan keeps cool as he stomps Jey. Bryan gets the arm, wrenches and hammerlocks it on the mat to STOMP it! Bryan drags Jey up but Jey scrambles away. Jey clutches his arm, the ref starts a count, but Bryan DIVES into a SUPERKICK! Jey takes Bryan out of the air and then drags him up, to give him a SHIN BREAKER to the desk!
Bryan is down, Jey refreshes the count, to drag Bryan up and POST the bad leg! Bryan is down and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Jey stomps Bryan then gives the leg a DDT! Bryan clutches the leg, Jey gives it another DDT! Bryan writhes, Jey goes for an arm, but Bryan drag shim down! Bryan wants the Yes Lock but Jey hammers the leg! Jey pulls the tape off the leg but Bryan gets away to ropes. Bryan gets up and throws EuroUpper and kicks! Bryan runs, into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey seethes, goes up top, and leaps, but the splash FLOPS as Bryan moves! Both men are down, Bryan works to get his bad leg moving, and he pulls down the knee pad. Bryan gives Jey YES KICKS from all sides! Jey flops around as Bryan keeps giving kicks!
Bryan stomps Jey, brings him up, whips him to ropes, but Jey drops to uppercut! Jey runs but is dumped out of the ring! Bryan builds speed to WRECK him with a dropkick! Bryan gets on the apron to LEAP for a FLYING KNEE! The ring count is climbing as Bryan gets his bad leg moving again! The fans are fired up on their screens as Bryan puts Jey in the ring. Bryan climbs, but Jey stands, to get under the missile dropkick! Jey RAMS Bryan into buckles, then STOMPS the bad leg! Jey turns Bryan over for a HALF CRAB! Bryan endures but Jey sits deep! Bryan crawls, reaches, but Jey drags him from the ropes! Bryan finds space to roll through and kick away on Jey’s face!
But Jey turns Bryan over to the Half Crab again! Jey sits even deeper, but Bryan powers up to slip through and throw more kicks! Bryan scrapes Jey off and both men slowly rise. Jey goes after the leg but Bryan BUZZSAWS him! Cover, TWO! Bryan keeps his focus as Jey rolls away to a corner. Bryan goes to the other corner, powers up with Yes Fingers, and fans follow suit. Bryan runs but Jey CHOP BLOCKS the leg! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Jey is beside himself. Jey goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Bryan trips him up! Bryan climbs up to join Jey again, brings Jey up with underhooks, for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! And then a roll into the YES LOCK!!
Jey reaches, but Bryan gets the other arm! They end up in the ropes and Bryan has no choice but to let go. Bryan goes out after Jey and whips him, but Jey reverses and sends Bryan into steel steps! The ring count is climbing past 5! It’s 7! Jey gives Bryan a SHIN BREAKER to the steps! The count reaches 10, they’re both out!!
Double Count-Out (Bryan does NOT get a Universal Championship match at Fastlane)
Jey kept him from winning but he isn’t finished with Bryan! He puts Bryan in the ring, but Bryan gets Jey down for a YES LOCK! But ROMAN REIGNS attacks!! Roman hammers away on Bryan, drags him off Jey and SLAMS him back down! Roman grabs at Bryan again, but Bryan drags him down! YES LOCK! But Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan off!! Roman and Jey are furious with Bryan’s defiance, and Roman SPEARS Bryan! And puts him in the GUILLOTINE!! Roman chokes Bryan out, and then holds up the title! Is this what Edge will have waiting for him at WrestleMania? And what are the plans now for Fastlane?
A pretty great episode that moves things towards Fastlane. The SmackDown Tag Division seems to be rebuilding slowly, but we got good tag matches out of Rey & Dom VS Alpha Academy and Profits VS Sami & Corbin. More the latter match, as Otis and Gable win pretty handedly over the Mysterios, which seems like a shame, really. That match should’ve been very competitive but it was very short. And it was after a Double 619, which should really only be used when you know the Mysterios are winning. The Profits get a win because they’re clearly heading back to the titles and the Dirty Dawgs, but I did find it amusing that Corbin hates cameras being that close on him, and Sami’s “documentarians” were in his way.
Tamina gets a win over Liv without any appearance by Billie Kay to establish that Tamina and Natalya are definitely moving up the SmackDown side of the Women’s Tag Division. As they should be, really. Tamina and Natty seem to be the more underrated superstars in the WWE for how long they’ve been around. It will be very telling where Tamina & Natty stand once we’ve seen Nia & Shayna VS Dakota & Raquel, and then at some point, Naomi & Lana. If no other time during the year, WrestleMania should be where the Women’s Tag Titles have a Triple Threat or more, one team from each brand. Tamina & Natty can definitely make a case for being SmackDown’s contenders post Fastlane.
And speaking of, while we didn’t get Carmella this week, we got more Reggie hanging around Sasha. It makes a lot of sense for Bianca to challenge Sasha for WrestleMania, and I can already see Reggie telling Mella he was setting things up for her. Bianca has chosen SmackDown’s champion, and Mella is on SmackDown. Mella can try to take the title from Sasha one last time, in hopes of going on to WrestleMania to defend against Bianca. Then at Fastlane, maybe Reggie is why Mella loses, she dumps him and Sasha rejects Reggie, Reggie goes to 205 Live. Sasha VS Bianca is going to be really good, and could go either way at this point.
Apollo completing his Heel turn tonight was great stuff. Right from his promo before the match, he is exactly how he should be. He is pumping himself up over his strength and agility, but rightfully so since he can back it up. He gets a dirty win over Nakamura so that he stays strong without looking too strong, as Nakamura is of course Nakamura. I’m sure Nakamura will want payback, he and Apollo might even have a Fastlane match. Big E will surely be back in time for Mania, so Apollo wins at Fastlane to earn a title match, and Big E will be more than happy to go against him for payback. At this rate, I feel like Apollo will find a way to win and use the IC title as vindication.
The Universal Championship story, which is also Roman’s story, was another great one this week. Bryan rightfully points out Roman taking advantage of things, he and Jey have a great match, and it actually works perfectly that it was a count-out draw. Edge seems half-in, half-out about Bryan winning at Fastlane, because Edge surely wants to be the one to dethrone Roman. Bryan having this draw, that can be used for a classic, “I didn’t win but I didn’t lose,” and therefore he deserves one more chance at earning a title shot. Then there’s still the tag team idea to fall back on, where Edge and Bryan can have tension and dysfunction, and maybe Roman takes advantage so he and Jey can win that. Of course, the math then says Roman would lose to Edge, and I’m not sure that happens, even at Mania.
My Score: 8.4/10
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POD is WAR: Burning Face Calories
The truculent trio pontificate on the MiZ cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and Paul Wight signing an...
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/25/21)
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The #Miranda Show: ADAM COLE BAY BAY!
Miranda's gift to Greg is an entire show to talk about Adam Cole, BAY BAY! (And boy do they ever...)
Cook’s Top 5: Miz Moments
Cook brings the most must see Top 5 of the week! Is it obvious or a MIZtery?
Chairshot Radio – Paul Wight is All Elite 
Rey Ca$h and Mags bring you #HeadTrauma Thursdays, as they talk about Paul Wight joining AEW. Welcome to the...
Badlands Wrestling Mount Rushmores #73: B of The Bang
Andy, one half of the hilarious Bang Bang Podcast drops by Badlands to debate the Mount Rushmore of Thrown Together...