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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/29/20)

TWO contract signings in one night?!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw doubles down on contract signings!

Ahead of their Extreme Rules defenses, the WWE World and Raw Women’s Champions have to sign on the dotted line! Will there be two brawls in one night?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Viking Raiders VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Garza & Almas win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Return of the Truth: Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo VS Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy; Rollins & Murphy win.
  • Ruby Riott VS ???; Peyton Royce wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS The Big Show; Big Show win.
  • Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley; MVP wins.
  • Ricochet w/ Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
  • Champions VS Challengers Mixed Tag: Drew McIntyre & Asuka VS Dolph Ziggler & Sasha Banks w/ Bayley; Ziggler & Banks win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens to CHAOS in the ring!

Samoa Joe was presiding over the Raw Women’s Championship contract signing, but it seems Bayley and Sasha Banks got the jump on Asuka before cameras were rolling! Asuka fights back as Joe shouts for security, and referees rush in before Asuka tears into the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions more. Joe calms down and welcomes the fans to the show. Our humble host is guiding us through this “very unique experience.” We were going to have both title match contracts signed at the same time, but Bayley and Banks won’t stop! They go after Asuka again! The refs hurry to pull the three apart from each other and Joe shouts they have three weeks left. This is combustible to say the least, but here comes the Show-Off!

Dolph Ziggler acts surprised by what’s happening as he makes his way to the ring. He swaggers in and picks up a mic as Joe starts an intro. Ziggler say she’s got this, and welcomes the “man with the audacity to not give me what i was owed. The most ungrateful man in the world,” the WWE World Champion for now, “the Colossus himself! The ferocious, monstrous, abominable Drew McIntyre!” McIntyre does make his entrance now and storms up to the ring. Bayley and Sasha return and shout at Asuka but Asuka shouts back. The brawling is forgone this time as McIntyre joins everyone at the table. Joe has Ziggler start.

“Drew, we all know you’re WWE Champion because of me. But let’s dive a little deeper.” Where would McIntyre be without Ziggler? Scratching and clawing his way out of obscurity. Telling anyone who would listen, “I had the world in the palm of my hands and I blew it.” So sad, really. But while McIntyre was shuffling around finding himself, Ziggler was here for 15 years, carrying monsters just like McIntyre on his back. Ziggler knows what McIntyre is willing to go through and to sacrifice for the title. But in the back of McIntyre’s head, he isn’t so sure. At Extreme Rules, McIntyre will hit Ziggler, Ziggler will get back up. McIntyre will give it everything he’s got but Ziggler will do what he does best: survive. And then, the 19 year redemption story disappears, just like that. Ziggler created McIntyre, and he will destroy him.

McIntyre’s response? He stands as Ziggler signs his part of the contract. McIntyre takes it, signs his part, and hands it to Joe. Then he sits back down and says it’s official. Passionate words there, Dolph. There was a time when they were like brothers. Yes, McIntyre was fired and went through hell to become the man and the champion he is today. What he learned is that this is more a mental game than a physical one. And he has figured out why Ziggler needs the title. Not just the ego boost, but because he hasn’t been the center of attention. Ziggler always drops the ball. Always a bridesmaid, never the bride. But at Extreme Rules, McIntyre will hurt Ziggler. Slaughter him. Ziggler will lose because of McIntyre.

But the only person who thinks he has a chance is Ziggler, so as “brothers,” McIntyre will do Ziggler a favor. Ziggler gets to choose a stipulation! Oh really? McIntyre wants to leave this in Ziggler’s  hands? There’s no third chance for you, Drew. Asuka speaks up, shouting in Japanese about Ziggler shutting up and choosing already. And as for Sasha, there’s no way she’s getting Asuka’s belt! Bayley and Sasha tell Joe to tell Asuka to stop. Asuka doesn’t care about all that and she signs her part of the women’s title contract. Sasha says Asuka isn’t facing the person she faced before. Sasha is the Blueprint, the leader, and the conversation. At Extreme Rules, Sasha becomes #TwoBeltsBanks when she wins. Then the double double champions are not only taking over both locker room,s they are taking over the whole damn company! Sasha STAMPS her part of the contract, and Bayley says that will be the horror show!

Asuka BOOTS Sasha and the brawl is back on! Ziggler SUPERKICKS but McIntyre blocks and dumps him down! Ziggler avoids the Claymore and runs for the hills! McIntyre says that was close. Ziggler, Bayley and Banks retreat for now while the champions are more than ready. Will both the Empress of Tomorrow and Scottish Stud stand tall after Extreme Rules? What will Ziggler choose as a stipulation to change that?

 

Angel Garza flirts with referee Jessika Carr.

Knowing she’s the official for his match alongside Andrade Almas, he offers her a night off instead. She refuses and says she’ll see them out there. Charly Caruso comes over and asks what that’s about, but Vega mocks her. Vega just wants fair officiating. What’s Charly’s actually question? Well considering they attacked the Street Profits, does facing the Viking Raiders mean they are hoping to become #1 contenders? Yes, it does. But then Big Show comes in and asks “Smurfette” that he’s pulling rank. His segment is next instead of theirs, because he has beef to settle with Randy Orton. Vega and her stable are obviously upset with “the Jolly Big Blue Giant,” but will they dare do anything to this angry giant?

 

Raw returns to The Big Show in the ring!

“Randy Orton! Come on down!” The Giant eggs the Legend Killer on to try and kill this legend. But instead of The Viper, it’s Vega’s stable. Smurfette, sorry for interrupting the interview but this is important business. You try him and that’s a mistake. DO you understand? Well Orton says Show is a legend, but… Don’t laugh or his fist will be down your throat. “I’ve got boots older than you.” But there’s still just one of you. You two should stand on each other’s shoulders to talk trash to Show. Garza still laughs. It doesn’t matter if Show is a giant or a legend. He will learn what the Profits will soon realize. BLAH BLAH BLAH! Does he want to fight or what?!

Vega says they will do Orton a favor and show them what happens when you disrespect Andrade and Garza. Show’s days are numbered. But say hi to Edge and Christian for them, in the retirement home. But then Ric Flair appears! The Nature Boy struts out onto the stage. “Zelina, you know how much respect I have for you.” But Flair needs a word with his old friend, a legend. No one is going to run Show’s career, focus it on the future, except for “the guy that has three great letters,” the Legend Killer, the Greatest Wrestler Alive Today, and the man that will take Show out whenever he feels. Show wants to know where Orton is but Flair says Orton will show up when he feels like it. Flair is doing the light work.

Flair knows Show has been making cartoons and Netflix shows. That’s great, everyone wants that spot. Show had his run, he’ll be in the Hall of Fame. But if he plays around with Orton, Orton will become an even bigger legend killer, and Show will be outside looking in, again. As for Zelina, go have fun at Show’s expense. Show eggs Almas and Garza on, they toy with him, but here come the Viking Raiders! Erik and Ivar brawl with Garza and Almas on the ramp! Raw goes to break as things get wild again!

 

The Viking Raiders VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

Raw returns as Garza has Erik in a headlock. Garza taunts Ivar but Erik powers out and runs Garza over! Erik runs, Garza drops down, hurdles over, then spins Erik for a whip. Erik goes up and over, rolls and trips Garza for a dead lift waistlock slam! Vega is on commentary to speak to Show’s interruptions. She’s a business woman but she can give you the business. But in the ring, Erik puts Garza in the corner and tags in Ivar. Garza is fed to knee after knee! The crowd roars with the Raiders as Ivar covers, TWO! Ivar drags Garza up, snapmares and uses the Warbeard to scrub his face! The ref counts, Ivar lets up, and tags Erik in.

Ivar rams into Garza, then Erik RAMS into Garza. Erik lets up to tag in Ivar again, and then Erik rams into Garza again. Ivar RAMS Garza, covers, ONE! Ivar looms over Garza as Vega says the tag titles will look better on her team, not the Profits. Ivar throws Garza, drops an ax handle, covers, ONE! Ivar drags Garza up to an armlock, grinding a forearm into the shoulder. Garza fights his way up, but Ivar knees low and tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Garza, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Garza! Cover, TWO! Erik drags Garza up but Garza escapes the suplex. Tag to Almas but Erik hits him first. Erik grabs Garza, off come the pants! Almas sucker punches Erik, Garza SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Almas basement dropkicks Erik away from the Viking corner then soaks up the heat.

Almas stomps Erik while the crowd boos. Almas tags Garza, they mug Erik and Garza stomps a leg. Garza uses a toehold in a cover, ONE, so he KICKS Erik while he’s down. Garza drags Erik from the ropes, covers, TWO! The crowd rallies up and Garza brings Erik up. Almas wants in but Garza clubs away on Erik first. Erik ROCKS Garza with a right! Almas tags in, and intercepts Erik with a shotgun boot! Tag to Garza and now they’re arguing again. Almas tells Vega to do something about Garza, and then he bails?! Vega hurries to work this out again, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Garza is throwing hands on Erik in an open corner. The ref counts, Garza lets up and turns Erik sideways for a KNEE! Garza brings Erik up to club him towards the corner. Vega says she’s the best manager because she got this team to stay together. Almas tags in and throws hands on Erik. Erik fights back and rocks Garza with elbows and shoves Almas away. Almas runs into Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar! Ivar runs in but Garza tags, only to get run over! Almas scoops Garza for a sidewalk slam! Basement splash! Ivar fire sup and the crowd does, too. Almas runs in, Ivar cartwheels and clotheslines! Garza dodges once, but gets the seated senton! Vega is furious as Ivar drags Garza up and scoops him. Garza fights free, shoves but Ivar breaks the line! Handspring but into the dropkick!

Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Vega says her team is just fine as Garza and Ivar crawl. Hot tags to Erik and Almas! Erik blocks Almas, Garza gets caught, the double stack for the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM! Almas is fed to THOR’S- NO! Almas escapes and feeds Ivar to a dropkick from Garza! Erik shotgun knees Garza, Alms gives Ivar CIEN SHADOWS! Erik grabs Almas, Almas has ropes! The ref counts, Erik lets go and Almas throws Erik out. Garza POSTS Erik! Garza puts Erik in, boot feint to ELBOW! Garza tags in, WING CLIPPER!! Almas intercepts Ivar, Vega’s team wins!!

Winners: Angel Garza & Andrade Almas, by pinfall

Vega is happy her team won, but she isn’t seeing the dysfunction for what it is. Will winning the tag titles save this team from self-destructing?

 

Ruby Riott tries to make a call.

Chances are, she’s trying to reach out to Liv Morgan after last week’s loss to Natalya and Lana. But as Ruby redials, the IIconics bad mouth the “little weirdo.” Some people don’t change, do they? After all these years, Ruby has no friends. Is this deja vu or something? Liv isn’t picking up her phone? Like not picking up a win. So she’s a loser, just like Ruby. Ruby zoned out because she was trying to remember who blew their tag title opportunity last week. Who was it? Peyton Royce? Billie Kay? Or both? Well they have each other! Yeah, sure. How about this? ne of you go to the ring and meet Ruby for a match, and then the other can pick up the friend Ruby beats the crap out of. Who’s up for it? Sounds IIc- Don’t. IIIII- NO! Right, okay. IIconic! HAH! Billie and Peyton are annoyed now, but will they be really upset when Ruby backs up her words?

 

Vega tries to stop her team from arguing.

It’s not easy. So in comes Ric Flair. He really liked the team out there, and what Vega was doing. He would like to talk with them, and they go off to who knows where. What kind of deal can The Nature Boy and La Muneca cook up?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas VS R-Truth!

The Stamina Monster came away with this title not so much thanks to his shinobi students, but because Bobby Lashley bulldozed his way after Truth. Will Truth be able to get a fair fight in this rematch? Or will he be without his baby tonight?

The bell rings and Tozawa circles with Truth. They tie up, Tozawa rolls Truth, TWO! Tozawa backs down and Truth nods. They tie up again, Truth headlocks, but Tozawa powers out. Truth holds the ropes to break it down with his dance moves. Tozawa shows off some moves of his own as he powers up the chakra. But then Truth throws him out, and shows off more moves! Tozawa gets in, things speed up, and Tozawa holds ropes. Truth jammed his knee, but it’s a trick! HE rolls Tozawa, and WINS!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

THIRTY SEVEN TIME CHAMPION!! The 24/7, 48-7, 7-11, I-95 SOUTH, European Television Champion- GETS ROLLED UP BY NINJA #1!! TWO!! Ninja #2 runs in. Truth dodges, but has to worry about the third! They go around the timekeeper’s area and to the backstage area! Will Truth survive this chase through the Performance Center?

 

MVP and Bobby Lashley talk backstage.

The Rocky Mountain Machine wants his manager to understand, Apollo Crews disrespected MVP and thereby disrespected Lashley. There better not be another offer to Apollo. No, no, that offer is dead. As dead as Apollo staying United States Champion. Apollo disrespected and OG, MVP respects that. SO before taking everything from Apollo, they’re going to drop some gems so Apollo can learn from his mistakes. Will MVP and Lashley teach Apollo a lesson he won’t forget?

Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy are also backstage.

The Monday Night Messiah tells his disciple that this is Rollins’ most important message to date. He has to deliver it now, before we all lose that chance. Rollins heads to the ring, and we’ll hear that message after the break.

 

Raw returns to Seth Rollins heading to the ring.

With the Mysterio mask in hand, Rollins and his disciple appear before the booing crowd. Things have gotten very personal and very dicey as of late, and Rollins has a mic. The crowd chants “You Suck!” but he doesn’t let it bother him. “Last week, Rey Mysterio, along with his son Dominik, made a very heartwarming return to Monday Night Raw.” Rey stood right in this ring and said nothing was going to stop him from exacting revenge on Rollins. He believes that with all his heart. But so does Rollins. Because Rey has “a duty to uphold.” The problem is, to put it delicately, Rey hasn’t been seeing things clearly. Rey thinks his duty is to the family, to protect them. But Rey’s duty is to be a sacrifice for the sake of Raw! Rollins has given Rey every chance to do this on his own terms, walk away into the sunset, and he has defied Rollins at ever turn!

What Rollins must do now is so important. Rollins tells Rey through the camera, “I need to ask you to forgive me.” He is begging for Rey’s forgiveness. Not for what he has done in the past, but what he is forced to do in the future. We are BOUND by fate! As fate would have it, Rollins is the Monday Night Messiah! As fate would have it, Rey is meant to be the sacrifice for the greater good! And so YES, Rey will step foot in this ring again. And every single time he does, Rollins will be forced to take a piece of Rey. Little by little, he will tear Rey apart, until there is nothing left but a memory. But then Rey speaks on the titantron. Rollins wants Rey’s forgiveness? Rey asks for forgiveness, but not from Rollins. From Dominik.

Rey hopes his son will forgive him for what he’ll do to Rollins. Rey was angry when Dominik tried to fight his battle, but he understands and loves him for it. But now, Rey must do something to Rollins that is just as awful. So Rollins, remember. An eye for an eye. Believe Rey when he says what he does to Rollins isn’t by fate. It is by design. Dominik forgives his father, but will never forgive Rollins. Because what his father does will never be forgotten, and that will be ordained by fate. Bravo, bravo! Strong words! Clearly Rey has taught Dominik well. But there’s one lesson left: Be careful what you wish for. If they continue to stand in the way of the greater good, Rollins will be forced to end Dominik’s career before it even begins. But first, Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo appear! The allies of Mysterio are here to confront Rollins and Murphy! Will they pave the way for Rey’s revenge?

 

Raw returns with Rollins and Murphy still on the outside.

“Ah, yes!” Just the two he was hoping to see. But before he and Murphy put Aleister and Carrillo out of their miseries, he asks why. Why do they keep standing up for Mysterio? Why do they keep fighting his battles when he won’t fight for them? Why is Mysterio Carrillo’s hero? Why does he look up to him like a GOD when he’s a coward? NO! Mysterio is no coward. Rollins is a coward! Rollins is half the man Mysterio is. Aleister says he knows a thing or two about evil. He recognizes evil when he is looking at it. So know there will be no forgiveness, but only atonement for what he has done. Rollins says they think they know evil. They ain’t seen nothing yet! This ends NOW!

Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo VS Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy!

The bell rings and Aleister dodges Murphy’s knee to throw hands! Aleister kicks away then whips, to kitchen sink knee! Rollins gets away from Aleister, so Aleister Penalty KICKS Murphy down! Rollins runs in but gets a ROUNDHOUSE! Murphy tackles Aleister to the corner and rams his shoulder in! Aleister BOOTS back! Then hops up, only for Rollins to trip him up! SUPERKICK from Murphy and Aleister tumbles out of the ring. Rollins tags in and goes after Aleister with stomps and kicks at the barrier! The ref counts, Rollins puts Aleister in and brings him up for haymakers. Aleister staggers to a corner and Rollins throws forearms and body shots.

Rollins whips corner to corner hard and Aleister hits buckles to then hit the mat. Rollins slaps Aleister around then digs his knee into Aleister’s head! The ref counts, Rollins stops at 4, then tags in Murphy. Murphy mugs Aleister with Rollins, but the ref counts. Rollins goes to the corner and Murphy drops knees on Aleister’s back. The crowd rallies up as Aleister endures the half camel clutch. Aleister fights his way up but Murphy pulls hair. Aleister back elbows out hard! Both men fall, Carrillo tags in! Ultimo Ninja rallies on Murphy and bumps him off buckles. Carrillo stomps away on Murphy but Rollins rushes in. Carrillo runs him off but Murphy sucker punches Carrillo! Carrillo comes back, Murphy ducks one kick but not the enziguri!

Carrillo whips, Murphy reverses, but Carrillo springboard crossbodies! Cover, ONE! Rollins runs in but is thrown right out! Murphy puts Carrillo on the apron but Carrillo enziguris again! Carrillo climbs, missile dropkick! Murphy ends up on ropes, but Rollins saves him from a 619! Rollins gets up but gets a BOOT! Carrillo runs and triangle FLIES! BIG plancha and Carrillo wipes Rollins and Murphy both out! The crowd is thunderous as we go to break!

Raw returns and Murphy blocks a kick to trip Carrillo. Carrillo boots Murphy away, Rollins tags in and he brings Carrillo up. Back suplex but Carrillo escapes. Rollins blocks a kick but gets the dragon whip kick! Both men are down and the crowd fires up again. Carrillo reaches but Rollins keeps him from Aleister. Murphy tag sin, but so does Aleister! Aleister BOOTS Rollins, dodges Murphy then rallies with big forearms. Aleister sweeps the legs and hits the knee thrust! Kip up! Rollins runs in, Aleister counter strikes, then DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Aleister slashes the throat and lifts Murphy, but Murphy rolls him! TWO, but Carrillo tags in. Aleister boots then KNEES Murphy! Carrillo gives him a 619!! Cover, Rollins breaks it at the last second!

Aleister throws Rollins but Rollins throws him out. Rollins DIVES and sends Aleister into barriers! Carrillo wrecks Rollins, but Murphy KNEES outta nowhere!! Cover, Aleister breaks it! Aleister drags Murphy out but Murphy boots him away. Murphy goes up top, Carrillo intercepts and the two brawl. Murphy clubs Carrillo, sunset flips but Carrillo stays up. So Murphy tucks him in, SUPERKICK! Rollins tags in as Murphy brings Carrillo out, KNEE STRIKE DOOMSDAY! Cover, TWO!?! Carrillo survives “the greater good” and Rollins can’t believe it! But he’s also rather delighted as he gets to keep hurting Carrillo. Aleister goes after Murphy, Carrillo rolls Rollins! TOW, CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Rollins & Murphy win!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy, by pinfall

But the brawling continues! Aleister goes after Rollins but Murphy goes after Aleister! Rollins helps throw Aleister out, then Murphy brings Aleister up. They dump Aleister into the timekeeper’s area! Then they go after Carrillo. “You wanna stick up for Rey Mysterio?” Then bad things will happen! But Carrillo fights back! He boots Rollins, pushes Murphy into barriers, then fires off hands. But Murphy takes the steps and RAMS Carrillo down! Rollins has a sinister smile, and he grabs the stolen Mysterio mask. “You wanna be a hero?!” Rollins makes Carrillo wear the mask, “You look just like your idol!”

Murphy drags Carrillo to the base steps, and Rollins says this isn’t just for Carrillo’s own good, but the GREATER good! Carrillo fights the step gouging, and Aleister makes the save! Aleister goes after Murphy and BOOTS him away. But Rollins CURB STOMPS Carrillo to the steel steps! It wasn’t the eye gouging he wanted, but Rollins has crushed one of Mysterio’s allies. Will this day of reckoning be the end of the Lucha King or the Monday Night Messiah?

 

Asuka and McIntyre talk backstage.

The Raw Women’s Champion tries to get the world champion to understand how badly she wants after Sasha and Bayley, and he understands. But Sarah asks about the double contract signing turning into a mixed tag match. What do they hope to gain ahead of the PPV? Asuka rants in Japanese, but McIntyre says it in English that the honorary Empress of Claymore Country is going to have some fun ahead of the title match. And Ziggler claims to know McIntyre, thinks he’ll get an advantage. And as for why McIntyre is allowing Ziggler to decide a stipulation, it’s so that when McIntyre wins, Ziggler will have no one left to blame but himself. And as for Sasha, she is not ready for Asuka. Asuka says Ziggler is not ready for Drew! The champions are on the same page already, will they be able to gain a huge advantage this far removed from Extreme Rules?

 

Raw recaps SmackDown’s Tribute to The Undertaker!

Truly one of the best, a true constant of the WWE that also evolved and adapted to keep going. “You can’t do what he did and not love this.” He put it above all else, and we are all fortunate to have witnessed such a career. For a legendary 30 year run that will never be rivaled and never be forgotten, #ThankYouTaker!

 

Ruby Riott prepares for her match.

And Lana comes by. She saw how the IIconics treated her, and Lana couldn’t believe it. How rude! It must be hard not having any friends. Lana, whatever you’re selling, Ruby ain’t buying it. Shouldn’t Lana be off “ruining another promising career?” Just leave her alone. Ouch~. Lana is just trying to help. She was so depressed, couldn’t even get off her couch, eating popcorn and couldn’t even motivate herself to make a new Tiktok video, and someone reminded her who she is and what this Women’s Division is about.

Does Ruby know that “this woman” has more wins than any other woman in WWE history? Yes, more than Trish Stratus, Lita, Charlotte Flair or Becky Lynch. Incredible. We need a leader like her! This woman has even more wins than the current Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka! This woman is someone we can believe it. It’s Natalya. Ruby still shrugs off the sales pitch, but will she be able to focus on whichever IIconic opponent she’s up against?

 

Injury update on Charlotte Flair.

After the incredible battle against Asuka last week, followed by the brutal attack from Nia Jax, The Queen has a fractured collar bone and will be out for some time. When and where will Charlotte return for revenge on the Irresistible Force?

 

Ruby Riott VS ???

No friends but plenty of enemies, and we’re about to find out which one steps up to the plate. It is the Venus Flytrap, Peyton Royce! But will Billie Kay still be a factor being in Peyton’s corner?

The bell rings, Ruby and Peyton circle and Peyton talks some smack. Billie distracts Ruby and Peyton blindsides Ruby with a heel kick! Peyton clubs Ruby and kicks her to a corner while Billie cheers. Peyton wrenches the arm and yanks Ruby down to the mat. Peyton drops knees on the arm and then again. Cover, ONE, and the IIconics are annoyed already. Peyton kicks the bad arm at the ropes, then puts Ruby in a corner. Peyton wraps the arm on the ropes and digs a boot in! The ref counts, Peyton lets up but Ruby hits back. Peyton kicks Ruby down and digs her knee into the ropes! The ref reprimands but Billie mocks Ruby as Peyton wrings her out. Peyton hammerlocks and sits on Ruby to wrench the shoulder.

The crowd rallies as Ruby endures and fights her way up. Ruby reaches back, elbows Peyton over and over, but Peyton stays camped on, for a back suplex onto the bad arm! Cover, TWO! Billie is annoyed for Peyton but Peyton is pretty upset as it is. Peyton stalks Ruby to a corner, but Ruby dodges her attack! Ruby dodges, mule kicks and front kicks! Peyton swings but Ruby catches the arm to fire off forearms! STO! Cover, TWO! Ruby clutches the bad arm but Billie tells Peyton to walk it off. Ruby brings Peyton up with the good arm, wrenches, but Billie distracts again. Ruby runs her off but Peyton O’Conner rolls! TWO, GHOST PIN! TWO! Peyton gamanguris Ruby, then brings her up for an ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, Peyton wins!

Winner: Peyton Royce, by pinfall

Bilie celebrates with her bestie, and mocks Ruby’s pain at the same time. With enemies like these, can Ruby find a friend?

 

Backstage interview with Big Show.

After the confrontation earlier tonight, The Giant now has a handicap match on his hands. Because of the new association with Flair, is this a trap to set him up for Orton? Well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Flair has always been the Dirtiest Player in the Game. Show grew up in South Carolina, so Show saw Flair as a hero. A 13 year old boy at that time saw Flair as the man! He was the “jet plane flyin’, limousine ridin’,” man, the myth, the legend! But Show got in this business, and learned Flair really was the dirtiest player in the game.

And once again, Flair’s mentoring the Apex Predator, making Orton the most dangerous man the WWE’s ever seen. Orton has taken out legends, he has Show in his cross hairs, but Show welcomes that challenge. “Come try me, Randy Orton!” Step into the ring and find out why he is The Big Show. As for Almas and Garza, Show isn’t giving them the big happy Show, but the angry Giant! And Show is bringing that side to the ring, after the break!

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS The Big Show!

El Idolo y El Latino have big mouths but also some big issues. The World’s Largest Athlete looks to make them big examples to The Viper, but will this all turn into a big mistake with Orton lurking in the shadows?

The bell rings and the duo sorts itself out. Almas wants a timeout to decide but Garza bails out first. Almas follows and they argue about who is first. Vega says one of them has to, and Almas says they’ll go in together. Garza agrees, but Almas fakes him out! Show corners Garza but Garza uses the corner as defense. Show tears the shirt off and CHOPS Garza down! Garza sputters as he flounders to another side of the ring, and then Show headbutts him down! Almas finally gets to the corner and looks to make a move, but chooses not to when Show stares him down. Show CHOPS Garza again, then tosses him out. Garza regroups with Vega and Almas, and Almas coaches Garza up. Or jsut wants him to still take the hits…

Garza does get in as the crowd chants for Show. Garza tentatively gets in, then tags Almas in! Show waits for Almas to step up, and the two circle. Almas gets a waistlock but there’s no lifting the Giant. Show powers out and bumps Almas away! Show puts Almas in a corner and CHOPS him! Almas feels that same sting and even Vega needs to take deep breaths. Show brings Almas up and in to TOSS him! Vega says the team needs to work together but Show keeps Almas from Garza. Show scoops and slams Almas down, then looms over him as he writhes. Almas crawls but Show steps on him! Almas tries to fight back with forearms and kicks but Show headbutts him down, too! Vega panics as Show brings Almas up for another headbutt! Almas flounders into Garza and tags him in!

Garza sheepishly steps back into the ring and Show gives him plenty of space. Garza is still very wary, and then leaps, into a hand! Show CHOPS Garza again! Vega is about to fall over from that one. Show whips Garza corner to corner, but runs into a basement dropkick that takes out a leg! Garza kicks away on the leg, then SUPERKICKS Show down! Show sits up but Garza hammers and stomps away! Garza doesn’t let off, except to brag. Almas tags in and Garza is upset again. Vega just wants them both to focus on Show but Garza tries to keep Almas from adding on. They argue, push, and Almas says this is HIS moment. Garza lets him have the moment, because Show gets up. Vega tries to reason with Garza, but Show CHOKE SLAMS Almas down!! Cover, Show wins!

Winner: Big Show, by pinfall

The Giant stands tall, having taught two youngins to respect the veterans. He adds on with the KO PUNCH! Almas is down and the crowd is thunderous, but Show’s wrath is not satisfied. Will Show get his hands on Orton soon enough? Or will he not see the three most dangerous letters coming?

 

Ricochet and Cedric Alexander check in with Apollo Crews backstage.

They know he’s ready for MVP, but Truth comes along with the 24/7 title. Is he okay? He look shook. Truth finally got away from Tozawa and his ninjas. Or did he? Truth is wary of Alexander and Ricochet, but they’re not shinobi. Sorry, Cedric the Entertainer. He’s just paranoid. This title comes with problems. But hey, it’s his favorite real-life superhero! Richard O’Shea! Apollo tells them it’s alright, you just gotta go along with it. Truth knows what it’s like to be a fighting champion, after all. “Y’all have no idea.” Well Truth runs off to keep his baby with him, but will Apollo be able to keep on his own run going?

 

Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley!

The invitation to join Montel Vontavius Porter’s team has been rescinded, but that doesn’t matter to the man who is finally champion. All that matters to Apollo is that he keeps putting up a fight, keeps winning those fights, and keeps the WWE United States Championship around his waist. Will he win this fight when MVP has the Rocky Mountain Machine in his corner? Or is MVP comin’ for that gold?

Before the match, Lashley grabs a mic to say something to MVP. “Before you teach Apollo Crews a lesson in humility, why don’y you illuminate us all on the reasons why you intend to do this?” MVP has a mic to respond. “It’s very simple. When I go home to Miami, the 305,” his whole block comes up to him and says, “MVP, you an OG, man! You made it out the hood! How can I be like you?” MVP says those are lofty aspirations to be just like him. But he can inspire them to do what he has done. What does all this success matter if you don’t give back? Which is why it has been an honor and joy for MVP to help Lashley bring out that potential!

Now, sometimes someone takes a heartfelt gesture and ignorantly rejects it. This is what Apollo has done. MVP is just trying to do that for Apollo. MVP understands this is Apollo’s first title, he’s riding high, MVP has been there. “But when one of the longest reigning United States Champions of all time offers to mentor you, don’t say no.” MVP will NOT be disrespected. Except he will be interrupted! Apollo comes out and even Lashley has to laugh at that one. Apollo asks MVP what he’s talking about. Apollo never disrespected anyone, and certainly not MVP. MVP is a self-made man, but so is Apollo. Don’t sit and give us a speech about giving back. If MVP cared about anyone but himself, he would’ve listened to Apollo the first time. But he didn’t. He kept pushing and pushing. Apollo gets right up to MVP and says that the only person MVP cares about is himself.

Lashley gets heated but MVP keeps him back. MVP admires this fire. But Apollo will find that while he didn’t want MVP as a mentor, he really doesn’t want MVP as an enemy. “Ring that bell, ref.” Lashley steps out, the US Championship is put aside, and this battle of veteran and young star begins!

MVP and Apollo circle, tie up, and MVP headlocks. Apollo powers out but MVP runs him over. MVP dances on Apollo, speeds things up, and fakes Apollo out. Apollo ducks the kick, pops up and huricanranas MVP for a dropkick! Apollo fireman’s carries MVP but MVP grabs the ropes. The ref counts so Apollo dumps MVP down. Lashley drags MVP out to help him up, but Apollo FLIES! MVP gets clear so only Lashley takes the hit, and then MVP rams Apollo into steps! The fighting champion is in trouble as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and MVP has Apollo in a high keylock. Apollo endures as MVP leans on the hold. The crowd rallies, Apollo fights up and fights back, then runs, into a BOOT! MVP covers, TWO! He tries again, TWO! MVP drags Apollo around to trap the arms and add a dragon sleeper. MVP cranks Apollo’s head but the crowds rally up. Apollo fights but MVP clubs him down and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! MVP grows frustrated but brings Apollo up for forearms. Apollo CHOPS back, and the two brawl in the corner. MVP gets the edge with clubbing elbows. MVP whips Apollo corner to corner, runs in, but Apollo dodges! The boot gets hung up on the rope! MVP staggers but into Apollo’s haymakers! Apollo clubs away from all sides and the crowd fires up with him!

Apollo runs corner to corner to clothesline, then whips corner to corner to go again, BIG SPLASH! SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lashley looks worried for MVP as Apollo goes to a corner. Apollo climbs up but Lashley gets on the apron! MVP runs the ropes to trip Apollo up! The ref warns Lashley but MVP BOOTS Apollo! Then PERFECT PLEX! Cover, MVP wins!!

Winner: MVP, by pinfall

The longest reigning WWE United States Champion just pinned the newest one! MVP is comin’, but Apollo goes after him! Apollo takes his frustrations out but Lashley stops him with the All Mighty Full Nelson!! Lashley thrashes Apollo as referees try to stop him! Cedric Alexander and Ricochet rush out to save their friend! Lashley won’t let go, and he even shakes them off! But the enziguri and springboard dropkick finally topple Lashley! Apollo’s allies dare MVP and Lashley to do something! Will something happen after Raw goes to break?

 

Ricochet w/ Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

Raw returns and something is happening! The One and Only is brawling with the All Mighty in a match to defend Apollo’s honor! Ricochet rocks Lashley but Lashley shoves him away. Ricochet goes up and over and CHOPS back! Ricochet throws hands but Lashley pushes him again. Lashley catches Ricochet but Ricochet elbows back. Lashley sweeps the legs and MVP talks smack. Lashley brings Ricochet up and suplexes him. Ricochet sips out, goes up and around to enziguri, only to be caught! Lashley elbows Ricochet back then drags him up for a TOSS! The crowd boos but Lashley takes aim. Ricochet staggers up, and Lashley RAMS him into the corner!

Lashley looms over Ricochet and brings him up for that suplex. Lashley holds Ricochet up for 10 before slamming him down! Cover, TWO! Lashley grows annoyed with Ricochet, but he brings him up to throw him out. Lashley keeps the ref busy as MVP flapjacks Ricochet to the announce desk! Alexander protests but there’s nothing the ref can do about it now. The ref starts a ring count and it climbs to 5 before Ricochet sits up. Lashley goes out to fetch Ricochet, and throws him into barriers! The ring count starts again but Lashley puts Ricochet in the ring. Lashley stalks Ricochet, brings him up, but Ricochet throws body shots! Lashley shoves, scoops Ricochet, and pops him around for the DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!?!

Lashley is furious as Ricochet gets to a corner. Lashley brings Ricochet up to TOSS him again! Ricochet flops to the apron and MVP tells Lashley to finish him! Alexander checks on Ricochet but has to back off as Lashley storms over. Lashley brings Ricochet up to TOSS him across the way! MVP says, “Show him!” Lashley scoops Ricochet, and POSTS him!! Ricochet flies off and hits the floor, Lashley gets back in the ring, just to refresh the count! Lashley drags Ricochet up and into the ring, then takes aim again. Ricochet manages to stand, Lashley runs in, but Ricochet flops back down. Lashley decides the Spear isn’t needed, he stalks Ricochet, to put on the FULL- NO! Ricochet is fighting it off! It’s only a half, and then Ricochet escapes! Ricochet dumps Lashley out!

The crowd cheers as this former United States Champion gets up and leaps! But into Lashley’s arms! And then into another fireman’s carry, only for Ricochet to slip out! Lashley posts himself! Ricochet gets in the ring, Lashley follows at the count of 7. Ricochet runs, springboards, LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives but Ricochet fires himself up! Ricochet puts Lashley in a drop zone, goes up top, but MVP distracts now. Alexander trips MVP up! Ricochet leaps over Lashley, comes back, dropkick-flip and enziguri! Lashley wobbles into a SUPERKICK! Ricochet aims again, BUZZ- NO! The kick is blocked, Lashley reels Ricochet in, ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPINE BUSTER! Lashley is furious and demands Ricochet stand. Ricochet sits up, ALL MIGHTY FULL NELSON!! Ricochet taps, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

But Lashley won’t let go until he’s satisfied! Lashley has his own blood pouring from cuts on his face, but he wants more! He puts Alexander in the full nelson!! Lashley thrashes Alexander until he’s down, and stands tall with MVP in the ring. Will MVP take Apollo’s title for his own? Will Lashley destroy all in his path to get back to the world title?

 

Dolph Ziggler talks with Sasha and Bayley backstage.

The Show-Off says this is going to work. This is a great team here. He’s a big fan of theirs, by the way. Going into Extreme Rules, they’re going to get into McIntyre’s head. He’ll take over, be a player coach of sorts. That’s so funny, Ziggler. Because the last time they saw him, he was on their show, SmackDown. And if they remember correctly, some mystery hacker exposed Ziggler trying to sabotage Otis x Mandy. In that same time, Bayley and Sasha have been dominating the WWE Women’s Division. Good point. The point being, don’t screw this up for Sasha! Ziggler understands, and is confident they’ll all be champion soon enough. The golden mixed tag main is after the break!

 

Champions VS Challengers Mixed Tag: Drew McIntyre & Asuka VS Dolph Ziggler & Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!

The Scottish Stud of Claymore Country teams up with the Empress of Tomorrow to give everyone a preview of “the horror show” of Extreme Rules. But the Show-Off still has a major decision to make, and The Boss has a golden insurance policy in #BayleyDosStraps. Chaos opened the show, but will it end the night in this championship crossover?

The teams sort out, and Bayley joins commentary to show she can do better than the Raw table just like she does SmackDown’s. McIntyre and Ziggler start and they circle. They tie up, Ziggler goes after a leg but McIntyre throws him right off! The crowd is fired up as McIntyre grins at Ziggler, but Ziggler gets up to go again. They tie up, Ziggler tries the other leg, but McIntyre still throws him off! Ziggler lands on his feet this time and says he knows McIntyre better than he knows himself. But McIntyre CHOPS him down! Guess Ziggler didn’t know that was coming. McIntyre bumps Ziggler off buckles then CHOPS him again! Ziggler flops down but McIntyre is still on him. McIntyre puts Ziggler through ropes but Ziggler elbows back! FAMOUSER! Cover, ONE!!

Ziggler keeps focus as Bayley brags for Ziggler, but McIntyre powers Ziggler away again. McIntyre eggs Ziggler on, but Sasha tags in. Asuka comes in automatically and Bayley says this is the real main event now. Sasha and Asuka egg each other on and start shoving. Asuka swings but misses, Sasha shoves and ducks, and things speed up. Asuka runs and runs Sasha over! Bayley is upset by that but Asuka keeps moving. Sasha dodges the corner hip attack and has things cool off. Asuka swings on Sasha again, but Sasha spins her for the chinlock! Asuka spins out before a Backstabber, and wants the Asuka Lock! Sasha reaches out to Ziggler, but Ziggler gets in, only for McIntyre to scoop him! Ziggler slips out, only to get a GLASGOW KISS!

Sasha gets free of Asuka but Asuka mule kicks and BACK HANDS! The challengers bail out and the champions stand tall! Bayley asks if Sasha is okay, and to a lesser degree if Ziggler is. The challengers regroup while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and Ziggler has McIntyre in a sleeper hold! McIntyre throws Ziggler off hard, but Ziggler is back again! Bayley is enjoying this, but McIntyre throws Ziggler off again. McIntyre runs in and elbows through Ziggler’s boot! McIntyre drags Ziggler up to CHOP him down! And then he lifts Ziggler, for the INVERTED ALABAMA SL- Into a victory roll! TWO, and Ziggler kicks. McIntyre blocks, Ziggler ducks the punch, and jumps to hit the satellite DDT! Bayley is pumped for her partner’s partner! Ziggler crawls towards his corner, hot tag to Sasha! Asuka gets in and dropkick Sasha first! And then pop-up KNEES! Asuka runs corner to corner, hip attack! Mule kick! SNAP GERMAN!

Asuka keeps moving, Sliding Wizard! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is relieved but Asuka won’t let up. Asuka fires up, the crowd fires up with her, and Asuka runs again. Hip attack sends Sasha down from the apron! Bayley distracts Asuka with neener-neener, and Sasha trips Asuka up! “Who falls for this?” Sasha hits APRON METEORA! She puts Asuka in, covers, TWO!! Asuka lives and Sasha is furious! Bayley is still confident as Sasha rains down right hands on Asuka. Sasha cools off but Asuka kicks back. Sasha stomps Asuka down, drags her up, and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO! Sasha drags Asuka back up into a chinlock but the crowd rallies up. Asuka endures, fights up and fights out. Asuka whips Sasha, Sasha reverses but runs into boots. Sasha turns Asuka sideways, STOCK DROP KNEES! Cover, TWO!!

Bayley isn’t losing confidence as Sasha still has this. Sasha paces about before bringing Asuka up. Sasha has a sleeper, then chicken wings. Sasha brings Asuka down for a motorcycle stretch! Asuka endures, but she fights her way back up. Asuka hip bumps out then kicks, only for Sasha to block and KNEE! But Asuka CODE BREAKERS back! Both women are down and the crowd rallies hard. Asuka and Sasha crawl, hot tag to Ziggler! McIntyre gets in and runs Ziggler over! McIntyre whips, and THROWS Ziggler overhead! Ziggler flounders into ANOTHER! McIntyre goes to the corner, goes up top, and aims for the falling ax handles! And the kip up! The crowd is thunderous again as McIntyre glares at Ziggler. Ziggler stands, McIntyre reels him in, but no Future Shock. McIntyre shoves, Ziggler tilt-o-whirls, but no DDT! McIntyre powers out, Sasha tags in!

McIntyre throws Ziggler out but Sasha gets in McIntyre’s face. “I run this place, I’m the Legit Boss!” McIntyre can’t touch Sasha, so he JABS Ziggler off the apron! Asuka slides in as Sasha is furiously shouting at McIntyre. Asuka stalks right up to Sasha, to ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is relieved but denies she’s nervous. McIntyre scoops Ziggler, but Ziggler slips out to POST McIntyre! Asuka drags Sasha up into the chicken wing, but Sasha drops down to victory roll! TWO, Sasha ducks the kick, TWO! CROSSFACE! The Bank Statement is on deep and Bayley is confident. Asuka turns, pries free, and hits a flying armbar takedown, into the ASUKA LOCK! But Sasha slips out before it’s on, has a cover, Sasha and Ziggler win!!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall

The Blueprint pins the Raw Women’s Champion!! It’s a tag team victory, but can Sasha do it all again when it’s just 1v1? And as for Ziggler, he survives the Scottish Stud, what stipulation will he cook up to ruin McIntyre’s redemption story?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode of Raw. They hyped up both the world title and Raw Women’s title contract signings, but I didn’t realize they were going to have them both at once. It turned out great, in my opinion. They probably didn’t need the chaos right at the very start but it was definitely a great surprise to open with. The promos were really good, the extra brawling was good, and the mixed tag main event that resulted was great! Bayley was hilarious and on point as a Heel on commentary, and it makes sense for the Heels/challengers to win now. The Faces/champions need to feel the pressure a bit. In McIntyre’s case, he’s still certain to win, even with Ziggler still poised to choose something crazy for their title match. Asuka might actually be the one in danger because the plan for SummerSlam could still be a huge Women’s Championship match involving all three brands.

It was good to have a replay of the Taker tribute video, and I was surprised they didn’t go for longer. Big Show getting involved with Zelina and her stable, which in turn means they’re getting involved with the Randy Orton story, is quite intriguing. Garza and Almas win the tag match with the Viking Raiders but their dysfunction costs them against Show, so the stable still hasn’t really gotten their footing. Though it feels like the stable is already over, and someone is turning Face. While Vega left with Garza as Almas was left high and dry, I feel like Almas and Vega should stick together as the original combination, and Garza finds a way to be the #LethalLothario as a Face.

Ruby has good story development with The IIconics and Lana, but I sense this all turns towards Liv coming to Ruby’s rescue at some point. The IIconics, Lana & Natty, and then a somewhat reunited Riott Squad become a Triple Threat Tag to determine WWE Women’s Tag title contenders, but not necessarily for SummerSlam or even Survivor Series. Truth wins again, but a part of me was hoping they’d stretch things out until the Swamp Fight match Strowman and Wyatt are having. Truth showing up randomly in that swamp would be an odd but hilarious cameo for something that is clearly meant to become “the horror show” part of Extreme Rules this year.

Truth’s bit with Apollo, Ricochet and Alexander was great, and their segment with MVP and Lashley was really good. MVP and Lashley both get really good wins tonight, and while MVP looks poised to get the US title, I wonder if Lashley starts to feel cheated that he doesn’t have a title when MVP promised him one time and again. Seth Rollins has a good promo, Mysterio and Dominik have a good counter promo, and then the tag team match with Aleister and Carrillo was really good. Carrillo getting stomped out, perhaps the Six Man Tag I predicted actually does have Dominik join in for his first match. That’d be pretty great, as it ties back to Dominik wanting to wrestle alongside his father at some point.

My score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)

What is the State of the Bloodline?

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Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.

Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
  • The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline arrives.

Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!

The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?

The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.

Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!

Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!

Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!

Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!

Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!

Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!

Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.

But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?

 

SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.

Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.

Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!

Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!

The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!

The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!

Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!

Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!

Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!

Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?

 

The Bloodline sits in their private room.

Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.

Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?

 

The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!

“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?

SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.

Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!

Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!

Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?

WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.

Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!

As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?

SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.

Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!

Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!

Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!

Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)

The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?

 

Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.

Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.

Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”

Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.

Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”

So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.

Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”

Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”

Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”

Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?


My Thoughts:

This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.

Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.

The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.

Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.

My Score: 8.8/10


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