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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/19/20)

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

SmackDown is FUN-NOMENAL!

YOWIE WOWIE! Bray Wyatt returns to SmackDown for an all new Firefly Fun House! Plus, AJ Styles celebrates becoming WWE Intercontinental Champion!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle; Riddle wins.
  • Chad Gable VS Mojo Rawley; Gable wins.
  • The New Day VS Lucha House Party; The New Day wins.
  • Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss; Banks wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown opens with an Intercontinental Championship Presentation!

SmackDown superstars surround the ring to witness this special occasion. Renee Young is in the ring with the title belt as she introduces the preeminent star of this and any generation. The Face that Runs the Place, AJ Styles, makes his way to the ring! The New Day copies Styles’ posing while there is a mixed reaction from the crowd. Styles says he loves this. Renee did perfect in listing his accolades, he’s like an achievement machine. And why wouldn’t he be? He’s back int he House That AJ Styles Built! That’s why he invited everyone here to see this historic moment. He wants them to know that this is as close as they’re going to get to the Intercontinental Championship!

Renee brings up that this is the one title Styles had yet o win, so what does this milestone mean? A lot of things. Vindication. That what he has always said was right. Cream rises to the top! Life’s rewards are for those who climb up and grab it, not those who sit back and want hand outs. But Styles could go on and on about himself, but he wants to give the people what they want. Wait, hold on! Styles says Renee is great at this and all, but she’s not right for this honor. There is only one person qualified to present the title to him. Where is he? Not Baron Corbin, not Cesaro… Daniel Bryan! “Come give the champ his title.” Aw c’mon, Bryan. Styles won fair and square. Just have a little respect for a championship that he said means so much to him.

Bryan does climb into the ring and walks over to the pedestal. All he has to do is put the belt around Styles’ waist and congratulate him. The crowd chants, “NO! NO!” but Styles says it is the respectful thing to do. Styles beat Bryan to get this belt, after all. Just don’t do anything stupid. Bryan picks the belt up, but Styles senses the hesitation. Is it that Styles undermines everything Bryan has said about being champion? “That’s despicable.” Bryan’s better than that, so put the title on Styles’ waist already. Be a man about it. He is a man, isn’t he? Prove it. Bryan looks at the belt long and hard, but Styles changes his mind. If Bryan is a coward, that’s fine. Bryan has Styles turn around to put the belt on him. Make sure it’s on tight.

The belt is secure, Styles feels good, but he doesn’t like Bryan’s mumbled congratulations. No one heard it! Do it like a man! Bryan grabs a mic and is willing to give a speech. “Congratulations, AJ Styles. Last week, you were the better man.” They may disagree about a lot, Bryan infinitely respects his in-ring ability. To add to that, Bryan thinks Styles is going to be a great Intercontinental Champion> In fact, he could be the greatest IC Champion EVER! What about that? If Styles shows up every week, pushes himself, and defends the title against the amazing talent around the ring that are hungry for it. Imagine that legacy! Styles VS Chad Gable! Styles VS Gran Metalik! Imagine Styles VS Big E! WOW!

Styles puts a stop to that. Styles is sorry Bryan said anything. Bryan’s vision is not Styles’ vision. A select few, those on Styles’ level, get their opportunities at this title. And Bryan is the bottom of the list. Well if Styles likes people earning things, then he should be more than happy to defend the title against Drew Gulak, given he pinned Styles two weeks ago! Gulak EARNED it, so defend it! The crowd now chants “YES! YES!” because they want Styles to back up his words. Styles says he is NOT Daniel Bryan. He is NOT giving hand outs. If someone wants their opportunity, they need to earn it by becoming #1 contender. The next person that wants to stand up and run their mouth will deal with the consequences.

“Bro…” MATT RIDDLE is here! The Original Bro joins Styles in the ring as the crowd chants for him. “What’s up, bro?” Matt Riddle introduces himself but Styles says he knows who he is. The talk of the town is just some dude with no shoes in Styles’ ring. Riddle never wears shoes, bro. Not the point. Styles just sees another human wanting a hand out. They come in different shapes and sizes. Bro, Riddle doesn’t want to be given something. He’s giving Styles advice. Styles is the Face that Runs the Place? Riddle is here to inform Styles that he’s the Bro That’s Gonna Run the Show. Styles puts the belt on the pedestal to fire off haymakers! But Riddle comes back with knees and a KICK! Styles is stuck in the ropes, Riddle dumps him out! Corbin and Cesaro ask Styles what’s up with that, and Riddle is ready to fight! Styles demands a referee to give Riddle a fight! Is SmackDown about to get BRONOMENAL?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle!

SmackDown returns and it’s time to #brodown! And Riddle’s debutt is going to be for the workhorse title! Will Riddle become a golden bro? Or will Styles kick him to the back of the line?

But wait! As the introductions are made, Styles scratches out that championship detail! He is pretty sure Riddle didn’t see the sign: “No shirt, no shoes, no championship title match for you!” Well that’s not cool, bro. But Riddle just shrugs it off and looks ready to earn a victory!

AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle!

The bell rings, the crowd and ringside superstars are already fired up, and Riddle blocks a kick to spin Styles into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Riddle knees Styles then dead lift gut wrench suplexes! Float over and another dead lift, to another gut wrench! Styles writhes, Riddle covers, ONE! Riddle kicks Styles while he’s down and stomps him, to then ground ‘n’ pound. Styles gets the ropes but Riddle backs off. Riddle brings Styles up but Styles jawbreakers back. Styles whips Riddle but Riddle holds ropes. Riddle breaks free, kicks, but Styles ducks to waitlock. Riddle standing switches but Styles backs him to a corner. The ref counts, Styles elbows Riddle, but walks into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO!

Riddle keeps his cool as the crowd and fellow superstars cheer him on. BROTON! Cover, ONE, but Riddle clamps on with a facelock. Riddle grinds Styles down, goes after the arm and gets a double wristlock. Styles fights up, pulls hair and rakes eyes to put Riddle in a corner. Styles rams his shoulder in again and again, then CHOPS! Riddle CHOPS back! And again! Riddle rams into Styles and fires off body shots! Riddle clubs away on Styles and the crowd is all fired up. But Styles dropkicks Riddle down! Styles catches his breath as he stalks Riddle. Styles puts Riddle in the corner to fire off punches and stomps. Styles drags Riddle up to bump off other buckles, then brings him out. Riddle fires off heavy hands and backs Styles into a corner for kicks! Riddle lets off, and Styles throat chops!

Styles clotheslines Riddle out to the apron! He drags Riddle up by his hair but Riddle forearms back! Riddle trips and drags Styles but Styles kicks him into Corbin! Corbin shoves Riddle and now the Wolf King and Bro have beef! Things are red hot as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns as Riddle endures a chinlock. The crowd and superstars rally up as Riddle fights to his feet. Riddle pries at the hold but Styles throws him down! The ref reprimands about the hair pulling but Styles just shrugs it off to bring Riddle up. Styles ROCKS Riddle with forearms then scoops him for a running backbreaker! Riddle writhes while Styles looms over him. Styles brings Riddle up for elbows and kicks! Riddle just glares at Styles but Styles keeps kicking. Styles SWATS Riddle down then brings him up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Riddle gets up but Styles throws hands. Riddle CHOPS, Styles forearms, then bumps Riddle off buckles. Styles rakes Riddle’s face on the ropes! The ref reprimands but Styles just grins.

Styles brings Riddle up to snapmare him, and runs for a knee drop! The crowd boos while Styles brings Riddle back up. Riddle throws hands, forearms, palm strikes and kicks. Styles blocks one to DRAGON SCREW! Riddle goes to a corner but Styles KICKS the bad leg out! Riddle gets to another corner but Styles is on him. Riddle hits back, but Styles wrenches, only for Riddle to ROCK him! Riddle grabs a leg but the ref counts for the ropebreak. Styles turns things around, hits low and whips. Riddle blocks again, but his roundhouse misses and Styles CHOP BLOCKS! Riddle falls and Corbin talks trash as Styles stomps him to a corner. Styles grabs the leg but Riddle KNEES out! Riddle throws hands, but Styles hits the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles grabs Riddle but Riddle fisherman suplexes out!

Both men are down but the crowd and superstars rally up. Riddle goes to a corner, Styles goes to the other. Styles runs in but Riddle dodges, to come back with a forearm! And then another! Riddle BROSPLODERS Styles away, runs to Penalty Kick. Styles dodges, and he dodges the standing moonsault, but not the BROTON! Cover, TWO! Riddle drags Styles right into a BROMISSION!! Styles endures, flails, bridges back to a cover, TWO! Styles gasps for air, but Riddle fireman’s carries for a pop-up. Styles slips through to get the CALF CRUSHER!! Riddle endures as Styles cranks back, but Riddle crawls around to the ROPEBREAK! Styles holds on until 4 and Bryan coaches Riddle up. The crowd is thunderous as Styles sits up. Styles sees Riddle on the apron and goes to the outside. Styles pushes Bryan out of the way!

Bryan is heated but Gable and Gulak keep him back. Styles pushes Riddle into the ring then climbs up. Styles goes back out to get in Bryan’s face about going after him. The Lucha House Party also keeps Bryan back, and Styles takes aim at Riddle. Springboard, but into the gut wrench, tuck, BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

INCREDI-BRO! The debutt isn’t golden, but it’s almost as good! Riddle beat the Intercontinental Champion fair and square, did he just earn his title op-bro-tunity?

 

SmackDown returns to an exclusive interview with Jeff Hardy.

The Charismatic Enigma confronted the Celtic Warrior head on with everything he had at Backlash, but it wasn’t enough to win. Renee Young thanks Hardy for taking this time to speak. How has he been this past week? A bit of a roller coast, physically and emotionally. He just came back from injury two months ago. He’s 42 years old, trying to turn his life around, though it’s felt that way for his entire adult life. The bad times haunt him if he lets them. He’s doing what’s best for his family. Just when it looks like he’s turning things around, as he extinguish one fire, another fire springs up. The struggle is real.

The rivalry with Sheamus is rather uncomfortable as he targets Hardy’s struggles. Hardy’s redemption came up short at Backlash, how has he been dealing with that loss? Hardy’s lost a lot and will surely lose more. But Sheamus is a constant reminder about what hardy doesn’t like about himself. It creates a negative mindset that makes him just want to beat the holy hell out of Sheamus and shut him up. It’ll prove that Hardy’s spirit is resilient and he can overcome. But there’s another part in losing that the doubts creep in. “Am I good enough anymore? Am I bad performer? A bad husband? A bad father?” The darkness comes back, but the bottom line is, the one thing he’s learned in life is that he has to catch himself before the train of thought spirals out of control.

Sheamus may call him a junkie, Hardy may start to believe it, but it isn’t true. Hardy needs to step back and see things for what they are. Yes, he is a junkie, for adrenaline. He’s a recovering alcoholic but he’s recovering. Sheamus’ problem isn’t with Hardy, it’s with Sheamus. Sheamus is a bully that sees vulnerability as weakness. Hardy’s overcome worse, so Sheamus is just another obstacle on the road to redemption. Hardy is a “humanomaly,” and is far from done.

 

Backstage interview with Shorty G, Chad Gable.

He is moments away from a match with Mojo Rawley, a man who stands an extra 8 inches tall and weighs an extra 80 pounds more. Is Gable worried? It’s on his mind, but fotrutnatley, it isn’t about height, weight or that you’re friends with Gronk. Speaking of Mojo, he walks up behind Gable to mock his height with hand gestures. Gable has wrestled heavyweights all his life, and they’re all the same. The best thing about wrestling a bigger opponent is that they don’t know what it’s like to have eyes in the back of their head. Gable DECKS Mojo, then makes his entrance. Will Gable show Mojo that having a big ego isn’t an advantage?

 

Chad Gable VS Mojo Rawley!

SmackDown returns as the bell rings, and Mojo tackles Gable to the corner! Mojo rams his shoulders in then throws Gable to another corner. Mojo stomps a mudhole and toys with Gable. “You’re real funny!” Mojo whips Gable corner to corner hard, then looms over him on the mat. He drags Gable up, Gable sunset flips, then rolls to get the Ankle Lock! Mojo swats Gable off, but runs into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Gable keeps moving but Mojo flapjack hotshots him down! Mojo runs to POUNCE Gable off his feet! Cover, TWO!! Mojo is all over Gable with ground ‘n’ pound and trash talk. The crowd boos as Mojo looms over Gable. Mojo drags Gable up into the chinbar half nelson and leans on the hold. Gable endures as the crowd rallies up. Mojo whips, Gable ducks and tilt-o-whirls to a SLEEPER! But Mojo throws him off, only for Gable to throw him out.

Gable gets to a corner, Mojo leaps into the ring and corner splashes him! Mojo looms over Gable again, brings him back up, and then runs corner to corner. Gable dodges and Mojo hits buckles! GERMAN SUPLEX! Mojo is down but Gable heads to a corner. Gable climbs up, Mojo stands, Gable LEAPS! Mojo catches him, but Gable shifts to a cradle! GABLE WINS!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall

Shorty G just got the best of Mojo! Gable feels on top of the world, but will he be able to stay on top?

 

SmackDown returns to Miz TV!

The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century welcome us back to the Most Must-See Talk Show in WWE history. Before getting to their guest, they need to address the elephant in the room. Otis? No, their Backlash defeat. John Morrison had the champion pinned but Miz dragged him off. Yes, Miz got caught up in the moment, but what’s most interesting about that is why it happened? And why did it happen? They changed the rules! They were preparing to be co-champions, and yet are told last minute that the man to pin Braun Strowman is the sole champion. They don’t change the rules so suddenly like that anywhere else! World Series? NO! Super Bowl? NO! NBA Finals? NO! Because you just don’t.

And then there was the “canned ham covered in body hair,” Otis! Mr. Money in the Bank took their focus off the ball because he teased the cash-in. They were constantly looking over their shoulder for Otis and his buddy, Tucky. Do you have any idea how hard it is to fight for a title when you’re basically outnumbered? If it weren’t of Otis, one of these two would be champion. But speaking of Otis, that brings them to their guest. She is involved in one of the most “intriguing” romances in WWE history, as well as one of the most vicious rivalries in SmackDown history. Give it up for Mandy Rose! The sweet peach heads to the ring and takes a seat.

Now before getting to that “relationship,” let’s talk what’s going on with her best friend- Former best friend. Right, right, right. How long were they bets friends for? Five years. Five, whole, years! And did Mandy ever notice she was upstaging Sonya Deville? Stealing the spotlight? Being a terrible friend? And that Sonya was the better fighter anyway? Sorry, what? Guys, c’mon, she didn’t come out here to be insulted. She’s leaving. Aw, no, wait! They’re just joking around. They aren’t taking her seriously, so Miz will be serious when he says he has a surprise for her! “Hit the music!” It’s SONYA! Figures. Sonya asks Mandy what’s wrong. Didn’t think she’d be invited to the party? Sorry but here she is. Wow, really? Still on this? Mandy can get Sonya being mad, but Sonya is the one who tried to sabotage Mandy’s career and personal life! So whatever it is she thinks Mandy did to her, she’s DONE playing the game.

Done? Mandy thinks they’re done? Sonya wishes they could be done! But y’know what? Sonya just can’t, because week after week, she watches MANDY get the spotlight! And then she thinks, “What has Mandy done to deserve that?!” If it wasn’t for Miz & Morrison, Sonya probably wouldn’t even be out here tonight! Sonya would be stuck in catering twiddling her thumbs. Did she not see the promotions for tonight’s show? Of course Mandy hasn’t, because she doesn’t care. But it was “Mandy Rose on Miz TV.” Yeah, but where’s Sonya? The thing Sonya keeps asking is, “What is it you’ve done with these opportunities, Mandy?” Won matches? Nope. Said anything of any value or interest? Nope. Hold on, Sonya will come up with something. Oh, right! She made out with Otis in the pool so everyone can see it. Congrats! 2020 is a great year for you!

Mandy just wants this to stop! What does Sonya even want? Yes, okay, Sonya can hurt her physically, but she’s still here. Sonya can hurt Mandy emotionally, or at least try. But unlike Sonya, Mandy has people by her side. Otis has been there for her! He was loyal from day one! So Mandy asks Sonya: What is it that Sonya has besides being a fighter? She’s alone. So how much longer is Sonya going to hold on to her petty resentment? Oof, she want there? Sonya says she’ll break this down simply for even Mandy to understand. It isn’t anger anymore. It’s confusion! Sonya can’t figure out what she has to do to get the Mandy Rose treatment here! Sonya is here, trying to figure out the differences between them. She looks at herself, then Mandy, and back again. And all she sees is this. Her outfit? Her body? If this is why, when Sonya is superior in literally every other single way…! Well, then Sonya is done, too.

Mandy thinks she’s better than her? Sonya vows to take the one thing that matters to Mandy. Sonya will rip Mandy apart piece, by piece, by piece, until her outside is just as hideous as her inside. And then Sonya DECKS Mandy and rains down furious rights! Miz and Morrison clear some space while cheering on the scrap! Mandy tries to hit back but Sonya shoves her away. Sonya takes off the jacket and the brawling continues! Mandy actually gets Sonya down, but they get back up. Miz and Morrison stand in Mandy’s way for Sonya to bail out. “YOU’RE GONNA RESPECT ME, MANDY!” Miz says he didn’t mean to get in the way, but Mandy SLAPS him! Is the melt down of Fire & Desire only going to become an inferno before the Summer is over?

 

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions return to SmackDown!

The Boss and #BayleyDosStraps are still holding up those tag titles after getting through NXT’s Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox last Wednesday. They join commentary as part of Bayley’s birthday week. They’re feeling so good, they might even take Corey Graves’ and Michael Cole’s jobs! What will the #GoldenRoleModels say and do as they watch whatever match is up next?

 

The New Day VS Lucha House Party!

Awwww~ people at hooome~! SmackDown returns as Kofi Kingston and Big E bring their tag team championships to the ring, and throw their jackets at Graves again. Bayley is taking notes on how to improve her own sass. But Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado want to make sure everyone takes note of what they can do 2v2 with the champs! Will it finally be #LuchaLit in the SmackDown Tag Division?

The teams sort out and Kofi starts with the Golden Lynx. They circle, approach, tie up, and Lince wrenches to a wirstlock. Lince kicks, wrenches, but Kofi handsprings and wrenches back. Kofi clamps down on the shoulder, but Lince handsprings, cartwheels and rolls to headscissor and throw Kofi to a cover, ONE! Kofi backs off and the crowd cheers. Lince and Kofi tie up, Kofi waistlocks, Lince switches, but Kofi breaks free to wrench and whip Lince to a corner. Lince goes up and over but Kofi does, too! Double dropkicks cancel out and the crowd fires up. Kofi and Lince tie up again and Kofi waistlocks. They go around, Kofi whips, Lince rolls off the back to tag in Metalik. Metalik enziguris Kofi away and springboards up to use Lince for the elevated splash! Cover, TWO!

Metalik keeps on Kofi with clubbing forearms but Kofi hits back. Kofi whips, Metalik reverses, but Kofi tags Big E and dodges to boot Metalik back! Big E grabs Metalik for the belly2belly slam! Bayley claims credit for that move, but then Kofi leap frogs Big E to leg drop Metalik! Lince runs in, but Big E uses an OVERHEAD belly2belly to throw him out of the ring! Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura are watching backstage as Kofi tags in. Kofi builds speed but Metalik pulls down ropes to dump Kofi out! Lince enziguris Big E then Metalik springboard missile dropkicks! Big E bails out, Metalik springboard PLANCHAS onto Kofi! Lince does the same to Big E! LHP has control and the Golden Role Models are fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as the crowd rallies up. Big E has Lince in a camel clutch but Lince fights his way out. Lince throws hands, Big E shoves him away but he runs into a boot! Lince elbows then goes up top, to leap into Big E’s arms! Big E shifts but Lince slips out, only to run into Big E’s elbow! Big E runs and runs to BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lince survives but Big E drags him up to put on the cobra twist! The crowd claps along as Big E bends Lince and clamp son a hand. Lince fights free but Big E whips him away, only to get the GOLDEN REWIND! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Metalik and Kofi! Kofi springboards to clobber Metalik! Kofi throws chops and a dropkick! Kofi runs, Metalik dodges and mul ekicks to then CHOP! Metalik whips, Kofi reverss, but Metalik boots and SLING-DOGS!

Metalik fires up, runs the ropes in the corner, but springboards into Kofi’s dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives but Kofi takes aim. Kofi spins but Metalik dodges Trouble in Paradise to fireman’s carry. Lince tags in, climbs up and leaps over to huricanrana Big E! METALIK DRIVER to Kofi! Lince is up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, but Big E barrels through Metalik to break it! LHP goes after Big E and kicks him out. They dodge Kofi, DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Lince and Metalik each go up top, but Big E shoves Metalik down! Kofi avoids Lince, to DOUBLE STOMP!! Tag to Big E, MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover, New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

But KINSHASA from Nakamura outta nowhere! Cesaro fireman’s carries Kofi for a TOSS to the corner! The Artist Collective drags Big E up, Gotch Neutralizer! The crowd boos but this isn’t all! Cesaro swings Kofi into the KINSHASA!! Bayley and Sasha give the Collective their headsets to speak. “We are sick and tired of being overlooked!” They beat the New Day last week but aren’t even mentioned tonight! This an international heavy-hitting team, the last of a dying breed, and yet they’re treated like this? They’re sick and tired of it! Cesaro and Nakamura dare Cole to say otherwise. Will the Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style finally get the respect they demand?

 

The rest of the SmackDown Women’s Division meets backstage.

Alexa Bliss can’t take this any more. Sasha and Bayley are “insufferable.” She and Nikki Cross- Naomi speaks up, “What you mean you and Nikki?” Last time we checked, they had their chance and they lost. Lacey Evans says the last time she was in the ring with Sasha, Sasha was done with a fist print on her face. Lacey will do the same to Bayley. Tamina isn’t going to let Lacey just declare herself Bayley’s next challenger. Well she did, ya nasty. Dana Brooke says those two are disrespecting them all! They all deserve a chance to knock some sense into Bayley and Sasha and show that they are not just filler. But hold on. Where IS Nikki? They all wonder that. Is Nikki even in the building?

 

SmackDown returns to a backstage interview with Sheamus.

The Celtic Warrior responds to Jeff Hardy’s interview. “Watching the interview, I realized things have become pretty serious between me and Jeff. Lines have been crossed and… When Jeff came out and said I was a bully, it really made me think.” It made him proud to be a bully! Hardy deserves to be bullied for being so pathetic and weak! And Sheamus enjoyed Brogue kicking Hardy’s head at Backlash. Sheamus’ only regret is that he didn’t crush Hardy’s voice box so that we wouldn’t have to listen to that “mopey, depressing garbage that came out of his filthy junkie mouth.” What was it Hardy said? He’s resilient, strong and turned his life around. But you don’t have to be a genius to see that deep down, Hardy doesn’t believe it.

That’s where Sheamus comes in. If Hardy can’t lift himself up, then Sheamus will gladly do it for him. And with a smile on his face, in a way only a true Irishman can! So everyone, have a pint as we toast the one and only Jeff Hardy! Bayley and Sasha are still on commentary, they definitely want in on that. But will Sheamus’ “toast” to Hardy be anything but respectful?

Nikki Cross attacks Bayley and Sasha!

She springs up from behind and throws Bayley’s chair over! Then she grabs Sasha and throws her onto the desk! Nikki clubs away and bumps Sasha off the desk, but she’s 2v1 as Bayley comes back. Nikki elbows Bayley away and clobbers Sasha more! Alexa hurries out to get Nikki off the champions. Bayley shouts for Alexa to handle her “little mutt friend,” but Alexa says Nikki is no mutt. Nikki demands Sasha face her 1v1 because “I want some action!” The Boss doesn’t want to, but Bayley accepts the challenge on her behalf?! Bayley is putting Sasha into another sticky situation, is she finally writing a check Banks can’t cash?

 

Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss!

SmackDown reutrns as Sasha stomps away on Nikki but lets up at the ref’s count. The crowd rallies for Nikki while Sasha taunts her. Nikki hits back and dropkicks Sasha down! Nikki runs in but Sasha begs for mercy. Sasha apologizes, but Nikki doesn’t care. Nikki runs but is sent out of the ring. Sasha runs but the baseball slide ends up in the apron skirt! Nikki hammers away on Sasha until the ref counts. Nikki goes wild as ever, brings Sasha up and into the ring at 6 to then climb up top at 7. Sasha bails out but Nikki just hops to the apron, to CROSSBODY! Nikki is all fired up and Bayley is panicked as Nikki puts Sasha back in. Sasha gets to a corner, Nikki runs corner to corner, corner splash! But the bulldog is denied with a whip to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO!

Sasha and Bayley are both furious but the crowd rallies up for Nikki. Sasha grinds her boot into Nikki but lets up at 4. She stalks Nikki to a corner and brings her up to snapmare for a thrashing chinlock. Nikki endures and fights her way up. But Sasha knees her down and pulls on the arms. Sasha taunts Nikki that she’ll never be a contender, but Nikki fights out! Nikki throws elbows and then a throat chop! Sasha flounders into a low headbutt! Nikki sips to the apron, shoulders in and swings to dropkick Sasha down! Nikki bangs her head before climbing up, but Sasha trips her up! Sasha climbs up but Nikki bumps her into the buckle over and over and over! Nikki stops at the ref’s count, then adjusts for a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives but Nikki keeps on her.

Nikki brings Sasha up, drapes her on ropes, but Sasha springs out to bring her around. Sasha shoulder sin then knees from the apron, to roll her into the CROSSFACE! Nikki pops out and bounces Sasha off the mat! Nikki ghost pins, TWO!! Sasha gets up, spins Nikki around, but Nikki drops down to victory roll! TWO, Sasha has the cover, TWO! Nikki runs, Sasha follows, back drop becomes a sunset flip but Sasha slips out to METEORA! Cover, Sasha wins!!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by pinfall

The Boss survives the loony lass, but she and Bayley are headed for a rematch with the IIconics. Will the Golden Role Models stay golden on a title-filled Monday Night Raw?

 

The WWE congratulate Titus O’Neil for being a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award Finalist!

The Real Deal is certainly that when it comes to his role as a community outreach ambassador. Titus has been a major player in both the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Special Olympics. Through his own foundation, he has used his platform to raise millions for local charities, such as The Joy of Giving, Tampa Bay’s annual holiday event for underprivileged children. Titus’ tireless efforts has earned him much recognition, and is the 2020 South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Titus authored his first book, There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid. He wants the world better in every way possible. If it is done with love, respect and truth, positive change is inevitable. Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders. As a dedicated father and philanthropist, the WWE congratulates him on this newest accomplishment.

 

Braun Strowman sees the Firefly Fun House is coming.

The Monster Among Men is seething. Will he have something to say in response to tonight’s return episode?

 

Next week, the WWE Intercontinental Championship will be on the line!

But not against The Bro, Matt Riddle. AJ Styles is actually taking Daniel Bryan’s challenge to let Drew Gulak have his shot! Will the Philly Stretcher be able to break the Phenomenal Reign already? Or will Styles prove Gulak is not on his level?

 

SmackDown presents a new Firefly Fun House!

Bray Wyatt waves hi and says bonjour! It has been way too long! Did they miss him? He can’t wait to tell us what he’s been up to. He joined a book club, he learned the latest Tiktok moves, and mastered the dark art of resurrecting the dead! But oh, and he learned how to knit, and infiltrated a Reptilian stronghold. “I see you…” Ramblin’ Rabbit appears and says Bray was actually just sitting in a corner, muttering to himself about how he lost to Braun at Money in the Bank. Strowman pulled the wool over Bray’s eyes and kept the Universal Championship that night. Remember? Thanks for the reminder, rabbit… But yes, Bray did lose. In defeat, Bray realized he want about this all wrong. Braun is someone he’s known for a long, long time.

Speaking of, BRAUN heads to the ring! No more talk from Bray as the WWE Universal Champion goes to the ring. Strowman roars and the crowd roars with him. Bray is not pleased to see this. Strowman grabs a mic to say, “Look, Bray. Before you even get started, just don’t.” Bray had his opportunity and failed! “There are no more games. This story between me and you? It’s over.” Bray laughs really hard at that. That chapter may be over, but Bray wasn’t lying about resurrecting the dead. “Our story is just gettin’ started.” The Bray Wyatt of old is back! “What’s wrong, brother? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.” Well, in order for us all to move forward, we must first take a step back, to where it all began. Bray Wyatt created Braun Strowman. Therefore, it is Bray’s duty to destroy him. You know where to find him, Braun. Just follow the buzzards. “RUN.” The Eater of Worlds has returned!! What does this mean for the future of SmackDown and ALL of the WWE?!


My Thoughts:

What a great SmackDown! Matt Riddle still has his SmackDown debut despite accusations coming out about him and others. Covering #SpeakingOut is for a different article, but the reason it doesn’t affect this week’s episode is because this week was another pretaped one. Riddle and Styles have an incredible match for their first time, but sadly this might be all Riddle gets, should the facts reflect poorly on Riddle. Styles giving Gulak his shot next week is actually a great move, because it’s two birds with one stone. Gulak did pin Styles, and now that Styles is champion, that means Gulak pinned the champion and has a legit argument. At the same time, Styles is avoiding Riddle, who clearly was more than Styles expected. I don’t think Gulak wins, but we’ll have to wait and see if Styles VS Riddle for the title happens.

Gable gets a great win over Mojo, but I’m not sure where it goes. It would be great if Gable keeps winning to earn a shot at the Intercontinental Championship, and even Shorty G could be used as a way for Styles to avoid facing Riddle. And given how Riddle was sent into Corbin, those two could have a part in the story while Riddle fights to “earn” the rank of #1 contender, so that Styles VS Riddle isn’t at Extreme Rules in a month but at SummerSlam for a huge match. But again, time will tell. I like that there’s interweaving of stories between Miz, Morrison, Mandy and Sonya. I would love to see a Six Person Tag, Mandy and Heavy Machinery VS Sonya and The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century before having payoffs at Extreme Rules. I still hope the Women’s Extreme Rules goes to Sonya VS Mandy for this one, that’d be awesome.

I liked that the Women’s Tag Champions were ringside to watch the Men’s Tag Champions. While they probably won’t ever have a match against each other, it was nice to tease that Bayley & Banks want to prove they’re a better tag team than The New Day. New Day have a really good match with Lucha House Party but it also worked as a great segue to Cesaro and Nakamura attacking. That tag title match should be for Extreme Rules to have them go all out in some form of No Disqualifications match. Nikki Cross going after Sasha and Bayley was great, but obviously Sasha won tonight so she and Bayley can roll strong into Raw to face The IIconics. I sense something big brewing to determine a contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, so I really hope it somehow circles back to pitting Sasha and Bayley against each other.

Sheamus is doubling down on Hardy while he’s ahead. That “toast” will probably become a roast and bring us towards the tiebreaker between Sheamus and Hardy. A No Disqualifications match at Extreme Rules would be pretty fitting of the story they’ve built, and the result would have more finality to it. And though almost barely fit in for the show, Braun and Bray coming back around for another go is great! Especially after Bray “resurrected” his Eater of Worlds gimmick! Bray going deeper into a Faces of Foley mode is great stuff, and being able to shuffle between Firefly Bray, Face of Fear Bray and Fiend Bray will allow for some freshness in his feuds. This probably doesn’t end at Extreme Rules, so that SummerSlam will finally give us Strowman VS Fiend for something really big.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)

And you thought last week was big!

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205 Live doubles down on historic matches!

Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
  • Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.

PLAY BY PLAY

205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.

It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.

The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!

How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?

The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!

Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!

Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!

Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!

Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?

 

Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!

The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?

The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!

Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.

Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.

Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!

Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!

Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?


My Thoughts:

A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.

Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)

Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?

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Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!

SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay; Charlotte & Asuka win.
  • Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler; Cesaro wins.
  • Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella; Sasha wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Crews wins by disqualification, Big E retains the title.
  • Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Head of the Table, with Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, is back to open SmackDown, but no Jey Uso? Roman and Heyman are not in a good mood after the bait ‘n’ switch Adam Pearce pulled over on them with Kevin Owens. Heyman hands Roman a mic as fans boo and give thumbs down on their screens. “So KO said he was going to deliver a message today, huh?” Or is he not? No, we’re not going to see Kevin Owens tonight because Roman said so. Now let’s talk about last week and “card subject to change.” Real clever. A lot of people made comments about Pearce getting one past them, outsmarted them.

But let’s make this clear: “That way of thinking is beneath me.” Card subject to change is how losers think. It’s how people who are scared to come to work think. Roman doesn’t miss appearances, he puts in work! Legitimately! It took Roman’ sown health being at risk during a pandemic to keep him away. So he never wants to hear anyone say anything about him missing appearances. But what if Roma started thinking like “a puss” like Pearce, talking about his elbow and shoulder hurting. No one would doubt it because of the work Roman puts in! Roman’s knees hurt, and so does his neck. But what else? His ankles have been bad since college. And his back… Heyman says just the weight of it all is making Roman’s back hurt, because Roman’s been carrying the WWE for YEARS!

But what if Roman’s back continues to hurt until the Royal Rumble? What if he can’t make it because of that? Pearce walks out and says this is going too far. Heyman says Pearce is being rude not even addressing Roman. Pearce says this is spiraling out of control, and Roman can’t believe he wants to talk about control. We know who is in control. But what’s out of control is that Pearce is going against Roman. That Pearce is doing a favor and putting Kevin back into the Universal title picture. And the fact that Pearce is favoring Kevin! This isn’t even really a favor. Pearce is Kevin’s BITCH! And he’s also Roman’s bitch.

But what Roman really can’t stand right now, is Pearce having the audacity coming out here and complaining about how his body feels. Pearce hasn’t been in a match for six YEARS, but he’s talking about how his body hurts. Pearce is next to the thoroughbred of the WWE, a man who does 52 weeks a year, multiple days a week! Roman never complained, never stopped and busts his ass for this place, and that is why Roman is who Roman is! And Pearce is going to complain, whine, MOAN about stuff? “No wonder you never made it to the WWE.” Heyman chuckles at that one.

Pearce asks if this is funny to Heyman. It is. Pearce can take it from Roman but he won’t take it from Heyman. Oh? Well that’s disrespectful. Disrespecting Heyman is disrespecting Roman. Heyman, straighten Pearce out. Heyman is given the mic to speak. Pearce disrespected the Tribal Chief and his family. Heyman’s known his family 15 years. Roman’s family would not be friends with someone who isn’t tough! Do you know what it is like to be a friend of the Anoa’i family? Everyone buys into Heyman’s persona, that he’s “impotent as a man.” Heyman’s from New York, he whoop yo’ ASS for disrespecting the chief. Wanna stare Heyman down?

Heyman may not be a lawyer but he’s from a synagogue full of them. In Florida, a verbal contract is BINDING. So if you want something big for the main event, how about this? Pearce VS PAUL HEYMAN! What?! Heyman offers a handshake, and Pearce TAKES IT! The challenge is accepted!! Pearce will have his first match in six years, against Paul E. Dangerously! Roman says at the end of the night, Pearce gets his ass kicked. #BelieveThat.

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

He has a sign with #JusticeForSami on it, and he brings out cuffs?! Sami is going to cuff himself to the ringside barriers as a form of protest because he is not part of tonight’s Intercontinental Championship! How will WWE officials respond to Sami’s sudden SmackDown sit-in?

SmackDown returns and Sami claims he is being victimized, but he will enter the Royal Rumble to counter it! Sami says he had Apollo Crews beat, though with hands somehow on Apollo’s tights. But then Apollo does the same thing back to him and Apollo wins?! That is not fair! But then the Empress of Tomorrow interrupts Sami with her entrance, followed by The Queen’s! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here!

Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay!

The Queens of Tomorrow have a lot going on as individuals on Raw, but they return to SmackDown to focus on their teamwork! Meanwhile, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott haven’t been able to focus with the Femme Fatale frantically interfering. Will Billie be a burden as the Squad has a chance at earning a championship opportunity?

As the teams sort out, Natalya and Tamina are watching from backstage. The bell rings as Charlotte and Ruby start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Charlotte pushes Ruby to ropes. Ruby pushes back but Charlotte headlocks and throws Ruby down. Ruby keeps her shoulders up, fights to her feet, but Asuka tags in. Charlotte snapmares Ruby, Asuka runs Ruby over with a shoulder! Asuka headlocks Ruby, Ruby fights up but Charlotte tags back in. The Queens of Tomorrow hand Ruby off and Charlotte bumps Ruby off buckles! Charlotte digs her boot into Ruby’s head but lets off at 4. Ruby flounders, Charlotte taunts her to reach for Liv, then CLUBS her down.

Charlotte looms over Ruby, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Ruby falls over, Billie protests on the apron but Charlotte runs her off. Ruby rushes at Charlotte but into an elbow! Liv tags in as Billie shouts at Charlotte! Ruby rushes Charlotte but is thrown out, and Charlotte grabs at Billie! Liv apron dropkicks Charlotte back in! Liv hurries up top and leaps to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie can’t believe she’s being helpful as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Charlotte blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Charlotte stomps away on Liv, backs off as the ref counts, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap on their screens, Charlotte scoops Liv but Liv slips out. Liv runs, Ruby tags in, Liv huricanranas and Ruby runs in to tilt-o-whirl! Charlotte blocks the headscissors but Ruby fires off forearms! Ruby goes up and gives Charlotte DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, Sami is still filming his protest, and the Squad double SLAMS Charlotte down! Cover, ONE! Liv tags Ruby back in, they stomp away on Charlotte in a corner, and then tag again.

Ruby and Liv bring Charlotte out, double whip but charlotte stops herself to kick and forearm and CHOP! Charlotte CHOPS away, throws Ruby into buckles then kicks Liv low! EXPLODER! And kip up! Charlotte fires up but misses Liv in the corner. Liv runs into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Asuka, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Ruby runs but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Liv dropkicks Charlotte and enziguris Asuka! But Asuka has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv tries to roll through but gets caught to a trapped-leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka kicks but misses, Liv rolls her to swing. Asuka blocks, reels Liv in, but Ruby tags!

Asuka lets Liv go to get Ruby, but Billie distracts! The O’Conner roll is rolled over but Billie argues too long! That costs Ruby, she has to kick Asuka! Liv saves Ruby from the hip attack but falls on Billie! Ruby SUPERKICKS but Asuka counters the Riott Kick to the pop-up KNEE! Asuka runs, tags Charlotte, CODE BREAKER to NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!

Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall

Billie went from helping to hindering the Squad again! Will this partnership fall apart before Billie’s very eyes?

 

Billie finds the Squad backstage.

She apologizes for, for… For what, Billie? Stopping Ruby from pinning Asuka? Messing this opportunity up for them?! Yeah… Well for someone who doesn’t mean to, she’s pretty good at it. Maybe that should be put on the resume. Well, all the great teams have overcome obstacles! Billie has good news, though. She talked to Sonya Deville and the Squad is in the Women’s Rumble match! They can practice throwing Billie out over the ropes! Billie can pretend to be Bianca or Mella! No, there is no “us” anymore. The Squad works better when it’s just Ruby and Liv. Sorry. Will Billie ever catch a break?

 

Daniel Bryan is here!

And he goes past Sami’s new sign, where SAMI is an acronym: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Clever. Bryan goes to the ring and fans join in the “YES!” fingers on their screens. Bryan says a week from this Sunday is one of the most unique and historic traditions in the WWE, the Royal Rumble match. And even saying that, this time of year, a chill goes down Bryan’s spine. It’s a little hard to explain why but Bryan will give it his best shot. “It’s the uncertainty of what number you’re going to. It’s watching the countdown for every superstar that comes out. It’s waiting for that buzzer to hit, for that music to play, for you to run down, nobody knows that you’re coming, and you don’t know who’s coming out next!

“It’s the exhilaration of competing against 29 other superstars that could go over an hour, and it’s every man for themselves.” One of the most challenging, grueling things you can do in the WWE, and that makes Bryan feel alive. Despite all the pain, all the uncertainty, it is absolutely worth it because the winner gets to face the champion of their choosing in the main event of WrestleMania! Bryan is very proud of his career, he’s accomplished a lot. But the one thing he has never done is win a Royal Rumble! Experts, commentary, Michael Cole even, will say- Cesaro interrupts!

Cesaro thought he beat some sense into Bryan last week, but here Bryan is again talking about how he’ll win the Rumble. Cesaro appreciates Bryan explaining the rules, but Cesaro could’ve done it better and in five languages. But that’s besides the point. Bryan is NOT winning this year’s Rumble, Cesaro is. As the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Cesaro is an expert on this. Bryan didn’t forget about the loss, but instead of talking, how about putting the mics down, and they can fight it out again? Cesaro says no. Cesaro is sick and tired of proving himself week after week doing the same thing over and over! He beat Bryan, and Bryan isn’t dressed for the occasion, Cesaro issues an open challenge! Anyone who has already declared for the Rumble, come on down!

The one to answer the open challenge is… Dolph Ziggler! One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions is here asking about the conversation. Ziggler has been in the second most Rumbles ever. Ziggler can go all night long, ask anyone. And aside from himself and his colleague, Robert Roode, there is no one that can go toe-to-toe with Ziggler except maybe Cesaro. No offense to Bryan but it ain’t 2014 anymore. But if we’re talking about a Rumble challenge, Ziggler wants to win to go to Mania and get paid! So Bryan, scoot over, and Cesaro, consider your challenge accepted. Will the Show-Off show up the Swiss Cyborg?

Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!

SmackDown returns and Bryan has joined commentary for this great match-up already underway. Ziggler has Cesaro down and has a leg, gets a cover, TWO! Cesaro gets a lateral press but Ziggler keeps his shoulder up. Cesaro pushes him around, gut wrenches and lifts but Ziggler resists by grabbing Cesaro’s leg again. Ziggler shifts, rolls, has a cover, ONE! Cesaro tries a cover, ONE! Cesaro waistlocks but Ziggler gets the ropes. Ziggler elbows Cesaro away then jumps on for a sleeper hold! Cesaro stays up, RAMS Ziggler into buckles and is free. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Ziggler with that EuroUpper! Ziggler flounders into a trip and then a SWISS SWING!

Cesaro brings Ziggler around and around for a count of 10, then maybe 15 even, or 20! Cesaro throws Ziggler, covers, TWO! Ziggler survives the swing, Cesaro stalks him to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST! Ziggler rolls Cesaro up, TWO! Cesaro back drops, Ziggler sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro sits on the cover, TWO! Ziggler sunsets, TWO! Cesaro, TWO! Ziggler, TOW! Cesaro high stacks, TWO! Ziggler pops him to a cover, TWO! SUPER- No, Cesaro blocks but uppercuts into a backslide,. Cesaro slips out, but into a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! And yes, Sami is still protesting. He’s even memeing! “Sami was robbed, change my mind.”

Cesaro and Ziggler slowly rise and Ziggler sleeper holds again! Cesaro gets up, shifts Ziggler from backpack to a front facelock, for a suplex! Ziggler knees free, kicks low then runs, into a pop-up! Ziggler tries to huricanrana, but Cesaro makes it a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

Michael Cole points out this is two times in a row that Cesaro has beaten a former world champion! Will Cesaro take the Rumble and be a WrestleMania contender?

 

Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella!

It is very rare for WWE to do co-ed matches like this, and certain against a champion like The Boss against the sommelier in employment of The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island. Will Reginald ruin Sasha’s momentum towards the rematch with Mella?

SmackDown returns and Mella makes her entrance to accompany Reginald to the ring, two other assistants bringing the champagne and drinking glasses to the ring for them. Mella and the champagne join commentary as the bell rings. Sasha tells Reggie it’s time to put up or shut up, but Reggie presents her with an orange rose. Sasha accepts the rose but goes to slap Reggie! He blocks, only for Sasha to SLAP him with the other hand! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and uses the ropes to arm-drag, but Reggie handsprings through! Mella says that’s her Reggie! Reggie waistlocks but Sasha resists the lift and slips out the back to switch. Reggie does the same and rolls right out of the ring!

Reggie plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and does a back flip off the apron! But Sasha wrecks him with a baseball slide dropkick! Sasha whips Reggie at the steel steps but Reggie leaps up and over! Mella applauds the bit of flair, Sasha gives chase, they go in the ring and speed things up with hurdle for hurdle. Reggie shows off with that flip, Sasha goes up and springboards, but Reggie blocks the sunset flip! Reggie wheelbarrows Sasha but she turns that into a BULLDOG! Sasha wants Mella to see why she’s the boss, but Sasha misses the meteora to hit buckles! Sasha avoids Reggie’s elbow drop, Oklahoma roll but Reggie slips out!

Reggie avoids Sasha’s dropkick to bomb lift, but Sasha arm-drags free! Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she knees Reggie away! Sasha goes up, leaps, crossbody but Reggie holds her up! Reggie pops Sasha up but into another arm-drag! Reggie is sent out, Sasha hurries to the apron, METEORA! Sasha slaps the champagne out of Mella’s hand! Sasha goes back into the ring with Reggie, brings him in for a backstabber but he rolls through! Sasha kicks him, and knuckle locks to flip up and into another METEORA! Mella sneers but Sasha tilt-o-whirls and drags Reggie down by his arm! BANK STATEMENT!! Reggie taps, Sasha wins!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission

Sasha got her revenge on Reggie, and throws him out to Mella! Will Sasha do the same to the Princess at the Royal Rumble?

 

Roman Reigns sits in his private room.

Heyman says Roman was brilliant. They got Pearce! “We? What’re you talking about?” Heyman knew what Roman was up to, he fed right into it. Roman simply passed Heyman the mic to do what he does better than anyone, and that is verbally rip someone to shreds. Roman didn’t say Heyman should challenge Pearce to a match. But Heyman has stepped into it, so he has to do this. Roman didn’t hire some punk to be Special Counsel, he hired a man. So Heyman needs to go out there and represent Roman as a man and handle business. “Paul, be a man. Handle your business.” The Special Counsel has no words, will he have no defense against Pearce?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!

Sami Zayn is irate as Big E taunts him with the belt. But Sami is not the champion’s concern, he’s taking on the man in the ring! Big E and Apollo have been in friendly competition, but after what Heyman told both of them over these last few weeks on Talking Smack, will all of that go out the window?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to #ThinkBig or go home!

Apollo rushes Big E but right into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Apollo goes to the apron, Big E follows and stomps him, to then run and APRON SPLASH! Big E is fired up and gets back in to run at Apollo. Apollo elbows back, BOOTS back, then runs, into a scoop! Apollo slips off, and ENZIGURIS! Big E wobbles into a BOOT! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps focus as he stalks Big E. Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES Big E! Apollo holds on to GERMAN again! Big E elbows over and over until he’s free, and he gets Apollo with the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he goes out after Apollo.

Big E and Apollo end up by the announce desk. Big E tells Apollo he’ll never make the mistake of disrespecting him again. Apollo pushes Big E away, then dodges him to go up the apron and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! Apollo gets Big E back in at the ring count of 8 then climbs up top! Big E hits Apollo first then climbs up to join him. Big E throws forearms, stands Apollo up, but Apollo resists the superplex! Apollo throws headbutts as fans clap on their screens! Big E falls back, Apollo adjusts, but Sami uncuffs himself! Sami’s strike is over as Apollo leaps to missile dropkick Big E!

Apollo resets but Sami HELLUVA KICKS him!! SAMI SCREWS APOLLO!

Winner: Apollo Crews by disqualification (Big E is still WWE Intercontinental Championship)

And then Sami HELLUVA KICKS Big E! And Sami has the nerve to talk about injustice! Sami says HE is the champion, but that this is what Big E and Apollo deserve! Will Sami get what he deserves soon enough?

 

Kevin Owens speaks.

“I showed up to work today, and I was told I couldn’t get into the building because Roman Reigns pulled some strings to make sure I wouldn’t be there. Roman, dude… It’s fine. But just know this: at the Royal Rumble, there’s no more strings for you to pull.” At the Rumble, they will settle this once and for all. And Roman calls Kevin “a cockroach that won’t die,” and tells him to just stop fighting, but Kevin can’t do that. Roman has yet to beat Kevin like the champion he claims to be. Roman did not earn those victories. The family did that for him.

And the other reason Kevin keeps fighting is this. Kevin has a lot of tattoos, and they all have a story behind them. He has his wife’s name on his wrist, his kids’ names on the other side, then one to remind him of his parents. Kevin fights for all of them, but he has tattoos on his knuckles. These are his grandfathers’ initials: M for Melvin, his dad’s dad, and P is for Pierre, his mom’s dad. Those men had Kevin’s back all the way. They were his biggest fans, and nothing made them happier than seeing Kevin in the ring. The biggest regret Kevin will have is that he didn’t make it to the WWE in time for them to see, because they both passed away just before.

But they will always be with Kevin. The mark they left on Kevin will always be there, because both men battled illnesses that should’ve made their lives a lot shorter. Those two men refused to quit, and because of that, Kevin was lucky to have many, many great years with them. So how can Kevin stop fighting? That is why Kevin will not stay away and why he will #JustKeepFighting. That is why come Royal Rumble, Kevin will be the Last Man Standing.

 

The Street Profits have a basket.

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins see Ziggler talking with Sonya, and have a quick question: Are you ready~, ready~? This is a celebratory basket for congratulating Sonya on her new job and office! But don’t jump the gun! They’re not just congratulating her on the new gig. She sits next to Pearce, looking pretty, but they have business. It has been two, two weeks, since the Profits lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Ziggler & Roode, Entertainment Dysfunction. Put that on a t-shirt, it’ll make millions! But that aside, the Profits- Sonya knows they want their rematch. She’s so smart!

Sonya knows they were champions for 312 days, won two Slammy Awards, so yes they deserve a rematch. But Ford is still recovering from the leg injury. If he gets in that ring too soon, gets hurt and is out of action, that hurts SmackDown as a whole. So hear her out: For now, hang out, keep doing your segments to hype the show, and let another team get the opportunity. Then when Ford is 100%, he and Dawkins get back in the game and back in the title picture. Cool with t hat, fam? yeah, that’s cool. Golly, Sonya, thanks for your concern. Enjoy the basket! It’s expensive. But will the long wait really work out in the Profits’ favor?

 

Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair!

The Role Model wants The EST to prove she’s still got it when it comes to being the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, etc. Therefore, SmackDown is setting up a truly challenging obstacle course for them both to run! Who backs up their words, after the break?

SmackDown returns and Michael Cole presides over this special competition, and gives the introductions for Bianca, then for Bayley. Bayley takes over and says DING DONG, BYE Cole. This is her show now! And look, Bianca, this is what Bayley has for her. America Ninja Warrior ain’t got nothing on UAOCC! This is of course timed, starting right here with the “big ol’ 400 pound tractor tire,” which you only need to flip once. Go down the ramp, take on the short hurdles, climb the trio of military walls. And then Bayley even got advice from Chad Gable and Alpha Academy, he will put you through the full body test, the fireman’s carry!

But that’s not all! The very last challenge is grab the basketball, put it through the net, and time stops at the exact moment the ball exits the bottom of the net! The competitor with the shortest time is of course the winner! Let’s get the clock going, and Bayley wants to go first. Bianca says that’s fine, and we begin… NOW! Bayley flips the tire, hurries down the ramp, though not quite that quickly, and takes on the hop hurdles to go right at the military walls. The short one seems to throw her off, and she just weaves around them?! Is that allowed?

Bayley fireman’s carries Gable, and he seems to be heavier than he looks. Bianca “cheers” Bayley on as she goes from one end to another, then she gets the ball to DUNK- no, wait, there! Bayley finishes at 1:12. But she says she did Bianca a favor. “Let’s EST up this course,” all for Bianca. Oh, the hurdles are now full hurdles, and Bianca wraps her braid. GO! Bianca easily flips the tire, runs down the ramp., leaps the hurdles, leaps the walls, but she isn’t carrying Gable, but OTIS! Bianca has 40 seconds, she carries the 330 pound Otis with ease, then gets the ball and even dares Bayley to play D! She breaks ankles and DUNKS! She had 17 seconds to spare!

Winner: Bianca Belair

Sorry, Bayley, but that’s the power of the EST! Bayley is a sore loser and throws the ball at Bianca! And then hammers away with forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands but Bayley doesn’t care, as she POSTS Bianca and knocks down the basketball hoop! Bayley storms off, perhaps having proven she’s the meanest on the roster.

 

Rey Mysterio coaches Dominik backstage.

Rey reviews with Dom that Baron Corbin is a former boxer, so he has to watch out for the hands. Dom says Rey can trust him to have this. Dom is comfortable with his skills and has prepared. Okay, then we’ll do it his way. But if something goes wrong, they do it Rey’s way. That’s fair. Dom heads out, will he be able to trump the Wolf King?

 

Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!

SmackDown returns as Corbin is already in the ring. Dominik makes his entrance, leaving Rey backstage so he can handle things. The bell rings and Dom circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Dom to a corner but Dom dodges the hands to throw hands of his own! Dom rams his shoulder in but Corbin shoves him away. Dom dropkicks but Corbin stays up. Dom whips, Corbin reverses but Dom wheelbarrows and throws Corbin out of the ring! The ring count climbs but Dom slingshots, only for Corbin to get clear and CLOBBER him! Corbin drags Dom up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Corbin already glares at the ref as he grows annoyed.

Corbin stalks Dom, drags him to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Corbin hops off at 4, then drags Dom up to throw body shots! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4 again, then stands Dom up. Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard! Dom bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Corbin takes his time bringing Dom back up. Corbin brings Dom around, reel shim in but Dom slips out to dropkick a leg! Corbin ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up but the call is blocked! Corbin drags Dom from ropes, yanks but Dom lands on his feet, only for Corbin to DECK him! Corbin reels Dom in and hits END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

The Wolf King wins because he did this his way! Will the Mysterios regroup and draw up a winning game plan?

 

Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns!

Scrap Daddy’s switcheroo not only got the better of the Special Counsel last week, it might be why he stuck his foot in his mouth this week! Will Pearce’s return to the ring also get the better of Paul E. Dangerously? Has the Head of the Table truly left Heyman hanging?

Heyman is taping his hands on his way to the ring, but stumbles off the steps? The ref checks on Heyman but he says he’s fine. Give him a minute to walk it off. Heyman fumbles on the steps again and Pearce smells a plot. After all, he let his “bum leg” be why Kevin Owens is back in the title match. And just as he knew, Heyman cites “card subject to change.” This was the trump card Heyman had up his sleeve! Roman did NOT leave the building, he’s heading to the ring! Now that the bait ‘n’ switch is on the other foot, will Scrap Daddy be scrap metal?

Adam Pearce VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!

Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Pearce the second he’s in the ring! This isn’t even a match because the bell hasn’t rung! Heyman says he has obviously found a suitable replacement, and Roman is pulling steps apart. Pearce throws a haymaker! Roman glares at Pearce, and LOW BLOW KICKS him! And then throws Pearce OVER the barriers! Roman is snarling as he goes around the way to drag Pearce up and throw him INTO ThunderDome screens! And then he drags Pearce up to throw heavy forearms! And then throws him into stage wall! Fans give thumbs down but that’s not going to save Pearce from Roman’s wrath!

Roman fireman’s carries Pearce and puts him on the upper level, the same place he threw Kevin off of. But speaking of, Kevin runs in and attacks Roman! Kevin saves Pearce as he throws haymakers and bumps Roman off barriers! Roman throws Kevin into screens, throws haymakers of his own, then they brawl to ringside! It’s Royal Rumble come early! Roman puts Kevin in the ring, storms in but into a USUPERKICK! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCH- NO! STUNNER from Kevin!! Kevin dares Roman to get back up! Roman sputters as he gets out of the ring but Kevin whips him into barriers! And clubs away on his back!

Referees rush out to try and stop this, and Kevin backs off to cool off. But then Kevin comes back to STOMP Roman into barriers! Roman flounders back up, referees try to talk Kevin down, and even Pat Buck, Pearce’s coworker. But Kevin gets past them to give Roman another STUNNER! Kevin wants Heyman to say something but Heyman has nothing to say! So Kevin brings Roman over, pops him up, POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Kevin is pulling steel steps apart! The refs keep him from bringing that over to Roman! Kevin says Roman’s lucky the officials are here to stop him, but it won’t happen at the Royal Rumble! Will Kevin truly #StunTheWorld when he is THE Last Man Standing?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that honestly could’ve been a go-home to the Royal Rumble in some cases. Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad was good, but naturally the champions win, mostly because Billie was too involved. She has been kicked out of the Riott Squad, though she wasn’t really a member to begin with, but I feel like they could’ve gone another week, though. Natty & Tamina were watching backstage, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get a match with Charlotte & Asuka, even if they were to lose. The match of Sasha Banks VS Reginald was pretty good, mostly because Reggie is insanely athletic. Depending on how the story goes of him being Mella’s sommelier, maybe he can split off and get into like 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division to freshen things up a bit.

But of course Sasha wins, she’s the champion. I have a feeling this means the go-home sees Mella standing tall so that Sasha is still the favored to win. The “Ultimate” obstacle course challenge was very clearly going to be won by Bianca, but I commend Bayley for trying to rig it in her favor. Though, shouldn’t she have been penalized or even disqualified for outright skipping those military style walls? Pretty sure we’re getting a match between the two, and Bianca can sell the bad arm to “overcome” it and win, for big momentum going into the Women’s Rumble.

The Profits had a good segment with Sonya, and I like that, at least on the surface, Sonya is being a responsible official and having the Profits wait so they can be healed up. But I wonder if there will even be defenses in that time, as there aren’t many tag teams on SmackDown. It’s mostly the champs, the Profits, Cesaro-Nakamura, and maybe Alpha Academy, aka Gable & Otis. Dom VS Corbin felt like filler just to get things to what Rey was talking about last week, which should’ve just been what we got this week. Unless it was because the person they have in mind (Cain Velasquez) isn’t available right now because of some COVID concerns. That I’d understand.

Sami Zayn “protesting” this episode just so he’d be ringside for the Intercontinental Championship was a pretty good long game for the episode. Sami’s signs were clever, but it does seem a shame for what should’ve been a huge match. Maybe we get another Triple Threat for this title, and that is the way Big E loses. Though, I think it’d work well if Big E won, making his reign feel even bigger from having dealt with two contenders. After that, Big E can face just about anyone else on the roster, such as Nakamura, Cesaro or even Otis. And speaking of, Cesaro had a good promo with Bryan and a really good match with Ziggler, but I feel like all these wins are setting Cesaro up to not win the Rumble. But I said the same thing about Bryan making it his mission to win the reason he won’t, so maybe as far as SmackDown goes, it’s between the two of them as Rumble finalists.

And again, we got a lot of great stuff out of the Roman Reigns story. The opening promo segment was really good, it helped set up the main event, and gave a great tease of Pearce VS Heyman. But Heyman using the fake injury and “card subject to change” back on Pearce was also very clever, and naturally it was Roman who would beat Pearce up to get back at him for everything so far. Kevin had a really good promo, made a great save, and got to stand tall tonight with the table bomb. I’m curious as to Kevin’s part in the go-home next week. I can’t see him standing tall two weeks in a row just to keep the math in Roman’s favor, so maybe Roman turns this around to then defy the math and still retain the title. I’m pretty sure Roman does retain, and we leave it up to the Rumble to decide the rest.

My Score: 8.5/10


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