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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/13/20)

It’s Grudge Match Monday!



WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw raises the stakes before Extreme Rules!

Raw is chocked full of grudge matches! Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins have a WrestleMania rematch ahead of Eye for an Eye, and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are on the line! Will #BayleyDosStraps go down one already? Or are we moments away from Double Champion ASUKA?!


  • Elimination Tag: The Viking Raiders VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Garza & Almas win.
  • Ruby Riott & Bianca Belair VS The IIconics; Riott & Belair win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Apex Appetizer: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; No Contest, Truth retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • Kevin Owens VS Seth Rollins; rescheduled.
  • Aleister Black w/ Kevin Owens VS Buddy Murphy w/ Seth Rollins; Aleister wins, by disqualification.
  • Kevin Owens VS Seth Rollins; Kevin wins.
  • R-Truth VS Randy Orton w/ Ric Flair; Orton wins.
  • Ricochet w/ Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Kabuki Warriors; Bayley & Banks win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.


Raw opens with the VIP Lounge!

The “new” WWE United States Champion and his new belt open the show, because big things poppin’, little things stoppin’. MVP’s guest is so much better than the rest of us, that he is the most thoughtful and considerate individuals for taking Drew McIntyre in when he was a bum and made him into the man that is a champion. But McIntyre is so rude and disrespectful that he won’t even thank this man. Therefore, MVP’s guest is going to show-off and show out at Extreme Rules. It’s Dolph Ziggler! The Show-Off goes to the ring and sits with MVP in the lounge. Ziggler likes the new title belt. When Ziggler wins the WWE World Championship, he might do something similar. Maybe something on it will spin, real old school look. MVP says he can get his guys on that for him.

But MVP already knows McIntyre quite a bit and knows he’s legit. But Ziggler made him! So Ziggler knows what makes McIntyre tick. MVP respects that Ziggler is still holding onto the stipulation. That’s great strategy and exactly what MVP would’ve done. Ziggler and MVP are gentlemen who play the game right. Ziggler knows exactly what it takes to turn McIntyre back into the old one that got fired. IT’s a fact that Ziggler picked McIntyre out of obscurity, taught him everything he knows and yet how many times has McIntyre thanked him? Even mentioned his name? ZERO TIMES! Without Ziggler, McIntyre doesn’t beat Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania and is not WWE World Champion. He’s just an unemployed loser begging for handouts.

MVP has nothing to add to that. But with what MVP went through with McIntyre, he knows McIntyre won’t do this. MVP thanks Ziggler. Thank you! All the wannabes at the Performance Center can learn from this. But it is that lack of gratitude is the same reason McIntyre loses the title. But speaking of, here comes McIntyre! The king of Claymore Country smiles as he knocks the velvet rope over and gets into the ring. McIntyre apologizes for interrupting the ass-kissing party, but promises not to tear up the set or Claymore any of them. Tonight is about Ziggler.

Ziggler brought Heath Slater back last week. McIntyre did a lot of soul searching and reflecting. The conclusion is that Ziggler uses people. Ziggler used Mandy Rose, Big E, and he used McIntyre. They were never friends. McIntyre was the muscle that did the dirty work. Ziggler may be one of the most talented wrestlers we’ve ever seen, but at Extreme Rules- Oh, Ziggler knows what he’s going to say. He’ll take Ziggler to #ClaymoreCountry, blah blah- SHUT UP!! They’re past that. Ziggler hurt McIntyre, so McIntyre will maim Ziggler. Ziggler will beg him to stop, but McIntyre will torture Ziggler and make him regret the day he picked up the phone and called McIntyre. This Sunday, what happens is all on Ziggler.

But McIntyre isn’t so sure if he can wait. He wants some action right now! Ziggler stays behind MVP and McIntyre figures he can wait. But he still JABS Ziggler off his feet! And makes MVP flinch! “But this Sunday, you’re bloody screwed!” Will the Show-Off realize why you don’t anger a Scottish Psychopath?


Backstage interview with Angel Garza, Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega.

Safe to say that the last few weeks have seen dissension and dysfunction between this team, so how do they get on the same page in tonight’s Elimination Tag Match? Vega doesn’t understand why Charly Caruso is pushing the false narrative that these two aren’t getting along. What they’re doing is ignoring the facts: They already beat the Viking Raiders, they teamed with Randy Orton to take down The Big Show, and they have the Street Profits running scared. No man can measure up to Garza and Almas, and women like Charly are beneath Vega. Even if you fixed that weave and traded the bargain brands for Red Bottoms-

Garza and Almas calm La Muneca down, and Garza says the beauty of an Elimination Match is like being torn between two beautiful women. But Garza can beat- Oh, sorry, he and Almas can beat the Viking Raiders easily. Almas says Garza has his back, and he has Garza’s. They will win, then move on to take those Raw Tag Team Championships. But Erik and Ivar enter, and and Erik says that for over a year, they have been the most dominant team on Raw. Garza and Almas have dishonored their competition with cheating and attacks on the Profits. Tonight, the Vikings run through Garza and Almas. As for Ivar, he takes Garza’s rose, and gives it to Charly. Is there more at stake then just a shot at the tag titles?


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

Both teams have has their shots at the Raw Tag Team Championships, but there’s always another chance. Which team will be left standing to head for Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins next?

The bell rings and Garza and Almas attack the Vikings! Garza throws Erik out while Almas hits and CHOPS and kicks Ivar, then chop blocks a leg out! Vega cheers but the crowd boos as Almas clubs and knees Ivar to the corner. Tag to Garza and Garza kicks and clubs Ivar. Off come the pants! But Ivar dodges those to tag in Erik! Erik rocks Garza and rallies on him with forearms! EXPLODER! Erik hits Almas for good measure, then he gives Garza Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar and they drag Garza up. Erik tackles Garza to a corner. Ivar corner clotheslines, human weapon Ivar hip attack! Cover, but Almas breaks it!

The crowd rallies as Ivar tags Erik. Erik drags Garza up for forearms, whips him corner to corner but Garza reverses. Erik goes up and over but Garza dodges the knees! SUPERKICK! Tag to Almas, CIEN SHADOWS! Garza dropkicks Ivar down while Almas hits LA SOMBRA! The hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas ELIMINATES Erik! Ivar is alone very quickly in this match and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Almas grinds Ivar down with an armlock. Ivar fights up as the crowd rallies, but Almas pulls Ivar’s hair to put him in the corner. Garza tags in, but there’s hesitation. Ivar fights back and throws Almas out. Ivar runs but Garza dropkick shim down! Garza and Almas fist bump and put Ivar back in. But then Ivar runs and DIVES to take them out! The Warbeard roars as he puts Almas back in the ring. Ivar also puts Garza in, breaks their double clothesline, then handspring back elbows! Almas saves Garza by taking the hit, Garza cradles Ivar! TWO, but Garza shotgun dropkicks Ivar down! Garza whips Ivar corner to corner, but Ivar tumbles back to ROCK Garza with a right!

Vega panics as Ivar brings Garza up for a suplex. Garza slips out, shoves, but Ivar cartwheels and clotheslines! Ivar fires up with the crowd and he drags Garza up. Ivar scoops but Almas tags in. Almas saves Garza but takes the heel kick! Cover, Ivar ELIMINATES Almas! Things are even again at 1v1, but Garza climbs up top to leap and missile dropkick! Ivar and Garza are both down, the crowd rallies up and Garza brings Ivar in. Garza underhooks but Ivar powers out. Garza SUPERKICKS! Ivar hits a SEATED SENTON! Ivar HEEL KICKS Garza down! Cover, but Almas helps Garza get the ropebreak! The crowd boos and Ivar grits his teeth but Vega and Almas are pleased.

Ivar drags Garza up, tosses him to a corner, but Garza dodges. He turns the seated senton into a POWERBOMB! Garza even has tights in the cover! Garza and Almas win!

Winners: Andrade Almas & Angel Garza, by pinfall

In a 2-1 victory, it seems El Idolo and El Latino are on the same page. Will they be able to turn things around and become tag team champions?


Backstage interview with Ruby Riott.

She’s lost to the IIconics two weeks in a row, but the IIconics themselves appear to recap that for us. Peyton Royce and Billie Kay know Ruby has been abandoned by her friends, and it’s very sad. Peyton beat Ruby, then Billie beat Ruby, and tonight, it’ll be both IIconics- Getting punched int he face for not shutting up? Well where they’re standing, the tag team match might be a handicap match. Because Ruby has no friends, outside of imaginary ones. “That’s your cure.” Bianca Belair is back! The EST is the strongest, the toughest, the roughest, the quickest and the baddest tag partner Ruby could have. Bianca doesn’t like the IIconics’ egos, and they can’t whoop her. What she said. Will Ruby and Bianca make this the most iconic tag team win in both their careers?


Ruby Riott & Bianca Belair VS The IIconics!

The teams sort out and Peyton starts against Ruby. They circle, Billie swipes but Ruby knows to elbow Peyton away. Ruby hits Billie but Peyton kicks Ruby. Peyton whips, Ruby rolls Peyton, ONE! Ruby waistlocks and O’Conner rolls, TWO! Ruby tries an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Peyton whips but Ruby blocks the hip toss to arm-drag then STO Peyton down! Cover, TWO! Ruby drags Peyton over but Peyton whips Ruby away from Bianca. Billie tags in and BOOTS Ruby down! Cover, TWO! Billie drags Ruby up, puts her int he corner and stomps away. Peyton tags in, she stomps away then clubs Ruby down. Peyton drives a knee into Ruby’s back but the crowd rallies up.

Ruby powers her way through Peyton’s facelock towards Bianca, but Peyton knees her away! And then HEEL KICKS her down! But Ruby jawbreakers back! Tag to Billie and she hurries to grab Ruby. Ruby breaks free, kicks Billie away, and tags in Bianca! Bianca rallies on Billie with big shoulders and ax handles! Dropkick! Bianca kips up and claps back to corner clothesline and whip! Billie reverses, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to shoulder back in! Bianca digs her shoulder in, then scoops Billie for some squats before the slam! Bianca tells Peyton to kiss this, before she handsprings her off the apron! Splash on Billie, but Peyton breaks it!

Peyton whips Bianca to a corner but Ruby enziguris Peyton down! Ruby bails out and Bianca targets Billie. Billie boots but misses, Bianca torture racks for the KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca and Ruby win!

Winners: Bianca Belair & Ruby Riott, by pinfall

The newest duo beats the iconic one! Will Ruby’s new friend help her move on from Peyton and Billie?


R-Truth is wary backstage.

But he says hey to “Richard” winning the MVP award for Raw. Truth didn’t even know that was a thing. Ricochet and Cedric Alexander explain that Ricochet has a match with Bobby Lashley and MVP will be there. Isn’t that what Truth said? Alexander wants Truth to worry more about his match with Randy Orton. Bruh, you’re confused. Truth got challenged by Ric Flair, not Orton. No, but… Ric made the challenge for Orton. So the match is with Orton. Apex Predator, Viper, Legend Killer. Oh. Then Truth should go.

But he encounters Tozawa! He needs Tozawa to teach him how to be a black belt in ten minutes or less. Tozawa says NO! And then rolls Truth up! TWO, and the ninjas rush in! But Ricochet and Alexander back Truth up! Whoa, whoa, whoa! Truth says no one else has to get involved. If Tozawa wants the 24/7 48-7 title, then meet him in the ring right now! Truth heads out, and so does Tozawa. Ricochet and Alexander watch the ninjas closely, but will Truth have to worry more about that aforementioned Viper?


WWE 24/7 Championship Apex Appetizer: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa!

Truth knows a serious threat is waiting later tonight, but there’s still this threat to handle! Will Truth handle his business and still have his baby before battling the brutal Randy Orton later on?

Truth doesn’t like ninjas lurking. He came here alone, so why does Tozawa have multiple ninjas?! Wait, wait, Shayna Baszler is here?! The Queen of Spades returns to Raw, and Tozawa uses his ninjas as shields! One gets the KIRAFUDA CLUTCH! Then the other gets kicks and KNEES! The third ninja gets a gut wrench suplex! Tozawa is all alone and decides to give up before even trying. “And don’t come back, neither!” But then Shayna turns her gaze on Truth. Truth realizes he’s all alone, and will let himself out. He tosses her the mic and exits the ring.

Shayna uses that mic to say that she has been so very patient. She has allowed everyone to have their fun, but now she’s done. “All these weak minded women’s ‘champions'” are under the delusion that they’re in control. That the terror and limbs left in her wake are a distant memory. The Queen of Spades is back to shatter that illusion, by hitting them with a hard dose of reality. “I am that reality.” Shayna has called out every single women’s champion in the WWE, but which one will she target first?


Seth Rollins finds Buddy Murphy backstage.

The disciple looks troubled. He says that when it’s Eye for an Eye, it isn’t literal, is it? They’re going to try and blind each other? Rollins wants Murphy to understand that nothing of significance happens without sacrifice. And remember: Rey Mysterio asked for this. So just stay here, focus on your match with Aleister Black. Rollins has a “message to deliver.” The Monday Night Messiah and the Prizefighter have their WrestleMania rematch tonight!


Kevin Owens VS Seth Rollins!

KO-Mania won at WrestleMania 36 by jumping off the Mania sign and onto the commentary desk. The sacrifice there was an ankle and a few months out of action. The Monday Night Messiah recovered and grew stronger in that time, and now looks to make a sacrifice of Rey Mysterio’s good eye. Will Kevin be used as an example of that tonight?

Before the match, Rollins grabs a mic to speak. “An eye for an eye.” Rollins repeats that as it sinks in. What does it even truly mean? Rollins knows what it means! But when Mysterio said it last week, he thought it was metaphorical, because that is what the saying means. But what he’s come to understand is Mysterio wants it literally. Rollins is trying to comprehend and understand how it got tot his point. All Rollins is trying to do is lead Raw to a “brighter future.” But Mysterio has resisted his part in the greater good at every step! Now they’re at a point where they’re in a match at Extreme Rules, where the only way to win is to pluck the opponent’s eyeball from it’s socket!! Never in the history of the WWE has there been such a match. It is a stipulation so sadistic and barbaric…

What Rollins needs us to understand, and he’ll keep saying it until we do, “I never meant to harm Rey Mysterio. Never!” Mysterio presented himself to Rollins “in a time of need,” and Rollins fulfilled the prophecy for the greater good! The fans asked Rollins to be this person! To be this leader to lead Raw the right way! And that is what he is doing! Extreme Rules is also being called “The Horror Show,” and that is what it is going to be. Mysterio has forced Rollins’ hand for the very last time. Rollins will rip, tear and gouge the eye out until Mysterio is completely blind, and will never watch Dominik be married, never see his wife’s face again, see another sunrise or sunset. It will be the end of Rey Mysterio.

But in many ways, it will be a new beginning. A new beginning for Raw, with a bright- Kevin interrupts! “Seth, I need to tell you this.” When Kevin came up with the stipulation of choosing stipulations at Extreme Rules, Kevin expected a Last Man Standing match or a Steel Cage match to keep the disciples out. But then he came up with “Eye for an Eye.” As disturbing as that is, what is more disturbing is that Rollins is such a scumbag, he made a truly respected man, a legend and genuinely nice guy, and turned him into someone who wants to gouge Rollins’ eyes out. Kevin understands where Mysterio is coming from, because was willing to end his own career if it meant shutting Rollins up.

So while Kevin understands all that, Kevin says Rollins shouldn’t worry. Kevin has Rollins covered. Kevin has something Rollins will be needing after Extreme Rules. Kevin’s good friends with the pirate, Jean-Pierre Lafitte, and he was given an eye patch! You think this is funny?! This is Rollins’ life! But Kevin won’t even make it to his match tonight, because here comes Murphy! But to intercept, it’s Aleister Black! Aleister and Murphy brawl ringside and Raw goes to break!


Aleister Black w/ Kevin Owens VS Buddy Murphy w/ Seth Rollins!

Raw returns and the WrestleMania rematch will have to wait! Murphy stomps away on Aleister as they have a rematch of their own! Will the disciple do his leader proud? Or will Aleister avenge Humberto Carrillo instead?

Aleister turns things around and puts Murphy in the corner for fast hands! Murphy shoves Aleister away but Aleister dodges to roundhouse! Murphy catches a kick and DRAGON SCREWS it back! Aleister hobbles but elbows Murphy away. Aleister fires off more strikes, whips, Murphy reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Aleister rolls to the apron but Murphy heads over. Murphy drags Aleister up but Aleister ROCKS him! Aleister goes to boot but Murphy catches it to DRAGON SCREW it back! Aleister falls to the floor and Kevin checks on him but Murphy goes out to fetch Aleister. Kevin stays back as Murphy puts Aleister in.

Murphy follows Aleister but Aleister baits him in. Murphy elbows Aleister back, hops up, and leaps into a BOOT! Both men are down and Kevin fires up while Rollins grows worried. The crowd rallies as Aleister sits up. Murphy follows and the two men slowly stand. Aleister throws a forearm, Murphy throws one back. Aleister fires more, then a strike fest, Murphy fires off forearms and kicks low, but Aleister KNEES him back! Aleister bobs ‘n’ weaves to sweep the legs! KNEE THRUST! And handspring! Aleister hobbles but grits his teeth as he runs. Murphy reels him in, ducks the roundhouse and chop blocks the leg! Murphy drags Aleister up and runs, but into Aleister’s KNEE! Cover, TWO!

Rollins is relieved but stares daggers at Aleister. Aleister lifts Murphy with a foot while staring back at Rollins. Murphy jams the knee! Aleister hobbles more, Murphy trips him up and goes after the leg. Aleister kicks Murphy off and Murphy flops to the apron. Rollins coaches Murphy up but Aleister hobbles over. Aleister drags Murphy up but Murphy kicks the leg! Murphy steps up and brings Aleister around. Murphy wants to suplex Aleister out but Aleister throws body shots. Aleister breaks free, BLACK MASS! Murphy flops down, Aleister covers, but Rollins drags him off! Kevin goes after Rollins but Rollins gets back to Murphy!

Winner: Aleister Black, by disqualification

But here are Rey and Dominik! The Mysterio men storm down to ringside and Rollins is surrounded as Raw goes to break!


Kevin Owens VS Seth Rollins!

Now the WrestleMania rematch happens, and Rollins has nowhere to go with Aleister, Rey and Dominik surrounding the ring! Will the Monday Night Messiah even make it to Sunday at this rate?

The bell rings, Rollins still finds a space to leave the ring, but the others close in. Kevin drags Rollins back in to throw haymakers! Kevin has Rollins in the corner but lets up to CHOP! He puts Rollins in another corner to ram his shoulder in over and over! The ref counts, Kevin lets up, but Rollins kicks back. Kevin blocks to kick the hamstring! Rollins hobbles, Kevin whips corner to corner, Rollins tumbles up and down the buckles, and Kevin DECKS him! Kevin stomps away on Rollins then drops the back senton! The crowd is thunderous as Kevin covers, TWO! Rollins wants mercy and he backs away to a corner. Kevin says NO mercy and he throws more haymakers and stomps!

Kevin lets up on Rollins and lets him get back up. Rollins goes to another corner and Kevin CHOPS him. Kevin whips Rollins corner to corner, Rollins boots back, and then Rollins hops up. Rollins aims but Aleister swipes at him! Rollins hops down and Kevin corner clotheslines! Kevin runs to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Rollins gasps for air but Kevin clubs him on the back. Kevin snapmares Rollins, digs his knee in and pulls on the arms. Rollins endures the stretch and works against the hold. Rollins turns to kick Kevin but Kevin stomps him down! Kevin throws Rollins out, and Rollins sees Dominik and Aleister approaching.

The ring count climbs to 5 of 10, Rollins gets on the apron but Kevin decks him again! Rollins knees Kevin back and throws him out! Rollins goes back out but Aleister stands in his way. Rollins asks what Aleister is doing, but then Dominik comes back. “SURPRISE!” Kevin DECKS Rollins again! Then whips him into barriers! Kevin keeps Rollins from running away through the timekeeper’s area with a CHOP! They go to commentary, then around, and Kevin puts Rollins back in the ring. Rollins crawls but Mysterio is there. And Dominik. Rollins still bails out the one side but Kevin is on him with haymakers!

Kevin brings Rollins around, bumps him off the apron then throws him into more barriers. The ring count is at 5 so Kevin goes back in. Kevin heads back out but Rollins meets him at the apron. Kevin throws haymakers then fireman’s carries, but Rollins slips into the ring. Kevin punches and headbutts Rollins down! But Rollins chop blocks the leg! Kevin bails out and Rollins runs, to DIVE! Direct hit sends Kevin into barriers! Rollins dares Kevin’s allies to do something as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rollins chokes Kevin against ropes! The ref counts and Rollins lets up as the crowd boos. Rollins throws Kevin out but Kevin CHOPS back. Rollins throws haymakers and clubs Kevin down, then brings him around to throw into Plexiglas! The ring count climbs to 5 again as Rollins taunts Dominik and Aleister. Rollins clubs Kevin and puts him back in the ring at 7. Rollins goes in at 8 to drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps on Kevin with an arm stretch like Kevin had before. The crowd rallies for Kevin but Rollins hooks Kevin’s face! The ref reprimands, Rollins stops but still looms over Kevin. Rollins taunts Kevin to stay in the fight, but Kevin SLAPS Rollins!

Rollins rocks Kevin then claws and chokes him at the ropes. Rollins drags Kevin up, throws more haymakers but Kevin counter punches! Kevin forearms and chops but Rollins kicks low. Rollins whips, Kevin reverses but Rollins kicks him back. Rollins ducks the clothesline, Kevin ducks the roundhouse, Kevin kicks but no DDT! Rollins blocks a punch to rolling elbow! But Kevin back drops the bomb away, then SUPERKICKS Rollins down! Both men are down but the crowd fires up. Rollins and Kevin slowly stand, Kevin ducks, kicks and DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps his cool as Rollins rolls away to a corner. Kevin has the crowd behind him as he runs corner to corner, but Rollins goes to boot! Kevin blocks it, but not the BUCKLE SHOT!

Rollins hops up, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins grows annoyed with Kevin as he sits up. Rollins aims while the crowd rallies. Kevin blocks the superkick! Kevin spins Rollins, rolls him and SUPERKIKCS! Then a whip, but Rollins slips off the pop-up to PELE! Rollins runs, to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins loses his cool but the crowd keeps rallying. Rollins aims from a corner as Kevin stirs, but Kevin avoids the stomp! Kick but no stunner! Rollins runs but is put on the apron. Rollins punches back, climbs up top, but Kevin punches him back! Kevin climbs up, throws body shots and brings Rollins up. Rollins resists the superplex, fights back, and CLAWS THE EYES!!

Kevin falls down and the crowd is booing harder than ever before! But Rollins just grins as he hops down. Aleister distracts Rollins, then so does Dominik. Rollins swipes at them, and even at Mysterio. But Kevin gets up to hit a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The Prizefighter kept fighting, and he wins again! Mysterio grabs a mic to speak. Rollins has tried to end Mysterio’s career, and has terrorized Mysterio’s family. Rollins crossed every line he could, now it is Mysterio’s turn. Mysterio will make a sacrifice of his own. Rollins is walking into the match with two eyes, but will be carried out with only one! Is the King of Lucha Libre going to make “The Horror Show” more than just a subtitle?


The Big Show finds Ric Flair backstage.

The Giant wants to talk with The Nature Boy, and Ric agrees. He’s glad Show found him so he doesn’t have to find him. Remember when Flair retired? How everyone was upset because he talked so long, even though is career was 48 years. Twenty of those were with Show. They’re good friends, and Flair told Show back then that when Flair thinks about wrestling, the big men in it. Brody, Hanson, Andre, but most of all, in terms of skill and ability, it’s Show. Show has done it all! Show has unparalleled coordination, and has always been in a league of his own. But Show is picking a fight he can’t win! Look at Edge! You can’t do Hollywood and wrestling. Why do you think The Rock hasn’t come back? It’s in the back of his mind, too. Show needs to think about that, too.

Show is in Netflix now, making good money, he can’t risk this just for pride. The people won’t change their mind about Show as a man or as a wrestler. But he needs to go into the Hall of Fame healthy, not injured by Randy Orton. Orton is the best right now, and he has that scary side. Just give it some thought. It is not too late to just say he’s out. Show says Flair is trying to psych him out of this, because he is a master. Show knows what Orton has done. But Orton has never been more vicious and dangerous. Orton may be the best the WWE has ever seen, and he’s done things to Edge and Christian. Now he’s after Truth. Show’s question to Flair is: Is Flair willing to sacrifice his friendships juts so Orton can be the Legend Killer again? How about Flair think on that?


Raw reviews the Legend Killer’s legacy.

Or rather, his list of targets. Mick Foley. Hulk Hogan. Sgt. Slaughter. Roddy Piper. Rob Van Dam. Jerry Lawler. Shawn Michaels. Jake the Snake Roberts. Batista. Edge and Christian. The voices in Orton’s head have always been at odds, but now they’re all in agreement that they have fun being the Legend Killer.

Randy Orton speaks.

“They say you’re lucky if you make it out of this industry with a handful of friends you made along the way.” Orton had that handful. Men he bonded with and told stories with. Laughing, bleeding and fighting together. He had a handful. Edge, Christian, The Big Show and Ric Flair. Now, Edge came back at the Royal Rumble, and his miraculous return could’ve just been as Rated RKO. But Edge couldn’t trust Orton or that Orton knew what was best for him, so Orton “sent his ass home” to be a father and husband. Then Christian shows up and defends Edge’s honor. Nothing wrong with that. But the mistake was Christian selfishly wanting #OneMoreMatch. An unsanctioned match.

Then with Show, there’s history there. Orton has known Show for 20 years. Show was one of the first men to mentor Orton. Show was the one to teach Orton about the ring and the locker room, so it baffles Orton as to why Show would rather avenge fractured skulls over maintaining his friendship with Orton. Lastly, there’s Flair. Flair is like family. Flair IS family. That’s why it’d be a shame if Flair did anything at all to jeopardize what they have. As far as Orton’s opponent, R-Truth has all the respect in the world for how he’s made the WWE Universe laugh and smile. That is why it’s a shame that Truth will only amount to a chapter in the long history of The Legend Killer.

Flair walks over, perhaps not having heard any of this. Flair is excited for Orton and Orton says he’ll see Flair out there. But will Flair see Orton coming?


R-Truth VS Randy Orton w/ Ric Flair!

The THIRTY-SEVEN TIME WWE 24/7 48-7 7/11 I-95 South European Television Champion still has his title after his rematch with Akira Tozawa was interrupted in brutal fashion. Will Truth suffer a similar fate at the hands of a different vicious superstar?

Before the match, Flair asks Truth, “What’s up?” And Flair congratulates Truth on the most illustrious career Flair has seen in a long time. Flair wants to celebrate Truth’s two decades of rockin’ and rollin’! “So here’s the deal.” Truth needs to know Orton loves Truth just like Flair does. There won’t be a punt kick that field goals Truth across the arena. Just an RKO. Orton appears now and he goes to the ring with the Nature Boy. The bell rings and Truth wants Orton to wait a moment. “Hold up, wait a minute, I need to talk to Ric Flair.” Truth goes over to Flair, but Orton goes after Truth! Truth throws haymakers and kicks, then runs but the scissor kick misses! RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

Flair was right, the RKO hits its mark. Orton starts to leave, but then he starts to reconsider. Flair tells Orton he doesn’t need to do this. Flair promised no punt kicks but Orton still looms over Truth. Orton backs up and takes aim, but Flair stands in his way. And the Big Show heads out! Orton grabs a mic and shouts at Show that if he takes another step, Orton finishes Truth’s career right now! Orton knwos Show is angry and wants to break Orton’s body. But when Orton kicked Edge and kicked Christian, it hurt him more than Show knows. How about this? Orton wasn’t going to kick Truth because it wasn’t on the list. The name on the punt was Show.

There’s nothing going on next Monday, right? So maybe they finish what Show started in an UNSANCTIONED Match? Show says, “OKAY!” and then rushes the ring! Orton and Flair get out, and Orton lets Show know that this is going to end when he kicks Show’s head off. Show dares Orton to try! Who wins when the Viper and the Giant finally have it out with nothing holding them back?


Ricochet and Alexander talk backstage.

But then MVP and Bobby Lashley come by. Did Alexander get what MVP sent him? Alexander already told MVP that he’s not interested. No more talk, they’ll see MVP and Lashley in a moment. Ricochet and Alexander head out, but Sarah walks over to ask MVP about his United States Championship match at Extreme Rules. What is his game plan? MVP says he’s already beaten Apollo Crews once, so it’s a forgone conclusion. MVP will make this reign official and then break a bottle of Ace of Spades on this “dripped out championship title” to celebrate VIP style. Lashley guarantees that tonight, Ricochet will be nursing his injuries or even worse, courtesy of the #HurtBusiness. Will business be good tonight against Apollo’s pals?

Sarah moves on and finds McIntyre nearby. How is he preparing for literally anything Ziggler might choose at Extreme Rules? McIntyre says Ziggler likes to talk about how thankless McIntyre is. But McIntyre was being a nice guy giving Ziggler this opportunity. Now the Scottish Psychopath is out! But then Ziggler attacks McIntyre! McIntyre picks Ziggler up and tosses him at the spare ring! Ziggler lands on the apron to then leap back onto McIntyre! Referees rush in to stop the brawling, but McIntyre RAMS Ziggler into the apron! Raw goes to break as things subside. Will this affect Ziggler’s decision on the stipulation? Or will it matter against the Celtic Colossus?


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

The fast and furious duo have been doing their best against the Rocky Mountain Machine and the “uncrowned” US Champion while Apollo Crews has been resting up. Will Ricochet finally turn things around against Lashley? Or will the Hurt Business continue to profit from his pain?

The bell rings and Ricochet dropkick-flips and enziguris Lashley already! Lashley stays up so Ricochet bails out. Lashley pursues, Ricochet goes back in then to the apron, but Lashley trips him up! Lashley drags Ricochet up to RAM into barriers! Ricochet writhes while MVP keeps harping on Alexander being held back. Lashley rams Ricochet into the apron, then throws him into the ring. Lashley takes his time getting in, runs corner to corner and RAMS into Ricochet! Lashley throws haymakers then stands on Ricochet’s head. The ref counts, Lashley lets up, and then brings Ricochet up to whip corner to corner. Ricochet goes up and over and rolls Lashley but Lashley holds ropes!

Lashley drags Ricochet up, Ricochet dodges and goes around to the apron. Ricochet shoulders back in, springboards, but Lashley catches him! For a popup to the Canadian Rack, TWISTING SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives but Lashley is on him in the corner. The ref counts and Alexander protests, but Lashley lets up at 4. Lashley elbows away on Ricochet then brings him out for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! MVP says if his name is Ricochet, Lashley should bounce him around the ring. Lashley sweeps the legs, but Ricochet ducks the lariat to enziguri! The crowd fires up as Ricochet standing shooting stars! Cover, TWO!

Ricochet keeps his focus while MVP shouts at Lashley to get up. Ricochet goes to a corner, to the top rope, and leaps! Lashley gets under but runs into a SUPERKICK! Lashley stays up and Ricochet handsprings, into the FULL NELSON!! Lashley thrashes, Ricochet taps, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

Lashley won’t let go! Alexander goes after him but MVP goes after Alexander. MVP misses to get the NEURALIZER! But Lashley puts the All Mighty Nelson on Alexander! MVP says to make him pay, so Lashley full nelson SLAMS Alexander down! The Hurt Business got a two-for-one tonight, but will they strike gold at Extreme Rules?


Backstage interview with The Big Show.

Charly asks Show about the Unsanctioned match challenge. Show accepted the challenge, so how is he feeling? Show wants to clarify something. Yes, he accepted. Show is shaking with rage as he heads out, will he use all of that to destroy The Viper once and for all?


WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Kabuki Warriors!

The Golden Role Models put these titles on the line before their crucial matches at Extreme Rules! She may be #BayleyDosStraps now, but will she be down to uno after she and The Boss face the Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess?

Raw returns and the tag champs have mics. “Before we get this big championship match started, we wanted to give the Raw audience a chance to see some greatness.” A movie so nice, they have to watch it twice! The tribute to Bayley and Sasha, as made by Sasha and Bayley! This is in fact the very same video that played on SmackDown a couple weeks ago, and it plays to completion. Sasha and Bayley cheer themselves, but their fun is interrupted by the Kabuki Warriors making their entrance! The introductions are made, the tag belts are raised, and this pivotal main event begins!

But before a bell, Bayley and Banks blindside the Kabukis! Sasha stomps Kairi while Bayley stomps Asuka! But Asuka and Kairi hit back! The challengers whip the champions to dropkick them both out of the ring! The “role models” regroup and are in a rage as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Sasha starts with Asuka. The bell rings and Sasha goes to the ropes! Asuka wants after her but the ref keeps her back. Sasha smirks as she comes back and circles with Asuka. But then Sasha uses the ropes as defense again and Asuka grows annoyed. They circle, Sasha dodges Asuka and tags in Bayley. No more Extreme Rules preview as Bayley and Asuka circle. They tie up, go around, Asuka puts Bayley on the ropes but breaks fast. Bayley uses ropes as defense like Sasha but comes back. They tie up, Asuka again puts Bayley on the ropes, and then blocks a kick to give kicks! Bayley catches a kick, puts the leg on the rope and throws Asuka down by her hair!

Bayley stomps Asuka, bumps her off buckles then tags in Sasha. Sasha stomps Asuka then grinds her face on the ropes! Sasha throws Asuka down, covers, TWO! Sasha drags Asuka up to tag in Bayley, and they mug Asuka. Bayley bends Asuka against ropes to throw forearms. The crowd rallies as Bayley pushes Asuka down for a cover, TWO! Bayley grows annoyed and she stomps Asuka around. Asuka kicks back from the mat! Bayley rains down rights then taunts Asuka. Asuka hits back again and pushes Bayley back, CODE BREAKER! Bayley checks her chin while she and Asuka crawl, hot tag to Kairi!

Kairi uses Bayley to leap at Sasha fore a forearm! Then Kairi BLOCKBUSTERS Bayley! Kairi throws CHOPS but Sasha runs in, only to get CHOPS! Kairi knuckle locks them both to double Japanese arm-drag! Then she dodges them for a DOUBLE INTERCEPTOR! The crowd is fired up with Kairi as she stomps to the corner. Kairi runs corner to corner to SLIDING D! Cover, TWO! Kairi drags Bayley up to throw palm strike after palm strike! Bayley shoves and Sasha tags in. Kairi kicks Bayley and whips but Bayley reverses. Asuka tags in as Kairi headscissors Bayley out! Sasha runs in, she gets thrown out, and the Kabuki double hip attack the champions down! The crowd fires up as Asuka drags Sasha back into the ring.

Asuka gives Sasha kick after kick after kick! Sasha keeps sitting up to get kicked, then Asuka covers, TWO! Asuka is after the arm! Sasha endures the mounted armlock but she fights to her feet. Asuka arm-drags her down to clamp onto the arm again. Both women pull hair and Asuka whips Sasha to the Kabuki corner. Hip attack! Kairi tags in, climbs up, but Bayley trips up Asuka! Sasha KNEES Kairi down! Cover, ONE! Kairi won’t let this end, but Sasha throws her out. Tag to Bayley and the Role Models drag Kairi up for a CATAPULT into Plexiglas! The champions have control again as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Sasha has Kairi down in a chinlock. Kairi endures and fights her way up but Sasha throws her down. Cover, TWO and Sasha is frustrated. Sasha drags Kairi over and tags in Bayley. They crisscross and whip Kairi into the corner, then Bayley digs her boot in. Bayley lets up at the ref’s count and grabs at Kairi’s arms. Kairi resists being dragged around so Bayley slaps her. Kairi fights back but Bayley pushes her around. Bayley throws hands on Kairi in the corner then tags in Sasha. Sasha swings in for a meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha mocks Asuka’s dancing and the ref has to keep Asuka back. Bayley gets a cheap shot then Sasha covers deep, TWO!! Kairi survives and crawls but Sasha brings her around for a suplex! Cover, TWO!

Sasha tags Bayley back in, and they mock the dancing and the hip attack! Bayley pushes Kairi around, drags her up into a chinlock and leans on her. The crowd rallies and Asuka coaches Kairi on. Kairi fights her way up and hits a jawbreaker! Bayley staggers but comes back to drag Kairi away! Tag to Sasha and Sasha stomps Kairi down. Cover, TWO! Sasha shouts that Kairi should just give up but Kairi shouts she won’t. Sasha puts Kairi in the corner to throw frustrated forearms. Sasha mocks Asuka but Kairi decks Bayley! Kairi boots Sasha away, slides under but Sasha grabs a leg! Kairi kicks Sasha away, Sasha comes back, but Kairi BACK HANDS her! Kairi flops down but crawls, as does Sasha. Hot tags to Asuka and Bayley!

Asuka fires off on Bayley! She whips but Bayley reverses, so Asuka hip attacks Sasha! Asuka dodges Bayley to run her over! Bayley gets to a corner, Asuka runs corner to corner for another hip attack! Sasha returns to get a back kick! Cutter clothesline combo! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Asuka fires up! Bayley bails out, Asuka goes to the apron. Bayley blocks the kick but Asuka pushes her away. SLIDING KNEE! Asuka fetches Bayley up into the ring, covers, TWO!  Asuka keeps on Bayley and whips her to a corner. Bayley reverses, Asuka goes up but Bayley hits her first! And then yanks her down! Tag to Sasha and she METEORAS! Cover, TWO!! Sasha tags Bayley, they double wrench and lift for the SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Bayley slaps Asuka around then Sasha sets to set her up. Bayley brings Asuka around and hoists her up top. Bayley climbs to join Asuka, Sasha tags in. SUPER STEINER! Bayley tackles Kairi while Sasha climbs, for the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Asuka has the cover, TWO!! ASUKA LOCK!!! Sasha kicks and flails and Bayley is nowhere to be found! Bayley comes around and reaches for Sasha, but Kairi INTERCEPTORS! Sasha gets the ropebreak in the meantime, and Asuka lets her go. Asuka grows frustrated and Sasha kicks her away. Sasha back elbows her, too, but runs into the pop-up- NO! Sasha avoids the knee, spins Asuka, but Asuka drops to avoid the backstabber. Sasha pulls Asuka back up, but Kairi tags in!

Asuka kicks out of the O’Conner roll and Kairi ax kicks! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES! Kairi is up top, InSANE Elbow!! Cover, but Bayley drags Kairi off! Asuka goes after Bayley but Bayley DECKS her! Kairi knocks Bayley down and goes back to the ring. Kairi climbs again, leaps again, FLYING KABUKI ELBOW! She Alabama lifts, for the ALABAMA SLAM! Kairi runs and runs to SLIDING- NO!! BANK STATEMENT CROSSFACE! Kairi taps, the Golden Role Models win!

Winners: Bayley & Sasha Banks, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

It was so close and yet so far for Asuka and Kairi! The Boss and #BayleyDosStraps have incredible momentum, but the week isn’t over! Will Sasha and Bayley still take over the WWE Women’s Division at Extreme Rules?

My Thoughts:

Is go-home syndrome back from a few summers ago? It almost felt that way. The episode had a strong start and a strong ending, but things definitely dragged through the middle. The VIP Lounge with Ziggler and McIntyre was good, and I appreciate MVP and Lashley still going after Cedric Alexander and trying to ditch Ricochet, but to save time and get the episode moving better, how about a Six Man Tag? Ziggler, MVP and Lashley against McIntyre, Ricochet and Alexander could’ve been a lot of fun, and it’d end about the same. McIntyre and Ziggler could brawl their way out of the match to replace the backstage segment, and then Lashley still puts Ricochet and Alexander down with the full nelson to win. Saves time that could then be given to that Elimination Tag because wow, that was way too quickly finished. Seriously, I feel like I blinked and it was already done.

The entire thread of Rollins, Kevin and Mysterio was stretched out tonight, when it didn’t really need it. There was also an inconsistency. Rollins told Murphy to be ready for his match with Aleister, but then commentary says it was “impromptu” because of the brawl as Rollins and Kevin were going back and forth in the promos. No offense to Aleister or Murphy, but they didn’t really need their match tonight since it was disqualified. Rollins VS Kevin was still really good, so keep that and instead make Murphy’s appearance an attempt at interference, only for him to be stopped by Aleister, Rey and Dominik. Everything else after that is the same, though Mysterio’s post match promo seemed almost a rehash of last week’s so maybe don’t worry about that at all.

We got pretty good stuff out of the 24/7 Championship, though that also felt forced. Ruby, Bianca and the IIconics have a good tag match, but I think that is when Shayna should’ve shown up. I get there was Truth getting Shayna mixed up with Shane McMahon before, but then why didn’t she take the 24/7 title from him? Shayna making a statement in the middle of another Raw Women’s Division story brings her back to NXT Shayna levels of aggression, and makes a much better point of her threatening the champions. Orton had great stuff again tonight, and the Unsanctioned Match next week is probably going to be incredible. I fear Flair is gonna get a punt for defending Truth and probably Show next week, though.

And as I said, the main event was great. Bayley and Banks retain because for them, there is still SmackDown as the true go-home for Extreme Rules. There’s a lot of ways they can play up tension between Sasha and Bayley just in how the matches will be arranged on the card. If Sasha goes first, Bayley can be in her corner but Asuka still finds a way to win, perhaps thanks to Kairi Sane or even Io Shirai countering any cheating from Bayley. Then Bayley will insist Sasha be in her corner despite Sasha being all beat up and Bayley will selfishly not understand the problem. Either way, I don’t really see titles changing in the Women’s Division, but there can be a lot of progress made towards Bayley VS Sasha at SummerSlam for the SmackDown title.

My Score: 8/10

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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023

Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?



Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.

Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.


  • Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
  • Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
  • Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
  • Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
  • X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
  • IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
  • Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
  • Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****



Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham

With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.

A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.

Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.

Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.

Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.

Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic. 

Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers

Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.

A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!

So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title. 

Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo

Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.

Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.

Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.

Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself. 

Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO

Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story. 

Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.

PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him.  PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.

Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.

Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.

X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)

Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey. 

Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.

Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.

Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.

IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)

It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.

 Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.

Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.

The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.

Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!

Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer

This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt. 

Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.

Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the  camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.

Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.

Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table. 

Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry.  Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now! 

Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin

Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.

Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to  his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.

Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.

Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.

Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.

Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.

Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.

Overall Score: 7/10

Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.

The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)

It’s a family feud!



Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.

While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?


  • Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
  • Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
  • WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
  • “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.


Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!

The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!

Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!

Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!

Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!

Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”

Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.

“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.

“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?


BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!

The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?


Charlotte Flair is here!

Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.

“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”

“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?


Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!

The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?

SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.

Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!

Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!

Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.

She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!

Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?


WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!

The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?

The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.

Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!

Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)

Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.

And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?


Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.

Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?

SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!

McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”

McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.

Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!

Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?

“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!

SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.

Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!

Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!

Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!

Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?


The Street Profits are fired up backstage.

Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.

Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?


It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!

And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.

Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?

“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.

Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.

Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!

Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?

My Thoughts:

A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.

Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.

Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.

Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.

And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.

If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.

My Score: 8.8/10

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