The last SmackDown before things get EXTREME!
Before Extreme Rules becomes a horror show, SmackDown is going to be golden! Will AJ Styles still be WWE Intercontinental Champion by the end?
- Big E w/ Kofi Kingston VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura; Cesaro wins and chooses Tables match stipulation for Extreme Rules.
- Asuka & Nikki Cross VS Bayley & Sasha Banks; Bayley & Banks win.
- Braun Stromwan VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Strowman wins.
- Lacey Evans VS Naomi; Evans wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle; Styles wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown superstars hype up tonight!
Tonight, AJ Styles takes on “that barefoot bum” in a match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship! Yes, Matt Riddle technically beat him before, but he had the element of surprise. Tonight, no surprises, no shoes and no chance of winning! Riddle is a flash in a pan, and this is still the House That AJ Styles Built! Riddle responds by asking, “What does AJ stand for anyways? Arrogant Jackass?” Last time was no fluke. After Riddle wins tonight, he’ll officially be the Bro that Runs the Show. Daniel Bryan says Styles VS Riddle is going to tear the house down, with a new champion to start the night.
Alexa Bliss says she has a very special guest tonight. Who will it be? “I don’t bliss and tell.”
The Miz asks John Morrison if he’s afraid to take on Braun Strowman 1v1 again. Nope! That’d be like being afraid of Jean-Claude Van Damme just because he’s awesome. And another thing that’s awesome was that yacht party Van Damme threw. Morrison went to a Van Damme yacht party and fought him? Don’t be ridiculous. Of course he did. But is Morrison really not afraid of Braun? “Afraid? I’m freaking terrified!” And speaking of, Braun promises Morrison that the Horror Show might just start tonight. Hopefully Bray is watching.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro declare they will become SmackDown Tag Team Champions this Sunday at Extreme Rules! Will it be in a Steel Cage? A Tables match? Cesaro will get to choose if and when he defeats Big E tonight. But then the New Day responds with a “SPOILER ALERT!” The Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style will NOT win these W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONSHIPS~! And that goes the same for Cesaro tonight! Because the Swiss Superman is in the sky, but Big E’s fist is his Lois Lane! Don’t you mean Kryptonite? “AWWWWW people at hooome~!” Clap for your pivotal opening match, and feel~ the power~!
Big E w/ Kofi Kingston VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura!
The bell ring and Big E CLOBBERS Cesaro! Big E throws body shots on Cesaro in the corner, then whips him out of the ring. Cesaro kicks Big E back, throws European Uppercuts, but Big E RAMS him into steel steps! Kofi keeps Nakamura back as Big E RAMS into Cesaro and the steps! Big E puts Cesaro back in, runs at Cesaro in the corner, but Cesaro POSTS him! Cesaro puts Big E on the apron to then run and dropkick him off! Big E hits the floor and Cesaro grins as he pursues. Cesaro drags Big E up to POST him form this side, then shove him back inside. Cesaro climbs, Big E stands, Cesaro leaps to ax handle him down! Cover, ONE! It’ll take more than that to stop Big E.
Cesaro clubs Big E in the back then wraps on a chinlock. The crowd rallies with Kofi and Big E powers up. Big E throws elbows to get free, but he runs into a scoop and slam! Cover, TWO! Cesaro goes to a corner and climbs back up. Big E stands again, Cesaro leaps, but into the OVERHEAD belly2belly! And then another! Big E dodges Cesaro to hit the third belly2belly! The crowd fires up as Big E swivels those hips! Big E runs and SPLASHES! But Big E keeps going as he drags Cesaro up. Cesaro elbows and uppercuts back, but Big E dumps him to the apron. Big E bumps Cesaro off buckles then has him on the apron. Big E clubs away, Kofi and Nakamura jaw at each other, and Big E climbs up. Big E aims to APRON SPLASH! The champions have control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cesaro runs corner to corner to uppercut Big E! And then again! Cesaro tries the hat trick but gets the URENAG-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he watches Cesaro flounder up. Cesaro is on the apron, Big E runs but into a BOOT! Cesaro gets in, ducks and springboards for a FLYING uppercut! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as he drags Big E up. Cesaro throws more EuroUppers then reels Big E in. The crowd rallies, Big E trips Cesaro and has a leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! Cesaro flails as Big E holds him off the mat. Cesaro sits up, gets around and sunset flips! TWO, Cesaro has the SWISS SWING! Then he drops Big E for the SHARPSHOOTER! Big E endures, reaches,, powers up, but Cesaro switches to a CROSSFACE!
Nakamura sucker punches Kofi! Nakamura taunts Big E, “C’mon!” But Big E powers up to lift Cesaro for a Canadian rack! Cesaro grabs ropes, they swing around and the ref has to get clear! Nakamura gets a cheap shot enziguri in! Cesaro drags Big E up for a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
The Artist Collective found a way to take advantage! They stomp Big E to add insult to injury, and then make their choice clear: They bring out a table! But Kofi FLIES in and takes them out! Kofi fires off on Cesaro and Nakamura then takes the table for his own! Kofi sets the table up, goes after Cesaro with forearms and even bumps him off the apron. Big E returns to keep Nakamura down while Cesaro is put on the table. Kofi goes back into the ring, climbs up and has Big E’s help, only for Nakamura to save Cesaro! They run away, still victorious, but will it be that way come Extreme Rules?
Backstage interview with King Corbin.
The Wolf King has been quite the antagonist to Matt Riddle. Corbin wants it set straight that Riddle attacked him first. That aside, how does Corbin think Riddle will do in tonight’s title match? Well AJ Styles is one of the best ever, while Riddle wrestles without shoes. This will be a quick and decisive victory for Styles to remain Intercontinental Champion. So in his opinion, Riddle’s win in his debut means nothing? Corbin will give Riddle something: he is ambitious. Everything’s gone right so far, but Riddle thinks this is like the movies, where you go after the biggest and overcome the odds. Riddle is playing with fire and is going to get burned. Tonight, after Styles is done pummeling Riddle, everyone will realize the Bro is just a little boy.
Cesaro and Nakamura celebrate backstage.
The New Day just can’t win against them. They can’t even touch them! And finally, they will get the proper respect they deserve. They earned this right the hard way. So this Sunday, what match should they choose? Nakamura says the cage is unforgiving. Bones can break, flesh can tear. But as much as Cesaro loves that, Cesaro can’t get the idea out of his head that the New Day will just gyrate up against the cage and it gives him “the heeby-jeebies.” Cesaro would really enjoy smashing them through a table again. That was a good feeling. Cesaro wants to do that to take the titles. Therefore, this Sunday’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship match will be a TABLES MATCH! Will the eight reign be broken with the breaking of wood?
SmackDown presents A Moment of Bliss!
The co-hosts, “the always alluring Alexa Bliss and her enthusiastic best friend, Nikki Cross” are already in the ring as the crowd cheers. Alexa welcomes us to the show, but wants to talk about something very near and dear to these two. It is the five year anniversary of the Women’s (R)Evolution! Nikki read Alexa’s mind! So wild to think it’s already been five years. Boundaries were broken, glass ceilings were shattered, and that is all worth a great round of applause. But speaking of mind-reading, maybe Alexa is clairvoyant. Nikki has an Aunt Claire who made the best shepherd’s pie. No, not aunts named Claire. Clairvoyant, able to see the future. Oh!
Well then, Blisstrodamus will predict that the LA Lakers will be NBA Champions. She predicts Riddle becomes Intercontinental Champion. And that her very close friend, Braun, will walk out of the Swamp Fight victorious. She also predicts that her mystery guest will tear the roof off this Sunday. This is someone Alexa is close with, someone very unconventional and- OH! It’s Nikki! Of course! They are very best friends, and yes, Nikki will blow the roof off against Bayley! She will live the dream on Sunday, and Bayley is going to live a nightmare! Bayley thinks Nikki can’t but Nikki can! She will be the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! Yes, okay, great energy, but bring it down a little. How many Nitro Boosts did she have today? A few? Maybe…
Well, sorry, no, Nikki is not the mystery guest. Oh… Well sorry, Nikki got excited. The guest is- Well it’s not these two. The Golden Role Models, Bayley and Sasha Banks, appear! Alexa and Nikki better guest used to disappointment. Nikki is going to be a failure. So listen up, “you hyper chihuahua,” after Bayley beats you at Extreme Rules, it’s back into the shadow of Alexa! But before getting into the ring to beat Bliss-Cross senseless, which isn’t hard because they have no sense, there are things Alexa got right. This is the fifth year of the Women’s (R)Evolution. WOO! But uh, did Alexa forget to give credit where credit is due?
DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley & Banks are the architects of that revolution! They built the walls and the floor of this place! The ring they’re sitting in! They are the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions! “You’re welcome.” Camera man, move! They gotta use the steps. He moves, they enter the ring. Now, since Alexa tells the future, Bayley has a prediction for her. This Sunday, Bayley BEATS Nikki, Sasha defeats the Empress of Yesterday, so that not only will they be the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but the NEW Raw Women’s Champion and the longest reigning combined whatever it is, best ever SmackDown Women’s Champion! “And there’s not a damn thing you, you or anybody in the WWE can do about.”
The crowd boos and Alexa says that’s sweet and all, but they didn’t let her finish about her special guest. It’s ASUKA!! The current Raw Women’s Champion makes a special visit to SmackDown! Bliss-Cross brawls with the Role Models first but Asuka gets involved! Asuka and Nikki take care of running Bayley and Sasha off and Alexa takes a moment to sort things out. “Y’all need to settle your issues in here, so let’s get a referee in here right now.” The crisscross crossover of champions and challengers is going down, after the break!
SmackDown hears more from Daniel Bryan.
“A great champion doesn’t coast. He pushes himself, challenges himself, forces everybody around them to elevate their game.” That’s why Bryan is pleased, despite Styles’ objections to the idea, Styles is forced to be a fighting champion. Now Bryan thinks Styles can be that greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time, if he embraces the opportunity. But if he’s not careful, his reign will be very short. Bryan has seen the fire, the intensity and the skills Riddle brings to the ring up close. Does Bryan think he’ll win? Bryan might be biased, but word is Riddle has a special coach with him tonight. Gulak and Riddle, formerly known as Catchpoint, are working on getting Riddle ready. Is the Bro going to take over the show?
Asuka & Nikki Cross VS Bayley & Sasha Banks!
SmackDown returns and Bayley furiously shouts at Nikki while she starts against Asuka. Which singles champion will be on the winning side of this unique tag team showdown?
The crowd is already fired up as Asuka is ready to throw down, but Bayley pie faces Nikki! Nikki is furious and wants in, so Asuka tags her! Nikki tackles Bayley and fires off fast hands! She trips Bayley, throws more hands, then drags Bayley to a corner for buckle bumps and a mudhole stomp! The ref counts, Nikki lets up to bring Bayley across the way. Bayley blocks the bump to give it to Nikki. Bayley gets space, runs back in, but Nikki puts her on the apron. Bayley forearms back, tags to Sasha, but that doesn’t count! The ref is busy explaining to Sasha, but Bayley throws Nikki down by her hair! Bayley gets in, covers, ONE!
Bayley tags Sasha officially now, and they mug Nikki in the corner. Sasha brings Nikki around, s nap suplex! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps Nikki down with a chinlock, but Nikki fights up as the crowd and Alexa rally. Bayley tags in first, the friends double whip and double elbow! Cover, TWO! Bayley stays between Nikki and Asuka while taunting Asuka. Bayley stomps Nikki, puts her on the ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Bayley stops, Sasha hotshots Nikki down! Asuka and Alexa protest but Bayley looms over Nikki. Bayley brings Nikki up by her hair to bump her off buckles. Tag to Sasha and they crisscross Cross to throw her into buckles!
Sasha drags Nikki up to knee her down! Sasha keeps Nikki away but Nikki headbutts back! Sasha bumps Nikki off buckles, fires off hands but lets up as the ref counts. But Bayley pulls Nikki in by her hair to smother her! Sasha tags Bayley and then digs a knee into Nikki. Bayley mocks Alexa’s pose but Nikki cradle counters! TWO, Bayley keeps Nikki anchored to drop an elbow! Bayley drags Nikki back up as Sasha mocks Asuka and Alexa cheering for Nikki. The crowd rallies up again, Nikki fights up and throws Bayley off. Nikki slides under to tag in Asuka! Asuka fires off on Bayley with kicks then whips. Bayley reveres but gets a strike fest! Sasha tags in and Bayley boots Asuka away! But Asuka runs both bets friends over with shoulders!
Asuka goes after Sasha with point-blank hip attacks! Sasha flounders but swings on Asuka, Asuka dodges to hip attack Bayley down! Asuka side-steps Sasha but Sasha tilt-o-whirl headscissors Asuka out! Sasha baseball slides, but Asuka borrows an idea from Nikki with the apron skirt trap! Asuka fires off on Sasha then lets up to tag Nikki in. Nikki gets her own shots in on Sasha! Nikki fires up, but Bayley daredevil dropkicks! Only get caught int he apron, skirt, too! Nikki beats Bayley down, gets back up on the apron, and Asuka sliding knees Bayley down! Nikki leaps to crossbody Sasha down! The crowd is thunderous as Asuka and Nikki both stand on the desk and dance around! SmackDown goes to break as Raw’s champion and SmackDown’s challenger have control!
SmackDown returns and Sasha kicks Asuka down. Asuka ducks the buzzsaw to roll Sasha up, TWO! Sasha CLOBBERS Asuka and Bayley cheers Sasha on. Cover, TWO! Sasha stomps Asuka and drags her up to whip her to a corner. Asuka goes to boot, Sasha blocks and turns her, STOCK DROP KNEES! Cover, TWO! Sasha grows frustrated but she stomps Asuka in the corner. Sasha lets up to bring Asuka around. Tag to Bayley, they mug Asuka then Bayley covers, TWO! Asuka hits back as the fans rally. Bayley swings into a backslide, TWO! Bayley CLOBBERS Asuka! She drops an elbow then covers, TWO! Bayley grows frustrated but she drags Asuka up to bump off buckles.
Tag to Sasha, Sasha hip attacks Asuka, then runs in to do it again. Sasha snapmares Asuka into a chinlock but the crowd keeps rallying. Asuka endures, Sasha thrashes her around and bends her back, and even smears her forearms into Asuka’s face. The ref reprimands, Asuka fights up and out, but Sasha rams her into the corner. Tag to Bayley, she rams her shoulders into Asuka now. Bayley taunts Nikki but Asuka hits back! Asuka fires off, BOOT and a roll up for Bayley, TWO! Asuka pop-up KNEES Bayley down! Both women are on the mat, crawling for their corners! Hot tags to Sasha and Nikki!
Nikki runs wild and rallies on Sasha! Chop, headbutt and dropkick! Sasha gets to a corner, Nikki runs in, monkey flip! Sasha ends up in the other corner, Nikki runs in, BIG splash! BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps going, goes up top, and leaps only to FLOP! Sasha basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Sasha is losing her cool and wants Bayley to finish this. Sasha drags Nikki over, tags in Bayley, and Bayley climbs up. But Nikki stops her with haymakers! Bayley avoids the draping neckbreaker and whips Nikki out hard! Bayley goes out after Nikki, but Nikki throat chops! Nikki has Bayley and uses the desk, TORNADO DDT! The crowd fires up as Nikki puts Bayley in and covers, but Sasha breaks it!
Asuka goes after Sasha with strikes, then whips only for Sasha to hold ropes. Sasha dodges the hip attack to KICK Asuka out! Sasha goes to the corner, but Asuka keeps her from tagging Bayley in! Sasha leaps at Asuka, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley wrecks Asuka with a dropkick, but Nikki gets Bayley with another tornado, but no DDT! Bayley high stacks and uses the ROPES! Bayley and Sasha win!!
Winners: Bayley & Sasha Banks, by pinfall
Bayley didn’t get help from her friend, but she got help from the ring itself! But if Bayley had to use tricks tonight, what does this mean for Sunday when the SmackDown Women’s Championship on the line? As for Sasha, is she really ready for Asuka?
The Miz gives Morrison a pep talk.
Braun’s not so big and scary. But he’s 6′ 9″, 370 pounds of solid muscle! He’s the Monster Among Men! Yes, but they’re movie guys! And everyone knows in a horror film, the hero triumphantly comes out ahead and slays the monster! Morrison is that hero. Yeah, the hero that slays the monster and becomes a legend. And every horror movie hero has a best friend that is even more heroic and fights the monster when the hero isn’t ready! Well, Miz isn’t really into horror movies, so he has no idea what he’s talking about. Morrison will do great, though!
SmackDown returns to a special Firefly Fun House!
Instead of the Fun House, we’re at the swamp! And the old Bray Wyatt is singing to himself as he walks around. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Peaceful. It’s just like Abigail used to say. ‘A rattlesnake’s skin is the same color as the leaves.'” A camouflage of the horrors that lie underneath. When Braun first came here, “he was nothing more than a lost sheep looking for a home.” And he found one! Braun looked the devil in the eyes and saw the truth. Bray gave him a purpose! Bray created the monster. But then he left! “Or so he thought.” Bray says this place is where darkness comes to light, the devil comes to dance, and all the horrors of the world feel right at home! It is a special, painful place. Once you enter, you never truly leave. A part of you will be here forever.
But Bray knows Braun, and the truth about him! The monster Bray created is just waiting to come home. Bray can see it still lives within Braun! Braun has proven he is not capable handling the gives Bray gave him on his own. Bray must control it. Braun didn’t embrace his destiny as a monster, so now Bray must destroy the monster Braun has become. “You know where to find me, brother. Come home. Run!”
Braun Stromwan VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
We just heard the ultimatum from the Eater of Worlds, and now the Monster Among Men will use actions rather than words to respond! Will the Guru of Greatness be run over by the Strowman Express? Or can he derail it on the way to the swamp?
Before the match, Braun grabs a mic to still speak. “I’m gonna give you a very important piece of information. There comes a time in a man’s life when he has to make the decision to grow up and face his fears. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do this Sunday!” Braun will walk through the gates of Hell to slap the devil in his face! That is the only way this ends! Braun has to face his fear that is Bray, because the last thing he wants is Bray to become the Fiend, because The Fiend is everything evil Braun has ever done in life! Every bad thought, every miscalculation, doubt and self-judgement, all culminating as a living, breathing human being in Bray Wyatt. Braun has to go home and end Bray before Bray ends Braun! The Monster is even more motivated than ever before! He storms the ring, Morrison gets out!
Miz gives Morrison some last tips as Braun shouts, “Bray! I hope you’re watching!!” Morrison gets in the ring, the bell rings, and Braun bulldozes Morrison to a corner! Then TOSSES him across the way! Then corner splashes and LARIATS Morrison inside out! Braun is seething as he STANDS on Morrison’s stomach! Then he grinds his foot into Morrison’s face! The ref counts and reprimands but Braun just circles Morrison like a shark. Braun drags Morrison up to CLUB away on the chest! Braun circles Morrison again, then drags him up in a choke grip, for a DEAD LIFT CHOKE SLAM!! And Braun grins and laughs!
Braun drags Morrison up, for an ARM-TRIANGLE! Braun hasn’t used such a move since he as Bray’s Black Sheep! Then he drags Morrison onto his shoulder, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster Among Men dominated Morrison but he wants to speak again. “Bray Wyatt… I hope you were watching. I’m coming home.” Braun laughs again as he leaves Morrison down on the mat. Will Braun exorcise the demons as he faces his past? Or will he once again be Bray’s to command?
As for Morrison, Miz wants medics to get out here for Morrison. Morrison’s neck is in a lot of pain from being thrown around, clobbered and utterly manhandled. Morrison doesn’t want the backboard or stretcher, he just has Miz help him. Miz opens the ropes for him and the crowd cheers encouragement to Morrison. They go up the ramp just as we shift to another match. Lacey Evans makes her entrance first to settle things with Naomi. Who will be singing the blues in this revenge match over karaoke?
Lacey Evans VS Naomi!
SmackDown returns and Lacey speaks on the mic. “After tonight, Naomi’s glow will be nothing but a little sparkle.” But before she can say more, Naomi makes her entrance! Will Naomi make Lacey #FeelTheGlow the hard way after giving her a hard time over SmackDown Karaoke Showdown?
The bell rings, Lacey and Naomi circle. Lacey gets a drop toehold but Naomi catches herself to stomp Lacey in return! Naomi throws Lacey to a corner, then runs in to slide and SLAP! Lacey gets up but Naomi headlocks. Lacey pushes Naomi to a corner, runs in but is put on the apron. She shoulders back in, sweeps the legs, then slingshots to elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool while Naomi sits up. Lacey brings Naomi up, goes to buckle bump but Naomi blocks, so she throws Naomi down by her hair! Lacey stomps Naomi, drags her to a corner and drops another elbow. Lacey moonsaults but onto knees! Naomi kips up for a running splits splash! Cover, TWO!
Naomi taunts Lacey as the crowd rallies up. Lacey stands, Naomi fires off kicks! Lacey blocks one, but Naomi ducks the punch to full nelson. Lacey breaks free, Naomi ducks and huricanranas! Naomi runs at Lacey in the corner, but Lacey slides out only for Naomi to jump the sweep. Lacey stands up to get the ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi drags Lacey in but Lacey fights back with clawing hands! Lacey grabs Naomi’s hair and ties it up on the rope! Lacey can’t get free without help, and then she get a WOMAN’S RIGHT!! Cover, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
The Sassy Southern Belle uses a unique bending of the rules to get a big win! Will the Lady of SmackDown go for the champion after Extreme Rules?
Backstage interview with Jeff Hardy!
Hardy’s return has had Sheamus mocking his past with addiction. Sheamus has toasted him, and even used The Miz and Morrison to issue a Bar Fight match challenge! Why did Hardy accept the challenge to risk his sobriety? Fighting a bully is a lot like fighting addiction. You can’t run, you can’t hide and you can’t wish it away. Hardy accepts the truth, plants his feet firmly in the ground and fights until things quiet down. It is risky, but the chance to make Sheamus regret it all is worth it.
While he’s here, what prediction does he have for the WWE Intercontinental Championship match tonight? That’s a bittersweet question, given Hardy could not compete in the Intercontinental Championship tournament because of Sheamus. He could be in the main event tonight against either man, but- someone BOOTS Hardy down! And as if we have to ask, it’s Sheamus. Sheamus sits with Hardy and says there is no running or hiding from this. “But don’t worry, fella. I’m here to help!” Sheamus will cleanse Hardy of his demons. See you next week.
Backstage interview with Bayley and Sasha!
Kayla Braxton congratulates them on the win tonight, and asks if this momentum continues through Extreme Rules. Uh, yes, duh. No one has more momentum than Bayley. And the definition of momentum is mass times velocity. Looking at these belts, Bayley has more mass than Nikki and therefore more momentum. “It’s freakin’ science.” But that’s half the equation. The Blueprint, the Boss, the Standard, will decimate Asuka to become #TwoBeltBanks. Then it won’t just be science, it’ll be fate! It’s destiny to have all the gold! And Bayley knows Nikki borders apoplexy, but if she thinks she’s upset now, just wait for her whining and crying into depression as she loses her one and only title match with Bayley. She can just go back to being a chimney sweep! Cheerio~!
Bliss-Cross watches and responds to this.
No wonder those two are laughing. What is wrong with Nikki? She lost last week, lost tonight, she might lose Sunday. Don’t worry about that! Alexa has been there. No, it’s different. Nikki loves Alexa, but this is her chance to finally have a singles title! She left her family and friends who will be watching Sunday, but are they going to just watch her lose again? They’ve lost her lose so many times already! Nikki is shaken. Alexa wants Nikki to look at her. “You will defeat Bayley.” Will she? Will the Horror Show be this bad? But then the Golden Role Models come within earshot, and Nikki goes right after Bayley!!
Sasha freaks out and goes after Nikki, but Nikki shoves her off to go after Bayley more! Alexa hurries to get Nikki away and Bayley wants Alexa to put a leash on Nikki! Nikki will never touch this title!
WWE Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle!
The Phenomenal One chalks the Bro’s victorious “debutt” up to the surprise factor. But will Riddle prove he isn’t a flavor of the month, flash in the pan when he wins again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this phenomenal bro-match begins!
Riddle and Styles go at each other but Riddle dodges Styles’ punch. They tie up, go around, and Riddle puts Styles in a corner. Riddle lets up at the count and the two circle again. Riddle shoots in to the waistlock, lifts but Styles resists. Styles backs Riddle into the corner and elbows him away! Styles rams his shoulder in, lets up at the ref’s count, then rams Riddle more. He ROCKS Riddle with a right, then whips. Riddle holds the ropes, breaks free and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on to do it again! Styles bails out, comes back, but gets a TRIANGLE JUMP KNEE! Riddle has Styles staggering and furious! Riddle goes out after Styles and mocks the rage! Styles gets angrier and rushes into a ROUNDHOUSE! The champ is down as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Riddle knees Styles over and over in the ribs! Riddle then floats over to knee the other side! Riddle has the arm and wants the Fujiwara but Styles resists. Styles reaches for ropes but Riddle waistlocks and SLAMS Styles down! Riddle elbows and knees away, Styles scrambles but Riddle mounts to go after the ropes. Styles hooks ropes with his legs so Riddle lets go. Riddle watches Styles stand in the corner, and then fires off fast hands! Riddle brings Styles up for a PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO! The crowd cheers as Riddle keeps after Styles. Styles flapjack hotshots Riddle on the ropes! Styles wheelbarrow FACEBUSTERS Riddle down!
The crowd rallies for Riddle as Styles gets up. Styles kicks Riddle while he’s down and throws haymakers into the corner. Styles stomps Riddle down but lets up at the ref’s count. Riddle CHOPS and forearms back! Riddle kicks away at the ropes but Styles blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Styles stomps the bad leg then kicks it at the ropes. The ref counts, Styles stops and Riddle bails out. Styles watches Riddle get back in to kick him back down. Styles has the leg and drops knees on it! He pulls on it but Riddle hits back. Styles drops more knees on the knee, but the crowd rallies up. Styles gets Riddle’s leg but Riddle fires chops. Styles ROCKS Riddle with a forearm then puts on a sleeper hold!
Riddle endures, the crowd rallies up but Styles leans on the hold. Styles cranks and grinds Riddle down, but Riddle fights up to throw hands. Styles elbows him in the back then fireman’s carries. Riddle slips off to boot him to a corner! Riddle forearms, runs side to side to forearm again! BROSPLODER! Riddle runs to Penalty Kick but Styles gets under. Styles avoids the moonsault but not the Broton! The Penalty Kick hits this time! Riddle brings Styles up to fireman’s carry, BRO TO SLEEP! Then POWERBOMB! Flip, Kami-BRO-YE! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and shocks Riddle while SmackDown goes to one more break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Riddle brawls with Styles in a corner. Riddle whips corner to corner but Styles comes back to LARIAT! Riddle checks his teeth as he sits up, but Styles sliding forearms him back down! Styles looms over Riddle and brings him up. Styles throws more forearms but Riddle hits back! Riddle CHOPS, Styles CHOPS and they brawl with more forearms. Styles KICKS the bad leg, but Riddle shoots to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles down! The crowd rallies back up as both men are down. Riddle crawls over to Styles, throws more forearms and CHOPS, then body shots in the corner. Riddle throws kicks but runs into a SUPERKICK! Wonder where Styles learned that.
Styles brings Riddle up to whip but Riddle holds ropes. Styles throws forearms, runs in to clothesline! Styles wants his Clash but Riddle blocks! Styles elbows him down, suplexes him up , but Riddle slips out to wristlock ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Riddle hurries to the corner and the top rope, but Styles stands up. FLOATING BRO FLOPS! Styles dead lifts Riddle but Riddle grabs ropes! Styles puts him on the apron, ROCKS him with a right, then snap BRAIN BUSTERS Riddle in! Cover, TWO!! Riddle lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles drags Riddle back up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!!
Styles is beside himself as Riddle survives again. Styles goes to the apron and takes aim. Riddle stands, Styles springboards, but Riddle catches Styles to the gut wrench! Styles fights out but the BROTON drops outta nowhere! Riddle and Styles are both down but the crowd rallies up. Styles and Riddle slowly stand and Riddle throws palm strikes and body shots! Styles ducks the kick, Phenomenal Blitz! But into the Pele, that Styles blocks! Styles rolls Riddle to the CALF CRUSHER!! Riddle flails as Styles as tortures the toes! Riddle reaches, Styles waistlocks and rolls him to keep the Calf Crusher on! Riddle powers up, shifts and has the BROMISSION!!
Styles flails but Riddle hammers away on his chest! Styles and Riddle move around, Styles pops out to cover, STYLES WINS!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
The Phenomenal One got a phenomenal fight from Riddle, but he manages to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Riddle feels disappointed, but he has apparently won the respect of AJ Styles. They shake hands, the crowd cheers, but CORBIN attacks! Corbin rains down rights on Riddle, and Styles just leaves! Seems styles doesn’t respect Riddle enough to save him from the Wolf King. Corbin wants Riddle and SmackDown to respect him, and hits END OF DAYS! Will this only incur the wrath of the Bro in the coming weeks?
A much better episode than last week’s, and a very good go-home for Extreme Rules, but I’m very curious about things for that PPV. I didn’t realize the Bar Fight blow-off for Sheamus and Jeff Hardy was going to be on SmackDown and not the PPV. I can understand the WWE wanting to have material for SmackDown, and this parallels Randy Orton VS Big Show in their Unsanctioned Match being part of Raw instead of PPV. Hardy had a good promo, and Sheamus’ surprise attack as part of it was good, but if it’s on SmackDown, I guess this means it’ll just be a bar themed Street Fight, not a match with a full Hollywood bar film set. A shame, I suppose, but really more for the Extreme Rules PPV.
Opening the show with a big rundown of the night was different, and I suppose can help to make SmackDown different from Raw or NXT. The lead into the match between Cesaro and Big E was good, too, as was the match they had. I just think it’s foolish to say, “This match decides if the tag title match is a Cage or Tables match.” The story so far already gave away a Tables Tag was going to happen, but this just basically doubled down. The choice should’ve been booked as “open to any stipulation,” and then the promo where Cesaro brings up the table spot last week works itself out. But that tag title match will still be great, and because it is Tables, it can go either way.
Lacey VS Naomi was a good match but rather short. I still think things should be more a tag team story with Dana and Tamina included. But I loved everything with the main women’s story, from A Moment of Bliss being how Asuka shows up on SmackDown, and that great champions and challengers tag match. Bayley winning only to get attacked backstage definitely keeps the math complicated, but I still feel Bayley wins to put all the pressure on Sasha to accomplish their goals of being #DoubleDoubleChampChamps. This will only prove to further the tension between them so that we can get their own feud going into the latter half of WWE’s calendar (WrestleMania to WrestleMania, that is).
Bray Wyatt turning the Firefly Fun House back into one of his Eater of Worlds promos was great, as was the promo itself. Braun’s promo was incredible, especially for him. I liked how he basically mauled Morrison, but the promos from Miz and Morrison building towards it were not quite right. They already faced Braun 2v1 so it makes sense Morrison would be wary, but I feel like they were avoiding referencing that Handicap match from Backlash. Morrison selling being mauled was a good touch, but I was really hoping Miz would turn on Morrison and cue a return of the SmackDown Hacker or something.
The Intercontinental Championship match was definitely phenomenal, but Styles winning does make a lot of sense. Daniel Bryan’s promo was a good way of setting up Styles reluctantly going through a workhorse schedule but still coming out on top, because that will really help SmackDown week to week. Corbin VS Riddle is also the obvious next step. Riddle can build a lot with fans who haven’t watched NXT by taking on Corbin, someone we’ve all seen a lot of. Corbin makes Riddle look good while biding time until something else comes around. For once, WWE could be playing the long game to properly book someone as a big name, though it’s not like they actually have to with Riddle.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Moxley is on a Rampage!
AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!
Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!
- Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
- Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
- Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!
The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?
The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!
Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.
Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!
AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!
Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!
Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!
Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission
And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?
As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?
AEW hears from Jurassic Express.
Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?
Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!
The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.
Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!
Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.
Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!
Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!
Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!
Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!
Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall
A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?
AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.
“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?
Hook VS Serpentico!
The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?
Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?
Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.
Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!
Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!
But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!
Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!
Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!
Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?
A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.
Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Acknowledge the history made!
The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!
SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!
- Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
- Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
- Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
- Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
- Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!
Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.
Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!
But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.
But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.
Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!
Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?
Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!
The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?
The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.
Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?
Aliyah VS Natalya!
Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?
SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!
Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!
Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification
Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?
Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!
Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?
SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!
Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!
The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!
Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.
Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage
And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.
Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.
But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.
SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.
Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…
Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?
Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.
Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.
Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?
Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!
The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?
SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!
Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!
Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?
Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.
Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?
Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!
The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?
Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.
The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!
Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!
SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!
Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!
Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)
Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?
A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.
Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.
Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.
But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.
My Score: 8.1/10
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