Is Raw about to get wild again tonight?
Kevin Owens confronts Randy Orton in the ring, Asuka fights Bayley for a rematch with Sasha Banks, and RAW UNDERGROUND rolls on!
- Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy VS Humberto Carrillo; Rollins wins.
- Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega & Angel Garza VS Angelo Dawkins; Dawkins wins.
- Zelina Vega w/ Andrade Almas & Angel Garza VS Bianca Belair w/ Angelo Dawkins; Belair wins.
- Apollo Crews VS Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business; Benjamin wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders VS Akira Tozawa & Ninjas; Ricochet, Alexander & The Viking Raiders win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Shinobi Surprise: Akira Tozawa VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Royce wins.
- Raw Underground – Riddick Moss wins.
- Asuka VS Bayley w/ Sasha Banks; Asuka wins and will challenge Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam.
- Raw Underground – Arturo Ruas wins.
- Raw Underground – Dabba-Kato wins.
- Raw Underground – Shayna Baszler wins 3v1.
- Kevin Owens VS Randy Orton w/ Ric Flair; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE mourns the loss of Kamala, aka James Harris.
Samoa Joe is in the ring!
He welcomes us to Monday Night Raw as he presides over a contract signing “for one of the most personal of matches,” set for SummerSlam. Joe has seen some contract signings, but one of their competitors is signing two contracts to make them an official WWE superstar. First, “the Goliath in our tale of David and Goliath,” a man Joe has many profane words for, the self-proclaimed Monday Night Messiah, Seth Rollins! Rollins has Buddy Murphy beside him as he makes his way to the ring. And the opponent, a man with a babyface who has taken the fight to Rollins to such a level that he is surely “a grown ass man,” Dominik Mysterio! Dominik walks out, titantron and theme song accompanying him, as well as a kendo stick!
Dominik is wary as he joins everyone else in the ring. Joe may be there but he must stay impartial if he wants to keep his job. Rollins wonders, how is Dominik a man if he has that weapon? He looks like a coward, or a scared little boy. Joe agrees, he’ll hold onto the kendo stick for Dominik. Does Joe think this is a joke? No, it’s not. This is actually rather sad. What’s sad about this? It’s simple, Seth. Seth is the sad one. Joe should be seeing “Seth Freakin’ Rollins,” one of the greatest this generation. But instead, we have “a man who had the WWE Universe boo him a few times and he got all caught up in his own feelings.” Rollins used it all as an excuse to do what he wants. Rollins went after Rey’s eye, Murphy went after Aleister’s, and who knows what would’ve happened to Joe last week.
The saddest thing of all is that “Seth Freakin’ Rollins” is giving a man with very little training NO CHOICE but to face him. Rollins says Joe has so much wrong, but c’mon! No choice?! Dominik has had a choice every step of the way and has chosen wrong every step of the way! The same goes for Rey and Aleister Black, and now Joe if he makes the wrong choice. But y’know who’s really had no choice? Seth Freakin’ Rollins, that’s who! Not to play the victim card, but Rollins was forced into this! He tried to #BurnItDown, but he got crapped on! By everyone in the back and everyone watching at home! Rollins had no choice but to become the Monday Night Messiah and sacrificing others for the greater good!
So Rollins just has to ask: When is it going to be enough? Enough for Joe, for Dominik, for the other superstars and for the fans? Dominik says it will NEVER be enough! What? Rollins heard him. Rollins makes excuses for what he’s done. Aleister isn’t the same. Rey isn’t the same. Rollins changed the lives of good men for the worse, and uses “the greater good” as an excuse. Rollins is really just fighting for himself. Rollins says Dominik is ungrateful. Dominik is on the cusp of fulfilling a dream, but he doesn’t even understand it’s all because of Rollins. Dominik should be on his knees thanking Rollins. Maybe Rollins has a point. This was Dominik’s dream. But now, the dream is to kick Rollins’ ass!
Rollins laughs and says we all know that Dominik won’t even last 10 seconds in a regular singles match. Rollins is definitely the best of his generation. However, Rollins will do Dominik a favor. Dominik is pretty handy with kendo sticks. How about SummerSlam be a match where Dominik can use that kendo stick, or anything really! Dominik should have every weapon at his disposal, so that there will be no excuse when Rollins ends Dominik’s career before it even begins. Rollins signs his part, and hands it over to Dominik. Dominik signs the SummerSlam contract, as well as his WWE contract.
Congratulations! A big round of applause for the newest superstar! “Now get the hell out of my ring,” because Rollins has a match with Humberto Carrillo. Dominik can take a seat and take some notes so he’ll see what Rollins is forced to do to them all. Carrillo makes his entrance, and the road of revenge for Rey begins after the break!
Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy VS Humberto Carrillo!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Carrillo and Rollins tie up, Rollins and Carrillo go around the ropes but Carrillo gets ROllins in the corner. Carrillo throws hands, Rollins turns things around to grind forearms in. The ref counts but Rollins body shots and stomps Carrillo down. Rollins makes sure Dominik gets a good look at the armlock, but Carrillo arm-drags free! Carrillo tackles Rollins and throws fists! Carrillo rallies and hits a springboard enziguri! Rollins bails out, Carrillo pursues and CHOPS him! Rollins throws Carrillo into barriers! Rollins gets back in the ring, the ref is distracted, but Dominik protects Carrillo from Murphy! The ref sees this and tells them both to back off.
Carrillo gets on the apron, shoulders into Rollins, slingshot sunset flips but Rollins rolls through. Carrillo ducks the Penalty Kick, Rollins ducks a roundhouse but not the enziguri! The crowd fires up as Carrillo drags Rollins up to throw haymakers. The ref backs him off, but Carrillo runs back to throw more hands! Rollins trips Carrillo up and Carrillo falls on the buckle! Rollins clubs away on Carrillo, climbs up behind him, but Carrillo resists the suplex. Rollins gets Carrillo up, Carrillo fights back more, and elbows Rollins down!
Carrillo adjusts, but Murphy distracts! Dominik SMACKS Murphy off the apron! Carrillo MOONSAULTS, but into BOOTS! Rollins SUPERKICKS, and POWERBOMBS! Rollins flips Carrillo over, to CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins stares Dominik down as he wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
And then Murphy TACKLES Dominik! The Disciple gets payback with furious stomps, but then feeds Dominik to Rollins. Rollins stomps away now, and Murphy drags Dominik up for his master. “I told you, take notes and listen to the master at work!” But Dominik breaks free to TACKLE Rollins! Murphy drags Dominik off but now they scrap! Rollins KNEES Dominik down! They beat Dominik down with punches and stomps, then they grab the kendo stick. Rollins aims it at Dominik, to SMACK him in the stomach! And SMACK him on the back! Dominik writhes but Rollins isn’t done. Rollins SMACKS Dominik in the stomach again! And then the back again!
Murphy rips Dominik’s shirt off and we can see the marks on his skin! Rollins SMACKS again to leave another mark! Rollins taunts Dominik to “fight like a man” before he SMACKS and SMACKS him again! Rollins got Dominik’s hands that time. Dominik gets to the ropes, but Rollins and Murphy tie him up in them! “You should’ve kept out of our business!” Rollins SMACKS Dominik as he mockingly says, “Hi, Dad~! You watching at home, Papa Rey?” He SMACKS Dominik again! “How’s that feel? I bet you’re on your knees in front of your TV set, begging for mercy! BEG, REY, BEG!!” Rollins SMACKS away on Dominik again and tells Rey he’s a coward!
Murphy fetches things for Rollins as Rollins SMACKS Dominik again! The welts are becoming bloody bruises, as Rollins has even MORE kendo sticks! Murphy gets to have a turn, and they’re going to make Dominik “pay his dues.” Rollins SMACKS Dominik’s chest while Murphy SMACKS Domink’s back!! And again! And again! And again!! Rollins even eggs Murphy on to see who can hit him harder! They hit Dominik so hard, he comes loose of the ropes and is on the mat! Murphy taunts Dominik, “You wanted to be a WWE superstar, right?” SMACK!! Rollins says if Dominik wants to be a man, he has to get up. But Dominik can’t, and that is the only thing that spares him from a Curb Stomp.
Rollins laughs, “The greater good is a beautiful thing! To be continued, Rey.” The crowd boos as Rollins and Murphy leave Dominik covered in bruises and cuts from the kendo sticks. Will Dominik even be able to compete at SummerSlam?
Retribution is coming.
Raw had technical difficulties because of damage done in the shadows. But then SmackDown was completely overrun! A group of masked maniacs did whatever they wanted last week, will they only escalate it this week?
Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega & Angel Garza VS Angelo Dawkins!
Before anything else happens, La Muneca takes the mic and says, “All week, I’ve been hearing, ‘Zelina, how could you poison Montez Ford?'” Did anyone realize it’s innocent until proven guilty? Vega will scream until she’s hoarse, she had NOTHING to do with the poisoning of Ford! What kind of manager would she be if she ruined her associates’ careers? Unlike most women, she doesn’t thrive off a man’s success, she creates it! And Bianca Belair can learn a lot from Vega about keeping men in line, and herself in check. Vega doesn’t appreciate Bianca putting her hands on her.
The Street Profits want the smoke, but her team wants the gold. And if you don’t get it, she’ll say it again: she had NOTHING to do with the poisoning. But Almas and Garza will have everything to do with taking away the Raw Tag Team Championships. But Angelo Dawkins makes his entrance, minus Ford, and though the lights have problems again, this match will happen, after the break!
Raw returns and Dawkins fires off forearms with Almas! Dawkins punches Almas to the ropes but lets up at the ref’s count. Dawkins whips Almas, Almas reverses but Dawkins hurdles, only to run into a kick. Almas throws more forearms then runs, into a big dropkick! Dawkins covers but Almas scrambles away. Almas gets out and Dawkins dares him to return. Garza helps Almas cool off and Vega coaches him up. Almas claims this is a “time out” but the ring count reaches 8. Almas goes in, just to get back out. The ring count starts again, Dawkins goes to the apron but Almas trips him up! Almas pushes Dawkins in to stomp away!
Almas rains down right hands then eggs Dawkins on. Dawkins sits up to get a basement dropkick! Almas drops down on Dawkins for a chinlock and grinds him down. Dawkins endures and fights up, throwing elbows. Almas throws forearms but Dawkins hits back. They brawl back and forth, Dawkins gets the edge, then has Almas on the ropes with body shots! The ref backs Dawkins off, but Dawkins LARIATS Almas down! Dawkins rallies, dodges and flying elbows! Almas staggers to a corner but Dawkins scoops him for an EXPLODER! Vega feels that one as the crowd rallies up. Dawkins runs corner to corner but Almas dodges to clothesline!
Almas fires off forearms then fires himself up. Almas runs corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins lives but Garza tells Almas to keep his focus. Almas goes to the top rope as Dawkins stirs. Almas leaps, but into a RIGHT HAND! Vega hops up on the apron as Dawkins covers! The ref is distracted, but here comes Bianca! Bianca yanks Vega down and Dawkins gives Almas the CASH OUT SPINE BUSTER! Cover, Dawkins wins!
Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfal
The EST tells La Muneca to get up and get in the ring for their match! Vega barely stands before Bianca puts her in! Vega bails out but Bianca is ready! Raw goes to break before things really heat up!
Zelina Vega w/ Andrade Almas & Angel Garza VS Bianca Belair w/ Angelo Dawkins!
Raw returns again and Vega is on Bianca in a dragon sleeper body scissors combo! Bianca rams Vega into buckles until she’s free, but Vega just leaps on for a normal sleeper! Bianca pops her around for a BIG suplex! Vega wants mercy? She still defends she didn’t poison anyone, but then she lunges at Bianca! Bianca jumps over, jumps back around, and then wags her finger at Vega. Bianca keeps Vega from running, but Vega stomps Bianca’s foot and headbutts low. Vega tilt-o-whirls but Bianca spins her around again! Vega drags Bianca down to a triangle hold! Bianca stays on her feet, tries for a cover but Vega keeps her shoulders up. Bianca dead lifts but Vega sunset flips, only for Bianca to stay up again. Bianca drags Vega up and SLAMS her down!
Bianca dares Vega to get up and do something but Vega is just making sure she has her teeth. Vega stands, Bianca bumps her off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Then she fires off fast hands! The ref backs Bianca off but Bianca comes back fore more! The ref counts, Bianca stops at 4, but Vega RAKES her eyes!! Vega headlocks and uses the ropes, for a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Vega grows frustrated, Bianca sits up and grits her teeth. Vega pushes Bianca around and ax kicks her back. Vega whips but Bianca blocks and redirects! Vega goes up and over and waistlocks, and even pulls hair! Bianca swings on Vega but Vega shoves her into the corner! Step-up enziguri!
Vega goes corner to corner while Bianca is down, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Vega’s version wasn’t quite as powerful, but she has fire. Vega dribbles Bianca’s head off the mat as she says she didn’t do it. Vega headlocks but Bianca blocks the bulldog. Bianca runs at Vega, fireman’s carries her, but Vega fights out with elbows! Vega waistlocks, Bianca elbows out hard. Bianca swings but Vega dodges, Vega tilt-o-whirls to throw Bianca into ropes! Bianca gets a hotshot from it and Vega heads for a corner. Vega climbs up, leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca pops Vega up for the military press and SLAM!
The crowd fires up as Dawkins coaches Bianca and both Garza and Almas cheer Vega on. Vega glares at Bianca and Bianca glares at Vega. They both grab at each other’s hair but Vega throws a forearm. Bianca gets mad and fires off all sorts of strikes! Bianca throws Vega around the ring, then runs in, only to get POST! Vega shouts, “I didn’t do it!” and then stomps a mudhole in! Vega climbs up, clubs away on Bianca’s head, but Bianca has her for a POWERBOMB! Matchbook, TWO, so Bianca ALLEY-OOPS Vega onto buckles! Bianca drags Vega up, spins her around for the torture rack, and the KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
Vega may not have done anything to Ford, but she couldn’t do anything to Bianca, either! Charly Caruso interviews Bianca in the ring. Not to spoil the moment, but given Vega defending herself, what evidence is there? Bianca says here’s a secret: She and Ford keep things separate at work, they handle their own business. Vega messed with Ford’s business. If she does it again, she’ll just whooped again. So Ford is out for now, what is his condition? Dawkins handles that by saying The Profits still have a match at SummerSlam. If you think Ford is going to miss the biggest party of the summer, that ain’t happening. They’re bringing the ruckus AND the Solo cups! Because the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will Ford be ready to stand with the fam?
Raw presents a special edition of The VIP Lounge.
The Hurt Business is in the ring and MVP has the mic. “Tonight is a very different episode of the VIP Lounge.” He is not in a celebratory mood, so no popping bottles. He wants to pop someone in the mouth. Not to mention popping ligaments and tendons. MVP never misses a chance to be the guy who says “I told you so,” so he tells us so! The conspiracy is real! Lights flickering, a generator on fire, during MVP’s match! MVP is a professional of the highest order! How is he to win in “unsafe working conditions?” Apollo didn’t beat MVP, the lights beat MVP. Where is Apollo Crews? Apollo makes his entrance to confront these accusations!
Is MVP serious? He always has to make excuses. Losing a match is someone else’s fault. Losing the beautiful new belt, it’s someone else’s fault. Oh, like the excuses Crews made not to be at Extreme Rules? A fighting champion who takes time off because of a bad neck. Apollo says Lashley did all that for MVP so that it’d turn out that way. But Apollo does know MVP is hurting now that Apollo has the NEW United States Championship belt MVP paid THOUSANDS of dollars for! Apollo thinks that’s funny? That’s Apollo’s problem. MVP was just trying to help the “serial bad decision maker.” Like the decision to come out here alone. MVP, you have a point. Apollo makes bad choices. But he’s allowed to. Oh? Because Apollo is a bad, bad man.
In fact, MVP says he doesn’t care about Apollo? Or about his family? Well Apollo doesn’t care about Benjamin or Lashley. But he does care about MVP. Apollo promises that at SummerSlam, the lights going out will be MVP’s! The Hurt Business rushes Apollo but Apollo gets in to DECK MVP! And then he THROWS A COUCH! Apollo dares someone to do something, but Raw goes to break!
Apollo Crews VS Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business!
Raw returns and the Gold Standard steps to the United States Champion! They tie up, Apollo wrenches, and hammerlocks to a headlock. Benjamin powers out, things speed up but Apollo blocks a hip toss. Benjamin blocks back but swings into the waistlock. Apollo lifts but Benjamin gets away, and Apollo says it was that close to the Crews Missile. They circle again, Benjamin powers Apollo to a corner and rams his shoulder in. Benjamin knees low, whips Apollo cornet o corner, but Apollo goes up and over and handsprings to dropkick Benjamin down! Apollo rallies with elbows and a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps his cool as he brings Benjamin up again. Benjamin escapes the military press to mule KICK!
Benjamin lifts Apollo to POWERBOMB him hard and fast! Cover, TWO! The Hurt Business knows to keep on him so Benjamin covers again, TWO! Benjamin drags Apollo up, turns him and hits a neckbreaker! MVP taunts Apollo as Benjamin throws Apollo out. The ref tells the Hurt Business to stay back but MVP and Lashley taunt Apollo. Benjamin goes out whole MVP mockingly asks if Apollo feels alright. Benjamin pushes Apollo around then knees him low! Benjamin bumps Apollo off the apron while putting him in. Benjamin stalks Apollo to ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Benjamin lets off, and Benjamin looms over him. Benjamin wraps Apollo up in a chinlock and grinds him down.
Apollo endures, the crowd rallies up, but MVP tells Apollo to quit. Apollo fights up and fights out to then ROCK Benjamin with rights! Benjamin gives them back, whips Apollo to ropes, but Apollo LEAPS to clobber Benjamin! The crowd fires up as Benjamin and Apollo stir. Apollo stands with the ropes to enziguri Benjamin down! Benjamin clutches a knee but Apollo drags him up to power him to a corner! Apollo rams his shoulder in over and over, MVP protests but Apollo runs to corner splash! Apollo lifts Benjamin but Benjamin resists. Benjamin runs into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Standing moonsault, cover, TWO!
The Hurt Business grows worried for Benjamin while Apollo keeps his cool. Benjamin bails out to rest, but Apollo builds sped! Lashley swipes at him so Apollo BOOTS Lashley away! Benjamin clobbers Apollo and rolls him up! Benjamin wins!
Winner: Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall
Lashley wants to go after Apollo with the full nelson, but MVP tell him to stop. Apollo needs to be healthy for SummerSlam so they can settle this. Lashley reluctantly shoves Apollo away and MVP says he’s just trying to look out for him. But MVP tries to sucker punch Apollo, only to get DECKED by the enziguri! Apollo gets out with his championship belt. Will MVP win back the belt he bought at the biggest party of the summer?
The Retribution has already done damage!
They’ve thrown cinder blocks through windows! Security tries to get them to stop but they don’t listen, and SMASH the windows apart with the bricks! And then they run off to do who knows what else. Is anyone safe from the Retribution?
Backstage interview with Mickie James!
The six-time women’s champion is back with big news! Mickie is excited to be back and wants to help lead the locker room. If you don’t think she has gold on her mind, then you’re sadly mistaken. But then Lana and Natalya walk in, obnoxiously laughing and wearing matching business dresses. Sorry, is Mickie that delusional? How can she lead the Women’s Division without a Tiktok account? Don’t get them wrong, Mickie is one of the best in-ring, but Natty is THE best so… And if Mickie isn’t aware, Natty is the winningest woman, the Serena Williams of WWE. Best of All Time! The #BOAT!
Wow, Natty. Mickie expects this from Lana because she’s Lana but Natty has a legacy all hero win. Natty worked so hard of the Hart family coattails. Oh, and boats sink. Hashtag that! Mickie leaves but the new besties say Mickie is rude. Will they be the ones getting a rude awakening now that Mickie’s back?
Ivar talks up Raw Underground with Demi Burnett!
Erik comes by with Ricochet and Cedric Alexander. They’ve been looking all over for him! They’re all gearing up for their match. Don’t be mad at Ivar, they were just talking. She didn’t mean to keep him so long, he’s just so cute! Erik? Not so much. But good luck! Alexander and Ricochet try not to laugh at Erik but they can’t help it. But how does their match turn out? Also, has Demi already ditched Garza for the Warbeard? We find out, after the break!
8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders VS Akira Tozawa & Ninjas!
The fast and the furious team up with the big and the strong as they take on the Stamina Monster and his shinobi squad! Will the WWE 24/7 Champion survive the raid?
The teams sort out and Ricochet will start against Ninja 1! CRANE KICK! Tag to Alexander and they give him a double stomp complete shot! Ninja 2 runs in but gets double KNEES! Alexander tags Ivar in, they work together as Erik tags in. Ninja 2 gets knee after knee! The Vikings stare at Tozawa as Ninja 3 refuses to go in. Tozawa orders his henchman to fight, but Ninja 3 thinks they should just go. Tozawa agrees, and the ninjas are in retreat. Ninja 2 gets THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Vikings and friends win!
Winners: Ricochet, Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
Tozawa has his title in his clutches, but Ninja 3 calls in a referee? Because this is R-TRUTH!! Truth rolls Tozawa up, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
THIRTY EIGHT TIMES!! Truth has his baby back and then hurries out because the chase is on! Will Tozawa get his title back from Truth before the night is over? And what happened to the real Ninja 3?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre!
The WWE World Champion had strong words for Randy Orton. Does he stand by those words? And will he be watching Ortn’s match with Kevin Owens? For starters, McIntyre wouldn’t have said what he said if he didn’t mean it. But McIntyre had an epiphany. The reason Orton has been keeping the knowledge to himself and taking out legend after legend is simple: Self-preservation. Orton wants to make sure he’s on top for as long as possible. He ripped the torch from Mick Foley’s hand, and holds onto it so that he isn’t a thing of the past. McIntyre tells Orton that he’s had more original thoughts. First, he will rip the torch from Orton’s hand. Second, he’ll kick Orton as hard as he can. And third, Orton will realize evolution has passed him by.
Charly has one more question. What if Kevin rips the torch away first? In that case, McIntyre and Kevin can have a long talk about the future of Monday Night Raw. What happens to the proverbial torch as the summer heats up?
Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
The reunion tour has begun, all thanks to The KO Show! The Riott Squad got one over on the IIconics but things are far from over! Will the LIVing Embodiment keep things going as she takes on the Venus Flytrap?
As always, the IIconics have mics to speak before the match. “Aww, how cute is this, Billie?” The Riott Squad is back and… Better than ever? Liv is two-faced while Ruby’s mood changes more than the color of her split ends! While they campaigned to be Raw’s Drama Queen, the IIconics campaigned for the future, and the future is IIconic. Peyton gets in and this match begins!
Liv fires off forearms, then blocks a kick to trip Peyton up! Liv rains down rights but Peyton gets away. Liv brings her up but Peyton knees Liv back. Peyton throws Liv out and then goes out to fetch her. The ref has Ruby and Billie stay back as Peyton clubs Liv. Liv blocks the apron bump to give it back! With interest! Liv puts Peyton in at 5, but Billie creeps closer. Liv gets in, and runs into the spinning heel kick! Peyton drags Liv up and says Ruby doesn’t care about her! Peyton clubs away on Liv, then shoves her down. The crowd rallies for Liv and Liv spins around to waistlock and O’Conner roll! TWO, Liv and Peyton ROUNDHOUSE each other down!
Billie and Ruby coach their friends up while the crowd rallies. Liv gets to a corner while Peyton grits her teeth. Peyton runs into a boot, but Ruby gets Billie to back off. The ref sees Ruby on the apron, Liv is confused, Peyton CLOBBERS Liv! ANARCHY SUPLEX! Or as Peyton calls it, Deja Vu! Cover, Peyton wins!!
Winner: Peyton Royce, by pinfall
A miscommunication costs the squad and Liv is again paranoid about who Ruby is. The IIconics let the frenemies fall apart again as they leave. Will the IIconics leave them behind in the Women’s Tag Division rankings?
Shane checks in with Jordan Omogbehin, the Raw Underground bouncer.
Anything going on? No, it’s just fine. Nice. Now, it’s almost time to begin tonight’s festivities. Shane enters the Underground, what happens in this week’s third hour?
Raw Underground begins!
Riddick Moss returns to Raw in the opening fight as Shane welcomes us back. Moss counters a takedown with a facelock, but still gets SLAMMED! Moss scrambles up as “Cal Boom” has him in a clinch. They get up, go around, fight for control, and Moss gets the facelock! They go around, off the ring and into some spare paneling! Moss throws body shots and RAMS his opponent in return! And again! They end up back at the ring, clinch onto the mat, but Cal gets loose. They tie up again, Cal tries a cover but Moss moves. Moss throws body shots, they each pull hair, but Moss rakes eyes! And HEADBUTTS! Moss fires off more hands and DECKS Cal! The ref and Shane call it, Moss wins it!
Winner: Riddick Moss
The Regiment is back and tougher than ever! Will he rise to the top of this strange other division?
Asuka VS Bayley w/ Sasha Banks!
Here we go again! The Empress of Tomorrow wants to rip the Role Model apart for what happened to Kairi Sane, as well as earn her rematch with the NEW Raw Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks! But with The Boss ringside, will Bayley have the advantage in shutting Asuka out?
The bell rings and Asuka dropkicks Bayley right away! Asuka throws Bayley around, then runs corner to corner to hip attack! Asuka kicks away on Bayley in the corner, then snapamres her for a KICK! Cover, ONE! Asuka dribbles Bayley off the mat over and over, but Bayley gets away. Sasha shrieks in protest but Asuka goes out to throw Bayley into boards! The ref counts but Asuka stomps Bayley. Asuka puts Bayley in at 4 of 10 and climbs up top. Asuka talks smack with Sasha but Bayley trips Asuka up! Bayley Canadian racks for a RUNNING DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Sasha and Bayley are upset already, and Bayley rains down angry rights.
The crowd rallies for Asuka as Bayley kicks the leg. Asuka gets to ropes but Bayley drags her back up. Bayley snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Bayley runs to sliding clothesline! Cover, TWO! Bayley cools off and Sasha cheers her own. Bayley wraps on a chinlock and thrashes Asuka about. Asuka endures, fights up as the lights flicker, but Bayley puts her in a corner. Bayley stomps Asuka down, taunts Asuka about Kairi but Asuka kicks back! Bayley drops elbows and covers, TWO! Bayley still makes fun of Kairi as she circles Asuka. She kicks Asuka around but Asuka just keeps getting up. Asuka gets mad, blocks a punch to backslide fast! TWO!!
Bayley ducks a kick and rolls Asuka but Asuka rolls through to SLIDING KICK! Both women are down, the crowd rallies up and both women slowly stand. Asuka side steps Bayley to then follow and run her over! Asuka blocks a kick, slips around and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bayley gets up to get a hip attack! Cover, TWO! Asuka runs at Bayley in a corner but Bayley catches the hip attack to toss Asuka into buckles! Sasha coaches Bayley on as Bayley runs corner to corner. Asuka dodges the knee, has Bayley stuck on ropes and kicks away! Asuka runs side to side to springboard STOMP Bayley down! Cover, TWO!! Sasha helps Bayley get out as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Asuka climbs up top again. Asuka is more focused this time and she missile dropkicks Bayley down! Cover, TWO! Sasha is relieved but Asuka fires up. Asuka watches Bayley sit up and she KICKS her! And KICKS her! Sasha gets on the apron, Bayley catches the next kick to a KNEEBAR! Asuka flails as Bayley pulls on the ankle, and Asuka gets the ropebreak! Bayley clubs the leg before letting go at 4. Bayley stomps the leg, and DDT’s the ankle! Cover, TWO! Bayley hits another leg DDT, and Sasha says she’s loving it. Sasha hugs the Raw Women’s Championship belt as Bayley puts the bad leg on the ropes. The Golden Role Models mock Asuka with the belt before Bayley stomps the leg.
The ref backs Bayley off but Sasha SLAMS the bad leg in the distraction! Bayley covers, TWO! Asuka endures but the Golden Role Models are only getting angry. Bayley puts Asuka in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off to elbow Asuka back! Bayley runs, Auska rolls her up, TWO! Asuka wraps Bayley up in a GROUNDED OCTOPUS STRETCH!! Bayley endures being twisted up, pries free of a leg, and goes after Asuka, only to get caught into an ARMBAR! Bayley flails and kicks, makes it a cover, TWO! Asuka leaps but the code breaker is countered to an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Asuka endures as Bayley shows she has an arsenal of her own! Asuka endures, Sasha taunts her face to face, but that only motivates Asuka! Asuka sits back to get an ANKLE LOCK and KNEEBAR!!
Bayley endures, fights up and pushes back to a cover, TWO! Asuka has the hold again, Bayley powers up again to pry Asuka off! Asuka counters the German to a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! The crowd fires up, Asuka hits the CODE BREAKER! Both women are down, Asuka crawls to a cover, TWO! Sasha is growing worried as Bayley and Asuka slowly sit up. Bayley and Asuka brawl on their knees then up to their feet. Asuka fires off palm strikes from all sides! Bayley blocks the back hand but gets the pop-up KNEE! Bayley ends up in a corner, Asuka hurries over and brings her up. Asuka hoists Bayley up top, climbs up to join her and throws forearms. Bayley hits back, sends Asuka down, and adjusts. MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!!
The crowd is thunderous as Asuka survives! Asuka slowly fights up but Bayley looms over her. Bayley brings Asuka up to BACK HAND Asuka! Bayley goes corner to corner, sunset bomb into the buckles! Bayley mocks Kairi by walking the plank, and runs, into a TAKEDOWN! ASUKA LOCK OUTTA NOWHERE!! Bayley taps, Asuka wins!!
Winner: Asuka, by submission (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)
But Sasha runs in, only for Asuka to get away! The Blueprint has the red brand’s belt for now, but will she lose it to a vengeful Empress?
We return to Raw Underground!
Arturo Ruas is in action, and if you don’t know him, he’s a 17-time Brazil amateur wrestling champion! Shane steps aside and the fight is on! Ruas BOOTS his opponent back, uses capoeria heel kicks to send him out of the ring, then dares him to come back. His opponent does but gets body shots and a SLAM! Ruas clubs away with big forearms, palm strikes and even slaps! His opponent doesn’t stand a chance with those elbows flying in! Ruas grabs an arm, cranks on it, can’t get the armbar so he goes for the legs. Ruas kicks then watches his opponent squirm. His opponent gets up to get the CAPOERIA KICK!! Ruas wins by knockout!
Winner: Arturo Ruas
The winner goes again, but who is going to take him? No one in this crowd will. Who else will step up to Shane’s blood sport?
We return from break for more Raw Underground!
Dabba-Kato is back! Let’s see if he’s still got it this week? The bell rings and his considerably smaller opponent circles around him. Dabba take a kick to give a kick! His opponent keeps fighting but Dabba drags him up to clinch and SLAM him down! And then he drags the man up to knee and SLAM again! Dabba keeps going, with a NUT CLAW!? That’s not against the rules but it’s just plain mean! And then Dabba DECKS the man! Dabba wins!
But Shayna Baszler steps up!? The Queen of Spades wants after the big man but Shane tells Dabba to cool off. Shayna gets to have someone fresh for her opponent. Who steps up to the former MMA Horsewoman? NO one? So Shayna just DECKS a rando in the crowd and tosses her in! Shayna facelocks, turns and hammers away! The woman’s friend goes in to drag Shayna off, but Shayna just dumps her down and rains down rights! Another woman comes in, she tries for a sleeper, but Shayna throws her right off! Shayna has the arm but her opponent headscissors! Shayna hammers away, powers out of the squeeze, but sees she is in a 3v1 situation.
The other two go after her together, but Shayna fights them all off. Shayna DECKS the third opponent, judo throws the second, and ROUNDHOUSES the first! SPINE BUSTER and hammer fists for the third, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! The woman taps, Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
That’s this week’s Raw Underground, tune in for more carnage next week!
Retribution causes more trouble!
They’ve tipped someone’s car over! And are beating it up more! They hurry off before anyone comes along, will they leave Raw without taking over like they did on SmackDown?
Kevin Owens VS Randy Orton w/ Ric Flair!
The Prizefighter takes a stand not only for himself, but for those the Viper has targeted and attacked. Will Kevin still be able to fight after going a round with the Legend Killer reawakened?
Raw returns and Kevin makes his entrance. The bell rings and Kevin circles with Orton. They tie up, Kevin powers Orton to ropes but Orton turns things around. Kevin turns it back around and into the corner, but Orton turns that back again. Kevin powers out of the corner, Orton headlocks and grinds Kevin down. The crowd rallies as Kevin endures and powers out. Orton runs Kevin over, things speed up, and Kevin runs Orton over! Orton bails out and Kevin wonders where he’s going. Flair grins, he likes the fire Kevin has. Kevin goes after Orton but Orton drags him out. Kevin counters punches, throws haymakers and chops, but Orton pokes eyes! Orton follows Kevin around the way to European Uppercut.
Orton brings Kevin to the desk but Kevin hits back and bounces Orton off the desk first! Kevin hears the ring count and puts Orton in at 8. Kevin stomps Orton to a corner, mocking the Legend Killer while getting angrier. The ref backs Kevin off, Kevin copies the “WOO~!” Orton hits back and CHOPS Kevin in the corner. Orton whips Kevin but Kevin reverses. Kevin dodges Orton on the return and kicks, but Orton denies the stunner! Kevin denies the RKO to SUPERKICK! Orton flounders into a corner, Kevin runs in to CANNONBALL! Orton bails out and Flair is worried. Kevin has to slow down because of a bad shoulder, but Orton ends up by barriers. Kevin CANNONBALLS again! The Viper is down as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns as Kevin stomps Orton down. Orton sits up to get haymaker after haymaker, and then goes to a corner. Kevin CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, and Orton scrambles away. Kevin mocks Flair more as he gives more CHOPS! Kevin throws haymaker after haymaker, but the ref backs him off. Orton bails out but Kevin hurries after. Kevin whips but Orton reverses to send Kevin into steel steps! The bad shoulder feels worse and Flair just talks trash to add on. Orton drags Kevin up to bounce him off the Plexiglas! Orton gets in at the count of 8 but goes out to refresh things. He drags Kevin back up to whip into more steel steps! Now Orton leaves Kevin behind and at the mercy of the count.
Kevin manages to sit up at the count of 5, and drags himself in at the count of 7. Orton is right on him by yanking the bad arm and stomping a leg! Orton circles Kevin as he stomps, a favorite tactic of his. Orton scrapes his laces on Kevin’s face, another favorite! He drags Kevin around and stomps him in the stomach! Orton digs his heel in, and he leaves Kevin gasping as he runs. Orton drops a knee right on the head! Cover, TWO! Flair is amused as Orton wraps Kevin in a chinlock. Kevin endures and the crowd builds to a rally. Kevin fights but Orton rakes eyes! Kevin still fights up, fights back and wrenches to forearm! Kevin throws more but Orton CHOPS!
Orton whips, Kevin kicks back but Orton EuroUppers! Kevin clotheslines and back sentons! Flair grows worried again as the crowd fires up for Kevin! Kevin stands, Orton follows, but Kevin whips. Orton grabs ropes to bail out again. Kevin pursues but Orton catches him for the ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! Kevin tumbles down while Orton catches his breath at ringside. The ring count climbs but Orton drags Kevin up and in. Cover, TWO! Kevin refuses to stay down! Orton grows annoyed and he stalks Kevin to a corner. Orton brings Kevin up to the top rope, throws haymakers, then climbs up to join him. Kevin fights back with a headbutt but Orton hits back. They brawl up top, Kevin headbutts Orton down!
Kevin adjusts quickly, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives and Flair shouts for him to get up, but so does Kevin! Kevin mocks Orton’s slithering around as Orton stands! Kevin spins Orton around but no Stunner! Orton hits the RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Apex Predator weathered the storm and takes Kevin down! Flair celebrates with Orton by raising his arm, but will we see the same thing when Orton faces McIntyre for the title? Orton wants a mic to talk before leaving. He wants Flair to stick around a moment. “I would like to ask a favor of you, my friend.” The favor is for Flair to stay here and talk something out, but also celebrate. Flair doesn’t mind. We find out what Orton has on his mind, after the break.
Raw returns and…
Orton tells Flair that “I have every right to be upset with you, but I just can’t. I can’t be angry at the Nature Boy, Ric Flair.” Orton can’t find it in his heart to be pissed. This match wasn’t necessary. Orton was only in a fight with Kevin because of Flair’s ego. But Orton can’t be angry with Flair! This is just what the Dirtiest Player in the Game does! Orton has learned so much. Orton grew up with Flair around, and Flair has been there the last 20 years. Flair taught Orton so much, and is why Orton is still here after 20 years. But does Flair remember back in 2002 or 2003. Orton got himself in trouble in Illinois. No one came to help Orton, except for Flair. Flair bailed Orton got his “dumbass 22-year-old punkass” got himself into. Orton respected and loved Flair for that moment.
But Orton doesn’t respect or love Flair anymore. Because Flair is a liability to everything Orton is trying to do! Orton realized when he looked back. Orton knows why Flair took him under his wing. Flair was thinking Orton could be the son Flair wishes he had. Aw, what’s wrong, Flair? Are you going to cry? “C’mon, you old ass man,” all this energy he still has and yet all he can do is cry? FINE! Cry Orton a river! Cry like a little baby! This isn’t the Flair we all looked up to even just a few years ago. This isn’t the Flair that taught Orton everything he knows! That Flair wouldn’t need a pacemaker in his chest to keep his heart going. That Flair wouldn’t have slipped into a coma! THAT Flair wasn’t some “whore for the spotlight” like this Flair. This is not the same Flair, because this Flair is washed up.
In just two weeks, Orton goes to SummerSlam with an opportunity to take a world championship for the 14th time! That is all Flair needs to worry about and yet he worries about himself! Flair takes the mic from Orton very carefully, and says he is taking all this very personally. Flair hears Orton’s words, but he wants to tell Orton something. That Flair, the one Orton was with in the early 2000’s, that Flair is gone. Does Flair like the spotlight? Yes. Does Flair like to praise Orton as the greatest because he truly is? Yes. Does Flair want to share that spotlight with Orton? Who wouldn’t? Flair is 71, on Monday Night Raw. Flair has Hogan calling him, asking how it feels, and Flair says it feels great, because Flair is with Orton.
Flair is here because he wants Orton’s approval, to be by Orton’s side, and to be there when Orton’s wins 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th even! Flair wants Orton to break his record! Not John Cena with his own 16, but FLAIR’S 16! A record we all grew up on! Driving 3000 miles for $150! Flying who knows how much, city after city! Orton knows what that is because Orton was there! Orton was watching his dad on the road. No cellphones back then, Orton knows what that feels like! Flair wants Orton, who crawled up from the bottom to the top, became the greatest in the business today who Flair loves being with.
But if Orton wants Flair to get emotional, here’s someone Flair can’t get mad at. Flair can’t get mad at Orton. After 31 days of intensive care, a coma for 12 of them, when Flair woke up, he just wanted to tell those around him that he loved them, and to let those he loves know it. Flair called everyone, and that includes Orton. You need to be where Flair has been to know what that feeling is. Flair isn’t trying to take away from Orton. Flair is just having a good time with him. Flair is Charlotte’s Dad and Orton’s friend. Yes, this isn’t Ric Flair anymore. But Orton is his favorite, the one he wants to break the record. That’s all. Orton takes the mic, throws it away, and hugs it out with Flair. The crowd cheers that, but Orton LOW BLOWS FLAIR!!
The crowd boos now as Orton sets Flair down. Orton whispers to Flair that it’ll be alright. Orton forgives Flair, so he hopes Flair can forgive him. Because Orton looms over Flair, and the crowd starts to fear what’s coming next. Orton listens to the voices in his head as Flair barely sits up. The lights flicker but Retribution doesn’t come. Orton aims as Flair is on his hands and knees, and…! The lights go out but you can hear the PUNT KICK!! Orton just annihilated Flair in the literal dark of night!! Orton still comforts Flair, but here comes McIntyre!! McIntyre runs Orton off, and cannot believe how low Orton has sunk! “Even him?! You evil son of a b*tch!!”
Medics check on Flair while McIntyre glares at Orton. McIntyre vows everything is coming back around on Orton’s head, and that he will make sure to hurt Orton. Will the the Scottish Psychopath destroy The Legend Killer once and for all? Or will the Viper simply sink his teeth into a 14th world title reign?
This was definitely a wild Raw. We got a lot of powerful stuff out of the opening segment with Dominik now getting a form of No Disqualifications match against Rollins, only for his first official day on the job to be him getting kendo stick’d into ground beef. The cajones on him to accept such a segment. I don’t know if Dominik wins, but he’s at least got to take Murphy out of action at SummerSlam as some retribution. We also got great stuff out of the story between Bianca and the Profits and Vega’s stable. The matches were great, but the sweep by Bianca and Dawkins makes me feel like SummerSlam goes Vega’s way. The go-home next week will be the last bit of math, though, maybe Ford returns triumphantly as the final piece of the puzzle.
For the poisoning part of the story, I like that Vega is adamantly defending herself while Bianca doesn’t believe her. But I’m pretty sure Vega didn’t. It’s GARZA! And the reason why is because he thought he was poisoning Dawkins’ cup, as a way to get Dawkins to back off the girls Garza’s been flirting with! Of course, Demi seems to be playing the field, too, having flirted with Ivar tonight. The 8 Man Tag was pretty fun, but clearly it was a vehicle to the 24/7 Championship. Truth is back on top, baby! Though, with Raw Underground now being a thing, I really hope Truth “accidentally” runs into that area and then we get some reigns for Dabba-Kato and the superstars hanging around in there.
Though again, I kinda wish we weren’t watching Swerve and Brennan Williams be in there, after already seeing them both get jobbed out. I would’ve loved if there was a long game where those two finally decide to join the fun and then give us some of the best things yet in Raw Underground. Though that’s a tall order after seeing what they did this week with Riddick Moss, Dabba and even Shayna Baszler! I honestly thought Shayna was gonna fight Dabba, but it seems even Underground follows WWE’s no co-ed wrestling rule. I wonder if Shayna becomes a regular. A little disappointed Hurt Business didn’t at least check in, they’re the “new management.” Maybe after Apollo turned things around on them, they felt a bit too foolish and had to get MVP some ice. They still should’ve been hanging around, though.
We got some good stuff out of the Riott Squad story. At the same time that the IIconics bounce back, the squad is already stumbling. Though, I wonder if this isn’t a week too soon. Maybe it should’ve been Liv being there to counter Peyton while Ruby beats Billie, and then this. It gives the context that Ruby is willing to be helped by Liv but is screwing Liv over, at least in Liv’s mind, which is the whole point. Asuka and Bayley have an AMAZING match, and Bayley bringing up Kairi was really good story. If only Kairi wasn’t done with WWE (for the foreseeable future), she could be in the Triple Brand Battle Royal this Friday and WIN to at least get a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship, her first singles title opportunity in years. But Asuka wins so she gets her match with Sasha, and that is going to be amazing, too.
Retribution was far more juvenile tonight than they were on SmackDown. More light flickering, more damage of property, but no attempts at attacking superstars or taking over the PC. Yes, there were higher security measures but that’s all kayfabe and easily gotten around. Though, they technically do have a part to play tonight that I actually appreciated. We got a great main event out of Orton and Kevin, but of course Orton wins to stay strong. I could just feel Orton turning on Flair as Flair kept raising Orton’s hand in victory. That feeling only got stronger as Orton had Flair hang around and there was the commercial before a 15 minute final segment.
The promos between them were great, and the lights going down was a great way to censor/cover up Orton “kicking” Flair in the head. The crowd and commentary both being in stunned silence is great, but I also would’ve liked it better if a handful of crowd members just went nuts with anger. This is Ric Flair! Someone, anyone, should’ve screamed like it was their own father/grandfather. But McIntyre VS Orton has reached a new level, I can’t wait to see it all happen!
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)
And you thought last week was big!
205 Live doubles down on historic matches!
Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.
It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.
The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!
How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?
The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!
Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!
Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!
Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!
Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!
The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?
The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!
Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.
Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.
Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!
Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!
Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?
A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.
Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!
SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!
- Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay; Charlotte & Asuka win.
- Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler; Cesaro wins.
- Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella; Sasha wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Crews wins by disqualification, Big E retains the title.
- Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns; No Contest.
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Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table, with Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, is back to open SmackDown, but no Jey Uso? Roman and Heyman are not in a good mood after the bait ‘n’ switch Adam Pearce pulled over on them with Kevin Owens. Heyman hands Roman a mic as fans boo and give thumbs down on their screens. “So KO said he was going to deliver a message today, huh?” Or is he not? No, we’re not going to see Kevin Owens tonight because Roman said so. Now let’s talk about last week and “card subject to change.” Real clever. A lot of people made comments about Pearce getting one past them, outsmarted them.
But let’s make this clear: “That way of thinking is beneath me.” Card subject to change is how losers think. It’s how people who are scared to come to work think. Roman doesn’t miss appearances, he puts in work! Legitimately! It took Roman’ sown health being at risk during a pandemic to keep him away. So he never wants to hear anyone say anything about him missing appearances. But what if Roma started thinking like “a puss” like Pearce, talking about his elbow and shoulder hurting. No one would doubt it because of the work Roman puts in! Roman’s knees hurt, and so does his neck. But what else? His ankles have been bad since college. And his back… Heyman says just the weight of it all is making Roman’s back hurt, because Roman’s been carrying the WWE for YEARS!
But what if Roman’s back continues to hurt until the Royal Rumble? What if he can’t make it because of that? Pearce walks out and says this is going too far. Heyman says Pearce is being rude not even addressing Roman. Pearce says this is spiraling out of control, and Roman can’t believe he wants to talk about control. We know who is in control. But what’s out of control is that Pearce is going against Roman. That Pearce is doing a favor and putting Kevin back into the Universal title picture. And the fact that Pearce is favoring Kevin! This isn’t even really a favor. Pearce is Kevin’s BITCH! And he’s also Roman’s bitch.
But what Roman really can’t stand right now, is Pearce having the audacity coming out here and complaining about how his body feels. Pearce hasn’t been in a match for six YEARS, but he’s talking about how his body hurts. Pearce is next to the thoroughbred of the WWE, a man who does 52 weeks a year, multiple days a week! Roman never complained, never stopped and busts his ass for this place, and that is why Roman is who Roman is! And Pearce is going to complain, whine, MOAN about stuff? “No wonder you never made it to the WWE.” Heyman chuckles at that one.
Pearce asks if this is funny to Heyman. It is. Pearce can take it from Roman but he won’t take it from Heyman. Oh? Well that’s disrespectful. Disrespecting Heyman is disrespecting Roman. Heyman, straighten Pearce out. Heyman is given the mic to speak. Pearce disrespected the Tribal Chief and his family. Heyman’s known his family 15 years. Roman’s family would not be friends with someone who isn’t tough! Do you know what it is like to be a friend of the Anoa’i family? Everyone buys into Heyman’s persona, that he’s “impotent as a man.” Heyman’s from New York, he whoop yo’ ASS for disrespecting the chief. Wanna stare Heyman down?
Heyman may not be a lawyer but he’s from a synagogue full of them. In Florida, a verbal contract is BINDING. So if you want something big for the main event, how about this? Pearce VS PAUL HEYMAN! What?! Heyman offers a handshake, and Pearce TAKES IT! The challenge is accepted!! Pearce will have his first match in six years, against Paul E. Dangerously! Roman says at the end of the night, Pearce gets his ass kicked. #BelieveThat.
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
He has a sign with #JusticeForSami on it, and he brings out cuffs?! Sami is going to cuff himself to the ringside barriers as a form of protest because he is not part of tonight’s Intercontinental Championship! How will WWE officials respond to Sami’s sudden SmackDown sit-in?
SmackDown returns and Sami claims he is being victimized, but he will enter the Royal Rumble to counter it! Sami says he had Apollo Crews beat, though with hands somehow on Apollo’s tights. But then Apollo does the same thing back to him and Apollo wins?! That is not fair! But then the Empress of Tomorrow interrupts Sami with her entrance, followed by The Queen’s! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here!
Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay!
The Queens of Tomorrow have a lot going on as individuals on Raw, but they return to SmackDown to focus on their teamwork! Meanwhile, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott haven’t been able to focus with the Femme Fatale frantically interfering. Will Billie be a burden as the Squad has a chance at earning a championship opportunity?
As the teams sort out, Natalya and Tamina are watching from backstage. The bell rings as Charlotte and Ruby start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Charlotte pushes Ruby to ropes. Ruby pushes back but Charlotte headlocks and throws Ruby down. Ruby keeps her shoulders up, fights to her feet, but Asuka tags in. Charlotte snapmares Ruby, Asuka runs Ruby over with a shoulder! Asuka headlocks Ruby, Ruby fights up but Charlotte tags back in. The Queens of Tomorrow hand Ruby off and Charlotte bumps Ruby off buckles! Charlotte digs her boot into Ruby’s head but lets off at 4. Ruby flounders, Charlotte taunts her to reach for Liv, then CLUBS her down.
Charlotte looms over Ruby, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Ruby falls over, Billie protests on the apron but Charlotte runs her off. Ruby rushes at Charlotte but into an elbow! Liv tags in as Billie shouts at Charlotte! Ruby rushes Charlotte but is thrown out, and Charlotte grabs at Billie! Liv apron dropkicks Charlotte back in! Liv hurries up top and leaps to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie can’t believe she’s being helpful as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Charlotte blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Charlotte stomps away on Liv, backs off as the ref counts, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap on their screens, Charlotte scoops Liv but Liv slips out. Liv runs, Ruby tags in, Liv huricanranas and Ruby runs in to tilt-o-whirl! Charlotte blocks the headscissors but Ruby fires off forearms! Ruby goes up and gives Charlotte DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, Sami is still filming his protest, and the Squad double SLAMS Charlotte down! Cover, ONE! Liv tags Ruby back in, they stomp away on Charlotte in a corner, and then tag again.
Ruby and Liv bring Charlotte out, double whip but charlotte stops herself to kick and forearm and CHOP! Charlotte CHOPS away, throws Ruby into buckles then kicks Liv low! EXPLODER! And kip up! Charlotte fires up but misses Liv in the corner. Liv runs into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Asuka, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Ruby runs but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Liv dropkicks Charlotte and enziguris Asuka! But Asuka has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv tries to roll through but gets caught to a trapped-leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka kicks but misses, Liv rolls her to swing. Asuka blocks, reels Liv in, but Ruby tags!
Asuka lets Liv go to get Ruby, but Billie distracts! The O’Conner roll is rolled over but Billie argues too long! That costs Ruby, she has to kick Asuka! Liv saves Ruby from the hip attack but falls on Billie! Ruby SUPERKICKS but Asuka counters the Riott Kick to the pop-up KNEE! Asuka runs, tags Charlotte, CODE BREAKER to NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall
Billie went from helping to hindering the Squad again! Will this partnership fall apart before Billie’s very eyes?
Billie finds the Squad backstage.
She apologizes for, for… For what, Billie? Stopping Ruby from pinning Asuka? Messing this opportunity up for them?! Yeah… Well for someone who doesn’t mean to, she’s pretty good at it. Maybe that should be put on the resume. Well, all the great teams have overcome obstacles! Billie has good news, though. She talked to Sonya Deville and the Squad is in the Women’s Rumble match! They can practice throwing Billie out over the ropes! Billie can pretend to be Bianca or Mella! No, there is no “us” anymore. The Squad works better when it’s just Ruby and Liv. Sorry. Will Billie ever catch a break?
Daniel Bryan is here!
And he goes past Sami’s new sign, where SAMI is an acronym: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Clever. Bryan goes to the ring and fans join in the “YES!” fingers on their screens. Bryan says a week from this Sunday is one of the most unique and historic traditions in the WWE, the Royal Rumble match. And even saying that, this time of year, a chill goes down Bryan’s spine. It’s a little hard to explain why but Bryan will give it his best shot. “It’s the uncertainty of what number you’re going to. It’s watching the countdown for every superstar that comes out. It’s waiting for that buzzer to hit, for that music to play, for you to run down, nobody knows that you’re coming, and you don’t know who’s coming out next!
“It’s the exhilaration of competing against 29 other superstars that could go over an hour, and it’s every man for themselves.” One of the most challenging, grueling things you can do in the WWE, and that makes Bryan feel alive. Despite all the pain, all the uncertainty, it is absolutely worth it because the winner gets to face the champion of their choosing in the main event of WrestleMania! Bryan is very proud of his career, he’s accomplished a lot. But the one thing he has never done is win a Royal Rumble! Experts, commentary, Michael Cole even, will say- Cesaro interrupts!
Cesaro thought he beat some sense into Bryan last week, but here Bryan is again talking about how he’ll win the Rumble. Cesaro appreciates Bryan explaining the rules, but Cesaro could’ve done it better and in five languages. But that’s besides the point. Bryan is NOT winning this year’s Rumble, Cesaro is. As the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Cesaro is an expert on this. Bryan didn’t forget about the loss, but instead of talking, how about putting the mics down, and they can fight it out again? Cesaro says no. Cesaro is sick and tired of proving himself week after week doing the same thing over and over! He beat Bryan, and Bryan isn’t dressed for the occasion, Cesaro issues an open challenge! Anyone who has already declared for the Rumble, come on down!
The one to answer the open challenge is… Dolph Ziggler! One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions is here asking about the conversation. Ziggler has been in the second most Rumbles ever. Ziggler can go all night long, ask anyone. And aside from himself and his colleague, Robert Roode, there is no one that can go toe-to-toe with Ziggler except maybe Cesaro. No offense to Bryan but it ain’t 2014 anymore. But if we’re talking about a Rumble challenge, Ziggler wants to win to go to Mania and get paid! So Bryan, scoot over, and Cesaro, consider your challenge accepted. Will the Show-Off show up the Swiss Cyborg?
Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!
SmackDown returns and Bryan has joined commentary for this great match-up already underway. Ziggler has Cesaro down and has a leg, gets a cover, TWO! Cesaro gets a lateral press but Ziggler keeps his shoulder up. Cesaro pushes him around, gut wrenches and lifts but Ziggler resists by grabbing Cesaro’s leg again. Ziggler shifts, rolls, has a cover, ONE! Cesaro tries a cover, ONE! Cesaro waistlocks but Ziggler gets the ropes. Ziggler elbows Cesaro away then jumps on for a sleeper hold! Cesaro stays up, RAMS Ziggler into buckles and is free. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Ziggler with that EuroUpper! Ziggler flounders into a trip and then a SWISS SWING!
Cesaro brings Ziggler around and around for a count of 10, then maybe 15 even, or 20! Cesaro throws Ziggler, covers, TWO! Ziggler survives the swing, Cesaro stalks him to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST! Ziggler rolls Cesaro up, TWO! Cesaro back drops, Ziggler sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro sits on the cover, TWO! Ziggler sunsets, TWO! Cesaro, TWO! Ziggler, TOW! Cesaro high stacks, TWO! Ziggler pops him to a cover, TWO! SUPER- No, Cesaro blocks but uppercuts into a backslide,. Cesaro slips out, but into a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! And yes, Sami is still protesting. He’s even memeing! “Sami was robbed, change my mind.”
Cesaro and Ziggler slowly rise and Ziggler sleeper holds again! Cesaro gets up, shifts Ziggler from backpack to a front facelock, for a suplex! Ziggler knees free, kicks low then runs, into a pop-up! Ziggler tries to huricanrana, but Cesaro makes it a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Michael Cole points out this is two times in a row that Cesaro has beaten a former world champion! Will Cesaro take the Rumble and be a WrestleMania contender?
Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella!
It is very rare for WWE to do co-ed matches like this, and certain against a champion like The Boss against the sommelier in employment of The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island. Will Reginald ruin Sasha’s momentum towards the rematch with Mella?
SmackDown returns and Mella makes her entrance to accompany Reginald to the ring, two other assistants bringing the champagne and drinking glasses to the ring for them. Mella and the champagne join commentary as the bell rings. Sasha tells Reggie it’s time to put up or shut up, but Reggie presents her with an orange rose. Sasha accepts the rose but goes to slap Reggie! He blocks, only for Sasha to SLAP him with the other hand! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and uses the ropes to arm-drag, but Reggie handsprings through! Mella says that’s her Reggie! Reggie waistlocks but Sasha resists the lift and slips out the back to switch. Reggie does the same and rolls right out of the ring!
Reggie plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and does a back flip off the apron! But Sasha wrecks him with a baseball slide dropkick! Sasha whips Reggie at the steel steps but Reggie leaps up and over! Mella applauds the bit of flair, Sasha gives chase, they go in the ring and speed things up with hurdle for hurdle. Reggie shows off with that flip, Sasha goes up and springboards, but Reggie blocks the sunset flip! Reggie wheelbarrows Sasha but she turns that into a BULLDOG! Sasha wants Mella to see why she’s the boss, but Sasha misses the meteora to hit buckles! Sasha avoids Reggie’s elbow drop, Oklahoma roll but Reggie slips out!
Reggie avoids Sasha’s dropkick to bomb lift, but Sasha arm-drags free! Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she knees Reggie away! Sasha goes up, leaps, crossbody but Reggie holds her up! Reggie pops Sasha up but into another arm-drag! Reggie is sent out, Sasha hurries to the apron, METEORA! Sasha slaps the champagne out of Mella’s hand! Sasha goes back into the ring with Reggie, brings him in for a backstabber but he rolls through! Sasha kicks him, and knuckle locks to flip up and into another METEORA! Mella sneers but Sasha tilt-o-whirls and drags Reggie down by his arm! BANK STATEMENT!! Reggie taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
Sasha got her revenge on Reggie, and throws him out to Mella! Will Sasha do the same to the Princess at the Royal Rumble?
Roman Reigns sits in his private room.
Heyman says Roman was brilliant. They got Pearce! “We? What’re you talking about?” Heyman knew what Roman was up to, he fed right into it. Roman simply passed Heyman the mic to do what he does better than anyone, and that is verbally rip someone to shreds. Roman didn’t say Heyman should challenge Pearce to a match. But Heyman has stepped into it, so he has to do this. Roman didn’t hire some punk to be Special Counsel, he hired a man. So Heyman needs to go out there and represent Roman as a man and handle business. “Paul, be a man. Handle your business.” The Special Counsel has no words, will he have no defense against Pearce?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
Sami Zayn is irate as Big E taunts him with the belt. But Sami is not the champion’s concern, he’s taking on the man in the ring! Big E and Apollo have been in friendly competition, but after what Heyman told both of them over these last few weeks on Talking Smack, will all of that go out the window?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to #ThinkBig or go home!
Apollo rushes Big E but right into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Apollo goes to the apron, Big E follows and stomps him, to then run and APRON SPLASH! Big E is fired up and gets back in to run at Apollo. Apollo elbows back, BOOTS back, then runs, into a scoop! Apollo slips off, and ENZIGURIS! Big E wobbles into a BOOT! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps focus as he stalks Big E. Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES Big E! Apollo holds on to GERMAN again! Big E elbows over and over until he’s free, and he gets Apollo with the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he goes out after Apollo.
Big E and Apollo end up by the announce desk. Big E tells Apollo he’ll never make the mistake of disrespecting him again. Apollo pushes Big E away, then dodges him to go up the apron and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! Apollo gets Big E back in at the ring count of 8 then climbs up top! Big E hits Apollo first then climbs up to join him. Big E throws forearms, stands Apollo up, but Apollo resists the superplex! Apollo throws headbutts as fans clap on their screens! Big E falls back, Apollo adjusts, but Sami uncuffs himself! Sami’s strike is over as Apollo leaps to missile dropkick Big E!
Apollo resets but Sami HELLUVA KICKS him!! SAMI SCREWS APOLLO!
Winner: Apollo Crews by disqualification (Big E is still WWE Intercontinental Championship)
And then Sami HELLUVA KICKS Big E! And Sami has the nerve to talk about injustice! Sami says HE is the champion, but that this is what Big E and Apollo deserve! Will Sami get what he deserves soon enough?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“I showed up to work today, and I was told I couldn’t get into the building because Roman Reigns pulled some strings to make sure I wouldn’t be there. Roman, dude… It’s fine. But just know this: at the Royal Rumble, there’s no more strings for you to pull.” At the Rumble, they will settle this once and for all. And Roman calls Kevin “a cockroach that won’t die,” and tells him to just stop fighting, but Kevin can’t do that. Roman has yet to beat Kevin like the champion he claims to be. Roman did not earn those victories. The family did that for him.
And the other reason Kevin keeps fighting is this. Kevin has a lot of tattoos, and they all have a story behind them. He has his wife’s name on his wrist, his kids’ names on the other side, then one to remind him of his parents. Kevin fights for all of them, but he has tattoos on his knuckles. These are his grandfathers’ initials: M for Melvin, his dad’s dad, and P is for Pierre, his mom’s dad. Those men had Kevin’s back all the way. They were his biggest fans, and nothing made them happier than seeing Kevin in the ring. The biggest regret Kevin will have is that he didn’t make it to the WWE in time for them to see, because they both passed away just before.
But they will always be with Kevin. The mark they left on Kevin will always be there, because both men battled illnesses that should’ve made their lives a lot shorter. Those two men refused to quit, and because of that, Kevin was lucky to have many, many great years with them. So how can Kevin stop fighting? That is why Kevin will not stay away and why he will #JustKeepFighting. That is why come Royal Rumble, Kevin will be the Last Man Standing.
The Street Profits have a basket.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins see Ziggler talking with Sonya, and have a quick question: Are you ready~, ready~? This is a celebratory basket for congratulating Sonya on her new job and office! But don’t jump the gun! They’re not just congratulating her on the new gig. She sits next to Pearce, looking pretty, but they have business. It has been two, two weeks, since the Profits lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Ziggler & Roode, Entertainment Dysfunction. Put that on a t-shirt, it’ll make millions! But that aside, the Profits- Sonya knows they want their rematch. She’s so smart!
Sonya knows they were champions for 312 days, won two Slammy Awards, so yes they deserve a rematch. But Ford is still recovering from the leg injury. If he gets in that ring too soon, gets hurt and is out of action, that hurts SmackDown as a whole. So hear her out: For now, hang out, keep doing your segments to hype the show, and let another team get the opportunity. Then when Ford is 100%, he and Dawkins get back in the game and back in the title picture. Cool with t hat, fam? yeah, that’s cool. Golly, Sonya, thanks for your concern. Enjoy the basket! It’s expensive. But will the long wait really work out in the Profits’ favor?
Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
The Role Model wants The EST to prove she’s still got it when it comes to being the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, etc. Therefore, SmackDown is setting up a truly challenging obstacle course for them both to run! Who backs up their words, after the break?
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole presides over this special competition, and gives the introductions for Bianca, then for Bayley. Bayley takes over and says DING DONG, BYE Cole. This is her show now! And look, Bianca, this is what Bayley has for her. America Ninja Warrior ain’t got nothing on UAOCC! This is of course timed, starting right here with the “big ol’ 400 pound tractor tire,” which you only need to flip once. Go down the ramp, take on the short hurdles, climb the trio of military walls. And then Bayley even got advice from Chad Gable and Alpha Academy, he will put you through the full body test, the fireman’s carry!
But that’s not all! The very last challenge is grab the basketball, put it through the net, and time stops at the exact moment the ball exits the bottom of the net! The competitor with the shortest time is of course the winner! Let’s get the clock going, and Bayley wants to go first. Bianca says that’s fine, and we begin… NOW! Bayley flips the tire, hurries down the ramp, though not quite that quickly, and takes on the hop hurdles to go right at the military walls. The short one seems to throw her off, and she just weaves around them?! Is that allowed?
Bayley fireman’s carries Gable, and he seems to be heavier than he looks. Bianca “cheers” Bayley on as she goes from one end to another, then she gets the ball to DUNK- no, wait, there! Bayley finishes at 1:12. But she says she did Bianca a favor. “Let’s EST up this course,” all for Bianca. Oh, the hurdles are now full hurdles, and Bianca wraps her braid. GO! Bianca easily flips the tire, runs down the ramp., leaps the hurdles, leaps the walls, but she isn’t carrying Gable, but OTIS! Bianca has 40 seconds, she carries the 330 pound Otis with ease, then gets the ball and even dares Bayley to play D! She breaks ankles and DUNKS! She had 17 seconds to spare!
Winner: Bianca Belair
Sorry, Bayley, but that’s the power of the EST! Bayley is a sore loser and throws the ball at Bianca! And then hammers away with forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands but Bayley doesn’t care, as she POSTS Bianca and knocks down the basketball hoop! Bayley storms off, perhaps having proven she’s the meanest on the roster.
Rey Mysterio coaches Dominik backstage.
Rey reviews with Dom that Baron Corbin is a former boxer, so he has to watch out for the hands. Dom says Rey can trust him to have this. Dom is comfortable with his skills and has prepared. Okay, then we’ll do it his way. But if something goes wrong, they do it Rey’s way. That’s fair. Dom heads out, will he be able to trump the Wolf King?
Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
SmackDown returns as Corbin is already in the ring. Dominik makes his entrance, leaving Rey backstage so he can handle things. The bell rings and Dom circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Dom to a corner but Dom dodges the hands to throw hands of his own! Dom rams his shoulder in but Corbin shoves him away. Dom dropkicks but Corbin stays up. Dom whips, Corbin reverses but Dom wheelbarrows and throws Corbin out of the ring! The ring count climbs but Dom slingshots, only for Corbin to get clear and CLOBBER him! Corbin drags Dom up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Corbin already glares at the ref as he grows annoyed.
Corbin stalks Dom, drags him to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Corbin hops off at 4, then drags Dom up to throw body shots! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4 again, then stands Dom up. Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard! Dom bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Corbin takes his time bringing Dom back up. Corbin brings Dom around, reel shim in but Dom slips out to dropkick a leg! Corbin ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up but the call is blocked! Corbin drags Dom from ropes, yanks but Dom lands on his feet, only for Corbin to DECK him! Corbin reels Dom in and hits END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King wins because he did this his way! Will the Mysterios regroup and draw up a winning game plan?
Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns!
Scrap Daddy’s switcheroo not only got the better of the Special Counsel last week, it might be why he stuck his foot in his mouth this week! Will Pearce’s return to the ring also get the better of Paul E. Dangerously? Has the Head of the Table truly left Heyman hanging?
Heyman is taping his hands on his way to the ring, but stumbles off the steps? The ref checks on Heyman but he says he’s fine. Give him a minute to walk it off. Heyman fumbles on the steps again and Pearce smells a plot. After all, he let his “bum leg” be why Kevin Owens is back in the title match. And just as he knew, Heyman cites “card subject to change.” This was the trump card Heyman had up his sleeve! Roman did NOT leave the building, he’s heading to the ring! Now that the bait ‘n’ switch is on the other foot, will Scrap Daddy be scrap metal?
Adam Pearce VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Pearce the second he’s in the ring! This isn’t even a match because the bell hasn’t rung! Heyman says he has obviously found a suitable replacement, and Roman is pulling steps apart. Pearce throws a haymaker! Roman glares at Pearce, and LOW BLOW KICKS him! And then throws Pearce OVER the barriers! Roman is snarling as he goes around the way to drag Pearce up and throw him INTO ThunderDome screens! And then he drags Pearce up to throw heavy forearms! And then throws him into stage wall! Fans give thumbs down but that’s not going to save Pearce from Roman’s wrath!
Roman fireman’s carries Pearce and puts him on the upper level, the same place he threw Kevin off of. But speaking of, Kevin runs in and attacks Roman! Kevin saves Pearce as he throws haymakers and bumps Roman off barriers! Roman throws Kevin into screens, throws haymakers of his own, then they brawl to ringside! It’s Royal Rumble come early! Roman puts Kevin in the ring, storms in but into a USUPERKICK! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCH- NO! STUNNER from Kevin!! Kevin dares Roman to get back up! Roman sputters as he gets out of the ring but Kevin whips him into barriers! And clubs away on his back!
Referees rush out to try and stop this, and Kevin backs off to cool off. But then Kevin comes back to STOMP Roman into barriers! Roman flounders back up, referees try to talk Kevin down, and even Pat Buck, Pearce’s coworker. But Kevin gets past them to give Roman another STUNNER! Kevin wants Heyman to say something but Heyman has nothing to say! So Kevin brings Roman over, pops him up, POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Kevin is pulling steel steps apart! The refs keep him from bringing that over to Roman! Kevin says Roman’s lucky the officials are here to stop him, but it won’t happen at the Royal Rumble! Will Kevin truly #StunTheWorld when he is THE Last Man Standing?
A great SmackDown that honestly could’ve been a go-home to the Royal Rumble in some cases. Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad was good, but naturally the champions win, mostly because Billie was too involved. She has been kicked out of the Riott Squad, though she wasn’t really a member to begin with, but I feel like they could’ve gone another week, though. Natty & Tamina were watching backstage, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get a match with Charlotte & Asuka, even if they were to lose. The match of Sasha Banks VS Reginald was pretty good, mostly because Reggie is insanely athletic. Depending on how the story goes of him being Mella’s sommelier, maybe he can split off and get into like 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division to freshen things up a bit.
But of course Sasha wins, she’s the champion. I have a feeling this means the go-home sees Mella standing tall so that Sasha is still the favored to win. The “Ultimate” obstacle course challenge was very clearly going to be won by Bianca, but I commend Bayley for trying to rig it in her favor. Though, shouldn’t she have been penalized or even disqualified for outright skipping those military style walls? Pretty sure we’re getting a match between the two, and Bianca can sell the bad arm to “overcome” it and win, for big momentum going into the Women’s Rumble.
The Profits had a good segment with Sonya, and I like that, at least on the surface, Sonya is being a responsible official and having the Profits wait so they can be healed up. But I wonder if there will even be defenses in that time, as there aren’t many tag teams on SmackDown. It’s mostly the champs, the Profits, Cesaro-Nakamura, and maybe Alpha Academy, aka Gable & Otis. Dom VS Corbin felt like filler just to get things to what Rey was talking about last week, which should’ve just been what we got this week. Unless it was because the person they have in mind (Cain Velasquez) isn’t available right now because of some COVID concerns. That I’d understand.
Sami Zayn “protesting” this episode just so he’d be ringside for the Intercontinental Championship was a pretty good long game for the episode. Sami’s signs were clever, but it does seem a shame for what should’ve been a huge match. Maybe we get another Triple Threat for this title, and that is the way Big E loses. Though, I think it’d work well if Big E won, making his reign feel even bigger from having dealt with two contenders. After that, Big E can face just about anyone else on the roster, such as Nakamura, Cesaro or even Otis. And speaking of, Cesaro had a good promo with Bryan and a really good match with Ziggler, but I feel like all these wins are setting Cesaro up to not win the Rumble. But I said the same thing about Bryan making it his mission to win the reason he won’t, so maybe as far as SmackDown goes, it’s between the two of them as Rumble finalists.
And again, we got a lot of great stuff out of the Roman Reigns story. The opening promo segment was really good, it helped set up the main event, and gave a great tease of Pearce VS Heyman. But Heyman using the fake injury and “card subject to change” back on Pearce was also very clever, and naturally it was Roman who would beat Pearce up to get back at him for everything so far. Kevin had a really good promo, made a great save, and got to stand tall tonight with the table bomb. I’m curious as to Kevin’s part in the go-home next week. I can’t see him standing tall two weeks in a row just to keep the math in Roman’s favor, so maybe Roman turns this around to then defy the math and still retain the title. I’m pretty sure Roman does retain, and we leave it up to the Rumble to decide the rest.
My Score: 8.5/10
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