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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (8/14/20)

Who is facing Bayley at SummerSlam?

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

All three brands converge on SmackDown!

Bayley’s actions are coming back to haunt her, as now superstars from Raw, NXT AND SmackDown have a chance to become #1 contender to her title!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big E VS John Morrison; No Contest, rescheduled to later tonight.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Triple Brand Battle Royal: Asuka wins and will challenge Bayley for the title at SummerSlam
  • Sheamus VS Chad Gable; Sheamus wins.
  • Gran Metalik w/ Lince Dorado VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro; Metalik wins.
  • Big E VS John Morrison; Big E wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Retribution has come for WWE!

Technical difficulties and strange happenings were just the beginning. Raw and SmackDown have both been overrun by a handful of anarchists who shout, “This is our house now!” They’ve done damage and security is on the look out, but is this just the tip of the iceberg?

 

Big E VS John Morrison!

Awwww~ people at home! Big E may be on his own but he is not new to this singles game! He is a former NXT Champion! A former Intercontinental Champion! Y’all must of forgotten, but he’ll remind us all! Will Big E get another big win as he takes on the Guru of Greatness?

The bell rings but the lights flicker. A member of the Retribution is on the apron and now in the ring! And then the rest appear! And even more! This is more than just the handful from before, but Big E and Morrison go right at them! This is a 6v2 assault, though, with more causing a ruckus on the outside! The crowd boos as Big E takes a SPEAR and Morrison is mugged! The Retribution leaves, having ruined the show opener. Miz arrives, conspicuous by his absence from earlier, and he checks on Morrison. How will SmackDown handle this after the break?

 

SmackDown returns to see superstars talking backstage.

Big E clutches his knee while Lucha House Party, Drew Gulak, Chad Gable, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro join him, The Miz and John Morrison in trying to figure out what was going on. Miz says he was on the phone with Maryse about something, and apologizes for not being out there to help. Morrison gets it. But Miz says Big E is the one who riled Retribution up with a tweet. Baron Corbin comes by and says SmackDown is under attack! SmackDown needs direction and leadership, and the Wolf King is the man for the job. He can lead them to safety, since some of them aren’t built for this. Big E tells Corbin to shut his mouth. This is their house, and the Foot Clan from TMNT ain’t gonna run up and put their feet on SmackDown’s couch!

Big E may be beaten and bruised, disrespected, but he is not defeated! Big E swears to continue the match with Morrison and win! Now is not the time to hide but to stand and fight! The others rally behind him but Sheamus walks in mocking Big E. Sheamus has goosebumps~! But he’s never heard such an inspirational cry for help. No Kofi, no Woods, no trombones or pancakes. Just Big E all alone and vulnerable. That’s why Retribution attacked in the first place! They can smell fear. Sheamus has been knocking lumps out of Gable, so Retribution wouldn’t dare show themselves during his match. Sheamus isn’t afraid of them, but if they have any sense, they’d be afraid of him. If Sheamus had any sense, he’d see he’s not alone. Big E leaves, and LHP, Gulak and even Gable go with him. Who will be the one Retribution fears by the end of the night?

 

The Golden Role Models are in the ring!

Bayley and Sasha Banks have all their belts and say, “Ding dong, is this thing on?” That group that calls themselves Retribution apparently want to hear what these two have to say, so the crowd should follow suit! The show is getting going with the Triple Brand Battle Royal! Everyone knows better than to interrupt these two. Sasha Banks will have to face Asuka at SummerSlam, and now we know they’ll have to defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at Payback! It’s fine, but that’s then. Tonight isn’t about those matches, but about Bayley! Stephanie McMahon tried raining on their parade, which is getting gold. But not even the McMahons can hold these two down!

So when it comes to the “lucky idiot” that will face Bayley at SummerSlam, Bayley is very excited. But after taking every job in the WWE and done it better than the others, especially commentary a la Corey Graves and Michael Cole! Now they add one more to the list: RING ANNOUNCING~! Get out, Greg Hamilton! Out! Move! Bye! Bayley starts by saying the following contest is a Triple Brand Battle Royal, where the only way to eliminate an opponent is to throw them over the top rope and both feet hit the floor! Both! Uno, dos! The winner goes on to SummerSlam to compete for the SmackDown Women’s Championship against yours truly, BAYLEY! First from Raw, the IIconics! A cute duo of best friends that are still second to Bayley and Sasha.

Next, a good but embarrassing one. The Role Models went back to NXT and shamed these girls. It’s Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart! Green is definitely not Shotzi’s color. But the Role Models’ cover is GOLD! And now from SmackDown, Lacey Evans, another woman Bayley beat. How’s little Summer? From Raw… No, no, this has to be wrong. ASUKA?! She’s already going to face Sasha, and now she brawls with both Role Models! Sasha and Bayley bail out, and here comes Naomi, Nikki Cross, Bianca Belair, Tamina, Dana Brooke, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Shayna Baszler! Will the Empress of Tomorrow get a double header for SummerSlam? Or will someone else step up to challenge Bayley?

SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Triple Brand Battle Royal!

SmackDown returns and this match begins! Lacey goes after Naomi, the IIconics are after Ruby, Shotzi brawls with Tamina. Liv saves Ruby from the IIconics while Asuka stomps Dana. Dana turns things around while the Riott Squad both end up on the apron. Peyton rocks Liv but Ruby saves LIv from Billie’s BOOT! Billie ELIMINATES Ruby! The Role Models mock the first woman gone while Liv drags both IIconics up! Tegan helps to ELIMINATE Billie! And Shotzi ELIMINATES Peyton! But the IIconics trip up and ELIMINATE Liv! The Role Models are shocked as the Squad and IIconics brawl!

Back in the ring, Bianca scoops Shotzi while Dana throws Nikki out. Nikki went through the second rope and Dana boots her down so Nikki is still in this. Nikki catches Dana’s baseball slide into the apron skirt! Nikki fires off on Dana over and over, then shouts at the Role Models. Nikki gets back in but Asuka kicks her first. Tegan and Shotzi try to eliminate Bianca but she holds on for dear life. Naomi and Lacey still fight while Tamina brawls with Shayna. Bianca fights Shotzi and Tegan off while Naomi pulls Lacey’s hair as payback for the last few weeks. Nikki fires up and goes after Tamina but Tamina stays up. Nikki fires off forearms but Tamina shoves her away.

Nikki throat chops, runs and crossbodies, but Tamina catches her! Tamina puts Nikki on the apron but Nikki fights Tamina back. Nikki gets in but the SUPERKICK ELIMINATES Nikki! Tamina then runs over Tegan and Shotzi! But now Bianca steps up to Tamina and the crowd fires up! Bianca and Tamina start pushing, and Bianca fires off forearms! Tamina body shots back then fireman’s carries, but Bianca slips out to SPEAR! Bianca brings Tamina up for the chicken wing throw! Bianca ELIMINATES Tamina!! The Role Models are in shock! Naomi dodges Lacey to back elbow her! Jawbreaker! Naomi whips but Lacey reverses, but Naomi gets up only to be sent out. Naomi shoulders back in, ROUNDHOUSES Shayna away, but the WOMAN’S RIGHT ELIMINATES Naomi!

Lacey talks trash to Naomi and throws her a handkerchief, but Shotzi dumps Lacey to the apron and shoulders her down! Shotzi ELIMINATES Lacey! But Shayna grabs Shotzi in a Kirafuda Klutch! Shayna drags Shotzi up, has her fade out, but Lacey trips and ELIMINATES Shotzi! Bianca rams into Tegan over and over, then scoops, only for Tegan to slip out. Tegan body shots but Bianca blocks the whip. Bianca whips and catches the uppercut for the chicken wings. Tegan victory rolls free and sends Bianca into ropes! Tegan baits Bianca in and dumps her out, Tegan ELIMINATES Bianca! We already have our final three, in Tegan, Shayna and Asuka!

Tegan rallies on the two former NXT Women’s Champions, uppercut for Asuka in the corner! Uppercut for Shayna! CANNONBALL into Asuka! CANNONBALL into Shayna! Tegan has Asuka up for a GOURD BUSTER! Tegan and Shayna lock up, Shayna gut wrenches Tegan to the ropes! Tegan wobbles, Dana Brooke trips and ELIMINATES Tegan?! Wait a minute, Dana wasn’t eliminated at all! She is now part of the REAL final three! Dana says she was playing smart and says she can win. Dana gets in, dodges Shayna to dropkick her down! Dana handspring back elbows into the KIRAFUDA! Shayna throws Dana up and over, but Dana hotshots her! Asuka hip attacks and ELIMINATES Dana!

The crowd is thunderous as Asuka and Shayna go 1v1! They circle, evade the sliding lunges, and tie up. Shayna throws knees, whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka goes up only to get an enziguri! Asuka tumbles but stays on the apron! Asuka BACK HANDS Shayna, but Bayley tries to trip Bayley! Asuka kicks her away, Sasha come sin, but Asuka SLIDING KICKS both Role Models! Shayna KNEES Asuka off the apron, but Asuka lands on the Role Models!! Asuka’s feet aren’t touching the floor, she’s still in this! Asuka gets back on the apron Shayna fires forearms but Asuka gives them back! Shayna has Asuka in the Kirafuda, but Asuka drags her up and over!! Shayna hits the floor, Asuka wins!!

Winner: Asuka (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship)

Incredible! The Empress is going to challenge each champion in turn! Will neither Bayley or Sasha be ready for #DoubleChampionAsuka?

 

SmackDown returns to the Golden Role Models backstage.

This is an outrage! This is not fair! They didn’t know Asuka was going to be on the final list! Well, Asuka won against Bayley on Raw but they can beat her at SummerSlam. Yeah, the title wasn’t on the line, so Bayley didn’t have something important to fight for. Wait, what? Before Bayley can explain, Asuka attacks!! Asuka kicks away on both of them! Security hurries to break this up but Asuka makes it clear that she’s coming for both singles belts! Is either best friend going to survive SummerSlam?

 

Mandy Rose speaks.

“You know what, Sonya?” Part of what you said was true. But does Sonya think she’s the only person to say Mandy’s just a pretty face/ She’s heard it her whole life! She’s a Barbie, she’s so fake, just a model with everything handed to her. That hurts hearing all that. What Sonya said about her being a bikini world champion, that’s true. But does having three jobs to put herself through college while winning that title sound like everything was handed to her? And what about getting to the WWE? Sonya of all people saw how hard Mandy worked to get here.

But turns out, Mandy should thank Sonya for reminding her she’s more than a pretty face. Sonya thought trying to make her look ugly would destroy Mandy? How about this? SummerSlam, Hair VS Hair! If Sonya wants to sit on her high horse about not caring about her looks, then time to put your money where your mouth is. Because one way or another, Mandy promises Sonya it will get ugly.

 

Sheamus heads to gorilla.

The Celtic Warrior assures security backstage that they’re not needed. The Retribution is too afraid of him to interfere. But will the anarchists prove him wrong?

 

Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.

She gives her bestie a big hug, and apologizes for pushing her down and leaving her to The Fiend. It’s fine, really. But with what happened- It’s okay, really. Alexa, c’mon. The Fiend and Braun are here, something could happen. No, Alexa needs to be here to get answers for herself. Will the Monster no longer among men be willing to talk to someone he says he no longer cares about?

 

Sheamus VS Chad Gable!

The Fella and Shorty G have revived their rivalry over issues regarding Matt Riddle and Baron Corbin. Sheamus gave Gable Brogue after Brogue, will he just top it off with more of the same? Or does Gable’s new aggression mean things will be different this time?

The bell rings and Gable fires off on Sheamus with forearms! Gable gets a waistlock but Sheamus elbows him hard in the corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets up at 4 but he stomps Gable and throws him out. Gable stays on the apron so Sheamus drags him up for the Bodhrain! Sheamus gives Gable all 10 beats before the ref counts 4, and then Gable flops to the floor. Sheamus goes out, drags Gable back up and in, then brings Gable up for European Uppercuts! Sheamus whips, Gable ducks and dodges to dropkick the legs out! Gable has the leg for a snap toehold! And another! Gable body scissors into a rear mount and clubbing crossface forearms! Gable looms over Sheamus now then runs, into a double ax handle!

Sheamus seethes while the crowd rallies up. Sheamus drags Gable up for the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! And then a knee drop! And another! Sheamus gives those crossface forearms back, but Gable CHOPS and CHOPS! Sheamus knees low, scoops but Gable fights free to rolling kick! Gable goes out, climbs up, and leaps to missile dropkick Sheamus down! Cover, TWO! Gable grows frustrated and Sheamus fireman’s carries. Gable sunset flips, has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Sheamus reaches, rolls and pushes free, but Gable jackknife covers! TWO, and Sheamus fireman’s carry to WHITE NOISE! The Air Raid drives Gable down but Sheamus wants him to get back up. Gable stands, for the BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior conquers Shorty G! And he was right, Retribution didn’t interfere. Is that from fear? Or is something else going on here?

 

AJ Styles talks with a member of staff backstage.

The Phenomenal One seems very adamant about something and the very nervous tech is showing him the work. Apparently the “Phenomenal Intercontinental Statistics System” is debuting tonight! Will Styles be happy with his PISS?

 

AJ Styles heads to the ring!

He and the technical advisor from just before are here and Styles gets a mic for this presentation. There is a lot going on in the WWE but who really cares about those hooligans? There are more pressing matters! Like who will face the Phenomenal AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Championship! Not that it really matters. But it still does because Daniel Bryan insists the Intercontinental Champion should be a fighting champion. Has Styles not been that? Coach Gulak lost to Styles. Matt Riddle lost to Styles. Gran Metalik lost to Styles! Styles just wants to enjoy being a champion, sitting at home while gaming on his Twitch channel, and enjoy all this.

But so many people, just like his followers, are a bunch of nerds throwing out stats! Like Styles needs to hear all that! Statistically, Styles should face this guy who hasn’t won a lot but beat tough opponents! But then it dawned on Styles. When Styles watches baseball, there’s batting averages. Football, it’s 40 yard times. Stats. So then Styles realized, as a handsome stud of a nerd himself, cares about stats. The crowd latches on by chanting, “Nerd! Nerd!” Styles tells them to shut up. But his point is, if we’re going by stats, Styles will have a team. The Phenomenal Intercontinental Statistics System! The PISS! Well, okay, the name is a work in progress. Now the crowd chants, “Piss! Piss!”

Styles says the point is, we’re not handing out title matches. Everyone will earn matches on merit and merit alone. So let’s see who is the top superstar according to PISS. It is… AJ Styles! Of course! He is the champion! But number two as according to PISS, as well as three, four and five. It’s… NOBODY! Joseph Park’s numbers have calculated that no one has the right to challenge Styles! No one!! “But here’s the truth: If you work hard, real hard, really really really hard, then one day you can make it on this board” and challenge- Here comes Jeff Hardy! The Charismatic Enigma heads to the ring and the crowd cheers.

Hardy tells Styles that while he has a ton of respect for what Styles has done, which is all truly phenomenal, that tournament he won was tainted. Sheamus set Hardy up and robbed Hardy of his opportunity. Hardy doesn’t dwell on the past, but it could’ve been these two in the finals. But it wasn’t, we move on. The Intercontinental Championship is the first title Hardy won on his own. Hardy stood on his own two feet then, as he does now after conquering his demons. So Hardy knows his self worth and accomplishments. And as a member of the WWE Universe, Styles VS Hardy just sounds “mega cool!” The crowd chants, “mega cool!” So man to man, Hardy challenges Styles to give him a match for that newly designed title.

Styles says that stats aside, they’ve known each other a long time, Hardy has always been good to Styles and Styles admires what Hardy has done. Styles gets it. There are a lot of people who want to see this. Hardy was part of “the best tag team in WWE history, there’s no doubt about that.” Hardy does deserve to be on the board. So if Hardy is asking if Styles wants to face Hardy in this ring for the Intercontinental Championship, Styles says HELL NO! What does Hardy think this is? He hasn’t earned his spot on the board! And yes, Styles knows what Hardy’s been through. “But this ain’t no pity party.” Hardy fires off on Styles! And Park! Styles staggers into a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy takes the pen and writes his name in BIG letters on the board! Will Hardy whoop the PISS out of Styles to prove he’s a worthy contender?

 

Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura talk backstage.

They’re the greatest SmackDown Tag Team Champions yet, and Lucha House Party can’t do a thing about it. Nakamura is going to turn Gran Metalik into… How do you say “little” in Japanese? Chibi. Yes, he’ll be Chibi Metalik after this. But wait! LHP is stealing the belts! Nakamura and Cesaro give chase, will they make Lince Dorado and GRAN Metalik pay for this prank?

 

Styles vents backstage.

“Jeff Hardy punched me in the face!” Kayla Braxton comes by to ask if Styles is reconsidering the challenge. Hardy assaulted Styles! Hardy doesn’t respect Styles, the Intercontinental Championship or analytics! Hardy wants Styles, he’ll get Styles. And Styles will show Hardy what happens when you mess with him. “You get erased!” Styles tries to rub the ink off the board, but it isn’t coming off. This is permanent marker?! Styles leads Park and the PISS board away in a huff. Will Styles have no choice but to acknowledge Hardy’s challenge?

 

Gran Metalik w/ Lince Dorado VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro!

Lucha House Party just wanted to have fun but the King of Strong Style and Swiss Cyborg had to be bullies about the party. Now LHP is getting back at them by taking those titles literally. Will Nakamura get even with them in the ring?

The bell rings and Nakamura calls for a test of strength, only to kick Metalik in the leg! Nakamura fires off forearms and then puts Metalik in the corner for more. The ref counts but Nakamura backs off, to give Metalik Bad Vibrations! Nakamura taunts Lince before he snampares Metalik and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura looms over Metalik, drags him up by the mask, and then whips him to ropes. Metalik ducks and mule kicks back to snapmare and chinlock in return. Nakamura fights up, fights back and whips Metalik away. Metalik handsprings, Nakamura dodges but Metalik ducks to huricanrana!

Nakamura bails out and Metalik builds speed but he dives into a kick! Nakamura covers, TWO! Nakamura kicks Metalik while he’s down then drags him back up. Nakamura whips Metalik corner to corner, Metalik boots but is blocked. Nakamura puts Metalik on the apron, Metalik shoulders back then springboards in! Crossbody and cover, TWO! Metalik boots Nakamura away then SLING DOGS! The crowd fires up as Metalik brings Nakamura up and whips. Nakamura reverses, Metalik springboards for the back elbow! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps on Nakamura with a fireman’s carry, but Nakamura slips out to sleeper hold! Then INVERTED EXPLODER, but Metalik lands o his feet!

Metalik mule kicks, goes to ropes, but Cesaro distracts on the apron! Metalik springboards into the DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura drags Metalik back up, gives him another INVERTED EXPLODER! Shinsuke aims, Metalik rises, “YAO~!” But wait, is that KALISTO!? The Lucha Dragon returns to join his amigos! Cesaro rushes him but Kalisto dodges and Lince SUPERKICKS Cesaro first! Lince gives Kalisto the alley-oop, Cesaro catches him, but Lince spins Kalisto through to tornado DDT Cesaro on the ramp! Nakamura is distracted by this, Metalik enziguris! Metlaik walks the ropes, SPRINGBOARD ELBOW DROP! Cover, Metalik wins!

Winner: Gran Metalik, by pinfall

The Lucha House Party is at 100% power! Will they be stronger than ever and finally have tag gold?

 

Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.

The Bro has been the target of Baron Corbin just for being the new guy, yet he still has a positive mood. How is he so positive with this “King’s Ransom” on his head? Well, bro, no one likes a bounty on their head. It’s pretty hard. Riddle is laid back so he doesn’t like having his head on a swivel. But it’s also cool, because he’s here to bro down and throw down. Riddle wants to compete. Corbin acts like a king, but he’s more like a royal pain. Riddle has called Corbin out, dared him to have a match, and even got involved in Corbin’s match with Sheamus last week. Honestly, what is Riddle supposed to do to get that match?

Gable comes by and explains himself. He got too caught up in that King’s Ransom stuff. But Gable does have a family, and money like that goes a long way. Riddle understands that, too, right? But that doesn’t justify Gable trying to injure someone else. It’s not him. It’s sickening and embarrassing. Gable is here, man to man and face to face, to apologize. Gable offers a bro fist bump, and Riddle takes it. It’s all good, bro. But hey, if Gable ever wants to go against the Bro, Riddle is always down. Riddle does have a question, though. But Corbin attacks before he can ask! “So much for keeping your head on a swivel, huh?” This is Corbin’s kingdom. And thanks Gable. Corbin always knew he’d amount to something.

Gable apologized and got taken advantage, while Corbin won’t apologize for anything. Will Riddle make Corbin sorry he ever started this?

 

Alexa Bliss sits down for a special interview.

How does she feel after everything the last few weeks? She’s been better, that’s for sure. Can she tell us about her history with Braun Strowman? When you first meet Braun, he can be intimidating. But she got to know the man behind the monster. Team Little Big were a hit during the original Mixed Match Challenge, getting along both professionally and personally. Braun is a good man, very funny and witty, and even protective, compassionate and honest. They can have fun with each other, and that’s how they became best friends.

Then was there a point where she thought it could be more than a friendship? As in, romantically? Well… Maybe? Braun cared about her, she cared about him. Is that why The Fiend targeted her? Because of those feelings? That is something Alexa doesn’t know. You’d have to ask The Fiend. Being that close to The Fiend, what was it like? “It’s scary. Terrifying.” And yet, compelling. Once you’ve interacted with The Fiend, you can almost feel him. She can say for the first time in her life, she understands what they mean by “Moths to a flame.”

Braun made some very strong comments about her. He told The Fiend that playing on emotions won’t work, and that Alexa doesn’t matter to him anymore. Braun only cares about destroying The Fiend, because now he is solely The Monster. How does she feel hearing that? Alexa can’t bring herself to say, so SmackDown goes to break.

 

SmackDown makes it official!

After Hardy confronted AJ Styles and things turned into a fight, the Charismatic Enigma WILL challenge the Phenomenal One for the Intercontinental Championship! Will Styles have to ditch PISS when he loses the title?

 

Sonya Deville responds.

“I gotta say, Mandy. I’m a little surprised by your challenge.” Who knew all it would take was a haircut to get some aggression out of her? And Sonya thought about it. Sonya thinks Mandy will look great bald. Sorry, no jokes, she’ll be serious. Sonya wants to remind Mandy of something else. Mandy may think she got over her insecurities, and she may be so sick about hearing the same things over and over, but did she ever think that those people said all that because it’s true? Sonya will make sure Mandy realizes that as she destroyed Mandy once and for all. Challenge accepted! “See you soon, Baldy.” SummerSlam will see one woman win, and the other be cut up and humiliated!

 

Big E VS John Morrison!

The Miz is on commentary this time as we try this again. We skip the entrances and the good vibes as Big E and Morrison look to have it out. Will Retribution reappear to ruin this match again?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Big E pushes Morrison to a corner but Morrison turns it around. Morrison kicks at Big E’s bad leg but Big E stays up. They tie up again, Big E headlocks and grinds Morrison to the rhythm of “New! Day Rocks!” Morrison powers out, Big E runs him over, and Big E smiles as Morrison gets to a corner. Morrison keeps his cool as he approaches Big E. Big E avoids one low kick but not the tricky second one, or the hard third kick! Morrison rolls Big E to a cover, TWO! Big E sits up, holding the bad knee again. Morrison starts up, “Hey! Hey hey! Ho ho~!” Things speed up now as Big E manages to hurdle Morrison then back elbow him away!

Morrison shows off his parkour meets capoeria style and it takes Big E off balance. Morrison waistlocks, but Big E powers him off! Big E runs into the corner but Morrison slips out and roundhouses back! Morrison springboards but Big E pushes him over! Morrison tumbles down but gets back up, and Miz is relieved. Morrison forearms back, things speed up again and Big E lariats Morrison down! Big E drags Morrison out to the apron, clubs him in the chest, then climbs up for the SPLASH! Morrison might as well be a pancake and Miz is worried. Big E refreshes the count, stalks Morrison around the way, but Morrison hurries away.

Miz gets out of his seat to coach Morrison but Big E pushes him aside. Miz tugs on the headset and the cable tangles on Big E’s leg. Big E glares at Miz but Morrison chop blocks the bad leg! Miz plays innocent while the crowd boos. Morrison drags Big E up and into the ring and kicks away in the corner. Morrison throws haymakers, wraps the bad leg around the ropes then drops a knee on the knee! Big E writhes and the ref reprimands but Morrison covers, TWO! Morrison keeps on Big E with a chinlock, but wait is that Otis? Otis confronts Miz on behalf of Big E but Miz has to say back that Otis doesn’t deserve to be Mr. Money in the Bank! The briefcase literally fell into Otis’ hands!

Big E fights up out of the chinlock and throws body shots on Morrison. The lights start to flicker!! Is this Retribution!? Everyone is on guard and looking around as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the SmackDown locker room has hurried to ringside to be even more security. Morrison has Big E’s bad leg in a toehold and he cranks as hard as he can on it. Big E endures and fights back as the crowd rallies, but Morrison shifts to facelock. The lights flicker again but still no Retribution. Big E powers up and out of the hold, but Retribution suddenly pours out from backstage! They’re chasing Kayla! And wrecking interview sets! And throwing referees around! And beating up Performance Center trainees! And even locking someone in the bathroom!? Retribution throws chairs around, hits things with crowbars and bats, and spray the WWE logo with a slash through it like before! But no one at ringside realizes this!

Big E has Morrison but Morrison PELES back! Big E wobbles, Morrison springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! A referee manages to get word about Retribution to the others! They hurry backstage to intervene! Big E and Morrison are alone and Big E kicks Morrison away. Morrison runs at Big E, Big E scoops but Morrison slips out to push Big E into buckles. Morrison runs in, Big E scoops him for the Urenag-E, but Morrison uses his feet to kick the ropes and get free! Morrison dropkicks the legs out! Meanwhile, the SmackDown superstars are moments too late to stop Retribution as they’ve already fled the backstage area! Where did they go now? They free the guy in the bathroom, at least.

Back in the ring, Morrison ROCKS Big E up top. Morrison climbs, Big E resists and throws body shots. Big E shoves Morrison down hard, hops down and gives Morrison that Urenage-E! Cover, TWO!! Michael Cole asks what Miz is going to do about Retribution, but he counters with, “What was I supposed to do?” Big E scoops, Morrison slips out again and kicks away on the bad leg! Morrison sweeps the legs then runs, but Big E ducks the Shining Wizard! Big E rolls Morrison up, TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! Morrison taps, Big E wins!!

Winner: Big E, by submission

Big E looks unstoppable and Miz is upset. But then SHEAMUS attacks Big E! The BROGUE takes him out, but wait. BRAUN is here!! Braun has shaved his head but still has his beard as he roars and storms out to the ring. Will Big E even realize who hit him? Will The Fiend show himself to The Monster?

 

SmackDown returns to Braun in the ring.

He stares right into the camera as he has a mic. “They say ‘You’ll never see it coming’ at SummerSlam. Well, Fiend, you know exactly what you’re gonna get when it comes to me! I told you that when I came outta that swamp, that I was gonna be the most evil son of a bi*ch that you or anyone on this earth had ever laid eyes on!” He tells The Fiend to face his fears so that Braun can rip him limb from limb, EVISCERATE him, and then as The Fiend is about to take his last breath, he will look up at Braun as he consumes his entrails!! But it isn’t The Fiend that appears, but Alexa! Alexa goes right to the ring and has a mic of her own as she looks at Braun.

“Braun. At the risk of making you angrier, I think I owe it to us and our friendship to have a conversation.” A conversation about what? About him! This is not the Braun she knows! Especially after how he said he doesn’t “give a damn” about her! She 100% does NOT believe that! They’ve been friends for years! Like hell they were! She used him as a pawn! She wanted to make him something he’s not! But he told the truth when he said he doesn’t care about her! She thought of him as some kind of clown she could lead around by his beard and make him sing songs in the car! Alexa doesn’t understand this. What is going on here? Braun will spell it out for her. “Everyone that comes in contact with The Fiend changes, INCLUDING YOU!” Now get out of the ring, because he wants The Fiend!

Fine. Alexa will go, but says he needs to be careful what he wishes for. If she can’t talk sense into Braun, she’ll slap some sense into him! And damn it, LOOK AT HER when she talks to you! Braun turns very slowly to look down at her. And she SLAPS him! He smiles as she keeps slapping him. Alexa shouts at him, “This isn’t you! Wake up!” But then Braun scoops and lifts Alexa way overhead! But the lights start turning off, and not because of Retribution. Braun shouts, “Where are you, Fiend?!” He keeps Alexa up, but then TOSSES her as the lights go out!! The lights come back on, and they’re red as The Fiend stands in the ring.

Alexa hit the mat and she sits up from the pain, but where is Braun? Braun laughs as he used The Fiend’s trick against him. Braun is now the one laughing into the night. Fiend laughs back. Has SmackDown gone completely mad?


My Thoughts:

This was a WILD episode of SmackDown, though I’m not sure if it was all good. When it comes to the obvious thread of the night with The Retribution showing up, they seem a lot bolder on SmackDown than on Raw. And there were way more this week than before, so I can’t be sure if it’s still just a faction or some kind of invasion. The only show Retribution hasn’t hit is NXT, so maybe this is some weird way of NXT invading without taking the blame for it. Another theory is how they only did things during Big E’s matches against Morrison. They ruined the first and hurt Big E’s knee, then ran roughshod backstage during the second. Is there a mastermind behind Retribution that has a thing against Big E? Against Miz and Morrison? Is WWE smart enough to bring the SmackDown Hacker back into things? Yeah, probably not at all. But having a mastermind should be the big twist to this.

I will say that Retribution has spurred on great developments in the SmackDown midcard. Corbin trying to become the leader while Big E stands up to him is great. Sheamus beating Gable but then going after Big E anyway is great. Corbin using Gable to get after Riddle is great. All of these guys can compete in whatever match or series of matches WWE wants for them and I would love to see it. Maybe make it a huge contender’s match to the Intercontinental Championship since Styles is about everyone earning things. I definitely laughed more than I should have at Styles creating “PISS,” but I properly marked out for seeing Joseph “Abyss” Park make an on-air debut for SmackDown. I hope something develops there on the side. Styles VS Hardy next week will be amazing, and that means SummerSlam is open for an even greater match.

Mandy and Sonya may not have had the Extreme Rules PPV match I had hoped for but their promos tonight and the set-up of a HAIR VS HAIR match at SummerSlam, this is going to get really good. Mandy already had her hair cut during the attack segment a couple weeks ago, maybe Mandy wins and “ruins” Sonya’s hair. I liked a lot of what happened with the SmackDown Tag Team Championship story. LHP gets the win thanks to a great surprise return from Kalisto. Kalisto looks JACKED, and I hope he gets some kind of singles title attempt while Lince and Metalik get the tag title shot. Of course, I don’t see Cesaro and Nakamura losing so soon. Those guys definitely deserve a lengthy reign given the great work they’ve done in and out of the ring.

The Women’s Battle Royal was a lot of fun, but what a twist with Asuka getting in on it. Now, this kinda fits under something I was feeling. If Kairi Sane wasn’t leaving WWE, she could’ve easily been in this Triple Brand Battle Royal, won it the same way Asuka won it, and then the Kabuki Warriors could be taking the belts from the Golden Role Models at SummerSlam. Heck, the fact we just learned that Payback will have the Women’s Tag Team titles on the line, Kabuki Warriors could’ve challenged for those, too. But now Asuka could end up a double champion in one night, and that’d be awesome. Everyone loves double champions, everyone loves Asuka, everyone will love Double Champion Asuka.

The story of Braun, Bray and Bliss has taken some interesting twists of its own. Alexa played her part great tonight, from being aloof from Nikki to not knowing how to handle the questions in that interview. Then her confronting Braun was strong stuff, too. I’m pretty sure they upped the audio on that first slap but still. And I do like that they used the lights to censor Alexa being tossed, much as what happened on Raw with Randy Orton punting Ric Flair, but a part of me was hoping The Fiend would “catch” her. I suppose The Fiend can’t start caring for someone, he needs to be the soulless part of Bray. In which case, I have to applaud WWE for giving us a Heel VS Heel title match at SummerSlam. Are we going to get Otis cashing in that MITB contract as the one Face in the mix? Is that another reason for Payback the week after? So many questions!

My Score: 8.5/10


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

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

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

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

 

Team Triple J speaks.

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

But Best Friends respond!

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

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

 

The House of Black speaks.

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

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

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

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

 

Adam Cole speaks.

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

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

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

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

What is the State of the Bloodline?

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Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline arrives.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

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

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

 

SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bloodline sits in their private room.

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

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

 

The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

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

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

 

Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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