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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/11/20)

Will we learn #WhyBayleyWhy?

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What does SmackDown have in store for us this week?

Who will be WWE Intercontinental Champion? What are Bayley’s reasons for brutally betraying Sasha Banks? And who, or what, joins Bray Wyatt in the Firefly Fun House?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles; Styles wins by disqualification, Hardy retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura VS The Lucha House Party; Lucha House Party wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross VS Tamina VS Lacey Evans; Cross wins and will challenge Bayley for the title at Clash of Champions.
  • Otis w/ Tucker VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Otis wins.
  • Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Baron Corbin & Sheamus; Uso & Roman win.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and SmackDown will #NeverForget 9/11/01.

 

Roman Reigns is here!

The “Tribal Chief” and his “special counsel,” Paul Heyman are back, but fans are torn as to how they feel about that. Heyman grabs a mic to give an “authorized” bit of “enlightenment.” They let the secret out of the bag that these two were business partners, and then at Payback, Roman wrecked everyone and left the new Universal Champion. Then last week on SmackDown, there was full transparency from them. Heyman set all the cards on the table, and then that night, Roman’s bloodline, Jey Uso, stepped up. Jey is not only the only beneficiary of the Fatal 4 Way, he is the one who dethroned a king, braved a brogue and solved a riddle, all in one night to become the NEW#1 contender. Therefore, Roman has bestowed upon Heyman the honor and privilege of introducing that contender. The challenger for the WWE Universal Champion at Clash of Champions, a cousin and practically blood brother, Mr. Jey Uso.

Jey makes his entrance and is very fired up. Jey says to Heyman that he’s got love for him, Uce. Jey thanks Heyman for helping Jey get to this point. Now he gets to compete with blood, Roman Reigns, at Clash of Champions. Heyman doesn’t mean to interrupt but there is nothing owed to him. It all goes to Roman. When Big E was taken out, it was Roman’s idea. Heyman just implemented the idea from his boss, Jey’s Tribal Chief, the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns. Heyman gives Roman the mic so he says Jey doesn’t have to thank him. They’re blood. Years they thought about this. Roman is proud of Jey, the family is proud of Jey. Jey earned this! Jey is going to be in the main event of Clash, taking a huge payday home. This is his moment. This is all Jey.

At Clash, Roman won’t let Jey think it’s his moment, though. Because like when they were kids, Roman is gonna whoop Jey. The title has to stay on Roman’s shoulder to keep the family where it is now. Just like when they were little, Roman is gonna whoop on Jey, then it’s all love. Yeah, all love. But they’re not little kids. They’re grown men. It’s different, Uce. But wait, here comes Baron Corbin! Corbin has had enough of this. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out it was a set-up! Roman Reigns pulled the strings to get a handpicked opponent for his very first defense. And that guy just happens to be his cousin. This is classic nepotism and it makes Corbin sick! There is nothing Corbin despises more than watching someone else walk around and abuse their power.

But here comes Sheamus to add on! He actually agrees with His Royal Highness. “This whole situation stinks!” Sheamus reminded Big E where his car was, and Big E took a spill. Then it should’ve just been a Triple Threat. But what happens? Strings are pulled, and Jey Uso is now in the match! How can anyone prepare o such short notice? Sheamus is blown away! Jey tells them to hold up. He wanted time to prepare? The grown-ups haven’t finished talking, Jey. Jey says how about this? Both of them need to get ready for a tag match, Jey and Roman! The Blood VS the Butt Mud! Sheamus runs at Jey but gets thrown out, then Jey ROCKS Corbin! And POSTS him! Jey is fired up, Roman seems to like that. Will blood leave these sticks in the mud behind them?

 

Sami Zayn is furious in the production truck!

He does NOT approve of there being an Intercontinental Championship match between Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles! HE is the champion, not them! Didn’t they think about that?! He’s pressing buttons, and sends SmackDown to break! Will this be sorted out before the match happens next?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles!

The Charismatic Enigma is currently the champion, but the Phenomenal One claims controversy because of the knee brace Hardy needed because of Styles’ sneak attack. But as we saw before commercial, the Great Liberator thinks he should still be THE champion because he never lost the title. Will Sami at least let this match happen so he can focus on one “fraud” instead of two?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Sami interrupts! “How dare you!?” This match can’t be for the championship because HE is the Intercontinental Champion! How many times does he have to say it? He won on 3/8/20, and faced Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 36! And yes, for personal reasons, he had to take time off. But then the WWE goes and crowns a “sham,” but whatever. If Styles and Hardy want to beat each other up, fine! But this is an exhibition match! Adam Pearce arrives and Sami is relieved. He wants Pearce to sort this out. But Pearce has security to escort Sami away instead. Well, fine, just don’t touch him. But be ashamed! “This is an insult!” Sami leaves, and Styles sucker punches Hardy!

Styles stomps away on Hardy, the ref pulls him away, and the ref checks on Hardy. Hardy says he wants this match, and the bell rings on this “exhibition” title match!

Styles rushes Hardy but Hardy dodges and Styles hits buckles! Hardy kicks and hits TWIST OF FATE! Hardy goes up top fast, SWANTON BOMB FLOPS! Styles avoids a split second defeat and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles drags Hardy up. Hardy hits back, runs but Styles throws him out of the ring! Styles goes out to stomp Hardy but refreshes the ring count so he can stomp Hardy more. Styles goes back in, the ref starts his ring count again but has to keep Styles back, too. The count reaches 5 but Styles goes out the other side. Styles brings Hardy to the steel steps but Hardy shoves Styles so that he hits off the steps! Hardy then uses the steps for POETRY IN MOTION, into the barriers! Hardy doesn’t mind the double-edge of that move as he puts Styles back in. Styles swings, Hardy runs and rallies with forearms. Hardy atomic drops to leg splitting leg drop! But Styles blocks it!

Hardy and Styles are both down but stirring as fans build to a rally. Styles runs in at Hardy but Hardy elbows him away! Hardy goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Hardy grits his teeth through the pain as he slowly gets up. He watches Styles rise up, Hardy kicks low but no Twist this time! Styles fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is a bit surprised Hardy survives but the fans keep rallying. Styles drags Hardy up, reels him in, but Hardy resists the Clash to trip Styles up and get the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and standing splash to a cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his calm while he grits his teeth. He drags Styles back up, but Styles goes after the bad leg with elbows! Hardy spins back to kick Styles to a corner!

Hardy runs in, HARDY-AC misses! The swinging dropkick drops Hardy on his back and Styles is on the apron. Styles watches Hardy stagger around, but Sami appears as if from nowhere to attack Styles!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by disqualification; Hardy retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Sami just won’t let this go! He ruins the match and throws Styles into steel steps! Sami has his copy of the belt as he gives Hardy a HELLUVA KICK! Fans give thumbs down and boo as Sami raises his copy of the belt up. “There’s only one!” But will Sami be the one when this is all said and done?

But as for Hardy, he tries to walk with his actual copy of the title belt, but his leg gives out on the ramp! Will Hardy even be able to be part of this Intercontinental Championship conundrum?

 

Jey Uso talks game plans with Roman Reigns.

Jey seems to be going on and on about the Superman Punch from Roman, followed up by an Uso Splash by him. But Roman doesn’t seem interested at all. Will the cousins be able to work together against common, and old, enemies?

 

SmackDown returns with Alyse Ashton outside the trainer’s room.

According to the trainers, Hardy never lost consciousness, but at first glance, what happened just earlier was do to dehydration. Styles storms over to get to the real news. Neither he or Hardy are okay with what Sami did. Hardy cheated! And now Sami, who was gone for months, is claiming to be champion! Who’s the real champion? Is it Alyse? NO! Styles sounds frustrated, but he’s determined. Styles can beat Sami, he can beat Hardy, and it doesn’t matter when, where or how. Styles will prove once and for all that he is the TRUE Intercontinental Champion! Will there be a solution to this situation soon?

 

Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura talk backstage.

The Champions VS Champions challenge was issued and accepted on Monday Night Raw, and now the SmackDown Tag Team Champions are discussing game plans in their Champions’ Lounge. But to return the favor, The Street Profits appear! They like what’s going on in here! What are they doing here!? Just checking out the lounge, bruh. They heard about it, wanted to check it out, and “We want the SNACKS!” Okay, okay. But Cesaro and Nakamura have a match. There’s no time for nonsense. That actually sounds like the reason for nonsense. But go ahead, Montez and Dawkins will take good care of the lounge while watching them and filling out scouting reports. Fine. Just don’t break anything! And don’t touch the food! They wait until Nakamura is gone and they start getting some popcorn!

 

Sami Zayn “visits” Jeff Hardy in the trainer’s room.

The trainer says Hardy just needs to hydrate, drink some fluids, but Sami asks if that’s really all Hardy needs. Maybe it’s something more! Hardy goes after Sami but Sami tackles him over the table! These two brawl as SmackDown goes to break!

 

Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura VS The Lucha House Party!

The Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style might have the Profits on Monday, but it’s a fiesta on Friday! Will they keep things from being #LuchaLit? Or will Kalisto, the self-proclaimed leader of LHP, lead this team to victory?

SmackDown returns as Cesaro and Nakamura make their entrance. The teams sort out and Gran Metalik starts against Cesaro. They tie up, Cesaro knees low and throws more knees. Cesaro whips Metalik to a corner, Metalik dodges him and speeds up to tilt-o-whirl twice for a huricanrana! Metalik mule kicks, runs the corner to flying rana! Tag to Kalisto, Kalisto goes up and stands on Metalik’s shoulders for the elevated splash! Cover, TWO! Kalisto goes to run but Nakamura is in his way. Cesaro CLOBBERS Kalisto from behind! Tag to Shinsuke and he knees Kalisto low and hard! Nakamura snapmares to drop a knee on Kalisto’s head! Cover, TWO!

Nakamura drags Kalisto over, bumps him off buckles and gives him Bad Vibrations! The ref counts, Nakamura stops and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Kalisto with a European Uppercut! Cover, TWO! Cesaro cranks Kalisto’s head, traps the arms and twists. Kalisto endures, fights his way up and throws body shots. Cesaro scoop slams hard and fast, then drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Cesaro tags Nakamura, they bring Kalisto up for Nakamura to KICK off his feet! Nakamura hauls Kalisto up to the top rope, backs up and runs in, Top Shelf Knee! Tag to Cesaro and he drags Kalisto into a gut wrench, Nakamura adds a nee before the suplex! Nakamura sucker punches Metalik while Cesaro covers, TWO!

Wait, what’s going on now? The titantron shows that the Profits are throwing a party inside the Champions’ Lounge, with NON-champions! Drew Gulak, Matt Riddle and a number of random strangers are here! Ford says that if Cesaro and Nakamura are throwing down in the ring, they’d throw down back here! WE LIT, FAM! And then Kalisto rolls Cesaro up!! Lucha House Party wins!!

Winners: Lucha House Party, by pinfall

Cesaro and Nakamura are FURIOUS! Their lounge is being made into a night club, and now they got pinned! Will LHP benefit from the Profits to become #1 contenders? Will Cesaro and Nakamura make the Profits pay on Raw?

 

SmackDown returns to the Champions’ Lounge!

And now Lucha House Party joins the fun! “LUCHA! LUCHA!” But will Cesaro and Nakamura make their way back their soon enough?

 

Bayley heads to the ring!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is all alone, because she brutally betrayed and perhaps even broke The Boss, Sasha Banks! And instead of holding up her title, she holds up a steel chair. This is the same banged up chair she used on Sasha! Bayley grabs a mic while fans boo and give thumbs down. She sets the chair up and takes a seat in it before pointing to the titantron.

Footage replays of the fall from golden grace the Role Models had from SummerSlam to Payback. Sasha said they were still best friends, and they gave everything to try and take back the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. But in the end, it would not happen as Sasha’s knee would take a lot of damage, and Nia Jax would CROSSBODY both Sasha and Bayley down. Sasha was at a very low point, but Bayley would only knock her down lower with the vicious assault. Back in the present, Bayley says, “After all of that, everybody is asking how Sasha Banks.” Is she feeling better? When will she be back? No one is asking how Bayley is doing, or how she feels. “Do you think I enjoyed doing that to my tag partner? Do you think it made me feel good to take this steel chair and destroy my best friend?”

DING DONG, hello, it did! She loved every second of it! And now everyone wants answers, right? Even Michael Cole! Bayley has questions of her own first. Sasha, Bayley knows you’re watching. Does Sasha think Bayley is an idiot? Did Sasha think, that after all these years, Bayley was so naive as to not see what she was up to? After everything they’ve been through, who knows Sasha better than Bayley? Nobody. Sasha was waiting for the right time to strike! The first break in WWE Bayley gets, Sasha makes her a tag team partner, just to keep her close. When Bayley had her first Raw W Omen’s Championship match, Sasha was part of it. Sasha followed Bayley to SmackDown, and when Bayley reached the top of her game, Sasha needed to be #TwoBeltzBanks.

Sasha pretended to be best friends with Bayley, but she was just using her. And Bayley knows that because she was using Sasha! Bayley didn’t care about Sasha or their friendship! Bayley used Sasha every single step of the way! And thanks to Sasha, she was #BayleyDosStraps, the first ever Women’s Grand Slam Champion! And thanks to Sasha, Bayley is the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever! But after last week, Sasha is “completely useless” to Bayley. Bayley no longer needs hugs, friends or fans, just her title. But will Clash of Champions bring about the end of the most dominant reign in SmackDown Women’s history?

SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross VS Tamina VS Lacey Evans!

The loony lass crosses paths with Bayley as she makes her entrance, and Bayley SMACKS Nikki with the chair for it!! Bayley wants to make sure Nikki’s next chance never comes! Will this only make it easier for the Five Foot Fury, the Samoan Steamroller and the Sassy Southern Bell?

SmackDown returns as Alexa is there to help her friend, Nikki. Nikki wants to still compete, the medics give her the green light but Alexa isn’t so sure. Lacey makes her entrance and it’s now or never! Lacey throws her fancy skirt at Nikki and Alexa wants after her already! The ref keeps the peace, all four women get in the ring, and this golden opportunity begins!

Alexa kicks Lacey but Tamina goes after Nikki. Lacey shoves Alexa and drop toeholds while Tamina throws Nikki out. Lacey covers, TWO! Lacey SLAPS Alexa then drags her up to feed to a BOOT from Tamina. Tamina and Lacey go 1v1, Lacey is put on the apron but pulls hair! Lacey hooks Tamina with a leg, and dabs the sweat while she chokes Tamina. She lets Tamina go to sweep the legs then slingshot, only for Tamina to avoid the stomps. Tamina HEADBUTTS Lacey but Alexa dropkicks them both down! Alexa ROCKS Lacey then fires off on Tamina. Alexa shotgun dropkicks Lacey down and paces as she seethes.

Alexa drops knees, Insult but no Injury as Tamina LARIATS Alexa down! Tamina goes after Lacey with stomps, drags Lacey up and suplexes hard! Cover, Alexa breaks it! Tamina glares at Alexa and hauls her up! Alexa fights, gets down but Tamina denies the DDT. Tamina stomps, Alexa dodges but Tamina BOOTS her down! Tamina drags Alexa up, whips her to a corner, and runs in for a corner splash! Tamina digs her heels in but Lacey scrapes Tamina’s face on the ropes! Lacey goes after Alexa with a swing, but Tamina kicks her down! Tamina has Alexa all alone and digs her boots in, but here comes Nikki! Nikki jumps on Tamina, Tamina throws her off, but Nikki fires off forearms!

Tamina shoves Nikki but Nikki dropkicks the legs out! Nikki fires up, runs and LARIATS! Cover, ONE!! Tamina powers out and bails out but Nikki fires up. Nikki runs and RAMS Tamina off the apron! Nikki whips Alexa for her to wreck Tamina and Lacey with dropkicks! Nikki comes around but asks if Alexa is still in this. Nikki CROSSBODIES both Tamina and Lacey down! And now Alexa goes after Nikki with SISTER ABIGAIL!? Alexa used Bray Wyatt’s move?! Is “he” in her head again? Alexa’s the only one standing as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Tamina grinds Lacey down with a chinlock. Tamina also hooks Lacey’s nose but Lacey fights up. Lacey throws body shots but Tamina throws Lacey down by her hair! Also, Alexa just up and left during commercial, so this is basically a Triple Threat. Tamina puts Lacey in a corner, stomps away, but Lacey gets to the apron. Tamina tries to rally the fans as she runs side to side, but Lacey knees her back! Lacey has Tamina in the ropes to fire off knees and elbows, then ducks the punch to hotshot Tamina backwards! Lacey gets another leg sweep and the slingshot elbow drop hits this time! Cover, TWO!

Lacey has the ref give her space as she goes up top. Tamina trips Lacey up and she hits buckles on the way down! Tamina goes corner to corner but Lacey drop toeholds her into buckles! Tamina is down in the corner, Lacey grits her teeth and swings in for the BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Tamina to a drop zone then climbs up top. Lacey hits the SASSIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, but Nikki breaks it! Nikki is still in this! All three women are down, fans build to a rally, and Nikki fires up! Nikki runs to corner splash Lacey, then Tamina, then back again! Nikki keeps going, and hits a bulldog clothesline combo! Cover on Lacey, TWO!

Nikki seethes but drags Tamina up. Nikki whips Tamina to a corner, runs in but Tamina dodges. Nikki elbows back, hops up top, boots Tamina away then grabs her for a tornado DDT! Lacey runs in, Nikki gets around her for a straitjacket neckbreaker! Cover, but Tamina breaks it! Tamina drags Nikki up to throw her into a corner. Lacey goes after Tamina but gets a SUPERKICK! Lacey escapes the Samoan Drop to WOMEN’S RIGHT! Lacey spins out of the Purge, Nikki ducks the punch, to put Lacey on the ropes for a DRAPING PURGE! But Tamina hits Nikki before she can cover Lacey! Tamina fireman’s carries, Nikki slips out and deflects the superkick to roll Tamina up, NIKKI WINS!

Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship)

Nikki has one more chance at the championship! But will she be able to shrug off what Alexa did to her to focus on Bayley?

 

SmackDown’s mystery woman is now putting on clothes.

Heels, nylons, and a sparkling dress, complete with a fur coat. But just who is this?

 

Otis w/ Tucker VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!

Heavy Machinery flattened the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century *stare off into the distance* but the Guru of Greatness tried to literally steal the right to be Mr. Money in the Bank. Luckily, Otis thought ahead and switched the contract into his lunch pail and his lunch into the briefcase. Will Morrison try it again now that he knows the trick?

The bell rings and Otis circles with Morrison. Morrison super punches but Otis dodges to come back and run Morrison over! Miz joins commentary to say that Otis using the MITB briefcase as a lunch box “is a spit in the face to any person that has ever been Mr. Money in the Bank.” It makes sense he’d be offended, Miz was also Mr. MITB at one time. Morrison is in a corner, Otis drags him up and whips him. Morrison rolls off Otis’ back but still gets run over on the return! Otis is fired up, Miz says Otis doesn’t deserve to be Mr. MITB, and Morrison jawbreakers Otis away! Morrison kicks, but Otis fires up! Fans fire up with Otis, Morrison super forearms but Otis just shakes the ropes. Otis blocks the roundhouse, scoops Morrison for an EXPLODER!

Otis drags Morrison up again to scoop, spin and slam! Morrison gets to a corner, Otis fires up but Miz gets on the apron! Otis swipes at Miz, Tucker backs Miz off, but Morrison dodges Otis and sends him into buckles! Morrison grabs the lunch pail and tosses it to Miz! Miz runs away with the contract! Morrison laughs but Otis squashes him in the corner! Otis has Morrison in the drop zone, and hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Then Otis goes up to the corner for a VADER BOMB! Cover, Otis wins!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

Mr. MITB keeps building momentum, but what about the lunch pail? Otis assures Tucker it’s fine, but will they track Miz down?

 

SmackDown has an update on Big E.

After Sheamus tricked Big E and smashed him through a car windshield, Big E has been recovering at home with lacerations and bruising. Xavier Woods will share the latest on Big E’s condition as part of Talking Smack, on the WWE Network this Saturday morning!

 

SmackDown returns as Heavy Machinery is backstage.

Tucker is pretty sure Miz went down this hall, but Otis says to calm down. Because just as Morrison was tricked last week, Otis switched things around on everyone this week. That was just a lunchbox. THE lunchbox was inside THE briefcase this week! Tada! Otis is a genius! And as Miz and Morrison regroup, Morrison remembers that the contract is non-transferable. Miz has a lawyer friend who can help them find the loophole in this contract. And they’ll do that… With this mostly eaten apple… Miz has had it! He’s “calling in a favor.” But to who?

 

SmackDown presents a new Firefly Fun House!

Bray Wyatt and his puppets are so excited! Before the fun begins, Bray needs to get this off his chest. It’s a big ball of lint. But as you can see, thanks to Roman Reigns, something rather special is missing. But it’s okay. Everyone experiences loss. And how you handle loss defines the person that you become. #TheLessYouKnow. Now, let’s have that fun! Tickle tickle, Huskis. And here, in this box, is the newest member of the Firefly Fun House! It’s a very special friend who will be an inspiration to all. “he has overcome so much in his life to make it this far! Please join me in welcoming… Pasquale the Persevering Parrot!” C’mon, buddy! Fly out and say something inspiring!

Pasquale? Is he there? Bray looks inside the box, and can’t find Pasquale! Technical difficulties, please stand by. Ramblin’ Rabbit says Pasquale flew the coop. Bray should’ve cut holes in the box. Wah wah waaaah~! Mercy loves dead birds. Oh well! But wait! It’s DEVIL VINCE! “What the my home is going on around here?!” Bray lost the title, his parrot, and Vince’s trust! Bray can’t handle the responsibility of the Fun House alone! “Are you sure, boss?” “Don’t sass me, boy! This is non-negotiable!” Cooperate or you’re… Okay, okay! What does he have in mind? Introducing, the special advisor to the Firefly Fun House…

“Ladies and gentlemen, my name… is Wobbly Walrus!” Umm… Yowie wowie! “This is such good *toot*.” OH NO~! To be continued in the next episode of the Firefly Fun House!

 

Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Baron Corbin & Sheamus!

Blood is thicker than water, and the Samoan Bloodline is strong in the WWE! But will Jey and the Tribal Chief be stronger together against the Wolf King and the Celtic Warrior?

SmackDown returns as Jey makes his entrance. Sheamus rushes Jey but so does Corbin! Jey fights them 2v1 but Sheamus clobbers Jey, and rams him into barriers! Sheamus puts Jey in the ring, Corbin runs at him but Jey boots him away! THe ref rings the bell without Roman and COrbin tosses Jey to a corner. Jey dodges and backs away. Sheamus gets in but Jey uppercuts him out! Jey fires uppercuts at COrbin, COrbin scoops him but Jey sunset flips! TOW, Jey SUPERKICKS Corbin! Jey runs but Sheamus trips him up! COrbin gets JEy for a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but where is Roman!?

Corbin grins as Roman isn’t here and he tags Sheamus in. “Where’s your boy, huh?!” COrbin ROCKS Jey into Sheamus’ beats of the bodhrain! Sheamus gets all 10 in before the ref counts 4, then he scoops Jey for a swinging slam!Sheamus fixes his mohawk before he puts Jey in the corner. Corbin tags in and stomps awya, then drags Jey up to choke Jey on ropes! The ref counts, Corbin stomps and hops up to jump, but Jey hotshots Corbin! Jey kicks, uppercuts and fireman’s carries, but Corbin slips out. Corbin shoves Jey, Jey hits Sheamus and SUPERKICKS COrbin! SAMOAN DROP!

Fans rally and Jey goes corner to corner to fire up. Corbin avoids the hip attack and tags in Sheamus! WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus is frustrated and tells Jey is the loser! Sheamus seethes as he aims at Jey from a corner. He fires up but where is Roman?! NOW Roman appears! Sheamus sees Roman storming down the way, Jey dodges the Brogue but Sheamus blocks the kick. Sheamus spins Jey but gets the dragon whip kick! Jey hits the hip attack on Sheamus, DIVES into Corbin and sends him flying! Jey goes up top, leaps, but into Sheamus’ arms! Sheamus pops Jey up, Jey lands on his feet and SUPERKICKS!

Jey climbs the corner, Roman tags in! USO SPLASH! Roman aims at Sheamus, Jey realizes the tag happened and gets out, for Roman to SPEAR Sheamus! Cover, Roman and Jey win!

Winners: Roman Reigns & Jey Uso, by pinfall

The Big Dog takes the pinfall to take credit for everything Jey did! Roman leaves with a smile on his face, and Heyman hands him the championship back. Jey raises Roman’s hand in victory, which surprises Roman a bit. Will Roman be surprised by the fight his cousin puts up at Clash of Champions? Or will he still #ShowUpAndWin like he did tonight?


My Thoughts:

A great episode to set up for Clash of Champions here. Opening and closing with the Universal Championship story was obvious but also really well done material. Roman saying all that stuff about Jey adds to the tension, and I’m just waiting for the moment Jey snaps on Roman. It is definitely happening, because of how Roman left him alone in the tag match and then came in just to finish it up. It may have seemed odd for Jey to get this opportunity, but the build is definitely going to make it work out. I actually like Sami interfering with the Intercontinental Championship, because it is slowly but surely heading towards my idea of a Triple Threat Ladder match to crown the UNDISPUTED Intercontinental Championship. Sami was also great in the production truck and brawling with Hardy in the trainer’s room, I can’t wait to see his response to whatever match is made for Clash.

There was a lot of great stuff with the tag teams tonight, especially the interaction of the champions. Ford and Dawkins showing up to SmackDown was a natural response, and they did great character stuff. The party that they started in the Champions’ Lounge was hilarious, and it definitely makes sense for that to distract Cesaro. LHP’s story is getting some depth as only now, after years of being a trio, does Kalisto say he is the leader. I don’t think they’re going to win the titles off Cesaro and Nakamura, because I could see the trio falling apart during the match. Kalisto will be the one to turn and I bet he finds someone new to team with to go after Metalik and Lince Dorado.

The segment with Heavy Machinery went in an obvious direction. Otis wins but someone steals the lunchbox, only for there to be the bait and switch back the other way. I’m very curious as to who Miz’s friend is and what the favor is going to be. Maybe Clash of Champions surprises us by having a match for the MITB contract. Though, I’m not sure if that really helps anyone. Miz and Morrison are going to look bad if Otis beats them again, but Otis will just be shown as a wasted Mr. MITB if he loses his contract to one of them. Firefly Fun House was very interesting. I like the swerve on the newest member of the puppet cast. Pasquale the Persevering Parrot dying on arrival is morbidly hilarious since it’s Bray saying perseverance and hope are overrated. But then there’s also the great meta of adding the Heyman parody to poke at how AJ Styles went on the record about things in the actual backstage environment.

Then the women’s division segments were great, especially with how they tied together. Bayley going deeper into Heel territory claiming she was just using Sasha and all that was a pretty good move. Even if some of it is just Bayley covering up for the truth, it works for her character to at least say she stopped caring about Sasha a long time ago. Her going after Nikki should’ve been an indicator that Nikki would find a way to win. Well there’s that, the fact Bayley is mega Heel, Tamina and Lacey being firmly Heel and Alexa turning as part of the story with Bray Wyatt, Nikki was the only real choice. I almost feel like that won’t go through because of this story with Alexa. Alexa could attack Nikki and keep the match from happening so Bayley retains by default to reach that one-year mark.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
  • Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
  • Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!

The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?

The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!

Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.

Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!

AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!

Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!

Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!

Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?

As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?

 

AEW hears from Jurassic Express.

Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?

 

Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.

Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!

Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.

Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!

Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!

Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a  BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!

Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall

A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.

“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?

 

Hook VS Serpentico!

The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?

Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?

 

Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!

Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!

But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!

Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!

Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!

Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.

Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Acknowledge the history made!

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SmackDown 2022

The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!

SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
  • Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
  • Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
  • Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!

Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.

Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!

But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.

But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.

Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!

Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?

 

Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!

The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?

The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.

Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?

 

Aliyah VS Natalya!

Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?

SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!

Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification

Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?

 

Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?

SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!

Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!

The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!

Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.

Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage

And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.

Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.

But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.

SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.

Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…

Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.

Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says  he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.

Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?

 

Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?

SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!

Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!

Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.

Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?

 

Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!

The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?

Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.

The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!

Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!

SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!

Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)

Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.

Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.

Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.

But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.

My Score: 8.1/10


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