Will the SmackDown Women’s Champion face the consequences?
Bayley betrayed and brutalized Sasha Banks, then claimed she was only ever using her friendship as a tool! Will The Boss make the Role Model regret every single one of her actions?
- Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura; Cesaro wins.
- Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross; Cross wins.
- AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn; Styles wins.
- Samoan Street Fight: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sheamus & Baron Corbin; Uso & Reigns win.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with The Dirt Sheet!
The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century welcome us all back to “the scintillating WWE ThunderDome.” John Morrison is the most important part of your complete and balanced breakfast, and The Miz is still the Most Must-See Superstar! Here tonight, it is there honor- Nay, their duty, to keep their loyal fans up to speed on what’s going down in WWE. They will give you the low down, the intel, the 411, “the dirt.” And not just what’s in Otis’ undies. These are the biggest secrets and the biggest stories! Tonight, they expose the truth behind Bayley’s savage attack on Sasha Banks! They expose why WWE management tried to erase the one true WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn, from history! And they dig deep into the Samoan Family secrets that Jey Uso tries to bury! That’s D to the I to the RTY, DIRTY!!
But first, they will talk the biggest story, the hottest of hot gossip: the sudden trade of Mandy Rose! It was so scandalous, that you must see it to believe it! Roll the clip! It’s from Talking Smack! And Miz gave the announcement that Mandy was sent to Monday Night Raw! Now, people accuse Miz of being vindictive, that he and Morrison have a problem with Otis and is trying to break him and Mandy up. To clear the air, he is not playing mind-games. He is not using his influence to get petty revenge. Miz is simply trying to help Otis. As a former Mr. Money in the Bank, Miz knows the pressures of carrying that contract. “You must be on high alert. You have to look for every opportunity possible. And Otis couldn’t possibly do that with his girlfriend, Mandy Rose around,” so Miz made it easier for him. Mandy is gone, Otis can focus on cashing in. Or just hand it over to someone else.
But the point is, Otis should be thankful! Miz sent away the one true obstacle keeping Otis from the top of the WWE! Sure, Otis is heartbroken, but he’ll get over that. And from what Miz hears from his old friends on Raw, Mandy’s already gotten over it. Morrison says there are a lot of guys who want to do more than just smell the roses. Ziggler’s over there! They used to date, right? Otis has had enough, he barges right out and aims for the ring! The Dozer stomps over, Miz and Morrison try to calm him down, but they get run over! Otis CLOBBERS Morrison, then CLOBBERS Miz! Otis throws Morrison out, then throws the chairs around! The fans give thumbs up, and Tucker’s here, too! Tucker feeds Miz to Otis for an EXPLODER!
Tucker also gets Morrison in, and Otis EXPLODERS Morrison back out! Otis corner splashes Miz, Tucker fires him up more, and here comes the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis adds on the VADER BOMB! And when Miz gets up, Otis goes after him again! His rage is not satisfied, as he strips and humiliates Miz! Speaking of undies, Miz is standing in only his tighty whities! The Dozer has demolished the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century, but it won’t bring Mandy back from Raw. What could possibly salvage his relationship with the Golden Goddess before the long distance ruins it?
SmackDown returns as Miz and Morrison regroup backstage.
The plan isn’t working! It only pissed Otis off! And Morrison says Otis is like the Incredible Hulk, you don’t like him when he’s angry. Miz says this IS part of the plan. Kayla Braxton comes by to ask if he regrets angering Otis. Miz gets a call and asks, “Was it enough?” Thumbs up! Morrison says the plan is working! But they’re not going to share details about that plan just yet. Is Otis playing right into their hands? Does Miz have spares pants in his luggage?
Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura!
Lince Dorado and Kalisto have both been trying to give the King of the Ropes some pointers on how to handle the Swiss Cyborg tonight, but the main point is to win! LHP has their shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Clash of Champions, will Metalik gain major momentum for the team? Or will Cesaro burn these moths drawn to the flame?
The bell rings and Cesaro rushes Metalik but Metalik dodges to roll him up! TWO, Metalik speeds up to tilt-o-whirl around the world and headscissor Cesaro away! Cesaro is wobbled, Metalik goes up top but the others give him mixed ideas. Metalik leaps into Cesaro’s SLAM! Cesaro stomps Metalik while Kalisto and Lince argue, and Cesaro brings Metalik up to throw body shots. Metalik gives body shots back but is pushed into a corner. Cesaro throws a European Uppercut, Metalik’s two coaches clash again but Metalik boots Ceasro away! Metalik leaps for a flying huricanrana! Metalik stomps and punches Cesaro, then whips, but Cesaro reverses to run him over! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO!
LHP keep arguing on the outside as Cesaro clamps onto Metalik’s arm. Cesaro adds a chinbar, but Metalik fights up and throws body shots. Cesaro whips, Metalik dodges in the corner but is put on the apron. Metalik kicks Cesaro back, but now LHP get on the apron? They’re arguing with the ref, too, so the ref EJECTS them! Dorado and Kalisto blame each other but Cesaro BLASTS Metalik off the apron! Cesaro puts Metalik in the ring, Nakamura laughs at LHP but Metalik springboards and SWANTONS onto Cesaro! The King of the Ropes evens things up now that his coaches aren’t overdoing it, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cesaro has Metalik down with a chinlock. Metalik fights up, Cesaro back suplexes but Metalik lands on his feet! Metalik boots Cesaro, runs but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro wraps onto Metalik with a chinlock again, but Metalik fights up and throws body shots. Cesaro throws EuroUppers and hoists Metalik up top. Cesaro throws haymakers then climbs up top, but Metalik fights back with body shots! Metalik adjusts and leaps for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro survives but Metalik is too tired to be upset. Metalik gets back up top, moonsaults, but Cesaro BOOTS him! Cesaro EuroUppers in the corner, then GOTCH NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
The Swiss Cyborg stops Metalik from snagging the win, and is rolling alongside the King of Strong Style! Will they roll right over Lucha House Party at Clash of Champions?
Backstage interview with Jey Uso!
Jey is fired up for tonight as he teams with Roman Reigns in a Samoan Street Fight! But first, let’s review last week’s normal tag match. Jey fight hard against both Sheamus and Baron Corbin without Roman at all! Roman waited until an opportune moment, which seems to be his signature now. Jey still did most of the work after that, Roman would tag in and top it off with his Spear. Their Universal Championship match aside, do Roman’s actions last week affect tonight’s “chemistry?” Jey says, “Do you know what Roman told me- Scratch that, what Paul Heyman told me?” There was miscommunication. Yeah, right.
But Jey and Roman were tuning up fools in the streets since childhood. Tonight won’t be different. The difference for Clash is only one walks out Universal Champion. Roman’s been throwing his weight around since they’ve been little, but they ain’t so little no more. Tonight is Friday Night Lockdown! Sheamus, Corbin, you’re against the Uce with the Juice! Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!
SmackDown returns to hear from Matt Riddle.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Why do you say bro so much?'” The answer is simple: Bro is universal. It can convey any emotion or thought. Don’t believe him? “Check this out, bro!” #KnowYourBro. Happy bro. Sad bro. Angry bro. Introspective bro. Scared bro. Confident bro. See? It’s that easy, bro.
SmackDown presents A Moment of Bliss!
Alexa Bliss sits on stage in her chair, with her pigtails up in little buns, and welcomes us to this first ever ThunderDome Moment of Bliss. Usually, she has a cohost right by her side, but this week, she needs to be in the hot seat! Please welcome the #1 contender to Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship, Alexa’s best friend, Nikki Cross! Nikki is fired up to be here, as always, and still hugs Alexa, despite that Sister Abigail Nikki took last week. Alexa congratulates Nikki, she is so happy for her. But Nikki knows what this show is about. Alexa asks what we all want to know. Okay, fire away. Alexa’s question is about the plan of action for her rematch with Bayley. We all saw Nikki try and lose before. In fact, Nikki’s yet to beat Bayley since last year.
Wow, she really is going all out. But Nikki is okay. Nikki says this will be different, because there’s no Sasha Banks watching Bayley’s back. Every time Nikki faced Bayley, she needed eyes on the back of her head. Now she just needs to focus on Bayley and giving her that beating Bayley deserves. We saw what Bayley did to Sasha, her best friend, with a steel chair. Nikki can feel that chair on her back, too. Bayley was so proud of herself that night. There was so much contempt. But if Bayley wants to take cheap shots, fine! Come Clash of Champions, Nikki WILL become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Does that answer your question?” It sure does.
Now, Nikki has a question for Alexa. Oh? What’s up? Alexa, what’s going on with you? What does Nikki mean? Well, last week, Alexa used, of all things, Sister Abigail! And then she just left! Alexa isn’t sure how to explain it. But that’s because even Alexa doesn’t understand it. There’s a change inside her, and she has no idea why or how. But here comes Lacey Evans! The Sassy Southern Belle says, “Lord, would you look at them?” Some nasties jaw jackin’ like it’s Dr. Phil. Alexa, she’s going through a the “change,” huh? Are we going to waste time talking about her feelings now? And as for nasty Nikki, she should be on her knees thanking Alexa. When Alexa left the match, which we all remember, she simply threw Lacey off her game. That’s the only reason Nikki won.
Nikki can give all the speeches she wants, but it will not prepare her for Bayley. Because Bayley has what Nikki will never have: a mean streak. Nikki’s too nice, too short, too week and damn sure doesn’t have a backbone. That is why Nikki will never win. Nikki takes Lacey’s handkerchief and blows in it! And throws it back at her! Lacey gets mad now, but Nikki kicks her first! They brawl down the ramp and Lacey gets serious by throwing off the skirt. Lacey storms to the ring, because she and Nikki are having their match next!
Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross!
SmackDown returns and this match is ready to begin! Will Nikki prove she’s got a nasty mean streak after all?
Alexa joins commentary as the bell rings. Nikki and Lacey circle but Lacey bails out to get some hand sanitizer. She doesn’t want to have the nasty germs. Nikki gets impatient and dropkicks Lacey down! Lacey throw’s Nikki in the ring, sweeps the legs, then slingshots for the elbow, but Nikki moves! Nikki hops on Lacey with a thrashing sleeper hold! Lacey bumps her into buckles but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki elbows, hops up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps her cool as she reels Lacey in for a lariat! And then she hooks the arm for La Magistrol! TWO, but Nikki doesn’t let up! Lacey blocks the lariat to wring the arm out! Lacey goes after the arm with a knee drop! And another!
Nikki gets to a corner and Alexa is concerned as Lacey digs her forearms in. Lacey wrenches an arm and wraps it around the ropes, and then pulls while hooking a leg on Nikki’s head! The ref counts, Lacey stops at 4, but Nikki hits back. Lacey digs Nikki’s head into buckles, hits her hard in the side, then fixes her hair. Lacey goes after the bad arm again but lets off at the ref’s count. Lacey boots Nikki to a corner then swings in with the bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey seethes while Alexa cheers Nikki on commentary. Lacey drags Nikki up to kick her and wrench the bad arm to kick the arm! Lacey pulls Nikki’s hair and then wraps on a cobra clutch. Nikki swats at Lacey but Lacey digs her fingers in. Nikki fights up, elbows free, but Lacey reels Nikki out for a takedown!
Lacey digs her forearms into Nikki’s face then pulls hard on the arm! Nikki endures, reaches for ropes, but Lacey stomps her head! It’s a cover now, TWO! Nikki kicks and fights up to turn things into a cover on Lacey, TWO! Nikki is free but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Lacey grins as she taunts Nikki while Alexa is still concerned. Nikki headbutts low but Lacey throws her by her hair! Lacey is after that arm again with knees and fists! Nikki kicks back and gets free again. Nikki sits up but Lacey goes after the bad arm with another wringer! Alexa says Nikki’s toughness is what makes her amazing, but Lacey hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lacey is shocked and frustrated while Alexa fans herself.
Lacey grabs the bottle of sanitizer, grabs Nikki’s hair, and squirts a whole bunch of sanitizer in Nikki’s face! Alexa says that’s uncalled for! Lacey smears Nikki’s face but Nikki hits back! Nikki throat chops and uses Lacey’s hair to throw her down! Nikki grits her teeth as Lacey gets to a corner. Nikki roars and runs corner to corner for a corner splash! Nikki fires off furious forearms, the ref backs her off, but Nikki runs to monkey flip Lacey! Lacey rolls to the other corner, Nikki storms over but blocks the drop toehold! She stomps Lacey’s hands! Nikki hops up and reels Lacey in for the TORNADO DDT! She drags Lacey up for the PURGE!! Cover, Nikki wins!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall
Alexa says she told us Nikki would win! Is Nikki finally ready to dethrone Bayley? As for Lacey and Alexa, Lacey gets mad at Alexa. “What’re you gonna do? Get the Fiend?!” Lacey is just mad at everyone, but Alexa goes back into that trance-like state as she stalks up and grabs Lacey for SISTER ABIGAIL!! A pattern is forming: Don’t say anything related to The Fiend or Bray Wyatt around Alexa.
Backstage, Sasha Banks prepares for a sit-down interview.
The Boss has a neck brace for obvious reasons, but she’ll find a way to tell her side of the story when SmackDown returns.
SmackDown returns with a profile of the Samoan Dynasty.
Paul Heyman narrates. “The world of sports entertainment has seen many rich, storied bloodlines.” The Harts, the Hennigs, the Flairs, the Ortons. But none greater than the Anoa’i family. A legacy spanning over 40 years, with “Your Tribal Cheif,” the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion of the World, Roman Reigns as the newest in a “long line of royalty.” The Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika, to Yokozuna and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the late-great Umaga, and Rikishi and his sons, the Usos. Jey Uso will challenge family, but Roman’s dominance is not just his will, it is his birthright. “From the day Roman inherited the torch of his family’s legacy, he has made them proud with victory after championship victory.”
Meanwhile, Jey has done a “respectable” job alongside Jimmy as WWE Tag Team Champions. But these two men have fought their whole loves. Cousins as close as brothers. From the living room to the football field to the squared circle. Clash of Champions’ Gold Rush will see a Battle of the Bloodline fought with honor and pride. But make no mistake. While they all eat at the same table, there is only one at the head of this dynasty: Roman Reigns. Will this glowing review of the Big Dog and mere mention of Jey add any more tension to the ties that bind?
Sasha Banks is live from the Performance Center.
Two weeks since the “heinous” attack at the hands of former friend, Bayley, The Boss is back but still very hurt. What is the extent of her injuries? “I’m still here, ain’t I?” But Bayley put all the blame on Sasha, saying Sasha was waiting to strike Bayley first. That for years, Sasha pretended to be Bayley’s friend, and was simply using her. And now she’s nothing to Bayley. “I heard every single word Bayley said last week.” Sasha is filled with emotions as she sits in the Performance Center, “A place that we built. A place that we trained every single day together, talking about our dreams.” They talked about what they wanted to do together. They used to walk these halls together, just to talk about everything they’ve achieved.
This entire summer here at the PC, they showed the world, and told the world, that they were going to take over! But now, when Sasha walks these halls, goes to the locker room, sees all the women that go here now, because of what Sasha and Bayley did together. Their posters, pictures, titles, it’s all here! “We did all of this together. And if these walls could talk…” If the PC could tell us itself… Sasha gets emotional as she explains she came here to answer these questions. Sasha wants to call everyone stupid and naïve. She knows Bayley is watching, and Bayley IS an idiot! Bayley is NOTHING without Sasha! But since Sasha is “useless,” there will come a day when Sasha takes the one thing Bayley loves: the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
But then Bayley attacks from behind with a chair!! Sasha’s already damaged neck is in danger as Bayley tears off the neck brace and puts the chair back around her!! Trainers and prospects rush over to stop this, and Bayley spares Sasha just this once. Will Sasha ever return to exact her revenge on Bayley?
AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn!
The Phenomenal One says he should still be Intercontinental Champion because Jeff Hardy “cheated.” The Great Liberator continues to say he is champion because he never lost his title. Sami made sure Styles wouldn’t win the title back off Hardy, but now Styles is ready for him! Will Styles defeat the “real” champion to prove his point?
As he makes his entrance, Sami gets mad at Greg Hamilton again for not mentioning Sami is “the real WWE Intercontinental Champion.” Styles attacks Sami from behind! Styles drags Sami up, takes off the jacket and bounces Sami off the announce desk. Styles puts Sami in the ring, the bell rings and Styles hits a corner splash! And an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles reels Sami into the Clash but Sami bails out! Sami gets around the corner, Styles pursues and clubs away. Styles puts Sami in, Sami gets up and dodges Styles, only to walk into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles grows frustrated with Sami as Sami bails out again. Styles pursues again, bumps Sami off the apron, and he puts Sami back in the ring. But Sami stomps Styles as he gets back in!
Sami kicks away on Styles’ face, then reels him in for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Sami seethes as he sits Styles up for a thrashing chinlock. Styles endures, fans build to a rally judging from the clapping on their screens, but Sami talks trash. Styles fights up, powers Sami back into buckles, then throws elbows! Styles runs but Sami puts him on the apron! Sami counter punches Styles and bumps him off buckles! Sami runs side to side but his boot hits post! Styles DECKS Sami! Sami tumbles down, Styles aims and slingshots for a FOREARM! The “uncrowned” champ and the “real” champ are both down as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Sami fires off on Styles in a corner. Sami hoists Styles up top, climbs up to join him, but Styles resists and slips under! Styles trips Sami and Sami hits buckles! Styles goes to the opposite corner, Sami runs in but Styles boots him away. Styles goes to the apron, forearms Sami away then springboards, but Sami gets under! Sami catches Styles on the return for a stun gun hotshot! Sami drags Styles up, reels him in, but Styles resists the suplex. Sami keeps trying but Styles suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but slowly rise as fans clap. Styles brings Sami up but Sami hits a jawbreaker! Sami throws haymakers but Styles gives them back. They brawl with forearms, Sami gets the edge but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, into a BOOT! PELE! Both men are down again!
Sami flounders while Styles sits up. Styles grabs Sami first, but Sami slips out of the suplex to waistlock. Styles blocks the lift, pries free and elbows Sami away. Styles runs, Sami reels him in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives but Sami is too tired to be surprised. Sami gest to his feet, drags Styles up but Styles catches him for a roll! Sami escapes the Calf Crusher but Styles kicks him away! Styles runs in but is caught for an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami aims from across the way, Styles slowly stands up and Sami run sin, HELLU- NO! Styles spins Sami, Sami rolls Styles but has tights! The ref sees that and stops the count! Sami argues with the ref but Styles rolls Sami! Styles also has tights but the ref DOESN’T see that, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Sami is furious that he got cheated! Sure, he tried to cheat, but that’s besides the point to him! Sami CLOBBERS Styles and sends him out of the ring! Sami argues with the ref, then tells Greg Hamilton to tell the fans Sami is still champion. But here comes Jeff Hardy! THIS Intercontinental Champion limps but LCOBBERS Styles then DECKS Sami! Hardy throw’s Sami into barriers! And then bounces him off the desk! The Charismatic Enigma is furious over Sami’s attacks on him, and he brings out a TABLE! No, that’s not what he wants. He wants a LADDER!! Hardy RAMS Styles hard with the ladder, then puts the ladder in the ring.
Sami baseball slides but Hardy lifts the ladder up! Sami and Styles are both behind Hardy, so he just backs up to RAM them both! Hardy knows his way around ladders, and he’s fired up! Hardy clubs Sami, puts him in the ring, and gives Sami a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy sets the ladder up over Sami, climbs the rungs, but Sami bails out! Hardy climbs back down, grabs a mic, and says, “I am sick and tired of this Intercontinental title situation. I am sick of being called a cheat! I am tired of being called a fraud!” They need to end this once and for all! At Clash of Champions, it will be a TRIPLE THREAT, but they will “escape normal,” in a LADDER MATCH! Three men, two copies of the Intercontinental Championship belt, but only ONE will be the one true champion!
Otis and Tucker talk backstage.
Otis is himself “sick and tired” of what’s going on with Miz, Morrison and his MITB contract. But someone walks in looking for Otis. Well who else looks this dang good? Otis has been served. Served what? Dinner? Buffet style? No. He was served a LAWSUIT. What?! What is Miz up to now?!
SmackDown returns as Tucker goes over the suit. Morrison and Miz are suing Otis for “emotional distress, wanton destruction of personal property, creating an unsafe work environment,” and MITB negligence, if that’s even a thing. But also, The Dirt Sheet somehow counts as a news program, so he violated First Amendment rights. Otis hates news! Yes, but now he needs a lawyer. Otis either forfeits the MITB contract to them, or this goes to court. And he only has one week to decide. Otis says they’re in trouble. Well, mostly Otis is in trouble. But with only until next Friday Night SmackDown to take action, what’s The Dozer to do?!
Baron Corbin and Sheamus talk backstage.
A Samoan Street Fight! But Corbin has his scepter! It’ll do great damage tonight! But in comes security, the guy Sheamus has been looking for. The guy who helped set Big E up! Now, whatever he needs, Sheamus can sort him out. Well, that’s great, but Sheamus’ car is being towed. What!? Off they go! Sheamus is in the parking lot, but who is this looking at his car? It’s BIG E!! Big E is here for his revenge! Sheamus uses his “guy” as a shield and runs away! Big E tells Sheamus he better ruN! And word on the street, this is the guy who set Big E up. Big E gets his payback on him! He throws the guy into a trunk, the garage door, throws some hands and grinds his forearms in, then stomps a stampede on the man!
But that’s not all, the payback involves another trunk, and a kick to the ribs! “Larry” is getting beat down and put on the car hood! Referees hurry to try and talk Big E down, but Big E is slapping “Larry” around. And gives him a belly2belly to the car windshield!! “I ain’t done yet!” No sleeping on the job, Larry! Big E puts the guy in the trunk, but Adam Pearce comes by. The trunk is closed, Pearce wants Big E to calm down and leave the building. Big E tells Sheamus to keep running! Will Big E make Sheamus ever regret trying to sideline him?
SmackDown’s mystery woman continues to strut her stuff.
Heels are on, dress is zipped up, but just who is this? Perhaps we’ll see soon enough.
Samoan Street Fight: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sheamus & Baron Corbin!
Blood is thicker than water, but the Samoan Bloodline will still be at odds at Clash of Champions! Can they at least hold it together here to finish off the Celtic Warrior and Wolf King?
Before the match, Heyman hands the mic to Roman. “I came out here first because I don’t want there to be any confusion this week.” Call this place what you want, but this is Roman’s yard, his island, his ring and HIS WWE! “If you want it, come and take it from me.” With that said, Jey makes his entrance to stand side by side with his cousin. This Samoan Street Fight finally begins after the break.
SmackDown returns once again, and Corbin makes his entrance on his palanquin. Sheamus is already there, and the teams stare down. The bell rings and Roman CLOBBERS Sheamus while Jey fires off on Corbin! Roman ROCKS Corbin with an uppercut, Jey uppercuts, then Roman clotheslines Corbin out! Jey LEAPS to take Corbin down! Sheamus drags Roman out, they brawl, and Roman ROCKS Sheamus with rights. Sheamus kicks low, throws hands, but is dumped over the barriers! Sheamus gets back up but Jey SUPERKICKS him down! But Corbin chucks a chair at Roman’s face! Roman staggers away, Jey runs at Corbin but gets a DEEP SIX to the ramp!
Corbin stalks Roman, puts him in the ring, and Corbin fetches his chair. Corbin goes to the ring, Roman BOOTS him down first! Roman takes the chair for his own and SMACKS Corbin on the back! And again! And again! Roman throws the chair away and he looms over Corbin. Roman takes his time going out to fetch things from under the ring. Hardy skipped it earlier but Roman has the table! Sheamus KNEES Roman down first! Sheamus rains rights down on Roman’s head, Corbin hurries over and he gets his shots in. The fans give thumbs down on their screens but Sheamus tells them to shut up. Sheamus and Corbin mug Roman, then toss him over the commentary desk!
Sheamus and Corbin bring the table up and into the ring. Jey is in the ring but Corbin goes right after him with a rain of right hands! Sheamus drags Jey up and to a corner for stomps. Corbin starts setting the table and Sheamus helps. They stand it up but Jey kicks. Sheamus blocks and spins Jey but gets the dragon whip! Jey boots Corbin, climbs up top, but Sheamus and Corbin both trip him up! Jey lands bad on his Uce, but they both pick him up to DOUBLE POWERBOMB him trough the table!! Cover, TWO!?! Jey shocks both Corbin and Sheamus, so Sheamus throws Jey out of the ring. Corbin goes looking for Roman, but Roman tosses an ARMCHAIR into Corbin’s face! Sheamus hurries over and clobbers Roman!
Sheamus clears off the announce desk and bumps Roman off the top. Sheamus drags Roman onto the table, brings him up for a fireman’s carry, but Roman fights free! Roman LOW BLOWS Sheamus, fireman’s carries Sheamus for a SAMOAN DROP on the table! The table doesn’t give and Sheamus flops down, but Corbin BOOTS Roman! Corbin whips but Roman reverses to POST Corbin! Sheamus stands, Roman glares at him and runs over, to SPEAR him through the barriers! Roman has Sheamus down right in front of the WWE Universe’s screens, but Corbin attacks again! Corbin bumps Roman off steel steps and the apron, but Jey DIVES! Corbin catches Jey to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area!
Corbin pushes Roman in the ring, goes to the corner to get his scepter, but Jey uses the Universal Championship for a BELT SHOT! Corbin staggers, Roman SPEARS him down! Jey adds the USO SPLASH! Cover, the Samoan Dynasty wins!!
Winners: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns, by pinfall
Jey turned things around on his cousin this week, but at least they took equal shares of the work this week. Jey is excited but Roman seems a bit shocked. Jey grabs the title belt, looks longingly at it, and jokes that he’s gonna raise it before handing it back to Roman. Roman smirks, perhaps lightening up. They shake hands and hug because they’re still family. But as Jey leaves the ring, Roman’s smile fades. Will the good mood still be around at the end of Clash of Champions?
This was another really good SmackDown! The development in the Otis story made a lot of sense, oddly enough. Miz and Morrison egg Otis on, he attacks, and now they have (admittedly loose) ground for a lawsuit that of course is their way of getting at the MITB briefcase. I really hope Otis’ lawyer is David Otunga, it’s been some time since we’ve seen him. And I’m thinking this turns from a lawsuit to a match, winner gets the MITB briefcase. To be honest, I’m surprised Sami didn’t resort to kayfabe lawsuits over the Intercontinental Championship. Styles VS Sami was a really good match, but I felt like they were going easy given this was Sami’s first match in six months and there are still concerns over old injuries. But I’m glad Hardy showed up and put forth the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match I was hoping to see. That match is going to be great, and could go any which way.
A Moment of Bliss was alright this week, they started to explore Alexa’s changes related to The Fiend, but I feel like they didn’t need Lacey to interrupt anything. Lacey also claiming Nikki has no mean streak didn’t really fit. Yes, Nikki’s been Face a long stretch, but there was the moment just before The Fiend chose to go after Alexa that Nikki looked like she was going back to her wild self from NXT. And Nikki always has moments like that during her matches, so it just seemed like a weak way of helping Nikki turn the tide towards her match with Bayley. Sasha did great with her promo tonight, but I just knew Bayley would go after her more. The second attack was not nearly as brutal, but it surely extends how long Sasha is out, since she’s part of Mandalorian Season 2, and a Royal Rumble surprise is way better for this feud.
The Lucha House Party dysfunction is growing, but it’s being done well actually. It doesn’t really cost Metalik but that just means he loses clean to Cesaro. I was hoping there’d be more with Cesaro, Nakamura and the Street Profits but maybe USA and Fox aren’t coming to an agreement on the whole dual brand tag champions idea. Maybe they wait past Survivor Series, so that we can still get a tag champion Triple Threat Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT with whichever teams have the titles by then. Big E returning and wanting revenge on Sheamus was great, even if Big E doesn’t get it yet. Pretty sure a grudge match is coming for the go-home episode to Clash, because I would think Clash of Champions should be a PPV of only the championship matches.
The video package profiling the Anoa’i family was great, but WWE almost always does great with video packages. The Samoan Street Fight was really just a Street Fight since there wasn’t anything themed. Though obviously, that’s for the better, things might get controversial if they tried to make it Samoan themed. But it was still a really good match, and I always like seeing someone throwing the big armchairs commentary has. Jey sniping the victory from Roman was a great turnabout, and there was great character stuff from Roman. Roman was happy they won tonight, but clearly not that happy that Jey used Roman’s title belt. It isn’t so much an “if” but “when” for the moment Roman really turns it up and brutalizes Jey to make it clear even to Jey that Roman is a Heel now.
My Score: 8.6/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 1.26.21
With Private Party earning tag title shots at No Surrender, what else does Impact do to draw interest for their ImpactPlus App special?
So we got a little bit to work with from last week. We know that Private Party will have tag title shots at No Surrender, we know Taya is hauled off to jail to write her off for 2 to 3 years at least, Fire & Flava Fest will have MC Lish and Susan is much different than Susie.
Okay so admittedly that’s not a ton to go off of, so I suppose this should be a really helpful episode of Impact! Also we get to find out exactly when Moose wants to cash in the title shot Rich offered him for Willie’s safety.
First though, the most important thing, an update on the Fire & Flava Fest:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
- Matt Cardona & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton: Cardona wins via Radio Silence – ***
- Brian Myers vs Eddie Edwards: Myers wins by DQ – * ¾
- Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb with a K vs Rosemary w/Crazzy Steve: Rosemary wins via As Above So Below – **
- Joe Doering w/ Deaner & Eric Young vs Cousin Jake: Doering wins via DVD/Short Arm Lariat – ** ¼
- Moose, Sami Callihan, Ken Shamrock & Chris Bey vs Rich Swann, Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack & Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Hurricanrana – ***
So after the main event recap from last week, we see Rich Swann head out to the ring. Swann makes the “target on my back” kind of promo, and then calls out Dreamer. He challenges Dreamer, out of respect and honor or something; giving Dreamer a title shot at No Surrender. This of course brings out the rest of the main event player heels, and they all have a solid claim. Hell, the guy who was stopping people from going out to the Parking Lot has a better claim than Dreamer.
So Sami Callihan, Chris Bey and of course, Moose, show up to make their statements. Brawl ensues, Willie Mack comes out for the save and the return from Moose taking him out, but then Ken Shamrock is a one man wrecking crew. This probably sets up a 8 man tag either tonight or next week, but I suppose it gets us….somewhere?
Matt Cardona & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton
These teams trade moments of control, which was more just seeing if Cardona and Alexander could work together; while Fulton and Ace show a level of chemistry and tag team prowess that they were starting to put together before their brief hiatus.
The Sidewalk Slam/Guillotine Leg Drop is a nice combination, but the real takeaway was that Fulton doesn’t look nearly as big against Cardona and Alexander. Fulton did have great power moments, but both Alexander and Cardona found ways to rock the big man. Madman drags Alexander into the ring, they trade blows, but Ace eventually hits a High Roundhouse to knock Alexander down. Cardona gets lifted over Ace, into Fulton, with Radio Silence; all while Alexander recovers enough to grab Ace so he can’t break up the pin.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
These AEW commercials are the same level of amateur cringe, because Tony Khan is talking. I really he didn’t make it obvious he was reading a prompter and using an acting level that even Brian Zane or the Angry Video Game Nerd would find campy.
Brian Myers vs Eddie Edwards
We get a fairly paint by numbers wrestling match, Eddie starts to out wrestle “the most professional wrestler” so it forces Myers to take a shortcut, or three.
As the match progresses we see Eddie get caught more by shortcuts than by getting outwrestled. So after a while, a man snaps. So Myers goes for the Charging Lariat, Eddie turns and goes after Myers’ face. He gauges at the eye with the tape over it, and then even goes as far as to bite Brian Myers while not letting go at the five count.
Eddie gets disqualified, Myers is crying about the attack and Eddie looks proud of himself. Maybe he’s really into the new Resident Evil vampire hot chick too?
Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb with a K vs Rosemary w/Crazzy Steve
Tenille starts off quick, all in a way to distract the referee so she can use Kaleb’s camera bag. Rosemary still kicks out. This starts out a long timeframe of Tenille staying aggressive and in control. I was generally surprised she put in the effort, but she was very frustrated that Rosemary wasn’t staying down.
Rosemary starts her comeback, Tenille manages to side step the Spear, then tries a Double Underhook move, but Rosemary counters it with her own Double Underhook, and it finally has a name! As Above So Below, wins the match for Rosemary.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
Fire and Flava Fest is…a trainwreck like expected. They run their mouths in the amusing way their characters have been built on, their catering is cheese sandwiches with the wrapper still on the cheese and it’s just sad. Nevaeh was dressed like the Stay Puft Fresh Man, they thought it was Fallah, but she and Havok clear the ring. Havok looks genuinely amused, but this segment was as cringe as expected.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
Joe Doering w/ Deaner & Eric Young vs Cousin Jake
Joe finally gets a chance to show a pinch of his amazing ability. Jake had a few opening, but never took Joe off his feet and Joe dominated more often than not. An Inverted Slingshot Elbow, the Fun Splash, and just great power moves showed off why Joe is a former 2 time Triple Crown Champion.
Death Valley Driver into a Short Arm Lariat finished off Jake, but before they Pillmanized Jake, Eric called off the dogs and dropped the Violent by Design towel on Jake. Was it an offer, or a message to stop interfering?
Moose, Sami Callihan, Ken Shamrock & Chris Bey vs Rich Swann, Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack & Trey Miguel
So Impact kept the worst of the Rascalz, and the other two become MSK. Who knows, maybe someone can teach Trey how to cut a promo and no more eggs and potatoes. He dyed his hair blonde, so I guess we can see if anything else changed eventually.
This was fast paced and had decent moments. I appreciated the callback to when Moose and Bey tagged against Rich and Willie, where Moose just clubs Chris in the chest as a tag, shoots him into the ropes and then Powerbombs him onto the prone opponent. It’s a great tandem move, that gets across a lot of personality.
As for the match, they saved the final hot tag for Trey, and then we got to see his new aggressive style against Sami Callihan. We got the signature spam from everyone, but it still came down to Sami and Trey. Sami went for his Piledriver, but Trey flipped through the lift to hit a Hurricanrana for the flash pin!
Overall Score: 7/10
After what felt like a questionable start, giving Dreamer basically the past champion’s provisional of title shots; it actually recovered fairly well. If you’ve been following Impact for more than 10 minutes, you knew the Fire & Flava Fest was going to be a shitshow, and boy was it. Tasha and Kiera are charming in their own mouthy ignorance, so they can carry a segment fairly well. We got a bunch of hints for more reveals, Beer Guns isn’t done, Trey Miguel returns (yay?) and Violent by Design sent a message.
This does a good job moving towards some of the bigger stories for No Surrender and moving forward, all while acknowledging AEW but not really using them for more than the awful commercial and a backstage segment. Plus the wrinkle in Eddie Edwards’ new approach could be interesting. Susan challenging Jordynne is pretty intriguing and starting the tension for the eventual Hawkins versus Ryder match is something I’m okay with if they build can stay clever with winks, while not relying too heavily on jabs or meta knowledge.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/26/21)
It’s a Dark Walk-Off tonight!
AEW turns Dark back up to SIXTEEN!
Dark is big, strong, and stylish! Will “Pretty” Peter Avalon win the very first Walk Off, a contest of his own creation? Or will Big Shotty shoot him down?
- Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol; Miro wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Jurassic Express wins.
- Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT; SCU wins remains a tag team.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Rey Fenix VS Baron Black; Fenix wins.
- Shanna VS KiLynn King; Shanna wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok; Baker wins.
- Abadon VS Vertvixen; Abadon wins.
- The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards; Johnson wins.
- Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne; wins.
- Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz; wins.
- Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski; wins.
- Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight; wins.
- Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure; wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol!
The Best Man and the Superbad super couple still have their Kentucky Butler for a few more weeks, so they’re going to milk this for all it’s worth! Will “Charles” be of help against the Fire of the Sun?
The bell rings and Miro circles with Fuego. They approach, Fuego avoids the roundhouse to kick back! Miro doesn’t flinch, he and Fuego circle but Fuego kicks away on the leg! Miro grabs Fuego, whips but Fuego kicks back! Miro blocks the kick, flips Fuego and CLOBBERS him! Fans rally as Miro runs and drops an elbow! Miro drags Fuego up to ROUNDHOUSE him down! Miro gets the fans fired up but he wants Charles to applaud, too. Charles applauds reluctantly, then Miro drags Fuego up to run. Fuego dropkicks a leg out! Miro hobbles, Fuego flounders but Miro drags him up, only for Fuego to dropkick the leg again! MULE KICK!
Fuego fires up and runs to tilt-o-whirl but Miro throws him away. Fuego dodges the clothesline but the rana is blocked! Miro brings Fuego up to a fireman’s carry and a BIG Samoan Drop! Miro powers up, stomps around, and hits the BEST KICK! Fuego flounders but Miro isn’t done there, because it’s GAME! OVER~! Fuego taps out to the extra deep camel clutch, Miro wins!
Winner: Miro, by submission
Miro demands his butler brush Fuego out of the ring and Charles does gently, but then Miro kicks Fuego the rest of the way. Charles is made to raise Miro’s hand in victory, but will he be able to stomach this all the way until February 3rd?
Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!
The classic combination of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are building momentum in the tag team division! Will they steamroll through Big Shotty and The Extra Talented to rise up the ranks?
The teams sort out and JB starts against Johnson. Fans rally up as the two circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Johnson wrenches out, JB rolls and pushes Johnson to ropes, but Johnson runs JB over! Things speed up, JB leaps over and comes back to run Johnson over! JB keeps moving, Johnson dodges, double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. They shake hands to show respect, then Johnson tags out to Solow. JB and Solow tie up, Solow waistlocks but JB pries free to switch. Solow bucks off the roll, JB dodges to huricanrana! JB arm-drags Solow to an armlock and holds him down. Solow gets up, JB tags Luchasaurus but Solow reverses the whip.
JB dodges the clothesline and Luchasaurus BOOTS Solow! Luchasaurus puts Solow in the corner, Solow dodges and tags in Johnson! Luchasaurus CHOPS Solow, puts Johnson in a corner but Johnson boots back! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, so Johnson dodges and runs to kick back! Luchasaurus shakes his head, Johnson dodges and runs again, but leaps into Luchasaurus’ arms for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus keeps close on Johnson, drags him up and tags in JB. Jurassic Express coordinates, scoop slam and knee-board senton! Cover, TWO! JB keeps his cool, wraps a chinlock on Johnson, but Johnson fights up.
Johnson powers JB to the corner, tags in Solow, then powers out of the headlock. Solow scoops JB, Johnson runs in, back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Solow stomps JB, drags him up and throws hands. Fans rally, Solow stomps JB to the corner and tags in Johnson. Johnson stomps JB, suplexes then covers, TWO! Johnson keeps on JB but JB hits back, Johnson CLUBS him! Tag to Solow, Solow stomps JB, then scoop slams him down. Solow runs to drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Solow drags JB up, JB hits back but Solow CLUBS him. Tag to Johnson, double whip and double elbows! Johnson covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Johnson brings JB up and tags to Solow.
Solow whips Johnson in but JB boots him! JB dodges Solow to send him into buckles, Johnson gets JB and whips him to ropes, but JB rebound LARIATS! Both men are down and fans fire up, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus KNEES Solow, boots and clotheslines Johnson then TOSSES him! Luchasaurus puts Solow in a corner for fast hands and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up, runs in at Johnson, but Johnson dumps him out! Luchasaurus drags Johnson out to a wheelbarrow and swing into the railing! Marko Stunt laughs at Johnson while Luchasaurus gets in the ring. Solow is after Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus pushes him away to then BOOT him!
Luchasaurus swings, Solow dodges and runs, into a pop-up KNEE! Choke grip, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, Johnson breaks it?! Big Shotty saves this at the last second but Luchasaurus throws him out. Tag to JB, but Johnson trips him up! Luchasaurus choke grips Johnson, brings him in, and then gets Solow in a choke grip, too! But Solow and Johnson slip out of the slams to double RAM Luchasaurus into a corner! Johnson hurries out to fetch JB and put him back in the ring. Solow drags JB up, but JB cradle counters! TWO, JB kicks low and suplexes, but Solow slips out. Johnson tags in, JB dodges him to uppercut Solow!
JB ROCKS Johnson, Solow BOOTS JB, Johnson BOMBS JB into Solow’s knees! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY and FLYING STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! JB survives but Shotty and Solow aren’t giving up yet! Fans rally up, Solow and Johnson bring JB up but JB escapes the suplex! Luchasaurus is in, HEADBUTT to Solow! JB full nelsons Johnson, TAIL WHIP to FACEBUSTER! Jurassic Express drags Solow back, SNARE TRAP! Solow taps, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
The boy and his dinosaur are rolling, but JB will be 1v1 with Dax Harwood for Dynamite! Will Dax being out of his comfort zone give Jungle Jack Perry the advantage?
Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT!
Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels are still on their tag title or bust journey! If they lose, they’re done! Will Terrell and Terrence Hughes blow SCU apart?
The teams sort out and the Heavy Metal Rebel starts with Terrell. They tie up, go around, and Kaz gets a waistlock then a drop toehold. Kaz shifts to a headlock, Terrell fights up, and Terrell tries to power out but Kaz holds on tight. Terrell fights back up, throws body shots, and back suplexes, only for Kaz to land on his feet. Kaz CHOPS Terrell, whips, but Terrell reverses. Kaz goes up and over, runs to duck and dodge, then blocks a hip toss to give a hip toss! Kaz keeps on the arm but Terrell endures. Terrell fights up, Kaz tags Daniels, and SCU crisscross Terrell, wrench him down, kick, clothesline and double stomp!
Daniels drags Terrell back up, bumps him off buckles, then elbows him in the back. Daniels whips Terrell to ropes but Terrell dodges then fakes out the calf kick! Tag to Terrence and he CLOBBERS Daniels! Daniels goes to a corner but Terrence rams his shoulder in. Terrence whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in but Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels feeds Terrence to Kaz’s boots then tags Kaz in. SCU double whips, body shot and rolling neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool, brings Terrence up and CHOPS him to a corner! Kaz brings Terrence up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaz drags Terrence up, puts him in the corner and tags in Daniels.
SCU whips Terrence out then into the corner, gamangiri to atomic drop! Daniels goes up, springboard crossbody and leg sweep combo! Cover, TWO! Daniels grows annoyed but he CHOPS Terrence down again. Daniels clubs Terrence, whips him to ropes, but Terrence reverses. Daniels dodges and crossbodies but into Terrence’s arms! For a POWERSLAM! Terrence’s arms hold him back but he tags Terrell in. Terrell throws haymakers, rams his shoulders into Daniels at a corner, then CHOPS him! Daniels is stinging but Terrell stands him up to CHOP again! Terrell TOSSES Daniels, covers, TWO! Terrell grows frustrated now as he drags Daniels up.
Tag to Terrence, Team TNT whips Daniels in, then Terrell whips Terrence in for a shoulder ram! Terrell adds a forearm smash, then Team TNT double Japanese arm-drags Daniels! Cover, TWO! Terrence brings Daniels up, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Terrence drags Daniels up, tags Terrell back in, and then Terrence scoop slams Daniels. Terrell uses Terrence as a weapon, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY onto Daniels! Cover, TWO! Tag to Terrence, Team TNT coordinate to drop ax handles on Daniels’ arm! Terrence drags Daniels up to ROCK with haymakers! Terrence suplexes but Daniels cradle counters, TWO! Daniels catches Terrence for an EXPLODER!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Daniels and Terrence crawl, hot tags to Terrell and Kaz! Kaz rallies on Terrell then whips, but Terrell reverses, only for Kaz to forearm! Kaz mule kicks and CLOBBERS Terrence, then scoops Terrell for a slam! Kaz springboards for the LEG DROP! Fans fire up as Kaz brings Terrell over. Tag to Daniels, SCU double whips to double hip toss into the POWREBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Terrence breaks it! Team TNT regroups, Kaz tags in but so does Terrence. Kaz ROCKS Terrence but Terrence ROCKS Kaz back! Kaz ROCKS Terrence again, then ducks the haymaker, but Terrence bucks the O’Conner roll while Terrell tags in!
Team TNT coordinates, FLYING LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives but Terrence tags back in. Team TNT mugs Kaz in the corner, the ref counts but Daniels gets in to throw hands. Terrell rocks Daniels back, Terrence keeps on Kaz! Team TNT coordinates, they whip SCU at each other, but Daniels reverses, only for Terrell to send Kaz into him after all! But Daniels disrupts the 3D with an STO! Kaz sunset flips Terrell, Terrell stays up but Kaz avoids the punch! Daniels BOOTS Terrell, Kaz gut wrenches, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)
And the journey continues! The Addiction hasn’t lost so they aren’t calling it quits! Will this motivation help them make it all the way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro!
Eddie Kingston’s Fam have been working to get up the tag team ranks, though Death Triangle and Lance Archer have been after them. Will Butcher and Blade be caught off guard while having to watch their backs?
The teams sort out and Blade goes right after Navarro! M’Badu protests but the ref keeps him back as Blade stomps Navarro to the ropes. Blade brings Navarro up to whip and CLOBBER him! Now the jacket comes off, and Bunny Allie distracts the ref with her high pitch squealing as Blade uses the jacket to CHOKE Navarro! Blade drags Navarro up to scoop, then he tags in Butcher. They combine for the leg drop sidewalk slam! Butcher drags Navarro up, pump handles and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! And then a SLAM! Navarro flounders out of the ring but now Butcher distracts the ref so Allie can go after Navarro!
The Bunny is rabid but she laughs as she frolics away and Blade puts Navarro in. Butcher drags Navarro up and bumps him off buckles to then tag in Blade. They double headbutt Navarro, and then do it again! Blade digs his knee into Navarro’s face, Bunny mocks his pain, and Butcher drags Navarro up. Butcher tags in, he and Blade coordinate, POWERBOMB SLAM! Cover, M’Badu breaks it! Bunny protests but Butcher tosses Navarro over. M’Badu tags in, circles with Butcher as fans rally up, but Butcher powers M’Badu back to a corner. Butcher CHOPS, forearms, repeat! Butcher whips corner to corner, M’Badu reverses and hits a BIG splash!
M’Badu throws hands now, fires up, then runs corner to corner for another big splash! M’Badu scoops, Butcher slips out to kick and CLOBBER him! Tag to Blade, they drag M’Badu up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher & Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Another team was put on the chopping block and they got cut to pieces! Will Kingston’s family continue to carve a path of destruction right to the top of the tag division?
Rey Fenix VS Baron Black!
Speaking of Death Triangle, the Firebird is staying sharp as he flies solo! Will Fenix burn up the #EmpBruh on his way to Beach Break?
The bell rings, fans rally up as Fenix and Baron circle. The two tie up, Fenix wrenches, then wrenches again, but Baron wrenches out to wristlock. Fenix rolls under to get a trip up and cover, TWO! Baron has the cover, ONE! Fenix is after a leg but Baron gets the ropebreak. The ref counts and fans cheer as the two get up. Fenix and Baron stare down before they circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Fenix hits low then wrenches to a wristlock. Fenix steps over, ties Baron up in a cobra twist, but Baron hip tosses free! Fenix lands on his feet, Baron gets around to roll him up, TWO! Fenix kips up and there’s another standoff!
Fenix offers a handshake but Baron leaves him hanging. Baron gives a push, Fenix pushes back. Baron offers the handshake now, but Fenix takes it, only for Baron to SLAP him! Fenix snarls and swings, but Baron dodges to CHOP! Baron fires up but Fenix CHOPS him back! Baron puts Fenix in a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up, up, but into an ATOMIC DROP to an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fenix hurries out of the ring but Baron pursues. Baron drags Fenix up and POSTS him! Fans jeer as Baron drags Fenix up and puts him in the ring. Fans rally up, Baron stalks Fenix but Fenix kicks from the mat. Baron stomps Fenix, grabs at legs but Fenix kicks back!
Fenix kicks more but Baron CHOPS! Fenix kicks, kicks and KICKS! Baron hobbles up, Fenix kicks again but into a DRAGON SCREW! And a HALF CRAB! Baron gets both legs, shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fenix endures, pops out, covers, TWO! Baron gets up fast but Fenix CHOPS him again! Fenix puts Baron in a corner, ROCKS him with a forearm then CHOPS him again! Fenix wrenches, whips but Baron reverses HARD! And then whips HARD the other way! And the other way again! Atomic Drop to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Fenix as he survives and crawls to a corner. Baron keeps his cool and walks over, blocks the kicks, and he yanks Fenix up into a bomb lift!
Fenix fights out, CHOPS and CHOPS, then runs, only to be thrown to the ramp! Fenix rolls back to his feet, ROCKS Baron back, then springboard SOBATS! Fans fire up as Fenix builds speed, dodges, tiger feint to HEEL KICK! Baron is dazed, Fenix aims from a corner, Fenix runs in to go up, around, but Baron throws him over! Fenix gets a leg, drags Baron down and hooks the legs up, MUDA LOCK! Baron endures as Fenix bends him way back! Baron crawls, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fenix lets go but follows Baron to a corner. Fenix CHOPS again, and CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Baron CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS!
Fenix staggers, Baron brings down the straps but the CHOPS keep flying back and forth! Faster and faster, Fenix gets the edge, but Baron dodges then follows to get around, SNAP GERMAN! Baron drags Fenix up to a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Baron has the legs, ties the legs up, CLOVERLEAF! Fenix endures, crawls, hits Baron’s legs, then turns over to get Baron’s arms! Baron lifts but Fenix goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Baron runs into a SUPERKICK! Fenix goes up top to moonsault! Baron moves but Fenix just somersaults back into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!? Fenix drags Baron up, fireman’s carry, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Baron Black brought his game to a new level, but it still wasn’t enough to extinguish the Firebird! Will Fenix be on fire going towards the Beach Break trios main event?
Shanna VS KiLynn King!
Portugal’s Perfect Athlete is building power and rising up the ranks, but she still has a long way to go before the top. Will she be able to trump the would-be King?
The bell rings and Shanna circles with King. They tie up as fans rally and go around. Shanna arm-drags King down, King gets up and breaks free, and the two circle again. They tie up again, King puts Shanna on ropes then whips but Shanna handsprings! Shanna slips around to arm-drag and arm-drag! Shanna runs to huricanrana then enziguri! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps focus on King, throws forearms at the ropes, then whips her to ropes. King reverses, Shanna becomes Spider-Woman! King runs in but Shanna drops and King tumbles out of the ring! Shanna builds speed but King trips her up to drag her out! King goes to bump Shanna off apron but Shanna does it first!
Shanna spins King around on the apron to hit a ROLLING ELBOW! Shanna gets in but King body shots and forearms! King keeps Shanna in the ropes to then swing and HOTSHOT her! Cover, TWO! King grows frustrated and she drags Shanna up to buckle bump her. King CHOPS, CHOPS and stomps Shanna down! The ref counts, King stops, but then King rolls and runs to METEORA! King drags Shanna to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up while King keeps her cool, and she drags Shanna into the dragon sleeper! Shanna is fading! Fans rally up, Shanna gets a second wind and throws knees!
King CLUBS Shanna, inverted suplex, but Shanna slips around to a sleeper hold! It’s a standing dragon sleeper! King RAMS Shanna into buckles and is free. King runs back in but Shanna dodges and King hits buckles! Shanna CHOPS, CLUBS and fires off on King! Shanna rolls, runs and ROCKS King with another forearm! Shanna keeps moving and hits a LEAPING LARIAT, to a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! King survives and Shanna is shocked! Shanna fires up and fans rally behind her. Shanna brings King up but King ROCKS her back! King throws more forearms, whips her to a corner, but Shanna reverses. King ROUNDHOUSES back, then slips out to the apron.
King fires up, climbs up, but Shanna SHORYUKENS! Shanna spins King around into a Tree of Woe and KICKS her in the back! Shanna climbs, King sits up, WOE STOMPS! Shanna powers up, runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS at the ropes! TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Shanna’s power levels are rising even higher now! But will she be OVER 9000 as she heads after the top rankings?
Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok!
The Doctor is in, and finally back in the ring! She has to be sharp if she’s going to take on Thunder Rosa at Beach Break! Will Britt break in Brooke Havok as she debuts in AEW?
The bell rings and Britt doesn’t even take Brooke that seriously as they circle. They tie up, and Britt throws Brooke down hard! Brooke checks her teeth but Britt just brushes herself off. Britt drags Brooke up but Brooke shoves Britt away. They circle again, tie up, and Britt wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Fans rally, Britt hammerlocks then headlocks then hits the takeover. Brooke headscissors but Britt shakes that off to keep on the head. Brooke fights up, pries free and then gets a headlock of her own. Brooke throws Britt but Britt gets the headscissors! Britt squeezes tight, Brooke tires to get free but Britt uses leverage to crank on the head.
Brooke moves around, Britt counters that to a grounded suplex, and gets up to suplex again! One and a half amigas, basically. Britt blows a kiss to the camera and Rebel’s cohost laugh returns. Britt drags Brooke back up, but Brooke throws a forearm! And then SLAPS Britt! Britt storms over, Brooke dodges and whips but Britt reverses, only for Brooke to tilt-o-whirl headscissors and dropkick! Britt wobbles as Brooke goes up top but Britt hits ropes to trip her up! Britt then YANKS Brooke off the ropes, stomps away on the legs, and steps through for an ANKLE LOCK! Britt keeps the leg trapped before she gives Brooke the SURFBOARD STOMP!
Rebel gives Britt the medical glove, Britt clamps onto Brooke, for the LOCKJAW!! Brooke taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The Role Model gives Brooke her very first loss in pro-wrestling, because this was Brooke’s very first match ever! Will Brooke learn a lot from this debut?
Santana and Ortiz speak.
“It’s the time of year where it’s the popular type of trend to say ‘New year, new me.'” But the fact is, Santana and Ortiz have had their eyes on the prize the entire time. For all those teams who have been asleep, wake up and smell the coffee. It’s their time to eat. This is fair warning, so beware.
Abadon VS Vertvixen!
The Living Dead Girl is back! And though she isn’t AEW Women’s Champion, the chase is never over! Will Abadon haunt Vertvixen’s nightmares as she chases a golden dream?
The bell rings and Abadon goes right after Vert! Vert manages to get away as the ref reprimand Abadon, but Abadon runs in to RAM Vert in the corner! And again and again! Abadon lets off to then hit a METEORA! Vert flounders around, Abadon drags Vert up but Vert jawbreakers! Abadon wobbles but stays up to stare at her with those soulless eyes. Vert hits a forearm but Abadon BACK HANDS her! Abadon whips Vert but Vert hits back with forearms! Abadon clinches and knees Vert over and over! Abadon whips, Vert sunset flips but Abadon punches right out! Abadon sits Vert up to STOMP her down!
The ref is too scared to reprimand, but Abadon drags Vert up by her hair. Abadon CLUBS Vert, and again, and again! Fans rally but Abadon whips Vert. Vert stops herself to BOOT back! Vert runs in, into a FISHERMAN EXPLODER! Abadon sits up and dribbles Vert off the mat over and over! The ref tries to reprimand but Abadon scares him more. Abadon drags Vert up, reels her in to a Gory Bomb, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Vert ended up with more than a chill up her spine, and Abadon continues to creep her way up the ranks. Will Abadon return to the title picture to haunt Hikaru Shida all over again?
The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards!
The Pageant Provocation has taken a new form! Avalon challenged Big Shotty to this contest of style and grace, but will he end up the one losing?
The judges are already on stage as Justin Roberts introduces the concept’s rules. The three “pretty” judges will watch as each man, with one stylish outfit each, will take 10 steps down the runway, pose, then walk back those 10 steps. The winner will be determined by Brandi, Jerry and Aubrey. But then Avalon walks out and wants Justin to let him handle those introductions himself. Obviously we have Brandi Rhodes, who was an international model on magazine covers, and now is a pregnant mother to be. Avalon believes that makes her a MILF: A Mother I’d Like to Forget. Then there’s Aubrey Edwards, AEW’s premier female referee, but wait shouldn’t she be in the Kentucky Derby? And lastly, Jerry F’N Lynn! He’s like Spinal Tap, brings it to an 11, he is beautiful. Avalon’s standards are weird.
But anyway, with Avalon out here, Big Shotty makes his entrance! Despite the loss earlier tonight, Johnson cleans up nice in his suit, slacks and shoes. Johnson will start us off with his 10 step strut on the red carpet. He hits the pose, does a spin even, and then walks back up the red carpet. Fans are on his side, but the judges give their scores. Aubrey has a 9, Brandi has a 9, and Jerry has a 9! All nines across the board, so Avalon will have to get at least one 10 to win.
Avalon takes off the robe to show off his own shining smoking jacket. PPA struts his stuff, stutters a step, but strikes the pose and unbuttons the jacket. Avalon struts his way back, and now for the judges’ scores. Aubrey says a 9, Brandi says a 9. And Jerry says a… Wait, he wants a replay? The production team puts it on the titantron, and yes, Jerry saw it, too! The stutter step! That will have to affect his scoring. Jerry hates to do this, but it’s not a 9, but a 6!! Johnson wins!!
Winner: Lee Johnson
Avalon is furious that he lost his own concept! And then CEZAR BONONI shows up to DECK Johnson!? Avalon likes that! Avalon adds on stomps but Jerry Lynn steps up to defend Johnson! PPA may be a sore loser, but will Big Shotty get payback for that cheap shot?
Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna!
Despite being the tag team Chris Jericho brought to AEW, Proud ‘n’ Powerful did NOT win the Inner Circle Triple Threat Tag Challenge! Will they vent their frustrations out on the Priest of Sin and the Real Man of Steel?
The teams sort out, and Verna insists he start. Ryzin reluctantly accepts, and Verna circles with Ortiz. They tie up, Verna headlocks but Ortiz powers out. They ram shoulders, both men stay up so Ortiz dropkicks Verna down! Ortiz baits Verna in, to spin him and hit a backbreaker! Ortiz hits a HALF HATCH, then he runs in at the corner to splash! Tag to Santana, Ortiz whips Santana in for the uppercut! Santana brings Verna up to suplex high and hard! Fans rally as Santana CHOPS Verna! And KICKS him! Santana drags Verna up, tags in Ortiz, and PNP mug Verna on the ropes. They whip, Verna reverses, rocks Santana but Ortiz dodges! Santana fireman’s carries, Ortiz runs in, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER COMBO! Santana DECKS Ryzin while Ortiz covers, PNP wins!!
Winners: Santana & Ortiz, by pinfall
That win was faster than a speeding bullet! But sadly, being the fifth ranked team in AEW doesn’t matter anymore if #Y2MJF is the official team of the Inner Circle. Will Santana and Ortiz take out every other tag team to prove a point to Jericho?
Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne!
The Brazilian blackbelt continues to hang out with The Dark Order, but has she officially joined up yet? Can she convince AEW’s new arrival to #JoinDarkOrder?
Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz!
Number 10 was just as disappointed as the rest of the Dark Order when Hangman Page chose NOT to #JoinDarkOrder, but you can’t dwell on the past! Will Vance move forward and perhaps even convince his opponent to sign up in Hangman’s place?
Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski!
Things have been bittersweet for Red Velvet lately, but there’s always a chance to rebound! Will Velvet be serving up a fresh L tonight?
Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight!
The Samoan Dragon and the Boricuan Spider are 1v1 for the first time in AEW! Which bright young star shines brighter in the Dark?
Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure!
La Sicaria and the Cuban Diamond have been running strong as a tag team, but it’s back to singles actions for tonight. Will Ivelisse be better than her #TopTier opponent?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick!
Team Taz’s Machine and Absolute are going to take on Darby Allin and Sting in a Tag Team Street Fight at AEW Revolution, but the rest of the team is still pursuing the top spots! Will the Powerhouse pulverize his opponent to prove he’s worthy of the upper ranks?
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