This is it, folks, this is the final day of All Japan’s Champion Carnival where we will find out who will be the winner of this year’s tournament. It’s been a solid tournament but we have to bring it to a close and I’ll be covering the whole show instead of just the final match.
Who will win the Carnival and who will face Suwama for the Triple Crown Championship?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
JIN (Koji Iwamoto & Jake Lee) & TAJIRI vs. Atsuki Aoyagi, Black Menso-re, & Takao Omori
Review: We open things up with a six-man tag match with members of JIn, Jake Lee, and the Junior Heavyweight Champion, Koji Iwamoto teaming up with TAJIRI take on Stsuki Aoyagi, Black Menso-re, and Takao Omori. This is considered the prelude to the upcoming Junior Heavyweight Championship match between Koji and Aoyagi, seeing who will get momentum leading into the match. Who will go into the title match strong?
This match is as basic as you can get with everyone getting a minute or two to get some action in. TAJIRI and Menso’s encounter with each other was more comical than anything else, even TAJIRI giving him the ol’ spankaroo to had some humiliation to Menso. For Atsuki and Koji, their encounter was brief but it was enough to make you want more when they would eventually fight for the championship in the upcoming month. After a Dropkick from Atsuki, Menso would get back in the ring to try and get a pin on Koji but he kicked out. Menso and Takao would charge at Koji in the turnbuckle for more damage but Menso-re would mess it up for his team when he’s caught with the Koko no Geijutsu by Koji, getting the pinfall victory. Wasn’t perfect but did its job with hyping up the title match and Atsuki has a chance to shine, win or lose.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Tag Team Match
Hikaru Sato & Ryuki Honda vs. Osamu Nishimura & Ryuji Hijikata
Review: Time for our next match as we start off with a tag team match between Hikaru Sato and Ryuki Honda taking Osamu Nishimura and Ryuji Hijikata. This is more of an exhibition tag match to get the crowd invested. Which one of these teams will win?
Ryuji and Hikaru had a nice little back and forth exchange with some strikes to start things off and Hikaru getting stiff kicks in. This lead to Osamu and Ryuki getting tagged in to have a turn. Ryuki was from Wrestle-1 and was holding his ground against the vet with some forearms before being hit with an uppercut. Osamu hits an Underhook Suplex before tagging Ryuji back into the ring to try and get some moves in. Ryuki gets a shot of energy into him and hits an elbow onto him. Ryuki attempts to go for the Backdrop but Ryuji held his own until Hikaru hits an Enziguri onto him, giving Ryuki a chance to hit a Back Suplex and Ryuji kicked out. Ryuki hits a German Suplex and once Ryuji kicked out, he had his arm in an Armbar before turning it into a Cross Armbreaker, leaving Ryuki no choice but to tap out. Much like the previous match with it being under five minutes, there were just no stakes on this one and just existed.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters
Six Man Tag Team Match
Chikara, Yoshitatsu & Yusuke Okada vs. Ishikiri, Ryouji Sai & So Daimonji
Review: Time for more six-man tag action as Yoshitatsu’s Kingdom is taking on people from Land’s End, Ryouji Sai, Ihikiri, and So Daimonji. The two have been having a sort of a small rivalry and let’s see how it develops after this match. Does Yoshi’s Kingdom stay intact?
Daimonji and Yusuke started off with a small little sequence, leaving Okada to get him down, causing him to tag Ryouji to get tagged in as Okada tagged Chikara in. Chikara just has this angry little face, thinking he could scare people and he just fails at that while being over the top with the screaming for no reason. His chops had no effect and it leads to Ryouji to slap him to get him down. After a few kicks to Chikara by Ryouji, he would tag Ishikiri in as he hits Chikara with a Steamroller before topping it off with a Moonsault. Least this match wasn’t under five minutes like the previous two and were able to get more in this time around without having to rush it.
After being beaten down for about half of the match, Chikara would hit Ryouji with a boot before hitting a weak Lariat, being able to tag in Yoshitatsu as he delivered some kicks into Ryouji, Ryouji was able to catch Yoshi to toss him over before tagging in Ishikiri, climbing to the top rope and hits a Missle Dropkick. Yoshi was able to catch Ishikiri with the Kitchen Sink and instead of tagging Okada back in, he tags in Chikara, screaming with all his might while getting into the ring. Chikara hits Ishikiri with chops while he responds with forearms but Chikara hits a Brainbuster for a two count. Land’s End team would beat Chikara down and Ishikiri has time to go up top for a Senton Bomb but Yoshi and Okada broke the count. Ishikiri goes up top to attempt a Moonsault but Chikara rolls out of the way, leading Okada to forearm Ishikiri, and Yoshi hits the Codebreaker of Jericho to get him down. Chikara goes up top to hit the Saber Chop on Ishikiri, getting the pinfall victory for his team!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Six Man Tag Team Match
Purple Haze (Izanagi, Shigehiro Irie & UTAMARO) vs. Akira Francesco, Jiro ‘Ikemen’ Kuroshio & Rising HAYATO
Review: Time for more six-man tag action with Purple Haze taking on Rising HAYATO, Akira Francesco, and Jiro Kuroshio. Since Kento and Zeus our fighting in the main event, it’s fitting that their teammates take on each other before the match would happen. Will Purple Haze stand tall or does Kento’s buddies come out the victor?
Purple Haze wasted no time and attacked Jiro and the others before the bell would ring. It doesn’t last long as Irie tossed Jiro over but catches Izanagi with a Dropkick and goes to hit Irie with a Headscissor and a Superkick. Jiro ran the ropes and is caught by Irie as he hits a beautiful Blackhole Slam but Jiro kicked out at two, quite the explosive way to start this match off, I like it. Akira and UTAMARO get tagged in now to change it up with Akira hitting UTAMARO with a Dropkick after a Wheelbarrel Armdrag as UTAMARO stopped Akira by raking his eyes and hitting a Back Suplex, tagging Izanagi in to regroup. Akira ducks the Lariat and jumped over him for a takedown and tags in HAYATO.
HAYATO charges at Izanagi with an elbow into the turnbuckle and tops it with a Bulldog while looking quite impressive with his physique and agility. 1akira and HAYATO double team Izanagi with a Double Dropkick and Purple Haze broke it up during the pinfall, leading to all of them attacking Jiro mostly. Jiro gets tossed into the ropes as he jumped over to do a Springboard Dropkick onto Irie and UTAMARO to get them down before jumping over the ropes, flipping on top of them to get them down. Izanagi hits a beautiful Buzzsaw kick onto Akira to take him out while Irie hits a Cannonball onto HAYATO, giving Izanagi the pin but kicked out! Izanagi tosses Akira into his partner but HAYATO tosses him over to let him land on the apron, Superkicks Izanagi while Akira hits the Meteora, leading to HAYATO pinning him Jackknife style and gets the victory! Because of this win, HAYATO and Akira are set to challenge Izanagi and Zeus for the All Asia Tag Team Championship!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Enfants Terribles (Hokuto Omori, Kuma Arashi & Shotaro Ashino) defeat Evolution (Dan Tamura & Suwama) & Shuji Ishikawa
Review: Our final six-man tag match of the evening as we have the World Tag Team Champions, Violence Giant teaming up with Dam Tamura as they take on members of Enfants Terribles, Shotaro Ashino. Kuma Arashi, and Hokuto Omori. A World Tag Team Championship Match was scheduled for later on in the month, so we could find out who will be challenging the champions after this match is over. Will Enfants defeat Evolution to get back on track or do they lose again?
Shuji and Kuma start the match off by tackling each other, both of them hitting a shoulder tackle with the other hitting the ropes to hit one back as it would go back and forth for a moment until Shuji was able to get Kuma down. We get a tag with Hokuto and Dan coming into the ring to showcase the younger talent of the groups, which was fairly even with the two able to show how much they’ve grown as competitors but Dan was able to Scoop Slam Hokuto down as Violence Giant take out the Enfants members, leaving Hokuto to fend for himself. Little miscommunication here when Shuji accidentally hits Suwama with a Lariat as the two argue enough for Enfants Terribles to get back into the ring to throw them out while Hokuto hits a Reverse STO on Dan after raking his eyes. Hokuto seems a lot more comfortable in the heel role and really does have the potential to be a great worker in the upcoming years if he continues to improve.
It’s Shotaro’s turn to get some abuse in on Dan as he applies the Stretch Muffle onto his leg, trying to get him to tap but Dan gets to the ropes in time to break the hold. Ashino delivers some forearms into the corner and once he ran towards him, Dan kicks his face and jumps the second top to hit a shoulder tackle, giving himself room to breathe as he tagged in Suwama! Looks like Suwama’s arm is doing better as he starts cleaning the house, and hitting a shoulder tackle onto Shotaro after blocking his Lariat. Suwama calls for the Last Ride but Kuma hits his back before he could try to lift Ashino as the two now attack his back until Suwama hits them both with his two-handed chops, topping it off with a Lariat to take them both down. Shotaro ducks a Lariat to hit a German Suplex as he tags Kuma in, lifting him up for a Samoan Drop, and tops it off with a Senton as Suwama kicked out. Shuji gets tagged in now as he tosses Kuma into the corner to slam into him, throwing him down as he does to the top to hit his Double Stomp but Kuma kicked out at two. The two Lariat each other but nobody seems to be going down until Kuma hits Shuji with a Brainbuster, which Shuji gets up right away to hit the TSUNAMI. Dan gets tagged in, Lariats Kuma into the corner, and was able to hit a shoulder tackle on top of it. Dan lifts Kuma up for the Gutwrench Suplex but Kuma kicked out at two! Kuma ducked the Lariat and hits a Diving Body Press as he almost had it but Suwama broke the count, leading to Ashino to apply the Ankle Lock on Suwama to get him out of the way. Kuma climbs to the top rope to hit the Diving Senton, getting the victory for his team! Because of this, Shotaro Ashino and Kuma Arash challenge Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa for the World Tag Team Championships.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Yuma Aoyagi vs. Koji Doi
Review: Our first singles match of the night and our semi-main event as we have Yuma Aoyagi taking on Enfants Terribles member, Koji Doi. Koji has been considered a little bully to Yuma since he’s arrived in All Japan, even getting a small undefeated streak going into the match. Yuma has a chance to get some payback and maybe a future title match with momentum. Will Yuma defeated the undefeated Koji or will he lose?
Soon as the bell rang, Yuma hits Koji with the Dropkick, sending him outside of the ring as Yuma would follow him out to attack him more. Pent up aggression from Yuma for the time’s Koji has harassed him and it’s now coming back to bite Koji in the ass while he’s being tossed into the guardrails. Once back in the ring, Koji delivers a hard slap to Yuma’s face and was able to take him down, getting some control into the match now. For those not familiar with Koji, his work in Wrestle-1 has been top-notch while showing he can be a beast for someone of his size, and being one of the more agile wrestlers in the group. Koji goes back to taunting him by putting his foot on his body, pressing down on it, giving him Headlocks to do some damage to his head, and just gaining confidence over Yuma since he hasn’t lost yet in All Japan and wants to take down someone that’s considered one of their top guys (sorta).
Yuma tries to fight back after kicking Koji’s face but once he went for the Dropkick, Koji swept his legs to make him fall down. Koji tosses Yuma into the ropes but reverses it to try and hit a Dropkick as Koji held onto the ropes to stop himself, leaving Koji laughing but Yuma eventually hits the Dropkick this time. Yuma gets tossed into the ropes, jumping onto the ropes to hit a Springboard Crossbody before climbing to the top rope and hits another Crossbody as Koji kicked out at two. Yuma’s in the corner as he tries to kick Koji but his leg is caught and met with another slap to the face while he climbed the top rope, having his knee on the back of his head as he dropped him down. Koji attempts a Brainbuster but Yuma reverses it into a Small Package for a kickout out as Yuma hits a superkick. Once Koji kicked out, Yuma applies a Guillotine Headlock onto him and while he was turning it into the Endgame, Koji had his foot on the rope to break the hold. Yuma blocks the first Lariat but is caught with the second one as Koji would lift him up for the Brainbuster and it connects but Yuma kicked out at two, leaving Koji shocked! Koji misses the Lariat again, leaving Yuma to hit the German Suplex for a two count but he quickly applies the End Game as Yuma defeats Koji to get the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Champion Carnival Final Match
Kento Miyahara vs. Zeus
Review: It’s time for our main event as it is now time to cover the Champion Carnival with A Block winner, Zeus taking on the winner of B Block, Kento Miyahara. This is Kento’s third consecutive year in the finals where he won it last year and this will be Zeus’ second time in the finals with his first time being in 2016, which he lost. Zeus has lost to Kento the last couple of times and is now ready to try and avenge his last few losses to him. Who will win the Champion Carnival 2020?
Starting things off nice and slow with some chain wrestling and when they were able to kick it up a notch, Zeus gets him down for a shoulder tackle and would quickly go in for the Facelock but Kento quickly gets out of the ring to break the hold as Zeus follows him to attack him outside. Kento turned it around by hitting Zeus with a headbutt a couple of times to weaken the almighty one. Instead of using the bottom post, Kento would get rid of the padding of the top turnbuckle post and chokes Zeus onto the exposed bar, taunting the crown until the referee would pull him off. Kento is being cocky here but he’s also very focused in this match since a win here means he’ll be one step closer to getting his championship back. It’s now Zeus’ turn to get a little bit of a comeback as he hits a Flying Clothesline to get Kento down before having him out of the ring as he now attacks him outside for some payback.
If you remember what Kento and Zeus said to each other once Kento defeated Zeus to win back the championship, he said they would help raise All Japan together. If you look at Kento’s best opponents in AJPW, you’re gonna see Zeus as one of them as the two delivered another classic here while bringing out the best of each other to make each match feel like the main event of the highest caliber. You can’t go wrong with either and this match topped the match they had two years ago in October for the belt. It looked like Kento was attempting a Brainbuster but Zeus gets closer to the ropes to toss him over before delivering a stiff chop to Kento. Zeus ran towards Kento but is met with a big boot and a DDT onto the apron. Kento quickly gets back onto the apron to try and hit the Piledriver and as Zeus was struggling, he finally gets him over to hit the Kryptonite Krunch on the apron as both men go down! Kento slowly makes his way back in the ring as Zeus was standing on the ropes, lifting him over the ropes for a Brainbuster, shades of Cesaro! Zeus Lariats Kento into the corner, only to be met with a Blackout in the other corner, the two exchanging strikes to one another as Kento attempts a Blackout but Zeus catches his leg for a Lariat and when he attempts the Jackhammer, Kento reversed into a Brainbuster as the two are down again.
Kento calls for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold but Zeus breaks the grip and hits Kento with another Lariat. Zeus climbs to the top rope and hits the Frog Splash but Kento had his knees up before he could connect, hurting themselves in the process. Kento hits a Blackout and a German Suplex before he attempts the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again, getting the grip on and lifted him for a second before Zeus powers out of it last minute and hits a Dropkick! Zeus was now on top of Kento, delivering brutal forearms to his head to apply more damage to his head before getting off him. Zeus attempts a Lariat but Kento got behind him to roll him up for the European Clutch as Zeus kicked out and immediately applies the Facelock on Kento! Zeus has it locked-in and Kento could tap out right here but Zeus lets go of the hold once Kento was passed out since it seems he doesn’t wanna beat him that way. Zeus calls for the Jackhammer again but Kento fights off to hit a Blackout and hits another one to get him down. Kento is fired up as he goes for the Shutdown Gemrna Suplex Hold one more time as it connects with the referee going for the cover but Zeus kicked out! Zeus was able to kick out as many were unable to do except a certain few! Kento goes for it again but Zeus powers out of it to be met with a Blackout as Zeus bounced the ropes to hit another Lariat! Zeus hits one more Lariat as Kento kicked out but Zeus would pick him up to hit the Jackhammer and we have a winner!
The mad lad has done it, Zeus is your Champion Carnival winner! This is his first time winning the tournament and he is now set to challenge Suwama for the Triple Crown Championship on October 17th. The two fought in the Carnival with Zeus making him tap in five minutes but now that his arm seems to be healed, will we get a different outcome or will Zeus be able to win the Triple Crown Championship for a second time. Huge win for Zeus as he really needed this more than Kento, hopefully, he’ll have a proper reign this time around if he wins. Congratulations to Zeus!
Rating: Jim Cornette
Overall: We get the best AJPW match of the year so far and a very solid show right on top of it. A very satisfying Carnival with a fantastic final to top it off with the right man winning. Jake was my original choice but at the end of the day, Zeus needed this more. Can’t wait to see the match take place and hopefully, we’ll have a new champion. Thank you all for joining me in this tournament!
Favorite Match: Kento Miyahara vs. Zeus
Least Favorite Match: Hikaru Sato & Ryuki Honda vs. Osamu Nishimura & Ryuji Hijikata
Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.9.2021
All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!
All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!
Now I haven’t kept close eyes on the product last few months, because personally, they weren’t grabbing my interest post Quarantine Comeback. But since my Puro Patronus Mathew Sarpraicone is having some computer issues, I guess I’m covering the first couple of these!
Let’s see how the tournament starts!
- Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi: Ishikawa wins via Thesz Press @9:09 – ** ½
- Suwama vs Kohei Sato: Sato wins via German Suplex Hold @10:49 – ***
- Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani: Otani wins via Overhand Chop @9:51 – *** ¼
- Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino: Jake wins via D4C @3:44 – **
- Zeus vs Kento Miyahara: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @18:16 – **** ¼
Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi
Doi is the least recognized name in the tournament this year, and last I was aware of his was during the closure of Wrestle-1. Most of his success has come in the tag team division, but he’s no real slouch. Interestingly, Ishikawa is the newest Gaora TV Champion, but also was tied heavily to Suwama and their Violence Giant tag team.
We see Doi come out fast trying to throw Ishikawa into the corners and take him off his base. Ishikawa towers over Doi, so Doi was underneath, literally and figuratively the entire match. As Ishikawa hit most of his signature spots, including the Mushroom Stomp from the middle rope, Doi had a moment where he locked in the Rings of Saturn; but Ishikawa is just too big.
As Doi tried to keep the pressure up, rope runs, big strikes, Murder Lariat attempts from Doi but Ishikawa stifles the surge with a Fire/Thunder Driver. They both stumble up, run the ropes a bit trading lariats and charges, Ishikawa jumps, hits a Thesz Press and manages to keep Doi down for the 3 count!
Suwama vs Kohei Sato
An early card match gives us the Triple Crown champion against one of his more recent challengers! Falling short for the Triple Crown a few months ago, Sato has a little bit to prove.
The match opens as a slugfest, Suwama gets the best of things and rides the power advantage over Sato for a long time. Sato is taller than Suwama but Suwama is more powerful and controlled the pacing. Things went to the outside and the former Violence Giant kept up to the name.
When the match came back in to the ring Suwama looks to try and finish things, goes for the Rolling Lariat, but it gets blocked. Sato starts fighting back, hits a Falcon Arrow for a near fall, and then Suwama starts looking like he’s in trouble. Suwama hits the Double Chop comeback, and tries a Powerbomb, but Sato blocks it, Sato goes for a Powerbomb, but Suwama blocks it. The power struggle is tangible, but Suwama seems to be losing some of the back and forth. Sato rocks Suwama, locks in the German Suplex, and hits the German Suplex Hold.
Kohei gets on the board and avenges his loss! Depending on how the tournament shakes out, Kohei might get another shot at the title in the future.
Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani
The veteran Otani is putting Yuma through the paces early. He’s side stepping Dropkicks and just kicking Yuma to prove a point. Yuma tries to fire back, and then Otani continues to push off certain moves and be funny.
Yuma does manage to take advantage of his youth, but when he goes for the disrespect by attempting the Bootwash, Otani fires, lays out the younger wrestler and hits the Wash. Yuma goes to the outside, and when he turns back to the ring, Otani charges and hits a running Bootwash straight to Yuma’s face.
As Otani takes the role of the cagey veteran punishing the Young Boy, Yuma tries to find ways to come back, but things Otani stays a little ahead of the younger wrestler. Yuma gets a close moment where he locks in End Game, but Otani fights to the ropes. Otani then backs the younger wrestler down, hits Dragon Suplex, then goes for another, but Yuma blocks. Otani counters the block with a lariat, then another Dragon Suplex but Yuma kicks out at 1! Refusing to stay down, Otani goes into his bag of tricks and hits Yuma twice with Hashimoto style Overhand Chops, to finally keep the younger man down.
Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino
So there is some fun history between these two when Ashino brought Enfantes Terrible over to AJPW and took JIN down a peg. But then recently, Jake stole the Enfantes members from Ashino and betrayed JIN. Ashino is looking to avenge the turnabout, but Jake is trying to craft his Carnival masterpiece.
Jake definitely has the swagger of an anime villain. He widens his arms like he’s conducting a symphony and moves slowly yet deliberately. Ashino starts quick, hitting a Drop Toe Hold and going to the ground game, but Jake stabilizes. Ashino again brings Jake down after successive German Suplexes and goes for the Ankle Lock! Jake has trouble navigating it for a while, but eventually finds the ropes.
Retreating to the corner, Jake sees the referee, Ashino charges, Jake uses the referee shield and starts taking advantage. A few direct blows to the head, Giant Killing to the back of the head, followed by D4C. Jake drags the referee back, picks up the win and leaves cackling. He’s limping heavily, selling the viciousness of the Ankle Lock even in a short match, but yeah, not what I expected.
The match was used to help build Jake’s new persona and possibly give Ashino a steeper mountain to climb. But the length and abrupt end was definitely not expected. Interesting, but also a little off putting.
Zeus vs Kento Miyahara
Zeus and Kento have had great wars. There was a point a few years ago where Kento was Zeus’ hurdle, but after beating him for the Tag titles, he then gathered momentum. Zeus has beaten Kento for the Triple Crown before, has beaten him in the Carnival, and this has been one of the best rivalries of the last few years in current AJPW. Kento is of course the current generation Ace, and everyone knows that; but given Zeus’ track record and Kento’s stagnation the last year since losing the Triple Crown to Suwama, we could get something interesting.
The match starts with their usual sarcastic respect to one another during breaks and outside the ring moments. Given that they’ve had 2 5 Snowflake classics in the last 3 years, this had a lot to live up to. But at no point did it feel like retreading, since they are both in different positions comparatively, this felt like a whole new book, not an additional chapter. Zeus landed a lot of power spots while Kento combated everything with his Knees.
Kento’s usual attack of Blackouts from different angles rocked Zeus pretty hard. Zeus ate a few, grabbed a Chokeslam and they both landed for a rest spot. Zeus drives Kento into a corner, goes for an Outside-In Brainbuster and starts trying to end things. Kento goes for the Shutdown Suplex, Zeus fires out, a few big Lariats and a Jackhammer from Zeus…AND ZEUS WINS!
Overall Score: 7.25/10
Now this wasn’t a bad start to things! Sure the Ashino/Jake Lee match did not go the way I expected, it definitely told enough of a story to prove it’s going somewhere. Shinjiro Otani gets a solid start to things, Shuji Ishikawa won a match he was supposed to and Zeus/Kento ended up being a solid day 1 main event.
Kento has started on the back foot before. I guess we get to see if he wins out until the Final Day, or if he has a larger struggle. Let’s check out the Day 1 Standings!
- Zeus: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Kohei Sato: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Jake Lee: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Suwama: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Koji Doi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/9/21)
It’s a special WrestleMania edition!
WrestleMania Week makes SmackDown even bigger!
The SmackDown before WrestleMania becomes a kickoff to this year’s two night event! Who wins the returning Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS The Mysterios; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
- Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler & Reginald VS Tamina w/ Natalya; wins.
- 2021 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with Daniel Bryan!
The Yes Movement is just days from an attempt at #YEStleMania2 and Bryan gets a mic to say, “We are so close.” We’re so close to the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania! Everyone is excited and Bryan is excited about everything! He’s excited to see the set, smell the smoke and breathe the fresh air of Raymond James Stadium! But he’s most excited to finally hear the roar of the WWE Universe in person! And don’t get Bryan wrong, the ThunderDome is awesome. But there is nothing like wrestling in front of a live audience, there’s nothing like being in front of fans at WrestleMania, and there is nothing like winning the Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania!
And that is what Bryan can’t wait for: he will walk down to the ring with 25 THOUSAND people chanting “YES!” in unison, there is nothing like it! Bryan is often associated with “Yes,” but most of his career revolved around being told, “No.” Is Bryan big enough? No. Does Bryan belong in the WWE? No. Is Bryan a superstar? No. Is he best for business? No. Can he be the face of the WWE? No. Does Bryan deserve to be in the main event of Mania? If you asked Batista and Randy Orton, or now Edge and Roman Reigns, they would say, “No.” But if you ask Bryan, “You’re damn right I do!”
Bryan is lucky, because every time he was told no, he was also told to ignore it! Bryan was told to dig down deep and find the truth, and that is how he came to say, “Yes, yes, yes.” Fans give the Yes Fingers in solidarity as Bryan says, “Every time life told me no, I said yes.” Will Bryan ever be able to wrestle again? Doctors said no, Bryan said yes. When he came back, could he ever be world champion again? People said no, Bryan said yes! At Fastlane, would Bryan tap out the un-tap-out-able Roman Reigns? Roman said no, Bryan said yes! And can Bryan main event Mania one more time? Adam Pearce first said no, but then he said yes!
This Sunday, at WrestleMania 37 Night 2, this is by far the biggest match of Bryan’s career. A Triple Threat for the Universal Championship. There’s Edge, furious because he thinks Bryan stole the spotlight that belongs on him. There’s Roman, who is enraged because for the first time, Bryan made him tap out, and if it happens again, Roman loses the title, isn’t Head of the Table or anything else he thinks he is. When people are furious, they are dangerous, and Edge and Roman are among the most dangerous in the WWE. But which Bryan are they facing? Not the SmackDown GM, not even “family man” Bryan.
This Sunday, they get the BEST DAMN BRYAN, the most DANGEROUS Bryan, the Bryan that tapped out Roman! The Bryan that will kick Edge’s head in despite his bad neck! The Bryan with fire in his eyes and in his heart as he’s willing to do anything! And that leads us to one last question: Can Daniel Bryan walk out of the main event of WrestleMania as NEW Universal Champion? Fans already know, and Bryan says “Yes. YES. YES! YES! YES!” But will the “No” from Roman and Edge ruin Bryan’s dreams?
The Street Profits are fired up, too!
Kayla tries to get an interview with them but both Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are chanting “YES! YES!” with Bryan. Kayla knows this is #TakeBackSeason, but how does it feel to have a title opportunity? It’s about time! Bryan will win the Universal Championship and the Profits will win BACK the SmackDown Tag titles! But then Roode & Ziggler attack! The champions want an advantage in the Fatal 4 Way, but Dawkins throws Ziggler into a monitor! Things spill out on stage, and here come the ALPHA ACADEMY! And the Mysterios! The brawl spills down the ramp, Rey and Dominik are sent into barriers, and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS The Mysterios!
SmackDown returns and these four teams are in the ring and this match is underway! In this Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are legal, and Chad Gable is throwing Dominik around with a waistlock! Dom gets up to throw Gable out, then dropkicks him as he returns! Dom arm-drags Gable around and clamps onto the arm. Gable gets up, pulls hair and Otis tags in. The Alphas whip, Dom tries to wheelbarrow but he just gets a POLISH HAMMER SUPLEX! Ziggler tags in to cover Dom, TWO! Ziggler is frustrated already, bumps Dom off buckles, then tags Roode in. The Dawgs mug Dom, Roode throws hands, and Roode whips Dom to ropes to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!
Roode drives his knee into Dom and has a chinlock. Dom endures, fans rally up and Dom fights back with body shots. Roode CLUBS Dom down, drags him up and scoops for a SLAM! Roode runs but Gable tags in! Gable drags Dom around to JAM the arm! Cover, TWO! Gable clamps onto the arm and grinds the shoulder, but Dom endures as Rey coaches him on. Dom gets up, Gable wrenches and back suplexes but Dom crossbodies! ONE, and Gable has a foot. Dom BOOTS Gable away and tags in Rey! Rey fires off on Gable, Gable whips but Rey dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Rey kicks Gable and whips, but Gable reverses.
Rey elbows back, goes up and QUEBRADA, but into a scoop! Tilt-o-whirl DDT from Rey! Cover, the Dawgs break it! Ziggler & Roode hit the Profits, but the Mysterios double DROPKICK! The Mysterios DECK Otis, too! The Mysterios whip Gable, pop him up and out but Otis catches him! Dom goes up and around to open the way, Rey DIVES! Then Dom MOONSAULTS! The Mysterios stand tall while SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Roode keeps Ford from his corner! Roode knees low and hard, whips him to the Dawgs’ corner but Ford goes up and over and handsprings to show off before he dropkicks Roode down! Cover, TWO! Ford is annoyed but he brings Roode up. Roode hits back, CLUBS Ford down, then has him in the Dawgs’ territory with the back suplex. Ford lands on his feet to ROCK Ziggler, ROCK Roode, then ROCK Ziggler again! But Ford turns around into Roode’s GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Otis tags in off Roode and backs him down. Ziggler and Gable argue but Otis runs to DISCUS Ford down! Cover, Rey breaks it!
Otis is mad but he stays focused on Ford. Otis scoops and SLAMS Ford, runs and drops an elbow! Otis fires up for the Academy and he clamps onto Ford with a neck wrench. Ford gets up, Otis whips him and ROCKS him with that body shot! Tag to Gable, the Alphas mug Ford then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ford survives but Gable clamps onto him again. Ziggler tags in off Gable to return the favor, and he clamps onto Ford with a camel clutch. Ford fights up,. Ziggler chinlocks and cranks back, but Ford back suplexes! Ziggler lands on his feet to dropkick Ford down! Ziggler wants Ford to get up, he aims but no Famouser! Ford hits a SPIRALING POWERBOMB!
Both men are down, the four teams are fired up and so are the fans! Ford and Ziggler grab at each other to get past the other, hot tags to Roode and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Roode, dodges and leaping back elbows! Gable runs in, into an EXPLODER! Roode CYCLONE SPLASHES Roode, then runs to BULLDOG! But Rey tags in to stop that, and he SEATED SENTONS! Dawkins runs at Rey but is dumped out! Rey tilt-o-whirls and sends Roode into Otis! Tag to Dom, Dom dropkicks Roode onto ropes! Ziggler gets in but get added to the call! DOUBLE 619!! Rey gets Ziggler out, Dom goes up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Otis SPLASHES down!!
Rey leaps but into Otis’ arms! Otis slides Rey out to the floor, but the Profits DOUBLE DROPKICK Otis out! Ford runs to FLY and take Otis down! Dom is down, Roode is down, but Dawkins and Gable tag in off them! Dawkins sunset flips and covers, TWO! Gable sits on the cover, TWO! Gable runs, gets around Dawkins and backslides, ONE!! Dawkins swings, but into CHAOS THEORY!! But Ford tagged in first! And he enters FROM THE HEAVENS!! But Roode tags in! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Ford out!! Roode covers, the Dirty Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
It was utter chaos near the end, and the champions pounced on it! If three teams can’t stop them, will their reign ever end?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST is a night away from facing Sasha Banks in her first-ever WrestleMania match! Can she put into words what she’s feeling? Well, butterflies for sure, but that’s not bad! She’s excited and nervous. But her daddy always told her that being nervous means you care. Just don’t be scared. And she was raised not to be scared of anything. She has to be mentally tough as well as physically because this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Even when no one was watching, she was working so hard. Now the world gets to see what she can do.
But Sasha’s been here before and will do anything to keep the title. That makes her dangerous. What about Bianca? Well dang, Kayla. But no, the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest has all the tools to win and that makes HER dangerous. So when Bianca wins and becomes champion, that will be the greatEST night of her life!
WWE Media was with Big E as he went back to his roots.
Being he’s from Tampa, Florida, he went home before Mania. “Apollo, you spend a lot of time talking about remembering where you came from, reconnecting with home.'” Big E never forgot. WrestleMania is in HIS city, and this here is Big Jay the barber, a Tampa legend. This is where Big E gets his hair cut, and where he gets his mind right. Then there’s Downtown Tampa and the Calf Street Bridge, near his alma mater of Tampa Prep. This is where he would run two miles before a grueling two hours of wrestling training. This is what taught Big E about the grind.
And then there’s Raymond James Stadium, where Big E played in his high school all star game 17 years ago! Where champions shined! Big E owns a piece of this! And this is where Big E will walk in and walk out THE WWE Intercontinental Champion! And this is where Apollo’s dreams will come to die! Apollo wants to make this personal but Big E is ready to give it back in kind! Who goes bigger to have the gold at the end of WrestleMania?
Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler & Reginald VS Tamina w/ Natalya!
Last week, the Queen of Spades was caught off-guard by the Queen of Harts, and then all hell broke loose in the Women’s Tag Division! This time, the Irresistible Force and the Daughter of Superfly see if gold is thicker than blood. Who gains massive momentum going into WrestleMania Weekend?
SmackDown returns, the bell rings and the two tie up! Nia shoves Tamina down and says SHE dominates this! Tamina and Nia tie up again, and now Tamina shoves Nia! “NOw that’s what I’m talking about!!” Nia gets up to pie face Tmaina, Tamian SLAPS NIa! ANd then fires off haymakers! Tamina stomps away, the ref backs her off, and REggie gets upset. Tamina grabs Reggie to drag him in! SHayna tries to save REggie, and Nia CLOBBERS Tamina! The ref reprimands but Nia looms over Tamina. Nia puts Tamina in a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Tamina goes rolling, Natty rallies for her but Nia KICKS her while she’s down!
Nia pushes Tamina around and says she’s not afraid of her. Nia stands Tamina up but Tamina fires off! Nia headbutts Tamina down! Tamina ends up in a corner, Nia stands on her! “I’m NOT scared of you!!” The ref counts, Nia lets off and Nia drags Tamina up to whip her to another corner. Nia runs in but Tamina dodges, Nia POSTS herself! Natty fires up and Tamina gets to the apron. Tamina drags herself up, heads for the corner and up top, but Nia is there! Tamina headbutts her away! SHayna gets on the apron, but Natty yanks her down! Natty whips but SHayna reverses to send Natty into steel steps!
Nia gets Tamina in a fireman’s carry but Tamina slips off! SUPERKICK to SAMOAN DROP!! Tamina can’t cover, though, that took so much in itself! Cover, but Shayna attacks!!
Winner: Tamina, by disqualification
Natty gets in and fires off on Shayna! They brawl, Tamina helps Natty and they double whip Shayna. Shayna holds ropes, bails out and regroups with Nia and Reggie! The second generation superstars have to fight through Tag Team Turmoil, but will they have the motivation and aggression to do it?
Backstage interview with The Riott Squad.
Liv and Ruby are here but Billie barges in again. Why? She doesn’t even have a partner. Um, sorry, what was that? Carmella is here! She’s Billie’s partner. Oh wow. But anyway, Ruby and Liv are laser focused on Tag Team Turmoil. But that means getting through four other teams, because now Billie & Mella are added to the mix. What does the Squad have that gets them the edge? Well besides getting rid of the sidekick, Liv & Ruby are more in synch than ever. Aw, how cute. If Mella wanted a lesson on friendship, she’d watch an after school special. Those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are Mella’s. Ahem. Right, hers and Billie’s. Because Mella Is Money!
And Billie…? is annoyingly- er, amazingly persistent, and that is an advantage in itself. But what about Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke? What about them? But then the Ravishing Glow gets in on this. Are we doing this again? Yes. But now it’s a BRAWL!! All four teams go after each other, the Squad stands tall over Billie & Mella, but then Natty & Tamina add on! They assault Dana, clobber Liv, and then TOSS Liv into a road case! Natty says Dana is worthless, and throws her into the same road case! Ain’t nobody meana than Natty & Tamina! Does any other team stand a chance of surviving Tag Team Turmoil this Saturday?
“Think you know Cesaro? Think again.”
Wait, what is this political commercial style video? “Cesaro has been competing in the WWE for 10 years, but he has never competed in a 1-on-1 match at WrestleMania.” He has not won the Universal Championship, either. Is this the example we want for our children? Seth Rollins is the superstar we all deserve as a two-time Universal Champion, Royal Rumble winner, and has had some of the most iconic moments in WrestleMania history. Rollins knows what it’s like to take charge, lead and win. He is a man we can all look up to. Just #EmbraceTheVision.
“This ad has been paid for by friends of Seth Rollins and is in no way directly associated with Seth Rollins himself,” even though this is Seth Rollins saying all that… Is Rollins running for office or just trying to anger Cesaro more?
EDGE heads to the ring!
The Rated R Superstar has another steel chair in hand because he is still seething over what Bryan did to him last week! We’ll hear his response to that and more, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Edge sits in the chair, with the spotlight on him. “I went to WrestleMania 6, Hulk Hogan VS The Ultimate Warrior. That night, I knew what I needed to do with the rest of my life.” And when Edge dreams things, he has to manifest them. That’s how things work for him. Some might relate but many won’t, “because common sense isn’t very common.” Edge did become a WWE superstar. A superstar who accomplished everything he could, “but ending my career on my terms.” Now, some will also say, “Isn’t that enough?>” If you have to ask, you have no idea the mentality it takes to see the heights he’s seen. To fight to get your career back for nine YEARS!
Edge didn’t “walk away from this,” he had this ripped away from him! He didn’t try to forge another career, this is all that he’s wanted to do! Edge fought and clawed and got his career back from fate’s hands. He didn’t come back for some greatest hits tour, to be the shell of his former self. He came back to steal the show and main event WrestleMania! Edge missed nine of them, so he won’t apologize for that. Daniel Bryan, he comes out saying this could be his last. Have you heard? This could be Bryan’s last! A month in Bryan’s is a year in Edge’s so what do you think this is for him!?
Bryan used sympathy to weasel his way in, even after all his ridiculous ideas! Facing the winner immediately? No. Face the winner the next day? No. But somehow this is a TRIPLE THREAT!? Bryan could pin Roman and Edge will have nothing! Instead of a 1v1, a Clash of the Titans between two eras, we have “some indie bookstore clerk troll” sticking his nose in Edge’s business. And then there’s Roman. Roman walks around like he created this and everyone else owes him. Edge doesn’t owe Roman anything. Roman owes Edge. Roman came into the WWE in a three man group. He made an entrance through the crowd. He used a Spear finisher. Well who set that template? “You’re Samoan Edge.”
Edge will admit that Roman is good. He always has been. Edge sees what Roman’s become. Edge came back to swing for the fences, and Roman is the Green Monster. They’ve had their 1v1 ripped away from them, the fans had that ripped away from them! Everyone sees Bryan for who he is, except for the Yes Lemmings who are the same people who used to chant, “What?” And somewhere in all of this, the fact that is lost is that this match takes place TEN YEARS TO THE DAY from Edge’s forced retirement. No mention of that, either. No video packages, no social media posts, no touching videos with music. NOTHING. Anyone else, that narrative is driven into the ground!
And why is that? Why is Edge having to remind us of this? Because since he’s returned, he hasn’t gotten the respect he deserves! Edge fought back from a torn triceps to enter the 2021 Royal Rumble, and then he outlasted 29 other superstars, and punched his ticket to Mania! Edge shouldn’t have to jump through hoops! Edge has come back from something no one has ever come back from! NINE YEARS! TRIPLE NECK FUSION! “You have no idea the pain that I have gone through to get this back!!” You want to call Edge a part-timer? That he’ll just phone it in? He’s doing ranas off the top ropes! He is doing what no one has ever done! And this is a slap in the face to him!
“So now, it’s time for me to take and demand the respect that I deserve. You will put respect on my name. In case you forgot, in case you never knew, I am the Rated R Superstar!” Fate, God’s Will, whatever you call it, Edge will be the NEXT Universal Champion, because he’s dreamt it, and now he must manifest it! Will Edge rise back up and return to the top with a capital (Rated) R?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.
Pearce says no one a year ago could’ve seen the main event we’re getting. Everyone is so excited. But Sonya doesn’t think it was fair to have made Ziggler & Roode defend their titles against three other teams at once. What does that have to do with Mania? It doesn’t. But thinking about it, Sonya doesn’t agree with Pearce’s decision, either. Bryan deserves a title match, yes. But at Mania, it should’ve been Roman VS Edge, 1v1. Just saying.
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