Will the wildcard trump Trent Seven in the Heritage Cup?
Kenny Williams isn’t just the Lucky Yin, he’s the wildcard! But will that be enough for him to overcome the Man from Moustache Mountain’s determination?
- Eddie Dennis VS Oliver Carter; Dennis wins.
- Amale VS Nina Samuels; Samuels wins.
- NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Opening Round: Trent Seven VS Kenny Williams; Seven wins and advances to the next round.
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Eddie Dennis VS Oliver Carter!
The headmaster returns to in-ring action and is ready to teach NXT UK all about fear. But the Predator Killer has always wanted to fight a teacher! Will Carter slay the Welsh Dragon and climb up the NXT UK ranks?
The bell rings and Dennis circles with Carter. They tie up, Carter gets around to a waistlock and a slam, then floats to a facelock. Dennis is already frustrated with Carter as he fights his way up. Dennis pries his way out of the facelock to wrench the arm. Dennis clubs the arm, wrenches more, then hammerlocks to a headlock and takeover! Carter keeps his shoulders up but Dennis traps an arm. Dennis fights off the headscissor and pushes Carter down to a cover, ONE! Carter fights up to get that headscissor hold and he clamps on tight! Dennis endures, fights up and around, and pops out of the hold to then STOMP Carter in the gut! Carter gets up to throw body shots and haymakers! Dennis gets the arm again, wrenches and YANKS, then YANKS again!
Carter rolls, handsprings and kicks free to ROCK Dennis with a forearm! Carter fires off more body shots, whips but Dennis reverses. Carter stops himself and elbows back hard! Carter runs, Dennis back drops but Carter handsprings through to land on his feet! Dennis swings but Carter dodges and ducks to flipping headscissors! Dennis ends up on ropes, Carter runs to slide attack! Carter keeps going, getting on the apron. Carter shoulders into Dennis then slingshots over, only to turn into Dennis’ SLAP! Carter gets up and shakes the palm strike off, and that glare actually worries Dennis! Dennis dumps Carter out hard, and laughs! He was playing Carter there! The ref wants Dennis to stay back as Carter sits up in a daze. Dennis goes out, drags Carter up and ROCKS him with that right hand!
Dennis puts Carter in, takes his time following and covers, TWO! Dennis is annoyed again, but he has the arm and drags Carter up. Dennis toys with Carter, whips him corner to corner HARD, and Carter bounces off buckles! Dennis drags Carter up to a cravat but Carter endures. Carter fights up, throws body shots again and powers Dennis to a corner! Carter arm-drags free, counter punches Dennis, then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Carter rocks Dennis with an uppercut, but Dennis blocks the kick! Dennis ducks the enziguri but Carter reels him in for a victory roll! Cover, TWO! Dennis is up, he throws Carter out but Carter skins the cat! Dennis catches Carter but Carter hits a TORNADO DDT! Dennis flounders out of the ring, Carter builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit into Dennis and the barriers!
Carter puts Dennis in, springboards and 450’s, onto KNEES! Dennis grabs Carter for the scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Dennis is furious and he argues the count! Carter sits up, Dennis drags Carter up and Canadian racks, but Carter uses ropes to flip out! SUPERKICK! Carter pump handle URENAGES Dennis down, then LIONSAULTS!! Cover, TWO!! Dennis survives but Carter stays fired up. Dennis gets to a corner, Carter runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Carter tries again, dropkick-flip and WINDMILL HEEL KICK! Carter hoists Dennis up but Dennis slips down to get the crucifix, SPLASH MOUNTAIN!! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
Carter taught Dennis a thing about toughness, but the Welsh Dragon refused to be slain! Dennis gets the mic and tells Carter to get out of his ring. Go back to the tag division! “You’re dismissed.” Speaking of the tag division, isn’t it terrible what happened to Flash Morgan Webster? Of course, we all know who did it, don’t we? Who stood to gain the most from Flash being on the shelf? “Regardless, next week, in this very ring,” Dennis invites Flash and his “illustrious ‘best friend’,” Mark Andrews, for a “special mediation, led by yours truly, Eddie Dennis. Until next time, class adjourned.” What is Dennis implying about South Wales Subculture?
NXT UK hears from Joe Coffey.
“Where I come from, you have to be a wee bit insane. It’s about me, it’s about My opportunities.” The Iron King says he is born for greatness, and he leads Gallus in their takeover of NXT UK! He vows to bring more gold to the firm, and make this his kingdom! Joe Coffey is on his way back, who will he be aiming for when he returns?
NXT UK has a special start time next week!
Instead of 3 PM Eastern it will be 4PM Eastern! But it’ll be a big episode with Jordan Devlin returning to action as well as the NXT UK Championship on the line!
Amale VS Nina Samuels!
The French Hope and the Leading Lady couldn’t get along as teammates and that cost them. But now they can go head to head as opponents! Who will have the spotlight on them after this is said and done?
The bell rings and the two go right at each other! They tie up, Amale powers Samuels to the ropes but the ref calls for the break. Amale lets off but the two tie up again and Samuels powers Amale to ropes. The ref calls for another break but Samuels shoves Amale. Amale shoves and tackles Samuels to then rain down rights! The ref backs Amale off but she runs in and corner clotheslines! Amale whips Samuels out then in, but Samuels BOOTS back! Samuels kicks low, runs but Amale LARIATS her down! Cover, TWO! Amale kicks Samuels around and talks trash in French. Amale drags Samuels up an dinto a headscissor hold! It’s practically a triangle, and Amale turns over to ram Samuels into the apron over and over! Samuels gets to the apron, Amale runs in but gets caught for a hotshot!
Samuels stomps Amale down, rains down fists then covers, ONE! Samuels drags Amale back up, whips but Amale reverses! Samuels goes up and reels Amale in with DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Then swings KNEES into Amale’s back! Cover, TWO! Samuels bounces Amale off the apron, snapmares her to a body scissors squeeze! Amale endures, even as Samuels forearms Amale over and over in the back. Samuels turns Amale over to a cover, TWO! Samuels still has Amale in the body scissors but Amale bridges back to a cover of her own! TWO, and Samuels gets the arms for a leg hook half nelson! Omoplata, shift to a hammerlock and then the far arm! Jim Breaks Special, Samuels style! Amale endures as Samuels tortures her arm! Samuels pulls and pulls, Amale refuses to give up!
Amale powers out of the hold so Samuels just focuses on the hammerlock. Amale fights up, gets around, and back drops Samuels away! Amale runs corner to corner but into buckles! Samuels blocks one boot but not the other, and Amale shotgun dropkicks her down! Amale goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO!! Samuels survives, and drop toeholds Amale onto ropes! Samuels drags Amale up against ropes to then dropkick her in the back! Cover, TWO!?! Amale survives and Samuels is losing her cool! Samuels clubs away on Amale, drags her up to a waistlock but Amale switches. Samuels elbows but Amale lets her slip around, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Amale is furious as she drags Samuels up.
Amale ROCKS her with a forearm then whips her to ropes, but Samuels holds ropes. Amale blocks the boot to ROLLING ELBOW back! Amale whips, Samuels slides under and CLUBS Amale, then hits the FINAL ACT! Cover, Samuels wins!
Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall
That Final Act was a real page turner, and Samuels has the spotlight on her. But will she finally make her way towards the NXT UK Women’s Championship?
After Eddie Dennis called them out, South Wales Subculture will confront him in the ring, just as he wants! Are they playing right into his hands?
NXT UK Media catches up with Nina Samuels backstage.
After a disappointing loss two weeks ago, how did it feel to win tonight? Well, we can all see Samuels doesn’t work as a double act. “It deprives our audience of what we need, because we all know NXT UK needs more Nina.” This is the official relaunch of the Nina Samuels Show! And now for her next production, Ms. Piper Niven. Will the Leading Lady look to steal the show from Piper the Viper?
NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Opening Round: Trent Seven VS Kenny Williams!
The final opening round match is here! The Artful Dodger is more determined than ever to prove he still has it! But this is the biggest opportunity in the Lucky Yin’s career, too. Who moves on to take on Dave Mastiff in the next round?
The bell rings and we begin the British Rounds match! Williams and Seven circle and tie up. Williams powers Seven back but Seven turns it around to put Williams on the ropes. Seven lets off fast with a pat on the shoulder. Williams and Seven circle again, Williams rolls but Seven avoids that leg pick. They tie up again, Williams waistlocks and drags Seven down to the mat to then float to a facelock. Seven slips out and around to hammerlock an arm. Seven facelocks while also having the arm, but Williams gets up and gets to ropes for the break. Seven lets off, and the two circle again. We’re under two minutes in this round as Williams gets an arm. Williams wrenches, wristlocks and wrangle Seven to the mat. Williams has a cover, ONE as Seven gets a shoulder up.
Williams knuckle locks to get both shoulders, TWO as Seven gets the other shoulder up. Williams gets them down, TWO as Seven bridges! Williams sweeps the legs to get the cover, TWO as Seven kips up! The two are in a test of strength now and Seven trips Williams to a cover. TWO as Williams bridges! Seven uses his weight but can’t break the bridge! Seven tries again but Williams blocks and gets a wheelbarrow arm-drag! We’re under a minute as Seven reverses the whip but Williams hurdles the back drop. Seven hip tosses hard but Williams boots him away! Williams leaps but into Seven’s arms and a SLAM! And a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! Seven keeps on Williams with the facelock and grinds Williams down. Williams fights up, pries, 10 seconds left for the elbow breaker and headlock! Seven powers out, time’s up! Even Seven has to applaud that exchange.
Seven: 0; Williams: 0
Both men go to their corners and have their 20 second break. The clock resets and here’s round two of six! The two circle, Seven stays away from another testing roll from Williams. They tie up, Williams goes from waistlock to cravat to snapmare and cover, ONE! Seven and Williams tie up with knuckle locks again but Seven makes it a straitjacket stretch. Seven digs his head in to add pressure while he brings Williams to his knees. Williams endures, Seven toys with Williams a bit, but Williams fights up! Williams powers out of the straitjacket and arm-drags Seven away! Seven gets the arm back and wrenches to a wristlock. Williams rolls, goes up and around to back elbow hard! Williams runs, gets around to redirect Seven, and springboard back elbows! Down goes Seven!
Williams covers, TWO! Seven gets to a corner, Williams runs in but Seven dodges! Williams stops himself from hitting buckles but Seven snapmares. Williams gets moving and huricanranas! And dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Williams keeps Seven from getting away with a minute left! Headlock takeover and headscissors denied! Williams grinds Seven down, pushes him to a cover, TWO! Seven sits up, gets to his feet and pries free to headbutt low! Seven shoves and headbutts Williams low gain! He tries a third time but Williams sunset flips! TWO, and we have 10 seconds left! The two men circle, Seven tries to gut wrench but time is up before the lift! Williams is saved by the bell!
Seven: 0; Williams: 0
Another 20 second rest and round three begins already! Seven and Williams circle again, Williams gets that rolling leg pick and takedown! Williams wrenches the ankle but Seven keeps his shoulders up. Williams stands on the other leg as he twists the one in all directions. Seven shouts in pain but refuses to give up. Seven frees his trapped right foot, turns over and pries free with that leg. Seven gets a headlock and takeover but Williams headscissors! Seven grows frustrated as he’s stuck. Seven moves around, gets up to a headstand and then bridges over to a headlock! Williams bridges to avoid the cover and fights his way up. Williams throws Seven off and CHOPS! Seven CHOPS back!! Seven eggs Williams on, then dodges to CHOP! Seven fakes Williams out, and DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Williams survives with a minute left in this round!
Seven sees Williams go to a corner, runs in and CHOPS him! Seven whips Williams corner to corner, Williams goes up and over this time, and fakes Seven out to step over an droll to get the leg again! Takedown, turn, but Seven throws Williams off! Williams cartwheels through that, but Seven whips him at 20 seconds, only for Williams to headlock! Williams uses ropes to go up and over, he boots Seven’s punch away but Seven BACK HANDS him! Wristlock and ripcord, SEVEN STAR LARIAT!! Cover, Seven gets the first fall!! And with just four seconds to spare!
Seven: 1; Williams: 0
Williams has a hard climb now as he’ll need to win two of the last three rounds! The 20 seconds are up already and we’re in round 4! Seven wants another ripcord but Williams breaks free and rolls Seven up, TWO!! That was close! Seven whips, Williams slips around and underhooks for the backslide, TWO! Williams baits Seven in to KNEE him! Seven rebounds but Williams hurdles, then catches Seven into a sunset flip, and gets the fall!?! With 2:22 to spare, Williams ties this up!!
Seven: 1; Williams: 1
Seven is furious with himself for getting caught because with two rounds left, we’re back at square one! Williams rushes Seven to wheelbarrow victory roll, TWO! Seven swings but Williams blocks! Williams fires off haymakers and a slap, but Seven CHOPS! Williams BOOTS, Seven wobbles but he SUPERKICKS! Williams pendulum LARIARTS! #Lezkillit! Cover, TWO!! Seven barely survives but Williams aims from a corner. Williams wants Seven to stand and Seven rises slowly. Williams tilt-o-whirls and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!?! Seven survives that shot with two minutes left in this round! Williams drags Seven back up, throws forearms after forearms, and even more forearms! Seven guards to hit back! Williams wobbles, but comes back to wheelbarrow, but into a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!!
Seven gets Williams up, scoops him and hits EMERALD FLOWSION! Cover, TWO!! Williams survives but Seven gets up top?! Williams SHORYUKENS from the apron! Williams CHOPS with less than a minute in the round, and goes up, SUPER STEINER! But Seven rolls through for a high stack cover, SEVEN WINS!!
Winner: Trent Seven, with 2 falls; advances to the semifinals
With 38 seconds remaining in the fifth round, the Man from Moustache Mountain makes it through the opening round! Seven shows Williams respect as he helps him up and raises his hand. But as tough as it was against Williams, it’ll be that much harder against the Bomber! Will Seven survive the Proper British Heavyweight’s heavy hands?
Sid Scala presides over the NXT UK Championship contract signing.
“NXT UK Universe, welcome to the official contract signing for next week’s NXT UK Championship main event!” He welcomes first the challenger, Ilja Dragunov! The Moscow Madman goes to the ring, perhaps still sore from that epic tag match last week. And then, the champion, WALTER! The Ring General takes the belt into the ring and sets it down on the table. Both men take their seats and Scala hopes their time will be spent on the business at hand. Walter is first to sign the contract, and does so without a word. Dragunov has his turn to sign, which he does, and he stands up to shout, “UN! BE! SIEG!” Walter SLAPS Dragunov before he can finish his catchphrase! And SLAPS him again! Walter takes off his track suit jacket and rips Dragunov’s shirt off, literally! Walter CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Dragunov! Walter shoves the table aside so there’s more room as he kicks and CHOPS Dragunov!
Walter brings Dragunov off, talks trash in German and brings Dragunov up, but Dragunov slips out of the bomb to ENZIGURI! Walter wobbles, Dragunov fires off fists! Dragunov shoves the chairs and table aside and goes up top! Dragunov LEAPS, into a CHOP!! Walter smacks Dragunov out of the air!! And then gives him an APRON WALTER BOMB!! Walter CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Dragunov again, then makes him look at the belt! Walter says that belt is his forever, and he CHOPS Dragunov on the back! And reels Dragunov into a LARIAT! Referees rush out to keep Walter back but he powers through to BOOT Dragunov down! Dragunov bumps off steel steps, but he still comes back to TACKLE Walter THROUGH the barriers!!
Both men are down on the ground and the referees hurry over to check on them. Dragunov rises!? Dragunov still has to crawl back to the ring, but he grabs the belt! Walter is furious as he sees this, and as Dragunov throws the title back to him! Referees hold Walter back even as he and Dragunov shout at each other! Will Dragunov truly take that belt for his own when these two finally get to unleash all this fury in the ring?
A great, fiery episode right here! Dennis VS Carter was a really good return for Dennis in singles action, but you can tell he’s being careful with his repaired shoulder. The Next Stop Driver was more a powerslam, and instead of the full Severn Bridge, he stopped halfway for the “Splash Mountain” crucifix bomb. But in the end, all effective offense, and I like that he’s suddenly invested in the South Wales Subculture Whodunnit. He’s implying it was Mark Andrews but perhaps Dennis is forgetting the previous attack on Andrews himself. I honestly feel like it should be spun that it’s been Dennis the whole time. I’ve been waiting for Dennis to go after one of his former friends between Andrews or Pete Dunne so maybe that’s this.
Amale VS Samuels was great, in the same vein as Piper VS Isla last week. And it seems since Samuels and Piper both won, they’re going to face off just to bide their time waiting for the title since Kay Lee Ray VS Jinny is still the clear next match-up. It’s great to see a video package for Joe Coffey, meaning he is also at least found not guilty much like Jordan Devlin. Devlin is back in action next week, so that’s great. I think the special time for next week is NXT UK getting ahead of the Daylights Savings Time curve since that happens Halloween night going into November 1st. Seven VS Williams was perhaps the best, most dramatic British Rounds match yet, though Ohno VS Scala was great, too. I really thought this was going to go to the sixth, but again it ends in the fifth. I bet the sixth round is being saved for the semifinals, and that is going to be great with Dar VS A-Kid and Seven VS Mastiff.
The contract signing was actually a great segment. Sure it ended in a fight like many others, but it was the fact they skipped long promos to give us MORE brawling that made it work. Dragunov’s chest looked like ground beef again just from this much, he might look like cooked steak after the actual match. Dragunov stood tall in the tag match, he technically stands tall here, and he touched the belt. Usually the math says he’s losing, but honestly, who else could possibly do it? Walter’s ran through just about everyone in NXT UK, and unfortunately, Ridge Holland is hurt and was moved to NXT USA. If Holland was still in the UK, he could come back around and go behemoth to behemoth with Walter and get an incredible win. At this point, I’m hoping Dragunov defies math and wins to really change things to commemorate this restart for NXT UK’s rise.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)
SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!
The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!
After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
- Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; cancelled.
- Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
- Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Natalya wins.
- Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
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Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!
The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.
First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.
Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.
So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.
Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?
The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!
Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?
Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.
And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kayla asks if Heyman accepts the challenge. That’s the question? Yes, because that’s what we do around here in the WWE: “We put smiles on the faces of Neanderthals, like Cesaro.” Does Kayla have any clue the enormity of the star power that is possessed by Roman and its affect on the ENTIRE WWE Universe? What happened on Saturday? Oh~ a rain delay! Rain delay, Heyman’s “kosher tuchus.” Those were the tears of the angels descending upon Tampa over the BEATING Roman was going to give, and that is what happened! Roman walked out champion, and neither Bryan nor Edge walked out of Raymond James at all.
And as Heyman was walking back with Roman, they were stepping in puddles, and Heyman said, “My goodness! Tears still descending from up above!” Except it wasn’t from the skies, but from the locker room. A visionary like Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face “a knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, bucktooth Swiss quisling like Cesaro.” A billion dollar body but a 10 cent brain and THIS is who emerges to get in the face of Your Tribal Chief?! Cesaro is physically capable of being a great opponent, but he is not an attraction. He’s a joke!
So let’s put an end to the joke! Stop the train before it leaves the station! They will give Cesaro what he wants, tonight live on SmackDown! Cesaro in the main event against THE main event, Jey Uso. Of course Heyman had a way to change the course. But will Cesaro blast through the Right Hand Man to get at the Head of the Table, whether they like it or not?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator didn’t defeat his long-time frenemy, and he didn’t even have Logan Paul on his side! And Sami loves to see the headlines outside of the one that is most accurate: “Sami Zayn Once Again SCREWED!” Where is that one, huh?! Well, does it exist…? Sami says it was his vindication! The stars were aligned, and he had the one star that matters in Logan Paul! Logan was supposed to help Sami expose the WWE and celebrate his grand victory, but that’s not how it went down, did it?
And here’s why: Logan’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami, like he’s a crackpot! It was poisoned by management, and the “corporate mouthpiece,” Michael Cole! They got in Logan’s head and Sami could sense it and feel it as he hugged Logan! And then in the match, of course he was distracted! Sami was worried about Logan! And that is the only reason, THE ONLY REASON, Kevin squeaked out that win. And Kevin is back there, obviously. Sami will not be denied vindication! Sami calls Kevin out for a rematch! There’s nothing to distract him, there are no toxic fans or stupid Logan Paul and his warped mind! No distractions, no way for Kevin to steal this!
But that’s why Kevin won’t come out, because- Wait, Kevin DOES come out to the ring! Kevin says if Sami’s gonna keep making excuses, then here we go! This WrestleMania rematch happens, after the break!
Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!
The bell rings and Sami bails out! Kevin smirks because he knew this would happen. Kevin slides out but Sami slides in. Then Kevin slide sin, but that’s a fake-out! Sami is on the outside and Kevin fires off! Kevin bounces Sami off the desk, puts him in the ring, and CHOPS him to a corner! And CHOPS again! Sami stumbles to another corner but Kevin gives him body shots! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then comes back, but Sami hits first! Sami whips corner to corner, Kevin comes back to CLOBBER Sami! BACK SENTON! Sami is in a corner, Kevin runs in but Sami bails out. Kevin goes to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Then BLINDSIDES him!
Sami rains down furious fists from all sides! Sami lets off to snarl and seethe. Sami puts Kevin on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and CLUBS Kevin! Kevin gets up to CHOP back! Sami stomps Kevin to a corner, digs his boots in, and even stands on Kevin! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and then Sami throws haymakers. Kevin hits back, counter punches, and backs Sami down. Sami jawbreakers in return! Sami CHOPS Kevin against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kevin reverses but Sami kicks back, only for Kevin to LARIAT! Kevin reels Sami in, suplexes to hang Sami out to dry, and Sami springs off the ropes to hit the mat!
Kevin fires off on Sami in a corner, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Kevin climbs up, Sami throws elbows and then adjusts to sunset flip POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives, Sami argues with the ref, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sami is again fighting Kevin off on the top rope. Kevin hits back, climbs back up, and Sami throws headbutts! Kevin falls back, Sami adjusts and leaps, but Kevin gets clear! Kevin SUPERKICKS Sami down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Kevin hurries right to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin shakes his head as he stands Sami up, whips him, but Sami bails out to avoid a pop-up. Kevin pursues Sami as the ring count climbs, and gets him on the ramp to throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Sami back in at 5 of 10, knees low then whips, but Sami slips through the pop-up to get an arm!
Kevin fights the Half ‘n’ Half, then pump handles for the PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami still survives that move, just like WrestleMania! Kevin gets annoyed, but he again has to pursue Sami on the outside. Kevin drags Sami from the barriers, puts him in, and kicks, but no Stunner! Sami again bails out, Kevin grabs at him on the apron, but Sami rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ring count is still climbing, though, but Sami wants to run away! Sami gets himself counted out, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by count-out
Kevin wins again, but it seems Sami didn’t want revenge that badly. But Kevin pursues and goes after Sami with fists at the ramp! Kevin puts Sami in the ring, kicks and STUNNERS! It seems Kevin still hasn’t beaten sense into Sami, will these two #JustKeepFighting?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“All of Nigeria has not stopped celebrating, ever since I smashed Big E into oblivion and I became the new Intercontinental Champion!” And he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but he’s not here. And do you know why? Two words: Nigerian Nail! That is the name of the move used by this giant beside Apollo here. This is his commander of the guard, Azeez, former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone dares come for Apollo, they will be annihilated by the Nigerian Nail!
The Street Profits head to the ring!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are going to be facing the Dirty Dawgs for the tag titles later tonight, but first they are going to celebrate the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This will be the EST of celebrations, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Ford says it’s Friday Night, and he’s feelin’ right! Dawkins says it is official takeback season! Time to do spring cleaning to send Dolph & Roode back through that time warp they came out of so they can return to 1986. Oh, and about getting the shine back on those SmackDown tag titles! Right! The Dirty Dawgs will get snatched, but that’s not the only reason why the Solo cups are raised high. It’s been a long time, and they got some inspiration this past weekend. Some motivation! WrestleMania was a night for the ages, a night to remember!
One match in particular will be something Ford tells his grandkids about! That is the historic, the glass ceiling shattering SmackDown Women’s Championship! ROLL TAPE! Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair, WrestleMania 37 Night One, the main event! Headlines were marking how amazing it was even before the bell, and no one could deny it after! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and it is Bianca Belair! Dawkins has the feels, fam! Ford says that as we just saw, the party isn’t over! The champagne for the campaign is not done popping. Saturday, that was a genuine moment that will be with them for the rest of their lives. And they just want to share that joy with the fans!
So they introduce to use, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the greatest part of Ford’s life, the NEW WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST, no no no, THE E S T of the W W E, BIANCA BELAIR!! Bianca makes her entrance, Ford and Dawkins sing her praises and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca is handed a mic, and she feels like he’s been floating since Saturday! Her mind is blown, her heart is filled, and she feels blessed. But despite the setbacks, the struggles, she never stopped believing that this moment was possible.
And her family has been making history for generations, they are the ones who showed her that when you demand greatness from yourself, that no matter how hard the game gets, you can change the game! If you were to have asked her a year ago if she could ever imagine main-eventing Mania, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship… Well she probably would’ve said yes! But that’s not because she’s cocky. That’s because she’s unapologetically her. Everyone has a little EST in them, and when you find it, you know that you’re talented and working hard, you never need to apologize for saying you are the B-E-S-T! “Because if you can dream it, you can do it.”
Bianca showed up, showed out, but it isn’t just about her. Sasha Banks, Bianca thanks you. There is no one she would’ve rather shared that spotlight because Sasha pushed her to her limits and it takes two. They BOTH made history. But… If Sasha ever tries to forget it, just know that Bianca left you with something to remember her by. That hair whip did leave a mark… But this is also about Sasha, too. This moment is so much bigger than them. This is about all the girls watching at Raymond James and at home, who saw Bianca and saw themselves. This is for you! That was Mania magic, but we’re only getting started!
Ford and Bianca hug, Dawkins joins in for a family moment, and Bianca says it’s time to drop the cups, throw the tissues away, and get those titles again. They only wear gold in this house. The Profits and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this trio become truly golden after tonight?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.
After seeing Bianca out there, she is in no mood. The Boss still has the mark on her side, and she seethes. She takes a second to cool off, but it doesn’t work, and she storms off. Will Sasha find a way back to that title and to WrestleMania revenge?
Backstage interview with Bayley.
The Role Model acknowledges that Cesaro was super impressive with the UFO spin, as footage is replayed, but what about Sasha? She probably wants a rematch but is so angry she can’t say it. While Bayley was super busy trying to save both nights of Mania, Bianca was in the main event crying. Even before the match began! No one wants to say it but Bayley will: those tears was because Bianca thought she couldn’t win. Is that who you want as champion? And now she’s showboating and arrogant! That is NOT the kind of champion we should want!
So there is only one way to fix this, and restore dignity to the title: for Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, to challenge Bianca and take that title! Will Bayley cut Sasha in line and get back to the gold first?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits!
The Show-Off & The Glorious One made it through #WrestleManiaSmackDown and its Fatal 4 Way with these titles, but now they’re 2v2 with Ford & Dawkins! Will takeback season work out for the fam? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and the titles are raised. Teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Dawkins and they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler shoots in but Dawkins sprawls then shifts to a waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropebreak, the ref counts but Ziggler elbows free! Ziggler dares Dawkins to get up, then he gets Dawkins only for Dawkins to DECK him! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Ziggler, Dawkins drops and Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Ford gets Ziggler back up, snapmares him to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Ziggler from Roode, wrenches and armlocks to tag in Dawkins. Ford wrenches the arm again and again, Dawkins drops ax handles!
Dawkins wrenches, tags Ford back in, and now Ford drops ax handles! Ford mocks Roode but Ziggler ROCKS Ford! Roode tags in but Ford reverses the whip to send Ziggler into Roode! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Ziggler comes in, but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Ford throws Ziggler out, Dawkins gives Roode the CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Then a BIG shoulder tackle! The Profits are fired WAY up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dawkins covers Roode, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Roode with a headlock, Roode powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things keep moving, Dawkins leaping back elbows! Roode avoids the cyclone but Dawkins elbows him away. Ziggler distracts but Dawkins DECKS him, only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in and DECKS Ford! Ziggler gets Dawkins up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dirty Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode stomps Dawkins down. Roode brings Dawkins up to suplex high and hard, covers, TWO! Roode argues the count but it was fair.
Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins, and Ziggler taunts Ford before daring Dawkins to stand. Dawkins gets up, Ziggler slaps him around, but his dropkick is caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler hits buckle and then the mat! Ford fires up on his corner and fans rally on the ThunderDome screens. Ziggler and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Ford and Roode! Ford rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Ziggler for good measure! Dropkick for Roode, dropkick for Ziggler! Ford dodges Roode to BLOCKBUSTER! Ford CLOBBERS Ziggler! Ford whips Roode, Roode reverses and reels For din but Ford lands out of the back suplex to give a back suplex! Kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Roode bails out to join Ziggler, Ford has a target! Ford builds speed, tags Dawkins as he FLIES! Direct hit to the Dawgs and Ford gets Roode in for Dawkins! Dawkins gets Roode up, THE ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford, he climbs, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ziggler breaks it!! Dawkins gets Ziggler up but Ziggler throws him to clothesline Dawkins and himself out! Ford DECKS Ziggler, gets Roode up and fires off fists in a corner! The ref backs Ford off, and Ziggler sneaks a tag in! Ford doesn’t know, he whips but Roode reverses. Ford goes up and over, into a ZIGZAG!!! Cover, the Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall
As fired up as Ford was, Ziggler & Roode find a way to survive! Is this the end of takeback season? Will the Dawgs move on to new challengers in the wake of WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Cesaro.
While denying him a match with Roman Reigns, Heyman said some rather derogatory things about Cesaro. His response? “I think Paul Heyman is right.” Cesaro admits he has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and that he isn’t the smartest. And with his long arms, maybe he does look like a Neanderthal. But he’s wrong about one thing: Cesaro DOES belong in the ring with Roman Reigns, and will prove it tonight by beating the Right Hand Man!
Heyman talks with Roman in their VIP room.
Roman doesn’t like that Cesaro isn’t just accepting things. Roman wants Jey to teach him a lesson. Will Jey Uso check Cesaro off the list for Roman?
Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Though the #BOAT and Daughter of Superfly won the Tag Team Turmoil, they could not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Queen of Harts redeem herself with another win over the Queen of Spades?
The bell rings, the two tie up and Natty gets a headlock. Shayna powers out, things speed up and Natty ducks to get a waistlock. Shayna blocks the lift, wrenches free and fires off hands and kicks! Shayna knees but Natty deflects it to get the legs! Natty steps through, but Shayna scramble’s and Nia saves her! Tamina storms over, Shayna gets back in the ring, but Natty is waiting! They tie up, Natty trips Shayna, floats to a facelock, but Shayna slips out to hammerlock. Natty gets up, slips through, wrenches, but Shayna wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings and gets a leg. Shayna sprawls to block, then shifts to a waistlock and slam, to the ARMBAR!
Natty endures, clasps hands, but Shayna pulls. Shayna stands to get the arm and hammerlocks it into the mat! This time, Tamina says Natty! Natty hotshots Shayna down, Nia storms over and the ref has to keep her and Tamina from throwing down. Natty gets in but Shayna KNEES Her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna grows frustrated, Natty goes to a corner and she elbows Shayna away. Natty spins, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Natty goes for legs but Nia gets on the apron! The ref reprimands but Shayna KICKS Natty down! KIRAFUDA, but Natty throws Shayna at Nia! Shayna stops herself, Natty rolls her up, AND WINS!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Nia goes after Natty but Tamina SUPERKICKS her down!! Tamina and Natty aren’t done with the Irresistible Force or Queen of Spades! Will the second time around be the second generation superstars’ time to shine?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Cesaro, Cesaro. Boy, you’s a one hit move, huh? King of spin, king of swing, it’s all the same! That’s a cute airplane you did with no hands. But let me ask you something: can you do that with no teeth?!” You’re disrespecting the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table! Now you’ve crossed the Right Hand Man, and now Jey has to get you! He’ll show you why he is #MainEventJey! Jey vows to #GETIM, and Roman says, “You heard the man. Now he’s gonna show you.”
Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!
The Swiss Cyborg shows no fear in the face of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (hardly) Uncontroverted Universal Champion, but the NEW winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal wants to change that. Will Jey be the one to learn something from the original winner of that match?
The bell rings and Cesaro gets Jey right up with a SLAM! Cesaro headlocks, Jey powers out and things speed up, and Cesaro catches Jey for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro keeps his focus as Jey goes to the apron. Jey gets to a corner but Cesaro bumps him off buckles. Jey counter punches, SLAMS Cesaro’s hand on the crossbar, then pulls the arm through the bars! Jey then kicks, but Cesaro blocks to hotshot the leg! Cesaro BOOTS Jey down and then goes out to pursue. Cesaro leaps from the apron, into a SUPERKICK! Main Event Jey evens things in the main event as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey cranks on an armlock. Cesaro throws body shots, whips but Jey reverses, to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps on Cesaro with a stomp to the shoulder! Jey ROCKS Cesaro with an uppercut, then wraps an arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and then brings Cesaro around to suplex. Cesaro blocks it, then gets Jey up for a suplex of his own! Fans rally on their screens as Jey crawls his way to a corner. Cesaro snarls, aims at Jey and runs in, only to be put on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Jey first, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro shakes out the arms, drags Jey back up, but Jey wrenches to WRING the arm out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he is in a daze as he gets to a corner. Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro shakes out the arms again but Jey sees him in a drop zone. Jey climbs up, but Cesaro gets up to DROPKICK Jey down! Jey hangs on to keep from falling to the floor, but Cesaro climbs up to get him. Cesaro gets Jey back to the top, Jey fights with body shots and Cesaro hops down. EuroUpper SHORYUKEN! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro keeps focus.
Jey crawls, Cesaro brings him around, and reels him in! Jey fights the Gotch to wring the arm but Cesaro cartwheels! Cesaro dodges to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is a bit surprised, but he gets Jey’s legs! Jey kicks Cesaro away, but Cesaro comes back. Jey blocks a boot but gets a EuroUpper! Jey ducks the clothesline to pop-up NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Jey is furious! Both men slowly rise but Jey is after Cesaro first. Jey throws down haymakers, then SLAPS Cesaro! And slaps him more! Cesaro SLAPS back! And fires off furious palm strikes then furious EuroUppers!! Shots from all sides! Cesaro runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is seething, but he calls for the spin! Cesaro gets Jey into a SPINEBUSTER, to then get the wings! SWISS SWING!! Michael Cole & Pat McAfee count, but Cesaro doesn’t get past 5 before SETH ROLLINS attacks!!
Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification
The Architect won’t let it go! He doesn’t want anyone anywhere getting swung by Cesaro! Cesaro still wins the match because of this, but he is staggering about. Rollins shouts, “You were done with me?! You got lucky!! ONE TIME! This isn’t over! Nothing is over until I SAY IT’S OVER!! I am the END ALL BE ALL of this industry! And the sooner you figure it out, the better it’s gonna be!” The Savior of SmackDown has all but snapped, but will he be going for another spin before this is all said and done?
Well, this was a pretty good post WrestleMania episode. Then some stuff made it like most typical WWE programming. There are a few things that are clearly being set up for WrestleMania Backlash, and they’re all WrestleMania rematches because that’s literally what that PPV becomes when you name it that in such a lazy manner. I am glad Cesaro is the next one stepping up to Roman Reigns, but they’re clearly doing everything they can to stretch this story so that the match will happen at a PPV bigger than Backlash. Cesaro getting the runaround from Roman’s team was a good way to do it, but I’m not sure about Cesaro VS Rollins 2. It’ll be a great match, but is it really necessary? Of course, WWE did repeat the UFO airplane spin a lot, so them running it into the ground is actually a good sign that Cesaro will win, and is going to be the next challenger to Roman’s title.
Natty getting another fairly quick win over Shayna and Tamina knocking Nia down is surely a sign that we’re getting a rematch between those teams for the tag titles at Backlash. But if that is where Tamina & Natty are going to win the titles, it’s profoundly stupid. They should’ve just let Natty & Tamina win at Mania, and then it’d be about Nia & Shayna getting the belts back at Backlash, a much more logical route. The celebration promo for Bianca was great, and while Sasha wants a rematch, Bayley wants her own match with Bianca, so I’m hoping there’s a difference here in that Backlash gives us another Sasha VS Bayley match, winner faces Bianca at the PPV after that.
Dawgs VS Profits was a great match, especially for television, but I am really surprised the Profits didn’t win tonight. I get that the moment Bianca and the Profits are all wearing gold is going to be big, but then why not do that on the SmackDown After Mania? Make tonight feel big because it should be big! Is WrestleMania Backlash really going to be where they do it? I feel like that’s them forcing Backlash to feel special rather than letting it be special by surprise. Rey VS Otis was good, and clearly this feud isn’t over yet, and the winner of that will surely line up for the tag titles.
Kevin VS Sami tonight was also great stuff, a lot of similar spots to the match they had at Mania, but the count-out seems like another way to extend things. I have a feeling something’s gotta give at Backlash, and I hope Kevin & Sami finally start towards the tag titles. Apollo had a good promo to introduce Dabba-Kato’s new form, Commander Azeez, and the name of his finisher. The Nigerian Nail is pretty much a direct translation of the Samoan Spike, which is what the move was when Umaga used it. Big E VS Azeez has to be coming, perhaps with the stipulation that if Big E wins, he gets his rematch with Apollo at Backlash. Honestly, it all feels like WWE is spinning their wheels because Vince is rolling around in the $1 BILLION from NBC.
My Score: 8.2/10
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The Trios Division takes a hike!
Bandwagon Nerds #73: Bandwagon Approved
The Nerds give their seal of approval on shows you need to be watching this week on the Bandwagon! Over...
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
A Winner Is You #29: Boycott GTA V
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)
SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!
Steve Cook’s Fave Five: April 2021
It's a little more than halfway through April! You know what that means...
The Outsider’s Edge presents Black Thursday – WWE Releases and AEW News
Kyle, Karl, and Rance are BACK to talk about the unfortunate tragedy that is Black Thursday in the WWE! ...
AJ’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Review 4/15/21
AJ fills in to cover his first Impact full show in a hot minute! How does he feel about the...
POD is WAR: I Said Most Of The Words So Far
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (4/15/21)
The Gallus boys are back!
The #Miranda Show: Get Bob Lashley Some Damn Pyro!
RAWAfterMAnia vs. NXTAfterMania, who delivered more? Plus the Good, Bad, and Ugly of WrestleMania and WHERE IS BOB'S DAMN PYRO???
NXT Minus 6: About that Cole-O’Reilly match…
It was the Takeover match that held the most promise. Where did it go wrong?