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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (10/9/20)

It’s time to shake things up again!

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The WWE Draft begins with Friday Night SmackDown!

The rosters of Raw and SmackDown are up for grabs! Who from the Friday pool will be staying on Fox? Who will be leaving for Mondays on the USA Network? And who from Mondays will be coming to Fridays?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Falls Count Anywhere: Big E VS Sheamus; Big E wins.
  • The Miz & John Morrison VS Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle; Hardy & Riddle win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Sasha Banks; Sasha wins by disqualification, Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro VS The New Day; The New Day wins and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
  • Kevin Owens VS The Fiend; The Fiend wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Stephanie McMahon is here!

She welcomes us to the show and the 2020 WWE Draft, and it is her honor and privilege to preside over this event that will shake up the landscape of Raw and SmackDown. To start, the first pick for Monday Night Raw is the WWE World Champion, DREW MCINTYRE! A natural choice, of course! As for SmackDown, they naturally take the WWE Universal Champion, ROMAN REIGNS! And championship picks continues as Raw chooses their Raw Women’s Champion, ASUKA! But in a bold move, SmackDown takes the Monday Night Messiah, Seth Rollins!! Well, he won’t be a Monday night messiah anymore, but perhaps he’ll still bring about “the greater good” on Fridays.

Stephanie notes that as someone who knows what’s best for business, she’s been keeping an eye on this last pick of the opening round. Raw selects THE HURT BUSINESS! All four men, from MVP to Shelton Benjamin to Cedric Alexander to the WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley, are staying on Mondays! Definitely a bargain, but SmackDown might’ve stolen the best pick already.

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Architect is now on Friday Night SmackDown, what is his initial reaction? “It was never about the name. It was always the message that mattered the most.” Rollins has spent his entire career as a Raw superstar, so he is thrilled to make the jump to SmackDown. A new path to carve, new trails to blaze, all very exciting. But he is heartbroken and upset that he won’t be there to watch the Mysterio Family implode. Luckily for him, he’ll never have to look at any of them again. Alas, onward we go, and the Greater Good comes to Friday nights.

 

Falls Count Anywhere: Big E VS Sheamus!

AWWWW~ THUNDERDOOOME~! There are no disqualifications, no count outs, and nothing holding these two back from finally settling the score! Who gets the win on what could be the last Friday Night SmackDown either of these two ever have?

The bell rings and the two start throwing hands! Big E knees low and whips but Sheamus runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Sheamus brings Big E up to fireman’s carry. Rolling senton! Cover, ONE! Sheamus gets up and runs at Big E, but into the URENAG-E! Big E seethes as he watches Sheamus get to the apron. Big E runs and SPEARS Sheamus to the floor! Big E covers, TWO!! Sheamus survives that fall but Big E smiles as he gets back up. Big E decides to use the No DQ rule, and looks under the ring. Wait, are those giant Booty O’s? Where did those come from? But Big E brings out a kendo stick! Only to turn into a KNEE from Sheamus! Cover, TWO! Sheamus grimaces as he drags Big E up for European Uppercuts. Sheamus goes after Big E at the desk and bounces him off it! Then throws more EuroUppers!

Big E hits back with big haymakers but Sheamus kicks low. Sheamus RAMS Big E into the apron, hoists him up onto it, then throws haymakers back. Sheamus wraps Big E up in the ropes and traps him! Sheamus dares Big E to do something, but watches out for those kicks. Sheamus has the kendo stick! He pokes Big E then lines up the shot for a SMACK! Sheamus SMACKS Big E again! Big E can only endure as Sheamus tries to go yard on Big E’s ribs! Big E pops free of the ropes and Sheamus covers, TWO! Sheamus looks under the ring, throws some rolls of duct tape aside, then he crawls in deeper. What could he be looking for? But Big E grabs some tape and goes after Sheamus’ ankles! Big E tapes Sheamus’ feet together! Sheamus tries to get his feet free but Big E SMACKS him with the stick! And again!

Big E stalks behind a hopping Sheamus and he SMACKS him again! Speaking of home runs, Big E sends Sheamus up and over the barriers! The Celtic Warrior is down and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Big E follows Sheamus around the back of ThunderDome screens near the stage. Big E SMACKS Sheamus and Sheamus hobbles away backstage! The mark on his back is bright red! Big E SMACKS Sheamus again! Big E drags Sheamus over to some sort of table, but Sheamus fights back! Sheamus suplexes and SLAMS Big E onto the trunks! Sheamus takes a moment to catch his breath before he grabs the kendo stick to SMACK Big E back! Sheamus then brings Big E around to catering. Apparently it’s a make-your-own-pancakes station as Sheamus dumps flour on Big E’s head and shoves eggs in his mouth! Then he just dunks an entire carton on Big E’s head!

Sheamus drags Big E up to throw him into more trunks! Big E goes down in a heap but Sheamus says there’s no time for sitting around. Sheamus brings Big E down the halls and shoves him into a hallway. Sheamus stomps Big E and taunts him, “No more unicorns or pancakes!” Sheamus grabs a flat screen computer monitor and tells Big E this is his moment. But Big E SMACKS Sheamus with a broom! He smacks Sheamus until the broomstick breaks! So he grabs the other one, and breaks it off Sheamus’ back, too! Big E grabs the trash can and SMACKS Sheamus with it! And again! And again! Sheamus rolls down the hall and stands, but Big E RAMS him with the can! Sheamus ends up going through a doorway into the garage area!

Sheamus drags himself away, asking for mercy, but Big E washes off before stalking Sheamus. Big E BOOTS Sheamus and then follows him between some cars. Big E says Sheamus wanted this, so he’s going to get it. But Sheamus hits back with a TIRE IRON!! He SMACKS Big E in the side and in the arm! And then throws him onto a car hood! Sheamus climbs up and drags Big E up, for WHITE NOISE onto a windshield! Sheamus used that to sideline Big E weeks ago! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus is shocked! Big E flops off the car hood, but Sheamus opens a car door! Sheamus puts Big E through to SLAM the door closed!! And again! And again! Sheamus drags Big E up, stalks him to the trunk, and puts Big E in! He keeps an arm hanging out, and says this will be career defining, if not ending!

Sheamus grabs the trunk, but Big E BLOCKS the trunk from being closed! Big E BOOTS Sheamus away, drags himself out of the trunk, and dodges the BROGUE! The Brogue breaks the trunk lid off the car!! Sheamus tries again, Big E catches him to POWERBOMB him off the other car’s hood! Sheamus slides off and hits the floor, so Big E brings him up. Big E THROWS Sheamus onto a windshield! Big E gets up onto the car with Sheamus, drags him up, and scoops him, for a BIG ENDING through a table!! Cover, Big E wins!!

Winner: Big E, by pinfall

Fitting that cars were involved, because this was a demolition derby! Big E is victorious, but will he stay on SmackDown? Or will Raw want him for their own after seeing this?

 

Backstage interview with Big E!

Congratulations on the win, but it took a lot out of him. But wait, Kofi Kingston is back! And so is Xavier Woods! Yo bois, the New~ Day~, is reunited! But something is missing, right? What is it? They’ve got Kofi, Big E, Woods, Francesca is on the table even. What are they missing? Oh! The W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONSHIPS~! But not to overlook E, the bois are back to get those belts back! And why? It’s been so long since they’ve said this. BECAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS!

 

Jey Uso heads to the ring!

The rematch is coming at Hell in a Cell in Hell in a Cell, but Roman Reigns has already vowed this time will have the biggest consequences in WWE history! We’ll all hear what he means by that, after the break!

SmackDown returns and Jey has a mic to say, “Big Dog! What’s it gonna be, Uce? What’s the stipulation to our Hell in a Cell match, Uce?” Jey waits, but Roman doesn’t show. He gets it. This is on Roman’s terms. But he said there will be consequences. Jey won’t run from ’em! It’s Lockdown with the Uce that’s got the Juice! WELCOME, to the USO- “Stop, stop, stop. Please, Jey.” Paul Heyman tells Jey, from the titantron, to “stop embarrassing yourself, and more importantly, your entire family, with this foolish attempt to dictate the time and location” of Roman Reigns. That is all at the leisure and convenience of the champion. As for Jey, everyone else on SmackDown, both tenured and draft picks, the champion applauds Jey’s ambition. It is necessary for survival “on the island of relevancy.”

But to anyone who gets too ambitious, and want after the champion, “here’s what happens when you step in the ring with the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman. Reigns.” Footage replays of Clash of Champions and what Roman did to Jey. Cut to present, and Roman sits in a very luxurious suite of the ThunderDome. “When I was a kid, my dad, your uncle, he used to say that in this business, believe nothing that you hear, and only half of what you see.” But what we all just saw, “you can believe that.” Roman says he was trying to help Jey. He was trying to make Jey’s life better. All Jey had to do was say the words, and acknowledge Roman as the Tribal Chief. “So now, for the first time inside Hell in a Cell, there will be an I Quit Match.”

Roman says it didn’t have to be like this. He just wants to help Jey. Roman still loves Jey. But after Jey says, “I Quit,” there will be even more consequences. How far will Roman go to break Jey’s spirit and make him verbally submit to the Tribal Chief?

 

Stephanie talks with Adam Pearce backstage.

They’re clearly going over the next five picks of the 2020 Draft. It seems like some really good ones are coming. We’ll learn who takes who, after the break.

 

SmackDown returns as Stephanie is at the podium.

The 2020 Most Influential Female CMO now presents the second round of the Draft! She also announces another title match for tonight! With the New Day’s Kofi and Woods back, they are challenging the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro! Now back to your regularly scheduled draft picks. Raw takes the PHENOMENAL AJ STYLES! Mondays just got, well, phenomenal again! SmackDown takes THE BOSS, SASHA BANKS! Win or lose, Fridays are still legit! Raw takes NAOMI, and Mondays will #FeelTheGlow! SmackDown takes the EST, BIANCA BELAIR! And Raw closes the round with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, NIA JAX & SHAYNA BASZLER! Of course, with the tag titles, they can still go to any brand, but Mondays will still be home for the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades!

 

SmackDown hears from AJ Styles.

“I should be offended right now. I should’ve been the first pick for SmackDown! After everything that I Have done for a brand, I should be offended. But I’m relieved.” As skilled and respected as Styles is, he should not have to be surrounded by cheaters like Jeff Hardy “and that neck-bearded loudmouth, Sami Zayn!” Styles is going to Raw and his future looks phenomenal.

 

The Miz & John Morrison VS Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle!

The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century *stare off into distance* are getting ready to take Otis to court over the Money in the Bank briefcase, but they’ll first get in the ring against an Enigma and a Riddle! Will the Hollywood A-Lister and Guru of Greatness be able to solve the mystery that is #BROetryInMotion?

The teams sort out and Morrison starts with Riddle. Morrison rolls under the roundhouse to come back, but Riddle blocks the Eddy Gordo to a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Hardy, they go after Morrison with a double whip. Riddle sets up, it IS Broetry In Motion! Miz runs in, he gets sent out! Hardy sets up, FLYING BRO! Broetry in Mayhem, if you will! The Bro and the icon are standing tall as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns as Miz brings Hardy up to tag Morrison in. Miz snapmares Hardy, Morrison runs to SHINING WIZARD! Miz runs to BASEMENT BOOT! Standing shooting star from Morrison! Cover, TWO! Morrison keeps on Hardy with a cravat and he bends Hardy over his shoulder. Hardy fights up and throws elbows and body shots. Hardy kicks but no Twist! Both men spin and clothesline! Fans fire up as Morrison and Hardy crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Miz and Riddle! Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Miz, blocks a kick to PELE Morrison, then he kips up to hit a forearm and BROSPLODER on Morrison! Then forearm, BOSSPLODER and BROTON on Miz! Riddle fires up, deadlift GERMAN SUPELXES! Cover, but Morrison breaks it!

Hardy gets Morrison for TWIST OF FATE! Miz throws Hardy out, but turns into the FINAL FLASH! Riddle gut wrenches Miz for BRO DEREK! Cover, Broetry in Motion wins!!

Winners: Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle, by pinfall

Bro! But wait, is that…?! LARS SULLIVAN!? The Freak is back from months of hiatus! But that hasn’t made him any less frightening! And he shoves Riddle down to CLOBBER Hardy! Riddle fires off on Lars but he doesn’t flinch! He gives Riddle the POWERSLAM! And then he choke grips Hardy to RAM him into a corner, and reel him out for a LARIAT! Lars won’t let up, he drags Hardy back into the corner and corner clotheslines! Riddle gets up but Lars CLOBBERS him! Lars hauls Riddle back up, for the FREAK ACCIDENT!!

Miz is still in the ring, and Morrison can’t get him away! Lars drags Miz up to clobber with crossface forearms over and over! And then he deadlifts Miz to RAM into buckles! Miz flounders but Lars is right back on him! Miz suffers a FREAK ACCIDENT!! The Freak is in the ThunderDome, will anyone survive!?

 

SmackDown returns with round three of the Draft.

Stephanie McMahon is back at the podium to give us the next five picks. A quick note, Lars Sullivan is back, but will be part of the Monday draft pool. As for this round, Raw opens with the One and Only, RICOCHET! SmackDown follows up with JEY USO! Uso gets to stay on SmackDown to finish what he and Roman started! Raw takes MANDY ROSE! A natural choice as she only just arrived on #MandyNightRaw. SmackDown takes THE MYSTERIO FAMILY! Rey and Dominik, as well as Mrs. Angie Mysterio and young Aalyah, will be coming to Fridays! Rollins didn’t get his wish at all! But Raw closes the third round with THE MIZ & JOHN MORRISON! The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century are now on USA! I wonder why…

 

Dominik and Rey celebrate the pick backstage.

Dom is so excited to stick with Rey. And after what Rollins said, they laugh that he won’t get to leave his past behind. The past isn’t through with Rollins, they’re gonna whoop his ass!

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Sasha Banks!

A main event caliber match is happening now! The Boss may not be 100% but she doesn’t care, because she wants nothing more than to give back every bit of venom Bayley has used in trying to end Sasha’s career! Will Sasha at least end Bayley’s historic 361-day title reign? Or will Bayley be able to make it to the one year anniversary?

Bayley again has the chair, and she vows Sasha will never get the Grand Slam like Bayley has! The introductions are made and the tensions are high. The ref does his best to keep the peace but then Sasha SLAPS Bayley down! Bayley protests, they both want this match to start, so the belt raising is skipped. The bell rings and this grudge match finally begins!

Sasha rushes Bayley and she fires off on Bayley! Bayley scrambles away but Sasha blocks the kick to KNEE Bayley back! Sasha stomps a mudhole into Bayley but Bayley gets out of the ring! The ref tells Sasha to cool off but Bayley protests. The ring count starts and Bayley wants to leave, but Sasha runs out to grab Bayley’s hair! Sasha puts Bayley back in, gets around her and rolls her up, TWO! BANK STATEMENT! Bayley rolls to a cover, TOW! Sasha ghost pins, TWO! Sasha dodges Bayley and comes back, tilt-o-whirl roll up, TWO! Bayley CLOBBERS Sasha! Bayley seethes as things finally slow down a moment. Bayley stands over Sasha, drags her back up and whips her to a corner. Sasha goes up but Bayley catches her as she goes over to an Electric Chair.

Bayley spins Sasha, Sasha uses that to arm-drag! Ghost pin, TWO, BANK STATEMENT! Bayley gets caught in the same trick but she scrambles around! ROPEBREAK! Sasha holds until 3 and Bayley gets out again. Sasha grabs at Bayley but Bayley CLUBS her! Sasha backs away but comes back for more. Bayley USES THE CHAIR!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by disqualification; Bayley is still SmackDown Women’s Champion

Bayley take advantage of Champion’s Advantage again! And now she wants to finish Sasha! Sasha dodges the chair shot to kick Bayley down! Sasha sits the chair up, goes up and over and brings Bayley into the chair! The Boss grabs the chair and aims for Bayley. She SMACKS Bayley on the back! And again! “SCREW YOU, BAYLEY!!” Sasha SMACKS Bayley again! Sasha puts the chair around Bayley’s head and climbs up top! Sasha leaps but Bayley gets the chair off! Bayley retreats and referees rush in to stop this from getting any worse! Bayley doesn’t care, so long as she is still champion! But will Sasha find a way back to the title and force Bayley to face the consequences of her actions?

 

Alexa Bliss confronts Kevin Owens backstage.

“Let. Him. In.” A warning of sorts from The Fiend’s new friend. Will Kevin heed it?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro VS The New Day!

The King of Strong Style and Swiss Cyborg seem more than eager to defend against the returning Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods! Will the New Day’s triumphant return bring them an incredible ninth tag team title reign? Or will the Champions’ Lounge stay the property of Cesaro and Nakamura?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this golden return match begins!

Teams sort out and we begin with Cesaro and Woods. They circle, tie up, and go around. Cesaro puts Woods in a corner, messes with Woods’ hair then shove shim. Woods throws haymakers! Cesaro knees low and EuroUppers Woods off his feet! Cesaro whips, Woods ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Cesaro gets up and CLOBBERS Woods! Cesaro kicks at Woods toyingly and then pushes him around. Woods throws haymakers and CHOPS in return to back Cesaro to ropes! Woods whips, Cesaro reverses, again Woods ducks and dodges then slides, to ROLLING ELBOW! Woods SUPERKICKS Nakamura down to then tag in Kofi. Kofi climbs up and Woods scoops Cesaro, DOUBLE STOMP BACKBREAKER! Cover, Nakamura BOOTS Kofi down!

Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES and BOOTS Woods off the apron and then storms off to his corner. The champions get even immediately as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cesaro brings Kofi up. Fans rally and Kofi fights back, but Cesaro pushes him to a corner to throw EuroUpper after EuroUpper, and even forearms and stomps! The ref counts, Cesaro lest off at 4 to whip Kofi corner to corner. Kofi slips out and swing kicks Cesaro back! Both men crawl to their corners, hot tags to Nakamura and Woods! Woods dodges Nakamura, DECKS Cesaro and then dodges Nakamura again to shove and LEG LARIAT! Cesaro gets in, puts Woods in a corner but Woods boots! HONOR ROLL! Nakamura whips but Woods reverses to send Nakamura out. Woods builds speed to WRECK Cesaro with a dropkick! Nakamura gets in but gets an enziguri! And the step-in DDT! Cover, TWO!! Woods grins because he’s got Nakamura down.

Woods grabs at legs but Nakamura boot shim away. Woods runs corner to corner but Nakamura dodges! Woods gets stuck on the top rope, to get a TOP SHELF KNEE! Tag to Cesaro, he gut wrenches Woods off the ropes and Nakamura KNEES Woods into the GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro tells Woods he should’ve stayed home. Woods jawbreakers back! Tag to Kofi and he elbows Cesaro to then HIP TOSS him out! Kofi bounces on the ropes for a slingshot(?) TORNADO DDT to the floor! Fans are cheering on their screens as Kofi drags Cesaro up and into the ring. Kofi goes up top, leaps, into a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives but Cesaro says it’s time to go for a spin! Tag to Nakamura, SWISS SWING! But Woods anchors Nakamura!

Cesaro BOOTS Woods down, goes back to Kofi, but gets TROUBLE IN PARAIDSE! Nakamura swings a kick, Kofi ducks it but not the WINDMILL! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives, Nakamura is furious! Nakamura drags Kofi up and brings him around, INVERTED EXPLODER but Kofi lands on his feet! Woods tags in, TROUBLE IN PARADISE! LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

Two Raw reigns, SEVEN SmackDown reigns, number nine is looking fine! Big E appears to celebrate with his boys, because they’re back on top! Will they still be on top as the year continues?

 

Stephanie returns with round four of the Draft.

A quick congratulations to The New Day before the final round of tonight’s draft. But Raw chooses the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions, the New Day?! Wait, not all three of them, just Kofi and Woods!! What about Big E?! Because SmackDown is KEEPING BIG E!! The New Day has been split up!?! How could this be?! Big E was on a great singles run, but he never thought he’d have to be alone! And what happens if the SmackDown Tag Team Champions are on Raw?!

Raw continues by choosing the Flex Appeal, DANA BROOKE! Dana and Mandy are sticking together, will the #SexyMuscleFriends take over the Women’s Tag Division? SmackDown’s final pick of the night is Mr. Money in the Bank, OTIS! Of course, Miz’s lawsuit might change that. And Raw’s final pick of the night is the Lethal Lothario, ANGEL GARZA! Hurt as he is, Garza will be back to thrill the ladies in and out of the ring!

 

The WWE Draft continues on Talking Smack!

Just because Raw is the conclusion doesn’t mean it’s the only other time Raw and SmackDown can decide their rosters! Tune in to see who else is staying and going, as well as hear from Bianca Belair, Heavy Machinery and the New Day on how they feel about the draft choices of the brands and networks.

 

Heavy Machinery do final trial preparations.

Otis is still on SmackDown thanks to the Draft, but Tucker hasn’t yet. Is the team done. Let’s not worry about that now, especially with Miz and Morrison going to Raw. That means the lawsuit should be dropped. But you can’t count on anything, so let’s do some last minute cramming. Actus reus, quid pro quo, and… Infedante Lictu? A paralegal finds Otis and hands him an envelope. Otis opens it up and brings out new papers. Tucker can’t believe this. Miz’s lawyer is filing a continuance. A what? They’re delaying the trial! But they were all ready tonight! They bought the legal pads, these great pens! Miz is out of order! Just a sleazy tactic to draw this out to drain them dry. Otis declares particular memora! NO ONE drains Otis dry! Will this delay only delay the inevitable? And for who?

 

Sasha Banks speaks.

“Bayley, you coward! I should’ve known.” Bayley got herself disqualified, but Sasha is done playing games. If Bayley wants hell, then she’s got it! In a HELL IN A CELL MATCH! And Sasha vows to finally break Bayley and end everything there is about Bayley. They used to be best friends. Sasha used to love Bayley so very much. But at Hell in a Cell, Sasha finally takes away what Bayley loves the most: the SmackDown women’s Championship!

 

SmackDown hypes up their season premiere!

To celebrate ONE YEAR on Fox, SmackDown will give us a truly gigantic Universal Championship match! Roman Reigns defends the title against BRAUN STROWMAN, who as of right now has not been drafted away. Will the Monster finally #GetTheseHands back on that title? Or will the Tribal Chief keep things on track towards his I Quit Match with Jey Uso? And speaking of the draft and titles, the New Day will be together one last time as they take on Cesaro, Nakamura and Sheamus in a “Farwell to SmackDown” Six Man Tag! Will Big E, Kofi and Woods be victorious again for the last time?

 

Kevin Owens VS The Fiend!

Speaking of no more games, it’s time for SmackDown to #LetHimIn! Kevin was just trying to get an idea of what’s going on with Alexa Bliss after her encounter with Bray Wyatt’s living nightmare, only to have his own encounter! Kevin has felt disturbed ever since, and the only way he can feel right again is to take the fight to The Fiend! Will Kevin be able to shake off that chill going down his spine to #JustKeepFighting? Or will he just regret ever trying to help Alexa in the first place?

SmackDown returns as Kevin makes his entrance. The bell rings and Kevin rushes Fiend with a clothesline! And then a CANNONBALL! Kevin fires up but Fiend gets right up! Kevin goes to punch but Fiend counter punches! Fiend ROCKS Kevin with haymakers but Kevin kicks back. Fiend uppercuts and pushes Kevin around, then whips him to ropes. Kevin dodges but Fiend BODY CHECKS him! Fiend pursues as Kevin gets out of the ring. Fiend comes around to CLOBBER Kevin inside-out! A ring count climbs but Fiend puts Kevin in at 6. Fiend slides in and drags Kevin up. Fiend throws uppercuts, Kevin gets to a corner and fights back but Fiend uppercuts again. Fiend whips corner to corner but Kevin dodges. The spider walk freaks Kevin out!

Fiend runs into a superkick and blocks it to ROCK Kevin again! Fiend picks Kevin up to swing and SLAM him down! Fiend sits Kevin up to club him down, then brings him back up. Fiend uppercuts again, but Kevin boots back from the corner! Kevin runs but into a headbutt! Kevin comes back to LARIAT! Kevin gets up but so does the Fiend! Kevin swings, into the clinch! Kevin elbows free and side steps Fiend to send him out. Kevin pursues, but runs into an URENAGE onto the desk! SISTER ABIGAIL into the desk! Kevin goes down but Fiend is right over him, laughing in his face! The Fiend is toying with Kevin as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns once more and Fiend chokes Kevin on ropes! The ref counts, Fiend lets up and stalks Kevin. Fiend stomps Kevin, Kevin punches back with fury! Fiend knees low, reels Kevin in, for another URENAGE! Fiend then sits Kevin up for the NECK TWIST! Kevin writhes as Fiend stalks Kevin. Fiend laughs as he drags Kevin back up. Fiend reels Kevin in, but Kevin fights off Sister Abigail to SUPERKICK! Fiend stays up!? But Kevin hits another SUPERKICK! And another! Fiend ends up in a corner, Kevin CANNONBALLS again! And then ANOTHER CANNONBALL! Fiend bails out but Kevin pursues and DDT’s him down! The ring count begins again and Fiend is finally down! Kevin gets in at 5 but Fiend gets up!

Fiend gets in the ring at 7, but a SUPERKICK sends him back out! Kevin FROG SPLASHES off the apron!! Kevin goes back into the ring to leave Fiend at the mercy of the count. It reaches 5 but Fiend stands again! Kevin goes out but Fiend drags him down! Fiend runs but into a POP-UP BOMB through the desk!! Kevin leaves Fiend behind again as the ring count climbs to 7! Fiend rises again?! Fiend is in at 9.9!! Kevin is shocked, and he walks into the MANDIBLE CLAW!! Kevin fights back, kicks low, STUNNER!! But Fiend holds on!? Fiend drags Kevin up, for a CLAW CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, Fiend wins!!

Winner: The Fiend, by pinfall

The Fiend was probably even going to win by submission with that claw clamped onto Kevin’s face! The nightmare continues, and then the lights go out. When the lights come back, he and Alexa are face to face on the stage! What power does Fiend hold over her? What power will these two hold over SmackDown? Or Raw, if that’s where the Draft puts them?!


My Thoughts:

Well this was a rather wild episode, with a roller coaster in quality as things went. To first focus on the draft picks from tonight, the first two choices were obvious: McIntyre and the world title stays on Raw, Roman and the Universal title stays on SmackDown. Roman adding the I Quit stipulation to the Hell in a Cell match is awesome! I never thought stipulations could be added to HIAC like that. That match was already going to be great, just like Clash of Champions, but THIS is going to be amazing. Though, I feel like the season premiere having a Universal Championship match is just for show. Braun is great, but between what happened with him and Keith on Raw, how he has yet to be drafted, and how we just got Roman upping the ante on Jey, Roman is obviously retaining. It’s annoying that WWE still does stuff like this with an almost patronizing attitude of “But what if, though?”

Raw grabbing up Asuka and the Hurt Business was great, and I had hoped as much for the latter. Hurt Business VS Retribution needs to continue on, so securing part of that tonight was the proper course of action. Seth Rollins to SmackDown was a great surprise, and to me, that naturally meant Mysterios would be following, so it was good they followed through. The question is whether Murphy gets to come along, but maybe that’s decided even tomorrow on Talking Smack’s draft edition. It only makes sense, because then nothing is being undercut by the Draft, just moved over. Plus, however this story goes, it’ll be great for Rey Mysterio to more than likely end his WWE career, and maybe career period, on the show that he basically helped define. I, for one, have always related SmackDown to Mysterio given I grew up watching Rey and Eddie Guerrero and that generation.

I really thought when SmackDown chose Sasha, that meant she’d be champion tonight, but if anything it was actually better they didn’t just follow that. I am disappointed the match ended in disqualification, but I suppose them moving things along to Hell in a Cell is just fine, too. I feel like this is giving away that Bayley is staying on SmackDown and Raw will be open to Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch on their respective returns. And once again, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are traveling belts in names only. Those titles haven’t been on SmackDown in some time, and on NXT even less. It seems Bayley and Sasha together was the only reason Vince was pushing those belts and getting the networks to share. Hopefully that changes with SmackDown wanting to hype up their season premiere.

Angel Garza, Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose are all natural choices to stay on Raw. Garza is hurt and he still has a lot to do with Andrade Almas. Garza can heal up, come back to Mondays, and have a great feud with Almas to perhaps even name a title contender of some kind. SmackDown keeping Jey is a given, but I’m surprised Naomi is going to Raw. Is Jimmy really going to be out that long that the family can be separated for a time? Are the Usos as a tag team over? Similarly, Bianca Belair moving to SmackDown, is that a sign the Profits are heading to Fridays, too? Are they losing the belts? Of course, that could happen since New Day is bringing the SmackDown tag titles to Raw. I don’t know what that means, other than a team either reigning as double champions or unifying the belts (again, because we’ve seen unified tag belts before). Either option is cool, and I wonder if Hell in a Cell gives us a HUGE tag match to do that.

Of course, there was still great action amid all this. Already mentioned the bummer Bayley VS Sasha was in the moment, but it’s fine. The Falls Count Anywhere Match was probably the best match, and it was so brutal! Big E wins, and I almost thought he was upset Kofi and Woods were back overshadowing his win, but no he was just hurting. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was great, and it was great for New Day to become 9-time champions in total. I can totally see them being WWE’s newest dual or unified tag champions, because they’re already such a historic team for the last however many years. Riddle & Hardy VS Miz & Morrison was great, and I like the nickname of “Broetry in Motion.” Miz and Morrison going to Raw is obviously because of Miz and Mrs. on USA coming back this Fall.

Lars Sullivan returning was quite the surprise, and he decimated everyone but Morrison out there. I wonder if Morrison is behind that. Maybe not. The court case being delayed was an interesting touch, but it actually makes sense. It isn’t a sleazy tactic as Tucker accuses, it’s because Miz got mauled, and we all saw it on TV! Hopefully this is resolved on Raw, though, because this just needs to be done. If Otis is being stripped of his MITB briefcase, that’ll suck. If he loses it in a match, fine, because it’s at least a match. But it just sucks that WWE is backing out of giving the briefcase to him in the first place. It just proves those against Otis winning right in saying that he shouldn’t have been chosen.

Kevin VS Fiend was some really good stuff, because it’s Kevin and Fiend. Closing on Alexa and Fiend staring at each other than the ring was good imagery, but honestly, this should’ve closed with the tag match and the announcement of the final picks being Big E staying on SmackDown and the others going to Raw. I feel like that’s the bigger moment for fans, certainly the long time ones like myself. But I guess they also needed time to plug the “Farewell” match next week. And I assume Kevin gets drafted to SmackDown, as announced on Raw after he faces Aleister. Kevin probably wins while showing the personality changes typical of a post Fiend encounter. Then he goes to SmackDown with some momentum so that he and Fiend can have an even wilder rematch.

My Score: 8.1/10


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

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

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

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

 

Team Triple J speaks.

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

But Best Friends respond!

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

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

 

The House of Black speaks.

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

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

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

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

 

Adam Cole speaks.

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

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

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

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

What is the State of the Bloodline?

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Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline arrives.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

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

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

 

SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bloodline sits in their private room.

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

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

 

The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

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

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

 

Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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